Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chipboard-Use Your Stash October 2014

Wow time really flies when CTMH consultants decide it is time to do another bloghop. This month we are featuring "chipboard". If you have been hopping with us all year you know that we have some awesome talented ladies in the group.

We have a great team leader and we have lots of great players, You should be coming from Wendy Kessler's blog wow she really does know how to use her stash.

Ever since I heard the theme of this hop I knew what I wanted to make. I searched for all my chipboard and I was amazed how much I had. I wanted to do a Halloween theme. I used some  chipboard called Tags (Z1684) and Mixed Shapes (Z1683) and lastly the circle came from chipboard called Signage (Z1902).

I inked my chipboard with Sunset Ink Z2191 and Petal Z2161 I also used Archival Black Ink 44751. I used Liquid Glass Z679to accent the face and the small pumpkin. I used our new ShinHan markers to color in my images.  The stamped images are from the stamp of the month called What a Hoot S1408. This tag will go on a layout that I am working on for Halloween.
I may put a pinback on this tag and wear it for Halloween before I put it on my layout.
 
Now head on over to Katy Taylor's blog to see how she used her stash of chipboard. We all work hard to make these bloghops hop each month so leave some loving at each one please. TFL!
 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

USE YOUR STASH BLOG HOP-SEPTEMBER

Hello  again, it is that time of the month...use your stash. I don't know about you I have so much stash  that I could probably open a store. Okay so this months theme was RIBBON.  Who doesn't love ribbon? My favorite ribbon from CTMH is the Satin Polkadot Ribbon in slate color (Z1802). It is so soft and yummy. Before I show you my project you should be coming from Casandra's blog wasn't her project awesome? We have 6 ladies in the hop this month. please leave some love at each of the blogs. If you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Shirley's blog to see the entire list.

I am a big YouTube watcher. I think I watch YouTube more than regular TV. Wow can we say AMAZING TALENT on YouTube. I found this great video from a lady named Yolanda and her channel is called socrafty100. She uses Recollection envelopes from Micheals. They are in the pack with the corrugated cards. Here is her link if you would like to go check it out.Socrafty100 . You are going to love it. It is so easy and the treat bags come out so cute.

Here is my version of her treat bag. I used our new paper  called Brushed (X7190B). This such pretty paper. I only used 5 inches off a 12x12 sheet of paper. I also used the following to complete my gift or treat bag. Satin Polkadot Ribbon (Z1802), Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799), Chantiliy Assortment Glitter Gems (Z1814), Just Blooms Paper Shape Flutter (Z1463) Base and Bling Floral Accents (Z1883) medium flower, wooden clothespin from the Mini Melody Accents Collection in Ruby (Z1861), Black and Grey Sparkle Assortment (Z1754), Stampset D1529 Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday, inked with our new ink Pixie Z2644 and cut on the Cricut, I also inked all the edges with black ink Z2105. I used a tooth pick to make my little flag on the side. I also cut strips of paper and used my paper crimper to crimp it and inserted it in the bag as paper rafia. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make  this treat bag. Love it! Now head over to Katy's Blog and see what creative project she came up with her stash of ribbon. TFL!




These are the envelopes used.
Score 1 inch fold and glue flaps.
Nice and wide. Decorate!






Friday, September 5, 2014

Exercise

I can remember back in High School when I used to be fit and play every sport offered to us girls back then. Wow they were not kidding when they said the pounds would creep up on you. I think I have gained at least 50 pound in 36 years. Not bad but not good either.

I have tried diets and diets. I have bought CDs on exercise, I have joined the gym.  I just can not seem to get the weight off. I am happy with my body but who doesn't want to lose the first 10 pounds.then 20 and so on.  No matter how much weight I lost someone includeing myself is always going to think I am fat.

So I have decided that the month of September is going to be my month to jump start my exercise program(lol).  I only live 4 tenths of a mile from my job and since the weather is trying to get cooler I have been walking to work. Monday was Labor Day so we were off of work. Tuesday and Wednesday I walked my little trek.....not to bad but that humidity almost did me in. Thursday and Friday I rode my bike. I was kind of scared but I made it. Up hill both ways.

