For the remainder of December, I will posting artwork created by Close To My Heart Consultant, Karen Pedersen. I met Karen at a Close To My Heart Directors' event many, many years ago, where we were assigned to room together. I was very intimidated at first, as she was gorgeous (a former Mrs. Utah) and did such an amazing job with her Close To My Heart business. I still look back on those couple of days, so grateful that I had the opportunity to spend one-on-one time and get to know her, and get OVER myself!!! :-) She is a wonderful leader, artist and friend. I'm thrilled to feature Karen's artwork here for the coming days. She shares with us little square cards, one for each month of the year, using this December Stamp of the Month set, "Year-Round Cheer." Enjoy! And thank you, Karen!
No, not the kind in a box or gift
bag. The be here now kind.
The being present with the person
right in front of you. The being present with all the
memories, feelings and emotions that the Holidays bring to mind for you. The being present with what
you're engaged in now: The wrapping, the cookie tasting, the decorating, the
planning, the music, the smells, the lights, this very minute.
The Honor of your Presence is
requested in the present.
Slow down. Breathe. Pay attention.
Give yourself the gift of
connecting: To your experience, your relationships, your own sense of who you
most truly, deeply are.
This "Hello Sunshine" stamp has been a favorite this month, hasn't it? What a darling look this big, fluffy "Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon" provides. The scalloped edging at the bottom of the card is a great complement!
Wood! And a plaid that makes me think of a picnic table cloth . . . What a perfect background for a BBQ image! Again . . . our "Dakota" papers provide the backgrounds here. What I think really ties this whole card together is the black ink sponging around the edges of all the papers. That little added technique carries such a visual value!
Maggie and I were thinking along the same lines when we made our cards for with this stamp set! This paper is from the "Flirty" paper pack, and the bold layering here is a pretty contrast to the cute little summery image.
Traditional Christmas colors - you just can't beat them! Our Pear & Partridge papers are featured here, and the "Perfect Fit Frames" stamp set provides a beautiful wreath framing for the ornament image.
Our "Just Blooms Paper Shapes" bring a surprise here. That bright package of summery-looking flowers now presents as a poinsettia! A tiny leaf cut from BT paper on the Cricut finishes it off for this cute and clean holiday card.
Our "Dakota" papers appear again here, in the fine-striped print, together with its paisley print. These set nicely on Amy's randomly-stamped snowflake background. The Cricut cartridge cuts beautiful single snowflakes and a snowflake border here to make the focal elements.
What a fun way to present someone special with a gift card! This is a rectangle piece of BT paper, folded and glued up the back and along the bottom edge. Then punch a circle in the top for a "grabber." This holder is finished off with a fancy band, decorated with a beautifully colored-in design. A tiny sparkle on the ornament finishes it off!
For me, creativity is all about looking at something with fresh eyes - without any preconceived notions. When I first saw our Dakota papers, my mind stayed strictly in the "Western" theme. I would not have thought to use it with this cute little birdie! But the print works beautifully, with its multi-toned blues.
This star was for my friend, Laurel, who is much more "classic" in her taste. I used our retired "Wonderland" papers to suit her personality. Pick up a couple of these stars and tailor make some gifts of your own!
Using our My Creations Star (page 132 in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book), I recently made some Christmas gifts for girlfriends. It's so fun to personalize according to their personalities . . . This was for my "whimsical" friend, Chris, made with our retired "Jingle" papers. Stay tuned to see a more "classic" look in another color scheme!
