Saturday, July 28, 2012

A picture is worth a 1000 words...

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

This is a layout I did for a challenge on July 14th.  All the paper is from a 2005 Kit Club (Can you say Paper Hoarder!!!  Paper from 2005!!)


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The New Bird Feeder Story

Hi Everyone,

Here is a layout I wanted to share with you that  I made for a challenge on Fiday July 13th.  All the paper is from a 2005 kit club.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Tip for stamping with CTMH Clear Stamps

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

I have a tip for stamping with those awesome CTMH Acrylic Stamps!  While the stamps are 'see through' sometimes it is difficult to stamp in the right spot especially when stamping on white paper/cardstock and when stamping on a small piece of cardstock, perhaps a shape that you have cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to match your companion stamp.

Here are my tricks:

1.  Put a small about of 'removable' adhesive on the pack of your cardstock shape to stop precut shapes from moving around on you




2.  Glue these shapes to a piece of black cardstock!  This way you can see perfectly through your clear, acrylic stamp to the entire area of your precut shape and will land the stamp perfectly in the center of the shape!



Hope these tips help you to enjoy your clear, acrylic stamps even more!
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mom has completed her last radiation

Well radiation is all said & done. We won't know if it helped for about 3 weeks. She will gradually step down her steroids and then see how long it takes for the symptoms come back. Hopefully this radiation will buy her some quality time with her family & friends. We are going to see the chemo doctor in a few minutes to see if there would be any benefits to putting her through that again. Keep her in your prayers my friends.

Blessings,
Melitta

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My posts are going to be a bit sporadic...

My Mom Beverley is my best friend, as you may have gathered by reading my blog.  On her 40th birthday in 1980 she suffered a stroke and although she recovered well her right side is weakend and she needs a brace and a cane to help her walk.  Eight years later my father passed away from a massive heart attack at age 52 and since Mom was handicapped she can't stay alone so her house was sold and she has lived with her kids ever since, so she truly is my best friend!  We are having a tough time in my family right now and so I wanted to explain why I will be in and out over the next while regarding my posts etc.

The back story...My maternal grandmother Melitta Green had breast cancer when she was 48-49 so my Mom has a mammogram every other year and I have one every year.  In early 2010 our GP doctor called and said that a spot had been found and she needed to come in for an ultrasound to investigate.  Our doctor called with the results, reporting that everything was fine, they couldn't even find on the ultrasound that which had been picked up on the mammogram.

In the early spring of 2011 my Mom came to me with strain on her face and with tears in her eyes as she told me that she could feel the lump in her left breast.  We immediately went running to the same doctor's office.  I was in the room with my Mom when he felt her breasts, he didn't do a proper breast exam, and swiftly told us this was not breast cancer that it didn't even involve breast tissue.  Still concerned I mentioned that my Mom's Mom had early breast cancer and he still insisted that this was nothing to be worried about.  I protested again and he finally agreed to request a non-emergency ultrasound, which meant that it would take up to 6 weeks to be called.  I thanked him and believing in him because he was the one that had been to medical school, I went about convincing my Mom not to worry.

By April we still had not been called for the ultrasound appointment and my Mom was growing more and more anxious and so I called the hospital to try and get an estimated time for her ultrasound.  We were shocked when the hospital explained that the doctor had never made the request and they instructed me to call his office immediately to find out what went wrong.  I called the doctor's office but our doctor was away so we were told to come right down to see the doctor who was seeing our GP's patients while our doctor was away.

When the fill-in doctor felt my Mom's breast his face completely changed and I knew it was for the worse.  He instructed us to get to the hospital immediately for a mammogram and an ultrasound.  As you can guess my Mom was, shortly thereafter, diagnosed with breast cancer.  During these appointments it was also brought to our attention that when the ultrasound was done in 2010, after the mammogram alerted to something, our doctor had been advised to send my Mom to the Kelowna Cancer Center where they would be able to perform a micro biopsy or at the very least, she was to come back within 6 months to have a follow up ultrasound...we were never told any of this, he simply told us there was nothing to worry about!  Imagine the survival rate when the cancer is so small it couldn't be found on an ultrasound, compared to allowing it to grow for over a year undetected and untreated.

