Sunday, August 31, 2014

Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Family is Forever

Family is Forever, what a wonderful title for a beautiful stamp set and this is September's Stamp of the Month (only $5 with a $50 order making it such a sweet deal).

You are entering our Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog hop. If you have entered from Nancy's blog, you are on the right track. This hop is a big ol' circle, so when you get back to where you begun, you have seen all the awesome artwork.

This stamp set is so versatile for many possible projects, don't you think?

My first project is a calendar 8"x 8" mini album created for a friend who needed some silent auction items for a fundraiser.

The Family is Forever sentiment makes a great title for November.


Add the 'family' tree to the opposite side.

I saw this cute Six Fold card and thought the sentiment Sweet Moments would work wonderful to showcase the most current photo of my grandson, Tobias, enjoying his favorite treat chocolate.

This is my first attempt and it was fun, will have to work on getting the front to close better.

Here I used White Pigment ink and our clear embossing powder (so glad it is back) for the cover sentiment.

And as you unfold this cut card, waiting with anticipation to what may be in there.

An in the middle, I left room for a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" photo. I used the Family is Forever heart cluster stamp across a scrap heart (I love holding on to those leftover cuts).

The bottom opens up to an area ready for a little journaling.

I hope you found my projects to your liking - would love to have you leave a comment, I love to read what you have to say.



 Now hop on over to Krista's blog to continue on this Family is Forever hop.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Use Your Stash Blog Hop Mixed Media

This is another great Use Your Stash Blog hop and I am the leader! Please excuse the fact that I have no artwork, my Mom has fallen ill and, well, when life happens, things get a little busy. I am sure many of you are bearing the weight of family and life --

There is a small group this month -- if you have hopped from Katy's, you are on the right track.

Your next hop will be Cassandra's blog.

These group of Close To My Heart consultants are so talented, here is a list of all our hoppers

Friday, August 15, 2014

Our Technique Blog Hop is All Lit Up

It is time again for a new Technique Blog Hop! Our themes will be taken right out of the new Annual Inspiration Idea Book. For August, we are using the tip on page 88, All Lit Up, use glitter paper on your project to lit it up.

If you are coming from Debi's you are on your way, this hop is a great big circle so keep hopping until you return from whence you started.

My project is a Pinterest inspired gate-fold shutter card.

I loved coloring with the new ShinHan alcohol markers and to add that little All Lit Up pop, I used the Teal Glitter paper.

The belly band slides off and inside is the shuttered message.

Continue enjoying the hop, by hopping on over to Sheila's blog, I am sure she has some glitter love to share.

Please leave a comment as I love to hear from you!








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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Easy Like Sunday Morning - New Arrangements

My life has been full of new arrangements over the last several years and the last two months starts a whole new 'arrangement'. As a caregiver to a parent, you learn that each year brings new challenges.

With a new health issue, I am finding big changes in my life. It is a blessing to have a job that is flexible and adaptable as it is good to have an outlet.

Enough about that, life is full for us all so let me share some fun other new arrangements. When I moved into my new craft room (the spare bedroom), thought did not go into the arrangement of the furniture and pretty soon there was a lot less spare bedroom and a lot more craft room. That became a problem when family came to visit.

As with all projects, a little thought and planning sure make more sense.


Here is my craft room before - light walls that had not been painted in many years and trust me, there were a few marks just from my hanging those ink cases (yes our Close To My Heart ink caddy can be hung).

And why did I put the bulk of my work space on the one wall with two doors --

First comes the paint. I was inspired by a Pinterest craft room that was gray and white.

Here is the first wall painted with a cool hue of gray and white trim.

Another tip, life goes on if it takes you more than a week to paint two walls and asking a friend to help is a good thing.

It is almost completed and there will be room for family to stay for a night or two.

May you have an Easy Sunday Morning!
Shirley

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - What a Hoot

It is time again for a new Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month and this month's is so 'owl'ish!! If you have hopped over from Lori's blog you are on the right track. If you wish to see all the hoppers click here.
 I love the cute owls that can be used for Halloween or as I am sure you will see throughout this hop, for any season.

My choice was to do something not 'owl'ish to show the versatility of the stamp set.
The flower petals were created using one of the owl's wing options.

Now hop on over to Dana's blog to see what she has in store for us!!

WAIT, please leave a comment, I love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by
Shirley