Category: Craft

Asterisk May is National Scapbooking Month
01/05/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with this yummy Dream Pop paper packet that you get for only $10 when you spend $35! You can place an order at www.kayrochestamping.ctmh.com0513_CC_ImageGallery

Also, check out this CTMH stamp of the month (Pinwheel).  You can get it for only $5 when you place an order of $50.




Pull out those crafting tools and pictures you have filed away and get your craft groove on! It’s National Scrapbooking Month!! Look for some great post this month as we celebrate!

And as always, “Happy Crafting!”

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Asterisk DIY photo canvas
15/04/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

DIY Photo Canvas 4

One of the hottest home decor items these days is photo canvas.  A photo canvas is where you turn your favorite photo into an instant work of art by having your photos mounted onto a piece of canvas.  Many photo centers like Walgreens and Walmart or online companies such as Snapfish offer this service.  The prices range from $25 and up depending on the size of your canvas.  However, did you know that you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost?

Today, I want to show you an easy, simple way to make your very own photo canvas.  Using some very basic supplies listed below you can make one in an afternoon to give away as great gift.  All you need is:

– Close to My Heart 6″ x 6″ My Creations Canvas Display (Z1818)

– Mod Podge (Matte)

– white tissue paper

– a piece of basic card stock

– spray adhesive

6" x 6" blank canvas display
6″ x 6″ blank canvas display

1. You will start with a blank canvas

Set up your photo using editing software or Word
Set up your photo using editing software or Word

2. Set up your photo using a photo editing software of Word on your computer.  At this time you can add words onto the photo if you like.

Lightly spray blank cardstock with spray adhesive before applying tissue paper
Lightly spray blank card stock with spray adhesive before applying tissue paper

3. Lightly spray your card stock with a spray adhesive

4. Apply a piece of white tissue paper a little larger than your photo onto the card stock.

5. Print picture onto the tissue paper/card stock.

Using Mod Podge, apply it to canvas before applying photo printed on tissue paper
Using Mod Podge, apply it to canvas before applying photo printed on tissue paper

6. After photo dries for a few minutes, carefully peal away the tissue paper from the card stock.

7. Apply a coat or two of Mod Podge onto the blank canvas.

8. Carefully place the photo onto the canvas and starting in the middle of the photo, smooth out the wrinkles.

Embellished with flowers, completed DIY photo canvas
Embellished with flowers, completed DIY photo canvas

8. After it dries, apply whatever type of embellishment you desire and enjoy.

DIY Photo canvas 3

It is so easy and fun that you will want to  make several.  You can purchase the Close to My Heart canvas (product # Z1818) directly from me at

And as always, “Happy Crafting!”

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Asterisk Say I love you everyday!
22/02/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

We are a few days away from wrapping up the month of February.  Of course Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you stop telling the people you care about how much you love them.  True love is not restricted to a day on the calendar or only shown a certain time of the year.  With each and every new day, we should show our love to the people in our lives.

Today, we will look at a card I made with the Close to My Heart My Acrylix Stamp Set (S1301) for my honey for Valentine’s Day.  This stamp set can be used anytime you want to express your love to someone.

Valentine's Day card

This 6″ x 6″ card features lots of details, but is easy to make.  The “With all my heart” portion was heat embossed on cranberry cardstock. The “Happy Valentine’s Day” was stamped on a shape cut from the Close to My Heart Artise Cricut Cartridge. The background paper was created by using the flower stamp from the “Flirty Scrapbooking Workshop Season & Nature” set (C1515).

I recently did a workshop with a wonderful group of ladies using these same elements and I was amazed at how each card came out different with each ladies’ creativity.

If you are interested in ordering any of these or other Close to My Heart products, click on the Shop with Me button to the right.