Mom had a mastectomy within days, the cancer was completely removed but there was 1, only 1, node involved with the cancer.  This meant that the cancer could have escaped the breast or it could mean the cancer was caught in that node so 4 grueling rounds of chemo were ordered to begin immediately.  During this whirlwind of information it was brought to our attention that Mom had diabetes that we were never even advised about!!  It said in her file that it was medically managed but it wasn't and we were never told!!  The chemo finished up at the end of November 2011 and then it was discovered that she had a diabetic ulcer on her foot, which as of today is still not healed.  Mom has been in constant pain between mastectomy, recovering from surgery, suffering chemo and now a diabetic pressure ulcer.  We couldn't thank our family GP enough for all of these gifts!

After the chemo Mom got a chest infection and we had to go to our medical clinic to see a doctor for a prescription.  Mom/we hadn't seen or talked to our GP since they found the cancer and she didn't want to because we were all so upset, mad, frustrated etc., so we asked to see a duty doctor instead of our own GP, so we were told to come in immediately.  We were directed to our GP's office and when we refused the nurse protested that he was the only doctor we could see and since Mom needed medication we bit the bullet.

When our doctor walked into the exam room and saw my Mom and I sitting there he said "Did you have your surgery yet?"  That was the lead comment!  Not 'Oh my I'm so sorry for what I have done', not 'please accept my appology', nothing like that, just "Did you have your surgery yet?".  I was so mad I could just spit but Mom needed the antibiotic so I bit my tongue and just got the prescription from him and that was it.

My Mom and I wrote to the College of Physician's and Surgeon's to lodge a complaint and I'm happy to say that in June his license was revoked and he is not longer a doctor as ours wasn't the only complain over the years.  Sadly, all he had to do was pay a fine of $13, 000 I believe and repay the costs of the investigation into his misconduct.  Big deal there but at least he can't do this to another patient again.

We had a final meeting by video with the oncology doctor in Kelowna and they said that Mom was considered cancer free and no further tests were required unless we noticed some sort of change with Mom.

We tried to get a lawyer to sue the doctor, I mean ex-doctor, but even though the lawyer would be willing to take the case on a contingency basis, we would still need to have about $20 to $30 thousand dollars to invest in the case first and since my Mom and I are both handicapped (I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia at 39 years old so my life is one of daily pain in varying degrees) my husband is the only bread winner in our home there is no money to put towards a case.  The lawyer also told us that even though her treatment was delayed because of the doctor's negligence, she survived and was cancer free.

From June 22nd to June 24th Mom when to stay at my brother's home to spend time with my nephew but while there she was having a bad headache.  I told her to make sure to take Tylenol and call if it didn't settle down.  On the 24th I had to leave for Kamloops for an appointment with my rheumatologist so I called my brother to make sure to check on Mom after she came home to our house.  When I got home Mom was still suffering headache and now nausea so I called my brother and he said that my nephew(10 years old) must have brought home the flu from school as both he and my brother had it.  Well that explained everything!  While on chemo they wouldn't let Mom have her flu shot so she is obviously suffering a bad case of the flu, and since the vomiting was just beginning we figured about a week and she would be over it.  After a few days she was still vomiting quite a bit so I took her to see her new, very competent, woman doctor and that day she seemed to be on the downhill side of this flu so the doctor said to try and keep her hydrated and wait it out.  After a few more days, Mom started falling down, which I can only remember her doing 3 times in my life, even though she had lived with restricted movement from the stroke, I just felt something was wrong and since it was now the evening I had to take her to the emergency room.

They just couldn't understand why she was having headache, vomiting, and 4 falls within 14 days but no diarrhea or fever so a CT scan was ordered right away....brain cancer....it still doesn't compute...brain cancer...no matter how many times I say or write it, it just doesn't seem true.  The breast cancer had metastasized to her brain and there were so many tumors they couldn't count them all.  One tumor, over 1" in diameter is pressing on the cerebellum causing the headache, nausea, vomiting and falling.  We were devastated, as you could imagine, and even more so when it was explained that if we hadn't have brought her in when we did, she had mere weeks to live.  Mom was started on high dose steroids and within hours the headache, nausea, vomiting were gone and her balance restored.  That one, lousy, positive lymph node was responsible for the brand new nightmare we are embarking on, that one lousy lymph node.

