Rework Wednesday

It looks like winter just might be on the way the wind has been howling all night long and it’s COLD!!!  We also had a little dusting of snow, nothing like my eastern Washington winters, but hey it was SNOW!!!

Today I’m excited to bring you a new series Rework Wednesday!  I receive so many amazing cards from consultants that inspire my creativity, but sometimes I just use them as a jumping off point.  I might like the concept, but just need to make a tweak here and there – use a different paper, change the colors, modify the size, etc.  I thought this would be fun for you to see how some of my cards come to life.

The first card I’m going to feature was made by my downline Stephanie Capelli.  Stephanie is married to my husband’s nephew and creates amazing cards…her style is usually the exact opposite of mine and we both recently participated in the November Stamp of the Month swap.



This is Stephanie’s card.  The things I love about it are that she used a base of Kraft cardstock, kept the images simple, added just a tiny bit of bling and oh yes, the size – I LOVE tiny cards.





Here’s mine.  Although I love tiny cards, sometimes I want a larger format so the first thing I did was turn this into a standard 4.25 X 5.5 card  I kept the Kraft base and added a strip of Fundamentals paper and a strip of Gold Glitter paper.  I layered the images on a solid piece of cardstock and popped the entire panel up.  I kept the images the same and even added the same bitty sparkles.


I hope you enjoy rework Wednesday…see you soon!





Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop


Welcome to the Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop!  We are featuring items from our Fundamentals Collection located in our Annual Inspirations.  If you have come here from Maureen’s Something to Scrap About Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this fantastic collection and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I am sharing a gate-fold card that I made using the Whimsy Fundamentals Collection and the Some Kinda Wonderful stamp and thin cut bundle.  This paper collection features fun stripes, dots and words in the beautiful watercolors of the whimsy color family. Each paper has different colors front and back and although not specifically themed which makes it great for year round use, it matches terrifically with the baby girl, baby boy and spring time complements along with the Whimsy Ribbon Pack.

Leave me a comment and let me know which Fundamentals paper collection is your favorite of course I’d also like it if you left a comment about my card.

Now “Hop” on over to my friend Michelle’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to learn more about our coordinating products.






It’s the Sweetest Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I wanted to let you in on a little of what happened in my life preparing for Valentine’s Day!

This is my grandma’s rolling pin, it’s been missing a handle for as long as I can remember.  I think it makes my hubby a little nervous that someday it might come up missing both handles.  I combined it with my mom’s sugar cookie recipe to spread a little love.  I took some to two of the guys my hubby has coffee with daily – one’s a widow and one’s single!  I’m pretty sure they liked them.  I also took a couple to my son along with 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies to share with his work buddies.  They were definitely a hit!


This is the Valentine that I made for my son…it’s a quick 3X3 using the Emojis set.  Super cute in my opinion with the fundamentals heart paper perfect for someone that cares much more about the cookies than the card 🙂  I get it!


This card for my boss is stamped using a retired stamp set.  I even think she’ll like the punny Valentine wish.


This card is going to my sweet co-worker.  She is definitely the sprinkles on my ice-cream!  I topped the cute cone with some of the coordinating Sugar Rush Dots, you can barely see them in the photo.  That little row of hearts at the bottom of the white panel is the Sugar Rush Washi tape…sweet huh?  LOVE this Sugar Rush paper, I’m on my second pack already!!!

One of my favorite things about card making is being able to customize my cards.  This last Valentine is going to my sweetheart.  He is the best Valentine a girl could ask for.  If you see me in person ask about our first Valentine’s Day Date – I knew up front what I was cut out for and decided he was a KEEPER!!!  This stamp set is from My Favorite Things a new to me company (like I needed another stamp company in my life).  I fell in love with this girl and her dog and knew I needed to get it to make my Valentine card for him.  The papers are from the Close to My Heart Fundamental line mixed with a little black cardstock, everything was colored with the Shin Han markers.  I hid it on his dash board so he found it on his way to work this morning.  LOVE that guy!

I just got notice that Close to My Heart is having a surprise SWEET SALE this afternoon – it’s start at 2:00 PST so hop on my OBA and see what you can find.  You can click this link or visit my page at  Don’t forget my personal promotion this month – for every $50 order you will be entered into a drawing for a free complements pack.  It’s a great time to stock up on card bases and envelopes and check out the amazing discounts on our clearance page.

Thanks for stopping by…I wish you a very fabulous Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!


Get Well

The Color My Heart Color Dare is still on Christmas break, but that doesn’t mean my creativity has to stop.

I loved the sentiment on this Get Well stamp.  Not the one you see on the front of the card, the one on the inside “and until then keep a safe distance!”

My card features the Adventure color palette, bright and cheery Lemon and Lagoon.  I colored the mug with my ShinHan markers and embellished it with two simple white enamel gems.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite stamp set is and why you picked it from our annual inspirations catalog.



A Wreath for all Seasons

Would you believe that most of the products used to make this card can be yours for free?

That’s right…at our lowest hostess level you can earn most of the products I used to make this card and if you book a gathering in January I’ll throw in a package of Clear Sparkles, too, because ‘a little bling never hurt anything’!  My January calendar is filling up quickly so make sure you leave me a comment if you’d like to host a gathering of your own.

The A Wreath stamp set has a matching Thin Cuts however for this card I just stamped it on a circle and colored it with my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.

Here’s a list of the products I used:

  • A1193 My Acrylix® Wreath
  • Z3294 Memo Fundamentals
  • 1385 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad

I’ll be sharing some additional artwork using the A Wreath stamp set in the near future!