Monday, September 1, 2014

Damask Divas Blog Hop: Scaredy Cat

Here we are again at the beginning of a new month with new, fun B&T papers to highlight! Welcome to September's Blog Hop. If you have arrived from the talented Amie's Blog, you are in the right place. If you have found yourself here by chance, you can go to the Damask Diva Blog and see a full list of all of this month's participants!

This month we are highlighting the super cute Scaredy Cat paper pack and just in time for Halloween. When they announced this as one of our new B&T packs I was super excited! Halloween is a big deal at my house and so to actually have cute Halloween themed paper was exciting. It has some great patterns that can be used for other projects that are not Halloween in nature (I love that!)

I had originally planned to do some cute popcorn boxes, but with having just started back to college, I find my time is limited. I'm still trying to get my scheduling figured out! I decided to keep it simple. I was participating in a Swap that was for layered images that were Fall & Halloween themed. I found these super cute pumpkins and went with it. I used three of the different patterned papers to give the pumpkins pop and color. I used Autumn Terracotta for the top layer and I absolutely love how they turned out. The last pumpkin, I actually used the polka dot paper from Babycakes (Retired) and found that it fit with the theme.

The uses for this super cute paper are endless and I hope to share more projects in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my super cute pumpkins. The next blog on the list is the amazing Stephanie! Head on over and be sure to share the love with each of our talented ladies! Don't forget to Get Crafty!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: All-Star Scrapbooking

I love how we Crafters don't waste anything! I have this drawer and a Ziploc bag full of paper scraps and negative pieces from other projects! You never know when they will come in handy! Head to my Shop and get your very own Artbooking Cartridge today! Get Crafty, My Friends!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

New Heights Abound

By the way the adorable little girl in this cute project is the daughter of one of my amazing upline, Mandy Leahy! I love this cute layout! I especially love the balloons with the Sparkle Gems! This is so cute and not as hard as it might seem to do. Don't let these fancier projects make you nervous! Give it a try, you might find that they are far simpler to do then they would seem! Head to my Shop and pick up all your sparkly gems for your project today!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Artbooking My Life

Keep it simple. Or keep it snazzy with bling, pop and more! Picture My Life is the perfect Scrapbook, cardmaking, whatever project happy medium! I have seen some truly amazing things done with these cards. I figured that they were really for those who wanted to keep scrapbooking simple and it is! No question about it, its made for even the newest of scrapbooking newbies. Yet, when I went to Convention back in June, I saw examples of various uses of our Picture My Life cards. Some projects showed exactly like what Monica shows in this video, extra embellished PML cards in a layout. I also saw them make cards, tags, used on standard scrapbook layouts and more. They come in all sorts of different sets that correspond to our paper packs!

Grab your very own PML sets, by heading to my Shop and ordering today! Remember: Get Crafty!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Project Inspiration: Hip Pics Album

Super cute and so easy to do! What a great quick and easy gift idea, that will hit home when you give to your loved one. Its such a great idea for Mother's Day! I know that giving photos like that really means so much to our Mothers & Fathers and is truly a gift that comes from the heart. I hope this gives you some super great project ideas that can be so easily turned into memorable gifts! Remember: Get Crafty!

Check out this month's Stamp of the Month! You can add it to your collection for only $5 when you spend $50 or more this month. What a steal, as its regular price is $17.95! You can also buy it for its regular price. Don't miss out on this awesome deal!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Floating Your Fancy

This is such a cute idea! I think I have to do a class! Who wants to come join me for a Floating Technique Class? I love the ideas that these videos give me, I swear there isn't enough time in a year to do all of these great projects!

Want to make your own Floating Window? Head to my Shop and pick you your supplies today! Remember: Get Crafty!

I absolutely love this month's Stamp of the Month! You can purchase this set for just $5 when you spend $50 or more. You can also purchase the set alone for $17.95. Its such a great deal and you don't want to miss it. Hurry because after the 31st of August, it will no longer be available!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Capturing Snapshots

I love using my cut-outs and negative spaces as templates for unique looks for backgrounds. This mini album is super cute and I love how they talk about the technique of getting that graduated look with the background colors! You could have so much fun with this idea and use it for whatever strikes your fancy! I love how one idea or technique can spawn so many other great ideas. I hope you feel inspired today! Get Crafty!

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I absolutely love this month's Stamp of the Month! You can purchase this set for just $5 when you spend $50 or more. You can also purchase the set alone for $17.95. Its such a great deal and you don't want to miss it. Hurry because after the 31st of August, it will no longer be available!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shhhh...It's Top Secret


This particular project I worked on while I worked on the 'Daddy Files' mini album. So I used the same Top Secret keys from the Artbooking cartridge. I honestly haven't played as much with my Artbooking cartridge until recently and have found how much I absolutely love it! Even if you just want one of these little images to add some pop to a scrapbook layout or to a card. Or really whatever floats your boat, you can! Its easy to resize an image to fit a particular project. Its easy to layer up the images, like I did with the star medal. I just cut out the same sized image in both red and yellow, then cut the star out and placed it on top of the red ribbon.

I love how this card turned out! Its not a traditional shaped card, which I loved. I think the file folder look is awesome and then matching up images that would work with it was fun. I made sure to give it a grungy, old feel by sponging the edges in Cocoa and Chocolate Ink, as well as going lightly across the base inside and out. Simple and yet, super cute. If you haven't bought your Artbooking cartridge, you really should! Great for any crafter!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Project Inspiration: Tools for Tasteful Pages

Tools. I have secret: I'm still very much a newbie, especially when it comes to some of these new tools. I have never used our piercing tool and mat. I love the look, but it kind of intimidates me. Intimidated or not, I have plans to add this fun tool to my Craft Room in the near future. Something I've learned since I started almost a year ago as a CTMH Consultant is to take things one step at a time and allow yourself to make mistakes, to learn. I have made some pretty darn ugly projects, but then I've learned a thing or two and have made some very beautiful projects. But if I hadn't made mistakes learning how to use new tools or techniques, then I wouldn't have learned anything and I would have kept making the same plain (and might I add boring) layouts & cards. You have to risk some and invest some in order to keep developing. Don't let some of these tools scare you. Try it, it may not be your favorite technique, but if you ever run into someone who doesn't know how and could use some support, then you'll be able to. Its one of the fun things about crafting.

I hope you got some great ideas from her super cute project and maybe have found a new technique you'd like to learn! Go for it! The sky is the limit and don't be afraid to mess up, even flaws can be beautiful! So go, Get Crafty!

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August's Stamp of the Month and it can be yours for only $5 when you spend $50 or more. Or you can buy the stamp set for $17.95. Either way, grab it while you can, because it won't be available after August 31st.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Military Themed Card

My Husband has been in the Army Reserves for the last 12 years and I served for 8 years as well. So you could say we are very much a Military family and we also live on a military base for my Hubby's civilian job. I am constantly hanging out and associating with our soldier's families. Something I've noticed over the last year of being a Consultant for Close To My Heart, is that its difficult to find stamps and embellishments that are Military oriented.
So I was super excited when we offered the My Hero stamp set (Retired) in the Hostess Rewards in our Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. I use it a lot for cards for some of my best customers out here! I'm so glad to have it, so here is an example of one of my favorite cards I put together. I know its super simple, but sometimes simple is really good. I used Colonial White CS for the base and some Slate CS, plus some great target themed paper. I used some Slate Ink for the clouds and Black Ink for the plane.
Like I said I kept it simple and it was quick to put together. I have this goal for this year's Veteran's Day. I'm going to give out as many cards to Veterans as I can. We handed out a few last year, which my kids loved, but to see the look on these brave men's faces was heartwarming.

Well I hope you've enjoyed checking out this great card! Need to stock up on crafting supplies? Head to my Shop and place an order today!

August's Stamp of the Month is super cute! It can be yours for just $5 when you spend $50 or more. Or you can get it for its regular price of $17.95. Grab this great set while you can because after the 31st of August it will be gone!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Nursery Rhymes

Love, love the tips! I'd say I'm still a Newbie at a lot of this and I love when they share the 'How-to' in their videos. I love learning new techniques and of course new ideas. Have any of you used your Artbooking cartridge? I'd love to see some of your projects! Send me photos of your projects to and in a week or so, I'll share some of the cute projects!

I love being crafty and showcasing my projects (even if they didn't turn out that great!) Remember: Get Crafty!

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Here is August's Stamp of the Month and it can be yours for $5 when you spend $50 or more. If you just want the stamp set, you can order it for $17.95. Don't miss out on this super cute set, before its too late! Available till midnight August 31st.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Wedding Getaway

Good Morning Friends! So this card is one of  my favorites, but aside from ink, paper and watercolor pencils, all the super gorgeous stamps are all retired CTMH sets I bought ten years ago when my Mom was selling CTMH. I love these stamps. I bought them for my wedding, which didn't actually occur until two years later and was very simple, seeing as we gave our folks a weeks notice. I don't actually use these very often, I've gotten spoiled with our Acrylic Stamps, so blocks are a little bit harder to use.
I had a good customer ask for a wedding card and I thought that these were perfect. It seems so totally elaborate, but its actually so simply done. I used Daisy White CS for the card base and the envelope. Colonial White CS for the car and the cute flower at the top, then a strip of Twilight CS (Retired). I used Black Ink for all the stamped images and then just had fun coloring in the images with our Watercolor Pencils. Making sure to give a little 3-D element with 3-D Tape. It looks gorgeous but has to be one of the easiest cards I've done.

I hope this inspires so fabulously creative projects! What do you envision when you think of making a wedding card? I'd love to hear your answers! Remember: Get Crafty!

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Check out August's Stamp of the Month! Isn't it super cute! I love Halloween and this would be great for some party invites! This could be yours for only $5 when you spend $50 (which is so easy, if you are anything like me!) or you can snag it for its retail price of $17.95. However you get, do it soon, because this cute set is only available until the 31st of August! Don't miss out!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Fab Frames

What fun! I can see so many cute ways to utilize this My Creations Pennant Frame! You can make it as elaborate or as simple of a design as you want. The Artbooking cartridge will make it simple and yet give it far from simple look! I hope this video, as with all the videos I share, gives you ideas and ways to make these projects your own. If you want to order a Pennant Frame, go to my Shop and order one today! Remember: Get Crafty!

Here is August's Stamp of the Month and it can be yours for $5 when you spend $50 or more. If you just want the stamp set, you can order it for $17.95. Don't miss out on this super cute set, before its too late! Available till midnight August 31st.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Daddy Files

Hey Everyone! I hope you are all having a great day and enjoying what's left of summer! I can hardly believe that school starts in just over a week for us here. I will have two kids in school and my Hubby & I are headed back to school ourselves. I'm feeling a little unprepared for this big change for us, but totally excited at the same time!
Well I know that this is kind of off for the timing, especially since Father's Day was back in June. I had to wait to share this awesome mini album I made using the Artbooking Cartridge for a customer until she had given it to her honey! Now when I started this little project adventure, I had never made a mini album and so I was pretty nervous. (See even I get nervous sometimes, especially when working on something for a customer!) But it turned out to be pretty easy to do.
I used most of the images on the Top Secret key from the cartridge and just sized each of the pages so that they matched. Sized the cute images to work with the size mini album and then I went to work cutting. Of course gluing too! I was pleased with the turn out! I obviously could have gone with more embellishments but I decided that if my customer wanted more to it, then she could add what she felt it needed to complete the gift. I liked the simplicity especially since it was meant to look like top secret files! I think in the end the hardest part was punching holes in all those pages for the cute Baker's Twine I used to hold it all together. I actually broke the hole punch my hubby bought for me and I had to go pick up a crafting one, so it could handle all the layers.
I hope this gives you fun ideas of great gifts and projects that are so simple to do! Don't forget Get Crafty!

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Items Used
Artbooking Cartridge
Cashmere Cardstock
Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Slate Cardstock
Olive Cardstock
Buttercup Cardstock
Crystal Blue Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Some various decorated cardstock
Chocolate Ink
Cocoa Ink

August's Stamp of the Month is this super cute 'Owl'oween set! I absolutely adore this set! Spend $50 or more and get this set for only $5, or order it at its regular price of $17.95. Remember not to let this cute set pass you by, because starting September 1st it will no longer be available

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Project Inspiration: Party Favor Favorites

What fabulous ideas! Who wouldn't be super stoked to go to a party when you're invite includes a popcorn in such a cute container? I'd be there in a heart beat! (By the way, I love Kristine! She's a hoot and kept us all rolling with laughter at Convention! She really is a kid trapped in an adult body, LOL) Now don't be afraid to use your adhesive of choice for your projects! I have found that somethings work better for some projects, while others just don't cut it. In fact, I recently discovered some older scrapbook layouts, that are literally having things fall off due to my choice in adhesive. Which means more work for me! I love our Bonding Memories Glue! I have found nothing and I do mean nothing like it out there.

I actually have a story to tell. So, I happened to have run out of my Bonding Memories Glue (BMG from here on out) and so what is a Crafty Girl to do? I ran to the closest craft store, which is about 45mins one way from where I live and bought a glue that seemed similar to what I had become use to since I became a CTMH Consultant. I bought and hurried home so I could keep working on Christmas projects. Yeah, so my quick solution turned into kind of an embarrassing mess. It actually warped my Cardstock and made my Christmas cards curl in or sometimes even out. My thought was these look ugly, but what could I do, I wouldn't get more BMG in time for my Craft Boutique. So, I make sure I order at least one BMG with every order. That way there is less of a chance of running out!

So, there is my rather random, but incredibly insightful story about adhesive! I hope you enjoyed this fun video and now have fabulous ideas brewing for your next party! So remember to have fun and Get Crafty!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Superhero in All of Us

What parent would ever want to hear the words, "I'm lonely," from their 5 year old son and know that he really understands what that means? It breaks your heart, but I'm sure by now you all have heard the story of sweet Danny Nickerson and how the only thing he asked to be given for his 6th birthday was a box of cards. This sweet boy was diagnosed in October 2013 with   Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a type of very aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor at the base of his brain. Because of this horrible disease and all the treatments the poor little guy has to go through, they had to pull him out of kindergarten.
A request was put out over Facebook, asking for people to send birthday cards in time for his 6th birthday on the 25th of July. I don't think they had any idea about the way Danny's story would touch the lives of so many and the outpouring of love that would occur. I'm not even sure what the total was in the end (for all I know cards & packages are still trickling in ;) ) but I do know at one point it was estimated to be about 15,000 cards and over 900 packages arrived. Danny's family had to come pick up his deliveries each day and required a Uhaul truck and several vehicles to bring it all home. I was so glad to see and hear that so many people could care about one small boy who only wanted to be less lonely for his birthday!
As an avid card maker and finding Danny's story so incredibly touch (especially since my oldest turned 6 back in May), I began to plan a card to send to Danny. I had just recently purchased a super cute Superhero stamp set that CTMH used to sell, Super Powers and thought it was the perfect set to use on this one Superhero's birthday card. I used classic Superhero colors and even some from a rather unconventional paper pack. I used our new ShinHan markers to color in the the super cute images and used some 3-D tape to had some dimension on my gate card. I even made a matching envelope and stamped it with more Superhero images! I absolutely love how it turned out! I hope it made Danny's day to receive this card, because it sure made mine to make it! If you want to learn more about Danny and follow is story, checkout Daniel's Journey.
Items Used
Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Cranberry Cardstock
Honey Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
2 different shades of lighter blue Cardstock
Jubilee paper pack (Retired)
Black Ink
Lagoon Ink
3-D Tape
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August's Stamp of the Month is this super cute 'Owl'oween set! I absolutely adore this set and can't wait to add it to my collection! Spend $50 or more and get this set for only $5, or order it at its regular price of $17.95. Remember not to let this cute set pass you by, because starting September 1st it will no longer be available.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Love Is In the Air


