Saturday, December 22, 2012

Anything Goes with the Artiste



Welcome to our "Anything Goes with the Artiste" Blog Hop where we are showcasing the exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. This will be our last Artiste blog hop for 2012.



Our "theme" for this hop was to create anything we wanted with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. And honestly, you can pretty much create anything and everything with the Artiste so this was not a difficult thing to do.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create . If you came here from Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create, then you're in the right place!


Here is my project found on page 51 of the Artiste Cricut cartridge handbook. I cut it at 1.5" and had every intention to put it on a little post and have it by our Elf on the Shelf this morning to collect letters to take back to Santa. There was actually supposed to be a larger mailbox to accept their letters and then I was going to scan them while they were sleeping and shrink them down to fit in the little one for our elf to be able to deliver and then the following morning there would be a little letter back which would be a QR code which when scanned would take them to a hidden webpage with their greeting and letter back from Santa... unfortunately my son is sick now and wants his mommy (as well as I want to and need to attend to him) so the idea was discarded and I will just turn this into an ornament or let him play with it... we'll see. I'll hang onto the idea though for next year. :)



and another view of it open:


I'm off to tend to my little guy but if you want more details by all means ask and I will answer as soon as I can. I will come back after he's feeling better and add the details too.

The next stop on your blog hop fun is 

  • Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments
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    Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

    1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
    2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious 
    3. Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments 
    4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapboooking 
    5. Laura ~ Scrappinsweetie's Escape 
    6. Penny ~ It Makes Total Cents 
    7. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts 

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    Family and Friends Blog Hop

    If you are looking for the "3D Artiste Christmas" Cross Canada blog hop you can find it here.



    Welcome to our "Family and Friends" Blog Hop where we are showcasing the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. This will be our last Art Philosophy blog hop for 2012.

    We will be showing you creations made using the Art Philosophy cartridge for our family and friends.

    If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create . If you came here from  Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create, then you're in the right place!

    Now I could just tell you that I made this card because holidays are all about family and friends etc etc etc... but I'd be lying. I have a friend that I used to be VERY close with but we have grown distant over the last couple years. We always did just about everything together, including work together, drive in and home together, had our first child within the same month, etc etc etc. The other thing we used to do together was do all sorts of stupid things like drive past our houses when driving home (guess we were too busy laughing and carrying on to notice) among other crazy "flakey" things we did.

    We were shopping together one day and went our own ways in the store to look around and when we met back up in the store we both had the exact same thing in our hands.... a ceramic snowman ornament with a couple snowmen arm in arm with quirky looks on their face and the little sign below them read "all my friends are just a little bit flakey". We had both decided it would be perfect for the other. After cracking up laughing neither of us ended up actually buying the ornament (not sure why... maybe just another "flakey" moment LOL) but from then on it became a running joke where every year as soon as the weather started getting colder we became "flakey" friends.

    I decided to make a card for her to give her a little laugh because well... that's what friends do! Here's my card:

    Here it is open:

    The circles (page 21) I cut at 3.5", 3" and 2.5". The scalloped circle (page 31) is 3.75".The hat is made up of the on page 58 cut at "Fit to length" 2.5" and a rectangle shape (page 44) at "fit to length" 2". The holly leaves (Leaf3, page 46) were cut at 0.75". 

    All the eyes, nose, mouth, buttons and holly berries are viva decor pen and the snowflakes on the bottom are some brads I've had for a few years.

    The next stop on your blog hop fun is Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments.


    Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:
    1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
    2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
    3. Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments
    4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
    5. Laura ~ Scrappinsweetie's Escape
    6. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
    7. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
    8. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
    Thanks for joining us - have a wonderful and safe holiday with your friends and family.

    3D Artiste Christmas

    If you are looking for the "Family and Friend blog hop" you will find it here.

    Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring any 3D item from our exclusive Artiste Cricut Cartridge. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created a 3D item of their choice from the Artiste, we were told it could be anything as long as it was a Christmas theme.



    If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome to the Cross Canada blog hop! I am the official first stop on your hop. I hope you enjoy all the wonderful projects at all the stops in this hop.

