Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fundamentals Frame

My daughter wanted to make something for her boyfriend for their four-month anniversary, so we decided to frame their recent Fall Ball picture.  (Do NOT even comment on how she could be old enough to have a boyfriend, go to Fall Ball, etc.!  I can't handle it!!!)  Here is what we made together.
The background is a 5"x7" piece of Sapphire Fundamentals card stock.  We added (retired) Cashmere and Chocolate pieces along with gold shimmer trim.  We cut the photo itself with the CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The flowers and brad on the outside of the frame are some that I had in my stash.  She made a frame for herself and one for him too (though his flower was a little less feminine).  Here's a couple of close ups of their adorable selves.  How did my baby get to be a freshman and so grown up?!?

Monday, November 23, 2015

H2H Challenges: Grateful for... Simply Fundamentals #2

For the final November Heart2Heart Challenge, gratitude, I started the second layout from the Simply Fundamentals workshop.  (I will finish the layout after I get more family photos this Thanksgiving week.)
My mother-in-law wanted an updated family photo, so I had my mom take this one after church.  To customize the layout, I cut the "grateful for you" shield from Goldrush and Peacock card stock cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.  The leaves are leftovers from my watercolor card class, and they look lovely with the Poppy and Goldrush base colors of the layout.  I embellished the layout with stamps from the CTMH/Cricut Artistry collection in Peacock and Goldrush.  I added Poppy thick twine and Blue enamel dots to complete this page.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out all of the H2H DT's gratitude projects.  Happy Thanksgiving week!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

H2H Challenges: Watercolors

At my card class Sunday, we played with our new watercolors a little bit, which was just in time for the Heart2Heart watercolor challenge.  I knew that I wanted to use watercolor paint to create fall leaves.  (BTW, I told my class participants that I am in no way a watercolor expert!  In fact, my first attempt looked like something a kindergartner would have made- or maybe not even that good.)  Here is my card:

To create the leaves, I began with a watercolor wash on a sheet of 12"x12" watercolor paper.  Be sure to wet the paper (in small areas) with water before adding the paint.  That will help the colors run and blend to make unique patterns.  After it dried, I splattered the eggplant and cocoa paint colors on the piece.  Finally, I cut out leaves with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.
Here's a close up of the card panel.  I splattered the sentiment panel with watercolors and outlined the leaf cut with my journaling pen to give it more definition.
I can't wait to try this with other colors and die cut pieces.  I hope you'll join the H2H watercolor challenge this month!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Get Back to the Fundamentals: Technique Blog Hop

With the great Close To My Heart Simply Fundamentals special this month, the Technique Blog Hop is featuring this awesome paper for some amazing projects.  (If you're already hopping, then you should have arrived here from Tonya's blog.  You will visit Shirley next.)  Did you know that the paper is two-sided card stock: one side features a clear embossed pattern and the other side has the same pattern but in white.  For my project, I decide to show how I customized one of the layouts from the workshop guide.  (Ask your consultant to share it with you, or contact me if you don't already have a CTMH consultant.)

I decided that I wanted to use layout #4 for our recent Band Senior Night photos.  Since our school colors are purple and gold, I switched out the original Ruby background for the Eggplant card stock in the Enchantment Fundamentals paper pack.

Also, instead of using the Sapphire accents, I grabbed some Black card stock instead (which leaves the Sapphire for another project).  I also decided not to use both sheets of Eggplant as the 12"x12" background but rather used White Daisy from my stash instead.  That gives me more of the Eggplant Fundamentals to use in another project.

Don't be afraid to customize the workshop to fit your photos!  Be sure to check out all of the Technique Blog Hop Fundamentals creations.  You will continue by going to SHIRLEY next!
Click HERE for the complete hop list.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Stamp of the Month Meets Retrosketches

When I saw the Retrosketches Challenge #189, I knew that I wanted to play along, so I grabbed my Close To My Heart November stamp of the month, Cheers, and the White Pines paper pack.
To make this New Year's card even more festive, I used both gold and silver shimmer trim for the center band.  I stamped the stars in Glacier on the Glacier card stock card base and then the pennant, 2016, and the focal sentiment in Cranberry.  I used a few sequins from my stash to add a little more bling.
To make the clock pop (literally), I took a skinny piece of scrap B&T and accordion folded it so that the clock will bounce around a bit.
Happy 2016 (a few months early)!  In the crafting world, it's never too early to work ahead.  Thanks for visiting.  Cheers to you today and always!

Monday, November 9, 2015

H2H Challenges: Trending Right Now

Today's Heart to Heart Challenge is "trending right now."  My card became something totally different than what I thought I would make, and that is fine with me!
First I wanted to pair the White Pines (Christmas) pack with Sangria (Fall) as suggested on the Make It From Your Heart blog.  I also wanted to use the trendy chevron pattern from Sangria.  As I flipped through my CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge booklet, I found the trendy deer heads that seem to be all the rage now, and a card was born.  I also cut the trendy sentiment feather from the same cartridge (but it is stamped with the Artfully Sent sentiments set).
At this angle, the bronze shimmer trim and (retired) Fundamentals Basic paper really shines.  The NEW Fundamentals paper has different embossed patterns that you'll love.  I finished off the card by tying some Neutral Metallics baker's twine around the card front.

Be sure to check out all that's trending on the H2H blog, and join us this month!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simply Fundamental Blog Hop

Have you heard about the Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking bundle this month?  Close To My Heart is offering an album of your choice, the Enchantment Paper Fundamentals paper pack, the Enchantment Fundamentals stickers, a Peacock Fundamentals assortment, three sheets of White Daisy card stock, AND free page protectors!  The Fundamentals line is so cool because one side features a clear embossed design and the other side features the same design in white.  Two looks for one paper!  My blog hop consultant group was so excited that we're featuring the Paper Fundamentals to show how amazing these papers and this offer are!  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived here from Gina B.'s blog.  From here, you'll click to go to Jennifer D.'s blog next.)

