Friday, December 31, 2010

January 2011 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


Again we are stamping through to the new year with our stamp of the month blog hop!
You should be coming from Jen Patrick's blog - if not, keep hopping and you'll do a complete circle - check out what others have came up with for this new stamp set. and please leave a comment - we love comments!

This month it's Find Your Style D1452 - I love the Shoe and the Dress Form and well, ALL of these stamps!
I'm giving you a sneak peek at one of the projects that I'll be teaching at my weekend retreat NEXT WEEKEND!!! (still room - come along!)  Using our new Flip Flaps I created extra panels making two pages super sized!

Above is when the panels are closed.
 Left Side Close Up above
 Right Side Close Up above
 8 x 12 Flip Flap Panel opened up on Left Side - these Flip Flaps attach to the sheet protectors!  They add more room while still protecting your photos from fingers!
 Right Side Opened Up - 4 x 12 Flip Flap
 This stamp is also part of the set - love the phrase.
 You really can't see the color too much - I used a blending pen to color the words in so that each word stands out. You rub the pen onto the ink pad and it picks up some color and then you color the paper with it - it's a very lite/soft process - almost like water coloring.  I also bent the wings up and these are glued on the outside of the sheet protectors for dimension.

The paper is Wings - January/Febrary's (new catty) paper - so another sneak peek you are getting!

Thanks for looking and now check out Melinda Everitt's Blog to see more!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish you a happy holiday, I'm going to be tied up until after Jan 9th - when my weekend retreat is over!  I can't wait for it to start because I just put the finishing touches on the projects and am looking forward to seeing everyone!

Hope you are all safe and having fun.  Santa brought me everything I wanted, picture frames for my desk at work, REALLY warm socks, peppermint bark, and Jeanie's health restored (she's been sick for 2 weeks). Hope Santa was really good to you too!

I'll post when I have some time!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sticky Boy Stowing Away!

Sticky Boy Stowing Away in Random MyCTMH® Orders!

During the month of December, when a you place a minimum order of $20 (excluding tax and shipping/handling) on my MyCTMH® site, you will receive a popular, retired D-size stamp set absolutely FREE! We will send one automatically out to them with each qualifying order without any additional shipping, handling, or tax charges.

We have decided to up the ante—Sticky Boy may be coming to your house for the holidays! In random Plenty for Twenty-qualifying MyCTMH orders throughout December, we’ll be adding in a special stowaway absolutely FREE: Sticky Boy! He’ll be available in different sizes and in his own packaging, so check your box closely to see if you’ve won him as a bonus prize this December! Go to my website: to see if your $20 gets you a Sticky Boy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

It's here again - the hop and can you believe it's December!  Santa's on his way!  You should be coming from Adeline Brill's blog, if not just keep hopping and you will make a complete circle.

This month stamp set is Amore D1445 - Close To My Heart is always 2 months ahead with their stamp of the month's so even though it's Christmas time, this stamp set is geared towards Valentine's day - Aren't they smart at Corporate!

I made two simple cards, again using a stash that I had pre created from a workshop months ago but I just felt the colors were perfect for Valentine's Day cards. 
I did a second generation stamp for the heart and then stamped the LOVE over it - using the same color, the heart just looks lighter. I also, love the boarder stamp of hearts - I used that along the edge on the darker pink.  The ink I used is Hollyhock.
The card below I added tiny hearts to the B&T paper to match the words.
I just felt that these cards weren't enough so I started playing with the large heart stamp.  
I bent the top in more before stamping the image so that it was more like a heart then how it sat on the sheet.  I stamped it in Hollyhock ink and then took the Tulip Marker and traced some of the lines. 

I added extra dots everywhere. (I call this doodling!  I LOVE TO DOODLE!) Using a White gel pen I added some highlights down the center of the leaves, under edges and a few white dots here and there.  To finish it off I took Liquid Glass and dotted all the dots with it to give it a shine.  I don't think my camera caught the shine.  I sponged around the torn edges with Hollyhock. 
I mounted it on Chocolate cardstock that I got wet and crunched in my hand to create a quick pleat.  Let me know what you think!

Now, hop over to Chris Shouse's blog and see what she created with this great stamp set!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Storage for Paper

 These Cropper Hoppers are great for paper.  It hold like 200 sheets of cardstock.  I have 2 boxes for each season.  I have a tab for each color.  Then I save the ziplock bags that our Paper Packs come in and put a label on the outside corner for scraps.
 This way I know which box they go in and what paper is in the bag.  With 60 colors to work with, there is no way one can remember is which blue is which (without a swatch book in hand).
I also label the front of the box showing what order the colors are in the box so that finding them are easy too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Vinyl Part 2

 Yesterday I posted the deer artwork, here is the ornament artwork and another with words and a bow.

I used vinyl on the outside of the glass and added real bows to each ornament.
Here is one with a ribbon.  I wish I knew how to make a fuller bow - next time!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vinyl Christmas Art

 I created these two deer using MTC and tracing the clipart.
 This is what one looked like prior to sponging mountains and grass.  I tore paper to create the mask for the mountains.
 You can't see the grass on the one above very well.
This one is a little better. I used brown vinyl and put it right on the front of the picture frame.
This is what it looks like on the mat with a little transfer tape.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Princess Invite - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Heart 2 Heart is having a challenge for anything Princess and Pink.  So I dug out this oldie but goodie - my daughter's 1st birthday invite!
The princess part is the castle that is heat embossed on the bottom of the vellum top sheet.  I printed the words off my laser printer.

 Here is a close up of the white embossing powder castle.
 I stamped pink hearts onto the white cardstock that is behind the white vellum.
Here is how the hearts show threw the vellum.  A little pink knot bow at the top to finish her off - and a close up of the words.  The stamp set that I used is retired Princess Set.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spider Cupcakes

 An Army Of Spiders! At least they look friendly! We made these cupcakes with strawberry cake batter so they were red when you bit into them! They smelled awesome!
 Jeanie and I made these for her class last week. Didn't have time to post prior to the holiday.  We took licorice and pulled the strands apart and I came up with the great idea of putting them into the microwave to make them soft and bubbly.
 The bubbles were unexpected but nice.
As the cooled they got harder and they kept the bent leg shape!
Here is what they looked like without mouths and frosting on their eyes.  The eyes are white chocolate chips.  That was a lot of microwaving for 8 legs per cupcake!
I took a zip lock bag and put frosting in it, cut off the corner and put a decorating tip in the corner to decorate the eyes.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

We celebrated my Dad's birthday yesterday when we could get the whole family together and just before trick or treat.  Here is the card I made for him:
 The car is old and on wood (I know bad word) but my Dad is into cars. His initials are on the license plate. I used large Sparkles to give the headlights a 3D effect.  I used Liquid Glass to make the windshield shiny. My Dad even has a convertible that he takes my daughter out in during the summer - she loves it and passes out in the back seat from all the fresh air! I think I have a picture of that!
 Here is what it looks like before the car is added with foam squares.  The tree is from Grown With Love stamp set.  I love all the different style leaves you can do with this set.  I choose fall colors to go with the times.
 Again, I'm Bad - these are our OLD stamps but I knew I could find a Grandpa stamp in the set super fast!  These were a set of ours that were on foam - I wish they would do this set again in clear!
The front of the envelope.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Stamp Of The Month Blog hop!  You should be coming from Jill's blog, but if you are starting here that is ok, just keep hopping and you'll do a complete circle!

This month's stamp set it A Little Thanks - you could earn it free for the month on November (or you can purchase it out right, click here to go to my site to see the details.)

I thought this would be easy - everyone needs some thank you cards laying around and should send out whenever you can - but this wasn't as easy as I thought.  This stamp set has messy spots in some of the words - the stamps are made that way and I like it clean so it was hard for me.

Since I do a lot of workshops and have tons of unfinished cards from the displays, I decided to use some to put them to good use:

 The stamp in the right corner is from this set - the little lady is from a stamp set I LOVE and enjoy coloring with markers! Sometimes I use itty bitty sparkles for earrings!
 All these stamps are from this set! 
I put the same words around the square as a boarder.

 See the thank you above - the spots below the YOU is part of the stamp - I don't know how I feel about that messy stuff.  Maybe if the whole card was messy??

 Again, the words were messy above - if you click on the photo it'll get bigger - what are your thoughts?
I then decided to try something a little different and do some very plain thank you cards and bend the words around the THANKS.  These will go in my purse for a quick note.  I think more people should send out thank yous - even for the littlest things - don't you?

Now head over to Shannon's blog to see what great work she's created for you!

Monday, October 25, 2010

WhOoO Lives Here?

 I hope you can see these pictures! I took them with my cell phone so they might not be perfect. You can click on them to make them bigger.  Yesterday's post I showed how I cut the owls out, today I'm showing you where they live!
 This is a photo of one branch coming off the window - hence the glare
This is an extra branch coming off the closet.  We had a few extra flowers so we decorated the light switch too.  I think the 2 tone green leaves look great and the owls were the cutest!

Thanks for looking!


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