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Welcome to my little corner in the world of papercrafting! About a year ago I became an independent Close to My Heart consultant,and thought this would be a great way to share my art. Most of my ideas are inspired by my wonderful family and friends. I'd like to dedicate this blog to them for their priceless friendships and memories.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Amore"December CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hi bloggers,if you are coming from
 Helen Onulak's blog you are on the right trail.  I had to bow out this month,but will be back in January.  Now hop on over to Jenifer Benner's blog.  Happy Holidays!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

And so it begins....another holiday season is upon us. Time to think about making Christmas cards,you can never start too early!  I ordered my first set of Copic Markers a few weeks ago and finally got a chance to play with them today.  This card is made with a 6x6 base using all Close to My Heart Products with the exception of the markers and Cuttlebug embossing folder. The cardstock used was Gypsy,Lagoon,and White Daisy. I also used the CTMH stamp set "All Decked Out",gypsy ink and stardust glitter glue to embellish.  The snow layers are distressed with sky ink pad.  This is my first attempt with the markers,so hope to show improvement each time I post a card for you:)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop " A Little Thanks"

Welcome blog hoppers! If you are coming from Wanda Riley's blog,you are on your way to more artwork. This moth's CTMH Stamp of the Month is "A Little Thanks" D1444.
This 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 card was made using Olivia Level 2 paper packet X7128B,Shimmer Designer Brads Z1349,Spring "Just Blooms" Z1266,and a Barn Red Ink Pad Z2104.

Here in Pa,we have a lot to be thankful for with the beautiful foliage this time of year. As a matter of fact,that was my inspiration for the card I made. I just love this versatile stamp set and hope you have enjoyed stopping by! Now hop on over to
Carol Harris's blog to see what she has created for you:)


Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Sharing the Magic" October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

If you just came from my friend Nancy Brown's blog,you are in the right neighborhood.  Come on in and have a cup of cocoa and some of my homemade ricotta cookies.'s getting cold outside.  You know what that means,don't you?  Time to think about the upcoming holiday season.  We need to make our lists for gift buying,cookie baking,and oh yes....Christmas cards!!  These are all part of "Sharing the Magic",Close to My Heart's October Stamp of the Month.

This 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 card was made using  Close to My Heart's October Stamp of the Month D1443,papers from Level 2 "Magnifique.  The snowballs that my little snowman is juggling are made from our clear buttons with a little mound of  "Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue".  I also used this to enhance some of the accessories on the little guy as well as the snow.  As you can see in the photo,I created a pocket to slide the message tag into.  The large Designer Shimmer Brad was perfect to keep the message in place and embellish at the same time. Of course the ribbon is always my favorite to top things off!
       Your next stop is at Katy Donaldson's blog .  Would you mind taking a bag of cookies to her for me?  I'm sure she will have something magical to share with you.  Happy Hopping Days!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tomatoes Galore!

It's that time of year......yup...Tim grow's the tomatoes and I have to can them...what a deal!  They sure do taste good in the winter though:) 

You can do so many things with tomatoes.  Today I made a tomato pie and then made a spicy dip for Tim's Penn State game crew to enjoy.  The recipe for both are posted under the recipe section of this blog.

(had to try a piece to see if it was fit to eat:)

This dip is definitely a keeper!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Welcome once again to my blog! If you are coming from Wanda Riley's blog, you are here to see my latest creation using the "Thriller" stamp set which is the September Stamp of the Month.

For this 5x7 Halloween themed card,I used papers from Hooligan's. Don't you just love the beautiful new colors,lagoon,pear,gypsy and sunset? I stamped the image using Versamark and our black archival ink pad. Then heat embossed used clear detail embossing powder. I added a little detail with my white gel pen and some of our new sparkles in purple. Her eye needed a little sparkle,so I added a twinkle brad.