I realize that this video was made just in time for Valentine's Day, but here we are in August and I'm finally sharing it with all of you. I think that this such a cute layout idea and is inspiring for layouts any time of year. I find I do tend to gravitate toward themes that coordinate with the seasons/holidays, but I also love to mix things up and try new layouts no matter the season. Don't be afraid to make a more romantic or even a Valentine's themed layout in August or whenever you feel the desire to do so. I hope this video has given you some fun new ideas to work with and if you find you are missing supplies or even finally want to purchase your own Artbooking Cartridge, check out my Shop and put in your order today!

This month's Stamp of the Month is this super cute Circus Alphabet set. You can add it to your collection for Only $5 when you spend $50 or more. Or you can purchase it for full price of $17.95 during the month of July.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Togetherness

So I totally love how they show you exactly what pages all of the items you'll be cutting out for these projects are found. It makes it so easy to follow along and find exactly what they are working with. I love that they show how to do things like the flowers (which they make seem soooo easy, of course doing it their way probably is) and teach those old & new to the techniques how to do it! So if you haven't had an opportunity to play with the Artbooking Cartridge, you are missing out! Now I haven't gotten to play with too many 'outside' cartridges, but I love variety that ours offers and the ease in which you can combine layout pieces to work for YOUR projects! It is well worth the money you spend, not to mention getting 700 images in one place, 3 D-sized stamp sets that coordinate and the 3 sheets of Dimensional Elements that also coordinate. What a deal and only $99! (I'll let you in on a secret, if you host a party and you can get your party to reach $250 or more, then you can use the Hostess' 50% off on a Cricut Cartridge of your choice!) So, head on over to my Shop and buy your Artbooking Cartridge today. Or contact me about hosting an Online or in your home party today! Remember Friends to Get Crafty!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Base & Bling Style

I know this is a little old, but the ideas are NOT! So many fun ideas and ways to use the Base & Bling! What a great project for your preteen or teenage daughters or granddaughters, but still just as much fun for women of all ages! Contact me today if you're interested in hosting a Base & Bling Dessert Bar Party!

Want your own Base & Bling? Head over to my Shop and order today! Have a fabulous day and Get Crafty!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Damask Divas Blog Hop: Chalk It Up

Good Afternoon Friends! I can hardly believe that its once again time for the Damask Divas Blog Hop! Where has the summer gone? I feel like it only started yesterday, but really school will be in session once more in just a few short weeks. Crazy, I know! 
If you have arrived from the Amazingly Talented Amie's Blog, then you are definitely in the right place.  If you are joining us starting here, then head over to Damask Diva's Blog and be sure to share some love with all the other amazing ladies participating this month!
This month we are highlighting a super cute and totally brand new paper pack, Chalk It Up. Such perfect timing for Chalk It Up to come out with our new catalog and just before school starts. This is perfect for all of those school moments you have been waiting to scrapbook or really for anything you can think of! Its super cute and super versatile.
Now, I didn't do much out of the box thinking this month, sort of found myself a little short on time, but I did get an opportunity to put together a great layout from Make It from Your Heart Vol 2 called Happy Little Life (Pattern 7) that I was given at Convention. They even provided everything already pre-cut, which was kind of nice to have as I was rushing to finish this project in time for the Blog Hop. So, they pre-cut the paper, as well as gave us fairly detailed instructions and photos to show how to put it together.
I started by stamping all the images I needed and then set to work gluing everything on. I really enjoyed not having to cut much of anything. I did have to fussy cut around some of my smaller images like the flowers, as well as dovetail a few things. Still it was so simple, but beautiful to put together. It pretty much fell into place and didn't take too long either. I even got the opportunity to distress all the edges with my Sanding Kit, which really added to the look of the layout.

I attempted to print out my own photos for this layout, but decided since I was almost out of black ink that it could just wait. But when I do get it 100% finished I'll be sure to share a photo!

