Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NEW Pink by Design SNEAK

Hey everyone--sorry for the poor posting--work has been crazy and I am in the peak of the busy season--the holidays can't come soon enough.

Today is a release day for Pink by Design and we are in the middle of a hope--if you have come over from Paulamorethanfavors than welcome to my humble little blog.  Paula is so talented!!!

Well here is a Sneak of a new Pink By Design set called Craft On (just click to take you to the store)

So you can mix and match your sentiments to make a ton of different says for all sorts of cards and projects--when I opened the pink envelope the first thing I thought of was an invite for drinks for my friends.  This one was super simple.  I used a pre-made card base and black ink--really that was about it.  I placed the stamps on the card then stuck them to my block.  Stamped and done!  Easy right.
To just add a little something to set it off--I used a green pearl in place of the olive--there is nothing more than a simple card that makes an impression--

Make sure to check out all the PDB designers as there are tons of SNEAKS today and a big release tonight--make sure to check it out and head on over to pick you new limited release stamps up int eh PBD store.

Make sure to head on over to 217Creations and check out Elizabeth's great project
Make it a great one-

Monday, November 26, 2012

Back to the Grind

Today is my first day back at work and I am off to San Fran for a few days on business.
I wanted to share a tip about Sympathy cards.  It seems that I have had to make my fair share of them and what I have learned is that simple is best--what is important is that the receiver of the card knows you are thinking and praying for them.
Here is a very simple card--the base layer is a pattern paper from a 6x6 DCWV pad and I dry embossed with a SU embossing folder.  I cut around the edges and added a little ink.  The sentiment is from CTMH!

The inside is a part of two part sentiment set from CTMH

I have a couple more cards for you this week so keep coming by--I also have some give aways coming the first of December to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas!
Make it a great one-

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Heat Embossing!!!

Today we are featuring heat embossing over at Pink by Design--you have to check out the great projects that the team made to share with you--there is even a video link to a how to video if you have never tried it.
Here is a preview of my project
SO head on over to Pink By Design Stamps and check it all out--you still have time to link up for the challenge on Monday and have a chance to win and exclusive stamp of the month set we are giving away
See you back here on Friday and have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving
Make it a great on

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pink By Design Challange

Hello everyone--Well it is thanksgiving week and I am thankful to be on vacation for one whole week.

Well today is exciting as my team over at Pink by Design and I want you to take part in the challenge we came up with--it is pretty simple--just a Thank You Card!  Right--simple.  I know it is a busy week but I am giving away an exclusive Pink by Design Stamp of the Month that you can only get by joining or winning here this week.

Ok all you have to do is go to and link your thank you card (which we would love to have Pink by Design stamps used but not required).  Leave a comment here saying you completed the link up and the winner will be announced next Monday--you have all week to do it so get to crafting.  If we reach 20 or more entries I will add in another winner of a Pink by Design stamp set of their  choice.

Here is a preview of my project for this challange

Alright I have two more projects to share this week --I know it is a slammed packed week with the holiday and all the cooking but I really do hope you join the challange--I love seeing what you all create!
Make it a great one-

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Card

Well this week has been crazy with customer appointments, the election, and a Board of Directors meeting at work--seems every minute is just jammed packed.
I need a little creative break so I made a simple Thanksgiving card.

Card base is a simple A2 card from Kraft paper.  I cut all the layers all at once and then trimmed them down--still all stacked removing the bottom layer each time--this way you get perfect fitting layers each time.  I used my all time top pick ribbon from Joann's that I buy multiple spools of each time because I use it so much.  I tied a simple knot nothing fancy.
The stamp is from CTMH and in the current idea book-I stamped the base of the pumpkin then used versamark ink and brown embossing powder to second step the pumpkin.  I also used the same brown to emboss the 'Thanksgivin'.  I used a moss green powder to accent the leaves and vine .
This would make a perfect thank you card for someone who has invited you to the big turkey dinner!
Make it a great one-

Monday, November 5, 2012

Decorated Treat Box

So I have gotten on a kick of giving yummy treat for celebrations.  Recently I missed a birthday of a friend (who also happens to be the guy who helps run the wine shop I frequent-not a bad friend to have if you like wine) of mine because I was in NYC on business.
So to celebrate and let him know I did not forget and that I was sorry for missing the party--I bought bite size cupcakes from my fav place in NYC and brought them home--well you know I could not just give them in the box they came in!
So I took a white baked goods box from Joann's and worked some paper magic-

I measure the box and cut everything 1/8" short so that it would fit perfectly on the box, inked the edges, used some red line and started the over haul.

