Punch it up!

Are you ready to take your cards and layouts to the next level?  Here are my top ten tricks for adding an impressive pop of dimension to your projects.

10. Add layered die cut images by cutting your Cricut shapes in either multiple sizes or colors.
9. Use foam tape or pop dots to lift an embellishment with ease.
8. Sew on your layout.  This is super easy with our Stitch Guide and Foam Mat.
7. Use shimmer trim (now available in silver, black, bronze, red, teal and purple) or washi tape.
6. Ink the edges of your papers and embellishments.
5. Add 3D flowers to your layout with your Cricut.
4. Add layered stamped images.
3. Add yo yos (also known as medallions or rosettes)

accordion folded circle embellishment

Accordion folded circles are often called yo-yos, medallions or rosettes

2. Add ribbons, bows or baker’s twine.  Check out the beautiful bows in the Ariana collection!
1. Add overlays with your Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

What are your favorite tips for adding dimension to your cards and layouts?  Please post them in the comments!

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!


Welcome to the launch of my new blog!  This is such an exciting time for me.  I am currently offering workshops in scrapbooking, card making and other paper crafts at Green Lotus Studios in Riverside (CoRK).  My next workshop featuring a matching Father’s Day card and gift tag will be held tomorrow night at 6pm.  The workshop fee of $12 covers all supplies (or if you are a GLO member, this class is included in your monthly membership).  We’ll be using the Perfect Fit Father’s Day stamp collection, Perfect Fit frame stamps and die cut shapes from the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge.  Please call the Studio at 904.465.0985 to reserve your seat at the workshop.  (Pre-registration is required as class kits are prepared in advance.)

Father's Day stamp set

Just right for Father’s Day!