Sunday, August 3, 2014

Another Reason I Love My Job

There are so many reasons to love being a CTMH Independent Consultant.
Someone just recently asked me how long I've been a consultant and I realized my 8th Anniversary as a CTMH Independent Consultant is just around the corner.
Next month to be exact.
Wow!
Time sure does fly when you are having fun and enjoy what you are doing.

Yesterday, I had a very happy mail day!
I received this in the mail from my upline, Margi Gilbertson.


I had won a challenge on our team and this was my prize.
And I sure was happy with the beautiful cards and wonderful stamp set.
But more important, I felt blessed to be such a great team of consultants that are constantly finding ways to encourage and support each other.
We have a wonderful FB group for our team!
Margi is always there for us, answering our questions.
She really cares about our success.

I have met some wonderful and caring people while being a CTMH Independent Consultant and Supervisor.
I have never been a business builder and had a super huge team.
I have worked my business and have some wonderful customers
 (many of who I also get to call friends), but I am happy with where my business is and lucky to be blessed with the team that supports any type of consultant, from business builder to hobbyist.

I love my job for many reasons.
Rewarding relationships with other Consultants is one of those many reasons.

Thank you again Margi for your support of our team!

Thinking about joining CTMH as an Independent Consultant?
I would love to have you on our team.
Contact me for details.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!
~Amy

Saturday, August 2, 2014

What a Hoot to Celebrate a Birthday

I wanted to use the What a Hoot SOTM for something non-Halloween.
After looking at the SOTM and seeing the party hat, I decided to create a PL card using a card sketch from Make It From Your Heart, Volume 1.
I also used the NEW paper pack, Confetti Wishes for the background and to paper piece my owl and Heartfelt Birthday Wishes for the birthday sentiment.
I used the following ShinHan Touch Twin Markers for coloring the sentiment: 
I used some retired product for the eyes of my owl, but the Grey and Black Epoxy Bubbles would work well also.
I popped the owl and his party hat up with our 3-d Foam Tape.  For this project, I used the thinner roll and used my micro tip scissors to cut the tape.
I love our micro tip scissors since they are non-stick and don't gum up like other scissors when cutting the foam tape.

To color the sentiment, I started with my lightest color and worked my way down.
I used a slight circular motion where I combined two colors.

Hope you enjoyed this colorful versatile version of the SOTM: What a Hoot!
Remember, What a Hoot is only available in the month of Aug. so be sure to shop for yours today!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Welcome Annual Inspirations 2014-2015


August is here and that means that you can now shop from the NEW Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 Idea Book!

There is so much jam packed into this Annual Inspirations book!

And for the month of August, be sure to take advantage of the Picture Perfection promotion.


And while you are shopping, don't forget to check out our darling Stamp of the Month: What a Hoot!


And here's a quick pocket scrapbooking card that I created with the SOTM and some new papers and markers:

Products used (CTMH):
Marigold and Lavendar ShinHan Touch Twin Markers

The more I play with the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, the more I love them.

Be sure to check out all the great NEW products in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book on my website!

Thanks for stopping by & have a crafty day!
~Amy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mini Distress Ink Storage using CTMH Organizers





I have many customers that love the new mini distress inks from Tim Holtz, but were trying to figure out storage for them.
When looking at our pigment inks, I realized that they were approximately the same size as the mini distress inks.
I got a small organizer and pigment inks foam insert and tried it out.
Sure enough, the inks fit perfectly in the insert.

So if you are looking for storage for mini distress inks, this is how I will be storing mine.  This stacks perfect with my other organization and is one container instead of the 3 I would need with the new Ranger storage for mini distress inks.


I hope you enjoyed this idea for storage!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a crafty day!
~Amy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Sneak Peek Using a Sketch

I'm back with a sneak peek of some new products!

I decided to use a sketch that is up for Project Lifers, but can easily be adjusted to use on cards too.  
My example is a PL card, but I would love to make a card from this fun sketch.

Here's my card:

Products used (All sold by CTMH):
What a Day Stamp Set (Convention stamp set available only to consultants at convention)
Chalk It Up Paper Pack (available Aug. 1)
Chalk It Up Assortment (heart-available Aug. 1)
Light Orange and Peacock Green ShinHan Touch Twin Markers (available Aug. 1)
Black Opaques (retired, but similar to Black Epoxy Bubbles-just trying to use up my Opaques)

And here's the sketch that I used as inspiration to create this card:


This sketch was created by my good friend, Treasa Cimorose, who was also one of my guest designers earlier in the month.
You can find Treasa's blog here and Unscripted Sketches here or here.
Unscripted Sketches will be more focused on PL cards, but I plan to use their sketches personally for both PL cards and Cards.  You can easily use these sketches for either.

Here's one example of how I used a Make It From Your Heart Card Sketch and made it into both a card and a PL card.


Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek of some new papers, markers and embellishments.
I can't wait to show you more of what I've been busy creating.

Thanks for stopping by & have a crafty day!
~Amy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Fun in the Sun



                                                                                                   
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!                                                                            

Friday, July 18, 2014

One Final Guest Designer: Carrie Bryant

I have one final guest designer today: Carrie Bryant.

She also used the Tropical Paradise Stamp set and Lagoon and Smoothie Inks for her projects.

So here are her fabulous projects and what she had to say about each.

 Carrie:
This collection was perfect for my latest PL layout. The colors are so warm and matched perfectly to the photos I wanted to work with. I used the Picture My Life™ Surf''s Up PL card set for this layout. To create my embellishments I used the Tropical Paradise stamp set, and the Lagoon & Smoothie inks. I love they way they look on the cork circles I punched with a 1/2" circle punch

 Carrie: I used one of the cards from the Picture My Life™ Surf''s Up set to create this 4x6 photo mat. I stamped some images from the Tropical Paradise stamp set using the Lagoon and smoothie inks.

 Carrie: For this card I stamped the "Lookin' Good!" saying from the Tropical Paradise stamp set onto a grid card, I shadow stamped one Hibiscus flower next to the saying using Smoothie ink. Then I stamped another Hibiscus flower and cut it out adding a foam square to pop it off the card. To finish the card I added some twine and sequins. These are the CTMH products that I used. Picture My Life™ Surf''s Up card, Tropical Paradise stamp and Lagoon & Smoothie inks

 Using a 4x4 insta page protector from WR Memory Keepers, I cut up a 4x6 card from the Surfs Up kit into 3 2x2 squares then added a photo of my sweet puppy sleeping. I like the sayings on both sides of this card so cutting it up I was able to use both on this cute little page. I also used the lagoon ink and stamped tiny arrow across one card.-Carrie

Carrie-This card from the Surfs up kit will be on the title page for my recent Vacation to Costa Rica. I embellished with an Airplane paper clip, wood veneer anchor and some sticker letters. I love the soft summer colors of this collection.

Remember to check out Carrie on her blog to see some more of her amazing projects!

Don't I have some fabulously creative friends?
I hope you enjoyed these guest designers as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you!
Thanks for stopping by & have a crafty day!
~Amy 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Two More Guest Designers: Alicia Cross and Treasa Cimorose

Yesterday, I shared one guest designer, Kathy Piere, and her fabulous pocket card creations.
Here are two more for you today!
 
First up, the amazing Alicia Cross with her projects and what she had to say about each one:

 Alicia: This card was created with a piece from the Skylark My Reflections paper pack, it was so pretty on its own I didn't want to detract from the paper. I layered the tag
(from an offcut of the paper when I cut my card) in the corner with some gold glitter washi tape. I added glitter tape on the left as well as some chevron/arrow images from the LOL stamp set (A1159) stamped in Lagoon and Cashmere CTMH inks.

 Alicia: Using the three B&T patterned papers from the Skylark My reflections paper pack and one sheet from the Balloon Ride My Reflections paper pack, I stamped the hexagon outline image from the Honeycomb stamp set (#C1537) and cut each of them out. I stamped on both sides of each paper to get eight fun patterns. I laid out my design on white cardstock and adhered my hexagons along with a tiny strip of one of the patterned papers. I made a banner on white cardstock with the sentiment stamp from the same Honeycomb stamp set.

 Alicia: I created my own patterned paper on white cardstock using Honey CTMH ink and the honeycomb patterned hexagon from the Honeycomb stamp set (#C1537). I stamped the image a few more times in second generation with the same Honey ink for the raised hexagons. The bees and sentiment are from an old mini stamp set from CTMH.

I used a piece of light-grey gridded cardstock from my stash to create this card. I stamped all the fun icons and words from the LOL stamp set (A1159) all over my card, then stamped the speech bubble on white cardstock with the 'FRIEND' inside and added it with foam adhesive. I filled in the speech bubble with Liquid Glass for a shiny texture. -Alicia

 Alicia-This card started with a 3"x4" piece from one of the B&T patterned papers from the Skylark My reflections paper pack. I made the two little banners from another scrap of one of the Skylark papers and a scrap from one of the Balloon Ride papers, as well. I stamped the 'Tweet' sentiment from the LOL stamp set (A1159) in Cashmere and Sorbet CTMH inks.

 Alicia: I used some fun stamping techniques on this simple card. I started with Colonial White CTMH cardstock and used the 'Stamp Kissing' technique to add some patterns to the geotag stamp (from the LOL stamp set - A1159); I used the patterned hexagons from the Honeycomb stamp set (C1537) for the kissing. The heart image is from one of the stamp sets that is bundled with the CTMH Art Philosophy CriCut Collection; I stamped it off on scrap paper before doing the 'Rock & Roll' technique in a different ink color to give the edges the two-toned look. My sentiment is from the Chairs To You stamp set (D1456). I added some old CTMH tiny pearls to each geotag and in a few clusters to complete my card.

