Thursday, August 1, 2013

CTMH Fall/Winter Blog Hop 2013

I just wanted to recap all those who are participating in this blog hop...hopefully, you blog hop from each one in the order they are listed in the idea book but if you don't, that is ok too...

Starting off first is Tracy Holmes whose paperpack is Laughing Lola...hop on to her site here...Papercraftnut

Next in line is Caroline Bredeson whose paperpack is ProPlayer...hop on to her site here...Caroline's Creations

Then next in line is Diana Saunders who has the paperpack Babycakes...hop on to her site here...Farmer Di Stamps

Then you should be here at Sheshy's Time & as you can see I have the Huntington Paperpack...

Then you finish on up at Heather MacIsaac Hunt's blog who has Frosted...hop on to her site here...Creative Coconut

You will notice that we don't have the Sarita paperpack assigned to anyone specific & that just means that you are going to find it sprinkled in to our blogs as each consultant may have something up their sleeve with that paper pack so be sure to be on the look out for it!

Thanks for stopping by all of our blogs & we hope that you are inspired to create some new amazing artwork using any of the new products shown on our blogs or in our new Idea Book!

Happy Creating!


The Grand Finale!!!

From the moment I laid my eyes on the Huntington paperpack, I knew I had to purchase it!  I also felt the same way about the new Designed Decor Colonial White Frame...I just love all country things & when does chicken wire not scream country?  But I hit a creativity block when it came time to do "something" with the frame & the paper...then it hit me!  I was inspired by CTMH's version in the new idea book but I added my own personal touches.  Once I was all done, I had it laying on the counter in our kitchen as I wanted to show my husband when he got home from work...but he beat me to it as he went in the house before I knew it & saw it.  When I walked in the door, all he said to be was "Beautiful" & then when he saw 2 special details that I added, a few tears fell...I must admit, when my work brings tears (whether it be my quilting or scrapbooking) to those I create it for, I feel inspired to keep doing it.  I create to bring smiles to those around me & with my husband's reaction, I knew I had accomplished that!

So, I used our burlap ribbon ( I think I might love that as much as the Bronze Shimmer Trim!) to create the assorted "flowers" on the frame; I also used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to create the pennants & the font for the title, I used the Artbooking Cartridge to create the photo mounts & the "So" in the title & I also used the Brown & Tan Assortment Sparkles, the Rosewood Collection, the Jute Ribbon & the Mini Clothes Pins.  The only item that you cannot purchase is the stamp set I used to put wings on our babies who are no longer with us as that was a special stamp set from Convention 2010, otherwise, all of the products used are available in the new Idea book.

So that does it for me.  I hope you have enjoyed viewing my artwork as much as I have enjoyed creating it for you!  I will say that I will do a blog hop "forced" me to sit down & do something for me for a change instead of doing what I have to do!  I hope you take some time each week if you aren't lucky enough to do it more often than that to do something that makes you happy.  If I can help you unleash your inner creativity in any way, please let me know.  For that matter, if you have any questions about any of my techniques used in any of my artwork, please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by & spending some time with me & keep hopping along!

Tracy Holmes - Paper Craft Nut
Caroline Bredeson -Caroline's Creations
Diana Saunders-Farmer Di Stamps
Heather MacIsaac Hunt -Creative Coconut



Ok, I lied...I have one more post before the grand finale!

I love that CTMH is trying something new & the base & bling collection is absolutely just so much fun!  I did pick up the necklace kit but I ran out of time to create it before the hop but I did manage to make the wrist bracelet that would be perfect to wear to that country wedding or upcoming country fair dance!  What do you think?  I made it all with just our burlap ribbon & one sparkle from the Brown & Tan assortment...

Ok, so now I promise to go & get the grand finale ready!

Keep hopping...

Tracy Holmes - Paper Craft Nut
Caroline Bredeson -Caroline's Creations
Diana Saunders-Farmer Di Stamps
Heather MacIsaac Hunt -Creative Coconut


How about some Huntington cards?

How about some cards now?  We all need cards & I like to have a variety on hand as I can always use a card & I don't want to bother going to the store & giving someone something made in China when I can create something beautiful right her in Canada with products proudly made in North America!

Here is the first card I made; I was inspired by Sheila's Stamping Stuff but I changed it up just a bit...I used up some of my scraps from the cardstock that was used in my layouts using our scalloped punch, I used a scrap of the B & T on the inside of the card, cut out some scalloped circles using the Art Philosophy Cartridge, the Bronze Shimmer Trim (did I mention that I love this trim?) & the sentiment is from the stamp set Always Grateful which is available in this new idea book...

This next card made me step outside my comfort zone...when I look at this paperpack, I only think of fall but I don't send out a lot of cards that are fall themed so to challenge myself, I went Christmas! I used only the cardstock & B & T from the paperpack, the Brown & Tan Assortment Sparkles, the colour ready ribbon, some scrap from the burlap ribbon for both the background of the tree & in the ribbon as well as the stamp sets from the WOTG (the design on the ribbon which I then purposely smudged to give a used look) & the stamp set To You & Yours...& oh yeah, I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the triangles...

And finally, my last card...I LOVE this card!  I "made" my own B & T paper with random stamping an image from the To You & Yours stamp set in various pigment colours & each time I did, I would sponge that same colour randomly around to blur the image.  Then I cut out the flower in 5 different sizes with the Art Philosophy Cartridge again, hand drew on the "artwork" & then distressed the edges.  I also cut out the flowers with the same cartridge & did the same hand artwork.  I used a scrap from the trim on the B & T (you know, that part that lists the colours etc) & some scraps from tearing apart the burlap ribbon & then to finish it all off, a sparkle from the Brown & Tan Assortment...

So that's it for cards.  I will be back with my final post of my artwork & I think I have save the best for last!

Keep hopping along...

Tracy Holmes - Paper Craft Nut
Caroline Bredeson -Caroline's Creations
Diana Saunders-Farmer Di Stamps
Heather MacIsaac Hunt -Creative Coconut

Thanks for stopping by!


Hopping right along...

So, as promised, here is more artwork that I have created using the Huntington Paperpack from the new 2013 Fall/winter CTMH Idea Book...

This is a layout that I created using the new Cricut Artbooking was so fun to work with & just with a push of a button & a few sheets of paper, this layout was created.  Did you know that the new cartridge creates mini books, 12x12 layouts, borders, photo mounts, overlays, titles & so much more?  I just followed the sizing in the guide & I also took the cutouts from the first photo overlay & used it as a mount for the 2nd photo & then put the little fire cut outs beside it...why waste!  Seriously, this layout took no time at all to create...can't wait to play with it more!

Then I finished up the WOTG kit with the other layout shown:

I also used the artbooking cartridge on this layout too creating the title...

This next layout is one of my favourites that I made!  I used one of the patterns from the newest volume of Make It From Your Heart, our newest How To book...just love how CTMH helps me out by taking out most of the hard work...all that thinking! lol!  I have a lot going on as do we all so that is one of the many things I love about CTMH is how they do a lot of the behind the scenes work with the thinking & inspire us with amazing artwork!  Let me know if you can figure out which pattern it is from when you get your very own copy!

Here you can see the dimension I have added to our burlap ribbon by "folding" it over & tacking it down with some hot glue & you can also see how thick my rose is, again, made with our burlap ribbon.  I also snuck in a new colour to the combination...can you guess what colour isn't part of this paperpack??

I also used the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge for the banner but I used the Artbooking Cartridge for the title.  I also used a stamp from the WOTG set to stamp the wood grain on the title & then embellished with some of the Bronze shimmer trim (love it!) & the Rosewood Collection.

Before I forget to mention, I only ever use CTMH products in my artwork.  I love our products so much that I don't mix & match!

Now, to keep you going in the right track, here is the list of participants in our blog hop...

Tracy Holmes - Paper Craft Nut
Caroline Bredeson -Caroline's Creations
Diana Saunders-Farmer Di Stamps
Heather MacIsaac Hunt -Creative Coconut

Thanks for stopping by & I will be back to post more amazing artwork today!


It is finally here!!! The new fall/winter CTMH Idea book!!!! many of the new products do you love???  Every fall, I swear I am going to go broke as I always love this idea book the most!  I really can't pick just one product as my favourite, there are too many!  Let me know if you can pick just!

I am happy to be participating in a blog hop this month with some of my fellow CTMH sisters!

If you are coming to me from Diana''s blog Farmer Di Stamps,  you are in the right place!  Diana has some little ones in her family now so Babycakes was a perfect paperpack!

I picked the paperpack Huntington to create some fabulous artwork for you...

So I started off with the WOTG...I changed it up a little bit as I was mainly concentrating on a fall theme vs the love theme showcased in the kit...

Now notice the photo in the lower right hand corner...see the button?  Here is what I did with that button...

I turned it into a secret photo collection!!

Then I wanted to do the other layout in the workshop...just love how vibrant this layout turned out!

I will be posting more artwork today but wanted to give you a taste of what I have been up to so make sure you check back in later on!

Now, hope on over to Heather's blog , Creative Coconut & see what she has created with Frosted!

Make sure you check out all of the creative ladies on this hop as we are all displaying projects with the new paperpacks: 

Tracy Holmes- Paper Craft Nut
Caroline Bredeson-Caroline's Creations
Diana Saunders-Farmer Di Stamps
Heather MacIsaac Hunt-Creative Coconut

If you are interested in getting your hands on any of these fabulous products, the idea book is now live & you can start shopping here!

Thanks for stopping by & make sure you stop by later on today for more new projects!!