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.


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:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Roomie & Team Gifts - Bag Tags

As is tradition, I made little gift bags for my team members, roomie, and special friends at CTMH's recent convention.    Gift bags were filled with various Convention survival goodies and I also made each person one of these little bag tags for their Convention bags.    One side of the tag is their initial (it is helpful to be able to identify which bag is yours when all 1000+ consultants have the same bag!), the other was a printable quote I found online.    Paper is Jubilee, stamp set is Framework Alphabet.    I laminated & then decorated the jump ring with some retired CTMH ribbon from my stash.

You could easily make something similar as a little gift idea (i.e. luggage tag, backpack tag for your kids, etc.).  

I thought they turned out pretty cute & I think the girls liked them too :-)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New CTMH Starter Kits available NOW!!

Everyone loves a deal, right?   Well - this is the best deal on craft supplies you are going to find!  

When you join my CTMH team in July - you choose your own great product kit worth over $400 retail  for just $109 Cdn!   These are ALL NEW products, not yet released for purchase (will be released to the public on August 1st when we launch our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book!)   Let me do the math for you  . . .  that is almost 75% off the regular price!   Are you kidding me!?!?  

You choose your kit based on your primary interests: scrapbooking or cardmaking.

So what exactly does it mean to be a member of my CTMH team?   Well - that is totally up to you!   Maybe you are a hobbyist who loves CTMH products and simply want to buy your supplies at a discount.   Maybe you & your friends get together regularly to craft and you'd like to start a CTMH workshop club.    Maybe you are interested in earning a little extra money and think that turning your favourite hobby into a business would be a great idea.    Whatever the reason for your interest in this deal - there is a place for you on my team!   

Want more info?  I've got you covered:

Find out what is included in each of the Starter Kits HERE.

Read my Frequently Asked Questions on becoming a Team Member HERE.

Want to hear what CTMH has to say about joining?  Check out their super informative video presentations HERE.   

Still have questions - send me an EMAIL!   I'm happy to chat with you!   

Ready to sign up?   (I'm telling you - getting this box of goodies on your doorstep is better than Christmas morning!!)     Join my team HERE.   

CTMH Convention 2014 Recap

What a great week in Anaheim for this year's CTMH Convention!   So much fun, as always!   I've had a week to process all the information and ideas & my head is still spinning!   So much creative inspiration.   As most of my blog readers know - I have had a bit of a creative hiatus this spring while recovering from major surgery . . . well, Convention was exactly what I was needed to get the creative juices flowing again.    So - watch for new artwork very soon.   In the meantime - here are a few random photo highlights from Disneyland:

This year's Convention theme: The Artistic Adventure
All dressed up for the Awards Banquet with one of my CTMH teammates & good friend, Brandy.
The amazing CTMH Executive team at Awards night - Kristine, Brian and Monica.
I loved this year's classes - both business & creative!   So many great presenters & ideas.
Our fabulous accommodations - the Disneyland Hotel.
Happiest Place on Earth!
View from our hotel room - Downtown Disney.
A fun evening with Brandy and Susan. 
Enjoying the excitement of general session with friends Julie, Melanie, and Brandy.
Love staying at the Disneyland Hotel!  
Always a highlight of Convention - Q&A session with CTMH CEO Jeanette Lynton.
One of my favourite CTMH bloggers - Fancy Melissa.   We met at my first Convention 5 years ago in Washington DC & it is always great to see her!   
Me & Mickey
Team meet-up - two fantastic ladies - one of my uplines Pam and teammate Brandy.
CTMH through the years - we celebrated 30 years of business this year.
My favourite part of this year's Convention was having FOUR great ladies from my Creative Canadians team there as well!   Here I am with Gillian, France, Sherry, and Lorna.  From all accounts, they had as much fun at Convention as I did and will be back again next year :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CTMH Convention & Retiring Items

Wow - what a day!   I have the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book in my hands and let me tell you - it is full of GORGEOUS products and artwork!

You'll have to be patient - it is not released to customers until August 1st!  But let me promise you - it is worth the wait :-)

In the meantime - be sure to stop by my website and check out the list of RETIRING ITEMS - these goodies are all going away forever July 31st (or while supplies last) - so get them before they are gone!

Leadership Day - CTMH Convention 2014!

Fantastic day!! Amazing Leadership Day at CTMH Convention - full of information & inspiration & getting crafty with all new products!   Followed by a fun Greenhearts team meet-up at the Tiki Bar & then dinner out at Rainforest Cafe with friends.      Time for bed  . . . we've got a BIG day tomorrow!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Hey all!! It's been a while!! I'm hanging out in Disneyland this week for CTMH's annual convention & can't wait to share all the excitement! I just spent four perfect days in the theme parks with my family - today is a day of rest, lol - and then looking forward to 4 great days of CTMH fun & excitement! Watch my twitter feed for the most up to date news @carlacreates and I'll try to post daily updates here on the blog and on my FB page 'Carla Creates with CTMH'.   

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Sharing today a Let's Get Sketchy sketch-inspired layout!    My last one as a design team member (at least for a little while).   I've decided to take a break from the responsibilities of a design team.   My real life has been interfering with my crafty life for a while now and I was having trouble keeping up to deadlines, etc.    So for the time being - I'll just be creating for me - and that is OK too!!     I have absolutely loved being a part of the Let's Get Sketchy team - it is a great group of girls and Brenshevia is fantastic to 'work' for!   I hope to return there at some point when I get my life back in order :-)   I do love their sketches so I'll be playing along as a participant when I can in the meantime!   

And now for the sketch & my page.   This layout I'm sharing features the super fun Free to Be Me collection from CTMH.    This fun kit is available only until May 31st!!   Just $5 for the whole kit with purchases of $50 or more during May!   (Run - get yours now before it's gone!)

And here is the sketch:

Materials Used:
CTMH White Daisy & Juniper Cardstock
CTMH Sunset Ribbon
CTMH ink - Juniper
CTMH stamp set "Feathers" (my new fave!  Love this set)
Wood Veneer Alpha - Studio Calico

This is a great sketch with lots of the white space that I adore on my pages!   

Thanks for stopping by!  I feel very disconnected from my crafty world lately - I haven't had time to read or follow my favourite blogs in ages!!  One day soon, my friends!!   

Take care,


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