Stronger Together

Last month, Close to My Heart released a stamp set to support disaster relief efforts resulting from the hurricanes, wild fires and other needs.


Stronger Together is a C-sized stamp set with 9 encouraging sentiments. All proceeds from this set will go to the Red Cross to help fund the great work they do in supporting families and communities after a natural disaster or other tragedy.

Here are some cards I made with this stamp set and the Falling For You creative collection.


This is a pattern from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol 1 pattern book. This is pattern 24 and I used the following pieces –

  • 5 1/4″ x 4 striped
  • 4 x 2 1/2″ leaves
  •  4 1/4 x 1 1/4″ goldrush flowers
  • 2 1/2″ square green
  • 2 1/4 x 2 1/4″ white daisy

The image is stamped in Nutmeg and embellished with white and bronze twine.


This card is designed after one I found on Pinterest created by Vickie O’Dell ( This card uses four 1 3/4″ squares of the green circle patterned paper, and four 1 1/2″ squares of the goldrush flowers. The sentiment is stamped in Goldrush and Fern.

I cut two Oak Leafs (#MD6F5EF) from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge* – both at 3″ – one in New England Ivy, the other in Goldrush.


I wanted to add a little more dimension to the leaves, so I used a bone folder to create veins. I thought about using a marker, but honestly I was too chicken of messing them up (I know –  I could just cut more, but I was kind of short on time that day and wanted to wrap this up).  I finished up the embellishment with some bronze sequins and a little knot of white and bronze twine.

Since this is a charity stamp 100% of the proceeds (I don’t make any commission from this set) will go to the Red Cross. Also, during October, CTMH is running a special for Operation Smile (watch for more on that soon) and the Puny Pals stamp set.

– I’ve decided that if I sell 20 of the Stronger Together and/or Puny Pals stamp sets by 31 October, I will draw a name from customers purchasing the stamp sets for a paper pack of their choice from the Holiday Expressions idea book. You can contact me directly or order through my website.



*Just a note – all physical Cricut cartridges are being discontinued so are only available while supplies last.

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Spooky Fun!


Whether you’re ready or not, fall is on its way! September 1st brings the launch of the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Where our Annual Inspirations covers all the basics – albums & supplies, cardstock & inks in our 4 exclusive color palettes, year round stamp sets… The Holiday Expressions covers the fall holidays with themed papers and coordinating stamps & embellishments as well as other holiday themed products.

For September, we’ll be playing with the Halloween collection called Cats & Bats. It features fun oragami animal shapes (cats, bats, foxes & owls), geometric patterns, polka dots, diagonals & ombre.


The coordinating complements include lots black glittery pieces, and goldrush, black and Emerald dots.

Here are some pictures of the cards and layouts I made with this fun collection –


I don’t personally send Halloween cards, so I decided to put these papers  to work in other  ways.  The bright colors are great for birthdays, thank yous & pick me up cards.  Plus you can use the less vibrant patterns & colors for your more serious card needs.

I don’t have a ton of Halloween pictures, so I was  able to use this kit to document 3 different Halloweens. My oldest son is wearing the same costume in 2 layouts because he wanted to be John Glenn both years – he still does this – he was ‘Steve the guy from Minecraft’ for the past 2 years – we’ll see if he’ll shoot for 3.

Be  sure to check out all the new fun starting on Friday. You can get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions absolutely free by placing an order either directly through me or at

Don’t forget to jump over to my Class Page to get the details on class schedules for September.



Say Hello to Prickly Pear…

Good morning! As June is coming to a close, I am attending the CTMH Convention finding out about all the great new products coming your way soon. But we still have some fantastic featured papers from the Seasonal Expressions II Idea Book. July’s featured paper is Prickly Pear.

Paper Pack

Small confession here … when I first saw this paper, I wasn’t shall we say thrilled.  I grew up around big tress (hemlocks, maples & real oaks) – so cacti just weren’t doing anything for me. BUT – once I started playing with these papers – the beautiful colors and versatile patterns totally won me over.


Designs for these cards came from Make It From Your Heart Volumes I & II, Wishes Card Confidence Program, Prickly Pear WYW Scrapbooking guide and Pinterest (cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot)

Here are my layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW. I mostly followed the guide except for the ‘Big Shoes’ layout.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look at my cards & layouts for July classes. You can find details for the classes on my Class Page or at Facebook.

As always…



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April is Upon Us!

April is almost here! With it comes the last of our Seasonal Expressions 1 paper suites  – Some Kinda Wonderful.  (I was just at the consultant launch for the new Seasonal Expressions & got to see all the amazing new papers coming your way!) Some Kinda Wonderful is full of bright colors – big dots, gumdrops (?), stripes, and eyes (yep, you read that right – eyes! – check out the pink paper)


Along with the paper we have two Workshops Your Way – Scrapbooking


And Cardmaking (which includes an exclusive stamp set)


Here’s a peek at what we’ll be making for the April Classes:

Layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW – First we have the awesome CTMH designed layouts – these don’t have any stamping & the cutting guide has directions for making 9 additional cards.


These next three I put together from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 1 pattern book – it includes stamping with the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1716).



and here are the cards – I didn’t plan for them to be animal themed – but the animals just worked so well with these colorful papers.


Watch for more details in next month’s class page & blog posts.



