Friday, October 19, 2012

Boo to you!!

Here today to share some 'spooktacular' Halloween decor with you!

For your viewing pleasure...and hopefully a little decor inspiration...are my Halloween "BOO" My Creations Blocks.  With just 3 My Creations Blocks, some Moonlight papers and the always incredible Cricut Artiste Cartridge I was able to come up with this cute little display I will be able to put out with my decorations for years to come!

All supplies are Close to my Heart (unless noted) and can be purchased purchase on my website.

Paper: Moonlight Paper Pack
Stamps: Magic Potions, Creepy Creatures, Perfect Fit-Frames, Perfect Fit-Halloween
Inks: Staz-on Black, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta Alcohol Marker
Embellish it: Black Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Tulle Ribbon, Black Waxy Flax, Green Button Assortment, Licorice Opaques Adhesive Gems
Other items: Artiste Cricut Cartridge, My Creations Blocks, Black acrylic paint and wooden beads (local craft store)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Well, it's not quite Fall in Arizona yet.  Here in the Valley of the Sun....we still have tripple digit temps!  Plus, some monsoon storms are rolling in which means it's not gonna just be a 'dry heat'!  But with school in full swing and the fall craft projects's as close to feeling like Fall as I can get!  

I was really happy to create my first Fall card of the season with Close to my Heart's September Stamp of the Month - Fall Favorites.  This was the PERFECT stamp set to grab all those new fabulous Alcohol Markers and give 'em a try!  I started small with the little pumpkin pair, but I look forward to being a coloring and blending queen soon with some more practice!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Monday, September 3, 2012


It's been a busy, busy few weeks here at my house hold!  One kid started college, one kid started high school...then there's the 9 year old boy who just keeps me busy all the time!  So there hasn't been much time for sharing.  Oh, don't get me wrong....lots of creatin' has been going on around here and come back often cause I will eventually be sharing!  But in the stamping world, I have been in Christmas mode for the past few weeks and I certianly don't want to be like most of those stores where I am a postin' Christmas stuff before we even get to Halloween!!  But for today, I do have a card I wanted to share...

I needed to create a wedding card for some friends who were just recently married.  As you can see, there's a bit of 'old' and mostly 'new' which I used to create this card...I just skipped the 'borrowed' and 'blue' today. :)


Some of the current products used:
  • X5930 Slate Cardstocok
  • X5929 Whisper Cardstock
  • Avonlea Off-white Cardstock
  • Z2503 Slate Pigment Ink
  • D1187 For Every Occation Stamp Set
  • Z1802 Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Z1732 Color Ready Ribbon
  • Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-ons
  • Z1336 Opaques - Pearl
  • Z1780 Wrangler Assortment
  • Z1768 Silver Metallic Marker 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Delight in Everyday

Today I would like to share with you one of the layouts I created for my Extravaganza Artwork for my booth for teaching at the Close to my Heart Annual Convention in July of this year.
(With some less-than-stellar photography. Sorry...DSLR still down-n-out.  My poor iPhone can only do so much.)

As you know, I was given the gorgeous new Avonlea papers.  Here you can see I have paired them with several of the new embellishments from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

Here, in a close-up for the left side you can see I have used some of the great new Avonlea Canvas Complements.  Since they cardstock weight and adhesive backed...they are so easy to use and layer together.  I was even able to find a complimentary Cricut cut to back one of the new designs.  But the eye-drawing feature of the page is certainly those new Opaques Pearl Flourishes!  I am in LOVE with those!  

 Of course I couldn't help but add some of the Colonial White Rosette Ribbon.  With 5 yards in just one's so easy to add it to everything!  I finished of the layout with a title created with the new Canvas Alphabet...a great addition to coordinate with the Avonlea Canvans Complements!

Don't forget to take a look or even get a few of these great new products for yourself at my website!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gettin' Flirty!

