Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Indoor Vertical Herb Garden on Barn Wood! Order Yours Today

Yes! More barn wood! I was inspired by a project I saw on The Chew the other day.  I added my own little touches and this is what I came up with.  A vertical indoor herb garden with all sorts of charm and vintage farmhouse appeal.  

 I love it so much!  Not only does it look adorbs in my kitchen, It will keep me from buying herbs that I never use all of and end up throwing out begrudgingly.

 Do you know someone who would like this hanging in their kitchen? I think this would make a great Mother's Day present.  Here's the best news! You can place your order today by clicking on the buy now button.  You can pay with a credit card and when it is done, you can come and pick it up at my cottage in Waterford!


 This indoor herb garden holder is vertical, which makes it a space saver! Built on authentic barn wood. Size: H: 3.5' x 7" across. It includes a saw tooth hanger on the back for ease of hanging right on a wall in your kitchen or any other sunny spot. The barn wood has been cut to resemble a picket fence. Also painted, white of course! 

3 tin can containers are attached with a single screw, so you can tilt the cans which is great for drainage and looks stylish! 

Mini clothespins are attached underneath each can. Perfect for clipping on included chalkboard signs.  When you change your herbs out, just simply erase.

The Fresh sign at the top is also made out of a piece of barn wood. Painted a pretty leaf green, it works as a chalk holder too.   I had to add some cute little white burlap strips tied in a knot around each can to add some charm. 

Plus! I will have fresh herbs at the ready, all year long! I LOVE that I don’t have to run to the store now when I need some fresh cilantro.  I don't need any extra counter space either. Get yours today! 


Until Next Time-
Be Blessed!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Unique Vintage Barn Wood Signs for Easter Using ShinHan Touch Twin Markers

The last couple weeks have been really uplifting and fun!   It all started as I shopped around for some Easter decorations. Nothing was really grabbing me.  I really couldn’t find the words I wanted. Then it became very simple.  The Easter message. For awhile now, I have wanted to create art based on my Faith, so I took this as a little nudge in that direction.


So, I grabbed some scraps of barn wood that I rescued from the burn pile.  I sanded them slightly with a very fine sandpaper grit.  So, as not to disturb the character of the wood. I painted them like Easter eggs. LOL!  I wanted bright and cheerful and pastels don’t do that for me. So, I grabbed some jewel tones and started mixing and layering acrylic paint.



I designed the writing in Cricut Design Space.  I LOVE that program!  At first I thought being able to cut any font was overwhelming.  But then I saw how easy and fun it was.  I went with my favorite, Digs My Hart.  I made my canvas in the program the exact size of my wooden pieces. It worked like a charm!  My hubby helped by attaching the twine perfectly with staples on the back.  This one I embellished just like I would anything else.  So, I added paper butterflies and flowers I have had in my stash for awhile. The best part is that several people saw these on my Facebook Page and wanted to purchase them.  I was so honored!

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Each one was so fun to make.  I wanted a coral color, so I mixed yellow and a darker pink.  This one is hanging on my door Smile Keep reading to find out about the flower.


For a little different look I used the same font and used the words to one of my favorite songs, “I Know My Redeemer Lives” by  Nicole. C. Mullen.


The butterfly is from the Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge, Art Philosophy. I loved how intricate the design was and it has an accompanying base shape to back it. Which would have been easy enough.  But I wanted something more colorful and BOLD! We are talking about Jesus after all Winking smileI  applied the vinyl and colored in the wings. With what you ask?



Okay, it’s my favorite, versatile Shin Han Touch Twin Markers that can be found right in my online shop.   They are permanent alcohol markers

so they were the perfect medium to use. Guess what?  The tips weren’t ruined! They worked just as well on paper afterwards! I was impressed! Below are the colors I used.

Z2450  Cherry Pink

ZZ2454  Leaf Green

Z2452   Golden Yellow

Z2464  Tender Pink

Z2465  Turquoise Blue

Z2449  Cerulean Blue Light

When you zoom in on the burlap flower I made you can see I also colored the burlap leaves with the Leaf Green Marker.



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Until Next Time!

Be Blessed!


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Calling All 7-8 Grade girls in the Waterford Area!

For my regular readers this is a little off the beaten path.  My daughter Savana and I have taken on a new adventure that we hope will change lives! I learned about the non-profit organization, Girl Talk when I was a consultant with Thirty One.  They are huge supporters of this program.  It is a FREE peer to peer mentoring program that is all about empowering young women.


With the support of the Waterford Recreation Program and Fox River Middle School we started our own chapter in the Waterford area. Savana is one of the leaders and I am an adult advisor.  We will meet once a week and based on the lessons in the curriculum, girls will have a chance to discuss different topics with other girls their age.  More importantly, they will be hearing from the High School girls who have been there.




Girl Talk is for all girls!  WE welcome all girls! Whether you are homeschooled, private schooled or public schooled this is for YOU!  If you have ever felt like no one understands, you feel alone, pressured or just wish you had somewhere to go with all of those feelings? Do you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, student, neighbor that wants to help others and make friends or that may struggle?  Then this is for HER! Help us spread the word!


 Click here to Learn More & to Sign Up!



