One Photo Scrapbook Sketch

Friday, May 15, 2015

I know, I know, I’m late! Last week I promised the newest Fabulously Artsy workshop reveal, but I’m still working on my guides and they need to be absolutely perfect before I can release the workshop.

To tide you over, I’m sharing this scrapbook sketch for inspiration, just for you!

SB sketch

This is a great layout for a single photo, or you can alter the sketch and add a photo in the journal spot, or a small photo in the accent square. Mix it up, make it yours!

Here’s my layout using the sketch.


All supplies are by Close to My Heart. I used papers from Chalk it Up paper pack and In the Pink My Crush book.


Coming Soon! Blossom Workshop

Friday, May 8, 2015


Are you ready for the next Fabulously Artsy Workshop? I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest creation and hope to have it finished sometime next week!


This is an 8 page (4 double-page layouts) workshop, using the Blossom paper packet and Blossom Complements. This paper packet is perfect for spring and summer pages, or anything where you want a soft floral with lively brights. I’ve added rustic appeal with CTMH Kraft cardstock and thick twine, plus a little shine with sequins.

This workshop has no stamping, and only requires basic papercrafting tools. You’ll find a few circles in this workshop, but if you don’t own a cricut, no problem! Use a circle cutter, or my handy full-size templates.


Receive the workshop guide for FREE when you place an order of $25 or more on my website, or buy the guide alone for $9.95.

Close to My Heart consultants who purchase the guide or place a $25 minimum order on my website can request the consultant guide for no additional charge, packed with helpful tips, supply lists, and pricing info to host your own workshop, plus a consultant release to offer your workshop in person AND online.

Check back on my blog for the big release, or visit my facebook page!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Artistic, clever, and irreverent, October Jones is my type of artist.





Nerd Alert!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the fourth be with you! It’s national Star Wars day and I’m feeling the nerdy love of a nation of celebrating sci-fi fans.

I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been kind of a geek all my life. I love science fiction, fantasy and comic book art. Thankfully, it’s now cool to be a geek, so anyone can embrace their inner nerd.

Today I decided to create a card just for this special day of geek-hood.

nerd alert
I used the Geek Is Chic stamp set, one of my favorites from the Annual Inspirations Close to My Heart catalog. The paper is from the Wanderful paper pack.

geek is chic

If you like the Wanderful Paper Pack, you can still purchase my Fabulously Artsy 8 page Wanderful Workshop guide for just $9.99, or get the instructions for FREE when you place an order on my website for $25 or more. Click here for details to purchase the workshop guide.

Typed Note: Last chance!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I love a good typewriter font. That’s why I absolutely adore this month’s Stamp of the Month, Typed Note.


This set is perfect for cardmakers, with 17 phrases for inside and outside your cards. The old-timey typewriter and pointing hand are perfect for any style, from modern to vintage.

Check out this pinterest board for more inspiration with the April Stamp of the Month, Typed Note.

Get this set for just $5 when you spend $50 or more on my website, or purchase it for retail price at $17.95. But don’t wait, it’s only available until the last day of April, so shop now!

DEAL OF THE DAY – Ends Tomorrow!

If you’re hankerin’ for a deal, you’ve only got two days left to take advantage of the CTMH Deal of the Day! Purchase a full-price current item on my Close to My Heart shopping website, and you’ll be eligible to purchase a mystery box of CTMH goodies for a discount! The contents of the box are a secret, and the prices vary from $35 to $150, depending on the deal of the day. Some grab bags are worth more than double the price you pay!

How do you get the Deal of the Day?
1. Go to my shopping website.
2. Place one or more items in your cart (must be non-discounted, current items)
3. Your shopping cart will let you know that you have qualified for the deal of the day, and reveal the price for the day’s deal.

CTMH Convention News

Monday, April 13, 2015

I can officially share my big news, I’ve been selected to teach at Close to My Heart’s national convention!


This June I’ll be celebrating my 15th year with Close to My Heart, and in July I’ll be at Disneyland with 1,0000+ consultants at our yearly convention!

One of the highlights of convention is Extravaganza. Close to My Heart picks their best consultant artists and teachers to show off the newest products and inspire our fellow attendees. I’m proud to say that this will be my 11th year teaching at convention!

Our topics and products are always top-secret, so I won’t be able to share any artwork peeks until after I’ve attended convention. But here are two cards that I created last year for my class all about the My Crush books.



Want to attend the Close to My Heart national convention? Join my team for $99 and become a Close to My Heart consultant, and you can go to convention too!

Making Faces

Friday, April 3, 2015


Papercrafting isn’t my only passion. I also have several other creative hobbies, from sewing to cooking to jewelry making. But the one that gets the most attention recently is my facepainting and special effects makeup work.


I love transforming someone into a character, whether they are beautiful or hideous or a bit of both. Being able to take a human face and change it with makeup, prosthetics and latex is not an easy skill to master, but when you do it right and get the reaction you’re looking for, it’s so rewarding.


If you’re interested in learning special effects makeup, there are many excellent videos and websites with tutorials and instructions. Invest in some professional products, the halloween junk sold at Wal-mart isn’t going to give you the effects you’re trying to create.



My best tip… practice, practice, practice. Paint all your children until they refuse to let you near them with a brush. Paint yourself. Paint your friends. When you run out of willing faces, practice your brushstrokes on your arm, or just on paper.


When you’re practicing on yourself, pray that you don’t have unexpected guests at your door, or you’ll have to answer like this….

skull ruins3

How about you, are you a multi-craft artist? I believe that everyone who has a creative spirit is drawn to more than one type of art. Leave me a comment and let me know what you do to release your inner creative goddess, and if you could learn a new art form, what would it be?