Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Zoe

Hi there! Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring the NEW Zoe paper kit. If you are coming from Marianne's you are on the right track.   What's that you say?  You don't see Zoe in the current Idea Book?  You're right!  It's not!  It's coming up in the NEW Idea Book that goes live September 1st!!!  And get this....YOU CAN GET ZOE NOW!!!!

For the FIRST TIME EVER, CTMH is "leaking" select products that you can order early:
But I digress...Let's get back to what you came here for...My Zoe Project.  This month, I wanted to offer an extra workshop opportunity to my customers that would be attending my Card Buffet. It makes sense that they need a box to hold all of their cards in. So I went out to my stash of "items to be altered" (yes, I'm a bit of a hoarder) and found 9 of these lunch tins I bought years ago.  Perfect! It was super easy to cover this in paper and coral shimmer tape...and instantly make it beautiful.  I also dove into my stash of embellishments and broke out my Cricut Art Philosophy to fancy it up a bit.  What do you think?  I'm pretty excited about how it turned out.

For the letters, I used some old dimensional elements that I covered in Glacier cardstock. (You could also just Cricut cut letters or stamp them, cut them, and 3D them onto the front of the box.) I did a black doodle line with our journaling pen to outline them and then covered them in liquid glass.  In creating this project, I discovered a new favorite product...the All-Purpose Mat. I originally tried to Mod Podge the paper onto the tin.  I discovered I'm Mod Podge challenged but the All-Purpose mat was awesome!  I made quite the mess and it just wiped right off the mat.  I also used it when I did the liquid glass on the letters and any drips I had came right off the mat!  Normally, I get liquid glass on my table and unless I clean it immediately, it's there to stay.  Not anymore.  This mat is definitely something I will be recommending to all messy crafters like me.

Oh...and you want another tip that has changed my world? Use a silicone baby bottle nipple on your bottles of liquid glass.  AHHH-MAAAZING! No, this is not my idea. (wish I could claim's genius) ...I heard about it and then searched for a video on You Tube to find out more about it. 

I love our 3D flowers on our Art Philosophy cartridge but I wanted something with a little less bulk.  So I chose a flat flower and with a bit of manipulating bends in the petals and layering several sizes, I got this beauty.  Here's another tip: When you are cutting with your Cricut, do several extra flowers in white to have a stash on hand that you can grab whenever you need a quick flower.  Sponge the flower with any color ink pad you want and you have an instant embellishment perfect for your project.  I have a bunch of precut white flowers that I keep in our Craft Boxes.  I also have a bunch of precut leaves.  That's where I grabbed these from.  I just folded them in half and ran them through a crimper to get the vein texture.  I added a bit of prisma glitter with or glue pen on the petals...cause who doesn't need more sparkle? The center of the flower is an old resin flower embellishment that I also put glitter on.  Be creative with the items you have on hand.  Isn't that why we collect so much?  For those moments when we "might need that someday"?  I know I'm not the only one who does was my day to use some of these treasures. 

Well, that's about it folks.  Thanks for joining me in my happy place.  Please consider leaving a comment and then head on over to Sheila's Blog.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Spring/Summer Retirement

It's that time again!  It's time to say goodbye to many of our favorites...but don't worry, it's only to make room for NEW stuff! You can shop for these items on my website here. But please remember, these are only while supplies last. The catalog is good until July 31st, but if the items on the retired list run out, they are gone!

