Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paws on the Pavement fundraiser event

If you live in middle TN (Nashville & surrounding) then please come out & support Noah's Ark Society's "Paws on the Pavement" event this Saturday. I'll be a vendor there & will be passing on all my proceeds to Noah's Ark. Bring a 5x7 or 4x6 photo of your pet & make a page to add to your scrapbook or frame to hang on the wall. I'll also have other things for sale such as necklaces, cards, stamp sets, etc. So come join the fun. You can view more information about Noah's Ark on FB & their website: or

My previous blog post shows several layouts of the 2 kitties I foster for Noah's Ark.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kitty Pages

I'm taking a class called Super Simple Scrapbooking at BPC (Big Picture Classes) and these are the 1st layouts I've turned out in several months. I tried to do something stamped & a Cricut cut for each one:

All the challenges were super simple so made them quick to do. That easy strategy is what made it fun to also challenge myself to use the Cricut & a stamped image on each page. These are only 1-6, I have more to go. Overall there will be 18 challenges in this class. I'm now behind by 4 & they only post the new challenges on weekdays so everyone has the weekend to catch up. I started the class a week late, but I'm still so glad I decided to take the class. I really needed the boost to get turning out scrapbook pages.

I chose to scrap mostly my foster kitties so far as I'll be taking them to show at an upcoming event for the rescue group Noah's Ark Society (whom I foster for)- the event is called Paws on the Pavement & promotes awareness, raises money & also has dogs and a few cats present to talk about adoption. I'll be selling my wares with the proceeds going to Noah's Ark. I'll also be offering guests to bring a 5x7 of their pet and do a scrapbook page for a $20 donation to Noah's Ark. They get to take home a great page (that they can also frame in case they don't scrapbook) of their pet.

So if you live near Nashville, TN in any way- come on out on December 6th to
 4012 Hillsboro Pike
 Nashville, TN
Sisters Closet is your key you're in the right place. Just across & down a little from the Cheesecake Factory.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

God bless our Military- those who served & are still serving.

We went to Springfield to pick up a couple things for a project & since it was lunch time took Applebee's up on their free lunch for Veterans. I was so touched when I saw the table they had placed with the empty chair- the place setting, the candle, the glass... the table set to represent a place for those who have served before us- for those who gave all or are currently deployed right now-

If you have served- you know this table well. For when you see it- you see the faces of those who will never be able to share a table with you again on this earth & also those you are missing because they are still on a mission elsewhere.

I'm not always a fan of going to Applebee's but they do a tremendous job of showing our Veterans they are valued. Applebee's contributes to the communities for which they are a part & I salute them for their support for our Military.

They also support our schools and our Scouts- I support a business who supports their community and the values that America was founded on.

They also gave us a couple pictures that they had children color for today

Thank you to all who serve.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Making more wine card/tags - only 2 days left until my first craft fair this year- so am trying to add more of a selection- there are so cute and fun. All the bases are cut using Art Philosophy via Cricut Craft Room (so I could resize the rectangle to be 3.25"x9"; also circle cut is 1.25")

I sponged 4 colors as stripes as the background: Canary, Lagoon, Pear & Thistle (in that order). Next I cut several coordinating shapes to stamp sets using Art Philosophy and Artiste. Used Pacifica, Goldrush, Lagoon & Pear to stamp all the images.

I decided some winter fun card/tags were in order too- so used 3 different stamp sets. I stamped the penguins and polar bears with black & the snowmen with lagoon. Then I added a bunch of little snowflakes in Glacier (used Lagoon also on the Penguin card). Then added some touches of color using ShinHan markers.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Just got in the new CTMH Cricut cartridge Arfully Sent. So I had to play with it. First I made some wine tags using the cake pattern for the sleeve card out of Confetti paper. I embossed the white bases with the CTMH dots embossing folder. On 2 of them I used some ink on a sponge to highlight the dots.

I also cut some banners & a Happy Birthday banner- backed the cut images with coordinating cardstock & highlighted them with glitter glue. Stamped happy birthday using a couple different stamp sets for the other 2. TaDa- fun wine gift tag/cards.

So in continuing to play with the new Artfully Sent- I made this card next- it's a pop up
The outside I cut the Thinking of You text & butterfly from Cotton Candy card stock. The base of the card is a piece of Sarita (which is now retired)- I thought the color contrast would be fun.