    Lately I have seen a ton of those stacking boxes that make really cute toys and ornaments around. I decided to make a Christmas ornament using this stacking box style but instead of just a plain square box I thought it would be fun to use the hexagon shaped explosion box (which can be found on page 48 of the Artiste cartridge handbook) for my project today. I might even put some family memories from this Christmas inside the 3 explosion boxes after Christmas and gift it to one of the grandparents... we'll see though since I tend not to return to projects and instead dream up new ones. LOL

    Here's the box all closed up:

    Here it is when you first open it:

    You really don't need to collapse the hat box down like the picture above show.. the outer box fits it just fine assembled (the circle brim of the at is permanently glued to the lid for the hat box so you don't have to try to get it lined up every time you put it together):

    Here it is with the 4 boxes stacked on top of each other:

    Hope you enjoyed my project today.

    Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle S of My Creations With Michelle .

    If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, as she has the complete blog list.

    Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas cards using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in the New Year, our first Hop is scheduled on January 15 and it is consultants choice.

    Don't forget to leave a comment, as we enjoy receiving comments to let us know how much you enjoy out projects.

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

    Christmas in November


    Welcome to our Christmas in November Blog Hop where we are showcasing the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

    It's hard to believe that it's already November and that the US Thanksgiving is less than a week away. And well, that means, it's almost Christmas! We have created Christmas themed projects for you and hope to inspire you to get started on YOUR Christmas creations.

    If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create. If you came here from Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create, then you're in the right place!


    I decided to keep it simple with this one and made gift tags for a few special presents I will give out at Christmas.
    Love that this will actually "rock" if you give it a little tap. :)

    I used the card feature from page 69 in the Art Philosophy handbook cut at 3" from Cranberry cardstock for my card base. I used cricut craft room to alter the layer feature from this same page hiding one of the cut lines so it became a solid semi circle instead of a frame and I did change the dimensions on it a bit as well making it a height of 1.194" and width 2.625" and cut it from White Daisy cardstock. I then stamped the rocking horse image from the Christmas Delights stamp set in chocolate ink on white daisy card and used my watercolour pencils to colour it in. I love that this image can be Christmas themed by making it Christmas colours and using it on a Christmas project OR it can be coloured completely differently and used for any other occasion be it a baby shower, birthday, etc. Fussy cut my image (you don't have to cut the section out between the bottom of the horse and top of the rocker piece since your layer from behind would show through here anyways.

    I will probably put a little loop of ribbon on these to attach them to presents but I left it off for now as I might not want it for some and it's a lot easier to add it if I want it then it is to take it off. 

    Here's a look at the stamp set I used, it is by far one of my absolute favourites!


    The next stop on your blog hop fun is Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments.

    Products Used:

    Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

    Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
    Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
    Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments
    Carolyn ~ Nuts 4 Scrappin'
    Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
    Tammy ~ Closer 2 My Heart
    Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
    Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101


    If you do not already have a Close To My Heart consultant and would like to purchase any of the products or want more info I would be happy to help you out. You can visit my CTMH website to see all of the wonderful products and you will find all of my contact info there as well as a link to find a consultant that may be in your area if you wish to have someone local to you.

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Advent Calendar Blog Hop

    Welcome to our second of 2 Blog Hops happening this month. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created a calendar, we've used different materials and created our own take on advent calendars! Close To My Heart has an Advent Calendar WOTG kit that you can purchase from your local consultant, or you can purchase from from me here

    If you just happened across my blog, welcome to our Cross Canada advent calendar hop. I am the first stop in our hop across Canada starting here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you started at someone else in the hops blog and are going back around to where you started then you should have come from Teresa over at her blog Country Crafting Mama.

    First let me show you how I put my advent WOTG together. I didn't follow the instructions exactly.. although I did follow them more closely than I normally would. LOL

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    I constructed all of my boxes from white cardstock and then cut 2.5" squares from the arious colours of cardstock and stuck them on the fronts. This gave my drawers a little more durability (which is good considering my kids are definitely not gentle with things) and allowed me to use a circle punch on the other side too and instead of having to store this away the other 340 days a year I can simply turn all the drawers the other way and use it for storage in my craft area... or anything else really.. haven't quite decided what I'll do with the other side yet.I'm kind of thinking I'll find a nice photo and cut it to fit the drawer fronts on the other side and then stick them on in the correct order so it displays a tiled picture. Not sure which picture to use though until I decide exactly what room it's going to be kept in.

