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Friday, April 29, 2011

Finally, I am back post the results of my challenge .  Have had technical difficulties with camera/computer uploads.

Challenge to my self  info...Click Here

Now that I have my Computer issues fixed I can post my two 12x12 layouts from last Thursday.
Have to say it has been an interesting week...between several Tornado warnings, very strong straightline winds, & flooding, it's a wonder I got anything done.  Also The Arlington in April Event yesterday was a little windy but had a great time with fellow boothers. (is that a word..Oh well if not, it is now..LOL!!) Will post with picson that later.

It did take me longer than the 2.5 hours I gave my self for the challenge. I do know that next time I will be more prepaired and make a small kit ahead of time. It seems to take me a little longer to choose & decide on my embellishments. I will work on that as my challenge to myself gets going. My next challenge date for me is on Wednesday night, 5/4/11. Wish me luck.
Here's last weeks.
Title is "Miracle & Wonder"  A baby 2 page layout.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Upcoming Calendar Of Events

If you are looking for "My Challenge to Myself" and latest Art work..Click here.

Happy Scrappy Crop Club Members have a break during the month of May.
We are honoring many graduations, weddings, Memorial weekend, reunions, and the list goes on. Our Crop Club will have it's next event on June 4, 2011 at Mrs. Toni Clymers Home in Arlington, TN. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 ~  10:00 to 5:00
    Come check out the fun in Arlington, TN ~ Town Square. Look for
our CLOSE TO MY HEART booth. We will have Make-N-Takes, hand made paper crafts, scrapbooking supplies, hand made cards, and much more. We will have a Drawing, so don't hesitate to come sign up for fabulous prizes. Joining me will be Joann Marchionda and Melinda Everett showing off thier wonderful talents in the paper crafting world.

Saturday, May 7, 2011  ~  9:00 to 4:00
    More fun to be had this weekend in the Olive Branch Town Square. Come check out the CLOSE TO MY HEART booth.

Saturday, May 14, 2011  ~  10:30 to 2:30
Fanfare Workshop on the Go Kit.
Must pay at time of RSVP so I can order your kit.
Your kit includes the Level 2 paper packet, the exclusive My Acrylix Fanfare stamp set, and coordinating accessories.
Please contact me for more details at

Sunday, May 15, 2011  ~  1:30 to 5:00
Fanfare Workshop on the Go Kit.
Must pay at time of RSVP so I can order your kit.
Your kit includes the Level 2 paper packet, the exclusive My Acrylix Fanfare stamp set, and coordinating accessories.
Please contact me for more details at

Saturday, May 21, 2011  ~  10:00 to 12:30
Lets honor friendships and family by putting together this easy project. You can  send those special graduation, new baby, an outing togther with friends photos, and the list goes on.  This class goes fast so RSVP quickly. $15.00 ~ class fee covers all supplies and tools needed.
Please contact me for more details at

A Challenge to My Self...

It seems that I can never complete a 2 page 12x12 layout in one day. So, I have decided that over the next 8 Wednesdays, I will sit down and complete 1 set of 2 page 12x12 layouts from 6:00pm until 8:30pm.  I am limiting my time so that I won't spend all day working on one set. This should be fun and a good challenge for my self. I hope to draw out a few plans the night before and put some of the needed supplies together.
Wish me luck and the fun will begin this Wednesday, April 27, 2010. This should last until June 15, 2011.  Stop back by every Thursday Morning to check out my creations. Let me know how I am doing and what you think. Any pointers would be great too.  
In the mean time, Here are a few items I have put together.  Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great and successful week!!!

Getting a headstart on Fathers Day Layout

This one was probably my easiest Layout I have done lately.

Here is a 6x6 mini Album for Mom
Inside View

6x6 Mini Mom Album
Outside  and 1st flap

Photo Mailer for DAD

2nd view of my Photo Mailer for DAD

This is the latest...Took me two days just to decide on a couple of stamping images.
Colors came together very well. Did not think Purple, Sunflower and  Browns would work.

This is the inside of my Mom Photo mailer.

This is the front of the MOM Photo mailer.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter to everyone

Here is a special card my hubby made for Easter. He is so talented in the area of cards as well as so many other areas.  Using a CTMH Acrylix Stamp set "Sensational Season" (D1454). Give a shout out to a CTMH Hubby!!!

