Saturday, September 13, 2014

CTMH "Artfully Yours" cricut cartridge available now...

Finally!!! The new cricut cartridge is available for purchase at Close To My Heart. This is a GREAT value. Not only do you get the cartridge, but you get three stamp sets, that coordinate with the cuts on the cartridge. That's not also get a generous supply of card stock to cut those beautiful cards from! You can order now! When you order this cartridge, you will be eligible to get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5!!!!

I have already ordered mine and will be posting projects as soon as it arrives!!! if you already have this, I would love to see Your projects...please leave me a message with a link to your project!

Happy creating!!


Friday, February 21, 2014

A funny thing happened on my way home...

I know I have been missing in action lately.  It would appear I have hit a speed bump in the road we call life.

I flew down to Florida the day after Christmas to meet my son and his family.  We were to spend three days at disney and then head back to their temporary condo in Georgia.  We were to spend New Years together and I would fly back on January 2nd.

I left Maine in a snowstorm and made it to Jacksonville, Florida where my son met me at the airport.  We spent three awesome days at Disney and I had so much fun watching my three year old granddaughter, Anna have the time of her life.

We drove to Georgia and I enjoyed a few days of unwinding and relaxing at their condo.  Steph and I did some shopping and I played with Anna.  All to soon it was New Year's Eve and my time with them was coming to an end.  Instead of welcoming in the new year, I woke with chest pains and while the clock struck midnight on the new year, I was in the emergency room having a heart attack.

I didn't make my flight home..instead my husband flew in to savannah and got to the hospital just in time to jump in the ambulance with me and head back to Jacksonville, Florida.  the next week is a blur to me.  Test confirmed I had a heart attack, but fortunately there was no damage to my heart.  Further tests showed I had blockages in five arteries...all between 95 and 99 percent blocked.  They were scheduling me for open/heart surgery and five bypasses....

I have no memories the day of surgery which was January 3rd -through going home on January 7th.  In my mind, I had surgery and went home the next day...I had no idea almost four days had passed.

They ended up just doing a quadruple bypass and not the five...and I'm lucky to have survived this whole experience, especially the surgery.  Our God is amazing and I am so very thankful to be here to share this with you all.

I'm still in Georgia, enjoying my two mile walks each day.  I believe The Lord has put me where I am meant to be and that everything that has happened has been part of His divine plan for me.   I am missing my hubby, my dogs and my home...the rest of the family and yes, even the Maine winter!!!  But, having said all that, I am very thankful for all I have been through.  This has been a wakeup call for me and I'm hoping to share more with all of you.

Life definitely has some curves and bumps in the road we travel...but it's up to us to stop and listen to what  The Lord has to say to us and teach us when we stumble and fall...thank God he picked me up and that I listened....for now I will continue to rest in His arms and heal.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dino-Mite Layout

My Three Year Old Grandest Daughter, Anna Lee, just loves dinosaurs.  Recently I knit her a dinosaur hat that she has been wearing everywhere.  She just looks so cute in it, I made one for her 6-year old cousin, Lexi.  I will be putting a picture of both the girls in there hats on this page, playing with their dinosaurs! 

I used two files from Paper Piecings By Nikki.  I used the Dino-mite Title and also the coconut trees from the Zoo Animal set.

Here's a peek at that dinosaur hat I made for Anna. 

I will be adding these hats to my knitting site soon....but if you are interested in one, I have an introductory price of $15 for the month of  September.  Here are the color variations:

These are shown in child size...they can be make in infant, toddler and child sizes.  You can email me if you are interested in more information.  Patti Ross -

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back to the 2nd day of this Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop.  Hope everyone had time to play along with us yesterday, these talented ladies sure did a great job.  If you came from Diana's blog you are in the right place.  If you happened to stop by to visit and would like to start at the beginning of the hop, please start with Lisa's blog.

For my project, I made a two page layout using the brand new Artbooking cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart and Close To My Heart Florentine paper.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cartridge.  You select the size that you want for your layout and all the elements for that page are cut portionally for that page, no guessing on size of the photo mats,  or the titles - so easy to use. 

