Share Love and Paper Hugs with Operation Smile

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If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a huge supporter of Operation Smile. I’ve seen what a huge impact a medical mission has on people and I love that Close To My Heart has partnered with an organization that gives kids their smiles back.

My last crop, on January 28, raised over $1400 for this great charity. But I’m not done raising money.  Close To My Heart has a special stamp set called True Love and $7 from the sale of this set goes to Operation Smile.  I love that! So I’m doing a workshop where you’ll get your own stamp set as part of the fee.

Aren’t these kids sweet? I especially love the “This card is a paper hug” sentiment.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, Feb. 10, so contact me right away to claim your spot.

October Stamp-of-the-Month Projects

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We are back from Haiti and I’ve finally had some time to create!  It’s taken me some time to get back into the swing of things, and I may someday write a blog post about our experience, but for now I’m focusing on all things crafty.

This month’s stamp of the month is all about Christmas.  Now is the time if you want to make your own cards to send this year.


Place an order of $50 or more and you can get this stamp set for just $6!

I was completely inspired by the artwork in the catalogue and pictured on my product website.  Here’s the layout I created:

Christmas layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

You need to see those stars up close because I embossed them in gold and they are so pretty in real life.

Christmas layout close up by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

And here’s the card:

Christmas card by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

Want to come make these?  My monthly stamp of the month class is next Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7pm.  Place an order with me for $30 or more and you can attend, for free.  Bump it to $50 and you’ll get a great discount on this set, so perfect for your Holiday projects.

September Stamp of the Month Projects

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I loved the projects in the catalogue that showcased this stamp set, I had to make them.  Here’s the first one:

Sept SOTM by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I really like this sentiment, what a wonderful thing to keep in mind.

For this second card, I had to tweak it a bit so it wasn’t too hard for my class.

Sept SOTM by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating


To add the colour to the largest leaf, I just brushed on a bit of brown watercolour paint.  I thought I would make one more project, a name tag for your Thanksgiving table:

Sept SOTM by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating


I stamped my daughter’s name using the Brush Script stamp set.

If you would like to get this stamp set, place your order before September 30 or you’ll miss out!

Crazy Cat Stamp of the Month Page

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It’s only August but at Close To My Heart we’re already thinking about Halloween.  I will admit that Halloween is not my favourite thing.  My kids often ask for elaborate costumes and I have to talk them down to something more manageable.  You’d think I love creating special things for them to wear, but fall is the busiest time of the year for me!  I also don’t do a lot of scrapbooking for Halloween so this month’s stamp of the month was a bit more of a challenge for me.  I decided that I would do a more generic page for my class this Wednesday, but I ended up using Halloween photos anyway!  LOL.

I created the following page using one of the sketches at Scrapbook Challenges.  I loved the crisscross papers even though it turned out to be a bit of a challenge to make them fit.  Here’s my page:

Crazy cat page by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I chose papers that were bright and fun and could be used for any occasion.  I purposely did not choose a pink because I wanted to focus more on the yellow on the kids’ costumes since that was a big part of my journaling.  My little rascal boy had wanted to be a robot so Mommy had found a good-sized box and painted it with a metallic silver paint (several coats!) and was just about ready to put the finishing touches on it when he decided that he didn’t want to be a robot after all, on the morning of Halloween.  (Sigh.)  He decided on a prince to match Arianna’s princess (which I’m pretty sure is the last girly costume I’ll ever see her in).  So I used my Cricut to make their crowns and the little emblem on Nathaniel’s sash.  They were both happy, thank goodness!

This layout could really be used for anything since you can stamp any number of sentiments or titles in that lovely bracket frame image below my photos.  Or, if you wanted, change the colours of papers you use and completely embrace the Halloween-ness of this stamp set.


I splattered some watercolour paint on the background, added some stitching to the Adventure Fundamental papers, stamped the cat in White Daisy pigment and added that fun clown hat.  The photo mat is popped up and I added a spot to slide in some hidden journaling.  Some gold sequins finished it off.  Here’s a couple of close up photos:

Crazy cat page by Krista Ritskes title close up #simplycreating Crazy cat page by Krista Ritskes journaling close up #simplycreating

Hopefully this Halloween will be smooth for you and for me!  Feel free to email me about class this Wednesday if you’d like to come.

Happy Creating!