CTMH Sympathy Cards

Hello, friends! These past few weeks have been incredibly busy between school activities and prepping for Christmas. This season reminds me that although there is much beauty in the season and festivities, there can also be sadness. Yesterday (December 10th) marked the one year anniversary of our very dear friends’ sudden passing. There have also been a few other unexpected deaths in our circle of family and friends this past week, so I took some time to create cards for our friends rather than scrapbook. I’d like to share them with you today.

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In the card above, I used:
– CTMH Glacier cardstock
– CTMH Snowhaven patterned paper
– CTMH Paper Garden SOTM
– CTMH Slate and Glacier inks
– CTMH White Daisy cardstock

I also used my cuttlebug to emboss the background cardstock.

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In this card, I used:
– CTMH Framed SOTM
– CTMH Snowhaven patterned paper (including portion of the zip strip)
– CTMH Seaside patterned paper
– CTMH Lagoon and Basic Black inks
– CTMH Slate striped ribbon
– CTMH Glacier cardstock
– CTMH White Daisy cardstock

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This last card was made for sweet little #safyre. Have you heard her story? If not, Google her. She is a beautiful and inspiring little girl! My daughters even made cards for her- they’re sad she got hurt, but happy she’s alive. My thoughts exactly!
In this card, I used:
– CTMH Peacock cardstock and ink
– CTMH Poster Tidings SOTM (retired)
– CTMH Glacier cardstock
– CTMH Seaside patterned paper
– CTMH Slate striped ribbon
– CTMH White Daisy cardstock

You can find most of these items on my website. Visit me here to find them yourself!

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!

Non-traditional Christmas Spread

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I’ve got two more projects to share with you today! You may recognize the second layout- I posted it last month as part of our stamp of the month promotion for August. I do believe the first spread showcases a SOTM too, but it’s from earlier in the year!
I’ll be back again soon with more scrappy goodness!

Peace & Love Christmas Card Workshop

Good morning! I’m dropping by with something different today. November 7 is my Christmas card workshop. We’ll be making 20 Christmas cards, using four different designs. I have them made up already, too! Well, for the most part. One card is missing a few things yet, so that on will remain a surprise for now. Hopefully this inspires you to sign up! I’ll also have kits available to those that want to come but are unavailable. Workshop fee is $30 CAD.

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All the materials will be provided; you’re not required to bring anything other than your self! Comment on this post or email me @ theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Seats are limited!

Fallen Four and CTMH Poster Tidings Layout

Hi everyone! We had a play date at our BFFL’s house this afternoon, and while we splashed around in their inflatable pool,

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we saw this:

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The RCMP were practice jumping for the Fallen Four Relay and Marathon happening this weekend in Mayerthorpe. There were roughly 15 jumpers, and they landed at Hilltop High, just across the street from our friends’ house. We are planning to catch the show tomorrow morning- the girls thought this was the neatest thing ever- A has declared she’s going to be an RC jumper when she grows up. Wouldn’t that be something?!
If you don’t know what the Fallen Four is all about, or what happened, please visit this website. It’s hard to believe 10 years has passed since this senseless tragedy. (Yes, it was in 2005, for those that do know what I’m talking about!)
I’ve also got another layout to share with you today.

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I started off by creating my own background for this layout, using a Recollections mask and Heidi Swapp Glimmer Mist in Sunflower and Gold. I layered some scrap card stock and patterned paper ontop and embellished with some stamping, fussy cutting and CTMH Skylark resin embellishments. This was my insoiration:

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Materials:

– Recollections mask
– Heidi Swapp Glimmer Mists in Gold and Sunflower
– Recollections kraft cardstock
– CTMH Seaside patterned paper
– CTMH Scandinavian Wishes stamp set
– CTMH Gold polka dot washi tape
– CTMH Just Saying stamp set
– CTMH Flaxen ink
– CTMH Pear ink
– CTMH Sweet Leaf ink
– CTMH Glacier ink
– Recollections white cardstock
– CTMH Poster Tidings stamp of the month
– CTMH Skylark resin embellishments

Patchwork CTMH Christmas

If you’re like me, the last thing you want to see when we’re just getting into our spring/summer groove is anything Christmas related. The layout I’m sharing today is Christmas themed. The silver lining is that I used some of my CTMH Christmas stamps that have never yet been used! I can’t wait to try them out again closer to the actual Christmas season. I’m smitten!
Another sketch- this time from Scrapbook Generation- inspired this layout. You’ll find it pinned here, along with the rest of my favorite sketches.

