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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Music to the Eyes Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to.....

This month there are 16 CTMH Consultants highlighting the "Music to the Eyes" technique that is featured on page 34 of our Annual Inspirations idea book! This technique is all about jazzing up your pages by outlining letters and other accents using our new journalling pen.  This technique is simple yet adds so much to a layout or card or whatever you are creating. 

If you are here from Darlys R's blog, then you are on the right track! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

For my project I created a Valentine card for my hubby.  I was inspired by Karen Pedersen's card that she had posted on her blog last October. Using our latest Cricut cartridge, Artfully Sent and some retired paper - Ivy Lane, I was able to create a simple yet perfect card.  

I used our new 'Marvy Uchida LePen' journaling pen to outline all the inside and outside edges of the card front to add a bit of dimension. I also used some hearts front he Stuck on You Puffies pack.

Now hop on over to Melissa D's blog to see another amazing project featuring Music to the Eyes!!!!

If you would like to order your very own journalling pen or other great supplies, visit my website and place your order! 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's All About That Oil!!!!

I figured it was time I speak up now that I have some personal stories to share about the oily life! I began using Young Living Essential Oils last October.

My main reason for getting into the oily life was to try to find some relief for my mom and her many health issues.   I began doing a lot of reading and praying so I would know which oils to get for my mom.  One of her biggest issues at that time was kidney stones, her lupus and immune system.  So I started her on a regimen of Thieves (to boost her immune system), Lemon (kidneys), Peppermint (headaches, nausea) & Lavender (rest and anything else you need!!!!) All of these oils have many more benefits these were simply my main focus.  The following month I got her using a couple of different oils for her COPD (Breath Again) and pain (pain cream from several different oils & Copaiba).  Please know, my mom still has lupus and fibromyalgia; however, the quality of her life has drastically improved.  She has not had a berthing treatment since last October and although she did come down with the flu, she didn't end up in the hospital with pneumonia!!!  For those of you who know the battles she has had over the last few years - -this is a huge victory!!! The only thing different she is doing is using the oils!!!!

I am also using several different oils myself for overall health and simply to feel better and let me just say - they truly work!!!! There are so many little things as well that I love about the oils from making stinky shoes & feet smell better to helping my headaches and tendonitis --- I can honestly say - I love my oils!!!!!And what makes them even more special - they are all natural and have been used since the beginning of time. Essential oils are made by God and what God creates is always for our benefit!

Because I know how great these oils are, I want to share how good they are with everyone.  I would be glad to have a more in-depth conversation with you about these amazing essential oils. I can also teach a basic oil class for you and your friends --- this would give you an opportunity to earn FREE oils and gifts!

Or you can just take the plunge like I did and sign up to be a wholesale member and get a starter kit! For anyone who signs up, I will personally give you a reference book that will help you get started on your own oily journey!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop: Wanderful

Thank you for joining me and several Heartfelt Sentiments team members as we showcase artwork using Close To My Heart's paper packet, "Wanderful".  This paper packet is showcased in our Annual Inspirations and has so much potential - perfect for any vacation as well as many other projects.  

I know you will like what you see as you "hop" through these amazing blogs!!!!

If you are here from Aggie's blog, then you are on the right track.  You can always visit Melissa's blog if you get lost along the way or to see a full list of all the participants.

For my project this month, I created a subway art featuring one of my new favorite quotes from Christine Caine.  I have three phrases I am trying to focus on this year --- #BePresent, #BeIntentional, #BeAlert --- and this quote really hits all three.  As you can see from my project, this paper pack does not have to be used for your travels and vacations!

This is one of the reasons I love Studio J -- I can choose which 'papers' I want to use when I want to use them!!!!!

Thanks for hopping by and make sure you leave me some love with a comment if you like what you see!  Now you can hop on over to Judy Faye's blog for another fantastic Wanderful creation!

Contact me or visit my website to order your own Wanderful paper pack or to use Studio J!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Album Allure

During the month of February, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas My Legacy albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price. That is a savings of over $17! These albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. 

They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—place your order today!

