Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hostess Thank You's.

   Well as I mentioned yesterday, I will be sharing the Thank You card that I will be giving my hostess for having a CTMH home gathering. I decided that this card would have pocket inside to hold a little something extra, such a Petite Perks stamp. You could also make into a card to hold a gift card for any occasion that you need.


For this card I used a piece of 12" x 4" Skylark  for the inside of this card. You score the paper at 4" and 8". I used my Martha Stewart score board to make the score lines.  To make the triangle on each end you will need to score a line on the diagonal from  the bottom left corner to the top (inside)  of the 4" score line.You will need to do the same on the other end starting with the top outside corner going on the diagonal to the inside corner of the 8" score line.
   This video from Splitcoastsampers shows step by step instruction on how to do this. I used this video to help make my card but with a few changes of my own.


   I wanted a pocket on this card, so I glued the bottom of the triangle and folded it over to make the pocket on the inside.  I added some CTMH Lagoon paper and white cardstock to the inside of the card. I also used the Believe in Yourself stamp set to stamp in the corner of white cardstock.  Add  this before you glue the triangle, as I decided to add this after and it can be a bit  more fussy to get it straight.  For the front of the card I used my CTMH  Art Philosophy cart to cut the small scalloped circle at 2" that I stamped on  and the Lagoon scalloped circle at 2 1/4".  The Thanks stamp is from the It's Your Day stamp set that comes with the Cricut Art Philosophy set. I used 3D foam tape to pop-up the center scallop. The piece of chevron paper comes from the edges of the Skylark paper. I added that strip of paper to help open and close the card. I then stamped the dragonfly in Lagoon ink  with the stamp from the Skylark WOTG kit. I stamped the dragonfly 3 times and stacked them to give it a 3D look. I added some yellow glitter glue to the wings. I added a piece of 4" 1/2 x 4 1/2" Lagoon paper to the back of the card to give it some more colour. 
   This card was fun to make and I got to use my favourite paper pack  from CTMH. If you are interested in any of the supplies used in this card, you can click on the link up top to have a look at my OBA. Thanks for stopping by today.!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Jungle Banner

   As you can see I tend to make a lot banners for friends and family. I was asked by a friend to make this banner to match one that I made for her over a year ago, as the girls will be sharing a bedroom.


    I used the foam core broad to make the panels as I do with all my banners. The white cardstock is embossed with the new CTMH Damask folder. Unfortunately its very hard to tell that the paper is embossed. I edged each panel with the light purple cardstock for a finished look. 
   I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to make the rosettes, butterflies and the letters. I used the Create-a-Critter to make the animals, trees and grass. The parrot is also a Cricut cartridge but I can't remember the name as I borrowed that cart from a friend.  
    Here are some pictures of the first one I made for the older sister. This banner was my first order and my first baby banner that I had ever made. I had made lots of banners for Christmas and Halloween but not for babies. 


   As you can see the banners where made to match but with different shades of  the pink, purple and green cardstocks. I wanted the banners to match but still be a little different as the girls will have their own personalities. 
  Well thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back tomorrow with a Thanks card that I made to give my hostesses for booking a home gathering. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Happy Birthday!

  Well I hope everyone was able to enjoy the long weekend, I did. Spend time sitting by the campfire roasting marshmallows and making grill-a-dogs with the family and visiting my parents for my step-mother's birthday. I finished my weekend with the Cali parade with my scouting group and working in my flower beds. I must say I'm glad today is a slow day, as my busy weekend wore me out.
  Since it was my step-mom's birthday this past weekend, I will be sharing the card I made for her. I used the same Flourishes stamp as I did for Zach's teacher. I sponged the sunset with 5 different colours of ink this time. I used CTMH  Sunny yellow (retired), creme burlee, sunset, autumn terracotta and goldrush. I used a circle cut from a post it note to mask out the sun. I started by masking out where I wanted the sun to be and sponged the sunset starting with the lightest colour

    I coloured the flowers with different shades of blue. I stamped several imagines as I popped up the flowers with 3D foam tape. I used the butterfly and sentiment stamp from the same set. I rolled the wings of the butterfly to give them a 3D look but its hard to see that in my picture.
   For the inside of the card I sponged a sunset and stamped the flowers in black along the edge of the sunset and layered it with red paper as I did one the front.
   My step-mother loved the card, mind you she loves all the cards I gave her. She told me she keeps all the card that I make for her and my dad and put them in a special box. I'm so glad that they love them that much!
  Well that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Birthday Card

  I'm not sure if anyone else has had this happen but it always seem to happen at this house. We are coming home last night from Cub Scouts and my son Zach says to me, " Mom, I need a card for my teacher for her birthday and it's tomorrow"! Well, I just kinda of look at him, not to sure if he joking or not. Well he's not joking. Lucky for him that keep a small box of cards that I made but have not put a sentiment in them, just for those last minute "Mom I need.....

