Monday, April 20, 2015


I came across some scraps from an exclusive paper packet that CTMH gave us at Convention in 2013.  The theme of Convention was Viva, and along with this paper packet, they gave us an exclusive stamp set.  I loved them both, and after completing the workshop, I saved every single scrap.  I am so glad because I was able to create the cheery card today!  My inspiration came from a pattern at Sketch-N-Scrap.

I used honey, cranberry, and smokey plum ink to stamp the flowers, shorter banner, and the word.  I added some bling gems to the middle of the flowers to finish them.

It's always so fun to come across something you didn't know you had!

I am also going to enter this into the Heart 2 Heart challenge (What a Wonderful World) because I am oh, so grateful, that there are flowers.  I love to grow them, I love to create them, and I love to stamp them, and I really love wearing them.  Yep, what a wonderful world!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Everything You Can Imagine

In our neck of the woods, we have had a lovely spring week.  The forsythia is in bloom, the lilies and catmint are coming up,and the trees are budding.  Such a good time of the year when everything is fresh and new!

I made some flowers for my team meeting last week, and of course, I made extra.  A girl has to have a room full of flowers!  I saw the sketch at Cardabilities this week, and I was inspired to put one of those flowers to paper.

I used Brushed paper and one of the Brushed vellum complements for the sentiment.  Artbooking cut the borders, Artiste cut the flowers, and Art Philosophy cut the leaves.  So nice to be able to depend on the Close To My Heart Cricut collections!

I also wanted to remind you of the Deal of the Day special!

Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Consultant’s Online Business Address and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3:00 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Seasonal Expressions Volume 2

Welcome to the Rose Blossoms Blog Hop!  I want to tell you how much I appreciate that you stop in on the 1st and 15th to see what we have created or you!  I know you are going to see a whole lot of amazing on this hop!

If you are already following our circle, you should have come from Cathy's very creative blog.  If your are starting here, this is a great big circle, so you can just keep clicking through.  If you should get lost, the list of blogs is at the bottom of this post.

Today we are bringing you ideas with new product from the Seasonal Expressions Volume 2 Idea Book.  If you haven't seen it yet, please feel free to contact me or one of the amazing consultants on the hop.  We would love to help you get your hands on it!

I was thrilled as could be to open the book and see a stamp set with a coffee cup!!  So I chose to pair Treats of Friendship with one of the new papers called Jackson.

I used Jackson Picture My Life cards to create the background, border strip, and the tag for sentiment stamp.  (As you look through your Picture My Life cards, don't forget that you they work great for cards!)  I stamped the coffee cups in three different papers from Jackson, cut them out, and pieced them together.  I finished off the card with some glacier twine.

Now it's time  to hop over to Lynn's blog.  I am certain she has some kraft-y fun to share with you!  Here are the list of blogs should you get lost:

Brenda - YOU ARE HERE!

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Monday, April 13, 2015


I am going to admit that I pushed my work aside this morning to create.  I had a new picture of Shane, and they are few and far between.  I get excited to sit down and scrap them!  It takes me hours to do a page for Shane's book.  I do love to linger when I am memory keeping.

Don't you think Jackson paper was perfect?  Shane has red tint to his hair and beard, so the barn red color in Jackson really helped me highlight this picture of him.  Our son's life has taken so many twists and turns, and they have not always been good or easy. So when he started college, I knew that I had to keep pages for his adult book.   He recently ended the first half of the semester with a 4.0, and we are so proud of him!

I wanted to show you some highlights of the things I've done on this layout.  I am not afraid to use my embellishments when I want a certain look.  After all, I know where to get more!

I used the April Stamp of the Month's "xoxo" to stamp the border on the the 1/4" strips on the layout.  It's such a subtle touch with all the other patterns, but it adds a whole lot. I created a whole big cluster on the top left with banners, stars (from the Jackson complements), artisan studs, cork circles, and an enamel arrow.  I love adding a little knot of twine.  It frays so nicely!

Now I am going to switch gears and remind you of the Deal of the Day.

Every day at 3:00 pm MT, there is a new deal on my website.  They are mystery boxes filled with current and retired product at double the value of what you pay!  From day to day, you never know what the cost will be, but the deal will be one of five prices - $35, $50, $75, $115, or $150.

These boxes are amazing!  I got so excited when I received my first $35 box!  It contained complements, embellishments, chalkboard paper, a hinged display tray, corner rounder, and more!  All together there was $83 worth of product in there!!  All you need to do is add one regular proced item to your cart, and then you can purchase as many boxes as you wish.  
Why not order yourself one today?

Thanks for stopping in!  I always appreciate your visits!!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blossom Meets Artfully Sent

In case you hadn't noticed, April the month I am showing off Blossom.  I love this paper.  The subtle patterns and textures of this paper make it a pleasure to work with.

Do you have a friends that may be having some tough days?  I think she would like to find this card in her mailbox.

This is an Artfully Sent butterfly card, and I've added some extra butterflies.  It's like a big dose of Spring!  I cut the base twice - once in glacier cardstock, and once in floral Blossom paper.  This allows me to have a big double butterfly.  Isn't that fun?

I hope that you are having a wonderfully blessed Spring day.  Thank you for stopping by today!!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Everything

I love the new Operation Smile stamp set.  
It's called Happy Everything, and it contains some great stamps!

I paired the stamp set with Blossom paper and complements. This is GORGEOUS paper!

Don't you love the mixed fonts and happy sayings?  Happy Everything is $17.95, and $3.00 of the set goes to Operation Smile.

Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile.  This is an organization that provides free, life changing surgeries that repair smiles.  Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1500 children!  Your purchases with Close To My Heart make the difference in the life of a child!!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blossom Scrapbook Pages for Consultant Purchase

I have had overwhelming requests to sell cutting guides and instructions to Consultants for my scrapbook pages and classes.  First of all, THANK YOU!  I am truly honored that you want to re-create my work for your personal projects and to share with your customers!

I thought long and hard about this, and I have finally decided how to sell them.  
  • Cutting guides and instructions for scrapbook pages are $10.
  • When you purchase files, they will be delivered to you via PDF format.
  • There are detailed instructions with what I am trying to teach along with close-up photos. 
  • A liberal copyright release is included.
  • When you join my team, the files are FREE!

Please include your consultant website in the notes section of the invoice.  Thank you!!

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