Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 New Idea Book News

Hello! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Part of the perks of being a consultant, means that we get to preview the new products ahead of time. Every time we get a new idea book, I say it's the best one I've ever seen. The Spring/Summer 2013 (2013?!) issue does not disappoint. 

Below, I am sharing a sneak peek at the front cover.
If you have been considering signing up for a while, this is one of the cutest Consultant kits I've ever seen, and is also a great value! This new consultant kit will be available beginning January 1st.
Essentials Kit $49.00!
Master Kit $99.00! (Includes everything in both pictures.)
Before I forget, we have a cute promotion going on right now through January 31st, called "Whooo's Your Valentine". If you spend $35.00, you can get this fabulous kit for just $10.00.
Last up, don't forget that starting January 1st through January 31st, you can get this beautiful stamp of the month set for just $5.00 with a qualifying purchase. 
Both promotions will offer you many exciting possibilities to create your loved-themed projects just in time for Valentine's Day.

If you would like to hear more about any of these exciting promotions, please visit my website here. Thank you, and Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MFTWSC102 Snow Angel Card

Hello. Since Friday, I have been in such a state of grief and shock over the loss of so many young lives in Newtown. Really, it could have been here in my school district...where my 6-year-old son attends elementary school. To think of so many beautiful lives cut short by such a senseless act of has been absolutely devastating to my sense of security for my children. I have been praying for the families that were affected by this tragedy.

This morning, I saw this on Facebook and wanted to take a moment to share it with all of you.

"CNN just shared a mailing address that the USPS has set up for the Connecticut School Shooting if you would like to send a sympathy card to them. It is... 

Messages of Condolence, P.O. Box 3700, Newton, CT 06470"

Now, on to the artwork part of my post.

Paper: Sophia, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft CS (MFT)
Stamp: PI-Snow Angel (MFT)
Inks: Chocolate, Hollyhock, Pear, Desert Sand, Heavenly Blue (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Glue Pen, Blending Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Embossing Stylus, Sponge Dauber (CTMH), Icicle Border Die-Namics, Jumbo Snowflake Die-Namics (MFT)
Other: Prisma Glitter, Stardust Glitz Glue, Pearl Opaques (CTMH)

I created this card for the following challenges.

Thanks for stopping by. Please be safe, my friends.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine Blog Hop

Welcome to the Whooo's Your Valentine Blog Hop! Today, we are featuring projects created with this adorable kit.
If you have come here from {Jean McNulty's Blog}, you are on the right path!
Now "Hop" on over to {Krista Hershberger's Blog} to see her lovely artwork. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to place your order. You can get this exclusive stamp set with treat boxes for just $10 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from December 13th, 2012 through January 31, 2013.


Monday, December 10, 2012

MFTSCRAP2 Avonlea Layout

My daughter's preschool is doing a gift basket raffle drawing for Christmas. Her teacher just happens to be expecting her first child in January, and is also an avid scrapbooker. So I am creating a baby album for the gift basket. I only have 8 more days to get it done, so wish me luck!
Paper: Avonlea, Chocolate CS, Slate CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Clearly Sentimental About New Beginnings (MFT)
Ink: Twilight, Chocolate (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH)
Other: Mocha Pearl Opaques (CTMH)

Piece A: 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Piece B: 9" x 11 1/2"
Piece C: 1 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Piece D: 12" x 2"
Piece E: 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" Photo Mat
Piece F & G: 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" Photo Mats
Piece H: 3" x 4" Photo Mat

I love our Avonlea papers. The colors are gorgeous and trendy, and perfect for winter, family, and heritage pages. I am debating adding some pink stamped snowflake images within the memory protector in case a girl is born and the recipient wants to add some girly flair.

Hope you like!


