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Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Boy Layout

I finished another Babycakes layouts tonight featuring my grandson.  (I started these layouts last April -- you can read that post here.) This one features him at 6 months -- he is truly one of the happiest babies I have ever been around and of course the cutest too!!!!!

If you are interested in creating your own layouts and preserving precious memories, contact me today or visit my website to get started!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Show Your Love - Valentine Blog Hop

Welcome to

In this hop we will be featuring a variety of Valentine projects --- cards, layouts, banners, etc.  I hope you enjoy what you see!!!

If you are here from Judy Faye's Blog, then you are not eh right path!

For my project, I used the Heartstrings kit in Studio J to highlight pictures from 2014 of me & my favorite valentine!

Now hop on over to Aggie's Blog to see more amazing Valentine creations!!!!

If you are interested in Studio J or any of the other products you have seen in this hop, contact me or visit my website to start shopping today!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Interactive & Beautiful Cards

Oh My Stars!!!! I cannot wait to try these functions on the new Artfuly Sent cartridge!  It's time to get crazy with some cards!!!!

Contact me today or visit my website to order your very own cartridge!!!!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Birthday Creations

Last weekend we celebrated my grandson's 1st birthday! (I cannot believe he is already 1 - I have no idea how time goes by so fast!!!!) His mommy asked me to make him a Monsters, Inc banner and with a little help from my computer and my cricut I was able to make his name banner for his highchair:

Here is a close up of the banner!
And here is the cutie himself!!!!

I had an extremely busy week the week before his birthday and when I got up on Saturday morning, I realized I had not made him a card yet! I wasn't sure what I was going to do but then I remembered I had the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge that I had not even opened yet.  I had seen many cards made with the cartridge but I just had not had a chance to use it.  Well I decided to get it out and put it to use.  Here is the card I made in less than 15 minutes - yes 15 minutes!!!!

Love how CTMH truly makes things FASTER, SIMPLER. EASIER!!!!!!! Here is a You Tube video to see more about this cartridge!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Technique Blog Hop: Charmed I'm Sure

Welcome to our January Technique Blog Hop:

This month there are 12 of us highlighting the Charmed I'm Sure technique which features our Base & Bling charms used in ways other than jewelry!!!  You can read abut this technique on page 133 as well as all the available charms as shown on page 166 of our Annual Inspirations! 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 are coming from Terry's post you are on the right track! 

For my project this month, I decided to do an altered composition book for my 2015 prayer journal. True story here -- due to my order being delayed in shipping and having a leadership training in Orlando this week, I created my project in my hotel room on Tuesday night!!!!! I love how simple and quick many projects can be, yet they always turn out just right!!!

So here is my journal with the base & bling "Free Thinker Charms" tied to some twine --- I think they are just the right amount of embellishment! I simply used a sheet of B&T from our Seaside paper kit and a Picture My Life card from the Chalk It Up kit. I added some twine and tied 2 of the charms to it and VOILA ----- 

Now hop on over to Denise's blog for some more amazing Charmed projects!!!!!

Make sure you leave me a comment if you like what you saw!


Monday, January 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Heartstrings

Thank you for joining me and several Heartfelt Sentiments team members as we showcase artwork using Close To My Heart's paper packet, "Heartstrings".  This paper packet is showcased in our Seasonal Expressions 1 and has so much potential - perfect for Valentine's as well as many other projects.  I know you will like what you see as you "hop".

If you are here from Aggie's blog, then you are on the right track.  You can always visit Melissa's blog if you get lost along the way or to see a fill list of all the participants.

For my project I created a layout using Heartstrings in Studio J.  I wasn't quite sure what photos I was going to use or even what theme I would do but as I started looking at the Stickease in SJ, I knew I wanted to do pics from mine & hubby's recent vacation to the mountains to celebrate our first date anniversary.  Although these pictures are of us horseback riding, I think this paper captures the true meaning of our trip --- to celebrate us!!!!

I love the 'wash tape' stickease -- they are perfect for photos as well as embellishments!!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Now hop on over to Judy Faye's blog to see another amazing creation with Heartstrings!!! 

Don't forget to leave me some love with a comment! 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

ABC's of Gratitude

For the last few weeks I have been reading Max Lucado's book, Before Amen. The book has been a great study on how to pray and Max gives a very simple 'pocket prayer' to use as a guide to have more meaningful prayers.  Max even describes himself as a prayer wimp.  I now if I am honest with myself, I tend to be a prayer wimp as well.  I have some good friends who are able to articulate the most beautiful, heartfelt prayers that are very detailed and honest.  Unfortunately, I tend to be brief and very general in my prayers - until this study! Throughout this study I have learned (or am learning) to be more specific and intentional about my prayers.

The pocket prayer that Max uses in this book is as follows:

Father, you are good. I need help. Heal me and forgive me. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Each chapter of the book has covered a different phrase of the pocket prayer and how to use that phrase as a guide to dig deep into our heart and to be honest and specific with God about that area of life!

