Saturday, December 29, 2012

Club Paper Pack Selections!!

Each time a new Idea Book comes out, one of my favorite things to do is plan which paper pack we will use for each month of Club. My club is not a commitment club like it used to be--it's now a come when you can club! So if you see a paper pack and want to join us that month to make the layouts, feel free to let me know the month before and I'll order your kit. It's that simple! Basic kits are always $24, the Workshop on the Go Kit is $40. Check out the tab labeled Streamlined Scrappin' Club for more information.

Here's the line up!!
January:  La Belle Vie (from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book)
This is the actual layout we're doing for La Belle Vie
February:  For Always (brand new!)

March:  Chantilly

April: Claire

May: Buzz & Bumble

June:  Later, Sk8r

July:  Surf's Up

August:  Tommy

I will post the actual layouts that we will be doing very soon--but if you look closely in these photos you'll see some new products--like that adorable hinged frame with Tommy! Isn't that cute? SOOOO many ideas!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December's Deals!

 This adorable WHooos Your Valentine kit is YOURS for $10 with a $35 order. The kit includes:

Featured Products: Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022)
12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

Add just $15 more to your order and you can add the December Stamp of the Month for just $5!!

Whooo's Your Valentine? National Papercrafting Month: January 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry Christmas!


Christmas photos of my family...

Then some photo-booth (MacBook) fun!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

So very thankful...

Many people have posted each day of November what they are thankful for. I thought about doing the same thing, but frankly, I am thankful each day for the same thing. I could stretch it out to include lots of different thing, but in reality, I am thankful for one thing each and every day: My Family.

Maureen on the far left who is like my sister, and my sister Alex on the far right-with The Bloggess.

My Uncle Mike and my dad on Dad's birthday this summer

Alex and Tim (who we call Meep) being silly in the kitchen

My mom and Uncle Mike in the background

My dad

My Scrappin' Ladies, who are like my family

Me and my man, Barry, who is my soulmate

My family

My family--SO THANKFUL we are FOUR!

My delightful, adorable children, who are my world

I have many THINGS to be thankful for, but everything that is in my life is possible with my family. Even when the worst thing happened last week--my car died on the Garden State Parkway on my way to school--wasn't as bad as I thought it would be: because I have the support of my family. I called my mom and let her know what happened, as she was watching the kids that day. I talked to Barry and told him what happened and he immediately wanted to come and get me off the roadway and into safety. He made it possible for me to take my time and research cars so I didn't rush into buying one that would ultimately not work out for us. My parents made it possible too, by helping out with the kids and signing for the car on Thursday. So yeah, I am thankful for my car but so much more thankful for my loving family who make it possible every day for me to be me.

Most importantly, I am beyond thankful for my nuclear family--our little foursome--Me, Barry, Maggie, and Natey. Together we support each other and love each other, and as long as we are happy and together, we can handle anything that comes our way. XOXO

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Home Decor Art!

More Out of Home Décor

There are so many creative ways to use hand-crafted 3-D items. Use our great products to create home décor that will bring a fun and unique accent in your home. It’s easy to use Close To My Heart products you already know and love—with a different twist!

This festive thankful countdown uses the My Creations® cubby to celebrate Thanksgiving. Fill the Cricut®-cut boxes with reminders of things you are thankful for, and share the grateful fun with your family. Use it to countdown to your favorite holiday, like Thanksgiving, or use different embellishments and countdown to a loved one’s birthday to show them how much you love them.

This adorable star was made from Collection Two of the Hostess Collections, available through Hostess Rewards in the Autumn Winter 2012 Idea Book. Show your hostesses this spunky star so they have an idea of what they can create from this particular Hostess Collection. While the Dakota paper packet, Casual Expressions stamp set, and Dakota Complements Foil Images have a country feel, you and your customers can use all of these same materials to make a welcoming star for your front door.

Everyday household items can also be combined with Close To My Heart products to create dazzling home décor. Use the Flirty paper packet and your Cricut® machine, along with everyday household items such as a flower pot and Styrofoam ball, to create a papercrafted tree. Or add a few Dimensional Elements to the autumn colors of the Flirty papers to create a desk calendar using two My Creations blocks. You can even use cute Cricut®-cut flowers and leaves to make a festive banner!

