Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scaredy Cat - Halloween Scrapbook pages and card

The October Club was at a loss with there not being a Scaredy Cat Workshop On The Go kit. So, I challenged myself to create one for them. Join in on the fun with us October 23, 6:00-9:00. Register by October 8 by ordering the following on my website and "join" Kim's workshop.

Supplies used:
Scaredy Cat Paper Packet #X7185B
Scaredy Cat Complements #X7185C
Eek & Shriek Holiday Stamp Set #B1429
Black Exclusive Inks #Z2105

Can't join us...Visit my Close To My Heart Independent Consultant website to order your supplies to make this great set of layouts and card on your own. I can send you the instructions.

Layout #1

Layout #2

Bonus Layout #3

Bonus Card


Halloween Scrapbook Layout

October 16 Scrapbook Workshop

Join in on the spooky fun of creating a scrapbook layout for past, present or future Halloween excitement. If you saw the cards I have created for the Oct. 2 card workshop, this layout has been created from the same packet, plus I STILL have paper left to use for other projects! Amazing the amount of paper you get in each of the Close To My Heart paper packets. Be sure to check out all of the paper themed packets available on my Independent Consultant website

 ** Please register for this scrapbook workshop by October 6 for supply ordering at


Friday, September 26, 2014

Halloween/Birthday Themed Cards

October 2 Scaredy Cat Halloween/Birthday themed cards. 

Upcoming workshop/club details are on the right hand sidebar. Or feel free to contact me at for more details and/or to register for a workshop of club.

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Scaredy Cat Paper Packet #X7185B
Joyful birthday Occasions stamp set #B1419
Holiday Tags Occasions stamp set #D1560
Frightfully Fun stamp set #B1453
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Collection #Z1686
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge Collection #Z1906
Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Collection #Z3017
Purple Glitter Gems #Z1936
Black & Gray Sparkles #Z1754
Silver Sequins #Z2013
Slate Striped Twist Ties #Z1864


October Workshop Preparations, What's Ahead!

Working on next month's workshop samples... Have you seen the Scaredy Cat Paper Packet from Close To My Heart? This will be the paper packet of choice for October's workshops. Stay tuned...

October 2 - Halloween/Birthday cards 6/$10

Halloween Stamp Sets - Frightfully Fun, Magic Potions and EEk & Shriek

October Club, Oct 23 - Beginnings of a homemade WOTG kit

Visit my Independent Consultant website to order your own Halloween themed products.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge, An Exclusive From Close To My Heart

Lots of fun cards can be created using the brand new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. Head on over to my Independent Consultant website to see what the cartridge has to offer to you for your paper crafting needs.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Selfie - Art Project, Day 2

Here is an updated photo. Today I sketched the craft room scene on to watercolor paper and began using my watercolor pencils and paints.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Selfie - Art Project (Dick Blick)

Love, love the Dick Blick educators access to lesson plans. I have been viewing their YouTube videos all summer long in preparation for my high school art classes. With all the selfie rage, I knew my students would have fun with the Dick Blick - “Selfies” (exactly where I want to be) lesson. I have joined in on the fun and am creating my own.

Can you figure out where it is that I want to be...

As the project progresses, I will share the steps along the way. Just couldn't wait until I was done.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

S-fold card Six of Six - Chalk It Up Paper Packet

Last but not least, card number six for the S-fold card workshop. This card was created using the Chalk It Up paper packet and the My Life stamp set from the Artbooking Cricut Collection.

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S-Fold card five of six - Chalk It Up Paper Packet

For the first time in the two years I have been an Independent Consultant, I had to cancel last week's S-fold card workshop. Life was a bit too busy and I was not going to be able to create cards to my liking or prepare in time for the workshop. So sorry ladies! Thanks for your understanding :-)

The weekend has arrived and I have taken some creative time to finish up the last two cards.  Here is card five of six using Chalk It Up Paper Packet and Take Note stamp set from Artbooking Cricut Collection.

Please visit my Independent Consultant website to order your supplies to make this fun card at


Artfully Sent - Exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge has been...Delivered!

