Thursday, November 20, 2014

DIY Christmas Cards

Here we are at mid-November . . . you know what that means - time to start thinking about Christmas cards!    I know not everyone mails cards anymore for the holidays - but I still do!   Despite the outrageous cost of postage - I just love the tradition of it and look forward to the weeks before the Christmas when we open the mailbox each day to find news from our friends and family afar!   Even if you don't send out mass quantities of holiday cards - I encourage you to send handwritten greetings to at least a few very special people - it means so much more than an email!!

So with that in mind, I wanted to give you some great options for beautiful & easy holiday cards.   I know some of you design your own cards & that is great - but I get tons of queries every year about 'kits' as a lot of people just don't have the time during this busy season to create multiple cards from scratch.   So here are my top recommendations this year:

1)   CTMH's Cut Above Holiday Card Kits:



Pair either kit above with the Merriest Christmas Stamp Set (B1468) - $10.95Cdn to complete the greetings on your cards (I recommend stamping in red (ruby or cranberry) or black ink):


One of my finished Cut Above cards & pre-printed envelope:

Each Cut Above card kit contains the materials for you to make 10 cards (5"x7" size!!).   Embellishments include glitter trims and papers, twine, die-cut shapes, foam tape, etc.    I love these cards and they literally come together in MINUTES!!!!  So easy & so cute!   One stamp set gives you four different holiday greetings to choose from in gorgeous, trendy font styles.     As the cards are 5"x7" size you can easily fit a photo inside your card/envelope to send with your greetings.      Buy the one stamp set & then as many multiples of the card kit as you need depending on how many cards you plan to send out this year.  

2)  CTMH's Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshop on the Go:


The Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshop on the Go kit (G1085) - $27.50 Cdn, is the perfect option if you'd like to spend a little more time & effort creating your Christmas works-of-art because you enjoy the process & want to learn new techniques.    Each kit contains the materials & accessories, as well as the stamp set needed to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of the 3 designs shown above).     You will also need red, blue and grey inks to complete your cards (Cranberry, Glacier, and Slate are recommended to complete the cards exactly as shown).    Completed cards are standard 4.25" x 5.5" size.    Kit includes a full-colour workshop instructional guide!!   Easy to complete at home on your own in just a few hours!

3)   Go digital this year with CTMH's Studio J!!   

(See my post HERE on how-to with step-by-step instructions and photos!!)

Here are the cute cards I did last year:

Each Studio J layout is two 12x12 sheets (high quality photo printing!).   My cards were 5"x7" size - so I was able to fit four per sheet or 8 cards per 'layout'.    If your cards were smaller - you could obviously fit more.  

Until November 30th - you can order Studio J layouts for $5 (plus tax & shipping).   That's only $0.63 for each 5"x7" photo card!    (After November 30th - regular pricing applies - $7.75 Cdn per each 2 page layout or $0.97 per card).

Need envelopes for your photo cards!?!?  You can order those HERE.

Hope that gives you some ideas!!   Not too late to add a little 'handmade' to your holidays this year!!  With every order placed either online at my WEBSITE or via email by November 30th - you'll be entered into my draw for a $25 CTMH gift certificate.    One entry for every $25 spent.   Good luck!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Custom Holiday Photo Cards

Make your own custom photo greeting cards (perfect for Christmas!) in CTMH's Studio J!

Here are the cards I made last year:

Here is how-to make your own:
Each Studio J layout is two 12x12 sheets (high quality photo printing!).   My cards are 5"x7" size - so I was able to fit four per sheet or 8 cards per 'layout'.    If your cards were smaller - you could obviously fit more.  

1)   Go to my website carlaironside.ctmh.com & click on "Products" then "Studio J Online Scrapbooking".  

2)  Click "Enter Now" and either login or create a new account if your are a new user.

3)  On the welcome screen, click "Create a New Project" & then name your project when prompted.

4)  Click the uploading button to select the photo(s) you want to add to your holiday cards.

5)  Then select "Create your own Custom Layout".

