Saturday, December 31, 2016

[Video] Faux Christmas Toilet Paper TP Mini Album

Good morning and Happy New Year and Belated Merry Christmas!!!

I have been super busy over the past couple months.  The holidays kill me every year.  I first had a battle with my kitty, Bear.  He is only 3 yrs old and we almost lost him to kidney disease.  A week before Christmas, he was in renal failure.  The vet said that there really wasn't anything else that could be done.  But they were wrong.  She didn't consider the power of prayer.  I got on YouTube and Facebook and asked for prayer....  I needed a Christmas miracle.  I got it!!!  With in hours of going from ready to die that Saturday to eating, drinking, using his litter pan, grooming himself.  Now, he is back to normal.  He had lost half of his body weight and he is gaining it back again.  He plays and picks on his sister.  He had made a full recovery.

Now, for my mini album that I made.  This was made for a co-worker.  We had a secret Santa gift exchange at work.

The covers were made from heavy chipboard and I used Kathy Orta's hidden hinge binding system.  Below is a video review of the album.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Have you seen the new close to my heart daily planner?

 OK you have to check out the new planner from Clos To My Heart for 2017. It even includes coloring of pages.  WHOOP WHOOP!!!!  I can't wait to get my hands on mine.  I have the sea glass one coming!  You can grab yours here.

Discover your inner artist while staying on top of your schedule with our new 2017 planner system. Featuring seasonal designs you can color by hand, this exclusive planner system combines the worlds of work and play to give you a planner you can truly make your own. Choose a bundle with either the Everyday Life™ Sea Glass or stripes album, or purchase just the planner pages if you already have an album—the choice is up to you!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

[ FOR SALE ] and video Halloween Faux TP Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album

I made this mini a while ago and finished it up not too long ago.  I am on a "finish old project" streak.  I finished my Birdsong mini that is already sold.  But below, you will see a video of this mini that is for sale for $15 plus $7 in shipping.  If you are interested just contact me.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Video: Facebook Live Coffee and Crafts With Jennifer

Good evening...

I started a new video series on Facebook Live.  I normally go live in the mornings around 7:45 AM Eastern time during the week. I have to admit, I do miss sometimes but I do let my viewers know.  My show is Coffee and Crafts With Jennifer.

Below is the first episode that I made.  It was a learning experience.  I had my iPad in landscape position and FB showed me on my side along with everything else.  But, I downloaded the video and pulled it in to Camtasia and fixed it for YouTube.  Then, I found in the facing camera, everything is mirrored.  By the 3rd episode, I got that worked out too....  I use the normal camera for viewing my work space.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

[VIDEO] New City Sidewalks Close To My Heart Holiday Cricut Cartridge Walk Through

Close To My Heart has done something they have not done before.  They put out 2 Cricut cartridges in the same year....  they came out just a month apart.  The new Christmas one is a mini cartridge and it is digital.  You do need Cricut Design Space and the Cricut Explorer series machines to use this digital cartridge.  Just wait until you see the cute images on this gem.

Here is the link to the cartridge followed by a video.
City Sidewalks

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge City Sidewalks

OMG  Close To My Heart has yet another new cartridge out.  It is not as big as the regular release cartridges but still full of awesomeness.  This one is City Sidewalks, just released in our new Holiday Seasonal Idea Book.

Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection Layout

This cartridge is digital only.  It will only work on the Cricut Explorer in Design Space.  My copy is on order and will be here soon.  I have the City Sidewalks paper pack and can't wait to start some Christmas projects.

Here is a picture of the matching paper pack

Friday, August 26, 2016

[ VIDEO ]50th Birthday Card

Good morning everyone.

I know it has been a while since I posted.  I have just had several projects that kept me busy for a while.  One of the things is a skill share class that I did.  It is a free class.  I made a Christmas Card.  Here is the link...  It is free for a limited time.

Now for today's card....  Video is below

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Close To My Heart Retiring Cricut Cartridges

Good morning.

URGENT!!  URGENT!!!  Close To My Heart is retiring 3 Cricut Cartridges on July 31, 2016.  If you want them, head over to my shop and get them before they are gone.

Below are direct links to the cartridges that are retiring and to the main Cricut page on my site.

