Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CTMH: February SOTM Blog Hop

I'm very happy about this month's blog hop and this particular stamp-of-the-month set.  I love it!  Welcome to February's Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop.  We've got lots of consultants who are ready to inspire you with this fabulous stamp set, entitled Thoughtful Tidings.

If you've come from Dawn's blog, you're on the right track.  If you're starting here, just sit back, relax and enjoy.  Simply click at the links in each post and you'll come around right back here again.

February is also an exciting month because our new Idea Book goes live, and I'm quite sure you're going to see lots of new product.  I've created two items, one with old and retired (trying to use it up!) and one with new.  Here is my first project:

This is the goodie bag I made to give to the women who attended my most recent fundraising crop.  I forgot to take a photo before they were all handed out, so one of my team members took one and emailed it to me.  (Thanks, Tara!).  You might be thinking, this looks familiar.  I was inspired by the artwork in the Idea Book but put my own spin on it.  I cut the box with my Cricut.  In fact all the parts are cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The box is made with Sweet Leaf cardstock.  The Twilight paper is from Emporium, a retired paper pack, and the layered hearts are Vineyard Berry cardstock.  You can't see it very well, but I stamped "thank you", from the stamp set by the same name, on the top heart. The stamped border is from Boutique Borders, also retired.  There is a Filigree Charm added and I used the Chocolate Ribbon and some floss to tie it closed.  Everything has been stamped, and edge distressed with a sponge, in Chocolate ink.  I just love the sentiment and I know I'll be using it a lot.  It's been stamped on Colonial White.  I love hugs.  They just make my day and I have to say, my kids give the best ones!  

And here is my project with all new products!

This is the My Creations Milk Carton.  You get two in a pack.  They come with those neat little clips on the top.  They are not made of chipboard, but a much thicker cardstock paper and can be a bit tricky to fold up, but they're totally worth it.  I've decorated up both, one like this and the other with some real boy paper from Superhero, another new paper pack.  I'll try to post it soon.  I'm going to use them as Valentines gifts for my kids.  I've decorated this one with paper from Stella.  The flower is from the Stella Complements Canvas Shapes and the butterfly is from the Colour-Ready Accents Garden Wooden Shapes.  Yes, wooden!  They already have a dark edge, so no distressing needed.  I added our new Bitty Pearls on the body, along with a couple larger ones on the sentiment.  Again, everything has been sponged, including the canvas flower, this time in Cocoa.  I stamped the sentiment in Cocoa as well, but used White Daisy cardstock and found it just too bright for this paper, so I sponged the surface, too.  I should say that the inspiration for this project came from fancyMelissa.  You can see her version here.  

Now, just click on over to Lori's blog and enjoy the inspiration.  Remember, this stamp set is only available until the end of the month.  If you don't have a consultant, feel free to email me and I can get you hooked up with a set.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'm featured on Studio J!

My "Good Water" layout is being featured on the Studio J blog!  I'm so excited and honoured.  Can't wait to show my daughter.  That's her in the photos.
Check it out here: http://www.studioj.com/blog/post/2012/01/17/Add-Extra-Shine-to-Your-Layouts.aspx
Thanks, Close To My Heart, for making me feel like a million bucks.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Action

When the new year arrives, I always get a little, well, hard on myself.  I think about how I spent my time and how I really need to do better at all kinds of things.  It's easy for me to get bogged down in thinking these things.  And I guess that's a big part of the problem.  I just think about what I should be doing and how I should improve, what I need to do to reach my goals.  But's that's often where it ends.  Well, no more!  I'm just going to keep thinking, "Take Action" and I plan to create something to hang on my wall to remind me every day, that just thinking about how to improve will get me nowhere.  I must take action.  Melissa Laverty inspired me with her artwork.  You can check it out here.  I'll post my completed work when I get it finished.

So, one of the things I want to improve at is my blog.  I hope to have more regular postings.  Not sure what that's going to look like, yet, but I'm taking action and writing a post.

Here are a couple of old projects I created for gatherings.  I had some extra kits just sitting around, so I thought I'd make them up.  Now, I made them a while ago and these photos have been waiting patiently on my desktop for me to post about them.  If you notice the blog address on them, you'll see that it's been a long time!  But I'm taking action and finally posting about them!  :)

 Inside of this card:

Both these cards use the Emporium paper pack.  I love these cards and the owl on the second one looks so fun with googly eyes!

Think you might want to make fun cards like these?  Then book a home gathering with me.  I'm scheduling into February and March right now.  We can do one or two cards with you and your friends and family.  You'll even get some free product and a special hand-made gift from me.  If you've hosted for me in the past, you can expect a phone call next week.  I've got a special announcement just for you...  Stay tuned!

Happy Creating!