This month the Sketch with Stash Challenge #3 at Scrap Our Stash is to use this sketch and at least 3+ pre-made flowers from our stash.  This was an easy challenge for me because I LOVE both sketches and flowers!!



Princess Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Stampin’ Up! Papers, American Crafts Elements Taffy Mini Jewel Brads, Making Memories Flower Metal Photo Corners, Studio 18 Gem Sticker, Prima Floral Embellishments, Bazzill Collection Cha Ching Brads, Recollections Boutique Fleur Floral Embellishments, Tattered Angels Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist, CTMH White Daisy Cardstock, and unknown felt flower ribbon.

This was one of those layouts that I didn’t like while I was doing it, not sure why.  When I left and came back to it, it didn’t seem so bad.  It won’t be a favorite but it passes for okay.

There is still time to submit your layout at Scrap Our Stash.  You have until May 29th.

Today we will show you how to Make It From Your Heart!  Jeanette Lynton has created a brand NEW “how-to” program to not only guide you but also inspire you to create beautiful artwork.   This amazing publication has so many different pattern blueprints that you can interpret in ANY WAY you want!

Through our blog hop, we hope to inspire you to use your own artistic instincts to interpret and create your own artwork.  Each of our crafty consultants has chosen a different page of this book to create two projects for you – that’s right two projects with the SAME pattern!  One project will follow the blueprint pattern as laid out.  The second project will use the pattern “with a twist”  to show you how versatile the patterns are.

We are having a giveaway – that’s right blog candy for you hoppers!  Lucy will be giving away a copy of the Make It From Your Heart – Volume 1.  All you have to do to be eligible to win is to leave a comment on each blog.

If you are coming from Stephanie’s Blog, you’re in the right place.  If this is your first stop, you can go to the beginning at Lucy’s blog.

Now to the good stuff!  For my projects I chose Pattern #30 in Make It From Your Heart Volume 1.  This is an amazing book and very affordable at only $7.95!

My first project is a card:

Supplies used: Creative Imaginations paper, CTMH White Daisy cardstock, CTMH Smokey Plum ink, CTMH Pear ink, Stampin Up blending pen, CTMH Black ink, CTMH Love in Bloom stamp set (retired), and unknown rhinestones from my stash.

I used a blending pen with ink off the lid of my ink pad to color in the flower image.


My second project is a journal.  I alter these notebooks all the time for birthday gifts.  The kids love them.  They are great gifts for any age and can be personalized for anyone.  I typically use the same paper on the back but did not have enough for this one so I used a coordinating color of cardstock.  Then, I cut it a bit small on the backside…great things can come from mistakes, right?  I covered the section with ribbon and made it longer so it overlaps into the notebook to be used as a bookmark.   What a great idea!  🙂

Supplies used: Creative Imaginations paper, Stampin’ Up! cardstock, CTMH Friendship Alphabet Large stamp set (retired), CTMH Smokey Plum inkCTMH Opaques Pearl Flourishes, and K & Company Layered Accents.


This is the final stop on our blog hop.  Thanks for looking and you can purchase the amazing Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 on my Close to My Heart website today for just $7.95!

Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:

E1021 Trinity Alphabet

Supplies used are all CTMH unless noted: Dotty for You Paper Packet (Available April 17-May 31, 2012), Trinity Alphabet stamp set, Sunset ink, Lagoon ink, Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes, Dimensional Elements Banners, buttons from my stash, Stampin Up Baker’s Twine.  Sept. 2011 Page Map.

Trinity is a great alphabet because it offers three different size letters, punctuation, and numbers!  I’ve used all the sizes in my layout.  I had to use the Stampin Up baker’s twine because it was all I had in my stash but CTMH has some new Baker’s Twine and I think the colors are a bit brighter.  I’m going to have to get some now!

Okay, so here it goes…my first Stamp Sunday post!  This week I just had to choose the Rock Around the Block stamp set from this month’s Close to My Heart Rock Around the Block Campaign.  When I did the Blog Hop for this special I didn’t even use the stamp set so I wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in my stash.  It is a fun, versatile set.

Supplies used: Patterned paper from my stash, Stampin’ Up cardstock, CTMH Cotton Candy & Tulip ink, CTMH Rock Around the Block stamp set, and brads from my stash.  Loosely based on a December 2006 Page Map sketch.

I used second generation stamping with Cotton Candy ink to get the lighter shade of pink.  My original plans were to use the flower stamps around the title but I liked it with just the flourishes.  I can’t believe that I didn’t use any of the flowers!

You can visit My CTMH Website to get this exclusive stamp set through January 31st, 2012.

The Sharing from the Heart Blog Hop is a mixture of Close to My Heart consultants and customers who have come together to share their projects.  The hop makes a circle so if you have started here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you are coming from Diana’s blog, then you are on the right path.

This month’s theme choices were: SOTM, Christmas card, and/or New Years.

I chose the Christmas card theme.  Since I have used up all of the paper from the current Believe Paper Packet, I pulled out an older one for this project.  I had scraps left from the Mistletoe Paper Packet and decided that I would make cards until it was gone.  Then I dug into my stash of Christmas embellishments to see what I could use up there.  It’s amazing how far scraps can go!

Supplies used: Close to My Heart Mistletoe Paper Packet, Holiday Time stickers by Walmart, Stampin’ Up! grosgrain ribbon, CTMH Twinkle Brads – Jolly, decorated slide mount from a swap, printed ribbon from my stash, Kaiser Pearls, Teresa Collins for Junkitz Holiday Tilez, and CTMH Cranberry Ink, and CTMH Colonial White Value Pack Cards & Envelopes.  Card inspiration from Page Maps.

All the cards:

Your next stop is Jody’s Blog.

If you get lost along the way, there is a list of all participants HERE.