LOAD #4

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Here is my 4th LOAD challenge. The goal was to incorporate squares in the LO…thank goodness for CTMH preprinted pages! I only had 1/2 to get this done and I finished with time to spare, which was really good because my card reader flaked out on me and I had to restart my computer.

I gave a card workshop to a great group of ladies tonight. It was a prize in a charity auction to support the drama club!

Exercise Update–due to the workshop, I didn’t have time to work out tonight, but Kristina and I did take a long walk around the school this morning during planning.


LOAD #3

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Wow! I was cutting it close tonight. I spent the whole evening getting ready for a card workshop I’m giving tomorrow. It wasn’t until 10:20pm that I realized I hadn’t done a LO yet. Thank goodness for CTMH level 1 kits! I used the Unforgettable kit with a little stamping using Comments (I LOVE this new stamp set!). I didn’t plan out my journaling, so I ended up going on a bit of an anti-smoking rant…LOL! Now I’m going to bed!


National Scrapbooking Day Mystery Hostess Winner!

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LOAD #2

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I had a great National Scrapbooking Day! Five great women came over and did some make-n-takes and browsed through the new Idea Book. It was a lot of fun, but I’m really tired. I cleaned up the make-n-take area before dinner, but I’m leaving the rest of it until tomorrow. 🙂 I did finish my LO for today…thank goodness most of it was complete and all I had to do was add the embellishments and journaling. These photos are really bad, so I’ll have to retake them before uploading them to my CTMH website. I just wanted to get them up here for the LOAD challenge.


LOAD #1

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Well, as bad as I feel right now–splitting headache–I am happy to have my first layout uploaded for the May LOAD challenge. This is the first page of CTMH’s new Moon Doggie Workshop on the Go. I absolutely love these papers and can’t wait to use the rest of the packet with my Disney Cruise photos. I’m also very thankful that we went to Mexico last year and not this year! I was home all day, so I spent much more time on this LO than I will on most of my other LOAD pages. The 2nd page is almost finished; I just need to add the final embellishments and journaling tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to the big National Scrapbooking Day extravaganza at my house tomorrow! I still have a lot to do to get ready…I better get to it!


Amazing Week

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I can’t believe it has been a week since I last posted! It has been a very full week, so I’ll try to be brief. Alas, I did not meet all of my creativity challenges. I was able to finish my second card for the CTMH unit swap today. It is a direct scraplift of the Just Right card from Jeanette Lynton’s blog. The sketch is from the new Wishes book; I can’t wait to get it! I used the following new products which will be available to order on May 1st: Sweet Baby (C1359), Comments (D1359), and Animal Cookies Creative Basics (X5807).

I didn’t complete all of my creativity challenges because I was so busy this week. I wasn’t able to work on the Tickled Pink kit, but I did get my photos printed. So, I inadvertently finished the two page kits! Those will be my first two LOs for the LOAD challenge in May. I must finish them for my big party on Saturday!

I celebrated my birthday on Friday! My friends and husband made it a very special day. Several of my friends came over to scrapbook on Saturday, so I feel like I had two birthdays this year! I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life!


I completed my first creativity challenge!

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Woo hoo! I finished my swap card. It may not look like much, but it took a lot more time than I thought it would. I’ll put 34 of these in the morning mail.

So, this is a little sneak peek from the new CTMH Idea Book that is being launched on May 1st. This is the Animal Cookies Creative Basics paper. It is so cute. I used the new stamp set Sweet Baby everything but the “UR” which is from the Be True stamp set.

I’m not a card maker, so this was my second attempt at a card for the swap. My first attempt was a total reject! LOL! I’m showing it here simply so you can see the back of the patterned paper. The back of the small flower print is Clover Meadow. I really like the color combination in these papers.

Okay, I’m off to set my creativity challenge for the week.


Bye-bye Unforgettable…Hello new product!

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I made a valiant effort to use the entire Unforgettable level 2 pack, but I still have 4 full sheets of paper and tons of scraps to use. Alas, my new product has arrived, so I’m packing up Unforgettable in order to work on my swap cards. You may not hear from me for a couple days, but make sure you check back this weekend to see a sneak-peek from the new Idea Book! This cute card folio was inspired by a Wonderfully Whimsy tutorial!

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday Week 82 sketch. I’m not much of a card maker, but I can see that these sketch challenges will help me improve, so I think I may start doing more challenges! Here is the sketch:


I’m Tickled Pink!

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Woo hoo! Happy day! My eliptical was finally fixed today, so I get to work out as soon as I’m done posting this message. My CTMH order also arrived with the new Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit which went on sale today! The kit comes with instructions for two double-page spreads, so I’ll post them as soon as I finish the layouts.

The Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit, created exclusively to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, is available TODAY through the end of May. As always, you may purchase it at retail or earn it FREE! There are three ways to get it for FREE–make a qualifying purchase, have qualifying Home Gathering sales, or enroll as a new Consultant in May!

One more very cool bit of CTMH news before I go exercise and then play with my new product (so much for doing school work tonight!)…to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart is sponsoring a contest that anyone can enter at the Scrapbook and Share blog! You have a chance of winning $150 in CTMH products, so click on the link and check out this contest!


Talk About Unforgettable!

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So, I spent the afternoon finishing up the Unforgettable Workshop on the Go. I usually don’t give myself enough time to make the cards, so I was determined to do it this time. I ended up making two of each and still had a ton of product left over from the workshop kit!

I’m always amazed at how many layouts, cards, and projects can come out of one level 2 paper pack. A part of me wants my challenge for this week to be to use up the rest of the pack, but I have a swap that is due soon, so that needs to be my challenge. I guess I’ll make using up the rest of my Unforgettable kit a secondary challenge while I wait for my order to arrive!


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