Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alert- ONLINE EZ Invite order OPEN

It's time to get your Christmas cards made so what could be easier than using one these kits! Each kit will make 5 each of these 3 cards:
Handmade Christmas Cards- CTMH Ccard workshop
To order, click on the shopping cart then click on Card workshop EZ Invite link in the lower right corner and order the Pear and Partridge CARD workshop on the go (item G1043).  You will need your own adhesive and paper trimmer to prepare these. They are available in online ordering too. You will aslo use the followiing ink pads: cocoa, olive, cranberry. You need those colors to use with the inluded stamp set. You will also need acrilyx blocks to place your stamps on. The are in the online shopping as well. If you schedule a workshop with me.....you can use my stamp pads, blocks and cleaner so you wont have to order them.

These cards are so much fun and I will teach you the following techniques in a workshop: 
Random stamping
Second generation stamping
Masking for a two color stamp
Sponge distressing

Now is also the time to put your wish list together for your hubby, family and friends. Let me know you need a catalog by messaging me in an email. I will wrap and create a hand made tag for all holiday orders! Sweet!

In closing, I just want to say that I am so grateful to such wonderful customers and friends that I have met through CTMH. I wish you all a blessed Thankgiving. Enjoy the fall!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Harvest Banner

I made the Harvest Banner that is shown in the Fall/Winter idea book using the Cricut Artiste cartridge. I love this cartridge! How did I EVER craft without my Cricut? 

I cut the banner at 4 inches, the zigzag border at 1/4" and the letters at 2 inches. I did hand cut the leaves stamped from my favorite stamp set .......I love the little acorns! I colored them using our new alcohol markers. I tied it together with natural hemp and a little burlap ribbon on the ends. It found the perfect home on my mantle. 

All products used are CTMH. Enjoy!
Harvest Banner using the CTMH  Cricut Artiste cartridge

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bucket list goal met!

I wanted to take a moment and share my excitement about meeting another big goal....cycling 25 miles! The first half was cake but the return was into 18mph headwinds and was  BRUTAL. As I sit here this afternoon sipping a celebratory glass of wine, I reflect back on my first athletic season in 40 years.....my 60th year. I have completed 3 sprint triathlons, Warrior Dash, Color me Rad 5k, Dirty Girl mud run, Trek 25 mile breast cancer ride, Corporate cup 5k and scheduled for Goat and Gobbler 10 mile run in November. Despite battling multiple injuries, my age and my weight- I DID IT! That is amazing to me.....hope my next season in 2013 will be even better as I lose weight and get stronger. We can accomplish more than we imagine if we just put our mind to it and keep moving forward, no matter how slow! I have also met some of the most inspirational and supportive people in Team Nebraska Triathlon, Women Who Tri and Omaha Endurance Group. I could not have done this without them!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October EZ invite order closes 10/14

Hi all! I have a group order going in Sunday evening. If you need any supplies or holiday gifts and want to order anything now........go to my shopping cart and in the lower right side of the page it will have a link to online shopping. Anything you order on the EZ invite will ship directly to you! I love that since so many of us are all over the country. This would be a great time to get your holiday cards done using the Pear and Partridge Card workshop....it contains pretty much everything you need to create beautiful cards, envelopes included. All you need outside of the kit is your preferred color of ink pad, a block for your stamps, adhesive of your choice and your paper trimmer. If you need any of these items, just order them at the same time. New to stamping? You will also want a stamp spritz cleaner and scrubber to cleanse your stamps.  Any questions......just comment below or shoot me an email. I am going to be making the Avonlea Card workshop Sunday and making some Halloween items with the new Cricut Artiste cartridge....also available for order. YES I AM SHAMELESS!
Don't judge me. :) 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Follow me

First of all a huge thank you for stopping by my blog and checking it out. If you stop by and like what you see, could you help me grow my stalkers, er followers?  Just click on the blue JOIN THIS SITE icon by the followers section on the right. I will not email or contact you with updates. If you do want email updates then just sign up under the follow by email section instead.  My goal is to hit 50 stalkers/followers by January 1st  but I need your help to get there. If you have a blog, comment me and leave your blog URL and I will follow you too! 

