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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CTMH Twitterpated Workshop cards

As part of the workshop I held on Sunday, we made 2 each of these 3 cute cards:



And, as you can see, we stamped the envelopes to match too!

I am really having fun with the workshop exclusive stamp set, "Hello there!"

Monday, September 28, 2009

Second Twitterpated Bonus Layout using My Stickease

This is my second post for today. I finished up another Twitterpated layout based on one shown on the back of our Twitterpated Level 2 My Stickease. It uses the design found in the Cherish scrapbooking how-to book, Simple Pleasures.


These stickease are so very cute!!!

Please take at my post from earlier today that shows several more Twitterpated layouts.

CTMH Twitterpated Layouts

Sunday was a great day for scrapbooking with friends! Below you can see the four pages we each put together using the new Twitterpated Workshop kit.






Then I had some time afterward to come up with two more pages. My inspiration came directly from a package of Twitterpated Level 2 My Stickease. I used a pattern from the Cherish how-to scrapbooking program called Pleasing Paradigm.



Now, I really need to get some photos developed to have pretty pictures for my pretty pages! LOL

Friday, September 25, 2009

Here's a terrific reason to "Celebrate the Everyday!"

Here are the cards you can create with the Everyday Celebration card kit that is available until September 30th:









These cards are even more stunning in person. They were such a pleasure to make too! I even have enough paper left over to create a layout as well. Let me know if I can help you order your kit before the end of the month.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Twitterpated Once Again


This was one of the cards we did for my free make & take at my National Stamping Day crop this past Saturday. I also posted a simpler version of this card a few days ago.

Project Supplies:
Card Recipe: "Wishes" How-To Cardmaking Program: Sentiment Secured
Stamp: D1371 Many Thanks
Paper: Twitterpated Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Colonial White
Inks: Sorbet, Chocolate, and Sweet Leaf
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, and Sponge Daubers

I found some inspiration for this card pattern from my "Wishes" how-to cardmaking book with the "Sentiment Secured" pattern. I also posted a couple of cards using the Grace paper pack and the Delightful Things stamp set with this pattern.

For one of the the leaves, I used the stamp rolling technique by loading the stamp with Sorbet ink and then rolling the stamp edges in my Chocolate ink pad. For the two other leaves, I stamped the leaves first in Sweet Leaf ink then rolled the edges in Chocolate ink. Remember, the general rule when using this technique is to ink with your lightest color first to avoid contaminating your lighter colored ink pads.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

National Stamping Day Crop - Back Country Layouts

This past Saturday, I hosted my National Stamping Day Crop and also held the Back Country Workshop. We had so much fun! After a very busy back-to-school and starting a new job week, I sure needed a good excuse to spend the day crafting! LOL

Not only did we do the 6 pages included in the Back Country Workshop brochure, but I then went on to put together 6 more pages from the paper packet. I was thrilled to get so many outdoor/manly layouts ready. My son, Adam, spent this past weekend white water rafting and my husband will be white water rafting this coming weekend. So, now I can preserve those memories easily with these pages.

And, my peeps were so darn focused on scrapping, they left at the end of our 12-hour scrap-a-thon with a total of 20 pages scrapped!!! That really knocked my socks off! Way to make the most of a day just for your scrapping! Oh, and I think we squeezed a little fun and chocolate in there too! : )

So, without further ado, here are the 12 pages I left with at the end of Saturday:







Project Supplies
:

X7110B Back Country Level 2 Paper Packet
X7110C Back Country Level 2 My Stickease
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
X5637 Barn Red Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2140 Outdoor Denim Stamp Pad
Z2104 Barn Red Stamp Pad
Z2135 New England Ivy Stamp Pad
Z2108 Brown Bag Stamp Pad
D1353 Campin' Fever stamp set
E1002 Rustic Alphabet stamp set
Z1158 Dimensional Elements In Color - Adventure
Z1217 Brads Metal Assortment
Z534 Micro-Tip Scissors
Z1297 Edge Distresser
Z608 Dry Embossing/Scoring Stylus
1772 Glue Dots
Z1090 Foam Texture Tool
9030 Imagine Scrapbooking How-To Program

Just an additional FYI: The "Imagine" how-to program made it so easy for me to put together the 6 additional pages after finishing the Back Country layouts from the initial workshop brochure.

Hope you all have a fabulous week ahead of you!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Well, I'll be Twitterpated! Love this new CTMH paper pack!

Here is evidence of more swap creations going on at my house:



Project Supplies:
Stamp: D1371 Many Thanks
Paper: Twitterpated Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Colonial White
Inks: Sorbet, Chocolate, and Crystal Blue
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, and Sponge Daubers

I found some inspiration for this card pattern from my "Wishes" how-to cardmaking book with the "Sentiment Secured" pattern. You can see from my previous post how you can use the very same pattern and get a totally different card each time.