I've always loved the
idea of the "Twelve Days of Christmas." The big build-up we have to Christmas
Day can sometimes lead to a little post-holiday letdown, unless we are
intentional about continuing the mindset of what we are indeed
celebrating. To continue in that
spirit, I'm teaming up with a Consultant friend of mine, Kimberly, to present a
holiday gift to our loyal Close To My Heart crafters - and that includes
you! If you're like me,
you have a creative burst in anticipation of the Christmas holiday, and then a
little letdown. Instead of the after-Christmas slump, please join me for the
"Twelve Tools of Christmas," beginning Dec. 25! Visit this site each day for 12 days to see a unique Close To My Heart tool
highlighted. You will learn tips and techniques that will enhance your
post-holiday crafting! Such fun, at the click of your
mouse! Christmas Blessings
Our new Ruby ink is used here and is gorgeous. Its rich color is beautiful, used to stamp a background out of the month stamps. The rounded corners of the rectangle pieces bring a continuity in combination with the oval focal point.
What a nice idea for a "Save the Date" card. These are so popular now - - we all seem to receive them as soon as a wedding date has been set. Calendars get full so far ahead in our busy lives, that it's important to know to "save the date!"
I've always loved the phrase, "Oh, Happy Day!" It just makes me smile. This card could be in celebration of anything! A birthday, anniversary, graduation, special accomplishment, promotion . . . you name it!
Speaking of butterflies . . . This lovely one is cut using Cricut Artiste. It was then given its shimmer, using Almond Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1769 - $2.75) To add balance to that shimmer, Jeannine added three tiny little sparkles from our "Brown & Tan Sparkle Assortment" (Z1753 - $2.95) Don't you just love it that we have SO many embellishments that are under $5?????
"Time Flies" . . . What better accent to use than our "Flutter Paper Shapes?" (Z1463 - $5.95 for 68 butterflies) These little flutteries work so great because they are black and white. This means they are completely customizable! Is that a word? :-) Sponge with any color so they match your artwork.
Here's a great example using the journaling box that comes in this set. It reads "LIFE: EXPERIENCE IT." Then Debi filled in more from a Halloween set, saying "Trick or Treat." All providing a nice subdued background to the bold "October 31."
This little 3 x 3 would make a handy little birthday gift enclosure card. Such a simple thing to make, and yet it is personalized to the person you're gifting! I love quick simplicity like this, that still is meaningful.
Such a great Western feel to this card. Becky uses the wood grain BT paper from our Dakota papers, along with its paisley bandana type print, and an accent of black. The embellishments are PERFECTION with the Baker's Twine tied around, and the pearl buttons (fresh off her cowboy's shirt?) Actually - - those buttons are available as part of our "Wrangler Assortment" embellishment pack: 6 of these buttons, and 3 embroidered patches, all conveniently adhesive backed. This assortment is only $5.95. See it on Page 128 of the Fall Winter Idea Book.
Artiste cuts here provide the layered mats - a great complement to the jack-o-lantern! The Stamp of the Month images here are stamped on little tag ends, to add the date. What a great addition to any specific holiday card!
I love the versatility of numbers and letters in this set! FOUR different styles of numbers . . . TWO different styles of months! Plus the extras of a journal block and word labels. The abbreviated month, used here, is perfect for small internal area stamping, as in the middle of this wreath.
When you hear "holiday season" . . . What comes
to mind? Think past any stress or demands. When you were a little
girl, what did you think of? The sweet smells of spiced cider and
Christmas cookies? Spending time with loved ones, when you just enjoyed
being together? Maybe even a cozy time of some fun Christmas craft
projects? All with the background of soft Christmas carols . . . Take yourself back to your childhood with my Christmas
Card Extravaganza. Choose a time that works for you and join me at my home! Enjoy spiced cider and delicious shortbread. Christmas music
will softly play in the background while you sit with friends (old or new) and
create 20 Christmas cards!
There will be 4 stations, and you will move at your own
pace. No hurried schedule here! You have up to 3 hours, and you will make 5 cards each, of 4
different designs - a total of 20 cards. The cost is only $10 when
you place a $25 order, or if no order - just $25. TODAY is the day to reserve this time in your holiday schedule! Pick what works best for you, and register right away to reserve your spot: Friday, Nov. 30 - 6pm Saturday, Dec. 1 - 10am or 3pm Sunday, Dec. 2 - 2pm