Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweetheart 6" x 6" Album for a Valentine's Class

Edited to add: I just entered this post in a Valentine's Day blog hop, scroll to the bottom to see everyone else in the hop!

I played with lots of new CTMH product for this cute little mini-album! This is the project we'll be making at my Intro to Scrapbooking class in San Diego next weekend. I used the My Creations Memory Showcase, which I love for many reasons, but especially because you can display the whole thing when you're finished!

I'll also be selling kits for you to make this mini-album...more info at the bottom of this post.

I used one of Close to my Heart's new paper packs: Sweetheart (available Feb. 1). I also threw in a little bit of the retired Animal Cookies paper and hand-stamped my own patterned paper onto cardstock.
I used the new Spray Pen with Tulip re-inker and pearl paint on the front and back covers, as well as on 2 of the tags in the following photo.
Love all those pretty new buttons!
How perfect is the black heart accent? It's a sticker from the new Sweetheart embellishments.
These days, I can't do a project without adding some damask. I used the Damask Tiles stamp set to make this pink-on-white background paper, and the Noted Backgrounds stamp set for the pink-on-pink paper.
Isn't the new Bohemian Alphabet adorable?! The silver/pink ribbon is from Martha Stewart.
(Most of this album was lifted from Vicki Wizniuk's 9"x9" baby album here.)

I'm putting together some of these kits to sell if you're interested in making this little album yourself. I'm placing an order for supplies on Sunday, so let me know before then. I'll put the kits together next week and mail out on Thurs (2/3).

Each kit will include all embellishments and papers cut to size, as well as photos of my book with instructions. There are 2 ways to order your kit:
  1. You supply the stamps & inks and do your own stamping. Kit cost $15 + $5 shipping
  2. I will pre-stamp everything for you, as shown in my album. Kit cost: $20 + $5 shipping
To order your Valentine's Accordion Mini-Album, email me at jaymalew [at] I accept Paypal for payment.

{Note: I will not use the spray pen on these kits. You may request that the spray pen, Tulip re-inker, and pearl paint be to your kit for an additional charge.}


Thanks for reading my blog today!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wings, Damask Tiles & Find Your Style Valentine's Card

This is the card we made at my very first CTMH Skype party! Since I don't live in San Diego anymore, one of my regular groups of ladies from when I did live there still wanted to have a party with me. I wasn't sure how a Skype party would work, but it was fabulous! I'll be doing more of them.
The only downside was that the participants couldn't stamp themselves...I pre-stamped everything before mailing the kits. But they still loved the party. The big pro was that I had my whole craft room at my fingertips so I had access to much more than if I had brought just the supplies to make the card plus a few additional things to show. They said they learned even more than at the "normal" parties I've done for them.

If you are interested in hosting a Skype party with me, let me know. I'll mail your card kits and Idea Books right to your house! I charge $5 per kit, but if you place a $25+ order that fee is waived.

The card above was inspired by the amazing Vicki Wizniuk's card here.

Stamps: Find Your Style (Jan Stamp of the Month), Damask Tiles, Love Language
Paper: Wings, Twilight cardstock
Ink: Twilight, Vineyard Berry, Black
Embellishments: bitty sparkles, sparkles
Tools: Fiskars edge punch, micro-tip scissors (the best!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sharing My Stylish Blog Award

A couple of months ago Starla contacted me through the Close to my Heart Consultant locator. She used to scrapbook and now wanted to learn how to make cards, and her Canadian Consultant friend Ruth got her interested in CTMH. I had so much fun showing Starla all kinds of products and she wasted no time putting her very first CTMH order together.

Starla was sweet enough to give me this fun blog award:

Stylish-blogger-awardPlease check out Starla's new blog. She's an amazing photographer and has shared some of her papercraft projects as well (plus she said some really sweet things about me). Here's to many more blog posts, Starla! And thanks for the award :)

