Sunday, December 29, 2013

Card Kits for January 2014

Whew, I made it through Christmas and holiday retail!!  It was exhausting and a few things had to be passed on...I didn't make cookies and I decided not to do the January SOTM Bloghop.  But I now have new card kits using the vivacious, Laughing Lola papers!

As a reminder, each kit includes precut papers, ribbons, and embellishments to make five cards.  For many of them I will stamp for you.  I include assembly directions.

Here are the January kits:

"Sending Love"
Created by me

"Plaid Thank You"
Inspired by Tamytha Jenkins 
Adapted by me

Stamping Options

"A True Friend"
Inspired by Joanne Wastchak
Adapted by me

I hope you will enjoy these kits.  If you have any questions or suggestions, leave me a comment.  Happy New Year 2014!!  Have fun papercrafting this new year!  


Saturday, November 30, 2013

SOTM Bloghop for December 2013

Welcome to the December 2013 Stamp of the Month Bloghop!  You are visiting our bloghop with 55 participating bloggers.  We are glad to have you joining us!!  The featured stamp set is "Special Care", a set of 6. 

If you came here from Judy Burger's Blog, you are on the right track!  Or you may have started here and will circle back around to hers later.  Just in case you get lost along the way, you can go to for a list of this month's hoppers.

I saw the potential of baby cards with this stamp set.  So I have created one to share.

I used the following product to make this card:

Babycakes Paper Pack
Buttercup Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Slate Washi Tape
Chocolate Stamp Pad
Sunset Stamp Pad
Slate Stamp Pad
Sunset Marker
Twist Ties
Babycakes WOTG
Neutral Baker's Twine
December SOTM
Tombow Adhesive, Glue Dots, 3-D Foam

I didn't do anything fancy except for the technique to make the Washi Tape act like a ribbon.  Here is a video of how you can do this and a few other things with Twist Ties:

Now you know my neat trick!  It's time to hop on over to Jen Rubio's Blog.  But be sure to order this stamp set during December since it's only available then.  Click here to order yours on my OBA.  With a qualifying order you can get it for $5.

Enjoy the rest of the bloghop!  And Merry Christmas!!!  Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Card Kits for December 2013

Christmas is now just around the corner...are you ready?  I am not, but I am working on getting there!  I've been eyeing some items to give at my favorite new store.  I have selected some new recipes for the annual, Christmas cookie bake in my kitchen.  And I have cards designed and ready to make for my holiday card mailing.  I will actually make about 80 cards by hand.

To make things a wee bit easier for you, I have two, new Christmas card kits using CTMH's "Frosted" papers plus a birthday card kit using "Babycakes".  I am sure you have a birthday to celebrate between now and January 2014.  If not, just return to this post when you need one and order the kit then.

Each kit comes with full, assembly directions and precut papers and embellishments to make five cards.  If you want all three kits, you can order them all and I may be able to ship them together for less than ordering one at a time.

So the kits are ...

"Frosted Reindeer"
Inspired by Tarina Holloway
Made by me

Stamping Options

"Winter Tidings"
Inspired by Gina Brandstetter
Made by me

Stamping Options

"Ombre Birthday"
Created by Me

Stamping Options

Got questions?  Leave me a message and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Clearly The Best: Do the Twist (S02E05)

I posted this by accident when I was trying to learn how to post from You Tube.  It has excellent information though, so enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Thursday, October 31, 2013

SOTM Bloghop for November 2013

Hello and welcome to the SOTM Bloghop for November!  You may have begun your hopping on another consultant's blog which is great!  Or you may be just getting started.  No worries because it is just one big circle and you will be able to stay on course by following my link to the next gal further down this post.  If you happen to get lost along the way, there is an order of the participating consultants on Melinda Everitt's Blog.

The November Stamp of the Month is a beautiful set featuring 15 stamps called "Illuminations".

You are going to be seeing some amazing artwork on this bloghop using "Illuminations".  You may have arrived at my blog via Brae Montgomery's BlogIt's nice to have you visiting mine now!
I have made a greeting card and here it is:

I used a "Starburst Technique" which I first learned from Susan Williams.  Here is a link to her tutorial.  The rest of the card you can probably figure out:  Just good ol' stamping, cutting and adhering!  I did use black pigment ink for the lantern so that it wouldn't bleed when I colored it in.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.
These are the materials I used:
Laughing Lola Paper Pack
Black Cardstock
Gypsy Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Brown and Tan Glitter Paper
Black Hemp
Black Pigment Ink
Honey Ink
Creme Brulee Marker
Sparkles Brown and Tan Assortment
Corner Rounder
Tombow Adhesive
Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Piercing Tool Kit
White Card Base measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches
Remember the November Stamp of the Month is only available from November 1-30th.  Click here to see how you can order it for just $5.
Now it's time for you to go visit Judy Burger's Blog to see her fabulous creation!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog post.  Happy Hopping!!  Nancy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Card Kits for November 2013

Christmas is my favorite holiday!  It is a joy to celebrate Jesus's birth!!  When I make cookies, decorate my house, shop at the mall, I like to remember that all these actions are a means to celebrate.  Somehow it helps me get through the "to-do list" when I focus on The Lord.  

