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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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OUR NEW PUPPY LOVES TO PLAY SOCCER.I

I discovered that "Jack" our 9 week old mixed spaniel puppy (rescued from the Humane Society) loves to chase the kids' soccer ball around the porch. I got a really cute video of him, but it took me quite a few shots because the ball kept hiding from him under the porch furniture. It wasn't long before he learned to steer it with his nose. It was really funny, and you can't hear his barks and whines in the video, but he would get really mad at it because it wouldn't stay still. So cute! The exercise really wore him out, too!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SO EASY CLOSE TO MY HEART CARD TUTORIAL

I ordered one of Close To My Heart's easy Holiday Card Kits (Cut above) because I wanted to make a video tutorial to show you just how simple and quick they are to make. Your children will love helping you make them. Visit my site and give them a try! http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com

ANNA GRIFFIN HOLIDAY CARDS FROM HSN

One day last week, while my grandchildren were visiting with us during fall break,  Abby, my 10 year old grandaughter and I decided to make some Christmas cards using Anna Griffin's marvelous Christmas card design packages I bought during the recent 24 Hour Draft Day on HSN.  This are two of the cards we made - SO BEAUTIFUL!  They did take a while to layer on to our satisfaction, but basically, that's all we had to do.  And then we just glued it all on.  Aren't they gorgeous?




ONE MORE HALLOWEEN CARD - A STAIR STEP CARD

I feel that I have finally mastered the stair-step card, and I made this really cute owl Halloween card using the new print and cut feature on my Cricut Explore.  Whatever did we do without this??  I fully intend to do a video making this card as soon as my house is empty of visitors and other obligations are taken care of.  In the meantime, here's the card:


Don't forget to visit my website, as there are so many cool things happening during the month of October at Close to My Heart.  http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ARTBOOKING WITH THE CRICUT

I have finally made my first video using Cricut's Artbooking cartridge, the third cartridge that Close to My Heart has produced to be sold exclusively by Close To My Heart.  It's got soooo many features and characters that can help you make some great scrapbook pages, but of course you can still use them for whatever else you might want.  I chose a simple 2-photo page, but there were a lot of buttons to push correctly, so you can tell I'm out of practice with my Expression.  I have the Explore, so I tend to use that more.  Anyway, enjoy  the video, and check it out on my CTMH website:  http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com.  Thanks!





Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A VERY SAD HAPPENING

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

HERE'S A SIMPLE CARD USING WASHI TAPE

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.


MY CLOSE TO MY HEART CONSULTANT KIT HAS ARRIVED!

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

PLEASE COME TO MY ON LINE GATHERING!

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:  http://justamidnightcropper.ctmh.com.  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