Saturday, May 22, 2021

You are enough May special

 Don't forget about the Flash sale.   

You are enough paper with picture my life cards,  Beautiful paper, only available for a short time. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sympathy card

 Wanted to share with you a Sympathy card made with Lovely paper x8015B found in the Core catalog. I used the hexagon stitched shape.  The saying can be anything.  Hope you like it.   

Monday, April 12, 2021


 Daisy Meadows paper with sticker sheet butterfly.  
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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Pop and Flip cards

Hi everyone,  here is a flip and pop card that I just learned to make. I used the March month stamp set. Every month will have it's own set that can  be used on Calendars, cards and scrapbook pages.  You can find this on Page 40  of the current catalog.  D1998

The inside border is from Kitchen Gnomes

Paper is from Daisy Meadows and the center  butterfly /Daisy Meadows scrapbooking stamp
D2012 or with dies Z3932

Pop and Flip card direction

Ok so here's the directions to make this card.
Start with a regular size card, find a piece of patterned paper 4 x 5 1/4" and glue it to the front of the card, only outside edges.  Cut both layers with a shape, circle, oval , bracket frame what ever you like. 

Cut a piece of paper 3x4" and another piece 3/4" x 2 1/4"  score the 3x4 pc at  1,2,3" 
score the 3/4" pc at 1 1/4" at 1 1/4"  

Also cut a pc of white cardstock at 4x 5 1/4"  Glue this to the inside pc. 
Take the 3x4" pc that has been scored and fold it in half.  Place that pc at the fold with the open toward fold. Glue that underside up to the first fold line centered on the white cardstock. Put glue on the top, up to the first score line and close the card.  Open the card and you should see a pop up box.  

Close the card and at the window on the box glue the 3/4" tab long side to the box. put glue on the short  tab and place the cut out cardstock back in the hole, gluing it to the tab.  Add another layer if you like and then add you image to pop up. Shamrock , butterfly  etc .This image can be above the cut out.   When you open your card, it should pop and flip to the inside. 

Hope you try this card, it's really easy and fun to do.  Any questions let me know in the comments.  



Kitchen Gnomes Page 27   D2010  with die cuts z3931

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Joyful stars Feb post

 Hello everyone,    I regret to inform you that our monthly blog hop will be ending,  I will be posting on the 9th every month and I hope you will continue to follow me.  I have been with Close to my heart for 26 years and I still get excited with new products and new ways to use those products,  

Today I would like to share with you my favorite stamp set in the Jan/Feb catalog. z3917 Page 34.   I also like a lot of other things and our paper is best if seen in person.  

The paper from this set is the mix-in papers,  always a good compliment to any of the featured paper packs,  I added some iridescent confetti to the sky on the one above.  On the one below I just put a white glitter snowflake in his hand. The scallop is a zip strip from the same paper pack.  X9023

Quick easy card.........

 I think this made the cutest Anniversary card for my daughter and husband (8 yrs,)

Sorry the picture is not that good, but see how cute they are!

I hope you enjoyed this artwork and if you want to see live videos on my facebook private group, just go to my private FB page @ Joyce Houck Close To My Heart and ask to join.  You can also email me at


Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 2021 Joyful stars blog hop


Welcome to Joyful Stars Blog hop for 2021  

It's a new year 2021 Let's start out this year being creative. This hop showcases artwork from talented CTMH consultants (Makers) Look for the highlighted name a the bottom of this post and hop to the next blog.  

This month I want to share with you the National Papercrafting month special. You can find this in the new Jan/Feb catalog on page 42 and 43.  
This kit comes with a frame or you can use one that you have, my frame was bigger, so I glued the boarders on the edge and there is a gap at the corners, which I don't mind.  If I had it to do over again, I would buy the whole kit, it's cheaper to get it all at once.  
The circle in the word home has magnetic images that can be interchanged. Here are some examples:

As you can see you get way more than 12. 

Here is a side view, so you can see the dimensions of the snowflake.  

Now is the time to hop to my friend Joyce's  blog

Here is a list of bloggers incase you get lost.  

                                     Joyce Houck                     

                                     Joyce Gough

                                  Marie Flayer                                                                                                  

Back to Joyce             

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

December blog hop

Merry Christmas and Happy New year!   
Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog hop.  Creating with paper is very relaxing and joyful. Each month we share what we have been making in hope to inspire you.  So look for the highlighted name at the bottom of each post and click on it to hop to the next blog, keep hopping until you get back here.
Here are some cards I would like to share with you.  

This is from Jingle Joy Scrapbooking page 9 in the Nov/Dec catalog. Z3896 with thin cuts. This set also comes with ornaments and the words Just Believe.  

These cards were created with our NEW Distress Oxide inks, the stamp set is from Spruced  Up D1902. This set is from last year and is still available online. 

This is one of many gift card holders, I used Serenity paper (X7263B) for this card, silver foil paper and the bow was from the Cricut.  When you lift the lid your gift card pops up.  

 Enjoy your Holidays and have a Blessed New Year! 

Now it's time to hop over to Nancy's blog to be awestruck by her creation.

Here is a list of bloggers incase you get lost.  

                                     Joyce Houck                     

                                    Nancy Brown
                                    Betty Locco 

                                    Krista Hershberger       

                                     Joyce Gough

                                  Marie Flayer                                                                                                  

Back to Joyce             

Monday, November 9, 2020

Nov Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars blog hop.  We love to share with you our creations and hope to inspire you to create your own creations.  Look at the bottom of each blog for the highlighted name to hop to the next blog and keep hopping until you get back here.  

This month, as most month's I want to share a few things that I have been working on.  
Christmas Gnomes are not just for Christmas. I made this gnome for a birthday card, replaced the star on the end of the hat with a heart.  The white glitter paper was colored with the tri-blend mark that I used for the hat

Some samples of the Distress Oxide inks. The slim card at the top was made using The Jubilee Crew C1879 or with thin cuts Z3901 page 29 The snow mounds were made with Fancy borders Z3682 page 60 Core catalog. Merry Christmas is from the Seasonal borders D1976 Page 35 Core catalog. 
The bottom left card was made with Spruced up Scrapbooking D1902 Jan/Feb 2020 (still available)
The right card Gnome for Christmas D1982 or with thin cuts Z3902  The Distress Oxide inks were peacock feathers and chipped sapphire.

Now it's time to hop to my friend Nancy's blog and see her beautiful artwork.                                  

                                     Joyce Houck                     

                                    Nancy Brown

                                    Betty Locco 

                                    Krista Hershberger       

                                     Joyce Gough

                                  Marie Flayer                                                                                                  
Back to Joyce             

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

October blog hop


Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars blog hop.  Every month we share with you what we have been working on.  So at the end of each blog, look for the highlighted name and click on it to hop to the next blog.  You will get back to this blog and we hope we have inspired you to create your own projects.  

This month I want to show you some of the cards I made using our NEW Distress Oxide inks.  The possibilities are endless.  There are many techniques and I hope to show them on my future videos on my FB page.  

The two cards on the left are using the October stamp of the month. 

Distress Oxide ink make the backgrounds very bright.  Top right cards is a shaker card, yes we now have heart shape shaker die cuts and foam, also star shapes.  

This card is not one of the four cards, I black embossed the Oct SOM heart and filled it in with Distress Oxide inks, the background was embossed in white and sponged with peacock feathers.  

Hope you enjoyed these cards, have blessed month.  

 Now it's time to go to my friend Betty's blog, can't wait to see what she is working on. 

                                    Joyce Houck

                                    Betty Locco 

                                    Krista Hershberger       

                                     Joyce Gough

                                  Marie Flayer                                                                                                  

Back to Joyce             

Friday, October 2, 2020


 Simply go to                                                This above amount is $25 not $15

                                                                                                                    Oct, Nov, Dec