Monday, 12 March 2018

Free Cake

I'm back - wow February passed by in a blur - - time certainly does fly by when you're having fun.  I was having fun travelling but now back to business!!!

Michelle has a great sketch for us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  It's right up my alley - clean & simple.

 I wanted to ink up the cute M size stamp set Free Cake - this little cutie is perfect for a focal image.  I coloured the cake with shin han markers and the new Bashful glitter brush. 

The patterned paper is actually from a holiday collection - Silver & Gold.  I backed with raspberry to provide that perfect pop of colour. 

I love ribbon and had hoarded the grey & white polka dot (now retired).  It worked perfectly on this card.  The border is simple white daisy cardstock with a punched scallop edge. 

I hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.  Simply click on this link and add your project.



Monday, 15 January 2018


Another wonderful paper collection from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 is Stargazer.  This collection is so much fun.  The patterns and colours are vibrant and, of course, a joy to work with.

The fun astronaut characters, telescopes, stars, and rocket ships come alive when paired with canary, goldrush, pacifica, pewter, ruby or sapphire cardstock. 

Imagine all the paper projects... the possibilities are endless.

Michelle provided the perfect sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week for this fun card.

I used the astronaut and pebble patterned paper and backed with pacifica and cranberry cardstock for my card.  The panels seem to fly off the card to wish a little guy a Happy Birthday.

The sentiment is from the Stargazer cardmaking stamp set shown below.  The ribbon is the new light grey grosgrain which was lovely to tie into a bow.  Add a few of the new Stargazer enamel dots in blue to finish off the card.

I do hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week and add your project by following this link.



Monday, 1 January 2018

Chelsea Gardens

Happy New Year!!!! 

I'm excited to share a card with you created with the new paper collection Chelsea Gardens.  This collection is so pretty - It's featured on the front cover of the new Seasonal Expressions 1. 

Michelle at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge provided the perfect sketch to get things rolling for 2018.

I used the beautiful foliage patterned paper along with charcoal cardstock as the focal squares, inking the edges with pewter ink.  Complimenting cardstock is heather and twine from whimsy fundamental ribbon pack.

The sentiment is stamped in pewter ink using the new Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018.  Cheers to new artwork and crafty fun.



Monday, 18 December 2017

Hello There

Happy Monday!!!  Are you ready for the holidays?  I admit I have a few gifts still to figure out but for the most part, I'm ready for Mr. Santa to arrive. 

Michelle has another great sketch for us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I decided to play with a fun stamp set and the fundamental papers.

The elephant is so sweet holding his balloons to welcome a new little one.   The coordinating stamp and thin cuts from this set (Sweet Baby) make it easy to create whatever look you would like. 

The elephant is cut from basic fundamental paper and stamped in heather ink.  I added a pop of colour to the cheeks using my watercolour pencils. 

The balloons are stamped in sweet leaf in with clear shimmer brush on top for more sparkle.

The patterned paper is from whimsy fundamental paper collection, backed with sweet leaf cardstock. 

Don't forget to use both thin and regular foam tape to create added dimension to your projects.

I do hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and add your project by clicking on the link.



Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Mix it Up....

I've said it before and I'll say it again... One of the things I love the most about Close to My Heart is the colour coordination between items.

For this week's Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch I've used pomegranate for the main colour.  I pulled the polka dot background paper from the Fundamental line and the glitter paper from a retired embellishment package both noted as pomegranate.  The Merry Christmas panel is cut from the PML sheet in the silver & gold paper package.  The white star embellishments and vineyard berry ribbon are retired products from my stash.

So go ahead - mix it up - - pull from here and there and everywhere!!!  It's OK - you do not have to keep paper packages together.

I hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Challenge with your project this week.  Simply click on the link and add your creation.



Monday, 20 November 2017

Santa with Atlantic Hearts

Happy Monday!!!  We received our first snowfall yesterday - - enough to skiff the ground anyway.  It's that time of year when the weather changes, the pace of life picks up and we're all anticipating someone's arrival......

Little Saint Nick is the stamp set I wanted to ink up for this week's sketch.  He is so adorable and fun to colour up. 

It's hard to see in the photo but I also used some fun flock to add texture to his hat!!!

The white daisy background is stamped in mink ink using a retired stamp set - I wanted to add some visual interest to the blank slate.

Merry Christmas is stamped in charcoal ink using the Noel stamp set. 

Ruby cardstock and basic fundamental paper form the base of the card.  Lastly, a few sparkles glitter the card up!!!

I hope you'll join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Simply add your project by clicking on the link.



Monday, 6 November 2017

Beary Christmas with Atlantic Hearts

It's time for another sketch at Atlantic Hearts Challenge and the sketch was so good I followed it exactly, right down to the diagonal paper.

I used the diagonal patterned paper from the designed Christmas collection - Beary Christmas in a non-holiday themed card. 

The sketch shows a row of flowers - so I pulled out some white paper flowers and layered them with red enamel gems.  The leaves are stamped in fern ink and fussy cut, layering them in among the flowers.

A simple sentiment in the lower right corner finishes off this clean and simply card.

So, have another look at your papers, and think outside the designated theme. Join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and link up your project by clicking  here.



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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.