Thursday, 15 May 2014

May Cross Canada Blog Hop Home Decor

Welcome Everyone to the May Cross Canada Blog Hop, featuring Home Décor from Close To My Heart!  We're going to give you a feast for your eyes.  If you just hopped here from visiting Nancy Klein you are in the right place.  If you just happened to come here first, make sure you visit the rest of the beautiful blogs in this Hop too.  If you'd like to work your way across the country, you can start at the beginning with Michelle at My Creations With Michelle .
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Today I'm featuring the Hinged Display Tray from Close to My Heart.  It's a cute and versatile black wooden display tray. 
Closed, it measures 5" x 7".
You can display photos, memorabilia, 3-D items or whatever you like in this little tray.   One side of the hinged tray has four wells, the other side has three wells, one of them is large, the other two smaller.  The tray can be placed in whatever orientation best suits your display.   You can also personalize it to suit any room or any lucky recipient you choose. 

 I chose to keep mine simple and focus on just a few photos.
I placed mine with the three wells on the left, and in the larger one I've displayed a stamped image I love.  It says "Where flowers bloom, so does hope."  I stamped the image with White Daisy pigment ink onto black cardstock, then colored it in using pencil crayons.  I layered the color on heavily to make it glow, kind of like stained glass.  It reminds me of illuminated manuscripts in old and beautiful books.  On some of the flowers in the stamped image, I placed a tiny pearl accent to catch the light.  I then mounted it along with the word "Hope" framed below it onto the blue and white striped paper from the Ariana paper collection.  I added a tiny glass bottle with a cork stopper that I filled with paper flowers I colored with ink markers. The bottle is stuck down with Liquid Glass so it doesn't fall out.

The words Faith and Love are stamped with black ink on green patterned paper from the Ariana paper collection.  The font of the Vogue stamp set was perfect for this project.  I cut a black cardstock frame for each word using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge.
I tend not to use a lot of bling in my creations, but these needed something so I chose to place a pearl accent at each corner of the frames surrounding the words.  I love the overall effect and look forward to gifting this tray to its new owner. 
Everything you need to create a tray like this can be purchased through your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  Here's a list of what I used to make mine:
Hinged Display Tray (Z1838)
Ariana Paper Collection (X7179B)
Black Cardstock (1386)
Vogue Alphabet Stamps (E1026)
Black ink (Z2105)
Hope Stamp (A1153)
Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)
Watercolor Pencils (3505)
Liquid Glass (Z679)
The glass bottle and the flowers I had in my stash, waiting for just this project. 
Thanks for stopping by!  If you are starting here, you can hop along with Michelle of  My Creations with Michelle . 


  1. Great way to display your flower photos. Looks great!

  2. Stunning! I love the effect of the image stamped on Black CS and then colored in. WOW!

  3. Stunning artwork as always. I love your photography too. Such a vibrant and inspirational piece of home decor.

  4. Very pretty, Lynette! What a beautiful accent piece for a corner table. Love it!

  5. Love this! I have that stamp and never thought to stamp it on black cs but wow, what a beautiful effect!

  6. Thanks everyone! I appreciate the encouragement--your comments spur me on to make something every day. :)