I’m NOT Drinking the Water

 

It seems as though everywhere I turn, someone’s having a baby…first it was my barista, now it’s the girl from the hardware store…I’ve switched to bottled water!

Seriously, I love babies and I’ve totally wanted to make the Baby mini-album from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge so for about 3 hours today my Cricut chirped away happily as I thought about what I wanted to do.  Of course I needed something gender neutral, I don’t know the expectant mother outside of her work, but I wanted her to know just how excited I am for her and that “it’s about to get wild around here!”

 

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This was so much fun to put together, I just grabbed a few stamp sets that coordinate with Cricut cuts and let my imagination run wild.  My favorite page is the inside cover where there is a tag that says “Hello My Name Is” and then an interactive tag to fill in “All the Details”.

It was really fun using up the scraps from the Babycakes paper packet for an actual baby project.  I can’t wait to go see her tomorrow!

Until later,

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

A Festive Hostess Gift

 

We are heading to the lake to spend a few hours with a dear friend and I wanted to take a long a little hostess gift.  She is always so gracious to let us just come when we want and enjoy her beautiful view.

I was inspired by a banner from consultant Julie Wheaton and decided that the best honor would be to lift her idea.

 

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The Freedom and Rocket are both cut from the Artbooking Cartridge.  I tied it all up with Ruby Chevron Ribbon.  I’m so excited with how it turned out, I might be doing one for every holiday!

Enjoy your Independence Day!

Tracey

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