Do You Heat Emboss?

What’s something in your crafting that you haven’t done in a long time? For me, that’s heat embossing. I rarely do it, and I discovered that it’s long past time I ordered a new versa mark pad. The one I currently have is drying out. It’s got to be at least 8 or 10 years old. Possibly more.

Close to My Heart to the rescue! They have it, and carry a variety of Ranger embossing powders! (The versa mark ink is on my wish list for April).

I mention this because I heat embossed some elements on a layout I made today. I was thinking of ways to fill a space that felt too empty, and heat embossing popped into my brain. It was worth a shot, right? Here’s what I came up with:

The stamp I used is Showtime, the stamp set that comes with the Step Right Up paper packet. It’s still available- just a couple days left to get it, in fact. Want it? Head to my website. I’ll share the link at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a couple more close ups of this birthday themed layout:

Check out the heat embossing products we carry at Close to My Heart, or grab some Thin Cuts and the Step Right Up paper packet and stamp while you’re at it. These items are available for only a few more days; they’re all on my Close to My Heart website:


Using Washi Tape on a Layout

Happy Friday! The month is half over and picking up steam as we go.

Earlier this month, my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary, and now we’re staring his 40th birthday in the face. We’re having a bunch of friends and our family over to celebrate. I’m excited for him.

May and June will be busy with appointments (I’m still waiting to hear from a pulmonologist, or lung specialist), and then we’ll be greeting summer!

Time goes faster once kids come along, I swear!

Today, I wanted to share another washi tape- laden layout with you.

I started off with a crisp sheet of CTMH White Daisy cardstock and some tropical blue and spring green mist.


Next, I covered a strip of scrap Daisy White cardstock with CTMH washi tapes. The green washi is from the dollarama, I believe. Before adhering the washi taped strip of cardstock to the base, I layered a paper doily underneath it.

While I cut the photo mat to size, I thought it would be fun to cover the smaller mat with more washi. This time, I used coral polka dot washi, to highlight the cheese this page is about.

Yes, cheese.

My daughter- I don’t know who- stuck a kraft single on my patio door.  And left it there.

It still cracks me up!

I cut the title using my cricut and included some journaling along one side of the paper strip.

Thanks for joining me today! Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back again real soon!

Western and Beach Theme Cards

Hello everyone! It’s a blustery day in my neck of the woods today. Yuck. I woke up around midnight last night from the wind, and it’s still blowing now. The sun is trying to shine in between all the clouds filling the sky. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more sunshiney day than today is.

I have a couple custom cards I whipped up yesterday to show you, and later this week, I’ll return to sharing all the great stuff I’ve been trying to post over the last month or so. Slow and steady wins the race.

If you missed it, I accept special requests for cards and custom scrapbook albums- all at a reasonable price. You can read more about it here.

The person that requested these cards is a returning customer- I made Princess and the Frog themed wedding invitations for her. While I’m pleased she’s asking for more cards, I’m also pleasantly surprised. I made the wedding invitations over a year ago!

No matter. I’m pleased she remembered me and asked for more hand made cards. The two cards I made have very specific themes- one is western themed and the other is beachy. 


To create the western card, I first turned to Pinterest. I needed some ideas- which, there was lots! I came across horse shoes, horses,  stars, cacti…I really liked the cacti, but I have nothing of the sort in my stash, so settled on a unicorn turned horse.

(I plan to remedy the cacti problem. CTMH carries adorable stamps and coordinating dies that work with most non electronic die cutting machines!) View them here.

I had burlap left over from a banner I had made for a dear friends’ wedding, so trimmed the pennants off and layered it on top of the card base. My liquid glass (CTMH) worked well to adhere it.

Next, I adhered black lace to white cardstock (to help it pop against the kraft background better)- once again using my liquid glass. I thought burlap and lace worked well for a western theme.

To finish, I inked the edges of the image mat and card base using CTMH Barn Red and Cocoa inks, and added a bow beneath the image.

(The inside of the card has Best Wishes stamped on it).


I also searched for beachy card ideas on Pinterest too. I immediately thought of using CTMH Seaside, but I don’t have the entire collection. Then I remembered that I’ve had a SU nautical stamp set in my stash for quite a few years. That would work!

I stamped the background using CTMH Whisper, Flaxen and Juniper inks, then layered the anchor on top, using CTMH Basic Black ink.

I used long retired CTMH sticker alpha stickers for the title, and the button and twine have been lurking in the depths of my stash for quite a while.

(I want to make the beachy/nautical card again- but smaller). Stay tuned for it sometime in the future!)

Holla at me if there’s a special or unique card you’d like made. If not, how do western and beach themes inspire you? I’d love to see! Share what you make when you’re done!

Customs, Anyone?

Hello everyone! Today is the first day in awhile that my husband actually had work! Which meant that I could finally get back to my regular routine. 

Boy, it feels good 😃

So, y’all know that I’m crazy for paper crafting. I established that fact a long time ago.

And y’all know that I am proficient in card making and layout making. Also a long established fact.

It’s also well known that everything I’ve shared- to date- is meant for my personal use.

But, did you know that I accept custom requests, as well?

