PICTURE OF ME

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Marilyn McLeod - There's always time to share!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE ART OF GIVING.... AND HONORING ERIC.

This post is in honor of my son, Eric James Fossum, who passed away 5 years ago today.  I miss you sweet Eric.
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I saw a post on Facebook the other day, by the family of a sweet little boy named Danny, who has an inoperable brain tumor. His 6th birthday was July 25th.  All he wanted for his birthday were cards in the mail!

 
Danny loves getting cards. Here's the link to the story: Danny Nickerson story.  He has already received over 30,000 cards! The post asked that people send cards for his birthday. I was a little late, but got one done and sent today.


I used a darling sheet of paper full of all sorts of little critters and that had this chalk-like saying that I cut out. The row of animals on the bottom came from a different 6x6 pad! I thought a little boy would love all the animals.

I decided to make the card interactive, so on the inside I put a pocket along the bottom and put some tags in that he could write on (with a little help I'm sure), and a teeny tiny little pocket album with little tags inside.


This little album was made from a 6x6 piece of paper and is 2" tall and 1-1/2 inches wide! Very tiny but room inside for some little tags he can write on or put teeny photos (with help I'm sure!)
I had made the album a few weeks ago, which is a tiny version of the one sheet wonder pocket album that I love so much. Normally it uses a piece of 12x12 paper. This one was made with a piece of 6x6 paper and then I added the little paper edge for the spine. I thought it matched perfectly to put inside this card, and I stamped Danny's name on the front. What child doesn't like to see their name in print?


Here is one of the tags that I put inside. My husband said when he was a little boy, around 8 years old, someone wrote this out for him and asked him to read it. Can you figure out what it says? I thought it matched the little owls I stamped everywhere! He said he has never forgotten that saying, so I thought a 6 year old boy would love it too.

Below are the tags that I put inside the card. I had some journaling tags that I had printed with my computer. I put sticky tape on the back so he can write on them and then stick them somewhere (his bed? his mirror? the wall?). I thought he would get a kick out of drawing or writing on little cards!




This shows how tiny the album is. The card measures 5x7.


I think you can still send Danny cards. The address was posted on Facebook, so I'm putting the envelope here with his address on it.

This was so much fun to make and it felt good to give a little something to a sweet little boy who asked for so little, and ended up getting so much.  And I thought of Eric the whole time I was making this cute little boy card, because he was such a thoughtful and giving young man.





Maybe you can make or send a card to Danny too.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hexagons and Sunflowers.

In honor of the warm summer days we're having now in Central Oregon, I thought I'd try a fun little hexagon "quilted look" card. For some reason, I love hexagons!  And how does this card remind me of sunflowers you ask? Read further.......  

I used a bright golden yellow for the card base (A2 size). I then cut a piece of scrap cardstock approximately 5" x 3-3/4" to lay my hexagons on. I cut out 19 little 1 inch hexagon shapes using my Cricut cutting machine. There ARE hexagon punches out there so that would also be an easy way to do this.  In fact, a hexagon punch is definitely on my wish list!

I picked summery colors for my hexagons in about 6 different designs. I used double sided paper so only chose 3 colors and used both sides of the paper. Remind  you of sunflowers yet??

Here's a close-up of the cute little hexies all snuggled side by side. 

All I did was start adhering the hexagons on my piece of cardstock, starting at the center top, and working outward. I used fast drying glue but you could also use adhesive tape. Just let them hang over the edge on the sides and bottom, and when it's mostly covered except for little side areas, trim all the sides and use the little leftover pieces to fill in the side areas.  Very fast and easy! 

Another fun thing I did was to emboss the finished piece once all the hexagons were adhered and it had dried. I have one Cuttlebug embossing folder and no embossing machine!  A Cuttlebug machine is on my "wish list". So I got the bright idea to use my pasta machine (which I originally bought for flattening out polymer clay, and have never used for that!) to run the embossing folder through.  I had seen this done on You Tube somewhere.

 
I set my pasta machine so the folder would just barely run through, put my pieced paper in, and cranked it through (it was hard to crank but it worked with some elbow grease). And voila! a beautifully embossed piece!

My little sentiment is one I thought up and printed out from my computer onto some nice white cardstock. I trimmed it and matted it on black. I also used some black glitter paper for a strip down the right side and the little scroll that I cut out using my Cricut cutting machine. The hexagon covered piece of cardstock is matted with black cardstock measuring 5-1/4" x 4". I love the black with the sunny yellows and oranges..... so like summer and reminds me of sunflowers! 

From BeginningAGarden.com

On the inside, I glued a piece of white cardstock with a little leftover strip of hexagons that I had cut off to make the 5x3-3/4  piece fit better onto the black cardstock.


