Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How To: Using Watercolor Pencils (Video)

Watercolor pencils make coloring easy and fun! Learn the basics from this video, including what supplies you'll need and three techniques that will help make any stamped image look like a work of art.

Monday, October 26, 2015

White Pines Supplemental Art - Christmas Tags (Directions Included)

These adorable tags use leftovers from the White Pines Card Workshop

If you didn't get the workshop, then all you need are White Pines paper, White Pines Complements, Gold Glitter paper (or Shimmer Trim) and Fern Twine.

Here are the directions - you can be exact with my measurements or keep it loose with the general guidelines I provide in parentheses. 

Tags: Made with Cranberry cardstock and red snowflake paper. To cut the tags, use my Design Space file (or a punch, Cricut shape, or die cut). Don't have any of those? Then cut a rectangle, and trim the upper corners off at an angle to create your own tag.

Gold Glitter Paper: 0.5" x width of tag (or use a skinny scrap or Gold Shimmer Trim)

Embellish: Pop dot stickers from the White Pines Complements and tie Fern twine to complete the tags.

Now you have fun tags to add to any Christmas gift. :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

October Stamp of the Month - Twinkle Card

This is a very easy Christmas card - everything was cut using Cricut, and all the twinkle and shine comes from the Paper Fundamentals collection.

Inspiration: Colors from the White Pines Collection (Cranberry, Fern, Glacier and Chocolate) and the stripes on the October Stamp of the Month ornaments (all cut with Artiste). I saw those and thought they'd look cool with the Artfully Sent stripe card.

Technique: To make any card pop with some sparkle and shine, use Paper Fundamentals. The clear embossing on the paper shimmers, and the embellishments all have either gold or silver designs.

Fun Fact: See that brown string and bows? Those are all covering up a "creative opportunity" I made with ink and a hole I punctured through the card. From "oops" to "ooh!" in a few minutes. That's why I call them creative opportunities. :) 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

HalloweeM Mini-Album

I am so excited to be presenting at the Chicago Area Mensa's HalloweeM event! I gave a talk last year about scrapbooking and had such a fabulous time with this amazing group! This year I'm going to give a brief introduction to mini-albums, and then we'll spend the rest of the class creating this adorable album:

The album is a Kraft Mini-Folio, and it's decked out with paper from Nevermore, Green Shimmer Trim and Silver Sequins.

I used 5 different stamp sets on this bad boy! (retired So Grateful, Documenting Moments, retired What a Hoot, Magic Potions and Trick or Treat Sweets). Plus, the zip strips from the paper pack add fun sentiments as well.

This album is small enough that you can finish it in one sitting (though, I'll admit, it took me two - I'm in the middle of a great book, so I had to take a break. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

White Pines Supplemental Art - Quick Christmas Cards (Directions Included)

Every month, I'm going to showcase artwork using leftovers from that month's workshop kit. Even if you haven't purchased one of my workshop kits, you can still come here and be inspired to create. All the sizes and basic instructions are included. So have at it!

This month's supplemental art uses leftovers from the White Pines Card Workshop.

Here's the cutting guide (all three cards are the same) - you can be exact with my measurements or keep it loose with general guidelines I provided in parentheses.

Card Base: Colonial White (off-white); 4.25" x 5.5" (A2 size)

Fern Cardstock: 1.75" x 3" (or cut it so there's about a half-inch border around the cardstock and the tree paper)

Zip Strip: That's the strip on top of the patterned paper. Cut the portion you want at 3.75" long (or make it as long as you'd like!)

Gold Glitter Paper: Use this to back your zip strip

Tree paper: 3.5" x 4.75" (or cut it so there's about a half-inch border around the paper and the card base)

Blue Diamond and Red Snowflake paper: use scraps of varying sizes and dove-tail the ends

And now the best part - decorate using your leftover White Pines Complements and Red Enamel Gems! Use 3-D Foam Tape to create some dimension.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sangria Fun Folds Layouts - November Workshop

Fun folds can be used in layouts as well! You'll learn some neat tricks for hiding journaling and extra photos while making two 2-page layouts!

First Layout:

Hidden Tag:

Second Layout:

Hidden Booklet:

This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create two 2-page layouts, including instructions and plenty of leftovers to create more!

