Saturday, February 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop is having a Love Affair With Paper

Are you ready to finally use that pretty paper you have stashed away? Let the Use Your Stash Blog Hoppers help you with some great ideas.

If you are coming from Darlene's blog you are right on track.

There are times when I like to go visiting my local scrapbook store, even if it is three hours away and while I am a Close To My Heart kinda gal, I feel a kindred spirit, so I have to buy something.

This paper made me think of summer, blue water, sand, popcicles, lady bugs and lazy days. It is has been in my stash for several months and it is time to use it.

I started with a Make It From Your Heart (Volume 2, pg 34, pattern 15) recipe. The striped paper was perfect.

Do I like it with the stripes on the outside or inside -- hmmmmmm...

What it did need (most of my projects need) a little bling by using the pink glitter paper and a couple of Junebug puffy hearts, my need for bling was satisfied.

To finish off, I used some of my over abundant supply of flamingo dots (look inside each flower), must have been the pink that made me want so many!!

I hope you enjoyed my little 'paper' DE-stash project and now off so see what Theresa has in store for you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday Tool Time

Do you find adhesive or ink stains on your craft desk? Well, today's tool may help with that.

Close To My Hearts VERSAmat is so VERSAtile. It is self healing on one side and spongy on the other. The spongy side gives you that perfect stamping surface, you may find turning it over and  stamping on the spongy surface when working on those plastic tables, which give a little too much, will give you that perfect stamped image.

The 12" x 12" grid makes the VERSAmat the best for getting your project pieces placed just right. And when used with our ruler is great for a 12" x 12" straight line - but that is for another post..

Pair the Versamat with our All Purpose mat for the ultimate clean desk. Nothing sticks to this silicon inspired work surface. And being heat resistant makes it perfect for heat embossing or glue guns.

My desk sports two All Purpose mats and two Versamats and to be sure I don't show up at a crop or class without my most loved tools, I keep the most used Versamat and an All Purpose mat in my traveling bag. Is that a little too much, NOT!!

Here is a short video with a few more great ideas.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Heartstrings Card Workshop on the Go with a Twist


The Heartstrings Card Workshop on the Go consists of everything you need to create 15 wonderfully loveable Valentine/love inspired cards.

How would these cards look using another stamp set, maybe a birthday stamp set.

Yes, that is the twist -- change up the stamp set and you have the cards you need for any occasion.

My choice, Lovely Birthday (B1462).




Cute flowers, and don't you just love the font and sayings!


A little tweak here and a little embellishment there - now I have some great birthday cards, ready to send out.

This was my January Card Club cards, 3 cards for $10, 6 cards for $15 or 15 cards for $30 -- a club workshop with options for all. Contact me at shirleyross66@gmail.com for more information.

And, as always, I love to hear from you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Crafting Adventure comes Full Circle

It has been several years since Mom and me (yes that is where the name comes from) started our paper crafting adventure. And, now I am back in the crafting room where the fun all began.



The peg board covered with the cute colorful contact paper was one of the first organizational projects Mom and I took on. The colors for the craft room accents were taken from the contact paper.

The closet was painted pink -- I love pink.



Future workshop product is stored on the top shelf and my paper stash is stored on the shelf my late husband created - two closet shelves stacked one upside down atop the other and securely attached together and to the wall make a very sturdy paper shelf. This shelf contains my xyrons, envelopes, how to books, and empty albums.


The short table is where I worked, while Mom worked on tray in front of her recliner. I moved her recliner into another room and added my tall table from my last craft room. I love to create standing up.


The Explore is ready to go to work and the Expression 2 is ready for travel. I love the Close To My Heart organization containers. They hold everything from embellishments to Cricut cartridges, to embossing folders. More posts on this will be shared later.

There is room for the printer and the inks hang from the wall - check out my colorful light - it brings the colors from the contact paper into the room.

Now I am back where it all started, missing Mom but it is not so hard now that I have the happy memories flooding in.

Thank you for letting me share this with you -- a comment is always appreciated.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Theme A New Year Full of New Memories

Oh my goodness, it has been a month since I last posted. That is not a good thing. Here it is another User Your Stash Blog Hop and this month we are destashing some containers, glass jars, canisters, whatever you have the most of -- and we are creating a memory keeper.

If you have hopped from Tabitha's blog, you are moving right along.

Do you keep those little jelly jars or mason jars? I have to admit I do and was so glad for this hop. I started with a regular canning jar and covered the insert for the lid in a Smokey Plum circle (also from my stash). I added some other stash diecuts and a stamped saying that I thought would be perfect = each dad is a beautiful day.


I found a wonderful poem by Aimee Lane all about a great day and the memories we make -- I had a lot of metal and silver shimmer tape - I guess this was a use all my stash project. The little arrow from Close To My Hearts Base and Bling jewelry section works wonderful as it says laugh and each day we should laugh.


So now hop on over to Priscilla's blog to see what she has created from her stash!! Please leave a little love by sharing a comment, I so appreciate your words.