H2H Weekly Challenge| Invitation Only

I am so excited you are back to check out this weeks challenge! This week we are setting the challenge to create and invitation or to scrapbook an invitation. I am choosing to scrapbook an invitation!

What a surprise when I received a letter in the mail, inviting me to the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards banquet! I was nominated for Citizen of the Year in Sandusky County. WHAT!?! ME? Did they get the right Danielle?
I have no idea who nominated me, nor what I am doing that lead me to be qualified for this award. I suspect it is the community service projects my cub scouts, their parents and myself tackle all year long. But that is the point, so you keep doing the good deeds unknowingly.

The evening was fun, I was able to catch up with my long time Friend Leah! We had a wonderful dinner with lots of chatter and laughing. It was not until the end when the Citizen of the Year was announced. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Secretly I wanted to win, I was nervous, because all the recipients were giving thank you speeches. I was sort of sweating bullets on what to say. I mean I was only able to guess what I had done to deserve a nomination, let alone a win. Finally at last the  winner began describing the 2019 winner. I immediately knew I was the runner up, as they described the 2019 winner as one who has dedicated 38 years to community service, I have only been alive for 37! Clearly not me. Hehe! I didn’t realize just how many talented and dedicated souls there are in my community, they go far beyond the call of duty! It was such an honor to be nominated. I will continue to serve my community, day after day, and year after year even if it means, I will never be nominated again. I mean isn’t that what you are supposed to do anyway?
Their theme was 'CLUED IN', and everything was from the table settings to the menu featured a token or verbiage from the family favorite board game.

To enter this weeks challenge head to the H2H challenge page and here here! Remember to included Close to My Heart product(s).

Here is my layout featuring my invitation to such a fun night! I used scraps from I Heart Us to create a layout!

What special event have you been exclusively invited to? Did you scrapbook it? What about your child's first birthday party, or perhaps a special surprise birthday for a friend or relative that you hand made? Remember to head on over to the H2H Challenge page to enter your artwork for this week, and check out all of the challenges for February!

Supplies used:

Thanks for stopping by!


I Heart Us | Featured Paper Blog Hop

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop!

We will be showcasing items from our I Heart Us Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart Consultants. If you are visiting from Erica's blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. Next check out Kathleen's blog.

How adorable is this layout? It is part of the workshop your way scrapbooking collection!

I dressed my layout up, with cricut cuts with butterflies, a heart banner and some fun spring flowers.

After you visit Kathleen's blog, come on back and check out my other I Heart Us artwork!


Lovely Layers - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome Back!

Todays CTMH Technique Blog hop is focusing on Layer designs in our artwork whether it’s through the use of various papers, clusters of embellishments, or stamp images that allow for layering! If you have arrived from Valerie's Blog, you are on the right track!

In my layout, you can see that I have a few areas that have layers to them.
For starters the base page is lagoon cardstock, with a layer of thistle cardstock, followed by a layer of the I Heart Us B&T paper. You also notice my photos holders have layers to them, coordinating colors of Lagoon cardstock the darker side, along with Canary cardstock.

You can also find layers in my cricut cut flowers. Then again you will find layers in the small cluster of sequins and hearts at the bottom right hand corner. Bounce to the top and you will layers of sequins on the banner.

Here is another layout that is full of layers that you can see my tutorial on my YouTube channel on my previous blog post here.

Whats your favorite way to add layers to your artwork? I'd love to know leave a comment below!

Now head on over to Katy's blog for her layer technique!



Using your paper Scraps| Overlay Collage

Don't throw your scraps away....

Well may be the itty bitty ones, but I have a cute way to use up some scraps that won't sit at the bottom of your scrap pile waiting for it's day to shine (that was a bit dramatic - but you get my point). 

I was scrolling one of my favorite artwork groups for CTMH cards, layouts and such, when I came across a fellow consultants (Lara Moss) post. She had shared a beautiful layout created with an overlay she purchased. I knew I could do that (not better necessarily, just that I could do that) so I sat down to Design Space, and starting playing with the overlays found on my Artbooking and Artistry CTMH Cricut cartridges. Once I found overlays that I thought would look the best, I found a basic image and went to work. 

Here is my finished layout: 

I filled in all the spaces with scraps from the I Heart Us paper packet. Layered this using 3 D dimensions on top of a heather gray cardstock sheet. A lagoon photo matte 3.24x4.25 was added with a banner heat embossed in Ranger White Embossing powder. The Banner and sentiment can be found in the Stamp of the Month Set for the Month of February item# S1902

Below is a video following the completion of this layout, and below there you will find the FREE Design Space Link to create your own overlay collage layouts. 

