Sunday, November 6, 2011

Yes, the witch is in...

I hope you had a fun time this Halloween and you did not get spooked!
I made quite a few candy bar covers this year and some matchbook candy holders but I did not finish all the projects I started, crafting time was very elusive. I failed to get pictures made before I distributed any of the treat holders this year - not too smart on my part. Here are some cards from last year...I am sad to say that I never got any Halloween cards made this year. I hope these can inspire you (and me!) for next year. Since Amanda has aged out of trick or treating, we still get in some Halloween fun...we had a fun time at "Trunk or Treat" again this year.
Here is Amanda with her "little sister" that she has "adopted".Amanda helped out with the younger children along with some of the other girls. She also decorated our trunk and passed out the candy for me, sweet!
She had fun walking some of the younger girls around to all the decorated trunks, helping them to fill their bags full of candy and goodies.
Amanda always enjoys riding the hay ride too...but since they wait til dark, it is usually too cold and bumpy for me these days.
The best part of the evening to me, is when the bonfire is is always so nice to get warm by the fire.
Hope you have some toasty Halloween memories to keep you warm this year too.
Peachy heart hugs, Debbie

Finally...a New Post

Well, finally, here I am with an update. Whew, so much has happened since March. I surely broke my New Years' resolution to post artwork more often. But here I am now. Let me start with a family update.
Here is a recent picture of Amanda.
We were out having fun at Johnny G’s for Girl Scout kick off to the new school year. She was so happy with her ticket “haul”! She is working on a SB layout from this day; I will post it when she finishes. She just loves her new GS troop; I am so thankful to the wonderful ladies and girls that invited her
in...she is a Senior GS this year...gosh I can not believe how quickly these last 9 years have passed.
I can still remember those "good ole" are a couple pics from the past.
Golly, where did the time go? Our daisy troop was learning to iron...haha, the skill did not stick with Amanda, I am very sad to say. But I still have my beautiful girl and she has lots of other great talents.
I do really need to organize my old photos and get scrapping on these. If you have not yet tried Studio J, you should. I plan to use Studio J to catch myself up...I did not think I would like digital scrapbooking, but with studio J, studio scrapbooking is easy, fast, economical and so fun!
If you would like more info about it, let me know.
Peachy heart hugs, Debbie

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Peachy Heart Clubbers "Sweetheart" LOs

Happy Spring! I cannot believe it is March already and I have not posted for several weeks now. Are you ready for Spring break? Whew, I certainly am. Here are the samples of artwork that we did for March Club night, last night. If you would like to learn more or join us and get some scrapping done, ask me for more information. Ask me about the club perks…hope to hear from you soon. This LO is the one that most mirrors the LO in the Sweetheart brochure. I modified it slightly, to fit my photographs and taste. That is the beauty of the kits, you can easily modify the inspiring artwork. This LO showcases one of our new alpha sets, E1018, Pennant Alphabet. Pennants are super popular right now. Our set includes the Uppercase Letters on the pennants, the letters apart, so that you can stamp them on in another ink color and also the numbers. I purposefully moved the journaling block from the side near the photo to the center overlapping the two pages. Why you may ask? Well, if you look closely, I got ink on the edge of my block, which then transferred to my journaling block. I thought it was not as noticeable with the journaling block split in half so close to my “boo boo”. See, I make mistakes too…the secret is to minimize the effect if you can. "Boo boos" can always be covered or changed. LO two is a sketch from Jeanette Lynton’s book “MAGIC”, and I also modified it, but only slightly. The chipboard flower on the left side of the LO actually rotates and covers hidden journaling. And here is the journaling on the other chipboard flower. The photo below reflects the images in one our new alpha sets, E1019, Bohemian Alphabet. It is so pretty, just wanted you to be able to see it a little more up close. The images in this set includes all lower case letters, numbers 0 – 9, common punctuation marks and a couple flowers and flourishes. This view shows the detail of this stamp set so nicely. Next month, we will do the "Lucky" kit. Let me know by the end of March if you plan to attend in April, so I have ample time to order your kit. Happy scrapping! Peachy heart hugs, Debbie

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

WOTG Club - Layout One for February 2011

Well, I finally finished the LO, one of them, for next Friday night's club night. It did not take long to make, it took me long to START, LOL! I modified the sketch we will do from that in the brochure, slightly - to accommodate my pictures.
If you bring pictures, try for some vertical pics for the right side of this LO, as seen in the next pic and one large one for the left side, as you will see here:
The LO on the left, I added an extra picture not shown in the LO in the sketch in the WOTG brochure. I also added a journaling block, because I don't always like to use my own handwriting (like a lot of you too).
My daugher Amanda is in the pics with me. My neice Bree, is in the pics with Amanda.
I can't wait to see what you all do with this skecth and your pictures.
Hope to see next Friday.
Peachy Heart hugs, Debbie

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Make It From The Heart - CTMH Card Contest

For our CTMH Consultant Contest, “Make It From the Heart”, I also made a card using our new Wings Level 2 Kit. The card is a variation of a tri-fold card. It has a graduated front, so I call it a Graduated Tri-fold card. The sketch is from the CTMH book, “Wishes”, page 15.

