Saturday, September 15, 2018

Memories in the making!

    Happy Saturday!  Today I want to share with you the Cut Above Calendar kit we have for our September Promotion at Close to my Heart.   This kit is so fun and easy to put together.  Best of all, at the end of the year or as the months go by, you can rip off the pages and put them in an album.  Just click here to see all of the options that are available.     You can get the kit with or without the stamp sets.  But the best deal is with the stamp sets.

This is the cover page!

This is the entire kit!  So much fun stuff and all you need is a tape runner and your versa mat or a ruler to put this all together!  Click here to see the versa mat and tape runner and all of our other tools you might like to have.

Now I am going to show you all of the other pages completed.  I used foam pop up dots to raise up some of the pieces!

Aren't they so cute!!!!!

Well that's all for today!   I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Hugs,  Ronda


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Memories in the making!

Happy Saturday!  Wow, I can't believe that summer is almost over.  Did you make lot of memories this summer?  I know I did!

This month at Close to my Heart, we have a promotion that is perfect for all your memories from the summer and throughout the year.  It is a cut above Calendar kit that is so beautiful.  You get a very sturdy 12X12 Calendar with top pages to put a 12X12 layouts on.  The kit comes with 13 precut kits for layouts.  One for each month of the year and a cover page.  They have a beautiful background page and then die cuts and stickers you just punch out a put on the pages.  They also have placement cards for each page that you can use if you don't want to put your pictures on right away.

These first pictures are a couple of the pages completed without pictures.

This one is one of the calendar open and a page on it.

The quality of the materials in this kit are just wonderful!  Click this link to see all of the options to buy the kit.  The best buy is to get the entire kit that includes 2 stamp sets and the bundle is 30% off the retail value.  Look at all of this stuff you get!!!!!!
Here are some more pictures of the contents setting on my kitchen table!  All you need to make this is a tape runner and a versa mat or ruler!

The best thing about this kit is you don't have to be a paper crafter of any kind to put this together and if you are local to me, I will be having a workshop on September 27th at my home to start this project.  Just get your kit and give me a call or message me.  Join my workshop group on face book too!

I hope I hear from you soon.  We will have so much fun!  For all of your paper crafting needs, please visit my website at

Have a great weekend and happy scrapping!


Monday, September 3, 2018

Where does your food come from?

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend!  I did but not at a fun camp ground or a lake!  My vacation comes in a couple weeks.  But first I have to get all my canning done.  Why do I do this all summer, every summer?  Yes, I grow several gardens of flowers, herbs and vegetables!  And then after all the hard work of getting them planted I get a bit of a break.  We took a vacation up to Munising MI to see the Pictured Rocks and explored lots of water falls.

Yesterday I used up the rest of the cucumbers.  I had quite a few, but they get kind of bitter at the end of the season.  So I peeled them, chopped them and made some dill relish.  I have made it before just winging it but this time I went to Pinterest a got a recipe to follow.  So I have to give credit here.

This is how it looks, along with a few jars of tomato juice I canned too.  I just used up what was in the house.

I hope it taste good.  There wasn't any left to taste.

I love to dry herbs too, so at any giving time, you will find this in my kitchen.  I dry them and the put them in jars.  Some times I crush them and others I just leave hole.  I store them in the basement and I give them away too.

Here is another picture of some tomato juice I canned.  I think it is so pretty!

I rescued this beauty!  It had tipped over by the wind so I had to bring it in.

That its for today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Happy Healthy Life,


Saturday, September 1, 2018

New Holiday Inspirations!!!!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Yes Labor is what I will be doing.  I have some canning to finish up and I am hoping that is all the labor I will be doing.  I really can't wait to get my hands on some of our new products.

Our new Holiday Inspirations book came out today and it is so wonderful.  The new papers are all gorgeous! We have some new mixed media products and shaker card stuff too. Fun, fun, fun.

Click right here to look through the new book page by page.

Order any amount and on your first order you can add a book to your cart for free.

Look at this new color of the year!  It is call Sugarplum and it is just beautiful.  It looks kind of pink in this picture but it is really a wonderful Mauve/purple.  It also comes in a shimmer brush!

