Thursday, December 18, 2014

Confetti Wishes Layout Workshop

Look at these three FUN layouts we will make on January 6th and even though they look CUTE in these photos, they look so much more adorable in person!  I finally found the pictures I was looking for, from my birthday celebration this past year in Santa Fe and will be getting those printed as soon as I have a moment to do so.  :)

There are complete details for participating, even long distance, by clicking HERE.  I would love for you to join me!  I have plenty of class offerings in mind for 2015!
Happy Friday eve!  Saying that makes the weekend start even sooner for me!  LOL

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gift Exchange Items

I LOVE giving (and receiving) gifts; no matter what they are.  It is something I have always enjoyed.  I hold my Mom responsible since she is the same.  The only thing that is bad about it...I tend to over analyze and think too much...because I want it to be special!

My friend and downline, Xellina, had a crop at her house this past Saturday.  (I LOVE being back around my scrappin' friends!)  She offered a gift exchange and there will be few (if any) times that I would choose not to participate.  I altered several things...  I got the canister at Big Lots.  I just used some Washi Tape to wrap around the rim and then adhered a retired silver flower.  The chalkboard area was already provided, with a piece of chalk!  I filled it with chocolate chip cookies.  For the bag, I just took a silver bag, used a vinyl cut that was too big for another project and placed it on the bag.  A couple of pieces of Washi Tape and Red Shimmer Trim and tada; a gift bag was born!
The photo of the frame just doesn't do it justice.  I sure wish I had taken time to take a better photo of all of these creations.  It was a frame I bought at Big Lots.  I cut a photo opening in the matte, just like was done in the original frame, and decorated it up with Hopscotch, some fun stamp images and a little bling.  It really came out nice!
It seems like the person who ended up with it was pleased so I was happy.  I still have some other gifts to create before the holidays are over.

It's Hump Day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frosty the Snowman at the Gaylord

My friend and downline, Michelle, invited me to join her, her daughter and our friend, Lulu, at Ice at the Gaylord in Grapevine on Friday night.  I have wanted to go for several years, hearing great things about it, but never have...until now...
We had the fun opportunity for a photo op where we were edited into the background.  I can't wait to get it put on a page/layout.  It will be fun scrappin' all these pictures.
Starting here, until I tell you otherwise, EVERYTHING in the sceneries was carved out of ICE!  It was 9 degrees in the tent where all the fun was found.  I had dressed in winter clothing - coat, hat, gloves, etc. but we were still provided with a parka and it was much needed!
I was in awe at all the fabulous creations and detail in everything.  I don't think, even in seeing it, that I really could comprehend that it was all ice and nothing else.
And this...a HUMONGOUS nativity scene!  It spread across the entire area that I was only able to get a photo of these images.  It was absolutely amazing and beautiful!
This Christmas tree is not out of ice.  LOL  It's a gorgeous tree that was in the main area of the Gaylord Hotel.  Isn't it gorgeous?!
I had a fabulous time and am thankful for the invitation and fun shared with Michelle and Lulu!  Thanks for the fun memories!  And now I have photos for my layouts!  WOOHOO!  LOL

Be blessed!

Monday, December 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Irresistible Texture

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring "Irresistible Texture" for our technique this month!  So how do we get irresistible texture?  By using our fabulous embossing folders, of course!  Close To My Heart has several patterns to choose from, fitting 5" x 7" sheets of paper.  The folders are high-quality and give a great impression, with ease.  If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track.  Should you get lost along the way, please visit Sheila's Blog for a complete list of participants.

I am showcasing the Heart Embossing Folder which is a new folder recently released on December 1st in the Seasonal Expressions.  I love hearts so this totally caught my attention.
In an effort not to take away attention from the technique, I decided to keep the card front simple and used the sketch shown below.  I kept trying to add a little something more to it, but then added the sentiment and Baker's Twine and thought, "perfect".  I like that it is simple and that my hearts can get the attention they desire.  :)
I was inspired by this sketch found on Freshly Made Sketches.
Thanks you for visiting.  Comments are always welcome and then keep moving through the hop to see the other fabulous creations!  Head on over to Catherine's Blog to see her fun creation!

Happy hoppin'!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Candy Cane Wreath

I am proud of my little creations so I have to share them with you!  I was at my friend's retreat a couple of weeks ago and there were ladies working on various projects.  This was one of them.  Several of us got the supplies together and created several of them.  These are my two.  (This one has purple on the candy canes, even though it's difficult to tell from the picture so's mine!)
I had seen them on Pinterest but am always better to try out new patterns with others.  I don't know why but I guess I need that support system just in case I can't follow directions well?  LOL  It was fun to see the various creations that resulted from the different colored candy canes.
They were totally fun and easy to make with a lot of hot glue!  And it never fails...a few burns on your fingers...but totally worth it.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun cards!

I attended one of my downline's (Debi) workshop on Monday evening where I walked away with these fun cards! Aren't they cute?! I just had to share!
Happy Friday eve!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop

Today we are highlighting some of Close To My Heart's New Products contained in the recently released (December 1st) Seasonal Expressions - Volume 1.  There are two new paper packets featured and a lot of coordinating embellishments and other goodies you are sure to love!  If you are  coming from Melissa David's Blog, you are on the right track.  (Participants names are provided at the bottom of the post if you were to get lost along the way.)

The card I made was created with our new paper packet called "Heartstrings".  Of course it is perfect for Valentine's Day but I have already seen various artwork pieces that allow it to work for other occasions.
I did tie in some of the sweet treats from my favorite holiday and incorporated the stamp set, "Love This Story".  It is a Hostess Exclusive stamp set which means you can only get it when redeeming just $6 of your FREE Hostess Rewards.  (Contact me or your CTMH Consultant for more details.)  I LOVE the saying I chose to use but others are included:  "Hello World", "So Love This Story", and "Best Day Ever".  All of the images are banners and can be seen on page 5 of the supplemental idea book.  Click HERE to view the online version.  (Psst...any order placed can include a FREE copy of the Idea Book and Seasonal Expressions.  They are a lot better to view in person, if I do so say so myself.)
This cute cupcake comes from our December Stamp of the Month, "Cutie Pie", which can be yours for just $5 - with a qualifying order of just $50 - through December 30th.   And I couldn't resist incorporating some Silver and Red Shimmer Trim.  
 Thank you for taking the time to stop by today.  I hope you love what you see above and would appreciate any comments you have before heading over to Debi's Blog where I am sure you will find something totally fun!

Happy hoppin'!


  1. Melissa Robinson -
  2. Debi Barber -
  3. Judy Faye Garner -
  4. Tonya Whitehurst -
  5. Marianne Hancock -
  6. Melissa David -

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Close To My Heart's Totes To Go ARE HERE!

They have arrived - in LIMITED QUANTITIES - and you will absolutely love the design of this Rolling and Shoulder Tote (highlighted excellently in the video provided below)!  I have already treated myself and await the shipping notice!  WOOHOO!  I can't wait for it to arrive.  Talk about feeling organized!  I have the Large and Medium Organizers...guess it's time to get a Small Organizer!  LOL  Isn't it awesome how everything fits nicely inside?  And it's gorgeous and classy with the chevron design!
 The cost of the Rolling Tote is $149.95 and the Shoulder Tote is $26.95!
This video shows, in great detail, how these two fabulous items are designed.  Take a few minutes to check it out now!
You can view them on my website by clicking HERE.  **NEWS FLASH**  If you contact me directly, ordering at least the Rolling Tote, and add on a Round Sponge for $1.25,  you qualify for $25 in FREE PRODUCT!  How awesome is that?!  BETTER YET...If you were to host a party (in person or online) or just take orders, and your total sales reach $250, you can get the rolling tote for HALF OFF (just $$74.98)!  I would love to share CTMH with you and your customers - in person or online.  So many options to get this beauty in your hands at a great cost!  

If you would love this to be your Christmas gift this year, contact me ASAP, or email me with the name of persons buying for you.  I'll call them and help make shopping for you easy! 

**TOKEN OF APPRECIATION**  When you order the rolling tote, I will send you a paper pack of your choice as appreciation for you order!

We have been told that when this shipment is sold out, they will be made unavailable, until the new shipment arrives so don't wait to place your order!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2014 Seasonal Expression 1 - Blog Hop

You are going to LOVE the contents of our NEWLY released Seasonal Expressions - Volume 1 that made its' debut on December 1st!  It is 39 pages of FABULOUSNESS including two brand new and beautiful paper packets and so much more!  You can view the online version by clicking here but it is best to get one in your hands.  More importantly, you will LOVE the product even more when you see it in person!  
Not that you need help falling in love with the new products, but I guarantee you your wish list will grow as you move through over 35 artwork items showcased through this Blog Hop.

If you are coming from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right track.  You will also find a complete listing of participants by clicking here.

I created this layout using the Hopscotch product line.  I incorporated the paper pack, Complements and Assortment.  Aren't they so fun and cheery?!  This layout was made from the Magic how-to book, pattern found on page 54, entitled "Hat Trick".
You can see, on the pages of the layouts, how the stickease and "buttons" (from the Assortment) added some fun texture to the pages.  Of course, I added dimension to the stickease with 3-D Foam Tape.  (One of my few CTMH addictions which requires no therapy. lol)
 I actually created two additional layouts I will be showcasing here soon and the little strip of zig zag stickease shown below...a negative from the hexagon borders I used on each page.  Gotta love when you can re-purpose what could have been trash.
Here are two additional layouts made with the paper packet and coordinating embellishments:
I will bling them up a bit more once I put photos on them. get some developed...

Let me know which brand new product is on the top of your list today by leaving a comment.  I would love to hear from you!

Now, head on over to Adeline's Blog where you are bound to find something adorable to add to your list.

Happy hoppin'!

Friday, December 5, 2014

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Confetti Wishes

This month my team and I are highlighting the adorable paper packet called, "Confetti Wishes".  You can't help but smile when you see the vibrant colors included in this paper pack.  The papers are fun and upbeat and work great for celebrating that perfect birthday or other fun occasion.
If you are coming from Judy Faye's blog you are headed in the right direction.  A list of all participants is provided at the end of this post should you get lost along the way.  

I had fun creating several fun layouts using the paper pack (X7189B), Complements (X7189C) and Assortment (Z2044) which all coordinate perfectly.  (The layouts are not of my original design but created by the CTMH art department.)  The stickease are ADORABLE and totally fun, as is the Assortment!  (I will be offering these layouts in a workshop later this month so be sure to check back.)  Crazy but as fun as these look in the photos...they are 100x cuter in person!  :)
Check out how fun the embellishments are!  
And those dimensional confetti items included with the Assortment...ADORABLE!!!!!  Don't you agree?
I know which photos I want for the layouts.  Now...if I can just find where I saved them so I can get them printed.  :)  

Let me know what you think of these layouts before heading over to Marianne's blog to see her fun creation.  Here's wishing your Friday is going well and is a great start to the weekend!  

Happy hoppin'!

This month's participants:
1. Melissa Robinson -
2. Marianne Hancock -
6. Aggie Peters -
8. Judy Faye Garner -