Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Exciting News!!!!


I wanted to let you all know that I will be leaving first thing tomorrow morning to fly out to Long Beach, CA to attend the CTMH Leaderhsip Conference. I am so excited to learn about new products that will be coming out in our new Autumn/Winter Idea Book (which will go live on September 1st), I will learn new stamping techiniques and scrapbooking ideas and get to visit with all my favorite CTMH Gal Pals! This is me with my good friend, Michelle at the CTMH album Retreat last January. She is one of the gals I will be rooming with this week. I would have never met her if it weren't for CTMH! I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and teammates throughout the country and Canada all because of my love for stamping and scrapbooking!

I will be back home on August 3rd.

Until then I wanted to let you in on a little SECRET....


I will be hosting a "BACK TO SCHOOL CROP" at the local firehouse on Dorchester Road. Details will be coming soon after I arrive home. This is an event you won't want to miss. There is room for about 28-30 participants so be sure to register EARLY! All those attending will be the first to see new products and get their hands on the new AUTUMN/WINTER Idea book!

Hope to see you there!

I also wanted to remind you that there is still time to take advantage of the "FABULOUS FIVE" promotion going on this month. If you have ever considered becoming a CTMH consnultant, NOW is the time! All those who sign up on/before July 31st will receive an additional 5 products FREE in their kit! Visit my website for all the details ( You can sign up on my website, as well. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me! I would love to have you join my CTMH family!



Monday, July 27, 2009

August Scrapbook Club Layouts!

Here are the other two layouts my August Kit of the Month Scrapbook Club will be creating. I did not put photos on these layouts because I am using them for our 2009 Camping trip.

As you can see from this layout, I have used the NEW "Flip Flaps" page protetors. I LOVE these! They are easy to adhere to the layout and they make creating interactive layouts oh so easy!

Below are the kit details. If you are not in one of my scrapbook clubs but would like to attend this class (or particpate via mail) or join a scrapbook club please feel free to contact me. The more the merrier!

BASIC KIT: $38.47
#X7110B Back Country Level 2 paper pack $12.95
#X7110C Back Country Stickease Assortment $4.95
#Z1158 Dimensional elements In Color-Adventure $4.50
#Z280 Natural Hemp $2.25
#Z1129 Outdoor Denim Ribbon Rounds$7.95

#D1353 Campin’ Fever Stamp Set $22.95
#E1002 Rustic Alphabet Stamp Set $34.95
#Z2108 Brown Bag Ink Pad $5.25
#Z2135 New England Ivy Stamp Set $5.25
#Z608 Dry /Embossing/Scoring Stylus $3.25
#Z697 Sponge
#Z199 Pewter Brads $4.50
#Z1153 All-Out Adventure Rub-On’s $9.95

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back Country Layout

I wanted to share this layout with you. It is one of 3 that my kit of the month scrapbook clubs will create next month. I love this Back Country kit. It can be masculine, yet it can be used to highlight many, many themes!
I will share the other 2 layouts and the details about the kit very soon! All the supplies used to create this layout can be purchased directly from my website (!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lollipop Cards!

Here are some cards I have been working on. The patterns come from our new "How To" book "Wishes." I know I have mentioned this book several times but I just absolutely LOVE it!
The flowers you see on the cards are actually called "lollipops!" I learned how to make these from my dear friend, Karen (thanks Karen!). Lollipops are so much fun to make-they are the perfect project when you want to use up scraps of paper and just have fun tearing, rolling and crumbling your cardstock!
These are the cards my card club will create next month. They will create 3 of each design. The stamp set I used is the August Stamp of the Month stamp set which is called "It's Your Day." This stamp set will be available for purchase at full price or discounted depending on your order starting August 1st!
If you would like to learn how to make these fun lollipops then please join me at my August Card Club class (you can click on the photo to see the image larger)! Please contact me today for all the details!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

14 Years!

I know this photo is sideways -I am having trouble uploading photos again but I still wanted to share this card with y'all. Yesterday Stan and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. I took lots of photos of the awesome day we had together but I would really like to scrapbook some of them and share the photos with you via the scrapbook layouts.
This, however, is the card I created for him. I used the Close To my Heart "How To" book: "WISHES" when I created the card. Oh how I love this card book. You all must really treat yourself to this fabulous card making "how to" book! You can order is directly from my website ( The item number is #9033.
I hope you enjoy the card...even if it is sideways!

