What do you enjoy most about fall? I especially like the colors. I’m looking out my window seeing all of the different colors of leaves mixing together in the trees, and it’s fantastic. It rained a little bit, too, so the leaves are even a little more bright and shiny. It’s kind of a perfect day for creating; crisp outside and cozy inside. And I have to say, I’m having a whole lot more fun stamping leaves than I have been having raking the leaves covering my backyard. Sophie thinks it’s an interesting project though.




After raking leaves, there’s been some fun creative time going on here with the Close To My Heart Sangria Paper Packet, Complements, and Assortment, and I’m excited to share the November Scrapbook Workshop Kits with you today.  The Sangria Collection has a beautiful combination of colors that includes three of the new Close To My Heart colors, Poppy, Pomegranate, and Eggplant. The papers have terrific patterns like bold chevron prints and delicate leaves, too. It’s perfect for fall.

I have designed these pages with Thanksgiving in mind, however there are so many things that come to mind when you think about just being thankful. You really could use these pages for lots of different types of photos and of thankful things and shared family moments.



Sangria L1 PM

Sangria L2 PM

Sangria L3 PM


There is a little bit of stamping on each of the layouts. Some of the stamped images are directly on the layout pages and others create borders or frame journal boxes to create colorful, themed accents. The stamp set is a new design called, Friend Tree with a combination of solid and line images that add wonderful color.


Friend Tree


In addition to embellishing the pages with stamping, I paired the adhesive-backed, resin flowers from the Sangria Assortment with the Gold Sequins Assortment, Poppy Thick Twine, and Colonial White Brads to make colorful clusters around the layouts. I love the way Close To My Heart products are all coordinated. It helps projects come together so nicely.


Sangria Collage PM 2

Sangria Collage PM 1


It’s a great time to be stamping, creating, giving thought to thankful things, and getting ready to make some fall memories. I hope that putting these pages together might be a terrific fall activity for you, too. I have a couple of dates for workshops in the Boise Area, and if you are long distance, I would be happy to put together Workshop Kits to send your way.

There are two Workshop Kits to choose from this month. Workshop Kit Package B includes the stamp set and inks so you can stamp fabulous leaves on your pages and enjoy a little extra fall color, too. I’ll be sharing other projects with this stamp set later this month. I think you would enjoy having those stamp designs and the new ink colors in your creative supplies.



Sangria Workshop Kits

Workshop Package A Includes – $30.00 (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7199B “Sangria” Paper Packet
  • Z3084 Sangria Assortment
  • Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine
  • Z2012 Gold Sequins Assortment
  • Extra Cardstock, Pre-cut Cricut Shapes, Brads, and Supplies


Workshop Package B – $65.00 (plus tax and shipping)

  • Includes all of Workshop Package A, PLUS…
  • D1677 “Friend Tree” Stamp Set
  • Three New Ink Pads – Poppy, Pomegranite, Eggplant
    (Save $4 with the package.)


Other Items Used On These Pages –

  • Z2651 Saffron Ink Pad ($6.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • X7199C Sangria Complements ($5.95)


Sangria Workshop Dates

Friday, November 13 at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 AM

Sunday, November 29 at 2:00 PM



Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to reserve a workshop date or to order a Workshop Kit.


You can shop online to see all of the Sangria Collection and lots of other fabulous Close To My Heart supplies for scrapbooking and papercrafting. Just click here and enjoy.


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It’s true, October is almost over, and Halloween is tomorrow, but I just had to share a couple of pictures real quick of some Christmas projects my daughter and I made with the Close To My Heart “Twinkle” Stamp Of The Month Set. If you haven’t seen it this month, check it out. It’s only available in October. With only two days left, I didn’t want you to miss it.




This stamp set has 15 different designs and would be terrific for cards, scrapbook pages, gift tags, holiday treats, and all kinds of project that may be helpful for your Christmas preparations. Not only is it really versatile, but it is one of those sets you can kind of “dress up or dress down.” It’s great embossed in silver and gold. It’s also great in quick, simple, colorful projects with the Fundamentals Collection.

If you have been following my blog you know I’m having a great time creating all kinds of different projects with the new Fundamentals Collection. If you haven’t seen them, these are the products I used to create the “Avengers” scrapbook pages from my sons’ birthday. For the Avengers layouts I used the Enchantment color scheme. I love the papers, textures, matching stickers, and accessories. (Click here to see the Avengers post.) 

The Fundamental Collection in the Adventure color scheme looks like this. You can see how perfectly the Fundamentals Papers and Fundamentals Stickers coordinate in all the same colors to make endless crafting possibilities.

Fundamentals Paper Fundamentals Stickers



Fundamentals are a great value and so versatile, that they have become one of my craft room staples. They are a perfect go to when you need to create something quickly. Here’s how some of our projects turned out when we combined the Adventure Fundamentals with the Twinkle Stamp Of The Month Set.


