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, June 28, 2009

More To Adore

I love this layout! This was the first time my son, then 6 months old, met his great grandmother. She passed away about 6 months later and I am so thrilled that we got these pictures of them. I love the one of his hands holding onto hers. There is something to be said for the old and the new huh?
This paper is called More To Adore and actually is highlighted with blush pink cardstock in the paper pack. I decided to use Lilac Mist cardstock with my photos since my son is wearing blue and after all he is a boy. I think it looks perfect together!
Don't be afraid to mix and match paper packs. There are so many combinations with CTMH. I also mixed my alphabet stamp sets for the title. I used Rustic Alphabet for the word "Grandma" and I used the Precious Alphabet for the words "meeting" and "Wogan". CTMH's ink colors also overlap each other very nicely and never fade together. I used Lilac Mist and Chocolate for this page. See how well the Lilac Mist shows up on the same color cardstock? Thats the beauty of CTMH!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

June Workshop Two More Layouts

I I hope you enjoy these pictures and feel free to leave a comment!!just wanted to share the other two layouts that we will be doing at my June Workshop. I decided to use my wedding pictures. Mostly because I wanted to show that this paper looks good with both the blue side and the pink side, but also because when you look at it one usually thinks about school. I am trying to think outside the box more than in the past and feel very pleased with these layouts. I have never done a layout where you use 15 pictures on one page. It was intimidating at first but when I looked at the final picture I was very happy I consoldated some of my favorite wedding photos. It is an easy way to show many pictures from one event without

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Here It Is....The $40 ($80 value) CTMH Mystery Box!

I wanted everyone to see what my "Man In Brown" brought me yesterday from CTMH. It is the Mystery Goody Box that CTMH was offering last week. If you are unfamiliar with this program I will fill you in. During the entire month of June CTMH is offering A Deal A Day. Everyday on my website there is a FREE item to be given away. But the catch is it is only for that day. CTMH also told us that during the month there would be six different mystery goody boxes offered at up to 75% off retail prices with a flat out low shipping rate!
So you better believe when the $40 box came up last week I bought it. I am thrilled with the goody's inside. Everything is coordinated as far as color goes (thats no surprise with CTMH) and I added up the value and it was about 89.50 or so. So, I got an incredible deal!
I will list everything for you and give you it's retail price. I hope you are encouraged to check out my website and see what CTMH can give you for FREE! I love this business!!!!!
Items Included:
Level 2 paper Pack called Abundance 12.95
My Acrylix Stamp Set "Because of You" 22.95
Dimensional Elements Numbers 4.95
My Accents Accessory Kit in Topiary 12.95
Clear Inspirations Ribbon Slides (2) 3.95 each
Life Delights Memory Showcase Kit 12.95
Booking Set with 1x1 block 4.95
Heartfelt Collection Ribbon 9.95
Total Value $89.55
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

June Workshop~ Discovering the Joy of my Boy!

This is my newest layout and is also one of the 3 layouts my club will be making on June 26th when they join me for my monthly workshop.
The paper pack is called Notebook and features double sided paper that is pink on one side and blue on the other. If you are often challenged to scrapbook your son's, nephews, brothers or fathers layouts this is a great place to start! Many scrapbook papers and embellishments only cater to girls or seem very feminine. CTMH is really working hard at changing that trend and I honestly believe they are a front runner to all things new in this industry. Notebook paper packs have been available for awhile now, and I have had mine about 6 months or more. I just wasn't quite sure what I would do with it.
My husband and I had these pictures made of Jake last summer and of course we got a billion 8x10's and I didn't know what to do with all of them. This layout features two of them that I love and shows you that you can cut them or scrapbook right over the tops of them and everything still ends up ok. This used to be a huge fear of mine, that I would some how "mess it up".
So, I hope you enjoy looking at my baby boy and the layout I have done. If you are interested in joining my monthly club feel free to email me or leave a comment on the blog and I will give you a shout!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Stair Step Card

This is a card that I made for my secret pal who lives in Wisconsin. It is called a stair step card and I first saw the idea published on the Bulletin Boards at CTMH. Vicki Wizniuk is a master cardmaker, so thank to her I was able to make this!! Thank you Vicki.
This is actually a very simple thing to make. I took a piece of cardstock that was 10 inches by 4 inches and simply scored lines at different intervals across the cardstock.
I then folded it in accordian style. You do want to be careful when you score your paper as it will tear if you press too hard. So gentle is better!
The next step is to cut strips of coordinating background and texture paper and then adhere it to the cardstock where ever you like. I then stamped my sentiment, this one says "Just Because" and added some embellishments like brads and buttons. Once folded up this card will fit in a basic size A envelope.
If you would like any more detail about any of the products I used or how to make something like this be sure and contact me at and I can get you what you need.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Have you ever considered?

Just wanted to share a picture from last summer of my family. It is hard to believe this has been almost a year ago. Jake was two and a half and Alexis was 9. We took a little trip to Chattanooga for the weekend.
Now it has been almost a year and I have not scrapbooked this trip yet. I do have everything on CD so that I can go to Walmart and print off the pictures. That's a start!
One thing it is important for you to do is periodically copy all of your pictures to CD and store them in a safety deposit box at your local bank.
My husband and I do this every year. We also make a copy of everything on our laptops or computers and store this at the bank as well. We use Quicken for our finances and as everyone knows nothing that is electronic is guaranteed to always preform like you want it to, so in case we ever lose anything with our tax info or finances we know we have a pretty updated copy at the bank. We do this every 3 months at least.
In this day and age of electronic everything we have to be very vigil about saving info and encrypting info. My husband does this for a living, so if you or a family member ever needs help give us a shout. Better safe than sorry huh?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Just a Favorite!

I wanted to share with you a picture of my favorite card that I have ever made. I am not sure why it is my favorite other than maybe the color scheme and the paper that I used.
I got the idea out of one of our How To Guides called Originals and just copied the dimensions. It didn't take long to make at all.
It also utilizes a technique that I love. I am not sure if it has an official name but I will call it "scoring with reverse sanding"....easier done than said!
Notice the Crystal Blue and Chocolate cardstock and how it has been sanded. I did that by scoring straight lines with my paper trimmer and scoring tool. I then turned the cardstock over and sanded the reverse side. That's it!
You will need to be sure not to push too hard with your scoring tool. It is easy to tear a hole in your paper when you distress it this much. It will give anything a great look. You can also do patterns and crosshatching and make some really neat designs.
Give it a try this week and see if you like it. I know I do. Happy Scrappin'!