Thursday, April 30, 2015

SOTM Blog Hop-- May

Hello, welcome to the May SOTM blog hop!  If you arrived here from Jen's Blog, then you are on the right path.  Should you get lost along the way, please see Melinda's Blog for a list of participants. 

The May SOTM "Just Sayin" contains 14 cute, fun images.  Recently, I worked on some girl scouts layouts and wasn't quite done.  I like to add a variety of elements to my pages-- sequins, metals, stickers, washi, inks and of course paper-- lots of it!  The variety of elements just breaks it up and adds flair.  I know, I know its the pictures that tell the story, but I like to color things in:)

Anyway, to complement the use of arrows on the bottom, I stamped a couple of triangles and put them at the top of the page and pointed them downward like arrows.  The arrows (triangles) at the top, point to the sign 'dining hall', which was one of daughter's favorite places while at camp.

On the left hand side, the blue 'Life is good' is a sticker and I stamped a 'Full of Goodness' arrow in Barn Red. Yes that is stamped!  And, what is nice is that you can reuse this stamp on other pages!  Just change the ink to match the paper you are working with.

Below is a close-up.  For the tree-bark, I used CTMH's Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  Psst.... if you do not own this cartridge, then you need to get it, as it is a must have for scrap-bookers!!

I used Art Philosophy to cut out the circle.  I love deer and used a die for this image.

Well thanks for stopping by. If you don't have a consultant, then please contact me. 

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
Gina's Blog next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Thanks, Maureen
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brushed Spring Card Class-- May 9th

Hello, here are the last 3 cards that make up the rest of the Brushed Spring Card Class.  I really enjoyed creating these cards!  I started with the April showers and then moved onto some flowers.

The card below makes a beautiful card for a special mom.  Mother's Day is quickly approaching-- May 10th.  The stamp set is from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog and the stamp is called:  Flowers for Mom.  It's a darling stamp and is priced nice at only $9.95.

To color it in I used the CTMH ShinHan markers and topped it off with Flamingo pink epoxy dots.

The second card was based on a design that a fellow CTMH Karen Peterson used.  I just love the design!

The stamp set, Lovely Birthday, also has a happy birthday sentiment that you could stamp on the front of the card.  I choose to stamp have a lovely day instead.  I may give this card out as a thank you note and stick a gift card inside. 

Embossing folder:  CTMH Vine
The third card was based on card that we created during a CTMH retreat.  I just used a different paper pack. 

To color in the flower, I used the a pink and a purple marker. 

Embossing folder: CTMH Quatrefoil

 Here's a recap of the April showers cards:

Below is a look at all six cards.  The card kits come all cut out and ready for you to assemble. 

 The card kit only costs $15 if you are attending the May 9th crop or if purchase $25 in products.


Card Class/Kit
May 9th:  Crop Sign-up
Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

Paper:  Brushed (x7190B)
Stamps:  Flowers for Mom (B1473); Lovely Birthday (B1462); Budding Friendship (D1602); Rainy Day (C1597); and Rain or Shine (D1634)
Inks:  Archival Black Ink, Black Statz On (z888); CTMH Honey Ink (z2162); Slate Ink (z2173)
Markers:  ShinHan markers--  Leaf Green; Pastel Green; Golden Yellow; Tender Pink; Peony Purple; and Turquoise Blue
Other:  Black/Silver/Purple Shimmer Trim (z1809) (z1799) (z1919); Silver Sequins (z201); Baker's Twine (z1921); Flamingo Dots (z1934); Topiary Chevron Ribbon (z1929); Thistle Ribbon (z1990)
Embossing Folders:  Vine; Stripped; and Quatrefoil.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

CTMH-- Rainy Day & Rain or Shine Cards

Hello, you know that saying... "April Showers bring May flowers".  When it rains in April that's what I tell myself...let it rain, because sunshine and flowers will come!

Yesterday, I shared a card using CTMH's 'Rainy Day' Stamp set.  I'm back today with another card from the same set.  This time, I stamped the rain boots and colored them lime green with pink and purple polka dots-- how festive!  I choose to stamp a flower coming out of the boot. The flower is also from the Rainy Day stamp set. 