Kit Information:
*Photos of Kit Contents Below*

Fun Folds Layout Kit - Sangria Paper Pack, Sangria Complements, Sangria Assortment, Poppy Twine and extra cardstock ($30; includes tax)

Alternative Layout Kit: Like the Workshop-On-The-Go stamp set? Then try this kit! Sangria WOTG, Sangria Complements and extra cardstock ($45; includes tax)

Stamp Add-On: Friend Tree ($17.95)

Class Location:
Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, November 14th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, November 14th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, November 15th from 1pm-4pm

If you would like to order this kit, simply email me at:, and I will send you an invoice via PayPal (please order by October 25). 

Kit Contents

Monday, October 12, 2015

My Papercrafting Family

There are no better people in this world than the amazing crafters I have met as a Close To My Heart consultant. 

I have such a wonderful group of customer friends, many of whom have been with me since I started this journey over 6 years ago. 

My incredible upline, Brenda Rose, has given me so much support and encouragement, and I don't know if I would have made it this far without her. 

And of course, the wonderful ladies who are a part of my Sweet Tweets team - getting to know you through team crops, CTMH events, our Facebook group and our talks has been so incredible! I look forward to more adventures with you!

Whether you come to my workshops, are a part of Brenda's team, or are on my Sweet Tweets team, I am so glad you are a part of my life and my papercrafting family.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sangria Fun Fold Cards - November Workshop

Learn how to create three different "step" cards in this fun folds card workshop! You'll make 6 cards and leave with 3 templates so you can create more of these awesome folds!

This workshop kit comes with everything you need to create 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) including instructionsfun fold templates and plenty of leftovers to create more!

Kit Information:
*Photos of Kit Contents Below*

Fun Folds Card Kit -Sangria Paper Pack (including 6 card bases), Poppy Twine, Pink Enamel Gems, extra cardstock, printed templates and 6 envelopes ($25; includes tax)

Stamp Set Add-Ons (Choose one, choose both, choose none - your choice!):
  1. Victorian Gratitude ($2.95)
  2. Harvest Wreath ($17.95)
Tool Add-Ons (Your choice!):
  1. Poppy Ink ($6.95)
  2. Eggplant Ink ($6.95)
  3. Pomegranate Ink ($6.95)
Class Location:
Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL

Class Dates (choose your date & time!):
Saturday, November 14th from 10:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, November 14th from 2pm-5pm
Sunday, November 15th from 1pm-4pm

If you would like to order this kit, simply email me at:, and I will send you an invoice via PayPal (please order by October 18th). 

Kit Contents

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

3 Fussing Cutting Tricks (Video)

I know fussy cutting isn't everyone's favorite part of papercrafting, but there are times when it really makes your art stand out. I actually love fussy cutting, and I want to share three tricks that will make it easier for you (and even a little fun :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Close To My Heart Specials - It's in the Bag!

You can get this gorgeous bag free, along with awesome Close To My Heart products and supplies! Keep reading for details...

1. It's in the Bag

We received this exclusive bag at Convention, and I LOVE it! It's a lovely mix of canvas and leather with a cross-body strap. Plus it holds so many supplies!   

When you join Close To My Heart in October, you are going to receive this bag FREE with your Consultant Kit. This is amazing because it means the value of your kit will be right around $500!!

I would love to have you join my wonderful team - the Sweet Tweets!! We get together to craft and share our stories - I'd love to have you be a part of it!

I love this kit because it is workshop ready.  You can open this kit and sit down with your friends to create.  What a wonderful way to share Close To My Heart!!  

If you want to learn more, feel free to email me at - I'd love to show you how Close To My Heart can help you!

2. October Stamp of the Month - Twinkle

Add a little sparkle to all your Christmas projects with this festive stamp set: 

The Stamp of the Month is only available during its month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Stamp of the Month - Twinkle Rose Blossom Blog Hop (with Design Space File)

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations using October's Stamp of the Month - Twinkle!

If you came here from Kim Hill's amazing blog, you are on the right path!  If you get lost along the way, come back here and go to the bottom of the page for the blog hop list.

Inspiration: This layout from PageMaps. I thought all those circles would look cool with the holiday sentiments. And the lovely White Pines color palette - Fern, Cranberry, Glacier, Champagne and Chocolate.

Technique: Using the simple patterns of Paper Fundamentals to create texture, which allows the stamped images to stand out. And for additional texture, sanding all the plain cardstock. I also created the background in Design Space - here's the file for you to use!

Fun Fact: Yes, that is my cat Puddy sitting inside of a Christmas basket. On top of a bunch of tinsel filler. On crunchy plastic wrap. Looking comfortable. #catsareweird

October's SOTM is only available until October 31st. As always, you can get this holiday stamp set for only $5 with a $5o purchase at my website

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop!  Head on over to Mary's lovely blog and see her beautiful artwork!

Blog Hop List: