For Always In My Heart



I thought I’d wake up from my bad dream of losing a dear friend to cancer, but since it didn’t seem appropriate to just wallow in my own grief and not acknowledge her death I made an assortment of sympathy cards with some left over paper from the For Always paper packet. 

The stark contrast of black and white with minimal embellishments seemed perfect.  Sympathy cards are my least favorite to make, yet I know how much comfort they brought me when my own mom died in 2012.


The first three cards are standard 4.25 X 5.5 cards from sketches I found on Pinterest and the last card was created using a 5 X 7 pattern from the Wishes pattern book.


I love the versatility of the sketches available in the pattern books available through Close to My Heart.  Using them along with the assorted papers in the paper packets can really make your card making quick!


Wedded Bliss

I’ll finish off the week with a few wedding cards that I made on Monday. 

I love the classic elegance of black and white and my For Always paper stash is nearing it’s end.  Here I added the silver glitter paper and a pattern from Make It From Your Heart to complete this elegant card.  A simple Best Wishes and a couple of pearl opaques and this card really stays elegant.


The “Just Married” car on this card is from the line of mini stamps which I love.  The car with it’s cans attached remind me of a prank that my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart pulled on my mom.  Sneaking to her house after dark and attaching beer cans to her car which then rattled and clanked as she backed out of her driveway the next morning.

I used the Ivy Lane papers on the first card and cut the “LOVE” sentiment with my Cricut.  The second card was made using Kraft cardstock and the diagonal piece is from the Skylark paper pack.  I ran the lagoon piece through the Chevron Embossing folder to give the card texture.  I used simple embellishments of teal glitter tape and a sparkle flourish.  I also stamped the car a second time and pop dotted the uncolored sign.


I love making wedding cards that can be color coordinated with the wedding colors.  I know that four years later I still enjoy looking at my wedding cards and the love that was shared on our happy day and hope that these will be cherished as well,.

This is all of my cards for now.  Stop by Sunday morning when I’ll be sharing some fun artwork with the Jubilee paper packet on the Paper Trail Blog Hop.

Happy 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!

Paper Trail Plays turns Black & White with a Twist of Color

Welcome to the Paper Trail where February gives a twist of color to the basic black and white!  If you’ve made your way here from Vicki’s Wizard Hangout welcome…please bookmark my blog and come back frequently…if you’ve started here don’t worry we’re a circular hop and you will eventually wind your way right back to the beginning with lots of ideas for terrific projects.

With the release of the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2013 catalog the Paper Trail group had the hard task of figuring out which of the seven new paper packets we’d be featuring…I kept my fingers crossed that the For Always pack would make the cut and lucky for me it was the first one we featured.

My buddy Mary

I spent the good part of a day crafting with my friend MC…it seems as though I get such inspiration from stepping into her craft room…we always get a good deal of chatting in too!  She is so good for my soul.

Now, for the real reason you stopped by…


I purchased the For Always Card Making Kit which features the colors Slate, Whisper, White Daisy and Smokey Plums.  I loved the accessories and stamp set which helped me make my decision.

I only made one card that followed the Card Workshop Patterns so I could share the versatility of this fantastic set.

The pattern for this card is included in the Card Workshop Kit.
The pattern for this card is included in the Card Workshop Kit.

Of course I love making cards of varying sizes so I made this delightful 4 X 4 card using the colors from the card packet, but making my own black and white background with the new In the Background stamp set.  I also used the Quick Cards Butterfly – one of the great new A size stamps that are perfect for a “quick card”.  I embellished with some gray bakers twine and slate accents.


I used a technique on the butterfly that I have seen a lot, but not tried until now and will be using more in the future!  I started by inking the entire stamp with Whisper and then added Smokey Plum and finally Slate with sponge daubers.  I love the multi-color shading on one stamp – such a magical technique.


My next card is one of my favorites – a swing card from the Cricut Artiste collection.  The Love stamp in the middle is stamped in Ruby which is such a traditional compliment to the black & white a little Shimmer Glitter Trim and my card was complete.


Of course every princess loves pink and I am no exception.  I used Hollyhock for my accent color along with a scalloped circle with the new glitter paper and topped it off with a left over stick flower from the Autumn Lane collection.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my offerings this month and will hop on over to Betsy’s blog (I got a sneak peek and it is definitely worth the click!).