We quickly received an education on her brain cancer.  Mom is to be sent to Kelowna to receive radiation treatment right away.  I asked the prognosis and the wind was knocked out of me when we were told there was no cure for brain cancer, that treatment would merely give her some quality of life now.  I felt so stupid that at 47 years old I had no idea that brain cancer couldn't be cured.  A full body CT was ordered and we were told to go home to await instructions to leave for Kelowna BC, 7 hours by car, to begin the radiation treatment.

I called the lawyer and told them they may have a case now because the game has changed, that delay of over a year allowed the cancer to leave the breast and now it has written her a death sentence. The lawyer said that we still needed $20 to $30 thousand dollars to pay for the costs of expert witnesses and since it would take at least 9 months to get it into court, if Mom didn't make it to the end of the case the estate would only get her expenses covered! I hate this part of living in Canada, only the rich can sue so no one has to worry about malpractice suits if their patients are the working or disabled poor. The lawyer suggested that I perhaps contact the doctor myself to see if his conscience would lead him to offer an apology and perhaps some financial support to help us with the expenses.

I wrote to the malpracticing doctor and told him the news and asked if he was ever going to apologize to Mom and at the very least offer to cover the expenses of traveling, hotels, meals, medication etc. He showed up at our door with some flowers, told Mom when he had seen us for the last time in the clinic, he hadn't realized he had made a mistake, this was a lie because he asked her "have you had your surgery yet?", so he obviously knew she was having a mastectomy for breast cancer and would have seen in her file that he had told her she didn't have cancer 6 weeks before she had the mastectomy!! In my opinion, that negates the apology! He justified his mistake by saying that he was just trying so hard to serve so many people, to make sure that everyone was cared for (not like getting paid for all those people he was squeezing into a day had anything to do with it!?!?) that he was obviously missing things. Part of the reason he was in trouble with the College of Physician's and Surgeon's was that he was far surpassing the number of patients doctors are allowed to see in a day! After this justification of his mistake he said goodbye and away he went, no offer of help with the costs of trying to get her some quality of life for the time she has left.

We had our first meeting with the Oncology Doctor in Kelowna on July 17 and were told that they would give her 5 treatments of radiation and he echoed the Cranbrook doctor, that hopefully this would give her some quality of life now.  He also delivered the results of the full body CT, Mom has tumors in her lung, up the center of her chest and in her adrenal glands.  More devastation, how much does this woman have to endure because of that incompetent doctor who had been our GP since 1969!  This was the first time in my life that Mom lost complete control of her emotions, even when Dad died she remained strong for us, but not this time, she knew what that doctor had done to her and she was sad, mad, frustrated, angry, tearful, mournful and tormented.  When Dad died I felt that as the oldest child, 5 years older than my only brother, I was responsible for protecting and caring for Mom and I had failed her.  I was ashamed that I hadn't protected her from that doctor, that I didn't scream loud enough when he refused to look into Mom's health fears further, I had failed her when she most needed me.

So here we are today, sitting in the Cancer Treatment Center Lodge where we have lived since July 18th, 3 treatments of radiation behind her and two more to go.  On Monday we will meet with the radiation oncologist to see if more treatments are necessary, would help or if she is finished with radiation.  The oncologist who treated Mom for the breast cancer last year is going to meet with us on Tuesday July 24th to see if there would be any benefit to putting Mom through more rounds of chemo to try and attack the tumors in her chest and glands.

Mom is going to celebrate her 72nd birthday, here at the Cancer Treatment Center Lodge on Sunday, July 22nd.  My brother and his wife are driving the 7 hours from Cranbrook to come and see Mom for her birthday so she is really excited about that.  We will try to make it as nice as we can considering where we are and why.

Mom is a crocheter and knitter so she is making all these plans to make something for each of her grandchildren and one great grandchild so that is really the most important thing to her now.  One of the side effects of radiation is short term memory losss so I'm hoping that wont interfere with her goal.

