Holiday Extravaganza

Hershey Kiss Halloween Treats

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you won’t want to miss out on our Annual Holiday Extravaganza.  This annual favorite features holiday crafts ranging from cards, tags to gift ideas.  You’ll make a mix of projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We provide all the supplies and inspiration, you just bring your favorite adhesive(s).  We even feed you snacks and lunch!

Registration closes September 27, so don’t delay.  To learn more and/or register, click HERE.

Countdown to 12 Weeks of Christmas

SunnyDay Memories 12 Weeks of Christmas

Our Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas is less than 3 weeks away!  Can you believe it?  If you aren’t already on our mailing list, be sure to sign up so that you can enjoy our weekly project inspiration all geared toward the holidays.  You’ll receive card ideas, gift ideas as well as wrapping ideas–all complete with step-by-step instructions.  You won’t want to miss out.

Frightfully Cute Halloween Card

Frightfully Cute Halloween Greetings Card

Close To My Heart has a *NEW* Halloween Stamp Set called Halloween Greetings.  When preparing for this month’s Stamp Club, I decided to use this set as it’s so spectacular.  I love the different fonts, images and sentiments it contains (plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a Cricut compatible set, too!)

I designed the card so that it showcases the variety of patterns available in our Scaredy Cat Paper Collection.

To shop for Halloween supplies, click HERE.

#30yearsofhappy Yum Tag

#30yearsofhappy Yum Tag

A fun little tag perfect for adding to a yummy treat.  Yesterday, my kids had their birthday celebration at school.  To stay in theme (we’re taking them to Disneyland for their birthday) I baked up some Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies.  We then decorated the ears with some candy melts to finish off the theme.

Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies

Both have larger class sizes this year (full classes, actually!) so we had to make 50 cookies to have enough for all the kids and the teachers.  Talk about a labor of love :)

Mickey Cookie Yum Tag

For the tag, I flipped the “Yum” image over and stamped with what should be the back side of the stamp to create the polka dots.  I cleaned the image, flipped it over and then stamped the “Yum” sentiment.  Finally, to color in the center of the image, I inked up a Sponge Dauber with Honey ink and simply pressed it in the center of the stamped yum image.

Be sure to get your FREE #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set before the month is over!  Click HERE to start shopping.

#30yearsofhappy Thinking of You Card

#30yearsofhappy thinking of you card

Today’s card is a perfect example of how you can use up your scraps! For this card I used the following items:

  • #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set (September Special–get it FREE!)
  • Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2105)
  • Chalk It Up Paper Packet (X7184B)
  • Chalk It Up Complements (X7184C)
  • Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)
  • 1″ Circle Punch (Z1999)


To learn more about the CTMH September Special, click HERE.


September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart will be celebrating all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you will qualify to receive the exclusive C-size stamp set #30yearsofhappy FREE (a $13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD value)! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and honors the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! You can take part in the fun for the next 30 days by purchasing your own set, just click HERE!

*Offer valid September 1-30, 2014. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item ($13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD). Excluded stamps include discounted Stamp of the Month sets, Hostess Rewards sets, Workshops on the Go sets, and any other kit-exclusive stamps. 


Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Great Job Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Today’s card is one of the projects my Stamp Club made this month.  It’s a fun pop-up gift card holder card without any fussy cutting.

Open Great Job Pop-up Gift Card Holder

We used the *NEW* Chalk It Up Paper Collection, the *NEW* Great Job Stamp Set, several *NEW* ShinHan Alcohol markers and the *NEW* Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon.  There are lots of wonderful new products in the Annual Inspirations Book.  To see all the *NEW* products, click HERE.

Frightfully Fun Halloween Tag

Frightfully Fun Halloween Tag

This Frightfully Fun Halloween Black Cat Tag is one we created as one of our three projects at last Saturday’s Creative Connections Event.  It showed off several *NEW* products from the Annual Inspirations Book.

