Archives for March 2015

Last days…..

Oh goodness, it’s so hard to believe we are in the last days of March, with tomorrow being the end!  Somewhere around here, Spring may show up!  With sleet/ice this am, I’m not sure sure when!  With the end of March, the first Seasonal Expression comes to an end.  All products in it with a time clock by the item number will be retiring.

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I have enjoyed working with both Heartstrings and Hopscotch (which is my fav)!  We have created lots of fun pages, cards, and paper craft items from both.  You don’t want to miss out on getting either.  Heartstrings is good for so many different events – anything you love – pets, family, babies, ect!  I’ve used Hopscotch for all things outside – the beach, hiking, being outside in the yard!  You have to love how versatile both paper kits are so you can use it all up!

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It’s also the last two days to join in the fun and become a part of the team!!  If you do it today or tomorrow, you’ll get the shoulder tote for FREE!!!   If you place a $300 order within 40 days of joining, you’ll get the rolling tote for FREE (value $149.95)!!

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I love both of the new kits for people signing up right now.  They have some many goodies in there for $99.00 (Value of $350)!!  You can choose between two different kits – one for the cardmaker/paper crafter and the other for the scrapbooker/memory keeper.

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Scrapbooker’s New Consultant Kit

 

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Cardmaker’s New Consultant Kit

Don’t miss out and join the fun today!! Hawaii Group

 

 

Hugs and keep creating!

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Choose Happy with the March SOM

Back again with “Choose Happy – S1503”, the March Stamp of the Month (SOM).  Here’s my last, very fun, Hungry Caterpillar card!  I used Cricut Artfully Sent to create this card.  The card says “Rest, Relax, Repeat” and has all the rain drop.  I like the rain drops being on the front of the card as well as being cut out of the inside of the card

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S1503 Choose Happy Hungry Caterpillar Card #3

 

To recreate this card use Artfully Sent, page 17, Scene, both parts.  I used Design Space to make the card 5.5″ x 4.25″ (you’ll need to unlock the sizing to do this).   I used Pacifica cardstock and White Daisy.  Use the splice function in Design Space, I cut out the stem and flower so I could layer them.

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“Hungry Caterpillar Card 3 – S1503 Choose Happy

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S1503 Choose Happy – Stamp Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the 2nd border from the right to create the body of the caterpillar (this was inspired by another awesome consultant, Karen Pederson).  I free-handed the rest of the caterpillar.  Colored him in with our Shin Han Touch markers and you have a super cute “Hungry Caterpillar”!   I used the sayings “this day” and “choose happy”.  Using a black fine tip journal pen, I doodled around the edge of the card.  The stamp set is $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase (plus you get a set of free sequins from me that I’ll mail to you separately!).

Happy Creating,

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Happy Birthday Card for my neighbor

I loved making this Happy Birthday card for my neighbor’s girlfriend!  It’s a challenge to create something someone else has in mind and hope what I come up, works!  Since I love the beach, I keep all of my stamp sets that have anything to do with the beach/islands.  So this card uses my stash of retired sets as well as some current sets.  I was excited to create a card which reflects something I love to and reflects the sentiments that he wants to express as well!

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(C) Linda Creates – Linda Caler

I used Seaside Paper Pack – X7192B because the colors matched the described personality of the receiver.  I pulled out C1595 Hello Summer and D1531  Tropical Paradise . as well as several others.     My neighbor loves the beach and so does his girlfriend.  She’s a surfer.  They have a lot of summer plans.  He went through and picked out the images he liked the best for me to use in creating the card.  Here are two of the sets I used:

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I used the Z3017 Cricut Artfully Sent to create the base for the popup card (I’ve actually created and saved the blank popup card base in both a standard (4.25″x 5.5″) and 5″x 7″ card for easy recall!  Love Design Space and my Cricut Air) and Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Alphabet used on the front on the card to say “Happy Birthday”.

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I used paper tearing to create dimension and the illusion of surf.  By alternating X5762 Lagoon cardstock and Seaside background and texture paper to create waves coming in for the ocean.  I cut a piece of 1273 Desert Sand for the sand then used our Z1294 Sanding Kit to give it texture to look like sand.  I took a punch and created footprints in the sand walking towards the surfboards and beach chair/umbrella.  I sponged the top of the footsteps to give them some shading so it would look like what footsteps look like when you walk through the sand.   I used a system font for doing the handwriting on the inside of the card through Design Space (have I told you how much I LOVE Design Space???).  Anyway a few trials and errors with that due to having to cut the base of the card as well as write on it but we got it done!

