Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stampaganza is 2 Days Away!

Hi there,

In just 2 short days, Close To My Heart's June campaign starts.  For the month of June (June 1-June 30) Close To My Heart is running Stampaganza.  What this means to you is that when you buy 2 stamp sets, you get 1 free of equal or lesser value.

Purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value) - a savings of up to $29.95!

Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E sets only.  Stamps that do not count toward a qualifying purchase include customizable (K), Workshops on the Go(TM), Cricut(R) collection, and Stamp of the Month (both discounted and full-priced) sets.

If you have been putting off purchasing Close To My Heart stamps, NOW is THE time to get into it.  For those of you wondering, there is no limit on the amount of stamps you can purchase.  If you purchase 10 stamps, you get 5 free!  If you are interested in ordering, check out!  On the page that opens, it will say "Join one of Ian's Gatherings", click Join and there you can order your stamps!  I hope you'll consider getting in on this awesome deal!

I look forward to helping you find the perfect stamps for every occasion.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  I am happy to assist!  

Craft on,

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pirate Birthday Card for Mom

Hi there!

If you remember from the Mother's Day Blog Hop, I repurposed a Pilot Log Book for my mother and accidentally called it a Pirate Log Book.  Everyone that watched the video got a kick out of it and so did my mom when I told her on the phone, so I thought I would do a pirate themed birthday card for her.  Her birthday is actually the day before mine so this card is a little belated, but better late than never, right?  :)

So, I made a quick video (less than 13 minutes) for you to watch to see how it all came together.  I used a Close To My Heart stamp set (Just A Number - D1514) and some Recollections paper from Michaels.  Give it a watch if you have less than 15 minutes to spare.

Ever since I purchased my video camera, I have gone away from my roots and stopped posting pictures.  I do apologize about this and will actively work on showcasing you what the card looks like as well as the video.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of this card, but I will take a couple pictures of the cards I post soon.  Promise.  Pinky swear.  Cross my heart and stick a needle in my eye, or whatever the saying is.  Just bare with me as I get back to my roots.  In fact I may be doing only photos coming up.  More info on that to come.

Here's the link to the video:  Pirate Birthday Card.  I really like how it turned out.  If I could have three wishes, the first would be for blogger to find my videos on YouTube right away instead of having to post a link instead.  As for the other two wishes, those will come.  Patience is a virtue.  I'm a little punchy tonite as I'm lacking sleep.  I'll be better in the morning.  Promise.

If you are interested in ordering Close To My Heart products, please visit to order stamps, acrylix blocks, embellishments, paper, organizational tools, ink pads, markers, etc.  As a reminder - the CTMH markers are being discontinued, so if you are interested in purchasing them, now is your chance.  Let me know if you have any questions - I am happy to help!

As for what's in store for you in the future...  I have a birthday card for my niece who's turning 5 on June 10, an anniversary card for my mom and dad on June 16, and a Father's Day card for my dad.  I should really look through the family calendar, and see who else has something fun coming up.  Big ups to my sister Claire for giving us a family calendar every Christmas.  Without it, I would honestly forget when everyone's birthday/anniversary is.  Anyway, enough of me rambling.  Stay tuned for more!  :)

Craft on,

Monday, May 28, 2012

Martha Stewart Products Spotlight

Hey folks!

I was thinking about how Martha Stewarts craft supplies all coordinate together.  I love that!  Here are some of my favorite products from Martha.  She really does know what she's doing.  :)

1.)  Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool

This handy tool allows you to score your cards and projects so you have crisp creases.  It comes with a portion that you slide in and can create envelopes.  This is perfect for when you are in a bind and need an envelope or have an odd-shape card.  It also comes with a bone folder, but you can easily buy the next product I showcase and it fits quite nicely in the holder at the top of the board.  

2.)  Martha Stewart Bone Folder



Like I mentioned in the previous product, this fits nicely in the top of the Scoring Board and Envelope Tool.  It is also ergonomic so it won't hurt your hand when you are using it.  I did purchase the cream colored bone folder but have seen many friends using the pink one.  

