Thursday, August 19, 2010

Slip-Sliding Fun!!

This was a fun afternoon back in June in my back yard!! Jessica slipped off for a few minutes that morning while the kids and I were eating brunch and returned with a few new toys!!  Of course the slippy slide was an instant hit!!  I parked my lawn chair at the end and captured their sweet faces as they slipped, slid, and played around under the water sprinkles.  Little Miss Madalyn sat at the top of the slide and watched Nicholas and Cooper for a little while before deciding to join them but once she did, she didn't want to come off of it!

As I've stated before, I'm a little creatively challenged so when I got ready to scrapbook these photos, I immediately grabbed one of my Close To My Heart "How-To" program books to get me started!  These books are loaded with original layout designs complete with cutting diagrams and samples!  They are awesome.  I got my inspiration there then branched off and added my own touches like the little Window Charms!  I had a few more photos than the sample showed but that's okay because I was able to incorporate all of them anyway!  

You can purchase any one of our terrific How-To program guides over on my CTMH web site!!  You won't be disappointed ~ You'll love every last one of the 100  12" x 12" scrapbook pages that are featured in the newly updated Reflections TM program.  Each layout pattern comes with a blueprint, detailed assembly instructions, companion layout guides, photo options and creative techniques that are sure to make your memories come to life!  

OR. . . . . . .

You can create your own 12" x 12" designer layouts with Jeanette Lynton's second volume of incredible scrapbooking patterns.  Imagine TM is packed with 50 all new, two-page patterns, complete cutting diagrams and assembly instructions, plus inspiring techniques.  This book is every scrapbooker's best friend!  


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

See what I mean?? . . . . . .

Jessica’s creativity (see previous post), really came through on this project!!  She made this ‘diaper cake’ for a friend’s sister and I think it turned out great!!  She can just throw things together and before long, she’s created something awesome!  Of course I had to take pictures of the cake and the little stool she painted, but this time, I had an assistant!!  
Nicholas grabbed my ‘pink’ camera and started snapping photos right along with me!!  He did really good and was up on the table, crouching and turning to get all kinds of angles!  He was so funny – then it turned into a photo party!  Even after Jessica left for the baby shower, Nick held on to the camera.  I didn’t realize he had been busy snapping until he came up and said, “Mammy, let’s scroll through my pictures”.  I just started laughing and said, “Oh my gosh, Nick, Mammy’s a hot mess”   and   “Oh no, we have to delete that one, Mammy is toe-up!!”  He was laughing so hard at my reaction to those pitiful pictures!!  Oh don’t get me wrong, he did a great job BUT he caught me looking a hot monkey mess while I chased Madalyn around, cooking supper with her at my feet and Cooper on the counter ‘helping’ all while stepping across a ton of toys on the kitchen floor!!  Nick would zoom in and that made it even worse but it was hilarious to him!!  It was fine because hearing that hearty laughter from my sweet grandson is so worth it!  

Saturday, August 14, 2010

About to brag a little!!

I just want to take this time to brag on my sweet daughter for a minute!! It’s so easy for the world to focus on a mistake or a bad decision that a person makes and totally forget that person’s MANY awesome qualities so I’m here to point some of those out!! Some people like to broadcast the ugly but I like to share the beauty!!

Jessica is such a sweet young lady who will literally do anything for anyone. She has such a big heart and loves her family and friends so fiercely. Her smile actually lights up a room and I’ve been told that from so many people ever since she was a little baby girl!! She’s creative, artistic and just simply talented at whatever she sets her mind to do! Jessica also writes beautiful poems and has even made up precious little songs for each of her awesome babies that they still love for her to sing to them!! I so treasure watching and listening while she sings these little songs to her babies and my heart strings are definitely tugged as I see their eyes and expressions when they look up at their mama!!

Though Jessica’s little family began at a very young age for her, she’s made so many accomplishments and waded through such adversity that I know most women could not have done and a lot of women never do. I’m so proud of her, not only because God blessed me to be her mother, but because I watched her bloom into a courageous young woman, mother, wife and friend, all starting at the tender age of 15. Her children and her family are her life – literally!

