Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve from Allie!

This is Allie's first Christmas and she LOVES all the lights and snowmen! I can't wait until she comes over tomorrow to open gifts!

Merry Christmas to Everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My CTMH Website!

I now have a website for your easy shopping, online catalog browsing, special promotion updates AND digital scrapbooking! "Studio J" will be introduced in the spring! I will keep you updated on this exciting new tool. (and also playing with my website to get it lookin good!)
You can also "click" on the catalog to the right on my blog

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Nugget Tins

I still don't know how those ladies get the candies straight... but it was fun to make them! Thanks Melody for the idea!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Just a Few Birthday Cards...

This is my take from page 45 of the new Spring Close To My Heart catalog. I just can't seem to stop with the Fancy Cuts Botanical Die Cuts! I originally bought them for a scrapbook layout so...there will be more to come!

CTMH products-Fancy Cuts, Jingle and Perfect Day patterned paper, Sparkles, Spring Blossom Accents, Tulip, Juniper, Creme Brulee and Misty Lilac Inks, D1299 Thoughtful Seasons, C1364 TLC

Meet Coalston...

This is our new little Christmas friend...he has been showing up in many unusual places this year! I am sure you will be seeing more of him. He loves to get in on my picture taking!

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's National Papercrafting Month!

Close to My Heart is offering this beautiful Felicity Collection, December 15th through January 31st. The collection contains decorative die-cuts, patterned paper and a D size stamp set which includes a full alphabet, flourishes, birds and more!

There are three ways you can receive this collection-

*Purchase for $34.95
*Place an order of $60.00 in stamp sets and you will receive it free!
*Place an order of $125.00 in CTMH products and you will receive it free!

Email me if you are interested in this awesome offer!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Pam!

Today is my sweet friend Pam's birthday! I always like putting a handmade item in her gift bag and since she loves to send cards....I chose this gift card set. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December Calendar Workshop

This calendar is made with My Creations Display Album from Close to My Heart. I had alot of fun making this calendar and hope everyone enjoys making them as much as I did!
I ordered the calendar download from

CTMH Products-My Creations Display Album, Various CTMH paper packets, D1399 Dream Big and D1382 Holiday Hoopa stamp sets.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

November BOTM and Blog Give Away Alert!

Here is my November Block of the Month and...check out She is having a "Season of Giving" give away! The deadline is December 6th but there are tons of blogs to view and comment on so...get yourself a cup of tea and comment away! Have fun!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I am a Blog Prize Winner!

Wow! I have won these super cute cards from Nona Pearl's blog! How fun is this! Thank you Nona!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Never Say Never...

I said I would never ever buy an artificial tree...but here it is!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Have Been Busy...

I just realized I hadn't posted since last Saturday! This is a little of what I have been up to...

I finally finished my son's graduation album! We are going to his house for Thanksgiving and I wanted to have something to bring him. It is the first time Brian and Ashlie are hosting Thanksgiving and I am really proud of them!

Nails...for those of you who patiently listened to my whining while growing them out....I AM SORRY! I caved!

And finally...Christmas Cards...lots of Christmas Cards!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Celebrating 10 Years

I made this layout for my friend Debby, who is now a 10 year breast cancer survivor! Yes, 10 years! In celebrating, she and Kathy went zip lining...Yes, zip lining! They asked me to go, but I would rather take pictures and scrapbook the event! Congratulations! I am so glad you are my friend and that I am able to scrapbook this wonderful event for you.

Friday Flowers!

A girl can get used to this!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Just Because....

My husband surprised me Friday with flowers! I love flowers! I wish all men truely understood how much they mean...even if they do eventually die, their beauty is worth every living minute!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall Leaves...

I wanted to share these leaves we saw when we traveled to Petaluma for our anniversary last month. It has been 4 years...I tease my husband and say "4 full years"! We like to go there and visit one of our favorite quilt stores , shop in their cute downtown area and have yummy meals at any one of their restaurants.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Check Out Jaybird Quilts Fun Giveaway!

