Thursday, December 31, 2009

Workshop On The Go!

A new workshop is coming soon for January! Check back for details and pictures!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Crescent Holiday Tree

Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself, and this is one of those times. I read the recipe right before I went to the store and picked up all the ingredients. What I didn't know at the time is there are two recipes I'd been looking at. One had 1 crescent roll container, and the other said 2. I only got 1. Well, this cute little tree turned into just that, a cute little tree. I really don't have time to redo it, it's for a party tonight. A good thing though, is that it will fit on my platter I just got. It's for sure an appetizer, each little piece is bite size.

Crescent Holiday Tree

2 cans (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
1 container (8 oz) chives-and-onion cream cheese spread
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 medium red bell pepper
1/4 medium yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli
2 tablespoons sliced ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots
1 tablespoon chopped cucumber

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove dough from can in 1 long roll; do not unroll or separate. Cut each roll into 8 slices for a total of 16 slices.
2. On ungreased cookie sheet, place slices cut side down to form tree. Start by placing 1 slice for top; arrange 2 slices just below, with sides touching. Continue arranging a row of 3 slices, then a row of 4 slices, ending with a row of 5 slices. Use remaining slice for tree trunk.
3. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute; carefully loosen from cookie sheet with spatula, and slide onto cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
4. Place tree on serving platter or tray. In small bowl, mix cream cheese spread and milk until smooth. Spread mixture over baked tree.
5. Cut strips from red bell pepper for garland; chop any remaining red pepper. With small star-shaped canapé cutter, cut star from yellow bell pepper; chop remaining yellow pepper. Decorate tree with bell peppers, broccoli, carrots and cucumber. Serve immediately, or cover loosely and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving

Monday, December 7, 2009


I made these little cards to go along with a gift the Relief Society in my Mom's ward is giving to their teachers, leaders, etc. They are attaching them to a muffin mix and putting the saying: We are "muffin" without you in Relief Society. I thought it was a cute idea and easy to make.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CTMH Clearance Sale!

Get all your holiday shopping done in one spot this year with our online clearance sale! Many items are 50% off, with some discounted as much as 80% off regular retail. The selection is incredible, too!
the shopping begins Wednesday, December 2, at 9 a.m. and continues through Thursday, December 17 or while product supplies last! Sale has quantities restricted to FIVE per item to provide a smooth shopping experience for everyone. Regular priced items and clearance items cannot be combined in the same shopping cart. Order $100 or more and only pay $5 in shipping! Anything below $100 will be based on a weight shipping rate. Items are as is and can not be returned, but really would you want to at these awesome prices?

I'm told there will be stamp sets for only $2 and paper packets for $5! They are also offering grab bags for $30 filled with $100 worth of products!

Ready to start shopping? It's easy! Simply go to my website at 9am December 2nd. Click on the shop online, then click clearance sale. Don't wait too long at these prices things will go fast and it's only while supplies last!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Last Day For Stampaganza!

TODAY (November 30th) is the last day to take advantage of Stampaganza! Purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B,C,D, and/or E only) at full retail price you will receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)- a savings of up to $22.95! Take advantage of this great offer it usually only comes around once a year! You can shop on my website (click on the picture to the right). If you’d like me to help you place your order call or email me with your stamp choices! Sidenote: You must order all three stamp sets at the same time to get the deal.

I will not be doing a workshop this month. I will be available if you need help with Christmas craft ideas, supplies, or gift certificates.

I have some Christmas card kits leftover from a workshop. They are only $4 for a set of 4 cards with envelopes. I’ll even assemble them for you if you’d like! They are first come first serve. Call or email me soon if you’d like them. A picture of the set can be found below on the last post.

The new idea book will be coming soon! We’ll be starting the New Year with our Spring Idea Book. I am also starting new groups. Here are a few of the details.