My Close To My Heart Exclusive Cricut Cartridge - Artfully Sent was delivered yesterday! Yay! Home from church, a few lesson plans to work on, and then it is time to PLAY! I also ordered the new Exclusive Inks - Canary, Flaxen, Pixie and Thistle. Check all of these products out on my Independent Consultant website at

Did You Know?! Gather orders from your family and friends, reach a total of $250 and the cartridge is your for 50% off!  How? Let me know you are interested, I will set up a "join" link on my website to your name for your friends and family to place orders, you accumulate $250 in orders. You will have then earned $40 in free products (stamp sets, ink pads, papers, pens, WOTG), plus 50% off any item in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Of course I would choose the cartridge :-)

E-mail me today at to get your EZ-Invite gathering set up on my website and begin earning those rewards.

The cartridge at a glance...

Notice the overlay is back to the old way, specific to the cartridge. Plus a book on how to put the cards together.

Image of all cards available on the new Artfully Sent cartridge.

You also get three new stamp sets, exclusive to the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection. There is also a pack of 25 - 12"x12" White Daisy cardstock.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Now Available! Exclusive Cricut cartridge - Artfully Sent from Close To My Heart


Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009).
Cricut® is a registered trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. All rights reserved.

Please visit my Independent website to purchase this cartridge and many other wonderful Close To My Heart products.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Masculine S-fold Card

Card four of six for the Fancy Fold card workshop on Thursday, September 11 6:00-9:00 pm. This round of the S-fold, I went for a more masculine card using the Chalk It Up Paper Packet and both the Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges to cut out the ties and argyle background. Love it!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pathfinding Workshop on the Go (Cardmaking)

Ta-Da! The Pathfinding WOTG Cardmaking kit makes 15 cards (5 each of 3 designs). Let me show you how to make these wonderful "thank you" themed cards at club night. We will be meeting on Tuesday, September 23 6:00-9:00 pm. You need only order the kit on my website by September 10 to pre-register. Item #G1083 $24.95 + $4.95 shipping (be sure to "join" Kim's September workshops).

The advantage of coming to club night is that I will have made up the kit prior to our club meeting. Since I make my kit up in advance, you will see each card already made up and decide if you want to copy it step-by-step or make some personal changes. The other advantage to me creating the kits ahead of time is that I find the missing links in some of the instructions. You will notice that my "Thanks" card is different from the original card idea... Well the measurement for placement on this card was a bit confusing and I made a mistake. I still like what I came up with in the end. But my discovery will help you make the right measurement or change your final card idea too.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

For a Special Teacher, S-fold card

Card number three of six for the S-fold card workshop coming up on Thursday, September 11 6:00-9:00 pm $10.

Close To My Heart products used:
White Daisy cardstock
Chalk It Up Paper Packet
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and Frames, Tags, Borders stamp set
Artbooking Cricut cartridge Take Note stamp set
One-Way Borders stamp set
Lagoon stamp pad
Black stamp pad

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Starburst Card

Thanks to Dawn's Stamping Thoughts for a great tutorial on how to create a starburst card. I have replicated the idea for an upcoming Close To My Heart gathering. Supplies used include our new Seaside Paper Packet and Joyful Birthday Stamp Set.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Congratulations S-Fold Card

The second card of 6 for the card workshop on Thursday, September 11 using Chalk It Up Paper Packet. Inspired by Cardz TV with Mary YouTube video on this card using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the card base, large circle and large scallop. Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge was used for the small scallop. The congratulations comes from the Art Philosophy Frames, Tags, and Borders Stamp Set.

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Fancy Fold Card Workshop - S Fold Card

September Card Workshop

Thursday, September 11 6:00-9:00 pm, 6/$10
Sample of what we will be creating (1 of 6 cards)

Chalk It Up Paper Packet and Artbooking Take Note Stamp Set. A great encouragement card to start the new school year off right. Join in on the fun as we create 6 different cards using the S fold concept. Please register at least 3 days prior to the workshop at

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grandparents Day Card 2014

Back to school means card kits for my middle/high school art classes. I have been very blessed in several ways for this to happen each year. The biggest of them all is my mom, Lydia Wilson, who creates the kits for my students. She comes up with the card ideas, cuts all the pieces for 25 students, puts them all into individual ziplock baggies, and sends it our way. The first in the series of cards is Grandparents Day. Since it falls on the first weekend of the school year, we create the card on the first day of school. Here is this year's card.

Thanks mom!

Another blessing are the supplies people donate to my cause. I have a customer who has donated a lot of cardstock which is being used for the base of this card and the strip for the flower placement. There are others who have donated stamps, scissors, fabric, etc. to my classes. Thank you just does not seem to be enough for such generosity and support of what I do. But let me still say it:

Thank you family and friends for you support and gift blessings to our students!