Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CTMH Scrapbook Challenge #15-Longwood Gardens

I am finally posting layout #15 from the weekly scrapbook challenge I participate in. I know I'm way late on this one but at least it's done! While my son and family were visiting a couple weeks ago, we went to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. I hadn't been there in quite some time and it was very enjoyable. The little girls had a great time, too.

Products used on this layout are all Close To My Heart:
Moon Doggie paper pack
Intrinsic Backgrounds stamp set
White Daisy Cardstock, brads and grosgrain ribbon
Dimensional Elements Chipboard Letters
Garden Green brads, spirals and ink
Cranberry brads and ink
Desert Sand ink
Small flowers-punch from EKSuccess

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

CTMH Scrapbook Challenge #16-Sweet X Three

I know I haven't posted challenge #15 yet but here's #16. I have been a bit behind with these challenges since I was enjoying my son and family's visit up until this past Monday but I think I'm finally caught up now except for choosing the photos for challenge #15. That will come later. I am not totally pleased with the right page on this layout but I refuse to do it over! So, I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Products used are all Close To My Heart except where noted:
Bella paper pack, Reflections How-to-Book (Bottom Border-Title, Front & Center-Focal), Endless Friendship and Botanical Borders stamp sets, Colonial White crocheted ribbon, Garden Green brads and spirals, Olive ink, flowers by Sizzix, title by Cricut.

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CTMH 'Favorite Five' in July

Can you believe that July is almost over? And what a strange July it's been! So many cloudy days and cool nights although I have been happy not to have used my air conditioning much this summer. Sure saves on the electric bill!

I want to remind you all that you have only one more week to sign on as a Close To My Heart consultant and reap the special rewards of choosing five additional FREE products to go with your new consultant kit. This special ends on July 31 so if you are considering becoming a consultant with this phenomenal company, please do so by the end of the month to take advantage of this special promotion. To get more details on this special promotion and to see what comes with the new consultant kit, click here. I would LOVE for you to join my team! Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Longwood Gardens Visit

The Italian Water Garden is awesome! But then again, everything about Longwood Gardens is awesome!

Inside the Conservatory

Beautiful flowers all along the many pathways through the gardens.

Three little monkeys in a tree!
Jaden, Samantha & Kira

I promised I would post some photos of my granddaughters and I'm sorry it's taken so long to do so. I have been so sad and depressed since they left two days ago and just can't get motivated. I always go through this tough time after they leave and it takes me a few days to get back to my normal routine. The house just seems too quiet!

Anyway, here is a photo of them hanging around in a tree during our recent visit to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA along with a few other highlights of the gardens. It was such a beautiful day when we went, bright and sunny, low humidity, that we all enjoyed ourselves, even the girls. There was a bit of whining but all in all, they were great! Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Son's Wedding Day

In case you're all wondering where I've been the past few days, here is one event I son's wedding, right here in our own backyard. Don't they make a beautiful couple? Ryan and Sissy have been together for 4 years and decided they wanted to get married here in our backyard in front of our beautiful birch tree. The day was cloudy and humid but the rain held off until after the ceremony. Congrats to the happy couple!

I will share some photos of my granddaughters soon! They were also a part of their parents' wedding and looked so cute! They were a bit uninterested but so cute!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Win $1,000 at!

I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as a follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at

Good luck and have a great day!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Wow! I can't believe that hubby and I have been married for 33 years today! Seems like only yesterday we walked down that aisle, surrounded by family and friends, unsure of what the future would hold for us. We were high school sweethearts, actually we met in middle school, with high hopes for a lifetime of happiness. I must say, it has been quite a journey. Although our life together has not always been rosy, we have worked hard to make it last. We have lived on the East Coast and the West, have lived in several different locations and homes but have been here in our present home the longest. Perhaps to retire here, who knows.

We have two grown children who continue to make us proud to be their parents. They certainly have given us many challenges through the years but have grown to be wonderful adults. Our son has given us two beautiful granddaughters, with another baby due in February. We are hoping for a boy this time! Our son has become a wonderful father and it's no wonder at all as his dad is a great role model. A tough one at times but a great one!

Although I know my hubby will not read this post (he hates this kind of networking stuff), I just want to say....

I love you more today than yesterday...
But, darling, not as much as tomorrow!
Happy Anniversary!

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Great Cuttlebug Giveaway

If you LOVE to win great paper crafting prizes, then go here to check out what this wonderful blogger is giving away. This is an amazing giveaway! Hurry to enter a chance to win a Cuttlebug die cutting machine. How cool is that? Good luck and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

CTMH's Scrapbook Challenge #14

Wow! It's been a few days since I posted anything. So sorry to have cheated you! HaHa! Anyway, here is the latest layout I created for the Weekly Scrapbook Challenge that I participate in. It doesn't have any photos yet as I'm waiting for my granddaughters to come visit so I can get some photos of them.

Speaking of my granddaughters, they will be here on Saturday or Sunday! YEA! I am getting so excited as it's been a WHOLE year since I've seen them. No doubt they have grown like crazy not to mention they're a whole year older! Kira will be 8 in seems like only yesterday when she was born...Jaden will be 7 in November and Samantha turned 4 back in February. They are all such cuties and I can't wait to see them!

In anticipation of their visit, I have been in the kitchen the past couple days baking breads and cookies and casseroles to freeze so I won't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen while they are here. I want to enjoy their visit! But, I digress! Back to the layout....

I created this layout using the Dramatic Fashion design from Close To My Heart's 'Cherish' design book. I also used the Back Country papers that are just perfect for all those outdoor adventures that most of us have no matter what season. The stamp set I used is called 'Backwoods' and goes so well with the Back Country papers. I took the 'Just Be You' saying from an older stamp set called 'Treasures of the Heart' and it is one of my favorites. The cattails are from the 'Beautiful Things' stamp set that I really like as well. Hope you enjoy the layout!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CTMH's Flip Flaps for Interactive Scrapbook Pages

Just wanted to share a great video with you all that comes from a very talented Close To My Heart sister. Tresa Black loves to make videos of projects that she creates using CTMH products and she is too funny. You will totally enjoy this video about using CTMH's Flip Flaps to create interactive scrapbook pages when you have a ton of photos of one subject and want to use them all on your page. Click here to go to her video and enjoy! If her video inspires you to want to create with these fabulous Flip Flaps, go to my website to check them out and let me know if you'd like to get your hands on some for yourself.

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