Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello Foxy for Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to my GIRLplusPAPER blog entry for the Joyful Stars blog hop!
If you have arrived here from Krista's Crafty Corner, you are on the right track.
I really wanted to create something with CTMH's June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy.  I had been dreaming up a scrapbooking layout to be honest.  I set out to create, and I hit a creative roadblock.  (You see, school is still in session here.  We are still very busy with projects, studying for final exams, hosting class parties, attending never ending field days, trips and oh so many stressful things!  Including the fact that I am trying to get the house clean before my inlaws visit in 12 days!  And I will shortly be leaving for Salt Lake City, Utah for CTMH's annual convention.  I still need to create a suite of projects to present at convention, all while trying to keep a hold on my housework...yikes!)

So, instead of a layout, you will see a card that I literally threw together!

I began by stamping the wreath and sentiment from Hello Foxy.  I colored it in using CTMH Watercolor Pencils.  Why colored pencils, well because I couldn't find the right black ink to use our ShinHan markers with!  I layered papers from two different paper packs as my base.  First, the red plaid paper from CTMH Jack, followed by the ever so trendy wood grain paper from CTMH No Worries.  I love that we can mix paper packs and that they play so well together.  I finished the card with some CTMH ribbon and Gold Sequins Assortment.  And done!  I promise to have some amazing artwork to share when I return from convention, so please stop back for next month's hop.
Here is an image of the entire Hello Foxy stamp of the month set.  It can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase during the month of June, or it can be purchased outright for $17.95.  If you love it, don't delay, because these little foxes won't be found come July 1st!
Now please hop along to see what Nickie has in store for you at Live Scrap Love.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CTMH Little Dreamer for the Joyful Stars May 2017 Blog Hop

Welcome to my entry for the Joyful Stars May 2017 Blog Hop.  If you have found your way here from the blog of my very talented friend, Krista, you are on the right path.
You might have seen my previous post about my CTMH Little Dreamer "Shine" layout.  I designed it so that it could be a stand alone page, and I was going to put a photo of my daughter, Emma, in it.  Emma is going to dress up as Meghan Trainor for her famous person day at school. 
However, during her research time at school, Emma was being teased about her choice of Meghan Trainor.  Several of the boys in Emma's fourth grade class repeatedly told Emma she had made a poor choice because MT "only sings about being fat".  My poor girl was so upset when telling me what was going on in her classroom.  Obviously, these boys don't really know that to Emma (and me too) Meghan Trainor teaches girls important lessons about loving the person that you are.  Of course, we love the "Mom" song too!  We discussed that Emma should go with Meghan, a person that she admires and looks up to, regardless of what those boys say.  Focus on what makes you amazing and never apologize for it! 

The second page of my layout was born..."Always be Yourself"...great words to live by. 

Anyway, I have once again used the CTMH Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way Kit for this page.  I have also used the CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge for the cloud cut outs.  I can't wait to go and take pictures to put in it.  I love that Emma had a hand in making the layout too!  That makes it even more special.

Thank you for stopping by to see me this month.  I hope that you are inspired to get creative after seeing all of the beautiful artwork featured in this month's hop. 
Please hop along to see what Nickie has in store at her blog, Live Scrap Love.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

CTMH Little Dreamer Shine Scrapbooking Layout

Let me introduce you to CTMH Little Dreamer!  This paper suite has me dreaming about rainbows, unicorns and hearts...all of the things that I loved as a little girl.  I had my youngest daughter, Emma, helping me create this adorable one paged layout last night.  She loves to create right along side of me, and we spent the entire time listening to Meghan Trainor's song "Mom" on a loop.  I didn't know the song before last night, but I have it memorized now!  Emma is going to dress up as Meghan for her famous person day at school.  I think I will put a photo of her dressed up right in this Little Dreamer layout and explain this story in my journaling.
I personally used the CTMH Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way bundle shown below.  You could buy all of the pieces of the Little Dreamer suite individually, but you get a few extra sheets of colored cardstock in the bundle.  I also added a few pieces of cardstock to create my CMTH Artistry Cricut cartridge rainbow and clouds.  The rainbow was just one of over 700 images on that huge cartridge.
Here are some close up photos of the papers included in the CTMH Little Dreamer paper suite.  Do you see the cute cloud paper below?  That is the background of my layout.  I love this paper!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

CTMH Cut Above Forever & Always for only $7.48!!!

CTMH Cut Above kits are on sale during the month of April for half off!  That means you can score a quick and easy kit for only $7.48 when you shop with me this month! 

