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

(This is my second post sharing products I received at the BPC Play! in Anaheim event as a way to say "Thanks" to the sponsors . . . and so y'all can see all the new stash I'm playing with now. See my first post here.)

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.
 





I had a bunch of the kit items left over, as you can see in this photo with the original mini-album directions in the background. I'll be adding these extra bits & pieces to my stash to use on future cards and layouts.

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!

8 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

One of my friends (who lives in Texas and I'm going to visit in June) is a CTMH consultant - so yep I use some of their products.

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Sian said...

This looks like it was an amazing event. Oh for something like it here!

Ellyn said...

I love seeing all of your goodies!

S said...

Some of my very first wood mounted stamps were CTMH back in the day, and then I lost track of them when they went acrylic. I was reintroduced to them at one of BPC's pajama party. And it turns out I had a CTMH consultant living within 2 miles of me. My first purchase from her was the Artbooking set - I haven't played with it much yet. That event does look amazing. I'm going to have to try something like that soon.

Lynn Wigren said...

Melissa, love hearing about your adventures at PLAY! and all the FUN you are having in 2014. I think you already know that I'm a CTMH consultant. I signed up after one of BPC's Pajama Party's when they introduced the Artbooking cartridge.

Debbie P said...

These are so awesome! Very fun!

Barbara Eads said...

The bright colors are just great for a "play" themed album! It's so much fun getting "free" stuff and then learning fun ideas to use with all of it!

Karen said...

Amazingly enough, I don't have any CTMH products. If there's a consultant in this area, I'm not aware of it. You are smart to wait until you get home to put the album together. You chose perfect photos for the product line!