Sunday, March 25, 2012

Another Easter Egg Pedestal Holder

Please have a look and leave a comment for my daughter, Shandel Bombay. Although 2 hours away from me, she took up the challenge and made her own version of the Easter Egg Pedestal Holder. What talented daughters I have!

Gift Card Holder

So I took the creative leap and redesigned the egg holder into a gift card holder. Please comment and let me know what you think. As an added incentive, when I get 5 comments to this post I will post the instructions!

Imagine to look on your recipient's face when you present your gift card in this holder. What fun!!

Laundry Day Egg Holders

So today was laundry day! If you're like me you avoid it until you run out of the necessary under clothing. By that time, you need a laundromat to get everything washed and dried. Well, I don't go to the laundromat - I head to the basement with my 8 baskets and settle in for the long haul! It takes a long time for that many loads so I head to my scrap room and spend time crafting between buzzers.

Today's project was some snazzy Easter egg holders. My daughter, Miranda Moreno ran into me at the mall while I was on a supply run and decided to try her hand at them as well. Here are her 2 creations. Not bad for a beginner! Please leave a comment for her before you leave.

I went for a more spring feel to mine and used some papers from the retired paper pack Cherry O.

Here is the holder with the top open and the Smartie-filled egg saying EAT ME!!! Alas, these 2 treats are a surprise treat for 2 amazing co-workers at my new job who have made me feel like I've always belonged.

I am not the designer of this project. I found the original instructions on Kim Score's blog at

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What is a Workshop On The Go?

A Workshop On The Go (WOTG) is a kit that includes the paper packet and all the products you need to make a two page layout PLUS enough material left over to make bonus projects.

When I teach the workshops, I provide the essential tools and patient instruction You bring your basic tool kit and your excitement! You are more than welcome to bring along any essentials you already have or you can order these as well from me. Contact me for the full listing of the essentials. Both Lucy and Pemberley require the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to complete these workshops. I provide the Cricut machine and cartridge when you book your workshop. **Please note: These 2 workshops will require extra time as I only have one machine.**

Tonight I will walk you through each WOTG - it's contents, the featured project and what the bonus projects are. The bonus layouts require using one of CTMH's fabulous How-to Program Books for the pattern. Those are only available while supplies last so get yours before they are gone!! The bonus projects require a few extras outside of the WOTG to complete.

There are 8 new paper packets in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book.  Each paper packet can also be purchased as a WOTG package. This is where the fun begins!!

Stella WOTG

Stella WOTG Kit includes:
Stella Paper Packet
My Acrylix® Stella Workshop Stamp Set
 Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets) 
 Bohemian Assortment 
 Dimensional Elements Hearts 
 Instructional Guide 

Bonus Projects:
2 page layout
Imagine: Powerful Trio
5 - 3 1/2" x 8" Cards
Colonial White Die Cut Cards & Envelopes - Z1738
Clear Sparkles - Z1104

Pemberley WOTG

Pemberley WOTG Kit includes:
Pemberley Paper Packet
 My Acrylix® Pemberley Workshop Stamp Set
 Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets)
 Bouquet Assortment 
 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems 
 Instructional Guide 
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout
Magic: Transfigure
5 - Cricut Cards
 Light Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack  X5913
Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes  Z1718
Lucy WOTG Kit includes:
Lucy Paper Packet
 My Acrylix® Lucy Workshop Stamp Set
 Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets)
Lucy Complements Glittery Rub-Ons
 Bitty Sparkles
 Instructional Guide 
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout
Magic: Trap Door
Cricut Banner
Bitty Buds Assortment  Z1690
My Creations Mini Banner  Z1736
Florentine WOTG
Florentine WOTG Kit includes:
Florentine Paper Packet
My Acrylix® Florentine Workshop Stamp Set
Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets)
 Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
Instructional Guide
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout 
Magic: Mystify
5 - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Cards
White Daisy Die Cut Cards & Envelopes  Z1473
Pewter Badge Buttons  Z1704

Footloose WOTG 
Footloose WOTG Kit includes:
Footloose Paper Packet
 My Acrylix® Footloose Workshop Stamp Set
 White Daisy Cardstock (2 sheets)
 Wooden Badge Buttons
Instructional Guide
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout 
Reflections: Main Frame-Charmed and  Bottom Border-Title

Mini Album
6 x 6 My Creations Memory Showcase  Z1195
Footloose Compliments Dimensional Elements  X7151C

Cruisin WOTG 
Cruisin’ WOTG Kit includes:
Cruisin’ Paper Packet
 My Acrylix® Cruisin’ Workshop Stamp Set
White Daisy Cardstock (2 sheets)
Bottle Caps 
 Dimensional Elements Numbers 
 Instructional Guide 
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout 
Magic: Enchantment

Mini Album
My Creations Bookmark Album  Z1740
Cruisin Compliments Silver Foil Images  Z7154C

