Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Goal: layouts 28 and 29

I love the simplicity of this layout. I tried the fun paper folding technique with the red strip of paper and even used my sewing machine! I just might get into the sewing on layouts now that I feel comfortable with my sewing. I used old retired paper on this layout. This second layout is done using the You Rock paper packet. My little guy finds some funny places to take naps! I used a new Spring/Summer product - a Spray Pen.
Well I only have 4 days left to reach my goal of 100 layouts in one year... I wasn't expecting to move this year. It has been an extremely busy year for me with the birth of my 4th child, my hubby being deployed for 7 months and then moving over 1000 miles. As this year comes to an end though I am very grateful for the blessings in my life. I am looking forward to yet another year and more goals. It seems I'm getting my scrapping groove back so I just might be able to reach my 100 goal this upcoming year! :)
I've seen the new Spring/Summer Idea Book that launches in February and I am excited beyond words! It definately has motivated me to get some paper crafting done! January is a preview month of a few of the new products so don't forget to check my CTMH website to view the Inspirations brochure and the special deals for January. Please contact me if you would like to get a new Spring/Summer Idea book as well!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Homemade Christmas

My oldest daughter and I were just playing around this morning and made these fun homemade Christmas ornaments. I love how Rudolph and ClaraBelle turned out! I love a tree decorated with sentimental ornaments! I used my Cricut and some felt to build these adorning little beauties. Along with some google eyes, ribbon, bells and sparkles.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hope you're in the mood for some Reindeer Food!

I've been a busy little beaver finishing up my christmas cards, and making homemade goodies for teachers. I've made dozens of batches of different kinds of cookies and then came across this fun and easy "Reindeer Food" recipe from Betty Crocker. It is fast and fun for kiddos to make as well. Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to alter any and every item I can get my hands on. I've been saving these little beauties {Crystal light Containers} for just the right altered project. The reindeer food fits perfectly in these fun little containers and the altering possibilities are endless! What a fun and fast holiday gift for friends and family! Happy Holidays to you all! Here's the recipe for the Reindeer Food too!
6 cups Rice Chex or Chocolate Chex cereal
1 bag (12 oz.) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (14 mini, unwrapped)
1. Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. Place cereal in large bowl.
2. In microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 min 30 sec, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in half the crushed peppermint candy.
3. Pour over cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with remaining candy. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Gently break up coated cereal. Store in airtight container.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bundle of JOY!

The cutie -pa -tutie quilt
The diaper pad and wipes/diaper case

I had so much fun making all these fun homemade projects for my brother, his wife and their new soon-to-be bundle of joy. My husband commented this morning that he thinks I've been sewing for a whole month straight now (making this and some other projects for other loved ones!). I'm sure they will enjoy it all from having something to carry all those diapers, somewhere to put baby {that is clean and sanitary!} and something to cuddle her up tight with! ~and not to mention it all matches ~ YAY! Now I'm really ready to put my sewing machine away for a while, pick off all the unpicked thread that is all over me and my house, and get back to some paper crafting! :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

What I've been up to lately... a sewing project...

Here is a glimpse of what I have been up to lately. My twin brother and Sister in Law are expecting their second baby soon ( a girl this time - yay!) and I have been wanting to try a rag quilt, but decided to try and make a rag diaper bag instead to go along with my late homemade diaper pads and wipes cases I've been making like mad { I will post the matching set of those in my next post!}. I love how this diaper bag turned out and it was pretty easy for a beginner sewer. I just hope my lovely sister in law likes it as much as I do! :) I am still working on the rest of the gift for her and first guilt...I'll be posting those soon, need to run to the store for a few more supplies and hoping to get it done withing the next couple of days. Now onto the 5 dozen Christmas cards I need to finish this weekend!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Some Studio J layouts while on the road!

While we were "homeless" and between houses during our move to Texas I was able to actually get some scrapbooking done by using our awesome Studio J!

These first two layouts are from a while ago when my oldest was the baby! We went to Philly to visit close friends and do some site seeing. I love how these layouts turned out! Fast, fun and EASY! --- yet still simply stunning!

