Friday, August 31, 2012

National Stamping Month Promotion

Learn how to celebrate the everyday moments with the It’s Your Day double stamp set for National Stamping Month. You can create cute projects with nearly 50 adorable stamps!

I hope you enjoy these videos that I have been posting lately.

Happy Scrappin',


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cricut® Artiste: One Size Fits All

Discover how to create multiple-piece projects using the Cricut®Artiste cartridge. You no longer have to size each individual piece—the Cricut® machine cuts the pieces to fit one assembled size of your choice!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cricut® Artiste Easy Instruction

Discover how to make accents, cards, and 3-D projects with the Cricut® Artiste cartridge. It’s easy to learn with the simple instructional booklet and assembly booklet!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

100th Birthday Card Update.

Yesterday my friend Jean came to pick up the cards that we made for her the other day and she LOVED them.  She thinks that the twins will LOVE them also.  She was so excited to see that we put Roses on them and that we used the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge too.

In-case you didn't get to see the original post, here are the cards again.

I have been working hard these last few weeks on cleaning up my craft room and I almost have it the way I want it.  When I get it done, I will take pictures and share them with you.   I have a few items that I plan on selling on eBay, but I might list them here first.  So if you are interested in some crafting items like Sizzlits Alphabets, Cricut Cartridges, Stamps and Inks, check back often.  I will at least post on here if I decide to sell them on eBay and let you know where to look for them.

Thanks for taking the time to look at  my blog posts.

Happy Scrappin',


Thursday, August 23, 2012

100th Birthday Cards

A friend called me yesterday and asked me to make 2 cards for a set of Twins turning 100 this weekend.  So I started working on them immediately.  I also recruited the help of my Niece and new Downline Tarina, to help me with this project.  I love both cards and hope Ruth and Ruby do also.

Here are pictures of the cards.

This one is made with Clementine papers and the new CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge.
 Tarina worked very hard on this card, she added Liquid Glass to the 100th so that it would stand out, the Banner and the 100th along with the roses are all made with the Artiste cartridge.  The Stamp sets were Card Chatter- Birthdays D1475 and Playful Flourishes D1212.  Tarina used the new Champagne cs for the base and Saddle and sorbet to back the banner in.  She also used Chocolate grosgrain ribbon and White organdy ribbon.  The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch.  Tarina added Rhinestones and pearls to the roses.  She distressed all the edges before she put it all together.  I love it.

This card came together nicely for me,  I used the Sonoma papers and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the card at 5 1/2" then cut the floral at 5 1/4" and the green I cut at 4" then the last scallop circle I cut at 3 1/2".  I cut the Banner and the accent from the Artiste Cartridge at 1 1/4" and the 100 at 1" and the th at  1/2".  The Roses were also from the Artiste cartridge.  The leaves are a McGill punch and the Butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch.  I added Liquid Glass to the 100th also.  I used  the Word Window punch from SU to Stamp the Happy Birthday from Royal Birth D1441 and SU's Modern Label punch to layer them on.  I put bitty pearls in the centers of the roses and on the butterflies.  I distressed all the edges before I put the card together.

I hope my friend likes the cards as much as I do.

Happy Scrappin',


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Some Art work

I made this card for my DH to send to his Sister.  I hope she likes it.

I used some of our new stamps, Fall Harvest C1504, Thanks A1125, I cut the frames out with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and Stamped the leaves in Olive then rocked the edges in Creme Brulee and Champagne then sponged Ruby on the edges of some.  I stamped the Acorn in Champagne and then embossed it with ultra thick embossing powder and then stamped it again for the texture.  I used Glue dots and  foam tape to adhere everything.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you think about the card.

Happy Scrappin',


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another update on my chicks.

 Here is my little White one, I am starting to think this might be part Silkie, and Golden Sex-link.  I read that a Golden Sex link does not stay true in 2nd generation.  The original Mother was a red and the Father was a Silver.  Causing the Golden coloring.  Then adding the White Silkie into the mix just throws everything off.  I can see longer white or grey fluff around the tail and neck areas.  Still not sure of the sex, thinking it might be a hen, I certainly hope so.
 This is the oldest chick with Medusa, foraging in the yard. 
Here are 2 of them foraging with Sarasvati and Medusa. 
 Sarasvati and the 2nd oldest foraging together.
 These 2 look like they are wearing Tutu's. I am sure they are Partridge Cochin Frizzle crosses.  I think they are hens too, but time will tell.  They seem to have all the characteristics that are supposed to be hens.
 Today these 3 chicks are 4 weeks old. 
 This chick is 4 days younger than the rest.  It's tail feathers are bigger than the others Tail feathers are.
 This one I am pretty sure it is a Partridge Cochin bantam, and again I think it is a hen also.

