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.  Prayers and patience…..it 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!

Arlene

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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.  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!

Arlene


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!

Arlene

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.