Creativity Runs in the Family--CHA Layout

Yes, I come from a huge creative family.  My mom and all her brothers and sisters can just about create anything.

Mom:  quilts, crochet, knits, sews

Uncle Max:  artist and more

Aunt Pat:  creates awesome food, flower arrangements, anything she needs

Aunt Ruby:  quilts, knits, crochet, and children's crafts

Aunt Evelyn:  quits, crochet

Aunt Peggy:  creative eye, just about anything she wants to do

Uncle Lamar:  woodwork

Uncle Leonard:  woodwork, rebuilds antique farm equipment, he can do anything with his hands

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Uncle Earl:  woodwork

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Uncle James:  woodwork

Aunt Robbie:  did not know her well, but she was an avid collector

Many of my cousins are uber talented.  Well now it's in the hands of the next generations.  My granddaughter loves, loves crafts and she loves Grandma's studio.  I never say she can't have anything in my stash.  She's been working Fiskars squeeze punches since she was two and had her own by the time she was three.  I have her first layout she did when she was about 18 months old.  FYI:  she can work my Circut Imagine better than I can.

This layout is at CHA for the Epiphany Crafts booth.

The Story
Ms. H has just entered the world of stamping.  She totally and completely loves it.  She made this layout for her mom and dad. 

The Layout

What I Learned
  • Fiskars Easy Stamp Press is great for children.  They have success on the first try and that allows them the confidence to keep going.  H did move on to wood stamps.  "Beautiful" is an older stamp of Ali Edwards. 
  • Epiphany Crafts custom epoxy buttons and flowers allowed me to use American Crafts line of paper to create a more uniformed layout. 
  • Keep your embellishments, you never know when you might want to use them.  I bought this little wooden bird some time ago and never used it.  How perfect is it nestled in the bed of flowers.
  • I used one of American Crafts papers to create the circle flowers (one of their flower designs) and the circle buttons (another of their circle designs).
  • Although not everything needs ink, I did use Tim Holt's Distress Stain, Fire Brick, on the chipboard letters at the top!
Have you been looking at the CHA releases via online or if you are at CHA in person.  What seems to be your "must have" product?  I have so many I'll be saving for awhile.  Of course Graphic 45's ABC Primer is a must.  Tim Holtz's / Core'dinations Kraft paper.   I'm looking for more hands-on type of products.  Like the inks, paints, etc.  I'm still looking. 

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  my extended family
2.  my Uncle Max, who holds a special place in my heart and life
3.  a creative family
4.  God placing within each of us a bit of His creativity
5.  strength from God to push through the Fibromyalga to care for Little Honey


  1. Love your creative family line! A layout for CHA? what an awesome privilege and it's a beauty! Oh I just found out this morning on 2peas that Silhouette is debuting a 12" path Silhouette...that's what I am asking for Christmas! I love my original Silhouette but I will totally upgrade:)

  2. what a neat post! Got me thinking about that~the LO is so cute~love the flower buttons, adorable!

  3. very nice layout .. it's so nice to come from a line a creative people and being able to doctument it...

  4. Congrats on Ms. H making it to CHA as a project! Thanks for sharing your crafty family as well!

  5. Love your layout and what an incredibly talented family you have! It must be fun to have a new stamper in the family....always fun to create together!

  6. Debby,

    I have been really behind reading any blogs or even the Fiskateer board (which is usually a first in the morning). I have been busy with real life things that just get in the way of a girl having fun!

    Anyway, I just saw the post that was on the Fiskateer board that said you didn't get to go to CHA. It really did make me sad for you!I know how much you love to go. I have honestly been picturing my Fisk-a-friends there having a great time. When I read your post, it hit me how just how vivid those pictures in my head have been, because you were definitely in them! Just for fun, I am going to leave you in those thoughts and hope you will be at the next one! I hope to find a way to get there and meet you. Those make great pictures in that imagination I didn't realize was so vivid!

    Now, on to your blog post...I love it that you let your Ms. H. have whatever she likes from your stash. There is no doubt that she has to love it! This time with you will always be full of memories that are special to her! I also have a Ms. H. who is passionate about crafting who has open acess to what ever Aunt Mari has. She loves using my Cricut Expression (she doesn't know about the Imagine or she probably have me talked into buying one!). I seem to be the only one in my family who is a crafter. So, I encourage my Ms. H. as much as I can.

    With your family history, you were certain to have a love for crafts! I really enjoyed this post; seeing your family and hearing about your crafty granddaughter!


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