I hope this has been entertaining and informative as I am learning as I go.  I have been enjoying my time with my flock and hopefully will be able to share more about them as they grow.  Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and read my Chicken diary.  I hope to get some Scrapin' done here soon.

Happy Scrappin',


Friday, August 17, 2012

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup with a twist.

I get tired of the same old things all the time. So I decided to make the Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup, so that I could eat it. Gluten Free, Dairy Free. It is so yummy. Here is the recipe.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup


1 batch Chicken Gnocchi (Potato Dumpling Recipe Below)

5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 Tablespoons Gluten Free all-purpose Flour

1 Quart Almond Milk

½ cup Celery Finely diced or ½ teaspoon Celery seed

1 cup chopped Onion or 1 teaspoon Onion powder

2 Garlic Cloves minced or 1 teaspoon Garlic powder

2 14 oz cans chicken Broth (I use Free Range Organic Chicken broth)

1 cup Carrots finely shredded

1 cup Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced

1 cup fresh Spinach ( I have used Frozen Finely chopped Broccoli also)

½ Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Thyme

½ Teaspoon Parsley

1. Sauté the Onion, Celery and Garlic in the Olive Oil over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent.

2. Add the Flour and make a Roux. Let the Flour and Olive oil cook for about a minute.

3. Add 1 Qt. Almond Milk.

4. Into the Roux add the Chicken and Carrots.

5. Once the mixture becomes thick, add the Chicken Broth.

6. Once the mixture thickens again add the Gnocchi, Spinach and seasonings.

7. Simmer till soup is heated through.

8. Before serving season to taste with Salt.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Home Made Instant Potato Gnocchi Ingredients;

2/3 Cup Dry Instant Potatoes

2/3 Cup Boiling Water

1 egg at room Temp., Slightly Beaten

½ teaspoon Salt

1 ½ cups Gluten Free All-purpose Flour

1. In a Medium Bowl, stir instant potatoes into the boiling water until blended.

2. Fold the egg and Salt

3. Slowly add in the flour, a third at a time. Dough will become thick and will not stick to the bowl.

4. Place the dough on a well–floured surface and knead well. You want it not to stick to anything.

5. Cut the dough into 4 sections. Roll each section into cylinder rolls about the thickness of your thumb.

6. Cut them into bite sized pieces. (I cut mine about 1/2” long.)

7. Using your fork tines, make indentions on the Gnocchi and form to your liking.

8. To cook, place Gnocchi into boiling salted water. DO NOT crowd the pot.

9. Gnocchi is done when it floats to the top.

10. Serve with your favorite sauce.

 I made Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins last night also. I used the Aunt B's Mayberry Cookbook "He's A Nut Banana Bread Recipe". and changed it to be Gluten Free, Dairy Free.

3/4 Cup Olive Oil

3/4 Cup Maple Syrup

2 Eggs

3 Bananas

3 cups Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Cup Walnuts

  1. Preheat Oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 1 large or 2 small loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl cream together the Olive Oil, Maple Syrup and Eggs.
  4. Add the Bananas, Flour, Baking Soda, Vanilla and nuts.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Pour the Batter into the prepared pan/s.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until brown.
  I hope you enjoy the recipes.

Happy Scrappin',


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Update on the Baby Chicks.

The babies are now about 3 & 3 1/2 weeks old.  They are getting bigger and now I can see tail feathers starting to grow.  I still can't tell the sex yet, but in another couple weeks I'm sure I will be able to.  Here are some pics.
 This is the youngest one, it has the strait wing feathers and I can see the tail feathers starting.
 I love the coloring of this little chick.  This one is so fast we call it Speedy Gonzales.
 This is the second one that hatched and it is the darkest of all of them.  It has the curly wing feathers and barely has tail feathers.

 This is the First one that hatched, it has similar markings as the other two but it's wing feathers aren't quite as curly. It is lighter in color like the youngest one.
 This is the third oldest and has a lot of white feathers.  It is now getting some black on the wing feathers.  After reading a lot about my hens, we think that this one might be from my Golden Sex-link.
 I let them out everyday so they can forage in the grass.  Sarasvati and Medusa keep a close eye on them, especially when the other chickens are around. 

These chicks are so cute and fun to watch.  I can hardly wait to see them develop into big chickens.

Happy Scrappin',


Yeah, I have another new Down Line!!!

I would like to welcome Tarina Lafollette to my team.

Tarina will be sporting the New Damask Back pack soon too.

Click here if you want to sign up on my team and get this great Damask Back Pack.

