Thursday, May 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - If You Stamp It They Will Love It

Welcome to the May Use Your Stash Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Shelia's Blog you are on the right track!

Today I am sharing a project I made for my son's music teacher. He plays in the jazz bands at his middle school so he spends about 2 hours a day with her.  I heard through the grapevine that she was out of her personal stationary so I purchased the Delightful Ditty stamp set so I could make her some note cards with instruments to reflect what she does.  I bought this set several months ago and have been meaning to get around to making the gift for her and since the last concert of the school year is next week I thought I'd better get cracking at making them! 
I wanted a clean and simple look for these cards so I stamped one image per card plus her name using The Works Alphabet in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
I stamped a set of music notes on the inside of the card as well as on the envelopes.
I made 20 cards with matching stamped envelopes and needed a box to put them in. My trusty Cricut helped me cut this custom sized box from Bags, Tags, Boxes and More which I random stamped to match the notecards.
Back of the box.

Confession time - I am a huge stamp addict which is why I named this blog Stampologist.  Okay, maybe it should be Stampologist/Cricutologist - LOL!  The long and short is that after being a CTMH consultant for 7.5 years I have a HUGE stamp collection - as in about 780 sets last count.  That is a LOT of stamp sets to try and remember which one has a specific phrase or image that I want to use. A couple of months ago I took the plunge and created a One Note searchable database with an image of the set along with any words on the stamps, what the images on it are and any tags I could think of - so like Father's Day, Guy Cards, Male, etc.  I pulled the pictures from my online shopping site if the set was current or from googled images online and then went to town creating an entry for each set.  If I couldn't find an image I took a quick picture and uploaded it to my computer.

Now I can look up Birthday and every single set I own with a Birthday tag or Birthday as one of the words in the set will come up for me to scroll through and pick out which stamp I want to use!  This has been a GREAT tool for me to use in my crafting.  It took me about 4 days to complete the database but doing new entries is a snap as I purchase new sets.  Anything in a tag is searchable so if I want to see all stamps with balloons or clouds, this is one of the sets that will pop up. Here is a sample page of one of my stamp sets so you can see how I am using it.

Benefits of using One Note - it is free, stores in the cloud, no charge for large database storage (I knew my database would grow over the years), it has OCR technology meaning it can read them via typing), you can share your database, you can access via you computer OR via the IPad app, and it was very easy to learn how to use.

How do I physically store all those sets?  Currently I have three large stamp towers that holds about a third of my collection and holds only retired sets.  These drawers have labels I created like Animals (sets with birds, critters, bugs, etc.) Nature (trees, rainbows, etc.) Alphabet, Sentiments, Background and Texture, Inchie, Birthday, Holidays, etc.  They were all categories that made sense to me.  I have some stand alone stamp boxes (our smaller totes and the new large stamp totes) that hold the rest of my collection.  I have three or four boxes with only Christmas sets in them, a box for our old Alphabet and Number solos, the stamps that focused on each of the 12 months, etc.  I also have large totes that hold my current non-retired stamps so I can browse through the boxes and find recent sets that I want to use.  Eventually I'll number each of the boxes and put the assigned number into the One Note database so I can find exactly where each stamp is located and then put that number on the stamp envelope as well.  Right now I'm pretty good at knowing where each of the sets are generally located but eventually I'll need to organize and number the physical sets as well.  I do like to keep current separated from retired product but that may change in the future.

Retired Stamp Sets sorted by Category (I slip silica packets from purchases into my drawers - I heard that tip years ago for keeping down moisture in long term storage of stamps.  No idea if it helps but all my stamps are in great shape!)
 Current Sets stored in large organizers - LOVE these!

Now hop on over to Michelle's Blog and see what she has created for us!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow Moms out there!  Today I have all my babies under one roof - my daughter is done with her first year of college and is BACK HOME for the summer!  I couldn't be happier spending today with all my kids and my wonderful hubby who quite literally made me the Mom I am today - LOL!

Enjoy your day and stay crafty my friends!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taste of Summer Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Nikka's Blog you are on the right track!  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete listing of participating CTMH consultants HERE.  

I was in the mood to create some home decor today so I made this adorable summery citrus themed 12" wreath for the inside of our front door with our Taste of Summer stamp set and paper pack!
I started with a 12" base covered with white ribbon and then stamped up a storm creating lemons, oranges, limes and strawberries all using a rock and roll technique to get a bit of depth. I'll add the Dye Ink color pairs at the end in case you want to give it a try. 
I added a few rosettes I had sitting on my desk from a Christmas project, edged them to match my theme and cut a huge bow from our Artiste Cricut Cartridge
After I laid down the bow and created groupings for the fruit I decided to add some 3-D cricut cut flowers (Artiste again) to add a bit more dimension and texture.
The last touch was adding some of our Gold Sequins to the centers of the flowers and adding a hook to the back for hanging.