I’m so thankful that Jessica loves the Lord and that she accepted Him as her Savior many years ago. That’s why I KNOW that since God is the ultimate parent, I can simply ask Him for clarity and discernment to know when to just pray and let Him work in my children’s lives without any other help from me. Only God knows the right thing to do. That’s why I can have true peace about situations my children find themselves in – I have to release them completely into God’s hands and put Him in charge of their lives. Though I may not agree with their decisions or approve of choices they make, (Lord knows I’ve made my share of unwise, unhealthy decisions!), my children need me to LOVE THEM, BELIEVE IN THEM, and SUPPORT THEM IN PRAYER. We can’t “fix” or “change” our children. ONLY GOD CAN MAKE CHANGES THAT LAST IN ANYONE. Our job as parents is to release them into God’s hands and then pray for the Lord to make changes in them and their lives according to His will AND NEVER BE JUDGMENTAL TOWARD OUR CHILDREN OR ANYONE ELSE’S CHILDREN.

Thank you God for my precious children and grandchildren! They are my greatest blessings, imperfections and all! “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” Psalm 127:3. I thank you God that even right now, you are working miracles in the lives of my children and my entire family! Keeping the faith and trusting in you God, is definitely the best defense against Satan and those that seek to judge, harm or destroy. I thank you for my Christian heritage and the wonderful parents you blessed me and my sister with! I love my family and true friends!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another version of the Savannah Bag!

I just love making these little bags!  I had gotten this fabric back in the Spring at, of course, JoAnn's!!  I didn't find it in a Charm Pack like I have for my previous bags so I just bought it off the bolts and cut my own squares.  I actually made the straps longer than usual on this one because it is so much easier to drape it across the shoulders!!  And this cupcake bag is a good bit bigger than my other bags.  I decided to add the ribbon across the front as well as on the straps just for a little something different!  

Jessica snatched up the brown and pink paisley bag that I made before this one and is using it as a little diaper bag for Madalyn!!  On that one, I made a wider ruffle and sewed it laying down instead of up on the outside of the straps.  I actually used some fabric for it that Jess had bought and made little Maddie a sundress from!  It was so cute and she did a great job for her first hand-made garment!  I'll have to get a picture of both the dress and the diaper bag and post them as well !!

If you would like a custom made 'Savannah Bag' please feel free to contact me using my info in the 'Contact Me' box on the right side bar!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Winning 2-page Scrapbook Layout!!

Two weeks ago, I was blessed to attend my second Scrappin’ Retreat (Scrappin’ Summer Camp) in North Mississippi, hosted by a terrific little lady, Terry Dunlap and her gracious husband, Glenn!!  Although I was coughing basically with every breath and my feet and ankles had swollen larger than they ever have, I had a wonderfully crafty and relaxing time!  We had mega time to get creative and work on projects that some of us otherwise don’t get the chance to do.  So from Friday morning at 9 am thru Sunday at 2 pm the Scrap Zone was open!!   It was great seeing our new scrappin’ friends again – some from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi!!  I can hardly wait for the next Scrappin’ Retreat in October!  And since we have a Brand New Close To My Heart Idea Book/Catalog, I’ll have plenty of new projects to work on!!

One of the fun things we do at the Scrappin’ Retreat is have contests for best 1-page scrapbook page, 2-page layout, homemade card and altered items.  I decided to enter the 2-page layout category and submitted the above layout and I WON!!!  I couldn’t believe it!!  I thought my pages were great because the Cherry-O workshop kit has become a favorite of mine and of course, my sweet baby granddaughter, Madalyn Claire, is just absolutely precious!  But I sure didn’t think I would win – you see, there were very talented crafters in my midst!!  (Remember, you can click on the images to get a better view!)

Then as soon as I had my picture taken with my winning layout and our Retreat hostess, Terry, and went to sit back down, I was called right back up because I had also won first place in the homemade card category!!!  I was inspired by a beautiful Christmas card we made at Convention last month using the new Clear Cards and came up with this !!  I have gotten so many compliments on it and have been commissioned to make a few sets for a couple people who absolutely hate crafting (hard for me to imagine!!  It’s my therapy!!)  I used papers from the new Workshop Kit, Mistletoe, which are quickly becoming my most favorite Christmas papers!!  And the little ornament is from a new Christmas My Acrylix stamp set debuting September 1st!!

