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Friday, December 14, 2018

An Extra Special Birthday Card for Sophie





I decided to go all out for my daughter's 14th birthday card.  I found a how-to video on YouTube explaining how to make this double pocket "book" card.  It was definitely a process to put together but I was happy with the final project.  I used the Wild about You paper suite from CTMH plus the Picture My Life cards.  Happy Birthday, Sophia!  I hope 14 is one of your best years yet. 














Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Advent Calendar

A Christmas Gift

My husband's secretary does a really awesome job keeping him on track. We wanted to give her something special for Christmas to say thank you.  I found this paper mache advent box at Hobby Lobby(for half off) and decided to decorate it using the Tis The Season paper collection.

I had so much fun decorating each drawer and finding something little to go inside.

Does your family have an Advent calendar that you use each year?

Happy Crafting!





Friday, November 9, 2018

Grateful Heart


Grateful Card Assortment

There is so much to be grateful for--family, friends, pets, heated seats...

Always nice to have a card on hand to show how grateful you are to those that you love.  The Grateful Heart collection made it easy to put together these five cards.

Happy Crafting!




Friday, November 2, 2018

Extra Gum Container Gift Repurpose Idea


My family chews a lot of gum.  Extra spearmint is our flavor of choice and we end up with lots of plastic containers.  I hated the idea of throwing them away, so I decided to come up with an idea to repurpose them.

I measured the inside of the container and cut separate pieces for the front, back, top and sides.  It took me about 10 minutes to finish the whole project. 

I have used the empty ones to hold gift cards and I have even decorated the container filled with gum to use as a small gift.  Who wouldn't like to see this sweet little gift on their desk?

I find some of the most interesting project ideas when I repurpose an item.  It is not only good for my crafting but the environment.

Happy Crafting!






Thursday, November 1, 2018

Oh What Fun Shaker Card

Oh What Fun


I am so excited to announce that CTMH now carries shaker card supplies.  I had never made a shaker card before this.  Of course, I watched many Youtube videos on how to do them, but was never brave enough to try.  CTMH made the process super simple.

You can find all of the supplies to make your own shaker cards at karenleach.ctmh.com.

Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hello Pumpkin Halloween Fun


Hello Pumpkin

It is that time of year again where everywhere you look it is Pumpkin Spice something.  CTMH noticed this trend and gave us a cute complement in the Hello Pumpkin paper collection.  I thought this card would be perfect for that friend who rushes out the first day Starbucks releases their pumpkin spice latte.  I have a friend like that  How about you?



I will write a separate blog post about the IKEA desk organizer set, but here is a Halloween themed  idea using the Hello Pumpkin paper set.


I found these pencil boxes at Walmart in their office supply section.  I decorated the black box with Hello Pumpkin paper and complements and filled it with candy.  A sweet and simple gift for a friend or colleague. 


Halloween was a little disappointing this year. My husband had an out of town meeting on Halloween--who schedules a conference on Halloween?  Geesh!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 15, 2018

One More Quick Halloween Idea


Halloween Treat Boxes


Do you ever want to give something small away to celebrate the holidays, but have very limited  time?  These treat boxes came from Hobby Lobby.  All I did to spruce them up was decorate them with Hello Pumpkin paper, stamps and complements.  

Happy Crafting!




Monday, October 1, 2018

Halloween Advent Calendar

Halloween Advent Calendar

In the holiday catalog, CTMH released a Christmas Advent calendar.  I woke up one morning and decided it would be fun to put together a Halloween advent calendar for my daughter.  If I had realized how much time and effort this took--I might have decided to scrap the whole thing.

However, I persevered and finished the project.  I loved the result and what a fun way to count the days down until Halloween.

Happy Crafting!




Friday, August 31, 2018

Central Park Card Collection


Are you looking for some inspiration using CTMH's Central Park Paper collection?  Here are a few cards I designed using this paper pack.  

Update:  This entire paper suite is on sale at karenleach.ctmh.com in the "Going Soon" section.  Quantities are limited, so don't wait to get this bright and happy collection.

Happy Crafting!