Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blast from the Past

When Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart, began her venture into stamping 30 years ago, she drew by hand all her stamp images. Originally made of rubber and set on wood blocks, a few of these stamp sets are available to you in clear polymer for a limited time only from Close To My Heart! Contact your Consultant to learn more.

These retro stamp sets are so cute.

If you would like to purchase these stamps click here

If you have any questions please Call or Text me at 503-708-6889.  You can also email me at

Happy Scrappin',


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Help Keep Oregon Warm & Hats for Hope, need you.

I just found a new meetup group and joined it immediately.  This group meets once a month and sets goals to help the homeless and working poor stay warm.  The next meeting is set for November 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm.  If you Crochet, Knit or Sew you can join too.

Here is the link. 

Here is Cathy's Blog link also.

I will let you know if there are specific patterns that they are looking for.  Please pass the word to help this group grow and meet it's goals to help keep Oregon warm.

Happy Scrappin',


Yeah!!! The last Birthday in October, at my house, has been celebrated.

Yesterday was Hailey's 8th birthday.  Dawn and I made all the decorations, or at least revamped them.  We found these little pink bags that worked well for the goodie bags for the girls.  We added the Duck Tape and Monster High sticker to the front and they look like they were made that way.
I made these bags for the boys.  I used some old paper and added strips of black and Blue cardstock.
I found something similar to these little books on Dr. Phil Scraps blog.  I used a 3 x 5 index card that I picked up at dollar tree a couple years back.  I used the Pro Player paper and Tech Speak for the images that I hand cut and put on the cover.  I glued a ribbon under the game controller and attached the other end to an ink pen.
I took streamers and added the skulls and the Monster High logo to the star at the bottom of the streamer.

 I made a banner with Hailey's name on it to hang across between the living room and dinning room.
 We found mini Top Hats at Party CIty and I added the Curly ribbon the side so that the birthday girls was a little different.  Look at that smile.

 Tarina always makes the cutest cards.
I made her a card called Puppy Ears card.
She liked it way more than I thought.
When you pull on the tongue the ears pop up and on the inside of the ears it says Hi There!  Here is a link to the site where I found the card and the tutorial with pattern. 
 Dawn gave Hailey 2 - My Little Pony surprise packs from Toys R us.  she was showing me so I could take pictures and mom put the teal bag on Hailey's head. 
 Hailey is holding a mini Skull/magic 8 ball.
 Hailey starting singing as soon as she put it on.
 Grandpa had to try the hat on for size.  
 I made a mask for the cake and Dawn sprinkled Powdered sugar over the mask and then add the pink bow.
 Uncle Luke even came over for the party.
I wish I had been ready to capture the look on Hailey's face when she opened the door and found all the decorations.  It was priceless.  She was so excited, we could hardly calm her down long enough to eat the Chicken nuggets, bacon and corn on the cob that she requested for dinner.

As soon as Dawn and the kids got home. I received a phone call.  It was Miss Hailey, asking me to make her another Puppy Dog Ear card, because she had broken an ear off on the way home.

Happy Scrappin',


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blog Candy Give-a-way. We have a WINNER!!!

Wow, I didn't even have time to post a picture of the Blog Candy and we already have a winner.  Thanks everyone who took the time to check out my blog and leave me messages.  I love to read the comments.

Congratulations Meredith 

you are the winner of the Blog Candy!!!

There's a Felicity Paper Pack, perfect colors for fall layouts and cards. Color Ready alphabet, Primavera Rub-ons, 6 mini stamp sets, 2 packs My Stickease - Jingle and Bella.  Plus you get Pewter paper clips, Clear shapes and Creative Clips.  Retail value $60.00.

Again Congratulations Meredith.  Please send me an email with your address where I can send the Blog Candy.  I hope you enjoy these items, and feel free to send me pics of what you make using them, I would love to see.

I did this drawing the old fashioned way, I put all the names on pieces of paper and put them into a jar then mixed them around and had my Husband take one out of the jar for me.

Happy Scrappin',


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fibromyalgia is not psychosomatic. Well I could have told you that.

I found this article on Fibromyalgia and wanted to share the information.
WASHINGTON, October 17, 2013— The National Biotechnology Information Center (NBIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released the findings of research funded by grants from Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and Forest Laboratories that claim to have discovered a causative pathology (the science of cause and effect)  for fibromyalgia.
The cause of the disease escaped researchers for years. In fact, the condition was considered by many in the field of medicine as psychosomatic (in the mind) because of the variety of symptoms that could not be clinically pinned down and patient reporting was the primary criteria.
Dr. Frank Rice writes of findings at Integrated Tissue Dynamics that has made a major discovery of the cause of fibromyalgia, making diagnosis more certain and explaining the multitude of varied symptoms and effect.
Research has identified alterations in our core body temperature is a culprit, as our blood acts as a coolant in much the same fashion water does in the radiator of a car. Our major organs and active muscles require a constant temperature of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit but sufferers cannot maintain a steady temperature.
If we lose too much heat (hypothermia) or gain too much heat (hyperthermia), our body’s primary thermostat, the hypothalamus, struggles to maintain balance. Our blood is the means by which our body and brain get nutrients, oxygen and takes away waste and blood flow is disrupted.
When we use our muscles, particularly the hands and feet, blood flows between the skin and muscles and must be kept in balance. We have internal thermostat controls distant from the hypothalamus called aterio-venous shunts or AV shunts that act as valves between arterioles or veins that supply the good stuff and venules which carry away waste.
Much as the body as a whole, these must be in synch for homeostasis.
The smallest part of our blood supply system is the capillaries which are tiny vessels that act as temperature regulators (among many other functions) and either conserve or release heat. Capillaries run throughout or bodies and are highly concentrated in our hands and feet.  It has long been known that when malfunctioned from injury or another pathological issue, capillary function is diminished causing problems for diabetics.
Now it has been discovered when the AV shunt is defective in function and interferes with capillary function, muscle and skin tissue cannot get proper nutrition or waste drawn away. Additionally, temperature regulation becomes an issue affecting nerve fibers.
One result is a build-up of lactic acid in muscle and deeper tissue affecting the muscular system and causes pain that can seem to ‘travel’ from areas of the body one day to the next and cause fatigue, commonly reported from victims of fibromyalgia.
The sympathetic nervous system which uses the spinal cord for communication and the sensory fibers or nerve fibers that carry signals to the central nervous system, can have their communication disrupted by the results of AV shunt disorder and hypersensitized nerves send pain signals that can ‘travel’ as well. 
The American Academy of Pain Medicine featured this research on its front cover accompanied by a laudatory editorial from Robert Gerwin of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. To date, the research is confined to women since women seem to suffer from fibromyalgia in greater numbers than men.
According to this research, Fibromyalgia has pathology and is not psychosomatic so those who suffer from this ‘syndrome’ can now rest assured it is not all in their minds.
 Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and psychotherapist.

