Thursday, May 21, 2015

Treasured Stamps Found Use Your Stash Blog Hop

It is time for another Use Your Stash blog hop and this month is a special theme as we are playing with stamps. If you have hopped from Sheresa's blog, you are on the right path. This month, I am the blog leader so you will find a list of bloggers at the end of this post.

I have a few (and it is growing) retired stamp sets that sadly have never been used and Buggy Love (B1441) is one of them. When I saw it and thought of this month's special, Taste of Summer, an idea hit me.

Using a sketch from Brenda Rose (a fellow Close To My Heart sister), I created cute buggy love card.

Using the bee looking bug stamped with Close To My Heart's Archival Black ink, I colored the bee and flower with the ShinHan alcohol markers. I love them.

I cut this image out.

The sentiment is stamped using Black ink and a little doodling is added after the card was put together.

From the Taste of Summer paper packet, I used the yellow and light stripe paper (back of the lemons) and the white daises on a bluish green background. Each of these pieces is matted with White Daisy to really make them pop.

The White Daisy circle was in my stash of Cricut cuts - do have your unused diecuts hidden away somewhere?

The Flaxen Thick Twine worked well with this color scheme. Glue dots hold the bow and the ties in place.

And last for a little more texture, I added a little liquid glass to the wings.

I hope you have enjoyed my love of stamps, even if this one missed the love when it was active.

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

Our full list of UYS participating bloggers
Shirley Ross - you are here

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Easy Like Sunday Morning Memories

Over the past months, I have had the urge to begin a new craft, Bible journaling. For me, it will be the joining of two of my favorite things, my Faith and my passion for crafting.

Many of my friends shared their journaling Bibles, their favorite or new products, and so much more. After researching journaling Bibles and with a lot of prayer, I was led to use one of my Mother's Bibles.  Her last Bible was a Women's Devotional Bible and I know that because she had written 'had to replace my Bible for studying because of my eye problems, September 16, 2009' - it just felt right to this, her last Bible.

The Women's Devotional Bible has weekly devotions and my Bible journaling begins this weekend with a Weekending Review 'Jesus promises that satisfaction will come to those who seek the good things of God. He says that they will be filled - not with the material goods of this world, not with an easy way of life, not with something of limited value that can be taken away from them . . . but with the joy and contentment that come from doing God's will. The filled people are the truly happy people in life.' by Colleen Townsend Evans.

This short paragraph summed up my Faith as my walk began with my stepping out in Faith to begin my Close To My Heart business, which started by my putting down the cigarettes I smoked since I was 14 years old to never to pick them up again. My walk has not been 'easy' or full of 'material things' BUT it has been filled with new friends and a peace that I can not explain.

Faith is personal and I will share some key journaling moments and how this new art form develops for me. Thank you for letting me share this personal moment with you.  And if you would like more information, here is a Bible Art Journaling Challenge blog by Rebekah R Jones and be sure and check out more on Pinterest and other art forums.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Don't You Love A Good Challenge

Do you love challenging yourself? Working with new sketches? Color schemes? 
Mojo Monday is a great card sketch challenge blog. Here is my take on sketch challenge 397.
 The Close To My Heart May special, Taste of Summer paper packet brings such bright and summery colors to the challenge.

Happy Everything D1653 is the stamp used. You will be giving back when you purchase this stamp set - $3 from every stamp set sold is donated to Operation Smile. It only takes $240 to give a smile.

Don't forget to add a little to the inside of your card.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Cricut Fun Day!

The Cricut Explore is one of my favorite new tools in the craft room. Cutting vinyl has become my newest obsession.

My recent projects are helping me get my craft room organized.

Labeling my Close To My Heart Organizers.

The vinyl coordinates with the colors used in the craft room. There is a label on the front, for when my organizers are on the shelf and on the top (first photo) for when they are in the new Close To My Heart rolling tote.

Another fun project is to add a monogram to a cup.

Here I used the set canvas option in Design Space and the monogram I created using the app, Monogram It (there is a free and .99 cent version) and uploaded to Design Space.

Here is the video shared by Troy Young - he is a wonderful friend to us Cricut Explore addicts.

Comments are welcome, I love to hear from you.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Taste of Summer is Full of Beautiful Bright Colors

May's Close To My Heart special is full of bright summer colors. A whimsically fruity design covers the six different patterns with a monochromatic double side!

This special paper packet contains 12 sheets of pattern paper (2 of each design). And there are plenty of artwork ideas shared by Close To My Heart.

And to add a little MORE, there is a coordinating stamp set with the same fruity images.
And there are plenty of artwork ideas shared by Close To My Heart.
 Here is the beginning of my Taste of Summer artwork. There is more coming.

Love the bright colors used with black -- makes those colors POP.

Remember, I love to hear from you. Enjoy.

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