Friday, November 18, 2022

Snowflake Mandalas & Gilt!

 My new fascination are the Gloss Sprays!  Oh my creating happiness!!!  They are so awesome!  This week I played with the Gilt Gloss Spray and I have to say - I do believe that I love that even more than I do the White Gloss Spray!  The finish is gold and glittery and really pops!!

Now, a friendly disclaimer...the spray sprays and it sprays and falls where it falls!  Each application is going to reap very different results!  So for me, I stamped my images several times, sprayed them, and then selected my favorites to then create my cards with.  

Now, the stamped images are from the November Stamp of the Month (which of course is only available for a few more weeks!!)  A am completely in love with this too!  There are so many possibilities to stamp, and layer, and it is just a wow! factor.

For this card, I used the Mix-in paper for the small square.  I love how it has just a little bit of color in it and differentiates from the White Daisy papers.

For each card, I wanted a different look so here I took the snowflake and cut it with a scalloped tag.  To me, it gives a completely different look and feel.

It is important to note that when combining the stamping & Gilt Gloss Spray, you will want to spray first, allow adequate time to dry, then stamp.  If you were to do these steps in reverse, the Gilt Gloss Spray could end up covering up the stamped sentiment. 

Finally, for the last card, I used the smaller stamp in the set.  

Here is the image of the Stamp of the Month.  This is available only during November at full retail value of $19.95, $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase or free for VIP's with a $50 qualifying purchase.

Supplies used:  (Z5009) Gilt Gloss Spray, (Z3787) Platinum Stickles, (Z4610) Pine Exclusive Ink Pad, (1385) White Daisy cs, (Z4610) Pine Glitter Paper, (Z3238) Gold Glitter Paper, (X9044) Oct-Dec Mix Ins, (X7286B) Christmas Story Paper Pack, (X254) Value Cards & Envelopes, (S2211) Snowflake Mandala Stamp Set (November Stamp of the Month), (Z5024) Red Line Tape, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, and (Z3372) Adhesive Runner.  All of these supplies can be ordered on my Close To My Heart website at:

As for this card set, it is available in my shop both pre-splattered and non-pre-splattered.  Click here for more details.  

With very gilt-glittery fingers,

Saturday, November 12, 2022

That stinkin' cute truck!

 I just can't help but love this truck over and over again!  There are so many possibilities!!!

For this card, I stamped the truck with Black Exclusive Ink onto the Hope & Kindness textured Pine cs.  

Once the ink was dry, I cut out the window and then traced the stamped image with the Silver Markers.  

For the inside of the wheels, I use a hand held hole punch and punched two dots from Pine Glitter Paper and adhered with Mini-Glue Dots.

The tree was stamped with Pine Exclusive Ink onto the Hope & Kindness textured Sage cs.

The tree is popped up on one layer of Thin Foam Tape when adhered to the Sage cs.  When the truck is adhered, it is adhered on two layers of Thin Foam Tape.

I used one of my favorite retired stamp sets to stamp the sentiment in Pine Exclusive Ink.

Additionally, Silver Glitter Paper, Silver Thread and Silver Glitter Gems were added to the Sage cs panel.

The the truck panel is then adhered to the card base that is made up of Sage cs, Linen cs and Silver Glitter Paper.

This card has been added to my card buffet.

The supplies used are:  (X6045) Sage cs, (X5946) Linen cs, (CC5223) Hope & Kindness cs, (Z4191) Silver Glitter Paper, (Z4213) Silver Embellishing Thread, (Z4191) Silver Glitter Gems, (Z6540) Pine Exclusive Ink, (Z4189) Intense Black Exclusive Ink, (Z4655) Seasonal Haul Stamp & Thin Cuts, (Z4580) Quicksilver Silver Metallic Paint Markers, (X254) Value Cards and Envelopes, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape.

Sassfully yours,


Friday, November 11, 2022

Shades of Orange Snowmen Shaker Card

This is the second card in my Glitters, Shimmers, Sparkles & Splatters Snowmen Card Set.  It is a shaker card with all the bells and whistles!  There are so many different mediums and techniques used - I just can't help the love of the glitter! 

Both the Melon, and White Daisy cardstock pieces are splattered with White Gloss Spray.  The Melon's spray is concentrated in the upper left and the lower right corners while the White Daisy is completely covered with the spray.

The shaker for this card is created with multiple steps.  The inner circle is splattered with both the Clear & Peach Shimmer Brushes.  Once this is complete, adhere White Glitter circles to the circle with Mini Glue Dots.  Then fill the inside of the shaker with Melon Loose Sequins.

Additional techniques used are:
The addition of the White Opal Liquid Pearls which are dotted in the centers of the Loose Sequins and the stamped snowflakes.
The stitched part of the White Daisy rim is brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush.
The snowmen's scarf and hat are brushed with the Peach Shimmer Brush.
Papaya Shimmer Trim was added for an additional shading of Peach.