Dreamin’ Big Suite

The March featured paper is great for all the adventures in your life!  There are patterned sheets with stars & constellation, another with colorful bugs,  a bug dictionary page and a grey wood grain.  If bugs & stars aren’t your thing – there are softer sides with flowers.  Need something in between – how about dots – we’ve got colorful dots (Goldrush, Poppy, Juniper) – going for a softer look – how about Glacier – they aren’t quite lines & they aren’t quite dots – kind of remind me of rain slanting on the window.


To round out this fantastic paper we have complements (adventure/explore/love life… stickers), coordinating sequins and some Whisper extra thick twine.  These are all great options for adding a little extra.  Don’t forget the coordinating cardstock packs – these packs are a great way to build you cardstock supply and make sure you have the colors that match the papers you’re using.  The Dreamin’ Big Cardstock pack includes 3 each of Goldrush, Juniper, Poppy, and Slate.

In addition to embellishments – we also have some fun stamp sets that work well with this suite.

The Dreamin’ Big Thin Cuts bundle (Z3303) includes a C-sized stamp set and 4 Thin Cuts so you can have a cutout of your stamped images.  This stamp set is great for ‘thinking of you’ and ‘special day’ cards and includes images of a dragonfly, ladybug, and 2 different butterflies (these are the thin cuts).  If you would rather fussy cut the insects (lol) or you don’t use die cuts – you can purchase the stamp set alone.

If you’re more of a scrapbooker – we have a stamp for that….  This stamp set has the words hello, life and spring along with some flowers that can be cut from the Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  The HELLO is an outline of the letters filled in with flowers that you can color with markers, watercolors or just colored pencils.



If you’re more of a kit person – or if you just love it all – check out the Workshops Your Way Dreamin’ Big Scrapbooking Kit (G1121) which includes the paper packet, extra cardstock (Goldrush, Whisper and White Daisy), a package of complements, sequins, and Whisper thick twine.  With the downloadable instructions you can make 3 double paged layouts plus you’ll have the instructions for extra cards (additional supplies needed).


Or for a strictly cardmaking option – there’s the Workshops Your Way Happy Congratulations Cardmaking Kit (G1125) which includes 3 sheets of Dreamin Big B&T Duos, 2 sheets of cardstock (1 each of Sea Glass and White Daisy), white and gold ribbon, gold glitter gems, 12 card bases and envelopes and an exclusive B-sized workshop stamp set that says ‘congratulations’ and ‘happy wedding day’.


Watch for details on my class page!

Hello Lovely!

The February 2017 featured paper is Hello Lovely – a beautiful mix of flowers, geometric patterns, a little gold foil and beautiful colors.  I love the linen pattern, too!


When I first saw this paper in person, those flowers immediately reminded me of my Gran Wessner (she’s also my namesake – my real name is Geraldine).  I remember as a child she always had gardenia bushes and those white flowers remind me of Gran’s gardenias.

img_1184Gran also had peonies (we pronounce them peenies – not pee O nies), a mock orange bush, tons of lilacs – and there was this lemon tree.  It wouldn’t bloom – she had it for years and not a single flower.  Gran was always reading – and she had read that plants like to be talked to – so she talked to the lemon tree.  Then somehow she heard she needed to beat the tree – so she hit it with a switch!  After several years – she was just done waiting and tossed it over the bank by the creek.  And would you believe that thing bloomed!!!

My Gran Wessner is also the person who sparked my scrapbooking bug.  When we were kids, she made each of us a ‘scrapbook’ with articles she read or pictures that she thought we would like, there were snip-its from the newspaper if we had our picture in there for something and just things in general that reminded her of us.  Sadly, I don’t have that scrapbook anymore.  I’m not sure what happened to it over the years.  I wish that I had understood the value when I was younger.  But I do still have the memories and I will definitely be making a scrapbook layout about my Gran with this paper!

Have you ever found a paper that brought back a flood of memories or you just knew immediately what you wanted to do with it?  If not – I hope you get to experience it at least once!  During the next month I’ll be posting artwork using the Hello Lovely paper pack – so check back later!



Oh Deer!

I’m going to confess.  When I first saw the December featured paper in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, it was my least favorite.  It’s not that I didn’t like it – it just didn’t jump out and grab me.  But let me say that once I opened the  Oh Deer! Paper Packet (X7214B)   and started playing with it – I fell in love!


This paper pack incorporates Bamboo, Cocoa, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Fern, Juniper, Sea Glass, Slate, Whisper, and White Daisy.  The paper patterns mix outdoors (trees, pine branches, bark) with sparkly stars, 3d boxes and sheet music.  It can be quite versatile for Christmas, Winter or just outdoors layouts.

I love that CTMH has started offering coordinating cardstock packs.  This lets you build up your cardstock a little at at time (each coordinating pack as 3 sheets each of 4 colors) and they coordinate perfectly with the paper you’re working with.  The Oh Deer! Coordinating Pack (X7214D) includes Fern, Sea Glass, Slate and Whisper.  It also looks great with the Sea Glass glitter paper!


The Complements (X7214C) for this paper pack are so cute!  It has a Christmas/holiday twist, but yet it doesn’t scream Christmas.  You could easily use the titles in non-holiday layouts.  There are a couple of things that say ‘holiday’, ‘Christmas’ or ‘Joy of the Season’; and the jingle bells are more of a holiday thing.  But really the stars, pine cones, bows, and even the deer could be used in other layouts.


Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on with the Oh Deer! paper –


If this paper catches your eye – check out my class page and see if any of those dates work for you; contact me for an one-on-one class, or head over to and see where these fun papers take you.