Monday, July 12, 2010

OMG - Has it really been that long???

Sorry all... I've had quite the time getting back out here to update!  Been working on getting recertification hours for my Certified Payroll Professional  designation, and summer, summer vacation and kids birthdays have gotten in the way! 

I have to get ready for the crop at the Drury Inn in Chesterfield July 30- August 1.  Figuring out what to do for the make and take etc.  Haven't had a whole lot of time for scrapping, much to my chagrin... hopefully will get some time to get some artwork back out here! 

We have a wonderful campaign coming up soon!  More details to follow soon!  :)  Don't forget we have Studio J, the wonderful on-line scrapbooking tool!  No software to download!  Check it out at my site:

Keep scrapping! 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Miracle Awaits You!

Join the National Scrapbooking Month celebration in May with this special Miracle kit offer! It's a beautiful spring-themed scrapbooking kit that includes new, coordinating B&T Duos® die-cut papers, B&T Duos, Irresistibles™ chipboard die-cuts, My Stickease® adhesive images, Flip Flaps™, plus more favorite accessories and papers. We're also including an instruction brochure for easily creating two beautiful two-page layouts-with no stamping required! Give yourself this opportunity to get a Miracle scrapbooking kit FREE or at a discount during the campaign. Here are the details:

From April 15 (at 9 am MT) -May 31:

Purchase the kit outright for $19.95/$23.50 (CC1009).

Place a minimum order of $40/$47 (excluding Studio J™ orders) and purchase the kit for only $10/$10 (CC1009A).

Place a minimum order of $60/$70 (excluding Studio J orders) and purchase the kit for only $5/$5 (CC1009B).

Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales of $300/$350 and receive a kit FREE! (CC1009C)

You can visit my webpage and order - or send me an email to  -  It's a beautiful kit!  I can't wait to play and I'll be sure to post the pictures! 

I have to take pictures of my newest workshop items that I am having on the 24th of this month.  I will post these as well. 

And.. by the way, the baby bunnies have all left... we are all sad to see them go, but happy they got big enough to venture out.  We can only hope to see them again someday. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Our Easter Bunnies!

When we let our dog Winston out this morning - he headed to the little tree by the house and was sniffing around something.  When Chris and Courtney went out to see what he was sniffing around they saw four baby bunnies!!!!  The are so darn cute!  We put a sled up to hopefully help block the wind.  We have had a group of rabbits in and out of our back yard all winter, they eat my bushes.. I don't like that, but love animals too much to do anything about it.  Now they had some babies....  and they are so darn cute... If I can just keep Sierra from picking them up and adopting them all, I will be lucky.  But we keep telling her that if they get our scent on them, then the mommy won't come back.  They are the cutest little things.  I hope momma comes back and keeps them warm and safe.  The challenges now are to keep Winston away from them... and from chasing momma away.  Harry is blind - so he won't see them to be able to chase them. 
We feel very fortunate to have our own Easter Bunnies right in our back yard!  I can feel the scrapbook pages forming! 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

There is still time!!!!! Dare to Dream!!!

There is still time to join Close To My Heart and make a change for the better in your life!  Own your own business, but don't be left to flounder on your own!  There is a wonderful support system, and plenty of help and inspiration to help you soar to new heights!  Join my team in March and receive 4 stamp sets absolutely FREE!!  That's over a $90 value!  Where else can you start a business in something that you love and enjoy for only about $99 plus tax and shipping, receiving about $400 in products???   Click on my website link on the left and join today!  You won't be sorry! 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Dare to Dream~~

Have you heard the news?  Close To My Heart's March special is a new consultant special!  Become a consultant between now and March 31st and and you will receive all four of the Summer Idea Book's stamp of the month sets for FREE!!!  That is a $91.80 value!  Total - you will receive over $400 in product for the low cost of $ 99 plus shipping and tax!!!  Click on the link to the left to see more and sign up!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!  You can leave a comment or email me!  I'd love to add you to my team!! 

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two in one day!!!! Topstitch workshop samples

I am having a workshop, both cards and layout, using the Topstitch papers...  it will be on March 27th at 4 pm.  Let me know by next week (the 4th) or early the following week and I can add you to my list of attendees!!!    Here are some examples of what we will be creating:
Sorry there isn't a title, I thought I ordered the stamp set that they used, but I ordered the wrong one.. I will be adding the title later, but you get the idea... 

Left Side close up

Right side close up

These are the cards - aren't they cute?  I love this paper!!!

I'm falling in love with sparkles!!!

Here is something else I was working on.. I got the template for this from a fellow CTMH consultant, Anna Jarnagin!  Thank you Anna!  It's a Flip Flap Photobook featuring our Memory Protectors Flip Flaps!   

This is the outside when it was done... I used Aspen paperpack along with some Dimensional Elements and brads...  It turned out great!!  (but I could be biased lol)

and a shot of the inside, so you can get the idea... isn't it cool?  I love our bulletin boards!  I find alot of inspiration on there! 

Thanks for checking in!

Where have I been?

I'm so sorry, I have had a couple of crazy weeks... But here are my Valentine's Cards I made for my girls and hubby.  Like I said, they were so much fun to make!!!
This is the one I made for Chris - I used Silhouette paper with Colonial White textured cardstock from our special!! 

This is the one for Sierra, she loves to make popcorn... so the stamp was perfect!!! and she loves Pink.. so the Whoops a Daisy pack was a natural pick!

