Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My November Class Creations!

 So, the month of November has just been flying by
and I realized that I hadn't yet been able to share any
of the artwork I created for my November "Frame It Up"
Scrapbooking Class and my November Card Classes!
So here they are...enjoy!!

 This single 12x12 Fall page design was inspired by the Annual Inspirations Idea Book (page 118).  The papers I used were some of the leftover retired papers I had in my stash (Pathfinding and Flirty).  All of the stamps I used and most of the cuts were made using the Cricut Artistry collection (fall images on page 44).  The wreath was cut from Olive cardstock at 10.75".  The Desert Sand leaves (dry embossed and sanded) were cut at 3".  The Goldrush (Flirty patterned paper) and Chocolate leaf pieces were cut at 2.75".  Lastly, the acorns and acorn caps were cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy collection (page 36) at 1" and 1.25" from Desert Sand and Chocolate cardstock.  Ink colors I used include Chocolate, Desert Sand, and Glacier.

...and here are the four card designs
(below) that I offered for Card Class!
These cards use the White Pines 
and Sangria paper collections...

Happy Fall and Thanksgiving everyone!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simply Fundamental Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Simply Fundamental Blog Hop!

Today, 27 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using "Fundamental" products
from Close to my Heart!
(These products include the Paper Fundamentals,
Fundamental Stickers packs, and Fundamental
Assortments that are featured on pages 108-111
in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book).

If you've just arrived here from KATHY's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

This is the standard size card I made using three different colors/patterns of paper from the Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack Z3126 (Fern, Ruby, and Saffron). The
stamp set I used is Holly, Jolly Christmas D1657 and the card design is inspired by Make It From Your Heart - Volume 2, pattern 20 (p. 42). Embellished with Black Shimmer Trim Z1809, Red Enamel Gems Z3090, and the Black Fundamental Assortment Z3104 (bow).

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my card!
Now you can continue on the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
by visiting WENDY's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Cheers, 2016! S1511

You should have just arrived here from

  This standard size card features the Sangria paper pack
X7199B with Champagne, Cocoa, Eggplant, and Pomegranate
ink pads. The champagne glasses were cut (at 2.5") using the
Artistry Cricut Collection. Embellished with Gold Sequins
Z2012 and Gold Foil Tape Z3129.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my artwork!
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
WENDY's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spotlight on the Holiday Expressions Catalog Blog Hop!!

for stopping by to enjoy our 
Spotlight on the 
Holiday Expressions Catalog
Blog Hop!

Today, 30 consultant artists are sharing artwork 

they've created using products from this catalog:

 If you've just arrived here from JEANIE's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

One of the stamp sets just I fell in love with when I first saw 
the catalog is this set, Harvest Wreath D1662 (shown on page 13).
I immediately saw that this set could be way more versatile than it first appears. More than just a "Harvest" and "Thanksgiving" set, I knew that these stamps could easily be used to make a "Christmas" wreath and wreaths for many other occasions as well.

So first, I created the obvious, a traditional-looking Thanksgiving card:
This standard-size card (above) features the White Pines X7200B paper collection that is also featured in the Holiday Expressions Catalog. The ink colors I used include Champagne, Chocolate, Fern, and Sorbet. I loved discovering that these papers could so easily be utilized for more than just Christmas as well!! By adding just a little bit of Sorbet ink and Coral shimmer trimmer to the card, I included enough of an orange hue to give the card a more "Autumn-y" look and feel. 
And, how cute are those pears?!! lol. I just love them.

 The next standard-size card I made (above) also features the White Pines X7200B paper collection. This time the ink colors I used include Champagne, Chocolate, Fern, and Cranberry. I used the "Good Cheer" sentiment that is included in this stamp set, but could have also substituted a more Christmas-y sentiment from a variety of other stamp sets if I had chosen to. The pomegranates were stamped with Cranberry ink using the second generation stamp rolling technique.

Lastly, here is a side-by-side view of both cards (below) so you can see how similar (but different!) my cards are. I love to use one card layout design in multiple ways to come up with a variety of different cards. It's just so fun and easy to do!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my creations!
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
by visiting MICHELLE's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Frame It Up! (for Halloween) Class!

Come join us to create this "frightfully cute"
one-page decorative layout, the perfect home decor!

