Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rainy Day Fun!

Well, it's raining here today, so no pool! A few weeks ago, while helping my mom clean out a room in her house, I came across a book from my childhood called The Everything Book. This is a wonderful book! Lots of games, songs, riddles, and ideas for creative play.

This morning, it started to pour, ruining our plans for a big outing to the post office! So, instead we whipped up a batch of play dough. I have made play dough before, using recipes on the internet, with terrible results. Too sticky, too long to make, etc. This recipe is the one my mom used to make when I was little, and it is perfect!

Mix together:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3 tbsp oil
1/2 cup water
food coloring to desired color

We made one batch, then divided it into two lumps. Maggie chose to color hers pink, and Nate of course chose blue (for Thomas!). They played together without fighting for over 30 minutes! A record! Put into plastic baggies when finished and keep in the fridge. Awesome!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sticky Boy: Ever wonder how well CTMH My Acrylix would hold up?

If you ever wonder how well Close to My Heart's My Acrylix stamps would hold up in....a car wash, on a bowling pin, in a fire....tehn please go here and check out this video made by CTMH!


This mystery box was as good as the rest.  Although I had gotten Key To My Heart paper in another goodie box,  I was stoked to get it again.  It was a promotion last year and isn't available for purchase, so I've been hoarding the last pieces that I had.  Now I can use them again!  LOVE those colors.  All the stamp sets are new to me, so that's exciting.  I really like the 6x6 scrapbooking kit too.  I have a 6x6 My Creations accordion album, so I think I can pop those pages right on the album and get a quick gift done in no time.  What a wonderful campaign this was!  Thank you to all who were able to purchase a box or another item on my website in June.  I really appreciate your business!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Flippin' and Flappin'

As a scrapper, I often find myself in the position of having tons of photos that I want to include, but I don't really want a 50 page album all from one event.  A solution to this is Close to My Heart's Flip Flaps!  These handy 4x6 pockets have adhesive on one end, so all you have to do is pop your picture in side, or journaling, then attach it right to the page protector!  The layout on the left shows the page I made about our trip to Strasburg, PA.  The kids were really funny when they were lining up for the pictures on the left, so the top photo is actually several stacked up Flip Flaps, so all the photos from that part of the day are on there.  In the space for ONE photo, I was able to fit FOUR photos, and underneath the Flip Flap is a journaling block.  In total, the page has EIGHT photos, as well as two 4x6 journaling blocks.  

I put this album together in no time flat.I made a total of 12 pages documenting our trip to see Thomas.  I mostly kept my photos in 4x6 size to make it go faster, and I also kept inking and distressing to a minimum.  I picked cranberry, moonstruck, and honey card stocks to go with the Thomas paper pack I bought at the gift shop.  I also kept embellishments to a minimum, and let the pictures tell the story.   

If you'd like to purchase the Flip Flaps, please go here!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Summertime Fun

I LOVE summer!  My mom and I took the kids to a farm a couple of weeks ago and I just love this picture.  They picked strawberries for about 5 minutes then took off in search of ladybugs and butterflies.  

We've also been swimming in the pool, waiting for A.M. low tides at the beach.  Next week we'll be going to the beach all morning, then maybe some pool time in the afternoon!  The kids sure do sleep well at night!!

I am planning a monthly card workshop, and details will be in my newsletter.  I will get that out maybe on Sunday, just because so many people are away for the long weekend.  If you are not on my newsletter list, please sign up using the form on the right!  I am sending it out a bit late this month because of June's Deal A Day campaign-I sent out at least 6 postcards about the mystery boxes and I don't want to overwhelm anyone!

Happy Summertime!  What are your plans for fun in the sun??

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

FIVE FABULOUS REASONS to join Close to My Heart in July!

Ok, so I think you know how much I love Close to my Heart!  In July, you have five more reasons to join this amazing company!!!

Close to my Heart offers a consultant kit that compares to none.  For $99, you can open the box and start your business immediately or start crafting with your favorite CTMH products.  The greatest thing about CTMH is there is a place for EVERYONE!  You don't have to be this kind of person or that kind of person, just be yourself!  Hobbyists, business builders, and everyone in between is welcomed into this company like a family member.  

During the month of July, new consultants are given the choice of FIVE FREE PRODUCTS to add to their fabulous consultant kit~and by this I mean totally free, no shipping or tax on these free items.  Choices include a Magic Moments scrapbook kit, a Life Delights memory showcase kit, Silhouette Creative Basics, Thank you stamp set, Window Charms squares, Heartfelt Whimsy die cuts, Basic Textured card stock paper pack, Hello Birdie card kit, and All Out Adventure rub ons!  The choices range in value from $8.95 to $34.95!!  That is an unbelievable way to really pump up your starter kit, or amass a huge selection of wonderful products.

Please go here to sign up today!  I am also happy to send you more information about joining my team and Close to My Heart in general, just send me an email (jennifercox@myctmh.com).  What a great summer bonus!!!