About Me

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I am married to Basilio Ruiz and thank God daily for bringing this wonderful man back into my life. I am a Christian mom of 4 (the youngest 3 are still at home with me) Ashleigh is 22, Amanda is 17, Joshua & Jeremy are 13. I am an independent CTMH consultant and love sharing the art of scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting with others.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Announcing Close To My Heart retiring products

This is the list of retiring Close to My Heart products. If there is something on this list you would like you should order it this month or next. The new idea book will be released February 1st and no more of these retired products will be ordered so they are available on a "while supplies last" basis and can be ordered on my website at http://peggyruiz.ctmh.com/Default.aspx

Shimmer Designer Brads
Rhinestone Designer Brads
Brads Red Assortment 
Brads Pink Assortment
Brads Blue Assortment
Brads Green Assortment
Brads Basic Assortment
Wooden Designer Buttons
Buttons Clear Assortment
Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet)
Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers
Dimensional Elements  Numbers 
Dimensional Elements Ornaments
Dimensional Elements Snowflakes
Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes
Stella Complements Canvas Shapes
My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment
My Stickease® Victory Assortment
My Stickease® Florentine Assortment
La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment
Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements
Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements
Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons
Milepost Shapes
Bling Assortment
Urban Felt Alphabet 
Keepsake Felt Alphabet 
Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers
Foundry® Ribbon Slides
Foundry® Binder Clips
Foundry® Number Plates 
D├ęcor Journaling Spots
Bohemian Assortment 
Timeless Charms
Tough Tags
Bouquet Assortment
Haunted Assortment
Autumn Lane Assortment 
Boutique Assortment
Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday
Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection 
Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection                                                                                
Designer Ribbon Blue Collection
Designer Ribbon Red Collection
Designer Ribbon Green Collection
Newsprint Rub-Ons 
Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
Festive Velvet Rub-Ons 
Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons
6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album
6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album
Bulk Glitter Button
Cranberry Brads
Black Button Brads
Avonlea Workshop Guide
Clementine Workshop Guide
Dakota Workshop Guide
La Belle Vie Workshop Guide
Scholastic Workshop Guide
Flirty Workshop Guide
Moonlight Workshop Guide
Pear & Partridge Workshop Guide
La Belle Vie B&T Duos® Combo Pack
Flirty B&T Duos® Combo Pack
Moonlight B&T Duos® Combo Pack
Pear & Partridge B&T Duos® Combo Pack
Bling Buttons (12 mm)
Milepost Shapes Corrugated Stars (1 1/2")
Bling Gems
Pearl Badge Buttons 
My Creations® Display Album
My Creations® Banner
My Creations® Memory Game
Craft Jars
4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards
4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards
My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit
My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet
My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet
My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet
My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet
La Belle Vie Paper Packet 
Flirty Paper Packet
Moonlight Paper Packet
Pear & Partridge Paper Packet
Cutting Knife
Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit
Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit
Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit
Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit 
Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit
Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit
Item Description
A Tweet
A Tulip
A Melody
Quick Cards—Shell
A Rainbow
Spring Up
Rosy Regards
Bee Happy
He Is Risen
My Peeps
Enjoy Life
Take a Picture
Eclectic Edges
Heartfelt Treasures
Happy Camper
Paper Lantern
Remarkable Wreath
10 Things
Super Powers
Country Life
Perfect Day
The Works Alphabet
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
Chocolate Alphabet Small
Hodge Podge Alphabet
Classmate Alphabet
Splendid Day
Card Chatter—Love
Trees & Things
Simple Memories
Bingo Alphabet
Diverse Backgrounds
Magic Adventures
Kick Back
Field Trip Alphabet

Friday, September 7, 2012

Explore the possibilities

This is an excellent video from some fellow CTMH consultants showing how flexible our stamps are and how, using the acrylic blocks, you can manipulate them beyond their basic shapes

Thursday, August 9, 2012

CTMH scroll album workshop

This is an awesome video of the new CTMH scroll album workshop on the go kit being assembled by a sister consultant. I will be doing this as a group workshop for people in the Pendleton area who are interested. the cost of the kit (which includes the scroll album, step by step directions, coordinating canvas stickers, coordinating buttons, and coordinating stamp set) is $35.95. additional supplies needed: chocolate ink pad, blocks, bonding memories glue, and liquid glass. Please RSVP if you are interested and we will coordinate orders and a class time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WGntKm1XaY&list=UUISBCa7isINU5zrqVGWsFiw&index=4&feature=plcp

Close to My Heart August news

First of all don't forget to check out the FABULOUS new Artiste Cricut Bundle. This cartridge, created exclusively for CTMH has SO many features I cannot even begin to describe all that it does. It also comes with 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 sheets of precut dimensional elements..... a $125 value for $99. Want to get it at half price? Book a party (Pendleton, Oregon area) or an online EZ invite party and get sales totals of $250 or more and you could choose this as a hostess 1/2 item.