I love how easy and fun it is to create all sorts of projects with our papers and stamps - not just cards and layouts!  Later this week I'll share some adorable EARRINGS I made with this stamp set too!

You can purchase your own Taste of Summer Paper Pack and/or Stamp Set from my shopping site.  If your order reaches $50 you can also get our Stamp of the Month for just $5 too!

Now hop on over to Kathleen's Blog and see what she's come up with for us!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Rock and Roll Technique Ink Pairs - ink in the lighter color and then roll the edge in the darker color:
Lemons - Canary and Honey
Lime - Pear and Topiary
Orange - Sunset and Autumn Terracotta
Strawberries - Hollyhock and Cranberry

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May SOTM Blog Hop - Just Sayin'

Welcome to the May SOTM Blog Hop featuring the new Just Sayin' stamp set!  If you've come here from Kathy's Blog you are on the right track. This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll come back here but if you get lost along the way, the list of all participating bloggers can be found HERE.

Today I'm sharing a pretty little birthday card I made for my son to give to a friend at her party this weekend.  I mixed the Just Sayin' stamp set with some stamps from our Your Own Kind of Wonderful set and Blossom papers to create a fun bright birthday card perfect for a 13 year old girl!

The black outline butterflies were stamped with Memento Ink then colored in with our Shinhan Markers and topped with Liquid Glass to make them pop. Look at that gorgeous shine!

You can get the May SOTM through the end of the month for just $5 with any $50 purchase.  To get your own set or any of the other materials used to make this card, visit my shopping site at:

Now hop on over to Nancy's Blog and see what she's created for us! Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - All that Glitters!

Welcome to April's Use Your Stash Blog Hop - All that Glitters!  If you came from Sheila's Blog you are on the right track! 

I decided to make a welcome home sign for my daughter who is almost done with her first year of college at Washington State University!  She'll be home in just 18 more days and I couldn't be more happy or excited to have her back for the summer!  
WSU's colors are crimson and gray so I used those for the glitter pieces and added some of our patterned Paper Fundamentals (Adventure and Whimsy) for the balloons.  The red paper is from another manufacturer but the rest is CTMH Glitter paper.
Plain black cardstock seemed a little too bland and a full sheet of glitter paper was too much but strips of .5" and .25" of Black Glitter paper alternating in the background gave interest and grounding without overwhelming.  Love it!

I keep every little scrap of my glitter paper because sometimes small jagged pieces work great for bits of backing glitter like I used on the balloons here.  The string is some adorable silver baker's twine I picked up a while ago.  It frays like crazy but I love the metallic look!
Here is a side angle so you can see some of the dimension.  I have a deep set 12x12 scrapbook frame I use for my 3-D home decor projects.  I keep my projects in an album and pull out the theme or holiday sample I want to use and then pop it into the same frame.  

I used all CTMH cartridge cuts for this piece - mostly Art Philosophy and Artbooking.  Here is the Explore Design Space file if you are interested in cutting one of these cuties for yourself!

Now hop on over to Janet's Blog and see what glittery creation she has made to share today!

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay crafty my friends!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

What came in my $150 Grab Bag - Quick video!

I made a quick video showing my $150 Grab Bag divided up between retired and current product to give you an idea of the proportions of each in the big box.  I'm happy with what I received - lots of fun products and several current items that were on my list to buy!

If you are receiving this via e-mail you'll need to click out to my blog by hitting the highlighted blue title at the top in order to play the video.

Right after I made the $35 Grab Bag video I cleared out my craft room (that was a HUGE job) so I could build and install a new huge Ikea Kallax wall storage system.  I'm still in the process of rearranging everything and pulling it all back into my craft room from my daughter's room where I stashed it.  She is home for the summer from WSU in 21 days so I have my deadline to get everything put away!  I think I might need to purge a bit too - 7+ years as a consultant and I have an enormous stash!  Wish me luck in getting everything back in on time!

Stay crafty my friends!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Wa-hoo! My First Grab Bag Arrived!

I received my first $35 Grab Bag from Close to my Heart's new April promotion!  I was so excited I made a video to show you what I received for my $35 - the Grab Bags are totally worth while and I hope you'll take the plunge and take a chance!

Close to my Heart is even going to be giving sneak peeks at the products included in Grab Bags!  You'll be able to check out the hints at their facebook page and of course I'll be sharing here and on my page as well!

Enjoy this video!  If you are getting this via e-mail you'll need to click out to the title of this post and watch the video off YouTube or my blog.  I can't wait for my next Grab Bag to arrive!