I used several stamp sets on it including: D1348: Priceless Love Word Puzzle, B1376: Wings D1363, Picture Perfect. D1283: Say It In Style. C1456: Heartfelt Treasures, D1479: Dreams Come True, C1422: Unity, D1328: Post Marked and D1269: Feb Word Puzzle. That’s a lot, I know…but I might have just used one small stamp from the set. The colors are Juniper, Black and Vineyard Berry. I did some wet embossing on the front. The card highlights some our new embellishments.

I was going to send this to my nephew Josh, who I just found out, is back from his deployment. So instead of sending it “across the big pond” I will just send up to ND. If you have any questions about any of the products, please let me know.

Peachy Heart hugs, Debbie

Make It From The Heart - CTMH Contest

Finally, I made some artwork for our CTMH Consultant Contest, “Make It From the Heart”. The first item I submitted is a LO using our new Sophia Level 1 Kit. The requirement is to only use the pre-formated and other papers in the kit, along with the complimenting Stickease.
What a challenge for me! No stamping! No embellishments! Not even any distressing with ink!! I did make a flip up with the cardstock, used a Stickease strip to make a “ribbon-like” embellishment and I used the included cardstock to make photo and Stickease mats. I also cut into one of the preformatted photo squares, to tuck the matted Stickease in. Here is the left side:
The photos are of my DD Amanda and my DN Brianna. The photos really compliment the Sophia papers and are a good soft “unusual” choice for a Christmas themed LO, but to me, they work.
This is the left side of the LO, with the flip-up.
Thanks for looking! Peachy Heart hugs, Debbie

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wings WOTG Club **Reminder

Monday was the last day to take advantage of the January CTMH special tied to the Wings Workshop on the go. Thank you to all of you who confirmed attendance for my 18 Feb, new WOTG Club kick off.

I have ordered and received kits for everyone who did respond. I have one extra kit, for the first person to indicate they will be attending. Stay tuned for the artwork samples from the March WOTG.

Here is a sample of one of the layouts we will be making if you attend. It is the same LO as was advertized in the flyer I mailed out. I hope you will be joining us!! Peachy heart hugs, Debbie Taylor

Peachy Hearts WOTG Club Reminder and SOTM News

Well y’all, here we are looking at the end of January. I predict this year is going to fly right by…as it already is. Did you set your sites on some resolutions or goals, as I did at the first of the year? How are you doing? I have started my projects to simplify. I actually made it through my closet, my dresser and am working on my shoe closet. What a bummer…do I really need to purge some of my cute (but older) shoes?? I also have made a large dent in my craft room. I can actually walk all around the tables in the center of the room now…the floor is clear! I took a lot of stuff to the garage, (yeah, not so much progress there), and I rearranged the table configuration, and for now anyway, I am happy. More work to go, but a work in progress for sure. So what about that garage you may be asking? Well, about 2 weeks ago, I actually got my van in there, albeit for just one night. It did feel good though to have a good portion of the floor “clear”. Brian and I ran out in the rain/cold for fast food and it sure was nice to pull straight in and not have to get out in the weather. But progress is being made, even though I had to defer “stuff” from the craft room to the garage, I know I won’t quit until I have both areas spic and span…it just takes time. So January is almost down, and what about the increase in physical activity goal? Well, I have not done very well being motivated, but ha ha, I did order “Fitness” the magazine and the “Zumba” workout system, and so my mind is going in the right direction, if not my actions yet. Another goal was to increase my creative time. This is hard, since my schedule is so tight. But I am working on a submission for the CTMH Artwork Contest, “Make It From Your Heart”, so I am trying. Do you struggle with enough time to “do it all”? Well I certainly do. I recognize it, but now I have to figure out what to cut and what to prioritize, all the while still keeping it all going…KWIM? I certainly hope you and I reach our goals for the year. Let me know how you are doing with yours. And if you working on increasing your creative output too, then share with me. I will gladly share too. And as a reminder, my newest club, the Peachy Hearts WOTG Club, starts on 18 Feb. You need to confirm participation by MONDAY if you plan to join, as I must order the supplies NLT Monday. We will kick off with the WINGS WOTG. To show you the Wings palette, here is a card I made which uses the WINGS papers and also the January SOTM, “Find Your Style”. You can find more information about this SOTM, at my MyCTMH website and order it direct. “Find Your Style” is only available through the month of January. It retails for $22.95 but you can always earn it (or any SOTM) FREE with a qualifying purchase...just ask me how at Available only through Jan 31 Peachy Heart hugs, Debbie

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy New Year bloggers!

I hope you each had a festive and fun-filled holiday season. So hard to believe it is a new year again…and I have big plans for 2011. I've got so many things I want to accomplish this year. I'm about to burst to get started! My buzz word this year is “Simplify” and I have already started to work on it. Let me know if you are trying to do the same this year and maybe we can share ideas with and encourage each other. Once I get my main house in order, I want to revamp my crafts space so I can induce creativity and not block it, like my overcrowded, disorganized space does now. So let me share some information. Here is the January Stamp of the Month… D1452 Find Your Style, January 2011 Stamp Of The Month: US / Canadian Pricing: When you spend: You pay only: You save: $25.00 / $27.95 $17.21 / $18.95 25% off $50.00 / $55.50 $11.48 / $12.95 50% off $75.00 / $83.50 $5.74 / $6.50 75% off $100.00 / $110.95 FREE! 100% off Set of 9 Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks: 1" × 3 1/2" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 6 1/2" (Y1010) Secondly, I want to share information about the brochure I mailed out recently. “Inspirations” is a flyer for this month, to “bridge” us from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book to the Spring Idea Book which releases next month. Inspirations – Product Sneak Peek January 2011 When you purchase the new Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit (G1016) for only $29.95 US / $33.50 CAN, it opens the door for you to participate in three exciting promotions. With the purchase of the Wings Workshops on the Go kit you can choose any or all of the following: 1. Purchase the following new Spring/Summer Idea Book My Acrylix® stamp sets at a super discount: My Acrylix® Stamp Set Discount Price Full Retail A Game (A1113) $5 US / $5.50 CAN $7.95 US / $8.75 CAN Rosy Regards (B1369) $10/$10.95 $13.95/$15.50 Take a Picture (C1440) $15/$16.50 $18.95/$20.95 Dreams Come True (D1470) $18/$19.95 $22.95/$25.50 Bohemian Alphabet (E1019) $25/$27.95 $34.95/$38.95 2. Get the January Stamp of the Month set, Find Your Style, at a discount or free by purchasing new Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book products found in the [insert MyCTMH catalog name here] as follows: Purchase a Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit AND…Get Stamp of the Month 1 item from the Inspiration brochure 25% off 2 different items from the Inspiration brochure 50% off 3 different items from the Inspiration brochure 75% off 4+ different items from the Inspiration brochure FREE! You can also mix and match new products from the [insert MyCTMH catalog name here] and products from the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book, and we will automatically calculate the greatest savings between the standard program and this promotion for you to get the best deal possible! 3. Celebrate National Papercrafting Month in January with a My Creations® banner project. Simply purchase a My Creations® Banner (Z1378) and you will be able to make the project with the remaining supplies from the Wings Workshops on the Go™ kit and the E-size Bohemian Alphabet stamp set. The how-to instructions are included with the Wings Workshop kit exclusively through the month of January. For more details, or to get your copy of the Inspirations flyer, contact me today! Peachy Heart Hugs, Debbie

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year - New Focus!

Happy New Year Everyone! I know for myself, my family and for many of my friends 2010 was a challenging year. Now that we are into 2011, I hope to put the good and not so good of 2010 behind me. I am looking forward to this new year with lots of hope…I wonder what it will bring. New Years usually means Resolution time. I only have one resolution for 2011 which is "SIMPLIFY”. I want to simplify my chaotic life so that I can spend more enjoyable time with my family and to devote more time to serving God. I also have a couple of goals for the New Year. First and foremost, I need to devote more time to studying God’s Word. I so want to be a good example for my family and others and I certainly cannot be pleasing to God nor a good example if I am not in God’s Word enough. Secondly, like many others, I need to focus more on my health. The last several years, I have let my physical health slide. I want to correct that and make greater effort to take better care of myself. I also need to focus on my mental health as well. Like many, I have a lot of stress in my life and I truly would love to find a way to make peace with some concerns and to learn new or better techniques to handle the everyday stressors. And lastly, part of SIMPLIFYING my world, would be to find ways for me (and my family members) to be more organized. Whew, that is going to be a tough goal to met. But we are early into the year and so I am up for the challenge. Stay tuned to hear how it goes. I pray that you and your loved ones all have a blessed 2011! Happy 2011! Peachy Heart hugs, Debbie