3.)  Martha Stewart Crafts 12-inch Simple Paper Trimmer

I absolutely love this paper trimmer.  I did have one by Fiskars, but found that it didn't cut straight lines.  I also found that others were having the same problems with Fiskars.  This is about 6 inches by 13 inches.  The left side slides out so you can measure up to 12"x12".  It's light and compact and can easily go with you to crops and stores nicely.  Love this one!!  

4.)  Martha Stewart Crafts Punch Around the Page Layered Arches Edge Punch

This punch is awesome.  It helps bring your cards and projects to a whole new level.  All you need to do is line up the paper with the guides on the punch and punch the paper.  They state that you should start with the corners and work your way around the page from there.  There are many other Punch Around the Page designs to choose from but this is just one.  

5.)  Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Scissors

Do your card designs have grass on them?  Or maybe not?  This versatile scissors offers the opton of having 5 blades cut through the paper at once instead of just two.  I love it!  You can use it to create an egg holder for dyed or dying eggs around Easter, or easily cut up confetti in less than 5 minutes.  Yes, you need these fringe scissors.  :)

6.)  Martha Stewart Crafts 24"x36" Cutting Mat

How could I not showcase this product?  I love it!  This has been the background on some of my videos recently and will continue for many to come.  It's huge, and a little expensive, but well worth it.  It also is a tri-fold and when folded stores nice and slim for you to keep it next to a desk or in a tight space.  It's all about organizing, right?  

Those are some of my favorite Martha Stewart Products.  Do you have any favorites?  Is there something that I need to have?  Let me know below!

Craft on,

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Simple Thank You Cards

Hi there,

I had a couple more gifts to thank family for so I decided to record a video of me making these cards.  The cards are 5.5" by 4.25" and were made using the Dotty For You paper packet from Close To My Heart.  I inked the edges of the first layer and used a stamp sentiment from Close To My Heart along with their ink pads.

The whole card took about 10 minutes to make so they are very easy to make when you are crunched for time.  I give you measurements in the video and talk you through how to make the cards/layer them.  I'm pleased with how they turned out, and I absolutely love the stamp sentiment I used.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

If you are interested in ordering Close To My Heart products, you can either contact me through here or order directly online at

Here's the video!

Thanks for taking a look!

Craft on,

Last birthday haul

Hey everyone,

My last package I was waiting on came in earlier this week and I was just now able to open it and do a video.  It's bittersweet that it's the last one as I know my birthday is officially over.  However, even if my birthday's over I can still spend, right?

If you answered no, I must disagree with you.

If you answered yes, *high five*!  Yes was actually the correct answer.  I'm sorry if you felt tricked, but it's a must to keep shopping - as long as the bills are paid.  :)

Alright, back on track.  This is my last birthday shipment.  This one's from Joann's.  Joann had 40% off scrapbook supplies, when don't they?  So I had to get some Peachy Keen stamps and a couple more items.  Good stuff!!

So, without further adieu - check out the video below.  I guess it's now time to start making things and stop spending money!  Haha.  Blogger is not able to find my video even though it's public, so here's the link for my last shopping haul.  :)

Craft on,

Friday, May 25, 2012

A birthday gift!

I'm so so so thankful to be a member of the Cricut message board.  Did I mention I was thankful?  There are so many thoughtful people there that I am often overwhelmed by their creativity and wish I had 1/10th of the creativity that the members on the message board have.

A while back I asked the message board for ideas on what to do for my birthday since I'd be alone.  Another member made a post stating that she had my address for anyone that wanted to send me a card.  Although not the intent of my original post, I was so excited when I realized I had a package from a message board member waiting at the mail room.

I was absolutely stunned when I opened the package.  Absolutely.  Stunned.  I could not believe my eyes.  What I saw was simply amazing.  I couldn't believe it!  Khrista, my friend from the message board who lives all the way on the other side of the country, sent me the following card and gift.

