1, 2, 3 Craft! Eggstra Eggstra Read All About It

It’s an egg-straordinary month for 1, 2, 3 Craft!  I had plenty of ideas running around in my head when I chose the Egg shaped card from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge…little did I know I was going to catch a bug that not only zapped my energy it also zapped my mojo!

So, like any good crafter…I took the simple road…my cards are not nearly as fancy as those of my fellow crafters Betsy and Mary, but I challenged myself to think outside the box – or 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card that I normally stick to!

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My first card was simply cut using Buttercup Cardstock and layered with a scallop border from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge using Sunset Cardtock and a simple Happy Easter sentiment.

The middle card is cut from the For Always Paper for a Elegant Egg.  I took a Cotton Candy Marker and colored some of the outlines of the flower to get if a soft pink look.

Easter Eggs just didn’t seem complete until I added a Chocolate Egg. I gave it a simple icing decoration with the opaques pearl flourish it almost looks good enough to eat.

I think the egg shape has plenty of other options and hopefully when I’m back on top of my game I’ll be able to share some more of my ideas.

Catching Up On Projects

Well, it seems as though I finally have made my way back into the craft room with one giant intention…getting things organized!  What that meant to me was finishing some projects that have been hanging around for a while – like since last fall!  It was a great accomplishment and now I can move on to new things…which includes making about 50 birthday cards for family and friends so that I don’t miss anyone this year!

So, I thought this would be a great time to share a stationary box that I made.  It was a quick easy gift using the My Creations Card Box (Z1647)  and the Avonlea  Paper Packet (X7155B) which I filled with 3 X 3 Cricut Cards cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge and a pen that I filled with matching paper.

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If you’d be interested in making one of these for yourself or a gift, give me a call!

Happy Crafting!

Avonlea Graces Paper Trail With Elegance in December

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the beautiful Avonlea Paper Packet featured on the Paper Trail Blog Hop, if you have made your way here from Amy’s Blog you are on the right track if not that’s ok, we are a circular hop and if you follow the links you’ll end up right back here!

This catalog has really challenged me to pick a favorite paper and I have to Avonlea is in the top three!  As soon as I saw the paper, I knew that although it screamed WINTER with the beautiful snowflake patterns it had so much more to offer with its elegant colors.  The  paper packet features three seasonal colors Avonlea Off-White, Avonlea Teal, Avolea Green which coordinate perfectly with our newly released Slate Cardstock.  Of course a touch of Chocolate or Smokey Plum as featured in the Workshop on the Go Avonlea Card Making Kit  gives you some amazing pops of color for accents.

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My first card features a teal and slate background with just a hint of the large patterned paper, I wanted to feature a rosette of green and topped it with a crocheted flower and brad from the Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley Accents Collection.

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My second card was cut from the Artiste Cartridge and the “Congrats” stamped in Slate is from the coordinating Artiste Stamp Set.  A touch of Silver Shimmer Trim (my favorite new accessory) makes a very elegant card perfect for a wedding!

Once again I thank you for stopping by and hope you’ll check back again to see what else I’ve done with this versatile kit.  Believe me, I have several things up my sleeve.  Now head on over to the Vicki’s Wizards Hangout and be ready to be awed!

Feeling A Little Flirty!

This month on the Paper Trail we are featuring Close to My Heart’s Flirty Paper!  Let me just say I LOVE this paper!

If you are finding your way here from Vicki’s Wizard Hangout I’m sure you’ve already seen some amazing artwork with this paper!  Vicki amazes me every month with her creativity!  If you haven’t don’t worry about it…you see we are a circular trail and pretty soon you’ll wind up right back where you started!

I had time this month to make both a scrapbook layout and a set of cards.  This paper really speaks fall and romance to me and with several seasonal colors you won’t want to miss playing with this paper.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my art and now head to Betsy’s Stamp Scrap Fever where you’ll be able to continue to be mesmorized with this flirty paper!

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

I love my Cricut.  I’m sure I’ve never mentioned that before so I wanted to make sure it was the first thing I exclaimed.  I also love the creative Close to My Heart consultants that I have the benefit of learning from.

