Monday, July 17, 2017

Play along with Heart 2 Heart Design Challenges & Free CDS File

I'm pleased to announce that I'm back with Heart 2 Heart Challenges as a Design Team Member.  I probably have no business taking on any other responsibilities, but there's something about commitments and deadlines that drives me...motivates me...forces me to take the time to create. Otherwise, all of those other responsibilities take over and I push crafting to the back-burner and then the blues start to creep in.  Creativity is truly therapy for me. What about you? What do you do to keep "sane"?

Whether you create as a form of therapy or you create simply for the pleasure of it, I hope you will join us over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog for this week's challenge. We are divided into two teams (A & B) and each team will post art work every other week. (The names of all 12 design team members, and their blog links, can be found in the side bar.) This week is team B's turn (the team I'm on) and our challenge is called "In Stitches".  

One of the great things about the H2H challenges is that they are almost always open to interpretation. What do you think of when you read "In Stitches"? Is it a needle and thread? What about a layout of a child who required stitches or everyone laughing? Or maybe it's something completely different.  

Well, I recently worked on a layout that involved zig zag hand stitching. The hours working on it turned into days...literally! I estimated over 2300 holes were pierced and nearly 2000 stitches were made (not counting the under-stitch)...again, by hand. My fingers were so sore and I can't tell you how many times I drew blood. (It was definitely one of those projects where the thought "What was I thinking?" kicks in, but only after I was so deep into it that I just couldn't throw in the towel.) So when this challenge was presented, I thought, "I have no interest in ever stitching another piece of paper with a needle and thread. EVER!" LOL  So I chose to just create what I'll call semi-faux stitching. I say "semi" because with our white core cardstock, you can create real faux stitching (now THAT'S an oxymoron...hee hee), by dry embossing a line, sanding the line so that the white core shows through, then piercing holes along the line, like shown here or here. With this project, I skipped the embossing and sanding and just poked the holes using our stitching ruler and piercing tool. (By the way, our ruler and our stitching guide (and foam mat) will be retiring at the end of the month, so if you want either one of these items, be sure to order yours before they're gone.) 
The stamp set "Happy to Be Friends" and the paper pack "Rustic Home" is retiring this month also.
I love happy accidents. Because alcohol markers bleed through, I noticed that the "back" side of the flower was a lighter version of the colored side. So I chose to use the lighter side for two of the blue flowers.  As you can see above, the middle blue flower is darker than the two blue flowers on the sides. The darker blue is the side that I colored with the alcohol marker. The lighter blue flowers are the back side of the darker blue.  Fun fact: CTMH has already released the new double-sided cardstock, which was revealed at Convention. It was supposed to go live to customers on August 1st, but it's already available online. That cardstock would allow you to skip the alcohol markers and still get this kind of color variation.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Happy to Be Friends

So here's how I made my card: 
  1. Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" White Daisy cardstock panel.
  2. Cut pattern paper to 2 1/2" x 5 1/4". Ink the edges, if desired. 
  3. Adhere the pattern paper to the top part of the White Daisy panel and round the corners.
  4. Stamped the sentiment.
  5. Cut nine White Daisy flowers from the Flower Market cartridge. Before removing them from the cutting mat, color the flowers using Shin Han Markers or other medium. Of course, you can always just cut colored cardstock or even pattern papers...OR the new double-sided (two-toned) cardstock!
  6. Using a stylus and foam mat, shape the flowers slightly.
  7. Place the flowers on the panel until you have an arrangement you like, but do not adhere down at this point.
  8. Use a pencil to lightly draw lines where the "stems" are to go.
  9. Using a stitching ruler, pierce holes along the pencil lines. When finished, erase the lines with a clean, white eraser.
  10. Adhere the flowers to the panel, so they line up with the stitched lines, of course. Add bling to centers.
  11. Fold an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base in half using a bone folder and round the corners. 
  12. Adhere the decorated panel to the front of the card base, using foam tape.
If you'd like to make this card, you can follow the directions above or you can use the Cricut Design Space file I created. Here is the link or click on the photo below. It's absolutely free, but you will have to have the Flower Market cartridge to create the same flowers and sentiment font (I stamped my sentiment, though), but everything else is basic shapes. You will have to use a corner rounder to get the rounded corners that are shown on my card.
Now it's your turn. How will you interpret "In Stitches". I'd love to see it! If you've never played along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges, or it's been awhile, it's really simple.  Every Monday morning a new challenge is posted with the deadline to enter at midnight on the last day of the month or on the Saturday following the month's final challenge. The challenge varies from week to week and can be a color challenge, a sketch, an inspiration photo, a theme challenge and more. You can choose to play along every week, or just play along when the challenge moves you. The only requirement to play along is that CTMH products must be included in submitted project, but it doesn't have to be 100% CTMH.  When you're ready to play along, simply upload your project photo to your blog, or other photo galler site, copy the direct link and go to the H2H blog and click on the link at the bottom of the challenge post. Then just follow prompts. It's that easy. (Instructions are in the right side bar of the H2H site, too.)

