Thursday, January 16, 2014

CTMH Sarita

Well, I’ve been having some problems with my blog, so if this looks a tad different than my other posts please know that I am trying to get it fixed. 

I’ve been working on my January Workshops recently.  Several of the classes are featuring the paper packet called Sarita (X7171B.)  This particular card also features one of my “go to” stamp sets called “The Best Things” (C1503.)  It is one of those hidden gems that is great for both card making and scrapbooking.  It is Cricut compatible which means that even though it might not be featured in a recent Idea Book, it is still available. 
01-15-14 class card (2)
It is easy to forget that these stamp sets are available.  To see which others are still out there, stop by my website and check them out.  I hope this method for posting works.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

CTMH Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Well, here it is January 9th already! Guess I better get busy taking down my Christmas decorations. :o) Since it is the 9th, that means it is time for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop. This month the theme is to create anything using CTMH products.

If you've come here from Helen's Blog you are on the right track.  Because I am so behind (been having terrible computer problems) I decided to share one of the cards that we will be doing at one of my January Workshops. 

This card uses the Stitching Guide (Z1852), the Sarita Paper Packet (Z1873) and one of the cute mini stamps.  I really like the stitching guide.  It contains multiple designs and all you need to do is pierce the paper following the design and then stitch.  Stitching adds great texture to your projects.

It is time to head over to Nancy's Blog  and see what she has created.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge

I love the CTMH Cricut Cartridge. As a reminder, we have 3 different cartridges each with over 700 images!  Art Philosophy has flowers, a terrific font and great shapes.  Artiste is loaded with all kinds of 3D items.  And, Artbooking has actual scrapbook layouts.  All you need to do is select a LO, find the function keys, cut away and you've got a perfectly sized page or mini album.

Yesterday I had a 1st birthday party to attend.  Now, let's be honest, a 1st birthday party is for the family and friends.  Short of the cake smearing, the poor child is totally confused.  0:).  We weren't sure what to get for our friends' granddaughter so we gave a gift card.  A gift card?  This is the perfect opportunity to use the Artiste  Cartridge to make as special holder.

Artiste is loaded with all kinds of boxes that are just perfect.

This is the box found in the Artiste handbook on page 71.  The sentiment mat and overlay on the lid are also on the same page.  All I did was change the function key!  The rolled flowers and leaves are on page 54.

I also wanted to mention that the pattern paper is called "Chantilly.  It is Perfect for "little girl" projects.  Chantilly will be retiring at the end of the month.

If you are interested in any of the Cricut Cartridges or Chantilly, visit my website For more information on how you can purchase these items.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CTMH Happy New Year

Well, I hope everyone had a Wonderful Holiday Season.  I've not been around recently, not by choice, but due to computer issues.   So, please stick with me as try to get used to posting with a tablet.

I've spent some time playing with the CTMH paper packet called Sarita (X7171B.). It is bright, fun and usable for both card making and scrapbooking.  One of the great thing that CTMH started in the current Idea Book is to feature stamp sets from Jeanette Lynton's archive.  Jeanette is the founder of CTMH and has dedicated her life to to her family and this industry.  The feature includes stamps that were published in some of her first catalogues.

I am to not letting this opportunity pass, so I am using a really cute stamp called Teddy Bear Birthday (A1143) for one of my January Classes.
This is a square card for fun.  If you look closely that is an overlay I cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I sponged a piece of Colonial White with Gypsy, Cotton Candy and Lagoon to give the card some visual texture.

I love the stamps from Jeanette's archive and, of course, I love the Artbooking cartridge.  Visit my website to get yours. For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CTMH Christmas Card Challenge

As many of you know, I am on the design team for a challenge blog called Crafting By Designs.  It is a terrific site that encourages friendship and creativity.  Weekly, we do fun challenges that often push the creative juices.  :o)  This week, the challenge is to create a card using only the color white.  We were allowed to color an image.  CTMH has so many terrific images that are perfect for coloring but one of my favorites immediately came to mind to use....

It is the cardinal from the "To You and Yours" set (B1403).  This set was actually released last year and remains current.  I loved it last year and I continue to love it.   White on White is a challenge.  When I was designing this card, I knew that I would have to come up with texture to show off the different mats.  I used my Cuttlebug folders along with my scoreboard for the top mat to do this.  The cardinal was stamped using my CTMH Archival Black ink and colored with my CTMH alcohol markers.  Just a tip...  when you use the Archival Black ink for your markers please allow it to dry before you color the image.  I usually will do my stamping and go off and prepare the rest of the card while the ink is setting.  You could also use your heat gun to speed the process.  The key is to ensure that the ink is dry to avoid smearing.  Anyway, after the cardinal was colored, I cut it out before I attached it to the mats.  I wanted to do that to enhance the texture of the card.

I know that we are all busy right now, but take a few moments and check out the challenge on Crafting By Designs.  Feel free to enter a card, too.  I would love to see how you interpret the White on White challenge.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Close To My Heart

It's time again for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  I really enjoy participating in this hop.  This month, the theme is Holiday Gifts or Tags.  Well, I've done several tags already so I decided to do a Holiday Gift for my home.  If you've arrived here from Helen's Blog you are on the right track.  So without further ado, here is my project.

I took a Glass Craft Block and filled it with Buffalo Snow, Snow Sparkles and a strand of 20 white cord lights.  Next, using Cashmere and Ruby Pigment Ink, I inked the edges, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder, Prisma Glitter and heated it, to give the effect of ice around the block.  The CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge has a key that includes the negative space "Peace" and the Poinsettias (page 80.)  I cut the sentiment in Champagne and the Poinsettias in Ruby with a Champagne overlay.  Each was sponged, lined with Prisma Glitter and attached to the block with Liquid Glass.  Last but not least, I wrapped the block with Deco Mesh and Ribbon and tied the big bow for the top.  Here is a picture of it in it's new home by my fireplace.

That's it in the lower right hand corner all lit up.  By the way, I used a great deal of Deco Mesh this year for my decorating and I will give some tips but that is for another post.  :o)  It's time to hop over to Elizabeth's Blog to see what she has created for us.  If you get lost along the way you can always head back to the Joyce's blog to find the full list of participants.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

CTMH Christmas Card

I'm still busy working on different Christmas Cards.  How about you?  I wanted to try something a little different for this card and you will have to let me know if you think it worked.  I did some stamping and inking with the My Acrylix Blocks.  Ok, we always use our blocks to stamp because the CTMH stamps adhere so easily and the clear acrylic allows you to see where you are stamping.  But, what if you use the block without a stamp on them?


I inked the actual block with shades of Whisper, Sky and Smokey Plum and then randomly stamped them down onto the mat.  I wanted to created the sharp look of an iceberg.  I chose those colors because if you think of the sun shinning of snow and ice, it's not always just have a prism effect of many beautiful colors.  I thought that these 3 colors fit the bill perfectly.  I added a little Prisma Glitter to the peaks of the icebergs, too.

In keeping with the theme of the Penguin Card, I created a "snow globe" for the sentiment.  I took one of the CTMH Treat Cups (Z1778) and used my Spellbinders to 2 holes in coordinating card stock mats.  The treat cups are open on the back so I also cut a back mat that would show through the front of the treat cup.  I stamped on the back mat and before I attached the treat cup (they come with an adhesive strip) I added just a touch of plastic snow that I use with my Christmas Village to create the snow globe effect.  The Penguin is from a CTMH stamp set that is exclusive for Hostesses.  It is called Wintery Wishes (C1560.)  If you look closely, I added some Liquid Applique (Z308) to his Santa Hat.

I really hate to mention that  Liquid Applique and the Treat Cups are all on the retiring list for this spring.  So, if you would like to stock up on these CTMH favorites visit my website to purchase them before they are gone.  For Now, Happy Crafting!