April 2010

Here is the card I made Lindsey for her birthday – using the new Cherry-O Creative Basics paper and Happy Holidays stamp set from the new Summer Idea Book. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the top strip of Tulip cardstock, then sanded to show the white core. So cute!

Lindsey decided to make a card for her teacher and it’s really sweet. It’s the one on the left.


My girl,  Lindsey, is 13 today.  I love this girl.  God has blessed me.

Here she is with her cello. She’s been playing the violin for a few years and in December decided to switch.  Doesn’t she look sweet with that cello? And so grown up. My older daughter. Kelsey,  posted the sweetest thing on her Facebook page this morning. Here’s what she wrote:

“Thirteen years ago I prayed to God that I could have a brother or a sister. He blessed me with a wonderful little sister. I am very blessed that we were the ones chosen to adopt her into our family. I love her with all my heart. HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY LINDSEY ANNE!!!”

God answered my prayers when he sent me both of my girls. My heart is full.

I will post a picture of the birthday card I made her – soon. It’s 11:10 PM and birthdays wear me out!


During this past month of looking at other creative people’s blogs, I have noticed a tool called a scoring board. One version I have seen online costs around $40 plus shipping.  I have been stopping in at Michaels for two weeks with my 50% off coupon in hand and they have been out!! Finally, on Wednesday of this week, they had some. I walked out of there with that hot little scoring board after spending only $10.86 – for the Martha Stewart, using my coupon.

I know it doesn’t look very exciting but it’s a wonderful tool. I use it to score cards and make envelopes. The next picture is a card I made last night. The blue strip was scored 1/4″ apart using the scoring board. This card is the same design as one I posted in my Easter post.

Here’s another card using that technique – I posted this one on my Facebook page but not here on my blog and I love it! I did this one before I got the scoring board, using my paper trimmer and a stylus. Just lift the cutting part on your trimmer and use the cutting track and stylus. You move the paper using the measuring indicators on your trimmer. The new tool makes this much easier. Both of these cards use the Veranda paper from CTMH and of course, my ever-so-versatile Thank You stamp set (item #D1361, set of 19) that I use all the time. I am getting my money’s worth out of that one! 🙂

I don’t have any of the new Summer Idea Book products yet, but Close To My Heart has posted a picture to share. Here it is!

The paper that shows in the picture is called Cherry-O. I just ordered that and some other new items. I can hardly wait to see it up close – it looks so cute.

On another subject, I thought I would share a link to a meal planning resource that I have found to be wonderful. It’s called E-Mealz and I love it. It only costs $5 a month and it’s well worth it.

Now, I get to wait in anticipation for the UPS man to come – probably on Monday!

Last night was our Good Friday concert at Valley Assembly and it was a blessing! Our choir and orchestra did a wonderful job and of course Ray, (my hubby and the director), did a wonderful job too. The music was very powerful and a good reminder of why we celebrate this very special time.

It’s been nice taking a few days off work this week – Lindsey and I had time to create a few cards. The first one is a card I made for my friend using the Veranda paper from CTMH. I love this paper more each time I make something.

These are two cards that Lindsey made – she did a really good job (she’s 12)! The card on the left uses the Notebook paper from CTMH and the one on the right uses Veranda again.

The new Summer Idea Book went live online this morning for consultants.  Oh, the excitement!!   Customers can place orders from the new book beginning May 1st. I will try and get some of the new products soon so I can begin to create fun, beautiful things to share!

It’s Spring Break at our house, and while Lindsey, my almost teenager, sleeps in, I have been creating a little card using the Caboodle paper from the Spring Idea Book. I bought a Cuttlebug a couple of months ago and haven’t yet combined CTMH ideas with my Cuttlebug. This card shows the Swiss Dots embossing folder – I really like how it turned out. The card is 3×6.

I know it must seem like all my cards are thank-you cards…that’s because I don’t have very many stamp sets yet!

Yesterday Lindsey helped a friend celebrate her 14th birthday. She made her a birthday card using her favorite CTMH paper – Silhouette. If I use any of her paper she gets a little offended! Here’s the card she made:

It’s hard to see (I need to learn to use this camera…) but she put little tiny sparkles on some of the polka dots. It was beautiful!