Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My 5 Things Right Now Layout

Sharing a quick & simple layout I created today. I was inspired by a layout from Monica Bradford over at Scrap Inspired. As soon as I saw her layout, I knew it would be perfect for a layout of the 5 THINGS that are a big part of my life right now. THINGS is the theme for this month's Inspired Scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes so I feel wonderful knowing that I got this layout done so quickly today and on the very first day of the new month of classes plus I can share it at Scrap Inspired as well. Love that!


Supplies used: background paper, little green gems and right now are all from Close to my Heart, the 2x2 cards are from We R Memory Keepers (sorry I forget the name of the pack but it's for the 4x4 Instagram albums), 5 THINGS was cut with the Cricut Classic Font cartridge and the washi tape is from an unknown source.

I hope you've enjoyed my layout and that I've inspired you to create something, too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scramping!

~Carol

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Days of Lists - Days 28-30

This is it! The last three days of 30 days of lists! I hope you have enjoyed reading my lists as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Perhaps you will consider joining us the next time! If so, go here to read all about this challenge and maybe I'll see you next time around.



Thanks for stopping by! Happy listing!

~Carol

Monday, September 29, 2014

30 Days of Lists - Days 21-27

Here's the next 7 days of my lists - a bit late but they're here. Hopefully I will share the last 3 days with you tomorrow. Hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of this listing challenge. I will miss it but look forward to the next one, whenever that may be. 



This one is a bit hard to read so I wrote it out for you so you don't strain your eyes trying to read it. 

 Don't tell anybody but....

  1. I hate to cook
  2. I would rather scrapbook than do anything else
  3. I count steps every time I walk up & down the stairs
  4. I don't wash my hair everyday
  5. I don't watch much TV


Happy listing!

~Carol

Sunday, September 21, 2014

30 Days of Lists - Days 15-20

Wow, I am really behind on this so here are the next 6 days...and to make this easier on myself, I'm just posting the photos and not writing the lists because you should be able to read them just by looking at the photos.





Happy listing!

~Carol

Monday, September 15, 2014

30 Days of Lists - Days 11-14

So sorry I'm behind on these.....
 Day 11 | Things I finished (so far) this year:

  1. March 30 Days of Lists
  2. April Gratitude album
  3. My Details workshop
  4. 35 weeks of my PL album
  5. Made lots of homemade pasta sauce
  6. 31 Things class

 Day 12 | Must haves for a night in:

  • Bottle of wine
  • Good food
  • Chocolate

 Day 13 | The best things about this week:

  1. My birthday!!!
  2. A visit from Keri, Mark & cute doggie!!!
  3. The Hummingbirds!
  4. Friday night fire!!
  5. Breakfast at Dutchway!

Day 14 | The best places to find inspiration:

  • Close To My Heart design books & bulletin boards
  • Big Picture Classes
  • Simple Scrapper
  • Pinterest
  • The great outdoors & nature
Thanks for looking today! Happy listing!

~Carol

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Here!

It's here! It's here! It's finally here! The new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge is now available from Close to my Heart so head on over there now and get yours! You won't be disappointed! Read below for more details!

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With the newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes.

Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.

Although this cartridge seems mostly geared for the cardmaker, many of the images can certainly be incorporated into your scrapbooking. You can bet I'll be testing it out for scrapbooking and will share some ideas soon!

This awesome collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack (24 sheets)
I am so excited about this cartridge and can't wait to get my own copy! As soon as I do, I will share some cards I make with it so stay tuned!

Buy this cartridge on my website to earn a chance at winning a paper pack of your choice (retail value $9.95) from the current catalog. As soon as I see you have placed your order, your name goes into the hat! Good luck!

Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

30 Days of Lists - Days 9 & 10

Here's my days 9 & 10 a little late but as the saying goes, better late than never.
Ain't nobody got time for:
  • rude people
  • traffic jams
  • road rage
  • disrespect
  • Facebook games
  • negativity
  • plus many more too numerous to mention

Subjects I can talk about for hours:

  • Scrapbooking
  • My grandchildren
  • Photography
  • Wine
  • Birds
Happy listing!

~Carol

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Gratitude Album + How YOU Can Get One, Too!

Every year I create what I like to call a 'gratitude' album. I make some sort of project - such as a mini album or tag album - where I can write down something I am grateful for each day during the month of November. I love doing this because it helps me to think deeply about how blessed I really am to have all that I have in my life whether it's family, friends or things and to truly appreciate it all. Here is what I will be using this year to write what I am truly grateful for - a gratitude box! What do you think? If you like the idea of having your own gratitude box, read on for more details.