I really had a lot of fun putting this layout together and I think you will too! Want to pick up your own copy of Make It from Your Heart Vol 2? Head over to my Shop and order today! August 1st our new Idea Book is going live and you'll be able to purchase your very own Chalk It Up paper pack, as well as other brand new product including the stamp sets used on this layout!
Thanks for dropping in and visiting today! Your next stop will be at Stephanie's Blog! Remember Get Crafty!
Items Used
Black Ink 
3-D Tape
Lagoon CS
Sorbet CS
White Daisy CS
(Available Aug 1st)
Glacier Ink
Flaxen Ink
Chalk It Up paper pack
Wanderful paper pack
Glacier CS
Handwritten Print Alphabet Stamp set
Glitter Glam Stamp set
Here We Go Stamp set
Happy Birds Stamp set

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Radiate Beauty

Eeek! Another of my favorite CTMH Ladies! Anyway, so I have heard some different comments from my Customers and other Consultants about this set. Some love it and others aren't so sure. I got and felt I needed to give it a try, but I didn't really have anything off the top of my head to use it for. Eventually I did come up with something super cute and it will be on the Blog soon and it wasn't Circus themed. I found the set to be a ton of fun to color with our super awesome new markers. Yes, you heard right, we have some fabulous ShinHan markers coming out in our new Idea Book, which goes live in just 2 days! I am so totally stoked to share the awesomeness of the new Idea Book and all 250 new products with all of you!

Ok, so new fabulous Idea Book aside, this stamp set is super cute and can be used for so many projects and honestly not just Circus. Its one of those things you have to see outside the box and once you do, you will see what wide world of new projects await you!

If you just have to snag this stamp set before the end of the month, which is just two days away, then head over to my Shop and either spend $50 & receive the set for just $5 or at its regular price of $17.95. Don't miss out on this cute set, because once August rolls around you will be out of luck! I hope you all have a fabulous day, hope it includes some fun crafting and if it doesn't, well Get Crafty!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Base & Bling at Its Finest

 I absolutely love our Base and Bling! Now I have to admit, that until I went to CTMH's Convention back in June, I had never actually even physically seen our Base & Bling. I got the opportunity it to actually put together a project with new Base & Bling and found how truly simple it is to do. I even had fun trying to come up with fun new ideas to use it for, not to mention all of the fabulous ideas our presenters shared! If you are looking for some fun and simple projects give our Base & Bling a try. I'm also working out the details to do some Base & Bling Dessert Bar parties in the near future! Also there are new items for Base & Bling going to be available in just two days in our New Idea Book, so check those out starting August 1st!

Interested in ordering today? Check out my Shop and place your order! Don't forget to Get Crafty!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Sweet Smiles

What a cute idea for a Baby Shower gift or even for your own baby! I love the ideas that they share and that its so easy to do. Great ways to use your overlays and envelopes so your album can hold notes & little items that you want to save. Its also always great to see the cutouts and overlays used not only on layouts, but cards as well. Showing that you're not limited in what you can do with these fun cutouts from our Cricut cartridges! I hope this video has given you more great ideas and that you feel ready to take on the world, one mini album at a time! If you want to add the Artbooking Cartridge to your collection or pick up other supply items so you can work on your latest projects, head over to my Shop and order yours today! Remember: Get Crafty!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Score Big with Embossing

What a great intro to embossing! I recently purchased a machine (for a steal) to emboss and cut out die cuts, so I haven't yet used my embossing folders, but I cannot wait to try them out. There are so many great ways to use the embossed paper in your projects! I hope this inspires you and if you don't have an embossing machine, that it inspires you to pick one up!

Head over to my Shop and snag your very own embossing folders! (BTW, there will be new embossing folders available starting August 1st!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Sugar & Spice

I love all the overlays available on the Artbooking Cartridge! So far I think it has to be my favorite cartridge! So many uses for the overlays and frames, it doesn't even have to just be for layouts. Use them for cards or whatever project you are currently working on. Guaranteed that it will add something to whatever it is you are working on. This helps show how easy it is and how versatile. You can mix and match, and then you have a unique layout or card. Play with it, see what appeals to you! If you don't have your Artbooking Cartridge, then head over to my Shop and order it today. Why wait? Let the fun and creativity flow! Get Crafty!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Unique Wedding Gift

  As an 'Artist' I'd like to think I can creatively come up with ways to appeal to my customers and to give ideas to others. I love challenges, but I have to admit when the original card for my customer proved to be not exactly what she wanted. I discovered that there had been some miscommunication between my customer and I. (Something I plan to remedy, especially when a customer is wanting something very particular) So, I set to brainstorming once again.

She wanted to highlight both of her friends, who are getting married this month, for the a crazy & unique hobby; the Polar Bear Plunge. One of them wears a yellow cape and the other a floral headband. She also wanted their names, as well as their wedding date. Then she told me she wanted it so she could frame it and give it to them. So, I had a lot of detail to work with, but I needed and wanted it to be perfect. Who doesn't want a happy customer?
I started with a sketch. A very simple and rudimentary sketch, but I think it highlighted exactly what she wanted and presented my way. So I set to work, starting with cutting an 8x10 base in Daisy White Cardstock. Followed by a sheet from the Timberline paper pack (it has constellations on it) approximately 8x6. I also sketched a piece on some Daisy White CS to look like snow covered hills to give some depth to the image. I sketched both Polar Bears and the moon on Colonial White CS. (I am not a very good artist as far as drawing goes) but after a lot of revision I finally managed to get two very cute polar bears drawn. I fussy cut all three images.

