Monday, December 31, 2012

January SOTM Blog Hop

Happy New Year!!  2013 has arrived and with it a new CTMH Idea Book and thoughts of spring!  We have over 60 consultants hopping with us this month and if you are following the blog hop, then you have come from Lisa Sargent's blog.

I just cannot imagine thinking bout this month's stamp set without thinking of LOVE!  Valentine's Day is my second favorite holiday- I love the colors and the candy, of course!



I decided to create a Valentine favor box using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I welded the heart on the same page and added the small circles for the ribbon as well.  This is a perfect project for a make-n-take or a workshop.  You could probable get two to a page if you reduced the design in size. Here is my Cricut Craft Room design - very simple to recreate.

The link to this file can be found here.   You will want to create a box account to be able to downlaod this file.  Enjoy!

Then I thought it would look like vintage lace if I embossed the roses onto the background paper.  It did not take much time at all to create this favor making it the perfect SOTM project for my January workshop.


Paper:  Ruby and colonial white cardstock
Inks: Versamark Ink and White embossing powder, Ruby and black ink
Stamps:  S1301 Happy Valentine's, Love is from the Whoo's Your Valentine?
Ribbons: Organza ribbon

Now it is off to  Vicki Price's blog where you will find more creative artwork using this stamp set.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Random Fun with Close to My Heart

I have always loved Random Stamping because I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to my stamping!  So this week's video is all about random,  check it out!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

From My House to Yours!
May your day be filled with FUN, FOOD and lots of pictures!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

AND the winner is....

If you follow my blog and read my posts, you will remember that I was giving away a  December SOTM stamp set for posting a comment on my blog.  You can find the blog post here.

Congratulations to Haley D!  I used the True Random Number generator and Haley's post was the 7th one!
Blogger Haley D. said...
These are adorable! I need to remember this technique because I think that they would mail well and then pop up when opened. Cute cute cute!

Congratulations Haley!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine Blog Hop

Celebrate National Stamping Month with the Whooo's Your Valentine kit  from Close to My Heart.  This fabulous kit which retails for $40 can be yours when you spend $35 or more in Close to My Heart product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 idea Book!

This kit includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of glitter paper, 12 treat tubes and this exclusive D- stamp set designed specifically for this kit!  This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products the..... treat tubes and the silver glitter paper

 The Kit includes:
• 12 — Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
• 3 — 12" x 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 — Sheet Silver Glitter Paper—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 — Treat Tubes with Lids—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
• 1 —My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

This special promotion runs from December 13- January 2013 and you can shop directly from my website

So if your family is not sure what to buy you for Christmas - shop for yourself!  Or have them call me or email me and I'll do the shopping!

There is an inspiring blog hop going on right now!  I was unable to participate this time because my holiday shopping got in the way...  Check out the hop by starting here and just hop all the way through.  If you have any trouble you can find the entire list here

So grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle down for some of your "me-time" during this hectic time of year!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December Workshop

It is Holiday time!!  Get ready for the holiday with this month's projects.  We will be using the Pear and Partridge paper pack- definitely a vintage look to the paper.

The layout is from the 9035 Make It from Your Heart Book - and my little ones are all dressed up for their Holiday photo shoot!

(click on picture for a larger view of the layout)

We will also be making a tag for your gift packages  and a little  gift box, perfect for a small trinket!

The gift tag uses S1212 year Round Cheer - the December SOTM.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 12/12/12!! so I can have all of the kits ready for you on Friday night

Here are the details:
What:  December Make It from YOUR Heart Workshop
When:  December 14, 2012 from 6-9:00 p.m.
Where:  my home - email me for directions
How much?: $10.00

Come enjoy the evening and get away from the 'hustle and bustle' of the holiday season and treat yourself to a fun night!

Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Close to My Heart SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome December!  Where in the world did this year go?  This month over 60 consultants are hopping along in this blog hop and I hope you are getting many inspiring ideas from everyone.  If you have been hopping along, then you have come from Pamela O'Connor's blog and have seen her gorgeous frame!

I have been listening to Christmas music on Pandora - LOVE it!! It seems so festive even when it is 80 degrees here in Florida!  So when I took a look at this set all I can think of holidays ( funny,  isn't it?).... so I started creating my holiday tags for each month of the year.  Here is a close-up of the set...

