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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Quick Hello & A Thank You GIVEAWAY!

A Big 3 weeks of pure business with Craft Fairs, product making,
My Grandbabys' 1st Birthday Party this weekend,
and now it's time to get ready for Thanksgiving Day.
How time has flown by this month. I do apologize for
not posting, I am sure those who have done back to
back craft fairs and still have many other
titles of "to do's" understand.
There is so much I want to share, just not enough time at
this very moment.
Do come back late this week and I will have posted
the craft items, pictures from the birthday party,
New Crop Club information.... got it.... a long awaited
100 Followers giveaway announcement! We are now over 50.
Thank you so much to those who are patient with me and
do come back to check in. Here is a little something for you.

1)  Leave me a comment between now and Nov. 29th on
"What you are Thankful For" with contact info.
2)  Spread the word on your blog and leave me information/link to your blog on a second comment with contact info for a 2nd chance to win.
3) Be or become a follower and leave a 3rd comment letting me know you are a follower with contact info for a 3rd chance to win.
I will annouce the winner on Dec. 1st
 I will send you a gift I made.
It is a Christmas Photo Mailer.
(samples of other mailers Click at this link)
I will post a pic of your Christmas Photo Mailer soon.
All you have to add is your pictures
and some journaling.
Then give it as a gift to family member
 or a friend for the Holidays
Due to postal costs...All entries will need
to be USA or Canada to qualify.
Have a wonderful and very
Blessed Thanksgiving
with family and friends.

Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crop Club Info and CTMH Orders

November Crop Information
& 2012 Crop Club Plans

Crop Club Members and Guests
November 21st will be our Order date for the Crop Club 2011.
The actual physical Crop Date will be DEC. 3rd.
Joann Marchionda is our Hostess for Nov. She will receive $25.00 in free items
for hosting the Crop Club.
TIME: 10am to 4pm (Come and go as needed)
LOCATION: We will be in Collierville.
I will send more information on location of our Crop Day when that has been arranged.

Due to timing of the craft fairs, Holidays and my grandson's first Birthday Party
(Of course I did not miss that...LOL!), we are moving our actual crop
to the first weekend in Dec. It will be an Open Crop.
(Work On What you want). Several of us have Christmas projects and gifts to finish.
Those who can not attend the Sat, DECEMBER. 3rd crop, I will have
seats set up for Sun. Dec. 4th. Dec 4th is at my home
Dec. 3rd We will have 2 giveaways...
1) for bringing a new guest.
2) for showing a 2 page layout or project you have worked on in the last 2 months (Oct. 1st through Dec. 1st) that we have not seen.

"OH MY SCRAPS" CROP CLUB will be meeting in 2012 every other month. I will need those who will be continueing and any one interested in the new year Crop Club to sign up before the end of Nov. If you have questions or would like more information, NOW is the time. It is a great way to set aside planned time to get those projects and Scrapbooks put together.
We will also have OPEN CROPS available on the opposite months. This is for you to use up those items you have and to get more projects done.
Crop Club Members get a discount on Open Crops.
Open Crops are not a part of the Crop Club.
Our Crop Club cost is $25.00 to keep our minimum amount needed for each hostess to receive
their qualifying free items for their month.
These are the months we will meet for the "OH MY SCRAPS" CROP CLUB
Our new books will be available to customers on Feb. 1, 2012.
Choose your month now. Email me so I can place name in accordance to who requested first.
January 28th Sandra V. Hosting
March 24th-(temporary date--depends on craft fair dates)
May 12th
July 21st
September 8th
November 10th-(temporary date--depends on craft fair dates)
When you Host a month...You have the opportunity to receive the minimum of
$25 FREE. During 2011, most everyone received at least $40. free and 1 item 1/2 off.
This is Girl time as well as your Project time. You can't beat that.
Also, If you do not have room at your home, You are more than welcome to host a my home.
If you are interested..... Leave a comment with your Contact information so I may send you more information.
S`andra V.

