Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: A Taste of the Orient

The Chinese New Year begins this Friday, January 31st, so the challenge this week is to use Asian-inspired elements on your scrapbook pages, cards, and mixed or altered projects! Check out the challenge by clicking here!

This was most definitely a challenge but I was up for it!! So why was it challenging you maybe asking yourself? I have absolutely no crafting supplies related to the Orient. I decided to take a look at how to fold a Kimono using patterned paper and there you have it....the rest is history!!

 Why not "Celebrate" Chinese New Year which is the reason I liked this title. I used the Card Chatter Birthday stamp set. I completed my Kimono fold using For Always paper. I wanted to use lanterns across the top but I didn't have any lanterns on any of my cricut carts so I got creative!! My CTMH Artiste cart has tons of images (700 to be exact!!) I saw a spool for thread and I cut what would be the thread on the spool at 1 inch and my lanterns were created. I used a black gel pen to add some flair to the lanterns and placed them on top of the Bakers Twine. I cut the card so it is actually shorter in front compared to the back card base and used my slate polka dot washi tape to fill the gap. You can see it on the card laying flat below. I had some fun with my embossing folder giving the background card stock some texture. I double matted the sentiment "Celebrate" and stamped it in Grey Wool and Black Ink.
I really like how it came out and enjoyed the challenge!! Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

CTMH Retiring Products


January 31st is the last day for you to get the products that are retiring. While it's so hard to say goodbye we are making room for new products that will be available on February 1st!!!

Here is a quick look at some of the products!
For a complete list of items click here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

FCCB Challenge #195 Mix and Match

The Fantabulous Cricut Blog has a fun challenge where you are to use 3 different patterned papers and a cricut cut of course!! If you are up for the challenge visit their blog by clicking here

Here is my scrapbook layout using the criteria for the challenge. This is such a fun layout featuring my lil princess!! She lost her front tooth and was feeling blah so she wanted her hair done so she could feel better!! Epic reason to want your hair done!!

I found the perfect paper "Claire" to go with the picture. The funniest moment after taking the picture was hearing her say "I look more better with my teeth"...had me laughing so hard!! 
Here is a close up of some of the stamping I did as well as the cricut honeycomb cut which I adhered with some of it not fully attached to the paper. 

Products Used:
Claire paper packet (retired)
Artiste Cricut Cart
Artbooking Cricut Cart
Stitched Together stamp set GET THIS NOW!! RETIRING AS OF 1/31/14
Cricut Artiste Collection stamp set
Outdoor Denim ink
Sunset Ink
Black ink
Bakers Twine Harvest Assortment
Washi Tape (retired)
Orange Bling (AC Moore)
Bingo Embellishment (AC Moore)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! SHOP WITH ME...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Babycakes & For Always Napkin Fold Card

I love to try out the many different fancy fold cards that are out there. I am always amazed at how intricate some of the folds are.  I found the Napkin Fold card and I loved the look so I had to make one or two!!  The video I watched was by Dawn. Here are the Napkin Fold cards I created using CTMH Babycakes and For Always paper. The link to the video tutorial is below :-)

Here are the two finished cards...

 I used For Always patterned paper. The stamp used for the front of the band holding the card together is Perfect Fit Frames, which was cut using the Art Philosophy cricut cart pg 67, 2 3/4 inches. I stamped in black ink and the sentiment is stamped in Holiday Red using the Affections stamp set. 
 This view shows how the card looks once you take off the band that holds the card closed. 
 Here is the inside of the card. I used the Happy Couple stamp set with the cake stamped in Whisper ink. I stamped the bow in Holiday Red an fussy cut it. I used a bitty sparkle in the center of the box. I added a decorative edge using my Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment "Bride & Groom" was cut from the CTMH Artiste cricut cart page 61using glitter paper. I used the CTMH Chalk Marker to place dots around the border of the black card stock. 

I used the same Napkin fold design using Babycake paper. I used the Perfect Fit Frames stamp set with Sunset Ink. The "It's a boy!" sentiment is from the Wild Wonders stamp set. 
I stamped the hippo in Grey Flannel ink and monkey in Chocolate ink fussy cutting both. I gave them some dimension using 3-D foam tape. I created a tag envelope using a square piece of card stock. The tag was cut using my CM tag punch. I added a piece of  Creme Brulee Bakers Twine Paradise Assortment to the tag and stamped the sentiment "It's about to get wild around here!"...

