Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter O

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop

For this hop, we will be featuring the letter "O".  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "O" element will be featured in their post.  
If you came from Wendy Kessler's Blog then you're on the right track.  
In case you get lost along the way...go to Scrappy Therapy

For my "O" creation I use the Ombre technique.  I found a heart overlay from Artbooking that was cut too small for a previous project and decided I would use it to make a card.  I just took a sponge and Hollyhock ink and sponged the  overlay creating a darker hue on the bottom working it to be lighter on top. If I had started with a lighter cardstock the contrast would be even better.  I also took pink glitter gems and applied them from light to dark. I started with clear sparkles, though now think I need to take a pink ShinHan marker to lightly color them. The cut-out hearts and zipstrip are from the Heartstrings paper packet (retired).


All products are CTMH.
 Heartstrings Paper Packet (retired)

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop

 Be sure to leave comments.  
I hope you enjoy the inspiration! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jump on It July Blog Hop

For this hop we have 31 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations featuring 
the CTMH's exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets, 
from the special for July   
(See the list at the end of this blog). 

If you came here from Gina's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog. Here we go! 
For this month only, to help you celebrate life, you can get the stamp of the month for FREE with a qualifying purchase of $25 in current, retail priced stamps.  A super sweet deal!  OR you can get any of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in 
Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 
or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5.   
That is a possible savings of up to $17.95 USD 

July Stamp of the Month
The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.  Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on!  


For this hop, I used the Hostess stamp set, Paper Bird (C1613)

 I love the words stamped on the bird, heart and butterfly.  To show each stamp, I used gold embossing powder and posted them on a pop-up card made using the Circut cartridge Artfully Sent pg. 11.  I backed the tree limb with the brown Jackson paper and used the Blossoms (bulk) for the band on the front of the card backed with lagoon, and the reverse side of Blossom was used inside the card.  I also added some gold glitter paper to outline the cutout items and to create additional trim.  

Card Front
Card inside

Now hop on over and see what creative inspiration
Lauren  has for us. 

These are the hostess stamps
that can be ordered for only $5.

S1507 My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful
C1614 My Acrylix® Tagged with Love
C1613 My Acrylix® Paper Bird
B1477 My Acrylix® Exotic Flower
D1615 My Acrylix® Sweet As Sugar
B1454 My Acrylix® Thanksgiving Wreath
C1596 My Acrylix® Happy Hexagons
C1587 My Acrylix® Sing Glory
B1455 My Acrylix® Be Jolly
C1593 My Acrylix® Hats Off
A1169 My Acrylix® Well Wishes
D1608 My Acrylix® Better with a Friend
B1458 My Acrylix® Cuddly Salutations
A1163 My Acrylix® Practical Planning
This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!
Contact me for more details.

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Simple Shadows - Pg. 102

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!


This month there are 9 of us highlighting the “Simple Shadows Technique " found on Page 102 of the 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.


If you are coming from Catherine's Blog
you are on the right track!

I'm just back from the Annual CTMH Convention and excited about all the new ideas I saw.  Eager to experiment and try all kinds of new techniques.  The technique I observed on several art pieces was this "Simple Shadows" technique by offsetting a die cut with a contrasting paper to create a shadow and make it "POP".  I had also used it on previous artwork and was eager to play with shadows on more projects.


Artfully Sent pocket card (pg 29) layered 
on a Daisy white 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card.
The LOVE was cut from Smoothie CS and a hint of a shadow was created  by cutting a same size black pocket card and layering it slightly offset for a hint of a shadow without using foam tape.


Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Melissa David's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Monday, July 6, 2015

CTMH Operation Smile Blog Hop - - Happy Everything




Welcome to the CTMH Operation Smile Blog Hop
For this hop we have 31 Close To My Heart Consultants 
sharing their creations featuring CTMH 's exclusive Operation Smile Stamp Set,  
Happy Everything, a set of 13 stamps.  

You can change the life of a child with just one stamp set.  When you purchase the D-size Happy Everything stamp set at full retail price from now through August 2015, Close to My Heart will donate $3* of the proceeds to Operation Smile. 
Since it's founding in 1982, Operation Smile has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children.  It only take an hour for volunteer medical teams to perform these life-altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.
* Donation is $3USD. Stamps purchased in US states AL and MA excluded from donation due to legal requirements.


If you came here from Paige Dolecki you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.  

Card in a Box 
They take time, but I'm getting the hang of it and it's getting easier.
I used the tutorial from Splitcoaststampers
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/popupboxcard/

Card closes for mailing
Open views front and side.
Brushed paper pack X7190B
Hollyhock  ink Z2128
Black ink Z2105
Carmine ShinHan marker Z2448
Clear Assortment Sparkles Z1752
Pink Glitter Gems Z1807
Brown and Tan Glitter Paper Z1830
Artiste Cricut Cartridge Pg.71 Z1790

Card in a Box created for a combination 
Retirement/75th Birthday Celebration
Using the Stamps from Happy Everything
I love this stamp set!


Box Closed for mailing

Front and side views

Another card I made using this stamp set was posted in the June Technique Blog hop

Blossom Paper Packet

Now "Hop" on over to Lisa Plummer  to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, this stamp set is only available until August 31. 


Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter N

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop 
For this hop, we will be featuring the letter "N".  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "N" element 
will be featured in their post.  If you came from
then you're on the right track. 

For my "N" creation I had trouble deciding 
A. Nautical?
B. Nursery?
                                       C. "N" key on the Cricut Cartridges?