Just a Quick Note

Will be back soon to post news, announcements,
craft photos, and so much more. 
What a busy 3 weeks it has been.
In the mean time, I hope everyone has
had a moment to think and reflect
on the many gifts we have, what we
are Blessed with, and the people
we have in our lives.
I hope you are able to take a moment
to make someones day brighter even if all
you do is smile at a stranger.
You never know how that small muscle
movement may help someones day.
Thanks for stopping by and have a very
fun crafty day!

Happily Scrapbooking &
Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.

Monday, November 07, 2011

The Christmas Carousel

Just wanted to let you know I am participating in
"The Christmas Carousel~ A Gifting Extravaganza
Arts & Crafts Market!"

It's a new market in DeSoto County featuring handmade,
handcrafted, made with love gift items.
Come shop the market and stop by and see me!

                             CENTER HILL ELEMENTARY
                                13662 CENTER HILL ROAD
                                      OLIVE BRANCH, MS.
Hope you enjoy your week and have the opportunity to create.

I haven't left you,  just really really busy with the craft fair items.
Hope to post pictures of all my projects real soon.

Thank you for stopping by. Leave me a note letting me
know how your crafting is going these days.
Leave your blog address and I will be sure to stop by.
Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Craft Fair Weekend

Bartlett United Methodist Church is holding their annual Fall Craft Fair Nov. 4th & 5th
Will open at 9am and close at 5pm both days. There are approximately 60 venders with wonderful Hand-made items. If you are in the Midsouth area (TN, MS, AR) Do come by.
5676 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN.
To my Blogger Friends, I will be back soon to regular Craft & Scrapbook sharing as soon as my Craft Fair adventures are over.
Do check the Challenge tab for a list of challenges I came across this week. 
Local & cross country Crop Club members & Guests, check the Calendar tab for updated information for our Nov. Crop gathering
Have a wonderful crafty weekend.

LUGS,  (my new made up word)  

S`andra V.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A Bucket List......

Yes, my bucket list that I am sharing with you. Not something I would normally do (share with everyone).  We all have wishes and desires to do or have something that we would like to achieve before we are called to a better place. I know I have many dreams that I hope to cross off my bucket list as time flies by. (I am not going anytime soon...Still fighting the Lupus and just living day by day.)
I have crossed a few off the list...but as I was discussing dreams, failures, hopes, and successes with a dear friend, I have decided to share my bucket list. I am thinking my sharing will push me to achieve some of them and validate that it is possible to still dream at my age. (not that old yet....Just the Bon Jovi song plays in the back ground.) Here it goes...these are not in any order.

 1) Finish College
 2) A large room to host scrapbooking events in my home that will seat at least 12 to 14 people
 3) Every winter live in different Tropical areas for 1 month
 4) Meet my birth parents
 5) Have a weekend fundraiser that raises at least $100,000 to go toward research for Lupus
 6) Own a successful B & B that hosts Scrapbooking and Crafting
      events all year long
 7) Take my entire family on a 5-7 day cruise for Summer Vacation
 8) See the 7 wonders of the world
 9) Have a week long Crop Cruise with my Cropcation friends
10) Have 40 acres of land (with my B&B) to share the beauty of nature.
11) 31 day train trip around America (time to rest in between sight seeing)
12) Learn to Scuba Dive
13) Learn to Tap Dance
14) Go to Disney World for 14 days with my family and 3 other families (Kerlins, Randels, & Montgomerys') that are close to me (I might have the strength to make it to all the sights)
15) Win the Lottery to be able to do most of the above....LOL!!!!
16) RV for 1 month through the west to see the Grand Canyon and other areas.
17) Go to Australia for 2 weeks
18) Write a book
I will probably go back and add more things to my list...At the moment this is all I can think of.
Have you thought of your bucket list? Are you working on achieving those items? Now that I have listed some of my wishes and dreams..I guess I will need to make a plan to accomplish these.
Well it's late, Got to get some sleep. Getting ready for my craft fair in a few days. Soon As I complete that I'll share the items I have made as of late.
In the mean time...Have a wonderful and exciting Crafty weekend.
Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details.
Thank you for taking time to stop by and hope you have a moment to browse around and become a follower. The closer I get to 100 followers...I will announce a "100" follower give away.
S`andra V

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Some Halloween Blog finds to share with you!!!!

