Thursday, November 13, 2014

Anniversary Canvas

My brother saw a great idea and wanted to create something for his beautiful bride for their one-year anniversary.  Here is what he made (with only a very little bit of help from me):
Yes, he stamped meaning words and phrases onto a 16"x20" canvas all by himself!  I showed him what to do, he caught on very quickly, and created this beautiful piece of art.

Sorry, ladies, he's taken!  Did I mention it was for his one-year wedding anniversary?  Faith is one lucky lady!  Here's a sweet picture of them from their reception. We wish them many, many, many fantastic years together.  Love you guys!

Monday, November 10, 2014

H2H Challenges: No Ink

Welcome back to another NO-vember installment of Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  This week's challenge is NO INK!  With our awesome $5 Studio J special this month, I couldn't resist posting one of my recent Studio J layouts.
This layout is one of the Studio J "Express Collections" that are already ready for you to add your photos.  (This one is one of the School Days layouts.)  You have to see the original version to appreciate the changes that I made.  Here's the original:
To begin, I changed the green to Gypsy and the tan to Slate.  This color change fit my pictures so much better!  I next changed the title and then removed the red triangle accents.  I ended up adding the "2014" portion and the flower stitching elements.

Don't be afraid to try changing things up in Studio J.  If you don't like your changes, "undo" is your BFF!  Another great feature of Studio J is that you can order as many copies of your layouts as you would like.  I'll be getting two of these, one for each girl.

Thanks for checking out my H2H NO INK layout.  Be sure to check out what all of the H2H designers have created for you this week.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Artfully Sent CTMH/Cricut Blog Hop

Have you seen the gorgeous new CTMH/Cricut cartridge, Artfully Sent?  It is such a beautiful addition to the CTMH/Cricut family, and any card maker is going to love it so so much!  A group of us CTMH consultants love it so much that we wanted to share it with you in this special blog hop.  You're going to find so many great ideas for things you can make with this fabulous cartridge!  (If you're already hopping, then you should have arrived from Jean's blog.  After visiting here, you'll go to Lilian's blog next.)
For my project, I decided to show how the Artfully Sent cartridge isn't limited to cards.  I cut this Eiffel Tower panel at 11-1/2" on Slate card stock (the largest size it will cut).  I stamped my title with the Vogue Alphabet in Black ink.  The sidebar uses the cool Basics embossed card stock in Slate, with Juniper ink sponging.  My embellishments include black and silver shimmer trim, silver washi tape, black sparkle flourishes, and black sparkles.

Now go see Lilian's lovely project!

(If you happen to get lost somewhere along the way, you can find all the hoppers HERE.)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

H2H NOvember Scrapbook Challenge: NO B&T!

Over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, the month of NO-vember will be bringing us some tricky challenges where certain items or products are prohibited.  Our scrapbook challenge is NO B&T, and that is a true challenge not to use all of our pretty patterned papers!  I decided that the pictures of my girls and their Converse high tops would be the perfect photos to use with this challenge.  Here's what I came up with:
 My layout is based on 12x12 Sketch #94 from the 4x6 Photo Sketch Blog.
To get started, I stamped the checkerboard stamp from the Geometric Backgrounds in Black across the top and bottom of my two White Daisy 12"x12" page bases.  I then attached the Black card stock and Slate strips, followed by the two White Daisy rectangles.
 I decided to stamp my title directly onto the right White Daisy piece in Black with the Frameworks Alphabet and then color in with a Cranberry marker.  Both the Pacifica star and the Reel Life circle were cut with the CTMH/Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used the Reel Life stamp set and black and Pacifica inks for my stamping.  I am so glad that I wrote my journaling on a separate card stock rectangle, because it took a few tries to get it right! ;)

To embellishments my layout, I piled on blue & green and black &; gray epoxy bubbles; puffy stickers from the Chalk It Up assortment; arrow washi tape; and square stickers from the base & bling Free Thinker style sheet.

This layout ended up being plenty "busy" enough with my stamped background and card stock.  You should give the H2H No-vember NO B&T scrapbooking challenge a try!  Be sure to see what all of our designers have created.

Friday, October 31, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: It's the Little Things

It's already time for our Close To My Heart stamp of the month blog hop, featuring November's It's the Little Things stamp set.  (If you're new to this blog hop, just click each link to the next person to go all the way through to get 60 or more ideas with this stamp set.  If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Dana's blog.  You'll hop on over to Paige next.)
The floral stamps in this set are perfect for random stamping!  While random stamping is basically stamping images all over your card stock (or whatever base you're using), there are a few things you can do to achieve this look.  First, start stamping with the largest image.  (You can always fill in any empty spaces with little stamps, but you'll never squeeze in a big on otherwise.)  Think about stamping in triangles, building off of each triangle "point."  (Can you see what I mean with the large yellow Canary flowers, above?)  Then start filling in the white space with the medium-sized stamps and finally the smaller stamps.  Another rule of thumb to help you random stamp is the "pint-quart-gallon" rule: this works for the size of the stamps and the color saturation.  You want a little (pint) of one color, a medium amount of another color, and a large amount of the third color.

