Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oh BABYcakes!

I've been sharing peeks of new Close to My Heart products the past couple weeks....Let me introduce you to 'BABYCAKES'! Isn't it DARLING!? :)  

You can see a few different New Autumn/Winter 2013 Products here....among them are the Babycakes My Reflections paper kit as well as the Babycakes Embellishment assortment, the Newest Color of Adhesive backed shimmer trim - Bronze (we also now have Red!), Slate striped Twist Ties (oh my gosh, these little things are HANDY!), and my very favorite New product...the Cricut Artbooking Collection! 

Do you see the Overlay cut in Kraft cardstock adorning my card? MEET Mr. Artbooking! A misconception already is that they cricut cartridge is primarily used for Layouts and that is just not the case! :) :)

I just can't hardly wait to share more Products and artwork with you! I'm still up to my neck in Display Boards so consider this post 'Short & Sweet'...I'll be back with MORE, MUCH MORE! Very soon! 

Just for fun, Place an order on my Website of $50 or more before August 1st and I'll send you your own copy of the BRAND NEW Make it from your Heart Volume #2 Pattern Book! It is A MUST SEE I assure you! :) 

Blessings, Sus

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A SARTIA Sneak Peek!

Okay Kids! Getting Close to August! You already know what that means! I know you can't wait to get your hands on some of these new Gorgeous Goodies!

I'm still workin' my hiney off on a Huge Project....well, actually it's about 50 Different Projects - give or take. :) Here is another one of my Favorites of the Bunch! 

Meet Sarita! Isn't She Lovely? 

Of course she is even better looking in CRICUT ARTISTE Form! :)  I cut this Cute little Matchbox from my Trusty Artiste Cartridge, It holds (9) Nuggets Perfectly! The Stamped Image is also part of the Cricut Artiste Collection...Sometimes I get so excited about the Cartridge that I forget about the Darling Exclusive Stamp sets included in the Bundle! :) 

And Of COURSE, very few projects make it out my door without my MOST FAVORITEST (that IS a word in 'Sus World') Embellishment, the Burlap Ribbon! I love to unravel the threads and use them on my projects!

The Flower is made from the Sarita Textiles....It is 'Over the Moon' Easy! (Tutorials coming soon)! 

The Lagoon Flower in the center is from the new 'Base & Bling' Assortment! WHOOT! (Here is a small taste of 'Base & Bling' Embellishments)

I am So excited about these embellishments....They perfectly adorn any of our paper crafting projects BUT they also are part of the Wearable Crafts Jewelery Line JUST introduced by Close to My Heart! 

Okay.....Nothing like GETTIN' OFF TRACK! Where was I? Oh...yeah...the PAPER! I'm tellin' ya Girls, it's is FABULOUS! The pictures just do NOT do it justice! 

Here is a snap shot of the Pages from the Sarita Workshop on the Go Kit! I LOOOVE these Wooden Embellishments! And did you notice the Extra Cardstock sheets Close to My Heart is now including with our WOTG Kits?! They tossed in a few Gypsy sheets as well as an additional Goldrush Sheet to further stretch our Level 2 Packs! WHOOT! 

If you've known me for anytime at all you already know that I am  CRAZY THRIFTY! I want the MOST for my investment! The New workshop on the Go Kits are an Amazing Bargain! The Sarita Kit in particular is Valued at $39.59 but sells for only $29.95! That's a savings of $9.64! GAAAHHH! That's almost like getting your Level 2 paper Pack Totally Free! 

GIRLS! If you have never given the WOTG Kits a second thought I'd encourage you to do so with this Idea Book! I mean, My goodness, the EXCLUSIVE "D" sized stamp set is Adorable enough all by itself to justify the purchase! :)  Additionally each WOTG Kit includes a step by step assembly and cutting guide...PERFECT for those of us who just aren't feeling especially creative at the moment (which is me plenty of times!), Beginning Paper crafters, or those who just think the WOTG Layouts are JUST CRAZY AWESOME! Like this one below....:) 

Give them a look, you won't be disappointed! :)
I'll see you soon! With more Lovelies to share! 

Blessings, Sus

Friday, July 19, 2013

How about a peek at some Lola!?

Laughing Lola that is! 

The Launch date for the Close to my Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea book is right around the corner and I just can NOT wait to begin showing you the Artwork I've been working so hard on! 

One of the Brand New MyReflections Paper Kits bears the name 'Laughing Lola' and its as joyful as it sounds! A Crazy Collection of Raspberry, Purple, Black, and Gold make for a striking project I assure you! 

Lola was the first Kit I dug into! I have always loved the bright colors and I am especially fond of pairing black with bright color schemes! :) 

I've been working on a CRAZY AWESOME group of projects for some CRAZY AWESOME ladies and I wanted to share with you a couple of sneak peeks at a few of the pieces...:) 

Here is just a PEEK at a pair of matching layouts...do you see that FABULOUS Gold overlay? Uh...Let me introduce you to Mr. ARTBOOKING! You will be seeing much more of him soon! :)  I'll get a proper photo of these layouts soon but enjoy the CORNERS for now. :) 

Here are the corners of a couple of Lola Cards....they were not finished at the time of this photograph (probably around 2 AM when I took it - LOL) but at the time I thought they were just too pretty NOT to capture and share! :)

How about those Purple & Teal Flowers? (Big Smile!)  They are from the Brand New 'Base & Bling' Line....Did someone say Jewelery? GIRLS, I have SO much to share with you, my fingers just can't keep up! :) WHOOT!

And Last but not least...a Full picture because a sneak peek just wouldn't do this project justice! It's my favorite piece created thus far into this new Idea Book's worth of products!

I paired my FAVORITE Box from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, the FRENCH FRY BOX, with the New Laughing Lola paper & accessories! Whoot! I LOOOOOOVE IT!:)

This photo was just taken with my mobile phone (to be shared on Facebook of course!) so stay tuned for some better pictures and more details about how I created this beauty! :)

If you're like me you LOVE cards as well so I was thrilled that the Lola Kit came in a Card 'Workshop on the Go' package as well! And did you know the Card WOTG kits DECREASED in price? YES! They are down to $24.95! and they include a "D" sized (6" X 6") Acrylic Stamp set...HOLY SMOKES...that's like getting the rest of the ENTIRE kit for only $7! DOUBLE WHOOT! :)

Okay, so I'm jabbering on and on...I just had to pop in here and show you a few peeks! I am SOOO Sorry my poor unattended blog has just been sitting here all alone! Please hang with me, I promise it will be worth the wait! :) 

Oh, one more thing....I am reminding you to grab your HALF PRICED Canvas Kit before they are all gone....they are only available til the end of the Month and on a 'while supplies last' basis! :)  

I had a friend inquire about them this week, she asked if they might be a project her little girl could complete on her own to enter into the local fair? I could not believe I'd never thought of it before, that would be a GREAT way to use your canvas! And who wouldn't love a kit for their Birthday or Christmas gift? GOSH, the things you can get now days for under $20 is Amazing! :) :) :) 

Friends, Thanks for hanging with me while during my lack of posting, I will be back shortly with some FANTASTIC things to share! :) 

Blessings, Sus 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I have a few left overs!

Morning Kids! 

A couple weeks ago I hosted a Workshop for this Darling Little album! 

The Workshop was a BLAST but I do have 4 Left over Kits! If you'd like to have one please let me know either by commenting on this post or Emailing me here.  

Each kit comes with all you see here including Complete Cutting Guide and Assembly instructions so you can easily re-create more albums using your favorite paper! 

These are going to be Christmas Gifts for Parents & Grandparents this year for sure! :) Each Kit, SHIPPED is only $25! That's a STEAL! :)

Additional Supplies Required for completion; Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Piercing Tool, & Adhesive.

Additional Suggested (not required for completion) Supplies; Z2111 Chocolate  ink Pad, D1540 In the Background Stamp Set, & B1416 Keyboard uppercase Stamp Set

And no, you are not imagining things, nor did I infringe on a Copyright....Fellow CTMH Sister, Tresa Black created this workshop and offered the copyrights for sale to other consultants....I took advantage - as I have before with Tresa's Kits...She's amazing.  My group had a Blast putting this album together at our workshop, I know it will be a HIT anywhere it goes! :) 

So, if you are interested in purchasing 1 of my 4 available kits please just let me know, I can ship them as soon as...TODAY! 

Blessings, Friends. :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

I Lost my Hero...

I'm neglected my blog for a few weeks...I'm so sorry about that, it thrills me to hear someone tell me how much they enjoy my posting!

