Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Gift for my son's Teacher

I just love making gifts for the holidays...they mean so much more coming from the heart. I got this wonderful idea from a fellow papercrafter named Melissa Phillips. I can't take full credit. I did put my personal touch and changed a few things. I really hope that Mrs. Lee enjoys this warm smelling candle {apple scent, hence the apple/teacher theme :)}.

I used several different products. The only CTMH supplies are the apple leaf from the stamp set Friendship Blessings and the small apple stamped over the phrase is from September Word Puzzle. The Olive ribbon on the card is CTMH and the Cardstock is too.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Something New...Coming Soon!

Ohhh! Don't you just love NEW paper?! I don't have a lot of the new product from the Spring Idea Book, but WOW!!! it is GORGEOUS! This is just a small peek at what is coming soon.

All supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
B&T paper: Emporium Paper Pack
Colors: Crystal Blue, Sweet leaf, Vineyard Berry, Buttercup, Cocoa, Colonial White
Stamps: Aspiration, Spot on Backgrounds, and Happy Birthday
Punch: Martha Steward Crafts

Friday, December 5, 2008

Heart Throb: December SOTM

Close To My Heart is always a step ahead when it comes to the Stamp of the Month. December's SOTM is called Heart Throb. It is a lovely set and gets you motivated to start on some Valentine cards.

All supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
B&T paper: More to Adore paper packet
Inks and CS: Hollyhock, Chocolate, Colonial White, Blush
Button Conchos: Hollyhock
Tab: More To Adore Stickease
Prisma Glitter
Stamp set: Heart Throb (only available during the month of December)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Recipe Swap

This is such an excellent idea for a handmade Christmas gift. I joined a swap with 12 other ladies. We make a 6x6 recipe and put it in a CTMH Display Album. I can't wait to get it all put together. I am going up to Great Falls in a couple of weeks and will recieve the rest of the recipes. I think it will be hard for me to give it as a gift! :) I think I will keep it! I will post the final result when I get it all made up.

All supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
B&T paper: Rustic Trail (Retiring at the end of the month)
CS and ink: Olive, Cocoa, Dutch Blue
Ribbon: Cocoa
Stamp set: Hook, Line, and Sinker (Retiring at the end of the month)
Creative Keepsakes Font CD
Twine: Walmart

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Just Because

Sneeking in one last post for the month. It has been a busy last few weeks.
I decided to use up some older paper to make room for some new stuff. The Spring Idea Book will be available in January. I can't wait!

All supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
B&T paper: Boom Di-Ada
Colors: Hollyhock, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Buttercup, Hollyhock, and Barn Red
Buttons: Hollyhock
Dazzling Diecut flowers (November special)
Fiskers scallop punch
3D paint white puff paint by Duncan Crafts
Stamp sets: Cottage Floral and Say it in Style

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Box Full of Tags

Can't wrap a present without a gorgeous tag...right!? This is a sweet little box to put all your Christmas tags inside. I made 10 tags that fit in just right. Check out the link for the directions for the A2 sized box below.

Supplies are all CTMH unless otherwise noted:

CS: Olive, New England Ivy, Cranberry

Stamps: New Fallen Snow, Chocolate Alphabet small, Winter Magic Booking Set

Scallop circle punch: Marvy Uchida

Holiday buttons

Cranberry and Olive grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Snowman Soup

These are always a popular homemade gift. They are easy and there are several cute little sayings that go along with them. I found this one on a blog I recently visited. I do not get credit for coming up with this fun poem.

Inside the bucket are cocoa, marshmellows, candy canes and Hershey's kisses

Everything is CTMH unless otherwise noted:

CS: Ponderosa Pine, Cranberry, Colonial White

B&T: Holiday Creative Basics

Stamps: All Decked Out

Bucket: Purchased at local craft store

Snowflake stickers: EK Sucess

Ribbon: Cranberry and Bamboo color by Offray

Sunday, November 2, 2008

All Decked Out

Another Coaster Frame. This stamp set is FABULOUS! You can build your own snowman with various hats, arms, scarfs...etc. It is really fun to play around with.

Supplies are all CTMH unless otherwise noted:
CS: Twilight, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White, Autunm Terracotta
B&T paper: Aspen Paper pack
Buttons: Clear (I used cardstock and B&T with liquid glass under the buttons)
Silver Hindges and brads
Stamp sets: All Decked out and Christmas Scripts
Liquid Applique and Prisma Glitter
Ink: Desert Sand, White Daisy
Coasters: Outback Restaurant
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Little Bitty Christmas Purse

I have been working my toosh off trying to make items for a craft fair next month. I hope that all this hard work will pay off. These cute little cards and purse are so fun to make. The cards can be used as tags for gifts or little thank you notes during the holidays.

