Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CTMH June Blog Hop Time!

Another month has passed so that means it's Blog Hop time again!  This month, CTMH features a very usable set called Jubilation.  It contains 24 stamps covering a wide variety of Holidays and Celebrations.  Several of the stamps are just perfect when used with the 1 1/4 inch punch!

If you've arrived here from LeAnne's Blog, you're on the right track.  I wanted to come up with something "fun" so I altered an "Iris" brand card organizer.

The mat card stock is Olive and Outdoor Denim and the pattern paper is from Lucky.  I used Irresitables sponged in Sunset for the word "Cards" and the flourishes.  The leaf was sponged in Olive.  What is fun about this set is look closely at the 3D flower.  The petals are one of the stamps.  I merely stamped it 3 times, cut it out and poked a brad through the center.  :o)

I always make a card for these blog hops so here it is...

The card is also made using the reverse side of a piece from "Lucky."  The base is Colonial White and the torn piece is Outdoor Denim that has been scored.  To make the mat for the snowflake, I punched 5 scallop circles using the CTMH 2 inch scallop punch.  I sponged the edges, glued them together and then glued the stamped snowflake that was punched out with the 1 1/4 punch.

It's time to head off to Judy's Blog to see what she's done with the great stamp.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

June CTMH Blog Hop List

Kathleen Androlewicz http://BowlOfStamps.blogspot.com

Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com

Kami Welter http://www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com/

Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com

Susan Brooks http://stampingintheopen.blogspot.com

Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com

Melinda Everitt http://ifyoublingittheywillcome.blogspot.com/

Lisa Sargent http://lisa-sargent.blogspot.com

Jill Lucas http://scrapwench.blogspot.com

Georgia Hauglid http://inkygeorgia.blogspot.com/

Jen Patrick http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com

Nicole Griggs http://www.nicolescreativezone.blogspot.com

Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com

Wendy Coffman http://www.stampingrules.blogspot.com/

LeAnne Dudley http://www.dudleychickdesigns.blogspot.com

Cindy Leek http://www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com

Judy Burger http://www.makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com

Tammy Lea Pinchard http://mycreativeclubhouse.blogspot.com

Shirley Ross http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com

Carla Ironside http://carlacreates.blogspot.com

Beth Naumann http://www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com

Jen Rubio http://JenRubio.blogspot.com

Paige Dolecki http://PaigesPaperParadise.blogspot.com

Melissa Robinson http://www.mlisrobinson.blogspot.com

Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com

Angela Tutton http://www.tuttonstreasures.blogspot.com

Katy Donaldson http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com

Doreen Guilfoyle http://whereisyourhappyplace.blogspot.com

Pamela O'Connor http://cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com

Tamytha Jenkins http://www.paperheartist.com/

Teresa Scrivens http://www.creatingwithinkypaw.com

Mary Eisen http://mestamp2.blogspot.com

Krista Ritskes http://kristaritskes-simplycreating.blogspot.com

Debra Van Patten http://memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com

Traci Godbee http://createwithtraci.blogspot.com

Michelle Loncar http://michelleloncar.blogspot.com

Traci Pasqualone http://ScrapiTraci.blogspot.com

Vickie Tagatz http://create-with-me-vickie.blogspot.com/

Sarita Schraeder http://www.blessedscrapper.com

Wendy Fording http://papercreationsbywendy.blogspot.com

Angel Sawyer http://RunningwithScissorsDesignCo.blogspot.com

Annette Green http://AnnettesCreativeJourney.blogspot.com

Lori Brown http://www.savingmine.blogspot.com

Melissa Laverty http://www.fancymelissa.com

Shannon Beck http://www.cardsfromthefarm.blogspot.com

Wanda Riley http://Creatingwithwanda.blogspot.com

Nancy Brown http://creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com/

Sarah Harrington http://scrapwithsarahm.blogspot.com

Karen Fullam http://enrichingmemories.com

Lisa Schaefer http://lisalynn00.blogspot.com

Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com/

Gina Brandstetter http://gmbscrapper.blogspot.com

Debbie Little http://www.makinglittlememories.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 30, 2011

City Crafter Challenge Blog...."I've Been Framed!"

I have always enjoyed the City Crafter Challenge Blog's weekly challenges.  This week is another fun challenge called "I've Been Framed!" 
I took the challenge literally and rummaged through my stash to find a canvas frame to decorate.  I also wanted to find an appropriate sentiment for my embellished frame.

The pattern paper background is from a CTMH paper packet called Sophia.  The sentiment, stamped flower, leaf and 3D flower are all from a stamp set called "Heartfelt Treasures."  I added a few sparkles and the button for a little bling.  By the way, I colored the 3D flower with my Copics.

