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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter H

 Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!  (I am so excited to join a new blog hop!!!) 

For this hop we will be featuring the letter H. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set, an embellishment or any other creative take on the letter H.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their H element will be featured in their post.

If you came from Darlys Crafty Happy blogthen you're on the right track!

For my Letter H creation I am featuring a Holiday layout! My layout was created using Snowhaven, Glacier extra wide twine, Cricut Cartridges Artfully Sent as well as Art Phiolosophy, flip-flaps, and some retired silver brads!

Left page

Flip-flaps allow for more photos

Flip-flaps allow for more photos
Right Page

Mini-album added into the layout

More of the mini-album

Journaling in the mini-album

Full Layout
This layout was created using our How-To Book (another Letter H item), Cherish.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Linda's Blog (which is also the beginning of the hop!)

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Contact me or visit my website to explore all the many H possibilities!  Make sure you join my April Online Gathering when you place your order for a chance to receive a gift from me!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 - NEW Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiments Team Seasonal Expressions 2 - NEW Product Blog Hop! I am so excited to share some amazing and beautiful new items form CTMH.  

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

If you are here from Terry'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.

I am showcasing the NEW Blossom paper pack along with the Blossom complements and Glacier extra wide twine to make this card.

I used CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge to cut the circles & sentiment.

I used Monday's Mojo Sketch 392 for my card.  This was my first time using Mojo Sketch but I can promise you it will not be the last!!!! 

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 creation featuring NEW and EXCITING products!

Contact me or visit my website to place your order today for some of these exciting new products!  Make sure you join my April Online Gathering when you place your order for a chance to receive a gift from me!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Blossom

Thank you for joining me and several Heartfelt Sentiments team members as we showcase artwork using Close To My Heart's paper packet, "Blossom".  This paper packet is showcased in our Seasonal Expression 2 and will only be available for the next few months!!!!

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

If you are here from Terry'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 layout in Studio J featuring Nanny & Papa's grand-peeps!!!! I love how I can use all the papers, embellishments and stickease right in Studio J.

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 Melissa's blog for another fantastic Blossom creation!

Contact me or visit my website to order your own Blossom paper pack or to use Studio J!  Make sure you join my April Online Gathering when you place your order for a chance to receive a gift from me!


Friday, April 3, 2015

What is Easter All About?

It's Good Friday and for many this simply means a day off with time to get ready for the Easter bunny or family coming over for an egg hunt and a good meal.  However, that is NOT what this day is about at all.  You see today is the day we set aside to celebrate the death of our Savior. And it is a celebration - for without the death of JESUS I would be hopeless and lost and covered in sin. But because of His death I am forgiven and free from sin - covered by HIS blood!!!!!

You see when sin entered into this world, the perfect relationship that God created us for was broken.  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God,  they immediately became aware of their sinfulness - as a matter of fact the first sacrifice occurred shortly after that when they began covering themselves with animal skins (Gen. 3:21). Sin brought death:

  • Gen. 3 – Adam & Eve
  • Gen. 4 – Cain kills Abel
  • Gen. 5 – genealogy is based on “and he died”
  • Gen. 6 –the flood
  • Sin can only be forgiven through a living sacrifice

And so the need for redemption became real - as a result of the love that God has for us, He determined to provide a perfect and final sacrifice in His Son, Jesus.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

Here is a video that shows this sacrifice -- this is an older song but the message is very powerful! WARNING --- the video uses scenes from The Passion of Christ and is graphic. But what a humbling reminder of the pain that JESUS went through for our sins!

But hold on this story doesn't end with Good Friday because Sunday is coming!!!! God in HIS greatness and sovereignty and love couldn't stop with the death of Jesus.  Yes Jesus' blood is what gives us forgiveness of our sin but keep in mind, we were created for a perfect relationship with God so God had to restore every part of that relationship and death was never part of God's plan. God turned his back on His only Son when Jesus took on our sin – God had no choice but to resurrect Jesus– God had to conquer death for the sake of His Son as well as for the sake of all His children – US!!!! And that is why the resurrection was necessary!

         Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:1-6)

Pause and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior:

The Resurrection is the foundational truth of our faith. It is what gives us the hope and the promise of an eternal perfect restored relationship with our Father!!!

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.(1 Corinthians 15:14-19 ESV)   

My prayer is that you will take time to reflect on the true story of Easter -- from the death to the resurrection - and simply be still and know God.  And if you are reading this and have no idea what this means or have never heard anything about Jesus, please send me a message or leave me a comment -- I would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Hallelujah - my Savior Lives!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Deal A Day in April


Make sure you read all the through this post for additional April Deals!!!!!

Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals

During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Online Business Address and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD to $150 USD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! 

Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

When you place an order, be sure to click on the option that allows you to add a copy of the NEW Seasonal Expressions 2  to your order for FREE!  It will be with your goodies when your box arrives.  If you already have one, give this one to a friend or family member who might also enjoy it.  You can CLICK HERE to view the online version in the meantime. 


If you purchase a Grab Bag from MY WEBSITE this month, you will get to SELECT AN INK PAD, OF YOUR COLOR CHOICE, FOR FREE!  Please do not add it to your order but instead, place your order and then email me at and tell me the color of ink pad you want.  Here is a link to SELECT YOUR COLOR CHOICE.  I will order it and mail it to you with a handmade thank you card as a small token of appreciation!  Purchase more than one Grab Bag...get a stamp pad for EACH Grab Bag you purchase.

In addition, when you place your order, if you join the APRIL ONLINE GATHERING on my website (simply click JOIN on the lower right side of the website), you will have a chance to win a FREE PAPER PACK of your choice when my gathering has a minimum of $150 for the month. 

Please contact me by email if you have any questions! 


A Birthday Card & A Color Dare

This week's Color My Heart Color Dare 135 challenge was to create a project using only 2 colors....Chocolate & Champagne!

Since I needed to make a birthday card for my son-in-law, it was perfect timing!

CTMH Supplies Used:

  • Chocolate & Champagne Cardstock (both from the Basics Cardstock Combo Pack - X5933)
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (for tag & font) - Z1686
  • Embellishments - Round Studs & Hemp (retired items)
  • Sanding Kit for distressing (Z1294)
I love, love, love how fast, easy & simple it is to create a handmade card with CTMH's Cricut cartridges!!!


Friday, March 27, 2015

My Walk With Jesus

A few weeks ago I went to see Rend Collective, Tenth Ave. North & Chris Tomlin with some of my closest friends. It was an amazing concert and it was just what my soul needed!!!! There were several songs that spoke such truth to my heart. One of them was Rend Collective's "Finally Free" and the first stanza speaks of how God's mercy rains down on us like confetti at a wedding. WOW what a visual of His mercy that is new every morning! And I know without a doubt I need His mercy to pour over me everyday!

Another song that really spoke to my heart was Tenth Avenue North's "I Need You."  You see, when I first realized that I was lost, I knew I needed Jesus to save me - I knew I needed Him.  But at that time, it really wasn't in me to love Him, I just knew I needed Him.

However, as I began my journey with Jesus I quickly realized I also loved Him. I love Him because He first loved me! I love Him for giving His life for me! I love Him because no matter what I do, He pours His mercy all over me like confetti at a wedding! I love Him because of who He is! I love Him because He forgave me and continues to forgive me! I love Him because He took this no good lousy sinner and made me worthy & righteous! (I could keep going for a ling time on reasons why I love Him...)

Now, twenty-three years after giving my life to Jesus, I can honestly say that I want Him! My relationship with Jesus is so personal, so real, so alive --- that it's much deeper than a need or even love -- I want to be with Him, I want to walk with Him, I want to spend time with Him, I want to simply be in His presence.  And I know that it is only Him that can give me joy & it is only Him that can fill a void & break a silence deep in my soul!

Here is a video of this song -- listen and worship.....

There were so many other songs that spoke to my heart also, but this one has really been ministering to me over the last few days and I wanted to share it with you!!!!! If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, please contact me -- I would love to share more with you!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent: Sentiment Function

The Sentiment function of Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge goes deeper than words. See for yourself what extra tricks are hidden within this fun function!