Sometimes, the inside of the card is the perfect place to complete a sentiment from the front of the card.  And, why not, add some extra sparkle and detail with the sentiment?

Other supplies used:  (Z3791) White Opal Liquid Pearls, (Z4310) Circle Shaker Window & Acetate, (Z4309) Circle Shaker Thin Cuts, (Z5014) Papaya Shimmer Trim, (Z6535) Melon Exclusive Ink Pad, (Z4644) Melon Loose Sequins, (Z4189) Intense Black Ink Pad,  (Z3661) Peach Shimmer Brush, ((Z3293) Clear Shimmer Brush, (Z3237) White Glitter Paper, (Z5010) White Gloss Spray, (1385) White Daisy cs, (CC112222) Seas & Greetings Paper Pack, (CC11227) Seas and Greetings Winter Stamp & Thin Cuts, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini-Glue Dots.  The current items can be purchased on my Close To My Heart website at:

Here are the new Seas & Greetings stamps and paper pack that were used in the creation of this card.

If you love the cards, and would like to create a set, they are in my shop at:  The card sets are pre-splattered, pre-cut and stamped.  They are made up up of 8 cards: 2 each of 4 styles.  Click here for this individual link.  Here is the full card set.

Have a sassy day!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Snowman wishes!

Who can resist an adorable snowman??  And this little guys is one of the cutest I have ever seen! I adore him!  He is apart of our new Seas & Greetings collection.  I thought I would share some of the tips that I used when creating this completely technique based card!

The splattering on the Glacier cs was created with the White Gloss Spray.  Additional shimmer was added with the shimmer brushes to the hat, the nose and the snowbank.

Additional shimmer was added to the title with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  This was added to the torn snowbank edge, to the white stripes in the striped patterned paper and to the base of the word Christmas.

Snowball effect: To create the snowballs, a hand held hole punch was used to punch holes from White Glitter paper.  Liquid Glass was then added to create an epoxy look after allowing it to dry overnight.

Such fun right??  The new Seas & Greetings Suite was used to create these whimsical cards.  This collection is only here for a short time so make sure you grab it before it melts away!

Other supplies used: (Z8052) Merry Christmas Layers Thin Cuts, (Z4189) Intense Black Ink Pad,  (Z3661) Peach Shimmer Brush, (Z4590) Glacier Shimmer Brush, (Z3293) Clear Shimmer Brush, (Z4585) Seabrook Shimmer Brush, (X6068) Seabrook cs, (Z3237) White Glitter Paper, (Z679) Liquid Glass, (Z5010) White Gloss Spray, (X5978) Glacier cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (CC112222) Seas & Greetings Paper Pack, (CC11227) Seas and Greetings Winter Stamp & Thin Cuts, (X257) Slimline Cards & Envelopes, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini-Glue Dots.  The current items can be purchased on my Close To My Heart website at:

If you love the cards, and would like to create a set, they are in my shop at:  The card sets are pre-splattered, pre-cut and stamped.  They are made up up of 8 cards: 2 each of 4 styles.  Click here for this individual link.  Here is the full card set.

Have a sassy day!

Sunday, November 6, 2022

The Ocean is Calling...

Tonight I want to share with you a layout that I created for my daughter Abby to capture the colors, and the beauty of the waters in Tahiti.  The papers, and mediums that I chose to use complimented the waters beautifully!

For the word ocean, I wanted to incorporate all of the shades of the ocean waters from our trip to Tahiti.  To do so, I used the thin cuts to cut each letter from different photographs we took while there.  I thought this was a great way to incorporate them.

The remainder of the title was cut from the textured Hope & Kindness cs.

The dot embellishments were created from punching holes in the glitter paper and then adding Liquid Glass to the dots.  When these are allowed to dry overnight, they develop an epoxy finish.

The textures of the Hope & Kindness cs, the glitter papers, and the Creative Basics striped paper blend so beautifully together.

Until I can get pictures of my finished layout with better lighting, here is how my personal layout turned out.  I am in love with the deep textures and mediums of the papers and mixed supplies.  The photos completely do not do them justice.

Supplies used:  (CC5223) Hope & Kindness cs, (Z4610) Pine Glitter Paper, (Z3234) 3" x 3" Flip Flaps, (Z4611) Seabrook Glitter Paper, (Z679) Liquid Glass, (X6046) French Vanilla cs, (A1259) Prairie Alphabet, (Z6540) Pine Exclusive Ink Pad, (Z4334) Slim Alphabet Thin Cuts, (Z5024) Red Line Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape.  (retired) Wings Creative Basics Paper, Juniper Satin Ribbon.  Other supplies:  Hand held hole punch.  The current supplies can be ordered on my CTMH website here:

For those who would like to order the kit, it is available in a limited number in my shop.  You can choose to have the word "ocean" cut from ocean photographs like mine, or the same paper as the "calls me" - do note, that if opting for the photographs, they will vary slightly by where the letters are cut on the water.  The kit includes (3) 3" Flip Flaps, the pre-cut titles, bulk ribbon and pieces to create the layout along with detailed instructions and a color photo.  Here is the link to order the kit.

