Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted House Card

The new CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent card made this fun haunted house card soooo easy to make!  I ran a piece of black card stock through the machine to create the card base (one easy click of the cartridge) and then ran the Gypsy card stock through to create the purple panel.
I decided to back the moon cut out with white card stock and then color the bats on the moon black.  I also added Honey and Pear card stock to the haunted house to make the glow of the windows and to add a door.  A few white stars finished off this fun card.
Here's the inside.  I stamped Happy Halloween from the Artfully Sent stamp set and added a little arrow washi tape.  Are you getting ready for Halloween?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thank you!

Thank you to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for selecting my bird cage card was one of the Top 5 for the #230 Shape Up Challenge!


Fantabulous Cricut

Thank you also to the Color My Heart Color Dare for selecting my card as the Ruby winner of the Cranberry, Canary, and Glacier color challenge!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shin Han Markers Blog Hop

Have you tried Close To My Heart's new Shin Han Touch Twin markers?  You are going to get tons of great ideas along this blog hop!  (If you're already hopping, welcome from Paige's blog.  If you're just getting started, you'll leave here to go to Sarita's blog next.
Since I do NOT like to color, my favorite marker technique is to color embellishments like our silver shimmer trim with the Shin Han markers.  You can turn the silver trim into almost any color you like!  Just use the broad tip of the marker to color the shimmer trim and then let it dry for a bit.

Here are a few other projects where I've colored the silver trim:
I didn't have any pink shimmer trim for this In the Pink journal entry, so I made my own.


The gold and purple are actual shimmer trim colors that we have, but the "Pacifica" uses our Shin Han markers!  (You can find the complete details HERE if you're interested.)

How about this pretty "Thistle" trim?  The Peony Purple Shin Han is a great match.  (For more details, click HERE.)
See what I mean?

Thanks for hopping by!  Have you tried coloring embellishments with markers?  Now check out Sarita's great idea!
Click HERE for the complete hop list.

H2H Challenges: Guilty Pleasures

Oh come on, admit it!  We all have them!  This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is guilty pleasures.  I decided to use my In the Pink My Crush journal to document mine.

I created a simple list of my favorite guilty pleasures.  I just wrote them directly into this page of the journal with a pen.  I did add a title with the new CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent alphabet.  I embellished my page with pieces of the In the Pink Assortment and sticky tabs plus Lagoon hearts washi tape and silver shimmer trim that I colored pink with a Shin Han Touch Twin Tender Pink marker.  I also used a few leftover scraps cut from Sorbet card stock with CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

Be sure to check out the H2H DT's guilty pleasures.  We hope that you'll share yours with us too this month!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy World Card Making Day!

Today is World Card Making Day, and I was able to carve out a little time to play with my brand new CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge and stamps.  As soon as I saw the bird cage card/cuts, I knew what would be my first card!
This card was so very easy to make!  I began by cutting out the bird cage card with the Glacier wood-grain B&T from the Seaside paper pack.  I loved the polka dots on the inside, so I used another sheet to cut the piece with the bird cutout.  I also knew that I wanted to fill the bird cutout with a bird, and I remembered the current Color My Heart Color Dare #113: Glacier, Canary, and Cranberry.  Why not?  Canary's a great color for a bird, and I love aqua and red together.
What do you think?  I like the color combo!  The metal flowers are from the Brushed assortment.  I also used a white and several gold  glitter gems, plus gold polka dot washi tape and red shimmer trim.  (All supplies from Close To My Heart.)

Now here's the inside of the card.  Since the polka dots were pretty busy, I added a Colonial White panel that I distressed with Canary ink.  The "just because" sentiment is from the Artfully Sent collection.
Finally, I want to link this bird cage card to the Fatabulous Cricut Challenge #230, Shape Up: use any shape but a rectangle or square.  Happy World Card Making Day!

Edited 10/10/14:
Thank you, Fantabulous Cricut DT, for selecting this card as one of the Top 5 for the FCCB Challenge #230!
Fantabulous Cricut

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

H2H Challenges: Scrapbook Selfies!

The October Heart 2 Heart scrapbooking challenge is to show off your selfies!  Since I got an iPhone this summer, taking selfies has never been easier (although my arms are not long enough for the most flattering photos!).  I snagged several of the selfies I've taken this summer and then created this layout in Studio J.

