Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CTMH Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book Sneak Peek

 I am so excited about the upcoming CTMH Spring Summer Idea Book.  My supplies are beginning to arrive at my doorstep and you will be able to begin to order the goodies beginning February 1st.

One of the wonderful features that is continuing in this IB called Jeanette’s Stamp Archive.  This is a collection of stamps created over the past 30 years by CTMH’s founder, Jeanette Lynton.  This Idea Book has 4 new stamps.  Each of them is cuter than the next.
I’ve chosen one to complete a Valentine Card and that will give you a sneak peek at one of the many new items.


The stamp is called “Coming Up Roses” (C1579.)  While it does have the sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day,” I think the cute cherubs and roses work year round for both scrapbook layouts and cards.  I’ve colored them with my CTMH Alcohol Markers and used paper from the Chantilly (Z1814) paper packet.

Chantilly will be retired effective January 31…right as the new IB becomes available.  It is a terrific paper packet featuring bright and springy colors.  Coming Up Roses is available February 1st.  Stop by my website if you would like to order Chantilly before it’s gone.  And, mark your calendar to stop by on February 1st to see the new CTMH Idea Book.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 17, 2014

CTMH Sarita Handmade Card

Are you stuck in the winter doldrums?  The Close To My Heart Sarita paper packet (X7171B) is the perfect combination of bright and cheery colors to lift your spirits.  That is why I saved it for all of my January Workshops.  The combination of Lagoon, Gypsy and Cotton Candy along with the terrific patterns is just what we need to chase the cold.  This is another card in a series of 6 completed for my Crafting In The Country workshop.
01-17-14 Card 2
This card has just a little strip of Sarita but it works perfectly with stamp.  The Hot Air Balloon and sentiment are from a set called “Lifting Spirits” and was in the Holiday Gift Guide.  In addition to featuring Sarita this month, I also worked with a great deal of Baker’s Twine.  I love the CTMH Baker’s Twine.  It is more substantial that many of the other brands out there so it added a strong accent to your projects.  It comes in a variety of coordinating colors and is a bargain for $4.95.  By the way….  how do you like the angled embossed mat behind the balloon?  The CTMH Spring Summer Idea Book is set to be released on February 1st.  Hint, Hint, Hint… 
Now that the flurry of Holiday activity is over, I find that it is fun to get back on track by creating something special.  CTMH has all the perfect supplies you need to make something special.  Stop by my website if you would like to check out more of the goodies.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

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!