And next up is the equally fabulous, Treasa Cimorose.
Treasa got papers from me, as well as using the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2 as sketches for all her pocket scrapbooking cards!
 
 I actually used a card from a sketch from Make It from Your Heart volume 2 to make this card. I used papers from the Lollydoodle line and made and epoxy flair using EPIC from the awesome stamp set Reel Life Everyday Life (B1431). -Treasa
Treasa: I used a sketch from Make It from Your Heart volume 2 to make this card. I used papers from the Lollydoodle line and used the awesome stamp set Reel Life Everyday Life (B1431) to stamp the "hello today".

Treasa: This is another card I made using a sketch from Make It from Your Heart volume 2. This was my first time using CTMH stamps and I must tell you, they are absolutely fabulous. They stamp so crisp and adhere extremely well to acrylic blocks. For this card I used paper from the Skylark and Ivy Lane collections. I also used the Reel Life Everyday Life stamp set (B14131) How awesome is that reel?

Treasa-I used another sketch from the Make It from Your Heart volume 2 book. I used kraft cardstock as my base and used papers from the Timberline and Balloon Ride collections. I also used the arrows from the Reel Life Everyday Life stamp set (B1431)

 Treasa: I used a sketch from the Make It from Your Heart volume 2 book to make this card. I used papers from the Jubilee and Skylark collections. I also used the awesome honey comb stamp from the Reel Life Everyday Life stamp collection.

Treasa-Another card I made using a sketch from the Make It from Your Heart volume 2 book. I also used papers from Ivy Lane and Ariana collections. I also used the arrows from the Reel Life Everyday Life stamp set (B1431)
 
What fabulous inspiration from both Alicia and Treasa!
Thank you both for allowing me to share your fabulous creations!
 
And remember, these papers will be retiring on July 31st.
Be sure to pick them up today!
Visit my website and shop all the retiring product here
  
As always, thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!
~Amy 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Guest PL Card Designer: Kathy Piere

This Spring, I gave some friends of mine some CTMH supplies and asked what they could make for PL cards with the supplies.
(Disclaimer: they did ask if they could use non-CTMH product that they had and I did let them)
Here's what Kathy Piere came up with (and what she said about each):
 Kathy: For this card I wanted the effect to be that of the sentiment soft and dreamy. I first started with the honeycomb beige cardstock from the Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment. I achieved this by stamping my image as a 2nd generation which gives it that soft watery effect. I then stamped my sentiment in cocoa and used a pop dot to give it some dimension. Other inks used were cranberry and lagoon.

 Kathy: I wanted to have a little fun with this card so I made it in the shape of a tag but folded so that I could hide my journaling. I stamped my sentiment and butterfly onto champagne cardstock. The stamp set is "Dreamer" from the spring/summer 2014 idea book. I then distressed the edges with cocoa and added some hand drawn doodling around the edges. I then adhered my pieces at an angle to give your eye a place to rest from the background. Lastly I added a piece of ribbon to my tag only through the front part of the card so that it could easily be opened to read the journaling. I love the Fundamental Basics Assortment from CTMH the neutral colors are so trendy and easy to work with. I totally love how this card turned out.

 The Fundamental Basics Assortment from CTMH is unique in the fact that the sheets are double sided with the same design on both sides but on the one side with a glossy resist. For this card I used the black on black chevron resist which I believe you can see, it's stunning. I made it simple so that the paper is the star. I added a glossy xoxo and a watercolor heart I did with gelatos. Sometimes simple is better. -Kathy

 Kathy-On this card I added a new technique. I'm still using the fundamentals basic assortment from CTMH and this is the heart resist paper. The first thing I did was spray the whole card with white linen dylusions spray ink and let it set for about 30 seconds then I wiped it off and now the hearts on the resist side of the paper really pop. I then fussy cut out the foxes, tree stump and heart which I then adhered to the bottom of my card. I used a small pop dot under the heart to give my card a little more dimension. I stamped the sentiment on an oval label and finished it off with a couple of champagne colored pearl dots. The final touch was a little hand drawn doodling around the edge of my card.

Kathy: I continued using the fundamental basics paper on this card and choose the gray with a chevron like pattern. So the pattern would stand out I again sprayed with dylusions ink this time using cherry pie and wiped off. After that I attached the silhouette of a lab to represent our dog and a simple sentiment that actually says it all. I am going to enjoy adding this to my album.
Be sure to check out Kathy's blog at http://www.myinspiredstudio.blogspot.com/
Thank you to Kathy for letting me share your beautiful creations!
Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!
~Amy