Monday, April 28, 2008

Message to My Workshop Girls

You know those cards we make at workshops that you say you never want to give away? Give them away! Send them to someone who needs them or this could be you. The poor lady has taken over her kitchen with her stamping. She makes some beautiful stuff though.

Oh, I thought I'd throw in a photo of my stamp room. It's my closet. If you look closely you can see the cool cupboard I found a couple of weeks ago. It's perfect for holding my stamp sets :0) Yeah, I know, I don't have much room to talk when it comes to messy. I still think this woman has me beaten by a long shot!

Congratulations to all our winners tonight at the catalog sneak peek party! Lynn Walters won the stamp set with free workshop pass and Kathy Moss won the hostess gifts! I had a ton of fun because you girls make it so fun.

You are Close to My Heart,

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Busy Week

This week I've been busy making 50th wedding anniversary invitations. Jim's parents are reaching that milestone next month so we're going to celebrate! I think that's huge in the world today. Here's a couple of shots of them before the went out the door this morning. Now I call that a whole lotta' love!

I was able to finish them up at our first crop last night! We had a great time...small in number, but I'm sure we'll grow as time goes on. We're meeting on the last Friday of every month. If you want information please e-mail me. Here's some shots from the night. There's plenty of room to work, great prizes, chocolate and girl time! I think Marie is saying, "It's an A-OK great time!"
You are Close to My Heart,

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I've totally gotten into color challenges! It makes it so much easier to come up with a card. Kristina at kwernerdesign has issued another color challenge. She finds different pictures from real life. Here is the one for this time. While they are not colors I would grab for right off, they were fun to work with.

My card uses a very favorite set of mine called Rustic Flowers. The sentiment comes from a set called Treasures of the heart. My personal shopper "sistah" friend Stacy found some cool brads at the Target Dollar Spot and one of them was perfect for the center of the flower.

My colors are Bamboo, Buttercup, Sweet Leaf and Autumn Terracotta, which are close matches to the colors in the challenge. Thanks for checking out my blog :0)
You are Close to My Heart,

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Color Challenge

I frequently visit kwernerdesignblog because when I grow up I want to be like her! She does such cool stuff with videos. My computer geek son tells me that I have to have "much better equipment" in order to attain that goal, but if I ever did buy such equipment, he would be happy to be my film editor --HA. So I'm content to visit her and dream :0) Every now and then she does a color inspiration challenge to get your creative juices going. I just so happen to already have a card with the colors in question (minus the chocolate so it might not count) so I'm sending it her way to see if it works :0)

Here's my card. This is a workshop card for this month so we must have been thinking alike on color combinations. This is Close to My Heart sweet leaf, dutch blue (stamped second generation) and buttercup. I combined a couple of stamp sets to get just the flowers and leaves that I wanted. Being that I'm a flower loving person and can't have enough flower sets it wasn't hard to find what I wanted in my stash. The leaf is from the Simple Blossoms set and the flowers are from the April Word Puzzle and Girly Girl. I know that's a lot of sets, but it was fun to mix and match them. The message is from the Because of You set.

To embellish it I added little stick on pearls that my "personal shopper" Stacy found at Target's Dollar Spot. They are so cute, but tricky to get on since they are soooo tiny! Love them though. Of course it had to have a bow and the top part is popped up with foam squares. The message says, "We are never alone...if friends fill our lives." Hope you like it and I hope it works for the color challenge :0)

You are Close to My Heart,

p.s. Don't forget you can click on it to make it larger. It sort of ended up small this time.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

We Interrupt The Stamping for this Post

Our older two girls are in color guard and winter guard. Noelle's guard does a routine to the song "What Kind of World Do You Want?". For a Jr. High guard I think they did fabulous. Their routine has been video taped and put on the Five for Fighting website. Every time someone views it a donation is made to the Fisher House which helps military families who need to be near their loved ones in time of crisis. I tried to embed it in this post, but I can't get it to work so please follow the link below and have a look. Noelle is the first one that moves in the video. She's pretty easy to follow since she has the longest hair of the group. In the picture she's the one on the far left. You can watch it at the very bottom of this blog. Just scroll down.

I really wish I had a video of Kayla's routine as well because it's super cute to the song "Walking In Memphis." Kayla is center in the picture below.

Ok, I'm back to stamping now :0)

You are Close to My Heart,

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Miss You!

Feeling kind of bummed tonight because a friend I've gotten to know and really enjoy at work is moving on to another job. Tomorrow is her last day. I was dinking around in the office and came up with a card to give her.

This card is made with flowers from the Finding Beauty set. The sentiment is from a stamp of the month a while back. The colors are spring iris, lilac mist, sweet leaf and topiary. After I stamped them I went around all the lines with a silver gel pen to set it off. You can click on the picture to see the detail.

Pretty simple and simply said. I'll miss you Christa!

You are Close to My Heart,