    Here's a photo of a few drawers in the other way...


    Now, since the project for this hop was to create an advent calender without using this cubby or to create something other than an advent with the cubby (which I'm planning on but haven't finished yet)... my actual project for today is a perpetual calendar that is also an advent calendar... confusing right?? I know.

    See if some pictures help...





    Make more sense now? If you can't tell I am absolutely horrible for either bringing Christmas things out on time or putting them away so if I make them fit any occasion then it's not weird to still have it on my desk in July. hahaha

    Feel free to skip my ramble on how I made this and go directly to the next stop on our hop over at Michelle's blog My Creations With Michelle

    Also, tomorrow is the LAST day to register for mine and Michelle's Christmas Card Making Day so make sure you contact one of us to register is you wanted to attend. It's going to be lots of fun! :)

    Basically this is 2 cubes cut from the Artiste cartridge as well as 2 card boxes. I did have to alter the card boxes a bit after I cut them to make them fit this design the way I wanted it to. The cubes are 1.75" and the overall dimensions are approximately 3.75" x 3.75" x 1.8".

    I cut a piece of cardstock 7.35" x 7.35" and scored around all 4 sides at 1.8". Then I folded up the sides and glued to make a frame and backing for my calendar. I am going to re-do this one and will use the chocolate cardstock for this piece instead of colonial white.

    I stuck my card boxes on the inside of this outer frame creating an empty space in the middle for my cubes.

    I cut blank pieces of colonial white to fit the fronts (what would normally be the tops) of the card boxes. When I re-do this I will be putting velcro on the backs of all the pieces for the years, months, my days until, Christmas etc... as well as on the tops of the card boxes to make them easy to take on and off to change them out. In the photos I just used repositionable adhesive, since I knew I was going to re-do it to change the outer frame colour I didn't want to waste my velcro.  I will also type out all the words on them too as it doesn't look that bad in real life but looking at the pictures of my handwriting on the computer I'm wishing I had type it.

    The great part is that all the pieces that aren't in use can be stored in either the top or bottom card box. I think the bottom one in the one for myself will end up with post it notes in it. :)

    I used the stamp set from the Advent WOTG to stamp the blocks and inked all my edges in chocolate ink.

    The ribbon I used to wrap around the outside just to fancy it up a bit more was some old ribbon I had laying around so I have no idea what brand it is, sorry.

    As I'm writing up this post I'm also thinking I might have some stamped and cut out holiday images attached to the Christmas countdown pieces just to make it a little more festive but truthfully I really like having some Christmas things around that aren't over the top with Red, Green and covered in glitter although I do like that stuff too don't get me wrong... just not on EVERYTHING!!


    Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle S from My Creations With Michelle

    Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way. You will also find this list on Michelle's blog
    1. Darla - Caution: Crafting is Contagious
    2. Michelle S - My Creations With Michelle
    3. Sheri - Sheri Says Just Scrap It
    4. Michelle M - Twirl 'n Time
    5. Teresa - Country Crafting Mama

    Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Advent Calendar using some of the designs and products seen along the way. Join us again on December 15th when we showcase a 3D Christmas themed project from the New Artiste Cartridge.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Capture The Date Blog Hop





    Welcome to our November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month Close to My Heart is offering a stamp set called "Capture the Date" throughout the month of November. This versatile set can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50. (That’s a $17.95 value!)

    We are also proud to announce that Close to My Heart wants to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.





    In this hop, you will see projects featuring this fun stamp set from many talented crafty ladies! Enjoy our blog hop. 

    If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create. If you came from Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create then you are in the right place!

    Given that tomorrow is Remembrance Day, I decided to use this set to make a card to give to a few veterans we know well, as well as a few to tuck in my bag for any veterans we see selling the poppies around. My husband is in the Navy, father-in-law served in the Air Force and numerous other family members serve(d) in the military as well (both Canadian and US) so this is a very important one for me.

    If you are one of the countless military people serving now or served in the past than "Thank You!" this card is for you. 