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop- Typed Note

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from Michelle's Blog you are on the right track! Although it's April 1st. This is no fooling! As you go through the hop,you will find almost 70 different variations of artwork with this classic set, Typed Note. 
Don't forget!  It is only available this month!  This set of 19 stamps is great for all occasions, has an all around fun feel and it's timeless.  .  So, let's get started! First look at all of the fun greetings and messages.

I wanted a modern feel so I used our new washi tape, Carnival for the title and then used the typed message on the inside.  Love the Seaside paper with the worn wood look and polka dots on the other side.  Really, who could resist!?

Thanks for stopping by!  Now you are off to Paige's Blog!  for some fabulous artwork I am sure!


Monday, December 08, 2014

CTMH NEW Rolling Organizer Available Now!

It is finally here! Close to my Heart has designed a new rolling tote that centers around our hard case organization.  Isn’t she so pretty? I love the chevron and the inside has polka dots- my favorite!

Here it is opened up.  Another consultant took this photo and said we could share it.
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(Z3032) is $149.95 (Finished size 25½” × 16″ ×17½”)

Watch the video below to see all of the great features it has like additional  pockets for storing tools like your scoring board, trimmer and of course your Annual Inspirations Idea Book.
PLUS! there is a matching shoulder tote!

 Shoulder bag with snap closure. Comfortably fits our 12" × 12" paper organizers. Perfect for carrying projects in progress, idea books, papers, small tools, and embellishments. Z3031 (26.95)

 Here is the thing, both of these are going to go fast and we do not have a date for the next shipment.  So, if you want one, be sure to order yours right away. It could even be here in time for Christmas!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

20% off CTMH Cricut Collections Say What???


Cricut Graphic_sale


YES! It’s true! TODAY ONLY! Get any CTMH Cricut Collection for only $79.20!

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Plus then you can get the Cutie Pie, Stamp of the Month for only $5

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AND the DEAL OF THE DECADE, which is a C or D stamp set for only $10! 

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So there is a WHOLE LOT of SAVINGS THERE!!


SO, if you don’t know which one you want for sure, CLICK HERE for a complete rundown, project samples AND the index of shapes! DID I mention there are 700 images on each cartridge?????  I love these cartridges, like they were my own babies. I know it’s weird. Don’t judge! Winking smile So, I will BE THRILLED for you when you get your own! 

As a BONUS you will get a FREE CLASS in which I will teach you all about the FUNctions and Creative Features that it has!! Classes are available in person at my cottage or virtual by Google Hang Out! I might even wear my cape! LOL!



Until Next Time-

Capture Life!



Thursday, November 06, 2014

CTMH Artfully Sent Blog Hop- Celebrate!


Welcome from Brenda’s Blog!

If you are looking for the CTMH Artfully Sent Blog Hop you are in the right place.  This month we are showcasing artwork created using this fabulous cartridge that can only  be purchased through Close to my Heart.

To really get the most out of this cartridge, the collection includes 3 coordinating stamp sets and a whole pack of White Daisy Cardstock so you can start playing right away SmileWhat I have found most exciting about this cartridge is that you can create very impressive projects in just a few steps.  How you embellish or add to it is completely up to you. It could take you 10 minutes or 10 hours! My customers are LOVING this cartridge and so am I!


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This was easy and fun to make (with this cartridge of course). 

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If you want to find out how I made this, keep scrolling, but if you are ready to move on then you are off to

Nikka’s Blog

  to see what wonder she has created with this amazing cartridge!


The Instructions:


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So I have to say it is a little less intimidating when the projects are color coded like this.  If I want to make the pink pop up card I follow those colors and then I know I have the pieces I need.   Those are the ones I circled at the top.

I cut the card base and the inside layer using the “pop up” feature.  The BEST part is that the marks are already there for scoring and folding the card, including the pop out pieces!  The word celebrate is also on the cut for the inside.

Now on to the cupcakes!

Now, I am kickin’ it “Old School”by using the Expression and the Cricut Craft Room. You don’t have to. I did to make layering easy and I like to have the file on hand.


Here I created a second layer so I wouldn’t have to repeat the process. That’s why it’s blue.

Solid cupcakes

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So you can see how adding some layering to the cupcake cut outs makes it even more fun and interesting.

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For the front of the card I used the 3 Key and the pocket card feature.  The banner in the frame reads HAPPY.

I cut that frame at 4” in canary and I stamped it with the “It’s time to celebrate” sentiment from 1 of the 3 sets of stamps that are also included with this collection! I also backed the pennants with small white triangles to make the word “HAPPY” pop!

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Then to get the word birthday I turned to the oh so delicious font that is also included on this cartridge.


I cut the letters at 3/4” twice. Once in white and once in Indian Corn Blue. I used my FAVORITE cheat ever! That is to cut them at the same size and then just off set one color to make it look like it is layered.


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So, I finished the front off with a couple little bows using the thistle ribbon and Liquid Glass to attach.  I just love how this all came together. Trust me, I NEVER would have made a card like this without the simplicity of the

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge!

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Now in case you are still with me on the hop, you are off to Nikka’s Blog!


Until Next Time-

Capture Life!



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