Sunday, February 28, 2016

Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop

This is part of the Stampers with Attitude blog hop featuring either the Penelope paper pack or boxes; and in some cases, creative people have worked both items into a single project. If you are coming from Barbi's blog, you are in the right place.

For this project, I broke out my Penelope paper packet and used the pattern from the Wishes book on page 114 as inspiration.  I liked how the title was hanging off the edge of the stamped image.

I started by cutting out the overlay at 2.25" from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge image on page 62 using the Penelope B&T duo paper and mounted that on top of another piece of this same paper but with the green side up. For the birthday layer, I started with a base of Thistle paper cut at 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" then layered it in White Daisy cut at 1 3/8" x 4 3/8" with the third layer of Penelope purple pattern paper cut at 1 1/4" x 4 1/4" and Birthday title cut at 1 3/4" out of White Daisy using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge image from page 70. Oh, and I used a purple gem for the dot of the "i" before I moved on to the rest of the title.

For the balloon part of the title, stamp the balloon from the Artiste Cricut set in Pixie Ink; with Thistle ink, stamp "Happy" from B1419 - Joyful Birthday stamp set.  Finish off the balloon string with Pixie twine and you have a nice card all ready to give to someone.

Next up in the blog hop is Aggie, let's see what she has to share with us.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Thinking of You card - Color Dare #181

I am on a roll getting entries into the Color Dare challenge for three weeks in a row now!  This week I went with a more traditional card format for a Thinking of You card I made for a friend of mine going through a tough time.

I started with a card base in Colonial White then used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge to cut out the overlay and backed it with pear paper lined with the fun green shimmer trim at every third opening.  I stamped the flowers from the Pretty Petals Flair set and fussy cut them out (you can also use the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut them out but since I was just making this one card; I free cut them out) then added some embellishments and stamped the title with Pear ink.  

Here's the supplies I used:
Paper - Colonial White and Pear
Z3169 - Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (cut overlay on page 53 at 4.75" real dial size)
Stamp set - Pretty Petals Flair
Ink - Honey, Pear, Cranberry

Monday, February 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Kissing Is For Stamping

If you are coming here from Darlys' blog, then you found your way to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop - this month we are showcasing the kissing technique. I had never tried this technique before so I had to do a bit of research and found two different methods so I decided to try them both for this post.

For the first card, I used the stamp to stamp kissing technique which is basically inking a pattern stamp, then using that as your "ink pad" for the plain stamp that you want to use on your creation.  In this picture, you can see that I inked the banner stamp and used the back part of the star stamp to transfer the pattern to the card in a star shape.  Tip to note: clean your transfer stamp each time, otherwise you end up with "muddy" transfer like you see on the right side.....I decided it was fine for this card but if you really want the white to show through, clean the stamp each time.

This is what I ended up with when I was done. I cut the Celebrate title at 4" from the Artistry Cricut cartridge using the pattern from page 19 with Canary paper then ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Confetti Stars embossing folder. The star is from the Casual Expressions stamp set while the pattern background is from a stamp set that came with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I cut the background paper from the Regatta B&T Duo paper then inked it with the pattern background.  Ink color for this is Sapphire; I think this is such a pretty blue!

For the second card, I used the stamp to embossing folder kissing technique which is basically inking an embossing folder, then using that as your "ink pad" for the plain stamp that you want to use on your creation.  In this picture, you can see that I inked the confetti stars embossing folder with Sapphire ink and used the back part of a long banner stamp to transfer the pattern to the card.  Tip to note: clean your transfer stamp each time and don't worry if the pattern looks like it's still on your stamp, it won't transfer if you've cleaned it.  I had used the backside of a stamp and it seems like that part retains more of the color transfer than the front side of the stamp.

Here is the second card. I inked two pieces of Regatta B&T duo paper strips cut at 2" x 5" using the kissing technique.  Next I cut the star border piece at 3.5" real dial size from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge using the pattern from page 65 with Canary paper. The title is from a stamp set that came with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge using Sapphire ink.  I cut two zip strips from the Regatta B&T Duo paper at 5" and layered everything on the card.  Note that the photo border will hang off the edge a bit, a quick trim with the scissors will take care of that.

Thanks for stopping by, if you are ready to move along in the blog hop, Haley is next up, I am sure she has something fun to share with us as well.  If you want to learn more about the techniques or supplies used, keep on scrolling down.

