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Are you ready for some Enchantment?!

Enchantment L3 - detail on left 1 It’s all beauty… no beast!

rich vibrant colors:  eggplant, peacock, pomegranate, and poppy to name a few.

bold large scale patterns: big monochromatic spots, wide beachy/cabana stripes, AND

 several patterned papers in small-scale patterns to coordinate and keep it all balanced.


The March mix crop features 2-page scrapbook layouts with the gorgeous Enchantment Fundamentals, coordinating “My Boy” Complements, Enchantment Ribbon Pack and various enamel and glittered adhesive gems.  Attend the crop (Thursday March 23rd) or order the kit “to go” and you’ll be able to make all of these layouts for your own albums!  When you RSVP by March 14th, I’ll pre-order the kit you choose (see options here:   Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Kit Options for Enchantment) to have everything ready for you by next Thursday at the Mix Crop.  

Here are the three scrapbook layout samples 

Learn how to work with bold stripes.

Learn how to work with bold stripes.

Layout #1 – bold stripes — beyond the beach

I chose the bold striped patterned paper in Pomegranate and paired it up with the swiss dot patterned paper in the same Pomegranate color.  I can’t get enought of that deep red color!  For the most part I wanted to keep the whole layout monochromatic so my photos wouldn’t get lost on the page.

My photo subject for this layout was a Cubs Game outing …. when my oldest was just a baby and when winning the world series seemed like an impossibility…. so I did work in little bits of blue.  You can see it in the bakers twine from the ribbon kit, a banner and complement sticker, and the blue enamel dots.

Here are some extra photos zooming in on some of the layout details.  Thin cuts are all on sale this month so I added some glittery stars too.

Sentiment from the March Stamp Set of the Month -  Tea-rrific.

Sentiment from the March Stamp Set of the Month: Tea-rrific.

The Complement assortment included the "Picture Perfect" layout title.

The Complement assortment included the “Picture Perfect” layout title.








learn how to keep bold paper patterns from overwhelming everything else on your layout

Learn how to keep bold paper patterns from overwhelming everything else on your layout

Layout #2 – seeing spots

Disclaimer – everyone in my family thinks I have gone bananas to do a whole scrapbook layout about my car.  But I  was really, really excited to move beyond my years as part of the (mini)Van-Clan.  If you laugh at me about this layout, know that you’re not alone.  :-)


With the exception of an embellishment cluster in the lower right corner and the XOXO element on the right side of the layout, I am letting the peacock colored spotted paper have the bottom portion of the layout all to itself — and then I’m adding all of my photos and most embellishments above that on some more subtle background paper.  I added a swath of the New England Ivy grid patterned paper in the center and then a swath of Memo Fundamentals patterned paper across the top.  Most of the kraft & black accents around the photos are from the Complement assortment but I also added in some satin ribbon from the ribbon assortment and some black enamel dots.  Here are some extra close up photos.

Enchantment L2 - detail on right sideEnchantment L2 - detail on left sideP.S.  The XOXO element was cut from another one of our on-sale this month Thin Cuts.  Love them!!!





everything but the kitchen sink

everything but the kitchen sink

Layout #3 – lovin’ the leftovers…

This layout with a basic grid of 3×3 photos will probably look a little bit different for each person who makes it and I know they’ll all be awesome!!!

  •  You choose which ever patterned papers you wish for the 3×3 squares between and around the photos.
  • And then what sentiments and accents you use and stamp around those pictures is also totally up to you.  I used a couple fun new stamp sets:  Silly Sayings from the Seasonal Expressions catalog AND This & That from the Annual Inspirations catalog.
  • You’ll have a lot of complements to choose from!  I also added some glittery black stars (Thin Cut) and lots of enamel gems in black, white, blue, green and purple.

I also just adore the bigger sentiment stamped on to the fern spotted square.  It says:  “Live in the moments and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”  Good advice if you read it in a card, on a home decor piece, or on a scrapbook layout!  Don’t you agree?

