70th Birthday Card

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Last week I needed a card for a neighbor who celebrated her 70th birthday!  I chose to use the Swan Lake paper collection from Close To My Heart.  I really like the floral print paper on the black background.  It pairs nicely with the black cardstock and the black and gold ribbon.


It’s so nice to be able to design a card to exactly fit any situation or occasion.  That’s one of the great thing about making hand made greeting cards.  Another great thing is that hopefully the recipients know they are getting something specially created just for them!


I used the Birthday Sparkles stamp set from the Annual Inspirations catalog.  I know I will use the sentiments on this stamp set MANY times in the future!


Thank you for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the December specials from Close To My Heart!



November Stamp of the Month

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Today I’d like to showcase the November Stamp of the Month called “New Year’s Cheer.” Scroll down to see a photo of the stamp set.  Of course this stamp has many images and sentiments that are just perfect for cards and layouts relating to New Year’s events.  But I wanted to show you how this stamp is NOT just for New Year’s!  Remember you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase.


First I made a birthday card with Jeepers Creepers paper.  I heat embossed some of the images with white embossing powder and added some white enamel stars.  I think it makes quite a classy and colorful card for a special birthday greeting!


Next I made a wedding card with this same New Year’s Wishes Stamp of the Month.  I used the gray side of the patterned paper in the Uptown Fundamentals collection.  Adding a sentiment stamped in Slate ink, a strip of Whisper cardstock and the coordinating Slate polka dot ribbon created a surprisingly nice monochromatic color design for my card!


Finally, I made another birthday card with this same stamp set.  I used Swan Lake paper, a Picture My Life style card from the Swan Lake paper pack and the banner stamps to create a festive birthday greeting.

I hope you can now look at the November Stamp of the Month and see that it is much more than just a New Year’s themed stamp!  I actually thought of another way to use this stamp as I was writing this post–I’ll try to make it and share tomorrow!

Until then, thanks for stopping by and make it a wonderful day!   Laurie


October Swan Lake Workshop

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I am so pleased to announce my October Scrapbook Workshop featuring the new Swan Lake paper collection!  At first I wasn’t all that crazy about this paper pack, but after taking it out of the bag and working with it to make these layouts, my mind has certainly been changed!!  I really love it now!  Take a look–




These layouts were made with just one Swan Lake paper pack and one set of Swan Lake complements.  Add a few Cricut cuts, a little Poppy Thick Twine and photo mats from coordinating cardstock and there you have it–layouts perfect for Thanksgiving or any family themed photos!

I would be happy to make a set of layouts for you for only $23.00! 

I will cut all the parts and pieces so all you need to do is assemble.  You can attend my open house style workshop (Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 to 5:00 or Sunday, October 30 from 1:00 to 5:00) to make the layouts or I can mail you a kit of all three layouts for an additional $5.00.  If you want to attend the October workshop, I would need to have your RSVP by October 18th so I have time to order and prepare the materials.  Email, call or message me for any details!

Thanks for stopping by today!  To purchase any of the products I used, shop HERE.  I appreciate your interest in scrapbooking and Close To My Heart!    Laurie

Card Swap Cards

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I am part of a group of Close To My Heart consultants from across the country who participate in a card swap when a new catalog goes live.  One of my up lines, Linda Caler from Maryland, organizes the swap and tackles the huge job of sorting and mailing out the cards.  I love getting the cards and seeing all the great ideas from other creative minds!  Here is one of the cards that I made for the swap–enjoy!


I made my card with the Swan Lake paper collection and the With You stamp set.  This stamp set has several double layer stamps that are so fun to make.  Plus there are coordinating Cricut cuts from the Flower Market cartridge and you know what that means–NO FUSSY CUTTING!!

The card has an accordion type fold so it will stand up for display when opened.  I love the beautiful Autumn colors of the Swan Lake papers and they go so nicely with the colors in the Enchantment palette.


Shop HERE to get your own Close To My Heart products to make cards like this!