Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 2018 Joyful Stars Blog hop

Happy New Year!
Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars blog hop.
We have some beautiful things to show and hope to inspire you to
create.  With this new year we also have a new Seasonal catalog.
You will find it packed full of ideas. So make sure you get a copy from your consultant.
On my previous post I shared one of our new die cuts and today I would like to share a project that I gave as gifts for Christmas.
I made this one for a friend to go with her kitchen.
I was inspired by Michelle to make these, you can see her project she shared a couple of months ago. Thanks Michelle for sharing and being part of this blog.  
I cut everything with the Cricut, some of the flowers are 3-D This happens to be a 10x10" canvas, but any size would work. I bought 10 in a pack and they were very inexpensive. I added some color on the canvas to take away the stark white.  Some I did with watercolor and some I used an ink pad and wiped it across the canvas.  

Michelle's design

Now hop to my friend Krista's blog and I'm sure you love what you see. Keep hopping till you get back here, Here is a list in case you get lost.

God Bless your New Year!

Joyce Houck                             Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

 Krista Hershberger                Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com  

Betty Locco                                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com 

Andrea Sherman                  girlpluspaper.blogspot.com

Debi Brile                                   thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

Marie Flayer                     njstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Michelle Loncar                         Michelleloncar.blogspot.com 

Back to Joyce                              Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Gift card holder

I made this gift card holder using our new Die cut .  Look below and see the inside and how the gift card fits perfectly inside the box.  This could be made into a purse or change and shape and it could be masculine.  
It can also open from the top or the bottom.

This is one of newest die cuts, the box is perfect for a gift card.  You get a rectangle and an oval as a bonus.
Close to my heart also has a stamp set that goes with this die.  
Happy New Year!   Go to my website and order anything and get a free Seasonal catalog.  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dec Blog hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars blog hop.....it's Christmas time and we are thrilled to share with you what we have been making.  Look for the name highlighted at the end of this blog and hop to the next blog, keep hopping until you get back to here. 

This month I would like to share some cards that I made using our New Cricut cartridge "You are Here"  I cut the deer on the first 2 cards at 4" and 3" in white cardstock.  The Merry Christmas is a single stamp M1184.  This is only available until the end of the month.  

The last card was made with Cricut and thin cuts  D1730 Beary Christmas
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Now hop over to Krista's blog and see what see has been working on.      
Joyce Houck                             Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

 Krista Hershberger                Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com  

Betty Locco                                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com 

Andrea Sherman                   girlpluspaper.blogspot.com

Debi Brile                                  thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

Marie Flayer                    njstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Michelle Loncar                           Michelleloncar.blogspot.com   

Back to Joyce                              Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Monday, November 20, 2017

Special Christmas card workshop

Silver and Gold Christmas Card Workshop

Come have some fun making silver and gold Christmas cards. This is a special workshop using the Picture My Life cards.  Make 11 cards, that are simple to do, but beautiful. 
You will see doubles, some of the cards are horizontal and some are vertical, so you will make one of each design.
You will learn how easy these are to put together in one workshop. 
Kit includes 11 card and envelopes, 1/2 pack of PML cards, cricut cuts, stamped and embossed  images and thin cuts.
Silver and gold foil paper.
Classes are on Nov 27th at 1 or 7pm 
Dec 11 at 1 or 7pm 

Come to 2 classes and make all 22 cards. 

Cost is $15 for one class
$27 for 2 classes

If you would like kits mailed to you add and extra $5 for mailing. 

Sign up today, kits are limited!  Reserve your spot.....
leave a comment and you can pay by paypal at

Scroll to bottom of blog for a link to Paypal

Need directions to my house, simple email me. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November Blog hop

Hi everyone, Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars blog hop.  We always have a lot to show you and everyone is working on different projects.  I hope this hop inspires you to make some Thanksgiving cards or Christmas cards, layouts, gifts or even simple cupcake toppers.  Have fun and enjoy the season!

