Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thinking of You Cards Featured at SJCA Class

Last week, we concluded another great year of monthly card classes at Scatter Joy Center for the Arts ( in Horsham, PA, with a four-card session featuring "Thinking of You" cards. In case you missed it, here are the four cards we made, with some details on creating these yourself.  All of the cards shown above are A2-sized (4.25" x 5.5"). 

1. "With Sympathy" (left):  On a raised white horizontal panel, crafters placed a 2" high strip of "Charlotte" Close To My Heart (CTMH) paper (now retired), and a pretty stripe of black with gold ribbon below. Each student stamped "Springtime Wishes" flowers and cut them out using coordinating "Thin Cuts" also from CTMH. The flowers were tinted using a sponge dauber dipped in CTMH Exclusive Inks stamp pads, using Sunset, Desert Sand, and Whisper inks. The flowers were adhered using a glue pen, although the top flower was pop-dotted. All of the flowers were embellished with gold glitter gems. One-inch banner-notched pieces in Charlotte (peach) and Daisy White (stamped "With Sympathy") were added to complete the card.

2.  "Wishing you a speedy recovery" (2nd left): Oh so cute!!  The A2 base card in Daisy White was layered with a denim print from a retired CTMH paper called "Claire". Once a Daisy White was stamped in black ink from the CTMH stamp set called "Kiss It Better", students embossed a small piece of CTMH Champagne paper, using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder. That piece of paper was ripped, exposing CTMH's white core, and adhered to the white panel using CTMH foam tape. The white panel was wrapped in a sweet ribbon (this one from Really Reasonable Ribbon), and embellished with "band-aids" that had been cut using a Cricut, and stamped with "Kiss It Better"'s complimenting stamp, embellished with CTMH Enameled Hearts. 

3.  Apron card (2nd right): All of the pieces for this card were cut on my Silhouette Cameo, using a file from the Silhouette Online Store.  The base was cut from CTMH Kraft cardstock; the floral print paper is from Jillibean Soup; other solids are by CTMH.  The inside (not shown) is a solid Canary cardstock by CTMH, stamped with a new CTMH alphabet found on the stamp set called "Noted."  It reads: "What's cooking?"  

4.  "Keep Your Chin Up" (right): This card features a square flip-fold base, trimmed in CTMH Pear cardstock and highlighted with a retired favorite CTMH paper called "Chantilly."  The flowers and the bird were cut from the print pattern on the Chantilly paper. On the inside flip (not shown), the sentiment (also from the retired "Keep Your Chin Up" CTMH stamp set) says "It'll Be Okay."  The Tree of Life is also from the same stamp set; it is tipped in pink ShinHan Touch Twin marker (available from CTMH) and glitter gems.

We'll resume our class schedule at SJCA on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a very special "Christmas in July" class/crop/gathering.  This will feature our annual "Holiday Smorgasbord" of kitted cards, specials and individual time to make your own holiday projects, whether cards or scrapbook layouts. Come prepared for Christmas music!   If you can't come all day, plan to stay for the class, from 10-12 a.m.  

In the "new year" of CardMonkey card classes, we're looking into establishing a "Third Thirsty Thursday" of BYOB (wine) cardmaking and socialization time in the evening, at SJCA.  More info on this to follow!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 2 Launches, with popular Flamingo Line!

Who's ready for a luau!?

Close To My Heart (CTMH) has launched its "Seasonal Expressions 2" catalog this month, and you can be among the first to see some of its really fun new products, including my favorite, the "Calypso" line of paper and embellishments.

First of all, to view the catalog in full, CLICK THIS LINK.

Now, as for Calypso and its associated products -- including the "Tickled Pink" stamp set and matching dies -- let me show you some of the cards I've made so far with these products OR within the "Flamingo" theme...

My favorite go-to for a fun card: a pop-up, using Tickled Pink stamp set
For this card, I used CTMH cotton candy cardstock, as well as the alphabet stamps
within the "Noted" stamp set.
This notecard incorporates lagoon and pixie cardstock with a Cricut cut.

LOVE these cupcake wrappers -- they're a Silhouette Online Store cut file, using
Cotton Candy and Pixie cardstocks.

At our Launch Party, CTMH Paper Jungle team member Anita Eavers (right)
shows future team member Patricia Clemmer goodies she loves in the new SE2 catalog.
Let me show you some of the CTMH products that would go perfectly with your Flamingo Luau:
Calypso paper pack!  ($9.95)

"Tickled Pink" stamp set - $13.95

Tickled Pink coordinating dies to cut shapes -- $13.95

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Disney-Pixar Blog Hop 2016.2

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

Disney and crafting are a magical combination, and we are so happy you joined us to day for this blog hop.  

