Give a Smile

Have you picked up your Punny Pals stamp set yet? This adorable new set benefits Operation Smile for the next year. For every set sold Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile. One stamp set – lots of Smiles!

My cards feature papers from the new Adventure Fundamentals. I love these bright colors in the muted watercolor shades.

With back to school time Punny Pals would be a fun gift for your child’s teacher. You can order yours today by visiting my store at

Thanks for stopping by!

Springy Hello

Did you see the cute Easter Tags on the Make It From Your Heart blog on Friday?

Although I don’t make Easter Baskets anymore I do make Easter cards, so I just got my Cricut busy cutting all the shapes I needed and luckily they listed the sizes in their post!

I used some papers from the Rustic Fundamentals and a little piece of Seaglass Glitter paper for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of your Monday with me.  If you have a minute leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite springtime flower is.

Coffee Loving Blog Hop

I’ve been crazy busy playing catch up…hubby took me out of town for a couple of days and I really just wanted to be playing in some really fun blog hop challenges.

My friend Sue talked me into playing in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – it’s full of amazing art so grab a cuppa joe and visit all the fun entrants.

Last Saturday when I was hanging out with my CTMH peeps I found this cool map paper at the local stamp store and then on another rack around the corner I found the coffee cup brad.  Perfect for this Starbucks loving girl.  I used a sentiment from Close to My Heart that has since retired, but still worked well.

Thanks for stopping by…I promise to post a few more things over the weekend.


It’s the Sweetest Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wanted to let you in on a little of what happened in my life preparing for Valentine’s Day!

This is my grandma’s rolling pin, it’s been missing a handle for as long as I can remember.  I think it makes my hubby a little nervous that someday it might come up missing both handles.  I combined it with my mom’s sugar cookie recipe to spread a little love.  I took some to two of the guys my hubby has coffee with daily – one’s a widow and one’s single!  I’m pretty sure they liked them.  I also took a couple to my son along with 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies to share with his work buddies.  They were definitely a hit!


This is the Valentine that I made for my son…it’s a quick 3X3 using the Emojis set.  Super cute in my opinion with the fundamentals heart paper perfect for someone that cares much more about the cookies than the card 🙂  I get it!


This card for my boss is stamped using a retired stamp set.  I even think she’ll like the punny Valentine wish.


This card is going to my sweet co-worker.  She is definitely the sprinkles on my ice-cream!  I topped the cute cone with some of the coordinating Sugar Rush Dots, you can barely see them in the photo.  That little row of hearts at the bottom of the white panel is the Sugar Rush Washi tape…sweet huh?  LOVE this Sugar Rush paper, I’m on my second pack already!!!

One of my favorite things about card making is being able to customize my cards.  This last Valentine is going to my sweetheart.  He is the best Valentine a girl could ask for.  If you see me in person ask about our first Valentine’s Day Date – I knew up front what I was cut out for and decided he was a KEEPER!!!  This stamp set is from My Favorite Things a new to me company (like I needed another stamp company in my life).  I fell in love with this girl and her dog and knew I needed to get it to make my Valentine card for him.  The papers are from the Close to My Heart Fundamental line mixed with a little black cardstock, everything was colored with the Shin Han markers.  I hid it on his dash board so he found it on his way to work this morning.  LOVE that guy!

I just got notice that Close to My Heart is having a surprise SWEET SALE this afternoon – it’s start at 2:00 PST so hop on my OBA and see what you can find.  You can click this link or visit my page at  Don’t forget my personal promotion this month – for every $50 order you will be entered into a drawing for a free complements pack.  It’s a great time to stock up on card bases and envelopes and check out the amazing discounts on our clearance page.

Thanks for stopping by…I wish you a very fabulous Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!


Puppy Love

This is one of those cards that you really don’t want to make, but in some little way helps your heart heal.

Yesterday we said goodbye to my husband’s best friend for the past 17 years.  It was a really hard day – I wasn’t much of a dog person when we met – I had 4 cats, but soon his Sasha had my heart wrapped up.

I wanted to use the “LOVE” paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals packet and I also picked the yummy-colored Sorbet B&T as well.  I stamped the little puppy from the retired Friendly Pets stamp set and colored her to look like our girl.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a part of your day with me.



Feline Unique

I used to have a fondness for stuffed animals and I had a stuffed cat made from a beautiful Chintz fabric so when I saw the August Stamp of the Month “Purr-fect Halloween” I knew I wanted to make a cat using the floral pattern from Florence.


This itty-bitty card is just 2.5 X 3.5 – the perfect size for sticking in a briefcase or backpack to be found as an added pick me up during the day.  The Florence papers  in the background just give a subtle amount of texture.

Make sure that you are following my blog for some more fun artwork with the August Stamp of the Month.


There’s a New Color In Town

Actually there’s a bunch of new colors most of which appear in the newly redesigned Adventure Color Palette, but the color I’d like to introduce to you today is Seaglass!

Seaglass is is an exclusive new Color of the Year.  This beautiful new minty hue will only be available for one year so make sure you get it in all forms, stamp pad, re-inker, cardstock and my all time favorite GLITTER PAPER!!!

This card also features papers and complements from the new Basic Fundamentals line and a brand new Thin Cut, you’re going to LOVE the new Annual Expressions and all it’s goodness.

If you’ll be at my catalog launch Saturday between 1-3 you’ll get to see this pretty color in person.  Of course you’ll see some other great new Close to My Heart products too.  If you’d like a sneak peek at the new products visit my website at

Thanks for stopping by!


Who’s Your Melon?

My husband is my one in a melon!  As of yesterday we have been married six funtabulous years!  My hope is that he knows how much I love him and everything he does for me.

This fun card features papers from the Calypso paper packet.  That strip of words is actually a zip strip.  Do you use them on your cards?  I think they are just the right pick me up AND you don’t have to cut a half inch strip off your beautiful 12X12 sheets!  I try to incorporate them often.

Both the One in A Melon stamp set and the Calypso paper packet will be retiring at the end of August so make sure you get them on your next order.  There is a big list of items retiring at the end of July so make sure you double check your wish list and get them ordered before they are gone.  If you don’t have a consultant I’d love to be yours.  You can find me on facebook, leave me a message here (include how to reach you) or place an order on my consultant website.

Would you like to see a list of shopping items that I use to make my card with a link to order them?  Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!


Caffeinated Card Class 

It’s a brand new class – designed around a “Princess Pick” stamp set!  When you attend 3 consecutive classes you’ll receive a $5 certificate towards any item in the catalog.  This will help you build your stamp collection and learn a new technique or fun fold.

  • What:  Caffeinated Card Class – featuring Treats of Friendship
  • When:  Thursday, May 5th 10AM-noon  or 7:00PM-9
  • Cost:  $30 includes stamp set*, paper and embellishments to make SIX cards – $20 without stamp set.
  • RSVP and PREPAY by  April 20th

 Treats of Friendship

Don’t live local but want to participate?  This class is perfect for you – along with your stamp set and supplies to make your cards you will also receive full color printout with photo and supply list for each card.

*Stamp set valued between $13.95 – $17.95