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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Slide show of some upcoming stamp sets with Close To My Heart....

...that are discontinuing.
If you are needing any of these that are listed...
Please contact me before Sat., July, 30th.
I will put an order in that day. We will not
be able to order after July 31st.
Most of these have been in the last two or
three books. It is now time to move them out to
make room for the new items that are in
Click here-->Slide show of some
upcoming discontinued stamp sets.
Thank You Melinda for putting this together!
We have about 11 more days for our
Fall/Winter 20011 Idea Book REVEAL!!!! YES!!.
A lot of wonderful changes and such beautiful
3-D paper art work. There are so many ideas for
scrapbooks and cards.
I can't wait to delve into this book. I think you will
love this book. Prices are down, readability is
so much better and the paper packs will be a
new WOW factor for your projects.
If you do not have a Close To My Heart
Consultant, you may contact me through
this blog by leaving me your email in my
Crafty Comments or go directly to my Website, ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Let me show you how to create and celebrate
relationships through discovering your creativity,
preserve, and share the moments that matter most.

Click HERE to see one of the new items that
all Cricut lovers will be thrilled about. WOW!!!!
Don't forget our big July

Check out H2H's July challenges. CLICK HERE
Thank you for stopping by. Will be posting my latest project in a few more days. Hope to see you return.
Sandra V.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cutie Pie Layout for H2H Monday Challenges AND H2H Scrapbook Sketches!!

You will be so excited, check it out.
Don't forget July's Special
My layout for H2H Monday Challenge. Click HERE for the information.
I am the July Co-Sponsor. So go by and enter any
of the July challenges for a chance to win. Remember,
must use mainly CLOSE TO MY HEART products. Enter one
challenge or all 4 Mondays challenges. Winners announced
at the end of the month. The Design Team is really a talented
group. Leave some comment love and post your project
accordingly. The first Challenge was Monday, July 4th,
second Challenge was Monday, July 11th, and the third
Challenge will be this Monday, July 18th. Happy Challenges.
*Our challenges are open to everyone!
*To enter, follow the challenge of the week and post your
results to your personal blog or other online gallery.
*Be sure to come back here and direct link to your challenge
post so we can see your artwork!
*<strong>In order to enter a challenge, you must use CTMH products
but your project does not have to be 100% CTMH. </strong>
*If you use something from another company, please
consider including details in your project's description.</strong>
*Spread the word about our challenge blog by
including our badge on your blog. </strong>
*Most importantly, have fun creating - the
Close To My Heart way!
(To direct link, please leave a link that takes us directly
to your blog/gallery page that includes your challenge
post - not to your blog home page).
Here is my layout for the H2H Scrapbook Sketches and the
H2H Monday Challenges. Enjoy and leave some blog love.
CTMH Products used unless stated otherwise.
CTMH Solid Cardstock:
White Daisy, MoonStruck, Buttercup, and Dutch Blue
My Acrylix stamp sets:
Token Alphabet E1020,  Fun Times B1309, 
Picture Perfect D1363,  Notice the Details D1378
Exclusive Inks:
Moonstruck Z2145,  Buttercup Z2110
Exclusive inks marker  Moonstruck Z2334
Paper Dolies
CTMH Sponge Daubers Z726
Glitz Glitter Gel Z1313
CTMH Buttons Blues Z1371
Basic Brights Yellow Floss - Hobby lobby

Used the Glitter Glitz Gel on the grove of the buttons and
on various areas on the dolies and on the stamped animal images.
The dolie was sponge daubed in the Moonstruck on the edge and
then around the center of the circle. Stamped teh center in buttercup
yellow and the cutie saying around that.. Also, I fringed the outer
layer photo mat for a more destinctive look.
Stamped the base of SWEET on seperate CS in buttercup then
stamped the letters in Moonstruck and cut them out, pop dotted
onto the base page. The frogs eyes, mouth, and some spotts have
Glitter Glitz Gel.
These are pictures of my sweet grandbaby Trevor just a week after
coming home.  He is now 7 months old.. Can you say Behind...I am
just now getting to some of his pics. So you may be seeing a lot of
him in future layouts.
Thank you for stoping by and hope you enjoy
this layout as much as I do.
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~SandraV.

