Archives for September 2013

Backround Stamps

Don’t you just love the background stamps that are offered by Close to My Heart?  Oh you are not sure what to do with them?  Well here is your answer, Close to My Heart has created this video to demonstrate some of the ways you can use the background stamps.


Happy crafting!

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ABC Blog Hop ~ S


Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!


For this hop we will be featuring the letter “S”. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “S” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Amber’s blog ~ Scrapper’s Therapy

If you came from Amber’s blog ~ Scrapper’s Therapy then you’re on the right track!

“S” is for Spooky, Slate, Sunset and Spellbound Paper.  I found the Spellbound paper on the While Supplies Last and scooped it up as it would be great for Halloween.  Since Halloween is spooky what could be better than design a fun spooky layout.  I used Sunset cardstock as my base and black and Slate cardstock for the interest .

Spellbound EEK Layout_left

I found a lot of great Halloween shapes to use with my Silhouette. When is saw the flourish spider webs I knew they would be great in the corner.  The EEK was cut using the Diploma font. For those of you not familiar with a Silhouette you can take any font and cut it with your Silhouette which makes it wonderful for titles – no more half used alphabets.

Spellbound EEK Layout_Right

I saw the spider web frame but it was not exactly what I wanted so I was able to edit it before I cut it out.

Spellbound EEK Layout

Here is the complete layout – I cant wait to get my photos printed and added.


Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shalana Glass ~ Scrappin with Shalana

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

1.  Amber La Mons ~  Scrapper’s Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak ~ Cat Scrapbooking   You are here!

3. Shalana Glass ~ Scrappin with Shalana

4. Lisa Kmiec ~ Lisa’s Stamping and Scrapping Spot

5. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy

6. Shelly Nemitz ~ Just One Piece

Mixed Papers

I have to admit that I have struggled with using lost of patten paper but one of the things I have found is the Close to My Heart papers seem to blend so effortlessly.   When you start looking at the colors and patterns you find they can be inter mixed quite easily.  Here is a quick video which highlights how easy you can create a layout using many of the current paper packs.

Happy crafting!

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Traditions – October Scrapbook Workshop

Wow, I cant believe October is almost here.  I am thankful that the weather feels like fall as it always puts me in a good mood.  Now I am looking forward to the changing of leaves.  Having grown up in the south we really don’t get a change of seasons. Heck we really did not get much change in the weather period.

For the October Scrapbook workshop, I will be featuring the Huntington Paper pack with the Huntington My Stickease.


Huntington My Stickease X7174C


Huntington Paper pack X7174B

Since this paper is very fall feeling and Thanksgiving is next month, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Thanksgiving layout.  I used this layout to scrapbook last years Thanksgiving and document our family traditions.

Huntington scrapbook layout left

Huntington Scrapbook Workshop right page

Huntington Scrapbook Layout - full

If you are interested in this workshop please RSVP to me by October1st so I can have the materials ordered for the workshop on Oct 9th.  If you wish to order this layout but cannot make the workshop please note it does involve some stamping using the Happy Autumn stamp set.

Happy crafting!

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Halloween Frame

I know I keep mentioning how much I love this time of year but I really do.  Halloween is probably my most favorite holiday as it is so fun to decorate for.  I have been pulling out all my decorations and now my home is beginning to feel a bit spooky.  I decided I needed to create a Halloween frame that I could display each year and showcase a photo from the previous year.  The Close to My Heart My Creations Frame is perfect for this.   I have to admit I was a bit sad there was no official Halloween paper this year from CTMH.  However I knew I would think of something, and the Huntington paper is very fall like.  The Huntington paper worked out wonderfully as it was a great neutral and allow me to have fun with the cut outs which pop against it. You can be the judge….

Halloween Frame

I did use Moonlight paper to create the rosette in the top left corner. But otherwise I used Black, Slate, Goldrush and Smokey Plum Cardstock.  I used my Silhouette to cut the cauldron, cat and Halloween.

Halloween Frame- cat

Halloween Frame-cauldron

Happy Halloween Crafting!

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Artbooking ~ Spooky Halloween

Here is the latest Artbooking video from Close to My Heart, just in time as you start your own Halloween projects.


Happy Halloween crafting!

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Halloween Card

I participate in a card swap with my local MOMS Club.  We organize it every two months and it has been a lot of fun.  We have an average of 8 participants and the cards are always super cute.  This month we are doing Halloween theme cards.  I love Halloween and am so excited to see all the cards that will be created.  I decided to share mine. Today we are swapping them so I will not be giving anything away.

Halloween Card Swap

For this card I used CTMH paper along with some other Halloween paper I had.  I used gypsy, goldrush and whisper cardstock.  The stamped images are  from a couple stamp sets Wicked (a retired stamp set), All Hallows Eve, and Moonlight WOTG (a retired stamp set).  I decided it needed a bit of glitz so I added Stickles to add the glitter.  I used purple, yellow and black Stickles.

Happy crafting,

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Pocket Albums

There are so many ways to scrabook.  You can use the standard 12 x 12 format or 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbooks.  You could check out our new My Crush books or try some of the new mini album Close to My heart offers.   One in particular is the My Creations Pocket Album,  here is a great video that shows you a fun Christmas card album.  This album could be used for so many thing – kids school artwork or report cards, photos with Santa, concert memorabilia, the possibilities are endless.


How to Programs

Are you familiar with Close to My Hearts how to programs? If you are not these are the best things ever!!!  I love them and use these programs all the time to jump start my creativity.  What makes these so wonderful is whether you are a scrapbooker or a card maker there are books for you.   I use the scrapbook layouts to help me jump start my creativity.  I determine what I want to scrapbook then figure out how many photos are involved.  I then pull out the How to Books  and look at the layouts which showcase the number of  photos I plan to scrapbook.  I then use the cutting guides and jump right in.  These programs have been a life saver when I need a jump start and they have saved me countless hours.

Happy crafting!

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Creating Fabric Flowers

You have probable seen the Base and Bling kit that Close to My Heart has been offering.  You may be wondering how to create that awesome fabic flower.  Well here is a quick video which demonstrates how easy it it to do using Close to My Hearts adhesive dots and strips.

Happy crafting!

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