Friday, November 30, 2012

CTMH Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop

If you are following the CTMH Blog Hop, then you've just come from Kristine's blog:

Welcome to my blog-- Let's Give 'em Something to Scrap About!  I named it after Bonnie Raitt's song, "Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About".  Except on this blog, we are talking and scrapping!!  All we need is chocolate and we are good to go:)

I decided to showcase the stamp set through Scrapbooking. Below is LO of my daughter.  My title is "Whatever the season, Whatever the reason, I am grateful for you!".  The inspiration came from Pinterest and the Fall/Winter CTMH catalog. 

Growing up, I was taught to celebrate life everyday, not just on special occasions. However, it's during the holidays that we are often reminded of the love for our families.  So, whatever the season or reason, be grateful for what you have.

CTMH Supplies:  Paper:  Flirty; Flirty Dimensional Elements
Ink:   Dessert Sand and Topiary
Stamps:  Dec SOTM (S1212A); Abundance (D1519); A Typeface (A1117)
Other:    Canvas Alphabet; Harvest Twine; Almond Glitz Glitter; Brown/Tan Sparkles

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog. If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway).

Please continue to follow the blog hop.  The next stop is Tamytha J..  Her work is awesome, you'll be pleased that you visited!  If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Kathleen's blog.

Tamytha's blog:

Thanks, Maureen:)

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

CTMH-- Ornamental Cheer Stamp Set; Art Philosopy Cricut Cartridge

Hi, back again!  Here is another card that I'll be making with the Girl Scouts tomorrow.  To make life easy as we make 50 cards (OMG!), I cut the ornaments using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  With the ornaments cut, I stamped directly on them using CTMH's 'Ornamental Cheer' set.  All of the CTMH supplies are listed after the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen:)

CTMH Supplies:
Inks:  Holiday Red; Cashmere
Stamps: 'Ornamental Cheer'; Joy sentiment from 'Christmas Love'; 'Universal Background' for Music Notes
Paper: Pear & Partridge
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October Afternoon-- "Good Cheer" Retro Christmas Cards


Tomorrow nine Girl Scouts are coming over to make 50 cards for a local nursing home!!  My youngest daughter helped me all day.  We spend the day designing cards, cutting them and organizing everything.  (I shouldn't have waited until the last moment.) 

Below are two of the cards we created.  These cards remind me of the 50-60's-- love that retro feel! I had some old October Afternoon paper "Good Cheer" and stamps.

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen:)

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful day with your family and loved ones.  We spent the day at my sister in-law's house.  The food and the company were great-- lots of laughs!  The cousins had a great time too.  I remember when I was young all the fun we had.  The fun lasted the whole day from setting the table to toasting with apple cider to eating the turkey & desserts.  Afterwards, we'd play games and then plan for the next big holiday, Christmas. 

I've had such good childhood memories and I'm happy that my two daughters are building great memories as well.

Happy Thanksgiving, Maureen:)

CTMH Supplies:
Abundance Stamp; Dreamin Paper (Retired); Burlap; Craft Paper
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Basic Grey "Life of the Party" meets CTMH Sketch Book

Happy Monday!  CTMH released their first volume of sketch book called "Make it from your Heart".  The sketch book is reasonably priced at $7.95.  I really liked the pennant sketch and used it on my daughter's layout. 

The paper I chose was Basic Grey's "Life of the Party".  This line reminded me of years gone by when we had simple birthday parties with just cake, ice cream and a game of the tail on the donkey!  These days the parties are more elaborate with themes.  I have to admit that I often succumb to the pressure.  For Abby's 9th birthday, we took her and her friends to a Laser Zone party place.  The girls had an absolute blast!  They played Laser Tag and arcade games and ended the day with pizza and cake.

While doing this LO, I tried to incorporate some new techniques-- spray ink and washi tape.  If you notice there is a trend to randomly spray directly onto LO's.  Washi tape is cool design element.  I bought a bunch of it from Queens & Company.

All the shapes were cut using CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

I'm about 1/3 done with documenting Abby's 9th birthday party.  So, there will be more to come!
Thanks for stopping by, Maureen:)

CTMH Supplies:
Art Philosophy Cartridge; 'Make it from your Heart' Sketch book; Kraft Paper Stock; Brown Grossgrain Ribbon, and Desert Sand Ink.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

CTMH-- Clementine WOTG

Hi, it's another beautiful day here in Boston. After this post, I'm going to take my dog on a long walk:) We'll miss these days once the cold and snow move in.

I created a 2-page layout using CTMH's Clementine Workshop on the Go (WOTG) kit. I have to admit that this paper did not 'speak' to me at first. It seemed a bit country and hey I'm a city girl! But by pairing it with demin ribbon, it opened up so many options in my mind.

The paper worked well to document my daughter's evening with her friend.  They had such a blast hanging out!

Have a great day, Maureen

CTHM Supplies:

Kit:  Clementine WOTG (G1046).  Kit includes a paper pack (X7156B); Cottage Assortment (Z1794); Canvas Shapes (X7156C) and a C-size stamp set.

Other:  Durable Studs (Z1706); Burlap Ribbon (Z1760); Harvest Twine (Z1751).

Inks:  Saddle (Z2171) and Desert Sand (Z2118).

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Monday, November 12, 2012

CTMH November 2012 Specials


CTMH is offering 2 specials this month:

1.  November Stamp of the Month (SOTM) 
     For each stamp purchased, CTMH will donate $1.00 to the Hurricane Sandy efforts.

2.  With a purchase of $50 and the SOTM, you qualify for a stamp set for 50% off!!  So, if you've been eyeing any of those $29.95 Alphabet Stamp sets, then now is your chance to get it for 50% off.  Don't miss out!

Happy Veteran's Day, Maureen
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

CTMH-- Pemberley Layouts: Jr. High School Graduation & Inspirational Teacher

Hello, we made it through Hurricane safe and sound.  Not too bad in the Boston area.  Looks like New Jersey and New York got the brunt of the storm.  Hope everyone is doing well.

Below is the last of my daughter's graduation layouts.  The first page shows Shaelin and her best friend with their favorite teacher.  Mr. Condon made such a positive difference in my daughter's life.  His 7th and 8th grade English classes inspired my daughter to read and actually enjoy it!  Before she only read when she was forced to.  Something happened in this class and she saw the value and enjoyment that reading can bring.  She then went on to read all the Harry Potter's books and many other book sets.

Her writing also greatly improved.  The poem she wrote (in first LO) was published in the newsletter.  I am so proud of my daughter's accomplishments and I am very thankful for the great teachers she had throughout the years.  And, special thanks to Mr. Condon.

Thanks, Maureen:)
P.S. First page was inspired by page 24 of the Spring/Summer 2012 Catalog.

CTMH Supplies
Ink:  Dessert Sand (Z2118); Indian Corn (Z2130; Outdoor Demin (Z2140)
Stamps:  Love Clusters (C1484); Blue Ribbon (C1464); and Princess Wings (C1502)
Other:  Blue Designer Ribbon (Z1385); Outdoor Blue Alchol Marker (X2421)
Paper: Pemberley Paper Pack (X7148B)
Cricut:  CTMH Artiste (Z1790)-- envelope; CTMH Art Philosophy (Z1686)-- butterflies & flowers
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