How cute is this little bunny delivering your Easter Eggs.

Great Job Lee!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mothers Day

* Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience and the council-chamber of thought. ~
* Memories of Mom are on the Wings of the Angels who visit me daily.~

Mothers Day is less than a week away. Hope everyone gives their mom a day of relaxation or even a wonderful memory that she can look back on years from now and smile.

Below is a Photo Mailer I have made to add some special photos from those great times we shared and from the times when we were growing up that made her laugh out loud just remembering them. I hope you all have great memories to pass along to future generations.

I have also entered this into Mary's CARDZ TV "Mothers Day Color Challege"
Hope you enjoy. Would love to hear from each of you on this project. Thank you for stoping by.

I used CTMH White Daisy Cardstock (1385),  left over Wht. cardstock that was ink washed with CTMH Sky Blue  (z2294) & Twilight reinkers (z2260).  CTMH 4x6 Flip Flap Protective sheets (Z4114)
Acrylix Stamp Sets:
Bohemian Alphabet (E1019)
Sophia Stamps (B1379)
Picture Perfect (D1363)
Fill in the Blank ((D1465)

CTMH  Exclusive Inks:
Gypsy (Z2190)
Pear (Z2197)
Sky Blue (Z2194)
Wht CS cut at 4.75"x 8.50" 
Fold made at 1.75" on left side
Attached ink washed CS face up to the fold of wht. CS total measurements
4.75 x 6.75.   This is so the mailers will fit into a 5x7 envelope.

Cut a 4x6 piece from the ink washed CS.  I stamped the wht. side of the ink washed cardstock with the scallop stamp in purple & placed inside the Flip Flap.

One side shows white with the purple stamped image and where I colored in the sky blue with the marker.  The other side shows the ink washed side of the cardstock. The second flip flap I put a 4x6 piece of Amethyst CS. You can place 5 photos in this mailer or a combination of photos and journaling spots. This would make a nice gift to send mom in the mail or place by her nightstand on Mothers Day.
I wish each and every Mother a very happy and jouyous day. May your Blessings be many that are moments for memories to be cherished and preserved for a life time to come.
To order the CTMH Flip Flaps yu can contact me by email at or go directly to my CTMH website

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to your comments on any of my projects or posts. I am still learning, so constructive critisim & tips are very welcome.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flowers, Prom, & Beauty

I just finished part of a scrapbook from my daughters Senior Prom. Thought I would share one of the layouts. Have about 4 more pages to finish up with but, this one I think is my favorite so far. Hope you enjoy.
Also, Check out the H2H Challenges.
I entered this one for all the flowers. just click the H2H badge to the right of this post or this link
Very talented ladies indeed. What inspiration and wonderful Ideas.

I used CTMH 4x6 Flip Flaps (Z4114)
Here, I framed in the top Flip Flap
after it was slid through the 12x12
layouts protective cover .
CTMH Magnifique Papers Level 2
Other CTMH Products:
INKS: Pacifica (Z2192), Gypsy (Z2390)
Cotton Candy (Z2192),
CTMH Stamp sets used:
 Cherished Flourishes (D1413)
Find Your Style (D1452)
Some CTMH Buttons
Waxy Flax & Glitz Glitter Gel

Showing the second flip flap under
the first  where there are 2 more
pictures and a journaling spot.
The Circle with flowering branch
& the word Prom was cut from
the Cricut Expression -Storybook Cartridge

Showing second & third photo
in the flip flaps. You can see the
vellum under the circle branch
cut. I also used a scrap piece
of Colorbok Glitter Paper in the
lower left corner for matting.
 Tri-Color ink stamped Butterfly
Used left over ribbon to
frame in the inner circle.
used CTMH markers to
highlight the peacock
feathering from the CTMH
B&T Magnifique paper
through the vellum.

Prom is on pop dots.
Flowers are a mixture
of CTMH's and left over
Iced Got Flowers sets.
3 petals per set used &
buttons trimmed in waxy flax

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Classes & Workshops Scheduled for April

Thursday, April 21, 2011       
          3-D Paper Art~   1st Class:  12:30p-3:30p
                                    2nd Class:  05:30p-8:30p
Come join me and learn to make your own Easter or Special Gift Basket.
All supplies, tools are included with a snack.

