Friday, July 3, 2015
Have you ever had an idea in your head about a specific kind of patterned papers for a project but couldn't find it in the right colours ... or couldn't even find it at all?  I think many of us have.  This is when I pull out my inks, stamps and paper and use random stamping to customize and create my own.

Random stamping was one of the very first stamping techniques I ever learned, and it's still one of my go-to techniques when I'm creating.  It's easy to do and makes a gorgeous result.  Here's how.

Start by choosing your stamps, ink and base page.  I usually use White Daisy, but you can use a light coloured cardstock too.  Here, I'm using Whisper cardstock with the "Lifting Spirits" stamp set and Slate ink.

STEP ONE:  Choose your first stamp and start stamping on your cardstock.  I recommend you start with your LARGEST stamp.  You want to think about creating triangles with your stamps.

Continue on and cover your entire page with the large stamped images, making triangles.  Don't forget to go off the edges too.  I like to start in the centre of my page and spiral outwards.

STEP TWO:  Repeat with the next largest stamp.  You can use images or words/phrases too.

STEP THREE:  Repeat changing stamps and colours until you have the paper you want.  Twist and turn your stamps so that they are not all going in the same direction (unless you want them too, like I did with the clouds).  I also used a sponge dauber and some White Daisy pigment ink to embellish my clouds.

Here is the finished papers:

And here is the layout I created, using this customized patterned paper for my base pages.

You will start to develop your own Random Stamping style.  Some people like lots of space between images, some people like to keep them tight.  You can even overlap images!  Take a look!

You don't have to use large pieces of cardstock.  As you can see here, a card-sized piece can be random stamped too.

And here's my finished card:

Give random stamping a try on your next project.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Whether you're marking a milestone with a big party or just celebrating the everyday, this month's Kit of the Month Club layouts are for you!  Confetti Wishes is versatile, bright and cheerful -- ideal for any happy moment you want to remember.

And while we're talking about celebrations, let me take this moment to wish my amazing mom a Happy, Happy 70th Birthday!  Love you Mom!

Now, check out this fantastic, "Sheri Designed" layouts ....

With these layouts, you will also learn different ways to use our Designer Creations Treat Bags, and the CTMH spray pen.  In fact, I will be posting a how-to video on my "Kit of the Month Club" Facebook page -- click here to join!

Get the full instructions to make these layouts by email when you purchase $30 (before shipping and taxes) -- email me at or shop online.

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· X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper  $10.95
· X7198C Confetti Wishes Complements $5.50
·  Z2037 Designer Creations Bags—Lagoon $4.25
· Reinker   $5.50
             Choose one of:
· Z2743  Canary
· Z2292  Pacifica
· Z2740  Thistle
· Z1380  CTMH Spray pens  $4.25
· 1385  White Daisy Cardstock  $10.50  ** 9 sheets are needed to complete this kit.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July is here and so is summer, at long last.  And you know what I like most about a new month?  A new Stamp of the Month to play with!

This month, there's an added twist to the Stamp of the Month that I KNOW you're going to like!  In July, when you spend $25 in regular, current stamps, you can get this awesome Stamp of the Month "Life is Wonderful" FOR FREE!  Get more details here.

Now, here is a beautiful card that I've made, using this great stamp set.

My mom is wonderful, and she's been a huge support for me over the last year.  I don't know what I'd do without her.  So this Blossom card is perfect for her 70th birthday, which is tomorrow.  I hope she knows how wonderful she is.

Like what you see?  Does it inspire you to create something wonderful?  Get this Stamp of the Month by emailing me with your order or shop online today.

Monday, June 29, 2015
The CTMH My Crush books are gorgeous inside and out.  I love the covers and how they reflect different looks and personalities.  But did you know that you could add your own creative touches, to really make it yours?

Here are the covers of a few of my My Crush albums:

Don't be afraid to let your creativity loose!  Stamping and diecuts can really make your My Crush album personalized just for you!

Friday, June 26, 2015
All month, I've been giving you tips on how to be creative and work with My Crush albums for a variety of reasons and types of memory keeping.  I've been keeping a My Crush album to document the things that make me happy and hope to continue adding to it all year long.

But as I've mentioned before, I've also been working on a My Crush album to complement my traditional scrapbooking for our recent trip to Hawaii.  The album was given to me, and already partially embellished by my amazing Secret Sister Denise.  And here are some ways that I've filled in the pages ....

I started working on this album during a slow period at a vendor show I was working.  My Crush is awesome because you can craft anywhere, even on the go.

Postcards and room cards fit perfectly -- use a Flip Flap as a pocket to keep them safe.

You don't have to only use photos -- keep all kinds of memorabilia together and ready for you to look back on in the future.

Put your heart on the page -- or feel free to leave it blank.  I love this spread of my hubby and I -- I got to share the joy I felt when sharing this trip with him.  But the second page just said exactly what I wanted, so why clutter it up?

I can't wait to keep working on this book, reliving our trip and capturing the memories that might not fit in my traditional scrapbooking layouts.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Pocket scrapbooking is a hot trend, and I love how the little cards make scrapbooking so easy.  I also love how Picture My Life cards can be so versatile and used for so many things.

So if I can use PML cards for making other things, why not add them to my My Crush album?

Here are some spreads, featuring my 10-year-old son Charlie, using PML cards.  I love how they turned out.

Here, I used cards to convey various messages, then cut out the star from a third PML card to add as an accent.  After all, Charlie is my Superstar!

And here, I use the cards primarily as accents, cutting and punching as needed to add to the page.

So if you're stuck for accent for your My Crush layout, dig out your PML cards and get creative.  They're not just for pocket scrapbooking!

Friday, June 19, 2015
I like collecting ticket stubs, receipts, cards and trinkets when we go on vacation.  It's an interesting way to add to the story and documenting memories.  But sometimes, it's difficult to work them into a traditional scrapbooking layout -- you don't want to cut them to make them fit, but you don't want to leave them out.  So what do you do?

You make a pocket!  This technique works for both 12x12 layouts as well as My Crush memory keeping.

Here, I'm making a My Crush album with memories from our recent CTMH Incentive Trip to Hawaii.  My Secret Sister Denise gave me this album, and I'm using it as a complement to the traditional layouts I'm creating -- it's a great place for all those brochures, tickets and other memorabilia that I collected.

This is one of the opening spreads.  At Aulani, they left us a little newsletter each day, with all the happenings around the resort.  So I used a paper shopping bag that I got and attached it to the page.  I'm going to fold up the "Daily 'Iwa" editions and tuck it in that bag.  Then, later on, I can pull them out, read all sides, and remember the good times we had.

A flip flap doesn't have to flip.  You can also use flip flaps as pockets!  I simply used to washi tape to tack down the bottom of the flip flap, and then slipped in this Aulani brochure that I wanted to keep.

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