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Stamp of the Month: Poster TidingsBlock out some time to make stunning holiday projects

September 2013 Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings (S1309); 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book, p. 12

With the September Stamp of the Month set, Poster Tidings, you’ll have exactly the right words to express what you feel this upcoming holiday season. All of your favorite holiday phrases are included on these fun block stamps, and mixing and matching words is easy to do using the masking technique!

The trendy “subway art” look is a cinch with the September Stamp of the Month, so make sure to get it while you can! Offer expires September 30, 2013.

Atlantic Hearts Sketches – Sketch # 18

I love the upcoming sketches for Atlantic Hearts Challenge for the  month of August. It was an awesome opportunity to work with one of the new Close to my Heart paper packs called Huntington. The sketches are wonderful and versatile to the lovely fall calls in the Huntington paper.  For these cards I made a lovely card box that I will show in the first picture. I decorated the box with card stock and Huntington paper. For the bling and flowers on the top of the box I used a variety of CTMH paper flowers and Mini Medley packages of various embellishments. The inspiration for this card box cover came from a card in the new CTMH Fall/Winter 2013 idea book and catalog. The cards are stamped using several new stamp sets from the new CTMH fall/winter 2013 catalog. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a catalog and the specific stamp sets used for these cards!

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What do you think of the card box? The card box holds a total of six cards and decorated envelopes. As with all my cards these days, I have decorated the inside of each card as well as the front of the card. I have included a picture of the front of each card for each Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge with the appropriate date in the entry. Please make sure to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge and join in the fun each week with the wonderful sketches provided! The link can be located under my design team tab on this blog.

 

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August 26, 2013 Sketch # 18

What do you think of the individual card?

Thank you so very much for stopping by! I greatly appreciate your feedback and comments about the individual cards. This was a great box of cards to make. To my non crafty friends, yes this box of cards and box are available for sale. Just contact me for all the details or see it in person at my fall craft show! Always be grateful everything you have!

Heart 2 Heart – Create a Scene

When I first saw this challenge at Heart 2 Heart the first thing that popped into my head was an exploding box to create the scene. When I was a child my mom had a snowglobe with a winter scene in it. I always enjoyed shaking the snow up in the globe. This project was created by cutting the exploding box that is on the Cricut Artiste cartridge at fit to page size. Then I hand colored the individual village pieces with the CTMH watercolor pencils which I LOVE!!!!! Cutting each of the village pieces was great and I popped the individual pieces with foam tape. The trees are 2 1/2 inches high and are made with the Cricut Wonderland cartridge using CTMH Ponderosa Pine paper.

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What do you think of the project? The first picture gives you an overview of the exploding box followed by pictures each showing the individual buildings.

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Thank you so very much for stopping by. I greatly appreciate your feedback and comments. Have a blessed day.

Color My Heart – Sky and Pacifica

This week at Color My Heart the colors are sky and pacifica. I used the distressed background stamp to make patterns on the card stock. I had the maple leaf punch out for another project and thought it looked good on the card. As usuall I decorated the inside of the card too! What do you think?

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Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your feedback and comments. Have a blessed day.

First Anniversary – Reflection of The First Year

Today is my first anniversary as a Close to my Heart Independent Consultant. This entry is going to wander from my usual very creative entries full of ideas for making cards and other 3-D creative paper crafting items.DSC01199

For the majority of my life I have had a very analytical and scientific approach toward life and my career. As many of you know I have been a registered nurse for 36 years and a nursing educator for close to 25 years! It is amazing how time flies.  Over the years I have seen little whims of creativity in me in designing my flower gardens, designing the layout for the house I live in and doing reward winning needlework except for the piece my whippet chewed up. (That is a story left best for another day! The dog is VERY CUTE!!!) As far as drawing or doing anything artsy forget it! I am unable to draw a straight line and so understand when my friends tell me that they can not cut paper straight. Twenty five years ago I would not have been able to create the picture of the box in this post. I would have no idea how to even begin. Now I pull organized boxes of embellishments from my craft room desk shelves and witness the magic happening. I have decided this box represents my first year as a consultant in its is beauty and colors. I did not realize when today I had another first in life by opening my etsy store and the first item that I placed in the store is this box with 6 handmade cards! I encourage you to stop over to esty to view the first two things I have placed in the store at <http://www.etsy.com/shop/KraftyKorte >

