Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop

Hi there!  You should have arrived here from Amy Ulem's blog. Welcome to our Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop. We are a small group of Close To My Heart consultants that love to share our creations with you each month. This month we are focusing on our beautiful Chelsea Gardens collection. In this sweet collection you will find 12" x 12" scrapbooking papers, coordinating 12" x 12" card stock, five yards of cream ribbon, Dots & Gems bling, Complements, a Sending Hugs card making kit, a calendar stamp set, a Floral Tag stamp, a scrapbooking stamp set, a cardmaking stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts dies, and then an optional card making project and a Picture My Life layout using our Memory Protectors. Whew!

For my project I chose to make a pretty card. Not sure about you, but I am always needing cards to send out. This card is easy and quick to replicate and you can simply stamp any verse in the inside when the occasion arises. I started off with one of our A2 card bases and a base layer from the Chelsea Gardens paper collection. All of the stamps I used are from our Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set. On the base layer I used one of our two foliage stamps, Toffee ink, and I made my own designer paper by randomly stamping the image all over the paper. From there I cut a small piece of our White Daisy card stock and stamped the butterfly twice, once on a small layer and again on a smaller scrap. Using our Watercolor Pencils and alcohol inside my small waterbrush I  colored and blended the butterfly. When the area was dry I used our clear Shimmer Brush over the image, and used the coordinating die. I then layered one butterfly over the other image, stamped my sentiment, and added a bow. I used our foam tape and adhered it off sides to the card base and then added three of our Gold Glitter Gems on the card front. I am ready to make a dozen or so of this sweet card to have on hand when needed later on.

I think I am the caboose for this blog hop. You will now be directed back to the start of the blog hop and check out what Carol Loftus has made today. I hope you have enjoyed our blog hop this month and thank you for stopping by. As mentioned, I am a Close To My Heart consultant. If you do not already have a personal consultant, I would be honored to help you.

Happy Stampin! ....Cheryl

Friday, January 12, 2018

Close To My Heart "One Day Only" FLASH SALE!!

We're kicking off 2018 with a 24-hour flash sale! The sale will begin today at 4:00 pm (CST), and end tomorrow, Saturday 13th at 3:59 pm (CST). Sale prices are only available on my website and are while supplies last.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Yay! Close To My Heart now has luggage!

Hi there! Have you heard? Close To My Heart now has their personal line of luggage! Here is a YouTube video from CTMH with all of the details. Enjoy!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

My "Thank You" To You!!

I wanted to thank EVERYONE that ordered from me in 2017.Tomorrow I will be placing everyone's name in a drawing for your choice of one of our new Paper Packets and coordinating Complements found in our NEW Seasonal Expressions. You can go to my website and see all four of our new collections available. I very much appreciate your continued business and allowing me to be YOUR Close To My Heart consultant!

Close To My Heart Stargazer

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! is a new day! Time to wipe the 2017 slab clean and start fresh in 2018. I have been crafting tonight waiting on midnight so I could kiss my sweet husband Happy New Years and then go to bed. But he went to bed early tonight so I got out our new Seasonal Expressions and starting creating. FYI; Did you know this idea book is just $1.00 and available for purchase on my website? For my layout, I used our fabulous new Make It From Your Heart Volume 3. It is eighty-two pages showcasing thirty-six two page layouts and yummy scrapbook page templates to get your mo-jo juices flowing. For my layout I used the template found on page eight and our new Stargazer Paper Packet and Stargazer Complements. I don't think I have ever completed a two page layout so quick.  The Canary 4"x 6" mat on the left will be my journaling area once I decide on which pictures I will use of my beautiful Grandson! All of the paper measurements and placements are shown in the templates. What could be any easier! BTW....I am slowly working on taking better pictures. I am a computer duhhhhhh! lol

I am an independent Close To My Heart Consultant. If you do not already have a consultant, I would love to help you in any way I can. You can contact me at my email which is (two L's)
Thank you for visiting my blog and Happy Scrappin!  Cheryl

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Close To My Heart "Silver & Gold" Blog Hop

Hi there! Thank you for hopping by to my blog. Each month we have a small group of Close To My Heart consultants that love to share their creations through their blogs. This month we are using our Silver & Gold collection. Today you should have arrived from Haley Dyer's blog and her amazing project she has created for you. 

