Saturday, August 27, 2011

What's new?

When I started this blog, I promised myself to only blog about scrapping.
Sometimes that's hard when there's not a whole lotta scrapping going on in my life.
I'm not part of any design teams.
I'm not trying to promote the latest kit from a club.
I can't show off my latest layout that got published in a glossy magazine.
It's just me and all those family photos that I'm trying to get scrapped into an album.

If I hadn't promised myself to keep this blog strictly scrappy, I could tell you about:

1. how I joined Weight Watchers online a month ago, and  how I have lost lbs 10 by doing basically nothing else but counting points (and how fabulous I feel and so much more energetic)

2. or I could go on about homeschooling and what I like and don't like about the curriculum I chose ( and how I'm so happy I made this decision, because I love teaching my kids)

3. or I could go on (and on) about how to survive when your husband is gone ( in a frickin' war) for 7 months and we have just done half of it (and how the only way not to go totally nuts, is to stay busy. See #1 and # 2)

BUT this is a strictly scrapbooking blog, so I will only talk about that.

Many of you have asked if I will have a new design team or new guest designers for my sketches. The truth is that I haven't made up my mind yet. I have only two guest designer left on my list and after that I don't know what I will do.
One thing is for sure. I will keep on doing sketches and if I want someone to help me create with those sketches, I will let you all know here on the blog.

I want to show you my latest layout. I really, really like how it turned out.

I stamped, misted, stitched and used the Cricut.

All the flowers are cut out with a new Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart (CTMH). And then, they were so smart to make matching stamps to go on top of the flowers.

This "Art Philosophy"  cartridge has 700 shapes, many of which coordinate with the CTMH stamp sets. There are circles, flowers, snowflakes, leaves, tags, cards, 3-D images, ornaments, frames, hearts, acorns, brackets, borders, birds, trees, Christmas trees, flourishes, decorative corners and tabs, arrows, keys, lace images, and a font with a font layer.

When you get this cartridge you also get 3 matching stamp sets and 3 sheets of dimensional elements.
The price for all this is $ 99 and you can only get it from a Close To My Heart consultant. Not from EBay, not from Provocraft or any other website you'd normally buy your Cricut stuff from. 

If you are smart (like me) you will host a CTMH party and you will get it HALF-OFF! Click here to contact my friend who sells CTMH.

That's it for today.
I'll be back soon with a giveaway.
Take care!
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Chelle said...

Congrats on the layout. I am impressed that you homeschool, I couldn't do it. Thoughts for your husband and you.
The layout is gorgous. I love it.

Jannette said...

Congratulations in your weight loss, do you know that I am looking for a system to start to loose some weight? I am planning to decide between today and next wednsday, and start the plan on the first monday of september. I will need to look for wwonline....

April said...

Fabulous layout Helen!! And congrats on the weight loss...that rocks. ;)
- April

TeenaBugg38 said...

Who says you can't post all that other stuff??? It's your blog! I know how you feel but if personally.....I put my heart and soul into my pages and my page all are a part of my life....the good and the bad, It's all a part of who I am and if someone deoesn;t want to read about it then they can feel free to move along to the next one on the blogroll.

Congrats on the weight loss....WW is a wonderful program! I lost 80 lbs on it a few yers back but got lazy and regained it. UGH :(

li-bee-ti said...

Oh, Helen, post on what ever you like... :)) I love to read your posts, as much as I love your sketches and inpirtaion.
Congrats on loosing weight (I wish I did...)! Way to go, girl!
Aand way to go for homeschooling! It must be a tough task.
I would like to invite you to my blog, where I (once again) used one of your fab sketches:

TFL and take care!

Pam AKA: picnic said...

WooHoo way to go with the WW, and so you have to vent once in awhile, that's what friends are here for, don't know how u do all you do, home schooling, keeping up with your wonderful blog, the sketches, which by the way I LOVE, you are an amazing person... My thoughts are with your family and your Hubs, and all the military personal fighting for our freedom...Hope you have a fantanstic week...

Cindy deRosier said...

Congrats on the weight loss and best wishes with homeschooling! I absolutely LOVE your layout- I can see why it's your favorite. I think it might be my favorite of all your layouts, which is saying a lot.

{ Scrappiness } said...

Wow Helen, lots of news!! And although this is a blog of scrap, I just love when you share those precious details about you!! Perhaps because we can get a glimpse from where you get all this creativity to make the wonderful work of yours!!
Lots of kisses,

Svjetlana said...

Love your page, it's brilliant. Good luck to your husband.

Sandy Ang said...

Fantastic your photos ! the railway lines leads the eye into the pics so well. Love it if you'd link up to my boy themed challenge here

Melanie said...

Love those flowers! The color, the arrangement!

Lasting Memories Scrapbooking said...

love the LO and congrads on the weight loss! i for one would jump the highest to be on your design team, i love creating with your sketches! <3-renee

mustangkayla said...

First off, congrats on WW! My MIL and mom both are on WW and have had great results! Way to go on homeschooling! I think that would be a very had task! What a great layout! LOVE it!

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Nina said...

My english is not that good, but I try: I love to read your blog, and I love your sketches so much! I have learned so many things when I look at your Layouts. So I visit your blog very often...
I also love when you share other details about you and your life! Thanks for this wonderful blog!!

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