Today we will be focusing on the CTMH Forever & Always Cut Above Kit.  The kit comes with enough supplies to make a traditional double layout, has 12 Picture My Life cards, two top loading page protectors and two pocket page protectors.
I decided to give the traditional double layout a GIRLplusPAPER style make over.  The CTMH designed layout can be seen in the first picture of this blog post.  It was fine just the way it was, but, I couldn't leave it alone.  I made a few simple changes only.  I cut both the polka dot cardstock and striped cardstock in half.  I changed the orientation of the base pages, moved the elements around and added six gold sequins.  That's all!  And I think the layout is now more my style.  Here are some photos!

If you would like to order your own CTMH Cut Above kit, either the Forever & Always or the Little One, click here.  These kits are an absolute STEAL and won't last much longer, and they are absolutely not going to be half off after the end of this month!
Here is a link to the CTMH YouTube video to explain more:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CTMH Live Beautifully​ XO Card

I am still playing with the little leftover pieces of my CTMH Live Beautifully paper pack!  You see, I have this problem, I can't seem to throw away any of my cardstock scraps.  So why not turn them into cards?
I started with a scrap of Raspberry cardstock that I ran through the CTMH Confetti Embossing Folder.  I trimmed down the pretty gold embossed paper from Live Beautifully, and I ran it through my die cutting machine with a CTMH Heart Thin Cuts.  The Gold Glitter Cardstock Heart was created by using two different sized Heart Thin Cuts, and I adhered that down inside of my original heart.  Next, I used the Love Thin Cuts with some black cardstock for the sentiment, and used more black cardstock bits around the card.  I added a little bit of XO ribbon from the CTMH Uptown Ribbon pack.  I love its gold foil embossing!
I think I still have a few remnants of my half pack of CTMH Live Beautifully pack left after making a 20 card workshop, a two paged layout and now this second card of my own design, and I still have half a pack left!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CTMH Live Beautifully Layout Featuring Flower Market Cartridge Accents

 Here is another layout that I created using the CTMH Live Beautifully paper pack for National Scrapbooking Month 2017.  Some of the papers in this beautiful collection can be quite bossy and not play well with others.  I am finding it easier to feature these papers, like this bold rose pattern, with supporting patterns instead of other bold patterns.  The subtle patterns that I have used work beautifully in this CTMH Live Beautifully layout.
In addition to the Live Beautifully paper pack, I added some Gold Foil Tape, and Sequins Gold Assortment for some added bling.  I stamped the sentiment and title with the CTMH Live Beautifully exclusive stamp set.  The finishing touches are roses, cut from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  I think they are the perfect accent to the rose paper.  Remember, this Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set are exclusive for the 2017 National Scrapbooking Month, and will not be available until May 1st.  I will update the links at that time for your shopping pleasure!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CTMH Live Beautifully for the Joyful Stars April 2017 Blog Hop

Welcome to my entry in the Joyful Stars blog hop for April!
If you have arrived here from my friend Krista's blog, Krista's Crafty Corner, you are on the right track.
I wanted to share a special card with you on this installment of our hop.  You might be wondering why I am saying it is special...that's because I am giving you a sneak peek.  Shhhh!  The white paper will the beautiful gold embossing is one of the papers featured in our not yet available paper pack that is for CTMH's National Scrapbooking Day campaign, Live Beautifully.  It will not be available for purchase until May 1st, and I will update the links on this very post at that time. 

In addition to the CTMH Live Beautifully paper packet, I used a number of CTMH products to make this pretty card.  The "love" cutout was made using our Gold Glitter Paper along with our Love Thin Cuts metal die.  I used Raspberry Cardstock for my base layer and also for cutting out the stunning rose from our CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  (BTW, this cartridge has over 700 images and has oh so much more than flowers!)  Before assembling the rose, I stamped it with a stamp to make the dots. The stamp was also from my CTMH Flower Market bundle.  I used tone on tone stamping with Raspberry Ink.  The center was cut from Lemon cardstock, and the leaf from New England Ivy cardstock.  A piece of ribbon from our Enchantment Ribbon Pack gave the card a little more color and texture.  I finished the rose by giving the petal edges a swipe with our Gold Shimmer Brush.

I am the last blog for this month's hop.  Please hop back to the beginning if you would like.  Here is the link to Joyce's blog, Joyful Creations.  Thank you for stopping by to see me, and be sure to check back for more projects soon!

I have added a few photos taken during the creation of my rose.  I am also going to share my Cricut Design Space Flower Market rose file with you.  This rose is the actual size that I used for my A2 sized card.  Please save my file by choosing "save as" and saving it to your own account.  Please note that you will need to have your own copy of the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge in order to cut out my rose.  If you would like to purchase the cartridge, you may click here.  My Cricut Design Space File is:

CTMH Sugar Rush Layout #3

Wow!  I just realized that I never posted my third Sugar Rush layout for you.  Yikes, I am a slacker sometimes.  I only discovered my oversight when browsing my own Pinterest boards.  So, without making you wait any longer, I introduce you to my last, sugary sweet layout.