MFTGUESTDT1212 Christmas Caroler

I decided that I would give the guest designer challenge a try. There is some serious competition out there, so I don't think I have a chance. I made this next card for my little girl, who has shiny brown hair and bangs, too. She also really loves flowers...especially the flowers she's not supposed to pick. :)
Paper: Mistletoe, Cocoa CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft CS (MFT)
Stamp: Pure Innocence-Christmas Caroler (MFT)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Glue Pen, Blending Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Corner Rounder (CTMH), Fancy Flourish Die-Namics (MFT)
Other: Prisma Glitter, Pearls (CTMH)

Here is the MFTGUESTDT1212 link to find out the details for this challenge. It closes today, but perhaps you can join in on the fun next month!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mistletoe Christmas Layout

Last night, I held my monthly Friday night workshop. Attendee's have the option of making a layout, or 3 cards...or creating both layout and cards.

This workshop serves two purposes. 
1. Use up older papers to make way for new.
2. Provide reasonably priced projects for those working with a tight budget or lack of time.
Paper: Mistletoe, Colonial White CS, Cranberry CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Very Merry Christmas (CTMH)
Ink: Cranberry, Olive, Champagne (CTMH)
Tools: Silver Glitz Glue, Micro-Tip Scissors, Glue Pen, Cricut Artiste Cartridge (CTMH), Snowflakes Die-Namics (MFT)
Other: Reflections How-To Program, Cranberry Baker's Twine (CTMH)

These two patterns combined allow for 9 photos. If there is one time of the year that I need to cram more photos onto a layout, it's Christmas. 

Today, we went and picked out our Christmas tree. It took me less than a minute to find the perfect one. LOL It was a Clark Griswold kind of moment, in that the tree seemed to have a halo of light around it. ;) I'm so happy to have a tree that isn't a blue spruce for the first time in many years. 

Have a great night!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

MOJO270 Valentine's Day Card

As promised, I am back with a second Valentine's Day card.

I am entering this into the Mojo Monday #270 Contest Challenge.
Paper: Roxie, Black CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Whooo's Your Valentine (CTMH)
Ink: Black, Tulip, Smoothie (CTMH)
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Corner Rounder (CTMH)
Other: Grey Ribbon (American Crafts), Glue Dot (CTMH)

This is my favorite Valentine's Card of all time. Nice having a sketch that gives you a clustered embellishing idea, and immediately made me think of the new stamp set that arrived the same day. It was kismet. :)


H2H Valentine's Day Card

Today, I thought I would switch gears from Christmas to Valentine's Day. Cardmakers are always thinking up crafty ideas way before a particular holiday comes along. 

When I saw this next sketch from Heart 2 Heart Challenges, I immediately thought of the rounded square sentiments in my new stamp set "Whooo's Your Valentine".
Paper: Roxie, Black CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Whooo's Your Valentine (CTMH)
Ink: Black, Tulip, Smoothie (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge, Watercolor Pencil (CTMH)
Other: Bitty Sparkles, Black Baker's Twine (CTMH)

I will be back again soon with my next Valentine's Day card. :)


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DS79 Flakey Friends Card

Hello. I worked on another card last night. 

I am entering it into the following challenges.
1. Deconstructed Sketch DS79 Challenge
2. Color My Heart Dare #20 Challenge
3. The Paper Players PP124 Snowmen Theme Challenge
Paper: Pear and Partridge, White Daisy CS, Cranberry CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Flakey Friends (CTMH)
Ink: Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Corner Rounder, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Craft Tweezers, Watercolor Pencils, Chocolate Marker, Cranberry Marker, Olive Marker (CTMH), Snowflakes Die-Namics (MFT)
Other: Silver Glitz Glue, Clear Sparkles, Clear Detail Embossing Powder (CTMH)

Thanks for stopping by. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DD#31 Believe Card

Good afternoon! I'm back with one more card today.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
1. Dynamic Duos DD#31 Color Challenge
2. Inspired By #52 Challenge
3. Merry Monday A Year In Review Challenge

Paper: Believe, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Believe WOTG (CTMH)
Inks: Black Pigment (Tsuniko), Sweet Leaf, Cranberry (CTMH)
Tools: Cranberry Marker, Blending Pen, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Craft Tweezers, Glue Pen (CTMH), Floral Doily Motifs Die (Spellbinders)
Other: Cranberry Ribbon, Clear Sparkles, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Glue Dots (CTMH)

I used Merry Monday's sketch #25, which you can view here.

