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Monday, August 3, 2015

CM Border Maker Mania Blog Hop

Welcome to the CM Bordermania Blog Hop featuring ideas for the Creative Memories Border Maker System!  This wonderful tool makes punching borders a breeze!  It’s super easy to use, is almost fool-proof (I can attest to this!) and there are some really fun cartridges available with more on the way!  Be sure to visit all the stops (there is blog candy)  You should end at the CM Blog and have a chance at a great prize.

You should have arrived here from Stefani’s blog - be sure to visit all the blogs so you don't miss anything!!

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

Mouse Memories

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

I love how versatile these cartridges are!  The bubble cartridge could be used for bubbles, of course but how about snow or confetti or mouse heads?
The above layout was inspired by an idea shared by CMA Susan Bashey Brandes (she used a hole punch to add ears to the bubbles to make mouse heads.) 

To make this layout first use the Border Maker System to punch out a border at the top using the Film Strip cartridge and another on the bottom using the Bubble cartridge.

To turn the bubble border into a mouse head border punch out 2 bubble borders – one using the red cardstock from the Shades of Red Decorative Cardstock paper pack and another using the dotted yellow paper from the Primary Paper Pack.  Use a white 12x12 refill page under the black background paper or cut a strip to go behind each of the borders from white cardstock or paper. Using the circles punched out when making the red and yellow bubble borders, fill in the larger circles as shown and tuck smaller circles behind them, adhering them to the page.

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

For the top border add Gold ABC/123 stickers to spell “memories” and add red stars punched out of Red Decorative Cardstock using the Star cartridge.

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

Add a few pieces from the Be Bold and Flourish Slide in Pack & all you’ll need to do is add your photos! 

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

Supplies used for the Mouse Memories page:

Neutral Paper Pack (black background paper)
Shades of Red Designer Cardstock (Red mouse heads & stars)
Primary Paper Pack (yellow mouse heads)
The Original Border Maker System with Bubble, Star and Film Strip Cartridges.
12’ Straight Trimmer (It really cuts straight!!)
Be Bold & Flourish Slide-in Pack
Gold ABC/123 Stickers

It’s easy enough to change this layout to one that is more feminine!  The steps are the same as above – with a little extra touch from the bows.

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

Those cute little bows are really easy to make!

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

Punch out a few stars using the Star Cartridge with the Border Maker System and trim off 2 of the stars “arms” to make each bow.

CM Border Mania Blog Hop!!

Adhere two “arms” from the star, points touching in the middle of the girl mouse’s head. Use one of the small circles punched using the Bubble cartridge for the center of the bow.

Supplies used for the Girl Mouse Memories page:

Neutral Paper Pack (black background paper)
Shades of Red Designer Cardstock (Pink mouse heads & stars)
Primary Paper Pack (yellow mouse heads)
The Original Border Maker System with Bubble, Star and Film Strip Cartridges.
12’ Straight Trimmer (It really cuts straight!!)
Look on the Bright Side Slide-in Pack
Gold ABC/123 Stickers


Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to leave a comment listing which CM Border Maker System cartridge is your favorite. I’ll randomly pick one person that leaves a comment on this post to receive the borders made featured in this blog post (and a few other goodies)!  I’ll contact the winner for their mailing address. These will be mailed after August 17th…I’m blogging while on vacation (LOVE my job!!) and unfortunately I won’t be able to post them until then.

Your next stop on the CM Blog Hop is Diana Brinsley

Here’s a list of all participating in this blog hop in case you get lost:

Creative Memories Blog
Stefani Jones
Lisa Graham (you are here)
Diana Brinsley
Creative Memories Blog  - be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a FANTASTIC prize!!

Good Luck!  If you’re not the lucky winner please visit your CM Advisor’s website to place your order.