I actually ended by creating Nothing New by replicating a Nautical card with the Seaside papers from the Current Idea Book page 127 and using some "N" products found in the CTMH Annual Inspirations.  I like how all the New items are listed with an "N" and the Cricut items have a "C" along with the name of the associated cartridge. Both very helpful when looking at the huge selection of CTMH crafting items.
(Wishes: N-chanting N-closure, Wishes: Framework)
This card is found on page 127 of the 2014-2015 
CTMH Idea Book- good through August 2015.  
All items are CTMH.
I added the Neutral metallic  Baker's Twine
Current Not New items:
"New" Items from the current Idea book

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop
In case you get lost along the way...

I hope you N-joy the N-spiration!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CTMH July SOTM Blog Hop - Life is Wonderful


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   


We will be featuring July's SOTM, "Life is Wonderful", which is a set of 8 stamps.  If you have come here from Lela's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:
 http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have almost 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Thess cards were made by masking the word "something" and then going back to add
the sentiments, "the good stuff" and "my thoughts are with you".  I also added the flourishes and masked part of the flourish for the middle small flourish.

Other CTMH Products 
Pink Glitter Gems
Pixie extra thick twine
Bitty Sparkles
Hollyhock Ink
Hollyhock CS
Extra Thick Twin - Thistle
Brushed PaperPack -back ordered
Jackson WOTG Stamp Set  G1094
("The Good Stuff" sentiment)
Artbooking Cricut  Cartridge for the hearts overlay

Here is another card I made using this Stamp of the Month.
with .the sentiments, "my thought are with you.".
Blossoms Paper pack
Teal Shimmer Trim
Lagoon CS
Chevron Punch
Extra Thick Twin Glacier
Paper Bird Stamp Set C1613
(Sentiment: "My Thoughts are with you")
Now "Hop" on over to Lisa Plummer's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until July 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter M


Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop 
For this hop, we will be featuring the letter "M".  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "M" element will be featured in their post.  If you cam from Linda Norman's blog, then you're on the right track. 

 The money card is in the envelope under the cardinal.



For my "M" creation, I've created a Money Holder Milestone (Graduation) Card in a Mighty Cool Magical Box  for my aMazing first born granddaughter who is taking a "gap year" to work as an au pair on Reunion Island, a French speaking tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  We thought the easiest gift would be money in the form of a Visa card so she could use it where ever she travels, which includes trips to Paris and the Alps.
Poor child!  Such a deprived life.
I'm sure she will be Making Marvelous Meaningful Memories 
for me to create a " Memories of on Au pair Scrapbook".

Your next stop on our Everhting ABC's blog hop
In case you get lost along the way...go to Scrapy Therapy

Friday, June 19, 2015

Reflections on Retiring

After teaching 31 years, I'm officially retired.
Yes, I filled out the official "intent to return" form by checking the 
"No, I am not returning next year" box. 
June 11, 2015 was my last day.
My teaching career officially began with student teaching 1st grade (31 students) in Anchorage, AK, 1982.  We moved to NJ that same October, where I taught 7th grade physical science at Mt. Olive Middle School for twelve years.  October 1995, we moved to Yakima, WA where I was hired at Tieton Middle School ten miles SW of Yakima to teach special education resource classes.  After ten years, I looked for a general education math or science position, but was again led to a special education position in the Wapato school district, 20 miles south of Yakima.  My assignments included one year at the HS teaching Life Skills, three years at the MS teaching some resource English and mostly inclusion classes.  Don retired July 2010 and we moved to Ferndale. I landed a Life Skills position at Ferndale HS only 5 minutes from our home.  The position was a one year hire. We were visiting the kids in Ohio, when I got six phone calls asking me to return to that position, however, the Lord had another plan for me.   By the time I got the messages, another teacher had been hired.  Those events and the orchestrated counsel of others in my life, led to an open door for me to teach at Lummi Nation High School.  It has been a culturally rich experience and I hope to continue there in substitute teaching to help support my paper crafting addiction.
Would you believe, teaching was not my initial vocational goal?  I was thinking along the line of medical technology and started taking courses in furtherance of a Med-Tech degree at Montana State, Bozeman. We moved to Anchorage, where the local university only offered an associate degree in medical technology, so I put that plan on hold.  My teaching career was inaugurated with our adoption of Sonya, who was diagnosed "a failure to thrive child".  At age four she was wearing size 2T clothes and was below the 3 percentile for weight and height.  I became more interested in child development, soon realizing that everything I was doing was related to teaching - as a mother, as a Sunday school teacher, girls club counselor, (Calvinettes and Busy Bees) plus Ladies' Bible Study.  It soon became apparent to me that God's vocational plan for me would be to matriculate in education at the University of Alaska, Anchorage; so that I could refine the teaching skills I was already using.  I have been grateful for God's leading in that decision and am grateful for the honor of being paid to do what I’ve loved for 31 years, teach.

 NOW, My Top 10 Retirement Lesson Plans:
  1.   Week-long crafting retreats
  2.   Teaching classes in my Crafty Happy Studio
  3. Time with my best friend who retired 5 years ago
  4. Time with extended family
  5. Travel
  6. Reading novels and reading through the Bible in a year instead of titles by Marzano such as "Using Common Core Standards"
  7.  More time for GEMS Girls' Club
  8. Organizing my "stuff" so my kids won’t get stuck with my crafting clutter
  9.  Gardening 
  10. Cooking
One of my favorite quotes:
God put me on this earth to accomplish 
a certain number of things. 
Right now I am so far behind 
that I will never die.