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*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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My 2nd Rose Blossom Garden Challenge

The challenges for this involve projects that are designed using the Close To My Heart exclusive
Art Philosophy cricut cartridge and a certain designated key/page for each challenge, this time we were to use the Mother's Day keys on page 74 in the booklet. This one was an easy one for me as it is almost Mother's Day and I am lucky to still have my mother with me. Enjoy!

Below you can see the inside of the card and then a close up of the detail work on the front.

I was trying to put the bottom two next to each other but couldn't manage it. Thanks for stopping by.
Hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Footloose Note Cards w/ Monogram

How are you all doing? I am having a blast with this blog. I have flown right past 5000 views. I know several of you have loads more views/visits than that but since I just started this the end of December, I'm pretty excited with the results. Thanks to you for helping me do this!
Today I am posting a note card set that I made for my May club hostess gift. I am just loving these Close To My Heart monogram stamps. I have the whole set now by collecting them one or two at a time. These adorable and useful monogram stamps are only $2.95 each and come in the same, yet smaller, wonderful packaging envelopes that all of our stamp sets have.This set for my hostess includes four note cards and envelopes, a coordinating box/envelope (custom) and a brand new monogram for the recipient. I also have included four extra stamped 'C' circles for her to use to seal the envelopes when she sends her notes to friends.

The paper is from the retired Footloose collection and I used Lagoon ink for the stamping. Isn't this a sweet little set? Just in time for summer greetings! You can order the monogram stamps from my Close To My Heart site, just click on the 'shop now' spot to the right.
Depending on feed-back, I might be persuaded to offer these kits for sale. I will need to figure the cost but let me know if you are interested. The completed set would be a great addition to your own stationary collection or make a lovely gift for a special friend. If I get enough interest, I will edit this post to include details for purchasing.
Looking forward to hearing from you,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dotty For You Workshop

Hi there everyone!
I am only 3 days away from my Dotty For You Workshop and thought I better post what we will be doing this month for those of you who like keeping tabs on me. This has been a HUGE project to get ready for the ladies that will be here this week. I saw a few different takes on the Dotty layouts on pinterest and then had to decide on my own measurements and change things a little to fit my supplies. The first ones are pretty close to the ones I saw by Mary Thompson, but the bottom one is all mine. These colors are so fun and will look great for either girl or boy pictures. Take a look then we'll chat some more!

What do you think? It's kind of hard to get a photo of this many layouts all at once but I think they turned out great. Won't this make a super start for a whole scrapbook? This months workshop is full and I am just about down to my last bits of the Dotty paper but please stay tuned for future projects. I will post again when the next classes/kits are available or have something interesting or funny to share. Thanks for stopping by!
Take care and have a wonderful day,

Monday, April 22, 2013

Welcome new Followers!

Greetings from Mrs. Bag Lady!
I just wanted to say a quick Welcome to my new followers. It's good to have you here and I hope you enjoy your visit. I don't post super often but try to have something new at least once a month or more. If you have looked around at my past posts you will see that I had a drawing for followers-only a bit ago. I have now connected with each of the winners and prizes were sent. I will try to locate people a little differently if I do that again so I can send prizes out faster.
I have my first card class this week, see previous post below, and a big workshop of five 2-page layouts this week also. I plan to post the layouts today or tomorrow.
Once again, thanks for stopping by and I look forward to 'seeing' you here and even on your own blogs!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chantilly Card Kit/Workshop

Hello Card-Makers!
When I started out I was strictly interested in scrapbooking pages to keep my mountain of photographs on.
I just couldn't understand all the fuss and hoop-la about making cards. Now that I know about a billion scrappers that only make cards, I am starting to get it. I still find it difficult to give my cards away to anyone that doesn't know what goes into making these miniature works of art. Now giving them to fellow scrappers or artists like myself is another story. They (you) appreciate what it takes to design, cut, stamp, paste, tie, punch...... You get the idea.
I have had a few gals ask if I would be interested in holding a card class/workshop and of course I jumped on the idea. During the last 12 months of being with Close To My Heart, I have learned how to scale down the pages I was used to and now really enjoy making the smaller version to share (or horde in my stash) with friends and family.
Here is the set of cards that I have made for my first card class/workshop. I have to mention that the middle card is one I saw that Mary Thomson, a fellow ctmh consultant, had posted on pinterest-I think.


I was going to try and add this text down the side of the photo but haven't learned that yet.
The first, or top card is a layered piece that was stamped on separate pieces of white then matted between the layers. You can see that the stamped design is continuous across the front of the card.
The second, middle card, is a take on the quilted style that I am loving to work with.
The third, bottom card, is one that happened by chance when I sat down to play with my papers and punches. I used the ek punch for that darling lace edge on the front of the card. The denim blue strip is actually on the inside and helps to make the lace show up so nicely.
Also included in the class will be the envelope liners that I think add a classy finishing touch to the collection.
I feel that you could be proud to present any one of these to a special friend or loved one.