Happy Holidays!


MFTWSC100 Howdy Cowboy Card

One of my favorite weekly challenges is the Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge by My Favorite Things. I love their detailed, layered sketches. 
Paper: Dakota, Pacifica CS, White Daisy CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH)
Stamp: PI-Cowboy (MFT)
Inks: Black, Barn Red, Pacifica, Champagne (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Craft Tweezers, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Blending Pen, Glue Pen, Watercolor Pencils (CTMH), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (SU!), Picket Fence Die-Namics (MFT), Cuttlebug
Other: Round Durables Studs, Clear Detail Embossing Powder (CTMH)

Although the deadline is just a few minutes away, if you would like more info. on playing along or seeing the sketch up close, please visit My Favorite Things Blog.

That little cowboy stamp is one of my favorites. Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by.


CTS#7 Flakey Friends Card

Good morning! I'm cutting it close on a couple of deadlines.

Yesterday, my Flakey Friends stamp set arrived (this is unheard of for FedEx on a Monday!). I was so excited to ink him up and stamp away.
Paper: Pacifica CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Snowflakes, Flakey Friends (CTMH)
Inks: Heavenly Blue, Black (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Craft Tweezers, Paper-Piercer, Corner Rounder, Micro-Tip Scissors, Glue Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen, Cranberry Marker (CTMH), Die-Namics Snowdrifts (MFT), Cuttlebug
Other: Cranberry Ribbon, Bitty Sparkles, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Prisma Glitter (CTMH)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
1. CAS(E) this sketch! CTS#7 Challenge
2. The Paper Players PP124 Snowmen Theme Challenge
Have a great day!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Dakota Workshop Layouts

We just finished up an hour ago with the Dakota workshop. I wanted to share my layouts with you. I can't take total credit for the design of any of them, really.
Layout #1: Inspired by Page 33 Imagine: Fantastic Five
Layout #2: Inspired by Page 30 Magic: Top Hat
Layout #3: Inspired by Jeanette Lynton Blog Magic: Illusion

Products Used:
Paper: Dakota, Barn Red CS, Black CS, Pacifica CS, Cocoa CS, Desert Sand CS, Garden Green CS, White Daisy CS, Colonial White CS, Whisper CS, Slate CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Classmate Alphabet, Paisley Flair, Avonlea WOTG, Casual Expressions, Stars Shine Bright (Convention 2012 stamp) (CTMH)
Inks: Pacifica, Black, Barn Red, Slate (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Watercolor Pencils, Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Sponge, Rub-On Tool, Corner Rounder (CTMH)
Other: Green Baker's Twine, Burlap Ribbon, Parlor Velvet Rub-On's, Wrangler Assortment, Houndstooth Alphabet, Durables Round Studs, Black Embroidery Floss (CTMH)

The last layout had a color switch-up so that customers could work with the kit papers they had left. The blue paisley paper replaced the red houndstooth; the cocoa cardstock was replaced with black cardstock. The desert sand cardstock was replaced with pacifica cardstock. Then the pennants were changed to coordinate with the blue, black and grey theme. 

Now, as you can see, I really didn't go completely western theme on my layouts. I had the complements, but decided against using them. We live in Northern Michigan so western really isn't that big around here. My original thoughts were to scrapbook hubby's pic's when he was a child. Western shirts were pretty popular then. But, realistically, I scrap mostly my children's pages. I thought the "Blue Arrow" badge went perfectly with the one layout, so I added it in, and no, we didn't buy the bow and arrow just so I could use the badge. LOL

I believe we had 2 full sheets of B&T paper left so you may see more Dakota layouts soon. :) One more quick note to share with you...that rub-on tool is the bomb! Love it! Makes adding rub-on's easy peasy, and is well worth the expense.

