Friday, June 30, 2017

It's a Stampaganza time!

All stamps in the current Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 ⇦ Click here and scroll down.

and all stamps in the current SeasonalExpressions 2 Idea Book,

except the Stamp of the Month and the Operation Smile™ stamp set (True Love; D1711). In addition to these, we are bringing back a collection of popular retired stamps that will only be available during the July special.

All of the following stamp sets are Buy 2 get one FREE!
View the stamp sets on my website or on the campaign flyer below:
D1268 January Word Puzzle $17.95
D1269 February Word Puzzle $17.95
D1270 March Word Puzzle $17.95
D1271 April Word Puzzle $17.95
D1287 May Word Puzzle $17.95
D1288 June Word Puzzle $17.95
D1289 July Word Puzzle $17.95
D1290 August Word Puzzle $17.95
D1310 September Word Puzzle $17.95
D1311 October Word Puzzle $17.95
D1312 November Word Puzzle $17.95
D1313 December Word Puzzle $17.95
D1558 Washi Wonder $17.95
C1560 Wintry Wishes $13.95
B1434 You Only Live Once $9.95
A1148 Quick Cards – Bright All Night $6.95
A1142 Friend $6.95
B1455 Be Jolly $9.95
C1587 Sing Glory $13.95
B1451 Enjoy the Little Things $9.95
D1608 Better with a Friend $17.95
C1596 Happy Hexagon $13.95
C1632 Say It All $13.95
C1613 Paper Bird $13.95
C1614 Tagged with Love $13.95
B1493 Festive Trees $9.95
B1477 Exotic Flower $9.95

In addition to the incredible Stampaganza savings, we will also be offering an exclusive bundle of our Word Puzzles at a special price:
CC1300 Word Puzzle Bundle (Jan.–Dec.) (Retail value $215.40) $143.60 

You  will love our high-quality My Acrylix® stamps. Close To My Heart began producing clear polymer stamps in 2003, and we were one of the first to offer clear stamps on the market. Our clear, decorative stamps are easy to use and store, offering complete creative control and artistic precision on every project!

We produce our stamps in-house, using state-of-the-art processes. Our process ensures the highest quality standards, which allows us to produce high quality stamps. The quality of our stamps allows them to be easily manipulated to suit your artistic needs. You can mix and match designs, or even stretch or arch designs. Using our stamps in conjunction with our My Acrylix® Blocks make it possible to see exactly where the stamp is placed every time and to see whether there is even ink coverage on the design. All of these things combine to provide an incredible stamping experience!

Please let me know if you have questions. 503-708-6889 or

Happy Scrappin",


Miss You- Cardmaking kit Dress-Up Part 3 | DT by Tarina Lafollette

Hello everyone!
I hope you're having a splended morning!

Today I'm sharing my second to last card for my Workshops Your Way, Card Dress-up mini series. Boy that's a mouth full! Lol
I'd contemplated starting a different project, but these cards  were begging to be created. So here we go!

If you've been keeping up with my posts, you'll notice I'm starting this dress-up with the second project layout in the WYW, Miss You cutting guide. What's up with that? you may be asking lol When I sat down to create these cards, I felt an immediate draw to project #2. So I decided to just go with it!
Guess what else spoke to me? The No Worries collection from Close to My Heart! Lol  Thankfully, most of the collection comes in the Workshops Your Way, Scrapbooking kit. All I added was adhesive and Bitty Sparkles.
I really wanted to show how you can use this particular cutting guide with different products all the way around. So I changed up the stampset and worked with the Compliments (embellishments), burlap ribbon & sequins that came in the kit. As for the stamping, I switched up the inks for Sapphire and Desert Sand. If you look on the branding side of the zip strip, there's a little list of colors that coordinate with the paper pack you're using. No Worries calls for Cashmere, but since I didn't have Cashmere, I used Desert Sand. It worked pretty well by bringing out the darker color in the weaved basket paper.
Card Recipe
Miss You, WYW Cardmaking Guide
No Worries, Workshops Your Way scrapbooking kit
Bitty Sparkles

I just wanna shop CTMH!

I hope you are inspired to switch-up your supplies and give new life to your cutting guides.
Have a great day!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WOW!!! 8 years?

I can't believe I have been blogging for 8 years.  Happy Blog-iversary to me.  
It has been a pleasure and a pain. lol

As I reflect back over the years and remember all the fun I had making cards and pages and I was so excited to share them with you.  I have been quite busy since my flood last year and I still don't have my scrap area fixed up the way I want it or even really usable yet.  Thank goodness for that giant island we put in. We use it for everything.  

I just want to say THANK YOU!!! To all of you who have kept coming back to check in and see what I have been up to.  I am sorry if I have disappointed you at times with no cards or pages. I hope you will stay with me as I really do plan on getting back to making cards and layouts.   

Happy Scrappin',


PS Don't forget to leave some LOVE!!!

