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Monday, October 8, 2012

New Line of Jewelry

I have a new line of handcrafted jewelry.
If you would like to see the entire collection, just go to: http://angelsatmydoor.blogspot.com
You may want something for yourself or as gifts for the holidays. XO Cindy

Angel Miracles

I would like to announce the publishing of my brand-new ebook "Angel Miracles: Connecting with your Loved Ones in Heaven." It was just released last week and hit the bestseller list on Amazon under dreams within 24 hours! It is filled with stories of miracle encounters. XO Cindy http://tinyurl.com/98p9jbk

Scrap for Help--October Challenge

The October challenge for Scrap for Help is underway! This month, all participants need to do is make something that incorporates the use of string. I have embellished a cigar box using images from http://www.shabbycottagestudio.com, plus cabinet cards that my mom just gave me.
You've got all month to make something, so if you'd like to join us, just go to: http://scrapforhelp.blogspot.com

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tag Tutorial

As many of you know, I design for Shabby Cottage Studio. Here is a tag tutorial that begins with their blue tags.
First, I stamped the tags with one of my favorite stamps.
Then, I added fabric images and embellishments.
Shabby Cottage Studio has fabulous images, flowers, seam binding, and everything to create tags for your home or as gifts. Hope you're having a great day! xo Cindy Linking this to Inspire Me Monday at:http://www.create-with-joy.com/2012/08/inspire-me-monday-week-31.html

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Remembrance Necklaces

As promised, I have just created some new necklaces. Each one was carefully handcrafted.
A Wing and a Prayer: Silver-toned necklace with toggle clasp that holds 3 beautiful charms, including a small burnished key, silver-toned dragonfly, and silver-toned Tibetan angel wing that I was recently able to procure.
I’ll Hold You in My Heart Forever: Silver-toned necklace with toggle clasp that holds 3 charms. SOLD
Wings of Love: Silver-toned necklace with a toggle clasp that holds 3 charms, including a small burnished key, silver-toned dragonfly, and a brass-toned angel. SOLD Each of these are available for 19.99 plus $4.50 shipping and handling. These each dangle from 30 inch chains. Limited quantities as these are handmade. If you are interested in purchasing one, just email me at: Cindylou_20@hotmail.com Linking this to: Inspire Me Monday

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Creating a Journal

A plain composition book is perfect to use for a journal. See how easily it is transformed into a memorable mixed media piece suitable for writing inside of. These books can usually be purchased at a dollar store or at a pharmacy in the stationery or school supplies section. Once you've got your hands on one, the "sky's the limit" as to how you can embellish it.
Journals are a special way to get creative and make something just for YOU.
I have just created a journal (here is a portion of the cover here) and if you would like to make one, it is simple:
Step 1: Purchase a composition book. Step 2: Choose background paper, trace the book, cut the paper, and adhere it to the book. (I used a glue runner to attach the paper.) Step 3: Choose any embellishments you like--Here I used burlap, as well as a Tim Holtz metal decorative piece, plus other items that struck my fancy. Step 4: A plain tag was decorated and adhered to the front. I used some Tim Holtz stickers and added some glitter. I attached a metal chain, as well as some string to the tag. Step 5: I stamped the background paper with Staz-on ink and also inked all around the edges of the journal to give it a vintage feel. (To do that, simply run the stamp pad around the entire front edge of the journal. Make sure it does not touch the pages. I used ink that was dark brown.) Step 6: Voila! All done!
Special Note: The background paper is from Shabby Cottage Studio. There are tons of designs that you can purchase from there and simply download right from your computer. Both thrifty AND cool. This one is only 65 cents! (It can be used over and over again.) You can find it HERE. You will also find awesome embellishments at the store, as well. You will want to run your cover design on thick paper (45 lb.) Regular paper is too thin. I purchased mine from Office Depot. You can also try to purchase these sheets of heavier paper from a local copy shop. (It's cheaper than buying a whole package. Because I use so much of it, I buy it in bulk, but you won't need to. If you simply walk up to the copy desk, you can ask if you can purchase a few sheets.) Also, you can use scrapbook paper and it is available by the sheet at many craft stores. The Eiffel Tower photo is from the Graphics Fairy--You can download that from HERE and print it in a jiffy, too!
If your journal is to memorialize someone special, you can also use your loved one’s picture on the front. I also like to tie string around my journals to keep them closed (although not shown here.) The string used on the tag was purchased at Home Depot. I will utilize the same kind for that purpose. I have altered some postcards especially for you in Photoshop from the Graphics Fairy, which I call "Postcards from Heaven." If you would like to use these for the front of your own journal, you are welcome to save them to your desktop and print them out. (They can also be used inside of a journal to write on.)
As you can see, these would be a perfect addition to personalize your own journal in memory of a loved one. If you would like to save the image to your desktop, simply click on the image. Then, when the larger version appears on your screen, right click on it and push "Save Image As." You can keep it on your desktop or file it away until you are ready to print it out. At that point, depending on your printing program, you can specify the size that you want it to be.
Here are some images that I altered from the Graphics Fairy especially for you. These could also be used for the cover of a journal.
This Victorian Angel image could be used as a tag, as well. Simply print it out, crop the corners on a slant, punch a hole at the top, and run some string through it. If you ink the edges, it will give it a vintage look--easy, peasy!
I altered this image, but left some of the French words on it for a special touch.
A vintage fairy could provide a wonderful theme to begin your project.
Here are two different cherub designs that have been altered.
Here are some butterflies from the Graphics Fairy that I altered.
Butterflies have special significance to many people.
So do dragonflies. So I altered these from the Graphics Fairy, as well. You are welcome to print any of these images out to use in your art.
Here is one that I have altered in different hues.
Here is a graphic from the Graphics Fairy that I have altered by adding a poem.
Here is a vintage book page from the Graphics Fairy that I have altered by adding "In Loving Memory." This can be printed, cut out, and a photo inserted.
I hope that you enjoy making a journal for yourself. If you do and would like to share a picture of it when it is completed, feel free to share it on my Facebook page, Angels at My Door, which is located HERE. Also, I would recommend bookmarking this blog page so that if you need to refer back to it, you will have it readily available. You may also want to use charms to embellish your journal. These can dangle on string and they look amazing. Thank you for visiting me. Blessings, Cindy Linking this to Brag Monday.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Angels at My Door

This week, I am joining Ramona at Inspire Me Monday!
Angels at My Door is in the Top 10 on Amazon's Bestseller List in the dream category. It is filled with inspirational stories of real-life experiences. If you would like to see it, you can go here. Also, I have a new Facebook page called Angels at My Door, which you are welcome to join...It is also filled with inspiration. You can visit it by clicking the Facebook icon on my right side bar. XO Cindy You can visit Inspire Me Monday by clicking here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Snow In July" Party!

My awesome friend, Marcia, is having a party called Snow in July on her blog. I picked some photos from Pinterest that were my favorites. I also design for Shabby Cottage Studio and I created a necklace for Marcia with one of their image sheets to surprise her for the event. I hope you all enjoy going over to take a look at her Second Annual Party!
White Roses
Sparklers
Precious White Puppy
Dreamy Ferris Wheel
Paris Dreams Necklace

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scrap for Help--July Challenge

This month at Scrap for Help, the theme is “feathers,” so if you would like to join us, the challenge is open all month long--and it’s FUN! Here is a tin that I decorated for a friend and the piece is called “Paris Angel.” It was created using an image from Shabby Cottage Studio for whom I design. If you get a chance, go visit the shop--it is amazing! I hope you are all having a wonderful, creative summer! XO Cindy
This a blog hop celebrating the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Scrap for Help! Here's a message from scrap for help on how you can join the blog hop! "We are so happy for all the support we’ve had from around the world. We are so grateful to everyone who sponsors our blog, to those who participate in our challenges and help us with our humble cause. What better way for us to show our appreciation than to have a Blog Hop and celebrate with you. We have some great prizes up for grabs so please follow along. To qualify and win the prizes you must complete the following: 1. You must VISIT every blog and leave a comment 2. You must become a FOLLOWER of Scrap For Help 3. You must become a FOLLOWER of every designer’s blog. Blog Hop Starts on July 5th at 10AM EST and ends on July 8th 11:59pm EST Our Challenge this month is to use FEATHERS in your project. The simple rules for this challenge are as follows : **This is an international blog, so anyone can enter - If you want to participate in this month Challenge with a layout or card, - * You need to use Feathers as your recycled material item YOU MAY ALSO COMBINE THIS WITH ANOTHER CHALLENGE. Our Blog Hop Features 15 Talented Designers form around the world so please visit each blog to see what each designer has created. Your next stop is ’s blog Solange Marques http://solangescrap.blogspot.com.br/ Should you lose your way, come back here for the Blog Hop sequence: Scrap for Help: http://scrapforhelp.blogspot.ca Aline Fonseca http://lilikafonseca.blogspot.com Babi Boas http://babiboas.blogspot.com Cindy Adkins http://cindyadkinswhimsicalmusings.blogspot.com Cynthia Renaud http://cyndiscrap.blogspot.com Felicity Wilson http://www.herhand.blogspot.com Heather Jacob http://heatherartandlife.blogspot.com Keren Tamir http://kerentamir.blogspot.com MarĂ­lia Lopes http://mariliallopes.blogspot.com Melinda Thompson http://www.minseverydaymoments.blogspot.com Sabrina Sulaiman http://sabrinascrapbook. blogspot.ca Sandie Edwards http://delightfullycrazytoo.blogspot.com Sharon Ngoo http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com Solange Marques http://solangescrap.blogspot.com We have 5 Great Prizes up for grabs from our sponsors -Imaginarium Designs Chipboard - Arte Ponto 1 - Momento Divertido - Julia Cotrim - Arte facil - Studio Calico Happy Hopping!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Stay While

