Verse of the Day

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TBT - Brothers

~~~Throw Back Thursday~~~

This layout has been in my completed layout with no pictures pile for 5 years. When I did the layout I  had in mind to add pictures of Jake & Jordan but just never got around to it. So tonight I pulled it out, printed some pictures and finished it - WOOOHOOO!!!! 

This paper was from the Free Spirit kit. I used cocoa ribbon & brads for the embellishments, and Life's a Jungle stamp set.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

TTT: Artbooking Made Easy: Top Secret

Tuesday's Tips, Techniques & Tutorials

Here is another great Cricut Artbooking cartridge video from CTMH!!!! 

The secret is out! We love the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart. The shapes on the top-secret--themed mini album keys are perfect for scrapbooking your big ideas and big adventures!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

March Madness!!!!!!

Can you believe that we are only one week away from it being March? WOW - where has the time gone? If you are like me you are busy busy busy and have probably gotten behind on your scrapbooking.  Well, March is the perfect time to get caught up and you can start preparing now!!!!  During the month of March, all Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—will be only $5 each! That's $5 for TWO 12x12 layouts!!!!! 

With Studio J, you can quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes or use for printing all those odd size photos for your traditional layouts!!!! You’ve taken the photos. Now get busy making the memories!

Here are a few of my favorite Studio J layouts:

If you have never tried Studio J, this is a perfect time for you to give it a go.  Click here to get started today!!!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

M2C Blog Hop #5 - Verse Mapping

It's hard to believe that we are in week 5 of the Made to Crave Bible Study. This week's verse is Lamentations 3:22-24:

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him."

Here is a picture of my verse mapping:

This verse was exactly what I needed this week --- what a wonderful reminder that even if I slip and fall, because of the promise of God's amazing, awesome, great never-ending unconditional love, I will NOT be consumed - destroyed - overtaken! My God's mercy, compassion is brand new every day - it's like getting a fresh dose to start each day with. Not only do I get a fresh dose of His love & mercy, I can rest in the fact that HE is my portion -- I can be satisfied in all things as a result of my faith in Jesus! WOW I can't wait to see what blessings HE has in store for me!


TBT - 1980 Something!!!!

This is a true Throwback Thursday! I created the layout in 2008 but the pictures are from 1986 & 1987!!! Oh my - I was sooooooo young!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Nursery Rhymes

Tuesday's Tips, Tutorials & Techniques

The nursery-themed keys on the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart will have you singing nursery rhymes, reliving childhood memories, and reminiscing about your baby's first years. Watch the video to see these two keys in action.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Making Jewelry

Scrapbooking & jewelry --- how are they related? Well, CTMH has added more NEW products to their base & bling line to make super cute jewelry & accessories --- bracelets, necklaces, headbands and more. The expanded Base & Bling line from Close To My Heart is more sophisticated than ever. With four distinct styles of classy, customizable elements, you're sure to find the perfect bling for your unique personality. Watch the video below then CLICK HERE to shop all of the Base & Bling line!!!!!


Friday, February 14, 2014

#Truth - MTC Blog Hop #4

Made to Crave Blog Hop

This week (actually the last month) has been really tough, from a couple of tough situations at work to my mom being sick again as well as one of my best friends grieving the loss of 3 close family members. Normally, with all this going on, I would be ready to give up on healthy eating and  simply say forget it -- I would be ready to throw in the towel and indulge in whatever I could get my hands on! But as I've been doing this study this time, my heart is changing - I may not be loosing a lot of weight - but I feel better and most of all I am craving God more than I ever have!!!!

The #TRUTH is life is not always fair but as a child of the one true King I have the privilege of being able to grab hold of God's strength and allow HIS power to come into all of these tough, unfair situations! And because of that, I am the one with the advantage. So how can I say it's unfair?

Lysa says it so well in Chapter 11 as she shares this prayer, "God, I am at the end of my strength here. This is the moment I've got to sense Your strength stepping in. The Bible says Your power is made perfect in weakness. This would be a really good time for that truth to be my reality. Help me see something else besides this temptation looming so large in front of me it seems impossible to escape."

This temptation for me is to give up - to throw in the towel - to quit!!!! But the #TRUTH is I am made for more than quitting - I am made for preserving and God will give me all the grace & power I need to see this through to victory!!!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NEW Embossing Folders

Tuesday's Tips, Techniques & Tutorials

Check out he tutorial below about Close To My Heart's exclusive embossing folders, available in five trendy and classy patterns, and get some tips on the best ways to use them.