Have a great night!


Friday, November 30, 2012

FMS63 Thank You Card

Good morning! I am back again with my card of the day. 

This next card was made for my Hospice counselor. Although, I haven't talked to her in a few months, every 2 weeks like clock work, I get a card or a letter from her. Miss Vivi even thinks of my children, and they so look forward to their packages in the mail each month. Miss Vivi, like so many other counselors out there, is a very caring person and truly touches many lives.
Paper: Dakota, Pacifica CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Thoughtful Tidings (CTMH)
Ink: Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Craft Tweezers (CTMH)
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Blue Sparkles, Glue Dots (CTMH), Blue Ribbon (American Crafts)

I would like to enter this card into the Freshly Made Sketches #63 Challenge.

Have a great day.


December Savings

We have some exciting promotions going for December.

Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that we are making more fabulous deals available to you. Beginning 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, we will add new items to the “While Supplies Last” section. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown.
To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my website that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value! These deals are only available while supplies last.
Now, for the stamp of the month details:
Year-Round Cheer SET OF  12, Available December 1–31, 2012
Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1212A) when you place an order of $50 or more in products.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks so much. I appreciate your business.


Retiring Items List 2012

We received a weekly update last night that showed a list of retiring items. While they could be available through the end of the current Idea Book, they are being placed on a while supplies last basis. The paper packs always go first, followed by any coordinating embellishments. I encourage you to read over the list below, and contact me today if there is anything you want to order, or must have.

2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List

*Please remember that we are unable to accept exchanges for items included on the Retired list.

Item # Item Description Page # Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127

Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment 127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers 131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet 130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet 130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates 126
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment 128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment 128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection 126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection   124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons 130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet 38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62
Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit 41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65
Item # Item Description Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114
D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114

Items can be ordered from my website: 
Contact me today if you have any questions.


*Bold print items are items I thought might go the quickest.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MOJO269 Bundled Up Card

Good morning! I am back with another Christmas card. 

I have had this stamp set for about 3 years now, and it's rarely been used. My card size is a 4x4, which still fits in a standard size envie to save on postage. When you're sending out 80+ cards, standard size is really the best way to go.
Paper: Winter Twig (Little Yellow Bicycle), Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's), White Daisy CS, Outdoor Denim CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Bundled Up (CTMH)
Inks: Heavenly Blue, Indian Corn Blue, Grey Flannel, Grey Wool, Outdoor Denim (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Snowflakes Dies (MFT), Snow Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Blending Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Glue Pen, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer (CTMH)
Other: Clear Sparkle, Prisma Glitter, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Mojo Monday #269 Sketch Challenge
2. Dynamic Duoes DD#30 Color Challenge

Now, it's time for me to get scrappy with my Dakota kit. Have a happy, crafty day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Merry Monday #43 Silver-licious Card

Silver has always been one of my favorite colors. My father owns an excavating and trucking business, and our first company colors were black and silver, followed by a second company that was red and silver. From the time I was 12, I would answer phones for him, or type up the occasional proposal. Now, 20+years, I am still working for him, but with a more official title of Bookkeeper.

This next card showcases my love of silver quite well. 
Paper: Pink Polka Dot Paper, Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's), White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: All The Best, A Holiday (CTMH)
Inks: Hollyhock (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Scallop Border Punch (SU!), Craft Heater, Craft Tray, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge (CTMH)
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Bitty Sparkles, Glue Dots (CTMH), Black Gingham Ribbon (Jo-Ann's)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Merry Monday #43 Challenge
2. There She Goes TSG183 Inspiration Challenge

Have a great night.