Friday, May 31, 2013

LAST DAY for Dream Pop

Just a friendly reminder that today is the very last day you can get the Dream Pop paper pack!

With just a $35 CTMH order, you can get this papaer pack for only $10 for 24 sheets of beautiful cardstock-weight paper! Shop now >

See my latest Dream Pop Display Tray project HERE.

Here's a video I created if you'd like to see the paper close up...

And here are some photos. You can click them to see them larger.

Be sure to join my online party and I'll send you a special gift, too! Shop here >

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dream Pop Photo Printer's/Display Tray Frame Gift

Hi, friends!

I have a super fun project to share with you using the DREAM POP paper pack! Just a reminder that this awesome Dream Pop paper pack will not be around much longer. After May 31, it will be gone forever!

I'm linking up this project to the Color My Heart Color Dare #45 - you should check them out, they have fun color challenges.

I made this Printer's Tray frame (or Display Tray as CTMH calls it) for my sister for her birthday. She wanted some artwork to hang in her office at work. {She loved it!}

(Click photo to see larger.)
All of the orange and bright colors from the photos work wonderfully with this paper! I was totally inspired by Lisa Stenz's Avonlea Printer's tray HERE. (Who isn't inspired by her beautiful work?!)

I used some of the pre-printed elements that come on the Dream Pop paper. The "Beautiful" banner and paper strips below and above it are printed right onto the orange chevron paper. I cut the left piece to size for the tray cubby, but I wanted a different background paper for the cubby to the right of it. So I used a different pattern from the paper pack, and then cut out the rest of the banner and paper strips from the chevron piece and adhered right onto the other paper, so it looks like a continuation.

I used the keepsake felt alphabet (retired) to spell "family," and added a few paper roses, cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

You can see some bling here in the bottom right corner of the frame. I used the Pixie glitter alphabet stickers to spell their last name. I also added a glittery swirl from the Slate mini medley collection, and it's hard to see, but there is some silver shimmer trim across the top of the banners. Gotta have plenty of BLING!
Here are a few more banners, roses (also cut with Artiste), and silver shimmer trim. I just love that picture of my sister with her youngest, Connor.

Isn't her family so adorable? I miss them so much...but I get to see them in just a few weeks!!! I'm heading "home" to San Diego for my baby showers :)

If you'd like to make your own Display Tray, you can purchase the tray and supplies on my website! Join my current online gathering and I'll send you a FREE Idea Book, too!

Stock up on Dream Pop while you can by May 31, because it's an incredible value you don't want to miss!

Just spend $35 on awesome CTMH products and you can get the 24-page paper kit for just $10. Spend $70 and you can get two! Shop now >

Here are a couple more cards created with Dream Pop by CTMH...

Here are what all the patterns look like...
(Click photo to see larger.)

And here is the yummy cardstock. Don't you love the awesome embossed patterns in the cardstock?! If you don't want a pattern, simply turn it over and it's regular cardstock!

 Shop now >

Have a dreamy day :)

P.S. Don't forget about my Father's Day Card Kits for sale. You can purchase the kit or download-only option. More info >

Saturday, May 25, 2013

{NEW} Father's Day BBQ Apron Card Kit & Workshop Download Option

Hello, my crafty friends!


I am astounded at how well this card kit has done. Due to Pinterest and other blogs linking to my original post {from 2 years ago!} I have received many emails asking if I'll offer this card kit again.

The answer: YES!

I have updated the paper and kit options to make it easier for me to keep up with the demand. See kit options below, and then scroll to the bottom for the Paypal "Buy Now" buttons.

There are 3 options for purchasing this kit...
  1. (SOLD OUT) Pre-Stamped: I will pre-stamp the woodgrain background stamp and “Happy Father’s Day” for you. 
  2. (SOLD OUT) Pre-cut paper only: If you have the supplies to stamp on your own, this option includes all pieces needed but I will not pre-stamp for you. 
  3. (AVAILABLE HERE) Download only: I will email you the instructions, cutting dimensions, and templates for you to use/cut your own paper. 

**You are welcome to use my instructions and templates for your own workshops, once purchased.**

Option 1-2 kits include:
  • All the pre-cut cardstock and patterned paper to complete the card. (The "shape" pieces will be cut to size as a rectangle and you will use the templates provided to cut the shapes out.)
  • Ribbon and brads needed to complete the card.
  • Envelope
All Options include:
  • A step-by-step written tutorial with photo on how to put the card together. (PDF emailed)
  • Templates for the Apron card base, apron patterned paper, spatula, and mitt. (PDF emailed)
  • Cutting dimensions for cutting your own paper for a workshop or more cards for yourself.

Paper options...
I have kits made in 4 paper options (click picture to see larger). ALL KITS ARE SOLD OUT. DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS STILL AVAILABLE.



I like to sponge the edges of all my pieces to make the card "pop" more, but the nautical card below was not inked. I wanted to show you what it looks like if you choose not to ink. (You can choose to skip this step in my instructions if you do not wish to take the time or do not have a sponge dauber.)
Nautical (SOLD OUT!)

Close-up of woodgrain background

 Everyone will need:

  • Scissors (I recommend micro-tip scissors)
  • Adhesive
  • Black Sharpie (or other black marker)
  • 4 brads
  • Ribbon
  • Piercing tool (recommended) or push pin
  • Sponge dauber (recommended) or other sponge for inking (optional)
  • Stamp pad for inking around edges of paper (optional)
  • Stamp pads for "Happy Father's Day"
  • Acrylic Block(s)
  • Universal Backgrounds stamp set (or other of your choice)
  • Happy Father's Day stamp(s)

**You may purchase the instructions/templates in my Etsy shop HERE. You'll instantly receive a PDF file upon purchase.**

Thank you!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Londyn's Black & White Damask {What's in a Frame} and Matching Card

One of my good friends and CTMH downline, Mandy, had a baby back in August. I had promised to make her a name frame for Londyn's nursery back when I saw her at Convention in July!! It only took me 7 months after Londyn was born, but I finally made it and sent it to her!

For those of you who know Mandy, you know she LOVES black & white damask. So that is the theme for Londyn's amazing nursery. {You've gotta check out her nursery post.}

Here's the {What's in a Frame} I made for Londyn...
It's almost like I knew I should wait on Londyn's frame, because CTMH came out with the For Always paper pack with this current Spring/Summer catalog, and it couldn't be more perfect for the nursery!

All of the damask-ish paper began as black-and-white from For Always. For the green, I swiped my New England Ivy ink pad directly over the paper to change the white to green. (I learned this trick from Pamela O'Connor...see her tutorial.)

The skirt on the dress form was made with CTMH's FAB rosette ribbon. I used hot glue and just laid down a line of it at a time, then adhered the rosette ribbon where I wanted it. Then I used the black shimmer trim to create a waistline, folding the ends behind. I love that the shimmer trim is self-adhesive.

I cut the letters with the Artiste Cricut cartridge at 1" with CTMH's new glitter paper. (I HEART the glitter paper!) It cuts wonderfully on the Cricut and with your paper trimmer.

Some more shimmer trim, black tulle ribbon, and adhesive-backed pearls finished the look. The frame I used is a shallow shadow box from Hobby Lobby, so it fit all the dimension nicely.

Here is the card I sent with the frame...
The pennants were created with the For Always textile fabric, which matches the paper. The only exception is that the fabric is bright White Daisy and the paper is Colonial White.

These pennants were actually made by Marissa Rowley (Michele's daughter) at our team swap a few months ago. She used Bonding Memories to adhere the pennant flaps together over the black hemp. I added them to the card with Londyn's name using the Trinity Alphabet stamps. (I LOVE the Trinity Alphabet because it comes with 3 sizes of letters. Perfect for scrapbooking and/or cardmaking!)

For these and other CTMH products, shop HERE >

If you'd like to purchase a frame for your little one or as a gift, visit my Etsy shop >

Thanks for visiting!

Trinity Alphabet Stamp Set

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Elena's Vintage Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Nursery Name Frame

Last month I promised to share some {What's in a Frame} projects I finished. This one is for Baby Elena. I shared her big sister Olivia's frame HERE last month and her {littler} big sister's frame HERE.

Elena's room is kinda of a vintage Dr. Seuss theme. Basically, not all the bright colors of the traditional Dr. Seuss. So, I used the same Cat in the Hat images as on THIS frame for Baby Caleb, but toned down the red quite a bit in Photoshop before printing onto glossy photo paper and cutting them out. Then I paired them with light blue and green to match the nursery instead of such vivid colors.

All of the squares began as plain cardstock in CTMH Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, and SU Riding Hood Red. I used background stamps to give each color a pattern. The dots are from Mama Elephant stamp, the chevron is from Hero Arts, and the grid is from CTMH Universal Backgrounds (one of my faves).

Here are some close-ups. I used the glittery shimmer trim as a base for the Cat in the Hat to "pop out of" every girl needs some bling in her room!

I love the fish :) For the Milepost shapes, which come cardboard-color, I used a white acrylic paint dabber to add some white, but left some of the original color for texture and interest. I have mentioned before...I love the paint dabbers. It makes adding a little color less messy and so easy!

Right now you can get a package of the Milepost shapes on clearance for only $1! Shop here >

I've got a few more frames to share with you next week, plus the Mother's Day gifts I made!

If you're interested in purchasing one of my handmade nursery decor frames for your little one or as a baby shower gift, visit my Etsy shop :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fun with Fabric Video

Have you noticed that the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book features fabric?! The new Chantilly and For Always textiles include three sheets of cotton fabric with pinked edges in designs that coordinate with the Chantilly and For Always paper packets.

Here's a card I shared previously that uses the new Chantilly fabrics and paper (along with one of my fave new stamps from the In the Background stamp set).

You don’t have to be a seamstress to use fabric in your artwork; in fact, you can use fabric in place of patterned papers on your layouts and cards for added dimension and texture. To learn more about using fabric in your artwork, watch this video from CTMH corporate...

In the Background

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Birthday Card With Chantilly & CTMH May Stamp of the Month: Pinwheel

I just LOVE the May stamp of the month: Pinwheel. It's not only fun, whimsical, and versatile, but several of the shapes coordinate with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. Score!

At our team meeting in March we all created a card and then prepped enough for the rest of the attendees to make as well. It was like a card workshop, we had everything set up around the table and we rotated to make each person's card. It was so fun!

Here's a card I made/prepped for the meeting with the Chantilly paper packet and Pinwheel stamp set.
(This card was actually Lalia's card because I can't find the picture I took of mine and I already gave it away!) The sentiment is meant to go in the bottom right corner, but I left it blank so that the sentiment can be stamped with whatever is needed at the time :)

Here's a masculine Valentine's Day card I made back in February using the Pinwheel stamp set. See original post >

And here's CTMH corporate's beautiful artwork...

This stamp set is available for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order this month only (retail value is $17.95). If papercrafting makes your world go ’round, hurry and get the Pinwheel stamp set during the month of May to make your artwork sparkle and spin! Shop now >

And don't forget that you can also get the Dream Pop paper pack for just $10 with a $35 purchase this month...2 great deals at once!  Shop now >


Monday, May 13, 2013

Reminder for Dream Pop National Scrapbooking Month Special

Just a reminder that in honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May! Look at how awesome the bright colors POP in this scrapbook layout from CTMH corporate...

You can see the projects I've made with Dream Pop HERE and HERE and HERE.

This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets with a glossy pattern (2 each of 6 colors) as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers (2 each of 6 designs) that were created for this promotion—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else!

Yummy glossy-patterned cardstock!
(Photo from another Consultant.)

 To get this paper packet with 24 sheets of cardstock-weight paper for just $10, all you need to do is spend $35 in new items on my CTMH Website! Shop now >

Want a Dream Pop paper packet for FREE? When you sign up as a new Consultant in May you'll receive this colorful packet of luscious paper for free in your kit! The Basic Kit is only $49 and you get over $150 in awesome CTMH products! (That's a much better value!) Here's more info on becoming a Consultant OR  Sign up now >

Here's a video I created of the papers close-up...

Don't forget that you can also get the May Stamp of the Month, Pinwheel, for only $5 with a $50 purchase! Shop now >

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift & Card With Dream Pop

Hello, and happy Monday!

This week is the official week to celebrate and thank our teachers for the hard work they do all year long. And the challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week is to create something for Teacher Appreciation Week.

I created this little pillow box and matching 3" x 3" card using the new Dream Pop Paper Pack. The Pillow Box is on page 28 of the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and it's the perfect size to fit a gift card and a small treat :)

The flowers were also cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge. (If you have a Cricut, it's a must-have cartridge for sure!)  I had just used some burlap ribbon for a different project, so I used some of the fibers I pulled from it to wrap around the pillow box for added texture. I love our burlap ribbon for so many reasons. It is easy to fray and pull apart; it doesn't smell; and if you leave it as-is, it's bound on the sides so that it doesn't fray if you don't want it to.

I inked the edges of the flowers in Archival Ink first for the pillow box, but I didn't really like it, so I left them plain for the card. I used a pearl badge button (retired) for the flower centers.

If you'd like to participate in this challenge, head over to the Heart 2 Heart blog and link up your project!

How Can I Get Dream Pop?
Can we just talk about this yummy paper for a minute?! I LOVE the Dream Pop paper!!! It's an exclusive item only available in May for National Scrapbooking Month, and it's only $10 with a $35 CTMH purchase from me! Here's what this dreamy paper looks like...

Take a look at my video to see these beautiful papers close up...

You can order it now with a $35 purchase! Shop now or View the Catalog.

OR You can also get this paper packet for FREE when you sign up to be a CTMH Consultant on my team in May! Woohoo! The kit is only $49 and you get over $150 in crafty goodness!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mother's Day Card & Dream Pop Blog Hop!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day, and welcome to my fabulous Playing With Paper team's monthly blog hop! This month we are featuring the luscious Dream Pop paper pack, which is Close to my Heart's special for National Scrapbooking Month.

If you came from Rachel's blog, you're back at the beginning of the hop. But it doesn't matter where you start because we go in a circle :)

Today I am sharing a card that is very similar to this one I shared last week. I liked it so much that I decided to put a different spin on it....FLOWERS for Mother's Day! This is one of the cards we made at my card class last weekend, and everyone loved it :)

I love the layered flowers. They, along with the leaves, were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I cut each flower 1/4" different so they'd layer nicely. I used the yummy textured cardstock that comes in the Dream Pop paper pack. (See it all close up in my video below.)

I accessorized with black shimmer trim, a black glitter button (love this collection), and "mom" is stamped in Archival Black ink with the Trinity stamp set. This is one of my favorite alphabet stamp sets because it includes small, medium, and large letters (and some numbers and punctuation) in one set!

Next in the hop is Norhalma...she's always got such beautiful artwork to share! 

More About Dream Pop
This exclusive Dream Pop paper packet is only available in May, and it's only $10 with a $35 CTMH purchase from me! Here's what this dreamy paper looks like...

Take a look at my video to see these beautiful papers close up...

Gotta have it, right? You can order it now with a $35 purchase! Shop now or View the Catalog.

OR You can also get this paper packet for FREE when you sign up to be a CTMH Consultant on my team in May! Woohoo! Then you, too, could join in on our blog hops! The kit is only $49 and you get over $150 in crafty goodness!

 Here are close-ups and links to some of the products I used...
Trinity Stamp Set
Buttons Black Assortment

 Thanks for stopping by!