Saturday, February 21, 2015

February Use your Stash Bloghop

Boy do I have all kinds of stash throughout my apartment.....yarn, ribbon, mesh for wreaths, fabric, bling, ideas but mostly paper. Me and a whole lot of us have lots of paper stash. So every month we feature a Use your Stash Bloghop.  This month we are featuring my love affair with  paper.

It seems like all I do is buy, buy, buy and never use. Can you say border line hoarder. Sometimes when I buy paper I just hate to cut into it. I feel that once you cut a piece I feel like I am losing a best friend. My goal is to start opening boxes and folders and pulling out that paper and using it. That is why I am so glad I joined the wonderful group of ladies.

You should be coming from Shirley's blog wasn't her project fabulous? She is also the leader of the pack so if you get lost along the way just go back to her blog and she will put you on the right track.

For my project I pulled out my stash of Later Sk8r paper (X7167B), this is awesome paper for boys or young men or even that older man in your life. I used the following colors of card stock:
Outdoor Denim (1275), Pear (X5764), and Slate (X5930) and Kraft (Z1375). I inked the edges of my Kraft tags with Outdoor Denim Ink (Z2140). I added some Project My Life cards throughout my mini. I also added Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806) in the green and blue assortment and finally the Later Sk8r Assortment. The stamp set I used came from the Later Sk8r WOTG (C1545).

I love mini albums and I made one for this project. I have lots of pictures to put in here once I get them processed. Sorry for all the photos but I wanted to showcase the paper pack. I added a belly band to hold the book closed. I put zipstrips on top and bottom of the band.

I found my inspiration on YouTube on Scrapbook Maven's channel. Here is her tutorial.

Now head on over to  Katy Taylor's blog  and she will show you her love affair with paper. If you have a moment leave some loving at each blog. TFL!

Thursday, February 5, 2015


This month we are featuring "Wanderful" paper pack from CTMH. Isn't this paper just yummy! You should be coming from Judy Faye's blog Wow wasn't her project awesome? There are 7 of us participating this month from the Heartfelt Sentiments Team. If you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Melissa's blog she will get you back on the right track. Please leave some loving at each blog if you have a moment. 

Creating layouts are always the hardest thing for me to do. I can crank out cards like crazy but layouts always stump by creativity. My focus this year is to create more layouts and use my new awesome papers from CTMH. 

This paper makes me think of young people just leaving home and exploring the world. How awesome would it be to go back in time and take some really cool trips. But I am still "YOUNG ENOUGH" to go on some awesome trips.

My inspiration for the layout came from the Foundational How-To-Publications Scrapbooking Books. I used Reflections (9037) found on page 190.  I used the layout called Title Topper-Add Up found on page 20. I used the following papers to complete my color scheme: Black(1386), Crystal Blue (1292), Flaxen (X5771), Gypsy (X5757), Smoothie (X5763), Honey (X5668) and Canary (X5772). For my bling I used Artisan Studs (Z1816), Pink Glitter Gems (Z1807), Black and Grey Sparkle Gems (Z1754), and Clear Assortment (Z1752). The sticker came from the Journey Sheet (Z2054) on page 166. I used assorted Cricut cartridges to make the plane, train, boat and automobile. The font came from A Child's Year cartridge. I also inked all my edges with Dessert Sand Ink (Z2118).

Now head on over to Marianne's blog to see her awesome take on the Wanderful paper pack (X7191B) found on page 111 of the 2014/2015 Annual Inspiration Catalog.

If you love this paper pack visit me on my CTMH page to see all the other fabulous collections that we have to offer. TFL!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cheerleader Center Pieces

A friend of mine asked if I would make these for her Granddaughters that had just been promoted to a more advanced cheer squad. She wanted to give them to each of the coaches that had helped and encouraged her Granddaughters to become better cheerleaders. I used Paperdoll dress ups and the Sports Cricut cartridges. The coaches really liked them and I received a really sweet thank you note from the girls. TFL!

Monday, January 26, 2015

January Card Class

As usual Joy Mcharge our fearless team leader had some AWESOME cards and a sweet banner for us to make at this month's card class. 

This month we featured the Heartstrings paper pack. We also used some Project my Life cards. The banner was made with the new Cricut  Cartridge call Artfully Sent Everything came together really quick. Thank you Joy for another great class.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Ladies, welcome to 2015 and this year's first technique bloghop and boy has it started off with a bang. Wow we have a large group of super talented ladies playing this go round. I am amazed with the creativity and talent that we all possess. 
This hop goes in a huge circle so visit each site and leave a little love at each one. If you get lost along the way the go back to the beginning to our leader Sheila Bennett and she will get you back on the right track.

