Friday, December 21, 2012

CTMH Trees on Parade

Through the Years
Merry Christmas to all who visit my blog.
 May the Lord bless you richly this Christmas season. 
I will be back posting after Christmas with some New Years creations. 
In the mean time let's celebrate nine years of Close to My Heart Christmas papers.
Can you find the tree using CTMH Christmas paper?
2004 Contemporary Christmas
2005 Deck the Halls
2006  Hollydays   
2007 Everlasting
7007 Everlasting Creative Basics
2008 Evensong
2008 Evensong Creative Basics
2009 Jingle
2010 Mistletoe
2010 Mistletoe Creative Basics
2011 Believe
2012 Pear & Partridge

Thursday, December 20, 2012

White Christmas Trees

White Trees on Silvery Snow

Cut trees using white daisy and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
From Booklet page 52 cut trees 3 inches. Add some glitter paper 
for snow and stamp snowflakes on the trees. Add snowflake from 
Booklet page 27.  Add sparkles where needed.
CTMH supplies:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Pacifica, Glitter
Ink: Pacifica
Stamps: Snowflakes
Embellishments: Sparkles
Other: Snowflake embossing folder

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's All About the Scraps

Trees On Parade
This week I've been playing with different kinds of Christmas trees.
This one is made with just scraps that were laying on the table.
My White Christmas trees will be here tomorrow.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pear & Partridge
Cardstock: Cranberry, Kraft, Colonial White, Cocoa
Ink: White Daisy, Cranberry
Stamps: Snowflakes, Countdown
Embellishments: Seam binding Ribbon, Bakers Twine, Green buttons

Color Dare #22

Sweet Leaf and Twilight
Color My Heart challenge this week is two of  my 
favorite colors together: Twilight and Sweet Leaf.
Merry & Bright Christmas card with a burlap tree. 
To make the tree just cut your tree shape using Desert Sand 
cardstock and adhere to a piece of burlap ribbon. 
Cut out tree and embellish as you wish.
So now, grab your twilight and sweet leaf and share 
your special creation with us at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Florentine, Believe(retired)
Cardstock: Twilight, Colonial White
Ink: Twilight
Stamps: Snowflakes, Merry & Bright
Embellishments: Sparkles, Burlap Ribbon, Blue Brads

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Warmest Wishes

With Paper Trees
Scallop circle punch used to make paper trees
for this weeks  Mojo Monday sketch.
 To make trees: Punch a green circle and a white circle. Fold circle in half and in half again to find the center point of the circle. Cut a 4 scallop piece, a 3 scallop piece and a 2 scallop piece from each circle. Layer together with the white scallops on the bottom of each piece. Add a sparkle to the top of the trees.
Use this sketch to make your project and share with us at Mojo Monday.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pear & Partridge, Believe(retired)
Cardstock: Sky, White Daisy
Ink: Sky
Stamps: Perfect Fit-Holidays, Snowflakes
Embellishments: Sparkles, Bakers Twine
Other: Ribbon from stash

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monogram Monday

Clean And Simple

 Monograms can be used for word cards. 
"JOY" at Christmas with the monograms makes a Clean and simple card.
 Use this sketch to make your own clean and simple card.
These "NOEL" monograms make the card on page 42 
from the Make It From Your Heart How to Booklet pattern #19
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pear & Partridge
Cardstock: Cranberry, Cashmere, White Daisy, Colonial White, Pear
Ink: Cranberry, New England Ivy, Topiary
Stamps: Monograms J,O,Y,N,E,L, Merry & Bright
Other: Ribbon from stash

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whoo's Your Valentine? Hop

Candy Treats
Just for all your Valentines we are hopping on the Whoo's Your Valentine Trail. 
If you have hopped from Sheila's blog you are on the right trail. 
Nothing says Love like M&Ms with peanuts.
Or a chocolate Hershey Bar
Or some heart wrapped Hershey Nuggets.
Now check out the valentine goodies at Jean's blog for a hoppin' good time.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Ruby, Glitter CS, White Daisy, Blush
Ink: Ruby, Blush
Stamps: Whoo's Your Valentine
Embellishments: Bakers Twine, 
Other: clear boxes, Ribbon from my stash

