Sunday, June 3, 2012

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!

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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.


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