Until Later!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Awesome Scrapbooking Paper Supply Sale !!!

2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? It’s YOU, of course! We are shouting from the rooftops how much we love and appreciate you! It only makes sense to pass along our appreciation with amazing deals. So for 8 days, August 4 through August 11 (while supplies last), you can purchase select My Stickease® Assortments for only $2 US/CAN, My Reflections® Level 1 kits for only $4, and My Reflections® Level 2 paper packets for only$6 online. Visit my website (here) during that time to see these amazing deals for yourself. You’ll want to shout for joy, too!  AND Yes!   This order does qualify you for the August  Stamp of the Month (see gorgeous picture above!!)  You'll definitely want to take advantage of this awesome campaign and cash in on the great deals for $2, $4, $6 for 8  ...  It’s YOU We Appreciate! 

Tax, shipping and handling apply. Offers are while supplies last and available only on a MyCTMH® website and here's mine!!

Any questions please contact me today!!

Here is the big list of stickease, kits and paper packs on sale!!!

X7045A My Reflections Vintage Travel Level 1 $4.00 
X7045C VintageTravel My Stickease $2.00 
X7056A My Reflections Discovery Level 1 $4.00 
X7060A My Reflections Heirloom Level 1 $4.00 
X7060B My Reflections Heirloom Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7061A My Reflections Floral Impressions Level 1 $4.00 
X7061B My Reflections Floral Impressions Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7061C Floral Impressions My Stickease $2.00 
X7062A My Reflections Laid Back Level 1 $4.00 
X7069A My Reflections Just Chillin Level 1 $4.00 
X7069C Just Chillin My Stickease $2.00 
X7070A My Reflections Simple Pleasure Level 1 $4.00 
X7070B My Reflections Simple Pleasure Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7070C Simple Pleasure My Stickease $2.00 
X7071A My Reflections Best Friends Forever Level 1 $4.00 
X7072A My Reflections School Zone Level 1 $4.00 
X7072C School Zone My Stickease $2.00 
X7073A My Reflections Abundance Level 1 $4.00 
X7073B My Reflections Abundance Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7073C Abundance My Stickease $2.00 
X7075A My Reflections More To Adore Level 1 $4.00 
X7075B My Reflections More To Adore Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7075C More To Adore My Stickease $2.00 
X7076A My Reflections Sonata Level 1 $4.00 
X7076C Sonata My Stickease $2.00 
X7077C Sweet Harmony My Stickease $2.00 
X7078A My Reflections Cutie Pie Level 1 $4.00 
X7078C Cutie Pie My Stickease $2.00 
X7079B My Reflections Rough n Tumble Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7079C Rough n Tumble My Stickease $2.00 
X7080A My Reflections Route 66 Level 1 $4.00 
X7080C Route 66 My Stickease $2.00 
X7081A My Reflections Majestic Blue Level 1 $4.00 
X7081B My Reflections Majestic Blue Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7081C Majestic Blue My Stickease $2.00 
X7082A My Reflections Expedition Level 1 $4.00 
X7082C Expedition My Stickease $2.00 
X7083A My Reflections Let's Get Together Level 1 $4.00 
X7084A My Reflections Floral Tapestry Level 1 $4.00 
X7085A My Reflections Everlasting Level 1 $4.00 
X7085B My Reflections Everlasting Paper Packet $6.00 
X7085C Everlasting My Stickease $2.00 
X7086A My Reflections Caprice Level 1 $4.00 
X7086B My Reflections Caprice Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7086C Caprice My Stickease $2.00 
X7087A My Reflections Enchanted Level 1 $4.00 
X7087B My Reflections Enchanted Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7087C Enchanted My Stickease $2.00 
X7088A My Reflections Free Spirit Level 1 $4.00 
X7088B My Reflections Free Spirit Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7088C Free Spirit My Stickease $2.00 
X7089A My Reflections Lifes Delights Level 1 $4.00 
X7089C Life Delights My Stickease $2.00 
X7090A My Reflections Silhouette Level 1 $4.00 
X7090B My Reflections Silhouette Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7090C Silhouette My Stickease $2.00 
X7091A My Reflections it’s a Guy Thing Level 1 $4.00 
X7091B My Reflections it’s a Guy Thing Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7091C it’s a Guy Thing My Stickease $2.00 
