Saturday, December 11, 2010


For some reason this year, Christmas has gotten away from me! This weekend I hope to get my shopping done, presents wrapped and Christmas cards out. I really hate to admit, but I still need to finish making some! Ouch! Here is to a very productive and enjoyable weekend!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Plenty for Twenty!!!

Place an order on my Close to My Heart website in December of $20.00 or more and receive a popular, retired D size stamp set for Free! That is a $22.95 savings! Plus you will receive free shipping on your free stamp set.! This offer is only valid through the month of December. You can access my website by clicking on the shopping basket on my side bar or by clicking on the link below. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Layer Cake Quilt Along Blocks #1 and #2

I am finally sewing again! Caught up on my Layer Cake Quilt Along and am going to cut my Meadowsweet 2 fabric to make a quilt for our newly remodeled guest bedroom. It is so nice- I may have to remodel our master bedroom!

I have been collecting red/white/blue fabrics and am using these instead of an actual Layer Cake. It is not too late to join! Just "click" on their blog button on my side bar. Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Scrapbook Workshop Layouts

Close to My Heart came out with an awesome new "how to" book. It has many ideas for "inter-active" scrapbook layouts. I wanted to use some of the recipes for our next workshop but it was so hard to pick just two! We will have to do more in the coming months. The book is call "Magic" and can be ordered on my website at

I hope you can see the "inter-activeness" from my pictures! The "I Heart Fall" layout is right out of the Magic book! Different paper but same idea. Totally "scrap-lifted"! I used CTMH Flip Flaps on the "Merry Christmas 2010" layout. I love how you can add so many pictures to one layout!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Flip Flap Mini Album

This is a our December Workshop Mini Album. I used CTMH Flip Flaps for the inside photo covers. It is a very easy and fast gift. Hope you can join us on December 5th!

I used All CTMH products....and I also my new crush CTMH Irresistibles!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Goodbye, Good Luck and Happy for You Card

Another of my friends is moving onto a new job and abandoning me! HA! (a little dramatic huh?) I will miss Angela so much! And as with Melissa leaving....I just cant say goodbye! So...I used "So happy for you"...major denial huh? I do know that it wont be as easy to visit her but thank goodness for texting with our iphones!!! I do wish you the best Angela!!!
I used all CTMH products and of course I am hooked on their Irresistables! You just sponge ink on the chipboard and like magic the embossed pattern shines through. Hooked I say! (you will see more in my next posts)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Happy Wednesday! I made my samples for our upcoming Craft Day at church. We are having a day for the ladies at our church to make crafts for the, ornaments, knitting and I thought journals would be a great gift for the holidays.
Are you making Christmas gifts? If so what are you working on?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Simple Saturday...

I have the pleasure of sending birthday cards to the ladies at my church. Thought I would make some simple cards to build up my stash. Of course I had to add buttons and bling!

The Giants lost today is only one game! Still ahead 2-1. Go Giants!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wishing You Well...

What do you say when a sweet co-worker leaves? I can't say good bye because ...well I don't want to say good bye! Good Luck sounds so final I chose Wishing You Well. I will miss you Melissa and do Wish You Well at your new job! Just so you isn't good bye!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Layer Cake Quilt Along 2010

Time to get ready...the Layer Cake Quilt Along 2010 starts on November 2nd!
I participated in the Jelly Roll Quilt Along and had so much fun. Every two weeks Moose on the Porch posts a block with instructions. After twelve blocks you have a quilt top! The directions are wonderful for beginners too. When finished with your block each time, you load it on Flicker and you may win a prize! Oh and you dont have a layer cake? You can use fat quarters...that is what I am using!

Click on the link above or the adorable blog button on my sidebar! Can't wait to see your work on Flicker!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Flashback Friday Challenge 4.0

This is so fun!!! The challenge this Friday is to post the first Christmas card you ever posted on your here goes!

Come join the fun at Tsuruta could even win a prize! Flashback Friday 4.0

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Many, Many, Many Thanks!

Here is a Thanksgiving/Thank you card...multi-purpose! Ha!!! CTMH has these cute little pearls in many colors that are super fun to use!

