Monday, December 30, 2013

"Believe" Santa 2-page Layout - Silhouette Cameo

After inking the edges, drawing in some highlight lines and placing on a 2-page layout here is another scrapbook page using Silhouette on line store cuts.


Artbooking Made Easy: Celebration Layouts (S01E16)

Close to My Heart layout ideas using the Celebration keys on the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

Order your Artbooking cartridge and be eligible to purchase the December stamp of the Month: Special Care for $5 by tomorrow. Remember, tomorrow is the LAST day to order from the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide as well.

Hurry and place your order today...

Winter Polar Bear 2-page layout - Silhouette Cameo

Polar bear with snowflake cut from Silhouette online store images and sponged with Close To My Heart inks: Hollyhock, Moonstruck, Honey and Whisper. Icicles cut from Silhouette online store as well. Top and bottom borders are cut using glitter cardstock.


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Santa and Polar Bear "Believe" - Silhouette Cameo Cuts

Here are the completed Santa, accessories and "believe", as well as a bear and snowflake from the Silhouette on line store. Working on chalking the images and creating the eyes. What do you think?


Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year's Gift Bag

Happy New Year!

Almost anyway... Need a gift idea for a hostess or to mail out to family and friends? Pick up some Micro Seal pouch material, a box of New Year's Eve hats, horns and leas, candy and some shredded paper and you have the makings for a great gift bag. Stamp up a card and let me show you how...

 Let me show you how to make a gift bag using an everyday household item, a seal-a-meal. I found mine at Goodwill for $5.99! 

I have made a video showing you how I put the gift bag together. The lighting is better, my boys gave me an industrial halogen light for Christmas to help with the lighting in my craft room. Hope you can see better than before. Thanks boys!


Making Friends With My Silhouette

There really is no jumping in with both feet and just trying out a machine for me. I have to research, approach with caution, and try a couple things out. I think I may have jumped in a bit too soon. In the process I sat on my own foot. How does one sit on their own foot?! The answer, a tipped folding chair... Boy does it hurt. I was a bit nauseated afterwards, but kept on trucking along. I did not take a look at my foot until I was heading off to bed, took of my sock and oh my! It is quite bruised and sore.

The incident occurred while attempting to try out a two-page layout I ordered from the Silhouette online store.  I have not found any video tutorial for the "how-to" for a two-page download. Be aware that all of the elements are thrown onto the screen within Silhouette Studio in one big group. I began by ungrouping all of the elements and then began to fill color each piece for my own organization. Once all of the pieces were colored, I then began placing like colors on the "mat" to prepare for cutting. I was able to get all of the pieces on to four total cuts, less the photo mats which I can just cut to my own needs later.

My next dilemma was placing the cardstock onto the mat. All things were not squared off and I had to cut some papers at a diagonal. This too proved to be a challenge, but really the pieces turned out okay. I only need to cover up a few errors in my calculations for placement on the mat. Remember, there is always some way to cover up a mistake in paper crafting.

Now I am to gluing all the pieces together, I have dry placed them all and am quite pleased. My next challenge will be to figure out how to reduce the images all together to keep them all proportional. I have not found a truly good video demonstrating how to reduce the two-page layouts you purchase. As a reminder, all the pieces are all together on the mat once opened.

Here are the pieces all ready to be glued. Stay tuned... More research to come.

Do you have any Silhouette helpful hints? Please share below. Thanks.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Monkeying Around with the Silhouette

And of course, no crafting is complete without creating a monkey :-)

And again, this time I have used vinyl to add my name :-)

This monkey is included in the 50 free images in the library which comes with the Cameo. I love monkeys!


Silhouette Cameo!

Playing with my new Christmas present from my husband, the Silhouette Cameo. I had been researching and watching many YouTube videos before putting the Cameo on my wish list. From what I have seen, the Cricut and Silhouette play together NICELY! I have installed the software, shopped the Silhouette On Line Store and now am playing... Here are my first cuts, a basketball and a branch with bee hive and bees. SO CUTE!

How was your Christmas? I really had a great time both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my family. We laughed so hard for two days my jaw bones ached.

