Friday, August 12, 2016

August SOTM Purr-Fect Halloween

Have you seen the August Stamp of the Month "Purr-Fect Halloween??  OH MY GOSH!!  It's SO STINKING cute and right up my alley!!  I LOVE fun, whimsical images and this one is just too much fun to play with!  There are SO many different image options to personalize this kitty.  

The best part is the kitty can be stamped on neutral or colored cardstock, patterned paper, or colored in with markers to create unlimited possibilities as to what your kitty looks like.  After going through all of my options, I decided to go with possibly one of my favorite techniques as of late.  Creating a watercolor background using the "smooshing" technique.  What I love about this technique is that it turns out different each time I use it.  



For this kitty, I painted a yellow/orange color on one of CTMH's clear blocks, then spritzed it with water and applied it to a 3" piece of watercolor paper.  I "smooshed" the block around a bit, then removed the paper from the block.  Once dry, I stamped the kitty image and cut him out.  Easy peasy!!  lol  


I used the AWESOME new Enchantment Fundamentals papers AND the new Star Thin Cuts to create this card.  I LOVE having these new papers in the Annual Inspirations Catalog!  I know they are not CTMH's themed patterned papers that are normally featured in the idea books, BUT I love that they are NOT themed.  I feel that it makes them more functional in my paper crafting.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE themed papers and there will be plenty of those coming up in the new Holiday Expressions coming out next month....BUT the Fundamentals papers, ribbons and complements are the PERFECT addition to the themed papers that we all love so much!  lol


Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope this has inspired you to check out this SUPER cute stamp set!!  Don't forget that it is ONLY available during the month of August!!  You can purchase it for $17.95 OR earn it for just $5 when you place a $50 order.  Either way, you are NOT going to want to miss out on getting this set!!  OH and BTW.... This set does NOT need to be used for Halloween.  What??  You can use the You're One Crazy Cat sentiment OR by pairing it with a Thank You or Birthday sentiment from a different stamp set, it can be used for ANY occasion!!

WHEW!!  

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!

Jen




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop - Vacation


Hello and welcome to our CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop. This week our featured theme is Vacation!!  I have to be honest here, as I usually am, I really struggled with the vacation theme.  Maybe that's because when I think of vacation, I think scrapbooking and I haven't done much of that as of late.  BUT I ended up embracing it and think that the pages turned out pretty sweet.  They still look like they could use a few more embellishments, somewhere, but I probably won't go back and add anything!  lol


If you have just joined us you can start here and continue on, as this is a circular hop or if you get lost along the way you can find the complete list at the end of this post.   If you came here from Donna Digby's Blog Dat's My Style you are in the right place. Now on to my project:

I chose to work on some Disney pics from, well from 11 years ago.  UGH!!  How does time go by SO quickly??  Seems just like yesterday that we made our first trip to Disney.  I am LOVING the Magical papers with these pics!  That MAY be because they were meant to go together.  BUT you don't HAVE to use them for just Disney pics!  NOPE!  They can be used for LOTS of other things too!




The page LO that I followed is from the Magic sketch book.  I have always liked this LO and when I was looking at the complements that go along with this paper pack, I envisioned the MAGICAL letters going inside of a circle.  I punched out a 1 3/8" circle from White Daisy CS, then punched out the scalloped circle out of Black Glitter Paper.  I must admit, the punches are SU!'s, but that's ok cuz they worked and that is all that matters!  lol 



Thank you for checking out my project. If you would like to purchase our featured product of the week or any additional supplies you can buy them here Jen.CTMH.com.  Don't forget that Magical is only available, while supplies last till the end of August.  After that, they will be gone FOREVER!!  

 If you enjoyed my project please comment below as we love feedback! Next on our blog hop is Corinna Murphy from Corinna's Crafts.  Make sure to check out her amazing work featuring this same theme!!


1. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings
2. Annette Clark - Little Crop Shop
3. Donna Digby - Dats My Style
4. Jennifer Bennett - Jen's Scrappy Pages (me)
5. Corinna Murphy -Corinna Crafts

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!  See you on Wednesday (August 24th) as we will be featuring the NEW Fundamentals paper, complements and ribbons!!!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope this has inspired you to just get out your stuff and play with it!  LOL  I really have nothing inspirational to say right now...

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!

Jen

Thursday, August 4, 2016

An Unexpected Fall Card

Is it too early for a Fall card post?  I don't think so!!  I'm trying SO hard not to complain about the heat this summer, especially when I know I will be dying for it to be hot again this winter!  BUT just the thought of the weather cooling down and the days getting shorter, gets me all excited for all things fall!  

Last week, I volunteered to come up with a card using the CTMH's September SOTM for my upline's unit meeting next week.  SO after I quickly finished the SUPER CUTE card that you won't be able to see till NEXT month, I decided to keep the set out and play a little more.  

The September SOTM features stamps using shapes from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I figured as long as I was playing around with the cartridge, I'd go in and see what else I could cut out that would go along with the stamps I was using.  That is when I found the tree image that I have always wanted to play around with, but never got around to it.  



