Friday, December 5, 2014


We had 10 awesome entries for our November challenges. 

The top 3 by DT selection (listed numerically) were:

#2 Jackie Edwards

#3 Elly's Creaties

#4 Toni Herron

And the winner of our Grand Prize by Random number generator is #7-
Creative Love Affair.

Our top 3 can grab a badge for their blog and if our winner can email me at we can get a gift out to you.

Congratulations ladies!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Welcome to our December challenges as well as a welcome to a wonderful new Design Team Member.

Please meet Katy Donaldson Taylor -

I'm am married to my soul mate. I'm a mother to three sons that keep me busy and a daughter that keeps life interesting. I'm a working mother by day and a papercrafter by night. I've been crafty since I was a little girl...spending Spring Breaks and Summers with my grandmothers who were artists in their own way. I grew up sitting in the pews of old Country Churches, drawing on the bulletins. I officially started scrapbooking in high school which was very primitive to say the least. I've been a Close To My Heart Consultant for 12 years and love it! On weeknights and weekends, in the midst of all the chaos, you can find me in my scrapbook room getting creative!

Welcome Katy!  I know you are going to make an awesome addition to our fabulous team!

Today for you we have a layout sketch -

Bev Code's photo.
with some inspiration from our talented team -
Leah Burgett
Paula Jennings

Cara Goedeking
Our Card Sketch:

 from Alicia Redshaw

 from our newest member-
Katy Donaldson Taylor

and our scripture inspiration is:
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
and a wonderful inspiration piece from
Debbie Reed

We hope that you will take some time out of your busy schedule and join us in any of the above challenges.  And also, keep watch for the announcement of our November winner!
Don't forget to link up!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fun New Technique to Share with You...

Cara here to share a fun technique with you. 

I LOVE Pinterest!! Any other Pinterest lovers out there? 

I love all the fun crafty ideas...I want to share one of the newest ideas I found with you. I'm a washi tape fanatic (and remember if you don't have washi tape you can always use patterned paper scraps...which I KNOW everyone has!!!).

This idea is from Doodlebug designer Melinda Spinks...

1. First cut/score/fold all your cards using white card stock and make them 4" x 5".
2. Layer your strips of washi tape to the front of each card. Melinda left a 3/4" margin at the top and bottom.

3. Turn the cards over and cut off your excess tape using a new blade on your craft knife.

4. Using more white card stock, cut a front panel for each of your cards measuring 3.5" x 4.5".
5. Cut your Christmas shape from each panel (use die cutting machine or punch).
6. Decorate the front of each panel and then use foam pop dots to adhere to the front of your cards.

Aren't these so cute? You could also use the same method to make a Christmas present out of a square die cut (or cut out the square yourself with a craft knife). Add a bow and a saying, and you're good to go. Or use different washi tape and make it a BIRTHDAY present for a birthday card!

The possibilities are many...I'm thinking with a heart die cut, cute red and pink washi tape and a Valentine's saying, you could have an adorable Valentine's card. 

Or...for an "everyday" card, you could do the same with cloud dies/punches and use blue/aqua washi tape. I can't wait to try this myself!! Have fun creating! ~Cara

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Everyday Miracle with Leah

Hello everyone! Leah here and I want to share with you two things. First, I want to share something personal about my son, Noah.  A couple of weeks ago he was baptized! 

I am beyond thrilled about this! When he got into the water with the pastor, the pastor asked him a question.  He asked, "Do you take God as your Lord and Savior?" Noah answered matter of factly, "Yes! He IS the Lord and Savior and shouldn't we all?" I love my son's honesty.  The pastor shared this with the congregation followed by several amens.  
Seond, I wanted to share some of my favorite Bible verses on being thankful:

Psalm 107:1
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ephesians 5:20
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

And my personal favorite:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
Love to all,