Monday, August 31, 2009

September Stamp of the Month: Treasures

Welcome to my blog hop contribution! Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE this stamp set! In the sample above, I used it to start out an album about my amazing summer. This is a work in progress. Check back to see what develops! The supplies I used for this project include:
NEW All Sorts Album
Fancy Cuts Botanicals
NEW Organics buttons
Creme Brulee ink pad
Tulip ink pad
Summer Sweetness Stamp Set
Free Spirit Stamp Set
NEW Treasures Stamp set (Stamp of the Month)

I also used it to create the card for the September Church workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 17. I'd love for you to join us. It's a free class! We just ask that you donate 4 of the 6 cards we make to the church. If you are interested, email me so that I could email you a list of needed supplies to bring. Believe it or not, the only paper I used was Colonial White cardstock to create this card! Ink colors include: Sunflower, Chocolate, and Grey Wool.

Now hop on over to Nancy's blog to keep your creative juices flowing! If the link does not work, or if you get lost as you hop along, refer to the previous post for a list of all the participants of this month's blog hop. Enjoy the journey!

September SOM Blog Hop

I am so excited to participate in the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop this month. There are over 60 consultants--and artwork to get inspired by. I simply love this stamp set! Just in case you get lost in the hop, I'm attaching the entire list below. (I have highlighted my blog, where you are now, in bold and large letters.)

Jena DeVries
Nona Davenport
Katy Donaldson
Cibele Glazer
Laura Dame
Lori Leng
Jamia Bankhead
Melissa Laverty
Pamela OConnor
Sheila Bennett
Adeline E. Brill
Wendy Kessler
Beth Naumann
Barbra Otten
Terrie Dodd
Judy Burger
Jessica Booth
Leisa Hubley
Helen Onulak
Debra Van Patten
Juli Clark
Sarita Schraeder
Michelle Robinson
Maricar Harris
Antoinette Herrin
Kathleen Androlewicz
Cindy Leek
Dawn Heuft
Barbara Harris
Alanna Moses
Laurie Levnik
Tanya David
Karen Norman
Jan Moxey
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Paige Dolecki
Kelly Triggs
Sherry Thompson
Deb Young
Nancy Ball
Chris Shouse
Dawn Ross
Brae Montgomery
Laurie R Newton
Haley Dyer
Carol Taggio
Amy McVey
Carla Ironside
Jennifer Royal
Jen Rubio
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Jill Lucas
Wanda Riley
Miranda Kurz
Jody Gustafson
Susan Brooks
Kami Welter
Jennifer Patrick
Julia Menssen
Shannon Pelletier
Linda Shewchuk
Brenda Harmless
Donni Alvarenga
Nancy Brown
Traci Godbee
Pam Klassen
Lori Miller
Kimberly Smith
Caren Goldsein

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Correction--New Catty

In my previous post, I mentioned the pop-up candy holder was made last week. But my open house is actually scheduled for tomorrow, August 31. Oops!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New CTMH catty

I am so excited about the new CTMH catalog! Here are some cards I have made using new products, including new paper packs, new embellishments (such as glitter rub-ons and brads, felt accessories self-adhesive pearls, etc.) Enjoy!

And here is a picture of the candy pop holder we made at my open house last Monday. (Special thanks to Tresa Black for sharing a tutorial on how to make these adorable gifts!)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer of weddings

This has been my summer of weddings! I've had 2 down, and 1 still left to go. Last week I posted the pictures of the gift I made for my friend, who got married in May. This week I finished my cousin's gift, who got married in May (I know--I'm running a little late!). Any time I have to give a gift, my first thought is "what can I make them?" When I make it, it is truly a gift from my heart.

Let me know what you think of this project. I hope the bride and groom love it!

Supplies used:
9x9 My Creations Memory Showcase
Sanding kit
Edge distressor
Key Lime Cardstock
Clover Meadow Cardstock
Vanilla Cream Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
Vanilla Cream ink pad
Retired stamp set

Monday, July 13, 2009

One project down, a million to go!

I have been through many craft phases. But out of the crocheting, knitting, and cross-stitching, papercrafting has been the longest phase (8-9 years). I just get a kick out of feeling like I have completed a projects--it is a huge sense of accomplishment. And I get that sense of accomplishment alot quicker with papercrafting. Instead of spending weeks finishing a crocheted quilt or knitted sweater, I could whip up a card in a few minutes to hours. Even big projects such as albums, I find a sense of accomplishment after completing each layout. But the true rush is when I close up the album. And here I am now--excited to have finished my friend's album. You have witnessed my journey with this project. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. I can't wait to see how the happy couple likes it. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Lived-in memories

One challenge I've had with my passion for scrapbooking is that I would sometimes pass up on living life, and creating new memories, just so that I could catch up on my scrapbooking. I've since decided that as much as I love preserving memories, I've got to enjoy creating the memories before I preserve them. Coming to that conclusion makes me so excited--it means I will probably never catch up on my scrapbooking! And that's ok! I will have fun creating the memories, and then have fun preserving them later.

