Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blog Relocated - Come check it out

As of September 2014 this blog is now posting on my New WordPress website. 
To see it go to

Simple Creations

I kept the same domain name (web address), and changed this site back to a address. There are still alot of great projects on here that I will keep here as a reference. I apologize if any links don't work properly, since I change the web address. If you find something not working properly, please email me and I will try to fix it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

School Time

My girls are back to school. This year they will be in school all day. So my goal is to develop my blog more. I'm looking to switch from blogging with blogger to Wordpress. So during this time I trying to learn more information about making the changes. 
It's exciting to move forward and develop it.



What type of projects or tutorials would you like to see?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Crush - Close to my Heart Video

Today I want to highlight an amazing product that is in our 
NEW Idea Book just released August 1st, 2014. 
It's the My Crush Book. We have had this product before but this theme is new. 
The Pink Book & The Pink Assortment has some amazing prints and colors to work with. 

All the supplies listed below I linked back to my Close to my Heart store. 
So if you are interested in puchasing and of these items below then click on the link. 

Supplies Used
My Crush
Lagoon Ink

To see all the New Close to my Heart products check out my Store, HERE

 Thank you for joining me for this Simple Creation with Close to my Heart products. 
If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Idea Book, New Close to my Heart Products, New Project

Can you tell there is a theme going on in my Blog Post Title? 
Today Close to my Heart came out with a new Idea Book. There are SO many new products in it. I went through all my Stamp Sets (16+) and realized that only 2 of them are in the New Idea Book.

I want to share with you today my favorite Paper Pack from this Book.
It is called Seaside. But there are so many things it can be used for besides Beach themed projects. I love the color pallet & prints they put together to create it.

Using this NEW Seaside Paper Pack I made a Baby Diaper. 
It could be used as an invitation, card, or announcement.

CTMH = Close to my Heart
Paper - Seaside Paper Pack (CTMH)
Cartridge - Artiste Cricut Cartrige (CTMH)
Ink - Desert Sand (CTMH)
Sponge - (CTMH) I cut it in 1/4ths and use 1 section to ink the edges of the paper
Pen - Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen (CTMH)

Cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge the following cuts & sizes:
Diaper - size: 4"
              button 34, pg 64
              function - Card/Shift
Oval - size: 4" & 3 1/2"
           button 34, pg 64
           function - Card
Accent - size: 2"
              button 34, pg 64
              function - Accent 3
It's a BOY -  size: 1 1/2"
              button 34, pg 64
              function - Accent 1/shift

  • Ink around the edges with desert Sand Ink. I cut a 3" circle sponge into 1/4th's. Then use one of those sections and dab it onto the ink pad. Then rub it onto the edges of the paper where I want to distress it.
  • Then put dash marks on the "It's a BOY" with the journaling pen. Adhere it to the Accent piece. Then attach to the diaper with foam adhesive to give it some dimension.
To see the NEW Idea Book from Close to my Heart click HERE.
To see any product I used in this project click on the product name for the link.

I would love to help you with Close to my Heart Products and assist with any crafting needs or questions. Leave a comment below, send me an email, or check out my store:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Close to my Heart NEWS! New Idea Book SOON


There are only 2 days left to order from the current Close to my Heart Idea Book. If you have products you love, stock up on them now. This might be your last chance. 

August 1st, 2014 we will officially have a new Idea Book.
Let me tell you, it has alot of great products in it. 
-It is larger and will be for a full year instead of 6 months
-5 New colors
-New markers
-New Crush Books
-A NEW amazing Cricut Cartridge Collection
-All New pattern papers
-So many amazing NEW Stamps 
-New tools & accessories
-New Consultant Kits - 1 for Scrapbookers & 1 for Card Makers
-So much more! 

You will want to check out my Store on August 1st 
to see the new Idea Book & Shop for your own 
amazing Close to my Heart NEW products.

Click Here to see the current: Idea Book
Click Here to shop: My Store
After August 1st, 2014 these links will be for the NEW Idea Book & Products.

My birthday is in August & I hope to get the
 New Cricut Cartridge Collect. It's a MUST have.

What is your Favorite Close to my Heart Product?
If you don't have any Close to my Heart Products, 
look at my Store to find items you would like to craft with 
& put your favorite one below.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Break - Family Time

I haven't been around as much because my girls are on Summer Break. 
It's important that we have good family time. 
So I haven't been crafting and posting my creations with you. 

Warning: the following contains lots of pictures of what we did this Summer. 

Fishing Time. The girls catch so many fish on their kid poles. I usually am taking fish off their lines the whole time. 

My little monkey playing at the park. Enjoying the beautiful weather. 

We camped at Indiana Beach for a week & made lots of memories. 


Ariel turned 7 years old. 

Enjoying the 4th of July Parade. 

Exercise Time. 
We got a new bridge on the bike path near our house. 
So we ran/walked to go see it. It was such a beautiful day. 



The girls started taking swimming lessons at our YMCA. They love it. 


It's hard to believe they will both be in school all day this year. They go back to school in less than a month. So we have been making memories & enjoying each other this summer. Once they are back in school I plan on spending more time crafting & sharing my Simple Creations with you. 


What type of projects would you like to see?  
What are the favorite projects you are working on?