To create the card, a MFT sketch design came in handy.  If you click here, you can print out all of their sketches, pin them, or refer to their blog. 

On one of the little yellow pieces of trim, I stamped the sentiment 'hope you are feeling better'.  The sentiment came from the 'Rain or Shine' stamp set (D1634).  The 'Rain or Shine' stamp debuted in the Seasonal Expressions volume 1 and is still available for purchase.

Here's another look.
Here's the raincoat and umbrella card again.  So cute!

For the second card, I used the 'Rain or Shine' stamp set.  I just love the sentiment from the second card-- "You can't have a rainbow without a little rain".  

I think we all forget that with bad times comes good times!

Here's the whole April ensemble of April showers.   But remember, shortly after the showers comes the beautiful flowers!

I'll have more cards from 'Brushed' in the upcoming days, along with a card class.

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen:)

Paper:  Brushed (x7190B)
Stamps:  Rainy Day (C1597); Rain or Shine (D1634)
Inks:  Black Statz On (z888);  CTMH Honey Ink (z2162); Slate Ink (z2173)
Markers:  ShinHan markers--  Leaf Green; Pastel Green; Golden Yellow; Tender Pink; Peony Purple; and Turquoise Blue
Other:  Black and Silver Shimmer Trim (z1809) (z1799); Silver Sequins (z201); Striped Embossing Folder (z1960); Baker's Twine (z1921)
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Brushed April Cards-- Rainy Day & Cutie Pie

Hello, I spent Saturday and Sunday visiting colleges in Vermont with my daughter.  We met up with my niece and checked out the University of Vermont in Burlington and Saint Michael's College.  Both schools were nice.  I have today off and I've earned a day of crafting:)

The first card is for a friend who recently had knee surgery. Times are tough now, but "keep looking up" because good times are ahead!  The stamp set, Rainy Day, is from the current catalog and is only $13.95.  To color the images in, I used CTMH's ShinHan makers.  For the design, I used a modified My Favorite Things (MFT) Sketch.

The second card was created using the December SOTM.  I designed this card as a Make/Take for a recent crop.  I still have extra sets of this stamp available for sale.  So please let me know if you'd like to purchase it at a discounted price.

I used the CTMH's Marvy journaling pen to doodle on the sentiment.
Above are both cards-- very spring like for a spring day!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you'd like to make these cards and need the supplies, please let me know.

CTMH Supplies
Paper:  Brushed (x7190B)
Stamps:  Rainy Day (C1597); Cutie Pie (S1412)
Inks:  Black Statz On (z888)
Markers:  ShinHan markers--  Leaf Green; Pastel Green; Golden Yellow; Tender Pink; and Peony Purple
Other:  Black and Silver Shimmer Trim (z1809) (z1799); Silver Sequins (z201); Striped Embossing Folder (z1960); Baker's Twine (z1921) and Marvy Pen (z1979)
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Monday, April 6, 2015

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2-- Blog Hop

Hi, welcome to the CTMH's Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Shalana's Blog, then you are on the right path.  Should you get lost along the way, please click HERE for a list of all the blog hopper's names.

The Seasonal Expressions catalog comes with 2 new paper lines:  Bloosom and Jackson.  Bloosom is full of spring colors and chose to use paper pack to document a trip to Newport Rhode Island. 

To cut the sun, I used CTMH's Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I made an overlay and then hand cut off the ends. 

For the ink, I randomly sprayed on some light blue ink to give it a look of sky behind the sun.
The little white buildings are actually bathrooms!  They remind of little white cottages in Wellfleet on Cape Cod.

The park also had a lighthouse.  Being a lover of lighthouses, I got lots of pictures.  You'll see them in other LOs:)

Well I hope you enjoyed this LO.  Please be sure to visit all of the consultants blogs.  Next up is Melissa and her work is outstanding.  Here's the link:  Blog.
Thanks, Maureen:)
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scrapbook Bloopers & Other Mishaps-- Jackson CTMH paper line

Hello, I'm here to share a recent scrapbook blooper and mishap.  What is this you may ask??  Well its scrapping an event and things just get mixed up, a bit.