Enchantment L3 - detail on left 1Enchantment L3 - detail on right 2Enchantment L3 - detail on right 4Here are a few close ups:




If you’d like to get a kit to make all these layouts for yourself, here are the options:

  1. Plan to attend my March 23rd Mix Crop by signing up (send me an email with your kit choice) by March 14th.
  2. If you can’t make it to the mix crop, you can order a Kit “to go”.  There may be an extra charge if you want me to do any of the stamping before you pick up the kit.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I hope you like what you saw!  

Feel free to leave a comment (especially if it’s a compliment) by clicking on the comments link at the top of this post.


MIX CROP for FEB – Sugar Rush (calorie & cavity free)

Sugar Rush 3a

The Sugar Rush collection from Close to my Heart is so yummy!!!  

And to scrapbook with it — is calorie free and won’t put you at risk for a painful trip to the dentist!  

Consider yourself invited!!!

  • WHAT:  Mix Scrapbooking Crop to create three 12×12 Scrapbook Layouts like those shown below
  • WHEN:  Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7pm to midnight.
  • WHERE:  My craft space;

(address will be provided to guests who’ve RSVPd upon payment for the Crop)

  • COST:  You choose your supplies kit:  $35 for the “Good” kit, $60 for the “Better” kit, or $80 for the “Best” kit.  To see what each kit includes, click Scrapbooking Mix Crop – Sugar Rush Kit Options or scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.

(At the crop I’ll make ink pads, acrylic blocks, and the other tools and accessories you’ll need — available so you’ll be able to make the layouts)

  • RSVP:  by email and send payment (VIA paypal) by February 10, 2017.

If you can’t make it to the crop I’m hosting, you can order a kit “to go” OR if you want to get a couple friends together to make the layouts, I can bring the crop to you!

1701-se-coverThe Sugar Rush collection is featured in Close to my Heart’s Seasonal Expressions catalog for the period of January-April 2017 (pages 14-19);  these items are available while supplies last during this catalog period — so I won’t be able to offer these kits beyond April 2017.

Would you like to see my sample layouts?

Read more »


Here For You - Always Know card - close up

You’ll make 6 of these…

Is it just me or do we all need these types of cards more and more these days?….

I’d rather not need to have these cards on hand…. but if I do, I’m so glad Close to my Heart created a kit that puts it all together to make a stash of beautiful ones!  This is one of the card designs and you can see the other card to the right below.  

Who wouldn’t feel supported and loved by receiving one of these sweet cards?! 

The card design is clean and the strip of white shimmer trim and white enamel gems just finish them off so nicely.

Here For You - Not Alone card - close up

…and 6 of these!

The Workshops Your Way “Here For You” Cardmaking Kit includes the cardstock, patterned papers, embellishments AND the awesome stamp set you’ll get to keep to use on other projects.  This kit is featured in the Seasonal Expressions #1 Catalog and you can order the kit directly until April 2017.


BUT — If you come to my

♥ Art Party on Saturday February 11th from 1-4pm♥,

I will pre-cut the papers for you, I’ll demonstrate the stamping techniques featured on the cards, AND I’ll have the ink pads and other crafting supplies available for you to use to make your cards.  You’ll go home with 12 gorgeous cards & envelopes to send encouragement to the people you care about.  It will be a fun afternoon too!

I LOVE this stamp set!!!  This is the one that's in the kit!

I LOVE this stamp set!!! This is the one that’s in the kit!

♥  I have just a couple spots open for that Art Party date so send me an email by Wednesday February 1st if you’d like to join in.  For all guests who’ve RSVP’d, I’ll place the orders for the card kits from Close to my Heart on February 2nd so I can have everything ready for you on the 11th.

Here For You Workshop Your Way KitHere to the right you can see everything that will be included in your kit AND below you can see the full set of 12 cards.

