Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Heartfelt Creations DT Alumni Hop

(Note: I have no idea what is going on with Blogger; he seems to have taken it into his head to change the color and spacing all willie, nillie and won't let me change it?!)   

It's time for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Alumni monthly blog hop...and this month I have the privilege of being a part of the hop.  We've chosen the last Tuesday of each month to share a project featuring Heartfelt Creations' stamps when we can, just for fun.  If you'd like a chance at winning a prize, be sure to leave a comment on every blog along the hop by Friday - there is a $25 gift certificate up for grabs for one random commenter!  How cool is that?!  I am at the top of the hop list today, so if you're ready to hop, you are in the right place!

For today I am sharing a rather rustic Christmas card, which is a different style for me.  I stamped the Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set onto vintage music paper with Cherry Red ink and then embossed with clear EP.  I used Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die and then inked everything  with Walnut Stain.  I added Star Dust Stickles to the flower and leaves and then added some red rhinestones.

The hop will close Friday November 30th at midnight EST, so hop along and leave comments with each of the ladies between now and then for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  The winner will be announced on Saturday December 1st.


So now you're ready to hop on to your next stop which is Kristina Andersen http://reflectionsofahappycrafter.blogspot.ca/

Here is a list of all the blogs in today's hop.

Sarah Miller http://plainandfancypapercrafts.blogspot.com/  (you are here)
Kristina Andersen http://reflectionsofahappycrafter.blogspot.ca/
Dina Kowal http://mamadinis.blogspot.com
Emilia van den Heuvel http://few-favourite-things.blogspot.nl
Erika Selander http://lillgumman.blogspot.com
Linda Payne http://paynehollercards.blogspot.com/

Thank you for visiting and have a blessed day!

challenges I would like to enter

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long:  to die 4

Creative Inspirations Paint:  Anything goes

The Crafty Pad:  add some glitter

Forever Friends:  glitter and sparkle 



Thursday, November 8, 2012

You Are Loved

Last month I was asked to create an album for our pastor for pastor appreciation. The congregation was asked to create a thank you card with a note of encouragement, but no specifics were given, so I received quite a variety of sizes and styles. Quite a challenge, LOL! I decided to do a flip album. I've had this paper pack (DCWV 'the Performance stack') for a long time but couldn't find the right project until now. Our pastor and his son are part of our worship team and music is a big part of their lives so this was perfect.

The chipboard shapes and pearls were part of my birthday present from my son and DIL, thanks! This is one of my fav laces!
the inside of the cover. There are some beautiful vellum papers included with this paper pack and I thought about placing it over top of this page but then decided against it. I was afraid the giver might think I was trying to cover up her work and this was one time when the thought was more important than the presentation.

it flips open to reveal a pocket which is held closed with a magnet...

and holds a little booklet with cards from the children.
the other side has three pockets for the messages from the assistant pastors and elder.
When it's completely flipped open there is a flip page to hold smaller cards and on the right are some purchased cards and some that were e-mailed which I printed out and made into cards. This was a challenge! After praying about it, I thought about sewing them together with a coptic stitch. I had never tried it before so I turned to my instruction manual, (youtube!). It worked great and I used an elastic cord to hold them in place.

 completely flipped open

I added an envelope on the back and included a little tag from me.

This book turned out a little heavier than I realized it would, but it feels very sturdy and I really loved the design. They  enjoyed reading all the thoughts from everyone and I was glad I had the opportunity to create it for them.
Word Art Wednesday:  give thanks/open
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Create a card of project depicting thankfulness or prayer. It can be a Thanksgiving card/project, a thank-you note, or an "I'm praying for you" type card/project

And now I'm off to create a mini for a very special little lady who requested a book of her own. I'm going to have to readjust my thinking to a 10 year old. Here's hoping she'll like it!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed day!