Owl Love

I saw a cute card on Pinterest with penguins in wedding attire, but I don’t have the punch to make the little critters, so I thought I’d try my hand with the owls from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

Owls Wedding

I had a leftover Skylark complement to use for a wedding bouquet and a little teal shimmer trim worked to give the tuxedo a little bling.






Close Up Owls


Here’s a close up of the owls…bitty pearls made a sweet little necklace and I just happened to hoarde a bow tie from the retired puffies collection.



I’m open for some suggestions on this card and would love to see someone make it over…Owl Love You if you come up with a better idea!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Seasonal Expressions 2 – SOTM Blog Hop

April brings a brand new mini catalog to ogle, so with that brings a special hop hosted by the same talented group that bring you the SOTM Blog Hop!

If you came from Melinda Everitt’s blog you are on the right path…hopping is easy you just click on the links at the end of the post to hop on over to the next participant. Let’s get started.

I was overwhelmed when it came to choices from the Seasonal Expressions 2 which product I wanted to showcase in this hop.  I finally decided to let my heart do the speaking for me.  I am featuring the new Operation Smile stamp set Happy Everything!

 When you can change the life of a child by purchasing just one stamp set how can you go wrong?  With each purchase of Happy Everything, Close to My Heart will donate $3.00 to Operation Smile, but that’s not the only way that you can help.  We also give you the opportunity to round up your order – pennies add up to dollars and dollars add up to surgeries.  Since it’s founding in 1982 Operation Smile has performed 220,000 surgeries to transform facial deformities in children.  What difference are you willing to make?   This stamp set features some fabulous sentiments along with the cutest little bee for a mere $17.95.

Happy Everything Front

I had so much fun designing this card and wanted to focus on the hexagon shapes as accents.  First I embossed the honey paper with the hexagon embossing folder and took my sanding block to it.  I love our white core cardstock!  I then punched the hexagon shapes into the white card stock and then stamped the bee with his little buzzing trail in black.  To brighten up the front I stamped the sentiment in Honey ink and then colored in the bee with my Shin Han marker.  I added a touch of glitter glue to the wings popped it all up with some 3D foam tape, stamped the inside for the finishing touch and tada I was done!

Happy Everything Collage

Now you can hop over to Chris Lothian’s Creative Capers to see what she has created.

Thanks again for stopping by.  You can order your Happy Everything stamp from my webpage or from your local consultant and don’t forget to take a look at the daily grab bag specials too!

Skylark PML – AHSC #98

I think I woke up knowing what I wanted to try for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week before I even saw the sketch.  I have a drawer full of Picture My Life Cards that have found their way into a couple of projects, but not nearly enough.  The question became a little harder when I started thinking about which ones to use.

This is the sketch from AHSC #98

and this is my take – rotated 90 degrees.



Since I needed something a little cheery today I reached for my package of Skylark cards. This card is 5 X 7 and the entire front is framed with Kraft CS.  I then layered a piece of Sweet Leaf CS which I embossed and sanded to back the PML cards.  On the larger card I added a piece of Teal Shimmer Trim to give it a bit more dimension (there was a lagoon stripe on the card so I just covered it up.  The smaller card included the sentiment Hello World and I mounted it on a piece of Thin 3D Foam Tape (I’m gonna need to buy more soon).  There’s a little peak of the inside…I lined the bottom with a piece of Sweet Leaf CS cut at an inch wide and then layered a left over zip strip from the Skylark papers (remember I said I was nearly out of Skylark, well I found another pack so I’m happy again).

What A Hoot!




I love Halloween – almost as much as Christmas.  It brings back memories of my childhood, my mom dressing up to pass out the candy, making caramel apples and wondering if it would start snowing before we got back from trick or treating; so it’s no wonder that I instantly fell in love with the August Stamp of the Month – Give a Hoot!

I wanted to play in my craft room today, but had the responsibility of getting my papers cut for my Thursday night class.  So, after getting everything trimmed and packaged I decided I would take a minute and get inky with this cute little owl.


I decided for quickness instead of originality and stayed with the Halloween theme, I also had a brand new package of Scardey Cat paper just waiting to be opened.  As you might have spied in the above picture – we have NEW markers!  Close to My Heart has partnered with Shinhan Art to sell a fantastic set of alcohol markers.  I have used several kinds of alcohol markers and have not been overly impressed until today!  The ink is so smooth and layers very nicely.  I started small with just three “halloween” colors, but can’t wait for my complete set to arrive!  The owls eyes are accessorized with Purple Glitter Gems that coordinate nicely with the new Thistle ink.  You can’t tell real well in the picture but the Thistle cardstock has been embossed with the Quatrefoil embossing folder to give it some texture.



As I’ve mentioned in the past I think it’s just as important to take a minute and decorate the inside of your cards.  Here I added a piece of black cardstock and new gold shimmer trim cut into banners and added a popped up jack o lantern from the same SOTM set.  I first stamped the “Jack” and then layered the banners leaving the stem exposed.  I then stamped another “Jack” and fussy cut it out cutting off it’s stem and layered it all together.

For just $5.00 with a qualifying purchase – What a Hoot surely needs to be added to your stamp collection, but hurry it’s only available through the month of August.


Inspiration to Emboss


There’s two things in my craft room that I couldn’t live without…my Cricut and my Big Shot!  I was so excited when Close to My Heart announced the release of new embossing folders.  I love the deep impression that they give and I’m always looking for a new way to use them. 

As a Close to My Heart Consultant I have access to an artwork bulletin board that at times leaves me speechless with the plethora of amazing artwork!  I recently saw this cute card from Jody Gustafson and decided that I need to try one for myself.


These papers from the Ariana paper packet have such a different feel by only using the blues and adding a piece of the Ruby Shimmer Trim. 

Crisp as a Spring Day


If I was going to pick a color besides the pink I picked in yesterday’s blog post, I would definitely pick the combination of Lagoon & Sweet Leaf (or Pear). 


As I continue to make thank you cards for my stash today I reached for some leftover scraps of Skylark and the Frame Flair stamp set I traded a sister consultant for.  I have a tendency to forget what I own and some times I love a set so much I order it twice…it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that does that and every once in a while in works out for both of us!


Instead of popping up the frame with foam tape I added a few layers (5 to be exact) of the same Cricut cut shape, adhered them together and then adhered the entire pile to the card front.  Did you notice the fun polka-dot embossed white daisy card stock?  It was done with our new DOT embossing folder.  We have 5 patterns to choose from – DOT, STRIPE, CHEVRON, DAMASK & QUATREFOIL.

Here are the items I used:

  • X7177B Skylark
  • Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Z1811 For Always Assortment (Retired) – lagoon flower
  • Z1294 DOT Embossing Folder
  • D1546 Frame Flair
  • B1449 Oodles of Doodles

Thanks oodles for stopping by today…I hope that you enjoyed my art!