Sunday, January 30, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenges : Sketch

 Hello Everyone!
This week at Heart 2 Heart our challenges is to create a cards using this sketch.  There are so many colors and themes, we all could have used for this.  It seems that almost all the DT's had Valentines on their mind.  You will see when you link over to H2H and take a look at the DT's designs. LOL!
Ms. Vicki Wizniuk from Wizard's Hangout is the Guest Designer for this week!

As some of you know, I'm quite fond of the medallions (or some people call them rosettes).  But at any rate, I just love that they can be any color and for almost any occasion. 
Items used for this card:
December 2010 SOTM: not available

 Design team member's projects:

and then create your own project using our sketch.  Your projects must include CTMH products, but do not have to be 100% CTMH.   Remember to post it on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog.  You could win some fantastic prizes from our February sponsors, Shirley Ross and Sandra Strickler   Remember that you have until the end of the month to participate in our challenges.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Card Cupids Blog: Sunday Challenge

Hi Everyone!
My friend Luisa Morgan mentioned Card Cupids Blog the other day and ever since I visited it, I've been meaning to create a card for their Sunday Challenge. Well I have until Midnight tonight and this is what I have created. I hope you are inspired to create this little card with the stamp of your choice.
 This challenge design is by Becky Fleck from Page Maps.

This little gal is from The Greeting Farm from the Cheeky Collection. I could not help myself but to do the Naughty girl for this card.

Card Cupids believes that every child needs to know that they are loved. A stuffed animal to hold, along with cards that share a positive message can help lift the spirits of children that are faced with difficult challenges.  Card Cupids, with the help of numerous volunteers, provides Card Cuddle Care Packages to countless children in hospitals, foster care, homeless shelters as well as children facing difficulties regardless of their economic background.
Card Cupids offers children, adults, communities and corporations an easy way to make a lasting impact on a child’s life when they need it most. With the help of all of our Card Cupids, children in need can be comforted and reassured that they are loved.
Card Cupids accepts donations of handmade, store bought, computer generated card and post cards to be sent to children.  Card Cupids sends cheerful mail along with a stuffed animal and other goodies, such as books, toys and clothing.

Friday, January 28, 2011

My Darling Husband

Hi Everyone!
I want to share with you this picture of the Christmas present my darling husband gave to me...
Yep!  You guessed it... It's a photo studio in a box.  LOL!  My husband travels a lot for work and he just happened to be flipping through the "Sky Mall" magazine and saw this handy dandy "photo studio in a bag" kit and thought of me.  I used to use so many different things for props, take thousands of pictures to get the "Just Perfect" photo.  Well not any more!  But here is the kicker!  He ordered the BIG kit and it takes up half my work room when I set it up.  The white box takes two people to put away in its holder and now when I have to take a picture... I think about it twice. LOL!!! 

But I love it and I love my honey for this very thoughtful gift.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog: Animals/Birds

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  This week our challenge was to create a card using any type of animal or birds.   We have the great honor of having one of our sponsors 
"Haley Dyer" join us in this weeks challenge.  
Go directly to Heart 2 Heart to check out all the other designers artwork.  I know you will love each and every one of them!!!
For this card I used black cardstock as the background and I embossed it with black embossing powder using the February Stamp of the Month D1453 "Friendship".
 For this crown, since I decided that it was going to hang from the ribbon, it should be the same on both sides.  So I stamped the image twice with Versamark and embossed both with silver embossing powder.  After the images were done, I cut them both and glued them together back to back and decorated the same on both side.  This way, when the crown moves, it will look the same on both sides.

Items used for this card:
Cardstock: White & Black
Z1104 Clear Sparkles
Z270 White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon
Z670 Black embossing powder
Z669 Silver embossing powsder
Z891 VersaMark
D1452 "Find Your Style" SOTM
D1453 "Friendship" SOTM
D1441 "Royal Birth" Stamp Set
Z1096 "Neutral Assortment" Embroidery Floss

Magnifique Layouts

Hi Everyone!
Well January's workshop has come and gone! Thanks to all the ladies that joined the workshops and I hope to see some pictures on those layouts soon!!!  
(Remember to click on the image for a more 
detailed look at my work)
I love it when other consultants or customers create their own things while using my creations as their inspiration.  The other day, I came across my Mistletoe layout on a CTMH consultants blog and I was super happy that she mentioned my name.  Woo-Hoo!!!  I welcome everyone who to use all of the artwork in this blog for their own creations, all I ask is to include my name & my blog link.  Can't wait to see more creations out there!