Monday, October 12th (2pm-5pm)
at Jen's house in Barstow Heights.

-or- you can Order your "Kit-TO-GO"
if you will be unable to attend in person.
(I deliver free to local customers.
For mail-order customers, the exact cost of postage
to send the materials to your location will be added).

For $35, your kit will include one of our "Designed Decor" shadow box frames (choose Black or Colonial White) to show off your 12x12 artwork! The high-quality frame has a hinged back (magnetic closure) that opens for easy loading, so you can change the decor inside as often as you wish. The theme this month is HALLOWEEN, and the page we're creating can be customized to fit your favorite 5x7 or 4x6 photo
(tall or wide). Please bring/purchase from me your own adhesive, including glue dots and 3-d mounting tape, to use.

Class attendees also have the option to: 
* Make the single-page layout only for $7!
* Make the companion page also for $5 more ($12 total).
-or- * Choose a shadow box frame, plus
Make both pages for $40 total!

The companion page (above) is faster to put together than the first, and it coordinates with the framed page, so that when you change/replace the page in your frame with another, you will have two pages that can go into an album together.

In early November, we'll create another page for our 
frames (FALL-themed) that you can make with me
(or purchase a kit-to-go) for just $7 each, 
$5 more ($12 total) to add the companion page, 
and/or $35 or $40 if you want your kit 
to include another frame.

In early December, 
I'll offer another (CHRISTMAS-themed) page,
and so on and so on...
I'll keep offering new pages each month
so you can change your frame decor to fit
each upcoming holiday/season!
These frames make great gift items too,
so you may want to consider creating
more than one with me or invite a friend!

Space is limited to no more than 10 guests this first time!

Payments to reserve your class materials are due ASAP
or will be accepted at the class 
(as long as I still have kits left-over to sell).
Pre-payment guarantees your spot (sorry, no refunds).
If for some reason you are unable to attend the class,
you will still receive all materials pre-cut,
stamped, and ready-to-assemble.

Cash, personal Checks, and PayPal
(online payments to
are accepted.

You can also RSVP online here:

THANK YOU to my fellow consultant friend,
Joanie Stanclift, who designed this 0h-so-cute framed page,
and who so generously shared this amazing
class idea with me!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

2nd chance to create your own "She Art" with me!!

Thank you to all of these lovely creative friends
who joined me at my "SHE ART" Workshop
last Saturday, September 12th!

I just LOVE to see how each 5x7 Canvas
is transformed into a unique work of art!
These are just a few of the finished creations...

If you had to miss it (or you want to join me again!)
I'm offering another chance to come and create
your own "SHE ART" with me (in my home)
on Saturday, September 19th (6pm-9pm)!

...and because we are using up leftover scraps from
past projects, the fee for the class/materials is 
only $5 per 5x7 canvas!!
(you can expect each canvas to
take 1-2 hours to complete).

Please call/text me at 760-220-0683
or leave me a message online (via Facebook)
to reserve your space now!!

As you can see, the idea behind "She Art" 
is to create a mixed-media piece that features a girl 
and an empowering or heartfelt sentiment
 that represents who you are or who you want to become.

Here are the artwork samples I've
created to inspire you:

I hope you can join us
this Saturday (9/19) for all of the fun!

I also invite you to book your own
"She Art" class/party with me 
(for yourself and a few friends)!
My hostesses easily earn FREE 
Close to my Heart products
while learning and sharing the joy of
creativity (which can include "She Art" 
and/or cardmaking/scrapbooking) with me!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

National Stamping Month Blog Hop! (Hello, Life!)

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
National Stamping Month Blog Hop!

 If you've just arrived here from WENDY's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

Today, 40 consultant artists are featuring 
artwork created using these special limited edition 
stamp sets that are available for purchase now:

Hello, Life! - Scrapbooking 


Hello, Life! - Cardmaking 

Hello, Life! - Pocket Scrapbooking 

You can purchase any of these stamp sets
during September 2015 only for $13.95 each,
-or- get ALL three stamp sets for $34.95!!
(which is a savings of $6.90)!

 The card on the top right (above) features a background paper I created myself using our NEW watercolor paints (Z3132) on watercolor paper (Z3146) with our new paintbrush set (Z3188). I also used the September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden (S1509). The ink colors I used on this card include Black, Fern, and Goldrush. The "Hello Friend" sentiment is from the 
Hello, Life! - Cardmaking stamp set (CC1041).

