Sunday, December 30, 2012

Layout Challenge #53 - I made it!

My sweet Lora had a tough time with her baby teeth.  They just didn't want to come out!  She didn't like to smile during this time and we worked hard to get the final smile!

I used the retired Sophia papers, buttons and Just Blooms. The Sparkles and the Sparkle flourishes are still available on my website!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Layout Challenge #52 -

I absolutely love how this page turned out!  I had a challenge to use 3 die cuts and a second challenge to use a color combo!  The BoomDiAda paper was perfect for the color combo and I used the colors to cut flowers to represent Fiesta.  the leaves I just cut a leaf shape with the paper folded in half and ran it through the crimper!  Unfold and viola you have a great leaf with texture!  The flowers were cut on the CTMH Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy in varying sizes.

The layout was from Pinterest. The BoomDiAda paper is available still on Studio J but is retired on paper form!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Studio J Saturday

I love the picture of my daughter with the big Snake so I decided to feature it on this layout!  There were tons of pictures from the reptile house.  I didn't want 5 pages of pictures from this one part of the Fall Festival we went to so I used a Studio J layout with 14 pictures on it!  The layout really had 16 pictures but I left part with just paper and no pictures in the bottom right!

The Grace paper is great for Fall photos!  I added cross stitches on the border and everything else was pretty much the way the layout was designed!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pear and partridge update!

Sorry I double checked my newsletter closely and  must have been sleeping on this post!  The workshop is in January not December!  Updated info is here!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pear and Partridge Workshop

 Create these three 2 page layouts with the festive Pear and Partridge paper and Rub-ons and Filigree Charms.
Workshop is on 
Friday, January 18 at noon
Saturday, January 19 at 7pm
 Cost is $30 and must be paid by January 5.  I suggest paying ASAP as the Pear and Partridge paper and rub ons will be retiring at the end of January and are only available while supplies last.

Can't come to the workshop?  Order the supplies online and I will provide you with cutting directions and pictures for an additional $5!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Layout Challenge #51

Meatballs, my kids love them and black olives too!  We were having both for dinner and we made meatball eyeballs by adding a slice of olive to each meatball!  My kids thought this was so much fun and my Silly Sara was demonstrating the eyeball part for us!  I just had to take pictures and scrapbook this!

I used a layout from Pinterest and the Mayberry paper which is retired.  I added Olive and Sky paper and really retired square brads from my stash!  It was fun to create something a little different and out of my norm by using this sketch!  The flower circle and brackets were leftover stickease from the Level 1 paper pack!

I made this layout during a virtual crop, I ended up doing about 15 single page layouts in one day because of the challenges!  

I have been thinking about doing a virtual crop myself with a prize or prizes for doing challenges and answering questions!  Anyone interested?  

The one I attended you had several questions leading up to the crop and then question during the crop that earned you a ticket.  These were the questions and challenges:
#1 Favorite CM tool/palette
#2 1 Wish
#3 Christmas wish/ CM product

#7 What are you thankful for
#4 Are you ready?
#28 When were you married?
#29 How many kids? Pets?
#32 Shy/outgoing?

#33 Share a favorite pic
#31 Other hobbies?
#30 post on facebook
#5 Finish any project and post it
#34 Introduce yourself
#6 Top 7 List
#27 Favorite new digital kit?
#7 Sketch
#26 traditional, digital or hybrid?
#8 Color Combo
#35 Christmas Memory
#9 3 similar items

#10 Make a page with green and dark blue
#24 Greatest Accomplishment
#13 Shape Maker
#23 Favorite drink
#14 Card
#22 Most unusual scrapped
#15 Sketch
#21 Chronological or no?
#16 Black & White + 1 Color
#19 Hope to scrapbook?

Mine would obviously be different but just to give you

an idea what I mean!  So the question is would you 

be interested in doing one through a Facebook 

Group?  Let me know!

Share your recent project with me!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Retiring Products

As of January 31 these products will no longer be available!  As they sell out they will no longer be available, so if there is something you must have, now is the time to get it!

Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment  127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers  131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet  130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet  130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates  126
Z1461 Décor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment  128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment  128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection  126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection                                                                                 124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons  130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons  126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122

Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet  38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62
Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit  41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65
Item # Item Description Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114
D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114

Studio J Saturday

Waiting for the Moms to buy tickets for the Tower of Americas was highly entertaining!  Or maybe Hatly entertaining!  The kids had a blast trying on hats and looking at the seriously overpriced touristy toys!

I used the beautiful Emporium paper which is retired but still available in Studio J!  The Title is done with Stickease and was fun to do because I used 4  different title boxes to enable the tops turvy title! The twilight border is also Stickease!  

I really enjoy doing Studio J and getting that feeling of accomplishment without the mess and much less time!  In fact I did 9 two page layouts last weekend and then printed it twice, one for each set of twins books!  18 pages done in no time! 

Try it here!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine

Whooo’s Your Valentine
Spend $35 and get the exclusive Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10!

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal—our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022) for only $10! Combine your love of papercrafting with the contents of this kit to create personalized valentines—perfect for classrooms and other group settings. This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/ Winter 2012 Idea Book. You’ll receive 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper,
12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit. This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper! Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!

Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid December 13, 2012— January 31, 2013. Maximum of one Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per qualifying order.

  • 12—Die-CutBoxes(3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, WhiteDaisy)
  • 3 — 12" x 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
  • 1 — Sheet Silver Glitter Paper—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 12 — Treat Tubes with Lids—new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 1—My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

    To order go here!  Join the Half Price Item Party and earn the chance to get the half price item of your choice!  Starts tomorrow!
  • Help me reach my goal of selling 25 of these!  If I meet my goal each person who buys one will receive the paper pack of their choice!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Layout Challenge #50

At my girls' birthday party we played a game where the kids passed a present that had been wrapped multiple times and unwrapped a layer when the music stopped!  They had such a great time doing that! We did a little twist and had a prize for all the kids in the box!

The paper used is the retired Blue Ribbon and the title is made from the Stickease from the same paper pack!

I used the Magnifique paper pack to cover the notebooks I made for the kids!  The girls were made into purses! I thought I had a picture to show you but I can't find one.  Bummer!  I guess I will have to make some more to show you!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Studio J Saturday

The Pumpkin Patch is a tradition in our family that also involves the playground at the church where we get our pumpkins!  It is the coolest playground and we have been doing for about 4 years! 

I used Stickease borders for the ribbon above the pictures and added a Stickease circle on the right page to dress up the top area of the layouts!  I added journaling on the matting of the picture on the right page!  Dreamin is one of my favorite paper packs ever and I love that I can still use it on Studio J!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Layout Challenge #49- almost there!

My girls' 7th birthday was such a fun birthday!  These pages are more simple that I did for my girls book since they are for my boys' book!  I used the Blue Ribbon paper that has been retired for some time!  The titles are Stickease alphabet and the border is also Stickease!  Love simple pages!

I recently read a post on someone's blog about KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid.  While I don't like the stupid I choose silly, it is a valid point.  Sometimes just for the sake of our sanity and getting pages done, we have to choose to make some simple pages and save the complicated pages for something really important or something that inspires you!  I have found that challenges really inspire me to get things done and push my creative envelope!

Join me in my challenge of doing a layout a week!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Studio J Saturday

Family pictures for us are almost always interesting for us.  Trying to get 4 kids to smile and look at the camera at the same time is ...well...frustrating.  We purposely all dressed in University of Texas gear and took advantage of the beautiful day and the setting of the pumpkin patch.  We got a pretty good picture that made it to our Christmas cards last year!

The retired Dreamin paper pack was perfect for our pictures! My favorite technique I used on this layout was putting Stickease under the journaling box and leaving the actual journaling box background as velum.  It made the words stand our enough to read but didn't add the solid block of a bold color. All I did was add a couple of flowers and then double click on them and choose move backward until they are behind the journaling box!

Friday, November 30, 2012


Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that we are making more fabulous deals available to you. At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, we will add new items to the “W

hile Supplies Last” section of . Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown. You will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a further markdown at that time.

To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value! Shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.

First 5 orders on my Website that join the Red Cross gathering will get a free ink pad or alcohol marker set of your choice!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mistletoe Market Fun!

 Mini chocolate purses!

 M&M tubes

 Post it note holder


 Tea Bag holder
 Sock Cupcake
Mini reindeer filled with chocolate

I have been busy I would love to see you tomorrow!   Mention you saw this on facebook or here and get a free gift!

 12-2:30 and 5 - 8 pm 
15711 Thrush Gate Lane, 78248

Back to my challenges next week!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday

Free Shipping on all orders until midnight tonight!  If you order is $50 you can purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5 and get 1/2 off the stamp set of your choice!  In addition I will give you a stamp pad or marker of your choice!

You must place your order through me to get Free Shipping!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mistletoe Market

Mistletoe Market

Come get all your Christmas shopping done in one location! And register for fabulous door prizes!!

November 30, 2010

Mistletoe Market

Noon to 2:30 and  5 to 8 pm

At 15711 Thrush Gate Lane
San Antonio, TX 78248

479-8969 or 887-2424

Shop with

Pampered Chef, Meghan Walker

Close to My Heart, Linda Norman

Thirty-one Gifts, Kirsten Mann 

Scentsy, Angel Martinez            

Velata, Raquel Scates                 

Grace Adele, Nena Barnett       

Truestar Health, Sherrie Bell    

Willow House, Kristin Schaake