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Monday, June 30, 2008

Card Organizer Workshop and Christmas in July!

How do you organize your cards? Join me July 26th at 12:00pm for a card organizer workshop! Create this cute card organizer with files for Birthday, Thank you, For You, Anniversary, Friendship, Misc. The cost is $20.00 and you must RSVP by 7/15.
After the workshop stay for Christmas in July! Starting at 1:00pm free projects and open scrap and a 10% VIP discount. Bring your stuff and scrapbook at my house! I will have 3 free projects available and snacks. Place an order and be entered into the mystery hostess drawing. Bring a friend get a prize! The open scrap is limited to 8 people so RSVP today.

Thunder and Lighting oh my!

I could swear the lighting last night was on top of my house. I went out and got some amazing shots. This is the first time Carter has ever seen lighting and I think he hopes it was his last. He would not open his eyes for nothing, he was so scared. It funny because up until this age he hasn't understood that he can get hurt. He is finally, experiencing getting scared. It was beautiful last night. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


I went missing again this week even though I was here! For those of you who do not know my other passion in life are to help people attain their fitness goals. I train out of gym called The Body Studio. I work with groups of people – kind of like the biggest loser except we call our groups the Body Camp Challenge. This week was very challenging for me because I was finishing a group of 12 who have gone through the 8 week program and I was also starting a new group of 20 going through the 8 weeks. It exciting and scary at the same time so a lot of time is spent helping them realize their goals and why they are where they are. The workouts are more intense than most of them have ever dealt with, but the results are absolutely incredible for those that follow the program and come every day. I had a couple that I have been good friends with since I was four and they together lost over 90lbs in 16 weeks. They are new people and I am so proud of them! Here are some pictures of us climbing Mt. Peak. If you are someone you know needs help losing weight please email or call me. Check out the Body Camp Challenge at

Sunday, June 22, 2008

$40.00 in FREE CTMH STUFF!

To celebrate that Summer's is final here I am offering a awsome deal.

1st person to place an order of $100 by EMAIL or PHONE will get $40.00 in free CTMH products.

2nd person to place an order of $100.00 EMAIL or PHONE will get $20.00 in free CTMH products.

3rd person to place an order of $100.00 EMAIL or PHONE will get $20.00 in free CTMH products.

Any person who places a $200.00 order by EMAIL or PHONE will get $40.00 in free CTMH products.

If three people or more place orders $100.00 their name will be entered into a drawing to recieve a 50% off item out of the catalog.

EXTRA's place a $100.00 order by Email or Phone and recieve one free coupon to a card workshop of your choice plus the $20.00

Plus don't forget it is Stampaganza so buy two stamps sets get the third for free! See website for details.

This offer expires 6/30 at 12:00 noon!

Happy Shopping and Scrapping!

Charla (253)561-2504 or

Different Things You Can Stamp On!

I found this information on our bulletin board by a women named Alexandra Taylor. I thought it was great information. So enjoy! Thanks Alexanda.

*Picture frames (wooden or ready to make ones)

*Any other wooden items, they may need to be prepped with a coat of white acrylic paint, for example: boxes, chairs, coat hangers, light switch cover, ect (basically any wooden item that is not yet finished, check out the wood craft aisle at Michaels or Walmart)

*Your walls! You can stamp directly on them or you can decopage on them. I would suggest using acrylic paints (just make sure to rinse off your stamp after every 10 images or less) or fabrico.

*Velvet: Great for pillows, gift bags, accents on practically anything, etc. Just make sure it is something you don't have to wash, because I think I heard that it will come out-correct me if I am wrong anyone!

*T-shirts (use the stamped dark t-shirt iron on transfers for this, or fabrico ink pads if you want to stamp all over)

*Other fabrics (again, dark t-shirt iron on transfers or fabrico): Pillow-case's drapes, gift bags, table cloths, towels, etc (you can also use the stamped image as a guide for embroidery) *Paint cans (okay you actually stamp on paper and then attach it to a paint can, but I think I will count this!)

*Ornaments: The empty glass ones that you can get at Walmart in the craft department for around $2 for 6.

*Many other paper products: bookmarks, stickers, magnets, gift bags, baggie toppers, etc.

