Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jingle + All Sorts Mini Album

This has to be one of the most enjoyable projects I've ever made! At least one of my workshops will be making this in November. Participants will purchase: All Sorts Mini (chipboard) Album, Heartfelt Die Cuts and Jingle Brads. I will provide the rest of the supplies. I estimate that you will only use about 10% of your HF Diecuts, that means you'll have lots more creating fun in store for your leftovers.

I just can't believe how neat the Heartfelt Die Cuts are, they look like just a few small little items in the catalog but as you can see this album is about 6.25 inches high and the Christmas tree is almost the same height! The pack we're using is called Wonder and there are 3 12x12 sheets, one each of Olive, Chocolate and Twilight. There is a wide range of cuts from large circle rings, stars, snowflakes, birds, leaves, swirls, and many more oh and I must mention there's even an adorable squirrel.
If you would like to purchase items you can leave a comment and I'll contact you or you can visit my Close to My Heart site I have a limited quantity of free Idea Book/catalogs available if you're interested in getting your very own copy but it can also be viewed on my site. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 2, 2009

This paper packet has been so much fun. The Merry Monsters are so cute, I knew I would like them but I really, really like them!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Here are three of the cards I made using the Sweet Home workshop guide. The guide includes cutting and assembling instructions for a layout and these three cards (x2), as well as photos of an additional layout and 3 more cards that you can follow our pattern books to make. We're using this paper for the September layout in my September clubs. Yikes...I don't exactly know what the card and 3-D project will be yet, but I have something Christmassy in mind.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Front Yard Fun

Here's those cute little grandson's of mine again, this time with their cute daddy too! I actually created this 2 page layout 3 times, one for each of the boys' books and one for mine. It took less than 1.5 hours to complete the 6 pages. They were all pretty close to the same, I did the journaling on my computer in "CTMH Hippo" font; that made it very easy to just copy and past to switch up the words just a little for each one depending on who it is for. If it seems crazy to make so many; so be it!! I just have a feeling that someday I could be giving the boys their books and I don't want to be giving up the only layouts I have of many of the pics. The supplies I used were...Back Country Level I&II paper kits, Rustic Alphabet and Backwoods stamp sets. And oh yes, of course Simple Stitches. Colors are Outdoor Denim, New England Ivy and Barn Red. On the level one kit I covered up the tree pattern paper, it felt at first like I was maybe wasting the premade pages, but for as quick as they all went together I decided that it was not a waste at all....good use of supplies actually. Granted these are VERY simple, however, layouts like these cost about $3 which is less than 1/4 of the industry average! Amazing.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Twitterpated-Everyday Celebration Cards

Here's the other batch, this second batch was even more fun to make than the first. Twitterpated is just more my style. I changed up a few things but these went VERY fast.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Twitterpated Birthday Card

This is the birthday card I made my sweet daughter-in-law. I used the Medallion pattern from our Wishes book with Twitterpated Level II paper and the exclusive stamp set that comes with the Sweet Home Workshop. I'll be posting more regarding that workshop soon.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Quick Boom Di Ada Card

I made this real quick for my niece because, well I don't even want to talk about how late it is! No stamping here, just quick cute Boom Di Ada paper and Stickease plus a scrap of Twitterpated paper. Shhhhh, don't tell her it only took about 5 minutes!

Everyday Celebration Cards

I'm giving myself a week to get caught up on a back log of 2-do's so for today I had a bunch of fun to kick off a week of creative work. These are 1/2 the cards I made following the guide and instructions from the Everyday Celebration kit. I decided to save the remaining papers for a layout. Tomorrow I will post the other 1/2 of the cards made with Twitterpated paper. This kit is so nice, it includes everything you need to complete 16 cards, including the ink! Click on the button to your right to see how you can purchase it for $39.95 or receive it free, with a purchase of $60 in stamps.
The cutting guide and instructions are something that you'll want to use over and over again. You can make a pattern from one of the shaped cards so you won't hate using up the last one quite so much. I have to admit I'm surprised how much I liked the stamp set, since the August Stamp of the Month seemed so similar, but this one really has some extra useful stamps, I especially love the large dotted bracket stamp, the frame and "thanks so very much". The cake and the package were a good size and easy to stamp in two colors. The only other stamp I used was my trusty "Simple Stitches" set, I really never put it away I use it so much. You really don't need it for the cards but I have a hard time not throwing in a few faux stitches here and there. Sorry the pic's aren't the greatest, I really need some tips in that area.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Labor Day Weekend...Goofing Off...Fun!

I've been excited to scrap these pics since Lindsay took them on Mother's Day this year. Any day I get to see my any of my kids or grandbabies is a great day. Trevor left me the cutest messages during the day, I kept missing him, then finally when I called late to leave him a message he didn't answer but he called me back right away. . . it was around 11 p.m. their time!

