Joyful Stars Blog Hop – No Bunny


joyful-stars-blog-hop-badgeWelcome to the Joyful Stars February Blog Hop.  If you’ve come here from Nickie’s blog you are on the right path, but if you’re starting here that’s fine, too.  We’re a circular hop so keep clicking on the links at the end of each post and eventually you’ll end up right where you started.

This month I’m featuring a card using the February Stamp of the Month – Easter Bunny.  This set includes a bunny family, a basket and some adorable sentiments all for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.

My card was inspired by one from my friend Debi – we exchange Stamp of the Month cards and I loved the one she made me so once again I copied selectively (mostly the dots paper from the Dreamin’ Big paper packet).

I decided that I would do a swing card cut from the Cricut Artistry cartridge – there’s a selection of swing cards and using the Cricut makes it so easy!  I have a list of the coordinating shapes so layered up a few papers and as Mumfred the Magician from Sesame Street would say “a la peanut butter sandwich” I had a cute card with wow factor.

The fun thing about the swing card is when you open it the image changes – in this case to the sentiment.

If you’d like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart product I have used, please feel free to visit my webpage by clicking here or contact your own Close to My Heart consultant.

I’d love to hear where you get your inspiration.  Leave me a comment before you hop on over to Michelle’s blog where I’m sure you’ll find some great art.




Happy Times – National Scrapbook Month

Welcome to the National Scrapbook Month Blog Hop – today we have over 30 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their art using the Happy Times paper packet.  If you have come here from Helen Gullet’s Blog you are on the right track.  If you started here that’s ok, too, the blog hop is a great big circle and you can just work your way around.  If you get lost around the way you can find the complete list on Melinda’s Blog

Happy Times might be labeled as a paper packet for National Scrapbook month, but my first love is card making!  Today I’m bringing you a shaped card from the Art Philosophy cartridge using the Happy Times Paper packet.  I just fell in love with the bold floral that I used for the background.  The sentiment is stamped in Fern using the new Bitty Birthday stamp set from the new Seasonal Expressions.  The flower is from the Happy Times coordinating stamp set which I stamped and then fussy cut.  The pink enamel gems finished off my card.


The Happy Times Paper Packet can be yours for free during the month of May with a qualifying purchase!  This fun paper includes beautiful florals, gold foil details and more!  You can also purchase this paper packet for just $14.95 US with no purchase requirement.  There is also a coordinating D-sized My Acrylic Stamp Set Happy Times available that coordinates perfectly with the papers.

Now hop on over to Sheila Bennett’s Blog to see what Happy Times she brought you!  Be sure to visit all the consultant blogs to gather some amazing inspiration using this beautiful paper pack and stamp set.

The Happy Times Blog Hop corresponded with the Color My Heart Dare this week so I linked up to the challenge.  The design team created some amazing artwork using this paper packet as well so stop by and take a look after you finish with the Blog Hop!

Remember that Happy Times is only available during the month of May.  Contact your Close to My Heart or (click here) to see how you can get this paper packet for free.

Thank you for stopping by!



Charlotte Birthday

I paired this weeks Close to My Heart Color Dare with a sketch over at Retro Sketches for another February birthday!


When I saw the sketch I immediately thought Center Step Card and what better than to showcase the Charlotte papers with.  I used the Balloon Wishes and Springtime Wishes stamp sets.  Since I know this card is going to be delivered in person I loaded it up with embellishments the new Treasured Puffies have become a quick favorite of mine as well as some black and grey sparkles which are long retired.


I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment…thanks for stopping by!


Gone Batty Again!

It seems ever since I found this Cricut cut on the Artiste cartridge every year it makes at least one Halloween card to fill my list.  This year I fell in love with the example in the Holiday Expressions catalog so I did my best at replicating it with the stamps I have.  I LOVE the new Little Monsters stamp set, however after doing a quick inventory of the Halloween stamps that I have on hand decided to pass (at least for now).


I cut my bat twice – once in Black and again 1/4″ smaller in Thistle cut off the wings and mounted them to the front.  I then hand doodled on some stitching with my journaling pen.  I chose a stamp from Perfect Fit Halloween and mounted it over a piece of a Zip Strip from the Nevermore paper packet that was sitting on my desk and added a black swirl sparkle from my stash.

PicMonkey Collage

For the inside I layered White C/S sponged with Pomegranate (it looked like blood to me) stamped Happy Halloween and the bat from Frightfully Fun.

I’m not sure if it’s just because he’s my husband, but he told me that he liked it better than the sample in the catalog.

Now to remember who got my bat card last year.

Ice Cream Dream – Sneak Peek

It’s HOT today…at least by Western Washington standards!  I grew up in Eastern Washington where it hits a 100 degrees for weeks at a time, so 80 should just be considered warm I suppose.  It’s not Texas or Oklahoma hot, I’ve been there in July now that’s HOT!

My favorite treat when it’s hot (or cold for that matter) is ice cream and the upcoming June Stamp of the Month features just that!  Ice cream cones, sundaes, popcicles and even an ice cream truck are just a few of the cute images to choose from.

Today I’m sharing a card using some of my leftovers from the Hopscotch Paper packet that recently retired (Hopscotch and Ice cream just sounded like they belonged together).  I cut a piece of Flaxen cardstock in a scallop card base using the Art Philosophy cartridge layered on some papers loosely using a pattern from the Wishes pattern book, colored in my peach ice cream with strawberry syrup sundae with my Shin Han markers and here’s the pièce de résistance I brushed Wink of Stella on the topping and along the colored in words on the inside of the card.


I follow Wendy’s Stamping Rules blog and she is always going on about Wink of Stella this, Wink of Stella that and she creates the cutest darn artwork so I decided I needed some Wink of Stella in my life.  Oh yeah, this stuff is fun.  I jumped right in by buying three colors (gold, silver and clear) from Amazon…it put the happy right on my face!

I guess the inside should read, You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and Wink of Stella & that’s the same kind of thing!

Thanks for stopping by…what’s your favorite flavor?

Color My Heart #144 – Guest Designer

I am so excited to be selected as the Guest Designer for this weeks Color Dare of Juniper, Canary, Ruby and White Daisy – you might say I’m tickled pink!

Color Dare #144 Badge

I am going on my 10th year (July) with Close to My Heart and although I haven’t participated in the Color My Heart Color Dare for long, it’s a challenge I’ve followed for a while so when I was given the extra little push to try it out I threw my hat in the ring.

It took me five tries to come up with a card that I loved…these colors kept speaking Christmas to me, but luckily now I’m ahead of the game when December rolls around!  I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest by Shana Gaff, but decided to put my own spin on it.

I love that the Art Philosophy cartridge will cut a banner card (p29) and then all the little pieces that go along too!  I had quite the collection to put away when I was finished (oh who am I joking, it’s all still there!)

Here’s your shopping list:

  • B1476 My Fave
  • D1560 Holiday Tags
  • D1607 Bodacious Banners
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder

I’d like to encourage you to take the Color Dare Challenge…it’s such a fun place to play.

Lovely Birds – AHSC #108

I think I have a love/hate relationship with paper, when I see it in the idea book I either love it and can’t wait to get it or hate it and buy it anyway.  I’m not so much that way with stamp sets so it’s kind of a quirky thing I’ve discovered about myself.

The Brushed paper packet was one that I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it even though I’m a pink and glittery girl, I’ve actually found lots of uses for it including this fun card I did for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


This is a bookmark card from a Stampin’ Up (gasp) demonstrators newsletter that I subscribe too.  Julie has lots of free PDF video tutorials so you should check out her blog.

After I had the front finished I thought it just lacked something and started fussy cutting flowers and a bird.  I’m pretty sure that my scissors are going to go into hiding.  The scalloped oval is cut with the cricut and layered in two parts giving that lacy doily pattern.  I tied the front with a piece of the Thick Twine and separated the ends once it was knotted.

This photo collage shows the inside of the card.  I stamped and colored flowers in opposite corners and stamped the sentiment then used my journaling pen to doodle some stitching on two sides connecting the flowers.  I was really happy how it turned out.  It also shows how the bookmark section just folds in as a flap and can be cut off for use.  I’m really proud of my flowers on the front adorning the sentiment, once they were colored and fussy cut I put my pencil eraser end down and ruffled up the petals.

If you have a reader on your mailing list, surprise them with this fun card and gift all in one.  I hope you’re inspired to try something new today.  Thanks for stopping by.