Now on to your next stop at Jen Patrick's blog and check out her boo-tiful creation. Happy Haunting and thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, July 31, 2010

August SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome blog hoppers! If you are coming from Jean McNulty's blog , then you have arrived at my garden gate. A freshly picked flower is "Something Splendid",and also the CTMH August Stamp of the Month. It is truly inspiring,and reminds me of my own flower garden.
For this 6x6 card,I used baby pink cardstock for the base and part of the layering. B&T papers from Silhouette were used as well. The ink used to stamp was desert sand,and also used baby pink with my blending pen and a white gel pen to shade. To finish my image,I used Liquid Glass to bring out the detail.. The ribbon used is from the blush collection. Since making this card,I have found that there are so many colors that can be used with the Silhouette paper packet. I love it,and the SOTM too!

Thanks for taking a stroll through my garden with me. Next time you stop by I'll try to have some fresh lemonade,that really cools you off on these hot summer days! Now hope on over to Katherine Schmitt's blog . She's waiting to greet you with "Something Splendid" made from her creative garden.


Monday, July 12, 2010

A Perfect Week

CTMH Convention Gaylord Resort

Partners in crime(Wynne,Missy & I)

The Beautiful Gaylord Resort

Closing Banquet

I had the best time this past week with my fellow consultants and upline Nancy Brown! CTMH Corp made it all possible with all their hard work in planning this awesome event! Thank you to everyone who made my experienc a memorable one!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

"Close To My Heart Convention 2010"

The Gaylord Resort

A warm welcome from Close To My Heart

Scrapbook layouts made with "Magnifique"
(and no....I did not make these...)

Up and coming artist Jon Schmidt was the entertainment at the awards ceremony last night.  I was lucky enough to have my picture taken ,the music was amazing!

I have had a wonderful tim here in Washington D.C.,but all good things come to an end sooner or later.  Three great days filled with education,fun, and entertainment,not to mention the friendships made.  I can't wait to get back to share it all with you!  See you soon!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Close to My Heart Convention 2011

This year's CTMH convetion is in Washington D.C. July 8th-10th.  I am so excited to be able to attend and will be my first convention with the company!  After spending a few days in Reading with my sister Candy,I wll be heading to D.C. with my roomies Wynne and Missy.  I'll keep you posted on what's going on,what's new and maybe some pics!  Stay tuned.....


Monday, June 28, 2010

CTMH Convention 2010 swap cards

     Close to My Heart hosts a convention every two years for their consultants.  This year it will be held in Washington D.C. and I am so excited to be able to attend!  One of the highlights of the convention (I am told) is to swap cards with other consultants.  I made three different cards,twenty five of each to swap.  I am sure I will come home with lots of cool cards to share with you:)  Convention starts July 7th...only a week to go.  Watch for pics and posts when I return.  The new product will be announced.  Can't wait!!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Father'sDay June 20th,2010

My Dad is hard working and still going strong at 74.  In 1965 he started our family business,a very successful Yamaha dealership.  Even during the tough times,he has managed to keep things running smoothly.  We now have three generations working side by side everyday,Dad,my son Jared,and I.  Over the past 27 years working with Dad,I have learned many things of which I am so thankful for.  Happy Father's Day Dad,I am proud of all that you have accomplished in your life!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mom and I

On May 25th 2010 I lost my mom. She had been ill for several years and in a nursing home about an hour from me. She is finally at peace and in heaven. I will miss her,but know she is with me in spirit. I love you mom!


Saturday, February 27, 2010

March SOTM " A Little Everything"

     I really had fun making this card using March SOTM and last years "Easter Eggs" SOTM.  It was a snowy day,perfect for cardmaking.
     Tomorrow I am expecting some friends over for a "crop till ya drop" day.  We will be working on our own projects,sharing ideas.  Hopefully I will have some pictures to post.  Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather cooperates!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday,Feb 7th

Geezzzz....bees for Valentine's Day?  I love this little stamp and CTMH Veranda paper packet.  Colors used,juniper,creme brulee and vanilla cream.  I'll be working on my Valentine cards all week,so stay tuned for more to come....

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday,Feb 6th

Hi Everyone!
I'm hoping that your will visit my blog often. In the weeks to come,I will have some of my newest cards and scrapbook pages posted. You never know which one of you inspired the design:) I'll start you off with a card made with the CTMH Feb Stamp of the Month (Piece of Cake) Hope you like it!