Saturday, September 29, 2012

Halloween Cupcakes with Artiste & Magic Potions

Hello, and welcome to my amazing team's 2nd "My Favorite {CTMH} Things" blog hop!! This month our theme is Halloween or Fall, and each of us is featuring our favorite CTMH things for our project.

This is the beginning of the hop, but you can start anywhere because this is a circular hop! You may have come from Rachel's blog, and if so, you're right on track.

Today I'm sharing a fun Halloween project. When I began this project, my intention was to showcase the adorable Magic Potions stamp set. But in the process, I realized I'm really highlighting 3 amazing products: Cricut Artiste Cartridge (the 2 Halloween-themed buttons), Colonial White Rosette Ribbon, and Magic Potions.

How adorable would these little cupcakes be at your Halloween party? They are SO easy to make with the Cricut Artiste collection!
I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the spider web cupcake liners (cut at 2") and the shapes for the cupcake toppers. How adorable are these fun stamp images? The Magic Potions stamp set coordinates perfectly with Artiste! And it's only $9.95! The stamp set itself tells you exactly what size to cut your shape at so that the stamp fits on it perfectly, plus it tells you what page of the handbook the shape is found on so you can easily find it on your keypad.

To hold the cupcake toppers in place I used foundry pin clips, after being inspired by Melissa Laverty's mini cupcakes.
I didn't use real cupcakes...I made my own so I could display them in my craft room and at my upcoming workshops. I used 2.5" foam balls and wrapped half of each one with the rosette ribbon, hot gluing under each rosette. It took about 2' of ribbon (the ribbon comes with 5 yards!). You might be asking the same questions I did as I began...why use rosettes or Halloween?

Well, the beauty of this project is that you can change the cupcake for each season! The rosette will always look like frosting. Simply take the foam ball out of the cupcake wrapper and insert it into a new wrapper for the next holiday and create a new topper. There are 20 cupcake wrappers on Artiste, so you're sure to find one for every occasion.

Next on the hop is Amy! You're going to love what she has to share.

If you'd like to make this project, or a project of your own with these fun and versatile products, you can find them on my shopping website.
Magic Potions $9.95

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Your Day Baby Congratulations Card

I have a clean and simple card to share today. I made a not-so-typical congratulations card for my friends who recently had a baby girl. I didn't use any patterned paper...just cardstock with the It's Your Day stamp set for the chevron pattern on the side, the bike, and the "life is good" sentiment. Have I told you how much I LOVE this stamp set?!

Since they had a baby girl, of course I had to glam it up a bit with sparkles and glitz glitter. The CTMH colors I used are Sweet Leaf, Blush, and Black.

Guess what? You can still get this stamp set for a few more days!!! It's a double stamp set for only $5 with a $35 purchase. Check out my CTMH website to create your scrapbooking/stamping/cardmaking wish list and be sure to snag this set, because after Sept. it's GONE!

I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50+ through the end of Sept. (See details.) And if your order is over $50, you can also get the Stamp of the Month, Fall Favorites, for just $5 also.


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Shipping + Clearance Sale

Hi, friends!

I have a little enabling for you today. Be sure to scroll all the way to see some awesome clearance deals!


THIS WEEK ONLY I'm offering you free shipping on CTMH orders of $50 or more! Be sure to contact me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com with your order so I can pay for your shipping! (US only, half price shipping to AK and HI.) Shop now >

Plus don't forget that with a $35 order you get the adorable It's Your Day double stamp set for just $5, PLUS for a $50 order you get the Stamp of the Month for another $5. 

Fall Favorites, Sept. Stamp of the Month

You don't want to miss out this OVERLAPPING SPECIAL! That's 3 stamp sets for just $10! Browse my website or view the Idea Book to create your wish list, then contact me to place your order for free shipping! (Offer expires 9/30.)


While you're visiting, check out all the new clearance items added to my website! Awesome stuff for as low as $1.00!!! Shop here >
Tulip Mini Medley Assortment $4.95 $1.00
Canvas Badge Buttons $6.95 $2.00
Elemental Complements chipboard $4.95 $1.50

These items are all "while supplies last," so be sure to check out all the fun clearance stuff now!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Adding Color to Your Crafts: CTMH's New Color Families

As you probably know by now, CTMH has changed the way they offer their exclusive color palette.

We now have 40 exclusive colors (plus White Daisy and Coloniel White), which coordinate with our paper packets, cardstock, markers, stamp pads, embellishments, ribbons, and more! And the colors were rearranged and divided into 4 complementary color families, each with 10 beautiful hues: Basic, Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment.

In addition to the 40 colors that are available in a wide variety of products, CTMH also introduced seasonal colors, which are only available in select paper packs. For example, the Flirty paper pack (one of my favorites) includes Flirty Raspberry and Flirty Yellow in the patterned paper and cardstock, but you can only purchase these colors in the paper pack and its coordinating embellishments for a limited time.

To explain more about our new color families and seasonal colors, plus give you details on how to add color to your crafts, watch this short video created by CTMH corporate with some FAB inspiration projects...

Here are the paper packs mentioned in the video that include seasonal colors...

Flirty Paper Pack

La Belle Vie


Monday, September 17, 2012

Vintage Doily Engagement Party Invitations

Today is my hubby and my 6th wedding anniversary, so I thought it only fitting that I share something wedding-related today :)

When Amanda first contacted me, it's because she loved the Vintage Doily baby shower invitations in my Etsy shop, and she wanted a variation of them for her and her fiance's engagement party invitations. The style fit her wedding theme perfectly...vintage and lace.

This is one of the beautiful bridesmaids dresses she chose, which helped me find just the right color pink paper to match her wedding colors.

Amanda chose Paper Bag from Paper Source as the base color of the invitation. I used Bazzill Basics Casa for the champagne pink color and Coloniel White for the information portion. This is how it turned out...

How did I match the doily {which I could only find in bright white} to the Coloniel White cardstock, you ask?

Well, I tried this variation of it, using the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the doily with Coloniel White cardstock. Pretty, but it just didn't have the same vintage feeling as the real doily.

I really wanted Amanda to have ivory like she wanted. My solution was to hand-ink all 63 doilies with Coloniel White pigment ink and a sponge dauber. Boy did that add a lot of extra time. {And I don't want to do it again!} But it was worth it to make sure Amanda got exactly the look she was after.

She loved the invitations. Now I'm working on her matching thank-you cards...175 of them! {Without hand-inked doilies.}

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Video Tutorial: Random Stamp Your Own Patterned Paper for a Disney Princess Birthday Card

Today I'm the featured designer over at Practical Scrappers. If you are not familiar with PS, you should head on over there! We are full of great ideas on how to use your scrapbooking and cardmaking stash.

My niece turned 4 years old in June, and what little girl doesn't love Disney princesses? I have to be careful not to call HER a princess, though. She loves princesses, but doesn't want to be one. Silly, sweet girl :)

I random-stamped the background with one of my favorite go-to CTMH stamp sets, Hooray Bouquet with Pear, Cotton Candy, and Sunflower ink to match Belle. (Video tutorial is below.) Random stamping is one of my favorite techniques. It's a fun and easy way to create your own patterned paper in whatever colors you want!

I popped Belle off the page with 3D foam squares to give her some dimension.


Here's a video I created to show you how to random stamp your own backgrounds for cards, scrapbooks, Cricut 3D items, or anything else you want to stamp on...

Products Used:

Honey ink pad
(Sunflower is now retired, this is close match)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cricut Artiste—It’s a Party in a Box!

The brand-new Cricut® Artiste cartridge knows how to party! Did you know that the Cricut Artiste can jump-start your party preparations?

Fifty themed keys with over 700 shapes including cute cards and 3-D projects galore TONS of options for party favors, invitations, and decorations, all at your fingertips when you have the Cricut® Artiste cartridge!

Take a look at these adorable coffin-shaped treat boxes created by CTMH. If you’re planning a Halloween party—or if you just want to make Halloween treats with a spooky flair—these coffin boxes are a snap! 

Here’s how to do it:

First, gather these materials:
  1. With your Artiste cartridge in place, load your Cricut® machine with kraft cardstock and cut the coffin by setting the size dial to 5 1/2" and pressing the “3D Object” feature key, then press the “Eek” key, which is the sixth key in on the bottom row. At this size, you can fit two coffins per 12" × 12" sheet of kraft cardstock.
  2. Thanks to the brilliant coordination of elements on the Artiste cartridge, you’ll cut the lid to the box at the same size setting for a perfectly coordinating size and fabulous fit! Press the “Shift,” “3D Object” and “Eek” keys. Two coffin lids will fit on a 12" × 12" sheet of kraft cardstock at this size.
  3. Before folding the coffin, stamp the diamond pattern image from the All Hallows Eve stamp set several times with Desert Sand ink on the coffin lid. Stamp the cobweb and spider images in Black ink. Follow the easy instructions on page 58 of the assembly booklet to put the box together.
  4. Cut a 1/2" × 2 1/2" strip of Goldrush cardstock for each coffin and stamp the “Beware” sentiment on the strips. Trim a pennant edge on each strip and then attach it to the lid of your coffin using 3-D foam tape.
  5. Finish your coffin by attaching a Black Sparkle over the spider’s body. Ooo! After filling the box with your treats, wrap the coffin lid to the base using a few inches of Black baker’s twine. Give to your favorite goblin or ghoul!
This is just one example of how the Cricut® Artiste cartridge can help make preparing for all of your parties and celebrations even easier!

Be sure to check out the brand new Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit (page 14 in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book) for another great Halloween-themed party idea using this fabulous cartridge.
Spellbound Cricut Workshop on the Go Kit

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Start Autumn Right with National Stamping Month!

Now that Labor Day has passed, this week marks the official end of the golden days of summer and the beginning of autumn. I have tried not to think about it much, living here in Seattle where it seems like summer just finally showed up, but I've come to terms with the cooler weather around the corner.

You will find some of your favorite fall images in this adorable new stamp set. With a fun scarecrow, pumpkins, and a Cricut-compatible tag, you’ll find plenty of uses for this month’s Stamp of the Month set, Fall Favorites. Remember, it can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase! I have a cute project and video tutorial with this set to share soon! Shop now >
Autumn seems to bring with it countless opportunities for relishing the everyday moments that make life wonderful.This year, the National Stamping Month stamp set gives you the images you need to do just that. The aptly named It’s Your Day stamp set is a double set of D-size stamp sets—two sets in one envelope—that helps you commemorate those simple, everyday moments. It includes 48 images, consisting of phrases, borders, and more. It's perfect for Project Life, Project 365, Week in the Life, or your everyday scrapping!

You’ll also be happy to know that many of the images coordinate perfectly with our new Cricut® Artiste cartridge for even easier stamping, cutting, and layering! It has a retail value of $35.90, but between now and September 30, the It’s Your Day set can be yours for just $5 when you place an order of $35 in full retail products.

This offer is for a limited time, so act now to make sure you get a set of your own to celebrate every wonderful day of autumn and beyond! Shop now >

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Different Type of A2 Card: Outta This World Rocket Ship

Today at Practical Scrappers we're sharing a variety of ways to use an A2 cards, instead of just folding the card base in half.

I wanted to show you how to score your card base twice to create a Z-fold card. I took a regular A2 flat base (8.5" x 5.5") and cut 1/4" off the end (so it's 8-1/4"). (I tried making up for the 1/4" in the score lines/folding but didn't like the result as much.) Then I scored it at 2.5" and 4.5".

I created this video to show you how I scored the base, stamped, and assembled my card. You can watch it here.

Here's a close-up of the rocket ship that I colored with colored pencils. I'm not great at coloring, but it was fun :) I need to get some more of CTMH's new alcohol markers to play with. I didn't have the right colors for this project!

To make this project, you'll need these supplies:
Lagoon, Cranberry, Sunset, and Pear ink pads
Cranberry and White Daisy Cardstock

Remember I offer FREE shipping on orders over $99! (US orders only.) Shop now >