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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FREE Stamps!

Now that I have you attention :)  All month long we are celebrating with cards and projects using stamps. Check back all month for stamping projects and ideas.  I'll be posting a video later this week on how to use your stamps in projects other than card making.

Close to my Heart is also ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE!

That's not all! You can get the CTMH stamp of the month set for only $5 with your qualifying order of $50 or just get the September stamp of the month set for $17.95.
Check out these beautiful projects made utilizing the September Family is Forever SOTM set!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sharing a Good "review"

In this modern day of internet it's very easy to share our opinions and reviews of customer service and products both good and bad (more commonly bad as it seems every one wants to warn others of a bad experience)
I want to share with you today a good experience I had this week.
This isn't your typical "customer service" or "product" review actually there is no product involved.
This is about prayer and how God does listen to our prayers.
On Tuesday my youngest daughter, Lilee had to go have surgery to get tubes in her ears and her adenoids removed. This is a pretty common procedure and you probably know at least one kid, if not your own, who has had this done. But that doesn't change the fact that it was my little girl and I was scared for her. Not so much the surgery itself, but putting her under anesthesia and all that goes with it.
So last Sunday I shared in church my concerns and asked for prayers for Lilee and myself in dealing with the events to come on Tuesday.
Her procedure was to take place Tuesday morning and I was a huge ball of nerves. We didn't really tell Lilee ahead of time since she probably wouldn't understand what surgery is and no need worrying her so she had no idea what was going to be happening, just that she was going to see her doctor to "get her ears fixed".

After we arrived and I completed the admissions paperwork they gave Lilee a coloring book to keep her busy while we waited to be called back. So we took the coloring book and sat down at a small coffee table so she could color. There on the table was a bible. A little unusual to see in a non-religion based medical office. But I kinda felt comforted to see it sitting there and even considered reading a little to help calm my nerves. However I didn't because I was more concerned with entertaining Lilee.

So she gets called back to a room so she can change into a hospital gown and get prepped for surgery. The anesthetist comes in and explains to us how she will take Lilee back and sedated her yadda, yadda, yadda. The nurses came in to take all her vitals, ask us a barrage of health questions and answer any of our questions. Then they wheeled our little girl away and Kevin and I were sent to the waiting room again.
There were a few other people in the waiting room, all minding their own business. Kevin and I sat, each reading our smart phones and waiting on the time to pass until we would hear how everything went.  When I had checked all my emails, surfed through facebook posts and briefly watched a little TV, I kept thinking wonder what's going on back in the operating room. So I closed my eyes and began to pray - Lord, I know this is a common routine procedure, but it isn't common for me to have my daughter going through this. Please Lord let everything go as easily as it is supposed to and help me stay calm so that I can be there for Lil.
I took a deep breath and opened my eyes. Therein the waiting room was another family, also waiting on someone who was back have surgery. They had just been called back to go see their family member who was now in recovery. One of the women was wearing a t shirt that said in big bold letters "God is good - all the time" and on the back as she walked away I noticed it said "All the time - God is good". I almost cried, I am certain God was speaking to me, letting me know He got this, everything was going to be just fine.
It was only a minute later that we were called back to go see Lilee in recovery, surgery went well and she was just fine!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Homemade Shelf

I've had this project in mind for a while and with the help of my husband, Kevin my idea came to life.
I wanted it to be rustic looking, but still match the colors of my decor.Thank goodness Kevin is handy with woodworking and willing to build whatever is in my head :)
He used cedar siding, that still has a rough sawn texture and we left it unfinished so it would continue to age.
I got the hangers/hooks at Hobby Lobby. Kevin cut out the rectangles for my letters from 1" thick MDF and I painted them a chocolate brown. Then using my Cricut and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge I cut each letter in shadow then regular using the patterned cardstock. I also inked the edged of all my papers with Vintage Photo distress ink to give it a further aged look. I adhered the letters to the blocks of MDF with mod podge. I applied 3 coats total (letting it dry completely between each coat). Then I inked the edges of the blocks with Staz-on saddle brown (because that won't smear off of the slick mod podged surface)
The shelf/rack has already become very useful. The girls hang their coats and back packs on it when they come home and I always know where my purse is now :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

The new release of craft products are about to hit the stores. I'm not even over the excitement of this past summer's release yet! But get ready to drool because these items are AMAZING.
Your Memories Here has been offering pre-orders of Prima's new products for the past 3 releases now, and our orders for them seems to be increasing with each subsequent year - Why? Because more and more crafters are finding out how SUPER AWESOME they are and WHAT A GREAT DEAL it is to purchase this way.
We started out offering "Grab Bags" of random all new products from the release in 3 sizes to work with your budget - these are perfect if you just can't decide which new line you love or just want a sample of everything that Prima offers.
Last summer we added the option to purchase a "Complete Collection" of products from one individual line. We're doing that again this year so that if you know what you want - you will get what you want because it is all clearly listed on the products page in our store.
So you choose which option is best for you!
Prima is promising to have these products out early to it's retailers (like mid February) which is good and not so good - Good, because that means you will not have to wait long at all for these wonderful new goodies. Not So Good, because that doesn't give you much time to get your order in. See we have to place our orders with Prima ASAP so that we are one of the first to receive these products (since they ship on a first come, first serve basis).
So please don't delay in placing your orders, we don't want you to miss out on this fantastic deal. The deadline for the Prima pre-orders is going to be February 2, 2012 - yep Groundhog Day for those of you who live in the U.S.

