Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April showers bring May flowers/ Heart 2 Heart blog challenge

This is my first entry in a contest, and hopefully not the last!

Here is a little wall hanging (I see it for Mother’s Day…) that I put together yesterday.  The base is a wall plaque that was purchased at JoAnn’s, and everything else is Close To My Heart.  I used what paper was left over from my Sophia Workshop on the Go.  I measured, cut then adhered the paper to the plaque, with the exception of the cardstock that I stamped on.  The flower and sentiment are from Friendship Blessings (D1191), the “&” is from Sophia (B1379).  I used some buttons from the pink assortment ( Z1370, again left over from my WOTG) added some Opaque Pearls (Z1336) in two different sizes, and finished with some of the pom-pom ribbon from the Designer Ribbon Pink Collection  (Z1384).

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Enjoy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A few odds and ends

I love this part of scrapbooking. Once I have completed all the layouts I want with my CTMH paper pack, I move on to cards. But then I still have bits and pieces of paper packs or workshops left over. I have taken to using those last odds and ends to make some coordinating home d├ęcor sets that I am now selling on Etsy (because, let’s face it…my house is only so big!).



The base for all three of these pieces was some CTMH pearl paint mixed with Olive re-inker.


mayberry clothespinI love doing these clothes pins! They are super fast to slap some paper on, add a few embellishments (like a canvas button for instance) and boom instant hit. They are one of my favorites because they can serve multiple purposes. First, they can hold a picture on your desk, coffee table or mantle. Second, they are great in the kitchen for holding your recipe so that you don’t bury it under ingredients, or spill something on the recipe.




mayberry small signThis is a small wooden sign that has also been done in Mayberry paper from CTMH. A strip of paper, one large stamp, an accented word, and a few buttons, and done! I used some Topstitch to make similar signs for Holiday gifts last year.




mayberry friend pic frameThis is my favorite from the past few days. The frame is 6.5 inches by 8.5 inches, with an opening for a 3.5 by 3.5 picture. I stamped, distressed and mounted the sentiment, popped some paper on the frame, and stamped a few images. Final touches, ribbon, and a few little heart shaped buttons.



I started these 3 projects Friday night, and have three more bases (pieces of wood I painted with my olive mixture), and think that the largest chunk of time I was able to devote to these was roughly 3 hours. I love projects that I can walk away from, but be able to pick right back up when I get the chance.



Enjoy!

Why I do what I do.

People often ask me once they find out that I love to craft and create, "What is the one project you are most proud of?" My answer is always the same, "My five kids!" They are the reason I have been scrapbooking for so many years. I want to be able to capture their childhood through pictures, and evoke emotion through the art of scrapbooking. I found a wonderful company, Close To My Heart (CTMH), that allows me to do just that. Their breathtaking line of paper packs with coordinating embellishments and stamp sets take the guess work out of scrapping, and they are a huge time saver. And let's be honest, when it's fun it's easier to get a project done. Once I discovered CTMH, I decided to become a consultant so that I am better equipped to share the joy I feel when preserving memories that will be passed on for generations to come.



Another benefit to using Close To My Heart products is the versatility they offer. Not only do you get to create and protect your precious memories by scrapbooking, but you can also use the paper packs and embellishments to create personalized and unique cards as well as sprucing up your home decor. I love having the ability to transform a simple photograph into a piece of art I am proud to display in my home or give as a gift to a special person.



It is not the amount of 'creative talent' but rather the level of interest and passion you possess that will determine what we are capable of accomplishing together. Let me show you how simple, quick and most importantly fun scrapbooking and paper crafting can be.