What crafting goodies did you receive? I would love to hear, leave a comment below.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours have a Merry Christmas! Be sure to stop, take a breath, and focus on the true meaning of the season, Jesus. Be safe in your travels, eat plenty and laugh lots. Enjoy the moments and keep the memories, we have some scrapbooking to do in 2014!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Clearly the Best: Party Favor Flavor (S02E12)

Not a scrapbooker... found that the Artbooking is too much of a Cricut cartridge meant for scrapbooking? Think again, outside the box (My Creations Kraft Ring Box)... Here Christine and Monica show you how to use the Artbooking overlays to create beautiful party favors for your guests.  Check it out!


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Washi Wonderland

It's a Washi Wonderland Life Papercrafter!

I love this use of our beautiful Washi Tape. There are so many uses for this versatile product. Check this use out!

Close To My Heart has many patterns available in Washi Tape, check them out on my website here.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Kim's January Workshop and Club Schedule - Close To My Heart Independent Supervisor

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

REMINDER: (Both are only available through December 31)

Here are the dates for my January Workshops* and Club:
January 14, 6:00-9:00 scrapbook club (Frosted) pre-registration - order the Frosted Workshop On The Go from the Retiring Items list on my website before they are GONE
January 21, 6:00-8:00 card workshop (6 cards) $8
January 28, 6:00-8:00 2-page scrapbook layout $10

*Register 3 days prior to workshops for preparation purposes, invite a friend to join you. Workshops are FREE with $50 order on the evening of event. Bonus gift, Spring/Summer idea book!

February Club (Remember you must pre-register by ordering ahead, details below)
February 11 Scrapbook Club (Cloud Nine cardmaking kit) Pre-register by January 28, order $35 or more in January to purchase the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $15 (retail value $46) Due to the Autumn/Winter 2013 Workshop on the Go kits being retired, we are going to be creating the cardmaking kit to celebrate January being National Papercrafting Month

Schedule your gathering now for February! Be the first to share the new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book (available February 1) with your family and friends to earn your FREE hostess rewards.

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May you and yours have a blessed holiday season.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Elegant Mini Albums (S01E15)

Here is this week's YouTube video showing more cuts from the Artbooking cartridge to make a mini album.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Team Spirit - More Basketball Cuts

Here are some more cuts from the Cricut Team Spirit cartridge. Making up images ahead or time for my students who I have adopted for the basketball season.  Go Warriors!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Wintertime Layouts

Here is another idea for scrapbook layouts using the great Cricut Artbooking cartridge. With the cold weather across the country, why not stay in and scrapbook?!


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Team Spirit - Cricut Cartridge (Basketball)

Let's Play Some Hoops!

At the school where I teach we have an adopt-a-warrior program in which teachers and classes adopt the sports team players. It is now basketball season and I love my new Cricut cartridge - Team Spirit! It has most any sport and mascots you can think of or need. Our mascot is the warrior. I have cut the warrior head and flipped it to create "bookends" for a layout.

Frosted Workshop On The Go - January 14 Scrapbook Club

January Scrapbook Club

Join me on January 14, 6:00-9:00 pm for the Frosted Workshop On The Go (WOTG) Scrapbook Club. If you have not already ordered your WOTG kit, hurry. It is currently on the retiring items list and will only be available while supplies last.

The advantage of being a part of the scrapbook club is the opportunity to be the "hostess" of a club night once or twice a year (based on a 10 month commitment, no July or December). Once a minimum of 5 participants have joined, a rotation schedule will be made based on the order of which participants joined the club to earn the hostess rewards for the month. We currently have 2 truly committed participants.

Each month we will focus on a Close To My Heart Workshop On The Go kit ($29.95 + $4.95 shipping, includes all the material to create two 2-page layouts). I will also show you ideas for a third 2-page layout and a card using the remaining products from the same WOTG kit. Since the materials have to be ordered ahead of time, it is important to pre-register and pay by the dates I have listed for each club date.

If you are unable to attend a club night, you are asked to still purchase the kit each month to remain a participant and not lose your place in line to be hostess.

Not in the area, you can still be a part from afar. I will share the additional layout and card instructions with you. I may even use this as an excuse to make a monthly YouTube video for my channel.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Simple Scallops - Close To My Heart Scallop Punch

Great ideas using the Close To My Heart scallop punch. How is that Christmas wish list coming along? Get your wishes to your loved ones so I can be sure they come true. Send your friends and family to me at for help in filling your stocking or piling gifts under the tree.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Paper Trimmer Option Available

We have made available a new option for paper trimmer: the more compact Euro Personal Paper Trimmer. This item, Z338 can be viewed in the shopping section of my website and purchased for $29.95. Replacement blades we offer are designed to work with both the Z1783 Surecut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer and the Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer.