*Candles (pillar type candles: to do this stamp on tissue paper and cut the image out, place it where you want the image to go, lay a piece of wax paper on top of it then go over it with your heating tool until you see it melt just a little bit)

*Glass objects: Candle holders, windows, flower vases, glass cups, etc (again, just check out what they have in this department at Michaels or Walmart)

*Ceramics: tiles, ceramic dishware, etc

*The possibilities are limited by your imagination! You can stamp on practically anything and everything, some things just look better! I would suggest going to your local craft store (Walmart tends to be less intimidating) and look at all the different things and imagine your favorite stamp or stamp set on it! Also, look at different things in everyday life that could be improved with stamps (three ring binders, switch plates, furniture, etc)!!You will be suprised what you come up with!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

June Scrapbook Club

Are you a member? How many pages have you got done this month? The scrapbook club lets me do all the work for you! You just show up and I wave my magical scrapbook wand and you have 8 pages and some inspiration to go home with. There are still openings for this club which meets tomorrow at 7:00pm in Sumner and Tuesday at 10:00am. If you can't make it order the kit with directions. Cost of workshop is $25.00 or $30.00 if mailed.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Clean and Simple!

This Card Club I am taking the Clean and Simple approach. I love these cards and they are bright colors for the summer. If you haven't joined us you are missing out. Why pay $4.99 for one card when you can hang out with the girls and make 24 cards in 2 hours for $12.00! July card club are on the following dates:
Sunday July 6th at 2:00pm my home!
Tuesday July 8th at 10:00am my home!
We are making:
6 Thank You's
3 Hello
3 Just Because
6 Enjoy
6 Birthday (Not Shown)
You will want to RSVP by 7/1 and bring adhesive! Kids are welcome to play with my son. Can't make it but love the cards, get the kit for $15.00 mailed with directions and pre-cut and pre-stamped! Or have this workshop at your home with your friends - I will do all the work and you just sit back and enjoy the company of good friends and great stamps (PLUS GET HOSTESS REWARDS)! Call or Email me today!

Monday, June 16, 2008


This a card done by CTMH and online to view. Remeber you can always see artwork on my page but on Close To My There is lots of techniques and artwork to view. So Enjoy!

½" × 5½" Dad Card

Originals: Banner™D1190 My Acrylix® Weathered BackgroundC1300

My Acrylix® Just Like You1243

Goldrush Cardstock1282 New England Ivy CardstockX5646

Vanilla Cream CardstockX5637

Barn Red CardstockZ2123

Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ PadZ2150

Sunflower Exclusive Inks™ PadZ816 Ribbon Rounds™

White Daisy CollectionZ280

Natural HempZ1283 Autumn Craft ButtonsZ1285

Holiday Craft ButtonsZ1040

Antiqued Copper BradsZ1043

Dimensional Elements BookplatesZ608

Dry Embossing StylusZ1294

Sanding KitZ697 Sponge

Assembly Instructions
Stamp appropriate letters from My Acrylix® Rustic Alphabet into Goldrush ink pad. Rock and roll into Barn Red ink pad as shown.

"Kiss" one letter onto the wood grain textured stamp from My Acrylix Weathered Backgrounds, creating a wood grain on the alphabet stamp.

Immediately stamp on Colonial White cardstock. Repeat for each letter.

Cut out letters and adhere as shown.

Complete card following pattern.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baker Dozen Layout Results

For those of you that keep up on the blog, you know I have been taking a class called the Bakers Dozen where I will finish 13 layouts in 4 weeks. We are given assignments and we choose product from our stash and place it in an egg carton and then we have envelopes where we place our photos. We are unable to know which goes with which. It is nice because it takes the difficult part out of the equations picking the photo's to focus on and picking the right product that coordinates. I thought I would share the two layouts I have done, even though it is not all CTMH. So enjoy!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Check this out! Advanced Stamping Techniques on CTMH TV on my website! Here is the link enjoy!

Borrowing Internet not always so reliable.

Borrowing Internet is not always so reliable. For those of you who know me and my husband ... my husband is so cheap and I well, am not at all. My husband does not believe in paying for things like cable, Internet and phone. So we have rabbit ears for cable and we "borrow" Internet from our in laws which are 400 feet away. We actually have to open the window to pick it up. So as I type today I feel the cold air blowing in. Anyways, my point is I have not posted because my husband got the little satellite dish that picks up the Internet wet when it was pouring and we had to fix it. So know that I was here but unable to use the Internet because my husband is cheap!

However, on another note I was able to make phone calls (yes, we do have a phone only because the county requires a fire alarm which connects to a phone) and I got layouts done. I cannot reveal them as they are contest entries!

Business stuff...Don't forget the Accordion Album workshop on 6/21 if you are interested please email me your paper selection! Mom's Scrapbook club for June 24th and June 27th paper selections and RSVP by the 6/13! I am using the Blue Ribbon and I will post the layouts soon!


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Cards Galore

This week I made so many cards for Orlando Florida - National CTMH Convention for swapping! This is my first time and I am so excited. I have also been working on my contest layouts which of course I am putting way to much thought into. My hope is to win some free product but will see if I even get the 10 pages or 5 layouts completed. I am, however excited by the cards I got finished this weekend. I got about 40 done yesterday and 20 done today. My goal is 150-200 to swap with other consultants for ideas!
This card I saw on the bulletin board - but I have forgotten the name. It features the creative basics kit from Boom-Di-Ada and the June Word Puzzle Stamp Set. I used Olive and Hollyhock. I also used Slickers which is not CTMH but don't tell anyone.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

In honor of Cabo!

So I wish I was in Cabo...but since I can't be here is a card in honor of Cabo! Someone out there is enjoying pardise and I am at least enjoying my new stamp set! I used Whoops-A-Daisy and colored in the drinks with CTMH Markers. The Stamp set is called Paradise!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Wishing I was in Cabo!

It so cold here in Washington and I have to admit it is damping my spirits as I need Summer to come soon. Don't get me wrong it is great cropping weather, but I am about cropped out this week and would love to be soaking up the rays on the beach somewhere far from here. So, wherever you are I hope the sun is shining and you are not as pasty white as me or should I say daisy white :) Remember card club tomorrow my home!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Baker's Dozen

"Don't be a Chicken Challenge," I am taking an online class through It's a kind of online University for Scrapbookers. You pay fee, register for the class, get your supplies and do homework assignments. Our first assignment was to decorate a egg carton which we are now filling up with goodies like buttons and flowers. At the end of the month I will have 13 pages done and hopefully some new found tricks of the trade. I am also going to take a few other courses to help me teach you new tricks! So if you haven't checked it out do ... it is great.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Just Breath

The new card club has being going really well. Yesterday, morning we completed 24 cards in 2 hours. I am offering a second class this weekend at 1:00pm for those of you who missed! The conversation of the club often turns to family because most of you know that we live for our family and there happiness. So it is nice to be the person that offers you all a little fresh air and some creative spirit - to get you through the month. One thing that I am passionate about that goes along with having a hobby (passion) - is that women do something for themselves. So many of use loose ourselves to our families. It is so important to have something that is just ours. A little time to breath and think beyond dirty dishes and diapers. I believe so strongly that in order for us to be a good mother, wife, sister or friend we have to be happy. I also believe that to be happy we must have our own identity outside of our family. Women are so guilt ridden that they don't spend enough time with their children or they didn't get all the laundry done. No one notices that but you - we are the ones who place guilt on our self. Today, my challenge is to sit with your eyes closed and take 10 deep breaths in and out. Then I want you to take 15 minutes out of your day and just be you! Do what makes you happy. I promise this will in turn make you a better mother, wife, sister or friend.

All this from a little card :) I really love my job! I am off my soap box now!

Monday, June 2, 2008

*Buy two get the third free*

Shop online starting June 3rd - 30th and get one stamp set free when you buy two! Start making a dent in your wish list. See website for details. Plus I am offering an additional savings order $100.00 on my website from June 3rd - June 30th and get one workshop free - thats up to a $25.00 savings. Click link below to start shopping. Remember this link is only good until June 30th.
Go Shopping:

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Road Trip

So last year we created a tradition of a yearly road trip. This photo is probably my favorite photo. I have learned to love catching that moment where no one is posing by simply being. Today, we made are planes for this summer and mapquested everything. We plan to head to Cannon Beach and then drive the 101 to the Redwood Forest. I am excited although I have to admit that a 9 hour trip in the car with a 2 year old is a little scary. Last year we drove to McCall, Idaho also about 9 hours. It was beautiful at the beach. But the other photo's show that we arrived only to find out that McCall was on fire. So beside a few beach scenes the trip consisted of us watching the helicopters and fire planes go in and out of the airport while it appeared to snow (ash)