Friday, December 27, 2013

Season's Tweetings Tags

I was pretty busy stamping over the past few weeks, but did not get all of my projects posted. This was one of the projects I made for the Vendor Fair. I cut a few extra tags using the Artiste Cricut cartridge. 

I used the Season's Tweetings stamp set with black ink, and watercolor pencils with blending pens. I stamped the sentiments with Ruby ink.
The Season's Tweetings stamp set is available through December 31.  

Peaceful Village

This card was cased from Pinterest. The design combines the church from the Christmas Village set, with Classy Doily stamped on Frosted paper, layered with gold cardstock. 

The sentiment is from the October SOTM - Scandinavian Wishes. 

I used Versamark ink and Gold embossing powder for a shimmery, raised effect. Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques. 

Of course, I have to add ribbon and bling of some sort to finish the card.

I loved the simplicity of this card.

Thank you for looking!

Sparkle & Shine Scrapbooking!

I don't usually make scrapbooks but I decided to try the Sparkle  & Shine papers as scrapbook pages. I started with a Pinterest idea and worked from there. 

I stamped a snowflake from the Frosted WOTG on the cardstock, and used the Sparkle & Shine embellishments. 

A couple of nice close-ups of the individual pages.

The second double layout uses leftover pieces of paper from the first layout.
plus a title I cut on my Cricut using the Artbooking cartridge. 

It's on page 76 of the instruction book.
Artbooking, Page 76
I also experimented with the sizes on the Overlay, and wrote little notes in my book. At the time, I had a 6" Cricut -- but for Christmas, Dear Hubby gave me a new Expressions 2 12" Cricut. So I can cut full overlays now!

It was a lot of fun and re-kindled my interest in scrapping :).

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Craft Fair Report

My adventures at the vendor fair included setting up two CTMH tables with a "Make and Take" station and a paper display. My scrapbook pages were displayed in a standing frame from Michael's. It is too cute!!! My dear hubby helped me get set up and patiently assisted!
Because it was originally scheduled on the 14th I think everyone was done buying for Christmas...but I made a few contacts and handed out some catalogs so it was a good event. I sold the Peace decoration to another vendor, LOL, who was lovely to chat with.
The make & take was the Season's Tweetings Gift Tags, which are a lot of fun!
The bonus was visiting with our niece and her family, who had a Thirty-One table next to mine.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Special Care

The December Stamp of the Month, Special Care,  is great for gift tags! Don't miss out on the opportunity to get this fab set for $5 with a $50 purchase til December 31!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WOYWW 237 - Something Different

So What's on My Workdesk this Wednesday?? 

Usually I'm making cards,  but right now I have a scrapbook layout I am putting together to show off at a craft fair this Sunday. (I'm a little behind as it was originally last Saturday and was re-scheduled due to an ice and snow storm.)(like Julia, am having trouble doing it all) Christmas Cards are in the mail today...LOL.

I used CTMH Sparkle and Shine papers and the coordinating dimensional elements. I think I will stamp down the side of the right hand page on the Juniper cardstock. Due to the time crunch I cannot take credit for the design...I am "scraplifting" from Pinterest.  Cute, though!

Thank you for stopping by and check the other posts at the WOYWW blog!

Monday, December 16, 2013

More Sparkle & Shine

A couple more decorations for the craft fair!
Back on our bookcase!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sparkle & Shine Decor

This awesome decoration uses the papers in the Sparkle & Shine paper pack!
I sanded some wooden letters from Michael's and sprayed them with white primer. Then I painted them lightly with off - white acrylic paint.
I cut sections of paper and trimmed them close to the edge of the letters. I used ModPodge as glue, then sealed them with Mod-Podge as well!
After the letters dried again,  I added some embellishments and a little nylon netting to dress it up and they look fabulous on the bookshelf!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Last Chance for Retiring Sets

Retiring List Posted

While supplies last!!!

Card Chatter - Birthday - Retiring CTMH Set
Check out the retiring list for the end of the year on my website.  

It's one last chance at the sets you haven't bought yet! Also, it's the last chance for the Paper Packs that will not carry over into the next catalog after February.

One of the retiring stamp sets is Card Chatter - Birthday.  It's one of my most used sets.