Sassyfully yours,

Gingerbread cards

I love the color combination from the new Freshly Baked paper suite and how well they work with gingerbread men/women!  I created these cards using a variety of retired and current products and was delighted with how well they all came together.

Note the tiny details of the Rose Gold Liquid Pearls on random circles in the dotted patterns.

For this card, note how adorable the drying rack thin cut added dimension and detail to the little men.  The Liquid Pearls also added cuteness, and detail, to the buttons on the gingerbread men and for embellishing around the heart.

This card is my favorite of the set.  I used one of the thin cuts and stencils from the National Stamping Month collection to created the layered background. Where you see the Toffee ink, this was inked with the stencil.  I adore how this turned out. I then added patterned paper and a small piece of Scarlet Glitter Paper to add more depth and the cute little men are popped up with Thin Foam Tape.  I then added tiny dots of the Liquid Pearls in the centers of the designs at the top to carry over the details on the buttons of the gingerbread men.  

For the last card, I wanted to incorporate the cute baking patterned paper from the Freshly Baked papers.  I added random of the Freshly Baked Dots to the pattern and then showcased the paper by adding dots of Liquid Pearls around the edges of the paper.  The sentiment was "popped" by adding a stamped sentiment to a glitter background.

This is the stamp and thin cut set that I used for to create the cards.

Supplies used:  
(Z8047) Freshly Baked - Scrapbooking Stamp & Thin Cuts, (X7285E) Freshly Baked Dots, (X7285B) Freshly Baked Paper Pack, (Z3839) Scarlet Glitter Paper, (X6049) Scarlet cs, (retired) July-Sept Mix-In Paper, (X9044) October-Dec. Mix-In Paper, (Z2828) Toffee Exclusive Ink Pad, (Z6526) Scarlet Exclusive Ink Pad, (Z3765) So Happy Together Stamp & Thin Cuts, (Z3793) Rose Gold Liquid Pearls, (X254) Value Cards & Envelopes, (X6046) French Vanilla cs.  Various retired Christmas stamps for sentiments.  The supplies that are current, can be ordered by visiting my website at:  

This card kit can be ordered in my shop by using this link.  The card kit includes the supplies to make 2 each of all four designs.  A full pack of the Freshly Baked Dots is included as well.  The cards are pre-stamped, pre-cut and pre-stenciled for your creating ease.  Detailed instructions and a color photo is also included.

Sassyfully yours,

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Every Picture Tells A Story

Today I wanted to share a layout that I created over the weekend for my son Gabriel.  This layout documents an adventure we had in Hawaii where he opted to jump off a waterfall cliff along the Road to Hana.  

The paper, Good Vibes, was a part of the National Scrapbooking Month special back in May, and this sheet, along with the sticker sheet was all I had left of the pack.  I absolutely loved the paper and have been waiting for the perfect way to use it.  Luckily, CTMH brought the paper back last weekend for a flash sale and I was able to secure additional packs which absolutely makes my heart happy so I am sure you will see a few more layouts in the future featuring this fun paper.

I also discovered in creating the layout, that our new Orange and Yellow Dots compliment the paper perfectly.  Although the yellow is our new color Honey Butter and not the Shortbread that is in the paper pack they compliment each other perfectly!  

For this layout, I designed it with the photos on the left page to be horizontal 4" x 6" photos.  I however, opted to use two 3" x 4" vertical photos in the place of the two top layered 4" x 6"'s.  This allowed me to include some action shots in the same space.  As I cropped these photos down to show the jumping action, I cropped out most of the background scenery.  I then opted to allow the other photos to share more of the scenery as it was an absolutely beautiful view.

Here, you can see that I used an extra piece of the patterned paper, along with a secondary title sticker to add additional journaling.

Here are a few closer up photos.

This sticker was adhered on top of the flip flap with Thin Foam Tape for extra pizazz.  

I love how the title turned out using those Orange and Yellow Dots!  The perfect way to jazz up with stickers and show off that UV coating.


This pre-cut layout kit is available in my shop and can be ordered by clicking here.  

Supplies used: (Z4632) Orange & Yellow Dots, (retired) Good Vibes Paper & Sticker Sheet, (Z3230) 3” x 4” Flip Flaps, (Z3231) 4” x 6” Flip Flaps, (X5951) Espresso cs, (X6045) Sage cs, (X5978) Glacier cs, (X6043) Nectarine cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (4110) Top Loading Page Protector, (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z5014) Red Line Tape, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen. All of the current items may be purchased on my Close To My Heart website at:

Sassyfully yours,