WORKSHOP ON THE GO GROUP: Do you need a girl’s night out and time to craft with friends? This group is for you! The group consists of 6 members and meets for 6 months. Each member will have a turn to be “hostess” receiving at least $25 in free product. Each month we will complete the Workshop On The Go projects. The kits are designed for scrapbookers and cardmakers! The cost of a basic kit is usually $29.95 (plus shipping & tax) with the option to add more accessories for a discount! To view samples of what the kits include go to my website and click on Workshops On The Go. Tell your friends! Start your own group and receive an additional $10 of free product!
Let me know if you are interested, with only 6 spots it will fill up quickly. The first workshop group will begin in January.

FREQUENT CRAFTERS CLUB: Receive a $15 gift certificate! Buy when you want, how much you want, and what you want. The only requirement is to purchase 6 months in a row. Let me know if you want to be a part of this club and I’ll keep track for you! It’s so simple to earn free product!

If you are currently in a club, no worries, you can finish your time with the current incentives or switch to one of these groups, it’s up to you! Look for more info and pictures of projects in the January Newsletter.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Card Kits for Sale

I recently did a Christmas card workshop. I have a few sets left over. I'll even assemble them for you at not extra cost. The price is $4 for 4 cards with envelopes. Let me know if you are interested by either email, call, or post. Thanks!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mom's Rolls

The best part of Thanksgiving dinner to me was Mom's rolls. She served them right out of the oven. They are crescent rolls, so I would savor every bite by starting at the bottom and unrolling it as I went. They are so good you don't even have to add anything to them like butter or jam! This recipe also makes really good cinnamon rolls too. Mom has now retired from making the rolls and it's my job every year. I don't think they taste as good when I make them, but it's hard to find a roll leftover!
Mom's Rolls
1/4 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
Mix and dissolve.
1/2 cup butter (melt in milk)
1 cup lukewarm milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs (well beaten)
3/4 tsp salt
4 cups flour (or more)
Mix Together.
Add milk, butter, and yeast mixtures. Stir well (should be a little sticky). Cover and let rise for 3-6 hours in a warm place and poke down every hour.
Cut dough into 1/2 or 1/3's. Roll out into a circle. Spread melted butter over rolled-out dough. Cut into 12 equal pieces, like a pizza. Roll up and place each roll on a greased cookie sheet. Butter tops. Let raise for one hour before baking. Bake 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Cinnamon rolls - Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Friday, November 13, 2009


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's The Best Time Of Year

This time of year is all about gift giving. What better thing to give then something you've handmade and personalized for your loved one. The following are a few ideas you can easily make this year.

This is my big project this year. I am making this box complete with handmade cards. I won't say who is getting this gift in case they read this blog, but I'm pretty sure they'll love it. All those cards you've seen me post lately, yep, they are going in this box!

This is the perfect little friend gift. It's a card and lip gloss holder all in one. We made these a few years ago at a workshop. I had two ladies make 40 of them for their young women girls!

Who doesn't need a countdown calendar. When it's personalized it's even better! This is made on a cookie sheet. All decked out with different accessories and stamps. Each day is attached to a craft jar with a magnet, just big enough for a little treat each day.

A personalized calendar, seriously, who doesn't need one. I made this last year for my husband. When we visit daddy as his office, the kids like to look at their pictures. This would make a great gift for anyone! You can even leave it blank for them to add their own photos. Go here to see the complete project.

Decorate a cube with cute papers and photos. Use it as a gift box or simply give it as a decoration for Grandma's shelf or Daddy's desk. Go here to see this complete project.

Decorating the outside is just as important as the inside. Add some stamps, glitter, ribbon, and a fun ornament to the outside of your gift.

This is called a bagelope. Perfect for any occasion. To make you simply seal an envelope, cut leaving one side longer then the other, then decorate. Fill with something small like a little treat or even jewelry! Slide the smaller side over the top, and there you have it. A custom bagelope!

Nothing says you care like a handmade bag filled with goodies.

