August Scrapbooking Workshop

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Hello Friends!

I’m loving the new Fundamentals paper collection from Close To My Heart, especially all the bright new colors in the Adventure palette!  I created a Workshop with the Adventure Fundamentals and the coordinating Good Times Complements and I’d love to share it with you!  I’m sure you’ll want to get your hands on this FIRST EVER Crafty Sisters Creations layout Workshop!! Two of the layouts are based on designs created by Becky Lehman, a fellow Close To My Heart consultant, but tweaked to fit my photo needs and style.  Take a look!!







I am offering these layouts at a Workshop on Saturday, August 27 or Sunday, August 28 for anyone interested.  We will meet at 1:00 each day.  For just $35.00, you can make ALL SIX of these beautiful and colorful 2 page layouts!  Everything you need to complete the layouts will be provided.  I will cut and sort all the patterned paper for each layout if you’d like for an additional $5.00 cutting fee.  If you cannot attend the Workshop, I would be happy to send the kit to you so you can complete it at home.  Just add the cost of shipping.

I am so thrilled to be starting this new adventure with my Close To My Heart business and it’s very appropriate to begin that adventure with the new Adventure Fundamentals themselves!  Hope you can join the fun!!     Laurie

New Card Workshop!!

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Hello Friends!

The new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog is now live!  Yippee!!  You can access the catalog online HERE.  There are so many awesome products including the new Paper Fundamentals and Complements, new embossing folders and Thin Cuts and several new colors in the Adventure palette. Not to mention the amazing new Cricut cartridge bundle called Flower Market.  You will not be disappointed!

I have been busy creating a Card Making Workshop with the new Enchantment Fundamentals paper collection.  The Workshops will be held Saturday, August 13 or Sunday, August 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Here are the cards you can make:






For your $20.00 fee, you will receive:

  • 13 cards (3 each of the top 4 designs, plus one center step fancy fold card)

  • One stamp set (Birthday Sparkles or All the Thanks) shown below

  • Card bases, envelopes, embellishments, inks and stamping supplies

  • Ready to assemble precut card kits and Cricut cuts

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Contact me if you would like to attend the Workshop.  I can also prepare card kits that you can assemble at home for the additional cost of postage.  Just let me know how I can help!

Life is so good–enjoy every moment!   Laurie

July Club Projects

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Hello Friends!

It’s time for some new Club projects!  We will be playing with Florence paper, Calypso paper, and two different sets of Thin Cuts and their coordinating stamp sets.

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Our Florence layout will hold four 4×6 photos.  My layout has them in the horizontal position, but you can certainly arrange them vertically as well!  The simple embellishments are made with the Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp set.

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Our fancy fold card is made with Calypso paper and the Tickled Pink Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp set.  The style of card is a Vertical Z Fold design.

Club dates will be Sunday, July 10 from 1:00 to 4:00, Monday, July 11 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m and Tuesday, July 12 from 1:00 to 4:00.  Everyone is welcome to come!  Non-Club members can attend for an $8.00 fee or FREE with a $50.00 CTMH purchase!  Hope to see you there!

Free Happy Time Workshop

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Hello Friends!

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart created a beautiful paper pack and coordinating stamp set available only in May.  It’s called Happy Times and I guarantee it will make you happy!  You can get this paper pack free with a $60 Close To My Heart order or purchase it for only $14.95. Check it out–


The talented CTMH consultant, Tina Lovell, created a set of layouts (my version shown below) to be made with the Happy Times paper pack.  There is also a beautiful card workshop available.  Aren’t the colors pretty and that gold foil paper is just the bomb!

I am inviting anyone who gets the Happy Times paper pack to a free workshop where we will create these layouts.  Or if you would like to make cards instead, I will have directions for those as well.  We will meet on Sunday, June 12 or Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00.  Just let me know which date will work for you.  Remember, it’s all FREE!!  Just create, socialize and have fun!

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Check out the other amazing May specials from Close To My Heart below then shop HERE!

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Crazy Fun Week!

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Hello Friends!

What a week this has been!  For a “retired” person, I am awfully busy!  Between Book Club, Bridge Club, school visits to observe student teachers, a special paper crafting workshop to plan and several orders for Mother’s Day and Graduation cards, I haven’t had much down time.  The good thing is I LOVE it all!

Today I’d like to share the projects we made at the Workshop I was hired to teach for a group of 12 women this week.  It was a bit challenging to plan the projects since the participants ranged from novice to more experienced crafters.  It was fun to meet new people and share my paper crafting passion!


The first card is a Z fold card made with Sangria paper, Poppy, Saffron, Eggplant and Champagne cardstock, all from Close To My Heart.


The next card uses retired White Pines paper along with Lagoon and Cranberry cardstock.  The ladies could choose from several different sentiments to personalize this card for their own needs.  This card has a pleated “drapery” fold technique that I found a tutorial for on Pinterest.


The final card is made with retired Nevermore paper with Cranberry and Slate cardstock.  Again the participants were able to stamp different sentiments on their cards for Father’s Day or Birthdays or Thank Yous.  I stamped a diagonal stripe from a CTMH background stamp as an accent and added some Round Durable metal stickers.

We also made a One Sheet Wonder mini album.  The women were able to choose their own colors and style of albums.  They picked coordinating Picture My Life cards and matching cardstock to decorate and personalize their albums.

I really enjoyed prepping for this Workshop and “coaching” the women as they worked.  They all seemed to enjoy themselves and went home with some great projects!

Have a wonderful weekend!   Laurie

March CTMH Club Projects

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Hello Friends!

It’s time already for March CTMH Club and here are the projects we will be making:


Our first project is a two page layout using Kaleidoscope paper from the Annual Inspirations catalog.  I was so ready for some spring colors so this paper pack was the perfect choice.  This is a basic layout design that we made last year at Convention, but I had to change it up a bit!  The stamped images are from the Sunshine Birdies stamp set which is the March Stamp of the Month.  It has the cutest birds and butterflies plus two great sentiments.



Our second project is a cute springtime card using the Penelope paper collection from the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  This card has several layered shapes that give the card some interest along with an image from the Springtime Critters stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts.

When making these projects, Club members will use the Shin Han markers and Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen to color the stamped images.  They will also practice using Thin Cuts with the Cuttlebug to cut their own images for the front of the card.  Remember that practice makes perfect!

Be absolutely AMAZING today!   Laurie

Here are the March specials from Close To My Heart

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Fall Crafting Workshop

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Hello Friends!

It’s time to get your craft on for Fall and Halloween!  Check out the great projects you can make for gift giving and decorating.  This is your chance to make some unique treat holders for those lucky children and grandchildren in your lives!  Or choose a home décor item for a new addition to your Fall decorations.  I will have all the supplies cut, organized and ready for you to assemble.  It couldn’t be any easier and you don’t even have to be “crafty”!

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Workshop dates:

Sunday, October 11  1:00 to 4:00

Monday, October 12  7:00 to 10:00

Wednesday, October 14  1:00 to 4:00


Choose the projects you might like to make then let me know which date you want to attend.  You can even decide what to make after you arrive and check out the samples.  Hope to see you for some crafty fun!