Thursday, October 29, 2009

Advent Calendar

I must admit that Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love to decorate our home from top to bottom! My husband Tedd teases me that if I continue to collect so many decorations that our entire 3rd floor attic will be filled to the max. I'm not sure why I love the Christmas season so much, but I can remember even as a child the excitement I would feel as we began to transform our home into a Christmas wonderland. That excitement has rubbed off on my kids who also love to decorate their rooms and every available surface with glitter, ribbons, and bows, and the occasional John Deere tractor!

Even though decorating for Christmas can be a great activity, I sometimes find that the true meaning of Christmas can get lost in all the activities, decorations, gifts and just craziness of the season. To try and help myself and my children get centered on the GIFT of JESUS this holiday, I created an adorable Advent calendar using Close To My Heart's My Creations Artboard, Jingle paper pack & round tins. I plan to fill the tins with small candies, and a little note with a meaningful Bible verse and special activity we can do together each day.

Isn't the calendar so cute? I even love that it becomes an instant Christmas decoration while being a great memory and Tradition Maker with the family.I plan to display my Advent calendar on an easel, but you can also hang it on the wall with a nail.

If you'd like to make an Advent calendar of your own I have a workshop coming up on:

Thursday, November 12th

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost is just $30

Please RSVP to me by Wednesday, November 4th so I have enough time to order the supplies. If you cannot attend the workshop you can also order a kit with instructions and you can create one on your own time and even enlist the help of your kids if you'd like. I would also love to do a special Advent calendar workshop for you and your friends on a date you choose, so contact me today and we can arrange a time that would work for you!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Marble Inking

Do you remember in art class back in Elementary school when we took a pie tin, black ink from a pen, some paper, and a marble or two and created a work of art? I do and am so happy that we can do that technique again only with updated products and fun stamps. I created this cute card today to use for a Home Gathering I have this weekend and want to thank fellow consultant Margi Gilbertson for the great idea!

I know many of you can remember doing this fun technique back in school, but might want to re-create it now that you're older! So gather the following supplies and you can make your very own "Happy Halloween" marble inking card.
  • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" White Daisy CS folded in half for card base
  • 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" Sorbet dots paper from "Twitterpated"
  • 3/4"x 4 1/4" Olive Cardstock
  • 2 1/2" x 3 1/2 " White Daisy CS
  • 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" Olive CS
  • C1374 Spellbound Stamps
  • C1324 Spooky Smiles stamps
  • Black Bitty Brads
  • Olive Big Brads
  • Black Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Sorbet Ink Pad
  • Olive Ink pad
  • Black Ink Pad
  • Paper piercer & mat
  • Edge Distresser
  • White Delta Ceramcoat paint
  • 2-3 marbles
  • Plastic container
  • Tweezers
Attach your black piece of cardstock to the bottom of plastic container with temporary adhesive. Mix a small amount of white Ceremcoat paint in small container with water. Drop the marbles in with the paint and use tweezers to pick them up and place in container with Black Cardstock. Tilt the container back and forth until Black cardstock is marbled and has web-like appearance. Remove cardstock from container and set-aside to dry.

Stamp pumpkin with Sorbet, pumpkin face, fence, tree, and bat with Black and Stem & Vine with Olive on White Daisy cardstock. Edge distress the Olive cardstock pieces, and ink distress the Sorbet Dots paper with Black ink. Attach stamped White Daisy piece to Olive CS and attach 2 black bitty brads for eyes, and 1 large Olive brad through Black ribbon. Finish assembling card, and stamp "Happy Halloween" on front of the card. Send the card to someone who needs some encouragement to their day or keep it for yourself. ENJOY!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Boo Crew

I just loved this layout that my friend and fellow consultant Carol Schmidt created that I had to create one for myself and share it with you all. I think you will agree that this layout is so cute and clever. The title strip "Boo Crew" is created using our Dimensional Elements and some sandpaper, and if you attend my 2009 Year of Layouts workshop you will learn how to make the title and will even create this layout for yourself. Even better, you will create 2 other layouts that would be great to showcase your pictures from this Fall and Christmas season.

