Friday, September 30, 2011

O Happy Day Layout

During September, I have focused a lot on CTMH's Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I hope you are enjoying the artwork created with it.  On this layout, I used the Typeset Paper Pack, Dimensional Elements Chipboard Banners (which the <banner2> button cuts perfect banners for these Dimensional Elements), Black Waxy Flax, Mini Medley Pewter Assortment, Black Ribbon, and our new DE Eclectic Alphabet (chipboard alphabet with 4 different resist patterns on them).  I also used the Magic Book, Hocus Pocus layout on page 56 and 57 for the cutting guide/pattern.  If you don't own this book, it is a must!  It is fabulous.

As you can see, this layout will accommodate lots of photos!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blue Ribbon Effort Card

My $10 Month Playgroup made this card earlier this month and I thought it turned out very cute (ask me for more information about how to join the $10 Month Club).  We used the Typeset Paper Pack, C1464 Blue Ribbon (Cricut compatible stamp set), Black Ribbon, and Licorice Opaques.  Each month we focus on a technique during our playgroup time, and this month our technique was making a "Pleated Flower"....however, we used the pleated flower on top of the "blue ribbon" which added dimension.  This was a fun card to make!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Limited Edition Clear Card

This card features CTMH's Typeset Paper Packet, Milepost Shapes, Mini Medley Black Assortment, and Stamp of the Month for September, Limited Edition.  The Stamp of the Month is only available during the month that it is offered.  When you spend $50 subtotal, you can purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5 (plus tax and shipping).  You can also purchase the SOM for $17.95 (plus tax and shipping).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hooray Bouquet Cricut Card

This entire card was created using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Can I just say that our new cartridge rocks?!  The card was cut out as a 4 1/2" card from the <banner2> shape on page 29 in the Cricut booklet.   I also cut the flowers from the same key.  Another cool feature, using the same button, is that it will cut an envelope for the card - you just need to add a 1/2" for the card to slide in the envelope easily - for this card I cut a 5" envelope.

I sponged all of the edges with Vineyard Berry ink as well as the little cut out flowers on the card base.  I used CTMH's new Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection and our new Pin Clips.  The stamps that I used  were:
D1491 Hooray Bouquet (Cricut compatible) and
D1475 Card Chatter-Birthday. 

As you can see in the photo above, I used 3-D Foam Squares to pop the flower, which makes it appear more dimensional.  I also used a scoring stylus and curled the flower petals
(similar to the way you would curl curling
ribbon with scissors). 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Roxie Post-It Note Stand

Today's project is a Post-It Note Stand created from a 5x7 Acrylic Frame (thanks to Anna R. for the idea).  It is a very inexpensive gift/item to create.  I  used CTMH's Roxie Level 2 Paper pack for the insert and for the flowers that were cut on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.   I also used Just Blooms Paper Shapes, Bling Assortment, and Sparkles.  The ribbon was some that I had in my huge ribbon stash (can you say ribbon hoarder?!).

This is a close up of the awesome flowers that you can create on the Art Philosophy Cartridge!  I sponged the edges with black ink for a more finished look.

I made this Post-It Note Stand for my daughter, Stephanie, when she moved into the new salon she is working at.  The decor at Michelle's Salon is French Country with zebra accents so this matches perfectly!  I used a different style flower her's and lots of bling because she is a blingy girl!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I Am Made.....

The Children’s Director at our church asked my mom and me to teach a 2 week class for the children that are attending our Wednesday Night Live Classes.   We are very honored that we were asked to teach these sweet kids.  We were given the topic, “I Am Made…” to guide us in our project creation.  The Children's Director stated that they will be focusing on the gifts that God gives all of us and how we are using them to benefit and glorify God.  She also provided the bible verses that they will be using during the next 6 weeks.   The main focus verse is, “Before I formed you I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.  Jeremiah 1:5” 
My mom and I thought it would be fun to make a paper sack album with the kids and have them bring photos of them using their gifts (helping others, working on a mission project, etc.) and to include the verses that they are focusing on.  So, here you will find the photos of the completed album.  I used CTMH’s Miracle Kit which was recently retired but I thought it turned out very cute.  I hope you enjoy it!

This is the Cover Page - "I am" was stamped with our new E-size Alphabet Set  "Trinity".  The chipboard letters are CTMH Dimensional Elements Monograms and I sponged them with Crystal Blue Ink.  You will see throughout the paper sack album that I used our "Hooray Bouquet" stamp set in conjunction with our new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge which cuts the flowers to the perfect size.

We used Wilton Doilies in the album and they were sponged Desert Sand Ink.  I also sponged Desert Sand ink on the edges every piece of paper.  I used CTMH Just Blooms Paper Shapes (butterflies) and Just Blooms Just Pinks (daisies) throughout the book  and sponged them with Desert Sand as well.

This page features CTMH Kraft Color Ready Borders as the stem for the flower.

The paper sack album is made from 4 sacks which were folded in half and held together with a ponytail holder.  There are miscellaneous ribbons tied on the ponytail holder on the outside cover so that you don't even see it.  There are pull out tags in the paper sack openings to include additional photos.

I love CTMH Pearl Opaques and used them throughout to embellish the butterflies, flowers and Dimensional Elements.

And, that is all of it it.  I hope you enjoyed it!

PS - We thought that the K-5th graders were attending our class and it ended up that they were 3-6 years old.  All I can say is that God has a sense of humor (and sometimes our sense of humor isn't as good! But we always learn from these experiences!)