Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Fall Pathfinding Projects

Thought I'd show you some of the projects I've designed for autumn.  I'm kind of a sucker for all things fall--love those gorgeous warm colors!   These projects feature the Pathfinding Paper Pack (X7186B, $9.95).  You can order the paper and all of the stamps shown on these projects on my website,   Don't forget that, if you order $50 in October, you can pick up our adorable October Stamp of the Month (Home for the Holidays) for only $5, plus you'll get a surprise gift of ribbon/trim with your order (be sure to click on the Ribbon Revelry special to claim it when you check out).

It took a little TLC to add all of these autumn leaves to the layout, but I love how it turned out!!  The tree is cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (p. 53, 11 3/4") and the leaves and "Autumn" are from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  Both layers of the leaves, p. 72, are cut 4"--that should wind up with an actual leaf size of around 1".  I cut "Autumn,", p. 73, at 2" Real Dial Size.  Stamp images came from both the Pathfinding Card Making Kit and the Pathfinder Scrapbooking Kit.  I also embellished both the layouts and cards with our Gold Sequins (

Here's a close-up of the leaves.  They are layered (the base is Chocolate Cardstock and the layers are either Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red, Olive or Goldrush).  I mounted some of them on foam tape to stand out.

I used the stamp set from the Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit (G1083) for the "Thankful for You" sentiment, and the C1589 "Lifetime of Happiness" stamp set for the flowers/leaves. 

I used the zip strip from one of the Pathfinding papers for the message on this card.  The owl comes from the Pathfinding Complements (X7186C, $4.95).  The branch is cut from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, p. 66, 8 1/2".  The leaves are from the "Lifetime of Happiness" stamp set (C1589), but you could certainly cut leaves from one of our fabulous Cricut cartridges.

This card features the "Thankful Heart" stamp set (B1463).  I stamped the message and the pumpkins/leaves with brown Staz-On ink and colored them with our new ShinHan markers (remember that you can BLEND colors to get colors you might not have. . .for example, I used a bright red mixed with a brown to get a leaf color that matched my Barn Red cardstock).  The bottom is embossed using our Chevron Embossing Folder (Z1925).  Don't you just love how embossing just takes your card to a whole new level??!!!

I posted this one on my Facebook page the other day (, but I'll post it here, too.  The pumpkin is from the "Beyond Measure" stamp set (A1161).  I cut the leaf from the Artiste Cartridge--I can't quite remember, but I'm thinking I cut it about 1 1/2" Real Dial Size.  The Chocolate cardstock in the middle is embossed with our Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Z1996).  Did I mention that we have even MORE embossing folders coming out in December??!!!

I'll be featuring this layout and these cards in my November clubs. . .if you're local and you'd like to attend, let me know!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


These are the cards I have lined up for the Christmas Card Marathon on Monday, Oct. 27th, and again in Thursday, Oct. 30th, both at 6 p.m.  If you'd like to attend, I still have openings on the 30th.  Cost is a $25 minimum order.  We'll make 20 cards in one night--four each of the five designs. 
This card features the stamp set from the Snowhaven Card Kit.  That's why these card kits are such a good value--you get a great stamp in that you can use again and again. 

I this is one of my FAVORITE stamp sets in the whole catalog--I just think it's beautiful, and I love the fonts they use for the words.   You can ONLY get this stamp set as a Hostess Reward--it's one of several exclusive stamp sets that hostesses may purchase with their FREE Hostess Rewards.  I stamped the angel in Glacier ink and "Hark. . ." in Cocoa ink and again in Ruby (cutting out the one line in Ruby). 

I used Snowhaven papers and the stamp image from the October Stamp of the Month to make this festive card.

I like Christmas cards that speak about the real meaning of Christmas.  For this card, I used Ponderosa Pine Cardstock, Desert Sand Cardstock and B&T paper from the Yuletide paper pack.  Stamp set is D1614 Reason for the Season. 
This card was one of our Make N' Take projects at Convention this summer--I love it because the stamping is SUPER simple.   The stamp set is D1613 Best Christmas.

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Stamp of the Month, "Home for the Holidays," and Snowhaven Paper Pack

I thought I'd share the artwork that I've created with the October Stamp of the Month, Home for the Holidays, and the Snowhaven paper pack.  I LOVE this stamp set, and I know you will, too.  You can order it on my website,  If you have a $50 order, you can get this stamp set for only $5 PLUS you get a spool of ribbon for FREE!  By the way, the images in this stamp set are compatible with shapes on our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Below you'll see some detail shots of the stamped images.  I stamped several of the images multiple times in Cranberry, Black or Glacier--and then cut out parts from one color and layered it on the same images stamped in another color.  I made plenty of use of our Silver Shimmer Trim and Silver Sequins as well!

