Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Important Things...

The important things is a journaling model that I was introduced to spring a year ago.  I embraced this model and used in during my journey with Leukemia to journal -- for me it served two purposes -- it was a coping for me to write my thoughts and feelings down and it also became a tool to share updates with my friends and family through my Caring Bridges site.

When Close To My Heart announced the guidelines for this year's Layout Contest and that the focus was on journaling, I knew this was what I wanted to create a layout using.  Below is my contest entry, which I am humbled to say, was chosen as one of the winning entries.  I took little bits and pieces of my journaling and pulled them all together to tell my story.  

Full Spread with 4" x 12" Flip Flap closed

Left side with 5" x 7" flip flap open & top 3" x 4" flip flap open

5" x 7" Flip Flap journaling:  
"The important thing about today is that my heart is filled with hope.  Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  Many words are used for synonyms of hope:  aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, await, goal, design, dream.  These synonyms define my heart right now.  I believe in wishing on stars…my wish is for the Leukemia cells will not return to my blood.  My desire if for the next 2 weeks to move quickly, uneventfully, and with no obstacles.  I anxiously await my next bone marrow biopsy to be clear and to enable me to go home.  I aspire to be home in time to celebrate Nicholas’ 14th birthday.  My dream for when I leave the hospital is to go to the beach, and witness the ocean, in all its majesticness, with family.  My expectation is that this journey will continue to be challenging but my plan is to continue to fight with grace, faith, courage and dignity.  My goal is to lead a life of joy and to find the joy within every situation.  My ambition is to live a life that I design not one that the Leukemia lays out for me.  But, the important thing about today is that my heart is filled with hope."

5" x 7" Circle journaling:
"The important thing about today is that I am alive and I am fighting.  The sun came up again this morning and it is a new day. Yesterday is behind me.  I can see His beautiful mountains from my window which makes me smile.  My medical team are holding my hands and guiding me with compassion, dignity and knowledge.  I am persevering. I am overwhelmed by the love of my friends and family.  My body, and my blood, may be broken, but my heart is full.  I am not where I WANT to be but I am where I NEED to be.  This is ME.  I am filled with hope and faith.  But the important thing about today is that I am alive and I am fighting."

left side with 5" x 7" flip flap open and bottom 3" x 4" flip flap open

3" x 4" Flip Flap journaling:  
"The important thing about today is that my hair is gone and I am still smiling.  My hair has been increasingly falling out and with each clump in my hands, I have found my emotions growing.  So today, my dear friend, who has cut my hair since I moved to Virginia, came to cut what was left of my hair.  If someone was going to shave it I wanted her to be “my person”.  My nurse filled my day with sunshine, and smiles.  She helped ease the way.  She added a little soft humor which went such a long way.  My husband was here for support.  I thought he would have a hard time but instead he hugged me, kissed my head and called me beautiful.  My friend laughed with me and made me feel normal during the entire process.  She was wonderful.  And it filled my heart.  I thought it would be absolutely horrible but really, it was not.  I thought I wouldn’t be able to cope with it, but I am coping.  I thought the reflection in the mirror would be frightful, but it was not.  It was just different. Once my hair was cut, we pulled out the scarves and she taught me how to tie them.  I felt like I was  a little girl playing dress up. There was laughter and smiles. Instead of feeling sad, I found myself feeling empowered and even a little confidant that I could do this.  When all was said and done, I was relieved and felt a sense of peace.  I am sure there will still be emotional ups and downs along this “bald-journey”, but for now, I am okay."

Full spread with 4" x 12" flip flap open

right side with 4" x 6"

circle journaling:
October 7th:  The important thing about today was that the Lord carried me through the day when I needed Him most.

October 7th:  I pray for my children.  They are struggling with my diagnosis - each in his/her own way.  They are just so young to have this on their little shoulders.  I see their tears and I just ask that the Lord provide comfort to them.

October 9th:  The important thing about today is that I have angels watching over me.  I believe in angels.  I believe that there are angels here on earth and angels in the Heavens and I believe there are some of both watching over me,

October 11th:  The important thing about today is that I am alive and I am fighting.  My Halloween costume is now complete - I have petechia over about 95% of my body.   My entire body itches beyond anything I have EVER experienced.

October 18th:  The important thing about today is that my day was filled with sunshine!  My husband hung a string with clips across my window so I could see all the beautiful cards that my friends and love ones have sent - each a little dose of sunshine.  I absolutely have no doubt my room is the most beautiful in the hospital.  Most certainly the most artsy!

October 25th:  The important thing about today is the I know "when I do through deep waters God is with me".  My old PICC line had some infection in it as well as a great deal of damaged skin around it that made it challenging to deal with so I was given a new PICC line.

