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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Friday, November 3, 2017

Enjoy Month Long Savings on CTMH's Fundamental Crafting Products


A couple of days ago, I shared with you LOs using CTMH's Fundamental line.  I have lots more to show you and wanted to let you about a month long deal that CTMH is offering.

For the month of November, CTMH's Fundamental lines are 30-40% off!!!

Just for FUN!

Save on crafting essentials like paper, ribbon, die cuts and stickers during our Just for FUN sale! Save 40% on bundles of coordinating Fundamentals products, or save 30% on individual items!

You can also choose a Fundamentals Bundle FREE when you become a Consultant in November or when you host a qualifying party.

Check out these deals:
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Whimsy Fundamentals
Whimsy Paper Pack, Compliments, and Ribbon.
Retail value:  $36.85.  On sale 40% off or $22.11.  That's a savings of over $14.74!
Not interested in the ribbon or just want the paper pack?  Then take 30% off!

Like Whimsy and want more?  Then check out the other Fundamental Lines:
Basics Fundamental
Adventure Fundamentals
Enchantment Fundamental Bundle

I just ordered all of the bundles! Even I can't pass up this deal!! If you'd like to take advantage of this sale, then please visit my store. Click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Maureen
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

CTMH Basic Fundamentals

Hello, I'm here today to share a LO I made back in August using CTMH's Basic Fundamental paper line.  I paired the paper with CTMH's Pink Cardstock.  You can use whatever color you like as an accent.

Here is a close up of the first page.  I cut out a heart on the Cricut and layered the patterned paper behind it.  I also added some ribbon and gold compliments.

For the second page, I continued with the layers of paper.  To give the LO interest, I stamped ink blots in CTMH's Heather (Grey) ink.  I also used an retired, background stamp.

Below are the supplies used.
Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CTMH Falling For You Layouts

Hi, Happy October!

A few weeks ago, I created some Fall layouts using CTMH's "Falling For You" line.  I'll be teaching classes on these LOs on October 7th in Boston and on October 21st in Norwell, MA.  If you can't attend these sessions, then please order your pre-cut kit!  Please see tab on top called 'Kits'.


For a closer look at the LOs, please see below.  All circuit cuts were made using the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge. Just love the fall flowers and wheat.  

The titles Family and Together were cut using CTMH's steel dies.

I hope you have lots of fall memories to fill up these inspiring LOs! Again, I'll be teaching LO classes on October 7th in Boston MA and October 21st in Norwell MA. All kits are pre-cut and ready to prepare! Can't make these classes, then order your kit!

Thanks for stopping by, Maureen

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CTMH Halloween Cards: Cats & Bats (oh my!)

Hi and happy September!

Today I'm going to share some cards that I made for Halloween.

On September 23rd, I'm hosting a Breast Cancer Crop.  A portion of the crop fee, along with the proceeds from a basket raffle will be donated to the Katherine A. Gallagher fund of Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, my fellow crafter and breast cancer survivor, Dona, will be teaching card classes at the event.  All proceeds from the card classes will be donated.

For the Sept 23rd class, I created these 5 cute cards and treat bag using CTMH's new Halloween line called "Cats and Bats".  The paper is very whimsical and fun.  I simply enjoyed creating with it.

For the first card, I worked with the Cats & Bats' Scrapbooking Stamp and Die set (Z4045).  I used the dies to cut out the word boo and the cute little spiders.  To give the card some dimension, I stamped a spider web in the left hand corner and then popped up the word boo! 

Pretty spooky huh?!
For the second card, I used the Cats & Bats Card-making stamp and die set, Z4040.
 My fellow crafters are always trying to challenge me!  So, I took their challenge and created a shaker card.  I can't tell you how many times I sang Taylor Swift's I'm just going Shake song!

Anyway, to create the shaker card I used the Warmest Wishes snow-globe die and the Cats & Bats Card-making stamps. 

This card was inspired by a fellow CTMH consultant, Jenn W.

To make life a bit easier, I printed out this cute saying using CTMH's Artistry Circuit cartridge.  I dressed it up a bit using CTMH's new Ribbon Border die. 
When I think of Halloween, sugar and candy definitely come to mind.  So I created this cute little bag and filled it with treats.  For the title, I used the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking die/stamp set.
I hope these cards and treat bag got you inspired to break out the fall stuff and create!  Please visit My Store if you'd like to purchase any items.  Or, see Kits Tab to sign up for the class.
Thanks for stopping by,
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