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April 20, 2015

I'm baaaaacckkk!

Blogger was hating on me for so long I just gave up trying to log in and actually started a new blog on Wix.com 

I didn't get very far with it and on a whim I tried blogger again.....here I am!

What am I up to? I've been getting back into sewing and am working towards making it a part - time job. So I will be changing the name of this blog to reflect my new direction.

I will be focusing on sewing and papercrafting like always but with a little twist. Fun, hey?

Stay tuned for some new developments. I'm soooo happy to be back!

November 26, 2013

CTMH Team Brae - er November Blog Hop

Welcome to our November Team Brae - er Blog Hop! This month the focus is on "Holidays" in anticipation of the Christmas holiday. You will see creations from our team that may include stamps, kits, home d├ęcor and many other wonderful items that can be found in the current Idea Book and online. If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to start at the beginning you can check out Brae's blog here. If you came from Sheri's blog then you are in the right place!

I'm so excited!! This is my first blog hop with Team Brae - er. I signed up as a Close To My Heart consultant last month and I'm only sorry I waited this long. I have always loved the stamps and having used the cardstock I now love that too. The cricut loves it. I like the white core. I love how smooth it is....I really could go on. So, without further ado....

I decided to make a set of cards to give as a gift. I did an assortment of cards using the Workshops On The Go® Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit (it's retiring so snap it up quick if you love it) which can be found here. You will also see basic cardstock and stamp sets. For those stamp sets still available I have provided a link.

stamp set: A True Thank You
( I also used some paper from an older line on this card)

Stamps: Keyboard Uppercase (card on the left only)

Stamps: A True Thank You, and Cityscape (tree)

Stamps: Stitched Together (retiring) (decorative stamp only)

Stamps: Keyboard Uppercase

Stamps: Paisley Perfect (paisleys only)

Then I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to make this handy box to put them in. How CUTE is that? Even hubs said it was "really nice"....

To purchase any of the items seen on our blog hop today, just contact your local consultant to place an order. We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really do love the feedback.....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used.

Your next top on the Team Brae - er Hop is Lucy's Creative Expressions. If you get lost along the way, you can go to Brae's blog as she has the full list, or just come back here and scroll to the bottom of this post to find the list. Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, projects and techniques seen along the way.

Until next time....

Do what you love and love what you do!


Blog Hop List:
CraftyCorina - you are here!

November 25, 2013

CTMH Studio J + Elf On The Shelf

Well....it's been a while. Life just gets so busy sometimes hey? I've been working and sewing doll clothes (it's that time of year and those American Girls always need new clothes haha), and I attended a scrapbooking retreat a couple of weekends ago. Thursday to Monday and it was just glorious.

Just recently I decided to go in and play around with Studio J; that's Close To My Heart's digital scrapbooking program. If you have a LOT of pictures that you want to get through fast? This is definitely the way to go. I literally dragged and dropped the pics onto this pre - made page then dropped on the little embellishments. I don't know about you but I really like the finished layout.

Take a look...

We have big plans for "Sam" this year. Last year my daughter told me he was 'boring'. So hubs and I are determined that he won't be boring this year. Hopefully he will get into enough mischief that he will require a mini album and not just a double page spread haha.

I love the Studio J program and plan to use it a lot to catch up on all of those older pics that are just bugging me. Nothing worse than having something hanging over you ya know? And I have this one saved for now until I get some more done to save on the shipping.

Another great option for Studio J is to use it for printing your photo's. Who would've thought hey? I have always struggled with those odd size photo's used for layouts and this is how I plan to get the most professional looking layouts. I'll post some more pics when I go in and play around again.

So take care for now, and thanks for looking.


October 28, 2013

CTMH Holiday Guide

 The new Holiday Gift Guide is pretty fabulous. In addition to having holiday papers, etc there is also a sneak peek of things to come in the new Idea Book. Adorable new stamps just perfect for fussy cutting and coloring.

Some of the items in the book are available "While supplies last". Meaning they will be available until December 31st, or while supplies last so shop early for those things you absolutely adore! They include:
  • Sparkle & Shine Assortment (Z1860)
  • Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1907)
  • Workshops on the Go® Sparkle & Shine Scrapbooking Kit (G1071)
  • Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Kit (Z1913)
  • Season's Tweetings Gift Bags (Z1914)
  • Sparkle Holiday Shapes (Z1910)
  • Party Washi Tape 3-Pack (Z1908)
  • My Creations® Hip Pics Album Kit (Z1915)
And remember - if you order $100 or more (from the Holiday Guide and / or the current Idea Book) you can choose a starred item for FREE!

The “star” items are the products in the gift guide that have a circled star image next to the product’s item number and include:
  • Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet (X7176B)
  • Sparkle & Shine Complements Dimensional Elements (X7176C)
  • My Acrylix® Magical Days Stamp Set (D1552)
  • My Acrylix® Santa Claus Stamp Set (C1567)
  • My Acrylix® Mary and Babe Stamp Set (C1562)
  • My Acrylix® Trim the Tree Stamp Set (A1149)
  • My Acrylix® Charming Chevrons Stamp Set (A1150)
  • My Acrylix® Lots of Love Stamp Set (A1151)
  • My Acrylix® Angel Friends Stamp Set (B1435)
  • My Acrylix® Lifting Spirits Stamp Set (C1570)
  • My Acrylix® Banner Wishes Stamp Set (B1438)

You can check out all of our fabulous goodies here, or by clicking the "shop" link on the right hand side of my blog.
I finally had a chance to play with my new CTMH goodies. I hope to post a pic of my projects in the next day or so. Sometimes it's just so hard to find time for playing in amongst the working, and kids' activities and chores (ughh!). I'm attending a 4 day retreat in less than 2 weeks and I am more stoked than you could believe!!

September 30, 2013

CCC challenges

You're probably asking "what the heck is CCC?" Well 2 of my scrappy cyber buddies have created a challenge blog which can be found here. I believe this is the third month of challenges and I finally got my self together enough to play along!

They have 3 challenges every month: a tag challenge, a card challenge and a monthly challenge which can be whatever kind of project tickles your fancy. I sat down yesterday with my little mini - me and we made some cards. Then I actually made a tag.....really quickly.....that I kinda sorta like. Hmmm.....

So here's what I ended up with. I'm short on time so I'm putting all of my projects in one post. Hopefully that's "allowed" :)

The card challenge was "Terrific Texture"....the paper under the sentiment is embossed but my little darling embossed the wrong side of the paper so it doesn't show up enough. I told her it was just fine :) she LOVES embossing!!

The monthly challenge was "Use chevrons". Little miss (who's almost 11 I might add) picked out the papers then took off to play outside. This card is for her friend and when she inspected it last night she said it was "good" haha.

This is an extra card that she wanted to make. She decided she wanted an extra one in Pink!! We also have a purple card to make for her sister who turns 17 (!!) this Wednesday.

The tag challenge was "Sparkle Baby". I am really pleased with the photo (it was my third attempt lol) and how it picked up the sparkle :)
SOOO......that's it for now. I have big things coming up this fall for my blog and I think I will be busier than ever. Stay tuned!!

September 5, 2013

BIG Ideas Festival 2013

You NEED to check out the Big Ideas Festival at Big Picture Classes. I participated in this last year and it was so much fun. Talk about inspiration!! This year it's all about re - discovering your childhood. I'm so stoked it's ridiculous!! Go check it out....you will NOT be sorry! You can also click the linky on the right side of my blog.