Sunday, June 21, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop is Water(coloring) in June

Welcome to our FUN little group of de-stashing Close To My Heart consultants. This month we are using those coloring tools we have hanging around. It will be exciting to see how each of our bloggers has taken this theme and made it their own. Enjoy the hop, we are so THANKFUL to have you hopping with us.

If you have come from Marie's blog, you are on the right way, and if you need to see a full list of hoppers, check out Paige's blog.

These hops help me to use items I have in my stash. This little bird and the word Lovely were part of a Shinhan marker class I held maybe almost a year ago -- yes I do hold on to things for quite some time.

The Blossom paper pack's colors were the perfect balance to my brightly colored items -

The green from Blossom brought out the pretty lovely green throat of the bird.

It was so much fun showing and sharing the ShinHan alcohol markers.

 And don't forget to add a little color to the inside, I have to find the perfect sentiment.

Now hop on over to see what Janet has in store for us.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Morning Cricut Fun with a Fancy Fold Card

Today's Cricut Fun is playing with a Fancy Fold card.

There are several Fancy Fold cards on Pinterest (here is one I like.

After seeing several, I thought what about the slice and dice in the Cricut Explore (the slice option makes me think of those old slice and dice commercials I grew up - yes I am old).

Using a rectanlge and circle from Artiste, the base card was created and a portion of the front was sliced, creating a half front.

The circle was added and sliced from the base. To create the matted piece, I used a rectangle and sized it slightly smaller for a border. I used the circle sized a little larger and sliced from the matted piece to create a border around the pattern paper I used for the front.

Several rectangles sized to fit inside the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.

A circle and a fancy frame were the perfect ending for a sentiment from the You Mean The World To Me (B1467) stamp set.

Here is the link to the Design Space file, you must have the Close To My Heart Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges. If you don't have them yet, you can purchase them from your Close To My Heart consultant or me - click here to shop on my website

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tool Time Tuesday visits In and Out Embossing

It is time for some fun with a Close To My Heart tool. Our Rockin' Heart team card swap technique for June is 'In and Out' embossing, which means embossed and debossed (I think that is the terminology) on one piece.

Why I love the Close To My Heart score board -- the SIZE!!

It fits perfectly under my table, see it is the same footprint as my favorite trimmer.

And it fits neatly in my favorite tote, the Close To My Heart rolling tote, which is so popular, it is hard to keep on the shelf. You can get one for half price by hosting a Close To My Heart party with sales of only $250 -- so DOABLE!!

Back to the project, during my research, I found a unique idea from a Pinterest (click here to see) where a geometric design was created by embossing with a stylus or, in my case, the score board and scoring tool.

Starting with the arm in place for the angle scores, place your piece (mine is 3 3/4" x 5") and score at the right side of the 1" in mark on the angle arm. I use the far right groove, the one that stands alone abour 1/4" from the main scoring section.

Slide the cardstock piece down to the 1" and then 2" working in one inch increments and still using the last scoring groove on the right.

Turn the cardstock piece and score on the short end using the same measurements.

This gives you a diamond pattern.

Now, turn the cardstock piece over so the peaks of the scores are up.

Open the angle arm on your score board out and place the cardstock piece so you may score a straight line. I lined the diamonds up for the pattern I wanted, you will see this later.

Quarter turn the cardstock piece and score straight lines, lining up the diamonds to achieve the pattern you desire.

As you can see by my finished piece here, I scored at one inch intervals giving a diamond in the middle of the square look.

The diamonds are embossed 'in' and the squares are embossed 'out'.

Here is the card I finally designed (look for the evolution of a card in a soon to be published blog post).

I used washi tape and glitter paper and more!

And, of course, I completed the inside.

Please let me know what you think.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Cricut Fun creating a New Card

Today we will be creating a card from one of the Close To My Heart Artbooking mini album pages.

Here is the Christmas inspired mini album page.

Start by ungrouping the parts. And moving the pieces away.
Delete all parts leaving the base and overlay of the page.

Be sure and remove the parts that may be hidden under other shapes.

You can select all the parts using the layer sidebar by clicking on the first item to delete, holding the CTRL button down and click on the next image.

Leave the overlay and the base.

Selecting both the base and the overlay begin the resizing by going to the Edit sidebar. Unlock the proportional lock, just click the lock image to unlock. resize to 4.25 by 5.5.
Move the overlay out of the way. Reselect the base and click the Contour tool at the top of the Layers sidebar. Click on the circles - be sure and hold the pointer over the hole so that it turns a darker color before clicking. The circle line will become lighter.

This removes those cut lines.

Click Contour again and while still having the base selected click on copy and paste, creating a second base the same shape.

Move one of the card bases over to the side and select the other (just click it). You know it is selected if it has sizing box around it.

Now we will use the grid - Under Edit click on the position and put your card base at the position of 1 and 1. This will put your card base on the 1 inch down and 1 inch to the right.
Now select the second card base and position it at 1 inch and 5.25.

This should put the two card bases touching.

Select both card bases and under the Layer sidebar, click on weld.

This will weld your card base together, creating a 5.5 x 8.5 card base.
Now click on the FREE images on the left side tool bar.

Select the free score line.
Size the score line to 5.5 inches and position it at 1 inch and 5.25 inches.

This will place the score line in just the right place to create a score line on your card base.

Select both the card base and the score line and under the Layer sidebar tools, click on attach. This will attach the score line to this image.
Pull the overlay back into place and begin to create your card with other images.

I used the My Reflections Blossom pattern paper, the other side is a cute floral. The overlay is in Chocolate card stock; the flowers are White Daisy; the Flag is in Lagoon with Sunset background, and the Surprise is in Sunset card stock.

A button from my stash and a little double bow created from embroidery floss.

I hope you enjoy my little Cricut fun - this is a Deisign Space file and I can share it with you. You must have the Close To My Heart Artbooking cartridge to cut it out.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Card Swaps are FUN

Our super creative Rockin' Heart team members create the cutest swap cards. We have techniques from gatefold to liquid glass to in and out embossing (that is this month's theme).  Each participant creates five cards, mails them to the swap hostess (me at the moment) and they get five different cards back, if we have more than five playing. If only five play, they will get one of there own, just how it works out.

You saw my gatefold card in yesterday's post (June 2nd) so I thought I would share my liquid glass creation.

I used Artfully Sent, retired vellum envelopes, Juniper cardstock, Bonding Memories liquid glue and liquid glass --

The black faux stitching and white/black/silver embossing thread was added for some texture.

The liquid glass was added to the raindrops both inside and out.
I used a second White Daisy card piece to hide the adhesive on the inside.

As always, I rethought my choices and would have added a black inking behind the words to make them pop a little more and added stitching to the inside.

Are you never totally satisfied with you cards, always thinking of ways to tweak? Please tell me I am not alone.