A Little Magic to Smile About


Over the years of being a Close to My Heart Consultant I have always encouraged my customers to “round up” to support Operation Smile and the year I came home from convention in Dallas I was determined that I was going to set a goal that I felt would be achievable for the next convention.  Little did I know that my mom was going to die from Breast Cancer just 3 months later, which pretty much put my life into a tail spin – YES, raw emotion here, I was a mess!  That goal was left unanswered, but not forgotten!

If you’ve never heard of Operation Smile®, it’s an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.  One surgery costs just $240 – it seems like a small amount if you realize that it’s less than 2 months of going without your morning Starbucks.

To reach my personal goal, I designed and decided to auction A Disney Album that would capture your smiles and help change the life of a child.

This is a 10 page 6 X 6 chipboard album with a plexi-glass cover and ring binding.  It is decorated with chipboard and sticker accents and photo mats.  On the page with the shaped photo mats (stars & filmstrip) adhesive has been applied to all sides, however it is only removed on one edge for ease of adding your photos.



Bids will be accepted through April 30th and start at $45 with all proceeds donated to Operation Smile.  Bids will be accepted by e-mail only at papercraftingprincess@yahoo.com if you are overbid you will be notified and have the opportunity to raise the bid.  Once the bidding process has been closed you will need to remit payment within 24 hours by PayPal and your album will be shipped via USPS Priority Shipping.

If you have any questions please contact me at papercraftingprincess@yahoo.com.

Thanks for spreading the word!


An Unassuming Little Book



It’s a rather unassuming little book from the outside – wrapped in a brown paper cover.


There’s not much more on the inside…spiral bound pages with a big gaping hole!

I hadn’t given Close to My Heart’s Hip Pic album much thought – until a few weeks ago.  I attended a Close to My Heart “Rediscover” event and discovered a fun new product during the create-n-take.  A sturdy kraft chipboard album with16 spiral bound white pocket photo pages with 3¾” × 3¾” windows hold 16 – 4″ × 6″ photos.  With a suggested price of under $10 – I see lots of possibilities for these in my future.

I followed the layout we were given the night of the event, but chose to complete my book using the Ariana paper packet and Base & Bling Story Teller Style Sheet to turn mine into a Mother’s Day gift.


Once I figured out my layout and color scheme I did my stamping first, next I added all my “flat” paper and at the very end went a little crazy with the embellishments.  You’ll notice that most of the cardstock pieces are embossed using the new embossing folders – I LOVE the TEXTURE!!!

If you’d like to make a mother’s day album, a vacation album or a birthday album…I’d love to help you!  Gather a group of friends and we’ll put them together in an afternoon!

Happy Stamping!


Claire Visits Paper Trail

Welcome to the Paper Trail blog hop where Claire is making her first appearance, you should have arrived here from Linda’s Paper Taylor, but if you didn’t don’t worry…this is a circular hop and you will eventually end up right back where you started.

I have to be honest Claire was not one of those paper packets that jumped right off the pages of the catalog screaming – YOU HAVE TO HAVE ME and had it not been for the Paper Trail I probably wouldn’t have invested in the pretty Hollyhock, Blush, Sunset and Outdoor Denim combination.  What did appeal to me was the “Girls Rock” stamp set on the page opposite the paper pack and since I was forced to use the paper (in jest of course) I decided I had to have the stamp too! =)  The paper turned out to be pretty versatile…not only is it a wonderful floral, but there are some magnificent geometric designs as well.

When I was thinking about projects that I could use this paper for, my mind flew straight to a very dear friend that just welcomed his baby girl to the world.  Little “Mercy” is cute as a button and is going to bring the pages of the My Creations Showcase 6 X 6 accordion album come to life.


For each of the layouts I used my Wishes Card Layout Design book and picked 4.5 X 4.5 square card patterns – I increased the dimensions, but left the general layout the same.  Now there are perfect little places for her mommy & daddy to place pictures and even some room to stick in some journaling.  If you’d like to make an accordion album of your own…drop me a line, I’d love to help you!

Now’s the time to pick up the pace and head on over to Lynn’s Field’s Finery to see what she has in store for you!

Can’t wait to see you back in a few weeks with 1, 2, 3…Craft!

Holy Rising Headlights Batman – it’s the Super Hero Paper Pack!

…if you have arrived here from Lynn’s page you are on the right path!

This month the Paper Trail Blog Hop is focusing on the Close to My Heart Super Hero Papers!  

I was not overly excited when I saw this paper pack in the catalog, but once I started playing with it the possibilities seem endless.  The blues and reds would be perfect for summertime invitations or July 4th layouts!

 My first card is  a Father’s Day card using the Elements Table and expressing #1 Dad!  I love the zip strips and used it for an accent piece…of course no princess cards are complete without a little “bling” so I added clear sparkles to my letters!  My inspiration for this card from the Mojo Monday blog, but you are seeing it first here!!!

My second card was inspired from the Sentiment Wave card from the Wishes How To Book by Jeanette Lynton, I was so sad to see these hit the retired list, although I am positive that there must be something better on the horizon!

I added some Blue Designer Ribbon which seems to fit right in with the paper, three black buttons from the Black Mini Medley Assortment and mounted the AP cut stars on the coordinating chip board.  My sentiment was taken from the Card Chatter Birthday – my new favorite birthday stamp set.

My final project is a cute mini-tag album for a special little T-Ball player…it is travelling all the way to Texas so his mommy can capture some of her favorite memories of his first T-ball season.

As the newest member of the Paper Trail Blog Hop and I am so excited that you stopped by…please stay awhile and look around my blog, follow me, leave some comments and then with a leap and a bound fly on over to Karen’s page and see what her Inky Fingers have been up to!