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! 


Friday, May 23, 2014

Cricut Explore

Well I jumped on the Cricut Explore bandwagon and broke down and bought one only a month after I had bought the Brother Scan and Cut. Both machines have awesome features and they each have features that the other one doesn't. I plan on using both of them to enhance my card making and scrapbook layouts. Like all crafters out there I have tons of material that I need to use up.

I have been watching tons of YouTube videos on how to use both machines. I found Debbie O'Neal's blog http://www.scrapmequickdesigns.com and she has some very good tutorials on there. So after making the one card that the Explore wants us to make after we open our box I decided to try this card. I was very disappointed that my pen that came in the box was almost already dry. REALLY....I have only had the machine for two days!!! 

Here is the card that I decided to make as my second cut on the Explore.


Here is Debbie's video on how to create this card. She even provided a couple of SVG's to download.

After I cut my card out and used the dried up pen for the writing feature I went back and outlined the letters in the word HAPPY with my Pentel Slicci gold pen. Of course it does not look as good as it would have had my pen not been dried out. I then sprayed the entire card with Radiant Rain shimmering mist in Ice color (29044). I added washi tape at the bottom and white paper on the inside to highlight the shadow cut outs. Oh and since the pen did not show up I went back and cut the letters for the word Birthday. Not quite how Debbie's card came out but pretty close.

Go check out Debbie O'Neal's blog and try to make this card. I know if I can make it then anyone can. TFL!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Flowers...Use Your Stash Bloghop

For this month's Blog hop we were to make flowers in any shape or form. Flowers are awesome and they come in many shapes and colors. You should be coming from Cassandra's blog her flowers were beautiful.  Don't forget that the blog hop makes a complete circle so if you get lost go back to the beginning to Katy's blog to see the complete list.  

I love to make rolled flowers and I don't like to use a pattern.  Just cut a square and start cutting.  You can make any size flower. I made a canvas and I got my inspiration from  the CTMH 2013 spring/summer catalog. There was a canvas on page 16 and it featured Chantilly paper.
  I used promotional paper pack Dotty for You (CC1017). I just cut a bunch of squares and started rolling away. I included Garden Wooden Shapes (Z1718) from the 2012 catalog and Pretty pins (Z1148) from the 2009 Autumn/Winter catalog.  I added Crystal Blue card stock (1292) and inked the edges with Chocolate ink (Z2111).
Now head on over to Joy's blog and see what an awesome job she did with her May flowers. TFL!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Honoring 30 years of Jeannette Lynton



June 2014 Constant Campaign
In honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry, when you place an order totaling $50 during the month of June, you can add your choice of 1 of 6 great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65. Plus, each collection is perfectly tailored to fit a variety of interests and styles. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons to washi tape to alphabet stickers—and much more! Take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift!
Dates: Offer valid June 1, 2014–June 30, 2014.

Go to my CTMH site to see all the cool things you can order https://tmorrowstreasures.ctmh.com

CTMH MAY TECHNIQUE BLOGHOP FEATURING BASE AND BLING

Hello fellow bloggers welcome to May's technique bloghop. This month on the CTMH techique bloghop we were to feature the new Base and Bling featured in our 2014 catalog. Base and Bling is the new line being offered and it is normally used for necklaces. My fellow consultants and I will like to show you  how all our products can be used in other ways not just for their intended purposes.

You should be coming from Michelle Loncar's blog wasn't her technique great!! Remember that all our blogs make a complete circle so if you get lost along the way just go back to the begining to Debi Barber's blog
to see the entire list. Be sure to leave some love to each and every blogger. We like getting love.

I choose to do a card. I know there were many ways that I could have shown differant ways on how to repurpose our base and bling but I found the perfect paper to go with my card. I made an A2 card featuring a 4x6 card that looked like lace from the "Picture My Life Ballon Ride Scrapbooking program. This is in CTMH's version of project life style of scrapbooking. The entire set is only $24.95 (Z1948) and come with a huge assortment of 4x6 and 3x4 cards.  Go check them out in the catalog or go to my site and order a set .https://tmorrowstreasures.ctmh.com there are 4 sets to choose from and so far I love them all.

My card is a standard A2 card and features a 4x6 Picture My Life card I did have to cut it down to fit on the card. I used stamp set Tailor Made C1442 which has been retired. I stamped all the images in Archival Black Ink (44751) and cut them out on my Brother Scan N Cut machine. Don't you love how precisely the BNC cut the images. I then colored them with my set of  Promarkers that I won in a blog giveaway. I won an entire set of  148 markers. I used the following colors: Amethyst, Tulip Yellow, Warm Grey2, Putty, Poppy, Powder Blue and Bright Green.

Okay so now down the main feature: the Base and Bling.... I used the Faux 
Antiqued Gold Square pendant (Z1963) with the Base and Bling Glass Square covers (Z1967). Then I found the perfect sticker for my card. It was found on Style sheet "N" (Z1975). I added my pendant to my card with Color Ready Seam binding ribbon (Z1732) and tied a nice little bow. I used 3-D foam tape (Z1151) to pop up the smaller images.The rest of the Base and Bling designs can be found on page 80-81 of the Spring/Summer Catalog 2014. Go check it out and remember you don't have to make a necklace with the Base and Bling just look at how my fellow consultants used theirs.