This cartridge is one of the most versatile cartridges I have ever worked with!!!! Contact me today to order your very own or visit my website and join the March online gathering to order it for yourself!!!!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent: Pocket Function

The Pocket function of your Close To My Heart Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge will spice up so much more than just your layouts. See the possibilities in this video! 

This cartridge is one of the most versatile cartridges I have ever worked with!!!! Contact me today to order your very own or visit my website and join the March online gathering to order it for yourself!!!!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Just A Little Note & A Sneak Peek....

My good friend and upline, Melissa Robinson posted a card yesterday she created for a color challenge found at Color My Heart Color Dare.   I loved the colors so I decided to play along as well.  We were challenged to incorporate the following Close To My Heart colors into our project:  Black, Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Olive, White Daisy. 

I chose to make some quick cards using the April SOM Typed Note.  I can't show you all the images on the stamp set yet because it is not available until April 1st.  But let me just tell you --- it is so versatile & quick to use - one of my new favorite stamp sets!!!!

I used a white daisy card base with a cotton candy layered on top of an olive card stocks.  I stamped the vintage typewrite in black and then the sentiment is stamped in lagoon.  I added some black hemp and lagoon (or teal) Junebug puffies. I also distressed all the edges with matching ink (the white is distressed with black).

Every time I create something I realize how much I enjoy this hobby of mine ... I MUST make more time for this!!!!!  If you would like to place an order, visit my website! If you would like to find out how you can get your hands on stamp sets and other products before they are released, contact me to find out how to join my team!!!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

It's An Oily Life - Everyday Blends

Today I am sharing information with you about the oil blends that come in the Everyday Oils Collection.  If you have not read my other posts on oils, start here.

PanAway is a blend of 4 oils including Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint. 

PanAway is soothing to the skin while providing comforting warmth to muscles after exercise.  PanAway is a great go-to oil for minor discomforts, supports circulatory health, and muscle discomfort.. It also works well on growing pains and discomforts for kids who wake in the middle of night...just a few drops of PanAway with carrier oil and massage over the legs. PanAway is also effective on sciatic nerve issues and makes a great massage oil.

Joy is an uplifting, exotic and stimulating blend of 10 oils including Bergamot, Ylang ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. 

This is a fantastic oil for anyone who is grieving or depressed, many people apply it over their heart or wrists to ward off negative feelings or emotions. It is uplifting and makes a great mood boosting bath when you’re sad or in a funk. Joy can also be used to improve blood pressure and circulation, menstrual discomfort, and mood swings. Joy is also a natural aphrodisiac and makes a wonderful chemical free perfume!

Stress Away is a relaxing blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, Lavender and coconut oil.

It brings feelings of peace and tranquility to both children and adults and helps reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension. Use this as a natural perfume or add to an epsom salt bath. You can also add to cotton balls or tissues in your car for a peaceful trip and it can be used to calm anxious pets.

Purification is a blend of 6 oils including Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca (tea tree) Lavandin, and Myrtle. 

This oil can neutralize odors like mildew, burned food, and stinky garbage. It cleanses and disinfects the air. Purification works great on cat urine stains or in a litter box, hotel rooms in a diffuser or to spray down the sheets. It disinfects and cleanses cuts and scrapes. You can use Purification as an insect repellent instead of chemical sprays. Also if you do get bit it works great on bug bites, just apply it neat (undiluted) directly to the bite. Purification also works on acne, fever blisters, and sore throats (apply to the outside of the throat).

Thieves is a powerful blend of 5 oils including Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. 

The name “Thieves” comes from it’s history of use by a group of 15th-century thieves. The thieves rubbed these oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the homes and bodies of victims. When apprehended, these thieves, who were perfumers and spice traders, disclosed their formula in exchange for more lenient punishment. No home should be without Thieves! It is a great immune booster and effective way to ward off illness and it’s great for mold on surfaces and in the air. Thieves is also very effective for oral care and it’s very useful in household cleaning.