Picnick Layout from My Monthly Crop Club Event

Click the following CLOSE TO MY HEART to get the
Awesome News Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection 
 & watch a video from CTMH.
This has been a week.. I hope everyone is staying cool
and not over doing it in the heat.  Heat index here has
been tripple digits for the last 10 or 12 days.  HOT HOT!!
Our Crop Club Event was a blast.  I enjoyed designing
this Layout. The CTMH Flip Flaps really were a hit.
I have used many of the 4x6 flip flaps for added photos
on a page or used them in my Personalized Photo Mailers.
But I can really see an added extension to my Layouts
with the 12" Assorted Flip Flaps
Here are pics of that layout. Used all CTMH products
unless otherwise stated.
Mayberry Level 2 paper pack X7136B
My Acrylix Summer Days Stamp Set B1375
My Acrylix Splendid Day Stamp Set D1462
Olive C.S., Colonial Wht C.S., Chocolate C.S.
Exclusive Inks used: Sweet Leaf, Topiary,
Cocoa, Tulip, Sunset, Buttercup, & Black
Memory Protectors Flip Flap
12' Assortment Z1325,
Martha Stewart Paper Punch~Family
Used masking technique for the sun. Tore a plan thin
sheet of scrap  paper that covered the area that I did not
want stamped on the base page. Inked the stamp in the
Sunset first. Cleaned the stamp, reversed the scrap paper
and inked the stamp in Buttercup then offset the stamp
over the original stamp.
Stamped the Tree Top in Sweet Leaf onto 12x12 base.
Stamped the image on seperate CS in Sweet Leaf and
restamped the image slightly to one side and lower in
Topiary on top of the Sweet Leaf. Cut out image,
pop dotted and placed image over the original stamped
image at a slightly lower postion. This showed the original
image as a shadow or far off look to the tree top. Did the
same to the trunk of the tree as well.

The watermelon base stamped in tulip 1st generation
then stamped on a seperate CS in 2nd generation. Cut out
2nd generation image slightly thinner. Then pop dotted
and placed over the origninal stamped image.

I have made 3 kits for anyone who would like to have this layout.
Kit includes all the pre-cut papers, a few items that are pre printed,
pre stamped on seperate carstock tree top, tree trunk, and watermelons.
Included are the 12" x 6 Flip Flap Memory protector, and the
12x12 Protector. If interested leave me a comment with your
email and I will send more information.

Have a Wonderful and CraftyWeek!
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~Sandra V.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection

                   Find out why Close To My Heart's
Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection is a must-have! With  over
700 unique shapes, including rosettes, gift boxes, and lace, you'll
learn how to create beautiful artwork with incredible ease.
                         THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!
The cartridge comes with three coordinating stamp sets and
chipboard die cuts. Loving this! Plus, most of the new stamps in
the Idea Book have coordinating shapes in the cartridge.
I know what I'm ordering.
You are all in for a great treat with the new CLOSE TO MY HEART 
IDEABOOK!!  WOW! is all I can say. 
BEST yet...Prices have come down on stamps and other items as well.
                     <<<<<CROP CLUB MEMBERS>>>>                               Our next crop club is August 20th with the wonderful
Laurie MontgomeryMake plans to be there to get all the latestest
and greatest news on new product, papers, stamps and projects.

Leave me a comment,   If you would like more information and to
receive the New Fall/Winter 2011 Catalog. You can start ordering
on August 1, 2011 from the New Idea Book.
After my camera charges, I'll post photos of the book and
my latest Layouts.
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra

Monday, July 11, 2011

Creativity with Trees and Things Stamp Set

Click this link for theH2H Challenge information
If you are looking for Sweet Blog Award Click HERE
Here's the information for  A BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Got a very busy week. But, I wanted to share a few simple
techniques that Close To My Heart shared with us. CTMH
stamps are fairly flexiable and pretty strong. I seem to abuse
mine all the time and they are still going...Like the Energizer
Bunny.  LOL!
 I will be back in a few days to share a wonderful page that
our  "Oh My Scraps"  Crop club put together this past weekend.
In, the mean time I hope you enjoy this video.
          Thank you for stopping by.

What do you think? Cool stamp set and a great technique.
If you are interested in purchasing this stamp or view any of our
wonderful products, You can visit my CTMH
website at
 CTMH  "Trees and Things"  stamp set - D1467
Enjoy your week and I hope you can sneak in a few crafty hours

Happily Scrapbooking My Memories ~ S`andra V.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Sweet Blog Award...

THANK YOU PAM... For the Really Wonderful
Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.
Take time to see Pam over at PJ's Creative Corner
To receive your reward there are 3 rules to follow.
to get your blog just right click on the picture
and save it as.  Sweet Blog Award onto your desktop.
This way when you add it to your
blog, It will be easier to find
The rules for this award are the following:
(1) Send a Thank You to the person who nominated you and include
their link in your blog.
(2) To accept award, please list 7 random facts about yourself.
(3) Pass the award onto 8 other awesome blog buddies

