Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Engaging Artwork

It's time I share the art pieces featured on Jeanette's blog a couple of weeks ago!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
From Millan.Net   (I know, I know!)

So now is a perfect time to get some of those more romantic memories scrapped and maybe use as gifts.  From Millan.Net

Here is the story behind my "Engaging Artwork":

When Engineer and I were in college, we were big band geeks and were part of the marching band...Go Pride!  Anyway, one of the great perks about being in the band is travel.  Our last year had one amazing trip...to Europe!
One of the stops we made was in Paris. From Millan.Net  We had been dating for just over a year and had decided that being in Paris was the perfect place to propose.  Only thing was...we had each decided to surprise the other with a ring!  We waited until we were at the top of the Eiffel Tower and we each brought out a ring to give to the other.  Talk about a romantic surprise!  From Millan.Net  Of course we both said yes and had lots of laughs and hugs with our friends that were with us.

Then I took out a pen and scribbled our names and date on the railing.  Yes, yes  I graphittied on an international landmark.  And yes, I did take a photo of it! From Millan.Net

So while I don't have photos of us together on the Tower, or of that special moment, I do have these two photos that mean the world to me and take me back to that evening just as well as anything else.

Stamps: Jardin
Inks: Champagne, Cashmere, Saddle, Desert Sand, Archival Black
Papers: La Belle Vie Reflections Kit, White Daisy cardstock
Tools: cutting knife, micro-tip scissors
Accessories: Opaques Pearl Flourishes, Bitty Pearl Gems

So I hope you get inspired to scrap some of those extra special moments in your life.  It's the best way to relive them with your loved ones!
From Millan.Net

Monday, January 21, 2013

H2H Challenge: Fancy Fold Technique

Happy Monday and welcome to another Heart2Heart Challenge!  I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend...I know my boys are as they get to play on the computer! From Millan.Net

So back to the challenge...this week we want you to show us your fanciest of fancy card folds...other than the fold in the base that is! From Millan.Net

Here is my submission for the challenge:


Stamps: Happy Valentine's (January 2013 SOTM)
Inks: Cashmere, Desert Sand, Cranberry Marker set, Olive Marker set
Papers: Pear & Partridge Reflections Kit
Tools: Cutting Knife, 2" Circle Punch

I thought I would be clever and make Engineer's Valentine's card early...I mean, nearly a month early is pretty good for me!  But alas, being that early always runs the risk of ruining the surprise...which happened as I was uploading my photos and he walked into my room.
Well, maybe by next month he'll have forgotten what it looks like! From Millan.Net

Head over to the H2H blog and see the other creations from Team A, they are fantastic!  Then get yourself busy and create your own fancy folds to share!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spotlight on Art

While my Dad may think this post is about him...his name is Art after all...it is about a lovely email I received yesterday from the CTMH offices.
 From Millan.Net

Jeanette Lynton, the creative genius behind all that is Close To My Heart, has a special segment on her blog in which she features artwork from her consultants.  Last year I submitted some pieces and received word yesterday that I am being featured this week in her Spotlight on Art! From Millan.Net

I feel very honored and quite frankly, am at a loss for words.
Except to say From Millan.Net

If you'd like to visit her blog and see my artwork ( I will be sharing it on here as well very soon!) just click the icon here or on my sidebar!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Snow Much Fun

From Millan.Net

Do you remember when I was on the first Design Team for the Heart2Heart Challenges Blog(It seems like so long ago.)
Well I've been asked back to be a part of the All Star Alumnae Design Team!From Millan.Net

I was very flattered they thought of me and was so happy to accept!  So let's get started right away with this week's challenge...Snow Much Fun!

This week we want to see all your creations using snow as a theme.  Card, layout, home decor...anything that comes to mind when you think of that glittering white stuff!
From Millan.Net

Well...living in Tucson doesn't give me a lot of chances to actually have snow much fun of any kind!  But I did find some photos of a day trip we took up the mountain one year specifically to play in the snow.

Take a look...

Inks: White Daisy
Papers: Black cardstock, Slate cardstock, Whisper cardstock, White Daisy cardstock
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Spray Pen, Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1 (Pattern 4)
Accessories: Silver Shimmer Trim, Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint

I started out by cutting some snowflakes to use as masks.  I used the Snowflake found on page 22 of the Art Philosophy booklet.  I cut them at 4", 3", 2", and 1".  After placing them around my Slate cardstock, I sprayed my paper with a mixture of Pearl Paint and alcohol.  I think I may have over done it a bit, you can see a few wrinkles in my layout...even after I ironed them!  Ah, live and learn.

But it does give the layout such a nice shimmer!  I did go around the edges of the masks with some White Daisy ink, just to make them stand out a bit more.

For the squares of Whisper cardstock, I again used the White Daisy to ink the edges, putting more on the bottom and right sides.  I wanted to give the impression of a frosty winter window.
From Millan.Net

I cut four layers of the title at 1.5" and stacked them all together to make my own chipboard letters!

Here is a close up:

Look at how much that Shimmer Trim sparkles!

If you'd like to join in the fun this week...and really, why wouldn't you?...then get crafting and share your creation over at H2H.  If you need some more inspiration, head over there and check out the other team members projects.

After all this wintery fun, I think I'll go make myself some hot cocoa! From Millan.Net Stay Warm my Friends!


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