Monday, 29 September 2014

Autumn Love!

It's here, and I'm lovin' it....autumn has rolled around, and boy let me tell you I couldn't be happier! It seems even sweeter being in the country now, and seeing the leaves all around us more so than when we were in the city. The autumn décor is out in the house, and I'm relishing being able to sit on my porch on these cool, crisp nights, just listening to the crickets!

I created this card using one of my fave stamp sets, Always Grateful. I wanted a masculine looking card, with a hint of fall, for a family friend who is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. I  pulled together a neat basket of goodies for him, and stuck in a little homemade card to cheer him up.

I used some neutral cardstock, and dry-embossed a double line about 1 1/2" apart. I then masked the top and bottom and sponge-daubed some Desert Sand ink over top. With the same ink (and keeping the mask on), I then stamped some leaves over top of the sponging. I stamped the tree in Cocoa and added a sentiment. Super simple, but I liked how it turned out.



 


*All products are CTMH unless otherwise noted*
Cardstock - Colonial White, Desert Sand, Kraft
Ink - Desert Sand, Cocoa
Stamps - Always Grateful (C1559), Autumn Splendor (D1181 - retired), TLC (1354 - retired), You Are My Happy (CC1025 - retired promo)

Happy scrappin'!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Halloween Fall Creations Blog Hop


Welcome, welcome, welcome to the first official CTMH •Make•It•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop!

This month we'll be showcasing gorgeous Fall & Halloween creations. If you arrived from Diana Saunders blog, you're on the right path!

The blog hop is a big circle of creative awesomeness from many CTMH consultants, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you can find the full list of participants HERE.

Here is my creation - a set of thank you cards using the lovely Pathfinding paper and WOTG stamp set. Love me some feathers!






*all products are CTMH unless otherwise noted*
Cardstock - Cocoa, White Daisy
B&T paper - Pathfinding
Ink - Autumn Teracotta,Glacier, Cocoa, Desert Sand
Stamp - Pathfinding Card Workshop Stamp (G1083)
Embellishments - ribbon, gold bling gems, twine

Thanks for being a part of our Blog Hop! Now its time for you to head on over to Cyndy Recker's blog and see her artwork. Be sure to visit all the consultants on their blogs to view their creations - we love having you visit! Stay tuned for the next Hop coming real soon - with Christmas goodies!

Happy scrappin'

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Cricut me this....Cricut me that.

Happy scrappy Sunday peeps! What's better than ending a weekend? Uh, well, not much, because no one likes ending weekends.

BUT! The new Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge is finally here, and that means sifting through cool new crafty ideas using this new piece of WOW, to then sit down next weekend and craft some more! Well, at least for me anyways, since my day job takes up an uber amount of my time, and so weekend crafting is usually my only option.

Since CTMH partnered with Cricut, we have launched now four fabulous collections: Art Philosophy Collection, Artbooking Collection, Artiste Collection and now the amazing Artfully Sent Collection.


With over 700 images, fonts, designs, and interactivity, you know you'll find something you will love in this fantastic collection! See a sample below:


Want to see more? Of course you do! See the full shape index HERE!

Don't forget to check out and follow my CTMH Pinterest board - new swag added daily, and you can bet there will be loads of Artfully Sent deliciousness pinned on there!

Shop online 24/7 in your jammies right here - and get your scrap on!

Happy scrappin'!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Birthday Bling

Birthdays and bling. Who doesn't love those two things, and especially those two things together! Lucky for us that CTMH came out with these uber-darling NEW sequins to satisfy our craving for blingy bling. I'm a sucker for silver, so I can get my fix with these ones too!

I saw this deliciously sequined-up card on Pinterest the other day and had to create it for my friend who just celebrated her (insert young number here) birthday. I thought it was perfect to cheer her up and add some sparkle to her day! Not that she isn't sparkly and gorgeous enough already, but hey, every sequin counts, right?

So...as I wait for my next CTMH shipment to come in, I dug out these other sequins that I had sitting around that I think I found at the DollarTree. I know, I know, this blog is primarily CTMH, but lets not get our sparkles in a snag, we ALL use the occasional other stuff too! :)

This was a fuuuuun card to make. Now before you get all twitchy over the small sequins (which, yes, I glued each one on separately), hear this. It literally took 10 min to put all the seguins on. A pair of tweezers or your piercing tool picks these suckers up so easy. Take some liquid glass and spread a layer on a scrap paper. Then, just dip the sequin lightly into liquid glass and then layer the sequins in a line. You can even use a strip of liquid glass on the actual card and then put your base sequins on there and then layer others on top.

