Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November

Today as you celebrate all the blessings you have received I hope that you are thankful for the freedom that we all enjoy because of the men & women who serve our country. As they are away from their families I hope that you will ask for a special blessing for them.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Football is Over

Here are the final 2 cards I made for Thank You's for the coaches Monday nigt at the awards ceremony. I liked how they turned out.

My bestest buddy and fellow team Mom, Lisa,  wrote a wonderful sentiment for the inside. We added alittle gift and that's it! All done with football! I've turned my Team Mom title over to the next blessed lady who will watch over these fine young men. What an honor it has been for 3 years being "Mom" to 55+ young men every year. I will miss them all but am excited to see what God has in store for them all.

Go Eagles!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Fond Thank You

One of the things I love about being a CTMH consultant is that I have access to all kinds of goodies! One of those being PAPER!! I've been accused of having a "paper habit" and it would be true.

So when it's time for cards I always offer to make them. 1.because I love to do it and 2. I can personalize them using all my goodies.

This is one of the cards I made to thank all the wonderful people who help with football. Since our school colors are blue/gold I used Outdoor Denim & Honey.

Get out the Cricut and the Sports Mania cartridge....can you believe I'm not using the Art Philosophy cartridge?! Anyway, after cutting the football frame in Chocolate cardstock I then layered onto the Honey & Outdoor Denim cardstock.

Stamping a thank you from the set Card Chatter (C1381) in Outdoor Denim and sponging the edges with Honey ink. Done!!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Front Door

I pinned this card on Pinterest,, and I love it. The original card is 8"x 3 1/2" but I wanted to have a standard sized card so I adapted it.

You will cut the panel at (2) at 3"x1 1/2" and (1) at 3 1/4"x 1 1/2". Sponge these panel with chocolate ink. Mount with mounting tape to card base.
Cut a 2 1/2" circle and stamp Remarkable Wreath with Cocoa. Add Cranberry berries. Cut out center with exacto knife. Sponge inside/outside of wreath with Cranberry ink.
Add ribbon to back of wreath. Mount wreath with mounting tape to card.
Add bow.
Add Antique Brad for door knob
With Glitz Glitter Red add to berries and with Liquid Applique add some white berries/heat to puff.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Luke 2:14

                                                       Glory to God in the highest,
                                                             and on earth peace,
                                                           good will toward men        
                                                                                          Luke 2:14

Can you imagine traveling by camel following a star in the sky because an angel told you to? Me either but that's what brave men did. To a star which pointed their way to the birth place of Jesus Christ. This Savior, who took on human flesh to offer it up as payment for my sin.

I love Christmas and the reason we celebrate the season. When I saw this card on my upline, Naomi Smith's blog, I knew I had to make my own version.

Using Colonial White cs (4"x5 1/2") base I stamped the saying in Cranberry ink
Layering Colonial White cs (2 1/2"x4 1/2") onto Cranberry cs (2 5/8"x4 5/8") I then stamped with Cocoa ink the wisemen and the star in the sky. Using cs torn at an angle to replicate hills, I sponged Cocoa ink. Then came back in and stamped the town for dimension. Adding a Sparkle to the center of the star finishes it off.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


                                    Card closed

                                    Showing the single 'Z' fold

                                Alittle bling & sparkle

It's starting to be chilly here in Washington and there is snow in the mountains. I love snow but prefer it to stay in the mountains! This card is as close to a snowflake as I want to get for awhile! I know, what a weenie!

I used a single Z-fold on this card. Take a standard card fold in half. Then using a scor-pad ( I use Martha Stewart's) score the front flap in half at the 2 1/8". Then fold that flap in half again so you have a Z (see photo).

I layered Wonderland B/T paper on the front panel (2"x5 1/4") and a piece on the inside (4"x5 1/4").
Cut out your snowflake on the Cricut using the AP cartridge. Stamp the outline & filler stamp in Twilight ink. Adhere 1/2 of the snowflake on the front panel of the card.

I added a Bling brad and Glitz Glitter silver to the snowflake too.

Sentiment stamped in Twilight on the 2nd panel. You don't see it until you open the card.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Milepost Shapes

My friend Carla did a card like this earlier this year and I loved it. What I remember about it was the great use of the Milepost Shapes and adding sparkle with the Glitz Glitter.

So here's my take on her card from my fading memory! I have used the Holiday Wishes stamp set available this month. On a standard card I stamped the tree with Topiary ink. I stamped the sentiment in Holiday Red ink Then using the Topiary marker I added lines to frame the tree. In each corner I added Red Glitz Glitter for a faux brad look. The star is on with mounting tape and then Red Glitz Glitter is added into the grooves.

Alittle sparkle, alittle shine....Thanks Carla!

Enjoy your day! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Wishes

I love the simplicity of this card and that the tree can be cut on the Cricut saving time. I've used the November special stamp set Holiday Wishes and the Roxie paper packet.

A standard card layered with Roxie B/T paper (4"x5 1/4") and edges sponged with Smoothie ink. A piece of Cocoa cs (3"x4") adhered down to the center of the card. Cut from Daisy white cs a tree using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and stamp the tree using Smoothie ink then sponge the edges with the Smoothie ink. Then cut a 2nd tree from Smoothie cs increasing the size by 1/4". Mount the stamped tree with mounting tape onto the Smoothie cs tree, glue down to center of card on top of Cocoa cs.
Cut a piece of Daisy white cs 1/2"x 3", stamp sentiment, sponge edges, adhere to card.
Add Glitz glitter silver to stamped tree.

You can receive this stamp set easy-peasie! Just place a $25. stamp order and get this set of  9 stamps for only $5.00. Go to my personal shopping site by clicking the Shop With Me button on the right hand side of the blog!
Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Check out the cute things you can make with the Believe paper packet. Interested? Let me know and we can make some in a workshop together.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Big Thank You to My Veteran

You've met my son, Dalton. Now meet my husband, Duke. Now Duke is not his given name but it is the name that everyone knows him by.

Duke felt called to give back 3yrs ago and the place he felt called back to was the Army. When we were first married he was in the service and after 5 1/2 yrs he got out. We been living life but now we add a weekend every month with the Army.

Dalton is feeling the pull of the military too. He was always GI Joe for Halloween and has always been intrigued with weapons & strategy. So he is applying to West Point Military Academy. We are praying God will place him in the perfect college and trusting in that.

To all veterans I say Thank You for your sacrifice & service to this worderful nation!
Hug a Vet today and give them a big Thank You.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Here's Me

I've been very busy and haven't been doing alot of creating lately. For that I'm sorry! If you wonder what I have been doing, this picture says it all!

We are still playing football! Yep, we are in the playoffs for the first time and loving it. But what that means is I'm busy with taking pics and not making fun stuff. I have been in Studio J with all my pics and I'll show them to you at the end of the month.

We are playing this Saturday. If you think of it, say alittle prayer for safety....and a win!!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Little Present for You

I love this simple card. I made these last year for all the leaders in my bible study and they were quick yet perfect.

 I got the dimensions from Vicki Wizniuk for the card. Here are the cutting instructions for the presents. 
                                    1" x 1 1/2" B&T (sm present)
                                    1" x 2" B&T (med present)
                                    1" x 2 1/2" B&T (lg present)

Enjoy your day!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hand Rolled Roses

Did you ever wonder what we did before the Cricut? We went old school to make roses and hand rolled them. This is a card I made for convention inspired by Jeanette Lynton, our founder & CEO of Close To My Heart.

Using only cardstock I cut 3 circles, one 4" and two 3". Starting from the outside of the circle I spiral cut with my scissors into the center. Once my circle is spiral cut I then rolled the paper starting from the outside of the circle inwards. I roll the paper around the one of my finishing files just to make it easier. Once I've hit the center of the flower & use Liquid glass to glue the flower down.

The leaves are just cut from cardstock then run through my crimper. Remember that tool? It is sure handy to have, too bad we don't still have something like it in the Idea Book.

A simple thank you finishes off the card or on some I used Happy Birthday.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


I made this card last year but I still love it. Using the stamp set Adorn-able (D1446 $17.95) and Cranberry cardstock & B/T paper (retired).

Using a standard sized card, dry emboss Cranberry cs 2" and sand. Place B/T paper 3 1/3" on lower half of card. Scallop cut a 1/2" piece of Daisy white cs, place over seam between cs and B/T paper.

Stamps the solid base in Desert Sand ink, stamp overlay with Cranberry ink. Cut out. Add White pearls and Glitz Glitter to ornament.

Stamps sentiment onto layered cardstock with Cranberry ink. Adhere to card base.

Place mounting tape behind the cut out ornament. Add white grosgrain ribbon to top of ornament.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

I Believe

I love the untraditional colors (Pear, Cranberry, Chocolate) used in this card. The stamp set I Believe (C1427 $13.95) has seven images that all have a snowflakes on/in them. This Santa is the largest image and just accented with sparkles is all it needs.

I did not make this card and, unfortunately, the card has no designers name on it. But I think we all can appreciate the nice work she did.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Thank You Card

I received this beautiful card from my friend Debra! I had attended her jewelry party a few weeks back and with my order she included this fabulous card!
Debra is the gal who several years back contacted me after moving up from California. She was looking for a CTMH consultant who held workshops at their homes and wondered if I did. I of course said "Yes", even though I didn't. Now it wasn't a total fib, I had been pondering starting workshops at my house, I just hadn't gotten to scheduling anything. Let me tell you I got out my calendar and scheduled them right away!!
So to my friend, I say "Thank You" for the beautiful card and the gentle push.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thanksgiving Paper Bag Card

                                         Created by Sharon Hatch

Received in a swap, I love the use of a commom item we all have around the house.

Fold & trim the bottom of lunch sack to form a point, adhere together.
Fold over bag to create a card base. At this point you can choose to seal the bag or leave it open as a pocket for a treat, gift card, or private note.
Using scissors, cut eneven, wavy edge to pointed end of bas as well as edge of bag.
Now how fun creating a card for within & outside the bag.

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Candy Corn Cookies

Look what I made! These cookies were easy & fun to make. My son thought they were "really pretty" but didn't realize that they were shaped like a candy corn candy until his friend Emily pointed it out to him!!

Check out this fun blog:

Enjoy the day!