Saturday, March 31, 2012

CTMH April SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month blog hop.  If you came here from Debra's Blog you're right on track. I'm the next stop.

This month we are featuring S1204 You Are (set of 15).

I used the card sketch Delightful Dots from the Wishes Card Confidence Program.  (Hurry - the How To Books are retiring soon and supply is running low.  If you need to complete your collection hop on over to my website to place your order soon!

I used the Superhero Paper Pack (X7152B)for my first card...

And then I used some retired papers for the next two cards, which I'll be teaching at Staff Appreciation Day at GCCCD on Monday.  (This is a sneak peek GCCCD folks!!  I have a few other card designs as well.)  It's the same basic design, I just tweaked it a little to go with the papers I was using.

Now it's time to head on over to Lisa Sargent's Blog to see what Amazing creations she came up with. 

As a reminder, you can purchase the stamp of the month for $5 when you spend $50 or you can purchase it for $17.95 - but hurry, it's only available until April 30.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hotel Dawn

I did not fall off the face of the earth, I just spent the last couple of weeks rotating visitors through my house.  Everyone was supposed to be here at the same time, but sadly...hubby didn't make it home until after my family left.  (Hmmm...was that planned. haha!  No, he was pretty bummed about it.)

Before you start making your reservations to visit, you might want to know....the accommodations aren't all that classy!  While I offered air mattresses, these people chose the floor.  It looked like a shelter...and this wasn't the whole gang!  There's an air mattress behind the couch with another visitor sleeping.  But hey, you can't beat the price. It's pretty cheap by San Diego standards.

We did a little sight seeing in Old Town.....

We visited the food trucks in La Mesa.  Oh Devilicious, you are my fav and the crab cake sandwich was to die for!  I will be back.....

 The rest of the crew loved their Super Q choices!

Someone's San Diego wish was to take Maisy to the Beach.  Maisy was very happy to oblige and is ready for her to come back and take her again!

 I tried to take a picture of this geekiness.  (I ended up making them pose for this...)

Because when I tried to sneak up and take the picture the first time, I got this... LOL - What goofballs!

At any given point in time you could look around the room and see everyone playing with phones, laptops, kindles... The techy, geek in me is definitely genetic

And then after they left...hubby arrived.  Maisy loves it when Daddy is home.  He takes her everywhere and there are lots of lunch dates with Mommy!  She was probably very tempted to jump out that window and stay at work with me.  Sadly, no dogs allowed. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ooops! Fixing Stamping Mistakes

Oh no!!!  Have you ever dropped a stamp on your project?  Or stamped the wrong color?  Or stamped the wrong dates on your calendar?

Check out my April calendar below.  Notice anything wrong?  Apparently I decided that since we had an extra day in February...I would take away a day in April....And then I got so flustered when I realized my mistake that I thought I had to add an extra 30.  Yep, it was one of my more brilliant moments....

What should I do?  I thought about cutting out a bunch of images on the cricut, but if I made my sample that way, then the whole class would want to do the same thing...Hmmmm...

Finally I decided to pull out my favorite cleaning product.  All purpose cleaner with bleach.  I sprayed a couple of sprays in a little dish, dipped a q-tip in and rubbed it on all the mistakes..

And then I panicked again.  The green eggs disappeared right away, but the numbers turned a funky color.....and then....

They disappeared!!!  Woo Hoo!!  Hallelujah.  I grabbed my stamps and re-stamped one of the dates and disappeared again.  Oops.  Turns out, you have to be a bit  more patient.  I let the calendar dry overnight and then tried it again the next day and...Voila!!!  It worked!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Super Mario Party Layouts

My customer, Jeanne, brought some adorable photos from her Grandson's Super Mario party to scrapbook last Friday.  As soon as I saw the colors, I knew we had to use the Superhero paper packet.  I had so much fun helping her create these layouts that I begged her to let me post pictures on my blog.  I think they turned out so adorable.

Jeanne is doing a 9x9 birthday album for each of her grandchildren and she wanted to add more interest to her layouts this month so we pulled out the Imagine How-To Book.  Since her pages are smaller, I told her to ignore how many photos were pictured on the sample pages and just look at page layouts that she liked.  We had to adjust the measurements by 75%, but mostly we just kind of eyeballed it.  If something was 3 x 12, we made it 2 x 9. 

I think they turned out GREAT.  What do you think?

Supplies Used:
X7152B Superhero
9030 Imagine How-To Book
Sunflower cardstock
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

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Monday, March 05, 2012

CTMH Fishing Layout

In case you haven't heard, our How-To Programs are being retired this year!  Every single time I sit down to design a project, I grab one of these books.  Sometimes I follow one of the designs exactly and sometimes I just flip through them to see ideas for embellishing or highlighting a photo.

I used the Magic book for this layout and I just made a couple of adjustments to the photos.

I wanted to highlight the fish photos on the page below.  The guys put the fish in a bucket after they caught them and apparently one of the fish got hungry, so he started to eat a smaller fish.  By offsetting the photos and adding a milepost shape (arrow - hard to see in photo) I was able to draw more attention to the details in the photos.

I loved using the Victory paper pack and the zip strips at the top of the papers made perfect borders for these pages!

Supplies Used:
X7150 B Victory Paper Packet
Z1464 Milepost Shapes (corrugated accessories)
Dimensional Elements alphabets
Olive ink
Layout is Showtime from the Imagine Book

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