Cricut Collections
Art Philosophy  -  great all purpose cartridge. It has a little of everything.  One of my all time faves and go to cartridges
Artiste -  mostly 3D items like flowers, boxes, purses, envelopes. But does have a few elements that can be used on cards or on your layouts.  Has a couple cards too.
Artfully Sent - a must have for cardmakers.  This has cards for every occasion.  Loads of embellishments too that can also be used in scrapbook layouts, project life, art journaling and more.

Really....  I know I am going to get questions on which one I would choose (of course I have them all)  but if I didn't have any of them, my first choice would be the Art Philosophy because of how versatile it is.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
Have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

[ VIDEO ] Graduation Card

Hey everyone.....    it has been almost 2 months since I last posted...  ok  maybe 6 weeks.  Life happens..  I have just been really really busy.  However, I did manage to make a card video today.  I created this elegant graduation card.

The paper came from the Happy Times Paper Pack.  This paper was only available in May this year.  It and the matching stamp set were a special promotion for that month only.  However, I do have a few packs available.  The stamp sets that I used were Diploma Day and Smarty Pants.

Now, for the video.....  please, if you like the video, give it a thumbs up and subscribe...  Thanks

Sunday, May 1, 2016

[ VIDEO ] Masculine Birthday Card and May Specials

Hello everyone...

Guess what May is???   Give up???  It is National Scrapbooking Month.  Close To My Heart is offering a new paper pack and stamp set that will only be available during the month of May 2016.  So, if you want it, you have to get your order in by May 31st or sooner.  Sooner will probably be better since they may sell out.  In my video I will show you the paper pack and the stamp set.

I am also featuring the Stamp of the Month....

Here are the Links that I mention in
the video

Here is the Video

Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know if you would be interested in an online workshop.  It will be free.  I would need to know if most of you prefer Google Hangouts or Ustream.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Last Chance Close To My Heart Retiring Items

Good morning!!!  Tomorrow at 11:59 PM will be the last chance to order from the current ideas book.  We have many items retiring tomorrow night.  You don't want to miss out.

Here is are a few items retiring

There are several more items retiring.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Head over to my store and order today.
Here is the link to the catalog that is retiring on May 1

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Come And Join My Close To My Heart Team.... Promotion Extended

Good morning.  It has been a while since I posted, but the special to join Close To My Heart for the all time low price of $75.  There are fantastic incentives also....  feel free to contact me for all the juicy details.

You can also click the link in my nav bar above Join My Team.  I would love to have you aboard.  You will receive top knoch training and plenty of perks.  I have a private Facebook group for my team only and you will be added to my upline's groups as well.  We have some of the industry's best know crafters in our network.

You get all of this good yumminess (if there is such a word) plus an addition $50 in free product of your choice.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Becoming A New Close To My Heart Consultant Is Now Better Than Ever

April Constant Campaign

Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during April 2016 is more rewarding than ever. Not only do you get the beautiful New Consultant Kit at a new, lower price, but when you submit $350 in personal sales within your first 30 days*, you get your choice of either a FREE Cricut® collection or $100 in Select Product Credit—and that’s in addition to the Straight To The Top start-up bonus that you’ll earn along the way!
By signing up and joining MY team, I will show you how you can easily get that $350 in personal sales your first month.  You will have access to fantastic private Facebook groups full of other consultants that will also help you along the way.  Our upline is filled with many many knowledgeable and successful leaders.  You will not find a more comprehensive and thorough training with any other company.  Not only will you learn how to host a successful in person, in home gathering, but will learn how to utilize the online community and social media to promote your business.
If you have any questions, you can contact me or go to my New Consultant Sign Up page for more details.  This new consultant campaign for April info will be live on April 1st.
* The 30-day period begins five days (US) or ten days (CA) after the New Consultant Kit has been shipped.
Dates: Offer valid April 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

#BabyImWorthIt #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #EarnMoney #BeYourOwnBoss

Saturday, April 16, 2016

[ VIDEO ] Birthday Card Using A Double Stencil Technique

Good morning everyone...  ooops it is almost afternoon.  Where did the time go?????

I played this morning in my craftroom.  My other half and older step son went out to Powerline Park in St Clairsville OH for their spring open.  So, they loaded up the Can Am Commander side by side and off they went for the day.  Probably the only kid appropriate event at that park.

Anyhow, Here is a card that I made this morning using a technique that I learned on Stamp Nation called double stencil technique.  The video is a little longer because I didn't do any speeding up of the video.

