Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Project for the CTMH Virtual Convention

I received an "all-call" email requesting people who would be willing to teach for the Virtual Convention. I volunteered, but explained to Mary that I was new to CTMH, but that I was an experienced stamper/scrapbooker.  I was a little worried that some would find it odd, maybe even a little offensive that someone who has only been with CTMH less than two months would be teaching a Virtual Convention class. However, Mary was fine with the idea and I finally convinced myself to stop worrying about it (I always worry waaaayyy too much about what other people think.) 

Anyway, I've really been wanting to make a card using the "cracked glass" method and I just received a stamp set last week that I (finally) ordered, called "Happy Journey" that lent itself really well for this technique.  At least I think it does.  I made a card once before using this technique...years ago...and I LOVED the way it turned out.  I still have the card...just can't give it away.  Maybe I'll upload it to my blog in a few days (I'm gonna be out of town the next couple of days).  Ooooo, maybe....I can do a video tutorial on this.  Hmmmm....another one to ponder.

At any rate, I am quite pleased with the card. I used all CTMH products (except some of the tools) and they included the following:
My Reflections Passages Level 2 Paper Pack - #X7126B
"Happy Journey" MyAcrylix stamp set - #D1428
Marks Passages Epoxy Clip - #Z1318
Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad - #Z2111
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad - #Z2118
VersaMark Ink Pad - #Z891
StazOn Ink Pad - #Z888
Colonial White Brads - #Z1218
A side view to show the dimension.

This pic shows the "cracked glass" effect.  I wish the stamped sentiment had come out a little better though.  Oh well, I'll work on it.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Video on YouTube

Below are parts 1 and 2 of the video I just put on YouTube.  I'm getting better.  Hopefully by my next video, I'll have it down to ONE part. LOL  Anyway, this video is of a card I made to send out as invitations to my Open House coming up in July.  Now, I only have about 30 more to make. :)  The supply list and cutting measurements will follow.

The measurements are as follows:
CARD: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded in half.
STAR B&T DUO PAPER (on top of card): 3" x 4 1/4"
STRIPED B&T DUO STRIP: 1" x 4 1/4"
YELLOW B&T DUO SQUARE: 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
RIBBON: approx. 9 to 10"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My first workshop was a success!

Last Saturday was my very first Close To My Heart Scrapbooking Workshop.  I only had two ladies in attendance, but you got to start somewhere, right?  We all had a great time and both ladies want to commit to making it a monthly club and even offered to try and invite a friend or two.  They seemed very happy with their layouts and what they were able to accomplish AND learn (which is my favorite part). 
Both of the ladies are going to be out of town during the next crop, so I've decided that I'm going to cancel the crop and hold an open house to introduce Close To My Heart to my friends, family and acquaintances.  I've got to start putting the plan in place. 

I've had to attend training workshops for school both last week and this week.  I'm hoping once the training is over that I can put together another video for YouTube and enter some of the challenges that I follow.  I still say my husband should get two jobs so I could craft full-time.  For some reason, he's not buying into it.  Can't figure out why...sounds reasonable to me.

Since I had to take down my last layout and I haven't posted any art lately, I'm going to post a layout I did a while back that I'm quite fond of.  It's a layout of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.  If you ever visit the space coast of Florida (only an hour east of Orlando), you must make your way to this absolutely gorgeous National Refuge.  If I remember this correctly, it is actually home to more migratory birds than any other location in the country.  At any rate, it definitely will give you a picture of what the REAL Florida "was" like.  There is also a Manatee Observation Deck not far from the drive.  You can check out information at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Website.  Anyway, here is the layout I did, highlighting some of the scenes.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm gettng published!

I received an email last night from and they would like to use my layout in their August issue!  I've been published twice before, but it was a long time ago, so I'm thrilled and flattered.  I'll let you know when it's out.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mojo Monday (Mojo 142) & H2H Entry

Here is a layout I made using a picture of my brother and I from way back when.  We had a neighbor that was taking a photography class at the local community college and used us as his subjects.  I'm using this layout for two different challenges...the Mojo Monday, where the challenge was to use the sketch below, and for the H2H challenge where anything goes.  I used the Sarsaparilla Level 2 paper pack.  The same pack as I used for my Wild Thing card.  I just felt that some of these papers would be perfect for heritage (or should I say older-type) photos (I'm not old enough to be called heritage just yet.) lol  Anyway, I think I was right.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  Oh, and the stamp set that I used "Framed Moments" came in one of the Jackpot June Grab Boxes.  I love that set!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

"Wild Thing" Tutorial Video Part 2

Wild Thing Card Tutorial on YouTube

I now have a YouTube Channel AND a video!

