Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kiss holders...

I made these cute little gifts for all the staff at our schools here in Eagar/Springerville... 260 of them :) Here is a pic of what they look like and a link to learn how to make them!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Snowman candy

You could use this with our fun "All decked out" stamp set (D1308)
I made mini snowmen with this same idea.... using our wonderful stamps!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Treat box... a must see!

This is one of my favorite videos!! I did this treat box once before as a teachers gift... look back at earlier post to see it.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Snowman Soup

A lot of these projects could be made using Close to my Heart's Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Easy Ornaments!

A month of cute ideas!!

During the month of Dec. I will be posting everyday something fun to try this Christmas season. It will be things you can do for gifts, with your kids, for your self!?! Check back everyday to see what is new!!

A special Thank You to all the wonderful crative people that posted on YouTube to help me bring these fun ideas to you!! Check out thier blogs too!

Happy Holiday Season... and Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving...

I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.... enjoy family and friends as you eat your heart out :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Best time of the year!!

As I watch the snow fall outside...
This weekend we started putting up our Christmas decorations... getting a jump start because I will be out of town on Thanksgiving. This will be the first year we will have a fire place to hang our stocking by. We love it!!
The snow is falling this morning and as I am watching it fall I am thankful for the wonderful place we live.
Getting my list ready and checking it twice... black Friday is only a few days away :) Not only do I look forward to the wonderful sales, good times with family and friends... but Thanksgiving and black Friday means the Christmas season is underway!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Always inspired!!

I am always inspired by Close to my Hearts founder Jeanette Lynton! There is always something new I want to try by looking at her blog! This is what I found today:

I love these ideas for Fall and Thanksgiving!!

*I am thankful for my 4 sisters! Shawna, Candi, Misty, and Amanda... all so different in so many ways.. but all so wonderful in there own way!! They are a huge part of my life, and I hope they know just how much I love them and how thankful I am for all they bring into my life!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Great gift... workshop (East Valley and Eagar)

Event Calendar Workshop- East Valley, Az
This calendar is perfect to use year after year! It would also be a perfect gift!!
Saturday, November 26th @ 6:00 p.m.
Workshop fee is $20 and that will include the calendar, precut papers, and embellishments. All you need to bring is your adhesive. (Tape runner and liquid glass if you have it)
As always there will be a door prize… and maybe another fun holiday surprise.
Sign up and payment are due no later than Nov. 15th.

Event Calendar Workshop- Eagar, Az
This calendar is perfect to use year after year! It would also be a perfect gift!!
Saturday, December 3rd @ 10:00
Workshop fee is $20 and that will include the calendar, precut papers, and embellishments. All you need to bring is your adhesive. (Tape runner and liquid glass if you have it)
Sign up and payment are due no later than Nov. 22nd.
 * I am very thankful for my 4 wonderful children!! Austin is sweet and a little crazy in this own way. Kaden is caring and creative! Caleb is smart and fearless. And Amberlea is fun, cute and 100% girl with the need to keep up with the boys. I am very blessed to have such amazing babys! They grow just way too fast!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Nov. to be Thankful!!

In this wonderful month of November, I would like to take the time to share what I am thankful for... At the end of each post I will put something I am thankful for and why!

I think this will be a wonderful Nov. filled with love, family, friends, and crafting!!
Speaking of crafting... I am so excited about this months special stamp set... Holiday Wishes!! This stamp set works with the new Cricut Collection and is going to make my Christmas cards a breeze!!
And I just love the Stamp of the Month! I will be posting pics of both of these stamp set in use soon!

Did I mention shopping?? Oh well Nov. also means shopping! And because I love Black Friday so much!!! I have decided to do a Black Friday special too... Any orders placed on my website the weekend after Thanksgiving (no matter the size)... I will send you a FREE embellishment! So, happy shopping!!

* I am most thankful for my wonderful husband Jeff!! When I met him at 15... I knew just how wonderful he was, and that I could tell him anything. He was a great friend right from the start! Many years later when we started dating... I knew he was the one!! We married a little over a year later, and after 10 amazing years of marriage... he is still my best friend who understands me (or at least tries to), loves me no matter what, and believes in me... My love for him could never be put into words!*

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy pumpkin... with a little scary!

Because this was the first year my daughter got to join the fun of carving our family pumpkin... my sons decided that she should get to pick the design. So she wanted a happy face! My 5 year old son wanted it to be scary... so we make a happy face with fangs :)
Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A weekend early!

This deal was so wonderful CTMH couldn't help but bring it out a few day early! Starting today just order $25 in My Acrylix Stamps and get this wonderful holiday stamp set for just $5... WOW!
And to make this even better... most of the images on this set go with the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection. This is sure to make your holiday card making a snap!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Make it fit you!

I just love Close to my Heart's Workshops on the Go!! This one is the Dreamin' kit (G1027)... that we did at my Scrapbook retreat earlier this month...
But sometimes the layouts don't always fit the way I like to scrapbook. When I scrapbook a family event, I like to include a group photo and normally a picture of each of my kids. And I just love the flexibility of these kits and that I am able to do just that with a few changes.
In this layout I just moved around some of the stamping and flowers and added two more mats.

