Verse of the Day

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TTT --- Edge Distressing with Sponges

Check out the video tutorial below for information on how to use our sponge & sponge daubers to add edge distressing to your favorite projects!!!!!

Contact me today or visit my website to order yours today!!!!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's a Facebook Party

I am very excited to announce that I am having my very first Facebook Close to My Heart Party.

From today through July 31st I will be posting questions, games, tips and highlighting a variety of products.  Many of the products that I will be focusing on will be retiring as of July 31st so this will be a perfect time for many of you to get some great products as you earn a chance for FREE stuff as well as win some prizes!!! If you would like to join the party, send me a message or comment below and I will send you an invitation!!!!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

TBT...Perfect Pedicures

Throwback Thursday

Today's throwback is a layout I created highlighting pedicures with my girls from 2009!!!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Technique Hop - Annual Inspirations Sneak Peek

Welcome to July's edition of the Technique Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring a variety of techniques from Close To My Heart's new Annual Inspirations Idea Book that will be released on August 1st.  All throughout the book are many different techniques to help you add just the right touch to your layout, card or project.   If you are coming from Melissa's blog, then you are on the right path.  Be sure to visit all the designer's blogs for some really great ideas from our soon to be released Annual Inspirations Idea Book!!!

I have chosen the "Washi Border" technique that is featured on page 118.  Here is a sneak peek of what the technique looks like in the new book...

For my project which is going to be framed for my grand-daughter's bedroom I used our chocolate woodgrain wash tape, Lollydoodle stickease, and metal flowers....

I used two strips of the wash tape---I love how it makes it look like a tree for the owls to sit in!!!
Then I decided to use our spray pen with cotton candy reindeer and a drop of Pearl Paint in a mixture of water and alcohol to splatter a plain white photo mat....

This was a super fast, easy and simple project!!!! 

Continue on with the Technique Blog Hop by visiting Debi's blog.

You can visit my website today to place your order for some wash tape.  The chocolate woodgrain wash tape, Lollydoodle paper and stickease will be retiring as of July 31st so make sure you act fast before it's too late to get this super cute paper pack and stickease!!!!!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Dream Scrapbook Room

So today I thought I would share some pictures of versions of my dream scrapbook room.....

Maybe one day...... a girl can dream right???????


Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Vacation Layouts In a Snap!!!!

Check out the video below to see how CTMH's Artbooking Cricut cartridge can make scrapping  all your favorite summer memories super easy & fast!!!!!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

TBT...Altered Frames

Throwback Thursday

These were some of the first altered frames I made. I printed the verses on my computer then used the retired Wings paper pack and some embellishments - added them to 12x12 frames and used them as Christmas gifts for one of those games where the gifts can be stolen for each other. This was one of the items that was stolen several times!!!!

I think I need to go back and make me a set of these!!!!!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Heartfelt Sentiment Paper Focus - "Skylark" Blog Hop

Welcome to July's Heartfelt Sentiments Paper Focus Blog Hop!!

This month we are showcasing artwork made using either our Timberline or Skylark paper packet.  This hop is a circle so feel free to continue to move through the links provided in each post or here is a list of the participants should you get lost along the way.

If you are here from Melissa's post, then you are on the right track.  

I chose to use Skylark this month to showcase a beautiful lily pad flower my son brought to me yesterday while we were at the church for water day (he had made himself the water balloon target in the middle of the pond -- pictures of that will come later!!!!)

Skylark one page layout using Studio J!!!!
Now hop on over to Joy's blog for some more great artwork using either Timberline or Skylark!!!!


Happy Independence Day (Weekend)!!!!

Yesterday was Independence Day for America --- 4th of July. Across America many people were thankful for their freedoms and giving shout-outs for our soldiers who have so bravely fought for our freedom for the last 238 years! I am one of those Americans - very thankful to live in a free country and for the thousands and thousands of men, women and families who have sacrificed for our freedom. But my thankfulness doesn't stop there or even begin there! My thankfulness starts and stops with the freedom I have in being a child of the King - freedom from the guilty & bondage of sin! The freedom I have comes from the ultimate sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  This freedom that I have through Christ is an eternal freedom and if you have no idea what this freedom means, contact me and I would be more than glad to share with you how you can also experience eternal freedom!!!!

