Sunday, February 28, 2010

Veranda Level 2 Scrapbook Class

Monday, March 1 is the last day to register to attend this class at my home on Thursday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. (Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see a slideshow of all four pages).

I love the colors in the Veranda kit (Creme Brulee, Cocoa, Garden Green, Juniper). They are gorgeous for a number of occasions. I used the papers this month to scrapbook a huge variety of memories, ME, my grandmother, and my "nieces" wedding. But really they are all around all occasion papers.

I chose to use the Level 2 papers to scrapbook memories of my Grandmother because it had hummingbirds that she LOVES so the papers reminded me of her and because these particular pictures I took the flowers around her home were in full bloom. I took these photos last May when we were in New Mexico visiting my family. I keep trying to remember to take photos of my children with their grandparents and great grandmother so that they can have keepsakes! I've known for a long time that my grandmother could pass away any time but what I realized was that I don't have photos of her home or of the things in her home that remind me of her and my grandfather. So I walked around and took photos of all the things that brought back memories of them and my childhood. These items are featured on these pages along with my memories and the reasons these everyday items are special to me!

To create these pages at your home you'll need to order X7119B Veranda Level 2, and X7119C Veranda Level 2 my Stickease, Z1131 Creme Brulee Collection (Designer Ribbon Rounds); and 9029 Cherish from my website.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Veranda Level 1 Scrapbook Class

Last day to register for this class is tomorrow, paypal me $15.00 at to attend the class or order the kit X7119A on my website and do it at home!

I procrastinated finishing these layouts because when I saw the big ME on the MyStickease I had a rebellious streak come out and thought, YUCK, EWW, I don't want to scrapbook PICTURES of me! I want a new body, I want a new face, Heck, I want a new everything! LOL!!

Once I got past that (and it took a couple of weeks), I took a REAL look at the my stickease and started thinking about what makes me smile. In the meantime my upline's father died and my father was diagnosed with renal cancer. Attending the viewing, I was shocked that her father looked so old, he's aged a lot in the 18 years I've known her, EIGHTEEN years, I realized HEY, I'M GETTING OLD!!! Both events made me reflect on my children and what they will remember about me! I certainly hope they forget A LOT! My cousin Samantha died last year and I visit her blog and her FB and I know her sister's do as well, we like to remember her words and we feel close to her when we do, these My Stickease will help my kids remember what makes me ME when I'm not in the room with them. So once I adjusted my attitude and realized ALL the photos didn't need to be ME, I fell in LOVE with the idea of these pages that's when it got FUN!!

Things that make me smile:

My Kids/Family
Dune Buggies
Concerts (I put Donny Osmond but really concerts because I kinda love Rodney Atkins too)
My CTMH Team <3 -- Stamper's with an Attitude
Traveling/exploring new places
Mickey Mouse/Disneyland
Jumping on Trampolines
Caribbean Cruises
Family Traditions

Thanks to close to my heart for giving me the opportunity and the motivation to explore and record these things about ME!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Easter Caboodle Wood Blocks

This caboodle of wood blocks was created specifically to prove Buffie wrong! I had such a good time and such a great response to my Valentine wood block class that I thought I would offer an Easter wood block class and the Caboodle papers were my favorite easter choice from the Spring/Summer catalog this year. I used Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, and Crystal Blue Ink, Caboodle Level 2 Paper Pack, Sorbet Designer Ribbon Round, Spring Blossom Just Blooms Paper Flowers, Winter Craft Buttons, Dimensional elements alphabets, and Crystal Blue & Sorbet Waxy Flax.

While I was working this sign came down the stairwell....... (because I had just finished a workshop and the children had been warned not to interrupt because they had had dinner AND desert).....
Hunter apparently thinks he is very ingenious--the cord is a computer network cord, I hope no one upstairs NEEDS it. Apparently I need to let Hunter know that interruptions are not always VERBAL!! (But secretly I laughed)

Recipe Box

I am becoming the queen of modge podge! (In my world that would mean that I am actually MODGE PODGING!) Mandy would be so proud of me! (That so totally reminds me of that I'm smashing up a baby bumblebee song we sing in kindergarten... LOL!) The second receipe holder Tanya Cook made at a workshop at my house, I love her take using the SAME papers, it turned out SO cute!

