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My First Christmas Card!

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I just got home from a long four day weekend retreat. I love getting away with my scrappin buddies with nothing to do other than fellowship, eat, and crop. I didn't get a lot done. I rarely do. I know a lot of gals that are organized, prepared, and make tons of pages. Not me. I love to go and if I get something made that's fine. If not, that is fine too. I did get a few things checked off my small list. I linked all of my Cricut cartridges to my new Explore, I worked on a pennant frame for my oldest Grand, I made a card for my Design Team The Fruit of My Hands, and worked on two projects for my upcoming class next weekend.
My main focus for this card was using the Memory Box Cabrini Ornament Die. I used the Pink Paislee Merry & Bright paper collection, along with a little bit of paper piecing using some off white, green, and black papers from my stash for the die ornament. To finish the card I added a piece of black and cream twine, a random stamp, and some clear Wink of …

It's time to go "Back to School!"

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Well, I finally decided to jump head first into starting back with my Close To My Heart scrapbooking class. When I lived in Alabama I held my class each week, but I am just too busy now with my Grands to even consider that. Once a month will have to be my new schedule. I had my first workshop on August 31st and had five ladies attending with an additional four kits ordered. I was tickled and excited! For my first class I used the Close To My Heart's  "Chalk It Up" collection for a "Back to School" two page layout. I know the trend is to use one to two pictures per page, but our family takes tons of pictures and I am tired of only viewing them on my computer. I created my class layout to make the most out of using a large number of pictures.


I had a hard time trying to get a good picture of both pages. I normally use Picasa for my photo editing, but it crashed while we were at the beach in June. Until I either get a new computer or figure out how the crash happe…

Projects From Years Past & My First Card I Ever Made.....

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Wow...my poor neglected blog. Sitting here tonight drinking way too much sweet tea.....tea that between the sugar and caffeine you cannot possibly go to sleep! So I am cleaning things off my computer. I have had computer issues since we went to the beach. Some days it seems better, but like tonight it is sad. I actually have two computer issues... I let two six years old have their hands on it for a week while on vacation. Dumb me. Who would have thought they would find so much to click on instead of their online games? The other thing is my computers memory is maxed out...totally. I have maybe 5% left and keep forgetting to use my new external hard drive. We both have memory problems! lol

Anyway..cleaning out things as I go and found an old scrap booking site I used to frequent all the time. Way before Pinterst. I had a blast looking at my old projects. Back then I was a huge scrapper and was not doing cards...faint..faint! Anyway, I thought I would post a hand full of my old pages a…

Fruits, Veggies, and Water

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I am looking through several posts on my Facebook page tonight and found this YouTube video by Aktuelles aus der Kartenwerkstatt. Today is my first day on Weight Watchers and of course all I can think about is food that I cannot have. Trying to keep my mind occupied with scrapbooking. The first two weeks of a diet are the worst. Oh the cravings! Okay I digress......I am not really a "flower" user on my pages or cards, but I love this white, blue, and gray one and the pretty floral pattern flower shown in her video. Just beautiful flowers. My friend Cathy will love these. Both of us are Close To My Heart consultants and we sell and promote the Cricut cartridges. I know we have these images on one of our three cartridges without using or buying a new die. The cool thing is we can make them any size we wish using the cartridge. No limit on the size. I can already image these in many sizes and using several vintage pattern papers and attaching them on an old wooden picture fram…

New catalog changes with Close To My Heart

Close To My Heart has just announced exciting new changes regarding our catalog. I posted them earlier on my Facebook Close To My Heartpage, but thought I would share it here too. 

Great news everyone!Close To My Heart is changing their catalog format. Effective August 2014 we will go to a "yearly catalog" instead of a bi-annual catalog. I love this new change and will be looking forward to having it in my inky little fingers this fall! The new catalog will have a finished size of 8 1/2" x 11", have 192 pages of new and creative awesomeness, and will also have a new name. With this new release, Close To My Heartwill be calling their annual catalogs "Annual Inspirations". The new roll out will start in August 2014 and will be current through August 2015! Our new catalog will also offer twelve brand new "Stamp of the Month" stamp sets and nine new, delicious paper collections with cordinating accessories! Want some more great news? We will also be …

My Most Popular Post Challenge

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I was challenged to repeat a post of mine that received the most views and to mention the number of views it received. My most viewed post was from my Anniversary mini album that I posted in September for the Flamingo Scraps Blog. It received a total of 144 views. Thanks everyone!! I have included this post from September 24, 2013 below. Now, I am going to challenge Cathy Derouche to post her most popular post!



                                Happy Anniversary To Me It's hard to believe, but tomorrow I will be married for thirty-seven years. Thirty-seven wonderful years with my one and only. I met Rick when we both worked at JC Penney. Honest to God, the very first time I saw him, I told one of my friends, that also worked there, that he would be my future husband. Rick would come over to my department at the end of the evening and make small talk . One day he hung around after we closed and said "When are you going to go out with me?" and I responded "When are you …

Valentine Card

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Last night I was going through my blog, intent on cleaning things up. Earlier I found a couple blog entries that were pending to be posted. One of them was for the Cuttin and Stampin Design Team I was on in 2013. I found this cute Valentine card I created in December. It was made using the "Love Struck" Paper Smooches Stamp set. You can buy these stamps and other scrapping items here in the Cuttin and Stampin online store. My card base is my favorite, a top fold card using "Naturals White" card stock from Stampin Up and VersaFine Onyx Black from Tsukineko, my favorite go to black ink for stamping. Enjoy!!


Happy Scrappin.............Cheryl

George's Penguin Valentine Card Box

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Okay...two Valentine Card Boxes are now history. One for Madison and another for George. So sad that Alex's school no longer have Holiday parties. These young years pass way too fast. Who would think I have a thirty four and thirty year old? Where have the years gone? With George's box, it was done the same way as Madison's. I covered a garbage bag box I was given with black paper and went from there. I am not sure which one I like better the Penguin or the Owl. You can see the Owl here on my blog in an earlier post. Enjoy!









Happy Scrappin.........Cheryl


Madison's Valentine Card Box

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My daughter brought over a shoe box this weekend and asked that I make my five year old Grand, Madison a Valentine Card Box for her party at school this Friday. Actually she brought over two. One was for Madison's best friend George. It has been years since I have had to make one of these, but if it involves paper, inks, and glue and I am all over it! Here is the first box I made. I am just now starting on George's. This was a lot of fun to make. I am sooo thankful and blessed to live close to my family once again. Enjoy!



I started off with a cut flowered shoe box. It was so cute already, I hate to cover it up

Added a few layers of border cut dies

Added a layer inside the box to make it all pretty for when the box was opened. Added a heart punch for the nose. I covered a foam heart with paper, cut it in half and used it for the wings with a little bling to the wings, Not sure if an owl has blue eyes or not. but this ones does. 

I totally messed up on the eye lashes. I had the …