We started our day yesterday at the church with some of our youth and their families.  We had a picnic along with some great water fun --- 100 foot slip & slide and water balloons.  Then we played cards with Nanny & Papa and finally headed off to Palatka for some DQ blizzards and fireworks.

I made this layout this morning using Studio J.  It's the Independence Day kit and literally took me less than 15 minutes from start to finish!!!!
If you haven't tried Studio J yet and want to know how to create amazing layouts in no time flat, contact me today or click here to get started!!!!!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

July Fun Means A Mystery Guest Hostess!!!!

For the month of July I am hosting an online CTMH gathering and YOU could be my mystery hostess .. meaning you have the possibility of getting $25 in FREE select product!  And this is a perfect time to place an order before some great paper packs retire and some of our items go up in price!

So how does joining the July Fun Mystery Hostess Gathering benefit you? First of all, for every $30 you purchase, you will get a handmade goodie from me.  When you purchase at least $50, you will get the handmade goodie from me AND you can purchase the stamp set showcased here for just $5! You can also read about this special on my blog post from July 1.

We are releasing five new colors on August 1st and you can be one of the first to get your hands on the color you select when you place an order of $75!  And...when the orders for the online gathering submitted reach at least $150, I will draw for the mystery hostess - and that lucky winner will receive a minimum of $25 in goodies! All orders must be in no later tun July 28 in order to qualify for the incentives above.

To see all the retiring products click here --- Stamps, markers, papers, Workshops on the Go, embellishments and much more! Retiring items will not be available after this month!!!!!

You can also take advantage of the following items this month before the price increases on August 1:

* Sponge Daubers: $3.95 => $4.50 
* Watercolor Pencil: $22.95 => $26.95 
* Sanding Kit: $3.50 => $4.95 
* Edge Distresser: $2.50 => $3.95 
* Ruler: $9.95 => $11.95
* Stitch Guide: $12.95 => $13.95
* Bonding Memories Glue: $6.95 => $7.95
* CTMH Archival Black: $5.95 => $7.50
* Organizer – Small: $12.95 => $14.95
* Organizer – Medium: $16.95 => $19.95
* Organizer – Large: $22.95 => $24.95
* My Acrylix Organizer: $12.95 => $14.95
* ALBUMS: $24.95 to $29.95 and NO memory protectors included
* Ink pads: $5.25 to $5.95
* Ink refills: $4.25 to $4.95

So click on the image below to go directly to my website to start shopping or you can e-mail me your order!!!!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Stamp of the Month...Circus Alphabet

I absolutely love the July Stamp of the Month ... Circus Alphabet!!! There are an endless number of possibilities for this stamp set.  Check out the video below from CTMH ----

Here is an image of the stamp set:

Remember this can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50! Make sure you take advantage of getting all your favorite items from the Spring/Summer Idea Book before they retire on July 31. To see a retiring list, click here.  To place your order, contact me or click on the July Fun Online Gathering link on my website.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Only 2 More Days to Celebrate 30!!!!!

Just a reminder you only have 2 more days to take advantage of the following great deals........

In honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry, we’re offering you a special deal! 

When you place an order totaling $50 during the month of June, you can add your choice of one of six great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65. Plus, each collection is perfectly tailored to fit a variety of interests and styles. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons to washi tape to alphabets—and much more! Take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift!

To begin ordering, visit my website and click on the "Let's Celebrate Summer"online gathering link in the lower right corner!!!!  Anyone who places a $50 order on my website during the month of June, will receive a handmade card and a free embellishment!!!!!

View the video for more details by clicking here!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Throwback Thursday

Hard to believe this precious little girl is now 3! This layout was created using Magnifique (one of my all-time favorite packs.)


Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Time to Relax & Celebrate

After the PLC Conference (see previous post about this wonderful training) was over on Thursday my hubby took me on a 3 day getaway to the Bahamas to relax and celebrate our 12 year anniversary!!! We love cruises and as many of you know that is how we celebrate each of our children's high school graduation with a big family cruise. We'll after 4 high school graduations, 3 college graduations, 3 weddings, 2 grand babies, & new job responsibilities....we decided we needed to completely get away to relax and celebrate how blessed we truly are!!!

Thursday leaving Port Canaveral for the Bahamas....

Some of the best things about a cruise.....

And the very best part of the cruise....celebrating 12 amazing years with the love of my life!!!!!!