Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Favorite {CTMH} Things Blog Hop: Christmas Style

Hello! Welcome to my fabulous Playing with Paper team's monthly My Favorite {CTMH} Things Blog Hop. You may have come from Amy's blog, or you can begin right here. This month our theme is Christmas projects! I am SO excited to finally reveal this project I worked on all last week.

I was incredibly inspired by Lalia's Advent calendar when she shared hers last month and knew as soon as I saw it that I would make one similar. Here's what I came up with...

I am featuring Close to my Heart's My Creations Cubby for this project. I saw similar Advent Calendars last year that I loved, but the blank cubbies alone were upwards of $30. Our cubby is only $16.99 and made of super heavy duty chipboard! The boxes that fit inside were cut with the Artiste Cricut collection, and all the little decorations on the boxes were cut from both Artiste and Art Philosophy

Lalia was kind enough to share her brilliant Cricut Craft Room file for the boxes, which got me started on a great note. She flipped the boxes to get 2 on a page plus enough usable space in the middle to also cut a swing card (from Artiste) or a 5.5" rectangle, sized perfectly for a regular card. I love saving paper!

Her CCR file launched me into full-fledged Cricut Craft Room training last weekend. I spent an entire day learning it, and it's fantastic! (You can watch an intro video here and learn more here.) I definitely recommend using it if you are able to connect your Cricut to your computer. It makes cutting a bunch of images super easy without wasting paper. You can flip, rotate, weld, skew, layer, and all kinds of stuff in CCR. I cut all of the boxes from Lalia's CCR file (using Artiste), then created a CCR file for all the embellishments, making each color a new "layer" within the file.

I welded circles together to make my snowmen.

One of my favorite things are these mittens. I used our new must-have silver shimmer trim (idea from Lalia) and joined them with some cranberry baker's twine.

I also love the holly and red sparkle berries (credit, again, given to Lalia). I folded them in half lengthwise for some dimension.

Speaking of 'bout those numbers! Can you say BLING?! I really wanted silver glitter letters. I pondered several ways to do it, and came up with a method that worked extremely well. The numbers were cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge, then adhered to the boxes with a glue pen. Then once they were all adhered, I went over them with a thin layer of silver glitz glitter gel. By adding glitter after the letters were adhered I didn't have to worry about letting them dry or about the cardstock curling once it did dry. Worked like a charm! The only thing I would do differently is make the big number 1/4" smaller so they're not so prominent. But I plan to make a few more as gifts so I'll change it next time :)

Moving right's a close-up of the paper bow. I love this bow from the Artiste collection. I added a fabulous bling gem from the Boutique Assortment. I can't get enough of these little gems!

Oh, and I should point out the background stamping! (Can you tell I'm into details?) Before assembling the boxes, I stamped the fronts of the Sky blue and Olive green box flats with Sky and Olive ink with the music notes stamp from Universal Backgrounds (one of my all-time favorites!) I am such a sucker for background stamps. I think they add such interest, texture, and depth to projects.

Now here's a look at one of the boxes pulled out of the cubby. It's nearly 3 inches...big enough for a piece of candy (or two) for each kid (and adult) in your house!

And finally, a view from above. I wrapped some ribbon (retired from Stampin' Up) around the whole thing and tied a bow on top for a finished look.

And here's the finished product again...

I hope you enjoyed it and are inspired by not only the Cubby, but how much you can do with our Artiste and Art Philsophy cartridges. And this is just Christmas...there's TONS more on each cartridge!!

Now hop on over to see what IAN has made for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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I'm having a workshop for this next week. If you're in the Seattle area, come join us on Nov. 1. If you'd like to "join" long-distance, I can mail you the kit. This is a great option if you don't have the Art Philosophy or Artiste Cricut cartridges. (Use the Paypal Button below.)

The workshop cost is $40 and includes the cubby, all pre-cut papers and embellishments/accessories needed, glitz glitter, Cricut Craft Room file & list of suggested Bible Verses to put inside each cubby, and a full-color photo with instructions. Add $10 for shipping*. The cubby is bigger than it looks! It measures 14" x 14" x 2-3/4". The kit will not include the stamps or inks, but you can purchase them from my website. You'll also need adhesive of your choice, a glue pen for the numbers, and I suggest a bone folder for assembling the boxes. (Allow up to a week for your kit to ship.)

