Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cards and Layouts and Kits, Oh My...

I am excited to share the details of my upcoming workshops, events and offerings (click on title of event for link to more information):

Holiday Card Workshop - Sun, 10/28/12, 1pm - RSVP Deadline is Mon, 10/15

Create 20 Cards for $20 (18 Holiday/Winter & 2 Thanksgiving)

FREE CTMH Bingo Event - Sat, 11/3/12, Noon - RSVP Deadline is Fri, 10/26

This is going to be a great event.  Come hang out and play Bingo, win some great CTMH product.  Try out the products with a great Make N Take.  You can even reserve a table and bring your gathering to us and you get the Hostess Rewards!!!

Pear & Partridge Workshop - Thurs, 11/8/12, 6pm - RSVP Deadline is Mon, 10/28

Create two beautiful Christmas themed 2 page layouts using the Pear and Partridge Pattern

Advent Calendar Workshop - Sat, 11/17/12, 1pm - RSVP Deadline is Mon, 11/5

Create the beautiful Advent Calendar as seen in the Idea Book.  It comes as a Workshop On The Go and includes most of the items needed to complete the project.  I will pre-cut the boxes and provide the black StazOn ink... you just have to come and assemble!!

Gift Giving Made Easy Workshop - Sun, 12/2/12, Noon-5pm 

** Avonlea Winter Layout Kit $25 - Pre-cut Materials & Instructions for 3 beautiful two-page winter themed layouts using Avonlea.  Deadline to order is Monday, November 5, 2012 and kits will be ready on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Please email for details on any of the above listed events!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Clementine Workshop - RSVP to save your spot!!

Here are the layouts we will make at the Clementine Workshop on Thursday, October 4, 2012.  Please email me at by Friday, September 28th if you would like to attend.  The cost is $15 for both 2 page layouts.  All paper precut.  

This is a fun layout.  You will make one very similar, except I will cut the letters and flowers on the Cricut and you can make a title of your own.

The first page feature the wonderful Burlap Ribbon and banners to create a nice dimensional look.

This is the really cool part... you will learn how to use a flip flap to add two more hidden photos (see below to see how it looks when open).  

The next 2 page layout is CUTE as a BUTTON!  I love this one.  I immediately fell in love with this stamp set and I just had to use it.

I apologize for the color difference.  I didn't realize until I downloaded that the sun hit the right side and made it appear lighter...

The other cool technique on this layout is that we will make the saddle cardstock look like leather (see below).

Love these buttons... 


Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Need To Accessorize...

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

I have to say, I have been waiting to buy one of these little accessories.  I love the look of the dry embossed texture on cards and scrapbook pages.  I decided on this one because it only embosses and I didn't need anything that cuts as I have the cricut, which I love.  I also love the look of this little machine, I mean it's a true papercrafters accessory since it's made to look like a classy little modern purse.  Who wouldn't want this!  Love it already!!!
Below are some of the textures I tried as soon as I unwrapped it... I bought a few folders (plastic envelopes that add the texture to the paper) and I have already made a list of more I would love.  Best case would be if CTMH decided to create folders with matching stamps... that would be the perfect world... 

Sizzix  with sanding on embossed texture!
Sizzix  with sanding on embossed texture!
Sizzix with ink swiped on embossed texture on one side and sanding on the other!!!
Sizzix with sanding on left, light color ink in the middle and black in swiped on the right to show the different textures that can be made just by changing up what you do with the final embossed pattern.
I want to show the close up of this one because it came out so cool.  This is actually a very vintage look, as the folder is Tim Holtz.  I swiped Black Ink across the embossed pattern.  I love how this came out.

Now on to the CRIMPER... 

This was the other tool I was waiting to get... I kept thinking I didn't need it, and since I had a 40% off coupon, I decided to get it and boy am I glad I did.  The photo below shows simply what it does, but I have already used it on cards and scrapbook layouts.  It makes a great tool for taking a small strip of paper and making it look like a textured piece of ribbon.  Stop back at the beginning of October to follow our Blog Hop and you will see just how cool this tool is.

Seriously the easiest thing ever... just feed the paper in and turn the crank and you have instant texture.  If you don't already have this tool, it's a must have!  

I can't decide which is my favorite new accessory, I may have to go with the Sizzix, simply because it's adorable and the crimper just looks like a tool!  I welcome your comments about your own favorite tools/accessories... 

Friday, September 7, 2012

B * I * N * G * O ! ! ! ! ! !

Come and play bingo
See samples from the new idea book 
Enjoy refreshments 
Win door prizes 
Make a project

Come as our guests or
Bring your guests and earn hostess rewards
This event is perfect for someone who finds it difficult to host a gathering at home.  We provide the location, the entertainment, the snacks & the hands-on project, with no mess to clean up!  You supply the friends and earn rewards! It doesn’t get easier than that!

To reserve your SPOT, contact me at 
(315) 278-8547 OR

Preview the new idea book at 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September's Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Blog Hop (our first one actually).  If you arrived here from Carol's blog, you are on the right path.  I encourage you to follow along til you end up back here.  You will no doubt come across some wonderful projects and get some great ideas to try on your own.

For our first hop, we decided that we would go with Consultant's Pick/Favorite.  Since September marks the end of summer, and fall is one of my favorite seasons, I decided to feature the September Stamp Of The Month, Fall Favorites (only $5 with a qualifying $50 order).  I have tried to include links to all the items used on this 2 page layout in the event you would like a closer view or if you are interested in getting your hands on some of these wonderful products.

My inspiration came from the new Make it From Your Heart, Volume 1 How To Book.  I absolutely love this book.  It has great patterns for layouts and also cards.  I have used it at least 10 times and it was just released in the Fall/Winter Idea Book in August.  The pattern above is #6.

I used the Flirty Paper Pack and the Clementine Paper Pack because I just loved the fall themed colors in both.  I also used the zip strip from the Sonoma paper pack, which sadly has been retired.  The coordinating cardstock colors I used are: Olive, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta and Creme Brulee.  The Exclusive Inks colors I used are: Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta & New England Ivy... all fabulous fall colors!

The left side of the page features 1 large photo, journaling and the title.  Since I love the new Burlap Ribbon and it matches well with the theme of this layout, I used it to help showcase the title.  The side border was actually cut on the Cricut using the Cricut Art Philosopy Cartridge.  I just cut an inch off each side of the decorative 7" square I cut and used one on each page.

The right side of the page features 5 more smaller photos.  You can also use one larger photo where the two are side by side (the pattern book shows both versions).  In order to bring the Burlap Ribbon to the right side to add balance to the layout, I decided to make a burlap flower.  I love how it turned out and it was the right size to fill that space on the page.  Another thing I did was stamp one of the stamps in repetitive fashion on the Creme Brulee paper (that the burlap flower is on) so it was patterned like the rest of the paper.

Some other embellishments/additions that are featured on this layout are as follows:

This was a really fun layout and it brought back some great memories of our fun day at Critz's Farm.  I can't wait to go to the Pumpkin Patch this year and make some more memories.

I encourage you to hop on over to Jane's Blog to see what wonderful project she came up with this month.  Since we will be doing a blog hop the first of every month, don't forget to sign up to follow my blog so you can come back and visit again soon or bookmark any of the blogs along the hop and check back each month for more great ideas!