Smile Wagon

You may be few in number, but you are mighty in your ways!

At the launch of this years Close to My Heart Annual Inspiration catalog (last August) I announced that I wanted to fund a smile for a child by donating to Operation Smile. I talked about doing a thermometer to track the progress and then I saw this cute wagon from the Cricut Flower Market Collection.

I decided to interpret each $1 donated as a heart to fill the wagon.  As of today YOU, my customers have donated more than $130 on our goal to $240.  We have about 5 more months to reach my goal and change the life of a child.

Close to My Heart donates $7 from the purchase price of the True Love Stamp set and $10 from the price of an Operation Smile T-shirt which can be purchased from my webpage here.   You can also choose to round-up your order or even make a direct donation to Operation Smile through my webpage.

I have high hopes that we will meet my goal so through the 13th of February I will match the donation on the purchase of the True Love Stamp set or T-shirt purchased through my webpage.

Make someone smile!







Welcome Home Wreath

I’m super excited about my upcoming Welcome Home Wreath class on the 28th.

Yesterday I spent my afternoon coloring and shaping flowers.    This is an add-on to the wreath kit that is beautiful without the extra work.  It’s all up to you.

This is a picture of my flowers – with added color and embellishments. Below you will see a video from Close to My Heart on putting the wreath together.

Want to see my finished wreath…join me on the 28th.  There are four ways to get your wreath – three of which are free!  Visit my sales page at


City Sidewalks – Joyful Stars Blog Hop


Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for November.  If you’ve arrived here from Jen’s Messy Studio you are on the right path.

I was honored to be asked to join the Joyful Stars blog hop so hello to all my new friends visiting for the first time.  My name is Tracey Pierce and I hail from the great state of Washington.  I’ve been a Close to My Heart consultant for over 11 years.  I hope you’ll join my “royal court” of followers by clicking on the link on the right hand sidebar of my blog.

I don’t think I’ve exactly figured out my stamping style…it just depends on my mood and what I have going on at the time.  I am a strong believer in the term CASE, however my definition is Copy and Selectively Edit.  Instead of copying a project exactly, I usually change the stamp set, or papers or both.  I love to participate in different challenge blogs and am currently on the Design Team for Color My Heart Color Dare.
I decided to share one of my favorite items from the November Happy Happy Christmas campaign.  The 5X7 hinged decor frame is a discontinued item but brought back at a deeply discounted price for this month.  With the help of the City Sidewalks papers and complements I have a cute display for some winter pictures.

If you’d like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart items I’ve featured I’d be happy to help (you can click here to go to my business page)  or you can contact your own Close to My Heart Consultant.

Now, make sure you “hop” over to Donna’s Dat’s My Style blog, I know you’re going to love what she has for you to see.

Thanks for stopping by…hurry back soon!

Ice Cream Dream – June SOTM


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring June’s SOTM, which is Ice Cream Dream.  If you have come here from the Stampologist Paige Dolecki , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using June’s  SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Let’s get started!

I have been waiting patiently for June to arrive.  This is by far my favorite Stamp of the Month Set.  It brings back fond childhood memories of getting quarters from my mom’s boyfriend (whom later became my step-dad for 40 years of my life) so that I could run out and meet the ice-cream truck.  I wanted to do a banner, but wasn’t sure what I wanted it to say so I settled on “sweet”, I’m going to hang this in my new craft room once it’s finished.


I put both the Cricut Art Philosophy and Artfully Sent cartridges to work on this banner.  I used Crystal Blue C/S and the blue dots is from the Wanderful Collection.  The letters were cut in Gypsy C/S.  I pre-cut each piece in White Daisy and then decided to go back and do some layering.  The large banner is layered once and the Dot B&T has two pieces of white layered to give it thickness without using foam tape.  I then sponged all the edges, added a few pieces of bling to each banner piece and tied it all together with White Ribbon (which is actually from CTMH although it’s long retired) – who remembers the ribbon rounds?  I really had fun putting this all together, although I didn’t think I was ever going to get the glue and ink from my fingers.

Now “hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog where you’ll find some more sweet artwork!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until 30th of June!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

I Flipped Over Heartstrings

Close to My Heart shared a video a number of months ago putting together some great stamping techniques into the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album.  I thought this was a great little project so I set out to make one for myself and have incorporated it into my monthly card classes.

I started with the Heartstrings Paper packet and just chose random stamp sets to complete the pages.  I can’t wait to get it filled with photos.