Cardstock Carnival

June 15, 2017 – June 30, 2017 (11:59 pm MDT) 

Our unique white-core cardstock is a must-have for all your papercrafting projects, and you can save 25% off the retail price of all of our Cardstock packs during this month’s Cardstock Carnival! Choose from any of these great cardstock options:…/Products.aspx…
All Cardstock paper packs;

Single color, 24 sheets per package available in the following colors:


Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack
Item Number: X5781
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Product Description

20 – 12" × 12" sheets (2 of each color)
Featured colors:
New England Ivy


Item Number: X5940

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20 – 12" × 12" sheets (2 of each color).
Featured colors:
Crystal Blue
Sweet Leaf


Item Number: X5790
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20 – 12" × 12" sheets (2 of each color)
Featured colors:


Item Number: X5933
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20 – 12" × 12" sheets (2 of each color)
Featured colors:
Desert Sand

Don't forget about the Album special this month too  We've got you covered! BOGO.  Buy one get one 1/2 off.
Let me know if you have questions. 
503-708-6889 or

Happy Scrappin',


Close To My Heart Convention starts today!!!

Salt Lake City

June 29 – July 1, 2017

I am so excited, I can hardly wait to see the new book and what's inside.

I will be watching closely today to see if there are any sneak peeks 
that I can share so keep checking back to see what I post.  

You can also follow my blog or my Facebook page too.  Here's the link

Happy Scrappin',


Friday, June 23, 2017

Miss You- Cardmaking kit Dress-Up Part 2 | DT by Tarina Lafollette

Hello All!
This is the second part to my card Dress-up mini series.
For this example, I'm giving the Miss You, WYW, cardmaking kit a little bit of a wardrobe change! lol

For both of these cards, I decided to switch up the papers to a few other papers from the Little Dreamer paper pack and switched up the inks to suit the new papers. Just in case you didn't notice, I also swapped the sentiments!  I figured 'Why Not?' lol
For Card 1 (above) I still wanted to use the Shimmer trim, but I didn't want to cover up the unicorn's nose lol so I moved it up a bit and dove-tailed the end. I also had the urge to move the bling on both cards. Aaand, of course, I added a few bitty sparkles.

Card #1 Recipe

For Card 2 (below), I shortened the sentiment base piece and placed the banner below it instead of on it. I aso changed up the ink to a pink color called Pixie. I only had the color in pigment inks, but it worked great! 

I love how these cards both took on a different look with such easy changes. You could also apply some of the techniques I showed in my previous post, or even do some of your favorite techniques!
Keep an eye out for my next couple posts, I'm doing a little mini series showing some of the ways you can dress up these cards while still using the Miss You cutting guide.

Card #2 Recipe

If you would like to watch my process, here's the links to my process videos:
Card #1:

I hope you've found some inspiration today! 
Thank you for stoppin' by!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Close To My Heart Convention is next week!!!

 Who is ready to see the new 2017-2018 Annual Inspiration Idea Book? 
Can you guess what might be in it?

I am hoping for some new embellishments, patriotic or military stamps and die sets, amazing paper packs and a new Cricut Cartridge. What are you hoping to see in it?

Here is the Stamp of the Month for June 2017
 "Hello Foxy"

You can get this set for jut $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase. 

How cute is that?  

Monday, June 19, 2017

It is that time of year again.

The VFW and Auxiliary State Convention started on the 14th.

I finally finished the scrapbook just in time for this years convention.

Yes, I said Scrapbook.  As in one  (1), singular. lol

Last year it was in 2 books and the year before it was in 3 books. 

I am the historian and this is just one of my jobs.  This coming year will be different, because I was voted in as Sr. Vice President, which means I will be a little more busy, but I think I can still do the scrapbook for this coming year.  

Without further delay here are some of the 68 pages in this years scrapbook.

In February and September we hold a Crop 4 Vets.  
It's a small group that attends, but we have a lot of fun.  If you would like to join us, let me know 503-708-6889 or 
We helped get the Larry Dahl Memorial moved to a more appropriate place.  
Larry Dahl's Son and Mother attended the ceremony.

The OC JROTC was invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor event in Hawaii

Our Christmas party.  
The Commander and President hand out the Scholarship awards.
February is our Post's Birthday and we celebrate.
Canby VFW Auxiliary puts on a great Iwo Jima Flag raising ceremony.

Our Patriotic Arts Winner. 
If you ever get the chance to go to Bill's Place in Clackamas OR, you should go.  Bill has an amazing car collection and a great story to tell.  Bill is a member of Post 1324.

Steve took some WWII uniforms up to Pendleton for the event. The National Guard partnered with the Pendleton Air Museum to organize the Doolittle Raiders Gala, a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the air raids on Japan during World War II led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, and featuring 80 soldiers based in Pendleton.
The gala was a day-long affair that featured vendors, a display with World War II-era weapons and equipment, and military planes and vehicles from both World War II and modern day.
May 1st is Loyalty day! It is the day we retire the tattered flags that the community turns in to out post.  It's a huge ceremony done with honor and dignity. If you haven't been to one, you really should come.

Poppy Distribution started May 19th and ended on May 29th.  We had members at most of the grocery stores in Oregon City, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Wilsonville.
Our Honor Guard participates in the Mountain View Cemetery's ceremony and then comes to the post for lunch. We serve hamburgers and hot dogs to about 130 and have displays out from 12:00 -5:00 pm.

Here are some of the quilts we have made to go to the Portland VA Hospital in July.  If you would like to help or learn more about what we do please call me 503-708-6889.

Here is a link to join us.

You can join our Auxiliary #1324 or you can join at large and find a local Auxiliary that is close to you and one you like.

Or if you are a Veteran of Foreign Wars you can join the VFW Post #1324 here.

Yes, I did get a little bling in the Scrapbook too.

If you have any questions please call me 503-708-6889 or you may email me at

Happy Scrappin',

Janice Wilson