Verse of the Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!!!!

Happy Easter. Today I want to share from my heart as to why the resurrection is necessary and why it is so important for us to celebrate the fact that our Savior is Risen!!!!

Death came into existence because of sin. In Genesis 3, we see death come into the picture through the sin of Adam & Eve.  We also see Cain killing his brother Abel and then throughout chapter 6 the genealogy is based on "and he died".  We see God set law into order as well as the requirement of sacrifices that require blood in order to get forgiveness of sin. All throughout the Bible we see death connected to sin. In Romans 6:23 we are told “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God knew we were going to need redemption because our sin was going to bring about death. When God created us, death was never in the picture. Death did not come along until sin arrived on the scene.  And God in His great love for us, had a plan for our redemption. He knew that when the time was right He would send His son as a man to come to earth to be the final sacrifice for us. His blood would cover all of our sins — He would be the ultimate and final sacrifice!!!! 

But the story does not stop at the cross. To fully understand the necessity & importance of the resurrection, we must realize that God had to turn His back on His only Son because at that time, Jesus was bearing every sin of every person from the beginning of time until He returns. So you see, God had no choice but to resurrect Jesus. For without the resurrection, God & His Son would forever be separated! Without the resurrection, death would not be conquered! And remember, God never intended for death to be in the picture nor did He ever intend to be eternally separated from His Son! 

The death of Jesus gives us forgiveness of our sins through His blood, but it is His resurrection that gives us the hope & promise of eternal life!!!!

I pray that all of you can say that you have this promise of eternal life—that you have accepted and believe in the death, burial & resurrection of the one true Lord & Savior! Below is part of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs about the resurrection — Arise My Love by Newsong. 

Sin, where are your shackles?

Death, where is your sting?
Hell; has been defeated.
The grave could not hold the king.

Arise, My love.
Arise, My love.
The grave no longer
has a hold on you
No more death's sting
No more suffering
Arise... Arise... Arise

Rejoice in knowing that Jesus is Alive!!!!!


Friday, April 18, 2014

It Truly is Good Friday!

Jesus knew what He was about to face - the rejection, shame, humiliation, persecution, torture, suffering, suffocation, death & separation from the Father. This caused such agony that His sweat was as drops of blood! Why did He do this? Why did He accept this cup from God? Why did He willingly go with those soldiers? He did all of this for you and for me. He endured excruciating mental and physical pain so that we could be redeemed - so that we could have forgiveness of our sins - so that we could have salvation! That's what this day - Good Friday is all about! It's good because of the goodness of our Savior!!!!!!!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

TBT: Babycakes for Baby Jase!!!!

TBT: Throwback Thursday

Yes I am considering this a Throwback Thursday because it has been forever since I completed a layout that was not a Studio J one!!!!

On Monday (you can read that post here) I posted that I had finally started working on some traditional layouts  - you know the kind with actual paper, adhesive, stamps and embellishments. I am very excited to announce that I completed 2 layouts on Wednesday!!!!

Here is the first layout:

And here is the second layout (I used flip-flaps on this one so I could display more of the photos.)

Flip-flap on left page

Flip-flap on left page

Flip-flap on right page

This paper pack is so perfect for these first pictures of Jase Michael, our adorable new grandson!

Supplies used for the layouts (all supplies are CTMH):

  • Babycakes Paper
  • Babycakes Stickease
  • Babycakes Assortment of badge buttons
  • Bronze Glitter Gel
  • Bronze Shimmer Tape
  • New Arrival Stamp Set (retired)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TTT: Artbooking Made Easy

Tuesday's tips, Tutorials & Techniques

Wondering what to do with all those snapshots you have lying around? Close To My Heart's Artbooking cartridge's snapshots keys are the perfect way to assemble those photos into one oh-so-memorable mini album.

Contact me today to get your own Artbooking Cricut Cartridge!!!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Been Awhile......

I think the last time I actually sat down to create traditional layouts was in February 2013 at a retreat! I have been using Studio J to get caught up but I wanted to get my cutter and create!!! I knew I wanted to focus on my new grandson, Jase, first few days for these layouts and I already had in my mind what paper pack I wanted to use - Babycakes. Then I happened to find a workshop created by the amazing Pam Thorn.  I ordered it about a month ago along with the paper, supplies and photos I would need. Well, its been sitting on my table just waiting for me to dig in to it....

Spring break started today and although I had to work today and part of the day tomorrow, one of my goals this week is to complete (or at least get most of it done) this workshop. Well, I am very pleased to announce that I did get everything cut tonight. So now I can start working on putting the pages together and adding my pics and some journalling!

I have forgotten how much I enjoy using our how-to-books & workshops to cut and put layouts together. There's just something special about the feel of that paper in my hands!

Stay tuned for another post later this week for some of the finished pages......


Sunday, April 13, 2014


I love this time of year! I love the cool mornings and warm days! I love family gatherings! I love the excitement of the little ones when they find an egg that has been very carefully hidden! I love Spring Break! But most of all, I love Easter and what it means! Easter is a great reminder of what our Savior did for us  - not just His crucifixion but most of all His resurrection - for that is what brings us life! (Check back later in the week for a post that explains in detail the importance of the resurrection!)

In celebrating the Easter season the message in church this morning was about Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Christ was crucified.) I loved how this was explained this morning and God really spoke to my heart through the sermon today so I wanted to share some of this insight with you.

The message was based on Luke 19:28-48. Before reading any further, open your Bible or click on the reference to read the passage.

The Triumphal Entry - We can see several things from this passage that happens when Jesus arrives.

