Tutorial Time - Surprise Pop-up Card

These are cute little cards to make. Interactive cards are so fun! I needed to make a birthday card for my son, Tanner, so I decided to make him one of these. ENJOY!


Ocean cs - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Cranberry cs - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, 2 5/8 x 2 5/8
Black cs - 3 x 4 3/4 (I told you incorrectly on the video, but the overlay is correct. Sorry!)
White Daisy cs - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
Stamp sets - Flyin' High, Rustic Numbers, Happy Birthday
Ink - Cranberry, Ocean, Black, White Daisy
Embellisments - Cranberry grosgrain ribbon, black brads, silver staple

Happy Stamping!

Love, Praise, Live

This is the last card I have made with the September stamp of the month...for now! I really like the sayings on this stamp set. This card design is like the one on page 47 in the Originals book. It is a 3 x 3 card.

I started with new england ivy card base and clear embossed the leaf image for the background. I hope you can see this. If you click to enlarge the picture, it shows up better. On top of the shiny leaves, I second generation stamped the same image in sunflower.
Then I stamped the saying in new england ivy over the leaves. I like this look. I have seen other bloggers do this technique and have always liked the look of it. I matted the colonial white with creme brulee and purple pansy carstock. I used new england ivy brads and creme brulee designer ribbon.
The new designer ribbon rounds are awesome! I love the detail in the ribbon. This card is so little and cute!

I have my video taped for this week and will edit it tonight and Thursday. I will post it for Friday.
Happy Stamping!

Great Saying

This saying from the September stamp of the month is great! I used new products on this one too! The card design is like the one on page 13 of the Originals book; however, I adapted it for a 6 x 6 card. Here is the recipe:

Card base - Tulip cs, 6 x 12 scored at 6"
Stamp set - Treasure Life (September stamp of the month)
Enchanted pattern paper - 4 x 6
Ink - Tulip
Cardstock - Colonial white 1 1/2 x 4 3/4, Creme Brulee 1 3/4 x 5
Accents - Nature's Ambiance chocolate rub-ons, Tulip photo corners, Chocolate ribbon rounds, Creme Brulee bigger brads

When I was creating this one, I was a little worried about how it would come together. Once I was done, I was happy with the outcome. Love the autumn terracotta (orange)...LOL!

Happy Stamping!

Treasure Life

My open house is over and I think it was a blast. There were a steady stream of people the whole time. I had so much fun! Thanks to those of you who attended!

The September stamp of them month is a good one...Treasure Life! I was hoping we would get a wildflower stamp set and this is just wonderful. This card is another design from the Originals book called Center Sash on page 16. This is one of my favorite designs in the book. I am getting hooked on the 3 1/2 x 8 card base.

I used the new colors Sorbet and Creme Brulee with a touch of New England Ivy. I used markers on the flowers and then huffed on it before stamping. This looks a little like watercoloring. I like how it turned out. Oh, I used Sunflower for the actual flower and then used my markers on the sentiment to get it two colors.

I tried a new trick I learned at convention with the ribbon. Kim Lohberg taught us how to use a concho on the card and then tie the ribbon through it in her Extravangza class. Awesome! Can you see my concho on the left side of my card? This is a great way to use these embellies!

Happy Stamping!

From Your Side of the Table

Here is a card Sally made using the Serendipity paper and punch outs she got as a special promotion this year from CTMH. I used mine for layouts, but haven't tried a card yet. This will be the inspiration I need to get my paper out again.

Great job, Sally!

Oh, I almost forgot...

Shirley, thanks for purchasing my video tutorials and leaving me such nice comments regarding them. You are so sweet! Check out what Shirley wrote on the right side bar!

Happy Stamping!

Thank You Ladies!

Wow! Don't ya think this is a cute icon? This one is so fitting, since we are back to school now. I would like to thank Barb W and Lori for nominating me for this blog award!

Here are the rules:

  • The winner can put the logo on her blog

  • Link to the person you received your award from

  • Nominate at least 7 other blogs

  • Put the links of those blogs on yours

  • Leave a message for the bloggers you've nominated

  • I really do like blogging and get so much inspiration from all the blogs I visit. It is hard to narrow it down to seven, because I have so many favorites. I am going to try to nominate ones I haven't nominated before...Hmmm!

    Amazing Paper Grace - She is amazing! I would like to be as creative as her, when I grow up!
    Scrappin' in Paradise - Heavenly!
    The Scrap Pirate - She is take you captive by her designs!
    Lisa's Creative Corner - She is so creative, CTMH asked her to present at convention!
    I Like Markers - If you like markers, you will love this!
    Hooked on Stamping - You'll get hooked!
    Creative Heart & Hand - She definitely has creative hands!

