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Monday, July 18, 2011

Close to My Heart & Cricut - The Best of Two Worlds Has Come Together!!!

Oh my word!!! I love my cricut and I love Close to My Heart --- and now they have joined together to give us an exclusive cartridge that has over 700 images, an exclusive font, & 3-D   projects!  And it pairs up with several of our stamp sets for the absolute perfect design!!!!

Ok so now I know you are ready to get this awesome product into your amazing crafty hands .... 

There are a couple of different ways you can do this:

1) The collection is available August 1. You can email your pre-order to me at  (when you include your address I’ll send you a copy of the new Idea Book). And we now can offer Hostess Rewards for every order over $150.  So if you add a few other items, you can also get at least $25 in rewards.

2) Host a party! When your party total reaches $250 or more, you will be able to get the bundle as a half price item – so you can get the Cricut Cartridge for less than $50!!!! And you’ll get at least $40 in Hostess Rewards.  This can be an online party too!!!!

3) OR you can join Close to My Heart as a consultant for only $99, get this amazing kit of products & supplies, and then order the Cricut Cartridge from yourself at a great discount. I’d love to have you  join my team. Email me for more details!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Son is on iTunes!!!!

Indulge me --- another proud momma moment -- my son, Jake, has his first single available on iTunes.  He wrote the lyrics and music for it and he is the singer in the group - Redemption Road.  Such a blessing to see how he is letting God direct his life! (My nephew and 2 of their good friends are also in the group.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - From Our Heart to Yours

This week at H2H, we were asked to share from our heart to yours.  This simply means that you find an item, or picture that inspires you then create and share both your finished artwork and a picture of your inspiration. So today I have 2 creations to share with you.

The first is a layout of my family. (Well part of my family.) My family is what inspires me more than anything, so when I saw this challenge I knew I wanted to do a layout featuring them.  I also started looking through our Idea Book to see what layouts really jumped off the page at me and this is what I saw:
I loved the big ribbon across the bottom of the photo, so here is my inspired layout with the big cocoa ribbon and my family:

Supplies (All CTMH)  for this layout: Mayberry Level 1 My Reflections Paper Pack, Cocoa Ribbon Collection, Kraft Borders, Colonial White Ribbon Collection.

The second inspired creation for this week, is another 2 challenge in one creation.  I am still working on getting caught up on my ABC Scripture Challenges and of course I am always inspired by God's word, so I thought this would be another perfect way of using both challenges. For this layout, I loved the color combination and 'card' in this picture from the Idea Book:

I used the card and colors to create this ABC Scripture layout for KNOW:

I am so thankful that my God knows me -- every thought, every action, every word - and yet He still loves me in spite of all that I am! 

Supplies (all CTMH)  for this 6x6 layout: Wings Level 2 My Refelctions Paper & Level 1 Stickease, New England Ivy & Sunny Yellow Textured Cardstock, Black Mini Medleys, Colonial White Waxy Flax, Dimensional Elements Borders, Rubber brayer, Sunny Yellow ink

I hope you have been inspired by what inspires me!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Journey --- ABC Scripture Challenge

Here is another ABC Scripture challenge --- Journey!

When I think of a journey, I think of a destination - a plan - a road map.  Daily life is a journey and God has a plan, a destination, & a road map for this journey.  I pray that I will run this race  - this journey with patience and endure all He has for me because I know that He only plans for my benefit -- never for any other reason.  I may not always see His itinerary for this journey but I do know that no matter what I can trust that He has the very  best course set for me and I if will simply trust Him then this journey would be much easier to travel!

It's All About Inspiration --- H2H Challenge & ABC Scripture Challenge!

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges we were given the following photo to use for inspiring our creation:

When I first looked at the photo, I noticed all the bright colors and flowers.  So I knew I wanted to create something incorporating flowers and the pinks & greens.  I have also been trying to get caught up on my ABC Scripture Challenges that Patter Cross posts, so I decided to take of advantage of getting both challenges done. Here is my creation:

The focus word for this ABC Challenge is identity. You can read Patter's post on identity here.  But to me I automatically asked myself this question --- what is my identity - is it a wife, a mom, a teacher, an administrator, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and so on.  But most of all I want to be identified in Christ --- I want my identity to be mistaken for His --- then I know I am living a life pleasing to Him.  In order to do, I must be crucified with Him and let Him live through me in this life everyday - hence, Gal 2: 20!

Supplies used:

  • Mayberry Paper (X7136B)
  • Mayberry Stickease (X7136C)
  • Pink Collection Assortment (Z1384)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bang for Your Buck!

It's simple --- spend $50 from the Spring / Summer 2011 CTMH Idea Book and get one of the following items for only $1!!!! Yes, that's right - $1!!! So what are you waiting for --- contact me or visit my website to start shopping!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Our Cedar Key Vacation

Last weekend we took a few days and went on a family vacation to Cedar Key. Ron has been wanting to take us Deep Sea Fishing and we booked a charter fishing trip with Grouper Therapy. On Friday we (Ron, me, Britt, Justin & Jordan) spent the day in the Gulf fishing for Red Groupers --- we actually caught over 125 of them but because of fishing regulations we could only keep 7 of them. However, we had a great time even though we had to throw most of them back. My sister and her husband came up and spent the weekend with us along with Katie and Jake, Tara, & Tenley. On Saturday we went explored the quaint old town of Cedar Key, went fishing at sunset, had some golf cart adventures and then ended the night playing charades and having a blast. This is definitely a trip I hope we do every year!!!! Here is a little video of just a few of the pictures -- including some amazing sunset pictures. (I have waited for several years to be able to take pictures of the sunset on the west coast and I finally did!)

Oh what a face!!!!

More Studio J Layouts!

Just wanted to share a few more layouts I created using Studio J! This is my new favorite subject to use for my layouts.

I am now in the process of working on layouts from our family vacation to Cedar Key as well as Tenley's overnight visits at Gigi & Big Daddy's.  Have I told you lately how much I love Studio J!  I get so much more scrapbooking done now.  However, I still love the traditional and love making my cards and altered projects. That's what is so great about CTMH -- it's so versatile and meets all of our needs!