Monday, December 10, 2012

Another Valentine Sneak Peak

Color Dare #21...A Buttercup Valentine
How fun! A one color color dare is going on at Color My Heart
One catch: use black and white with your buttercup.
I'm still playing with the stamp set from the Valentine Kit coming your way on 
December 13. I also wanted to try the new cluster stamping technique 
featured this week at Close To My Heart. I hope you can play along
this week at Color My Heart with some Buttercup, Black & White.
CTMH Supplies: 
B&T Duos: La Belle Vie
Cardstock: Buttercup, Black, Colonial White
Stamps: Whoo's Your Valentine
Ink: Black, Buttercup
Embellishments: Flutter shapes, Opaques, Pewter Mini Medley, Black Ribbon, Pin Clips
Technique: Cluster Stamping

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Monogram Monday

For the Desk of.....
A Christmas Gift for my mother, Barbara and a Christmas challenge at Heart 2 Heart.
For the desk collection includes a calendar, Journal, some coordinating 
binder clips covered with coordinating papers and catch all container.

 A Journal to record all those special memories and thoughts.
 A catch all container holds paper clips, coordinating binder clips,
 loose change, post it notes, etc.
2013 Calendar indicating all family birthdays so no one will be forgotten. 
Birthdays are listed on the back of the calendar stand. 
Calendar stand is made using an Acrylic Photo Frame.
Now, let's see your Christmas projects. Be sure to post at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Florentine
Cardstock: Creme Brulee, Twilight, Colonial White
Stamps: Monogram "B"
Ink: Goldrush
Embellishments: Bohemian Assortment. Opaques, Antique Gold Mini Medley, Paradise Flowers
Other: Binder Clips, Assorted ribbon from stash, Acrylic Photo Frame, 2013 Calendar, Journal

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Another Valentine Sneak Peak

Hershey Bar Wrapper
Couldn't wait to play with the new valentine stamp set in the 
Valentine Kit for National Paper Crafting Month.
Exclusive Whoo's Your Valentine Kit available beginning December 13. 
Be sure to check back then to hop along the trail of the 
Whoo's Your Valentine blog hop. Mark your calendar.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Cranberry, White Daisy, Blush
Ink: Cranberry
Stamps: Whoo's Your Valentine(available December 13)
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim, Bakers Twine

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Valentine Sneak Peak

Whooo's Your Valentine?
Couldn't wait to play with the new valentine stamp set in the 
Valentine Kit for National Paper Crafting Month. 
I used the sketch from Heart 2 Heart for my project.

Hershey chocolate bar wrapper
Heart 2 Heart sketch for this week's challenge.
Now it's your turn to create something special using this sketch for inspiration.
Be sure to share with us at Heart 2 Heart  
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Cranberry, White Daisy
Ink: Cranberry
Stamps: Whoo's Your Valentine(available December 13)
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim, Bakers Twine

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monogram Monday

Take Note
On each Monday in December I will be sharing my monogram gifts
 that I will be giving to family members. Since the age of  9 
I have been making homemade gifts for everyone at Christmas time. 
This year each one will get  monogrammed ensemble of special items.

 For all your note taking needs
A box of monogrammed note cards with monogrammed envelopes.
 Monogrammed note pad clippy board.
 Monogrammed post it note holder
Monogrammed post it note clippy board.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Flirty
Cardstock: Colonial white
Ink: Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, New England Ivy
Stamps: A Friend Like You, "A" monogram
Embellishments: Sparkle Flourish, Paradise Flowers, Bouquet assortment
Other: Assorted Ribbons from stash, Coasters, Binder Clips, RSVP Pen

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ghirardelli Gift Tags

A Christmas Package Get A Special Gift Tag
Using the Color My Heart challenge colors to get ready for Christmas with Ghirardelli Gift Tags.
Color Challenge: Cranberry, Smoothie, Olive, and New England Ivy

 Left Tag: Make a 3" envelope from Artiste Cricut cartridge page 73. Decorate to 
coordinate with your package and insert the Ghirardelli chocolate square.
Right Tag: Cut a 5" Petal Box from Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge page 21. 
Fold in three sides leaving one side up to form the tag. Decorate to coordinate 
with your package and insert the Ghirardelli chocolate square.
 Add gift tag to your special package.
These gift boxes are handmade using Cranberry cardstock and New England Ivy 
cardstock. Let me know if you need a tutorial and I will make one.
So, let's see your project using these challenge colors at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pear and Partridge
Cardstock: Cashmere, Cranberry, Olive, Smoothie, New England Ivy
Ink: Cashmere, Cranberry, Smoothie, White
Stamps: Christmas Love, Snowflakes, Merry & Bright
Embellishments: Seam binding Ribbon, Wood Buttons, Green Buttons, Bakers Twine

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snowflake Cookie Cutter Ornament

