Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ink Resist

I used the CTMH stamp set, From Me to You, for both the image and the sentiment on this card.  The colors are Sweet Leaf, Petal, and Pansy Purple.

I used a CTMH background stamp on the "white" cs.  I sponged the edges of two of the papers and sanded one.  The flower image was stamped with embossing ink and clear embossed.  I then added color by sponging ink onto the paper.  For the flower I used the darker purple first and then used the lighter purple around the edges.

The ribbon and gems are from my stash.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another take on page 33 card...

We have been invited to the graduation of a young lady from our church, so I wanted to create a special card for her using the school colors.  I again used the card from the current CTMH idea book on page 33 for my starting point.  It's a fun layout to play around with.

I dry embossed on the black cs and machine stitched around the white.  All paper, stamps and the button in the lower left are CTMH.  The rest of the buttons, flower and ribbon are from my stash of unknown origins.

Since I am behind in my Heart-2-Heart challenges, I could use this for technique or buttons.  I think I will opt to use it for the button challenge as I typically don't add buttons to cards, because I mail most of my cards.  This is a card I can hand deliver.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Masculine Graduation Cards

Graduation season is upon us and we have several invitations to parties.  I'm starting with a couple of masculine graduation cards, using stamped images and sentiments from a handful of CTMH stamp sets.  I like the basic layout of the card, so I may use it for all the graduation cards this year, just changing up the papers and embellishing a bit.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Something Different

As I sat down to create a card for my husband, to recognize 12 years of marriage, I didn't have a plan.  That's just fine when you have beautiful inspiration from CTMH!  I looked through the most recent idea book and found a card on page 33 that caught my attention.  Here's my version:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Not back...

After returning to the computer following a busy weekend, I was hoping to find my lost pictures had magically returned.  NOPE.  In fact, some of the oldest pictures that were there on Friday are no longer there.  I still can't figure out what happened, but there is nothing more I can do (at least that I am aware of) to get them to return.

Hope you all have had a beautiful weekend.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Where are my pictures?

AARGH!  I'm not sure if anyone else is having this problem, but I don't see most of my post pictures right now.  Hopefully it is just a blogger issue that will be resolved on it's own soon.

ADDED 5/14....  I think I may have messed everything up when I switched the email address attached to this blog and then deleted the original email so I can't even go back and get it.  Oops.  I'm recovering as many pictures as I can, but I tend to delete "card" pictures from my hard drive and I don't make a copy on CDs.  It's a bummer, but in the scheme of life, not a big deal.  I'll just have to do more creating!

Okay, I've been able to find the pictures dating back through posts to December 21, 2010.  I began this blog in 2009 and most of the posts from the start to the December 21st post of last year pictures are lost in blog-land.  The crazy thing is some of my very first posts are still intact.  STRANGE...  not sure what happened now.  My original thought doesn't make sense with the first posts still okay.


I am so excited to announce that I am now a CTMH Consultant! It's been a long time coming (not sure why I waited so long), but now it's official. I'll be posting more within a week and making some additions to my blog. For now I just wanted to share how much I'm looking forward to being a CTMH Consultant.

If you are already a consultant, I'd love pointers to help me get my business going.

Thank you!
ADDED:  Here is a link to my personal CTMH webpage...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day

I needed to get a card in the mail for my mom, so this morning I opted to use the Mojo Monday Sketch and some of my newest CTMH papers to create a card that fits her.   I love how a sketch and coordinated products can make a card so easy to pull together in a short amount of time.

She's not a frilly girl, much more down to earth and laid back.  Plus she is a multi-talented crafter, so this paper just suits her.  I also chose a stamped image from the Hot Diggity CTMH set she purchased for me last year.  The little owl is so cute.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Forest Friends

My cousin and his wife are expecting their first child, a son, in June.  I'm not able to attend the baby shower on Saturday, but I still wanted to send a gift.  According to their registry, they are going with a "forest animal" theme for the nursery.  That is the inspiration for this frame...

All stamped images are from CTMH stamp sets I have.  Most of them were stamped and then cut out before being placed on the background.

I found the saying online and thought it was a phrase that would "grow" well and allow the picture to be changed out as their son gets older.  Just click on the image to see it larger.