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Monday, May 30, 2011

Confessions of a Messy Scrapper!

Okay, I have a confession to make - I am an extremely messy scrapper!  I need an intervention! This is what my table looked like the other day while I was working on graduation cards:




Then this is what it looked like after I cleaned it:



So I need to know -- are you a clean scrapper -- if so how do you do it? And if you're a messy one, please leave me a comment so I know I am not all alone in this!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hurry!!! Hurry!!! Hurry!!!! Only 4 More Days Left

May is National Scrapbooking Month and CTMH is offering the new consultant kit for just $65. Yes - you read that right - - $65!!!!!  You can get over $300 in products for just $65 (with s/h & tax is is about $83.)  You can even get a Studio J membership when you sign up and until May 31, all new consultants get the exclusive You & Me kit FREE!!!!!! 


What is keeping you from getting in on this deal? You have a chance to get more than $300 in products for your $65 plus you will have a 22% discount off from all of our products until September 30th EVEN IF you don't put in an order until that last day. When you sign up you get to choose 3 additional kits from a choice of 5 --- paper, inks, stamps, albums, Studio J membership, embellishments, and so much more ---- click here for more info.  

Did you know that you don't have to do home parties to be a consultant? One option is to just pass a catalog around to your friends. Another is to buy all the products for yourself (at the discount, of course) and just be a hobbyist consultant. You are also welcome to just have an occasional workshop on your home or even a crop and again, just pass the catalog.


If you do want to make money at this position you can and there is help every step of the way for that!

So, what do you think? Is it getting easier to make the decision? I promise there is no Close to my Heart police that will come after your kit if you never buy a single thing (but again, why not take advantage of your big discount)! It's easy to sign up, you just need to fill out the form at this link!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Altered Frame Featuring Tenley Beth!!!!

I have had an old collage frame for several years. A few months back I decided to change the pictures and alter the frame.  Well it's been sitting in my scrapbook room since before Christmas waiting for me to do something to it --- so last night I did.  I added some flowers, ribbon, rub-ons and pictures of Tenley! So here is how it turned out:





Isn't she beautiful?

Yet Another Reason to Love Studio J!

As if I didn't already love Studio J, now I have even another reason to.  I shared in a post last year the layouts I did of Jake & Tara's wedding.  I ordered all of them and have the 12x12 layouts in an album here at home. When you order your layouts you get full size jpeg files of each layout for FREE!!!

I have been wanting to do something of their wedding for my desk to go along with the 6 x 6 album I have of Katie & Eric's wedding.  (I like showing off my children at work and it makes it even better when it highlights CTMH!!!!) So I finally decided to upload the jpeg files of all the layouts to Scrapbook Pictures and get 6x6 prints made - this was the first time I used their site and I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out. Well, they turned out great --- so today I finally got them added to our 6x6 display album (although I changed it up a bit) and here is the final product:






So now I have a full size album with beautiful layouts of their wedding for my house and a 6x6 one for my desk!!!! Yes -- I love CTMH & Studio J!!!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Buttons!!!

I love buttons!!!! So this was an easy challenge for me --- it was just finding time to post that was the problem! I have several layouts -- traditional and Studio J to share as well as cards - so here goes!!!!








Can you tell I love buttons?!?!  For more button lovin' inspiration check out all the posts on the H2H blog!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May Technique Blog Hop - Paper Piecing!

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 12 of us highlighting the “Paper Piecing” Technique as shown on page 27 in the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit Debi Barber's Blog.  While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Teri Baxter's Blog, you are on the right track!  This technique is highlighted with the Sophia paper packet in the Idea Book but you will find variations for its’ use through this hop. 

Here is the project I created:



This is the part of my card that I paper pieced. It started out as the image below:





I started out by stamping this image in Smoothie, then I stamped it in Honey and Olive.  I cut the Honey & Olive pieces and attached it to the Smoothie image to give it the pieced together look. In doing this I was able to incorporate more of them colors from the paper.

If you would like to see my supply list, please continue reading below.  If not, please continue onto Sheila Wilkerson Blog's where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Supply List: 
  • Mayberry My Reflections Paper Pack - Level 2 - X7136B
  • Stamp set from Lucky WOTG - G1018
  • Stamp Set from You & Me May Constant Campaign Kit -- CC1012
  • Colonial White Ribbon
  • Smoothie Ink  - Z2196
  • Olive Ink - Z2137
  • Honey Ink - Z2162


Thanks for stopping by!  Continue onto Sheila Wilkerson Blog's to continue the hop!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Welcome to the World Tenley Beth....

On May 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM, my life changed forever! At that moment, God blessed us with the most amazing gift...Tenley Beth. But not only was the birth of our first grandchild so spectacular, but watching the transformation over the last few years of my son from a boy to a young man to a husband to a daddy ---- wow, my heart completed melted. I was honored to be allowed to be in the birthing room as she came into this world and took her first breath and then to watch my son talk to her and she immediately responded to his voice ---- oh what a priceless moment!!!! And to see all that my amazing daughter-in-law went through and how determined she was to not have a c-section -- I am so proud of you Tara and I know that you are going to be a fabulous mommy!!! So here are some pictures of my precious grand-daughter --- I just love saying that!!!!


Their first family photo!

Recognizing her Daddy's voice!

9 lbs 9 oz. 22 1/2 inches

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

From left to right: Aunt Britt, Uncle Justin, Mommy (in black), Big Daddy with Tenley, Gigi, Daddy, Uncle Jordan

Her first Gator shirt!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Is National Scrapbooking Month!!!!

Can you believe that there is a whole month dedicated to SCRAPBOOKING!?!?! And Close to My Heart knows how to celebrate the month of May. Check out the video below for the special kit for this special month:


Also in honor of Nat'l Scrapbooking Month, you can become a consultant for half-price! That's over $300 in products for only $64.50! Contact me today for more information on either special!

More Studio J Layouts!!!!

I must say that every time I use Studio J, I find more reasons to love it!  I already have all my Easter pictures scrapbooked and ready to go in my album! I created 7 two-page layouts last night in less than 2 hours using Studio J.  CTMH has truly captured the essence of "Faster. Simpler. Easier." with Studio J. Check out my layouts then click on the link below so that you can explore the ease of this for yourself:

(Click on any image to see it larger)







So what are you waiting for --- it's FREE to play ---- Studio J!!!!