Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month a group of 60+ CTMH Consultants are featuring our adorable December Stamp of the month called Cutie Pie. If you are coming from Gina's Blog then you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way the complete listing of all the participating blogs is found by clicking HERE.

I have just 5 days left to get ready for the big Mt Si Holiday Bazaar on December 6th so I'm up to my elbows in projects for the show.  One of the items I'm making this year are Base and Bling Pendants with cute holders - perfect for holiday gift giving or as a present for yourself!  This month's SOTM Cutie Pie coordinated so perfectly with our sweet Petite Perks "With Toppings" stamp set that I just couldn't resist creating a special pendant with the mini cupcake!

I used Memento Ink to stamp on our Whimsy Paper Fundamentals (the Pixie Pink heart paper) and also on some Glacier cardstock.  I paper pieced both small and big cupcake and added some accents with our Shinhan Touch Twin markers. 
I punched a 1" circle of our black Glitter Paper for the pendant backer and followed up with a dash of Silver Shimmer trim to highlight the pendant.  I thought the sentiment from the SOTM went perfectly with this necklace as a gift item.  I'll have a complete listing of products used at the end of this post so you can copy this adorable set for a cupcake in your life!

To purchase the SOTM for just $5 with $50 purchase or any of the other items needed to make this project, visit my shopping site!

Now hop on over to Cat's Blog and see what she created with this fun stamp set!

Items Used to Create my Project - click any of the linked items below to take you to my shopping site.
Base and Bling Circle Pendant Silver
Base and Bling Circle Glass
Base and Bling Chain
Liquid Glass
Whimsy Paper Fundamentals
Glacier Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Black Glitter Paper
Silver Shimmer Trim
Pixie Pink Ink
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (pocket)
Carmine Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Clay Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Cerulean Blue Light Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Marine Blue Shinhan Touch Twin Marker
Sponge Dauber
Memento Ink (non-CTMH)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Creative Blogger Tour

Creative Blogger Award
The other week I was asked to be part of the Creative Blogger Tour - talk about an honor and a surprise!  The tour is an invitational hop where you answer questions about your creative process, kind of a quick peek into the minds of creative CTMH bloggers!

When you check out the blogs of the previous nominees you'll see why I was so gall darn pleased to be asked - these ladies are some of my creative heroes!

Becca Whitman

What am I currently working on?
I just finished up my monthly Card Buffet classes tonight - look at that bit of crazy in the picture below!  These classes are tons of fun but a lot of work to create!  This month I had 12 new holiday themed projects and brought back 22 previous general themed projects for a whopping 34 different items people could make during a 2 hour all you can create buffet.  These boxes are the ones that still had a few projects left at the end of Sunday's class.
My next big project will be getting items ready for the Si View Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, 6th December.  I have lots of ideas, a stocked Pinterest board and tons of supplies ready for me to go on a crafting binge and about 2 weeks of actual crafting time to get it all done!

My daughter is coming home from college for Thanksgiving break and I'm thinking I won't get much crafting done while she is home so this coming week is going to be full of sock cupcakes, gift card holders, Santa and Snowman Hershey Bar Sliders, Christmas cards, Elf Chocolates, Base and Bling Pendants and more!

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Ask a girl a hard question!  I think most CTMH girls have a great eye for color and design so beyond that I think my specialty is using our Cricut cartridges and creating projects that can be made in a class setting.  I adore seeing creations that obviously took hours to create but most of what I create winds up in a class later on so I try to keep to things that can be copied by a range of crafting levels.

For the past couple of years I've been designing online using CCR and now Design Space so I offer a lot of free cutting files using our amazing CTMH cartridges.  I like to think of it as putting a little good out into the world and I love it when people send me notes letting me know they've used a file I created!

Why do I create what I do?
I think creativity is an essential element for people to have in their life for their mental well being.  Creativity doesn't have to be crafty - it can be cooking a meal or building a stone wall or making Lego sculptures with your kids - anything that engages your hands and your brain in creating something new.  I always joke that there are two things that keep me happy and sane - doing Martial Arts and doing papercrafts.  If I miss either for more than a few days I start feeling a bit cranky.

One of the reasons I love being a Close to my Heart Consultant is because I get to bring wonderful ladies together and offer them an activity that nourishes the creative part inside so they always leave with a smile on their face and in their heart.  My crafting helps make my corner of the world a little bit brighter and cuter and I get to spread the joy with friends.  Who wouldn't love a job like that?