Got just a few minutes to share some other posts with everyone. I know we are all busy..but i think you will enjoy these creations. You need to stop over at a few blogs to check these creations out for Halloween...Who may have time to whip up an extra for decor or to give out on Halloween night.
#1 .... Jen's Craft Corner
#2 .... Scrappin My Stress Away
#3 .... Jean's Crafty Corner
#4 .... Coley's Corner
#5 .... Love Scrap Reflect
#6 .... Jen's Happy Spot
#7 .... Eva's Scraps N Cards

And if you haven't seen my "BOO" Banner..just scroll down 1 or 2 posts.
If I missed a cool Halloween or Fall blog featuring a cool project....Let me know. While I am working on Craft fair items (mainly Christmas at the moment) I will add them to this post. Be sure and leave the direct link to that particular post.
Thanks for stopping by....and don't forget, as soon as my follower #'s rises some more...I will be having a "100th Follower" Blog Candy Give Away announcement

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Not a lot of time to post this week...But I wanted to share this
in case anyone was in the area and needed some Crafty time.
After the Craft fairs I should be back to posting again.
Until then...Hope you all have a wonderful Crafty few weeks
and I will miss you all.


If you are in the MIDSOUTH , TENNESSEE Area
That would include Olive Branch, MS;
Memphis, Cordova, Germantown, Collierville, .
& any part of Shelby County, TN.
or any areas close by in Fayette County
You are welcome to drop in for an open crop/craft day.
See Calendar above for more details.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boo Banner

For the Boo Banner I used the Mischief Level 2 paper pack from CTMH.

Fun papers for Halloween or any fall craft uses.
I have a fall wreath to show after I finish
another wreath hopefully in a few days.

Hope You Enjoy.

The banner Triangles are from CTMH
The Spiders are cut from Doodle Charms Cricut Cartridge.
The Letters are Pre Cut Chip Board from Hobby Lobby.
(I have had those for awhile and needed to use them up.)

The lettering strip is cut from the zip tabs off the papers used in Mischief paper pack. I matted them onto 2 larger pcs. of paper and slightly crinkled then added to the banner with pop dots.
The spiders are cut at 2.5" in the main cut and the white background is cut in shadow at 2.5". I swiped the wht. with sunset and orange ink. The ribbon they are hanging from is glued to the back between the white and a seperate spider head
cut from the Doodle Charms Cart.
The Orange back ground paper already has some spooky printing on them. The first triangle did not have as much print on the paper, so I added a stamped spider web and spider images. The ghosts are a stamped image I cut out and put
Silver Glitter Glitz Gel onto.
I also added Clear Glitter Glitz Gel to the center of the Chip Board Letters
First time I have entered more than one challenge. This may be the only time I get to for a little while....Life will be extra busy over the next month.
Thanks you for taking time to stop by and hope you have a moment to browse around and become a follower. The closer I get to 100 followers...I will announce a "100" follower give away.
Let me know what you think of the banner.
Have a wonderful Halloween week and
may you craft 'til your heart is content.
S`andra V.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Present.....

The future, the past, the present....What a time to look back, look forward, and just live in today. I did a layout for my daughter and a few special friends in her life. They are at the time of life when each is taking on a new journey to their own lives. Here, on one of their get togethers they realize that seeing each other will be few and far between for some of them. They also realized that thier pasts are memories to look back on in the future but , today they must live life and cherish each moment they have.
I entered this layout in 2 challenges.
The Color Room's TCR #80 Challenge and The October Quote Challenge.
I used all CTMH products except the buttons, they were from Hobby Lobby. I even used the Cricut Art Philosophy Cart. I kept it simple and used one of my favorite Quotes to finish the page.

Thank you for stopping by and feel free to leave som crafty love comment below. Enjoy reading all you have to say.
Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bring your artwork to life....

Those who are interested in the CTMH Cricut Art Philosphy bundle,
Now's the time to host a gathering at your home or
on-line with a few friends so you can get it as a 1/2 off item.
Can't beat that. The bundle comes with the following:
1-cartridge w/ 700 images (valued at $69.)
that includes fonts, shapes, and 3-D items
3-My Acrylix D size Stamps Sets (valued at $53.85)
3-9x12 Dimensional Elements (valued at $14.85)
(3 sheets of different chip board shapes)
The stamps and the chip board coordinate with the
Cricut. The stamp sets give you the size of the cuts needed
to fit that particular stamp onto.
Pretty cool, takes all the guess work out.
Numerous My Acrylix® stamp images in our Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. When you see the Cricut icon or a stamp image outlined in red in the Idea Book, you will know there’s a matching shape on your Art Philosophy cartridge. Cut out the coordinating shape with your Cricut machine using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, then stamp your image on the base shape—quick and easy!

Bring your artwork to life with stamps and chipboard Dimensional Elements!

When you purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge,** you’ll also receive
three exclusive D-size stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements
designed to perfectly coordinate with images on the cartridge.
That’s a retail value of over $120 US / $140 CAN for just for $99/$109.95!
Stamp on your Cricut shapes; cover your Dimensional Elements
with a Cricut shape; or cut, stamp, and then cover!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Life without the internet....

Can you say trouble, disappointment, frustration....
Well I experienced what nearly a week without Internet can do to ones temperament with the Internet providers we have available to us.  I have to say, they really tried to help. But, when you can not get connected to your business, customers, friends, and family, not having the Internet in this day and age is most upsetting to all involved. Now that I am back on the air waves I am seeing how much we all rely on the convenience of the Internet. I must say for larger businesses in our area it has been a disaster in all aspects. 

I am working on new projects and I have a list of items in the Challenge tab above if you are interested. There are only 3 for this week. Being Internet disabled has it's limitations when we are talking timing. Hope to be able to post finished projects over the weekend.

In the mean time....take a moment to sit back and enjoy life around you. We all have hectic schedules, demanding jobs, responsibilities to many others. But, you owe it to your self to recharge your battery. Even if you only take 30 min., let that 30 min. be something for you. Go get a special latte, sit in a park and just look at nature, window shop, or even do a quick craft that's for you. Relax, take it slow for just a moment, you'll be surprised at how your mood is uplifted and you have a little bit of an inner peace that you can share with others through that smile.

Happily Scrapbooking and Crafting My Memories
S'andra V.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Sneeky Peeky Project #1 with Cricut Art Philosophy

As I have been working with the Cricut Art Philosophy (Snowflakes), I entered a color challenge over at The color RoomOctober 8th-14th----- The Color Room
New Color pallet #79 - Just click the above  link to check them out.

The picture does not do this layout justice. I may try to retake later and see what I can do. Lighting today in the room is not working and could not get a close up of just the 12x12 layout with out cutting off important areas. Practice makes perfect. In the mean time.....
Got to get other projects done and help my youngest daughter find her title to her car....She totaled her car last week and is saying good by to her first car she bought herself.
TEARS of sadness for her Golden Stallion...I'll have to do a farewell layout when she gets me the pics. She is fine and we are thankful for seat belts and insurance. (wreck was not any fault of hers.) One reason why I do not let people go through 4 or 6 lanes of can not always see what is coming in that far lane.
She has been a very good driver and it was very scary getting that call not knowing how bad or if she was truly OK!  Thank you to many for prayers and concerns. Guess you can say my week was very hectic.
Onto my oldest daughter and this layout....

