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Friday, 14 December 2012

Such sorrow when we should be rejoicing

Christmas music playing in stores. Christmas shows on TV. Christmas decoration everywhere. And bloodshed in Connecticut. Such a sad, sad day for everyone.

At a time of the year when we should be rejoicing, someone with some sort of vendetta walks into an elementary school and opens fire on whoever gets in his way, 18 of them small children. What on earth would make someone shoot little kids!? I am absolutely appalled and heartbroken for the families of the kids and other people involved!

I just can't fathom this. I think of my family - grown kids and step-kids, grandkids, neices, nephews, siblings, mom - and can't imagine something like this happening to any of them. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. The gutless murderer who did this deserves to spend the rest of eternity in pergatory.

So, so, so terribly sad.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Light things up with a Luminary!

A few weeks ago, a very talented and creative lady by the name of Madeline Marcelo posted on Facebook a picture of a luminary she had made. It was gorgeous and inspired me to make one as well. Well, one turned into a whole bunch of them since my papercrafting ladies will be making them when we get together on Thursday at noon. Once a month I look for something to do in our lunchtime class at work and decided this would be perfect for December! I found the flameless candles at the dollar store (2 battery operated tealights for $1.50) as well as the ribbon I decided to use for the windows instead of vellum (couldn't find vellum anyway).

These are so incredibly easy to make! I found the most time was spent in deciding how to decorate it! I posted a picture of mine on Facebook today and had several requests for the instructions, so here you go. Not many pictures though, but I figure you can decorate yours any way you want!

First, I set up the cuts for the windows on my Gypsy.
 
The snowflakes are Shift - Accent 1 - Noel key. I made them 2" in height and positioned then so they were halfway between 3" and 6" and halfway between 6" and 9", and 1/2" below the top and center of the page. Once the snowflakes are cut, cut the paper at 6" so there are two snowflakes close together. (Sorry. I couldn't get one cut as we had company drop by so it all had to be put away.)  I also cut the same pattern in Ruby and Topiary cardstock (that's where my red and green snowflakes came from!) for my crafty ladies at work!
 
 
Once it is all cut out, score each piece at 3", 6" and 9" and fold accordian style.
 
Cut a piece of vellum or, as I did, use a wide shimmery ribbon or fabric to cover the windows. Use a good adhesive for this and make sure there are no wrinkles in the paper or fabric.
 
At this point, you can either decorate the front (and back if you wish) before you stick the two pieces together or stick them together first and then decorate. I decorated mine first. To stick the front and back together, apply adhesive to the outer flaps of the front piece and line them up with the outer flaps on the back piece. This makes each end (where my red and green snowflakes are) solid and allows the center to make a square for your candle.
 
Some of the embellishments I cut out for my ladies include Noel (same key as the snowflakes and cut at 1 1/2"), Ho ho ho (cut at 3" but I made it skinnier by unlinking the height and width and adjusting) from the Artiste (it is downstairs so I am not sure which key this is), and the holly leaves  (2") and Christmas tree (the fancy one with the squiggles cut at 4") from the Art Philosophy cartridge.
 
PLEASE do not use a real candle! Battery operated or flameless candles are available everywhere and are relatively inexpensive!


 
I am so happy with how it turned out! I will post pics of my crafty ladies creations on Friday or this weekend!
 
In the meantime, happy crafting!


Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Cards and More!

When I saw the Pear & Partridge Card workshop, I HAD to have it! The cards looked gorgeous! Saturday seemed like a great day to start making them while I had a table at a local vendor fair.

It took a while to get the paper all cut out, between answering questions and helping the curious and crafty with make and takes. Once it was cut and numbered (and yes, I did number one set on the wrong side. <sigh> Thank heaven for erasers!), and I was home where there were no disturbances, I was finally able to start putting it all together.

