Showing posts from June, 2014

Treat Bags

Who doesn't enjoy getting a surprise treat?  I know that I do and I bet you might too.  Today, I want to share 2 little treat bags that I made.

The first one was made from a little paper bag that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I love the purple chevron and just knew that I needed to make something with it.  The stamps were from a cute little hostess stamp set that will be retiring at the end of July.  When I saw it, I knew I wanted it.  Can you guess why?  If you are interested in hostessing a gathering so that you could earn this set, I will be happy to set one up for you.  Just email me at for more information.

Other supplies:
Gold glitter tape from American Crafts
Gold sequins by Mainstays (Walmart)
White and purple cardstock scraps
Smokey Plum Exclusive Ink Pad (found here)
Foam tape

The second little bag is completely different.

Here's what I used:
Ruby Exclusives Ink pad (found here)
Kaboom Stamp Set (CTMH - June Stamp of the Month)
In the Backgrou…

3 Girl JAM Challenge - Food or Food Related with Ribbon

Who's ready for a brand new challenge?  We are celebrating food on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog and we would love to see what you can make.  Be sure to use some ribbon and link up your project below.  Don't forget to check out what some of the fabulous Design Team Members have made for you.  There are some great projects.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things. An InLinkz Link-up

Masculine Card of Encouragement

Recently a friend of ours had surgery and I wanted to make a card to take when we visited him in the hospital. I had very little time to make it but still wanted it to be special. I think I was able to pull it off.

Here are the items I used:
Kraft Cardstock from Paper Trey Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black
Bowties 6X6 pad by Basic Grey
"The Future" stamp set from Sweet and Sassy Stamps
"Originals" Card Confidence Program found here
Black ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sequins from Mainstays
Black Soot Distress Marker
Lime Twist Bakers Twine by My Minds Eye

The whole thing went together quickly.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Close To My Heart Thursday

Life has been crazy and I just didn't get to the craft room long enough to create a project today.  However, Close To My Heart introduced a BRAND NEW CRICUT cartridge today so I thought I would show you that video.  It's not available yet, but should be here sometime in August.  Keep watching here for more NEW PRODUCT information.

Don't forget that anyone who places an order by the end of June 28, 2014 , will be eligible for a drawing to receive all the hostess benefits.  Be sure to check out the catalog here.  There are a lot of great products that are being discontinued and I don't want you to miss out, so be sure to check the "retired" tab on the left of the page.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Create*Craft*Share YouTube Hop - Make Something Out of Your Mess

It's time for another YouTube Hop and I am so excited to be a part of it.  This month we are making something by using the stuff in our crafty space that is out of place.  I have pictures in my video that shows part of the mess I am currently living with.  I decided to create a project that not only used out of place items, but that would enable me to begin organizing the mess.  You will have to let me know what you think.  Be sure to hop along the other 7 stops.  I can't wait to see the fabulous projects these ladies created.  There will be some prizes along the way as well.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Quick Mini Journal

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are having a great day.  I also really hope that you aren't sick of seeing altered notebooks from me.  There is actually a little story behind this one.  I have been a bit swamped lately and running behind in projects that I need to get done.  Friday morning for the real world was actually "Monday" for me this past weekend.  It was day 1 of 3 days of 12+ hour shifts.  My plan was to come home Friday night and get the project for today made and posted.  I had a general plan on what I was going to make until I made it home that night.

I have been shadowed by a nursing student during 6 of my last 9 shifts.  She is a great student and I think she will make a fabulous nurse.  She is very organized and always has a little spiral notebook for her notes.  On Friday I realized that she didn't have her notebook and we were using notebook and scrap paper all day.  When I asked about it, she mentioned that she had forgotten it at home.  When sh…

Special Offers - Pick a Hostess Party, Workshops on the Go

I have 3 great surprises to offer you today.

Offer #1- Win a Chance to Receive Free Products I have an Online Gathering scheduled here.  Anyone who places an order under the "Pick a Hostess" Gathering between now and June 28 will be entered into a drawing to receive all the Hostess Benefits.  If the gathering does not meet the $150 gathering minimum, I will provide the random winner with a B-sized stamp set of their choice.  The winner will be notified after midnight on June 29, 2014.  So spread the word and place some orders and you may win big!  If you place a $50 order you can also order the stamp set pictured below for just $5.

Offer #2 - Workshops on the Go Trial Offer You may have heard me talk about the Workshops on the Go video offer.  What is it?  We gather 6 people who are committed to joining a club for 6 months.  You purchase the Workshop on the Go each month and I provide you with exclusive videos designed to go with the Workshop.  I also provide you with bon…

Close To My Heart Thursday - Timberline Love Card

I wanted to make a special card for my husband when the inspiration for this card came to me.  I wasn't sure what I was going to make when my eyes fell on a scrap from the Timberline Collection from Close To My Heart.  The piece was a cut I had made from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from another project.  I had also been working on the Lollydoodle Cardmaker's Workshop on the Go and found the perfect stamp set.  Unfortunately, this stamp set is currently only available if you purchase the workshop, but I must say that it is a great kit.  As it ended up, all the paper for this card was from my scraps or old Cricut cuts.  Woo Hoo!  I love using up my leftovers.