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Triathlon Man...STAN!


Yesterday my hubby competed in his first ever triathlon. I am so proud of Stan. A year ago he could not even swim one lap but through hard work and dedication he disciplined himself and had been training since the spring to compete in this race. Stan said the swim just about "did him in" but he kept going and when he hopped onto his bike the fun began for him.

I plan to scrapbook the photos I took of my triathlete. When I do I will be sure to share them with y'all!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fun Gifts!

Well, the swim team season has come to an end. We had our Champioinship meets this past Thursday and Friday. It was a fast and very fun season. I am sad to see it end!
Anyway, throughout the season, Stan and I took LOTs and LOTS of photos. Tucker and Stan worked together last week to create a movie of all the photos. They put it to music (all fish and summer related songs). It came out great! We made a copy for each of the three coaches and gave them VISA gifts cards to show how much we appreicated all they did for the kids throughout the season.
I wanted to share with you how I decorated the DVD cases and the gift cards. I love the new duck stamp set in the Summer Idea Book (item #C1365 Makin' Waves). The cute gift card holder is a pattern found in the NEW WISHES book (item #9033). I am having so much fun creating all kinds of different shapes and size cards from this fabulous "how to" book. It is certainly a "must have" for all stampers!
These items can be ordered directly from my website (!
Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Quick and Easy Snack Packaged up Cute!

We celebrate July 4th with some fun friends who invited us to a fun party at their house. I wanted to bring "a little something" to show our appreciation to the host and hostess of the party. I decorated another paint can with CTMH paper and ribbon. I filled the inside with "Seasoned Pretzels." This snack has been very popular with our family, friends and schoolmates.

I wanted to share it with y'all. The next time you are looking to make a yummy snack give this recipe a try. I think you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Seasoned Pretzels

-12 oz. cooking oil

Put in container and add:

-1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

-1 T. garilc salt

-1T. dill weed

Stir well.

Take 2-3 med. sized bags of pretzels and put in a large roaster. Add oil mixture. Bake 200 for 1 hour. Stir every 10 minutes.

*You can serve with special mustard!


Monday, July 6, 2009

My Tucker

What a whirlwind the past 36 hours have been! We arrived home from a July 4th party abouut 11:30 Saturday night. The kids got in the jammies and fell asleep instantly. Tucker came down with "swimmer's ear" last Wednesday. I have been putting drops in his ears 4 times a day since Thursday. Long story short, he had a bad reaction to the medicine on Saturday night which sent us to the walk-in medical center Sunday morning. They sent us to the Children's Hopsital here in Charleston. Tucker had to undergo an MRI last night and stay the night in the hospital. Wow! Talk about a worried mother! The girls and I wnet to visit him yesterday (Stan stayed with him over night) and then we spent most of today there, as well. Good news is Tucker should be released within the next hour or two. All his blood work and tests have come back normal. His MRI looked great. He just had a weird reaction and we will NEVER give him that particular medicine he was taking for the swimmer's ear again! What a blessing it was nothing serious!
Needless to say, we are all exhausted and ready for bed!
Here is a layout I created on the first day of school last year of my precious Tucker (who scared me to death this weekend!). Time certainly does fly! Tucker will be starting 6th grade next month. I wish I could put him (and Molly and Payton) in the freezer and take them out on the weekend to prevent them from growing up!
Happy Day Everyone!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy July 4th!

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you all enjoy your day today! I decided to share with you all a photo of the July project my Calendar Club will be creating in August. This is the July page in their 2010 Calendar and in their Perpetual Calendar (a.k.a Event Calendar).
If is never too late to join my Calendar Club. I have kits prepared from all previous months which you can purchase and put together in the comfort of your own home!

To all those who are already in my Calendar Club who are participating via mail, I will be shipping you the May, June and July kits next week!

Here is info on my Calendar Club. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to join. I'd love to share this wonderful project with you!

The New Calendar Club…and it can TALK!
Each month, we’ll create a 12 x 12 Calendar using a one page design out of Reflections and also using the Monthly Word Puzzles. We’ll also create the monthly title topper. We’ll be working one month behind so you’ll have recently taken photos that you can plug in as you go. J This will make it a great time saver and you’ll love seeing the results as we go on. I’m so excited about it!
In addition, you can also create the “headers” for the Perpetual Calendar. This calendar can be used again and again. You write in your special dates for birthdays and anniversaries. You hang it on the wall and turn it over each month so you have your reminder to send a handmade card to someone who is celebrating a date!
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the club meet? We will meet the first Tuesday of the month in my home. The club time is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and/or 6:30-8:30 pm.
What happens if I miss a club night? I will stamp the images for you ($1.00 per calendar) and mail out your package to you for $4.80 shipping. I will require a credit card on file and charge your card.
If I’m an out of towner, how can I get the samples? Great question! I will send you an email featuring this month’s project so you can save the sample photos to your computer and print them out at your convenience. If you want to purchase the featured “monthly” stamp set each month, you can do your own stamping and save 10% off the price of the stamp set. Otherwise, it will be $1.00 per calendar for me to stamp the images for you. I’ll ship everything to you and add postage to the monthly fees.
Where do you get your ideas from? I will be using our most recent “how to” program, Reflections. It’s the perfect book to create one page designs for each month. I will then use the Monthly Word Puzzle and ink to create the artwork.
Are there accessories included? I will be able to include “minimal” accessories for this price point of only $5.00 per month, per calendar (12 x 12). There may be occasions where you might want to purchase a certain item (or you may have it already) and complete the page the way I did. For instance, January’s Calendar has “bling” and it’s not included. Many of you already have it, or could purchase it. I am trying to stay on a budget to make this a reasonable club. There may be occasions where I want to include a higher prices item, but it will be an OPTION.
Do you plan on changing a month for any reason? Yes! I plan on trying something completely different and fun! A Birthday or Anniversary Month! I thought it would be fun to create two versions of celebration months so you can change it up and put it in the month of the recipient’s birthday or anniversary! AND, I would love to add our My Pages Talk Voice Recorder where you can make your calendar sing or talk! Of course, this is optional but wouldn’t it be so much fun to have your family sing or say something special to this person? Wouldn’t they get a kick out of it?
What papers will you use? Any of our Level 2 paper packs could be a monthly theme. Leave the designing up to me and you’ll be excited about the ideas and variety you’ll work with and create. It will be a fun club! The club pages will also include (1) 12 x 12 piece of cardstock for you to do all the art and then glue to the inside of your calendars. Much easier this way!
I’m a little confused about the cost of the Perpetual Calendar. Can you explain? Sure! You can make these as well as the 12 x 12. So, let’s say you want to create (1) perpetual calendar. We’ll do the math:
1 Calendar @ $10.00 (a one time fee up front so you have it to work on)= $10.00
$ 5.00 per quarter to duplicate 3 monthly headings = $20.00 (for the year)