I am not one to follow directions as many of my family and friends know from experience, so I changed the card layouts to suit ME! Okay. I did follow the instructions in the Workshop on the Go for SOME of the cards. Here are my take on the Pear and Partridge Card Workshop on the Go kit:


Card #2







I love how these turned out! Now I wish I had a second workshop kit so I could make some more! Oh well. I have TONS of paper so I can still make a pile of my own design for my buds at work!

Time to start thinking of out Cubicle Decorating Contest here at work. Hmmm... What to do this year...

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Advent Calendars by the Bushel!

What a great time we had yesterday making Advent Calendars! Morgan, Shannon, Kayka, Correna-Lyn and I had a lot of fun and even managed to recruit my husband, Dwayne, to cut boxes for us on my Cricut so we could all work. I had them set up in the Cricut Craft Room so that I could get two boxes and one greeting card from each sheet of cardstock. He also cut out snowflakes for us! Have I created another crafter?? I doubt it, but it was great to have his help!

These girls sure can make a mess! (Me included!)

There was paper all over the table and the floor, but no one ever said creativity was  neat and tidy!! As you can see, we were using my dining room since my craftroom is not quite complete yet. Hopefully it will be ready for my next workshop in two weeks! We will be making Christmas cards and that can be even messier!

Once the dust settled, we ended up with five beautiful calendars!

 
Morgan got to day 15 and had to leave. But her calendar is looking fantastic! She stamped everything she needs and took it home to finish building.
 
 
Shannon and Kayla both got theirs finished!! Way to go ladies!! These are truly beautiful!
 
 
 
Correna-Lyn got to December 23 and had to leave. She stamped what she needed to finish this at home. Great job, Correna-Lyn! Mine is on hold at day 16. I started making the calendar according to the Workshop on the Go kit but decided I just didn't like it, so I am taking the boxes from the top row and moving them around. Day 4 became Day 24, and I will mix up the others too. And I prefer the smaller numbers (from the Trinity Alphabet set) so will be changing the larger numbers for these. All in all, I am really happy with what I have so far! What do you think?
 
 And by the way, it is only 1 month til Christmas!! (Yep, you really needed to know that!)


Monday, 5 November 2012

Partridge in a Pear Tree, or Pear & Partridge in a Tree?

When I saw the Pear & Partridge Card workshop, I HAD to have it! The cards looked gorgeous! Saturday seemed like a great day to start making them while I had a table at a local vendor fair.

It took a while to get the paper all cut out, between answering questions and helping the curious and crafty with make and takes. Once it was cut and numbered (and yes, I did number one set on the wrong side. <sigh> Thank heaven for erasers!), and I was home where there were no disturbances, I was finally able to start putting it all together.

I am not one to follow directions as many of my family and friends know from experience, so I changed the card layouts to suit ME! Okay. I did follow the instructions for SOME of the cards. Here are my take on the workshop on the go kit:


Card #2



I added some of our glitter tape to one and sanded the edges of another.

Card #3


Glitter tape again. Love that stuff!


Card #1 - The one on the right is according to the WOTG.


Card #1 again and glitter tape again too! Also stamped one Merry Christmas in Cranberry on the card on the left (I did two cards like this.)
 
I hope you like my take on the cards. I had fun changing them up to be my own.
The Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop on the Go has everything you need to make these 15 beautiful Christmas cards in three designs. If you live in the Edmonton or St. Albert, Alberta areas, join me on December 8 for an all-day workshop so you can make these cards for your family and friends! Call me and pay for your kit ($31.45 = $29.95 +GST) by November 15 to reserve your seat! A workshop fee of $5 paid at the workshop includes lunch, snacks, and drinks, as well as a ton of fun and friendship! And of course there will be a door prize or two! Maybe three...

There are still three seats left for the Christmas card workshop on December 8! Call me and pay for your kit by November 15 to reserve your seat! Thanks much!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

It's Workshop Time!!

Now that Fall is upon us and it is starting to get too chilly outside to do much, it is time to start thinking about getting caught up with the scrapping!

