Don't forget...

*Please scroll down for more pictures of things I've done. I wouldn't want you to miss anything since my additions have been coming pretty often! Looks like I'm getting the hang of this blogging thing, after all. Thanks for visiting, Debbie

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I DID IT!!! (Up-dated Sunday at 2:45 p.m.)

Oh My Gosh! I am so excited. I just checked and I have OVER 4000 views since I started my blog 4 months ago! And just for that I am having a prize drawing for my wonderful followers. Tomorrow evening, April 1st, I will draw 4 names to receive a little thank you from me. I thought if I had you sign in your e-mail address that I would be able to contact you if you are the winner but I think I was wrong. If you are one of the winners, I will post on here tomorrow and then have you e-mail me your address. So check back to see if you win. This is so fun! If you are not yet a follower of mine, please take the time to do that now. You still have time to get in on this drawing.
I have a blast doing this. I am not one to enter art shows with my paintings but for some reason I really like being able to post the scrapbooking things I have made. Go figure. So Thanks to all of you that take the time to check up on me and especially those of you who check often.
OK, sign in, you have till about 6 p.m. on April 1st. (And no, this isn't a joke...)


Thursday, March 28, 2013

YIKES! 2nd 25th B'Day Alert!

The site for my Close To My Heart online store,, is having problems. If you are trying to order there and it doesn't come up pretty soon, PLEASE e-mail me direct and I will help you out. You still have time to get in on the drawing. Please scroll down to get more details. Thanks for your support!
e-mail me at:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hand-stamped To Coordinate!

Hi Friends,
I have been busy playing in the ink and wanted to share what I have come up with so far. I am just finishing the second Roxie Workshop (see two posts below) and decided to create some coordinating papers to go along with the ones I had from Close To My Heart.
The black solid one in the back has clear-embossing on the roses. It's a bit of a classy punch to the set. I liked the Argyle A LOT because I have sons and some of my friends were requesting more 'guy' themes with my layouts and classes. (I have grand-daughters now so please cut me some slack-smile here! I LOVE all the girly colors and patterns I can use now!)

I think if you click on the picture it will help you see more detail. This was fun! I have been an inky mess this week. Have some fun of your own and try something new. Close To My Heart has amazing re-inkers that allow you to really think (and stamp and splatter and brush....) outside of your box.
Talk to you soon,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Second 25th Birthday! prize drawing.

Hi Ladies,
In honor of my second 25th Birthday (the first one was more than 25 years ago) I am going to offer you a chance to receive at least $25.00 in free Close To My Heart products. It will really be quite simple for you.
Just click on over to my CTMH website and place an order of at least $25.00. For every $25.00 you order, before shipping and tax, your name will be put into a drawing. This is only for the rest of the month of March as this is my actual birthday month. On April 1st, I will draw a name from orders collected between now and  the end of March to win $25.00 in hostess rewards. I will contact the winner and have you tell me what you would like from the select hostess products in our current catalog. If you order $150.00 or more from the catalog, you will qualify for $25.00 in select product hostess rewards plus your name will be put in the drawing six times! How cool is that?! You might also like to contact your friends for outside orders to make your chances of winning even better.
Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at:

Happy Shopping from Debbie, The Birthday Girl

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Workshop with Roxie

Hello again and thanks for stopping by!
I have been busy for several hours designing and laying out my Workshop for this coming Monday. Boy do I love this Roxie paper! It is a retired set that I have had for awhile and with Winter hanging on with a vengeance I decided to lean a little more to the deeper tones and cozy side of Roxie than going more with the brighter corals and sparkly Colonial White. Of course I used my beloved Colonial White in the layouts for some of the design, after all it is a beauty! Because these are for my Workshop and I try to keep the cost down and teach my customers that they don't have to spend a  fortune to create beauty, I used the Roxie Stickease and just a bit of additional embellishment by way of ribbons and buttons. I hope you enjoy looking at them. They make me smile!

I have enough supplies to make 7 more sets to sell to the first to contact me.
The set includes the paper and embellishments to create three 2-page layouts seen here.  Each set will include papers, Roxie embellishments and the extras that you see. You will need black ink, chipboard if you want to raise your photos, glue dots and/or foam tape to raise embellishment as you wish and adhesive.
Of course you can purchase adhesives and extra base color cardstock from my Close To My Heart website:
The cost for the kit -three 2-page layouts- is $20.00 plus shipping and handling to your zip code. 
Please e-mail me if you are interested.

Thanks again for stopping by. I look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your comments, also!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March Stamp of the Month card set

Just a quick post to show a few card sets I made for some friends. When these are blown up I'm sorry to say my mistakes show up more than I realized. They are nice little sets, though. The box on the left holds four cards/envelopes and has a tiny velcro closure. The 'envelope' holder on the right holds two cards/envelopes. Of course they are Close To My Heart products. My friends are Close To My Heart, as well!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

For Always

Hi there,
During the last several weeks we have had some things happen in our family that have really made us realize that time is short to really love the ones we have. My parents will be 89 this year, my youngest son is 14 going on 25 at times and at others 12, my middle son left our home town for the South this morning and I am feeling lonely for my family to be all together again. Not to be all sappy and emotional now, when we are all together it is sometimes quite crazy and crowded! I tend to think my kids still need me to tell them when to brush their teeth and comb their hair. And that's not the least of my 'helpful input'. Maybe we'll save more on that for another time.....
While preparing for my Club for March, I chose the paper named 'For Always' because I wanted a fresh crispy design to go with this month's Close To My Heart  stamp of the month. It is a beautiful layered rose set and I have had fun working with it. I think a nice black and white family photo would be lovely in the photo spot, maybe one from the old days when my grandparents were still with us. The grey in the roses would pull the grey tones from an old photo and be so pretty.

I cut the paper on an angle then used the top strip that comes on our papers to cover the seam where I    simply flipped the cut corner over. The roses are layer stamped and the top, smaller one is lifted with foam tape. The 'Family' embellishment is done with a new product I found while playing on pinterest. It is double sided adhesive sheets by silhouette. Simply place on the cricut cutting mat, select the 'Family' cut from the
Close To My Heart exclusive cartridge, and hit cut! Then you peel the backing off and place it on your paper. Press down all over for a good 'stick' then peel off the top layer to expose the sticky top. The kit came with super fine glitter that you then spread around and rub into the sticky design. It turns out great and shiny, all set for your project. And the glitter stays put and doesn't flake all over either.