Friday, November 30, 2012

Holly and Berries Christmas card

It is that time of year... time to begin creating the year's Christmas card.  My goal is to have them made and addressed by the end of Thanksgiving weekend.  On Monday when I return to school the following week, I drop them in the mailbox.  Done!  Now sit back and await your friends to send you their lovely Christmas greetings.

This card designed by Lydia uses the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and Christmas verse stamps from Close to My Heart.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Close To My Heart "While Supplies Last" and a Sweet Deal

Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that Close To My Heart will be making more fabulous deals available to you . At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, CTMH will add new items to the “While Supplies Last” section of my shopping page. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown. You will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a further markdown at that time.
To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my shopping page that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value!  Shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Clearly The Best: Re-vamping with Overstamping Close To My Heart YouTube video

About Me - November 24, 2012

I love tradition!

After dealing with a stubborn frozen turkey "Tom", we were successful in preparing and serving a wonderful traditional Wilson/Ferguson Thanksgiving meal.  You ask why stubborn... Tom was stuck in the freezer.  Tom had his bare wings and thighs pressed against the wall of the freezer and was not going to come out.  His last ditch effort to avoid being the meal.  My youngest son and I were literally putting our feet on the freezer for leverage and pulling on Tom's bag to pull him out.  No luck until the ice maker began to come with him.  Truly a memory I wish someone else was here to video record for America's Funniest Videos.

After the great success of pulling Tom from the freezer, it was time for a swim.  It never fails, my mom coaches me on when I should pull the turkey from the freezer to allow for thawing, but they never do in time.  Thus, we play in the pool (kitchen sink) for a few hours.  After finally thawing, Tom hit the sauna (325 degree oven) for about 5 1/2 hours.

By the way Tom, we won and you were soooo good, all 23 pounds of you! :-)

After Thanksgiving tradition... I was raised in a household where the Christmas tree was put up the day after Thanksgiving.  It is getting a bit harder to make that goal as my children are now young adults and in college.  Their mom is short and has difficulty putting up a 9' tree, yes a fake tree with pre-strung lights (a story for another time).  I am blessed in that my children, along with college friends, made a special trip to put up the tree last night.  We made the "day after" tradition by a hair.  Christmas tree up, check!

Oh yes, I always try my best at purchasing all my Christmas presents by the end of October.  Very, very close to success this year, but not quite.

Now we begin plans for December birthdays, there are a lot between the Wilson/Ferguson sides.  As you know, December 14 is the big one.  We pray my dad will see his 70th birthday on that day.

Enjoy your holiday preparations and celebrations.  Record your traditions for all to treasure.  Be there for the turkey pullers, tree choppers and package wrappers.  We all need traditions to hold on to.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Early Bird Shopping Reward - Mystery Hostess Drawing!

Order $50 in Close To My Heart products between November 24 and November 30 to be put in a drawing to be a mystery hostess and receive an additional $20 in free products.

Now is the time to order stocking stuffers:

Ink pads
Glue pens
Dimensional Items

Be the first to wrap up a gift and place it under the tree:

Stamp Sets ($50 in products will also get you the Stamp of the Month for $5)
Paper Packs
Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 idea book
Storage Products

Let me know if you need any shopping idea help for that special stamper/scrapbooker in your life.

Happy Holidays!  Kim :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

About Me - November 17, 2012

I have not had any wise words to share, nor anything really fun and fantastic, only the mundane ins and outs of life for a couple of months.  It is a struggle each day to make myself lift one leg out of bed at a time as the alarm sings in my ear that a new day has begun.  Knowing I will be spending the day with my students is a great motivator in a world of frustration within my personal life.

As most of you are aware, we are dealing with my dad having Acute Myeloid Leukemia (diagnosed in February 2012).  It has been a complete emotional roller coaster.  One month he is receiving shining reviews from his oncologist and the next we are being asked how strong he feels and is he still willing to put up a fight.

I find myself being selfish as we approach the season of celebrating.  There is a real possibility we may face losing him before the season is over.  How then do you face the holidays in the coming years?  I have asked my mom to consider them as celebrations as we have always known the holidays to be.  We need to be able to also look at the fact that we were originally given 3-5 months for dad to be with us and he is still here today.  That is what our focus will need to be... celebration that we have him this much farther than expected.

Our family goal date is December 14th, my dad's 70th birthday.  That is the date I know he is fighting towards.  It will be a huge celebration.  Please join us in prayers, we ask that he have no suffering, peace about what the future holds and for a truly wonderful 70th birthday and holiday season.

You are my wonderful blog family and friends, I have so appreciated your words of encouragement and stories of your own losses and sufferings.  Thank you all.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

CTMH has a Heart for Giving

Give while Getting, help those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating effect on the Eastern United States and Close To My Heart wants to help. The company is offering relief through the November Constant Campaign, which starts today! When you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can receive a stamp set of your choice (size A–E or M) for 50% off! To help with relief efforts, Close To My Heart will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each November Stamp of the Month set that is sold in conjunction with this campaign. Help us provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy!

November CloseTo My Heart Stamp Set Special

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!
In November, you’ll get something extra when
you buy the stamp of the month—50% off another
stamp set! When you place an order of $50 or
more in full retail products and buy the November
Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just
$5, you can pick any stamp set at 50% off! Get
Capture the Date and then capture the savings

*Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid November 1–30,
2012. Offer valid for A–E and M size stamp sets only; K size,
Workshops on the Go

®, Cricut® collections, and Stamp of the
Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum
of one 50% off stamp set per order.

Thanksgiving card series 2 - Pop-Up Card

Turkey Pop-Up Card
Showing off a piece of artwork from my mom, Lydia.  This is a card from long ago.  The turkey was stamped and embossed, chalks were rubbed over it for the "candy corn" effect.