Pretty Papers and a Giveaway!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Hey everyone! I hope you all have been having a great August so far. I know a lot of teachers have been starting back to school in the last week or so, in our area and kids are either in classes or will be back in class soon which seems odd to me since we didn't ever go back to school untill the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

Here in Northern California we have several weeks of hot, hot, hot weather and sunshine left and it seems kinda wrong to stuff the kids and teachers back in the buildings when they should be out soaking it up. I actually haven't done much sun soaking, or lake floating since the begining of July. Heavy Sigh. It's my own darn fault, but that doesn't mean I'm running out of opportunities to do so. 

Today I've been working in my craft room doing some organizing. I have too much stuff. One of the things I've been doing is going through samples of new papers CTMH is carrying in the new Annual Inspiration Catalog. Look at these samples of the glitter paper. Isn't it gorgeous?! The colors are vibrant, the glitter doesnt flake off. It's just beautiful and comes in packages of 3 sheets one of each color. You can find them here.



Another bunch of paper I'm in love with is the Paper Fundamentals Packs. I'm totally enamored with the Adventure pack right now. I love, love love the colors.



The cool thing about these papers are that they come 20 sheets to a pack two each of 10 designs so to speak. One side is the basic color with the embossed design the other side is the basic color but where the embossing is on the flip side of the sheet you have white. These come in 4 color packs Adventure, Whimsy, Enchantment, and the Basics which are your neutral, browns, blacks, greys etc.  Remember we have card stock and ink that totally match these papers.

The Adventure are more of the primary colors.


 The Whimsy above contains our five new colors, Glacier, Thistle, Pixie, Canary and Flaxen. 
Not that guys don't love color but you can do some really masculine cards with the colors above that would be stunning. 

Now, I mentioned a giveaway. Here are the rules.    I'm looking to build up my folowers and I know sometimes you have to start small. I'm looking for 25 new followers, by next Sunday. Tell me which of the paper packs you'd use and what you'd use it for, then go to my facebook page and "like" it. 

If I can get 25 new followers on my blog and 25 likes on my facebook page comments by Sunday night, Monday evening I will do a random drawing for a packet of your choice of the glitter paper. If I get lucky and have more than 40, I'll do a pack of the Paper Fundamentals of the winners choice. So spread the word to your crafty friends.

Here's a breakdown of the rules again...


1- Follow my blog  -- side bar will have ways you may follow (google connect, networked blog, blog lovin', email)..you MUST be following...
2- Comment on this post and tell me which paper pack you love and what you'd use it for.
3. Like Me on Facebook. - find the facebook button

Chalk It Up Blog Hop

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Howdy everyone, Happy End of July! I can't believe that this month is gone already but I'm really excited to particitpate in the August Damask Diva's Bolg Hop!



If you came from Scrappin Madge's awesome blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Diva's blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

This months hop is very exciting because we are using the Chalk It Up paper pack from the new CTMH Annual Inspiration Book that will be live tomorrow. There is so much to see in this catalog that I can hardly stand it, and of course I want to play with it all.

So for my project I have been working on a small mini album for my  cousins oldest who just turned 12 last week. I spent a lot of time with them when she was a wee one and I used to take pictures of her all the time. Then, when I moved I started stealing photos from her mom's facebook account so I could throw this together. 

For this I used the CTMH My Creations Hip Pic Album. This is so, so so cute and easy peasy to work with.

Ta Da!!!




Along with the Hip Pics Album I also used the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge and Cricut Design Space to cut some additional goodies using the Chalk It Up paper pack. Little Miss is a big fan of blues and greens so I tried to maximize the usage of the beautiful blue color in the pack, but I LOVE the doodle art on this paper. For the cover I cut a pennant frame at 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" and slapped it down over her photo, added some Teal Shimmer Trim and then thought "I need to ad more."

So I added the little pennant cut out, some additional pennants and I cut out the phrase "Sassy" also on the Artbooking cart, and glittered it up before adding it.




I felt that I shouldn't really cut down the photo I used for the inside cover so I decided to mat it with the blue/teal chalk bubble paper and I used the beach ball overlay on pg 39 as it really also reminded me of bubbles. Then I used Chalk It Up for matting rest of the pages  as well.

If you'd like to see what the rest of the little album looks like check back this weekend, I'm in the process of editing my first video. Yay!
“The next blog hop participant on the list Jessica Wilson. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Chalk It Up. If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.”

Chores

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hope everyone has been having a great Saturday so far. I've been doing all kinds of chores. I started my morning doing an in depth cleaning of my living room and must have removed a half a ton of  dust, dirt and of course cat fuzz. Thus, the downside of living in a construction zone with a woolly mammoth of a husband, and 3 cats. I do not contribute in any way to the mess.   I couldn't even type that with a straight face.

My craft room is next *cough* really *cough* I swear!!!


I'm also doing a major update to my blog so if you stop in and see it a mess, I'm hoping to have the majority of my changes completed by Sunday evening.

Another "chore" on my list today was uploading my photos to my PC from our trip to the coast back in May. I know I want to scrap them but I came home and just put my camera case away and have been using my phone to take pictures.  

I took nearly 200 photos with my Canon DSLR and these are just a few of my favorites.


If you are wondering about the "things" sticking up out of the sea of green in the bottom right photo above. Those are Elk antlers and the sea of green are ferns. The big male elk were laying down in this field and that was all you could see of them were their antlers. It was pretty funny.


The trip turned out to be really nice with very little rain, clouds or fog while we were there. This is not usually the case from past experience on the North Coast. Part of our day two of the trip included a visit to Prehistoric Gardens north of Gold Beach, Oregon.  

