Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Paper Bag Project has officially started, and my blogging has taken a back seat. (((sigh))) I have had these pictures in my computer for a few weeks and just never had the chance to write a post because I was too busy getting ready for school.

Back in early August, we had a unit meeting and I was asked to teach a project to the rest of the group. I had seen something similar to this the week before and I just had to re-create it. I figured this meeting was the perfect opportunity to do that!

This is made from a small brown paper bag. With a fold and a few simple cuts, you can create this unique card. When it is opened, the top half and the bottom half both have pockets that you can insert a note, gift cards, money, candy, or just about anything small that you can think to add!

All of the stamped images are cut with the new CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and then stamped with our coordinating stamp sets. I used the Olivia paper pack on this project. Even the flourish on the front was cut with the Cricut cartridge. The flourish is embellished with mini opaque mocha pearls. I used antique copper brads for the flower centers, the lower pocket, and to hold the pleats in the ribbon. As always, click on each photo for a closer look! 

Front cover

Inside of bag (opened)

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Today I had an interesting surprise that I had to share with all of you. Read on to hear what happened...

The past few days have been pretty busy with my CTMH business. My club meeting was Friday night and I attended a unit meeting/picnic yesterday with some great friends and 'sidelines'. All of last week was spent prepping for my club meeting and gathering all of the wonderful new products I wanted to share with my customers.

When I arrived home from yesterday's meeting, I went into my scrap room and was shocked to see that it looked like a bomb exploded when I wasn't looking! Since my hubby was busy, I started cleaning up and putting things away. I worked most of the evening, and finally headed to bed around 11:30.

This morning, I realized there was still another box of new product in the back of my car. So, my husband brought it in from the car, and put it up in my scrap room. Ugh! Still more things to put around lunch time I headed up to get back to work! I had a TON of new stamp sets to put away, but I always turn the carrier sheets from my stamps around first so that you can see them from the front. One at a time, I started 'flipping' my stamps around. I got about half-way through when it happened...

I had just finished "flipping" one of the free stamp sets that we got at Convention this year. Right before I closed it and put it away, I felt a stamp on the outside of the carrier sheet. I figured I had just inadvertently put in on the wrong side of the sheet. But something felt funny...

Can you see it?!? Here's a closer look...

I found a rogue sticky-boy hanging out in this stamp set, waiting patiently for me to find him, since Convention in Anaheim! You see, I had shared stamps with a friend of mine, and I never even took this stamp set out of the pack. This little bugger was in my possession from Day 1 of Convention, and I never even knew he was there!

So...the moral of the story is:

When attending CTMH Conventions, look EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING! You never know when/where sticky-boy will make an appearance.

Needless to say, he made my day!! The only problem was that there was nobody here to share my joy (the hubby just doesn't understand the whole sticky-boy obsession), which is why I am sharing here. Hope you liked my story :o)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Product Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be a participant in this New Product Blog Hop! Fellow consultant Tresa Black started the hop as a way to share new product with all of you. Check out the fabulous artwork by some amazing consultants! (My card is #32 below!) I just love what these talented consultants have done with our wonderful new products. Fellow consultants are welcome to join along. Just go to Tresa's blog and check out her directions for participation.