Monday, December 31, 2012

Artiste Purse Bag

Here is a simple gift idea or party favor using the Artiste Cartridge and Avonlea Papers!


For the purse, I used the shape on pg. 32 of the Artiste Cartridge - (3D Object). Here it is open - it has a cute little pocket to put a card/gift inside and has a fold over clasp to hold it together when closed. NO adhesive is required to hold this one together!

The "thanks" sentiment can be found on pg. 65 of the Artiste cartridge . I used the Avonlea Off-White cardstock and our Bonding Memories glue pen and Prisma Glitter to give it some sparkle! I used Slate cardstock for the background shape on pg. 62 and lightly sanded the edges.

I added a bow made from our elegant Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon and one of our Rhinestone Designer Brads! You will definitely want some of this ribbon - and the Rhinestone Brads are retiring! They are only available through January 31st - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Be sure to grab them before they are gone!

And did you know you can get one of our Bonding Memories Glue Pens FREE with an online order of $50 or more in December? Today is the last day - be sure to place your order before midnight tonight to qualify.
 You will ALSO qualify for our stamp of the month for only $5 (a $17.95 value) AND our super cute Whoo's Your Valentine Kit for only $10 (a $40 value)! Click here to start shopping!

I'll be back with more artwork tomorrow!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Avonlea Thanks Cards

I thought it would be fun to share some cards made with the Artiste cartridge and Avonlea papers.

The Avonlea paper packet is one of three in our Autumn/Winter Idea Book that features "off-palette" colors. In other words, there are cardstock and B&T paper colors that can only be found in this paper pack! This includes:
Avonlea Off-White
Avonlea Teal
Avonlea Green

So if you want additional cardstock in these colors, you simply need to order another paper packet! I'm certain you will want to stock up because this is such a beautiful and versatile paper packet! Over the next week, I am going to share some artwork I created for our convention to introduce this paper packet back in the summer. Here are some card examples.

I used the card on pg. 65 of the Artiste handbook and scored the bottom so it could stand up! Finished size is 6" x 5" (not scored is 6.5" x 5"). The bottom flap folds up to tuck into a half-circle cut out which is hidden underneath the flower.

I used some of the Avonlea coordinating Canvas Shapes with some 3-D foam tape and inked the edges with a little bit of Slate ink.

Here is the card open:

Here is another version with the Avonlea Papers using the Avonlea Teal B&T paper:

I added flowers from the Artiste cartridge pg. 44 - Accent2 - using Creme Brulee cardstock and Avonlea Off-White cardstock with a little added bling!

Here is the card opened:

I am IN LOVE with this Avonlea paper! You can do so many different things with it! And the Artiste Cartridge has ENDLESS inspiration! Have you used the Avonlea papers yet? If not, click here to get yours today!

I'll have more artwork to share tomorrow!

Random Stamping Technique!

Here is the latest video in the Clearly The Best series.

Can't see the video above? Click here to view in YouTube.

I LOVE the artwork in this video. It's so easy to create backgrounds that are color and theme specific to your project with this technique - or to add a subtle special touch!

Click on the image below to select your perfect stamp set and coordinating inks to use this technique on your own projects!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Generation Stamping Techniques!

Many of you who have attended my clubs or workshops have used generation stamping! Such a great technique to remember - especially if you are limited to ink colors!


Watch this video to see more! (If you can't see the above video - click here to view it.)

Want to order stamps, inks, blocks or one of our Cricut Collections to try your hand at this technique and more? Click here to start shopping! Be sure to check out the "While Supplies Last" section to find great deals on clearance items! And don't forget, with just a $35 order, you will qualify for the adorable Whoo's Your Valentine Kit - a $40 value for only $10! And a $50 order will qualify you to receive the versatile stamp of the month - Year Round Cheer - for only $5 PLUS a free Bonding Memories Glue Pen!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Year Round Cheer Cards

This month's stamp of the month is so versatile! Images and greetings for each month of the year!