How does my creative process work?
Another tough one to answer!  Necessity is the mother of invention and a lot of times it is what spurs my creativity too!  I can spend hours looking at Pinterest and blogs and get nothing done.  When I have a hard deadline for something to be finished then my creativity goes into drive.  I am by nature a very practical person so my best work is spurred by having a specific person or event to create for - there is nothing that gets my creative juices flowing better than a party to decorate or making a gift!  Beyond that I often find myself paging through the CTMH Cricut handbooks to pick out cuts I haven't used yet or flipping through my stamp collection and picking out a theme based on a stamp.  I love looking through our Idea Books (I have them going back to 2006!) and our How-To books for ideas on color combinations and layouts for projects.  Sometimes I'll just flip through my paper collection and pick out a paper that I want to use and let the project flow from there.

So that is a look into my messy, fun, practical mind and now I get to nominate the new blogger on the Tour!  It is my great pleasure to announce Dawn Ross has agreed to be the next stop on your tour!  Be sure to visit her next Monday for her post!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and spending some time with me!  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Themed November Card Buffet - Thursday, 13th November 12:30-2:30PM OR Friday, 14th November 7-9PM

Who:  Anyone 12 and up!  All pieces are pre-cut and ready to stamp/assemble so new to advanced crafters are welcome!

  Card Buffet - all you can "eat" in 2 hours

Cost:  $15 Flat fee for a fun and productive girl's night out!

Option 1:  Thursday, 13th November from 12:30-2:30PM
Option 2Friday, 14th November from 7-9PM  at my home in Snoqualmie (arrive 15 minutes before the start time to view and be ready to go!)

What to bring:  Adhesives like a glue pen, tape runner and pop dots.  Basic tools like bone folder, scissors (shared tools will be available).

What is it:  This round of Card Buffet will have new projects with a holiday theme including Christmas pop up cards and gift card holders.  These new holiday themed projects will join a large selection of previous projects in various themes so if you aren't doing holiday items yet you'll still have plenty of other cards (around 20) to choose from. 

All projects are pre-cut and boxed with all the tools and inks you need to complete.  You choose the box that contains the card you want to make and then take the box to your seat and put together as many of those cards as you'd like.  When you are done, return that box to the table and pick your next project.  You work at your own pace on whatever projects you choose and can do as few as one or as many as you like of the same card within the 2 hour time limit.  The only rule is that you have to finish each project before you move to the next one (no bringing supplies home to finish).

RSVP:  call/text (425)260-6965 or e-mail

Discounts:  Place a $30 CTMH order and get $5 off your Card Buffet!  

There is something for everyone at this buffet whether you are ready to get into the holiday spirit, just want to get some gift card holders ready for the season or need a few birthday or thank you cards! RSVP today!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Artfully Sent Blog Hop

Welcome to our Artfully Sent Blog Hop!

Today we have well over 40 CTMH consultants sharing projects made with our new Artfully Sent cartridge! If you have come here from Melissa's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is a big circle so if you continue on eventually you'll come back here but if you get lost along the way, you can click here for a full list of all the participants.

I created a missing you card for my daughter. She hasn't been back home since we took her to college in mid-August so we are counting down the days until Thanksgiving Vacation!  I can't even express how much I miss having her at home but I know she is growing and loving college.

I used my Explore to write our names on the front of the card in silver marker.  I picked the fox theme as I just sent her a fox mask for her Halloween party and used the same Scaredy Cat papers.
On the inside of the card I added a bit of color layering to give more detail to the cuts - I added blocks of green for the leaves and pink glitter paper for the bird to match the heart on the front of the card.

I even used tiny scraps of Pixie Pink between the Champagne overlay of the deer and the solid black backer I created for the pop up section.

Here is the Cricut Explore file I created to make this 5x7" card with pop up liner - I changed the names to Me and You to make it more generic for sharing.  To edit these names just Detach the writing and replace. Some of the tiny pieces like the fox tail and the ears I didn't create squares for - simply tear a tiny piece of the color to cover those areas.  I hope you enjoy the free file!  I truly appreciate the patronage I receive of my CTMH business which allows me the ability to create and offer so many free files!

I absolutely LOVE our new Artfully Sent cartridge for making cards!  Pop up cards are my favorite and this cartridge makes them so easy to create and to customize!  If you are ready to join in the fun you can order your cartridge today from my online shopping site:

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Artfully Sent Bouquet of Roses Card - Free Explore File!

One of the things I love about the new CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge is how easy it is to make great looking cards that are flat for mailing!  Now that I'm sending off a whole lot of happy mail each month, making cards that don't require a lot of extra dollars for postage makes ME a happy camper!  Every penny counts when you have a kid in college - LOL!

This simple card is big on color contrast.  Love our Glitter Paper for adding a dash of sparkle with the cute bow!

Here is the free Explore Design Space file so you can make this card too with your Artfully Sent CTMH cartridge.  If you don't have this awesome new cart yet, hop on over to my online shopping site and get it for yourself!  I truly appreciate your support of my CTMH business which allows me to freely share files on my blog!  Likes on my Facebook business page are always welcome too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!

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