Don't forget to check out the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

PPPC#4 A "Z" Fold Card

It's time again for another Papers Pads and Pictures Challenge.  This challenge is a fancy fold card challenge.  The sketch is designed by our Lead Designer, Nancy.  The card is done on a 4 1/4 x 12 inch base and is scored and folded to for a "Z."  The trick to this card is the cute little one inch square.  These squares cover the fold, act as a closure and give you an opportunity to use up all those little scraps and left over stickers!

This is my card featuring CTMH Kraft Paper, Magnifique, Colonial White and Sky.  The ink colors are Pacifica, Lagoon and Sky and the images are from "Dream Big" and "Tag the Occasion."  Making the card is easy...score your base piece at the 3 1/4 and 6 1/2 inch mark and fold in the shape of a "Z".  Visit Nancy's Blog for the full directions on how to complete the card.  And, here is Nancy's card...

Try your hand at a fun "Z" fold card.  Don't forget to post it above and we can't wait to see what you come up with.  Check back to see who was the winner of PPPC#3.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Simply Scrapping Crafting Copic Challenge

It's time for a new Copic Challenge at the Simply Scrapping Crafts Site.  This week's challenge is to create a card that shows "summer fun."  Here are my cards for the challenge...

The first card features a retired CTMH stamp set called Thrill Ride.  It is a fun set that includes several little children on amusement rides.  The second card is a hummingbird from my stash. 

Everyday, Simply Scrapping Crafts has a different challenge ranging from color challenges, sketches and of course the Copic Challenge.  Stop by the site and check it out!  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

You And Me and Close To My Heart!

I haven't had the opportunity to mention that this month, Close To My Heart has a terrific kit in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month.  The kit is called "You And Me" and contains papers, a D sized stamp set, Opaques, Chipboard and Ribbon!  Wow...what a kit!

Ok, it's National Scrapbooking Month, but give me paper and I have to make a card.  :o)  This card is an A2 tent fold card that features all the goodies from kit.  The only things I added were the Chocolate card base and the Chocolate and Smoothie Inks.  The pattern papers, chipboard circle, Opaques (pearls) and stamped tickets, faux stitching and the sentiment are all in the kit!

Well, since it is actually a scrapbooking kit, I had to share the Layout that I completed using this kit.  If you remember, I mentioned earlier that I had lost a good friend earlier this month.  Since the papers work perfectly for a masculine layout, I decided to do a LO in his memory.
I did change the layout slightly from the included kit sketch.  Instead of using the chipboard letters for the title, I used the Bingo Alphabet (D1478) for "remember."  I stamped each letter and punched them out using the 1 1/4 circle punch.  I matted them using a 1 1/2 punch that I had in my stash.  I also added the Fleur De Lees instead of the tickets.
I tried something on this layout that I've never done before.  CTMH has these terrific gizmo's called "Flip Flaps."  If you look closely at the 2nd photo of the LO, you'll see that the pictures are different.  What "Flip Flaps" allow you to do is add additional photos to a LO without altering the sketch.  They come in different sizes and easily attach to your page protectors!  I used a 4 x 6 "Flip Flap" here, but they also come in 12 inch lengths and a variety of widths.  I don't know why I waited so long to use them!

One more thing about this terrific kit...If you sign up to be a Consultant this month you will receive it free!  And, if you sign up this month to be a Consultant, the cost is a mere $65!  I love being a Consultant and if you have ever considered it, May is the month to take the plunge.  Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Sometimes its fun to break out of your pattern and try something different.  I realized do this LO that I just don't scrapbook enought.  What about you?  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Great Copic Coloring Challenge

Everyone should stop on by and check out this great craft website.  It's called Simply Scrapping Crafts.  There are daily challenges, fun forums and lots of tutorials.  The members are very friendly and I've met a boat load of new friends.  I'm a member of the Thursday Challenge Design Team....it's a Copic Marker challenge.

Because I was working the Expo, I didn't have a chance to post my card for this week.  The challenge this week is to complete a graduation card.

My card was this fun kindergarten card.  The image and sentiment are from a retired CTMH set called School Zone.  The pattern paper is from Mayberry and the card stock is Smoothie, Cocoa and Colonial White.  I just love the sentiment!

If you're looking for a new, fun place to meet up with fellow crafters or looking for more challenges to participate, check out Simply Scrapping Crafts!  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Scrapbook Expo in Somerset NJ

I am set to have an exciting weekend!  It's off this morning to the Scrapbook Expo in Somerset NJ to help Close To My Heart booth.  Cutting, stamping and bagging, bagging, stamping and cutting has been my mantra for the last few days.  One of my duties is coordinating a Create and Take at the booth.

