Friday, August 30, 2013

CTMH Base & Bling

Check out this video featuring the new Base & Bling  sets from Close to My Heart.  The embellishments included in the base & bling category are also great for card making and scrapbook layouts!  Shop my online store at:

Subway Tidings

Check out this video featuring the September Stamp of the Month.  Get this set for $5 with a $50 purchase.  Shop my online store at:

Monday, August 26, 2013

You are My Happy

CTMH will have a fantastic special starting Sunday, September 1st:  Get the 'You Are My Happy' stamp set for $10 with a $50 qualifying purchase:

This set contains THREE d-sized sets (this size is usually priced at $17.95 each).  A fantastic deal!  Good September 1-30, 2013. 

Make your purchase thru my online store at:  Don't forget to JOIN my Mystery Hostess Gathering for a chance to win FREE CTMH products!

More note pads

I found the design idea for these cute little note pads thru Heidi Swapp's Create to Remember videos.  She has some really creative, easy ideas and I love seeing the cool stuff she comes up with!  I've taken her idea and used CTMH papers:

These are all made with the Dream Pop papers - this packet contains extra thick cardstock that is perfect for this project.  I've also made a few with our B & T papers and they work really well too.

So simple to make:  using a 6 x 4 pad of paper, measure out a long strip of cardstock.  I plan to have about 2" of cardstock to fold over the front, so I'll cut my strip approximately 4" x 8 1/2".  I just fold it over the spine of the paper pad and crease on the back and again at the front along the top of the paper pad.

Then I take a piece of clear plastic paper (I got mine thru Amazon, it is made by Bazill and comes in 12 x 12 sheets. also sells it), measured at 6 x 4, and glue it to the inside of the flap of cardstock on front.  I couldn't help myself and just had to use Heidi's clear pop banners, but the rest of the decoration is CTMH.

Decorate the front and you're good to go!  When the pad of paper is used up, just glue another down in its place.

Tips:  dedicate a separate trimmer for cutting heavy weight mediums such as the plastic paper.  This stuff kills your blades quickly!  Your blade will stay sharp enough to trim the plastic, but if you try to trim a regular piece of cardstock after trimming plastic, your paper will end up with a frayed, messy cut.  So either switch out your blades, or do like I do:  keep an older trimmer reserved just for cutting these other mediums.

I use Bazill Marathon runner for adhering the plastic paper.  Seems to be the best adhesive for this particular project.

This size paper pad can be found at Wal Mart.  I haven't seen this size anywhere else, at least in the Denver area.

More projects to come soon!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Note Pad Covers

So here is a project I have made multiples of:  Note Pad Covers.  I found the directions on another CTMH rep's blog:   She gives excellent instructions complete with photos, so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, I'll just show you the ones I've made:
 These note pad covers are completely made from scratch, and when the note pad is empty, you can replace it with a fresh one.  This one is made with Laughing Lola and cardstock stamped with a background stamp.

 They make terrific Hostess Gifts!

 This one is made with Sarita papers.  I didn't have any navy blue metal corners, so I inked these with StayzOn.

 This one is made with Tommy.  Still figuring out how to do embellishment clusters!  I like the way this one turned out.

And Chantilly.  Should have 'grounded' my embellie cluster with a tag, they seem to disappear into the patterned paper.  Learning from my mistakes!

I made another one yesterday with Huntington but I haven't photographed it yet.  One comment I remember from Annette's post is 'once you make one of these you won't be able to stop' - so true!  They are lots of fun and can be assembled in about an hour.

Some tips:  Supplies are all CTMH except -
Sticky Canvas - I found this online, both and carry it.
Scor Tape - Only Archiver's carries this stuff (in the Denver area, at least), I've also found it online thru Amazon.
12 x 12 chipboard - I found some nice medium weight chipboard thru Amazon.  A pack of 24 sheets was just under $10
Pentel pens can only be found at WalMart.
Tim Holtz metal corners - found just about everywhere!  I've also used corners from We R Memory Keepers Main Squeeze - I found them online thru  You don't need the tool to use the corners, just pound them down with a hammer just like the Holtz ones.

And make sure you have plenty of CTMH Bonding Memories glue and a bone folder!  I've also dedicated an older Fiskars paper cutter to cutting only heavy-weight stuff like chipboard and plastic paper as these mediums do a number on your cutting blades.

More ideas for note pads in my next post!  I think I'm addicted.  Hubby teases me about the quantity of notes I'm always writing, but I swear, if I don't write it down, it's as good as forgotten!

Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

More scraps cards

I think this is the last of the batch of scraps cards I have edited and ready to post.  I've been busy making other scrap quilt cards with leftover Pear & Partridge and Winterland papers that were retired last year and the year before.  Same designs as I've posted, so unless I get a request, I probably won't take the time to photograph them for posting...

 Here is one with our Lola papers, available now.  I love the bold colors in this paper packet, and just a little bit makes a big impact!  This card was made with four 1 1/4" squares of patterned paper - two squares are cut in half, and two squares of cardstock.  All placed over a square of white daisy.  Then they've been matted and placed on a regular A2 sized card for easy mailing.
And this one is made with Chantilly papers, also still available.

Shop my online store at to purchase these paper packs and more.

August's special is with a $50 purchase, you get the Stamp of the Month set for FREE!

This is it for my scraps designs, unless I come up with something new - I still have tons of scraps to use!   I'll post again this week, this time I'll show you some other projects I've completed recently.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Stamps

Check out this new video featuring a variety of new stamps from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book:

Find these stamp sets and more in my Online Store at:   Did you like the new Hostess Rewards stamps featured?  Contact me if you would like to set up a Gathering and I can tell you how you can get these sets for yourself at a special discounted rewards price!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Scraps Scraps Scraps

So... I'd planned on posting sooner, but got waylaid with a massive migraine.  I'm finally back to the land of the living, though still not 100%.  I ran a few errands this morning and came home exhausted.  Haven't been to the gym for four whole days - anyone who knows me knows that if I skip out on going the gym, I must really be feeling bad.  Stupid migraines.

Anywhoo, I thought I'd post a few more photos of some cards I made using up my scraps.  My craft room workspace still looks pretty much the same as it did in the photo I posted earlier!  I'll be getting it organized in the next day or two so I can pack up for a crop I'm going to next weekend.

Here is one of my favorite designs.  These cards take only one strip of 1" x 8" double sided paper, and basic cardstock.  I've made tons of these star cards in a rainbow of colors.

 Lola with the new Rosewood mini medley - these are my favorite from the new Idea Book. 
 Thought I'd try mixing Lola with Chantilly.  Not sure if I like it, but I do like the greens in this one.  The teal flower in the center is one of our new Base & Bling accessories.  So pretty!
Chantilly with (retired) Lucy

This is (retired) La Belle Vie.  I'm hoarding this stuff to make a few home decor items for my craft room.   Had a few strips of paper leftover from a create & take project we did at a crop. (Will add a sentiment below the star later)

And another one with La Belle Vie.  So pretty!
And this last one is with (retired) Pemberley.  I made 16 of these cards to give to family members at the family reunion.  Inside I included a flash drive of hundreds of family photos that I'd scanned and organized.  I talked about that project a few posts back, I think I'm still recovering from that one!

I have a few more card designs to show you, and then I'll move on to some other projects I've completed over the last few weeks.

Next up for me:  Christmas Cards!  That's always a huge project for me every year, so the earlier I start, the better!

Just a quick note about the next crop:  it will be next Saturday 8/24 at Debbie's house.  Message me for details if you are interested in joining us.  Sara has requested that I teach/review the process of using the 'how to' designs so we'll make a card together using a design from either the Wishes or Originals book - I haven't decided yet.  And I've told anyone who has a tool and is wondering how to use it (I've heard things such as 'I can't remember why I bought this', etc),  feel free to bring it and I'll show you some techniques. 

Okay, I've rambled on long enough, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 9, 2013

My Scraps Drawer Runneth Over

So my latest project has been a bit of a cleaning/organizing project.  Whenever I am finished working on a project, my routine has been to scoop up all the leftover scraps into a drawer in my scrap room.  Then the idea is to go to this drawer when I need a certain color for a project FIRST before cutting into a fresh new piece of 12 x 12... That was the idea.  Until the scraps drawer became SO FULL that I couldn't find what I was looking for, and could barely close the darn thing. 

So my project for the last few days has been to make as much stuff from the scraps drawer as I can, and get the volume down to a manageable level.

Here is a photo of the drawer AFTER I've pulled out a bunch of stuff:
And it's all been moved over to my workspace here:
So here are a few cards and ideas I've come up with... Keep in mind that many of the papers I've been using are retired patterns, but I'm posting to give you design ideas for your own scraps.  These designs can be adapted to whatever papers you have been using...
 This one happens to be made with our new Laughing Lola papers - all you need are 8 qty 1 1/4" squares of patterned paper to make this cool quilted - pinwheel design.  I searched 'quilt cards' on You Tube and found a gazillion how-to videos.

Here is the design again, using retired papers.

 And this one uses 1/2" strips.  I don't know about you, but I always get these skinny cutaway strips leftover from projects, especially scrapbook pages.  Here is an idea of what to do with them.
And a smaller version of the same design, on a 3 x 3 card.

So, yes, there is a use for that scrap of pretty paper that you can't bring yourself to throw away!  Now my card stash has been replenished, and it feels good to purge that scraps drawer.  

More ideas to come soon!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Hostess Rewards Choices

Check out this video about the additional choices you now have when you host a Gathering!

Contact me to learn more about hosting a CTMH Gathering.  In your home, my home, or online!  Find me here .

Monday, August 5, 2013

August CTMH Special

Get the August Stamp of the Month for FREE with a $50 purchase!  Shop my Online Store for more details.

Have you been Instagramming?

I have!  You can find and follow me at:  dmhaight on Instagram. 

I've been posting various photos of projects I've completed there.  I'll try to get some photos posted here soon as well, it's much faster though to post stuff on Instagram!

Artbooking Rocks!

Once you see all the cool new cuts that the Cricut Artbooking cartridge is capable of producing, you won't be able to wait to get your hands on it!
The $99 bundle includes the cartridge, three coordinating D-sized stamp sets, with three coordinating chipboard (dimensional elements) sets.  Tons of fun overlays to create interesting background papers.  New to this cartridge:  'one dial size' set up to create layouts with all embellishments, frames, and overlays cut to scale.  Includes 10 different mini book cuts and a new font alphabet.  I could go on and on, this cartridge has packed in so much stuff!  Available now  at:

Don't forget to 'join' my Mystery Hostess Gathering for a chance to win free CTMH products!

New Autumn/Winter 2013 CTMH Idea Book

New books are available!  If I haven't already put one in your hands, please contact me and I'll get one to you.  Books are free, if you'd like one mailed, they are just the cost of postage.