Several days ago I received an e-mail from MC sharing a post from yet another consultant, Christine who got the post from another who gives credit to yet another…so with a little spare time and some Easter cards to make I sat down at the craft desk, warmed up the Cricut and got started cutting shapes.

The amazing results…an adorable little bunny!  The original post showed this attached to a gift bag, I modified it and mounted it to a 3 X 3 card (the finished card will fit a 6 X 6 envelope)

If you’d like to make a bunny of your own…hop on over to my craft room, I’d love to show you how!

Christmas Already!

I have been inspired to rush the holiday…actually it is more to avoid the HOLIDAZE!  As you all know I am in love with my new Cricut and the Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close to My Heart.  It seems as though I can’t stop gushing about how easy it is making my stamping and scrapbooking!!!

I was lurking around on some other crafty peoples’  blogs the other day and ran across this cute Christmas Invitation so I grabbed some cardstock and went to work putting my own twist and I’m pretty happy how it turned out.  What do you think?

A Creative Day

I have to admit that I have to be in just the right mood to papercraft.  I have always loved teaching the art of rubberstamping and scrapbooking, but sometimes find that I’m not always in the “right frame of mind” to create for myself.  I also have usually stamped alone – a release I suppose, sometimes I fall asleep thinking about the next card I want to make and wake up the next morning to not one ounce of creativity flowing in my body.  I’ve learned that it’s pointless to try and make myself create…I end up with a card I don’t like, a scrapbook layout that just doesn’t have what I’m looking for.  There are days when sometimes I just like to go in my craft room and look at my stuff…I want to see it, touch it, smell it, but I don’t want to create!  Yesterday was not one of those days!

First of all I have been extremely excited about my new venture as a scrapbooking and papercrafting consultant – if you hadn’t noticed you must not be reading very regularly!  Second, I have met a wonderful new friend (from here on I will refer to her as “MC” ~ think MC Hammer) who is just as crazy about creating as I am.  I suppose I should tell you a little about how we met.  “MC” is also a Close to My Heart Consultant and we met when she posted on our company bulletin board that she wasn’t able to go to convention (I didn’t go either) but she would share information that she received from other consultants on her Facebook page.  I immediately signed up to be a friend – learned that she lived about 20 minutes from me and from the art work I saw her post thought we had a similar style.  After convention we remained FB friends and when I saw a post that she was in my hometown looking for a restaurant I had to respond.  She was quite pleased with my recommendation and after returning from her trip we agreed to meet at Starbucks for coffee and to talk about the new catalog we had both recently received.  MC is very creative…I have great marketing and business ideas and we are a great “think tank” when it comes to our businesses.  MC supported me during my recent open house and I am looking forward to attending hers tomorrow to see what little tidbits I can pick up!

Now, on to the crafting…yesterday was a spectacular day!  After a quick trip to the dentist I came home let the dogs out for a run as I got “consumable” supplies together, texted MC and was soon on my way.  I pulled up in front of her townhouse around 10 am – we created and chatted for 8 hours (only taking a break for a piece of the most scrumptious chocolate cake).  I was honestly surprised when I checked the time and it was 7:00pm…the last I had checked it was 1:30 and I mentally made a note that I must leave by 3.  How did that happen?

It’s definitely fun to craft at someone else’s craft room…new stamp sets, different colors of ink (she has them all) and the challenge is to use something that you don’t necessarily love and turn it into spectacular art.  You will see from the attached pictures that I was busy yesterday…using colors I wouldn’t necessarily use (Juniper, Tulip and Creme Brulee) I fell in love with the colors from our Typeset Paper Packet.

The little Pink Elephant card was inspired by the colors of the Elemental Paper Packet and stamped using the Zoology stamp set.  The card features special die cuts using the Cricut Art Philosphy cartridge available from Close to My Heart.  This cartridge is AWESOME!!!  No more hand-cutting as it coordinates with so many of our stamp sets.  It comes with over 700 shapes AND an exclusive alphabet!

Happy Thoughts

For my final creative project (it was actually the first I made) I covered a spiral notebook and paired it with a cute card in Harvest colors.

I hope that this has inspired you to fit a little creative time into your schedule.  If you are interested in purchasing any products that were used please contact me and remember “a little bling never hurt anything.”