Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Paper Pumpkin

This was inspired by fellow CTMH Consultant Tara Kenyon. Aren't they cute? And they take so little time to make!

How to:
10 strips of 1x6" CS (I ran mine through the Swirl Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder)
Crop-o-dile (or hole punches)
Oval punch
Faux Tea Light (battery operated - optional)

Take all 10 strips of CS and stack them together. With the Crop-o-dile, punch through the stack on one end with the larger hole, then repeat on the other end with the smaller hole.

Keeping the strips stacked together, place your brad through the smaller punched hole(s). (I place the brad so the head of it is actually inside, so it sits more flat on the bottom.)

Again, keeping the strips stacked together, tie a knot on one end of your ribbon and pull it through the larger hole(s), making sure that you also get your crimped oval leaves on the top. Tie your ribbon as close the the holes as possible.

Fan out your strips of cardstock, forming the rounded shape. You can add a faux tea light (battery operated kind) if you wish.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our Little Shadow Puppy layout

Another layout I was able to complete while away at my retreat... this one is using the leftover Tinkerin' B&Ts from my last Club WOTG layouts.

Our little dog is an 11 lb. Yorkie Poo who is lightening-fast... I make mention in the journaling about that his name should have been something like Sonic (referring to the Nintendo character) 'cause he's so fast, or Blur because he usually shows up as a blur in my photos of him. But he was named Shadow for my lack of imagination and he just always followed me around like my shadow... He'll be turning 4 this coming December, so he's not really a puppy anymore, but I still always seem to call him Shadow Puppy. He doesn't seem to mind... lol

And again, you can just click on the picture to see the finer details...

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Tinkerin', Game On B&Ts; Colonial White CS; Tiny Typewriter Alpha, Comments stamp sets; Black, Twilight inks; Black journal pen; Autumn Terracotta buttons; Vanilla Waxy Flax; Loop punch, Cornice punch (Martha Stewart); Black Rub-on letters (Making Memories); Glitter sticker alphas (Making Memories).

Merry Monsters birthday card

This card is made using a Halloween stamp set that I wanted to be able to use at any time of the year. I personally see boy birthday all over it! lol

I made this card, which I'm sure will be one of many to come... it's just such a cute stamp set with 3 other cute critters.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Goldrush, Colonial White, Ocean, and Breeze cardstock; Game On, and Goldrush B&T; Happy Birthday, Tiny Typewriter Alpha (solid circle stamp), and Merry Monsters stamp sets; Black dash grosgrain; Black mini brads, Circle Coluzzle; 2" circle punch (Fiskars); mini googlie eyes (other).

Twitterpated WOTG layouts

I have a Workshop Club and we meet about once a month to create the Workshop on the Go layouts. This month we are doing Twitterpated. While away at a scrapbooking retreat this past weekend, I was able to get these (mostly) done. I ended up running out of hemp before I got all my buttons completed on my second layout. But it's on order, so I just have to be patient...

You can click on the pics to see them up close and personal!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Baby Boy Album for my friend

I started this baby album a while back. Some of you may remember seeing the "quilted" cover I had posted. I went away for a scrapbooking retreat this past weekend and was able to finish it. A friend of mine had a baby boy in August and although I was a little late to give it to her at the baby shower, I did give it to her today. Her eyes were teary as she thanked me, so I take that as she loved it. :)

I really struggled to take pictures of the inside pages though. I just couldn't get my lighting right. I tried inside, outside, flash, no flash, lots of light, natural light, dark background, light background... and they just seemed soooo washed out and hard to see the details. So these were the best pics I could get of the pages. As usual it looks sooo much better IRL!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Christmas Card Boxed Set

I've purchased a few of Lauren's templates, but this is the first one I've used. This one is called Fold n' Go.

I wasn't sure what to do with it after I made it because I was just playing, not creating with purpose. I tend to do that a lot... I decided this morning to make some simple cards to go inside and this is what I came up with.