Here are my 7 Random Facts:
  1) Love Fresh Pineapples but, very allergic so I can not eat one
        of my favorite Fruits.
  2) My very favorite colors are dark blues, dark greens, and teals
        (CTMH favorite color paper and ink color is Pacifica)
  3) Love Canoeing and Camping...Need to do that again, it's been awhile.
  4) My Craftiness seems to come at any given time of day or night.
         I usually see something that inspires me and then wham...
         ...I disappear for several hours..LOL!
  5) Have a sweet tooth for 3 Musketeers and those Krogers
         Soft Iced Cookies
  6) Very Very affraid of hieghts...
         (The get sweaty palms and pass out type of fear)
  7) My next dream home--is to have an entire mother in-law suite
         seperated from the main house for my Scrapbooking
         Business and My Crop Club friends.
OK, there are my 7 facts. Now here are the 8 wonderful blogs
I visit regulary. These blogs are very deserving. It has taken
me a few weeks to narrow down my list. As my blogging
experience grows, so does my list of Crafty Friends.

1)    Scrappy Bug
2)    Paper, Paws, etc.
3)   Welcome to the Crafty Card Gallory
4)   Triple The Scraps
5)   The Fruit of My Hands
6)   Sweet Peas Cards
7)   Purple Peeps Techniques
8)   Bumbles n Bees
I will notify each of you tonight or in the morning to let you know you have won this delicious award.
Once again Pam, Thank you for the great blog award.
Here are some pictures of my craft room for now. I am blessed to finally have this room. 15 years in the waiting.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

CTMH BANG For your BUCK Special and This Month's OhMyScraps Crop Club Invite!

If you are looking for the information regarding the H2H Challenge Click HERE--H2H .
My fourth of July Layouts..Click HERE-After Celebrations


Our special for July is called  "Bang For Your Buck!"  During the month of July, make a minimum purchase of $50 from the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book and add a bonus item for only $1. 
You can choose from:
     1) Creative Basics Mistletoe (X5807)
                                    (retail value: $8.95),
     2) Creative Basics Animal Cookies (X5811)
                                    (retail value: $8.95),
     3) My Originals Bits & Pieces Card Kit (X8624)
                                    (retail value: $12.95),
     4) My Originals It's Your Day Card Kit (X8622)
                                    (retail value $12.95), or
     5) My Originals Around the Holidays Card Kit (X8623)
                                    (retail value: $14.95)
              while supplies last! 

If you would like to take advantage of this special
you may email me at for a catalog,
or you may go to my CTMH website  CLICK HERE-CTMH 24/7
and place your qualifying order to
 get one of these items for just $1.00

If you live close to Collierville, TN  (east of Memphis , TN)   you are welcome to be a guest at our Crop Club event this
Saturday, July 9, 2011. We begin at 10am and will
wrap up around 5pm.
"Oh My Scraps" Crop Club will be learning the advantage of adding the 12" Flip Flap to a layout page to add more pictures and journaling to your layout.

Please contact me by Thursday, July 7th to get your seat RSVP'ed...Only 5 seats left. Lunch provided...All guest will pay $5.00. Supplies and tools are provided. If you have an extra project to work on after the initial layout technique, bring what you need for that. Plenty of space to work & very friendly and helpful ladies to get to know. Come have fun, meet new people, and have a girls day. Contact me NOW with the statement, "Info for Crop Club invite" in  the subject line of your email. Hope you can join us.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

After Celebrations...THANKFUL!... And a New Layout

What’s there to say, Monday July 4, 2011 was wonderful. We are so blessed to have the freedoms we do. I am Thankful for all those who served, are serving, and the families of the many who have fought bravely for this country. Those families give up many sacrifices when a loved one is away serving for our country. So many have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we are able to celebrate our freedoms however we choose. Hopefully, each and everyone one us remember to be kind and courteous to those in the Military and to the families that go months and sometimes years not having their loved ones home to enjoy everyday life. I thank my little brother who serves now. My father who served many years, and the friends I have made along my journey of life that have served or are still serving. GOD BLESS to you all!

Now, on to the rest of my Crafty Blog today.
Don't forget about the H2H Challenge that was posted Monday. You have until July 7th to enter. Also, OWH Blog has a blog challenge going too.
The following Layout I made I have entered into the OWH blog and Paper Cutz Challenge as well. I haven't developed my 2 pictures yet but, I could not wait to show it off. I was going to rest this afternoon...guess what, the creativity bug caught me and I have been playing in my crafts ever since. Oh well, I'll rest later. I have one Layout I am going to use for my 4th of July weekend, but I needed more. So as I was looking around I saw some works of art in card format that altered and into this Layout. Hope you like. I did not use stamped images, the cricut machine, or any fancy specialty items other than a scallop punch, scissors and one star brad. This was simply to make. I did not even measure items and I hand wrote my journaling. I plan on putting one large picture in the red square area and have a couple of smaller square pictures right above it. The pinwheel was an Idea from OWH blog and the scallop banner was from one of the older H2H challenges. The blue mat, I hand wrote America across it at an angle with a white gel pen. If you can see it. I wrote off the edges and started from off the edge so that it looked like a continuous piece of paper. I also hand wrote the word Celebrate too. Now, I usually would choose to stamp or preprint because I am not a fan of my handwriting. All our works of art need to be seen in its rarest form sometimes. My girls will look back and recognize this was my hand writing that I shared a day in our life.
This proves you can be creative without all the fancy items.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you
will return to browse around. Would love to
hear your comments.
Have a wonderful Crafty Week!
Hope to see you around the blog corner!
Happily Scrapbooking My Memeories~S`andra V.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