Those of us who suffer from Fibromyalgia know that the pain is not psychosomatic.  It irritates me when I read articles with comments like this.  I know he means well, but he should choose different words. 

I am getting ready to celebrate 3 years of being PAIN FREE!!!  It is so Awesome.  I am enjoying every moment that I can.  Now my goal is to be a thinner person.  

I hope that in some way my blog helps and inspires everyone who reads it.  
Happy Scrappin',


P.S. I didn't forget about the blog candy.  I will be posting pics of Blog Candy in the near future.  So keep leaving me Blog Love. (comments) 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Designed Décor Frame Kit

Learn how to make your own cozy home décor with the Designed Décor Frame Kit from Close To My Heart.

You can get this kit by placing an order here

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I think it's time for some CTMH Blog Candy!!!

Once my visitor counter hits 22,000 I will give away some  CTMH Blog Candy.

I have lots to choose from so keep watching and starting today October 19th untill my Blog hits 22,000 hits, I will keep track of all the comments and choose one lucky winner to receive my Blog Candy.  The more comments you leave the better the chances you have to win.

If you don't want to leave a comment, maybe you could take a look at my facebook page and like it for me.  Thanks in advance.

Happy Scrappin',


Friday, October 18, 2013

Little Miss Delilah Mini Album - By Tarina LaFollette

This is an 8×8 mini album that I made for my SIL to record her daughters' first year. This album has been a work in progress for about a year due to life interruptions. I am so glad it is finally finished!
I have pics on my blog as well as info on the cricut cartridges used.
Thanks for watching! 

You can view Tarina's other videos here 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wedding Picture Frame - Start to finish

This is start-to-finish video. I made this Photo frame for my Brother as a wedding gift. They had asked me to make the invitations and as you will see later in the video, I took inspiration from the invites to make the frame. If you have any Q's, leave me a comment:) 
Thanks for watching!

Click here to see Tarina's other Youtube videos

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's Birthday Month at our house.

We have several birthdays to celebrate.  Jordan, Jayden and Mary share the same birthday October 3rd along with my friends Teri and Honallee.  Little Elvis' is on the 6th. Tammy's is on October 13, along with Jo's.  Zackery, Courtney and Kobe share the same birthday on Oct 14th. Gabe and Shavon share the Birthday.  On the 16th is Dawn's and the 17th is Lee's.  My Nephew Steve's is on the 22nd and last but not least is Miss Hailey on October 28th.  I didn't look at my Birthday calendar so I'm sure I missed someone.  It can get kind of crazy at my house this time of year.  We usually have a big Halloween birthday party for the kids, but not this year.  There are some of these birthdays that are not local and we don't celebrate them here, but we do remember them.

I love to dress up as much as the kids do.  I went to bunco the other night and it was a get wiggy theme bunco.  Here is a pic

Happy Scrappin',


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy (S01E05):Halloween Mini Albums

Close To My Heart will bring your projects back to life with the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge. Watch this video to learn how to use it while making your own fun Halloween mini albums.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Designed Décor Flip Stand Album

With the help of the Cricut® Artbooking collection and Designed Décor flip stand album, Close To My Heart will make a home decorator out of you! Watch as simple icons, shapes, and titles from this cartridge are transformed into works of art perfect for display in your home.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Spooky Halloween Layouts

t's easy to add some creative spook to your projects with the Cricut® Artbooking collection from Close To My Heart. View a few creepy creations and learn how to make your own in this video.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Simply Stitch It

The new stitch guide from Close To My Heart makes stitching on your papercrafts simple to do—and the look it gives is simply stunning! See it for yourself in this video.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide is here.

 Click here to view the online Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide. 

I have several if you want one, just send me an email including your address or text me your address and I will mail one out.  If you are local, I can meet up with you somewhere.

Choose a FREE holiday product with your qualifying order.

When you place an order of $100 or more in retail-priced products between October 15 and December 31, you qualify for one free  “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. You’ll love the sparkle, the ease, and the savings!

If you purchase $50.00 worth of CTMH products, you qualify for the Stamp Of The Month.


Happy Scrappin',