 Look for the highlighted name at the bottom of each post and click on it to hop to the next person sharing.

 This month I would like to share with you a gift card holder that I learned from my 2nd upline, Naomi.  When you lift the lid the money or gift card pops up.  I seem to need a lot of gift card this time of the year.
The Christmas gift card uses Beary Christmas paper. The bow was cut from CTMH Cricut collection.

I made this gift card holder for my DIL, she loves gift cards. This gift card is using the tag thin cuts. 

I will try to give you directions, I do have it in Cricut Design space, which make this easy.
Start with a 9 3/8 x 5 piece of cardstock.  Place  the long side across your scorer and score at 3 1/4,
 7 3/8 turn it and score down the 9 3/8 side 1/2" on both sides.  Save flaps up to the 3 1/4" score, cut off the rest of the 1/2" score sections. Fold in the flaps to make a pocket and glue on each flap.

Cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/2" x 3 5/8"  (I prefer white, this is what the gift card sits on)
Score at 1/2"  and 3"   The half inch score is where the gift card sits, so tuck that into the pocket.
Only glue the 1 1/2" piece to the very top of the card.   Don't try to line up the score line that's on the pocket piece.  You need that  white piece glued to the very top so it raises the gift card up when you open the card. You can put a hook and loop dot on the flap to hold it shut. Z1805 pg 115

If you need me to explain this in another way, just let me know.  Thanks for looking.

Hope you enjoyed my post and now it's time to hop to Marie and see what she has created.

Joyce Houck                             Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Marie Flayer                    njstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Betty Locco                                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com 

Debi Brile                                  thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

Michelle Loncar                           Michelleloncar.blogspot.com                                                                                                                                               

Andrea Sherman                   girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
 Krista Hershberger                Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com  

Back to Joyce                              Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Masculine card

I made this card for my brother who is really into hunting.  The Happy birthday was stamped on a 
piece of cardstock that come with the beary Christmas pack.
For fun I put this on the back of the card.

This is what I put on the envelope. 

Thanks so much card

This card show so much of our new products. The heart border with all the little hearts, the pearls, the bashful paper, both sides                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Blog hop

Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars Blog hop!

Each month we share with you some of the new products from Close to My Heart.  This is a hop, so at the end of each blog look for the highlighted name and click on it and it will take you to that persons blog and you will get back here after you viewed all the great artwork.  Have fun and be inspired!

This month I would like to share with you the 4oz cup holder that you can put a K-cup in or some candy or money. If you put a strip on the back, like the one that reads  Save until last, you can include a gift card.  These make nice office gifts, teacher gifts or mailbox gifts.  
Paper used is Beary Christmas X7225B and Silver and Gold.  X7226B

Slide a gift card in the back.

Here's one I made for a birthday using cats and bats paper.  

Side view

The measurements are:
CS 2 1/2 x 11

Cut out a 2" circle using your cricut  The circle will be on the right 1 1/4" from the edge.  I can give you more details if  using the Expressions. 
score at 4 1/2", 7", 73/4"  10 1/4"
 The back paper is 3 1/2" x 2 1/4"
The band to hold the gift card is 3/4" by 6 1/2"  
score at 2" , 4 3/4" 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cups, contact me for more details.  

Now it's time to hop over to Marie's blog to see what she created.  

Joyce Houck                             Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

 Marie Flayer                    njstampingqueen.blogspot.com

 Betty Locco                                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com 

  Lucy Marino                         stampinclearlywithlucy.blogspot.com

Tracey Pierce                          Papercraftingprincess.workpress.com  

Debi Brile                                  thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

 Michelle Loncar                           Michelleloncar.blogspot.com                                                                                                                                               

Andrea Sherman                   girlpluspaper.blogspot.com
 Krista Hershberger                Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com  

Back to Joyce                              Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ornament sandwich card

Here is another card made at the Christmas card making day.  Silver and Gold cardmaking Pg 52. the ornaments were cut out of gold foil paper which is new pg 107 in our Annual catalog.  I used Beary Christmas for the strip of paper of paper at the bottom.  