This is the inside- a pop up butterfly. It's important to pre-score the small fold lines to let the image pop properly & also that the card can fold flat. The fun colors of the backside of the Sarita paper come thru to color the butterfly. I used Lagoon card stock to cut the inside. Now you can write a special message all around the butterfly to the person you're sending it to.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

More wine tags- this time from inspiration from Wizard's Hangout embossed snowflakes

I started with CTMH White Daisy card stock. I used the Art Philosophy cartridge and Cricut Craft Room (CCR) to make a rectangle 9" x 3.25" and then put a 1.25" circle in the top of it (make sure you choose 'Don't Weld' so the circle will cut). The score line is at 7" so you want to center that circle in the 2" x 3.25" area that would be the top of the card to go over the neck of the wine bottle.

Next I chose a few snow flake stamps from a couple CTMH sets- one was D1480 Snowflakes which is still available (also Cricut comparable). I stamped with VersaMark and then embossed w/clear embossing powder. Then I sponged Outdoor Denim, Crystal Blue & Glacier (new color) diagonally from one corner to the other as you can see in the photo. I then stamped the same snowflakes I had embossed with in the various 3 blues to create an overlay look.

I cut the Merry Christmas using the CTMH Artbooking cartridge and CCR to weld them together. I then used a white pigment pen (by Uniball- I got mine from Amazon) and highlighted it with dashes of little white lines.

Lastly I cut little cards from the Art Philosophy cartridge replacing the image with an ornament, star & tree of my liking- I wanted it larger than a small image in the corner since my card was already so small. I then put a scrap piece of coordinating card stock behind just the cut out. I stamped "To:" & "From:" inside the card using one of the stamp sets that come with the CTMH cartridges. Now it's ready for punching a small hole in both the card and the tag and attaching it with some baker's twine. I used cranberry.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wine Gift card/tags

want something different when giving a bottle of wine- make a card/tag

the stamp set I used for the cornucopia & pumpkins is no longer available, but the leaves are from Thankful Heart (B1463). I stamped them in black and then colored them using the ShinHan Touch Twin markers. It takes a bit to get the hang of blending, but once you do it looks great. I had to get creative with the bread in the cornucopia as I didn't want it as dark as the basket- so I used a skin tone to get the blending (Barely Beige) and made tick marks across the surface to get the look of a crust (Clay) then blended it over again with the Barely Beige. The leaves I used Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Light Orange & Marigold. The pumpkins were Light Orange & Marigold. Always work on one part at a time as if you let it dry, you won't be able to blend it as well. Color the entire image with the lightest color, then edge & highlight with the darker and finally go back over it with the light color to blend it all. Always use a bleeder paper underneath. That scrap paper actually helps pull the color thru and allows you to blend better.

I made the base of the card using a rectangle & circle in Cricut Craft Room to make it 3.25" x 9.5". I scored for the fold at 7" from the bottom. Then I stamped, layered, etc. I punched a small hole in the top of the card next to the circle for putting over the bottle and attached a small tag that says To: From: on the inside.

Here are some other tags I made with the same idea

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Card Workshop Kits

I put together 2 different Close to My Heart card kits Snow Haven and Path Finder in just a couple of hours each. They look fantastic & were fun to put together



Snowhaven can be used for Christmas cards or season notes. Pathfinding works great for thank you cards or for seasonal Thanksgiving notes. Both use one of the new colors just released with our new catalog in August, Glacier- that lovely blue you see- it looks icy yet soft. I love how it brings so much to each set of the cards. The Snowhaven it gives that ballance & the Pathfinder that pop outside the earth tones to liven it up.

Each kit comes with it's own stamp set & everything you need to make 5 of each card. The only items you need additional is the ink, blocks for the stamps, scissors, a cutter, foam tape & adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by- hope you will consider the card kits offered by CTMH. They are a great value at just under $2 per card. Let me know if you have any questions & definitely visit my website to see more.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This is another frame project (repurposing a bunch of frames that have been sitting in boxes- with the intention of selling them at upcoming craft fairs). This one was 18" long so decided to make it into a menu board- I cut the arrows with CTMH Artbooking, stamped them with the coordinating stamp set & then cut some papers to equal out 7 spots for the 7 days of the week- fairly simple & fun

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Repurposed Frames

I decided to put to work a couple boxes of old picture frames that have been gathering dust in the closet & garage. So I dusted them off, spray painted them- most in black, matt or glossy- then applied white paint to tone down & distress the black- or on the shiny smooth ones I added gold paint around to give some character. Next I'm putting some images on the inside w/scrapbook paper, cardstock, Cricut cuts, etc. The larger frames will be sold at Art In the Park (an annual craft fair we have in Robertson Co, TN) as dry erase boards and the smaller ones as home decor items.