Now hop on over to Lisa Plummer's blog and see what awesome technique she used to show off her Base and Bling, TFL!!



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Scrapbook Folder Folio

I have read that scrapbook folder folio are the hottest things in the scrapbook world right now. So after looking at YouTube I found a couple of videos my favorite came from SuperHappyscrapper  She has the coolest video tutorial and  produced at least 4 videos. Here is her original video Superhappyscrapper

Here is my version of her folder folio.

I used a paper pack from Hobby Lobby called Simple Stories.  It had project life papers. This is a really cool paper pack cause all I did was cut and mount to cardstock. TFL!

Friday, May 2, 2014

MAY STAMP OF THE MONTH

Check out the May Stamp of the month.."You've Got A Friend" S1405. This stamp set comes with 5 differant stamps and can be yours for only $5 with qualifying purchase of $50 or more.
Head over to my CTMH website https://tmorrowstreasures.ctmh.com if you would like to place on order for this as well as other great products from CTMH.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SOFTBALL FLIPFLOPS

With baseball and softball season upon us my friend came to me and asked if I could make her some flipflops for her so she could show support for her daughter's softball team. I was up for the challenge. First of all I had never cut open a softball so that was a challenge right there. And where to make the first slice. I felt like a first year residence makimg my first cut on a body.

She saw the idea on my favorite site Pinterest. You can find all sorts of cool projects on this site. Okay so I searched and the flip flops I saw only had 5 petals. I wanted a six petal flower. I cut a oval shape from one of my cricut cartridges and proceed to cut the softball. Well once you cut into the ball the string starts to unravel. Panic set in then I remembered I had some wonderful clear glue from CTMH called Liquid glass (Z679). So every time I cut an oval out I put the liquid glass on the string to help it from unraveling. I was able to get two 6 petal flowers out of one ball.
Here is a close up of how the flowers turned out. I did not have any baseball buttons so I blinged it up with some bling from CTMH. For my first time I think they came out pretty good. I added some teal ribbon to match the team colors. I hot glued the bling and the flowers to the sandel.
Here is a close up of how the sandels turned out.
I also made her a necklace with some baseball charms and added her daughters initail "K" and her team number. 
I think that Kelsie will have the coolest mom at the ballpark tonight. I love making one of a kind items for friends and let them show them off for me. TFL!!


Monday, April 21, 2014

CTMH USE YOUR STASH APRIL BLOG HOP

This month we are featuring Bling showers. We all love bling and we all have plenty of it. This month we were to feature bling in any shape and form that we have. You should be coming from Judy Faye's blog. Wow she can really bling things up.
 
Ever since I was a little girl our family has always gathered for Easter Sunday. My sister and I and 1 boy cousin were the first children there. Now in 2014 we have over 75 family and friends attend our annual Easter celebration.
 
CTMH has new Picture My Life scrapbook programs. You get 44 - 4" x 6" cards and 78 - 3" x 4" cards and 1 - 12" x 12" Designed cover sheet and 10 memory protectors all for $24.95.
 
We started our celebration on Friday night and continued until Sunday afternoon. We had relatives from all areas of Texas show up. The weather was so beautiful and no rain in the forecast. The colors of this Picture My Life Skylark Z1947 goes perfect with what everyone was wearing. The bluebonnets were in full bloom as well as the Azaleas. I plan on putting a 5 x 7 photo of the girl cousins and my mom with her sisters in the slot for the photo.
 
I have always wanted to do a Picture my Life book and the Skylark paper was perfect. I took at least 200 photos if not more. The sayings on the card will be perfect for my Easter book. I used the following bling1104 Sparkles down the side and on the flowers and the bird's eye. I used two word accents Z1882 in the upper left corner and in the middle on the right hand side. I used the metal flowers Bulk319 and aqua dots Z1853. I also sprayed the page with Radiant Rain shimmering mist called solar gold. It is made by Creative Imaginations.
 
From here head on over to Shirley's  blog and see how she blinged up her project. Don't forget that our hops always go in a circle so if you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Janet's blog
 to see the complete list of all the blog hoppers. I hope that everyone had a good Easter. I certainly did. TFL!
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Bloghop

Welcome to this month's technique blog hop, this month we are featuring embossing folders. CTMH has a great selection of embossing folders. This is our first year to carry them and they did a great job.

You should be coming from Michelle's blog . She showed an awesome way to use the embossing folders. Don't forget that this hop goes in a circle so if you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Shirley's blog to see all the ladies participating in this month's hop.

I decided to make a Father's Day card for my Dad. I used a retired paper pack called Dreamin'
X7142B. I also used Chocolate ink Z2111 and square studs Z1705 in pewter also retired.  For my stamp set I choose one of the hostess stamps B1448 My Hero. I used embossing folder Quatrefoil Z1926. I used a card recipe from My favorite Things pattern MFTWSC58. I embossed all the papers and then inked them all in chocolate to give them depth. This folder reminds me of a Turkish bath house. Not that I have ever been to one...lol. I think the card came out really nice. I am sure that my Dad will love it.

 He has kept most of the things that we have made for him throughout our lives. I love to visit and check out his special drawer in his dresser where he keeps all his special gifts. He still displays a Dad and me mini album that I made for his birthday 5 years ago, His birthday is on November 11 and mine is on the 9th.

Now head on over to Judy Faye's blog and see how she used the embossing folders. TFL!