Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stamping with Dimensional Elements & Your Cricut

Discover how combining stamps and dimensional elements with your Cricut® Artiste collection cut-outs can make your artwork stand out!

Thanks CTMH Art Deparment for such wonderful ideas. Isn't that mailbox super cute!! If you don't have the Cricut Artiste Collection now is the perfect time to add it to your holiday wish list. Contact me for more details or visit my website HERE.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude - Week 2

Feel free to click on the photo to read the stories.

Day 8: Cuddle Time
Day 9: My Hubby
This week wasn't the easiest. Work was the worst its been in a long time. It wasn't the volume of work or being super busy. It was because of major drama and feeling like I lost a close friend. It certainly was not the way I envisoned my week to go.

Day 10: Sunsets
Day 11: Good Attitude

There were a couple of days where I felt like I had to really think about what I was grateful for. It was a good exercise though and I'm glad Dan and the kids made me think about it each night at dinner.

Day 12: Women's Support
Day 13: Laughter
I could easily have slipped into that dark moody place that nobody likes. But instead, I chose to find something good and focus on the positive!

Day 14: Old Friends
Day 15: Peace
I absolutely L-O-V-E this project! It's fun, it's simple, it's therapy and it's easy! If you want to see Week 1 and my album design please visit THIS POST.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cricut Cards and Envelopes

Want to know how to make fun pop-up cards and sliders with your CTMH Cricut Artiste? Then watch this video from CTMH for some fun ideas and techniques. The video also shows how to create custom liners for your envelopes.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Freshly Made Sketch #60

I used my leftover papers and the stamp set from the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop to create this card. If you'd like to re-create one for yourself the measurements are as follows:

Card Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (A2)
  • Cranberry Cardstock: 4 1/8" x 5 5/16" and 4 3/16" x 1 1/4"
  • B&T Paper: 4" x 5 1/4" and 5" x 3/4"
  • Chocolate Cardstock: 2 9/16" x 2 9/16"
  • Colonial White Cardstock: 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

The card is based on Freshly Made Sketch #60. Thanks for checking it out!

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Pear & Partridge, Cranberry Cardstock, Chocolate Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock
Stamps: Pear & Partridge Cardmaking WOTG
Ink: Chocolate
Other: Red Sparkles

Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude...A Journal

I was inspired to create a 30 day gratitude journal after reading Cathy Zielske's 30 Days of Thankful blog post. The concept is really easy...each day write about something you are are thankful for and take/find a picture to match. I know a lot of people are doing something similar on FB but I love the idea of having a hard copy with photo reminders...I am a scrapbooker after all!

I created the journal using Vicki W's super easy mini album instructions found HERE. My only changes were that I added several more pages and I attached a ribbon around the outside before applying the scrapbook pages on the cover to create a tie close. I love that it fits 4x6 photos perfectly! I used my Cricut Artiste to cut the shape and title and stamped a background image on the title for some extra depth.

I created a template in word for my journaling blocks (3 x 5 index card) and merged the first two lines to create a larger title block. The date tabs are made using this month's SOTM, Capture the Date. Here are my first 7 entries (my photos in the journal are nowhere close to perfect and I'm totally OK with that!). Feel free to click on the photo to enlarge and read the journaling. Just don't critique my spelling and grammer!:

Day 1: Our House
Day 2: Pizza Night
Day 3: Hot Chocolate & Hand Warmers

Day 4: YouTube Videos
Day 5: Leftovers

Day 6: Voting
Day 7: My dear friend, Mary Ann

I look forward to sharing next week's pages. Thanks for checking it out!

Supplies (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Flirty Level 2, Dreamin' Level 2 (retired), White Daisy Cardstock, Chocolate Cardstock
Stamps: Capture the Date (Nov SOTM)
Ink: Goldrush, New England Ivy
Other: Cricut Artiste, Chocolate Ribbon, Shimmer Designer Brads, Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel, All Out Adventure Rub-On's (retired)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pigment or Dye Ink?

Pigment or Dye Ink? What's the difference and when do I use each type? These are a couple of the most often asked questions I receive. In this video CTMH explains the answer and shows you some amazing artwork comparing the two types of ink.

Have a great Thursday! To see all the great inks CTMH has to offer please go HERE or contact me for more info.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Tissue Box Cover

In my blogging break I failed to post this cute tissue box cover my club girls made in September. We featured the fabulous new alcohol markers as well as the September SOTM and Artiste and Art Philosophy Cartridges.

Directions to make your own decorative cover can be found HERE. The project was a lot of fun to make and I look forward to creating one for each season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Wreath

I've been anxious to make one of these paper cone wreaths for some time and decided to make this last minute Halloween wreath a couple of days ago.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it is to make. A tip for those that want to make one: use your hot glue gun to make the cones! After a little trial and error (and some wasted adhesive) I learned hot glue was the fastest and easiest way to get these cones to stay.

The center circle and accordion flower were cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. In retrospect I think I would make the center circle bigger but for my first attempt I think it was pretty good.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted): 
Paper: K&Co. Halloween
Stamps: none
Ink: none
Other: Artiste Cricut Cartridge, Hot Glue Gun, Martha Stewart Tape