Friday, February 28, 2014

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello friends!  It’s that time again!  As we wrap up a month, we get to say hello to the new and upcoming Stamp of the Month.  And with that, we have a blog hop!  A hop is a big chain of blog posts that are linked so you can hop from one to another.  All of us are posting artwork for this month’s stamp of the month.  If you’re already hopping you should have just come from {Katy Taylor’s blog}.
This month I used the Balloon Ride papers and the Rosewood Mini-Medley Accents to complete my card.  I also used on of the card designs from Make it from Your Heart Vol 2.  I love this How To book!  It has quick and easy sketches complete with measurements for making beautiful well balanced cards and layouts.  I used Balloon Ride papers because I like their old world feel and simply because I haven’t had a chance to play with them yet. 
I masked the rest of the words from “Home is our Happy Place,” so I could get the word happy.  I stamped on a scrap of paper and then cut a hole for the word happy. 
CTMH Stamp of the Month Card using Balloon Ride featuring a Matryoshka doll by Lalia Harris
I colored my little doll with our watercolor pencils.  I used Crystal Blue, Sorbet and Honey and then blended them to take out any pencil strokes with our water based blender pen.  If you blend too much, you’ll remove some of the color.  Please wait until the project is dry before coloring again.  The hard pencil tips will dent the paper rather than color it when the paper is damp. 
I embellished the doll with some of the tiny gems that are around the larger gem that I used in the top left corner.  I tore that little gem apart to use each individual piece.  I must note that it was already damaged and missing a piece or two.  I didn’t didn’t tear into a perfect one.  But I like the effect so much that I might do it again. 
Inside the card I have a little pennant bunting across the bottom and a strip of the sorbet balloon ride paper.  The bunting is the border from the sentiment “like mother like daughter.”  I CUT it from the stamp and then curved it on a block.  It’s super easy to do and I’ll be able to put it back together when I need to use the whole stamp.  Acrylix stamps are wonderful! 

Here’s the adorable stamp set we’re working with this month!  It’s just $5 with a $50 purchase or the standard D-sized set price of $17.95 when purchased separately which you can do!  Either way, it’s only available in March!  Click here to shop

Please hop on over to {Michelle Jones’ blog} and have a great day!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Strap Hinge Page Protectors (Free Sample!)

This month CTMH unveiled many new page protectors.  The most exciting one isn’t even for the CTMH albums.  They’re for Creative Memories and Westrim strap hinge albums.  That’s right!  We’re now selling a side loading page protector that you can use in your Creative Memories albums.  


And it even gets better!  You can use them to cover your existing Creative Memories pages!  Grab your paper trimmer and trim off the left and right side of the page protector and it will slip right over your CM page and protect it so beautifully.  They’re affordable too!   You’ll get 25 page protectors for just $19.95. 

Are you curious?  Is it too good to be true?  Find out for yourself.  Email me to request a sample.  All I’ll need is your snail mail address and I’ll pop one in the mail to you. 

If you want the latest CTMH Idea Book along with the page protector, hop on over to my CM to CTMH tab here to order. These idea books weigh 15 ounces and cost over $5 for me to send out.  I’ll refund you the shipping and send you a little thank you gift when you place your first order. 

My free sample is only available to US residents because that’s the only place I can sell CTMH products.  If you are in Canada, Australia or New Zealand and are interested in more information, please let me know.  I’ll have someone contact you. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fabulous & Five Dollars: Studio J

Our online digital scrapbooking studio is fabulous!  It’s even better when it’s just $5 per layout!  Get a jump on creating this month to make the most of the March $5 Studio J special!  You can create layouts today and order them in March! 



During the month of March, order your Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments.
And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes. 

Here’s my express collection layout: 


I added my photos and my journaling all 4 words of it and changed 1 item in the background.  All of the embellishments, borders and brads were already to go on the page.  When’s the last time you created a beautiful layout in 15 minutes, including the time you spent choosing photos?  If you’re like me, the answer is “only with Studio J!”

Create an account or use your existing CTMH account to log into Studio J.  It’s 100% free to try and play.  There’s no charge until you’re ready to order your gorgeous layouts! 

Want a little help getting started?  Let’s sit down together and create your first layout!  Call me, I’d love to sit down with you any time! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Making the Lollydoodle Cardworkshop even better!

Have you seen the new Lollydoodle card workshop on the go for the new Spring & Summer Idea Book?  It’s adorable!  It’s even more versatile when you add one of our mini stamp sets that are just $2.95. 
$2.95 is great, but FREE is even better! Now through March 31, 2014, when you order one of the card Workshop on the Go, I’ll send you your choice of mini-stamps for free! 
I grabbed my favorite two mini-stamps and changed the sentiment.  They are a perfect fit within the curly frame! 
Cards Lollydoodle WOTG variation with CTMH Mini-Stamps by  Lalia Harris

We have several sentiments that will make your card just what you need.  Click on your favorite pic below or click here to see all of them. 
Also did you notice the embossing on the lagoon piece?  It adds wonderful non bulky texture that’s just so fun!
Card Lollydoodle WOTG with thank you embossed
I used our all-new chevron embossing folder!  We have 5 brand new embossing folders & I just love them!