Memory Protectors 50-Pack is no longer available. Sorry!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Clearly The Best: Subway Speak (S02E09)

Home Decor with Subway Speak

Get out the Mod Podge, background and texture papers, re-inkers, sponge daubers and a canvas square to create this modern wall art piece introducing the Create-A-Shade Paint. Have you heard of our best kept secret? This product is great to make your wall art and paper crafts into the colors you love. Mix with our re-inkers to get that perfect color. Use your Cricut to cut out the perfect sayings, add some photos and get to work.

Merry Christmas! Friday the 13th just got lucky for you!

Send me an order for a minimum of $50 in Close To My Heart products and you will receive FREE shipping ($7.95 or 7.95% value)! The orders have to be mailed to me along with a check and received no later than my mail delivery on December 13th for eligibility. The order goes in on the 13th.

Visit my website to begin writing out your order now at Then leave me a comment for contacting you with my address.

Be sure to check out the retiring items and while supplies last categories (similar product may be substituted if a product from either list is no longer available on the 13th). Remember, a qualifying $50 product order will make you eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month, Special Care for only $5!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions about our wonderful products or need more information about my FREE shipping offer.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Friendship Layouts (S01E13)

Artbooking... change up your layouts

Monica shows you how a prior layout using page 78 of the Cricut Artbooking cartridge can be changed just by using different papers, embellishments and placement. Another example of the versatility and numerous scrapbook pages you can create using just this cartridge alone, or by adding our acrylix stamps, sparkles and glitter paper, etc.

There is still time to order you Christmas gifts and/or share your wish list with family and friends for under you tree. 

Place a minimum order in qualifying Close To My Heart products to be eligible to order the stamp of the month for only $5. You can still purchase $100 in products from the Holidays From the Heart Guide and/or Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book to be eligible for one FREE starred item in the Guide (value could be as much as $17.95).

While you are browsing, be sure to check the retiring items list and while supplies last as we are gearing up for the Spring/Summer 2014 idea book. Get the products while they last!

Leave a comment with any questions or if you need my contact information to share along with your wish list.


Monday, December 2, 2013

All Play and No Work! Contest: December 2013

Scrapbook Club

Have you been considering joining the Scrapbook Club I offer once a month? Now is your chance... Close To My Heart has a contest for you to consider on Jeanette Lynton's website for just giving your input on what you think of Workshops On The Go, the exact kits we use at Scrapbook Club.

For January, we will be creating the layouts from the Frosted Workshop On The Go ($29.95 + $4.95 shipping). However, order fast as the Frosted WOTG  kit is on the retiring items list and only available while supplies last.

Order today


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

May you and yours have a blessed day full of reasons to be thankful. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my job, my home, food on our plates, craft room, vehicles, insurance, medicine... on and on. I have been blessed by wonderful blog followers and great people to paper craft along side me. Thank you all.

We get so busy in our day that we forget to stop and think about what all we are blessed with down to the smallest crumb or last penny. I pray you will take a breath and realize what you have in your life to be thankful for and give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

I love you dad, you will be missed on this first Thanksgiving without you by our sides. May you be celebrating along with the Lord, and all our loved ones who are with you.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Best Time of the Year Fall 2013 Card

The 2013 home economics Thanksgiving card designed by my mom, Lydia Wilson, for my students. As a class, we had a great time with new to them techniques such as, distressing with both sanding and sponging. We also made an envelope to go with the card made out of wallpaper.

Watch this video for the "how-to."

Remember to visit my Close To My Heart website to shop for your family and friends. Don't forget yourself, create a wish list, give it to your family and friends along with my contact information or leave a comment below and I will be sure your wishes come true for the Close To My Heart products you are dreaming of this holiday season.


FINAL WEEK to order November Stamp of the Month, Illuminate for $5 with a qualifying order of $50.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Close To My Heart - Retiring List (While Supplies Last)

Retirement... Only means we are all that closer to a new idea book!