I love watching tutorials on YouTube and since I love to teach and I love scrapbooking and stamping, I thought it might be fun to make my own.  I've been working on a video for several days now and my daughter has been a tremendous help in setting up my "channel".  I've been amazed at all she knows about not only the computer, but all kinds of editing, graphic and free music websites.  If I didn't know better, I would think she's been developing web pages on the side or something.  lol.
The video was a lot of work, but I think that's mostly due to the learning curve involved.  At any rate, I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt.  It's actually a tutorial on how to make the "Wild Thing" card below...several my next project will narrow down to maybe only one or two techniques and I've got to learn to "condense".  I'm too wordy, probably a result of teaching 8th graders. ;)   I know I have a lot to learn, but I have confidence that I will get better at it.  My biggest obstacle is learning to overcome my shyness and fear...more fear than shyness, I suppose.  If I can do that, I think my naturally silly personality will come out.  My favorite YouTuber is Tresa Black, a.k.a. The Stamp Goddess.  She is sooooo funny.  I watch and rewatch her videos (not only to learn), but honestly, just to have a good laugh!  If you've never checked her out, I highly recommend that you do.  Of course, after you browse my blog.  :)
I just checked the status of my video, as it is common for it to take a few moments to load, but apparently there is something wrong with the format, so now I'm off to figure out how to fix it.  My computer expert is in bed, so I may be better off waiting until tomorrow.  Oh well...I'll update you on the status tomorrow.

Friday, June 04, 2010

This Week's Entry for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge

I recently found the Heart 2 Heart blog and was excited to see some of the really inspiring work posted there.  All of the work highlights Close To My Heart products and I've found things that I already want to "lift".  However, for this week's challenge the only thing I lifted was the sketch, which was actually required. :)  I really love how it turned out.  All of the products are CTMH except the brads, ribbon, and colored pencils.  Being new to CTMH, I'll have to add them to my collection as time goes by.  At any rate, the papers are part of the Sarsaparilla Level 2 Paper Pack and the stamps are from the "You're Great" MyAcrylix set.  I used CTMH inks, desert sand, chocolate, and black.  I would have preferred a different ribbon...maybe something brown and/or something lighter and "fluffier", but I'm happy enough with what I did with what I owned.  I can't believe I just said that, since in the past I would have driven 30 minutes to the craft store just to find the perfect ribbon.  Maybe I'm just getting old. ;)

Thanks for looking!

Here is the List of Supplies and Measurements:

  • Sarsaparilla Level 2 Pattern Papers and cardstock: 2 strips of your choice cut at 1 1/4" x 3 3/4"/; 2 strips of your choice cut at 1 1/2" x 3 3/4"; 1 strip cut at 1 3/4" x 5 3/4"; and 1 block cut at 2 3/4" x 4 5/8"

  • Colonial White Cardstock: 1 piece cut at 2 1/2" x 4 3/8", 1 piece cut at 5 3/4" x 5 3/4", enough scrap to stamp all four animals.

  • Desert Sand Cardstock 1 piece cut at 6" x 12" then scored at 2" from one side and scored at 4" from the opposite side.

  • Black Cardstock: 1 piece cut at 2 7/8" x 4 3/4"

  • Ribbon: approx. 24" (2 ft.)  I used SU! Bashful Blue.  I only have two CTMH colors right now. :(
I used the following supplies in the making of  this card:
Items marked with an * indicates products that I used that were not CTMH products, but you can bet I'll be adding them to my collection in time. ;)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June Create-n-Take Cards Finished!

I will be hosting a Card Making Make-n-Take Workshop (aka Workshop-on-the-Go) on Saturday, June 26th from 3 p.m. until about 6 p.m. The cost of the Cherry-O Basic Kit is $29.95 and includes a Level 2 paper packet, an exclusive MyAcrylix "Bowl of Cherries" stamp set, a mini-medlies tulip (embellishment) collection, and a full-color Workshop Guide. Purchase the "Best" upgrade for $7.90 and receive Colonial White Designer Brads and Chocolate Waxy Flax. (Both sample layouts are made with the "Best" option.)

Participants will cut the materials needed to make two each of the first three cards and complete two each of the next three cards during the workshop.  When the  workshop is over there will still be a ton of paper and embellishments left over to complete a couple of scrapbook pages and/or additional cards. 
If you are interested in taking the workshop on June 26, just go to and RSVP.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.


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