Stamped Birthday Card

I really love how easy it is to make a card with just a few stamps and some paper. I grabbed some scrap white cardstock that I had which I seem to never throw away because white paper comes in handy!

Then I grabbed my stamps from the Birthday wishes stamp set and my Pacifica, Pear and Canary Inks. I was making a boy card so I wanted to keep the colors masculine. I matted the entire card on the Confetti wishes paper that will be retiring very soon.

I have shared with you all before but what I most love about Close To My Heart is how easy they make it for me to make a beautiful card or layout. This card literally took me only a few minutes to create. Every time I purchase a paper pack I know what colors are going to coordinate with that specific paper pack because Close To My Heart tells me.

I was able to grab a coordinating piece of paper from the Confetti Wishes pack and my envelope punch board and create a matching envelope in no time. I am not the greatest card maker in the world but I will tell you that my recipients always enjoy getting a card that I have made for them over a card that I have purchased at the store.

Grab the Confetti Wishes Paper before it is gone by clicking HERE!


Project Life and Cricut

Ahhhh my Cricut, plus my Artfully Sent cartridge makes project life very easy and beautiful. I have been working diligently on finishing 2014 and I am almost there. I only have November and December left and those months don’t have a whole ton of pictures because in November I do my 30 days of Thankful and in December I do a December Daily album.

I was using the scaredy pack paper and my Cricut to finish up our Halloween photos from last year. The complements really helped me decorate my cards and my Cricut helped me make embellishments as I was starting to run out of ideas. I found an adorable little monster in Design Space that I had a ton of fun creating and he looks really good with the layouts because he matched the baby’s costume. I even grabbed some of my acrylic paint and a stencil to create one of my own cards for the layout.

Now let’s talk about the Artfully Sent cartridge that really helped me with these pocket layouts. The Artfully Sent cartridge is not just for making gorgeous cards, it is also for making gorgeous pocket cards and there are some cards that were perfect for my Halloween layouts.

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After I finished my Halloween layouts I realized that I was done with the month of October but I had one small problem, the back of the last page didn’t have any photos so I had to come up with something. I decided to use the Artfully Sent Cartridge and see what I could find based on a family type theme since November is the next month in my album. I used the Pathfinding paper pack as well for this side of my layout to go on with the family/thankful theme that I am trying to bring into the next month.


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I really love how the back of my layout turned out, the cards that I was able to make with the Artfully sent cartridge came out beautifully and I really love the colors that are available with the Pathfinding paper, especially the blue paper. The heart that is in the Good Times card is available in Design Space as part of the subscription and I loved the fact that it looked like it was a wood grain heart. You can see that you don’t have to have photos to complete a layout and that you can decorate a project life layout any way you see fit as it is your album. Truly this page with no photos is one of my favorites in my 2014 album.

The scaredy cat paper and pathfinding paper will only be available until August 31st and then they will be retired. Grab them while you can by clicking HERE.

Check out the other ladies projects for Make It Monday:

You’ve got so much personality! So why not scrap about it? Melissa did!

No room of your own? No problem! See the 3 cards that Alison made while her scrapcave was being repainted.

More Christmas in July! Connie’s shaking up a holiday card!

Karen is deciding on which camera to bring with her on a fun trip!


Easy Cards

It’s been a while since I shared with you some of the reasons why I love Close To My Heart so much.  The company is amazing to work for and the incentives are wonderful but what I really love about Close To My Heart is how easy they make it to create cards or scrapbooking layouts with their workshops on the go. Last year I created my Christmas cards with a card making workshop (you can see my Christmas cards here) and then this year I fell in love with the Blossom paper and I just had to grab the workshop on the go.

I love that the workshops on the go give you all the directions and that you can make the cards or layouts exactly as they are shown or you can customize them. I grabbed the Blossom kit and got to work a few nights ago. I always start these kits by cutting out all the paper that I need to make all the cards. The card workshops on the go are created for you to be able to create 15 cards using 3 different designs. I am not a card maker and always struggle with creating cards so I am one of those people who literally follow all the directions and then I am shocked by the beautiful cards that I have created.

I now have 15 birthday cards all ready to go which is great for me because I am always stuck at the very last-minute looking for a card. Five of the cards could actually be a card that you use to just send off to a friend as a just because card.

Another thing that I love about Close To My Heart is that everything is made to coordinate. All the papers coordinate with the ink and embellishments that Close To My Heart sells. I love that I don’t have to think about which color ink to stamp my images with because the workshop instructions tell me what color inks I need and what color to stamp all of the images.

The embellishments are awesome as well, especially the sequins. I love sequins but I hate having to add glue to them but Close To My Heart sequins come with glue dots already on them so all I have to do is stick them on! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this makes me because I really hate adding multi medium to my sequins in order to get them to stick even though multi medium rocks it’s the whole aspect of getting messing with glue and trying to figure out a way to get them stuck to my paper.

Now that I am done ranting about having to glue non Close To My Heart sequins to my projects, here are the cards that I made.

You can grab this workshop on the go until August 31st, after that it will be retired since the new catalog for Close To My Heart will be available September 1st. Click HERE to grab the Blossom Workshop on the go now. Do you like following instructions to make your cards or scrapbook layouts?



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