Thursday, July 31, 2008

Look what I did when I had an hour ALONE!

First, the card . . . I had this card in my head all day. I found these little chipboard frames and adhesive ribbon in my stash when I was going through my stuff today! It came out just like I hoped . . . just got the sweet flowers at Michael's the other day . . . I love the colors!



I actually put most of this layout together the other day, but finished it today (journaling and embellishing) when I had an hour to myself (ahhhhh!).




Monday, July 28, 2008

Just Add Water

I've had these photos of the boys for over a year waiting to do a page . . . finally just did it last night! This is the first page I've created in my NEW ROOM!

All CTMH product except the chipboard . . . but I covered it with CTMH Good Times Lv. 2 paper! Enjoy!


I punched circles out of the Good Times paper and covered them with window charms . . . I had a lot of fun doing this page!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Beach card

I've had this card sitting on my desk for weeks . . . . waiting for me to go buy a couple of sheets of sandpaper. I finally remembered when I was at my local hardware store and . . . voila! Here is my little beach card.

I saw a beach bag card somewhere (CMTH??? SCS??? can't remember) and had to try it. Thought it would work well with sandpaper (although I didn't tear my sandpaper very well . . .I might have to try it again). I also liked this little rope I used for the handle. Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sanela TAGGED me!!

Isn't this fun! I've been tagged and nominated for an award in the past 2 weeks! Wow!

Well, thank you, Sanela! Sweet Sanela . . . she just moved to Indiana and is probably still in the process of unpacking and yet she found time to sit down at her blog (which you've got to check out) and tag me (along with some other great bloggers)!

So, the rules for the FACTS TAG are fairly simple . . . you've got to reveal 7 facts (random, funny, weird, etc. facts) about yourself and then tag 7 other people (with links to their blogs) and then post a note on their blog that they've been tagged! Ok . . easy enough . . . let's see . . . now the facts . . .

1) I despise onions but love onion rings (my husband thinks this is bizarre).

2) I like to stay up late and sleep in (which doesn't always mesh with my kids' schedules - bummer!)

3) I recently sold my business that I started (from nothing) almost 6 years ago!

4) I had a miscarriage between the births of my 2 boys . . . and we thought I miscarried my second son, but when we went to the emergency room his heart beat was strong! That's my sweet Joey!

5) My husband and I were best friends for 10 years before we got "together" and married.

6) I take as HOT of a shower as I can possibly stand - but short . . I'm in and out within 8 minutes. But it's so relaxing!

7) I was invited to "stamping parties" when I worked at our local high school and thought "how weird, I'm not interested in that!" I got into stamping about a year later and became a Close To My Heart consultant in Feb. 2007. Isn't life funny?!?!

Ok . . .that's my 7 facts. So, here are my 7 tags: Marjorie, Nicole, Aaron, Angie, Jennifer, Hilary, Kim

Some of these tags are blogs I've just discoverd and others are some of my favorites . . . all of them are GREAT so I had to share them! You really should check them out!

Thanks again, Sanela!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My Scrap Space

Ok . . finally got these photos uploaded. I rearranged my scrap space about a week ago and here are the before and after photos . . . my space is arranged in an L shape around the bed in our spare bedroom:

I had my large table by the window, but never really felt like I had a good work space . . everything was spread out . . .

I had my husband build a wood block to raise my desk up so I had a cutting area that I could stand up at . . . still no good working space . . .

My stamps and misc. junk were stashed on my bookshelf in the corner and my CTMH paper is stored in the white cubes:

Misc. accessories are stored in these drawers and my inks were on the far wall - away from my desks . . . (at one time my desk had been underneath these shelves so ink was more convenient):

These old Ikea shelves held mainly photos:

More storage . . . my contraband papers are mostly stored in these pull out drawers, along with all of my scraps . . . my albums etc. in the wire cubes . . . ugh!! Such a hodgepodge . . . IT DROVE ME CRAZY!

My small desk is now in front of the window (and off the block my husband built for me!) with all of my papers TOGETHER to the left. I'm getting 2 more white cubes this weekend to replace the drawers (that are falling apart because they're overstuffed!). . .then my little shelf will sit level on top of it.

Some of my ribbons, flowers, raffia, chipboard, etc. are stored in these old jars that sit on my white cubes in front of the window . . . I'm an "out of sight - out of mind" type of person and if I can't see my stuff I forget I have it . . .so these jars are great for keeping stuff in my sight!



