Thursday, December 31, 2009

CTMH's National Papercrafting Campaign!!

The Felecity Collection features decorative die-cut papers, three gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that includes flowers, flourishes, argyle patterns, birds, and an entire alphabet! Your papercrafting possibilities are endless!

There are five ways to get the Felicity Collection:

1. Purchase it at full price ($34.95 before shipping and tax)

2. Place an order of $60 or more in stamp sets (Stamp of the Month excluded) and receive one collection absolutely FREE!

3. Place an order of $125 or more in Close To My Heart products and receive one collectioin absolutely FREE!

4. Host a home gathering or workshop with minimum sales of $400 (before shipping and tax) and receive one collection absolutely FREE!

5. Join Close To My Heart between January 1-31 and you will get one absolutely FREE with your New Consultant Kit

You can place your order on my Shop Online page at Long distance or local - to find out more about hosting a party, becoming a CTMH Consultant or our great Hobbyist program, email me at

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sitting with Santa!! 12.16.09

We went to the Hilldale Mall to visit Santa this year. We have never been there before. We have always gone to the West Towne mall where we waited in line for well over an hour and then had to pay an arm and a leg for pictures. This year we figured we would try out the Hilldale Mall where you get to take your own pictures. We got there right at 5:00pm, and there was no line. We walked right up, Nathan sat on Santa's lap, Morgan joined him screaming and kicking, Nathan left so we got just Morgan who continued to scream, and we left. It was great!! We will definitely be going there again next year!!

Nathan's 4 Year Pictures!!

Here are my little man's 4-year pictures. He is getting so big. At his 4 year old well-checkup he was 39.5 lbs (75th percentile) and 41 inches tall (70th percentile). His favorite things are Super Heros (Spiderman, Wolverine, Hulk, Batman, Superman, etc.), Buzz Lightyear and any kind of cars or trucks. He loves going to Preschool and playing with his friends Diante and Kang. We are so proud of the little guy!! We Love You Nathan James!!

Morgan's 1 Year Pictures!!

I totally forgot to post Morgan's 1-Year Photos from Portrait Innovations. I realized it as I was just about to post Nathan's 4-Year Photos. Seriously this girl HATES having her picture taken professionally!! She cries every time!! We were very lucky to get these good shots!! I am so thankful we did get these...the first one is my absolute favorite picture, the second one make me laught with those little eyes, and the last one we didn't order because I just couldn't bring myself to pay money for a picture of my baby crying. However, it cracks me up!!

As Good As It Gets!!

We tried after getting our holiday pictures to get a nice non-Christmas family picture. Morgan did not want anything to do with that. In almost every picture she was crying or rubbing her eyes after crying. This was the best we could get. I love it because this is the true picture of how those two little munchkins interact!!

Kirwan Holiday Pictures!!

We had our Holiday Card pictures taken at Portrait Innovations again this year. The first one is the picture we chose to use. Morgan's smile is so contagious, and Nathan is sure manning up!! They are too cute!!

CTMH Quarter 4 - 2010 Calendar Workshop

My 2010 calendar workshop is now complete. We did the October, November and December pages as well as the cover. The cover uses one piece of paper from each of the months in the calendar as well as one of each of the stamps from the calendar. The gals had a great time and requested that I do this again next year!! YAY!!

Sledding Fun!! 12.12.09

The snow finally stopped!! The temperatures finally climbed up!! The wind finally died down!! We finally made it out to play!! We have a decent size hill in our backyard (as you saw in the Slipapalooza pictures this summer), and it works great for sledding. This was Morgan's first time out in the snow since she was born 8.24.09, and she really seemed to enjoy it!!

Super Morgan Take Two!! 12.9.09

Morgan absolutely LOVES this mask from Nathan's Super Why costume. She brings it to me to put it on all the time. She looks so stinkin' cute in it.

