Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Play! Product Playground 2
Close To My Heart was one of the main sponsors of the Play!event, and I spent some time this week playing with the products I brought home. First, as part of the manufacturer's Product Playground, we received a card kit with instructions to create a really cute card. We received a wonderful acrylic "I Love You" stamp in the kit, too. I was busy having my flip book made during that presentation, so I created my card after I got home.
My favorite part of this card is a new stamping technique. I stamped the sentiment on the cardstock, then I stamped it again on a piece of patterned paper and trimmed out the heart. I used pop dots to add the stamped patterned paper heart over the original stamp. This is definitely something I'll be doing again.
At the Product Playground, we also received this stamp set.
The following evening, during the evening Playtime, we received a mini-album kit using the new Cricut Artbooking Collection. Once again, I didn't create my album at the event (because I was busy visiting with my new friends, telling the "Stacy your camera's still on" story, eating chocolate, and having FUN). I rarely make something that I don't already have photos that I know will go with it, so the first thing I did at home was spread out all the items in the kit - papers, die-cuts, stickers, dots, etc. and flip through my photos.
I decided to ignore the directions that came with the kit and create my own mini-album with some of the product and the photos of my nieces and great-nephew coloring during out Christmas get-together a few years ago. I've already scrapped a 12x12 layout for my 2010 chronological album, so I thought it would be fun to use these extra photos in a mini-album. I added a few Kaiser Craft letter stickers for my album title and some Amy Tangerine word stickers throughout the album, but all the other items came with the Close To My Heart kit. Here's what I came up with.
Close To My Heart also drew names and gave away cardstock, stamp sets, Cricut cartridges, and a Cricut at the end of the evening. (My name wasn't drawn, but it might be a good thing because my suitcase and backpack were both completely full for the trip home!)
Do you use Close To My Heart products? Are any of you consultants for them? I hear their convention later this year is going to be at the Disneyland Resort - how FUN!