Thursday, December 2, 2010

Redirect to New Blog

If you found me through TwoPinkPeas (or another blog...), please note that I'm now at:
WinterHeart Paper Arts

Please join me there!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


After much thought, I've decided that trying to maintain TWO scrapping blogs is much too time-consuming, and rather redundant!  So, I'm consolidating into just one blog.  I hope you'll consider joining me over at WinterHeart Paper Arts: 

See you there!

More Notepad Covers

I'm still waiting for owires to arrive (Monday, says UPS), however, I did make a number of covers, all ready to be bound and finished.  I love these so much!  So easy, but pack such a visual punch, and useful, too!

Notepad Cover Details:
chipboard is Close to My Heart My Creations Cube, with square divided (I use a rotary cutter to do this)--each cube makes three complete notepad cover sets
blue papers are all from CTMH level 2 Magnifique pack
aqua paper is from SEI
white/flowered paper is from My Mind's Eye
scraps for matting the monogram--2 1/4 x 3; 2x2, and 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
monogram is CTMH Baroque Alphabet clear acrylic stamp set
embellishments are CTMH pearl opaques and CTMH green/blue sparkles
ink is CTMH pacifica, chocolate, and lagoon

Explosion Box Scraplift

I really love this idea that Ann from November Rose came up with--the explosion box!  She has the directions on her blog.  I had to "borrow" it to make little Christmas boxes for my adult bookkeeping students this year.  I'm forever trying to come up with a cute something for them that is adorable--and not too expensive!  Always a challenge.  So, thanks, Ann, for letting me scraplift a little.  I know my students will love them.

The front box with the ribbon is made from Close to My Heart BT duos Level II Mistletoe paper packet; I really love this paper--traditional and Christmasy, but adaptable to everyday use, too.    The other papers are from My Mind's Eye "Signature Christmas."   They are waiting to be filled with goodies before tying up with ribbon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday Sale!!

Black Friday means free products for you! And MORE free products.

Check out WinterHeart Paper Arts to find out more.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Notepad Covers

I was given the notepad cover/pen set on the left from a friend (which I promptly distressed with coffee!!).  Isn't it fabulous??  Of course, I had to scraplift it for Christmas gifts this year, so I practiced first by making one for DD, MW.  One lesson learned is that it would be better to use 1/2" owires to bind it rather than 3/8", so I jumped online and ordered some for the next batch!

For both:  We used the MyCreations Cubes from CTMH and divided each of the sides.  This means that 3 notebooks can be made from one set of cubes. 
The monogram is the Baroque Alphabet.  The girls and I fell in love when we saw this stamp set--stunning in person-well worth the investment. 
Also needed are a pen for inside, a short length of ribbon, and 3 x 5 top-glued notepads, which I get in a pack of 12 from my local Staples. 

The notepad is glued inside and the length of ribbon is looped under the notepad when it is adhered down.  To bind, you need a Cinch or a Bind-it-all or similar.  I like my Bind-it-all b/c I don't love the round holes made by the Cinch. Totally a personal decision there.  People either love the rectangular holes or hate 'em it seems. 

Left Notepad--paper from CTMH Level 2 Magnifique paper set  and opaques.  The larger mat piece measures 2 1/4" x 3" and the stamp is on a 2 x 2 square.

Right Notepad--paper from CTMH Level 2 Mistletoe paper and pearl opaques.  I double-mat my monogram.

Calling Our Giveaway Winner!

This is a last call for our giveaway winner! To see if that was YOU, please look here

You have until 11/24 to email me at: to claim your prize. It would be super sad for the prize to be ownerless, so PLEASE email me!!

Scapbook Layout #2

Monday, November 22, 2010

Two of my adult bookkeeping students are finishing up in their studies this week, so I made each of them a card to celebrate.  Blue and gold are our school colors, so I used some basic DCWV cardstock in those colors, layered them on cards made of white cardstock.

