A Burst of Skylark


The Sunburst Cards have been popular for a while, but I hadn’t figured out the dimensions until a sister consultant posted one yesterday.  I asked for the instructions and she graciously pointed me in the right direction.


My sunburst is made from the Skylark paper and Green Glitter paper.  The papers were cut at 1 1/2 X 4 1/2 and then cut from corner to corner to create the triangle.  The triangles were mounted on a 3 X 5 piece of paper and the excess trimmed from the edges and top.  I then mounted the sunburst on a 3 3/4 X 5 piece of Juniper and mounted the Happy Birthday from the Holiday Tag set with a piece of 3D foam tape.  Everything was then mounted on a Kraft Card Base.

I’m afraid these cards might be addictive…I’ve already been looking at scraps figuring out which pieces will work for my next card!

Take a minute and try one for yourself!


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. 

Before and After – I’ve been busy!

I’m almost ashamed to show my “before pictures”, but when it got to this point I knew that I had to take control!  My 4 year old granddaughter wanted to spend the night and well it would have been impossible to grant the request when you couldn’t even find her bed!

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I have always been a “piler” and obviously have a case of TOO much stuff!

I started by identifying what my trouble spots were and what I wanted to accomplish (I also took into consideration that Miss H was going to want to spend the night again and I HAD to get that bed cleaned off)

I’m happy to report that after 4 days I’m ready to post after pictures

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I actually made it worse before it got better.  I took everything out of the closet and found homes that were suitable (it’s not perfect yet), I started a HUGE give to charity box and then sorted through stamp sets that I was willing to part with (yes, I have stamps for sale CHEAP!)  Then I tackled the bed, pretty much it was just putting things in their right place.  Then came the desk…ugh!  My “hot spot” is definitely the area behind my Cricut.  I decided that I am going to put the mat there and will not stack other things on top of it so when I need to use it I have the free space.  I also added a three drawer bin that holds adhesive, cardstock and YES an empty drawer!  I moved my ink tower to  the rear corner and I think I’m ready to start creating!

Happy Crafting!


All In A Days Play

I woke up to a cold, windy, rainy day in the great Pacific Northwest and I figured I was overdue for a day in the craft room!

One of my 2014 resolutions was to take more time for me so I took today to get ready for my Sunday Card Cafe!

Besides Pinterest, I follow a number of Close to My Heart Consultants Blogs that inspire my artwork.  The first two cards were inspired by sister consultants, yet I put my own spin on them to make them mine!

Inspired by the colors of the Frosted Paper Packet the Remarkable Wreath stamp set touched with opaque beads gives a simple winter look.

Who doesn’t love Chevrons & Washi Tape? The new Sparkle Chevron Shapes carry over to the Spring/Summer Idea book and pair perfectly with the Charming Chevron Stamp set.

My third card was inspired by the Close to My Heart Designers and taken nearly exactly from the pages of the Idea Book.

The Sarita Paper inspired my color choices and topping things off with Lagoon Bakers Twine and Purple Sparkles left over from a WOTG kit brighten up the darker colors of the papers.
The Sarita Paper inspired my color choices and topping things off with Lagoon Bakers Twine and Purple Sparkles left over from a WOTG kit brighten up the darker colors of the papers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my art and will take time to create some of your own!


Sarita Ends My Time on The Paper Trail

Happy New Year!  This month on the Paper Trail we are featuring the fun geometric patterns of the Sarita Paper Packet.  I love the combination of colors and found the papers easy to coordinate.  If you have reached my blog from Karen’s Inky Fingers welcome…if you are starting here, I hope you’ll continue to follow the links to see how Sarita has been used.

I was inspired by the Cricut Artbooking mini album on page 57 of the 2013 Autumn/Winter and decided to make a card with a similar look.  I grabbed a 5 X 7 card and started layering.  The Artbooking cuts are so much fun.  I see myself using it a lot if for nothing than the torn notebook paper 🙂  I used an arrow from the Artiste stamp set to follow the edge and direct the eye to the word LOVE in the little library card holder.  The Love Life (D1482) stamp set has been one of my favorites for a while and I felt the words happiness and cherish go directly with love.  I also grabbed one of the Charming Chevron (A1150) stamps and it’s coordinating Sparkle Chevron Shapes (Z1909) for a little bling!

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Well, in most cases, paths come to an end and I have decided that my time on the Paper Trail has led me to take a different direction.  I hope that you’ll continue to stop by and check out my artwork…I’m hoping there will be more art to see  if I’m creating things in my own order instead of one that is chosen for me!  Now please head on over to Amy the Pineapple Paper Artist where I’m sure she has once again made something amazing!

May your new year find many minutes of crafting!


