Sunday, February 25, 2018

CTMH Easter Cards

Happy Sunday! 

Guess's only 35 days until Easter!  So, its time to get a move on those Easter cards.

To inspire you to create, below are 4 cards that I made to celebrate the holiday.

For the first card, I used the X stamp. The 'Easter Animals' stamp is on page 62 of Seasonal Catalog.
To color in the bunny, I used my Copics markers.  For the sky, I daubed some blue ink for the sky.

For the second card, I used last year's stamp of the month.  I really liked this stamp-- I have 3 extras!  Gail Cross' card was my inspiration-- I love how she used the diagonal embossing folder and then cut out a diagonal shape to stamp the sentiment.

Rather than color this bunny in, I stamped it in black and then paper pierced the ears and dress.

The next card, I used the Mini CTMH stamped called 'Easter Basket' (M1199).  These mini stamps are a steal at only $2.95 each!
And, because I love vellum, I used some for the sentiment.

For the last card, I used a sketch from the new CTMH Card sketch book.

Here, I layered paper for the background and simply stamped on vellum.   I also used the CTMH border die and cut out a silver foil border.

Well, I hope this is enough inspiration for you!  Let's get going and bring on spring:)  I'll be teaching these cards on Saturday, March 3rd.  Please see "Kits" tab to sign up.

Thanks, Maureen
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Monday, February 19, 2018

CTMH Chelsea Gardens Two 2-page Layouts

Hi, I'm back again!  I told you I get lots of crafting done on a long weekend:)

Here is two 2-page layouts using the CTMH's Chelsea Gardens.  I attended a CTMH retreat in Arizona this past Fall and we were lucky to use this new paper line.  The colors are soft, but you can give it a kick by using darker grays and adding the black CTMH compliments.  The LOs are perfect for spring-- which will be here soon!

Here is some close-ups of the LOs:

Its hard to see on this photo, but I added some vellum. I just can't get enough of vellum-- its turning into my go to craft item.

I'll be teaching this class on April 24th in Abington, MA. Please join me if you can.  If not, you can also sign up for a kit. Thanks, Maureen
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

CTMH Stargazer LOs

Hi, I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  I love having an extra day off because after I do all my errands and cleaning I can scrap:)

I finished up three 2-page LOs using CTMH's Stargazer line.  I had so much fun with this whimsical line!  I love all the primary colors.

I created the LOs so that they could be used for both boys and girls.

Here is a closer look at the first LO.  I found the sketch on Pinterest and loved the triangles.  To make the circles, I just traced different sized circles, easy peasy!

For the second LO, I cut out some hexagon shapes from the Artistry cartridge.

For the third LO, I cut out a globe using CTMH's We Are Here Cartridge.  I stamped the title using 'Stargazer' scrapbook stamp set and the "A New Adventure" (B1565) "The World is Yours to Explore", "Reach For the Stars, and "Go For It:.  Both stamps are must haves!
Here's a closer look at the last 2 pages:

I hope you liked these LOs.  I have loads of pictures that will go with this paper line.

To order your pre-cut kit with directions, please click HERE.  The kits will ship out in March and I'll be teaching this as a class on April 14th.

Thanks for stopping by:)


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

CTMH Make Waves 6-page Scrapbook Layouts


If you haven't checked out CTMH's new Seasonal Expression catalog, then please click here.  The mini-catalog is jam-packed with beautiful, on-trend lines.

Today, I'm going to feature 6 layouts that I created using CTMH's Make Waves paper lines.  I just love all of the bright colors.

Here are the 6 pages that I created.  I just love the purples and greens!

Here's a closer look at the one of the LOs:

This kit is pre-cut and ready to assemble. I'll be teaching this class on March 3rd. If you can't make it and would like a kit shipped, then no problem! Please see the Kits tab to sign up.

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

CTMH Chelsea Card Class


We've had blizzard conditions all day today.  All of Boston was pretty much shut down.  So, what is a crafting girl to do??? CRAFT of course!

CTMH just came out with a new seasonal catalog with 4 new paper lines. The first one is Chelsea and it is stunning.  The paper just screams Spring, Gardens, Flowers and more.  Works perfect on snowy days like these:)

For these cards, I decided to make some 'Thinking Of You' and 'Sympathy' cards.  I don't know if its my age, but I always need these cards.

The first card is my favorite. I saw it in the catalog and just had to make it!  For the color, I broke out my paints. 

The Stamp set is called 'Chelsea Gardens' and comes with coordinating steel dies.

The second card was cut on the Cricut using the CTMH Flower Market cartridge.  My fellow CTMH friend, Julie Carriere of Canada, designed this card.  I just changed up the paper and sentiment.  The sentiment is from the 'Sending Prayers' stamp set, B1563.
The inspiration for the 3rd card came from the Seasonal catalog. I just changed up the paper and sentiment. 

The 'Chelsea Gardens' stamp was used again for this card. To add something extra to this card, I added some Vellum paper and stamped on it. Then I created a layered look inside the cut out circle.

For the next card, I used another of Julie Carriere's designs. Again, I just changed up the paper, sentiments, and embellishments. I just love Julie's work!

The last card uses the 'Sending Prayers' stamp set again.  This card can be used as either an sympathy card or an anniversary or Valentine's Day card. 

