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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Celebrate card inspired by Sue Wilson

I admit, I have been watching Sue Wilson's videos on youtube and admiring her style thinking I would never create a card like that.  Well, I finally decided to give it a try.  Unfortunately, I had to select smaller dies, because I didn't want to go larger than 5x7.  I dug through my stash, and found some Spellbinder dies.

I LOVE how this card came out.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Patchwork technique on Birthday Card

Another CTMH consultant Kandi Gallegos-Garcia made a card using this technique. You can see hers here.  I loved hers so much, I had to try it.  Here is my attempt. 

 I made it using Blossom  B&T, and Pear and Sunset cardstock. I love the way the patchwork turned out. I was going to use one of our embossing folders, but I got excited and forgot. I used pear and sunset inks and the August SOTM and Artistry Cuts.

Patchwork pieces are cut at 1.5" x 1".  I laid my pattern out on a 6" square of White Daisy cardstock and glued it down.  After I was sure it was dry, I cut it down to 5.25"x4".  I layered it onto a Sunset piece of cardstock 5.5"x4.25".  I added a knotted piece of white ribbon and layered the entire thing onto White Daisy card.  Finished card size is A2.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog. This Blog Hop is a circle of around 50 consultants.  You probably arrived here from Lori's blog.    Isn't everyone's work amazing?  I love it.

I  used the August SOTM "Framed" as the finishing touch on my first attempts at the Bokeh technique.  This is done by putting watercolors onto White watercolor paper. (Coming in new Idea Book Sept. 1).  Once they dry, you add circles using White Daisy Pigment Ink (Z2163).  I made a stencil by cutting a variety of circles into cardstock and then rubbing the ink through them.  [There are many videos on this technique on YouTube.]   After dry, I cut them down to 5"x3.75".  They are matted onto New England Ivy Cardstock (1282),  Lagoon Cardstock (X5635), and Gypsy Cardstock (X 5757).  The mats are all centered on 4.25"x5.5" White Daisy Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254).

The Sentiments on each card were cut from the newest CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Artistry. There are images that match our stamps exactly.  You can tell which stamps have corresponding cuts by the red outline on the stamp image in the idea book.

Now please hop on over to Jean's blog and see what she has in store for you. This Blog Hop is a circle, so as you move from blog to blog, you'll see some nice artwork and eventually end up back where you began.

Zoe Workshop on the Go Layout

This is the left page of the layout.  I zoomed in  to focus on the cricut images and one of the 3D assortment pieces, below.

This is the right page of the layout.  The word hello is also cut from the Artistry cartridge.  The word is attached to the border that goes around it and is "floating" within.  It gets layered onto another shape cut from Artistry.  The word fun is stamped on another image, and the small slate arrow is too.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Quick peek at new CTMH products available August 1, 2015

CTMH is making one paper pack and all that goes with it available to purchase on August 1.  The name of the paperpack is Zoe. I have already put together the Workshop On the Go, but I'm not allowed to post it to my blog until Aug. 1.  Sorry, I promised you it would be posted this week, but just a few days more to wait.

I can, however, show you little snippets of it, which I am doing here.   You will be able to see some of the Artistry Cricut shapes, coordinating stamps from the WOTG, and other stamps.  If you look carefully, you can see a cricut phrase too. There are also some 3D acrylic compliments.

Enjoy this sneak peek and come back on August 1 to see the complete layout.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Triple layered stamping and sneak peek

I am going to be teaching a Make-N-Take project at a crop next week.  This is the card technique I'm planning on teaching.  You layer 3 sized of cardstock so that your stamping overlaps all three layers at once. I learned this technique from Dawn O (Triple time stamping by Dawn O.on her youtube video).

After you have done all your stamping, you take the 3 layers apart and mat each one on a complimentary color of cardstock.  I used Chocolate because it is may favorite color and it goes with practically everything.

My card base is chocolate also.  Inside the card, I stamped the same three stamps as I did on the front of the card.

To put my sentiment on, I used the coming August Stamp of the Month and stamped the outline shape, cut it out, and then stamped Happy Birthday on it.  I added clear bling sparkles (Not pictured.)

White layers are:  bottom layer and inside of card  4"x5.25", middle layer 3.25"x4.5", top layer 2"x3.25"

Chocolate layers are card base 8.5"x5.5", middle layer mat 3.25"x4.5", top layer mat 2.25"x3.5"
Stamps used are:  D1482 Love Life, D1651 Wavy Blooms, and S1508 Framed Aug Stamp of the month.

Colors used are Sweet Leaf, Cashmere, and Hollyhock

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scrapbooking Class Layout

This is my layout for the class I am teaching this Wednesday at Lantana Middle School Adult Ed.

I made this layout using the CTMH How-to book, Make it From the Heart Vol II.  The design is Layout 02 on page 8-9.  I used an older paper that I had enough of for the students in the class.  Colors in this layout are Buttercup, Lagoon, Gypsy, and Black.

All supplies used are from Close to My Heart execpt Tonic Dies Weaving Laurel, Elizabeth Crafts flower die, and a small flower punch.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blossom Workshop on the Go Cardmaking kit

The Blossom card kit comes with everything you need except ink and adhesive to make 15 cards in three styles.  These two cards I made sitting in my hotel room in the evening this week.  

I'm in the state Capitol as a teacher/lobbyist this week so my evenings are free.   What do I do?   Make cards!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wedding mini album for a colleague

Once same sex marriages became legal in Florida, I knew it wasn't long before my friend married his true love.  They were married last week and I created this little mini album for them.

All products used CTMH except the Vellum Quotes and liquid glue.
Most of the products I used are already retired and no longer available, but I wanted these products and the blue color was specifically requested.

For the cover, I used my Silhouette to cut out the names attached to the blue oval. I typed the text and attached it to the oval path.  I learned how to do this by watching videos by CleverSomeday on YouTube. Her videos can be found here.  I also created an offset to place behind the names.  The date was cut on the same mat with the other items.
The first page has a Vellum quote that can be left as is or placed over a photo. I left it for the couple to decide.  Once they do, I'll help them finish the page.

The next two pages are the left and right side inside the album.  They have places for a photo on each page.

The last page has a Vellum quote with a torn edge that can be placed on top of another photo.
The front and back cover are cut from black chipboard. I don't remember where that came from.  It is lightweight chipboard.  I punced holes that line up with the 6" page protectors and tied it all together with black Tulle.  I wanted a binding system that can be expanded for more pages if desired.