Friday, December 11, 2015

Rudolph Treat Cups

Aren't these the Cutest!!  My Rudolph treat cups that I made for my team Christmas Party.  I used the Close to my Heart My Creations Pint Sized Containers (Z3137 $5.95 for 3).  They come white...I painted them brown using our Watercolor Paints (Z3132 $11.95).  
OH, and the Pint Sized Containers are on sale for 25% off in the month of December (or while supplies last)

Then I cut the antlers from the Close to my Heart Artistry Cartridge (page 45)  I used 6" of cardstock and just put it in the area where the antlers would cut (because it was the whole deer head) and cut it fit to page.  Then once it cut the antlers, I stopped the Cricut.  I just wanted the antlers.  I cut the hat from the same cartridge page 49.  I used 4" of cardstock again because it was for the whole snowman...I just wanted his hat.  I cut it "fit to page" again and once the hat was cut, I stopped the Cricut.  

Then his eyes were just a 1" oval.  And a black circle.  I got hot glued a sparkle ball and done!

I filled them with Peppermint candies.  So a little bit of time, some Cricut cuts, left over paper makes  a great gift.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Goodies

Do you have some people on your list that you want to get a little something for, but don't want to spend a lot of money?  Here is a GREAT gift to give.  I made these for my team.

This is made using our Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  Page 68.  I made it here at 11".  This is what the guide is BIG!  And that is the direction I wanted to go.  You can make them smaller if you choose.

I took some "extra" green ribbon that I had laying around to tie the ends...and now I am THRILLED that I used what I had and it is almost gone...yea me!  lol  

Then I cut another shape for the sentiment out of the Close to my Heart Artistry Cartridge and stamped it with a sentiment from our White Pines workshop kit.  Added a piece of holly (also from the White Pines workshop kit), filled it with peppermint candies and DONE!  

So remember to grab one of your Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridges and make some inexpensive but meaningful gifts.  If you don't have these cartridges, you can order them on my website at
Happy gift making!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cute Boxes

Do you love cute boxes to give to your friends, neighbors, coworkers or your kids teachers?  In the next couple days I will post some adorable boxes you can create.  And here is today's cute boxes.

Santa Box

Base - Close to my Heart’s Artiste - pg 53 4 1/2” - box
Tape bakers twine to the inside if you want a “handle”
Beard - 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 white and run it through the cuddlebug using our templates.  Adhere to the box and cut off the sides.
Face 1 1/2 x 2 - Champagne cs 
Sponge dauber the cheeks
Mustache - 3/4” white pg 67 Artiste
Nose - regular hole punch - sponge edges w cranberry or 1/2” circle
Hat Brim - Artiste pg 62 3/4”
Holly - AP cartridge pg 46 1”
Ball at end of hat - I used 3/4” AP pg 41
1 1/2 circle punch w white for the “ho ho ho” stamp is from Perfect fit holiday.

I would attach all things and THEN adhere box.  But DO NOT tape the bottom, this will let you put stuff in box.

**stamp the back using B1475 Handmade and put your name so they know you made it.
**Use our Close to my Heart's Shin Han markers to color the bells!  =)

Elf Box

Base - Close to my Heart’s Artiste - pg 53 4 1/2” - box
Collar - 2” scallop punch cut in 1/2
Hat Brim - pg 62 1” then run through Cuddlebug
Face - Champagne cs pg 66 2”.  Use daubers fro cheeks (Cranberry ink)
Nose -  pg 48 1/2” circle - sponge edges 
Draw mouth
Hair - hand cut (like un upside down mountain)
Put a button for the shirt and a bell on the hat.

Very cute and VERY fun!  Give them a try!  
Contact me if you would like to purchase any Close to my Heart supplies or go to my website.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Monthly Group Layouts

It's time to get ready for your Christmas pages!  Here are the pages my monthly groups will be creating this month.  Want to join us?  Check out the Upcoming Events tab of my blog to see what dates I have available and then email me to save a spot! 

Here is an enlarged version of the wreath.  Is is so cool!  This is cut using our new Cricut Cartridge, Artistry.

Wouldn't it be nice to get your pages done BEFORE Christmas?  Come to one of my groups!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Week SALE with Close to my Heart

Starting TODAY November 30, 2015 (10:00 am central) through Friday, December 4, 2015 (5:00 pm central) Close to my Heart is having a Cyber WEEK sale! Select items are 25% off including our Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. Check it out! Go to my website ( to see the items for sale...

It ends make sure you get the great deals!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Close to my Heart Planner!

OH MY GOSH! Check out this the whole is 6 minutes long...but SO worth it!! This is not only a great planner, but it is a GREAT all purpose book! You can use it to document an event in your say you were becoming a grandma (lol) or you can use it as a recipe book to pass on to your future generations, or a Crush book for a special vacation(s) can use them for ANYTHING! I just love it and can't wait to get my hands on it!! Check it out! And stay tuned for this to be coming soon! And when I say soon, I mean BEFORE December 1st!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Group Layouts

November is did that happen?  LOL  
Here are the layouts my monthly groups will be creating.  Great colors for those fall pictures, pumpkin carving, just about anything.  
This is Close to my Heart's Sangria paper pack.  