I am now getting ready for the Giants game....SRT I hope you and Barkley have your walk scheduled!!! (my friend has a good luck ritual that has proven to work on the Giants vs. Braves series...I hope it works against the Phillies!) Go Giants!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Deer Card....

I just purchased "Heartfelt Christmas" from CTMH...the deer is so cute and I am loving the new Sparkles! Can you see his little nose?

Today is my son's 27th birthday...where did the time go! Happy Birthday Brian! Oh and go Giants! I sure hope they pull off a win tomorrow!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Beautiful Weekend!

I took an extra day off this weekend to get caught up, relax and to craft a bit. We went fishing on Saturday at Fuller Lake and then took a little hike at Emerald had such beautiful, clear, emerald water...there is so much beauty in our own backyards! We just need to take the time to visit! As far as crafting goes...I finished my "scrappy quilt". It is totally made with my left over scraps and I felt so resourceful to be able to use my scraps to make something so beautiful!

Tonight is game 4 for the Giants....please give us a win! This has been an exciting series and to bring home a win tonight would be BEAUTIFUL!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Alzheimers Card Drive and Blog Candy Giveaway

One of the blogs I follow is doing a card drive in honor of her mother's birthday. So many companies and individuals have donated Blog Candy to a random winner who participates in this card drive. It is a win-win to be able to touch someones life when they know someone is thinking of them! Check out Cammie's blog to see how you can participate.

This is the card I am sending to uplift the caregivers at Artman Home.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

OTWC #26

I had an idea for this challenge, then opened one of my paper drawers and whaalaa....I found Cosmo Crickets De lovely! Perfect colors!!! I also used CTMH's Sparkles and Irresistibles. Don't you want to join in on the fun? Off the Wall Challenge #26.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scrappy Saturday Challenge #24

This is my entry for Wee Memorie's Scrappy Saturday Challenge. The challenge is to make a CAS (cute and simple card) and/or Tag. I needed to make a tag for my upcoming Christmas Workshop so...I decided to enter it! I thought this tag would be good to send with my Christmas cookies we make each year!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Flashback Friday Challenge 3.0

Here is my entry in the Flashback Friday Challenge. We are to link up our first challenge entry ever...of course mine was just last month but....I am entering anyway! Come join us at Tsuruta Designs!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Best Gift of All

Close to My Heart has a new sentiment stamp set for Christmas in the new Fall/Winter catalog. I love this saying because I think it sums up one of my favorite moments at Christmas time..."Being together is the Best Gift of All". I look forward to our family being together. :o)
We will be making this card at our next workshop. It has ribbon that reminds me of ribbon candy at Christmas!

Friday, September 24, 2010

October Stamp of the Month

The October Stamp of the Month has this cheery little snowman that we will be making a card with at our next workshop.

You can log onto my CTMH website to see the stamp of the month or look on the last page of the catalog for all the Stamps of the Month! You can earn it free with an order of $100.00 or there is a sliding scale price depending on your order total. You can also purchase for $22.95.

It is in the 90's this week with talk of 100's next week but...we are still preparing for Christmas!

(I really love summer so I am very happy!)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Time to put down my fabric and start preparing for Christmas! (although I did save some binding to hand sew while I watch Greys tonight!)
This card will be one of cards being made at my Christmas card workshop next month. I love the Dimensional Elements Snowflakes from CTMH with Prism Glitter! I also used the new paper packet Mistletoe and the new Sparkles. Love the many new colors that Sparkles come in! Shades of blues/greens and reds/purples. Check out the new Close to My Heart catalog by "clicking" on the shopping cart.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


It's been a crazy busy two weeks! This is the quilt I have been working on and even though I have gotten a little attached to is ready to mail! It is for my son's girlfriend Ashlie. I hope she will enjoy cuddling up with it!
This is the first time I used 505 Spray to "sandwich" the fabric and batting together. I highly recommend it! No pinning or basting and it worked like a dream. It is also the first time I used masking tape to create a guide to quilt the lines on the quilt. I usually try my hand at free motion quilting. I loved this technique too!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Busy as a Bee!

No papercrafting for me this weekend...but have been busy finishing up a quilt. I broke out the Authentic by Sweetwater to make this quilt. Will return soon with the pics of the finished quilt!
Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day...don't you just love the three day weekend? Hoo hoo!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blog Candy Alert!!!

Check out Michelle's blog for this awesome giveaway...I can not get enough of the Nesties and this is a brand new one!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Flashback Friday Challenge!



My friend shared this on her blog and boy what a challenge. We were to post one of our first scrapbook pages and then a current page. What can I say..."We have come a long way baby!"

This Flashback Layout was made around 2000....when my boys were way into their teenage years and I was wondering where my sweet boys went! I found their pictures and started creating albums of the days when they still liked me! Great therapy! Thank goodness those years do not last forever!

I am slightly embarrassed by my first layouts, in fact when my son was showing his girlfriend this album my husband said to me "You really need to update this!" What do you think?

Check out Tsurata Designs...she has an adorable blog!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Santa Barbara Coastline

Santa Barbara Bay

Hubby on his bike

My son Brian and me

Thought I would share some shots of our coastal vacation...yes I am still dreaming of it! We had a blast, but like all vacations....wish we were still there! We brought our bikes so we could ride on the coastal bike trails. I highly recommend it!

We started in Santa Barbara, then Solvang, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles where my son lives. We went wine tasting while we were there and it was beautiful! We also hit three California Missions. I love the architecture and also it gives me an excuse to visit the coast more as I am trying to check off each one that I have visited.
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Another Winner!

I wanted again to thank you all for sharing your favorite vacations with me! And so....I drew another winner!

#8 Twyla Norris!

Congrats Twyla! Can you send me your email at
and I will mail you your goodies!

And the Winner is.....

Thank you everyone for entering my blog give away! I will need to have them more often because I loved reading your comments! Your vacations took me away to "travel land" again!

The randomly selected winner is number 4! Angela, you will be receiving an email from me to gather your mailing address. Congrats and thank you everyone again!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge #20

This week's challenge was to use anything "Forest". Fawns, squirrels, mushrooms etc. I had this adorable paper and rubons that I was saving for a mini album....I borrowed a little bit! *oops* I used a CTMH acrylic card...they are so fun and addicting!

Come join the fun! Wee Memories Challenge #20

Sunday, August 29, 2010

OTWC #22

OTWC Challenge #22

I love these challenges! I get to use colors I do not normally use and it just so happens that I needed a birthday card with just these colors! (the recipient's favorites)

Up for a challenge? Come join us at Off the Wall Craftiness
I used CTMH's new acrylic cards, rasberry and black cardstock, sparkles, brads, prisma flowers...and a blast from the past -CTMH sweet leaf paper. How I love to use my stash!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

One Year Blog Celebration!

Well I can't believe it is my One Year Blog-versary! I also hit my 100th post and 20,000 visits so to celebrate all these milestones I am giving away a variety of goodies! Some mini albums, stickers, chipboard, stamps, ribbon and a few embellies.

I will randomly pick a winner on September 1st. Here is the scoop...since I just returned from vacation please leave a comment telling me about your favorite vacation and become a follower. See easy peasy! You have until August 31st to post your comments. Good luck!

(please leave your email address so that I can contact you!)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Blog!

My friend Stacey Rae has a new adorable blog Stampingraerae! She is so talented and has the cutest, most inspiring creations! Check out her blog and follow her if you can!
Here is a card she gave that hawaiian kitty!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Disneyland Mini Album

I have been working like a crazy women trying to get this finished for my son before we head down to visit him next week. He is such a sweet boy....(man now) and so sentimental. Loves my scrap booking and sends me items to scrap for him! This Disneyland trip was so had been years since I had been and we had a blast!

I used CTMH's buttons, sparkles, My Creations 3 Ring Binder, Cranberry, Black and Sunflower card stock, Ticket to Ride and Thrill Ride stamp sets.

Also, this is my take from a super talented CTMH consultant Tresa Black. She did tutorials showing in detail how to create a My Creations 3 Ring Binder. Check out her blog, it is amazing!