   This is one of most favourite stamps sets. This flower stamp is by Flourishes and the bird is a Stampin Up stamp. I stamped the flower image on watercolour paper and watercoloured it. I absolutely love to colour, wither it is watercolour or alcohol markers. I find it very relaxing.
   I used 3 different shades of blue ink and sponged a piece of white cardstock to make the sky. I stamped the flower image twice and coloured both of them as I wanted to pop up the flowers with 3D foam tape. The bird is as watercoloured  and I just tucked him in the flowers. 
   The black and pink paper in behind I embossed with a polka dot embossing folder from Stampin up. I decided not to put any sentiments on the front of the card as I liked it without.  
   For the inside of the card I layered the black and pink paper again and stamped Happy Birthday and Wishing yo Happiness and Sunshine. 
   Well that's all for today and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

   Well its Mother's Day today and I hope that all you mom's, grandma's and every other lady that has children in there lives had a great day. I got treated to dinner with my family which was so nice and a few new crafty things. LOL. I thought for today I would share a group of cards that was made by the CCE group that I belong to.

   As you can tell from the photo that these ladies are so very talented!! There are some cards not in this photo unfortunately and they are just a amazing as these ones! These cards are made by Krista, Tracy, Debbie, Theresa, Michelle and myself. My card is the one with the hot balloon on it. 
   The stamp set I used is a CTHM set called Give a lift. I watercoloured the hot air balloon and I added some glitter to the center of the flowers. To make the sunset  I used creme brulee,  buttercup, sunset and autumn terracotta CTMH  ink that I sponged on white cardstock. I then embossed the paper with a cloud embossing folder from Stampin Up. I also sponged a sunset for the inside of the card. I added some black ribbon to the front, I know these are not the usual colours for a Mother's Day card but I think it turned out great. This is picture is not the greatest one I have but it does give a close up of the card. Well that's all for today, thanks for stopping by.


                                       HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

New CTMH Bundles

   CTMH has new bundles that are available from now until the end of July. These new bundles have something for everyone and are  a great way to for you to get started in  scrapbooking and card marking.

 Stamping Basics: 
Z2140    Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2135    New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2170    Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2162    Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2147    Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad
A1155    My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom
A1157    My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Island Greetings
1778      My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner
Z1782    My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber
Z1038    My Acrylix™ Organizer
Cost is $63.50

Stamping Scrapbooker’s Delight: 
Z2173    Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2118    Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
C1574    My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself
E1028    My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet
A1159    My Acrylix™ LOL
Y1006    3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block
1512      Bonding Memories™ Glue
Z679      Liquid Glass
Z1279    VersaMat™
Z1977    Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack
Z4114    Memory Protectors™ 4" x 6" Flip Flaps™
Z1939    Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
Cost $132.12

Memory Keeping Fundamentals: 
X7182B  Timberline Paper Packet
X7182C  Timberline Complements
Z3005    Timberline Assortment
X7177B  Skylark Paper Packet
X7177C  Skylark Complements
Z3000    Skylark Assortment
1512      Bonding Memories™ Glue
Z1977    Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack
9038      Cherish™ Scrapbook Program
Z1151    3-D Foam Tape
Z1851    Scallop Border Punch
Z1912    Corner Rounder
Z1979    Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
Z1768    Metallics Markers
Z1708    Sparkles Flourishes
Z1918    Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1930    Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1825    Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Cost $133.40

Essentials Toolkit: 
Z4139    Medium Organizer
Z4137    Craft Boxes
Z1924    Dot Embossing Folder
Z1925    Chevron Embossing Folder
Z1852    Stitch Guide
Z1114    Piercing Tool Kit
Z1294    Sanding Kit
Z1204    Bone Folder
Z1380    Spray Pen
Z1039    Create-a-Shade™ Pearl Paint
Cost $71.05

Cardmaker’s Quick Start: 
Z2193    Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2195    Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad
B1442    My Acrylix™ Belated Birthday
D1584    My Acrylix™ Big Hug
Y1003    2" × 2" My Acrylix™ Block
Y1009    2" × 3 ½" My Acrylix™ Block
X254      White Card and Envelopes Value Pack
Z1922    Pink Glitter Paper
Z1702    Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment
Cost $73.25

   If you are interested in any of these great bundles click on the shop with me on the side to order. Thanks!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


   Hi everyone. Today I'm going to share a baby banner that I was asked to make for a friend. I have made lots of these over the last year for friends and family. I love to make these almost more than cards. This one is a jungle themed , which seems to be the choice of themes this year, even for girls.

   This banner is made from foam core board and paper. I find that using just paper alone, doesn't make for a long lasting banner. The paper curls and bends out of shape to fast.  By using the foam core board, it last way longer and lays flat against the wall. It is also very light weight so you don't need nails to hang them on the wall. All I use is  command strips to hang them. 
   For this banner I cut the banner pieces using my cricut and the CTMH Art Philosophy cart. I cut them a 5 1/2" and than I embossed each piece of paper. To cut the foam core board, I use a hot knife that comes in a  wood burning  kit. You can use a sharp knife, but the cut edge doesn't come out as smooth. By using the hot knife you only have to sand the edges a little. 
  Once you have all that done, you can go a head and glue the embossed paper to the front and back of each panel. I cut a strip of brown paper to cover the cut edge of these panels. This just gives it a finished edge but you could also use ribbon if you want. 


