Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heart 2 Heart for Bird Lovers

This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge was to create something featuring birds or animals. I used the Mojo Monday design to create this week's card. I really love the two new CTMH stamp sets that are feature here; Tea Time and Find Your Style. Hope you get an idea to spark your own creativity.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mojo Monday Week 174

I loved the design this week for Mojo Monday. I have not played along for a few weeks but wanted to get back in on the fun. Hope you enjoy my card. All items are Close To My Heart products from the new Spring/Summer 2011 book.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My Craft Room

Welcome to my craft room. I hope you enjoy looking around and maybe get an idea to help you with your own design. My room was designed as a place to work, play, and enjoy. Believe me I do. I sew, make cards, scrapbook, read, quilt, crochet, work on the computer, listen to music, watch a good movie, but mainly hang out and enjoy myself.

I have a great closet to store fabrics, paper, shoe boxes filled with all kinds of craft things, and yarns for crocheting. I do all kinds of crafts and sewing projects. Crafters need lots of storage.

Stamping Station

A wonderful part of my room is my stamping area. I have my Close To My Heart Stamps in mini laundry baskets organized by the color of their fronts, which determines what they are. I still have my old ink pads as well as the new ones. Depending on what I am doing determines which ones I use. I store reinkers, older wooden stamp sets, and 8 1/2" x 11" paper in magazine file holders in the drawers. My husband put foam mats, on the floor for me to stand on to make it softer while standing and working. This is my favorite spot in the room.

Craft Room

When we moved to our present home, I told my husband one of the requirements for me to move was to have a craft room in our house. We had lived in our new home about a year before that dream was a reality. I watched craft shows, scrapbooking and stamping shows, and looked in books until I came up with a plan that I felt I could live and work in. I love my room. It is a little smaller than I would like it to be, but have no complaints. The only time it feels small is when I have more than one or two friends over, which is almost never. Seems people here just do not get together very often to craft, stamp, and scrapbook together. I hope by looking at my room, you may gather ideas for your own special room. I like to stand to work. So, one of the requirements was to have countertops on cabinet bases that I could work at. My husband built them from pine boards and plywood. They have shelves underneath with drawers at the top for tons or storage. He wanted to put doors on them, but I said no I want to see everything to make it easier to find things. I like white because they brighten the room and look so clean. There are flourescent lights over the countertops under the upper cabinets for plenty of work light. I decided how much space between the shelves at various spaces to accomodate what I was going to store on each shelf. That way there is no wasted space.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I have always been a crafter and loved to sew. I saw a tutorial on you tube on crocheting berets and decided that I didn't have enough "irons in the fire" so I wanted to learn to crochet my own hats. I made several berets. Then a friend showed me a simple hat that she was making and I had to make one of them, too. She sent me directions. I haven't learned how to follow directions on my own, so it was a challenge. Thanks to my Aunt Agnes, I completed one and have decided to put a picture of it on my blog. It was really simple after I got it completed. However, I cannot get it on my head! I crochet "tight" and it made it kind of small. No problem, I will just give it to one of the children at my church. They will like it. I am going to work on another one and make it a little larger. Hope you enjoy the picture. I will let you know about my next hat and post a picture of it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Card Detail

This is the detail of the oval in the card. All products are Close To My Heart.

Welcome Baby

It has been quite a while since I have put anything on my blog. Life has just been too busy. Summer got here with extra chores with the garden, summer school and schedules to make for fall classes, the arrival of a new grandchild, cancer surgery and recovery with my mother-in-law, school starting back, and the holidays. I have made lots of cards, about 100 for Christmas, a few scrapbook pages, and a couple baby quilts. Just lots to get done and a lot finished. Finally, I decided today to add something new to my blog. I saw a "Baby Boy" card on someone else's card that I liked and changed it some to come up with this one. We have several babies due at our church and I made and gave this one to a friend today. She has a baby boy due on February 4th. She was pleased with it. I hope you enjoy it and hope it inspires you to make a new mother happy.