For displaying precious memories, the display tray is a perfect fit! Display photos, stamped sentiments, Dimensional Elements, and other embellishments for a prized layout that you can proudly hang anywhere in your home. The display tray is easy to personalize, too; cover up several windows with cardstock for larger photos!
Show your customers how they can make eye-catching home décor in a cinch. Creating unique home décor is so much fun to do; the trick is deciding which project to create first!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Summer...the BEST ever!

I generally stick to posts about scrapbooking and what's new with Close to My Heart, but I am just so full of happiness that I have decided to share some of what my summer was all about. I hope you'll indulge me here, and get a peek at how my non-crafting parts of my life make up the crafting parts completely!

2011 was a rough year, to say the least. I separated from my husband and we lived apart from April onward. Our separation was contentious and is still full of tension even though we are now divorced. During this time I swore I would just be alone and raise my kids by myself and never date again. I'm sure you can guess where this is going!!

2012 started out pretty much like 2011--I just kept on going about my routine and really found a lot of solace and healing through my scrapping ladies--truly my club ladies saved me more than they know!

Here we are at our summer BBQ! Love these ladies!
With my club ladies I vented and cried and laughed and vented some more! With the gentle (well, maybe not so gentle!) push from my dear friend Monicarol (far right in the white shirt) I met someone. I had NO interest in dating but she said why not, it's just dating!!

And so I met this man. It was supposed to be just dating, and I told everyone that I am *JUST* dating!

Then he met my sister and her fiance....and we went out to dinner.....he met my parents and then...

These two love playing whiffle ball together!

he met my kids. This was HUGE for me! I swore he would never meet my kids, as we were *just* dating, but he just fits into my family so incredibly well!

They love him! And he is such a natural with them as well, so kind and patient, and we all just like being together!

 Even my cats love him!
So happy!

These two watch Animal Face Off and discuss which animal will win, so funny!

Funny how life works, isn't it?? I really believed I would be alone for the rest of my life, even though I am relatively young, and I was good with that. Then God threw me a curve ball and I hit a home run. I am SO GLAD that my dear friend Monicarol gave me that not-so-gentle push!  (I showed this post to Barry, and he read that line above that I believed I'd be alone for the rest of my life, and he said "You'll never be alone again, not for as long as I'm alive". Made me cry!!!)

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012 Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday my family and I went to the pumpkin patch to ride a hayride and choose our pumpkins--a favorite annual tradition. This year, however, was a little different.

At our CTMH Convention in Dallas this past summer, we had the honor of listening to Stacy Julian speak to all of us, and one of the things she said made such an impact on me. She told a story about a woman who shared a scrapbook layout with Stacy and said it was about her grandmother at Thanksgiving--and Stacy noticed that there was a tiny photo of the grandmother in the corner of the layout--but no details about why that particular year was any more special than another year.

We all have those photos of the annual events-for me it's birthdays, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Easter--the biggies. My Pumpkin Patch photos are very similar to other years, just like yours might be.  But this year we had a new family member join us.

My boyfriend Barry joined us for our patch adventure, and would you believe it was his FIRST pumpkin patch EVER??? He really didn't know what to expect but the kids were so super excited that he wanted to come with us. It was a gorgeous day, just a bit windy, which is why Maggie wore her sweatshirt over her hair, and why Natey has his face all squinty--plus he was so excited to get going!

 As soon as we got out off of the hayride, both kids took off in search of the perfect pumpkin.

Maggie quickly chose a pumpkin for Barry, although he did later switch it out for a darker colored one that the kids approved of.

 Back on the hayride with our treasures.
 We bumped into an old friend of mine while playing in the hay maze, and she took a couple of photos of our family (there was a tiny and pretty worn out hay bale to sit on and it was sort of crowded!). We offered to take a family photo for her as well, but her little boy, Jack, wouldn't leave the hay maze and she was happily resigned to spending all day watching him run around!
Barry said that he really enjoyed himself, much more than it appears in the photos! He is learning that I do take photos of everything and then document our adventures. When I do scrapbook these photos, much of my journaling is going to be about how our family as changed since April 2012 (when Barry and I met) and some of our plans for the future. Next year, we all agreed, we're going to a BIG pumpkin patch!