As followers, what would you like see regularly? Studio J digital layouts? Cards? Scrapbook layouts?  Random crafts? Little bit o everything? What do enjoy in a blog? More info on techniques or artwork for inspiration? Now is your chance to tell me what you like and want. Would you like to win some blog candy? Leave a comment or or email me......I value your feedback! Thanks! 

Let's see if anyone notices this. Blog candy to some lucky follower once I hit 25 followers! It could be you! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DIY iPhone Bling!

Here's a use for your extra paper and flatter type embellies .........individualize your iPhone! These are paper inserts that fit inside a clear phone case. Change it out for each holiday, your mood, great for sports fans, school colors, your imagination is the limit! Here is a fun insert I made for Halloween.....out of scraps no less! What a great way to easily ID your phone from all the billions out there and put your own stamp on uniqueness on it. I make these on request and personalize. Just email me or leave me your contact info in the comments if you would like one for yourself or for gifts.  Making something useful AND fun........win win!
Cute IPhone Cover Inserts! Yes! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I LOVE Halloween and decorating for it and the fall. Here is my latest adventure in creativity- POLKA DOT white pumpkins and glittery spider web pumpkins!  I created a stencil using my Close To My Heart circle punch then I stenciled dots using black metallic acrylic paint. I wanted black glitter but this looks great. I used black glitter glue to freehand the spider webs on the small pumpkins then used a dowel to skewer the two pumpkins on top of each other and girlified them with pretty bows and ribbons. Eek! Watch out for those purple glittery spiders.....love them! So this is what I created today and I am pretty full of myself right now. 
My spotted, monogrammed and webbed pumpkin towers. 
Here is a shot of my front porch.....well, just the entry. More pics on my Facebook page.

Happy Octoberrrrrrrrr!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FREE Studio J layout Special!

Yippee! If you have not dipped your toes into the digital scrapbooking pond (Studio J) then now is the time to dive in!  Now I love traditional scrapping and a few years ago I would never have considered digital BUT  with Studio J, I have found comfort and happiness in both traditional and digital scrapping worlds. I love the SPEED that I can create layouts in Studio J and have been doing all my sporting events and race photos digitally while my memories and journaling are fresh. Now with Express Layouts it's even easier....simply drag my uploaded pics into the photo wells and add journaling...BAM! DONE! No mess, no scraps, no inky fingers......because sometimes I like to roll that way! 
Here's the details.....just click on the Studio J icon or tab to get started. Be warned........you will get sucked in! I have 4 layouts done already!
Dates: October 1, 2012 – October 31, 2012
Featured Product: Custom-printed Studio J® layouts
Who can participate: Everyone!
Details: Buy 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts, get the 10th free. (Limit of 4 free layouts per order.)

  • What is the item number for the free layout?   No special item numbers are required. Just add 10 or more layouts to your cart and you’ll automatically receive every 10th layout free!
  • What is included with the free layout?  Your custom-printed two-page layout as well as the accompanying free JPG file are included with your free layout
  • Are JPG files included in this campaign? Purchasing stand-alone JPG files will not help you qualify for this campaign as the campaign only includes custom-printed layouts. You do receive free JPG files of your free, custom-printed layout.
  • Will tax be charged on this promotion? No tax is assessed on the free layout.
  • Will shipping/handling be charged on this promotion? Shipping/handling rates will not change with this promotion. One box will hold 50 layouts. Shipping will be charged per box regardless if the box contains free layouts or not.
  • How many promotional layouts can each Studio J user receive? You can receive up to 4 free layouts per order (with 36 paid layouts).
  • How do I order the free layout?  It’s all automatic. Just add 10 or more layouts to your cart and you’ll automatically receive the 10th layout free!
Let me know if you have questions or need any help with using Studio J. Have fun!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Quick Card- Shell

I was down in the studio tonight working on a couple projects and sipping some wine when I decided to make a quick card with my scraps. Those who know me understand I do not waste anything! I stamped the quick card shell stamp on 3x3 white daisy, matted it on desert sand and used a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card base with bamboo. Yes, I am using my scraps from the last card I made and  my other projects. The ink on the stamp is our pigment inks: Indian corn blue, slate and champagne. I popped the matted image up on 3d foam tape and used our brown striped ribbon for an extra touch. Very simple.....honestly, I think it took 10 minutes to make. It's the first time I have used the quick card stamps and I am hooked now! I hope you enjoy!