Tuesday, September 16

Liam: 3 years and 11 months

My middle child turns four in a month, kinda crazy. Liam is an adventurous kid and loves to be in on the action, whether it's helping stir cheese into a cream sauce, or creating a rock-wall dam in a river. He's at an age where he is starting to put two and two together, and figuring out how things work in unison. Along with his feisty side (that mostly comes out when around his friend/cousin Jacob), he has a very tender side. He'll move a chair if he sees it is in your way, or get you a pillow if you are lying on the floor without one. Such a well-rounded personality.

Just looking for his other pocket.

His scrunchy nose and moon-shaped eyes when he smiles are my favorite.

Ask him to sit and this is what you get.

Monday, September 15

Close To My Heart: Stamp Sets

I really enjoy designing stamp sets for Close To My Heart. They are so clean and beautiful, I love the way they look.

A marriage theme:

Thanksgiving theme:

And obviously Christmas theme:

Here are some of my stamp sets in their catalogs, along with examples of how you can use them.

This Christmas wreath is one of my favorite stamps. You layer three stamps on top of each other to complete the look, the bottom of this page shows you and example.

Thursday, September 11

Close To My Heart: My Crush Book

Over a year ago I had the opportunity to fully design a product for the company Close To My Heart called My Crush Book. It was a lot of work to do, like a lot, but I honestly loved every minute of it. They mailed a book to me quite awhile ago and I've been meaning to post it on my blog ever since. But, now the water main to our house has a hole so we have no running water (it will be fixed tomorrow) but I have the excuse to myself that I can't clean at all and now I get to catch up on a few things I keep putting off.

This may look like a regular journal, but inside is filled with all my awesomesaucely designed pages. 

But first a look at the glossy/matte effect on the cover. I love the feel of glossy and matte things printed together.

Below are pages I randomly selected to photograph and show. The book has 30 pages front and back, so 60 designs. They asked for an eclectic feel, to which I added a more modern twist to with some line drawings and other additions you'll see.

Eclectic means lots of texturizing, which there is a ton of in this book . . . which took ages. I think it turned out amazingly nice.

I LOOOOOOVE this giraffe.  Maybe I'll make an animal series for my babies' room to hang on the wall.

Some pages are more simple with out illustrations or text.

I love this hot air balloon too. It took ages to draw, a million lines to get exactly right.

My handwriting at its best. Seriously, this is the tidiest you'll ever see it. I love how this "hello" turned out.

In addition to the book, there were a bunch of cards, stickers, tiny envelopes, etc, that I designed. This one below is one of my favorite things. Get it? But it really is.

Um . . . something happened to the gradation of the hot air balloon when this printed. Bummer.

And lastly, a couple pages from the Close To My Heart catalog where it features the book:

I completely love how it turned out. I'm not even a scrap-booker, but I'm going to buy another one (I have to keep one untouched!) and thoroughly enjoy using it. 
If you take a look at their catalog, you'll fall in love with so many other things. There are several stamp sets I really want to purchase and I bet you will too!