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