Motivational Monday Scrapbook Sketch

I don’t know about you, but the days seem to get busier the closer to Christmas we get. trying to take time to scrapbook this week might be a bit tough, but remember, you can always come back when you have more time and click on the Sketches Category to find some inspiration to get you started again. I will try to get a finished layout up for today’s sketch, but no promises on when it gets done. I will add a link to this page when I get it finished. I thought this single page layout would be great for a shot of the family in front of the Christmas tree.  Here is your Motivational Monday Scrapbook Sketch to December 22, 2014.

This layout doesn’t takeSingle Photo Sketch a lot of extras, but as you will see when I post my layout, I add my interest and embellishment is to cut out the cardinal’s head. You are cutting out the bird’s head, not cutting it off.  I would do the same thing if there is any extra leaves under where you place your photo mat, as well as the small journaling box. This is a good place to name who is in the picture, and there is a hidden journaling box so you can mention why Aunt Goldie has a red nose or any private memories you don’t want to share with the world.

This paper is from the Yuletide Carol My Reflections Collection of exclusive paper. The mats are done in Ruby with Champagne cardstock for the inside mat.

Do you take a family Christmas photo? Leave me a comment below, tell me your biggest challenge when scrapping your Christmas pictures.

Have a great day, we finally has a little snow but it isn’t expected to stay :(

Creatively,  Carol


Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits Recipe Card

I love this recipe cardHandmade Cookbook Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits, the die-cuts are size appropriate and the red distressing is offset nicely with the outside matte done in Red.  Here is your recipe for today

Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits


  • 2 c. flour                                                           1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt                                                           ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼c. oil                                                              ¾ c buttermilk
  • 8 tbsp softened butter                                   ¾. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon                                              1 c milk (optional)


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, mix well, stir in oil and buttermilk and stir just until blended.
  2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll dough into a 15 x 8 rectangle.
  3. Preheat oven to 400º.  Grease a 9″ round baking pan lightly.
  4. Spread butter over the dough. Mix together sugar, and cinnamon in separate bowl. Mix well and sprinkle evenly over the butter on the dough. Roll up rectangle jellyroll fashion, starting with long end . Pinch the seam to seal it.
  5. Cut the roll into 1½” slices. Arrange the slices cut side up on prepared baking pans. Bake until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and if desired, pour milk over the top. Serve hot
  6. OR frost with your favorite butter cream recipe.

Serves 6


What do you think, a good recipe for Christmas morning?  Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!


Creatively, Carol

Does the day ever get away from you?

Do you eYou can be busy and scrapbook too!ver have days where you start your day knowing exactly what you want to accomplish that day, only to have the day slip through your fingers?  That is how my day went yesterday.  It started out good, I spent time in my office, planned some classes for January and posted a sketch for you with the determination that I would have it posted yesterday. As you can tell, that didn’t happen. I have full intentions of getting that sketch done today. If you have a busy life, and I am sure that you do I want to share with you a way you can take those precious few minutes you have to scrapbook.

Pick up a clean large pizza box. You can put your 12 x 12 paper in the box and build your scrapbook page there. If you have to run to a child, or an appointment you can simply close the box, put it on a shelf high enough the kids can’t get it. When you have the next few minutes you can pick it up again.

Now I am going to get that page done!

Creatively, Carol

Monday Morning Motivational Sketch

Single page scrapbook sketchI have decided to re-introduce Monday Morning Motivational Sketch to get your creative juices flowing and set you up for creative success all week long. Today we are working with a single page sketch that you will see the design carry over to our Wednesday Card Creations feature.  I look forward to seeing what colors you put together. As we move forward in our  Monday Morning Motivational Sketch feature I will begin using a variety of Close to my Heart colors to help you will color combinations.  I will be completing this sketch today as well, and I will post it a bit later so you can see what I did with the sketch.

I hope you have a fun and creative week, and take a little time for yourself by enjoying your scrapbooking.

Creatively, Carol

Stratta for Sunday Morning Breakfast or Brunch

HHandmade Cookbook - Stratta Recipeere is a recipe for a good Sunday morning casserole. Since you prepare it all the night before, then just pop it in the oven when you get up it makes a great Christmas morning  recipe.   It takes 45 minutes to cook, so by that time you are actually awake and ready for breakfast.  While this recipe calls for french bread, I can’t help but think you can use bread a few days old, after all, cutting the crust off of french bread is cutting half the goodness, especially if you are using a sourdough french bread.

As I have stated before, I did not make all these recipe cards, but was part of a swap group where everyone contributed 15 of the same recipe card and they were all separated into 15 different groups.  This card, as they all are is a 6″ x 6″ base. I don’t care for the recipe itself to be placed diagonally as I think it makes it harder to read when you are cooking, but I do like the bright sky blue paper choice and the sun die-cut is perfect for this breakfast recipe.

Here is the Stratta recipe:

  • 8-10 slices french bread, cut crust off and butter one side
  • 3-4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 lb bacon or sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • Toasted Onions

Place bread in an 11″ x 13″ pan, butter side up. Layer 1/2 of the cheese, chiles, bacon and onions. Repeat layer of bread, and layer remaining cheese, chiles, bacon and onions. Beat eggs, milk and salt and pour over layers. Cover and chill overnight.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place pan into larger pan with between a half inch and an inch of water (a jelly roll pan works well here). Bake 45 min to an hour depending on your oven.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, if you try it, let me know what you think, if you alter it, please share so we can perhaps add your alterations.  Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think of the recipe card itself. Do you like the recipe at an angle? What would you change?   I hope you will enjoy this Sunday with your families.

Creatively, Carol

Chocolate Truffle Pie


Taffy Apple Pizza

Handmade Cookbook Taffy Apple Pizza

How Can I Help You?

Cards done with Artfully Sent CartridgeDecorate your Hip Pics Album from Close to my HeartJournal in your handwritingVisit

This blog is for you and I want to know what you want to see here. I love to share my thoughts,projects, inspirations and whatever you would like to learn. In an effort to do this, I am asking all my readers to share what you would like to see here.  I have a few “regular” features like scrapbook sketches, card sketches, product reviews and a recipe card every Sunday that you can use to make a handmade cookbook. That still leaves 3-4 days left to fill with the information YOU want to know.  Please leave a comment below and tell me what I can share with you to make your crafting faster, simplier or easier. Don’t forget to sign up for the drawing to win a free Picture my Life Scrapbook Program.

Creatively, Carol

Cranberry Pork Loin Roast

Handmade Cranberry Pork Loin Roast Recipe Card

Bags, Tags, and Wraps…Are You Ready for Christmas?

bags tags and wrapsChristmas is just 22 days away. Hopefully you have been getting my weekly e-mails with the card and gift projects you can make this season. What? Did I hear you say no, you haven’t been seeing them? You have to ask yourself why, could it be you visit here but haven’t signed up for my mailing list yet?  Just leave your name and e-mail in the box to the right and you can still get the last few which feature bags, tags and wrapping for your gifts. You will get measurements, instructions and picture to make your crafting even easier.

Each Wednesday  you will receive in your inbox a project a week with a supply list, cutting guide and instructions. I am not advertising anything in this series, it is simply a free gift. The only thing I ask is for you not to share it with anyone. If you have friends and family that would benefit from these projects please send them this link so they can sign up for themselves. After you sign up, don’t forward the e-mail with the projects please. I work hard to provide my mailing list subscribers these projects and you wouldn’t want someone to unsubscribe you by hitting the unsubscribe link.

I am also host a special contest for anyone who sends me pictures of their projects I can post here on the website. This contest will run from October 1 – December 31st. The winner will receive $100 in Close to my Heart Papercrafting supplies.   Have a great day and keep an eye on those mailboxes after you sign up, you will be getting some wonderful projects!

Cyber Monday 20% Discount

Cyber Monday 20% off Cricut BundlesThe Special is 20% DISCOUNT ON ALL CRICUT CARTRIDGES!!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.In addition, starting tomorrow you can see the new products – just in time for the new year and Valentine’s Day! Click here to order this special


December 1st is the beginning of the “Deal of the Decade” Promotion
(which you can read about below).
If you take advantage of this on Cyber Monday and CALL ME with your order at 801-597-4896 or send me an e-mail at before 9 PM MST, I will pay your shipping for the entire order! 
AND IF YOU ORDER BOTH THE STAMPS & CRICUT BUNDLE, SHIPPING WILL BE FREE ON THE WHOLE ORDER!!!!!This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix®clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- orD-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to$7.95 USD/$9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is trulythe deal of the decade.*Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)–December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling iscalculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95  D-size stamp set: $17.95)



