Monday, December 16, 2013

Sparkle and Shine Album

You can have one of these mini albums for your 2013 Christmas Memories.  Kits will be available starting this Friday for $25.00, plus shipping. ONLY 5 KITS LEFT.

I really enjoyed making this album and it comes together in about 30 minutes.
This is the perfect gift for friends and family and even for yourself :)
The cover is put together using the B&T paper from the Sparkle and Shine paper line and dimensional elements.
Pages 1 and 2 hold three to four pictures.
Bring on the bling and baker's twine to spruce up this page.
This photo cover also opens up and is held down with a small piece of velcro.
......more bling :) will repeat your steps for pages 3 and 4.
This is a view of the back of the album and below is the front.
GET ONE TODAY.....I only have 2 kits left!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Retiring Items

Here is a list of the products that will not be available after January 31, 2014 OR while supplies last.  Don't miss out on getting more of your favorites or the things you've been holding out on ordering!  Shop now at:

To view this list, with pictures, click here:


  • Z4115 Memory Protector Value Pack-Clear(50)
  • BULK299 Black Pigment Pads
  • BULK300 Cocoa Pigment Pads
  • SJ5P2 US/CN Studio J 5-pack
  • W1104 Studio J 5-pack cards
  • Z1778 Treat Cups
  • Z1788 Chalkboard Shapes, Adhesive-backed
  • Z1777 Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet
  • Z1682 Dimensional Elements Alphabet                  
  • Z1735 Dimensional Elements Hearts
  • Z1654-79 Dimensional Elements Monograms "A-Z"
  • Z1680 Dimensional Elements Stars          
  • Z1779 Irresistibles™ Houndstooth Alphabet
  • X7165C For Always MyStickease® Assortment   
  • X7168C Surf's Up MyStickease® Assortment       
  • X7175C Frosted MyStickease® Assortment          
  • X7174C Huntington MyStickease® Assortment  
  • X7163C Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements
  • X7169C Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes
  • Z1883 Base & Bling Floral Accents
  • Z1882 Base & Bling Word Accents
  • Z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems
  • Z1706 Durables Round Studs
  • Z1705 Durables Square Studs
  • Z1775 Glamour  Glitter Alphabet
  • Z1744 Opaques Flourishes Pearl
  • Z1335 Opaques- Licorice
  • Z1333 Opaques- Mocha
  • Z1336 Opaques- Pearl
  • Z1776 Pixie Glitter Alphabet
  • Z1764 Just Blooms® Floret Paper Shapes              
  • Z1463 Just Blooms® Flutter Pape Shapes
  • Z1269 Filigree Brads
  • Z1905 Base & Bling Necklace Kit
  • Z1814 Chantilly Assortment
  • Z1811 For Always Assortment   
  • Z1890 Frosted Assortment
  • Z1881 Huntington Assortment
  • Z1841 Surf"s Up Assortment      
  • Z1824 Tommy Assortment
  • Z1786 Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection
  • Z1787 Mini-Medley Accents Slate Collection
  • Z1701 Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment
  • Z1781 Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Z1800 Colonial White Rosette Ribbon
  • Z1732 Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Z282 HempBlack
  • Z280 HempTan
  • Z281 HempWhite
  • Z1802 Slate Satin Polkadot Ribbon
  • BULK252 Bulk Durables-Antiqed Gold
  • BULK253 Bulk Just Blooms- Crème Brulee
  • BULK314 Frosted Cardmaking Workshop Guide (10 pack)
  • BULK313 Frosted Scrapbook Workshop Guide    (10 pack)
  • BULK312 Huntington Scrapbook Workshop Guide (10 pack)
  • BULK286 Chantilly Guide
  • BULK288 For Always Guide
  • BULK292 Tommy Guide
  • BULK291 Surf's  Up Guide
  • BULK306 Frosted B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
  • BULK305 Huntington B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
  • BULK284 Surf's Up B&T Duos® Combo Pack
  • BULK283 Tommy B&T Duos® Combo Pack
  • BULK278 Chantilly B&T Duos Combo Pack
  • BULK280 For Always B&T Duos
  • Z1804 MyCreations® Cubby
  • Z1322 MyCreations Recipe Box                 
  • Z1746 MyCreations® Block
  • Z1737 MyCreations® Collage Cubes
  • Z1803 MyCreations® Star
  • Z1819 Chantilly  Textiles
  • Z1884 Sparkle & Shine Textiles
  • Z891 VersamarkInkPad
  • Z892 VersamarkReinker
  • Z1845 MyOriginals® Matchbook Card Kit
  • X8627 MyOriginals® Polar Pals Kit
  • Z1738 Colonial White Die-Cut Cards
  • X7163B Chantilly Paper Packet
  • X7165B For Always Paper Packet
  • X7175B Frosted Paper Packet
  • X7174B Huntington Paper Packet
  • X7168B Surf's Up Paper Packet
  • X7169B Tommy Paper Packet
  • Z1483 Bronze Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • Z821 EmbPowderClearDetail
  • Z668 EmbPowderGold
  • Z669 EmbPowderSilver
  • Z1313 Glitz Glue Stardust                                                                             
  • Z308 LiquidAppliqueWhite
  • Z134 PrismaGlitter
  • Z1484 Red Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • Z1482 Silver Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • Z534 MicroTipScissors
  • Z555 CraftHeater
  • Z1091 FinishingFiles
  • Z1796 Rub-On Tool
  • Z1298 TextureTools
  • Z1769 Almond Glitz™ Glitter Gel               
  • Z1771 Green Glitz™ Glitter Gel  
  • Z1770 Pink Glitz™ Glitter Gel
  • G1053 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1055 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)®For Always Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1058 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1059 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1064 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit
  • G1063 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Frosted Cardmaking Kit
  • G1068 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Babycakes Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1070 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Frosted Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1069 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Huntington Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1065 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1067 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® ProPlayer Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1066 Workshop on the Go (WOTG)® Sarita Scrapbooking Kit

