Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tampa Scrapbook Expo

A great big thank you to everyone who visited our booth at the Tampa Scrapbook Expo December 5 & 6. We had a great time!

Our next big event is Stamp Fest by the Bay in Clearwater on Valentine's Day and then in May at the Orlando Scrapbook Expo at the Gaylord Palms. Need details? Email me!
Below Adeline Brill is teaching a two-page layout during our Create & Take. It was FUN!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Snow in North Carolina

During our recent trip to our place in Sylva, North Carolina, we had some incredible weather. I was able to play in the creek with my grandson, Bryce. We had a blast. At (almost) 4 years old, Bryce really enjoyed the water. It was cold, but we laughed, played, explored, and never fell completely in the water!

A few days before we headed home, this is what we woke up to!!! It was a winter wonderland! It was still snowing when we got up, and it was so fun to watch. By afternoon it had all melted away! Good thing, I guess, since we had to get in the car and head back to Florida!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Creating Cards with My Stickease & Stamps

With the Notebook Paper Pack, the Notebook MyStickease, this card is super quick and easy. The ribbon is Cocoa, and the Photo Clips is Pewter. You can stamp any sentiment either on the front or inside the card!

Supplies from Notebook My Stickease and PP

The stamp used (bottom right corner) is from "Coffee Stain" (B1316). The paper is from Notebook (X7102b). The center is created from the Notebook My Stickease (X7102c).

Chicken Chili

One of the most popular meals I've served at my CTMH Unit Meetings or my all day Create & Crop is Chicken Chili. I thought I'd post the recipe here for anyone looking for a healthy, easy, yummy main dish!

Chicken Chili

1 can (16 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (16 oz) white beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes (entire contents) you can use flavored like Italian
1 cup barbeque sauce (I use lite original, but any flavor is good)
Cooked cut up chicken OR cooked hamburger
Optional 1 can (16 oz) kidney beans rinsed and drained
Heat together. I crock pot it for 3 hours
Serve with sour cream, cornbread, and or shredded cheddar cheese.

You can keep all the canned goods on hand and have cooked cut up chicken in your freezer ready to go! I've also put all the ingredients together the night before in the frig, and then I just gave myself a little more time to heat since it's starting out cold.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

new stamps!!!!

its the first new set that i've gotten my inky little fingers on! (thank you mommy!) here are two cards I whipped up using . . ..ummm, what's that stamp set called, mom??? tee hee!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Do You Love SALES?

If you love a good sale, be sure to check out my website for the "MyCTMH" sale that begins on August 5. The sale items won't last long, and the sale begins at 10 AM EST (8 AM MST).

The sale items can only be purchased from the website. The sale is "while supplies last", and with the deeply discounted product - they will sell out FAST. Mark your calendar!!!



Next week is the long anticipated Close To My Heart convention for consultants. This year our event is in Orlando. I'm thrilled to have it so close! Over the last couple of months I've been plotting and planning to make my convention team meeting the best ever! With about $3,000 worth of awards, gifts, and prizes, I think the gals will enjoy the team meeting!

There will be 45 Tomaino Patch team members at the convention, and we are going to have a great time! Learning, creating, laughing, and sharing - that's what it's all about. We'll also receive the new Winter Idea Book, and our create & take projects will use NEW PRODUCT! OHHHHHHH BOY!!!! Watch for some pictures!

Want to be one of the first to receive the new Winter Idea Book? Pop me and email and let me know.

New Artwork

If you are looking for some ideas, I've posted a couple of new items on my website at:

Check it out!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My Creations Display Album

You will love this incredible Display Album! It's really versatile and can be used in lots of ways. I've posted a few ideas for you. You might want to make a calendar, themed book, recipe book, or inspirational book.

The Display Album includes 12 spiral-bound 6X6 page protectors, and the covers are a sturdy chipboard. The current Summer Idea Book has tips on how to completely cover the album!

Enjoy the following ideas for your Display Album.

Create a personal Display Album

Your Display Album is a great Calendar!

Make a Recipe Book with your Display Album

Photo Display

Use your Display Book to show off your favorite photographs, create a themed book, or celebrate a special occasion.

Another Display Book Idea

The Day Bryce Was Born

With this display album, I filled the pages with pictures from the day my first grandson, Bryce, was born. The book begins with Laura heading inside the hospital. Reliving that day is really special for me since I was there!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008


Bryce says "get on the ball" because Close To My Heart has their best special of the year - Buy 2 stamp sets, get one FREE. This special runs from June 2 to the 31. Don't miss out. My Acrylix stamps by CTMH are the best you can buy!

View my website for more information on the special: http://www.susan.myctmh.com/.