For a more detailed look, check out the video below!

Thank you so so so much, Khrista!  I still cannot get over what you sent me.  I love it!!!  THANK YOU!!!

I hope you are all enjoying your day!

Craft on,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Grandma's Thank You Card

Hi there,

I made a quick card for my Grandma.  She gave me a very nice gift for my birthday and I wanted to show you the thank you card I'm sending her.  I used Close To My Heart's Cruisin' Paper Pack and the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter tool.  The card idea came out of the Originals:  Card Confidence Program book.  If you are interested in ordering this book, which contains 99 card base layouts, with instructsions, check out the link below.

If you are interested in ordering CTMH products, click the link to the right or check out

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the video below!  :) 

Craft on,

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tonite's Dinner

Hi there,

I'm going to talk more about "life" right now than crafting.  You've been forewarned, so if you don't want to read about my awesome dinner, move along.  I won't be offended.

Still here?  Good!  Read on for a recipe that is sure to delight anyone.  Whether you are just cooking for yourself, your family or company is coming over, this is one good meal - that can be pretty fancy!

Tonite's dinner consisted of Crispy Cheddar Chicken.  I found this recipe on Jamie Cooks It Up!  From the name, one would expect for this meal to be fried, but I can assure you that no chicken was dipped in oil to make this delectable dish.

The cheese and chicken marry so well with the cracker crumbs.  Wonderful!  I can't say it enough.  Ok, ok, I'll move along and show you the recipe.  Unfortunately I did not get pictures of the set up process, but hopefully if I do more posts about food, I'll give you the step by step of how to make what I'm eating.

First, you will need the following ingredients

3-4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (fat removed)
1/2 cup Milk
1 sleeve of Town House crackers (finely ground)
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
Parsley Flakes
White or Brown Rice

10 oz Cream of Chicken Soup
2 T sour cream
2 T butter or margarine

Spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray and set to the side.

Grind the Town House crackers and mix in the salt and pepper.  Place in a bowl.

Place the milk in a separate bowl as well as the cheese in another separate bowl.

Use poultry sheers and cut the fat off the chicken and then cut each breast into 3 large chunks.

Dredge the chicken in milk, then cheese (press it onto the chicken), then into the cracker crumb mixture.  By the time you are done you will have shredded cheese in the crumb mixture.  It happens, we move on.

Place each of the chicken pieces, once covered, in the 9x13" pan.  Sprinkle the remaining crumb/cheese mixture over the chicken - this will bake on in the process.  Sprinkle parsley flakes over the chicken.

Cover the pan of chicken with tinfoil and put in the oven at 400 degrees.  Bake for 35 minutes.  After 35 minutes, remove the foil and put the pan of chicken back in the oven for 10 more minutes uncovered.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.  For this, in a small saucepan, combine the soup, sour cream and butter or margarine with a wisk over medium high heat.  Once the chicken is done, take out of the oven, and serve over rice.  Spoon the soup mixture over the chicken and rice.  Voila!  Dinner is served.


Happy Birthday To Me

Hi everyone!

With my birthday officially over, I wanted to give you a rundown of the day.

For some reason, I could not sleep last night.  It wasn't that I was excited for my birthday, because I wasn't doing anything special, per se, but I just had a hard time falling asleep.  So, finally around 5:30 a.m. I was able to get some shut eye.  I woke up around 1 p.m. (rough!) and got ready for lunch.  I treated myself to TGI Fridays and dined alone.  I was able to text a friend throughout the time so I did have a dining companion, if you think of it.  From there, it was time for shopping.

I headed to a nearby city where there was a bigger Michaels and some other crafty stores.  I have NO idea why I haven't gone to this Michael's before.  It's about 20 minutes away, as the other one is about 15 minutes away.  It is twice the size of the Michael's I usually go to and has MUCH nicer employees.  Guess I will be going to this new one more often.  Anyway, I bought out the whole store.  Well, not really, but I wanted to!

