"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Mamma's Christmas Present!!!!

Hey there crafty girls!! Ok... I'm feeling better. Last week, was a rough one, but I took a few much needed days off work (Wed., Thurs., Fri. & yesterday) and finished up all all of my holiday preparations and went with the family to Orlando. It was a nice trip. I was feeling pretty crappy the whole time, but I forced myself to not be the Grinch. I’m not sure I fully succeeded, but I did try.

Anyway! Last night, I finally finished my mom’s (crafty) Christmas gift. The only things she asked for were a really nice knife set & new frying pans (I got her both). The only other thing she said she wanted was a stamp holder like what I made for my Lawn Fawn Stamps. She just recently started paper crafting, and had joined the CK Club and a card of the month club. She’s having fun with it, and also has started a little (clear) stamp collection. Besides this, I also got her inks, mini (6X6) paper stacks, and a Fiscars Stamp Press (so that I wouldn't have to get her a bunch of clear acrylic blocks).

Sooooo.... for her stampy home, I decided on an clear album (an arrow) by Clear Snap. I traced/cut a bunch pages from plain ol’ chipboard to alternate them with the clear pages and decided to make it a combination “stamp holder/mini scrapbook” for my mom. {I used all new pics. - that I haven’t even given her copies of yet - so she should be pretty excited about that ;).} Then I went to town decorating with October Afternoon’s Modern Homemaker papers/letter stickers/badges/Mini Market stickers/element stickers. Siiiiiigh... when I saw this line, I just knew it was perfect for this project for my mom! Ok, so, what I'm mainly sharing is the scrappy pages, but remember, inbetween each scrappy page is a clear page to house her clear stamps :D. Here’s a first look!
I’m actually hyperverbal (self-diagnosed...) So that’s the explanation on the loooong title of the book: “LOOK! It’s Kathy’s stamper keeper & creative inspiration” ;) OOOOOOH WELL! I made the flower on the over by making 3" by ½" & 2" by ½" strips of paper and layered them around a punched (Martha Stewart) scalloped circle, gluing them with Glossy Accents and finished it off with a Badge. The other side of this page can house stamps. I love that you can see my hubbys surprised face popping through the cover ;). I wanted this to be encouraging and uplifting...and fun for her, so, each page has a “theme” that I wrote out with the letter stickers in the set. Like, this one is “PLAY”. I made the book before I had the pictures and then tried to print pics according to the page’s theme. In case you can’t read it, the sticker on this page says “Mom, I hope you have fun getting crafty! Remember, creativity heals! Love, Heather”:
This next page is her boyfriend, Mike and his kids on Thanksgiving: I HAD to use this stamp!!!! I've been dying to use it since I got it, but haven't had much opportunity. I got it in a Studio Calico kit (that I got, basically, JUST for the stamp!!!) And thought it was perfect for the “BE SILLY” page: This one I had already labeled “BE STRONG” and when I saw this picture of my son jumping into her pool it made me LAUGH OUT LOUD, and thought it was perfect!! Then this is a look how the pages will look with stamps on them! That’s right, I got my mom her 1st Lawn Fawn stamp set to include in the book. It’s one of the newest sets “Hello Friend”. I thought it’s be perfect!! My only mistake is not ordering a set for myself :(: This is my Mike, Paige (my niece, whom my mom is raising), and my mom herself! This was actually their Christmas photo, came out really nice: This, of course, is my babies ;): For this page, which I had already titled it "LIVE & CREATE", so, how perfect was it that I had just taken these pics of the kids and my mom making Christmas ornaments, from last weekend!! This is the last scrappy page. Titled “U.R. LOVED” with a pic of my mom & my sweet little Lulu.
This back (inside) page is actually a clear page. I covered the back (actually the back cover) with paper. As you can (kinda) see, I added a set of American Crafts alpha/number stamps: This is how I decorated the back of the book. I just COULDN’T NOT use that clothesline!! In the end, I finished it off with various ribbons and just love how it came out!

Well, that’s my share (probably for the week). I hope it makes you smile! I feel so happy to have completed it and think she will love it! God bless you all and your families this Christmas.


  1. OH MY WORD I love love the detail in this album. So so cool. Thanks for visiting my blog and the flower or that tree is called a tea bag fold technique if you want to try it .. I am suppose to do a tutorial on it but I have been lazy but you can find it on youtube.

    Happy Holidays

  2. this is such a fun idea heather! i love it girl :) and the oa is perfection with it!