Marker Madness at Heart 2 Heart!

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This week we invite you to join us for Marker Madness at Heart 2 Heart.  So why don’t you get out your markers, choose some Close To My Heart products and get creating!

I used the Beary Christmas paper and coordinating Beary Christmas stamp and Thin Cut bundle to create my card.  It’s never too early to think about Christmas, right?  I cut a strip of one of the PML cards for my HOHOHO border, used my Cuttlebug to cut the bear, fox and Christmas tree and colored them with my Shin Han markers.  Pretty cute, don’t you think?

Now you can channel your inner child and do some marker coloring of your own!  Be sure to link them up at Heart 2 Heart!

Thanks for stopping by!   Be sure to make a positive “mark” on the world today!   Laurie

September Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the September Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s called Feel So Blessed and I think it’s a keeper!  I’m not always a huge fan of the stamps of the month, but this one I really like a lot!  These days we need to focus on the many things that bless our lives and this stamp set can help with a gentle reminder to be grateful.

I used the new paper pack Falling For You to create both of these cards.  I heat embossed the sentiment and feathers in gold and then applied watercolor paints to the feathers in the card above.

For the second card I created a stamped border using the Little Leaves stamp (only $2.95) to break up the busy print of the background paper.  The focus of the card is that great sentiment about being thankful.  I absolutely LOVE that quotation (and the Falling For You paper collection is pretty awesome too!)

Take a look at this fabulous Feel So Blessed stamp set (available for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase) and shop HERE when you are ready to order!  Thanks very much!!

You Are Here Holiday Images!

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I’m back again to show you some of the great images from the You Are Here cartridge by Close To My Heart. Today I’m focusing on holidays–Christmas/Winter and Thanksgiving/Fall.  Check them out!

Here are a few of the Christmas/Winter themed images–Christmas, snowmen, snowflakes, snowmobiles and lots of skiing images from goggles to gloves.

And now for some of the Thanksgiving/Fall themed images–turkeys, pumpkins, a wheat sheaf, cornucopia and of course lots of leaves!  I’ve got a great idea for a fall card using that cut on the bottom right!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you can see that You Are Here is for quite a lot more than just travel themed images.  There are 700 goodies on this fabulous cartridge.  Shop HERE to get you own!


More You Are Here Highlights!

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Here are some more images that I cut from the new You Are Here cartridge from Close To My Heart.  This cartridge has so much more than travel images and today I’d like to share a few examples:

Are you a camper?  There are some great images like tents, campfires and hiking boots besides the images shown above.

You Are Here also has all kinds of drinks from comforting tea to adult beverages to champagne for toasting a special occasion!

Do you have a son or daughter who participates in dance or band or drama?  There is an image for you on You Are Here too!  How about that yoga pose and roller coaster?  Plus there are some CTMH specific images as well!  All from this “travel themed” cartridge!

Don’t forget that the brand new Holiday Inspirations catalog is now live for everyone!  Click HERE to access the online version.  If you need any of the awesome new CTMH products, please consider shopping at my online store at Thanks so much!!   Laurie

Highlighting You Are Here

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A brand new Cricut cartridge, You Are Here, was released on August 1 in the new Annual Inspirations catalog.  It has many travel themed images, but that is certainly not all!  Take a look at some of the other images it has that are definitely NOT related to travel–

Do you know a hunter who has some “trophies” to showcase on a scrapbook page? And how awesome are those sports images?  I wish that winged shoe image was around when my boys were in track!

Thanks for stopping by today!  To purchase your own You Are Here cartridge, please shop HERE!   Thank you!   Laurie


Final Favorite Thing!

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Welcome to the final installment of My Favorite Things from the new Annual Inspirations catalog from Close To My Heart.  Today I want to highlight the newest Cricut cartridge called You Are Here!  This is “advertised” as a travel themed cartridge and here is how it is described in the catalog–

“Whether you’re traveling abroad, taking a road trip, or enjoying a relaxing staycation, this Cricut® collection is sure to have everything you need to document your journey. From outdoor escapades and family reunions to spa retreats and holiday outings, you’ll find shapes and sentiments for every pit stop along the road of life.”

As with all the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge bundles, you receive the cartridge, three full sized stamp sets and a set of 24 sheets of Enchantment cardstock for only $99 (or $79 if you order the digital only cartridge).  Or you can get this cartridge completely FREE if you sign up to be a CTMH consultant before the end of August.

As I said earlier, You Are Here is known as a travel themed cartridge, but let me assure you, there is quite a lot more than travel!  Take a look at some of the sample images I cut that are definitely NOT just for travel.

Here are some beachy/summertime images that could be used for lots of purposes besides a beach vacation!

And how about these awesome wedding cuts?  I’m excited to use that cute “just married” car on a wedding card using the new Basics Fundamentals papers!  The cake would make a great embellishment on a birthday layout or card as well.

See, there are a lot more than just travel themed images on You Are Here!  Tomorrow I’ll be sharing more of the non-travel cuts from this great cartridge.  Stay tuned!   Laurie

My Favorite Things–Part 1

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This week I’d like to showcase some of my favorite products from the new Annual Inspirations catalog.  There are so many awesome new products that I know I won’t run out of favorites to share for quite a while!  So let’s get started!

My first favorite item is a COLOR–the new Color of the Year–BASHFUL!  It is a beautiful, soft pink and is available in cardstock, glitter paper, inks, re-inkers, pearl embellishments and even albums.  Bashful will be a great complement to the new Basics Fundamentals palette.  It will also be fabulous for wedding, baby, springtime and “girly” cards and layouts.  Be on the lookout for Bashful–you will be sure to see it everywhere this year!

My next favorite item in the new catalog is the wonderful Make if From Your Heart how-to book.  It has sketches for 36 two page layouts and you can search for a sketch by the number of photos you have for your page.  There are two layout samples using different paper collections for each sketch and a section on how to use the Pocket Plus Page Protectors.  I’ve already made a layout from one of the sketches and you can see it next Monday on the blog.  It was quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see a couple more of my favorite products from the new Annual Inspirations catalog!   Laurie