Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simply Inspired Blog Hop--Exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets

It's time for another blog hop! You should have arrived here from my wonderful friend, Diana Veenendaal's blog. If you get lost along the way, just jump here to get back on track. 

This month our focus is on the exclusive hostess stamp sets. These stamp sets are featured on pages 5-10 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and pages 4-5 of the Seasonal Expressions (a link to the books is here). But these stamps are only available to hostesses so if you love one, contact me to host a party or a catalog party soon!

I chose to spotlight A Thing Well Done from page 4 of the Seasonal Expressions. This stamp set is only available until March 31st so I wanted to make sure you got a chance to check it out before your chance to get it is gone. 

I chose to do two very different projects. One very simple, one a little messy. Let's start with simple, shall we?

There is something so elegant about black and white. And there is something equally pleasing about creating something that takes very little time at all. It is a sense of instant creative gratification.

A little stamping, a little sponging, a bit of 3D foam to pop the saying and it is done. 

But to contrast the simplicity, I had to create something else. So, here came the messy. 

Out came the gel medium, a little black paint, some washi and my fingers. I had smeared an image when I didn't let the gel medium dry completely so a little black paint strategically smeared solved that problem.

One thing I have learned when getting messy is that you cannot hesitate. It is all about "going confidently" and just getting messy.

So there you have it, something simple, something messy. And now on to be inspired by the talented Lisa Stenz's blog. Happy Hopping!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Post-Valentine's Day

Okay, I know Valentine's Day is over but I just had to share one more Vintage Valentine. My grandmother saved her Valentines as well as her children's Valentines and dated all of them. My mother and my aunt have them but each year, my mother sends me another original one for Valentine's Day. I just have to share the one I got this year.

Isn't this beautiful? It is dated 1929.

Happy Post Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A little more Valentine's Love

Just a little more Valentine's love.

Who says paper chains are just for Christmas? Love these made with Heartstrings paper. 

May you have lots of love on this Valentine's Day and throughout the year!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Vintage Valentines

Happy Friday the 13th! (I've always kind of liked the day) And Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!

I LOVE Vintage Valentine's. I've shared with you in the past some of my favorites. This year, my mother in law found some that she had saved from her youth that she gave to me and I picked up a couple of new ones at a vintage show. But how do you display the little beauties?

I can't take credit for this idea. It goes to my mother who thought of it first. I used Pixie Twine to string along my mantel. Then I clipped the individual Valentines to the twine using mini clothespins. Isn't that cute?!

Close to My Heart has mini clothespins available, but until the end of March, they also have these cute ones with hearts and embellishments on them.

I have such a soft spot for these cute little Valentines. Isn't this so sweet?

These two were among those my mother-in-law gave to me. I love the TV one so much!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Winter Blast from the Past

When I was working on my Snowhaven pages, I pulled some winter photos from my Library of Memories drawers (thank you Stacy Julian) to help me find the perfect photos. I stumbled across some old gems and had a fabulous little trip down memory lane.

About the same time, I did a little reorganizing in my craft room. I have hundreds of old layouts from past classes/shows, etc. that are waiting for photos. I know this is backwards--photos should always come first. But when you teach classes, sometimes it doesn't always work that way. Anyway, as I was sorting through them, pulling out a few for an upcoming crop (and having another trip down memory crafting lane), I came across an old winter layout that I knew would be perfect for some pictures I had in my Library of Memories drawers.

Ten minutes later, I had matched pictures to layouts.

This is an oldie but goodie. I LOVE these snowmen (I still have them).

And I love this little boy, even if he is 21 now and no longer little.

Ahhh, this is one reason why we scrapbook, to remember. Did I ever tell you that if I had a superhero power it would be to go back and see any moment in the past again? If I could do that, I think this would be one I would go and see.

Monday, January 26, 2015


As my friends in the Northeast gear up for crazy winter weather, I'm celebrating a little winter weather here at home. This month, my scrapbook group layouts were all about winter, using the Snowhaven paper packet and complements.

Layout #1.  I haven't found the right pictures for this one--I'm thinking a cabin, drinking hot chocolate around a fire place with fuzzy slippers while the snowflakes fall outside. Hmm, I think I need a weekend vacation.

Here's a little close up of some of the complements. And I really do love these red enamel hearts.

Layout #2. I did have pictures ready. Hard to believe this little snowman builder just turned 18 last week. I think he was only 6 in these photos.

This stamp set is from the Snowhaven cardmaking kit. I did a little layering.

And more red enamel hearts! (Look at that boy's face--after finishing his snowman, he knocked it down and proceeded to eat the carrot nose!)

I hope those of you in the Northeast are all safe and well through the storm and that you get to make some incredible snow creations when all is safely past. And don't forget to document the winter fun!

Happy Paper Crafting!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Inspired by Pinterest: A Valentine Tree

 I needed a fast and easy Valentine's craft for my stamp club on Friday. I admit, I procrastinated a bit--lots of excuses but no need to go into those now. So where do I go when I need inspiration at short notice? Thank heaven for Pinterest. What did we do before we had it? Anyway, I found this darling idea (check out the money tree link--brilliant!) and I made a Close to My Heart version.

Isn't this cute? And fast and easy and something you could do with paper scraps! The bottom piece is 3x6, the next 4x5 1/2, then each piece after that is either 3" or 4" tall, getting a 1/4 inch smaller (yes, I know the first one is a half inch smaller--you don't have to do that, It's just what I had done before I decided I liked a 1/4 inch smaller better). Score the 3" tall pieces at 1/2 inch and fan fold, score the 4" tall pieces at one inch and fan fold. Wire it all together (this link has instructions) and you are done!

The Heartstrings paper is perfect for Valentine's Day. I stamped the pieces with black ink and the January stamp of the month, This Moment. (Remember, the stamp of the month is only available during January.) Sponge with black ink if you like.

I topped it all off with a pink glitter heart and a cupid from the Heartstrings assortment. This would be darling with a little arrow through it, but I procrastinated so I had to improvise last minute. Pretend the heart pin is an arrow.

This now sits in my entry way and I love it. It's darling paired with my mixed media project using the same papers and colors.

Happy Valentine's (a little early) and Happy Paper Crafting!