Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Gift Bags

Good morning!  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I really enjoyed the time with my family.....and especially the four-day weekend!  I took the time to play a little in my scrapbook room and made these little gift bags.  I make jewelry sometimes, especially for gifts and thought these little bags would be perfect.  They went together quickly since I decorated them with the Sparkle & Shine Washi easy.

The one on the left was cut from the Artiste Cartridge, page 79, 3D object, cut at 5 inches, with Ruby cardstock.
The other one was cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge, page 23, Font Layer, also at 5 inches, with paper from the Sparkle & Shine paper packet.

I used a small piece of adhesive velcro on the left bag to keep the flap closed, and tied Cranberry twine around the flap and into a bow before closing the flap.

The sentiments were stamped using the stamp set from the WOTG Frosted Scrapbooking kit (the wreath).  The sentiment is from Holiday Tags stamp set (D1560) and the circle stamp is from the Perfect Fit-Holidays stamp set (B1412).  I used Slate and Ruby Exclusives Inks.

See how easy it is to make your own gift bags!  The Sparkle & Shine paper packet and Washi Tape are only available until December 31st, or while supplies last.

Thanks for checking out my blog!!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Damask Divas Frosted Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas Blog Hop featuring the Frosted paper pack. If you came here from Tammy's blog then you are in the right place. If you hopped here by chance, be sure to see the full list of blog participants at the Damask Divas Blog.

I made this wreath using a grapevine wreath I bought at Jo-Ann's.  I cut the snowflakes out using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I cut both the base and the layer options, using both cardstock and B&T paper from the paper packet. They were cut at 2.5 and 3.5 inches.  I added sparkles from the black & grey assortment to the centers. The "Merry & Bright" tag was also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge at 2.5 inches from Colonial White cardstock, with a mat of 2.75 inches cut from the turquoise paper.  I found it was easiest to use my glue gun to secure everything to the wreath.

I used the following products:

Burlap Ribbon
Frosted paper packet
Art Philosophy Cartridge
Sparkles Assortment, Black & Grey
Frosted Assortment
Stamp Set from Sparkle & Shine WOTG Scrapbooking Kit
Silver Shimmer Trim
Twilight Exclusives Ink
Hot Glue Gun
Grapevine Wreath purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts

Don't forget, you can still order from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide until December 31st, or while supplies last!

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I hope you've enjoyed seeing all of our projects!  

Your next stop is Tracey

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stamping Block Display

Did you know that stamping blocks aren't just for stamping?  They also make a very unique way to display your photos!  This display was made using the 3-Block starter set and the Babycakes paper.  The stamped images were cut out with the Cricut (giraffe from Artbooking, and the Baby stamp from Art Philosophy).  I originally stamped the giraffe in Buttercup on Colonial White cardstock, but it was too light so I stamped over that with Honey and it looked much better.  I used a Copic marker (Caribe Cocoa) to color in the spots, eye and smile.  I used Chocolate Exclusive Ink to stamp the Baby stamp.  I adhered the stamped images to the paper, then used a spray adhesive on the front of the image to adhere it to the blocks.  I used the same spray adhesive to adhere the picture to the 3x3 block.  Trim any excess off, using a craft knife.  Embellish the front as desired...I used 2 pieces from the Babycakes Assortment.  What a quick, easy was to make a display!  The decorating possibilities are endless!

You can find all of these products at my CTMH website.

Make photo "frames" with stamping blocks

Hello, hope you are having a great day! I'm preparing for a workshop today (Christmas cards) and I am also planning a day of gift-making coming up soon and I wanted to share an idea I saw on the Close To My Heart website. 
You stamp an image using Versamark ink directly on the stamping block and heat emboss it.  Then you apply spray adhesive on the front of your pic and adhere it to the back of the block. I trimmed the edges where the photo was too big (using a craft knife) and added a Sparkles flourish.  What a quick easy gift!!

Christmas is right around the corner!!  Shop with me for these products and more.  Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Join Close To My Heart!

Hope you are having a great Tuesday!!  It's raining here at my house...and probably will all I'm planning on spending my day playing in my craft room. 

Have you ever thought about joining Close To My Heart?  If you love to stamp and scrapbook....and you buy those types of products on a regular basis, why not get them for a reduced rate....AND make some money as well??  As a CTMH Independent Consultant you earn 22% commission on all qualifying sales ("while supplies last" and some supply items do not count towards commission), you also save this amount on your own purchases, and you earn free product credit when you reach $300 in sales in a month (and it increases with higher sales).  I usually always get at least $25 in free product each month.  

