Featured Friday #5

Hi and happy Friday!  It’s funny how fast the week flies by!  I didn’t get a lot of time in the craft room this week, but I am super excited about my Featured Friday project.

I saw a cute handbag on Pinterest made out of black and white papers, it immediately took me on a La Vie En Rose field trip in my mind.  I love the striking colors of black and white you can do so many things with them.

Both the handbag and the rosette are from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  I thought about sizing the rosette down after I got it made, but I wanted it like one of those great big flowers that little girls where in their hair.

The trick to rosette’s (or at least the way I make them is to use a bone folder on the folds to get it nice and crisp.  I also have 2 one inch punched circles which are covered in a strong adhesive (they are black in the above picture) which I put on both sides to hold the rosette in place.  I know consultants that use Liquid Glass, but this works for me so it’s what I stick with 🙂

I finished my little black handbag off with a pink and black pennant tucked under a Happy Day medalion stamped in Pixie ink.  The black flag seemed to get lost a little so I put a little gold puffies on it and tied the opposite handle with a piece of thick twine.  It’s all ready to get filled and given for Mother’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if you are enjoying the Featured Friday posts by leaving a comment.  See you soon!

 

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A Taste of Summer – National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

May is National Scrapbook month and what better way to celebrate than with an amazing paper packet and matching stamp set from Close to My Heart.

This “A Taste of Summer Blog Hop” is showcasing the work of 37 amazing Close to My Heart consultants that bring you the stamp of the month hop on the first of each month.  If you’ve come here from Traci Godbee’s blog you are on the right track, if you happen to have started here make sure you continue the loop to see the cream of the crop in artwork.

I chose to make a card box and matching cards with the bright cheerful papers.  The My Creations Journaling Cards Box was easy to cover with my favorite B&T paper…the problems started only when I couldn’t decide which side of the paper to use 🙂

I reached for the Make It From Your Heart pattern book to complete my card selection.  I have some favorite patterns, but most often need to double check their measurements.

  

Now “hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s blog where she’s sure to have something “peachy keen” for you to feast your eyes on.

Remember, the Taste of Summer items are only available until May 31st!  You can order them here or contact your local consultant.

Skylark Updates Hinged Display Tray

 

I love the Hinged Display Tray and last October I designed a class using the now retired Huntington Papers (you can see that post here).  Last month at my card class one of my participants asked if I could offer an update for summertime.

I knew I wanted to use Skylark and somehow incorporate the Picture My Life cards.  Unfortunately the cards are too large for the openings, but with my trusty scissors I cut one up!  Close to My Hearts micro tip scissors are perfect for getting close detail cuts and to top it off they are non-stick so don’t get all gummed up cutting adhesive.

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The Skykark paper coordinates perfectly with the Kraft cardstock and gave the “natural look” I was trying to achieve.  The bottom left corner is adorned with a little shimmer trim, a zip strip, a heart from the Marquee Enamel Accents and a bird from the Skylark Complements.

I love that I can use temporary adhesive in the windows so it can be easily changed out, because I have another cute idea wandering around in my head.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my updated tray…if you’d like to make one of your own, leave me a message!

Happy Crafting!

Tracey

Sweet Treats With Love

There’s nothing better than finding the inspiration (Pinspiration) to make little goodie bags!

Our sweet granddaughter is having her 4th birthday party at the farm and I needed a treat bag for all ages! I thought these sweet bags filled with Salt Water Taffy and topped with Dream Pop papers would be a hit — no melting chocolate and no dollars store gizmos to break!

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What to Do With New Product?

Well use them of course!

If you’re making your way along the Paper Trail…welcome to my August post…I am featuring new products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Close to My Heart Idea Book.  If you’ve made your way here from Karen’s Inky Fingers Blog you are on the right path…if you’ve stumbled across me on your own keep following the Paper Trail and you’ll eventually end up right where you started but with more great ideas!

Have you ever had one of those moments that you see a new paper and all the accessories to go with it and say “A-ha, I have to have that?”  Well that happened to me with the new Clementine Paper available in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book and Catalog from Close to My Heart.  I also knew that the Artiste cartridge had to be added to my collection – oh my, how was I to explain to my Wrangler wearing cutie that not only was I returning from the Close to My Heart Conventiontion (where I spent an extraordinary amount of money) I also had a new idea book in hand JAM-PACKED with new product calling my name!

When my huge box arrived, my three year old granddaughter stood with anticipation – so did I!  Then I got sick and my box sat unopened for days…finally, I didn’t feel like it took all my energy to get from bed to the couch, I knew it was time!  That box was ripped open and first out was my Artiste Cartridge…I couldn’t wait to look at all the things I could cut.  I have not even scratched the surface with the 700 (ok, really 698 new images plus a circle and square) that can be cut.  Next out  the Clementine Paper   Packet…oh my, this paper has “Country Girl” written all over it!  This farm chick was about to have fun…and fun I had!

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First I made the adorable little purse from the Clementine Paper Z7156 and the Cricut Artiste Collection Z1790 (- the reverse side of the paper reminded me of an actual fabric that was on the interior of a straw purse I had seen so I knew this was the paper I had to use.  The greatest thing about this purse is that it has an interior pocket that is perfect for presenting a gift card (or in this case 3 little handmade cards that coordinate!)

I used the new Casual Expressions My Acrylix Stamp Set D1525 and Love Life My Acrylix Stamp Set D1482 for the cards and accessorized them  with  some Creme Brulee Bakers Twine from the Paradise Assortment Z1702 and  of course no card is complete without a little bling so I went right to the Sparkles and added a few from the Clear  Assortment Z1752 and Brown & Tan Assortment Z1753. 

So now, I hope you’ll continue on your Paper Trail journey to find more lovely things…click this link to get over to Field’s Finery to see what Lynn has in store for you!