Well today I finished Chapter 8 which was the chapter on the "Thank You" phrase. Here are a few facts / quotes about the importance of being thankful:

  • We are commanded over 100 times in Scripture to give thanks
  • Adam & Eve's lack of thankfulness led to discontentment & ingratitude (so basically not being thankful led to the first sin)
  • The Israelites wondered around for 40 years because of their lack of thankfulness (not being thankful leads to grumbling & complaining)
  • To say thanks is to celebrate a gift
  • Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems

Also included in this chapter was Max's personal ABCs of Gratitude list in which he identified different things in life he is thankful for from A to Z.  What I noticed on his list was simple things and even some silly things (like bald spots, chocolate, naps, running water, walks, etc.) --- things I would normally never even think about thanking God for.  As part of the study, we were encouraged to make our own ABCs of Gratitude list and let me tell you - it was hard! I don't have a problem being thankful for my salvation, my family, my friends, my health, my church -- you know all the things we are all thankful for.  But when I started focusing on the small - the mundane - the things I normally take for granted ---  well let's just say it looked a lot easier than it was to do.  But oh what joy I got from it! Here is a picture of my list:

Ok, so maybe some of these are not so mundane & 'small" but for the most part I found things to be thankful for that I have never taken the time to even recognize much less give thanks for!

If you are struggling with a sense of gloom or you haven't had any joy in a while, I encourage you to take the time to do your own ABCs of Gratitude list. I promise you, you will be thankful you did! Leave me a comment and let me know some of the things you are thankful for!!!!


Saturday, January 3, 2015


In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! 

Check out the following video for some great ideas for this paper kit!

Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

Visit my website today to start shopping! Make sure you join the January online gathering for a chance for some FREE goodies (anyone who gets the Year >> Noted paper kit this month will be placed in a drawing for $20 in FREE select products when my monthly sales exceed $150!)


Friday, January 2, 2015

A Gift from the Heart & Soul

With my children all being adults now, finding Christmas gifts is getting harder & harder to do.  I try to do something personal for them and this year a fellow scrapper posted pictures of some recipe cards she had made using Studio J. As soon as I saw them I knew what I wanted to do  --- I wanted to make a Family Recipe Cookbook for my kids.  So I started creating in Studio J and this is what it looked like in SJ:

I had to make 7 of these and I had not quite figured out how to put them together. However, when I was shopping (the weekend before Christmas) I saw a display stand at Michaels and knew immediately this is how I would put them together.  However, each stand could only hold 20 pages and I was going to need 34 pages (once I cut them into the 6x6 pages each book totaled 34 pages!!!)  Thankfully, CTMH had the perfect solution ---- 6x6 flip flap pages! All I had to do was punch holes in them and hang them on the rack.  Here is what it looked like put together (I will spare you and only show a few of the pages - LOL!)

Needless to say I think my kids were very happy with this gift!!!!!

If you have not tried Studio J yet, you are missing out!!! It is so versatile and can be used for more than layouts!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Over the last few days I have been reflecting on all that has taken place in 2014 and all I can do is simply say - I am blessed!  I could very easily be negative and focus on the many trials, unmet goals and missed opportunities but I refuse to do that.  Instead I want to focus on a few of the blessings:

  • A new grandson -- Jase Michael
  • Taking Tenley to AWANA every Wednesday
  • Healing of both Mom & Dad
  • Britt working at Price Middle School
  • Jake becoming the worship leader at Dunn's Creek Baptist
  • Katie having her surgery
  • Jordan & Andrea getting engaged
  • Ron continuing to grow closer to God
  • Our church called a new pastor (& he starts this Sunday!)
  • A very successful first year as a principal
  • Overall good health
  • Amazing friends
  • Essential Oils
  • Chosen to participate in the Commissioner's Leadership Academy
  • Spent time with family
  • Two get-away vacations with my hubby
  • And I promise this list could keep going.....
I have seen God's hand in so many ways this past year and that's even during a year that I wasn't always where I needed to be with Him, yet He chose to bless me anyway! I can't even imagine how much more blessed I would be if I was closer to Him!!!!!

As I reflected on 2014, I started thinking about 2015 and what resolutions I wanted to make.  And guess what, I decided to not make any!!! Yep that's right -- I am not making any resolutions! After all, I normally don't meet them then I feel guilty over not meeting them and well it's simply a vicious cycle of defeat!  

What I am doing is going to strive to love & serve God more each day than I did the day before and to simply learn to be alert and be present in His presence!!!!  The way I see it, when this happens, I won't have to worry about anything else because everything else will naturally fall into place! I will know without a doubt how He wants me to live each day and what choices to make (from what I eat to the money I spend and everything in between) that pleases Him.

Here are a couple of quotes from Christine Caine that I saw the other day that I am going to claim this year:
  • Vision will get inspired. Discipline will get you there. 
  • Not everyone got to wake up on earth today. Don't waste the gift of this day.
My vision is to draw closer to God than I have ever been before and to be present in everyday. God is wanting to do something brand new in me and am ready for Him to get to work! So here is to a fresh start and a time to simply be alert and present!!!!!