Saturday, July 30, 2011

Roxie cards

Woo Hoo! I feel like I am really getting the hang of this only CTMH products restriction, for making class cards. It is easy with so many new and beautiful products in the new idea book. This card is a 4.25 x 4.25 square and was inspired by a card in the Autumn/Winter 2011 idea book, page 19 again. Along the lower edge you see one similar, I did quite a bit of creative tweaking to this one. I believe their card base was cut with the Cricut cartridge, since I still don't have it, yet....I just rounded the corners on a basic card base then used some Nestabilities to cut the shape out of the 3 different papers you see there. The papers are from the new Roxie set. The white card stock edges were sponged with Desert sand ink and a sponge dauber, just to soften them up a bit. It seemed a bit harsh next to the Roxie papers.    

The sentiments are from Say it in style stamp set and stamped in Smoothie ink pad. The butterflies ~oh the butterflies~ I love these new flutter paper shapes. They have a beautiful texture of a mulberry paper and a black script detail on them. They are white when you purchase them, but I colored this one with Smoothie ink to match my project. I squeezed the ink pad so the lid touched the pad just a bit, so when I open it there is a smear of ink on the inside lid. I then used our spray pen and spritzed a little water onto the ink on the lid. Then I set the paper butterfly down in the diluted ink and it sucked it right up. Laying it to the side to dry, I grabbed a sheet of sparkles and a sheet of pearls and a plain old black sharpie permanent marker and colored 4 of the sparkles and 4 of the pearls. I added the dried butterfly to the card with a thin strip of tape so the wings are free and curl up prettily and then I added the slightly altered CTMH bling to the center of the butterfly. Easy peasy, but so pretty I think.

I have to show you my new stamp for the back of my handmade cards. Its a cat from a Halloween dollar priced set I got this weekend at our LSS Green Tangerine. I had a super fun girls night out with my mom and one of our stops was to this wonderful store. I scored this stamp and a few other goodies. The alphas I have had for a while, I know they are Studio G from Michaels. C.A.T. is my initials and my self imposed pseudonym. So I thought this was just perfect.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Wonderland cards

I must admit these are by far my favorite all CTMH product class cards I have made yet. I took my inspiration from the new Autumn/Winter 2011 idea book, page 19. The tiny card idea in the lower right hand corner. Super cute details. Now their design used the new Cricut cartridge I am sure, but I don't have it yet. (Mom, don't read this next part.) I. Want. It. At first I was skeptical but seeing only some of the 700 cutting shapes that coordinate perfectly with so many of our stamp sets. Yep, I totally want it! Sorry mom, I still love my Pazzles but Cricut is still easier for me.

Ok, about these cards. They are 4.25 x 4.25 squares that I took a 1 inch circle punch to the corners and removed about .25 of the circle to create the kind of ticket edge I wanted. The paper is Wonderland and you are seeing both the front and back designs there.  

This is a detail shot. I love it!!! I used the wonderful new tear off strip as the little strip detail behind the squares. See it? It's blue with a brown half circle doily type image. It's wonderful, functional not wasteful. I think that is just one in a LONG list of new things they implemented in this new catalog. YAHOO, CTMH!! Love it. The sentiment is from the Say it in style set and was stamped in Twilight and Chocolate inks. The stamp was one long sentiment, I used my super sharp Fiskars scissors and nipped it in two. Makes the two toned stamp detail super easy. You also see wooden buttons there, I used a sliver of Chocolate card stock as a faux stitching detail and adhered the whole thing down with a glue dot. Love it, finally a masculine card that I really enjoyed making. Fun stuff.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mayberry cards

These are my 2nd attempt at class cards using only (mostly) CTMH products. This was made using the Mayberry paper pack, the patterned piece is 1 sheet showing both front and back. I love double sided patterned paper. Really, I do! I used the A sip stamp set in Smoothie, Olive and Cocoa ink pads. On the card on the left I ran the edges over the Cocoa ink pad, and on the right I used a sponge dauber in the Cocoa again and sponged the edges. The left is subtle, the right is more aged and vintage-y. I also used a piercing tool and a piece of plastic mesh used for some sort of yarn craft (drat, I forgot the name) but anyways, I used it as a spacing guide for my piercing detail on the corners. I have a 2 x 12 inch piece I received from my CTMH upline and then I found round pieces intended for making coasters, but again I just use them as round guides for piercing. Pretty cool inexpensive detail tool.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweetheart card

I am working on cards for a CTMH class for some friends. It's hard for me, I mostly use my CTMH consultant benefits as a hobby supplement. So designing for a "class" and using "ONLY" CTMH products is challenging. I love them but I usually create freely with all my pretty things.

This card is my first attempt. Using the sweetheart papers, this is one sheet front and back. SSSOOO cute. Black and pinks are my very favorite color combination. I used Love Ya! stamp set and did the rock -n- roll technique using Baby pink and Black ink pads, for the focal point. The sentiment is inked in Baby pink and then I took the black pen and colored over the X and O before I stamped it on white card stock.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

SU! open house

Saturday I went to a SU! open house. My friend Tina, from and several of her upline and consultant peers held the event at a local church. We made 3 cards, enjoyed some tasty treats and perused hundreds and hundreds of card, scrapbook page and gift ideas. These ladies are amazing. Mom and I had a great time.

This card is 6.25 x 3.5 inches, so it fits in the regular letter envelopes you can find inexpensive at the Dollar tree and other stores. Love it.

