Monday, April 21, 2014

A Blingy Use Your Stash Blog Hop

It is time to Use Your Stash and this month we are using up all that blings.

If you have come from Terry's you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way, Jan has a list of all hoppers.

I started with a layout based on one shared by my Close To My Heart sister, Michelle Snyder.

My stash of glitter paper, flourishes, and sparkles were added to the cluster around the title and to use up a little more, each letter was blinged out using the clear sparkles. 
I do love to add bling!

Now hop on over to Wendy's blog to see what wonderful blingy creation she has in store for us. 

Before you hop, please let me know what you thought of my creation. I do love your comments.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Technique Blog Hop - Using Embossing Folders

 This month, our technique will showcase the new Close To My Heart embossing folders! I love embossing folders and am so glad to see the CTMH true 7"x 5" folders. They even have a slit at the top, so you can emboss longer pieces! Did I say I LOVE embossing folders.

If you have come from Melissa's blog, you are right on track. This is a big ol' circle hop. When you get back from where you started, you have seen all the great creations.

Here I have used a brayer and ink to create a light color in the indented section (yes I am sure there is technical term for the indention, but it eludes me at the moment).

I inked the brayer, remember to roll your brayer across the ink and not back and forth, so that the brayer is completely covered in ink.

I rolled the inked brayer over the embossing folder on one side. I placed the White Daisy card stock (3 3/4" x 5") on the un-inked side and closed the embossing folder. Be careful not to move the paper.

Using my Cuttlebug, I created the appropriate sandwich and ran it through the embossing machine. You see in the example, the Juniper ink lightly covered the indented area.

A Juniper card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") with a White Daisy piece 1/8" smaller (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") is the mat for the Black cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") piece was the final mat for the inked/embossed piece. I did pop up the embossed section using 3D foam tape.

The Cricut frame is embellished with a little Color Ready Bias Ribbon and Black opaques from my stash. Since I can never have enough birthday cards, I used a birthday sentiment. Or in my second card, you can use the clear opaques.

Now off you go to Sheila's blog to see what embossing beauty she has in store for us - BUT STOP, please leave a little love - I love your comments.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Beginnings at Card A Day Challenge Blog

It is my day as card designer over at Card A Day blog. Our theme this week is new beginnings. My take on the theme is Spring, a New Beginning.

It is so pretty to see the flowers and wildlife come alive as the weather warms and the sun shines more. And when it rains, it seems everything opens up right after, so I used the little 'M' stamp Parasol (M1040) to create a little shower of flowers -- I am still thinking of adding 'spring' to the 'welcome' sentiment, what do you think?

I started with a White Daisy card base from the bulk card/envelopes (x254) and added a Topiary mat cut at 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". 

A White Daisy cardstock piece cut at 5 1/4" x 4", with scored lines at 1 1/2" and 1 5/8" and then 2 5/8" and 2 3/4" was embossed with dots at the top and chevrons at the bottom. Using the clear embossing folders makes it so easy to line up the embossing folders.

 The Parasol is stamped first on White Daisy, next on the polka dot pattern paper from Lollydoodle and last on Slate cardstock.

The center from the Lollydoodle is cut and paper pieced to the White Daisy.

The umbrella section is cut from the paper pieced White Daisy and paper pieced atop the Slate parasol and the whole parasol is cut giving the look of a gray handle and the paper piecing add dimension.

A piece of Topiary chevron ribbon is added at between the scored lines (no embossing section) and the parasol is popped up using 3D foam tape.

A knotted piece of Topiary chevron ribbon is added to the handle.

Flowers were cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge at 1/2" and 1/4" and the circles from the dotted Lollydoodle pattern paper were cut to add centers to the larger flowers.

A Topiary cardstock mat 5 1/4" x 4" was added to another polka dotted pattern paper 5" x 3 3/4" to add a little pizzaz to the inside. A sentiment was added to a scrap square of White Daisy.

I am thinking another flower needs to be added to the inside.

I hope you enjoyed my little creation (please leave a comment, I love to hear what you have to say) and don't forget to hop over to Card A Day and play along with our challenges this month.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pinterest Inspired

Are you a Pinterest follower - well, I have to admit I do love to pin. And now it is time to take some of those pins and see how they inspire me. Here is the pin that inspired the following card

Petals were cut and outlined in black. The Colonial White layer, the Sweet Leaf layer, and the Cocoa zigzag were all cut on the Cricut Explore. The sentiment is from Hello Blooms (C1540)

Creating cards for classes is so much easier now as I can create and cut as many kits as I need for each class.

All shapes were cut using the Close To My Heart cartridges.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Do You Have a Favorite Team

If you know me, you know I love sports and college football is my favorite. With all those Be Calm ... photos, it brought an idea to me.

Using the new Cricut Explore (LOVE IT) and the 50 States images, I used the Alabama image and an 8" x 10" document frame to create my own version of the 'Be Calm' poster

All products are Close To My Heart (some are retired) - Now on to create one for my sister and her favorite team.