Sunday, December 8, 2013

Retiring Items!

We have many items retiring now and will not be carried forward into the next Idea Book. Be sure to check these items with your wish list and current projects - so you'll have everything you need for your planned projects. Click on this RETIRED ITEMS link to view photos of all the items.

Baby Love Layout Kit - Additional January Club Kit

This Baby Love Layout Kit is also available to pre-order this month.  This kit includes the Babycakes papers, Stickease and embellishment assortment.  Inspired by the Babycakes Workshop on the Go and Mary's layout designs.  

Festive Birthday Layout Kit - Additional January Club Layouts

Need some fun and festive birthday layouts?
This kit is available to order this month, in addition to the January club kits.

January Club Layouts - Frosted

Here are the club layouts we'll be creating at our January club parties!  Perfect timing, we still have snow on the ground from our snow storm in the last couple of days.  The Frosted papers, Frosted Stickease and Sparkle Flourishes combine for a soft, sparkly set of layouts perfect for your wintery photos.  These layouts were created with and inspired by Mary, Kelly & Carolyn at the Team Tahoe Retreat.  (Note: You may want to click on these photos to see the details.  
The photos barely capture the sparkle and shine these have in person.)

More Team Retreat Artwork - Proplayer Flip Album by Sandy

Here's some more artwork from our Tahoe Team Retreat!  
Sandy made this awesome flip album for her hubby.  
She used the Proplayer papers and the Maximum Power stamp set.
She customized the album just for Clay - I bet he loved it!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tahoe Team Retreat Goodies

Here are some of the Tahoe Team Retreat giftees that Mary made for us.  So clever and cute. . . especially the miniature bottle of "Santa-tizer."  Thanks Mary for all the special things you do to make our team retreats so fabulous!

Sparkle & Shine Flip Album

Here's a Flip Album made with the Sparkle & Shine papers and Dimensional Elements that I scraplifted  from one of our talented team members, Dianna, when we were at our Tahoe Team Retreat.  Dianna, thanks for this awesome flip album design!  My club members are lovin' it!
I'm taking pre-orders this month for the workshop kits - so you can create your own.  
These would make a great gifts too!

November Stamp of the Month - Illumination

Huntington Display Tray - Cricut Artbooking

Here's another Display Tray created with the Huntington papers, Huntington Workshop on the Go stamp set, Rosewood Mini-Medleys and the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  It's a pretty quick project with maximum impact.  I just love these papers!

December Club Layouts - Sparkle & Shine

We always need several Christmas-themed layouts to scrap all those heartwarming Christmas memories.  To help you with all those cute Christmas pics, we'll be creating THREE December club layouts - using the Sparkle and Shine papers, Dimensional Elements (printed chipboard pieces) and the coordinating Sparkle and Shine embellishments.  We had a lot of fun putting these layouts together with inspiration from Dana Kessler's layouts.  Here are all three:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Team Retreats - Dianna's Artwork

Here's another Tahoe Team Retreat layout -- this one is from the talented Dianna Morris.  She used the Christmas Village stamp set to create an awesome "Scrooge" layout for her daughter.  Dianna has a gift for using color to tell her story.  I absolutely love her color choices and combinations - they bring out the best in her photos.  And can I tell you she is the most organized retreater -- always has her layouts planned out and she gets more completed than anyone else.  
Thanks for sharing Dianna!

Team Artwork- Pat Boswell's Christmas Tree

Sharing some team artwork this morning.  This beautiful Christmas tree was created by team member Pat Boswell.  Here's what she said, "This weekend I had a great time making this Christmas Tree from spare paper packs.  It was great fun!  I used hot glue for this project and five 12x12 sheets of paper, plus one white sheet for the snow flakes. I started with 2", then progressed ¼ of an inch all the way to the top.  A few rows were the same size.  I assume you could play with this to create even a larger bottom.  And decor the top any way you want.   
The cricut  Artiste Cartridge was great to use.  I would guess using the new holiday paper, this would turn out even better.  Super Fun!  Just wanted to share."
Thanks so much for sharing Pat!  Love this tree!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Team Retreat Artwork

Our Team Tahoe Retreats are the best!!  
All the quality time with friends creating, visiting and laughing together is food for the soul.  I so look forward to all our fun traditions and catching up with everyone.   And the artwork. . . it's just so inspiring to see all the projects and ideas!