I was just playing with these pictures and loved how it turned out so I order one for each of my kids books! Make sure and click on the layouts to see a close up of them!

Well just wanted to make sure you all knew I am still alive and wanting to craft! Still needing to get our home into order, especially my scrapping space! Can't wait to get my fingers inky again! :) Hopefully it'll be sooner then later! Happy Autumn!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 2010 Cherish Club Layouts

Summer/Outdoors layout - features two new CTMH colors - Pear and Sky. For this fun layout you get to random stamp the trees and clouds. Other colors include Topiary, cranberry and goldrush as well as just about every brown offered by CTMH.
Precious Girl layout - perfect for your little "pretty in pink" pictures! Chocolate, Blush and sweet leaf colors.
This layout screams fall to me for some reason. Perfect for your kids playing in the leaves! If you wish we can switch out the hollyhock cardstock for some Indian Corn blue and of coarse add some cordinating ribbon!

All three layouts are from the WONDERFUL new Magic How-To book that will launch here in a few weeks! I LOVE Jeanette's How-To books! They make scrapbooking and cardmaking so enjoyable and rewarding!

I can't believe today is my last Cherish Club. I am sad to leave all my wonderful friends and club members behind as we embark on a new part of life here soon! I've enjoyed you all and wish you the best! KEEP PAPER CRAFTING! Keep visiting my blog for more of my artwork once we get settled! Wishing you all well! :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

How To make your own paper roses! :)

I added a brad to the center of mine, the jewel embellies work great too!

A close up of the finished product! The leaves are simply cardstock cut out and spritzed with water then crumpled! Have fun creating some awesome flowers! :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

An Altered box and a clear card {with LOVE}

Here are a few projects I've been working on lately. I've been meaning to put together a box to stash my hubby and I's 'love notes' we've given each other over the years instead of putting them in a boring shoe box. I love how this turned out.
I used the Silloutte paper packet as well as the Perfect Day papers. I love to use our Demensional Alphas for titles and it seems to make the cake with these altered boxes. I kind of made up how to make the rose petals curled, I have seen many awesome ones other people have posted but haven't found any instructions for these type of roses. I will post later step-by-step instructions on how to make these budding beauties!

A close up of the paper roses.
Playing around with our clear cards. These are so fun to create with. I made this fast and easy card for my hubby {oh, and look he has a nice little box to put it in after he is done reading it!}
Another spin on the paper rose, but without the curled petals. I got these instructions off of Jeanette's blog. This card was done with the Veranda papers.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 2010 Card Club Cards!

A Girl Birthday card
A Boy Birthday card

A fun Thinking of You/Thank You card
My last card club was yesterday, August 3rd. We had fun creating these cute cards. I am sad to be moving away from my wonderful group of paper crafters and want to thank you all for your friendship and kindness! I will miss you tremendously! Hoping for more personal time to create when we get to our new location though! I WILL STILL BE POSTING MY ARTWORK! So make sure and come back to visit often! :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scrapbook Paper BLOWOUT sale!

Close To My Heart is offering just about every Level 1 Kit, Stickease and Paper Packet at an extreme discount just for YOU! Starting Wednesday, August 4th at 9am(MT) through Wednesday, August 11th (or while supplies last!). This is a sale you are not going to want to miss! Just go to my website to purchase these items! Stickease will be $2, Level 1 Kits will be $4 and Level 2 Paper Packets will be $6!! MORE THEN HALF OFF RETAIL! This sale is only available on my website. Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 2010 Cherish Club layouts - Patriotic!

Girl Option - this layout can work for anything, just change up the title and you have an adorable girl layout to add pictures to!
Close Up of the Girl Title
Boy Option - this layout would work great for any theme as well, not just 4th of July. I can see this working as a great "Welcome Home" page for those serving in the military!
Close up of Boy Title - Celeberate FREEDOM would be another great title!
Cherish Club for July is tommorrow, Wednesday, July 21st at 7pm or Thursday, July 22nd at 9:30am or 7pm! Krista is our hostess this month! Hope you all can make it! :)
Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Thank You to all those in the Military and their loved ones!

Here's a mix of a whole bunch of challenges! The Heart2Heart patriotic challenge, and some inspiration from Jeanette Lynton's color challenge as well as the Mojo Monday sketch for this week!
A big shout out to those in the military, as well as their families, who sacrifice so much for our freedom. I am happy to say I am proud to be an American and am grateful for the brave who sacrifice to make it home of the free. Thank you. Our prayers are always with you.

June/July Card Club Cards!

A fun and simple Thank You card!

Another Thank You card that can easily be changed to a hello, Thinking of you, or Happy Birthday card!

Card Club for the month of June and July is tomorrow - Tuesday, June 29th at 9:30am or 7pm. These are just a few of the cards I'm offering! Hope you can make it! :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 2010 Cherish Club layouts!

Girl Option - done with Emporium Creative Basics paper. Colors are - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, and Vineyard Berry.
Boy Option - stamp your own B&T fishing themed paper (or we can change it to camping or park if you wish!) colors are : Indian Corn Blue, Topiary, Goldrush, Chocolate, and sweet leaf! Distressed in Dessert Sand to give it an outdoors feel!

Cherish Club this month is TONIGHT, Wednesday, June 16th at 7pm or tommorrow, Thursday, June 17th at 9:30am or 7pm. Kendall P. is the hostess! :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Special starts today! JACKPOT JUNE!

Make sure and visit my website everyday during the month of June under the Buy Online option to look for some AWESOME deals for the Jackpot June Special that starts today and goes through the end of the month! Just go to and have a chance at buying current or recently retired products at a discount and a chance to win big by hitting the Jackpot and getting products for FREE! On other days their will be goodie boxes available with up to a 50% discount! Don't miss it! Happy Shopping! :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 2010 Cherish Club Layouts

Girl Option - this layout would be perfect for those fun in the kitchen pictures of decorating cupcakes or even birthday pictures!
Boy Option - this layout would work great for just about anything, Halloween or your everyday Super Hero!

Cherish Club is this Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm or Thursday, May 20th at 9:30am or 7pm. You will have the option of adding a title and even stamped images, just depends on if you know what you want to use your pages for! Hope you can make it! :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 2010 Card Club Cards

Here's a fun Graduation card we did!
The Father's Day card

A Thank You card. I was inspired by a fellow consultant, Lisa Stenz, who was inspired by another blogger for this card! Simple yet still appealing!
We had lots of fun at Club yesterday!

Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Goal - layout #17

Who would have thought I could get 2 layouts done in one week?! I really like how this layout turned out. The "You Rock" Paper Packet is a great option for Halloween pictures because of the orange, purple and greens.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010 Goal - Layout #16 and a Sneek Peak at a few Summer 2010 Products!

OK, so I have a long way to go to reach my goal of 100 pages by the end of the year, but I believe I've already done more this year then what I got done last year! I just may take a week or so and go on a personal 'scrapbooking' vacation toward the end of the year to try and reach my goal! This is my most recently finished layout. I love the bright colors - perfect for Summer! I got a kick out of all those kids in that kiddie pool and had to capture that in the title! The little duckies from the Makin' Waves Stamp Set worked perfectly for this layout.
OH BOY! Are you going to love all the FUN new Summer product! Here is a sneak peak of two of my new favorite stamp sets - Hot Diggity and Hit The Spot! Also our fun new 4 1/2 inch clear card bases and the new Splendor paper packet along with Irresistibles Pizzazz Chipboard! FUN FUN FUN! The inside of this card reads: Life is Good. A helpful hint for those that purchase the clear cards - they have a pertective plastic cover on both sides - make sure and remove them BEFORE you decorate! Also, if you tend to have sweaty fingers hold the Irresistibles chipboard die-cuts on the sides, not where you will be inking as the ink will resist your fingerprints! (oops!) Tons of fun to play with though! A definate MUST on your Wish List of new products!