Have some favorite products you hope to not run out of... check the retiring list to see if they are going to be gone before you know it. Only available while supplies last, so get on my website now and place your order before the items are gone.

Don't forget to make up a wish list for Christmas, share it with friends and family along with my contact information or leave a comment below and I will see to it that you get all the goodies you are hoping for from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide.

With Thanksgiving approaching, let me thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout the year. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Clearly The Best: A Countdown to Love

Giving the gift of memories is a great way to celebrate during the holidays. View this video for a beautiful deco project using the muslin drawstring bags and the wire frame from Close To My Heart.  You can view these products on my website at

Only a week remains to order $50 in products and be eligible to purchase the November Stamp of the Month, Illuminate for $5 (available through November 30).


Monday, November 18, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Christmas Layouts

I am slowly approaching the posting of this video as it does deal with, dare I say it before next week... Christmas. Hope I did not say that too loud, but this video is worth sharing with you. These layouts created with the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge are worth a post before Thanksgiving. After all, we all have photos to scrapbook from last year and the year before, and... Admit it!

Visit my website to make a wish list for your family and friends. Share my website address with them so they can order your goodies in time to be in your stocking or under the tree. How about the crafters on your list? While you are making your list, order their fun stuff. Remember, a qualifying order for $100 in products from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book and/or the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide gets you one free starred item out of the gift guide. Only available through Dec. 31.

REMINDER: Saturday, Nov 30 is the last day to order the November Stamp of the Month: Illuminate


Saturday, November 16, 2013

12-months of scrapbook layouts

My 12-months of scrapbook layouts challenge is now all together in one YouTube video. I just really like to be able to put them all in one place for viewing purposes rather than having to go through each and every post in the archives.  Enjoy!

Why Switch? Close To My Heart - Become a Consultant

With the recent bankruptcy of a sister scrapbooking company many consultants and customers were left not knowing what to do, we at Close To My Heart are wanting to welcome you. To make the switch, CTMH makes it quite simple. To become a Close To My Heart independent consultant, the initial investment is minimal ($49 or $99) and there is an added incentive with the new line of products coming out in February called Picture My Life scrapbooking program (Free kit).

Here is a video to help you see what we have to offer.

For more information, please visit my website and click on "promotions." Send me a message or leave a comment  for any questions or additional information. I would love to show you how with Close To My Heart as a fellow consultant or customer.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Scrapbook Club comment on... Ask a Crafter #14 Kelly and Lindsay

Scrapbook Club

I am an avid watcher of The Frugal Crafter, Lindsay. She is wonderful at showing us how to use crafting tools and techniques. She is also who I go to for art how-to. She speaks at a level to which we can all feel confident about going and doing something on our own for the very first time. Lindsay is also very open to questions and has put together a weekly YouTube video in which she answers followers questions.

How does this relate to me posting on my blog... She mentioned my post from her Ask a Crafter #13. A follower wanted to know about stamp/scrap clubs. Lindsay opened the comments up to posting any we knew about, well, I just so happen to have one every month. So, in this week's video she mentioned my post much to my surprise. It literally took my breath away to hear The Frugal Crafter, Lindsay, say my name in her video. That is how much I look to her for advice and admire her expertise.

Please view her video, visit her channel and see all that she is willing to share. This post is about her, so if you have questions and want more information about my scrapbook club check out the side bar, e-mail me or leave a comment below.

Thank you Lindsay!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WOYWW #232, Thanksgiving Crafting

With Halloween over and Christmas on its way, Thanksgiving gets very little recognition until the day off and we all get to eat quite glutinously, watch some football and sleep.

I am doing my part to remember this holiday of celebration by pulling out all of my Thanksgiving themed stamps sets, Cricut cartridges containing pilgrims and turkeys, and embellishments. My plan, to create more themed pages and use my STUFF.

So take a look at this week's version of my desk...

The breakfast of champions, Quaker Real Medleys oatmeal and milk. Holiday catalogs full of sales and shopping enticements. But the best part, look at all the Cricut handbooks and cartridges that contain some form of Thanksgiving image! I was glad to see that I actually have more images than originally thought. I do not have a Thanksgiving specific cartridge :-( I have a variety of acrylic and wood stamp sets to choose from also. Now, let's talk about the pizza box to the far right... that contains my stickers. If you know me, you know I LOVE stickers and collect them just for the sake of having them to touch and shuffle through on occasion.