And remember this month you can get one FREE!!!!!  Click here to read all the details!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

MTC Blog Hop - Isaiah 45:2-3

It's hard to believe that we are in week #3 of the Made to Crave Bible Study. This week our key verse was Is. 45;2-3 and until this week I have never really focused on this verse too much.  But it really speaks to me --- it reminds me that God will never ask me to go somewhere or do something that He hasn't already done as well as prepared the way for me!!! Here is my verse mapping for this week:

These verses also remind me of one of favorite songs by Mercy Me "Already There": 

Click here if you would like to read some other posts from this blog hop!!!!


TBT - Animal Cookies

Throwback Thursday

So here is a layout I created at a monthly workshop in July 2009!!!!! I have had this in my project binder for over 4 years.......

Layout created using Animal Cookies 
...... and this week I finally added pictures, a title, embellishments and even a little journaling!!!! The pictures are also a TBT - Fall 2012!
Clover Meadow matting, clover meadow ribbon, Title cut using Artiste & some bling!!!!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Heartfelt Sentiments Team Paper Packet Focus - February Blog Hop

I am so excited to be participating in a creative blog hop again!!!! The scrapbook team I am a part of is focusing on a different paper packet each month from the new Idea Book.  This month we are focusing on Ariana.  So if you are here from Melissa's blog, you are on the right path!!!!

Although I still have not gotten my order placed (I know - it's so sad!!) all of our paper packs are available on Studio J so I created a layout using SJ!

I absolutely love these colors --- Ariana grey, dark coral, light coral & one of my all time favorites - outdoor denim!!!!

Using Studio J, I created this in less than 30 minutes!!!! Contact me today to find out more about Studio J and visit my website to start shopping and get your very own paper pack today! (Remember if you shop on my website, please join the online gathering at the lower right of the page for a chance to win a FREE paper pack!)

Now visit Joy's blog to keep hopping!!!!!!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TTT - Altered Cork Board Turned Jewelry Organizer

Tuesday's Tips & Techniques

So I had pinned a cork board covered with fabric that was being used to hold necklaces & bracelets several months ago on Pinterest. This past weekend I decided to tackle the project but I wanted to use scrapbook paper instead of fabric. I went to Wal-Mart and bought a generic cork board (24" x 36") and a pack of clear push pins then went to creating:

I started with white craft paint and CTMH's Outdoor Denim Inks Distresser to make blue paint to paint the wooden frame of the cork board! 
Painting the frame
I chose to use CTMH's Claire Paper (Retired)
Using Mod Podge I started covering the board with the papers. I coated the back of each sheet with Mod Podge, then after having all 6 pieces down, I put another coat on top to seal it and protect the board.
And here is the finished product with my necklaces and bracelets nice and organized -- also they are so much easier to see & use!!!!!
Here is a close up - you can see her I simply used clear push pins and miniature clothes pins too.  In the middle I used some Just Blooms flowers along with the Claire assortment to give it a finished look.  And int he corner yo will see some of our Just Blooms Butterflies. (all products are retired but at least I am using them up!!!!)

I also wanted to have some way of organizing  my earrings so I decided to use some burlap hot glued to an altered photo mat with some added bling:

And here is my wall with everything nice and organized and most of all pretty!!!!!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's Here ... the NEW Spring/Summer Idea Book!!!!!

I am so excited about all the new papers and products that are being showcased in the new Spring/Summer Idea Book from CTMH which is now live on my website and ready for you to start making your list of all your MUST HAVES!!!! Here is a look at a few of the new paper packs:

Balloon Ride



I told you they were great!!!!

And there are new products in the Base & Bling wearable craft line from jewelry to headbands!

By the way don't forget about the whole new product line - Picture My Life. This program is perfect for the new scrapper or for one who has tons of photos and not a lot of time.  It is ready to go -- no cutting required and comes with everything you need to create an entire book -- all you would have to do is get the album to put it in! Here is a video that demonstrates the program.

And this month the special is all about Embossing. Yes, CTMH now has embossing folders and you can get one FREE this month.  Check out the details by clicking here.

I can honestly say this is probably one of my favorite new Idea Books in a couple of years!!! I can't wait to get some of these new products in my hand and start creating! So what are you waiting for --- visit my WEBSITE today and join the February Gathering link on the lower right part of the page to place your order. Anyone who places an online order of at $50 this month will be entered in for a drawing for a FREE paperback of their choice!!!!!