Thanks to amazingly spotty internet service at the Disneyland Hotel, even getting online has been well nigh impossible, so blogging just hasn’t happened. This week has been absolutely amazing, and once I get home to reliable service I will be posting pictures, as promised.
This morning was our 5K run to benefit Operation Smile…and I must say it was definitely easier this year than last, thanks in part, I’m sure, to me being twenty pounds lighter than last year. I had great walking partners, too, which made it lots of fun. And the Disneyland and California Adventure employees who lined our route and cheered us on were delightful! I find it amazing that it is 8:15 in the morning and I have already walked three and a half miles, changed clothes, and had breakfast…with Extravaganza awaiting at 9:00 a.m.!
This is our last official Convention day, and tomorrow I will explore California Adventure for the first time. Monday will be spent on the train going home. The seven hour plus trip will give me plenty of “quiet time” to review my notes from this week and design a game-plan for the upcoming year.
Yesterday’s Making Connections event in Sacramento was truly wonderful! There is something so charming about being part of a team that expands a corporate training event to include a daytime “play date”. I love the total rush that comes from spending quality time with authentic, caring women. They truly are Close To MY Heart!
On our way from our play date to dinner…the best is yet to come!
Monica Wihongi, Vice President of Marketing, was our speaker for the evening, and inspired us with her enthusiasm, wisdom, and joy. She shared insights and tidbits from Shawn Achor’s books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, as well as stories about her journey as a wife, mother of 7 children and two new furbabies, and her life with Close To My Heart.
The thing I love most about Monica is her accessibility. She doesn’t just go through the motions with “meet and greets”; she gets in close with the selfie camera and makes friends. She reminded us about Close To My Heart’s Motto:
[At Close To My Heart] We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity to preserve and share the memories that matter most.
Monica Wihongi is an absolute powerhouse!
I really needed the boost that this Saturday supplied…I have missed blogging here, and am ready to get back on a regular schedule.
To add to the goodies I told you about on Saturday, Close To My Heart has announced its first time ever Cyber Monday Sale. From Midnight (MST) on December 1 to 11:59 pm (MST), which is 10:59 (PST), all four of our exclusive Cricut bundles will be 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut collections make the perfect addition to any craft room.
To purchase any one or all four exclusive Cricut collections at 20% off the retail price, visit my Online Business Address. And your qualifying purchase of $50 or more entitles you to our Deal of the Decade special and the December Stamp of the Month, “Cutie Pie”.
My new job at Olive Garden has taken a lot of energy these first couple of weeks, but I got back on track with card making this evening. Here is Card #1 of the three-card set included in the Workshops on the Go Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit. The kit includes the supplies necessary to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs).
“Full of Thanks” card from the Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit (G1083).
The kit includes:
1 – My Acrylix Pathfinding Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Pathfinding B&T Duos Paper
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Colonial White, 1 Glacier, 1 Kraft, 1 Olive)
15 – Colonial White Cards & Envelopes
1 Sequins Gold Assortment
1 Bronze Shimmer Trim
1 Instructional Brochure
Exclusive Inks Pads in Chocolate (Z2111), Desert Sand (Z2118), Glacier (Z2641), and Goldrush (Z213) plus basic supplies are needed.
Well, the Stampers With Attitude Blog Hop for September has arrived at last. Our theme this month is “Scaredy Cat”, and all of our designs are using the Scaredy Cat Paper Packet and accessories. If you’ve never visited one, a blog hop is a circular trip from blog to blog, ending up where you started. You should have come to me from Becky McClain’s blog, and your next stop will be Jaime Llewellyn’s. In case you get lost, the entire list is posted below. Enjoy hopping!
I have really had fun with this paper packet. Here is the double page scrapbook layout I made using the B&T Duos bulk paper, Scaredy Cat Compliments, Halloween Greetings MyAcrylix Stamp Set, Antiqued Gold Durables Triangle Studs, and the Triangle Border Punch.
Left Side Scaredy Cat 12″X12″ Lay Out…fits a 5″7″ photograph.
Right Side Scaredy Cat 12″X12″ Scrapbook Lay Out. Fits two 3″X5″ and one 5″X3″ photograph.
While I was at it, I made a few Halloween cards. This one was quick and easy!
Witchy…Boo! (The inside greeting is “If the broom fits, ride it!”
All of the ingredients for these projects are from the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations idea book, and you can shop my Online Business Address here.
Now it is time for you to head to the next step on the hop: Catherine Nowak. Happy Hopping!
After witnessing an evening conversation that strained the family dynamic, one that would not have taken place had the two parties not been related, I settled down to scrapbook and was immediately drawn to the “Family is Forever” MyAcrylix stamp. The Stamp of the Month for September, it is perfect for heritage photos, but also very contemporary.
I decided to put a slightly different take on the “Chalk It Up” B&T Duos paper that has been used so successfully in school-related layouts this fall. This one simply illustrates the love of a mother and her daughter, and says it all: “Family is Forever”.
Family is Forever, Georgia and Olivia, March 29, 2014.
Supplies used: Chalk It Up B&T Duos paper, Thistle and Glacier cardstock, Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad, “Family is Forever” September Stamp of the Month ($5 with a $50 purchase in September only). To shop, visit my Online Business Address.
Yesterday at the Trinity Lutheran crop, the gals were comparing various storage containers/systems for their paper stashes. I have loved my Daisy Wheeled Cart by CM, but as I have gotten older I realize that it is more and more difficult for me to lift the loaded cart up into my Jeep. So I have been looking for a reasonable replacement (probably more than one) that would be portable and easy to load into the car.
Part of our discussion was about handles, and how even the nicest storage boxes had handles on the top, while they needed to be on the sides. One of the scrappers was very happy with the system she was using, and showed it off proudly. It is made by Iris, and is called a “Portable Scrapbook File Box” with accessory compartment. It holds hanging folders (3 are included), and has a top tray for tools, shiny objects, etc. I was so taken with it that I went to Joann’s this evening searching for one.
I was in luck. Not only did they have one, but it was 50% off! So I brought it home and will be loading it with new paper (including the Close To My Heart WOTG Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit that arrived yesterday). I will probably go back for at least one more.