Products Used:

Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Timber Brown
CTMH White Daisy Ink
Craft Card Stock
White Ribbon
Upcoming CTMH Stanp of The Month for May 2016
Versamark Ink
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Timber Brown

Here is the video

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Brand New Card Kit Now Available

Greetings fellow crafters...  I just completed my new card kit that is now available for purchase.  Below you will find a pic of the cards and a video at the end of the post.

Included in this kit
  • 4 Card Bases
  • 4 Envelopes
  • 1 Piece of 6 x 6  Double Sided Pattern Paper
  • 1 Piece of 3 1/4 x 5 Double Sided Pattern Paper
  • 1 Piece of Solid Colored Card Stock
  • 1 Piece of CTMH Extra Thick Baker's Twine
  • Complete Cutting and Instruction Guide (will be emailed to you after purchase)

Not Included
Feel free to use your own stamp sets and supplies.  This kit is designed to give you the freedom to customize your cards.  However, if you would like to purchase any of the stamps, ink or adhesives, I have linked to them above.

To Purchase:

$9.95 + $3.00 Shipping and Handling

Close To My Heart and Stampin Up Consultants.  I will sell just the cutting guide and instructions to you.  Email me and I will send you an invoice via PayPal.  In your email, please include your shopping website so that I can verify that you are an active consultant.

Consultant Price is $7.00.  I will also send you the terms in which you may use my guide.  It includes the obvious...  can't sell or distribute in whole or part, no modifications to the document etc.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mother's Day Card Waxed Paper Emboss Resist Technique

Good morning...

I wanted to share a card that I just finished this morning.  I got my inspiration from a post on Stamp Nation, which I just joined a couple days ago.

I sort of CASED Dawn Turley's Happy Birthday card.  The technique is fairly easy.  She mentioned a YouTube video from GinaK on using waxed paper for an emboss resist technique.  I loved Dawn's card so much that I had to make one too.  Here is the GinaK's YouTube Video .  I followed her instructions.

Then I stamped the sentiment of white daisy card stock and did a dove tail cut to create the banner.
I also used my Zutter Bow It All 2.0 to make the bow.

Materials Used:

This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links and I may earn a small commission.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

[ VIDEO ] 3 x 3 Note Cards and Envelopes and Box

Good afternoon everyone...

Being off work because of my knee surgery has really given me time to craft.  I am pumping out the videos like mad.  Geeeeee  I may spoil you, huh.

Any who....  here are a couple sets of note cards with envelopes and a cute box to put them in.


Note Cards:  paper cut 3 x 6 scored at 3"

Envelopes:  paper cut 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 scored at 5/8 on envelope punch board

Box 5 1/2 x 11   scored on short sides at 1" and on one long side at 3 1/2, 4 1/2. 8 and 9"

The video will be below....  but first, the products that I used in this video (box on right) ....

Kraft Card Stock
Black Archival Ink
Spring Time Wishes Stamp Set
Spring Time Wishes Die Set (No longer available)
Misti stamping tool
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
Tombow Glue
Shinhan Twin Touch Markers  Click the link and scroll down a little

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Frugal Way to Make Your Own Cling Foam Mounting Sheets for Your Unmounted Wood Block Stamps

Quick Post This Morning.....

Here is a really great way to cut your costs in half on mounting your unmounted wood block stamps onto cling mounting sheets to use with acrylic stamping blocks, Fiskars Stamp Press or your MISTI stamping tool.  I was so excited to come across this idea because I was running out of the EZ Mount Cling Mount Sheets and they are expensive.  I did some research and found this idea of using Fun Foam and Window Cling Sheets.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

[ VIDEO ] Art Journal Page Prompt Dream

Art journal page for the Prompt in the FB group Art Journaling Prompts.  This is week 14 and the prompt is DREAM.

Below is a video of me putting this page together.  I used some inks and stamp sets from Close To My Heart in this piece.  The word DREAM was stamped with Handwritten Print Alphabet stamp set.  The feathers were from the set FEATHERS,  The inks that I used were Black Archival Ink, Sapphire, and Saffron.

Check out the new promotion on Close To My Heart for becoming a new consultant.  I have never seen one this good.  April is the month to join my team.  Our upline is phenomenal,

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Vintage Style Gift Tags and MISTI Stamping Tool

Good evening folks....  hope everyone had a good weekend.  Mother Nature has lost her mind.  It was 70 degrees on Christmas Day and snow last night and it is April.  Go figure.  But I didn't let that spoil my weekend.  I got a package yesterday.....  I received the MISTI stamping tool....  The Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented.  This gadget is AWESOME!!!!   I love it.