I found this fun giveaway that Jaybird Quilts is doing to celebrate her 100th post. Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Close to My Heart usually offers this special in the spring, but we have it in time for Christmas! How fun is that! Those of you not familiar with this buy 2 stamp sets and receive a third one free! (the lesser value set) This offer runs from November 3rd to November 30th.

Email me with any questions at

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

October Block of the Month

I can't believe I am posting this. This block has lots and lots of seams, but as I always tell my bff "matching seams is so over-rated!" I am so glad I started tonight, it definately was not a last minute project.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas Workshop Layouts

Happy Friday! My dad was staying with us for a couple of weeks and though it was nice to visit, it is nice to be crafting again. Things are back to normal with the scraps of paper trailing from my craft room, down the hall and onto the kitchen counter! I was getting a little nervous that I didnt have my layouts designed for the workshop on the 8th...but I am finished! Have a great weekend and oh...dont forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night. We get an extra hour sleep!
CTMH Products-Jingle Paper, Juniper, Tulip, Creme Brulee Inks and CS, Just for the Holidays D1380 and Christmas Melodies D1324 Stamp Sets.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Workshop Layouts

I dont know where the time goes...I finally got this layout finished for my next workshop. In between, baby sitting, cleaning a bit, visiting, laundry....okay not much cleaning! Christmas layouts this week!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Flip Flap Mini Album

I just realized that I have way too many projects started and not finished before I move onto something else so...I finished one project tonight. Yippy! (does anyone else have this problem?)This album was designed by Anna Jarnagin, a CTMH Consultant. She was kind enough to share her instructions with us. Thank you Anna!

Flip Flaps are these awesome new products from CTMH. They have adhesive on one end so that you can "build" them one on top of each other. They are great for scrapbook layouts and of course, Flip Flap Albums! There are instructions in the Summer Idea Book on page 19.

CTMH Products-Hollyhock, Blush, Chocolate and Sunflower CS, Sunflower Bigger Brads, buttons, waxy flax, D1201 Frame of Mind, A1020 Sans Small and C1359 Sweet Baby Stamp Sets, Flip Flaps.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Birthday Cards

Here are some birthday cards I whipped up last night. We have alot of birthdays in October. The "26" card I "scraplifted" from a magazine. I wonder who this is for??? (hint-my oldest son turns 26 this month) Where did the time go and does that mean I am that much older too? Geez!

CTMH Products-Star Struck D1237, Happy Birthday C1257, Rustic Numbers D1267, Outdoor Denim CS and ink, Cranberry CS and ink, Chocolate CS and ink, Blush CS and ink, Topiary CS and ink, Sweet Leaf ribbon, sparkles, Hollyhock paper flowers and buttons

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Final Three...

Decision made...these are the last three cards we are making at our Christmas Card Workshop on Sunday. The "Santa" is totally "scrap-lifted" from Sparkle Creations Thank you Sparkle!

CTMH Products-Jingle Paper Packet, Black CS & Ink, Heavenly Blue CS & Ink, Cranberry CS & Ink, Olive CS & Ink, DE for buckle, rinestones, buttons and hemp. Stamp sets-Snow Friends D1244 and Holiday Trinkets D1366

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm Home!

Back from Disneyland and back to reality! I had a great time spending it with my oldest son, Brian. I don't get to see him much because of the distance so, it was so good to spend time with him. I miss him!

Here are a couple of pictures of Brian, Ashlie and Goofy and me and Goofy....some craft projects to follow soon. ( I hope!)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bella Layouts

I love this CTMH paper! It is called Bella and we did these layouts for a workshop. This is totally "scrap-lifted" from our summer catalog on page 35. We also used the same "Chalk Popping" technique for the flowers.
I am going to Disneyland this weekend so...hopefully I will have some good pics to share! Have a great weekend!

CTMH Products-Bella Paper Packet, Endless Friendship D1354, Chocolate Alphabet, Hollyhock ink, photo clips and brads, Creme Brulee ribbon, circle window charms, chalks and Versamark stamp pad.