Monday, September 15, 2014

September Stamp of the Month: Family is Forever

Ahhh, I love and truly believe in the sentiment, Family is Forever! And my mother and my aunt happen to be super genealogists! So this month's stamp of the month is perfect in so many ways.

I have big scrapbooking plans with this one but I just didn't have time to make those materialize over the weekend. But I did get this card done. 

This was a card I had to let sit overnight on my scrap table until I could decide if I was finished. I ended up adding the blue dots the next day. Sometimes, you need a little "cool" to lighten up the "warm". 

So what ideas do you have for this stamp set? It's only available in August so get it while you can!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--30 Years of Happy

It's another blog hop! You should have arrived here from my wonderful and creative friend, Diana's, blog. Should you get lost along the way, just go here.

By now, you have read on the other blogs that we are celebrating not only National Stamping Month but also our founder, Jeanette Lynton's, 30 years of creativity in the stamping and scrapbooking industry. You can read all about it here. And that of course means good things for you and me.

This month only, this fabulous set of 30 stamps is available with a qualifying purchase. The first thing I thought when I saw this stamp set was how perfect it would be to accent photos in a "My Crush" book or with Picture My Life. I've mentioned on this blog before that as a full time working mom of teenagers with an active Close to My Heart business, sometimes time is at a premium.  But these stamps are perfect for fast, simple, easy scrapbooking.

I grabbed one of my favorite photos of my middle son, a "My Crush" book, and these stamps. And in a matter of minutes, I had "crushed" a page with just photos and a few stamped images.

I cut a notebook page with my Cricut Artbooking Cartridge for some hidden journaling. (Tip:  Keep lots of these on hand for quick and easy journaling cards.)

I love how well these little stamps accent the photos. 

I keep a monthly photo log of our family doings and I know these stamp images will be making a regular appearance in that album. And there are so many other possibilities for them which I am sure you will discover as you hop through this blog. So with that, on to the the crafty and talented, Krista's, blog. Come back and visit again soon!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Googly Eyes!

Once again, I'm highlighting a friend's work. Look at what the talented Angie Black did with the August Stamp of the Month, "What a Hoot"

 This owl was just begging to have googly eyes added. What a perfect touch.

Get him while you can because come September 1st, he'll have flown away.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School

Oh, yes, it's back to school time. My kids started last week and are in full swing with homework, marching band, etc.

Because I've been a bit swamped with back to school myself, I'm highlighting the lovely Shelly Johnson's work. Shelly is a teacher so she knows just what a teacher loves. And this thank you card is absolutely darling. With a cricut cut note book page and a little embossing, I think this is the cutest card.

Happy Back to School!

Monday, August 18, 2014


My niece, Lucy, has got to be the cutest baby on the planet. Well, she's three now so she's the cutest toddler on the planet. But being caught up is not the point, right? Being inspired is the point. Anyway, I created this little folder album using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge for a convention class I did last year. I had a blast playing around with different sizes to see what the folders looked like. And then, inspired by Heidi Swapp, I made a mini album with the folders featuring the one and only Lucy.

Seriously, this little one is a true original. Love her!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What a Hoot!

Sometimes a stamp of the month just speaks to me. And this one... well, I adore him. 

Get him while you can! Because once August is over, he will fly away too! Go here for more info. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Picture My Life: A Look Back at My Close to My Heart Career

One advantage of being a part of Close to My Heart for almost 20 years has been the friendships I have made. I have met so many wonderful people and so many of them have had a positive influence on my life. I was feeling very nostalgic recently and started going through some of my photos from various events over the last several years. It was so much fun to look back and remember.

Here is my first convention. I had only been a consultant for five months--my three lovely downline less than that. We were so overwhelmed and so excited to be starting out on this big adventure. And we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. 

This is my third convention. I don't know where pictures of my second went. That's my sister--yes, I roped her in and she's still a part of this adventure as well. 

Ahh, San Antonio, TX! We had so much fun, even if Jodi and I were both pregnant and miserable in the heat. 

My team, titled Kindred Spirits (yes, it is a play on Anne of Green Gables), was growing and the memories and friendships were multiplying. 

We've been blessed to know those who are no longer with us (love you, Cindy!). 

Lots of fun and games going on with these folks!

So much talent in our team! And so much generosity to share ideas! Many of us taught at conventions and other events. The lovely Kim, pictured above, was an album contest winner, a huge honor!

Why yes, we did have a pageant! These lovely ladies competed in creativity, artful knowledge and technique. 

So much fun with friends from far and near! I feel very blessed to know these women (and yes, a few men consultants too). 

I still have a few more years to cover and I still have to go back and journal. But honestly, this project was the result of a few hours on a Sunday afternoon and a Picture My Life Skylark kit. This month's special is all about the Picture My Life kits and the pocketed sheet protectors. Check it out here. I will need some extra sheet protectors to finish out this project so it is a timely special for me. If you're swamped for time but have pictures that need to be pulled together quickly, check out Picture My Life. It truly is fast and easy and a perfect way to pull together an album. 

And if you've ever thought about doing what I do, check it out and contact me. I wouldn't trade the last 19+ years and the friendships I've made for anything.