Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CRPS AWARENESS FUNDRAISER--November 1st-November 15th 2014

To help in creating awareness and money for CRPS, I am selling Scrapbooking & Card Making kits.  Kits are $25 + shipping.  For each kit sold, I will be giving CRPS PIP $5!!!  CRPS PIP is a wonderful group who help people with CRPS get medical services or equipment that they couldn't otherwise afford.

Each Kit will have:

  • one 2 page scrapbook set themed in Autumn
  • 4 Cards (with envelopes)
  • ribbons, sequins and other items to embellish your finished projects
All items will be PRE-cut and PRE-stamped so all you have to do is grab your favorite adhesive and get started!  This would be fun to do by yourself, your children, OR with a LARGE group of friends!

Example of a card we'll be creating:

I will be posting more pictures of the complete kit soon.

Payments should be made through PayPal ( and I will be shipping kits throughout November.  I will have items shipped within 4 days of receiving payments.  

Help me Help other Put out the Fire!

Be Blessed,
Renee Musgrave

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Getting Ready for CRPS Awareness in November

I'm usually on my blog a lot more.  I apologize.  I fell at work last year.  When I fell it should have gone away quickly but it didn't. Life dealt me a different hand. I was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome-CRPS for short.  After being told I would always have CRPS and be partially disabled, I was released from Workman's Compensation.  I have been treated by my own doctors.  My new doctor sent me to a Rheumatologist who also diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia.  I have TWO very painful conditions.  Somedays I feel okay with my Spinal Cord Stimulator and pain medicine.  Other days I have to take a lot of breaks.  

I've always been very in control of my life.  I also have a servants heart.  I've created a Facebook group called "Christians with CRPS".  I've also donated a few crocheted items for an auction to CRPS PIP.  They are a lovely group who help those with CRPS receive treatment and things they need.  Here's what I donated:
Hope Scarf in Orange for CRPS-$25.00

 So, I've been busy getting over the news of having both CRPS and Fibromyalgia.  I've been serving others by helping promote the cause.  If you would be interested in a Hope Scarf in a different color email me at

Don't forget to wear ORANGE on November 5th for CRPS Awareness Day!

Renee Musgrave

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chalk It Up! Workshop

Who wants to scrapbook all those back to school photos?  or give a special teacher a card?  tell someone how special they are to you?

I have a GREAT Chalk It Up! Workshop planned for you.  We will:

  • Create 2 two page scrapbook pages
  • Create 2 cards
Here is a sneak peak!  I've used one of our BRAND NEW Exclusive Cardstock colors.  It is absolutely the most complimentary color!  Welcome "Flaxen"!

If you would like to join my workshop on August 27th please let me know, I'll save you a seat!

You will need to go to my website ( and purchase these products:

You will also need your basic supplies (blocks, adhesive, scissors, cutting board, etc.

Once you have purchased these items, email me or call/text me.  I will save a seat for you at my crafting table!

Happy Crafting!



Monday, August 11, 2014

August 2014-Picture my Life Specials!

Picture Perfection!
Your picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure awaits!

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD/$27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

To purchase your Picture My Life kit and FREE Memory Protectors click here or type in:  Happy Shopping!

Remember-if your bank account says NO, book a show!

As a service to my customers, if you need assistance with loading the memory protectors in the CTMH Album, please contact me at

The FINE Print...
*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s).Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD/$10.95 CAD). Qualifying Memory Protectors include: Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, Design 4, Design 5, Top Load, Side Load, and Variety Pack.

Hugs & Best Wishes!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Soar--Clean and Simple Sketch #300

I have created a card for the Clean and Simple Sketch #300.  Some days we need to be reminded we can "Soar".  I have used CTMH's Paper Packs and stamp set.  As well as Pearls from Recollection.  This was a really fun card to create.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my card.  If you are interested in any of the quality products Close to my Heart has visit my website at

As Always-Be Blessed and Stay Creative,



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Now is the Time!

We are just DAYS away from our new Annual Inspiration catalog release.  There are SO MANY great items that are going to be retired.  Once they are gone, or August 1st when our NEW Annual Inspiration book is released, they will be gone for good!  

