Thank You ....

Good morning!!  This "thank you" card was created with my friend Susie over at SusieCraftHappy in mind.  She's been an incredible inspiration for me to bust out of my comfort zone by blogging.  I'm not nearly as consistent as my blogging-mate but enjoy it just as much.  This simple card took a little time because I kept coming up with just 'one more thing' to add detail, such as the gel pen I just HAD to use around the corner to give a little highlighting.  This little 'thank you' is loaded with fun stuff.  I used the Paper Lace II for the thank you cut as well as the companion cuttlebug folders; CTMH ink in cocoa to ink around the patterned paper; watercolor pencils to give the 'thank you' image a little added color, and I used a bronze pearl pen to fill in the inside of the flowers. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a joy-filled day!!

Dotty for YOU!!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month in May by mixing and matching to your heart’s content with our new Dotty for You paper packet! The trendy patterns on the front of the papers coordinate perfectly with the dots on the reverse side, giving you lots of options for crafting colorful layouts, cards, and other projects. Dotty for You includes 24 specially designed, coordinating B&T Duos® sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing.
There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:
  • Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5*.
  • Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile®donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.
  • Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Calling Cards

Popping in this morning to post a picture of the Calling Card I made last night for the next swarm I attend.  The base of the card is cut at 3" from Lacy Labels and the chandelier is cut at 2.5" from French Manor.  Oh and I loved using my Diva Decor Pearl Pen to create the pearls on the chandelier.  The back of calling cards has a label with the individual's contact info. 
I absolutely love trading these cards -- once I get home from an event, these give me all the info I need to stay in touch with other craft addicts & they provide a wealth of inspiration.  Enjoy ...

Craft Addict....

I've been calling myself an addict of one sort or another for as long as I can remember.  So it's with great excitement that I announce I am officially  'craft addict' in referring to my Close to My Heart website.  You can check it out here .  I've been drooling over the CTMH stamp sets for close to year now and finally decided it'd be worth it for me to sign up as a consultant to support my buying habit.  And like a multitude of others who are obsessed with their Cricut Expression, I couldn't in good conscience resist last month's special that included the Art Philosophy cartridge. 
If you have any cards or other crafts you've made using CTMH products that you may have posted on Pinterest or your blog please let me know.  I'd love to see how you're utilizing your CTMH products and/or the Art Philosophy cartridge. 

Happy Craftin!!!

Happy Easter!

Over the past few years I've been anxious to share my experience about what I refer to as  "gifts of the second half of life."  I'm sure there's a more sophisticated title for this season, but second half works for me.  The gist is this:  the first half of adult life seems to focus on survival, achievements, and most importantly our view of the world and how to "fit in", all of which is passed down from our family of origin.
What a relief to know that this is only a portion of the story.  What a gift to realize that it's perfectly okay to acknowledge those old ideas that we carry into our 40s and be confident enough in our own growth to relinquish them for new ideas and motives, providing spiritual growth and continued emotional maturity.
During my first half of life I found little to no joy in my relationships with others or myself.  This led to my always looking for something outside of myself -- something bigger & better to make me "feel" complete, anything to make me feel adequate in any area of my life..
How different my life is today.  For example, today I experienced true joy at home with my family.  I couldn't have asked for anything bigger/better than watching Kate (age 17!!) take time to dye eggs with her little sister.  While the girls dyed eggs I made their Easter "buckets" (having done all this before I'm totally OVER the plastic Easter baskets and the Easter grass that seems to linger all over the living room until Christmas!)  I'm posting a picture of the girls dying their eggs as well as the Easter bucket I made for Erin.

Once again I pulled out the vinyl to cute Erin's name.  I used the Don Juan & Create A Critter cartridges.  The letters and skunk are cut at 3".  The butterflies are cut using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  If you're wondering why the skunk -- well it's just what Erin's into right now.
So what old ideas have you been carting around that no longer work for you in your quest to cultivate and maintain deeper relationships in  your life?  I encourage you to not only give this some though but to give yourself permission to embrace new ideas that will serve to enhance your quality of life.
Happy Easter to you all!!