Technique videos:

CTMH Video - Using two stamps
Splitcoast Stampers - Using an embossing folder and a stamp

Supplies used:
Paper: White Daisy, Canary, Regatta paper pack
Ink: Sapphire
Cricut collections: Artistry, Artbooking
Embossing folder: Confetti Stars
Stamp sets:
  D1604 Season of Thanks
  D1525 Casual Expressions

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Masculine card - Color Dare 180

Color Dare 180

Heart 2 Heart Challenge
 This week I am participating in Color Dare challenge that is being run in partnership with the Heart 2 Heart challenge at the same time; double duty! This week's challenge is to combine Black, White Daisy and any 1, 2 or 3 of the following reds: Pomegranate, Ruby and Cranberry. I saw several fun designs to get us started and decided to take a non-traditional approach to this one.

I used the shirt card setting cut at 4.5"from the Artiste Cricut cartridge to make this fun card.  I wanted a bit of texture for the shirt and the embossing folders I had on hand were a bit too much for what I had in mind so I got out my score board and did my own embossing to make the checked pattern (you might need to zoom in to see that detail.)  For the tie, I used Ruby ink on a pattern stamp then layered in some strips of black shimmer trim that I cut half.  You can make a matching envelope from this cartridge as well or slip it in one of the square White Daisy envelopes if you happen to have those on hand.

I was having so much fun with this one that I made a second card we'll make for my next gathering. (That way, I can have the pieces all cut and ready to go for assembly without waiting for everyone to pass around the only score board I have!)

For this card, I used the same shirt card pattern but then picked Cranberry as the accent color. For the argyle pattern, I had to adjust the size of the cut to 3.5" so it would fit on the front of the shirt; then inked the dashed lines with White Daisy and did a bit of trimming to make it fit.

You can find the Artiste Cricut collection and a lot more great Close to My Heart products on my website if you don't already have a consultant.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thanks a Latte card

This week I am participating in Color Dare challenge #179 using the colors featured in the Charlotte collection.

Color Dare #179

I made a coffee cup card that's a gift card holder using these same colors for a blog hop recently so I decided to stick with the coffee theme.  Here is the card I made this week:

Here are the instructions for this 4" x 4" card.  Start with a card base in White Daisy, then use a Champagne pigment ink pad and run a swipe across the bottom of the card.  I heat set that layer so I could stamp on top of it without waiting for the longer drying time.  Then stamp "Thanks" and "a latte" using Black Ink, layer on a piece of 4" x 3" Charlotte B&T paper and then fill in the gap you have on the front of the card with White Shimmer Trim.  Use the Artistry Cricut Cartridge and cut the coffee cup from Sorbet paper and the topping in White Daisy (page 5 at 2.5") I wanted to give a bit more dimension to the coffee cup so I used my bone folder to score the base of the cup.

Stamp sets used for the title:
D1646 - Finding the Words
C1616 - Treats of Friendship

I also made a couple of other slight variations to share with you; all supplies used can be found in the current Close To My Heart catalog or on my website.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Birthday Card Cupcake

 Color My Heart Color Dare

I am participating in the Color Dare challenge #178 this week to create a project using just the colors shown above.  This nice birthday card was the end result and it was pretty quick and easy to make too!

Here's the inside with my sentiment inked in Thistle:


Using the Artiste Cricut cartridge; cut White Daisy cardstock using the cupcake image found on page 70 at 5" then I cut a piece of Thistle paper a bit wider and taller than the cupcake liner part of the card and used the striped embossing folder to give it some texture.  Adhered it to the card and trimmed the Thistle paper to match the cupcake liner card front.  

Next, I used the scallop embossing folder on the frosting part of the cupcake, inked the embossed part with White Daisy and used clear embossing powder on top for some shine.  (I figured that was still staying true to using just the colors in the challenge.)  

Next, cut the cherry from White Daisy paper; I set the real dial size to .75" on my Cricut; image is on page 70, then I used a sponge dauber to ink the cherry with Pixie ink.  Cut the banner on page 58 at 1" and ink with Glacier using stamp set from Artiste bundle.  Finish the card with the sentiment inside using Thistle ink.

That's it, I hope you like it! Feel free to browse my website to check out all the fun products available from Close To My Heart.

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