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.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO HAVE JOINED ALONG IN THE BIRTHDAY BLOG!!!
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
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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
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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     
BUSY BEE !!!

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!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Birthday Give Away ends on Wednesday, 8-31-11

My Birthday Give Away

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I am working on a few items to post later this week.
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.
Have a wonderful and successful crafty week.

Also, Double Dipping for FREE items ends on Wednesday too.

Order $75. in CTMH products and you receive
a) a pair-a-phrase stamp set (2 size D stamps) ($35.90 value)
b) a 2nd stamp set ($6.95 Value)
c) you receive the Stamp of the Month for $5.00 ($17.95 value)
That is $55.00 in Savings. You can't beat that.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Birthday!! & A Birthday Give Away!!!!

Not Old, Just Older..like the song from Bon Jovi.....I'm comfortable in my jeans/skin...LOL!
In celebration of my Birthday I will have a surprise give away.
It's my first giveaway and I am bouncing in my seat with anticipation. 
One lucky person will receive $25.00 in Close to My Heart products from me and a tote from Thirty-One gifts. YEA YOU!!

It's a major Surprise!!!!!
 But, if you love to stamp or create scrapbook pages,
Your gonna enjoy this one.
For now it's a surprise give away... so on with the details..

ALL Entries in the USA/Canada, Please!!!

Enter from now, Sat. 8-27-2011 (7:00am CST.)
                 through Wed. 8-31-11(11:59pm CST).
You can have up to three separate entries posted. Better chances. I will stop by your Blog when you leave me that information. Love to see your great projects.

1) Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your Blog & email info so I can contact you.
2) For an extra entry, become a follower, then post a 2nd comment, letting me know you are a follower.
 3) For a third entry....Share my page on your Blog.
That's it. I think that's easy-peasy enough. I will randomly pick from all entries correctly posted on Thursday, 9/1/11 at noon (CST), I will then post the LUCKY WINNER that afternoon before 5:00pm (CST).
Good luck.
Here's some pics from my party last night. Had a great time with a few friends and family. My wonderful Friend Steph did a fantastic job gathering people together. My daughter did a great job on the cake...and my funny hubby made sure the fire extinguisher was close at hand as my many candles of life blazed away...LOL!
We enjoyed our Thirty-One Consultant with all the wonderful bags, totes, purses and so on. I truly enjoyed seeing many of you whom I do not get the opportunity to see all the time. These will be a scrapbook page or two for a later posting.
 
 
The candles on cake with fire extinguisher...LOL!!
My Favorite little guy with his grandaddy. He's such a happy baby!
  
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 Our Crop Club L.O. from Aug. 20th.
 We did shadow stamping and made simple pockets to hold picture tabs. We also used the 12' Flip flap assortment (12"x8"). These are so wonderful to add an interactive 1/2 page to your protective scrapbook sheet to add more pics and extend your layout all with in the 12x12 page. They open up like an extra page. I think they are my favorite item of Close To My Heart's Products. I am always in favor of being able to add more pictures to my 12x12 layout. But, lets face it...You can only add so much to one page or even a 2 page layout.
I hope you enjoy our little whimsy with the witch.
Products used are all CTMH unless otherwise stated.
Cardstock-Black, Barn Red, and Sunset
B&T Papers- from the Mischief Level 1 Paper Pack
Stamp Sets-August Stamp of The Month~Wicked, Frightfully Delightful,
& The Boo Crew
Exclusive Ink Pads: Black, Barn Red, & Sunset.
Exclusive Markers: Black, Barn Red, & Sunset
12" assorted Flip Flaps
Pop Dots
Tags: Cricut Cartridge
Storybook - Once Upon A Time - Accent Blackout
Cut at 2.34 and 2.25 inches
Here is the 12x12 and the front of the 12x8 Flip Flap side by side.

Flip Flap inside when you open it.

inside Flip Flap opened next to the 12x12 center.
The witch is here then she slowly dissolves, then poof.....
....She is on her broom flying off to the next layout....LOL!!! 
Here at the top you can see a picture tag sticking out of the Picture Pocket Mat.
I rarely work with such dark colors, so I hope you enjoy.
We made this very simply so that the main focus was on how to plan
their layout when using the 12" assorted Flip Flaps at home.
Here is a picture of the August Stamp of the Month.
You can see the CTMH Idea Book at
This stamp of the month will only be available until August 31st.

Just a quick reminder.
 Take a moment to think, pray,
and/or hope all those in the path
of hurricane Irene are safe
from injury or harm.
THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Banner and My New Scrapbook Room!!


