Monday, July 28, 2014

You're Invited To A Pendant Party - August 15th @ 7 pm


I have to admit that it took me awhile to try putting together one of these lovely, versatile pendants.  When I finally did,  I had so much fun I wanted to keep making them!  To share that fun with you, I am hosting a Pendant Party.

Friday, August 15th
7 p.m.
Gretchen's House (contact me for directions)

Come on by to learn how to make your own custom pendant.  I promise you, it is EASY!  Crafting experience is not needed, and it's a great project for all ages.  Everyone will go home with a decorative centerpiece.  It will be your choice as whether or not you would like to make a full pendant for a small materials cost.

If you choose not to make a pendant, you can enjoy the wine, desserts, conversation and an evening with friends.  Bring your friends and daughters.

Please let me know if you are able to attend so I can have enough supplies and refreshments for all.

Hope to see you there!


If you can't make it on the 15th, but are interested in making your own pendant, let me know so we can schedule a time to get together.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Magic 48 Album

Contact me if you'd like to attend this workshop!


Session #1:  Sunday, August 17th - 1:00 p.m. - $15
Session #2:  Saturday, August 30th - 1:00 p.m. - $15
Both sessions are required to complete the project.

This fun, interactive album contains six pages that flip, fold, and pull out to reveal space for 48 4x6 photographs, or many more smaller sized images, plus room for journaling.  

If you're not a photographer, consider using the album for artwork, postcards, greeting cards, favorite quotes, or scriptures.  The possibilities are endless!

I made my sample using Christmas paper, but in this workshop, you'll be able to use any paper collection I currently have in inventory.  That means you can choose your favorite color or theme!  Contact me for a current list.

Are you interested in making the project but can't make the above dates?  Contact me for more options!

Color Dare #102: Sweet Leaf, Indian Corn Blue, Sorbet

Welcome to the weekly Color Dare Challenge from Color My Heart.  Each Friday the design team announces a color palette for you to use to create your project.  You can create any type of project you'd like, as long as you use the chosen colors.  If you don't have the actual Close To My Heart colors, just use a similar substitute!



Color Dare #102: Sweet Leaf, Indian Corn Blue, Sorbet


How will this week's color combination inspire you?   Visit Color My Heart for more information about the challenge, get inspired by the design team, and upload your project.  I hope you'll join the Color Dare!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Color Dare #101: Gypsy, Lagoon, Sunset, Pear

Welcome to the weekly Color Dare Challenge from Color My Heart.  Each Friday the design team announces a color palette for you to use to create your project.  You can create any type of project you'd like, as long as you use the chosen colors.  If you don't have the actual Close To My Heart colors, just use a similar substitute!


Color Dare #101: Gypsy, Lagoon, Sunset, Pear


This week's color palette is fun and bright for summer.  A lot of people would keep their project light by sticking with white or lighter color neutrals.  And those projects will be absolutely beautiful.  But I love how these bright colors bounce off of black.  And no one ever accused me of being just like everyone else...  :)
  • All images are from the Fashionista (D1504) stamp set.
  • I stamped the woman in Black (Z2105) ink on White Daisy (1385) cardstock.  I also stamped her three more times, once in Gypsy (Z2190), once in Lagoon (Z2195), and once in Pear (Z2197) ink.
  • From the Lagoon image, I cut out the shirt.  From the Pear image, I cut out the skirt.  From the Gypsy image, I cut out the bag and shoes.  I layered the cut colored images onto the black stamped image.
  • I attached the completed image on a layer of Gypsy (X5757) cardstock and then to the Black (1386) card. 
  • I stamped the sentiment with Sunset (Z2191) ink on White Daisy (1385) cardstock.  I then layered it on piece of Sunset (X5758) cardstock and attached it to the card with dimensional tape.
  • I created the circle strip by punching a 3/4" strip of Lagoon (X5762) cardstock with the Scallop Border Punch, punching on both long sides of the strip.
  • I added Silver Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1482) to her sunglasses and belt buckle, as well as some Sparkles.
How will this week's color combination inspire you?   Visit Color My Heart for more information about the challenge, get inspired by the design team, and upload your project.  I hope you'll join the Color Dare!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Seneca Park Zoo Photo Contest Entry

Each year the Seneca Park Zoo publishes a calendar featuring photographs of their animals.  I was thrilled to have one of my photographs included in the first calendar published.  Although I have not been able to repeat the honor, each year I submit several photographs with high hopes.  This year's submission was particularly challenging as we were only allowed to enter three photographs.  The following are the three I chose.  Hopefully you'll be seeing one of them in print soon!  







Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 2014 Stamp of the Month: Circus Alphabet


Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Color Dare #100: Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Barn Red

Welcome to the weekly Color Dare Challenge from Color My Heart.  Each Friday the design team announces a color palette for you to use to create your project.  You can create any type of project you'd like, as long as you use the chosen colors.  If you don't have the actual Close To My Heart colors, just use a similar substitute!


Color Dare #100:  Crystal Blue, Pacifica, Barn Red 


While flipping through my box of retired stamp sets last night, I came across "Enjoy Life", which I have found to be one of the most versatile sets I own.  The bike is cute, the sentiment is perfect for so many occasions, and the the circles and swirls make great backgrounds on any cards.
Check out some of your favorite older supplies this week and create something new!   Visit Color My Heart for more information about the challenge, get inspired by the design team, and upload your project.  I hope you'll join the Color Dare!