CTMH Products & Tools used unless otherwise stated.
CS. Dutch Blue, Grey Flannel, Daisy White
B&T's 1 sheet of the scripted Grey Flannel with snowflake design from Wonderland Level 2 Paper pack
1 sheet of Tan scripted B&T from Notebook l Level 2 Paper pack
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and Heart Shaped stamp from the bundled stamp set, Ink Pad & Markers-Dutch Blue, Gypsy, Grey Flannel, Grey Wool
Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel, Liquid Glass, Sponge Daubers
Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint, Creative Memories Corner Rounder
If interested in purchasing any of the CTMH items listed, let me know.
The technique above with the reversed snow flakes was done by taking the negative (the hollowed cut out) and sponge daubing the ink on the inside edges of the flake. Here I used two colors-CTMH's Gypsy & Dutch Blue.
I also did random areas on the Dutch Blue 12x12 Base in Gypsy and Grey Wool. The distressed edging is the Pearl Paint i swiped on with an old paint brush. The white cs has a grid on it by using the Glitz Gel.
The large snowflake is 2 layers of papers. 1st is the Grey Flannel cs, 2nd & Center is Grey B&T Script w/Snowflakes. Snowflake cut from Cricut Art Philosophy in reg cut and layer cut.
After adhering the layer to base, used Liquid Glass around the very edge, let dry for a few hours, came back and sponge daubed the blue ink over entire flake. The liquid glass resists the ink and leaves it clear to see the script underneath. Added the center piece with script side facing up after daubing a light coat of gypsy ink and edging it. Added Glitter Glitz Gel to the small tip openings.

Used Glitter Glitz Gel to some of the extra centers and place randomly on the layout.

Used the Art Philosophy Cricut bundle stamp set to stamp the heart
and pop dotted randomly on the page & stamped the image in a few areas on the layout. Wrote Sub-title and Title in 3 layered colors using the matching colors with the CTMH markers.

Thank you for stopping by. Would love to hear your comments. I truly enjoy reading what you think and what you liked best. I can even handle what you don't care for too.
Crafty comments are much appreciated...leave your blog site and I will be sure to come visit.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Sneeky Peeky

Just a quick post...I am working on a few projects from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge...Here's a sneak peek...   For info on this Cartridge click HERE!!

Don't forget to check out the Tabs above to see new items posted this week. The Challenge tab has a few I have added that you will enjoy.
Also, This months specials with Close To My Heart is Awesome for OCTOBER!!
See you later in the week with more sneak peeks.
Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories!!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

October Freebie from CTMH and an extra from me!

Freebies in October!
I would not pass this up!!

If you have ever given any thought to becoming a consultant with

Close To My Heart, this month would be the month to do it! 

In addition to your $99 New Consultant Kit valued at over $280, CTMH is also giving away a

FREE add-on kit of your choice valued at up to $130. Wowzers! 

That's over  $400 worth for

only $99!

What's even better? This month only, if you sign up to join my team, I will throw in an additional add-on kit for FREE! Yep, you just read that correctly. You have to talk to me about it first, though, because it has to be ordered when you sign up - I can't go back and do it later. Really, it's that easy! Just contact me right away for all the details :)

I would love to have you on my team :)

~Happily Scrapbooking and Crafting my Memories~
S`andra VanWoerden
Independent Consultant
Close To My Heart

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boo Banner, Wreath and other items to show off.

You will need to go to the following Tabs to see all the creativity I worked on over the last few weeks. Above are tabs with the latest items to show off.
Boo Banner has some information on what I did to achieve some details.
Small Wreath so simple to make.
Live Laugh Love Roxie Layout has instructions on this page.
Be sure and look through the new tabs above to see other information and art work.

After you have had a moment to look at the items listed, be sure and return to this home page and let me know what you think. I love to see your thoughts and ideas. I am always happy to receive tips and encouragement. Leave me your Blog address and I'll be sure to come visit and leave you some Blog Love too.
Have a Wonderful Day. I hope you get to stop and see the beauty around and maybe get some crafting done along your journey.