My most recent Layouts and projects

  Click here if you are looking for the information on the
The 4th, 5th, & 6th parts of my "Challenge to Myself"
One more to go and I will have completed my personal Goal 
Here's what some of you have been waiting for. I am finally posting my Scrapbook layouts that I was able to work on for My Challenge to Myself. I did get behind by a few weeks, but was able to do them, just did not get them posted. I hope you like. The first one is the
On-line Studio J Layout...
Yes, I finally took the plunge and learned how to do digital Scrapbooking. It was very easy. I will be looking at a membership with "Close To My Heart's" Studio J. I will use this form of scrapbooking when I need copies of the same pages for both of my girls’ scrapbooks. This is cost effective and much quicker too. I had fun and after learning the initial How to's. I was able to get 2 scrapbook pages done in about 20 min. (for me, that’s very quick)  
My 2nd Layout. 
  I have not added the pictures yet. Waiting to resize a couple of the pics.  
Need to go to Archivers soon!

           CTMH products used:
Sweetheart paper pack Level 2 - X7134A
Affections Stamp Set - C1441   
Be Yourself Stamp Set - D1349   
Black Ink Pad - Z2105  &   Tulip Ink Pad - Z2166
My 3rd Lay Out: 
This layout is for our upcoming July 4th Cook Out with some family and wonderful friends.
I am only showing one page because the 2nd page is the same just reversed.

   CTMH products used:
Fanfare Paper Pack Level 1 - X7138A
June's Stamp Of the Month - Jubilation - D1457
Polka Dot Alphabet Stamp Set - D1469
Embroidery Floss-Blues Z1093
Bag of Buttons from Hobby Lobby

Hope you enjoyed breezing through my blog  at       HTTP://                 
I can't wait for our cook out with the Montgomery’s and all the great food prepared by several people. I plan on sharing finished Layouts with photos of that event early next week. Don't forget to leave me a comment or two. Love to hear what you think!
Don't forget to stop by the Heart 2 Heart Monday Challenge Blog on July 4th. This is the first one for the July Challenges...Click on the Link above for more information and a photo of one of the giveaways.
Please have a wonderful and safe July 4th weekend. Take time to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifices for us to have the freedom to celebrate how we choose. Give a moment of thanks for those who are continuously serving to keep our country free.
Much Love and Happy Scrapbooking to you all!

Friday, July 01, 2011

July's Co-Sponsor for H2H Challenge

How exciting the month of July will be. If you have never seen Heart 2 Heart challenges, July will be the month to head over and check them out. The H2H Design Team will have some awesome samples to share with you on that particular challenge. July 4, 2011 will be the first Challenge.

I am a co-sponsor for the prize pack at Heart 2 Heart  during the month of July. There are new challenges every Monday. All you have to do is enter at least one challenge during the month of July.

Requirements are to use mainly  Close To My Heart products. After you have created your project from the Monday Challenge, just fill out the Mr. Linky and upload your art project. It can be layouts, cards, 3-D Paper Arts, or even altered art, as long as you have CTMH products in your art work. You can enter one Monday challenge or all 4 challenges. Winners are announced at the end of the Month. I or my co-sponsor will be sending you a prize pack shortly after we receive information on who won.

You say you don't have Close To My Heart products. Well, I would love to be your personal consultant. You may shop with me 24/7 on my on-line website. If you prefer to have a "in your hands" catalog, email me  with information to ship you a catalog.  You may click on the H2H badge over to the left of this post or click on the Heart 2 Heart highlighted in the top of this post. Get on over and check out this site. Don't forget to check out the Design Teams creations and leave some love.

Here is one of the Blog Prizes...

Remember July will start Monday, July 4th. Can't wait to see you. While your here, browse around in my blog. I am updating more regularly now that I am caught up with many projects and LIFE in general. Feel free to become a follower. I am hoping to reach 100 followers soon. I will announce a blog giveaway at the end of July for helping me reach that wonderful number of followers. EXCITING! 

Have a wonderful and very safe July 4th weekend. Don't forget to show love to the families of our service people as well as our wonderful Soldiers and Veterans themselves.  HAPPY  JULY  4th  too everyone.
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra


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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