Thursday, October 17, 2013


Tristen with my two girls

I am very blessed to be the auntie of so many nieces and nephews. My eldest nephew Tristen has Cystic Fibrosis. He was diagnosed at 6 months old. We thank God everyday that he is turning 17 this Saturday. For 10 years my mother in law Terri Skupen has been walking in the CF walks. During that time CFF has been able to isolate the CF gene, improve treatments and getting so close to finding a cure! Many children with CF die before they turn 5 and when he was diagnosed it was almost a death sentence before he would be 10. Now he is turning 17! He skateboards and surfs. He also has 2 afterschool jobs and helps take care of his younger brothers. He is an amazing young man. If you would like to donate to my mother in laws walk this Saturday please click here. Donations can also be made via your Paypal account. Please help my family find a cure and end this horrible disease!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hanukkah & Celebrations

Many of you know I have been asked to be on an amazing design team for A Creative Journey with Melissa. I love her quality of stamps as well as the creativity it draws out of me. I am Jewish but we celebrate both holidays (Christmas and Hanukkah) as I did when I was a child as well. I only have to make about 10 Hanukkah cards a year and usually get stumped because there is usually barely anything out for Hanukkah or it all looks like what I already have! When I found out about Melissa's dream to create her own stamp line I said "Please do Hanukkah"! She advised me she was already on it! She asked me to let her know what I was looking for in Hanukkah and Jewish stamp set in general. Ohhh the juices were flowing! Here is the stamp set she came up with!

I love that I can combine Melissa's stamps with Close To My Heart. I knew when I saw the new CTMH catalog what paper I wanted to use for these stamps. There was no doubt there. I chose X7175B Frosted Paper Pack for $9.95. It is so soft and beautiful yet very fashion forward with awesome prints such as the chevron print. My card inspirations came from 9042 Make It from Your Heart Volume 2 $7.95.

My first card is what I like to call "Mazel". Have to thank Andy Cohen from Bravo for making one of my favorite words popular! I used pattern 21 on page 43. The cut out design of the patterned paper is 1 1/4 x 1 1/4" squares. I used the CTMH Z1912 Corner Rounder $7.95. This is probably one of my favorite corner rounders. It is easy to use and has a little catcher below to hold the cut pieces! No little pieces everywhere! The twine is random and of a chocolate color. I stamped Mazel from A Creative Journey with Melissa's stamp set in Z2160 Twilight $5.25. I distressed all of the papers for a more aged look with Z2118 Desert Sand $5.25 using the sponge from Z1298 Texture Tools $9.95 and distressed them by sanding it with Z1294 Sanding Kit $3.50.

My second and third cards are also from the same paper pack. You are going to be like 2nd and 3rd they look the same. They are except one is a Bar Mitzvah card and the other is Bat Mitzvah!!! You never see Bat Mitzvah!!!! Again I went with that lovely patterned paper. I love the chevron print! The words are in Twilight and the Jewish Star is in Z2162 Honey $5.25. The bling is the Z1754 Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment $2.95. They come with 108 pieces of bling for less than $3!!!! I again distressed all the papers with Desert Sand and the Textured Tools Sponge. The design was #28 from Make it From Your Heart Vol 2 page 46.


My last card was the Hanukkah card. I just adore this card. It was inspired by pattern #20 on page 42. Ink for the Menorah was Desert Sand. The flames were Honey and the word was from Twilight. I used the corner rounder on the light brown snow flake pattern. The paper that the twine is wrapped around is bumped up with Z1151 3-D Foam Tape $3.95 and you get 2 rolls and 75" per roll in two sizes! NICE! It is not available anymore but if you catch it online or find any in the store it will work. I used the 1772 Glue Dots $7.50 to adhere the word "Hanukkah" to the string paper. All papers were also distressed with Desert Sand and the sand paper.

Here is the other stamp set being released today as well! Isn't it adorable??? I just love the pig and it's tail!!!! I can just see the turkey holding a sign that says "Eat Veggies" on a card for Thanksgiving or Christmas! So go on over to A Creative Journey with Melissa to get "Give Thanks"!

Check out the other Design Team Members Blogs:

Marie Ross- 
Karen Bahit -
Sandy Bauman -
Monica Edwards -
Brandie Partello -
Rhoda Sorensen - 

Hope you all enjoyed my cards from Close To My Heart and A Creative Journey with Melissa.

Monday, October 14, 2013


I have some big news tomorrow. You can see some of the projects I have been doing but have not been able to share yet!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Check out A Creative Journey with Melissa's Blog. There is an amazing May Arts giveaway! You can not miss out on this giveaway. Really easy...only 3 things to do for a chance to win. You have until 9 am today. Sorry about my earlier post of 9 pm. Soon as she has another give away I will make sure to post right away with accurate information!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


I am so excited! Melissa has released some more Ghoulish stamp sets! You can check them out at Each set is $14.95 and the quality is A-MAZ-ING!

Batty & Boo

I just love the characters! They are too cute!
Witch Way
Think of the broom also for housewarming page. The shoe for Wizard of Oz and the sign for anything like camping!

Pumpkin Patch People
These faces are no where else! I will use them for more than the pumpkins. Totally use for characters etc!

Some of my favorite artwork for them both are from my fellow design team members

The design teams blogs:
Marie Ross- 
Karen Bahit -
Sandy Bauman -
Monica Edwards -
Brandie Partello -
Rhoda Sorensen - 

So Please Please Please check out all the talent on this post by clicking the link below their artwork and go to Melissa's store and order before they are gone! TY!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Holidays from the Heart

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