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!