Monday, March 28, 2011

March in with Mayberry

I am so ready for Spring. We had a few beautiful days here in TN where the sun was shining, the birds were singing and my kids were outside having a blast in the warmth. Then the temperature changed and I think we hit winter again. What happened to my beautiful weather? This month in my workshop we created some fun layouts to help celebrate the change in the season (to spring that is) but the weather has been so crazy that I haven't been able to celebrate spring like I wanted so... my second layout doesn't have any pictures on it yet but it will soon :) Hope you enjoy!

Here's Close to My Heart's Mayberry Workshop on the Go. You can get this kit anytime between now and June. It also comes with a card workshop to create 6 cards and a stamp set. You can see the entire set on my website at

This layout was inspired by another CTMH consultant and tweeked a little. This is the one that I am anxious to add photos too once the sun does shine a bit. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hope for Japan comes from Close to My Heart

So much tragedy and devastation have touched Japan as of late. The people of Japan hold a special place in our hearts here at the Hicks house as my husbands Aunt and Uncle are missionaries in Japan and have lived there for the past 20+ years. God brought them back to the states about a month ago for some medical issues so thankfully they were not caught in the horrific storms and aftermath that the rest of Japan have been suffering However, even though they are here, their hearts are back in Japan as their son and daughter-in-law, as well as their many friends struggle to put life back in order and deal with the potential threat of radiation.

With efforts to help in any way we can, Close to My Heart, has released a special "Hope for Japan" stamp set where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross tagged specifically for the needs of Japan. To make it possible for as many people to help Japan as possible, CTMH has priced this special stamp set at only $5!!! Go to my website at to order your stamp set and help those in need now.

God Bless!

Friday, March 4, 2011

In love with Sweetheart

Last weekend I held my monthly workshop using our beautiful and fun Sweetheart papers. This is one of my favorite paper packs in our new idea book. The pinks and black with a light touch of purple are so fun to work with. My youngest daughters birthday is on Valentine's Day so I am always looking for something that fits with the colors of the season but doesn't scream Valentine's Day - this paper definitely fit the bill.

Here is a banner I made for her birthday party to help celebrate my sweet girl. It was SO easy to make! I sprayed the pendant using the Misting technique and used only 2 sheets of patterned paper and scraps of cardstock. It came together so quickly!

Here it is now hanging in her bedroom.

I attached one picture for each year of her life put used temorary adhesive so she could remove them if she wanted to as she gets older. Well, what do you think? I have to be honest - I LOVE IT!!!

Here is the layout shown in the worskhop on the go. It came together so quickly. It's hard to see it in the picture but we used the liquid applique for the "string" to hold the pendant title up and add little dots to the heart flowers coming off the black cardstock. This really made the colors pop! The shiny epoxy stickers add a nice touch and some bling to the layout too!

This second layout we created came from the Magic Book. Again, another easy layout with light distressing in black around the edges. Lisa, a loyal customer and friend, always loves to tilt her pictures or paper to give it that fun feel, so this layout was created with her in mind.

Both these layouts came together in about 2 and a half hours and that was with us talking and catching up with one another (one of the best parts of my workshops :)) If you want to create these layouts too, you can still get all the materials, complete coordinating stamp set, full color brochure walking you through step by step as you create the first layout shown and also walking you through creating 6 more cards for only $35. Send me a quick note at and I'll get your kit on its way to you.