So I would love to know what you see when you look at this set!  Leave me a comment and you may be the winner of a BRAND new S1212 Year-Round Cheer!!  Now how about that for a 'surprise Christmas present!!!"?  The last day to leave a comment is December 15th!

So what do my tags look like??  I started with January and February - ok- I reversed them in my photo - (switch them in your brain... :)  I just love how these 3-D tags turned out!  How about you?
More of my tags will be coming soon.....How would like some of these Cricut Craft Room files?  Send me an email and I will be happy to send you the files!  My email is   Do you need a tutorial to create these yourself?  If so, leave me a comment and I will post them!

The supplies for these two tags are"
Cardstock - Blush and sky, white daisy and black
S1212 - Year-Round Cheer stamp set

Now it is off to Pamela Ellison's blog to get inspired by her Event calendar toppers! What a fun hop this is - tons of great ideas from all of these wonderful consultants...such a wonderful diversion from all of the 'hustle and bustle' of the holidays!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas is on its way!!

Yes I know that Thursday is Thanksgiving but I am bombarded with Black Friday ads every time I open an email! Help!!! So I gave in and started thinking Christmas and I tune in every Sunday night to Klo's FAB-u-lous classes with the Pazzles and this week I actually cut something out!  BE...cause my NEW mats and blade arrived the other day and so I was ready!

This week's lesson was Christmas tree tags or cards and so I made one of each!  When I was growing up my name was NEVER on a pencil or a mug or anything....lots of  'Sandy' or 'Sue' but never ADELINE!  But now that I have my Pazzles I can cut my name out of absolutely everything and even make it sparkle and shine!

So if you have an unusual name  you can recreate your name with your Pazzles machine!  So check out my design below!
My name is the card and my husband's name is the tag! I used the "E" in my name for the tree stump and then created a separate one for his name tag.  Cool, huh??

Off to make a few more....


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

I am finally able to post the card that I made for my son's girlfriend.  Can you guess the date of her birthday?!!
She and her mother share the same birthday and she returned home last week and we were able to celebrate her birthday on Sunday!  I am really lovin' this stamp set and you will see why in my next post!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

CTMH fights for Hurricane Sandy victims!

 November 2012 Constant Campaign
Close to My Heart is having an awesome promotion with the November Stamp of the Month.  Place a qualifying order to purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5, and you can chose another stamp set of your choice for 50% off! Your half off stamp set is your choice from any of the current A,B,C,D,E or M stamp sets! If you have been waiting to try the alphabet stamp sets, now is the perfect time to add one to your collection! The promotion is valid from November 1, 2012  through November 30, 2012.

This month's stamp of the month S1211 Capture the Date carries more clout than being a good deal!

To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.

Here are the card samples I made for the workshop!  After cruisin' the internet and the CTMH SOTM blog hop, I was able to create these two cards.  the card below is the prototype - did not like it...

Here is the final card that the ladies made for the workshop.

Be sure to "like" my NEW Facebook page here for  all of my Close to My Heart artwork.  I have decided to change to both a personal and business Facebook.  So please join me!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Make It From YOUR Heart Workshop

Are you excited for November?  I am!!  Thanksgiving is a great time to remember our blessings and a perfect opportunity for food AND pictures!!  This month's paper pack pack is Flirty.  I must admit it is not my favorite paper pack but I think I have made it work by combining it with Moonlight and some basic fall colors from the CTMH palette

Here is the layout we will be making and you can change the title to "Thanksgiving" or "Give Thanks" or create your own.

Here is a collage of the designs that are in the layout - you will be learning the technique of 'tissue inking'.

The beautiful pictures are my my ONE day of fall weather in WNY.  The rest of the time - I froze!!  Here is the card we will be making - using 2nd generation stamping and color-ready seam binding to match!
Don't forget this important information.(includes one 2-page layout, 1 card and a table decoration.)
Make It From YOUR Heart workshop
When: November 9, 2012
When: 6-9:00 p.m.
Where:  my home - call for directions....
Cost:  $10.00
What to Bring?  - nothing!!  I want you to have a good time!  Light refreshments will be served during the break.
 I hope you will be able to join us!  Please RSVP to by Wed, November 7th so I can have a kit ready for you!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Close to My Heart SOTM Blog Hop.  Over 60 consultants are participating this month but BE PATIENT.  Some of the ladies who participate every month may be without power and this hop should be finalized by November 7th!  I, for one, know of the fears of living through a hurricane, but thankfully I have never lived through one like this!  our thoughts and prayers are with everyone on the east coast.

