Showing posts from April, 2012

Friendship Bouquet - May Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "Friendship Bouquet", a set of 8 stamps.  If you have come here from Krista's Crafty Corner you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE
We have over 50 consultants participating in the hop. Following the hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post and it will hop you right over to the next blog!
When I got this stamp set back in January along with my new Idea Books, this was the first stamp I wanted to play with!  I've got three cards to share with you today.  One of these cards I made way back in January.  
This card is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.  The base of the card is our Kraft cardstock.  I stamped the flowers with Cocoa Ink. To color my sunflowers, I used the waterbrush and ink from the pad. I squeezed the pad t…

Dotty For You Happy Thoughts

I love this week's Mojo Monday sketch!  I've been busy but all I could think about was making a card with this sketch using my Dotty For You paper!  It's a good thing I've got 2 packs of this paper because I just can't get enough of it!
Here is this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

I needed to make 2 cards for 2 dear ladies.  First, my grandma, who was so excited to get my card last week. I wanted to send her another one this week to keep her spirits up! The 2nd card is for another dear lady that is the grandmother of my daughter's friend.  She comes to every softball game near and far.  Last weekend as we were leaving a tournament in Alabama, she fell. It was a scary moment for all of us. They called the ambulance to take her to the hospital and as we waited for them to take her away the team circled together and prayed.  That was a very touching moment and I'm sure it meant alot to her granddaughter.  I checked on her yesterday and she is doing ok - but is…

Dotty For You Flower!

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My dear sweet grandma had a minor stroke on Saturday.  My grandma, who is a very fiesty 94 years young (almost 95) has not let that stop her!  The stroke left her with little use of her right arm and left leg (very unusual - but she is not your usual Grandma!).  By Sunday morning she was complaining that "All this deal, test, and stuff was making her miss her breakfast and that she wanted some bacon and eggs and a cup of coffee!”.  She promptly got her breakfast and ate every bit!

On Tuesday, she was moved to Rehab but before she left they had her up and walking with a walker! Go GRANDMA!  She'll be walking out of there in a week's time I bet.

Here she is with the basket of flowers my sisters and I sent to her.  Isn't she the cutest?

I wanted to make a cheerful card to send to her to let her know that I was thinking of her and praying for a fast reco…

Appreciate with Dotty For You!

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Due to a rained out game tonight I got to come home and spend some time in my craft room!  YIPPEE! I've missed it lately.  Last weekend the high school softball team played in a tournament near the hometown of their coach.  After the games on Friday evening, the coach's parents graciously opened their home to 4 coaches, 19 VERY DIRTY girls AND their parents and prepared a HUGE home cooked meal for everyone.  The team and coaches spent the night there and got to eat breakfast before heading out to their next game early Saturday morning.

I wanted to make a card for the team to sign in appreciation for all their hospitality.  I couldn't wait to use this piece of the Dotty For You paper!  The Dotty For You paper is our National Scrapbooking Month special that you can get for only $5 when you purchase $35 in Close To My Heart Products!  Read all about this special on my Dotty For You Tab.

I used the Art Ph…


Did you know that May is National Scrapbooking Month?   I love National Scrapbooking Month because Close To My Heart always has a really cool special that I just can't pass up!  You won't want to pass this up either!  Beginning today, April 17, you can get the special Dotty For You paper pack for only $5 when you purchase $35 in Close To My Heart products!

What is Dotty For You?   It's an EXCLUSIVE National Scrapbooking Month special that is available ONLY from April 17 to May 31.  This pack has 24 sheets of beautifully designed B&T paper (2 each of 12 designs).  Each design was either hand stamped, or designed using shapes from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge by our Close to My Heart artists and then printed.  The colors are vibrant and bright. On the opposite of each sheet is a dotted pattern.  Mix and Match!  They are all beautiful!

Want to be inspired by this pack?  You've come to the right place!  Hop on to our Dotty For You blog hop hosted by over 30 Clo…

Stars Shine Bright Postcard Challenge

The Close To My Heart Convention is coming up in July and takes place in Dallas, Texas.  This will be my third convention.  I love attending convention because the excitement is so electric!  Each convention, I look forward to seeing all my sister consultants that I have formed close bonds with.  There is nothing like it.  I'm so excited about it, I've got a little countdown badge over to the right!  Plus I'll be teaching this year! YEE HAW! - Even MORE excited about that!

Corporate sent out postcard reminders to all consultants to remember to sign up for convention.  Then they challenged us to use that postcard to make a layout!  I had pinned mine to my bulletin board and then got busy and forgot all about creating a layout.   Yesterday, another consultant posted her layout (which was awesome by the way) and I started thinking I really should try to do something.

Last night I had one of those moments ..... where an idea just comes to you.   I couldn't wait to get in …

Happy to the Tip of My Toes

I received some VERY exciting news yesterday which came at the end of what has been a very stressful week at work.  If you read my previous post, I mentioned that this past week has been all work and absolutely no time to play!  It is our year end closing at work and I've been working some very late hours - not getting home until nearly 10:30 or 11:00 each night.  Then it's back to work by 7:30 am for more.  Yesterday, although it was Good Friday and everyone else got the day off, my department was still trudging along trying to get our entries done.  
Late yesterday I received an email from Close to My Heart that I had been selected to teach at this year's convention in Dallas!  I was so excited I began jumping up and down with squeals of joy.   Some weary accountants looked up from their desks wondering what in the world I could be so excited about! Back in February I had carefully boxed up my submission - 2 layouts, 2 cards and a "Create" Banner (the one acros…

Front and Center - Ideas for a Stamp Set

I am MIA this week due to Year End closing activities at my 'other - not so fun' job this week.  Oh how I yearn for time in my scrap room.  A room with no deadlines, no stress and just pure enjoyment.  Oh well, maybe next week.

Since I don't have time to create anything, and I don't want to leave you hanging looking for ideas, I thought I'd post this quick little video from Close To My Heart that shows ideas for the Crafted With Love Stamp Set (B1399).   This stamp is great for adding your own 'signature' to the back of your artwork.  

Here, this video shows how you can bring this stamp 'Front and Center' to your art.