X7092A My Reflections Good Times Level 1 $4.00 
X7092B My Reflections Good Times Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7092C Good Times My Stickease $2.00 
X7093A My Reflections Sweet Pea Level 1 $4.00 
X7093C Sweet Pea My Stickease $2.00 
X7094A My Reflections Paper Garden Level 1 $4.00 
X7094C Paper Garden My Stickease $2.00 
X7095A My Reflections Boom-Di-Ada Level 1 $4.00 
X7095B My Reflections Boom-Di-Ada Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7095C Boom-Di-Ada My Stickease $2.00 
X7096A My Reflections Blue Ribbon Level 1 $4.00 
X7096B My Reflections Blue Ribbon Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7096C Blue Ribbon My Stickease $2.00 
X7097A My Reflections Game On Level 1 Kit $4.00 
X7097B My Reflections Game On Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7097C Game On My Stickease $2.00 
X7098A My Reflections Sarsaparilla Level 1 Kit $4.00 
X7098B My Reflections Sarsaparilla Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7098C Sarsaparilla My Stickease $2.00 
X7100A My Reflections Perfect Day Level 1 $4.00 
X7100B My Reflections Perfect Day Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7100C Perfect Day My Stickease $2.00 
X7101A My Reflections Magic Moments Level 1 $4.00 
X7101B My Reflections Magic Moments Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7101C Magic Moments My Stickease $2.00 
X7102A My Reflections Notebook Level 1 $4.00 
X7102B My Reflections Notebook Paper Packet $6.00 
X7102C Notebook My Stickease $2.00 
X7103A My Reflections Aspen Level 1 $4.00 
X7103B My Reflections Aspen Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7103C Aspen My Stickease $2.00 
X7104A My Reflections Evensong Level 1 $4.00 
X7104B My Reflections Evensong Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7104C Evensong My Stickease $2.00 
X7105A My Reflection sEmporium Level 1 $4.00 
X7105B My Reflections Emporium Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7105C Emporium My Stickease $2.00 
X7106A My Reflections Unforgettable Level 1 $4.00 
X7106B My Reflections Unforgettable Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7106C Unforgettable My Stickease $2.00 
X7107A My Reflections That’s Amore Level 1 $4.00 
X7107B My Reflections That’s Amore Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7107C That’s Amore My Stickease $2.00 
X7108A My Reflections Daydream Level 1 $4.00 
X7108B My Reflections Daydream Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7108C Daydream My Stickease $2.00 
X7109A My Reflections Stardust Level 1 $4.00 
X7109B My Reflections Stardust Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7109C Stardust My Stickease $2.00 
X7110A My Reflections Back Country Level 1 $4.00 
X7110B My Reflections Back Country Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7110C Back Country My Stickease $2.00 
X7111A My Reflections Moon Doggie Level 1 $4.00 
X7111B My Reflections Moon Doggie Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7111C Moon Doggie My Stickease $2.00 
X7112A My Reflections Animal Cookies Level 1 $4.00 
X7112B My Reflections Animal Cookies Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7112C Animal Cookies My Stickease $2.00 
X7113A My Reflections Tinkerin Level 1 $4.00 
X7113B My Reflections Tinkerin Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7113C Tinkerin My Stickease $2.00 
X7114A My Reflections Bella Level 1 $4.00 
X7114B My Reflections Bella Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7114C Bella My Stickease $2.00 
X7115A My Reflections Jingle Level 1 $4.00 
X7115B My Reflections Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7115C Jingle My Stickease $2.00 
X7116A My Reflections Sweet Home Level 1 $4.00 
X7116B My Reflections Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7116C Sweet Home My Stickease $2.00 
X7117A My Reflections Grace Level 1 $4.00 
X7117B My Reflections Grace Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7117C Grace My Stickease $2.00 
X7118A My Reflections Twitterpated Level 1 $4.00 
X7118B My Reflections Twitterpated Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00 
X7118C Twitterpated My Stickease $2.00 

*Available August 4-11, 2010; while supplies last



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