Did you like my video?  It's the very first time I've been brave enough to tape myself too - LOL!  Like that messy craft room?  My hubby just bought me a big Ikea storage wall that we'll be putting up to try and tame the mess!

Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Seasonal Exrpession 2 Blog Hop!  Today we have a group of 40+ CTMH Consultants sharing projects made with brand new goodies from our just released Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea BookIf you came from Tina's Blog you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle but if you get lost along the way you can find the full list of participants by clicking HERE.

Our new B1478 Ice-Cold Summer stamp was first on my list to get from this new Seasonal Expressions 2 book!  I paired it up with our new Blossom Paper Pack and added a tag using our new Hostess Rewards set, Tagged with Love.

I created a quick video to show you the steps to creating a realistic glass of lemonade with this stamp set.  It took me several tries to figure out the exact procedure so I thought I'd save you some time and create a video!

When you are ready to place an order for your new Seasonal Expression 2 goodies you can shop my site and get a FREE new SE2 book added to your order!

As promised, here is the Design Space File to recreate this card:

Now hop on over to Lucy's Blog and see what she has created for us today!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Deal A Day Promotion - Get your grab bags AND Seasonal Expressions 2 starting today!

This month CTMH has a fun Deal A Day promotion EVERY DAY featuring grab bags full of current and retired CTMH goodies.  Each day at 2PM Pacific Time a new bag will be offered!  To qualify for one of these bags you simply have to purchase one item of your choice from our current Idea Books- the Annual Insiprations book or the BRAND NEW Seasonal Expressions 2 that goes live today!  Once you place an item in your cart the Deal of the Day will come up!  These are while supplies last each day so if there is one that hits your price point go for it!
The timing of this promotion is a perfect way to grab some deals and some of the fabulous new products in our new Seasonal Expression 2 book!  PLUS you can get a SOTM for $5 if your purchase reaches $50 including the grab boxes AND you can order a new Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book to be added to your order for FREE!

What is included in the grab bags? It’s a big surprise, but this much we will tell you: grab bags will feature a mix of current and retired product. Five grab bag tiers will be available at random times throughout the month, but not all grab bags within a given price point will contain the same product. The price tiers are as follows: 

• $35 USD/$55 CAD Grab Bags (On average, a $70 USD/$75 CAD value!) 
• $50 USD/$65 CAD Grab Bags (On average, a $90 USD/$92 CAD value!) 
• $75 USD/$85 CAD Grab Bags (On average, a $140 USD/$145 CAD value!) 
• $115 USD/$125 CAD Grab Bags (On average, a $240 USD/$250 CAD value!) 
• $150 USD/$160 CAD Grab Bags (On average, a $325 USD/$335 CAD value!)

This promotion is only good for OBA orders so get ready to shop at:

Let me know if you have any questions on the promotion or products in our new Seasonal Expression 2 book!  

Stay crafty my friends and get lots of good deals!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Typed Note

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  Today 60+ CTMH Consultants are featuring the April SOTM Typed Note.  If you are coming here from Sarita's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually come back here but if you do get lost along the way, a full listing of all participating blogs can be found HERE.

I just about drooled over this set when I saw it for the first time in our Annual Idea Book.  I had been wanting a typewriter stamp and the sentiments that are included cover so many occasions! I thought a secret message card would be fun to create for my daughter - she gets a lot of my creations now that she is in college and requires regular doses of happy mail.

I used our Artfully Sent Cartridge to create this pop up card by deleting the icon used on the card and writing a message with the Artfully Sent font using my Explore and a Slickwriter marker.  After the Explore wrote the message, I filled in with the Turquoise Blue Shinhan marker.  I tried my hand at shading using layers of ink on the left side and removing color on the right edge of the letters with the Colorless Blender Pen.
I combined our Yuletide Carol papers with our Seaside paper pack - love the fun pop of blue and polka dots against the vintage feel papers.  A scattering of Silver Sequins and some of our Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon and the card front was done!
I chose thin pop dots to attach the typewriter image as I don't like the inside to be too puffy on Pop Up cards.  I prefer to add the thicker pop dots to the outside of the card instead.
As a bonus here is the Cricut Explore file to make this card using the Artfully Sent cartridge!  

You can get this stamp set for just $5 with any $50 order during the month of April 2015 - take advantage of our upcoming Deal A Day campaign and get some seriously discounted Grab Bags full of current and discontinued products along with the BRAND NEW products from our Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book that is live tomorrow AND grab this fabulous stamp for just $5!

Shop here to get your goodies!

Now hop on over to Jean's Blog  to see what she has created for us!


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