My first card (above) uses the Brushed paper pack and Canary, Pixie, Hollyhock, and Cranberry inks.  I added in Gold polka dot washi tape mounted on White Daisy card stock, gold glitter gems, and red shimmer trim.  I modified a sketch from the Make It From Your Heart  how-to guide.

My second card uses the bright color palette of the Confetti Wishes paper pack.  I random stamped my flowers in Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Pacifica Thistle, and Canary with Pear for the leaves.  I kept the sentiment off to the side to showcase these pretty stamps.  Finally, I embellished my card with purple shimmer trim and (retired) purple sparkles.

Thanks for checking out these two cards using the same basic technique but very different colors for two totally different cards.  I'll be back with a layout and more ideas later this month.  Be sure to come back often!  Now go check out what Paige has made, because it truly is the little things that matter.
Click HERE for the complete list of hoppers- in case you get lost along the way!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eat, Drink, and Be...

SCARY!  This card uses one of the cute pocket cards that you can easily & quickly cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.

Actually, it uses two of the pocket cards, because that adorable cat is the negative (or throwaway) part of another CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent pocket card!  Even though she is in Gypsy, I think she's a lovely addition to this card.

To back each row of the cutouts, I used a little washi tape to hold scraps of Scaredy Cat B&T and some silver glitter paper.  I finished off the Sunset card base with another Scaredy Cat scrap, black shimmer trim, and black epoxy bubbles.  Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Here's another fun Halloween card that I made with the Scaredy Cat paper pack and the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge & stamp set.
 The Artfully Sent cartridge does all the work to make this cute swing card!  It is makes adorable cards so so easy!
A little purple & black shimmer trim and a black enamel star from the Scaredy Cat assortment finishes this card off nicely.  Of course I have to link this one up to the H2H Midnight challenge.  Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014

H2H Challenges: Midnight

It's close to midnight, and something evil's lurking in the dark... (Yes, the "Thriller" lyrics popped into my head with this week's final October Heart 2 Heart challenge, Midnight.  I guess I am showing my age!)  This challenge is perfect for Halloween, although you don't have to use this holiday as your inspiration.  The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog has thrown down a Halloween challenge (#234) this week too!
This amazing (if I do say so myself!) pop-up card was so easy to make with the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge and stamp sets.  It was a bit time consuming, but it wasn't hard.  To begin, I cut out the haunted house image with Black card stock.  I then cut the inside of the card (the actual pop-up mechanism with the ghost and moon cut outs) on Whisper card stock.  (I knew that I wanted to use the Scaredy Cat paper pack.)  Next, I cut the spooky tree from Slate card stock.  (I later cut the sentiment pieces from Colonial White card stock and B&T from the Scaredy Cat paper pack.)
 Scroll down for a quick photo tutorial of how I made the sunset background.  I used three zip strips for the pieces that ground the sentiment.
 To create the "glowing" haunted house windows, I backed that piece with two pieces of Honey card stock.

Here is the front of this cool CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent 5"x7" card.  (I used Slate card stock for my card base.)

The spider and web were also cut from the CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge.  I cut off the spider's silk and used a piece of metallic neutrals baker's twine to "hang" it.  (The spider is attached to the knot with a glue dot so the spider will actually swing.)  The black shimmer trim adds a bit of bling to this fairly plain card front.  I didn't want to overpower the inside!

Now here's a tutorial for how I created the "sunset."  I sponged inks in the following order using one of our round sponges that I cut into quarters.  (I only used one quarter for the entire card.)

Inks used for "sunset" (bottom to top): Canary, Honey, Sunset, Thistle, Gypsy, Outdoor Denim, and Black. Begin with Canary at the base of the top half of the card.
 Sponge on some Honey...
 then Sunset...
 followed by Thistle and Gypsy...
 finishing off with Outdoor Denim and Black.

Thanks for letting me share!  I hope you have a SPOOK-tacular Halloween!  Be sure to check out all of the H2H DT's Midnight projects, and join any of our October challenges by 10/31!

Embellishments: neutral metallic baker's twine, black epoxy bubbles, black shimmer trim

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

H2H Challenges: October Sketch

This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge is to use a sketch that I designed.  (Thank you to H2H DT members Brandi & Adeline for digitizing the sketch for me!)

Here is the card that I made for this challenge:

To start, I grabbed my October stamp of the month, Home for the Holidays, and random stamped the candy in Cranberry on my card base.  The striped paper from Snowhaven was perfect as is for the bottom strip.  I think that every Christmas card should have some sparkle, so I added a strip of red shimmer trim.  I stamped the bear image three times: once in Slate on the CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy postage stamp cut; in Glacier on a square of White Daisy; and once in Cranberry to cut out the scarf.  I mounted the finished "stamp" onto a piece of Snowhaven B&T.  I didn't cut off the zip strip but rather left it on for a little decoration.  I finished the card with Cranberry marker cheeks on the bear and a Slate twist tie.  This flat card will be easy to mail this holiday season!

(BTW, did you know that Christmas is less than 10 weeks away?!? That almost makes me panic, but I plan to try to enjoy the days until then!)

I first used this sketch for a teacher appreciation owl card (details HERE) that I wanted to share again.
Be sure to check out how the talented H2H design team interpreted this sketch, and then give us your take on it.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  You only have until the end of the month to get the adorable October stamp of the month!

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.


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