Holidays from the Heart

Are you making handmade holiday cards and decor this year?  I’ve got my heart set on creating a set of paper trees like the ones pictured on the cover of the Close To My Heart Holiday Gift Guide.

holidays-from-the-heart-largeThe recipe (which can be downloaded at the above link) calls for a number of Cricut shapes including a variety of accordion folded circles (also known as yo-yos, medallions or rosettes).  I’ve got a great tip for creating these with ease!  When you are ready to adhere the accordion folded circle to the base, apply a generous amount of Liquid Glass.  Press the folds into the Liquid Glass and then place the piece inside a jar lid.  The rim of the lid should hold the folds in place until your glue has set.

accordion folded circle embellishment

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

The Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide has a variety of new products including washi tapes and our Sparkle and Shine collection.  You’ll also find terrific new stamp sets with featuring holiday greetings, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes.  Close To My Heart is offering a special promotion through the end of the year.  Choose one “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide FREE for every $100 of retail-priced products in your order from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book!

If you’re looking for inspiration to get started with your holiday projects, please join me for my Holiday Cards Workshop.  Join me Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6pm at Green Lotus Studios and see how easily you can create beautiful cards and gift tags with our Frosted papers!


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!