I just wanted to post of picture of me on my bike so when I come back to my blog I can see myself and stay inspired. I am also running in my first minimarathon this weekend(09-06-2014). Will post photos next week. I am not looking to become a fashion model I just want to lose 10 pounds..........
WIll post pictures after the race next week. TFL!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Stamp of the Month

Don't forget you only have a few days left to order this cute Stamp of the Month for August. How cute will your Halloween cards be made with this set. Go to my CTMH site to place an order today www.tmorrowstreasures.ctmh.com As you can see this set can be used for many seasons not just Halloween.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Halloween Swap Card

I found this cute card on Splitcoasters.com and it is called a box card. As usual I could not resist making one. I used the new CTMH paper pack called Scaredy Cat. I also used my Cricut to cut out the word Trick or Treat. I also used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut out the stamped images. Black shimmer trim was used behind the wording.  TFL!


Jacque's Prize giveaway

    There is an awesome prize give away at Jacque's blog head on over there to fulfill the requirements to win an awesome prize package.

   While there take a look at her awesome creations. Wow there are some talented women out in this big wide world of ours. She is giving away big prize so go check it out.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

USE YOUR STASH BLOGHOP

Stash is one thing I have plenty of. This month we are featuring "Mixed Media". This can mean many things to each and everyone of us. I thought about it all month and decided to make a witch hat.

I found this paper mache cone at Michael's on the clearance rack and I immediately thought hat. But before I go into the details of my project you should have come from Casandra's blog . Her mixed media creation was awesome. We only have 6 hoppers this month so leave plenty of love at each one. CTMH has some awesome consultants that participate in bloghops each month. They are all fantastic and month after month we all come up with some great projects.

Once I got started picking out my "mixed media" I almost didn't want to stop. This was a really fun project and being able to do a mixed media project is something that I have been wanting to attempt now I can scratch it off my crafting bucket list.

Here is a long list of items that I used on my hat:
CC1027 FREE TO BE ME PAPER PACK
Z1463 JUST BLOOMS PAPER SHAPES BUTTERFLY
1386 BLACK CARD STOCK
Z2105 BLACK INK
BLACK TWILL
Z2023 BING GEM ASSORTMENT GOLD
Z1916 SPARKLES BLACK FLOURISHES SMALL BLACK
Z1702 BAKERS TWINE PARADISE ASSORTMENT
Z3011 SCAREDY CAT ASSORTMENT
X7185B SCAREDY CAT PAPER
Z1802 SATIN POLKA DOT RIBBON SLATE
Z1799 SHIMMER TRIM SILVER
Z1985 SHIMMER TRIM GOLD
Z1741 HAUNTED  ASSORTMENT
Z1712 FOUNDRY NUMBER PLATES
BULK319 METAL FLOWERS ANTIQUED SILVER
Z1821 BUTTON ASSORTMENT BLACK, SLATE,WHISPER
INKA GOLD METALLIC RUB GOLD
INKA GOLD METALLIC RUB VIOLET
MOD PODGE

Wow all that fit onto that one little hat. I cut a 5" circle for the bottom and mod podged torn pieces of paper all over the hat and then proceeded to add and add all my pieces. I hope I was able to live up to the use of "mixed media" Now that you have seen my project head over to Katy's blog and see what awesome project she made. Thank you all that come and visit our blogs. See you next month.
Front view
Right side view
Left side view
Back view
Now my hat will sit proudly on my mantle until I put out the rest of my Halloween decorations at the end of next month.  TFL!





Friday, August 15, 2014

PICTURE MY LIFE

Have you ever wanted to get started scrapbooking but don't know where to start or how to get started?  This is where Picture My Life may be the perfect solution for you. All you have to do is add the photo all the hard work is done for you.Head over to CLOSE TO MY HEART and let us show you how. During the month of  August we are offering a fantastic deal. Go to my CTMH site at tmorrowstreasures.ctmh.com to check out this deal as well as many more. Happy Scrapping!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Selfies

Everytime you look up someone is posting a selfie on Facebook or on Instragram or even Twitter. I am rarely in front of the camera so today in honor of my new hair cut I decided to do a selfie.

When I was married I had very long hair down to my waist. It was so heavy and thick. I could not do anything with it other than wear it in a ponytail. There was hair all over the house, in the vacumn cleaner in my clothing....everywhere. When I finally cut it 12" it was such a relief. It was still below my shoulders. I tried many hair styles but finally decided to go short. I had pixie haircuts growing up. I started at my shoulders and have eventually gone up. My hair is very thick and still takes just as much time caring for it as it did when it was long. For now I am going to enjoy the cool breeze blowing on my neck until winter when I am going to wish I had long hair covering my neck. TFL!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mini purse exchange

I participated in a paper mini purse swap. It was hosted by Ileana Marzan. I found her on Facebook and she has some cool swaps going on right now. Go check her out.

My partner was Tamra Kilgore-Merrill. She did a wonderful job creating her bag. I have it sitting on my shelf of fame....This is a shelf I have where I put all my favorite items that I have made myself or have been given to by someone special.

This was a fun group to be a part of and I thank Ilena for letting me play. Tamera's purse had lots of bling and if it had been a full size purse I would probably be using it right now.

Here is the purse that I sent to Tamra for my exchange. I filled it with goodies. I hope that she liked it. TFL!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Babycakes Pennant Frame

I promise only one more project after this with the Babycakes paper pack (X7173B). This pack has since been retired from the Close to My Heart Catalog. But have no fear we do have more cute paper coming out when the new catalog debuts on August 1, 2014.

CTMH sells these cute pennants called My Creations Pennant Frame (Z1941). They are only $8.95. There are millions and millions of projects that can be done with these. They will fit up to a 6 x 6 photo. You don't even have to add a photo just add some treasures or sayings to the box.

Like I said I used the Babycakes paper for this project I only have a couple of pieces left. I also cut some shapes out using my CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z1906). There are so many cute cuts on this cartridge that it has become one of my go to carts. I cut the cute giraffe and tiger. I used real dial size to get the correct size needed. I used the Martha Stewart scissors to cut the Buttercup cardstock (1271) to look like grass and inked the edges with chocolate ink(Z2111). For my photo frame I cut a piece of B&T and inked it with chocolate CS (X5643).The banner on top was cut out of Buttercup and filled in with scraps of B&T papers and inked with chocolate. I used a left over flower from the stickease assortment and a some left over wood rimmed buttons as well. I used a small peice of Bronze shimmer trim(Z1849). For my inside photo holder again a left over peice of B &T was used. Overall I think that all the projects I made with this paper pack came out really cute.

I just wanted everyone to see what could be made with one paper pack. I actually used two to get all my projects made. I made two mini albums, one sidestep card, one box card and one pennant from this paper. Now why don't you try to use up some of the paper that we (I) have been hoarding and get your creative juices flowing. TFL!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Waterfall folio mini album

Obviously my favorite paper pack out of the 2013 Close to My Heart  catalog was Babycakes (X7173B). This paper pack was retired this year when our new 2014 Autum/Winter catalog was released. I have made several projects with this paper. I think I may have just enough to make one small mini.

I used to be paper hoarder....scared to cut my paper but I decided why not. Showcase that paper!Let the world see what can be made with this cute paper. I have made several cards and three mini albums so far just out of this paper pack. Of course I had two packs but this paper went a long way.

