Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Time

What a wonderful (and busy), time of year it is!  I love the holidays and everything that goes with them.  As I have said before, Halloween tends to be my favorite, but I also love Christmas!  I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving.  I haven't gotten my tree yet but I do have lights up, the Christmas village set up and lit, stockings are hanging, and the candles that are burning smell like candy canes!

This year I am making several gifts for my grand-children.  Each of the three kids will be getting a custom made banner for their respective rooms.  Each banner will have the child's name on it and will be decorated according to each child's interests and personalities.

I am so grateful to Close To My Heart for making it so much easier to make these banners.  First I purchased the banners from CTMH (item # Z1378), then I break out the fantastic CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686).  I cut the banner shapes at 7" using whatever color I need from CTMH cardstock or Background and Texture paper.

Choosing images that match the grandkids personalities has not been so easy.  My 9 year old grand-daughter is on the verge of that "tween" age.  She is not into Barbies or many toys anymore, but she does love fashion and make up.  I cut images from "Girls Make-Up Party" to satisfy that personality.  I then cut many 3-D flowers in various CTMH colors to add a little bling.

Pictures will be coming soon, I promise!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Campaign...

Don't forget to check under the Constant Campaign and Stamp of the Month tab to look at the newest campaign that is active now through January 31!

Lots of great things coming our way in 2012!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall and Senior Pictures

A few years ago, I started taking Senior pictures.  I started to save some money since I had two sons graduating the same year.  I took the pictures of my two boys, then one of their friends asked if I would do his for him.  After that I took pictures for one of my sons' girlfriend.  After that I also took my nieces senior pics and the son of a friend of mine. 

This year I had the honor of taking my nephew, Matt's, senior pics as well.  Next year I will be taking my daughter's pics too.  I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures for these kids who are getting ready to graduate and move on to adult-hood, college, career, or families of their own.  Below are a couple of the 145 pictures shot today.  Hope you enjoy them.

More Halloween fun!

I made this 3-D haunted house using the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge.  It was not too hard to make once I got all the pieces cut.  Some of the gluing was difficult but it turned out pretty cute!

Have I mentioned....

How much I just L-O-V-E Halloween?  Maybe once or twice, right? 

I recently took my grandson, daughter, son, and his girlfriend to the pumpkin patch.  We had a lot of fun picking out pumpkins, (7 of them!).

Here are a few pics of our trip there plus the pumpkin that my grandson, Franklin, helped to carve.  Well, he picked out the design, and I did the rest.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween Decor continued....

You all got a chance to look at my Frankenstein I posted yesterday.  Today, I was able to finish Mrs. Frankenstein.

The picture below shows my grandson holding both Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein.  My grandson's name is Franklin so I told him that I made a special "Franklin-stein".

My grandson, Franklin, is 3 years old and Mr. Franky is almost as tall!  Well, not quite but you get the idea.  The rest of my day was spent cutting out leaves, trees, acorns, a 3-D turkey, and a few other things.

I never knew that my Daughter's project would be so much work for me!!! It's O.K. though because I love doing it!  Once all the decorations are done I will post a picture of the final project in all it's glory!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween Decor...

Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE Halloween? Maybe once or twice right?  Well, this year my 17 year old daughter is in Leadership at school.  As the Secretary she is in charge of decorating the commons for Halloween! 

How excited am I?  TOTALLY EXCITED!! I just got my first 12x24 mat and papers for my Cricut Expression 2:Anniversary Edition, just so I could help her with the decorations! Tonight I made a Dr. Frankenstein's monster that will be placed on the door to the boy's bathroom.  Below is a picture of my Granddaughter, (who helped a lot), holding the almost 2 foot tall Frankenstein.

Hopefully, tomorrow I will be able to finish the Mrs. Frankenstein that will be placed on the girls bathroom door.  After that I (we) will be able to move on to other decorations.  The school will not allow us to display any thing that says "Happy Halloween" but we can do the decor.  The plan is also to do a lot of trees, leaves, acorns, etc for a more Fall look as well as the creepy, spooky, and scary decorations that will go with it!

I really cannot wait for it to all come together.  Hope you like what I (we) have done so far.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

October Stamp of the Month...

Getting ready for Christmas is always a busy and stressful time of the year.  I am hoping to get a jump on my Christmas cards this year by using the October Stamp of the Month "Holiday Magic".  I know, it isn't even Halloween yet but the earlier the start the less stress on me!  Here is a board I made of designs to use for Christmas Cards.  I have to give a shout out to my sister CTMH Consultant, Aaron Brown for inspiration for these projects.

