The month of July has gone and I have to say I didn’t do a lot of crafting during the month. I did make two cards for Lindsey when she was away at camp. Here they are…

I like how they turned out. The second one doesn’t have any stamping – very simple.

Here is a card I made to thank my friend who loaned me some of her Cricut cartridges – love that Cricut!

And here is a card Lindsey made to thank someone who pledged money for a workday she participated in to raise money for camp, using one of those borrowed Cricut cartridges.

So there has been a small amount of crafting around here. šŸ™‚

Happy August!!



It’s baby shower season! (Is there really a season for baby showers???) Here is a cute little 4.5″ x 4.5″ card I created last night. I love the little giraffe. The paper is from the new paper pack called Zippidee. Perfect for a little baby boy card.

I’m still working on details for my upcoming card-making club. Stay tuned!!

Happy Memorial Day. We had a very moving video at church yesterday reminding me what this day means.

On May 20th I had my first CTMH Home Gathering. The hostess, Evelyn, did a great job inviting her guests and we had a great time.

Here are Lisa, Hannah, Kristine and Melanie enjoying the creative process. We all made a cute card using, what else, Cherry-O from the new Idea Book. (It’s my current favorite as I’m sure you’ve already guessed.)

I made a cute little gift tag for a baby shower this week:

Here are a couple of other variations on that same little card:

And a thank you card using the new Splendor paper:

I’m in the process of putting together a monthly card-making club at my home, starting in June or July.Ā  There will be a fee to cover the cost of supplies, or the fee will be waived with a $25 minimum order. Space will be limited – details soon!!

Mother’s Day just happens to be one of my very favorite days of the year. There were quite a few Mother’s Days when I wondered if it would ever be my turn to celebrate as a mom.Ā  Prayers and patience… finally happened!

Kelsey and Lindsey in 1998.

Here they are at Disneyland in 2006.

Here are a couple of cards I made this week. For some reason, the new Cherry-o paper from Close To My Heart is all I really want to work with at the moment. It’s so CUTE!

This is my mom’s Mother’s Day card. I used a design from the new Summer Idea Book for my inspiration.

This is my version of a Flower Pot card, something I have seen many people post on their blogs. You can find a tutorial for making this card at Splitcoast Stampers. I just adapted it using CTMH products. It was a lot of fun to make and I am working on some more – the imagination runs wild!


Today the Summer Idea Book for Close To My Heart goes live!

Here are some cards I have made this week. You can see I love Cherry-O!!

On this card I used Cherry-O paper, brown cardstock, A Posy stamp set, tulip and sweet leaf ink, Colonial White ric-rac and Tulip brads.

Oh the fun I had making this card….I used my new Cricut! I cut the scallop circle in Tulip cardstock, and two more circles using Chocolate cs and Colonial White cs. The stamp is from a new set called Live Inspired -so beautiful. The paper is Cherry-O Creative Basics.

The inspiration for this card came this morning as I was going through a CTMH May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. Wow, those blog hops are great for ideas. Thanks to fellow CTMH consultant Traci Godbee for this idea. This one features one of the stamps from the May SOTM (stamp of the month) set – Cherish the Moment. It’s only available during the month of May.

If you want to see the new Summer Idea Book just click on the CTMH link and look at the online version.Ā  Feel free to contact me if you see anything you must have!

This last card is the one I made my husband for his birthday last week. I like how simple it is and the way I was able to personalize it using the last part of the word birthday to make the word Ray.

Thanks for looking!


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.

During this past month of looking at other creative people’s blogs, I have noticed a tool called a scoring board.Ā One version I have seen onlineĀ costs around $40 plus shipping. Ā 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 scoringĀ boardĀ 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. TheĀ 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.Ā Both of these cardsĀ 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! šŸ™‚

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