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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2 More Days, September Scrapbooking Specials

September 30, the last day of the month, is only 2 days away and that means only 2 more days to take advantage of Close To My Heart's September Specials.

As a reminder, here is a short description of both specials and how to get 'em while they're hot:

1. Pair-A-Phrase Double Stamp Set: With September being National Stamping Month, Close To My Heart decided to celebrate by creating their first ever DOUBLE stamp set called "Pair-a-Phrase" (two "D" size stamp sets combined...making it a "Double D"! lol) and letting YOU earn it absolutely FREE ($35.90 value) with a $75 order. I've included a photo of the set below (both carrier sheets are 6" x 6" in size) and a little owl card that the uber-talented art department at CTMH created with the set. "Owl" bet you've never seen anything cuter!

2. September Stamp of the Month: I made the grouping of cards you see at the top of the post with this wonderful and versatile stamp set (click on photo to see it larger and in more detail).

As always, the Stamp of the Month is only $5 ($17.95 value) if you spend $50. Well, if you've already spent enough for the FREE "Pair-a-Phrase" set, then you've already qualified. In fact, I'll let you in on a little secret, the $5 Stamp of the Month can count toward the $75 required for the FREE set too. So, if you've chosen $70 in products to purchase, add the Stamp of the Month for $5, then you get "Pair-a-Phrase" free! Cool beans!

To place your order, head to my website, and click on shop online. My website shopping is open 24/7. You have until midnight (MDT) on September 30 to take advantage of either or BOTH of these wonderful specials. You'll be prompted to add them before you finish your order. If you need to browse through the CTMH Idea Book, you can do that here.

Monday, September 26, 2011


We've been gone this weekend. After Dawson's game on Friday night (they lost 29-28...heart breaker! The good news is that Dawson played well and scored a touchdown), we headed down to Las Vegas to see Easton and the Southern Utah University T-Birds take on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. UNLV was highly favored but we TROUNCED them! WOO HOO! SUU 44, UNLV 16. I will share a photo of Easton and one of Dawson in a moment.

In the meantime, since I have no art to share (between a weekend of football and canning salsa all day again today), I thought I'd share this fun story. As you can see by the photo at the top of the post, Dawson's room has been 'foiled'. This afternoon the doorbell rang and I almost didn't open it. I wasn't expecting anyone and I had no make-up on, my hair in a pony, and my salsa canning outfit on (we don't need to describe it other than to know that it is NOT vogue). I decided to open the door anyway, and what should I find but 3 beautiful girls from Dawson's school. They all introduced themselves and asked if they could sneak into Dawson's room while he was at football practice. They explained that one of them wanted to ask him to the Sadie Hawkins dance and they had a fun idea. If you think my salsa outfit is bad, you should have seen Dawson's room. Suffice it to say, he is not a great housekeeper! Sheesh, I was embarrassed! Oh well. I let them go in and they pretty much covered everything in sight in foil, including shoes, laundry baskets, the whole bed, the handles on the dresser and bedside table, everything on top of his dresser, even a little bit of dirty laundry on the floor, etc. Then, on top of it all it said, "Don't foil my plans! Go to Sadie Hawkins with me. To find out who I am, start unwrapping." Too cute! I can't wait for him to get home and see it. I think we are going to have to come up with a really creative way to answer.

As promised here are a couple of photos from our football weekend.

Here's Dawson scoring his touchdown (#46 white):
Here's Easton lining up for a play (#88 in the white):
Love me some Pedersen football boys! I promise to post some artwork SOON!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September Specials, Just A Little Over A Week Left

I haven't mentioned the Close To My Heart September Specials lately, and thought that with the end of the month just over a week away, I should give you another little reminder. I mean, really, these specials are just too good to miss!