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The original sketch was intended for a 12×12 layout, but I cropped it a bit to work with an 8×8 layout instead.
I used a variety of scrap CTMH patterned papers to create the patch work background, as well as a variety of CTMH stamps to create the embellishments. For added pizzazz, I broke out my Martha Stewart glitter glues, and filled in the holly berries and heart on the house. I stamped the house in two parts- the house in chocolate, and the message (a second time) in pear, then fussy cut the message out and adhered it under the house. The door was also fussy cut from the second image then glued ontop of the original brown door. I used my CTMH Liquid Glass to adhere it. I’m loving the effect!
The little tag I found in my stash- it had been cut ages ago for another project. I pulled it out because a coordinating Cricut image was paired with the house stamp on the stamp protector. (My Cricut isn’t cooperating with me lately, so I didn’t use it with this project. I need to phone Cricut but haven’t done it yet). Thank goodness I had some stashed away! I liked the way it looked, so replicated it. Luckily, the die cut was the right size!!

Materials:

– CTMH Ivy Lane patterned paper (A & B sides)
– CTMH Timberline patterned paper (A side)
– CTMH Balloon Ride patterned paper (B side)
– CTMH Home For the Holidays stamp set
– CTMH Pear ink
– CTMH Chocolate ink
– CTMH Bamboo ink (for inking the edges)
– Martha Stewart Glitter Glue in Garnet
– Recollections pink and chocolate card stock
– CTMH Sing Glory Hostess Rewards stamp set
– CTMH Lollydoodle patterned paper, zip strip

Stretching Your Stash

I seem to remember mentioning in the past, that I’m not much of a double page scrapbooker, but I will do the odd double page if I have enough pictures of one subject. Sometimes I’ll split those pictures up if there’s more than one topic I want to explore. Such as the pictures I’m scrapbooking of my in laws visit at the end of December 2011. My MIL helped me spruce up my home at the same time we celebrated a belated Christmas with them. Today’s double page spread focuses on celebrating with them- spoiling my kids. My kids were absolutely spoiled at Christmas time, so I tried sticking with that particular theme here.

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I cut the title, tag and bathroom people with my Cricut, using glitter, stamping and washi tape to punch them up; the rest of the embellishing was stamped and fussy cut! 
First, the crown portion of the title was cut twice, so to give it some depth, I used my Martha Stewart glitter again. I also used 3D square adhesives to pop it up a bit. The jewel, which you see layered underneath the “s” of spoiled, I pieced together after cutting with my Cricut. I also gave it the “sparkle” treatment, by covering it CTMH’s Liquid Glass. It seems a little flat, and it’s hard to see in the picture, but it is glossy.
Next, I had fun covering the bathroom people (is there another proper term for these people?? This is what I’ve always called them! Ha!) I used pink washi tape that I had in my stash, and painstakingly layered washi over them for more visual interest. (I also used my negative portion in one of my gratitude journal pages. Week 4, I do believe. To see for yourself, go here.
Lastly, I stamped the rest of the embellishments using CTMH inks and stamps.  The this week star burst circle was also fussy cut and adhered using 3D pop dots. To complete the embellishment cluster in the upper right corner of page 2, I added a bit of journalling.
A little tip to remember to stretch out the usage of a single piece of patterned paper or card stock, is to cut it in half (or smaller!) See the green pieces of patterned paper on each end of my double page spread? I had only one 6×6 sheet of that particular paper left, and I wanted to use it in both pages, to keep my color theme coordinated. To solve that problem, I cut it in half and adhered each half at either end of my spread. And actually, the same is true of the white heart patterned paper on the far left and far right edges of each page in this spread, too! Can you think of other ways to stretch your stash?

Materials:

– SU patterned paper
– MME (My Minds Eye) patterned paper
– Momenta 6×6 patterned paper
– CTMH White card stock
– CTMH True to Life My Acrylix stamps
– CTMH Smokey Plum Exclusive Ink
– Cricut M446D2
– Cricut MFC5CA
– Cricut M41E72
– Misc. Pink washi
– Martha Stewart glitter in Charoite 

New Generation Die-Cutting

I’ve had a die-cutting machine for quite some time. Originally, my husband wasn’t going to let me get one because they were so expensive. We were in Rocky (Mountain House) for a good friends’ wedding, and the morning of the big day, he was up crazy early, thanks to his internal clock. Since it was too early to do anything, and there wasn’t much worth watching on TV (and, I was still sawing logs), he wound up settling for infomercials. How many of us have done that?
Well, serendipity was hard at work that morning, because as I woke up, I heard my husband on the phone with someone. Someone was Cricut;  as a late wedding gift (ours had been a month earlier), he decided to buy me the Cricut Expression. I treasured it ever since- at least, the intention behind it. It wasn’t long before I figured out that I hated cutting anything small and intricate with it. Sizing was a constant guessing game, too. But, I ignored my frustrations. After all,  it was an incredibly meaningful gift.
Fast forward 7 years, and it finally comes out that I’m unhappy with my Expression, and had been from the get-go. Rather than having to appease a hurt husband, I heard “Well, why don’t you get a new one???”
I was dumbfounded. After picking my chin up off the floor, I told him that it was a special gift and I wasn’t sure how he’d take me wanting to trade it in for a new one. It was ok; he bought the Cricut Explore for me this Christmas. And, I think it’s already paid for itself! I’ve used it for every project since I hooked it up. And, the layouts I want to share today marks the beginning of a new Cricut creative era for me!
Boy, are there a lot of die cut machines to choose from nowadays! There’s the Silhouette, Cricut, Brother Scan ‘n Cut- just to name a few. How do you choose? They’re all so sophisticated and impressive! For me, the choice was a no-brainer. Since I’d already had the Expression and consequently owned a number of cartridges, I switched to the new generation Cricut. I no longer need my cartridges, but I’m hanging onto them a little longer, just in case anything happens (for some crazy reason).  It is possible to purchase images from the Cricut craft room library, but so far, I’ve had no need to.  I might never need to! Fun, right?!

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I started off simple with my first cut via the Explore. I wanted a heart to frame these pictures of C. I also needed to make sure the entire focus remained on her goofy yet serious expressions. And then I found the heart you see on the layout above. Perfect! The cutting process is a dream. It literally cuts like a knife through butter, smooth and effortless. Gah- I’m smitten! Ask my husband how many times I’ve told him I love it. He’s probably already lost count, but he’d play it cool, grin and say “yeah, a few times”.
And, if you’re wondering, the alphas at the bottom are not die cut. They’ve been in my stash for quite some time.
Also, if you’re wondering whether it can cut letters and images only, the simple answer is no. What I’ve used it for (so far), has barely scraped the surface of what it’s capable of. Think vinyl, iron ons, printing (with your computer!!!) as well as many other fabulous uses. I can’t wait to try it all out!

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If any of you frequent my Facebook page, the title mat on this layout might look familiar to you. Remember the sneak peek I shared a few weeks ago? This is the layout I was working on. I cut the title mat using my Explore, as well as the title. The mittens and leafy branch are chipboard accents from Close to My Hearts’ Snowhaven paper packet and embellishments. I used a tiny bit of embroidery floss to create the idiot straps mitten harness. And, the title- I love that I am able to cut out all the layers in one simple step. (There are 3 layers to the HOLIDAY portion of the title.) Seriously, the software is just about idiot proof. My kids could probably figure it out, without having to know how to read. It’s that good. (They aren’t even 5 yet).
What die cutting machine do you have, and what’s your favorite way to use it?