Friday, April 26, 2013

Maggie Girl

Happy Friday everyone!
I couldn't help myself...the Unity crew is having so much fun with the Friends with Flair Time I decided to join in! (if you haven't you should too!)
I've been having a blast playing with Maggie Girl {it's your birthday} created by Angie Blom.

The owner of my LSS loved her birthday card I gave her during our Project Life class. I stamped the girl and the sentiment and scanned them then opened them up with my Silhouette DE. Next I traced the girl and did an offset with the sentiment and did a print and cut.
My next project with Maggie was for my granddaughter Jayde.
I wanted to do something special for her 21st birthday so I specialized a water bottle and bag and this is how it turned out!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fun Was Had Here

While browsing around I came across a layout sketch and color inspiration shown in the Unity (be inspired) Challenge created by Joslyn Nielson. I was indeed inspired by both!
It was perfect for a Valentine pic of my grandson Landon at his first school dance.
I used this sketch to be used loosely to create my layout.
 This was the color inspiration for the challenge. I just LOVE the combination!
This is my layout and I was pleased to complete it with just the few Unity Stamp sets that I have. I recently subscribed to the Unity Stamp Company monthly Smak Kit and I'm sooo glad I did!
I chose the Smak Kit primarily for my Project Life projects but as you can see they are going to work beautifully for layouts and even cards!
The stamp sets used in this project are:
December 2012 Smak Kit
January 2013 Smak Kit
February 2013 Smak Kit
My grandson Landon is on the right and it is evident he is going to follow in his big brothers footsteps...he is not timid at all!
Thanks for your thoughts and comments and
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Twist of Orange

Hi Folks!  I think I'm stepping into a new 'world' I know nothing about but just know, so far, I'm loving it!
I'm feeling a bit bold here but I decided to enter the CMC Challenge #55, 'Anything Goes With A Twist of Orange'!
I'm brand new at coloring and while browsing the internet for ideas I came across this cute image by Marianne Walker. It was for the Fall Coloring Contest on the Copic Blog. It was the last day of the contest but this image was calling my name!
You can find the image here.
I used my Copic markers and cut out the image. The papers are from the Enchanted Collection by Authentique. The stickers are Salem Heights from SEI.
Happy Coloring!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Treats!

October has been a very exciting time for me in my little corner of the crafting world!
A few months ago I finally had the courage to submit some Halloween projects for consideration to be published in the October Cricut Magazine.  I was thrilled when I received an email notification that they had been accepted!

 This is me! Woot woot! You can find the original blogpost here.
The little Halloween Treats can be found here.
I can't tell you how happy it makes me to have my projects shared with so many!!! My next  thrill was to be asked to be the 'Featured Artist' in the 'A Homespun Affair' online magazine, October Edition!
I made a Halloween display of 3D cones and you can see the that post here.
If you haven't guessed by now that I love Halloween and creating fun projects for this holiday...let me add some more!
These are little treat holders I created for my grandson's first grade class. I used the the head and tail from the cat image (see above)  from the Cricut Digital Exclusive 'Moveable Monsters' and for the body I used the police shape from Cricut Digital Exclusive '3D Hats' and a square shape from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.  I used my Gypsy to weld the shapes together.
Here's my prep for putting them together. I used my Cameo to cut out the scalloped circles and the Boo! from the Silhouette Store. The stamps are a stamp set 'Perfect Fit-Halloween Holiday' (B1413) from Close To My Heart. You can purchase these from my website here.
Here are a couple of more of the treat holders. 
Thank you for visiting and sharing my fun!
Happy Halloween
Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Homespun Affair October Featured Artist

When I was asked to be the feartured artist for the monthly publication 'A Homespun Affair', I jumped at the chance to create a Halloween project! It's my favorite time of the year and Halloween is so much fun with the grandkids!
A Homespun Affair is a blogger and crafting monthly publication.  The editor is Jessica Kephart and she has a fabulous group of talented designers on her team to bring you inspiration for your home, celebration, decor needs, gifting, and thrifting finds. There is so much more from challenges to giveaways! 
On to my project!
I loved this little box of cones from the Cricut Digital Exclusives and thought of this Halloween display.

The cones and box were made using the Cricut  Digital 3D Party Cones Exclusive. 
Using the Gypsy I cut two Cone #1, cut is 10.27-5.75 from black cardstock.
The rick -rack is Cone #1/shift and the cut is 8.75-5.75 from green and orange glitter paper.
I cut one Cone #6 , cut is 5.91-5.75 from black card stock and layer Cone #6/shift, cut is 5.61-5.75 from patterned and glittered paper.
I then sprayed the cones with Goosebumps Shimmer Texture Sray from Tunineko.
The cone holder is Box #7 cut is 6.96-5.16 from patterned paper (Heidi Swapp Phantom Kit).
Tip:  I placed the completed box over floral foam, cut to fit to make it more stable to hold the cones.
Carve out holes in the foam using the holes in the top of the box as a template and set your cones in.
The gate is from the Cricut cartridge Happy Hauntings. Page 62 <Graveyrd> cut is 9.32-4.75 from black cardstock.
The spiders and spider webs are from the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge 'Artiste'.
Spiders are pg. 77 <Halloween> Accent 4 Shift cut is 1.55-1.74 from black cardstock.
The spider web was designed in the Cricut Craft Room by welding three webs together. See screen shot of CCR design.  Pg 76 <Eek> Accent 4, cut is 10.520-9.568 from black cardstock.