Well that is the reason I have been and will continue to be a little sporadic with my posts.  The July posts were produced and scheduled to automatically post and there are a few more left to come.  Once we return home I will spend some time in the craft room when Mom is resting or sleeping and will post those projects when I can.  I hope you won't mind but I will also be posting the daily progresses of our family while we are on this journey.

I can't thank Just A Scrappin' for their understanding of my inability to contribute to the design team as I had promised to do and for keeping me on the design team anyway.  I also want to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, flowers, card & gifts, your support has been amazing and very appreciated.

If you would like to send a card of encouragement to Mom our home address is:

Beverley Archibald
122 16th St. S.
Cranbrook BC
V1C 7E8
Canada



Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's Christmas in July!!

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my Blog today!

Well here we are with Challenge #13 for Just A Scrappin'!  For this challenge we needed to make a Christmas project using black, white, pink & one other color, so I chose green!



Gather your supplies:

Black card base 4 1/2" x 6 1/4"
Pink CS - 4" x 5 3/4"
White CS - 2 3/4" x 3 1/2"
Green CS - 3 x 3 3/4"
CTMH - Gold embossing powder
Snowflake Cuttlebug Folder
CTMH - White Daisy pigment ink
CTMH - VersaMark Embossing & Watermark Ink
CTMH - Black Ink
CTMH - Olive Ink
CTMH - B1390 Countdown Stamp Set
CTMH - Foam Tape
Stampin' Up - 128146 Christmas Deer
Stampin' Up - Embossing Buddy

Place the pink cs into the embossing folder and run through the Vagabond, then lay it onto a flat surface and glide the white pigment ink over the pink cs to highlight the snowflakes.  You will need to let this dry for several hours or dry with heat tool because you're using pigment ink.  Once dry cut the piece down the center vertically and horizontally then apply to your card base spacing them equally apart from each other and the card edges.

Stamp the deer with black ink and let dry for a few minutes.  Rub the image with an embossing buddy, to help stop the embossing powder from sticking in the wrong places, then stamp the ornaments into his antlers with Versa Mark embossing ink.  Cover the embossing ink with gold embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to set the powder.  Stamp the Christmas sentiment with CTMH Olive ink.  Mat the deer with the green CS then mount over the pink onto the card front using foam tape pieces.

I hope you enjoy my project and don't forget to enter your own projects into the challenges on the Just A Scrappin' Blog!
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Welcome to the Just A Scrappin' Blog Hop!!

Hello fellow bloggers and followers!
Happy Summer! We are celebrating the Fun of Summer with our DT members. They have made projects to show what they like about summer.  My favorite part is scrapping with the awesome, bright colors that show up during the spring and summer!!  After overload on winter/Christmas those animals, birds and green grass colors make me feel SUMMERific!!
If you are just stopping by please start at the beginning at Just A Scrappin'
If you are following the hop you should of arrived here from Nicole M over at http://lovingvintagescrapbooking.blogspot.com/ and if so, then you are on the right track!!!  There will be a list at the end if you get lost along the way.

We have some fun blog candy for you to win today not only from Just A Scrappin' but from several of the individual DT members. To be eligible for the blog candy you need to leave a comment on each of the members blogs. Please become a follower so that you can see tons of talented members. Please be sure to leave a way to contact you.  You can follow this blog by clicking the "Join or Follow this site" button by scrolling down the right side of my blog!!  You can also sign up for the newsletter, which will put all of my posts including tutorial links into your mail box every time I post one, by entering your email address at the top right column of my blog!!

Today I have a fun project & tutorial for you!  A photo wallet to carry all those precious children's, grandchildren's and anyone else's pictures in!

