Friday, September 30, 2011

Crop for the Cure

Wow, where did September go?  I can't believe it will be October tomorrow.  I haven't been too crafty lately short of my monthly class last week.  My hubby and I started a pretty big landscaping project in our backyard, so that has been taking up any and all free time recently.  We have over an acre and we have a small stream that runs through it.  So we have finally tackled the lining & rocking it project.  We hope to get it finished this weekend, YEA!!   Then I can get back to some crafty stuff.

I did want to mention with October just around the corner, as most of you know it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you are local to the Billings area, then I would love for you to join me as I help support Billings Clinic's Crop for the Cure.  It will be held on Saturday October 8th from 9am - 7pm.  I have signed up for their crop and will be one of the scrapbooking & stamping vendors there.  You can check it out and get signed up here.   You will have the chance to win door prizes, participate in a Cricut raffle, take part in special scrapbooking classes, and have the opportunity to participate in fun scrapbooking make-and-takes!  I will have our new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge with me to show it off and all the fun things that can be made with it!!

Well our first load of river rock just arrived, I'm off to do some physical labor!
Hope everyone has a great Friday & wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blog Award

I've seen different blog awards on blogs that I follow or have viewed and never knew what they were or how they got them.  Well, I was quite excited to see in an email that I had received one!  Thanks so much to Amy McVey for this award!!  You can check out Amy's awesome blog here, if you like her creativity as much as I do make sure and follow it!

Now it is my turn to pass this award on to five of my favorite blogs with less than 200 followers.  If you like their blogs, remember to "Follow" them.  The hope is to help out some of my fellow bloggers, and get a few more followers of my own.  If you see your name/blog listed here, please pass the award on to 5 more blogs that have less than 200 followers.  Here are 5 of my favorite blogs.

Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven

Reflections of my Art & Soul

Shabby Mommy Blog

Creative Ramblings

Booth #32

I hope you like them as much as I do!  And remember to follow them if so!
Happy Crafting!

Cricut Mat Prep

I just found this video and thought I would share it, for all Cricut users, new and old that might not have known this little trick already.  Cricut Dan explains why you might want to prep a cutting mat before using it the first time.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Craft Fair

My 1st Craft Fair went pretty good, after the rain cleared out!  I was one of the 14 outside vendors.  After watching the weather all week and it initially just showed a 20% chance of rain, my hopes were high for great weather.  Then Friday's forecast was rain Saturday morning.  Yep, I have my car loaded with tables & a canopy tent all ready to go, and off I go (with my hubby to help me) set up, in the RAIN!  I was feeling pretty bummed thinking who will want to walk around in the rain to visit vendor booths?  But after about an hour, the rain tapered off and the blue skies and sunshine showed up.  It was a nice day and I met some really great ladies that share the love of crafting like I do!  They showed interest in either joining my monthly class or having a home gathering party.  So I'm hoping it will work out that they can join us!

Next, drumroll please...  The winner of my Door Prize Drawing was Shirley Steinert!!  Congrats Shirley!!  I'll get your prize in the mail to you!  Fear not, if you entered my Door Prize Drawing but you're not Shirley, you will be receiving a little something in the mail from me also!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

1st Craft Fair at The Crossings

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall day like I am!  You know that favorite sweatshirt I posted about a few days ago, well that's what I'm wearing right now as I'm busy getting things ready for my 1st Craft Fair.  It was 45 degrees when I took my boys to school this morning, brrr.  I'm super excited and a little nervous too about Saturday.  I signed up to participate in a First Annual Decor & Craft Fair at The Crossings.  So if you are local and/or in Laurel, come by and see me from 9am - 3pm!  There will be lots of vendors there, last count was over 30, including PartyLite, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Miche Bags, Lia Sophia, hand made jewelry, crocheted items, baked goods, kitchen accessories and many more!

Here is a glimpse at one item I'm working on to have out on my tables.  The Memory Game made into a Countdown to Christmas box.  I know my boys will have fun with it this year!  Yes, it seems a little early to be doing something Christmas-y but it will be here in just 3 short months!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Clearance Items Added!

Have you been over to my CTMH site lately??  Well if not, you need to go check out the new "While Supplies Last" clearance items that were just added.  There are Level 1 Kits, Irresistibles Die-Cuts, Rub-ons, Dimensional Elements Chipboard, Kraft borders, etc.

