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