So why am I making this confession? Well, because I've been busy living in the new memories I'm making and have not had a chance to create and post this last week. As I mentioned before, my niece, Alyssa, is spending the summer in Orlando. Last weekend, her parents decided to hop in a car and drive down to spend Fourth of July with us. It was last minute, but such great fun! Tomorrow is my other sister-in-law's birthday, so I will be driving up to Jacksonville to spend the day with her and the kids. I feel truly blessed to have so many pictures to scrap!

But I finally did sit down to start catching up with my projects today. I need to finish my friend's guestbook album. So I worked on that. This is what I came up with for the cover page. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Scrapbooking with a mission

I love scrapbooking and paper crafting! For the past few years, I've had a tugging on my heart to use this passion to reach out to others. I started a scrapbooking group at my church. But as much as I love this fellowship, I have not felt that my need to reach out to others has been filled. So I've decided to start dedicating handmade cards to the church, to use as the leaders see fit. I invite you to join me in this new endeavor. The workshop is free. I will provide you with a list of supplies to bring and I will provide you with cutting guides and talk you through putting everything together. You can make as many cards as you like. I just ask that you donate 4 of the cards made each night to the church with me. The church crop is the 2nd Thursday of the month and I would love for you to join us! These free card workshops will begin starting in August. See the photo for a sampe of the card we will be making in August. Please RSVP so that I could let you know what supplies to bring and email you the cutting guide.

I look forward to seeing you all then!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I want to wish a very happy father's day to all men--not just the ones with children. I believe that you could be a dad a heart--God bless those, too!

I helped my niece, Alyssa, make a card for her father for father's day this year. I was so proud! She knew exactly what she wanted to do! Check it out!

Alyssa lives in Maryland but is in Orlando for a month during her summer break. I get to play with her on weekends :). How can you come to Orlando and not visit Mickey Mouse and the princesses? I was not prepared when she came last year. So this year, I made sure she had an autograph book to take to the parks with her. What do you think?

I would love to see what kind of artwork you are coming up with this summer! Please email me a picture of your projects for a chance to win a handmade gift from me :). I'm sorry I did not post last week. Please keep me honest--email me if you haven't seen an update in over a week!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wedding card and chocolate eggs

My cousin got married a few weeks ago. I'm a little late with my gift! Their colors were Clover Meadow green, Bamboo, and Colonial White. I was having a hard time coming up with a card, but I added Taffy and I think I finally like it :). It was a beach wedding so I thought the Taffy would go well. I used the June Stamp of the Month (which I love!). So my challenge to you this week is to come up with a project using the following colors: Clover Meadow, Dessert Sand, Taffy, and Colonial White. I had fun, I hope you do to! Email me your projects for a chance to win a hand made gift!

I spent the last weekend in Miami. I hadn't seen my parents since their accident, so I was looking forward to spending some time with them. My grandparents were also in town from Brasil, so it was nice to see them. My grandmother brought me one of the most original craft ideas I've seen in a long time! It was a chocolate egg. That does not sound original, but I thought it was! What my cousin does is carefully break only a tip off a real egg. She disinfects the shell,
decorates it, then fills it with chocolate. The only downside is that you have to break the beautiful decoration to get to the chocolate :(. But check out these works of art!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

June Close to My Heart June special

There will be a new special EVERY DAY, exculsively through my website at

More altered items

One of my dearest friends just recently got married. My wedding gift to her is a photo guest book. I created sign-in cards, and the bride got a friend to take pictures of families as they signed in. I'm now putting it all together.

I love Close to My Heart albums. The page protectors are thicker, and fit the pages I make (I don't have to trim them to fit the pages.) I also love the fact that the pages lay flat and don't curve over. Finally, I love the variety of colors available in the linen albums, and the fact that they are a blank canvas for me to customize :). So I customized this 9x9 album Cocoa album for my friend. Stay tuned for for some beautiful wedding pictures!

So what have you been creating? Email me your projects to enter for a handmade gift!

Speaking of projects, I also just finished new tin can album for a workshop coming up in a few weeks. If you are interested in putting one of these together, email me for details and instructions.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wide, wide world of blogging

I am technologically challenged. I was late at starting to email and surf the web, and I still don't use texting technologies. And here I am venturing into the world of blogging! So please bear with me as I get warmed up to it.

I hope this blog becomes a source of inspiration for everyone--myself included! That means you must participate :). I would love to see what this site inspires you to create, and will be choosing a participant each month to win a special handmade gift from me.

The first challenge will be to share what kind of items you have altered to fit your purpose or style. For example, a few weeks ago I was involved in a bridal show (I custom design wedding stationary). I needed a big box to store door prize sign-in sheets. But it couldn't be just any box. I wanted it to showcase Close to My Heart and my creativity. So I purchased a nautical themed box and adapted it accordingly. First, I covered the Starfish on the cover, then I created a quilt-type of cover for the seashells lining the inside of the box. And voila! I had EXACTLY what I needed! I look forward to
receiving emails with your creations.

As I mention in my personal information below, papercrafting helps me celebrate good times and work through bad times. This board will also be an extension of that. My parents were in a car accident last weekend and I am so glad to announce that although their car was totally demolished, they are alive and well. PRAISE GOD for his protection!

About Me

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The most important things in my life are relationships. I value every title I own--daughter, sister, wife, aunt, friend. I feel so blessed to be able to add another title to my relationship collection--mom. I can't wait to meet my baby girls!