Also this month's special offer is a gorgeous double stamp set (retail value $35.90)  that is yours for just $5 with a qualifying $35 purchase.

AND if your order totals $50 you can also add the August Stamp of the month (Baroque Borders) for just $5

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My eyes

I have decided to keep a journal of what is going on with my eyes.

It probably started last year, unknown to me. At my yearly exam my eye Dr. noticed some white spots on my pictures of my eyes. I have had tons of floaters for as long as I can remember and I said that that was probably all they were.

This year when I went back the same spots were there in the exact same places so they obviously were not floaters plus I had a ton more. Also my vision could not be brought even to 20/25 with correction and I was refereed to Dr. Sung, an eye specialist in Tri cities. My Dr. was concerned enough to pull some strings to make this happen pretty quickly. My good friend Charlotte and her husband Chris drove us because my husband can no longer drive and I had to have my eyes super dilated. They also injected contrast dye and took tons of pictures. The process was pretty painful for me. My eyes have always been very light sensitive... to the point that my glasses have a permanent tint as well as the photo gray option.

I was asked to return to Dr. Sung's office 2 more times. On my second visit they repeated all of the tests from the first visit and on the 3rd they did a visual field test. For quite a while now I have been tripping over things but I have always been a bit (okay, more than a bit) clumsy and just assumed that clumsiness was getting worse with age. What I discovered was that I have lost quite a bit of visual acuity that we cannot seem to correct by upgrading my lenses anymore and my visual field is shrinking..... basically tunnel vision.... so if I don't remember to look differently I don't see things that should normally be within my frame of vision. My depth perception has also been affected and that makes even a simple task like going down a flight of stairs hard for me. The fact that my eyes are constantly trying to bring my world into focus but can't is also causing dizzy spells and severe head aches.

Rather than being diagnosed in Tri cities Dr. Sung sent me to the Casey Eye clinic which is part of the Oregon Health and Sciences University campus in Portland. I was already nervous because of the speed with which Dr. Sung's office tested me and knew I was in trouble when an eye specialist referred me to another eye specialist. I was told I was being sent to OHSU for confirmation of a diagnosis of "White Dot Syndrome". I, of course, did some research and was not thrilled with what I was reading but it did at least sound treatable. From what I read they probably could not return vision lost but maybe could slow the process.

A friend from church drove us to Portland where I underwent 3 hours of testing very similar to what Dr. Sung's office had done. The specialist I was assigned to see there also ordered some additional tests that were done immediately and then asked 2 other specialists to review the tests and examine my eyes. It was a bit unsettling to listen to these three specialists stand outside my room and talk about how weird I was. Finally all 3 came in to talk to me and said they did not concur with Dr. Sung's diagnosis but felt I was looking at a condition called Fundus Flavimaculatus which is a genetic condition. I was referred to yet another specialist within the Eye clinic on the OHSU campus and am now awaiting my appointments in November. I was very 
concerned about how far out these appointments are but then was told if this diagnosis is correct, there is no treatment...... nothing that can be done to correct or even slow the process. I was sent a rather extensive personal and family history form to fill out. I questioned all of this because there is no history of similar issues that I know of in my family but was told this is most often a recessive gene that is carried for several generations with no issues until it for some reason mutates in someone and  the symptoms I am dealing with then show up.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Close To My Heart: fabulous as always

The new fall/winter Close To My Heart idea book is jam packed with new products. Besides the gorgeous new scrapbooking kits, new stamp sets and new ink colors there is a brand new CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge bundle (3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 coordinating sheets of dimensional elements) and new alcohol based markers that come in a set of 2 (a coordinating lighter or darker shade) and a new alcohol blending pen to use with these (think copics but more affordable as they are not refillable). There are many, many new embellishment choices, alterable items and more. This month is National Stamping month and we have a very fun double stamp set that is yours for just $5 with a $35 order. Visit my website today and click on my name under the link to join a gathering and you can shop the new products and join in on my EZinvite group order. EZ invite orders are shipped directly to you within 2-3 business days

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy National Scrapbook Day

I usually hold a big crop/workshop on National Scrapbook Day but we got invited to a family barbecue with the Tri Cities kids....can't pass that up PLUS we get to see our sweet grand daughter. SOOOO since we are missing the annual celebration today here is a challenge with a chance to win a cool goodie bag of CTMH products.

This is a 2 part challenge and the winner will be determined by a random drawing from those who qualify. To qualify for this prize drawing you must

A) Place an order of $35 or more on my website http://peggyruiz.ctmh.com/Default.aspx This qualifies you to purchase the Dotty For You May Special for just $5. This paper kit is jam packed with tons of paper and the reverse side of the prints shown below are all polka dots in the same color schemes. Purchase this kit and link me to projects made from it. Each project (card, layout, altered item) will earn you a ticket into the drawing