Try Something New!

Hello and Welcome Crafty Friend!

Saturday, my group was faced with a fun challenge, to step outside of their comfort zone!
I told them to try something new, and to Pick one or more of the following:

*Try a new technique. Rock-n-Roll stamping.

*Try ink smooshing <-- it's a word (kind of) LOL 

*Use up that paper that you have been hoarding for 5 years or more. 

*Try a color combo that you love, but you're scared to tackle.

Here was my finished card after tackling rock n roll stamping, ink smooshing, and using up some paper I had been hoarding. 

I gave my group pictorials for both techniques so they could practice ink smooshing and rock n roll stamping. 
I added a boarder of stamped hearts in peacock ink. 
The vellum paper adds a soften look to that busy (my favorite) floral pattern paper. 
Both papers were cut using the stirched hexagon thin cuts. 

Check how cute the rock n roll stamping turned out on the heart! 
Don't miss that ink smooshingnon the bears. I showed my grouo 2 different ways of ink smooshing! 
My bears and heart come from the stamp set Teddy Bear Hugs

I finished my bears and heart if with a some shimmer! Which picked up really well in these pictures! 🌟
I can't wait to see what they come up with! 
I hope I have inspired you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new! 

Have fun and happy  crafting! 


"A Polka Dot Project For National Polka Dot Day!"

 Friday, January 22nd, was National Polka Dot Day!

To mark the occasion, let's check out my newest artwork featuring the "Perfect Match" paper collection. 

I started with my FAVORITE layout design! Even added a cute shaker element to it. 

Then I used the story extender from Story By Stacy! Boy, was it perfect!!! 

Above is an adorable 8.5 x 11 double layout. 

4x6 pocket pages, for pictures, journaling or even memorable!

These 3x4 pocket pages are perfect for adding the "rest of the story" without the need for a huge 12x12 layout. 

What do you do with your left overs? You make layers, and clusters to finalize your collection!

I am giving away the cutting guides to those that order the perfect match basic supplies from my shopping site! 

Check out my video showing this workshop in a beautiful Blue Bell everyday life album, on my Facebook Page. 

Hurry this collection retires Feb 28th. 



Perfect Match paper w/sticker sheet

Perfect Match coordinating cardstock 

Memory protector combo pack

Additional Supplies:

Gold sequins

Gold Embellishing thread

3D foam tape

acetate sheets

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I inspired you to get crafty!



The Best Item Found In my Stash!

Hey Crafty Peeps, 

Every Monday night, my crafty group and I get together over at DanYellScraps & Friends Facebook group, to play a fun game. The game we play is called "the Wheel of Mystery". A very bright and funny lady on Facebook originated this idea and whom I adapted the it from. She hosts a live game show on Friday nights called Craft Roulette. The roulette wheel filled with numbers, that coincide with 4 different sets of parameters. I loved this so much I brought this concept to my group... and boy are we having a blast with it. 

This week my guest crafter and fellow group member was Belinda! We spun the wheel (app on my phone) 4 times, one for each of our parameters: 
Card: Window
Colors: Peacock, Ballerina, and Pomegranate
Embellishment: Wooden Shape
Chance: Pumpkin 

This was going great until a pumpkin was tossed in there, especially with the colors that popped up. I leave the parameters up for interpretation, this truly allows the creativity to pour through. So perhaps instead of a traditional window card, the person may use a stamp or die cut of  a Window. Perhaps they make a black and white card and use the colors as splash instead of a the focal point. Or maybe they use the word pumpkin instead of an actual image. 


Here is the card that I made, and bonus, I found a package of adhesive springs. CTMH use to sells these WAY BACK when....and it was the Best Item Found In my Stash! To use this and make it super fun for the recipient, twist the spring (gently) tuck it in the envelope.  When it pulled out the spring releases sending the Sentiment to move back and forth! How fun! 

Check out the cute wooden button, I adhere that with some Tombow Mono Liquid Glue over top of my twine knot. I love the frayed ends of the twine. I added some diamond stickles to the wooden button, because who does not love sparkle!!!!

I know your saying, um where is the pumpkin, whelp it is tone on tone stamping, and added to the back of the card! It was the best I could think of for on the Fly Crafting! 

I am excited to see what my group members make with these fun parameters!

I hope I have encouraged you to get crafty!  

Supplies used in this card are listed below, and can be purchased via my website. I do earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you choose to shop with me, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. If you choose to be inspired by me, Thank You for following from the bottom of my Heart!!!!

Cardstock pomegranate, ballerina, peacock
Ink: Black & Peacock
Embellishments: Wooden Buttons, white twine
Stamp: Hey, Hi, Hello D1989
Mixed Media: White Liquid Pearls, Diamond Stickles
Adhesive Spring (retired)


H2H Challenge: Slimline Cards

Hello Crafty Peeps!

This week's challenge is all about the slimline cards! You know those super long cards, that fit in a business envelope! They certainly all the rage, and hype right now. There thin cuts, cricut cuts or the old fashion paper trimmer to get you to a beautiful slimline card. 

