Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Cards worth Blogging

Every year I give and receive lots of cards, I guess it’s the nature of my Hobby (business).  This year I received two very special cards I’d like to share.  The first card was created by my CTMH~BFF.  Not only is this card beautiful but it was HER favorite one.  She knew I would keep if forever…

 Card created by:  Natalie Racine 

The second card was from my life long BFF.  I laughed out loud and called her after opening it.  Christmas is about spending time with the special people in your life, I’m so very blessed.


I miss those lazy days of sitting around with a bottle of wine or was in Corona and just Chillin'...  Life surely gets busy but you know what they say:  "It's the thought that counts"!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The 12 days of Christmas Wreath

Since I cannot get ready in time for an actual Advent calendar, this seems to be the perfect solution.
This idea comes from the Michaels store it was featured in one of their November workshops.  Using small metal tins and a 12" wooden wreath create a Christmas Wreath Countdown to Christmas.  The basic materials came from Michaels but all papers and most embellishments are CTMH.
I actually made two, one for each of the girls, they loved them.  You can add all sort of great treats not like the waxy tasting chocolate from those other ones.
We started with the number 1 tin this year but it would be easier to actually countdown from 12 to 1...

The first wreath was made using the Jingle papers and the second with Aspen.  Oh! One tip you'll need one small piece of regular tape for each of the tins to keep them closed.  Once the wreath is hanging on the door and the tins are full, they simply do not stay closed.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Card 2009 ~ Workshop

Like I said, this year was all about keeping it simple.  Using the Crazy of Cards concept, one Level 2 paper pack "Jingle" and one basic card pattern from ORIGINALS these cards were made in a full day workshop.  You can view the Crazy for Cards ~ how-to video.....  I seperated the 20 cards in 5 different designs using the same pattern. 

Design 1 (set of 4 cards) using the Petite Perks Stamp set

Design 2 (set of 4 cards) using the Holiday Trinkets stamp set

Design 3 (set of 4 cards) using the Holiday Trinkets Stamp Set

Design 4 (set of 4 cards) using the Holiday Jingle Stamp Set

Design 1 (set of 4 cards) using the Holiday Jingle Stamp Set

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Treats

I got the idea for these little treats from Vicki Wizniuk's blog.  I just loved the "eyeballs" inside.  This was this year's Halloween Treat for the girls' classmates.

Supplies used:
  • Cardstock:  Black
  • Paper:  some Halloween paper fromMichaels
  • Stamp Set:  October Word Puzzle (retired)
  • Lifesavers: (individually wrapped)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thinking of You Card

I made this card for a friend at work.  She was moving on to another job the butterfly seemed to fit this occassion.

Products used:
  • Cardstock:  Garden Green & Twilight
  • Paper:  Floral Tapestry
  • Satmp set:  Thinking of You

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October WOTG ~ Monthly Club

This month's WOTG is "Back Country".  This Scrapbooking Workshop on to Go features (3) double-page spreads.  The main WOTG double page layout is unique to this WOTG.  You also have enough products left over to make cards, from the same workshop guide.
Fishin' isn't just for boys, my girls love to fish with their Dad.  It's funny the youngest was to one catching all the fishes.

Attack of the killer geese, they might look very friendly but once you take that piece of bread out, watch out!  It was surely an adventure.
It was cold and wet but this nature walk through McKenzie King Estate Park was worth it.

These cards were also part of the workshop.
Products used:
  • Cardstock:  Colonial White
  • Paper: Back Country Level 2 packet
  • Stickease - Back Country
  • Dimensional Elements In Colour Adventure
  • Stamp set:  Campin' Fever
  • Ink:  Brown Bag

Here's a look at a more seasonal set using the same workshop guide and the ORIGINAL/WISHES card making books.

Products used:
  • Cardstock:  Olive, Autumn Terracotta & Black
  • Paper:  Back side of B&T paper from the Jingle set
  • Stamp set:  Spooky Nights
  • Ink:  Black & Autumn Terracotta

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thank-you~Merci cards

I try to take the time to make Thank-you cards after my girls Birthday parties.  I also incorporate a photo taking during the party as a keepsake for the invited guests.  Little girls like that stuff.  (Big ones too).
 This card was for my 9 year old, she loved bringing them to school and give them to her friends.