Sparkle and Glitter
Heart 2 Heart is all sparkly this week. 
The challenge is to add some glitter and sparkle to our project.
This cookie cutter ornament is easy to make. Just trace the shape of your 
cookie cutter and cut it out. Secure it to the back using Liquid Glass. 
Use an adhesive spring to secure an image(snowflake)
 in the center of the cookie cutter so it will pop out. 
Attach stamped images(snow birds) on the edge with Liquid Glass. 
Add your sparkles and/or Glitter Gel as desired.
Now it's your turn to show us your sparkle at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Wonderland
Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue
Ink: Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry Marker
Stamps: Perfect Fit-Holidays, Very Merry Christmas
Embellishments: Glitter Gel, Sparkles
Other: Cookie Cutter

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Treats

Stocking Stuffers
It's Christmas Week at Heart 2 Heart. You will find lots of ideas 
there to fancy up your Christmas.

 M&Ms peanut or plain make a yummy chocolate Christmas treat.
Hershey's Nuggets or Ghirardelli chocolate squares for a Christmas stocking.
Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart to get some amazing Christmas ideas
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pear and Partridge, Believe
Cardstock: Cranberry, Topiary, White Daisy
Stamps: Very Merry Christmas. Perfect fit-Holiday, Perfect fir-Halloween
Ink: Cranberry, Topiary,Sky, New England Ivy, Cotton Candy
Embellishments: Seam binding ribbon, Sparkles, Bakers Twine
Other: Ribbon from my stash
Clear Boxes from 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Color Dare #19 Gets CAS

Cranberry, Hollyhock, and Sweet Leaf
Complementary colors are in play at Color My Heart this week. 

I used the sketch below to make my card Clean And Simple.

Share your creations with us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Color My Heart With Gratitude

Giving Thanks
Thank you Sarah at Color My Heart and Mary at Heart 2 Heart.
 Each week Sarah gives us some challenging color combos to play with. 
And... for several years Mary has challenged us with many weekly inspirational 
challenges of all kinds. As a previous DT member at H2H I was always amazed at how 
each member was totally inspired in different ways without consulting one another. 
Mary has announced her retirement from H2H and I personally will miss her. 
However, all good things at H2H will continue with some amazing leadership 
and new designers. Be sure to play along in the new year.
Color My Heart Challenge: Avonlea Teal, Flirty Raspberry, La Belle Vie Pink
Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Tell us what you are grateful for.
Take the challenge and share at Heart 2 Heart and/or Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Avonlea, Flirty, La Belle Vie
Cardstock: Colonial white, La Belle Vie Pink, Avonlea Teal
Stamps: Thank You, Just for You
Ink: Slate
Embellishments: Brocade Assortment
Pattern: Make It From Your Heart #30

Monday, November 12, 2012

Home of the Free

Because of the Brave
On Veteran's Day we honor all those who have served our country 
to secure and defend the freedoms of the United States of America. 
We salute you, your bravery, and your unwavering commitment 
to freedom for all peoples. May God bless your lives and give you 
His gracious and unending peace for what you have given to us. 

We will not forget this great gift given with such great sacrifice. 
We can only pray that the Lord will come soon and bring Peace on earth.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


A Photo Challenge
This week at Heart 2 Heart we get our inspiration from a photo. 
I used the wood grain, the black from the napkins, the red 
from the bricks for my color scheme and the Owl in the stamp set Dream Big. 
I also tried another sketch from  CAS(E) the Sketch

 Card inspired by the Heart 2 Heart Photo
 Inspired by the owls, the black and brick red colors and the wood grain.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.
 Now it's your turn to share with us your inspired
creation from the photo at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies: 
B&T Duos: Dakota
Cardstock: Colonial White
Stamps: Dream Big, Kudos
Ink: Barn Red, Black
Embellishments: Black Ribbon Round, Bitty sparkles

Monday, November 5, 2012

Warm Wishes From the Snow Birds

Clean and Simple 
I followed the trail to this sketch challenge. It started with the sketch 
Laurel used at Inspired By. I followed her link to the CAS(E) this Sketch
 that she used to make her card. Then I saw that the challenge for that sketch 
was closed so I went to the sketch for this week at CAS(E) the Sketch
The sketch looked like fun so I gave it a try.

