Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Did you know...?

A couple of interesting facts I've learned recently...
  • Back in 1901, the cancer rate was 1 in 8,000...today it is 1 in 3!
  • Asthma is the leading chronic illness in children (Nat'l Safetly Council)
  • Autism now affects 1 in 166 children
  • ACS researchers – 200 chemicals found in everyday consumer products caused breast cancer in animal tests.
  • Researchers conclusion: reducing the exposure to these compounds could prevent many women from developing the disease.
  • There is a growing body of evidence linking environmental contaminants to breast cancer – the leading killer of US women age 35-55

If even a small percentage of these illnesses or conditions are caused by preventable environmental factors, think how many people would be spared if we got rid of the repeated, unnecessary exposures to these sources!

Making your home a safer, healthier place to be now may make the difference in your family's health later!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stardust Lay-out

I used our CTMH markers to color in the stamps. The corner edge is the negative of a Dimensional Elements corner piece...it's attached to a small piece of B&T paper & filled w/ liquid glass.
This is the left page of a lay-out I did for my hostess club a little while ago. It uses the Stardust paper & the Robot Power stamp set.
This is the right page of the lay-out.

Here is a close-up of one of the pictures...this is one of my amazing blessings from God--my son, Kevin. He just turned 3 this month. He loves stickers (and having them on the face is better than on the TV, furniture, wall, etc. Lol!)

Here is another close-up picture of another one of God's wonderful blessings--my son, Matt who is 10 & just started 5th grade! What a handsome guy! (not that I'm biased or anything! :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Sweet Home & Treasures (Sept. SOTM)

This art features the NEW Sweet Home paper--I love the pastel with the deep, fall colors! Gorgeous combination! The stamp set is the September SOTM called Treasures...a beautiful, versatile set of 13 stamps.
It's hard to see in the picture, but I used Prisma Glitter on the garnet dandelion. The crotchet flower is held on with a pewter brad. There is white daisy sassy strand wrapped around the 2 brads in the lower right corner.

Again, using a brad to hold the flower in place...I also used a photo clip to accent the sentiment.

Lay-out design from Imagine...Rustic Alphabet (stamped in garnet & cut out)...Big Pinks paper flower as the "O" in Moments.

left page

Quote is written in Indian Corn Blue

Right page

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All designs C Close to My Heart. All artwork original by Liz Jefferson

Tylenol recall...

Hi Parents--I did a "Creating a Healthy Home" presentation for a MOPS group this morning and found out f/ a fellow mom that Tylenol just recalled 21 infant/children's products. Here is a link f/ the LA Times w/ a little info about the recall as well as a list of items...

With all the colds, flus, and yucky stuff going around, many of us have probably recently purchased these products for our own kids...be sure to check the list!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

For all you animal lovers!

This is our dog, Lexus (and yes, the poor puppy is wearing one of my husband's tank tops!). She is like a member of the family, and I want to make sure she stays healthy & is with us as long as possible. We take her for walks and feed her the type of food she needs. She has regular vet check- ups and is probably the most spoiled dog I've ever seen! :-) But I never thought about the way toxic chemicals in the home might affect her. Check this out...

"Everybody knows that household cleaning supplies can be toxic to adults and children, but few take precautions to protect their pets from common agents such as bleaches, detergents and disinfectants. Last year, the ASPCA received more than 3,200 calls related to household cleaners. These products, when inhaled by our furry friends, can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract." (source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/top-10-pet-poisons-of-2008.html)

How scary--especially when you think about how often animals lick every surface they can reach...tables, chairs, the floor...and how many chemicals may be on those surfaces from the cleaners & disinfectants we use!

Love the Silhouette paper!

Close to My Heart's Silhouette paper is one of my absolute favorites! It's classy & elegant yet can be used very simply. The basic colors make it easy to match for any occasion. Here are a few things I've done w/ this paper...they are not all recent artwork since this is my first blog, but I will post recent work soon.
This is a sympathy card using the Joy Forever stamp set.

This simple friendship card is accented with cranberry buttons tied with waxy flax.

This card features a design from the Originals card program & the Soul Mates stamp set.

This simple card uses the You Are Beautiful stamp set.

I did this lay-out for a gathering. It also uses the Soul Mates stamp set.

This gift set was inspired by my talented fellow consultant Yvette W. I gave it as a gift to my son's teacher a couple years ago. It was a big hit!

Click here to view all of Close to My Heart's wonderful paper packs (and much more!)...perfect for scrapbooking (level 1 & 2 kits available) and making cards...all your colors & patterns are already matched for you!