Hello everyone. Happy Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday - and happy Thanksgiving week here in the States. This week's BBTB2 challenge is perfect for this week - Gratitude. The assignment was to craft a project about something for which you are grateful, or in some way features gratitude.
For me this was such an easy assignment. As most of you have gathered, I adore my family. I am thankful for them every single day. My husband (of 31 years this week!) is a wonderful warm and loving man with whom I feel blessed to be sharing my life. My adult children are each so unique in personality and so unique in their expressions of love. I am so blessed to have had these three children! And I am so grateful for my future daughter-in-law (though I do not think of her as "future" but as my d-i-l). Crissie is smart, funny, kind-hearted, and most of all, she adores my son! How could I not be grateful for Aaron's brilliant choice in a life mate? And even though Crissie is missing from the family photo above, she is very much a part of our family.
I mixed several elements and ideas in creating this layout. I began with a family photo - one I hope to replace with a Thanksgiving FULL family photo later this week - and I built around the idea of Gratitude. I began by selecting background and matting cardstock. Once I had gathered all of my cardstock layers,using the Thanksgiving cartridge, I cut the phrase Count your Blessings in dark brown cardstock. I set that aside.
I went to my Close To My Heart stamp selection and pulled two sets of stamps - Family Love (which I featured on two layouts below) and Abundance. I stamped the phrase "Gratitude is the heart's memory" at the top of the page and "Love of family is the greatest blessing" bottom of the page.
I used the small phrase "A Grateful Heart" and stamped the edges of the orange matting. I added ribbon to the corner of the photo and to the upper right corner of the layout.
Two cartridges were used to create my floral displays - Art Philosophy (still my favorite cartridge) and Something To Remember - A Cricut Circle cartridge. I cut two leaf arcs from Something to Remember and positioned them at opposite corners of the photo. Using Art Philosophy, six flowers were cut in three different sizes.
Using Close To My Heart mini pigment inks, I inked the edges of the unrolled flowers with Autumn Terracotta ink. I then used the CTMH quilling tool and rolled my flowers. A LARGE glue dot was applied to the bottom of the flower roll to hold it the bottom of the flower cut. This was repeated for all six flowers.
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Close To My Heart Stamp sets used on this layout include:
|Abundance Stamp Set|
One of the things I like best about Close To My Heart is that they embrace scrapbooking as well as cardmaking. At heart I am a scrapbooker and I like using the stamps on my layouts.