Monday, December 31, 2012

13 Motivations for the New Year

Lately I have been in a funk (I would rather hide under the covers all day than interact with another human being).  This, unfortunately, is a familiar routine for me because I have suffered from depression for many years.  With help from counselors, medication, and a steady support system I am able to pull out of my funk without letting it completely consume me.  One positive thing about these funks is my ability to reflect on my life.  Out of my most recent funk I have realized that I need to find some long-term motivation; so I have decided to start the new year off right (don't we all decide this?).  To maintain motivation while making improvements to my life I made a list of things (13 to match the year!) that I will focus on throughout the year.  To help me stay motivated I am sharing my list with my support system and you...Here goes!

13 Motivations for 2013

1. Build intimacy in my marriage.  My husband and I have a wonderful marriage and we get along great...I just don't want that to disappear.  I want to maintain and build upon the intimacy that we have.
2. Nourish my spiritual life.  I am much more calmer when I attend church regularly...I need to get back to that!
3. Nurture current relationships.  I have not been the greatest friend lately.  I need to make and spend time with friends and reach out to them more often.
4. Read more.  I am going to read one non-school related book each month.
5. Accept that I will grow old.  This will happen and I need to start taking preventative measures so I age gracefully...this means washing off my makeup every night before bed no matter how tired I am.
6. Get physical. I feel better when I exercise regularly; so why do I always stop once my yoga or piloxing classes are done?
7. Be positive. I am a firm believer in being positive in life and positive things will happen; however, I need to stop dwelling on the negative.  I also, need to stop expecting it.  No one likes a Negative Nelly!
8. Quit holding grudges.  Leave the past in the past; don't stew and simmer on others' shortcomings.  If I can change, so can others, and I need to give them a chance to prove that!
9. Be more stylish. I need to get out of my jeans/t-shirt/sweater uniform!
10. Say yes. Saying no leaves little opportunity to new experiences and adventures.
11. Create. Create something new at least once a month and share it with others.
12. Make the house a home.  I've lived here for almost two is time to move in already!
13. Take care of myself. Relax, eat right, take breaks, and share my feelings.

There it is!  What is your motivation for the new year?

Friday, December 21, 2012

January is National Papercrafting Month

January is National Papercrafting Month and to celebrate Close to my Heart is offering this exclusive Whooo’s Your Valentine kit promotion.  This super cute kit is great for making little treats for all your favorite people.  You can get this sweet kit for only $10.00 (Retail value is $40.00) with any $35.00 purchase...and to sweeten the deal I will be adding a $10.00 gift certificate with the kit
The kit contains the following:
12 - Die-cut Boxes
3 - 12x12 Sheets of Cardstock
1 - Sheet of Silver Glitter Paper (A New Product for 2013)
12 - Treat Tubes with Lids (A New Product for 2013)
1 - My Acrylix® Exclusive Whoo's Your Valentine D-size

This sweet deal is only available until January 31, 2013 or while supplies last! 

Order your kit here today!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Stamp of the Month

Year-Round Cheer - Available December 1 - December 31, 2012

You can get this amazing stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50.00. Add the stamp set to your cart at full retail price ($17.95), or add it during your checkout at the promotional price.

If you are interested in the artwork shown above, please contact me and I can help you select the items used to create it.

Set of 12 stamps. Recommended Blocks: 2"x2" (Y1003)

Purchase yours here today!

Early Christmas

Close to my Heart is giving all scrappers an early Christmas CLEARANCE items.  Again there are plenty of paper packs available for only $2.50.  If you are on Santa's nice list go over to my website and stock up on supplies today!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent Calendar

Here is my completed Advent Calendar.  I love the homey, old-fashion feel to it.  It was super easy to put together thanks to the kit that Close to my Heart provides.

Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar (Contains Stamp Set, Chipboard Shapes, and Display Tray)
Black StazOn® Ink Pad
Artiste Cricut® Cartridge

Order your kit here today!!

Just Breathe

This time of year can be extremely hectic and stressful...that is why it is important to take a few minutes to remember to breathe.  My mother recently shared an article with me from the November issue of Real Simple magazine.  This article gave new meaning to the phrase "just breathe".  I thought  I would share it with everyone, hopefully it will help you slow down and be grateful for your life. 
"How to Say Grace" by Kate Braestrup

Of the skills required of an ordained minister, blessing a meal was the one I had the least aptitude for.  It felt like a predictable ritual, one that did not change my world or improve my work.  I felt that it didn't apply to real life.  But in recent years I have come to see that I was wrong.  A prayer--any prayer, even the simple act of saying grace before dinner--doesn't happen outside life, but helps us more fully enter it.