Also for a first time ever, we are offering a pre-order on a highly anticipated new product - Tim Holtz Distress Markers from Ranger!
37 markers in all the glorious Distress Colors that Ranger has to offer. Each marker is available to be sold individually and retails for $3.50 - but who are we kidding, you know you want them all? So we are offering the complete set with storage tube at a discounted price of $110 (and that does include shipping to the U.S.)
This offer will be good until February 15th - so you can ask your sweetie for the set for Valentine's Day :)
And lastly, each and every pre-order (Prima or Ranger) will receive a gift from me because I truly appreciate you choosing to shop with us.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ornaments, Ornaments and more Ornaments Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! I'm so happy you stopped by to check out my ornament for the hop. If you're not here from the hop I hope you'll check it out because there are a lot of goodies to be had! Each blogger on the hop is going to give away their handmade ornament featured AND there is a grand prize - a stocking full of surprises from Lindy's Stamp Gang, KinderStampO, Karlas001, Helmar, PYMII and Unity Stamps. One winner will be picked from all the comments left on all the blogs!
So you should have arrived here from Pam's blog  If you didn't, and want to start from the beginning go here 
This is the ornament I created, the products used to create this ornament can be found in my store Your Memories Here.
It's a little wooden birdhouse you can get at your local craft store for around $1. I decorated it by first spraying the main part with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Santa Baby.
It is red with a golden glimmer and works so well on wood, the color soaks in but the glimmer stays on the surface and shines. Next I punched out roughly 15 scalloped circles from a sheet of Prima North Country paper.
I inked all the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink (from the limited edition winter collection) and I glued them with Helmar 450 Quick Dry onto the roof of the birdhouse like little shingles. I added a bit of Distress Stain in Picket fence to give them a snowy look too.
I also added 3 Prima velvet holly leaves to the top of the roof. They are a light gray, but I sprayed them with some Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist to give them a more turquoise color to match the Prima paper.
No home for the holidays  is complete without a Christmas tree - So I made this little fella out of a chenille stem, rhinestone star and a few dabs of Christmas Red Stickles.  It looks so festive in the little birdhouse.
I finished decorating the outside with tinsel trim, Prima lace trim around the base Prima mini roses and some Crystal Ice Stickles on the eaves and anywhere else icicles might form.
So if you like my little birdhouse ornament and would like to give it a home on your tree just leave a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas song is and I'll pick a winner on the 18th. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner ;)
Next up on the hop is Elisa's blog
Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas full of Joy and Peace!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tanya's Surprise Birthday Blog Hop!

Hi, my name is Kristina, welcome to my blog! You should have gotten here from Zeni's blog so if you didn't be sure to visit her blog for the start of this hop! She is offering up this Yummy Blog candy :

My gift for Tanya is this little altered tin from Prima (and when you buy one they come full of flowers)
I painted it with a coat of gesso and then a coat of antique white acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry I covered it in Hayride Glimmer Glam (my personal favorite glam color) So it glistens like gold all over. To further decorate it, I added Prima felt d'vines, a Prima leaf and some Prima flowers. (the rosettes come white but I colored them with pomegranate glimmer mist to match the larger flower and more of the hayride glam because I LOVE the sparkle) And because every girl needs bling for their birthday I went over the top with some Prima Say it in Crystals on here too.
I sure hope Tanya likes her tin! and I hope you enjoy the hop :)
So what kind of goodies am I offering -
How about some Christmas themed Prima flowers and the Limited Edition Winter Distress Inks?

Just leave a comment here and on the rest of the blogs too :)
Now you are on your way to Kimi and Pamela's blog

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm Still Here, I'm Just Not All There

I'm not saying I've lost my mind ;) just that I've been so busy I may have forgot where I placed it!
Me and my family just got back from another vacation at Disney World last week (and I can definitely say that is my most favorite place on Earth)  If you're a friend of mine on facebook you have already seen many of the pictures.
Here's a couple of my favorites:
 My Cheshire Cat ear hat!

Marlee just loves to pose for the camera!

 Relaxing at the pool
 The really awesome kiddie pool at our resort...really awesome in so many ways. The girls loved it, it had 2 fun water slides just right size for them. The water wasn't deep at all, only like 6" max so they could play all they wanted and mom and dad could play too or just sit back and watch  :)
 Kevin isn't crazy about having his picture taken (hence no smile) But as you can see, I don't care I'm taking his picture dang it!
 Amazing dessert from Tutto Italia in the Italy area of Epcot. I have mentioned that I love food before, right?
 Kevin and the girls right after riding Star Tours...twice (it's a really fun ride)

 Mickey ice cream bars...the perfect snack to cool off with.
We joined Mickey and Minnie for some Halloween fun at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, a special event held select nights in the Magic Kingdom. It was so much fun, I recommend if you get the chance to do it, GO! A really magical experience - but I think everything Disney is magical :)
I'm not going to make any promises - because I don't like to break a promise, but I'll try to be back soon with some crafty goodness to share or at the very least, some craft related news!