   After the edges are covered you can go ahead a start to decorate each panel. I used my Create A Critter and Create a Critter 2 carts to cut out the jungle animals. I also used Boys Will Be Boys cart to cut out the lizards and snakes. I used a small punch to make the flowers and the butterflies.

   Once you have decorated each panel the way you want, you will need to punch small holes in each corner for the ribbon. I made the holes using my piercing tool from CTMH. I used a piece of ribbon in each hole and then tied them together to get a nice bow. 

  This banner was one of the biggest ones I've made so far and it did really turn out amazing. I know the person to whom this is going to will love it!!  I have 4 more banners to make over the next 3 months and will share them as completed.
   Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a great day!!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Close to My Heart

I thought I would share the special that CTMH is  offering this month. I just love the printed Velum in the paper pack.. Mind you I seem to have a real passion for paper and this paper available only for the month of May with every $50 you spend.  

                You can make cards and scrapbook layouts with this amazing paper

   Also don't forget that you can also get the stamp of the month for $5 with every $50 you spend.


   If you would like to see what CTMH has to offer please feel free to visit my OBA. The link to that is at the side of the page. 

Happy 75th Birthday Card!

   I hope everyone was able to craft on Saturday for National Scrapbooking Day . I was lucky enough to be at a 2 day event as a CTMH vendor and a crafter. I had such a wonderful time meeting  with new and old friends. I was able to finish my cards for my exchange group and my Mother-In-Law's birthday card.
   So I thought I would  share the card I made for  my MIL's birthday card and it's a napkin fold card. I love how this card turned out, but it I must say that the folding part is a little confusing. At least for me. LOL. I got the idea for this card from a Split Coast Stampers tutorials. If you click on the link on the right you can go and find lots and lots of different tutorials.

   For this card you will need:   1- 12"x12" piece of cardstock
                                               1- 2 1/4" x 12" piece of cardstock
                                               2- 12" x 12" pieces of patterned paper
                                               scol-pal, bone folder, paper cutter, ribbon                                                                                                     (optional)
                                               border punch (optional)
                                               Dies, inks and embellishments (optional)


    To start of you will need to score the 12" x 12" cardstock base at 3" and 9". Than turn the paper 90 degrees and score again at 3" and 9".  Fold on the score lines. You than have to mark the center of the paper with a small dot. Than you fold each corner to the center of the card and crease each fold.  I than inked the edges of each fold on both sides. You can also use a border punch around the outside edge of the paper for a different look. Now comes the more interesting part, well at least for me. LOL.

     Next you take each outside corner and push it toward the center. I have posted the video on how to make this card, as I find it easier to to watch how the folds go than trying to explain it myself. 


   After you have all the folds done you can start to cut the squares from the pattern paper. Since I didn't punch the edge of mine I didn't need  all the sizes of squares the video calls for. I cut 1- 5 1/2 "  square to put in the middle of the card. I used Lagoon  cardstock for this. I than cut 2 - 5 1/2" squares from the rose patterned paper, 4- 3 3/4" squares of the rose paper and 4- 3 3/4" squares of Lagoon dotted paper. I than cut each square into 2 triangles. I did this by putting the square on my cutter with the points as my cutting start and finish. This is also in the video. As you can tell from the picture below the larger triangles go closest to the middle (front and back) and the smaller ones are placed on the outer edge of the card (front and back). 

   Once I glued all the triangles in place it was time to decorate the inside of the card. I used a retired Stamp of the month from CTMH for the roses. I water coloured the roses  and added a little glitter glue to the center of some of the roses. I than stamped the sediment and added a small rhinestone for the dot of the i.  When I glued the roses to the center of the card, I didn't glue right to the edge on the roses as I plan on adding a picture of my MIL from her party and either putting this into a shadow box or scrapbook. 

   I took the 2 1/4" x 12" piece of cardstock and punched the edges with a punch  and added a smaller piece of printed paper to make the band that keeps the card closes. As I made my card differently than the video, my band was to short. So to make it a little bigger,  I cut a Dollie style circle with the cricut using the Art  Philosophy cartridge from CTMH and added a circle to the middle. I also used the same cricut cart to cut the butterfly and the roses. I also cut the 75 with my cricut, but I can't seem to remember which one I used. Sorry about that. Next time I better write in down. This card is a little fussy with the folding and so on but it is worth it in the end and makes for a special card for that special someone.  
    Well thanks for stopping by and checking out what I've been up to. I hope to get better with my recipes as I go on as doing this is all new to me!! Thanks again!