This is an easy project and can be completed in an hour or two, depending on how much you want to embellish it!  This project's Cricut cuts all came from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge
Here is a list of supplies I used and if you would like to download the complete tutorial you will find the Microsoft Word Document HERE and if you prefer the PDF Document HERE!
Gather your supplies:
o   Double-Sided Patterned Paper for Wallet Base – 12 x 12 (Stampin’ Up)
o   Topiary Green CS – 12 x 12 (3 x 12 Cricut cuts/balance cut into (6) 4 ½” x 2 ¾” photo mats)
o   White CS 3 x 12 for Cricut cuts
o   White CS (2) 8 ½” x 11 cut into (12) 4 ¼” x 2 ½” photo mats
o   Ribbon of choice – 40” (Offray)
o   CTMH Stamps B1391 Zoology & C1501New Arrival
o   CTMH Ink Pads Sweet Leaf, Chocolate & Olive
o   CTMH Ink Pen Chocolate, Black, Honey, Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue, Tulip, Sweet leaf
o   White Signo Pen (Uniball)
o   Stampin’ Up – Ticket corner punch
o   Scoring Tool
o   Bone Folder
o   Removable Adhesive
o   Double-sided tape & Foam Tape
o   Fancy paperclip for closure (Staples)

Watch The Video Here

Thank you for stopping by and taking the hop with us. Your next fun summer stop is Keia over at http://confessionsofapaperholic.blogspot.com/

The complete roster for this AWESOME Blog Hop is as follows:


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Friday, July 13, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Retirement Card

This card is one of those 'Over the top' ones you make only for special people in your life.  This card was made for my sister-in-law's retiring father and I made it to reflect the person I feel he is, the rancher with a love of nature and animals and even lives next to our heritage town, Fort Steele, and he and his wife are use supporters of the heritage town they love!





All of the cuts are from the Silhoutte Cameo and the cuts can all be found in the Silhouette online store!  Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Full of class" stamp tutorial

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  As promised during the 'Using Close To My Heart Stamps with Cricut Cartridge", this is a pictorial of how I achieved the look of two colors on the "Full of class" stamp.

1. Stamp the image in CTMH Goldrush on a scrap piece of paper.

2. Cut the 'Postage Stamp' from CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Lay the postage stamp on a scrap piece of paper and then stamp the image using CTMH Olive Ink, the arrow will go off the edge but your scrap paper will catch the ink.
3. Trim the arrow from the image you first stamped in Goldrush.  Now you can choose to leave it as is with the fianl 'L' turning gold along with the arrow....
...or you can cut the 'L' away from the Goldrush arrow, which will allow the Olive 'L' to show through the image leaving just the arrow in Goldrush.

I think it looks great either way so enjoy!
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Use those scraps!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

After finishing the layouts I posted in late June about the Carnival Grand Gala Buffet, Puerto Rico etc I took the scrap bits I had left and immediately turned them into some cards!  I really felt like I had used every bit of my CTMH Workshop and threw almost nothing away!





Amazing what you can get out of your scraps, just by adding some card blanks :)

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Come join us for a Blog Hop!!


I have a super cute project to unveil during the blog hop, tutorial included!!  If you have never done a blog hop don't be afraid! It is so much fun and so easy to do!

1. During July 14th & 15th go to http://just-a-scrappin.blogspot.ca/ and she will have an announcement to make there (regarding Blog Candy!! read as, free stuff, yummy supplies, scrapbooking goodies!) and that will be the start of the Blog Hop.  You will leave a comment on her post.
2.  Just A Scrappin' will then give you the list of each blog involved with the Hop.  You will then go, one by one, to each blog on the list leaving a comment on the post they make regarding the hop.
3.  Once you have 'hopped' to each blog, leaving the trail of bread crumbs (read as; comments) to prove you were there, you will go back to Just A Scrappin' and post that you have completed the hop and you will then be eligable to win the Blog Candy!!

You see so many inspirational projects, learn techniques, get ideas & tips AND the chance to win scrapbooking supplies, does it get any better than that????

Also don't forget to 'join' or 'follow' the blogs that you love.  All or some may offer a newsletter mailing list so if you want to see their inspriational projects or learn techniques from them, please sign up for the newsletters to be delivered straight to your inbox, that way you won't miss a thing!!

Hope to see you all there!
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Friday, July 6, 2012

New Video uploaded! How to use the Bow Easy

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

I uploaded a how-to video today on using the Bow Easy!  Bow Easy makes the most perfect bows, every time!  I will post the video link here but you can see it any time by just clicking on the Video Tab above and scroll to the bottom of the page!  Enjoy!



Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Just A Scrappin' Challenge #11

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
I had so much fun with my second assignment as a Design Team Member for Just A Scrappin'!  Given the time of year our challenge was to make something centered around July 4th and using Red, White, Blue and two other colors, so here is my completed project!
I used red, white, blue, yellow and a creamy neutal color!  I did also use a small piece of black just to shadow the '4th of July' but since black is negative space I don't count it as a color LOL...that's my story and I'm sticking too it :)

Gather your supplies:
o   Cardstock Base – (2) 12 x 12
o   Navy Blue CS – 12 x 12  (Cut into (2) 6x12 if using small cricut)
o   Red CS – 12 x 12 + 6 x 12
o   Blue CS – 12 x 12
o   Black CS – 6 x 4
o   Matte Silver CS – 3 x 6
o   Matte Gold CS – 3 x 6
o   Yellow CS – 5 x 12
o   White CS -  6 x 12
o   All Cardstock by Club Scrap with the exception of the matte metallics of unknown origin
o   CTMH Z1484 Glitz RedGlitter Gel
o   Stickles Midnight Blue & Golden Rod
o   Distress Inks Barn Door, Chipped Sapphire & Mustard Seed
o   CTMH C1487 Stamp Set from Work Shop On The Go G1037 Superhero
o   Perfect MediumClear
o   Perfect Pearls – Forever Blue, Perfect Sparkle + thin brush to apply & fat brush to sweep off
o   Gin-XExpress-ons Navy Rub-ons Kellerman Type
o   Stampin’ Up Foam Dimensionals
o   Cricut Cartridge – Stand and Salute

The entire layout was produced from cuts on the Cricut Cartridge Stand and Salute.  I cut the jet from matte silver paper and shadowed it with matte gold paper.  The fireworks were enhanced with glitter glue.  I used Perfect Pearls on the two white photo frames and the large white star on the flag map.  If you would like the tutorial in which I provide exact cutting instructions please feel free to download here:  Microsoft Word Document or PDF Document, however the tutorial is for personal use only.  If you would like to share the tutorial with your friends, please direct them to this post so they too can download it directly from me.

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If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask either by email here or by posting your comments below!  I love your comments!!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!
Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, July 2, 2012

Part 2 - Using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge with matching stamp sets

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

We are going to continue on with the routine I use when adding a Close To My Heart stamp set to my inventory, that work with the Close To My Heart Cricur Cartridge - Art Philosophy.

Step 1 - (Previous Post) Mark on each page of the handbook, the row and button number that corresponds to the cartridge overlay so when you are looking through the handbook for a project to make you will know quickly which button to push in order to produce the cut you want.

Step 2 - Next to each stamp image, that has a corresponding cut on the Cricut cartridge, mark the page numbers of the cuts in the handbook so when you pull out the stamps you will quickly know which page to turn to in the handbook to complete a project with speed, rather than wasting those precious minutes hunting them down each time you use them.

Next to each stamp I have used a Sharpie Fine Tip Pen, as it is permanent and dries quickly, to mark which page I can find the cut to match this stamp in the handbook.

If the stamp has no size marking next to it, it doesn't have an exact match on the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Does this mean that you can't find a shape that will work for you??  Absolutely not!  If you look closely at my stamp carrying sheet, I have written next to EVERY stamp the page I will find a workable image in my handbook, as well as the size I want to cut that image so it will work perfectly for me!  This requires some trial and error but I have done the work for you, on this stamp set, so here is the entire stamp set with everything you need to make a perfect greeting for any card!
There are definitely more shapes that will work for many stamps but I have shown the ones I like the best and I hope you will find this information useful when you make your next card with the Art Philosophy Cartridge and the Stamp Of The Month for February 2012 - Thoughtful Tidings.

The images where stamped with the following Close To My Heart Inks:  Sweet Leaf, Garnet, Pansy Purple, Pacifica and Olive.

In the next posting, I will teach you the technique I used to stamp the "You're FULL of Class" stamp picutred above, with a different colored arrow to hang off the postage stamp shape.
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog