Pinterest Inspired

 

Sometimes I feel that even though I’m inspired by things that I “pin” on Pinterest that I really don’t take the time in real life to make them.  It’s sort of like when I was playing Farmville on Facebook and my husband suggested that instead of watering the crops virtually that my own flowers were dying in real life.  So after my little inspiration search I decided that I’d pick a couple of the cards that really were going to challenge me.

I love playing with shaped cards so this Viva la Verve card inspired me to use up some scraps and think outside the square box.  The top card is the sketch I printed from the internet and the bottom card is mine.

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Here’s a close up of my card

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I started by cutting a Outdoor Denim card base using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I love all the shaped cards that this cartridge has to offer and I had several circle cards to choose from.  I then pulled scraps from my Claire paper packet (I’m still on my journey to kill my stash).  When I was laying out the pieces for my card I really thought that if I embossed the square with the DOTS embossing folder that it would tie it in nicely with the dots in the large floral B & T.  My flower was also cut from Art Philosophy using Blush cardstock and another scrap of Claire B & T it was all layered and attached with a retired bling brad.  I added a clear sparkle flourish for some WOW factor.

The lesson I’d like to leave you with is that if you use Pinterest to get inspired, make sure you put that inspiration to work for you…get away from your computer and into your craft room.  There is no joy to crafting if you don’t craft!

Tracey

Box of Boo!

 

I’m trying to use up as much of my stash as I can before my new order comes from the Annual Inspirations.  I decided to control my urges, but I still must use up my retired product to make room for the new!  One of the fantastic benefits of being a Close to My Heart Consultant is the ability to order new product one month early, if you’d like this same benefit please contact me and I’ll tell you about the other wonderful benefits of belonging to one of the greatest sisterhoods in paper crafting!

My neighbor recently discovered box cards online and after a couple of unsuccessful attempts called for some help.  We set a date to stamp and I turned to my favorite tutorial website for instruction.  I knew that she was wanting to make these for Halloween so I sorted through my stash to see what I had in the Halloween department!  I came up with a few scraps from the Mischief (now retired) paper pack and used the Creepy Creatures C1522 and Magic Potions C1509 both still available.

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This is the box closed – as it will be mailed.  The fence and moon are cut from the Artbooking Cartridge.  The fence is on three sides of the box and have been layered 4 times to give it depth.

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This is the box opened.  I used cuts from the Artbooking, Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges.  The bats and “boo” are mounted on strips of acetate which gave them some extra height.  I also added stamped images to the B & T paper.

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I can’t wait to try a few more of these fun boxes!

Happy Stamping!

Tracey

Nice Neutral Newlyweds

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their M element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.  If you’re coming from >>> you’re on the right path.

My “N” is two fold…a neutral card using the Newlyweds stamp.

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I love Close to My Heart’s Embossing Folders  the Damask Embossing Folder leaves such a nice clean, deep impression.  I especially love using it on our white daisy cardstock for it’s elegant look.  I wanted a simple and elegant look for this wedding card so I kept with a neutral palette of black & white.  The card front is tied with a piece of black Baker’s Twine and the Newlywed car is mounted on 2 inch square cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge, the square is then cut again at 2 1/4 from Black Glitter Paper.  I know I’ve mentioned that I love our Glitter Paper because it doesn’t “shed” and works slick as a whistle in the Cricut.

As you know I think it’s just as important to decorate the inside of the card so after stamping “Oh Happy Day” from the Artiste Collection Bundle I topped it off with silver and black Shimmer Trim.

I hope you’ll hop on over to Catherine’s Catscrapbooking where you’ll discover her use of the letter N.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tracey

A Flirty Little Gift

My bestie’s surprise birthday was this weekend and I wanted to make sure that even though my gift was small that it packed some punch on delivery!

First, I grabbed my old packet of Flirty paper that I have been hording – YES, I horde paper.  If there’s a paper I really like I just don’t want to cut it…crazy huh? Then I put my Cricut to work using both the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.  I love making the rolled flowers, but don’t use them much because they get squished when you mail them, but I think it made the perfect accent on the purse closure.  I attached the tag (which was almost as big as the purse) with a small piece of bakers twine.

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The funny thing is I forgot to take a picture of the entire thing until we were on our way to the party so I used the console in my husband’s truck as a background…it’s really hard to take pictures when you’re driving down the road, LOL!

If you’d like to learn more about the Cricut Cartridges available from Close to My Heart – drop me an e-mail at papercraftingprincess@yahoo.com or join my upcoming birthday card class. 

Happy Stamping,

Tracey

Inspiration to Emboss

 

There’s two things in my craft room that I couldn’t live without…my Cricut and my Big Shot!  I was so excited when Close to My Heart announced the release of new embossing folders.  I love the deep impression that they give and I’m always looking for a new way to use them. 

As a Close to My Heart Consultant I have access to an artwork bulletin board that at times leaves me speechless with the plethora of amazing artwork!  I recently saw this cute card from Jody Gustafson and decided that I need to try one for myself.

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These papers from the Ariana paper packet have such a different feel by only using the blues and adding a piece of the Ruby Shimmer Trim. 

A Return to the Paper Trail with Ariana


After a short break from the Paper Trail to make it through a few busy months, I decided to hop back in with April’s Blog Hop featuring Close to My Heart’s Ariana Paper Packet! If you’ve came from Betsy’s Scrap, Stamp Fever!, you are on the right path, if you’ve started here don’t worry we are a circular hop and if you follow the links you will end up right where you started!

Ariana is a beautiful old fashioned floral that is perfect for so many occasions.  With three exclusive colors, Ariana Gray, Ariana Green and Ariana Coral it was a fun paper to work with.  It was also the first time that I had worked with the Cricut Craft room changing sizes and removing cut outs with the hide contour button.

I have really been concentrating on catching up my scrapbooks and although I’ve done lots of pages of fun activities that Miss H and I have done, I have failed to scrapbook the most exciting day of my life – the day nearly 5 years ago that she made her grand entrance!  So the Ariana Papers inspired me to scrapbook our “Sweet Baby Girl”

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I started by picking which photos I wanted from that day and realized I must have been more intent on holding our precious little princess than getting pictures!  I then found a layout pattern from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 that I thought would showcase the pictures I had.  I highly recommend both volumes of the Make It From You Heart books, both are full of patterns inspired by Jeanette Lynton.

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I altered the pattern just a bit by bordering the floral section with one border cut easily with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, cutting the pennant shape and filling in it’s lacy end.  I also chose to add the title area where the pattern indicated an area to journal.

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I wanted to give a close up of both a banner and a heart border that were cut in Ariana Green and backed with Ariana Coral.  Although they are different the hearts tie them together and what better way to express the love of a new baby!

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The last thing that I’d like to highlight is how important it is to document the details.  I go back and forth between computer and hand-written storytelling.  I finished off the journal card with a pink bow from the Ariana assortment.

I’ll be featuring more artwork with Ariana through out the month, so I hope you’ll come back and visit, but for now please visit Patricia’s Creative Corner – she’s “Down Under” but if you follow the link you can get there in a hop, skip and a jump it will be worth your time as she does some amazing artwork!

Tracey