Mar 082013


Are you wondering what in the world a “Blog Hop” is??

Definition: “A blog hop is a list of blogs or specific posts related to a similar topic.”

Once a month, members of my Damask Divas team get together and host a “Blog Hop”…

It’s basically a virtual party that is centered around a specific theme…

You start at one blog and then “hop” to the next one, and so on…

Each blogger will show you a project that they have created using the theme of the month

and will then give you the link to “hop” to the next blog.

It’s a great way to see some amazing projects and there’s even a GIVEAWAY!!!


Go here to our fearless leader Mandy Leahy’s blog to start: Chantilly Blog Hop

Have fun and come back here to leave me a comment letting me know what you thought of our hop!


“Have you entered the Damask Divas GIVEAWAY this month?

Be sure to check out our Blog Hop and enter to win a Close To My Heart Stamp Set.

Feb 172013
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My middle daughter is way more creative than I am!

I like to have a “plan” to follow when I’m crafting whereas she just dives in!

She also loves to grab my camera and takes all kinds of cool photos…


This week she walked in my room when I was getting ready to make some cards

and said she wanted to help!  Yahoo!!

So I set her to work designing the cards, picking out the paper & embellishments…

while I cut the paper into the right sizes…



I stamped the cute little critters (which I just got in my CTMH Consultant Kit!) onto white cardstock

and then she colored them in with my copic markers…


We then went through my 4″ x 6″ card stacks & paper scrap bins to find coordinating paper..


We added some ribbon from my ribbon stash…


And Voila!

Didn’t they turn out cute?

I’ll be sure to include my sweet girl on upcoming projects as her enthusiasm is definitely contagious!

If you would like to purchase any of our cute cards, click here to go to our Etsy shop :)

Jan 292013

A few years ago I started making recipe boxes to sell in my Etsy shop

Then life got crazy & I had to give up my fun hobby for awhile.

But guess what???  THEY’RE BA-ACK!!

Elegant Handmade Recipe Box

I re-covered an ugly Michael’s recipe box…


and transformed it into a thing of beauty!


I also created tabbed dividers & hand-stamped recipe cards…


Stay tuned for my next crafting adventure!

Jan 282013

I had so many plans last week…

That is, until the “Great Flu of 2013″ hit our family!


I did get some online shopping done from bed


Pinned a bunch of paper crafting projects to my Pinterest boards so it wasn’t a total loss!

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Here’s a sneak peek at a project that I will be starting just as soon as I’m healthy!


I’m going to take an ugly Michael’s recipe box…


Some plain 4 x 6 cards & tabbed dividers…



And some Recipe stamps…


Have you figured it out yet??

Jan 172013

Good Morning!

Yesterday the Fed Ex man brought me my long-awaited

Close to My Heart New Consultant Kit!!!





I will share more details soon, but for now

I leave you with a most exciting video!

Ok, so maybe it’s not very exciting for you,

but it is my very FIRST video, so it is exciting for me!!



Jan 142013

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I can’t wait to place my first order with CTMH and if I do so by January 31st,

I can purchase this awesome Valentine kit for just $10 (with a $35 order)!


Here’s what the kit includes:
12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit. This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper! Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!



Here’s a very informative video that shares what comes in the kit & how to put it all together:

Jan 122013


Welcome!  I’m so glad you decided to check out my new adventure ~

Deb’s Heart and Home Designs!

If you’ve been following my home blog:,

you will know that I have had a small handmade shop at Etsy for a while now…

(a link to my shop is on the left of this page).

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I’ve always enjoyed scrapbooking & creating journals, cards, albums

and all sorts of holiday items like my Snowman Soup or Reindeer Spares.


Recently, I was researching ideas on the internet to help streamline my

handmade biz with creative ideas, discounted pricing on materials & so on.

After much time & prayerful consideration, I have decided to join forces

with Close To My Heart and become a consultant/hobbyist!

From all the research I have done, this company seems to fit best

with what I am trying to accomplish.

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The price to join is only $49 and I received $155 in product & materials!

My first goal is to make higher quality handmade products for my Etsy shop,

using scrapbooking & papercrafting supplies from Close to My Heart.

I’m also excited about all of the resources they will provide me with ~

lots of inspiration & creative ideas as well as a “team” of other consultants

who will share their creativity & encouragement!

I would also like to use my new Deb’s Heart and Home Designs blog

to share my artwork & tutorials as I create new handmade items…

and eventually…it would be really fun to have giveaways & such!


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To top it all off, I get to offer all of the great Close To My Heart products

to YOU as well!

I will have my own Close To My Heart “store” {click on photo above},

where you can shop…24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.


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On the right side of this page you will see the online CTMH 2012 idea book & catalog

and I will also have hard copies of the brand-new 2013 Spring catalog shortly.


Whew!  That’s a whole lot of excitement for one post!!

Have fun clicking on all of the new tabs & links!

Stay tuned for the next chapter in my new adventure :’)

Sincerely, Deb