I know, I know. You don't have time at home to sit and work on paper crafts. There are kids, hubby, pets, and a ton of other stuff that HAS to be done because you are home. But guess what? It will still be there tomorrow if you take a much needed day for yourself today! Better yet, delegate!! I LOVE that word! Tell the family you are taking a ME Day and that A will be in charge of XYZ, B is responsible for ABC, etc. It is amazing how much gets done without you!

So to honour OURSELVES and let the rest of the family have some responsibility for a day (or two...), I have created a few Saturday workshops for your crafting pleasure! Each workshop will be from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and includes lunch, snacks and beverages. I will also have a few door prize draws! And if you bring a friend to help you or who purchases their own kit, you will get an extra entry into the draw for the BIG prize! I'm keeping that one secret for now!

  • Payment or order by cash or credit card is due at least two weeks in advance to save your spot.
  • Each workshop will cost $35.00 and include all supplies, lunch, snacks and drinks!
  • The workshops can be ordered through my website or through me. If you order by yourself through my website, the cost of the workshop itself ($5) can be paid at the time of the workshop. I will have orders set up in the bottom right of the page - just pick the one you want and make your order.
Saturday, November 24 - Christmas Advent Calendar. This beautiful Advent Calendar could be used for so many other things! Although the calendar in the Idea Book is beautiful, I am changing it up some to make the workshop less expensive for YOU! We will still use the My Creations Cubby, but I am making my own kit making this workshop only $35! Deadline for ordering - November 1.

Saturday,  December 8 - Christmas Cards! Close to my Heart has made it so easy this year by offering a gorgeous Christmas Card Workshop on the Go! It is shown on page 66 of the Idea Book and includes everything you need to make 15 beautiful Christmas Cards! I love this kit and can hardly wait to get my hands on it! Deadline to order - because this is likely to be popular, November 10.

REMEMBER - order early to make sure you get the kit you need! Order through me personally by cash or credit card, or online at http://janmccormick.ctmh.com by credit card.

I am really looking forward to these workshops! And I am REALLY looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Fun with Stamping!

Oh, I do love stamping! I want all of them! And every colour of ink too! There is so much that can be done with our stamps and it seems every time I log in to Facebook, someone has raised the bar a little higher. Nicole Robinson turned the family tree stamp upside down and it is now a pumpkin!! Ingenious!! I would NEVER have thought of that!!

So, on to the techniques we learned about at regionals. So simple and so pretty!

Base and Shade Stamping: Who has stamped with the Love Blooms set? Then you have done base and shade stamping! Easy peasy! This set comes with a base - the outline - and a shade - the fill - so you can create some gorgeous images. Here, I used Ruby for the base and Smoothie for the shade. Love it!

Here is the base stamped in Ruby
And here is the shade stamped in Smoothie
                     
Stamp Kissing: I have never had luck with this technique. I tried it with a couple of different stamps and this is the best I could come up with. 


   
Hmmm...

See what I mean? I was trying to find a  stamp that was relatively flat and this was the only one I could find. It is from the October Stamp of the Month, and the stamp I "kissed" it with is from the Buttons, Bits, and Bobs set. In Stamp Kissing, you ink up your main stamp and then "kiss" it with a dry stamp to remove some of the ink. I'll keep practicing, I think...
 
Selective Inking: Sort of like selective hearing but better! You will need a few daubers or small pieces of sponge for this one. Decide the colors you want but not too many or the image will just look muddy. On my image from the Friendship Bouquet, I used Saddle, Autumn Terracotta and Olive.
 
 
I dabbed the center with the Saddle ink first and then the petals with Autumn Terracotta and the stem with Olive. I love how it turned out! And don't forget - if the ink seems a bit dry by the time you have finished inking up the stamp, just huff on it to revive the ink!
 
 
Rock and Roll Stamping: I love Rock and Roll music and I love this technique too! With this one, ink up your stamp in one color (I used Saddle again) and then roll only the edges of the image in another color (here I used Autumn Terracotta again). So pretty!! And I LOVE this stamp set!!

