Wow, ever since I first saw Graphic 45 papers at Achiever's I was hooked. I love the vintage feel and the color pallet of these papers. They're so much fun. When they announced the call for the 2013 design team, I knew I had to give it a shot. Below are my projects for their consideration as a member of the 2013 Design Team.
Frame for my grandparents wedding photo
Decorative Shadow Box
Winter Journal for recording events from my childhood
Well, it's been almost a year since my last blog update and I'm ready to get back to posting. My goal is to post 2-3 times a week. Life has been a little hectic since my last post. I was chosen to teach at last year's Close to my Heart Convention and had a little over a month to prep 4 art boards and have a few items for a table display. It was very crazy. I would work my day job for about 9 hours then come home eat quickly and work for another 2-3 hours making stuff. Those of you who make anything know how time consuming that can be. I was able to get all the pieces done and used almost all the supplies Close to my Heart sent me for the projects. Convention was a blast and I will definitely try teaching again. I can make this year's convention due to some family issues but am shooting for 2014.
At convention I was also the winner of two of the "heart" statues given out. I'll be posting pictures of those soon along with my art from Convention. It was such an honor to get the awards. I really wasn't expecting them. Convention was in July and I drove from Colorado to Dallas to attend. My daughter and her friend went with me. It was a long drive, we did it in two days staying in Amarillo both going and coming home. Soon after getting back we had a guy in my department at work quit so I needed to train the new person, plus figure out what he did and didn't do before he left. Then the Holidays were here and time just flew by.
I also earned my very first incentive trip with Close to my Heart, a cruise to the Southern Caribbean aboard the Celebrity Summit. My consultant friend Miranda went with me. This was the first cruise I have ever been on and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't crazy about the flying part, as it was only the 6th time I have been on a plan in my entire life and we had to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico to board the ship. The trip was Feb 2-Feb 9. So I'm just now getting back to normal with home and work.
The next few months will be busy as well with my daughter graduating from High School and my son finishing 8th grade, but I have a lot of new stuff I've been making over the last year to share and want to get it up, so 2-3 times a week should be a good starting place for me to get back in the swing of posting.
This card was customized for a co-worker. He wanted something with a beach theme, but also include softball. This is what I came up with.
I used real sand and seashells for the beach. The paper was from K and Co's 2011 summer paper, the palm tree is one of the die cuts from the same line. The sun was a punch I had in my stash. The beach accessories and ball and bat are either Jolee's or Recollections brand. I bought several themed stickers and just don't remember what I actually used.
Here's another card I created for a co-worker. I really enjoy the challenge of making cards for people when they have something specific in mind.
All supplies except the letter stickers are from Close to my Heart. I used Outdoor Denim and Indian Corn Blue cardstock and ink. I crumpled the Indian Corn Blue and sanded the Outdoor Denim to distress it.
This was a birthday card made for a co-workers wife. They love the outdoors. Her favorite color is blue. Most of my co-workers like cards with the intended recipient's name on them. I used all CTMH product on this one. Crystal Blue and Outdoor Denim inks and cardstock. The font is the Gypsy font and the trees are cut with a Sizzix die.
I have another Thank you card for today. This was one of about 40 I made for a lady at work. She gave her daughter a box of cards fro a gift and wanted several thank yous and general birthdays. I machine sewed around the edges.
These two cards are kits I made for my team. I used the new Dotty for You paper pack from Close to my Heart. This paper will be available April 17. It's only $5 with any purchase of $35 or more from the current Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book.