Your minimum sales requirements to remain active are only $300 per quarter!!  That's very achievable with only 1 workshop a month!!  Whether you join as a "hobbyist" (lots of people do just to get their products at a discount) or you want to really jump in and sell, CTMH offers a great product, great service, and they really treat their consultants and customers very well.

AND.....join now between Nov 1 and Dec 15 and submit $300 in sales before March 14th and you will get the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program for FREE!!   And your only cost to join is $49, which includes approx $180 in products to get you started!  

Now is a great time to join!!  Contact me to get started!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Christmas Cards with Sparkle & Shine

Hi everyone! I'm really in the Christmas mood this weekend and have been making lots of projects to get ready. It'll be here before we know it! Have you seen the new CTMH Holiday Gift Guide?  You'll find the Sparkle & Shine paper packet, which I used to make these 2 cards featured on the CTMH website.  You can find the products needed to make them at my website
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Hi everyone!!!  Christmas is just around the corner!  Now is the time to start making those handmade gifts (if you haven't already).  These would be great stocking-stuffers and are quick to put together.  I used the following products from Close To My Heart.  Get yours today on my website! 

My Creations clear pillow boxes
Sparkle & Shine Washi tape
Sparkle & Shine paper pack
Cranberry Baker's Twine (is part of the Harvest Assortment)
Holiday Tags Stamp Set  (the wreath portion is from the Frosted WOTG stamp set, but you could use any other round stamp and there's one in the Holiday Tags set)
2 in scallop punch (can be purchased in hobby supply stores)


Holiday Gift Card Holders

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great weekend!  I've been enjoying it myself.  I made these gift card holders since my husband and I usually buy quite a few gift cards for Christmas presents.  The design came from a fellow CTMH team member,  Hillary Harris.  They could easily be adapted to fit any occasion.  I used the Sparkle & Shine paper pack from the Holiday Gift Guide. You could use just about any stamp/sentiment in your desired shape for the label.

The base is cut 3 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches.  Score it 2 inches from one end and 2 1/2 inches from the other end.  Use a corner rounder on the shorter end.  Glue the sides of the larger end to the inside to form the pocket for the gift card.  The paper cuts are cut at 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches, 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches, and 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 (this piece is for the back of the card holder).  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Damask Divas Huntington Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Damask Divas Blog Hop featuring the Huntington paper pack!  If you came from Amie's blog then you are in the right place.  If you are here by chance be sure to check out the full list of blog participants on the Damask Divas Blog.

This pack is beautiful, featuring fall colors and is perfect for your cards, layouts or whatever your heart desires!  I made a one-page layout (12x12) and a card.

The card also uses the November Stamp of the Month "Illuminate" and is available for only $5 when you place a $50 qualifying order.  This stamp has been very popular and many people have been waiting patiently for November to arrive so they can get their hands on it!

For the scrapbook page above I used the Huntington paper packet and I also used a piece of Olive cardstock (which is not included in the paper packet). The sentiment was stamped on the Barn Red banner using Barn Red ink.  The Swirl on the Olive cardstock was stamped in Olive ink. The large swirl was stamped in Slate Ink.  The letters and numbers were stamped in Barn Red ink and then I used Copic markers in 2 shades of brown to color the letters. 

I used pieces of the Huntington paper to make the base on Cocoa cardstock.  The lamp post is stamped in Champagne ink on the same color cardstock and the sentiment is stamped in Barn Red.  After matting it with Barn Red cardstock, I attached it to the card front with foam tape.

The following CTMH products were used to make both projects:

Huntington Paper Pack
Olive cardstock
Swirls Around Stamp Set
Always Grateful Stamp Set
Framework Alphabet Stamp Set
Illuminate Stamp Set (Nov Stamp of the Month)
Barn Red Exclusive Ink
Champagne Exclusive Ink
Slate Exclusive Ink
Olive Exclusive Ink
Mini-Medley Asst in Rosewood
Huntington Assortment
Sarita Assortment
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Foam Tape
Opaques Adhesive Gems in Mocha
Copic Markers (E25, E47)

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sparkle & Shine Blog Hop

 Hi everyone!!  Welcome to the Damask Divas Sparkle & Shine Blog Hop!  If you came here from Cydney's blog then you are in the right place! If you hopped here by chance, be sure to see the full list of blog participants on the Damask Divas Sparkle and Shine Blog Hop

I was so excited when my Sparkle & Shine paper packet arrived!!!  You will love it!! The colors are just beautiful.   I made two Christmas cards:

Both cards were made with products from our new Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide.