I have struggled with getting my sentiments straight, incomplete stamping and hard to do mass producing. This new toy of mine corrects all of that and makes layering stamped images a snap.

I will probably do a video using this neat thing.  Well, actually, most of my future card making videos I will probably be using it.

I made some gift tags last night but did not record it.  I wanted to get a feel for the tool before going on film with it.

These are the tags I made last night.  I spent hours watching YouTube videos of reviews and other stampers using it.

What I did with these cuties are first I die cut the tags using my Big Shot and Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags Big Z die.  Then I took Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Walnut Stain, with the blending tool and colored the tags.  They started out a pale yellow color.

Then came time to use my MISTI.  I used Blossoming Expressions Stamp Set.  It is a layered stamp set that has 3 kinds of flowers and a set of leaves.  These stamps you layer them.  Each flower and leaf has a background layer and a top layer to add more detail.  This is where the Misti came in handy.  I used the same color for both layers.  But the bottom layer was a second generation stamping so that it would be lighter than the top layer.  Did the same for the leaves.

The sentiment came from our I Do stamp set.  This set is geared towards weddings but the Celebrating sentiment can be used for so many other occasions.

The inks used were Sorbet, Pomegranate, and black archival ink.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Art Journal Page Featuring April Stamp of the Month

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

I have been working on this project for 2 days.  In addition to scrapbooking and making cards, I love to play in my art journals.  It took 2 days because of all of the drying time between layers and household obligations.

Here is a pic of my page.  When I decided to do this page, I wanted to use CTMH new Stamp of the Month for April 2016.  The set is called Life in Pictures.  Instead of doing a scrapbook layout or a card, I wanted to do something different.  So I went for an art journal page.

What I did

  • I started by putting down a nice coat of Gesso to condition the page.  The journal I am using is actually just a sketch book.  With that said, the paper is not real thick to hold up to multi media art.
  • Then I put down some color using Close To My Heart's Watercolor paints.  I used some blues, purple and a green which is not real noticeable.  
  • Next, I took it outside and sprayed it with an acrylic sealant to prevent the watercolors from running when I used Modge Podge.   I also sprayed my photo.
  • I used a piece of plastic canvas used in needle point work as a stencil and used Tatterd Angels Gold Glimmer mist to mist a mild pattern on the background to add texture.
  • Matted the picture and glued it down on my page.
  • I took a couple stencils (the bricks and the butterfly) and applied 3D modeling paste to get a raised look.
  • I used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color the bricks and touched them up with ShinHan Twin Touch Markers.  The butterfly was colored using a couple of our inks like water color painting...  Cotton Candy and Gypsy.
  • Then I stamped using our black archival ink and our Stamp of the Month Life In Pictures.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Halloween Faux TP Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album

Good morning.

Hope everyone had a happy Easter.  I just wanted to share this mini album that I finished up this past week.  I started it way back before Halloween but didn't get around to finishing it.  But since I have time on my hands as I recover from knee surgery, I am finishing some projects that I started but have yet to complete.

This album is for sale in my Etsy Store

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Card With Partial Die Cutting

Good morning everyone...

I wanted to share this cute card that I made this morning.  It is a Z fold card with a partial die cutting technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire on YouTube.  I did not record a video of this since it was my first try at it and I did mess it up and had to start again.  I was on the phone and doing this and the first card, I cut one of the flowers on the wrong side of the fold.

Here is what I did

First, I used one of CTMH white daisy card bases.  I lined it up on my desk mat and put a very light pencil line down the middle of the front of the card.

I used one of our Spring Time Wishes thin cut dies (sold out) and layed them half way across my pencil mark.  Taped the die in place.   When I ran it through my Big Shot, I only put the top plate over the right side of the card front.  That gave me a partial cut.

I erased my pencil lines.  I stamped the partial die cuts with the matching stamp set, SpringTime Wishes with our black archival ink. being careful to line up the stamp on the cut. I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  This was to insure that when I colored the images, the ink would not run and stay in the lines.

I colored the flowers using Designing With Gelatos Colors Kit- ,  The inside I used a piece of Confetti Wishes (retired) paper from my little sample package of B & T paper that was on a ring.  The sample paper was large enough to avoid the hole and I was able to cut to size.  On top of that I used White Daisy to write a sentiment.  I inked the white paper with Pacifica ink.