This stamp set can be yours for only $5 this month only with a purchase of $50 or more!
On my website, you can get step-by-step instructions to complete the projects below using this stamp set! Just click here!
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Aren't these cards adorable?

I've recently discovered these really cool Swing Cards on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge on pg. 52 of the booklet. I chose one of them and cut 12 (one for each month) and created a card for each month using the Year Round Cheer Stamp set! I added the matted bracket shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge. The black cardstock is perfect to use our silver metallic marker or chalk marker!





This card set will be one of the giveaways at my crop at Stonewall in January. Are you registered? Contact me if you want more information!

I'm off to play some more with different swing cards!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Whoo's Your Valentine Kit Contents

Here is a short video to show you what is included in the Whoo's Your Valentine Kit!


Can't see the video above? Click here to watch in YouTube.

Want to get your kit shipped out to you today? Place a $35 order on my website and you will be able to add the kit for only $10!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Whoo's Your Valentine kit!

January is National Papercrafting Month - and we are starting the celebration EARLY!

 Beginning today, when you purchase $35, you qualify for this adorable kit of 12 treats for only $10! The kit contents are valued at $40 - so that is a GREAT deal!

Here is what is included:
12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy) 
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy) 
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013! 
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013! 
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

The glitter paper is so much fun to work with! And you can fill your treat tubes with anything! And use them for any theme! Easter, Birthday, Graduation, TGIF!

I made 6 valentine treats first:
I added a bow to the top from the Artiste cartridge (pg. 55) and filled 3 of them with Hershey Kisses!

I filled 3 more with SweetTarts! LOVE this glitter paper - I covered the tops of the boxes and tubes with it!


Then with the 6 remaining treats I decided to fill them with mini MandMs and Skittles with primary colors for a birthday or anytime treat! (I covered the Ruby boxes with white cardstock.)

You can do ANY theme with this kit! Cute, huh?

Contact me to place your qualifying order of $35 to get this $40 kit for ONLY $10!
(This offer is available through January 31, 2013 - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!)

Or click below to start shopping now!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Everyday Embellishing!

It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let me show you how! 


 This Merry and Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle! 

 Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones. 

 The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!

 If you haven’t had a chance to scrapbook your Halloween photos yet, here’s a great idea for a spooky page. The Haunted assortment with its cute skull brads, spider badge buttons, and more, is the perfect go-to for scary Halloween memories. It also coordinates nicely with the Moonlight paper packet and Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements. 

 Tell your story with papers and accents that complement your unique tale. The Memo assortment’s little note tags are great for embellishing and journaling all in one, and the tiny epoxy numbers mimic old typewriter keys. Pair the Memo assortment with our Scholastic paper packet and My Stickease® assortment for your school-themed memories and more! 

 This elegant layout is tied together by antique elements from the Baroque assortment, Avonlea Complements canvas shapes, and the beautiful Avonlea papers. Add a timeless quality to your memories with graceful keys, broaches, and buttons from the Baroque assortment. 

 Whatever your project, embellishing will bring your artwork to life.
Find these embellishments and more on my website by clicking the image below!

Monogram Stamps - A Personal Touch

I ADORE our new Monogram stamps - there are so many ways to use them! Even just a single monogram stamp is a great personal gift at only $2.95 each!

Watch this video to see some great ideas for using these stamps!


If you can't see the video above, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Do you have your own monogram stamp set? I have the entire alphabet so I can personalize any gift! 

There is still time to order these beauties for Christmas!
Click on the image below to order today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Are you ready to Rock and Roll?

Check out this super easy and fun way to rock and roll with our stamps and inks to create unique and dimensional artwork!

Can't see the video above? Click here to watch on YouTube.

Now YOU can be a Rock and Roll star in your own craft room! Rock On! :o)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More Clearance Stamps!