Victory WOTG 
Victory WOTG Kit includes:
Victory Paper Packet 
 My Acrylix® Victory Workshop Stamp Set
 Colonial White Cardstock (2 sheets) 
 Durables Square Studs 
 Natural Hemp 
 Instructional Guide 
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout 
Magic:Top Hat

5 - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Cards
 Dark Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack  Z5912
Color-Ready Everygreen Cork Shapes  Z1719

Superhero WOTG 
Superhero WOTG Kit includes:
Superhero Paper Packet 
 My Acrylix® Superhero Workshop Stamp Set
 White Daisy Cardstock (2 sheets) 
 Comic Badge Buttons Assortment 
 Dimensional Elements Stars 
 Instructional Guide 
Bonus Projects:
2 page layout
Imagine: Memoirs Complete
Party Favors
My Creations Milk Carton  Z1739
Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment  Z1707


Sunday, March 18, 2012

How to Make WOTG's Your Own featuring "Stella"

As soon as I got my box of goodies unpacked I dug into this Workshop on the Go and had to create a special page commemorating my reunion with my wonderful niece and her growing family. The cool thing about this particular layout is that Stella is my mom's name so this makes this creation a truly family piece.

The wonderful thing about creating a WOTG layout is that there are no rules. If you need to change elements to make certain pictures fit go right ahead! Here is the picture of the original layout that you get with your WOTG instruction sheet.

I needed to make some changes to use all the pictures that I wanted in my own layout. I needed to add an extra picture so I switched the Lagoon B&T  and Sunset CS around then mounted the photo on top of the Sunset CS. This allowed me to add an extra picture without changing the layout composition

The next change was switching a 4x6 photo for the 2 smaller photos on the top right hand corner. The challenge was to place that size in that space without changing the composition size of the original. I adhered the rest of the elements first so I  could see how much space I had to work with. I sliced the 4x6 photo into strips, making sure that I didn't cut through any faces! The slices of the photo were then adhered with small spaces in between to fill in the space. VIOLA!

This little trick allowed me to use the photo I wanted while still maintaining the original composition. Don't be afraid to cut apart your photos to make them work in your layouts.

The last change I made was to use a different alphabet and make the word fit on the layout. The alphabet change was because I didn't have the set used in the WOTG. Don't panic if this happens to you! I looked through the sets I had on hand and found one that was around the same size. Since mine didn't have the circle around the outside like the original, I added Sunset around the edges using the direct-to-paper method**. This produced a vibrant color around the outside edge mimicking the original design.

Because I had placed a picture in the spot where the original letter placement started, I had to rearrange where I placed my letters.

The last thing I have to do is add my journalling.Normally, I don't use my own handwriting but because this layout is about a momentous event in my life I want to include it for future generations to see.

Remember, the WOTG layout is just a starting point for your creativity. Make changes where you need to make these "one-size-fits-all" instructions truly your own.

** Direct-to Paper Method:  Use your inkpad directly on the paper. For the round letters above, I ran the circles right on top of the inkpad to transfer the ink to the edge. Moving the paper instead of the inkpad allowed me to make an even edge. The more times you make contact, the more vibrant the color will be.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Consultant Kit Haul!!

Ok people, I'm going to share the wonderful box that arrived at my door a few days ago. You could enjoy the same by taking advantage of the March sign up special. Look at EVERYTHING you get!!

Are you feeling the excitement? Can you just feel the thrill rising up in you knowing that you are looking at just the tiniest of the goodies this wonderful box holds? 

TADA!!! Here is the basic Consultant Kit spread out in all it's glorious wonder.
CTMH has one of the most GENEROUS sign up kits going. 
Besides having all of your business needs, this box contains a TON of product.

I chose to buy 2 of the 3 available add-ons as well. I'm a traditional crafter so I had to take advantage of the extra products. The third add-on is a Studio J package. If you love online scrap booking, definitely add this to your start up kit.

The March 2012 Sign Up Special is an AWESOME value. On top of the basic kit you also get the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection FREE. Below is a picture of that that collection includes. 

This collection sells for $99 but you get if FREE if you sign up as a consultant this month.

If you are like me, and already have this collection, you can choose $100 select product credit instead. That is what I did and my products are almost at my door. Come back in a day or two to check out the items I chose with my credit.

Looking at all the product that you get, don't hesitate to get yours today! Whether you want to start a new business or you want to build up your supplies this deal is not to missed. Here is how to get yours:

  • Click on my shopping cart. This will take you to my online shopping site.
  • Click on the "Opportunites" drop down at the top of the page.
  • Click on "Be A Consultant". This page shows and lists all the goodies.
  • Click on "Let's Get Started"
  • Complete the form and submit your payment.
  • Await the arrival of your goodie box!!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Re-Signed With Close To My Heart

After a long hiatus, I have signed up as a consultant once again with Close To My Heart.  
Come back often as I'm going to be making updates to my much ignored blog!

First let's catch you up with all the current specials


Aren't these designs just GORGEOUS!!!!
Remember, the SOTM is only available in the current month.
Get Yours TODAY!

Stella Workshop On The Go is Featured this Month at $29.95

Email me for all the details on how you can get started today!