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CTMH Haunted House

As promised at the Album Retreat I have posted a ton of pictures if the CTMH Haunted House created for the retreat contest. This project was done using all CTMH product and the following keys from the Artbooking Cartridge... pages 54, 55, 70, 71, 72 and 73...a few stamped images and 1 key from the Artiste Cartridge. Like or leave a comment on my facebook business page AND as promised I will be sharing the directions on how to make the house....soon! I am prepping for a Holiday Workshop and as soon as I'm done....I'll be creating a Christmas House version and that's when I'll share....with step-by-step directions. Thanks for your patience.
House Front.
The red brick sidewalk was done by cutting itty bitty rectangles out of the hunting BT paper distressing the edges in black and gluing them down on a piece of colonial white cardstock then added to the project.
The front doors open and are closed with Velcro dots behind the house number 1032...pretty clever Halloween (October 31 or 10-31).  I added spider webs, pumpkins, vines, leaves and cats to the front for more bling.
This is down the right side....I stamped a light post, embossed it added some pumpkins and a kitty cat.  I Luv the beware sign on the house with the owl sitting on top.
The shingles were made with the black and silver glitter paper, the scallop punch and black archival ink.

Complete side view.
Here you can see the detail of the pumpkins with the vines, leaves, curls on the pumpkins and the broom...stamped image and created with bakers twine.
The fence is cut and layered 3 times so it would be sturdy.  I only use liquid glass for all my projects.  I suggested it to everyone.  I teach all that attend my classes how to use it.  The grave yard was fun.  The orange looking stuff is paper I made out of our own paper by placing cut up pieces in a blender with a bit of water....then you squeeze out the water and add mod podge and shape the paper for covering...o9nce dry add it to project.
Here is a partial view of the back of the house...the main idea is to keep the project flowing.
Back view.
Left side view.   Tree was a sketch and drawn out of black and brown glitter papers and fussy cut.
No haunted house is complete without a mummy.
The shingles look so real and the window glass is plastic that was colored with yellow and orange markers.
I just love how all these cuts cluster together and create such a lovely project.
The actual house is 5 layers it takes 25 sheets of paper to make the house.  You need this so that it is sturdy enough to stand up and to be decorated.

