Friday, December 21, 2012

Using up your stash blog hop- Around the house


If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Judy's Blog.

There are 6 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.


Today's blog hop was focusing around the house.I am loving this hop because when we all started we had a different perspective of the term " around the house" some of us thought home decor, while others were thinking of everyday items that are around the house that could be used in their normal crafting. For me with the Fall/ Winter 2012 Close To My Heart idea book bringing out home decor items that was the way I thought.

I was in debate between a few items and the item I am posting while it is "done" for now I am in debate if I am fully done with it. This is probably in part because I kept changing my mind during the making of it on what I wanted it themed to.... Just means I need to make more!!

While this is the finished look and over all I am happy with it, I did not have a battery pack set of lights to string in it, and I had finally decided thats whats missing.
Simple things I did to this that do not need instructions is I wrapped the black tulle around the bottom half of the wreath to work as a netting for accessories as well as protector to the glitter. The die cut stars were glittered to make them sparkle.

This gives a better look at the base, before I did too much with it. The first thing I did to the base of the wreath was I took it outside to spray it with a spray glitter. Please note! this can be done with the CTMH spray pen very nicely with the pearl paint and re-inker, I did not do it this way due to it being exposed to weather I wanted a product that was designed for such.


The base of this wreath was actually hand made by my husband. We have a wooded area near our house, so he went out there and pulled out vines and wrapped them together. While he did this for me, I will say he did this many months ago and I just never got around to making the wreath/finishing it. 
I made the snow flakes with die cuts that I edged with the Pacifica pigment ink. After that was dry I lightly  put a thin layer of pearly paint over it. The snowflakes are attached to the ribbon by glue dots.
The flowers were cut in 3" sizes with the cricut using both the Cricut Art Philosophy and the Artiste. ( due to the number of flower cut designs on the art philosophy this could be replicated just using that one cartridge.



These flowers used the Avonlea paper pack, and Liquid applique to make. With the applique I simply applied very small amounts and then warmed the area with the craft heater till they puffed up.

QUILLING- This is a technique I have ued in the passed on here. Please click HERE to learn more about quilling, which was done to these flowers.
I made the bow sit off to the side to make an attention point on the wreath.
 Watch the CTMH video below to learn how to make the perfect bow!





Product list:
**please note all items that have a linked code are current CTMH items, all other items are marked with their brand if it is known.The linked code is there to make shopping and viewing of the product easier.**

Graphic 45 paper- for the flowers
*CTMH*Avonlea X7155B paper pack  (was used for flowers)
*CTMH* Black Tulle Ribbon  Z1798
Shimmer brads (retired CTMH)
*CTMH* Slate Satin Poka-a- dot Ribbon Z1802
Non shatter ordaments from micheals
*CTMH* Liquid Applique Z308
*CTMH* Adventure mini pigment pads set (exclusive inks)  Z2501
*CTMH* Cricut cartridge-Artiste Z1790
*CTMH* Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy Z1686

other helpful products while making this wreath:
Glue Gun
Craft Heater Z555
Liquid Glass Z679


Now hop on over to Rachel's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.


P.S. Here is an extra home decor idea


A home decor holiday project that is easy to do and even comes with instructions to allow your crafting time to not be thought challenging is the Workshop On The Go Advent Calendar.
This is an image of the advent calendar if you follow the guide instructions. Part of the fun of crafting is you can alter this design to suite your needs and still be super cute!


You can go HERE to check out the details on this great kit, as well as order it. (this link will also give you an image of the items that are in the kit.)




















Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chalking it up with my stash

Today I am covering some more use of chalk, and to give a "chalky" look. As you remember the other day I was apart of a fun blog hop using up our stash and focusing on chalk. Well as a person that loves paper and I just hold on to it because I love it, I have quite the stash.


All the products in this were/ are Close To My Heart. Many of the items are retired, but they still make great projects!
I specifically focused on two new items of Close To My Hearts when making this layout. The chalk marker, and the chalk board paper.

I used the new chalk marker to write on the chalk board sheet.

I took some old close to my heart chalks, and rubbed my finger in them and then all over the chalk board sheet to give it the old black board feel.

The journaling isn't on this or the tags yet, but the story is I went and got a matching tattoo with a friend. So one foot is mine, and the other is hers. This is the left page of the two page spread.
For this little accessory I took some Tulle, and blotted some of the new pigment inks on it to give it colored, but chalky look. Then the star is some of the You Rock paper on a die cut.
If you notice the sparkle bling those are currently in the Avonlea cark making workshop on the go. LOVE LOVE LOVE those sparkles! So I had to keep some from my cards =) The stars on this page were all cut out of the printed B&T you rock paper, which really let me utilize my scraps and use up this paper. 

