CTMH Welcome Home

Hello! I finally had the chance to escape into Edmonton for a weekend away, and as trips into the big city always goes, it was a chaotic frenzy! I was able to drop off a custom scrapbook order (that’s been done for at least a month), get my computer keyboard fixed, glasses picked out for the twins (yes, they need glasses at 5 years old. Boo!), winter boots bought (which was perfect timing- we’ve had snow since returning on Sunday), and lastly celebrate¬†my husbands’ birthday,¬†moms birthday, Thanksgiving, dads birthday, my birthday all of the above! Phew!

And, since I got my keyboard fixed, the first thing I did was order prints so that I can scrapbook! The next was track down my resume, since I’m looking at returning to work. That in itself is bittersweet. I enjoy being a stay at home mom, but I’m also looking forward to adding something to my schedule that gets me out of the house for a little bit. Fingers crossed I find something part time, which is what I’m hoping for!

I have a few projects to share with you, now that everything is back up and running (and now that I can start using my beloved Cricut again).

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I used up scraps to create both of these cards. The patterned paper is Echo Park, and the glitter paper is CTMH. I punched the border using a Martha Stewart border punch. Also, I cut the houses with my Cricut, adhered all the pieces together with liquid glass, and stamped the message with D1581 Give a Lift and E1030 Handwritten Print Alphabet, both by CTMH. Inks are Peacock and Glacier.

Tomorrow, I’ll drop in again with a layout. Hope to see you then!

CTMH Year>> Noted

I have been hanging on to CTMH’s Year>> Noted mini album and kit for quite a while. When I got it, I wasn’t quite sure what to put in it- and honestly, had nothing I wanted to out inside it. Part of me debated whether I should sell it with the rest of my CTMH stock, or keep it for future use. I wasn’t convinced there’d ever be a future use for it.
That is, until recently. After making a bunch of cards, and getting a little tired of it, the scrapbooking bug bit me hard. I had nothing to scrapbook though! What was I to do?!
Luckily, the junior kindergarten teachers decided to save all the pictures they took throughout the year onto flash drives (that each parent bought and sent to school with their child), as well as extra pictures they’d printed. They sent them home at the end of the school year this past spring. There was a decent sized pile of pictures sitting on my desk that were waiting to be scrapbooked.
Originally, my plan was to scrapbook those pictures when I reached them chronologically, but after I’d ignored the scrappy bug too long and lost the battle with patience, I decided that making another mini album to coincide with our first junior kindergarten mini album (I’ll share it with you tomorrow!) would be a good idea. (My kids were enrolled in the 3 year old jk program as well as the 4 year old jk program).
So, without further adieu, here’s the finished product!

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This collection (Year>> Noted) is unfortunately retired. That includes the stamp set (C1618) that came along with the mini album.
In addition to the Year>> Noted stamp set, I also used C1592 World Traveler (also retired).
The inks I used throughout this mini album are Glacier, Chocolate, Bamboo and Hollyhock (all still available to purchase).

CTMH Twinkle Poinsettia Card

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I thought this was ingenious: creating a poinsettia using the same ornament stamp I used on the cards I shared yesterday (scroll down to the next post to see them). The idea came about after seeing a card on Pinterest employ the same technique. What do you think? Once again, I used the October 2015 SOTM, Twinkle. I also used Flaxen and Cranberry inks. Lastly, for a little more texture, I embossed the cranberry cardstock with an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Join me again soon for some mini album inspiration using CTMH’s Year>> Noted (retired) collection!

CTMH Twinkle Christmas Cards

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Aren’t these cards adorable!? I used our new SOTM Twinkle, as well as White Daisy cardstock, Thistle, Sweet Leaf , Whisper and Peacock inks and some Thistle ribbon.
Simple, but so cute I think these might just become my Christmas cards this year!
Stay tuned tomorrow for more Twinkle goodness!

CTMH White Pines Birthday Cards

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I’ve got new CTMH product to showcase! I used our new White Pines patterned paper on these two cards (I like to buy the paper in bulk rather than the WOTG), as well as our new SOTM, Twinkle. Both these products are available for purchase on my website. Head on over there to start shopping!
(By the way, are you a planner addict? Watch my blog and my Facebook for exciting new product that’s just for you coming out in December!)
Ok, back to cards…I used CTMH Chocolate, Cranberry and Bamboo inks for the stamping, and yellow Bakers twine for the little bow on the one card.
Stay tuned for more White Pines and Twinkle projects in the near future!

Baby Belly Congrats

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The catalyst behind creating this card was one I found on Pinterest. I absolutely loved the idea of creating a pregnant belly silhouette and wanted to recreate it for myself. I started off by tracing around two jars of varying size and fussy cutting the shape out. I card one, I utilized the negative portion of my cardstock (CTMH White Daisy) and placed scrap patterned paper underneath (CTMH Seaside). On the second card, I traced around the positive portion (which is now a template for future cards) lightly in pencil, then roughly doodled over it giving a doodled effect. To create the watercolor background, I used yellow and green gelatos.
This card inspired me, which you can find on my Pinterest:

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I’m Back!

Hello dear friends, long time no see! After a long (for me) absence, I’m finally back with some handmade cards. My MOJO seems to have returned, and I’m so thankful for it!
I wanted to create a card for a dear friend that really enjoyed some of my baking (I can’t blame her- I go stupid for it, too LOL), and I planned to include the recipe inside the card after I was done making it. Before I got the chance to, I learned that another dear friends daughter celebrated her first birthday yesterday. Needless to say, I had to make a card for her, too!
I started out with card inspiration that can be found on the CTMH blog here. I love the clean and simple design, and really love the watercolor effect as well! I enlarged my card to 6×6 inches, rather than the standard 4.25×5.5 inches.

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I used CTMH Hello Life stamps on this card, as well as a stamp from the Heartstrings card WOTG stamp set. (The washi is Sandy Lion, I think). I also used CTMH Whisper and Smoothie inks. To create the watercolor portion, I used my Gelatos.

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All the stamping on this card is from last month’s constant campaign stamp sets, Hello Life. The washi tape is Echo Park, and once again, I used gelatos for the watercolor portion. (I’ll let you in on a little secret: I watercolored on a separate piece of scrap cardstock, then cut it in half to use on this card and the one above. Work smarter, not harder, as my husband is fond of saying, LOL.) I used CTMH Cocoa and Blush inks on this card. (This card is for the sweet little lady that celebrated her first birthday recently).

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On this card, I used purple Gelato and washi tape I picked up from the Dollar store. Just as the two cards above were created using the Hello Life stamp sets, so was this one. The inks I used were Smokey Plum and Sky. (This is the card I gave to my BFF along with the recipe for the squares she really, REALLY enjoyed!)

Fall Has Arrived!

Hello dear friends! Forgive my long absence! I don’t have much to share these days- I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future. I placed my monthly CTMH order today, so by next week I’ll have new goodies to play with!
It’s also been a tumultuous couple of weeks here since I last posted. I had a severe allergic reaction to horses a couple weekends ago, that landed me in emerge and a prescription for an epi pen (which is new to me). I’ve always had allergies; I’ve just never reacted so severely before. Who knew allergies can worsen later in life?! As a result, I’ve been feeling fairly unlike myself since that incident. I’m feeling much better as of a couple days ago, but lost the scrappy bug in the process. Instead, baking has taken up residence! So…I’m still being creative, just using totally different mediums while I’m at it! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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(5 loaves of pumpkin bread under my belt!!)

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(Family tradition Boterkoek- two batches ready to go), and I’m just about to try apple crisp in my slow cooker. Fall has arrived in the K-house!