When you place your order, I’ll contact you to find out your choice of mini-stamp set.  Click here to order your Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Picture My Life™: Skylark cards

In Sunday’s post, I showed you the first few pages I created with Picture My Life.  I’m using the Skylark set of cards.  You receive 44 of the 4x6 double sided cards (2 of each design) and 78 of the 3x4 cards (3 of each design).  Being that these cards are double sided and that you only get 2 or 3 of each card, you won’t be repeating the same card often unless you choose to.  You also receive 10 page protectors 1 12x12 title page and 3 each of our newly designed page protectors noted as Design 3, 4 & 5 in our Idea Book on page 135.  You’ll also see the 3 designs of pages below in a bit.  10 page protectors will fit 75-125  photos and you’ll have a ton of cards left over.  Additional page protectors can be ordered.  
I have the front & back of each card touching so you can see exactly what you’re getting in the Skylark kit.  Each individual card has a title or sentiment on one side and room for journaling on the other. 
PML SL Cards 1
pml sl Cards 2
Here’s the last of the 44 cards and the 12x12 cover page that’s included in the kit.  It matches kit. On the reverse side are 6 cards that can be cut apart. 
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Here’s the 3 styles of Pocket Memory Protectors.  Design 3.
PML SL Cards 3 in protector sleeves
Design 4
PML SL Cards 5 in protector sleeves
Design 5
PML SL Cards 6 in protector sleeves
Just in case you’re curious, Designs 1 & 2 are CTMH’s original divided page protectors.  They are compatible with Picture My Life and can mixed with the new designs in an album.  I have a ton of horizontal or landscape photos from my travels and they compliment what you receive in Picture My Life so well. 
All page protectors are $9.95 for a package of 10 and sold in packages of a single style.  They are for post bound or 3 ring binder albums.  They will not fit strap hinge. 
Design 1:  All vertical

Design 2:  All horizontal photos

Ready for Picture My Life?  Click here to order

Monday, February 10, 2014

Picture My Life Introduction [Video]

Here’s an overview of what’s included in the Picture My Life kits.  The kit featured in this video is the Later Sk8r kit.

I’ll be featuring the Skylark kit throughout this week.  More details on my kit are coming on Wednesday! 

Click here to view the video via YouTube

Picture My Life kits are a tremendous value.  You receive 122 double sided cards and 10 page protectors for $24.95.  Where else can you put together scrapbooks at 2.50 per 2 page layout?  It’s the simplest, fastest and most economical scrapbooking system that I know of!  If you add 10 more page protectors (because you’ll have enough cards for 10 more pages), the price could drop to $1.75 per two pages.  It’s fabulous! 

Click here to shop now

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Introducing Picture My Life: Masterpieces in Minutes

I started scrapping in 2006 after our son was born.  Prior to that, everything has been in boxes, boxes and more boxes!  Back when we took pictures on 35mm film, we took numerous shots and had double prints made!  Do you remember that?  My goal this year is to empty those boxes and make beautiful albums.  Over the next week or so I’ll be showing you more of my pages and the features of Picture My Life.
So far, I’ve only used Skylark, one of the 8 designs available.  I have a work in progress album and the Balloon Ride Picture My Life (PML) version arriving this week! 
This was from our trip to the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park in September 2001.  There’s lots of scenery shots of the beautiful parks. 

I was able to just slip my photos and postcards in the pockets so quickly.  I trimmed a few photos down to fit in the 3x4 pockets.  I was amazed that I could crop a photo to half its original size and still tell the story! 
Right now I’m using binder rings to hold my project together.  I’m going to keep it in our Work in Progress Binder until I’m done.  Then I’ll transfer it to one of our post bound albums. 

You’ll probably want to have at least one of each size of PML card on each side of the layout to give the eye a place to rest and room for journaling.  I really like to stuff my layouts full of photos. 

Hop on over to my website to see all 8 of the Picture My Life sets.  Later this week I’ll be showing you all of the full sized cards that are in the Skylark kit!
I’m entering this in the New Product Blog Hop. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see other new products from the CTMH 2014 Spring & Summer Idea Book.

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Hoot of an Experiment

Hello friends! 
The new Spring & Summer 2014 Idea Book is out and we’re here to showcase the new product in a blog hop today.  You’ll get to hop through blogs and return to this one to see various projects created with the brand new product.  If you’ve already been hopping, you’ve just come from {Nikka’s blog}. 

Laughing Lola and Owls CTMH stamp set by Lalia Harris
My card features Lollydoodle papers, Owls stamp set, Flamingo dots and Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon.  These are just a few of my very favorite things from this Idea Book.
I also colored my owl with a variety of our CTMH Alcohol markers.  The body is whisper grey, the yellow is light honey.  The beak and feet are Light Honey + Sorbet which makes a good replacement for Sunset.  The belly is a variety of colors Sweet Leaf, Sky, Cotton Candy, and Sorbet. 
I then decided to experiment.  Would googley eyes look good on my owl?  You tell me.  Smile
If you want to bypass my experiment and hop on over to {Jody’s blog} feel free to.  Click the blog hop logo to find the entire list of hoppers.
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