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Asterisk New Year Is “Springing” up new ideas!
19/02/2013 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments
Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book & Catatlog
Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book & Catatlog

We are only two months into the new year and I am already thinking of Spring!  It is probably because of our exciting new 2013 Close to My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog! This catalog is brimming with all kinds of fresh new ideas for all of your paper crafting needs.  The colors are sensational and I have already been playing with some of the new stamps and fantastic paper packs.  I am also in the process of planning some Workshops on the Go for the spring, starting with next month – March.  If you are interested in attending one, please get in touch with me ASAP as I am planning the first date as I send out this blog! Happy Spring Paper Crafting!!

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Asterisk Close to My Heart Open house
12/10/2012 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Last weekend I had a great time with some crafty ladies at my Close to My Heart Open house. We spent the evening crafting, laughing, eating chocolate cake and drinking coffee and tea to our heart’s content. It was so much fun. Here are photos from the event






As a result of this event, I will be starting a monthly scrap-booking & card making club. If you are interested in joining, contact me by email. We will be getting started in November. For a pre-determined fee which covers the cost of all your supplies, you will enjoy completing a craft with others at your own speed. I will post next month’s club details before the month is out.

Until next time, go get your craft groove on!

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Asterisk Close to My Heart Inspiration
02/10/2012 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Good morning everyone.  Today I am featuring an inspirational video from Close to My Heart. This video shows you how to use some of the great products offered by Close to My Heart. 

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You can order these and more through my website 

Here is the link to the video:


Also, don’t forget to check out the October stamp of the month – Very Merry Christmas. Get this 11 piece stamp set for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more.

Happy October Crafting!

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Asterisk All about the monogram
27/09/2012 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Today I am featuring a blog that I follow that has super cute DIY projects and other decorating ideas including monogrammed items.  If you know me by now, you know how much this chicka loves anything monogrammed.The blog is

I am in love with a printable I found on the blog recently for a monogrammed label for your iPhone charger. If you are like me and live with more than one person that owns an iPhone, you can never know where your’s is because they all look alike. Well, here is an end to that problem. You can customize your own label and end all that foolishness. Here is the link to the printable –

Here is a pic of mines. Isn’t it the coolest thing? I absolutely love it.


Have fun customizing your labels.  Hope you enjoy the blog and until next time, Happy crafting!

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Asterisk September is National Stamping Month
06/09/2012 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Did you know that September is National Stamping Month? That’s right. It’s time to get those stamps, card stock, markers, and embellishments out and let the creativity flow. And if you need some help, inspiration, new products or tools, you can hop right over to my Close To My Heart site and place an order. We have some really great specials this month.

In honor of National Stamping Month, here is one card I made for a friend. I have many more to do and I will share them with you all month.



And until next time, Happy Stamping!!

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Asterisk A Really Big Announcement!!
12/08/2012 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Hello all.  Hope you have been enjoying your summer.  Our “Let’s Create” Event was a success!  Thanks to all who came out and participated in this fun event.  I will be posting pictures from this event very soon. I will be planning another event in the near future as many people have been asking.

Now for our really big announcement – I am now a Close to My Heart Consultant!!  So if you are wondering where you can get your scrapbooking, stamping, and other creative supplies, you can order them directly through me.  You can place an order, flip through an interactive catalog and find all that you need at: I look forward to helping you in this way.


And as always, until next time, Happy Crafting!

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Asterisk Summer Gift Exchange Pt. 2
03/07/2012 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

So the Summer Gift exchange I was telling you all about was so much fun!  My giftee received her gift in the mail on yesterday and loved it.  I also met my gifter in person for brunch at the Toast Restaurant in Charlotte.  My gift from her was a piece of pottery that she handmade along with a felted soap bar and a felted butterfly.  Here are some photos of the pottery.  Isn’t it just lovely.  Look at all the detail in it.



Today, we were featured on the following blog, for being the first to ever meet for the Gift exchange.  According to the coordinator, the Gift Exchange chooses names in a random draw and this was the first time that she knew of where people who are paired up lived close to one another.

It was so nice meeting Debbie in person and I will cherish my gift always. Can’t wait for the next exchange.  I guess I better get to brainstorming about possible gifts to make.

And until next time, “Happy Crafting!”


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