Fee is $12.00.  Please, RSVP by Sunday, 4/17/11, 
Only 6 seats available. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011
      Layout Class~    Mommy & Me Day
                               Class begins at 1:00p to 5:pm
Come make a layout for a Mommy & Me Day!

This is a great page for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents,
and even Aunts & Uncles too.
Contact me soon for more information so I can get supplies

toghther for your special day.   
RSVP by Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Thank you!!!!

I have to say,  "Thank You!"  to everyone who stopped by over the last 4 weeks. Especially, Thank You to those who have become followers. I do not know where this new journey will take me or whom my postings will inspire in the world of crafting. I am still on a learning journey in the world of Blogs, blog hopping,  posting information, & the art of sharing what I love to do in a different forum.  I hope those who choose to follow will be patient with me as I learn the gadgets and how to work in HTML on this Blog. One day, I hope to share and teach by video on my blog. I am open to ideas and advice from those who are more experienced in this area. I've learned a lot in my spare time just getting this Blog started. I feel so behind in the world of Blogging as I have visited and begun following other wonderful crafty bloggers.

Today I am sharing a page I put together that was actually inspired from a stamp set I thought I would never use. So, I challenged my self to make at least one layout.....Now it is one of my favorites for stamping in backgrounds. More pages to share using this same Stamp set at a later date. Let me know what you think. I would love to here your thoughts. 
 ;)Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

1 pc. CTMH Grey Flannel (5573) card stock for base
1 pc. 8x12  Med. Red card stock (unknown brand)
1 pc 5x7  CTMH Grey Wool (5571) card stock for base mat
1 pc 3.25x5.25 CTMH Grey Wool (5571) card stock for  base mat
1 pc. CTMH 3x3.5 Grey Wool (5571) card stock for Journaling or Sentiment
1 pc.  4.25x6.25 red/wht. striped paper (unknown brand) mat for pic.
1 pc. 3.25x5.25 red/wht striped paper (unknown brand) mat for pic
Inks:  CTMH Holiday Red (Z2127), Black (Z2105)
Stamp Set: Friendship (D1453)
** I matched the red in the striped papers with the large left over CS I had on hand.
*Unknown items are scraps from other projects from long ago.
If you would like to purchase any of the supplies used just click on this link
or email me at

Saturday, April 02, 2011

What's a Crafter to do with all these left over CS & papers? ......

......I know.....throw them out...NOT!  Shred for paper birds nest......No, don't think so.    Ahh, I know.....Use them in cards and other crafty 3-D Paper Art.  YES!!!! that's it.   OK, here is something I put together with some of my huge stash of left over CS and design/printed papers.  I am working on a few more,  thought I would share this one first. I mainly work on Scrapbooks and 3-D paper art...What do you think for a quick card made from scraps?

The base is CTMH Colonial White cardstock  8.5"x5.5" folded in half.  I stamped my sentiment first at the bottom right corner using CTMH exclusive inks in Blush (Z2106). Then I randomly placed three different acrylix stamps from the Cherished Flourishes stamp set (D1413) onto one 3"x3" block.  I rrandomly stamped in the CTMH Sweet Leaf Ink around the sentiment covering the rest of the cardstock. (You will notice, I stamped off the CS edges only on the cut sides.)  My first 3/4 circle mat came from a 4.5"x4" pc of left over B&T papers from the Sophia Level 2 (X7131B) paper pack. My med. to drk. green circle mat was from a 4"x4" pc of paper from where...I do not know..LOL.  The circle is 3.5" in diameter. My medallion is from a 3.75"x 7.5" strip of left over B&T papers from Sophia. On the two horizontal strips I used Fiskar "lace" corner punch only on one edge. Top horizontal Sophia B&T paper measured at  3.25"x.75". The Bottom horizontal is CTMH Blush Cardstock measured at 2.5"x.5".  They are butted up together with the laced punch corner facing away from each other.The vertical piece~ Colonial white CS 3.75"x1.75"mat with a stamped image on the Blush CS with 4 corners punched with the same corner punch as above. I trimmed the bottom edge of the vertical mat with a organza 1/4 wide and 2" ribbon.   I played with all my scraps and prepositioned everything before I adhered it down. I also embellished randomly with CTMH GLITZ stardust glitter gel (Z1313). A fun way to add sparkle without getting sparkle all over your projects, clothes, and home.


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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