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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter D

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!



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

If you are here from Donna's Hints of Happiness Blog then you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way, you can always find a full list of the participants at Catherine's CatScrapbooking Blog.

For my Letter D creation this month, I decided to use Studio J and highlight a trip to the mountains with my parents, sister & brother-in-law using the paper kit "Dreamin'". This is a perfect kit to highlight the beauty of the mountains in the fall and is only available in Studio J (which unfortunately is not going to be available after the end of April!)

Here are a couple of my Dreamin' layouts:









Now hop on over to Jen's Messy Studio Blog to see another amazing D creation!

And don't forget, Studio J is only going to be available for another few weeks -- so check it out now and get some fabulous layouts created!  You can start creating by clicking here!


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Share the Love


SHARE THE LOVE

Share the love this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). 

Filled with adorable icons and loveable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye!  Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!

Check out our social media channels all month long to see this stamp set in action, and remember to post your own artwork using the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to help bring attention to a wonderful and worthy cause.

Contact me today or visit my website to order your own Share the Love stamp set. When you order from my website, make you join the current online gathering for a chance to get some FREE goodies.



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Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter C



Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!


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

If you are here from Darlys Crafty Happy Blog, then you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way, you can always find a full list of the participants at Catherine's CatScrapbooking Blog.

For my Letter C creation this month, I decided to use Studio J and highlight my grand daughter's first day of preschool using the paper kit "Class Act". This is a perfect kit for school layouts and is only available in Studio J (which unfortunately is not going to be available after the end of April!)

Here is my creation:




Here is another C -- isn't she just the Cutest!!!!!!

For another great letter C creation, hop on over to Jen's Messy Studio Blog!

And if you are interested in learning how to use Studio J -- you have 3 months to do so!!!! Contact me and let me help yo get started!


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CTMH January Special - Live Your Day


I am so excited to be participating in this Live Your Day Blog Hop along with some of my fellow Heartfelt Sentiments CTMH sisters! For National Papercrafting Month, CTMH created an exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available this month only -- and this hop is all about this special! 

Here is a picture of several of the cards you will get in this delightful collection:


If you are here from Marianne's Blog then you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way you can always find the full list of participants at Melissa's Blog.

I am choosing to showcase how the Live Your Day cards coordinate perfectly with CTMH's Everyday Life Planner.  Let me just say --- I love my planner!!!!! And now with these cards and some wash tape --- it's even better! (I did use some of our other Picture My Life cards with the Live Your Day ones - that's the beauty of CTMH - everything coordinates so well!)






I have  done the above for each month of the year with all of my family, friends & some co-workers birthdays --- hopefully this will help me remember everyone's special day!!! The Live Your Day collection has a total of 12 birthday cards with one side vertical & the other side horizontal orientation.  CTMH really thinks of everything.

So here a few more pictures of what the monthly spread looks like in my planner --- here is Jan - March.





The Live Your Day collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long.

Now hop on over to Shelia's Blog for another amazing Live Your Day creation!


Keep in mind this special collection is only available through the end of this month - so don't waste you time -- once you are done hopping through all these wonderful blogs, hop on over to my website and order your very own Live Your Day collection! And if you haven't gotten the planner yet, you might as well add that on as well! You will not regret it!!!!


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter B


Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!


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

If you are coming from Hints of Happiness with Donna then you are on the right track!!!

For my letter B I am focusing on Birthday cards.  I used the Kaleidoscope Workshop on the Go card making kit to create 5 each of the following 2 cards.  I love all the bright & fun colors and the great thing about the workshops on the go, is that everything (other than the link) was in the kit ready to go.  In fact, I took the kit with me on vacation and completed these ten cards in a mountain cabin.  I still have one more design to finish up so that means I will get a total of 15 cards out of this kit and there is still plenty of paper to make more cards and possibly even a layout.



Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Catherine's CatScrapbooking Blog for more amazing B creations which is where you can also find a full list of participants.


Check out my website to get your own workshop on the go to start creating your very own projects!!!!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - La Vie En Rose



Thank you for joining me and several Heartfelt Sentiments team members as we showcase artwork using Close To My Heart's paper packet, "La Vie En Rose".  

This is such a beautiful paperback and I know you will love what you see as you "hop" through these amazing blogs!!!!

If you are here from Marianne's Blog then you are on the right track.  


For my project this month I chose to make a couple of birthday cards. I used the black & white patterns form the B&Ts along with solid cardstock (Lagoon & Cotton Candy). The 'Happy Birthday' phrases were cut from our CTMH cricut cartridges on black cardstock then I used some of out black sparkles and stars for embellishing.  I am trying to keep my cards simple this year so that I will make more of them and send to more of my friends -- maybe even YOU!!!!



Now hop on over to Lisa's Blog for another amazing project!!!! 