When the bundle was announced last month, I fortunately had a pack of the Enchantment Paper Fundamentals already, so I printed off the five-page workshop guide and got to work.  I had tons of fun one Saturday morning cutting and creating my layouts!  Here's what my floor looked like: I placed the base pages in order for layouts 1-5 and then as I cut the various pieces, I placed them in the correct layout pile.  Easy peasy!

Don't be afraid to customize the layout guide to fit your photos.  Because I had already selected this layout for my chorus concert photos, instead of using the four small squares on the right side layout that the guide suggests, I did not cut those piece of Peacock Fundamentals (which means more scraps for other projects- COMING SOON!).
Because I don't have the Fundamentals assortment that come in the bundle (yet), I used my School Years and Geek Is Chic stamp sets along with my Cricut alphabet stamp set to embellishment my layout.  Some blue enamel gems and gold sequins added a little sparkle.

Two of the five already have pictures on them, and I have big plans for the scraps.  I'll be sharing more this month, so come back often.  Before you hop off to the next stop, I'd love for you to leave a comment.  Thanks!  Go check out Jennifer's project next!
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cheers Graduation Card

As soon as I saw the November stamp of the month, Cheers, I couldn't help but think of graduation!  Maybe we have "senior-itis" here with our oldest graduating in 2016, but I can see the versatility of this set.  Here is part of my inspiration:

For this card, I paired it with the edgy Urban paper pack.
This sketch is from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.  For the left panel, I stamped images from the Cheers set in Saffron, Peacock, Sapphire, and Slate.  It was easy to use two colors (Saffron and Sapphire) on the focal image.  You may not be able to tell, but I used a faux leather technique on the Saffron band across the card: I stamped the stars in Saffron and Saddle, then crumpled and wadded up the piece.  I inked the "wad" of card stock in Saffron ink to have color on some of the creases.  The natural tearing and breaking down of the paper just adds to the cool effect.  I finally finished off the card with a strip of bronze shimmer trim and a blue enamel dot.

Cheers to 2016!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Cheers!

Cheers to the November stamp of the month! It's time for our monthly stamp of the month blog hop, and this time we have over 30 talented consultants sharing their projects with you.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  To see all the other great ideas, continue on to Paige's blog next.)

When I saw this set, I immediately thought of GRADUATION!  That is probably because our older daughter is a senior this year.  I made this single page layout as the title page/opener to her senior year scrapbook.  I used a sketch that I found on Pinterest.  (Unfortunately the blog itself seems defunct at this point.)

I grabbed pieces and scraps of La Vie en Rose and even a piece of Urban, my Cricut Art Philosphy cartridge, Pixie card stock, pink and black shimmer trim and various embellishments and got to work.

In addition to the November stamp of the month, Cheers, I added the "senior" stamp to the bottom right from the School Years stamp set.  I used Pomegranate, Pixie, Hollyhock, Slate, and Black inks.

Please let me know if you have questions about anything.  I will be sharing projects with the November stamp of the month throughout the month, so come back often.  Thanks!
Here's our girl, up close and personal.  (How is she already a high school senior?!?)  Cheers to you and yours!  Now go see Paige's fabulous project!
Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Wall Hanging

My Steampunk Scoundrels stamp set arrived yesterday, so I carved out a little time this afternoon to make a Halloween wall hanging with it and the Nevermore paper pack.
The bases of the banner were cut with my CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  These cutouts are actually pages for a mini album (with the binding on the left).  My older daughter thought that when they are turned with the binding up, like for the banner,that  they look like cauldrons.  "Boil, boil, toil and trouble..."

The simple, plain circles were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  Everything else was cut with Artbooking.

...quoth the raven, nevermore.

I am linking this project up to the H2H BOO challenge.  Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sangria Workshop on the Go Layout #2

For my recent scrapbooking class, we made the featured layout in the beautiful Sangria Workshop on the Go kit.  (I will post mine when I add pictures.)  I then went on to make the second, additional layout following the kit instructions (but changed up the photo mats to fit my pictures).
This is one of those layouts that doesn't commemorate a milestone but rather captures a little moment in time.  My sister was taking her boys out for Chinese in the next town over, so she invited us to join them.  It was one of the few Friday nights that the girls had "off" from marching band (although they had gotten soaked at after school practice), so we jumped on the chance for good food with family.
I also included a photo of the girls teaching their cousin to play Monopoly.  It wasn't from the same night but was close enough in time and subject to be included.
Don't forget to scrapbook the "small stuff" in life too!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cricut Capers & a Chorus Concert

One of the October Heart 2 Heart challenges is Cricut Capers, and I put my Cricut to work to help me create this layout of our daughters' fall chorus concert.

 Our older daughter, a senior, opened the show with an introductory speech, and then the curtains rose for the 135-student chorus to begin singing hits from a famous American icon and franchise.
To match her Tinkerbell costume, I chose to use Pear with pieces from the Zoe and La Vie en Rose paper packs.
 The Vogue alphabet (retired) was a great choice for stamping the title on this big Cricut banner.
To make her "wings," I cut the butterfly base on vellum and then the pretty scroll overlay with White Daisy card stock.  (By the way, I love that the girls decided to coordinate their costumes and performed as Tinkerbell and Wendy Darling!)
The entire layout is embellished with white shimmer trim, white sparkles, and green glitter triangles.

If you'd like to play along with any of the H2H October challenges, you have until the end of the month!


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