Monday, August 1, 2016

CONTEST - CTMH Color of the Year - SEA GLASS

Today marks the release of the newest Idea Book from Close To My Heart!  I absolutely love it.  They've reorganized the book and taken it back to the basics.  You will truly be able to use the papers, stamps, and embellishments in this book all year long!
There is so much inspiration in this book....which is exactly why it is called an Idea Book!  One of my favorite things is the new concept of Color of the Year!  And the color that has been chosen for 2016-2017 is Sea Glass.  This color is so soft and so versatile.  It can translate to any season when paired with the right pieces.

In honor of this special color, I have decided to run a little contest this month!  I have started a Pinterest Board to collect all of my Sea Glass inspiration and I would love it if you would do the same!
Create a board that includes anything related to this magical color that inspires you!  Maybe it's an actual picture of sea glass, maybe it is a picture of your favorite craft project using this color, or maybe it is a picture of the beach!  The sky is the limit.  I want to see what inspires you.

Be sure to share a link to your board with me either in the comments here, by emailing me, or on any of my social media outlets.  I will select my favorite board at the end of the month on August 31st and the winner will get a prize pack from me.

Good luck!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

CTMH Alternative Guestbook for a Baby Shower

I am going to be a grandmother!  I'm pretty excited about it.  In fact, I've been going a little bit overboard and my husband keeps having to pull me back.  I just want to buy all the cute baby clothes and make a bunch of cute baby things.  I can't help myself!

Our daughter lives out of state.  Hubby is driving down this weekend to see her.  Before he goes, we have a family barbecue to attend and he thought it would be fun if we could get everybody to sign a card or something to take down to her. know I couldn't just do a little card and call it good.  Inspiration struck!  I decided to do a piece of art that could hang in the nursery.

Today while we are at the barbecue, everyone can sign a balloon and add a little message.  I'm so excited about this project!

The background is a 12x12 sheet from the new CTMH Calypso B&T Papers.  The images were all cut using my Cricut Explore and CTMH Cardstock in the colors Pixie, Hollyhock, Pomegranate, Black, and Daisy White.  I also used a textured piece in Pixie from the Whimsy Fundamentals cardstock. 

The font for the words came from my CTMH Artfully Sent cricut cartridge.  I modified the balloon from the CTMH Artistry cricut cartridge.  The zebra...well that I purchased directly from Cricut because I couldn't find one on my cartridges and my daughter loves zebras.  I won't tell if you don't.

I layered the balloons so that some went of the page and then trimmed them down.

The words I cut in 2 different colors and then glued together slightly off to give the sense of a shadow or 3D effect. 

Finally I added some hand-drawn balloon strings so that the zebra looked like she was floating.  Overall, this was a fun weekend project and a great alternative to a card or a Guestbook if you are throwing a baby shower.  It will hang easily in a shadow box from CTMH and be such a sweet addition to the baby's nursery!

Let me know what you think and send me pictures of your DIY alternatives for cards and guestbooks.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CTMH Happy Times Gift Set

Today I have to send a little something to a friend who lives on the other side of the states from me.  It isn't anything special and on its own, looks rather mundane.  I decided to use a little CTMH magic to dress it up and created a lovely gift box with matching card and envelope.

I used one sheet from the exclusive Happy Times paper pack that is only available through May 2016.  I love this paper pack because it has really lovely, vibrant summer colors.  You can get this paper pack for $14.95 or FREE with a $50 purchase.

I coordinated my paper with the CTMH Cardstock in Fern, Juniper, and White Daisy.  I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge for all the cuts.  The stamp sets used were So Many Smiles and Woodland Romance, which is now retired.  You can still get that lovely stag silhouette with the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  There is also a different stag that is quite pretty in the Best Christmas stamp set.  I added a bit of sparkle by gold embossing the stag and the Sweet Friend sentiment.  It was the perfect touch I think.

I really hope she enjoys it!  What do you do to dress up your gifts?  Comment below or go on Facebook or Twitter and post your pictures!  #tttdressup

Saturday, January 23, 2016

80's Fun with CTMH

I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE a theme!  Give me the teeniest, tiniest reason to get dressed up and I am 110% in.

My friends and I decided to go to a local 80's/90's karaoke night this Saturday...complete with costume contest.  So of course, we all are going to dress up.  There's just one problem.  I don't own ANY of my 80's gear anymore and it's not October, which means the costume stores are gone.

No big deal!  CTMH is here to save the day!  I picked up a cheap black shirt at Walmart for $4.99 on my way home from work (you can also get cheap tees at most craft stores).  When I got home, I pulled out my Cricut machine and some rolls of Cricut iron-on material.  These can also be purchased at local craft stores or on the Cricut web site.

Then I pulled up images from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  There are a LOT of great design elements on here that go with 80's style.  I pulled a few that I liked, rearranged them with some basic geometric shapes, and finally settled on a really neat "Awesome" with a lightning bolt coming off of it on top of some triangles.

All I had to do was cut the different pieces and iron them on the shirt.  I cut the neck off the shirt so that it would slouch on my shoulders, and BAM...I'm back in the 80's!

If you love this design, please share this blog post with your friends and let me know in the comments below!  And, just because we are like, totally the bestest friends ever, I'm going to like, totally share this radical file with you in Cricut Design Space so that you can easily duplicate it!  Now we can all be bodacious babes together! (Be sure to flip (mirror) the image before cutting.  Otherwise it will be cut backwards)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Crafting Takes Your Worries Away

Have you guys seen the articles lately about the benefits of art and crafting?  It's becoming quite the popular trend and I can definitely see why!  We all want to get back to that calm, stress-free time that we had in our lives when we were kids and fun was around every corner.  My papercrafting does that for me.  Using my Close To My Heart products, I can color, stamp, cut, paste, and so much more.  I can really lose myself in it for hours.

For example, the other day I had to stay home from work while my car was in the shop.  My Mom recently went into the hospital with pneumonia and with her respiratory problems, she can't really have flowers.  I spent the entire day at home planning and working on a very special card for her so that she could still have flowers without all of the side effects. 

The technique is called a card-in-a-box and it is full of fun little details for her to enjoy!  The wonderful thing about this is that you can do it any size you like and you can make it fit into a card envelope.  This one fits perfectly into an envelope for 5"x7" cards.

I used the Brushed paper packet (X7190B) which happens to still be available on my shopping site at the moment.  I also used coordinating cardstocks, my Cricut machine, and three of my CTMH Cricut cartridges to cut out all of the little flowers and critters.  I could have done it by hand, but the Cricut makes it go so much faster.  The best part was that I used scraps from my stash.  These were all bits of paper I had already laying about from other projects.

To add the final touches, I used my Shinhan markers from CTMH to color over clear sparkles and make them match the colors in the papers I was using.

The end result was that I was able to do something nice for Mom while taking away the stress and worry I would have had about her predicament.  Rather than feeling helpless because I'm hundreds of miles away, I channeled my energy into something positive and it was really rewarding.

Has crafting helped you through tough times?  Be sure to let me know in the comments.