Tuesday, December 30, 2008

last 2 class layouts.

I posted the first two layouts for a class this weekend and here are the last two.
This is the second Christmas layout:

I am really pleased with this layout- I wish my photos did it justice. The Colonial White "Dear Santa" piece is the journaling section. It's kind of aged looking thanks to the Bamboo stamp pad and rolled at the bottom and creased at the top- like it's been read several times. The original idea for the title and "Dear Santa" piece came from here. You can see that is about all that came from that layout as I needed more space for photos on this layout:)
Supplies: Evensong Paper Pack, Colonial White RicRac, Friendship Alphabet Stamp Set, Moments in Time Stamp Set (Jan '09 Stamp of the Month- calendar set), Hodgepodge Color Ready Alphabet stickers, Cranberry , New England Ivy and Black ink pads, Creative Memories small circle punch.
The second layout is also the second Winter layout:

If you are like me then you probobly think the right photo looks a little plain here- after taking this photo i added a photo hanger and some sassy strands to the right page. The left page uses some chipboard letters that I cut from chipboard coasters using my sizzix. The snowflake "o" has a rhinestone center. The "Brrr" in the top left corner is on a metal rimmed tag. The right page is quite open for any size photos so it's very customizable. I personally plan to use it for 4 smaller photos on the colonial white piece.
Supplies: Aspen Paper Pack, Autumn Sassy Strands, Sparkles, rectangle metal rimmed tag, January Word Puzzle stamp Set, Feathery Flakes stamp set, Liquid Glass (to glue the chipboard and metal rimmed tag down), Outdoor Denim ink, Chipboard coaster and sizzix(these are the only 2 items not orderable through CTMH)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Back to work

Back to work I go... for 2 days and then on vacation again till next Monday. Aside from my "real job" I've also been back to work on my papercrafting... crossing items off my list left and right. I finished a couple cards that I'm going to submit to try to get published so I can't show those yet but I've also been finishing the last touches on four layouts for a class I'm teaching this weekend. Today I'll show the first 2 and tomorrow the last two. My friend/ hostess wanted each participant to make two winter layouts and 2 Christmas layouts so here is one of each:

Each participant will receive half a pack of the CTMH Aspen Paper Pack and half of the Evensong pack plus all the embellishments to create the layouts. I always have to add extra cardstock for the bases and this time they are each getting a sheet of the brand new HodgePodge Color Ready Alphabet stickers that they will sponge and decorate to match the layouts- We use them on both layouts shown today and one tomorrow- plus they take the extras with them!! I'm so excited about this class because I truly adore all 4 layouts!!

This first one holds 2 standard 4x6 photos- 3- 3x4 1/2 and then technically you could fit 2 more photos on the open space with the stained glass looking paper. The layout looks fine with those spaces empty or full so it gives each person their own option depending on how many photos they have. Also-

there are 2 journaling spots so removing the strips on the right page opens up another small photo space- or one long space for maybe a 5x7 that gets trimmed on the sides? Several options on this one and that is one of the reasons I love it.
Stamps: Holiday Joy Ink Colors: Olive and Cranberry

Here's a close up of the "Joy" on the left page. I used 2 asterics from the alphabet stickers to make the "o"!

The second layout is "Snow much fun" too!!
The Tree pattern in the paper pack is so darn pretty! I really like the way the Twilight cardstock stands out. The "much fun" at the bottom shows up much better in real life- my camera batteries were going dead so I didn't have time to play with the lighting on my photos. The journaling piece at the bottom left has 3 rhinestones- one in the center of each of the 3 larger snowflakes.

The right page has a cute snowman made from the CTMH November Stamp of the Month- All Decked Out. You can see some sparkle on his hat- I used the Write and Rub glue pen with some prisma glitter. Last but not least is a photo of the word "snow". All of the letters on this layout were decorated by sponging with Bamboo ink then stamping a small snowflake along the bottoms in Twilight ink. The write and rub glue pen was used to add glitter to the snowflakes. I love the sparkly effects this creates!

Friday, December 26, 2008


yeah- I found some cards that I hadn't posted yet to share with you this week!

Here is a card I made in November for my friend's birthday. I used some textured cardstock and textured die cuts (from the November CTMH special- Dazzling Diecuts) in flower shapes. I used some green grosgrain ribbon for the stems but it was too wide- So the ribbon was folded in half and hand stitched with green thread to the card front (the card front was made first and then attached to the base so none of the embellishments showed through the back side)

All of the flower petals were sponged with coordinating ink colors. Small brads were added to the center of the smaller flowers and a large corduroy brad (from the Autumn mini-medley collection) was used in the larger flower. Personally- the card is prettier in real life but the photo will have to do for now.
I hope you all had/ are having a great holiday! Since I only work 2 more days this year- I've got a lot of sketches drawn out of projects I plan to make over the coming week and just have some finishing touches on projects already started- I can't wait for my hubby to get out of work tonight so I can disappear to my craft room- but for now I'm going to start my daughter's second lesson on playing minesweeper!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

bad crafter!

wow... My last post was December 5th and didn't even include artwork!! The sad thing is I wasn't even crafting much in that time to have anything to post!!