The scrapbook layout combines six different colors from the Adventure color scheme. Since the paper and stickers use the same colors, and they all have matching ink pads, the stamping and everything coordinates wonderfully.



Fundamental Twinkle Layout PM


The titles and journling tidbits are a combination of fonts. “Merry” is from the sticker sheets, “Christmas” is cut with the new Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge, “Merry Everything” is a stamped image, and “Joy” is also from the stamp set and stamped directly on a Fundamentals sticker.



Fundamental Twinkle Layout Collage PM


While mixing and matching colors is so much fun, the Fundamentals are also fantastic in monochromatic projects featuring single colors. Because there is a printed texture on one side of each paper and a shiny embossed texture on the other side, there are lots of combinations for each project, even if you are only using one color. These cards turned out very festive and they were so fast to put together. Add a little White Shimmer Trim and everything’s got a little extra holiday sparkle.



Funtamental Twinkle Cards PM


Well, as you can see, the Twinkle Stamp Of The Month Set is going to be super handy over the Christmas holidays. And the Fundamentals Collections are going to pair beautifully with the stamp designs to make everything merry and bright.


You can still order the Twinkle Stamp Of The Month Set through the end of the day tomorrow. After that, it’s gone for good. The stamp set is $17.95 regular price, but you can get the whole set for only $5 with a $50 purchase. So…you could order some Fundamentals papers, stickers, and accessories and get a super great discount on your stamp set.


If your days are busy like mine, you can save some time by making a quick stop at my website to shop online.  Your package of goodies will ship right to your front door, so you don’t have to add any extra stops to your to do list. Click here to shop. When you shop on my website, remember to click the box to “Join” Michelle’s October Online Gathering to be automatically entered in a $25 CTMH Give-Away. If you are planning to trick-or-treat tomorrow, take a moment to order your “Twinkle” stamp set today and give yourself a little holiday treat today, too.



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Do you remember when holiday specials came on television once a year? It could be I’m totally dating myself right now, but this was a big deal back in the day. I remember when I was a kid I would check the TV listings in the newspaper to be sure I knew the date and time when my favorite specials were going to be on. Sound familiar to anyone else?

This was important stuff, because they were only on one time. There wasn’t the option to record it to watch it another day, or a DVD to pop in whenever you want, or even Netflix to catch up later. If you missed it, you were just out of luck until next year.

Growing up I was a huge Peanuts fan. Well, actually, I’m still a huge Peanuts fan. It’s true. I love Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang.

In fact, when I was in the Fourth Grade it seemed most of my creative assignments at school ended up having something to do with Snoopy. We made paper bag puppets, and mine looked like Snoopy. We did a little sculpting project where we could carve something out of a bar of Ivory soap, and mine looked like Snoopy. It could stand up on it’s own and everything. I even melted wax from birthday candles, drop by drop, to make the details. I used a black candle to color Snoopy’s nose, eyes, ears, and spot, and I used a red candle for his collar. That year at school there was even an assignment to write a letter to an author. I wrote to Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts. When I received a letter back with a signed pictures and the whole deal I was over the moon excited. Talk about fond memories.

Well, you are not going to believe it, but I’m creating projects today and Snoopy and the Peanuts gang are still providing me with inspiration. Look what I found?


Peanutes Cocoa PM


“It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” spooky hot chocolate. That little find made me very happy. I could not resist buying a bunch to make Halloween treats. After all… the Great Pumpkin is coming in just a couple of weeks, right?


So, as I am making hot cocoa cards today, I thought I would share them with you. It’s a super easy project that can be adjusted to fit any theme or color scheme. You don’t need a lot of supplies and there aren’t a lot of steps.

Here’s how…


Step 1: Make The Card Base And Pocket

  • – Cut a 7″ x 8″ piece of cardstock and score it down the middle so that it will be 7″ x 4″ when folded. This will make the card base.
  • – Cut a  3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ piece of cardstock and score 3/4″ of an inch down one long side and one short side.
  • – Cut the corner diagonally off the small piece of cardstock where the score lines intersect. (See photograph.)


Cocoa Packet Steps PM


  • – Fold the tabs to the back of the small piece of cardstock, add adhesive and attach to the right side of the inside of the card base. The tabs should glued down so the bottom edge and the right edge are flush with the card base. This will create a pocket with an open edge on the right, or in the center of the card.


Cocoa Card Collage PM


Step 2: Decorate

  • – Decorate the front cover with stamping and/or embellishments to fit your theme or occasion. It doesn’t need to be complicated to be fun. I kept mine pretty simple so that it was more manageable to make a lot of them.
  • – For my Halloween theme, I used the CTMH “Tasty Terrors” Stamp Set. It’s great for treats, candy bar wrappers, etc. I also added some Green Shimmer Trim and Black Enamel Stars for accents.


