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*Please scroll down for more pictures of things I've done. I wouldn't want you to miss anything since my additions have been coming pretty often! Looks like I'm getting the hang of this blogging thing, after all. Thanks for visiting, Debbie

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Washi Tape

Hi, Just playing with some washi tape and made some little favors for
my club ladies. We will be working with an Independence Day theme this month
in preparation for July.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy For Spring!

Hello Everyone, and (finally) Happy Spring!!
It has been a brutal winter here in Michigan. The sun is now shining and the Robins are flying in the yard. A great big fat Mama Robin was even having a nice bath in the bird-feeder the other day. After the snow a cold we have had, even the rain seems glorious to me.
He is the project that my monthly club will be doing for April. I hit a sort of Artistic-block and had to cruise around pinterest to get going for these. The cards are from Close To My Heart and so is the paper. It is Dream Pop and I have just now opened the package from last year. LOVE IT!! So fun and bright. Just what the doctor ordered to cheer me up!
The cards are a heavy, solid weight giving them a very professional presentation. They are White Daisy and although in my opinion our White Daisy is the BEST white paper on the market, it posed a few road-blocks with the first paper I was planning to use. I was trying to use our Timberline pack and the white was just too stark next to it. Enter: Dream Pop. Perfection! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting! These spinner cards are available in our current catalog. Please visit my Close To My Heart site to order. Thank you in advance for your order!

Debbie May
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chip-Album for February!

Hi there!

I decided to change things up a bit for February and do a Chip-board-cover Album instead of cards or pages. Mostly I make things to be used in my Close To My Heart Scrapbooking club but this time I have gone 'off grid' and used almost all non-ctmh products. While in Florida over Christmas break I discovered some album covers and papers just right for a spring album using the binding system by zutter that has been in my sewing-room just itching to be used. I will go through the book from front cover to inside the back cover and try to mention what was done and what I used.

This is the front cover. I have used the stamp set from the Flirty ctmh Workshop On The Go for this album. Assorted 'rustic' papers, some cotton lace and a half zipper adorn the front. Also several coordinating ribbons from my stash just to 'tie' the colors all in together.

This is the first page inside the front cover. I used more Kraft paper as a photo-base. The vintage style stamps pull the theme back to an older time and I used ctmh satin trimmed ribbon (retired) to soften the effect a bit.

Next up, I lined the previous page with a denim paper then added a Kraft paper pocket page. I used 1st and 2nd generation stamping to add some flower bits in Outdoor Denim Ink by ctmh.
As you can see, I made the page narrower than the following page both allowing the buttons to show and also giving them some space while the album is closed.

Here is the 2-page spread with the buttons showing.
I used a cut from the ctmh Artbooking Cartridge for Cricut to pull the rosey pink out of the darling floral print. Reminds me of wallpaper my Grandma would have had. The teal buttons are shell and tied with a rosey embroidery floss.

Backing the button page is another tiny floral, this time in rose, a mustard yellow and a deep green. To complement the colors, I chose two less busy papers for the base and the frame but stuck to the paler butterfly top over a deep green.

This set was a challenge. The base on the page on the left is a very busy chevron pattern that was sure to be too much to have the whole page done in it. I toned it down with a rough musical sheet, some Kraft paper and a Colonial White ric-rac. The facing page was fine but I added the little bird from the Flirty stampset just for fun.

And last but not least is the inside of the back cover. I used the Flirty stampset again, this time using the dandelion style stamp in 1st and 2nd generation with Outdoor Denim ctmh ink. Outdoor Denim is one of my all time favorite ink colors from ctmh. It is a beautiful deep and rich navy that compliments these papers perfectly. Using the different generations of stamping lets you imagine looking into a cluster of dandelions just about to be blown away on a breeze.

Thanks for taking a look at my Chipboard Album. I had fun playing with these materials and you can too. It's fun to try something new and/or different once in awhile so as not to become stale in your papercrafting. I have not overly embellished this as I will be using it as a demo and kit for club. Once I am done showing it for club and taking orders, I can add my own photos, bits and pieces, perhaps tickets to a featured event. You know, make it personal.
If you would be interested in ordering a kit, please e-mail me at
Prices start at $5.00 plus ship and handling and go to $20.00 plus ship and handling.

Happy February and Crafting!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Frozen in Michigan!

Well Hello and Greetings from Michigan where we just keep getting more and more snow all the time. It's been great to be inside scrapbooking away but I am getting a little bit 'cabin-feverish'!

Once again it's been ages since I was on here to post. If you are new to my blog, welcome! If you have been with me awhile, thanks for waiting for me to surface again!
It's been a crazy, busy, fun Winter. I had a crop the end of Summer that was a huge success. Then in October I did a HUGE thing for me and went to the Close To My Heart Album Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah! All alone from Michigan. On a plane. Wow. This was my first big trip alone and it was a blast. I met an online friend from CTMH in person for the first time. It was a little scary meeting someone that I had been chatting with for about 8 months for the first time. I had only seen one picture of her and had no idea what she would be like in real life! She is THE BEST. We hit it off just fine and have become even better friends since. The CTMH Retreat was absolutely fabulous and if you would ever like to join an organization that puts on a wonderful Retreat and is a great company to represent, get in touch with me and join my team of consultants. We have the best products available and I can help you get started. Info for signing up is on my ctmh site-

OK, here are a few things I have done since chatting with you. The first is the set of 2 layouts my club did for our Christmas Party Project. It was pretty labor intensive cutting kits for 18 ladies but they all enjoyed them and I did too.

As you can see, I am not a heavy 'embellisher'. I make the kits up and the ladies can keep them as they are or if they really get into lots of bling, for instance, they are free to add to their heart's content.

The next layout I want to share with you is for this February, keeping Valentine's Day in mind. I was trying to keep a 'lovey' theme without getting carried away. It is made with mostly Close To My Heart product. I did add some buttons and paper flowers that coordinated with the Chantilly Paper colors I used. I hope you can click on the image to enlarge it to see better details.

Have you tried ink-misting? It is a blast! CTMH sells spray-pens that allow you to load your own ink and water, if you wish, and then mist your pages for a lovely soft background coloration. Love the affect! For this layout I used ctmh Blush re-inker with a 1 to 2 part water mix. 1 part ink, 2 parts water.
This kit is available from now until February 15th to order. Kit with inking done for you- $10.00 plus tax and ship. Completed Layout- $20.00 plus tax and ship. Questons? Call 810-434-0354 or e-mail

That's it for now. If you have a moment, I would strongly encourage you to check out my ctmh website right away-   Our new catalog goes LIVE on February 1st and the new paper selections are just beautiful. Lots of new items and kits to keep you dreaming and busy all summer. Don't forget to go to the 'While Supplies Last" section in the Shopping section to see some really great REDUCED price steals. I love this part best!!
Thanks for stopping by and I will talk to ya soon!

Mrs. Bag Lady aka: Debbie May