Sunday, May 31, 2009
I'll also introduce you to daily specials available every day of June from CTMH via my website!
Meanwhile, I have been making card after card this weekend from CTMH's sensational brand new pattern book, "Wishes". As I mentioned previously, I am not such a great cardmaker. But I am in L-O-V-E with the cards I made this weekend!
Isn't this adorable? I used our "Good Times" paper pack which showcases one of my favorite colors - Twilight. Also featured are Dimensional Diecuts and Dimensional Elements Framed Fun.
See you tomorrow!
RECIPE (all products CTMH):
Paper: "Good Times" B&T Paper Pack, Twilight Cardstock
Ink: Sweet Leaf, Chocolate
Pattern Book: Wishes Pattern "Lucky Layers"
Stamp Set: Thank You
Other: Dazzling Diecuts (Star), DE Framed Fun (Tag and Twilight Border), Chocolate Waxy Flax, Antiqued Copper Brads, Foam Squares
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Anyway, here are the photos I took from my Open House before anyone came and before the Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper Episode. So at least I have a few photos, although I would cherish photos of my friends who were there! But I followed Terri's advice not to use the camera till it dried out, and that was good advice. Look at my silly son in the photo above. Yes, those are chopsticks in his ears!!! The young lady is Angie, who I mentored for four years. That is a long story but I must tell you how proud I am of the progress she has made. Now that she is in college, I am currently mentoring her younger sister Nikki, who made a dramatic boost to her grades this year. She made such a great effort! And I also started mentoring Jessica, who is showing a lot of promise as well. Do you have an hour a week to help out a young lady? Let me know if you'd like to join me.
Close To My Heart's fantastic pattern books are displayed here, along with some new products and stamp sets. The rest are display boards for my workshops and classes for the next four months. Our Flamingo Gals group, headed by my uber-talented upline Annette, does a Stamp of the Month swap - well, we have done it for the last two Close To My Heart Idea Books. It's a great way to get our boards done with a variety of beautiful work!
Aimee won the grand prize - the CTMH distressing kit (featured on page 102 of our Idea book, or here. I also gave away six other prizes ranges from stamp sets to inks to sassy strands!
Let me know if you are interested in purchasing a kit for any of these projects. Instructions and long-distance training will be included (insert smiley-face here)!
CTMH's monthly Stamp of the Month Blog hop starts June 1. I'll have the schedule posted along with my project here on my blog June 1. We also have an EXCITING special in June - you'll hear about it from me soon!
I hope to see you then!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Well, I spent the holiday weekend with my baby!!! WOOHOO!! Yes, I was in Gainesville, otherwise fondly known as Gatorland. Yes, Alan is a Florida Gator. He'll be a senior this fall, majoring in Astrophysics. He would kill me if he knew I was writing about him. But seriously.....do you think a 21-yr old young man is reading Mom's blog? NOT!
I stayed longer than intended. He did not want me to leave and I did not want to leave, so I didn't leave! We went to the movies for the first time in years - saw the Star Trek movie. It was surprisingly good!
An editorial note: My Bruce Springsteen music link is not working (boohoo) so I removed it. I wonder if it had anything to do with my daydreaming about Bruce reading my blog. Probably not.
If you've read this far....God love ya. HA! Here is one of six cards that we will be making at my card class June 20. I think you have seen all of the others. When I saw this "Rock Star" stamp set by CTMH, I just HAD to have it! I am my own best customer, for sure!
I have never been much of a card maker. I'm finding it to be an amazing way to create a miniature work of art! Notice that I did not say 'masterpiece'. Anything can be art, right? I have collected enough 'stuff' now that if I have a brainstorm (thanks for that euphemism, Mom) to use something, it's more likely than not that I have it on hand!
Did you realize how helpful a photograph can be? Looking at the photo of this card, I realize now that it might be more pleasing if I stamped the guitar with the handle facing toward the right. What do you think? Should it be completely vertical? Inquiring minds.... Also.....should the border (ROCK ON) be stamped in black? You can't tell, but there are tiny sparkles on the ends of the guitar's flourishes, and on the loopity loop on the heart.
Lastly, we are having another Stamp of the Month blog hop coming up June 1! I'm really excited about my project, so be sure to check our blogs on Tuesday.
