Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Birdie Card with CTMH Love Birds

Our "Love Birds" stamp set is so much fun to play with - those little birds are just too darn cute!  Here I've used a palette of Bamboo, Chocolate, Vineyard Berry and White Daisy on this card to make it neutral enough for a male or female - in the final version for Stamp Camp I changed the ribbon from an organdy ribbon to a striped grosgrain which definitely had a more masculine feel to it.

Today I think I need to call a chiropractor.  I was sparring last night and got hit with a back kick to my lower back.  Tweaked out my left knee and all the muscles in my lower back are feeling sore and twitchy.  {Sigh} Sparring is my big weakness and the only time I seem to get hurt doing Martial Arts.  One of my buddies who is GREAT at sparring is going to work with me to teach me some tricks and techniques.  I don't need to be great - I just need to be able to get in the ring, hold my own for a little bit and leave without being hurt.

Enjoy your day!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Enjoy Life card with CTMH Cherry-O and Something Splendid

Another card inspired by a fellow consultant posting several months ago.  I changed up the scallop border by using a stamp from the Serendipity kit that came out 3 years ago.  I really like this border stamp because it has holes in the scallop which let you do fun things like put dollops of Glitz into each hole.  I've also stamped a wee bit of Sweet Leaf ink inside the little daisy flowers.  Doesn't the Cotton Candy ink really pop with Sweet Leaf?  I'm having fun exploring our new ink colors and pairing them up with other colors! 

I have a busy Monday ahead of me (per usual) but I'm hoping to get some time in my room today for crafting too.  I have a swap for a Close to my Heart leadership conference I'm going to so I need to get cracking on making up some cards!  I have until November 5th to get them done but there are some specific design requirements so I need to give myself a bit of design time too.  Along with getting ready for the next Stamp Camp (we're going to do Christmas stocking stuffer and gifty type things along with a few cards), a full week of Martial Arts, all the kids activities, a crop this Fridayd, whew...!  You know that saying "a woman is as strong as her coffee" well, I guess there is a reason I drink a pot of French Press a day!  Hope you all have a terrific Monday and thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Paper:  Cherry-O Creative Basics
Stamps:  Something Splendid, Serendipity
Inks:  Sweet Leaf, Cotton Candy
Other:  Glitz

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Queen for a Day Birthday Card with CTMH Royal Birth and Caboodle

This fun card was for a recent Stamp Camp.  I loved the effect of the Glitz on the crown - it color changed the Gyspy ink to create a funky, glittery purple and pink combo.  The sentiment "Queen for a Day" was highlighted with Liquid Glass to give it some umph and the gemstone head of the scepter was given the Glitz treatment too.  All in all a great b'day card for a female of any age! 

Materials Used:
Paper:  Caboodle Level 2 (this is the reverse of one of the papers),   White Daisy CS
Stamps:  Royal Birth
Inks:  Gypsy, Crystal Blue
Other:  Glitz Glitter Gelsponge daubersliquid glass

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Corner Bookmark with CTMH Olivia and The Present

Here it is in use on the corner of our Fall 2010 Idea Book!
I really like these corner bookmarks that I've been seeing all over the place!  They don't take much paper to make, they are a terrific small gift item and they are downright fun!   This is one that we made during our September Open House event and also at a Stamp Camp.

To learn how to make one of these at home, visit this tutorial link from Splitcoast Stampers:

Materials Used:
Paper:  Olivia Level 2
Stamps:  The Present, Olivia Workshop Kit Stamp Set
Inks:  Sunset, Barn Red, New England Ivy
Other:  Edge punch

Friday, October 15, 2010

I'm Nuts about You Card with CTMH Hello Friend and Twitterpated

I think Twitterpated is way up there in my favorites list for paper packs - maybe its the Sweet Leaf color in it.  My family room and kitchen are painted in a Sweet Leaf color I picked out a couple of years before becoming a consultant.  Gosh, guess its time to think about re-painting the downstairs!