I'm posting about something personal today...if you are a Facebook friend of mine you have heard me post about this for a week now.  My Heart is still so heavy, you see, we lost our Hero this last week.  

Obituary Photo

My Grandpa had battled courageously against a very rare type of skin cancer for well over 20 years.  He lost that battle last week. I feel broken inside but I do know he rests in heaven with his Jesus at this very minute.  Grandpa was Crazy for Jesus and throughout my entire life I KNEW it was the foundation of his life! He told everyone how much he loved Christ.  

He had suffered such physical pain throughout this battle and I never heard him complain even once, instead praising the God that gave him life. Throughout his battle he'd have good years here and there....here is a photo of my Grandparents and myself at my Little brother's High school graduation in May of 2010.  I never realized - until looking at this photo - how much I resemble my Grandpa. :)

Grandma, Grandpa, Sus - May 2010

He was a very proud man and especially proud of his children and grandchildren.  As I was growing up (lived less than 2 miles from them) I remember thinking that I must be one of his most favorite people in the world because he always asked to spend time with me, often coming over to pick me up to go fishing.  When I got older I realized he treated all of his grandchildren that way. My cousins, siblings, and I say  that kiddos who are not able to experience Grandparents who truly want to invest in the lives of their grandchildren are getting  cheated!

I don't ever remember - even once - turning on the TV! We were always out fishing with Grandpa, baking with Grandma, making play dough saddles to put on our My Little Ponies (Grandpa perfected this - right at the kitchen table), playing Frog soccer, picking up walnuts, "Riding" on the round bales when he moved them to the hay lot with the tractor, or driving (I never told my parents that he was the one who taught me how to drive).  

My sister and I, along with 2 of my youngest cousins, were only a few years apart so we had many sleepovers at Grandma & Grandpa's house....my most Cherished memory was being put to sleep laying across Grandpa's chair with a plastic tractor running over my back...I know it's so silly but it is a memory I will remember the rest of my life. I had lunch with Grandma yesterday after church and took a picture of my beloved Tractors.  They are most likely older than I am and mean so much to me.

He was such an instrumental part of my childhood and I will feel that void for the rest of my life. While I will continue to miss him I rejoice at the thought of seeing him again one day in Heaven because of our shared faith in Jesus Christ.

Rachel, Grandma, Grandpa, Sus, & Ben - May 2010

Robert William Gardner, the only son of Paul Theron and Mildred Fern (Reese) Gardner was born on August 16, 1935 near Collins, Missouri. God called him to his Heavenly Home on July 1, 2013 at Sac-Osage Hospital after a 23 year hard fought battle with cancer. 

Robert attended Ashworth and Rainey grade schools, then Faith Bible Academy at Roach, Missouri. In 1951 he met the love of his life, Bonny Wheeler, at Vista Baptist Church and on August 16, 1955, he married that love. To this happy union God gave two wonderful children, Jeanie Floyd and Lynn Gardner. Robert loved Ford tractors and farming. 

He was employed on the C.L. King Farm for 50 years. He often said he’d always lived within 3 miles of his birthplace. Robert loved helping people even if it was only pulling them up a slick snowy hill. His greatest thrill was to go “Muddin” with grandson Ben Gardner. 

At 6 years of age he accepted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized in the Sac River. In 1955 he was baptized again to join Vista Baptist Church. He loved to serve his Lord if he was needed as Sunday School Secretary, Adult Teacher, hauling children to Bible School, serving as Deacon or telling someone about Jesus. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mildred Gardner. Robert is survived by his wife, Bonny Gardner; daughter, Jeanie (Fred) Floyd; son, Lynn Gardner; grandchildren, Susan (Randy) Williams, Rachel (Jeremy) Rothmayer, Ben Gardner, Robert (Melissa) Floyd, Stacy (David) Rogers, Heidi (Matt) Aton, Heather (Trent) Berry; great grandchildren, Cody Williams, Jay Rothmayer, Rylan Evans, Quinton Rogers, Allie, Sean, Kira and Emma Berry, Cole and Bo Aton; his sister, Luella (Bill) Meloy; nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends and neighbors. 

Thanks for listening to me blubber on today...I'll be sure to post something FANTASTICALLY CRAFTY tomorrow! 

Blessings, Sus