Here For You - all cards

→  The only other supplies you’ll need to bring with you to the art party are an adhesive runner and some 3D Foam Tape or Dimensionals.  If you scroll down you’ll see photos of each of these items.  If you want me to order any of those items for you when I place the order for the card kits, let me know when you RSVP.

3L Dots Adhesive Runner

Thin 3D Foam Tape Rolls



3D Foam Tape



Oh Deer! scrapbooking Mix Crop

Here are the sample layouts for my Mix Crop featuring the YUMMY Oh Deer! collection featured on pages 45-49 of Close to my Heart’s Holiday Expressions 2016 Mini Catalog.  You’ll see I used this versatile collection for a variety of photo subjects in fall and winter months.

Layout #1 – pictures from an out of town visit during a dance performance of my daughters

Oh Deer! Layout #1

Oh Deer! Layout #1

Close Up on left page

Close Up on left page

Close up on right page

Close up on right page

The almost all white base of this layout was inspired by a JOY card made by a fellow Close to my Heart consultant.  And I just adore all the sparkly goodness of our White Glitter Paper used in the title and snowflakes, our self-adhesive silver sequins and sparkle gems!

Layout #2 – pictures from a roadtrip to Wisconsin’s Door County over a Thanksgiving weekend

Oh Deer! Layout #2

Oh Deer! Layout #2

close up on left page

close up on left page

close up on right page

close up on right page

And then just by changing the base pages to Whisper and using more of the green and kraft patterned papers and accents and all of sudden Oh Deer gets warm & cozy!  The design of this layout was very much based on a layout I saw on Pinterest by Dana Kessler.

Layout #3 – pictures from the celebration of my 50th birthday

Oh Deer! Layout #3

Oh Deer! Layout #3

close up on left page -- check out the sparkly birthday hat!

close up on left page — check out the sparkly birthday hat!

close up on right page

close up on right page


And this layout design came right from Close to my Heart — you can find it on page 48 in the Holiday Expressions Catalog.  A few tweaks to make it fit my photo subject a little better.

I will schedule a crop in my home so you can make these layouts among fun company later this month or early January — or you can order to kit to make them at your own convenience.  In any event I’ll need to order the supplies for all kits no later than December 15, 2016.

There are three kit options to choose from:

  1. GOOD @ $31 includes the Oh Deer! Paper pack, Oh Deer! Complements, White & Gold Twine and assorted additional layout elements I’ll add to the kit.
  2. BETTER @$53 includes everything in the GOOD Kit + lots of fun goodies (Silver Sequins Assortment, Clear 4mm Sparkles, Grey Enamel Gems, 4×6 Red Glitter Paper, & Red Enamel Gems), AND a pack of Tabbed Journaling Cards.
  3. BEST @ $82 includes everything in the BETTER Kit + two Thin Cut Dies:  “Winter” and “Celebrate”.

These prices assume you will pick up your kit from me at my home.  If you prefer to have me ship your kit to you, the cost for shipment will be added to your total cost.

Email Me if you want “in” (by Thursday December 15th).♥

Here’s the latest… from Night Owl Scrappers & CTMH

It’s September 1st!  I am so ready for days that are a little more “crisp” and nights that are cool enough to cuddle up by a fire.  Here’s a summary of what’s new and coming up from Close to  my Heart AND from Margot’s Mix:  Night Owl Scrappers.

CTMH Catalogs & New Release

16 Holiday Expressions Catalog Cover

Annual Inspirations Catalog Cover - 2016-2017

Today CTMH has released this beauty!  It’s the  Holiday Expressions Catalog.  Get your post-its handy because there is SOOO much to love for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and into Winter!!!  The sales period for this catalog is September through December.

Last month CTMH released the new Annual Inspirations Catalog (see image below) and the sales period for this catalog is August 2016 through July 2017.  It’s also amazing with cardstock, patterned papers, stamps, accessories, photo albums, and organization products you can use all year long and for any occasion!

♥  Click here to see both catalogs online.