The Happy Birthday Sentiment, I stamped 3 times along the outside edge using Just To Say Stamp set from the Cricut Collection.  NOTE:  only available in this stamp set.  Used Pacifica, Thistle and Honey inks.

I felt it needed a little more on the front.  Seemed plain.  I took white sequins from the Coral Reef pack  (discounted right now -  get them while they are still available) and used Pacifica Shinhan Twin Tip Marker (this color is no longer available) and colored the sequins to match the card.  Then used Bitty Sparkles in the centers.

I almost forgot, I took a piece of that Confetti Wishes paper and put it on the inside of the Z fold behind the flowers to cover up an oopsie when I got some ink on that panel.

This is the inside of the card.  And there you have it.  If you are interested in any of the products used, just click the links in my instructions or go to my Close To My Heart Store.

This post does contain an Amazon Affiliate Link which I may earn a small commission

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

[Video] No Cutting Easy Gift Box

Good Afternoon,

Miracles do happen.  Posting 2 days in a row  LOL!  Hey, I found this fantastic project from a Stampin Up Demonstrator on YouTube.  She did a video on this cute gift box almost 3 years ago. Her YouTube channel is Stamping T.  So, I decided to also do a video to bring it back again.

It is really easy once you make a couple.  In my video below, it was my third attempt.  My second was a flop because I taped in the wrong places.  In the picture above, I used a retired paper pack called Taste of Summer.  It was out for only a month last May.  Close To My Heart had it and a matching stamp set for the month of May 2015 only.  I had bought a couple packs and the stamps.

You will need a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper and a 10 inch long piece for the belly band.  The width can be whatever your heart desires.  I cut mine for both boxes I made at 1 1/2" wide.  You will also need scor-tape and whatever embellishments you want to decorate your box with.

Here are the scoring instructions.  I did put them on the screen in the video but sometimes it is helpful to have them in print as well.

Start off with placing your paper with the outside of the box facing down on your score board.
On one side score at 1 1/2" , 3" and 3 3/4".  Turn paper 180 degrees and repeat
Turn paper 90 degrees and score at 3" and 4 1/2", Turn again 180 degrees and repeat.

I am entering this into the Heart2Heart Retired Challenge.

Here are some of the products I used:

Taste of Summer B & T Paper - Reitred

Monday, March 21, 2016

[Video] Happy Birthday Card Using Seaside Paper

Good Morning.

I just uploaded a video of making a birthday card using a retired paper pack which I have a ton of...  Seaside B & T paper pack.  I had gotten the bulk pack last year and it has been sitting in my collection.  I have only used a couple sheets so far.  I wanted to use something from my stash.  I have so much of this paper that if you are interested in any of it, I will sell it for $1 per sheet plus flat rate shipping, no matter how many sheets you want.  Just send me an email.

What I forgot to mention in the video is that I used the Lagoon Ink to ink up the edges of my card pieces.

Products Used:
Seaside Paper Collection (Retired)
Happy Birthday Sentiment (Retired - was the Stamp of the Month April 2015)
1 1/2" Circle Punch
2" Scallop Circle Punch

Entered into the following Challenges

Sunday, March 13, 2016

[Video] Monoprinted or Gelli Printing and Thinking of You CardWood

Good morning everyone!!!!  Wake up and smell the coffee now that the clocks have moved an hour ahead and loosing an hour sleep...  YAWN!!

What have I been up to???  Playing with gelli printing on my homemade gelli plate and an acrylic cutting mat.  I recorded a video of my very first experience in this art form.  I have seen so many artists using this form of printing in art journaling.  I decided I wanted to give it a try.

After the video is a picture of a card that I made using this technique but with inks instead of paints. The inks and stamp sets are from Close To My Heart.

Here is my homemade gelli plate

After recording this, I decided to try using inks while off camera.  Here is a print that I came up with.  The inks didn't work as well because they were fast drying.  You need slower drying ink like pigment ink.  I ended up having to touch up the background and the stamped plants.  I added the sentiment afterwards.

Products that I used were the Close To My Heart Inks
Sapphire Z2648

Canary Z2643
Sunset Z2191
Woodland Romance Stamp Set D1683
Also used The Stamp of the Month for January 2016