Friday, August 15, 2014


I love the What A Hoot! August stamp of the month set.

Here's the little pumpkin from that set. 

For the base, I inked up my Damask embossing folder with Black ink and placed a piece of Whisper cardstock onto it, then ran it through my new Big Shot.

{ Did I tell you all that I won big at a stamping event when I was visiting my sister in Calgary in July?  She signed us up to attend Allison Okamitsu's Bingo night event at her home - luv Allison by the way!, and I won the biggest prize at the end of the night that included the new SU In-Color cardstock and markers and all of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets AND also included the money collected from everyone who bought additional bingo cards at $5 each, so I also won $145 in cash to put towards Stampin' Up! product from their new catalog.  I quickly ordered a new Big Shot -- as I had sold the one I had won from the Stampin Royalty blog years ago, and had regretted selling it ever since!  I left Allison's in shock that night... ;)  }

I stamped the pumpkins in Versamark and Black ink onto White Daisy cardstock, and heat embossed Clear Detail embossing powder over top.

I pulled out my old markers to color the pumpkins, but they seemed so bare even though they were cute on their own, but I thought I'd water-paint the sky with my waterbrush and inks and color the ground with my markers.  I also added a little shading around the pumpkins on the ground with my old markers.

Love how it turned out.  ♥

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Whisper, White Daisy, Black, Goldrush
Stamps:  What A Hoot! - Aug SOTM, Holiday Tags
Inks:  Black, Versamark, Gypsy, Thistle
Markers - old style:  Sunset, Whisper, Slate
Embellishment:  Purple Shimmer Trim
Other:  Waterbrush, Clear Detail embossing powder, Damask embossing folder

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Inspired Birthday

I fell in love with this card by Erica Cerwin.

I had to recreate it with new CTMH products, because it is just so darn cute!

I used a polka dot stencil/overlay over a piece of Thistle cardstock, and sponged Thistle ink over top to create the background.

The Glacier and Canary patterned papers are from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack.

And the adorable stamp set I used for the candy dish is a Hostess Rewards set called Sweet As Sugar.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  White Daisy, Thistle, Paper Fundamentals Glacier and Canary CS
Stamps:  Sweet As Sugar - Hostess Rewards, Banner Wishes
Inks:  Black, Thistle, Canary, Glacier, Whisper
Other:  Polka Dot Stencil/Overlay (SU), Micro-tip scissors, 3D foam tape, Sponge Dauber, Oval Punch (SU), 5/16" circle punch (EK)

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's the Little Things...

It's the Little Things is an upcoming stamp of the month set for November.

So while this post is a little early, I wanted to share it now because it is quite summery with all the flowers in the set.

These two cards show a nice combination of all five of our new CTMH colors:
Glacier, Thistle, Pixie, Flaxen and Canary.

I used a 1" wide post-it to cover a strip of the card base, and randomly stamped the flowers and leaves in various colors.

Then I simply peeled the post-it strip off, and stamped the sentiment with Slate ink.

I added a few Bitty Sparkles to add a little bling. 

And that was it.  Seriously easy and fast.

I basically repeated the same for this little 3x3 sized card.

Although I see I didn't add any Bitty Sparkles.  Easy enough to fix.  lol

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  White Daisy CS
Stamps:  It's the Little Things - Nov SOTM
Inks:  Glacier, Thistle, Pixie, Flaxen, Canary, Slate
Embellishment:  Bitty Sparkles

Friday, August 8, 2014

I'm an Awesome Aunt!

Ok, ok, I mean Great Aunt, but I just like the sound of Awesome Aunt better!

My niece had a baby boy yesterday, which is the first grandchild of all of my siblings, so this is kinda a big deal.  ;)    And I can't believe my sister is a Grandma!!!

I just wish my mom were still here for this.  {sniff sniff}

Man, that would have been so great!

Anyways, I got inky today to make a card for the birthday boy.

I can't wait to smell, I mean hold the little guy.  

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  White Daisy, Ruby CS
Stamps:  Stitch Wonder, Hit the Spot - retired, Little Reminder - retired
Inks:  Glacier, Saddle
Embellishment:  Chocolate Polkadot Ribbon - retired
Other:  *Cricut Artbooking Cartridge - giraffe shape, Owl punch - heart shape (SU), 3D foam tape

*Note:  the giraffe shape was cut at 2 1/2" at real dial size.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Birthday Owl

Ok, so seriously, this Stamp of the Month set is cute.

I inked it up the day it arrived...

I paired the What A Hoot!  stamp set with the new Chalk It Up papers, and colored the owl with a combination of our new ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers and some of our old ones.  (funny how the darker blue is showing in the pic, as it is a teal color in real life)

I will definitely be playing with this set more!

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Chalk It Up; White Daisy CS
Stamps:  What A Hoot!, Belated Birthday
Inks:  Flaxen, Versamark
Markers:   ShinHan Touch Twin Turquoise and Peacock - new, Sorbet Lt. and Dk. - old
Embellishments:  Black Arrow Washi Tape, Chalk It Up Assortment
Other:  Micro-tip Scissors, 3D foa tape, Blender Pen, Clear Detail Embossing Powder

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Here... The NEW CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog!

Today is the day!

Be sure to check it out... it has over 250 new products!

And isn't the August Stamp of the Month the cutest???

It is called What a Hoot!

And as always, it is just $5 with a minimum $50 order (also available at full price without a minimum).

I have a thing {♥} for owls.  Love it!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thanks {big time}

Simple card... love it.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Slate, White Daisy CS, Free To Be Me Gold CS
Stamps:  Balloon Talk - April SOTM, Ariana Scrapbooking WOTG set
Inks:  Slate, Black
Embellishments:  Black Shimmer Trim, Black Epoxy Bubbles
Other:  3D foam tape, Micro-tip scissors

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Skylark Mini Album

I always have fun making mini albums.  : )

I found these instructions by Claudia via Pinterest and had to try them for myself.

This one uses one sheet of cardstock for the base, and one sheet of (bulk) patterned paper.

I added a little more cardstock on the inside for photo mats, and I decided to wrap the cover with a 4x6 Skylark Picture My Life card to add a fun closure.

Here is it being unfolded and opened...

Flip open the first two flaps and there are hidden photo mats inside.

Open the rounded flap and there is a hidden journaling/photo card tucked inside.

It's finished size is 4 3/4" tall x 4" wide.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Skylark B&T; Whisper, Desert Sand, Lagoon CS
Ink:  Saddle
Embellishments:  Skylark PML card, Skylark Complements, Clear Sparkls
Other:  Corner rounder, Sponge, Hook & Loop dots, Mircro-tip Scissors, Coluzzle Circle - retired, 3/4", 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches (EK)


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