To create the 'window' I layered up my two pcs of paper and paced my spellbinders die and sent it through my cuttlebug--this took all of 5 minutes and the box was as big a hit as the bit sized cupcakes!

We are off on another week (this year had  flown by) so make it count!
Make it a great one and we will see you back here soon!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Treat Bag Topper Day Two

Here is the second of four treat bag toppers--these were so easy to make and pretty fast

So this spider is heat embossed and hand cut--if you don't attach the legs down it feels like it has movement!  The top note is from the CTMH Artiste Cartridge!  So many great shapes so little time
Here is a close up!
Hope you have a great Wednesday and see you back here on Thursday--make it a great one!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Treat Bags Day 1

Hello Everyone--hope y'all are doing well.  This week I have a few treat bag toppers to share with you.
Here is today's topper
So I found these really well done sugar cookies and thought these would be perfect treats for some of the folks I work with--and who doesn't love a good sugar pick me up!
The eyeball paper is from a Martha Stewart Stack from last year and the Creepy cut is from the Cricut Frightful Affair cartridge and I used both the shadow and the top cut.  I got the 'mummy' wrapped glitter effect using my xyron and some fine purple glitter.  I love how it looks a bit like a ripped wrapped mummy!  I used ziplock bags to keep the cookies fresh and the topper is 6" long and 3" wide finished top to fold.  I used foam squares to pop the cut right off the bag topper!

So I have three more to share this week--and a couple of projects leading up to Halloween.  Once we hit Oct 31 I will flip to Thanksgiving and Christmas--got to get started on all those projects--and trust me this year I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew!

Make it a great one-

Friday, October 12, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!!!!

It's Friday!!!!! And boy has it been a long week.  I did make my first holiday card and I rather like it!!!!
The paper is all Close To My Heart, and this Christmas collection and the ribbon is the color ready seam binding also from CTMH.
The tree is a die from Papertrey Ink which I love and cut it twice and pop dotted the layers!
 On the inside I used a PTI stamp-one of the $5 sets of holiday sentiments, some CTMH embossing powder, and my handy dandy heat gun to finish it off.
Hope you all have a great weekend and I have more to share with you next week!!!!!
Make it a great one

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spooktacular Wine Tag

Well we have made it to Wednesday and the week is half over.  Halloween is one of my least fav holidays but there seems to be as many parties for it as there are during the holidays.  My go to host/hostess gift is a great bottle of wine.  I made this tag and think it may become my go to for all parties--it's fast, easy, and you can use all the small bits of paper you have in that scrap bucket.

The tag is 7" long and 2.5" wide--simple right.  I scored the fold at 2 inches from the top edge and folded over.  For the circle I used a 1 1/4" circle punch and I round the edges of the corners (top edge) with my corner chomper.  I cut strips of Halloween themed paper at 1" by 2.5" and place them on the tag.
I used a chipboard sticker I got at Wal-Mart at least a year ago and added some google eyes in the O's.
Super simple and it took all of 10 minutes to make.

Ok I will have another post for you on Friday--that's right three this week--go big or go home--LOL
Make it a great one-

Monday, October 8, 2012

Card for a wedding

Hello old freinds--it has been way to long.  Life has been crazy and I am just catching up on so many things right now.  I did get a chance to do a little bit of crafting and I think there will be more time in my not so distant future to really get my hands inky in my studio (also known as my old dining room!)

Today is my turn to post over at Pink By Design so head over and check out a card I made for a wedding I am going to next weekend.
Head on over for all the details and we will see hyou back here on Wednesday!
Make it a great one

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fun Birthday Card

Hello Everyone--It's been way to long!
I have had next to no time to craft lately--even when I plan it out it does not happen.  I have really missed getting ink fingers, ATG sticky balls in my hair, and making cut on the wrong side of the paper.  When you don't get to craft much even the mistakes are fun.
Well I was able to pull out my Artiste Cartridge, the chipboard and stamps that came with it, and happened to whip up on of may all time fav cards (or so I think right now)
I love using papers all from the same collection--it just makes it easy.
Here I cut the cupcake at 4".  It's three layers-base, the paper cup and the icing topping.
I sent the paper cup through the crimper (a much under used tool that takes up a lot of space in a drawer) before I inked the edges.  The icing was already a glitter paper (all from DCWV) so only had to ink the edges there, as I did with all the pcs.
So for my sentiment--I used the banner chipboard that came with the cartridge.  I used a dark blue ink with one of the matching stamps that also came with the cartridge.  I love this chipboard so much I am going to have to order bunches!
I have a couple of things complete to share this week--but next week I am off to Europe so there will for sure be a few Where in the World posts coming--London, Paris, and Dusseldorf!  I was recently promoted at work so my time is jammed full with projects and transitions--so I am so thankful  you all stick with me even when it seems I have fallen off the earth!
Make it a great one-

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pink By Design Team Day

Well everyone--it's my day over at Pink By Design and I have a cute, easy, and super fun one page layout--here is a preview
Head on over to to see all the pics and details--
More projects this week that you are going to want to see---
Until later-

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In my thoughts.....

