November 21, 2011

Thank you!

I just want to thank all of you for helping to make this weekend's Mickey and Me blog hop a huge success.  All of the participating blogs had wonderful projects to share and the reader comments are always inspiring and uplifting. 

Without further delay I would like to announce the winner of the blog candy offered here on my blog.

Jennasa- please email me your mailing address at and I will get the cartridge started on it's journey to you!  Congratulations!  Please respond by 11-30-2011

November 19, 2011

Mickey and Me blog hop

Welcome to the Mickey and Me Blog Hop- November 19, 2011.  This should be your 3rd stop in the hop, but if you are starting here please be sure to head back to the beginning when you are done.  You don't want to miss the amazing projects that came before me! 

First, I would like to thank Michele Green for organizing this blog hop and for inviting me to participate.  I feel honored to be included alongside all of the very talented bloggers in this hop.  Second I would like to wish Rexann a very happy birthday- be sure to stop by her blog and leave some birthday wishes for her.  Like Rexann, I love all things Disney!  Earlier this year I was able to take my two little boys to Disney World for their first visit.  I have gotten a fair amount of their scrapbooks done, but there is so much more to do.  I love that I have been able to use this blog hop as inspiration to get another layout done. 

I have been struggling with how to complete my Animal Kingdom pages for months.  I really wanted to feature the tree of life somehow, but there aren't any Cricut Cuts for the tree.  I really wish PC would create a cartridge specific to the Disney Parks- I think that would be amazing.  I considered designing something with that program "that shall not be named", but I really wanted to stick to cricut cuts for this blog hop.  So, I went searching through my handbooks to find a suitable tree.  I found one where I didn't expect- Pooh and Friends!  LOL.  I should have known that it would be hiding on a disney cartridge.  The challenge was that the tree has a door at the base and some other Pooh specific features.  With a little help from my G (welding a grassy base to the tree- Paper Doll cart), some hand trimming, and a bit of creative embelishment placement- I think I was able to accomplish my goal!   While it isn't a perfect replica of the tree it is a pretty good match.  If you would like more details on the tree leave me a note and I will try to do a seperate post on the tree itself.

Other unique elements of the layout include Mickey and Minnie dressed in Animal Kingdom style,  the date banner- creatively placed to cover where Pooh's door should be :), and the photo foldout that holds 5 photos.  I also added a few not so hidden Mickey's using gems as a bit of a finishing touch.  If you would like to see how all of the elements came together, please be sure to watch the short video in this post!

Thank you for stopping by for the Mickey and Me blog hop.  Please be sure to continue on with the hop and visit all of the amazing ladies who are participating.

Here is the complete blog list for you:
  1. Michele @              
  2.  Rebecca @  
  3. Missie @ <-----You are HERE!
  4. Shirley @ <----- Go here next
  5. Rexann @    <----- The birthday girl!
  6. Paulette @
  7. Laura @
  8. Allison @
  9. LaShavia @
  10. Elizabeth @ 
  11. Kristen @
  12. Sue @
  13. Tamara @
  14. Leah @
  15. Rosewise @
  16. Nancy @
  17. Susan @

And of course what's a blog hop without some blog candy?  In honor or Rexann and her birthday I will be giving away a Cricut Birthday Cakes Cartridge.  This is an amazing cartridge with a full font and a variety of cuts!  A must have for every cricut lover!  To qualify you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post  telling me who your favorite disney character is!

Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you as well.  The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, November 21, 2011 and the package will be mailed within one week of the announcement.  I will provide shipping to anyone inside the US via the USPS.  If the winner resides outside the US, I do ask that you pay the shipping charges. 


November 16, 2011

A flower card and arrangement

As many of you know I am a student.  I have been in school for the last several working towards the ultimate goal of applying for nursing school.  As part of my course work I needed to take two semesters of human anatomy and physiology (A&P).  I am nearly done with this work and will complete it in just a month :)  For the last semester and a half I have had the same professor.  While the class isn't easy she is a very knowledgeable and understanding professor.  Earlier in the semester she was injured and will be having surgery over the Thanksgiving break- next week.  I decided it would be nice to make her a card and have the entire class sign it.  After completing the card I had a fair amount of "extra" flowers and decided to make a small arrangement to go with the flowers.  I would guess that this has about 10 hours of work into the project, but I am thrilled with the final results.  i am looking forward to giving these to Professor Becker tomorrow.

The flowers were all cut using the Mother's day boquet cartridge.  The Flower pot card is a naughty "program that sall not be named" cut.  The envelope was cut with just because cards and the small card inside was from Art Philosophy.  All stamps were Close to My Heart.  Of course lots of bling and glitter were also used.


November 1, 2011

November Close To My Heart Specials

Close to My heart has another month of wonderful bonus offers for you!  This month for ever $25 in stamp purchases you qualify to buy a special NOVEMBER 2011 ONLY Holiday Wishes stamp set for just $5.  And as always there is an amazing Stamp Of the Month that is only $5 with any $50 purchase!  These two offers can be combined on any qualifying orders.  If you choose to shop online don't forget that I have two promotions that are active right now and these can also be combined with the CTMH specials making November an amazing month!  Be sure to check out my Ink promotion and my customer give away

To place a CTMH order you can shop online via my website my website or contact me at

Have a wonderful day!