When I thHandmade Cookbook - Crepesink of crepes, I think of an old restaurant called “The Magic Pan” They deep fried cheese curds and served with a really good honey mustard. YUM

This recipe card is really an eye-popper, but I love the colors together. You can’t tell but the maker used a chipboard letter C. The bit of bling in the opposite gets lost on the textured looking paper. What do you think of this page?  Here is your recipe:


1 c. All -purpose flower                   ½ c     water

1/2 cup milk                                      1/2 tsp vanilla Extract

2 eggs                                                  2 tbsp butter

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and gradually add the milk, vanilla and water. Stirring in the flour, salt until mixed completely.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ c for each crepe.  Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes until the bottom is the light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook on other side.

Serve hot either alone or filled with your choice of filling.

Have a wonderful Sunday. Creatively, Carol

I Cut Off Grandma!!!

St Elizabeth High School, Oakland California 2011 Reunion

Q   I have a number of group photos taken at a family reunion, but none of them has everyone in it. Someone or several someones are always cut off. Do you have any creative ideas for how to deal with this challenge?

A   In group photos there seems to always have one person missing, hidden behind someone or something or just cut out of the shot. In the case of the two photos above, I was trying to get the everyone attending the reunion, but the group was just too large to get in it’s entirety and still be able to recognize faces.  As you can see, the two pictures don’t even line up properly and no matter how I edited it, to make them the same would distort one or the other too much. My solution to this was to print the two pictures  at 6 x 4 size  and stagger the edge where the man in the plaid shirt was. 

If you simply don’t have pictures of everyone, be sure to to mention those missing people in your journaling or you can include shots of them alone or in other groups. Don’t let the lack of perfection stop you from scrapbooking that memory! 

Tip for the future:  Always take more pictures that you think you will need, with digital cameras you can always delete later and you will have more photos to support the focal picture in your layout.

Do you have a question or a problem that needs solving?  Leave a comment here and I will feature it here!


Card Sketch Thursday – A Simple Card for Beginners

Since I talked on TueSimple Card Sketches 1sday about sending cards to our troops in the Holiday for Heros Program I found a set of sketches that have been done for the Operation Write Home organization. These start as easy sketches to start with, great for anyone who is just learning how to make cards, but all you experienced card makers, I hope to see your cards punched up to the next level. I am inspired by your cards, and beginning today I will have a finished card from the sketch in hopes of inspiring you.  I really hope you will give the sketches a try, and sent me a picture of your cards either via e-mail or text to 801-597-4896. I really want to give you a place to showcase your work, and I am willing to offer a stamp set a month in a random drawing for all that submit a picture of their cards. You will get 1 entry for each card submitted. If your card is done with all CURRENT Close to my Heart Products, you will get two entries to the drawing.

Here is the first sketch in the series.




Happy Birthday Auguste Rodin

Rodin was a painter and a sculptureOne of the benefits I gain from posting here everyday is every once in a while I get to learn a few things myself and share them with you. Today is one of those days. In some circles you are either a scrapbooker or a  stamper, but not both. It doesn’t have to be this way. Today is Auguste Rodin’s birthday. If you don’t recognize the name, you will certainly recognize the art. He was both a painter and a sculptor, it was not an either or proposition. He planned his sculptures by drawing them first. I suppose there are sculptors that just sit in front of a lump of clay and just sculpt, but I find Rodin to be a planner, thus coming up with works like “The Thinker” or “The Kiss”.

There is no reason scrapbooking and stamping can’t be used together whether it is lettering for a title, or an embossed swirly in a corner for dimension. If you haven’t experimented with stamps on your scrapbook pages, give it a try. You might like the effeThe Thinker by Rodincts.

The Thinker is housed appropriately in the Musee Rodin in Paris France, dedicated to his work, however there were 73 different casts of this statue. One of which is in the Lourve in Paris, where I saw this huge statue in person. Trust me when I say it is thought provoking.

Born November 12, 1840 living 77 years and dying in 1917. He was married in 1917 and died the same year.

