Archives for August 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Family is Forever

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring September’s Stamp of the Month ~ FAMILY IS FOREVER (S1409) a set of 7.

Sept SOTM Blog Hop Badge 2014

If you are coming here from JEAN MCNULTY‘s  blog then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have 80 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

September 2014 SOTM

This stamp set works well for both cards and scrapbook layouts.  Here is a layout I designed using this stamp set.

SOTM 09-14 Family is Forever Layout_5068For this layout I chose the Pathfinding paper pack as it really fit the time of year for my layout.  I have always loved seeing layouts with some doodling so I decided to be be brave and add a border around the layout.  One of the things I like about this stamp set is the words are a great size to work as a tittle for your layout.  I also really like the heart and decided to add a little texture and color to the image.

SOTM 09-14 Family is Forever Layout detail

After stamping the heart in Chocolate pigment ink I then added Clear embossing powder to the stamped image.  If you a re not aware when you stamp with pigment ink it takes a little longer to dry as the ink stays on top of your cardstock instead of being absorbed into the paper.  This works to your advantage when you want to heat emboss and image.  Normally you would need to stamp over the image with a versa mark pad to get embossing powder to stick but since I was using the pigment inks, I was able to get the embossing powder to grip to the pigment ink.  Once it was heat embossed I used our new Shin Han markers to add a little color.

CTMH Supplies used for this project:

  • Pathfinding Paper Pack
  • Cardstock – Champagne, Glacier & Chocolate
  • Stamp Set ~ Family is Forever
  • Shin Han Markers ~ Turquoise Blue, Leaf Green & Sap Green
  • Embelishments ~ Bronze Shimmer trim, Clear Embossing powder, Brown and Tan Sparkles

Your next stop is JILENA PASKETT‘s Blog.  Hop on over and see what she has crate for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Moving is in Full Swing

I cannot believe we are already to move week.  The movers arrived wasted no time packing everything up.  One of the guys started in my craft room and 29 boxes later I am left with only a shell.  I don’t think he was paying me a complement when he was stating how many boxes there were 🙂 .  All that remains is my printer, phone and furniture 🙁 .    It is so sad to see it in this condition….
My craft room

We will be leaving Spokane this week and head to Colorado.  I am very excited and sad at the same time.  I am really going to miss having my girls come to the house for workshops.   I am still planning to offer workshops for those who are still interested; however, they will be ones you can do at home with detailed directions, cutting guides and photos.  Once I get settled I will start workshops up again for anyone in the Golden/Arvada CO area who is interested.

I will say one good thing that comes from a major move like this, is it gives me the opportunity to reorganize my craft room.  Every time I am able to reorganize my craft room I get inspired and find some hidden treasures 🙂  I will post some photos of my new digs and explain how I organize things.  I will warn you then new room may get more natural light than this one, it is an unfinished basement.  There is a concrete slab and insulation on the walls but I will not get to decorate the walls yet…  Hopefully we will get to finish off the basement in a year or two.

So until we get settled I will not have as many posts as I would like.  I do have some thing I have already completed and will be sharing over the next two weeks. So stay tuned.

Happy Crafting!


ABC’s Blog Hop ~ Q

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you just arrived from LINDA’S BLOG then you are on the right track.

I chose quilling as my “Q” element.  If you have never tried quilling it is really cool and fun to do.  I will admit it is a bit tedious, but the end result is worth it.  I love the Close to My Heart Quilling tool as it is double sided with a small and larger end.   I cut my strips of paper to 1/8th inch in width .  The lengths of paper will vary depending on what size quill shape you want to make.

Quilled Card_ABCs Q


Here is a close up of the quilling.  When using our cardstock you will have to ink the edges as the white core will show through otherwise.

Quilled Card_detail


I used the new Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack for the background of the card.  I love these papers as they provide such great texture.  I also used the new Thistle cardstock along with Topiary and Crystal Blue.  The Stamp set used is the Happy Couple D1539 with Crystal Blue ink.  For embellishments I used the Topiary Chevron ribbon and the Clear Sparkle assortment.  Now I know you are saying right now there are only colored sparkles on this card.  Well I have a great solution for you when you want a particular color sparkle is you can use the new ShinHan Twin Touch Markers to color your clear sparkles and make them any color you wish!!  Isn’t this awesome?

