Friday, December 19, 2014

CTMH Rolling Tote

Close To My Heart really hit it out of the park on this one!  I'm so excited about our new rolling tote! This has been a long awaited product by many consultants and customers alike.

There is nothing that wasn't considered when designing this tote for crafters that love to go on retreats and crops.  Check out all of this organization!
This tote is PERFECT for holding those fabulous organizers that we sell!  (Organizers are sold separate).  When you are ready to go to a crop or weekend retreat, all you need to do is drop in your organizers!  The above tote shows one Large Organizer, a Medium Organizer and three Small Organizers.  The Large Organizer is great for storing our stamps but can also store the embossing folders too. The Medium Organizer has removable sections to configure different ways. I use one for storing my ribbon rounds, bakers twine etc. you can also store stamp pads (laid horizontally) picture my life cards, embellishments etc. The small organizers have optional inserts for - one for our blocks, one for our mini pigment inks, one that has holds for 60 sponge daubers and an insert for our craft boxes that are also sold separately. All of these organizers and the inserts and craft boxes are shown on page 186 of Annual Inspirations. Here's a link to the catalog Annual Inspirations Catalog  If you'd like one mailed to you just pop me an email.
Each zippered side has two mesh pockets.  The one on the bottom is perfect for your Idea books, paper trimmer, score board, Rulers, etc.  The mesh pocket on the top is shorter and great for your glue dots, journaling pens, bonding memories glue pens and more!
Check out the front pocket! - Perfect for your 12x12 paper packs and kits!
And finally, the thing that I LOVE about this tote is that is collapses when not in use for easy storage!  How awesome is that???  But what tops that, for me anyway, I can unclutter a lot of my craft room supplies and have them all packed in the tote then be ready to go to my next adventure!
Picture Credit - Krista Hershberger

And one final touch.....  A cute little CTMH charm.  LOVE IT!
For more details on this rolling tote watch this video!  
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blue Christmas

Happy December.  Where in the world did the year go!!!  I propose we start 2014 all over again, and of course get a redo on some of the things that we wouldn't want to see again.
It's time again to start making those Christmas Cards.  fun fun fun!  This week I started with a few challenges to direct me..first off from Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog use no red or green.  So here's the card for my first challenge. I also adhered to the rules about using at least one Cricut trusty George and his shapes came in handy.

Isn't it beautiful!?  Then I started playing around a bit more with the Ornamental Pines stamp set with my next challenge from Sparkle & Sprinkle ~ use glitter, flocking or embossing.  I embossed the card above and the card below has glitter.  Along with some major masking.

 Here's a close up of the pine cones that were fussy cut and propped up a bit with some dimensionals.

 and glitter.
I had loads of fun with this stamp.
 And lastly I entered in the Simon Monday Challenge Blog and created this Christmas Card.

 Pretty cute, huh.
So that's it for today.  Time for me to start putting some of these cards into their envelopes.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.
Thanks for stopping and sharing you with me.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank you

Hello my crafty and not crafty friends.  In today's post I'm sharing one of the many cards that I have been creating using the Wetlands stamp from Stampin' Up. (more cards to follow in my next post)  I love those adorable little birds!  I've also used the background stamp called Hardwood from SU which I think goes so well together with the tiny birds.
I used black Stazon ink to stamp the birds and the sentiment, and used Slate ink, from CTMH, for the background. The shaped panels were cut using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge also from CTMH.  I love being able to design my cards using the Cricut Craft Room, it makes it all so easy!
My card was prompted by this weeks challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog ~ use three embellishments.  I used eyelets, twine and glitter.
Other challenges that helped me along:
Party Time Tuesday ~ Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist-Make it Masculine 
Clear It Out Challenge Blog - Anything Goes -Must Be Stash Those eyelets have been around for over 5 years!
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes 
Thank you so much for visiting me again,
Updated 11/27/14
Woot Woot ~ another Design Team Favorite under my belt from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog.  Thanks ladies!!!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Hello my blog buddies,  I hope that all is well in your lives.  We've just gone through a big life event.  Moving.  Uggg.  I have joined the 'I hate moving' club.   My previous moves have not been this hard, or maybe I have gotten old enough that I don't remember them.  It has been just over 2 weeks and I still can't find my stamp cleaners!  my life. 
I did find time to join a couple challenges.  One from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog ~ Challenge 236.  I took the liberty to turn it to the side and changed up the dimensions a bit.  The challenge is also to use a Cricut cut, so the papers were cut using George and Basics shapes.  The other challenge is from the November PaperCraft Connections.  Their challenge was to use gold in your card.  Well ta da!  Gold overload!  right!?

I started the challenge with some gorgeous hand made paper from India.  I had tried selling the stack during our moving sale, but thankfully no one wanted to purchase it because I have fell in love with it.  I used some turquoise paper for the base, then I added some beautiful gold glitter paper from Michael's.  The ribbon is also from Michael's ~ from last year's Christmas stock.  The cute perfume bottle is from a Graphic 45 set.  Also from Michael's.  Gosh, I guess I like shopping at Michael's!
I colored the bottle with a gold sharpie,a turquoise pencil with an aqua brush, then added  glossy accents on the bottle.  Pretty :-)
Update:  My card was picked as the top Design Team choice!!  yippie!
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Altered Bird House

Halloween is always a fun time for decorating.  So I decided to take out a wooden birdhouse that I got at Michael's over a year ago. Just in case the bare wood was going to poke out I painted all the edges black.  After that I went to town making myself a template, for all the pieces.

To decorate my little birdhouse I cut out the fun papers from the Happy Haunting paper pack from My Mind's Eye. Then edged all the edges with black ink.
I created these fun doors and WoW they look amazingly real!  The twin skeletons were part of some of the card stock, so I cut them out and attached them so they look like they are opening the doors.
I made some bats and some adorable little spiders. (can spiders be adorable?)  I found a cool looking clock and printed it out, cut it out, distressed it then covered it with glossy accents.  Cool, huh?
I added a strip of acetate to one of the bats then attached it to the back side of the doors so it would look as if it is flying out of the house. I also used the acetate to create the windows.  Using some acetate on top of orange cardstock then used strips of black to make the panes.
  This side of the roof was craving a scary big momma.
This is the back of the house, don't cha love the window treatments?  I added some cobwebs and a black cat. When my house was complete I added some little ball feet and a few more spiders.
Pretty cool, huh?!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Keep Calm and Eat More Cupcakes

Hello again my friends.  Today I am sharing a card I made for the Terrific Trios challenge from  Diva Dare from Verve. The challenge was to use something on your project three times.  I think you can see what I used to enter the challenge, three cupcakes...yum!  This adorable stamp set is called Cupcakes.

As soon as I decided how I would do the challenge I knew which papers to use. 
I had purchased Olivia's Sweet Shop from The Paper Studio. Specifically the cupcake paper. Perfect, right?! I added some other papers from the collection and tied a piece of twine 3 times around the center images.

Kinda cute, huh?
Thanks for stopping by.  
I think I'll go eat a cupcake or three.  tee hee
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Strawberry Basket Box Card

Hi there crafty folk!  Look it's me again! 
Today I am sharing this cute Strawberry Basket Box Card.  Isn't it adorable?! 

I used a file from SVG Cuts that you can find here.  At first, I was having some problems trying to get the files to ungroup, so my little Silhouette could cut, so I sent them an email. Bonus~ I didn't have to wait to long for the answer to my questions.  I give SVG Cuts a big thumbs up!  Thank you!

 I am just loving this little card!
Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your day.

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