Halloween Pop-Up Card Tutorial

Good evening fabulous Scrapbook Divas,

Last weekend I had an amazing time playing with the new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge by Close to My Heart. It has over 700 hundred images and since Halloween is coming up I made all the cards on page 44 which ended up being over 15 different unique cards! I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Here’s the first Halloween scene card I made located on page 44 of the instructions book.

Happy Halloween Scene Card

It was so much fun to make pop-up and scene cards. I’m totally addicted to making them because it is quick, easy and gave me the opportunity to play with different paper.

I’m also excited to share with you my first tutorial on how to use the new cartridge to make this amazing card.

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I can’t wait to share the rest of the cards with you! Check back on the blog tomorrow for another awesome card tutorial and more fabulous pictures.

Here’s  a sneak peak of the next card…

Halloween Spider Web Card


Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Order your own Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge today!

Awesome Cardmaking Cartridge – CTMH Artfully Sent

I just got the new CTMH Cricut cartridge Artfully Sent and I’ve made a few things from it. I plan on showing you more as I have the opportunity to make some awesome projects with it.

The cartridge  enables you to make hundreds of card options because it provides you with 5 different card types with 25 themes each! It comes with sentiment stamps for everyday celebrations and occasions. It has some amazing pop-up cards, swing cards and scene cards.

Here’s one of the awesome pages to make Halloween cards.

Halloween House Artfully Sent

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Scrapbook Class – 2 Page Layout Oct. 13th

Do you want to scrapbook on Monday October 13th?

Let’s get together and make an adorable Scrapbook 2 page layout with CTMH Brushed Paper Packet and the gorgeous butterfly stamp set called “Your Own Kind of Wonderful.”

When: Monday, October 13, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Cost: $10

RSVP on our Meetup Group Here 


Here’s the stamp set that we will use called

Your Own Kind Of Wonderful

butterfly stamps

If you are interested in checking these out here’s a link to the CTMH catalog.

I love love love love love these colors!!!!

All you need to bring to the class is your adhesive and paper trimmer. Hope to see you there!


Christmas Tea Party Social – Dec. 6th

Hi Scrap Divas,

Its time for our annual Christmas tea party social. I will supply lots of tea options and we will make some fabulous Christmas cards.

When: December 6th 1-4PM

Where: Scrap Diva Retreats (Murrieta, CA)

I’m super excited because I just made these cards tonight. They are cute and extremely easy to make. We will be making 10 Christmas cards using Close to My  Heart “Cut Above Christmas Card Kit.” These kits are great because the pieces come pre-cut.  All you need to bring is your adhesive. I have lots of Christmas card sentiments that you can choose from.

We will also  have a white elephant gift exchange so feel free to bring a wrapped gift around a $10 value if you would like to participate. Feel free to wear a christmas outfit or a fabulous tea hat. I hope you can make it! I would love to hang out with you for the afternoon and see your smiling faces!

RSVP on our Meetup Group 

Happy Holidays Scrap Divas!




Here’s our group photo from last year. We had a ton of fun! I hope you can join us this year 🙂

Christmas Scrap Diva Retreats 2013

New CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Collection Available

I’m excited to announce the new CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is available!

This Cricut Collection is perfect for card lovers because it makes quick and beautiful cards.  The cartridge has over 700 images on it and makes pop up cards, swing cards, cards with cutouts and cards with sentiments that are cut directly onto the card! It is awesome! I had a chance to make some cards at the CTMH Scrapbook convention a few months ago and they were really cool. I can’t wait to share more pictures with you soon.

The Cricut Collection includes the following:

  • An amazing CTMH Cricut cartridge with 700 gorgeous images
  • 3 Acrylix D-size stamp sets
  • 12X12 White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Order  your cartridge here! 




Day 6 – Feeling Hope

Today is day 6 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Feel free to follow along at any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

During today’s meditation Deepak described hope like a thread that can lead us out of any maze. It is a powerful force that lights our path and connects us to freedom. Hope summons the future. The more hope you have the more optimistic you feel and the more open you will be to new opportunities.

Today’s centering thought: Hope lights my path

Vacation stamps

Traveling and seeing new parts of the world makes me hopeful.  Check out this new CTMH  stamp set called “Here we Go.” Which is great for making scrapbook pages of your summer vacation photos! I can’t wait to make some prints and play with  the possibilities.

