Welcome to my little corner of the scrapbooking/cardmaking world! I hope you enjoy my artwork made with the wonderful products from Close To My Heart and maybe learn a few life lessons as well! You can purchase the products used here through my Close To My Heart website! Be Blessed!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 2014 Stamp of the Month

Nothing captures your attention quite like a circus! And with our Circus Alphabet, your crafts will echo the fanfare of acrobats, tightrope walkers, and juggling clowns. Not only are these funky letters perfect for creating titles and sentiments, they can also be used to add some bold beauty to your projects. Learn how to use this stamp set to radiate your own beautiful backgrounds, and find out how you can qualify to purchase it for only $5 during the month of July!

Circus Alphabet - July 2014 Stamp of the Month

Item Number: S1407

Fundamental Crafts Contest

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last Night of Challenge!

Good evening everyone!

It is now, 11:23pm which means I have only a few minutes before the end of my 30 day challenge.  It has been a joy looking through old photos and remember days gone by.

I urge each of you to take time out to appreciate all that you have.  It can leave you so very quickly.  I must admit, because of time restraints, a few of these layouts were made earlier.  But I did promise you 30 layouts so without further ado...

Day 25 -
Day 26 - 

Day 27 -  
Day 28 -

Day 29 -

Day 30 -
I truly hope you've enjoyed viewing these layouts as much has I've enjoyed making them! 
Now that this is done, I am going to take a break this week but don't worry, I'll be back with more layouts, cards and other crafting goodies! 
Have a blessed night and keep scrap'n'. 
Debra :-)

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Hi everyone!

I'm back and I had such a wonderful time at the expo!

There were so many classes available!!  I especially enjoyed the one called Notions Commotion.  This instructor visited the vendors on the floor to bring us examples of the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos to make a sewers life easier.  Look what she had to choose from:

Can you believe this place!!  It's a sewers paradise!!  I didn't even have a chance to walk to every vendor, there were so many and I had classes to attend but the ones I were able to visit were outstanding!
Take this talented young lady.  Her name is Clare Rowley of Creative Feet.  She has invented a pressure foot that works on just about any machine and it can make attaching ribbons and sequins a breeze.  But the coolest thing about her booth was this...
...look at how she PAINTED her sewing machine!!  Isn't this the most amazing thing you've ever seen!!!  My picture doesn't do it justice.  There were so many people around her and I was trying to get her picture in a hurry.  She offers a DVD on how to paint your sewing machine.  You know I'm getting that one!  As I stated before, her pressure feet are amazing!!!  Check out her website at http://www.creativefeet.com/.  

This beautiful creation is called a quilted door!!  Isn't it beautiful!  I've never seen anything like this.  Not even in magazines.
I like this quilt because of the colors and the many different pieces used in one quilt.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any more pictures of quilts.  I was too busy visiting vendor tables and taking classes!  But I couldn't resist this one...
...the statute of Sir Walter Raleigh outside the Convention Center with a quilt draped on his back and an expo shopping bag in his hand!!!  I was there two days and didn't notice it until yesterday!!  Loved It!
Well, that's my report from the expo.  Hopefully, I will have more to show from what I've learned in my classes and I plan to post the remaining layouts on tomorrow.
Have a blessed evening!!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Posting Delay-Again :-)

Hello friends,

Due to lousy timing on my part, I have to postpone posting the other layouts until Sunday.  I signed up to attend the Sewing & Quilting Expo and I was so excited about it, I wasn't thinking when I started this challenge.

So, please know that when I return, I will pick up where I left off with the challenge and still have all the layouts posted by the 30th and hopefully have some pics from the expo to share as well!

Have a blessed few days!
Debra :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 24 - Latoya's School Days

I found this School Days embellishment set a few years ago and when I found the pictures of Latoya at her various school events, I knew I found the ingredients for a perfect layout.  Little Toya was very popular in school.  As a matter of fact, in day care, there was this little boy who couldn't say "Latoya" so he used to call her 'Matoya'.  Too cute!

Day 23 - Not Happy


Hi and so sorry Day 23 is late.  Getting to the end of June and the vacation planning has begun! 

When I saw this picture of Latoya, I thought - How adorable!!  The look on her face is priceless!  This is a very simple layout using Hot Off The Press Scrap In A Flash set.  Great when you are scrap for time...like me!