Make sure to comment on each blog along the way for a chance to win some incredible prizes!!!! If you want to know more about the new artbooking cartridge at Close to My Heart...please go to my online CTMH link.
Your next stop is Tricia

Here is the lineup in case you get lost along the way.
1. Lisa Pontious ~
2. Ashley -
3. Pam -
4. Haidee-
5. Sheila-
6. Lucy ~
7. Jessica ~
8. Angela -
9. Linda -
10. Sarah -
11. Teresa-
12. Diana -
13. Patti -
14. Tricia -
15. Robin -

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop

Here is the blog button for this hop!

Welcome to the first day of the Bee-utiful Summer Blog Hop!! If you just came from Diana's Blog you are in the right place. If you happened to just stop in and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Lisa's Blog. You are going to find a lot of great inspiration on your journey! We also have a lot of sponsors, so please leave a comment on everyones blog for a chance to win.

For my project, I made a layout using my Cricut, the new Close To My Heart Artbooking Cartridge and  Close To My Heart Papers.

This is the first of a two page layout using the new Artbooking cartridge.  I absolutely love this cartridge.  Not only does it do those really cool overlays (yes, even 12 x 12) but it cuts the mats, the wording - EVERYTHING!  I love how this came together.  Check back tomorrow for page two!

Here is the page from the artbooking cartridge that I used.  As you can see there are still lots of elements I didn't choose to use and even some that aren't here.  The lettering squares were the photo mat cut-outs!  Did I mention I LOVE this new cartridge?  Wait til you see the mini-albums!!!!

Make sure to comment on each blog along the way for a chance to win some incredible prizes!!!!  If you want to know more about the new artbooking cartridge at Close to My Heart...please go to my online CTMH link.

I hope you liked it :) Your next stop is Tricia

Here is the whole line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CTMH Stamp Of The Month Cards "Sweet Life"

I love the July Stamp Of The Month "Sweet Life" and wanted to share two cards I made with it. 

I love making my own background papers with the sentiments on this stamp set.  Large or small - they both work well.  I used the new alcohol based markers and am pleased with how my first attempts at coloring came out. 

This stamp set can be purchased for just $5.00 with an order of $50 or more in close to my heart products.  Here is a look at the whole stamp set.

You can order this stamp set, as well as any close to my heart products at

A special for my followers.  I have four June Stamps of the Month I will sell for $5 plus shipping to the first four people who comment that they want the stamps.  Check out my ctmh page to see what the stamp set was for June!  

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers Blog Hop

Welcome to the "April Showers Bring May Flowers" Blog Hop!  
We're so happy you could join us today!  
You should have arrived from Sandy's Blog..  If you happened by my blog or are joining me from your dashboard, head over to Miranda's blog to start at the beginning.  We don't want you to miss any of the fun!
We will be showcasing Spring like projects or projects with a rain or flower theme! In  addition to seeing a lot of awesome creations, there is some blog candy  available too.  Miranda will be giving away a gift card from either Michael's or JoAnn's (winner's choice).  To be  eligible for the blog candy, you are required to visit each stop in the  hop and leave a comment!  The winner will be announced Wednesday, Apirl 24th on Miranda's blog! 
For my project, I created two layouts.  Here is the first:

 "Hello Sunshine" is a paper piecings file from Paper Piecings By Nikki.  I just love these happy little bugs!  I used the "Chantilly" paper pack from Close To My Heart and buttons, ribbon and accents from Close To My Heart.

My second layout, also features a paper piecing file from Paper Piecings By Nikki called "Spring Has Sprung".  The TeddyBear with umbrella was a freebie on her site - and is now just .50 cents!    I used the 'chantilly' paper pack from Close To My Heart again, and added some cute little journalling tags along the edge.  I think layout is a favorite of mine!
Now you can hop on over to Tara's Blog.
Should you get lost along the way, here is the entire line up: 
Patti - (You are here)
Mary Ann -

Please consider following my blog and leaving a comment.  I will be picking one follower/commenter to receive 2 cards from me.  Thanks so much for hopping by today!

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