If you have any questions on how something was made, or what products you'd need to make any of these projects, email me or post a comment. As I continue to craft this holiday season I will post more. Keep coming back for more ideas!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bag & Tag

I made these gifts for the ladies in my neighborhood for their birthdays. 4 of us have birthdays in October! Since they have all passed I can now post a picture. It's very simple to do. I cut out a cellophane square, put some crinkle in the middle, added a lotion (or any gift), gathered up the cellophane, tied with ribbons and added a tag. It would be easy enough to change out the "Happy Birthday" with any sentiment.
Supplies Used:
Cocoa Cardstock & Ink
Boom-di-ada Paper Packet
Autumn Terracotta Cardstock & Ink
Barn Red Ink
Colonial White Cardstock
Thoughtful Seasons Stamp Set
Natural Hemp
Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon
Go here to purchase any of these items.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November CTMH Newsletter

Stampaganza is back! From November 3-30th, 2009, when you purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A,B,C,D and/or E only) at full retail price you will receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)- a savings of up to $22.95! Take advantage of this month's great offer to add to your stamp collection. Stamp sets make great stocking stuffers! Go here to start shopping!
The perfect gift: A CTMH gift certificate! Each gift certificate is handmade, a sure winner with any paper crafter. Purchase a gift certificate of $50 or more and you will receive a $5 gift certificate for FREE! You can either add it to your gift or keep it for yourself. Gift certificates are made to order and can be personalized for any event. Since they are handmade, please call or email to order. This offer is good until November 30th.

Missed the Christmas card workshop? You can still host a private workshop for your friends and get your cards free! Go to my website, or go here for more details. I only have a few dates left so call or email me to set a date!
In January I'll be starting a new workshop group where we will get together, complete awesome projects, and you will receive free stuff! More details coming soon!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Two More Cards

I'm hosting my Ward's craft night next week. I thought it would be fun to put together a little goodie bag for everyone. This is the card that will be going in it.

Supplies to make "Thank You" card:
Boom-Di-Ada Paper Packet
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Hollyhock Cardstock
Just Blooms Paper Flowers
Autumn Craft Buttons
Natural Hemp
Chocolate Ink Pad
Say It In Style Stamp Set

I saw this card on the bulletin board for CTMH consultants. I wanted to try and make one because I thought it was so fun. This is my version of the card.
Supplies Needed to Make "Wreath" card:
Boom-di-ada Paper Packet
Cranberry Cardstock
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon
Chocolate Ink Pad
Sponge Dauber
White Cardstock
White Card Bases & Envelopes Value Pack

Monday, October 19, 2009

Scrapin' The Night Away

This past weekend I went to a scrapbooking overnighter. I had a blast with my roomies, got a lot done, and stayed up way to late (4:30am to be exact). I mainly worked on cards. I used my scraps I had leftover from other projects and accents I have had hanging around for awhile. I made a dent in my supply stash, but I still have a ton more. I guess I'll be making more cards! Here are a few I made while I was there. Sorry about the sideways ones. Hubby will have to help me fix that.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tu Tu

Yesterday I ventured into the fabric store and bought some tulle to make a tutu for my daughters Halloween costume. There wasn't much to choose from. I guess it's a poplur thing to make this time of year. It was very easy and took maybe an hour to do. I found instructions on youtube here.

You'll need:
4 yard of tulle (or more depending on how big the person you're making it for is)
3 yard ribbon (they suggest satin, I used grograin because that's what I had)

Here is the finished product. My daugther refuses to put it on, so no model for the picture, hopefully by Halloween she'll change her mind.
Note: I used the sparkley tulle. It leaves glitter everywhere! Although it looks so cute, be aware you'll shine for awhile along with your kids and husband.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop!

Host a private workshop for your friends and get your cards for free! 1 set of cards free for every 5 friends you have join you at your workshop. I only have a few dates left, so call or email and reserve yours!

4 Christmas Cards & envelopes- $4 per set
4 Photo Christmas Cards & envelopes- $4 per set
4 Christmas Tags - $1 per set

Christmas Card Workshop Add On: You can add the stamp set called Holiday Trinkets and ink pads, Tulip and Juniper for only $38.35! Add these to your workshop order and you will receive 1 set of cards for FREE! Just let me know you’d like the Add On option when you call or email to sign up for the workshop!
Card #1

Card #2

Card #3 (sorry it's sideways, I'll fix it soon)

Card #4Photo Cards (fits a wallet sized picture)Tags

Holiday Trinkets Stamp Set

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Meatballs & Rice

I found this recipe on a website called Simply Supper. I love it. Josh thinks it's okay. The kids like the meatballs. It's so easy and something you can put together and have cook in a few hours.
Meatballs & Rice
25 meatballs, cooked and frozen
1 jar of Salsa
1 can of Cranberry Sauce
Mix cranberry sauce and salsa with a wire whisk. Pour sauce in a slow cooker. Add frozen meatballs. Cook on low 4-5 hours, or high 2-3 hours. Spoon meatballs and sauce over rice.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Since Smore weather is almost over here in Utah I thought I'd better post this. My Aunt Joan shared this idea with our family many, many years ago. We've been making smore's like this ever since.
2 fudge striped cookies
1 large marshmellow

Roast marshmellow over a fire. Take the two cookies and smoosh the warm gooey marshmellow between them. Enjoy.

You can also make these in the microwave. Place marshmellow in microwave. Heat for a few seconds. Remove from microwave and smoosh between two striped cookies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sneak Peek!

I've been working on Christmas cards for a workshop here in the near future. I'm so excited about how they turned out I wanted to give you all a sneak peek.
These are the photo cards we'll be making. The blank space is for your Christmas photo. I'm still working on pricing and dates so stay tuned!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lemon Squares

These are my favorite thing to make if I'm asked to bring a dessert to an event. They are super, super easy! Can you see a trend in my cooking? Everything has to be easy! When I take them places they get rave reviews and is one of my most asked for recipes. I originally got this recipe from a neighbor. I belive it came from the 101 things to do with a cake mix recipe book.

Lemon Squares
1 Lemon cake mix (Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix seems to turn out best)
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350

In a bowl, mix together, cake mix, eggs, and oil. Mixture will be stiff. Spread the mixture evenly into a greased 9x13 pan (it will look really thin, but it will puff up). Bake 13-15 minutes until slightly golden on top. Cool, then sprinkle powdered sugar over the squares.

Special Note: Thanks to my little brother who's a great photographer for teaching me how to photograph food better and taking this picture for me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Soft Sugar Cookies

I really enjoy a good sugar cookie. To me they have to be soft. An old co-worker used to bring in these fabulous sugar cookies for us to enjoy. I asked her for the recipe and she gave me two different ones. I like them both, so I'll share them both.

Sugar Cookies

1 Cup Sugar
1 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup milk
Mix sugar, margarine, vanilla & eggs in bowl. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, & baking soda. Then alternate milk & flour mixture w/cream mixture. Bake @ 375 for 9 minutes.

Soft Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup shortening or butter (I use butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together butter & sugar. Add eggs & vanilla to creamed mixture. Add dry ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes.

I don't usually roll them out and cut shapes because I'm too lazy. I roll into small balls and place on cookie sheets. They make cute little cookies. I buy frosting at the store and let Jonathan decorate with M&M's. This time I was making them for adults, so I thought I'd try to dip them in chocolate. I simply melted chocolate chips in microwave and dipped half the cookie and let dry on wax paper. It worked and was very yummy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Navajo Tacos

I have loved Navajo Tacos since Frontier Pies (a resturant that used to be in Riverdale). I used to buy my scone dough from Kent's market in Roy, but since I don't have the luxury o being close anymore, I found this recipe on the web.

2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. powdered milk
Warm water

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and powdered milk. Add warm water, one tablespoon at a time until dough is formed. Knead dough until soft but not sticky. Let stand for two hours covered with a damp cloth. Shape or pat into two inch balls. Flatten into circles about eight inches in diameter. Fry dough in one inch of hot grease in a skillet or in a deep fryer. For very crisp bread make dough very thin.

