Saturday, January 26, 2013

Studio J

Want to get your Christmas pictures off your camera and scrapped? It's easy to do at your own pace, in the privacy of your own home. Using our free Close To My Heart Design Software, with just a few clicks, you can have a whole album completed. Here is a recent video from CTMH showing you how easy it is!

Friday, January 25, 2013


My new Texas scrappin buddy Danna just emailing me saying I won one of the new 2013 CHA prizes over at The Little Blue House here in Keller. I couldn't believe it. I rushed over to their blog and there was my name. Yippee! I won a new Tim Holtz stamp set! Oh boy...oh boy! I was just telling Cathy, my friend in Maine, that I never win anything and she said "enter, enter, and enter." Gosh.....looks like I know where I will be going tomorrow in between visiting the Rubber Stamp Show in Mesquite and then attending my local crop here in Hurst. Oh man....I am tickled pink! Thank you Tracy!!

Less Is More

"Less is More" is what my good friend Kathy always says, and slowly I am getting to be a believer. There are many yardsale groups on Facebook and Kathy's Alabama based selling group is called Scappers Swap Shop. I have always had a love affair for all scrapbooking, stamps, and card making items, but as I have gotten older, I have become impatient with the distraction of stuff everywhere. The multiple piles all around my feet from my many ongoing projects. My desk, bookshelves, drawers, and cabinets are overflowing with yummy scrappin stuff. Most of the mess is because I have never learned how to put anything back when I am done with it. LOL But, the time has come for a major change. I don't know how many pieces of paper I own, but I spent all day today pulling, coordinating, taking pics, and then posting papers for sale. Initially I was taking pictures of both the front and backs of the papers, but after a few hours, it didn't take long to figure out that I would be here much longer by doing that. Even working for almost ten hours in here today, I only made a small dent in my paper collection. One thing that was very surprising to me, was being able to let it go. I have been a hoarder of paper for many years. Honestly once I got started, it didn't hurt that bad at all. I have plans of working on it a little each day until no more piles and no need for several bookcases and cabinets in my overcrowded craft room. In the end I am hoping to reward myself with one of the nice, uncluttered, spacious bookshelves and desks from Ikea. We have a store not too far from us in Fort Worth. This would make a great Mother's Day gift!

This is what ten hours of long, tiring work will do for you. I sure could use a nice neck massage!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Adding Links

Okay...I have wondered and wondered how everyone adds a "link" to their blogs. You see them all the time and I have attempted to figure it all out, but batting zero so far. Tonight I talked with my sweet friend Cathy in Maine and she tried her best over the phone to help me figure this out. Along the way she also gave me some tips on updating my blog too. Sooooo I am in the middle of playing with all of this, when I really need to be going thru tons of scrapbook paper that I just don't have room for and need to get it sold on Facebook.

                I am soooo OCD. Sorting all of my papers by companies in alphabetical order!
Nutty I know!  But I just LOVE paper, It has to be my most favorite thing to buy, that and ribbon.

These few neat pics might make you think my scrapbook room is finally all tidy and organized, but don't be fooled! I have plenty of piles all around to remind me that I need to get off here and get cleaning. Okay, one minute more to tinker on here to try and absorb everything Cathy just told me before I go to bed and then "poof" it all disappears from my tired brain. Hoping this will work for me!  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Audrey!

My oldest sisters birthday is on the 15th. For many years growing up, I was so jealous that Audrey was the "oldest' and that her birthday was in January. She was so lucky to celebrate her birthday first before any of us. I had to wait until July before I could blow the candles out. All I can say now is, be careful of what you ask for. Now I am so thankful to not be the oldest and to also have more months to not hear that I am over the hill! This is a card I made for her tonight. I am not 100% happy with it, but after working on it for several hours tonight, I am too tired to know what it is I don't like. I will sleep on it and look at it again in the morning. I am hoping I love it in the morning.
                                                      "Happy Birthday Audrey!"
                                      Trying to get everything I might need in one place
                                                      My most favorite paper punch
I always keep a fresh baby wipe or two on my desk. When I am finished with a stamp and don't want to take the time to clean it, I will lay the stamp facedown on the baby wipe. It will keep the stamps moist in order to make the cleaning afterwards much easier.
 I thought this stamp was so pretty when I bought it last month, but I found out tonight that it is almost too large to use on a regular sized card
               I hope she likes her card. Going out in the mail tomorrow. We will soon find out.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Triple Time Stamping

Okay..I found a card that I love making. Would someone please get me off this three layered kick? These cards are so easy to make and I love the finished effect of the card. Makes it look like there is more to the card than there is....I like that! Anyway here are my two cards. The thank you card was for everyone that placed a Close To My Heart order with me in December and the Happy Birthday card was going to be for my sister, but decided I would make a small handfull for my Mom instead. She was just in the hospital......again, and made the comment that she missed sending out a few birthday cards being away from home. I still have a few more ideas before I am done with making this card. The only downside of it, is the card taking a lot more paper than a normal layered card, but it sure is worth it. this card. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Love This Card!

I just love this pretty card. I am a huge card fan. It can be a very basic, simple card or one with lot's of nice layers. You just know when you like something and I love this one. One of my friends said something a year or so ago and I have never forgotten. She said she likes lot's of layers on her cards like she does on her bed. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 3, 2013


It was on the news yesterday that the Alabama Crimson Tide football team landed in Miami for our game scheduled for Monday night. A lot of excitement and money riding on this last college game of the 2012 football year. Alabama VS Dotre Dame. I have always liked and pulled for ND, but not this game. Pulling for my Bama boys in their crimson and white. I am not a huge sports fan, but I love college football. More specific, Alabama Football. Can I get a big ROLL TIDE ROLL! Bust em Bama!


Yikes...How Do I Use This?

My husband just bought me a new Nikon for Christmas. I didn't ask for a new camera, but it has been something he has wanted to get me for a long time. I remember when our oldest daughter was born, we couldn't afford even a cheap camera. Other than her monthly pics at JCP the first year, we don't have that many of her until she was around two. My youngest daughter played basketball in High School and I took dozens and dozens of pics of action pictures of her in the gym. I spent a small fortune on buying and developing 35mm film. Always hoping for a great shot, but I only have a small handfull that are clear and bright. Most are dark or blurry. Very disappointing. Both daughters played softball in high school and thank goodness they played outside in the sun. I have tons of nice softball pics. My only complaint is the zoom factor back then on my camera. Not much of one, but over the last ten years cameras have come a long way. I have several in my collection to prove it. LOL My last one I bought has an amazing 30X optimal zoom. I have some really great pics using this camera, but......a lot of blurry ones too. If the lighting is not so-so you end up with a lot of blurry pictures. Anyway, Christmas morning I opened up the most amazing camera and cried like a baby, thinking about all of the pics I would have if I had had this beauty years ago. But...I am very thankful I have it now and with two sweet Grands living within five miles of us, I can have a field day taking pics. My husband also signed me up for some classes for the camera. I am really looking forward to them. Who had time to read a manual?

Happy Scrappin & Card Making!! Cheryl