I love how both of these cards came out. I hope you are inspired to try a Napkin Fold Card. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Anything Goes...SOC Bloggers Challenge

Have you heard of SOC (Scraps of Color)? If not click here to check out the blog. There is a fun "Anything Goes" challenge going on where you can share a link to your favorite scrapbook layout, card or altered/mixed media item. 

I decided to have a little, well ALOT of fun and continue working on my Christmas layouts using this layout to submit for the challenge. The pictures are reflective of a fun night at a PTO event with my girls. They love the camera and these pictures capture their beautiful smiles. 

 I used card stock and patterned paper from the Sparkle & Shine (retired special) paper packet. I always tend to play with my Artbooking cricut cart. I cut out the patterned green circle overlay with the dial size set at 8. 

Fake stitching is always fun so I added a little bit of - - - and - - -!! I love our washi tape so I put a few strips here and there. The border is made with red shimmer trim. I absolutely love shimmer trim!!! I went to my stash to see if I had coordinating Sparkle & Shine dimensional elements available.  I utilized the 3 Christmas trees, which I staggered slightly off to the side of one another and the "Noel" pendants. I like to use the negative space from the cricut cuts thus placing circles from the overlay in the four corners of the paper. I distressed the edges of the card stock with Juniper ink. Lastly I found a nice quote by an unknown author that reads "May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessings all year through." which I had wrote as my journaling spot. 
Here is an up close look at the christmas trees. I really like how adding the glitter made them pop off the page. Do you always journal? I try to so I don't forget what was happening at that moment in time. Journaling spots are always fun. When I am unsure what to write the internet is a great tool to look up quotes, poems, titles etc. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!! SHOP WITH ME

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Spreading the Love...Card In A Box Tutorial

I have seen so many Card In A Box ideas out there it was finally time for me to make one. I focused on love since Valentine's Day is closely upon us!! I am spreading the LOVE with this card in a box <3

Here you have it..the finished product!! I really like how it came out. Below you will find a picture and video tutorial to assist you with making one yourself :-)

1. You want to start with a 8 1/4 x 9 inch piece of card stock. 
 2. Next we are going to score the card stock. Be sure the side that is 9 inches is the side we are scoring on. Score the card stock at 2 1/8, 4 1/4, 6 3/8 and 8 1/2 inches. Turn the card stock so the smaller 1/2 is the top part of the card stock and score once at 2 3/4 inches. 
 3. Next place the card stock with the 2 3/4 score mark to the right and cut the paper at 6 inches which will give the extra piece as you see it below. 
 4. You will have the piece below that will be used to construct the box. 
 5. The long piece you have remaining from cutting the card stock at 6 inches was used to make the two pieces below. To get these pieces take the long piece from picture # 3 and turn it horizontally cutting it at 3 1/8. You will have a score on each end from the previous scores. Then cut this piece in half at 1 1/8 inch. You will have two pieces as you see them below. You can discard the piece you have remaining.
 6. With the 1/2 inch side to the left, cut up the score lines stopping at the center score line. There will be a total of 4 flaps.
 7. Cut off the 1/2 section to the center score line. I then angled the edges so I have a tab which will help me when I am lining up the tab with the box when constructing.
 8. Add some doubled sided tape to the tab and fold 3 of the flaps up to the center score line. Leave the outer flap unscored as this will serve as the center standing part of the card.
 9. Fold the score lines, bend to create a box and adhere the flap along the side of the straight tab aligning it to close up the box. Below is a picture of what you should see.
 10. We are back to the two pieces where you will fold on the score lines to make a "Z" type shape. Put doubled sided tape on each end.
 11. Adhered the two pieces above into the center of the box. See the below picture.
 I used a host of stamped images to create this card in a box. Below is a picture of all the embellishments.
 I made two different boxes with variation in the patterned paper and some of the stamping. I used a piece of plastic to extend the hearts which is attached to the back of the owl image. I added bitty sparkles to the eyes of the owls.