These ones I kept the same theme, as the Birthday card invitations, using all the same colours and stamp set.  It gets busy at time since both Birthdays are one month apart.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ballet ~ Birthday Invitations

I love how one special stamp can transform a simple invitation into a great one! Using a very simple pattern and 3 cardstock plus one B&T paper, you can make a set of 6 cards in less then one hour.

Products use:
  • Daydream B&T paper (only half a sheet)
  • Cardstock:  Sweet Leaf, Lilacd Mist and Blush (one 12 x12 of each)
  • Stamp set:  Dancing Dreams

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September WOTG ~ Monthly Club

The first monthly WOTG started with "Animal Cookies".  This Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go features (3) double-page spreads.  The main WOTG double page layout is unique to this WOTG.  You also have enough products left over to make cards, from this same workshop guide.

For this new monthly club, I decided to work with the WOTG program "Workshop on the Go".  Since this is my regular group of ladies and they have been with me for 2 years.  They all have lots of CTMH supplies to use and enjoy.  To make this Monthly Club more fun, I decided to give them the option to use whatever level 2 packet they wanted.  We all work from the same WOTG guide but the paper choice is theirs.

These additional two double page layout can be found in your amazing how to CHERISH book.  I love to use up my Stickease to completed these layouts.  It was fast and fun.  Most ladies completed these layouts with photos by the end of the workshop.  Which still left us time to complete these lovely cards:

I also like to complete a more seasonal set using the same workshop guide and the ORIGINAL card making book.  See how versatile these workshop can be!  I used scraps from my very own cardstock stash and the Treetops stamp set to complete this set.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Emergency Backpack Kit

When I saw this cute little backpack, I just had to make one.  My daughter was really proud to give this to her teacher and the teacher loved it!

Inside the backpack inlcuded the following note, with one of each item listed below:

Emergency Backpack Kit... to help you survive teaching
Toothpick ~ to help you pick out the good qualities in your students
Kisses ~ for when you need them
Eraser ~ to remind you everyone makes mistakes
Rubberband ~ to remind you to be flexible
String ~ to ties things together when everything falls apart
Marbles ~ to replace the ones you`ve lost (I`ve enclosed an extra, you may need it later).
Lifesaver candy ~ you are a lifesaver to many of your students
Paperclip ~ to hold it all together
And Tylenol for those extra hard days, we all have them….

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Great Catty Capper!

It goes without saying never ever mess with another consultant's catties on delivery today. You see, Wendy and I were splitting on the new CTMH Fall/Winter 2009 catty order. It's amazing what I'll do to get my hands on the new catties.
It all started with one little e-mail from Wendy:
Hey Julie, just a note to say we’re having a great time on our vacation and we decided to stay one extra day.   I’ll be in town by Friday, you can pick-up your catties anytime after 7:00pm see you then…..
Friday…. Friday but the catties will be sitting there on Thursday after-noon and all alone all night, this isn’t right. I need to save them!!!  So the scheming began.

The scary thing is that it really didn’t take that long to come up with this brilliant idea…  I was laughing to myself at my computer while typing away!

As if she needed proof but these photos will make a great scrapbooking page.  Before proceeding with my plan.  I called Natalie from Wendy’s driveway and asked:  “So, you think she’ll laugh?”  Maybe I shouldn’t do this but the catties are there just waiting to be opened!

The note read: 
I have your 100 catties bring one bottle of wine or I’ll start feeding them one by one to the sheep!

Oh! Yah! Baby! I did it but before taking the two boxes I went over the Wendy’s neighbour to see if Wendy had asked her to pick-up the two boxes.
I introduced myself as a CTMH colleague and I was playing a prank on Wendy.  I remember saying  “Don’t worry I left a ransom note she’ll know it was me.” Wendy’s neighbour looked I little worried but said nothing….. I felt like the Grinch, I took the boxes and drove off. 
All day I was waiting for the phone to ring and by 8:00pm it finally did!!!
OMG, for a split moment I thought that's it , Wendy will never speak to me again.  I got in my car to take the catties back to their rightful home.
Here’s to a great sport. Poor Wendy, after being stuck in traffic for more than 4 hours with two very tired kids.  The only thing that kept her going was the thought of arriving home to those new Idea Books.
She got more then she bargained for! I’m still waiting for that bottle of wine...

Watch out December is just around the corner, you’ll never know when the SHEEP will strike again…. Baaaaaa! Thank-you Wendy for being such a good sport, I'll try to behave went the next ones come around. Can't promise ;-)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Belly Book ~ Animal Cookies

Made this mini binder book for my SIL’s shower gift, I figured if she could post her growth on Facebook I could share it too. I love thispaper and these mini books are great.

Supplies used:

  • CTMH Papers: ~ Creative Basic - Animal Cookies Collection
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Tulip, Dutch Blue & Sunflower
    Stamp sets: Buttoned Together, Picture Perfect,
    Tiny Typewriter Alphabet & Celebrate Life
  • Inks: Tulip & Dutch Blue
  • Embellishments: Summer Buttons, White Ricrac Ribbon,
  • Just Blooms & Clear Sparkles
  • Inspired by: Melissa Laverty

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Baby Girl ~ Shower Inivation Card

I was asked to come up with a shower invitation card, the criteria were; she loves monkeys and it needs to be pink since she already knows it’s a baby girl. Oh, yeah and we need 50 so make it simple.
This is what I came up with, it's a monochromatic card using Baby Pink and White Daisy cardstock. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

Supplies used
  • CTMH Cardstock: Daisy White
  • Stamp sets: Doodle Alphabet, Intrinsic Background, Serendipity & Life's a Jungle
  • Inks: Baby Pink
  • Embellishments: Baby Pink Organdy ribbon

Friday, June 19, 2009

Masculine Thank You Card

This is my attempt at creating a Masculine card, why is that so hard? I don’t know about you but my kid has a group of teacher’s aide and one of them is a guy.

Getting them a little something to say “Thank You” can get expensive, so I got them all a Tim Hortons gift card, who doesn’t love coffee in the morning?

Using the Originals Card Program book, I picked a 4-3/4” x 3” card which is perfect to insert a gift card of any sort. I really loved the cut-out part in the middle.

(P.S. the girls all got flower pot cards)

Supplies used

Papers: CTMH ~ Creative Basic Emporium Collection
Cardstock: Daisy White

Stamp sets: Thank-you, Connections
Inks: Sweet Leaf & Twilight
Embellishments: Natural Hem, Antiqued Copper Brads
Inspired by: Originals ~ Little Squares

Flower Pot Cards

I’ve seen these beautiful cards on various blogs and other sites and I just had to make some. This being the end of the school year I’m always looking for gift ideas and great Thank You cards. These next cards were made as a gift to each of my daughter’s dance teachers. I changed the original format to be able in incorporate a 4” x 6” photo as a keepsake for the teachers.

I’ve had these “Prima Flowers” for over a year now and though these would work out well for this cute card project. The flowers are very vivid, this first card is made using the “Whoops-A-Daisy” paper which is also very vibrant. I don’t usually use such bright colours but sometime you need to step out of your comfort zone. The teacher loved it!

Supplies used

Papers: CTMH ~ Whoops-A-Daisy
Cardstock: Ocean

Stamp sets: Thank-you, Serendipity
Inks: Hydrangea
Embellishments: Prima Flower, CTMH Connections Rhinestone Frames
Inspired by: Michelle

This second card is made using the Expedition paper, for one I had the matching flowers and two the dance number was called: “Central Park Zoo”. These were both fun to make.

Supplies used

Papers: CTMH ~ Expedition
Cardstock: Brown Bag

Stamp sets: Thank-you, Serendipity
Inks: Brown Bag
Embellishments: Prima Flower,
CTMH Connections Rhinestone Frames
Inspired by: Michelle