6)  You'll now be asked to select your paper kit.   At the top you can choose to filter the kits - select "Holiday".   Then select which paper collection you'd like to use on your cards.    The one I used above is called "Sparkle & Shine".   Others I would recommend are Snowhaven, Pear & Partridge, Mistletoe, Jingle, Believe, Evensong, Frosted . . .  so many great choices.  (To select it, either double click on it or click once on it and then click "Continue" at the bottom).

7)  You'll now be asked to choose the layout pattern - select the "NO LIMITS" pattern.

8)   Select a Kit Mix - - these are blank for the "No Limits" pattern - so it doesn't matter here whether you choose 1,2, or 3.  Just pick one and continue.

9)  Now you have a blank canvas to start creating your cards.   On the left select "Text & Photo Areas".   Then drag the "Journaling Area" box onto your blank layout.   An editing box will appear.   In the editing box - size your card (my cards are 5"x7" - so that is the size I input in the boxes).  


Click on the text in the journaling box to highlight it and press your space bar to delete it.
Drag the journaling box to place it flush with one of the corners of your layout.   Click on the "Copy" and "Paste" buttons at the top.  This will create another identical journaling box.   Drag it to another corner of the layout to place it.    Repeat for all of your horizontally placed cards (see above - there are 4 horizontal & 4 vertical).   To create the vertical ones - click Copy & Paste again then use the rotation tool (round arrow on corner of box) to turn the box sideways & place as needed.  

When you have all 8 journaling boxes (cards) created -  your layout will look like this - with two small unused squares of space in the centre of each layout.

10)   Next click on the paper tab on the left.   Select any of the papers shown and drag and drop to fill the background of your cards.


11)  Now is time to add your photo boxes.   On the left click on "Text & Photo Areas".  For each card, drag the "Photo Area" box wherever you want to place your photo.    You can use the editing box as needed to size the photo area, add a photo mat, choose photo mat colour, etc.    I used 3.5" x 5" photo areas with 1/8" photo mats.   (Once you've done the first photo area - you can copy and paste using the top buttons to create your remaining photo areas and just drag/rotate onto the cards as needed).


12)  Now select "Photos" on the left and drag and drop your photos onto the photo areas on each card.

13)  Now is time to decorate your cards.    Select either embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) or My Stickease on the left.   Use the drop down menu to select the type of embellishment.  You can drag/drop, resize, rotate all embellishments as needed to customize your cards.   You can also find holiday quotes and tags in the Stickease section that you may wish to use to add greetings to your cards.


14)   To add a custom greeting or your family name, etc. to the cards.   Select "Text & Photo Areas" on the left.  Then drag the "Journaling Area" box onto your first card.    Size your journal box as needed (mine is 1" x 2.5").  You can edit the text, change the background, add a mat, change the font, etc. as needed.   Make sure that the 'scale font' box is checked so that your text fits inside the box.   Once you have your journal box completed - use the Copy & Paste feature to add the same journal box to the rest of your cards.

15)  When you are happy with your cards - click "Buy Project" at the bottom and follow the prompts to complete your purchase.   (At the bottom, click on Approve Layouts, then when approved, click on Checkout).   You can order your printed copies (in whatever quantity you choose) and your cards will arrive in approximately a week.


Studio J layouts are on sale for just $5 each until November 30th - that's $0.63 for each 5" x 7" card.
(After November 30th - pricing returns to the regular price of $7.75 Cdn per 2 page layout).

Start creating your Studio J Holiday Photo Cards HERE.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Time for some FREE stuff!!

Hello friends!! 
Time for some FREE stuff! 


It has been so long!! I saw a great promo today that a friend of mine is offering to her customers and loved the idea (thanks Sus!). Maybe this will give me the push I need to get back to business, lol! As I'm sure you've noticed I've taken a bit of hiatus - - no reason in particular, just life! I do miss you all and I miss getting crafty! So - this weekend I'm making some time for you & making some time in my craft room. 