 Snow Birds give a warm wishes greeting.
Use this sketch for your creation. The challenge will end today 
but a new one will be up on Thursday. Be sure to check it out.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Sky, Indian Corn Blue, White Daisy
Ink: Indian Corn Blue
Stamps: Perfect Fit-Holidays
Embellishments: Sparkles

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chocolate Book

Inspired By #48
With the inspirational photo at Inspired By I decided it was time to make my 
Rules of Chocolate Book again. I used neutral colors from the Scholastic 
Paper Packet. The inside of the book hold two Hershey chocolate bars 
with the Rules of Chocolate on top of each bar.
 Front Cover of the Book
 Inside the book hold 2 chocolate bars with the Rules of Chocolate.
Click on the rules to enlarge for reading.
Inspirational Photo from the Inspired By Challenge.
Use this photo to create something special to share at Inspired By.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Scholastic
Cardstock: Cashmere, Colonial White
Stamps: Approved
Ink: Black, Ruby
Embellishments: Antique Gold Brads, Durable Studs

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Challenging Color Dare

Smokey Plum  Sunset   Sweet Leaf

This week at Color My Heart the color dare is some what challenging. 
Sarah calls these triadic, secondary colors. I call them Halloween colors. 
But Halloween is over. So...what to do? I decided to focus on the Smokey Plum 
and accent with small amounts of Sunset and Sweet Leaf. 
The neutral background helps to soften the look.
So... take the challenge with Smokey Plum, Sunset, and Sweet Leaf. 
 Be sure to share your creations at Color My Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Colonial White, Smoky Plum, Desert Sand
Stamps: Card Word Puzzle, Avonlea Card WOTG
Ink: Smokey Plum, Sunset, Sweet Leaf, Desert Sand
Embellishments: Opaques, Green Buttons
Other: Ribbon and Lace from my stash

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Avonlea Card Workshop Meets A Color Dare

Color Dare #16
Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, and Honey

My Avonlea card workshop gets an update with this new color 
challenge at Color My Heart  The workshop calls for two 
B&T papers and three colors of cardstock. I used the 
Honey B&T from Pemberley and the Goldrush B&T from Flirty
 with Cranberry, Goldrush, and Autumn Terracotta cardstock. 
Then I just followed the directions in the workshop brochure.
 Card #1 Make It From Your Heart #20
Card #2 Make It From Your Heart #27

Card #3 Make It From Your Heart #29.
Tomorrow a new Color Dare Challenge will be at Color My Heart
Join us early and join us as often as you can.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pemberley, Flirty
Cardstock: Cranberry, Goldrush. Autumn Terracotta
Stamps: Avonlea Workshop on the Go
Ink: Cranberry, Autumn, Terracotta, Goldrush, Honey
Embellishments: Sparkles
Other: Cranberry Ribbon from my stash
Patterns: Make It From Your Heart #20. #27. #29
View the original Avonlea Card Workshop Here

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thank You Lord

Just a Little Prayer
for all the victims of hurricane Sandy. 
May the Lord be with all those who have suffered loss and may He give them 
His strength each day as they regain their daily lives. 

Also, May the Lord give strength and wisdom to all  first responders, rescue workers, 
Governors, and the re-builders of this great devastation. Our thoughts and prayers 
are with all each day as our nation works together to build back that which was lost. 
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:13

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to All

Whether it Tricks of Treats I wish you all a Happy Day.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin Time

Time to Give Thanks
This week at Heart 2 Heart we can choose Halloween or Pumpkins.

I've been wanting to make a pumpkin using circles and different paper prints. 
This one is easy: it takes two 1 3/4" circles and one oval for the center. 
The stem is made with the burlap ribbon. 
A raffia bow is added for some Fall texture.
Question: Halloween or Pumpkins? Share with us at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Clementine
Cardstock: Saddle, Cashmere, Colonial White
Ink: Saddle
Stamps: A Little Thanks
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon, Sorbet Brad
Other: Raffia
Pattern: Make It From Your Heart #24

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Color Dare #15

Color My Heart is Back
We've been missing Sarah and her color dares. This week at Color My Heart 
she took us back to summer colors with Lagoon, Pear, and Creme Brulee.  

 My card is a pattern from Make it From Your Heart #24. 
The roses from the stamp set Love Blooms are layered by cutting 
out sections of each rose and layering them with pop ups. The coloring 
technique is the base and shade technique showing Here. The 
leaves are inked with Creme Brulee with the edges rolled in Pear. 
Now, grab these summer colors and make us a surprise to share at Color My Heart.

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Clementine
Cardstock: Lagoon, Creme Brulee, Colonial White
Stamps: Love Blooms, Words of Comfort
Ink: Lagoon, Creme Brulee, Pear
Embellishments: Boutique Assortment, Burlap Ribbon
Pattern: Make It From Your Heart #24