 
 
Rainbow Inking: Remember back in elementary school when we had a set of 8 crayons to colour with, and if we wanted a colour not in our set, we had to mix them to make more? Red and blue = purple; yellow and red = orange; yellow and blue = green? Well, that is what Rainbow Stamping is all about. Here, you stamp half of the stamp in one colour (I used Sunny Yellow) and the bottom half in another colour (I used Smoothie). The center of the image will be a combination of the two, or in this case, orange! Love it!! Now I have a whole new world of stamping opened up to me! 
 
 
Those are the techniques we were shown, and I hope they will become some of your new favourites. Next week, I will show the little mini-album I made for my lunchtime paper crafting club at work. In the meantime, have a great weekend and
 
Happy Stamping!

 
 


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Edmonton Regional Celebration 2012

(Once I finished this post, I went back and read it. It is LONG!!)

Oh my! What a time! This was my first regional celebration and I had no idea what to expect. Well, okay. I had a BIT of an idea. I figured it would be like convention on a smaller scale, and it was more or less. We had business classes and creative sessions, and we got free product to create the projects, and we met up with old friends and made a TON of new ones, and we swapped cards...

Okay. It was just like convention but smaller. A LOT smaller!! Not sure how many there were, but I think it was around 150 or so. And 150 women can make a lot of noise!

We started out Friday with a keynote address from Monica. She is such a sweet lady. We learned more about her and her family, how she started with Close to my Heart (DOTS back then) and how her career at Close to my Heart was definitely meant to be! I still find it hard to believe she has seven kids!! She looks absolutely amazing!!!

I liked something that Monica said in her address. She had a quote on the screen and by the time I remembered I had my camera with me, it was gone, but I remember most of it. If someone can fill in the missing bit, please tell me what it is and I will make sure it gets added;

"It's time to Photoshop my life: touch up the edges, _____________________, blur out the background, and focus on me."

I think as women, we tend to think of others first and then take care of ourselves later, sometimes too late. We need to think more about ourselves too and take time for us.

Brian spoke with us about Studio J (LOVE Studio J!!). He said that only one in five consultants actually uses Studio J! What are they missing out on? The three biggest things in my mind are:

1 - The chance to attract non-papercrafters to Close to my Heart! There are a lot of people out there who prefer not to scrapbook the traditional way, and don't do any other paper crafts either, but they still have a ton of photos that are sitting in boxes. This is our chance to show them how to scrapbook those memories using Studio J.
2 - We can assist the die-hard scrapbookers to keep up with their scrapbooking. Let's face it. Traditional scrapbooking takes a lot of time. But you can create the same layout in Studio J in about half the time!
3 - Portability!! As long as you have an internet connection, you can work on your Studio J layouts!

Some of the barriers to using Studio J?
1 - Getting comfortable with technology. Some people think "computer" and shudder! We need to show them that there is nothing to fear!
2 - Internet speed and access. Unfortunately, some people live in places where they don't have easy access to high speed internet. Can we hold Studio J workshops in our homes if we have high speed access? Or meet at a local coffee shop that offers free internet access for an hour to share ideas, work on layouts and just have a good time.
3 - Not compatible with iPad yet. Sorry. This one still can't be resolved...

Brian also spoke about Party Magic! He stressed that gatherings and clubs are about DOING rather than WATCHING. Anyone can sit and watch a demonstration, but they don't really learn anything until they actual try it themself. Hostess Rewards are important and if your customers are allowed to DO rather than WATCH, they feel a sense of accomplishment (Honey, look what I made tonight!) and walk away feeling creative! They also have the structure to help finish and get a sense of community and connectedness. Then they are more like to make a purchase and your hostess will be eligible for her Hostess Rewards!

Kristine told us some interesting facts about our stamps. I never knew this, but all of our stamps are made right at the CTMH head office! They are made of the highest grade of commercial-grade polymer, and 100% produced in North America. And we all know they are easy to use, store, clean, transport, and reuse!