I am one of the crafters who, with the Hop's founder Shawn Mosch, has been participating in every one of these original Disney Pixar Blog Hops since 2011!  

Over the years the hop has grown but one thing has always stayed the same . . . amazing crafting projects that feature your favorite characters from Disney and Pixar movies.

For 2016 we are going to have a hop every other month for the entire year!  If you missed the one for February you can click HERE to go back and see all of those projects.  If you are on Facebook, you can like the group page so that you can be the first to learn about each upcoming event.  Just click HERE to go to the Facebook page.

To make sure you don't miss any of the fun, be sure to start at Shawn's blog to see all of the projects.  Just click HERE to head over to her blog and then follow the hop line-up at the bottom of the post to see everyone's projects.

Here is my project:

As my blog readers likely know by now, for the past three years, I have been an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart. Every year since I've joined CTMH, their annual convention has been held on a Disney property, and this year is no exception ... we'll be in Walt Disney World in late June. So there has been overwhelming interest for CTMH to develop a line of products that has been Disney-inspired. 

Finallllllly, this May, that line will be introduced, and we Consultants have gotten an advance opportunity to play with the papers and embellishments.  From those advance snippets, I made this "Dream Catcher":

In the web of the Dream Catcher, I've caught some baubles and gems, representing some special dreams. The dangles have rolled paper beads, gems, findings and even a paper-cut feather, to help the dream catcher do its magic. Of course, Mickey Mouse is there to dream too; I cut him using the Cricut "Mickey and Friends" cartridge.

Here is the full "Magical" suite of CTMH products, that is available to customers beginning May 1.  If you'd like more information ahead of time, please don't hesitate to contact me at  When you'd like to order, I'd appreciate your business at

Before you go, make sure to enter to win our prize for this hop . . .

Buttons from Button Galore and a Cricut cartridge donated by Ellen CardMonkey Jarvis

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Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the hop!  Your next stop along the way is with TAMMY

The full blog hop line up is below.  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Using "Picture My Life" Cards to Make ... Greeting Cards!

Let's admit it ... Every once in a while, we're stumped for ideas. We sit staring at our luscious supplies, and ... well, nothing...

When that happens, I take a break and do a little cleaning up around my craft room. It always needs it. That impulse quickly leaves (*thank goodness!*) when I come across some sort of paper or supply that is crying to be used. That occurred yesterday, when I came across an unopened stack of 56 Picture My Life "Love Your Selfie" cards from Close To My Heart. Here is what they look like:

Who could resist these colors and happy sayings?

My younger sister Mary Beth's birthday is tomorrow (yup, I know ... better late than never), so I combined that cute bubbles (far left) with the saying on the right to make this card:

Isn't this adorable (just like my seeester!) 

If you'd like to order yourself a set of Picture My Life cards shown above, here is the LINK. You can also order that cute Shimmer Trim and/or Sequins from CTMH.

Happy Birthday, Mary Beth!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cards from our Saturday Card Class at Scatter Joy Center for the Arts

As many of my "regulars" know, I have had the privilege of teaching card classes at Kathy Davis Studios since 2013, and for the past year at KDS's nonprofit off-shoot, the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, in Horsham, PA. 
Much as I am to be the "scatterer" of the joy as one of its many teachers, I also receive an incredible amount of joy in teaching such fun students, many of whom have become Regulars.  I love you all! 
Our most recent two-hour class was held on Saturday March 12 and we took on "Happy, Happy Birthday" cards that I designed.  Participants were able to finish four of these five, and will work on the fifth again at our next session, on Saturday, April 23.  Let me show you what (and how) we made each card:
The first card we took on was a "masculine card" with a complicated fold that's really easy to make:
The paper used is Close To My Heart's "Urban" paper pack. I cut and supplied the silver metallic gears and the cut sentiment, using a Silhouette Online Files.  Here is a very basic tutorial for the fold. It's a lot easier to follow along in a class or a video, so do search YouTube for a great video.
We moved to another more complicated cut/designed cards, meant for a child in your life.  This file uses stamp sets from Close To My Heart that students colored using ShinHan markers and colored pencils. The paper pack is Penelope (believe it or not, it's not Regatta!), along with solids in Sapphire and Glacier.
This design is called a "Side Step Card"; the finished size is a standard A2 card (5.5"w x 4.25"h).  A cutting diagram is below.
Next, students prepped their watercolored papers for stamping flowers for the fifth card that I'll show later. While the paper dried, we moved on to cards three and four, which were both more basic and used the same stamp set:
This card coupled CTMH's Kaleidoscope paper pack with colored candles, and solid cardstocks in Pear, Thistle and Black.