In order to say grace, you have to stop doing other things.  You have to stop talking, planning, going.  As the Buddhist bumper sticker says, DON'T JUST DO SOMETHING--SIT THERE!

Saying grace invites you to just be present: See the color of the radish in your salad, smell the soap on your hands, notice the texture of the tablecloth, and hear your own, or your own child's, breathing.  Even in as mundane a moment as this, the astonishing richness of human life is laid before you.  If you are safe from danger, sheltered from the elements, and not alone, grace gives you a chance, crucial moment in which to know it.

"OK," you might be saying.  "That sounds very nice, but what am I supposed to say?"  Excellent question.  You may not have to say anything.  It might be enough just to be silent and breathe.

Here's a story I wish I had heard when I was figuring out how to pray.  Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr once told me about a rabbi who explained the Jewish prohibition against speaking or writing the name of God, lest it be taken in vain.  "Many think it's actually impossible to speak or write the true name of God," the rabbi said.  "Because the name of God is the sound of breathing.  Breathing in...breathing out."  Father Richard and the rabbi were quiet for a minute.  They heard themselves breathing.  They heard each other breathing.  And they smiled.

The essence of grace is so uncomplicated: just your breath, moving into your body and flowing out again.  It's the first thing every human being does upon being born, and the last.  There's no correct way to breathe, whether it's in the church, the synagogue, the mosque, or the coffee shop; down the street or across the ocean.

In our time, the moment of silence has become a common code for public prayers.  But silence isn't a mere absence of words, not just the inoffensive ritual of last resort.  The best thing about silent prayer is that it is never actually silent.

During a service, the moment of silence is when the sounds of life take over: Babies and digestive systems gurgle, sinuses tickle and noses sniffle, a faraway dog begins to bark, and an ambulance howls from the street outside the sanctuary.  The moment stretches.  The dog barks again.  Our neighbors in the pews inhale and exhale, saying the true name of God the only way there is to say it.  Amen.

Such moments remind me of when my children were little, and we'd pause during our occasional walks in the woods.  We'd lie down beneath the trees and be still, listening to the leaves shifting and rustling overhead, to the imperious cry of a northern cardinal (WHEE-err-err-WIT WIT WIT).  In the spaces between sounds, we could hear ourselves, and each other, breathing.

As you sit at your dinner table, your inhaled breath can pick up a few words and bring them forth as grace: For the food before us and the friends beside us and the love that surrounds us.  For these thy gifts we are about to enjoy, let us be truly grateful.

A spoken prayer declares aloud what is implicit in the breath: the sacredness of ordinary life and the splendor of ordinary love.  You can say grace before every meal, or only in times of special thanksgiving.  You can use words, or you can sit there without saying anything.

And maybe it won't happen every single time, but it will happen: In some ordinary moment of ordinary prayer, you will experience the extraordinary form of gladness that is indistinguishable from gratitude.

Really gives a whole new meaning to "Just Breathe"...hope you find a moment or two throughout your day to find peace.

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Clearance Items

Close to my Heart just released some new clearance items.  There are paper packs for only $2.50...a deal if I've ever heard of one.  Rush over to my website and stock up while the prices are low!  Supplies will not last long!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Give Thanks Wall Hanging

To start getting ready for Thanksgiving I created this simple wall hanging.  I found the frame for only $3.00 and knew I had to do something with it.
Colonial White Cardstock
 New England Ivy Cardstock
Autumn Terracotta Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Cocoa Exclusive Ink® Stamp Pad
Ponderosa Pine Exclusive Ink® Stamp Pad
Beautiful Friendship My Acrylix® Stamp Set
Universal Backgrounds My Acrylix® Stamp Set
Harvest Happiness My Acrylix® Stamp Set
Flirty  My Reflections® Paper Pack
Moonlight  My Reflections® Paper Pack
Artisite Cricut® Cartridge
You can purchase the supplies I used for this project here.  Or create with your own scraps!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Stamp of the Month

Capture the Date - Available November 1 - November 30, 2012

You can get this amazing stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50.00. Add the stamp set to your cart at full retail price ($17.95), or add it during your checkout at the promotional price.

If you are interested in the artwork shown above, please contact me and I can help you select the items used to create it.

Set of 72 stamps. Recommended Blocks: 1"x1" (Y1000), 2"x2" (Y1003), 2"x3.5" (Y1009)

Purchase yours here today!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Coffin Treat Boxes

Check out these adorable treat boxes that I made using the Cricut® Artiste Cartridge!  They are so easy to put together and are just so darn cute. 

Cricut® Artiste Cartridge
Black Cardstock
Slate Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
All supplies for this project may be purchased here.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day 2012

In honor of World Card Making Day 2012 I put together this little Christmas card.  I used a few scraps (my favorite for cards) and the October Stamp of the Month.  I made it so that the one mitten dangles from the card. 