Get your Design Space Link here: Star/heart Collage overlay 
(must have artbooking and artistry cricut cartridges to cut the images) 

Thank you for stopping by! 


TriColor Stamping| Featuring the Stamp of the Month

Your New Favorite Thing...

I love bring something very simple and putting a creative twist on it! I love the finished stunning look that tri-color stamping offers!

Tri-color or rainbow stamping is nothing new, it's an oldie but goodie that fit this layout perfectly!

Here is a written tutorial (Below is a video tutorial)
Base page - season mix in 12x12
White Daisy 11x11 (should have been 11.5x11.5)

I used the tricolor technique by adding thistle then raspberry, followed by lagoon inks, careful not to overlap the colors and stamping in the center/bottom of the layout.

Next using a grey watercolor pencil, I splattered drops over the white daisy card stock.

Photo mattes are 3.25 x 4.25 from the seasons mix in.

Scraps of I Heart Us can be found as banners and cut aparts.

The three 'pink' sequins are actually white sequins, found in the loose sequins - silver collection, and colored with the cherry pink ShinHan marker and adhered with liquid glass.

I am scrapbooker at heart, and absolutely love this stamp set! I think this would be great used in the black magic technique, what do you think?
Let me know below in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamp of the Month| Technique Tip

Watercolor Pencils + Shimmer Brush

Check it out, when you use watercolor pencils and a waterbrush you get the similar effect of using watercolor paints...but when you dab out some Clear Shimmer, and add that to your work area....you are on a whole new level of awesomeness! 

This little shimmer trick blew my mind (once I figured it out) 

Here is my finished layout - This shimmer is so hard to capture in a picture, but I do have a video that you can see exactly how to achieve this! 

Here is a basic step by step:  
  • I used watercolor pencils for all the coloring.
  • I colored in the flowers by dipping my wet waterbrush into some clear shimmer I had squeezed out on to my work surface. It's stunning in person, not captured to well in the picture. 
  • For the letters I colored the top in a shade of pink and the bottom in a shade of purple to each letter. When I added my waterbrush, I let the colors blend in the middle for somewhat of an ombre feel. 
  • The banner I colored using yellow, then gray over the curves for a shadow look. I omitted coloring the center to give the appearance of light shining there. 
  • My heart is cut at 10" adhered to a 12x12 Lagoon mix-in paper. Flipped the Lagoon mix in paper over and used the raspberry dotted paper as a photo matte 3x3. 
  • I Heart Us paper scraps were used to create a cricut flower, the banners and the paper stips at the top and bottom. 
  • I finished off my triangle effect by placing three loose sequins - silver in the bottom right corner. 

For those that are like me, and love to see things in action here is the replay of the Facebook Live posted to my YouTube Channel! :) 

Supplies used: 

Seasons Mix in Paper X9003 https://bit.ly/2RFFeob
I Heart Us Paper Packet X7242B https://bit.ly/2RFFeob
Watercolor Pencils Z4242 https://bit.ly/2HSUoqt
Waterbrush - Medium Round Z3225 https://bit.ly/2HSUoqt
Shimmer Brush - Clear Z3293 https://bit.ly/2HSUoqt
3D Foam Tape Z1151 https://bit.ly/2HSUoqt
February Stamp of the Month S1902 https://bit.ly/2SnGYHh
Tombow Dry Adhesive Z3326 https://bit.ly/2HSUoqt

Thank you for stopping by! 


H2H Weekly Challenge | Favorite Recipe

I am excited to share with you the new H2H Challenge - Favorite Recipe: Your favorite recipe might not even involve food!

If I am in a creative funk, the first place I hit up are my Make it from Your Heart guides! Each one is filled with inspiration, cutting guides, and artwork tips. From the 4 volumes published, my favorite go to, never fail me recipe, is found in Volume 3, pattern 28.

We would love to see your favorite recipe, maybe its a card, or a layout like mine. Perhaps it's a layout featuring your favorite food recipe! To enter - head on over to the H2H Page here, and submit your artwork!

Without further ado, here is my FAV layout recipe completed and ready!

Supplies used:

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter all the H2H challenges, there is a new one posted each week! 



Live Virtual Card Classes Starting Soon

Live Virtual Card Classes! YES, PLEASE! 

Brand new for 2019, Virtual Card Classes!  Today I have ALL the information you will need on the who, what, where, when and why! to Get Started, I would invite you to join my business page on Facebook where all the classes will take place! DanYellScraps - Virtual Classes Remember to turn those notifications on so you do not miss a class!

