7/16/2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

First I have to say that this blog hop is pure Serendipity.  Serendipity is defined as the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.  My life has been busy, busy, busy (as always).  I forgot about this hop until last night.  I pulled out our retiring Annual Inspirations Catalog and flipped through it and found this super cute stamp set.


C1668 Baby Bundle

I didn't realize it was retiring and I had never used it.  But now I had a reason to use it and here he is.



Let me introduce my newest grandson, Cristiano Santorro Gallagher.  Quite a mouthful, huh?  My son, Matthew, and his wife, Sarah, welcomed Cristiano yesterday morning to their family.  He is a big boy, 8 lbs 2 oz and 22 inches long.  We are thrilled, to say the least.  

My son was diagnosed with testicular cancer a year and a half ago.  He and his wife had waited until the right time to get pregnant and then it wasn't.  Matthew is now cancer free and our family has been especially blessed with this sweet baby.

So I needed to make a special card for a special baby.




In addition to using this retiring stamp set, I also used our retiring color of the year, Sea Glass, a few gold stars from our retiring Baby Girl Complements (who said they can't be used for boys), and the Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack which is now officially gone, gone, gone. 

Hurry and pick up any of these other products before they are gone too.  They will officially be gone on August 1st and are while supplies last right now.

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, {Cat Nowak'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


7/10/2017

Welcome to the Stampaganza Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Stampaganza Blast from the Past Blog Hop! 



This hop I am following {Wendy Kessler's Blog.}   We have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Stampaganza Blast from the Past Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

Our hop is spotlighting stamp sets that have been brought back just for the month of July during Stampaganza.  Stampaganza is a very special time where Close to my Heart has a special offer of Buy 2 stamp sets, get one for free.  All current stamp sets and the stamp sets that were especially brought back for Stampaganza qualify for this fantastic promotion.

So, let me show you some old artwork that I used one of our returning stamp sets to create.

This card came from my post on October 14, 2013.  Here is what I wrote:   I went to one of our How-To Books, Make it From Your Heart, Volume 2 (9042)Pattern 29, and started cutting my paper.  I just love the ease of our How-to Books as well as the cost of $7.95.  I always change the pattern up just a little bit to give it my personality, but it sure is nice to have a starting point when designing my cards.

Next comes the Stamp Set.  I chose to use Quick Cards - Bright All Night.  The good news is that this is one of the stamp sets that has been brought back for Stampaganza and you can get it for free!



The edges are ink distressed with our Slate Ink.  The stamped image was first inked with Whisper Ink, and then using a Sponge Dauber, I added Slate Ink and Juniper Ink and then stamped the image on White Daisy Cardstock.  I used our Silver Shimmer Trim, which is self-adhesive.  The trim with the reindeer, bells and sleighs is actually the zip strip which comes off of the paper.  The red chevron beneath the White Hemp bow is our new Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape (Yes I did use Washi Tape!  LOL) And the cute metal flower comes from our Base and Bling Floral Accents (Z1883).  Everything else is just paper!  

All of the products are now retired but you can make this card using our new Christmas paper that will be revealed soon!

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, {Hayley Dyer's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set on my website. 



7/01/2017

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Storybook Alphabet

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    

This month I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 16 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 July Stamp of the Month is entitled Storybook Alphabet (S1707) (Set of  26).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




The July Stamp of the Month is perfect for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I really wanted to make a card with this stamp set and decided to make a sliding gift card or money holder using our Prickly Pear paper pack.  I also really wanted to use the cactus on the Prickly Pear - Cardmaking set. The cactus is cut out using the thin cuts and stamped with the stamp set that comes with the thin cuts.

I have a funny story to tell you.  I have a giant character defect.  I am a procrastinator.  I have a great memory and  I set deadlines and remember them very well.  But I always overestimate what I can get done before I get started on my projects that have deadlines.  I am not a lazy procrastinator.  I am just guilty of doing too much.

So I knew I had this card to make and I knew that I needed to pack for the Close to My Heart Convention in Salt Lake City.  But if the card came out as I imagined it, I could get it done, photographed, packing done and head to bed early enough to get enough sleep to catch my early morning plane.

Well, it didn't happen that way.  I started the card way too late and then I decided to go ahead and adhere the decorative layers onto the outside of the card before I cut the half circle so that you can remove the inside of the card.  I used our circle thin cuts to make the cut and it worked pretty well.  The coloring was already done on the card and this was the last step.  As I pulled the card out of my cuttlebug and removed the top plate, I was aghast to see that my very scarred cuttlebug plate had made my White Daisy cardstock look like Textured Cardstock.  The 3 layers on the card had pushed the top layer into the plate and picked up the scarring.

I didn't have time to redo the card and finally decided that I liked the texture and have discovered a new technique.
  
I colored all of the images and the alphabet with our Shin Han markers.  I used the cactus thin cut as a pull for the slider part of the card. When you pull the slider out, there is a little pocket that you can place money in for your intended recipient.


Once I get settled in after Convention, I will post the directions for this card. I will also add my supply list tomorrow.

The July 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 July 1 – July 31, 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
(coming soon)

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.

Supplies Used


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