Monday, September 16, 2013

Reading, love to read and love to get Free Books

Yes I love to read. I am kind of picky about what I read, but I love to read. I have found a web site called Goodreads. Their web site is Goodreads. The best part about this site that I love, beside the reviews is that they have a page called Giveaways. I have won at least 12 books, free books that is, all I have to do is read them and review them, so cool. I chose the books I want, meaning there is a list of books and you enter in the drawing for the book and if you win they will send you the free book. I have so far received 8 books. And one book I didn't win the author sent me a free link to my Kindle to read it. I am so excited about this. I don't usually win anything and to free books is awesome. I have been doing this for less than a month.
Here is a picture of some of the books I have received; 

So far I have read Screenshot, very intense Techno Thriller,The Impersonator which was a really great mystery. I have also read I Don't Know, an interesting self help book about admitting when you don't know.
I am right now reading Aunty Lee's Delights, seems like a good book. And the book I am reading on my Kindle is called  Once Upon a RockStar, another book that the author asked me to read and review. 

I have always loved to read, but haven't been reading much until I received my Kindle from my son Matt for Christmas. I have found many free books from and mostly read those. I didn't think a Kindle was for me, but it. 
Here is a Free book on Murder in the South of France
I dont know how long it is free but this can give you an idea if your interested.
Well that is what is happening in my life, tonight I hope to work in my scrap room. 
Thanks for reading.


Sunday, September 01, 2013

My Newsletter from CTMH

Celebrate Your Creativity
My photoDiana Mathieson
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September is National Stamping Month!
Cheerful wishes to lift your loved ones year-round
September 2013 National Stamping Month
Celebrate National Stamping Month by ordering our new, exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio for just $10 only during September. When you place an order of $50 or more you qualify for this whimsical triple stamp set of cheerful sentiments, images, and an alphabet to complement life’s silly, sweet, and serendipitous moments.

The stamp set trio, which arrives on three D-size carrier sheets in two envelopes, is stylistically designed so all images coordinate to help you celebrate your happy times all year! Contact your Independent Consultant today to get your own You Are My Happy stamp set trio for just $10 — a savings of $37.90 over retail value! Offer valid September 1–30, 2013.

Get your $10 You Are My Happy stamp set trio today! »
Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings
Block out some time to make stunning holiday projects
September 2013 Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings (S1309); 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book, p. 12
With the September Stamp of the Month set, Poster Tidings, you’ll have exactly the right words to express what you feel this upcoming holiday season. All of your favorite holiday phrases are included on these fun block stamps, and mixing and matching words is easy to do using the masking technique!

The trendy “subway art” look is a cinch with the September Stamp of the Month, so make sure to get it while you can! Offer expires September 30, 2013.

See the September Stamp of the Month »
Have a Crush?
Fall in love with quick and easy memory keeping
My Crush Books (2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book, p. 62-67
With our two new My Crush™ books, Modville and Bluebird, preserving everyday memories and mementos is a snap! The little things that normally get lost in the busyness of life will be safe within your book’s pages. With just a little tape, glue, or even a paper clip, you’ll be able to preserve life’s adventures as they happen — ticket stubs, receipts, photos, and fast journaling

And thanks to the coordinating My Stickease® images, journaling spots, alphabets, and envelope pockets in the four My Crush assortments, you’ll make beauty in no time at all. Fall head-over-heels for the ease of scrapbooking on the go with our new, handy-sized My Crush books!

Check out the new My Crush™ books »

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mother's Heartbreak, some pictures of Justin

Well I have a blog for this, but haven't really posted on it. 
The biggest heart break to me, is the loss of a child, no matter what the age that child is. I loss my oldest son 8 years ago. He was 22 years old. I miss him every day. We as a family miss him every day. 

Lately, I have been going through boxes, trying to clean and to sort stuff out,  I find a lot of pictures. Most I share on Facebook. But I wanted to share a couple on my blog. I don't really feel like talking about what happen, he died sudden though. There is info on his Facebook page if you want to read more about him. I hope to start blogging about this more. I have read that writing can be therapeutic. Of course maybe no one wants to read it, but that is ok.

I love this first picture of him, He was in 1st grade. He was so cute, spunky and sweet. If you notice his smile you will see he is missing a tooth and one is growing in, the interesting thing is that the tooth was the wrong tooth growing in, it was an eye tooth, not a front tooth, so his Uncle Greg, who is a Dentist pulled his tooth. Was not a fun day at all. He hated it being done and so did we, we all felt his pain. But that didn't last long and the tooth grew out and the correct one grew in. He still had a eye tooth grow in the right spot. This picture always reminds me of his Grandmother Pafford, I don't know why, maybe just some resemblance of his Grandmother.

This next picture I found was probably taken around 2001 or possible 2002, need to do more research and try to find out, but it is picture of him helping Matthew, with Derrick and Ryan at the table, I am in the background. It must be Christmas day as there is a tree in the back ground as well. I hope I can find more pictures of this. My boys are all so wonderful and I am so blessed to have been picked to be their Mom.

Monday, August 19, 2013

New card design Smile

Well yesterday I was cleaning my craft room, and of course I get distracted and decided to make a card. I wanted to do a blog challenge since I couldn't come up with anything myself. So while looking at blogs I found this site: CAS (E) this Sketch.

 I thought the sketch was cute and simple enough. Of course it took me time to decide what I wanted to do and what to use. So here is my card:

Everything is from Close To My Heart;
Click on the links to go to my online store to find the products:
The stamp used in on this card is a Hostess only stamp, it is so awesome. In order to get this stamp you would need to host a gathering or online party and to have sales of $150 or more. 

Here is another image (I didn't create this) of what the stamps can do.

The stamp set has the look of Washi tape. More to come on that.

I hope you liked the card I made. I am hoping to do more challenges this week.
Have a great week. 


Friday, July 26, 2013

Just reading Blogs

Well I haven't felt well all week long. Went to the doctors today and he gave me medicine for an infection, great, I have tons to do and am planning on going to see my son this weekend in San Diego, I am still going. Well anyway, it is 4am and I am wide awake, must be the medicine, I am feeling slightly better. Probably the pain meds. Lol. 
Ok so I wanted to learn how to make a signature for my blog posts. I found a really cool blog that explains it. Now I just need to find the time. Ok so I was looking through her blog and she has a contest for free ad space, I am always trying to find free stuff, I always try to enter, I don't usually win, but I thought why not! So I entered, then reading further she is having a blog hop Thursday, yes it is Friday but I am wide awake. So I am entering the blog hop, Maybe someone out there will like my blog, who know, but worth a try. I do need to blog more often. I have plenty to blog about, just need to do it.
Here is a link to her blog:

Her & Nicole

Well I will add her link to the side when I have more time, just wanted to share what I found. I will also work on making a signature for my blog this weekend. 

If interested in that , here is the link for her tutorials- Link to Her & Nicole

Have a great weekend. :) 

Diana :) 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Get the gorgeous Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit for 

half price in July — no qualifying purchase required! From 

July 1– July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own 

canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, 

now discounted to $19.95 — more than 50% off! Take 

papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home décor 

piece that you can display for all to see.

I really loved this kit when I first saw it, I knew I had to have it. So I finally was able to put it together, Very simple, the hardest part of the whole thing was deciding what pictures to use. 

So here is my version. If you want to order just go to my website Diana's online store  
If you decide to purchase, please join the online party that is going on. Every time you purchase something this month, the month of July, I will put you in a drawing for $25.00 hostess credit. more details: every $10.00 you purchase I will put you in for the drawing, so if you purchase this WOTG you will get 2 tickets for the drawing. 
Any questions please email me at

The party does end on July 27th 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

More Studio J from CTMH from the Texas Convention 2012

Well I still  have a couple more pages to share from the pages I made using Studio J. These are from the Close To My Heart Convention last year 2012 in Texas. I had such a great time there, That was my 2nd convention with CTMH and so worth going. I can't wait for this years, which is next week I am so excited.

This layout is of the General Session. Meeting up with friends and meeting new ones is so much fun. I love seeing all the ideas and all the creativity that is at the convention.

Here is another layout I did, the page on the left was taken in front of the Hilton.  The two smaller pictures on the left are of my BFF Jann and she made everyone on our team a cup. She did a great job!!  The page on the right is of my BFF Jann and a friend's daughter. Jann had lived in Texas before and introduce me to some of her friends, they were all awesome. I was really impressed with Texas as I have never been there before. I really want to go back there and see the sights there again.
Jann also introduce me to another friend, Kay, she is really awesome and loves making things, beautiful quilts and she does scrapbook. Her and her husband took us out to dinner, loved!!!!! the food. It was so good, I would go back just to eat the food there again. I am sure she thought I was strange as I was taking pictures of her grass, I have never seen grass like that. It was so green and beautiful there. She also had such a cute little dog.