I think I will be putting pictures of us as a family going and cutting wood in the forest... or maybe our Thanksgiving this year!?!
No matter what I decide to make these layouts about... they are sure to be a great addition to my books!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Use It!!

At convention this July I heard a lot about "Use it... don't Collect it!" And it made me think... I do tend to collect my craft supplies!! Yes I am guilty of keeping that paper or embellishment because it might be better for something coming up...
So all the talk about using up what you have and not letting it collect dust got me thinking, I really need to get busy making layouts and such with what I have. This does a few things for me... makes me feel good to use it, makes it ok for me to buy more, and helps me clear out some of my craft room :)

I made these layouts with CTMH paper from last years Autumn/Winter Idea book.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Close to my Heart and Disney team up to bring us great entertainment at the 2011 CTMH convention.
This was too funny not to share!

A song about stamping... can it get any better??

Another great reason to join the team at CTMH!!
This is one of many great consultant Bren Yule... I have yet to go to a CTMH event without meeting fun people like her and enjoying fun entertainment like this!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A great time to join!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A ghostly decoration...

What is your favorite Halloween decoration?? Is it the pumpkin you carve every year, the spider you hang by the front door, or is it the grave stones you put in your yard??
Mine is a ghostly kids craft I learned from our preschool teacher Mrs. Yost years ago....
Just take your child's foot and trace it on a white paper...

Cut it out and make sure to put your child's name and year on the back...

Draw on some eyes and a mouth....

And hang with some string.
This is my favorite decoration because it is not only an easy project the kids can help with, but it also lets me look back at how small they were :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hallow's Past

Today I find myself looking at last years Halloween Fun as I pull out my decorations to get ready for this Halloween. Still not sure what my kids will be this year... but I am sure they will be just as cute as in years past. It's hard to believe Oct. is already in full swing... and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Lots to do, no time to waste.....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homemade card for less than 95 cents each.... really?!?
Its true! I am offering a Christmas card workshop where you can make 16 fun Christmas cards for just $15.
There will be two different workshop dates and times: Friday, Nov. 4th @ 7:00 and Sat. Nov. 12th @ 10:00 or 2:00.
You must prepay for this workshop so I can order enough card bases and envelopes by Oct. 25th. 
If you are unable to make it to this workshop but want to make these wonderful cards please contact me and I will be more than happy to mail a kit to you!
Each card will have Cardstock, Patterned paper, and a stamped image and/or sentiment.

But of course I had to add a little more... I have added a few embellishments to the cards to show just how fun and easy it is to bling them up. These products will be extra... but I have picked things that are not too much :).
I used: 3D foam tape (z1151), Red Glitz glitter gel (z1484), Liquid applique (z308), Bling Assortment (z1466), Bitty sparkles (z1263), Red sparkles (z1326), Colonial white ribbon (z1126), and Fun flock (z263).

On this Santa card the one on the right is what comes with the workshop price... the one on the left I added Liquid Applique and Fun Flock to Santa.

On this one... right is workshop included, and the left is with the Red Glitz Glitter Gel on the nose and bottom of the card.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scrapbook Retreats...

This past weekend I attended my team's yearly Stamp Camp.... we had a blast again this year! Sharing stories, laughs, getting a lot done, eating... eating... oh and more eating!! This year we also did the zip line at the cabin... so fun!!
 I got 15 double page layouts done, 3 sets of school True Fit Folios done, 50 recipe cards, 3 pumpkin baskets, 2 hot cocoa mugs, 5 mummy suckers,  my 25 days til Christmas My Creations Memory Game box finished, and 15 invites made this year. 

It was so nice meeting new ladies on the String of Hearts team and catching up with others!
A special Thank You again to Sharryl for yet another wonderful year!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Getting crafty for the Holidays

As the Holidays start to peek around the corner... I start looking for new ideas. I look everywhere! Youtube, blogs, books... there seems to be so many ideas out there, one could never do them all! I got this cute Mummy pillow box idea from a youtube video... love it! And with CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, it could not have been easier!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Faster, Simpler, Easier!!

I can tell you just how amazing these books are! After scrapbooking for 10 years I finally got my first CTMH How to Book. I'll never go back again!! They make my scrapbook time productive. All I do is decide what paper I want to use, what pictures I want to scrapbook and then I get out my books. In the books I find a layout design that fits the number of pictures I want to use. Then I just cut my papers as directed and put it all together... its that easy! Lastly I put on my embellishments... this helps me make it my own :)
After using the books to help me get my scrapbooking done, I decided to try out the card books... Wow!
Just as wonderful! I can get my cards done so much faster and they look great!
If you are short on time... but not projects, check out these How to Books from Close to my Heart. You'll be glad you did!

Friday, September 9, 2011

So many projects.... just one paper pack!

With Halloween just around the corner I have been playing and having fun with Close to my Hearts New Halloween themed products... oh and the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge!!
With the Mischief Level 2 paper pack (x7144b), a few stamps, and the Midnight Felt Shapes (z1462)... I was able to make all these wonderful projects, AND MORE!

After making my Spooky Banner for my upcoming workshop, I got started on the 2 double page layouts, a few cards and some fun treat holders. I still have some paper left so I am working on a gift bag or two, some cute decorations for the house, and maybe a gift for my kids teachers :)