Here is one of the layouts created by Suzanne Running.  I love the creative ways she 'tells the story' with her journaling and design.  I'm always inspired by the personal touches she adds to her artwork -- inking, doodling and using embellishments in unique ways.  Thanks for sharing Suzanne!  

Here is one of the layouts created by Paula Lopez.  Paula has been creating fabulous scrapbooking paper piecings for as long as I've known her.  I love seeing all of her creations.  She has the best eye for detail and her piecings just make you smile.  Thanks for sharing Paula!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Oct SOM Scandinavian Wishes Samples

I've been playing with the October Stamp of the Month -- Scandinavian Wishes.  
The details on these stamp images are just beautiful!  You can create cards and layouts fast and easy with this set -- several of the stamp images can be cut with our CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.   

Huntington Fall Layouts -- November Club Kit

Here's our November club kit layouts made with the beautiful Huntington papers, Huntington Stickease and Rosewood Mini-Medleys.  The pumpkin was created using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge ovals and egg shape for the center of the pumpkin.  The leaves can be found on the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  Technique tip:  I also used the C1504 Fall Harvest stamp set to stamp tone-on-tone on the goldrush pumpkin pieces and leaves -- to create texture and depth on these pieces.  Technique tip:  I sponged Creme Brulee, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red and Olive stamp pad inks for the title piece.  Wait a little for all the ink to dry and then stamp the title in Cocoa ink using the September SOM - Poster Tidings.  

I still had some good pieces of the Huntington Stickease and Rosewood Mini-Medleys left over from the club layouts, so I added another Huntington paper packet and some Bronze Shimmer Trim to create these two layouts.

I couldn't wait to make this CTMH Cricut Artbooking Tree and coordinating floral piece.  I just love this tree!  Technique Tip:  Cut some extra leaf shapes out of the printed papers, Goldrush & Olive cardstocks --using the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy petal shape.  I used cocoa ink distressing and popped up some of the leaves in the center of the tree to give it even more dimension.
Have you noticed that a couple of the Huntington paper prints have gray in them?  I wanted to bring all the gray and cashmere colors together in one layout and add shine to it.  For the title, which was inspired by the song, I used my favorite new font - Framework Alphabet and Stardust Glitter Gel.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Halloween Mini Albums Video

Using just 2 Halloween-themed keys on our CRICUT ARTBOOKING CARTRIDGE, you can make truly terrifying (and terrific!) mini works of art. Get great ideas for your own creepy creations in this video.  To order the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge, CLICK HERE.

October Stamp of the Month - Scandinavian Wishes

You can create some wonderful, traditional holiday designs with this set!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September Stamp of the Month - Poster Tidings Birthday Presents

I love September !!
It's filled with lots of birthday celebrations of family and friends, including mine!  
Here are just a few of the birthday packages I've wrapped up.  I cut a basic tag shape in CTMH Kraft paper from the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  I stamped the September Stamp of the Month - Poster Tidings in Bamboo ink on Colonial White CS.  I then added "Happy Birthday" banners stamped in Slate Ink.
Happy Birthday to everyone who is celebrating this month!

CTMH Artbooking - Halloween Mini-Album

I have a friend who loves celebrating Halloween, especially in Disneyland!  For her birthday, I created a special Halloween circle mini-album.  Happy Birthday Linda!  Here are the photos and directions:

Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, 6x6 Halloween Mini-Album, p. 54-55
Most of the cricut cuts are from these two pages.  
Set the dial size at 6" for all cuts unless otherwise noted.