If you need some CTMH products to work with, you can contact your local CTMH consultant, or feel free to shop my website

I hope to see you over at H2H!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"I Love You Papa Bear" Cards

I created the following card to enter into a color challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare, but I'm an idiot and misread the challenge I missed it. :( Disappointing, but not a big deal really. I got to play with the Jack Cardmaking stamp and thin cuts for the first time AND I ended up with a cute card to give to my hubby.'s all good.
I created my own sentiment by masking the second part of the "I love you" sentiment and pairing it with "Papa Bear".  You can see how I did it by checking out the Facebook link that I include below.
I added the hearts on the inside to cover up the inky finger print that I accidentally left when stamping the sentiment. 
Then today, I decided to make another version for my Facebook Business page, letting the color palette of the Jack paper guide me. If you'd like to view the video that shows how I made this card, head over to my Facebook page.
(Seems that I need a new blade in my trimmer.)
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Thanks for stopping by today.
Until next time, happy crafting!


Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hello Foxy meets Jack

As I mentioned in my previous post about this month's stamp of the month, "Hello Foxy", it's such a cute stamp set. At first glance you may not realize just how versatile it is, but if you saw my other card I made using this stamp set, you know what I mean.  If you didn't see it, you can see it here
I knew that I wanted to use one of the adorable little foxes, so for this card I chose to pair the little guy with one of our newest papers, "Jack". After all, what goes better with foxes than a woodsy paper, right? 

I wanted a sketch to give me a jumping off point, so I jumped over to Mojo Monday to see what the sketch was for this week and I knew instantly that it would be a perfect sketch to showcase the little fox.  Here's what evolved.
I created the burlap accent piece by adhering four lengths of burlap ribbon side-by-side.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

...and here's a look at the Mojo Monday sketch.
If you like what you see and would like to get this stamp set for yourself, you can get one through my website for $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  You have to do it this month though, because as the name implies, this is only available for the month and when June is over, this stamp set will no longer be available. 

Until next time, happy crafting!

June Stamp of the Month..."Hello Foxy"

June 2017's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Hello Foxy****

This month's stamp of the month is such a cute stamp set that features trendy foxes and classic wreath and flower stamps.  It wasn't until I finished my second card that I realized just how versatile it actually is. You can see the second card here. As you can see, the two cards I created are completely different. The one shown below is definitely the more feminine of the two and has nothing to do with foxes. ;) 
Anyway, a couple of nights ago, I spent a bunch of time on Pinterest, getting carried away with pinning some clean and simple cards.  With that style so fresh in my mind, I decided to create a CAS card using the wreath. However, I just couldn't decide on the colors, so I decided to search for some color challenges online. Many had color combos that just wouldn't work for a wreath, but then I finally came across one at Heart 2 Heart Challenges that would. I lucked out that they were holding a color challenge this week. :) 

To get a gold foil mat for my sentiment, I placed three strips of gold foil tape on a strip of white daisy cardstock and then cut it to size.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Hello Foxy June 2017 SOTM
Papers: White Daisy CS
Emellishments: Gold Foil Tape, Bitty Sparkles
Other: Blending PenMicrotip Scissors, Foam Tape, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), Score Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

...and here's a look at the colors used in this challenge.

If you like what you see and would like to get this stamp set for yourself, you can get one through my website for $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  You have to do it this month though, because as the name implies, this is only available for the month and when June is over, this stamp set will no longer be available. 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

CTMH Flash Sale! One-day only!

Close To My Heart is surprising us again with a special one-day sale to celebrate summer! Starting Thursday, June 1st at 5 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. PDT; 3 p.m. MDT; 4 p.m. CDT), CTMH will be featuring a 30% discount on selected products and product bundles from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2.  30% off is a fantastic deal and too good to miss! In addition, all discounted items count toward Stamp of the Month qualifying order totals.

