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I am a wife to Ron and the mother to 3 kids: Alexis, Jake and Cian. We are expecting our newest miracle Grace Elizabeth on or around December 12th 2011. I love to scrapbook and make cards and want to share my passion with you! Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Star Is Born....Mallie Elizabeth due in October

Ok, this has to be the best card I have ever made! I am so excited about how easy this was. I saw the card above in the book and really wanted to make it. Tomorrow is one of my best friends baby shower and this was my chance to really show off! Brooke scrapbooks with me, so if I make her something it has to be the "BEST".
The new CTMH Wishes card program is awesome! It helps you make cards so quickly and with virtually no mistakes. The pictures and detail are superb and the directions are very easy to follow. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to make cards, whether you are a beginner or highly seasoned.

I used paper from My Mind's Eye Bohemian Collection that I purchased at Michael's today. I then chose two CTMH inks that match the paper. They are Bamboo and Juniper. I like bamboo because it is a neutral and everything needs a neutral. The Juniper really helped tone down the Tulip color which is the main color of the card.

This is a close up of the dimensional elements that I used to spell STAR. I inked around the edges in Juniper and then adhered it to the cardstock wrap with glue dots.

The cardstock wrap just slides on and off of the card and then you can open it. I think this is the perfect design for showcasing your artwork or the baby's card in her nursery.

This is what it looks like as you slip the wrap off the card. This card is a 6x6 with the fold to the left of the card. But I imagine you could do the fold at the top of a card as well and it would still look great! That's the beauty with CTMH designs, they are always interchangeable.

Here is the wrap by itself. The three pieces of cardstock are glued together and then it is wrapped around the card and scored. You then tie the ribbon around the card which allows the wrap to keep its shape. I then embellished the wrap however I wanted.

The ribbon holds so well it can stand up on its own. That's pretty cool!

I decided to use the printed side of the paper as the inside of the card. I put a small 3x3 piece of textured cardstock in the center and used my Tulip CTMH marker to write Brooke a little note. but because the inside was printed cardstock I didn't need much embellishing. Overall I am very pleased with this card and think you should give it a try. If you would like to order any of the products mentioned that are CTMH please go to my website at and then click on shopping. Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

WOW! How Time Flies...

Just scrolling through some folders tonight and came across these pictures of my son's hands and feet. He is three and a half now and a whole lot bigger than this. Of course we know that kids grow up, we just don't like to be reminded very often. Oh, how fast those days went by.
This is one of me holding his little foot. I think he was 4 weeks old when I took this picture.

Here is one I took of my daughters foot and my sons feet. She was 6 years old at the time and is 10 years old now! I love this picture. He was just laying on her legs while I took this picture. She was home from school that day and we just fooled around. I just wanted to share. Awwww.....

Graduation Card For My Sister

Me and my crazy sister Taryn last December at Middle Tennessee State University's Commencement Ceremonies. She graduated with a degree in Marketing. One day she is going to support all of us!!

This is a card I made for my sister when she graduated from college last December. The school colors are gray/silver and royal blue. I wanted something clean cut and straight to the point. My sister is a no frills kind of girl!

The card uses all CTMH products. The large "G" is a dimensional element. I love covering those things in cardstock or textured papers and then roughing up the edges a bit. They give an interesting look to any card or layout. The banner at the top of the card and the cap are pop dotted adding just a little more to the card.

Overall I was pleased and my sister loved the fact that I made her card for her. I am so proud of the woman (wow, she's my baby sister) that she has become. She inspires me every day and I love her!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Imagine Layout

I was shopping at the LSS the other day and came across some paper by Basic Gray. It immediately inspired me and I had to buy it. I could picture it with CTMH's cardstock color Ocean. I have always loved the color Ocean and like to mix it with other companies papers. I think it works well with the color wheels complimentary color of Orange. What do you think?
This layout came straight out of CTMH's book called Imagine. It gives paper dimensions and tells you just what kind of paper you need for the layout (cardstock or patterned). It is so easy to do. I chose the paper I wanted and cut each piece out and then just glued them together. I swear this whole layout only took 10 minutes at the most, even that might be stretching it!!