Mammoth Circle Super Heros - 12.9.09

After the Mammoth Circle men finished blowing out their driveways they all came over to have some pizza and let the kids run around after playing out in the new powder. Nathan and Noah both wanted to be Super Heros...problem was we only had one Super Hero Mask. So our neighbor, Rob, got creative using paper towels, packaging tape, scissors and markers. Here's what the end result was!! They look more like professional WWF wrestlers to me!! LOL!!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - 12.9.09

WOW...Madison, Wisconsin sure got a lot of snow in one day...anywhere between 13 and 18 inches fell in less than a 24 hour period. This is a picture of my half husky/half lab dog trying to do his "business" outside in our backyard. Schools were cancelled early the night before all the snow even fell in preparation of what was to come. Sean called in, and I worked from home as there was no way we were getting out of our driveway not to mention our cul de sac or roads.

This is what Sean found when he opened our garage door. The snow was up to my bumper on my minivan...YIKES!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Nathan & Sean!!

Today was my little man's 4th birthday
and my big man's 32nd birthday!!
We had a great day!!
Happy Birthday Boys!!
I love you both very much!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

CTMH Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar Recipe

I have had many people ask me to put together a recipe of the items used in my Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar so here you go:

CTMH Recipe:
X5808 Creative Basics Jingle Collection


X5753 12" x 12" Tulip Cardstock
X5752 12" x 12" Juniper Cardstock
1385 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock

Stamp Sets:
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Stamp Set
D1380 Just For the Holidays Stamp Set
D1366 Holiday Trinkets Stamp Set
D1333 Wishing Star Stamp Set
D1308 All Decked Out Stamp Set
D1313 December Word Puzzle Stamp Set
D1286 Today's Date Stamp Set
D1244 Snow Friends Stamp Set
C1304 San Alphabet Stamp Set
B1194 Music of Winter Stamp Set (Retired)

Ink Pads:
Z2166 Tulip Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2338 Orange Exclusive Inks Marker
Z2366 Tulip Exclusive Inks Marker

Z1104 Sparkles
Z1220 Twinkle Brads Jolly Assortment
Z1155 Clear Craft Buttons
Z1283 Autumn Craft Buttons
Z1248 Juniper Waxy Flax
Z1081 Colonial White Waxy Flax
Z819 Circle Window Charms
Z308 Liquid Applique
Z1136 Mini-Medley White Daisy Collection
Z1118 Mini-Medley Spring Blossom Collection
Z1120 Mini-Medley Winter Cozy Collection
W621 Autumn/Winter 2009 Connections Club Adhesive Backed Pearls
Juniper Ribbon from Creative Basics Jingle
White Just Blooms Flowers

Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1294 Sanding Kit
Z697 Round Sponge
Z1151 3D Foam Tape
Z341 Memory Book Mini Glue Dots

Non-CTMH Items:
Cookie Sheet - 15" x 9 3/4"
Krylon Semi-Glossy White Spray Paint
Glossy Mod-Podge
Sparkle Mod-Podge
Sakuru Gelly Roll Pen
Cuttlebug Snow Dots Embossing Folder
EK Success 1/2" Circle Punch
Fiskars Around the Bend Squeeze Corner Punch
Fiskars Medium Circle Squeeze Punch
Fiskars Large Circle Squeeze Punch
Fiskars X-Large Circle Squeeze Punch
Fiskars Large Scalloped Circle Squeeze Punch
Fiskars X-Large Scalloped Circle Squeeze Punch
Fiskars Large Scalloped Square Squeeze Punch
Fiskars X-Large Scalloped Square Squeeze Punch

CTMH Creative Basics Jingle Card Workshop

Here are a couple ladies doing my first Creative Basics Jingle Card Workshop. I forgot to bring my camera with me when I went down to Dubuque, Iowa and did this for a group of friends.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

CTMH Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar Workshop

Here are some pictures from my Close To My Heart Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar Workshop that I held in November. The ladies had a great time!!