We don't fry our dough, we just put it on a flat pan on the stove and brown it. You can top your scone with chili, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce. Pretty much anything you'd put on a taco.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Broccoli Out Of This World Salad

And that it is! I LOVE this salad! I got this recipe from my Sister-in-law, June. She sent me a recipe binder when Josh and I got married. This recipe was in there and I've loved it from first bite. It's a crowd pleaser too. I usually make it, eat a little bowl, then take it to the event just in case I don't get any before it's gobbled up. This recipe makes a medium sized bowl, so for a larger group I would for sure double it.

Broccoli Out Of This World Salad
1 Head of Broccoli, chopped ( I usually do extra)
10 Bacon cooked and crumbled
2 green onions
4 mushrooms, sliced (I don't add these)
1 cup water chestnuts, sliced
1/2 cup raisins (or craisins work too)
1/2 cup walnuts or Almonds
1/2 cup red onion

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tblsp Rice Vinegar

Combine broccoli, bacon, onions, chestnuts and raisins in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar in a separate bowl and mix. Pour dressing over the broccoli mixture. Let sit in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving OR put dressing on just before you serve.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And The Winner Is......(PRIZE CLAIMED!)

Poster #3 Tiffany Zaugg!

Tiffany you have until Midnight tonight (9/8/09) to email me to claim your prize. If not, another winner will be chosen.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Only two more days!

Only two more days to enter the give away! Enter below!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


A few weeks ago some of the ladies in my neighborhood came over to make cards. I have a pattern/cutting guide that makes 10 cards from 2 pieces of patterned paper and some extra cardstock. We all sat down to make some cards from this pattern. Everyone's turned out different, and it was so much fun to get together. Here are the two sets I made:

Animal/Kid Friendly Cards

Note Cards
Same papers, different themes. So now for the giveaway! You can win a set of these cards & the pattern to make more! I'll even let you choose which set! You can enter to win 5 times! Here's how:

1. Enter by leaving a comment with your name and which card set you'd like to win. Example: Sue Stamper- Note Cards

2. Tell everyone you know about this giveaway and have them leave a comment with their name & also say you reffered them. Example: Jane Doe - Kid Friendly Card - Refered by Sue Stamper

3. Become a follower to this blog then leave a comment. Example: Sue Stamper - Follower

4. Go to and look at all of Close To My Heart's fabulous paper packets. Come back and leave a comment with your name and the name of the packet you think would make great cards. Example: Sue Stamper- Animal Cookie

5. Order any Close To My Heart Paper Packet by either calling me, emailing me, or online through my website by September 7th. Come back and leave a comment. You will also automatically recieve the cutting guide and instructions for these cards free! (All contact info is on my website Example: Sue Stamper- Ordered trough website

Come back on September 8th to see if you are the lucky winner!

The winner will be chosen by The winner has until midnight September 8th. If the prize goes unclaimed a new winner will be chosen the next day.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Scrapbooking Retreat!

Join us on Saturday September 26th for an all day crop! We will be working on 6 layouts and 8 cards (see below). It will be held at my home. We’ll begin at 10am and end at around 5ish. Come and go as you need. If you’d like to work on your own projects you can do that too! To get a closer view of all the layouts go to my website at under the artwork tab.

The cost is $45 which includes 6 layouts (12 pages), the use of my stamps & Inks, and a yummy lunch!
If you would like to come and enjoy a day to scrapbook with your own supplies, the cost is only $10 and will include lunch and the use of my supplies.
Are you not able to attend, but would like the layout supplies and instructions? No problem! The cost is still $45 and will include a free gift.
Space is very limited, so call and email all your scrapin’ friends and get signed up as soon as you can! Sign up and prepay by September 16th. The first TWO people to sign up and prepay will get FREE page protectors for their pages!
If you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot leave a comment or email me at

Fall Idea Book Is Available! Call or email me to get your free copy while supplies last!

Christmas Layout

Snowman Layout
Birthday Layout
4 Cards

School Layout Out

Thanksgiving Layout

4 Cards