When you take advantage of this offer, you will automatically qualify for the February Stamp of the Month, A Happy Hello, which you can purchase for only $5:

Visit my website to see the whole line of My Legacy albums. For anyone who takes advantage of this special, I will give them one of my favorite album accessories - a pack of flip-flaps!!!!! Make sure you join my February Online Gathering to be eligible for the flip-flaps!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Boy Layout

I finished another Babycakes layouts tonight featuring my grandson.  (I started these layouts last April -- you can read that post here.) This one features him at 6 months -- he is truly one of the happiest babies I have ever been around and of course the cutest too!!!!!

If you are interested in creating your own layouts and preserving precious memories, contact me today or visit my website to get started!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Show Your Love - Valentine Blog Hop

Welcome to

In this hop we will be featuring a variety of Valentine projects --- cards, layouts, banners, etc.  I hope you enjoy what you see!!!

If you are here from Judy Faye's Blog, then you are not eh right path!

For my project, I used the Heartstrings kit in Studio J to highlight pictures from 2014 of me & my favorite valentine!

Now hop on over to Aggie's Blog to see more amazing Valentine creations!!!!

If you are interested in Studio J or any of the other products you have seen in this hop, contact me or visit my website to start shopping today!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Interactive & Beautiful Cards

Oh My Stars!!!! I cannot wait to try these functions on the new Artfuly Sent cartridge!  It's time to get crazy with some cards!!!!

Contact me today or visit my website to order your very own cartridge!!!!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Birthday Creations

Last weekend we celebrated my grandson's 1st birthday! (I cannot believe he is already 1 - I have no idea how time goes by so fast!!!!) His mommy asked me to make him a Monsters, Inc banner and with a little help from my computer and my cricut I was able to make his name banner for his highchair:

Here is a close up of the banner!
And here is the cutie himself!!!!

I had an extremely busy week the week before his birthday and when I got up on Saturday morning, I realized I had not made him a card yet! I wasn't sure what I was going to do but then I remembered I had the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge that I had not even opened yet.  I had seen many cards made with the cartridge but I just had not had a chance to use it.  Well I decided to get it out and put it to use.  Here is the card I made in less than 15 minutes - yes 15 minutes!!!!

Love how CTMH truly makes things FASTER, SIMPLER. EASIER!!!!!!! Here is a You Tube video to see more about this cartridge!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Technique Blog Hop: Charmed I'm Sure

Welcome to our January Technique Blog Hop:

This month there are 12 of us highlighting the Charmed I'm Sure technique which features our Base & Bling charms used in ways other than jewelry!!!  You can read abut this technique on page 133 as well as all the available charms as shown on page 166 of our Annual Inspirations! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

If you are coming from Terry's post you are on the right track! 

For my project this month, I decided to do an altered composition book for my 2015 prayer journal. True story here -- due to my order being delayed in shipping and having a leadership training in Orlando this week, I created my project in my hotel room on Tuesday night!!!!! I love how simple and quick many projects can be, yet they always turn out just right!!!

So here is my journal with the base & bling "Free Thinker Charms" tied to some twine --- I think they are just the right amount of embellishment! I simply used a sheet of B&T from our Seaside paper kit and a Picture My Life card from the Chalk It Up kit. I added some twine and tied 2 of the charms to it and VOILA ----- 

Now hop on over to Denise's blog for some more amazing Charmed projects!!!!!

Make sure you leave me a comment if you like what you saw!


Monday, January 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Heartstrings

Thank you for joining me and several Heartfelt Sentiments team members as we showcase artwork using Close To My Heart's paper packet, "Heartstrings".  This paper packet is showcased in our Seasonal Expressions 1 and has so much potential - perfect for Valentine's as well as many other projects.  I know you will like what you see as you "hop".

If you are here from Aggie's blog, then you are on the right track.  You can always visit Melissa's blog if you get lost along the way or to see a fill list of all the participants.

For my project I created a layout using Heartstrings in Studio J.  I wasn't quite sure what photos I was going to use or even what theme I would do but as I started looking at the Stickease in SJ, I knew I wanted to do pics from mine & hubby's recent vacation to the mountains to celebrate our first date anniversary.  Although these pictures are of us horseback riding, I think this paper captures the true meaning of our trip --- to celebrate us!!!!