This is the one I made for Courtney... Her favorite color is green, and I love the Boom Di Ada papers!!

I received an exciting email from a really nice lady who is organizing a weekend crop and she wants me to be the Close to My Heart consultant, and create some make and takes etc.  I am very excited!! I can't wait, but I have to since it's the last weekend in July!  The good thing is with all the happenings, I will be on vacation from work that next week, so I will have plenty of time to refresh my energy level for the next week!  If you'd like some information on this crop and happen to be in St Louis area - or willing to travel, please let me know, I'd be glad to pass on the information to you!  Love to see you there!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Friday!

I just finished making the valentines for Chris, Courtney and Sierra.  I didn't take a picture of them, since I had to hurry up and get them in envelopes so that busy little bees wouldn't see them too soon!  I will get the pictures taken on Sunday or so after they are opened.  I think they turned out pretty darn cute!  I used the Wishes book from CTMH - and 3 different patterns.  They were so much fun to make!  People in our family might just get sick of receiving hand made cards!  lol  I used three different paper packs, Boom Di Ada, Whoops a Daisy and Silhouette. 

As an update on the textured cardstock combo packs, the winter pack is now sold out.   Or will be at midnight.   The basic combo is at 50% already.  Demand has been high, so if you want in on this deal, either email me, call me or go to my website and order!  

On a somber note, my prayers are going out tonight to the family of the luge athlete from Georgia (the country) who lost his life today on the track during his trial run.   It's such a tragedy...

Thanks for checking in!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pictures I promised yesterday!

You Rock 2 page layout
Left page
Right hand page
Altered coaster project that Sierra created... it is SO her
Another view.. not sure why it turned this picture on it's side... it certainly wasn't like this on the disk.....  hmmmmm
Altered coaster project I created
another view... 
All of these items (minus the actual coaster pieces) are created using paper, stamps etc from CTMH, with the exception of the white glittery brads on Sierra's coasters.  Those would be easy to make using prisma glitter, liquid glass and white brads - but we already had them from another source, so we cheated... :)    We sure had a nice time creating these items.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Scrapping with my daughters

Good afternoon!   Where has the day gone?  I spent all morning getting ready for my workshop this Thursday night.  I created the two page layout, now all that's left to do is take the picture and post!  While working away, I suddenly realized that I had company.  First, my daughter Sierra was watching intently and asking questions like "Are you going to add these to the layout?"  "What is that for?"  Then when I finished and was pretty sure it was the way I wanted it to be, she reminded me that I had promised to do some coasters with her last weekend and we didn't get to it then, so could we do it now?  I realized then that my thoughts of creating cards from my Wishes or Original's book was a pipe dream today.  So I set her up with the coasters, the paper and had her start.  I created one that has pictures on it - of her and her sister, and she just wanted to decorate hers.. (The light isn't quite right now, so I will take pictures tomorrow when the light is better and post.)  I think we did a pretty good job.. for figuring it out as we went along.  Courtney, my oldest daughter, appeared when Sierra was tracing her coaster for about the 2nd time.  I tried to get her interested and make one too, but she wasn't liking the papers I offered her.  She liked them the way they were - if you can't tell, she is my child who doesn't appreciate change as much as the rest of us.  She did however decide that she was going to hang out with us.  That was nice!  The three of us, hanging out bonding over altered coasters.   All in all, I think we had a great afternoon, one that I'll treasure in the years to come.  Who knows... maybe they'll BOTH do the next thing with me.  At least Courtney stays in the room now when we do the crafty stuff... It's an improvement!  I'll be sure to post the pictures tomorrow!

Friday, February 5, 2010

I love a good sale, don't you?

We all do... we search for the bargains don't we?  Well, look no further!!! Have I got one for you!!!  Close To My Heart is not only having a sale on textured cardstock combo packs, but you can also help the earthquake victims in Haiti while you shop!!!!  Double bonus, right?

Purchase one textured cardstock combo pack for $14.95 (each pack has 24 sheets) and receive one absolutely FREE!!!  For each pack purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2.00 to Operation Smile's Haiti relief effort!  The combo packs that are eligible are as follows:

X5747  Basic
X5681  Spring Harmony
X5745  Summer Celebration
X5669  Autumn Harvest
X5670  Winter Cozy  - will not be available after midnight 2/12/10... and they are replacing two of them with reg cardstock and adding 4 white daisy for the inconvenience (only for this package)

Just click on the link to the left and go right to my website and order!  The sale lasts until February 28th!  

Thank you for helping out!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pics of the cards for my upcoming Close To My Heart Workshop

Here are the projects on the card making side of my upcoming workshop!  I think they turned out pretty good and they were certainly fun to make!  I hope you will join me in a future workshop!  This one is using the You Rock workshop materials.    I plan on putting my American Idol experience on this paper!  (no, I wasn't on there, we saw the concert and had back stage passes in August 2009 - it was a blast!)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

This is my first blog post ever.  I hope to share my artwork and inspire some people and learn from others!  Artwork will follow!  I am an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart.  I joined back in March of 2008 to support my scrapbooking habit.  I have had ups and downs, treating it as a hobby more so than a business, but I will be having my first workshop on February 11th!   I hope to post artwork of what we will be creating ahead of time.  Bear with me while I learn this new thing!  :) 

In the meantime, if you would like to check out my Close To My Heart website, just click the link to the left!   You can peruse an Idea Book, or even place an order. 

Thanks for reading!