Thursday, July 24, 2008


I did a lot of edge distressing with Hydrangea ink instead of the usual choice of brown or black distressing ink. This is a CTMH planned workshop and all I had to do was follow their directions and add some ideas of my own. I love being a consultant for this company!! They make is SO easy to learn new techniques.
Please let me know what you think of my pages....

Here are 2 page layouts of our family reunion using Close To My Heart's colorful Whoops-a-Daisy paper. At first, I thought this paper choice would be too colorful for my layouts, but I really think that this paper pack along with the embellishments I made with the matching inks just make these pictures "pop" in a nice way.

All supplies used are CTMH products.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My First LayOut Challenge........

I entered my first layout challenge at VirtualConvention and this is the page I created!
The pictures are of me and my husband at the Grand Canyon. That place is majestic!
It was a whole lot of fun. I am probably going to create 3 more page layouts to go along with this one for our Grand Canyon/Vegas vacation we went on in October 2007 since I have so many really nice pictures. My sister, Brenda, and my brother-in-law, Andy, went with us. We had so, so, SO much fun.....I always enjoy being with my sister; we are very much alike.
Please let me know what you think of my layout...... ;-)

All products used are CTMH items.
Paper ..... Caprice level 2
Ink Pads & Markers ..... Crystal Blue and Chocolate
Liquid Glass (on the chipboard dimensional elements)
Dimensional Elements Fresh Shapes
Ribbon Rounds ..... Basic Collection (chocolate) and Winter Cozy (crystal blue)
Stamp Sets ..... Hook, Line and Sinker & Friendship Word Puzzle
Brown Bigger Brads
Gold Picture Hanger (for ribbon)

Thanks for dropping in at my den ...... now ...... Get out your paper, scissors, & stamping supplies and lets get some ink on those fingers!! ......Barb in SC

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Layout pages from my FUN! May workshop.......

All products used are Close To My Heart items.

Good Times level 2 paper pack has turned into one of my favorites. It's bright, cheery and super versatile. Silver star embellishments, some clear heat embossing, Good Times MyStickEz card stock stickers, lots of stamping with MyAcrylic stamps, chocolate ink pad DTP (direct to paper) distressing, and....of course....Liquid Glass. I don't think I create very much without using liquid LOVE that stuff!!!!!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

~*~ I've been tagged !! ~*~

De from tagged me! She's a fellow CTMH consultant that has super fun workshops at her house.

~*~ Here are the rules:

Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tag 2 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

~*~ Here are my "facts":

1. I met my husband over the phone in 1978, have twin daughters 25 yrs old, and 2 sons in their upper 30s.

2. I have a grandpooch named Nugget, short for "Chicken Nugget" because she's a fawn colored toy Chihuahua and was small enough to fit in one hand when we first got her. She reminded us of a chicken

3. Hard to believe, but I grieved more when my other grandpooch, Sasha, crossed-over to doggy heaven then I have ever grieved for anyone. I miss her SO MUCH.

4. I owned a huge swimming pool business for 20 years...2 retail stores, concrete crews, inground pool installations, playground fabrications, etc.....Thank goodness that stress is in the past!!! Now I'm an administrative assistant in a dialysis facility.

5. I've lost 23 lbs on Weight Watchers since mid-April and dropped my colesterol 40 points!!!!

6. I love Crystal Lite Peach Tea and I usually drink a 64 oz pitcher of it a day!

7. And, last but by all means NOT LEAST.....I am SO addicted to making cards and scrapbooking! I'm not kidding....I would rather be in my scrapping den more than do anything!!

I tag:

Vicki at
Kariberry over at

If you ladies are too busy to play along, just let me know!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

CTMH...Personalized calendar made w/My Creations Album....

Please see calendar images in next post

Here's a terrific gift idea......a personalized calendar !!

I used Close To My Heart's "My Creations Album" to make this personalized calendar using Simple Pleasures level 1 paper pack and our August '08 stamp of the month.I also used antique brads, spiral clips, photo clips, and the brown ribbon rounds.The stamping was done with desert sand ink; the white core of the card stock was exposed by aggressive sanding technique to tie in the white of the album base cover. 7.5.08 Front cover of My Creations Album calendar My Creations Album, CTMH, calendar, Aug 08 SOTM,my creations album, calendar, ctmh, sotm 7.5.08 My Creations Album calendar, LO design #3 7.5.08 My Creations Album calendar, LO design #2 7.5.08 My Creations Album calendar, LO design #1

The 4 layout pages displayed (January, March, June, and August) are the 4 different layouts used 3 times for this calendar.
Our CTMH stamp of the month for Aug is used on the front cover. The month names are 2nd generation stamping technique with desert sand ink.
The pictures are of me, my husband, my twin daughters, and my sweet little Chihuahua, Nugget.