Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CTMH Artwork

Hey everyone!  I know I've just been posting a bunch of videos lately (but don'tcha just love those instructional videos?  I think they're great inspiration) so I just went thru my edited photos file and found the last few photos that I don't think I've posted yet.

I've been in a time crunch this week attempting to clean the house and get ready to have a Halloween party on Saturday.  The days just get away from me - I haven't even put any decorations up yet!  But I can proudly say that I've just finished the last of the cleaning.  Well, it's clean enough.  Let's put it that way.

Anyway, here are those photos:
First up, some 3 x 3 cards made with an M -sized stamp set.  You can get these great little stamps for only $2.95 at  I stamped it on white daisy cardstock, then stamped again on patterned paper and fussy - cut the 'You'.  Then I glued the letters on top of the white daisy stamp and ran the whole thing thru my embosser with a Sizzix plate.  Super easy and they turn out so cute!  I always try to tuck in a little thank you note with customer purchases.
 Next up, the cards from the Lola cardmaking workshop on the go.  This set is still available thru the end of January 2014, and it comes with everything you need to make 15 cards.
 I switched out a few of the 'Cheer Up' card sentiments with a Birthday sentiment instead since I'll probably have more opportunities to send a birthday card.
 Next up, my first Artbooking layout.  I made this several months ago, and I may or may not have already posted it!  :-)  I used the Surf's Up papers.  I switched out the sentiment that originally was planned for this layout page in the cartridge handbook, and I added a photo since I didn't have any larger ones on hand.  I think it still worked out well.  And when I actually get to scrapbooking all the photos from that cruise, I'll probably use the complete original layout from the handbook too.  Love how you can mix and match everything to make it work for your photos.

The Surf's Up papers are still available thru the end of January, but some of the papers that will be 'retiring' tend to sell out sooner.  This stuff is really a 'while supplies last' situation right before the next Idea Book comes out.
And last, I designed this card as a project for my upline's last team meeting.  (She'd just moved and all her supplies were still packed up so I was happy to help her out)  This is an overlay that I keyed in as Real Dial Size to re-size it to fit my card.  I did the same with the frame.  I backed it with Huntington paper and used the zip strip at the bottom.  The stamp set is available in the Autumn Idea Book.  I just inked it up with several colors using an ink dauber.  Then I 'huffed' on it to re-moisten the ink before placing my image.

I'll try to take a few photos of stuff I made for the Halloween party and maybe get it posted early next week!  Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any questions, please leave a comment!

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Clearly the Best: Connect the Dots (S02E03)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Clearly the Best: Preserve with Pizazz (S02E02)

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My Creations® Craftable Containers

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Fall into Artbooking (S01E07)

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Sparkle & Shine Rosette Christmas Trees

Here is a photo of the project we will be making at our next crop on November 2nd:  the Rosette Christmas Trees featured on the front cover of the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide (which goes live October 15th!)

They turn out super cute!

In order to keep this project free to everyone attending, I'm asking that you bring a few supplies.  This will also cut down on the need to share and will speed up our crafting time.

Scoring tool (a skinny-tipped one works best)
Versamat/Cutting Mat
Bonding Memories glue or the EK brand one
Liquid Glass or Alene's Fast-dry glue - we'll need a thick glue that dries rather fast
Prima Glitter or super-fine glitter - 'snow' colored
Glittering tray, or cheap paper plates to catch glitter
Glue dots - small or medium
Red Button or Bling Gem for top of tree - I used one on each side so you might want two

Some crafters have used a Scor-board to scor the strips, but I wasn't crazy about doing it that way. If you have one and want to use it, bring it.  And some people have used hot glue to do the rosettes.  It cuts way down on wait time but if you want to display your tree in a place where sunlight or any heat source will hit it, the glue could loosen and then your tree will fall apart. 

Contact me if you have any questions or if you would like more details about attending our crop.

You can start shopping for products from the Holiday book beginning October 15th, please note that many of these items are available While Supplies Last, so if you are interested, please place your order as soon as possible.  Many are sure to sell out quickly!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

More Artwork

I was scrolling thru my file of edited photos and realized that I'd missed a few.  The supplies used on these cards are now mostly retired products, but I thought I'd post them for you anyway.
 This is one of my favorite stamp sets - A Bow wow.  Papers used were from the retired Lucky pack.  I made this card for my dad for Father's Day, but it could also work as a birthday card.
Papers on this one are from the retired constant campaign Dream Pop and I think the stamp set was a stamp of the month
 Here is Dream Pop again with the stamp set from the Chantilly card making Workshop on the go.
And here is A Bow Wow again with the Dream Pop papers.

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Now I'm off to spend some time in my craft room - I need to make a Halloween Banner and some other party items to get ready for our Halloween Party that we'll be having in a couple of weeks. Mwahahaha!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

CTMH Systems Maintenance

Just a note to let you know that CTMH will be doing some work on their computer systems on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00am to 2:00pm (MDT).  You will not be able to access my online store or Studio J, etc.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

When you do have access to the site, check out the While Supplies Last section:  they've added a few more items at steep discounts!  If you were a fan of the button collections, all of them are on sale for $1.50 each.  Shop fast, this stuff doesn't stay around for long...

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Frosted Christmas Cards

Here are a few Christmas Cards I've been working on...Last year I didn't want to give away the surprise by posting the cards I made before sending them out, but then I don't think I ever got around to posting them at all!  So this year I'm going to go ahead and post.  Each Christmas I make and send about 100 or so Christmas Cards - yes, we are so lucky to have such a large group of family and friends!  I aim to make about 125 cards to be sure I have enough, and I usually start this massive project in August.  This year using the Frosted Cardmaking Workshop on the Go made the project a little easier!  And I like to try a few different designs to switch things up.

First up, I designed this card for the ladies who attended my crop in September.  It features the September Stamp of the Month, and Frosted papers.  I used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the Ruby piece.  It actually cuts as an overlay, and I simply cut each section apart to make the strip.  One overlay cut provided enough for 10 cards.

Next is a card featuring the colors used in the new Sparkle & Shine kit:  Ruby and Juniper.  The stamp set is To You & Yours.  And you might remember the papers from a retired pack called Typeset.  

And last, we made this card at our August crop.  It uses a stamp from the Frosted Workshop on the Go (I love that stamp set!) along with the popular Chalkboard technique:  First we embossed the image using White Daisy pigment ink and clear embossing powder.  Then we overstamped the image again using white daisy pigment ink, offsetting the image by just a smidge.  (carefully wipe the excess ink using a paper towel, since it won't really dry where stamped over the embossed portions).  Then draw lines using the chalk marker, and using a sponge with a small amount of pigment ink, dab areas to mimic eraser smudges on a chalkboard.
Then build your card using a Ruby mat, black mat, and Frosted papers.  The twilight base is from a retired pack called Florentine.  Finish off with bakers twine and a button from the Ruby mini medleys.

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Next workshop/crop will be at Sara's house on Saturday November 2nd.  Contact me if you are interesting in joining us!  The day's project will the be Rosette Pinwheel Christmas Trees featured on the cover of the new Holidays from the Heart gift guide.

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Designed Décor Frame Kit


Here is another video featuring the Design Decor Frame Kit.  I'm looking forward to assembling mine, I just need to decide which photos I want to feature...

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Clearly the Best: A Burst of Creativity

Here is a new video from corporate showing some design ideas & tips to make a card.  Notice the cute houndstooth papers.  They are from the new Sparkle & Shine kit, available beginning October 15th.  Shop for these items and more at:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Artbooking Flip Stands

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sparkle & Shine meets Frosted

I received an assortment of new products from the Holidays from the Heart gift guide on Tuesday and couldn't wait to get started on some projects!  First up, I swapped out the papers and colors in the Frosted cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  This workshop is by far my favorite - the stamp set is SO easy to work into a variety of other projects!

First, I'll show the Frosted set, completed.  This is what you can make from the kit sold here:   For $24.95, you receive the stamp set, and supplies to make 15 cards (5 each of three designs):

Now here is the same workshop with the papers and colors swapped out, using the new Sparkle & Shine pack:

And close-up views of each card:

I used some of the new Sparkle & Shine Washi tape on the last card.

And here is another version of the same workshop, swapping out the ruby and olive colors for twilight and slate (this last design I case'd from the very talented Vicki Wisniuk at

As you can see, I sure was able to stretch this workshop far beyond the original 15 cards! Now back to playing with new supplies...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Crush Books

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