Supplies: All CTMH unless noted otherwise.
CS: White Daisy, New England Ivy, Cranberry, Olive, Colonial White
B&T Paper: Creative Basics: Evensong
Stamps: Snow Friends, Ho Ho Ho, Chirstmas Scripts
Ribbon: Cranberry and Olive
Large Snowflake: Cricut Cartridge (Home Accents)
Photo Hangers: Pewter

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just Chillin' Christmas Card Variety

I might be doing a craft fair next month and I wanted to start making 5 packs of Christmas cards to sell. Here is the first set I put together.

Supplies: All CTMH unless indicated
CS: Desert Sand, Ocean, Vineyard Berry, White Daisy
Stamps: Evergreen, Vintage Christmas, Snow Friends, Say It In Style, New Fallen Snow, Christmas Scripts, and Solo "B"
Ink: same as Card Stock colors
Ribbon: Offray

Click on image to see cards more up close.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Be Inspired Challenge

Ah oh...I think I might be addicted to sketch challenges! :) They are actually a good thing because they make you sit down and put something together rather than admire other people's artwork. I think I spend too much time looking at other blogs instead of doing my own crafts.

Almost Everything is CTMH:
CS: Desert Sand, Ocean, Vineyard Berry
Stamps: New Fallen Snow and Christmas Scripts
Ribbon: Offray
Label is made from a diecut (Retired CTMH)
Fake brads are made with a 1/4" punch and Liquid Glass on top.
B&T paper: Just Chillin'
This challenge was again on Beate's Blog

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sketch Challenge

I love seeing all of the sketch challenges out there on blogs and different websites. I finally took some time and tried this one. This particular sketch is from Beate's website at :

I used CTMH products:

Chocolate, Colonial White, Sweet Leaf Cardstock

Life's Delights B&T paper

Blush ribbon and a large pink brad (Unknown source).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Christmas is in the Air

A couple of cards that we put together at my Hostess Club meeting this October. The card on the right was "lifted" from Nona Davenport (fellow CTMH consultant).

The card on the left is made with the stamp sets Snow Friends, Ho Ho Ho (Retired) and Solo "B". Papers are from the Aspen Reflections Paper pack. Colors are Outdoor Denim, Twilight, and Creme Brulee. The card on the right is made with the stamp sets Peace on Earth and Flurries (Retired). I used the Snowflake cuttlebug folder to make the background.

This was our Christmas layout for our club meeting.

Everything is CTMH. Colors are Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Desert Sand and Bamboo. Stamps used: Evergreen, Friendship Alpha (lowercase). Dementional Element "C". The scallop edging was made with Fiskers Threading Water punch.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Boom Di-Ada...October SOTM I usually NEVER come up with a card or scrapbook layout completely with my name written all over it. I take bits and pieces of ideas from other cards I see. Well...Tah-Dah...this card is all ME! I am really proud of myself (Tooting my own horn!).

Supplies are ALL Close To My Heart:
Colors: Barn Red, Hollyhock, Olive, Buttercup, Autumn Terracotta
Background and Texture paper: Boom Di-Ada
Stamp sets: Annotations (Oct. SOTM) and Cottage Floral
Accessories: Hollyhock ric rac and Round Sparkle

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall Family Memories

My Hostess Club met this past weekend and we made this fun Fall layout and these Cards. Everything is CTMH...of course! :)

Colors are: Barn Red, Olive, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Indain Corn Blue, and Colonial White
Stamp sets: "F" Solo, "M" Solo, Autumn Splendor

Colors are: (Fall Card) Barn Red, Olive, Desert Sand, Goldrush, and Colonial White. (Birthday Card) Chocolate, Hollyhock, Blush, and White Daisy.

Stamp sets: Autumn Splendor, For Every Occasion, and Card Sentiments.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lemon Crumb Bars....MMmmmmm

As promised...the yummy recipe for the Lemon Crumb Bars I served at my Hostess Club last night. ENJOY!

1 package (18-1/4oz) Lemon cake mix

1/2 cup cold butter

1 egg

2 cups crushed saltine crackers (approx. 50 crackers)

3 egg yolks

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup lemon juice

In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Stir in cracker crumbs; set aside 2 cups of the mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks, milk, and lemon juice. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Friday, September 12, 2008

How Enchanting

This year I have been making up little gifts for my Hostesses. I have 2 Hostess Clubs that meet often and this is the gift for one of the hostesses. I kept with the theme of the project we are making. The previous post of the Halloween layout coordinates with the gift. I enjoy meeting with my groups and I want to reward them with special crafts. :)

Stamps are all CTMH
B&T Papre is from Enchanted Paper Pack: CTMH

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

MMmmmm Coffee!!