I used the Banner Wishes stamp set with Black ink on Buttercup CS (a retiring item). I was even able to fit both their names and wedding date on the banner changing my original idea up a little bit. I love how it turned out. I fussy cut that image. Finally I distressed the edges of the bears and moon with black, adding in the eyes with a journaling pen and sponging more black over the surface of the moon. I edged the snow in Twilight (which is incidentally retiring at the end of the month, snatch that beautiful color up while you can!) I used some 3-D tape to pop up the moon, the banner and both polar bears. The finishing touch to the project was adding some yellow terry fabric (which I dabbed it in some Honey ink to enhance the color some more) and a floral headband made using some Neutral Bakers Twine & adhesive flowers I had lying around.

I felt moments of pure frustration with this project at moments, but I think we all do from time to time. I felt I had high expectations to live up to and I didn't want to disappoint her again. So, when I finally looked at this work of art, and I truly feel it is a Work of Art, I was proud and delighted by how it  had turned out. What made that even better was when I handed it to her and she was so excited about it. She said, 'This is exactly what I wanted!' I glowed with pride and sighed a hefty sigh of relief. One custom order down with a very satisfied customer! So, what do you think of my hard work?

Check out my Shop, so you can stock up on your supplies and have a chance to Get Crafty! I hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Picture My Life™ Scrapbooking Program

If you have not tried this style of scrapbooking out, then you are missing out! I can't wait to mix it in with my more traditional scrapbook layouts. Its so easy and fun to use! I even got my husband to help me out some with the couple of pages I've done so far.  I loved that it brought my husband into it and shared his thoughts and memories with it. We currently have 8 different themed sets that contain 122 cards total; 44-4x6 cards and 78-3x4 cards, as well as a 12x12 sheet and 10 Memory Protectors. I've also seen these used on traditional 12x12 layouts and for super cute cards. There are so many possibilities, from super simple to more elaborate! Order yours today from my Shop and Get Crafty!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Join My Team!

Are you a Scrapbooker? Or are you a Cardmaker? 
Well now is the time to join my team! You get your choice of two different kits,one for scrapbookers and one for cardmakers, for just $99! Each one has over $300 worth of fabulous products! If you join my team this month YOU will get one of our New B&T paper packs! How do you join? Head to my Shop and sign up today! Have questions? Want to know about the discount you will receive or all the special opportunities as a Consultant? Email me  

Cardmaker's New Consultant Kit (Retail value over $370 USD)
  • Read Me First Letter
  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 10)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler
  • Petite Perks™ With Toppings Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5)
  • Seaside B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack
  • Confetti Wishes B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173)
  • Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2640)
  • Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2197)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195)
  • My Acrylix™ Have A Happy Day (D1616)
  • My Acrylix™ Lovely Birthday (B1462)
  • My Acrylix™ Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627)
  • 1" × 3½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1002)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1010)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker (Z2462)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker (Z2464)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker (Z2454)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • Durables Triangle Studs (Z1298)
  • Silver Sequins Assortment (Z2013)
  • Gold Sequins Assortment (Z2012)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)
  • Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
  • Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon (Z1990)
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • Versamark™ Ink Pad Tsukineko™ (Z891)
  • Water Color Pencils (3505)
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25)

(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)

Scrapbooker's New Consultant Kit (Retail value over $365 USD)
  • Read Me First Letter
  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 10)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler
  • Petite Perks™ With Toppings Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5)
  • Workshops on the Go™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Kit (G1081)
  • Chalk It Up Complements (X7184C)
  • Chalk It Up Assortment (Z3009)
  • Chalk It Up B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack
  • Chalk It UP Bulk 3-D Hearts
  • Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2642)
  • Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2105)
  • Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2164)
  • Picture My Life™ For Always Scrapbooking Program (Z2022)
  • My Acrylix™ Handwritten Print (E1030)
  • My Acrylix™ Great Job (C1588)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1012)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker (Z2452)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker (Z2465)
  • My Legacy™ Outdoor Denim Post-Bound Album (Z1346)
  • Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.) 

Join My Team Today!

Polar Bear Plunge

 I received a rather unusual request from a customer for a wedding card. The couple participates in a Polar Bear Plunge event every year and so this card needed to have a polar bear with a trademark yellow cape. I honestly stressed about this card, I wanted it to look nice but have exactly what the customer wanted. So I used CTMH's White Daisy Cardstock to create a standard A2 cardbase, then I sketched some rounded shoulders at the top of card. Then I sketched the head and ears from the same cardstock, followed by cutting out an oval from Slate Cardstock for this cute little guy's nose. I distressed all the edges with Black ink and a sponge, trying to give him a realistic look. I inked two round circles with black ink and topped it off with some Liquid Glass to give realistic eyes. I gave his nose some 3-D elements with 3-D Tape.