My project this month is a 12" x 12" layout. Our current Holiday Expressions Idea Book has two wonderful Christmas and winter paper collections along with several coordinating stamps and thin cuts dies designed for both card making and scrapbook layouts.  For my page this month I wanted lot's of snow on my page. Thankfully we don't get a lot of snow here in Texas, but it sure is a beautiful gift from God during the winter. I started with my snowbanks using our Glacier card stock and the set of Aspen Court templates from Kiwi Lane. From there I added a thick layer of our Liquid Glass along the snow slope edge and covered it with Diamond Dust that I purchased years ago at Hobby Lobby. I then took our White Daisy pigment reinker bottle and added several drops of the ink onto one of our 3"x 3" acrylix blocks along with 2-3 drops of water, mixing it well and then using one of our paintbrushes, I splattered the ink on both my snowbanks and my 12"x 12" base layer of Crystal Blue card stock. I LOVE our White Daisy pigment ink! I have had it along with my many other ink refills on my Workspace Wonder small tray and have never used it because of it being a pigment based ink and not a dye based ink. Just to remind you, a pigment ink is not a quick drying ink. Instead of being absorbed quickly into the paper, the ink sits on the paper surface and it takes an hour or so to dry or you can hit it with our Craft Heater, for a much faster drying time. I discovered how much I love this pigment ink when I made Halloween treats from my Grand using one of our Halloween images stamped on our Kraft Paper. The ink stayed so bright and white and I was sold using the ink. I rarely used white inks on projects because of the die ink fading into the card stock, but that is not a concern when using a pigment ink. I cut two trees using our CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge image #M412307, a sweet deer and holly leaves using our Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp & Thin Cuts combo, the Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamp & Thin Cuts combo for the stamped saying on the layout and the gifts, I used both the I (Heart) Christmas and Ribbon Border thin cuts, one small red enamel gem for Rudolph's nose, some twine in my stash for his bow around his neck, and then lot's of Liquid Glass on the holly leaves, stars on the trees, the red ornaments on the trees, and the large heart. I used a  6 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of our Silver & Gold paper collection for my photo mat. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my page today. You will now continue with Julie Scott and check out her projects designed for today's blog hop. 

Wishing everyone a very Happy and safe Thanksgiving. If you currently do not have a Close To My Heart consultant and are looking for one, I would be honored to help you out. You can find me at my CTMH website

Happy Scrapping! Cheryl

Friday, September 22, 2017

Have A Purr-fect Halloween!

Hi there! I am really enjoying playing with our Cats and Bats collection of papers, stamps, and coordinating dies. This is my second card I created this week and I am working on one more. So stay tuned! For this card I started off with an A2 size piece of White Daisy card stock and sponged layers and layers of Tangerine, Eggplant, Black, and Charcoal inks. I used Goldrush ink, masking paper, and our (retired) 1 1/4" circle punch to create the moon. Afterwards I splattered the layers of ink with a opaque white paint. From there I used the adorable stamps and dies in the Cats and Bats Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts set and one stamp from the Cats and Bats Scrapbooking set. I used  our Emerald ink on the Halloween die cut. When my card was assembled and completed I didn't want to quit, so onto card three!

Also, I will be drawing the winner tonight for the Monstrous Halloween Stamp and Thin Cuts die set. My Grand is coming over after school to draw the lucky winner. Good luck everyone!

If you already do not have a Close To My Heart consultant, I would love your business! You can find me at

Happy Stampin.....Cheryl

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Close To My Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop! If all of the links are working you should have arrived from Kathleen Androlewicz's blog. We are all mutual Close To My Heart consultants and are having fun this weekend showcasing our projects made from our two new collections; Cats and Bats and Falling For You. I created my top fold A2 card using our adorable Cats and Bats paper collection along with both of our Cats and Bats Cardmaking and scrapbooking stamps and thin cut dies. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this sweet, simple, and easy card. For my layout I used our Falling For You paper collection and our newest Make It From The Heart layout and pattern book. My inspiration is found on page page 37 using the top right layout. These books are a "must have" to get your creative juices flowing! Along with this book, I used our new Thankful For you Thin Cuts dies and our September "Feel So Blessed" Stamp Of The Month stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed my two projects. As a bonus for visiting with me, I am giving away a Monstrous Halloween stamp and thin cuts die set.
To qualify, you must leave a comment on my blog. If your name is drawn, I will contact you for your mailing address. Next you will be visiting with Jen Armstrong and see what projects she has created.

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy scrappin! Cheryl