Will the store work for me? I have no idea but a positive outlook and let us see what happens is worth a try. Who knows who will purchase these lovely boxes? A year ago my NONCRAFTY friends saw my first boxes on my piano and could not order enough of them. I ended up making over 50 boxes with handmade cards on my friends encouragement and listening to what is important to them. It seemed that all my sister heard was I need to buy more boxes and the Fed Ex delivery man kept delivering more boxes for two months.

After some life changing experiences in the last few years I am very thankful to God for his grace and love every single day. I have so much to be thankful for and grateful. Has it always been easy in life NO WAY. From a very early age I have lived by many P’s in life that I see repeating themselves as I move along this fantastic and fun creative path in life. The P’s I want to speak of our persistence, positive outlook, patience, and most importantly PRAY every day!

My sister was very fortunate to not have to study much to my knowledge and she has a brilliant and has a very creative writing mind  (Now we will see if she reads this entry and agrees.) I on the other hand was in the library all through college including Saturday nights STUDYING. It did not come easy to me. Once I had the AHA moment the knowledge would click for me. Through this experience I learned persistence and to ALWAYS look for the good in whatever happens in life. There have been many disappointments and failures that have occurred in my life. When they have occurred I learn from them and try something different the next time. My first open house as a Close to my Heart consultant was overwhelming to say the least. Thank goodness my sister helped me. After everyone left my sister and I had a glass of wine and talked about what went well and what I needed to do differently the next time I had an open house. I embraced many of the ideas with a much more orderly and relaxful open house in January. This change also resulted in my six month calendar of classes. project kits and one on one consultation sessions that you can access on the title page of this blog. I would love to have you join me in one of these fun projects.

I love working with my friends and customers in small groups. I am an introvert and have stepped way beyond my level of comfort to meet several new friends in my life over the last year from all over the country. It is amazing to become aware and discover many other paper crafting folks from all walks of life. Each story is unique and each individual has offered love, encouragement and constructive feedback to me along the way. Who would have told me a year ago that today I would be a member of three wonderful design teams that you visit from the design team tab at the top of this blog. A huge thank you goes out to my friends and great encouragers at Color my Heart, Heart 2 Heart and Atlantic Hearts Sketches. Also a huge thank you to my sister, a friend who can not get anything straight on a card without a laser tool from her husband’s tool shed who have stood by me and believed in me this past year on this adventure in life and a friend who truly listens at private showings of all my projects with a wonderful open ended question “How did you do that?”. You know who you are!

So…… what about my top  lessons from the first year while….

1. God remains first in my life and I must pray about the decisions that affect me and direction of each day. This makes a huge difference on the outlook. I tell my customers there are no mistakes in paper crafting. When it does not work out, turn it over or start over. Sometimes my disasters in paper crafting have resulted in some of my best creative work! One night I even created a beautiful card only to discover I put it together backward so it opened at the top and not in the traditional way!

2. In my creative business my true and first priority is to help one individual at a time and to have them walk away from the experience having accomplished something good, many times for the first time! Many of my friends tell me that they find paper crafting relaxful and a huge stress reliever. When a student in my professional life or a friend in my paper crafting life have an AHA moment that makes all the difference to me. Thank you God for the patience to help them! I want to continue to surround myself with my students, customers and friends who are willing to take a risk in a new direction and to see their face when it comes together for them.

3. Take time to smell the roses around you. You need to embrace the everyday occurrences in life. Watch the sun rise, watch the sun set, feel the wet kiss the dog greats you with upon returning home, look at each flower and leaf and listen to God’s creations singing praise all around you. Nature is different every day and there are many colors in nature that you can bring right into your craft area to help become creative especially if you are stuck!