I got these cute recipe boxes with recipe card holders from Keri Petit a LOOOONG time ago, I think I still lived in Summerlin, and I am finally getting around to having a class on how to alter them to match your kitchen decor. I used Boomdiada to make mine match my kitchen because I am painting my family room wall that adjoins the kitchen a new color (to match Samantha's couch) SOMEDAY and it coordinates with boomdiada.

I remembered a modge podge tip I learned a LONG time ago that makes it go so much better! Cover the area that you want covered with paper with modge podge, then place the paper face down inside a magazine or catalog, cover the wrong side with modge podge, place it in place (it will be very SLICK and easy to place and slide around, THEN press into place and press out all the bubbles, then cover with modge podge again going over only once or twice (as few times as possible on top). Then turn the page of the magazine and repeat (so the modge podge doesn't get on anything).

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wooden Calendars

These fun wooden calendars were designed for our team holiday stamp camp by Mandy Grover. I finally stopped procrastinated and finished mine. One is made with Boom di ada paper for my scrapbook room and the other for my family room in Blue Ribbon. You simply turn the wooden block to match the day of the month. At stamp camp we used the stamp set Giggles to make each month's name but now Close to My Heart has new Month Set with each Month's name that fit PERFECTLY on the wood block--YIPPEE!! These examples show the new stamp sets January and February.

Other gift variations could include:

Countdown (birthday or Christmas)
Days til Santa
Days til School (on one side)/Days til Summer (on another side)--Teacher gift

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I am working on a scrapbook page using Close to M y Heart's NEW Veranda Level 1 kit, and on the stickease, it's all about ME!! EWW!! I don't like to do pages about me! How boring! LOL!!

BUT I ran across a fun blog item, the ABC's of me, if only doing four pages about me were as easy as ABC...

A - Age: 48 (I think, I stopped counting at like 25, but MY husband would be sure to tell you, he keeps track, even though I will NEVER catch up with HIM! :P)
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: Ironing
D - Dog's name: Captain Moroni, Kix, Max
E - Essential start your day item: Family scripture reading and prayer
F - Favorite color: Depends on the day--usually GREEN but I LOVE RED too
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5' 8"
I - Instruments you play(ed): Piano (sort of)
J - Job title: Close To My Heart Consultant (and LOVIN' it!)
K - Kid(s): Christina (29), Jenni (25), Zac (20), Teekay (19), Blair (15), Hunter (11), Ryan (9)
M - Mom's name: Diane
N - Nicknames: Kim, Kimmie, Kimmie Kaye, KK, Double K,
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Got my tonsils out in 1979
P - Pet Peeve: Lies
Q - Quote from a movie: You big Stud--Take me to bed or loose me forever (Top Gun) (Sorry, but it's the only one I know, and now you know WAY too much about me!)
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: Jim & April
T - Time you wake up: 5:30-6
U- Underwear: Pretty, Silky, & Colorful!
V - Vegetable you dislike: Brussel Sprouts
W - Ways you drink your coffee: I don't drink it at all, in fact, have never tasted it
X-rays you've had: hand, nose, knee, back, ankle, chest--apparently I'm a clutz
Y - Yummy food you make: Mexican
Z - Zoo favorite : Penguins & Polar Bears

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Topstitch Level 2 Papers & My Stickease

I made these cute layouts of my sweet Blair in 1998/99 when she was just 4/5..... She hated combing her hair, wearing shoes, and dresses! LOL!! So I definitely cherish these beautiful photos of her. They were SO easy to do with a Level 1 paper packet and My Stickease, I just made the layouts featured on the back of the My Stickease package, how much easier does it get than that! And they were SO FAST and easy!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentine Wood Blocks

These fun wood blocks feature That's Amore Level 2 paper pack, That's Amore My Stickease, dimensional elements alphabet, and our new Antique Copper Mini Medley My Accents collection, Chocolate Ink, Colonial White Ribbon Rounds, Chocolate Ribbon Rounds, and Basic Collection of Buttons. I used Liquid Glass as the adhesive and put a layer of liquid glass on the V to make it stand out.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sticky Boy

When Close to My Heart came out with acrylic stamps, they showed us this video of the tests they performed on the stamp. The original sticky boy design was drawn by Jeanette's husband, David, as a joke and she put it in the catalog. Unfortunately the stamp is no longer available, but they hide sticky boy stamps all around events and if you are lucky, and look closely, you can find one and take it home. I have been a consultant for 17 years and I DO NOT HAVE A STICKY BOY!! Can you believe it?
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