To add the spider webs to the box, I glued floral wire along the lines in the web and pierced holes through the cardstock into the floral foam. (Another reason to use the floral foam)
The 'Happy Halloween' phrase attached to the top of the spider webs is from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More2  Pg 51 #28 <PmpknBg> Phrase cut is 8.01-2.724 from orange glitter cardstock.
Phrase Shadow cut is 8.22-2.928 from black cardstock.
The label is one 31/2" rosette made from the orange glitter cardstock and 1 3" roseete made with a Martha Stewart Spider Web border punch.  The Black Bat Label is from the Midnight Magic paper pad from Recollections.
Other stickers are Pink Pislee, Phantom 'House of Fire' element stickers.
Thanks to Jessica and your awesome design team for inspiring me to create this project and sharing in the fabulous publication, 'A Homespun Affair'! I'm so grateful and I hope everyone enjoyed!
Happy Halloween to everyone and
Happy Crafting! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

July Art Philosophy Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Art philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, which can be purshased through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies.  There will be lots of fun projects AND some blog candy!!!

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set!  She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are..." (This stamp set has a 17.95 retail value).  You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog.  To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop.  If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry.

This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge.  Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

If you happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog.

My project is made using <Shape7> card feature (no shift) on page 37 of the Art Philosophy handbook. Cut is 9.10-6.55. (first layer) I used my Gypsy to create layers and cut <Shape7>  two times at 4.39-6.27 and 4.22-6.07. (second and third layer)  The & is <Shape6> Font/Shift on page 27 cut at 0.94-1.12  (fourth layer)

Here's a picture of my Gypsy screen

And here's my card...

Click to enlarge

I used the CTMH My Acrylix Stella Workshop stamp set from the Workshops on the Go Stella Kit G1032 and Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. Z2105
I stamped the sentiment and chairs, cut them out and popped them up.

Hope you enjoyed!

The next stop on your blog hop fun is Wendy

Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:

  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Gloria Shirr -
  4. Laura Wolff-
  5. Eva-
  6. Danielle ~
  7. Connie ~
  8. Wendy ~
  9. Joanne -
  10. Laura Charko -
  11. Carolyn Heniges -
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) -
  13. Stephanie Feist-
  14. Julia Hammond

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us - we hope you LOVE all the projects we created!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Paper Wreaths and Home Decor Blog Hop

Minced Paper

Welcome to the Paper Wreaths & Home Decor Blog Hop!  Our wonderful hostess is Laurie of 'Minced Paper'.  If you didn't start with Laurie's Blog please go back so you won't miss a thing! 

If you just came from Ashely's Blog you are in the right place.

I LOVE doing home decor projects and in particular, wreaths.  Before Cricut and the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge-Z1696, I made my wreaths with silk flowers (I have a whole closet full!) and anything else I could find.  The accessibility of these flowers on AP cart has brought wreath making to a different level and the possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

Here's my paper wreath

While browsing Hobby Lobby I spied a magazine that had a charming wreath on the front cover.  It was the 'Green Craft Magazine' and the concept of the magazine is to repurpose items into beautiful, functional and clever things for reuse.

The leaves are made from...wait for it...paper towel rolls! I fell in love with this effect! The technique is so easy too!  Just clip off a inch per leaf and arrange and glue together with a hot glue gun.

The flowers on the original wreath in the magazine were made from strips of colored t-shirts.  Although beautiful and clever I saw an opportunity to use the flowers from my Art Philosophy cartridge.

Here is a close up of the flowers.

The two flowers I chose to use can be found on page 70 of the Art Philosophy handbook. 
<Tag5> Font
I cut them out at 3'' using Close To My Heart cardstock, White Daisy-1385

I used my Sponge Daubers-Z726 to color some of the flowers solid with CTMH Exclusive Inks Sunny Yellow-Z2152 and Lagoon-Z2195 front and back. The rest of the flowers were colored solid on the back then randomly stamped with various CTMH stamps with a swirl design.

I think it's awesome that I'm only limited to the color I'd like to make my flowers by the amount of available CTMH Inks (and there are are lot to choose from!).

Here's one last pic of my paper wreath.

Laurie is giving away BLOG CANDY!!!!!
To be eligible all you have to do is follow and comment on each blog in the hop.

Next on the hop is Wandy 

Here is the entire blog hop list:

Laurie Mince -
Sandy Suarez -
Ashley Townsend -
Connie Layman - YOU ARE HERE
Wandy Monge-Pizarro -
Connie Wallenbrock -
Jessica Kephart -

Thank you for stopping by
Happy Crafting!