Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Out With the Old and In With the New!

Time to make room for the new paper!

The Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book from Close to my Heart is coming soon and I need to make room for some new papers which are AWESOME!! But to make room in my craft room for all the new papers and things, I have to use up some of the older ones I have! And I have a LOT of paper. My husband says I am a paper hoarder! Well, okay. Maybe a little. My problem is, when I have a paper I really like, I don't want to use it up! Yeah. I know. 

If you got to my page from Judy Faye Garner's blog, then you are on the right track, but if you find you are lost, just go back to the beginning at Joy McHargue's blog where the hopper list is posted. Remember this is a circular hop so no matter where you start, you can still see all of the projects.

The Use Your Stash Blog Hop this month is all about using up the older papers and embellishments to make way for all the new items in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. I went looking through some of my old Workshops on the Go and found I had two Lucy kits from a few years ago. Time to use them up! I made the layout and the Bonus Project and will be giving them to one of my nieces for her two little ones. I will be adding photos to the layout before I give it to her.

I am so happy with how this layout turned out. I did a few of my own things but mostly followed the WOTG instructions. The alphabet used is Chocolate Small, and the letters, flowers, banner and butterflies were cut with my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge.

 The flowers were first stamped with Slate ink and then with Blush ink. The butterflies were also stamped with Blush ink. The center of the flowers is stamped in Creme Brulee ink. I popped some of them up with foam tape to add some dimension too.

The Bitty Sparkles on the flowers and butterflies are part of the Lucy WOTG.
The Bonus Project is a banner using left overs from the layout. The banner pieces are all cut using the Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge. The letters are the chipboard letters that are retiring, covered with Lucy pink lacy paper and then finished with the Finishing Files, which are also being retired. 

I didn't have the little flowers called for in the WOTG so I decided to use the large and small sparkly buttons with some of the Baker's Twine that came with the Sparkle and Shine kit. I also added two of the little pins that are retiring.

A close up of one of the letters. Once they were covered and filed, I inked the edges with Blush ink. The banner pieces were all tied together with the same Baker's Twine and then the butterflies were hot glued on top of the bows. The buttons are also hot glued on.

That's it for this month! I hope you like my projects. If you would like a Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book so you can start your own paper crafting materials collection, please contact your local Close to my Heart Consultant!

And before you leave, please leave a comment! Next on the hop is Shirley Ross so hop on over and see her latest artistic creation!


  1. Janet WOW!! I love the layout and the bonus banner - great job!!

  2. One of my favorite paper packets!

  3. That is a cute layout and super fun banner. Loved them both and I bet you were able to use quite a bit of paper making the pair.

  4. I love the layout and banner. Great job.

  5. Super cute layout and I just love that banner. Your are among a great group of women out there, we love our paper :)

  6. Love that you used that paper aNND the bonus project (I miss bonus projects)

  7. From one Paper Hoarder to another, you can never have too much paper, LOL. Love your layout and banner.
    BTW, I found your blog via CTMH Consultants Blog Challenge and Support Group.