Want just the Cricut Craft Room file? If you already have these cartridges and would like to make this kit on your own, purchase your supplies from my website and I'll email you my Cricut Craft Room file as a BONUS!  When you check out, be sure to click "join" next to my gathering at the top of my page to join my current online party! This will help me continue to offer giveaways on my blog :)

*Shipping to 48 US states is $10. Everyone else please email me for a quote: jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com.

I'm linking this post to Heart 2 Heart's Christmas challenge

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pictures & Details of My Annual Christmas Card Workshop

Last weekend was my Christmas card was so much fun!

The way I do it is All-You-Can-Create. I used to do this type of workshop with my friend Jen when I lived near her in Fresno and it was well-received, so I kept at it! Each card has its own station with all the supplies provided, pre-cut and prepped. The ladies will rotate around to the different stations and create as many cards as they want/can in the 2 hours they are given. I had 10 card designs (and tags) prepped and ready for them to assemble, along with the sample card to refer to. I supplied the pre-cut paper, adhesive, foam squares, inks, daubers...everything needed to create the cards.

Doing it this way is kind of a lot for one person, so if you have a CTMH Consultant friend in your area (especially if you are a newer Consultant and have not built up your supplies yet), you may want to consider teaming up. The hardest part in planning is making sure you have enough blocks (I keep the stamps on the blocks for them), inks, etc. for each station.

Our room had several 6' tables...I used 5 of them, 2 "stations" at each table, with the chairs for each station on opposite sides of the table for maximum elbow room :)

Here's what a few of the tables looked like mid-workshop...

I scheduled half an hour before starting to use for my instruction. I went around to the different stations and explained the technique they will be using and a basic step-by-step of how to put the card together. Some of the ladies were new card-makers and some were seasoned, so as they worked I went around the room and helped those who needed it.

I used the last available table as my display/for sale area.

And here are the cards/tags/gift card holder we made!

Many of my cards were inspired by other crafters. I'll be back next week with posts for each of the projects with more details and links to my inspiration.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my team's "My Favorite {CTMH} Things" blog hop...Christmas style! I am ecstatic to share my project!!! (Can you tell I'm already in the Christmas spirit?) ;-)

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Brittany's Anniversary Card Using CTMH Idea Book Inspiration

A few weeks ago I had a bunch of Etsy orders to finish right around the same time, so I had Brittany, one of my crafty co-workers at Starbucks, come and help me. Brittany loves scrapbooking and was the perfect assistant. But she was new to the world of cardmaking!

She had asked me a while before if I'd make an anniversary card for her to give her boyfriend. But what's better than her making it herself? When we were finished for the day I helped her make her boyfriend's card.

Here's how it turned out...

I gave Brittany a CTMH Idea Book to look through for inspiration. She found a card she liked on page 90, and we copied it with different colors. I did most of the work, but she learned a whole lot and loved her intro to cardmaking.

This card is full of fun techniques. Stamping, embossing, covering chipboard with paper, using foam adhesive for dimension, using background stamps, and using a border punch. She also got to play with our wonderful new shimmer trim ribbon.

She also learned how versatile paper can be...we were able to pull together her boyfriend's favorite colors in one card (and of course added some bling, because please, how can us girls not add bling?!). Can you guess where the striped paper is from? The Moonlight paper pack! Yes...a Halloween-themed paper was used in an anniversary card!

You can see all the great dimension from this angle...

Thanks for visiting today!

Moonlight Paper Pack

Monday, October 22, 2012

Word Bubble 3"x3" Cards Using Leftover Paper Scraps

Do you remember CTMH's special from some time ago for the You & Me kit? It had some really cute paper! I used most of the paper but had just a few scraps left.

I decided to use them up on some cute little 3" x 3" cards. I like to keep 3x3 cards on-hand to include in orders for my Etsy and CTMH customers.

I added a few supplies: Colonial White cardstock; our fabulous new Shimmer Trim; alcohol markers in Smoothie, Creme Brulee, and Olive; the Word Balloons stamp set that comes in the Artiste Cricut collection, and a few ink pads (not shown). Today's feature at Practical Scrappers is using Word Bubbles, so this stamp set is perfect!

These are the paper scraps and supplies I began with.
One of the wonderful things about 3x3 cards is that you can get EIGHT cards from one sheet of 12x12 cardstock. Simply cut each card base to 3" x 6" and fold in half.

