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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chicken Stuffing Bake

My sweet mom brought over dinner tonight! I just had to share this recipe with you! It was SO good and looks very easy to make too! (Always a nice combination.) Perfect comfort food!! I didn't think to take a nice picture of the whole dinner with salad and bread too. The picture was an after-thought -it doesn't do it justice at all!

chicken stuffing bake

Chicken Stuffing Bake
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup milk
1 package (6 oz.) stuffing mix
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups fresh broccoli florets, cooked
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded Swiss Cheese, divided

In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until blended. Add the stuffing mix with contents of seasoning packet, chicken, broccoli, celery and 1 cup cheese. Transfer to greased 13x9x2 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Yield: 8 servings.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CTMH Custom Glimmer Mist!

At our Imagine Club this month, I showed how you can make your own glimmer mist in your favorite CTMH coordinating color! (Honestly, that is what hooked me on CTMH products from the start! All of our papers have color coordinating or matching inks and ebellishments! Not to mention the theme coordinating stamps, stickease, and embellishments! I just LOVE CTMH!)

Back to the glimmer mist...... simply mix 50/50 rubbing alcohol and our Create-a-shade Pearl Paint in a small spritzer. (I used our spritzer for cleaning stamps. Simply empty, wash out and let dry ahead of time.) Then add as much re-inker of your choice until the desired color is reached. You can see I used Crystal Blue to coordinate with our new Caboodle papers.


You can also use water in place of the alcohol. The advantage of the alcohol is that it evaporates quickly. The water based solution will take longer to dry.

Simply place your paper, flowers, dimensional element (whatever you want to glimmer) in a box to keep the spray from getting on something it shouldn't -(you can see my re-inker got glimmer misted - LOL!) Let dry and then you can embellish it, ink the edges, stamp on it, etc. (When stamping on the glimmer mist, you want to clean your stamp each time.)


Our club layout was Imagine-Monologue - one of my favorites! You can see I flipped the L/R pages and rotated each page. I glimmer misted the DE "BOYZ" and the circle frame on the opposite page. Since this was a boy page, I tried to keep the glam to a minimum. You could certainly add glitter, sparkles, really bling it up! Instead I chose to add a few of our Twinkle brads. Although the colors in Caboodle are Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf, I was able to use the Twilight and Olive Twinkle brads with coordinating success!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I found a CTMH package on my front porch this afternoon. I wasn't expecting a box today......what could it be? My heart began to beat wildly as I hoped it might be the Western Caribbean Cruise Create and Take project. I ripped the box open to discover IT IS!!!!!!!!


I got a beautiful polo shirt (it's kind of between baby pink and blush)! Also, a Cocoa Linen Album! Plus all materials to make 6 layouts with step by step instructions!! Here's what was included:
An exclusive Western Caribbean stamp set
Building Block Alphabet stamp set
Caboodle L2 paper pack
Additional Buttercup, Crystal Blue, Sorbet, and Vanilla Cream Cardstock
Irresistibles Lots of Dots
DE Borders
Brads Spring Harmony Assortment
Designer Ribbon Rounds - Heavenly Blue
Sorbet Waxy Flax
Cutting & Assembly Guide

Now, off to plan my wardrobe to coordinate with the layouts! LOL!

Love is in the Air.....

...and so are SNOW FLAKES!!! Brrrrrrrrr
So, to warm our hearts, I thought it would be fun to post some previous valentine cards to give you ideas as you scramble to make a card for your honey, friends, classmates and coworkers.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Pop Out Valentine
Pop Out Valentine inside
Pop Out Valentine top view

Valentine heartfelt to go box
Valentine heartfelt ss






Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wishes Card, Textured Cardstock and Haiti

Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and like so many of you, we're eager to help. We're excited to announce Close To My Heart's February special, Hearts for Haiti-where you can get a great deal while doing great good for those affected by the devastation in Haiti.

From February 1-28, 2010, our 12" x 12" textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE-and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 to Operation Smile's Haiti relief efforts.

Operation Smile is always a fantastic charitable partner-offering free facial reconstruction surgeries to needy children throughout the world. They've currently marshaled their surgeons, medical teams and resources to provide emergency relief in Haiti, and the donations given as part of Hearts for Haiti will be used exclusively for Operation Smile's efforts in Haiti. Already, they have provided life-saving surgeries for many injured victims, setting up two operating rooms in a school house, and living outside in tents. For more information on their on-the-ground response, you can visit

That means that for $14.95, you get two packs of textured cardstock (a great deal at about $.30 per sheet!) and Operation Smile will receive $2 to benefit this urgent, important cause. There is no limit to the number of FREE packs you can receive and the donation given! Take this opportunity to stock up on every color combination: Basic, Spring Harmony, Summer Celebration, Autumn Harvest, and Winter Cozy packs are available. Your FREE pack can be the same as or different than the one ordered.

Click here to see the paper packs and shop online!

I love the possibilities with our textured cardstock! You can dry emboss, sandpaper distress, or edge distress to expose the white core. PLUS each piece offers two options - on one side is the full color, on the other side is a lighter version of the same color.

Here is a card pattern from our Wishes book (Up in the Corner) using our black textured cardstock. The other side is a dark grey. I've used both sides on the front of this card. I used our white daisy textured cardstock on the inside!

up in the corner blog

Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentine Flower Pops!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my club members. I try to create little seasonal gifts for them - just to share the love! This month I made these cute little flower pops - fashioned after Jeanette Lynton's blog post last year!

These would make very cute and easy gifts for girls at the office, friends, neighbors, or for kids & teachers at school! Make the inside a card with a love note or gift certificate, etc.


I found these on sale at Walgreens!

pop bag

All supplies CTMH:
Cardstock: Hollyhock, Baby Pink, White Daisy
Ink: Hollyhock, Baby Pink, Sweet Leaf
Other: Autumn Buttons (hollyhock), Spring Buttons (baby pink), Winter Buttons (sweet leaf), Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf, Baby Pink ribbon rounds, White Daisy Mini-Medley (crocheted flowers - dyed with baby pink and hollyhock reinkers), Colonial White and Blush Waxy Flax
Stamps: Intrinsic Backgrounds, Togetherness, Confidential, All My Love, Made With Love (stamped on the back)