Tuesday, June 30, 2009

end of June... already!

I am in shock at how fast this month flew by. It must be because we have a newborn at home.

A new month brings a new Stamp of the Month to CTMH and you'll want to check back tomorrow to see the CTMH consultant blog hop where we"ll all be putting our own projects using the stamp of the month on display!

For today- here's another swap card I mailed off last week. I have a LOT of sheets of one of the Paper Garden Level 1 scrapbook pages left and made myself use some on both this card and the one posted last week. Each card focuses on different colors for different looks.
{supplies: Flower Child Stamp Set, Blush and Colonial White cardstock, Paper Garden Level 1 pack, Daydream Level 2, Colonial White crochet ribbon, Blush eyelets, Bamboo, Blush and Black ink pads, CTMH markers(Blush, Baby Pink, Bamboo, Sweet Leaf and Vanilla cream)
To color: The petals were first colored with vanilla Cream, then over the top with Baby Pink and some highlighting done with Blush. For the flowers center- I first colored with Bamboo and then over the top with Blush. When using the CTMH markers- it looks much better if you don't color back and forth as the paper can "pill" so I use a small circular motion and don't over color if that makes sense?
Don't forget to stop back tomorrow for the blog hop! P.s. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE JUNE DEAL A DAY SPECIAL- it is supposed to be a Goodie Box with 50% or more in savings off regular cost. Visit my website here after 11am EST to order yours!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Gardening...

Do you garden during the summer? I love to work in my vegetable and flower gardens each summer... unfortunately - with a newborn... I am way behind and will probobly catch up just in time for the first fall frost to kill it all... oh well- for now I'll have to settle for my floral papers and stamps!

Here's a card I just completed for a consultant swap- If you click the photo you'll get a larger view which shows off the liquid glass and glitter a little better.

{supplies: Flower Garden paper, Sweet Leaf and Colonial White cardstock, Colonial White ric rac, CTMH markers(sweet leaf, baby pink, crystal blue, vanilla cream , bamboo , petal and topiary), liquid glass, prisma glitter, black ink pad, sweet leaf ink pad, sweet leaf eyelet and sweet leaf button}

Thursday, June 18, 2009

last of the June club projects...

I'll start by saying that these projects HAVE to be posted today so that my club members can choose to make the layout or cards before we meet this weekend... otherwise I would NOT be posting the layout yet... it needs a few more things done to it before it's finished... but you get the idea!

So I'll start with that!! The inspiration for the left side of this layout came from this post on Jeanette Lynton's blog. Really- it was that post that MADE me buy this cute stamp set called "Picture Perfect".

For some strange reason I thought I'd grabbed Taffy Cardstock.. so the "shoot" was stamped in Taffy- it was only after assembling everything that I realized the yellow color is Creme Brulee...oops- I am not sure why the photo of the right page makes the Creme Brulee look so much more yellow than the left page... I'll be changing the Creme Brulee tomorrow but I'm not yet sure to what because it appears that I do not have Taffy cardstock!!... The two missing photos are still in my frames- and the journaling is not completed- BUT- you get the idea. I designed the layout with professional photos in mind (obviously I knew which photos I'd planned to use since my colors are based on those HOWEVER- my club members can choose their accent color based on whichever photos they think they might use... so the Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Colors will stay and they can swap out the Ocean for something else) So all the sizes are based on sizes you can order through a photographer... one 8x10, one 5x7 , one 3.5x5 and 2 wallet sizes. However- you could easily swap the 8x10 for a 5x7 with an extra mat- or 2 cropped 4x6's.

If you don't have professional photos- it's pretty inexpensive to have a 5x7 or 8x10 printed of your favorite photos. Thinking outside of the box... this layout can also be used for non-people photos... I often take multiple photos of my gardens, wildlife etc that would also fit the "photo shoot" category!

Once I switch out the Creme Brulee cardstock I'll be adding a few brads and other embellishments to finish off the pages!

