Hello crafty friends. I’m still recuperating from my recent trip to Anaheim where I attended CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show this past weekend. What a great time I had, although my aching feet are still screaming at me. But it’s so totally worth it. I’m still in shock over the unusually cold temperatures while I was there. I always look forward to getting a little warm California sunshine at CHA in the middle of winter, but Mother Nature had other plans.
I’m in the process of downloading, viewing and tweaking some of the photos I took while I was at the trade show, and will post those within the next few days. While walking the isles I saw lots of gorgeous paper and embellishments containing trends that have been around for a few months such as chevrons, doilies, wood grain everything, along with lots of travel images such as maps, trains, planes and automobiles.
For me, the very best part of CHA is meeting up and visiting with crafty friends. The ability to spend time with wonderful friends, who only get together once a year, is the highlight of the days of the show, which seem to fly by at lightening speed. It’s also a special treat to see people that I admire from afar, like Ali Edwards, Becky Higgins and Shimelle Laine who were all very gracious at my obvious star-struck manner. Perhaps they are used to it, but I always feel like a epic dork when my jaw drops as I stand in the presence of creative genius.
Before I left for Anaheim, I was able to create my project for today’s Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party, which is happening today. Be sure to check out Claire’s Blog for all the details about this fun and inspiring event! The theme for January is “love”. As Valentine card production ramps up in the crafty world, I’m ready to break out some hearts and sweetness.
All the while I was creating this card, the old Beatles song, “All You Need is Love”. On a white card base I layered a panel of pink which I stamped musical scores from the Musical Backgrounds set using pink ink. Since the song was replaying in my head on a loop, I figured that a musical score was in order. The text on my card is from the My Heart set.
I created two pennants from white and black cardstock and scraps of patterned paper which I stapled to the base using my Tiny Attacher. To embellish my pennants, I added stickles and Liquid Pearls to a few veneer hearts.
I did a bit of stitching along the pink panel in a combo of straight and zig zag pattern which reminded me of an EKG readout. I layered the “love arrows” which were stamped and then punched out, pointing to the heart and focal sentiment. Three “love arrows” seemed appropriate considering I couldn’t get the Beatles song out of my head. Are you hearing the song in your head yet?
It’s a big day for Waltzingmouse Stamps on the Moxie Fab World website today, where Cath Edvalson is showcasing several of Claire’s stamp sets; Appleblossom Seeds, My Heart, My Island, Woodenheart Alphabet, and Woodgrain. Be sure to pop over to Moxie Fab and let her know how much you love these sets!
That’s it for me today. I hope you are inspired to play along with the WMS Blog Party – you have 24 hours to create and link up your project on Claire’s blog. We will search out 3 fabulous projects to share from the party on the 20th along with the announcement of the random winner of a free WMS set. Will it be you? You can’t win if you don’t play, so why not join the party!
Thanks so much for looking in today. I’m so happy you did!
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