Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Galentine's Day Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our blog hop!

Our Blog Hops With Heart team has taken a long break, but we're back and ready to roll. You'll want to check out each and every one of their projects because this group of ladies that I have the privilege of hopping with continually blows me away with their talent!

You may have come from Katy's blog, but if not, you can hop around in a circle. We are a small but mighty'll be sure to get a large dose of inspiration in a short amount of time!

This month's theme is Galentine's Day - a day to celebrate the friends we love. I just found out a couple of weeks ago that this is actually considered a holiday now. I love that!! And I love that the idea originated from one of my favorite shows, Parks & Recreation.

The Projects

I love to send thank-you cards. I am horrible about sending birthday cards (just ask my family...oops!) but I do send thank-you cards to my friends, family, and customers.

So here are some cards that I made for my friends for Galentine's Day/Valentine's day to tell them thanks for all they do and I love them!

These cards are simple yet look so impressive with that awesome gold foil! I used the retired Picture My Life cards from CTMH called Beautiful You. I added a few embellishments and a "thanks" sentiment that I cut with my Cricut from the Artiste Cricut collection.

I love using Picture My Life (like Project Life) pocket scrapbooking cards for making greeting cards. They already come pre-printed with super cute designs and are sized at 4x6 and 3x4 so there's minimal to no trimming for cards. Just add some paper scraps and a few embellishments...BOOM! Easy peasy, cute card.

Even though the cards I used are retired, there are new ones available with every catalog. And this gold foil set on clearance now.

See current Picture My Life cards >

Thanks for visiting today!

Next in the hop is Stephanie. She's sure to knock your socks off, and rumor has it she even included one of her awesome videos. Plus today is her birthday so be sure to wish her a happy birthday!!! :)


Black & White Dots

Gold Sequins

Black Cardstock
(CTMH cardstock cuts SO NICELY on the Cricut!)
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Gold Foil Watercolor Cards
(Similar to what I used and on clearance right now!)

Beautiful You PML Cards (retired)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kids Shaker Valentines for Kindergarten Class | How-To Video


I am so excited to share my five-year-old daughter's class valentines with you. She had a BLAST making these. All weekend whenever we had downtime at home she said "Mommy, can we work on my valentines?"

I'll be honest, I cringed and held my breath many times while she worked with glitter and sequins. When we were finished, there were sequins all over the floor under her. And glitter all over the desk. But nothing a little vacuuming and baby wipes can't handle, right? She had a blast, that's what's important. Although I did inform her we aren't going to work with glitter for a while. LOL.

Here is a video where I explained how we made these shakers and included some process clips of my daughter and I working on them. (Click over to YouTube to watch in HD.) There are more photos below the video.

If you enjoy papercrafting videos, I'd love if you subscribe to my channel! I add new videos 1-3 times per week, mostly card and scrapbook process videos.

This project doesn't just have to be for kids! You can use these instructions to make something yourself. But if you have kids who love to craft, they are sure to love making these shaker valentines!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

CLEARANCE!! Scrapbooking, Stamping, Papercrafting Close to my Heart Sale - You Can't Miss These Deals!!!

There were new items added to the clearance section of my Close to my Heart website!

I created a video to show you a bunch of the products up close plus ideas on how to use some of them. I'm showing only what I have already but there's lots more available! Check it out >


Note: everything is available while supplies last, so if anything I shared is not showing up, it has already sold out.


Examples of items available: Ink pads, stamps, die cuts, card sketch book, scrapbook sketch book, embellishments, stickers, chipboard, and more!
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Plus several more stamps and stamp + thin cuts sets

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Plus several more ink pad colors

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

5 Free CTMH Stamp Sets Only In February


If you love stamps, then this is the special for you!

If you love to scrapbook, then this is the special for you!

If you love to make cards or papercrafted home decor, then this special is for you!

CTMH is offering FIVE FREE STAMP SETS when you join as a Consultant this month. 

When you sign up as a new Consultant in February, you’ll get your New Consultant Kit filled with essential items PLUS an extra 5 stamp sets for FREE!! The free stamp sets are normally available only to hostesses with hostess rewards, but you'll get all of them right in your kit when you join! Plus you'll still get $50 in CTMH cash added to your account to purchase additional items of your choosing. (More on that in a minute.)

Free Stamp Sets When You Join CTMH in February 2019

These stamp sets will help you add a little extra something to any project, including cards, envelopes, scrapbook pages, and more. 

I especially love the Illustrated Alphabet stamp set. Check out how you can combine the solid letters and illustrated overlay images to create the whimsical title in this scrapbook layout.

And how cute is the fun name on this decor?! You know I love personalized framed name decor!

What Else Comes in My Kit?

The Close to my Heart New Consultant Kit comes loaded with essential supplies for getting your business off to a running start, plus $50 in CTMH Cash to spend on the products of your choice! See the current kit >

Complete Contents of the New Consultant Kit
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 4 (9044)
Everyday Life™ Album — Black (Z4219)
Petite Perks™: Choose Joy Stamp Set (qty. 3, W2042)
My Acrylix® Let Me Show You How Stamp Set (D1785)
Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2831)
2″ × 2″ My Acrylix® Block (Y1003)
Custom Cardstock Combo Pack
Cardstock Sampler (W1197)
Seasonal Expressions 1 Paper Packet Sampler (W3000)
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836)
Tombow® Permanent Adhesive (Z3326)
Desk Pad (W1140)
Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book (qty. 5, WCS1192)
Holiday Expressions Idea Book (WCS1191, qty. 1)
Customer Order Forms (1 pack of 25, W101)
$50 in CTMH Cash
5 Hostess Stamp Sets (Feb. 2019 only)

Are you ready?!

