Friday, July 15, 2016

Picture My Life Fun!

Time for a Technique Blog Hop

This month we were challenged to use a Picture My Life (PML) card in an original creation. If you are coming from Kirsten Jade's blog, you are in the right spot.

I needed to make a birthday card so I reviewed my stash of PML cards and chose from the Gold Watercolor dotted card that I painted with my Watercolor Paints.  I also used some scraps from the Magical Paper Packet.  I finished the card with the Amusement Park and Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Workshop Acrylix Stamp Sets and watercolored them in with a very fine tipped paintbrush.  

Notice how the gold accents resist the watercolors?  Also, this was a 4x6 PML card but each pack includes some in the 3x4 size as well.  Even if you don't partake in pocket style scrapbooking, you will find so many other uses for these PML cards.  Hop on over to Helen Gullett's blog to continue to find more ideas.

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Today I want to let you know that Close To My Heart will be retiring 3 of their Cricut Cartridge Bundles: Artfully Sent, Art Philosophy, and Artiste.  So, if you have been waiting to order one or all of these cartridges, now is the time before they are GONE, that's right, GONE!

With over 700 images available on each cartridge, the options are limitless.  I was in need of a birthday card so I created the following card using the Artfully Sent Cartridge, Calypso Paper Pack, and some flowers from my stash.

Can you say ADORBS!

The other thing this particular cartridge will make are a variety of pocket style cards to add the extra flair to your pocket pages.

I used the cartridge to create the pocket card "Oh Happy Day" and the words "You Rock" in this layout using the Florence Paper Packet (available through August 30th, 2016).  

If you want to order these products before they are gone, head on over to my webpage.  Keep your eyes open for other soon to be retiring items.

Friday, July 8, 2016


I recently hosted my first crafting retreat weekend that was themed Pau Hana Retreat.  Pau Hana means "finished works" and yes some of the ladies did finish some of their unfinished projects while the rest of us did a bit more celebrating that our work was finished for the summer (we work for schools).  Anyway, with that theme, how could I not use the Calypso Scrapbooking Kit to create some original artwork.  I thought it would be great to create a mini scrapbook to put all the pictures we took throughout the weekend.  Here's what I created:

Isn't that just too cute?  If you order the Calypso Scrapbooking Kit Workshops Your Way on my webpage by July 31st, I will email you the directions to create this cute mini scrapbook.
Here are the products I used to create this mini album:

  • Calypso Scrapbooking Kit Workshops Your Way   G1109*   
  • Cricut Artiste Cartridge Z3170 #
  • Cricut Artistry Cartridge Z3167
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge Z3171 #
  • Hawaiian Hibiscus Acrylix Stamp Set B1527*
  • Watercolor Paints Z3132
  • Watercolor Paintbrush Set Z3188
  • 3-D Foam Tape Z1151
  • One in a Melon Acrylix Stamp Set C1650*
  • Scrapbook Queen Acrylix Stamp Set C1646*
  • Tickled Pink Acrylix Stamp Set C1651*
  • Tickled Pink Thin Cuts Z3228*
  • Twine of your choice
  • Black Momento Ink Z899
  • Honey, Pear, Cotton Candy, and Pixie Ink

#These items are retiring July 31st and are available while supplies last.
*These items are retiring August 31st and are available while supplies last.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016



I sure do and I tell you what, I love being a Close To My Heart Consultant because I am able to supply my crafting needs with top of the line products by just holding a couple of crops and classes each month.  If you have been looking for the perfect at home business, doing what you LOVE, this is the month to sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant because they are offering a SPECIAL promotion that is good through July 31st.  Want to know what it is?  

You will also get $50 in Select Product Credit to choose products to help you customize your business.  This is the everyday Consultant kit that will be available for some time. 

NOW, for the added bonus for THIS MONTH ONLY, you also get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet* AND its coordinating Complements.  These brand new products won't be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first!  Here's a picture of those sets:

You know you can't pass up this deal....just go HERE to order your Consultant Kit today!

 * Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Magical

This month's highlighted paper pack for Close To My Heart is the Magical Product Line, and it sure is Magical.  It will work great for making vacation themed scrapbook pages, especially from certain amusement parks.   This post is a part of a team blog hop. So, if you are coming from Melissa Robinson's blog, you are in the right place.  Here is my creation using the Magical Paper Packet, X7209B.  Have I said I love the versatility?

I decided to create a birthday card, you can never have too many birthday cards:

If you want to recreate this card, here's a list of the products I used:
  • Magical Paper Packet X7209B
  • Happy, Happy, Birthday Occasions Stamp M1142
  • Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape Z2060
  • Silver Metallic Marker Z1768
  • ShinHan Markers: Marigold Z2457, Marine Blue Z2458, and Carmine Z2448
  • Doodled Designs Flair Stamp A1170 (I did not use this stamp in the end)

Just go HERE to shop on my website.

Now to continue seeing some great examples using this Magical Paper Pack, go over to Katy Taylor's  blog, it's sure to be darling!