A Fresh Start

Who can believe today is August 1??  Time really does travel much faster the older I get. This July has been a little too busy for my liking.  Nothing major, but a few too many of life's little annoyances is enough for me to let my priorities slip a bit. It shows up clear as a bell when I look at the last time I posted on my blog.  I love having this little part of the blogging world where I connect with others via my passions of crafting, mixed and social media.
So a new month is just what I needed for a fresh start. Thank you for your loyal following.
So here are a couple cards I put together the other night.  The top one is paper designed by Teresa Collins and the bottom is Graphic 45. The inking and paper are of course CTMH.
Happy craftin'.

CTMH Product Retirement

Woot. Woot. The new CTMH Idea Book arrived in my mailbox today. And OMG -- I have to say I have a huge wish list just from a quick flipping through it this afternoon. So ... Here's the list of what's on the way out.
Let me know in the comments section or email me if you'd like to order anything on the list below or if you would like to purchase the new Idea Book coming out August 1.
Happy Craftin!!

The following items are available through July 31, 2012 or while supplies last:

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday

B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16

C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies

D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

This list was posted on the CTMH Consultant's Bulletin Board by Debra Van Patten, a consultant from Indiana. Thank you, Debra for taking the time to compile this list.

Praying in Color

Several months ago a dear a friend told me about a "new way to pray" intoducing to me  the book Praying in Color.  You can view the book here on Amazon here   I  envisioned lit candles and sitting in a position with legs crossed and a straight back. The lit candle idea sounded good to me -- but the idea of contorting my body into an uncomfortable position didn't go over so well. Then she said a few words that sounded angelic. This prayer form involves using markers, watercolor pencils and any other art medium. Now that had my attention.  I fell in love with the idea of lifting my family, friends' concerns, etc using my art as well as my heart.

After talking with my friend and looking through the book, we realized this book is perfect for anybody.  It's all inclusive.  If the idea of prayer is not for you, in no way will that minimize the actual practicing of praying in color because you can call it "whatever..."  Thinking of you .... my dream page ... goal setting... the possibilities are endless. 
The objective is to use your doodles, line drawings, whatever it is you love as a way to express what's really going on in your heart -- what's really going on INSIDE.
Here is a Gratitude page from my smashbook, the perfect place for me to play with color -- I mean pray. 
Check your local library for this gem of a book.

Anniversary Canvas

Being a wife and mother striving to put "family first" I practice, as St. Teresa said, "doing small things with great love" (the quote is something like that).  This year for my wedding anniversary I decided to create a "big card to show big love"  rather than the normal  card.  And rather than paper I created my sentiments on canvas.  My husband is so proud of anything  I create that I knew  this Mixed-Media card made especially for him would make him feel especially thought of and loved on our special day.
I made this using a 12x7 piece of canvas purchased at the SCRAPBOOK EXPO in GA this past weekend (holla....).  I attended a class in Mixed Media at this event and was all jazzed up afterwards  to try out new products and techniques. 

I had so much fun doing this, but I admit it took much longer than it might appear.  I used gesso on the canvas and then inked it up.  Using Faber-Castell gelatos I did some stenciling.  Once that dried I placed and glued down the three tags I had made separately.  The key in the middle came from a swap I participated in last year and I wish I could find the name of the person who created it for me.  That key is so pretty I saved it for a very special occassion.  The other fun things are things I either bought at Archivers as part of my girl's weekend or had in my stash!! 
Very grateful to Susie (my partner in all things fun) for her help in the placement of everything.  Susie creates amazing projects.  So amazing that she's being PUBLISHED.  Watch for her project in the September issue of Cricut magazine.  Susie "lives" here
Thanks for lookin' and happy craftin'

Pink E’s 4th of July Blog Hop!

WELCOME to PINKE'S 4th of JULY BLOG HOPYou are going to be amazed at the patriotism and talent as you hop from one blog to another.   Because I love how beautifully my expression cuts vinyl I couldn't help but use my go-to cartridge for this event.  I used the Word Collage cartridge, white vinyl to put on the glass of the 12x12 frame.  Framed is a 12x12 piece of red paper with random stitching.  Easy peasy ... and a ton of fun. 

If you have come here from Migdalia: Crafting with Creative M @ http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/ then you are in the right place!! If not, why not start from the beginning at Pink E’s blog!!
So, from here you’re on to Ian: A Newbie Crafter @ http://anewbiecrafter.blogspot.com/

If by chance you missed the beginning of the blog list you can always start right here at the beginning with PinkE and follow the links.

Here are the Links (URLS) for the Line-UP:
1. *PinkE: Creations By PinkE @

2. Melissa: Moe Creations @

3. Lee-Ann: Snappy Scraps @

4. Sandy: Sandy From Ukiah @

5. Girlia: Girlia's Cards @

6. Helen: HTB Creations @

7. Migdalia: Crafting with Creative M @

8. Elizabeth: Life and Mixed Media @

9. Ian: A Newbie Crafter @

10. Melissa: Stampin Voila @

Interested in a fun giveaway???  Become a follower of Life-and-Mixed-Media, leave me a comment and a way to contact you.  Once I reach 100 followers I have two giveaways.  The first is a red smashbook and matching ephemera.  The second giveaway will be a 50% off one stamp set from the current Close-to-my-Heart Idea book. 
Two names will be randomly generated once I reach my goal of 100 folllowers! 

Happy 4th of July and happy craftin'!!