The first card used Kraft paper for the card base and front panel.  I placed the new Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape on the left of the card base.  I used a black marker to draw a line/dot border around the card panel.  The ornaments are cut with the Art Philosophy Cartridge and stamped in slate, ruby, and juniper inks.  The sentiment is from the Frosted WOTG Cardmaking Kit.  After adhering the ornaments to the panel, I drew "strings" and then added a bitty sparkle.  The panel is attached to the card front with foam tape.

The second card uses paper and cardstock from the paper packet.  The card base is white. The trees were cut using Art Philosophy Cartridge and stamped in Juniper ink. I attached washi tape to the Kraft panel then attached the trees with adhesive.  I stamped the star in Slate ink and added a bitty sparkle, then added Sparkle Holiday shapes to the other two trees. Mat the panel with a piece of patterned paper from the packet (mine matches the banner pattern).  Adhere panel to the card with foam tape. Notch the ends of Ruby Chevron Ribbon and a scrap from the paper packet for the two banners and adhere in place. The sentiment is stamped in black using "A Holiday" stamp set (from past idea catalog) and a bitty sparkle dots the "i."   

Close To My Heart Products Used:
Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet
Kraft cardstock
White and Kraft card bases
Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-pack
Trim the Tree stamp set
Sparkle Holiday Shapes
Frosted WOTG Cardmaking Stamp Set
Bitty Sparkles
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Ruby Chevron Ribbon
A Holiday stamp set
Ruby, Slate, and Juniper Inks

Items from the Holiday Gift Guide are only available Oct 15-Dec 31
Some of the items are only available while supplies last!!!

Thanks from the Damask Divas!!!

Your NEXT stop is Amie!

Jamie Blades
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Boy's Birthday Card

I made this card for my nephew's birthday, using the Fast and Furious stamp set.  After stamping the dumptruck, I cut it out by hand and used foam tape to add it to the card.  I cut the "it's all GOOD" piece out by hand as well and matted it with the red patterned paper.  I love the mud tracks in this stamp set!  You can find all the products to make this card on my website

Close To My Heart products used:
Colonial White cardstock
Pro Player paper packet
Fast and Furious stamp set
Outdoor Denim cardstock
Slate Washi Tape
Ruby Exclusives Ink
Black Exclusives Ink
Outdoor Denim Exclusives Ink
Metal Badge Buttons
Card Front

Card Inside

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"Life Is Good" card

Here's a card I made using the stamp set "Remarkable Wreath."  I wanted the front to look like a door so I used dimensional elements from the Cricut Art Philosophy bundle for the "panels." I also used the cartridge to cut coordinating pieces from Cocoa cardstock. After gluing them to the dimensional elements, I sanded the edges. The wreath was stamped with 3 different colors: Chocolate, New England Ivy and Hollyhock.  The bow was stamped in Cranberry on a separate piece of cardstock and I cut out.  The banner behind the wreath was cut in Hollyhock cardstock, using the Artiste Cartridge. The door knob and panel swirls are pieces from the Mini-Medley Rosewood pack. 

This stamp set is very versatile for many occasions.

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Life is Good Card

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Christmas Cards with Cricut Art Philosophy and Artbooking Cartridges

 When you make your own Christmas cards, it's never too early to start!!  Both of these cards are an easy design, making quick work of your cardmaking time.  The "Happy Holiday" card is made using one of the overlays from the new Artbooking cartridge.   It was cut at real dial-size at 6 3/4 inches.  The card base is one of the die cut cards sold by Close To My Heart.  The card flap was covered with paper from the Frosted paper pack. The tag was cut out using the Art Philosophy Cartridge and stamped with it's coordinating stamp from the "Holiday Cheer" stamp set. I inked all of the edges in Cocoa ink.

