Monday, February 24, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Top Secret

The Top Secret Mini Album keys on Artbooking... SHHHHH! Remember, it is secret :-)

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cabin Fever (scrapbook paper piecing) - Treasure Box Designs

In honor of all the snowed-in days we have experienced across the US, I have used the Treasure Box Designs - Cabin Fever for a future layout for my snow photos.  My husband was the one in our household suffering from "cabin fever" while I was enjoying my craft room for five days.

I have added dimension to the fun characters with foam, liquid applique for a snow effect, and liquid glass for the window. These were cut on my Silhouette Cameo. Sponge distressing was applied to all pieces using Close To My Heart exclusive ink pads.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Base & Bling Style

More information on how to use the Close To My Heart Base & Bling with Kristine...

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Artbooking Made Easy: Nursery Rhymes

The nursery-themed keys on the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart will have you singing nursery rhymes, reliving childhood memories, and reminiscing about your baby's first years. Watch the video to see these two keys in action.

Visit my Close To My Heart website to purchase this great cartridge - Artbooking.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Skylark Workshop On The Go - Scrapbook Club

Scrapbook Club - February 18 (6:00-9:00)

I have completed all of the layouts for tomorrow's Scrapbook Club. As a challenge, I create an additional two-page layout and card using the scraps from each Workshop On The Go. This shows club members that for the $29.95 + shipping they not only receive the instructions and supplies (including a stamp set with a $17.95 retail value and embellishments) to create 2 two-page layouts, but my assistance and ideas for stretching the remainder of supplies.  Here are the projects:

Layout 1

Layout 2

Layout 3


Scrapbook Club is held every month (ex. July, December). Details are posted on the right in the sidebar including the upcoming dates and featured Workshop On The Go. If you do not live in the area (Salem, Oregon) I will be happy to share the instructions and help across the miles.

Visit my website 24/7 to see tips/techniques and shop. Order the Ivy Lane Workshop On The Go by March 4 to pre-register for the March 18 Scrapbook Club night.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Base & Bling at Its Finest


Yes, we've got Base & Bling to help you get all dolled up for a night out or just a quick accessory to detail an outfit.

Check out all the new accessories to create your own piece of art to proudly display with the Close To My Heart Base & Bling Wearable Crafts.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Sweet Smiles

Artbooking Cricut Cartidge - Keys 50 and 51 (Baby Mini Album)

Watch as Monica, Close To My Heart, shares this adorable baby mini album cut with the Artbooking cartridge using only the 50 and 51 keys! The album is cut at 8" and all corresponding elements are cut proportionately to fit on each page. She shares a card sample made with the same keys, only she used the real dial size for a more customized fit.

Tip: for the flap on the envelope, go to Cricut Craft Room and eliminate the portion of the envelope not needed. Save paper! They do not call me Frugal Fergie at school for nothing :-)

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Create Your Own Borders

Delete, delete, delete. That is what I did this morning on my Amazon and JoAnn's wish lists. Long gone is the need to purchase each and every border punch now that I have my Silhouette. Yesterday I read through the User's Manual on the "how-to's" of the tools available in the Silhouette Studio. As with the Gypsy and Cricut Craft Room, you can weld your images. So, I got to thinking about how I could create my own 12" borders. There are borders you can purchase from Silhouette America and other cut file websites. Once you have them in your Silhouette library, duplicate, line up and weld. Tada!

We are still living in a winter wonderland, Sunday, February 9.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Time Spent with Silhouette

Three days snowed in and much production has taken place in my craft room. Workshop and club project examples made and kits pre-cut for attendees. Now, to play more with my Silhouette for becoming more familiar with one another.  Here are a couple things I have cut this evening...

A Boy and His Dog - Scrapping Bug Designs


Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's/Love Themed Card Workshop

What better way to show your love than handmade cards. Join me on Wednesday, February 12 (6:00-8:00) to create these lovely cards for your special loved one.  E-mail me at by Sunday, February 9 to sign up, I will then have all the pieces to each of the 6 cards ($8) cut and ready for you to assemble.

Visit my Close To My Heart website 24/7 to browse tips and techniques or to shop. Enjoy!

Score Big with Embossing

During the month of February,  qualify to receive a free embossing folder for every 2 packs of bulk single color or combo cardstock you purchase. Pick from our 5 new embossing folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—with your qualifying order. Every 2 packs of cardstock you purchase qualify you for an additional embossing folder. Make sure you act fast—designs are available only while supplies last!

Visit my website to view the new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book and place your qualifying order to receive the FREE embossing folders.


Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop On The Go - February 25

Join in on the fun at a workshop, Feb 25 Ivy Lane Carkmaking WOTG (G1079) Card Club 6:00-9:00 pm ($24.95 + shipping)* paid registration by Feb 11 at


Skylark Workshop On The Go - Club Night February 18

Feb 18 Skylark WOTG (G1072) Scrapbook Club 6:00-9:00 pm ($29.95 + shipping)* paid registration by Feb 9 in order to have your kit here in time for the club night. Place your order today at


Thursday, February 6, 2014

It is snowing in Oregon!

Here are photos of my front and back yards. We finally received our share of the snow here in Oregon.

10:00 am in the front yard

12:30 pm in the backyard

12:30 pm in the front yard


Monday, February 3, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Sugar & Spice

This week's layout using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  Check out my photo below of the layout I made a week ago for a gathering scrapbook page project.

Visit my website now, the new Spring/Summer 2014 Close To My Heart Idea Book is available and there are great new products to order.  Check out two below...

Purchase 2 bulk paper packs of cardstock and receive a FREE embossing folder ($8.95 value) of your choice for EVERY 2 packs you order... New item! Click here for Embossing is Boss! Constant Campaign details.

Purchase $50 in qualifying products and be eligible to purchase the February Stamp of the Month - Wild About You for $5. Click here for details.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ready, Set, Shop! Introducing the Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book

Now Available!

Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book full of new and exciting products...

Be sure to check out the February Constant Campaign... Embossing is Boss!

During the month of February, you are eligible to receive your choice of a new embossing folder FREE (a savings of $8.95!) for every 2 packs of bulk single color or combo cardstock you purchase. Pick from our 5 new folder designs—dot, chevron, quatrefoil, damask, or stripe—when you make a qualifying purchase. Add a touch of texture and flair to every cardstock project you create—gorgeous and easy! This offer is only valid while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early!

February Stamp of the Month - Wild About You

In the month of February, place a qualifying order of $50 and be eligible to purchase this cute fox set for only $5! Did you know you are able to purchase the stamps of the month at the regular cost of $17.95 without any purchase minimum?!

Please be sure to "Join" my February workshops when placing your order. Thank you.

My February workshops and clubs are posted on the right of this posting, come join in on the fun.