I have set this kit up with 3 different price points to fit every budget. Maybe one will work for you. ;)

  • $22 includes the box*, pre-cut & stamped papers to cover the box plus the embellishments to decorate it and 30 stamped 3"x 4" grateful cards. Shipping is included!
  • $29 includes the box*, pre-cut papers plus 1 metal triangle embellishment, 30 UNstamped 3"x 4" grateful cards and your own stamp set - B1463 Thankful Heart (shown in the photo). Shipping is included.
  • $54 includes the box*, pre-cut papers plus 1 metal embellishment for the lid, 30 UNstamped 3"x 4" grateful cards, the B1463 Thankful Heart stamp set and the 4 ink colors needed to complete the project as shown - Olive, Chocolate, Goldrush & Autumn Terracotta. Shipping included!
*Box size is 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 1 3/8"

These kits will be available to order until October 1st so I will have plenty of time to get them to you before November 1st. Please contact me to place your order soon. I plan to add a BUY NOW button as soon as PayPal will allow me to do it. Seems they are having issues right now. ;(

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol



30 Days of Lists Days 7 & 8

Day 7 | Chores I actually enjoy: (even when it is my birthday)
  1. Gardening
  2. Cleaning my scrap room
  3. Hanging the laundry outside
  4. Washing windows & mirrors



Day 8 | Books everyone should read:
  1. Dr. Zhivago
  2. Tuesdays with Morrie
  3. The Book Thief
  4. I Am the Messenger
  5. Happier at Home
Happy listing!

~Carol

Saturday, September 6, 2014

30 Days of Lists - Days 5 & 6

Day 5 | Things to nurture this month:
  • Love
  • Creativity
  • Acceptance
  • Myself


Day 6 | Every night before I go to bed:

  • I lock the doors
  • I watch a bit of dumb TV
  • Check emails
  • Floss & brush my teeth
  • Wash face/apply lotion
  • Put on pj's
  • Write in my journal
  • Watch local news
  • Read till my eyes close
  • Lights out!
If you'd like to join in with this fun listing challenge, click here to register. It's not too late!

Happy listing!

~Carol

#30yearsofhappy - part 6


September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of a celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!


Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.

Here's the last group of projects I created with the remaining images from this fabulous mini stamp set. I hope you've enjoyed seeing them all and that I've inspired you to create your own projects with it. To purchase this set for yourself, just click here.
 3" x 4" card for my Project Life-style album
 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
used on a photo in my Project Life-style album
could NEVER get the fascination with mustaches so I just couldn't come up with a way to use this image. perhaps you can!
and last but not least, a cute little tag to put on a scrapbook page or in my Project Life-style album.

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrampin'!

~Carol




Friday, September 5, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - part 5


September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of a celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.

Here are the next five projects I created to show you what you can do with this fabulous little stamp set. Hope they inspire you. You may have noticed sort of a pattern with some of the projects I've made so far - can you see it? If so, please leave a comment on this post and I will choose one lucky person (from everyone who guesses correctly) to win this stamp set. GO>>>


4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card

3" x 4" card for my Project Life-style album

4" x 6" title card for Project Life-style album

4" x 6" photo for my Project Life-style album

3" x 3" card

Ok, now head on over here to place your order for this fabulously sweet stamp set. Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Thursday, September 4, 2014

30 Days of Lists - Days 3 & 4

Day 3 | If I had an extra hour in the day...
  1. I would spend it in my scrap room
  2. I would Skype with my sweet grandchildren
  3. I would have an extra glass of wine
  4. I would take more photos
  5. I would enjoy the extra hour of daylight



Day 4 | Projects to finish this month....

  1. 30 Days of Lists
  2. month in Review album
  3. mini album for Jaden
  4. purge more scrapping supplies (who wants some?)
  5. August PL pages
Happy listing!

~Carol

#30yearsofhappy - part 4


September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of a celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.

Here are the next five projects I created to show you what you can do with this fabulous little stamp set. Hope they inspire you.

 3 x 3 card
 3 x 4 photo for my Project Life-style album
a scrapbook layout
another 3 x 4 photo for my Project Life-style album

If you're ready to place your order for this stamp set, click here. If you have any questions, give me a shout!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - part 3

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of a celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.
 use as a seal on an envelope 
 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
 3 x 3 card
 pencil topper
4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card

Head on over to my website to place your order or contact me to place it for you and remember, you must purchase $30 in current stamp sets to get it for FREE.

Happy scramping!

~Carol
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