Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Just a reminder of this AWESOME thank you from Close To My Heart!

For the whole month of November you can earn two fabulous stamp sets for FREE as our way of thanking you for being a customer!  When you place an order of $100, not only do you earn the Nov "Stamp of the Month" (which by the way is a set you will use forever!), you will receive one stamp set of your choosing from the 2010 Autumn/Winter Idea Book for FREE!!! (Yes, you can choose a $22.95 stamp set)

Give me a call:  530-626-6697 
 or visit my  website.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Product Pic of the Week

I tried to think out of all the wonderful products that Close To My Heart offers.....which one do I love the most.  Well, sorry, I couldn't pick the "one" I love the I picked the one I "use" the most. 

It's the Piercing Tools!  I can't tell you how many times I use this on a project - and it's not just for poking holes!  I use it to transfer sparkles, move adheisive, hold things in place, and it's awesome to pick up small embellishments.  I use it ALL the time, and at $5.95 you can't beat it!  See it on page 98 of the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book.  Let me know what you use this tool for!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hugs . . .

Enjoyed every second of this....................notice when someone receives a hug, they smile

This starts out slowly but builds ....
Click on the photo below to watch this video made in Sondrio , Italy .
For one moment our lives met
     our souls touched....
                  Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An Extra "Thanks" to my Close To My Heart Customers!

For the whole month of November you can earn two fabulous stamp sets for FREE as our way of thanking you for being a customer!  When you place an order of $100, not only do you earn the Nov "Stamp of the Month" (which by the way is a set you will use forever!), you will receive one stamp set of your choosing from the 2010 Autumn/Winter Idea Book for FREE!!! (Yes, you can choose a $22.95 stamp set)

Give me a call:  530-626-6697 
 or visit my  website.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mini Family Reunion in San Jose

Cousins Dan, Dagmar, Apo and Dun Dun from Germany, Katie and Becky from New York, Gae and Don from The Dalles, OR, Jenni and Rick from Vancouver WA, Karen and Sandy from Placerville, Kristy from San Jose and Bob and April in their beautiful home in San Jose were our hosts!  Short, but very sweet!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

Ok, this is what happens when you are doing a craft fair and there are NO customers!  There is no scrap of paper that is safe.....even old Idea Books got torn up!  Flowers, flowers, and more flowers (can you tell I'm really into flowers right now! I know its fall not spring...)  I plan to use them on some project I'm putting together later today. 

Stop back tomorrow for pics of finished products and a how to!

I lost count as to how many I made.  Can you tell the ones made from newsprint and old Idea Books?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fancy Dress Card

Here is a card I made for my niece's birthday last week.  So much fun with our pearls to accessorize with! 

Just using white card stock, the fold is at the top.  The pink part of the dress is from older Close To My Heart paper pack.  I covered a button with the same paper, added pearls for the center and a flower (petals are colored slightly with ink), added black ribbon and pearls for the belt.  Made an envelope to fit it out of a magazine lipstick add and wha-la, a perfect card for a 27 yr young lady! 
(Idea  from Paper Crafts magazine, Heidi Van Loar)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Back from Reno Street Vibrations!

Here are a few pics of the weekend spent with our very good friends, Deb and Ernie from SoCal!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cute Girl Inspires Cute Dance!

Be sure to watch the whole thing!  Thanks Tresa B!

Cute Girl Inspires Cute Dance!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

We Have A Winner!

It took me longer than I thought......but the winner of my little "Comment or Become a Follower of my Blog" contest is Erin Mootz from SoCal!  Congratulations Erin, hope you like the Mini-Tri-Fold Album made with the "You Rock" papers from Close To My Heart!  Thank you to all that replied!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our Dinosaur T-Shirt Booth at Apple Hill

This past Labor Day weekend, Sandy (my sister) and I opened our Dinosaur T-Shirt Factory at the Bavarian Hills Orchard Craft Fair.  The weather was perfect, it's a beautiful location and we met lots of new people!  Inga (the owner) has an authentic German Restaurant with awesome home cooked German food and baked goods.  We will be there every weekend 9 to 5 through  Dec!  Come up and see us! Bavarian Hills Orchard/Fruit Stand/Craft Fair

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Idea Book Goes Live Today

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September Workshop LO and Cards

This scrapbook layout and cards are made with our "Hooligans" paper pack.  You can't see it in the picture, but the cats eyes on the cards are "diamonds"!
If you are in or around the Placerville area, join us for the workshop on Friday Sept 17th.  Call or email me for details!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The NEW Idea Book is almost here!