Give this technique a try. It's so fun! Since I love quilting with fabric, anything I can do to make my card looked quilted I really enjoy.  I thought of putting some little stitch marks around the hexagons but it might have been too busy looking.

I think some squares of pieced hexies would look great on a scrapbook page. Can you think of any other ways to use this technique?
 
And speaking of hexagons, I'm just about ready to post my tutorial for my awesome HEXAGON BOXES. Coming soon!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June online gathering reminder.

SORRY...... THIS BLOG POST IS NOW OUTDATED AND MY ONLINE GATHERING IS CLOSED. Marilyn

Just a quick reminder of my current June, 2014 Birthday Celebration (mine!) online gathering. Specials and FREE STUFF from my stash are listed below beginning with a $10.00 minimum order.  THIS IS A WIN WIN SITUATION!

Shop HERE on my website during June, 2014, join my online gathering (you are automatically joined if you shop) and you will win something free from my stash, as follows (can be mixed and matched if you want):

$10.00 order - free one of my custom cards of any theme you want.

$20.00 order - free two of my custom cards or a free fat quarter of fabric (tell me your color choice).

$30.00 order - free two of my custom cards AND a free fat quarter of fabric, -or---- TWO free fat quarters of fabric, -or--- the Make it From Your Heart design book Vol. 1 (value $7.95) from CTMH.  See it HERE.

$40.00 order - free four of my custom cards and a fat quarter of fabric  -or--- a little boxed set of SIX note cards made by me - see below:



$50.00 order up to $80.00 - ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE from my Etsy shop, MyPinkPaperCottage.  If the item you choose from my Etsy shop is priced below $10.00, then you can have TWO choices from my Etsy shop! 

Vintage children's fabric from my Etsy shop.
Fabric "vintage kitties with lace" large gift bag, toy bag or lingerie bag from my Etsy shop.
In addition, if you order $50 in products from my website during June, 2014, you are eligible to buy the stamp of the month set Kaboom for just $5.00, and you are also eligible to purchase one of the special collections of fun products worth up to $65 for just $30.00! (see my June 6th post on my blog HERE to see the special collections).

"Kaboom" - June, 2014 Stamp of the Month Set.

$80.00 order to $100.00 - Any one item you choose from my Etsy shop (any price) plus two additional items priced below $10.00 from my Etsy shop.  AND, a FREE stamp set entitled A Chocolate Affair (was the August 2013 Stamp of the Month valued at $17.95).
This stamp set if FREE with your $80.00 and above order!
$100.00 order and above - Any TWO items of your choice from my Etsy shop plus two more items valued at $10.00 or under, -or--- instead of the two items valued under $10.00, FOUR of my custom made cards of any theme you want.

If you place an order, then I'm OK with mixing it up for the free goodies.
One of my FREE cards.
Place your order through my website my website HERE (and at the top it says "start here") and you will automatically be joined to my June Birthday online party. This online party lasts until midnight on June 29th (my birthday!) so you can order from now until then.
AND.....now....... let the drums roll.....!!!... if my online party totals $150 or above, some lucky person who placed an order of $25 or more, will be entered in my drawing to win $25.00 in free products from the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.  You can view it online HERE on my website. Go check out all the wonderful goodies CTMH has to offer.

I will track who orders, and will email you to see which free gift you would like (so be sure to include your email when you log in to my website).  If anyone wins $25 in free products, I will email you to ask which products you want. These products are limited to paper packs, stamp sets, ink pads and some embellishment sets, and all products now listed in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.


So there you have it. PHEW.... is that enough free stuff??? 

Remember, there are wonderful GIFTS to give from the Close to My Heart Idea Book, even if you personally aren't a crafter.  There are darling card kits, frames, jewelry, and My Crush books for teens (they love them!) and adults, plus the awesome Picture My Life kits and albums for those who want to put together a photo album QUICK. 

Here are some gift ideas:
Base and Bling Silver Pendants - Z1962 (add to the Base and Bling Necklace, and choose from one of the "style sheets" photos to insert into the pendant).


Base and Bling Dreamer charms - Z1955 - to add to your Base and Bling Necklace.

Base and Bling Rhinestone charms - Z1978 - to add to your Base and Bling Necklace.
 
Ivy Lane Cardmaking kit - G1079.


Hip Pics Album - Z1956 - great gift for someone to add their own photos and bling.

My Crush Bluebird 8x10 album - Z1856. Pages of Kraft cardstock and decorated pages, just ready for someone to add their own photos and journaling.

My Crush Modville album - Z1855 - another color scheme 8x10 album with Kraft cardstock pages and decorative pages ready for photos, clips and journalling.


Come on.... join the online party! Go HERE to shop now! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Creative Friends Blog Tour.

Last week, Candra Holmes, of  Paper Dragon Fleur, asked if I would like to participate in a  "blog tour" and I said "I'm in!".  This is an ever growing and expanding creative blog tour that I think started in the UK, and thank you Candra for letting me play along! 

Candra Holmes, Paper DragonFleur.
Check out Candra's blog post here. She is full of wonderful ideas! She designs for Atlantic Hearts Challenge and has some fun Instagram photos on her sidebar!




In this creative blogging world that I've become a part of during the last two years, I've developed friendships with people I absolutely love and admire, and who are creative way beyond my wildest dreams! 

I will feature three of my most fave crafter friends below, after I answer four questions.

The idea of the tour is to answer four questions, then introduce three fellow creative bloggers who will continue the tour the following week. And so on and so on.  Fun!
There are alot of photos here, so take a few minutes to sit back with your cup of tea or coffee and enjoy.

And now for my 4 questions - you'll find out a little bit about me! 


You can also read my bio on Candra's blog HERE.

1.  WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
 
Anything and everything!…… no really…. I love all sorts of crafts, and since I was a little girl, a pair of scissors and paper dolls, or needle, thread and some bits of fabric would keep me busy for hours. Those early passions for making things with paper and fabric have endured throughout my entire life.

I’ve evolved from about 30 years of sewing and quilting, to paper crafting, paper folding, paper building, paper anything. I love it! ….love all the gorgeous papers and colors and designs.


Right now, I’m working on some darling six sided “hexagon boxes” which I fell in love with after seeing a tutorial on YouTube. For some reason, those cute little unusual “boxes” pulled at my heart.. and I knew I had to make some for my Etsy shop.
  
I’m also working on figuring out a way to assemble the little "boxes" and put them “almost” together, but leave the last little bit of taping on the bottom to the person who buys them, so I can ship them flat in sets of three. I'm so excited to see how this process works! I did some "background stamping" on the background of this purple box to the right. I love that effect.


I love making little paper boxes for some reason… love planning them, designing them, and making something different and unusual. Maybe it's because I know they'll hold a little treasure for someone special!




I’m also working on getting myself inspired to sew and quilt more. I used to love quilting, and made tons of pillows, wall hangings, hoop quilt art and table runners.  After all the years of “quilting” (which actually meant loving to look at them, plan them, and buy the fabrics, but not actually MAKE them), I recently (almost) completed a quilt using some of my ancient fabrics from the 70’s and 80’s.
There are the pinks and greens I love! Still have to put the binding on this UFO.
So I'm working on trying to get this quilt finished! I seem to have a hard time finishing up my sewing projects and have alot of UFO's (unfinished objects) laying around.

2.   How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Oh that’s a tough question. I think I tend to get “inspired” by other fabulous crafters!  I may start out copying someone’s project, but invariably, I add something different, tweak it, or it ends up entirely different from what it started out to be!  My emotions play a lot into what I make, and my emotions tend to rule what colors I use, what design and what theme. I’m a very emotional crafter and that may be different than some, but I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of crafters work the same way.

Part of the fun for me in blogging is the taking of the pictures! I'm always excited to make something, knowing that I get to stage it afterwards with my camera.

Did I say I LOVE photography? I sprinkle my blog with my photos and quotes that are special to me.

3.   Why do I write/create what I do?

I LOVE to write (can you tell?) and I LOVE to create. I started “creating” way before I ever started writing! I think many bloggers begin their blogs because they do love to write. I think a blog evolves from our making something and wanting to share it with others.  “See?” we say. “Look what I made!” …….and we like to write all about it, at least I do. I’m proud of what I make, and I want to share it, talk about it, and write about it. 


Through the years, and way before the advent of the computer, I always loved to hand write letters to friends and family, no matter where I was. Once, back in the late 70's, when I lived in Wyoming, building a small cabin out in the boonies, and my family was all back in Oregon, I started writing a little monthly “Newsletter”. I would make it newspaper style and draw pictures of our building process. 

So I write because I love to write and share, and I create because I love working with my hands and making something beautiful out of little pieces of paper or fabric.



  
4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

As I stated above, most of my creating is very emotional. An idea pops into my head, and I go make it.  I love to “stalk” the YouTube videos for ideas. I read creative and artsy books and magazines for inspiration.  I carry a little notebook with me all the time, and when I see something that strikes my fancy, I write it down and draw a little picture of it. It may sit in that notebook for years! Now and then, I’ll pull it out and look through it to see what new and unusual project I can create.  

My work and writing is a barometer of my emotions and what I’m feeling on that particular day. And every now and then, an idea may drift into my mind that is mine alone!  I immediately write it down and work on creating it before it floats away into the cracks and crevices of my brain, never to be remembered! (Right) one of my original creations, a "tufted" fabric on canvas board wall hanging.