I used some cute paper from Walmart, as well as some of the Ivy Lane paper pack to make some cute presents to stack in front of the bear. I stamped 'Congratulations' on the front and a sweet message inside from The Happy Couple stamp set, to tie this unusual wedding card together. To finish the card, I found some strips of yellow terry cloth and made a super cute cape that I attached to the back of the card with some Liquid Glass (remember to allow ample time for it to dry, otherwise it makes things more difficult).
I was pleasantly surprised by how great the card looked and was satisfied how it turned out. It took some thinking and planning, but was really simple to create. So, NEVER allow yourself to get discouraged with a nontraditional idea and if it doesn't turn out the first time, try again. I hope you are inspired to work on something unusual. And as always Get Crafty!

Head over to my Shop and pick up your supplies today!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Project Inspiration: Scribble Sensational

You know I wasn't too sure about the Squiggly trend at first, but its grown on me and these super cute stamps sets we offer are just too cute! What a great way to give a different look to your cards, scrapbook layouts or other projects! If you want to order either stamp set head over to my shop and place an order or contact me about setting up a an online or home party! I hope you all have a super great day and don't forget to Get Crafty!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spring/Summer Retiring Items

I guess its that time of year; the time of year when we gain fabulous new product and get a new catalog, but its also the time of year we say goodbye to other fabulous products. All of the current B&T are going away and being replaced by some new gorgeous paper packs, but I'm terribly sad to see the others go away. I really love Timberline, Lollydoodle and Balloon Ride! I hate to see them go! So, if you love these or any of the other CTMH B&T paper packs and their embellishments, please put your order in today, because they will only be available while supplies last. Here is a list of all the items that will be retiring on July 31st:

Z1789 Chalkboard  12"  x  12"  Sheet,  Adhesive-­‐backed
Z1832 Spinner
Z1843 Irresistibles™  Frames
Z1844 Color-­‐Ready  Trinkets  Wooden  Shapes
Z1858 Irresistibles™  Hexagons
Z1863 Color-­‐Ready  Midtown  Cork  Shapes
X7170C Laughing  Lola  Complements  Dimensional  Elements
X7171C Sarita  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7172C ProPlayer  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7173C Babycakes  Complements  Canvas  Shapes
X7177C Skylark  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7178C Ivy  Lane  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7179C Ariana  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7180C Balloon  Ride  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7181C Jubilee  Dimensional  Elements  Complements
X7182C Timberline  My  Stickease®  Assortment
X7183C Lollydoodle  My  Stickease®  Assortment
Z1039 Create  A  Shade  Pearl  Paint
Z1825 Keyboard  Kraft  Alphabet
Z1835 Tiny  Type  Epoxy  Alphabet
Z1961 Marquee  Enamel  Shapes–White
Z1891 Base  &  Bling  Teal  Jewels
Z1892 Base  &  Bling  Black  Jewels
Z1893 Base  &  Bling  Red  Jewels
Z1894 Base  &  Bling  Pink  Jewels
Z1895 Base  &  Bling  Purple  Jewels
Z1854 Laughing  Lola  Assortment
Z1869 Babycakes  Assortment
Z1873 Sarita  Assortment
Z1879 ProPlayer  Assortment
Z3000 Skylark  Assortment
Z3001 Ivy  Lane  Assortment
Z3002 Ariana  Assortment
Z3003 Balloon  Ride  Assortment
Z3004 Jubilee  Assortment
Z3005 Timberline  Assortment
Z3006 Lollydoodle  Assortment
Z1837 Mini-­‐Medley  Accents  Wooden  Collection
Z1702 Baker's  Twine  Paradise  Assortment
Z1751 Harvest  Baker's  Twine
Z1760 Burlap  Ribbon
Z1808 Outdoor  Denim  Chevron  Ribbon
Z1817 Slate  Polka-­‐Dot  Washi  Tape
Z1826 Hollyhock  Zipper  Lace
Z1846 Ruby  Chevron  Ribbon
Z1850 Lagoon  Houndstooth  Washi  Tape
Z1867 Jute  Ribbon
Z1917 Lagoon  Zipper  Lace
Z1930 Chocolate  Woodgrain  Washi  Tape
Z1343 12  x  12  Post  Bound  Album-­‐  Cranberry
Z1344 12  x  12  Post  Bound  Album-­‐  Hollyhock
Z1345 12  x  12  Post  Bound  Album-­‐  Black
Z1348 WIP  12x12  Album-­‐  Chocolate
Z1911 Designed  Décor  Frame  Kit
Z1874 Base  &  Bling  Neck
Z1875 Base  &  Bling  Cuff
Z1876 Base  &  Bling  Hair  Clips
Z1877 Base  &  Bling  Rings
Z1878 Base  &  Bling  Headband
Z1195 My  Creations  Memory  Showcase  6x6
Z1647 My  Creations®  Card  Box
Z1797 My  Creations®  Bracket  Frame
Z1868 My  Creations®  Kraft  Ring  Box
Z1870 My  Creations®  Kraft  Pocket  Album
X1404 TrueFitFolios (5)
Z1820 For  Always  Textiles
Z1885 Sarita  Textiles
Z1970 Skylark  Textiles
Z1971 Jubilee  Textiles
Z1801 Alcohol  Blending  Marker
Z2400 Marker  Set:  Twilight
Z2401 Marker  Set:  Crystal  Blue
Z2402 Marker  Set:  Sky
Z2403 Marker  Set:  Juniper
Z2404 Marker  Set:  Sweet  Leaf
Z2405 Marker  Set:  Buttercup
Z2406 Marker  Set:  Creme  Brulee
Z2407 Marker  Set:  Sorbet
Z2408 Marker  Set:  Blush
Z2409 Marker  Set:  Smoothie
Z2410 Marker  Set:  Gypsy
Z2411 Marker  Set:  Pacifica
Z2412 Marker  Set:  Lagoon
Z2413 Marker  Set:  Topiary
Z2414 Marker  Set:  Pear
Z2415 Marker  Set:  Honey
Z2416 Marker  Set:  Sunset
Z2417 Marker  Set:  Cotton  Candy
Z2418 Marker  Set:  Hollyhock
Z2419 Marker  Set:  Cranberry
Z2420 Marker  Set:  Smokey  Plum
Z2421 Marker  Set:  Outdoor  Denim
Z2422 Marker  Set:  Indian  Corn  Blue
Z2423 Marker  Set:  Ponderosa  Pine
Z2424 Marker  Set:  New  England  Ivy
Z2425Marker  Set:  Olive
Z2426 Marker  Set:  Goldrush
Z2427 Marker  Set:  Autumn  Terracotta
Z2428 Marker  Set:  Barn  Red
Z2429 Marker  Set:  Ruby
Z2430 Marker  Set:  Black
Z2431 Marker  Set:  Slate
Z2432 Marker  Set:  Whisper
Z2206 Reinker  Blush
Z2210 Reinker  Buttercup
Z2260 Reinker  Twilight
Z2267 Reinker  Crème  Brulee 
Z2294 Reinker  Sky
Z2106 Stamp  Pad  Blush
Z2110 Stamp  Pad  .Buttercup
Z2160 Stamp  Pad  Twilight
Z2167 Stamp  Pad  Crème  Brulee
Z2194 Stamp  Pad  Sky
Z2500 Whimsy  Mini  Pigment  Set
Z4133 Marker  Tower