So here's to hoping I get some work done with these fun "toys" I have dug out from my stash. Have a look around the world at what is on other artsy, craftsy people's desks at WOYWW 232 from Stamping Ground's own Julia Dunnit

Thank you to all who have visited and shared a comment of two with me. I will be around this evening. Please check out my post on the flour babies of 2013. They are so cute. My students are doing their project very well.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Family Portrait - 2013 Flour Babies

As promised... Introducing the 2013 Freshmen class flour babies.


Artbooking Made Easy: Cross-Cartridge Collaboration

Wow! check out all the ideas presented by Close To My Heart... projects made using a collaboration of all three of our exclusive cartridges! It just takes your creativity, a glance through the handbooks and a touch of the keys to make beautiful gifts and memory albums.

Watch the video here:

Artbooking Made Easy: Cross-Cartridge Collaboration

Visit my Close To My Heart website to order your Cricut Cartridges today.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Scrapbook Club - January 2014, Frosted WOTG

Club members, we will be making the layouts from the Frosted Workshop On The Go (WOTG) kit at the January 14 Club night (6:00-9:00pm). Pre-register by December 10, 2013 by ordering the Frosted WOTG from my website

Come see how one kit can create not only the 2 two-page layouts suggested by the Close To My Heart designers, but also a third layout and a card with the same kit which I have created. You will still have scraps left over to use on other projects.

Want to become a club member? Join in on the fun by pre-registering, order the month's Workshop On the Go kit ($29.95+$4.95 shipping). Once 5 members (3 currently) are committed to the club, you will each rotate being the hostess and receive $25 worth of FREE products a minimum of two months out of the ten month commitment (no July or December Club). Ask me for details at

Using the Frosted WOTG, here is the first layout:

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Scrapbook Club - November 12, Sparkle and Shine Workshop On The Go

Hey scrapbook club members, here is the first 2-page layout of the Sparkle and Shine Workshop On The Go kit we will be working with on Tuesday evening.

And, here is the second 2-page layout...

Completed the third 2-page layout and card using the scraps from the Sparkle and Shine WOTG kit:

Come ready to cut, stamp, sand and embellish this wonderful Christmas themed layout.  See you at 6!

The Sparkle and Shine Workshop On The Go can be found in the Close To My Heart Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide (available through Dec. 31, 2013)


Friday, November 8, 2013

Flour Babies 2013

Freshman Career - Life Skills

As the college/career teacher, I feel it is very important that our students be taught life skills; cooking, sewing, cleaning, etc. We, as a school, are not able to afford the fancy electronic babies to teach our students the importance of taking care of a baby and the additional work it is to care for one. Our version, creating 5-pound flour babies that any parent would love.

To make this project two-fold, the students learn to sew on a sewing machine the felt arms, legs and head. These are then hot glued to a duct tape covered bag of flour (this helps prevent the explosion of the flour on the school campus). For the face, wiggle eyes and a pacifier with the nipple cut off. Hot glued of course.

Another technique they are taught is how to wrap yarn around a dowel, dampen the yarn and bake to make curls. Did you know this?!

The assignment: carry the flour babies for 7 days, journal te experience by sharing the expressions/reactions of people they meet, contact me every two hours throughout the night by text, e-mail or call (my phone is on silent :-) If a baby is not brought to school a paper will be written on child abandonment. If the baby is in any way damaged, a paper is to be written on child abuse. If any of the check-in points are missed throughout the night, paragraphs are to be written on childhood illnesses. The best part, enjoy the experience with classmates by having all-nighters, going to the movies, etc.

The 2013 class has 16 students and their first outing is to our area science museum. Surprisingly they are looking forward to carrying the flour babies around with them.

Great project! Check out their work below. Stay tuned for a family portrait...

Pattern Pieces for arms, legs and head


Trace pattern pieces onto felt, teach how to be frugal. They call me "Frugal Fergie."

Dowels for neck and support for stuffed head.

Stuffed head.

Wrapping flour bag with duct tape.

All pieces stuffed and ready to be hot glued onto flour bag.

Head and limbs hot glued to flour bag.

Curled yarn for hair, wiggle eyes and pacifier to complete the "baby."

All ready to see the world, clothed even down to a diaper.