White Daisy Cardstock
Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
October's My Acrylix® Stamp of the Month: Very Merry Christmas
Cricut® Artiste Cartridge
Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment
Supplies for this card may be purchased here.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Layout

I created this super fun Halloween layout for a recent gathering I hosted.  I think it's super cute!  I used the Cricut® to create all the die-cut embellishments.  I also created the pattern on the slate cardstock using a design stamp from an older Stamp of the Month; I love creating custom designed papers! 

Kraft Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Slate Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Moonlight Paper Pack
Cricut® Artiste Cartridge
Black Exclusive Inks® Marker
Black Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
 Goldrush Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Topiary Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Perfect Fit-Halloween My Acrylix® Stamp Set

You can purchase the supplies for this project here.

October Stamp of the Month

Very Merry Christmas - Available October 1 - October 31, 2012

You can get this amazing stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50.00. Add the stamp set to your cart at full retail price ($17.95), or add it during your checkout at the promotional price.
If you are interested in the artwork shown above, please contact me and I can help you select the items used to create it.
Set of 11 stamps. Recommended Blocks: 1"x3.5" (Y1002), 2"x2" (Y1003), 3"x3 (Y1006),

Click here to order your Very Merry Christmas
 Stamp today!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Celebrating National Stamping Month

I created this card using the My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set.  I encourage everyone to purchase this exclusive stamp set and get to stamping!  The possibilities are endless with this wonderful stamp set.

White Daisy Cardstock
Honey Cardstock
Gypsy Cardstock
Honey Exclusive Ink®
Pacifica Exclusive Ink®
Gypsy Exclusive Ink®
Cranberry Exclusive Ink®
My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set
3-D Foam Tape
Tombow® Adhesive
All supplies for this project can be purchased here.

La Belle Vie Favor Bag

I created this favor bag as a hostess gift for my Close to my Heart gatherings.  I was able to place a small sized stamp inside to say thanks to my hostess.  Using the Cricut® Artiste Cartridge made this project simple.  I used the scraps from my larger cut for the embellished stripe on the bottom of the bag.  I was also able to use the exclusive stamp set that Close to my Heart is offering in celebration of National Stamping Month.

La Belle Vie Paper Packet
White Daisy Cardstock
Cricut® Artiste Cartridge
My Acrylix® It’s Your Day Double Stamp Set
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Natural Hemp
Tombow® Adhesive
Supplies for this project can be purchased here.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Stamp of the Month

Fall Favorites - Available September 1 - September 30, 2012
You can get this amazing stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50.00. Add the stamp set to your cart at full retail price ($17.95), or add it during your checkout at the promotional price.
If you are interested in the artwork shown above, please contact me and I can help you select the items used to create it.
Set of 5 stamps. Recommended Blocks: 2"x2" (Y1003), 2"x3 1/2" (Y1009), 4"x5" (Y1012)

Click here to order your Fall Favorites Stamp today!!

Thank You Card

Here I go again using scraps to create a card!  This card I ended up sending to my in-laws.  I cut out the shapes for the "flowers" using my Cricut® and cut some of them in half to create a design.

White Daisy Cardstock
Cocoa Exclusive Ink® Stamp Pad
Pacifica Exclusive Ink® Stamp Pad
Honey Exclusive Ink® Stamp Pad
C-size Stamp Set from Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Kit
My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp
Cricut® Artiste Cartridge
3-D Foam Tape
Tombow® Adhesive

All supplies for this card can be purchased here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Friendship Card

I created this card for one of my best friends, Crystal, for her birthday last week.  I used some small scraps that I had lying around to create one of a kind designed papers.

Using background and flair stamps allows you to create customized background papers for cards, layouts, and more. 

One of the great benefits to the My Acrylix® stamps is that they are flexible, this great feature allowed me to capture just the word "friend" on the front of my card.

White Daisy Cardstock
Assorted Paper Scraps
My Acrylix® Diverse Background Stamp Set
My Acrylix® Love Life Stamp Set
My Acrylix® Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set
Exclusive Ink® Cocoa Stamp Pad
Exclusive Ink® Outdoor Denim Stamp Pad
Exclusive Ink® Pacifica Stamp Pad
Durable Round Stud in Antiqued Gold
Tombow® Adhesive
All supplies for this card can be purchased here.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

National Stamping Month

To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, Close to my Heart is bringing back their popular double stamp set promotion! You can get the exclusive, new My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes nearly 50 trendy images that make it easy to capture the everyday moments in your life. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have twice the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new, exclusive It’s Your Day double stamp set!
Contact me today to celebrate National Stamping Month and to order this special stamp set!