November 21st:  The important thing about this week is that I am grateful beyond all measure.

right side with 3" x 4" flip flap open

I have had several ask that I teach this layout as a class, and offer it as a kit so I have decided to do so.  I decided because this was such an important journey for me that I would give $10 from each kit/class to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training and all $10 from the purchase of the digital files.  The kits may be purchased in my Square Shop at:  For those who would like the digital file, you may purchase that is my Square shop as well for $10 (all $10 going to LLS) or you may make your donation directly on my Team In Training Site ( to have the receipt for your taxes.  

Supplies used:
X7244B True Love Paper Pack, X5994 Ballerina cs, X6027 White Daisy cs, Documented Dots (retired), Z3230 3" x 4" Flip Flaps, Z3231 4" x 6" Flip Flaps, Z3232 5" x 7" Flip Flaps, X5993 Sage cs, Z4182 Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts, Z4309 Thin Cuts -  Shaker Window and Confetti, D1860 You Are My Sunshine stamp set, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z4088 White Alphabet Foam Stickers.

Special note:  the 4" x 12" Flip Flap is not included in the kits however the materials to create this element are included in the event that you have, or have access to a 4" x 12" flip flap as this item is retired.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Every Little Things Workshop Kit

Introducing my exclusive Every Little Thing Workshop Kit which includes three 2 page layouts and 8 cards! How can you get your hands on this beautiful kit? There are a few ways!

1. Join my Hearts with Sass team and you will receive this custom kit free as a sign on bonus (valued at $43!). You can join my award winning team during August for just $35 for a no-kit option which includes $35 in CTMH cash to spend on the products that you like OR you can join for the kit option (shown below) for $70 which includes the kit AND $50 in CTMH cash! And BONUS...if you submit $300 in sales by September 25th you will receive our new Cricut Cartridge the debuts on September 1st for free! Visit: to join my team! The first three to join or re-join will receive bonus Shimmer Brushes (Wisteria and Clear) to beautify the layouts with!

2. Register, and come to my class where I will be teaching the class on September 8th after Scrapbooking Bingo! Your cost: $35!

3. Order the kit from my square store and it will be sent to you when the paper goes live on September 1st.

4. Make a $35 purchase on my website at: and request the file via e-mail at: and I will send it to you as my thank you.

5. Purchase the digital files for $10.

To purchase the kits, or digital files from me, visit:

If creating the kit outside of my class, there are a few optional items that are used:
Z3511 Wisteria Shimmer Brush
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
C1809 Little Birdie Stamp Set
D1885 Survivor Stamp Set
8 card bases and envelopes
Sapphire Exclusive Ink Pad
Wisteria Exclusive Ink Pad
Black Exclusive Ink Pad
Lavender Tri-Blend Marker

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Thrive for 35!

There’s never a bad time to sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant! During the month of August, any new Consultants who enroll, or any former Consultants who re-enroll, can do so for just $35 with a No-Kit Enrollment option! They will also receive $35 in CTMH Cash, absolutely free, just for signing up! You can also choose to enroll with our normal New Consultant Kit during this month if you prefer. We’ve revamped this kit to include business essentials, and we’ve included shipping in the total cost of the kit. Sign up and thrive for $35 with our No-Kit Enrollment option or order the regular New Consultant Kit and start your Close To My Heart journey today! 

Currently, as consultants we are in preview period which means we have access to see, and order, new product a month before it goes live to our customers.  As a new consultant, you too can have that opportunity!  As a consultant you have an awesome discount on your own purchases, make a competitive commission on purchases made through you, have your own free website, have the opportunity to earn free product, trips and so much more!  But I have to tell you, my favorite part is the relationships and friendships that I have made!

And because I so believe you are going to love Close To My Heart, and all it has to offer, I am adding a sign on bonus when you join my Hearts with Sass team!  When you join my team in August, I will also send you my exclusive new Every Little Things Workshop Kit which includes the detailed instructions and supplies to create three 2 page layouts and 8 cards (7 shown here).  This kit in itself is a $43 value but you then have the option, and permission, to use it and offer it as a class to your friends to boost your own new sales!

Even better, when you submit $300 in sales by September 25th you will receive our brand new Cricut Cartridge* (that goes live on Sept 1st) for free! (*if you do not have a Cricut you may opt for alternate product of the same value).

Have questions?  E-mail me at:  What are you waiting for?  The opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of something truly special awaits you!  Visit:

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Share the Joy stamp and thin cut bundle

Give a little joy to the people in your life with the Share the Joy special! Share the Joy features two exclusive My Acrylix® stamp sets and one set of exclusive Thin Cuts metal dies. Create meaningful cards straight from your heart, or document precious moments in a one-of-a-kind scrapbook layout with the exclusive items in Share the Joy.
You can purchase each item separately at full price, or you can purchase the stamp set bundle at a 20% discount. You can even save 30% when you purchase the bundle including both stamp sets and the Thin Cuts metal dies!
These exclusive specials are only available during the month of July or while supplies last.
I love the stitched design in between the circles of the die cut.  They add a little charm to the cut!  And there are just so many ways to use the die cut not to mention the stamp set duo!