So here's the promo - - with any order placed on my website this weekend (up until midnight MST on Sunday) - receive a FREE mystery stamp set (valued at $15.25 to $19.75 each)! (Free stamp set will mail separately from your order). I've got LOADS of new stamp sets sitting here ready to go! This is in addition to the Free roll of ribbon or trim you'll receive from CTMH this month with every order over $50 and the chance to purchase the Stamp of the Month for just $5 with every order over $50! That's a lot of free & discounted goodies & a lot of bang for your crafty buck!   
Note:  offer only open to Canadian customers.

Tons of great stuff to choose from in Annual Inspirations catalogue - if you haven't checked it out - now's a great time!

SHOP ONLINE HERE!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for September

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for September.   This month we are featuring the stamp set "Family is Forever".   

Hope you'll join us this month - we have CTMH consultants from across the US and Canada who have created some great projects for you featuring this month's stamp set.    The variety of ideas are sure to leave you feeling creatively inspired!

If you've come here from GINA's BLOG, then you are on the right path.  If my blog is your first stop, that will work too! Just keep hopping until you get back here again!   You'll find a link at the end of each post to move to the next site.  Enjoy :-)

My creation for this month is a 12x12 layout:
  
Materials Used:
CTMH Pathfinding Paper Collection
CTMH Bronze Shimmer Tape
CTMH September 2014 Stamp of the Month - Family is Forever
CTMH ink: Chocolate & Glacier
CTMH cardstock
CTMH Foam Tape

The September stamp of the month is available from your consultant (or from me!) for just $17.95 during the month September OR -  get it for just $5 with any CTMH purchase of $50 or more between September 1st & 30th.



To see more great artwork using this stamp set - keep hopping!   Next stop is KRISTA's BLOG!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Family Vacation

Trying to do more two page layouts these days.    And grid layouts like this one are so visually pleasing to me!!  


Materials Used:
CTMH Free to Be Me paper collection (retired)
CTMH Wanderful Picture my Life Journalling Card
Wood embellishments - Prima
Alphabet Stickers - American Crafts Thickers
CTMH Corner Rounder


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Take Me Somewhere

CTMH's Picture My Life line is this company's answer to the 'pocket scrapbooking, aka. Project Life' trend.   I love that using these great cards (4x6 and 3x4) - I'm getting way more pictures into my albums faster.   I combine my traditional scrapbook pages with my 'pocket pages' in the same albums (all of my albums are organized by theme).    On this page - I used a pocket scrapbooking concept, but made a traditional page (i.e. I'm not using a divided page protector - but a regular old 12x12 page).    I used the Wanderful Picture My Life kit from CTMH (one 4x6 card and one 3x4 card) and then accented the page using a strip of paper from the Wanderful 12x12 paper collection.

Quick & easy and another story captured :-)


Products Used (all available HERE):



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sending Love Your Way

New artwork from the CTMH Annual Inspirations catalogue! I recreated this card I saw in the Idea Book - so cute.


Materials Used:
CTMH Shin Han Twin Touch markers
CTMH Geometric Washi Tape
CTMH "Lifting Spirits" stamp set
CTMH cardstock & ink


Sunday, August 3, 2014

It's Here! It's Here!!

The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book & Catalogue from CTMH is now live!!

So many great things inside!  Fabulous new papers & embellishment collections, page kits, stamps, new tools, pocket scrapbooking kits, Shin Han Twin Touch markers, quick create card kits, DIY jewellery and home decor items, a new Cricut cartridge and more!
Click here to take a peek.

Enjoy!





Thursday, July 31, 2014

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for August

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for August.   This month we are featuring the stamp set "What a Hoot".   

Hope you'll join us this month - we have CTMH consultants from across the US and Canada who have created some great projects for you featuring this month's stamp set.    The variety of ideas are sure to leave you feeling creatively inspired!

If you've come here from Wendy Coffman's Blog, then you are on the right path.  If my blog is your first stop, that will work too! Just keep hopping until you get back here again!   You'll find a link at the end of each post to move to the next site.  Enjoy :-)

My creation for this month's blog hop is a birthday card - something I can always use at my house.  With two school-aged kids, it seems like there is a birthday party every week to attend!



Sweet & simple.   I coloured this cute little owl with CTMH's new markers  - the Shin Han Twin Touch markers & they are AWESOME!!   So easy to use!  

Materials Used:
CTMH Sparkles
CTMH Ribbon
CTMH cardstock: White Daisy & Lagoon
CTMH ink: Lagoon & Archival Black
CTMH Shin Han markers
CTMH Foam Tape

The August stamp of the month is available from your consultant (or from me!) for just $17.95 during the month August OR -  get it for just $5 with any CTMH purchase of $50 or more between August 1st & 31st.  



To see more great artwork using this stamp set - keep hopping!   Next stop is Lori Brown's Blog!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Wave Jumping

I've been making a concentrated effort lately to get back to basics.  Keeping my scrapbook pages simple means that more layouts are in my albums where my family can enjoy them . . . which is really the whole point of doing it, right? (In addition to the enjoyment I get just from the process!)   

This great design is easy to recreate - simply cut two strips from each of three different patterned papers (a different width for each of the patterns) - spread across your two pages leaving a small space in between each.   Add your matted photos, title, embellies, journalling . . . and you have yourself a finished layout!   


Materials Used:
CTMH Jubilee paper collection
CTMH Keyboard Uppercase Alpha stamps
CTMH Hello Summer stamps (sneak peek - coming August 1st!)
Inks:  Cranberry, Honey
Cardstock: Colonial White, Kraft
Other: Marvy Uchida Lepen


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clearance Stamp Sets for Sale

Hey all - - I've started a big purge of my craft room.   First batch of stuff just added to my 'garage sale' blog!   New & Used stamp sets priced to clear.

You can check it out HERE.


Happy Shopping!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Explore Rocamadour - Skylark Layout

The Skylark collection is by far my favourite kit in the CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book - I have used it on dozens of projects.    I plan to share a few more of them here on the blog before this kit is retired July 31st!     Be sure to order Skylark before then if you want to get this collection before it is gone.   I find the colours are perfect for a variety of photos - but in particular outdoor photos.      This layout is one I put together for our Europe scrapbook (The photo/trip dates back to 2006!  The Europe scrapbook is a continuous work in progress!)   The location in the photo was one of the highlights for me of our touring of the French countryside - an amazing town built into the side of a cliff.    Absolutely breathtaking!   


Materials Used:
CTMH Skylark paper collection
Arrows & file tab cut with CTMH Cricut cartridge - Artbooking
CTMH Paper Fundamentals - Basic Collection (glossy embossed cardstock - LOVE!!)
CTMH Trinkets Wooden Shapes
CTMH Aqua Enamel Dots
CTMH stamp set - Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet
White Alphabet Stickers - from my stash


Crush your Summer Memories




I have the perfect summer memory keeping idea for you.   Capture all of your summer memories in a quick & easy album.     This is also a great summer project for your pre-teen or teen!  Like a summer journal - but better!


I have picked up a few of these books and accessories and my daughter and I are working on these at the lake - - no stress scrapbooking!     I'll be posting pictures of some of my completed pages here on the blog. 

Join the fun with me!   Give "My Crush" a try!   Check out the "My Crush" books and accessories available HERE.   And until July 31st - put together everything you need to complete your album - and I'm offering you FREE bonus product with your "Crush bundle":

My Crush Kit - Includes a My Crush Book and My Crush Assortment Pack (journal cards, stickers, alphabet stickers, and envelopes) of your choice as well as: a roll of decorative washi tape and a glue pen for just $27.35 Cdn plus tax & shipping & get a FREE journalling pen! 

My Crush Premium Kit - Includes a My Crush Book, My Crush Assortment Pack of your choice as well as: a roll of washi tape, a glue pen and an embellishment pack for just $32.30 Cdn plus tax & shipping & get a FREE journalling pen and a FREE small assortment of flip flaps!   


EMAIL ME to place your order for your Crush bundle & bonus products.   

Want to know more?  Check out CTMH's You Tube channel to see the My Crush books in action:




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