Your instructor each month will be myself, Danielle. I have been with Close to My Heart as an independent consultant for 5 years. While being with the company I have enhanced my crafting skills, and moved up to Supervisor. I am a stay at home mother of four kiddos, and when we are not working on our homeschool, you can find me sneaking off to my craft area to get a little work in. It's not really work if it is fun, right! 

A FREE live card class, that will feature a technique, design, and or product, spreading craftyness across facebook! The live feed will be downloaded to YouTube and posted here, so if you do not have facebook or the date and time do not mesh with your schedule you will still be included! No purchase necessary, however I will always post a supply list so that you can shop if you need or want before the class. 

The FREE Live class will always be streamed via FACEBOOK and eventually YouTube Live also. This means you do not need to leave the comfort of your home! OR you and your crafty buddies can meet up and watch and craft together (in your PJ's if you want - no one will ever know) 

The first THURSDAY of each month I will post a supply list with the feature technique along with artwork samples of what the live class will be (this will happen on the last THURSDAY of the month). You will have plenty of time to shop if you'd like so you have all the supplies on hand to create during the class.  Do you need to bash your stash, if so start with your stash. 
The LIVE class will  happen the last THURSDAY of each month at 8pm ET  and feed from my Facebook Page linked above. Everyone is welcome to craft right along, as the class is FREE, YUP no purchases necessary. During the class if you have questions, I can answer them live. 

The why is because I love to share, and I am stay at home mom, who enjoys the company of like minded crafty peeps! FREE because I understand the importance of a budget in this multi-million dollar industry. As a scrapbooker at heart, and a cardmaker by day, I often find myself going live on my Facebook Page, I really love being able to interact with everyone and thought a card class would be a great addition! 

So are you ready for the first class? I thought so, without further ado I bring to you February's FREE Virtual Class! 

This card class will focus on Tricolor Stamping. We will Create 12 cards, 6 of  two designs, using the materials in the Lucky Friendship kit and easy-to-follow instructions. We will complete 3 of each design of your cards during the FREE LIVE class. We will be using the exclusive stamp images designed to give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way over and over again! 

Here are some Artwork samples: 

The following Supplies will be used during the class: 
 Kit contents:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – I Heart Us sheets
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Sapphire, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Black Glitter Paper sheet
12 – white card bases & envelopes
printed instructions


* I receive a small compensation from any purchases made via the above links, this at no additional cost to you. My family is blessed by your support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 


I Heart Us| Pre-cut Workshop (Scrapbooking)

I Heart Us! Pre-Cut Scrapbooking Workshop!

Happy February! Who knew January could be so long? Okay, it's obviously always 31 days, but this year it seemed so much longer! That being said, I had enough time to roll out another Pre-cut workshop. This month I am featuring the I Heart Us paper collection.  This paper collection is filled with vibrant colors and textures and features colors: Pixie, Raspberry, Thistle, Bluebird, Lagoon, Mint, Sweet Leaf, Canary, and Black.

Each precut workshop includes all the materials needed to create 4 stunning double page layouts. So let's check them out. 

Layout 1
You are so wonderful to me..

Layout 2
Laughter Heals the Soul

Layout 3
Hey Soul Sista You Crack Me Up

Layout 4
You Make My Heart Happy 2 page layout 


  • Eight (8) 12 x 12 base pages, (2 Mint, 2 Raspberry, 2 Black, 2 Bluebird) 
  • I Heart Us Paper collect (PreCut) and any extras
  • Canary Photo mattes 
  • Black Glitter paper strips for embellishing/finishing off edges. 
  • 9 Die cut layered spring flowers (various sizes)
  • 5 Die cut layered roses (various sizes)
  • 5 Die cut hearts (various sizes)
  • 5 Die cut butterflies layered, 1 flat butterfly 
  • 2 Alphabet titles die cut with accent titles printed using the cricut (see layout 2 & 3)
  • Various fussy cut images suchs as hearts, flowers, banners, as shown
  • Random sizes of sequins to embellish with. 
  • Emailed PDF with pictures and instructions for easy assembly. 

Additional supplies needed to complete this kit:

Favorite adhesive
3D foam tape
Micro tip non stick scissors (additional fussy cutting if desired)
Black Journaling Pen (for doodling)
Pictures (picture placement white daisy place holders are not included) 
Flip-Flaps if you would like to add more photos to your layouts.

This paper collection has now retired, however the E-Files are available!

Workshop Selections

*** All CTMH hostess that host a virtual party, are eligible to earn this kit for FREE, Ask me how!