These the the Layouts that I will be teaching.  What fun!  If you are in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York area on Friday or Saturday, stop by and say "hello!"  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hats Off To You Challenge Winner

I wanted to take a minute to announce the random winner of the Hats Off To You Challenge.  The numbers were assigned in order of submission of the project....and the winner is....Annette!!!!  I tried to copy and paste the number generator and blogger wouldn't let me do it... 

Annette, please email me so that I may get you your prize!  Thanks to all who participated and don't forget to post those Red, White and Blue projects for the current challenge.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

City Crafter Challenge #56

I've always enjoyed the challenges at City Crafter Challenge Blog and unfortunately haven't had the time to participate in the past few weeks.  This week's challenge is to create something "By the Sea."   For this challenge, I chose one of my favorite Close To My Heart stamp sets called "Summer Breeze." 

I purposely chose a simple sketch to show off the sailboat.  The pattern paper is from a paper packet called Lucky and the card stock is Colonial White, Outdoor Denim, and Olive.  The inks colors include Outdoor Denim, Cocoa and Bamboo.  The sailboat is colored with my Copics...BG10, BG15, BG70, B000, B21, B23, E00, E07, C0, C1 and W2.

Thanks again to the gals at CCCB for inspiring me to play with my Copics this morning.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Papers Pads and Pictures Challenge #3

Finally, Blogger is working again!!!  I was ripping my hair out not being able to post the new challenge and thank all of those who participated in the last challenge.

Our next challenge, keeping in mind that Memorial Day is coming, is to create a "Red, White and Blue" project.

Here's my sample to get you started...

And...here are Nancy's samples...

More of Nancy's great work can be found on her blog.  She does a great deal of work for Operation Write Home.  A very worthy organization that collects handmade cards for our troupes to use to write home. 

This challenge will close on Friday May 27th.  A winner will be randomly selected to receive a collection of red, white and blue papers and embellishments!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see who won the Passages Collection for participating in the "Hat's Off to You" challenge.  I can't wait to see what everyone creates for the Red White and Blue Challenge!  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Papers Pads and Pictures Project Challenge #2..."Hats Off To You!"  Add your link here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

I'm On A Copic Design Team!!!

I haven't had a chance to post recently for reasons that I'll explain a little later...but, I wanted to let you know that while I was away, I became a member of a Copic Design Team!  I was surfing the net for some fun challenges one day and stumbled into a site called Simple Scrapping Crafts.  I was fascinated by the site.  It is warm and welcoming, and designed for both scrapbookers and card markers.  There is a different challenge every day.  There are tutorials and fun forum chatter.  As I was checking out the challenges, I discovered that they were in need of a Copic Design Team Member.  Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained and several days later, here I am...one of their Design Team Members!

The first Thursday Copic Challenge I participated in as a Design Team Member is a challenge to create a card that is inspired by a movie.  Now for the reason that I haven't had the opportunity to post recently.  A very dear friend of mine lost his battle with Cancer during the past week.  In his memory, I created a card inspired by the movie "Forever Young."  It is a movie about test pilot who is cryogenicly frozen in 1939 and awoken in the present day.  Here is the card that I completed...

The card is done on a 5 x 7 inch base of Colonial White.  It is accented with CTMH Lucky B/T Duo pattern paper, Olive and Outdoor Denim Card Stock.  The image and sentiment are both from the CTMH set called Summer Breezes.  And of course, the image is colored with my copics.

Please do check out Simple Scrapping Crafts.  It is a terrific site.  And, please tell those close to you that you love them.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

PPPC #1 Winners!

A very special thank you to everyone who participated in the very first Papers Pages and Pictures Project Challenge. 

Our participants did a beautiful job!




Lucy (entry on FB page)
We want to recognize each of our participants as "Spotlight Artists" for this challenge!  Please grab the spotlight artist blinkie for your  blog or facebook page!  I was so impressed with the artwork!

And, now for the random winner of our Wings paper packet and stamp set.  While on the phone with our Lead Designer, Nancy, I did a random number generator to come up with our first prize winner....each of the participants were numbered according to order of entrance....and the winner is....

Random numbers generated May 1 2011 at 19:25:54 by http://www.psychicscience.org/

Lucy, you are our random winner.  Contact me so that I can get you your prize!  Congratulations!

We enjoyed looking at your entries and offer a special thank you.  Don't forget to participate in PPPC #2 and have the opportunity to win another great prize.  For Now, Happy Crafting!