You should be coming from Belinda Mclane's blog wow she is one talented lady. Her project was awesome! CTMH offers awesome products that can be used in many different ways and Belinda used the Base and Bling in an awesome way.

I am a big YouTube follower and I found an awesome lady named   Gerriann Armstrong and she is a fellow CTMH consultant. Boy does she have some awesome videos and excellent tutorials. I always look forward to her next Ustream. 

So for my technique I decided to do one of her 8 page layouts. Once you use Gerriann's technique for cutting the layouts are very quick even for an 8 page one. For my project I used the Ariana Paper pack (X7179B) from the Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. I used the following pieces of card stock that were exclusive to the pack only: Ariana Coral and Ariana Grey. I also used White Daisy (1385) and Outdoor Denim (1275) and Kraft for my page bases (Z1375). This paper was so feminine but had a masculine flair in my opinion. I also used Shimmer Trim in Pink (Z1986), Seam binding ribbon (Z1732), the Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles (Z1935), the Ariana Complements which are awesome (X7179C) and just one little green bow from the 
Ariana Assortment adhesive backed, fabric bows (Z3002). 

For our feature product I used the Faux Antique Gold Pendant (Z2025) with an image from the Base and Bling Journey Style Sheet (Z2054). Wow these colors matched perfectly with my layouts. Who would have thought that something made months before would match another item made months later. I think that CTMH is sneaky like that. 
I tried to make it look like a photo just hanging on the wall. I tied a cute little bow to complete the image. I really loved doing these layouts and it was a great way for me to use up some of my older paper packs that were just gathering dust. I will be making another set!
Sorry for such a long post. Now we still have lots of awesome ladies on this list so make sure that you visit all of them.
Now head on over to another super talented lady by the name of Tonya Whitehurst . Her project is just awesome!
Thanks ladies for looking and have a wonderful hop!!

Feature product: The Base and Bling Journey Sheet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chipboard-Use Your Stash October 2014

Wow time really flies when CTMH consultants decide it is time to do another bloghop. This month we are featuring "chipboard". If you have been hopping with us all year you know that we have some awesome talented ladies in the group.

We have a great team leader and we have lots of great players, You should be coming from Wendy Kessler's blog wow she really does know how to use her stash.

Ever since I heard the theme of this hop I knew what I wanted to make. I searched for all my chipboard and I was amazed how much I had. I wanted to do a Halloween theme. I used some  chipboard called Tags (Z1684) and Mixed Shapes (Z1683) and lastly the circle came from chipboard called Signage (Z1902).

I inked my chipboard with Sunset Ink Z2191 and Petal Z2161 I also used Archival Black Ink 44751. I used Liquid Glass Z679to accent the face and the small pumpkin. I used our new ShinHan markers to color in my images.  The stamped images are from the stamp of the month called What a Hoot S1408. This tag will go on a layout that I am working on for Halloween.
I may put a pinback on this tag and wear it for Halloween before I put it on my layout.
Now head on over to Katy Taylor's blog to see how she used her stash of chipboard. We all work hard to make these bloghops hop each month so leave some loving at each one please. TFL!

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Hello  again, it is that time of the month...use your stash. I don't know about you I have so much stash  that I could probably open a store. Okay so this months theme was RIBBON.  Who doesn't love ribbon? My favorite ribbon from CTMH is the Satin Polkadot Ribbon in slate color (Z1802). It is so soft and yummy. Before I show you my project you should be coming from Casandra's blog wasn't her project awesome? We have 6 ladies in the hop this month. please leave some love at each of the blogs. If you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Shirley's blog to see the entire list.

I am a big YouTube watcher. I think I watch YouTube more than regular TV. Wow can we say AMAZING TALENT on YouTube. I found this great video from a lady named Yolanda and her channel is called socrafty100. She uses Recollection envelopes from Micheals. They are in the pack with the corrugated cards. Here is her link if you would like to go check it out.Socrafty100 . You are going to love it. It is so easy and the treat bags come out so cute.