    These are just a few ladies I check on daily! Check them out...you will {heart} their blogs!

    Happy Stamping!


    Counting My Blessings Evensong

    Here are the last two cards I made with the Creative Basics Evensong Collection. Both of these designs are from the new Originals book. The card on the left is from design Upper Level Focus on page 42 and the card on the right is from design Triple, Triple on page 12.

    Stamp sets - All Things Possible (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card), Gratitude (3 x 3 card)
    Accessories - bling, olive grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer

    I am still getting ready for my open house this weekend. I keep thinking of things to show and do. BTW, thanks for all of your comments on my projects. It means a lot to me!

    Happy Stamping!

    Tutorial Time - Create a Shade

    I have had this product in my possession for a long time and just never used it. I went to a class at convention and they showed a lot of projects where they used create a shade and now I am hooked. This paint is awesome!

    Here are the measurements for the card I show in my video:

    Buttercup card base - 8 x 7 (score at 3 1/2)
    Let's Get Together paper - 4 1/4 x 2 1/2, 1 1/2 x 2 1/2
    Cranberry cardstock - 1 x 3 1/2
    Say It In Style stamp set
    Cranberry ink, waxy flax and sassy strands
    Buttercup brads and button

    This card design is from the new Originals Card Confidence Program. The design is called Bound Together found on page 33.


    Happy Stamping!

    What a Wonderful World

    Today, I was busy getting ready for my open house again...AND one of my club members, Bev, came over to cut all the materials for the make-n-take. What a sweetie! Thanks, Bev! I was able to work on the project I am going to show you on Thursday for my video tutorial. YAY!

    Here is another card from the Creative Basics Evensong Collection. Yes, I used my NEW Originals card program for the design. I used the one on page page 102 called Balance It Out. For this card, I used the reverse side of the Evensong paper. Did I mention how much I LOVE the new paper, because it is has a pattern on both sides?.....Yippee!

    I used the new stamp set Gratitude that goes with the Evensong Collection and the sentiment is from the Because of You stamp set. Hey Chris, if you are reading this I really like the new Gratitude set....yes, yes, I know. LOL! The flower on this card is my favorite flower on the Gratitude set. Aren't the polka dots, cute? Of course, bling always looks good.

    Happy Stamping!

    Wishing You Well

    I'm back and BOY....did I ever create at my sister's house. I had so much fun and was so inspired by all the new toys I got from convention. I have been getting ready for my open house this weekend to show off a lot of new stuff and get rid of some old (but loved) items.

    Today, Monday, was Tate's first day back to school and tomorrow is my hubby's 40th birthday. We have had a lot going on lately, just like the rest of the world. I have been staying up late, because I get hooked on watching the Olympics. I can't seem to stop watching once I start. It is addictive!

    This card is the first of five cards I made with the new Creative Basics Evensong Collection found on page 34 of the new 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book. This paper is so pretty!

    In addition, I used the new Originals Card Confidence Program for the design. This design is a 3 1/2 x 8 card found on page 91 of this awesome must-have book.

    I used large spirals like they did in their card design and conchos. In addition, I used new england ivy bigger brads and distressed the edges with the chocolate distressing pad found in the distressing kit. To top it off, I used Cottage Floral and Say It in Style stamp sets. This new paper uses the color Tulip, which is one of the four great new colors. Those of you who love the Reflections, Imagine and Cherish books are going to LOVE this one!

    Happy Stamping!

    Operation Smile

    While at convention, CTMH Founder and CEO, Jeanette R. Lynton, invited the Founders of Operation Smile to come and speak to us about their passion to change the lives of children around the world. Operation Smile has repaired correctable facial deformities for over 100,000 children worldwide since its founding in 1982. Many of these children were once shunned or suffering, but have now been given renewed hope and a bright, beautiful future because of Operation Smile's volunteer medical team that provide free surgery and aftercare. In fact, most surgeries take under one hour to complete and cost less than $250. Become part of the miracle by contributing to Operation Smile. It's easy, just round up your purchase to the nearest dollar to make a convenient change in the life of a child.

    Jeanette has visited some clinics where they perform these type of operations and has decided to make this the main cause CTMH supports. Close To My Heart donates a portion of the proceeds from every stamp set sold to Operation Smile. Join us by making an additional gift.

    Here is a video like the one we saw at convention that shows how wonderful this organization is and a cause worth supporting. Get a tissue or two.

    If you are a CTMH customer, tell your consultant you would like to round up. If you want to make a donation, you can email me at stampfest@cox.net. If you are my customer, know that I am going to be asking you to round up to give a smile. A smile is contagious and worth catching!

    Smile knowing you are giving to a great cause and passing the smile on!