1271 Cardstock12x12Buttercup
X5640 Cardstock12x12Blush
X5666 Cardstock12x12Twilight
X5754 Cardstock12x12CremeBrulee
X5761 Cardstock  12x12  Sky

X5936 Whimsy  Cardstock  Combo
X7170B Laughing  Lola  Paper  Packet
X7171B Sarita  Paper  Packet
X7172B ProPlayer  Paper  Packet
X7173B Babycakes  Paper  Packet
X7177B Skylark  Paper  Packet
X7178B Ivy  Lane  Paper  Packet
X7179B Ariana  Paper  Packet
X7180B Balloon  Ride  Paper  Packet
X7181B Jubilee  Paper  Packet
X7182B Timberline  Paper  Packet
X7183B Lollydoodle  Paper  Packet
1514 Tombow  Adhesive
1515 Tombow  Adhesive  Refill
Z1311 Circle  Punch  1  1/4
Z338 Euro  Personal  Paper  Trimmer
Z1114 Piercing  Tool  Kit
A1130 Quick  Cards-­‐Bountiful  Season
A1143 Teddy  Bear  Birthday
A1144 Birthday  Cheer
A1145 Flowering  Thanks
A1158 Doodle  Signs
A1160 This  Is  Good
B1407 School  Is  Here
B1411 Greek  Alphabet
B1425 Stitched  with  Love
B1426 Pick  a  Posy
B1446 Some  Bunny
B1447 A  Mother's  Love
B1448 My  Hero
B1451 Enjoy  the  Little  Things
C1473 Remarkable  Wreath
C1510 Merry  &  Bright
C1524 Words  of  Comfort
C1555 Count  Your  Blessings
C1563 Cityscape
D1483 Glory  To  God
D1514 Just  a  Number
D1551 Swirls  Around
D1557 Candyland
D1564 Maximum  Power
D1583 Unicorn  Dreams

G1072 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Skylark  Kit
G1073 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Ivy  Lane  Kit
G1074 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Ariana  Kit
G1075 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Balloon  Ride  Kit
G1076 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Jubilee  Kit
G1077 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Timberline  Kit
G1078 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Lollydoodle  Kit
G1079 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Ivy  Lane  Cardmaking  Kit
G1080 Workshops  on  the  Go®  Lollydoodle  Cardmaking  Kit                          

If you see something you love and don't want to miss out on, please head over to my shop and order today! There is a lot of great stuff going away and trust me it will go fast! I hope you all have a great night and don't forget to Get Crafty!