As usual I found my inspiration on YouTube. Her name is Ginger and she is an excellant teacher. I love all her videos and even though I don't use the same paper she does my albums look  just as good. Most of my mini's have been made using her tutorials. Go check her out at the following link My Sisters Scrapper

I used all CTMH products except for the chipboard. I just love how this turned out. I WILL be making another one with differant paper. I think it took me 3 hours to make. Now that I know how I think I can cut that time in half.
This is the front cover. I used a Babycakes Picture my Life 3x4 card 
Here is what the inside looks like with a pocket on the left side with 4 more PML cards inserted. I used leftover stickease stickers for the center spine.
This is the waterfall mechanism laying flat. There are 7 flaps total with 15 spots for journaling or photos.
Here is the last flap of the album. This was a really quick and easy project to make and it did not use up a whole lot of paper. So even if you had just a few sheets you can make this album.
These are the Babycakes Picture my Life cards that CTMH offers(Z1943). This was first offered in the 2014 Spring/Summer catalog. I inked all the edges with Chocolate Ink (Z2111). TFL!!






Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Circle Side Step Card

I found this cute circle side step card on YouTube and decided to give it try. I used my favorite paper pack BabyCakes (7173B) from CTMH now retired as well as the strickease stickers (X7173C). I cut my circle at 6" using the Cricut Explore. I then scored and cut my Circle Side Step Card. Here is a link to the YouTube video that was used in creating this card Circle side step card TFL!



Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Buckets

I went to target the other day and visited the $1 bin area and found these cute little sand buckets. I decided to decorate them for my two youngest grandchildren. I used my Cricut Explore and used Life is a Beach cartridge for all the images. I used outdoor vinyl. the boys are only 2 and 3 months old but I thought they deseved a little surprise. Cooper loved his plus all his goodies. Bryce just drooled all over his....lol. They were a hit. I will need to go back and get some more for my other grandchildren. TFL!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Zippie Use Your Stash Bloghop

It is that time of month again for a CTMH bloghop...this month we are featuring Zipstrips. You should be comimg from Katy's blog wasn't her use of zipstrips awesome.  This hop is a big circle so if you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Adeline's to see the complete list.

  What are zipstrips? Well zipstrips are 1/2" strips on top of all our B&T Duos papers. Some of us may just cut them off and some of us use them in layouts or on cards. Our challenge this month was to use  zipstrips that we usually put to the side. I choose to do a box card. Box cards are the rage right now and they are the cutest cards ever. There are lots of YouTube videos out there on how to make them. My Favorite tutorial came from Splitcoaststampers she does a very good video.


Here is my idea of how to use zipstrips






I used Babycakes paperpack X7173B as well as the Babycakes My Stripease Assortments X7173C for my box card. I also added the Babycakes wood rimmed badge buttons Z1869. I LOVE this paper pack!!  I dangled my images with some acetate that I had cut off of a package. You really want to use thicker acetate so it can hold your images up.
The zipstrip that I used featured the word baby and I lined my flaps with this strip. This is my first box card. I will definitely be making another one. Now zip on over to  Sheila's blog and see how she used her zipstrips. TFL!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Bloghop

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Bloghop. This month we are featuring the Picture My  Life Scrapbook Program found on pages 67-69 in the Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. There are 8 different packages that you can choose from. My favorite one is the Picture my life Babycakes Scrapbooking Program (Z1949). You get 44-4" x 6" cards (2 each of 22 designs) 78- 3" x 4" cards (3 each of 26 designs) 1-12" x 12" Designed cover sheet and 10- 12 x 12 memory protectors all for $24.95.

You should be coming from Haley Dyer's blog wasn't her technique awesome. We have some very talented ladies on the hop this month. Remember that the blog always goes in circle so if you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Debi's blog . If you feel like it please leave some love at all the blogs as my fellow crafters all put in a lot of work  into making the bloghops hopping.

Our goal this month was to show how versatile this program really is. You can use these cards in layouts, cards or like I did in a mini album. I love to make mini albums and I follow some very talented ladies on YouTube one of my favorites is SuperHappyscrapper. Her name is Shandra. She gives clear and precise instructions. I made the large version of this album called the Scrapbook folio and now she has made a smaller version. This one measures 9" x 7". The larger one measures 9" x 11".

