Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Stamp of the Month: Jubilation Blog Hop

Pin It Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This stamp set can be used throughout the entire year!  Each month I participate in a Stamp of the Month Blog Hop that features the special stamp that is only available that month. Using the links provided, you hop from blog to blog viewing over 50 ideas using that stamp set. If you came here from Dawn Heuft's Blog then you are on the right track. You will find the next link at the end of this post.  Here is what the stamp set looks like:

Here is my card this month.  I used the Embellished Circles technique that I found from the fabulous TechniqueJunkies website.  The Stamp of the Month along with the Connections stamp set is perfect!  Can you see the clear buttons on the starburst stamps?  They really add a lot of dimension and interest!

Lucky Level 2 Paper Packet (Sunset and Colonial White Cardstock and Navy circle background paper)

Please leave a comment if you'd like and then hop on over to one of my favorite consultant's blog!  Katy Donaldson
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!

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We had fun at the beach today even though older brother is sick.  His first day as a 10 year old and he's stuck in the chair watching TV - well, maybe it isn't so bad afterall.  My daughter got to try out her new Barbie kite that the Easter bunny brought her though.  She had a great time! Pin It

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pull Out Shadow Box Card

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We're making this card at my next team meeting!  If you've ever thought about becoming a consultant, now is the time!  You can get a TON of products and business supplies for just $64.50 (1/2 off) through May 31st!! Pin It

Monday, May 23, 2011

You & Me Special

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My wonderful 2nd downline, Sharon Esau, made a similar card using the Lucky paper pack for our team swap the other day and I loved it so much we made them at my workshop last weekend!  We used the You & Me special which is one of my favorite sets of all time!  Pin It

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Minute to Win It Birthday Party

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For my son's 10th birthday party we created a fun Minute to Win It Party.  It took a bit of thought on how to do it, so I've shared them all with you here so you don't have to recreate the wheel!  We had 10 crazy energetic boys at the party and I think they all had a blast!  The TV show is one of my son's favorites, so it seemed like the perfect party theme for him.  Of course, as with all of the themes I seem choose, you can't find party supplies yet.  I'm sure they will come out with them in the next month or two given my past experience.  Here are the details:

I created an invitation on my computer using some of the graphics on the Minute to Win It website.  Hey, if you don't want me to use your copyrighted images then come up with some party supplies, right?  :o)  The invite went a little like this:

You've been selected to be a contestant for (my son's name)'s birthday party! 
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes!

There were 10 boys and each of them chose 4 out of 8 games to play, so basically 5 boys played each of the games throughout the evening.  I made a chart on posterboard that listed the names of the boys on the left column and the games at the top.  Everyone that participated in each game received a prize for their goodie bag, but those that placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd also received points on the chart that counted toward the final prizes.  1st place received 3 points, 2nd place received 2 points, and 3rd place received 1 point.  The small prizes were items from the DollarTree that came in bulk packs like swirly straws, candy, bouncy balls, personal battery powered fans etc.  Memorial Day is coming up so it was handy that the Minute to Win It colors are red, white, and blue.  The final prizes were $15, $10, and $5 GameStop gift cards.

Here are the blueprints we modified from the Minute To Win It website:


  • When the whistle blows, players may begin using 1 hand to stack snack cakes 1 at a time on the forehead.
  • If a cake or cakes fall, player may use the same hand to restack them.
  • To complete the game, player must stack 7 (we ended up doing 5 because 7 was too many) snack cakes 1 atop the other on the forehead before any one else.  We left the wrappers on because it was inside and would have made a mess, but it would have been easier for them to be unwrapped.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive corresponding points.

  • When the clock starts, player may grab the first tissue.
  • Player must use the same hand to pull the tissues for the entire game.
  • Players can only pull ONE tissue at a time!
  • Player's fingers may not enter the box.
  • To complete the game, player must empty the box, pulling the final tissue before the other contestants.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive corresponding points.

  • Fill the tissue box with ping-pong balls, then attach tissue box to the back of belt. Put on the belt with the tissue box sitting at the small of the back.
  • When the clock starts, players may begin moving body to shake the ping-pong balls out.
  • Player's hands or arms may not touch the box or belt.
  • Player may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
  • To complete the game, player must get all 5 ping-pong balls out of the box before any one else.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive corresponding points.

  • Prior to game start, contestants wear a rubber ball attached to the back of their pants or a belt, like a tail. (I found a rubber ball game at the DollarTree that was attached to an elastic string and a velcro wristband that was perfect!)
  • Once game begins, contestants begin moving their body to get the ball swinging and try to knock over the 6 plastic cups surrounding them.
  • Contestant may not use hands, arms, feet or legs to guide the string or ball.
  • Contestant may not hold belt.
  • If a contestant touches the cups with their body, resulting in a cup falling over, the game is considered a fail.
  • If one cup knocks another cup down both cans will count toward the final score.
  • To complete the game, contestant must knock over all the cups using the ball.

  • Prior to game start, contestant stands with two balloons. After the whistle signal the contestants will release the balloons up into the air.
  • Contestants may use any part of the body to hit the balloons.
  • Balloons may not be held by the contestant, or rest on any part of the body once they have been released.
  • Contestant and balloons must remain in designated play area during game.
  • If a balloon pops upon contact with the body the contestant is eliminated.
  • The person to keep the balloons up in the air the longest is the winner.  2nd and 3rd place winners will also be given points.

  • Prior to game start, contestants must be seated in an upright position in the chair with hands on knees.
  • Contestant can put an Oreo on their forehead before start of game.
  • Starting Oreo position must always be in the center of the forehead, not touching the eyebrows.
  • Game begins at the whistle
  • Once the game begins, the contestants may use only their head to manipulate the Oreo.
  • The Oreo must remain in contact with the face at all times (i.e. may not be tossed from the forehead and caught in the mouth).
  • If an Oreo falls, off the head, the contestant must start over with an intact Oreo.
  • To complete the game, the contestant must hold an intact Oreo with his or her mouth before everyone else. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will receive points.

  • At the whistle, contestants will hold onto the ends of the crepe paper rolls and unwind them by twirling your arms or wrapping them around their bodies. 
  • If the paper tears at any time, the participant may pick up the end and keep going.
  • The first one to unroll both of them is the winner!
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will receive points.

  • Contestants will stand facing the table with 7 metal nuts strung onto a wooden chopstick in front of them
  • At the whistle, they will move the nuts to the end of the wooden chopstick and stack 7 metal nuts on top of each other
  • If the nuts fall, you must start over

Party Bags - I used my Close to My Heart stamps along with coordinating stamp pads to create tags for the paper gift bags for each child.  I got 2 red/blue gift bags for $1 at the DollarTree.  Along with the small prizes after each game, the boys also received a blue or red water bottle that had another name tag. (You can see the waterbottles in the picture with the birthday cake below.)

Cake - I had spent quite a bit on other items, so I kept the cake simple and made cupcakes. I found cupcake papers and star toothpicks/toppers at Michaels that matched the colors and they were perfect!  I also found small "1" and "0" toothpick candles that I put on the two middle cupcakes.  On a blue glass cake stand, they looked great!

We picked up some pizzas for the boys and also had fruit available too.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Stamp of the Month: Chairs to You

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Here is one of the cards we made at my last workshop.  I got the original idea from Jen's Blog and thought it was a great way to use this adorable stamp set.  Thanks Jen!


Item#  Description  Page  Price
D1456 May SOTM: Chairs to You 132 0-22.95
X7136B Mayberry Level 2 Paper Pack 28 12.95
X1411 Colonial White 8 ½ x 11 CS 120 6.75
X2114 Cocoa Stamp Pad 124 5.25
Z578 Corner Rounder 123 7.95
Z1151 Foam Tape 123 5.95
Z1387 Wooden Buttons 116 5.95
Z906 Bamboo Waxy Flax 114 3.95
Assort Brads

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

You & Me Special - Secured Flip Flap Card

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Here is another Secured Flip Flap Card using the adored You & Me Special. I love love love this stamp set and paper packet! You can get it for just $15 in the month of May if you order $50 or more. OR you can get it FREE, PLUS 1/2 off the consultant kit this month too! Let me know if you have any questions!

You & Me Kit (stamp set, opaque gems, papers) 
Olive Ink Pad
Chocolate Ink Pad
Chocolate Waxy Flax
Retired Buttons

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mother's Day Card

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I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day.  I love this stamp set and it's only $13.95!  You just stamp it, cut it out following the cut lines in the stamp, add some adhesive to the end, pull tight and you're done!

Click on the link to see what they look like:
B1365 Spring Up 13.95
X7136B Mayberry Level 2 Paper Pack 12.95
Z1392 2" Scallop Punch 14.95 Pin It

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mayberry Card

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Whew!  Blogger was down for a few days, so I wasn't able to update my blog, but never fear - I am here! Here is the stamped 3-D flower card that we are making at my workshop tomorrow.  I will post more details after the attendees make it.  Pin It

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May(berry) Workshop Details

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Join us for this sunny (one can hope!) workshop in "May" featuring the "Mayberry" paper pack, canvas badge buttons, and the NEW National Scrapbook Month Stamp set and Papers!

Techniques: Pull Out Shadow Box Card, 3-D Stamped Flower, Paper Piecing, etc.

When: May 14th from 10:00am - 12:30pm

Place: My Stamp Studio in Fircrest, WA

RSVP: Before May 12th via email
Cost: $5 plus an order of $20 or more (or a $25 workshop fee)
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

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I hope all of the mom's out there a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

One Day He'll Make the Pros

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I am so proud of my son and I just have to brag for a minute.  He's not quite 10 and he's playing on a 12U competitive league.  There are kids that are 13 years old on the team (yes, their birthday made the cutoff) and he's holding his own and then some.  I think watching him play ball is one of my favorite things to do - it may even top stamping and scrapbooking!  Tonight it poured down rain and was freezing, but there was no way I was going to my car!  It's called "being prepared."  I keep blankets, chair, and of course my wind umbrella in my trunk and they've made it out for every game this season.  Hopefully we'll get some sun for the double header on Vashon Island this weekend! Pin It

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

National Scrapbooking Month Special!

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I am so excited to announce this terrific special! 

New Consultants:  Celebrate with me in May by getting 50% off the new Consultant Kit AND get this exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit FREE!  I would love for you to join my wonderful team of caring and fun consultants.  Whether you are interested in cards, traditional scrapbooking, or online scrapbooking, Close to My Heart has something for everyone!  Click HERE for more information.

Customers:  Just place a minimum order of $50 in Close To My Heart products and you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for the discount price of just $15!—that’s more than half off the retail value! You can also purchase the kit at full retail for $34.95 with no minimum purchase required. Order at my upcoming gatherings and workshops or on my website.  Just add it to your shopping cart and the discount will be taken off when you check out.

You & Me Scrapbook/Card Kit Details:   With this wonderful kit, you can make two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included instructions, papers, D-size stamp set, and accessories. The You & Me scrapbooking kit includes:

1 – My Acrylix® You & Me Stamp Set
1 – 12” × 12” Colonial White Cardstock
6 – 12” × 12” B&T Duos® Papers
1 – 6” × 9” You & Me Irresistibles™ Chipboard Die-Cut Sheet
1 Yard – Chocolate Stripe Ribbon
1 Package – Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
1 – Instruction Guide

Offer valid May 1–31, 2011 only.
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