Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Some of what I've been working on the last few days.
I love putting scraps to good use!

Inspired by this post and modified just slightly!

Thank you ALL for a wonderful year.  
I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, 
and I wish you all the best in the new year.

Happy joy!

Monday, December 10, 2012


I've been spending a fair amount of time lately with my new Cricut.  I adore it, but I also feel a little paranoid.  You see, my previous model sits on the floor a few feet behind me.  I swear I can feel it burning holes into the back of my head with its mind every time I applaud my new one for a job well done.  It served me well for over a year and it deserves a new and loving home.

So, as the past two giveaways have been for CTMH Cricut cartridges, I am switching things up this time - sweetening the deal if you will - and giving away the Cricut itself!  

Isn't she beautiful?!  This is the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutting Machine and it's $179.99 if you buy it new.  Yes, it's been used, but it's been well cared for, too.  I just put a brand-new blade in it for your cutting pleasure.  Aside from its cutting performance, what I love most about it is how portable it is.  The panels you see sticking out/up fold up/down respectively, and you end up with this:

You can take the machine anywhere!  All you need is an electrical outlet and you're good to go.  I love this feature for craft shows and demonstrations.

Along with the Cricut itself, the lucky winner of this giveaway will also receive:
  • Power cord (of course)
  • USB cable, which allows you to connect the Cricut to your computer and use the FREE Cricut Craft Room service, which just rocks
  • Brand-new blade just installed
  • Brand-new 6" x 12" cutting mat
  • George & Basic Shapes cartridge to get you started - for several months this was the only cartridge I had and I loved it!
  • AND... $10 off the next order of $30 or more that you place through me!
Yup, that's well over $200 in goodies not counting the $10 off.

How do you enter, you ask?!  Well, you'll find the widget below and it's pretty easy to use.  Do me a favor, though - share this post on Facebook, Twitter, with friends, co-workers, anyone you think might enjoy this.  I really want it to go to a great home.  I will miss it when it's gone!

Ready?!  GO!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Don Your Santa Hat!

It's time for my very favorite kind of crafting... CHRISTMAS CRAFTING!!

I've been spending a lot of time, post-baby-bedtime, in my craft room lately.  My new Cricut Expression 2 (which I got for less than $50, yessss!) is all set up and although there was a learning curve with it compared to my old machine, it has been fantastic.  I'm SO glad I finally made the switch.  I mainly did it because I wanted to be able to cut up to 12", whereas my old machine would only go to 6".  The other benefits have been awesome.

I used my new Cricut to make these little ornaments.  They obviously aren't finished yet - but I can't very well share pictures of the finished product with you without spoiling a surprise or two!  So this'll have to get you through.

Want to re-create these?  Here's what you need.

And that's IT!  It's easy and so much fun.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Avonlea with Stella?!

Here's the latest two-page layout I created for my son's scrapbook.  I'm only a little behind, considering he turned two last month... ha!  I really love the Avonlea paper pack from the current catalog.  Much to my (very pleasant) surprise, I discovered that my Stella embellishments work beautifully with it!

I particularly love the element in the center of that second page.  With my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut out the rear shape at 3-1/2" and then the shape to be stamped at 3".  With a sponge dauber, I applied some Chocolate ink around the edges to give it a nifty look.  I stamped it with my favorite stamp from the Family Love set, and voila!  Love it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Something for Baby Brynn

This idea was born in my head long before baby Brynn was born, but because I tend to procrastinate on things like this, she's just receiving it today at the ripe old age of five months!

I'd never done a sign made of letters like this before.  I've seen tons of them online, so I finally decided to give it a try.  For this sign, I used only paper from my (now retired, boo!) CTMH Sophia paper pack.  But of course, any current or former paper pack would work beautifully!  Little Brynn's doting mommy had told me that her nursery was pink and green, so I just couldn't pass this up.

First I used my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the letters out of patterned paper, and I cut a twin for each letter out of plain cardstock as well.  I glued the patterned letters to their plain counterparts, then began on embellishments.