Get yours while you still can, because once they are gone, they're gone!  Go here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

So Grateful card

I just love this stamp set!  Could it be because I love Fall?  Yep, thinking so!  This is a video made by CTMH Corporate using the So Grateful stamp set and the base and shade technique.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Favorite Sweatshirt

I just wanted to share this picture of my favorite sweatshirt as the cooler weather starts to make its way upon us.  If you are a close friend of mine, you have seen me wear this quite a few times!  If you are a fellow CTMH Consultant and have seen me post on the message boards, then you have seen it as part of my signature at the bottom of my posts.  I've had this for quite a while now and it is one of those that will be worn until it has a hole and is pretty ratty looking.  You know like those comfortable shirts our husbands have, worn thin or have holes in them, but they do NOT want us to get rid of them.  That is this sweatshirt for me!  No where does it have holes or thin spots, but it does have a few ink stains on it, imagine that!  But I forsee it being that nasty old shirt that I won't part with down the line when it has seen better days!  It just fits me, ya know!  Hope you are having a great Thursday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sharin' the Love in September!

You've seen I've been participating in some Scrapbook Challenges lately.  Well now an Upline has issued a Challenge to her Consultants, and I have to participate in that too!  For every CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Collection we sell, our name goes into a drawing to win a prize at the end of September.

So what does this mean for you??  If you purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Item #Z1686) between now and Sept 30th from me, as part of the "Celebrate National Stamping Month" you will receive the Pair-a-Phrase Double Stamp Set for free.  ALSO, you will get to choose any C-size Stamp Set you want for FREE!
This shows both D-size stamp sets that make up Pair-a-Phrase.  Super cute!

So if you've been on the fence about buying this collection, let me just recap all you would receive for just $99 plus shipping!

CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge
3 Exclusive D-size Coordinating Stamp Sets
3 Sets of Dimensional Elements (chipboard) that coordinate with images on the cartridge
Pair-a-Phrase Stamp Set - that's 2 D-size Stamp Sets
And your choice of any C-size Stamp Set

Contact me if you would like to take advantage of this offer!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Elemental - Don't Need Sunshine layout SC121

This is another layout I created for the Scrapbook Challenge #121.  Using Magic - Crystal Ball. 

Supplies used - Elemental papers
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Springtime Stamp Set
Cranberry, Pacifica, Creme Brulee & Colonial White cardstock

Until next post...  Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches Entry - Typeset - 1st Day of School layout

I found another sketch challenge site - Sassy Lil' Sketches.  You can check them out here.  This is the layout I created for their sketch, August Week 4 Layout Sketch.  I knew almost instantly that I would be using Typeset papers and doing the picture I took of my boys the morning of their first day of school.  I hope you like my creation!  Supplies used shown below.

Supplies used all Close to my Heart, unless otherwise noted.
Typeset Papers
Typeset - My Reflections Complements
Art Philosophy Cartridge for banner & font
Designer Ribbon - Green Collection
Tiny Typewriter & Friendship Small Alphabet Stamp Sets
Vineyard Berry, Juniper, Bamboo & Creme Brulee Cardstock

Here is the sketch that I was working from.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mischief - Fall Fun layout SC120

There is a Scrapbook Challenge that was started on the CTMH Message Board by Helen Onulak.  You can check out her blog for previous challenges at  I have admired her work as well as that of the other Consultant's that posted their work.  Helen has a medical condition that is not allowing her to do the challenge temporarily, so another wonderful Consultant, Carol Labuski has stepped up to continue the challenges.  You can check out Carol's blog at  Up until now, I hadn't participated in these challenges mainly because I didn't seem to have time.  Now that my boys are both in school I am getting some more quiet crafting time during the day, so this is the layout I created for SC120 - Scrapbook Challenge #120.  I hope you like it and it might show you the versatility of the Mischief paper pack, if you are locked into it being only for Halloween.

Supplies used - Mischief paper pack
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Harvest Happiness & So Grateful stamp sets
Color-Ready Alphabets Cork
Sunset Mini-Medley Accents Ribbon
Sunset, Barn Red & Colonial White cardstock
Detail Clear Embossing Powders