So here she is:




*all products are CTMH unless otherwise noted*
Cardstock - White Daisy, Hollyhock
Stamp (sentiment) - Cupcake Sprinkles (D1336) - retired
Embellishments - colored sequins from dollar store

Happy scrappin'!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A seaside surprise....

So....I love surprises. Like really love them. Some people hate 'em. But I love them! I also love our best friends, and vacations. I particularly like those two items together! Having done a few vacations together with them, it's always an EPIC time. 

Our besties decided to take a cruise this coming winter, and, one thing you must know about me, is we love cruising! They asked us a few times casually if we wanted to come, but having moved into a new house, we wanted to get settled first and see how things went, ect.

After debating and deciding, we said yeah, we really need to go away with them, because going away with them is truly the funnest thing ever, if that is such a word. I really wanted to surprise them, and so while out for dinner all together last week, we gave them this tropical looking card, with our cabin number and a quote that it would be a "Reflection of a Good Time" (we're sailing on the Celebrity Reflection).

Well.

I'm kicking myself for NOT having this video taped because their expressions were classic. My friend just about peed her pants, she was so excited. What a great surprise! And so, let the planning begin. Ahhhhh, can't wait.

Anyways.....here is the card! I was inspired by Christine Adams super cute card using the same stamp set, and I changed it up a bit, and used CTMH's new Seaside paper (I can hear the beach now!). After stamping the image in chocolate, I stamped it again and paper pieced the shell on top for a more layered look. I added some light feathering around the stamped image with our blending pen and Crystal Blue ink to soften the edges and added some bitty pearls. I also sponged the edges of the Seaside paper in Crystal Blue to make it pop a bit more. I think it turned out fresh, fun and tropical!

 
 A close up of the stamped image and the darling polka dots on the paper, because honestly, I could eat them. I heart polka dots in an obsessive kind of way.


Finally, I added a matching envelope with some cute starfish images,


Check out the FULL Seaside collection - you'll love it!

*all products are CTMH unless otherwise noted*
Cardstock - White Daisy
B&T paper - Seaside
Stamp - Quick Cards - Shell (retired)
Ink - Crystal Blue, Chocolate
Embellishments - bitty pearls
Tools - blending pen

Happy scrappin'!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Sept 1 - Years of Happy!

Happy September! Sept is one of my fave months of the year....actually, it probably is my favorite month! Love getting back to routine, fresh starts, planning out new menus, getting ready for fall, a new NFL season.....love it! I know, I know....the summer was short, but I'm an Autumn kinda gal. Did I mention I love that its almost a new NFL season! Go Packers!
Anyways....it so happens that CTMH's September promotion ties in nicely with today - my 13th wedding anniversary to the guy I still crush on! Where did the time go? My kiddos love watching our wedding video! They always comment how mommy "was so pretty". 

"Was?"

Ahem. I digress. Out of the mouths of babes. LOL! And they tease Cory because he had hair back then (apparently being married to me caused the loss to accelerate, haha)


Speaking of years of happy, September is also National Stamping Month and we're ready to party all month long! When you spend $30 in stamp sets, you get the uber-cute #30yearsofhappy stamp set for FREE!


This super cute set features 30 mini darling stamps, perfect for each day of the month! So many projects you can make with this! Stuck for inspiration? Keep following my blog or my Facebook page for loads of inspiration you can lift from.

Get your FREE stamp set today; its only available until September 30th! Email me or shop online 24/7! Better yet, get a few of your friends together and order a few items as a group, and get FREE hostess rewards. Whoot!

Find your happy right here - happy scrappin'!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Huge Family Frame Photo

Happy Sunday!

Having moved into the new house and finding ourselves getting somewhat organized, I am anxious to hang up pictures and make this house feel like a home! One of the beauties I love about our new digs is the 18ft soaring ceilings! It's got my wheels turning for some huge family photos on these gorgeous walls. I have so many wonderful family beach shots, natural shots of the girls playing, and so many others that would look great! I stuck one of our beachy type paints above the fire place for now, but as the space is so big, a bolder and bigger picture would look much better!


While surfing through Pinterest one day (I know...shocking!), I found this wonderful tutorial on how to create your own huge photo and customized frame! The blogger printed her 24 x 36 picture at Staples for a cheap, cheap price! The only difference, is its a wee bit more in Canada, than in the US, however you can still get a decent price at Staples Canada on their poster frames in four different sizes (including the 24 x 36 size in the tutorial).

The frame is created out of plywood, is spray painted, mod podged and looks amazing! You can see it all on Beckie's fabulous blog here! The only hard part for me would be to try to choose a picture to use!

Photo credit: www.infarrantlycreative.net



Got to sit down and pick a photo for this awesome project. Something like this is definitely something you can be proud you made all yourself and will cherish for years to come!

Happy creating!