Great Pumpkin Supplies Collage PM


Cocoa Packet Outside PM


My hot cocoa card packets for today coordinate with the Great Pumpkin for Halloween treats, however you can use this pattern for any occasion. At Christmastime I make them with holiday hot cocoa packets and tie a little candy cane to the front. Hopefully this will be a versatile little project that you can use to share some festive fun over the holidays, too.


Truth be told, I went ahead and watched my DVD of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” while I was creating today. I know it’s early, but now that I can watch it any time, I figured why not. I love that the cocoa packages even match my DVD case. (It’s the little things.) Have a treat filled day.



Great Pumpkin Cover PM







Welcome to October. Have you started putting out your pumpkins to celebrate fall holidays? I have, and with this month’s Scrapbook Workshop Kits I have scrapbooking tricks and treats for you to enjoy. I am always looking for points of inspiration and I find they can pop up anywhere. My daughter and I like to visit an awesome shop in our area every year as fall and Christmas-time get closer. I always find bits of inspiration when we go there. The pages I designed for October are inspired by this Woof and Poof witch that I found on one of our visits to this store and our classic family jack-o-lantern that my children have been nibbling treats from since 1992.


Witch & Pumpkin 50


Woof and Poof always does a fabulous job of blending a variety of texture, patterns, and terrific little details in their pieces. This little witch instantly brought some Close To My Heart products to mind. It’s hard to see all the details of her outfit in the picture, but she’s got a fabulous outfit. When I sat her next to our jack-o-lantern I knew I had found my inspiration for this year’s Halloween scrapbook layouts. And, can I just say, creating these pages has been so, so much fun.

The pages use Close To My Heart Cardstocks and Nevermore Background & Texture Paper as a base.


Nevermore L1 PM

Nevermore L2 PM


To create similar textures and colors from my inspiration pieces, I combined several Close To My Heart products. I used black swirls made with scroll shaped die-cuts from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to be similar to those in the witch’s top. Then Green Shimmer Trim to tie in with the sparkly green tulle in her skirt, and Black Enamel Stars to match to her shiny black boots. I pulled in some orange pumpkins, messages, and accents using Sunset Cardstock and the new CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

I thought it would be fun to make these interactive pages with fold out sections with more hidden treats inside. Making interactive pages and story extensions is easy using CTMH Flip Flaps. While Flip Flaps come in many sizes, I wanted full 12-inch fold outs. I used the Memory Protector Flip Flap 12″ Assortments attached to the outside of the Memory Protectors to make the extra page spaces that give a little “trick-or-treat” bonus to the layout. The trick is that when you open the Flap Flaps on the front of the first layout, it reveals some sweet treats inside with more photos, journaling, and super cute Close To My Heart Cricut Artistry die-cuts inside.


There is a 4″ x 12″ Flip Flap on the left side of the first page and an 8″ x 12″ Flip Flap on the right side of the first page.


Nevermore Flip Flaps 2 PM

Nevermore Flip Flaps 1 PM

Nevermore Flip Flaps 3 PM


When the Flip Flaps are both open, you see more photographs while having all the parts and pieces still work well together visually. It’s almost hard to tell where one Flip Flap starts and the other stops. It’s fantastic.


Nevermore Flip Flaps 4 PM


You will also see some places where I added little accent icons, dates, photo tabs, etc. These all come from the Close To My Heart Basics Fundamental Stickers. These sticker sheets are packed full of options for personalizing pages and they are a great value. My Workshop Kits for this month include a package of these stickers, so you get four full 6″ x 12″ sheets of adhesive-backed artwork in the set.


Basics Fundamental Stickers PM


I hope that October has some fun things in store for you and that you will enjoy adding photos of your Halloween adventures on these pages. If you are in the Boise Area, check the dates below to come create these pages at a Scrapbook Workshop. If you are long distance or schedules are tricky, contact me for a Workshop Kit “to go” and I’ll put a pre-cut Workshop Kit with photos and instructions in the mail to you.



October Scrapbook Workshops – $33 (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Packages Include –

  • Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim
  • Z3166 Fundamental Stickers – Basics Pack
  • Cardstock, Background & Texture Paper, Pre-cut Cricut Die-cuts, Black Enamel Stars, and Extra Supplies
  • Z1325 Memory Protector Flip Flaps – 12” Assort. (1/2 pkg)
  • Three Memory Protectors

(NOTE: You can make your Memory Flip Flaps package a full pack for an additional $2.50.)


Other Items Recommended For These Layouts –

  • Z3083 Nevermore Assortment ($5.95)  (see picture below)
  • X7198C Nevermore Complements ($5.95)  (see picture below)
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)



Nevermore Accessories Collage


October Scrapbook Workshop Dates

Friday, October 9 at 6:30 PM

Friday, October 16 at 6:30 PM


To order a Workshop Kit or to reserve a date for a Scrapbook Workshop,

contact me at  Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.





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