I heavily distressed the blue and yellow pieces using the CTMH edge distresser, as well as the sanding block and sandpaper from the CTMH distressing kit.  The stamp is a combination of two sets--the flower stem is from Flourishes, and the flower is from the Heart to Heart set.  It is matted on black, distressed cardstock.  I used second generation stamping using Pacifica ink to achieve the tone-on-toe flower look.  The stem, btw, is stamped in Desert Sand.  The Congrats Grad sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink sentiments set.   I also lightly sponged Pacifica blue ink around the edges of the white cardstock.

Inside each is an inspirational quotation on vellum

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Home Dec Fun

Friday night I went to my upline's house where she has the most fabulous craft room!  It is HUGE!  I'm green with jealousy.  But, it is hard to stay jealous, knowing what a great person she is...generous and hardworking--and FUN, too.  The group of women there were a joy to hang out with--big shout out to Jennifer, Amy, Tara, Kassi, and Danae!

We made this little home dec project while there...all the products are CTMH, needless to say...mistletoe papers, stickles bling, stamps from various sets, and the mix and mingle album, which is a mix of chipboard and acrylic album pages (8 pages total).  We used 3 for this project, and only used one side, although it would be fun to do something on the other side

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Scrapbook Cover

First--a quick reminder to the Blog Love (aka Candy) giveaway winner--(in this case Terrie B)--remember, you need to contact me within a week of winning in order to claim your prize.  Scroll down to the giveaway winner post to get my email ; )  I don't want you to miss out!

Yesterday was a scrappy day.  I played with my new bind-it-all, and I have to say, while I love it, I DO NOT love the way they center their projects, so I developed my own system .  I'll have to do some more study to perfect my technique, but I guess that's the way it is with new tools.

I finally did my first scrapbook layout!!  I'm a card/home dec person, but I really want to do scrapbooking.  This is the cover of a little book I am making for my dd, LW, and her fiance.  The papers are from the May SEI kit-of-the month club ,which includes the album.  I really love Club Sei; they have a mini-kit one month for 17.95 and a mega-kit the next for 24.95.  You can skip months, and they really give a ton of stuff for the money.  The November mini-kit was PACKED.  Plus, I got the "back-issue" May and July kits for 1/2 price when they sent me a coupon offer after joining.  A great deal!  Highly recommend!

I know this is pretty simple (and hey, that's my style!), but it's a start ; )
I added ribbon from American Crafts, Lagoon brads from Close to My Heart, and the stamp, which says "Together Forever" in the little journal circle is from the Unity set from Close to My Heart.  Ink is Chocolate Brown from CTMH.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WinterHeart Paper Arts: Introducing the "I'm Always the Hostess Club"

I am introducing a new club over at WinterHeart Paper Arts--It's the
 "I'm Always the Hostess" Club

The bottom line is, if you purchase $200 of Close to My Heart products within a four-month period, I will give you a $25 gift certificate for every $200 you spend for the entire year of club membership!  You may earn as many gift certificates as you want! Why is it called the I'm Always the Hostess Club?  Because, $25 is the reward for Hostesses of Home Gatherings whose sales are between $150 and $249.  So, every time your purchases add up to $200, it's like you're your own hostess!

Here are the details and rules:
  • Email me at or call  253-222-9802 to join.
  • Commit to purchase $200 worth of products (not including tax and shipping) within 4 months of your date of join.  You do NOT have a monthly minimum.  You can spread it out however you want, but keep in mind tax and shipping apply to each order.
  • After your first $200 is reached, whether in one month, two, three, or four, I will snail mail you a gift certificate for $25. 
  • For each additional cumulative $200 in product purchases, you will receive another $25 gift certificate!  Earn as many gift certificates as you wish.
  • Your membership will last until the 1st anniversary date of joining, at which point you will have the option to renew.
  • You have the option to order directly on my website, or via email at suzwinter@myctmh or by phone at 253-222-9802.
  • You will still qualify for any additional deals available from Close to My Heart available during your order period (s).