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Front of Beach Card

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I really liked the way it all came together.  The inside saying stamped on the sky is D1653 Happy Everything, to be released on April 1, 2014 (Seasonal Expressions 2).  It’s not blinged out or fancy as this is not her style.  It does reflect their love of the beach, surfing, being together and being outside while celebrating her birthday.  It did what I love to do – help people celebrate relationships.  My neighbor was thrilled and I hope it will.

Happy Creating!

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Freshly Made Sketches Doodle Designs

When I saw Freshly Made Sketches #178, I knew that I had the best stamp sets to use for it.  I needed to make a swap card for the Seasonal Expressions 2 (aka SE2 to be released April 1, 2015 to customers) which is due in 2 weeks!  So super excited to get inspiration from this challenge so I can knock this card set out.  Happiness is “A Little Magic”!

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D1648 – Snapshot Memories
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Anyway, I’ve been making several cards with A1170 – Doodle Design, a stamp set from the SE1!  (Reminder – SE1 retires nine days so you are down to the last chance to get these awesome papers packs and embellishments.) I love using the doodled circle to go around other stamps.  Doodle Design goes well with the “magic” saying from D1648 – Snapshot Memories which is in the SE2 so you get a bit of a sneak peak as well!

FMS CASE SE2 Magic 2 wmI was looking to make a simple white on white card with just a little bit of color to set things off.   I used the dark purple glitter paper from Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper Pack, x562 Lagoon Paper for the pennant, Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy to cut out the circle (at 2.5″) and the pennants, and Z1979 Marvey Uchida LePen Journal Pen for the doodling.  It needed some bling so I added some Purple Glitter Gems Z1936.  It’s a simple card with just a bit of color for the FKS #178 Challenge

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D1648 Snapshot Memories
A1170 Doodle Design
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Fun to create and a new card for the Come and Play Card Buffet!  This class is offered at my home and at crops!  =)

Happy Creating!

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“Choose Happy” CTMH March SOM

“Choose Happy” is  the March Stamp of the Month.  Once I  saw just how darn cute it is because you can make “Hungry Caterpillars” with it, I’m addicted to using it.   I’m just having a great time creating these caterpillar cards for my preschool friends.  I’m thinking of birthday cards, using the caterpillar, for my friends with babies/toddlers or anyone I give the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle to.

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S1503 Choose Happy March SOM Hungry Caterpillar Card 2

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Using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, I cut this card and backed the cut outs with different colors (Topiary and Thistle). Everyone has a scrap container and using your scraps to go behind the cutout images is a great way to use them.  I did cut a back panel to cover up my paper piecing so the card looks neat when it’s opened.  I used the border stamp (2nd from the right) to create the body of the caterpillar.  I drew triangles for the legs and drew his head.  Color him in with our Touch markers!  Too simple and too cute!!

Then I took the journalling pen and doodled around the edges.  I stamped “this day”  and “you’re special” on it for the sentiments.  The card was easy to make and even better, I can save the file in Design Space!

Get your “Choose Happy – S1503” for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  With the $50.00 purchase, you’ll also get a package of sequins for free that I’ll mail to you direct!  Win-Win!

Happy Creating!

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Sneak Peak!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the new papers and stamps which are coming out in the Seasonal Expressions 2, released live on April 1, 2015. Oh, playing with new product is just SO MUCH FUN!  I’m loving the paper design and colors to celebrate Spring (which I’m really ready for with the threat of more winter weather in our area on Friday). The paper works well with our flower cuts on both the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.  I have a new stamp set swap coming due and and I saw the Monday Mojo sketch and knew immediately that it would work for one of the stamp sets I am doing!

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I used a variety of different stamp sets for this.  One is an older one but a good “Girls Rock – C1538″ plus 2 new sets upcoming.  The background paper is called “Blossom” and I used Lagoon and Smoothie card stock for matting the “Hello Friend Wreath – M1055” stamp.  The leaves are cut from Art Philosophy and the stamp is from “Girls Rock – C1538”.  The center of the flower is stamped with a stamp from “Blossom Card Workshop – D1649” (love this set!)

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Want your own sneak peak?  Now is the time to join my team.  The new consultant kits feature new products to be released on April 1, 2015!  Better yet, you get a wonderful value of $380+ of product during March (ends on March 31, 2015) because you get the kit ($360) and a FREE shoulder tote ($20+) for $99.00!  This is an amazing deal.   You can choose the “Card Maker’s Kit” or the “Scrapbooker’s Kit”.

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Card Maker’s Kit – Season Expressions 2 March 1 – July 31, 2015

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Scrapbooker’s Kit – Season Expressions 2 March 1 – July 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free when you sign up in March 2015 while supplies last!!

Free when you sign up in April 2015 while supplies last!!