So, with this challenge, we want you to show us your beautiful cards in that 3.5 x 8.5 size, that you have crafted from your heart!

Remember that you can play along until the end of the month!  Share as many times as you would like!  (You just might get some ideas, too!)

Be sure to link up before the end of the year!

Here is an idea to start you off with from me, a design team member! 

Head on over to the H2H main page to see all the design team members creations and to link your artwork up. 

Remember you can play along all month long! 

Check out all the supplies used to create this card:


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Creatively use scraps!

Hello Crafty Friends,

Time to get creative with our scraps.
Fridays's challenge in my private Facebook group DanYellScraps & Friends, is a two part! 

✂️ I am challenging them to use their thin cuts or cricut cuts creatively using only their scraps. The entire plan is to create 31 pieces if art. This could be pages, cards, 3D projects or a combo for the month of January. 
All that being said, I never pressue my crafty friends to do it all. I encourage them to get crafty as often as they can. Bookmark each project that speaks to them and complete them as their crafty schedule allows. ;)

⬇️ if you're looking for a no pressure place to get crafty with ideas and friends come join my group! I am a CTMH Maker (formally known as consultants),  this group is reserved for those that are not CTMH makers and live in the U.S. 

I love this shot, you can see the beautiful clear shimmer on the shaker frame! 

I hope you have been inspired to get crafty!!! 

Happy crafting 💖

Supplies used in today's project are listed below and can be found on my shopping site
Shaker kit (circle)
Circle shaker die set
Clear shimmer brush
Pick Raspberry distress oxide ink
Candied Apple DOI. 
Black Journaling pen
Candy Apple colored cardstock 
Made with love stamp set (mini) 
Perfect Match pattern paper (zip strip)


Hourglass Layout

Have you heard of the Hourglass technique?
This style was so popular last year, and I have so MANY inspirational pins for this style. 
Thursday's challenge was to create a card or a page using an hourglass background! 
I gave my group on Facebook DanYellScraps & Friends a simple pictutorial. 
Here is my finished piece!
I hope you enjoyed viewing this project, and it inspired you to get crafty! 
Have fun and happy scrapping!  😍

Supplies for this layout can be found on my website!


"The Mystery Wheel" told me to!

Hello Crafty friends,

So typically on Monday nights in my private Facebook DanYellScraps & Friends, we spin a wheel (app on my phone) and it tells one guest and I what we will create. Due to some scheduling conflicts, it was held live on Tuesday night! 

So we spun the wheels of mystery and it said, make a gap card, using Raspberry,  peacock, and Lagoon colors, with some Embellishing thread and a heart or hearts on the card some where. 

Well we got to it right away, and here is my creation!

What's a gap card? Its where a card that a piece missing. You can filling the black with acetate or a thin cut, if you really got the time, you create some fun gap cards with partial di cutting. 

If your looking for a CTMH maker, come join my fun interactive group on Facebook! 

Hope I was able to inspire you to get crafty. 

You can snag the same supplies I used from Close To My Heart! I will list them below! 


Happy crafting friends!


It's Hip to Be Square!

I am back with another daily challenge from my crafty Facebook Group!

It's hip to be square!  The squares have it! Thursday's challenge was  to create a card or a page (any size) that uses squares! 
I encouraged  my friends to use as little as 1 or as many as 100! This was totally up to them! Be creative!

Also, i asked them to throw in the color Blue somewhere on their card or page!

I made a layout for some inspiration!

Have fun and happy crafting!

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Home Sweet Home

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with a beautiful wood frame designed for year-round décor!

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Become a Maker for Just $20!

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Distress Oxide ink Blending

It's Hump Day!
For today's challenge create a card or a page (any size) that uses:
1 photo/sentiment
2 embellishments (die cuts, stickers, bling etc.)
3 colors

For my samples - I have used one sentiment "sending love"
2 embellishments- sequins/twine/ diamond stickles
3 colors: black, candy apple, picked Raspberry 
I achieved my custom back ground by blending with Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink and candied apple distress oxide ink. I added a few sprinkles of water, and removed and excess with a towel.

I hope I have inspired you to be crafty! 
If you'd like to snag any of the supplies used in today's tutorial,  you can find them on my website here
Have fun and happy crafting! 💞


The Wheel of Mystery!

Scrolling Facebook back in October,  I came upon a crafty game night. It was called craft roulette, Mary Gunn Funn. For several Friday nights in a row I watch as she and her guests made cards per whatever parameters came from spinning the wheel. 

So I thought why not take that concept and have some fun with my crafting group! We started Monday January 4th. 
My first guest was a new crafty buddy I met about a year ago from across the pond, Pauline. She's witty,  sweet, and has lots of talent. 

We spun the wheel and here us what we got:
Landscape card
Colors: Clover, mint, Lagoon, and Bluebird.
Chance: seashell
Embellishments: Twine. 

I sort of freaked out because I have no CTMH seashells. I did manage to find an old rubber stamp from a wonderful company in WI, that had the perfect size seashell for my back ground stamping. 
I threw in some black cardstock to make a nice contrasting color, because my combo seemed so naked against the white. 
I added some sequins from the craft loose sequins bag to help add some more Bluebird into the card. 
This is what I came up with! 
Other than my sentiment being a little skewed,  I love it. 

I stamped thank you from the Jan SOTM Every Thank You stamp set. 

I hope this inspired you to get crafty. 
If you're in my Facebook group, I will catch you next Monday,  for a new spin at the Wheel! 


Daily Challenge: Stripes and Dots

Are you ready for todays challenge? 
Let's venture outside of the creative box, shall we! 
Yesterday I challenged my group over at DanYellScraps to create a card or a page (any size) using...
🥰Polka dots!!!

Here is mine for your inspiration!

Supplies Used:

Perfect Match

Valentine’s Day meets its papercrafting match with this adorable collection of products.

Stamp of the Month

January 2021: Every Thank You

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

White & Bronze Twine

Item Number: Z4030

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty today! 

Shapes and Scraps

Happy Monday!!!!
I am posting this new challenge in my DanYellscraps facebook group today!

Here is what I have asked them to do for todays challenge.
  • Get your pile of your scraps
  • your favorite thin cut shapes
  • a pair of scissors and let's go.
  • a base page or card base
  • Cut shapes from your scraps

I choose the hexagon shape from the stitched hexagon Thin Cut Set. I used the middle die. I then arranged them so they hung off the sides of my paper and then used the two left over shape to create tabs on 4 of my photo mattes.

Hope you enjoyed this challenge and inspirational artwork! 

Happy Crafting

Supplies Used

Serenity Paper + Sticker collection

Serenity Coordination Cardstock


January SOTM: Every Thank You

Hello Crafty Peeps!
A new year, a new month. A new catalog. A new stamp set of the month....wow 2021 is off to a great start! 

The 'Stamp of the Month' is a new (monthly-exclusive) Stamp set that is available for $18.95
You can also snag it for $5.00 (a $13.95 savings) when you place a $50.00 order! 

WAIT if you are a VIP Member you can earn it absolutely FREE when you place that $50.00!!

It also brings a new (exclusive from me) Stamp of the month Pre-cut Kit 

When your order via my website reaches $50 (before Shipping/Tax and AFTER any VIP credit is taken off) you will receive the Standard Kit FREE!!!!!

Thank you stamps in a variety of fonts is a MUST have staple in your stamping arsenal!

The FREE Pre-cut kit will come directly from me and will include all of the pre-cut pieces, embellishments, as well as card bases and envelopes!

I will also email you the assembly guide, and the photos of the completed projects for assembly assistance.

You'll want to join me over at my Facebook Business Page where I will be demonstrating creation tips and assembly of each of these projects!

Let's see all the beautiful projects! They really hit the spot for thank you cards and more:)

Here's a peek at the Standard Kit...

I invite you to join me on my Business Page for LIVE demonstrations using this stamp in many different of ways!

Supply Listing

Consumable Supplies: (these are pre-cut and included in the kit you will receive from me)
Jan/Feb Mix-in paper collection, pre-cut sorted per project. 
5 card bases
5 envelops 
Mink twine (precut)
Gold Glitter paper (pre-cut)
Black Glitter paper(pre-cut)
Gold foil paper(pre-cut)

Non-Consumable Supplies (these are not included in the kit you will receive from me)

- January 2021 Stamp of the Month ‘Every Thank You' #S2101 $5.00 (or FREE as VIP)

- Appropriately Sized Blocks 

- Exclusive Inks: Avocado, Peach, Smoothie, and  Black,            
- Black Journaling Pen #Z3516

- Standard tool and adhesive kit

Your Stamp of the Month Kit will come shipped DIRECTLY from me - it will NOT be included inside your order coming from the CTMH Warehouse. :)

While you're shopping be sure to check out the newest CTMH promotions, workshops, and  the  BRAND NEW IDEABOOK!!

Did you know, every order placed will include the BRAND NEW January/February Catalog FREE!!
Remember, VIP members can earn FREE Stamps of the Month each month!! You will also be added to a private Facebook group only for my VIP members where you will enjoy other special perks throughout the year of your membership! 
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The VIP Customer Program is your chance to earn shopping credit on your purchases while getting access to exclusive product and perks!
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Become a Maker for Just $20!

Signing up as a Maker with Close To My Heart is a better deal than ever this month because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $21 back in CTMH Cash! This special pricing is only available through January 31, 2021, so sign up now and discover the rewards of operating your own papercrafting business with Close To My Heart!

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with a beautiful wood frame designed for year-round décor!

Enjoy a blast from the past with one of our most popular paper collections from the past: Blossom!

Valentine’s Day meets its papercrafting match with this adorable collection of products.
Get ready for this exclusive VIP Customer workshop and virtual event happening February 25, 2021!