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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You Are Here – Cricut Cartridge

One of the things that attracted me to Close To My Heart was the exclusive Cricut Cartridges. This year’s offerings do not disappoint! The new Annual Inspirations includes a travel/get-away themed cartridge called You Are Here and three digital only collections featuring the United States, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand.

I was so excited that I was able to get the You Are Here cartridge for 50% off shortly after it was available for consultants to preveiw! (Truth be told – I get all my Cricut cartridges at 50% off through Hostess Rewards!! – check out this link to find out how).

You Are Here Cricut

I usually get the physical cartridge because I like to have the book of images.  If you prefer the digital version – you can download the book. Both options come with this set of stamps and the Enchantment Combo cardstock pack.

Here are a few things that I’ve made this month with this fun cartridge –


I love using the images for titles or accent pieces. The ‘Wild at Heart’ image uses the 2-toned colors from the Ruby cardstock. ‘Gone Exploring’ stamped image is from the exclusive stamp set with the banner cut from the cartridge.

IMG_3726Here’s a closer shot of the Wild at Heart – it definitely describes my boys!









Next is a card I made for a friend going on an Alaskan cruise.


I couldn’t decide between ‘Seas the Day’ or ‘Bon Voyage’ – but this worked out with the ship & mountains.

I love that this cartridge has some National Parks badges – include a couple of my faves – Teton & Yellowstone! I’ve got lots of pictures to scrapbook in these two beloved locations!

Don’t worry if you’re less of an outdoors person and more of a luxury traveler – there are images for you as well!

This cartridge is so much fun! I can’t wait to play with it some more! I’d love to see what you create with it!




Generational or Societal?

I’ve been thinking about this post for several months now.  I had contact with 2 different ‘gentlemen’ on the same day and it amazed me at how differently they reacted.

Contact #1 – I was at a stoplight – making a right turn on red.  Being by a school, I was extremely cautious – after checking the crosswalk, and looking both ways I started to move forward slowly to make my right turn.  Suddenly a ‘gentlemen’  (around 20-ish) on a bicycle came flying through the intersection – going the wrong way (he was riding northbound, in the southbound bike lane – or possibly on the sidewalk, I’m not sure).  I of course was in HIS way – so he threw is hand out (there may have been a finger involved) and called me a name that I will not repeat here.  This really irritated me because HE was in the wrong (riding in the wrong lane), yet he blamed me and called me names.

Contact #2 – was just a few hours later, I had stopped to grab some lunch and as I was leaving I had my head in my phone (I was clearly in the wrong!).  When I looked up, I realized I was in the way of an elderly gentleman coming into the door and immediately apologized and then stopped to make way for him.  He on the other hand, stopped and held the door for me and politely said – ‘No thanks, you go ahead.”

After the 1st incident, I was just bugged.  After the 2nd incident, all I could think about was why these 2 reacted differently.  My first thought was of course, the older gentleman was taught manners and was brought up in a much different time.  I also considered, socio-economic, ethnicity, even that the 1st guy was just late for work and really needed to get there.  But, you know – the only thing I can base my opinion on is the generational difference because I don’t know any of those other factors.

I’m glad we still have men & women in our lives who were brought up to be polite – even when some goofball is in their way because she’s looking at her phone.  I sure hope that I am able to instill these values in my boys – I know it’s a tough, long road given the societal attitude of not taking responsibility for your own actions.  But you can rest assured – I’m sure going to try!

Enjoy what’s left of your week!