The techniques showcased were:  using markers; tone on tone stamping; tissue technique and masking; using the backside of a stamp for a base; curved stamping; kissing; paper piecing; using stamps for B&T paper; rock & roll and shadow stamping.

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My monthly card club is enjoying learning a new technique each month and it’s a super way to use up retired paper.  If they choose not to buy the flip stand album I have offered to use my bind it all so they can refer to their technique book.

If you’re a consultant and would like to make a project like this, please refer to the Training Videos on the Training and Events tab in Online Office for the video.

Thanks for stopping by – remember, stamping is more than putting ink on paper!

Hopscotching with Brooke!

So I’ve been wanting to make a banner for over Miss B’s bed for a while, but with her constantly asking what I’m cutting on my Cricut it’s nearly impossible to concentrate on getting anything other than the simplest of things done when she’s home.  So while she’s off at her dad’s this weekend and my Wrangler wearing sweetheart involved in football I decided to sneak into the craft room.


The Hopscotch Picture My Life Cards paired with Paper Fundamentals and the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge made it a quick project – I was barely missed 🙂





I used a piece of white Baker’s Twine and some mini wooden clothes pins to hang the cards.  I embellished it simply with gold sequins, gold shimmer trim and durable triangle studs, I can’t wait until she gets home!

Thanks for stopping by!



A Festive Hostess Gift


We are heading to the lake to spend a few hours with a dear friend and I wanted to take a long a little hostess gift.  She is always so gracious to let us just come when we want and enjoy her beautiful view.

I was inspired by a banner from consultant Julie Wheaton and decided that the best honor would be to lift her idea.



The Freedom and Rocket are both cut from the Artbooking Cartridge.  I tied it all up with Ruby Chevron Ribbon.  I’m so excited with how it turned out, I might be doing one for every holiday!

Enjoy your Independence Day!


Skylark Updates Hinged Display Tray


I love the Hinged Display Tray and last October I designed a class using the now retired Huntington Papers (you can see that post here).  Last month at my card class one of my participants asked if I could offer an update for summertime.

I knew I wanted to use Skylark and somehow incorporate the Picture My Life cards.  Unfortunately the cards are too large for the openings, but with my trusty scissors I cut one up!  Close to My Hearts micro tip scissors are perfect for getting close detail cuts and to top it off they are non-stick so don’t get all gummed up cutting adhesive.










The Skykark paper coordinates perfectly with the Kraft cardstock and gave the “natural look” I was trying to achieve.  The bottom left corner is adorned with a little shimmer trim, a zip strip, a heart from the Marquee Enamel Accents and a bird from the Skylark Complements.

I love that I can use temporary adhesive in the windows so it can be easily changed out, because I have another cute idea wandering around in my head.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my updated tray…if you’d like to make one of your own, leave me a message!

Happy Crafting!


Huntington Workshop

I am so excited to be offering a Huntington Workshop from 9:30 – 12:00 on Saturday, September 28th!  We will be making a two page layout and completing this 5 X 7 display tray.



Space is limited to 6 and as of this posting there are just FIVE spaces left!  Please e-mail me today at to reserve your place and order your supplies.

Happy Days!


Huntington Welcomes Fall to Paper Trail

What says fall more than the colors of Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red, Cashmere, Champagne, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Olive and Slate?

Those are the colors that are available in the Huntington papers which are featured this month on the Paper Trail.  Thank you for choosing to take a walk with us if you’ve arrived from Lynn’s blog welcome, if you’re starting here keep following the links and you’ll eventually end up right back where you started with some terrific ideas for this new paper pack in the 2013 Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Idea Book.

I have been in love with the 5 X 7 hinged display tray since it made it’s appearance in the catalog.  I felt that it was perfect to showcase the Huntington papers with some family photos that we are having our niece take this fall (as soon as the leaves start to turn in western Washington!)


I found the display tray easy to work with and you’ll notice no stamping, but LOTS of embellishments.






I will be hosting a workshop in October to make your own display tray that you could give as a gift or keep for yourself, so be sure to stay tuned for more information.

Please continue your journey to Betsy’s page where you’ll see more fantastic artwork.

Supply List*

Z1838 Hinged Display Tray

X7174B Huntington Paper Packet

Z1881 Huntington Assortment

X7174C Huntington My Stickease

Z1837 Wooden Mini Medley

Z1786 Antiqued Gold Mini Medley

Z1753 Brown and Tan Sparkles

Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim

Z1765 Arbor Wooden Shapes (retired)

*clicking on the products in my supply list will direct you to my online business address where you can purchase the items to make your own display tray.