I will be teaching a card class, to teach you different ways to use the die, with the Share the Joy exclusive set on Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30PM at the Hill's in Broadway.  We will create 2 each of all four designs shown below.  The class is just $10 or free to those who purchase the Share the Joy stamp and thin cut bundle from me directly ( on my website at:  To register for the class, e-mail me at:  We would love for you to join in on the fun!  Bring a new friend to me and receive a bonus set of cards (not pictured here).

Share the Joy die cuts $19.95
rectangle size:  4" x 5 1/4"
Share the Joy Bundle $39.95 at 30% savings!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Thinking of You card kit

This morning I wanted to share my adaptation of the the Thinking of You card kit featuring the True Love paper suite.  I fell in love with this kit at first sight, but it wasn't until I actually worked with the stamp set, the color combinations and the papers that I truly fell in love even deeper! So deep, in fact, that I couldn't just create the two cards that CTMH designed but I had to continue to make four additional designs.  

I love the sentiment "it's okay to not be okay" - that reasoning is something that took me awhile to cope with and deal with when I was recently going thru Leukemia.  Sometimes we need time to cope and to deal with whatever is going on in our lives and I love that CTMH gets that.  

One of the awesome things about this stamp set is that the two sentiments are similar in size and shape so they can be interchanged on any of the cards.  Both fit inside the wreath which means you can use the sentiment that you like the best on your cards.

These cards use the waterbrush to color in the wreath and the large flowers.  This is a simple technique.  To create, you squeeze the center of the exclusive ink pads to transfer ink to the lid.  Next use the waterbrush to pick up the color from the lid and then color in the image.  It is so much easier than coloring with markers or watercolor pencils but gives that beautiful watercolor effect.

The top to cards, in the picture below, are the ones designed by CTMH and are in the Thinking of You Card Kit.  The lower two are ones that I designed for my card class that meets on Friday morning at 9:30am.  The class is $10 and we will create two each of the 4 designs.  All of the pieces are pre-cut for you.  Class will take place at the Hill's in Broadway.  The class is open to the public.  To register, e-mail me at:

In addition to the above two cards, I also designed a supplement to my card class of two additional cards.  The supplement will include 4 cards - 2 each of 2 designs.  You can watercolor these in class and do the rest of the creating at home.

For those who can't make it to class, this is the Thinking of You card kit that I used in creating the cards.  It is available to purchase on my website at:
Kit contents:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – True Love sheets
2 – cardstock sheets (1 Sugarplum, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Loose Sequins—Gold (Z4235)
12 – white card bases & envelopes
printed instructions
Create 12 cards using the materials in this kit and easy-to-follow instructions (also found below). Complete your cards using the exclusive stamp images designed to give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.
Additional supplies needed:
Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z4189)
Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2847)
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2835)
Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2848)
Waterbrush—Small Round (Z3224)
Glue Dots® Micro Dots (Z2089)
3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Happy creating!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

To Infinity and Beyond! Captured on paper.

With the release of the new Toy Story 4 movie, I couldn't help get into the Toy spirit and create this fun layout designed by Ginni Candelaria.  There are lots of mats for photos, and small photos, so I decided to create a few quote boxes from the movies to fill some of these mats - if you have lots of photos you could easily delete these quotes or just use one or two.  For my layout, I wanted to document the Buzz Lightyear right at the Magical Kingdom but when I looked at our photos from our photo pass, the kids were really far away from each other in the photos.  To make this work for what I had planned with my layout, I printed the photos as 5" x 7"s and then cut each child's photo to 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" which worked perfect!  The colors of the layout worked perfectly with the colors in the ride!  Ginni did a fantastic job!

One of the things that I think really made this layout "pop" is that all of the character pieces, and mats, are dauber ink distressed with the corresponding colors.  I wish you could see these accents in person as the camera didn't highlight them as well as I would have liked.

This layout kit is available in my In All Sassiness Designs shop for a limited time as I only have a few left and the background paper is retired so I can't create more kits.  So if you love the layout, fly, don't run, over to my shop and grab yours today!

For a larger view of the layout, simply click on the photograph and it will open in a larger window.

army guy details

Buzz details

alien details

Supplies used:
(Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam Tape, (Z1979) Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, (Z3314) Black and White Dots, (Z3293) Clear Shimmer Brush, (X6027) White Daisy cs, (X6028) Black cs, (Z2805) Black exclusive ink, (X6026) Willow cs, (Z2807) Willow exclusive ink, (X6008) Lemon cs, (Z2808) Lemon exclusive ink, (X6012) Pansy cs, (Z2804) Pansy exclusive ink, (retired) Poppy cs and exclusive ink, (retired) Pacifica cs and exclusive ink, (retired) Central Park suite.  These supplies can be purchased on my ctmh website at:

To Infinity and Beyond!