Sunday, August 23, 2015


I received a beautiful card last week for my birthday from my daughter’s mother-in-law, Sandy. She is as much a part of our family as my son-in-law.  We are very fortunate to have Sandy in our lives and I feel blessed that my daughter has such a wonderful Christian woman to share her husband with. This is the card that Sandy made for me. 

I just love it! Not only is it pretty, but pink and purple are our granddaughter’s favorite colors which make it even more special. I also love the idea of finding messages in several places on the card instead of just the traditional ‘message goes here.’
I asked her if she minded if I borrowed the card design and she said she’d be delighted, so you will be seeing some similar cards in the future. 
     Where do you get your inspirations? My daughter and husband get theirs from within themselves. I think of myself as an adapter usually. I see something I like then I adapt it to my vision. Other times I’m an imitator, especially if I’m having a creative block. I’ll see a tutorial or a how-to-video that I like and make it just like it’s shown. I find that it helps my creative juices start flowing because as I work I start putting my own spin on the object or start thinking of other ways I would like to try doing it the next time. Occasionally I get a creative thought that I just can’t let go of until I’ve created or tried to create it. That is when I feel my most creative. Unfortunately, I don’t get that feeling frequently, but that’s O.K. I believe all artists go through these creative stages. So don’t doubt yourself or feel you aren’t creative because you go through these. It’s all part of the process. Very few are gifted with an artistic hand from the start. Almost everyone has to work at it. If you are happy with what when you create, that is what matters. That, is what feeds your creative soul.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bad Hair Day

As the heat rises and summer winds down I find myself extremely busy, but I finally got a chance to play around with the Zoe Workshop on the Go Kit. It’s one of the sneak previews that Close to my Heart released this month. It will be featured in the NEW catalog coming out Sept. 1st.  The colors are so energizing. That’s one of the great things about the B&G papers in this kit. If one side doesn’t speak to you the other side is bound too. I choose the colorful green with white polka dots side for my layout and I love the paper with the small multicolored triangles. It reminds me of a quilt. 

My Artistry Cricut cartridge hasn’t come in yet so I stamped some alternate shapes using Artbooking and A Child’s Year cartridges. 

  The stamp set included in the Zoe Workshop Kit is so much fun! I used several in the layout. The note paper stamp is from the Wanderful Stamp set. And I used a couple from the Instalife-Everyday Life stamp set.

Even though my layout wasn’t about that great of a day I was able to use one of the Title stamps with a little improvising. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

New CTMH Products

It's here! The Sneak Peek of some of the scrumptious NEW items that you can buy EARLY from "Close To My Heart" during the month of August. This is just a taste of what will be premiering in the new annual catalog coming out Sept 1, 2015. 

THE MONTH OF AUGUST is Get Organized Month at CTMH. 
 Not only can you purchase these adorable organization products, if you purchase them before August 31, 2015 you will receive a bonus product!
Buy the adorable accessory roll-up & you'll receive 2 of the new CTMH Base & Bling style sheets FREE! 
When you buy this cute marker roll-up you will receive the D-stamp set, 'Balloon Wishes' FREE!
This roll-up is perfect for carrying up to 25 of the ShinHan markers to and from crops.