Monday, September 21, 2015

Tool Time

Welcome to the Use Your Stash Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on tools!  We all have tools in our stash and I personally have more then I want to admit.  If you have a stash of tools, supplies and paper dust them off join in use some of your stash!  If you are interested in joining our hop we connect with each other via a Facebook group send me an email.
When I saw this months challenge I thought this will be a piece of cake well it's not.  I had to figure out what I consider an old tool.  I decided to focus on die cutting with my thin metal dies which, are still very popular and I buy them every time I go to Tacoma.  I love trees,poppies, sunflowers, and snow people dies.  I'm usually very loyal to Close to My Heart products yet, these dies are what make me stray.  Oops!

Okay enough chit chat!  If you arrived here from Marilee's blog you're on the right path. Be assured you will see all the artwork since the hop is one circle.  

 I've always admired the white on white cards that I've seen on Pinterest.  I made this Christmas card from White Daisy & Cranberry cardstock.  I used liquid glass to emphasize the snow on the branches and then I dusted them all with prisma glitter.  The 'old tool'  I used are my Memory Box dies.  I like how the Cranberry pops off the white.  I lined the inside of the card in Cranberry too.  :) 

Thank you for taking the time to view the hop remember we always have a different focus each month on the 21st.  Now hop over to Shirley's blog to what she has created this month. 

Create from the Heart,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Watercolor Your World!

Welcome to the monthly Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop!

Watercolor Your World

I'm a new member of the group, and I'm excited this is my first hop.  Yeah!
We are focusing on the new water color set that's been introduced this month with the release of the absolutely fabulous Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions.  

This monthly hop is on the 15th ever month.  If you have arrived from Shelia's blog then you are in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning visit Melissa's blog, but if you want to keep hopping be assured you'll see it all, since it's a big circle.

I struggled with this challenge as I'm not an artist I'm a crafter.  I saw some great ideas on Pinterest so that's my jumping off point.  I love Pinterest if  I'm stumped, have lost my mojo, or am completely lost that's where I turn then that ahh ha moment hits and I realize I can do this.

 A complete view of the items I used minus my brushes.

The Season of Thanks will be here soon!

 Saffron & Pomegranate works for me. :^)

Nothing but blue watercolor skies

I'm inspired by Close to My Hearts new Enchantment color palette, which I call the 'Fall' color palette.  I pulled out Poppy, Pomegranate, Saffron, Eggplant, & Fern.  I stamped the leaves in Whisper & Poppy then played with my watercolors matching to my Enchantment colors as close as I could.  I had a fun time painting the leaves, not much fun fussy cutting them out, but worth it in the end.  Below is a complete list of the items I used.

  • Cardstock:   Saffron, Pomegranate, & Champagne
  • Paper Fundamentals:  Enchantment assortment > Saffron
  • Exclusive Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paint Brushes > beware kittens love to eat these!
  • Exclusive Inks:  Chocolate, Poppy, Saffron, & Whisper
  • Embellishments:  Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Foil Tape, Thick Fern Twine
  • My Acrylix:  B1492 Fallen Leaves & C1634 Blessings of Autumn a Hostess Reward Set

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my artwork or CTMH.

Thank You for visiting my blog. 
I'd love for you to leave a comment then please hop on to Haley's blog.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area & would like to chat about Close to My Heart email me.  :^)  

Create from the Heart,

This is the page I created at the Annual Convention at Disneyland this past July next years is at
Disney World I'd love to have you join me!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

It's National Stamping Month!

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Hop!

During the Hello Life special celebration Close to My Heart is offering 3 special D-sized stamp sets that focus on a specific paper-craft, which are Scrapbooking, Card making, & Pocket Scrapping.  I choose the scrapbooking set for this hop.  

Scrapbooking set
 Pocket Scrapbooking

Sets are $13.95 ea. of $34.95 for all 3 with no other purchase required. 

I'If you arrived here from Brenda's blog you're on the right path.  If you get loset or wish to start at the beginning of the hop visit Melinda's blog for the complete list of consultants participating in this feature hop.  Or you can keep on hopping and you'll see all the artwork, since the hop is one big circle.  Now it's time for my page!

I'm a scrapper mainly, but I do create cards, favors, and home decor items.  I'm excited about the new Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions that just debut on Sept 1st.    This year we're focus on certain papers each month and this month it's the lovely Zoe and steam punk feeling Nevermore.  I used Zoe in this layout celebrating my Grandson's first birthday.  I wasn't able to attend since it was in Germany.  Conor was born in Germany while my youngest daughter served our country. 

A shot of showing the dimension and grouping technique.
 Let's Eat Cake!

Nope I wan't to play in the water

 Happy Birthday!

appreciate your time viewing my work.  Now it's time to move on to Michelle's blog to see her artwork.

Thank You for viewing the Hop! 

Create from the Heart,

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Paper Garden

Welcome to the Paper Garden's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

If you arrived here from Brenda's blog you're on the right path. If you get lost or wish to start at the beginning of the hop visit Melinda's blog for the completely list of consultants participating this month.  Or you can keep on hopping and you will see all the artwork, since the hop is one big circle. Now it's time to see my page!

This month we are featuring the lovely Paper Gardens stamp set item S1509.  I've used the new Enchantment Paper Fundamentals  &  Zoe one of the featured paper packs for September. 
Compatible with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge A CTMH exclusive

This layout is in celebration of my Mother.   She is 75 years old & recently she went to Michelle & Fernando's home in Tacoma.  Mom & Shell went to Pike's, which seems to be a tradition we always go to Pikes.   I happen to love the flower shots they got in the Market and this is a perfect set to celebrate the time they spent together.  

I popped all the flowers off the pages to give this layout a dynamic look.  

I used only Close to My Heart products.  Aren't they fabulous!!!?

  • Cardstock:  Slate & White Daisy
  • Background & Texture Paper:  Zoe
  • Paper Fundamentals:  Enchantment Asst.
  • Exclusive Inks:  Eggplant, Fern, Flaxen, New England Ivy, Pomegranate, Poppy, Saffron
  • Fundamental Assortment:  Gold
  • Fundamental Sticker Packs:  Enchantment
  • Twine:  Poppy 
  • Cricut Collection:  Artiste
  • How To Volume:  Magic pattern- Deck of Cards
All of these products are NEW as of today with the exception of Zoe B & T, so run ( or the online version of running) to my website at

appreciate your time viewing my work.  Now it's time to move on to Alyson's blog to see her work.  

Thank You for viewing the Hop! 

Create from the Heart,
To view the NEW product line visit

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