Close to my Heart Supplies Used:
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Timberline Paper Pack
Lagoon Exclusives Cardstock
Lagoon Exclusive Ink
Slate Exclusive Ink
Lollydoodle Card Maker's Workshop on the Go (I only used the stamp set)
Durables Triangle Studs

Other products used:
White Scrap pieces of paper
Foam tape


Handmade Organizer for Card Pieces

Do you ever have so many pieces to a project that you are afraid that you are going to lose some?  Maybe you like to mass produce cards for special occasions and just want to keep the pieces you are working on safe from getting lost.  I have come up with a simple solution for you.  No, this is not for long-term storage as it does not close on all sides.  This is more to keep your pieces sorted while you are cutting.  It is simple to make and can be decorated to show your style.

Here's what you will need:
2 pieces of 12X12 cardstock.  I used CTMH White Daisy for the outside.  Ivy Lane or Skylark Reflections Scrapbook Paper where used on the inside.  I cut the inner piece to 11.5X11.5.  You could add additional pages if you are making more complicated cards with lots of cuts.
Bakers Twine (I used twine from the Twinery)
Lagoon and Pear Exclusives Inks
Believe in Yourself and  Hopscotch Alphabet stamp sets

Since I didn't get a picture of these, I hope you take a few minutes to stop…

"Dad" - A Close to my Heart Thursday Card

Good morning.  I hope you are having a great day.  I have a fun card that I want to share with you today on Close to my Heart Thursday.  I made this card for my dad for Father's Day and Close to my Heart had some great options.  I didn't even use a "Father's Day" stamp.

Here's what I used:
Close to my Heart Paper - "Free to be Me" (no longer available); Indian Corn Blue cardstock found in the Enchantment pack
June "Stamp of the Month" - Kaboom (You can pick this up for $5 if you spend $50 prior to tax and shipping through the Month of June
Cricut "Art Philosophy" and "Artiste" cartridges
Durables Triangles
Glue (I used Scotch Quick Dry and Tombo Mono adhesive)
Memento Tuxedo black ink

Cricut Cuts:
Art Philosophy
     Page 61 cut at 1.5"
     Pages 41, 43, and 31 9 Cut letters at "1.25"
     Page 49 cut at 4.5"
     Page #50 at 1.25

How about a video?

 Thanks for sopiing by today.  Remember to …

Scrap Your Stash 4X4 Card Challenge

I am so excited to be sharing these little cards with you today.  Why?  Because they were made using scraps.  Even the card bases and the liners were made from scraps.  The embellishments and the ribbons were the only things that weren't from my scrap stash.  Now here's the real challenge:

Don't just make 1 card, but make a set of 4 coordinating cards out of scraps.

Could you do it?  I challenge you to try.  It's a great way to push your imagination while using up your supplies.  I really hope you will give it a shot.

Other supplies:
Close to my Heart - A Huge Thanks (Consultant Stamp Set), Pear and Smoky Plum Exclusive Inks
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Distress Pens - Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick
3 Girl JAM - Merlot and Purple Passion crinkle ribbon
Really Reasonable Ribbon - purple and yellow ribbon
2" Circle punch
Fiskars Notebook Border Punch
Michael's Bling
Foam squares and ATG

How about a video?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Rem…

Mini Message Boards

Good morning.  I hope you are having a wonderful day and enjoyed a good weekend.  I was so inspired by Scrappin' Abby's Memo Board last week that I wanted to make some of my own.  I decided to use some great 3 Girl JAM ribbon to make them just my style.

The new Flair and Flower Bundle were just what I needed to make my little boards.  All I had to do was add some extra ribbon from the new Tie Dye 1 and Tie Dye 2 bundles to make them perfect for my treasures.

I started out by purchasing some cork tiles from my local Joann's store.  These were 12 inch tiles, but I wanted circles.

So I set up the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut a circle to use as a pattern.  Using fit-to-page, I was able to create a pattern to use to cut my circles.  I then took some muslin to cover the cork by using hot glue to adhere it to the back.  Next came the fabulous flower ribbon for decoration and a hanger.  I decided to do each one a little differently for more variety.

Using ribbon from each Tie D…

Close to my Heart Thursday - Skylark and Balloon Ride Congratulations Card

Graduation is a special time in a young person's life and I wanted to have a special card for one of the young ladies in our church who is graduating from high school.  I pulled out a few Close to my Heart products and went to work.

Originals book
Skylark Complements
Balloon Ride paper pack
Chocolate Exclusives ink pad
Kudos stamp set from the Cricut Artiste bundle
foam tape (CTMH foam tape can be found here)
You can click on each item to be taken directly to it in the Close to my Heart catalog.

If you are interested in the details to make this card, please watch the video below.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Close to my Heart Video

One of the benefits of being a Close to my Heart Independent Consultant is that I am able to share some great videos they create with you all.  This video shows some really fun party favors that you might want to try out for your summer parties.  Find something you want to make but missing the items you need to make it?  Head over to my Close to my Heart site and pick up what you might need by clicking here.

This month's stamp of the month is super fun and can be yours for $5 if you purchase $50 worth of products.  Be sure to check it out.  If you are interested in hosting an online Gathering, contact me at to get the details.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.