I think they even look good for that trip to the pumpkin patch.

If you are interested in joining one of my monthly groups, contact me at  

Friday, November 6, 2015

It's Official!

For those of you who haven't heard, I am going to be a Grandma!!  I am so excited!  I can't wait to make a scrapbook from the beginning...oh what will that be like!  

I made this page for the first page of the babies scrapbook.  Oh this is going to be fun!  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November Stamp of the Month

I played with the November stamp of the month last night and LOVE how this layout turned out!  Now I have the first page of my 2016 album done!  YEA!  

I also used the Close to my Heart  La Vie En Rose paper pack.   

Fall is finally HERE!

I THINK fall is finally here!  At least it is in my scrapbook room!  I created this fall layout using Close to my Heart's newest Cricut Cartridge Artistry.  It took a little time, but I LOVED how it turned out.

Here is a close up of the fall wreath!

Make sure you take some pictures this fall before all those leaves fly away!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

One Last Halloween Goodie

I made this the other day, filled it with candy corn and peanuts.  I used the Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge and cut out vinyl and stuck it to this jar!   Fast and easy.  I am really loving cutting vinyl with my Cricut.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Halloween!

It's almost you have those goodies for those special spooks?  I created these little goodies recently.  I found these clear boxes in my closet, filled them with M& M's, wrapped them with discontinued Washi Tape (yea) and made little tags.  How cute are they!!  I used Close to my Heart's Little Monsters (C1630) & Packages, Boxes & Tags (D1664) stamp sets. Then I put those cute little bow ties on the mummy and Dracula!  TOO CUTE!

So quick, get out your supplies and get them done before Saturday!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Tags and Bags!

So I thought I was done with the Nebraska stamp for a while, but I had another GREAT opportunity to use it again.  At least you know I am getting my $2.95 out of this stamp!!  Yes, it's only $2.95 (and we also have ALL the states)

I got these die cuts for my friend who is doing the Cars theme for her unit I thought these would be a fun little gift for her.  So I added a bag topper and a little scrunchie bag filler and created this cute topper.  It took me just a little time, and I love how it looks.  

I used out Packages, Boxes & Tags (D1664 $17.95) stamp set with this too.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stamp set!!  I didn't realize I would use it so much, but if you like to put your "stamp" on little gifts, then I HIGHLY recommend this stamp set!

Then I got out my Jennifer's Hand Alphabet (B1484 $9.95) for her name and I was done!  How cute is this.  I can see doing this for teachers gifts, co-workers..etc

And since I had my team member Jen deliver this gift to my friend (in Denver) I thought I would make her a little something too.  Instead of just giving a bag of M & M's, I added a little bit of packaging and a tag (again from the Packages, Boxes & Tags stamp set) and a little personal thanks!

So make sure when you are giving gifts, to add a little stamping to them!  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Travel Journal

I have created a travel journal for our trips this year.  There are so many details that I forget, so I thought I should write it down as it is happening, so when it is time to scrapbook, I can go back to my travel journal and get all the specifics.  There are so many little details that would have been forgotten if it wasn't for this journal.  Now I didn't want to spend a lot of time decorating it etc.  So I just stamped the title on the first sheet with a few other stamps.  Nothing fancy.

Then at the start of each trip, I do another quick and easy title page.  This one is for our recent Colorado trip.  I even used Close to my Heart's new state stamps.  I WANT THEM ALL!  lol  So I am slowly gathering them all as I visit them.  So this isn't the best page to show you, I didn't realize that Colorado was such a rectangle...LOL  but it was where I visited last.  

Here is another picture of that page with our new Mini Stamp Organizer (Z3106 $12.95) perfect for all these state stamps!  And all of our M size stamps.  YEA!!  Our little stamps are M size and are all $2.95.  We even have monogram stamps this size too!  See below.  

Here is my Hawaii cover page...again...simple and I made it before we had these stamps, so I just added it to the top.  

Here is the monogram stamp.  These are 1 1/4" and are perfect for designing monogram cards for you or friends.  All these stamps are just $2.95!  How fun!
Time to start your collection of state stamps!  Call me for details or check out my website at

Friday, October 2, 2015

It's Time to Create for Halloween

I created these cute witches brooms using a tootsie pop and some extra cardstock!  They are a little labor intensive, but they were so fun.  I got the idea at convention, and recreated it.

So take a tootsie pop and I sponged the stick with a brown stamp pad.  Then I took a 2 1/2 x 12 piece of Kraft cardstock and cut ever 1/4 of a inch.  Make sure you leave about 1/2 of an inch at the top where you don't cut so it stays together.  Then just wrap it around the tootsie pop and attached a tag.  
I used Pumpkin Chevron Stamp Set (B1488 $9.95) for the tag.  Tie it on with some coordinating ribbon.  I used our Thistle Extra Thick Twine Z3040 $3.95.