Well I hope you enjoyed these layouts I did in Studio J, if you would like more info about Studio J click here: Studio J  It is so easy to use.

Of course you can check out my online store: 
click here: Diana's Store

Thanks for reading, hope your having a great summer so far, if you going to the CTMH convention I hope we meet!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Studio J, Digital scrapbooking, Close to My Heart Dallas Texas Convention 2012

Well I have finally found some time to work on my Studio J Digital scrapbooking.I wanted to do some of the 2012 Dallas, Texas convention. I had a great time there, I have never been to Dallas before and that was so cool to be able to go. It is really green there. I live in Arizona where it isn't so green, just the cactus are green.
The Convention was awesome, had so much fun, learned so much and loved all the great stuff we received.
Here is a few of the pages I did using  Studio J
They had a area where you can take pictures, My BFF and I did the wanted signs, so much fun!! I used the Dakota scrapbook pages to make this layout. YOu can check out my Close To My heart site and find info about using Studio J to create some awesome pages. If you have any questions please email me or leave a comment and I will get back to you. click here for more info about Studio J.
We also had a banquet and that was a lot of fun as well. Wow I am using the word fun so many times because I really did have fun and enjoyed my time there with my friends.
 On the right side of the page is my upline Kelly Hammonds, there was a contest to see who can raise the most money for Operation Smile, and Kelly worked very hard and won the contest, so proud of her. What she one was a chance to go to the Philippines and help with Operation smile for a week. All I know is it was an awesome experience for her. She will share about the trip in June when we go to Disney World for the 2013 convention. If you want more info about Operation Smile, click here.

Well I hope you liked the 2 layouts I shared I will be sharing more this week.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Big Picture Classes-Happy Thought Project CTMH

Have you heard about The Big Picture Classes? They are awesome!! Well when I was at the Close To My Heart Album Retreat, they meaning The Big Picture Classes filmed, a pajama class. The class was making this really cute Kraft Container. Well I did a class this weekend and we had a great time. This is such a fun and simple project. Some many uses, the way I am using mine, I have bought creative ideas to try. So much fun.  If your interested in ordering the supplies for this class; you can ether order everything or you can order a kit from me. 

This is the info from the website, The Big Picture Class:

This "Think Happy Thoughts" project features a sturdy kraft tube, bright papers, an inspiring stamped sentiment, and darling accessories brought to us by one of our favorite partners, Close To My Heart—plus 52 awesome downloadable creativity starters to go inside.
Get your own blank kraft tube today ( and gather the rest of the supply list now so you can join the party prepared to make your own!
  • My Acrylix® Frame Flair (D1546)
  • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts (C1536)
  • 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® block (Y1009)
  • 4" x 5" My Acrylix® block (Y1012)
  • My Acrylix® spritz cleaner (1778)
  • My Acrylix® stamp scrubber (Z1782)
  • Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686)
  • Whisper Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2172)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2195)
  • micro-tip scissors (Z534)
  • corner rounder (Z578)
  • paper trimmer
  • My Creations® kraft container (Z1833) 
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Crème Brulee cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5754)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Lagoon cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5762)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, 1385)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Whisper cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5929)
  • one sheet Pink B&T Duos® paper from Chantilly paper packet (comes with 6 sheets, X7163B)
  • two yards Grey Wool baker's twine from neutral assortment (comes with ten yards, Z1701)
  • three butterflies from Color-Ready Trinkets wooden shapes (comes with 57 shapes, Z1844)
  • three grey Sparkles from Sparkles black & grey assortment (comes with 108, Z1754)
  • 3-D foam tape
If you would like to order a kit from me, you will get:

  • My Creations® kraft container (Z1833) 
  • Pre-cut papers of Creme Brulee, Lagoon, White Daisy, whisper cardstock, cut out, stamped and ready to use. 
  • Pre-cut paper from the Chantilly paper pack.
  • 2 yards Grey Wool baker's twine.
  • three butterflies from Color-Ready Trinkets wooden shapes
  • three grey Sparkles from Sparkles black & grey assortment
  • 3-D foam tape

Everything will be stamped, cut and ready for you to use for the show. 
The cost? it is $18, including shipping in the USA. and Military. If you would like to order and live outside of the USA, or have any questions, please email me at scrapcrazy2002  If you are local and want to pick up a kit, please email me to make arrangements. Pretty much the only thing you will need is glue :) and to have fun.

One Kraft Container Class $18.00