Next it was on to AC Moore and Hobby Lobby.  I had more luck in Hobby Lobby than I did in AC Moore, since I didn't purchase anything from there.  Hobby Lobby had some great deals that I couldn't pass up so those went in the basket, then my car, then my apartment.  Haha.

When I got home, I spoke with a friend on the phone for a couple hours, called my sister and spoke to her, my brother in law and my nephews, then recorded the video below.  After that was recorded, I ordered dinner from one of my new favorite restaurants and picked it up.  When I got home I realized they made it wrong and was unable to eat it so that was not the best, but all is well.  :)

I also got a chance to make my grandma a card which will be coming in a post tomorrow.  For now, enjoy my shopping haul.  Oh, and I did give a shout out to Melody Lane in the video, a couple of times.

Enjoy the hauls!!  Honestly, there is still more to come, but then that's it, for a month.  Hahaha!

Craft on,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Just a quick shopping haul

Hey there,

As my birthday nears (tomorrow), I went ahead and "purchased myself a little pretty."  This short shopping haul is brought to you in part by the letters A for, the letter B for book (Originals Card Confidence Program) and bright (the paper piercer/brad setter), and C for Chase Freedom, specifically so I could purchase these amazing products.

I always get a little sad around my birthday.  I'm another year older and, to me, feel like I have nothing to show for it.  Still single and trying to find "the one".  I know that I am at a different place than where I was a year ago and that makes me smile.  I'll continue to hold my head up high and count my blessings.  Do any of you get sad around your birthday?

Anyway, I digress.  So, celebrate with me and take a look at this short, but fun shopping haul.  I have one last haul coming from Joann's which should be here at the end of the week.  Sounds like a good time to me!

As always, stay tuned for more.  I really need to get off this couch and craft!  Get up off that thing, and dance till you feel better.

Craft on,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sponge Dauber Case Guide

Hi there,

I did a quick video of how I decorated my sponge dauber case.  I took the guide that I posted about here, and placed that in my case.  I backed it with paper from Close To My Heart's Cruisin' Paper Packet.  I did make a mistake and corrected it after the video.  Instead of a dab of blue in all four corners, apply a line all the way around the edge and a little in the middle so it keeps from sagging.  The patterned paper was cut at 7.25" by 4.5".  Now, on to the video!

Craft on!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Last 24 Hours

Hi there!

The title of this post reminds me of the musical "The Last 5 Years".  Never saw it on stage but the soundtrack is amazing.  Give it a listen if you can.  It's about a couple that is separating and the story is told from two different perspectives.  His starting at the end and working it's way back to the beginning and hers starting at the beginning and working its way to the end of their relationship.  I was looking at my iTunes account and apparently my favorite three songs from this recording are A Miracle Would Happen with 390 plays, Nobody Needs to Know with 407 plays, and Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You with 434 plays.  So, you could say that I love this soundtrack.  Haha.  I put a link below if you're interested in giving it a listen and possibly purchasing.  It's free shipping with Amazon Prime and you can also do a digital download if you choose to just have it right away.  Neat!  

Anyway, I digress.  My birthday is quickly approaching and to celebrate, I went a little overboard and did some in store and online shopping hauls.  

Yesterday I went to Yankee Candle.  I just wanted to smell the new "Man Candles" and see what all the hype was about.  $130 later, I left with 4 large candles, 3 car jars and 1 package of vent sticks.  Why does this happen to me?  Hahaha.  The large jar scents I purchased were Garden Hideaway, Beach Wood, Eucalyptus, and Man Town.  For the car jar's I got Fluffy Towels, Man Town, and New Car Scent.  The package of 4 vent sticks I picked up were also the Fluffy Towels scent.  Did I go overboard? Of course!  Am I regretting it?  Not yet.  When I got home I decided that the first one I unwrapped would be the one I burned first.  So, with that in mind, Garden Hideaway won.  My apartment smells FANTASTIC!  