Need a CM Advisor?  I’m happy to help!! If you click on any of the product links in this post you’ll be taken to my CM Advisor site. (Thank you!)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kiwi Lane Instructor Kit

It’s here – it’s here!!!!!  My Kiwi Lane Instructor Kit is here!
2 boxes jam packed with so much fun!  I ordered the Class Starter Kit and everything shown below is included (except for that green tray).  I’m ready to start creating and hold parties & Get Togethers (classes)!
Class Starter Kit – worth over $800!class_starter_kit1
There is also another starter kit option – this doesn’t have the items for classes.
Basic Starter Kit – worth over $500!starter_kit1
Kiwi Lane templates can be use on scrapbook layouts, cards & more.  You’re able to see through the templates so you can position them over paper, photos & more – allowing you to get the perfect shape. I don’t know about you – but I have a TON of paper…countless pads of coordinating paper, double sided paper, etc. These templates work beautifully with your stash, allowing you to make beautiful projects without buying extra items. They also sell nice paper packs at a good price (can you ever have enough paper?) Smile
Visit the Kiwi Lane Blog to get inspired! Sandcastle 2-page layout
Currently Kiwi Lane is in their soft launch phase.  They are making the transition from a web based business to a direct sales. Kiwi Lane is tweaking things, making sure the transition goes smoothly.  Eventually all sales will be made via Kiwi Lane Instructors on their website.  More info is coming soon, and the opportunity for you to sign up is too!   In the meantime you can find some information about becoming a Kiwi Lane Instructor and Playing for a Living (love that phrase!) here (including lists of the kit contents).  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Kiwi Lane!
If you can excuse the poor video taking skills (I’ll work on that ) you can take a peek at my kit!

A little later after the full launch begins (hopefully sometime in August/September) Canadian friends will be able to sign up as Instructors and we’ll be able to ship internationally!
If you’re local (SE Michigan) contact me to host your own Kiwi Lane Party or Get Together!   Be sure to join my Facebook Group to get the latest info and also sign up for my newsletter to keep in touch!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NEW Border Maker Ideas

CM Has introduced 3 new cartridges for the Original Border Maker System.  These work with the old CM system, the old cartridges work with the new system – everything CM - old & new -  works together! 

Bubbles Border , Film Strip and Star Border cartridges.NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
Visit my CM site & click on “What’s New” to view these and other new products!
Inspiration for using the newest Border Maker Cartridges.
These posts were shared by the CM Home Office:NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's WorkshopNEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
A couple of my ideas:NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
Using papers from the Be Bold & Flourish line:NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
From CM Advisor Beth Wells Sechler:NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
From Pat Gerlach, CM Advisor:NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
From Linda Lingley Seeley,, CMA:NEW Border Maker Ideas on Lisa's Workshop
You can save $10 off your order by using the code THANKU10 at checkout.  One code per account – good until July 31! Click here to shop with me. (Thank You!!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Here is $10 for you to spend on CM product!!

$10 to spend on my CM site! $10 to spend at

It was last July that Caleb Hayhoe decided to invest in what is now the new CM. This week is also Caleb's birthday (which in his humble fashion, he didn't want to disclose but CM talked him into it). When CM asked what he would be celebrating, his answer was "CM's success."  So on behalf of Caleb and everyone at CM in St. Cloud, they would like to thank you for helping to make CM thrive!

Please accept a $10 gift that can be used on ANY purchase between Tuesday, July 21 (9 a.m. CT) and Friday, July 31 (11:59 p.m. CT): enter code THANKU10 at checkout. Click here to shop via my Advisor link. (THANK YOU!!)

Fine print:  Limit one $10 coupon per account. Discount applied to online orders only. Cannot be used with other promotions or coupons (i.e., account credits). Coupon applied only to the retail amount of the order (shipping & handling excluded).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fun Stampers Journey Punches in CM Shape Maker System.

They work!!!!

FSJ punches work with CM Shape Maker System!- Lisa's Workshop
The chevrons were punched with the FSJ punch, then I used the larger CM Shape Maker System square to punch around that.  For the square stack - the red square is cut with the FSJ punch and all the others are from CM.  It fits perfectly & completes the set Smile 
From back to front: CM Shape Maker System square, (red - 1.75 FSJ punch) dark blue and green dotted - large CM Square Maker, yellow & orange - small/mini CM Shape Maker.

