Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rockin' Sketch

Heart 2 Heart is having a SKETCH CHALLENGE this week.
Your choice, round or square.
Check it out:

I'm not into round cards. I mean, they look great, but I like my cards to stand up all by themselves. I'm weird that way.  So I chose to do the second one, with the circle element on a standard card.

Recipe for 6x6"card:
Paper: X7138B Fanfare Level 2 Paper Pack
Stamps: D1432 X-Treme, D1283 Say it in Style
Inks: Pacifica
Cranberry Brads
All product CTMH

Check out what the gals on the DT have come up with this week! You are sure to be inspired!
Get out your crafty supplies and play along with us!  Create something based on the sketches, then link it up to H2H so we can all see!  Remember, the H2H challenge requires that you use mostly CTMH products, and you have the whole month to play.  We have some new prizes for April from our very generous sponsors, and we're looking for some talent to join us as a future Guest Designer...could it be you?

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Baby, Baby, Baby

Have I got you all humming Justin Bieber songs now?  For some reason 'Baby' keeps playing in my head...Yes, I have a pre-teen daughter, why do you ask? Sorry for the ear worm, but it's a catchy song and now it's stuck in your head too.  Just be glad I didn't put it on an instant music player on my blog to annoy you :) You're welcome.

This week at Heart 2 Heart, it's a BABY challenge! Make a card, gift item, scrap page...anything baby-related, as long as it includes mostly CTMH products.

I chose to make a card:

And a girly one too:

These cards were inspired by this card from the talented Deneen Treble at A Path of Paper.  Hi Deneen!  I just loved the little dresser on her stair-step card, and thought a big one the size of the entire card would be cute too.  What do you think?

The scalloped edges were cut with my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities Labels Four die.  Pieces were layered to create drawers, and a couple of them were popped up on foam dots to appear open. On the blue card I sanded all the edges to reveal the white core in the cardstock, and on the pink card the edges are inked. The baby items are from CTMH D1266 Baby Steps, and the teddy bear is from a Christmas stamp CTMH D1443 Share the Magic.  To make the drawer handles, the blue card has a brad inserted through an eyelet. The pink card's pretty knobs are little flower brads from a retired CTMH Mini Medley pushed through punched flowers. The only pattern paper used was scraps to make the little onesies, I used Miracle paper for the boy's and Sweetheart paper for the girl's.  The only non-CTMH item on these cards is the cute little wire hangers, I "borrowed" them from one of the many Klutz Paper Fashions craft kits that my daughter has. She has about 100 of these hangers, so I hope she won't miss 2.

Oh Baby! Check out what the fabulous H2H DT has to offer this week! Their blog links are also over in my sidebar.  Play along with us, and link up your baby creations to the H2H Challenge blog.  Remember that you are required to use mostly CTMH products. You have until the end of the month to play along,  there are prizes to be won (from our generous sponsors Lori Brown and  Angie Parchey), and one lucky person will be invited to be our Guest Designer next month! 

Thanks for visiting my bog today,

CTMH products:
Cardstock: Sky, Baby Pink
Pattern Paper: Miracle, Sweetheart
Stamps: D1266Baby Steps, D1443Share the Magic
Various markers, Inks and watercolor pencils
White Daisy eyelets, brads and flower brads

Non-CTMH product:
Mini hangers from Klutz Paper Fashions kit
Nestabilities Labels Four

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Designer Tissue Boxes

This week at Heart 2 Heart, we are having a "From Your Heart to Ours" challenge.  It's "Show and Tell"!  We want you to show us something you've created for your home or a home decor item, and tell us what you love about it!  This can be something new you create, or something you've already made...but it must include mostly CTMH products.

I have many home decor items made from CTMH products, but I'm going to share a couple of my tissue box covers because these haven't made it to my blog yet:

This one was made using G1022 CTMH Mayberry Workshop kit, which includes the fruit and flowers stamp set!  This box cover is in my kitchen, and it's my way of injecting a little bit of spring into the room :)  Don't you just love these spring colors?

This one is in my family room, and I love the rich colors.  It matches my furniture.  It's made using X7128B Olivia Level 2 Paper Pack, and D1436 The Present stamp (one of my faves). 

I'm not sure if one can call tissue box covers 'home decor', but I like them because I can make them to match my rooms, and I buy whatever tissue is on sale to refill them instead of trying to find tissue boxes that aren't hideous.  I need to make a few more... the sky's the limit when decorating these! 

Here are a couple of tutorial links for you:
There is a tutorial available at Splitcoast Stampers that is very helpful to make small square tissue box covers, and you can go to ehow for instructions to make any size box and decorate it as you want.

You have to check out what the awesome gals on the design team have made to inspire you!  These gals amaze me every week, and I am thrilled to be on a DT wth them. Their names and blog links are listed on my sidebar, and are also at H2H.

So, we want to see some fabulous CTMH home decor items that you've made!  Tell us what you love about them!  Link up your pics at Heart 2 Heart.  You have until the end of the month to play along.  The more you play, the more chances you have to win a fabulous prize from our sponsors Angie Parchey and Lori Brown.  Remember, your project must include mostly CTMH products, and please link to the page of your project (not to your blog home page) so we can find it!

Here are some past items I have posted that I would also call home decor.  You can click on the caption under the pic to go to the post if you want the details.

This first one is from the VERY 1ST H2H Challenge, I'm so happy this challenge has caught on and is growing every week :)
BIG hugs to Mary for hosting the H2H Challenge Blog!
Hanging Birdhouse

Wine Glass Candle Shade

Wildlife Shadowbox

Desk Calendar



Thank You Boquet

Thanks for stopping by today!

Recipe for Tissue Boxes:
1. CTMH G1022 Mayberry Workshop kit, includes B1380 Mayberry stamp.
   CTMH Just Blooms flowers in Whie Daisy and Summer Posies(leaves, retired)
   CTMH Inks: Cocoa, Desert Sand, Olive, Garden Green, Smoothie, Sorbet, Honey
   1/4" coral satin ribbon from my stash
   Tools: Coluzzle to cut oval on top 

2. CTMH X7128B Olivia Level 2 Paper Pack
   CTMH D1436 The Present stamp set
   CTMH Ink: Cocoa
   CTMH Antique Bronze brads
   Rust paper flowers, 1" rust ribbon,  peach ric rac ribbon all from my stash

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Three Bears are Popular

Hello everyone. When I posted my Three Bears card (post below), I had no idea how popular it would be.  Thank you to everyone who left comments here on my blog, and at Big Red Scraps and on the private CTMH consultant board!  I have received about 15 private emails requesting instructions for this card, most wanting to know how I did the inside tent fold, and how to get a full sized border with the Cricut.  To be honest, I winged it :)  But, rather than answer all the emails individually, I thought I should just do up a tutorial to share with all of you.

First, the finished size of the card closed is 5x7". 

Here is another view of the inside of the card which shows the center fold a bit better:

This pic shows on scrap paper how to score and fold the inside paper. If you want your card to fold flat, use a lightweight paper for the inside, cardstock would end up pretty bulky.
Click the pic to see bigger

For the tent, just cut the paper on the center score line, and fold the flaps back to form a tent door.  I paper pieced Lucky pattern paper to make my tent, but you'd get the same effect without the paper piecing:

To adhere the inside piece to the card base, apply adhesive to the outside edges only, leaving the center pop up part free to move:

That's about it for the card...easier than it looks isn't it? Now you can embellish all you want!

Here's a tip for cutting out detailed images:  Stamp them in an ink color similar to the paper... I stamped the bears in desert sand ink onto kraft paper. This way, you don't have to be perfect with the cutting because the lines don't show as much as if you stamp the image in black ink. After the image has been cut out, ink the edges a bit with a sponge to hide any imperfect cutting.

And here is a CRICUT VIDEO TUTORIAL that explains the 'Fit to Length' button on the Cricut to customize a border.  I used the Plantin' Schoolbook cartridge to make the background trees border on the card, I made mine 11" and trimmed it to paper piece onto the card.

If you have time, you should check out the rest of Robyn's awesome Cricut Video Tutorials. I learned so much about using my Cricut that I never would have figured out on my own.   You can find her and all of her videos at My Pink Stamper.

I hope this post answers everyone's questions, and I expect I'll be seeing several tent pop-up cards in the galleries!   I'm happy to keep sharing my instructions if you promise to credit me with a link ;)

Thanks for popping by today!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Three Bears Make a Scene

This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge is Times 3!  We are to use at least 3 stamp images to create a scene on our project. 

I've been staring out of the frosted up windows at the monster winter we've been having, longing for warm summer evenings around the campfire...that is what inspired my card:

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That would be me ("Mama Bear") with the flaming marshmallow on a stick, and the bear at the bottom reminds me of my outdoorsman hubby.  But, the inside of the card has the real scene:

click pic for larger view

When I saw the Times 3 challenge, I immediately thought of the Three Bears, and this adorable CTMH stamp set 'C1363 Beary Best', and decided to make a rather masculine card with it.   Not that many men I know will appreciate all the fussy cutting that went into took me an entire episode of "Young and Restless" to cut out all these images using micro-tip scissors and a craft knife.  But hey, I had a vision! Isn't it annoying when you have a vision of the finished product but neglect to take into account how much work it'll be?  No matter, the kids will give it to hubby so it'll be displayed in my house for a long time.  Or maybe I'll do what my mother does...she's been giving my father the same 3 or 4 greeting cards for more than 30 years!  She just puts them away, and rotates them year after year, and he never notices. Ha!  (How many of you can actually recall the birthday card you got from your husband 2 years ago? 'Nuff said.) I, however, have a room full of paper and stamps, and I'm always looking for excuses to make cards, so that's unlikely to happen here.  My point is: Save these over-the-top cards for someone really special. We'll be putting a gift card in it, so actually this card IS the gift and the packaging, so I didn't mind the extra effort with the fussy cutting.

Want to play along with our TIMES 3 CHALLENGE?  The super talented DT sure made a scene this week :)  You have to check out their inspiring works of art HERE. Then, pull out at least 3 images and create a scene on a card or other project, and link it up to Heart 2 Heart so we can all have a peek! Remember you must use mostly CTMH products, and you have all month to play along.  Our prize sponsors this month are Lori Brown and Angela Parchey, and our Guest Designer for March is Mary Gunn!  Go ahead, make a scene!

Thanks for visiting my blog today,

All products CTMH
Paper: X7137B Lucky Level 2 Paper Pack
Stamps: C1363 Beary Best, D1467 Trees and Things (lantern in the tent), D1311 Oct Word Puzzle (Retired, used the star and the moon).
Ink: Cocoa, Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand, WhiteDaisy
Various CTMH Markers and Watercolor Pencils
Blending Pen and Waterbrush
Z280 Natural Hemp
Z1387 Wood Buttons
Pewter brads
White Embossing Powder

Also used Cricut and Plantin' Schoolbook cartridge for letters and the tree silhouette border on the card inside.