If you want to create (3) of these Perpetual calendars:
3 Calendars @ $10.00 each = $30.00
$ 5.00 x 3 - $5.00 per month (you’ll do 3 at each month)
Basically, the cost is $5.00 for 3 monthly calendar headings which is very reasonable.
Can I do both Calendars at the same time? Yes! You can do both. You can do 3 of one and 2 of another. You can do 4 and 4. You can do multiples of whichever one you want to duplicate. And here’s why …
I do MOST of the CUTTING!
It will go so fast this way!
You just BYOBasics!
I supply the stamps, inks, paper!
What other perks are there to belong to the club?
You have the opportunity to save 10% off the purchase of the Monthly Stamp Puzzles (reg. price of $22.95).
Plus, you can purchase our Reflections How To Book (reg. price of $29.95) @ 10% off.
If you like to make any additional purchases, in any given month that add up to at least $25, you are entitled to purchase the Stamp of the Month @ a 25% discount (reg. $22.95).
It’s totally up to you … and your pocketbook.
I’m so excited, how do I sign up? Here’s what you need to do:
1. Determine how many Calendars you want to create each month. These are perfect for family that live far away; grandparents; siblings; aunts/uncles; college students; very close friends.
a. 12 x 12 @ $10.00 each
b. Perpetual @ $10.00 each
c. Email me @ or call me (843)207-8698
2. Then let me know how many Calendars you would like
a. # of 12 x 12
b. # of Perpetual
c. Do you plan on attending or do you want them to GO?
3. I will need this information ASAP and no later than January 19th (I will be out of town January 14-18th).
4. Do you have any friends that would love to do this with you?
a. Sign up your friends and receive any of these Calendars FREE for each committed buddy.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call. Each month, I will add the artwork to this website so you can see what’s up and coming. I will be working on December and January later this week.
I look forward to sharing these great monthly calendars with you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

July Stamp of the Month: You've Got Flair

The stamp of the month for July is called "You've Got Flair." At first I did not think I would like this stamp set but once I played with I I feel in love with it and now I know I will use it for many different themes. I participated in a swap with CTMH consultants last month and would like to share with you some of the cards I received in the swap. Enjoy!

There are several ways you can purchase this stamp set.

You can purchase it at the regular price for $22.95.

You can place a minimum $25 order and receive the stamp set at a 25% discount.

You can place a $50 order and receive the stamp set at a 50% discount.

Place a $75 order and receive a 75% discount.

Or you can place a $100 order and earn the stamp set for FREE!

You can place your order right on my

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Favorite Five!

Have you ever considered doing what I do-becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant? Receiving a GREAT discount on top of the line stamping and scrapbooking products, getting paid to stamp and scrapbook, earn some extra income while sharing your love of stamping and scrapbooking with family and friends, meeting and making new friends on a daily basis?

The month of July is the time to start your Close To my Heart career!

When a new Consultant signs up between July 1-31st they will receive their choice of FIVE products for FREE from the My Favorite Five Product List, with no additional shipping/handling or tax! Now is a great time to become a CTMH Consultant!
Here is a list of itmes to choose from:

Thank You Stamp Set ($22.95)
Magic Moments Scrapbook Kit ($34.95)
Basic textured CS Combo Pack ($14.95)
Life's Delight Memory Showcase ($12.95)
Hello Birdie Card Kit (12.95)
Creative Basics Silhouette Collection ($8.95)
Heartfelt Whimsey Die-cuts ($9.95)
All-Out Adventure Rub-Ons ($9.95)
Window Charms Squares ($9.95)

There is a limit of one item each from the My Favorite Five List, up to five items total, while supplies last. Stadard shipping/handling and tax will be charged on the New Consultant Kit but NOT on the My Favorite Five products selected.

I would love to have you join my Heart-Throb team! Contact me today so I can answer any questions you may have, show you how to sign up and become a member of the CTMH family!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


CTMH just contacted me to let me know that the goodie box offered yesterday is still available today until 4:00 (Mountain time) which is 6:00 p.m. eastern time!
Apparently, there were some technical difficulties last night which caused some problems. thus, CTMH is extending the offer until 6:00 p.m. today!

You can purchase the goodie box for $125.00 and receive over $300 worth of goodies!!!! WOW!
Just visit my website ( to order yours today!