Friday, December 31, 2010

12/31 CTMH SOTM Blog Hop

Well it is almost the end of 2010 and another year comes to a close. I had many ups and downs this year - but I was finally able to accomplish one of my 2010 goals - to make a "You Tube" video. So if you have been hoppin' along with us this time, you have arrived from Doreen's blog and have been inspired by her creativity! If you started with my blog, then just follow the links or go to Helen's blog where she has a complete list of all of the CTMH consultants participating in the hop.

January SOTM -

Artwork from Close to My Heart

Here is my card design this month along with a technique video to accompany it!

D1452 Find your Style
X7135 NEW Wings paper pack
Z1380 NEW Spray Pen - 3 per pack
Z1335 Opaques Adhesive Gems -Licorice
Ink Pad - Z2105 Black Ink, Z891 Versamark Ink
Re-inker - Z2257 Vineyard Berry
Z1039 Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint
Z821 Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
1764 Craft Tray

Card dimensions:
4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
- folded on the left
Wings butterfly print - 4" x 5 1/2"

Colonial white - 2 1/2" x 5"
Black mat - 2 3/4" x 5 1/4"

Did you enjoy my first video? - hopefully the next few will get easier!

So now it is off to Jen's blog to check out her inspirational layout! I do believe this is the best idea for kicking off the new year! Lots of inspiration and creative ideas from all the women we 'hang' out with during the year! Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

12/29 My FIRST Digital Design challenge

I am branching out from my creative tree and trying many new ideas I said I would NEVER try don't say 'never'......:) I have purchased a few Copic markers and have played around with some digital designs from Design to Delight Digital designs. I must admit they do not take up as much space as acrylic or rubber stamps! Here is this week's digital design - Whimsical Cardinals

Assorted supplies from Fancy Pants paper pack, CTMH D1452 Find Your Style -"Soar", CTMH Cranberry grosgrain ribbon, R27 Copic marker, CTMH markers, Sunflower, Sky, Pear, plastic snowflake

As I sit here and freeze in Tampa, Fl (yeah right!!- you are thinking in my hometown of Jamestown, NY!), I can't help but add the snowman props to my photo. This is last week's design Valentine Snowman and Mittens that I was not able to post on time - oh well....

If you would like to see what Design to Delight Digital designs are all about and join in next week's challenge, click here!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

12/26 More Snowmen

How about some tags...

12/26 How about Brrr in FLA!

Well for now it is just a cute little snowman gift bag!

12/26 Freezin' here in FLA

So I thought I would add some snowmen artwork....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

11/30 CTMH SOTM December Blog Hop

Here's to Love!!! in December....
If you have been hopping with everyone, then you have arrived from Caren's blog and checked out her 'lovely' design. Honestly it is so hard to think about Valentine's Day when we just finished the Thanksgiving holiday!

The stamp set is D1445 Amore.

This card was indeed a challenge! After making several designs, this is the final card I made for Jen Rubio's SOTM swap.

I hope to have time later this week to remake it in traditional pinks and reds - so please plan on stopping by to check out that design!

Now off to Mary's Blog to check out her 'lovely' project as well!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

11/28 ICE at the Gaylord Palms!

We spent two days at the Gaylord Palms for Thanksgiving this year and had the opportunity to 'play' around in the ICE and SNOW Show. Snow was disappointing - I am used to way more than crushed ice! (so save your money...) But we LOVED the ICE show- here we are all bundled up .....

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CTMH colors - White Daisy, Moonstruck, NEW Pear and Sky!
DCWV - Winter Wonder Stack
CTMH Dazzling Die Cuts
C1429 - Ice Crystals stamp set
Snowflakes cut with MTC and my Cricut!
Snow Writer and added bling...


Monday, November 15, 2010

11/15 CTMH Spotlight Blog

It's Christmas!!! - at least here on this blog hop and in many of the stores, too ! If you are hopping with us, then you have just left Traci's blog.

So WHAT can you do with all of those cherry tomato containers?

You decorate them, of course! Who doesn't need a little something for your co-worker or the dog groomer? So here they are - a few small gift items embellished with Close to My Heart stamps, of course!

The pillow box and the star container are from my favorite SVG Cut files.
Check out their Christmas Bags and Boxes SVG files - you'll love them!

X7115B Jingle paper pack (soon to be retired!)
D1380 Just for the Holidays
Z1092 Embroidery Floss - Tulip
Z2166 - Tulip Ink
Z1311 - 1 1/4" circle punch
Ribbon - sale bin at Michael's....
Candy cane Hershey Kisses - Target!
Beautiful crystal angel - Italy!

Now hop on over to Jenifer B's blog where you will find an awesome holiday card idea.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

11/06 It's beginning to feel like FALL!

Wow - it was so cold last night that I had to add another blanket! But it does inspire me to create Thanksgiving and Christmas projects! Here is the last layout that I created last month while my husband was having minor surgery!

Thanksgiving 2006

This is a layout from the "Members Only" section of Studio J - catching up on my layouts is SO easy with Studio J! I never thought that i would ever be a digital scrapper but I really love the quality of the photos and the price of each page! $3.25 per page is cheaper than I pay for the printing of the pictures- what a deal!!

