Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CTMH-- Snowhaven Wintery Layout

Hi.  I hope you enjoyed the holiday season.  Unlike like last year, here in Boston we have yet to have a significant snowfall.  I'm sure it will happen eventually, but this time last year we had a foot or two.  I think we have to wait a bit more for that to happen (or I'll go with no snow!).

The first LO was inspired by those cold, frosty days to come.  And, CTHM's Snowhaven paper came in handy.  The color combination are very soothing and complementary.  For the design I found an old Basic Grey sketch from 2012 and changed it up a bit.

Here is a closer look at the first page. I inked all the edges in Slate ink. 
I have a bottles of colored sequins.  So glad I was able to use some of the red ones of this LO.  CTMH currently carries gold and silver sequins backed glue that makes them easy to apply.
The second page will look better once I put the pictures on. Its a little plain for me, but sometimes less is better, or so they say:)

Stay tuned tomorrow for the second LO using this paper pack.  I'll be offering a class for local crafters and kits for long distance crafters.

Thanks for stopping by.

CTMH Supplies
Paper:  Snowhaven (X7188B)
Embellishments:  Snowhaven Complements/Chipboard (X7188C); Snowhaven Assortment (Z3008)
Inks:  Slate
Other:  Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848); Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799); and Black Twine (Z1921)

Non-CTMH:  Red Sequins
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SOTM Blog Hop-- January

Hi welcome to the January SOTM Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring a 12 piece set called "This Moment". 

There are over 60 CTMH Consultants participating in the hop.  The hop is one big circle.  If you've come from Kelly's Blog, then you are on the right track.  Should you get lost along the way, a complete list can be found HERE.

I created LOs for my project.  This fall we visited an outside sculpture museum in Massachusetts called deCordova.  If you are ever in the area, I highly suggest a day trip.

My daughter and I were drawn to the large cast iron hearts by the artist Dine.  As you'll see from the LOs below, we took many photos of these hearts!  They were absolutely stunning.

For the first page, I started out by spraying white ink randomly on the paper.  While that was drying, I cut out 2 heart overlays from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I cut the first one in half and placed it behind the photo making it looking it was floating off the page.

Notice how I incorporated the SOTM-- the red pennant, the blue 'love this' heart, and blue circle target and arrow. 

Page 2 above.  I made a smaller heart overlay.  Using the CTMH Artiste, I cut out a Cupid:)

Here is a close up of page one.  You can see the combination of stamping, ink spray, stickers, paper, shimmer tape, and metal, sequin.  All of those elements make it different.
Close up for page 2. 

I thought about splitting up the two pages-- put one page in her scrapbook and the other in mine.  But these pages are meant to be together, just as she and I are meant to be together.  Every time I see these pictures, I find myself singing U2's 1983 song "two hearts beat as one"!!.

Here is the stamp set.  The 2 images outlined in red can be cut using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Well thanks for stopping by.  If you love the SOTM and don't have a consultant, then please contact me or visit my Store.

Next up is Nancy's.  Please be sure to visit Nancy's Blog and all of the consultants blogs.

Happy New Year!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

January Valentine's Day Classs-- 1/10/15; Heartsting Paper Pack

Hello, I haven't done much blogging in the month of December.  With Thanksgiving so late this year, the holidays came so quickly!  As I get older, I get a bit bolder-- I wait longer to get all of my shopping done, to decorate the tree, to get my cards out, and to get my Christmas dinner planned, etc.  Somehow, I manage to pull it all off.  But this year, I think I paid the price!  I found myself very tired.

To unwind, I found myself in my craft-room creating some cards for the next holiday, Valentine's Day.  At our next crop, 1/10/15, I'll be teaching a class on these cards. 

If you are not a big fan of Valentine's Day cards, then you'll notice that 2 of these cards of cards can be changed up other occasions.  For instance, the Polar bear one can be for a birthday or a friendship card.  The 'Hugs and Kisses' one can be used for get well wishes, etc.

For this card, we can change up the sentiment.   For the Polar Bear, I paper pieced the sweater.

Notice the embossed red paper.  I used a CTMH embossing folder called Quatrefoil.
 This stamp set is from the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  Stamp XOXO; (M1054) $2.95. 

The circle (Doodled Design) is on page 27 of the Seasonal catalog. I love how you can use the circle for other sentiments.
The 'Forever in My Heart' stamp set C1604, $13.95, is from Seasonal Expressions.  The heart shapes and sentiments on the left were cut out on CTMH's Art Philosophy's Cricut Cartridge and then stamped.  This makes live so much easier!

A few of my regular customers often give me specific orders on the cards they want to make.  So long as I know in advance, I don't mind.  Just shoot me a quick email if there are any cards you'd like to make more of or ones you'd like to skip.

Please sign up for Crop and Class here or sign up under tabs on blogs.  Remember all the things you did for others this holiday season.  Don't forget to do something for yourself:). 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Number of Cards

# of Crafters for Crop

CTMH Supplies:
Paper:  Heartstrings (X7193B)
Stamps:  Forever in My Heart (C1604); XOXO (m1054); Doodled Design (circle) (A1170); and Polar Bear Holiday (C1557).
Inks:  Slate, Lagoon, Cranberry, Black
Other:  Red Enamel Hearts (Z2009); White Enamel Stars (Z2010); White Shimmer Trim (Z3024); Blue Shimmer Trim (Z3025); Heart Embossing Folder (z3018); and Quatrefoil Embossing Folder (Z1926)
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