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Thought I would pull out one of my favorites, this layout was super easy. I used Notebook Level II paper packet and Stickease, plus the Connection Club metal charms. Lindsay is such a little traveler she has been already overseas....I may never do that, there's still so many places I want to visit right here in our good ol' USA!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dear Blog, oh how I've missed you and my dear friends too!

I would never have believed that I could let this much time pass in between posts. Oh well what's done is done. Here are some cards I made with the August Stamp of the Month. The textured cardstock is CTMH using Cuttlebug embossing folders. It works great to just layer 2-3 pieces of cardstock so the white core doesn't show through if you're not going to sand the embossed design. But the great part is you have that choice, of sanding then inking or chalking or sanding alone or just solid color.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Here's Triple A, again;
Always, Adorable, Azzy! I know this is old but it's one of my all time favorites.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

"You've Got Flair" - July Stamp of the Month

This is a really fun set to work with . I think it would look great in any color. It would be very classy in Chocolate and Vanilla, I'll have to try that combo if I get "caught up" on some of my other stamping. I just love the tiny flower stamp, it's perfect for stamping on ribbon. I've been hording my Clear Tags, they're so neat though, what a great way to really add pizzaz quick and easy.

Monday, June 22, 2009

"Hello Birdie" - Card Kit

Honestly I must live in the Twilight Zone! To think that 10 days has gone by since the last time I posted just blows me away! I made these one night just for fun, I'll try to post with pics sometime soon. Everything is made with the Hello Birdie card kit, so quick fun and cute!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tickled Pink....SCRAPS!

I had so much fun using up the scraps from the Tickled Pink kit. I made 21 cards in all after completing the 4 scrapbook pages as directed in the brochure. I altered my page just a little by cutting out the patterned paper that would have just been covered up by my photos anyway. I also added card bases and some other scrap Twilight cardstock. Eleven were 2.5 x 3.5, 9 were standard size, 1 was 5 x 7. The bling you see was a Connections Club reward last year. I also used my Cuttlebug, Winter Cozy Accents, White Daisy Grossgrain, Big Pinks and White Daisy flowers.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mini Binder-Recipe Book

It was so much fun to make this! I used our new Mini 3 Ring Binder, Creative Basics paper and the Recipe Box stamp set. We'll be making these in a couple of my June Hostess Clubs.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Put Me in Coach

Here's my little Azzy again. Is he cute or what??? I used the Stardust paper packet, Flexi Labels, and Dimensional Element letters.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Inspiration

Well, seems I blinked once maybe twice and another week is GONE! Enjoyed another annointed wonderful message from God's word this morning. If you want it hear it check out

We scrappers take pics of some pretty odd things at times. This is a photo of a time that I actually cut up veggies and made homemade soup, no frozen shortcuts...that's not something that happens often in our house with work and such. Why post the picture?? This week I've been especially grateful for the habit of praying before eating. Something I usually take for granted, but lately things have been more crazy everywhere. I'm sure most will agree! Taking a few seconds to remember the Lord several times a day helps get me re-centered and focused on Him; it's a much needed peace-pause & a pray without ceasing reminder.

Truthfully, I don't know if giving thanks before a meal originated when Jesus fed the 5,000 or earlier but whenever it was I'm glad it did!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Inspiration

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1

This is one of the best photos I have taken (Sept. '07 in Pct Valley). Thought it would be good Sunday Inspiration.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm not too good at photographing my layouts, they're not really as crooked as they look in the photos. These were all made guessed it the Bella paper packet. I'm trying to finish up my 2008 album. I don't know if you've noticed but they are also the same sketch; Imagine/Monologue; any way you turn them the Imagine layouts look great.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Bella Paper

This is such a pretty paper kit....oh but not only pretty. I started a masculine layout using it but that's not quite finished yet. Here's a boy layout using it and also a "pretty" one that you would expect when you first see the kit.

The March layout is what my Year of Memories clubs will be doing. For a spring layout I thought Petal and Hollyhock would go perfect with the floral pattern. Oddly enough those two colors of cardstock are not included in the kit; well maybe it's not odd, the colors included are much more classy.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

By request....

Here's the layout I entered at Phoenix Regionals. I was honored to be picked in the top five, but didn't win. I used our Fancy Cuts Botanicals. The flowers took a little time to make because I wet and crumpled them, otherwise the layout was super simple and fast.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I finished this last night...

This is Azzy and I in the photo booth at the mall and Trey taking me for a walk around the yard and sitting in the rocker on the porch. I used the CTMH/Tickled Pink packet that's the special through the end of May. If you're interested click the button to your right to find out more.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Here's my latest favorite's little Trey, my youngest grandson.