I'll be enjoying watching my beloved Dodgers this evening. I usually only catch a couple of games a year, but since the Dodgers still have the best record in baseball (aHEM), I believe they are broadcasting more games. I'll take what I can get!
RECIPE (all supplies CTMH)
Paper: Blush Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Daydream B&T Paper
Ink: Black, Hollyhock
Stamp: You Rock
Other: Clear Sparkles
Friday, May 22, 2009
I am going to see my baby tomorrow! My mom is house-sitting the kitties and I am heading to Gainesville for a couple of days (Go Gators!). We have had torrential showers all week, so I am hoping to slip through the raindrops.
Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend? Now don't you loooove the sound of that!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Nilla has cool blog candy here.
Steph has more here!
Here is Iris' candy.
Sassy has some great stuff here.
Debbie's birthday candy here.
So much it's making me dizzy! At least this candy is calorie-free!!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Well, I have to tell you, once introduced, it was love at first sight! As a child, I loved drawing. My favorite Christmas gift (still) was an "official" artist's kit - pencils, paper, pastels, watercolors, oils, acrylics, brushes, an instruction book - all the things I imagined a real artist used every single day! Do you know that I still have that, hidden away in the garage among old books, air filters and baby clothes (my baby is 21 - ha). I can't bear to part with it - well, with what is left of it, anyway.
I've come to realize that you don't have to use those "official" artist tools to be an artist. Just open one of Close To My Heart's Idea Books and you'll be amazed at the talent displayed. Our founder, Jeanette Lynton, inspires this creativity in all of us. Her artwork is truly amazing!
I had to search my computer for some artwork to post, since I haven't created anything in a few days.
When CTMH introduced the stamp set "Make it Count", I immediately imagined the clock image as the face of a watch. I used the belt image from "Lovely Buckles" and a lot of distressing. I particularly like the brad, although I realized (a little late) that I placed it on the wrong side of the watch face! You can't tell from the photo, but one of CTMH's window charms emulates the watch crystal.
I decided to enter this card in Close To My Heart's monthly contest for consultants. They must have liked it, because I won first place! I suppose you heard me screaming for miles. Now that I look at it, it's a little dark and dreary (distressed or distressing?). But I suppose the judges must have been in a distressing mood that day - ha!
Thank you for all your kind comments. I'm enjoying all of your blogs as well!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
you spill your Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper (at your own Open House) at the make 'n take table, and instead of grabbing your camera, you grab the paper! Goodness gracious. Yes, I did it again. I am a major klutzoid. I should know better than to have an open cup near my paper. Aimee had to stamp her card all over again. Terri and Susan ran for paper towels and scooped everything up.
Luckily, I had placed supplies at two different tables, so half of the paper was saved. The jury is still out on my camera. I'm waiting for it to dry out. Will I ever learn? Probably not ;-)
I have the most wonderful scrapbookin' friends. My feet tell me that my Open House is finished and tonight is reserved for bloggin', couch potatoin' and watchin' "You've Got Mail". I've probably watched it over a dozen times, but it is on tv tonight, so I must watch it. It's nice background buzz while I'm blogging.
Here are photos of a little album I made for my August class. It was the most popular class, judging from the number of people who signed up. This is not my typical style. I like more vintage, muted colors. If I do go for a bright color, it's usually not a primary color. But I have to tell you, there's something to be said for thinking outside the proverbial box (every time my boss mention thinking outside the box, I want to choke him. Good Lord). I think this turned out rather cute, and I used a lot of new CTMH items. I tried to post every page, but it has taken me two hours to post these photos, so this is it. My favorite page is the most simple - the back cover with the cute little giraffe. I hope you like it too!
All products Close To My Heart
Paper: Animal Cookies Level II, Creative Basics
Ink: Cranberry, Clover Meadow, Sunflower, Indian Corn Blue
Album: My Creations(TM) 3-Ring Binder
Accessories: Animal Cookies Stickease, Foam Die-Cuts Numbers, White Waxy-Flax, Dimensional Elements Flowers, Fancy Cuts Borders, Edge Distressor
Well, "You've Got Mail" is almost over and my beloved Dodgers lost tonight (they still have the best record in baseball - so far!).
Friday, May 15, 2009
How are y'all today? I am just about finished baking for my big Open House/Open Crop tomorrow. I cannot wait - I just love doing this! We have a blast. It's so great to see all (well most of) my scrappin' buddies all together having a good time.
Here's a simple little card I made for my first card class. You may recall the poll over in the right column (it's still there; guess I should take it down). Y'all voted on both the card class and Scrapbookin' for Dummies, so I 'did up' both for the Open House! For those of you not in Melbourne, Florida, I will be offering kits. I'll post photos this weekend after I recover from the festivities. tee hee!
What makes this card special to me is the hibiscus. We have a gazillion different species of this beautiful flower here in Florida. But there's no reason you can't make up your own if you own this rockin' new CTMH stamp set - "Extreme Happiness". You can buy it on my website here.
I stamped it with Cranberry Ink. I 'rubbed in' some Baby Pink ink towards the center of each petal - can you tell? Then I took a Cranberry marker and brushed the petal edges to deepen the color. Then my favorite part - I used Goldrush Sassy Strands as the stamen! Did you know that our Sassy Strands went down in price in the new Summer book? Yessiirrreeee~! WOOHOOO!!! The paper packed, "Moon Doggie" is brand new. I'm surmising that a bunch of Florida gals will be buying this one - it's so cool!!!
Well. About the brownies. Over the past two nights I have baked pumpkin bread, lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies and brownies. All from boxes, mind you. Hey, I have a full-time job, after all, besides all this bloggin' and scrappin'! Anyway.....did you know that brownies really do cut better when they are cool? Yes, I realize that the directions say "Cool completely in pan before slicing." Well, hello! Who waits for them to cool? Probably skinny people. I am convinced that they just don't have that craving that us "well-endowed" gals do. They probably wait for the brownies to cool. Well, gals, we will have cool brownies at the Open House. And pumpkin bread. And chocolate chip cookies. And lemon bars. And meatballs. And veggies (thanks, Rindy!) And lots of croppin' fun!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Melanie S. said...
your cards are really cute, thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks, Melanie! I'll be e-mailing you to find out how to get the candy to you. I appreciate the comments that you all left. It's so much fun to share with friends, old and new!
Next - a huge source of inspiration to me is Leslie (aka http://pandascrapper.blogspot.com/). I do not know of anyone who creates more projects than Leslie! She is a rockin' CTMH sistah and a fellow member of the Legacy Leaders. We get to create with our other Legacy Lovelies a couple of times a year (see you in a couple of weeks, dolls!). Well, Leslie has nominated my blog for its first award! May I say WOOOHOOOO?????!!!!!
Look at this cute little Lemonade Stand. As my Aunt Ada Marie from Wise, Virginia would say...."God love!" Actually, the first word would consist of three syllables, the second of two. You haven't lived till you've heard Ada Marie's drawl.
Anyhoo, Leslie seems to think I give her a little inspiration as well, so she passed along this sweet (pun intended...groan) award to me!!! Thanks, sweetie!
Now I have the honor of passing it along to five of my fave bloggers. Do I have to pick just five? Que bummer. Well, here are my first five:
These lovely ladies are amongst the first to become followers of my young blog! Has it really only been three weeks????? Well, Miss Deb was my initial inspiration to start on this crazy journey. Thanks, Deb!
Here are the rules of the award (To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award):
- Comment on this blog.
- Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.
- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
- Link to your nominees within your blog post.
- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award
- Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.
Well. Now that I have copied Leslie's instructions, I see that I could nominate 5 to 10 bloggers! Now if I take the time to cut, copy, paste five more, the chocolate chip cookies are guaranteed to burn. Yes, I said chocolate chip cookies. For Saturday's Open House and Open Crop....I promised chocolate! I am baking tonight!!! and tomorrow!!!! Yum!
Artwork coming tomorrow....
Monday, May 11, 2009
Now, here's a little (3x3) card I made with a new Summer stamp set, "You're a Hoot". I never wanted an owl set till I saw this one. These owls have personality!
There are five little owls in this set. I loved how this one is kicking up her little let, so I gave her googly eyes and a paper-pieced dress. Isn't she purty?
Did any of y'all watch the Space Shuttle launch today? I dropped my mom home from her doctor's appointment just in time to pull over and watch the flame shooting through the sky. The space program is such a huge part of our life here on Florida's Space Coast (well, there you go.....duhh.....). My dad worked at the Kennedy Space Center for dozens of years and retired from there. He drove the 30 miles each way for years and years to provide for us. Each summer he would "drag" us up there to the open house to look at all of the "rockets" and, if we were really lucky, to catch a glimpse of a real astronaut! Oh, it was SO hot and boring to us kids! I remember so very little, and now what I would give for just one of those summer memories! We were at the center of our nation's history and yet we couldn't appreciate it, in spite of my dad's prodding. We took it for granted and now he is gone. After I moved out of the house, I could always depend upon my dad to call me right before a launch to let me know it was time to run outside! And I always did. I no longer take it for granted. I no longer have anyone to remind me. Now I run outside, watch it till it's no longer in sight, and get tears in my eyes. Remembering all those hundreds of times we would run outside in the cool night, or the warm day, or the blazing heat, and watch the flame reaching for the stars. And I know my dad is still watching it from his place amongst the stars.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Today we are featuring the May Stamp of the Month, "Be Yourself". This set of 14 girly-girl stamps can be yours free with a qualifying purchase, or you can buy it during the month of May from your CTMH consultant. And because this is my very first blog hop, I'm offering free blog candy! Keep reading.....details below!
Accessories: Colonial White RicRac, White Mini-Medleys, Winter Craft Buttons (Blush and Sweet Leaf), Heartfelt(TM) Whimsy Diecuts (the felt button and dragonfly)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I've finished my card and now I'm gathering up my blog candy to photograph for you. Drop by tomorrow for a chance to hop through 18 CTMH blogs and ogle cool artwork made with the May Stamp of the Month.
See you soon!
Friday, May 8, 2009
My wonderful friend (and first downline!) Harmony hosts a monthly workshop with the goal of helping us celebrate our lives while doing a little soul searching. I decided I would try to use up some of the supplies I have not used since I have been working as a Close To My Heart consultant.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
They represent the thousands of children around the world that now have beautiful smiles thanks in part to Close To My Heart. Did you know that CTMH donates a portion of every stamp set sold to benefit Operation Smile? Last year, medical volunteers provided surgeries to over 9,000 children to correct childhood facial deformities.
Because of the volunteer spirit and the generosity of people donating to the cause, the cost of one single surgery has been reduced to just $240! This is so amazaing....and attainable! Just imagine.....we (you and I) could contribute a life-changing surgery to a child with our donations!
I will be offering these adorable "Precious Smiles" kids to you at my Open House May 16, or any time you want to donate $5 or more to Operation Smile. With the donations from my last Open House, we are closing in on our first surgery. What a difference you can make!
Close To My Heart is committed to donating $150,000 to Operation Smile in 2009. This will cover nearly 600 surgeries! With this corporate commitment and our help, hundreds of young children will be able to smile for the first time in their lives.
If you are interested in making a donation, it's as simple as rounding up your next order, or as rewarding as making a more generous donation. Ask me how!
Monday, May 4, 2009
How do you know the son of a scrapbook mom? He takes photos of his food while on vacation, so that mom can scrapbook the photos!
Yes, it's true. My wonderful son saved up his money from his after-school job and took a two-week trip to Europe after high school - alone, mind you! What guts, right? I was worried and excited all at the same time. As long as he called me, I was okay.
So.....this is the pizza he had in Italy. Looks like the Leaning Tower's Pizza over on Wickham, if you ask me! Can't you just taste it, though? Can you imagine the hundreds of thousands, even millions of pizzas that have been hand-tossed in Rome? I wonder who made the first pizza. Surely it was a woman!
Now, here is one of his Parisian feasts. I don't recall now how much this cost, but it was super-cheap, something like four bucks for all of this! What great choices, right?
He stayed in hostels and lived out of one backpack the whole time. He went to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Normandy, Paris and Rome. He got his wanderlust from his mom. I love to travel! Of course, I don't really have the money to travel outside of work and conventions.
Anyway, I had just started scrapbooking when Alan took his trip. I had not even been introduced to Close To My Heart at the time, but I impressed upon him the importance of documenting his trip! So even though he took lots of photos, I was quite impressed with the food photos. He saved his ticket stubs, metro passes...you name it! Of course, I have only scrapbooked three pages....I'll have to pull out the camera again and post those for you.
Do you have photos of food in your scrapbooks?
p.s. Look! A signature!!!