Zombie versus Hobo

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It’s official. Zombies have overtaken hobos as the favorite last minute costume. But really, aren’t they pretty much the same?


1. Find clothes and ruin them
2. Make your face and hair a mess
3. Act drunk and hungry
4. Stumble around with a sack


1. Find clothes and ruin them
2. Make your face and hair a mess
3. Act drunk and hungry
4. Stumble around without a sack

Okay, so it’s all about the sack.

Happy Halloween!

Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ho Ho Ho! It’s time to Hop, Hop, Hop! Welcome to the Close to My Heart Holidays from the Heart blog hop.

Santa Claus closeup Holidays from the Heart card

I’m loving this new mini catalog with exclusive holiday themed papers, stamps and accessories. The Santa Claus set is bursting with retro flair, and I couldn’t wait to put my spin on the traditional red & green Christmas colors to create a whimsical card.

Santa Claus Holiday From the Heart Card

I used the Santa Claus stamp set for the image and sentiment, plus Geometric Backgrounds stamp set to create my own patterned paper. Colors are Pear, Sweet Leaf, Tulip and Whisper. I watercolored santa’s face using Crème Brulee and Blush inkpads, and added a watery wash of Sky ink around Santa’s head. The hat is paper pieced, stamped in Tulip.

The 10 piece Santa Claus stamp set is just $13.95, perfect for pages, cards, gifts and more! You can shop for this set and other new products from the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide on my website from October 15-December 31. Some items have limited quantities so don’t miss out!
Bonus! Choose one “star” product FREE for every $100 in retail-priced items in your order from the gift guide or the Autumn/Winter 2013 catalog.

Time to Get Hoppin’ Join me and other fabulous Close to My Heart consultants as we show off our creations using new products from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide.

Click on any of the images below to visit the participating hoppers for more inspiration. Check back each day until Sunday, Oct. 20th, as our hoppers continue to add new artwork. If you like what you see, leave some comment love!

  gift guide hop logo

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group. If you are a CTMH consultant and would like to join our group, look for us on facebook. If you’d like to become a Close to My Heart consultant, contact me!

Creative University 2014 registration now open!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Creative University dining hall

I’m happy to announce that Creative University is back for another year! I was ready to retire my beloved retreat but the wonderful attendees who have returned year after year have convinced me that it’s not quite time to hang up my retreat director hat.

Creative University 2014 dates are Feb. 13-16. Click here for details and location.

New this Year
Over the years Creative University has evolved and changed from simple presentation classes to elaborate jam-packed schedules. CU2014 will be decidedly different than the last few years, with the focus on free time, friendships and relaxation.

You’ll enjoy a much lighter schedule with time to do your own thing. Scrapbook, stamp, knit or quilt, whatever your crafty passion, bring your supplies and enjoy the uninterrupted time to work. Get a massage, walk in the woods, curl up by the fireplace and enjoy delicious home-style meals served in the beautiful dining hall.

Creative Class
I’ll be personally teaching one Creative Class this year, which is included in the price of registration. You’ll receive materials and instruction to create a project designed by yours truly. After several years of overseeing the teaching but not actually presenting a class for my CU students, I’m happy to step by into the teacher’s role and design a class just for Creative University students!

Returning Favorites
Some of the traditions of CU will be returning, so it’s not completely changed. The popular logowear will be offered, so you can order your hoodies and tees and wear your comfy clothes at camp. Depending on interest, the charm swap, card swap and secret sister exchange will be returning. And of course, I promise you there will be the famous cinnamon rolls at Sunday brunch.

New Lower Price
The best news of all, with this new lighter schedule I am able to bring you Creative University 2014 at a savings of $95 from last year’s prices! Price is just $184 for Fri-Sun. and includes lodging, meals and one Creative Class. Add on an extra day (Thursday) for just $50. You can reserve your spot with a $30 deposit, with remainder due Dec. 1st, or pay in full when you register.

Enrollment is limited to 60 attendees, so reserve your spot now!

For more information and to register, visit the Creative University website.