The squirrel, acorns and sentiment all come from a retired set called Hello Friend that I bought because it has a fox in it.  My youngest kiddo loves foxes and there aren't a lot of stamps or papers that feature that animal.  I was very happy to see one in the new set from CTMH Nature's Gift that came out in the Fall 2010 Idea Book.  I want to use the big moose on that one to make a Merry Christ-moose card (yep, we run corny in this house!).

It was a wonderful night last night - we finally had our Advantium Speed Cook oven installed yesterday and we were ALL totally pumped to have FAST food last night.  We've had an Advantium since we moved into this house 10 years ago and we've gotten so used to using it daily that its been really hard since the old one died a couple of weeks ago.  We have Martial Arts classes Monday through Thursday evening so having meals that are quickly prepared is an absolute must for our household and you just can't beat chicken tenders from frozen to crispy hot in 8 minutes (not to mention cooking a whole chicken in like 25 minutes).  The new one has some additional features like Convection Bake, broil and bread proofing that I'm looking forward to trying out too.  I figure the amount of money we've saved by not eating out over the years more than off sets the price tag of these ovens.  When you can make a far better dinner faster than stopping by a fast food joint you just get out of the habit of doing that.  My kids were so funny when they came home from school, they were jumping up and down with excitement and they all made hot snacks to try the new unit out.  If you have kids or a really busy schedule these ovens are a life saver!

Materials Used:
Stamps:  Hello Friend, Twitterpated WOTG stamp (for branch)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thanks card with CTMH Magnifique

This one goes out to all the people who sent me birthday wishes and visited my blog yesterday!  Thank you so much for taking the time to share in my day and making me feel so special!

I had a wonderful 40th birthday!  I started off with a Tae-Kwon-Do class, spent some time with my kids after school then met my hubby in Issaquah for dinner out at Tutta Bella.  If you are looking for really good Neopolitian style pizza, that is definitely the place to go!  The sauce was exactly right and spot on for the NY style pizza of my youth with the nice thin crust and fresh mozzarella that my family prefers.  We topped it off with desert - the kids all got Gellato (Nutella, Lemon and Pumpkin flavored - all were gone if a flash) and Mark and I split a Tiramisu.  The secret to sharing a Tiramisu is to split it with someone who doesn't like it nearly as much as you do - LOL!  After that we stopped by RedBox and picked up Iron Man 2 to watch last night - fun movie!

Mark was a sweetie and picked up two Martial Arts books for my birthday - one on muscle movements and the official forms as taught by an Olympic coach and another one on flexibility training.  The person who wrote the flexibility one also has a book out on doing Martial Arts after 40 so after I read through these I'll see if I can find that one too.  I've also received permission to have fun (aka spend money) at the CKC event that is coming to Seattle in November.  Eliza and I are going to go to the vendor fair part to do a bit of shopping and idea generating.  I've got my eye on a Big Shot Pro that I've been debating for a while now. 

Eliza made me a beautiful necklace and earring set that I'm wearing today and the boys gave me the terrific present of cleaning their rooms last Sunday (nothing says love to me like labor - whether its doing a job or creating something beautiful).  They really did a great job and it took quite a while for them to get it done and they did it without a single complaint!

Thanks again to everyone for making my b'day so special!  BIG HUGS!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to ...ME! with CTMH Piece of Cake


Such a big number looks better in pink don't you think?

Actually, to be honest, turning 40 today really isn't bothering me.  Maybe it will hit me next year when I'm "in my 40's" instead of being just 40.  Right now I feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be in life.  My life's journey has definitely had a few bumps along the way but right now things are good - the kids are doing well, Mark is gainfully employed, I'm having fun in my business and am feeling strong as I progress towards my black belt.  I am aware of my many blessings - the love and respect of my husband of 20 years (who still thinks I'm a pretty hot potato), three kids who adore me as much as I adore them (and listen to me without eye rolling), and wonderful friendships with the best group of ladies in the world - both locally and online.  Yep, life is good.  Tonight we're celebrating by going to Tutta Bella in Issaquah for the first time.  We're told they have Neopolotian pizza and this girl who was born and raised in upstate New York and has been West Coast for the past 10 years misses her New York style pizza!  I've got my fingers crossed for a serving of Tiramisu to top that off!

