Monday, February 8, 2016

Modern Art St. Valentine Layout


Hello friends, welcome to this weeks Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.  My sweet and very talented Design Team sister, Caroline, selected this weeks challenge - Use a Cricut cut HEART on your project.  I created this two page layout for this week's challenge, using three Cricut cartridges to cut or draw all of the elements.  


I began with two 12 x 12 inch sheets of Close To My Heart Watercolor paper.  Using Close To My Heart Watercolor Paints and Watercolor Brushes, along with a cup of water and a sponge, to create the background pages.  I used four colors of paint on very wet paper.  After the majority of the paint had dried I splattered the page with a hot pink color of paint using water and the edge of the largest paint brush.

I allowed the pages to dry, blotting any excessive water away with my sponge.  I used my blow dryer to be sure that all of the fibers in the paper were very, very dry before moving on.   



My layout pages were designed in Cricut Design Space, with the white sheets reduced to 11.5 x 11.5 inches.  I attached the black heart art from the Monogram Motif cartridge to the white pages, flipping one to be a mirror image of the other.  I used a fine tip Cricut black pen to draw the heart with the Explore.  After the drawings were complete, the Explore trimmed the pages down to size. 


Once the cutting and trimming were complete, I used Close To My Heart Watercolor Pencils to color in various shapes on the pages.  The white pages were then glued to the teal backgrounds.

I used three cartridges to cut the remaining page elements:  Monogram Motif, Valentine's Day, and Art Philosophy.  The roses in a heart shape were cut using Valentine's Day.  I added additional hearts from Valentine's Day behind the rose hearts.  The blue and pink layered floral hearts were cut using the Monogram Motif cartridge.  The circles and scalloped circles were cut using Close To My Heart's Art Philosophy cartridge.  

I finished the layout by adding white ink pen doodles around the scalloped edges.  I plan to use Valentine's Day photos from various family members.  Of course that large circle, which will hold a 5 x 5 inch photo, if for Avaleigh's St. Valentine photo!



I know I mentioned several Close To My Heart products in this post.  I am still learning to use our watercolors with paper crafting, but we do have a fabulous set of paints, brushes, watercolor paper, and watercolor pencils.  I am having a great time learning to combine watercolors with scrapbooking and card making.  I have linked all of the products in the text, but I am also adding photos and links below.





While you are at my Close To My Heart on line store checking out the watercolor line, be sure to check out this month's specials:


Get this D-Size February Stamp of the Month set for $5 with a $50 purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart for full price ($17.95), or with a $50 order add the stamp set during checkout at the promotional price!   



Share The Love in February

Close To My Heart is giving you the opportunity to help us support an amazing cause, Operation Smile, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world.  With the purchase of this special stamp set, SHARE THE LOVE, you will be helping to share the love with children world-wide.



Filled with adorable icons and sentiments, this stamp set will be a great addition to your stamp collection.  Not only will you get a swoon-worthy stamp set for taking part in this special promotion, but Close To My Heart will donate $7 of proceeds from each stamp set sold to Operation Smile.  I hope you pick up this adorable stamp set and spread a smile on a child's face!!   


Thank you for stopping by today.  If you have not already done so, please go by the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog and check out the A-MAZ-ING Valentine projects my Design Team sisters created.  They completely WOWed me this week!    I will be back with two more posts this week, so be sure to check back!



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Alice Birthday Card and Birthday Party


Hello friends, today I am sharing a birthday card I made for my granddaughter, who had the most darling vintage Alice in ONE-derland birthday party.  

I used Cricut's Disney Classics cartridge to create Alice, the White Rabbit, and the birthday cake on this card.  I honestly do not remember what I used for the Happy 1st Birthday sentiment, but I do recall that it was more than just a cartridge cut (I included cut text). 


Avaleigh's first birthday party was the weekend before her actual birthday.  She had been on the antibiotic for her ear infection for a couple of days so we were hopeful that she would feel better.  As the recipient of  her virus "sharing", I am going to say that a couple of days is not long enough to feel better.  That virus was evil and hung on for over a week!  

Bethany and her friend Bailey did such a fantastic job with Avaleigh's party decorations.  I found a few fun decorations for them, the food tags and such, and they came up with all of the rest on their own!  Everything looked so sweet and so special!


For an ill one year old, Avaleigh had quite the large party.  She had family from both sides, four cousins, and some of her parents' friends.  Bethany had an amazing menu:  roasted pork tenderloin with cheese and a sauce sliders, fabulous chicken salad croissants, pbj's for the kids, potato salad, pasta salad, raw veggie cups with hummus and dip, chocolate dipped strawberries, themed rice crispy treats, sodas, punch, and the most fabulous homemade cupcake EVER!  Her sister-in-law kept asking where she purchased things and was stunned to realize that Bethany only purchased ingredients, croissants, and rolls.  Otherwise she was a busy mom and made everything.


I loved what Bethany and Bailey did with one of the birdcages leftover from Bethany's wedding.  They made a small three tiered cake and placed it inside the birdcage with  fresh roses and Alice themed food spears.  


Below is Bethany, a sick little Avaleigh, and Bailey.


Avaleigh really enjoyed pulling the tissue paper out of her gifts.  She had tissue flying left and right.