My cards are 4x3 in size and I will make up some envelopes to fit the odd-sized cards, maybe later today. For the card design, I used Wishes: Simple Strip pattern.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted:) Wishes; Holiday Warmth, Christmas Melodies, The Season Defined, Christmas Scripts stamp sets; Creative Basics Jingle B&Ts; Colonial White and Black CS; Juniper and Black inks; White grosgrain; Cranberry button; Black waxy flax; White hemp; CC rhinestone frames; CC adhesive pearls; Chipboard candycane (Bazzill); Loop edge/corner punch (Martha Stewart); 1" and 1 1/8" circle punches (EK Success); Pop-dots (other); Lauren Meader's Fold n' Go box template.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes (Box in a Bag)

These are pretty quick and easy to put together. You can find the tutorial by Diana Gibbs here.

The only change I made was for the B&T; I used 11" x 6" (instead of 11 x 5 1/2) to make it slightly taller.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Aspen B&T; Chocolate and White Daisy CS; Four Seasons, Christmas Scripts, and Tiny Typewriter Alpha stamp sets; Chocolate and Twilight inks; White grosgrain; Uniball Signo White gel pen (SU); Cropadile (but you can use a hole punch); 2 1/2" and 3" scallop circles (Marvy Uchida), Loop edge punch (Martha Stewart), Tab punch (SU); Make-up sponge (other).

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hot Cocoa packet holder

I saw a cute cocoa packet holder made out of envelopes on Dawn Griffith's blog. She has a video tutorial on how she made her's here.

I must be using a different size of cocoa packet, because her envelope idea wasn't going to fit my cocoa packet very well, so I came up with a simple similar holder using cardstock.

How to make my version:
CS 9" x 5 1/2", scored along the 9" side at 5", and the sides each at 3/4"
Use a bone folder to make the folds crisp, and cut off the 5" sides (tabs), leaving the 4" side tabs intact. Fold the pocket up at the 5" mark and glue the side flaps to the back. Corner round the top corners.
Finished size: 5" x 4"

These would make a cute little stocking stuffer, door-prize, thank-you, teacher gift, craft sale item.... or fill with a packet of Chicken Noodle Soup for a Get Well Soon idea.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Aspen B&Ts; Chocolate and Colonial White cardstock; Coffee Shop stamp set; Yummy stamp set (SU); Velum (other); Chocolate ink; Chocolate bigger brads; Antiqued Copper eyelets (other); Vanilla Cream waxy flax; Light blue chalk; Liquid Applique; Scallop edge punch (SU); Make-up sponge; 3D foam tape; Nestle Carnation Hot Chocolate packet; Coffee grounds.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

And one more notepad list, but this one's for me...

I am forgetful... yup, that's me. If I don't write stuff down, I most likely WILL forget. When did that happen? I used to have a wonderful memory... I used to be able to remember major details, like what so-and-so was wearing, and what the wallpaper looked like, what I was wearing, and even certain smells, on a specific day. Now, many years and 3 kids later, I'm lucky if I remember to finish "putting my face on" before I head out the door into public. Oops! At least I've never forgotten my pants... yet... lol

Another thing is that I am supposedly a Leo, born on August 21st, but I am right on the cusp of being a Virgo, well known for being the "list makers". Don't get me wrong, I can lean towards the stubborn Leo at times, too, but I find I fit in better with the Virgos, personality traits-wise. I'm always writing lists, always have. I tend to re-write them a lot, too. That's it, officially, I'm a Virgo! lol

Here's my newest notepad list, and this one's for ME!

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted: Thoughtful Seasons, Classmate Alpha, Tiny Typewriter Alpha stamp sets; Twitterpated B&Ts; Colonial White CS; Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue, and Sorbet inks; Versamark and Clear embossing powder; Cocoa grosgrain; Colonial White buttons; Chocolate and Blush waxy flax; Unibal Signo White Gel Pen (SU); Brown journal pen (SU); Scallop edge punch (SU); Lined notepad (Staples).

*** Finished size: 8 1/2" x 3" x 1/4"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just HAD to do another LIST, this one's for Christmas...

I'm having fun with these today. This is my second version (with a 3rd in progress)... fun and quick to make! I'm going to put this one in my Club Workshop Door Prize pile, too.

For the Christmas stocking, I just free-hand cut it out and glued it onto White Daisy cardstock, trimming it out with a bit of a border.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): December Word Puzzle, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet, Classmate Alphabet, Card Commentary, and Solo J stamp sets; Jingle B&Ts, and Creative Basics Jingle B&Ts; White Daisy and Juniper cardstock; Black, Juniper, and Tulip inks; Juniper grosgrain; Cranberry waxy flax; Clear button; Connection Club Pearls; Uniball Signo White Gel pen (SU); Loop punch (Martha Stewart); 2 1/2" scallop circle punch (Marvy Uchida - pink); Lg. Oval punch (SU); Scallop edge punch (SU); Make-up sponge; 8" x 2 1/2" line note pads (8x5" notepads from Staples, cut in half lengthwise).

The "Honey Do List"

I'm home sick today with the stomach flu. :(

While killing time in between bouts of nausea, I was blurfing and I saw a really cute Honey Do List on Lori Craig's blog. So after I started feeling a little better, I made a version of my own using (mostly) CTMH products.

I have a little pile of lined notepads that I purchased at Staples quite awhile ago. They were 8x5" in size, and I had them cut them down the middle for a minimal charge, making them 8 x 2 1/2". So anytime I can find a use for something I already have, it's great. :)

They're very quick to make, so I think I'll be making some more just for the heck of it...

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Classmate Alpha,and Follow Your Dreams stamp sets; Grace B&Ts; Cocoa CS; Cocoa ink; Cocoa grosgrain; Colonial White brads; Colonial White button; Sunflower waxy flax; Brown journaling pen (SU); Scallop edge punch (SU); Lined notepad (from Staples).

***Finished project size: 8 1/2 x 3" (CS piece is 8 1/2 x 6 1/4, scored at 3" from both sides)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Making Spirits Bright... (Mojo Monday #103 - sketch)

Playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch #103, this is the card I created.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Hello There stamp set; Chocolate ink; Jingle B&Ts; Juniper, Black and White Daisy cardstock; Black stitch grosgrain ribbon; CC adhesive pearls; Black Journal pen; Prisma Glitter; Glue pen; Branch punch (Martha Stewart).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Christmas tree punch card

Another idea lifted from here at Carrie Gaskin's blog... this time using scalloped punches for the Christmas trees. Super easy and quick!

I scored the scalloped circles so the bottoms would have 3-4 rounded scallops at the bottom (depending on size) and made them come to a point at the top. Then I just folded the sides back, trimming off the excess. I also used punches for the star and the tree trunks.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): New England Ivy, Olive, Chocolate and White Daisy cardstock; Sweet Home and Grace B&Ts; Christmas Scripts stamp set; Black ink; Punches: Scalloped circle (SU), 2 1/2" scalloped circle (Marvy Uchida), Word Window (SU), mini star (?).

Halloween matchbook treats

I got the idea for these little treats from here on Carrie Gaskin's blog, so I can't take credit for the idea. She showed the sneak peek of the insides with the "eyeball" candy. I hadn't made matchbooks before, so I'm not sure on what a standard size would be. I made mine 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 square when closed.

Cardstock measurements: 2 3/4" x 6", scored at 3/4", 3 1/2" and 3 3/4"

For the bats, I tied a piece (approx. 3" long) of black grosgrain ribbon in a half knot, then used my scissors to cut the wing shape. (I'm not sure how well they will hold together without fraying, but they are kinda cute!)

Also, I found that the staple looks like a mouth...

These will make quick and easy treats for my son to hand out to his classmates for Halloween. :)

Supplies I used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): Autumn Terracotta, Smokey Plum, Sunflower, and Black cardstock; Enchanted B&Ts; Black Grosgrain ribbon; Purple staples, 1/2" and 1 1/4" circle punches (EK Success); White gel pen (Uniball Signo); Lifesavers peppermint candies (individually wrapped); Glue dots.


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