Friday, August 31, 2012

Huge, beautiful moon out on this clear evening! Our blog-hop starts tomorrow! Enjoy!

Clementine Blog Hop!

If you came from Janine Garcia/ you are in the right place!

If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog, to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

"Clementine" is one of my favorite new paper packs from Close to My Heart! This simple card was created using the "Artiste" Cricut cartridge, the tiny sparkles and also Barn Red ink. 

All of the items shown here (except for the small circular piece of vellum) are from the paper pack. I also used one of our new markers (Twilight blue dots) to accent around the edges of the focal point in this piece of artwork. I hope you will leave me a comment or two! This was a fun and quick project to create and I'm happy to share it!

The next blog on the list is: Karina's/ Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using "Clementine".  If you get lost, just hop on over to for the full list. These links go live on September 1st.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good morning everyone! Just had to get a photo of our 'baby' on here somewhere...this is Icabod...he came to live with us about a month ago and reminds us so much of Kirby! His mannerisms and personality are so like Kirby that it's almost uncanny! He's lighter colored and no white feet or chest, but he's adorable and we love him bunches!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Good morning! In the attempt to be a better blogger, I've decided to post some past artwork that I've done...maybe it will inspire someone to do something creative!
This is a leftover project that I did at a Close to My Heart gathering right before Father's Day in June. We put a handful of peanuts inside the bag! Papers were from the "Dotty for You" collection and letters were all cut using "Art Philosophy". Love that cartridge! 
 Completed projects from our June Wednesday Workshop...a little bit of variety. I found this idea posted online, but didn't know how to finish to attach the flower (which actually has a pin backing and can be removed and worn as a pin). So...I did my own version...later found further instructions online, but I think these turned out rather well anyway!
 I'd posted earlier this July project (I think it was for July!), but ended up doing this second one in pink since I have so many granddaughters! I have been thinking about making one for each of the grandchildren as a Christmas gift and putting their photos in the the Dr. Seuss quote which is also from CTMH. Of course, frames and such were cut with "Art Philosophy". The flower was created by folding circles and gluing, then adding a button to the center. All stamps were from CTMH and I had the little handprint punch already from years ago.
One of the most recent Artsy-Craftsy Club projects. Made with craft sticks, wire and craft foam...and the flowers are from the new "Artiste" cartridge. Found out rather quickly that it's important to use permanent ink on lettering...messed this one up and had to fix it...still a little messy! Good that I always make a sample as a learning experience, right? Today we're having the club and making stenciled bags and some "cheer up" and "hope you're feeling better soon" cards for a service project. Will post photos later. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 27, 2012

More photos and new project postings tomorrow...I promise...somewhere in between a piano lesson, Artsy-Craftsy club with the kids, baking bread and making taco dip for the Banjo Band potluck tomorrow night! I WILL post more...promise! G'night for now!

One last thing for tonight...well, actually two, I guess...
First of all, for those who live locally, don't forget our "Avonlea Card Workshop" that is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5th from 10-12 a.m. at my house. Bring your own "Avonlea" card Workshop-On-The-Go kit. Cost is $5 which will be donated to "Operation Smile". If you don't have the card kit, bring $15 and I will provide supplies for you. $5 will still be donated to "Operation Smile". 

And a great big SHOUT OUT to my downline, NICOLE EVANSON, for just reaching her second Straight-To-The-Top Goal all within her first month as being a consultant! I am so very proud of her! She's amazing!
As an added incentive, anyone who books a gathering (in person or online) between now and September 14th will receive their choice of a FREE "My Stickease" or "Complements" from the new Idea Book. (You can view the Idea Book on my web site, too!) --- of course, if you have at least $150 in orders you will receive FREE gifts anyway! PLUS, if you decide that this crafty stuff is for you and you'd like to earn some extra income or just have lots of free stuff and discounts for yourself, then you can join my team "The Bloomin' Crafty Divas" and I will give you a FREE paper pack of your choice from the new Idea Book once you're all signed up! You can take your choice of two options: the "Basic" package which is only $49 or the all-inclusive at $99. Either one is fantastic! I've been doing some price comparisons with the "competition" and CTMH has the best prices by far! (This photo shows the "Basic" package . . . and if you sign my right away you will get one of those beautiful damask bags to carry it in!)
And...don't forget our "Baroque Borders" Stamp of the Month (SOTM) for August! You can get this gorgeous stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase through August 31st.

September is right around the corner and we, of course, have another fantastic Stamp of the Month for September! It's so cute....I can hardly wait to get one for myself!


Time for something's been TOO LONG since I was here last! So, first with a little news...still applying for jobs and going to interviews. Hopefully something happens and soon...but I'm still an independent consultant for "Close to My Heart" also! Love their products and their prices!
I'm having an "online party" right now over on my web site ( through September 15th. This is National Stamping Month, so CTMH is offering a double stamp set ($35 value) for only $5 with any $35+ order! WOW! That's only through September 15th, so if you want one of those, please visit my site and order ASAP!