February's workshops have been scheduled and are posted on the right side bar, contact me directly if you would like to join in the fun.  Here are the pictures for Magnifique!!

These three sets of layouts were created using the "Magic" How To Book.
As stated on the CTMH website: "Bring magic to your scrapbook layouts using clever interactive techniques. You'll add hands-on excitement and dramatically increase your photo and journaling space using pop-ups, pull-outs, slides, cascades, and more! Magic™ also includes 35 gorgeous 12" x 12" layout patterns that can be used on their own or with the interactive techniques."(DVD included.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

$50 Cricut Machine!!!

Hi Everyone,

I received a message from one of my customers this morning stating that there are $50 Cricut machines at our local Ralphs stores.  After I hung the phone up I rushed tocheck it out!!!  
I walked the whole store and NOTHING... after standing there for a few minutes, I found the "Customer Service" representative and inquired about the machines.  He thought about it for a little bit and then he asked me, "You mean there is a machine shaped like a cricket?????"  After I stopped laughing, I showed him a picture of it and he went to check with his manager.  I saw that the people in the little office laughed at something he said.  (Poor guy)  
He came out and told me that they are being kept on top of the refrigerated isles.  I looked up and ALAS!!!
There they were all lined up with their little yellow sign that showed the original price of $149.99 and now on sale for $50.  HOORAY!!!

So call your local Ralphs and get yourself a back up Cricut, you never know....

Monday, January 17, 2011

January's Card Workshop

Hi Everyone!
Here are the samples for the cards we will me assembling this Wednesday. We will be using the stamp of the month and the Magnifique paper packet level 2 for these cards. 
Everything is pre cut for you, so all you will doing is stamping and assembling.  How Cool Is That???
To join the club, all you have to do is email me directly and we can get you set up with your Card Club Box for $22, this includes your first set of cards too.  Then after that, each class is just $6.50 each month for 3 to 4 cards a month.  The club is "Pay as you come" so you can go on vacations if needed.  LOL!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Organization

Hi Everyone!
This week Heart 2 Heart Challenge is all about organization!  We get to share with all of you some of our tips and techniques we use to keep our supplies and art work organized. This was a very fun challenge, simply because I got to clean my room and now I feel so accomplished and ready to start on more creations.
Here is a snapshot of my work room. The black table cloths are $3 flat sheets from Walmart, so I have one for each of my workshop tables.  The dresser against the wall is from Ikea and I simply love it because of all the drawers.  Each drawers has organizers as you will see further down.  The wall mount is a frame I purchased at a Goodwill and I added the velvet and ribbon background.  The chandelier on the wall is a decal I purchased on Etsy.  
I found this unit at Ikea and I just love it!  It fits my albums, paper trays and so much more!
The paper trays are from, click HERE for details.
I love this table because, I put all my prepped kits for my customers on the top with their buckets filled with their embellishments.  The bottom is filled with Close To My Heart product that is available for purchase.

This is my "Corner".  This is where I have my stamps, Cricut, laptop, cutters, papers, inks, adhesive, punches and all the things I need to create all my cards and layouts.  This little folding table from Costco is great because it fits over this unit I purchased at Target perfectly.  Plus this unit from Target fits CTMH organizers perfectly, there is nothing hanging out at all.  I keep extra stamps in clear folders here, CTMH acrylics organizers and in the black boxes, I have office supplies, adhesives, punches and more.
I add colored ribbons to my daubers, so I don't mix them up with other inks.  This helps out a lot because I usually don't wash my daubers every time I use them.  I usually wait a week to two weeks to wash them.
Here is my rolling scrap box! This is where all my extra paper from my kits go into.  I keep this under my table and the fact that I can roll it in and out is awesome!  I usually roll it with me to crops and it I recommend it to everyone!
This storage unit is from Walmart and it was ONLY $6!!!  Yep, I keep all my stamp set here and they fit just wonderfully.  I have them organized by letter and number and I keep a copy of the images on a binder.
These are the organizers inside the drawers for the big dresser.  They are also from Ikea and they have zippers at the bottom, so they lay flat for storage purposes.  Well... I hope you have enjoyed the trip through my workroom, as much as I have enjoyed describing it to you.  If you have any questions about any of the products here, please feel free to email me.  The email link is on the top left of blog.

Now take a look at your workroom and share with us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges some of your best organizing tips.  I would love to see how you all store your Cricut cartridges and embellishments.

My First Blogger Award!!!

A couple of days I received an email presenting me with this pretty cool award!
Thank You to so much Gloria for this beautiful surprise. 

By accepting this award I must do the following things:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers who you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

Now, for my 8 things, some of which you may already know about me...
1.  I still make time to daydream... And I love to day dream out loud with my kids.
2.  I sing to my children and we dance together everyday.
3.  I'm very quiet and painfully shy with people I don't know.
4.  I love Scotchmallows from See's Candies
5.  I've learned that there is a lesson to be learned with every one I meet.
6.  My childhood dream was to be a cartoon or an actress
7.  I have many female friends, but not a female best friend.
8.  My favorite drink is a Margarita on the rocks with salt!!!

Here are 8 fabulous blogs (in no particular order) that you should check out. 

If you bling it they will come!
Scrappin my heart out
The Dark Mermaid
Color Me Copic
Mel Stampz
The Greeting Farm
Oh Bumble is me...
A thousand sheets of paper

Friday, January 14, 2011

CTMH Spotlight January Blog Hop: Valentine's

 Hi Everyone!
This month at the CTMH Spotlight we are featuring Valentine's Day!  It is one of my favorite days, simply because we can express our love for our friends and family more openly than any other day.  I am #8 on the blog hop list, so you should be arriving from Haley's Blog.

 The inspiration for this is a Chinese Food "To Go" box.  I love it because it can work for almost any occasion and the matching fortune cookies, have special love messages attached to the ribbon.
I used the new paper packet "Sweetheart" from Close To My Heart and the matching stamp set also named "Sweetheart".  But the best part was using the new "Spray Pens" for the backgrounds. 
 I hope you are inspired to share the love and create some treats for all your loved ones! Next on our hop is the very talented Debbie Carriere.  
Don't forget to show your love and leave a comment on your favorites, we sure do appreciate it when we your comments!!!
B1370 Sweetheart Stamp Set
Z1380 Spray Pen
X5753  Tulip Ink Refill
Z1039 Create a Shade Pearl Paint
Z1147 Foundry Bookplates
Z1335 Licorice Opaques
Z270 White Ribbon
X7134B Sweetheart Paper Packet Level 2
Z1386 Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment
C1422 Unity Stamp Set
Cardstock: Tulip, White, Black, Cotton Candy

I've had several emails requesting the template for this project.  I finally found the link for the website... Can I just tell you that I have WAY TOO MANY BOOKMARKS in my computer.  I need to organize those a little better too.  Well, the template was only $5 and it's super easy to recreate.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cardstock Medallion with scallop border Tutorial

 Hi Everyone!
I made a little video today of the card stock medallions I used for the "Dreaming of a White Christmas" card I made this December.  I have been receiving emails with questions on "How To Make" and questions on how I got the glitter to stick on the background.  So tomorrow, I am hoping to make the video tutorial on the glittered background paper.
Oh! I do have to mention one thing... I video taped this with my digital camera, so the quality is not the greatest, but I hope it helps!  :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

National Paper Crafting Month Savings

 During the month of January ONLY!!!
When you purchase the Wings Workshop on the Go Kit, you can take advantage of HUGE savings on Close To My Heart stamp sets featured in this month's Inspiration Brochure.
Take a peek at the "Special Promotions" products on my CTMH website to preview all the NEW stamp sets available at a discount this month. I know you will just love all six new stamp sets featured in the Inspirations Brochure!

January Stamp of the Month: Find Your Style
You may combine Autumn / Winter products and Inspirations Brochure products to obtain the January Stamp of the Month at a discount or FREE!