Getting Ready for Convention

Words cannot begin to explain my excitement for this week.  I have been wanting to attend the CTMH convention since becoming a consultant in 2012.  The first year I joined I was not aware there was a convention until I started seeing consultants talk about it on Facebook.  Last year I wanted to go but was not really sure what we would do with our son since we don’t have any family local and my husband would need to work.  This fall I talked to my husband and we agreed I would go to this convention and we would have he parents come up to help.  So here we are …. My in-laws are here and I leave for Disneyland in two days!!!!  I have never been to Disneyland, since I grew up in the south we vacationed in Florida so I got to go to Disney World two times but that was 35 plus years ago.  I am a big kid at heart and always have been so I can’t wait.

So I learned over the past two years that convention goers make cards to swap and gifts for their roommates.  I completed my roommate gifts a while ago and I was trying to decide on my swap cards.  I choose Lollydoodle as it is so bright and happy.  I decided to do the hexagon flower design as my swap card.  I spoke with another consultant who has been to convention before to learn how many cards to make.  She suggested 150 – wow that is a lot of cards. I ended up making 120 which was still a ton.

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I will remember for next time that the cards I make will not have as many little pieces that need to be scored.  Each card has six hexagons which each needed to be scored.  This photo is only enough to complete 25 flowers.  I has to score 720 hexagons – but I did it!

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I used Cotton Candy as the base hexagon.  I used Whisper cardstock which I embossed with the dots folder.  Close to My Heart no longer carries brads so I picked some up a local craft store.

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Here is the final card.  I used Joyful Birthday B1419 for the sentiment and used Cotton Candy ink.

I hope to make some great trades and meet some wonderful women.

Happy Crafting!

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Hexagon Flower

WOW how did we already arrive in June?  Life has been very crazy so I have not had as much time to craft as much as I have wanted too (although I always feel that 🙂 ).   I was able to sit down today and get a few things done.  I have been enjoying participating in the Color Dare and was inspired to create this card based on this weeks challenge #96.

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These colors – Sorbet, Creme Brulee and Crystal Blue are the colors found in the Balloon Ride paper pack.  I have been working on my convention swap cards using this hexagon patten.

Color Dare 96 ~ Catscrapbooking.com

Supplies used to create this card:

  • Paper Pack ~ Balloon Ride
  • Cardstock ~ Colonial White, Crystal Blue
  • Inks ~ Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Crystal Blue
  • Embelishments ~ Sparkles Brown & Tan

Happy Crafting!

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**********UPDATE *********

My card was selected as the Emerald Winner this week!!!

Emerald WInner

ABC’s Blog Hop ~ H

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “H”. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “H” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you came from LAUREN MOORE- CTMH CRAFTINGS  then you’re on the right track!

So the first this that popped into my head when thinking about what I wanted to design for this hop was HEXAGON.   I just love seeing hexagons in layouts and on cards.  I have been seeing a lot of hexagon overlays being used for cards so I decided to make my own.  I used my Silhouette to create the white overlay.  Then I needed to pick the colors or paper pack and since Lollydoodle makes me so HAPPY, I decided it would be perfect!

ABC's Hexagon Card
While I was working on my design for this blog hop I was inspired by Color My Heart Color Dare to create one for this weeks color dare.  This is my first version for Color Dare #88 but my actual submission can be found here.
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Close to My Heart Products used:
  • Cardstock~ Daisy White, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Juniper
  • Ink ~ Sweet Leaf, Juniper, Sorbet, Creme Brulee
  • Paper Packs ~ Lollydoodle
  • Stamp Sets ~ Honeycomb
  • Embellishments ~ Aqua Dots, Flamingo Dots

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is JUDY FAYE GARNER.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #89

I decided to try something new today.   I have wanting to try some other challenges out there and one I have been watching is Color Dare.  So today I decided it was time and took on Color Dare #89 which is using Juniper, Sorbet and Creme Brulee.

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I was actually working on a project for my ABC’s Blog hop that will be happening on Saturday but I was inspire by these color choices.  Here is what I created:

Color Dare 89 - Hexagon

For this card I created a cut file on my Silhouette using the hexagons and had it cut in white.  I then cut individual hexagons.  I used the Juniper Washi tape to cover two white hexagons.  I also used the Damask embossing folder on the Sorbet hexagons then sanded them to expose the white core.

Close to My Heart products used:

  • Cardstock: Daisy White, Creme Brulee, Sorbet
  • Paper Packs: Lollydoodle
  • Ink: Creme Brulee, Sorbet
  • Embelishments: Aqua Dots
  • Stamp Set: Honeycomb

Be sure to check back on Saturday to see some other designs using hexagons.

Happy Crafting!

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UPDATE ~ I am so tickled as this card was selected as the Ruby winner for this challenge!!!

Ruby Winner

Christmas Gifts

I was able to make a few of my Christmas gifts this year.  It was so nice to find the time to do this.  I always struggle with what to get my mom.  I have found the best thing is to give her is something that I have made.  Then with us living so far away she enjoys creations involving our son.  So I am sure this will be a hit.

For this project I used the 5″ x 7″ Hinged Display Tray.

5X7 Hinged Display Tray

I picked the “Oliver” paper by Basic Grey.  I was able to use my Cricut for the first time to cut the arrow shapes and then used them with the coordinating Dimensional Elements.  I also used the Irresistibles Hexagons which I absolutely LOVE!! They are so cool they way they take up ink.  Then I was able to use the Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet along with the Dimensional Elements numbers. Here is a close up:

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I really love the way this display tray turned out.  Now I cant wait to do one for us.

Happy Crafting!

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