Here is my version of her treat bag. I used our new paper  called Brushed (X7190B). This such pretty paper. I only used 5 inches off a 12x12 sheet of paper. I also used the following to complete my gift or treat bag. Satin Polkadot Ribbon (Z1802), Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799), Chantiliy Assortment Glitter Gems (Z1814), Just Blooms Paper Shape Flutter (Z1463) Base and Bling Floral Accents (Z1883) medium flower, wooden clothespin from the Mini Melody Accents Collection in Ruby (Z1861), Black and Grey Sparkle Assortment (Z1754), Stampset D1529 Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday, inked with our new ink Pixie Z2644 and cut on the Cricut, I also inked all the edges with black ink Z2105. I used a tooth pick to make my little flag on the side. I also cut strips of paper and used my paper crimper to crimp it and inserted it in the bag as paper rafia. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make  this treat bag. Love it! Now head over to Katy's Blog and see what creative project she came up with her stash of ribbon. TFL!

These are the envelopes used.
Score 1 inch fold and glue flaps.
Nice and wide. Decorate!

Friday, September 5, 2014


I can remember back in High School when I used to be fit and play every sport offered to us girls back then. Wow they were not kidding when they said the pounds would creep up on you. I think I have gained at least 50 pound in 36 years. Not bad but not good either.

I have tried diets and diets. I have bought CDs on exercise, I have joined the gym.  I just can not seem to get the weight off. I am happy with my body but who doesn't want to lose the first 10 pounds.then 20 and so on.  No matter how much weight I lost someone includeing myself is always going to think I am fat.

So I have decided that the month of September is going to be my month to jump start my exercise program(lol).  I only live 4 tenths of a mile from my job and since the weather is trying to get cooler I have been walking to work. Monday was Labor Day so we were off of work. Tuesday and Wednesday I walked my little trek.....not to bad but that humidity almost did me in. Thursday and Friday I rode my bike. I was kind of scared but I made it. Up hill both ways.

I just wanted to post of picture of me on my bike so when I come back to my blog I can see myself and stay inspired. I am also running in my first minimarathon this weekend(09-06-2014). Will post photos next week. I am not looking to become a fashion model I just want to lose 10 pounds..........
WIll post pictures after the race next week. TFL!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Stamp of the Month

Don't forget you only have a few days left to order this cute Stamp of the Month for August. How cute will your Halloween cards be made with this set. Go to my CTMH site to place an order today As you can see this set can be used for many seasons not just Halloween.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Halloween Swap Card

I found this cute card on and it is called a box card. As usual I could not resist making one. I used the new CTMH paper pack called Scaredy Cat. I also used my Cricut to cut out the word Trick or Treat. I also used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut out the stamped images. Black shimmer trim was used behind the wording.  TFL!

Jacque's Prize giveaway

    There is an awesome prize give away at Jacque's blog head on over there to fulfill the requirements to win an awesome prize package.

   While there take a look at her awesome creations. Wow there are some talented women out in this big wide world of ours. She is giving away big prize so go check it out.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Stash is one thing I have plenty of. This month we are featuring "Mixed Media". This can mean many things to each and everyone of us. I thought about it all month and decided to make a witch hat.

I found this paper mache cone at Michael's on the clearance rack and I immediately thought hat. But before I go into the details of my project you should have come from Casandra's blog . Her mixed media creation was awesome. We only have 6 hoppers this month so leave plenty of love at each one. CTMH has some awesome consultants that participate in bloghops each month. They are all fantastic and month after month we all come up with some great projects.

Once I got started picking out my "mixed media" I almost didn't want to stop. This was a really fun project and being able to do a mixed media project is something that I have been wanting to attempt now I can scratch it off my crafting bucket list.

Here is a long list of items that I used on my hat:

Wow all that fit onto that one little hat. I cut a 5" circle for the bottom and mod podged torn pieces of paper all over the hat and then proceeded to add and add all my pieces. I hope I was able to live up to the use of "mixed media" Now that you have seen my project head over to Katy's blog and see what awesome project she made. Thank you all that come and visit our blogs. See you next month.
Front view
Right side view
Left side view
Back view
Now my hat will sit proudly on my mantle until I put out the rest of my Halloween decorations at the end of next month.  TFL!

Friday, August 15, 2014


Have you ever wanted to get started scrapbooking but don't know where to start or how to get started?  This is where Picture My Life may be the perfect solution for you. All you have to do is add the photo all the hard work is done for you.Head over to CLOSE TO MY HEART and let us show you how. During the month of  August we are offering a fantastic deal. Go to my CTMH site at to check out this deal as well as many more. Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Everytime you look up someone is posting a selfie on Facebook or on Instragram or even Twitter. I am rarely in front of the camera so today in honor of my new hair cut I decided to do a selfie.