The rules of this award are simple:
  1. Thank the person who gave it to you and link to their blog
  2. Share 8 things about yourself
  3. Share the award with 8 other "Stylish Bloggers" and share the bloggin' love
8 Things About Me:
  1. I love to craft (Duh!)
  2. I have the cutest, sweetest, most playful husky/wolf who makes me laugh daily! He's my child, since I don't have any babies yet (but hoping to remedy that soon).
  3. #2 actually shared 2 things.
  4. My biggest pet peeve is simple grammatical errors: mixing up there/their/they're, your/you're (those are the biggest). There are more but these are the worst ones!
  5. I am a hoarder or anything craft-related: brads, paper, ribbon, buttons, boxes and containers, etc. I may use them someday! And heaven forbid I use them's not like I can't buy more!
  6. I love to snowboard. It's really the only sport I enjoy.
  7. I love the snow. Good thing, considering #6. Someday I hope to live where we get snow...which quite possibly could happen since my hubby's job moves us around quite a bit.
  8. I have lived in California my whole life. Born in Orange County, mostly raised in San Diego, lived in LA last year, and now in Fresno. Most people ask why I'd move from SoCal to Fresno, so I'll go ahead and answer for you: My husband's job. He works at Fresno State right now.
Now, to give this award to 8 other bloggers. This is not hard for me...I have follow so many wonderful & stylish blogs :) These are in no particular order.
  • Mandy - My friend since elementary school and amazing crafter! Check out her {Live Love Craft} room!
  • Meli - One of my very dear "in real life" friends with a witty sense of humor. Her blog posts always make me laugh!
  • fancyMelissa - I always learn tips for running a successful business from her. Be sure to also check out her new craft room! {jealous}
  • Ms. Aaron Brown - If you ever need some mojo, just visit her blog! She constantly inspires me.
  • Vicki Wizniuk - WOW. That's the best word to describe her work. Absolutely amazing project EVERY time. I get her blog posts emailed to me to make sure I don't miss a post!
  • Lisa Stenz - Simply amazing. I love Lisa's clean style. Check out the video tutorial she made last week...her first ever and it's awesome!
  • Stephanie - We met on twitter and had an instant friendship. Her cards are always so thoughtful and creative. I mean, who else sends her friend nicknamed "PT Cruiser" a card of a PT Cruiser and cuts out a picture of him as the driver, and even adds a license plate that says "PT Cruiser"? That's a custom card if I ever saw one.
  • Tresa Black - aka The Stamp Goddess. Tresa is always coming up with fabulous innovative projects, and she shares them on YouTube and Ustream. She's sure to check out her videos!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Budget-Friendly Craft Room

I've been wanting to share my craft room on my blog, and thanks to Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week, I stopped procrastinating and am finally sharing!

I have been moving around a lot over the past couple of years, so my craft room isn't anything extraordinary. But I'm lucky enough to have my own room, and it works for me. So here's my example of how to create your own craft space on a budget, that isn't too fancy to move again soon!

Most of the items in my craft room I've collected over the years...from when I had some craft items stashed in a closet, to a craft corner, to a craft wall, to my own craft room! I've adapted them to work for me now, until I can design and create my dream room :)

Here's a look at my work space from the door. I bought this desk on Craigslist for $50 and painted it white. Unfortunately after 2 moves, it's gotten a little beat up, but it still functions (and I'm hoping for a new desk after our next move!).
Next is a close-up of my desk hutch...
I keep 12x12 items such as chipboard, felt, and other tall embellishment packages on the right, along with my large E-sized CTMH stamp sets. In the middle are my CTMH stamps, filed oh-so-compactly. Gotta love clear acrylic stamps! I found the black crates at the Dollar store. I like that they don't have a lid so I can flip through my stamps easily. To the left is where I keep my how-to scrapbooking and cardmaking books, Idea Books, and other inspirational books & magazines.

I love the magnet board that is hanging above my work surface. It's from Michael's, but sheet metal from a home improvement store would also work nicely (and would be cheaper). I bought the small "craft" jars in the bead section at Michael's and added small button magnets to the back (the magnets are super inexpensive at Wal-Mart, and some are self-adhesive). I hung my nestabilities on magnetic hooks that I also got at Wal-Mart in the DIY section.

The cubby on the right has some stacking organizers where I keep work stuff for when I have freelance projects. But one cubby is reserved for white and black 8.5" x 11" cardstock, since I use it so often.

Here's a look inside my desk drawers and on the slide-out keyboard tray...
I like that the bottom drawer is a file drawer...that's where I keep my 8.5" x 11" paper, sorted by color. I keep fancier paper, like vellum and shimmer paper toward the front.

The top drawer doesn't look too organized, but it is :) I actually LOVE organizing and have cleaned it many times, but it keeps going back to this messy look, because that's how I can find what I need.

The slide-out keyboard tray works perfectly to store some of my most-used items, but keep them off of the desk surface.

This is the left "L" part of my desk...
I like to keep my stamp pads stacked because it takes up less space than the CTMH spinning organizer, and I can see everything at once. (Plus I don't have the space for the organizer, and I don't have many markers so that part of the organizer would be wasted space).

I keep ribbon that is too short for the spool in that big clear tub (which used to have pretzels in it from Costco...gotta love free finds!). The green box is where I keep some non-CTMH embellishments that I like and don't want to forget about. I just started using this box idea, and am hoping it will help me use them more often.

This next photo is the little cubby in the bottom of the "L" part of my desk...
This is where I keep my CTMH paper. I keep the paper packs in the zip-top bags they come in, including scraps and cardstock. I know some people take out the cardstock, but I like to have all the coordinating paper together. If I ever need a certain color cardstock, I know which paper packs to go to and I can steal it out if I need to. All of my CTMH card stock that I've purchased separately from a paper pack is to the right.