Thanks for sharing my birthday with me by stopping by and here's some artwork just right for the occasion!

Materials Used:
Paper:  White Daisy CS, Black CS, Bubblegum Textured CS (this is the back side)
Stamps:  Piece of Cake
Ink:  Archival Black
Other:  Watercolor Pencils, White Daisy Ricrac, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sweet Pink and Chocolate Stripes and Polka Dots card with CTMH More to Adore, Hit the Spot and Dazzling Diecuts

A very long post title for a sweet little card!  This card uses the retired More to Adore for its paper base and its color scheme.  I stamped some big polka dots from the "Hit the Spot" stamp set on a piece of Colonial White and added a couple of pieces from some Dazzling Diecuts (a special from over a year ago), a dash of Glitz to give it some glam and all done!

Materials Used:
Paper:  More to Adore Level 2 (retired), Chocolate Diecuts (retired)
Stamps:  Hit the Spot
Other:  Glitz Glitter Gel

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Girly Skull Card with CTMH Thriller and Hooligans

Arrr (said piratey)....isn't this a cute skull?  There have been a lot of similar cards posted by other CTMH consultants using the reverse masking technique with this stamp set.  Basically, you stamp two of the skull images in black ink.  Cut out just the skull on one and use temporary adesive to place it over the skull on the piece you are going to keep.  Then sponge ink on all the surrounding areas.  When you pull the temporary skull off, the bright white skull that is left underneath looks awesome!  I applied a wee bit of Glitz gel to the eyepatch for a bit of sparkle and used our White Daisy marker to ghost stitch around the whole shebang.  Very simple but cute card!

Materials Used:
Stamps:  Thriller (September SOTM)
Inks:  Black, Gypsy

Monday, October 4, 2010

Polka Dots and Pennants Happy Birthday Card with CTMH Party Pennants and

This card is based on this one by a fellow CTMH consultant, Karla Krose.  You can see it better in person but the present is pop dotted and has Glitz glitter gel on the white areas to make it sparkle.  Both these stamp sets - "Party Pennants" and "Hit the Spot" are on my must-have list for any stamper. They are both so trendy, versatile and fun to work with - and best of all they are both C size so they are just $18.95!

I did cheat a little on the swag at the top - I used a big circle from our "Circle Around" set instead of trying to get a perfect curve on the dotted rope that comes with the Party Pennant set.  When we're doing Stamp Camp I try to make things as easy on my ladies as possible so I used a pre-set circle to get the perfect swag.  Yep, I'm just nice like that (LOL!).

Materials Used:
Other:  Glitz, 1" circle punch, satin ribbon from Michael's, border punch (I think its EK Success)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Cardmaking Day! You are my sunshine card with Jingle, Treasures and Over the Rainbow

Happy World Cardmaking Day to everybody!  Last night I had a really fun Stamp Camp to celebrate World Cardmaking Day today.  Above was just one of the 20 projects available to make last night.  This one was definitely one of my favorites!  I used the cloud from the "Over the Rainbow" set to stamp the sky and one of the sentiments from the "Treasures" stamp set.  The sun is simply a large white scallop with heavy sponging in Creme Brulee overlaid with a Creme Brulee circle.  A little bit of Glitz and a red sparkle add just enough pizzaz without making this an overly girly card.

Materials Used:
Paper:  Jingle Level 2, Tulip Cardstock, Heavenly Blue Cardstock
Stamps:  Over the Rainbow, Treasures
Inks:  Creme Brulee, Heavenly Blue
Other:  Glitz, Red Sparkles
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