Here are some pictures of the rest of the new papers.  This first one is called Oh what fun!

 This one is Tis the Season!
 Here we have our Season's mix in packet.  These papers coordinate with all the other papers in the book so you can add a little extra!
 This one is called Grateful Heart!  Just beautiful!
 Here we have Hello Pumpkin which only has 3 papers that are actually Halloween so it gives you a lot more uses!
 And my personal favorite other than the Seasons Mix-In is Boutique!
I hope you enjoyed looking at these and you will get your free copy soon.  Remember, any size order gets you a free copy!  There are so many wonderful ideas in this book too.  It not just for shopping.  The art work makes it worth getting all by its self.  Click on the link above to look at the book or here to just go to my website!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading my blog!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Last Day!

August 31 is the last day to shop out of the Close to my Heart Annual Inspirations and the Seasonal Expressions.

All of the patterned paper will be retiring.  Although we will be getting all new one's there are some that I will really miss!  This one is almost sold out and is one of my favorites!  This is the adventure line and it is just filled with water color like paper.  Just beautiful.  I'm showing you the complements too!

Next we have our Whimsey collection.  Soft and subtle!

This one is called Enchantment!  Great for school projects!

and then last we have our Basics!  I will really miss this one.  Beautiful browns and greys!

All of our papers are two sided with a different coordinating design on each side.  Even our plain cardstock has a lighter and darker side of the same color.

I sure hope that you will take a look at these before the end of the day and don't forget to check out the clearance section.  WOW the deals are incredible!  Click on the book on the side or just click here to look at everything we offer.  You can also look through both books by clicking on products and idea books.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and be safe!

Happy scrapping!


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Documenting your life!!!

How do you document your life and family?  For me it is with pictures!  But I don't want to just leave them on my computer so no one ever see's them.  

We have a featured paper pack of the month at Close to my Heart and this month it is called Documented!  I really didn't know what I wanted to do with it so I decided after my Husband said something to me about making pages of our Camaro for some shadow boxes, that I would just use what ever pictures were in envelopes on my desk.  So I started with the Camaro pictures and then moved on to a vacation, then family and then some friends.

So basically I was using the paper to document these events and people I love.  I know a lot of girls that don't journal on there pages and to me that is one of the most important parts of scrapbooking.

Tell your story and write it down.  I don't care if my hand writing isn't that great.  I either write on a journal card or right on the page.

Here are the pages I came up with!  This first one I am going to put in a Challenge over at the Heart 2 Heart Blog. " For the love of crafting".

This one is some pictures of our trip to South Haven!

Here is the car one!
This one is of my Sister and Brother in laws trip here in Michigan!

This one is of Friends from High School and my Work at the Post Office.

I really like the way they all turned out.  I hope you do to!  Would you like help documenting your story?  I would love to help!  Shoot me a message and check out all we have to offer at Close to my Heart.  You will love our products.

All for the love of paper!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday Monday!

Well School started today for a lot of kids!  I sure am happy that those days are gone for me.  I have been busy canning tomatoes!  I did 14 jars of salsa on Saturday.  When I put them away in the basement I counted 13 more jars from an earlier batch this year and from last year.  I think that will last me and I will be giving some away.

I grow a lot of herbs and dry them and then I store them in mushroom jars in the basement.  So at any time all summer long you will see herbs drying around the house.  Yesterday I ground some up for my son.  He loves the red pepper flakes and one plant gives you so many peppers.  I hang them in my kitchen window.  It goes with my south western d├ęcor!  Once they are dry or a while later because I like them hanging there, I will put them in a gallon bag in the basement.

The lighting wasn't very good for the peppers but they do look pretty hanging up there.

My son is getting Sweet Basil, Hot Red Pepper, Sage and Rosemary.  I left some of the Sage and Rosemary whole.  I love the flavor that a whole sprig of Rosemary gives a roast.  I just lay it on top.  In the summer of course it is a fresh sprig.

Well that's it for today and as always for all of your paper crafting needs, please visit my website at

These Bashful products will retire on August 31 so get them while you can and make sure you visit the clearance section on my website.  There are awesome deals to be found there.

Have a great week,

Hugs,  Ronda