On the top of this cubby I keep paper stacks that I've purchased at craft stores. On top of that I keep a basket with white and coloniel white paper scraps. I like to keep the white scraps handy since I use them so much to stamp on.

Here's the view if you pivot to the left from my desk...
My Cricut and Cuttlebug are set up on the drawer organizers I got at Costco. I keep a lot of miscellaneous stuff in the drawers, but I do have one of the long drawers devoted to patterned paper scraps (non-CTMH) and one drawer for cardstock scraps. I don't like throwing paper away, so if ever I need just a scrap I'll turn to these drawers. Or sometimes if I just want a challenge, I'll create some cards using only scraps.

I keep my laptop on that stool when I'm not using it at my desk. Or sometimes I'll set it to the side of my work surface and watch Netflix Watch Instantly or Hulu while I scrap. Next to that I have some standing 3-drawer organizers (these were my only craft organizers back in the day, when I had less scrap stuff and kept it in the closet). One has bead and jewelry supplies (I make jewelry sometimes, too), and one has some misc. craft supplies. I keep cards that I've made and am not displaying in one of the drawers. When I need to send out a card, I just go to my stash!

I just got that Canon all-in-one printer and LOVE it. I had a Canon before and liked it too. If you are in the market for a printer, I recommend this. It's the middle-of-the-road Canon PIXMA MG6120.

Ok, so turn to the left a little more and I have this giant dresser...
It used to be in our room, but it won't fit in our room where we live now, so I get it in my craft room. The drawers still have clothes, but I get the whole cabinet!

The top shelf has some misc office stuff and the box is where I keep my Sizzix dies and other items for my Cuttlebug. The 2nd shelf has some plastic file organizers, which is where I keep stickers sheets and things like that that I don't use often, but can't bear to part with. I keep them organized by theme (i.e. baby, wedding, Christmas, etc.) The 3rd shelf has an extra paper cutter and photo/printer paper. And the bottom shelf stores items I have bought or saved to alter.

And finally, this is the view if I look to the right from my desk...
Those shelves were actually my baby changing table that my dad made before I was born. I've saved it for my baby someday, but until that day comes, it's shelving for my craft room :) I found the green boxes at Ikea and they store all kinds of miscellaneous goodies. One is for keepsakes from growing up, one has more alterable items, one has sewing supplies, one has all kinds of different glues, one has workshop supplies, one has extra photos that I didn't scrapbook, etc.

I keep a card table set up in my room because sometimes my neighbors and friends come over to craft with me, so I can fit 1-2 more people in here. When they're not here, I use it as an extra surface to spread out on. If I have a workshop at my house, we use my dining room table, which is pretty large.


I hope you've found my craft room photos and ideas informative. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Or if you have any questions, let me know!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tile Coasters with CTMH Veranda Paper

I made a lot of gifts this past Christmas and still have more to share with you. This is a coaster set I made for my sister-in-law, who just moved into a new apartment. I know she loves the Veranda paper pack from Close to my Heart, and her apartment is decorated in blues, greens, and perfect!
I began with very inexpensive tiles from Home Depot. I don't think they were more than 50 cents each. However, the more you spend the better tile you'll get. These tiles were unfinished around the edges so I had to wrap them with ribbon. If you spend a little more you won't have to take that extra step...but I think the ribbon looks nice and will help with condensation.

You can kind of tell from the photo below that the brown/copper paper between the patterned papers is shimmery. It's from a shimmery paper pack I got at Michael's.
Here are the steps I took to make the coasters:
  1. Cut all papers to size and adhere to each other (not on tile yet). Make sure to use plenty of adhesive.
  2. Cover tile with Mod Podge (or other sealant) and adhere paper, as well as rhinestones, if you choose to use them.
  3. Cover paper with Mod Podge. It will look milky at first, but will dry clear. Don't worry, the rhinestones will become shiny again once the Mod Podge dries.
  4. Do at least 3 coats to be sure your coaster is good and sealed. Let the Mod Podge dry between coats.
  5. Let the coasters dry several hours, or overnight is even better.
  6. Adhere ribbon around edges with a hot glue gun. (I found that the hot glue dried pretty quickly, so I did about 2" at a time.)
  7. Add felt "feet" so the coasters don't scratch any tables (see below).
Thanks for visiting my blog...I hope you were inspired!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CTMH Find Your Style & Damask Tiles Card

I am finally caught up from the about you?! I was out of town for 2 weeks, so last week I put the Christmas decorations away, cleaned like a crazy person, caught up on mail and bills...and completely reorganized my craft studio! It feel SO good to be organized. Plus, I love the process of organizing. It's almost as therapeutic as crafting. Hey, I said ALMOST! ;)

So yesterday I had some time to create in my nice, clean, organized space. I decided to merge Heart 2 Heart's color challenge (CTMH Sky, Pear & Coloniel White) with Mojo Monday's sketch for the week.
I played with my Damask Tiles stamp set for the first time, and the birdy from Find Your Style for the first time. I paired them with some pear patterned paper from Olivia and Sky cardstock.

I absolutely love CTMH's January Stamp of the Month, Find Your Style. This month you can get it at a discount or free in a couple of ways! Purchase the Wings Workshop On The Go Kit plus additional DISCOUNTED items in the Inspirations Brochure:

any 1 item - get the stamp at 25% off
any 2 items - get the stamp at 50% off
any 3 items - get the stamp at 75% off
any 4 items - get the stamp for FREE!

(You can get it free by only spending around $50!)


You can also purchase products from the Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book and earn the January Stamp of the Month in the same way as all the stamp of the months work.

Spend $25 - get the stamp set at 25% off
Spend $50 - get the stamp set at 50% off
Spend $75 - get the stamp set at 75% off
Spend $100 - get the stamp set for FREE!
The all-new, bigger, better-than-ever Spring/Summer Idea book releases on Feb. 1. Let me know if you'd like a copy! Better yet...become a Consultant and you can get a peek early! Let me know if you have any questions :)

Happy creating! And as always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Finley's {What's in a Frame} Baby Name Decor

The newest in my {What's in a Frame} line is this adorable baby name decor for my dear friends Andrew and Amy's new baby. You guessed it...Finley. Look at that cute little guy and his FULL head of hair! I got to meet him when I went home to San Diego for Christmas...he's just the most precious thing!

I was super excited when I found this DCWV The Green Stack paper in my stash, because it matches his room perfectly! His room is decorated in grays, blues, greens, and browns with some owls...kind of an eclectic look. And it's adorable, just like him!
I used a couple of clear shapes in this frame, like the photo holder you see below. To make them stand out I inked them with StazOn solvent ink. This ink sticks to non-porous surfaces like plastic and metal, which a "normal" water-based ink would not do.
This adorable owl was part of the paper, so I cut it out with my handy dandy micro-tip scissors. It's hard to tell in the picture, but his eyes have liquid glass on them.I stamped the Charm Uppercase letters in CTMH Gray Wool ink and covered with liquid glass. The liquid glass made them look kind of green...which I like. This is the first frame I've made using stamps for the letters...usually I cut the letters from my Cricut and cover in glitter or crushed velvet. But I liked this look for this particular frame.

If you would like to know dimensions and how I make these frames, visit this post.

To see all the {What's in a Frame} artwork I've created, click here.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Card Box Gifts with CTMH MyCreations Card/Recipe Box

Happy new year, blog friends! Thank you so much for reading my ramblings and for all the sweet comments you've left over the past year. I hope you've been inspired and learned a thing or two. Here's to another year of craftiness :)

For Christmas I gave my mom, aunt, and mother-in-law a box full of handmade cards. I decorated a Close to my Heart MyCreations Recipe/Card box for each of them. Here are all three of them together...
This first one was for my mother-in-law, and turned out to be my favorite. The colors just work so well together.
Here's what it looked like when open and full of 10 cards and envelopes. I'm not showing each card in this post because 1.) it would take up too much space, and 2.) I've shown them all on my blog before :)
This one with Bella paper was for my mom. She loves purples and greens (like me). It's hard to tell in the picture, but the green flower began white, and I spritzed it with CTMH's new spray pen. I added 2 drops of Topiary re-inker, 1 drop of create-a-shade pearl paint, and filled with water just to the first line of the pen. It has a nice shiny finish. To make the leaves, I simply cut 2 leaf shapes freehand, inked the edges, and crinkled to add texture.
This last one was for my aunt. She likes bright colors and I love this Splendor paper. I like how her flowers turned out, too. The blue one is felt so it adds a nice texture.
Here's a close-up of the felt flower.
Did you notice the alphabet I used to spell "cards" on each box? It's NEW!! It's called Bohemian alphabet, and I love it. It's easy to cut out, which is always a plus with me. You can get the spray pen and Bohemian alphabet from CTMH beginning today.

Here's the flyer with details. To order, here are all the new items on special. (Just purchase the Workshop on the Go kit [which contains spray pen] to receive a discount on all these products!) PLUS, if you purchase just 4 items along with the WOTG kit, you'll receive the adorable Find Your Style stamp of the month for free!

{If you live in Canada, you can order from my friend Ruth here.}

Here's to a wonderful 2011 for each of you. Thanks for reading my blog today!