Also -- check out the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST link... There are a few basic supplies that CTMH will not be carrying...good time to scoop them up!!!

Just contact me or order from my CTMH business website! 

December Specials...

December is here, whether we are ready or not -- I'm not!

But CTMH is and they have a great December Stamp of the Month, Special Care, to help capture those little moments.

See the Stamp of the Month tab for further details, or go to my OBA to view the catalog listing.

Special Care

If I could finish my Christmas cards, I will move on to experimenting with this "special" stamp set. I can think of some really cute scrapbook layouts with my nieces and nephews...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Let Your Light Shine

This card was turned out perfect to celebrate my father's ordination.
I used the November SOTM, Illuminate, combined with Laughing Lola and Gypsy paper. The stamp set includes the sentiment.
The lantern and pole are white heat-embossed. I added the shining  light using a pale yellow embossing powder I had on hand.
The paisley stamp is also heat - embossed in black. It's the Paisley Perfect set.  Not too frilly, but perfect!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Niece's Birthday

This awesome card was for my 3-yr-old niece. She is a princess and she LOVES purple! 

The stamp set is a retired CTMH set...Princess I thought it would be okay to post it. This is one of the sets I bought (WITH my niece in mind) the day I joined as a consultant in April. I thought this set  went well with the butterflies! 

The Butterfly Kisses paper is by the Paper Studio.  The tag is stamped in Gypsy Exclusive Ink, then I heat-embossed Princess with black embossing powder a couple of days later after the Gypsy ink dried. I layered it with Gypsy paper, and I added glitter glue on the edges.

The whole card, tied with a sheer ribbon is pretty and purple!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Catching Up from August

I've been on a "work break" -- see my Cards & Craft Garden Blog for details -- mostly working massive OT on a project and catching up with life afterwards.  No time to stamp when I'm working 80 hours.
Best laid plans for a girls weekend was going to feature CTMH workshops...which went awry with a sick niece.  While she was in the hospital the girls lugged all of the necessary card making stuff up there and we made many cards while entertaining. She had a couch and small table so we had plenty of room. We used materials from the CTMH Workshop on the Go Frosted Cardmaking Kit for this one! 

Monday, August 12, 2013


Another quick Mojo card using CTMH Laughing Lola cardstock. See all the great Mojo cards here

I'm still having my love affair with the July stamp of the month, Sweet Life, I have a stack of these beautifully colored fruits and need to use them up and it fit perfectly with the design this week. I also selected the fruit because in all honesty it needed to be a quick card and these were already colored and fussy cut. :)
The background layers are Laughing Lola patterned paper paired with Twilight on the bottom stamped with Gypsy ink using the chicken wire background stamp. The layers are tied together with a beautiful aqua ribbon.

I cut the background doily circle using the artiste Cricut cartridge on Gypsy cardstock. 
The olive circle is patterned paper that comes specially in the Laughing Lola paper pack. I used a spellbinder circle die to get the right size to fit the fruit.

The sentiment is also from the Sweet Life set, and I decided I didn't need anything more than a matching aqua bow. Thanks for stopping by have a great week!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mojo305 - Affair

A Chocolate Affair

August 2013

In honor of the new CTMH stamp of the month I've matched up the Mojo#305 sketch with A Chocolate Affair.

I started with a nice chocolate brown on top of the card base, then added rectangles of Avonlea paper. I didn't realize I used the same paper last week...but I do love it, so I guess it's not that surprising!


The Sentiment is stamped with Cocoa ink on a pretty fancy oval die cut using my new CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge!!!!  I set the Cricut at 1-1/2" real dial size. 

I added glitter glue to the Cupcake and fussy cut it, then added some ribbon and viola!

Thanks for looking! See all the wonderful MOJO305 cards at the MOJO MONDAY site!

Monday, July 29, 2013

MOJO304 The Best

Good Mojo Monday morning!

Today's mojo card features the Artiste Cricut cartridge. 

I used the CTMH Pirouette and Artiste Kudos stamp sets combined with the Avonlea paper. 

The card base is Whisper cardstock, which matches the Avonlea paper nicely. 

