Monster Valentines Card

I know you may think it is a little early for Valentine’s Day Cards but why not be prepared?  I designed this card for my January Card Workshop.  I so love the Love Ya Silly stamp set and wanted to design a fun kids card using this stamp set.

Heartstrings Valentines ~ Love ya Silly ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor this card I did used the retired Heartstrings paper pack but it is a great valentine’s paper.

Products used:

  • Heartstrings paper pack (retired)
  • Love Ya Silly B1470 (retired)
  • Cardstock ~ Hollyhock, White Daisy, Cranberry, Smoothie and Glacier
  • Ink ~ Glacier and Hollyhock
  • Googly eye ~ Stash
  • Heart Embossing Folder Z3018

If you are local to the Arvada CO area and wish to attend my card workshop be sure to let me know.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #129 ~ Heartstrings

Welcome to another week with Color My Heart Color Challenge!!  This week for Color Dare we are featuring the colors of Heartstrings paper pack which are ~ Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Hollyhock, lagoon, Whisper and White Daisy.

Color Dare #129 BadgeI have to admit that I have not been a big Valentine person and never really celebrated it too much as an adult.  However between this paper pack and having a child I have been having fun with Valentines creations. I know this paper pack can be used for more than just Valentines but since we are one day away from Valentines Day, I figured I would design a card which would work for Valentines or anytime you just wanted to say “Love You”.

Color Dare #129~ Heartstrings ~

For this card I used the Heartstrings paper pack with Lagoon, Whisper and White Daisy cardstock.  I used the Hostess Exclusive stamp set Happy Hexagons C1596 with Lagoon and Hollyhock ink.  I used the hearts embossing folder and using a sanding block I exposed the white core of the cardstock.  I also added a few Stuck on you Puffies and some white shimmer trim.

Please join us this week for Color My Heart with this weeks Color Dare.  Just create a project (card, layout or any craft project) using this weeks colors and then link them HERE.

Happy Crafting!




You’re the Bomb Blog Hop

Welcome to the You’re the Bomb Blog Hop!


Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring a special stamp set which is in the Close to My Hearts new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog.  This stamp set is very special as by purchasing this stamp set you could change the life of a child.  When you purchase this awesome stamps which is only available until March 31, Close to My Heart will donate $3 to Operation Smile.

2015+-+Youre+the+Bomb+Blog+Hop+Stamp+Set+-+EditedIf you are just arriving her from LAUREN MOORE’s Blog, or just starting at my 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 20 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

When I sat down to design my project I was looking for inspiration and saw the Mojo Monday sketch #  and that triggered my creative juices.  I knew I needed to design a Valentine’s Day card for my husband and the ” you are”, the “so” and the “awesome” from this stamp set would be perfect.  So here is my creation:

Your the Bomb, Heartstrings ~

Here is the inside of the card.

Your the Bomb, Heartstrings inside

For this card I used the following products:

  • Paper Pack ~Heartstrings X7193B
  • Shimmer Trim ~ Teal Z1918 & White Z3024
  • Heart Embossing Folder Z3018
  • Cardstock ~ Hollyhock, Lagoon and White Daisy
  • Stuck on You Puffies Z3037
  • Stamp Sets ~ Hugs & Kisses M1054 and You’re the Bomb C1617
  • Ink ~ Lagoon, Cranberry, Hollyhock and White Daisy

Your next stop on the hop is MICHELE ROWLEY’s Blog and see what wonderful things she has crated for you.

Happy hopping and happy crafting!





Valentine’s Wreath

I think this is the first year I have been so prepared for Valentines or at least started early enough to make some fun things for Valentines.  I have to be honest I was not a big Valentine’s lover but this year I have been having fun making some festive decorations and valentines.  Today I wanted to share with you a wreath I designed using Heartstrings paper pack.  This is a Valentine’s themed paper but it really can be used for other occasions as well, I promise to show you more layouts using this paper pack in a non-valentines way in the near future.