Initially, I cut it out at 4 x 5 1/4 so I could use it to go just a bit inside of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card front.  I liked the way it looked, but how was I going to come up with different colored leaves without either a. cutting out several of the images in different colors, b. cutting a bunch of different colored CS and adhering them to the back of the tree, or c. color it in with markers or paints.  I opted to color it in with watercolor paints.  BUT as I was TRYING to stay within the lines of the leaves, I discovered that I didn't have to worry about keeping it inside the lines and just use it as a template!!  Yahoo!!  It worked!!  


If you look closely, you will see that the paint did go outside of the lines a bit, but who needs perfect leaves??  LOL  I added a few sparkles just to give it a bit of dimension and added a tiny bit of hemp to the trunk of the tree.  I LOVE the sentiment and can't wait for you all to see the complete stamp set in September, when it becomes available!!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

Hope this has inspired you to give this technique a try!!  I know I will be trying this with other cricut images!!

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!

Jen



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop - Animal Greetings

Hello and welcome to our CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop. This week our featured product is the Operation Smile Animal Greetings stamp set.  It is featured on the back of the 2015 Annual Inspirations Catalog.  Have you checked it out??  It is SUPER CUTE!!  BUT it is ONLY available till the end of this month.  After that, it will be retired and gone FOREVER!!

If you have just joined us you can start here and continue on, as this is a circular hop or if you get lost along the way you can find the complete list at the end of this post.   If you came here from Annette Clark's Blog Little Crop Shop on the Corner, you are in the right place. Now on to my project:

This was a SUPER FUN sized card to make.  In fact, every time I make this size, I always tell myself that I should do it more often!!  I used a Tall and Skinny sketch from the Mojo Monday Sketch Blog archives.  Think I will make it a goal to go through ALL of the archives and only create the Tall and Skinny sized cards!  



ANYHOO.... A little bit about the supplies I used on the card.  The heart paper is from Magical.  I just LOVE how sweet the little hearts are and yet how bright and cheery it is as well.  The stars and piece that the sentiment is stamped on, are from the Magical Complements.  The silver sequins are from the Magical sequins that coordinate with the papers as well.  I used watercolor paints to create the background the sweet little whale is popped up on and also used watercolor for the whale itself.

Thank you for checking out my project. If you would like to purchase our featured product of the week or any additional supplies you can buy them here (post your oba link). If you enjoyed my project please comment below as we love feedback! Next on our blog hop is Corinna Murphy from Corinna's Crafts.  Make sure to check out her amazing work featuring this same product.

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!  See you on Wednesday (August 10th) as we will be featuring a Vacation theme!!! 

Hope this has inspired you to try out a different card size!!  Try it, you might just like it!!

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!

Jen



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tickled Pink Flamingos meets Florence

Happy Saturday All!!  Hope you are all getting a GREAT start to the weekend!!  Here in Nebraska it is already fixing to be a BEAUTIFUL day!  The sun is shining with clear skies and the temperature is only supposed to get to about 85.  I'd say that's just about perfect!  

Since I promised to be more diligent in posting here, I thought I would share the cards that I created for my August card class.  To be honest with you, I have seen SO many cards/scrapbook pages using these cute little flamingos from the "Tickled Pink" stamp set, that I wasn't sure I even wanted to play with them myself.  BUT I bought both the stamp set AND the thin cuts and didn't want them to not get at least a LITTLE ink on them!  lol  SO I pulled out the set when I started to put my cards together for my class.  


MOST of the cards/scrapbook pages I have seen using this set have been paired with the SUPER CUTE papers from Calypso, which really is PERFECT for this set.  BUT I wanted to do something different with them.  After all, flamingos aren't just pink!  They are also coral and all different shades in between.  That was when I realized that the colors from the Florence paper pack would work!!  SCORE!!  


The first set of cards that I created using Florence and Tickled Pink were distressed with Slate ink.  Well, because I just love how distressing the edges with ink creates dimension/contrast between the different papers.  While making the second set, to use for display at my card class, I opted to leave off the distressing and I have to tell you, I prefer the "clean" look with this kit!!  WHAT??  Say it isn't so!!  

 

I just love how simple the cards are, yet with the bright colors from Florence and those dang cute flamingos, they are just happy to look at!  


If you are not aware, the papers, stamp set, thin cuts, twine and sequins will be retiring at the end of August!  SO if you like the look of the cards, you might want to get yourself some or all of the above products before they are gone FOREVER!!


Supplies Used for Card Class Kit: 
Florence Paper Pack $9.95
Florence Sequins $3.95
Poppy Twine $3.95
1 sheet Poppy CS $.60
1 sheet Ruby CS $.60
1 sheet Peacock CS $.60
1 Sheet White Daisy CS $.60
10 cards/envelopes $2.99

Total: $23.24 (before tax and shipping)
Optional: 
Tickled Pink Stamp set $13.95
Tickled Pink Thin Cuts $13.95
Poppy Ink $6.95
Saffron Ink $6.95
Slate Ink $6.95
Scallop Embossing Folder $8.95
Enchantment Cardstock Combo $14.50 (includes all colors used on cards)

If you like the cards and would like to create them, you can place a minimum $25 order on my website jen.ctmh.com under the Monday Night Card Class party tab and I will send you the cutting directions that includes photos of each of the cards and a description of how to put each one together.  Just shoot an email to me at scrappychick3616@yahoo.com to let me know you have placed your order and would like the instructions sent to you.  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!  

Hope this has inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to your stamping and paper crafting!!  

Happy Stamping and Scrapping!!

Jen