If you do not own one of CTMH's how to guides you really should. if you would like to purchase one give me a shout and I can walk you through the choices so you pick the one that is right for the kind of crafter you are. Have a happy week!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Quick and Easy Cards

These cards were 2 that I made for a home show that I did the other night. It was a HUGE success and I gained 5 new customers. As we all know getting new people is the key to continued success. With our July Promo going on, all new sign ons get 5 FREE items, I have to share with you this wonderful news!! I spent 3 hours of my time with the guests of this show and when it was all said and done I had three more bookings, 5 new club members and I earned my commisions at 33 dollars an hour that night. I dont know about you, but I do not make near that at my regular job and I have been there 10 years!! CTMH is the BEST Company to work for.
I couldn't get good pictures of these cards because I scrap in a room where you have to have the lighting dim when people are asleep and I just couldn't wait for my kids to wake tomorrow morning before I posted this. I hope you enjoy and feel free to ask me about how YOU can join my team!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Card for Mr. Zito

This is a card I made for a fellow CTMH sister's Uncle. He is in the hospital again and could use some encouragement. I have always been challenged to make cards for little boys and men alike. I was happy to brighten the day of a complete stranger, as this is something that has always brought me joy. But I was also thrilled to have a challenge again.
The paper I used is called Rustic Trail and doesn't have to be just for a fisherman. The stamp sets that I used are Treetops, a new favorite, and then Because Of You. That is the one I used for the sentiment on the inside.

I think my favorite part about this card is that I cut out little fringe pieces for the grass under the trees. I also think the subtle touch of the embroidery floss is perfect for a man's card. I hope you enjoy this card Mr. Zito! I know I had fun making it for you.

Stardust Layout

This is a layout that I did with the help of my Imagine How To Guide. I love those books! I also love this paper. It can be for girls or for boys, parties or any celebrations, picnics or military....get the picture? The colors promoted in this paper are: Moonstruck, Topiary, Bamboo, and Honey. This is also a fabulous set to mix and match your B&T (background & Texture) papers with. Try it and see what you can come up with.

CTMH paper pack Stardust $12.95
Ink Colors $5.25 each
Beautiful Masterpieces Priceless

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Summer Two Page Layout

Here is a two page layout that I did for a coworker. These pictures are of her niece, brother in law, and daughter. I mixed different paper packs and I really liked the way it turned out.
I used some paper from Emporium and some paper from Free Spirit. It was easy to match the cardstock colors since the pictures are so bright and fun. I had to add some flowers to it and have learned that CTMH's autumn flowers are NOT just for autumn.

I covered the dimensional elements with cardstock and then sponged the other ones in Indian Corn Blue and Honey ink. I wanted a sun/sky combo and I think I achieved this.

I used my CTMH How To Guide called Reflections to come up with the layout combo. This is a great tool if you are not really sure how to get started on a layout. Even though I have 10 years of scrapbooking under my belt I need help creating something that is fresh and interesting to the eye. This book has endless possibilities!! Let me know if you would like to preview it. Feel free to go to my website and look around as well.

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Just Because Cards

This card is simple but one of my favorites. It uses the CTMH paper called Boom Di Ada. I embossed the Olive cardstock with my Cuttlebug and added some CTMH autumn flowers and some CTMH Hollyhock ribbon.

This card is a Just Because card that I made using CTMH paper called Daydream. I embossed the Taffy cardstock with my Cuttlebug and then added some CTMH Hollyhock ribbon and some Prima paper flowers. Jeanette, CTMH's CEO challenged us recently to use Taffy cardstock because it is a color not often used. I decided to try it with Daydream and it seems to work.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's A Guy Thing/ The Crinkle Paper Technique

I LOVE this layout! This paper is fabulous and this technique is even better. The Barn Red cardstock has been sprayed with a little mist of water and then crinkled in my hand. It is then uncrinkled and laid out to dry. Once the pieces are dry you can take an ink pad, I used Cocoa, and rub it over the crinkled paper. I just love this look.
The file folder that I have has been cut using one of the Coluzzle templates. If this is something you are interested in you should hurry and get it; Coluzzle will be retiring items every now and then until the end of the year. I tied some hemp around my file folder to give it added dimension. I just love everything about this paper pack. It is perfect for so many different types of pictures. See what you can come up with and leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks for looking. have a great day!