How to get a kit:
If you contact me and come to my home class/workshop- the cost is $5.00 to make the three cards/envelopes. If you order and plan to make 2 sets for $10.00 you will get a bonus card.
I will be holding my in-home class/workshop April 25th, 2013 at 6:00pm. Please e-mail me by
April 20th to reserve your spot.

If you chose to order the kit and have it sent to you, it will come pre-stamped so you will mostly need to just assemble your cards and envelopes with minimal cutting.
The cost for the three card kit with pre-stamped pieces is $7.00 (+shipping to you)
You might like to order the six card set (two of each design) for $14.00 (+shipping to you) and I will include a bonus card/tag (still to be designed but will coordinate with these.)

Please e-mail me at if you would like to order either of these sets.
I do not have a paypal set up yet and will request check or money order for pre-payment.
If you have questions I will be happy to help via e-mail.

Thanks so much for checking in on me and what I have been up to. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My entry for the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge.

This is my first entry in a challenge. It is for the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge that I mentioned a few posts ago. I will now try to get it over to their blog address. Wish me luck!
Check out the other 'contestants' at

Quilted Dotty For You

Hi there,
We had some fun last night at my monthly club meeting. The hostess for the evening has been requesting that we do some of the quilted projects at club so since it was her night, I figured we would go for it. My usually chatty and bubbly group was rather sedate and I was getting paranoid so I asked them ''What's the matter? Everyone is so quiet I am a little nervous." Turns out they were concentrating so hard on their little projects that they weren't as gabby as usual. I had thirteen dishes full of different two-sided Dotty For You 1" squares set out on a table, sort of like a smorgasbord of paper choices, for them to use in their design. They each had an 8" x 8" base square on which to 'build' their quilt. Below are pictures of the sample quilts that they could use to either copy or use as prompts to get started. I am very proud to say that all 9 quilts came out great and was thrilled to see how everyone made a quilt that was unique by simply choosing different papers and patterns. Everyone seemed really proud of their finished quilts.The finished quilts ended up being from about  4 1/2" square to just under the 8" base in size. Hope you enjoy Quilted Dotty For You! It is a paper set that was offered by Close To My Heart in 2012 for a limited time. Keep an eye out next month for the next special paper collection that can be yours for $10.00 with every $35.00 order from our current catalog. It is called Dream Pop and is a beautiful, very vibrant set of 24 sheets. I'd love for you to place an order and/or perhaps join my blog as a follower. Just click on the shop now spot and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by. I plan to post a workshop and a card kit that will be available for order soon. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Finding my Winners, and Other Fun Stuff

Hi there,
Well I have found three of my winners. It hasn't been easy for this Bag Lady to search on the World Wide Web but dogone-it, I found three. The goofy thing is that I already had 'known' two of them through Close To My Heart and didn't know it. Having real names and blog names can be a little tricky. I was just telling my friend that I am probably the only American this side of 3rd grade that doesn't know how to track someone on here successfully using either google or some other secret code. What's that saying about old dogs learning tricks?
So like I said, I have found 3 of the winners. I am now looking and hoping to find Janice(grandmaJ). If you happen to recognize this title, give her a shout. You can see why that would be a tough one to track. Maybe I should add a cracker or wringlett or whatever they're called so people can leave finger-prints on my blog so I can find them. Now keep in mind that even if I had everyone's e-mail address that would not guarantee that I could connect easily. Here's how bad it was yesterday. Look over at my collection of followers. Do they show? Do you recognize anyone you know or have seen somewhere else on this blog? Yup. I signed up to follow ME yesterday whilst searching for YOU. And the best part is I have no idea how to unfollow Me because I don't know how I found ME. You now have a little taste of what it must be like to live with me.
My poor family.
OK, Janice(grandmaJ), if you are out there, try to contact me with an address. My e-mail is on here somewhere and I wish you luck in your travels.
Thanks everyone for making my first 4000+ a blast. Oh, I also had a winner, Denice K, in my 2nd 25th Birthday drawing. Denice will get to chose $25.00 in hostess products for being the winner in that.
Talk to you all soon. I am going into therapy (at my craft table) for the rest of the week.......

Monday, April 1, 2013

And the Winners Are...........

In honor of my blog hitting the 4000+ views number, I just drew 4 names from my list of followers to each win a set of Rustic Edge Anchors by Close To My Heart. 
The winners are: Janice (grandma J.), Karyn K., Terry D., and Diana C. I will attempt to send each of you a message to get your address so that I can mail this to you. They will go out as soon as I secure a mailing address for you. 
Thanks to all of my current followers for checking in on me and for your support by just being there. I will continue to strive to post interesting, if not entertaining, projects or thoughts for your viewing pleasure. I am really having a ball with my blog and that has come as a surprise to me considering it was like pulling teeth to get me to start it. I now find that I actually like getting comments on things I have done. I am also forever grateful that most of you have been brought up with the lesson: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.'' I was too, I just don't always chose to live by it!! haha.
Stay tuned. I am working on my next workshop and I think you are going to enjoy it. 
If you are one of the winners and you don't hear from me shortly, please e-mail me direct.

Talk to you soon,