It is time to start creating your Halloween decorations and treat!  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Personalize Your Gifts

I just LOVE giving gifts that you can eat! LOL And you need to put a little personalization on it! I was in Utah in August for Close to My Heart and I wanted to bring everyone a little something. So I got some popcorn balls and stamped these cute little tags for them. 

I used Treats of Friendship Stamp Set C1616 and cut the tags out using the Close to my Heart Cricut Artbooking Cartridge. Make sure when you are giving a little gift, personalize it with a handmade tag!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nebraska Stamp!

Show your state PRIDE! Close to my Heart now has state stamps! I am so excited about these!! I started to buy them by the state I have visited...but then I thought, how about showing our state pride. 
If you live here in Nebraska, you know that the Saturdays in the fall are filled up with Nebraska Football Games. Here I created a layout using the state stamp on my son & daughter in law's football layout. I also cut the football from our Cricut Artbooking Cartridge. TOO FUN! 

It is also customary for me to make a little goodie bag for any out of town guest that drop in. So I used the Nebraska stamp on the goodies!!  I thought these would be good for just stamping on my layouts when I went on vacation and in my travel journal, but I am finding so many more ideas to use these for!
Get your state stamp now! Or, like me, I am going to collect all 50! These cute stamps are only $2.95! What a deal!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zoo pictures using Zoe Paper

Have you ever fed a giraffe? I did on our recent trip to Colorado. It was so fun. And I made sure I documented it! LOL Here are some of my favorite pictures AND a finished layout using our Zoe Paper pack. Love this paper pack because it is so versatile. 

Check out more pictures on my facebook page

It was such a fun trip and now I have my memories preserved forever! It helped that we have the best friends ever!! Love you guys! What are you doing with your memories? 
Don't let the "things" get in the way of making sure your memories are preserved! I have monthly groups that make 4 pages each month along with crops! Contact me and I will help you get them preserved! And check out my upcoming events tab to see when I have crops, groups and workshops.

Friday, September 18, 2015

September Special

Here is a layout I did using our Georgie paper pack and our September Stamp Special.  I stamped the "welcome" using one of the 3 stamps that are available only in September.

There is still time to get these!  They are $13.95 each or all 3 for $34.95!  The previous post shows the stamps.  They are fun!  But you need to get yours now.  

I also used our New Cricut Artistry Cartridge, Georgie Complements, Aqua glitter tape and glacier twine!  Too fun!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrate National Stamping Month

It's September and it is also National Stamping Month and Close to my Heart has come up with these great stamp sets available ONLY this month!!!  
You can get all of these or just one or two.  Here's how to get them.
Simply purchase them for $13.95 each OR if you get all 3, they are discounted!  I love deals!  
 You get all 3 of them for just $34.95.  That is a savings of $6.90!  

AND, these shapes go great with our Newest Cricut Cartridge...Artistry!  
The above set is designed especially for the "pocket" scrapbooker.  Those who use the Picture my Life scrapbooking.  BUT, ALL these stamps sets are designed to work together so you can use them in ANY scrapbooking or card making project.

This stamp set is designed especially for our Card makers.

And this stamp set is designed especially for our traditional scrapbookers. 
But again, they are designed to all go perfectly with whichever you prefer...or, to get the best deal, get them all.  But do it before September is over, always, once they are gone, they are LONG gone!  LOL

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Monthly Groups

I love this generic paper pack!  It will be GREAT for any pictures!!  This is our Zoe Paper Pack.  My September Groups will be creating these layouts.  Want to join us?  Check out the "upcoming events" tab here on my blog to see when you can come as a guest.  

If you would like to join one of my groups, please email me and I will be happy to talk to you about it more and find a group just right for you.  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Close to my Heart's NEW CRICUT CARTRIDGE!

Our NEW Artistry Cricut Cartridge is now available!!
We are unveiling our new Cricut Cartridge a month early and we want you to be one of the first to get your hands on it!!  You will get the cartridge, 3 coordinating stamp sets, and a pack of our Enchantment Cardstock!  It's all yours for $99.  And now, you can get a digital version of it for just $79.  This is for use with the Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore Air.

Check out this art!!

Too cute!!

Ready to get your hands on this cartridge?  Simply call/email me to place your order or go to my website and order it!  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I am so excited to give you a sneak peak at our NEW Zoe paper pack!!!   I am so excited to show you one of the pager packs from our NEW catalog!!!  This is a GREAT paper pack!  So much to do with it.
I have some GREAT plans for this paper pack.  I will be putting some pictures on these layouts using my trip to Colorado...our trip to FEED THE GIRAFFES at the zoo!  So fun!

Aren't these papers SO CUTE!!  My head is racing with ideas on what pictures I can put on these pages.

Want to see more?  Come to my New Catalog Kickoff (Open House) on Sunday, August 30th from 1:00 - 5:00!!  I will also have available a page that you can make free of charge!!  Just RSVP to me that you want to make a 12 x 12 layout using this paper pack.  AND, if you want the matching page, it will be $4.  But let me know so I can reserve your layout for you!  

Can't wait to show you more!!!!