When: Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Time: 6 Pm-9 PM
Where: at my house in Oshkosh
Cost: Just $15 for six 12"x12" pages (what a great deal)

Please contact me at to reserve a spot and don't wait too long as this class fills-up very quickly! If you can't attend the workshop night I will stamp up your layouts for just an additional $3 and your hands don't even need to get inky (unless you ink distress when you put them together!!!)

Close To My Heart products used: Beware Stamp set (D1381), Spellbound stamps (C1374), Smokey Plum cardstock (1291), Goldrush Cardstock (1243), Black Cardstock (1386), Black ink pad (Z2105), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Liquid Glass (z679), 3-D foam tape (Z1151), Black Embossing powder (Z670)Sanding Kit (Z1294), Versamark Ink pad (Z891), Dimensional Monograms B,O,C,R,E,W.

It's beginning to look a lot like...

The weather is starting to get cooler and the wind is blowing and though it's not looking quite like Christmas yet, in just a few months Christmas will be here. If you're anything like me, you have great intentions to be organized and get a head start on all those Christmas preparations, but always find yourself scrambling to get everything done in that last week! I tell myself every year that I am going to start earlier and with an organized plan, but the craziness of life creeps in and I struggle to enjoy the Holiday Season.

If this sounds at all like your life during the Holidays, I invite you to come along with me in the next two month's and create some special keepsakes, cards, scrapbook layouts, and even a great gift or two. Hopefully by taking a little time now, we can all avoid the craziness and madness that comes with Christmas, and enjoy our families and friends and focus on the real reason for the season. JESUS!

Keep tuning in to my blog over the next week and you will see all the amazing projects I've been creating over the last few weeks to help you and myself get a jump start on Christmas this year. The first workshop that I want to tell you about is my Christmas Cards Workshop and thanks to Carol and Nona who supplied some great creative inspiration I made these 5 adorable cards this last week!

This year I invite you to make some cards with me that will guarantee to have everyone asking you how you created such beautiful and unique cards. You will create 4 of each of the five designs for a total of 20 cards, and you have the option to create more cards in multiples of 10. The cards feature all Close to My Heart products and also include matching envelopes.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Place: My house in Oshkosh
Cost: $20 for 20 cards, and $10 for each additional 10 cards

To sign-up to attend the class please call me at (920) 232 0832 or email me at by Wednesday, October 21st. 2009.

And as an early Christmas gift I would be happy to stamp up a card kit for you at no additional charge in case you cannot attend my workshop date! Just contact me by the 21st so I can make sure to have enough paper cut and supplies on hand.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


This month I am really enjoying my Cherish scrapbook clubs as we create some really cute pages using one of Close to My Heart's newest paper packs "Twitterpated." I can't wait for the leaves to start falling off the trees and I can get my kids outside and take some pictures of them jumping in the leaves. I know that the beautiful colors of Sorbet, Sweet Leaf and Chocolate will be the perfect complement to my fall photos.

I also just love the cute mushrooms on the Dimensional Element buttons and Stickease, which help make my layouts extra special. The mushrooms kind of remind me of the Holly Hobby dolls I used to play with as a young girl. If you are too young to remember those cute dolls, then I am really feeling old today and don't tell me. O.K. Anyways, no matter how old or young we are we can have fun creating one of a kind layouts with fun and unique embellishments.

If you are interested in trying out one of my Cherish scrapbook clubs and creating your own six 12" x 12" pages, please contact me and we'll see what class might work for you. We meet monthly in either my home or in one of the group members homes and enjoy a creative night out with friends while we learn new techniques and create some beautiful pages that can help you capture those treasured moments.

Close to My Heart products used: Twitterpated Level 2 paper packet (X7118B) Twitterpated Stickease (X7118C), Dimensional Elements In Color Buttons (Z1230), Natural Hemp (Z280), Chocolate Collection Ribbon (Z1127), Hello There stamp set, Chocolate Ink pad (Z2111), Sweet Leaf Ink Pad (Z2153), Sorbet Ink Pad (Z2164), Liquid Glass (Z679), Basic Brad Assortment (Z1218), Foam tools (Z1090)
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