Thanks for stopping by and stay inky my friends!

Holiday Workshop Preview

Good morning everyone....there is a touch of fall in the air in Florida today...I actually have my doors open to enjoy the soft breeze.  This post will be super quick, I'm off to physical torture this morning :(.

Here are a few more projects that we will be doing at the Holiday Workshop.

 If you haven't signed up yet...spots are going fast.  I only have 3 spots left.  You can still purchase kits up to December 7.
Friend me on Facebook.....Holiday giveaways are coming soon.
Have a great day and stay inky my friends!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

3rd Annual Holiday Workshop

*****ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT*****
****ONLY 5 KITS LEFT****

Reserve your spot today for the BEST Christmas Workshop EVER and for the best price!  For the next 3 weeks I will be designing and cutting kits and posting sneak peeks along the way. 

18 Cards with envelopes (6 different cards made 3 times)
1 Red and 1 Green Season's Tweetings Gift Bags
4 Gift Card Holders
12 Sparkle and Shine Complement Tags (Large and Small)
4 Treat holders
1 Clear Pillow Box Treat Holder
1 Sparkle and Shine Showcase Album
 Here's a preview of the some of the cards and gift card holders.

The hall has been reserved...the event will be catered.....and spots are limited and are going fast.  RSVP today by Pre-Paying for your spot.  Thanks for understanding.

Will kits be available you ask?  YES......Grab yours today.  Kits will be pre-cut and pre-stamped, with assembly directions and will be mailed out around November 26th. Kit price includes sipping charges.  If you are local....simply select the attending option and email me that you want a kit.

Holiday from the Heart Christmas Workshop

Album Retreat

I wanted to share this wonderful blog post by Kristine for the Album Retreat I just attended.  Below are photos of the album contest entry I did for the retreat.  I will be posting the directions and more pictures for the haunted house display once I get the project back from corporate.

A retreat to remember

Kristine here, with a deep thought: I've never understood the word "retreat," as is "Album Retreat." To me, the word has often meant to fall back, but every time I've attended a Close To My Heart Album Retreat, it feels like a giant step FORWARD. That's because when we retreat, we make great progress—creatively, and in our friendships, and yes, even in our purpose and goals for our future. Honestly!

Last weekend, the Close To My Heart Album Retreat brought together 200 friends to Salt Lake who immersed themselves in creative education, fabulous camaraderie, late-night adventures, soul-searching insights with presenter Stacy Julian, terrific food, and an all-around good time. And we all completed a gorgeous Artbooking-centric scrapbook album and mini-book to boot.

Here are a few photos from the event, from the ballroom full of happy scrappers, to the corporate staff, to the beautiful mini-album made by Tamra Pope that garnered first-place in our contest. It was such an extraordinary labor of love—right down to the cemetery and spooky tree—that we thought everyone might like to have a closer look at this terrific craftsmanship.

And while we don't have another Album Retreat in the upcoming schedule, there are SO many ways to "rediscover" your creative passion with Close To My Heart—the Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing, National Papercrafting Month is just around the corner in January, and of course, there's a brand new Idea Book coming in February. Lots of reasons to "retreat" into your craft room or with friends and make great progress on what brings you joy!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

ProPlay Display Tray

I can't believe it was 6 months ago that I made this display tray as part of the Convention presentation.
I know I haven't posted much artwork in a while.  I'm still re-cooping, the shoulder is doing better.....and I'm happy to say that I am going to put on my Annual Christmas Workshop....with a little help from my friends.  Hip surgery is scheduled for November in the next few weeks I will design and prepare instructions...then I plan on having a cutting party with a few consultant friends in late November to put all the kits together.  I'll bed/recliner bound for several weeks. So I better get my creative cap on and get to it before then.
This project used Proplayer Paper, ProPlayer Asortments, ProPlayer My Stickease and some computer parts from my dad's office....I love found objects.
Here are some close ups.

Thanks for stopping by and stay inky my friends!