The layout was made out of the Sugar Rush Paper Suite.  We are nearing the last few days of this sweetie, so be sure to get yours while it is still around!

That little heart by the arrow...I have no idea how or why it was in the photo!

CTMH Florence Complements Layout

This layout began with a sketch that I had seen on Pinterest.  I had been looking for a layout that would let me really feature some CTMH Florence Complements that I had.  I dug out some very old Florentine paper that I had in my stash, added some current Peacock cardstock and Rose Gold Foil Tape , and my layout was underway.  It wasn't until I added the Florence Complements in cute little clusters, that my layout came to life.  And the best part is that the Complements are now on clearance, and they are only $1.75 for a huge set!!!  Hop on over and get them while they last.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CTMH Flower Market Shamrock Projects for the March Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to my entry for the March 2017 Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  Thank you for stopping by.  If you have arrived here from Donna's Blog, you are on the right track.

I have been so very busy this past week, prepping for a scrapbooking crop that I host every other month, that I haven't had all that much time for my own crafting.  However, I still wanted to share a couple of projects that I made for the crop this weekend. 

My crop is going to have a St. Patrick's Day theme.  I always make the ladies some decorative name tags, and this time I wanted to make up some kits that they could create a layout with.  There are always photo props at my crops, so I like to give my girls a layout where they could scrap their photos from that particular crop. 

Using the some very old, bordering on ancient, Close To My Heart paper called "Flirty" and armed with my CTMH Flower Market and Artbooking Cricut Cartridges, I went to work. I fell in love with a dimensional Shamrock featured in Flower Market, and used that on both projects.  I picked a border from my Artbooking cartridge and cut it out of Gold Glitter Paper.  For some added interest, I flicked some watercolor paint behind the "Lucky" title and added the little square centers of my border to various points in the layout.  The title, however, is not a CTMH Cricut cut.  It is actually from a Heidi Swapp cartridge that I am loving at the moment.  I also added a swipe of the CTMH Gold Shimmer Brush to the edges of my Shamrocks on the layout.  I like the something extra it gives to them.

Thanks for stopping by this month to visit me.  Next up, you will be hopping back to the beginning of our hop and visiting Joyce's blog.  See you next time!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CTMH Dreamin' Big Ultimate Flip Flap Layout Workshop

I am so very thrilled to be sharing my CTMH Dreamin' Big Ultimate Flip Flap Workshop with you today.  I was so very proud of the way that it turned out, that I decided to create a detailed workshop guide. The guide includes instructions with supporting full color photos and complete cardstock cutting guides, as well as access to a Cricut Design Space file to create the few Cricut cuts required. 

This Dreamin' Big Ultimate Flip Flap Workshop uses an entire Dreamin' Big paper pack, a few sheets of solid color cardstock including black white and a sheet of poppy, and entire pack of Dreamin' Big Complements and several sizes of our awesome CTMH Flip Flaps.  You could even add more Flip Flaps to your layout than I have shown, in case you needed to include a few more photos here and there.  There is plenty of opportunity for expansion!
*****Workshop Guide Details*****
The best part of my workshop guide is all of the time that it will save you.  You will easily be able to see how each cut is made and from which sheets of cardstock, so no guesswork will be required.  You can receive your Dreamin' Big Ultimate Flip Flap Workshop Guide in one of two ways, the choice is yours.  First of all, you can choose to order $25 worth of supplies (before tax and shipping) by shopping with me by clicking here.  I will then email you the workshop.  Or, you can purchase the workshop guide out right for $12 by using the link below.  I will do my best to have the instructions emailed to you as promptly as possible, but certainly within a 24 hour timeframe.
Consultants are free to use my Dreamin' Big Ultimate Flip Flap Workshop Guide to host and run their own classes once they receive it from either manner outlined above.
The Dreamin' Big paper suite is scheduled to be available only through the end of April or while supplies last.  Be sure not to miss out!  Please note that both the CTMH Artbooking and Flower Market Cricut cartridges have been used in this layout for a couple of photo frames and the wreath and vines.  The Cricut Design Space file will only work for you if you own these cartridges.  Don't own them?  That's ok, you can make your 2 photo mats on your own, with the tools you do own.  Substitute my wreath with your own, or leave it off altogether, it's ok!  Your layout will still look amazing!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CTMH Colorful Me #Life Layout

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.  This is just a quick blog post to share with you a kit that I made that features CTMH's Colorful Me #Life cards.  Although these cards are retired, you can still get other really cute #Life cards by clicking here.  And for just $5.95 per set, you get so many cards, so many that you could make two double layouts if you tried!
This second photo shows my 4x4 Flip Flaps opened up, allowing for extra photos and journaling spots.

And don't forget Shimmer Trim!  It comes in lots of color options and adds just the right touch of bling to your papercrafts!