Quick & DONE!

For some reason, I don’t get great pictures of my kids at Halloween. I’m not sure if it’s the time of day or possibly, they’re so excited about candy that they’re moving at hyper-speed and I just get blurs…. The great thing about this is I can use a single Workshop Your Way kit and complete 3 years of Halloween scrapbook layouts! Quick & DONE!


This first layout originally used a 5×7 landscape photo on the left – remember what I said about the lack of good pictures – I had nothing that was worthy of a 5×7 print.


I was originally going to just cut the Emerald mat down to fit the 4×6 photo,  but I forgot! So, I added a few extra layers – they go… photo, Emerald (light side), Black, Emerald (dark side) – this does a great job of showing off our two-toned cardstock!

I have another option with this layout – simply flip the patterned papers and you get this..


I love how easily I can use the same design & even papers, but yet have a different layout for each of my boys.


Here’s another amazingly easy layout. I liked how the orange mat on the 3×4 photos was cut in a 3×3 square – so a portion of the picture hangs off the edge – it just adds a little different look. Also, the tiled words paper is great to cut apart and use as an embellishment.


This last layout is super easy! The ombre coloring of the base sheet adds a lot of dimension and interest without having to add a lot of additional patterned paper. The Halloween sticker and other pieces from the Complements pack really make it easy to embellish.

So there you go – I got 2005, 2006, and 2007 – Done with the Cats & Bats Scrapbook WYW! While I was looking for pictures for these layouts, I also chose pictures for 2008 and 2015 and added those to my Jeepers Creepers layouts from last year. He  he he … I feel like I’ve gotten so much accomplished!

Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you are having a fantastic week and look forward to seeing you Saturday for the Blog Hop!



The Cats & Bats creative collection:


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 gerri.closetomyheart.com.

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



There’s No Bunny Like You…..

This month’s Stamp of the Month is just in time to get ready for Easter – or Spring.  With this cute Bunny Family – you can make a little scene of bunnies in the grass or in a field of flowers.


This is another stamp that you can color in with colored pencils, alcohol markers, watercolors (pencils or pots) – or just keep the outlined image.



For my card, I used the blush & gold patterned paper for the background, layered with a piece of Juniper cardstock and then the grey patterned paper (looks like columns to me).  I started by distressing the edges of the grey piece with Desert Sand ink.  Then I stamped the grass across the bottom with black ink, followed by the line of flowers on the left side – leaving room for the ‘child-bunny’ on the right.

I originally stamped the bunny in Chocolate (yes – I was thinking about eating a chocolate bunny!) straight on the patterned paper, but then decided it needed a little more dimension – so I restamped it on White Daisy in Desert Sand and fussy cut the image.  I colored in just the ears and the flowers with colored pencils.

I cut the banner using the Artistry Cricut cartridge – stamped in Sorbet.  Last I stamped ‘Happy Easter’ in Juniper.  After layering everything, I added some White Shimmer Trim to the Juniper cardstock.

Here are some other examples of how this stamp set can be used…


As a Stamp of the Month – this set is available during February for the regular D-sized stamp set price of $17.95 – or you can get it for free – here are two ways –

  • Purchase $50 of regular priced product (check out the Workshops Your Way Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit (G1119), add some White Shimmer Trim (Z3024), Black, Cocoa, Juniper and Sorbet Inks)
  • Join my team! During February’s Sign Me Up special – if you become a CTMH consultant you’ll get
    • a box of amazing product to start hosting gatherings or further your hobby (valued over $200)
    • $50 in Select Product Credit to choose items YOU want
    • February, March AND April Stamps of the Month ($53.85 retail value)
    • Future purchases at 22% discount PLUS hostess rewards and monthly SPC based on your sales

Do you send Easter or Spring Cards?  Do you have any Easter memories to scrap?  I’d love to see!



Other products used (you can find these at gerri.closetomyheart.com):

Adore You!

This Stamp of the Month is just in time to let your loved ones know how much you love them!  And it goes so nicely with the Sugar Rush featured paper packet.


This D-sized set comes with 7 sentiments and 4 images.  The mix of sentiments are sized well for cards or scrapbook layouts.


This card is a variation on the extra card projects found in the Sugar Rush Workshops Your Way cutting guide (the original was a vertical card and had sprinkles & donuts.  It also didn’t use the washi tape.

The base is a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 piece of the big polka dots, then a 3 1/4 X 4 1/4 piece of Whisper.

pmlI decided to use the pink cross-hatched 3×4 card from the Picture My Life sheet of pocket cards (2 each of these sheets are included in each paper packet).  These cards are quite versatile because one side gives you a portrait orientation and the other landscape.


