Saturday, May 30, 2009

I love flip flaps!

As promised, I am sharing the inside of my Beach Retreat album. I had so much fun putting this book together, as I used one of my favorite new products- FLIP FLAPS. If you purchase a package, you get 15 Flip Flaps for only $3.95. What a deal. I used the flip flaps to add photos to the My Creations album. The My Creations album comes with 6 pages, so you could put 12 photos in your book. But by adding Flip Flaps, I was able to get 36 pages in my album. LOVE IT! This book was so quick and so easy to put together. I just loved the way it turned out. I had so much fun with it, I can hardly wait to create another one.

The first photo below shows what the book looks like when it is open. Then if you open the flip flap, the second photo displays more photos, hidden under the flap. Cool huh?


(Flap Opened)

View looking down on the book

Complete Recipe: My Creations 3 Ring Binder ($5.95), C1356 Extreme Happiness, Ink Colors- Blush, Tulip, Garden Green, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Dimensional Elements Monograms, Love Letter Rub -On's (using chocolate from package).


Thursday, May 28, 2009

I've been scrapbooking

I have been extremely busy with CTMH! (Busy is good)!!! I have been lacking in my posting due to my schedule. I haven't had time to post or create until last night. Kent was out of town for one night and I stayed up and scrapbooked until the wee hours. I started working on a Retreat - My Creations Album. It is a perfect size for my team retreat photos. I actually created the entire cover last night. I thought I would share.

I would like to take credit for the color combination but I was inspired by Jeanette Lynton's blog post about Moon Doggie Goes Pink! That is how I came up with the binder cover. I love the way it turned out.

Tonight I am doing the inside pages. I will post them when I finish. Who would guess that Moon Doggie looks so good in pink. Thanks for the inspiration Jeanette.


SCRAPBOOKING TIP- If you notice the "E" in the word Retreat, you will see it is not all there. I goofed it up and didn't realize it until after I took the photo. My good friend Barb (waving to Barb) shared a tip with me. If you take a piece of tape and put it over the part you want to remove... it comes up COMPLETELY! I couldn't believe how easy it is to fix. I just added a new "E". My book it totally fixed and I am so happy. I am too tired to take another photo tonight. I will post the cover again, along with the inside pages tomorrow so you can see. EASY PEASY!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Fun

Chocolate Chip Pie

It is Memorial Day Weekend and yesterday we had my family over for Sunday Supper. We grilled steaks, corn on the cob, tortellini salad, and Chocolate Chip Pie. The pie is so yummy. If you serve it with whip cream, ice cream and chocolate sauce, it is irresistible. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

Recipe For Chocolate Chip Pie

1 Unbaked Pie Crust (I use Pillsbury)
2 Large Eggs
½ Cup flour
½ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1 ½ Sticks Butter
1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Nuts- Optional

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Beat eggs until foamy. Add flour, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in Butter. Stir in Chocolate Chips and spoon into pie shell.

Bake for 55-60 minutes. Serve with ice cream, whip cream, chocolate sauce or ALL OF THE ABOVE!

Makes 8 servings.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Seagrove Retreat

One Awesome Beach House + Seagrove Beach Florida + 12 Close To My Heart Consultants + A house full of Close To My Heart Products + 12 pairs of the cutest pink pajamas around... flamingo sunglasses included = FUN, FUN, FUN!

I just returned from my annual team retreat. It was held in Seagrove, Florida and I had 12 team members spend the weekend with me scrapbooking. I can't begin to tell you how much fun we had. We worked on our scrapbooks, we rode bikes, we hung out at the pool, we ate, we stayed up past midnight and some of us slept until noon! It was a FABULOUS weekend. I am so blessed to have such awesome ladies on my team and to call each one of them my friend! Words really can't describe the weekend, but the photos tell the story. Enjoy! I know that these photos are going to make awesome scrapbook pages. I can't wait until the next retreat when I actually get to scrapbook them.

Creative Hugs,


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wishes Do Come True

I am doing the happy dance! Jeanette Lynton's newest book- WISHES has just arrived. This book is beautiful and jammed pack with fun, trendy, and beautiful cards. Included are tons of new patterns along with three bulk card "workshops" that help you make 8, 12 or 16 cards in a snap. It also features stamping tips and techniques that offer hours of inspiration and fresh ideas. A CD is included so that you will have all the templates that are used in the book. Groovy huh? Once you get this book, you won't be able to put it down. (well maybe just for enough time to make a card or two!) I got my book last night and took it to bed... AFTER I created a card using it!

The card that I made is at the bottom of this post. I hope you like it! Hurry and order your book today. You won't be sorry!

Order your book here and now! Only $29.95

Stamp Set- Extreme Happiness
Inks- Desert Sand, Sorbet, Garden Green
Paper- Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, White Daisy, Garden Green
Background of Card- Rubber Band Stamping

Rubber Band Stamping- Wrap several rubber bands around your block. Dip into ink and stamp. It makes a fun and interesting background!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Baby Emmerson is Here!

My dear friend Lindsey had her baby girl last night. Baby Emmerson was born at 10:15 and weighs 8 pounds 5 ounces. WOOHOOO! I am off to the hospital to visit this morning. I have been up since dawn making this card for her. Just thought I would share.

Papers- Daydream
Watercolor Pencils
Watercolor Brush
Stamp Set- Ms. on the Go

Creatively yours,

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Birthday using Animal Crackers Paper

I love the new Animal Crackers Paper that is in our summer catalog. It is so bright and cheerful. I used it to create a birthday card for a friend. I used the flip card pattern that I shared last week. For the cupcake icing I used Liquid Applique for the actual icing and then punched bright colored cardstock circles using a small hole punch and scattered them on top for the confetti! The candle flame has liquid glass on it! It is a happy, happy card! Here is the official recipe:

X7112B Animal Crackers Paper Packet
D1336 Celebrate Stamp Set
Z2119 Dutch Blue Ink
z308 Liquid Applique
Z1282 Buttons- Red

Click under project instructions for card directions!

I hope you enjoy the card.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Our Crop was a blast

I'm still recovering from our FUN- FILLED crop on May 2nd. Navarre, Florida was the place to be this past Saturday. I want to thank all of those who attended our crop. It was a great time! Enjoy the photos from this awesome event!