I recently attended a scrapbook retreat.  When I get home my daughters always look through my completed pages.  I was very proud of the 2-page LO below because it documented my youngest daughter's week long stay at Camp Favorite on the Cape.  Plus, I used CTMH's recently debuted paper line-- Jackson.

Last fall, I went through these pics, along with other camp pics, with my daughter.  I learned that Camp Favorite was not her favorite.  Her favorite GS camp was Camp Wind in the Pines.  We separated the camp pics-- or so I thought!

Below is a LO showing a daily tradition of lowering the flag and folding it.  I remember Abby telling me that she liked the raising and lowering of the flag activities.   Nice LO-- I like it.  Pic showing the flag in evening sky.  The pics of flag coming down and girls folding it.  I also added some journaling, arrows and washi.  Perfect.

Well, apparently the flag is being risen!!  I'm like Abby are you sure??  It's pretty dark.  She's like 'yes it was rainy that morning'.  I'm like what about the girl with the wet hair?  It looks like she was just swimming?  Abby said no, that is so and so and she took a shower in the morning.

 Looks pretty dark to me!  Sure it's morning???  Yes, it's morning mom.
Girl Scouts taking down or putting up flag??   Mom, they are putting up the flag!!

Okay, we have options here: 

1.  I can leave the history as written, after all, this happens all the time-- right!?

2.  I can use un-do and re-arrange pics. 

3.  Or, I can put a note in there saying-- sorry, mom messed up, follow arrows backwards. 

I'll go with #3!!! 

Okay, it doesn't stop there.  I had so many pictures that I used CTMH's 'Picture My Life' cards (Project Life).  Continuing on with Camp Favorite (not her favorite camp), I did this page:

I just love these little journal cards!  The cards are the same colors as the paper pack, but have different designs.

Okay:  problem with this page-- the sky scenes are from Wind in the Pines, not Camp Favorite!!

Fix:  rename this page-- Misc Camp Pics from 2013.  That will work:)
Here's another 'Picture My Life' page. 

I'm happy to report that I got this one right!  I guess 1 out of 4 isn't so bad! 

Yay me!

The point of sharing these bloopers with you is that they can be easily fixed.  And they demonstrate that we are not perfect.  I tried to do everything right-- I sat with my daughter and separated the pictures, but I messed up. 

Even if keep the LO as is and put a cute note in there telling my daughter of the mistake, she will laugh and smile because she knows me--  she knows I tried to capture these memories for her (however foggy my mind is at times!).

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

CTMH Supplies:
Paper-- Jackson (x7195b) and Stickers (x7195c); Jackson Assortment (z3071)
Other:  Jackson Picture My Life (Z3068); Oceanside Sequin (z3041); Enamel Shapes(z3073)
Ink:  Dessert Sand

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 11th-- 12-hour Crop Classes

Hello, if you live in Massachusetts, please be sure to sign-up and attend our 12-hour crop on April 11th in Norwell from 11 am to 11 pm.  We have 30 crafters joining us and room for more.  The cost is $55 and includes lunch, dinner, snacks, give-aways and large prizes! 

Sign up here:

12-hour Crop; $55

Below are the classes that we'll be offering at the crop.  Please sign up ahead of time as the kits are pre-cut.

1.  6X6 Canvas Class-- Jean MacLeod
Cost $20; Time 1-1.5 hours


2.  Two 2-page LO using CTMH's Showhaven line.
Maureen OSullivan

Cost $23
Cost materials only-- includes one full paper pack (12 sheets), 1 full chipboard pack and other embellishments.  Kit is pre-cut.


Two 2-page LO (full paper pack, chipboard, and embellishments. Pre-cut.)

3.  Flip Flap Class/Demo
Maureen OSullivan

Love to scrapbook but need help putting more pictures on a page?  Learn how to use flip/flaps!

Thank you, Maureen:)
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