Thursday, April 22, 2010

Triple the Scraps: Hymn

Spring is so here. Even as I upload my latest Triple the Scraps project, I can't seem to turn my thoughts from Spring. So, I ramped up my "challenge" a bit and focused on using bits of papers left from other Close To My Heart projects to build this page. My scripture is from Ephesians 5:19 which encourages us to communicate through hymns and spiritual songs. And if the rocks will praise Him should mankind remain silent (Luke 28:40), then why not the flowers too? The only stamp on the page comes from Close To My Heart's You Rock Workshop on the Go (B1341). I used a White Daisy cardstock base and B&Ts from Daydream, Bella, Aspen and Celebrate Everyday to create the backgrounds. I used a 1.25" round punch to create the flower centers and petals. The green cardstock was left over from our May Workshop On The Go pack -- Cheery-O. By the way, if you listen carefully, you just might hear the flowers praising Him too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heart2Heart Challenge 2 -- Sketch Challenge

I've enjoyed this challenge. I actually put this layout together Tuesday morning to use as a sample for a Tuesday night workshop. This is from the Bella collection and I uses all CTMH products. Besides Buttercup cardstock (1271), I used our Shades of Chocolate (Z1037) brads, cardstock (X5643)  and Exclusives Ink and placed them on an ivory card base. My Just for Blooms flowers (Z1033) were initially white and pink. I inked the white with Buttercup  (Z110) and Chocolate (Z2111)Exclusive Inks and the pink with (Smokey Plum Z2147). My "Thinking of You" stamp is from the Dainty Thoughts (C1350) My Acrylix Stamp Set. Of course, all these products are available at my website (

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Heart2Heart Challenge 2 -- 1-2-3

Our Heart2Heart Challenge this time was to use ONE stamp, TWO print papers and THREE embellishments. Since it's time for our ministry to send some handmade cards to Operation Welcome Home Maryland, I thought this might be a good project fit. I used CLOSE TO MY HEART's Olive Cardstock and two B&T papers from IT'S A GUY THING. I finished it off with three Colonial White (I think) medium-sized brads and voila! My Hero card . . . actually, it's one of six Hero cards.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Scrapbook in a Year, February 2009

My second Scrapbook in a Year project featured a February event -- our first opportunity to babysit our grandbaby. This was four-month-old Brayden's first time away from Mommy or Daddy, who were spending a week in the Bahamas. He was a most impressive baby I must say without prejudice. He made it clear when he was ready for a nap, and he napped well and often. Offhand, I can't remember which CTMH paper pack I used, but Twilight and Desert Sand dominate the layout's landscape. I believe I used cocoa for the title and cut them with my Slice. I love it when a plan comes together.

Scrapbook in a Year - Cover and Janaury

One of my "great" ideas this year was to start a Scrapbook in a Year workshop. I have a small following but hope that others might grab onto the idea next year. Just imagine, if we can do two pages a month chronicling the events and milestones we've just passed through, we would have a 24-page scrapbook by the end of the year! How cool is that?

This was my 2009 cover (that I'm using for examples) and features some developmental pictures of our grandbaby who was born in October 2008.

Of course, this scrapbook features Close to My Heart products. My pages will be using some Twilight, Desert Sand and/or chocolate, so I'm picking papers that reflect some element of those colors.
     My first project after the cover was our first snow in January 2009. One of my December pages must, for the sake of symmetry, reflect our last of 2009 which was a humdinger and a harbinger of our January/Februrary blizzards in 2010.
     I've been virtually obsessed with snowflakes for the last couple of years and have been punching small and large flakes from photo paper scraps. A bit of crystal for sparkle and glitter for bling brought much-needed color to our first snow of the year.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge 01

I'm excited about our new Close to My Heart challenge. And the great part is that it's for everyone! You are, however, required to use Close To My Heart products. That said, here's my first effort. I just started playing around with some punches and suddenly, this layout presented itself to me. Well, it did take a little fiddling here and a little fiddling there, but it seems to have worked out. I find myself wanting to add more bling, but I have it on some authority that it's fine the way it is. So, I suppose I'll stop now and go fix dinner.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Triple the Scraps: Perfect

Our perfection is not within ourselves; instead, it comes from Christ alone. His sacrificial love makes us acceptable. When we accept His truth, His way, His light, then the love we nurture and feel for Him moves us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit those in prison.

Ephesians here speaks of Christ’s relationship with His Bride, In the natural, mankind views the church differently. Humanity looks at the church and sees all the spots and wrinkles. So blinded is humanity that it often overlooks the acts of kindness occurring daily around the world. Humanity may not notice, but our Lord does.

This layout is another Close To My Heart product. I can’t say that I’m totally happy with it; I most likely will, over time, probably continue to rework it. I believe the concept is valid, but the execution is open for upgrade. I used a 3” scalloped hole punch for the circles in the upper right hand corner. My primary color were CTMH’s Buttercup and Brown Bag. I used Colonial White cardstock for the background, Buttercup cardstock for the letter “p”, a 1-inch hole punch to fasion the bridal veil. I used a background paper from the Grace Level 2 paperback along with Brown Bag cardstock for the cross and some Bitty Sparkles to accent the embellishment, dress and veil. I also used two CTMH stamps: C1356 Family Ties and B1240 Solos P. The photo doesn’t do the cross justice.