Monday, February 07, 2011

Close To My Heart Blog Sale *Updated with Pictures*

Hi everyone!!

Many of you may know that I was once a Close To My Heart Consultant. I had been a consultant since 2002, and over those last eight years, accumulated quite a stash of product. However, I rarely stamped and that's part of the reason I'm no longer a consultant. I'm passing along to you an opportunity to get some very gently used (if ever used) acrylic stamps and other CTMH accessories at about 40% off retail.
Below is a slideshow that will take you to my Flickr Set of CTMH stamps for sale. The price is listed in the description and we can combine shipping. Shipping will be figured once we know what you're purchasing and where it's going, but I've found that shipping Flat Rate Priority usually makes the most sense. Please email me at (april290 at gmail dot com) or leave a comment here on this post with your contact information if you'd like to chat further.

I also have many sheets of cardstock that I'm willing to let go at .25 a sheet. If there are specific colors you'd like me to look for, just ask. I had just about all colors with the new additions of Tulip, Creme Brulee, and the other two - NOT the most recent new colors just released this past fall (2010) but I'm only getting rid of what I feel I have a surplus of (a lot of fall and spring colors) and only a handful of the others.

Eyelet Case Organizer $10.00

Z4200 Accessories Organizer $5.00
Hole Punch (long reach (6") $3.00

Again, please don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Friday, February 04, 2011

And We Have a Winner!!!

Thanks to and their random number generator, I entered numbers 1-22 and ended up with LUCKY number 13!! HEATHER at Artist-in-Residence!! Heather, please send me an email with your mailing address to april290 at gmail dot com and I'll get your package of goodies in the mail to you!

If any of you happen to be fans of Close To My Heart products (or acrylic stamps in general), feel free to come by tomorrow as I'll be starting to clear some stash as a former consultant. Mainly stamps, but some other items as well . . . things that I'm just not going to use and I've finally accepted. Everything will be at least 40% off retail!! The best way to know when it's been posted is to either follow my blog over to the side or subscribe to the RSS feed in something like Google Reader; or follow me on Twitter as I have my blog set to post updates there too!

Happy Friday everyone!! May you have a crafty weekend!!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Project Life Tuesday (on Tuesday this time!) Week 4

***PLEASE NOTE: If you're looking for the One Little Word BLOG HOP, it's the next post down***

This week I kept to more photos then journaling. I enjoy the ability to go with the flow and do what I want each week. This week, you find a few pictures from the same day, and instead of feeling like I had to have a seperate journal spot for each day of the week, I just put multiple days on a tag. There were some things I left out, I'm afraid, but I did get the highlights. My daughter became quickly overwhelmed by Ikea. I was in heaven . . . the little things like that got left out . . . but maybe that should signal to me to do a seperate layout on that topic. I am not one who wants this scrapbook to become my only scrapbook this year, so I'm not adding a bunch of pages in. I figure if I want to expand on something, then I should make a layout and put it in our family album. I want Project Life to be one part of the great big whole. Now, if I could just find that time I keep talking about . . . so I CAN do those stories. Hopefully PL will serve as a springboard of ideas when I have some down time; and if nothing else, if I can keep up blogging about Project Life every Tuesday, maybe the stories will at least be here.

Here's Week 4:

Saturday, my daughter headed out to a friend's 16 birthday party. We finally took down the Christmas tree and then headed out to dinner with the boys to O'Charleys. Matthew got the usual chicken tenders with fries, Lance got the usual Mac and Cheese with Baked Cheetos. Sunday consisted of Monkey Bread for breakfast, building Star Wars lego ships and hanging out watching a few movies. Monday found everyone ready to go back to school., Tuesday Matthew finally sat down to get busy on his homework on the back patio, and Wednesday Lance ended up sick. Soccer (3v3) for Matthew was cancelled because of the nasty field conditions brought on by all the rain (on Monday and Tuesday). Maybe that's why there's not many photos of those two days? Wednesday I also missed the gym since Lance was home (and would be through Friday). Kristen was a huge help with getting Matthew ready for more Academy evaluations. On Friday, Matthew decided he'd show me how pleased he was with my choice to pick up some Extreme Pizza flavored Goldfish. What I didn't get a picture of on Friday was the fact that we ended up with two hours notice that Gavin's birthday party would be celebrated that evening . . . so off to Target all of us went (we were under the impression that his party would not be until February 5th) and barely made it home by 5 to get the boys there. Ed and I then went to Kirklands and grabbed pizza on the way home for everyone. 