Spring/Summer 2014 Retiring list

Item # Description
Z1789 Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive-backed
Z1832 Spinner
Z1843 Irresistibles™ Frames
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Z1858 Irresistibles™ Hexagons
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
X7170C Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements
X7171C Sarita My Stickease® Assortment
X7172C ProPlayer My Stickease® Assortment
X7173C Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
X7177C Skylark Dimensional Elements Complements
X7178C Ivy Lane My Stickease® Assortment
X7179C Ariana Dimensional Elements Complements
X7180C Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements Complements
X7181C Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements
X7182C Timberline My Stickease® Assortment
X7183C Lollydoodle My Stickease® Assortment
Z1039 Create A Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825 Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1835 Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet
Z1961 Marquee Enamel Shapes–White
Z1891 Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892 Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893 Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894 Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z1895 Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1854 Laughing Lola Assortment
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
Z1873 Sarita Assortment
Z1879 ProPlayer Assortment
Z3000 Skylark Assortment
Z3001 Ivy Lane Assortment
Z3002 Ariana Assortment
Z3003 Balloon Ride Assortment
Z3004 Jubilee Assortment
Z3005 Timberline Assortment
Z3006 Lollydoodle Assortment
Z1837 Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1702 Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751 Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817 Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1867 Jute Ribbon
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1343 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Cranberry
Z1344 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Hollyhock
Z1345 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Black
Z1348 WIP 12x12 Album- Chocolate
Z1911 Designed Décor Frame Kit
Z1874 Base & Bling Necklace
Z1875 Base & Bling Cuff
Z1876 Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877 Base & Bling Rings
Z1878 Base & Bling Headband
Z1195 My Creations Memory Showcase 6x6
Z1647 My Creations® Card Box
Z1797 My Creations® Bracket Frame
Z1868 My Creations® Kraft Ring Box
Z1870 My Creations® Kraft Pocket Album
X1404 TrueFitFolios(5)
Z1820 For Always Textiles
Z1885 Sarita Textiles
Z1970 Skylark Textiles
Z1971 Jubilee Textiles
Z1801 Alcohol Blending Marker
Z2400 Marker Set: Twilight
Z2401 Marker Set: Crystal Blue
Z2402 Marker Set: Sky
Z2403 Marker Set: Juniper
Z2404 Marker Set: Sweet Leaf
Z2405 Marker Set: Buttercup
Z2406 Marker Set: Creme Brulee
Z2407 Marker Set: Sorbet
Z2408 Marker Set: Blush
Z2409 Marker Set: Smoothie
Z2410 Marker Set: Gypsy
Z2411 Marker Set: Pacifica
Z2412 Marker Set: Lagoon
Z2413 Marker Set: Topiary
Z2414 Marker Set: Pear
Z2415 Marker Set: Honey
Z2416 Marker Set: Sunset
Z2417 Marker Set: Cotton Candy
Z2418 Marker Set: Hollyhock
Z2419 Marker Set: Cranberry
Z2420 Marker Set: Smokey Plum
Z2421 Marker Set: Outdoor Denim
Z2422 Marker Set: Indian Corn Blue
Z2423 Marker Set: Ponderosa Pine
Z2424 Marker Set: New England Ivy
Z2425 Marker Set: Olive
Z2426 Marker Set: Goldrush
Z2427 Marker Set: Autumn Terracotta
Z2428 Marker Set: Barn Red
Z2429 Marker Set: Ruby
Z2430 Marker Set: Black
Z2431 Marker Set: Slate
Z2432 Marker Set: Whisper
Z2206 Reinker Blush
Z2210 Reinker Buttercup
Z2260 Reinker Twilight
Z2267 Reinker Crème Brulee
Z2294 Reinker Sky                                                                                         
Z2106 Stamp Pad Blush
Z2110 Stamp Pad .Buttercup
Z2160 Stamp Pad Twilight
Z2167 Stamp Pad Crème Brulee
Z2194 Stamp Pad Sky                                                                                       
Z2500 Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133 Marker Tower
1271 Cardstock12x12Buttercup
X5640 Cardstock12x12Blush
X5666 Cardstock12x12Twilight
X5754 Cardstock12x12CremeBrulee
X5761 Cardstock 12x12 Sky                                                                                 
X5936 Whimsy Cardstock Combo
X7170B Laughing Lola Paper Packet
X7171B Sarita Paper Packet
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
X7177B Skylark Paper Packet
X7178B Ivy Lane Paper Packet
X7179B Ariana Paper Packet
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet
X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet
X7182B Timberline Paper Packet
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
1514 Tombow Adhesive
1515 Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311 Circle Punch 1 1/4                                                                                 
Z338 Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit

A1130 Quick Cards-Bountiful Season
A1143 Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144 Birthday Cheer
A1145 Flowering Thanks
A1158 Doodle Signs
A1160 This Is Good
B1407 School Is Here
B1411 Greek Alphabet
B1425 Stitched with Love
B1426 Pick a Posy
B1446 Some Bunny
B1447 A Mother's Love
B1448 My Hero
B1451 Enjoy the Little Things
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
C1510 Merry & Bright
C1524 Words of Comfort
C1555 Count Your Blessings
C1563 Cityscape
C1572 On Holiday (Australia Only)
D1483 Glory To God
D1514 Just a Number
D1551 Swirls Around
D1557 Candyland
D1564 Maximum Power
D1583 Unicorn Dreams