The card was cut a 6" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4"  I used gold striped tulle for the center of the card. Another piece of white was sandwiched between the tulle, top and bottom..  The berry Christmas paper was cut at 1" by 5 1/2".  
Nice see through card.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gingerbread Friends Christmas card

This cute card was made by Stacey at the Christmas Card making day.  This set can be found on Pg 42, the Gingerbread friends are  thin cuts.

The bow is a ribbon border thin cut found on pg 96 and silver foil paper.  The alphabet paper is from the fundamental paper.

Great job Stacey!

Deer card

Here is one of the cards we made at the Christmas card making day.  Regina designed this card Silver and Gold Scrapbooking stamp set and thin cuts. Z4043 page 53  and the word PEACE was from First Noel C1688  page 58. The tree line was cut from Tree Line Border z4037  pg 63 in the Seasonal Holiday Expressions.
One of our guests made this card into a birthday card.  This card was made by my Mom, who is 93. Good job Mom! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Disaster Relief Stamp set

Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together

Clsoe to My Heart has  prepared a stamp set designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more.

This C-size set is available for purchase starting today; find it on your Consultant website using item number C1716. In order to be able to support multiple needs, we have determined that proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most. In order to maximize the donation amount,
This way all proceeds—including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions—will be donated to the Red Cross.

We believe in the good that comes when we work together as a community. As the stamp set name states, we truly are stronger together.

My Acrylix® Stronger Together (C1716)
Set of 10
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)


Monday, September 11, 2017

Christmas card making day

Our Annual Christmas Card Extravaganza is set for September 30.  Hurry and register, so we can order and cut.  It's going to be great!!!!!!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September Blog hop

Welcome to the September Joyful Stars Blog hop!

We love to share our ideas and projects that we have been working on.  Thanks to Close to My Heart there is always something new.  So hop along, look for the highlighted name at the bottom of each post and click on it and hop until you get back to here.  

This month I would like to share with you a pop up box card.  
I made this card using Sweet baby Stamp and thin cuts.  Z3376 on page 55 in the new annual catalog.  This stamp set is not just for baby, it's make a great birthday stamp set as well.  The samples below could easily be a birthday box.  
A1189 Short and Sweet stamp set for the words. 

Compliments were used for the decorations.  Adventure paper was used for the flaps and liquid glass was used on the balloons.  

Take a 51/2 x 8 1/2 pc of paper and score at 2,4,6,8   turn and score at 2 3/4
Take away one of the 1/2" sections. Cut the corners off the other 1/2" pcs, this will be one the bottom.  Cut top scored sections to score line.  Fold all flaps down except the back one. Put glue on the remaining 1/2" tab, glue together to form box.  
Cut 2 inserts at 3 x 2 3/4  score 1/2" on each side, fold back. Put glue on 1/2" edges of the insert pcs and insert in box. Position the first glue side 1/3 into the box and close box. Do the same with the next insert about 2/3 way into the box.  Your box should lie flat to mail when your done.  
Behind the pc.of flap  that did not get folded glue a 1 3/4" x 5 1/4" This is where you can write a message. The other 3 side can be layered  1 3/4" x 2 1/2" 
The balloons are flying in the air by using a strips of clear acetate.

Your next hop will be to the very crafty Krista  

Here is a list of all the bloggers

Joyce Houck                             Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

 Krista Hershberger                 Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com

 Betty Locco                                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com 

Andrea Sherman                     girlpluspaper.blogspot.com

 Marie Flayer                            njstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Michelle Loncar                           Michelleloncar.blogspot.com 

Tracey Pierce                          Papercraftingprincess.workpress.com  

Debi Brile                                  thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com
  Lucy Marino                         .stampinclearlywithlucy.blogspot.com

back to Joyce                 Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com