WELCOME to my blog! This is the place to see what class offerings I have. I am also a consultant for Close to my Heart, a company that offers stamping and scrapbooking supplies. Take a look at the products and specials they are currently offering.

I hope you find something of interest to you.

Sunday, April 29, 2018



May is National Scrapbooking Month!
Close to My Heart has a beautiful
paper pack to celebrate.

I will be offering a 10-card workshop using the lovely "Postcard Perfect" papers for you in May.  Everything you need to create the ten cards is included and pre-cut for you!  You only need to bring your adhesives and you are ready.

These cards all include a bit of patterned vellum that is featured in the paper pack.  The colors of the papers are beautiful, and fellow consultant Jacquie Paech has designed these lovely cards making the most of the patterns in the paper.  The sentiments are versatile for whatever your needs are.

The tropical flowers are beautiful on these three cards. There will be several options of sentiments you can choose from for these.

The soft colors on these three cards is so peaceful.  The sentiments on these cards are pretty versatile, but let me know if there is some other greeting you would like to use before you come to class!

 If it's tropical, there has to be a flamingo!  You will notice that there are several options for the sentiment for this card - a decision that will be made at the workshop.

 The final grouping features colors that are a bit more bold.  These colors add to the wonderful variety that this workshop offers!

Here area the details of the workshop
Saturday, May 19
Tuesday, May 22
Thursday, May 24

Workshops will start at 9:30 and go until approximately 1:30
All are held in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, AZ.

The workshop fee is $25
This includes everything you need to complete the 10 cards:
- pre-cut papers
- pre-stamped and cut flowers and leaves
- card bases and envelopes
- 3 gold shaped clips (2 arrows and 1 heart)
- white dots
- gold glitter gems
- white twine

If you are unable to attend any of the dates listed,
or you live out of the area, you can purchase a pre-stamped kit
for an additional $5.  This kit will not include sentiments or
images on the inside of the cards or envelopes.
Shipping is available for an additional fee for those who need it.

Respond to this email if you wish to register
or if you have questions.
Gail Gross

Once you confirm your registration for this workshop,
if you are unable to attend  and can't make
another date, I will put together the kit as
described above for you to complete on your own.

You will need to bring your own adhesives to complete the cards - including glue dots for use with the velum.  The Thin 3-D Foam Tape from CTMH is recommended since there are several cards that use at least 2 layers of foam to create the dimension shown.  Let me know when you register if you would like me to
order the foam for you.  Here's the information:

Item # Z2060 for $5.95 (plus shipping and tax)
Double-sided foam tape, 1mm tall; 2 rolls per package,
⅜" and ¼" widths, 75" per roll. 

Friday, April 27, 2018


This is the last sale for the month.  All items are reduced by 25% - and there are some special bundles of like items that can save you big.  Take a look at some of the items in this sale.  But remember - this sale ENDS at 10:50 a.m. MST on Saturday, April 28.  So you need to act quickly!
If you live in the Prescott Valley AZ area, and you have me place your order and pick it up from me - I will offer you FREE shipping. If you are outside of my local area, place your order and I will send you a beautiful floral eclipse card that was featured in my April stamp classes as a thank you!
Here's a link to my website so you can check out all of the deals!

Want to email me with a question - I'm around, so I will get back to you quickly.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


With Father's Day just around the corner, we will focus on the men in our lives for our May class.  All of the cards can be used for Father's Day, birthday, or just a thinking of you type greeting.  You will choose on class day.  Let's take a closer look at each of the projects.

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and Close to My Heart is offering a wonderful tropical-themed paper pack with a stamp and a scrapbook layout.  I wanted to incorporate this lovely paper in our class, and fellow consultant Jeanie Burch shared this wonderful Hawaiian shirt card.  The sunglasses hanging on the pocket, complete with plastic lenses, just make this card.  You can use any type of sentiment on the inside.  My brother-in-law will be receiving this for his retirement!  

The new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog from Close to My Heart will be available to order from by the time you come to the May class, so I thought we should make use of one of the new paper packs - Fresh Air.  I love the rustic look of this paper, but all you have to do is flip the paper to the other side, and you have a much softer feel.  You will decide in class which version of this card you will make. 

Outdoors - whether at the beach or in the wild - is perfect for our guy cards.  This card is clean and simple, but very special.  The gold foil paper is a real highlight.  The space on the right top is not empty.  Though it doesn't show up well in this picture, there are embossed lines.  These are made with your scoreboard!  A simple trick to add a special touch to the card. 