Email me for additional specials. You don't want to miss this fantastic opportunity to purchase new stamps at an incredible savings!!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Be Careful with a Power Saw!

While in NC Joe had an accident with a power saw and fortunately he'll be fine! He's stuck in this splint for 12 weeks, and that really limits his activities. Of course being in NC and relaxing has it's benefits. I am stuck in Florida!
We have lots to be thankful for -
Joe didn't cut his arm off or permanently disable his arm/hand.
Our friend, Don Shepson, came to the rescue and took Joe to the hospital.
Joe was referred to a GREAT specialist in Asheville.
Don and Marge have been taking good care of Joe and helping him out!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Team Exchange Update

Hi Everyone,
I realized last night that I was missing one of our cards from the exchange! The picture didn't come out on my camera, and since I'm out of town I couldn't retake the picture....so watch for the card by Debi Squires tomorrow!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Winning Art Work

Below this post are the cards in a recent team exchange/art work contest. Our guest judge this time was my daughter, Laura Williams. Laura is on several company design teams and has numerous cards published in magazines (see May 2008 CARDS Magazine for 3 recently published cards.)

You can view more of Laura's work on her blog at http://www.loloschpadora.blogspot.com/

All of the cards below have been created using new stamps and papers from our Summer Idea Book. We all have our own style, and this is really a great selection of our creative styles! Enjoy and be inspired!

A Winning Card by Liane Donovan

Can you tell Liane is a dog lover? These new stamps are perfect for any pet lover! Putting the stamps together with the new Sarsaparilla paper is a great combination. Liane also used our new decorative scissors, distressing ink, Edge Anchors, and ribbon.

Winning Card Created by Monica Julien

This is one of the two winning cards - a pocket card created by Monica Julien. Monica' s creative use of the stamps really impressed our guest judge, Laura Williams. When I took the picture of the card, I wanted you to see a portion of the pull out card. Monica also used Clear Buttons, Bigger Brads, Bitty Brads, Prisma Glitter, and distressing inks.

Created by Gayle Krisher

Gayle's card is 5 X 7 pinwheel card using the new Whoops-A-Daisy paper pack. The creative folding for the pinewheels is really pretty with the paper designs. Gayle also used stamps, Sassy Strands, Bigger Brads, and our Prisma Glittler.

Created by Leah Crist

Hopefully you can see the creative fold of this card created by Leah.
The right panel folds over the front of the card. Leah used a lot of great embellishments on her card - paper flowers, bigger brads, rick rack, sparkles, and eyelets. The Boom-Di-Ada paper pack is one of the most popular designs!

Created by Penny Duke

Bigger Brads have been one of my favorite embellishments, and Penny used them to secure her horizonal blue band. Stamping a background is a great way to create a "patterned paper" look while using your stamps! What a great friendship card!

Created by Therese Pierro

Therese created this card with a unique front opening. I hope you can tell from the photograph. The flower image stamped on the front using the White Daisy ink (you know how much I love that!) overlaps in closing the front. Therese also used glitter and white flock!

Created by Venia Joray

With the bright Whoops-A-Daisy paper pack, Venia created this pretty card. I love that she used the White Daisy ink on the top section of the card, and I'm totally in love with the new bitty brads! This card could be used with many different sentiments.

Created by Jamie Burton

There are a lot of techniques shown in this card. Jamie used Liquid Glass, Wire, Foam Squares, sanding, distressing, sponging, and stamping tone on tone.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Created by Sue Waters

Sue Waters created this card using the new Sarsaparilla Paper Pack and Yeehaw (B1305) Stamp Set. I love the way she used the waxy flax to create her lasso, and the White Daisy Ink pad was perfect for her white cross design down the front of the card!

Created by Teresa Pander

This card has lots of cool touches. Not sure you can see them all, but look closely at the frog and the sentiment square. I just love the Boom-Di-Ada Creative Basics. It includes this paper and the Hollyhock Rick Rac!

More artwork from our recent Team Exchange/Art contest, so keep checking back!

Team Artwork Contest & Exchange!

Hi Ladies,

I am going to begin posting the cards in our recent exchange and art contest. You can also view two cards I created on my website at http://www.susan.myctmh/.

Keep checking back for more great cards/ideas!

Here we go!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hello card

I love these square shaped background stamps . . . and they are really much more vesatile than you might think! For this background, I stamped the image twice, and cut them in half (so, yes, i had one half leftover.) The flower and vase set is the June Stamp of the Month. You know you want it!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Playing with Bryce

Hi Everyone,
My 3 1/2 year old grandson, Bryce, is here with his mommy. To say he is cute would be an understatement! He's funny, he's fun, he's adorable, and he's imaginative.