Coloring sparkles


I am totally hooked on this new finding.  And they dry super quick.

Now hop on over to JENNY GILBERT ~ JEN’S CREATIVE CLASSROOM and see what wonderful creation she has for you.

If you get lost along the way just hop back to  LINDA’S BLOG as she has the whole list of participants.

Happy Crafting!



Cut Above ~ Christmas

Don’t panic just because I mentioned the word Christmas…. You still have plenty of time before Christmas is here.  Although we may start seeing decorations in the stores soon, as they keep bring them out earlier and earlier each year.  Do you enjoy making your own Christmas cards or have wanted to but felt you don’t have enough time; well then you will want to check out the new Cut Above kits.  The Cut Above Kit takes all the hard work away, they are the perfect solution!!!

Close to My Heart came out with these new Cut Above Kits which totally rock.  Each kit comes with all the papers you will need to make your cards -PRE-CUT!!! You do not have to cut anything except the bakers twine :-).  You will need some adhesive, ink and a stamp set but the rest is supplied with the kit.  Take a look at the contents of the Cut Above Christmas.

Cut Above kit webAs you can see you get the cards, envelopes, embellishments and even foam squares!  This kit will make 10 cards.  You can purchase as many as needed to check all those friends and family members off your list.  There is even enough bakers twine to actually do a double  loop around the glitter paper instead of the single as shown on the kit cover.  I purchased the Merriest Christmas B1468 Stamp Set which coordinates perfectly with this card.  Take a look…

Christmas Cut Above cards

What really makes this kit so wonderful is in the past you purchase the stamp set with the papers so if you want to make more cards you did not want to have to purchase the stamp set a second time, but not any more!  One other thing I wanted to mention is the assemble time for these cards is literally is minutes.   Be sure to check out all the Cut Above kits and find the one that is right for you.

Happy Crafting!



Chalk It Up Page Kit

I am sorry, I really had intentions of getting this posted sooner but life has been rather busy as you probably just read with my post from yesterday.  I have been wanting to share my new kits with you as I am very excited about them!!

I will be offering this kit starting mid September (as this will give me a chance to move and get my craft room up and running 🙂 ).  I will be including color photos with the cutting guides and assembly instructions.

Don’t you just love the Chalk it Up paper pack?  It is definitely one of my favorites.  It works wonderfully for back to school, but it is not a paper pack which can’t step out side the box.  It an be used  for  just about anything.  Here are three layouts I designed and if you notice only one is truly a back to school theme.

Chalk It Up Layout 1

Chalk It Up Layout 1

Layout 2

Chalk It Up Layout 2

Chalk It Up Layout 3

Chalk It Up Layout 3

I will be offering three levels for the Chalk It Up Kit.

Basic Kit $15 plus shipping **

  •     Half of a Chalk It Up paper pack
  •     Additional cardstock (2 Glacier, 2 Lagoon, 1 Flaxen and 1 White/Sorbet)
  •     Cutting Guide with photos
  •     Stamped image of “Life is Good”

Better Kit $25 plus shipping **

  •      Half of a Chalk It Up paper pack
  •      Additional cardstock (2 Glacier, 2 Lagoon, 1 Flaxen and 1 White/Sorbet)
  •      Cutting Guide with photos
  •      Stamped image of “Life is Good”
  •      Chalk It Up Compliments (not included in basic)
  •      Chalk It Up Assortment  (not included in basic)
  •       9” of Black Striped Twill  (not included in basic)

Best Kit $40 plus shipping **

  •       Chalk It Up WOTG (you will have paper left over to create other things)
  •       Additional cardstock (2 Glacier and1 Lagoon)
  •       Cutting Guide with photos
  •       Chalk It Up Compliments

** if you want to team up with a friend and split shipping that will be fine

Please email me if you are interested in this kit ~

Happy Crafting!


