Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stampaganza Still Going On!

July is a great month to stock up on your favorite Close To My Heart Stamps!  Our Stampaganza special is still going on.  During this month only (July) you can purchase 2 stamps and get a third stamp for FREE!!

To sweeten the deal Close To My Heart even brought back some retired favorites PLUS a collection of stamps that at one time were available ONLY to our Hostess!  If weren't able to get one during that time, you can get it now!!

I looked back through the Hostess only stamps that are now available to see which ones I had.  I immediately remembered the Paper Birds set (C1613).  I thought it would be fun to create something new with this stamp.


For this card I used the papers and ribbon from Rustic Home Fundamentals.  I have really loved using these papers this past year. These will be retiring at the end of this month!!  I stamped the bird and butterfly onto Cashmere cardstock with Cocoa Ink.  (Also retiring!!).   I added a piece of our Color Of the Year - Sea Glass just behind the ribbon to peek through with a bit of color.  

Products Used:
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
Paper Birds (C1613)
Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262)*
Rustic Home Ribbon (Z3292)*
Sea Glass Cardstock (X5789)*
Gold Sequins (Z2012)*
Cocoa Ink (Z2814)*

* Retires July 31, 2017



To see ALL of the special stamps brought back for our Stampaganza celebration go to my website:





Monday, July 10, 2017

Special Scattered Hearts Stampaganza Blog Hop


Hello my Crafty Friends!!  If you didn't already know... July's Close To My Heart Special is STAMPAGANZA!!  This month, when you purchase 2 stamps you get a 3rd equal or lessor value stamp for FREE!!   What a fun deal!  July is the best time to get your favorite stamps!

I am on the Scattered Hearts Team and we have put together a special Stampaganza Blog Hop just for you!!  We will be sharing some of our favorite stamps!  If you came from Andrea Sherman's Blog, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at missgingerdots.com to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to participate at first.  I had not even had a chance to unpack my craft room since my move so finding everything I needed took a little bit of time!  Not mention, clearing my craft table of miscellaneous half unpacked boxes!!

I decided to create a Birthday Card since for me, July is full of birthdays for family members!  I used Wise Guy Birthday (C1662).   This stamp coordinates with our Artistry Cricut Cartridge.


This card is a shaker card.  I cut my frame using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  I cut a second from in White Daisy leaving the frame solid cut so that I could use this space for my foam tape. I cut up a 4x6 Flip Flap to use for a window of my Shaker Card.  A piece of lemon stripe B&T from our Adventure Fundamentals serves as the backdrop for the card.  

Here is a list of all the products I used:

White Daisy Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
Wise Guy Birthday (C1662)
Adventure Fundamentals Paper (Z3253)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Lemon Cardstock (X5785)
Pacifica Ink (Z2892)
Raspberry Ink (Z2812)
Emerald Ink (Z2806)
Tangerine Ink (Z2809)
Prickly Pear Sequins (Z3324)
Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Z3167)
3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
4x6 Flip Flap (Z3231)
Random Sequins (Non CTMH)

You can purchase all of these products from your consultant or at www.stampinheaven.ctmh.com 

The next blog on the list is Laura Lee's Blog.  I Hope you have a great time on our hop and check out all the creations using our wonder My Acrylix Stamps! If you get lost, just hop on over to missgingerdots.com for the full list.





Sunday, July 9, 2017

Getting Back to Normal

So... I see that my last blog post was June 19.  WOW.... so much has happened since then.   My daughter got married on May 5th and the next day I told my husband, "I can't wait for my life to get back to normal".   Little did I know that it would be a while for that to happen!  

My husband and I have always talked about moving once our girls were grown and on their own.  It was always a dream to find some land and move out away from the hustle and bustle.  We lived in our home in a nice little subdivision on a little less than an acre lot for 23 years.  While we did LOVE where we lived we still had that yearning for trees, woods and nature.   We looked occasionally but not ever with real hard effort.  Taking action was a little scary.  It would mean fixing up our own home, putting it on the market, putting up with showings - and we had a dog that we would have to schedule around!

So, a week after the wedding my oldest daughter sent me a text and said "hey, this house went on the market today and I think you and Dad should take a look at it".   Wow.... it seemed to have everything on paper that we said we wanted... on the other side of town (making our work commutes shorter), 16 1/2 acres (mostly wooded), and even a Mother In Law apartment (because if we moved we really needed to have Jeff's mother move too so we could keep a closer eye on her).  Once we saw all the pictures we knew that we needed to see it in person.  In case you haven't heard, Murfreesboro, TN is one of the TEN fastest growing cities in THE UNITED STATES!  So that means anything with any bit of land is becoming scarce around here and we would need to jump on this quickly.   Sure enough, we had to wait a day and a half to get our turn to see it.  That is how many people were interested.

Jeff and I knew that if this was meant to be, then we had to trust God that He was lead the way.  We were certainly not going to force it to happen.  From there, everything just kind of fell into place.  I think God knew last year that this was going to happen, and He started putting things into motion. For starters, back in the fall of 2016 my other daughter Kayli was showing us a house on facebook that she thought would be perfect for us.  To be able to see ALL the pictures you had to fill out the your information.  Unbeknownst to me, Kayli filled out MY information and shortly later (after Kayli had gone home) this realtor called me!!  We talked and I told her we were not ready to do anything at the time.   She called me off & on after that and I kept putting her off.  I had put her number in my phone so I would know it was her when she called.    So fast forward to May.   I decided to call Misty - this realtor that I had plugged into my phone several months back.   I asked her to take us to see the house.  

After finding out that the sellers would not take a sale contingency  - we REALLY needed to get our house ready to put on the market - we felt we had stalled.  We didn't think in today's market - here in Murfreesboro, that selling our home would be hard, but it is scary not knowing.  We didn't want to put in an offer without knowing when/if our house would sell.   About three days later, Misty called me and asked if another agent could look at our house.  WHAT? NO?  we are NOT ready!! But it turns out that he was looking for something for his mom in an established neighborhood that they could fix up.   So long story short, with ALOT of ups and downs, in 4 weeks we sold our house (buyers didn't want us to do anything to it) and we purchased the home of our dreams.

So for the last 4-6 weeks we've been packing, moving and unpacking.  Oh and 4 days after we moved in, I flew out to Salt Lake City Utah for our annual CTMH convention.  What a whirlwind this has been!  Friday night as soon as I got home from work I started setting up my new workshop space. My Saturday Hostess club was coming here for the first time the next day.   Now I'm able to add an extra table and display more product!  I can't wait to start holding more events here.

Here are some pictures of my workshop space:

I've brought up my own personal cricut cartridges and stamps for use during my open crop nights.


Need cardstock?  I've got every color you might ever need?  Stamps? new or used - I've got those tood!  Plus lots of other product!

Cricut Station for open crop nights

I'm sure I'll keep rearranging for a while but for the most part, I think I like the way I have it set up.
People ask me if this is where I craft.   Actually it is not.  I have taken over a bedroom for my own personal crafting space.  I'm too messy and I would have to constantly clean my area if I used the same space as workshop space! Now I'm working on organizing my own craft room. As soon as I get it set up, I'll share those pictures as well!

I'm not sure what God has planned for us here but I can't wait to see!  Stay tuned!  I'll be sharing some upcoming events and more!


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