Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Stocking

My aunt had given me a stocking years ago with my name embroidered on it.  I just love it and needed to make Jerrad a stocking that matched it well.  I got out my stocking and my stash of Christmas fabrics.  I traced my stocking onto the fabric and batting.  I quilted squares 1 inch apart and then embroidered Jerrad's name using my embroidery machine and gold thread.  I added a little scrap of ribbon for the hanger.  I am really pleased with how this turned out!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Everyday Embellishing

It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let us show you how!

This Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle!

Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones.

The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!
If you haven’t had a chance to scrapbook your Halloween photos yet, here’s a great idea for a spooky page. The Haunted assortment with its cute skull brads, spider badge buttons, and more, is the perfect go-to for scary Halloween memories. It also coordinates nicely with the Moonlight paper packet and Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements.

Tell your story with papers and accents that complement your unique tale. The Memo assortment’s little note tags are great for embellishing and journaling all in one, and the tiny epoxy numbers mimic old typewriter keys. Pair the Memo assortment with our Scholastic paper packet and My Stickease® assortment for your school-themed memories and more!

This elegant layout is tied together by antique elements from the Baroque assortment, Avonlea Complements canvas shapes, and the beautiful Avonlea papers. Add a timeless quality to your memories with graceful keys, broaches, and buttons from the Baroque assortment.

Whatever your project, embellishing will bring your artwork to life.  Add that extra something to your everyday projects!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby's 1st Christmas Ornament

When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one for my beautiful niece.  I made 3 of these ornaments.  One for mom, grandma, and me.  I am very happy with how they turned out and I hope that the recipients liked them also! 

Source: via Kira on Pinterest

Close to My Heart Products Used:
My Creations Block
Pear & Partridge Paper Packet
White Cardstock (ran through printer)
My Acrylix Christmas Delights Stamp Set
Barn Red Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Gold Ribbon from Mistletoe Creative Basics Kit (retired)

Other Products Used:
Jingle Bells from Stampin' Up

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine Kit

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal—our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10! Combine your love of papercrafting with the contents of this kit to create personalized valentines—perfect for classrooms and other group settings. This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. You’ll receive 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit. This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper! Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper. Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!
Available from December 13, 2012 to January 31, 2013.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Tree Pants

When I saw this sew-along on Sew Mama Sew last year, I had to go directly to Walmart (the only fabric selection in my town) to purchase fabric.  I found this nice collection filled with non-traditional colors and glitter and thought it would be perfect.  It was super easy to make, and I love this lady's blog- she is a hoot yet inspirational and informative.  I am really really happy with how this turned out and cannot wait to use the left overs to make more things for my house like pillows, place mats, or a table runner.

I let no scraps go to waste.  When I made the points on the stars, I went ahead and sewed another seam 1/2" from the original seam before trimming.  This gave me little squares. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012


The Avonlea collection is a mixture of blues, greens, teal, and neutrals.  My favorite from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book, it can be both feminine or masculine depending on which papers and colors you highlight.  I have seen beautiful layouts, cards, home decor, wedding, Christmas, winter, and everyday projects made with this collection.  I hope you will like it as much as me and create some extraordinary pieces of art!

Avonlea can be found on pages 16-22 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.  It is also featured on the cover.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Stamp of the Month

December Stamp of the Month: Year-Round Cheer

Available December 1-31, 2012
Retail Price $17.95
Spend $50+ and get the Stamp of the Month for $5.00