Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mom’s Hallmark….

My mom lives in a very small town and does not have access to a store to buy cards so I decided that I will make her an assortment of handmade cards to have at her house.  I have made about 260 cards in the last couple of weeks.  I made about 20 of each designs, gave mom some and kept some for myself. All of these cards are scrap lifted from the Wishes Card Book or other CTMH Consultants. I am going to take the design help where I can find it.


These are part of a of the “Just Because” card kit that CTMH had out a couple of years ago.  I forgot I ordered it and just found it in the closet.



Here are some more of the “Just Because” Card kit and a design that I found on Split Coast Stampers.  I have since cleaned up my mess and cannot find the stamp set I used for the flower and vase.



The “Grey” card is a birthday card using Grey Wool and Blush for the colors with the Treasure Life stamp set.  The “Flower” card is from the “From Me to You” card set again from a couple of years ago that I just found in my closet again.  Another birthday card (in back) is using the Topstitch paper pack along with “A Little Everything” Stamps.  It is missing some stitching but I will add that stamp in a little while.  The “Cup Cake” Card is using the “Cupcake Sprinkles” stamp set.


The final card is a “Sympathy” card that my mom requested.  It is using “Treasure Life “Stamp set and the colors are: Buttercup, Chocolate and Crème Brulee.  I thought it needed just a little pop of color so I also used baby pink.

I made one more card but since it is for Mothers day, and the “Mothers” in my life have not seen it yet I will wait to post until I get them in the mail. (hee hee)

Heads up Bridgette

My niece is about to have her 1st birthday so I made about 24 cards to send to my sister.  They are in the same color family I made her shower invites in.  They are blank on the inside so she can use them as:

Birthday cards for other people

Birthday party invitations

Thank you notes for Addy’s birthday party


Thursday, March 18, 2010

March of Dimes

As many of you know my “day job” is working nights at Texas Health Plano’s ER Department, you also know that I have said that the ER supports my scrapbooking addiction with every paycheck I receive :-) so every now and again it is time to give back.  THP is participating in the March of Dimes drive this year, but we have changed it up somewhat.  Each department is making a “baby basket” to be auctioned off and the money donated to March of Dimes. 

The ER basket will be filled with products that new mommies may forget they need or not even know they need.  Soooo I am donating the one item I needed but did not know I needed before Kaela came along…  Thank You Cards. 


I started this project at 0400 this morning and finished at 0930.  I made about 22 cards trying to keep with the boy or girl theme.  Kaela told me that I was not “allowed” to use pink but I just could not help myself. 

Here is the Recipes.

The card pattern is from the Wishes Card Confidence Book from CTMH, page 69 card 2.  I just changed up the paper packets to suite my needs.


Paper Garden Level 2

Smokey Plum, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup and Blush

This was the last set of cards I made and they came out the best.



Tinkerin’  Level 2 Paper Packet

Holiday Red, Sunflower, Sunny Yellow, Twilight, Clover Meadow



Game On Level 2 Paper Packet

Grey Wool, Black, Desert Sand  I added the Heavenly Blue for a pop of color



Key To My Heart (special pack)

Crème Brulee , Juniper, Sorbet, Tulip

This is my least favorite only because it was 0400 in the morning and I did not have to process down yet, that and no coffee.

Hopefully the new mommy will enjoy them.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mom’s Supplies To The Rescue!

This is one of those days when having a scrapbooking addiction comes in really handy.  I present to you the 7th grade “last minute” gotta have it tomorrow project.

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She did almost all if it herself, while she was painting the background I did press out the letters with my die cut machine.  I am so glad I bought extra poster board last year because it means I did not have to get out of my jammies today!

Back to scrappin I go….

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Deep In Thought

While I sit here playing with my paper and glue I sometimes listen to a podcast called “The Scrapbooking Roundtable”  while this podcast is not affiliated and CTMH I enjoy hearing the ends and out’s of the business side of scrapbooking. Each episode they throw out one question that each panelist is going to speak about for that session.  Here is the questions that got me to pondering…….

Why People Do Not Scrapbook?

Is it because we are behind in our scrapbooks or is it the time factor?  Much pondering to do…  Or are you afraid you are scrapbooking just for guilt.  Yes I said guilt!  Did you do your first Childs scrapbooks but not child 2 or 3, now you feel so overwhelmed that you are not sure you even want to scrap anymore?  Here are my thoughts on the matter. Bear in mind I am a blonde you my thoughts may not match yours but they made sense to me.

1. Being behind:  There is no such thing as being behind in scrapbooking!  You are gathering memories right?  You still take the photos, and gather those tickets stubs or your Childs artwork.  So just make sure that the are organized  in the fashion you choose to organize your scrap memorabilia and you should be fine.  We will all get a chance to retire at some point and when that day comes, I will personally have plenty of photos and memorabilia at my fingertips to scrap. And if by chance I do not have anything of my own to scrapbook, my mother in law will just move her THOUSANDS of photos to my house for me to play with.  I am kind of looking forward to seeing those.

2. No Time To Scrap:  Totally understandable, really it is, this is where your super mommy organization skills will come in handy so that you will not feel SO behind all of the time.  I was lurking around some sister consultant sites and one of my CTMH Sisters has a dresser that she stores children's photos and memorabilia in.  I think she had 3 kiddo’s and each child had 2 drawers.  One drawer was just photos organized by year and the second drawer was the stuff that child wanted included in his / her scrapbooks also by year.  When she was ready to work on a project she pulled out a photo envelope and a memorabilia envelope and got to work.  She said that she kept her photos and memorabilia separate because she can fit more photos envelopes in a drawer with out damaging any of the larger memorial.  I wish a had a photo to show you.

I take it a step further and as I am getting my projects ready for pre-scrapbook  storage I will go ahead and get my journaling  done  and printed on vellum so I do not forget the details of the event.

3.  Are you guilt scrapping:  I am going to refer back to number 1 with this question.  But if you feel each child MUST have a scrapbook right now, make a 6x6 for each year for them to love and share with their friends but keep in the back of your mind that you will expand on the 6x6 with a larger album just for them at a later date.  I made a scrapbook for each year my daughter is in school, I know I only have one child, but you can have one scrapbook for each child that you just add layouts too as the years go by,  Kaela already knows she will need a moving van just to unload all  of the scrapbooks I have made her already.  Grades K-6 plus Girl Scouts and I am not done :-)  I have also started a “birthday party” album but I am way behind on that one, ie I keep forgetting to work on that one! :-)

So in the spirit of catching up from being “behind” let me show you the last layouts of the Summer 2008 summer vacation we took to Florida.  Did you see that this vacation was 2 years ago? Now you do not feel so bad do you :-)



This layout is a mixture of several papers but the main base is from “Felicity”



Both of theses layouts feature “Felicity” papers


Some CTMH papers but mostly some Mickey papers I found in Orlando


A “Vintage Mickey”paper and the stripes are from “felicity”



CTMH cardstocks to create these next layouts





I was really getting into using the Summer Celebration cardstock for the outdoor photos.  They just fit these layouts!



Here is my Sarsaparilla papers again.  I love this paper pack and I will be very sad when I run out.

DSC_0017 This is an older paper pack called “Majestic Blue”  I am almost out of this paper but the boat seemed fitting with these papers.


The following layouts are all using the Day Dream paper pack.  I was able to make all these layouts with one Level 1 paper pack. And I still have some leftover for card making,  I am just making those scraps work for me.






That is it, I am all done with the Summer 08 family vacation album.  YEA! 

Now on to the next one…..