I saved the "special" card for last!  This full card front die is really fun to work with.  But what a surprise when you open it up and find a 3-D box of balloons!  The technique is not at all difficult, but really adds a lot to this card. 

Dates for Stamp Club are:
Tuesday, May 1
Thursday, May 3
Saturday, May 5
Monday, May 7
All classes meet at 9:30 and run until about 1:30
All classes meet in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, AZ

Cost is $20 to complete the 4 projects
And remember -
if you bring a friend who has never come before,
 you both get the class for that $20!
If you have never come before 
but have found this information on my 
blog or Facebook page,
 then you can do the class for half-price!
If you can't make any of the above dates 
you live out of the Prescott Valley area, 
I can put together a pre-stamped kit of the projects.
(add $5 if you need a pre-stamped kit)
Shipping is available for an extra fee.

Please email me to let me know which date you want scrappingailaz@gmail.com
Once you confirm your registration, 
if you are unable to attend the class,
I will prepare a kit with instructions 
for you to complete the projects.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Slice of Happy Birthday!

Pizza - what a great food!  And especially for birthday parties.  I remember cooking pizza for my sons' parties when they were little.  Now they can remember those times! 
The stamp set used for this card is from CTMH's "A Slice of Happy" cardmaking workshop.  The papers are from the new Stargazer paper pack - and the embossed background is the Simple Chevron folder from CTMH (Z3247).  I love using embossing on the plain white to give dimension.

This fun card will be part of my Birthday Extravaganza classes in February.  Dates are Thursday February 1, Saturday February 3, Monday February 5 or Tuesday February 6.

I'm entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.  Pop over there and see the other great creations.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Something New - a new card, new papers, and new design book!

It's fun to take a paper with one theme and switch it around for another use. The papers on this card are from the NEW CTMH Make Waves set - that's right, it's all about mermaids and water. But you would never know that from this card! The green paper with the leaves stamped on it actually has star fish all over it - but you don't really notice them! 

I used pattern #12 from the NEW Make it From Your Heart Volume 4 for the design.  This new loose-leaf book fits in the CTMH Everyday Life Album and has 24 card patterns (18 vertical card designs and 6 horizontal) in the standard 4¼" x 5½" card size. 

I love the fact that the paper packs from CTMH have 8 different designs that coordinate with each other - so it's easy to make a card like this with four different papers and you know that they will work together!

The sentiment and leaf border are stamped using the NEW Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  In fact, it is so new, you can't even get it until February, since it is the Stamp of the Month next month.  But this gives you something to look forward to!

Do you notice a little theme going on in my descriptions?  This card is being entered over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog, and one of the themes for January is SOMETHING NEW.  So I'm just showing how this card fits in that category.  Click on the blog link above to see the other great projects focusing on something new!

This card is one of the six we are doing in my February Birthday Extravaganza classes. Dates for Birthday Extravaganza are Thursday February 1, Saturday February 3, Monday February 5 or Tuesday February 6. Can't make it or don't live in the Prescott Valley, AZ area? No problem - I can do a pre-stamped kit and even pop it in the mail to you. Photo instructions included. 

Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you are interested.

I've posted photos of three other cards we are making in earlier posts on this blog - so head to the home page to see all of them.  The other two will be posted soon.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Why is it that we have so much trouble creating cards for the men in our lives?  It really is fun to work with some of the rustic elements for a change, and this is what I came up with.   I started with the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge Blog, but also found a number of other challenges this week that were focusing on masculine cards.  So this young buck is going to be entered in all of them!  This card is also going to be a part of February's Birthday Extravaganza classes.

Here's what I used on the card (all from CTMH unless noted):
Stamps and Dies:
Hunting for Words (B1571) - stag image 

Just a Number (retired D1514) - sentiment
Paper and Inks:
Gimme Some Sugar patterned paper (
Kraft cardstock (Z1375)
Pewter cardstock (X5954) 
White Daisy cardstock (1385)
Tuxedo Black ink (Z899)
Charcoal Ink (Z2831)
Wood Slats Embossing Folder (Z3248) - still available online though not in the current catalog!
Thin 3-D foam (Z2060)
Prismacolor Premier art markers (light walnut, cool grey 30% and brick beige)

Be sure to check out the other creations made on the various blogs where I am entering this card:
Fusion Card Challenge - sketch
Sweet Stampin' - "For Men"
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine
Addicted to Stamps and More - Photo Inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of blog-land!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Clean & Simple Birthday Card

I am getting ready for my annual Birthday Extravaganza class - where we make 6 birthday cards in one setting!  The design this week at Freshly Made Sketches was perfect - and one of the Design Team members used the vellum, which inspired me to add it to this card.  Just a little something special on the front.  I think it's the little things that add to a simple card - like the stitching on the circle die and the embossed background.  They add detail but don't take up "space", keeping your focus on the main elements.

