Bliss Wedding Album

 Of course,  once the CTMH 3-ring binder mini-album  retired and the last album sold, my love for it grew into obsession.  Tresa Black is to blame. Had I never seen her tutorials transforming ordinary albums into the EXTRAORDINARY, I wouldn't have rescued mine from the cupboard where they got stashed right after purchase.  Why did I only buy two???

This project was quick - less than 3 hours total time.  Using all of her amazing ideas would have taken longer, but my attention span only stretched to three hours. So I applied a couple of her Fabulously Artsy suggestions, liberally plopped stickers throughout, and sprinkled in lots of love, and best wishes for a long and happy marriage.

I used the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge,
Bliss Paper pack and Stickease
and lots of ribbon, glitter, glue and stuff.  If you want more details, email me and I'll be specific.

I'm off to beg fellow CTMH consultants to sell me their unused binders.

Happy Crafting!


More Layout Options for Typeset Workshop

Here are some more layout options for the August 26th workshop.  These pages used the Typeset Workshop on the Go  and the Typeset Complements Canvas shapes.    Workshops are a wonderful way to preserve your memories, enjoy some fun and creative people, and leave the mess in the studio!

To join us for a workshop and make your own layouts or cards, contact me:, or phone me 509 863 2020. I can help you select the product you need to create the projects you want.  To shop online go here:

To find out more about earning rewards through clubs, go here:       

Happy Crafting!
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Here are the 4 pages available to make for the August 26th workshop:

There are so many changes in the new Close To My Heart idea book.  First there is the weight of the card stock.  It's heavy - perfect for all the three-projects  on the new CTMH Cricut cartridge.  Second - it's two-sided.  Each side has it's own beautiful and unique design.  And third - it's cheaper - only $9.95 per packet.  The packet sizes are perfect for making some layouts and a few projects without a bunch left over.  I think the new size and price is going to be perfect for most crafters and scrapbookers.

 Here are the optional projects for August's project:

Note: optional projects  require additional products.  To make projects identical to the ones above, you can add:
1 – Dark Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack (X5912)
1 – Wooden Designer Buttons (Z1387)

If you're in the Spokane area, send me an email to sign up for the workshop or join a hostess club.  Or go to my website and order your products when they go live on Aug. 1st.

Happy Crafting!


August Creative Club

 August's Creative Club will be held on Saturday, August 20th at 1:00.  The cost is $10, or free with a $25 order.  As always, this is a no commitment club.  You're welcome to join us and there is no obligation to purchase beyond the cost of the workshop for that month.  Creative club is an ideal opportunity to feed your paper crafting urge, learn some fun techniques and leave the mess at the studio!

You do not need to live in the Spokane area to participate.  Kits with pre-cut, and pre-stamped images will be mailed to you upon request. (Additional $2.50 shipping fee will be charged.)

We will be using the new CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut some fun shapes.   All supplies (except adhesive are provided)

When:  Saturday, August 20th, 1:00 - 3:00
Where:  Spokane Valley (I'll give you directions when you register)
Cost: $10 or free with $25 order
What to bring:  Adhesives (I recommend Tombow or something similar) Adhesives are available for purchase during the workshop.
Optional:  Your favorite coloring mediums (colored pencils, markers, etc.)  Some are provided, but sometimes its fun not having to share :)

To Register, Click the "Buy Now" button.  If you have questions, call or email me
Happy Crafting!

Workshop Options

She's the Queen of Her Castle

Everything about my oldest sister is overflowing with beautiful, abundant, and uncompromising love.  If people can be divided into givers and takers, she is a giver.  A giver of hospitality, a giver of love, a giver of confidence, a giver of praise and, sometimes, a giver of hope. 

To me, she has always embodied this idea that very ordinary things become special with a little extra care.  A pot of flowers on an old window sill, linens hanging in the sun on a breezy day, a bowl of fresh lemons.  Where ever  she is feels special because she attends to the details of comfort and beauty.  More importantly, she attends to the people in her life - especially her sisters, nieces, and nephews.  Beyond any shadow of a doubt, she has been my most ardent supporter.  From encouraging me to go to college (and helping me through the process) to impressing upon me the idea that I can do anything with a little hard work, she has made my very ordinary life feel special.

I saw a collage similar to this one in an issue of Stampington I saw a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately I don't have the magazine so I can't cite with specificity.  Anyway...  I knew I had to make something similar for my sister when she bought her new home.  I discovered that collage is a tremendously satisfying experience.

This was supposed to be a close up, but I'm not sure it looks any closer. I suppose if I want great pictures, I'll have to use something other than my phone.

Happy Crafting!


Baby Boy Paper Bag Album

I've never outgrown my love for paper bag albums.  I think it's the crunchy way they feel in my hands and all the unexpected pockets and tags that keep me lovin' em.  And they are make great gifts for an assortment of occasions.  In keeping with my "use it up" theme, this little album used up the last of a K&Company packet of baby papers and embellishments that I bought a couple of years ago.  Here is the cover and a couple of the inside pages:


Heritage pages

My sweet aunt turned 85 this year. These are some pages made for an album to honor the occasion. The paper is a retired CTMH collection, "Unforgettable." As so often happens, I didn't know that I loved, absolutely loved this paper pack until I started working with it. Now I wish it wasn't retired!

Happy crafting and scrapping!