This fun card used a strip of CTMH's Fundamentals paper (Thistle colored dimensional strip on the right), and dots done with a flurry of markers. Students had the option of putting Liquid Glass on the hat and candle flames, as shown.
...and for our last card, we ran out of time, so we'll pick it back up on Saturday, April 23.  Here is the pretty:
Care to join us?  You can enroll by going to

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Disney Pixar Blog Hop

Welcome to the best-ever, original Disney-Pixar Blog Hop.  

It's hard to believe that this Hop has been going on now for 5 years (as has my blog!) and I have had the privilege of participating in every one of the Hops. 

(Thank you, Shawn Mosch, for having me, and for your friendship!)

Now, it's hard to believe that I'm not what I would consider a Disney Super Fan, but I have been to Disney World more than a dozen times, and Disneyland just once.

This year, I'll be in Disney World in late June for the national convention of Close To My Heart, and in October, I and my daughter and her family (including husband Josh and my grandchildren Charlotte and Evan) will be going on our first Disney Cruise aboard the Disney Magic.

I guess we qualify as "Super Fans" after all ... and especially now with grandchildren who can't get enough.

Granddaughter Charlotte turned 5 in December, and wouldn't you know it, her most favorite Disney story "E-V-E-R" is "Inside Out," which is the first movie she actually saw in a movie theater. And here's the surprising part, her favorite character is "DISGUST" -- that's the green one. LOL!!!  Charlotte can really put on that attitude, that's for sure!  
My daughter Emily pressed my papercrafting and graphic arts abilities into service to make the birthday party invitations, favors, decorations and more ... and I share them here for this hop.
In the upper left of this post, you'll see the invitation I designed. It printed 4.25"high and 5.5"wide, and fit perfectly in a colorful standard A2 envelope.  I used my favorite online design software, PicMonkey, to make this invitation, and printed it at home on a color laser printer by Dell.

Next, I created the favor bag tags, using fun "Inside Out" images I purchased on Etsy. Again, I turned to PicMonkey to layout the tag with colorful "thought bubbles" behind the characters, some personalization in the upper left corner of the tag, and a thank you sentiment at the bottom.  I printed these at home on my color laser printer, trimmed them into a tag shape, mounted them on colored cardstock and put an eyelet at the top to tie the tags to the bags. Here they are finished, with the treats wrapped in "thought bubbles" tissue that Charlotte's Mom, Emily, found:

(Sorry the picture's so blurry!  I swear we only had juice to drink at the party at Bounce U in Horsham, PA.)

And then there's the cake ... I purchased the entire cast of "Inside Out" characters made out of plastic/resin, from Each of the 10 characters is about 4" high. I then took them to a local bakery and asked them to create a layered cake, incorporating the figures into their design. Funny -- they never heard of the movie, so I really had to describe the "thought bubbles". I wish the colors were more primary and bright, but still, I think they did a nice job:

The event was a pajama party (9 a.m.!!), so what better than to outfit the birthday girl in "Inside Out" pj's?  Here's Charlotte on the right, with her bestie, Violet.

Charlotte's brother, Evan (age 18 months) is more into pirates, so he wore his treasure-hunt jammies but still enjoyed the party with about 20 other little ones. That's Evan in the center, with big blue eyes to match his jammies:

I also made Charlotte a pretty "Inside Out" necklace, featuring her favorite Disgust-ing character:

To make this necklace, I used Base & Bling charm and glass, dabbed with
CTMH "Liquid Glass" and hung it on a CTMH faux silver chain -- all reasonably
priced jewelry suitable for any age. Charlotte just loves it!  I packaged the
necklace onto a CTMH necklace card that I decorated with watercolored
"thought bubbles", and made a box using a "crayon box" file from the
Silhouette Online store, and cut with my Cameo.  

I also started work on a name banner for Charlotte's room. Here are the first two letters of the nine; they're all done but I haven't figured out yet how I want to string them all together. I used thick chipboard for the base of each letter, and honestly, it's much heavier than I anticipated. It might be better to stand these on a shelf than to hang them, but I wanted you to see them anyway. 

The thick chipboard letters were purchased at Michael's. 
I covered them in gift wrap that I found at the grocery store;
doesn't it look like the "thought bubbles" of Inside Out?
I then cut more colored bubbles from cardstock, and layered
cut-outs of the 10 principal characters from the movie onto the letters.

