Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Blog Hop

Welcome to the January BLOG HOP.
If you have arrived from Kim O'Rear's blog, you are hopping along the right path.
All of the artwork in this hop features CTMH's January Stamp of the Month, entitled "True Friends". It is a very versitile set of stamps that includes 4 friendship quotes, 3 brackets, and 4 frames that are great for cardmaking and scrapbooking journal spots.


On this blank journal, I have used the SOTM to frame my "ideas". I just LOVE these blank journals. They can be used for so many things. As you can see, this one is going to be a place to keep my ideas for upcoming workshops, cards and scrapbook pages. I need to order about 10 more journals, because I would like to have one for my favorite quotes, recipes, notes from my devotions and prayer list, a travel log, a sketch book, an address book, a brag book, guest book, the list could go on and on! Another fun feature about this journal is it has a clear pocket front, so you can change out the front as much as you like.

The tabs were made just by gluing 2 circles back to back with the page sandwiched inbetween.
On the inside back cover, I adhered an flip flap photo sleeve so I could store removable lists there.

All supplies used are from Close To My Heart:
My Creations Journal
Veranda paper pack
Antiqued Copper Mini Medley Accents Collection
Stamp sets: Jan SOTM, True Friends
State of Mind

Mini Double Pocket Card

This mini double pocket card starts out from a 5"x 6" piece of patterned paper.

The finished mini card measures 2 1/2" x 3".
Our 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 envelope flat is the perfect companion for this little gift card.
For a tutorial on how to make the full size double pocket card, click here.

Now hop along to Angela Tutton's blog to see some awesome artwork.

Here is a complete list of blog participants if you get lost along the way:

Helen Onulak
Jena DeVries
Jessica Booth
Carla Ironside
Lori Miller
Misty Jackson
Jen Patrick
Susan Brooks
Kathleen Androlewicz
Dawn Ross
Amy McVey
Antoinette Herrin
Jill Lucas
Barbra Otten
Lori Brown
Brae Montgomery
Wanda Riley
Adeline E. Brill
Kami Welter
Judy Burger
Pamela O'Connor
Cindy Leek
Mary Eisen
Sylvia Jacquot
Laura Dame
Melissa Laverty
Haley Dyer
Terrie Dodd
Katy Donaldson
Chris Shouse
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Krista Ritskes
Shannon Pelletier
Deb Young
Amy Edwards
Sheila Bennett
Kristie Herdener
Jen Rubio
Jody Gustafson
Sarita Schraeder
Laurie Levnik
Debra Van Patten
Kimberly Smith
Michelle Nist
Karen Norman
Traci Godbee
Nancy Brown
Maricar Harris
Nona Davenport
Laurie Newton
Dawn Heuft
Melissa Burch
Kim O'Rear
Michelle Bourlet <<="">
Angela Tutton
Jenifer Benner
Shirley Ross
Latisha Haag

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Felicity: January's Constant Campaign

January is National Papercrafting Month. This year's Felicity Papercrafting Kit is beautiful! (To see more details click on the above image, then on the same image on my CTMH website.) Not only do you get a stamp set that includes a complete alphabet, flourishes, birds, argyle patterns, flowers, leaves, but also twelve 12" x 12" B&T papers in 3 different color schemes along with six coordinating 12" x 12" die cuts perfect for scrapbook layouts or cards, boxes, journals and other papercrafting projects! In addition, you will receive a two-sided, full color brochure giving you project ideas along the recipes for each! In my opinion, this is the most beautiful set CTMH has ever produced. I like it so much, that I don't want to cut into the papers - crazy, isn't it?

There are FIVE ways to get the Felicity Collection*:
1) Purchase it at full retail price for $34.95.
2) Place an order of $60 or more in full-retail priced stamp sets and receive one collection FREE!
3) Place an order of $125 or more in full-retail priced Close To My Heart products and receive one collection FREE!
4) Host a home gathering or workshop with a minimum sales of $400 and receive one collection FREE!
5) Join Close to my Heart between January 1-31 and you will receive the collection FREE in your New Consultant Kit.

*This promotion is while supplies last from December 15, 2009-January 31, 2010.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Stamped Tile Coasters

These TILE COASTERS make wonderful gifts
- easy, classy and personalized.
These were made as Christmas gifts for our neighbors.
I also plan to make some as gifts for a few upcoming weddings.

Used the Friendship and The Works alphabets

To make them,

1) Start out with tumbled marble tiles (Home Depot and Lowes carry them - you get a box of 9 tiles for $5.)

2)Wipe them down with a damp cloth - coming out of the box they are very dusty.

3) Use StazOn brown ink to stamp the names with alphabet stamps. (It is best to practice first on a 4x4 piece of paper). Using Close To My Heart's clear acrylic stamps allows you to see exactly where you are stamping and you can place the entire name onto one block, so stamping multiple times is very easy.

4) Place adhesive backed felt circles on the underside corners of your tiles.

The box was purchased from Dollar General - it had a big poinsetta on the top of it. I just made a matching cover piece for the top that I had embossed with Cocoa embossing powder and double matted with Garden Green and Ponderosa Pine Cardstock.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Invisible Woman: Be Encouraged!

A friend recently sent me a Youtube video entitled "The Invisible Woman", by Nicole Johnson. It is incredibly encouraging. So much so that I have left it on my desktop all week so I can view it daily before the craziness of the day starts in.  (If you cannot view the video, take a peek at this excerpt by Nicole.)

Here is a quote from Nicole, taken from her website, Fresh Brewed Life"Mothers are making incredible sacrifices every day. And a sacrifice, by its very nature, is almost always invisible. If people saw and appreciated everything you did and affirmed you for it, it wouldn’t really be a sacrifice, would it? But to keep working for something you believe in, and doing things just because they need doing, is what mothers are all about. So it’s only natural they are going to feel invisible a lot."

So if you are feeling a bit "invisible" today, if you are wondering if the many monotonous things you do as a wife, mother, and caretaker have any value ~ be encouraged, because God sees what you are building. He sees the sacrifices you make each day, even when no one else does. You are building something great, but the results are in God's hands in God's own time.

So ...
"...with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.”
                                    KEEP ON BUILDING!