I apologize for all the photos but I wanted everyone to see how I used the Picture My life program. I used a lot of the 3 x 4 cards as tags and embellishments throughout the album. I used 13 cards in my mini. I also used the Babycakes stripease assortment X7173C and the Babycakes My Reflection Paperpack X7173B. I made my base of the album with kraft paper from Micheals. I inked all my edges with Brown Bag ink Z2108 (retired) and used Bronze adhesive back ribbon Z1849. Sorry the pictures are lined up backwards. I also used the Cricut Explore to make several cuts. Carts used were Baby Shower, Nursery Rhymes, The First f
Few Years, Wild Card, Mickey and Friends and Artbooking. Thanks everyone for looking and now head to Debi's blog to she how she used her Picture My Life Program.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

CTMH June Stamp Of the Month

This month's stamp is called "KABOOM" it is a set of 16 stamps and if you spend $50 on qualifying purchases you can get the set for $5.00. This is a perfect set to make all your 4th of July cards and layouts. Go to my site tmorrowstreasures.ctmh.com to make a purchase.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Present for Laila

My cute  little niece celebrated her birthday on June 4th and she turned 9. She loves Hello Kitty and has her room decorated in Hello Kitty.

I went to our local scrapbook store and they were using Inka Gold Metallic Rub on a project and I thought it was a cool item. The salesclerk also showed me some Faber-Castell Gelatos...wow two cool products. So I had to go out and buy some. I have also wanted to do a textured canvas so what a better time to start. I used all kinds of things from my stash. I think it turned out okay for my first time. All I cared about is that Laila liked it. She did and she put it up in her room.

I cut the Hello Kitty and her name with vinyl and kept it on the canvas and laid down my color. Then I put Mod Podge over the canvas to seal it. The only thing I did wrong was not wait long enough for the ink to dry and some of it smeared. Lesson learned....play the waiting game!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cricut Subway Art

This obviously is going to be a Cricut month. I am really putting my Cricut and my creativity to the test. My boyfriend Adam has created a "man cave" in my apartment and went with a baseball theme, He has lots of baseballs, memorabilia and baseball seats and jersey among other things in his room. Since we live in a historical home we really can't put anything on the walls since it has the original plaster still on the walls.

Well a canvas isn't really very heavy so I went the net and typed in subway art. Wow there are thousands of choices. I kind of got an idea of what I wanted to make so I turned to the Cricut and just started looking for fonts to match words. My canvas was 20x15 so I had to come up with a lot of words and images. Everything but the bats came from the Cricut design space. The bats were cut with my Brother Scan and Cut. I used outdoor vinyl in black for the letters,

I was right in the middle of creating my project when the lights began to flicker and my battery on my laptop was flashing and I was about to save my project when everything went black....ohhhhh noooooooooooo please, please say I that I pressed the save button in time. We packed up the laptop and ran to a friends house that still had power and thank goodness the save button was pressed in time.  It turns out that someone had an accident and hit a power line and knocked a transformer down and knocked out power in a 5 mile radius. I don't think anyone was hurt to bad.

So for my first subway art it came out pretty good. So take the plunge like I did and make a canvas. Once all the letters were laid out I painted my canvas with Mod Podge to help hold the letters down and to create a shield from dust and dirt. TFL!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cricut Explore Split Letters

Wow I think I got a hang of doing a few things with the Explore. There is a learning curve on using the new machine. There are so many nice people on Facebook and on YouTube that have made videos and have made it easy for me to learn.

One of the coolest things out there is the split letters...where you pick a letter and divide it in half and put a word or last name in the middle or just leave it blank. I decided to jump on the band wagon and give it a try. There is one lady in YouTube land that has a great video and here is her link if you would like to go check it out.....craftinandstampin she gives very good instructions.

I have made four split letters but have only put one of them on canvas. The second one went on my door in my scrapbook room. I need to buy two more canvases.

The possibilities are endless on what letters you can use and what words you can use. Here are my photos. TFL!