Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scrapbooking 101 - Buzz and Bumble Pages Preview

Here's a preview of the pages we'll be making this week at Scrapbooking 101. They're made with the new Buzz and Bumble paper -- I love those BEES!

There's still time to sign up for Scrapbooking 101, which will be held this Wednesday, March 27 in Sacramento. Just send me an email or leave a comment and I'll give you the details of location and price.  These are such fun pages to make -- Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Swing Cards

Check out these cool swing cards we made at Cricut Club this weekend. The CTMH Artiste cartridge for the Cricut does all the tricky cuts, so they are super easy.


I'll be offering a class to make some of these cards --- plus some new ones -- on Friday, May 10 at the Belle Cooledge Library.  Send me a message or leave a comment if you'd like more information.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Own Special March Special

Hello friends,

A couple of things came together to inspire these cards. Early last year, two or three people mentioned to me that they would like to make some sympathy cards. It's the sort of thing you just want to have on hand when you need it, but somehow I never did design any for our card clubs.

Then late last year my mother passed away and I received  so many sympathy cards. I was surprised how much comfort they brought me, and how much they still bring.

So that's how I came to design a set of sympathy cards. As luck would have it, Close To My Heart released a lovely set of stamps last fall, Words of Comfort (C1524 $13.95).

I thought it was pretty cool, so I decided to encourage people to get it by offering my own special. Order this stamp set from me and I will also send you kits for the four cards shown in this posting. You can make yours just like mine, or you can mix up the sentiments, or you can mix up all the pieces and turn them sideways and run them through your crimper (you know who I'm talking to!)

You may use the shopping link on this page or email your order to me between now and the end of March 2013. Oh, and if you already ordered this stamp set from me, I will not penalize you for being an early adopter. Send me an email and I will send you the kits. I do have to add one more condition - I'm only allowed to sell within the USA, so I will only be mailing kits within the USA.

Wow, I'm excited! I have been trying to get this organized for a month and now here it is actually happening. Let's see how it goes!

Have fun and peace out.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Beaten by Technology Again!

Argh! I have spent a bit of time today working on my blog. I added a new post and then thought I would try tweaking the site a bit. Well, I really shouldn't be cut loose without a chaperone. I kind of messed up the overall look and had to rebuild as best I could. I did manage to add some new gadgets that may be useful, but I've somehow managed to mess up the date/time on some of my old postings. Now my newest postings are not on the home page. Ack! Well, if you're interested in what's new, please check out CTMH March Campaigns. You can find it on the Blog Archives list. Thanks!

S101 - Summertime Pages for May 16, 2012

Hello friends and Happy Mother's Day . . .

. . . or is it Mothers' Day? I wonder but never remember to look it up.  Maybe someone will post a comment with the real answer.

I had a lovely day today -- Kristian gave me a great Walt Kelly/Pogo book, then we went to brunch at my brother & sister-in-law's house with lots of family and friends, and fantastic food -- followed by a nap, a phone call from Joey, and just enough scrapping to finish these pages.

We'll be making these pages on Wednesday evening at Round Table Pizza (on Madison at Hazel), 7:00 - 9:30. Please RSVP so I can make enough kits.

The pages are made with our Dotty For You paper pack -- the Close To My Heart special celebrating National Scrapbooking Month.  You can get the entire pack -- 24 sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) for just $5 when you make a $35 order.  This special ends on May 31.

All the Dotty for You paper has dots on one side and a pattern on the reverse. You can mix and match them to show only dots or lots of patterns  -- your choice.  The large center/right section is random stamped.

Here are a few detail shots:

All the cut-out pieces were done on the Cricut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

I hope to see you on Wednesday. Happy Scrappin!

Clemantine Fall Card Set

Here's a fun project we made at one of our Second Wednesday clubs. All the supplies are from Close To My Heart. The cards are made with the Clemantine paper pack (X7156B), Bohemian Assortment embellishments (Z1687), Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732), and Mocha Opaques (Z1333). The cute little "magazine holder" box is made on the Cricut using the Artiste cartridge (Z1790 - available only from CTMH.)


The stamps used were Fall Harvest (C1504), Fall Favorites (S1209 - September Stamp of the Month) and 4 My Friend (D1510).

Our Second Wednesday club is open to anyone who signs up in advance for the projects. My friends Sally Atlas, Anne Robertson and I started the club because we have so many friends who wanted to make home decor items, mini albums, gifts and more cards. We typically make cards every other month and some kind of 3-D project on the other months. We won't be meeting in December, but we'll start up again in January. Drop me an email if you're interested in being added to the monthly announcement.

CTMH March Campaigns

We have some terrific CTMH campaigns in March. Thanks to the popularity of Studio J, the special pricing offered in February has been extended to March 15. At only $5 per layout, this is a great time to try Studio J, or to add several layouts if you're already an enthusiast. Just click on the Studio J logo (on the left side of this web page) to get started.

Our other campaign, Jump for Joy! will give you one more reason to party. Host a gathering in March and when your total reaches $250 or more, you'll "jump" to the next higher hostess level. That means more free product and more discounts.

We also have a beautiful Stamp of the Month in March. It's custom made for base and shade stamping (made easy because the stamps and the blocks are CLEAR), and includes several lovely sentiments suitable for scrapbooking or a special card.

Check out the details below:

Digital Delights!

Studio J®layouts are only $5* through March 15!
February and March are sure to be months of digital delights because you can purchase any Studio J® layout for only $5*—that’s a savings of $1.95 per layout! This is a great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time. Create adorable baby layouts with the Wishes and Fishes kit (shown), or use the new Express Collections with collections of 10 ready-made layouts plus a front and back cover that are easy to use and professionally designed. Preserve your memories at a low price for a truly digital delight!
*Shipping/handling applies. Studio J credits must be redeemed before this promotion can be applied. Offer valid February 1–March 15, 2013.

Jump for Joy!
More rewards for hostesses in March!

Now is a great time to schedule a party. During the month of March, hostesses “jump” to the next level of Hostess Rewards when a Gathering reaches $250 or more! More discounts and more free products for hostesses. Now that’s a reason to jump for joy!
*Shipping/handling and tax may apply. Only Gatherings with a total of $250 or more will qualify for the jump in Hostess Rewards or Hostess Rewards Plus! Qualifying hostesses will receive Hostess Rewards from one level only—the level that is one higher than their sales total. Offer valid March 1–31, 2013.

March Stamp of the Month


Floral Happiness SET OF 16.  Available March 1-31, 2013
Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1303A) when you place an order of $50 or more.