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Judy G.
I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


My husband and I had spent last Friday through Sunday in Franklin, NC, with our oldest daughter and her family.  It was a beautiful, relaxing week-end.  The weather was perfect, and the fall colors were barely beginning to show.  We had entrusted the care and feeding of our two dogs to my husband's brother, who always does a good job.  Our smallest dog "Feisty" ( a Feist) is older and lately she had slowed down a lot.  The vet had checked her out and said that X-Rays indicated that she had arthritis and put her on some canine arthritis pills, which had seemed to help her.  But while we were gone, we got a call that she wasn't eating much and seemed weak.  When we got home yesterday about 4:00PM, she was laying in our yard close to the back door, and when I first saw her,  I thought she was dead, but when I got to her, she had very rapid, labored breathing, and, although her eyes were open, she barely responded to me.  I hurriedly rushed her to the emergency vet clinic, where blood work revealed that her red blood cell count and platelets were so low that she wouldn't make it through the night without a blood transfusion.  They started the transfusion right away, but it was too late.  My sweet little doggie died.  The final diagnosis was Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA),  which is apparently the most common cause of anemia in dogs, although I'd never heard of it.  The dog's red blood cells attack and destroy themselves as if they were foreign cells, and, over time, the dog becomes so anemic that they cannot survive.  I "Googled" this disease, and poor little Feisty had all the symptoms :  fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, blood in the stool (so the vet said).  Of course old age can cause this too, and that's what I thought the problem was.

I've shed many tears this past 24 hours, and I know many of you know how it feels to lose a beloved pet.  Each time a pet dies they take a little piece of your heart with them.  I feel better today.  My husband buried her on the farm next to Granny's little dog "Cookie", and I know I'll put some sort of grave stone at the site - maybe I'll even plant a rose bush there.  We do still have another dog,  Nick, who was Feisty's best friend.  He keeps looking for her and seems worried, but with some extra attention, I'm hoping that will pass.  Life goes on, and so will we all.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I have accumulated quite a bit of Washi tape, and I decided to try using it on a card.  I ended up making about 5 different cards with it, because they were so quick and simple.  Here's a picture of the card:

If you have three colors of Washi tape, give this a try, and then stamp a small sentiment in the center, with some sort of embellishment where the tapes meet at one of the corners.  I used a paper flower with a clear bling in the center.  Cute and simple card that you can put together very quickly.


What can I say?? I'm always super excited when I get new scrapbooking supplies! It's as good as Christmas - almost.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Come one and all and visit my " Close To Amy Heart" on line gathering to celebrate my becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant.  The more I've learned about  their products, the more I am impressed with the quality and ease of use of all the papers, stamps, inks,and other fun toys that they carry.  I am holding an on line gathering and inviting everyone to go to my website at:  You can either go through the shop on your own, or you can click on the link that says "Judy's Gathering" and it'll take you right to the catalog pages.  Feel free to browse all you want.  Remember, it's free to browse - no obligation- but you just might find something that you'd really like to have.  Thanks so much.  Love to all, Judy

Sunday, September 14, 2014


I received my consultant kit for Close To My Heart last Friday, and looked through it for all sorts of goodies.  I signed up for the card-making kit, and so on Saturday I went to a day-long crop at a local church and took some of the stamps and ink I got with me.  I already had some cards from another kit that I was working on, but I did want to have something to show from CTMH.  The cards I am showing you are card kits from Annie's Cardmaking Club, which I used to belong to, but the stamps on the cards are from Close To My Heart, so is the pretty ink.  I loved the stamps!  They make such a clean and precise image with minimal pressure.  I hope you like them!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


O.K.  For those of you (like me) who have been eagerly awaiting the release of Cricut's new cartridge for Close To My Heart, it is now available to order on-line.  It's specifically designed to help you make new and exciting greeting cards - interactive cards, flip-outs, pull-outs, pop-outs, and 3 dimensional.  If you go to my website:
Http//, you can watch the promotional video.  It's one of the first things I'm going to order!  The cartridge comes with a huge bundle of stuff and quality card paper, and don't forget to send me an e-mail with your mailing address if you want a free idea book, which is their catalog.
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I made this video as an announcement that I have decided to become a Close To My Heart consultant, since my passions in life are scrapbooking, papercrafting, and card making. My website is up, so please watch and enjoy - and hopefully order.

Friday, September 5, 2014


I have finished another really cute mini album.  It has no particular theme - it's just about summer and fun.  I found this paper called "Give A Hoot" by Papercrafting at Hobby Lobby, and all the papers went together so well that I just couldn't resist it.  I added the embellishments today, so I decided to post the pictures of it.  It's my standard mini, only I ditched the hidden hinge system and went back to regular hinges.  They're a little more trouble, but at least I know the pages are going to stay on.  It's for sale for $30, if anyone's interested.  Just leave me a comment and tell me what you think.


Here I am again, having done another new card.  This one was tedious, but fairly simple.  All you need is a good sized stamp of a flower or something decorative like a medallion.  Then cut 4 pieces of white paper - each piece 1/2 in. smaller in height and width than the one before it.  Then stack them centered, one on top of the other, starting with the largest on the bottom.  If necessary, put temporary adhesive between the layers to hold them in place.  Then stamp your image on top of this stack, making sure that the papers don't move.  Next, mat each stamped piece with a piece of card stock (same color for all) exactly 1/8 inch larger in dimensions.  Glue the matted papers on top of each other, being careful to match up the image pieces.  Color if desired - I did.  Then place on the front of your card.  Here's a picture of mine: