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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In just 24 hours, we've gone from beautiful sunsets & clear winter nights to ice and snow here in Missouri.
I love the glow of the city street lights a few miles away from our hilltop "perch."
But our night is looking much different tonight!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Our friends' daughter is expecting their first baby!
What could be more fun than to play with the pretty Key To My Heart papers and Expecting stamps from Close To My Heart to make this gift album?
She can include pix and journaling as she wishes, as they count down the days for the arrival of their tiny blessing.
Click on a pic for a closer view.
I used these CTMH products:
6 x 6 inch My Creations Memory Showcase
Fancy Cut Botanicals
Tulip & Juniper inks & markers
Expecting stamp set
Sorbet ribbons & ric rac
White Daisy sheer ribbon
Spring Blossom mini-medley brads, clips, ribbon holders
Big white brad
Clear holiday & cranberry buttons
Non-CTMH: paper flowers, flower-shaped brads, pregnant & baby bump figure stamps
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We were in her beautiful botanical-rich backyard among the irises. She wanted to give me starts of pampas grass. The ground was so hard, we took turns digging, and I was able to bring three starts home. They since bloomed with pretty plumes!
Aren't the iris colors pretty with this Key To My Heart paper collection?
The stamped tabs along the top spell "free therapy". (And so it is!)
I used the "Bottom Border-title" layout in the CTMH Reflections book (page 35) with these products:
I'm so anxious to get back to gardening again! I still have some daffodils to plant so I had better find my gloves and bulb planter.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Eight friends came to Sunday afternoon's memory keeper box and album workshop. Each person's project was so beautiful and unique. Each used a different packet of Close To My Heart papers: Boom-Di-Ada, Vintage Travel, Whoops-A-Daisy, Emporium, Magic Moments, Silhouette, Free Spirit, and Sweet Pea. Thank you, Hollie, Becca, Sandy, Linda, Kristin, Paula, Elaine, and Emily for being with me this afternoon!
Special thanks to my upline, Deb, in Ohio for getting the new Idea Books to us for today!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I used Close To My Heart "That's Amore" papers and Stickease, Heartfelt and Heartthrob stamps for the hearts and sentiments, Tulip and Blush inks, Clear Sparkles, and sheer ribbon. The pearl hatpin is from my sewing box, until the pretty pins arrive from CTMH. (Check those out in the new CTMH spring catty on page 29!)
I scored the chocolate background paper and sanded the lines with a sanding block for the distressed effect. No, I didn't evenly space those lines on purpose ... and more about that quirkiness about me ...
The whole front looks off center now that I look closely, but that just goes with me, 'cause I'm always a little off center and not too concerned about being precise. (I eyeball most projects.)
When I was young, I remember my mom said, "Everything we see in God's world is so unique and special...the trees don't always have symmetrical branches, and it's okay if one side of your hair doesn't look just like the other side!" (That usually happened on a Sunday morning when I lamented about my bad "do" and wouldn't leave the bathroom without crying.) Now I've probably rambled long enough. But here's the little life lesson:
I learned from Mom that even off-centered and not-so-perfect things are very beautiful and special! I'm thankful that she ALWAYS made me feel so special even when I didn't like my un-perfect looks. And I have grown into my nose (just as she told me so!) ... but that's a whole 'nother story!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Here's a memory keeper box and a coordinating photo album for a young boy who likes trucks, cars, boats, and everything that moves! I repeated circles and dashes throughout the project and added some "all-boy" stamps and journaling pull-out cards.
I used the Close To My Heart box, album, Childhood Boy stamps, chocolate ribbon, autumn mini brads, chocolate photo clip, buttons, hemp, chocolate marker, and a chipboard X (inked with outdoor denim). Papers are from a local scrapbook store.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Today we celebrate Bethany's birthday, thanking God for the gift of her life and for all His blessings to her.
Bethany was born between blizzards on an early morning when the wind chill was 40 degrees below zero. Her doctor made it to the hospital in his Wrangler, snow boots and down coat just in time to catch her--I couldn't have waited a minute longer.
Birthday dinner today will be Bethany's favorite lasagna, steamed veggies, an Italian-dressed salad, garlic bread, and lemon meringue pie decked with candles. Our DD has a long way to go before she'll need the fire extinguisher.
Best wishes, Bethany, for a fabulously full-of-great-things new year of your life!
Bethany at 7 months and at 2 1/2 years
with her same big, sparkling hazel eyes, bubbly personality, and sweet, caring smile!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I used the CTMH "Unforgettable" Level 2 Paper Packet, Stickease, Fancy Cut Botanicals, Clear Sparkles, Sassy Strands, Square Window Charm, and a lot of Liquid Glass for these items--Close To My Heart's Memory Keeper Box, 9 x 9 inch accordion album, and birthday card.
Colors of papers and inks are Juniper, Sorbet, and Cocoa. Stamps are from the sets of Adorning Corners, Say It In Style, and Special Friendship. Ribbon is Sheer Elegance. The card design is a template in CTMH CEO Jeanette Lynton's Originals book.
This is a good example of how easy, fun, and simple CTMH products are to use!