 This Ho Ho Ho card was so much fun to make...and VERY quick.  I used notecard bases purchased at Michael's, cranberry cardstock and the squares were cut using the Art Philosophy Cartridge...white was 2 inches and black was 2 1/4 inches.  The ho Ho Ho stamp is one of the new mini stamps, stamped in Cranberry ink.  Santa's "belt" is a 1/2 inch strip of black shimmer paper, and a pearl badge button. You could also use a white button as well.   You can find all of these products at Close To My Heart.  Shop with me to find all of these products...and to see what's new!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Damask Divas Blog Hop-Sarita


Hi!  If you came from Roberta's blog then you are in the right place!  If you are here by chance, be sure to check out the full list of blog participants at the Damask Divas Blog.

I like to create home decor items so when I saw this frame at the gift shop where I work I had to buy it....I knew I would come up with something!   It's an open back frame and the inner opening is 6x6 inches.  I started by layering some chipboard (4 pieces of 6x6 inch) in the opening so my sentiment wasn't so "deep" into the frame. The sentiment piece and frame around the sentiment was cut at 3 1/2 inches. After I glued the frame to the sentiment, I inked the edges with Gypsy ink. The large flowers were made using the Sarita textiles and adhesive circles (just twist strips of fabric and beginning in the center, coil the strip around onto the adhesive. The smaller flower is made with (4) 1-inch circles that have been quartered and secured to an adhesive dot, then metal accent glued in the middle. The "ribbons" are also Sarita textiles.  I finished it off with black sparkles flourishes and the floral accents. The sentiment was then adhered with foam tape.  It went together pretty quickly!


Products used:
Wooden frame (available at most craft & hobby stores)
Sarita paper pack
Sarita textiles
Gypsy Exclusive Ink
Black Exclusive Ink
Stamp Set: Scrapbook Statements-Poets
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
Sparkles Black Flourishes
Adhesive Dots
Base & Bling Floral Accents
Plain chipboard (found at most craft & hobby stores)

All of these products (except for the frame and the chipboard) can be purchased at CTMH!

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Your next stop is Latisha Gilliland

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book

I'm so excited about the new products available in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book!  ESPECIALLY the new Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking!!  Here's a sneak peek of some of the new items that are available beginning August 1st.  You can order these items directly from my website I know you are going to love them!! 

Frame display

Base & Bling-make your own jewelry and headbands!

New Consultant Kit

Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book

You can make this with Cricut-Artbooking!

Cricut Artbooking Cartridge - only available at CTMH!!

Frame Art Kit

Hostess Exclusive Stamp

Laughing Lola paper pack

Frosted Cardmaking Workshop

Huntington paper pack

ProPlayer paper pack


This is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many more new items you won't want to miss!  Contact me to get your new Idea Book!! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

May Workshop Projects

My monthly workshop club meets tomorrow....National Scrapbook Day!  Here's the projects we will be making this month.  The scrapbook page and the pinwheel card are both made using the Close to My Heart DreamPop paper pack, which is the special this month.  With any qualifying $35 purchase, you can get the DreamPop paper pack for only $10!!  It's beautiful paper, very bright and yummy!

The stamp set used on this page is the May Stamp of the Month, Pinwheel.

The pillow box is made using the Claire paper pack.

DreamPop paper pack again, for this card, as well as the May Stamp of the Month, Pinwheel.

I made this card with some Pear & Partridge paper that I still had from the previous Idea Book.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Claire Blog Hop

Hi! If you came here from Amie's blog, you're in the right place.  If you hopped here by chance, please visit our team blog at for a complete list of blog participants.

This month's Blog Hop features the Claire paperpack.  I just love the colors of this pack!!  I decorated the bracket frame using an inspirational theme rather than a picture.  The flowers were made using the Art Philosophy Cartridge (inspiration courtesy of Cathy Derouche, a fellow Damask Diva).  The balloons, bird, and sun were cut out with the Artiste Cartridge. The sentiment is computer-printed on White Daisy cardstock in dark blue ink and matted with Outdoor Denim cardstock.

I used the following products:

My Creations Bracket Frame
Claire paperpack
April Stamp of the Month: My Sunshine
Honey cardstock
Hollyhock cardstock
Crystal Blue cardstock
Cocoa cardstock
White Daisy cardstock
Art Philosophy Cartridge
Artiste Cartridge
Silver Shimmer Trim
Exclusive Inks: Hollyhock, Sunset, Outdoor Denim
All of the above items are available from Close To My Heart

I also used adhesive pearls & a glitter pen on the balloons; Glimmer Mist was sprayed on the flowers (those particular products are not CTMH but CTMH does carry adhesive pearls).

Thanks for checking out all of our projects using the Claire paperpack.  We hope you can find some inspiration!