Today's Supply List:
** anything in the list below with a code is a Current Close To My Heart product, and the code links you to my website for easy pricing and purchasing**

Tulle- Z1798
Chalk Marker-Z1767
Chalk board sheet-Z1789
You Rock Paper pack
Hemp- Z280
Star Dimensional elements- Z1680
Slate Epoxy Bubbles( WOTG bling) - G1041
Adventure mini pigment ink pads- Z2501

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Use up your stash blog hop- Chalk it up!

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Joy's Blog.

There are 5 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing 2 Halloween cards I made using chalk. I have loved using chalk for various projects but I have always found it just wonderful for Halloween crafts. This is partially because of how old and spooky you can make stuff look by adding a little but of chalk because of the matte look it has.


On this card the spiders are all done in chalk. I used the new chalk marker to make the webbing the big spider is coming down the card on. I had patted lightly on the bottom of the card with calk to give it a dusty dirty look.

the big spider was glue dotted down on its butt, and then 3-d foam taped in the front to give the feeling that it is coming off the card.

I used versa mark to stamp the image of the spider. Then I patted it with chalk to color in the image. I stamped with versa mark of the image over itself 2 more times, and patted talk on lighter each time to give a generation stamping feel that gives the feeling of movement. To ensure that it went down lighter I used brown chalk for the second image, and a grey blue for the 3rd image.

Here is a close up of the image chalked, before it was cut out.
The skeleton image is where I did my chalking on this card. I did the opposite as I did on the previous card. I first rubbed chalk on the piece of card stock, using 3 colors and making a design with them. I then took the image and rubbed it on my versa mark pad, and then stamped it on to the talked area. This gave a negative image.


Supply List:**this supply list is all current Close to my heart products. There item codes are linked to my website for pricing and  purchasing.**

Versa Mark- Z891
Tulle- Z1798
Sparkles Black and Grey- Z1754
Stardust Glitz- Z1313
Colonial White ink pad-Z2168
Black Ink pad- Z2105
Chalk Marker- Z1767

Now hop on over to Judy's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

P.S. come back tomorrow to see another use of Chalk with the new Chalk marker

Monday, October 15, 2012

Technique Blog Hop- rock n' roll



Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 6 of us highlighting the Rock n' Roll Technique as shown on page 31 in the Fall/Winter 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

If you are coming from Judy'sBlog, you are on the right track!  
I love the fall, but with all my school work I need to be able to have a project that I could get done quick. So I chose to use the Flirty workshop on the go, because a layout with instructions is provided, and it had a fall theme that I knew I would enjoy and get to do some of my favorite stamped images.... LEAVES!

This is the whole layout, and because we are still in the fall season I didn't want to pick a set of pictures for it just yet. One thing I loved about this layout is the amount of photos that go on it.


left page of the layout. on this layout I cut part of the tree after applying it to my page with glue dots. This ensured that I only removed as much as the tree as I wanted, and by using the glue dots it allowed me to manipulate where the tree is and isn't glued down so I can insert pictures at a later date.

Right page of the layout.



to go along with the rock n' roll theme when I used my CTMH markers on this, I only colored the edges of the stems.

While the focus today is Rock n' Roll stamping, I did want to highlight that this is a second generation stamping. This is where the image is stamped, then immediately stamped again with out re-inking the image. This allows for the second image (second generation of the same inking) to be a lighter tone.





Two rock n' rolled stamped leaves. Explanation is on the next pictures.

for this leaf i did the rock n roll technique by rubbing the stamp on my honey ink pad, then I rock n rolled it on its edges on my gold rush in pad, and then very lightly rolled the edges on my ruby ink pad. The veins were created by doing a second generation stamp of cocoa.

for the rock n roll on this leaf I put the stamp in Honey ink first applying the ink for full coverage. Then rolled the stamp around on it's edges on my smoothie ink pad, then stamped it to my paper.




Supply List:  (all items listed below were used on this and can currently be purchased. The item code is linked to my website to make shopping easier)
Flirty Workshop on the GO(includes the sparkles, and die cut elements, stamp set)-G1050
Gold rush ink pad-Z2123
Cocoa ink pad-Z2114
Smoothie ink pad-Z2196
Fall favorites stamp set - S1209 (sept. stamp of the month)
Honey marker- Z2415
Topiary marker-Z2413
goldrush marker-Z2426

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Joy's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Technique Blog Hop- Embossing


If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Judy's Blog.
There are 6 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing Heat embossing as an accent to a layout. There are several ways to emboss, but I have to say this is one of my favorites ( despite how messy I get with it!).
This layout was made with what little scraps I had left of year's Halloween paper Mischief by CTMH. This was to finish the last Halloween layout, which is only missing pictures with accents over the pictures...Evil printer dieing!




