Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unpacking the 2017 Planner --- you're going to want one!

Today, I'd like to take a closer look at our planner. I have mine and can't believe how much FUN it is while also being FUNctional! At first glance, you'll notice the fun monthly themed coloring pages and you'll understand how FUN it is. However, if you take a closer look you will also see that it is really quite practical if you want to get organized.

When you open your 2017 planner, you will find:
  • A sturdy binder: keep all your papers secure and protected.
  • Customizable 3-ring design: Carry just the months you currently need with you. This also allows you to transition from your 2016 calendar gradually! Have additional information you'd like in your planner? Simply print, punch holes and add to your planner!
  • Zipper pouch with pen loop: Fill with stamps, business cards, a pencil or pen and any other small items you'd like to have handy.
  • Journaling page: Each month starts with a page for your notes.
  • Tab dividers: Find the month easily with the heavy cardstock tabbed divider pages.
  • Monthly calendars: See the entire month at a glance so you are always on top of upcoming activities. There is also a space for notes and thumbnail view of the past and coming months.
  • Weekly spread: Plan your days in detail. There's plenty of room in each day's section for your events and to do lists. There is also a thumbnail view of the current month.
  • Notes Page: Each month ends with a ruled page ready for you to write.
  • Three gold paper clips: Mark the current week or any other important sections in your planner.
Besides all these practical features, it is the prettiest planner I've ever seen. It starts with your choice of a soft Sea Glass or bold Black and White binder.

Inside, you'll find monthly divider pages with unique "adult-coloring" style images with lots of fun detail to color.

Since these pages are heavy, you can choose to use watercolor or markers without fear of the color bleeding through. On the reverse side of the divider is an encouraging sentiment to start the month with. The monthly journaling page includes a partial copy of the coloring graphics. Throughout you will find lots of extra space for doodling, stamping and journaling.

This video will give you a good look at the both the fun and function aspects of the planner. By watching it you will also learn about the various options for coloring in your planner. 

Ready to start 2017 organized? Click here to see all of the planner options>>

Monday, November 28, 2016

Save with the Cyber Monday Cricut Craze!

Guess what? We're having a Cyber Monday Sale! I'm excited to announce one-day only special pricing on our popular Cricut Collections.

TODAY ONLY: Here's a few things to keep in mind:
  • There's no limit to the number of Cricut® collections that you can qualify for at that discounted price—you can get one with every $30 you spend!
  • All our Cricut® collections are included except for the City Sidewalks digital collection. You'll see a full list of available collections on the shopping cart page when your order qualifies for the special.
  • Qualifying purchase must be in full retail product—discounted and clearance items will not help you qualify for this special.
  • Purchases will count toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards (including my club!)
It's simple to save:
1. Go to my shopping website (
2. Choose $30 in regularly priced products for your cart
3. Add one of our Cricut collections at 30% off!

The hard part will be deciding which cartridge to chose!

Flower Market



For more information about each of these collections, go to my CTMH Cricut Resources Page.

Hurry this special is only available for one day. (November, 28, 2016)

Start shopping now>>

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Welcome to the Christmas Season: I RUFF CHRISTMAS!

Now that Thanksgiving is past, it is now officially the Christmas Season! Although this time of year can be hectic and stressful, there is also magic in the air. I really do love ("ruff") Christmastime!

This year, I'm challenging myself to spend more time in the "magic" and less in the stress. This means 
  • simplified gifts
  • baking for fun (without quotas!)
  • listening to the words of favorite Christmas tunes
  • watching Christmas movies with my daughter
  • having more sit down family meals
  • try some new craft techniques
Basically, evaluating everything on my "must do list" and make sure it really is a must do. It is so easy to believe that every good Christmas memory from past years needs to be recreated. Instead, I encourage you to find ways to preserve those memories (need help? I've got ideas) and focus instead on making new ones!

The card above was made using the new City Sidewalks Cricut Collection. Both the dog and the sentiment are on Picture My LIfe Pocket scrapbooking cards. The dog card is proportioned to be a 3" x 4" card and "I Ruff Christmas" is proportioned to be a 4" x 6" card. 

For this fun Christmas card, I hid the black card layers, changed the colors and resized both until they fit together. I love using 3D tape on my projects and for both images I used some to add dimension.

The Christmas lights border at the bottom of the card is also on the City Sidewalks cartridge. 