When a new Consultant joins Close To My Heart in August they will receive an exclusive Damask Tote Bag for FREE (retail value $50)!  This offer is good for both the $49 and $99 New Consultant Kits (while supplies last). Yes, this is the same cute bag we gave to Consultants who attended Convention 2012 in Dallas.  This awesome, coated-canvas tote that can be slung over the shoulder, across the chest, or worn as a backpack. This offer has limited availability, so act soon if you want this AWESOME Tote.

Happy Scrapin',


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

There is a big sale on my website going on NOW!

12 x 12 albums- $2.00, Paper Packs, Accessories, Stamp Pads and LOTS MORE all for CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP! The sale is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and must be ordered on my website. 

I am unable to place the order for you. 

Go to -
  • For best selection- SHOP EARLY! Once they run out, the items will be gone forever.
You can order from the new catalog on that site too. Combine your order if you like!

Place an order of $35.00 or more and get the National Scrapbooking Double stamp set for just $5.00 and add another $15.00 to that and get the August Stamp of the month for just $5.00 more.

Thanks for looking. Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's Official!!!

I have a new down line.  I would like to take a moment to Welcome Teri Nelson to my team.

Teri will be sporting this new Damask Backpack. 

I guess I need to pick a team name now.   Any Suggestions?  What about Scraptastic Hearts?  Or Scraptastic Divas, Scraptastic Creators, Scraptastic Buds or Scraptastic Treasures?  
Let me know what you think so I can choose one.

Happy Scrapin',


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My baby chicks are now 2 weeks old.

They have several pin feathers now and are growing like weeds.  
 Here they are getting ready to hop down from the door jam like Sarasvati did.
And here Medusa is in the Door jam.
 This one is the 2nd one that hatched.  I believe it is part Frizzle because the way it's pinfeathers on it's wings are curling up.  I am pretty sure that the mom is Sarasvati, my Partridge Cochin.
 Here my Great Nieces are holding 2 of the chicks.
We are trying to pick out names for them but I'm not sure if we have pullets or cockerels, or maybe both.  I am hoping for Pullets but won't know for sure for a few weeks more.
 Here my Niece, Tarina is holding the youngest of the 4 chicks and we are looking at it's pinfeathers.  No curls on this one, Yeah.  
 This is the 3rd one hatched and I'm not sure if it is a golden sexlink or if the dad was the Silkie.
 This is the first hatched and it also has curled pinfeathers.
 We have been letting them out in the grass during the day.
 Here are the 2 hens and their 4 chicks.  They are letting my great niece pet them, we all got to pick up the chicks and hold them and the hens too.  They are so mellow, except when another hen tries to get too close to the chicks.  Medusa takes quick action and lets them know who they are messing with.
They are really exploring the yard today.

 Zeus is small enough that he fits through the gate and can go between the two pins.  I bet he is tired tonight after all the trips between the two pins.
Here Zeus, Marigold and one of my Silver Laced Wyandottes is curious to see what is in the Upper part of the coop.  I screened it in so that they couldn't just jump right in with the hens and their          chicks.  

Happy Scrapin',


Monday, August 6, 2012

Update on Our Idea Book Kick Off Party.

We had so much fun, here is how we decorated for the Beach party.
I made the banner using the new Artiste Cricut cartridge and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges.  I also used the Disney Princesss Dreams Come True Cricut cartridge to cut out the shells.
Jamie brought the sock monkey and Shannon gave him a disguise and put him on the bucked of candy.  The proceeds from the candy goes to Operation Smile.

To start the day off, we made 4 cards, here are pics of some of the participants.  You can find pictures of the cards on my Classes page.
Then we took a break for lunch and when we came back we played Bunko.  
Here are some pics of that.  
This is the head table for Bunko.
 This is the bottom table for Bunko.
 Shannon rolled a 3 of a kind and choose the giant sun glasses.
 Jamie rolled a 3 of a kind too.
 Can you tell the glasses were popular?
 The only round Shannon lost was when she was partnered with her Man Rafe.

 I cut out Mustaches for all of us and they were a hit too.
 We had a roll off for Most Wins and for most Losses.

 Rafe Lost.
After Bunko, we had the Idea Book Unveiling and Jamie did a great job.
Then the after party started and things got a little WILD.

 Jamie and Rafe strutted around wearing their fig leaves.
 Shelly tossed the Giant beach ball around.

 We even raised $5.00 for Operation Smile.  I know that doesn't seem like much, but every penny counts these days.  It costs $240.00 to fix a child's smile.  You can find out more about Operation Smile here

As I said before, we had so much fun, I wish you had joined us.  

Happy Scrappin',