Before I forget. If you would like to be updated on new projects, be inspired on layouts, or get news on specials from CTMH, Sign up over to the right of this Blog to receive an email. I do not share your email with anyone I don't even see it.
 I try to share techniques, things I have learned in the crafting world as well s some of my projects. Every now and then I will post a challenge for Blog goodies. My last Blog give away had to do with my Birthday.
Never know when I pop out another great give away.
Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoy and get inspired to create.
S`andra V.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Live, Laugh, Love Layout with Roxie WOG

Last 2 days for the SOM*-Click here--> September Stamp of the Month.
Go here for information on---> CTMH* Cricut "Art Philosophy" cartridge.
Quick note....Do check out the up coming CROP CLUB tab above. Thank You!
Whew! What a few weeks we have had. I am back now. Life was really hectic and we all know family comes first. Enough with that, I want to Scrap-LOL!!!.
Got several posts to put up today and tomorrow. I hope you get to truly enjoy them. On the Roxie layout- I will post a page in the Scrapbook L.O. Tab above for the supplies used and measurements.
This Layout is probably very close to being one of my favorites for this fall. (I think the papers are awesome!) I only used a portion of the papers and embellishments that came with the Roxie Workshop on the Go and I have plenty left over to continue my layout further or do a 3-D paper project with. Oh Boy!!....Decisions, Decisions!!!! I started this layout at the stamp camp from a few weekends ago.  I thought I'd finished (thinking I knew what pics I'd use, well, jokes on me-LOL!!!)                 
Items used for Layout
 When I got my pictures out I realized very quickly they weren't what I was going to use after all. As I hummed  (the group staring at me all the while thinking i was nutso-LOL!) and thumbed through photos of family, I realized the perfect sets were of my oldest. A few pictures I have been able to get of her over the last few years plus some odd and ends of younger years(She doesn't like to take pics any longer-unless it's her idea).

       Pg1                                                                    Pg2
Close up Pg1                                                       Close up Pg2
*Check out my Lingo Abbreviation Tab at top of
this post for my Blog definitions.

Thank you for stopping by.
Please leave some Blog Love and let me know what you think.
Have a Happy Crafty Day!
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories
S`andra V.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Taking a walk-about & Information on Cricut Art Philosophy videos

Was in need of much deserved rest this week..
Had a wonderful time at my "Oh My Scraps" Crop Club
this past Sat. Great group of women.
And now gearing up for our Unit's Stamp Camp this coming weekend.
Been playing at the Color Combo site with a group of ladies there too.
Can't wait for the new challenge to reveal so I can see
what colors and what the inspiration and challenge is.
Lost my MoJo of creativeness this past week (explains the needed rest).
Hopefully during stamp camp I can retrieve my crafty MoJo
and have more projects done and ready to post when I return on Sunday.
Wish me and my MoJo the best of Crafty Spirits...LOL!
In the mean time...Those who are interested in the CTMH Cricut Art Philosphy bundle,
Now's the time to host a gathering at your home or
on-line with a few friends so you can get it as a 1/2 off item.
Can't beat that. The bundle comes with the following:
1-cartridge w/ 700 images (valued at $59.)
that includes fonts, shapes, and 3-D items
3-My Acrylix D size Stamps Sets (valued at $53.85)
3-9x12 Dimensional Elements (valued at $14.85)
(3 sheets of different chip board shapes)
The stamps and the chip board coordinate with the
Cricut. The stamp sets give you the size of the cuts needed
to fit that particular stamp onto.
Pretty cool, takes all the guess work out.

