Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April is Anniversary Month!

In April I will celebrate the one year anniversary of this blog.  I have learned a lot over the months and know I have a lot more to learn but it has been great.  I hope you have enjoyed the year of Evergreen Memories Blog and will encourage your friends to visit too.

In April, I will also celebrate my eighth year as a consultant with CTMH.  Wow!  As I look back, I can't believe how far I have come.  I started with monthly crops with my friends, doing a workshops, building clubs, adding more gatherings, earning a cruise, and now a life filled with even more friends to crop with!  Each of you has helped me in one way or another to take the baby steps needed to get to this place.  I love what I do, and I love where I am going!  I hope you will continue to walk with me through this journey, as a friend!

Finally, anniversaries mean celebration.  I have lots of FUN  in store for this month of celebration (with the help of Close to My Heart!).  When reflecting about how I want to celebrate this milestone and what I want to accomplish as I move forward, I thought of you, my friends.  What I enjoy most about this "job" is sitting around the table, stamping, cutting, taping, and most of all sharing what is happening in our daily lives.  I love to hear your stories and felt heard by you when I share mine.  So, this month there will be time for that!  Lots of time!


Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st

I will divide these days into "sessions" only so we can maximize the table space and make room for all.
Friday Session 1:      9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday Session 2:      5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday Session 3:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Session 4:  4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The crop time is free with a $30 purchase between April 15th and May 1st.  If you are a Reap the Rewards club member, this can serve as your May club order as well!  RSVP to join me for some friend time around the table.  You are welcome to come to one or more sessions, not necessarily consecutively.  If your sessions are consecutive, you are welcome to leave your table area set up. 

My stamp sets and inks will be available for your use.  I will have a select set of paper and embellishments for sale. 

The crockpots will be on with soup for lunches and dinners.  Bring bread or salad to share.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Only a few more days to "Dare to Dream" with CTMH

We are approaching the final days of the March consultant sign up special.  But I have a couple of secrets to share that make this deal even more appealing!

1.  Cherries

2.  Acrylic card bases

3.  Glitz glitter glue

4.  Alterable board book

5.  Miracle (s)  See the next post for more details about this.
I will tell you more about these "secrets" in a minute but just a reminder.

The current special includes the FOUR NEW stamps of the month from the Summer 2010 idea book, adding $92 value to the kit.   All in all, you will receive more than $400 in fabulous new products for just $99.  Everything you need to start a dream business!

Now about the secret words, these are hints about NEW PRODUCTS coming out in the Summer 2010 Idea Book in May.  But as a consultant, you can see and purchase new items beginning on April 1st 2010!  And for a 22% discount!  Ever dream about becoming a CTMH consultant?  Maybe now is the time to stop dream and start being!  Contact me today to take advantage of this special!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dimensional Elements, So Many Ways to be Altered

The dimensional elements I used on the layouts for the You Rock workshop we colored and altered in different ways.  I love that these white chipboard elements can be used right out of the package or embellished in many different ways.  The "Rock In 2010" layout title uses chipboard alphabet that is stamped, sponged, and then liquid glass is added to create the shine and even more dimension.  Below are the photos of the steps and process I used. 

Stamped with Spot on Background stamp set.
Sponged lightly with same color as the stamped image.
Liquid glass applied and dried. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

What happens when you clean your desk?

Creativity!  That's what happens!  As my family knows, when I am missing something, I get a little, let's say, frantic.  I don't like losing things but am not always organized enough to find the "place" I put something so I wouldn't "lose it."  You know that special place.

Well, on the search for something, I was able to clean off my desk, find what I was looking for as well as some space to be creative!  Here's what I made from left over scraps and ideas that didn't get finished. 

Need to clean my desk more often don't you think?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Workshop cards For Sultan Group

I am working with a couple of great ladies in Sultan to get a monthly workshop going.  We are meeting in the senior center on the third Tuesdays of the month.  I am starting with basic stamping, adding some two step stamping and then from there we will more forward trying new ways to use our stamps and supplies.  I am looking forward to our time together next week. 

A Little Everything, the stamp of the month for March, is a perfect beginning set and will work for many future cards and projects.  Here is what we will create. 

Supplies:  Veranda Paper pack, A Little Everything Stamp set, Just Blooms paper flowers, Colonial White Brads, Mini Sparkles

Supplies:  Perfect Day paper pack, A Little Everything stamp set, Just Blooms paper flowers, Filigree Charms, Colonial White grosgrain ribbon.

Caboodle paper pack, Month of April stamp set (retired), Sweet Leaf ribbon rounds. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

You Rock Workshop

This paper packet is a challenge for me.  I am not used to working with bright color and busy patterns.  But I like a challenge and I am pleased with the results.  The artwork and inspiration from many different consultants helped me to use something out of my comfort zone.  And, CTMH offers two sides to each patterned paper!  The opposite side is a monochromatic replica of the same pattern!  This worked for me!

If you are interested in joining me for these workshops on March 26th or 27th, email me by March 19th. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March Madness Deal or early access to Studio J.

I was first introduced to Studio J last summer.  Then in November, I got to play with the program and December received my first layouts made in Studio J.  Since then, I have had the opportunity to really try it out, scrapbook photos that I wasn't sure would ever get in a book, and photos that were just taken and I didn't want to wait to print them! 