When I was married I had very long hair down to my waist. It was so heavy and thick. I could not do anything with it other than wear it in a ponytail. There was hair all over the house, in the vacumn cleaner in my clothing....everywhere. When I finally cut it 12" it was such a relief. It was still below my shoulders. I tried many hair styles but finally decided to go short. I had pixie haircuts growing up. I started at my shoulders and have eventually gone up. My hair is very thick and still takes just as much time caring for it as it did when it was long. For now I am going to enjoy the cool breeze blowing on my neck until winter when I am going to wish I had long hair covering my neck. TFL!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mini purse exchange

I participated in a paper mini purse swap. It was hosted by Ileana Marzan. I found her on Facebook and she has some cool swaps going on right now. Go check her out.

My partner was Tamra Kilgore-Merrill. She did a wonderful job creating her bag. I have it sitting on my shelf of fame....This is a shelf I have where I put all my favorite items that I have made myself or have been given to by someone special.

This was a fun group to be a part of and I thank Ilena for letting me play. Tamera's purse had lots of bling and if it had been a full size purse I would probably be using it right now.

Here is the purse that I sent to Tamra for my exchange. I filled it with goodies. I hope that she liked it. TFL!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Babycakes Pennant Frame

I promise only one more project after this with the Babycakes paper pack (X7173B). This pack has since been retired from the Close to My Heart Catalog. But have no fear we do have more cute paper coming out when the new catalog debuts on August 1, 2014.

CTMH sells these cute pennants called My Creations Pennant Frame (Z1941). They are only $8.95. There are millions and millions of projects that can be done with these. They will fit up to a 6 x 6 photo. You don't even have to add a photo just add some treasures or sayings to the box.

Like I said I used the Babycakes paper for this project I only have a couple of pieces left. I also cut some shapes out using my CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z1906). There are so many cute cuts on this cartridge that it has become one of my go to carts. I cut the cute giraffe and tiger. I used real dial size to get the correct size needed. I used the Martha Stewart scissors to cut the Buttercup cardstock (1271) to look like grass and inked the edges with chocolate ink(Z2111). For my photo frame I cut a piece of B&T and inked it with chocolate CS (X5643).The banner on top was cut out of Buttercup and filled in with scraps of B&T papers and inked with chocolate. I used a left over flower from the stickease assortment and a some left over wood rimmed buttons as well. I used a small peice of Bronze shimmer trim(Z1849). For my inside photo holder again a left over peice of B &T was used. Overall I think that all the projects I made with this paper pack came out really cute.

I just wanted everyone to see what could be made with one paper pack. I actually used two to get all my projects made. I made two mini albums, one sidestep card, one box card and one pennant from this paper. Now why don't you try to use up some of the paper that we (I) have been hoarding and get your creative juices flowing. TFL!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Waterfall folio mini album

Obviously my favorite paper pack out of the 2013 Close to My Heart  catalog was Babycakes (X7173B). This paper pack was retired this year when our new 2014 Autum/Winter catalog was released. I have made several projects with this paper. I think I may have just enough to make one small mini.

I used to be paper hoarder....scared to cut my paper but I decided why not. Showcase that paper!Let the world see what can be made with this cute paper. I have made several cards and three mini albums so far just out of this paper pack. Of course I had two packs but this paper went a long way.

As usual I found my inspiration on YouTube. Her name is Ginger and she is an excellant teacher. I love all her videos and even though I don't use the same paper she does my albums look  just as good. Most of my mini's have been made using her tutorials. Go check her out at the following link My Sisters Scrapper

I used all CTMH products except for the chipboard. I just love how this turned out. I WILL be making another one with differant paper. I think it took me 3 hours to make. Now that I know how I think I can cut that time in half.
This is the front cover. I used a Babycakes Picture my Life 3x4 card 
Here is what the inside looks like with a pocket on the left side with 4 more PML cards inserted. I used leftover stickease stickers for the center spine.
This is the waterfall mechanism laying flat. There are 7 flaps total with 15 spots for journaling or photos.
Here is the last flap of the album. This was a really quick and easy project to make and it did not use up a whole lot of paper. So even if you had just a few sheets you can make this album.
These are the Babycakes Picture my Life cards that CTMH offers(Z1943). This was first offered in the 2014 Spring/Summer catalog. I inked all the edges with Chocolate Ink (Z2111). TFL!!