Thursday, December 11, 2008

Close To My Heart Christmas Card

What a beautiful Christmas card I received from Close To My Heart! And on top of that I also got a beautiful silver bracelet with heart charms. Close To My Heart sends out gifts and hand-made cards to all of the directors. What a special surprise!!!

Girls Christmas Photo

Every year I try to come up with a new idea or prop for our Christmas card. This year I found the silver, glittery snowflakes at the Dollar Store. They were perfect and went so great with the dresses. And what a deal! I then strung them up with fish-line and hung them. Now I need to get busy on getting my Christmas cards out!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mystery Hostess Project

We made this 2 page layout at my Mystery Hostess Night last week. The paper used Creative Basics Evensong Collection. Stamp sets used were the December Word Puzzle D1313
, and the Oct. stamp of the month. For the "Joy" title I used the font Daydream from the Font CD, Volume 2. And of course I had to use sparkles. The sparkles were clear. I just colored over the tops with a red permanent marker. I love these sparkles!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Last layout for Evensong - Workshop on the Go

Here is the last layout for the Evensong, Workshop on the Go. Now I need to get busy and get some pictures on my layouts.

Here is the actual layout that we will be making on the 18th of this month. I love the sparkles, they add so much! Unfortunately, the camera doesn't pick it up.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Tradition" Layout

This layout is done using CTMH's new program called Workshop On The Go. The paper used is Evensong and looks so great with photos. Now I just need to get my photos on there!
I will be posting the other 2 layouts that come with the Workshop On The Go. I just have to do some final touches before I can post them.
This workshop will be taught at my house Dec. 18th and is also available to be mailed to you. If you would like more info., please contact me.

O Christmas Tree

I have been busy decorating for Christmas and pulled out this Advent Christmas Tree that I made 2 years ago. It is one of my daughters favorite decorations! Each day they love to pull out the treats inside of each box.

I made the tree using match boxes. I don't think I will ever run out of I simply covered the boxes with paper and then decorated the front and back of each box. Each box was done with different decorations. Hope you enjoy! If you make one for yourself, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Snowflake Transparency Card

1. Stamp your image on transparency using Archival Black or Black Staz On.
2. Next mix a couple of drops of re-inker with Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint. I used Close To My Heart, Crystal Blue. And then paint on the center of your card. I used a dauber to do this.

3. Next line up your transparency stamped image, to make sure the paint is covering enough of the paper so that it extends a little bit outside your stamped image. Then remove the transparency.

4. Now you can stamp your sentiment using the same color ink as what you used to mix with you paint color.

5. Take the transparency and line up over your card and punch 2 holes and then secure with ribbon. I then added some Sparkles to the transparency and wha la. This card is much prettier in person and has lots of sparkle.
This card was inspired by my friend, Sara Curl. She showed me a card she made using a Christmas Tree stamp set. It was so darling I had to try and make my own version, using Close To My Heart products. Thank you, Sara for sharing your creativeness!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

French Silk Pie

This is the best French Silk Pie Recipe EVER!!! This is my mom's recipe and it is so delicious! It is tradition to have this along with Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. I made both pies last night and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they taste o.k.!

So here is the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Pre-baked pie shell

Use small mixer bowl
3/4 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate (melt and let cool)
1/4 salt
3 pasturized eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In the bowl whip the butter until fluffy. Then gradually add in the sugar while mixing. Now add the melted choc. and salt and mix. Next add 1 egg and beat for 2 min., then another egg and beat for 2 min. and your final egg and beat for 2 min.. Add your vanilla and stir into mixture. Pour into chilled baked pie shell. Ta da. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This little turkey was made using the Playful Petals stamp set. I used the petals to make the feathers. Colors used: Barn Red, Honey, and Autumn Terracota.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hand-made Christmas Ornament

This hand-made ornament was made with the Nov. Stamp of the Month. I first stamped on transperency with archival black ink. To color the image I used permanent markers and white pearl paint. I then used my Coluzzle and cut a circle out, but not all the way around. I left a tab at the top so that I would have someting to attach in the inside of the glass ornament. I used a mini glue dot to adhere the transperency to the top of the ornament. Ta da...

It is much cuter in person! Hard to see all of the details. I made this one for my Secret Sister on our CTMH cruise. Hope you enjoy!
After posting pictures of my girls, I thought I'd better add a photo of my wonderful best friend and husband, Terry. This photo was taken on our Mediterranean cruise in Oct., 2008. There aren't many photos of just us, unless you go back to our wedding or dating photos. Isn't he a cutie?!!! I just love him to pieces. When we got home from our trip, friends and family asked "what was your favorite part of the trip?", I said spending time with Terry! I know, it sounds corny, but we really don't get much time together just us. What wonderful memories we have!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tori is in Keynotes

I was so excited to see that Close To My Heart used this photo of Tori for their artwork in the Nov./Dec. 2008 issue of Keynotes. The upcoming Heart of Winter Promotion looks amazing, and I can hardly wait for it to come! Actually the photo of Tori was used in the artwork using the NEW Key To My Heart. She looks so grown up!!!

When Tori saw the picture in the brochure she screamed with delight. So tickled for her!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gobble 'til you Wobble

Gobble 'til you accurate is that statement?

I can hardly wait for Thanksgiving!!! It is my favorite holiday of the year! I love to get together with family and loved ones and share a relaxing day of eating all kinds of goodies. I am sure that I will gobble 'til I wobble!

I designed this layout for my Scrap & Chat Club. The title was made by printing a CTMH font on transperency. The font I used was "Lemonade Stand" from Volume 1. For the feathers on this cute turkey I stamped them with the Playful Petals stamp set. Colors used are Autumn Terracota, Honey and Barn Red (all CTMH). Paper is from Magic Moments.
Alli was asked to do a photo shoot with photographer, Jen Cress. This was just one of the darling shots that Jen got that day.

Christmas Card Using Evergreen Stamp Set

I scrap-lifted this card from Pam Kukacka and made a few changes to make it my own. I stamped the tree on the base of the card and then again on another piece of paper and cut it out. Then cut out tree was then folded in half and glued to the center of the tree. I thought it would be darling to add some dimension to the card. Oh and of course I had to add prisma glitter!!!

Joy card using CTMH Nov. stamp of the month

This months stamp of the month is one of my all time favorites! I also used my other all time favorite alphabet stamp set "Chocolate". Just the name itself makes me love it!! Teehee...

For this card I used Liquid Applique and prisma glitter for the snowman's tassels on his hat and scarf. So cute!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

My baby's first day of pre-school

Where does the time go? I can't believe that my baby is off to pre-school alreay! She can hardly wait and would love to go everyday and stay all day!!! She has grown up right before our eyes. She is such a little sweetie, just like her sisters.

Getting Back To Blogging

I am finally getting back to my blog spot. It seems to be the way of the future. I love to read other blogs and thought that I myself should get back to it again. So here goes.

With Fall in the air I thought that for my club we would make a layout about family. What a wonderful topic and this is such a great time of year to get outside and get some awesome family pictures.
The layout is from Cherish and now for the life of me I can't remember which layout it was. The papers used were from Enchanted and we also used the new Chocolate alphabet. I think this will be my new favorite alphabet set to use.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Well here goes my first post

For my first post I am going to show a scrapbook layout I created for my Club memebers. I really like how the heart on the right side turned out! I used a transparency and stamped it with Versamark and then sprinkled with Close To My Heart silver pearl embossing powder. Then heat set it with my craft heater. I placed it over blush paper, but it could be used without and still look neat.