There is quite a bit of coffee involved for me and my crafts! I need at least 2 cups to jump start any creative juices! Hope you enjoy this fun card. This is the first time I have posted something stamped with nonCTMH product...It feels strange :)
Stamps: Smell the Coffee by Impression Obsession
Chocolate Cardstock: Unknown
Ribbon: Offray
Ric Rac: CTMH
Breeze Cardstock: CTMH
Hollyhock Cardstock: CTMH
White Cardstock: CTMH
Markers: CTMH

Monday, September 8, 2008

Plant Some Smiles! September SOTM

I don't know, but I think that this is a stamp set that every stamper must have! It is just beautiful and the sayings are very inpirational. I used all CTMH product except the box is paper mache. You can pick these up at most craft stores. I wish my camera would pick up more of the detail, but some of the flowers are up on pop dots and there is prisma glitter on the trio of flowers. If you click on the picture, you can view it up closer. Thanks for taking a peek! :) The card on the left was a "lift" from fellow consultant Pam Klassen.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Haunting

Normally I don't put my club projects on here before we meet, but I couldn't resist! I love how this layout turned out. Everything is CTMH except for the buttons. I did use my Cricut to cut out the title and the flourishes. This layout puts me in a fall/halloween mood...the weather here in Montana sure feels like it is right around the corner. Thanks for looking! :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hoppy Birthday

Just a fun little card that I put together today. I used a new set called Dream Big....SUPER CUTE! Colors are Ocean, Citrus Leaf and White Daisy. I love the popular idea of using push pins. Hope you like! :) Ohh..and I made this using mostly CTMH product.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back To School--Gift for Teacher

My little guy started kindergarten today and I wanted to make his teacher a special gift. It says 'Hope this year is a "Latte" fun!' on the front of the card. Everything is Close To My Heart product except for the ribbon. I hope that all of your childern have a wonderful school year!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thinking of You

Everything is CTMH. Silhouette paper, Serendipity stamps, and Say it in Style stamp. I dotted pearl paint around the edge of the flower petals. Hope you like! :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

August Stamp of the Month

This stamp set is a MUST! I really love the simplicity of it and it works well with scrapbook pages or cards. I also used 'Rustic Flowers' on all of these. Colors are Holiday Red, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf and White Daisy...oh and a little bit of Black. Call me to order your August SOTM!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Easter 2008 Layout

I rarely get a chance to work on a layout for myself. I am usually preparing ones for my clubs. So...I am excited to put one together. This is a simple one using all CTMH product. The paper packet is called 'Life's Delights'. I also used the stamp set 'Playful Flourishes'. The little buttons always add more dimension and fun to pages. TFL

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A little Bit of this....a little bit of that.

Here are some projects I have done recently.

This layout is done with Sarsparilla Paper (CTMH) and Cardstock is also CTMH.

This card is a complete scraplift of fellow consultant Carolyn Hulin. Everything is CTMH. The stamp set is the June SOTM plus Say It In Style, the May SOTM.

A very 'Patterned' card! :) Everything is CTMH. The stamps are from the June Word Puzzle set.
I love this stamp set! It is the July SOTM for CTMH. The little animals are so CUTE!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Happy Everything!

This Stamp set is so fun! I love all the variations and possibilities it has. If you don't have this set, you should! It is call 'With Love' and it is the June SOTM for CTMH.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I am on a ROLL!

I completely cased this card from fellow consultant Lisa Stenz, but I did change the colors. I used 'With Love' June SOTM and colors: Garden Green, Indian Corn Blue, Chocolate and Colonial White.

Made some new Cards....FINALLY!

It has been quite awhile since I have had a chance to sit down and make some cards. This first one is with 'Life's A Jungle' stamp set and 'Rustic Trail' papers (CTMH product) and I used my Cuttlebug to make the circle background.

This next card is a fun one. I used 'Summer Sweetness' and 'Creaive Basics: Boom Di Ada' paper (CTMH product). It is hard to see, but I pop-dotted up the watermelon and used Liquid Glass on the black seeds.

This final card I made reminds me of Cherry Blossoms. I scraplifted the design of this idea, but made it my own. I didn't use any stamps, I used my Cuttlebug to make the embossed image and then sanded it. The papers are from 'More To Adore' (CTMH product) and I used 'Stickles' on the center of the flowers.

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