Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Quartet of Easter Images -- on a card!

If you're looking for a sweet, beautiful and easy card, this is it!  Silhouette's Online Store offers this quartet card -- four equal squares of seasonal images, lined up on a card that you size and cut -- tah-dah, that's it!

I cut this card using my Silhouette Cameo. The papers I chose were Daisy White and Cotton Candy by Close To My Heart. 

Are you hosting Easter brunch or dinner?  Wouldn't this cut be pretty on a placemat? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some Bunny Loves You

Today's card leading up to Easter 2014 is the one I made for my darling Granddaughter, Charlotte:

This card is a modified tri-fold shutter card, so that the inside/back of the card has room for a full panel greeting. I cut this from a template I found online, as developed by Sandy Allnock.  I used papers from Jillibean Soup; the cute bunny on an Action Wobble is from the Silhouette Online Store (SOS) and is cut using the Silhouette Cameo.  The sentiments are also cuts from the SOS.

Charlotte's looking forward to a basket of goodies from the Easter Bunny -- much as she loves chocolate, her basket will include her greater love: books. It's amazing to see a 3-year old's inquisitive mind learning to read, sounding out words, and spelling her friends' names.  

CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tastefully Elegant Easter Egg Card

It's the week leading up to Easter ... what better time to post the Easter cards I've made for family? 

First up, let me show you the card I've made for my parents, who live in Naples, Florida.  This card is "tastefully elegant", much like the two who have loved for going on 63 years!

To make this egg-shaped card, I used a file from the Silhouette Online Store, and modified it just slightly. I cut it on my Silhouette Cameo, including extra of the flowers (using Close To My Heart's White Daisy and Bamboo cardstocks) to layer atop of the flowers in the design. 

To give the flowers extra dimension, I burnished the cut flowers so the paper softens and curls as I rubbed. I adhered them with glue and topped each with a pearl.

I popped up the entire top cut layer, using foam tape. 

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday to Two Very Special Women!

Two of my dearest, and longest-term friends, celebrate birthdays within 10 days of each other. I made a 3-D Pop-up card (below) for each of them.  But first about them:

I first met Debbie as "Mrs. Donaldson," when she was to interview me for my second job after college, and the first in what would be the field of my choice: public relations in the health industry.

Debbie was the Program Coordinator for the Philadelphia Chapter of the March of Dimes, and I was applying to be its Communications Coordinator.  Debbie found herself located in Philadelphia when her husband, Tom, was stationed in the City for the Navy.  She hired me, and we had a wonderful time working together, and building a friendship as well.

Debbie, Tom and their beautiful family traveled the world with the Navy. They're now located back in Virginia, near their daughter Krista and her young family.  I hope we'll see the Donaldsons in 2014 on a visit, now that they're not too far away.

That's Mary Beth, second from left. She is hugged by Dani at left and her
son, AJ. Next to AJ is MB's daughter, Nicole. Out ice skating.
The other young'un is one of my most favorite women, my baby sister Mary Beth.  Mary B is the "new 50" this year -- you know, 50 is the new 30 -- because I swear MB looks more like a sister to her two beautiful daughters Danielle and Nicole than their mother.  Check this out:

She was always the most athletic of the sisters, for sure (check out this t-ball picture from a zillion years ago), but now, as climbs to the top of the halfway point to 100, she has taken on a new passion: running.  Can you believe this woman is now running half-marathons!!?  I admire her more than she can possibly know. While I spend marathon sessions on my butt making cards, she's out running hers off.  God bless!!!

... and happy birthday to you both!

I made these cards using Jillibean Soup's papers and embellishments from the Birthday Bisque line.  The template is my own, developed from the pattern provided free by  I love the celebration of a 3-d pop-up card, and am hooked on making them!  :)


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

You can earn a FREE Cricut/CTMH Cartridge Bundle in April!

Friends, Family and Former Close To My Heart or Creative Memories Consultants: If you've ever even remotely thought about joining my Paper Jungle Close To My Heart Team, APRIL is the time to do it! 

Beginning April 1, your $99 New Consultant Kit includes not only the fantastic array of Close To My Heart products shown here (a value of almost $300 in itself!), BUT you'll also get your pick of one of three CTMH/Cricut Collections

Choose from my personal favorite Cricut cartridge EVER, Art Philosophy, with 700+ cutting images; or its complementing cartridge (with swing cards!, love it!!!), Artiste. Into scrapbooking and more? Then Artbooking should be your pick. These collections normally retail for $99 -- and you get your pick FOR FREE just for enrolling in CTMH in April!

