Saturday, October 31, 2009


Calling all my crafty friends. November is going to be a great month. The CTMH stamp set for November is called "Around The Block", and it is soooo cute. I have been waiting for this one since the new catalog came out. Here is a card that I made for a swap using this set and the Sweet Home papers.

There are different doors and windows and another roof and cute sayings, this set has so many possibilities. As always you can earn a discount on this stamp of the month set by placing any order in November. $25 order gets you the set at 25% off, $50=50%, $75=75% all the way up to earning the set for free with a $100 purchase.

Want an even better deal? Buy any two stamp sets in November and get one free! This is such a great deal for holiday gift giving or to get the sets you need to make awesome handmade holiday gifts.

If you are in the Denver area and want to come see a catalog and play with a few stamps to make a holiday card and a gift card holder come on over on Saturday Nov. 7th for my Holiday Preview at 1:00pm.

To check out the catalog or place an order go to my Close to my Heart website.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Tangii

I have a good friend that I have never actually met. I guess you could call her a "virtual friend". She is a fellow scrapper and stamper and one very talented lady. In celebration of her Birthday Tangii is giving away some pretty awesome blog candy.

Take a look
Click here to enter to win it. Happy Birthday Tangii. Thanks for sharing your prezzies!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fresh as a daisy

I redid my living room this summer. With Ashleigh's help we picked out new furniture, painted and hung new artwork. I really like how it came out. We did not do anything to the bathroom except paint a swatch of the new living room color over the old green. I like the new color much better that the old seafoamy green. For months I have lived with one spot of new paint on the wall but never taken the time to do much more.
This week as I was getting my house ready to host my first stamping party that splotch of paint really started to bug me. The unfinished state was fine for me but I didn't want to invite friends over to see it so on top of everything else I had going on this week I decided it was time to re-do the bathroom...with very little time and budget.
Now you must realize that my main floor bathroom is tiny. It is classified as a 1/2 bath but I am not sure it's not really more like a 1/3. It contains only the necessities..a toilet and a vanity. You must carefully maneuver around the door to close it and access the toilet. Leaving the door open while doing your business is not even an option.
The first step is to paint the whole room and not just that one little spot. Painting this tiny room is NOT fun. It requires some creative maneuvering and a few contortionist poses. Once the paint is done it already looks better but now I need to spruce it up with some decoration (again on very little budget).

I found this frame on clearance at Target for $6. I wasn't sure what to put in it but I knew I wanted to add some color to the room. I love gerbera daisies so I searched online for some good pics and then just printed them out on photo paper and arranged them in the frame. I love how it came out and it cost me almost nothing!
I found some long stem "silk" gerbera daisies at Dollar Tree so another $8 and I have a vase, some rock filler and a bunch of daisies for the counter. The soap dispenser and towels are from Target and I love the bright colors with the brown.

The glass shelf is something I bought for the other house and never got a chance to use. I found it in my storage unit. I bought the medicine cabinet at the Young Women's garage sale this summer for this bathroom and I really like how it looks.

So for about $25 and a few hours time I have a new bathroom...fresh as a daisy!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Creative Juices

It's been a while since my creative juices have been flowing like they were this weekend. When I quit Archiver's at the end of May I thought it would give me more creative time but until now that hasn't been the case.
I NEED my creative time, it's my therapy, it's my sanity and it's fun!
I recently decided that I could get more creative time and make a few extra $ at the same time by becoming a demonstrator for
I have used and loved their products for a long time and I know it's a great company so the decision was easy. Check out the newest catalog see all the great stuff CTMH has to offer on my website. This weekend I was invited to do to an overnight retreat with my upline and other members of our group along with some of their friends / guests. It was a great group of fun ladies and I had a wonderful time. I was even pretty productive, here's the proof.

Recipe~ Stamp- "Ashley" from Paper Makeup Stamps, Paper- Twitterpated by CTMH. Colored with Copic Markers.

Recipe~ Moody in the pumpkin patch by Paper Makeup Stamps. DP- Eerie by Basic Grey. Solid papers and ribbon by CTMH. Colored with Copic Markers.

This one is all CTMH. Stamp Set is Flourished Blessings.

Paper and Ink in Creme Brule, Tulip and Chocolate.

I love this Halloween Set by CTMH. It is called Beware. I embossed the images in black and used the Eerie line of paper by Basic Grey. Solid papers by CTMH in Creme Brule and Sweet Leaf. Ribbon is Autumn Terra Cotta by CTMH.

A great little Christmas card. All supplies by CTMH. Stamp set is Holiday Trinkets. Designer Paper is Jingle. Ink and papers in Tulip and Creme Brule.

I love the classic look of white and blue for Christmas. This card uses the Stamp of the Month set by CTMH for October- "Holiday Warmth" along with the Snow Flurries set. I embossed using Versamark ink and white embossing powder on Juniper paper. The dove and the snowflakes are embossed in silver on white daisy. Background snowflake paper is from CTMH's Jingle line. Simple holiday elegance!

This one is one of my favorites because it hold a little secret inside. It has a special place inside for a gift card! What a perfect card for your favorite shopaholic! All supplies are CTMH. Stamp set is Ms. Holiday Cheer (l love this set!). DP are from the Jingle line. Ms. Holiday Cheer's coat is paper pieced and embelished with stickles. Jingle Glitter brads finish it off.

I have no idea why this one uploaded sideways but I couldn't get it to turn. I love this card so tilt your head if needed :). This image is another one from the Ms. Holiday Cheer set. The tree and her dress are embossed. Ornaments are Jingle glitter brads. DP is more of the Jingle line. Circles are cut with nestabilities.

Pretty Productive wouldn't you say.