Love Stories

“If we were invincible

if we could never die

and all the world could rise against us

and we’d dare to fight

dare to fight

nothing left to fear

we could never fall

so in love, head full of fire

we’d be invincible”

I am obsessed with this song, Invincible, from All Good Things.  It’s being used in advertisements for tonight’s episode of “Reign” which I have to admit has completely captured my imagination.  “Reign” is a highly fictionalized telling of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots during her time in the court of France.  As something of a history buff, I find the costumes ridiculous and the changes to the ages of the characters something of a joke.  That’s only the tip of the iceberg but even as my scholarly side points out the many inaccuracies, I keep tuning in because at its heart, “Reign” is a love story.

Reign TV promo photo

A fictionalized tale of Mary, Queen of Scots

There’s nothing quite so compelling as a good love story.  It can be a tale of romantic love, best friends, mother love or even the love we feel for our pets.  Your love stories deserve to be told!  As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider sharing your story with a handmade card or mini album.   Check out this video from Close To My Heart for inspiration.

Contact me for more information on my Valentine’s workshop and I’ll show you how to create a treasured gift or special card.  Tell your love story today!


Disney Holiday Layout Ideas

I’m vacationing in one of my very favorite places, Walt Disney World, enjoying some of the most beautiful Christmas decorations ever seen, seasonal music and of course tasty holiday treats (please don’t tell my trainer!).  One of my best tips for those of you sharing your holiday season with Mickey & Minnie is to be sure to venture out to the resort hotels.  They all have lavish displays!  Make sure you visit the gingerbread carousel at the Yacht and Beach Club resort.  This stunning, working carousel features unique horses and Disney characters; it’s made entirely in the resort bakery.  They also have a booth where you can purchase a Gingerbread snowflake cookie.  It’s my favorite holiday specialty.  I’ve already eaten a few while I snapped photos of the horses.  I’m super excited to scrapbook these pics when I get home.  I’m already thinking of how I’ll use the carousel image on the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

I’ve also got some terrific shots of Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom.  The decorations and lights are stunning.  I’ve even got a few pictures with magical Disney snow!  For these photos, I am planning a layout with our Christmas Village stamp set.

Christmas Village D1554

These stamps will be perfect for my Main Street, USA holiday scrapbook page

Being here in the Happiest Place on Earth has gotten me super excited about kicking off my new Disney Layout Club.  If you have a box of Disney photos or if you’re making Disney vacation plans, this club is for you!  I’ll be including layout designs for all four theme parks, various attractions, favorite characters and seasonal events for a low monthly price.  You’ll get tips on creating pages that wow quickly and easily.  All of the class materials will be online so you can work at your own pace. Look for the Disney Layout Club to debut in 2014!

Cricut Addicition!

I had the Cricut fired up this weekend.  My faithful cropping pal, Joann, was in the home stretch of completing her Christmas cards and I was determined to finish a couple of decorated pillow boxes to hold holiday gifts.  My Cricut was humming as we cut Christmas tree shapes, labels with ribbon slits, outlines for our stamped images, pillow boxes, rosettes and more!  As we flipped through the Artbooking image guide, I knew my next project would be a Winter Wonderland layout.  I’m attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tonight and I plan to take a bunch of photos of the snow on Main Street.

This layout key is featured in this week’s Artbooking Made Easy episode.  Talk about perfect timing!  I hope this will inspire you to get your camera and your Cricut going.

This is also the perfect time to start gathering your supplies for your Christmas album.  There is still time to take advantage of the free “star item” promotion with Close To My Heart.  Choose a festive, new product free this holiday season with your qualifying order! When you place an order of $100 or more (retail price) between by December 31 from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, you qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. You’ll love the sparkle, the ease, and the savings! Receive one free “star” item for each $100 in your order.  Some of my favorite new products are star items including our Sparkle and Shine Paper Packet and this Santa Claus stamp set.

Santa Claus Stamp Set

C1567 Santa Clause set of 10

Get Maximum Impact with Quick & Easy Overlays!

tree-overlay-bestThis quick and simple layout was cut in just minutes using just two keys on my Close To My Heart Cricut Artbooking cartridge!  This is a 12×12 layout, so I cut my overlay at 11 inches.  Because this cartridge automatically sizes the other items on the keys to fit my layout, I cut the tree image and the title without changing my dial size!  Everything came out perfectly proportioned.  The tree was cut from our Clementine paper pack.  I inked the edges and added foam tape to each shape.  If you need a quick and easy layout, overlays provide terrific impact.  Don’t forget to explore overlay options for cards too.  I can’t wait to make this adorable card with our Wintry Wishes exclusive hostess rewards stamp set!