Tomorrow I want to show a sculptor done by Rodin shown i two different ways. I will be curious of your thoughts. As for now, I will do some thinking of my own as I prepare for the Christmas Craft Show the weekend after Thanksgiving. Follow me on Facebook if you would like to see some of the crafts I will be showing.

Creatively, Carol

How to Send Cards to Our Troops

Soldier and Flag DrawingHappy Veterans Day to all those who have served to keep this country safe or another country safe even when it wasn’t a direct threat to pur own national security. Our Vietnam Veterans had it really rough coming back from being “in country”. I can understand the protests, it wasn’t our war to fight, but why did people take it out on our soldiers is what I don’t understand. My husband was one of those who were serving during the Vietnam War, spit on when coming home, being called a”baby killer”.  If anyone were sending our soldiers cards back then, they were certainly not blank inside!  Fast forward 40 years to a war we again have no business being in, and my son, Gary Gomes Jr is fighting in Iraq but something in this country changed in 40 years with regards to our service men and women. They were being thought of with warm, positive thoughts. People would send cards, packages and other means of supporting the soldiers. You didn’t have to like to war, or even agree with it, but we show the soldiers respect and even thank them for their service. We also gather together, or make individually cards for our soldiers to use during the holidays.Just One Extra card program

Since the beginning of 2014 the program Holiday Mail for Heros the program took on a different feel. The Red Cross took over control of the Holiday Mail for Heros program and closed down the central post office box where cards were sent. The cards are now collected, sorted and distribute the holiday cards using what is called an “Event-based” approach. This means the cards are distributed in the local communities instead of sent overseas where there are still an abundance of cards for the service men and women to send home. This change will allow local Red Cross offices to concentrate on reaching out to the members of the military, veterans and families in their community because they stilThoughts on Veteran's Dayl need your support. So many soldiers are coming home with severe injuries and have to endure the grueling task of recovery. This applies to physically wounded soldiers to those who suffer from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder. Anyone who doesn’t believe that PTSD is a true illness and feels they should just “man-up”, I can tell you first hand that it truly affects the lives of these soldiers. I have two soldiers that deal with PTSD everyday.

You can continue to support the soldiers by making cards for this program, click here to find  some helpful tips when making your cards. Won’t you join me in continuing to support our troops with just one extra of each card you make? Ask your local Red Cross if they can use other types of cards as well, then you can make “Just one Extra” whenever you make a card.

Creatively, Carol


Handmade Cookbook – Not your Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Homemade CookbooksWhen I think of Green Bean Casserole, I think of the Campbells Soup can recipe; mushroom soup, French’s Crispy Onions and green beans. Here is a different take on the same dish…  with 4-5 cans of Green Beans, you can serve it for Thanksgiving!

I hope you will give it a try, and leave a comment below.

Have a creatively productive day!

Creatively, ~Carol


Free Cricut Images

We pay good money for our Cricut® machines, cartridges and such, so it is nice when Cricut®Free paper piecing images

offers us free images. I often forget to check to see what is free each week but since I am using my Cricut extensively as I get ready for the Christmas Fair I discovered the free images for this week and wanted to share with you.

Because these freebies are only around for a week, I am cutting about 10 sets, and putting the pieces in an clear envelope until I have time to piece them together. I hate to let free just disappear without taking advantage of the offer.  Since I don’t want anyone else to miss these great freebies either, I am going to create a page of freebie links as I find them, then you can take advantage of them too!

I am working hard on some new classes for you, and getting ready for the Christmas Gift Show the weekend after Thanksgiving. I look forward to sharing with you soon. Have a day full of fun and creativity.

Creatively, Carol

Throwback Thursday Card Sketches

Today I have found you a sketch that could serve many purposes. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I am posting the original sketch and the example that was shown with the sketch. I will start creating my own interpretations for the sketches beginning next Thursday, so don’t miss out. Since the cards are posted for Throwback Thursday I will be using supplies from my extensive stash in hopes it will inspire you to grab some of the old scrapbook and card making materials and use them up. The sooner we use up the old supplies, the more room and less guilt we have for Complete the card sketch challenge for free goodiesCard Sketch Challenge #1getting the new ones!  Here you go:

I look forward to seeing your finished cards, please e-mail a photo to or text to 801-597-4896 for a chance to win a free stamp set.

Creatively, Carol