Heartstrings Heart Wreath ~ Valentines ~ Catscrapbooking.comTo create this wreath I used my Cricut Explore and the Artiste Cartridge.  I really like using the design studio to see how the hearts would look prior to actually cutting them out.  It really helped with the sizing.  I used the hearts found on pages 49, 51 & 66.  I did tweak the sizing of a couple of the hearts by unlocking the size ratio.

Items used to create:

  • Heartstrings Paper Pack X7193B
  • Pixie Extra Thick Twine Z3035
  • Stuck on You Puffies Z3037
  • Glitter Paper Pink Z1922, Teal Z1991, & Black and Gray Z1829

Happy Crafting!


Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop ~ Love Close to My Heart

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 what we LOVE about Close to My Heart artwork.   If you are just hopping here from JEN PATRICK’S Bl0g  then you are in the right spot. 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 at the end of this blog.

Where do I even begin ….. There are so many things I love about Close to My Heart!!!  Lets see …. Paper, Stamps, Albums, Embellishments, friends, Art Philosophy, Artise, Artbooking, Artfully Sent, inks, colors….. you get the idea. I guess if I had to pick my top few things it would be:

1) the wonderful assortment of paper packs that are offered and the colors; as my true passion is for scrapbooking (although I really love all paper crafts).

2) the fun embellishment – whether it is ribbon, compliments, assortments, gems, I love them all but my go to embellishment is bling and shimmer trim.

3) the wonderful albums which are offered to hold all my memory keeping.

So let my share with you just some of the things I love about Close to My Heart with this layout I created using Heartstrings paper pack, shimmer trim and some hearts.

heartstrings layout ~ Valentine's Layout ~

Now all I need is some photos from this years Valentine’s festivities, I don’t really have any plans yet but I will need to make sure I do something in order to use this layout 🙂

Heartstrings Valentines layout ~ catscrapbooking.comFor this layout I used the Artiste cartridge to cut the hearts.  The XOXO and scalloped border were cut using my Silhouette.

Items used:

  • Paper Pack ~ Heartstrings X7193B
  • Cardstock ~ Whisper, Lagoon, Hollyhock, and White Daisy
  • Embellishments ~ Red Enamel Hearts Z2009, White Shimmer trim Z3024
  • Ink ~ Whisper, Hollyhock, and Lagoon
  • Stamp Set ~ This Moment S1501

Your next stop is BELINDA MCLANE’S Blog, be sure to hop on over and see what she has created for you today.

Happy Crafting!





Here is the full list of participants if you get lost along the way.

Technique Blog Hop~ Irresistible Texture

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

Technique blog badge - Irresistable

This month there are 7 of us highlighting the Irresistible Texture which is featured on page 11 of the new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.  Irresistible Texture can be created by using Close to My Hearts fabulous embossing folders.  There are 4 new ones (Hearts, Vine, Diamond and Scallop) in the Seasonal Expressions 1.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, you are on the right track!

Heartstrings ~ Love Ya Silly ~

I so love embossing folders as they give texture to solid cardstock.  One of the unique features of Close to My Heart cardstock is the white core. So after you use the embossing folders you can come back with a sanding block and turn the embossed area white!! This is what I did with the hearts. I also used a white pen to accent parts of the stamped images.  I also did a little paper piecing to make the eyes of these adorable monsters pop.

Products used:

  • Cardstock ~ Cranberry 1272, Whisper X5929 and Lagoon X5762
  • Paper Pack ~ Heartstrings X7193B
  • Stamp Set ~ Love Ya Silly B1470
  • Ink ~ Daisy WhiteZ2163, LagoonZ2195 , Chrystal Blue Z2117, and Hollyhock Z2128
  • Shimmer Trim ~ Z3024
  • Puffies ~ Stuck on You Z3037
  • Embossing Folder ~ Hearts Z3018

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto TONYA WHITEHURST’S Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!



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