This is the first spot that I embossed to accent the page.
Second Spot. With both embossed images I used silver embossing powder.




This is the stamp set that I focused on using for this layout

These are the basic items needed for heat embossing

You start by applying the stamp to the versamark.

If you look closely you can just barely make out the image of the stamp on the page from the versamark.
After applying the image to paper cover that area with embossing powder. Shake off the extra powder in your craft tray so it can be poured back in to the container.
After you shake off the extra powder apply the craft heater to the image, keeping space between the paper and the heater so the heat doesn't cause the paper to curl. As the powder is heated it will bubble and liquify. (as shown in the image)




Supply List: (the product codes have been linked to the item on my website to make it easy to look up and see the price of the item.)

Craft Heater- Z555

Craft Tray- 1764

Versamark- Z891

Embossing powder(code is for the Silver powder, links you to all the different powders)- Z669

Studs-Z1706

Canvas Color Ready Alphabet- Z1777



Now hop on over to Shirley's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Using up your stash blog hop- monotone


If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Debi's blog.

There are 10 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am show casing a layout I made to finish my scrapbook of a Disney trip made last year. With so many pictures taken in one place I have found that sometimes taking a break from that trip's photos/ layouts helps me keep myself from getting burned out since I am periodically doing something new.

The theme this month for our use up your stash blog hop is using monotone in the project. For this project I focused on the color green, which works well with Pooh since he lives in the hundred acre wood.  To further give this feel and a finished look to this I will be adding a die cut log, the name Pooh in yellow and Red, and a honey jar a which will be made on the cricut. For now though here is the base layout done in a green monotone.

Green monotone Pooh layout.


Page 1 of the layout



Page 2 of the layout.

I did random placement for the buttons, but in a direction that will kind of guide the eye up towards the picture.





I found a little bit of green ricrack left that was a light green. Since I was still deciding what all I was going to do other than the cricut die cut embellishments I was trying to keep it simple as to not over saturate the page. So the honey jar will go over the ribbon it the top right corner where it can be seen that the ribbon started/ended.


While this layout at first glace may seem plain, it is primary because I wanted to focus on the monotone itself. The title as well as other pooh and friends themed die cuts have been made to be added to this layout using more of the traditional pooh and friends colors. By using these colors it will pop the pooh out of the picture some, keeping the eye from just seeing a bunch of green.

Keep a look out soon for an updated picture of this layout with the accessories added to it.


Now hop on over to Shirley's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Using up my stash- you and me paper

Using up my stash


All year I have been making at least one post a month showing a project, typically a layout that I have done specifically utilizing stuff I have had laying around in my craft room. Today is one of those projects. 

Below I focused on using the paper pack that came out from Close To my Heart last year called You and Me. It was a constant campaign pack and only available for that month. I had liked it so much that at the time I got two packs. I still had one laying around and seen I still had 3 layouts that needed to be done to finish last year's Disney trips scrapbook.

This is the whole layout together (minus cricut made title and pooh accessories)






Here is a close up of the first page

A close up of the second page. As you can see in this state it is still really plain, which is because I had saved room for a die cut of Eeyore and fun matching die cut accessories.




On the chipboard I two a sponge dauber to it with green and yellow, giving a ground and sky appearance with the castle stamped on top of it. The stamp of the castle and the ribbon under it were exclusive stamps for the Close To My Heart convention at Disneyland, CA in 2011. (2013 convention will be in Disney world, FL, if you are a Disney fan now is a great time to join my team to get to experience great crafting at the happiest place on earth!)

This strip of paper i had bent giving it a little bit more of a ribbon feel, and used to brads to hold the fold in place. Due to the strips in the paper it is a little hard to see that in this picture.






Due to my cricut being in my office still and not my craft room the title had not yet been put on this layout or the little pooh accessories. I typically take pictures of my layouts in my craft room once I am done with them in there. I can and will post the after image of it completed on here upon request though I do try to get them up on my Facebook business page which you can find and Like HERE!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Technique blog hop- Negative shapes

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month there are 11 of us highlighting the “Negative space shapes” Technique as shown on page 92 in the Fall/Winter 2012 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Judy's Blog, you are on the right track!



For the base of this card I picked a card design from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. This base card has the negative space where the heart was.







To utilize the negative space I simply put smoothie cardstock behind it. Making the smoothie carstock a 1/2" smaller than the base of the card. Before glueing the smoothie cardstock I did all my stamping to it and made sure it lined up how I wanted.






To further utilize the negative space I used a negative shape for my stamped image.


Supply List:

Cricut cartridge, Close to my heart Art Philosophy- Z1686
mocha Opaques- Z1333
Slate bubbles (can be found in the Avonlea Cardmaking kit)
Grey Organdy Ribbon-( also in Avonlea Cardmaking kit)



Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Cherri's  Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!