Friday, August 29, 2014

CTMH Chalk It Up and Your Own Kind of Wonderful

Never be afraid to think outside the paper pack and "be your own kind of wonderful"!  

I initially thought that the new Chalk It Up paper pack from Close To My Heart wouldn't be for me as I have no back to school occasions in my life at this moment.  However, once I got it open and saw the trendy arrows in my favorite colors of Sorbet and Lagoon, I just knew what I wanted to do!  

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Chalk It Up and Your Own Kind of Wonderful

Chalk It Up from CTMH

Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set from CTMH

The stamp set that I picked for my card is not found in the same section of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book as the Chalk It Up paper.  As a matter of fact, it is found further back on page 107, featured with the Brushed paper pack.  My message here is "Just because it is not featured together doesn't mean that it doesn't go together"!

I picked 3 of the same butterfly shapes from the new stamp set Your Own Kind of Wonderful to use as an echoing theme on my card.  The smallest solid one was used to "watermark" my paper to draw attention to the sentiment.  The large solid one as a shadow effect and finally the third of the same shaped butterfly was colored in with our new ShinHan alcohol markers and adhered only in the center, so it's wings would always be in flight.  Finally, I accented with Aqua Dots to add a bit more dimension.

I challenge you to think outside of the paper pack on your next project!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

CTMH Scaredy Cat - 2 Scrapbook Layouts!!

BOO!  Are you a Scaredy Cat??  I know I am!!

I was so inspired by the new Scaredy Cat paper collection from Close To My Heart, I got right to work on these "spooktacular" scrapbook layouts!  With just the Scaredy Cat Paper Pack, Scaredy Cat Adhesive Complements, Black Ink, Slate Bakers Twine, 2 extra sheets of Colonial White card stock and my CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge, I created these in no time!

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CTMH Scaredy Cat Haunted House

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CTMH Scaredy Cat Web of Eek

·      Set aside two (2) 12x12 sheets of Slate and two (2) of   Colonial White.  These will be your bases for both layouts.

·      Using the Close To My Heart Cricut Artbooking Cartridge, cut out the following:
Black Cardstock Haunted House:  Pg. 71, 9”, Shift, Border, V key
Black Cardstock Fence:  Pg. 71, 10”, Border, V key
Sunset Cardstock Moon:  4” circle cut from Art Philosophy
Black Cardstock Spider Web:  Pg. 54, 6”, Overlay, u key
Thistle Cardstock Spider: Pg, 54, 2”, Shift, Overlay, U key

·      Paper #1 (off white background with multi-colored squares and black circles)
Cut 2 at 9” x 9

·      Thistle Cardstock
Cut 1 at 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”
Cut 3 at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼“
Cut 1 at 3 ¼” x 3 ¾”
       Black Cardstock
Cut 2 at 12” x 4”
       Paper #2 (off white background with Halloween images)
Cut 2 at 11” x 7 ½”
       Paper #3 (purple background with black quatrefoils)
Cut 3 at 3” x 11”
       Sunset Cardstock
Cut 5 at 3 ¾” x 5 ¼”
       Ink all cut pieces with Black Ink
     Assemble by using yellow highlighted pieces for Haunted House Layout and green highlighted pieces for Web of Eek Layout

     Use Scaredy Cat adhesive Complements to embellish as shown in photos


Friday, August 1, 2014

CTMH Jubilee Card

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CTMH Jubilee

The Jubilee paper pack from Close To My Heart reminded me of a warm and welcoming patchwork quilt and inspired me to create this card. I used Colonial White cardstock as my base.  The colors were so warm and wonderful I didn't want to use a stark white background.

Kraft Cardstock - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Red Gingham paper - 3 3/4" x 1 1/2"
Blue paper - 3 1/2' x 1 1/2"
Green bandana paper - 2" x 2 1/4"
Yellow doily paper - 2 1/4" x 1 1/2"

I wrapped and tied Cranberry Bakers Twine around the Kraft card stock before adhering it to the base and accented with 3 mixed sizes of red buttons threaded with the same bakers twine.

My sentiment came from the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge.  The shape, the stamp, and the matching chipboard shape are all sized at 2" and layer over each other to pop off the card

I hope that this card makes you think of your sweet grandmother, a favorite quilt, and a warm hug!