    Happy Stamping!

    From Your Side of the Table

    First, I wanted to let you know I will be on vacation next week. Yes, last week was like a vacation too, but I could count it as work...LOL! Next week, I am going to my sister's just to play and scrap. This means I won't be blogging. Sorry! It is the last week before Tate starts school and we are in a weekly routine. Okay, with that announcement out of the way...here is from your side of the table.

    This is a money holder card made by one of my club members, Sally. She made this one for Father's Day. Great job, Sally!

    Here is the video tutorial I did for this type of card, if you want to review.

    Happy Stamping!

    Tutorial Time - Many Photos on Layout

    This new tutorial has nothing to do with card making or techniques, but I thought you might want to see how you can get twelve 4 x 6 photos on a one side of a two-page layout. My upline, Chris, gave me this layout at our convention and I was thrilled. It was a...wow, why didn't I think of that? You might have to watch this one a couple of times, because it is a little confusing at first. ENJOY!

    Here is the cover of the CTMH's new Idea Book. Isn't the artwork gorgeous? You need to get a copy, if you don't have one yet.

    Happy Stamping!

    Card Design from new CATTY

    For some reason I kept seeing this card design every time I picked up CTMH's new catalog. They used the new Perfect Day paper. I couldn't use that yet, because mine won't be here until Friday. I used the Floral Tapestry paper. This is the same stamp set that was used on the layout I posted yesterday...Life's Creation. I didn't think I was going to like the new set, but I really do. I used my Fiskars cutter for the scalloped edge and put pop dots behind the sentiment.

    This design is simple; however, elegant. I tell ya...I love the artwork in CTMH's new idea book. It is my favorite catalog for artwork yet.

    I will have to take some pics of my favorites tomorrow and work on my video.

    Happy Stamping!

    Convention Layout

    Finally, I have the time to post what I had ready to post yesterday. I remember when I worked outside the home, and went on vacation it was a bear before (getting ready) and when I got back (catching up). Being a SOHM (stay at home mom)...It Is The Same! I made sure everything was ready for my hubby before I left. When I came home, it looked like a tornado hit the inside of our house. LOL! So I spent the first whole day cleaning, doing laundry, etc. Now, the second day was spent getting ready for club meeting tonight and PTA "stuff". Did I tell you I volunteered to be our PTA President this year.? What was I thinking!

    My friends know I hate being really busy. Well, I guess I have to either accept that I am going to be and change my attitude. Just one day at school this morning talking with the principal and I wanted to crawl in a corner and hide.

    Sorry this is in a different font. I saved it from yesterday's post.

    I didn't know where to begin with all the new things from convention. My roomies and I swapped a two-page layout, we made two projects during our make-n-take time and new stamp sets that I got just for being there.

    I decided to show you a two-page layout, we made in our make-n-take session. The paper is from our new idea book. It is called Perfect Day. We used the My Stickease to match and our new rub-ons. Yes, rub-ons. They are really pretty. I changed my title to MY BOYS. They had MY CITY and I don't have pictures for that. We distressed the pages with the black distressing tool CTMH sells. I haven't used it much. I like it! We also used the new stamp set Life's Creation. I just love these colors. The best thing about our new pattern paper is it is double sided. Every piece has a pattern on both sides. This is what I have been wanting, so I am very pleased with the new paper packets. YAY!

    I have been asked to give you a sneak peak of the new catty. I will, but not until after Tuesday night. My club members are coming over Tuesday night for our meeting and I don't want to spoil it for them. They get the new catty after they place their August order.

    Happy Stamping!

    Blogger not accepting my pics

    Well, I have to apologize. I had a post all ready to go and went to upload my pics...nothing! Blogger writes that it is an internal error.

    Sorry about that...I guess we have to wait until tomorrow. I have tried over and over again and it is bedtime now.

    More tomorrow...hopefully!

    Happy Stamping!

    Back, Exhausted and Pumped!

    I'm back and tired! I had so much fun at convention. I wondered why my roomies said I wouldn't get much sleep and now I know. I couldn't quit talking about the new catty, product and programs coming out this fall. They are AWESOME! I just LOVE the new idea book. I think this one has the best artwork, since I started in January 2006 with CTMH. Holy Moly! I got to order new product right at the show and I can't wait until it gets here. I am hoping by Friday, since I go to see my sister next week.

    I am sorry I didn't get to blog when I was at convention. I was a busy girl! I have just a couple of creations to show you. I need to finish one, which is so cool.

    My head is still swirling with great ideas and I am so tired from getting up early (especially today 4 am) and getting to bed late that I am going to get my boys to bed and go to sleep. Night, night!

    I will have more for you tomorrow.

    Happy Stamping!