1. National Stamping Month FREE Double Stamp Set: With September being National Stamping Month, Close To My Heart decided to celebrate by creating their first ever DOUBLE stamp set called "Pair-a-Phrase" (two "D" size stamp sets combined...making it a "Double D"! lol) and letting YOU earn it absolutely FREE ($35.90 value) with a $75 order. I've included a photo of the set below (both carrier sheets are 6" x 6" in size) and a card at the top of the post that the uber-talented art department at CTMH created with the set (sidenote: Don't you love that scrumptious chocolate striped ribbon? You can purchase it in a 5-yd. spool on my website. I am using this ribbon like crazy!). I especially love using colored pencils with this set. I also love that there are not only great lined images, but wonderful sentiments to match!

2. September Stamp of the Month ("Limited Edition"): As always, the Stamp of the Month is only $5 ($17.95 value) if you spend $50. Well, if you've already spent enough for the FREE "Pair-a-Phrase" set, then you've already qualified. In fact, I'll let you in on a little secret, the $5 Stamp of the Month can count toward the $75 required for the FREE set too. So, if you've chosen $70 in products to purchase, add the Stamp of the Month for $5, then you get "Pair-a-Phrase" free! Cool beans!

I've added a photo of the carrier sheet here (which is actually 6" x 6" in size) and a photo of a card I made using it with the Sonoma papers.

You can order on my website 24/7 (just click on Shop Online. You will be prompted to add both sets before the end of your order) or by calling or emailing me (801.360.9896, Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Advent Calendar Box Workshop Information

Yesterday, I posted this little advent calendar box with a promise that I would be adding detailed information soon on how you can make yours. Well, here it promised.

You can participate in making one of these boxes in one of 3 ways:
  1. Come to the workshop on Thursday, October 20, 2011 (you can choose between a morning workshop: 10 am - 1 pm, or an evening workshop: 7-10 pm) in American Fork, UT
  2. Host your own workshop at your home with your friends. I will come anywhere between Ogden and Santaquin, UT. I just require that you have at least 10 boxes purchased (that means if one person purchases 5, one person 3, and one person 2, you can host a workshop. It doesn't have to be 10 different people).
  3. Participate long distance: just add $10 to the price. This will include me stamping your stamped items and the shipping.
Shopping List (to partcipate, you must purchase the Basic Kit. Anything after that is optional):

Basic Kit:
Total $27.50. For each additional box (up to 4 total boxes), just add $14.50. At box #5, start at $27.50 again.
Better Kit = Basic Kit + the following products
Total: $60.50

Best Kit = Basic Kit + Better Kit + the following products:
Total: $72.00

If you would like to come to the workshop, host a workshop of your own, or order a kit long-distance, just email me ( or give me a call (801.360.9896). You can also purchase most of these wonderful Close To My Heart items on my website, 24/7.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Christmas Advent Calendar Box (and a little FOOTBALL too!)

What do you think about this little box full of advent calendar goodness (click on the photo to see it larger and in more detail)? It is an altered chipboard box, full of 24 chipboard cards with an activity for every day in December leading up to Christmas. FUN!

This is a workshop I am offering in October. I will be posting information about how you can participate in this workshop by attending it (in American Fork, UT on Oct. 20), by hosting your own at your home, or by doing it long-distance in a couple of days. In the meantime I thought I'd post a little picture to wet your whistle. Enjoy!

Of course, I had to be sure and add a couple of football photos. It rained during Dawson's game on Friday night so I didn't dare take my camera out, but he had a circus-stopping-one-handed catch in triple coverage for a touchdown. Here's a photo from a couple of week's previous of him (#46) going in to try to block a field goal from the paper (thanks to the Daily Herald!). I'm hoping the team photographer got a shot of the touchdown catch this week.

Saturday, at Easton's game, the weather was much nicer and I DID have the camera out. Here are a couple of photos of one of his (#88) 4 catches. He led the Southern Utah University team in receiving yards with 76 in their 45-22 win over University of Texas, San Antonio.
Love me some football and some Christmas crafty stuff. This was a fun post for me. I hope it was for you, too!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Football Fever!

Football season is one of my favorite times of the year. Last night was homecoming for the Springville High School Red Devils. Unfortunately, we lost. One bright spot was an amazing one-handed catch by Dawson and the touchdown he scored. I don't have photos of that yet but I'm hoping the team photographer got some! I'll know in a few days.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little football memory from Easton's (Southern Utah University) game last week. They played Sacramento State (ranked #12 in the nation {FCS} before the game). We beat them. WOO HOO! Consequently, the SUU T-Birds moved up to #23.

In that game, Easton had a wonderful catch on 3rd and 17. It was a broken play and Easton continued to create space with his defender until he was open. QB, Brad Sorensen found him in the middle of the field and got him the ball. Just as Easton caught the ball, he was hit from both sides by defenders. His helmet flew off of his head and into the air. As he got up, his legs buckled and down he went. He blacked out for a few seconds but ended up being okay. Thank goodness. He was helped off of the field and was coherent the rest of the game (that's always a good thing). The best news of all: he held onto the ball! Spoken like a true football mom!

I had my camera snapping like crazy during the play. I'm no pro, but I am pretty happy with this progression of photos (click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail). Easton is in the red jersey, #88.

We are headed out to Cedar City to watch the T-Birds take on the University of Texas, San Antonio tonight. Go T-Birds!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Christmas Layout (1976), A Very Special Memory

I will never forget Christmas 1976. I have remembered it over and over again throughout my life and can't believe I have never scrapped about it until now.

I was working on some projects this week using the upcoming Close To My Heart October Stamp of the Month (I shared a project with that yesterday too). It's a beautiful Christmas stamp set. I usually don't share Stamp of the Month projects until the month you can actually purchase the stamp set, but since I used some sketches for 2 of the projects (see yesterday's post), I am sharing them this week. You may see these projects, along with several others I made, in October too. When October begins, I'll be revealing this set along with ordering information. Stay tuned! In the meantime, there is a wonderful September Stamp of the Month and September National Stamping Month Special that you can read about and see here.

For this one-page layout, I used this week's sketch from Creative Scrappers (sketch #173). I am a big fan of their sketches and always feel inspired to have a jumping off point. I also added a hidden journaling pocket behind the photo. In case you are wondering what it says (it will explain the photo of the yellow bike!), here it is:

"I think I will always remember Christmas 1976 (6th grade). We were living in Littleton, CO and my dad (LeRoy Overstreet) had recently resigned from his job. Things were not going as he was promised when he was hired over a year before and he felt some very unethical things were happening there. As a result, he quit on the spot with no other job in sight. I know my mom supported him in this decision, but it was still a very tough year for our family. Although my parents did all they could, making ends meet was almost impossible during this time. My dad did find odd jobs here and there, my mom began doing full-time babysitting, we lived on our food storage as much as possible, and my mom baked bread (I loved bread days!). Christmas was coming and I really wanted a brand-new 10-speed bicycle. Of course now, as an adult, I see what a selfish wish that was. At the time I was just a 10-year old who was hoping for the impossible. I remember my parents telling me a week before Christmas that I was not to go into my dad's workroom in the basement. What do you think I did? I promptly waited until everyone was in bed asleep, and snuck into the workroom. Inside I found an old, beat up, white 10-speed bike. I tried to feel excited, and even started thinking about how I was going to pretend to be so grateful on Christmas morning. I may have been young, but I was old enough to understand that we didn't have much money and my parents were trying so hard to grant my wish anyway. Christmas morning finally came. I, along with my sisters, went upstairs to see what Santa had brought. To my great astonishment and surprise, there was a brand new, bright yellow 10-speed sitting by the tree for me. I was so genuinely shocked and excited. I couldn't figure out how that ugly old bike in the workroom had turned into this one. Years later I asked my mom about it. She told me that my dad had wanted so much to give me what I had asked for and didn't want our financial situation to ruin the magic of Christmas for us girls. He heard about a police auction a few days before Christmas and went. He was able to bid on the yellow bike and pay about the same price for it that he had the old white one. Still, years later (I'm now 45), I tear up as I think about this. I will be forever grateful for parents who found a way to grand the almost impossible wish of their 10-year old daughter. (written 9/16/2011)"

