Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Stamp Scrubber

Here is a quick video from Corporate that demos the CTMH Stamp Scrubber - I have found it to be a wonderful tool for keeping my stamps in the best possible condition.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Second Buzz and Bumble WOTG Layout

I created this layout for my youngest daughter's school's annual spring fling.  I know the original layout featured 3 pictures, but I am a picture lover and I always have a difficult time narrowing down my choice of what pictures to include in each layout.  For me to get the selection down to under 10 is usually quite remarkable, but to limit it to only 3 - then I most likely only have 3 pictures of that event :-)

The most obvious modification for my layout was that I opted to use two 4x6 photos instead of the one 8x10 that was featured in the WOTG.  I decided with this change in photo size, it would be best if I expanded the vertical height of my sunset colored B&T pattern paper.  Also, the sheer length of my title prevented me from trimming a pennant edge on the end of my title block.
Left Hand Page of Spring Fling 2 page layout

 My right hand page needed to accommodate four photos (two portrait 2x3's and 2 square 3x3'3) and again I needed to expand the vertical height of my sunset colored B&T pattern paper.  I still need to add my journalling, but for all practical purposes, this layout is complete.

Right Hand Page of Spring Fling 2 page layout

I will be posting additional projects that were completed using the paper included in this WOTG - it is amazing how much that can be completed with the supplies that are included in each WOTG.  More about that in the near future...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Buzz and Bumble WOTG

I recently hosted a Buzz and Bumble Workshop on the Go.  This WOTG is one of my favorites...the pattern paper is so beautiful and the detail on the stamp set is simply amazing.  The finished layouts are very impressive - and I must say, the pictures simply do not do these layouts justice.  I am sad to say that this WOTG will retire at the end of this month, so if you are interested in adding it to your collection, please do so before midnight on 31 August 2013.

When I completed my layouts, I tweaked them just a bit to accommodate my pictures, but I maintained most of the original design and I was so pleased with the results  I am sharing the primary layout today and will post the second layout in the near future.

On the Left Page, I strayed from the original design by altering the size of my focal photo, and chose to use some of the space allocated for a 5x7 photo for my journalling.  I also utilized the space behind the 9"x6" Cocoa colored B&T patterned paper to create a hidden pocket in which I tucked away a copy of the program for my daughter's Junior Piano Recital (the two protruding pieces of hemp are the pulls to retrieve the program.)

Left Hand Page of Recital 2 page layout
On the right hand page, I needed to accommodate 6 landscape photos.  This modification was very easy and the only adjustment to the original design was that I moved the placement of the stamped sentiment "Wonderful, Beautiful Day" and I decided to use the entire sentiment, not just a portion of it, as was done in the original layout. 

Right Hand page of Recital 2 page layout

It is useful to note that this WOTG utilized two wonderful techniques...Masking (note the use of Sunset ink for the word "Beautiful" and the use of Cocoa ink for the remainder of the stamped sentiment) and the use of Blending Pens (notice the color of the word "Seeds" on the stamped image of the seed packet.)  Blending Pens were used to sprinkle additional pops of color throughout the layout, and this technique offers a quick and inexpensive way to add color exactly where you want it.  Both of these techniques are very easy and fun and the results look quite impressive.

Be sure to look for the second layout created using this WOTG in the coming days :-)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Background Stamps

Here is a fun video from corporate that demonstrates a couple of the wonderful background stamp sets that CTMH currently has available.  Monica demonstrates how the stamps are designed to link and nest, which makes it easy to use them to create your own unique patterned paper.  Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Artiste Swing Card

Here is a card that I made using the CTMH Artiste Cartridge.  It is one of several Swing Card that can be cut with this cartridge.  They can be found on page 52 of the Artiste handbook.  All of these swing cards have companion cuts, some are on the Artiste Cartridge and some are on the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The companion cuts fit into the cut out section of each card.

I cut this card using the Accent 1 Key.  And the companion cut, which is found on page 62 of the Art Philosophy handbook, was cut 3 times...twice for the front of the card (the actual front of the card and the backside of the front) and a third time for the inside - which also serves as a place to write a personal message.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


With a $50 order in July, you will have the opportunity to purchase the July SOTM for only$5.  With 6 sentiments and 3 images, it is a great deal for only $5. 

Images from the July SOTM (A Sweet Life) Stamp Set

Examples of July SOTM artwork

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

List of Retiring Products

CTMH is preparing for the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and one sure sign of transition to the new idea book is the announcement of the items that will be retiring...I'm providing a list of the products that will retire as of 31 July 2013.  So if you see any item that you have been considering purchasing, just know that time is running out....

Also, I do apologize for the fact that this is a rather long list, but I certainly felt that it was important that you at least be made aware of all of the retiring product and can plan accordingly!  

Part Description Category Family
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy Album album
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment Accessory brads 
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads Accessory brads 
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment  Accessory Buttons
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment  Accessory Buttons
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment Accessory Buttons
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment  Accessory Buttons
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons Accessory Buttons
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment Accessory Buttons
G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card 
G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit WOTG Card 
Z1412 10-Things Pocket Paper Product cards
Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes Paper Product cards
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes Paper Product Cards
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet Accessory Color Ready
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes Accessory Color Ready
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes Accessory Color Ready
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes Accessory Color Ready
1771 WaterbrushMedium Tool coloring 
Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa Tool coloring 
Z1350 embossing powder topiary Tool coloring 
Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue Tool coloring 
Z655 EmbPowderOlive Tool coloring 
Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim Tool coloring 
Z659 EmbPowderCranberry Tool coloring 
Z670 EmbPowderBlack Tool coloring 
Z672 EmbPowderRed Tool coloring 
Z673 EmbPowderWhite Tool coloring 
Z724 EmbossingPen Tool coloring 
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images Accessory Complements
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment  Accessory Complements
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment  Accessory Complements
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes Accessory Complements
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment  Accessory Complements
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch  Tool cutting
Z578 Corner Rounder Tool cutting
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment Accessory embellishment
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment Accessory embellishment
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers Accessory Flowers

Z1612 Paper Clip Pins Accessory foundry
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small   Crafts   gift 
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large  Crafts   gift 
G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit   WOTG   home d├ęcor 
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots Accessory Journaling
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit WOTG Layout
Z1748 Brocade Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1766 Memo Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1794 Cottage Assortment Accessory Level 2
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment  Accessory  Level 2 
Z1813 Claire Assortment  Accessory  Level 2 
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment  Accessory  Level 2 
X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7157B Dakota Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7166B Claire Paper Packet Paper Product Level 2
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet  Paper Product Level 2
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection Accessory mini medley
Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner Crafts My Creations
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton Crafts My Creations
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album  Crafts My Creations
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal Crafts My Creations
Z1081 ColonialWhiteWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1088 ChocolateWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1089 BlackWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment Accessory Ribbon
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon Accessory Ribbon
Z906 BambooWaxyFlax Accessory Ribbon
W1123 Spring Summer 2013 B&T Duo Sampler Supply Supply
Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3) organization
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base organization
Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase Organization
Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer Organization
Z608 EmbossingStylusMedium Tool
A1132 Family Stamp  A 
A1133 Festival of Lights Stamp  A 
B1372 Circle Together Stamp  B 
B1395 So Grateful Stamp  B 
B1396 School Rocks Stamp  B 
B1405 Rugged Dude Stamp  B 
B1406 Blessings of Peace Stamp  B 
B1410 A Friend Like You Stamp  B 
B1414 Bonjour Stamp  B 
C1438 Tea Time Stamp C
C1461 Salutation Seals Stamp C
C1466 Instant Memories Stamp C
C1505 Pun Fun Stamp C
C1507 Angelic Blessings Stamp C
C1508 Paisley Flair Stamp C
C1511 Love Blooms Stamp C
C1520 Christmas Joy Stamp C
D1187 For Every Occasion Stamp D
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas Stamp D
D1399 Dream Big Stamp D
D1440 Everlasting Life Stamp D
D1444 A Little Thanks Stamp D
D1492 Christmas Love Stamp D
D1517 Game On Stamp D
D1519 Abundance Stamp D
D1521 Powder Heaven Stamp D
D1523 Sweet Music Stamp D
D1528 Jardin Stamp D
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large Stamp  E 
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1017 Old World Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1018 Pennant Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1020 Token Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1021 Trinity Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1022 Hero Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1023 Varsity Alphabet Stamp  E 
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet Stamp  E 
K900 Single Name Stamp Stamp  Custom 
K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines Stamp  Custom 
K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines Stamp  Custom 
K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines Stamp  Custom 
K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines Stamp  Custom 
K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines Stamp  Custom 
K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines Stamp  Custom 
W1600 Customized Set Stamp Custom

Monday, July 8, 2013

My First Studio J Layout

My first love is actual hands-on-paper-scissors-adhesive scrapbooking.  There is just something therapeutic and indescribably rewarding about taking raw materials and creating something uniquely my own. While I always draw inspiration from other ideas - usually finding something that just speaks to me and using that as a jumping off point - the final product is usually something that has my unique touch embedded throughout.  I can admire my finished product with a bit of pride because I know the creative journey I took to arrive at my destination, and like most journeys, there are a lot of good memories associated with it.  So, just to be clear, I always have and always will enjoy the art of hands-on scrapbooking.

But I journeyed into new territory recently and decided to try my hand at Studio J.  Here is the first layout that I made and I was so pleased with it.  And the actual printed pages do not disappoint!  They are so beautiful and flow seamlessly when inserted among the traditional scrapbook pages of my albums.  I've done additional Studio J layouts and will post them in the future.

Studio J layouts are available as 2 page layouts, but I often have one page layouts - so my solution...I modified each page to include a title elements and then proceeded to add my pictures.   The result was two completely independent pages, but one coordinating, cohesive look - which is exactly what I strive for in my traditional paper layouts. 

Working with Studio J was pretty simple, but I highly recommend taking some time to watch the instructional videos, because, not only are they fun, they are full of tips and ideas...and they simplify the learning curve!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Canvas Art WOTG July Special

CTMH is currently featuring a special for this month...get the discounted Workshop on the Go Canvas Art Kit (G1062) in July - no qualifying order required!  From now until July 31 you can get this kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95 - more than 50% off!

You can watch the following video for tips and details about using this kit...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Version :-)

I always create by drawing from some source of inspiration.  That is just what works for me.  However, sometimes the inspiration serves more as a source from which I try to almost directly copy the idea while still giving it a few tweaks to make it my own.  Today's project falls into this category.  I loved the card with the hearts from the For Always Workshop on The Go.  But I don't have that WOTG and I wanted to re-create that here is my version. 

Supply list:
For Always Paper Pack (B&T Duos, Slate Cardstock & Twilight Cardstock)
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Cut from page 67 of handbook)
Card Word Puzzle My Acrylix Stamp Set (Happy Anniversary Sentiment)
Twilight  & Slate Ink Stamp Pad
January SOTM -  Happy Valentine's Day  (inside sentiment)
Whoo's Your Valentine Stamp Set (stripes on the four hearts)

Inside of the card: