Monday, November 30, 2009

Notice the Details Blog Hop....

Welcome to the December SOTM Blog Hop using Notice the Details (available only during the month of December).  We have over 60 Consultants participating this  month and it should be an interesting month with lots of great artwork!!!  This stamp set has 41 images and is GREAT for just about anything!!!

If you've come from Jill's Blog, you're on the right track.  If you happen to get lost along the way you can always check in at Jena's Blog for a complete list and pick up where you left off!!!
I chose to use the Grace Paper Packet because it's so warm and masculine!
My first project is a mini-birthday card measuring 3.5" x 2.5" and the pattern comes from CTMH's Wishes Card Confidence Program (Simple Strip on pg. 37).  I made it with my oldest son in mind who will have a birthday Jan. 1st!!!  The only thing that will fit inside is folded $$$ or you could put a gift card inside (loose as there will be no room for a pocket and such).  I embossed the binder clip using Clear Detail Embossing Powder over the honey ink.  I used Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon and our corner rounder for the scalloped pocket.  I used a sponge and Cocoa Ink to distress all the paper edges.

My second project is a to-do list which measures approximately 8.25" x 2.75".  These have been done on numerous blogs over the past few months and I've made several for Christmas Wish Lists, Honey-Do Lists, etc.  I changed this one up a bit to make it a little smaller so you could get 2 from a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock.

I randomed stamped the front using Honey, Barn Red, Twilight, & Cocoa Ink.    I used a sponge and Cocoa to distress all the paper edges.  I also broke out my Building Block Alphabet to do my initials on the front.  I used our corner rounder to make the scalloped edge at the top of the note pad.  The ribbon is from a LSS (LOVE the wider ribbon) and the button is a Clear Craft Button (soooooooo VERSATILE!!!) backed with some of the B&T and tied with Colonial White Waxy Flax.

Ok....don't forget to hop on over to  JODY'S BLOG to see what super creative project she's come up with!!  She's an AWESOME artist and will not disappoint!!!
If you have any questions on how to get this stamp set, contact your CTMH Consultant or check out my website for more details!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Can you believe it!!!!

It's been SEVEN YEARS (and several days) since I first held a CTMH rubber stamp in my was a Christmas Card Workshop at Pamela O'Connor's house (she's now my upline and very good friend).  I had scrapbooked for several years but had never stamped.  I fell in love and returned the next week to sign up (what a shocker to her)!!! That was SEVEN YEARS ago on November 20th!!! Time flies when you're having FUN!!!

In those 7 years, I've......
  • Attended all 4 Conventions (Dallas, Vegas, Salt Lake City & Orlando);
  • Taught at Extravaganza at 2 of those Conventions (Vegas & Salt Lake City);
  • Driven to 3 of those Conventions (Dallas, Salt Lake City & Orlando) what FUN we had and laughs we laughed;
  • Attended two Regional Celebrations (both San Antonio);
  • Purchased too many stamp sets to count;
  • Seen the Company make the transformation from wooden/rubber stamps to Acrylic;
  • Seen some of my favorite colors retired (Pepperwood & Cherub Pink) and seen some of my favorite colors added (Cocoa, Twilight & Blush);
  • Made NUMEROUS life-long friendships, two of which I consider my best friends whom I would've NEVER MET if it weren't for CTMH;
  • Participated in swaps with women all over the US and Canada;
  • Created beautiful layouts of my friends, family and sweet children to last for generations;
  • Sent hand-made cards to loved ones, and even some I had never met, to brighten their day; and
  • the list goes on and on!!!
What a perfect time of year to be THANKFUL for everything CTMH has given to me!!! 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jinlge Christmas Card Workshop....

My annual Christmas Card Workshop is a few short weekends away so I thought I would share the cards we're doing this year.  I used the Wishes Card Confidence Program for the cards which made it EASY on me in designing these 8 cards!!!  I changed up the cutting diagram slightly which was easy to do and made it my own! 

I ink distressed all the edges with Tulip Ink and Sponge Daubers

Products used are all CTMH:
Jingle Creative Basics (comes with Juniper Grosgrain Ribbon)
Coordinating Inks (Tulip, Jiniper, Creme Brulee)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Twitterpated Layouts....

These were the layouts for my Twitterpated workshop this month.  I used last year's pictures of the boys playing in the leaves and as I've pulled into the driveway each day this week, I'm reminded that it's time, once again, to rake the leaves. This year's pictures will be much different as the boys have grown SO MUCH in only a short year!!