You'll want to share with crafty friends and family because these are WONDERFUL products.  

If you don't want to have a gathering of your own but want to take advantage of these great deals, then join MY party.  Just go to and click Join Renee's Party.  It's that easy.  Everything will be immediately shipped to your door.  There is no waiting for the end of the party!  LOVE that about CTMH!!!!!!!  

ALSO, until the end of this month, the CTMH Exclusive Stamp pads are $5.25.  

This month, July, we have a GREAT Stamp of the Month that is absolutely essential.  It is our Circus Alphabet.  The SS is only $5.00 with an order of $50.  Normally this stamp sells for $17.95. What a great savings!

The reason I began buying from Close to my Heart is the Exclusive Stamp pads and cardstock.  I love being able to go to my craft supplies and pull out the color I need.  ***I just hated going to my stash, and you ladies know what I mean by STASH, and having to look through all my papers only to find I had no cardstock to match what I was creating!***  CTMH has taken that frustration away.  You can purchase  25 sheets of a single color or a set.  The sets are 2 pieces of cardstock of each color groupings.  The magic is that the wonderful B&T paper packets match the cardstock.  LOVE!  LOVE!  LOVE!

If you have any questions or have a question, feel free to contact me.  

As Always-Be Blessed and Stay Creative!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Creative Queens: Events

Creative Queens: Events

Come for the fun, learning or do something new.  Maybe just to get out of the house for an evening!  You'll have a great time creating the 4 cards and 1 giftbag.  Call for directions!

The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE260


I have created a card for summertime and I've entered it into The Pink Elephant Challenge.  Pinwheels are always somewhere in the summertime and I LOVE these Exclusive summertime colors!

I've used the Close to my Heart stamp Pinwheel and the CTMH Exclusive colors Pear, Honey, Crystal Blue, Hollyhock, Sunset and Lagoon.  

**Right now our CTMH ink pads are $5.25.  Hurry fast, that price lasts until July 31st, 2014!

You can purchase these items at my website:
Be Blessed and Stay Creative!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Clean and Simple Sketch # 300

Welcome to my World!  Today I've created a simple card for the Clean & Simple Sketch #300!  I love to play along in sketches.  

Today, I have used the Timberline stamp set from the Workshop on the Go (Which are FABULOUS btw!)  I have a white base with a lagoon colored mat.  I stamped the planet on the white cardstock using the CTMH Lagoon Stamp pad.  I used 2nd,3rd and even 4th generation stamping to really give it depth and a full effect.  I stamped the tire track for my ribbon.  With my stamp "Explore your World" I was able to use my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and cut out the exact shape for my stamp.  No fussy cutting!  I cut a slightly larger shape out of CTMH Cocoa and use it as a mat which I popped up using foam tape.

I found a NEW TRICK!  I wanted the Explore your World stamp to be raised but I didn't want to use foam tape.  I cut two white shapes for the stamp and taped them on top of each other.  This gave it a nice depth without having to use more foam tape.  So there's my new trick and technique.  Even 3 or 4 stacks of a shape or Title will give a nice depth to your work.

If you would like to purchase any of these items you can shop at my website:

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Don't forget to leave me a little love in the comments and follow me on my blog or Facebook.

Be Blessed and Stay Creative!



Let's Celebrate Birthday Boy!

Inspiration comes from everywhere.  This time it came from dying to use a CTMH retired stamp set I had purchased awhile ago (Yes, I'll admit I'm a bit of a crafting hoarder) and my Cardmaker magazine.  I just loved the chevron paper in the Dottie For Me paper collection.  I used a kraft card base.  I wanted the card to be simple.  It's also very boy oriented.  I sometimes have brain blocks in making boys and men's cards.  Maybe that's because I LOVE girly BLING way to much!  LOL

The inside of the card is stamped "Birthday Boy" 

Very little layering. Very little cutting.  What a great card for a little nephew or Grandson?!

Thank you for looking at my creation.  If you enjoy my crafting, please feel free to follow my blog.  You should see what I'm cooking up next!!!

Be Blessed, Stay Creative-and don't forget your Tiara!



