Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Eggs - Fimo Clay pin

Use your stamps to create an image in rolled out Fimo Clay (1/4 inch thickness) bake per package instructions then paint or use markers to decorate.  I know, my eggs are not decorated yet, not even the real ones at this point.

It took me several shots and quite a few backgrounds to find one that was clearer than others.   Funny thing is that the busiest background worked the best!

Eggs Colored!

Easter - Ornament

Using the same oldie but goodie Easter bunny stamp, here is an ornament created from foam core board.  Add a few touches, a piece of string or ribbon and there you have it...


Easter - Scrapbook Title Page

Close To My Heart Oldie but Goodies

Frame, egg, cloud and bunny stamps are from ages ago when I was a CTMH consultant way back when my boys were younger and in elementary school.  Dry embossing was used around the border of the page, this is a technique we now do using a tool such as a Cuttlebug.


What-A-Character Shirt

Machine stitched applique on a t-shirt.  These What-A-Character t-shirts will be a class at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts Kids Class.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Mickey and Friends - Celebration Bunting

Here is fun way to decorate a wall of a room or for the final touch of a party, a celebration bunting.  This will be a JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts Kids Class coming up this spring/summer term.

I had fun using a vintage look Mickey Mouse and Friends fabric from JoAnn's selections of fabrics.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

He is Risen - card

He is Risen!  Hallelujah...

I am so thankful each and every day for a mom who supports me in all my endeavors.  She picks me up when I am down and pushes me when the motivation is just no longer there.  I am blessed to say she is my mom.

Here is an Easter card she has created for my students.  Each holiday she comes up with an idea, and she prepares an individual kit for each of my students.  We then put them together in middle school home economics or middle school art.  Happy Easter.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woven Fabric Placemat

Woven Fabric Placemat

Need a use for your scraps of fabric, here is a fun placemat using the scraps for a weaving technique.  Class to be taught at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts Kids Camp Crafts during spring break.


Monday, March 25, 2013

24 Years of Marriage

Today my husband and I celebrate 24 years of marriage.  We were introduced 25 years ago today by my cousin, Carol.  Yes, we are a true example that a blind date can actually work out.  Throughout our 24 years, we have been blessed in so many ways, but nothing as dear to us as our two boys.  Thank you Lord for my wonderful husband!

Roses from my husband, Red Lobster gift card from my in-laws and dinner out tonight at Marco Polo.  Great day!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Painted Treasure Chest

Err Matey!

Upcoming wood/paint project for JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Kids classes.  A wooden chest painted to appear as if a treasure map was laid across the top.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bandana Drawstring Backpack

Bandana Backpack

Another spring break JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Kids Sewing Camp project, a bandana backpack with a drawstring and pocket.

This was a fun and easy project.  We just sewed two bandanas together which had been trimmed down to a preferable size.  Added a pocket, strung heavy string through an encasing at the top and there you have it.


Please leave comments if you would like more detailed instructions.  Always! Happy to help.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Turtle Rag Quilt

Simplicity Pattern 1822 - Rag Quilts

During spring break I will be heading up the Kids Craft/Sewing Camps at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.  Here is a turtle rag quilt we will be making in the sewing camp.  So cute!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Mickey Mouse and Friends Memory Book

Here is Mickey and his friends in a memory book.  I have taken the Mickey Vacation Memory Book and used a second 8x8 paper pack to show the versatility of the idea.  This will be a second example I will share with my Kids' Camp students at JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day - card

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here is the card my mom, Lydia, came up with for my middle school art class to create.  The leprechaun is an oldie, but goodie from CTMH.  Grass and rainbow cut using the Cricut.  What's a St. Patty's Day card without a gold coin at the end of the rainbow.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

March Sales Incentive - book a gathering today!

Host a Gathering in March
March has a rewards special for sales reaching $250. Once a "party" reaches $250 or more, the rewards to receive jump to the next level ($60 in free products AND select any 1 item at 50% off). If you have interest from others, it would be to your advantage to see about having a catalog "party" and possibly receive one of our CTMH exclusive cartridges at 50% off.

Let me know if this sounds like something you would like to do. I can set up an EZ invite party online and friends and family can order from all over right from the website (

Of course, there is the idea catalog to take around to friends and family. I have a few to loan. If anyone orders $50, they may keep the idea catalog.

What's the best incentive to have a gathering in March?

As for Close To My Heart, there are two Cricut cartridges exclusive to us: 
Artiste Collection - $99 (Retail Value of nearly $125)  Z1790
1- Cartridge (700 images: Themed Projects, Cards, Fonts, Shapes, and 3-D Items)
3- My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets
3- 12"x9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes

Art Philosophy Collection - $99 (Retail Value of nearly $125)  Z1686
1- Cartridge (700 Images: Font, Basic Shapes, and 3-D Images)
3- My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets
3- 12"x9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes

Schedule your gathering today!

Foamcore Memo Board

Memo Board
Spring break JoAnn's Fabrics Kids Kamp Krafts - fabric covered foamcore board.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Safari Hat Sewing Kit

Felt Safari Hat Sewing Kit
Hand sewing project for a JoAnn's Fabrics Kids Sewing class.  Let me know if you need any information about classes at JoAnn's...  Enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bean Bag Buddies

During Spring Break I will begin teaching Kids Classes at JoAnn's Fabrics in Salem.  I am looking forward to not only having the opportunity to teach kids what I love... Sewing and Crafts, but I will also be able to learn new things for my own growth.  I am one who needs to be pushed to venture out of my comfort box.  I will be sharing the upcoming class samples here on my blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the classes.

Bean Bag Buddies

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Claire Paper Packet

Featuring Close To My Heart Products:
Claire Paper Packet item # X7166B $9.95 (6 - 12x12 B&T Duos, 6 - 12x12 cardstock sheets)
Foundational How-To Publication:
Reflections Scrapbook Program item # 9037 $14.95


March is a great month to collect catalog orders and earn higher rewards if you reach $250 in product sales. Once your sales reach $250 you will bump up to the next level and receive more free products. Let me know if you are interested.
You can also go to my website, click on "join" for one of the gatherings listed and place an order. The order will be shipped directly to you!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fabric Basics

A new CTMH video has been uploaded to YouTube, however I cannot get the image to come up on my search.  Here is the link to go check out how to use the new fabric products in the Spring/Summer 2013 catalog.


Chantilly Paper Packet

I had so much fun creating the 12 months of scrapbooking!  Now I want to feature exclusive paper packets from Close To My Heart. I will be showing you several layouts made from one paper packet.  I have been using the wonderful Foundational How-To Publications from Close To My Heart for the layout inspirations.  The how-to books have allowed me to come up with all of the following sample combinations quickly, as well as the 12 months of scrapbooking.  Keep in mind, I have done all of them (Chantilly and 12 months) in two weekends.
March is a great month to collect catalog orders and earn higher rewards if you reach $250 in product sales.  Once your sales reach $250 you will bump up to the next level and receive more free products.  Let me know if you are interested. 
You can also go to my website, click on "join" for one of the gatherings listed and place an order.  The order will be shipped directly to you!

Chantilly Paper Packet item # X7163B $9.95 (6 - 12x12 B&T Duos, 6 - 12x12 cardstock sheets)
Below are two cards created using Chantilly, you may recognize them from an earlier posting.
Foundational How-To Publications:
Originals Card Confidence Program item # 9036 $14.95
Glitter Paper, Black & Grey item # Z1829 $5.95 (3 - 12x12 sheets, 3 colors)

Foundational How-To Publications:
Reflections Scrapbook Program item # 9037  $14.95


Tuesday, March 5, 2013