My larger table is to the right with BOTH of my storage shelves above it and EASILY ACCESSIBLE . . . .

these are the shelves that hold my stamps, ribbon and misc. embellishments :



and, finally . . . my bachelor's degree from CTMH training program . . just had to embellish it a little! LOL!!


Finally . . . a space I actually enjoy sitting down and working in . . . still have a couple of things I want to do as far as organizing papers, etc. . . but it's the best use of the space I've had so far and I'm very happy with it! Hope you enjoyed the photos and hope you enjoy your space as much as I'm enjoying mine!

Happy Citizenship Card!

I was having trouble getting into my Photobucket account so I could upload my photos . . . finally got it figured out!

This is a card I made the other day for my Mom . . . she just got her US citizenship (she was born in Canada). It's been a year long process and she just got sworn in (and registered to VOTE!) yesterday! Yaaayyyyy, Mom!


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Birthday card for Mom

This is the card I made for my Mom for her birthday the other day. Got the basic idea from another CTMH consultant . . . lacking in original ideas lately . . . and then put my own little spin on it with the turned up corner and the wide organdy ribbon.


I haven't been on my blog for the last few days because I've been redoing (again) my scrapbooking room . . . I LOVE IT!!! Finally got it to where I really like it! I'll post pictures later tonight . . DH and me are actually taking the kids to my MIL's and going to dinner and a move (Hancock) . . . yaaayyyy! More later . . .

Monday, July 14, 2008


A fellow blogger, Nicole, gave me this award! First blog award/tag I've received since starting my blog last fall! Thank you, Nicole!

The rules for this award are as follows: 1) The winner can post the logo on her blog. 2) Link the person you received your award from. 3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs. 4) Put links of those blogs on yours. 5) Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated. So the 7 I am going to nominate are:

Maricar, Vicki, Diane, Lisa, Sanela, Jen, Wanda

Thanks again, Nicole!

Rough 'N Tumble Birthday

Made this card last night for my son's best buddy's birthday tonight. I got the idea from CTMH's online classes for consultants . . . thought it was so cute I had to "lift it"! Have a great day!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Little slump . . .

Yes . . . I'm in a little slump . . . I can't help it . . .the weather has been soooo nice (finally!) and I just can't help but be outside in my garden/yard/deck.

But, thank goodness for my Hostess Club . . . I have to get my act in gear for them every other month . . . so this is what I've put together for our meeting on Saturday:

One of my club members (and good friend) has been asking me to do a random stamping project on club day . . . so we will actually be doing 2 different random stamping projects:

I'll be giving each of the ladies 2 6x6 sheets of White Daisy cs. On the first sheet we'll be doing the resist random stamping (I think that's what it's called?) of dragon flies from CTMH's Butterfly Kiss stamp set and then embossing some of the dragonflies with clear embossing powder . . . they'll take this dragonfly 6x6 home and they can create whatever they want with it.

Here is a plain white 6x6 piece and a 6x6 decorated piece with the resist random stamping:

I messed up a little bit on my test sample though, I stamped the resist dragonflies in gray instead of clear . . . so they'll turn out better on club day when we just use clear. That way the dragonflies will pick up the other colors (crystal blue, orchid bouquet, amythest, etc.) when we rub the ink over the finished project.

Our second random stamping project uses another 6x6 piece of cs. I was able to make 2 cards and still have a leftover piece that I could easily make another card with:


Here are the cards up close. (I got the idea for the first card from another CTMH consultant.)


Our other project is the coaster calendar that I posted a few weeks ago. Anyway . . . hope they'll enjoy the projects. I just got some new stamp sets, so I'm anxious to start playing . . . but it's supposed to be REALLY warm for the next 2 days . . . . hmmmm. . . . don't know if I can tear myself away from the back deck!

Smiles and enjoy the sunshine in your part of the world!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Hope you all have a great 4th of July . . . we are heading to Ocean Shores for a fun filled camping weekend with some friends! The nice warm weather we've been having lately feels SOOOO GOOD! Can't wait to get to the beach! Here's a few photos from last year's trip to Ocean Shores . . . isn't it GORGEOUS . . . yeah . . . my sweet little boy is pretty darn cute too!




I just got some fun new stamps during the CTMH Stampaganza and can't wait to use them when we get home . . . so look for some new creations next week and SCRAPBOOKING BINGO!

Have a safe and happy 4th . . .