Here is a video tutorial that gives you specifics on how to make this box. 
Panel Cutting Dimensions: (I matted all my pieces)
Back Panel - 5 7/8 x 2 inches and 5 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches
Bottom Panels (3) - 2 x 3 1/8 inches and 1 7/8 x 3 inches
Top side panels (4) - 2 x 2 5/8 and 1 7/8 x 2 1/2

White Daisy Card Stock
Cotton Candy Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Cranberry Card Stock
Sweetheart Patterned Paper (retired)
Black Ink
Holiday Red Ink (retired)
Cotton Candy Ink
Double sided tape
3-D Foam Tape
Bitty Sparkles
Artiste Cricut Cartridge 
Creative Memory Heart and Square Punch
Hard Plastic
Red Copic Marker
Metallic CTMH Marker
Laughing Lola Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Kit Stamp Set - ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL JAN 31st!!!! 
Whooo's Your Valentine Stamp Set (retired promotion stamp set)
For Always Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set (retired)

Simply Create Too Challenge #53
Card A Day Blog 
I hope you enjoyed this creation and it inspires you to create one of your own. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! SHOP WITH ME

Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Wonderland

I enjoyed doing the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog so much that I made a layout this evening to submit for the Winter Fun challenge. The challenge is to create a winter inspired project while using at least 1 cricut cut on your project. 

Here is my layout using Artbooking which I call "Winter Wonderland". This title is so fitting as the pictures were take at the schools PTO event called Winter Wonderland. There were characters roaming around and the girls made sure they took a picture with this snowman. 

I used CTMH Sparkle & Shine paper (holiday special retired) as well as Outdoor Denim card stock. I cut the red bow out using the Artiste cricut cart. I used a combination of cuts from Artbooking pages 76 & 77. With Artbooking it makes it so easy and takes the guess work out of what size to cut the page embellishments. I set the dial to 11 inches and started cutting. I did that for the snowman and the title. I also decided to cut the photo mat 2 on pg 76 and use this as a journaling area. I cut on real dial size at 2 inches I believe (trying to recall I should have written it down). I put White Daisy card stock behind the photo mat and wrote details of the evening in the picture wells. I also used real dial size to cut the snowflake at 1 inch. I used some glitter on the snow flake as well as the snow mans scarf. I added some liquid applique (this is retiring don't miss out!!) to the rim of the hat. To give the page some spark I used my spray pen and create a shade pearl paint mixed with water to give the snow effect background. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

You & Me

Another fun scrapbook layout using the CTMH Artbooking cricut cartridge. This layout is of my boyfriend and I. I used Laughing Lola paper. The gold triangular studs are a new product available in our Idea Book February 1st!! 

Wondering how you can get this amazing cricut cart?? Check out my CTMH website and shop with me by clicking here ----> Shalana's CTMH site.

Thank you for stopping by and HAPPY CRAFTING!!


This is a special scrapbook page. I love taking selfies!! This one is of my youngest daughter and I. I entered this into the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. The challenge is to use a sentiment and have at least 1 cricut cut on your project. Easy Peasy with the CTMH Artbooking cricut cart!!

I used the sentiment "Blessed" because I truly am!! Nothing like having an incredible daughter to share my world with. This goes for both of my princesses!! I used Laughing Lola paper and Lagoon card stock. The overlay was cut from the Artbooking cricut cart pg 82. I places strips of different papers within the Laughing Lola paper pack behind the overlay. I used a few of the left over inside cuts of the overlay to make the directional arrows. The sentiment "Blessed" came from pg 85. I cut the sentiment out twice with different paper so I could layer it. I made a little journaling spot and used the zip strip from one of the papers because the sayings compliments us well---> "We're solid", "lookin fly" and "just sayin". I also like to add some bling with the bitty sparkles. I love all the bright colors!! 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Everything ABC's Blog Hop Featuring the Letter A

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the Letter "A". This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their "A" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy 

If you came from Jenny of Jen's Creative Classroom then you're on the right track!

The Letter "A" represents my daughters name Aria as well as an Altered A!! I had a wooden letter A I bought from Hobby Lobby over the summer. I planned to alter it so she can put it on her door or wall of her room. I never got around too it!! This hop made me hop on along and get "A" done!! I have tutorial at the end on how I distressed A. 

Here is my Altered "A". I love how it turned out. I used Roxie (retired paper and a host of other fabulous CTMH products. Below are pictures from start to finish of how I altered "A". 

