Friday, August 24, 2012

Another Great Gathering...

I had another wonderful Home Gathering with a great group of ladies, even some younger girls that are interested in scrapbooking... you are never too young to start.  My daughter used to love to scrap, but now that she is 16, she isn't really into crafting, so it was nice to have the young ones there excited to complete a layout.

We made a very nice one page layout featuring the Avonlea paper pattern, with Chocolate Cardstock as the coordinating color.  I was inspired by the layout on page 73 of the Fall/Winter Idea Book, which is also Pattern #8 from the Make It From Your Heart How To Book.  Everyone loved how it turned out!

I am looking forward to my next Workshop (also Avonlea) in September.  If you are interested, and have not already RSVP'd, please email me by 9/1/12 to sign up.

Oh, and my new Cricut Artiste Collection arrived, along with some other goodies... I can't wait to set aside some time to play with all the new product... especially the new Cricut Artiste!!!  

Friday, August 17, 2012

Open House was a blast!!

I had such a great time at my Open House last Saturday.  In my short time as a CTMH Consultant, I have had the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful people, some I knew from before and others who I consider myself lucky to meet along the way!!  I can't even express my gratitude for the support they have shown me since I joined CTMH in February and I look forward to meeting even more wonderful people along the way!  I really enjoyed making some new projects to showcase the Fall/Winter Idea Book and gather for a few hours to chat and share ideas.  Here are some of the items I created to show!  I took the time to include links to most of the items in the event you love them as much as I do!!

The photo above features cards made from the new Clementine Pattern.  I chose to make the cards that were featured as the bonus project in the Clementine Workshop On The Go (pg 29).  As noted in the book, in order to make these cards, you will also need the Burlap Ribbon and the Sparkles Brown and Tan Assortment.  These cards were quick, easy and fun to make and are absolutely adorable.

I wanted to showcase the August Stamp of The Month - Baroque Borders, in case people wanted to see it in person!  I followed the idea on pg 139, which actually showcases the Stamp Of The Month, and I love how it turned out.  I love the Avonlea Paper Pattern, and the Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon, and I thought I would use up some of my Grey Wool and Grey Flannel Cardstock since it was recently retired and I have some to use up!  I paired it with the Juniper Cardstock and Juniper Exclusive Inks and love how it turned out.  I also used the January Stamp of The Month - Happy Valentine (pg 144) as the sentiments went well with my layout.

Another one of my favorites from the Fall/Winter IB is the Dakota Pattern (not only do I love the colors, but my daughter's name just happens to be Dakota, so what's not to love).  I realized quickly that although I loved the paper pattern and the colors, it kind of screamed country and I didn't really have any photos that would fit that theme.  I started looking through the photos I have ready to scrap and realized my photos from our family Disney trip would be perfect.  I immediately noticed the red and blue colors of the Planet Hollywood and Epcot photos, so that is what I settled on.  

The inspiration for the above layout actually came from page 13 of the Idea Book that showcases the awesome Studio J product, specifically the "Little Miss" collection.  I just sort of winged it and I love how it turned out.  I featured the Barn Red Cardstock on this layout as it made a good base for the white diamonds bases for each pattern piece.  I used Pacifica Cardstock for the blue color.  Since I found the B&T paper with the large circles overpowering as a full sheet, I decided to cut the circles out and use them to embellish the pages.  I even cut the smaller flowers and used them as flowers and small leaves.  I absolutely love how it adds the perfect pop of color and design!  I finished it all up with the Pearl Badge Buttons (found in the Wrangler Collection), some Bitty Opaques Pearls, some Black Baker's Twine, a button from the Black Mini-Medley Collection and I used the My Acrylix "Follow Your Dreams" D1495 Stamp Set (Retired) for the words and the stitching around the edge.

Once I realized that I was in love with the idea of cutting the circles from the B&T Dakota paper, I was hooked.  It didn't take long for me to realize that the word EPCOT would fit nicely down the page and that Black Striped Grossgrain Ribbon would look nice threaded through the circle centers.  I used Black Cardstock as the base on this next layout since my last photo was at night and I wanted to tie that in.   I love the new Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet and I used Cranberry Exclusive Ink since I did not have Barn Red.  For the circle base for the letters, I simply used the other side of the larger circle pattern paper and it features the pretty smaller floral pattern.  I accented using items from the Pacifica Mini-Medley (retired) and the same pearl buttons and opaques used in the layout above.  I really had fun creating these pages!!

Speaking of fun!!!  How adorable is the "It's Your Day" My Acrylic Double Stamp set that is being featured for National Stamping Month??  Only $5 with a $35 purchase.  Don't wait too long, as it's only available until September 30th and the possibilities are endless with this stamp set!  So much FUN!!!

I had no problem deciding what photos to use for this layout.  Our day at The Great Escape was filled with fun adventures and this stamp set made it easy to add a variety of captions/sentiments that went very well with the photos.  Because of the colors in the photos, I was immediately drawn to the Stella Pattern... and I am very pleased with how this layout turned out!

Some of the other CTMH items that were used to complete this layout are as follows: Color Ready Canvas Noted Shapes, Lagoon Cardstock, Lagoon Exclusive Inks, Tulip Cardstock (retired), Smoothie Exclusive Inks, Sunset Exclusive InkJust For You My Acrylix Stamp Set, Sparkles Clear Assortment, and the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (for the butterflies). With this stamp set, pretty much anything goes!!!  Love it!!!

Next up is the Flirty Pattern.  I have to admit it was not one of my immediate favorites, but as soon as I found this school photo of my daughter and realized the color of her shirt matched perfectly, I just kind of went with it.  I used the cover of the Spring/Summer Idea Book for my layout inspiration as I have always loved that one page layout.  I wanted a background that would pop some of the green in the paper so I used Garden Green (retired).  The half circle was cut out of the Stella paper (I already had it laying around).  I accented around the frame using Goldrush Exclusive Inks and the My Acrylix Eclectic Edges Stamp Set as I just wanted to tie a little more of the orange from the pattern into the base.  I made the large flower using the technique shown on page 49 of the Fall/Winter Idea Book (in the Flirty section).  The hearts were easy to cut out using the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (also used the Cricut to cut the letters for LOVE out of Autumn Terracotta Cardstock).  I used the scrap that the heart was cut from for the banner at the top of the page.  I just added a small Dimensional Elements Hearts and some Autumn Terracota Baker's Twine and finished with a few Sparkles from the Clear Assortment Collection... and instant accent!  Other items used were a larger Dimensional Elements Heart from the same collection as the smaller one previously mentioned, Sparkle Buttons from the Boutique Collection, Silver Shimmer Trim and the "who you are" came from the My Acrylix Fashionista Stamp Set (one of my favorites).

I could not have a reveal party without showcasing my favorite holiday pattern yet, Pear and Partridge.  It is so pretty and since I love pink, I was happy that it coordinates so well with the Smoothie Cardstock (since I seem to have stocked up on that... most likely because of my love for pink).    My inspiration for this layout came from the new Make It From Your Heart how to pattern book.  I absolutely love Volume 1 and can't wait until Volume 2 comes out!  The other reason I love this paper so much is that it coordinates well with Olive, Cranberry, Chocolate or Cocoa.  I chose Cocoa Cardstock as the base (frame) for this layout and then used Colonial White for the actual layout.  I accented with Olive Cardstock and Cranberry Cardstock, which picks up all the wonderful colors of this paper.  

I used the Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet for the word Christmas.  Directly above the word Christmas, I stamped "A Very Merry" from the October Stamp Of The Month - Very Merry (page 141 of the Fall/Winter IB).  The poinsettias were made using the Art Philosophy Collection and are actually snowflakes (as seen on page 88).  I did not have the My Acrylix Snowflakes Stamp Set when I made this layout, so I just added other stamps and glitter glue to create the look of the flower.  I have since ordered the Snowflakes Stamp Set (it's on it's way as I type).  I also used the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection to cut the Olive scrolls and the squares (then I used the corner rounder).  Just like the above Dakota layout,  I used the My Acrylix "Follow Your Dreams" D1495 Stamp Set (Retired) for the stitching around the edge.  The leaves are from the Just Blooms Floret Paper Shapes

I couldn't do Christmas layouts and not try the Christmas cards... so I followed the pattern on the Pear and Partridge Cardmaking Workshop On The Go.  Since I didn't have the actual workshop, I used the October Stamp of the Month - Very Merry Christmas and another retired Holiday Stamp Set I already owned.  Just as with the above layout... I used Cocoa, Olive and Cranberry inks and cardstock.

Last, but certainly not least is the Display Tray Home Decor Project!  I have to admit that I loved this from the moment I saw it.  I decided to wait as I had already spent a lot on product needed to make samples.  The day before my Open House, I was in Hobby Lobby for adhesive (I didn't plan well and ran out) and happened to see this sitting all alone on an end cap.  It was either $14.95 or $19.95, I don't even remember as I was so excited I had it in my hands and could at least demonstrate what it would look like finished.  Now I am guessing the quality of the CTMH one is a little better and I have to say, the columns were not exact on this and the paper was different for each section, but the end result is beautiful.  I will definitely be ordering more of these as they make the perfect gift.

I used the Avonlea pattern with this project and I actually had some sentiments stickers (non-CTMH) that had coordinating colors and the perfect quotes, so I used them.  For embellishments, I used the following CTMH products: Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes, Dimensional Elements HeartsBohemian Assortment, Color Ready Garden Wooden Shapes, Burlap Ribbon, Avonlea Canvas Compliments (x7155C-not showing on website right now), Parlor Velvet Rub Ons, Brown and Tan Sparkles, Dark Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Baker's Twine, and various other items I had handy.  

The large heart and the Garden Wooden Shapes were stamped with the new Whimsy Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads (I used Twilight, Juniper and Sweat Leaf).  I used clear embossing powder and heated with a craft heater.  I love the look as the slight shine matches the quoted stickers I had in my stock.  The My Acrylix Stamps Sets that were used on this project are: It's Your Day (see double stamp set - Great Escape layout above) and The Best Things, one of my go to stamp sets.  

Well that about sums up my sample projects from my Open House Reveal Party last week.  I can't wait to get my next shipment of new products to try... especially the Cricut Artiste Collection... hurry up Fedex... the suspense is killing me!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My happy place...

With the temperatures steady at 90's, hot and humid... I took advantage of my weekend inside (yes, I'm tired of the heat... I'm ready for sweatshirts, open windows and crisp fall air)!!!  I got to hang out in my new scrap room, formerly the Family Room, and just play with my new products.  I made layouts and cards and tried some new techniques and just had some peaceful, creative, productive moments.  My full time job is so stressful sometimes and because it's an ongoing academic cycle, I never get the feeling of finishing something.  I guess that's why I love to scrap, make a card, create something awesome... I get the feeling of accomplishment.  I am sad that I have to go back to work tomorrow and don't have another day to play in my scrap room, but hey... the bills have to get paid somehow!!!  A special shout out to Brian, my love and my best friend.  He didn't even bat an eye when I asked him if I could take over the Family Room and convert it to a scrap room.  He is so good at supporting everything I do.  He just makes everything so much easier.  I may not feel as peaceful tomorrow when I am back at work, but for now... Life Is Good!