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Banner, Gift Wrap, & Card

My brother had his first baby. She is so precious. To bad I don't get to enjoy her since we live across the country from each other. So I made this banner to send with my mom who would be flying there to visit. Since she had to put this in her luggage, I decorated it simple so it wouldn't get messed up. My new niece is Charlotte. They said they would call her Charlie so I made the banner with her nick name.

This is a white giftbox that I decorated & attached a small card to. 
I love how her name on this box turned out. 
I just combined several stamps to achieve this look.
Stamps used: Close to my Heart - Charming Chevrons Flair, Hopscotch Alphabet
Inks used: Close to my Heart - Slate, Honey

3"x 3" Card
Cricut Cut: 1 3/4", button- 5, function- accent 4, page 35, Cricut Artiste Cartridge
Ink: Close to my Heart - Slate, Honey
Washie Tape
Paper: Core'dinations (Sanded)

This is the whole banner. Its so hard to take a good picture of a banner. I hope you can see the concept of the project from this picture.

The first and last flag had washie tape stripes on it.

This is how I added the washie tape to each triangle flag. 
Then I took scissors and trimmed the edges before adhering to the scallop flag.

  This is what the letter flags looked like.

Banner Instructions

        Scallop Flag: Cut 5.5", button 39, pg 59
        Triangle Flag: Cut 5", button 29, pg 49
Letters cut from: Storybook Cricut Cartridge
         Cut 2.25"
Sand all the edges
Add washie tape & trim
Adhere the letters & flags together
Punch wholes in all the flags
String together with ribbon

Banners can be made for any purpose. 
Such as decorations for a party, a bedroom, holidays, & so much more.

To purchase any of these Close to my Heart supplies, 
click on the item to see it on my website. 


What kind of banners have you made?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Last week was teacher appreciation week. 
So I made a few gifts for my girls teachers. 
I got a small metal tin & put a travel lotion and hand sanitizer in it. 
Then I included a notebook or post-it note holder. 
Sorry I realized I never took a picture of the final gift, 
but here is the gifts I made.

4" x 6" Notebook with Pen
Sketchbook: 4"x6" (from Staples)
Cover: 9 5/8" x 6 1/8"
Score:  5", 4 1/2", 4 1/8"
Cut: 2 slits 1" apart to hold R.S.V.P style pen (from Staples)
Score: every 1/8" along pen opening, vertically to help it bend evenly.
Note: the score marks are 3/8" and 1/2" to make a larger opening for the larger pen. If using a MINI Pen score 3/8" and 3/8" apart and trim off extra in length. These numbers are just guides to give you an idea of how to make it.

Stamp Set: Close to my Heart - Dreamer Flair
Ink: Close to my Heart - Hollyhock, Honey
Washie Tape

Post-it Note Holder with Pen
I didn't come up with this idea. But thank you to whoever is the original designer because many of us in the crafting world make this wonderful gift, now.

Base: 7 3/8" x 3 1/4"
Pattern Paper: 3" x 2 7/8"
Score at: 3 1/8", 3 1/2", 3 7/8"

Cut 2 slits about 3/4"-1" apart in the middle when the scored section is folded. This will make the pen holder. The 3 1/8" side will be the front of the holder. Use tacky tape or a strong adhesive, put it where the back of the pen holder will be. Fold out the pen holder first. Then put tacky tape or a strong adhesive on the back of the post-it note holder. Put it in the holder then decorate the outside.
I used several Close to my Heart stamps for this project. I stamped them on White Dasiy Cardstock and then cut them all out. Then I laid them out to see how I wanted it to look.

Stamps used to decorate the outside:
(from the Artiste Cricut Collection)
owl - Lollydoodle Cardmaking Workshop (from the Card Kit)
heart & stem - Lollydoodle Cardmaking Workshop (from the Card Kit)
enjoy the little things - Enjoy the Little Things Hostess Rewards 

Other Supplies used:
Ink: Close to my Heart - Lagoon, Hollyhock, Honey, Chocolate

To purchase any of these Close to my Heart supplies, 
click on the item to see it on my website. 

I love to read your comments. 
What are your favorite Close to my Heart Products?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Last Day! $434 retail value for only $99*

Close to my Heart has an amazing promotion in April. 
So today is the LAST day to get this.
If you sign up as a Close to my Heart Consultant by 
purchasing the Kit below for $99* ($309 retail value)
You can pick one of the Cricut Collections for FREE ($134 retail value)

Purchase all this for only $99*
 As a Close to my Heart Consultant you can get 22% commission on what you sell. To maintain your Consultant discount you need to sell $300 every 4 months. Not bad when you buy gifts for others & your own supplies. You also can chose to run it as a business & make money on your own schedule. I decided to sign up this month because of the amazing deal but also because I love inspiring others to create.

April Promotion

 Pick 1 Cricut Collection for FREE 
when you buy the $99* Consultant Kit
Artbooking Cricut Collection
Artiste Cricut Collection

Art Philosophy
Each Cricut Collection by Close to my Heart includes:
$99 (retail value of nearly $125)
1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, font, shapes, 3-D items)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets 
3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shape 

The Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridges were my favorite even before I started selling them. They have so many useful cuts that I can use for any project. 
So why not get this great deal?
Click on Join My Team below to find out more information 
& to get this great deal for yourself.

This promotion ends April 30th, 2014

*Plus tax & Shipping