Thursday, June 30, 2011

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Welcome to our July Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring this month's new SOTM - American Celebration D1458! If you've just joined me from Angel's blog, then you are on the right path!
Here's a view of all of the images included in this lively patriotic stamp set (below):
All of my artwork today also features the Fanfare paper pack X7138B (colors include Black, Cranberry, Pacifica, Sky, Sunny Yellow, and White Daisy). First, I'm sharing a standard size card inspired by Wishes - Gallery (p. 119).Next, I'm sharing an 8 x 3.5" card inspired by Originals - Pocket Greeting Tag (p. 54). Remember, you can click on any of my photos to see them up close!
Here's another view of the pull-out tag that fits in the pocket on the front of the card (below). This tag could also be used as a bookmark (so fun and EASY to make!):
Now you can continue on with the rest of this SOTM blog hop and see more creative ways to use this stamp set by visiting Doreen's blog next! Enjoy!!

$5 Creative Class for 7/2!

Here's a sneak peek at what we're making at my $5 Creative Class coming up this Saturday evening July 2nd (starting at 6pm and/or 7pm - whatever time works best for you)! It's only $5 per person to attend and learn how to create one of each of these 3 projects with me (or make two of each item for $10...either way, it's still a steal-of-a-deal)! I currently have just 8 spots left for this class (4 of 12 spots are taken), and I do expect it to fill quickly now that I have shared what we're creating, so please contact me to RSVP ASAP! Please remember to bring your own adhesive (or IF this is your first time attending I will provide adhesive for you).

I hope you can join us this Saturday evening for some creative learning and fun!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Heartfelt Wishes card for the H2H Bingo Challenge!

Good Morning! Today I'm sharing the "Heartfelt Wishes" card I created this week for the Heart to Heart Blog Bingo Challenge! This challenge was simple. Choose three items in a row (bingo or tic-tac-toe) from the bingo card (shown above) to use to inspire your creation! Can you guess which three I chose?! If you guessed doily, flowers, and lace (top row straight across), then you are correct! I'm also showing you the packaging for the 4" paper doilies I used in case you want to get some of your own to create with (I got mine from the cake decorating aisle at wal-mart, but you should be able find them at any store
with a cake-decorating section).

The standard size card I created is inspired by Wishes - Sentiment Secured (p. 78). I've used the Wings papers (X7135B) with two different stamp sets; Card Chatter - Sympathy D1476 and the b-size stamp set from the Sophia Workshop-on-the-Go kit G1019. Ink colors are Black, Olive, Vineyard Berry, and 2nd generation Vineyard Berry. I backed the paper doily with Colonial White cardstock and embellished with some lacy Colonial White ribbon and a paper button carnation. The interesting button carnation is a new thing I learned from consultant Connie Macfarlane and her FABULOUS blog "Paper Pleats and Ribbon Roses"!! Click here to visit Connie's blog for an AWESOME video tutorial that shows how to create these fun button carnations from scraps!! Connie, ALL of your paper and ribbon flowers are so beautiful and I am so inspired by you - THANK YOU for sharing your know-how and creativity with us!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A catch-up post (projects from Spring Stamp Camp)!

So I am a bit behind on posting all of the artwork from our past Spring Stamp Camp that was held on April 30th and I have been meaning to post ALL of these creations here in one posting for quite a while now. I hope you enjoy seeing them here all together!!
(better late than never, right?!!)
Products used to create the layout (above) include:
Z1395 Irresistibles Eclectic Alphabet ($6.95)
Z1384 Pink Collection Designer Ribbon ($7.95)
Z1327 Blue & Green Sparkles ($2.95)
Pre-cut cardstock from "Wings" and "Bliss" bulk paper packs
D1470 Dreams Come True stamp set
Products used to create the memory cube (above) include:
Z1152 My Creations Cube - 5”x 5” assembled ($4.95)
Z1395 Irresistibles Eclectic Alphabet ($6.95)
Z1390 Irresistibles Villa ($4.95)
Z726 Sponge Daubers – 3 pack ($3.95)
Pre-cut cardstock and “Mayberry” bulk patterned papers
Stitched Together C1459

16 standard-size cards (bel0w):
Paper Lantern C1458 stamps with the Lucky papers (above).
X-treme D1432, A Little Everything D1408, and Happy Birthday C1257 stamps with the Lucky papers (above).
Delight C1452 stamps with Mayberry papers (above).
Salutation Seals C1461 stamps with Mayberry papers (above).
Baby Love B1368 stamps with Sophia and Miracle papers (above).
Bliss WOTG (G1020) stamps with Sophia and Miracle papers (above).
Card Chatter - Birthday D1475 and Fanfare WOTG (G1021) stamps with Miracle papers (above).
Card Chatter - Birthday D1475 and Fanfare WOTG (G1021) stamps with Sophia papers (above).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!

Well, we finally finished our last week of school here and the kids were thrilled to wake up to their very first day of Summer vacation this morning (6/17)! Because of all the crazy busy-ness we've had the past couple weeks, I haven't had much time for creating recently. I thought it would be fun to share with you a bunch of my "older" things I've created for Father's Day over the past few years. Some of this artwork I created way before I started blogging, so this may be the first time you've seen it online. Please enjoy and have a very Happy Father's Day everyone!
First, I'm sharing the "circle" album, I created for my husband Jose in June 2007 (remember the Expedition papers and Typewriter Alphabet stamps?!) This was a fun little album to make and one we still cherish to this day! It just goes to show you that scrapbooking doesn't always have to be a super "big" and time-consuming project - one very little album can mean a whole lot!
...whether he's coaching...
(District Teacher of the Year award 2002-03)
...showing us his sweet smile...
...loving us...
...reading to us...
...looking fabulous with a beard...
...taking naps with our babies (his favorite past-time!)...
...loving Mom (notice he gave me flowers)...
...or just having fun!...
that he is our Dad!!

Next, here are a few cards (below) that I made last year using the Passages papers and Wonderful Friend (June 2010 Stamp of the Month)
Here are a few more standard size cards (below) that I created with the "It's a Guy Thing" papers in June 2008
Finally, here is a real "OLDie" but goodie (below)!
I made this one back in June 2004 after attending my first CTMH Convention, when I hadn't even been a consultant for a full year yet (joined in October 2003). This was one of the very first cards I created with our fabulous My Acrylix stamps (before that Convention we still sold wood-mounted rubber stamps). It just goes to show that I've "come a long way" creatively since then, lol. This card uses the Wild Adventure papers with the "In the Wild" stamp set (too fun)!

Monday, June 6, 2011

$5 Creative Class for 6/11!

(remember, you can click on my photos to see them up close!)
These last two cards were inspired by fellow consultant Amy Kaminski (a participant in my monthly SOTM swap). THANK YOU Amy for your fun "good luck" card that was so inspiring to me!!
Here's a sneak peek at what we're making at my $5 Creative Class coming up this Saturday evening June 11th (starting at 6pm and/or 7pm)! It's only $5 per person to attend and learn how to create one of each of these 4 projects with me (or make two of each item for $10 - still quite a deal)! I have 12 spots open for this class but I do expect it to fill quickly now that I have shared what we're creating, so please RSVP ASAP! You will need to bring your own adhesive (or IF this is your first time attending I will provide adhesive for you). For further details you can click here to visit my myctmh website calendar for more information!

Last chance to get your "You and Me" scrapbooking kit (and support a good cause)!!

If you missed out on this kit in May, it's not too late to get one now (and help out a great cause too)! Many have asked us if there is something we could do to support those affected by recent severe weather in the US, and we’ve also had requests to extend the availability of the You & Me scrapbooking kit offered during the month of May. We’ve combined those two aims into a single campaign called
"You & Me: Stronger Together."

Severe flooding, Tornadoes, and storms have affected the lives of thousands across the United States, but together we can make a difference. During the month of June, purchase the You & Me scrapbooking kit for only $15 (a retail value of $34.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Spring 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations. With the You & Me kit, you’ll create two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included instructions, papers, D-size stamp set, and accessories. At only $15, this kit is more than 50% off the retail price, but please act fast because it is available only while supplies last! You’ll win by getting the kit at a phenomenal price, and those in the weather-devastated regions will benefit from your charitable contribution. Together we can make a difference; together we are stronger!

Order this kit from me now!
(in person, by phone/e-mail, or order online at
and you can then look forward to joining me
in my stamp room on

Saturday, June 25th (anytime between 4pm and 10pm)
for a FREE "You and Me" workshop.
You will get free use of my inks, blocks, and stamps, as well as my guidance and expertise to help you complete these beautiful scrapbook pages!

Friday, June 3, 2011

"Dream Big" Hanging Treat Pouch!

Here's an easy way to dress up a water bottle for your upcoming Summer celebrations! It also makes for an affordable and unique little gift you can give anytime. I've added a granola bar and packet of lemonade drink mix, but you can fill this hanging treat pouch with any little goodies you want to. To create this I used the Fanfare Level 2 paper packet X7138B, Fill in the Blank stamp set D1465, and Dream Big stamp set D1399. I embellished with blue grosgrain ribbon and itty bitty Licorice (black) Opaques adhesive gems z1335. I also used 3d mounting tape on the star, "dream big" image, and butterfly to help them pop-up a little bit. I'll be teaching my consultant team members how to create this with me at our upcoming team meeting on June 11th! I hope the instructions are helpful to you also (you can click on all images to see them larger) - enjoy!