Monday, January 31, 2011

Productivity makes me HAPPY!

I had a productive card making weekend.  On Saturday afternoon my friend, Kendra, and I were able to spend a couple of hours making cards while our kiddos played.  Because my craft area is not conducive to multiple crafters at one time, I just brought a few supplies upstairs and we worked at the dining room table.  I only brought up scraps, so all the cards you see over the next several days were made with scraps.  On top of using lots of scraps for the cards I made, I cleaned out my scrap container.  It is a plastic hanging file folder container that I keep scraps in sorted by color.  As difficult as it was, I tossed several small scraps.

The first cards I have to share are a set of cards I made to give one to each of the lovely ladies in my Bible study group.  I used the CTMH stamp set called Hot Diggity.  I'm enjoying this adorable stamp set.  It's one that my mom thought was cute and she ordered it for me.  Thanks, Mom!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The monkey needs a line...

For the final Heart 2 Heart challenge of the month, "Time to Get Wild," participants were asked to include an animal or bird in their creations.  I've seen lots of beautiful work utilizing the January SOTM, Find Your Style, but I wanted to pull out a stamp set, In The Wild, that I had to have and yet have rarely used.  In fact, I think I've only used it one time on a zoo layout.  In addition to using an older stamp set, I have utilized lots of scraps in this card.  The only non-CTMH items are the brads.

I still have to figure out what "sentiment" should go on this card, so please leave a comment with your suggestions.  This may be the Valentine's Day card I give my husband.  If not my husband, then I will likely give this card to one of our four children.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Craft Space...

I wasn't sure if I was going to publish a post for this Heart 2 Heart challenge--craft space and organization. After seeing all the gorgeous craft spaces that so many of you get to work in, I have to admit I was drooling.  You can be sure I am taking notes and making a wish list for a "future" craft space if I ever get one...  With that said, I do have to be thankful for the craft space I have in our little ranch home.  My husband and I share an unfinished room in the basement that is jam packed with STUFF.  My side is full of all things used for card making and making scrapbook pages.  His side is a reloading bench that he has still never used...  I tend to spread out onto his flat surface.

A close look at my space and "NO" I didn't clean up before taking a picture because this is how it normally looks when I am trying to get some crafting in.

Below you will find some pictures of my attempts at making the most of my space--using any jars I can to house embellishments such as buttons and ribbon, mismatched shelves that have been given to me or purchase very inexpensively, crates with file folders to hold my 12x12 papers all organized by color (rainbow order), etc.

Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge for January 2011

The first Heart 2 Heart challenge of the year is a color challenge--Sky, Pear, Colonial White and a pop of Sorbet if you like.  I didn't have Sky or Pear, so I substituted with colors as close as I could get--the blue is Crystal Blue from the Cherry O paper and the green is sweet leaf cardstock.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Mojo inspired card....

We received word last week that a friend of ours has a brain tumor.  Friday she underwent surgery to remove as much as possible, but the doctors were not able to get the entire tumor.  I created this card using a former Mojo Monday sketch and verve Scripture to send to the family.  The papers are some that I had picked up at Michael's some time ago.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Prayer Journal

I like to give our church secretary a little something each year for Christmas.  She does a wonderful job, often going above and beyond her job description to help things run smoothly each and every day.  This year I decided to create a journal for her to use to record prayers, praises, or thoughts from any Bible studies she does this year.

The flourishes (a CTMH promotional stamp set from a year or two ago) were clear embossed and turned out great if I don't say so myself.  Embossing is still a work in progress for me, but it is coming along.  I inked the edges of the flower with twilight ink from CTMH to add a little dimension to it.  I like the added color rather then leaving it all white.  The Scripture stamp is from Verve.  All the papers were from Michael's or Joann's.