4. Acknowledge others for life experiences. Who is the cleaning individual in places or work environments you visit? Who picks up the garage from your place of residence? You know everyone you encounter in life has a story and you should listen and acknowledge individuals for the small happenings on your path in life. I have done this many times with handmade cards over the past few years. This led to my friends encouraging me to sell my cards! This past weekend I had the opportunity and great privilege to play with two young gentlemen not boys ages 12 and 14. They both played a very spirited game of golf with a wonderful attitude whether it was a great shot or a not so great shot. They treated me with respect and genuineness. Saturday night I sent an email to their parents acknowledging these boys’ maturity on the golf course and for the great job they were doing as parents. On Sunday dad said to me thanks for the email my wife and I often wonder if we are doing anything right in raising four children. Believe me they are doing a lot right!!!

5. Thank God every day for the lessons learned each day. I keep a small notebook that I must write in every day of at least one new thing I learned that day. What did you learn today?

Now…. here is a good one for you as I end. When I was in high school I hated to write and was a very poor writer. I was blessed in college to have a college roommate who taught me the basics of writing. If you had asked me then to write something forget it. So there are no can not’s in life only I will try and along the way who knows where the trail will go. My sister had absolutely no idea the direction paper crafting would head in my life a few years back when she arrived with a paper cutter, some glue and card stock. She arrived the same day a new puppy India greyhound rescued from certain euthanasia at six months arrived in my life for a few days visit but never left. The paper crafting growth is evident through out the pictures in the blog and the India greyhound is a wonderful therapy dog, reading education assistance dog and is able to do addition, subtraction, and square roots up to 15 at which point she runs out of toes, paws, tail, ears and a nose to count! She will try to please you no matter what. So… what will the second year bring my way? I have some goals and we will see where God leads me along the way. Some how I think it will be an uncharted path that I am looking forward to exploring. Thanks for reading my rambling. Please feel free to leave a comment. I always appreciate it.

As I was getting ready to post this blog entry — this quote popped on the computer screen — no kidding!

I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. Blaise Pascal

Atlantic Hearts Sketches – Sketch #17

I love the upcoming sketches for Atlantic Hearts Challenge for the  month of August. It was an awesome opportunity to work with one of the new Close to my Heart paper packs called Huntington. The sketches are wonderful and versatile to the lovely fall calls in the Huntington paper.  For these cards I made a lovely card box that I will show in the first picture. I decorated the box with card stock and Huntington paper. For the bling and flowers on the top of the box I used a variety of CTMH paper flowers and Mini Medley packages of various embellishments. The inspiration for this card box cover came from a card in the new CTMH Fall/Winter 2013 idea book and catalog. The cards are stamped using several new stamp sets from the new CTMH fall/winter 2013 catalog. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a catalog and the specific stamp sets used for these cards!

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What do you think of the card box? The card box holds a total of six cards and decorated envelopes. As with all my cards these days, I have decorated the inside of each card as well as the front of the card. I have included a picture of the front of each card for each Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge with the appropriate date in the entry. Please make sure to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge and join in the fun each week with the wonderful sketches provided! The link can be located under my design team tab on this blog.

 

 

 

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What do you think of the individual cards?

Thank you so very much for stopping by! I greatly appreciate your feedback and comments about the individual cards. This was a great box of cards to make. To my non crafty friends, yes this box of cards and box are available for sale. Just contact me for all the details or see it in person at my fall craft show! Always be grateful everything you have!

Heart 2 Heart Challenge – With a Song in my Heart

This time at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge the theme is “With a Song in my Heart.” I immediately thought of Somewhere Over the Rainbow which is one of my top 10 all time songs. My favorite version is played and song by Don Potter who originally lived in Rochester before moving to Nashville several years ago.

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What do you think of the card? The card is made with an old retired CTMH stamp set which I love and would never part from my growing stamp collection. Hope you have a blessed day and take the time to find and enjoy a rainbow with the next rain storm.

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