FSJ punches work with CM Shape Maker System!- Lisa's Workshop

I shook & wiggled this thing way harder than I ever would normally. The cartridge didn't budge until I pressed the release button.FSJ punches work with CM Shape Maker System!- Lisa's Workshop
Identical as far as I can tell except for coloring & labeling.

I ordered my FSJ starter kit on the 19th, the punches and cardstock on the 21st and I received everything today (in Michigan) on the 30th.  FSJ orders ship from Arizona.

I LOVE this tool and am so glad that we now have more options for it!!

Here are the other cartridges/punches available from Fun Stampers Journey. (Click to enlarge)

FSJ punches work with CM Shape Maker System!- Lisa's Workshop

FSJ punches work with CM Shape Maker System!- Lisa's Workshop

The 1.75 circle is shown on the website but you won’t be able to order it until July 15th – along with the other shapes I’ve noted above. 


Click here to view/download the FSJ catalog filled with lots of great ideas. It’s 218 pages of fun!

If you’re interested in hosting an online party please let me know. FSJ has a great hostess program and lots of fun products! 

hostess rewards

I have to say, I’m quite taken with the FSJ smooth, solid colored-all the way to the core-cardstock!  It cuts beautifully and comes in lots of fun colors. It’s “archival, and acid- and lignin-free” too! Another thing I really, really like about FSJ is how their colors carry across the different products.


Off to explore the rest of my FSJ goodies!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

New Products Coming Soon!!

All New & Available to Order Wednesday! 

July 1 products will be available at 9 a.m. CT in the What's New category.

The all-new Be Bold & Flourish Fast2Fab album, Refill Pages, Paper Pack and Slide-In Pack will brighten any memory! They're especially well suited to girls of all ages, from girls' early years to showers, special birthdays, girls getaways and more. 

New Album Colors from CM

Be Bright & Flourish - cute & new from CM

The new Red, White and Blue Paper Pack (12 sheets of double-sided exclusive designs, both sides shown below) can be used for any holiday that might involve potato salad and fireworks. It also ups the charm factor of anything boy-related. Only a few designs include all three colors, so our Canadian friends will find a ton of uses for it, too!

Red, White & Blue - new from CMComing Mid-July:

  • Two new Border Maker cartridges: Filmstrip and Stars!
  • ABC/123 Stickers in Gold and Black
  • New 12" Straight Trimmer and 12" Straight Trimmer Replacement Blades (2/pk)

New Border Maker Cartridges!!

New ABC Stickers!

The NEW 12” Trimmer – blades will fit the OLD 12” dark blue straight trimmer!!! 12" Trimmer - new from CM!

Also expected mid-July (currently enjoying a scenic tour of Customs): Shades of Neutral, Bright and Pastel Designer Cardstock in 10-packs.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

More about those FSJ Cartridges!

While I’m waiting for my FSJ starter kit to arrive and my first order I thought I’d share this picture from my FSJ upline Julie Krehbiel. 


Isn’t that beautiful!! (Love those chevrons!!) That is a FSJ punch cartridge with the CM Shape Maker System handle.  The only difference between the FSJ and the CM cartridges seems to be the color! I’ve heard good things from Julie about the FSJ cardstock, too, so I added some of that to my first order (in addition to what comes in my starter kit). FSJ cardstock is acid free, lignin free and the color is solid all the way through!

I will still post an update when I receive my items but I wanted to share this now because there is a nice incentive for those that become FSJ Coaches in June.  On top of the great deal you get with your starter kit (there are 3 to choose from – see below) you’ll receive the June Kit of the Month (KOTM) called “Selfie Love” for free! <3


Some info about the FSJ KOTM:


Being the bargain-loving gal I am I went with the Blooming Grand Kit.  It’s the best value and I love that you’re able to customize which ink pads, papers and stamps you’ll receive if you like!  You’re also able to add on a pack of accessories at a great price (with an extra 10% discount) and it counts towards your volume totals!

Your 3 Starter Kit Options:


(Click here to view this as a PDF)

I’m impressed with this company – they seem to have a really big heart!

Here is some info about becoming a FSJ Coach.|
Please let me know if you have any questions!!