That big ole brontosaurus was one of the inhabitants that we got to visit. This is a great place for a little bit of a walk and shade on those warmer days. The guy in both of the collages is my woolly mammoth. Doesn't he look good in red?

Well back to my blog updates. Keep checking in and tell me what you think.

July CTMH Blog Hop - Skylark Part Two

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


All right I'm back. I had some technical difficulties that took me forever to get worked out. Went to get ink for the printer and realized that I was having network issues with the printer. That took me for EVER to get sorted out, or so it seemed. Which of course meant that I could not print photos for layouts. I'm seriously thinking about having Walgreen's or Costco do them in the future.

Then things were looking like they were going well but they were not. I ended up having to take the computer in to have a problem with my memory cleared up. That took forever and just got it back this evening!

That said, finally here's the finished scrapbook layout that I did using the  CTMH Skylark WOTG. I decided that I needed to add a couple more pictures and then add some cute dragonflies from the stamp set using Lagoon Ink, along with the Live in the Moment Stamp. I changed from the Slate in because I felt like there wasn't enough contrast.



These beautiful people are my sister in law Rene and her family. I didn't get to make it over to the Humboldt Coast with them but heck they had so many great pictures I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted to use.



Because I was having such a good time working on the first layout I decided that would do a second page. I have to admit I'm not really big on "scrapping." I love making cards and the challenge of 3D paper projects but working the the Close to My Heart Workshops on the Go kits make it super easy. I'm actually looking forward to my next layout. Tell me what'cha think, I'm dying to hear from you guys!!!





July CTMH Blog Hop - Skylark

Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Almost July everyone!! It's time for another blog hop!

If you came from Cydney Fowler's great blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”


Super short post this morning. 

We have had a totally super busy month, with birthdays and visits from family back east, well Chicago anyway. My sister in law and here family were here for 15 days or so. This trip included dinners, out, movies a houseboat trip on Shasta lake that was pretty amazing and then the camping trip to Patrick's Point that nearly got rained out. I didn't make that trip but I did manage to grab a couple of photos from the trip to document for them. Guess what, this is my first ever scrap book page.




I used the Skylark Workshop on the go paper packet and some of the elements to put together a page and I really like how it turned out.  I ran out of ink while I was printing photos but stay tuned for part two of the the layout later today, I'm off to pick up ink, but tell me what you think of my first layout.

Now on to the super fantastic Kelly Janes.




Card Blank Overload...and the Pink Pipe Cleaner

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Well I can't believe May and June have come and gone already. I actually started this post in the middle of May. Time is really flying by and everyone has been crazy busy. I've been working on getting my craft room cleaned up,among what seems like a hundred other things. It seems like it's a never ending battle. I'd like to say that part of the problem is that we use this room as our computer room/game room /supposed to be dining room while we complete the main living area of our house. I basically share the room with my husband and his gaming gear. and I craft on the small dining room table, or I would if it was ever clear... Need I say more.

One of the things in my craft closet is a largish plastic scrapbook paper storage box. It is chock full of card blanks from that time a couple years back when my husband and I were planning an actual wedding and reception that got postponed. Twice. Due to circumstances beyond our control. We eventually eloped.

 The problem is it's not standard sized cards, or envelopes. It's petal cards with square inserts and reception blanks, argh... quite a few of them. I have both white and ivory inserts but only white petal cards due to a packing error. I was very adventurous back then, I chose to keep them cause I knew I'd used them.
I've been scouring the interweb looking for ideas, I'm sure I'll come up with something but until then that keep calling from the closet.



In the meantime I just have to keep my helper here from stealing things off my desk and table and be a little more helpful in the cleaning department.. He believes all art and craft tools belong to him and he's particularly fond of pipe cleaners. (And straws, washi tape rolls, sponge daubers, etc.) Sometimes it's hard to get stuff done.

That's it for today, I'm working on the my post for the July CTMH Blog Hop coming up on the first. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do with these blanks send me a comment, I'd love to hear it. See you soon.

June Blog Hop "Timberline"

Saturday, May 31, 2014


Hi everyone, I'm back for the Close to My Heart June blog hop! 

So, if you came from Cydney Fowler's great blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

This month our little group is working with the Timberline paper pack, it's a great paper pack for more of those summertime camping/outdoor photos or those big and little boys in your life. In my case I was needing something for my mom. She is always writing notes and cards and I find her buying stationary a couple times a year, the last time she was looking she was fussing about wishing there was something a bit more masculine for some of the men she knows. I thought finally something I can give her that she needs and I know she'll use. 

In my brainstorming and trying to find a more neutral/non floral approach to cards I ran across a great inspiration card on Pinterest here. Very elegant and simple at the same time and just enough layers. Even better it is a variation on a one sheet wonder card using a 6 by 6 sheet of paper, meaning I can make several from a portion of a sheet and still have more than enough for other projects and I can extend the paper paper pack.







What do you guys think? My husband saw this and said "Wow, cool, a father's day card? I love the bug!"  Boy approved, yippee.

 All products used in this are Close to My Heart, for this card I used the argyle pattern from the Timberline paper pack, Lagoon actually Twilight and Colonial White cardstock. This adorable dragonfly was stamped with lagoon ink. It's actually from the Skylark Worksop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit.  If you are interested in amy of these projects you can click on the Close to My Heart badge in the corner or any of the product links which will take you to my store.

The next blog hop participant on the list Kelly Janes  Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Timberline. If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.”