Thursday, June 30, 2011

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: American Celebration

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring June's Stamp of the Month, which is "D1458 American Celebration" a fun set of stamps featuring images for celebrations including Independence Day.

If you have come here from Michelle's blog, you are on the right path! When you reach the end of my post you will continue hopping along from the link posted for you.

We have another amazing group of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. Hopping along with us is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Project Supplies:
Stamps: D1458 American Celebration, July's Stamp of the Month
Paper: X7137B Lucky Level 2 Paper Packet
Cardstock: Desert Sand and White Daisy
Inks:  Cranberry, Honey, and Outdoor Denim
Embellishments: Cranberry grosgrain ribbon and Lucky Level 2 My Stickease
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Circle Punch, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge Tool, 3-D FoamTape, and Glue Dots

Now hop on over to Tammy's blog to see her lovely addition to our hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to see some more great artwork!

Don't forget to take advantage of the great July campaign, "Bang for Your Buck." Simply put, when you make a minimum purchase of $50 from the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book, you can add a bonus item for just $1. Choose from five items, each valued at $8.95 or more (limit one bonus item per qualifying order). To qualify for this promotion, items purchased must be from the Spring/Summer Idea Book. This campaign is a great way to stock up on items from the current Idea Book before the Autumn/Winter Idea Book goes live on August 1. For more details, head over to my website and get your big "Bang for Your Buck!"  Click on the link:

Here is a list of those featured bonus items:
X5811 Creative Basics® Mistletoe
X5807 Creative Basics® Animal Cookies
X8624 My Originals® Bits & Pieces Card Kit
X8622 My Originals® It’s Your Day Card Kit
X8623 My Originals® Around the Holidays Card Kit

You are just going to love the bang!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gearing up

So much to do yet and the time is dwindling as we get ready for another great summer vacation! I think all of the reservations are made, itinerary is set, and the packing is in full swing.

This afternoon, hubby and I were out running those important, last minute errands. One of our stops was our friendly Verizon store to check on our coverage while in Canada for part of our trip.  What started out as a quick visit for some information turned into a two-hour adventure that included a new Droid for someone and ended with a new Samsung Galaxy Tab for someone else.  Well, let me tell you, I am so excited to have these little gems with us on the road!

Here is what this certain someone has been playing with this evening:

Now, I imagine this might be blase and old hat for some of you, but I am a creature habit who often balks at change.  That is part of why only one of us left the store with a Droid.  I insist on having a keyboard that is not just touchscreen for my phone use.  LOL 

However, for someone who loves to read voraciously like I do, I have often considered if I could go the way of the Kindle and other such reading devices.  Well, when I saw all the features that this little gadget had to offer, I was over the moon!  Add to that they gave us a great deal too!  I am ready to load up the books and I am good to go on vacation.  Who needs anything more???

I would also like to share another of Rebekah's pretty card creations.  This is one of the 20 or so Thank You cards she has made so far to send out to says "Thanks" for her graduation gifts:

It's been a real treat to see her take such pride in her cardmaking.  She is a talented artist in other areas, but has not been into my passion for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  However, lately she has really been excited about her cards.  Gotta love that!

Other than the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop post in a few days, my blog will be pretty quiet during vacation time.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Check out this great video!

In case you haven't heard me say it before, or least recently, I love to teach scrapbooking and stamping to some wonderful friends that I have met as a consultant with Close to My Heart, the most amazing scrapbooking and stamping company in the industry.  Being a part of such a supportive company has so many benefits.  For example, I have a wealth of educational tools at my fingertips. I wanted to share one of many great tools with you today.

This well-done video is posted on You Tube, and is titled, "Creativity with Trees & Things Stamp Set." Click to learn some great tips to use with a great stamp set from Close to My Heart:

If you love what you have seen here, please check out my website at:

P.S. The weekend is nearly here!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Day at the Farm

We enjoyed a beautiful day at dear hubby's family farm visiting with his brother and their family who we get to see about once a year. Here are a few pics of the family fun time:

What a great day with family!

Here is a little peek at what has been keeping our new graduate busy:

Rebekah has been trying her hand at some cardmaking to give to her fellow graduates as well as for her Thank You cards too.  She's pretty pleased with her efforts too.

Wishing you a great Wednesday!

Monday, June 6, 2011

The New Grad

A big weekend on the homefront with our oldest daughter's high school graduation. We had beautiful weather for both the open house and for the graduation ceremony too. Family came from the north and the south and Rebekah's dear friends made her day extra special too.

Here is a glimpse at the festivities:

This last photo is the happiness of freedom!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

You & Me: Stronger Together

Amazing news was announced today from Close to My Heart! During the month of June, the “You & Me: Stronger Together” Storm Survivor Benefit Campaign will be available to help support relief efforts here in the United States. Below is the information shared by the folks in the Corporate Office:

"Many have asked us if there is something we could do to support those affected by recent severe weather in the US, and we’ve also had requests to extend the availability of the You & Me scrapbooking kit offered during the month of May. We’ve combined those two aims into a single campaign called You & Me: Stronger Together, to raise funds for the survivors of the severe storms that have pummeled the Midwest and Southern states.

Severe flooding, tornadoes, and storms have affected the lives of thousands across the United States, but together we can make a difference.  With the You & Me kit, you’ll create two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included instructions, papers, D-size stamp set, and accessories. At only $15, this kit is more than 50% off the retail price. You’ll win by getting the kit at a phenomenal price, and those in the weather-devastated regions will benefit from your charitable contribution. Together we can make a difference; together we are stronger! Offer valid June 1–30, 2011, or while supplies last. No qualifying purchase required. Tax and shipping/handling charges apply.

During the month of June, order a You & Me kit for only $15 US (a retail value of $34.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations. Simply use item number CC1012B to place your order for this sensational kit and help those in need at the same time.

Here is what the kit includes:

The You & Me: Stronger Together campaign will continue until June 30 at 11:59 pm (MDT) or while supplies last. Please note that supplies are very limited and we expect a quick sellout, so we will make every effort to keep the inventory availability gauge up-to-date. On the heels of a very successful Hope for Japan benefit campaign, we look forward to the success of this effort!"

So, please, if you would like to help the disaster relief efforts AND also receive a beautiful scrapbooking kit at a great savings, head over to my website to make a difference today!

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