If you are interested in Studio J, as a customer, you will have the opportunity to use it later this spring.  BUT, if you are like Veruca Salt and want it now...and even better, at a 22% discount, you can have it!  Just ask me how to become a consultant with Studio J access.  And with the purchase of 10 layouts a month, you will easily maintain your quarterly minimums.  This month, you will also get all four stamp of the month sets from the Summer Idea book...before me!  This sounds like a March Madness deal to me! 

Here are a couple of recent layouts I have made.

This Halloween paper packet is only available on Studio J.  So much fun for those spooky photos!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"A Little Everything" March Stamp of the Month

This versatile stamp set if full of sentiments for every ocassion. Express your feelings with the enlarged "happy", "thanks" and "celebrate". Compliment them with the smaller event words. Available only through March 31 at a discount or even free! Ask me how! Need ideas for how you might use this set. Follow this blog hop of artwork done by many different CTMH consultants.  Here is my card using the sentiments. 
Thanks to Tara K. for this cute bunny idea.

A little closer to the A Little Everything stamp of the month in action.  I stamped the "Easter," masked it and then stamped "Happy". 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

On a personal note

Marissa and Brandon, Oct 2009

Marissa's friend and classmate Brandon has a terminal brain tumor.  We have spent a lot of time with this family this past year as Marissa and Brandon have a special friendship.  If you are in the Seattle area and can participate in this event or help in any way, thank you.  Your thoughts and prayers are also welcome.  To learn more about Brandon, you can visit this website

(Bu​nco is an EASY dice game you play in groups of 4, no skill needed! See below for some of the auction items.)
Dat​e: March 7th, 2010
Locati​on: Russell's Restaurant
​3305 Monte Villa Parkway
Bot​hell, WA 98021
(425) 486-4072

Ag​es: 16 and older

Time:​ 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Fee:​ $40.00 per person
As we all stand strong as faithful supporters of Kris and Brandon, it is time to pull together and make a difference in their lives during this time. Kris has taken a leave of absence from her job to care for Brandon's increasing ​needs, so we felt that there was no better time to have this event to show support for our "HERO" Brandon. So...with that said...grab your friends and spend the evening playing "Super Bunco for Brandon". ​
 Please call Jeanne McDonald at (206) 227-9202 if you have any questions.

To register for the event or make a donation to Brandon's Goal, follow these simple steps: Space is Limited and pre-registr​ation required.


1. Go to www.skyhawk​
2. Click on Register Now to either register for the event and or make a donation to Brandon’s Goal
3. TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT enter" Brandon" in the search course # box. TO MAKE A DONATION enter "Donation" in the Search course # box.
4. On this page you will be registered for 1 attendee for the Bunco Event or to make 1 donation. Click on add to cart if you would like to add more attendees.
​5. Click on “Check Out”
6. Yo​u will need to create an account if you don’t have one, sorry, Kris’s company is a summer camp company so it is tailored to that
7. Cr​eate your account and add your participant name(s). Even for a donation only you will have to assign a participant name
8. As​sign your participant name(s) in the Drop Down “Choose a Participant​” box
9. At the additional options page you will enter only ONCE your donation amount. If you are registering for the event and want to do that here you can.
10. Co​ntinue to check out with your contact and payment information​

• If you would like to donate an item for the auction please email Jeanne at


• Bring your favorite finger appetizer or dessert to share.

• Bring a gift card of any amount for the "POT OF GOLD" that will be sold to the highest bidder at the end of the night.
Than​k you in advance for your support...w​e are all in this together as part of their "TEAM".

Jeanne McDonald, Larry Snyder, and Sheryl Frisk

Run of Hope Layout done in Studio J. 

Some of the auction items

3 Magnums Betz 2007 Syrah “La Cote Rousse” - Complete car detail from Jaguar / Land Rover of Bellevue - Private Safeco Field Tour For 20 - Whidbey Island home for 3 nights - Free interior design time with Kathryn Mills of Pratt & Larson Tile-Stone-​Design- Brandon’s Artwork- 2 Handmade quilts - Chemical peel $150+ value Top eyeliner - $300 value fishing trip for 3 on guided boat - Seaglass jewelry piece - Whidbey Island Weekend Getaway for 4 - "Brandon'​s Garden" Quilt - Skyhawks Basket with Free Camp - Round of Golf for 4 at Washington National - Husky Game Day Package - Cougar Team Apparel package and autographed ball and jersey.

You Rock

Michele R.
One of the favorite parts of team time is the monthly card swap.  These talented gals created artwork that is inspiring and beautiful.  Enjoy each card and the variety it brings to the paper packet You Rock. 

Tracie C.

Barb L.

Kayla P.

Jessica B.

Meredith N.

More You Rock artwork to come and if you want a chance to play with this paper, join me for workshop  weekend March 26, 27, and 28th.  See my website calendar for details. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Topstitch workshop coming up!

This weekend I will be offering a scrapbook and card workshop using Topstitch.  For $5, you can create a set of cards and this adorable butterfly basket or a double page layout, fully embellished!  There is still time to join us.  Friday, March 5 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 6 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7th 6:30 p.m.  If you are in the Seattle area and want to come, please email me so I can have a kit ready for you! 

I am looking forward to using these baskets for Easter decorations and May day gifts.  Come learn how simple they are to make!

Just needs a title and a bit of journaling.  As you can see, I used beach photos but other themes include Easter, baby girl, add more blue for baby boy.  What themes would you use?