Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pet Loss

Another sympathy card but for our furry friends.   Pretty neutral tones......Kraft CB with a wood grain embossing folder.  B&T paper from Cosmo Cricket.
Dog stamps from A Muse.....sentiment from Hero Arts.  Little heart punch is from Marvy, distressing tool from CTMH, Memento and Colorbox inks and the fun twine is from Taylored Expressions.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Care For a Bite?

Guess where I picked these up?  At my LSS - yesssss, the STAMP store!!  I knew they were perfect for Creepella....and I was right - she loves them.  If she ever gets around to making a pair of earrings I'll post them - I'm sure they'll be frightfully delightful!

And how about these beauties.......the little winged darlings?  My darling daughter - so dark & demented.....gotta love her!!

Thanks for popping by!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shimmer Flower

It might be a little brighter than most of my Sympathy cards but I think it's still calming enough.  

I used the shimmer water color paints that I've had for 7+ years.....haven't used paints in a very long time so that was a fun application.  The stamped images (PTI) take any type of color medium so well you really can't go wrong.  I love the coordinating B&T paper too (also from PTI).  

I thought the embossing folder gave just the right amount of was too plain with something but I wanted some pretty subtle.  Embossing folders fit the bill.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Another Pink Day!

Another smallish card for Creepella's b-day week.  It's very similar to this card that I made in April.  I used many of the same components (stamps, B&T paper, mini star gems)....but I added the star border punch (Martha Stewart) and changed the lay-out a bit. 

A fun and bright card for a fun-filled week!

Copics; Memento Inks; B&T - CTMH; Stardream CS; Stickles

Thanks for popping in!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sewing Endeavors

Guess what I've been busy with?  SEWING.....haven't sewn anything for over a decade (when I made Creepella some sort of Pink Princess costume).  But I've been engrossed with the pattern-making endeavors of Erin and I finally decided it was time (to purchase a pattern or two) and then closed my eyes and took a leap......while I didn't exactly defy gravity I DID put together this cool wristlet.  Yes, I moaned and groaned (and worked up a sweat and cursed quite a lot) whilst in the midst of "creating" this lovely but let me tell you I am beside myself with delight on the finished product.  

Erin's patterns are hugely daunting....because she's very, very detailed in her direction and photos.  But since I claim to like "Fill-In-The-Blank For Dummies" books I should have embraced her patterns from the get-go.  I did eventually built a healthy enthusiasm - it just took me a minute. 
Did I mention linings and fusible interfacing and sew-in interfacing and zippers (as in ZIPPERS) and hardware (which was actually kind of fun) and page upon pages of instructions? 
But isn't it cool?  I'm so enthralled that I made this with my own two hands, a sorta-working 25+ year Kenmore sewing machine and material that I've been collecting for eons (because it's so pretty, and the colors and patterns are delightful - it's like FOLDABLE B&Tpaper!!).
Anyhow, I'm a happy crafty-gal and I've already purchased the latest purse pattern (Date Night) and material and zippers and hardware so I just need a chunk of time to get busy!! 
I've managed to squeeze in a couple of cards too so I hope you'll return to take a peek. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Little Hug

A fun mini (3X3) card to share!  It's from the same little frame set (Hero Arts) that I used for this "Bacon" card.  I love it when a set is so versatile - and wow - what different looks!  The label/fram is stamped with Memento Inks and I added just a bit of coloring/high-lighting with Copics and a quick application of Stickles makes "hug" stand-out!.
Pink and Green because it was for Creepella - and you know Pink Goes Good With Green (sorry, gotta slip in a little Wickedness whenever I can!!), and of course let's throw some sparklies around for good measure too!!
The embossing folder (Lifestyle/QK) is a new one to me and I love's so neat and tidy and tiny.  The green ribbon has been in my stash for years (I hoard this stuff like nobody's business as it's Creepella's favorite and I just can't find it anymore).


I love the star gems too - two different sizes......sigh......makes me happy, happy, happy!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


This one started out as a Mother's Day card and actually I decided it would make a good b-day card so I made a few extra.  The B&T (CTMH) is pulling most of the weight,  The shoe (Hero Arts) is simple to color with Copics and then I loaded the flower accent with two different Stickle colors.  The scalloped heart punch is from Marvy.


The little pearls are from a spool that I've had for years.  The rhinestone brad is from Recollections and the organza ribbon is just from my stash.

This sentiment is from PTI and the punch is from Stampin' Up.  Inks are Memento and CTMH.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Celebrating the CTMH Way

About 97% of the items for this card are CTMH products. 

The ribbon, the brads, the flower punch and the Stickles aren't from CTMH.

But everything else is from CTMH.  Speaking of which, today I'm celebrating my 19th year as a CTMH Consultant. 

Nineteen years......when I started, I thought, "Oh, I'll do this for about a year....I just need a year to get everything I want (at a discount) from the catalog and then I'll be finished."  HA - what a laugh.......and here I am 19 years later - looking forward to next year's Convention!!  I'm delighted that it will be held close enough that I can attend, I think it will be a fitting celebration of 20 fun-filled years of CTMH stamping!!

The new catalog will be released on August 1st, and I've already been a busy bee making stuff for future postings.  I was so excited that CTMH decided to go back to an annual catalog/idea book (versus the bi-annual Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter catalogs we've had for the last several years).  You might think oh it'll get boring after a few months (well how that can be I don't know....) but CTMH has that all worked out.  "Seasonal Expressions" will be released twice within the 12-month catalog life.  There will be cool new items in each release that will be sooooo exciting and fun (I can hardly wait!). 

The worse part of the new catalog has been having to DECIDE what the heck to get first!!  I know I have an entire year to get everything on my list but I kinda sorta want it all NOW.  Chef B just rolls his eyes when I start in with my whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.  Patience Grasshopper!!

Attending Convention after a multi-year absence has really gotten me extra excited about CTMH again.  I think I get so used to the products (because I'm pretty much surrounded by them) that I forget how truly remarkable they are - Convention is a 3-day immersion of CTMH and my love, appreciation and delight has been renewed. 

I've got some miscellaneous stamping goodness lined up for the rest of July but then WATCH out for August - it'll be packed with CTMH stuff!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Magic Begins

Not only do I have Creepella's B-day week to prep for, I also have Chef Bo-Bo's just a couple of weeks early too.  But hey, it gets me into the ol' b-day spirit and allows me to delve into Disney and Skulls to my heart's content! 

Paper, paper, paper........and a little bit of stamping helped to make this 3 x 3 card.  Mickey head punch from EK Success, corner rounder from Marvy, stamps from CTMH, Baker's twine - scraps from a wedding!!, Memento Ink, CB and CS from CTMH and B&T paper is very Disney-like (can't recall the designer).