 Here you can download the whole Annual Inspirations Catalog:  16-17 – Annual Inspirations Catalog PDF.

 Here you can download the whole Holiday Expressions Catalog:  16 – Holiday Expressions Catalog PDF

♥  And if you don’t have time for that AND just need to shop online right away (I get that), click right  here.


CTMH Constant Campaign

1609-cc-create-kindnessThis special promotion from Close to my Heart is all about “Random Acts of Kindness”.  This month you can buy this adorable kit that has everything you need to make 24 darling cards sure to brighten anyone’s day; all you’ll need is some adhesive.  The stamps that come with the set invite coloring any way you choose… colored pencils, alcohol blending markers, and/or water colors… or you can leave them uncolored.  There are 8 stamps in total and  I adore the sentiment stamps;  I love what they say AND the mix of fonts on each one.

 Click here to get a better look at what all is included in the kit.  By ordering the whole kit you’ll save 15% off the retail price!

 I will be hosting an Art Party  on Saturday September 17th where you’ll be able to make these cards as shown, or use additional supplies to jazz them up a little more.  Stay tuned for more details soon… I am having so much fun in the creative process right now and I’ll share the variations (and a few kit “options”) I’ve come up with soon!

The open house is this Saturday to celebrate National Cardmaking day.  We’ll have some drinks, snacks and lots of fun stuff to look at.  Free Make N Take, new catalogs.  If you want to take advantage of the fun Kindness Changes Everything Campaign, here are a few “kit” options for you:   layout-notes-for-create-kindness-kits   

Consider scheduling an Art Party with your friends with any of the kit options.  

Another idea is to do a Mommy & Me Art Party but depending on the age of the kids, I’d recommend sticking with the mini cards.

If you’re an experienced paper crafter or brand new, this is a perfect (i.e. fast & easy) way to release your inner artist!


Stamp of the Month

1609 SOTM Set Info

Just look at this GORGEOUS fall stamp set!!!  It is called Blessed Beyond Measure and it has a whopping 19 stamps in the set!  The beautiful sentiments in the  set can be used on cards, gifts, home decor, and even scrapbook pages all year round.  The pumpkin and some leaf image stamps have compatible Cricut images on the CTMH Artbooking cartridge;  this is awesome if you’re not into fussy cutting.

Click here to get more information on the SOTM promotion.  As always you can buy the set this month for $17.95 OR (and better yet), get it for $5 with any $50 order!  The Blessed Beyond Measure set is only available in this month of September 2016.

♥  Did you catch the pretty home decor piece shown on my online store.  Here’s the link again in case you missed it.  I just might have to copy this idea to make one for myself in our home… but I think I’d use the “Gratitude turns what we have into enough” sentiment instead;  it’s nice to have options.   If you like that home decor piece as much as I do, email me… we can make that project the center piece of an Art Party with your friends this month!

 Tonight several of the lovely & talented Consultants in the Rose Blossoms group will be doing a “blog hop” for this stamp set.  Feel free to check out the hop on/after 7pm  and get ready to be inspired!  P.S.  You might want to get yourself a pumpkin-spice snicky snack before you start hopping.

Night Owl Scrappers – Art Parties and Scrapbooking Mix Crops

Once my kids started school I started to dig in to many of Close to my Heart’s exciting new crafting products.  The expression “there appears to have been a struggle” could be used to describe the appearance of my craft space right now.  But it’s all good.  I’m creating sample artwork for these events in the months ahead.

Rustic Home Basic Fundamentals

Rustic Home Basic Fundamentals

Saturday 9-17-16 from 3pm-5pm - Art Party + Post Convention Open House.  The Art Party will featuring the Creating Kindness special this month and you’ll be able to make a stash of cute little cards to cheer up your friends, family members, teachers…etc.  The Open House will be to show off the fun new products and catalogs in person;  I attended the CTMH convention this summer and there is so much to share! 

Friday 10-21-16 starting at 7pm - Scrapbooking Mix Crop featuring the Fundamentals Rustic Home collection that I can’t get enough of.  It is SO SO SO yummy… especially if you mix in CTMH’s “color of the year”:  Sea Glass.

November 18th-20th:  An  a la carte marathon crop all weekend long.  You choose which events you’d like to be a part of:

  • Uptown Basic Fundamentals

    Uptown Basic Fundamentals

    Friday Evening:  Scrapbooking Mix Crop featuring the Uptown Fundamentals collection.

  • On Saturday from approximately 10am-10pm, there will be BYO-stash crop!  Bring your own supplies and craft on whatever you want to make for yourself or as gifts for the holidays ahead.  We’ll have music, snacks, prizes and great company!
  • Sunday 10am-2pm: A Tags Buffet where you can create as many gift tags as you wish.  We’ll set up sample tags and supplies for each one and you pay ~$1 per tag for the tags you made.
Oh Deer! collection

Oh Deer! collection

Friday 12-9-19 starting at 7pm - Scrapbooking Mix Crop featuring the Oh Deer! collection.  You’re going to LOVE this one!!!

Consider yourself invited to any (and all) of these Art Parties and Crops!!!  

Send me an email or message through Facebook to let me know which Art Parties and Scrapbook Crops you’re interested in.   That way I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop once the sample artwork is done and you can choose the kit you’d like to buy for the crop.  

And if you want to create your own Art Party, I’d LOVE to collaborate with you on the project to be made by you and your guests.  As a bonus, we’ll schedule this at your convenience AND you’ll be able to earn FREE products from Close to my Heart!

September 2016 Featured Paper Pack

1609 Feature - Jeepers CreepersThis month you’ll be able to find all sorts of art from Close to my Heart, Consultants, and crafters all around the world featuring the Jeepers Creepers collection shown on pages 5-12 on the Holiday Expressions catalog.

The color palette for this collection is Black, Emerald, Lagoon, Lemon, Pansy, Rasberry, Tangerine, White Daisy, and Willow.  It’s bright and fun and about half of the papers feature subdued colors & patterns — like a white with gray polka dots and another sheet that has a gray monochromatic basket weave pattern — that definitely go beyond the Halloween season.

The Jeepers Creepers 12×12 Paper Pack has ten  (2 each of 5 double sided designs) with 10 different patterns to choose from.  There are also two sheets of paper with 3×4 and 4×6 size “cards” that you can cut apart to use in pocket scrapbooking program sleeves or as journaling spaces or design elements on cards and traditional scrapbook pages.  And each sheet of B&T paper has a coordinating zip strip to make your creative options go even further!

 The Paper Pack does not include any solid colored cardstock but CTMH is offering a special assortment pack with three 12×12 sheets of each of these colors:   Black, Lagoon, Pansy and Tangerine.

Jeepers Creepers Embellishments?  You bet!

  1. A complements pack featuring stickers and black glitter die cuts.  These are so glam!
  2. An embellishment assortment of puffy stickers in assorted shapes, colors and sizes.
  3. A pack with 2 rolls of coordinating washi tape in two different widths!

♥ But the coolest thing about the featured paper pack of the month is that there’s a special hash tag for it.  To find cards, scrapbook pages, gifts & gift packaging,  home decor and more created with this collection, search with the #ctmhjeeperscreepers on the CTMH Website, CTMH Blog and on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.  If you create something that you want to share online, tag your post with that hash tag so other people can find your work of art too!

If you can’t get over how cute and fun it all is, buy it all together with the Workshop Your Way Kit.  When you do, I’ll show you how to download instructions to complete  three 12×12 scrapbook layouts AND 9 greeting cards with that kit and just a few extra supplies for the cards.  You can also buy the Jeepers Creepers products separately

Wow!  Here you are at the end of my very long update for September.  There should be a prize or something, right?!  Thanks for reading all the way through!  I hope to craft with your soon and in the mean time wish you a very happy fall season!

Happy Fall and Happy Crafting!!!