It's Me!

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I am a wife to Ron and the mother to 3 kids: Alexis, Jake and Cian. We are expecting our newest miracle Grace Elizabeth on or around December 12th 2011. I love to scrapbook and make cards and want to share my passion with you! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Simple Birthday Card

I am in charge of making all the birthday cards for my co-workers. This month we have three birthdays. I made the first one for Glenna and forgot to take a picture of it. This one is for Kelli and is just a simple birthday card, blank on the inside so everyone in the office could sign it.

The supplies that I used are B&T paper from retired paper pack Magnifique, bitty sparkles, colonial white ribbon, crystal blue button and colonial white waxy flax to thread through the button. The stamped image is from a very old set called Say It In Style, but is still currently available (Thats how popular and awesome that set is).

I have to give credit to Vicki Wizniuk for showing me on her blog ( ) how to thread the button and then slide your ribbon through the  thread or waxy flax and then pull it tight and tie it. It has really made my cards and bows look so much better. I encourage you to check out her blog, it is my go to source for all things unique, she is VERY talented.

December and January Customer Special

With a qualifying purchase of just $25 dollars in ANY CTMH product from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book you can take advantage of new Spring 2012 products and be the first to buy them and show them off!

After your $25 dollar purchase you can spend $15 more dollars and get the newest My Creations Collage cubes and an "E" size stamp set that is sure to make any project "Rock" for sure! Best of all that ends up being a savings of $30 when purchased thru this limited time offer.

This deal is available Dec 19th, 2011 thru January 31st 2012 ONLY, so be sure and plan your party with me and get all of this AND your hostess rewards exclusively from CTMH today!!!

November Customer Special

Purchase $25 in stamps during November 1-30th and you are able to take advantage of this Holiday Wishes stamp for just $5

CTMH now has a contract with Cricut and has come out with an exclusive cartridge with over 700 different designs and this stamp set coordinates with many of those images.

CTMH makes it easier than every before to take advantage of a customer special without breaking your budget!!

November Stamp Of The Month~ Cherish The Day

November is a time for celebration and friends and family. This is the perfect stamp set for just those types of occassions. November's SOTM is called Cherish The Day and is available only in the month of November from your CTMH comsultant.
Any $50 purchase allows you to take advantage of this stamp for just $5 And of course you can purchase the stamp without a purchase for retail cost $17.95 Either way, it is worth it.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Join me for the April Crop!

If you are in the Middle Tennessee area or would like to order a kit to be mailed to you (complete instructions included) just give me a shout and we will get you hooked up!

For April I will be showing you how to create the layout above along with three different cards. The kit price is just 29.95 and it comes with EVERYTHING you need to complete what you see here and still have extra paper and embellishments left over.

This month the crop will be held on Saturday April 23rd at my house from 1pm-4pm. You are more than welcome to bring a friend and if they are new and unsure to CTMH I can offer them a $5 layout kit so they can get their fingers inky and see if they like it.

I hope to see you there!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wings Workshop January 28th 2011

 If you are in the Middle Tennessee area I would like to invite you to join me for my January Workshop on the 28th. This is the first of many new paper packs that CTMH is revealing this year. The paper is called Wings and you truly will soar with this project. We will make everything you see here....two 12x12 layouts and three cards. You will have plenty of paper and supplies left over for other projects!

 This is the first of two pages we will make. I love the paper in this pack. The flourishes and the scrolls are phenomenal! I liked using just plain black ink, that isn't always the case with scrapbooking. We always feel like we have to use the latest and greatest colors.

 These pictures were taken of my family back in May when I was a bridesmaid at my best friends wedding. I was 6 months pregnant with my son at the time! Hard to believe he is 4 months old now....and Janna has almost been married a year...where does the time go? I turned my layout sideways for this page because my pictures were vertical instead of horizontal. I was worried it wouldn't look as good, but I think it came out perfect! That's another beauty of CTMH you can rotate anything 90 degrees and it looks just as good!

 This is the first card I made . You cant see it good but the big brad in the center of the flower is corduroy...such a cool texture. The stamped image is stamped in the technique of second generation and then uses the technique of rolling. To do 2nd generation stamping you ink the image and then stamp it on a scrap piece of paper and then without reinking the image you will stamp it on the paper. However, to complete this technique you need to roll the image edges in the same color ink. Then you stamp the image on the paper and this is what it looks like.

 This is the same card layout just rotated 90 degrees! It gives a whole new look to the card and you wouldn't really notice that it was the same design unless you really looked. I recently just learned how to tie pretty little bows like this. If you do not know how to tie ribbon like this it is quite easy: You make two long bunny ears with your ribbon and then take each bunny loop and tie them in a knot like you would when you tie your shoes. Then just snip your ends and it will look this awesome!! I then added the stamped flower image with the brad on top of the ribbon with a glue dot.

 This is the last card we will make. Once again it is the same card design just rotated again 90 degrees. For this card I have sponged some ink on the bottom right hand corner. I was going to use my new CTMH spray pen but realized too late that I needed reinker in Vineyard Berry and I didn't have it. The spray pen is a really cool new tool that we have this year. For just 3.95 you get 3 of them and can use them with reinker and water or reinker, water and pearl paint to make a really cool iridescent mixture that splatters quite nicely. If you purchase the workshop kit you will get a spray pen.

 This is the stamp set that comes with your workshop kit. As you can see I used almost every stamp on the sheet this time. Most of my stamps turn red or light pink but this is only because I used black ink and a red tinted ink on them. This does not effect the outcome of another stamped image in another color. It just shows that they are loved and actually used and this to me is part of the journey with scrapbooking. This set is normally 13.95 and is only available with this workshop kit.

 This is the Mini Medley Accessories in Black that you will get with your workshop kit. This is what was left over after I was done making the above layouts and cards. I love that each time I purchase a kit I ALWAYS have extra product to use for other things. It really helps build my collection of CTMH products.

And this beautiful stamp set is the January Stamp Of The Month. It is a beautiful one too! I can see myself using this for so many occasions: Sympathy (butterfly), Love (bird), Teenagers birthday (high heel or the dress form) and then the wording is great for friendship is a VERY versatile set that will stay in my stash forever!

So, there you have it! I hope you have made it through this post. I know it was a long one, but there is just so much to share with you. If you would like to come to the crop please let me know so i can order you a kit. If you would like to purchase the kit you can do so from my website at and it comes with complete instructions for you to do it in the comfort of your own home. I hope to see you on Friday night the 28th for food, friends and fun!

Happy Scrappin!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Feelin Kind Of Crafty!

Dearest Followers,
I know I have not been the best blogger in the world lately. Please forgive me. I had the BEST intentions of being a stay at home Mommy after Cian was born and getting everything in order with my business and having the best blog out there....alas, I took on more than I could chew and my blog paid the price.

I appologize and have spent the night coming up with a new template. Not sure if I like it, but it will do for now. I plan on 2011 being a stellar year for me and my love affair with Close To My Heart. I have had to go back to work, so there is not as much time to be crafty...but it is still there inside of me.

Cian is almost 4 months old now and I really have started having time to myself again. I take him upstairs with me and have him in his bouncy seat and let him watch me work. He usually enjoys it for about 20-30 minutes at a time and then he is done. I am able to get a lot of things done when he takes naps though...he tends to be a 3-4 hour long map taker! WooHoo!!

So, I promise to show you more things this year. I promise to have more pictures, better pictures. I promise to not let this blog get behind. Thank you for continuing to come back here time after time. I noticed tonight I have had page views as far away as New Zealand, Russia and France...even Romania! So very cool...I'm not worthy....

I leave you with a picture of a little sneak peak into the artwork of January. The paper is called Wings and it is breathtaking!!

January New Release called: Wings! Available January 2011 only from your CTMH Consultant

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mommy's Baby!

 Well, I know I have not been the best at posting on this blog lately. But have no fear!! This next week I will have new pictures to post of my upcoming card/layout workshop. It will be all Christmassy too!! In the meantime you will have to feast your eyes on my baby boy.

Cian is growing so fast I dont know how to handle it. He is two and half months old now and he is all smiles for me. He "talks" to me and is on the verge of laughing out loud. Babies are a precious gift from God and can make your day just by a simple smile.

These two pictures were taken about 1 week ago. In the first one I finally captured Cians grin. and in the second one I snapped one of him while he was sleeping. Sometimes there is nothing like a sleeping baby huh? Oh how I love this little guy.

Thanks for looking and I will be showing some new craft stuff asap!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Next Workshop Idea

 Recently I went to my uplines house and we made a clear card. It is an acrylic card that comes with a clear envelope and it allows you to really layer your design so one thing shows on top of another and creates a really cool final image. I amm going to teach this technique at my next workshop in November.
 The paper is called Olivia and is perfect for Fall. It showcases two of our new colors called Pear and Sunset. The cards come in packs and you can get round ones, square ones or scalloped. I recoomend using Tombow adhesive so that glue or other adhesive doesnt show through the clear part as you layer the card.

The workshop is going to be fun. I will post more details such as cost in another week or so. If you will be in the Murfreesboro area or would like to be just to come see me and the baby...ha ha ha... let me know and we will hook you up with all the supplies!!

Sympathy Card For A Friend

 One of my friends father passed away yesterday after an extended illness. I wanted to send her a sympathy card. Since I am a new Mommy again, I am a little short on time and resources. I made this today while my baby was napping. It was very quick and requires little paper and just a few cuts. But I like the way it came out. During times of grief I think simple works the best.

 The butterfly is from a stamp set called Celebrate Life...very fitting I feel. I used the CTMH blending pen and used three different color inks to color the image after I stamped it. The colors I used were: Brown Bag (main image color), Autumn Terracota, Garden Green and Barn Red. This is the first time I have used our blending pen and I thought it was neat...might need a little more training on technique but it was fun and is an inexpensive tool to add to your scrapbag.

I pop dotted the butterfly to add some dimension and then stamped the "thinking of you" image underneath. That stamp is in the color Garden Green and comes from the classic set called Say It In Style. I hope you enjoy the card. I am glad to be back and it was nice to create something again!!