All projects were made using the following: Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (only from CTMH), Believe paper pack, Topiary, Holiday Red, and Sky Exclusive Inks, Close to my Heart Ribbon, and of course the October Stamp of the Month!

Flo from Progressive!

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  I love the fact you can dress up in crazy costumes and no one thinks you are totally weird, (just a little weird).  I also think the the Progressive commercials starring "Flo" are so funny and cute that I decided to dress up as Flo for Halloween.

Flo, of course, would not be complete without a "tricked out name tag" so I created on using the new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge that is exclusive to Close To My Heart!  I added glitter, minus the unicorns, some ribbon and made a 3-D flower to really trick it out!

Eventually I will get a head band and put matching flowers on it too.  Hope you enjoy my silliness!

Monday, September 12, 2011

New cards for a card class

Next week I am doing a card class.  5 cards for $5 I am doing a variety of cards from different paper packs.  Here are the cards we will be making.
This card is made with Sunset Card Stock, All Hallows Eve MyAcrilyx stamp set, Cocoa Exclusive Ink, Cocoa and White Embossing Powder, and the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.
The Lucky paper pack has been one of my favorites this year.  This card was made with Lucky paper, Sunset CS, Lucky MyAcrilyx stamp set, Sunset Exclusive Ink, Desert Sand Exclusive Ink, and Outdoor Denim Exclusive Ink.
Another favorite paper pack is Fanfare!  I love this paper because it is so versatile and fun!  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut out the cupcake and layers.  I inked it with Cranberry ink.  It is a simple card to make that is fun and fits any birthday occasion!
I call this card Scull Candle.  It is a very simple card but I think the white embossing really makes it shine.  I also cut the card and layers from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Inside it says Happy Halloween.  I used the stamp set that comes with the Mischief Workshop on the Go as well as the Mischief paper and Chocolate Card Stock.
Sophia paper is awesome.  I love all the colors!  This card was made using a regular pre-cut 4.25 X 5.5 inch card and I used the corner rounder for the bottom edges.  I cut out the rectangles then used the corner rounder on those as well as the squares.  The bird and the "you are so amazing" sentiment were stamped with Pear Ink. 

I hope everyone at class enjoys making these cards, I know that I did!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back to School!!!!

It is (finally) that time of year again when all the kids are going back to school.  A lot of us parents can have mixed emotions about BTS, I know I do.  On one hand we may be happy that we don't have to worry about paying for those extra hours of day care, or we have a few hours to ourselves during the day to get things done or just sit and relax.  But then again, we may also miss our children while they are away and long for that sometimes annoying sound of hearing "MOM" followed by whatever it is that the child may want or need.

In any case, back to school is definitely time to archive those memories.  The first day of school outfit, the new hair cut, and the usual jitters the kids have on the first day back at school.  Wondering if they will like their teacher(s), are they going to be in the same class as their friends, or will they have a whole new set of friends to meet?

My parents always told me to cherish my children's childhood.  She always said "they will only want to hold your hand and spend time with you for a short amount of time".  I have found this to be very true as my youngest is now a junior in high school.  Every one of my kids now have their own lives and even though they are still wonderful and we all have great relationships, I miss those times when they were little and Mom had all the answers!

Make sure you preserve those memories for you and your child to look back on later.  You both will be glad that you did.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Not a huge Halloween fan?

That is OK!  Even if you aren't loving Halloween, there are plenty of ways to use the August Stamp of the Month in a non-Halloween way!  Here are a few examples of that using different paper packs!

Fist one is from the Sonoma paper pack

Second is from the Mayberry paper pack

This last one is from the Lucky paper pack.

Mischief Paper Pack

I have been so busy since I got home from convention...especially after all my new product arrived.  I am in love with the Mischief paper pack and the August Stamp of the Month!  Here is a little preview of some of the things I have been doing with this paper pack and stamp of the month for the last couple of weeks...

Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

The new Art Philosophy cartridge is exclusive to Close To My Heart! This cartridge has over 700 images!  The most I have ever seen on just one cartridge.  We even have three new D size stamp sets that come with the cartridge that coordinate with the cartridge. Plus, we didn't stop there! There are over 20 new stamp sets that have images to go with the cartridge as well!

The board bellow shows all the images you can make with just ONE button! It is crazy....but oh so much fun!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Just getting started...

Hi Everyone,

I am just getting started on this new blog so please bare with me as I learn the ins and outs of everything.  I am very excited to show you all the new products available through me at Close To My Heart!  We have such a great variety of versatile stamps, papers, embellishments and tools! 

I will update with pics of all the new stuff and what you can do with it as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by!