Supplies:  Laughing Lola Paper Packet, Whisper, Sunset & Slate Cardstock, 
Sponging with CTMH Slate Stamp Ink, Misc. Halloween-themed ribbons.

Cuts:  p. 54, Photo Mat 2 in Black CS, Photo Mat 1 in Laughing Lola Gold CS, 
p. 55 Title in Laughing Lola Purple CS
Bats:  p. 71, Slate CS, Real Dial Size to make them 2 different sizes
Pumpkin:  Sunset CS, Real Dize Size
"Happy:" Stamped piece from Whisper CS
Binding:  Leopard print zip strip from Laughing Lola printed paper

Web: p.54 Overlay in Slate CS
Spiders:  Shift Overlay in Black, 2 additional spiders with Real Dial Size
Mats:  Sunset CS, Slate CS and White CS

Skelton & Crossbones:  p. 54 Icon in Laughing Lola Gold
Web page:  p. 55 Photo Mat 1 cut in Laughing Lola Paisley Print on Slate CS p. 54 Photo Mat 1
Boo:  p.54, Title in Laughling Lola Purple

 PAGES 5-6
Graveyard scene:  Black CS p. 54 Photo Mat 2, I added a few more gravestones cut by hand out of some of the Laughing Lola prints.  Moon from circle cut out of Laughling Lola print.
Pumpkin:  Sunset CS, p.55 Photo Mat 2

 PAGES 7-8
Candy page border:  Laughing Lola snakeskin print, p. 55 Shift Photo Mat 2
Spiral:  Laughing Lola purple print, p. 55 spiral
Candy:  Laughing Lola stripe print, p. 55 candy
I added clear sparkles to the candy centers.
Trick or Treat:  Laughing Lola Gold, p. 55, Title

 PAGES 9-10
Fence:  Slate CS, p.54 Border
Owl:  Black CS, p.54 Shift Border
Cat:  Black CS p. 54 Shift Icon
I added orange sparkles for owl eyes & cat collar

Mouse:  Select "FLIP" key, Slate CS, p.55 Shift Overlay

CLICK HERE to purchase CTMH Artbooking Cartridge Collection
CLICK HERE to purchase Laughing Lola Paper Packet


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Spooky Halloween Layouts!

It’s easy to make your spider webs stand out, full moons float, and black cats bounce off the page with the Cricut® Artbooking collection. Learn a few sweet techniques for using the Halloween-themed keys in this video.  Enjoy!  

You Are My Happy Cards

Here are a couple more cards I created with this month's special, You Are My Happy trio stamp sets.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 23, 2013

CTMH You Are My Happy Cards

I've been having some fun playing with the stamp sets from this month's special - You Are My Happy. Here are the first couple of cards I've made.  Check back tomorrow for a couple more. . . 

Click here to get your You Are My Happy stamp set trio.

Get the exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio in celebration of National Stamping Month! During the month of September, when you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10. You’ll love using the playful alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fun images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects, with a full retail value of $47.90.

Monday, September 9, 2013

CTMH Poster Tidings Stamp Set - September Stamp of the Month Tag

Here's a tag I created with the Poster Tidings Stamp Set, the September Stamp of the Month.  
This stamp set is only available during this month for $17.95.  It's only $5. with a $50. purchase!

October Club Layouts - Halloween Layouts with Laughing Lola Kit & Artbooking

October Club Layout #1 of 2 -- "Halloween"
Laughing Lola Papers, Black Mini-Medleys and Artbooking Cricut cuts.
 October Club Layout #2 of 2 -- "Boo"
This one was inspired by Mary Thompson - loved her ghost! 
The ghost is from the Mini-Monsters Cricut Cartridge.

If you don't need Halloween layouts, you can create two beautiful Laughing Lola layouts with the Workshop on the Go kit.  Included is Laughing Lola papers, extra cardstock, D-size stamp set (Amazing, Full of Fun, etc.), two coordinating embellishments, and a full color instructional brochure.