Studio J For Always

I can hardly wait to share my Caribbean Cruise pictures that I did on Studio J with you on the Paper Trail Blog Hop on Saturday, but until then I’ll just give you a sneak peek.


I had so much fun putting together the pages and reliving the memories of our cruise.  I had never seen my husband in a tux, he’s my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart, so it was a special treat!


It was so easy putting together a collection of My Stickease to make this cluster.  I think when the actual scrapbook pages arrive I’ll add some of our sparkles for a little bling.


I saw this heart and stitching embellishment in the Spring Summer Close to My Heart Catalog and knew that I wanted to include it on my layout.  I’m really excited at how easy it was.  I adjusted the hearts to 25% size and added the stitching.  When you keep the “snapping on” in Studio J it is easy to line things up.

I am so thrilled with how my layouts turned out and that all that’s left is putting them in their albums…one more vacation from 2013 to scrapbook and I’ll be ready to take another one 🙂

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comment section and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.

See you in a few days!

Happy Crafting!

Life in the Year 2012

I am looking forward to another fun year of papercrafting and sharing my experiences of Close to My Heart with you through my blog.  My resolution is to keep my blog updated weekly, I’m hoping to make it a routine instead of a resolution.  Life has become a little busier with the addition of a 2 year old granddaughter that comes two days a week, but I am still going to make time to craft.

As the new year begins I decided that 2012 is the year I am going to make “a year in the life of” calendar.  Several years ago there was a fantastic list of the Top 10 pictures to take monthly in Creating Keepsakes Magazine.  I will post each month’s list during the first week of the month along with a date for us to meet and put your scrapbook pages together.  If you are unable to make the crop you can take a picture of the layout that you have created and post it as a reply to my blog.  This will hopefully give us all inspiration to take a little time for us!

So without further delay…the pictures to take in January are:

  • Snowmen
  • Indoor Play
  • People Sledding
  • Stacks of Sweaters
  • Firsts of the New Year
  • First Family Dinner
  • First New Snow
  • First New Outfit
  • First Book You Read
  • Icicles Along the Roof
  • Kids Bundled Up to Go Outside
  • A Couple Snuggling By a Glowing Fire
  • Bowls of Soup or Cups of Hot Chocolate
  • Family Members Taking Down Holiday Decorations

We will assemble our scrapbook pages on Friday, January 27th…please let me know if you plan to attend.

31 Days of Happiness

During the month of October, Jeannette Lynton has displayed 31 days of artwork using the Art Philosophy cartridge for the Cricut.  It has been an amazing burst of inspiration!

I find myself turning to the Cricut more frequently in my scrapbooking and card making.  It is so much fun to add a fun shape without having to do the cutting myself!

Check out Jeanette’s blog…tell me what you think!

What Motivates You?

Years ago (about 20) I was invited to a D.O.T.S. party.  Dozens of Terrific Stamps – I was immediately hooked.  I was a single mom on a tight budget and oh the delightful possibilities I saw.  I could now send my friends and family members birthday cards, Christmas cards, why I could even make gift bags and invitations for my son’s birthday parties.

As time went on I continued to stamp.  The internet became an part of my stamping life; I learned about groups where you could exchange ideas, become pen-pals with people who shared your same passion and even join swaps.  I was in stamping heaven.    I also learned about other stamp companies and soon had acquired an entire wall of these wood-mounted gadgets.   In 2003, I joined a club in my hometown that met monthly to stamp, learn new techniques and form friendships.  The club was exclusive to Close to My Heart (a name change from the original DOTS) the company had come along way from those first cutesy stamps!  In 2005 I left my hometown and decided to pursue becoming an independent consultant for Close to My Heart and here I am today!

Close to My Heart introduced My Acrylix stamps in 2004 so I no longer have a huge wall of stamps.  I do however continue to add to my collection on a regular basis, I still send birthday and holiday cards to my family, hold monthly workshops (mine is called a Bling Fling) and share the joy that stamping has brought to me.

What motivates you?

When You Can’t Find Your Mojo!

Sometimes it seems impossible to find my creative mojo, but I really have a card that need made or pictures that need scrapbooked!!!   For that reason (and many more) I love the design books created by Jeanette Lynton and available through Close to My Heart!

Originals and Wishes are the “go to” for all your card design needs…they are packed with not only beautiful cards and step by step instructions to recreate them.  They are also packed with techniques!!!

I have used Cherish for my scrapbook layouts since it was released…I use it with almost every layout that I have created.  I recently added Magic to my list of design books and I’m thrilled with the interactive layouts…they really are magic!

If you are a seasoned crafter or someone brand new to the art of scrapbooking or stamping I would seriously consider adding one or all of the design books to your collection!

So if you ever lose your creative mojo look to one of the design books to get you back on track!