As most of you know, I have the honor of designing for Shabby Cottage Studio. Here is a tin that I just created for a friend of mine. It was made using background papers from Shabby Cottage Studio...and the chair is part of one of my favorite chipboard sets from their online store. Go take a look--you’ll love it!! And one more thing...I have a brand-new Facebook page called Angels at My Door...Would you mind clicking this link and "liking" it for me? Thanks for your support, my friends! http://www.facebook.com/AngelsAtMyDoor Linking this to Myric's Passion Parade! xo Cindy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A New Facebook Page

I have a Facebook page that is called Angels at My Door...And since it is brand-new, I am wondering if you would mind "liking" it for me if you are on Facebook. I'd really appreciate it! Here's the link--As always, you are awesome! http://www.facebook.com/AngelsAtMyDoor

Saturday, June 16, 2012

There's a New Website in Town!

I have a new website called Cindy Adkins Books--I hope you'll come and take a look! These days, you can find me on Facebook quite a bit. So, if you click the button on the right sidebar, it will take you to my page. I'll follow you back! My new website is at: http://cindyadkinsbooks.com xo Cindy

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Children's eBooks

I have 3 brand-new children’s stories on Amazon. These are not picture e books, but rather, stories to be read by parents, grandparents, teachers, or anyone who wants to read to children for story time. For ages 4-8. Stella Finds a Home is about an endearing, homeless tuxedo cat who wants to find a place to live and someone to love her. Filled with feline antics! Gabriel the Goldfish is a story about a fish who lives at a carnival in a goldfish bowl at the fish booth. One day a boy named Tyler wins Gabriel and takes him home. Tyler is excited, but Gabriel is distraught as he misses the nice man, Mr. Jack, who works at the carnival. Soon, he devises a plan of escape and tries to get back to the carnival. Amanda Finds Her Manners is about a lively girl who attends a fancy tea party and tries desperately to remember her manners. But, the harder she tries, the more she makes mistakes! This book is already a Bestseller!!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sharing

Hi Everyone~ I hope that all is going awesome for you. I just found out that my entire Valley Meadows Series hit the bestseller list on Amazon!
and...I just got a picture of the magazine cover of Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine--My work is featured in this issue, much to my surprise! If you are busy in the sunshine, creating art, kickin' back, or just hangin' out, I hope you're having fun!! XO Cindy

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Welcome to Valley Meadows

Welcome to the community of Valley Meadows~In this latest series of books, readers are taken on a journey through the lives of Hailey, Nellie, and Savannah. If you are looking for an entertaining summer read, Hailey's Heart--a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story--will capture your heart.
Nellie's husband is a youth pastor. The newlyweds embark on a new life together only to deepen their faith, hope, and love in the process.
Savannah is a determined young woman who reaches out to touch the lives of those around her in a meaningful way. She is a person who believes that dreams really can come true and affects a positive change in those around her. But, when a young child goes missing, Savannah is pivoted into a drama that she does not expect. These books were written for the young and young at heart as there is no age limit on the ability to love! Available on Amazon~ If you would like to see videos about these books, just go to: http://cindyadkinsyoungadultsbooks.blogspot.com xo Cindy