Times are tough, and I’m actively looking for ways to creatively supplement our income- hence the reason I am a Close to My Heart consultant and create and sell custom requested cards and albums.

Now, I know this craft isn’t popular and in high demand like other handmade products are. Scrapbooking and papercrafting is a lost art- “snail mail” is a lost art. Needing a card for different occasions in our lives never goes out of style. We’ll always need them.

Not very many people have requested hand made items, and of the ones that did, even fewer have come back for more than one purchase. I’m OK with that. The ones that have returned, I’m incredibly thankful for and sincerely appreciate their kindness. I know there are more of you out there- the trick is finding you!

They haven’t returned not because of the poor job I’ve done, or lousy customer service. It’s solely because there’s very little interest in this type of art these days. It’s a dying breed.

If anyone wants a scrapbook or handmade card, they usually can (and do!) make it themselves. I’m looking for the people that love the way it looks, or would love to create something themselves, but don’t have a the time, know how or patience to paper craft! I know you exist, and I know you can have pretty paper-made things with very little effort. The question is, are you willing to give in?!

In turn, help support a local, home-based business.

All cards and scrapbooks are made from high quality products (mostly Close to My Heart), and are affordably priced. All the work you’ve seen here are indicative of what your finished projects will look like. Scrapbook albums can be purchased through CTMH if you don’t currently own one; if you do, kindly send it along with your printed photos, so each page can be created around the theme of each photo/group of photos.

As I alluded to above, in order for a scrapbook album to be created, I kindly ask for your pictures to be printed and sent to me (I will pick up if you’re in or around Edmonton!) along with your scrapbook album and any other mementos you’d like included in your custom scrapbook album. If you opt to purchase a scrapbook album via Close to My Heart, the price of it will be included in your total. (Albums are $100 + cost of album and shipping from CTMH).

Cards are $2 each, but can be bundled into packs (of any denomination) at a discounted price.

All prices are in Canadian currency. I will ship across Canada; shipping charges will be included. If you live in or near Edmonton, I am willing to meet you to pick up and drop off all orders! 😃

Comment here or email me at for more information.

I hope this appeals to someone out there. If it does, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here and more than happy to help you out!

Way to Go! Skating Card

Hi everyone!  I’m back again today with a special card I made Wednesday for our friends’ figure skating showcase yesterday.

But first! Oh my gosh!  Guess what just arrived?! I wasn’t expecting it until the 31st!


My pictures! !!

Guess what I’ll be doing this afternoon?! 😂

OK. Now that I’ve got my excitement out the way–back to the card I’m going to show you.


My inspiration came from a card I found on Pinterest. Instead of a drum set silhouette, I found a figure skater silhouette on Google. I printed her out, trimmed the paper to size, then stamped directly on top.

I used SU Gorgeous Grunge in CTMH Basic Black, Sweet Leaf and Thistle inks. Lastly, I cut Way to Go with my cricut.

You’ll find my inspiration card here.

I hope our friend likes her card! (She’s 9…I thought it was perfect for a tween!!)

See you again real soon!

Laundry Layout


What better way to create a layout about laundry than to create a clothesline- complete with twine and cute wooden mini clothes pins?!
I cut strips of chocolate cardstock to .75 inches and adhered them with pop dots. And, a little tip- when I glued the twine to the posts, I adhered a small strip of scrap paper over top the twine, to hold it in place. I used CTMH’s Liquid Glass to adhere the twine. The grass was cut with my cricut, in varying shades of green papers, and the clouds were stamped using CTMH Glacier ink. (I used the Rain or Shine stamp set).
Thanks for visiting! See you again soon!

Sweet and Girly



Hello everyone! I’m dropping in again with a couple more spreads out of my Special Request Installment II album. I’m excited to announce I am done creating this album! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing the remainder of the layouts in it!
I’ll be returning to creating personal layouts until more pictures arrive for a mini album I’ve been asked to create.
If you’re interested in having your own scrapbook album created- by commission- please message me. I’d love to help put your memories onto paper.
I’ll be back again soon with more scrappy inspiration!

Coloring with Shin Han Markers

Phew, who would have thought life would take over once the kids were in school full time?! I finally had the chance to sit down at 2:30, only to get back up and pick up my kids from school at 3!
There was also a long weekend here in Canada, so we took the kids camping in our own trailer for the very first time last weekend. It was cold, but an absolute riot!


Sunday, pictured above, was rainy. Thank goodness I thought ahead enough to bring books and movies and play doh for the twins to play with. I colored to keep myself entertained.




As you can see from both these layouts, I did a lot of stamping and coloring! Absolutely everything here is CTMH!

Non-traditional Christmas Spread



I’ve got two more projects to share with you today! You may recognize the second layout- I posted it last month as part of our stamp of the month promotion for August. I do believe the first spread showcases a SOTM too, but it’s from earlier in the year!
I’ll be back again soon with more scrappy goodness!

Hug Layout



Hello! Just dropping in quickly, to share these two layouts with you. Other than a few miscellaneous embellishments, everything here is either CTMH or Cricut cut!
I’ll be back again soon with more scrappy inspiration. See you then!