I love sending Christmas cards to my friends and family.  It's a chance to connect with them.  For the last two years they have all been handmade.  So I am excited to share three of the designs I will use in making about 80 cards this year!  The last one you see is super simple if you are looking for one to be done quickly.   I hope you find something you could use.  

Remember that when you purchase a kit you will get complete assembly directions and precut papers and embellishments to make five cards.  You have a choice of letting me do the stamping for you or buying the needed stamp sets, which are exclusive to Close to My Heart, and doing your own stamping. If you want to get the stamp sets, I will order them for you after I receive your payment.  It will take about 5 days for them to arrive before I can ship you your kit.

"Christmas Village Kit"
Created by me 
Inspired by CTMH Idea Book

Stamping Options

"Joyous Christmas Kit"
Created by me

Stamping Options

"Evergreens Kit"
Adapted from Caron Barnard
Made by me

Stamping Options

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.  I hope you have a delightful Christmas Season this 2013!  

Thanks for looking!  Nancy

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Card Kits for October 2013

I love the fall because of the beautiful, holidays - Thanksgiving and ChristmasI have created three cards for these holidays.  Mostly Thanksgiving, but one Christmas which uses the October SOTM. 

In each kit you will have precut papers, embellishments, and cardbases to make five cards.  I will prestamp if you desire or you can buy the stamp set and I will add a mini, pigment, black ink pad.  Full assembly instructions are included.

Here are the kits:

"Give Thanks"
Created by Allisa Chilton
Modified by Me

Stamping Options

"It's a Good Day"
Created by Me

Stamping Options

"Scandanavian Wishes"
Created by Me

Stamping Options

I hope you enjoyed the cards.  In November I will offer Christmas card kits using, exclusive to CTMH, our "Sparkle and Shine" paper pack.  You won't want to miss them!  You will be able to purchase the paper , all the new trimmings and great stamp sets (more than I will feature on my cards) from October 15 until December 31.  With every $100 order, choose a "starred" item in the Holiday Guide.  Click here to order on my retail site. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Monday, September 30, 2013

SOTM Bloghop For October 2013

Hello and welcome to our SOTM Bloghop!
 This month we are featuring the October SOTM called "Scandanavian Wishes", a set of 12 images.

The Bloghop has over 50 participating, CTMH consultants this month.  You may have arrived here from Michelle Stewart's blog.  It is one big circle so you will be directed to the next hopper later in this post.  If for some reason you get lost, there is a complete list of the participating consultants at
I have been so excited to use this stamp because I am Scandinavian.  I grew up seeing these images because of my 100% Swedish aunts.  Aunt Lilly still lived there and often sent us gifts, especially the orange horses.  I didn't make the horses that color in my art so don't try to find them!  Just know that they are traditionally orange.

I have designed a Christmas card this month.  It will be fun to send to my Swedish cousins here in the US.


Products I used for my super, easy card:

Red Shimmer Trim
Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Bitty Sparkles
Sparkles - Clear Assortment
Base & Bling Floral Accents
Juniper Stamp Pad
Ruby Stamp Pad
Ruby Cardstock 
Cricut Cartridge - Art Philosophy
Tombow Adhesive

Scandanavian Wishes is available only in the month of October.  Click here to find out how you can get yours for just $5.  Now it's time to send you to Connie Walsh' Blog to see how she used the SOTM.
Thanks for hopping by my blog!  Nancy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Card Kits for September 2013

I have been watching the trees these past few days and wondering when they will start turning colors.  I love summer and really don't want to see the green go away, but it must to have all the seasons.  But I feel relieved when I don't notice any orange yet!!  (Hey,I am just being honest.  Trying to keep it "real".)

But even though I am not excited to end summer, I am getting ready for our first, autumn holiday - Halloween.  I created one "Spooky" card just for that occasion.  When you see it you will see the comedy in the word, "spooky" because it is everything except spooky!  And for folks that don't celebrate Halloween, I have some really cute cards about the fall season.