Here's a couple I've done so far- this is a home decor item as the frame is 5x7 and also chunky- so would not make for a dry erase board very well

I dry embossed a cut of cranberry card stock & mounted it on the backing. Next I stamped the tree & then the hearts again with Versamark and heat embossed them with cranberry embossing powder. Next I cut them out and applied them to the tree. The title was all together so I masked it in half so as to stamp and cut the strips out to apply above & below the tree. That was it- next I just placed it in the frame.

Here are a couple I did with die cut butterflies using CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. I cut out several graduating sizes and then colored them with reinker mixed with alcohol. I had fun mixing & blending the colors onto each piece. This way no 2 are the same. I chose a couple coordinating scrapbook papers and cut them to size, placed the butterflies, stamped a sentiment & then put them in the frames. These will be dry erase boards. I really like how the butterflies turned out- I think they add so much character- the trick with coloring them is to place one color ink below the cut & spray the other on top- moving the piece around in the puddle a bit for it to soak in at various places

 The background in the above is a light blue paper- guess the camera did not pick that up thru the glass. The sentiments are stamped in black pigment ink to make them stand out more.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CTMH Cricut ArtBooking is an awesome cartridge- and using Cricut Craft Room (CCR) you can add to it so much more. Here is a page I did for a friend so her daughter will be able to hang it in her dorm room when she goes to college- an overlay and a welded title-

I spritzed the sun overlay with some extra yellow and then some Goldrush ink to give it a sort of ombre effect & warmth- then added two photo spots. Now add the photos and TaDa! Simple and ready to frame & hang in her room.

Monday, May 26, 2014

You & Me w/Skylark Paper Pack

The CTMH Skylark papers are beautiful & the print I show on the left does almost everything for you. I stamped a bird & cut it out to add some dimension, stamped the "You & Me" banner above the photo, added a small strip of shimmer trim & a resin flower next to the journal box- the paper did the rest. On the right I cut out You Are My Happy using my Cricut & the ArtBooking cartridge on CCR (Cricut Craft Room) to weld the words together (makes adding a title so much easier than the individual letters). The chevrons on the zip strips from one of the other papers. I cut down the print paper by 1 inch (it's 11"x11") and centered it on a piece of Kraft paper. I matted my photos & cut the striped banner from the cut off 1" from the other side's print (which is the paper seen on the left). Next I stamped a sentiment & a couple cute images on some 1" circles and ta-da- done. Really easy & fun layout to do & using the colors that complement the papers, lagoon, dessert sand and bamboo, it looks amazing.

This page from the CTMH catalog inspired me for the page I created:

 And this sketch from the CTMH How to book Reflections inspired the right side of the layout:

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here are 2 more sample layouts for National Scrapbooking Day on May 3rd - that makes a total of 6 choices (please see previous post for the first 4 samples)

Layout #5 using Ariana paper pack- cut into hexagons w/ some coordinating cardstock
 This sketch comes from a class I'm taking on called Stashbusters Annonymous- the instructor's sample used hexagons & I love hexagons, so just had to make a go of it. This is a fun & easy sketch.

 Layout #6 using Skylark paper pack - the left side I primarily used the printed paper to decorate- I just added a couple small things and stamped 2 images (you & me in the banner above the photo and the brown bird to the left of the photo, which is also cut out)

Sketch is really inspiration from the CTMH catalog (page 18) & the other is from the Reflections how to book

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Getting ready for National Scrapbooking Day on Saturday, May 3rd

Here are 4 layouts I've created so far for my customers to choose from on National Scrapbooking Day:

LO#1(using the Timberline paper pack)
 Sketch (from the CTMH Cherish book):

LO#2(using the Jubilee paper pack)
 Sketch (from CTMH Cherish):

LO#3(using the Balloon Ride paper pack)
 Sketch (from Make It From Your Heart Vol #1)
LO#4 (using the Ivy Lane paper pack)
 Sketch (from Make It From Your Heart Vol #2)

I used the Cricut on each of these LOs but if you look at the sketch, it is not required- just how I jazzed it up a bit. And each of these LOs feature a different paper pack in the current catalog. There are 7 different paper packs & I am intending to offer 3 more examples. Customers will get the papers to do the layout according to the sketch- if they want to change it up or add embellishments, that's up to them- I just wanted to show how you can use the sketch and make it more than just that.

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