Big News!!!

My family and I are Colorado bound!!!


This has all come about rather quickly and I was really hoping to have time to let all my local customers know in person.  I was able to let many of my local people know this past weekend at my Open House and Crop.  But in case you were not able to make it here is the scoop.

This move all came about rather quickly.  My husband was offered a promotion and a great opportunity in Golden Colorado.  He was offered the position on July 18th and unofficially started on July 21st.   We decided we need to get the house on the market right away as we would be going on vacation Aug 1-7 and this would be a great time to have the house on the market and all the showings.  I knew it was going to next to impossible keeping the house neat with a toddler running around :-).  So we had the realtor come out on July 23rd to take photographs and we completed the paperwork.   About two hours after she left we had our first terrible windstorm!!! It was like there was a 20 minute hurricane.  We had some minor damage, almost took out a tree and lost power.  Needless to say the first two days the house was on the market we had no power.  The first call for a showing came in on Friday the 25th.  We luckily got power back on before they came.  We had three groups come through the house between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.   On Friday night we already had an offer!! SO one week after the job offer we had our house under contract and set to close the end of August!  Wow that could not be working out any better.

My husband came home Friday night and we realized with the house under contract and our vacation in one week when would we have time to go look for a house????  So we decided we would leave on Monday for CO.  I would go house hunting while he worked.  We would then head from CO to Florida for my Family get together.  We were able to find a house on the first day!  We did manage to have a great time in Florida despite learning of a second major wind and lightning storm blowing thru which resulted in fires just up the road and more severe winds.  We returned on Aug 7th  to find the house in good shape but the tree that was damaged from the first storm was likely going to have to come out.

I had one week to finish preparing for the Open House and Crop which was Aug 16th.  Everything went well and I was so pleased to see everyone before we have to go.  Now I am down to the final week and a half roughly.  This week I will be running so errands and trying to see some more friend.   Then it is crunch time.  The movers will be arriving on Aug 25th and we are gone on Aug 28th…. Yikes!  No mind you my husband is having to leave every Monday and fly to Denver every week so I am left holding the fort.  I will say my crafting is what is keeping me sane with the continued storms, power outages and move preparations.

I want everyone to know I am planning to continue to offer my workshops but will need to figure out when and who would like to come now that I will be in the Arvada/Golden CO area.  Now have no fear for those of you who do not live in the CO area,  I am going to be offering my workshops as kits, so you can do them at home.  In the past I have included a color photo and some directions but these will be much more involved.  You will be able to find my kits by going to the workshops and kits page then clicking on the link listed by the particular paper pack.  I will be putting them up as they are ready.  In the past I have offered the kits for that particular month, but now they will be available for several months.  This way you can save on shipping by combining the kits. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions ~

Sorry for the long post – Happy Crafting!




PML ~ Picture Perfection


During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Now is a great time to check out Close to My Hearts Picture My Life program.  Not familiar with Picture My Life, well this is Close to My Hearts version of Project Life.  It is a faster way to scrapbook and preserve your memories.  All you need is a corner rounder, journaling pen, photos and the PML cards you can complete a full scrapbook in no time.  With each PML kit you will receive the following:

44 – 4″ × 6″ Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3″ × 4″ Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12″ × 12″ Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™(various designs)

As you can see you get way more PML cards than would fit into the initial 10 memory protectors.  What makes this deal so great is you will get to choose the additional pack you want.  Here are most of the Memory Protectors which are eligible for this promotion.

Memory Protectors for PML

If you have any questions about the Picture My Life system or this special offer please contact me.

Happy Crafting!


Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop ~ Chalk It Up

Welcome to the Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop!! The Stampers with Attitude is the team lead by Kimberly Moss.  This month the Stampers with Attitude are going to be showcasing artwork with the Chalk It Up paper pack.  Keep in mind that a blog hop is just a big circle so if you have just come from FAWN CARRIKER’s blog, then you are in the right spot and you will find your next blog at the bottom of this post.

I really love the Chalk It Up paper pack as it can be used for so many occasions  ~ School, Family, Fun, Travel, Celebrations the list is endless as the color palette is so versatile. For my layout I chose to use some photos of my son playing with his cousins when we went to visit in 2012.

Chalk it up layout 1 with photos

Items used for this layout:

  • Paper Pack ~ Chalk It Up X7184B
  • Cardstock ~ Glacier, Sorbet, Daisy White
  • Ribbon ~ Black Striped Twill Z1988
  • Embellishments ~ Chalk It Up Assortment Z3009, Chalk It Up Compliments X7184C
  • Ink ~ Sorbet, Black
  • Stamp Set ~ Chalk It Up WOTG G1081

If you like this layout and would like to recreated it stay tuned to my blog  as this week, as I will be announcing my Chalk it Up page kit which will feature this layout and two more additional layouts.

Now hop on over to DI CRAWFORD’s blog and see what creation she has designed for you.

If you get lost along the way here is the full list of participants:

  1. Melinda Everitt ~
  2. Melissa Robinson ~
  3. Sheila Bennett ~
  4. Debbie Andrews ~
  5. Fawn Carriker~
  6. Catherine Nowak~   <—- You are here
  7. Di Crawford ~
  8. Barbi Kelley ~
  9. Belinda McLane –
  10. Jen Patrick-
  11. Christy Geyer ~
  12. Angela Garcia ~
  13. Sue Latta ~
  14. Denise Elliott ~

Happy Crafting!



ABC’s Blog Hop ~ P

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you just arrived from LINDA’S BLOG then you are on the right track.

I have heard of consultants using Picture My Life cards for things other than for PLM scrapbooking, but I was blown away when I went to convention as saw some of the awesome artwork some of the presenters created using PML cards I knew I had to give it a try.  I have a lot going on in my life so I really needed a prompt way to create my artwork as I am down to the last minute getting my artwork complete.  Well using PML cards was a perfect solution, I used the Later Sk8r Picture My Life Z1945.

Later Sk8r PML card - you rock my world

For this card I did a little fussy cutting to pop the “you rock my world” part and backed it in our new Teal Glitter paper Z1991 and used the thin 3D foam tape to give it a little dimension.  I used the chevron embossing folder Z1925 on the Pear card base and distressed with a sanding block. To add a little bling I also used the Green and Blue Epoxy Bubble Z1806.

Later Sk8r PML card - WOW

For this card I used Lagoon and Outdoor Denim.  I aded a little pop with white pen hand sketched line and some Aqua Dots Z1853.  I also used Lagoon wash tape which has been retired now.

Now hop on over to TRACEY PIERCE ~ PAPERCRAFTING PRINCESS and see what she has crated for you.

If you should get lost along the way the full list of participant is listed on LINDA’S BLOG.

Happy Crafting!


SOTM New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop!

SOTM New Product Blog Hop

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop, but today we are featuring new product from the awesome new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

If you are coming here from SHEILA BENNETT’s blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have 54 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

My inspiration is from Lisa Stenz and her fabulous framed artwork from Operation Smiles.  She showcased her artwork at Convention and I knew I wanted to create something similar.  This is my take on the Giving Thanks Frame.Pathfinding tree with photo

For this project I used the following products:

  • Pathfinding Paper pack X7186B
  • Pathfinding Complements X7186C
  • Design Decor Shadow Box Z2015
  • Cardstock ~ Barn Red, Olive, Chocolate, and Autumn Terricotta
  • Artbooking Cartridge  ~ to cut the photo frame
  • Art Philosophy Cartrige ~ Leafs
  • Silhouette ~ to cut the log and tree
  • Woodgrain Embossing Folder Z1996
  • 3-D Foam Tape Z1151
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape Z2060
  • Bonding Memories Glue Z553

What I love about this new shadow box is it  holds a full 12 X 12 and the lid lift up for easily placement of your artwork.  Now be sure to hop on over to JOY MCHARGUE Blog and see what she has designed.

Happy Crafting!







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