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Sunday, May 25, 2014

National Scrapbooking Month

I cannot believe we have less than 1 week left in the month of May!!! Does time ever slow down??? But wight eh end of May approaching fast, that also means there is only one week left to get your Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50! Remember, I am offering a free accessory of your choice (ribbon, buttons, sparkles, etc.) to anyone who places a minimum of $50 order on my website and purchases the Free to Be Me Paper Collection.  In order to qualify, you must click on the online gathering link titled "Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month" on my website and place your order by May 31. Contact me for more information or if you have any questions.




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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Graduation Time!!!!

With the end of another school year approaching very rapidly I decided to put together a couple of graduation cards along with a banner for the school my daughter works at to celebrate their graduation ceremony.  It always amazes me how great it feels to create and with the summer approaching I sure do hope I can find more time to do so.

I am trying something new with these cards and keeping them very simple.  Both of these are all cricut cuts (Happy Graduation) using CTMH new Chevron black card stock.  I really want to bling them up but I am attempting to learn to do more simple cards so I will make more of them.  Hopefully the recipients will still like them!!!!


 

 And here is the banner I made for my daughter for her school.  I love the silver glitter paper she brought to me to use.  This banner took me less than an hour to create -- thanks to CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, Happy Graduation cartridge and Cricut Craft Room!!!! I used CTMH gray bakers twine to put the banner together:




Happy Graduation!!!!!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's May!!!!!

We are two weeks from school being out and I am exhausted!!!  By the time I get home (most nights in May it's after 9 PM due to the many end of the year activities) I can't even think - -so that's why I haven't been posting my regular scraping' posts! However, I wanted to share this great picture a friend of mine shared on my Facebook page the other day -- it is so true!!!!


So here is to all my educator friends ---- we can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Loving Well

This weekend our church had our annual Rubies for God 'Raisin’ the Roof' weekend event. This year we decided to do the Beth Moore’s Loving Well Bible study and let me just say – we had an amazing God filled experience!!!! Tonight I wanted to share some of the highlights from the study as well as how God poured His love all over me.

Highlights from the Study
This study was all about learning how to love well and to begin with we must realize that we will never be able to love well until we feel well loved. We must learn to stop covering up and be transparent and let God love all up on us. God wants us to know that in order for us to love Him more, we must first let Him love us more!! In order for us to love well, we must be dipping into the Loving Well which is Jesus. Jesus is our Loving Well – He is our Living Water.

To begin with God is perfect love – this is not referring to a feeling, this is referring to His character. Love is part of God’s Godness and nothing you do can make Him love you less or nothing you do can make Him love you more. Nothing can separate us from God’s perfect love!

In order for us to do what He has called us to do, in order for us to be who He has called us to be, in order for us to love who He’s called us to love, we are going to have to live in a constant awareness of His love for us.  Because His perfect love is poured into our imperfect hearts, we are equipped to love anyone through anything – even those difficult people in our lives as well as our enemies!  In order to do this, we must learn to love with the love of God (Romans 5:5) and we must learn to love with insight (Philippians 1:9-10) When we love those who are hard to love, we are offering a gift of sacrifice to God! We will never be more Christ-like than when we are loving those that are not easy to love.

We are also instructed to love the stranger, those that are not on our daily radar. God challenges us to love people who are outside of our world. In the name of Jesus, we need to stop, pause & minister. Sometimes God calls us to witness to someone, but there are many times when He wants us to meet their needs first.  We must love them with the love of Jesus. Strangers take on many different shapes & forms, and we are called to love them. There are two reasons we must do this:
  • It is an opportunity to love with no strings attached, with nothing we can get back from them.
  • Loving afar relieves us of the burden of self-absorption.
So when we learn to love the stranger, we are not focused on ourselves and we are loving like Jesus loves!

My Insights
I cannot even begin to put in words everything that I got out of this study but I want to at least put a few things in writing so that I will remember them! First of all, God loves me unconditionally – His love is not a feeling – it is who HE is! That means His love will never waver – it will never go away – it will never lessen – I can’t have a big enough checklist to make Him love me more and I can never do anything to make Him love me less! I don’t have to prove myself as lovable to Him – He loves me exactly as I am!!!!

Not only does He love me unconditionally, He also knows exactly what my trials and struggles are at any given time.  And He knows how its going to turn out and He promises it will turn out well. During the midst of all these trails, I realized this weekend that I do not have to be strong all the time – He wants to be strong for me!!!!

I’m not sure where you are or what you are going through as you are reading this blog, but I want to reassure you that God loves you unashamedly, His banner flies over you, His eyes and His affections are on you, He knows what you are going through, and He is right there waiting for you to draw near to His throne!

Let Him pour His love out all over you! Let His love help you to love well!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

TBT --- Summer Time!!!

Here is a Studio J layout I created 3 years ago.  With the weather getting warmer our pool is starting to call my name!!!!

Enjoying the pool
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Blessings of Mother's Day!!!

I was going to post a status on Facebook about Mother's Day but it was going to be too long for Facebook, so I decided I would do a blog post instead. (When I share it on FB, I'll tag anyone who I want to make sure reads this - LOL).

To begin with I want to give a special thank you to my mom. When she became pregnant with me, she was told that she would not be able to carry me and if she did her life and my life would be in danger.  The doctor actually wanted to her to abort me but thankfully she was very determined to prove them wrong  - to the point of staying on complete bed rest for the last two months of her pregnancy with bricks propping the end of the bed up! Thank you Mom! I also want to tell her thank you for being the foundation for our family -- no matter what we have faced she has always kept us going.  I have seen her face so much adversity with her health, yet she never lets it stop her when it comes to loving her family and being there for us! At this time, my dad's health is not good and she has found an inner strength to take care of him that I know only comes from her deep faith in our Lord! Happy Mother's Day Mom!



Now on to my children! Words cannot even express how blessed and honored I am to be mom / mommy / momma to my amazing children! I never truly understood what unconditional love meant until I became a mother. I also never realized how crazy, fun, exhausting, blessed, wonderful, exciting, scary, worrisome, content and oh so much more that life could be until I had children. From morning sickness to sleep deprived nights to countless hours soothing a sick child to comforting broken hearts to the joy of hand picked flowers and hand made gifts to the excitement of weddings and the tears of going off to college .... I wouldn't trade one minute of it for all the money in the world - being a mom is truly the greatest thing ever!!!! Thank you God for giving me the blessing and honor of being a mom to world's most awesome children!!!!!




Then 3 years ago a whole new experience happened and I became a Gigi! These two blessings have completely rocked my world and I can't wait to be Gigi to many more!!!! To hear Tenley tell me "I love you Gigi" and seeing Jase smile when he hears my voice....well let's just say this Gigi melts!!!!



And finally I want to say a special thank you to my wonderful mother-in-love, Linda. Thank you for aiding such an amazing son whom I am blessed to call my husband.  Thank you for opening your arms and your heart to me and always making us feel like part of the family!

As you can see I am truly one blessed lady!!!!!!!!!


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Friday, May 9, 2014

Five Fab Collections That Save!!!!!

Close to My Heart has put together 5 fabulous product packages to help you get started with the basics or to add to your collection! These collections are a great way to get several must-have products while saving a few bucks -and if you order any of them this month you will automatically qualify for the May Stamp of the Month and the May special - Free to Be Me!

Collection #1 --- Stamping Basics

Z2140    Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2135    New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2170    Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2162    Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2147    Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad
A1155    My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom
A1157    My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Island Greetings
1778      My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner
Z1782    My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber
Z1038    My Acrylix™ Organizer


All for $63.50 (Savings of $5)





Collection #2 -- Cardmaker's Quick Start

Z2193    Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2195    Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad
B1442    My Acrylix™ Belated Birthday
D1584    My Acrylix™ Big Hug
Y1003    2" × 2" My Acrylix™ Block
Y1009    2" × 3 ½" My Acrylix™ Block
X254      White Card and Envelopes Value Pack
Z1922    Pink Glitter Paper
Z1702    Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment



All for $73.25 (Savings of $5)







Collection #3 -- Stamping Scarpbooker's Delight

Z2173    Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2118    Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
C1574    My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself
E1028    My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet
A1159    My Acrylix™ LOL
Y1006    3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block
1512      Bonding Memories™ Glue
Z679      Liquid Glass
Z1279    VersaMat™
Z1977    Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack
Z4114    Memory Protectors™ 4" x 6" Flip Flaps™
Z1939    Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment


All for $132.10 (Savings of $10)



Collection #4 -- Memory Keeping Fundamentals

X7182B  Timberline Paper Packet
X7182C  Timberline Complements
Z3005    Timberline Assortment
X7177B  Skylark Paper Packet
X7177C  Skylark Complements
Z3000    Skylark Assortment
1512      Bonding Memories™ Glue
Z1977    Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack
9038      Cherish™ Scrapbook Program
Z1151    3-D Foam Tape
Z1851    Scallop Border Punch
Z1912    Corner Rounder
Z1979    Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
Z1768    Metallics Markers
Z1708    Sparkles Flourishes
Z1918    Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1930    Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1825    Keyboard Kraft Alphabet


All for $133.40 (savings of $10)



Collection #5 -- Essentials Toolkit

Z4139    Medium Organizer
Z4137    Craft Boxes
Z1924    Dot Embossing Folder
Z1925    Chevron Embossing Folder
Z1852    Stitch Guide
Z1114    Piercing Tool Kit
Z1294    Sanding Kit
Z1204    Bone Folder
Z1380    Spray Pen
Z1039    Create-a-Shade™ Pearl Paint


All for $71.05 (Savings $5)




Contact me today or hop on over to my website to start shopping today!!!!!


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month


In honor of National Scrapbooking Month and my 6th anniversary month with Close to My Heart, I am offering a free accessory of your choice (ribbon, buttons, sparkles, etc.) to anyone who places a minimum of $50 order on my website and purchases the Free to Be Me Paper Collection.  In order to qualify, you must click on the online gathering link titled "Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month" on my website and place your order by May 31. Contact me for more information or if you have any questions.

You can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! 



And you get a FREE accessory of your choice!!!!  So what are you waiting for, start shopping today!!!!


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Jubilee ... Heartfelt Sentiments Team Paper Pack Blog Hop

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

When I first saw this paper in the new Idea Book, it was one of the few papers that I can honestly say I didn't really like that much. (All I could think of was a farm and I have no pictures related to a farm!)



So when I was getting ready to start my layout for this paper pack I had no idea what I was going to do or what pictures I was going to use.  Then I realized that gypsy was one of the recommended colors to coordinate with this pack. That made it more appealing and after playing with it on Studio J, it has definitely grown on me!!!! 

Here is the layout I created and the gypsy color is a perfect match for Tenley's shirt! One more reason to love Close to My Heart -- the papers are so versatile!!!!!!




And another reason to love Studio J -- I can create one or two layouts with papers that I may not need a whole kit for!!!!!

To continue seeing some more amazing creations using Jubilee, hop on over to Joy's Blog!!!!!



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Sunday, May 4, 2014

You've Got a Friend --- May's Stamp of the Month!!!!

Stuck in a stamping rut? Get some tips and tricks on popular, timesaving stamping and general papercrafting techniques, and learn more about how to receive May's fabulous Stamp of the Month set from Close To My Heart for only $5! 




Here is what you can get for only $5 --- contact me today to find out how!!!!



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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Today is NSD --- National Scrapbooking Day!

For those of you who follow my blog but are not a scrapbooker, yes there is a day completely set aside for all of us who have a passion for preserving our memories with layouts!!! Throughout the country today thousands - yes thousands - of scrappy chicks were cropping & creating! Unfortunately there are some of us who didn't get to play today (like me) so I thought I would share a few projects from Pinterest that I would have loved to have worked on and one day soon I will get these done!!!!

Washi tape card from Jen's Scrappy Pages:



Flower card from My Stamping Addiction:

And I was hoping to get some Lollydoodle layouts done - here are some from Dana Kessler:


As a matter of fact the entire month of May is dedicated to scrappers!!! May is National Scrapbooking Month and in honor of this very special month, CTMH has a promotion that allows you to get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! 



This set comes with:


**6 – Free to Be Me B&T Duos™ Papers (shown at left)
**2 – UV-Coated, Designed Teal Cardstock Sheets
**2 – UV-Coated, Designed Red Cardstock Sheets 
**2 – UV-Coated, Designed Gold Cardstock Sheets 
**1 – White Feather Print Vellum Sheet

**1 – Gold Foil Polka-dot Print Vellum Sheet 









So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!

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