Getting started with Cricut Artbooking

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

If you’re a Cricut owner, you know how quick and easy your papercrafting can be with the right cartridge. And if you own any of Close To My Heart’s cricut collections, you know just how awesome they are!

Watch as Carlie from CTMH corporate explains about Artbooking cartridge.

If you’d like to purchase the artbooking cartridge, click here to shop.

Makeup Madness

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Things are getting a little strange around my house.


If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I dabble in many different forms of art, not just papercrafting.

I’ve been facepainting for over five years, and I took a big leap out of my comfort zone and auditioned as a makeup artist for Scarywood, a huge professional theme park. I’m so excited to tell you that I got the job!

crying clown

I hope that I can share some of my behind-the-scenes experiences at Scarywood. I know I’ll be plenty busy in the month of October making the actors look their worst.

demon 2.02

I also am still serving as the creative director for our middle school haunt, which is a really large haunt for a small school. We have over 100 actors and workers in our City School haunted house, it’s quite a monster undertaking as we transform the entire two-story 100 year old building.

With such a busy schedule to look forward to, by the end of October….. I hope I’m still smiling.

demon 2-002

Plenty o’ Pockets!

Friday, September 13, 2013


If you like interactive, pocket-laden mini albums, you’ll love the My Creations Kraft Pocket Album. It’s actually not really that mini, the size is 6-3/8” x 8-1/4”, and there are 8 pages with 18 total pockets, so you’ll have lots of room for inserts and pull-outs.


I made this album for my kids so they could keep track of all their video game codes. I went all out on the front, with lots of fun embellishments, but since it’s a working book that I want the kids to use I kept the insides very simple. They can use the pockets to store papers and they can also write directly onto the heavy kraft paper pages.


At only $6.95, this album is a great value! You can purchase it on my website, and shop for other fabulous Close to My Heart products!

Renaissance Faire Fun

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Flat Dr Jake and Jessica. Jake and Jessica

Last month I took the kids to a renaissance faire near Seattle and we had a blast! We’ve been to a few smaller venues in the past, but this one was really well done. Lots of entertainment, great location and most of the attendees joined in the fun by dressing in costume.

My three daughters and I all dressed up as fairies, although my son wasn’t having any of it. He did enjoy the swordplay demonstrations and medieval weapons booths.

My youngest, Jessica, is participating in a “flat Stanley” type of contest for her orthodontist’s office so we took Dr. Jake to the Renn Faire with us. Imagine this giant’s surprise when we asked if he would pose for a picture with our orthodontist. He was so funny and really put on a good show just for us.

If you’d like to help Jessica win the contest and win a Kindle Fire, please visit DaBell Orthodontics facebook page to vote for her picture. You will need to “like” DaBell ortho’s page in order to vote in the contest. One vote per person, so every vote counts! Thank you for your support!

It’s National Stamping Month!

Friday, September 6, 2013

National stamping month

Get three stamp sets valued at $47.90 for just $10 when you purchase $50 or more on my website! Get this amazing offer only in September, while supplies last.

national stamping month stamps

You get a full alphabet set with upper/lowercase, plus numbers, a darling set of all-occasion images and a set of assorted sentiments. If you’re a cardmaker or a scrapbooker, you’ll love these exclusive sets!

Click here to shop my website and celebrate National Stamping Month!