Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January SOTM Blog Hop - This Moment

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month over 60 CTMH consultants will be showcasing a wide variety of amazing projects featuring the January Stamp of the Month, This Moment, a set of 12 stamps.

If you've come from Wendy's Blog you are on the right track! The hop is a great big circle so grab a cup of coffee and click on the consultant links in the posts to be taken on a creative journey to get your mojo flowing!

This month I created a two page scrapbook layout using the Heartstrings Paper from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book! Here's a close-up of some of the details:

Products Used (All CTMH Unless Otherwise Noted):
Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Flaxen Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: This Moment (S1501)
Ink: Hollyhock (Z2128), Glacier (Z2641), Slate (Z2173)
Other: Extra Thick Twine (Z3036), Enamel Hearts (Z2009)

Now it's time to hop on over to Kathleen's Blog to see what she's created!

Have a wonderful New Year and thanks for stopping by!

~Michelle Battitori

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing you much happiness and joy on this very Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours,

Michelle Battitori

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Deal of the Decade Stamps - $10 for C and D size stamps!

The December promotion from CTMH is the Deal of a Decade - you can get an UNLIMITED number of C and D size stamps from our Annual Inspirations book for just $10 with a qualifying $50 purchase!   Plus your qualifying order automatically gets you our adorable "Cutie Pie" cupcake stamp for just $5 AND during the month of December you can get our Annual Inspirations Book and our new Seasonal Mini for FREE ($7 value) with any purchase you make via my shopping site -!

This really is an awesome deal because you are saving $3.95 to $7.95 on each and every C and D size stamp you purchase!  To make it easier to shop, here are the screen shots of the available stamps - these will pop up automatically as a special promotion when you place $50 worth of product in your shopping cart.  There are SO many sets to choose from! 

And here is the adorable SOTM, "Cutie Pie," for just $5 with your qualifying order!

If you have any questions about the promotion or CTMH products, please don't hesitate to ask!

~Michelle Battitori

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Yuletide Carol 8 page Scrapbook Workshop

I'm very excited to announce a new scrapbook workshop for 2015! This is a great opportunity to record your holiday memories as they are fresh in your mind!

Or, use these layouts to help you get caught up on holiday's past! Either way you'll leave the workshop with 8 complete layouts! Don't need eight holiday layouts? Feel free to bring a friend and split with them.

Here are the workshop details:

Date: Friday, January 9
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $45.00

I will be pre-ordering items for this workshop so RSVP and payment is due by December 29th.  If you are in the Northern Virginia area please RSVP through my group, Manassas Area Papercrafters.

Here's what's included in your kit:
  • (1) Pre-cut Yuletide Paper
  • (1) Yuletide Carol Complements
  • (1) Yuletide Carol Assortment
  • Pre-cut Cricut Embellishments
  • 12 Gold Sequins
  • 48" of Red Shimmer Trim
  • Extra Cardstock (Black, New England Ivy, Ruby, Colonial White)
  • Use of my stamps and inks
I hope you can make it!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Creative Club - Joy Wall Hanging

We went green for December's Creative Club using recycled box materials to make this adorable chipboard wall hanging!

Everyone had an opportunity to try out the Cricut Explore machine and Design Space. Combined with the Art Philosophy Cartridge we were able to complete this project pretty quickly (minus the wait time for our technical difficulties).

As a thank you to my guests I raffled off the stamp set we used during class. Congrats Dianna on your win! Now you can no longer say, "I never win anything!"

I feel so very blessed to have these women in my life! We've made quite a few projects in 2014 and I look forward to creating in 2015! If you are ever free the 2nd Friday of each month I'd love to have you join me!

Have a wonderful day!


P.S. If you are interested in instructions for this project they are for sale on my Etsy page, MichellesPaperMagic, under the Workshop Section.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expression Blog Hop

Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop!  Over 30 CTMH consultants will be featuring new products from the first Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.  This book contains all new products not found in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

If you have come here from Michelle's  Blog, you are on the right path*! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

For my project I used the new My Creations Mini Black Book and the Hopscotch Picture my Life Cards (PML) to record my family's Thanksgiving trip to Colorado! I kept the embellishments to a minimum to make this a very quick and easy project.
 For the cover I used one of the 4" x 6" PML cards and the zip strip from one of the Heartstrings paper pack. The twine is also new and knots beautifully!

For this page I added a small strip of the beautiful new Blue Shimmer Trim...I have to have a little bling after all!

Every once in awhile I take a video that I like to incorporate into my mini albums. I simply upload them to YouTube, create a QR code and print a photo of the code! 

I had a lot of food photos so I made a collage out of them in Picassa and printed as one 4" x 6." 

Have two 3" x 4" spaces but want a 4" x 6" photo? Simply cut it in half and insert into the pockets! 

In these pages I had a 4" x 6" slot but didn't have  alot of journaling so I added a small photo to one of the journaling cards!

I like the orange chevron card but it was a little plain for my layout so I added a 3" x 4" card to it!

Don't forget to decorate the mini album covers! I wanted a little summary of our trip so I used one of the calendar cards in the PML kit and created a pocket for the last page of my album!

Products Used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Heartstrings (X7193B), White Daisy
Inks:Indian Corn Blue, Smoothie
Stamps:Hopscotch WOTG (G1091)
Other: Hopscotch PML Cards, My Creations Mini Black Book, Extra Thick Twine (Z3036), Blue Shimmer Trim (Z3025), Corner Rounder, Hopscotch Assortment (Z3016)

Thanks for taking  a look at my little mini-album. I look foward to making many more of these beauties...shh, the kids may just find one in their stocking this year! Now "Hop" on over to Lalia's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

The Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book is available December 1, 2014 - March 30, 2015. To receive your copy of the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book please contact your CTMH consultant or visit my website HERE.

*If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Specials & Upcoming Classes!


Upcoming Classes

  • Creative Club - Friday, December 12 at 7 pm 
    • We will be making a holiday wall hanging
  •  Crop - Saturday, January 24, 2015 9 am - 9 pm
    • This crop supports Xi Delta Gamma's College Scholarship Fund. Cost is $30 and includes a reserved spot, Make & Takes, Door Prizes, Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Please contact Julie Brill ( to reserve your spot!
  • Scrapbook Workshop - Friday, January  9 at 7 pm
    • You've celebrated the holiday season and now it's time to document it in this 8 page scrapbook workshop! We'll use the Yuletide Carol paper and Compliments and I'll show you how easy it is to add stamping to your layouts! All papers will be pre-cut
I'm working on quite a few projects with the new Seasonal Expressions products and I can't wait to share them with you so please stay tuned! 

December Specials

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Seasonal Expressions 1 Is Here!
Enjoy four months of fabulous product.
Seasonal Expressions idea book
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It's finally here, the idea book you've been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine's- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you've ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!

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Deal of the Decade
Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps.
Deal of the Decade
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Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart's revolutionary My Acrylix® clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That's up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set—and there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted rate. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

*Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)–December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD; D-size stamp set: $17.95 USD / $19.75 CAD).

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December Stamp of the Month: Cutie Pie
Add a little frosting to your order this month!
December 2014 Stamp of the Month: Cutie Pie
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It's a sweet, sweet December deal: Place an order totaling $50 or more and you'll qualify to receive the December Stamp of the Month, Cutie Pie, for just $5! This set of sugary stamps will be perfect on your cards and layouts featuring your favorite sweet faces. It's available only during December—so act fast!

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