Honestly it took me a few tries to get the color combo I wanted on this card (I used up both sides on the 2 cards in my paper pack).  I finally settled on Whisper ink for the heart/flowers and Cocoa for the sentiment.  I sometimes like to use Cocoa or Chocolate instead of Black because it gives the stamped image a softer feel.

I finished this one off with 2 lines of washi and a couple of Bitty Sparkles.  Another quick and easy card – ready for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to spread some love.



Remember – this Stamp of the Month is only available until 31 January.  Get yours for $17.95 – better yet – place a $50 order and get it for just $5!

You can find the SOTM and additional products used at gerri.closetomyheart.com:


Woodland Wishes Christmas Cards


Today’s cards use the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts Bundle (Z4015)  with Oh Deer! (X7214B) paper packet for a couple of quick and easy Christmas cards.woodland-wishes-thin-cuts

I’ve only recently started playing with die cuts from an embossing machine.  Previously I just used  my Cricut.  Since CTMH came out with the Thin Cuts that coordinate with stamp sets – I thought I’d give them a try.  I love my Cricut – but for making just a couple of quick cuts to add to cards – these Thin Cuts are the way to go.  Just sandwich paper between the cutting boards & the die you want to use – roll it through (I use the Cuttlebug) your machine and voila!


This first card uses the B&T Duos for the tree – so you don’t even have to stamp it – isn’t it great you can cut the dies on White Daisy and add a stamped image – or use the patterned paper for a different look.  I used a piece of the B&T Duos that has a birch bark pattern as my landscape to give the impression of clouds, snow, whatever – I like that it’s not just plain white.

The deer & star are stamped in Desert Sand, the background in Whisper, the snowflakes in Sea Glass and the ‘Merry and Bright’ in Cranberry.  I added Bitty Sparkles to the snowflakes for some shine.


This is a very easy card to make.  With just 3 cuts of B&T Duos (5 1/2 X 4 1/4, 1 3/4 X 4 1/4, and 1 1/4 X 4 1/4).  I distressed the edges of the 2 smaller pieces with Desert Sand ink, stamped the Merry and Christmas using Juniper.  The Christmas banner is lifted slightly with Thin 3D tape and then I added a Clear Sparkle.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards – these are the last of my Christmas cards for this year.  I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!




Additional Products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

Glitter, Vinyl and…. Floor Wax??!!

Have you seen the gorgeous glitter ornaments with monograms or names on them?  They caught my eye when I joined a Cricut Facebook Group, so I decided to give it a try.  The gist of it is you put some type of glue on the inside of a glass ornament, swirl it around, add glitter – shake/swirl it around and you have a glittery ornament without glitter all over the place (because it stays on the inside).

I already had some glass ornaments for another project and I had plenty of glitter – I just needed the glue.   Some quick internet research showed a few options – floor wax like Mop & Glo; Mod Podge (I totally thought this stuff was called modge podge!); or something called Polycrylic.

I’m a little impatient – so I went with the floor wax (the cheapest I could find).  My first try was OK – not as stellar as I wanted (I expected a total blackout with the glitter and I could see some light shining through) – so I returned to the store to get a ‘brand name’ version – maybe it would be stickier.  I still got about the same results – the glitter would coat the inside, but I could see through some areas.  If I just looked straight on, the ornament looked great – but holding it up to the light I could see the bare spots.

I did a little research and found that fine glitter works better than the regular sized glitter I was using – Oh Darn – another trip to the craft store!  The fine glitter worked much better.  (but the ornament below used regular glitter – for some reason the green covered better).



I was ready to move on to decorating the outside.  I decided to make this one for my nephew, Jake.  I cut his name using the Happy Camper font (designed by Erika Fisher) that I got as a free download a couple of weeks ago.  The ‘J’ in the background is one of my system fonts – Monotype Cursiva.  The white lines look crooked and torn – but they aren’t – the vinyl went on very nicely even with the curve of the ornament.


He’s a hunter so in addition to his name, I added a deer head from the CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge.  I sized this image to 2.3 and left the sizing locked (the width came out to 1.47).  As you can see from the picture – this gave me a little more trouble than the name to get it to form around the ball.  I’m still thinking recutting this to a smaller size or I might try putting a top coat over it to try to keep the air bubbles out.

For my first try – I’m pretty happy with this project (except maybe that bubbly deer).  My son has me working on a few more for a school ornament exchange and possibly for some teachers.  If I get to those, I’ll come back and add some more pictures and anything new that I learn in making them.  Overall this is an easy and non-messy project.

I would love to see any ornaments you’ve made!



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 gerri.closetomyheart.com and see where these fun papers take you.