Jamie Blades
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Quick Cards

I'm having my monthly workshop today and these are the cards we are going to make.  This month we're using the Buzz and Bumble paper pack so I thought these stamp sets were a great choice.  I love the Quick Cards stamps because you can make a card in no time but it doesn't look like something just "thrown together." I used Exclusives ink in Cocoa to stamp the images, then colored in various parts of the image with a yellow Copic marker.  All of the items used (except the Copic marker) can be purchased on my website at  Thanks for visiting!

Jamie Blades
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Damask Divas Buzz and Bumble Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to the Damask Divas Blog Hop featuring the Buzz and Bumble paperpack!  If you came here from Cydney's blog you are in the right place.  If you happened to just hop here by chance, please visit our team blog to see the complete list of participants.

This month, I chose to make a project that I can use every day! (well, at least 5 days/week).  I carry a clipboard at work and was getting a little bored with the one I had so I came up with this one.  It was fun, quick, and easy to put together.



I used the following products: the Buzz and Bumble WOTG Scrapbooking Kit, glitter paper in brown/tan, Bohemian alphabet stamp set(found in the previous Idea Book), Distressed Backgrounds stamp set, Exclusive inks in Sunset and Chocolate, Copic markers cream YR21 & sanguine YR18 (used those to color the large flowers on the back of the clipboard), Liquid Glass, and Mod Podge (I used the gloss-lustre finish).

For the back I just tore random pieces and glued them in place with Mod Podge to make the background.  I also used the Mod Podge to glue everything else in place, with the exception of the "wax" seal embellishment and the jewels on the small flowers on the back....I used Liquid Glass to adhere those. Then I just applied two additional thin coats of Mod Podge on the whole thing (letting them dry in between) and it's ready to go!!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my project and all of the other great projects in this Blog Hop.  We all hope you can find some inspiration!!

Jamie Blades
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chantilly Blog Hop

Hi!  If you came from Traci's blog, you are in the right place! If you just jumped here, check out our blog at for a complete list of blog participants.   I made a card using the Chantilly line of Close To My Heart papers.  The card pattern is from the CTMH Originals pattern book, Diamond Stack pattern. The card is 5 1/2 inches square.  I used Buttercup cardstock as the card base covered with Chantilly papers and inked the edges with Cotton Candy pigment ink.  The "stitching" was stamped in black ink using the Stitched Together stamp set.  I cut the pinwheels at 1 1/4 inch using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.   I used the same cartridge to cut the "hello" word balloon.  The word balloon is stamped with Pear pigment ink and matted on chantilly papers.  I just increased the size of the word balloon by 1/4 inch for each paper and cut the little tag part of the word balloon off, then covered that area with another pinwheel.  Sparkles on the pinwheels complete the card.

This paper line really makes me think of spring and lots of cute ideas for scrapbooking too!  We hope you can find some inspiration yourself as you browse our projects. You can find all of the items I used at Close To My Heart. Thanks for hopping with us!!

Jamie Blades

Your next stop is Lilian

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Whooo's Your Valentine Blog Hop

Hi!  If you came from Sandra's blog then you're in the right place!  If you've jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

I created this perfect little box for your valentine treats!   I used the Whooo's Your Valentine Kit and the Cricut Artiste cartridge (available from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant). The box, heart borders, and medallion are all found on page 71 of the cartridge booklet. The box was cut at 5 inches using Hollyhock cardstock.  The heart borders were cut at 5 inches as well, using Blush cardstock and one of the black papers from the For Always paperpack, and glued them offset from each other.  The medallion was cut at 2 3/4 inches (using one of the For Always papers). I used black shimmer trim across top flap and behind medallion. Sentiment was stamped on 1 1/4 inch circle of  Colonial white cardstock using Hollyhock mini pigment pad, matted with 1  1/2 inch circle of silver glitter paper (from the Whooo's Your Valentine Kit) and glued to medallion.  The box is tied shut with plain black satin ribbon.  I also used the same Hollyhock ink to ink all the edges of the box.

Well you made it to the end of this month's hop! We hope you've had as much fun browsing our creations as we've had making them! And don't forget, you can still get this awesome Whooo's Your Valentine Kit for only $10 when you make a qualifying $35 purchase!  This special ends January 31st. Thanks for hopping with us-hope this gives you some inspiration to create some fabulous products of your own!!

Thanks for visiting!!