One of the things I love best about scrapping is re-living the event or memory I am scrapping about as I scrap, and then again and again as I browse my books. I'm so glad that my children, and their children, and generations to come will be able to read about and see some of my life-altering moments. I didn't have photos from that Christmas (many of my parents' photos were ruined in a flood when they lived in Hawaii), but I do have the memory. So, I just googled "photos of yellow 10-speed bikes" and found this. Cool beans! You don't always have to have a photo of your own to preserve a memory. With a little creativity and ingenuity you can create a beautiful layout with photos of things that pertain with a few seconds on google!

Oh, and don't forget, you can find great CTMH products to preserve your memories 24/7 on my website.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

5 x 7 Christmas Card

When I saw the sketch at CPS this week, I decided to play. I think the biggest reason is that the sketch was totally outside of my comfort zone and I thought it would be a challenge.

The stamp set I used for the stocking and sentiment on this card is the October Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. You may see this card again in October when I share that stamp set and ordering information with you. In the meantime, I wanted to post it to go with the sketch.

Close To My Heart colors used were White Daisy, Black, Olive and Cranberry. I used the Spray Pen filled with a little white acrylic paint mixed with water to create the splatter background, the brand new CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Collection for the snowflake doilies and the backing piece for the stocking, and the Licorice Opaques for my accents. I also used the music stamp in the Universal Backgrounds stamp set to create the tone-0n-tone pattern on the strip of olive paper. The stocking and the main sentiment are embossed using the Versamark Pad and White Daisy Embossing Powder.

I know Autumn is just making it's debut, but I had to pull this set (the October Stamp of the Month) out and play. Stay tuned for information about this set the first week of October.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scrapbooking Clearance Sale...While Supplies Last

Lots of new items have been added to the "While Supplies Last" section of the "Shop Online" portion of my website.

One of the items on the list is this package of Kraft Color Ready Borders. I was so sad to see these being retired. I use them ALL. THE. TIME. I'm stocking up and hope you will too. These little guys are a must-have. In fact, I used one on this card made with the September Stamp of the Month.

Check 'em out! Some items are as low as $1. There are lots that are too good to miss.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September Stamp of the Month 5" x 5" Wedding Card

I made this wedding card using the September Stamp of the Month and the Sonoma Level 2 Paper Pack. I also used the AMAZING Close To My Heart/Cricut Cartridge for the flowers and doily.

Click here to find out how to get this wonderful stamp set for only $5! By the way, the actual size of the carrier sheet is 6" x 6". This stamp set was also crafted so that several of the images also work with the CTMH/Cricut Cartridge. See the tag and bookplate designs? You'll notice there is a line around each of those on the carrier sheet as well as a measurement. How cool is that? The line means there is an image on the CTMH/Cricut Cartridge to coordinate, and the measurement tells you what size to cut it. Neat-o!

You can also click here to enter my website and shop for so many wonderful Close To My Heart products 24/7!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Good News and Bad News

I've got good news and bad news...

How about the bad news first. Let's get that over with. Springville had 8 (no, that is not a type-o. I said 8) turnovers last night that led to their 37-6 (sad!) loss to Maple Mountain. It was a sad thing.

Good news: Dawson (strong safety) played great. It was fun to open the newspaper this morning and see this:
"Despite the lopsided score, there was some solid defense on the Springville side, particularly in the second half. The efforts of Caleb McCray, John Tupou and Dawson Pedersen were especially noteworthy."

We are off to Cedar City this morning to watch our son, Easton (receiver) and the Southern Utah University T-Birds take on Sacramento State (who stunned Oregon State last week). Go E! Go T-Birds!


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