The sale prices are only available through consultant websites, like mine, This special discount is only available for 24 hours...ending at 5 p.m. (EST) Friday. The sooner you check out the sale after it goes live, the larger the selection will be, because once an item or bundle sells out, it will no longer be available. In other words, no rain-checks or back orders. 

You can either click the banner on the home page or on the "promotions" tab to find your ways to the deals.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"My Boy" 16-Page Scrapbook Workshop

From the moment I saw the "My Boy" complements back in December, I knew I'd be doing something with them. After all, there always seems to be a lack of masculine-type supplies & layouts.  I have to say though, this workshop has been a labor of love., days...maybe even weeks, have been spent on creating the pages, to creating the cutting guide, to taking and editing photos, to writing assembly instructions, to creating a collection of electronic files for other CTMH consultants. However, I am over-the-moon excited with the results. Check it out!
Here's a closer look at the eight layouts in this workshop.
LAYOUT #1 - My Boy: Utilized a little bit of splatter using ink and a waterbrush.
Don't the staples add the cutest touch?
LAYOUT #2 - 10 Things I Love About You
More mini staples.  They're my new favorite thing.
LAYOUT #3 - This Guy
Here I used ribbon, like I would paper and mini staples (again) on the banners for a unique touch.
Layout #4 - Love This Kid
I think this layout would work well for Disney, too.
LAYOUT #5 - Hello Handsome
Did you know that there are actually words on the Word Find pattern paper? Search for and circle words that convey the feeling of your photos.
LAYOUT #6 - Picture Perfect
The camera and word bubbles are from the Artbooking Cricut Collection. this point you can't deny that these mini staples are the bomb!  Also, check out "perfect".  Have you ever considered using Liquid Glass to perk up a sticker?  Works great, too, when you have a stubborn sticker that won't stay down. ;) 
LAYOUT #7 - Celebrate
This layout uses the Celebrate and Stars Thin Cuts.
LAYOUT #8 - My Hero
One of my favorite things about the Cricut Artbooking cartridge is how each button is "themed".  All of these cuts are from just one button and there's still seven other completely different images on this button!!
Would you like to make these layouts? There's a couple of ways...

I will prepare a kit for you, which will include all of the supplies needed to create these layouts, with the exception of the staples, splatter and inks.  Any Cricut and Thin Cut pieces will be precut.  The cutting file and assembly guide will be emailed to you.  Due to the size of the file, if you would like a full-color copy, please add $2.50 to the kit cost.

This workshop kit includes...
  • #Z3254 – Enchantment Fundamentals, ½ package (1 of each design)
  • #Z3306 – My Boy Complements 
  • #Z3288 – Adventure Ribbon Collection
  • #Z3314 – White & Black Dots
  • #1385 – White Daisy Cardstock – 10 Sheets**
  • #X5929 – Whisper Cardstock – 2 Sheets
  • #1386 – Black Cardstock – 3 Sheets
  • #1273 – Desert Sand Cardstock – 2 Sheets
  • #X5776 – Peacock Cardstock – 2 Sheets
  • #X5779 – Poppy Cardstock – 1 Sheet
  • #X5777 – Fern Cardstock – 1 Sheet
  • #Z1375 – Kraft Cardstock – 1 Sheet (or add another sheet of Desert Sand)
  • 23 - Cricut & Thin Cut shapes
  • 3/4 Sheet of Gold Glitter Paper (1/4 used for die cuts)
  • Digital file with full-color photos, cutting and assembly instructions, with a private link to additional photos (so you can zoom in on the photos to better see details).  
**Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in these layouts are to represent suggested photo placement. Extra paper for this purpose does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.  