I didn't even add any pull-out journaling this week and as you can see, many details were left out. I do have a receipt stuffed behind one spot, and in another pocket is the slideshow printout from the Open House FCAT presentation I went to on Monday night. I'm very sad that I have virtually no pictures of my husband in this album (except for Week 1 when he was working from home). At this point in the year, he is barely here, and his busy month just finished. We have some time together at home for a bit (unless some great big project for him pops up) and I need to be sure and grab some pictures of him - alone, with the kids, or the whole family. SO SO grateful that Project Life helps me to see that NOW, instead of six months from now when this time has already gone and things may have changed.

One Little Word Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to my corner of the world wide web! If you're finding me from the blog hop, I'm glad you're here and I hope you'll stay a while. If you're a regular visitor, feel free to browse the other blogs linked through this little hop and enjoy everyone's different ideas and thoughts on their One Little Word.

One Little Word is a concept that was started by Ali Edwards several years ago. The theory is that instead of making a resolution (or two or three) which may not be kept, you pick a word - single individual word - to focus on as the year progresses. At times, it may be very prominent and forefront on your mind, and at other times, it may ease its way into the background of your life . . . waiting. You can learn more about Ali Edwards and her One Little Word project here or at her blog. If you find that the ideas here intrigue you, it's never too late to sign up. One Little Word at Big Picture Classes is a year-long event and has forever access.

This year, I chose NURTURE to by my word to help guide me this year.

nurture: to further the development of; rearing, up-bringing, training, education, or the like; something that nourishes, such as food. Synonyms include advance, cultivate, encourage, promote, love & care for.

Over the last year or two, I've let other words guide me. Words like present and believe. Words that spoke to me then and helped me through certain periods in my life. When I focused on those words, however, I feel that I've let other things slip in my life. Things like making sure we're eating good meals, things like making it to church on Sundays, and relationships that need work have started slipping all while my focus was elsewhere. The purpose of my One Little Word this year is to keep each of those fragile balls which I care for in my life - relationships, my spirit, my health - most forefront in my mind and work on nourishing them.

TITLE PAGE: everything is pretty much per Ali's instructions. I chose white on white for the softness . . . and as you can see, even though I started in the center of the line with my word, it still didn't get centered. Oh well. I did add a quote that Ali brought to our attention during her January presentation. I loved it, and didn't want to forget the power of a word, so I wrote it on the side. The quote is: "Words are the voices of the heart," ~Confucious. This is a 5x7 page and will go into a 5x7 page protector from House of Three Parisian Anthology set of protectors. I apologize for the wonky color - it's white, but PSE with the white balance color correction made it all weird.

A January self-portrait was the back of the title page. Beginnings 2011 is what the photo overlay says. This was a freebie from Ali. LOVE freebies! I hate our bathroom decor (hasn't been redone since moving last year), but it has good light . . . and I rarely take pictures of myself, so I gave in and did a "me with a camera in front of my face" shot.

Page 1: Defining and solidifying my word; inviting in whatever may come over the next year. I apologize for the glare, but taking them out of the divided page protector would likely ruin the effect. You can tell I left in even the "mistakes" as they're part of me. After I made it, I decided to leave it as is, bolded, because I didn't mind the emphasis on friendliness. I chose to use tints of green on this page, as nurture and growth to me are one in the same in my context, and to me green signifies growth and beginnings.

And here are the pages, as they would be lying in my album:

I mentioned yesterday that there may be giveaways throughout the journey as well, and I have one to offer up to you all! As  you may see in the post below, I've been cleaning and re-organizing my scrapbook room. I have quite a bit of patterned paper, some embellishments, stickers, and other goodies to stuff full into a US Priority Mail box. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment and tell me if you have your own "One Little Word" and what it is. **Open to US residents only please unless you're willing to pay for shipping.** Comments will close on THURSDAY at 10 pm, and be sure to check back here to see if you're a winner on Friday!!

To follow along the hop, you're headed off to Nicky's blog at See Jane Bake. If you find a broken link, please see the list below and continue upon your path. I hope you find it to be an inspiring journey!

2) Jill Conyers
3) Monica
4) Lynn W
5) Miranda
6) Mandy
7) Kathy
8) Lisa
9) Donna
10) Abbey
11) Sam
12) April <-- YOU ARE HERE
13) Nicky <--GO HERE NEXT ****
14) Rebekah
15) Relly
16) Nancy
17) Cynthia
18) Kathryn
19) Nikki
20) Heather
21) Gayle
22) Kristina
23) Debra
24) Becky
25) Amy
26) Marlene
27) Maureen
28) Cheri
29) Monica Scrapmom
30) Jan
31) Junelle
32) Margaret
33) Sharyn
34) Tere
35) Amanda