The pirouette is stamped in Cocoa ink on a coordinating die cut shape on the Cricut.

I circle-punched a patterned circle from the Avonlea B&T Duos paper. 

The sentiment, circle and banner stamp are from the Kudos set, and are also stamped in Cocoa ink on champagne and whisper cardstock.

I added some BoBunny lace and a ribbon to "fancy" it up!

The challenge today was round or square. 

Enjoy & thanks for stopping by!
See all the Mojo cards for today's sketch here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

MOJO303 Friend

Good Mojo Monday morning! 

To see all the beautiful cards at the Mojo Monday blog, click here!

Today's card is for a friend of mine, to celebrate her birthday and her graduation. 

On Champagne cardstock, I stamped the chicken wire CTMH Distressed Background in Desert Sand Ink. 

I layered that on top of craft card stock, then layered and added a sentiment from the My Stickease Buzz and Bumble package.


One of the fruits that's been lying on my work desk added a beautiful touch to the sentiment. It's the peach branch from the  Sweet Life set, which I colored with watercolor pencils.

The wooden button and the twine are from the wooden mini-medley set, and I placed them on tip of an extra fussy-cut leaf, which is on one of the pieces of zip-strip from the Buzz and Bumble papers, layered on Creme Brulee cardstock.

Thank you for looking today!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


The other week, I posted my work desk picture with assorted fruits and some pretty pink Chantilly paper spread out across it. I couldn't show the card I was planning because I was going to submit it to Take Ten magazine. But before I put it in the mail I took another look at it and realized that it wasn't quite good enough. I had some stray embossing powder all over the front that I didn't catch.
I used the design challenge that was in the Summer 2013 Take Ten magazine.
The main layer is the sweetest Chantilly pink. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the CTMH Sweet Life set right on that layer.
I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the CTMH cotton candy pink border, and fussy-cut one edge of a Buttercup strip to layer underneath it. On the other edge I used a petite scallop border punch.
I had colored the fruits from the Sweet Life set several days prior and I used a round punch to frame the cherries and inked the edges with cotton candy pink. The ruby cardstock shape was also cut on my Cricut using the Artiste cartridge. A couple of coordinating ribbons - one for a border and one for a bow - finished the card.

Monday, July 15, 2013

MOJO302 - Home&Comfy

Today's Mojo Monday sketch is so clean and simple, I was able to make 2 cards this morning!

I haven't had a chance to use the February 13 Stamp of the Month I bought in April...and I thought it might be a good Get Well Card theme for someone recuperating at home. You know, staying at home is so much more comfortable than anywhere else.

I stamped the design in Cocoa ink on Champagne cardstock.

My "go to" theme is lacy and old fashioned, and the CTMH Buzz & Bumble paper assortment has 2 sheets of double-sided paper with old-time newsprint on one side that worked well for this. The packet includes Cocoa cardstock, and I made the card base using Kraft paper.

My other card is highlighted on my Cards and Crafts blog (see link on the right). 

I didn't think to take a picture of the My Stickease assortment that included the flower and leaf until AFTER I used them, so there are couple of missing parts on the sheets.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

It's Been a Week...

What a week it's been. Let's recap...

 Tuesday - at ER til 2 am.

Wednesday - work and Mother-in-law's surgery to put pins put in her elbow - apparently the bone shattered into more than 25 pieces.

Thursday - DH though mom had a stroke, left work to spend evening at hospital

Friday - Work & hospital & late dinner carry out- 1 am call from hospital, she fell out of the bed there

Saturday - hospital trip, lunch out, back to hospital, dinner out

Sunday -- DH slept late, I did laundry and cleaned up my stamping area. Hospital, Visit with his brother & wife, grocery, home for late dinner of fajitas. And I cheated...I bought the pre-baked chicken at the grocery for the fajitas. [no, I'm not super-wifey].

And just listened to phone messages and his paternal aunt passed away today. It has been a week, but we will get through it. Now to see if Mom can get out of the hospital and return to the Alzeimer's home or if we are in for skilled care. may be a couple of days before I post cards again.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Buzz & Hoot/WOYWW#214

I made this cool card for a friend who likes owls. 
I saw the basic card in the Cardmaker Quick and Easy Cards Spring 2013 magazine. 