Avaleigh really liked the musical puppy her cousins gave her.  It is such a fun pull toy for her.


In fact, she liked the musical puppy so well that she did a little dance to the music!


Like everything else that she eats, Bethany made Avaleigh an organic birthday "smash" cake.


Our little princess would only poke at the frosting on her cake.  This was day two of her refusal to eat.  She kept drinking throughout her illness, but she had two or three days where she refused food.


The photo below captures Avaleigh's attitude toward her cake perfectly.  She would look at it, she even touched it once, but she refused to engage with it!



Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my Alice birthday card and Avaleigh's first birthday party recap!

Monday, February 1, 2016

What's a Birthday Without Ice Cream?


Hello friends, welcome to this weeks Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.  I know you must think I am crazy posting an ice cream cone card on February first, but that is indeed the Cricut Cut challenge of the week - Ice Cream.  My fabulous design team sister, Brenda, discovered that the first Saturday in February is "Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!"  How COOL is that (did you see what I did there)?  Brenda has challenged us to use Ice Cream, in any form, on this week's project.


Because I am still enjoying making birthday cards (yes, we do have a family birthday this week too, my darling son-in-law, John), I used my ice cream on this ice cream cone birthday card.  I used two Cricut cartridges to create this card:  Doodlecharms and CTMH Artiste.  


The cones were cut with the Doodlecharms cartridge, though I did change up the layering a bit.  I used Artiste to cut the scalloped oval layered matting and the Happy Birthday sentiment.  I decided to attach my card front to a black card, for contrast.  I finished by adding red cherries to the cones and a Happy Birthday stamp inside.


If you have not already done so, please go by the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog and check out the yummie Ice Cream projects the design team has created to share with you!  And then whip up an ice cream project of your own and link in with us this week!!!

Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month and February Monthly Special


Get this D-Size February Stamp of the Month set for $5 with a $50 purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart for full price ($17.95), or with a $50 order add the stamp set during checkout at the promotional price!   



Share The Love in February

Close To My Heart is giving you the opportunity to help us support an amazing cause, Operation Smile, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world.  With the purchase of this special stamp set, SHARE THE LOVE, you will be helping to share the love with children world-wide.



Filled with adorable icons and sentiments, this stamp set will be a great addition to your stamp collection.  Not only will you get a swoon-worthy stamp set for taking part in this special promotion, but Close To My Heart will donate $7 of proceeds from each stamp set sold to Operation Smile.  I hope you pick up this adorable stamp set and spread a smile on a child's face!!   


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine Tree and Products


Hello friends, today I am going to share my first EVER Valentine tree. Seriously, I made Valentines for the skinny, former Santa tree, in our entryway.  I decided to keep a bit of festive decor going for a few more weeks.  Now, just so we are clear, THIS WILL NOT become an Easter tree!! After February 14, this tree is going to the garage.


I used Design Space and several Cricut Valentine Cuts.  I should share with you the cartridges used, but I confess I forgot to make a list of them.  I know.... That is no help at all.  


Avaleigh seems to really enjoy the Valentine tree so I am glad that I turned into one of those crazy ladies when decorates a tree for a holiday beyond Christmas.  


With St. Valentines Day a little under three weeks away, I wanted to remind you that you should be creating YOUR Valentine decor and Valentine cards soon.  I have created a list of Close To My Heart products that would be amazing for you to use on your Valentines.  If you click on the item numbers  the links will take you to the products in my on-line store.  I hope you enjoy this amazing Valentine suggestion list.

LA VIE EN ROSE PAPER PACKET


  

LA VIE EN ROSE COMPLEMENTS

Item Number: X7201C









LA VIE EN ROSE ASSORTMENT

Item Number: Z3078 

CHARLOTTE PAPER PACKET



CHARLOTTE COMPLEMENTS







TREASURED PUFFIES









Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts
Item Number: Z3124 

RED ENAMEL HEARTS

Item Number: Z2009 

Item Number: Z1848 

WHITE SHIMMER TRIM

Item Number: Z3024 

PINK SHIMMER TRIM

Item Number: Z1986 

RED GLITTER PAPER

Item Number: Z3075 


PINK GLITTER PAPER

Item Number: Z1922 


GOLD GLITTER PAPER

Item Number: Z3076 


HEART EMBOSSING FOLDER

Item Number: Z3018 


STUCK ON YOU

Item Number: C1643 

STUCK ON YOU THIN CUTS

Item Number: Z3200 


POSITIVE CHEMISTRY

Item Number: B1485 




 TO THE MOON









 SOMEONE SPECIAL

Item Number: C1607 



WOODLAND ROMANCE

Item Number: D1683 



XOXO

Item Number: M1054 



FOREVER IN MY HEART

Item Number: C1604 

MR. & MRS.

Item Number: C1621 



I DO

Item Number: D1636 




 SUGAR & SPICE

Item Number: B1510 




 SWEETER WITH YOU

Item Number: M1053 



CHARMING CASCADES

Item Number: D1668 



LOVE

Item Number: A1131 




AFFECTION

Item Number: C1441 

PICTURE MY LIFE™ BEAUTIFUL YOU SCRAPBOOKING PROGRAM

Item Number: Z3181 

 

Item Number: Z3195 

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope that you enjoy my Valentine suggested products!!