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, December 30, 2018


Prescott Valley, Arizona
  The inaugural Craft Days and Craft Night will be held in January 2019! Here are the dates and times:
Thursday, January 10 from 9 am - 6 pm
Friday, January 11 from 4 pm - midnight
Saturday, January 12 from 9 am - 6 pm
These events are held in my home craft studio in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  Address will be given after you register.

-- Any paper or fiber/fabric crafting is welcome, but no open liquids or paint can be used at these events.
-- There is power at four of the stations so you can bring a machine to help you create (please let me know when you register if you need one of those spots).
-- A minimum of five people is needed for each session to be held.
-- Pre-payment is required using either PayPal or Zelle. I will send you a link when you register. 

Cost is $20 per session. Here are some introductory specials!
-- Register for 2 days and get $5 off the second day.
-- If two or more people register together, you will each get $5 off your space (sorry, only one discount per person).

Everyone attending will receive a special packet of paper products that you can use to create or add to a project, and receive a “reward” prize if you complete it during your craft time with me. 
-- I provide beverages and a snack, but you can bring whatever other food you want to enjoy as you work.
-- Those who attend a Craft Day or Craft Night will have access to my hundreds of stamp sets, many focused on scrapbooking themes, titles and journaling, as well as those used for cardmaking.
-- I have several heat guns if you like to add heat embossed elements to any of your projects.
-- There is a large variety of thin cut dies from various companies as well as embossing folders, and machines that you are welcome to use for these.
-- Since I teach paper crafting classes in this studio, I have patterned papers and 50+ colors of cardstock available should you need any as you work, plus adhesives and embellishments.
-- I have a number of scrapbooking kits that are quick and easy to assemble as well as page protectors and pocket scrapbooking cards.
-- Just ask if there is something you need – I will probably find it in my stash!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


It's that time of the year - Boxing Week!  Close to My Heart is featuring new items every day until December 31.  Check it out on my website - scrappingail.closetomyheart.com - for those new deals every day.  They start at midnight Mountain Standard Time and end at 11:59 the same day.  Remember - all sale items are While Supplies Last, so be sure to shop early!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

ANOTHER SNEAK PEAK - Seasonal Expressions 1 and January Stamp Club

Here's another peak at new products from the upcoming Seasonal Expressions catalog from Close to My Heart.  I think you will love this butterfly as much as I do.

I love following sketch challenge blogs to get fresh ideas for my creations.  This week, I was drawn to the Freshly Made Sketch, and am also entering this into the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  You can use either of those links to check out other projects entered in these challenges.

Now, let's talk about the card.  The base is made from sweet leaf cardstock.  The tag is cut with the large stitched tag from the Fancy Tags thin cut die set. I used the new peach cardstock which works well with the leaf pattern from the "Feels Like Home" papers.  The sentiment is from the "I Heart Us - Cardmaking" stamp set.

The closeup image below shows the detail of the butterfly - stamped and die cut with the "Butterfly Friendship" stamp/die set.  Both peach and peacock inks were used  to stamp the inside coloring of the butterfly.  The layer of velum gives an added dimension . 

You'll notice that I stamped the "beautiful" in peacock blue and popped it up over the sentiment.  I actually consulted the new "Love of Color" book to figure out what ink would provide the best compliment to the cardstock colors I was using.  While the book suggested a brighter blue, at least it directed me to a color choice - something I sometimes have difficulty with.

Here's some of those products I mentioned that were used on this card.  This card will be one of four projects offered in January's Stamp Club classes.  More information will be posted here - but if you are interested, send me an email

My classes are held in my home studio in Prescott Valley, AZ, but I do offer pre-stamped kits and can mail those directly to you.

Classes will be held on January 3, 5, 7, & 8.
Hope you can join us!

If you are interested in any of these products, head over to my CTMH website as of January 1 to get the for yourself -
If you place an order, you will get the new catalog in your order!

Thanks for stopping by - and hope you enjoy this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

SNEAK PEAK - Seasonal Expressions 1 from Close to My Heart

There's a new catalog on the way from Close to My Heart on January 1 - and it is full of wonderful stamp sets and accompanying products.  Here's a peak at one of the stamps that caught my eye.
This layered floral image is made possible because each layer of the design is a separate stamp - fitting perfectly to let the word "LOVE" stand out in the front.  No masking - just lining up those lovely clear stamps to create this wonderful look.  The stamp set is called Love in Bloom (D1819) and will be available on January 1!

In addition, I used one of the new embossing folders - it is called Swiss Dot (Z4232) with a border strip that allows you to have a section left flat to add sentiments or other images.  I angled the design with the embossing folder because I use a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for the card.

You can head over to the CAS(E) this Sketch blog and find other cards based on the same design.

Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you check back as I share more sneaks of the upcoming product.  If you are interested in what Close to my Heart has to offer, pop over to my website -
scrappingail.closetomyheart.com - and see what is currently available, and come January 1, you can see the new products.
 Or send me an email - 
and we can discuss how you can get 
one of the new catalogs in your hands!