For your viewing pleasure today I have another workshop I have created with our new bright and vibrant Flirty Paper Pack.   This pack includes fun kit-exclusive colors such at Flirty Raspberry and Flirty Yellow...colors you will see only in this paper pack for just this one time!  I stamped these great colored prints with the large bloom from our new coordinating stamp set Love Blooms.  Then grabbed the sentiment set (also featured with this paper pack) A Friend Like You to stamp some 'love' on my cards and added a little 'bling' with our Opaque Pearls.  Packaged it all up in the totaly adorable mini-magazine file 3-D box from our new Cricut Bundle Artiste!

Get all these are more great products by shopping on my webiste 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Oh my darlin', oh my darlin'....

Oh, my darlin' Clementine! 

Yes, folks!  Our new Clementine paper pack is just 'darling'!! 

I love how sweet and sassy this new paper pack is!  With it's 'western floral' look and feel our NEW Burlap Ribbon and a touch of hemp are the perfect embellishments.  Give it a bit of extra texture by sanding and last - but not least - play along with the femine feel of this paper pack with some of our new Pearl Badge Buttons.

Find all the supplies necessary to make these cards on my website 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A little birdy told me...

You'd like to see some artwork!

As you may know, I was invited to teach at Close To My Heart's Annual Convention in Dallas, TX this past July.  For my assignment, I was given the absolutely GORGEOUS Avonlea Paper Pack.  I had such a great time coming up with all kinds of creative ways to use these beautiful new papers.  In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing lots and lots of artwork with this new paper pack.  So stay tuned for Avonlea overload!!

For your viewing pleasure today....
(I apologize for the poor picture DSLR is still out of commission) 
I have the cutest little birdhouse decorated with some of the new papers from the Avonlea Paper Pack.  This was one of my favorites out of all the art I created for teaching.  You've all seen the inexpensive little wooden birdhouses at your local craft store.  I picked this one up almost a year ago with so many good intentions.  But there it sat in my craft room....sad and neglected!  Until I got my hands on the new Avonlea Paper Pack and of corse the new Cricut ARTISTE cartridge!  It is decorated exclusively with Close to my Heart Products, with the exception of the acrylic paint and crackle medium I painted the house with.  
So here it is today....

Here you can see where I used our new scrumptious Colonial White Rosette Ribbon to embellish the roof.  Yes, the whole roof!!  You get 5 yards of this sweet ribbon in one package!! 

Last, but certainly not is a close up the of sweet little flowers I created.  

You can get these all products and more by shopping with me at 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you back again soon!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Your wait is finally over....

It's here!  It's here!

The new 2012 Fall/Winter Idea Book goes live today!

I know I say this with evey new catalog release...but I think this one is my favorite!!  It is just busting at the seams with all kinds of wonderful goodies!  I don't know what I am excited about more!  A new Cricut Collection?  A new How-To publication?  Gorgeous new paper packs? 13 new Workshop on the Go Kits?  Why don't you check them out for yourself and see what is your new favorite!  I bet you'll have a hard time choosing!


Okay, so the pictures aren't doing it for ya??  Rather see it in person??  Then contact me today to get your very own copy!  For only $5 shipping costs, you'll get a copy mailed to you along with a $5.00 gift certificate towards your next order.

Can't wait for snail mail??  Wanna see it even sooner??  
If you live in the Phoenix/West Valley area of Arizona - Then join me at my home this Saturday, August 4th from 1:00-4:00pm for my New Idea Book Open House!  I can't wait to share with you the all fabulous new items! You will get a FREE copy of the Idea Book, see all the new products in person, view all my upcoming workshops, create a fantastic make-n-take, snack on some delicious goodies, shop my SALE table and possibly win some fantastic prizes! No RSVP necessary! 
Email me today to get more details!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Product Sneak Peek

New Home Decor Workshop on the Go Kits!!

Just wanted to give you a small 'sneak peek' at just a few of the many new FABULOUS items in the new 2012 Fall/Winter Idea Book. 
Available on August 1st.

If you haven't already done so, contact me today to get your very own FREE copy of the new 2012 Fall/Winter Idea Book.  It will include a $5 gift certificate off your next order!  
(Just pay shipping.)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Get 'em while you can!

One of the big new announcements from Close to my Heart is we are revamping our exclusive color palette!   We will now carry a line of 40 exclusive hues and 2 shades of white.  What this means is 24 of our 'old trusted friends' are going to be leaving us soon!  But it's not to late to stock up!

These colors have served us well in stamp pads, markers, re-inkers and cardstock will be availble until July 31st or 'while supplies last'.  Rumor is they are going fast!  So click on any of the colors below to make sure you don't miss out on stocking up!

Friday, July 20, 2012

It's almost here....

The 2012 Fall/Winter Idea Book from Close to my Heart is almost here!  Just a few more days until you can see all the delightful new products, scrumptious new papers and some great new changes!  I am just swooning over it's 'awesomeness'!!  This new book will go live on my website August 1st and you'll be able to see all of the wonders for yourself.  If you would like to have your very own copy, I would be delighted to send you one for FREE! ($3.95 value) All I ask is that you just pay the $5 shipping charge.  But...your new Idea Book will come with a $5 gift certificate off your next order.  GET YOUR COPY NOW.  OR place any order with me or on my webiste and get your copy shipped to you for FREE! Hows' that for a great deal!

The best new product is one I can't wait to share with you until August 1st...Yep, you guessed it... 
This new collection is called Artiste and words can't begin to describe how incredible it is!  I have had the extreem pleasure of playing with it for the past few months as one of the many perks for teaching at CTMH's annual convention and I am in LOVE!  Just like with our incredible Art Philosophy Cartridge, it has 700 exclusive images-many which have coordinating stamps-and features themed buttons, unique shaped cards with envelopes, tons of 3-D items for home decor, gift boxes, cupcake liners, party favors and MORE!  Plus, this collection comes with 3 coordinating My Acrylix stamp sets and 3 packages of Dimensional Elements and creating your projects will be a breeze with the included step-by-step assembly book for all the 3-D creations.  


Because I am SO EXCITED about the new Artiste Cartridge - I am offering a pre-order special!  For anyone who pre-orders this Artiste collection with me (through July 31st) will receive FREE SHIPPING on their entire order AND your very own copy of new 2012 Fall/Winter Idea Book for FREE.  Plus, you can add on the August Stamp Of The Month for only $5.00.  
Pre-orders will begin shipping on August 1st.

To take advantage of this awesome special CLICK HERE!! 

If you have ever contemplated becoming a Close to my Heart Consultant to expand your hobby or to have a job doing something you love...then NOW IS THE TIME!  

If you are looking to expand your hobby...the new new "Essentials Kit" is just right for you and is available immediately for only $49!  Yes, you read that is not a typo!  For only $49, you can become a consulant and receive all the items you see pictured above valued at over $130! 

If turning your love of papercrafting into a a job you can love...then the "Master Kit" is just for you!  It includes all the items pictured in the above "Essentials Kit" plus all the items you will need to help get your business off to a great start!  (Plus having me as your upline!)  This kit is only $99 and includes approximately $280 worth of product and business supplies.

I would love to have you on my team!  
CONTACT ME for more info or CLICK HERE to JOIN MY TEAM today!! 

Plus, starting August 1st you will also receive this ADORABLE bag for FREE when you become a member of my team.  These bags were exclusively given to all consultants who attended our annual convention this year in Dallas, TX.  But you can get one of your very own!  This bag is only available while suppies if you are interested don't hesitate!  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fabulous Fancy Folds Workshop

As promised, I am back to share with you some artwork with the Dotty For You paper pack.  I have been celebrating National Scrapbooking Month playing around with the oh-so-cute papers from this new paper packet.  It's only available for a limited time....but at an incredible price!  So don't miss out and get yours while you can!  For more details....just scroll down to my previous post.