    I'd also like to take a moment to say thank you as well to all the families that help support these men and women from home, I saw this posted on someones facebook (which I immediately shared on my own as well), and I will share it here as well so you understand how I feel towards you the supporting families:

    "I wear no uniforms, no blue or army greens.

    But I am in the Military in the ranks rarely seen.

    I have no rank upon my shoulders - salutes I do not give.
    But the military world is the place where I live.
    I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get. 
    But my husband is the one who does, and this I cannot forget.
    I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line.
    But my job i
    s just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind.

    My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man.
    And the call to serve his country not all can understand.
    Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
    My husband makes the sacrifice...but so do our kids and me.
    I love the man I married. Soldiering is his life.
    But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Military Wife ♥"


    Of course no remembrance day post would be complete without "In Flanders Fields" being recited now would it??

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow

    Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago

    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:

    To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    - John McCrae


    Given the importance of this holiday I am also including the Cricut Craft Room file for this project and the instructions in case any of you out there want to make this as well, and you can find it here in the cricut project center. If you need help on what to do with this file after you've saved it somewhere on your computer please see my video on Importing/exporting files in CCR



    All of the white is 1 piece with the exception of the "Thank you" tag piece tucked in.
    You will need to line it up with the fancy edge piece at the 0 mark and score it at 1.25" and again at 3.75"

    Here is what is in the file as well as the folding diagram and how I made the poppy.

    Cut slits partway to the center like I have indicate with the scissors and --- marks on the diagram.

    Place front side down on a foam mat (the back of a versamat works wonderfully, or you can use a mouse pad) and using an embossing stylus (preferrably a large one) rub the backs of all the petals and they will cup up around your stylus... then turn it to the front and press your stylus down in the middle of the flower causing the 4 petals to lift up around the center. Please ignore the fact that my poppy already has glue on the back in this step.. I forgot to take the photo before I actually did the next step.

    Now cup all 4 petals up in your hand and turn over.

    Put glue all around the center on the back as shown and let it dry like this... This will keep the petals from laying flat again.

    Glue your black center on the front.





    I cut black panels at 3 3/4" square for the inner part and another piece 3 3/4" x 2.25" for the front. You could cut the inner piece shorter to save cardstock if you wanted to since you can't actually open the card to see all the way to the fold line once it's assembled.

    Apply glue were I put the blue lines on the photo below. Fold closed. Now glue your smaller black panel on the front and glue/fold your decorative flap down. Sorry I forgot to take a photo of this step before I stuck it down.


    I stamped the "november" and "1" "1" from the Capture the Date stamp set on the decorative flap. 
    I also used the label or tag image from this set to stamp on the smaller piece of white card that is in the file (this cut can be found on page 47 of the Artiste cartridge and the size is indicated on the carrier sheet for the stamp set). The "THANK YOU" is from a set available only to consultants that I masked off the rest of the sentiment but you could really use individual letter stamps here, handwrite it  or use any other thank you stamp you have that fits. 

    Now I am also including a picture tutorial on how I got the poppy flower shape from the Artiste cartridge... Let me know what you think of this type of tutorial as I bought a new screen capture/editing software to allow me to do this much easier. :) If you're more of a video person you can look at the picture tutorial and then go watch my video tutorial on Basics of Cricut Craft Room and Hide Contour.











    Your next stop on our Capture the Date blog hop is Jennifer over at 4 Hearts Scrapbooking.

    Products Used:
    Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

    1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
    2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
    3. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
    4. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
    5. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper

    Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Christmas Card Blog Hop


    Welcome to our first of 2 Blog Hops happening this month. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created 3 Christmas Cards using non-Christmas paper! They were given the challenge to create these 3 cards using either cardstock or another paper packet of their choice.



    If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne in NewFoundland at Treasured Heart. If you came from Stephanie - Stephanie's Creations then you are in the right place!

    Now anyone that knows me knows that I really don't use a lot of patterned paper on my cards. I tend to just layer plain cardstock or stamp my own pattern/background. I really wanted to show the versatility of our paper though for this hop so I used patterned paper on 2 of the 3 cards I made. I actually like the 2 with patterned paper better than the one without in the end. :) I'd love to know what you think.

    Here's the first one I made.

