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I am married to a Great Guy - Charlie.  We have a beautiful daughter, Charese, who is a JOY to have.  We love the outdoors, watching movies, reading and I love scrapbooking and cardmaking.  There are other hobbies as well.  I love to meet new people and share my love of scrapbooking and cardmaking with people.

Happy Holidays to you all

Hello everyone - I am sure that you all are as busy as I am with the Holiday Season upon us. Today I started the Christmas baking. I finished one batch of cookies and got the peanut butter cups mixed up so I can make them tomorrow along with Monster cookies. Now monster cookies is probably not a traditional Christmas cookie but I don't make them very often and Charlie loves them. So we added it to the list this year. If I stick to my schedule I should be good and not get stressed out. We will see how it goes. Hopefully I will be able to take some pictures of us doing our Christmas baking and such.

I hope that this Holiday season finds you all healthy and enjoying the season. God bless you all! Merry Christmas.

Charese 2 Year Album Vol. #1

This is Charese at 2 years old. This is Volume 1 of 3. I have all the pages done, however, I don't have the title and journaling done on all of the pages yet. Baby steps - I will get it done. But if you would like to see the pages in this book just click on the title and it will bring your there. This was one of my favorite two page spread - she is finding the jellybeans that the Easter Bunny left behind. So cute. Hope you enjoy.

Some Pages I recently finished

Here are some pages I worked on yesterday. It was so nice to sit down and scrapbook for a little while. I finished 15 pages. Almost done with Charese's first Volume of her at 2 years old. Two more volumes to go.

Better get to work. Here is a quick view of a couple of my favs - click on title to view the rest of the pages.

12X12 2 Page Layout Workshop

This is a workshop I am holding through community education in surrounding towns. It is being held in Howard Lake on Monday, December 7 from 6 to 8 pm. Also in Buffalo.

However, I have changed the class slightly and you will be making 2 two page layouts so a total of 4 pages. Some of the pictures of the layouts don't have embellishments on them - I haven't decided completely what I am doing as far as embellishments for them. So you can check back for updates. These will be your paper selections while supplies last for them.

Click on the title to see more pictures or slide show of the page samples. Email if you have any questions at all. I hope to see you at one of the classes.

Another Set of 50 Holiday Cards

Here is another set that I made up for the 50 Holiday Card Class. It is using the Jingle paper packet. Click on the title and that will bring you to photobucket to see all 25 cards. Enjoy. Here are just a quick few to see.

November Constant Campaign

"November Constant Campaign
Stampaganza 2009
Stamp lovers rejoice! We are making it easy to build your stamp collection and your business! Cardmakers and scrapbookers alike will love this opportunity to earn free stamps during our November campaign.

From November 3–30, 2009, customers and Consultants who purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, and/or E only) at full retail price will receive a third stamp set of their choice FREE (of equal or lesser value for your entire order)—a savings of up to $22.95 US / $28.50 CAN!
The campaign runs November 3–30, 2009, for customers and Consultants.

Shipping/handling apply. Stamp sets available for FREE include: A, B, C, and D-size sets only. E-size, customizable (K), Stamp of the Month, and Art & Soul® sets are not available as the free set. Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E-size sets only. Stamps that do not qualify toward a qualifying purchase include Stamp of the Month, Art & Soul, Workshops on the Go™, and customized (K) stamps."

Charese Fell Asleep with Brandy

This is my daughter and one of our dogs, Brandy. Charese was helping work on a project and when I came back upstairs with more stuff she had fallen asleep. How cute they are.

20 Thank You Card Class

Go to the following link to see the rest of the samples of this class. In this class you will make 2 cards of 10 different designs a total of 20 Cards. The class is offered this Monday, September 28 in Watertown Mayer and you can still call Community Ed there to register.
This class is also offered the following dates:
Thursday, November 12 in Howard Lake Community Education
Wednesday, November 16 in Buffalo Community Education
Thursday, November 17 in Delano Community Education
Hope to see you at one of them.

2010 Retired List

Click here and hopefully you will be brought to the link that will give you the retired list. Please let me know if you have any issues.

Thank you.