Some ways to flex your expert muscles:
1 - Play favourites - if you have a favourite stamp set in the current catalogue, tell everyone about it. Tell them WHY it is your favourite.
2 - Start smart - if someone is starting out with stamping, sell them an alphabet stamp set. They will get more use out of it and will come back for more!
3 - Show it to sell it - speaks for itself!
4 - Focus is fabulous - pick a paper pack for a gahering, workshop, or club, and focus on the stamp sets that co-ordinate with it! BUT (there is always a BUT) keep the selection to three or four to avoid overwhelming the customer.

Next, Kristine showed us some great techniques to give our paper crafts that pop! I am going to do these and photograph them, then post on another blog post, so keep watch for that.

My favourtie was the Cricut Business Class. I love my Cricuts (yes, I have two - the original and an Expression) but don't get to use them nearly as much as I want! Amy from CTMH explained how to use some of the fancier buttons on the Expression machine, and I am SOOO glad she did! I am going to try them out!

LOAD LAST - if you cut a design on your paper and then want to take your cut images off the mat, but still want to cut something else in the same colour, relod the mat using LOAD LAST instead of Load Mat and the Cricut remembers where it ended and will go to that spot! How cool is that!!!

MIX AND MATCH - Use this key if you want to cut various images from different keys on the same paper. Press Mix & Match key, then select the first accent. Then select the second accent, and press cut. Not sure if you can do more than two but I will try it and let you know.

FIT TO PAGE - press this key to get the largest image you can that will fit on your paper. If your paper is smaller than 12" by 12", you need to place it in the bottom left corner of the mat, move the blade to the top right corner of the paper and press Set Cut Area so Cricut know how big the paper is.

CENTER POINT - I am SO going to try this one! If you want to add a window to the front of a card, place it on the mat oriented so the cut will be correct, and move the blade to the center of where you want the window to be. Press Center Point and then enter the measurement. Make sure you enter the whole measurement and not just half!  Cricut will determine where it is and cut accordingly!

FLIP- gives a mirror image of what you are cutting. This would be great for something where you want mirror images of something but you want the paper the same for both. Instead of taking one  image off, flipping the paper and recutting, just use FLIP!

SETTINGS - did you know you can set different cutting increments on your machine? You are not stuck with 1/4" increments!! You can also change other setting in here but I have not played with them yet.

How many have wanted to cut a 12" border but you can't because the Cricut only cuts at 11 1/2"? Here is how you "fool" it into cutting the 12" border for you:
1 - Press MAT SIZE and tell Cricut your mat is 24". It doesn't know differntly so go ahead!
2 - Place the leading edge of your paper (the edge that goes in the Cricut first) inside the non-cutting area (make sure it is inside the cutting area), and load it.
3 - set the size to 13". You will get a 12" border!

Last, the age old question of how to make your Cricut mat sticky again after using it a gazillion times. The two most popular ways are:
1 - clean it well with soap and water to get all the old paper (and what ever else is stuck to it) off, and let it dry well. Apply a thin coat of Bonding Memories glue and let it dry.
2 - Clean it with Dawn dish soap. No need for anything else. Several ladies swear by this and say the mat is sticky again when it dries, but only Dawn works. Hm. Who knew?

I am going to end here as my hands are getting tired from all this typing. Also the rest of what I want to say is creative stuff and I want pictures too, so once I have it all done, I will post another blog. In the meantime, here are some photos from the Edmonton Regional Celebration!


Sue, Lisa, Marguerite and Kelly.

Stitch comes to all CTMH events!

Monica greeting us and presenting her keynote address.


Was Brian chatting on Facebook? Naw. He must have been working. Right Brian?

Some of the amazing artwork created by one of our very talented consultants for Extravaganza at Convention.



The Q & A session that yeilded so many answers to consultants' burning questions.

My upline, Sue Wilde. She is one of the sweetest, most helpful people I know!

Angelique having fun with our My Creations Frame.

The whole gang!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Convention Projects Galore!

