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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!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

You're A Hoot!

This is the layout I have planned for my friend Amy's birthday show coming up in December. Amy is a member of my birthday club where she is the hostess of the day. She will invite all of her friends to the show where they will each create this layout to take home. They each have a chance to purchase products for Amy or for themseleves. And Amy gets all of the rewards! I have had several shows with her in the past and they ALWAYS turn out to be wonderful and exciting shows! Thanks Amy!!

For this layout I used the popular paper pack called Twitterpated. It has very versatile colors that can be used for Fall pictures, New Baby layouts (girl or boy) and even Christmas cards! I also love that the patterned papers have the same design on the back only in a different color scheme. This helps not to have to cut into every paper in the pack just to put more color or design on the page.

I used my new alphabet stamp called Posterboard for the lettering. I love that these letters are easy to cut out and adhere to your page. I also used a newer stamp set for the cute little owls called You're A Hoot. I just love all the different looks this one stamp set can give your page. the colors used for this project are: Chocolate, Colonial White, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf and Sorbet. They all look so great together don't you think? Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Jingle All The Way

I wanted to share my layout design for my good friend Brooke's upcoming CTMH show. Brooke is a member of my birthday club and will be having a home show in December for all of her girlfriends. They will each make this layout and have the chance to purchase products for the birthday girl or for themselves.

For this layout I chose the popular Jingle paper pack. It has beautiful, vibrant colors that really pop against the White Daisy Cardstock. I also used the Shining Star stamp set. I stamped the images in Olive ink and Creme Brule' ink. This paper can be used for Christmas or a Birthday Celebration and look good in either setting.

I recently purchased a new alphabet stamp set called Posterboard. This is the stamp set I used to make these letters for the Fa-La-La. The beauty of this stamp set is that you can spell any word or name. No matter the complexity. Last but not least the letters are easy to cut out and adhere to your page. I added a few of our Holiday Buttons to the window sill but they look just as good on the page. I hope you enjoy this layout!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Time Saver Cards

I have two jobs, two children, a husband and my love for all things artsy. I have very little time for anything else after cleaning, chauffeuring, mothering, loving and everything else a multi-tasker Mom does. Often times friends and customers ask me how I have time to come up with the creations I make. These two cards would be the perfect example!

First of all these cards only took a total of about 10 minutes to make! Close To My Hearts paper packs are already color coordinated for you, so all you do us cut, paste, and stick on embellishments. Even those items are pretty much done for you. I usually make up several of these cards and keep them on hand for last minute gift giving or note writing. I am a big fan of handwritten letters and cards. I don't care how messy your handwriting is, it is unique unto you and is something you should be proud of.

I used the paper packs called More To Adore and Simple Pleasures. Both of these sets are older sets in the CTMH product line, but they are still available and have been best sellers for quite some time.

Each card uses a pattern from our How To Guide called Wishes. It is a must for every cardmaker. I simply cut the paper according to the guidelines and glued it on. I added the coordinated My Stickease stickers and some ribbon and brads. It was that easy! I inked around the edges of both cards mostly because I like the distressed look. But this totally optional. I hope you enjoy these cards and if you need any of the items listed please drop me an email and I can hook you up!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Two Cards In Ten Minutes

I had these papers laying around my craft room and decided to use them on these two little cards. The Hippo stamp has an argyle background to it and the paper just begged to be used with the hippo.
I chose a very basic design out of my CTMH Wishes book and then just went crazy cutting. There are only 3 small pieces you have to cut for this card. The Wishes book makes it so easy to do this I swear I made both of these in about 10 minutes.

Both of these stamps are from the dollar bin at my local Michael's store. I prefer Acrylic stamps, but for small cards like these the rubber ones work fine. On the porcupine stamp I added a little bling to the flowers by using stick on rhinestones.

I think buttons and ribbon are a nice touch to any card and just make it a little more interesting to look at. I used CTMH ink colors in Orange and Chocolate for both of these cards.

If you have never made a card or your cards often tend to look the same I would recommend the Wishes book for you. It is filled with many, many different styles of card and also comes with a template CD in the back so you can print out templates for round cards or circles that you can add as an embellishment.
You may purchase this book anytime on my personal website at

Votive Cards

Supplies for this project: (1) piece of 8.5 x 11 card stock
(1) piece of Vellum
(2) pieces of patterned paper for the frames around the vellum
Any stamps or inks that you want to
Any other regular crafting supplies (paper trimmer, scissors etc)

For this votive card I used CTMH's paper called Jingle. I also used our newest stamp set called Stocking Style. It is so versitile because it allows you to stamp any name or phrase on the stocking and then piece everything together. This paper pack features the colors: Tulip, Juniper, Olive and Creme Brule' but I often use it with White Daisy instead.

These were extremely easy to make and are the perfect little gift for a teacher or neighbor. All you need to add are the battery operated tealights to put inside the opening of the card. I got mine in a 5 pack for about $10 at a local Arts and Crafts store.

This one uses one of my favorite CTMH stamp sets called Snow Friends. If you want to get this one hurry because it is scheduled to retire at the end of this year I believe.

I used the paper pack titled Aspen for this card. I like the winter like feel of Aspen. It can be used for a Holiday or just for Winter. I have also seen it used for New Baby cards for little boys and thought it was perfect. Thats what I love about CTMH's papers.
It is hard to see in the photo but I colored the snowman with our White Daisy marker and then added some Stickles Glitter Glue to the snow under him and to the snowflakes above him. Stickles is one of my favorite accessories.
I also stamped his hat on another piece of carstock and then colored it with the cranberry marker. I then cut it out and pop dotted it onto the card to give it a little more dimension.

If you would like directions on how to make these cards I am willing to email it to you. Just send me an email at and use "Votive Card Directions" as your subject and I will be sure to send it your way.
I hope you enjoy this special project and use it not just at the Holidays but all year round.