For the leaves, I used the stamp rolling technique by loading the stamp with Sorbet ink and then rolling the stamp edges in my Chocolate ink pad. The general rule when using this technique is to ink with your lightest color first.

Enjoy our change of seasons!

P.S. The Twitterpated Workshop will be held on September 27th. There are a couple of spaces available if you contact me soon!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Grace paper pack & Delightful Things stamp set

I received my new goodies a few days ago and needed to create some cards for one of my (too) many swaps with my fellow consultants. LOL!

Here are two versions of a card I had fun creating:



Project Supplies:
Stamp: D1369 Delightful Things
Paper: Grace Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Colonial White
Inks: Barn Red and Cocoa
Embellishments: Basic Craft Buttons and Crystal Blue Waxy Flax
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Mini Glue Dots, and 3-D Foam Tape



Project Supplies:
Stamp: D1369 Delightful Things
Paper: Grace Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Colonial White
Inks: Barn Red , Honey, and Cocoa
Embellishments: Basic Craft Buttons, Crystal Blue Waxy Flax, and Colonial White Designer Ribbon Rounds
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Mini Glue Dots, and 3-D Foam Tape

These cards have sure put me in the mood for some fall weather. I love to see the leaves starting to turn.

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, September 11, 2009

CTMH's September Stamp of the Month Card


I just couldn't resist sharing this lovely "Thank you" card my youngest daughter created. I thnk she is such a great artist. Maybe someday I will have a fellow scrapbooking and cardmaking consultant in the family?!

She did a nice job using the current Stamp of the Month, Treasures. This is the card she used to thank a local organization for the summer scholarship she received to engineering camp.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CTMH Swap Spoiler Alert: Jingle Level 2 paper pack

I have been swapping Close to My Heart artwork with a very talented group of fellow consultants for several months now. Every time a new Idea Book is released, we each take a new paper packet with new stamp sets including one wonderful consultant who takes care of the four new Stamp of the Month sets. We just finished up work on our latest round.

Here are the items I have created for my contribution to the mix:

This is another fun card I made using my current favorite stamp set, Ms. Holiday Cheer. I did a little paper piecing with her pants on this card. Then I added some "fur" to her hat with Liquid Applique. This sure puts me in the mood for some Christmas shopping!
Card Recipe: "Wishes" How-To Cardmaking Program: Simple Expressions pattern
Paper: Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Stamp set: D1374 Ms. Holiday Cheer
Cardstock: Tulip, Creme Brulee, and White Daisy
Inks: New England Ivy, Tulip, and Black
Markers: Tulip, Vanilla Cream, New England Ivy, Creme Brulee, Juniper, and Black
Embellishments: Designer Ribbon Rounds Ric Rac Collection
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper Piercer, 3-D Foam Tape, Liquid Applique, Crafter Heater, and Mini Glue Dots


This card shown below is one of the cards included in the new Jingle Workshop I will be hosting on November 22nd. At that workshop we will make 4 layout pages and 6 cards, including this one. You can see that we will put the new On Target Dimensional Elements to maximum use by using our sponge daubers to add ink in the colors and intensity we want.
Card Recipe: "Cherish" How-To Cardmaking Program: Lucky 3 pattern
Paper: Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Stamp set: B1336 Somethin' Special (exclusive stamp set; available only with workshop kit)
Cardstock: White Daisy
Inks: Tulip and Creme Brulee
Embellishments: Designer Ribbon Rounds Cranberry Collection, On Target Dimensional Elements, and Twinkle Brads
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper Piercer, 3-D Foam Tape, Sponge Daubers and Mini Glue Dots


I really love the punch of color this little 6 x 6 page packs! The new Twinkle Brads add such a terrific touch to these fun trees too!
6 x 6 Layout Recipe: "Reflections" How-To Scrapbooking Program: Bottom Border pattern
Paper: Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Stamp set: D1366 Holiday Trinkets
Cardstock: White Daisy, Creme Brulee, and Tulip
Inks: Olive
Embellishments: Designer Ribbon Rounds Cranberry Collection and Twinkle Brads
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper Piercer, 3-D Foam Tape, and Mini Glue Dots


Our Reflections How-To Scrapbooking Program is so adaptable for so many things. I have used the patterns found in this book not only for standard 12 x 12 layouts, but also for 9 x 9 and 6 x 6 pages just by doing a wee bit of easy math. For a 9 x 9 layout, just multiply each dimension by 75%. Or, if you are wanting a 6 x 6 page, multiply by 50% instead. How easy is that?! Oh, and I have even adapted the patterns for cards too!