You can try out a page yourself here - why not ask for a studio J membership for Christmas? It is only $99.00 and once a month you'll be able to receive FREE Shipping on your layouts - so I pile up a bunch of layouts each month and then send in one big order!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

11/03 Studio J Thanksgiving Layout

How can you add several photos in one layout? Studio J , of course! Here is one of the layouts I made while I was waiting for my DH at the hospital - I LOVE Studio J!

My sister and her family visits and share Thanksgiving with us in 2004.....

We had a great time in spite of eating AND sleeping.....


Sunday, October 31, 2010

10/31 CTMH SOM Blog Hop

It seems like this time if the year , we just 'hop' from one holiday to the next. If you have arrived from Katy's blog, then you are on the right path!

This month's stamp set is about giving A Little Thanks - D1444 is a perfect stamp set for the card maker in your life!

I love the idea of piecing the scraps of the Olivia paper together to create this Thanksgiving pumpkin! I found the card idea on my Cardmaker Digital Magazine! I love the 21st century - tons of magazines and storage is not a problem!

X7128 Olivia paper pack Z2101 Autumn Terracotta ink
D1444 A Little Thanks
stamp set Z1304 Autumn Leaves (retired)

Now it is time to hop on over to Melissa's blog to see what she has created with this "gotta have it" stamp set!

Don't forget you can receive this stamp set FREE along with another FREE stamp set, if you purchase $100.00 in product this month! You can shop with me all month long at!!

10/31 Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

10/29 The layout that started this "BOO-fest"!

Kevin came up with the idea! Big Brother dinosaur - little dinosaur - baby brother.... So I designed and made the costumes and they won 1st place at the Cub Scout Halloween Contest in 1985! Studio J helped me to recreate the memory in 2010! How AWESOME is that?!!!

I just wish that Studio J would be able to bring back my little boys.... but alas they are all grown up now! So I will just have to be happy with my memories - THANK YOU Studio J!

10/29 Halloween Digital Pages

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What a treat
Not to have surgery BUT to have WiFi at the hospital and create scrapbook layouts while my hubby has minor surgery! That is exactly what I did yesterday! Plus the luxury of altering the colors of the pages, adding the larger photos - a snap!

Sign up for a Studio J member ship on my website - you will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10/26 "BOO- hoo"

I need some Kleenex....I am so sad that this month of fun is coming to an end!

Here is my version of the Kleenex Box cover from the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial on Wednesday.

What a quick and easy project and can be made even quicker if you use "MY Stickease" and easy embellishments such as these Fuzzy Monsters!


Monday, October 25, 2010

10/25 Only 6 more BOO days!

I hope you have been enjoying my Halloween "BOO-Fest" this month. If you have, please leave me a comment as I have something different planned for November. Your response will help me to decide if this event is worth another go 'round!

Here are a few mini projects - including one from the talented Jen Rubio! One of my students asked me what I was passing out for Halloween - Nutrition Facts???!!! (I teach Nutrition and Wellness) I told her pencils and Play Dough - she said "oh"......


Sunday, October 24, 2010

10/24 Pumpkin Patch fun!

As a teacher, some students really become part of your 'real' world. These girls are that special to me! So of course, their children are sooo special that they become my 'adopted' grandchildren. I created this sample layout for the Scraporium crop on Saturday and 'my girls' were the perfect picture for the "Now You See It" page from the NEW Magic book from Close to My Heart!

I hope the ladies had as much fun as I did creating this page.... here are "My Girls"


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

10/20 Kid, You've Been BOO-ed Again!

I can not take credit for this idea... I found it on a blog while I was zippin' from one blog to the next. I welded designs from the Cricut cartridge "A Child's Year" with a rectangle from Plantin School Book. I stamped some images from D1180 Happy Haunting, added some Target chipboard and viola! - this card design was done!

So simple and easy to do. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10/17 Halloween Gift Cards

For my 'little' kids... BOO-hoo................... - not so little anymore but they still get their Halloween Goodie Bag (it's actually a box) from their "mummy" and dad, too!

This is an easy gift card to make! Cut a 5 1/2 " x 8 1/2 " card and score one end at 2" and the other end at 2 1/2". Fold and cut out the half circle with our 1 1/4" circle punch (Z1311). Add eyelets, brads or colored staples to secure the bottom half of the card. Decorate it and add the gift card. Viola!

Z1311 CTMH 1 1/4" circle punch
Basic Black cardstock
"Retired" eyelets from CTMH ( I never get rid of anything!)
Rub - on and paper (Target Dollar Spot)
Mummy from Paper Dolls Dress Up Cricut cartridge
#3174 Blending pen and #3505 Watercolor pencils


Saturday, October 16, 2010

10/16 Quick and Easy Frame Idea

I told you I am sucker for anything Halloween!
So I bought this frame at my favorite store...... TARGET! - but this was at the "Dollar Spot' in Target - O.K. - it was $2.50! But a few quick cut outs from the Cricut and viola! - a festive Halloween picture frame.

Dollar Spot Picture Frame
Cricut cartridge - Paper Doll Dress Up


Friday, October 15, 2010

10/15 Halloween "Boo Bag"

Woohoo!!!! 30,000 hits..... I am sooo excited....

So let's celebrate!

Why do I save scraps of paper, scraps of ribbons and scraps of fabric???? To make this cute little "BOO Bag"!, that's why....

Check out the cards that are in my "Boo Bag" - yep made from all scraps!

X7129 Hooligans paper pack scraps
B1283 Little Spooks

So stay tuned this weekend for the directions to make this cute little "BOO Bag"- especially if you love to sew!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

10/10 Cupcakes and more.... - SVG Files for Sure Cuts A Lot
SVG Files – Sure Cuts A Lot

What fun!!! - Halloween cupcakes! I made these Halloween cupcakes this afternoon and then added the cupcake wrappers and stamped images to 'dress' them up a bit! The CTMH Stamp set I used was D1439 Spook Alley and the SVG cut file is from SVG Cuts - Dreadful Halloween Cupcake Wrappers.

Check out my "Sunset" and "Gypsy" cupcakes! I played around with my cake colors to get the same color as the NEW CTMH colors -Sunset and Gypsy. I used a mix of Copper and Orange to create the Sunset color and Violet with a touch of black to create the color of Gypsy!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

10/09 Studio J Halloween Layout

oh my! How did this happen?...... I think I was kidnapped and spent the last 5 days in outer space!! BUT now I have returned to BOO you!!!! Someone cast a spell on me - darn Jeanette!- and now I am hooked on Studio J! Seriously I never thought I would become a digital scrapbooker but there are sooo many benefits to this "Magical Medium" that I am hooked!

My favorite holiday is Halloween (did I tell you that yet?) and Robbie LOVED Halloween - It was the only time he would
willingly go into Joann Fabrics! He would pick out the pattern and then I would sew his costume. Do I remember the year? - NO - but now that Robbie is all grown up I can scan the 3 photos and import them into the Studio J software and 'viola' create an awesome layout that he can show his 'kids' when he becomes a dad!

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Studio J membership
"Boo" kit - members only -exclusive to Studio J
"Primadonna" Layout - exclusive to Studio J members

Remember this layout has only 3 pictures in it BUT with Studio J, I was able to add bits and pieces of the 3 photos to create 7 additional photos for the layout!

AND because I have a membership with Studio J this page only cost me $6.50 for a 2 page layout! woozer - $3.25 each page! I would have paid that just for the photos at Walgreens! PLUS I have the jpg file to share with you and my family!!!

So check out my website and sign up for your 12 month membership with Studio J and create your own one-of-a kind Halloween layouts! - or you can 'try it out' and see if Studio J is for you! hmmmm.... I bet you will be a convert as well! Look for a few more Studio J layouts coming your way during this holiday season!

Monday, October 4, 2010

10/04 BOO!!!!!!!!...........

A cute little treat bag - so simple - 4 x 4 square piece of the NEW color cardstock - Sunset - folded in half , scraps of the Hooligans paper pack and embellished with the September SOM of the month - Thriller!!! - Soooo easy....


Sunday, October 3, 2010

10/03 BOO-ed again!

This is my Halloween Treat Can..... - yeah - I know what you are thinking - the poor children get a pencil and play dough! But really not too many kids complain - last year we had less than 15! But this is a super easy project - just decorate a 1 gallon paint can with gauze and cotton balls and add a few punched circles and a tongue and you are done! Maybe this year I'll buy some candy!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

10/02 You've Been BOO-ed!

The air is cool, the season fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do, In fact a spook brought this "Boo" to you!
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.
We'll all have smiles upon our faces, No one will know who "BOO"ed who's places!
Just two short days to work your spell,
Keep it secret, hide it well. Please join the fun, the seasons here .
Just spread these "BOO's" and Halloween cheer.

My favorite holiday is Halloween!!! It's all about candy and fun and no stress! So please check back often during this festive seaon to find out how you can add fun to your Halloween Happenings and "Boo" someone in return!

SOOOO you want to stop by often during this spooky holiday season to see what I have 'cooked' up on this website .... This will be just plain F-U-N with a little creativity mixed into my cauldron!!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

09/30 CTMH SOTM Blog Hop

Happy October! The month I wait for the entire year! If you have arrived from Melinda's blog you have come from the right blog! October is my favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday! But guess what? This month's Stamp of the Month is all about Christmas................ are YOU ready for this holiday season???

This stamp set is definitely a 'cute' one! D1443 Share the Magic is one of our stamp sets that you can 'color away' until your hearts content!

My artwork sample is another "Magic" creation - check my September SOTM if you are confused. (This page is from a 2 page layout with hidden journaling.) The layout can be found on page 95 in the book and is called Illusion.

This layout is perfect for hiding your journaling memories behind a page element.

D1443 Share the Magic
9034 Magic Scrapbook Program
X7130 Mistletoe paper pack
Z1330 Mistletoe Level 2 Assortment
Ink Colors - New England Ivy, Cranberry, Cocoa, Colonial White

Now off to Kristie's blog to see her artwork for this Christmas season.