    I used the Dakota paper pack for this one. I cut my door panel to fit 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" and my card base is a piece of Slate cardstock 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4". I cut 4 more pieces of Dakota for the panels and scored a 1/4" border on the panels.Then I used some whisper ink to distress the edges of all the pieces. I could have used a branch shape from either of the cricut cartridges but my poor punches have been feeling so neglected since I got these cartridges so I used my MS punch to punch out the branches from Olive cardstock and formed into a wreath. I crumpled the branches a bit before glueing them down too to give it some dimension. I used some Red Glitter Line from Viva Decor to add some berries to my wreath. I could have used a font stamp set to stamp my sentiment down the side but decided to hand write it instead (I really wish I would have stamped it though as it would have looked much cleaner). You could use any sentiment here and doesn't have to go vertical either.  Oh the panels are up on foam tape too so this actually has a lot more dimension then the picture is showing.


    The second one doesn't use any patterned paper at all...

    It is really much nicer in real life as the sentiment and the train is embossed in gold embossing powder so it really shines. I used Cranberry and Olive Cardstock and alcohol markers on this one. I embossed the main panel with a dot pattern but left a section in the middle plain to stamp my sentiment.

    Here's another view so you can see the glimmer (but can't see the colours or the dry embossing as nicely..

    Now for my 3rd card I actually have 3 different versions of it to show you as I really liked this one and could not for the life of me decide which one to stick with so I made them all.. The paper I used for these is Florentine.

    Version 1:
    Version 2: (my favourite)
    Version 3:

    I should mention that I actually made 6 versions... but the other 3 looked the exact same when I photographed them so I didn't bother to show you those too. The other versions were the exact same but instead of all the layers just being put on top of each other so the middle piece is on top I had cut them on the cricut so the other version of each of these were done as frames and the center image was on the card base and the other layers were laid on top from smallest to largest framing each layer underneath it.

    I also thought these would look wonderful with a sentiment in the center instead of this image or any other image (the train from my 2nd card would be wonderful done in some blue and green tones for this... possibilities are endless!! Since this hop was technically only supposed to be 3 cards (versions don't count though right?!? LOL) I figured I'd save my other "versions" of this one with different colours, sentiments, papers, etc for another day. :)

    To make the frames I simply decided what size I wanted all my layers to be in cricut craft room and put those sizes of rectangles centered within each other on the mat. First I did all my white layers together and cut then all my patterned layers and cut ... of course I then cut the sizes I had intended for my white layers from patterned and vice versa too since I really liked the different possibilities. Also, by doing it this way all the layers were cut from a card fron size piece of paper instead of cutting full layers on my paper trimmer and making it heavier to mail and use up more paper. :) Yay for light weight, multi-layered cards that don't use a ton of paper!!

    Alright... enough from me..

    Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle S - My Creations with Michelle.

    Products Used:

    Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:

    Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas cards using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again on November 15th when we showcase our versions of Advent Calendars.

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    Halloween pictures

    As promised... Here is a picture of my kiddos all ready to go trick or treating.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Happy Halloween!!!

    Happy Halloween everyone!!

    I thought I'd share a photo of my son wearing (yes wearing) the skull table decoration I made from the digital cartridge Happy Hauntings-3D Skull) from a party we went to on the weekend.

    I'll share some photos of the kids in their "real" costumes tomorrow. :)

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

    The Artiste in 3D Blog Hop



    Welcome to our The Artiste in 3D Blog Hop!  There are so many fun features  in our Artiste Cricut cartridge that we decided to showcase many of the 3D Objects


    In this hop, you will see a variety of projects featuring the 3D Object key of the Artiste but don’t worry, you won’t need special glasses to see them!  (But we do hope our projects will “stand out” to you.)

    If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create.   If that's where you came from then you are in the right place!

    For my project today I wanted to show how you could make some very quick but beautiful home decor.


    I cut the 3D object from page 53 from acetate at 5.25" as well as 2 of the shifted Accent 4 image on page 53 and 2 more of the same image with the flip function on from gold cardstock at 2". I folded all 4 of these ornaments down the center lengthwise and stuck them to each other back to back around in a circle matching up the right side of a regular cut with the left side of a flipped one. Before I glued the last one in place I took a piece of stretchy jewelry cord (you could also use fishing line, this is just what I happened to already have) and laid it into the middle of the cut then glued the last to sides together.

