6/16/2017

Don't Miss the Retiring Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Retiring Stamps Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 15 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

Do you know how sad I am to see our products are retiring?  I probably own almost every one of them, but to know that I cannot replace them once they are gone is very sad.

But the retiring of the old products means the excitement of the incoming new products so I guess I will just have to let it go.  On this blog hop we decided to show you some of our favorite "must have" retiring stamp sets.

I had two graduations in a week and got good use out of this stamp set that is retiring at the end of July.  It is called Diploma Day (B1480).


I love the large script and paired with the mortarboard, you have everything you need to make a graduation card or layout.

One thing I love about making cards is that you can get exactly what you want in a card.  For this graduation card that I made my grandson, I was able to use his school colors.  Now how cool is that?  My card was the only card he received that used his school colors.  Here is my card.


I made a twist and pop card.  I love this card type!  Looking at the recipient's face when they open it is priceless!  Here is the inside.


Isn't it adorable?  Austin loved the card (though the money didn't hurt either, ha ha!)  This grandson is dear to my heart.  When he was 9 years old, he had a big birthday party.  I was not able to attend because he lived so far away.  His mother told me that after he opened all of his presents, a little friend of his was picking up the garbage.  Austin asked him where the card was that I sent him.  He told the little boy that his grandmother always makes him a birthday card that is special just for him and that he always saves them.  This child is what we call "card worthy."

I also want to share my heart a little.  I told you that my son, James, was graduating from college with this Bachelor degree in Internet Technology and Security.  We drove up to Michigan to see him walk for his graduation.  James did all of his degree work online so did not know anyone, but I felt it was extremely important that he participate in this rite of passage.

So, as a family we drove to Michigan from Memphis.  We "camped" in some small cabins and attended James' Graduation.  Here is a picture I took from the balcony of the auditorium.  James is the one looking up.


My heart is full.

Later in the evening, we needed to go shopping for food for camping.  James' brother insisted that James keep his robe on as we walked through Walmart.  Total strangers came up to James and congratulated him on all of his hard work.  I was touched by their gestures.  They made James' day extra special.  It takes a tribe.


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 


Supplies Used



6/14/2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #216

I have been invited to be a guest designer over at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog this week.  Here is a look at the original sketch design:




I am currently addicted to Close to My Heart's No Worries paper.  What is not to love, I ask you?  Here is my card that I made using the Sketch Challenge.



Lots of new products in my card. I used the No Worries-Cardmaking Thin Cuts/Stamp Set.  The umbrella is loaded with Champagne Ink and then I took a sponge dauber and added Lagoon Ink to the umbrella.  

And can I tell you how much fun the white burlap ribbon is?  If you cut into the ribbon, parallel to the strands, you can release the plastic "thread" that holds the strands together, giving you 6 strands to play with.  I added 3 to my card behind the umbrella and 3 to the sign.

Now I am looking forward to seeing your creations at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

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6/08/2017

June Classes and Crops

I have been busy today typing up my June Event Calendar.

I am recuperating from my back to back graduation trips to Florida for my grandson's high school graduation and then up to Michigan for my son's college graduation.  I would not recommend driving from Memphis to Florida and then up to Michigan in a week.  I am just getting over it, but it was worth it!


I took this picture with my iPhone.  Not bad if I say so myself.  As you know, this was a momentous occasion.  10 years in the making!  Now my fingers are crossed that James will find a job soon.

So, here is my June calendar.  If  you would like to sign up for a workshop or crop, click on the link and add your name!


6/01/2017

June's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Hello Foxy

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 22 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The June Stamp of the Month is entitled Hello Foxy (S1706) (Set of  11).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Isn't this the most adorable stamp set ever?  My family was visiting and I have an artist in the family.  My granddaughter, Jocelyn, was named Artist of the Year for her high school.  I absolutely hated art in high school and now I am sorry that I didn't pay more attention.  Jocelyn gave me a lesson in shading the foxes and I am very happy with the end result.



I made a waterfall card using our new Jack paper pack.



I love how the pictures flip as you pull the ribbon at the bottom.


Look at my cute green fox!  Can you see the shading?


And I even stamped the pull panel!



And check out the inside!

The June Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between June 1 – June 30, 2017.  

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Michelle Stewart's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


Supplies Used