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I hope you find something of interest to you.

Friday, July 17, 2020


Yes, it's short notice, but you get to stay and home and work with your own projects in your own room!  You don't have to pack anything up, and you won't forget anything you want to work on!

Join me as I host a Virtual Craft Day via Zoom. Starts at 9 am MST (Arizona time) and ends at 4 pm. There will be two classes - one at 10:30 introducing the bargello technique and another at 1:30 doing random stamping to create backgrounds. Both of these methods can be used for either scrapbooking or card making. 

Did I mention that there are two challenges with a prize drawing? 
One is a craft bingo, and the other is a theme for your projects. One ticket for each row you cover in the craft bingo (and yes, you can get more than one) and one ticket for each project you complete that uses some variation of the theme!
No charge - but you need the Zoom invite, so email me if you are interested and I'll send you the details. I will also include the supply list for the classes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


With everyone staying home, I am offering the April card class as a kit that you can assemble at home.  All papers are pre-cut and the images and sentiments are pre-stamped, based on your selections.  BUT - I will be trying my hand at ZOOM so we can have some interaction as you work on your projects! People who live locally can stop by and pick up their kits from my porch, or they can be mailed. Postage varies by zip code, so if interested in the mail option, please let me know your zip code so I can quote you a mailing cost.

These are the four cards included in the kit. All but the birthday gift have options for the sentiments, which I will find out from you when you register.

Cost for the kit is $20 and includes everything pre-cut and pre-stamped for you. All that's needed is adhesive!

Send me an email at scrappingailaz@gmail.com and if you want the kit, I will send you an invoice for payment.

Kit is available through the month of April, as long as my paper supplies holds!
All materials are from Close to My Heart - embellishments for each card included.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020


I have come to LOVE a clean and simple (CAS) design for my cards.  That's why I check out the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge each week to see what I can create with it.  This week's sketch worked well for this card.  And I'm also entering it in The Paper Players Clean and Simple - Spring Flowers challenge this week. 

The striped paper with those little dots, from the new "These Are My People" paper pack from Close to My Heart, is simple, so adding the pink flowers gave it just the pop it needed.  The coordinating stamp set shown below was used for the flowers, and the "Say It In Style" sentiment set is so versatile, you can create something for any occasion. 

Click here to pop over to the CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge Blog to see the other projects created with this design.

And there's lot of Clean and Simple designs over at The Paper Players! Click here to check them out as well!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy some crafting time this week!

Sunday, March 15, 2020


The Freshly Made Sketch this week was perfect for the clean and simple card I wanted to create with the CMTH Operation Smile stamp set - You Make Me Happy.  The sentiment is from a great collection on the Sentiments & Stitches stamp set.  I love the scallop circle die, so I was able to make use of that as well.

The paper is from the new Yesterday & Today suite from CTMH, perfect for those vintage projects you want - or just for something that has a nice soft feel to it.

I combined espresso ink with ballerina pink for the card and added some gold glitter gems.  The bird, colored with the new Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers, is one of six cute critters on the You Make Me Happy Operation Smile stamp set.  Each time one of these stamp sets is purchased, CTMH donates $7 to Operation Smile.  What a great program!

Here's a look at the products that I used for this card.

Thanks for stopping by my today.  Click here so you can check out the other great projects at the Freshly Made Sketch blog.

Sunday, January 5, 2020


I love wood grain papers.  And the lighter, the more versatile I think they are.  This particular paper is from the new Spruced Up paper suite from Close to My Heart.  The paper you just barely see in the background has a nice winter foliage scene with this same little bird.  Both are matted on Sangria cardstock, and I used Sangria and New England Ivy inks.

If you follow my blog, you'll know that I like to get inspiration from various challenge blogs.  The sketch given back in mid-December by Freshly Made Sketches really worked for me with this stamp set (Spruced Up Cardmaking with dies).  With the holidays, the challenge is still open, so guess I'd better get this posted up!  I actually had it finished shortly after the challenge started, but with family time and travel, I'm a bit behind with my posting!
Z3633 Spruced Up Cardmaking stamp set with thin cut dies (CTMH) 

X7253S Spruced Up Paper with Sticker Sheet
Besides the wood grain paper I love so much, the Spruced Up paper suite with stickers has lots of great designs with rich colors.

Be sure to check out the other great projects submitted to Freshly Made Sketches for this challenge.
Thanks for stopping by - and have a crafty start to the new year!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

ONE Design - THREE Cards!

It's fun to take one card design but use different colors and
 stamp sets to create totally different cards!
The bold stripe in the pattern paper gave me lots of color options to work with these cards.  I chose Sapphire and Julep for this leaf card.  The sentiment uses the new julep ink pad and the September Stamp of the Month - Random Act of Cardness (S1909).  The leaf is created with the new Layered Leaves Thin Cuts (Z3523) and Hawthorne paper with Sapphire cardstock.

Even if you aren't a coffee lover, it's hard to resist this great sentiment!  I used Paprika for the sentiment, and other colors added this time are Julep and Saffron.  The Perk Up stamp set (C1799) can be purchased alone or with its coordinating die (Z3537).  It is currently out of stock - but more are on the way!
The new Halloween by Aimee Ferre stamp set (D1893) gives lots of elements to add to this final card.  Even though neither Eggplant or Nectarine are used in the striped paper, they coordinate perfectly.  The "Spooky" is stamped on the lighter side of the nectarine - one of the benefits of having two shades on each color on the CTMH cardstock!

Pop over to my CTMH Website if you want more information about any of these products.

Monday, September 16, 2019


Would you like a QUICK way to get some papercrafting done, but still be able to put your own twist and personal touch on it?  Then here's something for you to think about!