Also, you can see why I love this particular pattern in Reflections called Main Frame - 4 Square. It gives you such a nice balance of patterns from your paper. For a touch of sparkle, I added Liquid Glass and then a sprinkle of Prisma Glitter to the little star from our new Flurry Dimensional Elements chipboard accents.
Layout Recipe: "Reflections" How-To Scrapbooking Program: Main Frame - 4 Square pattern
Paper: Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Stamp set: D1366 Holiday Trinkets
Cardstock: White Daisy, Tulip, and Olive
Inks: Tulip, Twilight, Olive, and Creme Brulee
Embellishments: Designer Ribbon Rounds Cranberry Collection, Flurry Dimensional Elements, Liquid Glasss, and Prisma Glitter
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, 3-D Foam Tape, Craft Tray, and Mini Glue Dots


Whew! So glad I got these fun pieces created and off in the mail. I had a lot of fun trying out so many of new stamps and embellishments with the fun paper packet! I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed creating.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Feeling in the Mood for a Taste of Chocolate?


I had someone request a themed party a couple of years back. This was the invitation we used. There is never too much chocolate in the world, in my opinion. I thought you might enjoy a little taste today too!

Contact me if you need more details on this particular creation.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Little Excitement in the Mix of Daily Life

After 8 years of strictly floor nursing, I am stepping into a new role. I took a chance and made a phone call in response to an ad in our local paper. The community college was looking for an Adjunct Faculty Nursing Clinical Instructor. I am so excited to say I've been hired.

What a great chance to utilize my years of nursing experience and my BSN degree! I am thankful for the new opportunity.

The fun part of the story was the great excuse to choose a professional-looking fall wardrobe with shoes to match. LOL

I've always looked forward to the excitement of this back-to-school time of year. This year it just got a little more exciting. Now, back to my homework!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Close to My Heart National Stamping Day Crop is September 12th


Exciting news is heading your way very soon! The Autumn/Winter Idea Book launch is just around the corner and you won't believe all the fabulous things happening with Close to My Heart. I can’t hardly stand the wait!!! There is so much to share with you.

RSVP to attend the Launch Party happening during my National Stamping Day Crop and you can get your copy of the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book. Plus, I'll make sure to have a free Make & Take project just for you. Send me an e-mail to: LovetoStamp@myctmh.com so I can add you to the list for Saturday, Sept. 12th. The Make & Take times are: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

I have a couple of spaces available for the crop day too if you would love to take a day for yourself and escape all the back-to-school madness. The fee is just $25 and gets you cropping space from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus lunch and dinner too. Contact me today to reserve your space for a day of fun on Saturday, September 12th.

I will also be teaching the Back Country workshop where we will make 6 pages that afternoon. The workshop is an additional fee if you would like to join us. You can see 2 of the pages we will create shown above. What great layouts for camping or vacation photos!

I can’t forget to mention how thrilled I am about the beautiful “Everyday Celebration” card kit to help celebrate National Stamping Month! It’s just beautiful and, even after you’ve made the first 16 great cards, you will still have a versatile stamp set and exclusive cutting diagram to make another set of 16 cards, and another, and another. Just grab any of your favorite paper and cardstock and start creating all over again.

Let me know when you would like to host your own workshop with your group of friends or if you would like to join a Hostess Club to earn free scrapbooking and stamping supplies.

Contact me to find out how you can get your copy of the beautiful Idea Book or to book your workshop at LovetoStamp@myctmh.com

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring September's Stamp of the Month, which is "Treasures," a set of 13 stamps.

If you have come here from Chris's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning!

This month we have 69 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

For my card creation, I used the cardmaker's how-to recipe book, "Wishes" cardmaking how-to program and followed the pattern called, Collage. The how-to programs from Close to My Heart are such great time-savers for me. The programs really do make my projects come together: "Faster. Simpler. Easier."



Project Supplies:
Stamp: D1375 Treasures, September Stamp of the Month
Paper: Grace Level 2 paper packet
Cardstock: Barn Red, Cocoa, and Colonial White
Inks: Barn Red , Cocoa, Twilight, and New England Ivy
Embellishments: Colonial White Designer Ribbon Rounds
Tools: "Wishes" how-to book, Micro-Tip Scissors, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Craft Tray, VersaMark Ink Pad, Craft Heater, and 3-D Foam Tape

It doesn't really show up in the photo, but I stamped the large flower in Barn Red, then embossed it with clear detail powder. Then, I stamped the other little flowers in New England Ivy and Cocoa. The piece is then sponge with the sponge tool in Twilight.

Remember, the September stamp of the month is only available until September 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

When visiting my website: LovetoStamp.myctmh.com you can also find great Close to My Heart scrapbooking and stamping supplies anytime you want, 24/7.

There is a beautiful "Everyday Celebration" card kit promotion running through September 30th or while supplies last. Click here to see more details in my post earlier this month about how you can earn the "Everyday Celebration" card kit AND the September Stamp of the Month, "Treasures" for FREE. Plus, I am hosting a FREE workshop on Sept. 20th for anyone who purchases or earns the "Everyday Celebrations" card kit. My e-mail is: lovetostamp@myctmh.com if you want to learn more or place your order for all your great free goodies!

Now "Hop" on over to Brae's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to see some great artwork!

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