For my card, I selected the Buzz & Bumble papers and traced the owl shape for the card base by hand.

First, I folded a piece of a paper in half and cut it out so that the sides of the owl were equal. Then I put it on piece of folded card stock, cut it out, and layered the Buzz and Bumble paper on top. I made matching wings and punched circles for the eyes and trimmed the nose out in a coordinating paper. I inked these parts with Buttercup inks. A button with double twine bows finished the front and I stamped a thank you on the inside. The twine and button were from the package of accessories included in the CTMH Buzz & Bumble Hostess Packages.

I am using this as my WOYWW belated submittal.

I had it on my workdesk and took a picture of it. Not staged, this is the table where I was putting it together. I just put my scissors down and picked up my phone.

At the time, I did not know that my mother-in-law -- 2 months shy of 90 -- was going to fall and break her arm badly on Tuesday. She has Alzheimers and is in a nursing home in an Alzheimers unit and just fell while she was going to bed. We spent Tuesday night at the emergency room with her till 2 a.m., so I didn't get any new cardmaking done in time for the WOYWW post. Hence my belated post!

Monday, July 8, 2013

MOJO 301

MOJO 301. A great sketch for a Monday! 

I haven't used ovals in a while, so this is a nice change! The Perfect Fit Frames 2 set has a perfect scalloped oval, and the pattern matched some of the Chantilly paper so that made my paper choice very easy. 

The yellow strip of paper is dry embossed with a leaf embossing folder.

I die cut the frame using my Cricut Artiste cartridge and stamped it with buttercup ink. Then I found an old Fiskars scalloped oval punch set and punched the Chantilly paper layer and the smaller white layer, which I inked around the edges with Cotton Candy, and stamped the sentiment.
The sentiment is from the Chantilly Workshop on the Go. I added the CTMH hollyhock zipper lace, a Chantilly fabric button, and some sheer yellow ribbon, cuz I gotta have a bow :)

Thanks for looking & have a great Monday!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cheery Mojo300

The other day I posted that sometimes I take a long time to make cards. Well, this one fought me for two and a half hours, even after I gave up and decided to use a Mojo sketch.

I paired the July stamp of the month (shown on another tab), Sweet Life with Chantilly papers...and the resulting card might have been worth the wait :)
It's pretty sweet :)

I dry embossed the Ruby background then layered Chantilly papers on top of whisper card stock. The ruby and cotton candy die cut circles were made on my Cricut using the Artiste cartridge. I actually cut those last Wednesday, as shown on the WOYWW#213 post. 

It's been so quiet because I took a card break due to the 4th of July holiday. We watched my husband's great grandson who is 11 months old, spent some time with some friends and saw my sister and her family. 

So it was a very good holiday, ending on a fun, crafting evening!

Here's the MOJO300 Sketch for reference:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WOYWW #213

This morning before work I reviewed some of the "fruits" of my labors...LOL.

Today is WOYWW stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Hosted by Julia of Stamping Ground.
I had heat-embossed several fruits from the CTMH Sweet Life set last weekend and took them to our property to work on during quiet time. That turned out to be while drinking coffee with DH on Sunday morning :).

I colored them with colored pencils and blending pens and fussy-cut several.
Then I used one for my MojoMonday #300 card. The rest are ready for play...scattered about the table.
I don't have an actual card made, but I have an idea I think I will be submitting to a magazine, so I can't share it YET.
As I looked at the fruits, I was trying different layers, and ended up moving to my Cricut table to cut some layers. I will show my messy Cricut area instead of a card! A workdesk bonus!!!

Crafty Cricut Area
I am fortunate because my DH set up an area in the basement for me to craft my heart out...and I NEVER have to put anything away...well, til I have all the surfaces covered and can't find room to work - LOL!
Today I used my Artiste cartridge, and some CTMH cardstock in cotton candy and ruby, which will pair well with the Chantilly patterned paper.
Thanks for looking at my creative process today....I should have quite a few cards made over this long upcoming holiday weekend! And they won't all be fruity :)
Maybe someday I will be brave enough to show my VERY messy stamping/embossing table! 
Have a great week and for the US desktoppers have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!