Numerous My Acrylix® stamp images in our Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. When you see the Cricut icon or a stamp image outlined in red in the Idea Book, you will know there’s a matching shape on your Art Philosophy cartridge. Cut out the coordinating shape with your Cricut machine using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, then stamp your image on the base shape—quick and easy!
Bring your artwork to life with stamps and chipboard Dimensional Elements!
When you purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge,** you’ll also receive
three exclusive D-size stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements
designed to perfectly coordinate with images on the cartridge.
That’s a retail value of over $120 US / $140 CAN for just for $99/$109.95!
Stamp on your Cricut shapes; cover your Dimensional Elements
with a Cricut shape; or cut, stamp, and then cover!
Below is a great idea for christmas tags and plenty more
Holiday Tags Assortment: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book
Thank you for taking time to stop by and checking out the new stuff. If you are interested in
receiving this wonderful bundle 1/2 off, leave me a message with your email.
Also, when you host this month,you receive another free gift.
Septembers National Stamp Celebration and our
Stamp of the month
So much going in one month. How cool is FREEEEEE!!!!
Let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Stamp of the Month & Celebrating, National Stamping Month

To see the "A Thing of Beauty" L.O. Click Here, or
to see the "Using up Scrap papers" post Click Here.
The September Stamp of the Month
stamp set can be purchased or
you can even get it for only $5

Available September 1–30, 2011 only.
With a minimum qualifying purchase,
get your D-size Stamp of the Month set
for just $5.00 US / $5.50 CAN! 
Get this stamp set at full retail price or,
with your qualifying order, add it at checkout
for the promotional price of $5.00.
$50.00 US / $55.00 CAN
No purchase req.
You pay only:
$5.00 US / $5.50 CAN (72% Off!)
$17.95 US / $19.95 CAN (full retail)
Set of 21stamps on carrier sheet
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 3 1/2" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3 1/2" (Y1009)
Stamp images outlined in red coordinate
with the Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686).
And don't forget our
National Stamping Month Special
entitled Pair-a-Phrase!
Until the end of September.
While supplies last, you can get this
FREE 2 D-size Stamp Set 
with your $75 order.
What a deal! 
If you do not have a Close to My Heart Consultant, you can
purchase this stamp set at my web site. Click HERE.
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget, There are more posts on art work coming your way....Just not enough time in a day to get it all done.
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra V.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

A Thing of Beauty Layout

I have been busy, busy working on this layout. My first one picture layout. And, I have made this into a layout I can put with my Wall of Family Photos on a canvas that the layout can be switched out when I want to show case a different Layout. I still have to tweak the size of my canvas. You can't see it in this photo. I will get a larger canvas to decorate with permanent items but have an area that the 12x12 layout can be switched out when I am ready.

All "Close to My Heart" Products used unless otherwise stated.
Lilac Mist Carstock, Antiqued Brass Photo Corners,
Passages B&T-Tea stained red letters print,
Dimensional Elements Tag,
Bling assortment, Opaques Gems Pearl (altered),
Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint, Re-Inkers,
Gypsy & Garden Green Ink pad,
CM marbled red paper, My Hobby Lobby stash of
papers-dictionary print, & brown CS,
Martha Stewart Paper Edge Punch,
My Acrylix stamp set, CTMH Happy-stick pin

I will be entering this in the Color Combos Challenge.
Thank you fro stopping by and hope you are having a wonderful week.
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra V.

Using up Scraps of Paper.

Here's my first set of projects I told you I would post this week. I am determined
to use what I have in my paper scraps. I am also increasing my craftiness into cards. As you all know, I am not much on making cards. But guess what, I made 10 cards this afternoon. I think they are OK. Would love to get tips and opinions from my fellow crafters. I used all scraps including for the bases of the cards.
I did not make envelopes. Not ready to tackle that yet. I did line the store bought envelopes with matching paper or stamped inside the flap to coordinate with the card. I am thinking by doing this, it gives the cards a more finished look. Hope these pics do them justice.  There will be three or four posts over the labor day weekend. Told you I have been a crafty buzzer this week..LOL. have a wonderful labor day weekend and hope you get to have fun times with family and friends and get to be crafty as well as scrapbook those memories. Thanks for stopping by. Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra V.



