Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rock the Block all done up!!!

      The Papercrafting special from Close to My Heart is so incredible!  Have you watched the video from the corporate office and thought, "I'm still not sure what to do with the blocks."  Well, I have finished my set and photographed them for you.  Here is what I came up with.

These were really fun to make.  Remember when you place an order for just $25.00 from the Fall/Winter Idea Book you will get the blocks and an excellent "E" size stamp set for just an extra $15.00.

This special will continue until January 31, 2012.  So don't delay, get yours today!!!!!!!

Hugs, Holly

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

    I would love to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!  With these two days being filled with family and friends, I am ever so grateful.  Traditions in our family are priceless.  We go to the children's mass for 4:00 and then head over to my Aunt and Uncle's house for the traditional Italian fish dinner.  Then all of the kids open their presents.  We of course eat way to much and just sit to visit with each other.  Tomorrow morning usually starts early with a visit from Santa and breakfast with my parents and father-in-law.  Then head back over to my Aunt and Uncle's house again for a super yummy pasta dish.  Remember to take pictures and preserve the moments so they don't become lost memories. 

   Just wanted to give you an update, your January newsletter will be emailed out on Tuesday or Wednesday.  So watch your inbox for it.  There are 2 coupons at the end for anyone interested in hosting a gathering in January or Februay.  When will you be booking your next gathering with friends and family?

Hugs, Holly

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Just one week till Christmas, I can't believe it.  There is so much to get done before Saturday evening.  The traditions of having fish for dinner on Christmas Eve and some type of pasta on Christmas.  But before I can enjoy those yummy dinners, I need to get other Christmas chores done:
1. Mail the Christmas Cards
2. Finish shopping
3. Wrap the presents
4. Make my 'holly wreath" cookies
5. Plan Christmas morning breakfast

What are some of your Christmas traditions and chores before the traditions can begin?  The 5th. person who tells me their Christmas traditions I will have a surprise for you.
Hugs, Holly

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Buttoned Up Card Set: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

These are so much fun! What will your cards look like? I will post one more idea for you later in the week.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Tags Assortment: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

This is so awesome. Make sure you ask Santa for your own Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I can help Santa get it for you.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mad About You...December Stamp of the Month

After playing around with the new Stamp of the Month for December, I am very pleased with it.  At first I thought it would be just for Valentine's Day layouts and cards.  Well, to my surprise it really is perfect for all things "Love".  The sentiments on it is awesome: "Mad About You", "You're Sweet", "I Love You", "Love to Love You", "Over the Moon in Love with You", and of course "Happy Valentine's Day".  Can't you see layouts for weddings, births, and that special someone.

For the Artboard this month I am using Roxie and a little bit of Elemental paper, Ink colors: Smoothie, Cocoa, and Tulip, sparkles, silver glitz, and Stamps: Bohemian Alphabet and Mad About You.  The Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge will help you cut out 4 great images.  You can get all of these supplies from my website.

Let me know what you will do with this fabulous stamp of the month.  You can add this set to your orders starting December 1st-31st.  Then you can add the Rock the Block campaign starting December 19th.  If you like any of the projects shown here call me and we can do one of them at your next home gathering.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

    I have been super busy all weekend long getting the Christmas decorations up in the house.  Yesterday my mom, son, and I went to the Festival of the Trees in Dearborn.  There were some very pretty trees this year.  I enjoy going so I can get inspired to decorate my tree differently each year.  Here is the Cat in the Hat tree.  It was super cute!

This year I decided to not use ribbon on my tree but to add all kinds of floral pix at the top around my star.  I am quite happy with the results.  My tree is very traditional in colors: red, green, white, and gold.  My ornaments are stars, holly, santas, snowmen, and the snowflakes.
Do you do the same things on your tree year after year or do you change it up from time to time?  What colors are on your tree?  Let me know what you think.

On a separate note, your newsletters will be emailed on Monday to your inboxes.  It is filled with December and January classes and specials.  If you are interested in getting the newsletter email me.

Hugs, Holly

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

   What are you grateful for this year?  I am forever grateful for my family and friends.  I would like to express my deepest thanks to all of you for your continued support and friendship.  I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.   Have a great day eating turkey and pumpkin pie with lots of whip cream :)  Remember to take pictures of your food, friends, family, and fun that you will have during this day. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Card: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

This set is so awesome to have for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. The corporate office has a great technique in this video. I hope you enjoy it :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upcoming classes sneak peek!

   With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would give everyone a sneak peek of the upcoming Biggby classes for December and January that are designed so far.  You will not want to miss these classes!  They are so stinkin' cute :)

First is Card Class on December 1st.  We will be making 2 Congratulations type cards.

Second is Scrapbook Class on December 15th.  We will be making a Christmas layout, ready for your Christmas pictures.

Third is Card Class for January 5th, 2012.  We will be making 2 Just Because cards.
Please remember you need to be registered and prepaid by the Monday of the week of class.  Don't these projects look fun?  Come join me for class and see how much fun we do have!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mini Crops are a lot of Fun!!!!!

    This past Saturday, November 12, was the mini 8 hour crop at my house.  We had so much fun!!!!!!  Dinner was yummy :)   And the stamp fairy came for a visit again 3 times.  She really likes to make visits at the crops.  During the ladies worked on their crafts.  Some worked on Christmas cards, some worked on Christmas tags, while others worked on scrapbook layouts or making mini books for Disney and the Wizard of Oz.
Linda learned how to stamp pretty ballet slippers on her daughter's dance pages.

Linda, Emily, Katie, and Stephanie all took a quick break for the camera from their scrapbooking.

Meghan, Mandi, Lori, and Anne were busy Christmas elves making cards and tags when I caught them with my camera.

Thanks ladies for another wonderful day of food, fun, and laughs.  I am looking forward to the next 2 in January.  There is only one spot left for January 21st.  If you are interested let me know as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rock the Block Promotion

This was just announced for the campaign for December 19-January 31st. It is so rockin' awesome! I can hardly wait to order it myself :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Family layout

Our next scrapbook class at the Allen Park Biggby coffee shop will be on Thursday, November 17th.  We will be creating a layout designed for our family.  You will be able to personalize the title just a bit by changing the number to represent the number of members in your family.  The colors we will be using are warm and rich: chocolate, dutch blue, and buttercup with a hint of cranberry.  If you are interested in taking this class please sign up and prepay ($10.00) for class by Monday, November 14th.  Supplies you will need for class are: scissors, adhesive, edge distessor, foam tape, and glue dots.

If you have any questions, please give me a call or email.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Stamp of the Month

  The new stamp of the month for November is perfect again for both the scrapbooker and cardmaker. It will help you celebrate the special dates in your life.  I love this stamp set!!!!!!!  Think of the possibilities :)
I made the layout using Daydream paper pack, honey mini medlies, milepost shapes, and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The photos are from a trip to the cottage up north.  The cards are from the Corporate office.  They are the ones I won in the Operation Smiles Auction.  You can get the stamp of the month  and all of the other items from my website or we could get together to make a special project using this great stamp!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Special

      Here is the special suprise I need to tell you all about for November.  The special so stinkin' awesome, I can't believe it :)  This Christmas stamp set works with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The way to get is spend $25.00 in stamps and it can be yours for just $5.00.  You will totally want this stamp set.  It is perfect for making your Christmas cards.

Let me know what you think of this set.  You can order it from my website by clicking here.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Get Well cards

  Our next card class at Biggby will be get well cards.  Do you know someone who is under the weather or just needs a little spirits lifted?  We will meet on Thursday, November 3rd, at 6:30 pm at the Allen Park, Biggby coffee shop.  If you are interested in taking this class and haven't signed up yet, please call me ASAP, so I can cut the necessary supplies.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

  Happy Halloween to all of you!!!!!  I hope you are taking pictures of your little or big trick or treaters.  This year we tried Trunk n' Treat for the first time.  It was so much fun :)  A nice safe environment for the kids to trick or treat while the adults supervised from a not so far distance.  Tomorrow will be the big day.  Make sure you preserve your memories from carving the pumpkin to getting dressed to all of the fun of the begging.

  I have a big announcement for Tuesday!  You will need to come back to see what it is :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Regionals Scrapbook layouts

     When you go to a corporate event, you leave with a sense of renewal for both your business and yourself.  This Regionals experience was no different.  The corporate staff truly treated us well.  The business classes were wonderful and the art classes were out of this world.  The next set of artwork I am going to share with you are the scrapbook layouts we created.

The supplies were given from corporate as part of our fees for the two days.  The awesome corporate staff had everything cut for us, for these 2 layouts.  That was so nice of them!!! 

The items we used were: Elemental paper and Sonoma paper, Pewter mini medlies, Mileposts shapes, Cranberry ribbon collections, Bronze glitz glue, stamp sets: Love Life, Happy Cluster, and Hooray Bouquet, and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  If you are interested in purchasing these supplies you can go to my website or call to host a party.

Let me know what you think of these layouts!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cardbox from Regionals

      While at Regionals, the corporate staff had another wonderful project for us to create.  We made this beautiful card box!  The box is perfect for holding your handmade creations.  Which family member would love to recieve this for the holidays?

The supplies we used are: Dreamin' paper, Love Life stamp set, Cork (color-ready alphabet), Milepost shapes, Pewter mini medlies, Cranberry ribbon collection, Bronze glitz glue, and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut shapes.  You can order these items from my website, by clicking here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cards from Regionals

    During the Regional Celebration, corporate designed projects for us to make.  This is another reason I love being a consultant.  The projects at the events are so wonderful!!!!  The second best part is that all of the parts are cut for cutting by me. :)  On Friday, we made 8 standard cards (2 of each design) and then in the evening we made a different 4 using the 6x6 Kraft cards.  That is 12 total.  These are beautiful!  Let me know what you think of them.

We used the bronze glitz glue, 6x6 Kraft cards, Elemental paper, Dreamin' paper, pewter mini medley, bling, cranberry ribbon collection, and the stamp sets: Joyful Jar, Hooray Bouquet, Love Life, and Happy Clusters.  You get these items and more from Close to My Heart by visiting my website.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Operation Smile Auction Winner!!!!

Last night at the Close to My Heart's Regional Celebration, they had put out some items the staff was going to auction off at the end of the event.  I had spotted the 6 handmade cards from the art department, and knew I wanted them.  When it was time for the bidding, I paid close attention to items and what they were going for.  Then my six art department cards came up.  I wanted them!  There was a small bidding war over the cards...but I finally won them :)  My final bid was $45.00 for these beauties!  So worth it and so great for the children that we will be helping.  Our Regional Celebration raised over $2300.  That is almost 10 surgeries.

I will post more of the projects we made in the next few days to week.  You can help out with Operation Smile, everytime we have a home gathering.  Simply roll up your order to the nearest dollar amount.  Will you be helping out soon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Love Your Layout: October 2011

This is a great technique to use on Studio J. Call me today for your appointment, so I can show you how to create yours.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall is upon us...

   The leaves are turning their golden brown colors and starting to fall down.  The morning air is crispy and cool.  And all of this means just one thing...Fall is here.  I do like the fall season for the beautiful colors, fun activities, and the yummy foods that we eat.  Are you taking pictures at events and outings?  What are you doing with your pictures after you have them?  I have a great layout for you. 

    Come join me on Thursday, October 20th. at 6:30-8:30 at the Allen Park Biggby Coffee shop for scrapbook class.  You will need to prepay and sign up by Monday, October 17th to reserve your spot.  Will you be joining me for class?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trying Studio J

   Have you really tried Studio J yet?  I know some of you are not digital scrapbookers.  I prefer the classic but I am personally behind and with Regionals coming soon, the corporate office had us do 5 layouts in Studio J for one of our classes.  This really helped me to see the power behind it.  I will still do classic scrapbooking for many of my layout but I will for sure be building Studio J into my routine.
  I have heard many things like..."I don't have time to scrapbook or It's too mess or It's too expensive or You have to be super creative to scrapbook."  Well I have a solution for all of those excuses...Studio J.   Here are the 5 layouts we had to do for the upcoming Regional Convention.  My favorite ones are the first, second and last ones.  I love how they turned out and the techniques on them were very cool to learn.  Call me today to set up an appointment to learn more about Studio J.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Holiday Magic...October Stamp of the Month Art

  I am so sorry that I didn't the artwork posted earlier for the October Stamp of the Month.  This is stamp is truly a great one to have, especially if you need a Christmas stamp set.  You have 2 different trees, 2 stockings, a sleigh, and several sayings.  This set is perfect for both the cardmaker and the scrapbooker alike.  Give me a call today to get your set...not delay it will be gone October 31st.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Stamp of the Month

   I am still working on the October Stamp of the Month board.  It should be done hopefully tomorrow.  The stamp for October is so stinkin' cute.  It is designed with Christmas trees, stockings, and a sleigh.  It is perfect for cards and scrapbook layouts.  I have 2 cards done so far.  The layout is almost finished and then one more card to go.  Come back tomorrow to see what I came up with!!!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birthday Girl!!!

    Girls like to get handmade cards for their special day, whether they are little girls or big girls.  You can come to a class designed to make birthday cards for the girls in your life on October 6th. at the Allen Park, Biggby.  All you need to do is sign up and prepay the class fees of $5.00 by Monday, October 3rd.  When you come to class please bring with you scissors, adhesive, foam tape, and liquid glue (if you have it).  Class will begin at 6:30 and run till 8:30.  Come join me in some fun!!!!
Aren't these cards cute?  Leave a comment to let me know what you think!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mini 8 Hour Crop

   This past Saturday was the first new mini 8 hour crop.  It is a new way of how I will be doing the crops.  There have been some scheduling issues with my previous place, so I am going to give this a try.  Saturday was a super fun day!  The ladies said they felt they got more done and had more of my attention.  I will have to say I even enjoyed it :)

    The ladies arrived at 2:30 and the fun began at 3:00.  We had dinner around 6:15.  I made sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes, and a tossed salad.  During the evening the stamp fairy arrived 3 times  with presents and there were 2 little prizes also.  Later in the evening we had 2 bigger prizes for the ladies.
    Each lady worked on different projects.  Arleen worked on Christmas cards.  Lori worked on Halloween cards.  Mandi scrapbooked her trip to Portland, Oregon and her dogs.  Meghan scrapped pictures of her boyfriend and events from the past few months that they have done.  Sandy worked on scrapping pictures of her grandkids.  Teri continued to work on her scrapbook for a niece that just got married.  Patti worked on scrapping her grandsons.  Sue did some cards and then played with the cricut and made some pillow boxes for gift cards for the holidays.  I would say they were busy.

   The next crop will be on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00-10:00 pm.  The cost is $25.00.  This include your dinner.  A $10.00 deposit is required but is nonrefundable and nontransferable.  Your balance of $15.00 will be due by November 3, 2011.

   I hope you will give this new way of cropping with your friends a try.  Space is limited to only 8.  The November 12 date has only 7 spots remaining.  We will have a great time!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dreamin' cards...

    The Dreamin' Workshop on the Go just keeps going.  After both layouts were completed, I moved onto making the suggested cards.  These cards aren't just regular, ordinary cards.  They are circle cards!!!!  These were so stinkin' fun to make :)   For these cards you get to use the new bronze glitz, the new wide chocolate stripe ribbon, and the big glitter brads.

What do you think of them?  Leave a comment to let me know what you think.

On a different note the next mini 8 hour crop will be November 12th.  It will be from 2:00-10:00 pm at my house.  Space is limited to eight, but there only 7 spots left.  Cost: $25.00 Dinner, presents, and prizes included.  I will be sharing with you this week some photos from this past Saturday's mini crop.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dreamin' of the joys of fall

   When you think of the Fall season, what colors come to mind?  I think of rich colors like goldrush, honey, pacifica, chocolate, and crystal blue.  These colors come in the Dreamin' paperpack.  One awesome embellishment in the Dreamin' Workshop on the Go is the bronze glitz and the large shimmer glitter brads.  These add that little extra bling to your layout or card.  Let me know what you think of the this bling!

Do you add bling to your projects? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm Dreamin'...

When I saw this paper pack in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea book, I fell in love with it.  The colors are so rich and beautiful.  I would have to say that Dreamin' is my favorite in the book.  I completed the Workshop on the Go layout quickly because I had the perfect pictures in mind for it.  These photos are from when Nathan was in Kindergarten and he loved to help rake the leaves in the front yard.  There are 2 parts to this workshop on the go that make it my favorite: 1.) the new bronze glitz and 2.) the dandelion stamp.  I just love that stamp.  What do you think of it?  Leave me a commet of what you think.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sonoma cards

I can't believe how much you can make out of the new paper packs.  The Sonoma paper pack is very lovely!  I used the new Kraft scallop 6x6 cards and the Sonoma workshop on the go for the following cards.  These were so stinkin' easy to make and turned out so beautiful :)  After I was done with them I showed them to my mom and she was ready to take them all, but I had to stop her until I could photograph them for all of you.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sonoma part 2

Again after I was done with the main layout from the Sonoma Workshop on the Go I decided to make the secondary layout from the workshop.  This layout idea photos were themed toward family ties.  I couldn't put my fingers on any photos at the time, so I decided I would use pictures from my mom's Allen Park garden walk a few years ago.  I think this layout truly lent itself to these pictures.  I used all of the same supplies as I did from the main layout.
What do you think of this layout?  I am really starting to love this paper pack.  If you would like to get your own set you can order from my website (click here) or host a home gathering.