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Does traveling make you happy? Get Ready…. set… go see the world!!!!

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Day 4 – Feeling Love


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Today is day 4 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Please join us any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

Every day I plan on meditating and using a new Close to My Heart stamp set.

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Today I used the February CTMH stamp set called “Wild About Love.” I thought it was appropriate since our meditation today was about feeling love. The colors used in the sample are “Cotton Candy” and “Gypsy.”

I was having fun playing with some different techniques to see which one I liked best. Below I stamped different versions with some heat embossing powders.

Love you Foxy

During meditation today we learned the path to happiness is best accomplished by releasing preconceived notions of love. Instead of thinking of love in terms of something we “seek,” we can shift our concept of love to something we “are.” Instead of wanting and searching for love outside ourselves, we can simply make a paradigm shift to understand that “we are love.”

Deepak teaches us that once we are able to discover that love is the core of our true self, then we can transform “I want love” into “I am love.” This is something that can never be taken away from us. As our  awareness expands, we can begin to recognize that we are connected to everything.

Our centering thought for today is: I am Love

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What a liberating concept to know that I don’t need to continually seek out love that simply put… “I am love.” I haven’t quite captured this awareness in my heart yet but it was liberating to meditate on it and try my best to comprehend it. Personally, I have always thought of love in terms of:

  • How can I love myself?
  • How can I love someone else?
  • How can I make someone else love me?

The journal prompt today invited us to think about how this shift could change the way we relate to other people. I think that this new way of thinking  could move me away from my need for giving and receiving love into a more open concept of simply “being” love. This frees me up to radiate love more openly.


Day 3 Feeling Peace / Always Be Yourself Unless You Can Be a Unicorn


Today is day 3 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Please join us any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

Every day I plan on meditating and using a new Close to My Heart stamp set.

Today I used the CTMH stamp set called “Unicorn Dreams.” I absolutely love these adorable unicorn stamps! It was so much fun to create the rainbow stamp.

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During the meditation today we learned how to feel a deep sense of peace from within. Deepak taught us that a strong “spiritual peace is our calm center that keeps our life in balance.”

Sometimes when I meditate I feel a strong sense of peace and well being, while other times I struggle to sit still. Today was a bit more difficult to settle my thoughts. Nevertheless, I know the benefits of meditating daily are worth the practice and struggle. Does anyone else occasionally struggle to keep thoughts from flooding in when meditating?

The centering thought for today is:

I am peace.

Day 2 Feeling Inspired

Today is day 2 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together!  Please join us any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

Every day I plan on meditating and using a new Close to My Heart stamp set.

Today I used the new CTMH stamp set called “Have a Happy Day.”  I had a lot of fun making this sample and playing around with the new colors “Thistle” and “Glacier”. This  stamp set comes with 19 different stamps and would be great for making a wide variety of cards and scrapbook pages. I used some  adorable Thistle stripped ribbon to spice up the layout.

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Meditation Lesson Day 2 – Feeling Inspired

During reflection on the meditation today think about what inspires you and how you can be filled with inspiration every day.

The centering thought for today is: I am filled with spirit.


Here’s some great inspiration synonyms that you can use in your art journal pages: stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, galvanize, incite,




Close to My Heart- Stamp Set & Special Offer on Gift Collections


June 2014: Kaboom (S1406)

June Stamp of the Month- Kaboom

Check out the awesome June stamp of the month set! You can make some gorgeous scrapbook pages for your 4th of July celebrations!

You can purchase this D sized stamp set for only $5 (which is over 70% off retail!) When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

June 2014: Kaboom (S1406)
Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5

If you want to recreate this page here there’s instructions online along with the supply list here.

Check out other great scrapbooking ideas and shop Close to My Heart online at: http://scrapdivaretreats.ctmh.com

Special Offer Gift Collections

CTMH 30 Special

During the month of June, Close to My Heart is celebrating Jeanette’s 30 year anniversary in the scrapbooking industry and is offering a special deal!

When you place an order totaling $50 during the month of June, you can add your choice of one of six great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65. Plus, each collection is perfectly tailored to fit a variety of interests and styles. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons to washi tape to alphabets—and much more! Take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. Offer Valid June 1st, 2014 to June 30th, 2014.