Hope your week is off to a great start.  I am in for another busy week--since the promotion it has been non-stop crazy!  LOL.

Well today I found out that an employee of mine had an unexpected death in his family.  I find Sympathy cards some of the hardest and a masculine one can be double tough.

I used the new Avonlea paper and Words of Comfort stamp set (C1524) from Close to My Heart.
I used a vintage large buttons and used dark brown twine to make it look like I attached it to the card.

I inked the edges with chocolate ink.  I also added some texture with my cuttlebug and a 5x7 folder to the card base itself--I don't usually do this to the base but thought it was a nice touch and tied to the pattern paper well. 

Make it a great one-

Friday, August 10, 2012

artiste cartridge deal

OK---A dear friend of mine suggested I try this so I will.  I am going to offer a payment plan for the Cricut Artiste Cartridge from Close to My Heart.  This is how it works.

If you are wanting the cartridge and your budget does not allow it right now I have have a solution.
For the first 10 folks that email me and say that what this deal it is yours!
Updated as of 2 pm Friday this offers is going to be open--so no limit on people taking advantage--the response has been good and I don't want anyone to feel they can't be a part of this great deal

The total for the cartridge plus usps priority shipping and tax will be divided by 4 payments--I will send four pay pal invoices to you for $30 each.  Once you pay all four I will ship your cartridge--you can pay one a week or two a month or spread it our over four months--it's all up to  you!

I want to make this cartridge available to everyone--no matter what your budget is.

this is what you get in the package
The cartridge, three stamp sets, and three chip board sets--

You must email me at to get this special promo--I will even through in the stamp of the month for the month when you complete payment! That's another $17.95 free  this is a super value--

Again space is limited and I hope you take advantage of it!
make it a great one

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ohio Haul Video

Here is my Ohio Haul Video from last week--

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Avonlea notecard

Well it's hump day and I have another Avonlea card for you.  This time is a simple note card that can be used for many different occasions. I never seem to have enough of these kind of cards in the stash--
The card base came in the Avonlea Card Workshop on the go, the papers were also in the kit.  The purple border was cut using the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart.  I added some border stitching with waxy flax and placed some of the smokey gems in the center of each circle--the stitching took more time than anything else.
Super simple right.

I just got a great big happy mail package today--so watch for a video on Thursday of my haul--it's been a while since I did one of those!
Make it a great one-

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A simple Avonlea card

Hi everyone--I am back home after a fun filled weekend in Canton OH for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement--I am so luck to get to go every year.  Part of my real job is making the gold jackets for the enshrines each year.  This years class was so nice and they all looked like a million bucks! I will share some photos on Friday.
Today I have another card for you using the new Avonlea paper collection from Close to My Heart!
So here I used one of the stamps to create the background on the card--I impressed myself on how much it looks like printed paper!.  I used a strip of the purple in the kit and a strip of pattern paper to create the 'ribbon' down the card.  The flourish cut is from the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge from CTMH--a must have for any cricut lover.  I simply stamped the sentiment and added two of the new blings that come in the card kit I posted last week.

I will have another card for you on Wednesday--make sure to check out the idea book on line and let me know what you think.

If you have been thinking about the Artiste cartridge but you are worried about the budget I have a plan to share with you on Friday that is going to get you that cartridge--and keep you in your budget.
Make it a great one

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Introducing the Cricut Artiste Cartridge

Well the day has finally arrived to order the Cricut Artiste Cartridge from Close to My Heart.  You can purchase the cartridge as well as all the other new items on my sight at  You can also click the link on the side bar it's up to you!

So here is one of the many many 3D objects on this cartridge--I love this box
This is a multi sided box that folds up to form the base of this beautiful flower.  This was cut at 4".  I decided to layer the flower to give it just a little more punch!

Remember the Cartridge comes with three stamp sets and three sets of chipboard shapes!
Everyone who orders the Artiste Cartridge this month will be entered to win a closet to my heart prize pack with over $100.00!!!!!!

Make it a great one

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Avonlea Card Workshop on the Go

OK--so sorry this was not posted earlier today--when I scheduled it I must have screwed up and not put AM and left it PM--go figure

So here are the cards that the workshop details out for you

These are were super easy and they pack a big punch with the layers, the bling, and the wonderful ribbon!
Make sure to stop in on Wednesday to see a project with the new Artiste Cartridge!
Make it a great one

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cards in a jiffy........