Now for the fine print: 

  • If you do NOT reach $200 in product purchases in the first four months, you will be dropped from the club.  You may re-enroll, but you start from $0 again.  I will send out a reminder prior to the expiration of the four months.
  • To redeem gift certificates, you MUST place your order by email or phone.  I can also provide a fax number if that is your preference.  You can not redeem gift certificates on my website.
  • Any amount on a redemption order that is over $25 will count towards your next gift certificate.  For instance, if you order $60 of products (not including tax and shipping), $35 will count towards your next certificate.
  • Gift certificates will only be given for cumulative purchase totals of $200.  No partial certificates will be rewarded.

Questions?  Be Sure to Email or Ask!

This offer is exclusive to Susan Winter, Independent Consultant, and is not available directly through Close to My Heart or any other consultant.

Hello Thursday Bonanza!!

Oh My!  Have you seen the new Cricut Hello Thursday Cartridges??  There are several really cute ones, but my fave is Four Legged Friends. 

But, you'll want to check them out at Obsessed with Scrapbooking

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blog Love Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations Terrie Barroso! As you can see below, generated "7" as the lucky winner (when I numbered the comments, I did not include the two that were not qualifiers...) and one of your comments was lucky "7". Be sure to email me your snail mail address so I can get your prize off to you asap:

(prize winners have one week to claim their prize...)

terriennz said...

Our tradition is to watch the Peanut's Thanksgiving (in December, Peanut's Christmas) DVD. We are NUTS about Snoopy! lol

Terrie Barroso

Monday, November 15, 2010

Envelope Template

After some experimentation, I hit upon an envelope for 3 x 3 cards that I like..they are not perfectly square, which is nice in case your card has bling or dimension.

First, you'll need an 8" x 8" piece of paper (which will make 2 envelopes.  Cut in half so you have 2-4"x8" pieces of paper.  Put one aside.

Score 3/8" along each long edge as shown in photo below:

Turn the paper the the other way and score at 2" and 5.25".  Cut out the pink areas as shown in the diagram below.  You can use a corner rounder on the top and bottom flaps.  Fold in the side flaps.  Apply glue as show in diagram and fold up the bottom flap.  Voila!  Really cute envelope!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

More Notecard Boxes

Don't forget to enter to win my Blog Candy here

Finished up my Christmas cards today and made some more notecard boxes.  The polka dot one's papers are Imaginisce and the other two use papers from Close to My Heart Magnifique.  Quotes are in a vellum pack from Joann's and embellishments are from the stash.

I also perfected my 3 x 3 notecard envelope and will post a template for that this week ; )

Friday, November 12, 2010

DCWV Giveaway

Don't forget to enter my own blog candy giveaway here.

Also wanted to share with you another great giveaway over on DCWV's blog.  I don't know about you, but I totally love Free Stuff--collecting for all my various hobbies gets pretty expensive, and it is nice to mitigate that occasionally.  And I've actually won before, over on the Everyday Cricut blog.  If you don't enter, you won't win!!!

DCWV is giving away a stack each of Street Lace and Colorful Life.

Paper, get yer paper here!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

3.5 Inch Notecard Box & Template

First of All:  Don't forget to enter to win my blog candy here 

I wanted to create a 3 1/2 box with a separate lid to put 3 x 3 notecards in as a gift for my neighbor, who is moving soon. 
I searched around, never finding exactly what I wanted, so using another box template that was the right idea, but the wrong size, I experimented a bit and came up with my own, that I thought I'd share with whoever wants it.  For the box part, you will need a 7.5" x 7.5" piece of cardstock or sturdy paper; the lid needs a piece of cardstock or sturdy paper
5 5/8" x 5 5/8".

I like this box, because the walls are doubled, which makes it very neat and sturdy.