Now that I have my convention project done (well, almost. The scroll isn't finished) here are the instructions for those of you who were not able to make it to convention. A couple things you need to know:
  • The mini-album pages are a dimensional elements sheet that comes with the Cricut Artiste cartridge and the cartridge is used to cut the corresponding paper. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cartridge!
  • Where it says "Convention STamp Set", this is the set we all received at the banquet. If you know someone who can lend it to you or is willig to sell it, you will be able to finish these pages. Otherwise use another stamp set that is similar or change the look altogether!
The projects are found at Convention 2012 Projects. I hope this link works for everyone! It is in Google Docs. If there are problems, please let me know!

Enjoy the projects!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Day 2 - It's HOT, HOT, HOT!

Wow! What a day! The AC is cranked and I am freezing, but the topics today are as hot as it is outside!

Cowboy Andy once again sang for us and then Monica had all of the directors of various levels on stage to do the Scrapbooking Boogie, which was sung by none other than Cowboy Andy! They each introduced themselves as they left the stage and then I realized just how many directors we have!!

Kristine gave us a run down on Operation Smile and the Make a Miracle Challenge. Last year, CTMH consultants of all levels raised $70,000 for Operation Smile! This year, during the Make a Miracle Challenge, the top five finishers collected over $18,000 between them in that one month! Now is that amazing or what? The winner of the challenge who will participate as a non-medical volunteer on a medical mission, will go to the Philippines, where Operation Smile started 30 years ago! And the lucky winner is Kelly Hammond! She was overcome with emotion when told that she had won this fantastic opportunity. Enjoy the time, Kelly, and tell us all about when you return!

Another amazing woman is Katy Carlson (I hope I got the name right) of Virginia. She, along with three friends, organized a crop to raise money for Operation Smile, and in one day raised over $11,000!!!!! To show their appreciation and admiration, Monica and Kristine are going to hold a crop for Katy, her three friends, and all of her customers! I imagine uplines and downlines are included in that too.

Stacy Julian of Big Picture Classes was our keynote speaker at General Session this morning and passed on some excellent tips to us. Stacy is an amazing speaker and had us laughing, crying, and totally enthralled! Once she had traded hats with Dr. Phil and shoes with another consultant, she passed on some words of wisdom.

Some of the main points from Stacy's presentation that I really want to pass on are:
  • Our own personal perspective is what makes our photos priceless!
  • Leave the guilt and obligation outside! Do your own thing and don't worry about it.
  • Events and everyday moments are really about the people experiencing them, so make sure to take pictures of the people enjoying the event and not just the event itself!
  • Scrapbook the people and their personalities!
  • The story you are most qualified to tell is your own! No one else knows it so make sure you share it! In other words, JOURNAL!!!
  • Cute matters! Make your personal area your own! Add your favourite colours and things to your space.
She then showed us a video by Hillary Weeks, called Stand Still. By the end of it, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. It was funny, sad, beautiful and just downright moving. Thank you, Stacy, for a wonderful and eye-opening presentation.

When we broke for lunch, the DH and I went for a walk outside once we had eaten. As I said, it is HOT here! And the humidity makes it hard to breath. But the grounds of this beautiful hotel are gorgeous!



Wouldn't you love to sit on a blanket under this tree and read or watch the world go by?

I couldn't resist this little guy! He kept scratching at the ground and then rolling around. So cute!

The Koi Pond. Anytime someone comes close, the koi come swimming up, mouths gaping, looking for food!


Okay, Carol, Labuski, here is our new convention bag. It is HUGE and has a shoulder strap as well as straps so it can be worn like a backpack. Inside are two pockets - once slash pocket and one big zippered main pocket. It also has a pocket on each side for a water bottle or what ever else you need to carry.

Waiting for the afternoon session to start.

Waiting some more..