For the month of May, I will be offering the Fabulous Fancy Folds workshop.  In this workshop you will learn how to add a little excitement and some surprises to your next card.  Learn how to cut, score and create the Swing Fold Card, Tri-Fold Card, Joy Fold Card and the Easel Card.  The workshop fee is only $15 and provides you with all the supplies you will need to create 2 of each of the 4 cards pictured.  You will also receive the printed instructions and measurements for all the cards so you can recreate then again and again.  So if you and two or more of your friends would like to get together for a little 'girl time'...then contact me to schedule your workshop today!  

If you would like to purchase a kit without hosting a workshop you can contact me to purchase a kit.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dotty For You!!

Snatch a Dotty for You paper packet at an incredible discount or even FREE!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking month in May with the oh-so-cute Dotty for You paper packet. I am so in love with this new paper packet! But it's only available for a limited time so get yours while you can! With a qualifying purchase you will get 24 sheets of this yummy paper for only $5.00...or even get it for FREE!!

This is a 24-pack of double-sided, cardstock weight B&T containing bold prints, bright colors and lots and lots of DOTS! Each multi-colored print side has a complementary tiny dot pattern on the other side. There is also a fantastic idea sheet that comes along in the paper pack.

There are three ways you can get this great paper pack!

1. Place a qualifying order of $35 or more (April 17th -May 31st) with me or on my website and add the "Dotty For You" paper pack to your order for only $5.00.

2. Host a Gathering or Workshop (in home or online) with a sales total of $400 or more (before shipping and tax) and receive the "Dotty For You" paper packet for FREE along with your other Hostess Rewards!

3. Join my team as a new consultant between April 1st and May 31st and receive a "Dotty For You" paper pack for FREE with your Consultant Kit.

Check back with me later this week and I will have some oh-so-cute artwork to share made with this oh-so-cute paper!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Featured on!

It was with great delight I learned my Florentine artwork was featured on Close to my Heart's CEO Jeanette Lynton's blog. It has been such a wonderful 10 years of sharing my love of papercrafting with Close to my Heart's fantastic products. But it is even better when you are recognized for doing what you love!

Here is the artwork I created, along with Jeanette's comments:

Today’s spotlight art was submitted by Kelly English-Triggs, a Close To My Heart Consultant from Surprize, AZ. Kelly wrote that one of her main reasons for crafting is to celebrate her family. She has found that the Florentine paper pack is the perfect choice for just those types of projects. I am right there with you Kelly – the colors and patterns in this kit really get me feeling at home, and I love what you have done with it!

Such an adorable picture definitely deserves a special frame, and this one that Kelly put together is just right. She said she used a dollar store wooden frame, but after it’s been covered with that beautiful blue B&T paper and adorned so lovingly, I’d say it’s priceless! Take a closer look at Kelly’s accent cluster:

I love how well the pewter button and the lace flower from the Bohemian Assortment work together with the papers and stamped images Kelly selected.

Next up is a “Simply Irresistible” card, featuring two hearts from the coordinating My Stickease sheets. My Stickease are a great choice because they add so much without requiring a lot of extra work. And did you spot the Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon blending in so – well – seamlessly?

Here’s another card where Kelly has custom-colored one of the embellishments – a paper flower from the Just Blooms Petals Paper Flowers set. And of course the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge is a key player in this card. But Kelly has a very nice way of using the shapes in a way that they do not call all the attention to themselves.

Thank you Kelly for sharing your inspiring artwork with me and with all of us! You are such a talented lady, I’m glad you would let me show off some of your creations.

Well, is with the greatest honor that I was featured on your blog it was my pleasure to create this beautiful artwork with the incredible products you consistently give us to work with! As long as you keep producing such phenomenal products...I will keep celebrating my love of papercrafting by creating art pieces that hopefully do your beautiful products justice!