The card on the left (and below) also features the fun "brushstroke-looking" stamp
that is included in the Hello Life! - Pocket Scrapbooking stamp set (CC1042).
To create the background of this card, I simply started by stamping the same image from top to bottom with Eggplant, Goldrush, and Fern inks. The first (top-most) image is stamped with solid ink coverage on my stamp, and then the second time I stamped it I used "second generation stamp-rolling" technique, which is done by inking the stamp and stamping it off on scratch paper (or why waste ink? Stamp some of the ink off as you stamp the solid image on the card the first time), then roll just the outside edges of the stamp image in the same color ink before stamping it on the card again 
(the white daisy cardstock front is cut to 3.75" x 5").

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my creations!
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
BETH's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What is FUNdamental Scrapbooking?? (my Convention Presentation!! - Part 1)

So, back in May 2015,
the Close to my Heart home office
called and invited me to be a
"special presenter" at the annual 
Close to my Heart Convention
(at the Disneyland Hotel, in Anaheim, CA)!
Of course I said "Yes!", so... I DID IT!!!
(as scary as it was to be up there, lol).

...and now that the NEW Annual Inspirations
and Holiday Expressions Catalogs have been released
online on September 1st (view catalogs here!!),
I can finally share ALL of the details about
what exactly it is that I shared on stage!!

First, here are a few photos of me as a presenter that day...

Next, here is what I presented on stage
(along with the first two of eight total 
scrapbook layouts that I shared that day):

What is a "Fundamental" Scrapbooker?
 Fundamental scrapbookers like to create clean, uncluttered, and balanced pages that can be completed quickly and without a lot of fuss. We may not care to add any dimensional embellishments that make our pages lumpy/bumpy. We like our photos and journaling to be the main focal points on each page, without too many distracting decorative elements.

A Fundamental scrapbooker may be a beginner 
that we are teaching to scrapbook for the very first time, OR...
It may be someone who is a very experienced 
scrapbooker, like me, that wants to complete their pages 
faster, simpler, and easier!

Even though I do like to take my time being extra creative sometimes, most of the time my busy life as a wife and working mother of five, just doesn't allow as much creative time as I want to have. If you, like me, have ever felt that you lack the time, lack the creativity, or lack the money to afford a lot of product, then Close to my Heart offers us a
simple solution...

FUNdamental Scrapbooking!!
using our new line of Paper Fundamentals and coordinating stickers/embellishments, as well as, our My Reflections paper packs and Complements!

Let me show you what my
"Fundamental" scrapbook pages look like...
(the new products I used are listed beneath each photo below)!!

NEW Paper Fundamentals - Basics (black) Z3128 (p.109)
NEW Fundamental Stickers Pack - Basics (with gold foil) Z3166 (p. 110)
"Piano Man" title is cut from NEW Gold Glitter Paper Z3076 (p. 145)
with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge Z3169 (p. 120)
"Jose Rubio Jr." is stamped with Alphabet stamp set, Jennifer's Hand B1484 (p. 107).

(close-up of the Left page)

(Close-up of the Right page)

NEW Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy (crystal blue & sweet leaf) Z3127 (p.109)
NEW Fundamental Stickers Pack - Basics (with gold foil) Z3166 (p. 110)
ALL of my titles and black/white/grey elements are stickers from this pack!

 (close-up of the Left page)

 (Close-up of the Right page)

Here's a tip on how to easily line up your sticker titles perfectly straight:
First, cut out just the word you want from your 6x12 sticker sheet.
Then, peel back and crease either the top half/bottom half of the sticker backing.
(it helps you to crease the backing more easily if you remove
the "negative" outside part of the stickers from the wax-paper backing also).

Then, lightly press to adhere just the sticky part of your sticker letters to your page wherever you want them. Last, pull away the wax-paper backing from underneath the rest of the stickers and press them in place. If you press them gently at first, then they are easy to remove (and re-adhere) wherever you prefer IF they do happen to move/slide around on you a bit. Now, they are instantly lined-up and spaced evenly and exactly how they came on the sticker sheet!

That's all for now!!
I'll be back to post Part 2 (two more layouts
that I presented on stage) very soon!! :)