If you have been hopping along, then you have just arrived from Shirley's Ross blog  and viewed her awesome creation.  This month's stamp set is S1211 Capture the Date and is a perfect set for all of your scrapbook layouts and cards to make sure you remember the dates of the events!

Here is the artwork from corp which also gives you some alternative ideas to use with this stamp set.

Ironically I flew up to WNY last week to visit my family and see a little of the fall foliage.  Fortunately my plane was scheduled to leave Sunday night and I flew home without any incidents.  One day it was absolutely beautiful ( the rest - no so much....)  It was a sunny fall day with highs in the 70's and I was out taking pictures of the foliage.  Sadly many of the leaves had fallen and by Sunday night, they were blown off the trees!  But I think you can figure out what the date was!

This layout is also the November Make It From YOUR Heart workshop layout BUT you do have a choice of "Thanksgiving" , "Give Thanks" or "Fall" for your wording. I hope to be able to make another layout before the workshop next week - we will just have to see.

Here is my PicMonkey collage of the designs of the layout.  You can see the techniques you will be learning next week - it really is an EZ technique!
S1211 Capture the Date
B1395 So Grateful
C1504 Fall Harvest
X7160 Flirty paper pack
X7161 Moonlight paper pack
Z1760 Burlap ribbon and twine
Inks - Honey, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, Olive and Barn Red
Markers - Barn Red and Ruby

Don't forget this important information.(includes one 2-page layout, 1 card and a table decoration.)
Make It From YOUR Heart workshop
When: November 9, 2012
When: 6-9:00 p.m.
Where:  my home - call for directions....
Cost:  $10.00
What to Bring?  - nothing!!  I want you to have a good time!  Light refreshments will be served during the break.

More pictures coming in the next post!

Now it is off to Dawn's Ross blog   How funny - I am stuck between 2 Ross-es  ---OK - it must just be me who thinks it is funny! :) Let me know if you get stuck and I will direct you to a few blogs you can view!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It Must be Tuesday!

I love the Cricut Artiste cartridge AND the Art Philosophy cartridge! They are "my go-to"  cartridges that I use in my Cricut anymore. If you own both of them, then you have a total of 1400 images!! 

Today's My Craft Channel CTMH video features both of them and how easy it is to create beautiful images using the stamps and Dimensional Elements included in both cartridges.

Here is one of the cards that was featured.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BOO to YOU! October Workshop

My October workshop is all ready to go.  I still have a few openings for this month and several have already reserved their spot for November!  Don't forget it is the SECOND Friday of every month!

What: Make it From YOUR Heart October workshop
When:  October 12, 2012 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  My home - email me for directions...
How Much?:  $10.00 each month - no obligation
Workshop: 1 2-page layout and 2 cards (1 SOTM card)
R.S.V.P. : by October 10 by email at  or call me at (813)766-7125

This month we are using the Moonlight paper pack and the WOTG Stamp set!

Here is the layout that you will be creating!  Isn't it SCARY!! I have labeled the photo wells in case you haven't scrapped the pictures from last year!!  Did you know that Halloween is the holiday with the MOST picture taking?!!

Check out the details of the  layout - we will be usingZ1380 Spray Pen to add detail to the spooky title and the RIP tombstones!

Here is the swing card we will be making.  It can be found on page 52 of the new Cricut Artiste cartridge.

The second card will be using the Stamp of the Month S1210A Very Merry Christmas.

So are you ready for an absolutely entertaining evening? Lots of scary fun and food too, including mummies, jack-o-lanterns and more from SMC Cake Pops!

Here are her cake pops from the VIP tables at the Kids Krop.  Don't they look yummy???

Don't forget to email me at or call me at (813)766-7125  by October 10th (so I plenty of time to make the kits!)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Liebster Award

I have been blogging for several years now.  Posting my art for all to see.  Recently I was honored by Maureen O'Sullivan as she selected me for the Liebster Award.

I have admired Maureen's work the last few months as we have similar tastes in the artwork we create.  Be sure to check out her posts here and follow her blog - she never fails to disappoint me!

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Now I am honored to pass on this award to five creative bloggers.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Artiste in August Blog Hop and I have included a few in my list.  The others I have always been inspired by their artwork in the SOTM Blog Hop held every month.  So enjoy!!

Melinda Everitt
Pamela O'Connor