After lunch, we all attended a Studio J business class presented by Brian Holman. WOW!! No more memberships! Can you believe it!? That means no more members-only kits and patterns! AND all users will now receive jpg files with their layouts, or they can purchase the jpg files as standalones for only $2.95! AND instead of the 7-page minimum we used to have in Canada, it is now only 4!
BUT there are no more free page protectors. I can live with that. Page protectors are inexpensive, especially when you buy the 50 page bulk pack at around $16.

And there's more. Studio J now has both custom layouts where you do the embellishments, change papers and do the whole thing from scratch, and Express Collections that are already set up with embellishments and paper. You can still change font, add text boxes, and change paper colour, but you can't add embellishments. These are meant for the novice scrapper to get them started with Studio J. (Sorry, no pics of Brian and Studio J. I was too busy taking notes!)

Next, we were off to the fourth Create and Take where we worked on this cute little mini album.

I got all but the last two pages done. Something else to do when I get home!

As you can see, the place was full!




We were all working hard to finish this fun project.

Me and my buds! Sue, Peggy and me as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!

It is now 5:33 and time to get ready for the banquet at 6:00, so bye for now! Chat again tomorrow!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Day 1 - New Product, New Paper, New Colors

What a day! General pandemonium followed by General Session (just another form of general pandemonium)!
Waiting to enter the Chantilly Ballroom for General Session.

Waiting for General Session to start

Waiting some more

Jeanette Lynton said a few words and put everyone's fears for her health at ease with news that she is overcoming the anxiety attacks she has suffered the past few years. So good to hear! 

Jeanette Lynton. I was too far away to get a good picture of her on stage so this is the big screen on the wall.

Here we are! One missing - Kelly - because she took the picture. From the left are Angelique and Stitch, Sue, Peggy and yours truly, all wearing our shirts Angelique made for us and our pink cowboy hats!
 Then Monica, Kristine and Brian took to the stage to pass on the information that those of us who had attended Leadership Day received yesterday.
Brian, Monica and Kristine imparting their wisdom to all of us.

Finally, the fun REALLY started!

DALLAS - A SCRAPPING OPERA

Suddenly a noise is heard and a CTMH staffer runs on stage to say that J.R. Lynton has been shot! Oh no! Enter Sheriff Brian, who must interview all the possible suspects to find out who shot J.R.!


The first suspects he interviews are

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES - THE CRAFTERS

The only thing they are guilty off is crafting will all sorts of new CTMH product, including the My Creation Bracket Frame and the My Creations Star. 




Sheriff Brian then made his way to the

REAL CRAFTERS OF DALLAS

All these four have done is bicker and keep their crafting secrets from each other. They also introduced the WOTG Scroll Album Kit - SOOOO cute!!!

In the SHOOTOUT AT THE CTMH CORRAL, we were introduced to our new ALCOHOL markers and pigment ink pads!!! And a big announcement that we have all wanted - bulk paper is now available in ALL colours!!

Next on the interview list are Bonnie and Lulu,

THE DIVAS OF HAZZARD

who told us about some more new products! (Can you tell I didn't write this bit down?)

We were then entertained by the DALLAS CTMH CHEERLEADERS who performed with their new Organizers pompoms!! These are going to be in my craft room before too long!

THE GAMBLER introduced us to the biggest and best news yet! We have another Cricut cartridge!!!!! It is called Artiste and again has 700 images! WOOHOO!! And guess who won the new set?! ME!!!!!! I couldn't believe it!

By now, Sheriff Brian still had no suspects and decided to get everyone together and grill them. Just then the CTMH photographer came out and explained that J.R. Lynton hadn't been shot shot. She had been at a photo shoot and had been shot with a camera!!

Our convention bag with the new Idea Book was handed out as we left General Session, and it was packed with all sorts of new product we would need for the Create and Take sessions! 7 new stamp sets, a new ink pad in Slate, paper, ribbon, and embellishments galore!!

The Create and Takes were so much fun, but by 4:30 I was so cold I could hardly move so I packed up and came back to my room. Tonight is the Mix and Mingle, and I will be heading down there shortly.

Tomorrow, I MUST take more pictures!!!