Friday, April 6, 2018

Make It From The Heart Vol 3, Pattern #5

SOTM titles on easy layout using leftovers...

Close to my Heart offers Workshop your way kit instructions for all the paper suites in each Seasonal Expression Idea Book. The new How To Book, Make It from The Heart Vol 3 provides easy layouts the go together quickly with the leftover supplies from the Workshop kits.
I experimented using the Tim Holtz stamping platform with 12" paper. It was easier then I thought positioning stamps easily on the base pages.

I used archival ink so the titles could be colored with watercolors.

Flip Flaps are a great addition to any layout and come in many sizes. It is also a fun interactive tool to help children enjoy your layouts and albums.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Color Your Life!
Have you been going in circles viewing the great Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop?
If you came from   Miss Carrie's Creations  you are now here, viewing my first try at the hop.
Michelle Stewart will begin the cycle again if you want to learn more techniques and see more art featuring the great stamp Color Your Life (p.80 in Seasonal Expression 1 Idea Book) that you can get for only $5 with qualifying $50 purchase.

Easy steps to use the stamp of the month to make a Celebrate life card.
1. stamp Life image on paper of choice and attach to card base, I used Chelsea Gardens.
2. Add color to stamped image and attach a zip strip below stamped paper.
3.Stamp banner piece and attach with foam tape or 3D foam dots.
4.Evaluate card and decide what embellishments to add

5.punch hoes in banner piece to add a piece of  ribbon. (note easier to do before adding foam tape.)
6. I thread ribbon front to back first and then bring it to the front and triml
7. Add gems and or sparkles as desired.


Melinda Everitt has a list of all the Close to my heart consultants who participated in this month's blog hop if you want to review any of the art or techniques again. Don't forget you can get this sweet stamp for only $5 with a qualifying order.

Thanks for looking at my first blog hop post. Feel free to post anything you create with your Stamp of the month here so we can all enjoy your creations. 
 Always, Alayne

I also made some layouts using April SOTM. You can see it on the following post.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Make it from the Heart layout....and wall art....

 Chelsea Gardens paper pack is featured in this 

Make It From The Heart Vol. 3 Scrapbook layout.

Pattern 17, pages 38&39
I made a panel using SOTM, Color Your Life
It is a great acrylix stamp set that is only available in April 2018.

This is the right side companion layout. I will add grandkids and some jouirnaling soon.

I used a stamp press to line up all the stamps and get them orderly before I stamped them.
I used Peacock Ink for all the stamping and then I used color pencils to add dimension to the 3 main words.

Layouts can be used for wall art also before they end up in your keepsake albums.  I made enlargements of the stamped images and cut them on Explore2 to prepare a banner that went well with the left page layout. I used Archival Black Ink on the banner so that it could be filled in with watercolor paints and Shimmer brushes and not smudge the edges.

I pinned the layout in the corner of a display frame and added the banner to the top.
I will decide if it is too large a banner when pictures are added because just now it looks a bit big.

After adding snap shots of my 9 grand children to the display frame 
I decided to keep the large banner. 
It is a bit bright for my taste, but fun.
I think the kids will think about a verse I have 
been memorizing with them when 
they see their pictures and the reminder to be kind.

Ephesians 4:32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God in Christ
forgave you.

There is a blog hop where Close To My Heart consultants share their art and techniques using this stamp of the month. It is on a loop, so look at my SOTM blog entry
here and it is attached to other consultant blogs.  Always, Alayne

Friday, March 30, 2018

Resurrection Sunday Celebration

John 11:25-26 - Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies
We have many Spring traditions in America that have nothing to do with what the Bible says about Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but they still point us to new life.
Recently a few friends gathered and made Easter papercrafting projects to remind friends and family to celebrate Easter.

I purchased the SVG for the cute Hoppy Easter from Ever since sabbatical in 2016 I have not had time for posting on the internet, but now life is a little more copacetic and I will be posting papercrafting projects featuring my favorite company, Close To My Heart. Contact me if you want to come create with me in my Versailles, Ky or learn how to do projects on line.
 Always, Alayne

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Two more days till goodbye to Hello Lovely....

I have not blogged much this year but I have been enjoying crafting with ladies from Friendship International using fantastic Close To My Heart products, especially Hello Lovely paper. We have been using this paper to recreate some of the layouts from the second volume of Make It From the Heart How To Book. This paper pack and Workshop Your Way are retiring in 2 days so order them now if you want to make some of these great layouts for yourself.

So remember this weekend is the last time to order from the current seasonal catalog, but a brand new one will go live on Monday!  Contact me for your copy!
Always, Alayne

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Picture My Life enhanced with flip flaps...

The 3"x 4" flip flaps make adding extra pictures to Picture My Life layouts fast and easy.
What a great way to make the pages interactive for kids!
Always, Alayne

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