Sunday, July 22, 2007

Disappearing Act?!?!

I'm so sorry I forgot to let you all know that I would be away from blogging for a bit! CTMH had our annual new release of our catalog this past weekend at our Leadership event in San Diego, CA and I GOT TO BE THERE! I'm so thrilled with where this company is going! Not only will we have new paper kits and stamp sets, but we've got new product lines of "Foundry Frames and Plates," Edge Anchors, Distressing kit and paints (including small 1x1 distressing stamp pads), and clipboards and accordian albums in both 6x6 and 9x9 sizes!!

We have many new programs starting for consultants, including online training courses, a new album retreat for customers, and a new hostess program!!! Let me tell you ALL, you'll want to find a way to host a gathering with the new catalog!!

And the best news!!!! Convention 2008 is next in ORLANDO, FL!! (Hooray, no flight arrangements - the 6:30 flight and 4 am wake up call was NO FUN this morning!!) I'll be sharing some art tomorrow when I can get to my scanner!! :)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Card Sketch 2 for Sketch This: Cards!

Okay, so nothing like the last minute, but here's my card for the Sketch This Cards Contest (Week 2)! It's bright and happy . . . and I know just who I'm going to send it to!
Products Used: KI Memories patterned papers, CTMH cardstock, prima flowers, misc button and thread.


Swap card for leadership

I still think I may do a different one as well - definitely using different colors and stamp sets (I'm thinking Friendship Blessings and this one, with some really cool different color combinations) . . . 50 of the same would get boring on my end, I'm afraid! LOL I started with Taffy CS, but changed it to Breeze for a fresher look. I'm not too fond of Taffy. I'd love something orangier, but not as BRIGHT as our Orange, but not so dull as our goldrush - something that won't kill our eyes when we put it with some of these awesome colors like breeze and sweet leaf that we have now.
Colors are Breeze, Sweet Leaf, and Chocolate. Stamp sets used are Playful Flourishes and Simple Pleasures
Card open (this one uses Taffy as well).

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Working today

I've been having fun today playing in my studio! It's been raining off and on, and when it rains, it's one of those summer thunderstorms that start out wicked, and then lighten up, and then another one rolls in . . . so it's a good inside day. I've been putting the final touches on a card workshop I'll be having on July 28th. It's a 12 card workshop that includes a stamp set called Happy Birthday, and it's bound to be a lot of fun! I hope some of you will be able to come! As I finish each, I'm scanning it, and then I'll upload them later tonight. After that, I've got another list to work on. Here it is!!
  • Circle album sample using Summer Celebration colors
  • layout for Leadership contest
  • gather supplies for Leadership
  • work on swaps for Leadership
  • play with a few crafting ideas brewing in my head . . . a few with really cool color combinations!
  • Photography challenge posted earlier this month - have to at LEAST get started! I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you create as well!! Be sure to share with a link when you've done some! I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Way too Cool!!

I've never set up anything in Photobucket really . . . but I have started using it more with putting blinkies on my blog. So, today I decided to try putting together a slideshow there and I couldn't believe just how easy it is! What has taken me so long to do it?? Anyhow, I'm thrilled. I added samples of the calendar pages I did with the Purchase Plus samples (see post below) of all the BT papers, just so everyone can get an idea of what they can do with those! You can see my slideshow by clicking here. They are mostly just blocked basic layouts, and there's plenty of paper left over to do what you'd like with them (create a 2nd page, make a few cards, or just add to the single layout). I did these quickly once I received the paper pack, and I'll be adding photos to the "undone" layouts soon, then I'll edit the slideshow! So, check back if you'd like! :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A few layouts to add to my Library of Memories

I finished others today too, but just never scanned them. The first layout is of our local Jax Hands On Children's Museum. It's quickly become a favorite of my children, and so I wanted to make sure that some fun times were accounted for in our scrapbooks. It will be going in the Places album in my Library of Memories.

This layout was actually done in a layout swap. A friend, Kim, created the layout, and I just had to add the photo and the journaling. Needless to say, SHE knows my love of BG, and I love the photo I finally found in my working albums to go with this layout. Believe it or not, even though it's Christmas papers and photo, it's going in our "All About Us - Together Forever" section of our Library of Memories! How's that for using my library to it's capacity?? Stacy J. would be proud! LOL

Oh my!!!

I think I need to find out more on how to work with Basic Grey products more often! I am in love with these papers! Go, I dare you . . . take a look!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Whoo Hoo Cami!!

Just wanted to give a shout out to my friend down in Tampa! She just got notification that she has made the Design Team for Rusty Pickle! Cami's Blog can be found here where it showcases some of her artword during the "Rusty Pickle Amazing Race" and here is the link to Rusty Pickle where they announced the winners!

Congrats, Cami! You SO deserve this honor!

Two Entries

Products Used: More To Adore Paper, Cocoa Organdy Ribbon, More To Adore Stickease, CTMH Buckle Chipboard Piece, and Cocoa Ink.

Products Used: More to Adore Paper Pack, Cocoa Ribbon Round (floral grosgrain ribbon), Blush Cardstock, Cricut used to cut out flower, and two circle chipboard pieces (also CTMH), and Chocolate Ink. Stamp set used was B1123 Spunky Greetings.

I have NEVER submitted ANYTHING in my life. I have never been inspired to really do so, but more than that, never thought "my stuff" could compare to what is out there. The point is, I found this sketch (below) at Sketch This: Cards and felt inspired, so I created these. We'll see if I can keep up the work over the next three weeks. After all, I created these in one day, and for the next sketch I'll have an entire week! LOL I actually plan on doing a few others with this sketch using non-CTMH product. Come back to see what gets created with that - maybe a more "boyish," non-floral card! LOL

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Card Sketch Contest!!

Sketch This: Cards is having a 3 week contest. This week, the sketch is this:
and I think I may enter! What fun . . . I challenge you to give it a try as well! Go to the link above and cards for this week are due on Monday night!! I'll post back later what I come up with.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Purchase Plus Sample

Okay, it's one sample that I used two of the BT papers with some additional cardstock and stamps. The stripe and the circles are part of what comes with the kit, and the light blue which the big P(Pool) is stamped on is the back side of one of the papers. The little square at the bottom right is also from the Stickease pack.


Monday, July 02, 2007

Photography Scavenger Hunt!!

I'm participating in a photography challenge at Scrap Galaxy and I can't wait to get started! I really want to practice and work on my photography skills, and one day would love to start up my own business in photography as well. My friend Cami from Tampa has set up this Scavenger Hunt for us to photograph the items in the most creative way we can! I'll be sharing my photos here as I take them so check back soon!

Here's the list:

  • clock
  • fence or gate
  • dew
  • bubbles
  • insect
  • apples
  • something on a car
  • a reflection
  • numbers
  • buttons
  • something red
  • rocks
  • lace
  • something sports related
  • hands
  • flower
  • clouds
  • ice
  • ray of sun
  • something spiral
Sounds like fun, doesn't it??? If you feel inspired to try a few, email me a link (or link them to a comment in the comment section below) and share with us! If you email them to me, I'd love to also have permission to post them here (with credit to you of course)! C'mon, and join me on the scavenger hunt!!