Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Spring, Ya'All! is one of my favorite sites to visit daily. It's a fun place to post your artwork, through groups like stamping using specific companies products. 2 of the groups I belong to on this site are (of course) Close To My Heart and Heartwarming Vintage Crafty Secrets.We offer "challenges" to each other to inspire as well as share ideas. Here are a few cards I came up with based on a HVCS challenge called "Shades of Purple". I love Spring so these cards were so rewarding to create. If you click on the photo you should be able to see a bigger image.

I am blessed to have a few days to myself while DH (dear husband) and the kids are out of town visiting cousins.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mini Spring Baskets

Found the pattern for these cute baskets online and wanted to try them immeaditley! Great way to use up scrap paper and embellishments, and what cute packaging to tuck a gift card or note into! I think the kidz teachers will love them. These would make a very easy workshop, too. Interested? I might just have to schedule something one afternoon!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Homemade Giftwrap

Stamp set is again "Butterfly Wings" from Close To My Heart. THis is a Stamp of the Month and not availlable after March 31, 2009. My children turned 8 on March 16th so I used this set to decorate some birthday gifts. Loved the fact that i could do some boy gifts with swirls. Liked them even better than the butterflies! I used Hydrangea, Amythest and Sweet leaf CTMH ink on plain white tissue paper.

Masterboard Technique Results

Sorry for the delay-I guess LIFE got in the way once again!
Basically, I took one stamp set "Butterfly Wings" from Close To My Heart and 3 CTMH colors-Bamboo, Creme Brulee and Olive and Dasiy White Cardstock. I filled in space with these products using a Random Stamping method. I like the colors together and decided they would work well with sepia toned photos. Then, I was able to trim sections from the Masterboard to incorporate into my work, starting with cards and then a layout.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

a FRESH start!

Hello All! Well, it has been a WHILE since I posted! I have been super busy with the Close TO My Heart business plus a part time job, family, life, etc. THe latest thing I have been working on is a "Masterboard". Here is a description taken directly from a Stamper's Sampler magazine..."The Masterboard concept was first introduced in the Nov/Dec 2004 issue of Somerset Studio. The artist creates a "master" by layering many elements of color and graphics together on a page. The process should be reckless and random. Once satisfied, the artist makes several copies of the master. The copies are then used as backgrounds, panels or elements in other projects."Well, I twisted this concept a teeny bit by simply Random Stamping stamps from one set using a variety of colors, then creating cards. No copying needed. Tonight I am using the CTMH Stamp of the Month "Butterfly Wings" and lots of similar colors to see what happens. I really need to bump up my card stash so why not learn a new technique at the same time.I will post samples later.Have a great night!