Have you seen the movie "Inside Out"?  I have to tell you, it's one of my very favorite Disney / Pixar movies. It was full of puns, innuendo and references that only a grown-up would understand, but perfect for little kids to watch and enjoy. Its script is just out-of-this-world wonderful!  I sat there watching it -- with Charlotte, of course, and her Mom Emily -- and kept imagining all of the ways that Disney could design a theme park around "Imagination Land."

I hope you've enjoyed my multiple "Inside Out" projects as much as I have enjoyed being a part of The Original Disney Pixar Blog Hop.  I'll be sending you on to MIRANDA's blog next, but before you go, make sure to enter for a chance to win our prize for this hop . . . a Disney paper pack from Queen & Co.  The "Rafflecopter" entry form is below.

The paper stack will not even be shipping out to stores until late February 2016, so you can have it before the stores are even selling it!  Note: Due to the fact that we received this paper stack so early, it is considered a promotional proof and there could be some slight variations from what will be shipped to stores.

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Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the hop!  Now, move on to MIRANDA's cute blog next. If you want to start at the beginning, jump over to Shawn's blog and follow along; 
the full blog hop line up is below.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

It's a BLOG HOP to celebrate the birthday of a great 16-year old!

Welcome to the very special celebration of the birthday of a VERY sweet 16-year old young woman. Her name is Emily (like my own daughter) and she is the daughter of my friend, Beth.

Over my 5-year (!!) course of blogging, I've met many, many crafting colleagues who I now consider friends.

Several of these are women who joined me in "Banner Hops" where we made special occasion banners -- Halloween, Christmas, and Spring -- for children at a long-term care facility where I used to work.
One of those women, Beth McGee and her young daughter, Emily, made beautiful banners many times, and generously donated them to the kids in need of special love. 
So when Beth asked if I would join with her in celebrating Emily's 16th birthday with a surprise card hop, I am all in.  I decided to make one of my favorite cards, a pop-up, to mark this special occasion and special girl.  Here is the card (front view, at top; side view next; and the back is the third image, below.)
If you're a long-time follower of my blog, you know I've made several of these cards. They're spectacular to receive, and often become real keepsakes. And they're really not that hard to make. If you'd like to see the template I've developed for them, just scroll down to the word-cloud (index) at the bottom of my blog and look for "pop-up cards". Click there, and you'll be taken to other examples, as well as the template.


So now what's a blog hop without blog candy, right?

Last week, I taught a really fun class in which students made 7 Christmas cards using the beautiful CTMH White Pines Scrapbooking Program cards, CTMH Poppy Twine and CTMH Red Enamel gems.  One of the cards was a pop-up. If you'll be so kind as to leave a comment here on this post, and follow my blog if you'd like, one winner will receive the detailed printed instructions for the pop-up card, pictures of some of the pop-ups I've made, and the Close To My Heart products (mentioned above) I gave to my students to make the set!  The products have a value of about $15, and the directions are ... priceless, of course.

Again, the only requirement for my blog candy is to leave a comment on this blog post; follow my blog only if you'd like to.

It's time to move on in the Hop...

You should have arrived here from THIA's blog so your next stop is at JANIS's blogCLICK HERE to be taken directly to Janis's blog post.

If you came to my blog just to see what's up and would like to see more cute cards for Emily's 16th birthday, go back to Beth's blog at the start of the hop.  Beth (Emily's Mom) has GRAND PRIZE blog candy that you'll not want to miss!

Here is the full list of those celebrating this very special occasion:
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  7. Jennifer R-
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  10. Cathie-
  11. Connie-
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  14. Georgia-
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Trending Colors # 3 - Hot Pink, Gold and Black

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  We had a wonderful time with my daughter Emily, her hubby Josh and their kids Charlotte and Evan. I overdid it on dinner -- whew, so many sides, so many pies! -- but we're now enjoying leftovers, yum!!

Today, I was supposed to go to a Christmas card workshop at my friend Anita's house, but really, I just need time in my own craft room to focus on cards I need to make.  Of course, I got few done because the mess is distracting. But maybe tomorrow .... if buying a new washer and dryer doesn't interfere. There's always something, isn't there??

Here is the next card I've made to focus on "trending colors" as shown in HGTV Magazine's December 2015 issue:

The trending colors are: Hot Pink, Gold and Black.  For this card, I used Close To My Heart's "Blessings of Peace" stamp set for the dove and sentiment. I stamped the dove on White Daisy CTMH cardstock in Versamark and sprinkled it with gold embossing powder. I then embossed it by warming the powder with my heat crafting gun. The hot pink paper is from my stash, and the black/white striped is from CTMH's new La-Vie En Rose paper line. The bling is also from CTMH, as is the gold adhesive stripe across the middle (that doesn't photograph well).

These trending colors are shown in the magazine like this: