Recording the Memories

It’s December…actually it’s December 7th and I’m not sure where this year has gone.  I always try and do a December Daily Album and I get about a week into it and life takes over.  This year, Close to My Heart is giving me a little incentive to continue the venture.  Their #ctmhcountdown on Instagram gives me a chance to get a daily prompt AND the opportunity to WIN!

Can you figure out what the daily prompts were from looking at my pictures?

I’m super excited that I’ve made it this far (and yes today’s post has been made) and hope to continue the journey.  Christmas is no longer my favorite time of the year so I’m trying my hardest to make the best of things this year…maybe it’s just the push I need.

Merry Christmas,


White Pines Swap

One of the greatest benefits of belonging to the Close to My Heart family is swapping cards with sister consultants!

Friday night I opened my house to host our annual holiday gathering as my upline’s power was out after our Tuesday storm.  It’s probably one of the best times I’ve had in a long time – all I needed to provide was a clean house and good directions!

Even though I hadn’t signed up to participate after seeing the White Pines cards that were being swapped I made a promise that I would make some cards and drop them in the mail – that is the top of my Monday To Do List!

In the meantime I received these three beautiful cards for inspiration.


I love that Maggie used the zip strip from this B&T – the pretty packages are such an addition to this beautifully decorated tree.




Julie did a fun 4X4 card using the branches from the Hostess Stamp Set Joyful Garden.




Debi used a bold JOY cut from the Cricut.  She used my two favorite papers from this paper packet.  I love the way she tied the bakers twine.






I also made a promise that I would participate with this swap group more often…so hopefully you’ll be seeing this post again next month.  With that I’d better go get busy!