Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Grace & Childhood Portrait

Isn't the Childhood Portrait Stamp set sweet?  I love the simplicity of the set and how it feels.  It was a perfect fit for a card that I'll be giving to my sweetie on Friday.  We'll be celebrating 10 years of marriage. Still don't quite know how the time passed so quickly.  On Friday, I'll share a little about our journey over the years - what a journey it has been!

Stamps - Childhood Portrait
Ink - Cocoa 
Paper - Grace Level 2 Paper Packet
Miscellaneous - Cocoa Organdy Ribbon, Foam Tape

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Treasures September Stamp of the Month: Just Add Black

Thanks to a fellow Consultant, I was inspired to add black to create this stunning card.  The picture doesn't even do it justice.  It is truly stunning in real life.  This will be my last card showcasing the stamp of the month - don't want to bore you, besides I have a ton of other artwork to share with you ;)

All Supplies Close To My Heart: Black Cardstock, Black Ink, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Juniper Cardstock, Juniper Ink, White Daisy Cardstock, Treasures (stamp of the month), Spot on Backgrounds stamp set 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Treasures September Stamp of the Month - Softer Version

So yesterday I showed off a more masculine version of the Treasures stamp set.  Today, I am showing the softer side.  This was the very first card I made with this stamp set.  The ladies from my crop group will probably chuckle remembering that it took me nearly the entire night. When I was done, I wasn't too sure about the end results - as time as moved on, I have decided that I like it ;)

All Supplies Close To My Heart: Colonial White Cardstock, Blush Cardstock, Blush Inks, Twilight Cardstock, Twilight Ink, Sweet Leaf B&T, Sweat Leaf Inks, Ribbon Rounds, Natural Hemp

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Treasure September Stamp of the Month with a new twist on Jingle Paper Packet

The stamp of the month for September - Treasures - was a bit of a challenge at first. Maybe it was just a lack of mojo, but once I started playing with it I couldn't put it down.  Believe it or not this card uses background texture paper from the Jingle paper packet - the backside of the colorful striped paper.  I'm loving this super toned down version.

Check back tomorrow for another card featuring Treasures!

All Supplies Close To My Heart: Jingle Paper Packet, Treasures (stamp of the month), Cocoa Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock, Bamboo Cardstock, Bamboo Inks, Cocoa Inks, Olive Inks, Natural Hemp, Brads, Clear Buttons 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Card Class Cards: October

Due to a family issue last month's card classes have been rescheduled.  These cards were too cute to have you miss out on them, so we'll be creating them at October's card classes.

I love creating cards for card class. This is where I get to show you new techniques that are sure to take a plain 'ol card and make it a "wowie."  Many of the techniques I have learned over the years making cards have allowed me to step up my scrapbook layouts as well.
While scrapbooking is my first passion, cards are my playground - come play with me this month and learn the art of paper piecing, direct to paper distressing and more.

Attend card class during one of these sessions:
Sunday, October 11 @ 2pm - Monday, October 12 @ 6:30pm - Tuesday, October 13th @ 6:30pm

Cost is FREE with a $20 purchase or $7.50 without
Email me at to RSVP

Featured Supplies: Twitterpated Paper Packet, Twitterpated Workshop on the Go Exclusive Stamp Set, Treasures September Stamp of the Month, Whooo Loves You Stamp Set

Sunday, September 20, 2009

T-minus 2 hours 45 minutes until show time...

If you'd like to join me for some scappin' fun - visit at 6pm PST. The link will not be live until closer to show time. 

As much as I love my Consultant buddies, please leave room at the party for my customers and non-consultants. (I'll be happy to host a Consultant event later on).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Don't Miss Out - RSVP NOW

Come celebrate the Autumn/Winter 
Close To My Heart Idea Book
This party is a one of a kind designed especially to thank all of my amazing distant customers (and the local ones who were not able to attend my regular open house).

When: Sunday, September 20th @ 6pm (pst - remember to adjust for your time zone)

Where: Private Online Location - Simply RSVP to receive the details!

Attendees will be able to log in to a private party page right on my website and participate
in a virtual party via a live video feed. You'll be treated to artwork showcasing new products, live demonstrations, answers to any questions you have, games, great deals and more!

~~ Party Highlights ~~

Catalog Scavenger Hunt - Win a FREE Stamp Set

New Product Showcase & Demonstration

Kit of the Month Sign Up Special

Become a Consultant Special

Show Only Specials (Released During Party)

Rewards for Inviting All Your Friends
all those who have a friend attend will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Stamp Set
! the person with the most friends in attendance will automatically win a FREE Stamp Set!

$25 in Mystery Hostess Rewards Drawing*
earn 1 entry into the drawing for each $25 you spend (before tax/sh)
*once we reach $150 in party orders

RSVP by emailing me at

Hear what one attendee had to say about my local party...

"Wow, that was FUN! Christine is SO generous and knows how to host a great event. She had lots of snacks and flavors for bottled water, plus incredible deals on gently used stamp sets and gorgeous make 'n takes to choose from... plus lots of prizes were raffled off! She is SO creative and talented and had beautiful samples and art on display. Christine, you are AWESOME! Thank you. :)" S.D. from Washington   

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Watch out world...

Conner is officially a Kindergartner! This morning he climbed on the bus with the neighbor boys and was on his way.  Brian and I quickly jumped in the car and drove to the school to ensure that I'd be able to capture more pictures of him getting off the bus (and make sure that he was safe and sound with his teacher).  I am very lucky in that Conner has buddies across the street - one in 2nd grade and one in K.  Alan the older of the two deserves a prize.  He quickly wrangled his brother and Conner and escorted them to their teacher. With him there, I know they'll arrive safely each morning - what a blessing.

I'll admit that I choked up a couple of times (and lost just a few tears in the car).  It is rather unbelievable to watch my little man growing up!

Now that Conner is off to Kindergarten and I'll have 2+ hours of naps from Blake during the time Conner is gone. Boy do I have big plans. Can you believe I am going to have approximately 10 hours a week without kiddo interruptions?!  Crazy cool!
Conner was so tuckered out last night after a family get together I was able to capture this picture.  Sleep tight little guy, tomorrow is a big day!
Conner was so excited waiting for the bus - he wondered why it wasn't already there!
I love this shot of him running to me across the street to wait for the bus to arrive!
Conner got a bit nervous when getting on the bus - he kept asking where he was supposed to sit (K's are allowed to sit in the first 5 rows only). The bus driver was really sweet and let him sit with the neighbor boys - three to seat.
Conner getting off the bus at school for the very first time.  Check out the look on his face as he takes in the many students already waiting on the curb.
"We have the same teacher! Yay!"
Thank you Alan for taking care of the boys!
He is trying to show the teacher that he already has a name tag on :)
All the kids waved good bye to the parents. I know we all wanted to follow them into the room - but that would have been super distracting. So off we all went...

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