I LOVE the Word Balloon stamp set. Each sentiment is in a cute and trendy word bubble and packs a punch so it can be the star of your card. You can keep the rest of the card pretty simple!

Here is a handful of the cards I made (I actually made 24 of them, which only took a couple of hours).

Let me tell you how much I love this Shimmer Trim. It comes on a spool and looks like ribbon, but it's ADHESIVE-BACKED! How fantastic is that?! Plus, you can color it with our new alcohol markers to change the color. I colored the glitter on a few of the cards but unfortunately didn't take a picture of any of those ones. (It was starting to rain so I had to hurry with my photo shoot.)

Here are a few close-ups...

I cut out the word bubbles on my Cricut with the Artiste cartridge. The stamp set tells you what size to cut them at to make sure the stamp fits on your cut. I use this stamp set so often that whenever I cut, I use the "Auto Fill" feature and cut out several pages of them at once to have on-hand.

So next time you have some paper scraps (and who doesn't?), remember you can turn them into fabulous mini cards instead of throwing them into the trash!

I want to know, what do you do with your paper scraps?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cricut-Cut Wedding Bouquets

Here are a couple of wedding bouquets I made recently. I love the bright colors of Laurie's wedding.

I found that fabulous orange silk ribbon by-the-yard at Craft Warehouse when I was down in Vancouver, WA. Love that store!

Here are a couple wonderful photos she sent me from her photographer. Doesn't she look beautiful?!

All of the flowers were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from vintage Bible pages. (From a Bible I found at a used book store for crafting purposes.)

Here's what the flowers look like when they're first cut...a big spiral. Then you roll them up and glue them in place. Here's a video I made to show you how to make your own wedidng bouquet.

Here's the matching card I sent her with the bouquets.

I used Sunset and Sky cardstock from CTMH and inked the edges of the flowers in sunset ink. (Something I would not do for the bouquet itself...that would take forever! It already takes forever to make this bouquet as it is.)

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If you're interested in the Art Philosophy or Artiste Cricut cartridges...I offer FREE SHIPPING! They're truly amazing. Most people who order them from me email me once they receive it and say, "I can't believe how much this comes with!" Not only does each cartridge itself boast 700 different images, but each collection comes with 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 packages of chipboard shapes. Each stamp and chipboard shape matches with a Cricut cut! It's so fun!

Thanks for visiting! Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wedding Invitation Keepsake Christmas Ornament

I made this Christmas ornament last year but never shared it, so I thought I'd share it now as we near the Christmas season. I was inspired by this ornament.

My friends Melissa and Chris's wedding invitation was perfect for this idea. It was flat and colorful. I cut the invitation into 1/4" strips, carefully selecting where I cut so I'd keep the text mostnly in tact. Once I had all the strips finished, I wrapped them around a pen to make them curl. I didn't have to do anything else...they stayed loosely curled on their own.

 I then put some glitter in a clear ornament and added the curled strips, tied some ribbon, and viola! A beautiful keepsake ornament.

Can you think of someone who got married this year that you could make this for?!

Happy Christmas crafting :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Adelyn's Baby Nursery Name Frame & Matching Card

Yet another cute name frame to share with you today! You may recognize this from a previous post.

When Adrienne ordered it for her friend's baby she wanted it exactly the same as the one she saw in my Etsy shop. I made a few tiny changes in the details because I didn't have all the same supplies. (I actually like these details even better.)

I used the Daydream paper pack from CTMH. This has always been one of my favorite paper packs. It's so perfect for little girls. I used it on a lot of stuff I made for my niece when she was a baby as well as her scrapbook pages. (Sorry for the bad photo.)

I love the pink resin flower from the Lucy assortment even better than the buttons in the original frame. I sure wish I stocked up on more of these flowers before they retired. I did, however, stock up on the Miracle Irresistibles chipboard you see in the butterflies and flowers. 

I also made a matching card because I sent this straight to Adrienne's friend. The "it's a girl" stamp is from a retired set called Sweet Baby.

Here's the original frame you may have seen previously. The words "smart," "important," and "kind" are from the book The Help.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lily's Baby Nursery Name Frame

I have another frame to share today!

Candice ordered this for her good friend's new baby. Lily's nursery is pink and brown with roses and lilies. The January Stamp of the Month from CTMH is SO perfect! (I have it early...woohoo!) If it weren't for this lovely rose set I don't know what I would have done for this frame :)

I stamped 3 different rose images in hollyhock ink onto blush cardstock for the perimeter of the decor. And it's hard to see, but I also used one of the images as a background stamp on the letters. I stamped it in chocolate ink onto the chocolate letters for some depth (click to see the photo larger). I also added some bitty pearls and tied some hemp around the chipboard letters.

The Colonial White rosettes are from the yummy Rosette Ribbon from CTMH. I simply snipped them into individual flowers. And the pink lacy ribbon is from the pink ribbon collection ( hoo). I also added some pink buttons (one of my fave embellishments), pearls, and pink flowers from the retired Lucy assortment.

I used paper from 2 retired packs (sorry!)...More to Adore and Twitterpated for the plaid. Cardstock is chocolate and blush.

Here's your friendly reminder for the adorable October Stamp of the Month, Very Merry Christmas. All of these shapes coordinate with the Artiste Cricut collection!! And there is also a variety of sentiments, which I love. You can get yours for just $5 with a $50 purchase, or $17.95 on its own. It's great for your Christmas cards AND tags (plus lots more, too)!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Light of God {What's in a Frame}

I worked on several frames last month for Etsy orders. It's funny, the orders in my Etsy shop seem to always go in spurts. I'll get a bunch of invitation orders, then {What's in a Frame} orders, wedding orders, etc. I have a few frames to share this week.

Kathy ordered this for her friend who is beginning chemo treatment for cancer. So sad. But she emailed me after she gave this frame to her friend and her friend started crying after opening her frame! Knowing that something I created brightened someone's day makes me SO happy. I can't explain the joy I find in my crafting journey. In so many ways I am blessed beyond description.

Without further adieu, here is the frame I made for Kathy's friend...

It's almost exactly the same as the one in my Etsy shop that I made previously. She loved the greens, and just switched out the verse that goes inside.

The paper I used is from a retired CTMH paper pack called Veranda. Oh, how I love this pack. I am hoarding every scrap I have left. The matting and bronze behind the lacy strip is a shimmer cardstock from Michael's.

Edited to add: The sentiment is printed right from my computer! I typed it out and printed onto Colonial White cardstock in dark brown to match the colors in the frame.

See all the {What's in a Frame} decor I've made >

Do you hoard paper like I do? I have so many zip-top bags of retired CTMH paper with hardly anything left. But I can't let them go. With the frames I make, I often only need scraps and you never know which paper will match one of my customers' needs PERFECTLY!What do you do when you're down to scraps in your paper collection? Or do you ever get that far?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Stamp Set Winners!

Congrats to the 2 lucky winners of my giveaway for THREE stamp sets!

You should have received an email from me via Rafflecopter (I hope...this is the first time I've used Rafflecopter). Please email me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com with your address and I'll send you your stamp sets!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

My First CTMH Gathering Project From 4 Years Ago

This is a sort of continuation of my post from yesterday. I shared some professional photos my friend took of some of my first-ever cards.

This was my very first Gathering project. The Delight in Everything stamp set is the first set I ever worked with. When I signed up to be a Consultant my upline, Kay Pekin, lived down the street and let me borrow her stamp set and inks, and gave me some matching paper to use as well.

This card shows off how versatile stamping is. The guests got to use several different stamps to see how awesome the clear MyAcrylix stamps are. I was astonished at how well my first-ever party sales were because everyone wanted the stamps we used! :)

The card got a little beat up over the years so the photo shows some wear and tear, but I will never get rid of it :) 

Thanks for going down Memory Lane with me again. I'll have something new to share real soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Oldies But Goodies

I shared each of these cards on my blog before, but a long, long time ago, when my blog was brand new. My friend, who is an amazing photographer, was kind enough to take some really great photos of them for me. They almost look like different cards now!

These are some of the first cards I ever made as a CTMH Consultant. All of the supplies are retired but they all hold a special place in my heart :)

I still love this paisley stamp and will never let that stamp set go! The paper will always be one of my favorites, too!
Paper: Magic Moments, Stamps: Adorable

Paper: Moondoggie, Stamps: Extreme Happiness, Happy Birthday

Paper: Unforgettable, Stamps: Love Language, With Love, Inspiration, (I forget what else)
Paper: Emporium, Stamps: Bird Basics & Dainty Thoughts

Stamps: Sweet Baby

Paper: Twitterpated, Stamps: You're a Hoot & Sweet Baby

Paper: Twitterpated, Stamps: You're a Hoot

Thanks for revisiting the past with me today :)