I love how well these stamp images work on both layouts and cards.  Here are some of my cards, along with a box I cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  All the products on these projects are available to order on my website.

Both the scalloped oval and the ornament images can be cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

This is one of our die-cut cards (Z1473).  I just glued a piece of the black snowflake paper to the front of the card and trimmed it to match the pre-cut edge.

This is the only card that I "cheated" on and used a stamp image from another set. . ."Make It Merry" (D1617).  The coordinating Cricut shape is on our Artbooking cartridge.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


We've got a MUST HAVE Stamp of the Month for the month of October. . .be sure you pick up "Home for the Holidays" before it's gone!   You can get this incredible stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase OR buy it at retail price for $17.95.  And, if you spend $50, you get a free spool of ribbon!  To order, visit my website at

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time for Halloween!

I can't believe we are starting the month of October!  That means that it's time to plan some Halloween projects!   You're invited to join me for my Halloween Fun Workshop on Thursday, October 2nd, 6 p.m.--or, if you are long-distance, just enjoy browsing the projects I've made:

Here's a photo of the projects we'll be making this year. . .it was hard to decide because we've got such cute things to work with this year!!
This is the very FIRST card I made with our Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge--and it was SO EASY!!!  If you are a card maker, you MUST have this cartridge!!!  To order, visit my website at

I got this super cute card idea from Consultant Donna Digby.  I'm just in love with this little stamp set--the images are so cute (and not scary)--so they're great for kids' projects.  The card features Scaredy Cat paper and the Frightfully Fun stamp set (B1453--$9.95).  Tell me these cute little characters don't make you SMILE!  Used my ShinHan Touch Twin markers to color the images.

We've added several new "Designer Creations" products to our catalog this year. . .they are simple boxes, pouches and bags just waiting for you to add your creativity!  This bag is the Designer Creations Buttoned Bag (Z2053, $4.95 for 2).  I've added stamped images from the Halloween Greetings stamp set (D1605 $17.95) as well as some shapes cut from my CTMH Cricut cartridges.  The design was inspired by a bag that Michelle Snyder showed us at Convention this year (LOVED her class). 

Now, here is one of my absolute FAVORITE new products this year. . .the Cut Above Halloween Treat Bag Kit.  You can't get any easier than this!!  The kit comes with the treat bags (plus cellophane bags to put inside), stickers for your candies, foam tape and the white circles for you to stamp your message on.  I used the coordinating Sweet Salutations stamp set (B1466 $9.95) along with it (this stamp set is a MUST have if you ever make treats for any holidays).  I added an extra Cricut mat to the "Sweet Treats" circle, but otherwise, we're talking about a five-minute project.  Plus, you get 10 bags in every kit for only $14.95!!  This is total bliss for the busy crafter!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Close to My Heart's brand new Cricut Collection, Artfully Sent, is now available!!!  To order, visit my website at  
Once again, I'm holding a Mega Party with an opportunity for you to get $35 in free products along with your Cricut Collection.  Here's how it works:  each participant orders the $99 Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.  I'll put the orders together on one party order and then split the Hostess Rewards up between all the participants.  Each participant is guaranteed to get $20 in free products of their choice.  In addition to your $20 in free products, I will give each participant a free paper pack as a thank you from me ($9.95 value--you can choose from any of our nine new packs)!  But wait, there's more!!  I'll also put all participants' names in a drawing to get the half-price Hostess Rewards from the party.  If I draw your name, you can pick any single  item from the catalog (including Cricut Collections) for half price.  Those whose names are not drawn for a half price item get another gift from me--a free Stamp of the Month or an ink pad in the color of their choice.  That's a guarantee of $35 in free products just for ordering the $99 Artfully Sent Cricut Collection! 
Orders must be submitted by September 19th to participate in the Mega Party.  You can order your cartridge online right now on my website, .  Be sure that you click to "join" the September Mega Party.   The cartridge will be sent directly to you immediately.   Then, I'll close out the order and order everyone's Hostess Rewards after the 19th.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pathfinder Card Kit Workshop coming up September 30th

My next card workshop is the Pathfinder Card Kit Workshop coming up on Tuesday, September 30th at 6 p.m.  Cost for the class is $29 (the cost of the kit plus tax/shipping).  These card kits are a fantastic value.  Not only do you get a beautiful, full-size stamp set, but you also get a full roll of Bronze Shimmer Trim and a full package of Gold Sequins, along with all the Pathfinder paper, card bases and envelopes--enough for 15 cards.  You also get a color instruction guide for cutting your paper and assembling the cards.

If you can't attend the workshop, you can purchase the Pathfinder Card Kit and assemble at home.  Recommended ink colors:  Chocolate, Desert Sand, Glacier and Goldrush.    You can order your Pathfinder Kit today on my website, (it's listed under Workshop on the Go Kits).