I'd love to have YOU join my Paper Divas team! Join now > 

Still have questions?

If you still have questions, I have lots more details on my "Join my Team" page.  

Of course, if you would rather just order your CTMH products through me, that's fine, too! Shop here >

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Birthday & Love You Shaker Cards | Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


I made a couple of shaker cards using this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch #301. I decided to make shaker cards using CTMH's shaker window foam & acetate sets...these make it so easy to make shaker cards!!

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great rest of your weekend.


Shaker Window Foam & Acetate
Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cut dies
I Heart Us Paper Packet 
Mix-in Paper Packet
Black Cardstock
Black shimmer trim
Black glitter paper
Stitched heart thin cut dies
Loose sequins - silver (adhered with liquid glass)
I Heart Us complements (arrow)
January stamp of the month - Card Captions (retired)

Shop all Close to my Heart Products >

Some of My Favorite Non-Crafty Things

Hi There,

I wanted to do this post right after the new year but didn't get it done until now. I know you come here to see my artwork and crafty posts, but there are some non-crafty things I've bought in the past year and love, so I thought I'd share in case they help you, too! We'll be back to our regularly scheduled crafting in my next post.

I used Amazon affiliate links at no additional cost to you, but rest assured, any time I share anything with you it's because it's tried-and-true and something that I LOVE and use for myself and my family.



I use these every night to take off my makeup before I wash my face. I love love love them. I get a package every month with Subscribe & Save to save a little more - the price is cheaper than any store I've seen them at! Learn more >


This sounds weird, but these silly little shoe inserts have been life-changing. I injured my foot several months back and could hardly put pressure on it. When I went to the doctor he said I probably tore a ligament and rather than get x-rays, first try Spenco shoe inserts (he recommended this brand by name because of the hard plastic support under the cushy top part). He said they'll give me the support I need to keep the ligament in place and heal on its own.

Guess what? It worked! I am so thankful my doctor recommenced this rather than going through costly and time-consuming x-rays. My ligament is now healed but I keep these inserts in my running shoes and in other shoes in which they fit. I can tell a difference in how my feet feel at the end of the day in addition to being so thankful that they helped my torn ligament heal. Learn more >


I was recently on the hunt for some boots to replace the Uggs I've had for 20 years. Yes, TWENTY YEARS! They are still comfy and in one piece but are very faded and worn-looking. Although those boots have proven to me that Uggs are worth the cost, they just weren't in my budget. So I was on the hunt for the perfect boot that was warm and cozy, but still comfortable and nice quality.

I tried Bear Paws and many other brands, both in local stores and 6 pairs I bought on Amazon. I returned 5 and kept these ones. There are lots of cute ones out there, but some have super thin soles and feel like you're not walking on anything, or they are not comfortable. I didn't want CHEAP, I just wanted something to last a few years at a lower price point than Uggs. So, these are the ones I kept. I have never heard of Dream Pairs, but these are comfy, cozy, and the sole is not paper thin. I can also fit my Spenco shoe insoles in them, which is a huge plus! Learn more >


I am gluten-intolerant and do not like baking from scratch. My husband recently started making the now-popular Kodiak pancakes for himself and the kids, which are packed with protein and they all love! When I saw these gluten-free protein pancakes I thought I'd give them a try, and they don't disappoint! They are easy to make and taste good, too! They are not like typical pancakes because of the protein, which makes them more dense, but I love them. Learn more >


If you use a Selphy printer like I do to print your 4x6 photos on-demand, I have found the best deal for the refills to be Amazon. And if you use Subscribe & Save you can save an extra 5%. Learn more >

(I made a video on how I print my photos on the Selphy and use a Collage app first so that I can print them at various sizes smaller than 4x6.) 



Santa gave this roller-coaster toy to my kids this year and it has been a HUGE HIT!! They ride on it pretty much every day - it's perfect for indoors during the winter months. My favorite part about this one vs similar toys is that it comes apart and all fits nicely in the base for easy storage or travel! Learn more >


My daughter needed a new water bottle to keep in her backpack for school, so I looked around and found this cute one for her. I liked that it was spill-proof AND super cute AND under $10 - score! This is the one she chose but there are lots and lots of different designs for boys and girls. Learn more >

When my son started preschool he needed a little backpack. I found several options on Amazon, then showed him and let him choose...he chose this shark! It is SO cute and nice quality! I love that the flap for the front pocket is a dimensional shark mouth. The other huge plus for me is that there are 2 zippers for the big opening. A lot of the cheap-o character backpacks (like my daughter's) have only one zipper, but the 2nd zipper is a game-changer for me so that you can close them both to meet at the top rather than zip all the way around to the side. I will definitely be looking for this feature in my daughter's next backpack. Learn more >



I have a dog, a cat, and young kids who have accidents. (More accidents from the tiny humans than I'd care to admit.) So this is a MUST in our house. I like this cleaner because it doesn't have the harsh chemicals of others on the market, it doesn't smell bad/like chemicals, and it works well! Learn more >


If you are looking for a dog food with good ingredients but is not over-the-top expensive, this is a good one. I think it's a good value for what you get. We switched to this dog food a few months ago after my co-worker (a food ingredient scientist) recommended it. My husky loves it! Learn more >

There you have it, some of my favorite non-crafty things. Let me know if you have any questions :)

Thanks for visiting!