"Eek and Shriek"
created by me

Stamping Options

"Fall Gratitude"
created by me

Stamping Options

"Too Much Fun"
created by me

"Country Birthday"
inspired by Gina Brandstetter

Stamping Options

As you can see, I've been busy getting ready to bless my friends and family with Autumn cards.  I hope you will enjoy making these cards for loved ones, too.

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Saturday, August 31, 2013

SOTM Bloghop for September 2013

Hello and welcome to the SOTM Bloghop!  This month we are featuring, "Poster Tidings", a stamp set with two images.

You have probably come her via  Karen Fullam's Blog.  It's one big circle so you can start anywhere.  If you get lost at any point, go to
for a complete list of participatingconsultants.

I have created a Fall card because I have "fallen" for this stamp set!  When I first saw it I didn't know what to do with it.  Then my upline, Karen Varcoe showed me how to take a portion of it and stamp that onto a 2.5 x 2.5 square of cardstock.  I was hooked!  One can get many different images just by stamping different portions of each image.  I decided to make sure mine said, "Fall" on top.  I wanted to convey early Autumn things so I made sure it didn't include the "November" line.  Here is my card:

Products I used:

Sarita Paper Pack
Artbooking Cartridge 
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Jute Ribbon
Durable Studs
Wood Mini Medley
Outdoor Denim Ink Pad
Slate Ink Pad
Tombow Adhesive 
3-D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
Card Base measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches

I cut the pumpkin shape with the new Artbooking cartridge set at 11.50 to get a large shape.  The cardstock for my words measures 2.5 x 2.5.  The Outdoor Denim cardstock is 4.0 x 5.25.  The pattern paper measures 4.25 x 5.5.

The pumpkin and square piece were sponged in Slate.  The words are stamped in Outdoor Denim.  I cut a narrow piece of a different pattern at 3/8ths x 2.75 inches and stamped only one line of the words.  I attached it with 3-D foam tape.  Then I used Tombow to stick the word piece to the pumpkin. 

To build the base I layered the dark cardstock onto the pattern piece.  I glued down the two ribbons next.  You will need to use Liquid Glass to tuck the Jute behind.  You can just trim the shimmer tape.

I took a piece of the wooden flourishes and glued it in place on the dark cardstock with Liquid Glass.  After a few seconds I attached the pumpkin on top of my "blinged out" base with 3-D tape.  I put three little durables at the bottom left of the pumpkin.  I glued this whole base onto my card base.  You can use Tombow, but use Liquid Glass where the Jute meets the card base.  That's all there is to it!

Now hop on over to Kristine Ponte to see the amazing work she did!  Remember that this stamp set is available only during September.  To find out how you can get yours for $5 click here.

Enjoy the rest of the Bloghop.   Nancy

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SOTM Bloghop August 2013

Welcome to the August SOTM Bloghop!  This month we are featuring "A Chocolate Affair", a set of 16 stamps.

This bloghop is a big circle, meaning you can start viewing the blog posts by participating consultants at any point along the way.  You've probably come here from Melinda Everitt's Blog.  If you get lost along the way, there is a list of the 59 consultants at Helen Onulak's Blog.

I love this stamp set and can see many possibilities for it!  I designed a "sweet" little card that I think can be used for multiple occasions.

Products I used:

ProPlayer Paper Packet
Black Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
White cardbase measuring 5.5" x 4.25"
Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Bitty Sparkles
Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small
2" Scallop Punch (retired)
Chocolate Ink Pad
Ruby Ink Pad
Ponderosa Pine Ink Pad
Tombow Adhesive

The chocolate-dipped strawberry was created by stamping the image once in Chocolate, once in Ruby, and once in Ponderosa Pine.  Then I cut out the red berry part and the green stem and glued them onto the brown berry stamped image.  I then cut the three-color image as one unit.  I did the same technique on the cupcake.

The rest of the card was layered.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

Now hop on over to Pam Jarrett's Blog to stay on the Bloghop trail.  Remember "A Chocolate Affair" is available only during August.  Check with your consultant or click here to see how you can get yours for FREE this month only-a very sweet deal!

Thanks for stopping by!  Nancy

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

August 2013 Card Kits

It's time to get back in the swing of things from this wonderful summertime!  I hope you are refreshed and ready to begin making cards again.  I have a darling, back-to-school card as well as some end-of-summer delights!  They are as follows...

"A Chocolate Affair"

Stamping Options

"School Is Here"

Stamping Options

"Remarkable Wreath"
(Inspired from new, Fall/Winter Idea Book)

Stamping Options

"In the Zone"

Thanks for looking at my card kits!  Enjoy the rest of the summer!!  Nancy