BULK251 Bulk Baker's Twine- Grey
BULK296 Baker's Twine Hemp
BULK298 Clear Acrylic Flowers
BULK301 Laughing Lola B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
BULK302 Sarita B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
BULK303 ProPlayer B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
BULK304 Babycakes B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
BULK318 Embossed Metal Badge Buttons (5/8")
BULK319 Metal Flowers (1/2")
BULK320 Teal Acrylic Flower (12mm)
Bulk322 Skylark B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk323 Ivy Lane B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk324 Ariana B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk325 Balloon Ride B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk326 Jubilee B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk327 Timberline B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk328 Lollydoodle B&T Duos® Bulk Pack
Bulk329 Skylark WOTG Brochure
Bulk330 Ivy Lane WOTG Brochure
Bulk331 Ariana WOTG Brochure
Bulk332 Balloon Ride WOTG Brochure
Bulk333 Jubilee WOTG Brochure
Bulk334 Timberline WOTG Brochure
Bulk335 Lollydoodle WOTG Brochure
Bulk341 Ivy Lane Cardmaking Brochure
Bulk342 Lollydoodle Cardmaking Brochure
Bulk339 1/2" Pink Acrylic Flowers (12mm)
Bulk340 1/2" Teal Resin Flowers (12mm)
HB1059 Hostess Collection 1
HB1060 Hostess Collection 2
HB1061 Hostess Collection 3
W1127 B&T Duo Sampler
W1128 Gathering Invite
CK141 Consultant Kit US
CK141AZ Consultant Kit AU/NZ
CK141C Consultant Kit - Canada
G1072 Workshops on the Go® Skylark Kit
G1073 Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Kit
G1074 Workshops on the Go® Ariana Kit
G1075 Workshops on the Go® Balloon Ride Kit
G1076 Workshops on the Go® Jubilee Kit
G1077 Workshops on the Go® Timberline Kit
G1078 Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Kit
G1079 Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit
G1080 Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rockin' Ink Stars Blog Hop - "Spring has Sprung"

Thanks for joining the Rockin' Ink Stars Team for our "Spring Themed" Blog Hop! This month we will be showcasing all things Spring! The hop is a circle, so just keep hopping along following the included links and you will visit all the great blogs of the talented Rockin' Ink Star members. If you have come here from Jennifer's Blog, you are on the right track. I'm sure you enjoyed her post! After you have taken a look at my project, find the link below to get to the next artist on the list....

I wish I could take credit for this idea...but when life is crazy, there's no shame in getting inspiration from others.  This is a My Creations™ Card Box originally designed by Lisa Stenz.  I've made this box more times than I can count because so easy and so beautiful and a great, inexpensive gift for just about any occasion.  Just change the paper and accessories you are using and you have a whole new look and feel.  Here's I've used our gorgeous Skylark paper pack and coordinating accessories...Skylark Compliments, Skylark Assortment, and Slate Striped Twist Ties.

Inside the box, you get 12 - 3x3 gift cards and envelopes and a matching pen.  (Yes, there are dividers in the box made with coordinating cardstock to give it that professional stationary set look.) The stamp set I used is B1399 Crafted with Love and yes, the frames (and the word NOTES on the lid) was cut using our Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection. I LOVE how many of our stamp sets are compatible with our Cricut® Collections.  And don't forget to "pop" the sentiment with a bit of 3-D Foam tape. (use the Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors to avoid getting your scissors gunked up with sticky adhesive)

Hope you enjoyed this project.  Try it with a different paper pack and have fun coming up with your own unique creation.  

Now head on over to Marianne's Blog and see what crafty creation she has come up with....

Here is a list of the Blog participants should you get lost along the way:
  1.   Melissa Robinson -
  2. Joy McHargue- 
  3. Jennifer Kramer-
  4. Michelle Brooks-
  5. Marianne Hancock -
  6. Terrie Dodd-
  7. Caron Barnard -
  8. Alexandria Duran-

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lukey Bear's First Year

It's been a while since I've shared a project I'm made.  Sorry for the absence. This diabetes thing mixed with a busy toddler doesn't allow much creative time.  Even still, I have been able to make a few things recently.  Today, I'd like to share a baby album I made for my cousin's baby shower.  Her nursery is camo/bear theme.  This album is not your traditional baby blue and I'm so excited with how it turned out.  Even her manly man dad, who is not impressed with what I do for a living, TRIED to pretend he was bored with it, but I guarantee he LOVED it and will love it even more when it has pics of his little man grandson. And don't worry, I didn't forget about Grandma...she got a matching mini album for her purse.

I hate to tell you, but this project is created pretty much with retired products. Even still, it's all about the idea.  I've done this same idea in a multitude of different ways...from this 3 ring binder to a 6x6 album and several other mini albums in between.  So even though you can't get this specific album, we have several ones you can get and still do this idea.

The idea is simple. You have a cover page with the baby's name, birthdate, and other information like weight, height, etc and a place for his/her day one picture. Then you have a place for one picture that is taken on the same day every month for a year.  So if the baby is born on the 20th...every month on the 20th, you take a picture to put in the album.  It's that simple. A very easy album for mom to maintain....and almost just as easy to make when the page design is repeated just changing the background paper.  If you get a kit pack of paper where every paper coordinates in color and design, this is a no brainer project. I love our My Reflection kits for this very reason and not only does all that paper perfectly coordinate, but each kit also has coordinating accessories.

So enough talk...Time for pictures....

I added Flip Flap pages where Mom can add extra pics or notes of memories of "firsts".  To make your Flip Flaps into pages, take a 2 inch wide strip of paper by the length of the Flip Flap which is 4 1/4 inches. Fold in half so it's now 1 inch wide (hotdog). Take the adhesive strip off the Flip Flap and adhere to paper strip.  You will need to use your tombow adhesive to adhere the other side of the paper to the Flip Flap.  Be sure to leave the opening of the Flip Flap exposed so Mom can put things in.  Punch 3 holes where the binder rings go and stick the finished page in the album.

Here's Grandma's album.  It's a 3x3 mini album using the same papers as Mom's album.

The hardest part of this album is the cover....and it's not that hard seeing as how there's not much room for too much embellishing.  The inside is super duper easy.  I just cut 3x3 squares of Background & Texture paper for the base pages.  I put a 2x2 piece of neutral paper that is framed in a coordinating 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 cardstock to hold the place for future pictures and dropped them in each sleeve. Easy peasy and oh so adorable!!!!

So this week is my birthday and I have a gift for YOU!!!!

Click image for details

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Studio J 6x6 Album Workshop

I have gotten a lot of requests for a Studio J workshop. Thanks to my talented friend, Christine Adams, I finally have a great one!  This 6x6 album is made with 2 two-page Studio J layouts, our My Creations 6x6 Memory Showcase Album and some fun embellishments. 

The best part is...yours doesn't have to look exactly like mine!  You can completely customize this album to you and your family.  Come and let me show you how to use our NEW custom photo tool!

DATE: June 11th
TIME: 7:00pm

Registration Deadline:
June 5th

Supply Fee: $5
 plus the cost of printing photo layouts (to be paid to Studio J)

Optional embellishment purchase will vary.
 Basic Knowledge of Studio J is helpful.  Click here to play for FREE. ...and be sure to contact me if you would like some one on one help.
Bring your own laptop (no ipads). I will have a couple of computers available if needed.


Page 1-2

Page 3-4

Back Cover

Back pages

Open spread of Back Cover, Back Pages, and Front Cover

Open Spread of inside pages 1-4

Dream Pop Workshop

Time is running out before this paper pack is gone!

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail)! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing! Also, consider hosting this month: Hostesses receive one paper packet free with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more.

*Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013, while supplies last. Qualifying purchases must be current, retail-priced product.


This cheerful, limited-time only paper packet deserves a workshop all its own! Create 2 layouts, 3 cards, and a set of 6 decorated treat tubes all using the dream Pop paper packet and the May Stamp of the Month set, Pinwheel.
The cards and treat tubes are perfect for
year-round gifting. The layouts have been modified to include photo mats for each photo so you will leave the workshop with a project that looks finished and complete, even if your photos haven't been added yet. So, what are you waiting for?

If you are local to me and want to attend a workshop, I will provide all the tools and other supplies to make these projects.  You provide the paper and your choice of embellishments.  (see below for suggestions list) I will contact you the first week of June to set up a good day/time for you.

If you are out of my area (or if you would like to do these projects on your own), I will still give you the workshop guide for FREE.  I have the list of suggested supplies below that you will need to complete the projects.   

Click here to see my personal twist on one of the layouts you can make at the workshop.  Click here to see other projects my friends have make using Dream Pop papers.

Here are the workshop projects:

May Stamp of the Month: Pinwheel
For the workshop, I am listing suggested embellishments. Just so you know, I have used everything.  However, you can pick and choose what you want for your projects.

Helpful tip and reminder:  You do need $35 to qualify for the Dream Pop paper pack.  AND DON'T FORGET to add on a little something extra to make your order $50 so you can get the Pinwheel Stamp Of The Month for only $5!  You will need that!
Suggested Embellishments: 

Z1844  Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes $6.95
Z1825  Keyboard Kraft Alphabet $4.95
Z1807  Pink Glitter Gems $3.95
Z1777  Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet $6.95
Z1817  Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape $4.95
Z1701  Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment $4.95
Z1752  Sparkles Clear Assortment $2.95

Other Tools and Supplies (if you are doing the projects on your own):

Z2193  Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2195  Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2190  Gypsy Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2116  Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2191  Sunset Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2118  Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2173  Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z1294  Sanding Kit $3.50
Z1790  Cricut® Artiste Collection $99.00

Other things you may want:
Z1823  My Creations™ Clear Treat Tubes $5.95

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Diabetes Blog Week: Share the Love

Prompt: As another Diabetes Blog Week draws to a close, let’s reflect on some of the great bloggers we’ve found this week. Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved during Diabetes Blog Week, and tell us why they’re worth reading. Or share three blogs you’ve found this week that are new to you.

I have to say...Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this participating this week.  So many of you educated me and inspired me.  Here are just of few of my highlights (not in any particular order):

Diabetes Dad got me thinking.  Wise advice!!!! Right now, Sadie is too young to manage any part of her care and I worry that with her down syndrome, how much she will be able to do.  However,  this story motivates me to make extra sure I give her ownership of her disease as much as I possibly can. Even now, I let her pick which finger to prick.  I don't think she picks one yet, but offers me her hand.  That's a start. And if it turns out, that she will never be able to calculate her own carbs, I want to make sure everyone in her world knows how and we have many contingent plans for her.

I'm putting this one mainly because the author of this blog has become a new friend and represents all the personal connections I felt with many of you.  Everyday, we seem to discover something else we have in common.  I was nervous participating this week.  I am so glad I did.  I felt welcome by so many of you and feel that I have found many new friends and that I belong.  It didn't matter that I was new to this world.  So I just want to say thanks to all....and especially to you girl glycosylated.

This one was very sobering for me a reminded me how fast things can go scary bad.  I take extra care now to make sure the diaper bag (which has been switched to a larger bag) is packed with all the essentials and more...just in case.  Even when I think I'm prepared, I check again.  And even if it's a quick out and back, you never know.  In my 2 months, there have been two times already when I forgot something and it turned out to be very needed.  

This post is also one that has prompted me to be more aggressive in my search for an alert dog for Sadie.  So if someday, she wanders off as kids can do, she will have a guardian and protector with her.  It's all about keeping her safe and alive.

My aha moment came in a comment on this post...  

God doesn’t give us what we can handle.  He helps us handle what we’ve been given.

Love that!


There were SOOOOOOO many posts and comments that touched my heart this week and so many people I feel connected to.   I feel that these 4 links don't really do justice to summing up my experience.  

Thanks for letting me see into your world. Thanks for letting me see hope and joy...that anything and everything is possible and T1D won't stop that.  Thanks for letting me cry with you and laugh with you. Thank you for teaching me.  Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone in this journey.  And thank you for listening and letting me show off my sweet Sadie....she is my world.

I hope that these blogs stay posted for a while cause I haven't read all that I want and hope to continue exploring over the coming weeks.  Thanks Bitter Sweet for organizing this!!!

See you next year...or keep watching my blog...I might actually become a real blogger and post about my thoughts, feelings, and life once in a while.  Crazy, right?  :D