Saturday, January 7, 2017

DIY Succulent Wreath Kit

It's National Papercrafting Month!  Close to My Heart has a gorgeous DIY Succulent Wreath Kit for purchase.  Watch the following link to see how easy it is to assemble:

Visit my online business address to order yours only in January 2017:

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 2016 Staff of the Month Bloghop

Hello Bloghoppers!

You've just hopped on my page in the December 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop!  The featured stamp set is "Thoughtful Flowers" with 14 stamps.

This hop is one big circle which can be started anywhere.  You probably hopped on over from Kirsten Desorcy's Blog. When you are ready, jump on over to Jen Rubio's Blog.

I spent some time making a small greeting card of 4"x4"proportion.


This is a list of what I used:

  • Oh Deer Paper Packet
  • Rustic Home Ribbon Pack
  • White Daisy Cardstock
  • Sea Glass Cardstock
  • Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Gold Sequins
  • ShinHan Markers (see chart below to create the shades of my flowers)
  • 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (retired)
  • Journaling Pen

Chart of Markers

Sorbet Flower 
(upper left)
Light Orange 3x
Center:  Marigold

Smoothie Flower
(bottom right)
Cherry Pink
Tender Pink
Pastel Green
Center:  Golden Yellow

Canary Flowers
Light Orange
Pastel Green
Stem:  Pastel Green, Turquoise Blue 3x, Colorless Blender 2x

Thistle Flower
Peony Purple
Center:  Light Orange & Cherry Pink

Thank you for spending some time on my post.  Enjoy the rest of this bloghop!  Nancy 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Stamp of the Month Bloghop

Hello!  Welcome to the October SOTM Bloghop featuring, "Yuletide Joy", a stamp set with seven images.  It is so pretty; you are sure to see some beautiful work on the bloghop!

There are 37 Close to My Heart Consultants participating this month.  Each has made a blog post.  You will look for links to connect to the next post in this big loop of posts.  Most people hop in a forward motion, but you can always go backwards.

I'm following Vickie ODell this month.  I'm sure you enjoyed her post.  The next person following me is Michele Rowley. You will also be touched by her post, too.

But as for my artwork...I made a greeting card for the ladies at my card class to make.  It is a shaker card.  I had tried to use some vellum for the window to look frosty due to chilly weather, but I couldn't see well enough inside the window.  So I just used the plastic from an old Cricut mat and ran it through my Cricut machine using an image from the Art Philosophy cartridge (now retired).  Since I'm mentioning the cartridge, I'll say that the black frame is also cut from it.

Here is the card:

This is the list of what I used:

  • Swan Lake Paper Packet for the Peacock w/white dots B&T sheet
  • White Daisy Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Gold Sequins
  • Red & Striped Sequins from the Florence Assortment (retired)
  • Iridescent Sequins from a local craft store
  • Snowflake Sequins from the same craft store
  • Cranberry Baker's Twine (retired)
  • Cranberry Exclusive Ink Pad
  • Carmine ShinHan Marker
  • Vivid Green ShinHan Marker
  • 4.25"x5.5" card base
  • Recycled plastic sheet from Cricut Cutting Mat
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Micro-tip Scissors

It was fun to create this card. The October Stamp of the Month can be yours for just $5 with an order of just $50. You can reach that amount by getting the papers and inks alone to make my card!   Click here to order yours from my Online Business Address (OBA).

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop

Welcome to the August 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop featuring, "Purr-fect Halloween".  You will see the work of twenty+ participating, CTMH consultants and it is sure to please.

You are moving in a large loop to visit the pages of all the bloggers.  You may have just been on  Michelle Loncar's blog.  When you are ready Gina Brandstetter is ready to show you her work.

I decided to make an everyday greeting card because most of my customers don't appreciate Halloween.  So it seems to be a great card for cat lovers, but at least for anyone CRAZY!!!  And I'll be encouraging my girls to stamp a birthday sentiment inside.

Products used:

  • Florence B&T
  • Poppy cardstock and Pacifica cardstock (retired)  Peacock cardstock is recommended.
  • Watercolor paper (only because I tinkered with painting the cat)  White Daisy cardstock is great instead.
  • ShinHan Markers:  WG4 Warm Grey, Y222 Golden Yellow, B262 Cerulean Blue Lt, and R11 Carmine
  • Exclusive Ink:  Poppy, Safron, and Peacock
  • Tuxedo Ink
  • My Acrylic Blocks
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge 
  • White Enamel Stars
  • Black journaling pen to draw hearts onto stars
  • Rose Gold Foil Tape
  • Florence Sequins (rose gold tone)
  • 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • Quilling Tool (to lift and place embellishments
  • Micro-tip Scissors
Have fun seeing the rest of the Bloghop.  You can order the stamp of the month from any consultant.  If you want to order from me, just click on and you will be at my retail page.

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop

Hello!  Welcome to this fabulous, June 2016 edition of the CTMH Consultants', Stamp of the Month Bloghop!!  Prepare to see some wonderful artwork using "The Long Way Home" stamp set.

You will be looking for links in all the posts which will take you in order through the hop.  You may be here now because you were last at Maureen O Sullivan's blog.  Following me, you will be visiting Kathy Burrows' Blog.

I created a card that can have various purposes.  It's intended to be masculine and for Father's Day, but easily could be a birthday card.

I used the June SOTM, September SOTM, and A Typeface Stamp Set for images.  The B&T is from Calypso Paper Packet and there is White Daisy and Black cardstock.  Inks used were Pomegranate, Honey, Lagoon, and Black.  Accents are Black and Gold Ribbon, Sequins from Calypso Sequins, and retired Black Enamel Stars.  It's hard to see that I popped the tiny camera with a small bit of 3D Foam Tape.  Otherwise I used our EZ-3L adhesive.  The car is not popped; it's just outlined in black cardstock which makes it look 3D.

That's it, pretty simple!  Give it a try...

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop

Welcome to the May 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop!  I am one of 33, CTMH Consultants eager to share with you how they used "Celebrate with Cake", the featured stamp.

You may have jumped to my page from Sarah Stone's Blog by clicking on her link to me.  When you are ready you will simply click on my link to Jeanie Burch's Blog.  Keep clicking on the links within each person's posts and you will make your way back to where you started.  And do enjoy all the stops along the way!  We all hope you are inspired!

I have made a simple birthday card because sometimes we want to send a homemade card to a friend, but don't want to spend a ton of time on it.  I focused on the slice of cake to do something different using the cake platters.

Products I used:

Georgie B&T
Whisper Cardstock
Watercolor Paper
AP Cricut Collection 
Confetti Embossing Folder 
Glacier Extra Thick Twine
Waterbrush (now in Seasonal Expressions 2)
Honey Exclusive Ink
Whisper Exclusive Ink
Juniper Exclusive Ink
Sunny Yellow Exclusive Ink (retired)
Tuxedo Black Ink
Grey Enamel Gems (white only)
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors 
Mini Glue Dots
3L E-Z Dots Adhesive 
3D Foam Tape
5.5"x4.25" Card Base

Remember that "Celebrate with Cake" is available May 1 to May 31.  Click here to purchase yours or contact your regular consultant.

Thank you for stopping by!  Nancy 

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 2016 Stamp of the Month Bloghop

Hello and welcome to my post for the April 2016 SOTM Bloghop featuring "Life in Pictures".

I am one of 29 CTMH, participating consultants.  You will encounter wonderful examples of ways these fine folks used "Life in Pictures".  Just hop onboard the revolving train and look for links in each person's post for where you'll hop next.  Eventually you'll make your way back to your starting point.

Maybe you hopped to me from Helen's blog.  Glad you are here now.  Your next stop will be Donna's blog.

But for now, here is what I made with "Life in Pictures".  It's an easel card!

I wanted to celebrate relationships by creating a card as a photo op suggestion for recipients.  I think the whole stamp set lends itself to scrapbooking a special event.  But what to do for card makers was my question.  I think it works!

I used Life in Pictures Stamp Set, Birthday Calligraphy Stamp Set, the Art Philosphy cartridge, Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts for the flower, Sapphire Cardstock, Desert Sand Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock, Regatta B&T, Tuxedo Black Ink, a retired Pearl Gem, retired Colonial White Designer Ribbon, a retired clear button with black Waxy Flax (also retired) threaded through the holes, a sheer ribbon from a craft store, Base & Bling Adhesive Strips, Mini Glue Dots, 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive, Floral Embossing Folder, Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, a paper trimmer, and our soon-to-be retired Score Board.

It was a multi-stepped card which is challenging, but so worth the effort!

Remember that the April Stamp of the Month is available April 1 to April 30.  You can order yours on my shopping site,  It retails for $17.95 or just $5 with a qualifying order of $50.

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy