Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trolls/Poppy Watercolor Birthday Card + Process Video


Today I'm sharing the card I made for my daughter's 4th birthday. My daughter is having a Trolls party next weekend so I bought some images on Etsy and had fun playing with lots of techniques - watercoloring, stamping, heat embossing and more! I am playing along with this week's Muse challenge #229...I was inspired by Tracey's blue watercolor background and the black background for the sentiment.

Here is the card, and be sure to check out the process video below.

I am still pretty new to watercoloring but have been addicted to it lately! I love playing with various effects and backgrounds for my handmade cards.

My daughter has shown a lot of interest in crafting lately and started making cards and scrapbook pages with me, so this is the first year I wanted to really take the time to make her card special. She saves her cards so I know she will want this displayed on her bookshelf!

Here is my process video. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!

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August Stamp of the Month (note this is only available Aug. 2017 - but there's a new one every month for $5 with a $50 purchase.)
Shimmer Brush
Heart border die
Black cardstock
White superfine embossing powder
Stamp scrubber
Stamp spritz cleaner
All-Purpose Mat
Glue pen
VersaMark Ink Pad
VersaMark Reinker
Archival Black Ink
Raspberry Ink
Micro-tip scissors
2"x2" acrylic block
All Acrylic blocks

Kuretake Gansai Tambai 36-color watercolor set
Canson Watercolor Pad, Top Wire
Glass Eye Dropper
EK Success Powder Tool (forgot to use but highly recommend!)
Cuttlebug Die-Cut Machine (newer model)
Black Tombow Marker
Scotch ATG adhesive
Fiskars Paper Trimmer

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Watercolor Galaxy Shaker Card + Process Video


I am so excited that I've had some time to play in my craft room and made some videos for you! Today I have a fun card to share, complete with a process video. I don't necessarily love the outcome - there are a lot of things I'd do differently - but I had fun playing and experimenting.

I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors which are pretty new to me, along with some products from My Favorite Things that I recently picked up from their Retirement Sale. And the cute little critters are from CTMH's soon-to-retire Some Kinda Wonderful stamp + die set.

Here's the video (I'm sorry, it got cut off at the end because my battery died!) Keep scrolling to see some still shots.

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Some Kinda Wonderful Stamps + Dies (only available as a set, not individually):
All-Purpose Mat:
CTMH Watercolor Paper:
Flip Flaps:
Black Shimmer Trim:
VersaMark Ink Pad:
VersaMark Reinker:
Archival Black Ink:
Micro-tip scissors:

Kuretake Gansai Tambai 36-color watercolor set:
Glass Eye Dropper I ordered after video:
Mini Misters:
EK Success Powder Tool:
Cuttlebug Die-Cut Machine (newer model):
Black Tombow Marker:
Scotch ATG adhesive:

MFT Retirement Sale:

CTMH Retiring Soon Items:

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

50% Off Warehouse Sale + August Specials!

Today is a big day. In addition to the brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book going live today (including new Cricut Collections!), there are FOUR new specials starting in August. 

I know you love a good deal as much as I do, and you're in luck! This month CTMH is having an online warehouse sale! FIVE sales, actually - one for every week in August! 

Every Tuesday at 12:00 am (MDT) during the month of August, a whole new set of retired products will be posted online at 50% off the retail price! As a bonus, CTMH will only charge shipping on the discounted price, not the full retail price like usual! Woohoo!

Here's a sampling of what's available RIGHT NOW. See it all HERE, and check back each week.

Embossing Folders Bundle

Stamp Pad Bundle

Mini Book Bundle

Swan Lake Bundle

Thankful For You + Thin Cuts dies

2. Rewards Your Way

When you sign up as a CTMH Consultant in August and meet certain sales goals, you’ll receive any one of these items for FREE:

To qualify, just submit $300 in commissionable sales by September 30. Enroll now >

The New Consultant Kit is only $75 - and get this - no matter what, you receive $50 in product credit when you enroll! So you're only paying $25 for a bunch of awesome essential supplies (everything you see below) plus choose what else you want!! Enroll now >


When you host an online party in August that reaches at least the third level of Hostess Rewards, your rewards will “jump up” to the next level—which means extra rewards and even extra 50%-off items! You'll earn discounted or free products based on the total of all orders collected as part of your party. Orders can be placed online at different times. Shipping is free on all of your Hostess Rewards.

Contact me today to set up an online party for you. You can earn reward even if you're the only one ordering, starting at just $150.

This month's stamp of the month is perfect for back to school. And it's only $5 with any purchase of $50 or more on my website. Even with 50%-off Warehouse Sale items!
August Stamp of the Month, School Year
Only $5 with a $50+ purchase

Whew! That's a lot of awesome deals going on! Check out all of the NEW PRODUCTS, including the new Cricut Collections, which launched today. You can view the new Idea Book HERE.

Happy shopping!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Retiring TODAY! CTMH Fundamentals, Stamps & More


Today is the day that CTMH's Annual Inspirations 2016-17 Idea Book/Catalog retires (view it here). The new one comes out tomorrow, but there is some great product retiring and today is your last chance to snag it. Plus today is the last day of the July stamp of the month and the Stampaganza Sale!

The color of the year, Sea Glass (a beautiful sea green, samples labeled below), plus several Thin Cuts dies, stamp sets, Fundamental paper packs, and more are retiring. Some items are already out of stock so hurry and grab what you love. View all that's retiring >

First up is a close-up look at the Fundamentals paper packs, featuring artwork from CTMH's amazing Art Department. These packs and the matching Complements are very versatile and feature all of CTMH's exclusive colors.


My Girl Complements (Adventure)
Good Life Complements (Adventure)


School K-6 Complements (Enchantment)

School 7-12 Complements (Enchantment)


Springtime Complements (Whimsy)
Baby Boy Complements (Whimsy)

Baby Girl Complements (Whimsy)

*SPOILER* The entire Basics color palette is changing in the new Idea Book, so if you love these Basics colors be sure to grab the Uptown Fundamentals pack (has some gold foil), Rustic Home Fundamentals pack, All About the Gold Fundamentals pack, and any Ink Pads or Cardstock you don't already have. I absolutely love the designs in these packs.
Uptown Fundamentals & Sea Glass

Rustic Fundamentals & Sea Glass

Rustic Fundamentals & Sea Glass

All About the Gold Fundamentals & Sea Glass
Snapshot Complements (Basics)
Rustic Home Complements (Basics)

Here are just some of the stamp sets that are retiring. You can see everything that's retiring HERE.

Birthday Princess stamp set

Charming Cascades stamp set

Circus Birthday stamp set

Let's Go stamp set

True Love stamp set

ALL of the states have their own stamp set for only $2.95. They are all retiring!

Here are some Thin Cuts dies that are retiring. There aren't as many scripty words in the new catalog so be sure to snag these if you love them as much as I do! Some of my faves have already sold out (not shown) so hurry before these are gone!
Celebrate thin cuts (Perfect size to span across a 5.5" width card!)

Happy thin cuts

Happy Birthday thin cuts

Love thin cuts

Stars thin cuts

This is just a sampling of the products that are retiring. You can see everything HERE.

July Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50+ order!

Stampaganza ends today! Buy 2 stamp seta and get 1 free. Add 3 to your cart and one will automatically show up free!

Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you have any questions.

See you soon with some NEW product artwork + videos I've been working on!