If you are interested in measurements, what stamp set I used or any other info to
make a set of your own, leave me a comment letting me know what information
you need and your email. I will be glad to share that with you. You can use
 the Close to My Hearts new fall papers in the Dreamin" paper pack for
some similar colors. I am sure the Roxie would be just as cute.

Visit my website to check out more ideas from the 2011 Idea Book.
Level 2 $9.95

Dremin" Card Options
Layout options

Level 2  $9.95

Roxie Layout Option

Thursday, September 01, 2011

"Birthday Surprise Blog Candy" Winner

YEA!!!! Your a WINNER!  Almost couldn't wait to pull up the winner. I decided I needed my sleep and had an early appointment this morning. I did wait. until 12pm today to pull the winner.
Winner is   POST # 23.
Amy E said...

Your birthday party looked like a blast...I hope you had a fun day!!!!
I've never tried anything from Close to my Heart so this would be a fun surprise to win!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Birthday Blog Giveaway---Just a few more hours to enter.

Just a reminder, A few more hours away before the Birthday Blog Giveaway ends. I can't wait to see who wins the Close To My Heart Blog SURPRISE Candy and the Thirty-One Tote. YES!!! $25.00 in Close To My Heart Products and a wonderful Tote to hold all your scrap tools in or what ever your little heart desires.
I'm on the edge of my seat for my very first give away.
Thank You goes out to all my wonderful followers who helped spread the news. Big Thanks to those who are new to my blog. I truly hope my art work will inspire you to be creative, try new things, and have fun. But, most of all, I hope I can inspire and encourage you to celebrate your special relationships through preserving the many memories with pictures, through journal, and crafting art work to pass along to the next generation. I am always surprised by the many pictures we all have from the generations before us that we don't know who they are, what the occasion was, which side of the family these people are from. And yes, there are many of us who will not know this information because key family members are no longer around.
It makes me sad when I go through some pictures and hate that I do not know important dates or names of family members in these pictures that are from long ago. If your not already keeping some form of family history, take a small step and scrapbook a page, or journal a note in a journal book and post the picture with it. Writing on photographs are not recommended due to the deterioration after time passes. Preserving your memories does not have to be expensive or fancy. After I am finished with the Birthday Blog and my craft projects later this week, I'll share with you my first few years of  preserving my memories. You will laugh at some and others you'll remember, before all these little and big crafting tools came about, there was a way to create and enjoy those wonderful memories. Enough of that and off to entering the giveaway.
CLICK HERE to enter the Birthday Blog Give Away.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your crafty week.
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra V.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last day for Birthday Blog Give Away!!!

Ends this evening 8-31-11 at 11:59 CST
SEPTEMBER is National Stamping Month
To celebrate National Stamping Month in September,
we are offering our first-ever double stamp set!
You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double
stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 US
from August 15 through September 30, 2011. You'll love this
double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of
clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade
cards all year long. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which
drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase!
Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month
with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set!
Dates: Offer valid August 15 (9:00 am MDT)–
September 30, 2011 (11:59 pm MDT)
Visit my Web Site at 
to see the new IDEA BOOK
or Click onto the Shop With Me Badge 
on the right side panel of this blog
Don't forget, Come back Thursday for the winner annoucement and later in the week I should be posting some of the folowing projects..Can You Say     

1) Banner for Halloween Decor.
2) Halloween Cards.
3) A Fall 2 page layout
(continuation of my challenge to myself.)
Also, Look for the Birthday Winners Post on Thursday, 9-1-11.
Thank you so much for taking time to drop in and leave some Crafty Love Comments. In the meantime, while you are waiting for my new posts....Take a few moments and do something CRAFTY for yourself.
Happy Crafting to you!


Just as pieces stitched together in a quilt warm our bodies, scrapbooks bind together memories to warm our hearts. ~Author Unknown~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The designs and instructions listed on this blog are for personal use only and may not be sold in any form without specific permission. Thank you for respecting each creator's heart of joy.

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