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Now on with the tour!  I’d love to introduce my sweet crafty friends from around the country. Each is a busy mom and wife. Each is crafty beyond belief. And each of them has her own unique way of creating, and has inspired me in one way or another! Be sure to visit each of their blogs that I link to and explore their artistic-ness! Each blogger will answer the above 4 questions next week!

Lalia Harris of Crafty Lalia

Hi I’m Lalia Harris and I live in Everett, Washington.  I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life where the moss grows on all sides of the trees and on the bumper of my van.

I’m a wife, homeschooling mom, caregiver, MS advocate, workshop instructor, card maker, scrapper, jewelry maker and paper engineer.  Let’s not leave out laundry basket stacker.  I say that because they’re always full and I’m looking over my laptop screen at a couple right now.  While I grew up being able to craft just about anything and still dabble in most of it, papercrafting has been one of my number one hobby throughout my life.  I’ve been cardmaking since I was 7 or 8 and stamping just a few years after that, thanks to my sister Jackie. 

I started teaching stamping and embossing while I was in college and teaching is still my focus today.  I love to share what I know about a product or tool so that you can use it well and enjoy the process of creating.  A lot of the projects you’ll see on my blog are creations for my workshops.  They’re a bit “simpler” and more reproducible than shall I say a few of my blog heroines.  They won’t take all night to make one card.  However, I also LOVE 3D cards that are engineered and have a little complexity.  I guess that’s the engineer in me showing through.  I actually DO have a degree in paper  engineering.  However, these days I prefer to use my problem solving skills at the paper trimmer.  
Scrapbook page layout using the CTMH Circut Artbooking cartridge. Gorgeous!

(NOTE: Lalia's been blogging since 2008! She's a real Cricut "specialist" and includes many tips and tricks on her blog about using the Cricut and Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges.)  Check out her blog wonderful-ness at Crafty Lalia.

Ellen Jarvis of CardMonkey's Paper Jungle
 
Meet Ellen Jarvis or "cardmonkey" as she likes to be called! She's been blogging since 2010 and she participates in MANY fun blog hops. Though we've only "met" online, I so admire her spunkiness and sense of humor.  She's VERY creative and comes up with such cute new ideas. And what a helpful friend she's been, not only to me, but to everyone she comes in contact with!


Ellen says: While I am a lifelong crafter, I was only bitten by the paper bug 4 years ago or so, when my adult daughter Emily (now 28) introduced me to The Bug (Cricut), and I’ve been scratching that itch ever since. I specialize in cardmaking, though I also enjoy making 3D projects, party decorations and scrapbooking.  I received my Intermediate Certification in Copic markers 2 years ago, so you’ll likely see digi-stamp coloring on my projects. 
 
  

 

Before retiring to my Paper Jungle in December 2012, I worked full-time for more than 40 years, mostly for hospitals and health care concerns, handling public relations, marketing, special events and writing.  Now, I spend my happiest time with my 3-year old granddaughter Charlotte and soon-to-be born grandson Evan Joshua, and earning my crafting cash by selling (and buying!) Close To My Heart paper supplies, as an Independent Consultant.  




I say:   Check out Ellen's unique-ness and ingenuity at Cardmonkey's Paper Jungle.


 
Marilyn Gossett has worked in the Arts & Crafts industry as a designer, author, teacher and consultant for more than 20 years. An avid crafter since childhood, Marilyn has authored or co-authored over 40 craft books and contributed to numerous magazine articles. 

Favoring craft painting and sewing, she loves to experiment with new products and discover fresh and exciting uses for the “old standbys”.

Bulletin board using Crazy Tackz. Precious!
Marilyn has collaborated with various companies in developing product and programs. She’s currently working with CraZy TACKz, a brand new, patented product that combines the functionalities of a tack and a hook, with it’s clear stopper design being ideal for decorating (visit her blog for cool and creative use).
 
 



Marilyn understands the importance of cross merchandising for the retailer and how to make the customer feel creative and successful.


Marilyn G. said:“As a crafter myself, I realize that when people fall in love with their projects and have some initial success, they’re far more likely to come back and purchase even more supplies.” 

Marilyn is a MASTER of her paper angels!

Visit Marilyn at the following sites and discover her awesome flare for art and uniqueness.  Her May 29, 2014 post is all about steampunk!


CraZyTACKz Website:  www.crazytackz.com
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Well friends, that's my CREATIVE FRIENDS BLOG TOUR. I hope you enjoy it. Please be sure to stop by these three ladies' blogs, as these ladies' talents are just the cream of the crop.

And remember, each of my three creative friends will be continuing this blog tour next week, with answers to the 4 questions and an introduction to THEIR favorite blogger friends!

As always, thanks for stopping by. If you still haven’t signed up to follow my blog posts and receive them in your email inbox, please do so by going HERE, right-hand column at top and filling in your email address.

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!


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