Watch for some pictures this week.

Do you know what else this means? Laura is here too. I told her she had to create create create while here. Last night she made a great card with an upcoming Stamp of the Month. I'll get that posted too!

Back to playing!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Birthday Celebration!

If Susan and Nancy were together today they would be celebrating Laura's 30th birthday with a little cake like this maybe...Happy Birthday Laura!

The big day is here!!

HAppy HaPpy haPPy HAppy HaPpy haPPy HAppy HaPpy haPPy HAppy HaPpy haPPy

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Here is today's peek at something for a soon to be 30 year old!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sneak Peek!

Someone is turning 30!
Someone likes cupcakes!
Wonder what this is from.......
Check back everyday until the 29th to see more sneak peek teasers!

Friday, April 4, 2008

New goodies to taunt you with!!!

Hop on over to my blog (because I am too lazy to post the pics twice) to see THE cutest little stamps you have ever seen!!! It's the July Stamp of the Month . . . .but don't worry, July will be here before you know it!!! Go check it out!!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Who's that cashier!!??

Will that be cash or credit, ma'am? (Are you really sure its a good idea trusting a three year old to the cash register???????) More photos from the booth on Laura's blog, HERE

A great big THANKS

We had a fantastic time at the Orlando Scrapbook Expo! The create & take projects my team offered were popular and in big demand. Way to go Deb, Debra, Amy, Christy, and Marla. You guys rock!

It was fun showing our new product, especially the Texture tools. I know everyone who purchased that set is going to love using them on their projects.

Our next new Idea Book has shipped to consultants and goes live May 1. Want one? Email me for details at JoeSusan@aol.com

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Orlando Scrapbook Expo Projects

The Orlando Scrapbook Expo is next weekend (Orange County Convention Center March 28-29, 2008), and we are offering a bunch of create and take projects during the expo. There are five ladies on my team who have also created layouts for this event. The thing I love about that - you have 6 different styles and tastes! We all have our own creative flare, and we've got a lot to offer!

Below are two that I created using the very popular More to Adore paper pack (the layouts are from our new book Imagine), and a retired pack of paper called Promise of Spring (some of those paper packs will be available at the show.).

If you are in the Orlando area next weekend, come by and visit our booth. We'd love to see you! Need more expo information? Visit www.scrapbookexpo.com

God's blessings,

Promise of Spring

More To Adore Layouts

Friday, February 1, 2008

Upcoming Big Events!

Visit me at:

Stamp Fest by the Bay, Clearwater, Florida
February 16, 2008

Orlando Scrapbook Expo
March 28 & 29, 2008

Creating Keepsakes Convention, Fort Lauderdale
June 20 & 21

Tampa Scrapbook Convention
December 5 & 6, 2008

If you need information about any of these events, pop me an email!

Where does the time go?

I can hardly believe it's already February 2008. Sometimes I think I'll wake up and it will be Christmas 2008. That's how fast the year is going!

If you like to see lots of creative ideas, you should check out my daughter's blog (Laura Williams)! She is creating new things at a record pace, and I'm left wondering how she has the time! Laura puts me to shame with everything she accomplishes, but then I remind my self that she made me a grandmommy three years ago, so I should be "slower"!

More and more of Laura's work is being picked up for publication. When you are flipping through the pages of your favorite papercraft or card making magazine, watch for her name - Laura Williams. Think of me - her very proud mom!

Want to visit her blog? Here's the address: http://www.loloschpadora.blogspot.com/

Want to see my adorable grandson? Here's his address:

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

another Rustic Flowers card!

card by Laura Williams
using Rustic Flowers stamp set

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thank you cards

Thank you cards

Nancy has been busy making thank you cards. Check it out! They were all made with CTMH paper from the Heart of Winter project pack. The white paper flowers are from CTMH and then Nancy used two of her flower punches she happened to have on hand. The cards were designed thinking of little file folders. Then the single card was made using the cute CTMH library pockets.
The thank you stamp is a CTMH stamp.
Thank you!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sharing Ideas!

Hi Everyone,
Yesterday some of us spent the day together creating, stamping, and eating cookies made by Karin Galvin (I had TOO MANY of them - ask anyone who was here!). Robyn Tuckett was in town from Utah with her friend Debbie so we invited others to join us for the day. We had a blast.

Following are cards made by Lynn Everett using the Close To My Heart Silhouette Paper Pack and My Stickease. We all fell in love with these cards and wanted to duplicate them. Now you can too!

Thanks Lynn for sharing your artwork with all of us!

Have a great day,