CTMH Unavailable Items

The following items as of 9-25-09 are no longer available with CTMH.
The Unavailable List is a companion to the Retired List, and provides a comprehensive record of all items that are out of stock and permanently unavailable.
Item #
1012 Eyelet organizer
1394 Vellum Paper 12 x 12
1505 Memorabilia Pockets
4206 My Legacy Writers
X7080B Route 66 Level 2 Paper Packet
X7084B Floral Tapestry Level 2 Paper Packet
Z1043 Dimensional Elements Bookplates
Z1084 Olive Waxy Flax
Z1109 Cranberry Brads
Z1144 Coluzzle Big Circle
Z1253 White Daisy 12" X 12" Work-in-Progress Album
Z1254 Black 12" X 12" Work-in-Progress Album
Z1255 Chocolate 12" X 12" Work-in-Progress Album
Z368 Coluzzle Cutting Mat
Z370 Coluzzle replacement blades
Z371 Coluzzle Circle
Z374 Coluzzle Oval
Z825 Clear Inspirations Friendship Dangles

14 Random Stamped Card Samples

In this class you will random stamp a 12X12 piece of paper and cut it and along with some other paper and embellishments you will make 14 cards. There are 5 pictured above to see the rest go to the link listed above. This class is being held in September through HLWW Community Education. If you have any problems viewing the pictures please let me know. Thank you.
This class is being offered in Howard Lake Waverly Community Ed on September 17th from 6 to 9 pm. Hope to see you there.

50 Holiday Card Class

If you click on the link above it should bring you to a slide show of all the sampels for this class. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me. Here are a few samples but go to the link above to see all of the samples. If you have any problems viewing the pictures let me know please.
This class will be offered at the following places:
Buffalo Community Education - Thursday, October 1 and Wednesday, November 4 from 6 to 9:30 pm
Howard Lake Community Education - Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 29 from 6 to 9 PM
Watertown/Mayer Community Education - Monday, October 19 from 6 to 9 pm
Maple Plain/Orono Community Education - Monday, October 26 from 6 to 9 pm
Delano -Community Education - Tuesday, October 27 from 6 to 9 pm

Upcoming September Class

September Class
14 Cards from one Random Stamped Paper
Back by popular demand, we will be random stamping a 12X12 paper that you later will be using to create 14 cards. With the cost of this class you will receive the stamp set we will be using this day to make the cards. That way you can enjoy making more cards at home. You will leave this class with 14 cards, envelopes, and a stamp set. Please bring to class a scissors, and adhesive(tape runner). If you have the following tools you may want to bring them they are not necessary though a paper trimmer, a piercing tool, and an eyelet kit.

This class is offered September 17 and the 22nd in Howard Lake at the Middle School. You can register through the Community Education office of Howard Lake.

Where Did July Go!

WOW!! Where did the month of July go? I have been running running with Charese (my little girl) every where it seems. We started the month out by going to the Brainerd, MN 4th of July parade and then on to see the fire works. Brainerd puts on a wonderful fireworks display every year and this year was no different. One thing that was different this year was that I sat with my mom's digital camera (the battery was dead on mine) and took pictures of the fireworks over 100 pictures to be percise. My brother thought I was nuts. But out of 100 or so I did get some to turn out. It was really cool. Take a look at some.

Then we had Waverly Daze which was just great this year - a lot of fun. The Waverly Boosters (a committee I am on) sales ice cream cones every year and this year we sold out of Ice Cream. I think that might be a first.

Then it was off to Wisconsin, Iron River, with Charese's Girl Scout Troop for a camping trip. This was great. We had a blast. We got to ride horses and shoot archery and went canoeing. It was awesome.

Charese also had VBS and a 3 Day, Day Camp that she attended. Well all of this adds up to lots of pictures and lots of scrapbooking to do. So I need to organize my photos and start getting them done. I have decided that my goal starting August (never to let to start a goal) is to scrapbook current events and when have time work on the past photo albums. Also a goal is to finish a 2 page spread a day. We will see how it goes.

I am curious what did you all take pictures of this summer? Let me know.

Now it is time to start getting my classes ready, and get moving on things.

Scrapbook Weekend

I went scrapbooking for a weekend with my daughter, Charese, my mother, and my cousin. We had a great time. It was a lot of fun.