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Oldies but Goodies!

I have been dipping into my "Oldie but Goodies" stash of CTMH Paper Collections.  I am so excited to make room for all the NEW CTMH papers coming out August 1!  TOTALLY GIDDY LIKE A SCHOOL GIRL!!!!

The retired Buzz and Bumble Paper collection is perfect with the CTMH Buzzing stamp!

The paper is from our current Jubilee Paper Collection-which you can only get until July 31st.  The STAMP is a retired stamp from CTMH.  I was lucky to get my hands on it.  It's definitely timeless!

I'm sure everyone remembers what retired paper pack this is from-Dottie for You!  I still love the current CTMH Exclusive Pear and Lagoon shades that we have to offer!

If you get excited about paper, ribbons and bling like me, contact me to become a Close to my Heart Independent Consultant!  I would love to show you what CTMH has to offer and have you on my team! 

If you would like to score some of our great products feel free to go to and check it all out!  Unlike other big name companies, you will get ME to personally assist you with any of your stamping, scrapbooking, cardmaking and paper crafting needs!

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back soon!

Be Blessed and Stay Creative!



Friday, July 11, 2014

The Everything ABC Blog Hop-Letter N

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their N element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy 

If you came from Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings then you're on the right track!

K{nock}out Roses & Birds Nest
2 page scrapbook layout

Welcome to my blog.  Today I have created a 2 page scrapbook layout about Nests and CTMH's Exclusive New England Ivy cardstock.  Using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge I cut flower petals and stacked them creating a flower effect.  I also used the CTMH Artbooking cartridge and created two "lattices" for the K{nock}out Roses.

If you would like to purchase any of these CTMH items go to

Thank you!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Jenny Gilbert-jendigisscrap.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Card Making and Stamping Class Announcement!

July 10th from 6-8 pm I'll be hosting a card making and stamping class. We will create 4 cards and a gift bag. Snacks will be available. This would be a great ladies night out!  All for $12.50!!!
Call for directions: 317-480-2493

Only 8 ladies can come (so that we have all the supplies needed), so message me today! :-D

Please bring the basic necessities if you have them.  If you are new to stamping and card making, come to the class.  I can assist you in creating your cards and provide you with a list of the basics for the next class.

Be Blessed and Stay Creative!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Throw Back Saturday!

I know it is usually Throw Back Thursday, but I've never stayed in step with mainstream.  LOL  Today I want to show you what I have created with a few new ideas, non CTMH products and older CTMH products.  I absolutely adore these cards.  If you are like me, you check out Pinterest for ideas and even a few of the cardmaking magazines.  Learning new tricks can be fun!  So without further ado, here they are!

This card was made using an older CTMH stamp set and new CTMH papers.  I used colored pencils to color in the stamp.

This card was created using an older Stamp of the Month set, older CTMH designed paper, and the current Hemp Bakers twine (which will not be available as of 8/1/14 so hurry and get yours!).

This card was created using an idea off of Pinterest.  The card was completely black and white.  I used CTMH Black for the card itself and White Cardstock as the mat and an older CTMH stamp set.  I absolutely LOVE the inside of the card!

Inside of the 3 cards.  All sentiments came from the same matching stamp sets.

These two cards I used with inspiration from a card catalog and Pinterest-with a little of my twist.  The Get Well Soon card, to me, is just adorable!  A lot of these materials are from my stash but there are hints of CTMH in them!

Well, you have seen what I have been up to-feel free to share with me your card ideas!

As always, be Blessed and stay Creative!


Monday, June 23, 2014


Do you ever have those moments when idea comes out of no where?  Well, it happened and I just had to create again using the June Stamp of the Month-Kaboom!  It is so versatile.

Today I've created an invitation with lighter colors.  This would be great for a birthday or backyard celebration--and everyone gets their OWN ticket!

Items Needed to Recreate:

If you would like directions on how I created this card, please purchase items on my website  Notify me that you've purchased items and I will email you the directions.

AS ALWAYS-Be Creative and Stay Blessed!



Sunday, June 22, 2014

June Stamp of the Month-KABOOM!


That is the name of the June Stamp of the Month.  I absolutely love the versatility of this stamp set.  I am imagining a circus theme, a sleepover, Independence Day, and Birthday Party!  

Purchase your set today at 70% off --THAT'S $5.00--with a qualifying order!

This summer is moving so quickly...don't forget to smell the roses, walk in the grass barefoot and enjoy yourself.  We'll all be covered up soon enough!

As Always-Be Creative and Stay Blessed!



Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Everything ABC-Letter M-Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter M. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their M element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.

If you came from Tracey Pierce - Papercrafting Princess then you're on the right track!

Motorcycle Father's Day Card
Today, I am showing you a motorcycle card that I created for my dad.  He has a Harley and loves to ride at 68 years old!  I needed a really cool card for a really cool dad!
My really awesomely cool dad!!!

There are several sizes and several blogs and YouTube videos that can show you how to create this card (No sense in re-creating the wheel  :-)  ).  Hopefully I've put a Mean and Manly twist on this often beautiful pop-up card idea.

To purchase any of the products I've used click on the links below or go to

Products Needed:
Acetate (I purchased mine on

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Thank you for joining us!

Be Creative and Stay Blessed!



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Workshop News!


The Creative Queens now will be able to have Scrapbook and Card Making Workshops at the Stardust Hills Owners Association every Month.  

All workshops will have to be prepaid as I pre-cut the workshop kits prior to the workshop events.  I want to make sure that EVERYONE has a kit to participate!  We will have so much fun!!!!

If you would like to participate, have a kit mailed to you or would like an extra one, please contact me via email or Facebook PM.

We will have such a GREAT Ladies Evening Out!!!!!!

As Always--Be Blessed and Stay Creative!



Friday, June 6, 2014

The Everything ABC's Blog -Letter L

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter L. This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their L element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.

If you came from Marloes Aynsley - Paper Crafts with Marloes then you're on the right track!

Lattice Garden Gift Bag

Today I have created a Lattice Garden Gift Bag.  The Skylark paper collection has a beautiful lattice design just perfect for today's blog hop with the letter L and I used only 1-yes that's right-ONE sheet of 12 x 12" paper!


The clasp is a button and flap design.  I used my Cricut Explore to create the perfect sized flap and open area.  

The best part is that you can make these ahead of time and they store laying FLAT! How great is that?!!!!!

  1. Pick any 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock or printed cardstock.
  2. Place your sheet onto your scoring board and score at 1/2", 5", 7", and 11 1/2".
  3. Turn your sheet 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2" and 9 1/2".
  4. Fold edges and crease to create "pocket" of the bag.  Follow diagrams below.
  5. Determine where you would like the ribbon handles to be placed.  Cut your ribbon to make a half-round handle.
  6. Puncture the paper with your Piercing Toolkit.
  7. Insert the brad on the outer side of the paper.  Place the ribbon onto the brad and secure the brad.  Make sure the brad doesn't go through both flap and front/back of the paper.  The secured side should remain in the middle of the fold so that no one gets scratched--and your final bag looks much more polished.
  8. Using tape adhere the top edges down--only where your brads are located.  (Your project should look like picture D at this point.)
  9. Fold the outer sides in and the front/back sides up.
  10. Time for your flap.  I used Sweet Pea cardstock scrap.  I used my Cricut Explore to create the perfect sized flap with button opening for this bag.  Depending on where you place the ribbon, the flap could be narrow, like mine, or wider.  Place your flap on the inside of the back part of the bag.  
  11. Bring the flap through the ribbon handles.  With a matching button placed on 3-D Tape, place the button in the perfect location.  Make sure the flap isn't stuck under the adhesive of the 3-D Tape.
  12. DECORATE til your heart is CONTENT!!!  I used the birdhouse, banner and bird from the Skylark Complements.  From the Skylark Assortment I used the 3 resin flowers.
Folding Diagrams:

What you will need to make a Lattice Garden Gift Bag:
If you would like to purchase any of these items, feel free to click on the link or go to my shop at

I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it!

This concludes The Everything ABC's blog hop.  Thank you for joining us!

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

As always--Be Blessed and Stay Creative!