On the "B," I used two flowers from the Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes.  I applied Pear ink to them using a sponge dauber, then for the center of each flower I used a pearl gem.

On the "R" you'll find a two-layer butterfly that, like the letters, I also created with my CTMH Cricut AP cartridge.

The "Y" has a piece of Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon tied in a bow.  I used Hollyhock ink on a sponge dauber to color the ribbon.

On the first "N," I simply adhered three buttons from my crafting stash using Glue Dots.

The second "N" has another creation from my CTMH Cricut AP cartridge!  If you haven't tried the cartridges out yet, you really need to.  They make this so easy!

Next, I cut out thin craft foam from my local craft store to match the shapes of the letters and glued those to the backs of each letter to add some rigidity.  And finally, I used Cocoa ribbon to make the hangers.  I left them long, and looped, thinking that her mama could snip them as long or short as she sees fit, if she wants to, and tie them in bows for that extra-cute look.

I hope that Brynn and her mom love it!

Want to start creating handmade gifts of your own?  Easy peasy.  Start HERE.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 2012 SotM: Christmas Time!

If you know me or have been reading this blog for long, you certainly know that I'm crazy about Christmas time.  (No, I'm not one of those people that starts decorating in September.  Not that crazy.)  So when October rolls around and CTMH offers the Stamp of the Month, I get so excited about making Christmas crafts!  This year's is extra special because it works so well with our Cricut Artiste collection to quickly make cards, scrapbook layouts, gift tags and so much more.  Easy peasy!

Here it is, yours for $5 with a $50 purchase!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Little Blast from the Past

The past Idea Book, that is!

With the arrival of the new Idea Book last month, I figured it would be good to use up some of my retired paper packs to make room for the new ones!  Conveniently, I had two projects that were perfect for the papers I wanted to use.  Usually it works the other way around!

First up was a wedding gift I made for some friends.  I'm fighting the urge to point out its many imperfections here.  Let's just say I know a few things I'll do differently next time I use this layout!

Before sending it to them, I framed it in a white shadowbox type frame in keeping with the beachy theme.  Footloose, from the Spring/Summer Idea Book, was perfect for this project because these two were set up with one another by relatives.  They lived hundreds of miles apart, so it was a long distance relationship at first.  When they did finally get to meet, they went on a beach vacation and totally hit it off.  Now they're happily married.  I adore a good love story!

Next up was a birthday card for a loved one who just happens to be an artist, writer and letterer of comic books.  Of course, Superhero was a natural choice!  I'm sure to him it was cheesy, but I hope he liked it anyway.

On to the new stuff!  And I'm already thinking about Christmas cards, who's with me?!

Friday, August 31, 2012

We Have a WINNER!!!

Thank you to all who entered the latest Cricut cartridge (or equivalent) giveaway!  The winner is shown in the Rafflecopter widget in the giveaway post, but just to make things easy on you...

Amy, please contact me here or here to claim your prize!

Stay tuned for another giveaway soon!

Meanwhile - who's ready to see the September Stamp of the Month?!  We're getting closer to my favorite part of the year for crafting, and you're going to see signs of that coming up in the Stamps of the Month and sales!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FREE STUFF! No Strings Attached!

There, do I have your attention now?!

You may remember the last giveaway I did here on the blog.  It was wildly successful, and Miss Sarah took home an epic haul of $99 worth of CTMH product... of HER CHOOSING!  She was a happy girl.

Want a turn in her shoes??  Keep reading!

I've said here multiple times that my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge is the only one my Cricut's seen since the day I got it, right?  Well, last time I was looking to bless someone else with that privilege.  The winner didn't have a Cricut, though, so instead she got to choose any products she wanted up to the $99.

The same rules will apply for this giveaway, with one big twist: there's a brand new CTMH Cricut cartridge to win!!

Artiste is all about giving your craft projects that little something extra.  With over 700 shapes (which, combined with Art Philosophy, makes over 1400 distinct shapes!!), you will find yourself using it on virtually every single project.  What's more, the cartridge comes with three sets of dimensional elements AND, three full size stamp sets.  All of these items coordinate.  Cut out the shape you need, then use the coordinating stamp to place a sentiment or image right where you want it.  No more guesswork, no more white-knuckled hand-cutting of shaped elements.

I know it seems like I'm far too excited about this, but I assure you it's absolutely genuine.  If you win this cartridge, I promise that you will love it!  And remember, if you don't have a Cricut, or just would prefer something else from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book, you can choose to go that route instead.

So, how to enter?!  The great Rafflecopter holds the key.  See below!  (Note, the first one is mandatory, so do it, and then you'll see ways to get more entries!)  I'll even make this REALLY easy by telling you that to answer the question for your first two entries, check out the Idea Book.  Don't want to view it online?  Let me know and I'll send you a paper one!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Oh Pemberley, How I Love Thee!

Back in this post, I showed you the very first scrapbook page I did for my son's scrapbook.  (He'll be two next month.  Ha!  The plumber's house always has leaks, ya know.)

Last week, I decided I just couldn't let the rest of my Pemberley kit sit there ignored!  On to the first two-page layout of his album.  For those who don't know, our son is adopted.  His birthmother - with whom we enjoy a wonderful open adoption - invited me to be in the delivery room for his birth.  It was the most incredible experience I have ever had and probably ever will have!  I will forever be grateful to her for allowing me to be a part of something that I am not able to do on my own.

Anyway, I only explain that here to indicate why there are no labor photos, and why I am fully dressed immediately after he's born.  It's a day I will never, ever forget.

Aidan's birthmom asked the hospital to give me a wristband so that I could go with our son into the nursery immediately after he was born to bond and get to know one another.  Did I mention that she is an amazing woman?!  In the layout below, you see me giving him his very first bottle... under the watchful eyes of a nurse standing by.  What a special moment.

I'm so happy that Pemberley is a kit that carried over to the new Idea Book.  It's beautiful and so versatile!

Every paper shape you see on this two-page layout, besides the plain rectangles, was cut with my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  It makes such easy work of even complicated designs.  I didn't do much stamping on this layout; the ones on the lower left corner of the second page are from the (now retired) CTMH set called Adoption.  And the yellow horizontal stripe with the sentiment on it, that travels from the left page to the right one, is a zip strip from one of the Pemberley papers.  I love how CTMH makes use of every little bit of paper!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August SotM: Baroque Borders

Have you seen the August Stamp of the Month in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book yet?!  You've got to check it out!

Baroque Borders is all about adding some timeless character to your layouts, cards, or other projects.  You can use them not just for borders or corners, but also to make your own patterned paper!  I love this set and you could, too, for only $5 with a qualifying order.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this set, CTMH, or anything else!

To place your order and get Baroque Borders for a steal of only $5, start here!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

It's the Best Time of the Year!

I know what you're thinking.  "No, silly woman, (your favorite holiday) is the best time of the year."

Okay, okay, I can agree with that.  Christmas is pretty high up on the list, too.  But I absolutely love this time of year because the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book comes out!  It's released at the annual CTMH Convention, which I vow I will make it to someday (ahem, after I hit the lottery and can afford plane tickets out of Alaska), and is always chock full of really cool new stuff.  AND, it contains the holiday papers, stamps and kits each year!  See the tie-in there?  CHRISTMAS STUFF!!  Yay!

I'll be using this space to fill you in on a few of my favorite new additions in the coming days and weeks.

Let's kick it off with a huge announcement that set my heart aflutter when I heard it.  I'm sure you know by now that last year, the Cricut people released a CTMH-exclusive cartridge for their cutting machines called Art Philosophy?!

I am being completely truthful when I say that since I got my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, my machine has never seen any other one.  It's probably firmly set in the cartridge port now, maybe even melted in a little since we've had a few hot days this summer.

But, all of that is about to change, because guess what?!

Yep!  The wizards at CTMH and Cricut have developed ANOTHER exclusive cartridge!  The CTMH Artiste Collection has over 700 shapes just as the Art Philosophy cartridge did, however this one has some extra emphasis on three dimensional objects like gift boxes and other novelties that you will find tons of creative uses for!  And also like Art Philosophy, Artiste comes with dimensional elements to get you started as well as THREE D-size stamp sets!  Those alone are worth over half the cartridge price.

Whew!  So exciting!  (Yes, I'm a giant nerd, I'm aware of this.)

To celebrate the release of our second Cricut cartridge, I'm feeling an itch.  I think we need another $99 giveaway so that you can have your very own Artiste cartridge (or an equivalent amount of product of your choice).  Who's with me?!  Stay tuned for details in my next post...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

These Items Are Disappearing in 13 Days! Get Them Before They Go Away!

The following is a list of items compiled by a fellow Consultant that shows items that will most likely NOT be available after July 31st!  With the new Idea Book coming out on August 1st, it's out with the old and in with the new!

If you want to see details on any of these items, simply go to THIS LINK and enter the item number in the search box on the left side of the page.

Order them now if you want them, otherwise you're going to miss out!

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

MyAcrylix Stamps
A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cruisin' + Born to Ride = Happy Dad!

My dad, who is a motorcycle nut, sure liked the birthday card I made for him last weekend!

Everything here is from the Cruisin' paper pack and the Born to Ride stamp set!  I used Black, Grey Wool and Cranberry cardstocks as well as a B&T paper from that pack (which looks like a map).  I also used one of the trim-off borders from one of the B&T papers, that's the horizontal band below the motorcycle.  Note that I cut out the shape for the "Feel the Wind" stamp with my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I still can't get over how easy that makes it!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Giveaway Results!

As another lovely weekend comes to a close, it's time to make someone's day!  If you read this post, you know that just by clicking a few times, you could have been entered to win your choice of either a CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge OR a $99 shopping spree in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  How easy is that?!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  The more "likes" I have on Facebook and the more people who follow my blog, the more often I can do these.  And I do LOVE doing them!  So please keep spreading the word.  I choose not to be a high pressure salesperson, so your word of mouth helps me more than you could know.  Even small or infrequent orders help me keep my kid fed and clothed... and may help us adopt a second time, too!  I appreciate you!

Now a quick note before we get to the good stuff.  If you aren't the winner this time please don't despair!  I will be doing another one of these in either July or August!  Make sure that you check my Facebook page on a regular basis, since on average only 20% of fans see any particular post from a business page these days!

Just to be completely fair, I numbered each entry and then used to choose the winner from all eligible entries.  Turns out the winning entry was #2, which belongs to...

Sarah B!

Sarah, please contact me either through Facebook or at this email link to let me know if you'd like the cartridge or the shopping spree!

Thanks again to everyone who entered the drawing - and stay tuned for some consolation prizes and further giveaways!

My First Pemberley Project and NEWS!

I must confess something to you, my crafty friends.  I must show my cards, if you will.

When the new Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book was released a few months ago, I heard a lot of buzz about the new Pemberley paper pack.  I heard almost as much excitement about Pemberley as I did about Stella.

But I didn't order it.

In fact, I really didn't like it.

And then, I ordered a few to have on hand for my customers.  And when I flipped through it for the first time, I decided I had been wrong before.  This kit is gorgeous!  I love the colors and the patterns in it, especially the hexagons on one of the B&T's in the kit.  And I always love when new kits come out that can be used for masculine cards and layouts.

So the other night when I found myself needing to make a special thank you card (yes, for a man!), I reached immediately for Pemberley.  After flipping through one of Jeanette Lynton's fabulous - but now discontinued, booo! - inspiration books for layouts, I came up with this.

All papers used are from Pemberley.  I started with Indian Corn Blue for the card itself, then made the front of the card using two different B&T's as well as Outdoor Denim and Indian Corn Blue.  For the center element, I used my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (which is, by the way, the only cartridge my Cricut has seen since the day I got it!) to cut out the shape, then stamped the sentiment using one of the stamps from the February SotM.  

Even the horizontal band with the ribbon slide is from Pemberley!  One of the things I love about CTMH papers is that when you trim off the margin piece that identifies the paper, the other side has a design on it that coordinates with the kit it came in!  So that piece actually shows the kit name on the other side, the colors in the kit, etc.  I decided to use it in place of ribbon on this card.  I'd like to say it was some greater creative plan, but the truth is I didn't have any ribbon that looked 'just right' with this design!  I think the ribbon slide looks really cute with it anyway.

For the inside of the card, I attached a piece of Desert Sand paper (you guessed it, from Pemberley!) and stamped it with the thank you message using my Little Bit of Everything stamp set.  To pull the design over from the front and give the inside a little personality, I cut out two of the hexagons from the sheet I used on the front and attached those on either side of the stamp.

I hope the recipient likes it!

* * *

Now for the NEWS!  June is a huge month at CTMH.  I haven't been this excited to share specials with you in a long time.  First and best of all, it's STAMPAGANZA!!

Yup, you read that right.  Buy any two stamp sets at regular price and receive a third (of equal or lesser value) FREE!!  This is the time to stock up on your basics!  Do you need alphabets?  How about some great summer stamps to help document great times?  Maybe just get a little sentimental.  No matter which sets you choose, you'll get a free one for every two you buy!

As if that wasn't exciting enough, don't forget about the Stamp of the Month!  The June set is really adorable!  You know the drill - it's yours for just $5 with a qualifying order (or $17.95 on its own).  Don't dilly-dally with this one!  I'll be surprised if there's enough stock to make it all the way through the month with it!

As always, feel free to contact me to buy, or place your order right on my website.  Whatever is easy for you is best for me!

One last thing to mention - the drawing will be held later tonight (just in case we have any eleventh-hour entries!).  If you haven't entered yet, get busy!!  I will post the results tomorrow.

Monday, May 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY! (Oh yeah, and a new blog design!)

I'm so pleased to reveal my brand new blog design by my friend Diana over at Custom Blog Designs.  She has done several of these for me now, and she's always so patient with me when I give vague information and expect her to know what I'm thinking.  Need a new blog design?  It's much more reasonably priced than you might expect.  Drop her a line!

What do you think of the new design?  Can you guess which paper packet inspired it?  (I'll give you a hint, it made its debut in the Fall/Winter 2011 Idea Book, but it was such a favorite that it carried over and also appears in the Spring/Summer 2012 as well!)

I couldn't think of any better way to celebrate my new design than to have a GIVEAWAY!!  And it's a big one - worth almost $100!  All you have to is "like" my blog on Facebook (HERE!), then "share" this post with your Facebook friends.  Leave a comment on the Facebook post that features a link to this blog post, letting me know that you've done that, and you're entered for the drawing!

Oh, you're still wondering what I'm giving away?

It's pretty amazing.

Getting curious?

The lucky winner - assuming there are at least 10 entries in the drawing, will receive their choice of a FREE CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, OR, $99 in CTMH product of their choice!  Holy cow, that's almost $100 worth of goodies just for clicking a couple of times!

I think you'll really love this collection.  It comes with TONS of coordinating stamps so you can make really professional-looking cards, scrapbook pages, party invitations - whatever strikes your fancy!  If you already have the collection, or don't have a Cricut, you have the option to take $99 in free product instead!

So hurry, head over to Facebook, "like" my page if you haven't already, and then "share" my post dated 5/21/12 with your friends, then leave me a comment saying that you did.

Want an extra entry in the drawing?  Well, it's your lucky day!  Follow this blog (look for the blue "join this site" button to the right) and leave a comment on this post letting me know you're a follower.  Please note that you still have to do the Facebook part and get that entry before you can get this second one.

Now, GO!  Make sure we get at least 10 entries by midnight on June 2!  Tell your friends!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day!

To celebrate the arrival of one of my favorite months, let's check out the Stamp of the Month!

Isn't that pretty?!  If you're a new stamper, don't let its detail scare you off.  This is a perfect stamp to learn some new techniques on.  And for only $5 with a $50 purchase, how can you go wrong?

Oh, and while we're at it, do you have your special limited edition Dotty for You paper pack yet?

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, this kit is also only $5 with a $35 purchase!

