Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This month we have 43 Close To My Heart Consultants - woohooo!!! - sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month and other great CTMH products on their blogs. How does a blog hop work? It's easy - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! And just in case a link is broken or you get lost along the way, I'll post the entire list at the end of my post. So let's get hoppin'!
Here's my card. When I first saw the "You've Got Flair" Stamp of the Month, my mind started humming with visions of lovely, elegant cards. Those cards are forthcoming, but I decided that for the hop I would "funk it up" a bit. So I reached for the groovy red, black and white combo.
If my photo was better, you would be able to tell that the little background flowers (random-stamped) are embossed and shiny, as is the main paisley image. The little tag (sentiment is from "Thank You" - a must-have set) is tucked behind the paisley, which is raised up on foam squares. The paisley wasn't too bad to cut out, either! There are a couple of gorgeous images in this set that are fun to color, and an awesome sentiment that says (aptly enough-tee hee) "You've Got Flair"!
RECIPE (all products CTMH):
Paper: White Daisy, Cranberry and Black Cardstock
Stamps: You've Got Flair, Thank You
Inks: Cranberry and Black Ink, Cranberry and Black Markers
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Cranberry Brad, Black Ribbon Rounds
Now "Hop" on over to Adeline's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until July 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!
Adeline E. Brill
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Laurie R Newton
When I received my first stamps from Verve (woohooo!), I saw this sentiment and thought it would coordinate perfectly with CTMH's "You Rock" guitar image. The coordinating chipboard, brads and fibers were on clearance, so of course I bought those as well! So glad I did! This card ROCKS!
Paper: BG Ambrosia, CTMH Cardstock
Ink: CTMH Grey Wool, Sunflower
Stamps: CTMH You Rock, Verve sentiment
Other: BG Ambrosia Brads, Fibers, Chipboard; CTMH Sparkles
Today is the last day of CTMH's Deal-a-Day promotion! You can get over $300 dollars worth of loot for $125!!!! Can you say enabler alert? Good grief, what are they trying to do to me? Well, if you are as weak and goofy as I am, log on to your CTMH's website and check it out. If you don't have a consultant, pick me! Pick me! Ha. Just click on the corresponding area on the homepage.
Remember - tomorrow's the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Links will be up early...enjoy!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tomorrow is the last day of CTMH's June Deal-A-Day promotion. If I've counted correctly, there should be a pretty awesome goody box up for grabs. It will be available after 11:00 tomorrow EST - till then, free flowers are the deal.....shop on my website here!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I made this card last night. It is my favorite card that I have ever made! I bought this set "Take Flight" by CTMH for the cardinal image, but I thought this owl would be perfect with this paper.
I started collecting these Basic Grey 6x6 paper pads this year and have four different designs, along with some coordinating brads. This paper is called "Granola". Isn't it yummy? I love blues, browns and greys! I also used a Martha Stewart branch punch, as well as a CTMH blending pen on the eggs. I made this card as one of five for the Verve June Release Challenge. My Mojo Monday card was one of the five as well; I'll post the others in the next few days. I just love this card. It is even nicer IRL (in real life - tee hee!)!
Are you ready for the weekend? Yippeeee!!!!! My baby is coming home tomorrow! That means I have to get groceries and actually cook for a change. I suppose he is worth the sacrifice ;-).
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
When I turn on my computer, the first thing I do is go to my Blogger Dashboard to check out my reading list (you know, updated posts from the bloggers that you follow). helll-OOOO.....my reading list is empty! I am informed that I am not following anyone! Not TRUE!!!! I am distressed and depressed. Anyone else having this issue today? grumble grumble ;-)
Christina asked me the name of Raul's son (in reference to last night's post). I f you want to know the name but don't want to read my boring story, go immediately to the bottom of the post (tee hee). Seriously!
Well, you guys know how I l-o-v-e- the Dodgers! As a matter of fact, I am watching them right NOW! What a glorious life. But I digress. Tommy Lasorda was the manager of the Dodgers for 20 years (although he has been with the team since 1961, and still is!). He has been my hero for years and years. Why? Because of his loyalty and passion for what he does. It has been said that Tommy bleeds Dodger Blue!
How does this relate to my current car? When it was time to sell Raul (I had him for 12 years), I started looking for a car that I had wanted for months - a Pontiac Solstice. Well, I could not find one 'cause they were relatively new, so I had to order one made just for me. First time I had ever done that, for sure! So I bought my new car nearly three years ago. I suppose there won't be so many of them on the road now that Pontiac is shutting down!
So the name just sort of fell into place. Tommy La Solstice.......a play on Tommy Lasorda, GET IT??? Corny, I know, but that is me, Queen of Corn.
Christina, my car's name is Tommy!
p.s. That is my pretty little car over there in the right column!!!
Sweet Dreams and Go Dodgers!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Well. Let's call him Bill, 'cause that's not his name. tee hee. At dinner, Bill's wife was mentioning that Bill was shy and didn't want patients to recognize him when he was out shopping at Home Depot, etc. etc. So he wore a disguise. Hmmm.....how far would this conservative young man go to disguise himself from his patients? Did he wear a ball cap? Makeup? Padding to look bigger? No! He chose a sure-fire disguise. When he goes out, instead of wearing his half-rim glasses, he wears FULL-rim glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! True story!!!!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Anyway, isn't this cute? I thought it would be nice to add to my card class this Saturday.
We lost my dad three years ago. It seems like yesterday! My dad and I shared a love of chocolate. Our birthdays were two days apart, so we also shared our birthday celebrations! Although this is a fuzzy, blurry photo, I thought it was time that I looked at it and reminisced a bit. This was our last birthday together. We are in my mom's house. That is me beside my dad, with my cute mom standing there holding the cake. It was chocolate through and through!
I also made homemade chocolate-covered cherries for my dad that day. When we were kids, Santa always left a box of chocolate-covered cherries under the tree for my dad! Then in the late 70's he had his first heart attack....no more chocolate-covered cherries. Santa refused to bring them for the next 30 years.
Well. I knew that this would be my dad's last birthday. Now, if you can't have something that you really love for your last birthday.......then why bother, right? So I bucked convention - and mom - and made these candies just for him. Put them in little candy cups in a pretty little box. You should have seen his face! I was so proud that I was able to put a smile on his face!
Our last moments together also revolved around chocolate - what else! He had been on Hospice care at home for about a week. I was cooking roast beef....Jamaican pork....whatever I could think of to take over to the house to get him to eat. He had no appetite and just laid in the bed. One day my mom called me at the office. She told me that the Hospice worker said it was time to take him to the Hospice House and that an ambulance was on its way. I ran out of the office and got to the house before the ambulance did.
My son knows, because I have told him, that when I am ready to go, I want him to give me some chocolate. That may sound trite and shallow to some of you, but I hope most of you understand and give yourself the freedom to enjoy something you really love when the time comes. So anyway, my dad wasn't talking, just really into himself. I asked him if he wanted some chocolate. He looked up at me and gently nodded his head. My mom went to the freezer and pulled out a Dove ice cream thing - vanilla inside with chocolate outside, sort of like those chocolate-dipped vanilla cones, but square. I held it up to his lips and he ate about half of it.
Little did I know that this Dove bar would be his last meal. We all (mom, Jeannie, Teresa, Hughie and Alan) stayed with him night and day for a couple of days, till the end. Friends came and went. My dad left us. But he left me with a love for chocolate.
I have to stop now. If you still have your dad, make this Father's Day extra special. You never know how many more you will have!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
RECIPE (All CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Colonial White CS, Life Delights B&T
Ink: Chocolate, Blush
Stamps: Buttoned Together, Family Ties - Children
Other: Baby Pink Spring Button, Colonial White Edge Anchor, Square Brad from Chocolate Mini-Medleys, Blush Ricrac, Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch
This is a simple but fun card. Of course it's hard to tell from the photo....I used a star ghost shape (next to the tag). Sparkles are used as the stars, and a liquid applique smoke plume! And of coure a DE moon.
I spent most of the day yesterday at a fun crop! I made a ton of thank you gift cards for my customers. Also several full-size cards as a thank you gift. I'll take photos and post them later this week.
Then last night I finally completed my stamp organization notebook. Woohooo!!!! My productivity has increased in proportion to my organization! Fierce!!!! Maybe I'll take photos of that, too. I know that I love when others share their organizational tips with me.
How is your weekend coming along? Are you being creative, productive, or are you chillin?
Thanks for visiting,
Thursday, June 11, 2009
My good friend Theresa has a beautiful, smart daughter named Luce. Beautiful Luce had twin babies! Lilli and James, both family names. My other good friend Rindy and I wanted to send a little something to the babies. We all used to work together (well, not the babies - duh) and Rindy and I really really miss Theresa!
At one time I had a template for a darling baby dress card, but I was unable to locate it. I found this one on Splitcoast Stampers. Is it not precious????? I could not find the overalls template for the boy card either, so I just fashioned one myself. The pocket looks crooked, but it is an optical illusion ;-)
Well, my croppin' place is a victim of this economy. In April I reserved a banquet room at a local restaurant for monthly crops for the next four months. My first one is next weekend, but no longer at the restaurant, because they have closed for business! This family-run restaurant had been open for over 20 years, and now it is gone. How sad is that! I hope that they are going to be all right. I think it's just terrible. I won't get starting on the economy or politics - I may lose some friends - ha.
What are you doing this weekend? I am ready for it...one more day! By the way, I have been meaning to thank you for visiting my blog and also for leaving comments. It feeds my soul!
RECIPES (all CTMH product):
Boy Card: Good Times Paper, Cocoa Cardstock and Marker, Designer Brads
Girl Card: Blush Cardstock, Blush Polka Dot Ribbon, Love Story Rub-Ons
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Isn't that the cutest little cupcake? How about using the cupcake "wrapper" as a popcorn box and then using the curly-q's as the popcorn? A talented CTMH consultant made a cute card with this idea.
RECIPE (all products CTMH):
Paper: Daydream B&T, Creme Brulee and White Daisy Cardstock
Stamp Set: Hey there Cupcake!
Ink: Hollyhock, Blush, Lilac Mist
Other: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Blush Ricrac, Hollyhock Accents
How was your day? I missed a web meeting this afternoon because I was stuck on the phone with Delta 1 hour and 50 minutes.....yes! I am not exaggerating! Goodness gracious. I was booking a flight to Minneapolis. Well.....turns out that Delta has merged with Northwestern. The good news is that I was able to get a direct flight from Orlando on Northwestern! The bad news is that after I made my Delta reservation, I had to call Northwestern (just ten minutes, though). Well, it is finished so I am glad about that.
I've never been to Minneapolis, but I know that The Mall of America is there (wooHOO)! More importantly, though.........stamp stores? Hmmm? Any of you have any tips on stampin' stores near the Hyatt?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Are you just a little obsessive-compulsive? Well, I readily admit that I am. So of course, since I started doing the Mojo Monday sketch challenge last week, now I have to do it again this week! Good Lord! What am I going to do with all of these cards? Hmmmm...... if you want to buy this one, let me know!
Believe it or not, I used some non-CTMH supplies on this one! I was perusing Michael's a couple of weeks ago and found this "Black Tie" paper from Making Memories. It reminded me of our classic "Silhouette". So I just had to have it. I broke the seal and ooooh'd and aaaaah'd over it as soon as I got it home. Also got some too cute buttons that coordinate, but didn't use them in this project.
Those are CTMH White Daisy Rub-Ons. They glide on so smoothly! I keep forgetting that I have them! Now that I've used them today, perhaps I'll have that mind trigger!
What did you do today? I had a doctor's appointment. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that all of my cholesterol levels were normal. However, my sugar is borderline high. Yikes! No more M&M's for me, I guess. How will I be able to scrap or crop without it? I guess I'll be forced to invest in some sugar-free chocolate.
Anyone have a favorite sugar-free chocolate?
Have a wonderful night,
p.s. Que bummer! My blog background was freaking out so I've changed it. We'll see how this one plays out. Sorry if your eyes were blinded in the meantime!
Paper: Making Memories "Black Tie", CTMH Cardstock (Black, White, Grey Wool)
Ink: CTMH Black
Other(All CTMH): Love Story Rub-Ons, Black Ribbon Rounds, Pewter Brads, Pewter Bigger Brad, Foundry Bookplate
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Honestly, it took less than ten minutes, and most of that time was hunting for my paper! tee hee. This will be one of the cards we make in my July card workshop. Too cute!
We had Stamp Camp yesterday in Orlando. It was the best one ever! All of the participants were so happy to be there and everyone worked at an even pace. Later I'll post photos of the project that I completed, designed by our uber-talented unit leader, Sherri Tozzi. Did you see her on last week's edition of Scrapbook Memories on TV? Yes, she's a superstar! And her hubby is hot....HA!
I have been very lucky this year since my beloved Dodgers are on this big winning streak. As they are still (ahem) the leaders of the ENTIRE major league, the sports channels are being forced to actually televise some of the games! Well, I recorded yesterday's game (while I was at Stamp Camp) and enjoyed watching a win in the bottom of the 12th inning! And they are on ESPN tonight! I know you probably don't care, and I understand that. But it's my life right now, so......WOOHOOO!!!!
The sky is about to open up - it is black, ominous and I hear thunder. Good time to take a nap!
p.s. Look at the "Astronomy Picture of the Day" (Sunday June 7) over in the right column. How weird is that!!!!!
RECIPE (all products CTMH):
Paper: Let's Get Together B&T, White Daisy cardstock, Tulip Cardstock
Stamps: Bird Basics (love it!)
Ink: Tulip Ink and Marker, Garden Green Ink
Other: White Daisy RicRac, Tulip brad, Staples
Friday, June 5, 2009
I also pulled out the Nestibilities that I have been "collecting" and finally used them. WOOHHOOOO!!! Organization leads to product utilization. Gotta love it!
RECIPE (all product CTMH):
Paper: Let's Get Together B&T, Tulip CS, Buttercup CS
Stamps: Butterfly Wings, Free Spirit
Other: Heartfelt Whimsy Die-Cuts, Colonial White Waxy Flax, Garden Green Ribbon Rounds, Nestibilities
I won't bore you with the details of my day. I came down with a bug yesterday and have been barfing (don't you love that word? so descriptive....) and sleeping ever since. I think I'm going to make it to Stamp Camp in Orlando tomorrow - will see how it goes when I wake up.
p.s. Don't forget the Deal A Day offerings on my website! I ordered a stamp set today and got the Autumn Daisy flowers absolutely FREE! Plus just $3 shipping! The flowers are available till around 10:00 EST tomorrow. Then at 11:00 EST there will be a NEW free deal! Just purchase one stamp set and get the special free! What a great month to collect the solo alphas and numbers - just $13.95 per set gets you up to 16 stamps in a set!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
If you have come here from Adeline's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning!
This month we have 42 (wowza!) Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using June's Stamp of the Month and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
When I first saw this stamp set, I thought that a couple of the tags looked like flower petals. So I used three different tags to decorate this little purse, made from a white paper lunch bag. I love to make these! I suppose it is more of a gift bag than a purse. I have been hoarding my "Key To My Heart" paper (CTMH's January Constant Campaign, if I recall). It is just about the most beautiful paper i have ever seen. As a matter of fact, my sister Teresa, who does not even scrapbook (yet...mawh ha ha!!!) thought about ordering it 'cause it is so very beautiful! Her birthday is today (Happy Birthday, Sis!), so I may just sneak some of this paper over to her house after all!
RECIPE (all products CTMH):
Paper: Key To My Heart, Tulip Cardstock
Stamp Set: Tender Tags
Ink: Sorbet, Tulip, Juniper
Other: Colonial White Ricrac, Tulip Brads, Fancy Cuts Botanicals (Juniper Flourish), Connections Club Charm
Now "Hop" on over to Chris' Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until June 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!
WAIT! Before you leave, though, let me tell you about CTMH's Daily Deals for the month of June! The Deals start today at 11:00 a.m. EST, 9:00 a.m. MT.
There will be two different types of “deals” offered every day on MyCTMH websites through this exciting promotion:
Receive a free item with a qualifying purchase. On 24 of the 30 days in June, you can receive a specially-selected current product absolutely free (tax does apply on free items in the US) when you purchase a My Acrylix® stamp set, size A, B, C, D, or E (excluding Stamp of the Month, customized or K-size sets, and Art & Soul featured stamp sets). The free product will change daily and there can be only one free item per order. Shoppers will also save big on shipping when orders meet all Deal-a-Day guidelines.
Receive 50% off or more on “Great Goodies” boxes. On 6 of the 30 days in June, you can purchase a “mystery” box filled with “Great Goodies.” Contents will vary by box and include both current and retired favorite stamp sets, paper packs, embellishments, and other great products. The six “Great Goodies” boxes will all have different pricing of at least 50% off retail, with some at even deeper discounts! Note that we have made every effort to differentiate the 6 “Great Goodies” options so you can purchase boxes on different dates and receive a wide variety of differing products! No qualifying purchase is required on the days a “Goodies” box is the deal; discounted shipping is also available when orders meet all Deal-a-Day guidelines.
Deals will be available for 23 hours each day. Quantities are plentiful, so save yourself some frustration and shop later in the day, rather than early when the sites may be jammed. I can't wait to see what is available! What a great way to get more for your money in this economy, right?
So set your alarm to check out your consultant's website every day. If you don't have a consultant, you're invited to shop on mine here.
Thanks for stopping by! If you missed any of the Blog Hop links, the list is below.
Adeline E. Brill
Laurie R Newton
Tammy Lea Pinchard