Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Are You Ready for a Spooky Halloween? Quoth the Raven Nevermore

Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays!  What's not to love about getting creative, dressing up, and candy!  Not to mention all of the spooky movies playing on t.v. and at the theaters to give you a good scare this time of year!  LOL

I don't know about you, but I have long enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe's work, including, "The Raven."  It was one of the poems that I remember reading and memorizing in 8th grade English class.  Needless to say that when I saw that Close To My Heart had designed a "Quoth the Raven" stamp set for this Annual Inspirations Idea Book, it was the first "must have" stamp set that went on my wish list!

Isn't it great?!?  And, it's a steal at just $6.95 too!

Here is my first card that I made with this set:

The gorgeous "Scaredy Cat" paper pack is a must have as well, especially when you get ready to scrap all of the fun you will have had this year on Halloween!  Look at all the pretty patterns:

Here's a little portion of Poe's "Raven" to keep you in the spirit of Halloween: 

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (published 1845)

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more."

Here's wishing you a spooktacularly fun Halloween!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

CTMH Cut Above Holiday Card Kit

For today's post I will be sharing the super cute Cut Above Holiday Card Kit from Close To My Heart.  This kit comes with all the cards, envelopes, patterned paper, embellies, and 3-D foam square to help you create 10 of these fun cards.
When you pair up this kit with the sentiments from the "Merriest Christmas" stamp set shown along with this card kit and also with the Cut Above Christmas Card Kit on page 160 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book you have endless possibilities to stamp your Christmas cards!
Here are the four versions I created to give you some inspiration for your own cards from this kit:
This card kit sure was fun to play with and I bet you will love it too!  Head over to my website to get your supplies ordered today so you can start playing too!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Show Your Spooks How Much You Love Them with the CTMH Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag Kit

Today I want to share with you this frightfully sweet way to show all of your spooks just how much you love them with the Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag Kit from Close To My Heart.
This kit includes supplies needed to make ten adorable treat bags for your big and little goblins this Halloween.

When you add the suggested Sweet Salutations stamp set you can add the stamped circle tags to each of your bags to personalize them with your wishes:

Here is a peek at some of the bags I created to send off to my kiddos who are away at college and some to share with their roommates too:
I used Dove chocolates to add the cute little stickers to before putting them inside the clear cellophane bags.  You could also used Rolos or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in your treat bags.  Oh, yum!

These bags could also make awesome favors for a birthday party too!

Get your kit TODAY at:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scrap those school photos yet? Chalk It Up Layouts to inspire

Courtesy of Close To My Heart
Have you gotten around to scrapping your photos from either the first day of school or from the kids' school photos?  Well, stay tuned to see the ideas that I have to share right now with you.

Last month, I taught an 8-page layout workshop that featured the Chalk It Up Workshops on the Go Kit from Close To My Heart. 

Here is the main layout featured in the brochure that comes in the kit.  You can click on each photo to see the details of each layout a bit better:

Next, is the alternate layout suggested for the kit:

Here is the third layout I made for the workshop.  I incorporated one of the 4" x 6" Picture My Life cards on the left page and thought it really did the trick!  The inspiration for this layout came from the Level 2 Artwork from Jeanette Lynton's blog.

My last layout is geared towards a layout that I could use for more than just "back-to-school" types of photos.  This pattern was very loosely adapted from one of the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 patterns.  I was quite pleased with how it turned out and how much of a punch the Picture My Life cards added to these pages!
On this fourth sets of pages I also added the fun Black Arrow Washi Tape and I did a little stamping too!

In the workshop kit, you get a great, exclusive stamp set, plus the Chalk It Up Assortment (adorable puffy stickers), and a spool of Black Striped Twill Ribbon (5 yards) addition to the kit.  You will see that I also incorporated the Picture My Life Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program cards.  I think you are going to LOVE these all together!  Head to my website to order your supplies!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

CTMH Cut Above Christmas Card Kit

For the next several Sundays I will be sharing the series of Christmas cards I have been creating for the last couple of weeks in preparation for my Annual Christmas Card Workshop and for my stash of handmade cards for sending and gift-giving.

To start off this series I am featuring the cards I made using the Cut Above Christmas Card Kit found on page 160 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  This kit comes with all the card bases, envelopes, patterned papers, embellishments, and foam squares needed to make 10 really cute Christmas cards.
This stamp set, "Merriest Christmas" is recommended to add four fun sentiment options to these cards.  This set also works perfectly with the Cut Above Holiday Card Kit which will be featured in another of my upcoming posts.
I have four sample versions to show you:
Now, I need to share my confession of my boo boo on the last 3 of these cards: when you get your own kit you will need to make sure to adhere the pretty die cut glitter paper to the side of the card bases that have the white rectangle area.  Oops!  My bad!  LOL

If you are ready to order your own Cut Above Christmas Card Kit, please head over to my website:


Monday, October 6, 2014

CTMH ShinHan Marker Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close To My Heart ShinHan Marker Blog Hop! If you have come here from Lauren's blog you are on the right path! When you reach the end of my post you will continue hopping along from the link posted for you. If you should get lost along the way, here is the link to the full list of hoppers: Blog Hop List

We have a wonderful group of over 40 creative Close To My Heart consultants sharing their love for this great product available for your coloring needs.  These alcohol markers give you such beautifully vibrant coloring on your most important projects.  Hopping along with us 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!

This is the project I have created for our hop.  It's a 5" x 7" card that is my first card I've made using the fabulously exciting new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  This is just one of the 50 possible "Build-A-Scene" cards that you can create and it is the Haunted Mansion:
Gosh, but this was a WHOLE LOTTA FUN to "build-a-scene!"  Here is a peek inside  the haunted mansion:
Then, I took a shot to show you just which of the ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers from Close To My Heart I used for coloring the "Frightfully Fun" little spooks that reside at this haunted mansion.
120,0,WG4, YR24, WG7, and YR29

Here are all of the stamps that come with this great stamp set, B1453 Frightfully Fun:
Available at

Just think of the fun you will have coloring stamp set images like these!  These markers color so smoothly!  They are a real joy to work with to color my stamped images!

Check out just a few of the the ShinHan Touch Twin marker choices:

You can get all 24 of the beautiful ShinHan Touch Twin markers Close To My Heart offers, plus the supplies I used for my card at my website:

Now you can hop on over to Katy's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants' blogs to see lots of fun artwork!  Thanks for hopping along with us!

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