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!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Why become a consultant now?

For everyone there is reasons to become a consultant and reasons to NOT become a consultant. Every time I have looked at it with someone when they were on the fence there are always more reasons on why TO become a consultant rather than not becoming one.

Besides the normal reasons that as starting up a business you have a great tax deduction, your business means you work when you want where your want with who you want. There are other perks to this. For people that are caution because of taxes if you sign up as a consultant on more a hobbyist basis maybe only selling to a few friends you will more than likely NOT have to claim Close to my heart on your taxes and if you do, with such a low number you can void it out as a hobby and it won't effect the money you would be normally getting back.

With the great changes that have come to Close To My Heart, becoming a consultant is now cheaper especially if you want to be a hobbyist. For just $49 you can become a consultant and get all these great crafting goodies.

Then while supplies last through the month of August you can also get this great bag! Even if you are not a huge fan of the demask pattern it is the perfect size to store your 12x12 paper when going to scrapbooking events, crops, or gatherings.

Now being that this is a Business opportunity, if you want to try to run it as a full business making money to support your habit and extra to pay on those evil bills you can do that too for only $99. (kit is a $280 retail value) In this kit you can get the same thing in the $49 kit, and in aug (while supplies last) The exclusive bag, AND the product shown below. This does include 5 studio j layouts.

Why wait on a way to make your crafting habit cheaper?  You can sign up as a consultant today by clicking, HERE.

Monday, August 13, 2012


During my vacationing in Disney I was going to be posting various projects I had done in the recent past. Due to the frustration that the internet was giving us at the resort, and how exhausted we were by the time the children were put in bed it obviously didn't happen.

 So today I am writing to tell you I am completely back, have been working in the craft room since I got back and am currently getting stuff prepped to get my blog back up to speed!

Be looking for various updates as they should be happening daily to almost daily as well as there may be a day or two with 2 entries.

Below is one of the many pictures from our trip. I wasn't using instagram during the vacation due to the lack of battery time I currently have on my phone, so the trip couldn't be seen on my blog as we went. =/ But it was daily being posted to Facebook on my personal page.

This was from day 2 of our trip in the evening at Epcot. Though you can't tell from this picture they had been saying , "ahhhh shark!" which would immediately be followed with, "fish are friends, not food!"

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quilling part 2

Due to me not thinking ahead about the typical chaos in  my house my quilling video got broken in to two videos. As mentioned in my last post there were two videos. Below you can see the quilling part two and if you follow the link you can again see the quilling swap cards Here.