Click Here For Free Blog Backgrounds!!!
Blogaholic Designs



What Do I Buy Next?

About Me

My Photo
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.
View my complete profile

I'm So Glad You Stopped By

">Blogaholic Designs”=


Comments Brighten My Day

Blogaholic Designs”=

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Early Halloween Card

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!

Remember:  ""

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.
My e-mail address is:


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:

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Here I am back in Sevierville, TN, at our semi-annual scrapbook retreat at Whispering Winds.  The last time I was here I had to drive up in January during a terrrible snow storm, but this week has been gorgeous for August.  Not rainy and not too hot.  There are only 5 of us up here all week, but some others are going to drop in here and there for a day or so.  I have worked on a scrapbook for our trip to Hiwassee, GA, with our two daughters and their families, but all the pictures aren't printed out, so I couldn't finish it.  For the most part I have been doing cards.  We have a Stampin' Up consultant up here, and an former Anna Griffin Design Team member, so I've really learned a lot of new techniques and made some new cards.  I've taken a picture of one of them, but it's not very good.  I'll try to do a better job tomorrow.  The card I've posted tonight is a 3D rose.  I cut 4 different layers of one rose and pop-dotted them to make the flower dimensional.  Then to make it a little fancier, I glittered around all the petals and then outlined the matting with Perfect Pearls.  You can't see the glitter very well, but it really makes the card.

Oops!  I didn't mean to post two of them.  Oh well, enjoy.  I'm going to bed.  Judy

Friday, August 1, 2014


I have decided that instead of trying to upload videos that are a pain in the neck to do, I'm going to show more of my completed projects, and tell you how I did them, keeping them simple and uncomplicated.  Lately, I have been seriously considering becoming a Close To My Heart consultant. What do you think?  Have any of you been a consultant with them?  If so,  I would love to hear your input - especially on things like:  1.  What is the minimum sales requirement?  2.  Can sales be made without having "parties"?  I don't want to sell that way.  3.  What is the initial monetary investment on a new consultant's part?  I know I should be asking a CTMH consultant these questions, but I feel their answer would be slanted in hopes of making a sale.  I'm still thinking about it, so let me know what you think.

In the meantime, here's a pretty card I made using my Cricut Explore, using one of July's Anna Griffin designs.  I did have to purchase the design, but it turned out really pretty - using just 2 cuts - the light pink outside with the card design, and the green inside, cut to perfectly match the outline of the outside.  Also included in the design was the white doily under the "Hang In There" card.  Since this was a featured design in Cricut Design Studio, the step-by-step instructions were right on my computer screen.  So easy!  If you have a chance try the new Cricut Design Studio. And see what you can do with the Explore.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

Do any of you remember these times?  I sure do.  Some good, some not so much.  Click on the underlines title just above and enjoy.

Friday, June 6, 2014


Have you ever made any box cards?  Well, I just saw my first one a couple of weeks ago while I was at a Saturday crop, and I was sooooo impressed with how cute it was!  I just had to go on You Tube to find out how to make them, and I did find quite a few video tutorials on how to make them.  Each one of them used slightly different measurements, but I finally settled on one of the bigger cards and made my card that way.  It's basically the same idea as an exploding box, but with more additions.  Let me show you what my card looks like.  It was for a gentleman in our Sunday School class who had surgery.  I wanted to brighten up his day.

This is what the card looks like when it's closed.  Then you sort of pinch it at the sides, and it turns into a box and Voila!

You can't tell, but the bottom striped part is in box form, and the top polka dots fold out to open the box and reveal the cute little characters inside.  Want to learn how to make one?