That's right - if you place a $50 order, you can get the above stamp AND the above paper packet for only $10 combined!  I think you'll have fun with Dotty for You.  It just oozes spring and joy and renewal, and I love all of those things!  Grab it now, though, because it's going back into the vault soon.

In other news around here, my family is preparing for our first trip out of town since my (19 month old) son was born.  It's a whole different ballgame preparing for a trip with a little one, isn't it!  Thankfully it's just a road trip - no flying - but still, I'm terrified I'll forget something important.  I do this to myself every time I go somewhere!  It's funny.  Well, it's funny after the fact anyway.

I think what I'm most excited about is capturing some new memories to scrapbook!  Now that I have finally started his scrapbook, I'm always looking for new layout ideas.  Maybe we'll have enough fun to justify a whole new volume!

Monday, April 16, 2012

First Scrapbook Page!

No, not the first one I've ever done!  But the first one I've made for my son.  Delayed reaction, perhaps, considering he's 19 months old, but... better late than never?

This page is made exclusively from the Pemberley kit, which, I'll be honest, I didn't necessarily care for when I first saw it.  I decided to order it just to have a few on hand for customers, and then I fell in love with it!  This picture doesn't do it justice, as I couldn't get the colors fine tuned right, so go HERE to see what they really look like.

For the center banner, I used papers from my Pemberley kit as well.  I stamped "it's a boy!" with the Cocktail Alphabet set using Outdoor Denim ink.

I can't wait to start on the next page!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Has Finally Sprung!!

We're late bloomers up here in Alaska, which is probably why we still have several feet of snow on the ground.  But, it's normal for us and we're used to it.  At the same time, we're thrilled that the sun has returned to the last frontier and we are up to almost 14 hours of daylight per day!

April also brings another kind of sunshine to us crafty types - a brand new Stamp of the Month!  It's only $5 with a $50 order, or you can buy it on its own for $17.95.  It's a good, versatile set, as most SotM's are!

A good set for scrapbooks, cards, and gifts alike, this is one we should all have in our arsenal.  I'm a fan of background stamps; this set contains a great one!  Check it out HERE.

What do you think of my new website?

Would you like a copy of the new Spring/Summer Idea Book to flip through?  (I know I prefer paper catalogs to browsing online; it's just more fun to look at!)  Let me know and I'll get one right out to you.  Did you know that you can download - for FREE - 'recipes' for everything that appears in the Idea Book?!

My last scrapbooking gathering, scheduled for late February, was cancelled when my son came down with RSV; I never got to schedule one for March due to various illnesses and commitments.  Maybe I can do one for April?!  How's Saturday the 21st sound, in the afternoon?  Come enjoy a couple hours of husband-free, kid-free crafty time!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last Chance!

You only have TWO days left to get your hands on the March 2012 Stamp of the Month!  Remember, it's only $5 with a $50 order.  After Saturday, it's gone!

Go, now!

In other news, Easter greetings are all sent out.  Next up: a baby gift for a friend who's having a little girl in a couple of months.  I don't want to spoil any surprises, so I'll just say that it involves this kit, which just happens to match her nursery perfectly!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sympathy in a Pinch

Earlier this week, a coworker's elderly father passed away.  Thinking of what I would most appreciate in such a situation, I volunteered to make a card (rather than buy one) for all of us in the office to sign and give to him.  Later that night, I plopped down in my craft room and started digging through my stamps.  That's when I realized that I have NO sentiments for a sympathy card!  I was shocked.  I could've sworn I had this set, but apparently not.  Needless to say, it's going on my next order.

So, what does a crafty desperate girl do in a pinch?  She improvises!  I knew that I wanted to use the Cruisin' paper packet (despite its whimsical name) because it's somewhat masculine.  Here's what I ended up with; what do you think?

I made the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" card out of the black cardstock in that packet.  Then I cut the pretty patterned paper slightly smaller and attached that to the front.  Next, I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out both layers of the center shape; the full sized one in black and the frame one in Grey Wool.  I created the flower and leaves with my Rosy Regards set.  (Pick that one up if you don't have it already!  It's very versatile!)  I normally only use two leaves on each side, but it just didn't look right, so I added a third.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment that comes with this set in Cranberry ink, made a black backpiece for it, and glued that to the lower right corner.  I lined the inside with more Grey Wool cardstock from the Cruisin' paper pack and stamped "Sending Warm Wishes" from this set there.  Voila, sympathy in a pinch!  Not perfect, but good enough.

Tell me about a time you had to improvise!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thank You Card in Sonoma

Yes, I know, the Sonoma paper pack is from the last Idea Book!  However, I am still absolutely in love with it, and the fine folks at CTMH were wise enough to carry it over to the new Idea Book so that we can still enjoy it.  I've been on a Sonoma streak, as it were, but I think it's coming to an end... for now!

I wanted to drop a line to my son's pediatrician to thank her for all she's done for us.  It's a long story, but suffice it to say she's really wonderful and I just don't know what we'd do without her.  What better reason to make a card, right?  I hope she likes it.

I cut the card itself from the Smokey Plum cardstock in my Sonoma paper packet.  Of course I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to do the work for me!  (How else could I get those corner flourishes so perfect?!)  I cut it at 5-1/2" because I had 6" x 6" envelopes handy.  I attached a piece of B&T Duos paper, also from my Sonoma paper packet, to the back side of the front of the card so that it peeks through the cutouts.

Next I used my Just for You stamp set to stamp the flower on Bamboo cardstock from the Sonoma kit.  I attached the center round piece with foam tape for a little dimension. After I cut the flower out by hand, I realized I hadn't needed to do that; the flower shape is on the Art Philosophy cartridge, so I could have had my Cricut do the work for me!  Silly me.  Next, I relied on my cartridge again to cut out the piece of Bamboo cardstock for my sentiment.  I used a stamp from the February 2012 Stamp of the Month set for my sentiment on this card.

Next came the stitching, which I (obviously!) did by hand.  My trusty CTMH ruler is equipped with perfectly-spaced holes for marking where to stitch, so that was easy.  I stitched around the edge with New England Ivy embroidery floss.

Finally, I lined the right side of the inside of the card with a piece of Bamboo cardstock cut just smaller than the card itself to leave the Smokey Plum border.  I stamped "Thank You" there, wrote my personal message, and added my special trademark to the back of the card.

Next up, time to get cracking on Easter projects!  What do you have on your crafting to-do list?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Easter Already!

I don't know about where you live, but where I am, winter is still in full swing!  So it's hard to believe that Easter is only a few weeks away.  What will you create for your friends and family to make their Easter special?  Whether you celebrate for religious reasons or just look forward to coloring eggs and devouring candy, we have something for everyone.

Why not make cards for your loved ones?  Not just regular cards.  Cards that scream "LOVE!" not only because they're handmade, but also because they come with a special little treat!

With the aptly-named My Originals Sweet Surprises Card Kit, most of the work is already done - all you do is assemble, embellish, and make someone's day.  Everything you need for TEN CARDS for less than $20.  All you add is the sugary goodness.

For those who celebrate Easter as Resurrection Day, we have something for you too.  Why not send some thoughtful greetings with the He Is Risen stamp set?

If you're looking for something playful, we've got that covered, too.  How about the My Peeps set?  How adorable is this?!

Stamp with a base color, then fill in with pencils, markers, or nothing at all!

What will you create for the special day this year?

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Card for Mom

This card is a bit of a multi-tasker.  You could give it for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, a birthday, or just because!  I have a very special recipient in mind for it...

I think Sonoma is my favorite paper pack from the last Idea Book, so I'm thrilled that it carried over to the new book!  Stock up on it now, because somewhere around July, it will become extinct!

I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, Sonoma paper packet (including cocoa cardstock for the body of the card).  I used Smokey Plum, Sweet Leaf and New England Ivy inks, the Keepsake Alphabet set to stamp "Mom," and the Rosy Regards set to make the flower.