My friend Becky came over last night we were planning on going out but before that I wanted her to help me with my laundry.  The dang clothes would not dry!  They weren't even warm.  So I grabbed two loads (one in the dryer and one on top of the dryer and left the last load in the washer) and we went next door to another residence hall that wasn't being used in the summer.  As I was putting the two loads in I noticed there was a knob that said "no heat", "little heat", and "yes, give it all the heat you got big boy" (ok, so not in those EXACT words, but you get the picture).  I screamed and said "If the other dryer has this same knob and it's on 'no heat' I am going to punch something".  She and I both laughed and we went back to my house (residence hall) and went back to the laundry room.  I still had a load of whites in the washer, mind you.  I get to the laundry room and low and behold one of the housekeepers in the house had turned it to "no heat".  UGH!!!!  So I put my load of whites in and then Becky and I headed out for dinner and drinks.  It was fun to catch up with her.  I hadn't seen her in about 3 months so we had a lot to catch up on.  A lot of laughs, and good drinks were had.  We also get a little chatty when it comes to those around us so we happened to meet a couple people here and there.  All in all, it was a fun night out.  

As I was saying, I went a little overboard and went online shopping as well.  The deals and steals will be coming in day by day but my Close To My Heart shopping haul came in early so I wanted to post the video!  In this little haul (laughing because it isn't so little), you will see even more of the products CTMH offers that will help me in my crafty goodness.  If you have questions or are considering ordering any products, please do not hesitate to let me know!  You can also shop online at at anytime.  By going this route, items can be shipped directly to you!  

Anyway, on to the video.  As a reminder, more haul videos to come!  Eeeeeee (that's me really excited!)  Enjoy!!  

Craft on, 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Running out of ideas?

Hi there,

I hope you are all well!  I'm officially on vacation for the next 6 days (started vacation today but was just lazy and didn't get any crafting done...I call it my downtime before the real craftiness starts!)  As most of you know, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  I did a lot of research today and stumbled across a book that I just had to have.

If you are a card maker and are like me, sometimes you get stuck in a rut of designing cards.  Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart has been publishing books for the past several years.  The book shown below is all about cards!  Originals:  Handcrafted Cards Made Easy offers 99 different card layouts for you to use!  Upon seeing this I HAD to order it.

I know that once I have this book, stuck in a rut I will be no longer!  Let me tell you some of the features this book has.  Besides having 99 different card layouts, it also has:
-A quick reference
-An index so you can see different cards with the same style
-128 pages in color
-Spiral bound

For less than $20, you can purchase this book!  Amazing deal!!  Click the link above to purchase.  If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you also get free 2 day shipping.  Tops!  

I also stumbled across We R Memory Keeper's brad setter.  This little tool helps the crafter apply brads to the project without hurting our ever so important finger tips!  

To apply a brad to your project, use the paper piercer side (it looks like a needle) and poke a hole in the paper.  Insert your brad into the hole and turn the paper over and place on a flat surface.  Slightly separate your brad and use the opposite end of the tool (looks like a pyramid) to push down the "wings" of the brad.  Doing this on a flat surface will create a beautifully placed brad flushed against the back of the cardstock.  Amazing!  

I am actually purchasing both the brad setter and the Idea book together - and again get free shipping with Amazon Prime!  If you are interested in purchasing this handy tool - click the link below!  

I'll be making some cards tomorrow and this weekend so hold tight for those posts to be coming soon!  I'm hoping to create a stock pile so that I can grab and go instead of make in a hurry right before they are due.  Keep your fingers crossed that I can find the motivation to do it!  :)  

Craft on,

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sponge Dauber Case Guide

Hi there,

A while back, I purchase sponge daubers and a case to hold them in.  Sponge daubers help to distress the edges of cards to give it a feeling of being "aged".  The 2 cases I purchased hold 40 sponge daubers each.  They are a clear hard plastic.  So that I know which dauber belongs to what ink, I created a guide to place on the inside of the lid.  I will put the guide on some patterned paper to make it look nice.  I am going to attach the document so that you can use it too!

