Category Archives: Classes & Events

Scrapbooking Crop

Scrap Garden Crops

May is National Scrapbooking Month.  The perfect time to either host or attend a scrapbooking crop!  For the last several years, I’ve hosted a crop with some other CTMH Consultants both in November (a great time to prepare holiday cards and/or get a jump start on your holiday layouts) and one in May.  This May was no different.

Cricut Artistry Straw Cup

While our group was smaller this time, we had an amazing time together.  I think it may have been one of my favorites to date in fact!  I found some fun glitter straw cups at my local Dollar Tree (pretty much bought them out!) and thought these would be perfect to decorate with some vinyl and give to each attendee.  I used CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection for this fun “Scrap Happy” sentiment.  I cut it out in both a Teal and Silver Metallic Vinyl.  I really love how they turned out; so did the attendees!  It was awesome seeing the ladies use their cups all day. =)

Scrapbooking Crop Bingo

I also made up some Bingo cards for those who wanted to give themselves a focus/challenge throughout the day.  It was completely optional, but I think everyone played in some capacity.

Scrapbook Crop Bingo Containers

And to help everyone out, I gave each attendee a little container full of most of the items that they needed for their Bingo card.  All they needed to do was figure out how they could use the items on their projects to mark off that square!

If you missed joining us this past weekend, never fear, another Crop will be coming your way in November!

And if you can’t wait for a fun event, join us for our Paper Party next month–Saturday, June 10th!   We’ll be creating cards, boxes and gift card holders all with the *NEW* CTMH Papers from the recently released Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog.

For more information about our Paper Party, see my list of CTMH Events.

XOXO Valentine’s Card

XOXO Valentine's Card

It’s just a little under a week until Valentine’s Day. Last week, I shared this card idea as one that is quick and easy with Close To My Heart’s *NEW* XOXO Thin Cuts die.

XOXO  Thin Cuts Die

This was one of my card designs for my monthly Card Buffet Class.  These classes are all about getting cards done quick!  And you get to choose the designs you like and create as many as you like as the class is a per card fee.

Altered XOXO Valentine Card

I always love how people tweak card designs and make them their own.  One of the gals who attended on Sunday made 2 small alterations which made for a great new look.

Since our papers are 2-sided, she changed up the color pattern by having 2 of the red papers with the blue panel in the middle (the reverse of my sample.) Plus, she added the fun heart and Bitty Sparkles embellishments to the middle panel going horizontal rather than vertical as I did in the sample.  I love it!

Another Altered XOXO Valentine Card

So I decided to not only make a sample like hers, but I tried the same design with the embellishments in the center panel with my original paper pattern.  I love it, too!

I’d love to know which design you like best.  The original?  The 1st alteration?  Or the 2nd alteration?  Or maybe all!?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Crazy for Cards Event

Thanks Oodles Card

This past Saturday, we held our Annual Crazy for Cards Event.  This event is a wonderful way to get exposure to many different styles of cards, techniques and fold styles.  This year we created 9 different standard sized cards along with 9 mini cards.

We had 3 instructors who each designed 4 projects and 34 ladies registered.  It was an all day extravaganza of card making FUN!

Here are the projects we did:

Congrats Double Dutch Card

Card #1

This is a Double Dutch Fold Card which focused on embossing and coloring with alcohol markers.  I love how the embossed look not only gives more dimension, but also helps you stay in the lines easier when coloring. =) And you just can’t go wrong with our Foil Tape!

Donut Window Card w/ Belly Band

Open Donut Window Card

Card #2

This card focused on using our Sugar Rush Thin Cuts to not only cut out the donut and it’s coordinating glaze/sprinkles, but also the window for the card base.  I love how beautiful the Sugar Rush Dots are–so much sparkle to them! Continue reading

Crop ‘Til You Drop

Crop November 2016

This past Saturday we held our Semi-Annual Crop.  I always forget to take photos to document the festivities even though every time I always tell myself I need to remember.  Well, this time I managed to remember (not right away, but I did remember!)

November 2016 Crop

We hosted it at a new location because for the first time since we started hosting the crops 5 or 6 years ago, our location double booked us (insert sad face here!)

The good news is that our new location turned out to have many benefits (closer parking–which means less distance to haul everything in, nicer kitchen facilities for our lunch, the ability to have product on hand to sell, etc.)


I made up some fun Mini Coffee Cups full of ribbons and embellishments to provide challenges to attendees who wanted to earn extra tickets into our prize drawing.  No matter how you decorate these Mini Coffee Cups, they are always simply adorable!! Continue reading

Bokeh Technique Cards

Bokeh Make a Wish Card

Don’t you just love the look of the Bokeh Technique?  It’s not only pretty to look at, but fun to do!

Bokeh Make a Wish Closeup

What is the Bokeh Technique? In photography, it’s when the lens blurs the background. For card making, we can mimic that blurry background look to add the illusion of depth. (Need a more in-depth answer? The Wikipedia entry on the Bokeh Technique is a good resource, although it’s all about photography)

Bokeh You're the Bomb Card Even my 8-year-old daughter wanted to make one.  So if she can do it, you know you can, too!  Here’s what she came up with using the technique.

She used the current Operation Smile Stamp SetYou’re the Bomb. Every time you purchase this set, $3 is donated to Operation Smile.  Pretty awesome, right?

This is a technique I will be teaching at this month’s Stamp Club as well as Stamping on Saturday.  If you’d like to come learn how to do this Bokeh Technique, be sure to RSVP today.

Crazy for Cards Event

Love Ya Silly Valentine Card

This event is over, but we had a great time! Stay tuned for future events, and check out my upcoming events on my calendar.


If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you don’t want to miss our Annual Crazy for Cards Event!  There is still 1 week left to register for the event.  You’ll get the opportunity to make 12 different cards along with a few extra surprises.  You’ll learn tips and techniques and also be served lunch.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on your cards so you’re ready for any occasion this year!

Inside Love Ya Silly Valentine Card

To learn more and to register, click HERE.

Crazy for Cards Summer Edition

Enjoy the Little Things Card


Does creating handmade cards make you smile? Yes? Me too!

Here’s a simple card to make someone else smile.

Holiday Extravaganza

Cricut Art Philosophy Box

I made this gift box at my annual Holiday Extravaganza class. We tackled 3 holidays in one day…Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love the stars on this project, and the colors compliment each other perfectly.