The Lollydoodle collection seems like a fun choice for my pictures and fit the general color scheme well.  I love how easy it is to scrapbook in Studio J, virtually at any time and anywhere.  When I order and receive my layout, I plan to add sparkles to give it a bit more bling.

Thanks for checking out my layout.  Now go see what the other designers have created and link up your scrapbooking selfies soon @ H2H!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Home for the Holidays

If you're a crafter, then you know how important it is to stay ahead of the holidays, so please don't be offended to find Christmas here before Halloween!  The October Close To My Heart stamp of the month has traditionally been a great stamp set for the winter holiday season, and this year is no exception!  Welcome to the October stamp of the month blog hop featuring the Home for the Holidays stamp set!  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Krista's blog.  When you're ready to leave here, you'll visit Michelle Stewart's blog next.)

 My first card uses the Yuletide Carol paper pack and color palette.
Don't you love that bear?  To create him, I first cut out the postage stamp with my CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I stamped the image in New England Ivy on there.  Next, I stamped the image again in Glacier and then again in Ruby.  I cut out the Glacier rectangle and then fussy cut the Ruby scarf.  It was easy to assemble once all the pieces were cut, and let me tell you, that Ruby scarf makes the bear POP.
Here's a card I featured way back in August using the Snowhaven collection.  Are you ready for Christmas crafting yet?  You'll get tons of ideas along this hop, so go see what Michelle has in store for you.

If you happen to get lost along the way, come back here and click on this blog hop badge to get the complete list of hoppers.  Thanks!
Click HERE for the hop list.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Family Is Forever Reunion Layout

The September stamp of the month, Family Is Forever, is a great stamp set to pair with family reunion photos!  We made this layout at my recent scrapbooking class, and pictures from our annual July family reunion were a great match.
Using a sketch, like this one from Cherish, makes scrapbooking so simple.  Just choose your papers, cut, and adhere.  Of course, we had to get a little fancy...  You'll notice that I used Chocolate ink to distress most of my paper pieces and then distressed the photos with Desert Sand ink to soften them up a bit.
To stamp this gorgeous tree, we tried a couple of techniques.
  1. Ink up entire stamp in Desert Sand ink.  Rub the stamp across the pad to get the streaked, bark-like effect.
  2. Ink up the leaves (or at least most of them) by pressing them into Olive ink.*
  3. Use a sponge dauber to pull ink off of the hearts.
  4. Huff (breathe) onto the stamp to activate the ink, and stamp onto Colonial White card stock.
  5. Use a (retired) Barn Red marker to color in the hearts.
To add the family names, I just used one of our new Shin-Han Touch Twin markers to write them.

*During our class, my friend Peg wanted autumn-colored leaves (and I unfortunately forget to snap a picture), but she used a sponge dauber to pull ink off of the leaves, then pressed them into Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, and Barn Red inks (in that order, lightest to darkest) to create beautiful fall foliage.

We stamped the "Family is Forever" sentiment by inking it up in Goldrush, then Autumn Terracotta, and then Barn Red ink, moving progressively across the stamp to create the fall/rainbow effect. I absolutely love doing this technique!  Finally, we used pieces of the Pathfinding embellishments assortment, gold shimmer trim, and gold sequins to embellish our layout.  I really love how it turned out!

I am linking up my layout to the Lasting Memories challenge #109 209, Autumn Colors.  Thanks for letting me share the highlights of this year's family reunion with you!

Monday, September 22, 2014

H2H Challenges: Favorite Tool

This month is "favorites" month at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, and this week's challenge is to share something you make with your favorite tool.  Of course it is super hard to choose!  I think Close To My Heart stamps are my favorite tool, but I am not sure that counts, so I chose my CRICUT instead!
This layout showcases my daughters' hair transformations earlier this summer.  The youngest got the ends of her hair dyed a dark blue, while the oldest got 13" cut off!  I ended up liking the colors of the Wanderlust paper pack, so I went with it.  I used my CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge exclusively on the layout.  I couldn't stick with just one key- I used several different "themes" to bring this layout together.
The #30yearsofhappy National Stamping Month stamp set was a fun way to embellish and accent this layout!  Please note how I used black Shimmer Trim and Flamingo Dots to accent my focal photo mats.
The cartridge cuts "Sassy Girl," but I needed it to be plural, so I just cut an S from the cartridge.  I think it looks great!  Since Ansley had said that it was time for a change, I thought the clock zip strip was a perfect accent.
The right page is one of the B&T patterns from the Wanderlust paper pack.  I did jazz it up with more black shimmer trim, Cricut Artbooking cuts, flamingo dots, and the stamp set.
 All I did to accent the pre-printed top left corner was add shimmer trim, a flamingo dot, and some arrow washi tape.
The bottom right corner took a little more time.  First, I used an exacto knife to trim the ticket and pennant so that my picture and mat would slip behind the pennant.  I used the same embellishments plus a "picture perfect" and "like" stamp.  That little clock is from the zip strip.  Too cute, if I do say so myself!

Now go check out the other H2H designers' favorite tools.  You can join us by linking to any of our "favorites" challenges through the end of September.  I hope to see you @ H2H!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another Birthday!

We celebrated another family birthday recently (unfortunately with no pictures), and if you're going to be 83 than you deserve a pretty fancy birthday card (if I do say so myself).

I love making side stair step cards!  I have found that the 5"x7" size is easier to cut and gives you a bit more "canvas" on which to work.  (Click HERE if you'd like my tutorial with measurements to make one for yourself.)
For this one, I used the Confetti Wishes paper pack with its cheery color scheme of Canary, Thistle, Pear, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, and Pacifica, plus the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge and birthday stamp set.  To embellish the card, I used some of our Lagoon heart washi tape and gold glitter gems, along with gold, silver, and purple shimmer trim.

Now, you may be wondering when CTMH started carrying blue shimmer trim, but sorry, we don't.  Your eyes aren't deceiving you either, because you can make your own!  Just color silver shimmer trim with the alcohol marker of your choice!  Let dry for a few minutes and then add some sparkle to your project.
Because the gift was a rather awkward size, I decorate the front of a plain brown paper grocery sack with a panel of stamped cupcakes (same stamp set and inks as the card) and a strip of the Confetti Wishes B&T.  The Lagoon washi tape isn't just for decoration!  It helped hold the panel on the front and (somewhat) helped to keep the present closed.

Because I love making this type of card, I am going to link up to Heart 2 Heart Challenge's favorite technique challenge

Sunday, September 14, 2014

40th Birthday Bash

We recently celebrated a few family birthdays with a low country boil at my sister's house.  One of the guests of honor was my brother to celebrate his big 40th birthday.  (How did my little brother get to be 40 already?!?  I don't even want to think of how old that makes me!)

(WARNING: If you're offended by "guy" humor, you may want to walk away now!)  I'll start with a few pictures of the birthday bash to give you a chance to leave.


My sister asked me to help her with the signage for his "beer cake," and we loved the way it turned out.


Finally, here's the "famous" card:
I have to thank my friend Lynn for the idea!  She found a card with this idea on Pinterest of course and then made the toilet paper roll for me as she made two for her.
The Chocolate wood grain was a leftover from a CTMH/Cricut Artbooking project that I didn't use.  I mounted it on a piece of Kraft card stock.  Since most outhouses seem to have a moon, I made one with a White Daisy circle that I then used my circle punch to cut a "bite."
I stamped the sentiment with the A Typeface alphabet.  I love the shadow effect you can make by stamping your letters twice in two different colors, slightly offset from each other.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that you've enjoyed my family's warped sense of humor.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#30yearsofhappy and Color Dare #109

This is a card that I am not in love with but that I still wanted to share.  I was trying something a little new, so I'd love to hear your reactions.  I knew that I wanted to use the National Stamping Month stamp set, #30 Years of Happy, and the Color Dare #109 color combo.

To begin, I cut six 1" circles on my White Daisy card stock with my CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I then cut the card stock to make a 5"x7" card.  I took my colors and arranged them in rainbow/ROY G BIV order and then stamped an image from the National Stamping month special in each circle. From top to bottom, they colors are Canary, Pear, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Pacifica, and Thistle. The card was too plain and simple so off I went to find painters tape for the painters tape technique.
Alas, I couldn't find our painters tape (and I KNOW that we have some!) so I thought about other ways I could add ink to my card front.  I didn't want to use another stamp set, so I tried inking up one of my long skinny blocks.  What do you think of the results?  I did embellish the card with some purple shimmer trim and a silver sequin.

I would love to hear your reactions to this card.  Thanks for leaving me a comment!

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