For the box, score at 1" and 2" from the left side; turn a quarter turn and score again at 1" and 2".  Continue until all four sides are scored.  Following my diagram, cut out the portions in red.  Cut along the blue line in the direction indicated.  For the flaps, cut a snippet out of each corner as shown by the dotted green lines.  Make sure you fold and crease all lines before gluing down for the crispest box.  I experimented with zip glue and atg adhesive and found my atg adhesive worked best, but your mileage may vary.  Be sure to put some adhesive on flaps

The lid to the box is made the same way, only scoring at 1/2" and 1" all the way around..  It is designed so the center is actually 3 5/8", so it is just a tiny bit bigger than the box, so it fits nicely.


More Details:

"A" is from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1 3/4"
Flourish is from Elegant Cakes cut at 2 1/4"
Paper: Imaginisce
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink twill in Fine Linen
Ink is Close to My Heart in Cranberry

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blog Love Giveaway

It's time for a giveaway!  Free stuff for you!  Here's the scoop:  You have four potential ways to enter to win:  (You DO NOT need to do all four!!!  )
  1. Leave a comment after this post.  In your comment, tell me your favorite tradition for celebrating the upcoming holidays with your family and/or friends.
  2. Become a follower of this blog and leave another comment on this post letting me know you're now  a follower! (If you became a follower in October--you qualify, too.  Just add a second comment letting me know that!)
  3. Put a post on your own blog linking to mine w/ an announcement of this giveaway and leave another comment on this post with a link to your post!
  4.  Become a follower on my CTMH blog and leave another comment on this post letting me know you're now  a follower of WinterHeart Paper Arts!
Here's my solemn promise to all my followers on both blogs: I will never send unsolicited emails to any followers on either of my blogs!!  Ever!  Followers do receive post updates, depending on your preference settings in your own account.  I will be having a newsletter on my CTMH blog, so if you do wish to receive periodic emails from me regarding current CTMH deals, you can sign up for that using my "sign up for my newsletter" subscription box both here and on the other blog.

  One lucky winner will receive this:

Just in time for Christmas/Holiday hobbying--A Mistletoe Workshop-on-the-Go Kit..  This great kit includes 10 sheets of cardstock, 12 sheets of doublesided paper as seen here: Mistletoe Level 2 Paper Pack; the All the Best Acrylic (Clear) Stamp Set, an Embellishment assortment, and a guide with project ideas for both cards and scrapbook layouts.

AND--there will be additional prizes.  For every 50 followers on THIS blog, I will award a Petite Perks Stamp Set to one lucky winner.  So, for example, if there are 105 followers by week's end, I will generate three numbers, one for the Workshop-on-the-Go Kit and two Petite Perks Stamp winners.
This Blog Love period will run for one week, with the winner drawn and announced on 11/17/10.  Comments will be sequentially assigned numbers with the winner(s) chosen by Random.Org.  Future blog love contests (I hope to do this every 4-6 weeks) will include one prize per giveaway.  In the event these items are backordered or unavailable from Close to My Heart, a similar item with equal or greater value will be substituted.  Winner must email me within one week of contest end in order to claim prize.

Good luck to everyone! Thanks for visiting, and hope to see you back soon!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Card Finale and a Creation from LW

Between Mister's surgery last Tuesday (he's on the mend), and the bug I came down with in the meantime (is hacking up a lung just a saying, or is it really possible?), I haven't been as productive as I normally am.  I did spend the spare moments in the week to substantially finish this particular run of Christmas cards; some still need buttons, but I'll do that tomorrow after work.  I've got about 25 finished, but plan to do another design for the next 25.  Doing the same thing over and over gets old ;

LW also created this sweet little card for a friend who is having a tough time in her new job.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monster Party

I had such a fun weekend! One of the products from said weekend was this darling little card I made at a CTMH Leadershare event. 
Isn't it cute? It was made all with Close to My Heart Products--round cardstock w/ envelope, the Party Animal Acrylix stamp pack, Hooligan Level 1 paper pack, and the ocean embellishment pack.

