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.