5/20/2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 18 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

I know I say this every time, but this is the best catalog we have put out ever!  We have 4 new paper packs and I want to work with all of them at once.  But, since that is impossible I decided to start with Little Dreamer first.  I love, love, love the unicorns and all of the beautiful rainbow colors!  Working with this paper actually makes me happy.
And the complements are super duper cute!

And look at the adorable glitter gems!

Let me show you what I made with this product line.


I made a scrapbook page!  This is the 3rd layout in a workshop that I am going to package in a workshop.  It is super easy to make and has lots of glitter and unicorns!  I also doodled lines around each of the photo mats.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 

5/10/2017

National Scrapbooking Month - Live Beautifully - Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
National Scrapbooking Month Live Beautifully Blog Hop! 




This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Thin Cuts Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

I LOVE the Live Beautifully paper,



the stamp set,
and especially the Cut Above Kit

that comes with this promotion.  The paper pack gives you 16 pieces of paper including a couple that are gold foiled and that are incredibly beautiful.

Close to My Heart has also made a special bundle that gives you 20% off.  Retail is $87.10.

 NSM Special


 D Ring Album

Life has settled down and my mojo has returned.  I have been busy making lots of different projects with this paper and our other new paper lines.  I had seen this gorgeous technique where you paint on a stamped image with our watercolors and it gives you a flower that has incredible depth and detail.  So I picked up a scrap of paper from this paper pack and made this card.



I  used the stamp set that is featured in this promotion which would be a wonderful stamp for either scrapbooking or cardmaking.  The flower and leaves are stamped with Whisper Ink and painted with watercolors.  I added a little bling with the Gold Shimmer Trim and some Gold Glitter Gems.

By the way, this promotion is only good until May 31st, 2017 while supplies last.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Jennifer Dykstra's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 

Supplies Used


5/01/2017

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    

This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}   We have 26 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The May Stamp of the Month is entitled Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) (Set of  9).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I absolutely love this phrase and decided to make a wall hanging using all three words. I used our new paper pack, No Worries and the Blue Burlap Ribbon that is in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog that was released today.



I hate these pictures and will retake tomorrow with more natural light.  I "painted" the flowers on the words with our blending pen and inks and they are prettier in person.



The May Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between May 1 – May 31, 2017.  

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Jennifer Dykstra's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


Supplies Used

4/24/2017

Good Morning!

I hope all of you are having a great morning.  I have been thinking about expanding my blog to include my artwork, my business, my team, and my family.  I have found that I have not enjoyed updating my blog as much as I should and I think it is because I have used it just for my artwork and business and I would like to interact more with my readers.  I have a lot of experience that I would love to share and I bet you have experience and hope that you could offer me as well.  I will still be posting my artwork since creating art, teaching, and sharing feeds me.


I love the words above.  What a wonderful promise.  I especially like the idea of smiling as you start again.  Sets the stage and the positive feelings and energy.

Let me reintroduce myself and actually give you more information about myself.  Please introduce yourself in the comments.  I find that connection between each other is so important.  Isolation is tough and feeling like you don't belong is even worse.

So, a few facts.  I was born in Los Angeles, California a long time ago.  We moved to Pacific Palisades when I was in 3rd grade and my heart is still there.  I grew up in the '60's and '70's and still have the heart of the hippie that I was at that time.  Such an exciting time to be growing up!

I left California 32 years ago when I married a man in the Air Force.  We moved to Turkey, Germany and then Columbus, Mississippi.  I now live in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

I have five kids who are all adult (aged) and after my divorce from my Air Force husband and 7 years of being a single mother, I married a man with five adult children.  We have been married for 16 years and are currently raising two more kids (his youngest daughter's two oldest kids) and I am working at helping my son, who has autism, make an independent life.

I am a daughter of an alcoholic and the mother of an addict.  Life has been exciting, to say the least, and not how it was supposed to be.  At least not in "my script." But I am thoroughly living my life and am grateful.

We are "owned" by six furbabies.  They are a big part of our family and make me laugh so much.  We have three cats and three dogs.  I didn't intend to have six animals.  It just happened.  The last four were rescues.  My brother told me that I rescued stray animals and stray people.  I think he was correct.  It is a sickness and I my house is full right now.

Now, you ask, why do I post art on my blog?  Art has saved my sanity.  With so many people in my life, it can get pretty stressful.  Art is my meditation.  It is for me.  It is where I express my thoughts, revel in gorgeous colors, and find my personal challenges.  Many mornings art has given me the reason to get up in the morning and has surrounded me with wonderful people who support me and cheer me on.  Art has changed me for the better (and makes me more than a little OCD).



So that is a bit about me.  Tell me about you.

4/16/2017

Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Blog Hop! 


This hop I am following {Kirsten Desorcy's Blog.}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

We would like to show you a product line that you may not be aware of.  It comes in a very nondescript bag.  But in this bag is a big surprise that you can do more with than what it was intended for.  They are the Cardmaking Workshop Your Way kits.

Each of us have picked our favorite kits from the Seasonal Expressions Catalog (that retires at the end of this month) and designed something different to show you the versatility of the stamp set that is included in this kit or has used the supplies in a different way than the instructions pictured.  These kits have stamp sets that can only be purchased in the kit.  I have chosen to use the kit, Workshops Your Way® Here for You Cardmaking Kit (G1124).
This Workshops Your Way® kit contains materials for creating 12 cards. Easy-to-follow online instructions guide you in creating two different card designs. Thanks to the interchangable designs and stamp sentiments, you have ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.

Here are the cards that you can download the instructions to make.


And here is the card that I made.


I used the fern stamp to stamp a pattern on the frame that goes around the sentiment.  I used Slate Ink on Slate cardstock.  I cut the oval in the wood patterned paper with my Cricut using our Artistry Cricut Collection so that the Ombre paper with the sentiment peeks through and is showcased.

The flower stamps are two step stamps and are super easy to use.  You just stamp the solid image and then stamp the outline over it.  Then I fussy cut them.  I added a few sparkles and assembled the card.


The Smoothie Ombre paper is from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy collection and the wood patterned paper is from Dreamin' Big.  The Dreamin' Big paper collection and this Workshop Your Way are "while supplies last", so get them now before they are gone.

Here's my sweet ragdoll kitty, Chloe, with my card.  Doesn't she looked thrilled?  Chloe has real Cattitude!



Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with one of our card Workshop Your Ways.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website.