My Sunshine

I really like “My Sunshine”, the April Stamp of the Month (SOM).  Because it coordinates with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, it makes creating that much more fun and did I mention, easier?!?!

Here’s some more art work:

Here are the images (red outline indicates you can cut the image out on the Cricut to stamp on!):

So add a little sunshine to your life and get this set today!!

Creatively Yours,

Join Me, Join the Fun!!

Sign up and Celebrate!!

Today is the day to join my team and celebrate the love of creating with Close to My Heart Products!!

It’s time to sign up as a Close To My Heart Independent
Consultant! When you sign up as a Consultant in April, you’ll receive a
little something extra for joining the Close To My Heart family — the
April, May, June, and July Stamp of the Month stamp sets for free! These
D-size stamp sets are a great for a new Consultant to create artwork,
bring to Gatherings, and show off to everyone. Now that’s a reason to

Best of all, join now in April and you’ll be able to order The Dream Pop paper packet, created specifically for National Scrapbooking Month in May!  This includes:

  • 12 exclusive B&T Duos® papers (2 each of 6 designs)
  • 12 coordinating cardstock sheets (2 each of 6 kit-exclusive colors)
  • an artwork idea insert

The cardstock sheets have glossy patterns on one side that
coordinate with the B&T patterns for a pop of shine on the colorful
cardstock. The colors of the cardstock sheets and B&T papers are
specialty colors exclusive to this paper packet only. It has a retail
value of $19.95. 

Learn about my story ,and our great consultant kit!! 

Ready to Go????  Join Today!!!

Creatively Yours,

Happy Easter!

I’ve just learned about listicles.  A list of 10 things….the topic can be anything and everything!  It’s been to read and learn about them.  So in the light that it’s Easter today, I made my very first listicle about why I’m grateful about Easter!

1) Grateful to be able to have the joy of watching my daughter on Easter
2) Grateful to be spending Easter with family members
3) Grateful to still be able to take a hike on the nature preserve outside my grandmother’s old home
4) Grateful to watch eagles fly
5) Grateful to be able to walk with my husband hand in hand
6) Grateful for the opportunity to help out my family in a time of need
7) Grateful for the being with people I love and who love me
8) Grateful for the provisions we have in our life
9) Grateful for an incredible meal that I did not have to cook
10) Grateful that I have the gift of Salvation through Jesus!

I created this layout with the April Stamp of the Month: S1304 My Sunshine and our wonderful Chantilly Papers!  It’s bright and happy which is how I feel today!

Creatively Yours,


Some notes from listening to Stacy Julien:

While many of us dwell mental conversations in our head, convincing ourselves we are not creative, creative expression is everywhere.  Schedule time each week to be creative in some way. Cooking, organizing, appreciating the world around you, getting inspired by what’s important and enjoyable in your life.

1) Solve your own problems.
2) Be curious 
3) Use your imagination
4) Take Risks
5) Don’t listen to critics (especially those in your head)
6) Practice Imperfection
7) Take care of you; Take care of your vision.

Creatively yours,

First step..

Hi everyone!

I’m over in Salt Lake City taking a great training/class on doing albums about ourselves.  I’m having to do the very uncomfortable part of writing about myself and documenting my life!  It was much hard than I thought it would be.  We had a guest speaker, Stacy Julian (Big Picture Classes).  We had heard Stacy speak at our National Convention last summer where she inspired me to start including myself into our scrapbooks.  I’m always taking pictures of everyone else and recording everyone’s else’s history, but not mine. 
Well, this weekend, I went off to Salt Lake City to start creating a Legacy Album to start telling my story so SG will have it when I’m not longer able to be here with her.  Here’s the start of my story:

I got a great book from a friend when I first had SG – “A Mother’s Legacy”.  It’s a journal full of questions to answer about yourself.  You are suppose to complete the journal for your  kids.  I’m going to continue my album using this book as a prompt!!  I’m so excited to step outside my comfort zone and learn to do this.  
More to come and classes too!! 

Creatively Yours,

Jump For Joy!!

YOU, the Hostess, ca n earn more rewards in March because when a
Gathering reaches $250 or more in sales, the hostess jumps up to the
next Hostess Rewards and Hostess Rewards Plus! levels.  This means more FREE supplies and more 1/2 price items!!  Now that’s a
reason to jump for joy!

*Shipping/handling and tax applies. Only Gatherings
with a total of $250 or more will qualify for the jump in Hostess
Rewards or Hostess Rewards Plus!. Qualifying hostesses will receive
Hostess Rewards from one level only—the level that is one higher than
their sales total.

Dates: Offer valid March 1–31, 2013.

Contact me to set your home gathering or online gathering (Includes Studio J orders)!!

Scrapbook “Basement” Sale

Mark your calendar for Saturday February 16!! From 10am to 1pm!  I’m sorting out lots of things!  Retired Close To My Heart papers, inks, and stamps, plus more!  If I have not used it in over 2 years, it’s gone.  Lots of punches, fibers, ink pads, embellishments, and papers from other companies.  Don’t miss this:

100’s of retired Acrylix Stamps, new and/or used – priced at $7.00 or less/stamp set

Beads/jewelry stuff

Punches – an entire Ikea crate of these – CM, SU, and more

Dry embossing templates – full container of these

5 CTMH embellishment containers –  full of eyelets or other embellishments – the container (empty) was $20.  Now $10 full of all sorts of eyelets or embellishments


Chip board


Papers (CMTH and other companies)

Direction books

Distressing kits and accessories (some sold together, some sold separate)

Bulk embellishments


Ink pads and markers (colorbox, kaliascopes, and more…..with reinkers)

Craft trays

Hot of the Press – lots of fibers, embellishments, books…..

Vellum Quote Stacks (several different ones)


Tag Maker

Loose Basic Grey and more titles/frames and more


More embellishments from other companies……

Some storage containers….


Don’t miss out – contact me for the address!!


Flowers and Stamps

We all have wonderful paper flowers and with the Cricut, you can cut more!  I found this cute little trip to spruce up your flowers – Stamp on them!!

Choose a stamp set – I’m using “Cup of Good Cheer” B1404.  Ink your stamps on your favorite ink pad – I’m using one of my favorites, Chocolate – Z2111.

Randomly stamp over the flower.

I added a few more extras – a red paper flower with a button tied off with our baker’s twine (Z1702).  Add to this cute flower to a card:

And you have a fantastic card for a friend!!  Don’t you just love our new glitter paper (Z1830 and Z1829) – I sure do!  It’s available now!!

Creatively Yours,

Studio J Special (for men too!!)

I love the February Special from Close To My Heart (CTMH):

 “February is sure to be a month of digital delights because you can purchase any Studio J®
layout for only $5—that’s a savings of $1.95 per layout! This is a
great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time. Create adorable
baby layouts with the Wishes and Fishes kit (shown), or use the new
Express Collections with collections of 10 ready-made layouts plus a
front and back cover that are easy to use and professionally designed.
Preserve your memories at a low price for a truly digital delight!”

Guess what?  My wonderful husband made a trip to CA to see his siblings.  He decided to try his hand at digital scrapbooking!  I’m so excited for him and he’s pleased at how easy  it is to create wonderful pages.  All he has to do is copy his original projects and go back to change the journaling for each of his siblings.  He’s able to create a wonderful keepsake, personalize for each of his brothers and sister!  It will be treasured forever.

Jeff getting started out…..He’s not sure about this!! 

After a few pages, he’s doing great!  Jeff is an IT and he’s surprised at how “user friendly” Studio J is!!

Now’s the time to try it out!!  I’m offering a special drawing!  Anyone who orders 5 Studio J layouts in the month of February 2013, will be entered to win one of 5 Studio J 5-Pack for free!  So order 5 and you could win 5 more layouts for FREE.  This offer is through me only!!  If you need help creating, please contact me!!

Creatively Yours,


Last Day for Whoo’s! Too Cute to Miss

Today is the last day for Whoo’s Your Valentine!  It’s a very, very cute set that is so versatile, I’m loving it.  If you are on Facebook, be sure to check out the Close To My Heart corporate page and see all of the very cool art work that is being made with it!!  Here’s my latest two:  One filled with Skittles and is the resist embossing and one filled with Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans….

Don’t miss out because you can do so much with this darling set!! Coffee stamp set is sold seperately.