Monday, September 30, 2013

Let Fall Fun Begin

The grandsons and I had some fun this weekend.  We finished a project begun last year...little stacked blocks for Halloween.  Someone had posted the idea of stacking the 2" blocks and adding little wood beads for 'feet'.  The boys painted them black, glued and began the decoration...but we never had the chance to finish in time for the holiday.  We completed that with squares of paper and some sets of stickers.
A wonderful local art supply store here, Artco, is celebrating its 21st Anniversary. A friend and I visited Friday - had cake and made the darling bat candy packages as a make n' take.  We bought paper and used their die cut at the store to cut the candy wrapper form.  The boys enjoyed gluing on the ears and eyes and filling them up with candy corn. 
The youngest loves punching paper - and counting. So he punched out sixteen  3" circles, glued them back to back, sponged the edges, folded in half, and glued again.  "Like a little book," he said.  I wrapped the pipe cleaner around his finger for the stem.  He said pumpkins did most certainly not have leaves, so we didn't put one on. 

View of the other sides.

Feeling the cozy tonight as the wind blows and rain pelts the windows.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Make It From Your Heart #23

One last sympathy card using some retired CTMH favorites.  As you can see, I'm lovin' this new pattern book!! 
Students at school have been demanding a paper craft club - so all my retired papers are going there this week along with many retired stamp sets.  They are going to make cards for Operation Write Home and some gift sets to sell at the Scholarship silent auction.   It will lift the guilt of paper hoarding AND allow me to buy more. LOL   Should also be great fun.  I enjoy teaching history and government, but how cool to teach some stamping techniques ♥

Friday, September 27, 2013

Make It From Your Heart #24 and 25

This card was made using the #25 pattern with a retired Close To My Heart paper collection called Grace.
The sentiment is a Verve stamp, the flower ...well, from a long-retired CTMH set that I can not bear to part with. I used the rock n' roll technique to get the shaded colors. Some Coco grosgrain ribbon and a few golden bling for embellishment. 
Unfortunately, the social committee at school needed several sympathy cards this week.  So using the patterns was wonderful!  I rarely get to craft on a school night, but in two hours I had a whole set of cards - plenty of time left for grading papers :-(

Pattern #24
I'll post one more tomorrow and then there should be some Halloween and Autumn fun to share.
My grandsons come for an overnight tomorrow and I have a few little projects planned for them. It is the 21st Anniversary of Artco, a marvelous craft store here. They had make n' takes and darling displays when I stopped by this afternoon after school. 
The weather is decidedly NW autumn with wind and rain.  Inside is the cozy place to be. It amazes me at how rapid the season change-over can be!
Hope you are having a very happy weekend.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Make It From Your Heart #28

This card uses pattern #28.  The paper is from a long-ago Close To My Heart collection called Felicity. Why have I hoarded such lovely paper??  The horizontal strip and scallop circle were cut from the middle designed paper- using the reverse side.  The sentiment is from "A Blossom" set.  Colonial White and Barn Red card stock.  I love how easy it is to add 'pearls' with Liquid Pearls! 


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Make It From Your Heart


Nothing like this fabulous pattern book! (Make It From Your Heart, volume 2. $7.95 from Close To My Heart)  Thirty sketches - with measurements! for layouts and cards, and this card is inspired by #23.  Over the next few days, I'll post cards made with the others.  The CTMH colors are Crystal Blue, Buttercup and Outdoor Denim; sentiment from A Bloom set, flowers from Word Puzzle.  I water brushed the flowers, and added a little Honey ink to one.  Such a quick and easy card.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Back Again

It has been a busy, roller-coaster summer- full of life changes, and moving to a house on my own. I also got to take a fabulous class in Washington, D.C. and spend a week with my brother and his wife on Cape Cod. Now most of the boxes are unpacked, school is up and running, and I feel ready to get back to crafting. 

My first post is a card made with a marvelous Wax Fruit digital.  I used water brush to color, Close To My Heart card stock, and a little bling.