This is the wooden A with no alteration. 
I started by adhering the paper to the wooden A. I did this using Elmer's spray adhesive. Makes it quick and easy to adhere with no issues. I then used my exacto knife and cut the excess paper from around the letter. I used a combination of the CTMH Sanding Kit and Texture Tools (if you want this the last day to get it is Jan. 31st it is retiring!!!) to distress the A using Chocolate ink. 
This is the A after I distressed the edges. What a big difference. I love the look distressing provides! 
Here are all the items i used to decorate A. I used the Gold Polka Dot washi tape (Available in the Cloud Nine kit this month for $15 with a $35 purchase!!!). I cut a strip of paper. Adhered the washi tape and then used my scallop punch to make the design. I also made 2 curly's from the strip left over from using the scallop punch. I curled the washi/paper using my CTMH piercing tool. I used the Artiste cricut cart to cut out the flowers. I cut the big one at 3 inches and the little ones at 2 inches. You can find these on page 54, Accent 1, f. I used Smoothie card stock for the bigger flower and Roxie paper for the smaller flowers. I used a pearl from the Opaque Pearl Adhesive gems (retiring get yours now!!!!) for the inside of the small flowers and a big bling button gem(retired) for the larger one. I went around the edges of the flower with the Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel (this is retiring get yours now!!) To make the banner with my daughters name in it I used the Art Philosophy cricut cart. I cut 4 pendants from pg 49 and I cut the letters using the Font, Shift Lock key to make them capital. I used Smoothie and Kraft card stock. The pendants were then attached to Bakers Twine Paradise Assortment Smoothie. The butterfly is from the Art Philosophy cricut cart. I stamped it using the Hostess Reward stamp set Washi Wonders using Smoothie ink and distressed the edges using chocolate ink. I sprayed it with some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist to give it some sparkle. I used the pearls for the center of the butterfly. 
As you can see I used a host of CTMH products to finish this beauty!! 
 I added two pins I had from a swap I was in last year. I tied a bow around them using CTMH Organdy Basic ribbon (retired). I also had a wooden shape from the Mini Medley Accents Wooden Collection.  I used a Sparkling Flourish up the right side of the A. 
A close up of the flowers.
A close up of the butterfly and paper washi curly. 

I hope you enjoyed my Letter "A". Thank you for hopping and happy crafting!! 
You can SHOP WITH ME...

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Wendy of My Scrapbooking Blog.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Life Unscripted

Our lives are unscripted. I had to make some sympathy cards this evening. This is the one card I do not enjoy making. The reality is we lose people we love. I always hope a handmade card will bring the recipient comfort. 

The card design is the same for both cards with the difference in the embossing folders. The folders used are Trellis and Berry Swirls made by Sizzix. A peek inside the box---> Coming soon are embossing folders you can purchase through CTMH in our Feb Idea Book..I can't wait!!! 

I used For Always paper packet and White Daisy card stock. The flower is from the Unscripted stamp set. I rolled the stamp in Whisper, Vineyard Berry(retired) and Black ink. The stem of the flower is stamped in Topiary ink. The sentiment is from the Words of Comfort stamp set. I embossed 3/4's of both of the White Daisy mats. I finished off the bottom of the embossing with a strip of the Slate Polka Dot washi tape and added bling from the Sparkles Black and Grey assortment. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting! SHOP WITH ME...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit

I am so excited about the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit. This is kit is only available Jan 1st-31st as part of the National Papercrafting Month celebration!! 

I put together this video so you could see the contents. There are some new items that will be available in the new idea book Feb 1st!! I can't wait. I also had the opportunity to put my cards together which you will see below. 

This cardmaking kit comes with the following: 
1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
1 – 9" × 9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape
1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim
1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs
10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
1 – Instructional Brochure

If you don't have Sunset or Lagoon ink you will need it to complete your cards. You can order it by clicking on the above links. The stamp set is soo cute and has a lot of versatility. While the kit comes with the shapes precut and ready for use you can also cut out the shapes using the Artiste Cricut cart!!
 Card #1
 Card #2
 Card #3
 Card #4
 Card #5
 You will make a total of 10 cards with 2 each of 5 designs. 
Spending $35 in CTMH product purchase and get this kit for $15!! Don't miss out on being on CLOUD NINE!!