Monday, October 31, 2011

Have a Ghostly Halloween


Happy Halloween!  It's not just Halloween, it's a Bitten by the Bug 2 Halloween!  My very talented Design Team sister Shelly (from Shelly's Card Blog) selected the perfect challenge cut for Halloween - a GHOST from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.  And so that we may share the ghoulish fun, this is our monthly blog hop Monday!  I am the first stop on the blog hop and from here you can trick or treat at each of the participating blogs for Blog Candy!


I used several different sized ghosts welded together to create a ghost mesh for my card front.  I welded the four ghosts at the top of the card to a rectangle which is the card back.  I cut a couple of the small ghosts as unwelded individuals so that I could "pop" them on the front of the card.


Using A Child's Year cartridge, I cut three welded trick or treater three times.  I layered the cuts with pop dots and attached them over top of the ghostly mesh.  A rectangle of Halloween orange stamped with stars was glued behind the ghosts.   I finished the card by adding Spooky BOO ribbon to the bottom of the card.



I have wonderful Blog Candy to share - A $20.00 gift voucher from Custom CropsCustom Crops is truly a "go to" on-line merchant for all of your paper crafting needs!  I am especially fond of their selection of Cricut cartridge products; they always have a great selection with great prices.  Today, in honor of Halloween, you can purchase Teresa Collins' Chic and Scary cartridge for $20!!!  Which means if you are my blog candy winner you would only pay shipping for Chic and Scary!!

To register for my blog candy leave a comment below and be follower of my blog.  I will announce the winner on Thursday!

After registering for the Custom Crops gift voucher blog candy you will move on to the next stop on our Halloween blog hop.  You will be visiting the blog of my friend, fellow Michigan State Alumni, design team sister, and a true inspiration - Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes!!!  Be prepared - Donna will blow you away!



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Today is the final day to order Close to My Heart's October Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic. This great stamp set retails for $17.95 and after today it will no longer be available.  If you order $50.00 of merchandise, this stamp set can be your for $5.00!!


If you have not already done so, today would be a great day to order your copy of the Art Philosophy cartridge & stamp set.  For more information on the Art Philosophy set, visit my Close to My Heart store HERE.



I will be back tomorrow with a new project as well as stories of my weekend adventure to share.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Greatest Hit - Revisited


Sometimes projects are so fun and so fabulous that they deserve a re-post on the blog.  This haunted house is one of my "Halloween Greatest Hits".  Just as this week is my turn to select the cut for Bitten by the Bug 2 and I chose the flying witch, last year my turn also feel in October.  I was not nearly so easy with last year's challenge cut - I chose the haunted house from the Happy Hauntings.



I think my design team sisters wanted to shoot me but in the end we all made fabulous haunted houses.  And guess what??  The house survived in the top of a closet and is in use again this year!!  I feared that the humidity here in South Carolina might make the house droop, but being the air conditioning addicts we are, the house was fine!


If you have not tried to make on of the 3D houses, I suggest that you challenge yourself to do so.  You will be amazed at what you can do if you just give the house a try.  Sure the house was a lot of work, but I am getting my second year with this great home decor item!!



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I would love to assist you in acquiring the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp sets. Just click on the cartridge name to visit my Close to my Heart store site.
The Art Philosophy set includes:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge (retail $55.99)
Three coordinating stamp sets (retail $17.95 each)
Three chipboard sets (retail $4.95 each)
This is $124.69 value all for $99!!




Also please remember that the deadline for ordering your Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic set is fast approaching. The stamp set retails for $17.95 but you can order it for $5.00 with any $50 order, but only it is only available until October 31st!!!

Art Philosophy Cartridge and Stamp set $99*
Stamp of the Month set $5*
You save $38.64!!!

* Shipping and taxes are extra 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trick or Treat Layout



With Halloween coming up next week I decided to share a little Trick or Treats scrapbooking inspiration with you today.  I wish that I had taken more photos of my own children and their trick or treat adventures, though I did photograph them in their costumes. But I do regret the lack of Halloween photos with my children interacting with their friends.


This two page layout was created using CTMH's Art Philosophy cartridge and Close to my Heart stamps.  I know I have mentioned this before, but I love adding stamps to my layouts!   I used two charcoal grey 11.5 x 11.5 inch squares of cardstock as backgrounds, framed by 12 x 12 sheets of Kraft cardstock.  Using Close to my Heart Halloween print cardstock, I cut the large tag shaped backgrounds.


I cut two rectangles in Kraft cardstock to used as a large mat.  I also cut the small orange mats with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used a CTMH small star stamp to stamp a design onto the Kraft cardstock, and then I put a dot of black Stickles in the center of each star.


The large stars were also cut with Art Philosophy and stamped with CTMH star stamps.  I added a black pearl to the center of each larger star.  Also worthy of noting in the photos above and below, I used the edge of the large print background tag as a guide for my journaling. 


The font used on the layout is also from Art Philosophy.  I added a few black pearls and some dots of black Stickles to the letters.   Best of all, this layout was so easy and is something that anyone can make with just the basic Art Philosophy cartridge set.  For details on the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy set and the Stamp of the Month set, please see below.



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I will be back later in the week with additional projects to share. In the mean time, I would love to assist you in acquiring the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp sets.  Just click on the cartridge name to visit my Close to my Heart store site.

The Art Philosophy set includes:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge (retail $55.99)
Three coordinating stamp sets (retail $17.95 each)
Three chipboard sets (retail $4.95 each)
This is $124.69 value all for $99!!


Also please remember that the deadline for ordering your Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic set is fast approaching. The stamp set retails for $17.95 but you can order it for $5.00 with any $50 order, but only it is only available until October 31st!!!

Art Philosophy Cartridge and Stamp set $99*
Stamp of the Month set $5*
You save $38.64!!!

* Shipping and taxes are extra

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Provo Craft Party Lanterns


Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by today.  Provo Craft marketing has once again provided me with the opportunity to share another of their fabulous projects with you and I simply could not resist these fabulous Vellum Lanterns.

My friend Kathy (MFK) has a family wedding in her future - her son Kyle is getting married in March and these lanterns are PERFECT for the ceremony.  I knew I just had to share the lanterns with Kathy and all of you!!!   I think this is such a fun idea that lends itself to so many different events!

What you will need:

Cricut used nice, rectangular images from several Cricut® cartridges, including
Ornamental Iron 2, Paper Lace, Carousel, Storybook, and Art Philosophy. Choose a cartridge that fits your theme.

• Armature wire
• Cardstock
• Vellum
• String
• Hot-glue gun
• Tape
• Glue
 
 
 
How to make the Lanterns:
 
1. Choose a favorite pattern from one of the cartridges above. Cut the pattern at 6.5" or adjust the size as desired. You will need four of the same image. Carefully peel the images off the mat.

2. Glue the images to a piece of thin vellum so that the images are side by side. You can lightly score the vellum along the seams to make crisp, clean edges.

3. Fold the lantern together. Secure the edges with tape.

4. Create a hanging hook from armature wire. Use a hot-glue gun to secure the hanging hook inside the lantern.

5. Create other lanterns using images from a variety of cartridges.
 
 
If you would like to see a short instructional video on assembling the lanterns, click HERE.  Once the page opens, look in the first section titled:  Featured projects from our latest TV Commercial - then click on the paper lantern video.
 
Thanks for stopping by today - I have a Spooktacular layout to share with you tomorrow so be sure to drop by.
 
 
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If you have not already purchased your Art Philosophy cartridge, please remember that I am now a Close to My Heart consultant and would love to assist you with the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp sets. Have you purchased your Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge set yet? I would love to help you start enjoying this great cartridge. The price is $99.00 and may be ordered at my CTMH Store.

The Art Philosophy set includes:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge (retail $55.99)
Three coordinating stamp sets (retail $17.95 each)
Three chipboard sets (retail $4.95 each)
This is $124.69 value all for $99!!

 

Also please remember that the deadline for ordering your Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic set is fast approaching. The stamp set retails for $17.95 but you can order it for $5.00 with any $50 order, but only it is only available until October 31st!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Witchy Pillow with Happy Hauntings & BBTB2


Hello everyone, it is another Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday!  I had the pleasure of selecting this week's challenge cut and I chose the FLYING WITCH from the HAPPY HAUNTINGS cartridge!  I love the intensity of this witch's posture - she has "purpose" written all over her.  She must have some Halloween spells to cast or witch's brew to create!


I decided to create home decor project with the witch cut - best of all a reusable project that I can pull out year after year!   I used home decor fabric leftovers from my crafting closet along with Silhouette's FLOCKED HEAT TRANSFER MATERIAL to craft my pillow. 

I placed a 9 x 9 inch square of the flocked heat transfer material onto my cutting mat and cut the witch image at 8 inches.  Following the instructions on the package, using a pressing cloth I ironed the flocked cut onto a square of home decor fabric.   I will add that it took me a few tries to get the hang of how hot the iron had to be and how long the iron had to sit in the same position for the bonding to occur. 




Next I took out my I-Rock tool and assorted color I-Rock gems and bedazzled my witch cut.  I used the hot I-Rock tool edge to outline the cape edges so that gem placement would be easier.  The heated line also defined the areas more clearly.  For those who did not know, I-Rock is great for setting gems onto fabric as well as cardstock/paper. 

Using the leftover home decor fabric from my office window treatments, I was able to sew together this great Halloween home decor pillow.  I photographed the pillow on my bed, simply because it photographed well in that location.  In reality the witch pillow has a spot of honor in an occasional chair in the great room.



Be sure to take time to visit the BBTB2 blog and check out all of the great witchy projects the design team put together!  Also, you may want think about joining the Bitten by the Bug 2 team in this week's challenge and create your own great Witchy project.  If you do not own the Happy Hauntings cartridge, feel free to use a witch from another cartridge in order to join the fun. 


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I will be back later in the week with some fun projects to share.  In the mean time, please remember that I am now a Close to My Heart consultant and would love to help you learn to use the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp sets. 



Also please remember that the deadline for ordering your Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic set is fast approaching.  The stamp set retails for $17.95 but you can order it for $5.00 with any $50 order, but only it is only available until October 31st!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Quick Cards with October Stamp of the Month


Are you working on your Christmas cards yet?  Christmas is only nine weeks away and that means you should be ready to mail in about seven weeks!  I have some of my cards finished, but I still have a lot of cards to make.  Thank goodness for Close to My Heart's October Stamp of the Month - Winter Magic.  


Using the Winter Magic stamp set and the Art Philosophy cartridge I was able to whip out a few more cards for my Christmas card yesterday afternoon!  For the card above I chose the snowflake print stocking with the words topper.  I also used the "Greetings" stamp, stamping the word over and over to create a Greetings ribbon for the bottom edge of the card.


I also chose one of the Christmas tree stamps from the set - the music, damask and snowflake print tree.  I gave the tree a green trunk to match the green in the print cardstock.  I trimmed out the tree with red gemstones.


I added snowflakes to both cards and tiny diamond gems.  It is for moments like these that I love my I-Rock.  The tiny gems heat super quickly and stay adhered to the card so much better than the adhesive backed gems.


As I have already stated, both of the cards above were created using the October Stamp of the Month - Holiday MagicHoliday Magic is available until OCTOBER 31st only. The stamp set retails for $17.95, however you can get this set for only $5.00 when you
order your Art Philosophy set!





Have you purchased your Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge set yet?  I would love to help you start enjoying this great cartridge.  The price is $99.00 and may be ordered at my CTMH Store.

The Art Philosophy set includes:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge (retail $59.95)
Three coordinating stamp sets (retail $17.95 each)
Three chipboard sets (retail $4.95 each)
This is $128.69 value all for $99!!


Thanks for stopping by today.  I took a day off and missed a post yesterday, but don't worry,
I will be back with another layout tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Winter Wonderland Layout with Art Philosophy




I really liked the single page layout I shared last Saturday on Everyday Cricut.  In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to use my favorite cartridge -  CTMH's Art Philosophy Cartridge - along with Close to My Heart's  Snowflakes (D1480) stamp set and take the layout a bit further!


I know that I have previously shared this but I want to share again - the CTMH stamp sets that coordinate with Art Philosophy make finding the correct cut size a breeze.  The size of the cut is printed beside each stamp on the acetate overlay!  How cool is that?  This large snow flakes were cut according to the overlay instructions at 3.25 inches.  I used a light, light blue and stamped the snowflake - the topper layers and the base layers.  In some cases I glued both stamped layers together and in other cases I used them individually on the layout.


 Above is a photo of the stamping process; below the final results.


I cut the background of the smaller snowflakes and stamped over them with the "leafy" snowflake stamp.


 All of the cuts on the is layout were cut with Art Philosophy.  This cartridge has quickly risen to be my favorite cartridge.  It has so many great cuts that cover a plethora of themes.

There are several banner cuts on A.P.  For this layout I chose to use the rounded bottom banner shapes.  I used the A.P. font to add the word SNOW.


The background plaid cardstock was cut with my trimmer to 12"x5" and used across the page.  The tab was stamped with the Winter Wonderland phrase and a small snowflake.


 The left page has places for three 3.5 x 4 inch photos.  I used the micro snowflakes from the stamp set to stamp the background white cardstock.  This really added a nice finishing touch.


 The right page has one 6 x4 inch photo spot. The journaling tag at the bottom can be computer printed prior to cutting, hand written, or covered with a vellum.  The tag is laced with a .75 inch wide gingham ribbon (by CTMH). 


I finished the layout by attaching clear gem stones to the center of the cut out snowflakes.  Below is one more peek at both pages.



Recipe:  To create this simple layout you will need the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge set. The price is $99.00 and may be ordered at my CTMH Store

The Art Philosophy set includes:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge (retail $59.95)
Three coordinating stamp sets (retail $17.95 each)
Three chipboard sets (retail $4.95 each)
This is $128.69 value all for $99!!



You will also need (D1480) Snowflakes, a $17.95 all-purpose winter stamp set.



 Also available until OCTOBER 31st only, the October Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic. You may purchase this $17.95 stamp set for only $5.00 when you order your Art Philosophy set!



Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back with a new project to share tomorrow!