Remember, this cartridge is only available for Cricut Explore-type machines and will retire on December 31, 2016. To see more artwork I've created or pictures of all of the images, click here.

To get a copy of this Cricut collection for yourself, click here.

Happy Christmas Creating,

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Surprise Stash Bundles are here!

The mystery boxes filled with products at around 50% off are now ready to order. You can choose from various sized boxes and also pick from scrapbooking, cardmaking or combined assortments.

The exact contents is a surprise, but I can give you a few hints:

The SCRAPBOOKING bundles will include things like

  • My Legacy albums
  • Papers
  • Complements
  • Instalife mini-albums & cards
  • Picture My Life pocket scrapbooking cards
  • Mini-medley accents
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers
The CARD-MAKING bundles will include things like:
  • Cut Above card kits
  • Envelopes of various sizes
  • Paper
  • Embellishment
The COMBINED bundles will include things hat would be appropriate for all types of paper crafters. Order a bundle or few for yourself or crafty people on your Christmas list.

Choose the size of box that is right for you:

  • $35  mystery boxes (on average, a $70 value!)
  • $50  mystery boxes (on average, a $90 value!) 
  • $75  mystery boxes (on average, a $140 value!)
  • $115 mystery boxes (on average, a $235 value!) 
  • $150 mystery boxes (on average, a $335 value!)
Remember these deals are only available TODAY (November 25, 2016) and are while supplies last, so go to my website and choose your favorite boxes now!

Before you check out, be sure to look at the other current specials.

(yes, your bundles count toward earning this discounted stamp set!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Announcing: Black Friday Surprise Stash!

Starting Friday at 1 am (CST) and lasting just 24 hours, my shopping website will have special mystery boxes priced at around 50% off retail value!

Do you love getting a great deal on crafting supplies to add to your stash? For Black Friday this year, you’ll have the opportunity to get amazing crafting supplies at an amazing price! For 24 hours only, scrapbooking and card-making mystery boxes filled with retired products will be available at a major discount! These mystery boxes will have five different price points ranging from $35 to $150. These bundles are only be available while supplies last—so grab a box for your stash before they’re gone!

Note that these boxes DO count toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month! In addition, your order can include any of the November specials. Please order directly on my website rather than email me to ensure that you don't miss out on the deal because my availability on Friday will be sketchy. 

Click here to start shopping>>

Note: These bundles do NOT count toward club or other gathering totals.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Elf Movie Card Party is Sunday!

This Sunday (Nov 20) is the long awaited Elf Movie Card Party! At this event, you will enjoy Elf Movie themed decor and snacks, plus make 6 fun Christmas cards with quotes from the movie.

Of course we'll also be listening to Christmas music while we work. It is going to be a really fun afternoon!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

City Sidewalks Snow Globe Card

As we near the middle of November, it's time to get started on Christmas cards! I made the card below with images from the new City Sidewalks Cricut collection.

This card was inspired by my friend Julie's snow globe card that you can see by clicking HERE.

For my card, I used Design Space basic shapes to cut the snow globe (circle) and base (triangle). The remaining images are from City Sidewalks. To make the card more dimensional without getting too thick to mail, I used the thin 3D foam tape. 

The City Sidewalks cartridge has lots of great Christmas images that mix tradition with whimsy. Over the next few days I'll be sharing a few more projects I made that I hope will inspire you.
Here's a look at everything you get on this "virtual" cartridge:

Note that the City Sidewalks is virtual and will only work machines that use Design Space (all variations of the Explore). Also, keep in mind that this "cartridge" is only available through December 31 and you can buy yours on my shopping website

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November News: Specials, Exclusive Items and New Products

It's November and there is a lot of NEWS to share with you!

Read on to learn about:

  • Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle
  • Planners Gonna Plan
  • City Sidewalks Bonus Stamp
  • New Year's Cheer
1. Happy, Happy Christmas Bundle

Get into the holiday spirit by making projects featuring our Happy, Happy Christmas products. This bundle includes an album (ring or post bound) and everything you need to create the five 2-page scrapbooking layouts pictured below. Plus you'll have enough left over for additional home decor projects.

2. Planners Gonna Plan

Our 2017 Planner is here! Order a Sea Glass or Black and White striped binder or just the pages. 

3. City Sidewalks Bonus Stamp

4. New Year's Cheer

Get this stamp set for just $5 when you spend $50. Start shopping now>>