Sunday, February 23, 2014

CTMH paper packet sample cards

I love this idea! I found this card on Pinterest and clicked over to this blog post where Mary Gunn, an awesome CTMH consultant has shared a great idea for highlighting the new paper packs. This beautiful card design allows all 6 patterns from each CTMH paper packet to be experienced together. I really really love this idea!

Above you see all the patterns available in the Skylark paper packet. With CTMH Lagoon and Chocolate card stocks and inks.

I love the colors and patterns of this CTMH Balloon Ride paper packet, with coordinating card stock and ink colors of Sorbet and Crystal Blue.

The beautiful CTMH Ariana paper packet and Crystal Blue and Coral card stocks and inks.

This is the vibrant and darling CTMH Lollydoodle paper packet. This is fun stuff! I paired it with CTMH card stocks and inks in Cotton Candy and Pear.

This is the decidedly masculine CTMH paper packet called Timberline. I love how this card turned out. Paired with card stock color of Goldrush and coordinating card stock and ink in Twilight and the addition of Chocolate ink and grosgrain ribbon. Lots going on but still maintains it masculinity. Perfection.

This is CTMH Ivy Lane paper packet. I have also used CTMH Pear and Hollyhock card stocks and inks.

And by far my favorite CTMH paper packet is Jubilee, paired with Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue card stocks and inks. Love it! And I believe this paper packet works into a nice gender neutral and even an age neutral card. Yahoo! Even better.

All of the bling on each of the above cards can be found in the CTMH catalog, but all of the ribbon I believe is retired. I was happy to have it since it coordinated perfectly. That makes my life easier.

Every one of the above card sentiments is made using CTMH Holiday Tags stamp set and the coordinating .cut design from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. I played with the shapes in the Cricut Design Studio software to make the 1/8 inch layering pieces.

If you have this stamp set and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and the  Design Studio software, I would be happy to send you my .cut file to save you time on recreating these layers. Leave a comment below including your email address and I will send it out to you.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Loom knit slouchy beanie and wrist warmers

My first loom knit slouchy beanie. I am hooked. These knit up so quickly and I am thrilled with the finished hat. I originally got the idea from this post at This Moment Is Good blog, and even though I didn't attempt the striping she did in her patter, I never would have even thought of a slouchy from a loom without her post and instructions.

These matching wrist warmers were also knit on the loom. It took me three times to get the sizing right, but they finally worked out. I used the Provo Craft Knifty Knitter blue loom to make a flat panel with a crochet cast on that I learned on YouTube here, It created a nice loose and non-rolling edge, that you see at the wrist end of the lil mitts. For me personally, the right fit was knitting on 19 pegs for a total of 25 rows. Then I just sewed the seam together leaving an opening for my thumb.

For both the hat and the wrist warmers I used 1 skein of Lion Brand Jiffy in Fisherman color and 1 skein of Homespun in Pearl. I also made 1 large and 2 small flowers on the smaller looms and stitched them to the finished hat and mitts. 

Here is me trying on the hat before I put the cute little flower on for a finishing touch.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Embedded embossing circles card

This is the birthday card I made for my hubby. I was inspired by this Pinterest find, and plussed up the CTMH sentiment with a little water color tie die effect.  I went through my scrap stash and picked out 5 different blues and grabbed all of my circle punches. When doing this embedded embossing technique I think it turns out best to use a glue pen to attach the shapes to the background, let it dry a bit and then run the whole piece through the Cuttlebug in whatever folder chosen. This was a quick and simple but, in my humble opinion, great looking card. I have got to do more of these. Especially using up scraps, that always makes me happy.

For the water colored sentiment I stamped in CTMH Archival ink and set it aside to dry. Later I came back and using a water brush pen, I picked up a little ink from CTMH ink pads Star Spangled Blue, Twilight and Lagoon. After the water color had dried I went over each letter with the fine tip of the Glossy Accents bottle.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentines nugget box

A little chocolate love today. This is a matchbox style gift box I designed on my Cricut Design Studio software. It holds 6 Hershey's Nuggets. For a sweet message to a sweetheart.

I used CTMH Colonial White card stock for the base of the box pieces. Then I layered on SU! Cherry Cobbler card stock and some My Minds Eye Valentine papers. The bow on the cover is made with SU! Cherry Cobbler seam binding and I punched out hearts and then layered them on more Cherry Cobbler and used tiny scallop scissors to trim around them. I added some black rhinestone bling from Want2Scrap and that is the cover embellishments. The nuggets are wrapped in 1 x 3 inch pieces of the My Minds Eye papers and I used an EK Success 1 inch scallop square punch and a 3/4 inch square punch for the layers on top of the nuggets. The letters are CTMH Chocolate Alphas Small.

If you still create in Cricut Design Studio software and would like to have my .cut file I am happy to send it out. I am glad to save you time redesigning something so you can get down to the good stuff, the decorating and embellishing and making it your own stuff.....So leave me a comment below, please be sure to include your email address, and I will send you my file.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentines cards

I was inspired by this card, I found on Pinterest, to make these cards. I bought this gorgeous My Minds Eye paper pack at scrapbook expo this year and am loving all the cards I have made using these beautiful papers. I added a distressed piece of book print and an embossed piece of SU! Cherry Cobbler card stock behind that. Adding a SU! tiny tag stamped with a sentiment and a piece of SU! Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a piece of crochet trim all held together with a large black brad.

Both of these heart shapes where cut out on my Cricut using George Basic Shapes cartridge.

These are ready for Valentines day or even an anniversary. 

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thank You Cards

I was in need of some thank you cards and one for sure needed to be Sacramento Kings purple.

The general design for this card was inspired by this card on Pinterest. I chose SU! Concord Crush ink pad and used a retired CTMH flower stamp from the Jubilation set, to stamp with it. The sentiment is stamped in CTMH Black ink using CTMH 4 My Friend stamp set.

I tied some black and white bakers twine and added some CTMH silver glitter gems to the centers of the darkest flowers. All done and ready to go.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Valentines cards

I am playing around with Valentines day cards today. Trying out a few different stamp sets and color combinations. The design inspiration came from this card I found on Pinterest.

The above cards are made with black ribbon and black bakers twine. The card on the left was stamped with retired CTMH Love ya! set, and the card on the right is stamped with CTMH Whooo's Your Valentine set in SU! Cherry Cobbler and CTMH Black inks. 

Pretty much the only changes I made here are to the red ribbon and the red bakers twine. I did swap out the sentiment but it is still from the same stamp set, just for a little variety.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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