    The garland is just some outline stickers I've had laying around for years. This could easily be substituted with absolutely anything including a nice stitch stamp or border stamp in gold staz-on, glitter glitz, viva decor pen.... you get the idea.

    I used a needle to thread the other end of the cord up through a gold bead and then up through the top of the tree. I used another larger green bead on top and once I had my ornament hanging at the height I wanted I tied it off to this bead. I think I will actually use a gold bead on the top too for the next one. You may also notice a slight green tint to the plastic... there is a reason for that.. LOL I tried to photograph this except the clear plastic just did not want to take a nice photo so I grabbed some green alcohol ink and some alcohol and sprayed a mixture of the two into the inside of the tree (without the ornament of course) and wiped it around a bit just to give the plastic a hint of colour so it would photograph.

    Here's a shot in slightly different lighting:

    Products Used:

    Your next stop on the Artiste in 3D blog hop is Stephanie - The Quilted Scrapper.

    Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

    Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own 3D projects with the Artiste.

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Autumn with Art Philosophy Blog Hop




    Welcome to our Autumn Art Philosophy Blog Hop!
    Each month we are showcasing our amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

    It's the time of year where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, the days are shorter, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This month we will be featuring projects with an Autumn theme made using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!

    If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create. If you came here from Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create, then you're in the right place!




    I decided to create stencils to make my background using some of the leaf and branch cuts from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The images I used can be found on pages 34, 43, 56 and 62.

    Here's a photo of my finished project:




    I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in Cricut Craft Room to make a stencil for the background. I used Kraft cardstock and Colonial White. I used the Remarkable Wreath stamp set and stamped the wreath base in Chocolate ink and then inked the leaves for the wreath in Goldrush and then just tapped it randomly against the corner of my Barn Red stamp pad to give it a variegated effect. I then stamped the sentiment in the center using the Barn Red again.
    I used my sponge daubers and the same ink colours on my background layer with the stencils I made (more info on how I did this below), you could also use the round sponge for this too. I popped my layer of kraft with my main image on it up on foam tape to give the card a bit more dimension.

    If you want to skip my little tutorial on the stencils for the background then your next stop on the hop is Diana - Dianas Free Moments, although I'd love for you to scroll down and leave me a comment on what you think before you go. ;)

    If you stayed to see my tutorial... Here's how I made my background:

    I laid out my entire layout how I wanted it to look using the layers in Cricut Craft Room. It's great doing it this way since you can change your colours around and everything of your layers so you can really see how the end project will look. I also added a larger rectangle with 2 circles in the top corners on each of the leaf layers (I have kept these out of the screen shot because once you add these you can't see your leaves anymore and I wanted you to see how it looked all laid out so I have put this same rectangle and circles on a seperate layer in blue behind everything so you can see what I mean. I used this rectangle and circles to align my stencil correctly (which you will see in the step by step photos). You can see that I also put some branches around in a circle to symbolize the stamp I used.




    I also cut one of those same rectangles with the circles out of it with the colonial white rectangle for my pattern as well. This allowed me to stick that down on my craft mat and then I could put my cut cardstock in the opening so I knew everything would line up exactly as it did on my screen.

     

    Now I used the circles to line up my layer that was red on my CCR screen which was a rectangle with the circles and all the red leaves cut out of it, and then I sponged my Barn Red ink through the stencil, knowing it would end up in exactly the same place on my background as it was on my screen. I love this technique!!


    Then I removed my barn red stencil and put my stencil from the yellow layer on lining it up with the circles again I then sponged my Goldrush ink through the stencil.

    You can see my barn red one off to the side here after I removed it and my Goldrush one still in place but after I inked it.


    NOTE: you do not want to rub your sponge dauber but rather use a stippling straight up off your stencil and then straight back down.. if you rub then you will distort your stencil.
    Here's the finished background piece still in the placement holder after removing my goldrush stencil:

    Finished project again:


    The next stop on your trail of falling leaves is Diana - Dianas Free Moments

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    Theodora - Celebrate Crafts
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    Amanda - Scraps Of Love
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    Ginger - Ginger's Creative Cottage
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