I love the 'wash tape' stickease -- they are perfect for photos as well as embellishments!!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Now hop on over to Judy Faye's blog to see another amazing creation with Heartstrings!!! 

Don't forget to leave me some love with a comment! 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

ABC's of Gratitude

For the last few weeks I have been reading Max Lucado's book, Before Amen. The book has been a great study on how to pray and Max gives a very simple 'pocket prayer' to use as a guide to have more meaningful prayers.  Max even describes himself as a prayer wimp.  I now if I am honest with myself, I tend to be a prayer wimp as well.  I have some good friends who are able to articulate the most beautiful, heartfelt prayers that are very detailed and honest.  Unfortunately, I tend to be brief and very general in my prayers - until this study! Throughout this study I have learned (or am learning) to be more specific and intentional about my prayers.

The pocket prayer that Max uses in this book is as follows:

Father, you are good. I need help. Heal me and forgive me. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Each chapter of the book has covered a different phrase of the pocket prayer and how to use that phrase as a guide to dig deep into our heart and to be honest and specific with God about that area of life!

Well today I finished Chapter 8 which was the chapter on the "Thank You" phrase. Here are a few facts / quotes about the importance of being thankful:

  • We are commanded over 100 times in Scripture to give thanks
  • Adam & Eve's lack of thankfulness led to discontentment & ingratitude (so basically not being thankful led to the first sin)
  • The Israelites wondered around for 40 years because of their lack of thankfulness (not being thankful leads to grumbling & complaining)
  • To say thanks is to celebrate a gift
  • Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems

Also included in this chapter was Max's personal ABCs of Gratitude list in which he identified different things in life he is thankful for from A to Z.  What I noticed on his list was simple things and even some silly things (like bald spots, chocolate, naps, running water, walks, etc.) --- things I would normally never even think about thanking God for.  As part of the study, we were encouraged to make our own ABCs of Gratitude list and let me tell you - it was hard! I don't have a problem being thankful for my salvation, my family, my friends, my health, my church -- you know all the things we are all thankful for.  But when I started focusing on the small - the mundane - the things I normally take for granted ---  well let's just say it looked a lot easier than it was to do.  But oh what joy I got from it! Here is a picture of my list:

Ok, so maybe some of these are not so mundane & 'small" but for the most part I found things to be thankful for that I have never taken the time to even recognize much less give thanks for!

If you are struggling with a sense of gloom or you haven't had any joy in a while, I encourage you to take the time to do your own ABCs of Gratitude list. I promise you, you will be thankful you did! Leave me a comment and let me know some of the things you are thankful for!!!!


Saturday, January 3, 2015


In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! 

Check out the following video for some great ideas for this paper kit!

Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

Visit my website today to start shopping! Make sure you join the January online gathering for a chance for some FREE goodies (anyone who gets the Year >> Noted paper kit this month will be placed in a drawing for $20 in FREE select products when my monthly sales exceed $150!)


Friday, January 2, 2015

A Gift from the Heart & Soul

With my children all being adults now, finding Christmas gifts is getting harder & harder to do.  I try to do something personal for them and this year a fellow scrapper posted pictures of some recipe cards she had made using Studio J. As soon as I saw them I knew what I wanted to do  --- I wanted to make a Family Recipe Cookbook for my kids.  So I started creating in Studio J and this is what it looked like in SJ:

I had to make 7 of these and I had not quite figured out how to put them together. However, when I was shopping (the weekend before Christmas) I saw a display stand at Michaels and knew immediately this is how I would put them together.  However, each stand could only hold 20 pages and I was going to need 34 pages (once I cut them into the 6x6 pages each book totaled 34 pages!!!)  Thankfully, CTMH had the perfect solution ---- 6x6 flip flap pages! All I had to do was punch holes in them and hang them on the rack.  Here is what it looked like put together (I will spare you and only show a few of the pages - LOL!)

Needless to say I think my kids were very happy with this gift!!!!!

If you have not tried Studio J yet, you are missing out!!! It is so versatile and can be used for more than layouts!