Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June SOTM Blog Hop: The Long Way Home

Thank you for visiting my blog!  We have a great tradition of sharing artwork each month through the consultant blog hop.  The variety of artwork and creativity of consultants is amazing.  If you have arrived here from Vickie's Blog welcome.  From here, you will travel on to Tamytha's Blog

Recently my husband and I traveled to the Daytona 500 in Florida.  This stamp set along with the Magical paper packet captured the color and fun we experienced.

I used the stamp set to create the detail embellishments for the layout.

How will you use this fun stamp set?  Father's Day?  Masculine birthday?  The only limit is your imagination.

Now just a reminder, you can purchase this stamp set from you CTMH consultant or if you do not have a consultant, you can purchase from my website.  With a minimum $50 purchase, this set is only $5.

Enjoy your summer travels and come home to this stamp set and document the memories and fun you had along the way.

Happy Summer,

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spring/Summer product intro

Do you ever get together with a group of friends and get so excited about the gathering that you forget to introduce people?  Yes, that is me...and I did it again.  I am so excited about the new Seasonal Expressions that launched May 1st that I didn't give it a proper introduction. 

So let me introduce

Make your own sunshine with this colorful, summer paper set and oh so much fun stamp sets!

A genuinely warm and elegant set of papers with stamps and embellishments. 

Capture the excitement and memories from your magical family vacations and celebrations.

Happy Times 
(only available until May 31st)
Floral designs and gold foil details will make anyone happy. 

Do you have a favorite?  You can order today and participate in the mystery hostess drawing.  When you visit my website make sure to join Happy Times Mystery Hostess.  

I hope you have enjoyed meeting the characters from the Seasonal Expressions Spring/Summer idea book.  Let me know if you would like to receive your own paper copy.  


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hello Sunshine!

Even if the skies are gray, you can bring some sunshine that won't go away.  Close to My Heart featured this wreath in a YouTube video and I knew it would be fast, easy and simple to make.  And a beautiful bit of sunshine in my house. 

If you can follow directions, then you can make it too!  I will post the video below but of course, I can follow directions but sometimes I choose not to and make it my own.  Here's what I did differently.
  • I didn't have a wreath base so I cut a ring out of cardboard and wrapped it in 2" batting strips to give it some dimension.  
  • I used the Happy Times paper packet:  canary yellow diagonal stripe, yellow floral on white, gold foil paper and yellow from Georgie paper packet.  You would have plenty of yellow in one pack of Happy Times but I started with Georgie, didn't have enough so I switched.   
  • If I did it again, I would cut the gold paper across the stripes for more pattern.  
  • I cut all my paper strips at 1.5".  
Now, watch the video and create a wreath for yourself! 

 The Happy Times paper pack is available until May 31st.  You can get this pack for free with a $60 order on my website or purchase for $14.95.  Orders can be placed on my website

Here's to sunshine and happy times,

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Times in Green!

When I first saw this paper packet, I saw pink.  But not everyone is a "pink" fan so I challenged myself to work a different color angle.

I love the ombre colored paper in the packet.  There is one green to blue and one in orange to red.  So pretty!  So I started with the green ombre paper, added the green floral print, and then some glacier blue from the Calypso paper packet.  (You can click on the photo to see it larger.)

Because the photos are of my girls, I did add a bit of the floral paper and of course some bling using the white shimmer trim.  I added a fun watercolor element using the clear resist cards and watercolored the blue over top.  When it was almost dry, I stamped their names and they "ran" a bit to add to the effect.  (Honestly, I thought they were dry enough but they need to be completely dry, like maybe a full day if you have the patience.  Clearly, I do not.)

Have your ordered your Happy Times paper pack yet?  Remember, it is free with a $60 order or $14.95.  You can order on my website and join the Happy Times Mystery Hostess Party and June 1st I will draw for some lucky person to receive the hostess rewards! 

Happy scrapping,

Monday, May 16, 2016

Color Club: First Meet Up

Adult coloring has become a new trend and the relaxing benefits of coloring have found many out buying a coloring book and markers or colored pencils to partake.

What do you do with those coloring pages when you are finished?  I decided that if I was going to spend time coloring, I want to use what I have colored to share joy with someone else.  I also know that I have too many beautiful stamps sets to justify purchasing a coloring book.

After random stamping with my acrylic stamps, coloring with my Shin Han markers, discovering the relaxation, and creativity and then creating a card that I can send to someone else I had to share! Thus, the coloring club was born.

Our first meet up was in April and I had provided each participant a random stamped 12 x 12 sheet (using Memento Ink and the You've got a Friend stamp set from CTMH).  I shared with them the benefits and care of the Shin Han markers and then we spent the evening coloring together.

We started with the following colors:

Here's a bit of what I covered.
  • The markers perform best when they are stored horizontally.
  • CTMH provides a great storage solution in the marker roll up.
  • The colorless blender helps remove color, blending two colors together or repairs coloring outside the lines.
  • Memento Black ink provides a stamped image that does not run when using alcohol markers.

Here are the cards we made during our first meeting.  Fast, easy and simple.  Bright colors will bring a smile to any recipient.  (For some reason the exposure of this photo is not bright but trust me, it is in person!)And the time spent together was relaxing and therapeutic.  We made 6 cards for the win!

The next month, we will play with shading and light source direction.  I can't wait to show you how.

If you like video instruction like me, here's the video by Kathy Skipper that I watched to get me started.

If you would like to join the color club, we would love to have you join us either locally, through skype or via mail order kits.  Contact me to start your coloring craze!

Happy coloring to you!