Friday, December 18, 2015

Beautiful You!

Yes that's right!  You are beautiful!  I often have a hard time believing that about myself but every day I make an effort to celebrate who I am even if it is just for a moment. 

With this thought in mind, I was inspired by Beckie Lehman's use of the Picture My Life card set to create a display board that I can add photos to that celebrate me! 



I love the gold foil accents on the cards and adding Pomegranate Fundamental Assortment, Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Foil tape to highlight them even more.  The new Pomegranate color is such a great color for the rolled roses cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge and I added a little Cotton Candy as well. 

And then, what do you do with the leftover cards?   Why you use them to create more of course!



So I took the leftover cards and the La Vie En Rose paper packet and made three double page layouts.  Sticking with the same gold shimmer trim and pink enamel gems, I added some flowers cut from the Artistry Cricut cartridge to add whimsy to the design.  (This was inspired by Chris Lothian) Ahhh, love how it turned out. 

And guess what, I still had Picture My Life cards left so I started creating cards!  More La Vie En Rose, gold shimmer trim, pink enamel gems and a few card bases.  Easy to create greeting cards were made in a flash!  Here are just three of the cards out of the 12 I created.  I repeated the card design and will have more cards to share later!





Finally, yes, I had saved out some special cards.  They were so pretty and I tend to hoard the pretty ones.  But I decided to create a banner with them!  The projects seem endless and fun! 


Treat yourself to a celebration of YOU and create with these Beautiful You cards as well.  I am hosting a workshop in my home on Sunday January 9th.  You can choose the project or set of projects you would like to complete from just this one set of Picture My Life Cards.  Whether you order a kit to go or sign up for the class by Dec 30th, I will supply the Cricut cuts and ribbon for you to create the banner for FREE!  Contact me today


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stamping Techniques Blog Hop

This month our blog hop group wants to share some new and not so new but fun stamping techniques with you.  During our Creative Live event in November, we were reminded of how simple and easy some of these techniques can be and how much they add to our artwork!  It is fun to take favorite stamp set to a new level and try a new twist!

So, welcome to the technique blog hop.  If you have arrived from Brenda's blog, you are on the right track.  From here, you will move on to Darlys' Blog to see what she is sharing.

Since it is the holiday season, I added a little "mistletoe" to the mix and am sharing the kissing technique with you!  Yes, stamp kissing is a technique.  To do this, you take a solid stamp, like the tree base from this set, and you "kiss" a more line drawn stamp to it and you get a design on the solid stamp that will show when you stamp the solid image.



Here's exactly how I did it.
1.  I inked the solid stamp really well in the fern ink.
2.  I used the small swag stamp and kissed it to the solid stamp.  I used a VERY slight movement when they were kissed to assure an image transfer.
3.  I wiped the swag stamp on my dry stamp scrubber to remove any transferred ink and then "rekissed" in a new spot.
4.  I worked from bottom to top, moving the swag stamp up and altering the image side to side to avoid a repeating pattern.
5.  I cut out the tree and added it to my card.
6.  I added "bling" to the areas of the "kiss" that were "imperfect" or blank...a little bling covers a multitude of imperfect kisses.

Wah Lah!  You have perfectly kissed trees.

Now bring a little mistletoe kissing to your stamping and give it a try?

Michele


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Urban, Grunge, Metal, Wood and texture galore!

The Urban paper packet is perfect for the styles of 2015-16.  The textures and colors are so fun to work with.



My downline Diana used the paper set in team swap and created these fun cards and layout. 

 Created with the Artistry Cricut Cartridge

 Created with the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge (on sale Nov 30-Dec 4 for 25% off)



You can shop for this paper and Cricut cartridges on my website.  And remember, CTMH is hosting a Cyberweek Sale with 25% a selection of our great products.  Join the Cyber Sale Party and you could win the hostess rewards! 


Here's a video with some information and techniques using this paper. 



Enjoy,
Michele

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Candlelight Garden

Another month brings another new stamp set to the collection.  Thank you for joining us for the December Stamp of the Month blog hop. 

If you have arrived here from Brenda's Blog, welcome!  I hope you have enjoyed the artwork you have seen so far.  When you have finished visiting here, hop on over to Jeanie's Blog to see what she has created. 

Candlelight garden is such a fun stamp set!  All I could think about is "what can I put in that jar?" 


And because my craft table is cover with Christmas stamp sets and paper as I prep for upcoming workshops, I grabbed for what was closest. 


So Christmas wishes in a jar is what I created first.  I also had some other ideas of items to put in the jar...you will see those later this month. 

Now remember, this stamp set is available during the month of December.  Contact your consultant to purchase the set for $17.95 OR for $5 with a $50 order.  If you need a CTMH consultant, feel free to shop with me on my website

Now remember to hop on over to Jeanie's Blog to continue on and see more artwork. 

How will you fill your jar? 

Michele