I have to confess, I signed up to be a CTMH consultant. Don't worry, this blog isn't going to turn into a CTMH advertisement, but they do have great products, so I've started an art blog dedicated to my CTMH creations and deals, so if you're interested, the link is at the top of this blog, so be sure to check it out.

However, I do have lots of non-CTMH stuff to show off, so this blog will continue! In fact, later on, I'll be showing off the non-CTMH stuff I did this weekend, as well as a card that LW made.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Beautiful M!!

18, talented, intelligent, beautiful. How much better does it get?

Monday, November 1, 2010

What I Did Last Saturday...

As a newbie, I often feel a little at a loss of where to begin for a card idea. So, I bought this book for inspiration, and it really is fabulous. So many sketches and multiple ideas on pulling it all together. So, the cards I worked on this weekend are based on the first two sketches of the book, giving them my own color schemes and twists, of course.

The first card is made from leftovers from my "hi there" card from yesterday. I designed it to be an all-occasion card, thinking I could add a sentiment later based upon the situation. The flower is from the Potpourri Basket cartridge. The second card is my very first Christmas card of the season. Mister really likes simple, elegant designs, and I thought this fit the bill. Papers are DCWV Holly Jolly and ribbon is from Michaels. Sentiment is a stamp from PTI (I really need a new black ink pad--I only have old ones from when the girls were little.)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scrapping it Up

During my blah part of the week, I sat down to create a card with the goal of not cutting any new paper and not spending too much time! This is it. Try to pretend you don't see the blob of glue above the ribbon, 'kay?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Shhhh...Someone is Having a Birthday

That little someone is my youngest, MW, who turns 18 the first week of November. She's my music major and artist extraordinaire, so only a slightly out-of-the-box card will do for her.

The 18 is from the Songbird Cartridge. The notes and heart are from Gypsy Wanderings. I mirrored the notes and heart and printed one side out of a music-themed paper and the other out of the purply paper and then glued the ribbon in between the layers. Papers are from various sources. Edges of paper are distressed with Colorbox Cat Eye inks (found some really old ones lying around from when the kids were little!). The music embossing is from a Cuttlebug folder and was run through my Sizzix.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mojo Monday

Mojo Monday Challenge 162

Here's my entry--went my own way a bit ; )

SW Makes a Mini Album

Ah--Young Love. It is sooo difficult to photograph these longish mini-albums, but these pics at least give you the gist!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SW Gets Creative with Cards

My middle daughter has been having a very creative week. She's been home sick w/ a sinus infection, so has spent a little time finishing up a darling mini-album and some wonderful cards. Without further ado, the cards (mini album tomorrow)...

Stamping Boutique Giveaway!

Don't you just love the generosity of the scrapping world? There are sooo many great opportunities to win Free Stuff that are out in InternetLand right now!! You'll definitely want to check this one out though: The Stamping Boutique

There's a great prize that includes Copic Markers and all kinds of goodies. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Card Organization

Do you ever have those days where you completely lack card-making inspiration? Today is one for me, but I know my mojo will return soon; I haven't been completely useless. Last night I made two card holders. One is a little folder that I found over here: Danni's Designs. She has tons of good tutorials, so be sure to check her out!

The second one I found here: Fabulously Artsy. Another great blog w/ hugely creative person behind it! I love this little card box; it is easy to make, fits A2 cards nicely, and is beautiful to boot.

Tomorrow, I'll take some time to photograph and show you the darling little LOVE book SW made in honor of her sweet guy, J. It is so darling. Scrapbooking is HER gift!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Imagine Card

This card is one I wanted to try from a Cardmaker special magazine. It was a little fussy to cut the papers out to layer on top, but after perfecting my method of madness, I could see doing it in much less time next time around. Papers are all colorbok. Sentiments are vellum. It's a clever card, and I'd love to do more, now that I "get" the design.