Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Blue Skies Layout Workshop

I've seen so many beautiful projects made with our Blue Skies collection!  You really can't go wrong with these bright colors and dreamy patterns. . .and, did I mention that incredible embossed cardstock??  Before this special ends May 31st, be sure you've shopped all of the options at  The collection includes two different stamp sets, a pinwheel die cut, patterned paper, embossed cardstock and adorable stickers.  They've put a variety of bundles together, or you can purchase any of the components individually--get just what you need for the projects you want to make.  The bundles can save you some money over purchasing the components separately, so be sure you look at all the options to get the best deal

I am offering a 12-page layout class on June 4th.  These adorable pages were designed by Chris Robertson, and I've made a few adaptations to fit my own preferences.  We'll be using the patterned paper, stickers and some solid cardstock. Cost for this workshop is $38.  I can't share Chris' cutting guide with others, BUT, if you can't attend the workshop at my house, I can make you a pre-cut kit that you can assemble at home.  If you're long-distance, shipping costs will apply.  Let me know before the end of May if you'd like one of these kits.  I plan to start cutting and shipping them the last week in May.   

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Blue Skies 18-Card Workshop Ready to Go

I'm having so much fun with the Blue Skies collection--it's like a gift that keeps on giving!  The bright, fun colors just make me smile, and the embossed coordinating cardstock is GORGEOUS!  Close to My Heart is offering several great projects with the Blue Skies collection.  You can view the various product bundles and download guides on my WEBSITE.  I used SOME of the card designs from their card workshop they have posted online, changed some of the cards and added some new ones to come up with my own custom 18-card workshop.  I also made use of an additional stamp set (the new Celebrating You birthday sentiments) to make sure these were practical cards that my customers can use!  My cutting guide is now ready to go!

Below is a list of what you'll need for the workshop.  If you purchase $30 or more in products from my website, I will send you the cutting guide for FREE. . .just let me know that you want the guide. 

Local peeps, I'm also offering this workshop at my house  Thursday, May 28th, or Monday, June 1st, 6 p.m.   Cost is $25.  If you attend the workshop, you don't necessarily need the stamps--but know that it will take quite a while to stamp and pass all of these images (lots of flowers to stamp).   If you like the stamp sets, I would encourage you to purchase one or both of them and bring the stamp set and coordinating stamp pads to class to help speed things along.  All of the images will be die cut, so no fussy cutting will be required.  

NOTE:  the manufacturer who makes our Close to My Heart stamp pads is in a state that was shut down because of COVID-19.  Because of this, several stamp pad colors are out of stock (especially those that coordinate with this collection).  The plant is back up and running now, but it will take a while to get the stamp pads made and back in stock.  I have a few of the colors in my inventory for local customers.  These are popular colors that many of my customers already have.  I will list the stamp pad names but also describe the colors in case you need to use another color from your stash. 


The Blue Skies Collection has several purchasing options--be sure you browse all of the bundles before you purchase.  Click HERE to view on my website

  • CC5209 Blue Skies Cardmaking Kit (note: this kit gives you card bases and a half pack each of the cardstock and patterned paper--just what you need to do the card class and no more.  If you want more of this paper to play with, I recommend getting CC5215, which has a FULL pack of each paper plus the stickers for only $4 more but no card bases).
  • Beautiful Day Stamp Set with Thin Cuts CC5202 (also available as part of the bundles, which may be a better deal)--can also be purchased without Thin Cuts if you don't mind a BUNCH of fussy cutting. 
  • Celebrating You stamp set C1847, $14.95 (new stamp set in the May/June catalog)
  • Pinwheel Thin Cut CC5204 (part of the Blue Skies collection--also available in some of the bundles)
  • Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems (you could also use sparkles or Gold Glitter Gems)
  • Sapphire Stamp Pad (or any deep/navy blue)
  • Candy Apple Stamp Pad (a primary red)
  • Lagoon Stamp Pad (a turquoise/aqua blue)
  • Canary Stamp Pad (kind of a banana yellow)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (kind of a carnation pink color)
  • Green Apple Stamp Pad (a bright, spring green)
  • Black stamp pad
  • Foam Tape
  • 18 White Card Bases (depending on whether or not you got bases in the bundle)
  • Two brads

Monday, April 6, 2020


Here's one more workshop kit that I now have available (in addition to the ones shown in the last post).  I started with the I Heart Us Picture My Life Cards and used those cards to make this collection of 12 cards.  It's a fairly eclectic mix of cards featuring several of our current stamp sets.  Cost for this kit is $15.  Your PML cards and other pieces will be pre-cut and ready to assemble.  Images will be STAMPED but NOT colored (you can choose to color with markers, watercolor, pencils or shimmer brushes).  I think shipping for this will run around $4. . .and I can combine this with another kit and give you a combined shipping total (just message me at to let me know what you'd like and I'll let you know what the shipping would be).  

Thursday, April 2, 2020


As we're dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and sheltering in at home, it's a perfect time to get some papercrafting done!  Creative therapy can do so much for the soul!  I had several workshops scheduled over the next month or so, and needless to say, I've had to cancel all of those classes.  However, I can still make workshop kits TO GO.  I can mail the kits to you, or if you're local, you can swing by and pick up the kit(s) from my front porch step--no contact necessary! If you purchase multiple kits, I can ship the kits in the same box and save you some money on shipping.  E-mail me at if you have questions about combining shipping.  I'm having trouble getting my PayPal "Buy Now" buttons back on my blog, so just email me at if you'd like to order any kits, and I can send you an invoice from PayPal.  

Here's a look at the kits I currently have available--more will be coming!


Many of you know that Close to My Heart partners with Operation Smile--an organization that provides surgeries to correct cleft palates and cleft lips for children around the world.   When you purchase the You Make Me Happy stamp set, Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stamp set, and I'm on a crusade to sell a BUNCH of these stamp sets so that we can raise money for Operation Smile.  To give you some inspiration, I've created this set of ten cards made with the You Make Me Happy stamp set.  You can get this stamp set and all of the pre-cut materials to make these cards for $28 (additional shipping if I'm mailing it to you).  You will need to provide your own black ink/blocks to stamp the characters, and you'll need to color the images on your own (I used the Spectrum Noir markers, but watercolor pencils or other techniques will also work).  


Create six 12 x 12 pages (three two-page layouts) using our Yesterday & Today paper pack.  Pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble.  When you purchase the kit, I will email you photos and assembly tips.  Your kit includes the Yesterday & Today stickers, all of your pre-cut pieces and a package of the Yesterday & Today Vellum Die Cuts.  Cost is $21.


This kit features our fun limited-time These Are My People Paper Pack and stickers.  The layouts are versatile--they could be adapted to a lot of different themes.  Cost includes all pieces, pre-cut and ready to go.  You'll also get the full 12 x 12 sticker sheet and some white acrylic heart embellishments.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cardstock Carnival Has Begun!

Get great deals on our Close to My Heart Cardstock with the Cardstock Carnival Sale in April!

All paper packs are on sale for $12.95 (regularly $16.95), and you can also get some fabulous color bundles at an even bigger discount!  And, if you want ALL of our colors, we also have a gigantic bundle that includes six sheets of EVERY color on our palette!! The sale runs from April 1-30.  Check it out on my website at

Monday, February 3, 2020

CELEBRATE TODAY PML Card Class Tuesday, February 25th!

I love to take our Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking cards and turn them into greeting cards.  Add some coordinating patterned paper and cardstock and you've got the recipe for fun and EASY cards!  I just finished creating my cards with the Celebrate Today PML Cards and coordinating paper, and I like the happy colors in this collection!  If you'd like to join me for this class on Tuesday, February 25th, let me know!  Class starts at 6 p.m.  Cost is $20 for 12 cards.  

Saturday, February 1, 2020


Close to My Heart is running a PHENOMENAL stamp sale during the month of February.  You'll find fantastic discounts on NEW and retired stamp sets AND stamp sets with DIE CUTS!  You can find the deals at  If you're local, you can also place your order with me in person.  

Here's a sampling of the amazing deals!!