Layout #1 (still need to journal)....I freehanded the clouds and used our Corner Rounder for the scalloped edge and used Color Ready Alphabet - Oxford Caps for the title...I also used Sponge Daubers and Chocolate Ink to distress all the layouts (LOVE this technique).

 Layout #2 (I still need to journal)....

Layout #3....I used Dimensional Elements in Color - Organic, Dimensional Elements - On Target, Corner Rounder and My Legacy Writers for the freehanded border around. 


Friday, November 13, 2009

Welcome Home....

I've been dying to play with this stamp set, Welcome Home, and Sweet Home paper packet!!! They go perfectly together and coupled with the craft cardstock (Retired Flesh Tones from CTMH), it's the perfect card for any new home owner, neighbor, or hostess!!!  I threw in use of Heavenly Blue Ribbons Rounds, NEW Booksmart Dimensional Elements and coordinating inks.....all are standard size cards!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Gypsy for Sale!!!

I have a brand new Gypsy (I've played with it minimally) with car charger, carrying case (still has tag on it), etc. for sale.  E-mail me at if you're interested!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

My Halloween Treats....

Here's a glance at the weekend's activities...pumpking carving, trunk-or-treating at Church (the West Texas version of trick-or-treating - which we enjoy because we don't have to go door to door and it's much safer), etc!!! 

A two-year old's discovery of a pumpkin....

Did you know that he used to get sick at the feel of pumpkin 'inards'

An exellent rendition of a spooky pumpkin....

The three TREATS that call me MAMMA!!!!

My QT and my cutie.....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

HOPPIN' Around the Block

I cannot believe it's already time to HOP again....time flies when you're havin' fun!!
This month, over 60 consultants will be hoppin' Around the Block (hehehehehe).  If you've come here from Sarita's blog, you're on the right track.  If you're starting here, don't worry, you should make it all the way back around.  If you get lost at any time, find JENA'S blog and you can get back on track with her full list of participants.
Here is my take on the SOTM using the new Sweet Home paper packet. WARNING:  There are a LOT of pictures!!!  I just LOVE this SOTM and there are so many possibilities for this stamp set!

Standard Card using Natural Hemp, 3-D Foam Squares (Discontinued but Foam Tape works the same), Corner Rounder and coordinating inks (Garnet, Indian Corn Blue, Heavenly Blue & Buttercup).....I used the row of dots to handmake the little houses and inked up only the top of the roof to make the little roofs for the houses.  I hand drew the windows and used the single solid brick for the doors and the single open brick for the bottoms of the houses (it's actually two of the single bricks stamped to meet in the middle)  I stamped the clouds on the B&T and cut around the tops to add dimension.

Here's the inside....I used the dots to  make the rays of the sun and the leading dots to my sentiment.

8"x 3.5" card...The cloud and roof are pop-dotted for dimension and the house hangs over the edge just slightly. I used coordinating inks and the Corner Rounder for the scalloped edge of the Buttercup B&T.

6"x6" card....I used Spring Harmony (Heavenly Blue) brads, Clear Craft Buttons, Heavenly Blue Ribbon Rounds, Natural Hemp, Corner Rounder for the scalloped Heavenly Blue cardstock border at the top, 3-D Foam Tape, Sponge Dauber and coordinating inks.

Mini card that measures 3"x6" and the roof top pulls up and out to reveal your written message or even better, a gift card for their new home!!! 

And finally, my 12"x12" layout of my baby....I used Oxford Color Ready Alphabet (LOVE these things....all I had to do was stamp them with the bricks and sponge with ink and I was done), Heartfelt Whimsy Die-Cuts (the buttercup crown in the upper right corner and I find that Liquid Glass works best to adhere these), Heavenly Blue Ribbon Rounds, 3-D Foam Tape to pop-dot the picture and Sponge Daubers.  I hand drew the 'tik marks' around the quilt pattern and used the row of dots for the bottom sentiment.

and I had to throw in a close-up of my BABY.......

I hope I didn't tire you out....hop on over to MARY'S BLOG to see what wonderful things she's made using this stamp set.  Don't forget that you can start the hop anywhere and if you get lost, Jena's blog will guide the way!!!
If you have any questions regarding any of the products used above or want to know how to get your hands on this stamp set at retail price and maybe even FREE, contact your consultant or e-mail me and I'll be happy to help!!!