Good Monday Morning!  This is a big week--the new Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge will be available for order on Wednesday but you can pre-order with me now.  Today I am going to share a video with you about the new Card Making Workshops On The Go!  For all you card makers--and want to be card makers this kit is for you.  It comes with everything you need to complete 15 (5 each of three designs) There are two Card Workshops On The Go in the new Idea book--this is Avonlea.  The colors are beautiful!  Slate is one of the new colors that you will want/need to add to your stamp pad collection!

 Make sure to Come back Tuesday to see the completed cards from this workshop.
Wednesday is the launch day for the new Idea Book and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge--so I will have a beautiful 3D project to share.  On Thursday and Friday I have a couple of cards using materials from the Avonlea Card Workshop On the Go Kit to show you that you don't have to stick to the instruction booklet--I have always been known to be a rule breaker!
Make it a great one!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

More Home Decor

Hello everyone--what a week.  IT has been non stop and I am ready for the weekend!
I wanted to share a few of the new Home decor items that you are going to want--I PROMISE

This is a 3D Bracket Frame--made of the CTMH super sturdy chipboard that you can ink, stamp on, paint, cover--really go to town on it!  The frame is item Z1797 and is $8.95

I love this star!!!! This 3D star is perfect for so many project or just simply add four or five to a wall.  Again here you can stamp, color, cover, glitter, paint, and ink this sturdy chipboard.  the back is flat and comes with a hanging hole. The star is item Z1803 and is $9.95

This display tray is AWESOME!!!!  The boxes fit a 12x12 layout cut in to 4"x3" segments--I want a whole wall of these!!!  The black wood makes all your papers, embellishments, and photos pop right out.  This item is Z1750 and is $19.95  I am working on a project with this one right now!!!!! Cant wait to share-

Let me know if you have any questions-
Make it a great one

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Artiste in all of us.........

Well as you all know it is only a few day off from the release of the new CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge Collection!
You get all of this for the $99 price.  The stamp sets are great and the chip board--well lets say I always have to buy more as I love the option to cut a matching cricut cut to cover it and stamp--or simply stamp right on it--and these shapes are great.  Conversation bubbles, awards and banners (love these) and a mini album--yes I said mini album.

Close to My Heart is not stopping there!!! There are a ton of new stamps that work to this cartridge as well as the AP cartridge from last time--so there is newness all round.  There is even a Workshop on The Go built to put this cartridge through it's paces.  Take a peek and order soon so you can prepare for all your Halloween party needs!!!!
All of these items are cut from the Artiste cartridge and there are detailed directions included so you can do all of this quickly, easily, and in amazing style!

If you are wanting to order--I am taking them now--first order goes in August 1.  Email me at if you would like to order.  If you liked the AP cartridge you are going LOVE this one--clear a spot on the desk are you will want to keep this one real handy!

Make it a great one-

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Home Decor.....YES We've got it!!!!!

Well I hope you all had a great weekend.  I wanted to share this video from Close to My Heart showing you some of the GREAT new home decor--yes I said home decor.  This just shows two but on Wednesday I will show you a few more of the new items you are going to want to get your hands on as well as display in you homes and offices!

Make it a great one-

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Product Preview

Hello everyone--so excited to share this video today--this is just a preview I have all the new products coming and they will be here Friday!!!!!!! Idea Books have arrived and I am getting them ready to send out!!!!  SOOOO much goodness wrapped up in one little book---

Monday, July 16, 2012

Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Good morning everyone.  I am just going to start with the preview you all really want to see--that of the Artiste Cricut Cartridge!

The cartridge has 700 images including fonts, numbers, shames, themed keys for holidays and parties, as well as a ton of 3D items.  There are two handbooks; one for the cuts, and one showing how to put the 3D items together.  

The kit is much like that of the Art Philosophy.  You will get three NEW stamp sets that work back to the cartridge as well as the chipboard (stamp able and cover able) that work back to the cuts as well.  

Price for the cartridge set is $99 and will be available to start shipping on August 1.  I will be doing a cricut club again where you will not only get this cartridge but papers, embellishments, as well as tons of stamps that work back to the cartridge.  This is a monthly club that will run till January.  Clubs fill up super fast to email me if you are wanting to get in on the action--club members get special discounts and promotions through out the club session and I have lots new things planned!  So email me today to reserve your spot.  I am also taking preorders for the cartridge--Order will be place on August 1 so you will be one of the first to get your hands on this AWESOME cartridge. 

There are 15 additional sets of stamps that work back as well as a Workshop on the Go Kit that really puts this cartridge through its paces!  

What do you guys thinks!  

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