Additional supplies used/needed...
  • Adhesives:
    • #Z2060 – Thin Foam Tape
    • #341 – Mini Glue Dots (other sizes could be substituted)
    • #Z553 – Glue Pen
    • #Z679 – Liquid Glass
    • Tape Runner of Choice, like #Z3022 – 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive or #Z3326 – Tombow Permanent Adhesive
  • #Z1836 – Non-stick Microtip Scissors
  • #Z1783 – Paper Trimmer
  • #Z2027 - Staper (w/staples)
  • #Z3225 – Medium Waterbrush (or medium sized paintbrush)
  • #Z1979 – Journal Pen
  • #Z1912 – Corner Rounder
  • #Z697 – Round Sponge or #Z726 – Sponge Daubers
  • #Z3261 – Stars Thin Cuts (cuts provided in kit)
  • #Z3256 – Celebrate Thin Cuts (cuts provided in kit)
  • #Z3169 – Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (cuts provided in kit)
  • Ink Colors (Optional)
    • #Z2850 – Fern
    • #Z2849 – Peacock
    • #Z2854 – Pomegranate
    • #Z2848 – Sapphire (needed for ink splatter on layout #1)
    • #Z2847 – Eggplant
    • #Z2851 – Saffron
    • #Z2805 – Black
    • #2835 – New England Ivy
    • #2818 – Desert Sand
    • #Z2852 – Poppy
If you are local, you can pick up your kit at my house at no additional charge.  If you are a long-distance customer, I will be happy to ship it anywhere in the US, via USPS in a medium Priority Flat Rate box for $12.95. Be sure to email me with your mailing address when you send your Paypal payment.  Due to ordering, packaging and shipping of supplies, please allow two-three weeks for delivery of kit.

  • Local:
    • Kit only: $50 (only a little over $3 per page!)
    • Kit with printed, full-color instructions: $52.50
  • Shipped:
    • Kit only: $62.95
    • Kit with printed, full-color cutting & assembly instructions: $65.45
This workshop kit is entirely precut and sorted for your convenience and includes only the precut papers, base pages and ribbon needed to duplicate the eight two-page layouts.  You will, however, receive full complements & White & Black Dots packages. This kit will not include staples, splatter, inking or photo placement cardstock.  You will receive a digital file with assembly instructions that include private links to the photo for a closer view. However, if you would like a full-color copy of the assembly instructions, please add $1.50

You will still need the additional tools/supplies listed above to complete the layouts as shown, except for the thin cuts and the Cricut, as these will be provided in the precut kit.

If you are not local, your kit will be shipped via USPS using a medium Priority Flat Rate box for $12.95. Be sure to email me with your mailing address when you send your Paypal payment. Due to ordering, packaging and shipping of supplies, and cutting, please allow two-three weeks for delivery of kit.

Options for Enchantment Fundamentals "My Boy" Workshop

INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (for consultants)
I do offer an electronic (zip) file for CTMH consultants.  The file contains...
  • Introduction Letter
  • Consultant Release to enable you to use my designed layouts for your own business.
  • Consultant Supply List with upsell suggestions and workshop tips.
  • Collection of Social Media badge, banner & collage for you to use to promote your workshop.
  • Cover Page to package with your workshop, as needed. It includes an editable space for your name.
  • Cutting Guide with instructions on how to read my cutting guide, as well as an editable space for your contact & web information.
  • Assembly Instructions which includes full-color photos, detailed prep and assembly instructions, as well as Cricut cut sizes (when used), suggested photo sizes and links to a private Photobucket file for closeup views of the photos.
  • Link to access my Cricut Design Space cutting file. (This is an optional add-on purchase.)
    There are two ways to get this workshop's electronic files. 
    1) Purchase the File
    Due to the large size of this file and the enormous amount of time taken in preparing it all, the cost is a bit more than usual, but still well worth it.  Cost for this workshop's electronic files is $10.  If you would like the CDS cutting file, the cost is $12.  
    2) Get it for FREE!
    Also, now through May 31st, if you join the current month's Shopping/Gathering Link and make a $25 retail purchase (pre-tax & shipping) on my website, I will send you the entire electronic file (including CSD file) for free, along with your choice of one of the following past workshop files. (FYI: Because my workshop files have changed over time (when you know better, you do better), my older workshops are not exactly like my latest workshop files, like Hello Lovely, Rustic Home and Enchantment, There's not a lot of extras, like links to additional photos, supply lists, etc. Also, some of the assembly instructions are less specific and more like general tips about specific portions of the page.)

    Hello Lovely
    Rustic Home
    Swan Lake
    Oh Deer!

    Be sure to email me to let me know which e-file you would like me to send you, along with your CTMH website address.  Both consultants in and outside the U.S. can purchase the e-files. 
    Just click the Paypal link below and select which option you want.

    Consultant Options for Enchantment Fundamentals Workshop
    Be sure to check out this month's specials here!

    Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

    Happy Scrappin'!
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