Thursday, December 30, 2010
Beginning January 1 Close to My Heart will be featuring a new brochure called Inspirations. These two layouts of my niece, Ellie, singing in the spring variety show, include the new Wings Level 2 paper pack (X7135B) from Inspirations. In the top layout I also used a new pleated ribbon product (Z1398) from Inspirations. Isn't it striking? The big butterflies are from the new stamp set Find Your Style (D1452) which is the January Stamp of the Month. Feel free to contact me to purchase any of these products. And don't forget that the new Spring/Summer 2011 catalog will be released February 1! I have seen a sneak peek and you won't be disappointed! Contact me to receive your copy when it is available!
Also, if you crave some more inspiration this month, look no further than the website Big Red Scraps at http://www.bigredscraps.ning.com/ This website features cards, projects, and layouts with Close to My Heart products. You can search by categories and stamplift to your heart's content!
Happy stamping and scrapping!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I've officially begun the Christmas baking. I started today with peanut butter crisscross cookies. My mom and grandmother (her mother) both used to bake these. Basically they are just peanut butter cookies but you take a fork and add a crisscross hatch pattern to the top. We kids always got to do that part. During the Christmas season these cookies also got dressed up with some red and green sprinkle sugar. I guess they thought this made them special for the holidays. Mom and Granny are both gone now and I miss them terribly. My niece, Sarah, never got to know my mom and I wish she was here to bake these with her. My mom always had a day when all the grandkids came over and baked Christmas cookies with her. Guess they will have to settle for Aunt Marty now! Hopefully my brothers will both be pleased when I serve these Christmas Eve. On to more baking! Hug your loved ones extra hard tonight!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Know how hard it is to get 3 men to pose for the annual family Christmas photo? Nearly impossible! Hubby is in pain because he threw his back out working in the barn. Son number 1 (in maroon) is impatient to go somewhere with his girlfriend. Son number 2 (in front) is bored and waiting to go shoot hoops with his friends. Talk about uncooperative! We only do this once a year so you would think they could be a little more accomodating. But no! Well don't fear. This was only the test shot while I adjusted the camera. The real photo is coming soon!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
You know I complain quite a bit to my friends in the city about living in the country and how far I have to travel to get to shops and restaurants. But every once in a while I catch a view like this that reminds me why I love it here in rural Ohio! I got up this morning with a day off from work due to a doctor's appointment, looked out my bedroom window and saw this. The woods behind my house are beautiful this time of year. And with the heavy fog it created such a cool scene. Of course I grabbed my camera! Now the Amish workers who are putting on our new roof probably thought I had lost my mind, but oh well! I thought these turned out pretty good. And I'm super excited because in November I'm taking a class from Nikon! I can't wait to learn more and hope to see a big improvement in my photos!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What's a girl to do when she's at her son's football game and things are not going so well for the team? Take pictures of the sunset of course! It was homecoming and our team lost 9-7. It was a real heartbreaker! But as a consolation I did get this awesome shot of the sun just as it was setting behind the tree line of our village. It was totally a fluke, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. My favorite color is orange and I've always been drawn to sunsets. Hey when life hands you lemons, take photos!
Monday, August 23, 2010
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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Well I had great intentions of entering the H2H Challenge this week and have tried for two days to upload a photo of my card, but Blogger just won't cooperate! It will not let me upload the image. It just keeps freezing up on me. So nothing new to share. I will try again tomorrow even though the challenge will be officially over. Say a little prayer that it will work next time!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This week's challenge at Heart to Heart is a recipe challenge so I created this layout. I recently found an old album containing some family photos that I thought were lost forever. I was overjoyed to find this picture of my mom. She was such an amazing woman and a wonderful cook! I included her recipe for apple pie which always got rave reviews from everyone who sampled it. I used bits and pieces of cardstock from the new Olivia kit (X7128B), a retired apple stamp from Close to My Heart, some Colonial White ric-rac and white crocheted flowers from the White Daisy Medley (Z1136). It's a very simple layout, but overall I was very pleased. Now to get busy on some more of those found photos!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
For this week's Heart to Heart Challenge I am posting my newest day planner. It is actually a Close to My Heart weekly calendar kit. I decorate the front and back covers and write in the dates and use this as my day planner. I can include lots of writing in the boxes and attach appointment reminder cards, etc. on the back of the preceding page. I used the papers from the new Olivia Level 2 kit (X7128B) and images from a new stamp set called The Present (D1436). I used new ink colors in Smoothie (Z2196) and Sunset (Z2191) and new embellishments called Foundry Metal Flourishes (Z1331) and tiny pearl dots called Opaques in Mocha (Z1333). These products are not available yet, but be sure to contact me to get your new Close to My Heart Fall/Winter catalog so that you can be among the first to order!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I have just returned from the annual Close to My Heart convention held this year in beautiful Washington D.C. My dear friend and roommate, Tracey Mason won the coveted album contest. I was thrilled and proud of her. Visit her blog at tmasonstudio.blogspot.com in the coming weeks to see some samples from her winning entry. You won't be disappointed! Thanks to my other roomies Joyce Beenes and Cindy Walker for a terrific week. It was a blast!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I've been busy working on senior pictures with my crew. The professional ones are just too expensive so I'm trying out my photography skills. A little too much sun on this one, but we're going to keep trying. I'm bound for Washington D.C. and my annual Close to My Heart convention. Woo-hoo! Car trip with my partner in crime, Cindy! I'll have new artwork to post next week! Yeah!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Whew! It feels like its been forever since I had a chance to blog! Maybe now that the school year is over I will have a little more time for my artwork! Here is a cute birthday card I made using the new HOWDY! stamp set from the Summer catalog. Since we live on a farm and my oldest son raises cows I thought it was perfect! The summer birthday nieces and nephew will be getting this card. The papers are from the new Zippedee Level 2 kit. My card is a far cry from Disney, but the patterns worked! Enjoy!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I finally had the chance to plant my impatients this weekend. It seems that Spring has finally decided to arrive and stay. I am so thankful. I am not much of a Winter person any more. I like WARM weather! My oldest son attended his second prom this weekend, so fair warning...more prom layouts to come soon!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Here is another layout I did with my son and niece's prom photos. The paper I used is from a calendar kit Clost to My Heart sold SEVERAL years ago! I found a few pieces of background and texture paper that I never used and decided to put it to good use! I am trying to reduce my backlog of old papers!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
One of the new products in the Summer CTMH catalog is clear cards! One is round with scalloped edges and the other style is rectangular. They are fabulous to decorate. The dimensional possibilities are amazing! Here are two designs I tried out. They both use the new papers from the Creative Basics kit and one uses the new Glitz glitter glue. Love it!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
It's prom time! I used our new Miracle Kit to showcase some of the pictures I took of my kids. I LOVE this kit! For the price you can't go wrong. I love how you can customize the dimensional elements and ink them in any coordinating color. I chose sorbet as my accent color. Email me if you are interested in purchasing this kit or earning it FREE!