Thursday, February 28, 2013

CTMH March SOTM Blog Hop

'Where oh where' did the month of February go????  My friends have told me that the months would FLY by after I retired and boy, are they right!  The last few weeks have been so busy that I haven't had time to blog and now I have to get busy again because I have lots of artwork to show you.  

Over 50 consultants are participating in this month's blog hop  and if you have been hopping along with the rest of use, then you have arrived from 
Haley's blog  and checked out her beautiful project.

This month's stamp set is S1303 Floral Happiness It has several beautiful sayings along with floral designs and coordinating backgrounds.

This is the artwork that Close to My Heart is featuring with the stamp set.    SO versatile - perfect for cards, layouts and Home Decor!

When I was designing my card, I was thinking 'clean and simple'!  SO I started looking for ideas on Pinterest and Google images.  Then I decided to try my luck with Technique Junkies - one of my FAV-orites for new and original ideas.  I have been a member for several years (I think it is time to renew again...) and this technique is from the October/November issue of 2012.

I enjoyed the simplicity of the weaving with the Z1701 Bakers' Twine and added the contrast to the black and white with a POP of Ruby!  I punched the holes with a retired 1777 Long Reach punch from CTMH - this is one of the reasons why I hoard my CTMH products! :)

Now it is off to Lalia's blog for a beautiful card design using this stamp set.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

CTMH Spring/Summer Open House 2013

Welcome to "Fun in the Sun" and all about Cruisin' Open House!!   Next week I am going on a cruise to the Caribbean and I thought it would be a great idea to have an open house that was all about Cruisin'!

Here are a few pictures from my Open House today (Feb. 3)  We had a GREAT time!

For Always display board - it is all about weddings!!    
The make-n-take for the For Always paper pack was at this table in the family room... just waiting for the guests to arrive...

"My Creations" and more samples....

Poolside - all ready for the make- n-takes!

Here they are - stampin' by the pool....
Yes - we wear sweatshirts and long sleeves when it is COLD in Florida....  Here is the card they were making...
Didn't she do a great job?!!!

Ginny arrives all ready for the Captain's Dinner!!  I was dressed in my favorite Cruisin' outfit - including the air cast for my broken ankle!

A silly pose, of course!

And of course the refreshments for the afternoon....

Fresh tropical fruit, angel food cake chunks, sugar-free lemonade 
and Margaritas!! 

We had a GREAT time - wish you were here!! 

Open House Prize Winners!!

Congratulations to all!!

Here is my husband willingly (?) drawing the names for the door prizes!

Grand Prize Small Organizer AND Craft Boxes foam insert -– Ginny S
Prize – Whoo’s Your Valentine? – silver Glitter paper – Millie C
Prize – Whoo’s Your valentine? – black Glitter paper -  Dawn C
Prize – Z4137 – Craft Boxes – Karen B
Prize - $25 Gift Certificate for Studio J in February –Amy W
Prize – S1301 – January SOTM Valentine’s Day stamp set – Marie S and Shannon T
Prize – B1410 – A Friend Like You stamp set – Barbara L
Prize – Z2197 Pear stamp pad – Cindy J

What a terrific afternoon we had!  Thank you all for coming!  I hope to see you at my February workshop!