I've just added some NEW and USED stamp sets to my clearance site! Used stamps are only $5!! New stamps are only $10!! Here are just a few...



Special buy: 8 1/2" x 11" slightly used stamp set is only $10!

Click here to start shopping! If you are local, I'll deliver for FREE! If you are long distance, postage is extra.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Perfect Fit Party Favors!

I love our Pefect Fit stamp sets and how they coordinate with each other! Here is an adorable project made using the Artiste Cricut cartridge and the Perfect Fit stamp sets. All you need the paper of your choice!

Can't see the video above? Click here to play it in YouTube.

To see the products featured in this video, click below.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Retiring Items - get them before they are gone!

Our current Idea Book has products available through the end of January. And while we are excited about new Spring products coming out in February, there are some current favorites that will retire and be no longer available after January 31st. However, if supplies run out between now and then, they are gone for good. With that in mind, I wanted you to be aware of what is retiring. If there is anything on this list that you MUST have, you will want to order it now before it is gone for good!

You can enter the item number on my website here to see pictures of each product and add them to your cart if you choose to. Be sure to join my December Open Party when shopping or checking out. 

2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List

Item#   Description                     Idea Book Page No.
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment  127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers  131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet  130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet  130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates  126
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment  128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment  128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection  126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection 124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons  130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons  126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet  38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit  41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65

Retiring Stamps in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

Item#    Stamp name
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114

Contact me if you have any questions! Happy shopping!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Stonewall Resort Crop Update


I recently drove to Stonewall Resort to personally check out our cropping space. I received a FREE room for the night - what a treat! Plus they delivered a fruit and cheese tray to our room! What a special treat!! I took my husband with me and we had dinner in the Stillwater's dining room. It was delicious and so relaxing. Afterward we went out by the fire pit for a while - it was so warm and wonderful! I even got to check out the fitness room! I just love getting away - good food, a little exercise, and you don't have to make the bed!

The next day I toured the conference center and got to see the grand ballroom as well as other conference spaces. We will either be in the ballroom or another section with one cropping room and one workshop room. Either way - we will have plenty of room! I'm really excited about this place!

I hope you can join me! There is still time to register! 
(for more info about the hotel click here)

Here are the details:
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3:00pm - Sunday, January 13, 2013 - noon
Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV
$100 Crop Fee (Lunch/Dinner and hotel rooms on your own)

Here is what you get:
  • Your own personal 6'-8' rectangular table
  • Free Wireless internet access in the conference room
  • Beverage Service Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm,
  • Continental Breakfast Break Saturday 7:30am - 11:00am
  • Beverage Service Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Continental Breakfast Break Sunday 7:30am - 11:00am
  • Access to Cash and Carry supplies, workshops, prizes, and tons of fun!


To sweeten the deal, everyone who pays in full by the end of December will receive $20 in crop cash and one lucky person will receive a FREE Hobo Pack! It's a complete smore kit (sold in the TJ Muskie's Lounge) to use at the fire pit and makes enough smores to serve 4 people or more!


The fire pit operates year round - except with high winds or rain. It will make a nice little break to enjoy a warm drink after dinner or to take a break at anytime during the day!

Time is running out to reserve your hotel room! I have a block of rooms being held for us until December 12th! After that date, they will release the rooms to the general public. So be sure to reserve your room no NO LATER than 12/12 and be sure to mention that you are with the Creating With Christine group to get the fantastic rate of only $79!

I've got another special deal for you! If you refer a friend who is not currently registered as of today BOTH of you will receive $20 in Crop Cash! Refer 2 friends and get $40! Bring a group of 5 friends and get $100 in crop cash! The more - the merrier!

So let's break those mid-winter blues by getting away to an award winning luxury resort for a weekend with good friends - old and new - good food, lots of fun, and paper crafting galore!

Coming Soon....sign up for the Cricut Craft Room workshop and project, card workshop, and others. Stay tuned...