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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Card Buffet Fun

Last night was the last of three All-You-Can-Make Card Buffets I have held over the past 5 days.  They have been so much fun.  Between those three 2-hour buffets, 24 people attended, over 400 cards were made, and much fun was had by all. I meant to take photos at all of the buffets, but forgot because I was having too much fun with everyone. Last night I finally remembered. YAY!  As you can see, everyone was busy at work trying to finish as many cards as possible.

I'll be having more Card Buffets again in April, so watch the blog and your email mid-March for the dates and details. I'd love to have you come!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Share The Love Valentine Card and a Video

Close To My Heart is committed to being a company that not only has great products, but that does great things.  We have been a proud supporter of Operation Smile for many years.  Since February is a month all about LOVE, CTMH decided to SHARE THE LOVE with Operation Smile.  They created an exclusive stamp set called Share the Love that can be purchased this month.  $7 of the proceeds from each stamp set go straight to Operation Smile.  How cool is that?!!!

I created this fun Valentine using the Share the Love set.  I had fun creating that arrow background by using a Lagoon stamp pad to stamp them on Lagoon Cardstock.  I think creating your own patterned paper is something that people forget they can do with stamps. Give it a try!

I will actually be sharing something I created with the set each Friday, right here on my blog. It's Friday, so here's my first share.  CTMH will also be sharing artwork with this set throughout the month on their social media channels.  AND, they want you to do the same. If you create something with this set, just add the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to bring attention to this worthy cause.  To purchase this set and share the love with children in need, just click here. It takes $245 to pay for one operation. That means for every 35 sets sold, we are paying for a brand, new smile on a child.  COOL beans!

Last year our own Monica Wihongi (CCO at CTMH) went to Mexico on an Operation Smile mission and got to see first hand the marked difference this charity makes in the lives of so many. Here's a video of that mission (and yes, that's Kate Walsh from Grey's Anatomy).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

March Play Group Scrappin' Class Layouts and Cards (Charlotte)

The deadline to order your long-distance kits or sign up to attend March classes in person is Saturday, February 12 by 10 pm MT.  Just call or email me to sign up (801.360.9896,

We'll be making four 2-page 12" x 12"  layouts using our soft and beautiful Charlotte papers, as well as adding a 9 card option to the layouts this month.  To create all four layouts, all you need is the Basic Kit. If you want to add the 9 cards, you'll need to get all or part of the Better Kit  (just order the items from this kit you don't already have), and if you are participating long-distance and want to do both the layouts and the cards, you'll want to order all or part of the Best Kit (just order any items you don't already own).  Hopefully that's clearer than mud (*wink*).  Please call or email me if you have any questions and I'm happy to answer them for you (801.360.9896,

March Dates and Times to Choose From:

  • Thursday evening, March 10 from 7-10 pm in Pleasant Grove, UT
  • Friday morning, March 11 from 10 am - 1 pm in American Fork, UT
After the layout  and card photos, you'll find the shopping list.  In order to participate, you are only required to purchase the Basic Kit, but you are more than welcome to buy the Better or Best Kits, or to pick and choose from some of those items to add to your Basic Kit.  You'll see the kit totals in the shopping list below. I've also included a products list, complete with photos and links, at the end of this post for your convenience.  Also, please go back and read the bolded paragraph above to be sure you understand which kits get you just the layouts, and which kits add the card option.

Feel free to click on any image to see it larger and in more detail. For each layout, I've included a photo of the layout with photos (with measurements included for each of the photo mats), and some detail shots.

Layout #1 - Lovely Day:

Layout #2 -  Celebrate:

Layout #3 - Today:


Layout #4 - Picture My Life Layout:

9 Card Option (3 each of 3 different designs):

Shopping List: (links and photos of all of the items in the kits, as well as supply items that are needed to complete the layouts, are at the end of the post so that you can see what each item is.)

Basic Kit (this kit will get you everything you need to complete the four 2-page layouts, except for the flip flaps on layout #3. To get these, see the Best Kit):

  • Charlotte Workshop Your Way (includes Charlotte Paper Packet, Charlotte Complements, 3 extra sheets of Cardstock {2 Whisper and 1 Black}, Black and Gold Ribbon, Treasured Puffies)
  • 2 extra sheets White Daisy Cardstock
  • 2 of Design 5 Picture My Life Page Protectors
  • Karen's Cutting Guide
Total including shipping and tax for those attending in person: $35
Total including shipping and tax for those participating long-distance: $40
Total if you want me to cut your papers for you:  add $5 to your total

Better Kit* (this kit gives you everything you need to make the additional 9 cards if you are attending in person. Karen will provide the stamp sets and thin cuts for your use at class. If you are not attending in person and want to make the cards, you'll also want to get the things in the Best Kit):
  • 9 card bases with envelopes
  • 1 sheet Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paint Brushes
  • Black Memento Pad
Total including shipping and tax for those attending in person: $76*
Total including shipping and tax for those participating long-distance: $81
Total if you want me to cut your papers for you: add $5 to your total

Best Kit* (this kit gives you the stamp set and thin cuts you need for the cards {if you are attending in person, I will have them for you to use at class. You will also need a die cut machine for the thin cuts, which I will also be providing at the in-person class for your use}, as well as the flip flaps for Layout #3):
  • Springtime Wishes Stamp Set
  • Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts
  • Sorbet Pad
  • 3" x 4" Flip Flaps
Total including shipping and tax for those attending in person:  $121
Total including shipping and tax for those attending long-distance: $126
Total if you want me to cut your papers for you:  add $5 to your total

*At this purchase level ($50 or more) you qualify for the February Stamp of the Month ("Balloon Animals"...$17.95 value) for only $5.


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