And there's MORE! Host a party -- real or virtual/on-line -- with your friends that has more than $250 in sales, and you can buy another Cricut collection for half-price! When that party's sales top $450, you can buy BOTH of the Cricut cartridges -- or ANY two items in our catalog! -- for half price!!!! That's what Hostess Rewards are all about. 

The Paper Jungle team is small but mighty, and I'd be your upline. I'm proud of my creative ways of building your business, or even just using your products to reach your own creative potential. I share my techniques with my CTMH sisters through a private "Bright Ideas" blog to which you'll have access, and I'll help you every step of the way -- as much or as little as you need. 

Please join me in this amazing adventure.

For more information, e-mail me at You've got a week (and all of April) to explore whether Close To My Heart is the right fit for you -- because I want you to WAIT to enroll until APRIL 1 to take advantage of this offer.

Current Close To My Heart consultants who receive notice that they did not meet quota (only $300/quarter!) and will be dropped as of March 31 can REJOIN as early as April 1 simply by taking advantage of this great offer. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Blogaversary Approaches -- and some Introspection

Have you seen what I just noticed -- over there in the right hand column?  This picture:

That means in just 100 days, I will have been blogging for 4 years. Four years of bloggy goodness ...

So far that is:

654 posts (that's an average of more than 3 posts per week)
..with 306,203 page views to date (not including your view right now!) ... 6492 comments ... 1,363 followers from ten countries.

I'm thinking about what kind of celebration I should have to celebrate the actual Blogaversary -- definitely a giveaway because we all like presents! -- but what to do in the meantime? 

Well, I think I am going to look at why I blog, what posts have had the most impact, and perhaps evaluate what I should do in the future to improve the blog.

Do you have any ideas for me?  I'd love to hear your comments!

In the meantime, here's the first installment of why I craft -- and blog about it. 

#1 -- I craft to make others feel appreciated in receiving something special/handmade:

What do you do to share your talents in an altruistic way?

Our local hospitals (and senior centers, hospice facilities, nursing homes, etc.) offer volunteer opportunities for "off-site crafters."

Most of these crafters make knitted goods for babies, pillowcases for cancer patients, etc.

I've called and made myself available to make cards for those (adults and children) who are in the hospital for a long time, and perhaps have few visitors.

I'm also making (free or as a fundraiser for the auxiliary) note card sets for the hospital gift carts so those who are hospitalized can keep in touch with friends "on the outside."

This 3-D pop-up box card I have made celebrates the volunteers at our local hospitals. I am sending mine to the office Directors at the three hospitals most local to me, as well as to the senior center, as a thank you during NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK (April 6-13, 2014).

I developed the logo (butterfly tree in the back) and the theme as well.  

FYI, I used CTMH Lollydoodle bulk paper (pink side) for the interior of the box; the rest was from stash. I cut the box card using a template I found on  I developed the logo using an image from that I purchased. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day greetings to you and yours!


Cutting template by Extreme Cards (
Paper: Pear (green) and Daisy White by Close To My Heart; Shamrocks by Best Creation; gold metallic by Bazzill
Rhinestone resin sheet by The Buckle Boutique
Leprechaun cut using "Everyday Paper Dolls" by Cricut/ProvoCraft
Vines cut using a Cheery Lynn Design die and Big Shot
Glue: Liquid Paper by Close To My Heart
Tape Adhesive by Scor-Pal
Electronic Cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Welcome Baby - and a cute Get Inky! Giraffe

Can you stand another pop-up card?  Well, I'm going to have to ask you to bear with me, as so many of those who purchase my cards just love them. Here's another.  This one I made to welcome a new baby.

To make this card, I used the template I posted last week, from Extreme Cards. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it and the baby pennant, as well as the sentiment, "Little One."  The adorable giraffe is a new stamp from "Get Inky Stamps" by Blue Moon Creations.  I colored it with Copic markers, and fussy cut it to mount on the card. The featured papers are called "Babycakes" by Close To My Heart.

One of the reasons that I like making these pop-up cards is that they deliver a "wow!" factor, and also retail for more than a standard fold card. Yes, they take a little longer and a little more paper to make, but the higher retail price (typically around $10) is something to consider as a cardmaker. 

Here is the front of the card, when folded flat (well, almost flat, for the picture)...

Show me your box cards! :)

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,
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