A wonderful banner and pics of my new craft room are for your eyes only....
Been away a few days to recover. Lupus decided to show it's ugly head and attacked with full flair up. But before all that hindered me, last week I was able to finally put my banner together. It's been a month long project. While working on re-doing my craft room I also decided on banner colors, papers to use, embellishments, and a layout. here are the pics of the planning for the banner from a few months back.
Planning stages from May 2011. The triangles are from CTMH and in the next picture you see where I re-purposed box lids and covered with black cardstock to make the rectangles. I used up papers from some CTMH paper packs and also incorporated a few random papers.
This is just after I re-arranged and added the Ikea Organizing system I received as a gift from my wonderful friend Wendy. Click last post regarding this wonderful gift. Here's the new room....


 
 
Pic above-- my cricut station, papers, and other items
Below--my work table, inks and stamp station.
Just a little more work to do. I will be redoing the closet and adding one more table in that area.
AND Here's the Banner....

"Oh My Scraps"...
For now it is on my door to my wonderful new organized scraproom.




I am so very blessed to have a scraproom. Big change from having it stashed under my bed, then into a closet and now after about 10+ years later. I have a very nice room that allows me peace and space to work and leave it out until I come back. So those who have just the dining table and are having to do with make shift set ups, just remember....nothing happens instantly and we are all on different levels. So, don't be jealous of what you don't have, enjoy what you do have. One day your fairy craft room will come.
Thanks Wendy for the wonderful gift. I am so glade your Estate Sale was a success and I am even more happy that I was able to help a friend. May you and Joe's new journey in New York be all that it can be and even better. You deserve the Best. I will come visit and in the mean time....I'll see you on Skype! Thank you my blogger friends for stopping by. My eyes would greatly appreciate some crafty love comments from you all.
Happy Crafting~Sandra V.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A little hard work....

... sweat, bumps & few small bruises goes a long way when helping out a friend.....I have such a wonderful friend that I am losing to New York City...Not losing really, but the distance will be hard for us to see each other. I was so happy to be able to help her out when she truly needed me. She is down sizing from about 2900sq. ft to a little less than 1000sq. ft. We put together an Estate Sale, took nearly three weeks of constant going through 20 years of house, atic, and three nearly adult teens stuff. (husband already in New York), Then had to organize and list various expensive artsy items as well as big furniture. Three days of early morning to late afternoon sales and she reached her goal (thankfully). Hit the magic number she needed. Now clean up and donate the rest. As I am listing the Ikea White 8 piece book shelving, She comes to me and says, "I am not donating this...I am giving it the best home ever"...and she gives the whole set to me. Can you say speechless. This is a $400 to $600 organizing system. One that I have only dreamed of owning for my craft room. Once I am done helping my Forever Friend and setting up my room...I will post new pics of my now Awesome Craft Room... Just had to share this. Thanks. I am almost finished reconstructing my Blog too. I am missing crafting. So as soon as possible I will have all new crafty items to share. Do stay and browse around. There are several posts with information and some videos you may enjoy. Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~S`andra

Monday, August 01, 2011

August is here and it is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

Hot for new Crafting Supplies...Whether it is scrapbooking, cards,
3-D Art, or whatever your HEART desires....you have to check out the
New Autumn/ Winter 2011 Close To My Heart IDEA BOOK.
Click HERE to take a peek at some wonderful new items.
Also, Click the link see the new CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy

If you are interested in receiving a new catalog in hand,
leave me a comment with information to contact you.
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Your Stamp of the Month is just at the right
timing to get those wonderful crafts ready
for a Wicked Halloween.

CTMH’s August Stamp of the Month:
S1108 ~ Wicked is perfect for all of your Halloween party invitations,
decorations and of course for embellishing your scrapbook
layouts after the event. I can see the border used across a page or
around the edges. The hexagon shape – how about used with the
puddle pad technique, creating your own patterned paper, or border. 
So many possibilities! ...  

One of the GREAT new things CTMH is doing
...putting a full-color insert inside the stamp set. It shows the same artwork
from the Idea Book and reminds you to visit the CTMH website for
all the instructions for making the projects shown. How cool!
There are now two ways to get Wicked
(and all other upcoming SOTM sets when
they are available):
 Purchase is for the new LOW price of $17.95
(yes, that's a $5 price drop - LOVE it!).
Add it to your order for only $5 when you spend $50
(before tax and shipping).
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As if that wasn't enough of a deal...to celebrate
our new SOTM program,
when you spend $50 to add the
Wicked set to your order for $5,
you will also receive the exclusive
A Typeset stamp set FREE (a $6.95 value)!
Think of this as two promotions in one—qualify for
and purchase the discounted
August Stamp of the Month set and we'll throw
in a second stamp set FREE!
It's Extra! Extra! Offer valid August 1–31, 2011
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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 WWW.OhMyScraps.myctmh.com
to see the new IDEA BOOK.

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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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