Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Clearing the Final Clearance at CTMH

 Hi again. I wasn't planning to post anything here again, but I'm on a mission. CTMH's final clearance sale is going on now. If I have anything in my stash that's still available, I'm working with it until it sells out. Right now that means "Flower Friends" stamp and thin cuts set plus the "Square Patterns" thin cuts. Here are the cards I've made so far...

I'm entering the second one in the Color My Heart Color Dare. I chose these colors based on their current challenge of Royal, Wisteria, and Lagoon. Black is neutral, so I made liberal use of it.

Here are a couple more cards using "Flower Friends" with some patterned paper. I used the same basic background for both because I'm also using up scraps.

I hope I've inspired you to check out the final clearance sale. There are awesome deals there!

Until next time,


Friday, March 8, 2024

Just Chicken In

 Dear Blogging Friends,

If you haven't already heard the new, Close To My Heart (aka, CTMH) is closing. They've been in business for forty years, and they've been a part of mine in some way or another for about thirty-five. I can't even begin to count the ways my life is better because of the creativity and friendships this company has inspired over those years.

I'm not closing this blog because I pay nothing for it, but I will post current crafting projects in my Facebook Group "Crafty Friends" only. I hope you'll join me there, but be sure to agree to the terms (basically encouragement only, no selling, and I retain the right to delete you or offensive posts.) 

Before I go, here's an adorable Stamp of the Month called Just Chicken In (see sidebar for full image).

The chicken beaks and feet were colored with pencils. The bodies and background were sponged with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide and Journey inks respectively. Such a soft look with minimal effort.

Since the inception of this blog, I've always closed with "Until next time." I'm sincerely torn between maintaining the tradition or signing off with something heartfelt and different. I guess I'll let you decide...


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Mixing Eras

Have any of you seen the movie "Return to Me" starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver? It's one of our favorites. Not only is the main story great, the side characters--particularly the quartet of old men--are hilarious. The men play poker and argue about the greatest singers and baseball players of all time. They argue about not only the people but mixing eras.

For today's card, I have mixed eras. Well...maybe not eras exactly, but certainly products that span decades. There are many hassles about having to move every few years, but one upside is that I'm forced to look at everything I own. That's usually when cards like these happen. So without further ado...

Everything here is a CTMH product. The oldest is the gold metalic paper. I think that goes back at least twenty years. I'm down to scraps, but I didn't need much. Everything stamped and gold embossed comes from the Cape Code-Scrapbooking set which came out in July 2023. The thin cuts are a hodgepodge, including some from a Christmas set introduced last year. So not only am I mixing eras here but seasons. 

The point is this: if you haven't gone through all your craft supplies in a while, do so. You never know what they will inspire you to create.

Until next time,