If you have a Cricut and have not yet invested in the Art Philosophy cartridge, you need to do it!  NOW!  There are over 700 shapes and objects on this cartridge.   Not only that, it comes with three coordinating D-size stamp sets.  You just can't beat that.  To be honest, I am actually tempted to sell all my other cartridges and just use this one.  (Of course, I'd use the proceeds from those sales for more paper and stamps, because I'm a junkie!)

Now, to figure out how to avoid delivering this card early!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hubby's Valentine's Day Card

One of the best things about crafting, for me, is being better able to tailor gifts to their recipients.  Especially for occasions like Valentine's Day!  I always used to buy my husband a card, but it's hard to find one that isn't all ooey-gooey.  He's a very sweet guy, but ooey-gooey isn't his style at all!

This year I decided to go with a brown and blue theme.

I used lagoon and cocoa cardstocks, cocoa ribbon, cocoa ink, cocoa baker's twine, a ribbon slide, and Mad About You, Love Ya! and Stitched Together stamp sets.  Hope he likes it!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


I just happen to know that my new order will be delivered TOMORROW!

Even better, I know that I get to make two customers' days tomorrow too, because their orders are in with mine.  What will we create with our new goodies?!

Perhaps a little February Stamp of the Month action for Valentine's Day?

Maybe bring out a carryover from the last Idea Book and have fun with Roxie?

I can tell you this - the item I am most excited about is my new Family Love stamp set from the new Idea Book.

After all... isn't that what it's all about?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Versatility in Our Projects

I think it's safe to say that I get in my own way a lot when it comes to my crafting.  I sometimes worry about how others will see my work, and if it's good enough.  I should be rejoicing in the fact that no matter what I create, it's perfect, because there's no right or wrong way to craft.  That's one thing I love about scrapbooking and cardmaking.  Everyone has their own style, their own taste, and their own favorite look.  And all of them are right!

Another thing I battle as a crafter is pigeon-holing myself into specific themes, patterns, or looks.  Jeanette Lynton, the head crafter (if you will) at CTMH, addressed this on her blog recently; see this post.  She points out that although the Cruisin' paper pack... the new Idea Book is quite obviously geared toward travel or vacation themes, there are also tons of other things you can use it for!  Go check out her post and be amazed.

Another example of this sort of versatile thinking is shown in the following video.

Sure, I'll admit it, when I saw the dinosaur stamp set, it screamed "BOY!"  But just as I wouldn't keep my son from playing with a doll if he wanted to, this set doesn't have to be decidedly masculine!  And the sentiments in the stamp set are definitely gender-neutral.

These ideas gave me a lot of food for thought about the way I sometimes get stuck in boxes based on colors, shapes, or words that I run across.  Now I have something to work on that will pay off in the form of better art!  What do you need to work on improving when it comes to your crafting?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Stamp of the Month

As if a brand new Idea Book didn't bring enough excitement to February, there's a really great Stamp of the Month to go along with it!

As someone who loves making cards, I am completely in love with this set.  From Valentine's cards to thank you's to graduation to just-because greetings, this set covers it all.  There are two ways you can get it: place a $50 order this month and get the set for only $5, or you can purchase it on its own for $17.95.

Don't wait!  These stamps are only available in February!

Click here to browse and/or to order.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


It's February 1st and that means the premiere of our brand new Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  Ever since my first sneak peek at this book, I've been chomping at the bit to share it.  There are some really great new paper packs, stamps, accessories - you name it!

New paper kit themes for this Idea Book include:

Cruisin' - Road trip, anyone? I miss just-because road trips!

Florentine - The earthy feel of this one is lovely.

Footloose - Does this not make you long for the beach?! Ahh!

Lucy - So pretty for the princess in your life.

Pemberley - I love the mix of whimsy and classic color combos in this one.

Superhero - A paper pack perfectly suited to BOYS?! Oh, I'm so excited.

And my personal favorite...

Stella! - I just absolutely love this color scheme. It is elegant without being snobby,
and it's just beautiful!

Aren't those gorgeous?!  Stay tuned over the next few weeks, I'll be showcasing individual items from the new Idea Book and how you can use them to create beautiful projects of your own.

Ready to browse the new Idea Book, make your wish list or place your order?  Click here!