Keep your creativity flowing with Close to My Heart’s Craft with Heart™ subscriptions, where you receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® card or layout kits that will keep you connected with your passion.  Shown above are boxes for both subscription kits - the smaller box for the cards and the larger for the scrapbook kit.

Cut Above kits give you a shortcut to beautiful artwork since they include pre-printed bases that you complete with die-cut shapes and stickers. Cardmaking kits also include exclusive stamp sets and mini ink pads you can use for a truly personal look.

You can watch this video as I open my turquoise cardmaking box with the camera running - showing everything that is included in this card kit.  Just click on the photo below for the video to start! Then check out the photos below that give you an idea of what the finished cards look like.  But the beauty of this is that you can switch things around the way you want as you put the kit together. (I'll do a video with the scrapbooking box in a few days!)   
 #unboxing #DIY #cardmaking #papercrafting #CTMH

You saw everything coming out of the box - take a look below to get a closer look at some of the pieces.  I love that nearly EVERYTHING you need to create all of the cards (24 in all this time - 2 each of 12 unique designs) is included in this box.  The card bases and envelopes, the stamp set with a mini ink pad, a block to put the stamps on, and embellishments that you can use as you wish. You provide your adhesive - that's it!

And here's a look at the finished cards.  All 24 of them!  Please note - there may be a few sentiments that vary from the stamp set in this kit.  Since it is an exclusive stamp set, I didn't finish all of the cards at the recent CTMH convention and couldn't get the set.  Some other sentiments were substituted, but they have the same general theme.

This is a great kit that you can do for yourself, give as a gift (even to a beginning paper crafter since everything is included), or get together with a friend and you each go home with 12 great cards!

Click this link to head over to my Close to My Heart website and get all the details about pricing and delivery.  Have questions?  Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Finally - A NEW card to share!

Life has been busy around here, and I literally have been away from home more than I was home during the last three months.  But I had fun playing in the craft room when I returned from my most recent journey - and I wanted to share it with you.

I used the sketch on the right from CAS(E) this Sketch.   I used the Lace Border thin cut die for the left strip, the Flower Garden embossing folder and the "You Are My Sunshine" stamp set.  All of these are from Close to My Heart. 

I also used a sponge to add some mint ink to the embossed background of the card, giving it a little added dimension.  I used silver embossing powder on the vellum for the sentiment.  It was too wide to fit in the "blank" space, so the vellum allowed me to overlap the background. 

The special thing about the stamp set I used for the sentiment is that a portion of the sale price of every set goes directly to Operation Smile - the charity for CTMH.  And not just a little bit - but $7 for each stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work.  Don't forget to pop over to CAS(E) this Sketch blog to see the other great creations with this design.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sticky Note for Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #379

Living in Northern Arizona is beautiful.  We do not have the heat that other parts of the state experience, BUT we do still encounter those cacti in the empty lots in the neighborhood!  It was quite a challenge when the boys were young and we were sledding down the hillside - just had to be careful where you landed!  Maybe that's why this fun stamp set - "Sticky Notes: - from Close to My Heart is so fun to me.  I can enjoy the images and the puns in the sentiments that accompany the set. 

I used the design from this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge for the card.  It is such a versatile design, I even used another stamp set for a second card!  That will be shown in just a bit.  If you are looking to see more creations with this sketch, then just follow this link to the FMS blog to take a look!

In addition to the Sticky Notes (C1751) stamp set, I used the new Playful Scallops Embossing Folder (Z4231), the Stitched Circle Thin Cut Dies (Z4181), Fern and Sweet Leaf inks, and the watercolor pencils (Z4242) - all from Close to My Heart.

Thought you would like to see the second card I made with this sketch.  I love it when you can cut one set of papers but get multiple card designs from it!  That's what I did here - primarily to give the people in my card classes a choice for their project.  Not everyone is going to want the cactus theme, no matter how cute I think it is!  So here's what I did for a gentler card!

This card makes use of the upcoming Stamp of the Month for April from Close to My Heart - "Love So Sweet" (S1904).  Just a change of the stamp pads and everything else is the same!  The flowers are done in Peach and Glacier inks, while the butterfly uses Lagoon.  The leaves are the new Sage ink - which I have fallen in love with! 

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blog world.  I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


As February draws to a close, several of the challenges this week chose the beautiful purple color of the amethyst gemstone of the month.  In addition, there was an embossing challenge.  So this card, and the two below that follow the same design, work perfectly for these three challenges!

These cards all make use of the CTMH Pansy Purple carstock, ink and coordinating watercolor pencils (the Just Us Girls and Shopping Our Stash challenges).  For the background of the bunny card, I used the new Playful Scallops embossing folder (Z4231).  For the cards below, I used the retired Rose embossing folder (Z3343) which is available on the CTMH clearance page!  All of the image bases were cut with the new Stitched Rectangle Frames (Z4260).  The sentiments were then stamped and heat embossed on a strip of vellum paper.  The entire embossed strip was overlayed on the image base and wrapped around the embossed panel (two types of embossing for the Just Add Ink challenge).  I love using vellum this way to allow the background image to show through, but still highlight the sentiment.

The stamp sets used for these cards are (all from Close to My Heart)
Bunny card
  • image from "Bunny Basket" M1211
  • image colored with watercolor pencils
  • sentiment from "Egg-stra Special D1828
Sympathy card
  • image and sentiment from "Know that I Care" C1752
  • ink on flowers is second generation Pansy
Easter Morning card
  • image and sentiment from "Easter Sunday" C1766
  • flowers colored with watercolor pencils 
Be sure to click on the challenge links above to visit the sites to see other great creations with these themes. 

If you are interested in any of the products I used, check out my Close to My Heart website - scrappingail.closetomyheart.com

Thanks for stopping by!