Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Summer 2010 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart New Product Blog Hop. There are over 40 creative consultants sharing a sneek peak of the new Summer Catalog that comes out on May 1. If you have come here from Kathleen's blog you are on the right track. If not you may want to start at the beginning. You can find a complete list here.

I am sharing with you a layout that I made using the "Cherry-O" Workshop on the Go. The colors in this pack are so yummy. There is Chocolate, Tulip, Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue. This paper pack was perfect for the pictures that I took of Lexi and her friends at a church picnic last summer.

Here is a picture of what you get in this set. Isn't the cherry stamp set too cute?

Now hop on over to Beth's blog and see the adorable creation that she has made. Remember to visit all the blogs. You won't want to miss a thing. And, remember the catalog is available on May 1. You are going to LOVE IT!!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

French Scrapbooking

I took a class on French Scrapbooking and this is the layout that I made. I used a template over my photos and traced around the template shape to get this layout. It was fun doing this layout and very relaxing. The patterned paper is "Moon Doggie" and the stamp set is "Extreme Happiness." Both are from CTMH.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mojo Monday #135

The one nice thing, that I can think of, regarding Monday's is the "Mojo Monday" Sketch Challenge. It is so hard going back to work after a relaxing weekend, but when I get home, I enjoy checking out the sketch. Even though I haven't done the challenges in a while, I still enjoy looking at them and the cards that people make. Today, I needed to make a card for a friend, and this was the motivation that I needed to get me started. For my card, I used a stamp from the "Pure Innocence" line of "My Favorite Things." The paper is "Green at Heart" by Basic Grey. I hope you survived your Monday and are at home snuggled up with a good book or doing something you love doing.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Photography Lesson #3

Lesson #3 of my online photography class puts everything that we have learned together. It is a hard lesson and I have shied away from doing it. Fortunately, the instructor gave us an extra week and I am at the end of that week. Today, I took my camera and my computer outside, read the lesson and practiced. With this lesson we had to use the Manual setting and choose either apperature or shutter speed as out focus. Since I was taking pictures of "non-moving" objects and wanted to blur the background, I chose apperature. Once you choose your apperature, then you choose the matching shutter speed. Confusing??? It is, but she gave us a little ruler guide to help us match them. The next thing is using the meter on the inside of the view finder to adjust for over/under esposure. To do this, you push the shutter half way down and look at the little lines and dashes inside the camera. You want the meter line to be right in the middle. Once that is in line you take your picture. A minor, but important step is letting in the right amount of light. This is the ISO. Since it was a bright, sunny day, I set it on ISO 100. These are the settings that I chose: Apperature 5.6 and Shutter Speed 1/60 and when zooming the focal length is 50 mm. My head is spinning from all these numbers and choices. Time to take a break and pick it up another day. I will have to practice what I tell Alexia, "Practice makes perfect."

Sunday, April 11, 2010

There She Goes

Last Friday when I went to Jazzy Crafts, I made this layout of Lexi. The paper is from "Fancy Pants" and is called Kraft Kutz. I have had it in my paper storage for probably about a year. Jazmine helped me pick out the bright pink cardstock. I love how it picks up the color in Lexi's helmet. We used the Cricut to cut the letters using "Plantin School Book". The rainbow is a die cut from the paper pack and is propped up on Pop Dots.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Teen Scrapbook Workshop

Today was my Teen Scrapbook Workshop at the church. I have so much fun working with this group of girls. They are so sweet and are it fills me with joy to see how happy they are with their finished layouts. I enjoyed putting these ones together myself because I used pictures of my daughter, Jennifer growing up through the years. She and I had some laughs going through old pictures and reminiscing. The paper pack that I used is called "Notebook" from CTMH. The layout designs are on the back of the "Notebook Stickese." This paper pack is so much fun. It has paper that resembles notebook pages, doodles and coffee stains. The stamp sets that I used are "Friendship Alphabet" and "Field Trip Alphabet".

Friday, April 9, 2010

Flowers Whisper What Words Cannot Say

Ever have one of those weeks when things go horribly wrong? I had one of those weeks, and what got me through it was the love of a friend who was by my side the whole way. Her comfort meant the world to me. And, I thank God for her. Of all the blessings in my life, the most important are my family and close friends. As a thank you, I made this card for her. I used the April Stamp of the month called "Flower Pot" from CTMH and the paper is "That's Amore". The sentiment that came with this set says "Flowers Whisper What Words Cannot Say". It couldn't be more perfect. To give dimension to my card, I stamped the image first. Then on a seperate piece of paper, I stamped the flowers and flower box. I colored both images and cut the second one out. I then propped them up on pop dots. I gave a little twist to the flowers, so that you could see the flowers underneath. I used brads for the nails in the shutters. And, if you are wondering if my week got better. It did. But, I am drained. I got some rest this afternoon and plan to go to crop night at my favorite scrapbook store, Jazzy Crafts. Have a blessed weekend. And, always remember, God is good. He will always provide what you need. And, when you wonder where he is, look around. He may be in that person next to you. God uses those around us to show us his love. He will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what. Wow. I hadn't planned on making this a biblical lesson, I just needed to share his goodness.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Miracle Layout

This is a layout of Jennifer when she was only 4 years old. Isn't she precious? I have undertaken a huge project. In my closet are boxes of old pictures. I pulled them out the other day, and there is no way that I can get those boxes back in that tight spot in the corner of my closet. So, I decided to separate the pictures of Jennifer and Ryan and put them in photo boxes and eventually make them both scrapbooks. After all, I have 10 of Lexi!!! So, while going through the pictures this morning and reliving the memories, how wonderful that is, I decided to use these pictures for a layout. I took a break and opened up the CTMH special "Miracle" and scrapbooked them. I love, love this layout. The chipboard that comes with this package is unlike any chipboard that I have used. It has a printed image on the pieces and when you sponge on ink, the white image pops through. Love it!!!

I can't wait for Jennifer to come home from work tonight and see what I have done for her. I can't stop smiling as I look at my precious little girl. It makes me miss her, but I have to say that I love the fine woman that she has become.

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