Click HERE to download the guide!  It will download as an Excel document that you can print.  If you need to resize the columns, make sure they are at 8.57 (.90 inches) and the rows at 64.00 (.89 inches).  There are 8 columns, and 5 rows.  For every 2 columns, this showcases the "families" of inks from Close To My Heart.  There is room in the 2nd case to add other inks like Tim Holtz and other brands.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Craft on,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's a Sale, It's a Deal


That's right, folks.  Stampaganza is coming to Close To My Heart!  Read the awesome details below:

Purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value) - a savings of up to $29.95!

Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E sets only.  Stamps that do not count toward a qualifying purchase include customizable (K), Workshops on the Go, Cricut collection, and Stamp of the Month (both discounted and full-priced) sets.

This offer is valid June 1 (9:00 am MDT) - June 30 (11:59 pm MDT)!  You do NOT want to miss this HUGE sale!!

Now, you may be asking, "how can I purchase stamps?!"  Well, you can either click the box to the right or you can click HERE!

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Craft on!

    Friday, May 11, 2012

    Pink E's First Blog Hop!

    Hi there!

    I am so excited to be a part of my first blog hop!  I am participating in Pink E’s “Happy Mother’s Day Blog Hop” this weekend.  For my portion of the blog hop, I did two projects for my mom.  I made a card and her present, which I hope she will like. 

    The blog line-up is listed below!

          1.     Creations by PinkE @ *
          2.     Creations by Rosie @ *
          3.     Kricut Krazy @
          4.     Card Creations by Lorraine @
          5.     Creations by Beulah @
          6.     Stampin Voila @
          7.     Susie Craft Happy @ *
          8.     AJ Scrapbooking and Cards @ *
          9.     A Newbie Crafter @  <=====You are here!
         10.   Crazy About Cricut @ <===== Next Blog!
         11.   Melody Lane Designs @ *

    If there is an * next to the designers name, they have a giveaway. 

    If you have come here from then you are in the right place!!  If not, why not start from the beginning at Pink E’s blog @!  With Mother’s Day quickly approaching you don’t want to miss any of these crafty blogs for AWESOME inspiration to make something super special for all the MoM’s in your life. 

    For my project, I did a card and a repurposed project.  My card recipe is below as well as a little bit about the project I made.  For a tutorial, and if you have time, I hope you will watch the video I made of me making the card. 

    Card Recipe
    White cardstock (5.5” x 11” – scored at 5.5”)
    Dotty For You paper from Close to My Heart (green/pink)
    Recollections paper (red, black, white)
    Watermelon cut at 3.5” from the Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge
    Sentiment from My Pink Stamper
    Ink pads from Close To My Heart

    My mother is also a pilot.  She co-owns a small plane with my father and another couple that live close to them.  Each pilot is required to fill out a Pilot Log Book.  I repurposed the front of this Log Book to give it a homemade feel.  Whether she can actually use it or not, I hope she is able to enjoy it.  I was not able to take a picture before I sealed the box (read:  I forgot and jumped out of bed because I originally forgot to take pictures of the card.)  When I finally took pictures of the card, and sealed the box back up, I again realized I never took pictures of the repurposed Pilot Log Book.  You can see the finished project in the video below.  :)

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my blog for more projects to come your way soon!

    So, from here you are on to, so you don't lose track!  Thanks for joining me in PinkE's first Blog Hop!!

    Craft on!

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Close To My Heart Shopping Haul

    Hi there!

    I ordered some more Close To My Heart products a couple days ago and it arrived this week.  I will be using some of these stamps/ink pads in an upcoming project so definitely stay tuned for that.  You can check out the video here:

    I found out late last week that I am staying in the same apartment for my job next year so I wanted to buy some storage for my Cricut cartridges.  I would rather have them on a book shelf so I can have easy access to them.  If you have any ideas as to where to search, let me know.  I have been looking at book shelves and dvd shelves.  I'm having a hard time finding the best way to store my cartridges.  Any ideas you can pass my way would be wonderful!  Thanks in advance!

    Craft on,