I'll be teaching this class at our Winter Wonderland Overnight crop next weekend.  If you are local and would like to attend the class then click .

That's it for now.  Wish me luck tomorrow as I dig out!
Thanks, Maureen
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Echo Park-- The Wild Life


When not using CTMH, one of my favorite go to lines is Echo Park/Carta Bella.  My all time favorite used to be October Afternoon.  But like so many others, they closed up shop in 2016.

I was then drawn to Carta Bella and Steven Duncan's retro designs.  One of my crafting friends recently told me that Steven used to design for October Afternoon and has created the Carta Bella 'Are We There Yet', 'Cowboy Country' and 'Country Kitchen' lines.  Now I know why I'm so attracted to Carta Bella-- more LOs to come!

Anyway, here is a camp LO that I did using Echo Park's 'The Wild Life'.
 For the design, I was inspired from the CTMH Seasonal catalog.  I just loved the 9 square look of the second page. You can fill the squares with pictures and others with stickers/shapes.

Like many LO ideas, there was not a first page. So, I added a set of 4 squares on the left side.  For the title, I cut out some camping shapes-- tent and tree and popped up a sticker for the title.

All and all, I'm happy with the design.  For me designing is what scrapping is all about.  I love to take papers and create something.

If you missed this line and have to have it, please let me know.  Again, I have plenty in my stash:)
Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

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CTMH Jack Layouts

Hi, I hope I'll be better posting next year!  What is funny is that I have been creating lots of LOs, but not posting them.  One of my New Year Resolutions will be to change this!

Here are 2 LOs using CTMH's Jack paper line.  The Jack papers are sold out, but of course I have a stash of them-- 7 to be exact. So, if you missed this paper line and want it, please let me know.

The first LO documents my daughter's summer camp.  Abby has been camping with the Girl Scouts for years.  For this LO, I was inspired from a sketch I found on Pinterest.  I changed it up and added some circles. I also stamped some footprints, which I love.

For the second LO, I was inspired from the seasonal catalog. I then created a second page that would compliment the first page.  Again, added circles and foot prints.

Well I hope you enjoyed these LOs. If you want the discontinued paper, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, Maureen
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

JilliBean Shaker Cards with Mary-Ann

Hello, I'm back again to show you some beautiful cards that the talented Mary-Ann Maldonado created!  Mary-Ann will teaching this shaker class at our annual Winter Wonderland Overnight Crop on January 13th at the Sea Crest Hotel in Falmouth MA.  (Card kits can be shipped if you can't make it.)

Mary-Ann has been on a number of design teams, including Simply Stories and Me and My Big Ideas and is currently designing for Fancy Pants, A Flair for Buttons, Button Farm, Paper Issues and Queen and Co.  Please check out her blog here:  HERE.

The cost of this class is $22.50.  If you can't make it to the class, then get the kit shipped to you for $6.00 more.  Kits will be shipped in mid-January.

Kits are limited to sign up today.  Sign up:HERE
Thanks, Maureen

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Friday, December 29, 2017

CTMH Silver & Gold Holiday Layouts

Hi, I hope you enjoyed the holidays!  We spend so much time preparing for them and it ends so quickly:(.

To help you document your holidays, I created three 2-page scrapbook LOs using CTMH's Silver and Gold line.  I paired the line with Glacier cardstock to give it a pop of color.

For the first LO, my inspirations came from the Seasonal catalog.  I also added some Vellum paper to give the LO some texture.

Here is a closer look at the first LO.  All the gold glitter shapes are part of the Silver and Gold Compliments pack.

For the second LO, I took out my paint brush and splattered light blue paint on the white cardstock.  We used this technique at a CTMH Album retreat in October.  I love this look because it fills up blank spaces.
Below is another look at the second LO.  I used CTMH's Flower Market for the wreath and decorat4ed it with the embellishments.

Here is the third and final LO.

I hope these LOs motivate you to print out those holiday pictures and stick 'em down!

To purchase this kit, please click here. The kit is pre-cut and contains written instructions with pictures.  I will be offering this class in January, with a class on Friday January 12th in Falmouth MA.  If you can't make the class, then order a kit and have it shipped.

Thanks and here's to a wonderful new year!
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

CTMH Beary Christmas LOs

Hello, its finally getting a bit cooler in Boston.  So, I'm like bring on the HOLIDAYS.. the sweaters, hot cocoa and family get togethers!

I created a two 2-page LO just in time for the holidays.  Once I snap those pics, I can print them and stick down!  Done:)

Below is a look at the LOs. I used CTMH's holiday line call 'Beary Christmas' and it is beary cute!

For the first LO, above, I cut out a banner from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Then, I put the 'Beary Festive' stickers on it for a title.

For the design, I used a sketch from Pinterest.  The sketch is simple, but it really helps to showcase the colorful paper.

For the second LO, below, I created the title by using the new CTMH 'Going Places' Cricut Cartridge.  I layered the title in Fern and then backed it in Tangerine for a pop of color!

I used a Elizabeth Craft die for the 3 circles.

Well, I hope this LO inspired you for the holidays!  Think of all the fun-- I can't wait!

If you'd like to order this paper line, then please visit my STORE.  If you'd like to order a pre-cut kit, then please see Kit tab at top of page. This kit is available for $24 and an extra $6 if you'd like it shipped.

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen
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