Wednesday, Sept 1st, the new Idea Book will be here!  This is always my favorite Idea Book of the year because it has so many new holiday season papers, stamps and samples that are sure to spark your creativity.  Contact me to find out how to get your FREE copy.  Here's a peek at the front cover!
Leave me a comment, give me a call or send me an email at:

Making it from my heart,
(530) 626-6697

Veranda Paper Rose Card

Paper Rose card using Veranda papers and distressing technique

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Veranda Tri-Shutter Album

This is so easy to make and fun to decorate - it took me less than 2 hours to make and I wrote down all the measurements, designed it, cut it and decorated it. I would love to show you how to create this awesome little gift...just contact me to see how!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Forever In Blue Jeans Card Crazy Class

Here are just a few of the 20 Cards we made in the "Forever In Blue Jeans" Card Crazy Class!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Veranda" Cards

I just love the fact that I don't have to think really hard to make cards. The patterns designed for me, dimensions figured out....all I have to do is choose some paper and do the really fun part and embellish.
Again, this is the same pattern, same paper pack, but look how different they are! I LOVE our "How To" progam books! I Love My CTMH!!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Bowl of Cherries - Not!

Our neighbor, Harley, just bought us a bag full of vine rippened cherry tomatoes - still warm from the morning sun. Without even washing them.....I've eaten 5....with just a bit of salt. OMGosh they're beyond good! Thank you Harley!

Playing Tourist

My sister Linda, her daughter Melonie, and 2 dear friends Edna and Angelina, flew up from San Diego, another good friend, Cheryl, flew down from Seattle, and I drove into the city Sat morning . . . all meeting in San Francisco for a couple of days. We went on several bus tours, shopped, ate, saw lots of sites, took lots of pictures and had a blast. Here is a picture of us (after breakfast) at Pergamino's on Sunday morning. Ummmm-good!
Back to the real world now!
From left to right: Melonie, Angelina, Edna, Linda, Cheryl and me

Friday, August 13, 2010

SFO Here I Come!

Yep, leaving early Saturday morning and driving to San Francisco to meet up with my sister Linda, her daughter Melonie, both from San Diego, and our good friend Cheryl from Seattle. Coming home Sunday, have a good weekend everybody!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"My Creations" Recipe/Photo Box

This is our new "My Creations" Recipe/Photo Box. ($6.95 item #Z1322) Made of sturdy, stampable chipboard it fits 4 x 6 recipe cards, photos and gifts! I used our "Silhouette" background & texture paper (B & T), some ribbon, flowers and alpha dimensional letters to decorate. Took me less than hour to do. (It made an awesome gift!)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Forever In Blue Jeans"
Card Crazy Class
Make 20 cards with 2 pieces of Background & Texture paper, 1 piece of colored card stock and 10 pcs of 8 1/2 x 11 white card stock in less than 3 hours!
So much fun!

For those of you that are local - come join my Card Crazy Class on Friday, August 20th @ 7:00 pm sharp - my house! Call to reserve your spot by Wed Aug 19th! Fee includes all materials, envelopes, embellishments and use of stamps, inks and tools needed to create cards. All this for only $15!
To RSVP (so I can prepare materials) call me at 560-626-6697 or email at

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

$2, $4, $6, for 8! It's YOU We Appreciate!

Super Mega Online Paper Sale!

For 8 days, starting Wednesday, Aug 4 thru Aug 11 (while supplies last) you can purchase select My Stickease for $2, Level 1 Kits (pre-printed scrap layouts) for $4, and Level 2 Paper Packets for $6!!!!!!! (Regular prices: $4.95, $9.95, $12.95)

Just click on my website, set yourself up an account (FREE & Simple) and order right on line! (You can add stuff that isn't on sale too.) Now is the time to stock up on these papers.....cuz supplies aren't gonna last long. Have fun shopping!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Another 3 Cards - Same Pattern!

Using the Zippidee paper packet, these 3 cards are from the same pattern, just rotated!
I LOVE using our "Wishes" Card Confidence program. It makes making cards faster, simpler and easier - really!
Make these cards yourself at my Card Class on August 20th @ 7.
Check my website our for details!

Same pattern - 3 different looking cards!

Look closely and you can see that each card is made from the same pattern - then rotated. These are made from our Veranda paper packet.
This pattern: Stay Left, is from CTMH's "Wishes" Card Confidence Program book.
Make them yourself at my Card Class, Friday, August 20th @ 7 Check out my website for details!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Simple Birthday Card

Using some older retired paper (sorry, trying to use up my stash!) this is a great b-day card for kids of any age.

Using a one inch stripe of blue card stock I tore both edges to give it shabby look (our paper has a white core!)

After stamping my sentiment, I just drew the border with a black sharpie, mat and add a bow!

Friday, July 23, 2010

4th Friday Featured Layout (July)

Using the Zippidee papers and the Workshop On The Go Guide, I created these two pages in less than an hour and I have a ton of paper left over to make more! Yippee Zippi!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

This is the Zippidee Disney layout I did for our team swap last week, July 15, 2010
Ok fine, I don't have to put the date does that all by its self! Now I'm working on a background and loading pictures. Yeah!

July 22, 2010

WOW. My first post to my blog! I'm so lost, please bear with me as I figure this out....I have the excuse of being of the "over 50" crowd. I just wasn't born with or raised with all this techy stuff...... but I'm trying!