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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


      What do you get when you add the colors of Petal and Olive together?  You get the next beautiful paper pack called Sonoma.  This pack is rich in color and is perfect for weddings all the way to flowering gardens.  I can even see it being used for heritage layouts and all the way to masculine cards.  The accessories in the Workshop on the Go are the mini medley pewter collection.  They are beautiful!!!!  This was actually the first workshop on the go for the new autumn/winter 2011 idea book, I worked on.  Again I was truly surprised at how much supplies I had left over after completing the main project and the secondary project and the bonus project.
      Today I will share the main layout project with you.  I scrapbooked photos from my cousin Jeff and Andrea's wedding from 2007.  The alphabet set that I used for the title is the Bohemian.

What do you think of this set?  Do you want it for yourself?  Let me help you to get it for free by hosting a home gathering with your friends and family.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Elemental Board Book...Bonus Project

   I have had the Close to My Heart board book for about a year now.  When I sat down to work on the Elemental Workshop on the Go and saw the bonus project was the board book, I was very excited.  This was now my chance to use it.  I completed the main project.  Then the second layout.  Finally I got started with the board book.  I was thrilled that the directions called for using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. 

  The book came together quickly.  Once I had the book done, then I needed to decide what photos to put in it.  So I used photos from when Nathan was in Kindergarten...Mom/Son dance, Storybook Ball, Monster trucks at the Detroit Science Center, and other great memories from that great year of his life.

Cover of the board book

 First page: Mom/Son Dance
 Second page: traditional Family New Year's Eve photo
 Third page: Storybook Ball...Scooby and Shaggy
 Fourth page: Monster trucks at the Detroit Science Center
 Fifth page: walking across a wooden bridge...determination

The only thing that I still have to do on the pages is to do the journaling.  But I am very happy with how it turned out.  What do you think?  I would love to hear what you think, please leave a comment.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It's still Elemental...

   After I had finished working on the main project from the Elemental Workshop on the Go, I made the extra layout.  This one also uses the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  Have I told you how much I love this cartridge????   If I haven't yet, I love it!!!!!!
    Once I finished the extra layout I still had enough supplies to do the bonus board book project.  I will show you that tomorrow. 

The photos I used for this layout are all from when Nathan was under a year old.  Isn't he cute???  This layout came together very quickly.  All I have left to do is my journaling.  That will go into the sorbet piece on the right.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's all Elemental...

    The new Elemental paper pack is gorgeous!  The colors in it are perfect for girls or boys, for spring, summer, fall, or winter, for all occasions, and you can even use it for sports pictures.  I have put together the full Elemental Workshop on the Go and still had paper and embellishments leftover for other projects.  Close to My Heart has really thought out these kits well!

This is the featured layout in the Workshop on the Go.  You will be using the new Cricut Art Philosophy cricut to make the scallop circle, the stamped heart, and the rolled flowers on the layout.  My photos are from 2006's Race for the Cure.  Come back tomorrow to see the bonus layout and on Friday for the bonus project.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Needing a job...I have one for you

    I love being a consultant with Close to My Heart.  This has been the best 3 years I have had!!!!  I get to play with paper, inks, stamps, and markers.  Who could ask for a better job than that?  When I first signed up, I was only going to do this for about 6 months and see if I liked it.  Well, I loved it and I have stopped yet.  My business has been able to do things for my family that wouldn't have been possible in the normal family budget.  I pay the annual dues for the pool club.  Also I have taken my husband and son on 2 vacations.  One to Washington DC and one to sunny California at Disneyland.  I feel so good about being able to give this extra experience to my family.
   Close to My Heart has many opportunities for learning.  If you are saying you are not creative or business savy.  They have a training academy with courses that help you through many areas of the business world.  Also my upline, Dana, does unit meetings 3-4 times a year.  We get together for the business part and a creative part during these meetings.  She hands out ribbons for your sales.  Annually she does big awards, just like corporate.  It truly rewards you for your hard work.  This year I earned 3 big annual awards:

My Team Sales...3rd. place
My CTMH website Sales...2nd place
My Personal Sales...2nd. place

If you are interested in earning some extra money for bills or some fun things contact me and I will help you get started.  I would love for you to join my team!!!!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011


   Did you know that the month of  September is National Stamping Month?  Doesn't that sound fun!!!  The super special is still going on with Close to My Heart for the month of September in celebration.  During this month when you spend $75 you are rewarded with a first ever "double D" set of stamps for free, valued at $35.90.  This set is called Pair-A-Phrase.  It is beautiful!  It has images for the full year and warm-hearted sentiments.
I was playing with my set the other day and I can see so many possibilities in this set for both the card maker and the scrapbooker.  The owl, snowman, and bike are my favorite images on this set.  I am also lovin' the wording that goes with the images.
Supplies used for this card are all Close to My Heart products and are as follows:

olive cardstock as base for the card
Sonoma as background
desert sand ink to stamp the bike
colonial white cardstock (bike is stamped onto)
petal cardstock behind the bike
watercolored pencils with a blending pen
chocolate flower button with bamboo waxy flax
colonial white sheer ribbon

You can order your supplies from my website or call me and I will help you get what you need.  Better yet, let get together this month and make a fun project using this set with your friends and family so you can get hostess rewards!!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

September Stamp of the Month...Limited Edition

   I can't believe it is September already.  Where did the summer go?  I am not ready for the fall weather and the fall activities to begin.  Okay maybe I am ready for a little bit of college football and a little cooler weather to be able to justify sitting at my craft table.  But that is it.  Nothing else!
  Last weekend I worked on designing the artboard with the September stamp of the month.  It is called "Limited Edition".  This set has some images, sayings, and 2 tags that work with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  It was a very fun set to work with.  I made 3 cards and a scrapbook layout.  Remember you can get your set only during the month of September.  You can get it for $17.95 or when you spend $50 the set is yours for just $5.00.  Call me if you want your set or just order on line!!!!