You can visit my website to order your own La Vie En Rose paper pack today!!!!



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Monday, January 4, 2016

Drawing Near to the Throne - Studying the Book of Hebrews

As many of you know I have been doing a Bible study of the book of Hebrews through hosting an event on Facebook.  A few weeks ago, I explained how all that started - you can find that post, Walking in Faith, by clicking here.

I am getting ready to host Session 7 this week, so I wanted to post the information from the previous sessions here.  If you would like to participate in the study on Facebook so that you can be active in the comments, send me a message and I will add you to the list. (The Facebook study is for ladies only-- sorry guys!) However, anyone is welcome to read through the studies below.

I do not claim to know all there is to know about Hebrews. I am simply being obedient to God in sharing what He has laid on my heart.

Here are the links:

Drawing Near to the Throne Session 1



Drawing Near to the Throne Session 2



Drawing Near to the Throne Session 3


Drawing Near to the Throne Session 4


Drawing Near to the Throne Session 5


Drawing Near to the Throne Session 6



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Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Everything ABC Blog Hop - Letter A


Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

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

If you came from Melissa R's Heartfelt Sentiments blog then you're on the right track!

For my Letter A project I decided to use CTMH's Cricut cartridges -- Artbooking, Art Philosophy, & Artistry to create a title page for my new Everyday Life Planner!


The page is from the Artbooking cartridge - I love the 'tabs' at the top.  Then I used the fonts from the Art Philosophy, Artiste & Artbooking to do the #be phrases.  For Tonya's Planner & 2016 I used one of the fonts in Design Studio.  Then I embellished with some of our teal shimmer trim.  

The #be phrases & 2016 were written with the metallic pens using my Cricut Air and the Tonya's Planner was cut from a piece of our Lagoon cardstock.

Here is a sneak peek of what I have done for January so far.  I will have more details and photos later in the month when we do a blog hop featuring the planner. 



Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Jennifer of Jen's Messy Studio Blog.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Catherine Nowak's CatScrapbooking Blog for a complete list of participants!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Reflecting Back & Looking Forward


Over the last couple of days I have been reading many posts and status updates about resolutions and goals set - some met and some not met.  Of course I first I started down that road as well and started beating myself up mentally for all the things I wanted to do but didn't - you know - loose that dreaded weight, exercise more, spend less --- those things I say every year I am going to be better about but in the end I just sound like a broken record.  I have to admit I was starting to feel pretty down, then I stopped and listened to the still small voice of my God! And this is what I heard Him say,

"Tonya, I don't see any of that so why are you looking back on it.  What I see is that you started two different Bible study groups - one at your mom's and one using something that Satan wants to use for negative - Facebook - but you allowed Me to use it for My glory! I also see Your faithfulness in serving me - are you perfect at it - no, but did I ever ask you to be? If I keep looking I see something in your heart -- a desire to do better - a desire to be better -- that's all I ask. Keep listening and keep moving forward.  When you stumble, I will be there to pick you up and we - together - you & Me  - we will keep moving forward.  We are not looking back! So are you ready for Me to start another new thing in your life this year? If so, I am ready to do it."

Now please understand, I am not writing this to bring accolades to myself -- I am writing this as a reminder to you as well as to myself -- as God's child, He doesn't see our mess ups, our stumbles, our set backs -- what He sees are all the right things that we do and that's what He remembers.  Satan is the one who keeps score on all the other stuff - so I ask you, who are you going to listen to -- are you going to let Satan beat you up over all the missed opportunities & unmet goals, or will you tune in to God who simply wants to build you up and show you how HE is working in your life!!!!!

Trust me I could sit here and list 1000 things I did wrong or things I didn't do that I should have done this year and have myself a good ole' pity party.  But what does that get me - nothing!!!!! Or I can let Jesus love all over me and make the decision to keep walking with Him and simply love Him more each day than I did the day before!!!!

Let's let 2016 be the year we allow God to do immeasurably more in our lives than we could ever think or even dream!!!!!

Ephesians 3: 17-21 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Isaiah 43: 18-19 "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

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January - A New Year & New Products from CTMH

Happy New Year from Close to My Heart


To kick off a new year and National Papercrafting Month, CTMH is releasing the brand new Seasonal Expressions 1 that features new paper packs, new stamp sets, new embellishments, new Picture My Life cards and many other great products!!!! Here are a few samples of what you can get form this new release --- and these products are only available through April!!!!!











You can see the entire new catalog by clicking here!

To celebrate National Papercrafting Month Close to My Heart has created an exclusive Picture My Life™ program for the new year called “Live Your Day.” But it’s only available for January 2016, and only while supplies last.  


Check out the video below to see it for yourself.



Contact me today or visit my website to order any of the products featured above. If you order from my website, make sure you join the current "National Papercrafting Month" online gathering to receive a FREE gift from me.

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