For my cardmakers... here's the 3rd card for class ( the "Play Date" stamp set has lots of fun images and they can choose which to use) I thought this card would make a great birthday card. I love the bright colors!! The stripe is from the new Tinkering paper pack and I paired it with Sunflower and Holiday Red Cardstocks... I stitched with my sewing machine on the girl card (and if I remember to pick up more white thread my customers are welcome to stitch theirs as well) and on the boy card I simply did some direct to paper edge distressing.

All coloring was with CTMH markers (Sunny Yellow, Honey, Desert Sand, Holiday Red, Dutch Blue, Vanilla Cream and Grey Flannel.)

This card is extremely simple, mostly because the other two club cards are more involved and one includes a stamped envelope- so I needed a quick and easy card to finish the set (although if they choose to stitch... there goes the quick and simple!)

For those that don't know- my sewing machine was broke for a LONG time... over a year! When my mom was here after Kaden's birth, I asked her to take a look at it- she fixed it in no time flat (um... i think i had it threaded wrong! how dumb is that?) so I blame the lack of practice for my stitching errors!!

Anyway- Hope you have a great weekend- I'll be finishing up some swaps that need to be mailed Monday- so I'll be posting those soon!!
If you live in the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek area of Michigan- you are welcome to attend either Saturday at 11am or Monday at 6:30pm. Post a comment with your e-mail and I'll get the info to you!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

color combo #1- club card

I love spending time each day perusing some of my favorite blogs looking for great ideas... One of my favorite blogs is CTMH CEO Jeanette Lynton- she's so talented and the great thing about her artwork- is that I usually have all the supplies she uses!!

In early May she started a Monday feature called "Color Me Monday" where she features a new color combo of CTMH colors... I find her combos are often times color pairings I'd never have thought of!! I've been wanting to go back and start at the beginning and use her color combos in my art and finally had the chance yesterday.

Here's the color combo I used - I think it was from the first Color Me Monday- around the first of May.

Here's the card I created which my clubs will make this month...
I had a blast making it - even though it took a LONG time... my scrap area is such a mess that I had to search for every little thing I wanted to use. I found the general card layout in a past CTMH Summer Idea Book- either 2007 or 2008- not sure which and I've already put the book away so I don't know which it was. I love using old books for ideas!!
A little "how to" - the white flower was colored with the Sorbet marker. The ricrac, flower and button were all adhered with liquid glass (my favorite for ribbon and other bulky embellishments!) I sanded all the colored cardstocks and edged all the white cardstock with Desert Sand ink...
{supplies: Garden Green, and White Daisy cardstock, Desert Sand Textured Cardstock, Big Pinks Just Bloom (white), white daisy ric rac (from the RicRac Designer Ribbon Collection), White Daisy and Heavenly Blue eyelets, Winter cozy brads (sorbet), sanding kit, neutral embroidery floss (white), Spring Button Collection (Heavenly Blue), Sorbet and Desert Sand markers, Desert Sand and sorbet inks, Ambiance Stamps and the new TLC sentiment stamp set, liquid glass to adhere the flower and button}

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bella Birdhouse

I'm one of those people that loves to just browse Hobby Lobby or Michaels to see what jumps out at me and says "buy me"... I've bought a lot of "stuff" that way and most of it never gets used. When I was cleaning/ organizing my scrap area yesterday (which spans most of my basement) I came across a bag of this "stuff". One of those items was this birdhouse which was just an unfinished wood birdhouse. My daughter saw it and wanted me to make something for her room. I used the pretty new Bella papers, some paper flowers and added a homemade butterfly(ok- so the butterfly colors are interesting... pink and green... but it matched and she liked it!)
(** I feel compelled to add that the colors all match much better in real life than in this photo!!)
A few How To's... first - the taffy colored larger flower was colored with the CTMH Taffy marker-
The butterfly is a Just Blooms Big Pink flower- with two 2-petal sections cut off. The "body" of the butterfly is cut from white cardstock- covered in liquid glass and then green Sassy strands (I used New England Ivy- but most of the greens would work ok)- then more Liquid glass coated over the top and around the edges to make sure those fibers are stuck tight. The antennae are made from small spirals that were stretched apart.
The birdhouse was assembled with many layers of wook that was hard to take apart without breaking it to make the templates for my paper... so I found a spare piece of the foam that comes with CTMH stamps( often times CTMH and other companies use this foam in shipping crates to protect your order- I always save this!) and since it's see through a used a Sharpie permanent marker to draw the templates, cut them out- tape them to the back of my paper and cut... then I simply used Tombow permanent adhesive to adhere the paper and liquid glass to adhere the flowers, buttons and butterfly parts.
{Supplies: From CTMH: Bella Level 2 paper pack, Just Blooms Autumn Daisy, Just Blooms Big Pinks, pewter spirals, New England Ivy Sassy strands, Autumn buttons, liquid glass. Other: wooden birdhouse from Hobby Lobby}

Saturday, June 6, 2009

deal a day- chocolate ribbon!

Have you been watching the deal a day specials on my website? If so then you've done better than me!! Today's special is a free Chocolate Ribbon Rounds collection with the purchase of any stamp set (except personalized stamps and stamp of the month)- Follow this link to see for yourself the awesome ribbon in this collection!!

That means... literally... you could buy a stamp set valued at $10.95 and receive ribbon worth $7.95 FREE!! Isn't that awesome! If you're wondering which stamp sets are $10.95- it's any stamp set with an "A" as the first letter... "B" stamps are $13.95, "C" stamps are $18.95 , "D" stamps are $22.95 and "E" stamps (our larger alphabets) are $34.95

These deal a day specials are a great way to stock up on stamp sets you've been wanting.

Simply add one (and only one) stamp set and the deal a day special to your order. You will have to pay sales tax on the free item (only 48 cents!) but you get a great shipping rate of only $3.00!! Website shipping is normally a minimum of $7.95 but for the deal a day specials ONLY- they are offering discounted shipping!!

I'm really sad I haven't been paying attention- One of the 6 goodie box days was this past week- for only $60 plus $8 shipping- the goodie boxes had $120 worth of product!! Those who've received them so far said they contained a scrapbooking kit available last May, 3 stamp sets, several rolls of bulk ribbon and more! Those goodie boxes sold out so I'll have to keep my eyes open for the next one!!

hope you have a great day!! I'm taking my daughter to a birthday party today that I'm totally dreading.. it's 2.5 hours long and will be all 3-4 year olds... at their house- so I'm HOPING they've rented bouncies or something to keep the kids busy all that time... if not- it's going to be a LONG day!! Tonight is my night to play with my stamps- I need some time to myself after several long days this week of running errands with baby in tow!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tender Tags- club project

I meant to post this card yesterday... and actually I tried but my computer wasn't cooperating-
This is the first card I designed for my clubs meeting this month... technically we never meet in June- it's a vacation month for both clubs since there's usually lots of graduations/ vacations etc. happening in June. However, my club members were all kind enough to cut me some slack in May with the birth of our baby so they all e-mailed their orders to me and then this month they are meeting for their free projects!!
This card is 5x7 so they'll also be decorating an envelope flat which I haven't done yet.
Supplies: Notebook level 2 paper pack, Hollyhock, Desert Sand, Vanilla Cream cardstock, D. Sand, Hollyhock, Sunflower and Topiary inks, Ricrac ribbon collection, With Love Stamps and Tendor Tags stamp set (this is the June Stamp of the Month- isn't it cute!!), Autumn brad collection
I got a massive order in yesterday (actually it's the May club order) along with 2 other boxes of product I ordered the same day - I had placed the club order and realized I forgot to add my own items to it so placed another order... then realized I forgot to order the cardstock to finish my baby thank you's...so I placed a THIRD order all in one day. Yesterday I went to my scrapbook room and rooted through a few boxes to find something and realized I already had a FULL pack of the paper needed for my thank you's... I really need to spend the baby's nap time organizing my scrap area today!!
Have a good one!