  • When Jesus arrives, there is always preparation! (v. 30-32)
  • When Jesus arrives, there is always celebration! (v. 36-38)
  • When Jesus arrives, there is always opposition! (v. 39)
  • When Jesus arrives, there will always be a witness! (v. 40)
  • When Jesus arrives, there is a cleansing! (v. 45-46)

We see all of these things taking place in these verses, but more importantly all of this also happens to us when Jesus arrives in our lives! Before we could ever enter into a personal relationship with Him, He prepares our heart! When we invite Him in and He arrives, there is a great celebration -- I can still remember the celebration that occurred within me the very moment I gave my heart to Christ! But I can also remember some of the opposition & the battles that Satan would throw my way. When Jesus arrived in my life, there were definitely some areas He had to clean up and He still works on cleaning me up on a daily basis! And from the very moment He arrived in me, I became His witness!

Palm Sunday is not just a time for us to remember the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, it is also a time for us to rejoice over the triumphal entry Jesus had in our own personal lives! And if for some reason none of this makes sense to you or you have never had the joy of experiencing the arrival of Christ in your life, please contact me! I would love to share more with you and pray with you!

Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Artbooking My Life

Take your no-hassle, ready-to-use Picture My Life™ scrapbooking to the next level by incorporating various cutouts from Close To My Heart's Artbooking cartridge! Check it out here, along with charming Mother's Day gift ideas.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bucket List Contest

Close To My Heart's Base & Bling line lets you create customized, wearable crafts with a huge selection of metallic charms, stylish adhesive images, and gems for a one-of-a-kind look! For our Bucket List Contest, tell us something that is on your bucket list in a comment on Facebook, Jeanette Lynton's blog, or YouTube before April 30, 2014 for your chance to win materials to create your own Base & Bling wearable craft!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Blog Hop -- Ivy Lane

It is time once again for another great blog hop.  This month the scrapbook team I am part of is focusing on one of our new paper packs -- Ivy lane.  If you are here from Melissa's blog, then you are on the right track!

I have once again chosen to do a Studio J layout using the Ivy Lane kit. The following layout highlights some of the pictures from a women's retreat I went on with my mom, sister, niece and 2 of my best friends. All the pinks, purples, green and tan in this pack are perfect for a girls' getaway layout!!!!

Now on to Joy's Blog for another wonderful Ivy Lane creation!!!!!

Contact me today to get your order placed or shop online at my website! Make sure you click on the Spring Fever Online Gathering link in the lower right corner for a chance to win a FREE paper pack!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TTT: Pure Joy of Washi Tape

Tuesday's Tips, Techniques & Tutorials

We are wild for washi tape! Close To My Heart has washi tape in eight different colors and fun patterns like stripes, polka dots, chevron, and houndstooth. Watch the video to discover tips, tricks, and the pure joy of washi tape. 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Personalized Announcements Using Studio J

How does personalized birth or graduation announcements sound? Let me help you create a personalized announcement to help commemorate your special occasion. With Studio J, you can create your announcement in any color combination with a variety of embellishments. Announcements are available in 4" x 8", 4" x 12" or 5" x 7" sizes.

Here are a few samples of what can be done:

4" x 8" Birth Announcement

5" X 7" Birth Announcement

4" x 8" Graduation Announcements

4" x 12" Graduation Announcements

4" x 8" announcements are $7.50 for every 8 ordered (that's less than $0.94 each.) 4" x 12" & 5" x 7"announcements are $7.50 for every 6 ordered ($1.25 each). All announcements are printed using a silver-halide process considered the highest standard in the photo developing industry. The silver-halide process yields “100-year+ quality”, so you know your announcements will be reproduced with high fidelity and will last throughout the years.

You can design your own announcements with any combination of styles shown above. Contact me today for more details and to get your announcements ordered!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

TBT: My Creations Memory Cube

Throwback Thursday

I love this six-sided chipboard cube that shows off my family & I also still love the Emporium paper pack (as a matter of fact, I still have some of it in my stash!!!!) I created this 5 years ago and it is still sitting on my shelf at work!!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TTT: New Heights Abound

Tuesday's Tips, Techniques & Tutorials

Glitter paper, liquid glass, cricut cartridges --- Oh my!!!!! I can't wait to try this technique on some cards and layouts!!!!


Monday, March 24, 2014

One Little Word 2014

In January I signed up to do Ali Edwards' One Little Word for 2014.  This is where you pick one word and through out the year focus on that word --- You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you.  Each month Ali posts creative prompts to help you relate to your word. 

My one little word for this year is FREE / FREEDOM! I had been reading in my Bible and this word just really kept coming back to me -- as if God was telling me that He wants me to let go and be FREE in HIM!!!! I am still a long way from where I need to be but as long as I keep moving forward I am making progress.

Here are a few pages from my OLW journal (I am actually using one of CTMH's MY Smash Books for my journal.)
This is the opening pages of my journal that explains the meaning behind my word and also has the words to "Break Every Chain" which is my theme song for this year! 
This is my intentions page and is where I have reflected what I want to get out of my OLW this year!

The February prompt was to have a reflection for each month and 12 action steps.  I do have this in my journal but I did not take pictures of these pages.

Here is my March creative prompt - we were to create a vision board related to our word / life.  Many people were doing there's one a canvas or in a  frame but I wanted mine directly in my journal.  I had been pinning many quotes and images on Pinterest that were related to my word, so that is what I used to create my vision pages:

I am really enjoying this workshop! 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

One more set of Studio J Layouts

Here are a few layouts I created using Studio J that captures some priceless memories from Easter 2013:

Remember you have one more week (until March 31) to take advantage of the $5 special on Studio J layouts - -that's 2 12x12 pages for only $5!!!! You can't get 8x10's printed for that! Click here to get started now!!!!!