Scrapbook and Share Contest

The May National Scrapbooking Month constant Campaign, "Tickled Pink", is already well underway. This is a great set gals you will love it. To help my customers and me celebrate the Corporate Office has set up a special website just to showcase our Scrapbook and Share CONTEST. Anyone can enter, and the winner of each of our five categories will receive $150 US retail in their choice of Close To My Heart products. To see all the great artwork submitted thus far and learn more about the contest, be sure to visit the site at http://www.scrapbookandshare.com/

I hope you will take the time to check out this site. Again this is truly a wonderful campaign. For more details go to my website, or contact me at tlbcreates@comcast.net.

Just Blooms Autumn Leaves

Just Blooms Autumn Leaves are now DISCONTINUED and are no longer available for purchase. This is item number Z1304.

Sorry for any inconvenience.
I want to announce that Elaine Beckstrom is the WINNER of the Door Prize from my open house.

Congratulations Elaine!!

Open House/Customer Appreciation Day

Your invited current customers and new to join me for an Open House/Customer Appreciation day at my home on Saturday February 28th from 2 to 6 pm.

Come and make a few items, see some new product, meet some people, receive a gift (while supplies last), and sign up for the door prize. Cookies and refreshments will be served.

I look forward to seeing you.

RSVP via email to tlbcreates@comcast.net or theresalbrown36@yahoo.com

Have a delightful day!!

All Ocassion Card Chaos Workshop

This has been a fun class to design but also challenging. Coming up with 8 different cards.... I hope that you will enjoy them and are looking forward to taking the workshop. Check out my website for more information on where the workshops are offered; http://www.tlbcreates.myctmh.com/

Sunday Feb. 1, 2009

Today my daughter and I took a day and made it a girl day. We sat in my office and scrapbooked all day (well a couple of breaks were taken). My daughter, Charese, is seven soon to be eight. She did pretty good. I just let her do her thing. She thought it was extremely funny that she finished 17 pages and mom only finished like 5 to 7 pages. She had to call Dad and brag to him that she finished more and also to my mom. I found it so sweet to spend a day with her just being creative in our own way and talking. Having this day at seven made me count my blessings and so look forward to many more with her as she gets older. I am almost positive that this is a bond we will have together forever and for that I thank God. I hope we will be able to share many moments and talks together over a day of scrapbooking and isn't that what scrapbooking is all about. Not just bring the memories to life in a book for all to see but the journey in which you bring those pages to life and who that journey is with. To all of you scrapbookers and stampers I hope that you have many wonderful times scrapbooking with your mother, daughter, friends whoever enjoy the journey and time spent together. I know I am.

Unavailable Item

The following item Z4128 Foundry Frames is unavailable until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Baby Card

Here is a baby card I made this weekend. This one is in blue and yellow. I made it for a gentlemen at my husbands work who just had a baby boy. I did another one in purple for a couple of our friends that had baby girls. This Bear stamp is an old CTMH stamp. I just love it. Hope you enjoy looking.

Baby Page Created

I am trying to finish pages of my daughter that were protraits. When completed it will be her protrait book. However I am just now starting this (she is seven), so I am a little behind. Here is the page I did of her first photo taken. It was taken in the hospital shortly after she was born.

Class on Thursday

I am teaching a Community Ed Class in Buffalo on Thursday this week. I am excited, it should be a fun class. It is a 20 Birthday Card Class so they will be making 4 each of 5 different designs. I have been busy all day cutting paper and preparing the kits. This picture only shows 4 of the cards there is one more as well. If you are interested in this class I am teaching at some other surrunding area Community Educations. You can also go to my web site and check under calendar of events to see where I am teaching.

Well on Thursday I finished a project I have been working on. It is an upcoming class (workshop) I am having. I wasn't really sure where the project would go but I am pretty happy with how it turned out. What was even more fun was looking for the love letters and cards my husband and I sent each other when we were dating. You know those letters and cards you send before you marry the person. It was a lot of fun. I didn't get to read all of them, I was on a time schedule. Maybe one day or evening I will seat down and read them. The ones I did read, wow, how mushy we were. Actually they were quite funny. Anyway here is a picture of the Memory Box that I made today. I am going to be designing a couple more too. Thanks for looking.