So Thankful!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

I’ve been busy getting ready to host Thanksgiving Dinner this year, so I haven’t been in my craft room for a few days.  If I wouldn’t let me house get so dirty before I clean, it probably wouldn’t take so long each time, but that’s the way I roll!  At any rate, since I didn’t get any new projects done yet this week, I thought I would re-share a few projects I made earlier that have to do with being thankful.





I wish for all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the love and blessings of family and friends!  Laurie

More Sea Glass Cards!

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Hello Friends!

Here are a couple more cards that I made with Sea Glass, the Close To My Heart Color of the Year.  The wedding card has a Sea Glass background embossed with the Confetti embossing folder.  I used Black and Gold for accent colors and made a series of banners with coordinating ribbons and shimmer trim.


For the next two cards, I used some cuts from the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart to create a jar of flowers.  I love the lacy trim that you can add to the jar which gives it that shabby chic vibe.  The background is embossed with the new Simple Chevron embossing folder.  Stamping different sentiments allows this card to be used for many occasions.



Isn’t Sea Glass wonderful?  Shop HERE to get your Close To My Heart products.

Thanks for stopping by today!  You are AMAZING!!   Laurie



“Copy That” Heart 2 Heart Challenge

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Hello Friends!

This week it is my pleasure to host the challenge over at Heart 2 Heart!  The theme of our challenge this week is cleverly called COPY THAT and you are encouraged to copy a project you like in the new Annual Inspirations catalog from Close To My Heart!

I have a group of young children coming to craft later this week to make a small gift for their new teachers.  When I saw the cute tags and pencils pictured on page 23, I knew that was going to be the project that my little crafters would make!  AND it would also be my design team project because I can COPY THAT!!


I used the new Enchantment Fundamentals paper and ribbon as well as the new School Kids stamp set.  This set has some really cute images and I think the littles will enjoy coloring the  images of children to decorate their tags.


I wanted to change up my design from the original, so I made a double tag in order to fit on even more of the cute images.  I think the children will enjoy making the tags to give to their new teachers and as a former teacher, I think the recipients will appreciate the gifts too!

Please join us at Heart 2 Heart by choosing some artwork from the new Annual Inspirations catalog and COPY THAT!  Then link up your projects for everyone to enjoy!  I think this challenge will be quite fun for everyone!

Always remember that something WONDERFUL is about to happen!   Laurie

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July CTMH Promotions

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Hello Friends!

It’s a new month and that means new specials from Close To My Heart!  Yippee!!  With the new catalog coming out soon, this is the perfect time to become a Close To My Heart consultant and get lots of products free and the rest at a 22% discount.  What’s not to love about that?

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It’s a GREAT time to join my CTMH team!  Every new consultant who joins during July gets to choose one of the new Paper Fundamentals and coordinating embellishments for FREE!!  This is in addition to all the other goodies and incentives especially for new consultants, including the Straight to the Top program.  Here are some of the details:


If you love Close To My Heart products, now is a great time to join my team!  Besides all the incentives above, the BEST part of being a CTMH Consultant has been meeting so many new customers and colleagues who have now become my friends!  It’s easy to sign up or get more info–just click HERE.  I’d love to become your friend and colleague too!   Laurie

Meeting the H2H Design Team IRL!!

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Hello Friends!

I am in Orlando this week for the Close To My Heart Convention!  I’m so lucky to be able to attend and it is great fun to connect with fellow team members who quickly become friends.  Lots of hugs, smiles, laughs and sharing!  Plus tomorrow we will get to see the new catalog containing all the new products available on August 1.  Woot Woot!!

One of the best things that happened today was meeting some of the Heart 2 Heart Challenges design team members!  Check out these fun pics of Paige Dolecki, Alyson Mayo, Jennifer Kelly, Melissa Robinson, Shirley Ross and ME!




Make it an awesome day!   Laurie

Halloween “Boos” at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

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Hello Friends!

The theme for the challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is “BOO” and the Design Team has been busy creating Halloween projects with that theme.  Check out their awesome artwork using Close To My Heart products!

For my project, I decided to dig into my old photo albums and snag a couple of photos of my boys when they were young.  Since I started scrapbooking when my youngest was in high school, I really have LOTS of photos of them as “littles” that are just begging to be put on scrapbook pages!  I used several Cricut cartridges to create this layout:  Artistry, Artbooking, Creepy Critters and Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art.  Design Space makes it so easy to work with lots of carts at a time which is just one of the many reasons I love my Explore!


My layout was perfect for using the Nevermore paper collection along with Black, Eggplant, Honey and Whisper cardstock–all from Close To My Heart.  I still giggle to myself when I think of how uncomfortable my youngest son must have been in his peapod costume.  But I worked too hard to make it and he was too cute wearing it that it wasn’t going to come off till the end of the night!

I’ll bet you all have some great Halloween projects too that you could share at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog!  It’s easy and fun to join along!

Make someone smile today!   Laurie



A Little Halloween Fun!

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Hello, Friends!

It’s time to think about Halloween!  Usually I’m not much for making or sending Halloween cards, but ’tis the season, right?  Plus I participated in a Card Swap when the new catalog came out and my assigned stamp set was the cute Halloween set called Little Monsters.  I used the new Nevermore paper along with Black and Slate cardstock and our beautiful shimmer trim in black, green and purple.


I made a fold-out picture frame to accentuate the cute little witch from the stamp set and colored her with our Shin Han markers.  I think she really is “Spooky Cute”, don’t you?


This next card was one that I received from another consultant, Debbi Foley, from the Card Swap.  She used the Steampunk Scoundrels stamp set for the background images and added some Cricut cuts from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart.



I love how she used the green shimmer trim for the grass and the Slate twine and clear gems are the perfect accent!  I also love the distressing she did on the Eggplant cardstock.  I need to remember to use this technique more often!  Thanks, Debi Foley, for the inspiration!



I hope you enjoyed these cute Halloween cards!  More Halloween artwork will be on the blog soon!    Laurie