A Merry Christmas – Color Dare #218

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: New England Ivy, Ruby, Whisper and White Daisy.

My head is swimming with Christmas card ideas so this challenge couldn’t have come at a better time!

If I’m short on time the first place I start is by pulling one of my card sketch books from my shelf,  Wishes with it’s 100 card patterns just happens to be my favorite.  You’ll find this 8 X 3.5 card between it’s pages.  I don’t always follow the sketch exactly, but it’s a good jumping off point.  I embossed the white base with the Snowflake embossing folder (watch for it to come back in stock – it’s temporarily unavailable) and the Woodland Wishes stamp set.  The pattern papers are both from the  Enchantment Fundamentals.  I’m really finding the new Fundamentals line and their multiple patterns per package a versatile addition to my paper collection.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!  While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

If you need to purchase any of the supplies I used you can contact your Close to My Heart consultant or click on the items listed above and it will take you to a link to my business page.  During the month of November I will be donating the commission from my sales to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Put A Little Spin on Your Christmas

This card base can be found on the While Supplies Last of my webpage, it is a card that gives a little extra wow!  You can’t see it well in this picture, but the circle spins in the window…it’s much easier to see in my finished card so let’s get started!

I’ve been playing with some retired papers and this Snowhaven packet is almost new – I think I hoarded it!


I started by cutting strips in different widths at 2 1/2 inches long and then pieced the front of the card.  The silver and black shimmer trim added just a tiny bit of glitz!  I layered an Art Philosophy cut scalloped circle on the circle in the window and then mounted the sentiment from Double Merry (a new M size stamp) and a couple of banners at the bottom with clear sparkles finishes off the front, but wait there’s more…


The scalloped circle has a back side – it’s like two cards in one.  On this side I mounted an Art Philosophy cut snowflake.  The awesome part of this card is if you “wind it up” before putting it in the envelope when your recipient gets it they get a little surprise!

These cards are available While Supplies Last in a package of 10 for just $8.95.  Get yours before it’s too late!

Thanks for stopping by.

November $5 Card Class – Sign Up Now!

It’s nearly November and that means it’s almost time for my monthly $5.00 card class.  Each month you’ll go home with three fun cards – including envelopes for just $5.00.  All supplies are pre-cut and ready for your stamping and assembly.

Haven’t been to a $5.00 card class…here’s what you need to bring:  Versamat (my tables are bumpy if you want good stamp images this is a must have supply), your favorite adhesive including 3D foam tape (thick and thin) and glue dots.  I also recommend bringing scissors and tweezers.

I hope you’ll be able to join me November 5th at either 10AM or 6:30PM.  You need to RSVP by October 30th so that I can have your card packets prepared.

Jump on it July – July Constant Campaign


Welcome to the Jump on it July Constant Campaign Blog Hop – we are the Close to My Heart consultants that bring you the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring the Hostess Rewards Stamp sets found in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  If you’ve come here from Kathy Burrows’ blog you are on the right track, if you’re just starting here don’t worry we are a great big circle and if you click the links at the end of each page you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.  .  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html

It wasn’t hard for me to decide which Hostess Stamp Set to use because getting to purchase the exclusive hostess stamp sets without having to book a party is like Christmas in July!  I chose to create my artwork with the Be Jolly set, 4 magnificent sentiment stamps perfect for the inside or outside of your Christmas Cards.

After spending 4 days at the Close to My Heart Convention in Disneyland, I was missing my crafting time.  Not that I didn’t get some there (that artwork will be coming soon) but it’s just not the same as spreading out and making your own inky mess.  I knew I wanted to do a square card and rarely do I reinvent the wheel so I reached for my Wishes book and used the All Squared Up pattern.  If you haven’t added our How To Program Books to your collection stop everything right now and go buy them.  Honestly you will ask yourself how you survived without them.

I wanted to keep my cards simple so I stuck with a traditional Christmas palette of Topiary and Ruby in both cardstock and ink.  I did spruce them up a bit with a touch of glitter paper behind the Art Philosophy Cut sentiment and a few Clear Sparkles.  For a bit more I added either a cricut cut holly or tree to the inside.

Now hop on over to Paige’s blog and see what she has to share…I’m sure it’s absolutely amazing!  Be sure you visit all the other consultants blogs to get some fun ideas and remember the Jump on it July campaign only runs through the end of July!

A Sprinkling of Yuletide Carol



I had some morning fun with the bulk papers from the Yuletide Carol paper packet.  I grabbed several Christmas stamp sets, gold shimmer trim and gold glitter gems and my Desert Sand and Ruby ink pads and set out to create.

The non-traditional colors are always hardest for me to imagine as Christmas cards, but I think the touch of sparkle from the gold was just the right choice.

These four cards will be featured in my upcoming Christmas Card Extravaganza on  November 30th.  Space is limited so you must RSVP and pay your workshop fee to hold your place by Friday, November 14th.

Until later,


A Little Bit of Christmas in August

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least on my desk! I was asked by a friend to create an assortment of cards for her to give…12 of which were Christmas cards.

 Lately, the USPS and I have not been seeing eye to eye on my hand-stamped cards…it seems as though I may BLING them up too much so to keep within the standard first class postage rate I’ve cut way back on my bling – using just a few sparkles, glitter tape and some prisma glitter glue.

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To further dress up my cards I’ve chosen to use some stamps on the inside to bring a little extra pop!

If you’re interested in making Christmas cards this year…now’s a great time to start.  Call or e-mail me today for more information on upcoming classes.