Plus with the “Recruiting on a Roll”, you can get your rolling tote (awesomeness) for FREE (value $150.00) when you place your first $300 worth of orders in your first 40 days with the company!!

Rolling Tote CollageI wish I had the chance to earn a rolling tote for free!  It’s so big, we can zip my daughter up in it!  So join our team and come play with us.

Happy Creating!

 

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.  Just love having corn beef and all the goodies with it!  Made this quick and easy card from Cricut Artfully Sent:

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It’s not the best picture from my phone.  It’s super easy to make in Design Space (for the Explorer and Air).  I used the sentiment’s stamp set from the Artfully Sent collection.  I used our wonderful glitter paper which cuts well in the Circut!

Have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day

Happy Creating!

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The Amazing Rolling Tote!

The amazing rolling tote from CTMH  is huge!  I honestly don’t thing there is another scrapbooking tote as BIG as it is.   You should see how many different ways you can use our organizers with it.  Have you seen it?  It’s difficult to find a tote with all the space ours has.  You can put so much just in the main compartment using our small, medium, and large organizers.   There are 2 side pockets (large enough to put your 12″ cutter and more in them).  There is a front pocket where you can put your 12″x12″ papers and more..  They even made a matching shoulder bag to go with it!  The shoulder bag will hold a post-bound scrapbook in it or it can be your purse!  I love both of mine.  Check out this video to see the shoulder bag and rolling tote!

It’s so big we can put SG in it! The tote is 22″ tall.  She’ll be 7 in a month and wants her own one for playing hide and go seek!
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Do you know anything about our organizers?   Here’s another great video to show you just have great your supplies will look in our organizers!! With three different sizes, you can stash just about anything in them. We’ve even discovered you can put our foam inserts, designed for the small organizers, in the lids of all the organizers (with double sided stick tape), essentially allowing you to get more bang for your dollar!

Our large organizer is super to hold our stamps and so much more!

The tote can accommodate 22″ of organizers. The height of the Large Organizer (Z1834) is 8″, the Medium Organizer (Z4139) is 5.5″ and the Small Organizer (Z4138) is 2.75″ (2 small = 1 medium in space). Here are some combinations you can use:

2 Large / 1 Medium
2 Large / 2 Small
1 Large / 2 Medium / 1 Small
1 Large / 1 Medium / 3 Small
4 Medium
3 Medium / 2 Small
2 Medium / 4 Small
1 Medium / 6 Small

Would you like to get your rolling tote for free?? When you join my team with CTMH in March, you will get the matching shoulder bag for free (while supplies last) and place $300.00 in orders in your first 40 days, you will get this amazing tote FREE (no matter what) with the “Rolling in the Rewards” campaign!!.

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Here’s to creative organizing!!

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March Stamp of the Month – Choose Happy

I love the March Stamp of the Month (SOM) S1503 “Choose Happy”.  I chose to focus on having an “attitude of gratitude” for 2015 – being thankful for all I have.  A byproduct of this choice is being happy.  In a way, my goal for 2015, is being happy.  While I love all the traditional possibilities for this stamp set, I was inspired by Karen Pederson (a fellow CTMH consultant) and her take on this stamp set.  She created a card featuring using one of the border stamps as the base of a caterpillar!  Free hand the rest and  “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle is born.  I have so many friends who teach preschooler or work with them, I had to recreate this!!

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I hand drew his face face and legs. Used our Shin Han Touch Markers to color him in.  I just love how they blend with each other!!  I loved it so much, I created a few more.  Check back and see later!

SOM imagesHere are the images for the set.  There are 14 images.  Frames are whimsical and speak to Spring and Summer (and after the last 3 weeks of cold, I’m all for this).  The sayings are great – you’ll use them forever!   Here’s a layout from CTMH showcasing this set:

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You can purchase this set for $17.95 or with a $50.00 order, you can get this set for $5.00.  A $50.00 will also get you a FREE set of sequins from moi!  Don’t order them though! After you place your order, I’ll be mailing them to you!

Happy Creating!

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Update on Faux Leather Albums

It’s so sad to post this update about our Faux Leather Albums.  They are retiring in August 2015!   Important information to provide you ahead of time so you can get your favorites now!!  These beautiful 12×12 albums are one of my favorites.  They will protect your precious memories.  The leather-like luster looks like real leather and embosses extremely well (by an Album Embosser).  They are expandable and CTMH has the posts and spine expanders available.   Their price point of $29.95 each makes them very affordable.

The most important part of this post is the Dark Chocolate Album (Z1342) has very limited quantities left!!Faux Leather Albums WM

Place your order today!  Order two of them and you’ll get a free set of sequins from me.  Place your order and I’ll mail them directly to you!

Creatively yours!

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