And as a bonus oil -- citrus fresh!!!

If you are interested in learning more, contact me today! You can also visit my website or check out some oily testimonies here!

Why not join my team toady and invest in your overall health!!!!

NOTE: I am not a doctor or health care person and cannot diagnose or cure you!

Thanks to Courtney Derrick for the oily graphics!!!!!!!!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's An Oily Life - Everyday Oils

When I started thinking about using essential oils, I realized the best thing for me to do was to simply sign up with Young living so that I could get the Everyday Oils kit (along with a diffuser and some other supplies!)  The Everyday Oils Collection comes with 5 single oils and 6 oil blends (a combination of more than one single oil for added benefits). These are some of the most commonly used and most versatile oils which no home should be without! The collection includes 5 singles (Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, and Melaleuca) and 5 blends (Joy, PanAway, Stress Away, Purification, and Thieves).  I am going to share with you some info on the singles today and will share info about the blends tomorrow.

First up is Peppermint

 Our Peppermint is so potent and pure that ONE DROP delivers the equivalent of 26 cups of pure peppermint tea. It’s great for digestive issues as well as muscle soreness and discomfort and head discomfort. It opens up the airways so it is very effective on chest and nasal issues. Peppermint is also known for increasing alertness, energy, and clarity. University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28%. Peppermint can be used to help reduce a temperature, it also drives in other oils so you can layer it on last to increase the effectiveness. Peppermint is an effective insect repellent and can be used in homemade bug spray and in natural garden and household pest control.

Lemon is full of antioxidants which have been shown to improve digestive health as well as cellular health. 

It’s great for skin issues, throat discomfort, ear and sinus concerns, mouth issues and it helps to drain lymphatic system. It is pH correcting (alkalizing), which is good because germs don’t do well in an alkaline environment. You can add a couple drops to your water daily for it’s alkalizing and wellness benefits. It also works great to dissolve residue, gum, oil, grease spots, and crayon.

Lavender is known in the essential oil world as “the swiss army knife” because it is so versatile. 

Our therapeutic-grade lavender oil naturally has several hundred chemical components, which explains how it has so many uses. Lavender is very calming and relaxing, it’s great to diffuse in the evenings to promote a good night sleep or add to a hot bath to help unwind after a long day. It’s great for seasonal discomfort, especially when used with Lemon and Peppermint. You can swipe it on the inside of your cheek or nostrils, or apply anywhere you are experiencing allergy symptoms. Lavender also works wonders on all types of skin issues including insect bites and stings, cuts, scrapes, and bruises, minor burns and sunburns and even scars.

Frankincense is a VERY valuable and sought after oil, in ancient and Biblical times it was actually more valued than gold. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records called the Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century B.C.) with an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. Young Living has a frankincense and myrrh tree farm in Oman. 

Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research.

Other uses of Frankincense:
  • Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.
  • Why is Frankincense so helpful for emotions? Frankincense is high in sesquiterpenes. They act on the pineal gland, which is the gland considered the seat of emotions. Remember, research shows that when inhaling the pure constituents in these oils, can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind.
  • Frankincense has a visual tightening effect on the skin and may benefit older, more mature skin.
  • Can slow signs of aging on the skin.
  • When used on a regular basis topically and internally, can aid in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.
  • Frankincense trees grow out of polished marble rocks, without soil.
  • Frankincense is as versatile as Lavender
It’s also great for overall brain health as it helps not only with emotions but also with focus and concentration. 

Melaleuca Alternifolia, otherwise known as Tea Tree, is highly regarded for it’s gentle germ killing powers. 

It works beautifully for maintaining clear skin and can be very helpful on yeast and fungus. Melaleuca A. is also an excellent addition to laundry or homemade deodorant because of it’s deodorizing and cleansing properties. This oil is very gentle so it’s great to use with children and can help sooth owies and boo boo’s.

If you are interested in learning more, contact me today! You can also visit my website or check out some oily testimonies here!

I am not a doctor or health care professional; therefore, I cannot diagnose or cure you!)

Thanks to Courtney Derrick for the oily graphics!!!!!!!!