This card was made with one of the new exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets!

This card was made with one of the new exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets and an overlay cut with Artbooking

Back To School Cards

Back to school cardmakingBack to school; the words are music to the ears of parents everywhere.  The kids get into a routine of classes, sports, time with friends and homework.  They have exciting things to look forward to at every age from Show and Tell to the Homecoming Dance. It’s a great time to celebrate with a quick card to show your enthusiasm.  Why not tuck a colorful surprise in your student’s lunch box today?  I can show you quick techniques to turn basic pattern papers or journal blocks into three dimensional cards.  Make your child’s day with a cheerful reminder from home.

Back to school cardmaking

This time of year, Moms and Dads seem to find themselves running a taxi service from ballet lessons to cub scout meetings and everything in between. Don’t forget to take your camera along!  Photos of the first day of school, sporting events and recitals make terrific scrapbook pages.  Imagine how your child feels when she sees you’ve taken the time and energy to put together a book all about her!  I can help you make the task quick and easy too.

This summer, Close To My Heart introduced our newest Cricut collection, Artbooking.  The cartridge features a collection of themes perfect for traditional scrapbook pages or mini books.  Two of the keys are dedicated to the back to school theme and offer a variety of page overlays, photo mats, accents and journaling boxes.  Plus, you will find that the cartridge includes a number of shapes that make perfect outlines for our versatile stamps.  Every stamp in the Idea Book pictured with a red outline has a matching shape on one of our three Cricut cartridges.  Each one of our cartridges cuts 700 shapes!

In addition to the back to school layouts, you will find a number of holiday and special event themes as well as more general shapes.   Just wait until you see all of the Halloween themed items you can make!  From invitations and party decor to scrapbook pages, making unique items with your Cricut has never been easier.  Artbooking is the perfect solution for a brag book too.  You can easily create a mini book or calendar for grandparents.  How about a card to say thank you to a special teacher or coach?  I’m here to show you how creating with Artbooking is both easy and fun.  Contact me to schedule a workshop and learn about how you can get discounted and free products too.


CK Convention Comes to Jacksonville

CKC 2013Creating Keepsakes is bringing another exciting scrapbooking  event to Jacksonville!  The convention will be held downtown at the Hyatt on September 6th and 7th.  Close To My Heart will host a popular workshop (rumor has it that our new Laughing Lola paper and Cricut Artbooking Collection will be featured and that your class fee includes a stamp set!) and the Scattered Hearts Team (led by the one and only Tina Sutton!) will have a booth at the Vendor Faire.  I’ll be at the booth both days with loads of fabulous samples to show you.  Bring your camera and get inspired by our numerous display boards and samples!  Stop by, say hi and take a few minutes to play.

Tina always offers a show special, but if you want to get the very best deal, schedule a workshop or online event with me in September.  I would love to help you earn free and discounted product plus our new and exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets.  Schedule with me in September and take advantage of our very special National Stamping Month promotion.  Our You Are My Happy set is 3 full sheets of whimsical  stamps for just $10 with your qualifying order.  Contact me today for more information.

Exciting and New



The brand new Close To My Heart Idea Book is now available!  Beginning August 1st, six new paper themes will be available with coordinating stamps and Workshop on the Go kits.  I’ll be posting sneak peeks of the papers over the next few days, but the fun doesn’t stop there.  Look for all sorts of treasures in the book from new stamp sets and washi tape to new colors of our Shimmer Trim and the latest in our exclusive Cricut® cartridge collection, Artbooking!


You will take your scrapbooking to new heights with the Cricut® Artbooking
collection!   Accents, borders, titles, overlays, and photo mats accompany each of
15 layout themes and 10 mini book themes so that you have all the pieces
you need to create beautiful artwork. With just one dial size and one key
you can create a complete themed layout or mini book. Or, select images
from both coordinating keys for even more options. Celebrate birthdays,
new baby, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas and more.

The Cricut® Artbooking collection comes complete with three exclusive coordinating stamp sets and three sheets of Dimensional Elements that perfectly coordinate with Cricut® Artbooking shapes.

August is the perfect time to host a Close To My Heart gathering or online gathering.  You’ll introduce your friends to all of the fantastic new products in the Idea Book and have the opportunity to earn hostess rewards at the same time.  Contact me today to schedule your event!