Top 5 reasons for the lack of posts:

1) I don't conduct clubs or parties in December because the month is too hectic as it is so no artwork being made for them.

2) I did not make any paper craft projects as presents!! I know!! can you believe it? I had a few planned out but they involved grandkid pictures for the grandmas and now that each side of our family will have new babies next year- I'm holding off to include their photos for next Christmas.

3) I've been super tired (as one of those new babies is currently kicking me!) and haven't had the super power energy I used to have!

4) I am a baker/ candy maker so all of my spare time has been working on those types of gifts!

5) I really didn't think I had any "older" art to fill in with while my crafting has taken a back burner.

I do have a photo today of some boxes of baked goods I put together- I bought the boxes (they came with the inserts!) at Walmart. They are Martha Stewart- and honestly- while they go together nicely it is a bear to get the lids back off!! The treats turned out super yummy this year. It was my first time making peanut brittle and it is so full of peanuts- mmmm...
Peanut Brittle:
1 1/2 cups salted peanuts
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
Directions: Heavily butter a large cookie sheet; set aside. Place peanuts in an ungreased baking pan and place in the oven- heat oven to 250F.
Meanwhile, place sugar, corn syrup, water and butter in 2 quart saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar has dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. (Be careful not to splash sugar mixture on side of pan) Carefully clip a candy thermometer to the side- but don't let the bulb touch the bottom of the pan. Cook over medium-low heat til thermometer registers 280F without stirring. Gradually stir in warm peanuts. Cook until thermometer registers 300F(hard crack stage), stirring frequently.
Immediately remove from heat; stir in baking soda until thoroughly blended. (Mixture will foam) Immediately pour onto prepared cookie sheet. Spread mixture evenly to form an even layer. Cool about 30 minutes or until set. Break brittle into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
This recipe is so easy and so tasty that it'll now be a regular on my Christmas baking list!!
I did find two cards that I've apparently not posted yet so I'll be posting those this week AND I'm in the middle of putting the finishing touches on a scrapbook class I'm teaching January 3rd- so once the embellishments are added- I'll be showing those too!!
If I'm not back by tomorrow- I hope that whatever you celebrate this season is happy! To my friends and family- Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 5, 2008


The new Close To My Heart Spring Idea Book was received by consultants this week and it is so fantastic I've already ordered a TON of stuff from it!! Unfortunately it's not available for customer ordering till January 1st...so... You'll just have to try your luck at WINNING something!!

Visit CMTH founder Jeanette Lynton's blog at jeanettelynton.com to enter a contest for your chance to win a new Level 2 Paper packet and coordinating sticker set!! Then- keep visiting as she will continue to have more contests and challenges!

In the meantime- watch for more artwork here on my blog as I've got a weekend with no commitments... so I've got some projects in the works :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Gifts for Giving

I've been quite busy planning some small gift projects for my customers to make at an upcoming gift class.

Here's a sneak peak of a few items with more to come in a few days.

This first one is a checkbook cover. This particular one I made for myself. I've had my current checkbook cover for about 4 years or so and was in desperate need of a change.

I used some paper from the Magic Moments Paper Pack, a White Daisy Just Blooms paper flower sponged with Indian Corn Blue Ink and centered with a clear sparkle. I added a strip of sunflower cardstock and some hollyhock ricrac. The "T" was cut from chipboard with my handy dandy Sizzix- I think if I realized sooner that it would cut through chipboard- this thing would have seen a lot more action in the past year! the "t" was sponged with Sweet Leaf ink. I am loving this new checkbook cover and since my customers will be able to use any paper in my scrapbin that they choose- I'll bet I see some really awesome designs!!

This next one is equally cute in my book. It's a gift set that will be packaged together in a cute handmade bag that isn't shown.
The item on the left is a cute tic tac container covered with cardstock- see the cute belly cut-out where the tic-tacs are poking through!! (I totally stole this idea from CTMH consultant Jennifer Woodbury on our consultant boards) The candle was dressed up with some ribbon and holiday stamping on cardstock that was adhered to a rectangle vellum tag. The item on the right is soap purchased from Michaels and the only addition is the red band and snowman.