Another beautiful easel card made with the breast cancer fund raiser stamp set. Very pretty.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

SU! card buffet class

Last weekend I went to a SU! card class called a card buffet. It was awesome! Totally loved the set up and the designs available. My friend Tina was the consultant and card designer, she has awesome talent and an eye for making beautiful things. You can see more of her gorgeous work here.

So this first card was my favorite!!! What's better then a Disney Mickey bar card? Absolutely nothing! And the saying "If you are what you eat, eat something cute!" was the clincher. I love it.

The colors on this one are phenomenal! Absolutely love this one too.

This is yet another gorgeous design. See what I mean, she has super design powers.

This on is super unique. The belt tab pulls out of the slot and the flap opens. This card is sprayed with shimmer spray and has lots of bling.

An easel card. This one is simple but elegant. Love it.

This one has the adorable cupcake and some stickles bling. It's a gatefold card with an additional square of stamped goodness. It's a great non gender specific card.

This is the unique size that fits in the small letter envelopes. Simple and classy. Very sweet color combination.

This was a unique technique I had never tried yet. Emboss and then sponge ink over the embossing to highlight the design. Cool stuff.

The really wonderful thing about this class was we made eight cards in about 3 hours. Tina had prepped a lot and had the supplies in envelopes, we just grabbed a box that had all the supplies for one card ready to go. She also had designed, prepped and boxed up about 15 different cards for us to choose from. It was awesome! Can not wait to do it again.

Summer fun and family time have had me distracted from posting on my blog, much less from creating much of anything. So please be patient with me, I am enjoying some down time but I am certain to be back to creative crafty stuff again soon.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Flower fest cards

I copied these right out of the SU! mini catalog. I  LOVED the card immediately when I saw it.  I stamped a 8.5 x 11 sheet of white cardstock, just like a one sheet wonder, I then cut it into pieces to use on these 4 cards. I added the pink flowers on pop dots after punching them out with the coordinating SU! flower punch.

Here's a detail shot, you can see the CTMH inks (mostly retired) hydrangea, bubblegum, orange and the new color pear. I used a round sponge dauber and lightly inked the centers of all the stamped images. I added gems in the center of a few flowers for some bling.

Here is a second set stamped in CTMH tulip, creme brulee, sorbet and olive.

And the detail shot of these colors. I really like these cards. I haven't put any sentiments on them yet. I kind of feel like they are perfect as they are. So I might just wait for when I need one and add a sentiment to the inside as needed.

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Pazzles Happy Birthday cards

I had a Super Pazzles Saturday! My guys had plans, so my mom and my friend Tina, from came over and we played with our Pazzles. My mom showed us some cool design stuffs and just refreshed our memories on lots of tips and tricks. It was A W E S O M E!!! The card above is what I designed while she was teaching us about outlines and welding. Then I used a file I had downloaded from somewhere on the world wide web, to make the accordion rosette on the Pazzles.

The above variation of the gate fold card with the welded words is my moms idea, and its really cool. She taught us how to create our own file. (Please ignore the paper clip at the top of the card, that is simply holding the card closed so I could take a descent photo.) The butterflies are all from SU! Sizzix dies. I added some CTMH pearls and some silver thread for some antennae.

This is the other half of the folds. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is a picture of the card with a little altered sticky notes pad, I got the idea from There is a great picture tutorial for this sweet idea. I got my sticky note pads from the dollar bins at Target. Can't beat that!!!!

This was my last project for my Saturday. I pinned my inspiration at a while ago, and just got around to copying the design. I am loving Pinterest, what an awesome way to save inspirations of all kinds and not fill up your computer memory to do it. Great idea, and so fun to see what other people are finding all over the internet. Some truly talented people out there.

As always, I am happy to save you a little time and share my Pazzles files. I know they are simplistic but saved time is saved time. So if you would like one or both of my .wpc card files please leave a comment including your email address at the bottom of this post. I will send it out to you. Also, did you know that if you click on the word Pazzles in the Labels: field you will go directly to all my different Pazzles posts? If you missed some prior posts file offers, its no problem I will send them out to you at any time. All you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of the posts, so I clearly know which files you would like, and I will email them to you.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Floral monogram cards gift set

I made this set of cards as a gift. For this card I used this for inspiration. The design and the color combination. I added the twine to mine, it needed just a little something.

Here is a close up so you can see the details in the card.

This monogram card was inspired by a beautiful card I found at I did my best to capture the feel and design of Tina's card. While adding the monogram of the girl to receive this gift set.

Another detail shot. Pretty colors, huh? These are made using CTMH tulip, creme brulee and olive inks and card stocks.

This is the portfolio type holder for the six cards and envelopes. It's tied closed with CTMH creme brulee ribbon.

Here is another detail shot showing the inside, packed full of the cards. This is my new favorite color combination. Very striking. I will be making more of these sets, I hope.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A bright scrap banner card

I was inspired to create this scrappy goodness by a pin I saw here. It's a bright happy card, I really like the Stickles and lacy edge. I wanna play around with this some more, but it's a cute first attempt though, IMHO. I hope you agree.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ipod bag

Here is my attempt to use up some of the fabric scraps left over from my Disney inspired quilted book bag. It's an Ipod baggy. So cute. Lined with black with white polka dots and then yellow striped ribbons for the pull ties.

It's a perfect fit. Now I might need a Disney design skin for my Ipod. Oh yeah!

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