Wednesday, November 30, 2011

From Our Heart to Yours: Gratitude

  This H2H Challenge was a couple of weeks ago and I am just now getting it posted here. I had an idea of what I wanted to portray, but needed to figure out how to do it. In the challenge we were to tell of someone we were thankful for and the project then be given to them. This is not for a someone, but "someones"- family. This year has been especially blessed with some specials events in our family and I wanted them recorded. My parents celebrated 50 years of marriage (something that is becoming a rarity), one of our sons married and then they found out they were having twins. They chose to not find out what they were having, which is also a rarity, and we all were surprised to find out they were both girls. Our daughter has 5 boys and we love them dearly, but we sure were happy to add some girls to the bunch. In November I lost an uncle on one side of the family and an aunt on the other within days of each other. Though it was a sad time and especially hard on my parents, I had the opportunity to see alot of extended family, some of which I hadn't seen in years. We grew up very close to my uncle's children in our young yrs., but haven't seen a couple of them for years. It was so nice to see them and catch up a little and talk about the past.
  So this year I am full of gratitude for all the specialness we've enjoyed because of family.
Sorry, for some reason I couldn't seem to get a real clear picture. Following are a couple that are closer up so that you can better see what I did for each month.

I used  Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays # 29
Dreamin Level 2 paper pack
Friendship Large and Felicity alphabet stamp sets
Inks:  Pacifica and Chocolate
 all Close To My Heart Products

I think that I need to start doing one of these each year. Would be fun to look back on for a quick year in review. Thanks to all you blogging friends too.                          Polly

Monday, November 28, 2011

H2H challenge Time

I am a little late in getting this posted as this was last weeks challenge, but I am still going to post it. The theme was "time", it was left up to our imaginations how to interpret that. I have been working on this paper bag album for a few weeks and already knew that on the front cover I wanted to have a clock on it. So, when this challenge came up I knew what I'd be showing, but I first had to get it completed. I have had it done for several days now, but we had the Thanksgiving meal at our house and then we've had company for a couple days and nights and yesterday I had a class and so here I am just getting this posted. I have been wanting to do a paper bag album for some time and then I got the idea to create it for our 25th Anniversary which was a few years ago already. I will be showing the inside of this album at some point, but it isn't quite done, so you will have to keep checking back for further pictures.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Metal Mania

   This weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge is to use metal on your project.My mind went immediately to using CTMH's metal embellishments and creating a piece of jewelry. I've wanted to do that every since seeing some that were created for the Operation Smile silent auction at the CTMH 2010 convention.
  One of my loves right now is making fabric flowers for headbands and clothing accessories. So I'm is my chance to combine the flowers and metal to make this...... I am happy with the results and hope you enjoy it too.
Here a couple close ups:
Head over to H2H Challenges to view what others have created or join the fun and link up to your site. Remember, you must use some Close To My Heart products in order to participate.
Also adding this to the Metal Challenge over at
                                                                               Blessings to you,     Polly

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Color Challenge from H2H Challenges

Here it is the first week of November already! Where has the year gone? I still have so many projects I want to accomplish yet this year. Scrapbooking, cards, home decor, and home improvement, plus. Oh well, I will just continue to take one day at a time and see what I can get done that way.
  This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is a color challenge using Close To My Hearts Autumn Terracotta, Juniper, and Bamboo colors. Here is 6"x6" card. I was also able to use Mojo Mondays 213 sketch challenge for this week.
All products are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted. I began with a 6x6 card shape of Bamboo cardstock. I textured it with a Cuddlebug embossing folder- Swiss Dots. I then swiped Bamboo ink over the embossed card using direct ink to paper method and also swiped it all around the edges. I made my own glimmer mist using Autumn Terracotta reinker, our own Pearl Paint and alcohol, made another mist using Juniper reinker which I put in our spray pens. I really like playing with these. Unfortunately you can't tell in the photo how shiny this really is. I used Typeset papers and Autumn Terracotta textured cardstock and sanded the edges of it. The flower is from our Pizzazz Irresistaibles chipboard pieces and inked with Autumn Terracotta. Stamp sets were Key Moments B1392 and the sentiments are one of the stamp sets that come with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge bundle. I cut the oval using that same cartridge.  I am really into using lots of layers and textures. This one has several.
                                                                      Hope you had a blessed day,     Polly