Here's what I used on the card (all from CTMH unless noted):
Stamps and Dies:
Eat Cake & Celebrate (D1731) - cake image
Hunting For Words (B1571) - sentiment

Basic Circles Thin Cut Dies (Z3318)
Stitched Circles dies (Simon Says)
Paper and Inks:
White Daisy cardstock (1385)
Vellum paper (Z3367)
Thistle ink (Z2840)
Confetti Embossing Folder (Z3118) - still available online though not in the current catalog!

Thin 3-D foam (Z2060)
Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293) - highlight on the flame!

This card is entered in two challenges this week - Freshly Made Sketches and Southern Girls Challenge (Stitch Me Up!).  Check out the other great creations on both of these blogs.

I appreciate you stopping by - and hope you are staying warm and dry wherever you are!

Friday, January 19, 2018

FREE CAKE! Stamp Ink Paper Challenge card

Who doesn't like free cake!  This is a fun little stamp from the new Seasonal Expressions catalog from CTMH.  A great way to have fun as you wish someone a happy birthday.  The background papers are from the new Chelsea Garden collection.  Since all of CTMH's stamps are clear, they are very easy to cut apart.  I did that with this stamp so I could stamp the smaller sentiment on the banner without having to mask.  It's so easy to put the stamp back together on your block if you want to stamp it as a single image.
I used the sketch from this week's Stamp Ink Paper challenge.  Pop over there to see what other great creations have been submitted.

Thanks for stopping by - and enjoy your weekend!


This is the workshop I created for the CTMH convention in June. 
 It’s finally time to share it with you! 

Dates are:
Saturday, February 10
Monday, February 12
Wednesday, February 14
Cost is $35 and includes
all materials except adhesives.  
Everything is pre-cut and ready to stamp and assemble.
All classes will meet at 9:30 in my Prescott Valley, AZ 
craft studio and run until about 2:30
If you are not in the area, I can mail a pre-stamped kit (for an additional fee) to you.  
A shipping charge will be added.

There will be options to select different sentiments on some, 

but not all, of the cards for those in attendance.

Please email me by January 29 to register. 
 This will ensure that the materials are ready in time for class. scrappingailaz@gmail.com

Once you register, if you are unable to attend the class, 

I will prepare a pre-stamped kit (for an additional fee) 
for you to complete with photo instructions.

Monday, October 2, 2017


CTMH Consultant Guide available

It's time to be thinking about Christmas cards, and the CTMH Silver & Gold Picture My Life cards make the perfect start to 22 beautiful cards.
Complete cutting instructions and instructions for assembling the cards are included.

If you aren't a Close to My Heart consultant but would like to create these cards, I will soon be posting the information for purchasing a pre-stamped kit that will allow you to put these cards together at home.

These are the cards that you can make with your customers!

These 22 cards are created using the silver and gold foil PML cards from the packet.  You need 5 different colors of cardstock, but it comes out to only about 2-1/2 sheets total, plus one sheet of white.  Each customer will also need a pack of bitty sparkles and red enamel gems, plus about half a pack of cards/envelopes.

There is one Cricut cut used for the wreath from the Flower Market cartridge.  But if you don't have Cricut or that cartridge, I have created an alternate option for the "noel" card using a stamped image.

Individual photos of all the cards, plus the alternate option for the "noel" card, can be found on the "Kits for Sale" page of his blog.  Click here to open that page.

You can get all of the information to create this workshop with your customers for only $10.   
Use the Buy it Now button below to get all of the instructions, and a Consultant Release allowing you to use this project with your customers.

Once you've made your purchase, please email me at 
with your CTMH website address - your OBA!
I will then send you the e-files for this project and you can start preparing for the upcoming Christmas season. 
If you have any troubles with the Buy Now button, please email me
and I will send you an invoice.