Monday, September 28, 2009
I have access to lots of great artwork and ideas on the CTMH consultant bulletin board. Lots of wonderful ladies sharing their ideas. This card kit is from the talented Lisa Stenz. It looked so fun I thought I'd share it with my customers as well!
The kit uses the new Around the Holidays card kit from the new Idea Book. Every workshop attendee will receive enough supplies to create 4 cards and a CD gift tin. We'll dress them up with prisma glitter, embossing powder, liquid applique, and fun flock. It's a quick project that results in beautiful cards.
The workshop will be held at my home, November 4, from 7:00-8:30 pm. The cost is only $5 per kit. But if you place a $20 order with me by the deadline (Monday,October 26) your kit is FREE!
Okay, enough advertising.
On a more personal note, I'll not be around for at least a week. Engineer and I decided a while ago that being married 10 years should constitute a big celebration. So right now we are on our way to a very delayed, totally kid-free honeymoon!
Where are we going? Well, if you happen to watch the Today Show on Wednesday, you might catch a glimpse of us in the crowd!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
But first, let me just start by saying why I really love CTMH's Background & Texture paper: among other reasons, the back of the paper has the same designs as the front, only in monotone hues. This makes the paper very versatile in my book. It also makes looking for it so much easier! Not that I have all my papers scattered around the place (no comments, Engineer!), but if there is a scrap lying about, I instantly know what it is. And I mostly 99.9% of the time use only CTMH paper. The other 0.1% is only because another paper is just so perfect for the project, I have no choice but to use it.
Why am I babbling on about paper?
Years ago, I found a perfect sheet of paper to make a layout of my brother for my parent's anniversary album. I was being frugal at the time and only bought one sheet. Something I would never be able to do today! Anyway, I knew I had some of it left and wanted it for this very late birthday card. I found it, pulled it out, then set it aside for when I had time to make it. The other day I was desperately trying to find that just right scrap of paper. I looked over and through everything in my closet. When I had given up...I found it. I didn't notice it before because it was turned over...and just plain white on the back! I felt silly, it staring at me the whole time. So now I'm wishing all paper companies would print on the backside of their papers, too!
Are you still with me?
Okay, here's the finished card...
Stamps: Stamping Bella SuperTyler
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: CTMH Cranberry, Black, a precious scrap of Superman paper from unknown company
The inside says, "Sorry it's Super Late!"
I did color with my Copics, it had been a while...I missed them. I also got to use a new tool, well new to me. I had been waiting for the I-top to come to Michael's for a while...love those 50% coupons! I used it to make the brad next to the sentiment. I can tell this will be a fun tool to use!
Today we're having a surprise birthday party for him...how better to surprise someone than to throw a party 2 weeks late!
Friday, September 25, 2009
It also means it is time to say good-bye to Mrs. T, the Teacher's Aide in Bio-Comp's class. He informed me at the beginning of the week they were planning a surprise good-bye party for her today. He then asked in his sweetest I-want-you-to-do-something-but-don't-know-if-you'll-be-mad voice if I could make her a card. Well, of course I could! He should know by now I'd rather be creating a card than or
So I sorted through my school themed stamps and pulled out one I hadn't even used yet.
Yes, I know...and I'm working on that!
I used this sketch from Mojo Monday and quickly put together her card.
Stamps: CTMH Doodle Art
Inks: CTMH Clover Meadow, Versamark
Papers: CTMH School Zone My Reflections Kit (retired), Outdoor Denim, Clover Meadow, White Daisy, Black
The chalkboard is white embossing powder on black cardstock. Pretty simple, but Bio-Comp thought it was awesome. And I'm not going to argue with that!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I've looked everywhere I thought I would put it but no luck! This means it's time to clean the closet again. Or at the very least, put away everything I've had out since the Open House. I'll have to do some more looking before the two school boys get home.
This weekend was also the birthday of three friends! And they also suffered from my preoccupation with getting ready for the Open House. So I chose a simple design for their cards...yes, they all got the same card, I needed a break!
If for some reason you ladies have not received your cards yet...cover your eyes!
Right...like that will work
Stamps: CTMH Treasures (September SOTM)
Inks: Indian Corn Blue
Papers: CTMH White Daisy, Indian Corn Blue
I embossed the images with white embossing powder and sponged on some extra ICB ink to make it pop. Simple to make, but I like it.
Okay you three...did you look? Tell the truth!