The supplies used to create this tag are:

  • *NEW* Frightfully Fun Stamp Set (B1453)
  • *NEW* Trick or Treat Sweets Stamp Set (B1460)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2105)
  • *NEW* ShinHan Touch Twin Warm Grey 4 Marker (Z2467)
  • *NEW* Scaredy Cat Paper Packet (X7185B)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809)
  • Flamingo Dots (Z1934)
  • *NEW* Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon (Z1989)
  • *NEW* Sunset Chevron Washi Tape (Z2005)
  • *NEW* Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Round Sponge (Z697)
  • *NEW* Mini Stapler (Z2027)
  • *NEW* Chevron Border Punch (Z1998)
  • Corner Rounder (Z1912)
  • Journaling Pen (Z1979)


To shop for supplies, click HERE.

Happy ‘Owl’oween Card

Picture My Life Happy Owloween Card

Today’s card not only shows off CTMH’s August Stamp of the MonthWhat a Hoot (which I absolutely adore!!) but also the BabyCakes Picture My Life Collection as well.  When I saw this adorable owl card in the Babycakes PML I knew it would pair well with this stamp set.  I embossed the Sunset CS to tie in with the polka dot head of the owl.  I stamped and cut out the fun mask–although it was a shame covering the darling eyes on this owl!  I finished the card off with the Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape (retired) and added a couple of the *NEW* Gold Sequins–they are already adhesive-backed which makes them so super easy to use.

Don’t forget that this month’s CTMH special allows you to get your choice of a 10-pack of page protectors for only $3 when you purchase any of our Picture My Life Scrapbooking Collections.  To see all of the collections, click HERE.

Scrapbooking the Start of School

Start School Poem

Today was the day to go to school and find out who your teacher will be for the year.  There was also the opportunity to visit your classroom and meet your teacher before school officially begins tomorrow.  I had to share this darling poem my son’s teacher gave each of her students–it is so sweet!

So to set the stage properly, we walk into the classroom and she has each child’s “station” set up with their name, a letter about her along with a sealed envelope.  Every child had a different colored envelope, but they were all the same.  The deal was that they were to take the envelope home with them and then open it & read it once they were there.

Inside was a little note along with a Ziploc bag of confetti stars.  Here is what the note says:

The night before school is exciting and fun.

There are always so many things to be done.

Your clothes are ready, your backpack is, too.

Your classroom is full of fun things you will do.

Lots of questions go through your mind,

All types of thoughts of every kind.

But sometimes we all get the jitters down deep

And that makes it hard to fall fast asleep.

So I’ve made this magic confetti for you,

Full of promises for the whole year through.

On Tuesday night when you lay down your head,

Just sprinkle some under your pillow in bed.

The confetti will help you sleep through the night

And wake up in the morning fresh and bright.

I’ll sprinkle the confetti under my pillow, too

Because I am so super excited to see you!

Sweet dreams Second Grader!


Ms. Sander

So adorable, right?!?  Definitely a memory to scrapbook.  My son smiled so big and said, “I knew my teacher was nice.”  Here’s to another great year of school!

Robot Birthday Card

Robot Family Birthday Card

It’s birthday week around here…Wednesday marks the birthday of my husband, his sister, my aunt as well as 2 friends.  Whoa, that’s a lot of birthdays for 1 day, huh?!?

I really like this birthday card as it’s pretty straight forward but looks great. Plus, you get the bonus of coloring it–coloring in images can be such therapy (that is if you aren’t rushed for time!)  I received this card in a swap from Kandi G.  If you look closely at the birthday cake, you’ll see she used Washi Tape to paper piece it–clever, right?!?

Robot Family Birthday Card Close-up

Here are the supplies used to create this card:

  • Robot Family Stamp Set (C1583)
  • Whisper Cardstock (X5929)
  • Gypsy Cardstock (X5757)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Pear, Gypsy & Lagoon Alcohol Marker Sets (retired)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape (retired)
  • Black & Grey Expoxy Bubbles
  • Purple Glitter Gems (Z1936)
  • Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z1752)


To shop for supplies, click HERE.

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