Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Confession Time

I am much more of a card maker than a scrapbooker ****gasp****. Don't get me wrong, I love to scrapbook, but for a few reasons, I'm not good at keeping up. Maybe you can relate.

1. My kids were half grown when scrapbooking became so popular so it's hard to get motivated to go back.

2. My pictures are just in boxes of all sizes, and stirred up so it makes it very difficult to know the order.

3. I have a digital camera and forget to print. (Am I the only one like this?)

So anyway, I recently started doing once a month crops for my customers that love that sort of thing and I've decided that I need to get busy. Quite a while back I did get some plastic shoe boxes and label one for each kid and sorted my photos by kids. The other night at the crop I took Kayla's box (since she's going to graduate this next year I thought I'd better get started). I pretty much spent the night with my box of pictures reminiscing about when she was so little. I did try and put them in some order, but my stacks kept getting confused. The night ended and I hadn't gotten much done on it.

Last night Jim wanted to listen to the last Dave Ramsey class on CD that he missed and I didn't mind hearing it again so I got out my box to sort (I hate just sitting, don't you?) It was then that I had a light bulb go off in my head. Why not use our Close to My Heart stamp storage boxes to organize my photos? I got some envelopes and wha-lah! Organization finally! My only trouble was that Jim kept grabbing my stacks to go through the pictures, but I can't fault him for that. That's why we take pictures!

Now, if I could just figure out a way to get my digital ones printed! (Yes, I know how to get them's just getting it done that's getting me)

You are Close to My Heart,


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Color Challenge and Some Blog Candy

Edited to add that Andrea at Playing with Paper...Again won the blog candy thanks to Thank you to everyone that played and especially for your nice comments.

Today I gave my unit a challenge. I told them to get out a stamp set that they've purchased that has yet to be inked. We all have them right? For a chance to win some blog candy please post a comment as to how many unused stamp sets you own. (I promise I won't tell your husband!) I will choose a winner using and the prize is this very little used set :0) I love it, but I've decided I want to share it. I will choose a winner on Saturday noon (central time). So let's here it...confession time :0)
It's soooo simple, but sometimes that's what a card needs. The colors I used are similar to Stampin' Up!'s colors. I used Hollyhock, Blush and Seafoam (which is discontinued). The stamp sets are Best of Times and Gracious Greetings. The only things I did to dress it up was to add some glitter and a pink organdy ribbon. I hope you like it.
You are Close to My Heart,

Blog Candy!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Color Challenge

Well, here's my attempt at KWerner's color challenge. I stamped with my sistah tonight so I used her SU stamp set called Best Kind of Friend. The baby shoes are so cute, but when I actually put the colors together it was a challenge to make them work together. Not my best work, but that's ok. My sistah and I had fun. Oh, and the best part to our stamping session...carmel cone ice cream :0) YUM-O!
You are Close to My Heart,

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Celebration Bouquet

EDITED TO ADD: Tried to get better pictures because they were so dark. Colors aren't quite true, but you get the idea.

I really try and get away from stamping flowers all the time, but it's just in my nature. I just love them. This card is for Kristina Werner's color inspiration challenge. I wasn't for sure if I'd have time to make something this time, but I got some new stamps today and couldn't resist playing with them. The flower set is the Celebration Bouquet and I also pulled out my Simple Stitches set to go along with it. The stitching on the pillows was my inspiration :0) It's a bonus for me to have this card done because it finishes off the cards for card workshop this month :0) This card uses a couple of techniques that I like...stamp kissing and paper distressing. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

You are Close to My Heart,

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Birthday Card

Here's a simple birthday card using scraps of card stock. The colors are chocolate, taffy, sweet leaf and breeze. They are not colors I'd normally put together especially since I'm not crazy about the taffy color. I do like it in this color combo. I found this combo by using the Close to My Heart Color Combinations link on the left (or you can just click here to check it out.) The stamps are mostly from Birthday Bash but I had to throw in my favorite set, Spot on Backgrounds. It might not be very noticeable in the photo, but the present is very glittered which makes it so pretty in real life. Thanks for stopping by.

You are Close to My Heart,

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Quick Post

Kristina Werner has posted another challenge. It seems like that's about the only time right now that I blog, but summer is kind of crazy and a challenge always makes me get moving. The message from this stamp set is called Card Sentiments and all stamps in the set are sarcastic like this one. It makes for great birthday cards to those you love to kid around with. The stamp in the background is from Legendary Moments. I love paper flowers and couldn't resist putting one on this card. It's from the Big Pinks collection. Let me know if you have questions. Gotta' run...a foster baby is on her way over :0)

You are Close to My Heart,