Alright, I've got to find that paper. Wish me luck!
Monday, September 21, 2009
So I promised to show some of the things I've been working on...here ya go!
Stamps: CTMH Hello There (exclusive to the Twitterpated Workshop Kit)
Inks: CTMH Chocolate
Papers: CTMH Twitterpated My Reflections Kit
Sorry about that little glare in the picture. Someday I will be getting a photo tent and all glares will be banished from my house!
This is one of the layouts available in the new Twitterpated Workshop Kit. Each kit comes with a Level 2 My Reflections Kit, an exclusive B-size stamp set, and a coordinating accessory, which in this case is the Chocolate Collection Ribbon Round. I added a few other items to dress it up a bit more: some hemp, brads, and some brand new chipboard buttons.
These new Workshop Kits also come with card making cutting guides...but that will have to wait for another time...don't want to overstimulate you guys!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The best part is all my workshops are set for the next three months so I won't have to scramble to get them ready the weeks before, we all know how great my time management skills are. The second best part is my clubs starting back up again, I miss seeing all my friends regularly.
I'll have lots of pictures to show...later. Right now, even though it's only 3 in the afternoon, I'm ready for a nap.
Friday, September 18, 2009
And I'm also sad to report my brother suffered from my breaking of my New Year's resolution. I have done pretty well so far, but his birthday happened in the middle of all my chaos and I did not get his card made in time!
I don't know what my problem was, it's the same day every year, it's not like I didn't know it was coming, but I just got too busy.
After tomorrow, I'll be able to sit down and make him a nice card and play with a new tool I got recently...but until then I'll share something NOT for the Open House.
Stamps: CTMH Grateful Hearts
Inks: CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, Barn Red
Papers: CTMH Harvest My Reflections Kit (way long retired, I just really love the leaves in it)
Last month, for some strange reason, I thought I could participate in a card front swap in The Frugal Scrapper yahoo group. "I know I have lots to do, but you say there's a swap going on? Sign me up!" I really need to think before I act sometimes. But, I did set aside some precious time and get 7 of these card fronts made and mailed. I kept it simple so I wouldn't have a meltdown and leave my family to fend for themselves...which is actually what they've been doing the past couple of weeks anyway.
And to add to all the guilt of being busy and oblivious to everything around me...today is my 10 year anniversary with Engineer! Yeah for us! Do I have a card for him?
PS: Marianne! I went and got the book right away on Tuesday! I've only been able to read the first 2 chapters, but I'm loving it so far!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
My boys were telling me about some "thing" running around here last week. They said it had wild, untamed hair...crazed, glazed over eyes...mostly grunted and yelled. I have no idea what they're talking about, I never saw anything like that.
But I do want to know what happened to all my adhesive...I am totally out!
Yesterday was a friend's birthday. I got this Bella stamp long ago and have always wanted to use it on a card for her. Even with 4 grown boys, she is still an 80's girl at heart with a deep
Stamps: Stamping Bella Rockabella, CTMH Charms Alphabet
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Ocean
Papers: CTMH White Daisy, Ocean, Black
I used the Allegro embossing folder on the Ocean CS and sanded it a bit. I colored the Bella with Copics then loaded on the Stickles! I used Turquoise on the pants and her hair and Black Diamond on her top. I also used Liquid Glass on the guitar to make it nice and shiny. It took about 15 hours to dry...really...
Right now I have to get some more adhesive and get back to work on Open House displays. I love deadlines.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Mombies have been sighted in nearby neighborhoods.
What do you do if you see a Mombie?
*Do not confront them if approached.
*Do not make eye contact.
*Do not ask what is for dinner...you won't like the answer.
How do you know if you've got a Mombie problem?
*The general area will be littered with unfinished laundry.
*Kitchen sinks will be clean, they use them after all, but beware of dishwashers full of dirty dishes due to forgetfulness to actually put in soap and start the thing on the Mombie's part.
*Large quantities of Mac n'Cheese boxes may be found.
And the biggest identifiying clue to a Mombie presence?
The kitchen table has been transformed into a paper heap, scattered with tools, cutters, and the occasional tape gun. Be aware that glitter may be present and if so, do not touch! That stuff has been found to attach itself to anything in the nearby vacinity causing insanity.
It also alerts the Mombie to your proximity to her "nest".
Mombie invasions rarely last long, usually until they get card swaps done, display items complete, or they run out of adhesive.