Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Love You Rain or Shine

My writing partner and I have recently gone through a creative disagreement. I wanted to let her know that our friendship will survive. I used the new "Rain or Shine" set from My Favorite Things and loosely interpreted their Sketch Challenge for this card...

I'm crazy in love with this stamp set.  It's the first one I've bought as soon as it released. I combined it with a couple MFT die cuts to create the background. You can't see it well, but I added some Liquid Glass (aka Glossy Accents) to the puddle so it's shiny.

I can't stop smiling at this card. I hope it has the same affect on Gina.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Monogram Crest Card with CTMH Hostess Rewards

CTMH brought back Hostess Rewards with this Seasonal Expressions 1 catalogue. The catalogue expires at the end of the month, so talk to me about hosting a party or being your own hostess so we can get you some of these fabulous sets.

This card uses the versatile Monogram Crest. I stamped it and the letter "S" in Charcoal ink. (NOTE: I used a retired alphabet set, but it's similar in scale and design to the Farmhouse Alphabet which is also a Hostess Reward stamp set. You could get both using your $25 hostess dollars by reaching the first level of rewards.) I used colored pencils on the flowers and leaves, but markers would also work.

The pink gingham paper at the bottom is a Zip Strip from the Gimme Some Sugar paper packet.

Such a simple card design! I've created sets of notecards as a thank you gift for people in lieu of flowers or a bottle of wine. A hostess reward for a hostess gift...perfect!

If you've ever been interested in becoming a consultant, April is the month to do it. CTMH will add all four Stamp of the Month sets featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 releasing next month to your kit (see below for sample of what comes in the kit).

What an amazing deal...and it includes the upcoming SE catalogue and sample papers. Don't they just look yummy? Hope you'll join me as either a hostess or new consultant in April!

Until next time,

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Banner Thin Cuts - Last Chance for Die-namite Sale

Today is the last day for CTMH's awesome Die-namite Sale. I wanted to show you a couple projects I made using the Banner Thin Cuts. Now, I'm going to be honest here. Were it not for the sale, I wouldn't have bought these. I can cut fishtails into paper with the best of them. However, now that I've purchased them, I'm really liking how quick and easy it is to make perfect banners.

Yes, I'm nine yeas behind on my scrapbooking, but when CTMH comes out with gray paper the exact color of your son's uniform and then does the Basic Fundamental Paper that looks like cloth, it's validates your procrastination. LOL!

It was so easy to create all of these banners, and I love how I can create the outline banners by nesting two dies together. I used the Block Numbers Thin Cuts (also on sale) inside the largest banner for the 2009.

For this card, I created my own patterned paper with the candles from Growin' Old. I cut the stamp in two so I could have just the row of candles, put it in my MISTI, and stamped it multiple times in Pewter Ink. The small banner was cut out of Whimsy Fundamental Paper. The longest banner was cut from Charcoal paper. I used the candle banner as a template to cut my own fishtail.

Okay...off to choir practice for Easter Sunrise Service tomorrow and then out to Jewish friends to celebrate Passover dinner.

May this weekend be filled with the wonder of Christ's love and the sacrifice that bridged the gap between us and God.

Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone!

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cross-Stitch Love Card with Coordinating Thin Cuts

CTMH's Die-namite Sale is almost over. I have a few more cards to show you featuring products which will be returning to full price soon. Today I'm featuring the beautiful Cross-Stitch Love set. I was inspired by CASology's "Cross" challenge and used colors from my upline's weekly challenge to create this card:

The colors are Thistle, Fern, and Heather.

I began by stamping the background in Heather ink, using my MISTI to keep the lines evenly spaced. These kinds of backgrounds are where the MISTI shines. I also used the MISTI to stamp my flowers and leaves, then cut them out with coordinating Thin Cuts. The stamps include all that great shading, and the leaves and flower images are separate so you can stamp the two colors easily. I also used Oval Thin Cuts for my sentiment.

Once everything was glued and foam taped in place, I added dots of Liquid Glass to look like dew drops.

Here are a few more cards using this set that I've already featured in previous blog posts. Links are provided under the pictures if you'd like to read more about the products or process.

Now it's off to the day job. Gina and I got final edits back on Book Two of our Montana Brides series. Time to get those done so we can work on Book Three.
Until next time,

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rose Bouquet with CTMH Hello USA Cricut Cartridge

Can we talk a minute about the wonders of White Daisy Ink? It's probably the most versatile and under-utilized ink pad in my stash. And can we also talk about the wonders of Cricut Design Space which allowed me to ungroup, resize, and mess until I created this beautiful floral bouquet from the flowers included in CTMH's Hello USA Cricut Cartridge?

Yep...the ungroup feature! These flowers are from New York, Oklahoma, USA, New Mexico, and Alaska. I cut them in Cranberry, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Mink, and White Daisy then sponged the White Daisy and Mink flowers with Blush ink and the leaves with Willow ink. Before gluing the roses together, I stamped layers from the Beautiful You stamp set in White Daisy ink on both the flowers and leaves.

The white lilac-ish flowers (New Mexico) cut with a long stem before you get to the frond leaves. I simply cut the stem holding the flower, re-glued it to the frond leaves, and then tucked the whole flower under the edge of the roses to hide the cut. The only extra thing I did was to use a round hole punch to create the centers of the Mink flowers. I don't know if I deleted the layer that would have given me a back or if they come open, but it saves paper and doesn't take much time to punch the holes and glue them on the back side.

The scallop edge background is Basic Fundamentals Charcoal paper cut with a die from My Favorite Things.

If you have the USA Cricut Cartridge from CTMH, here's the Design Space file you can use to recreate this. If you don't have it, click on the colored link above to order.

Here's the supply list with embedded links for your shopping convenience:
This is going out to my mother for her birthday, but I can easily see it as a mother's day card. The Beautiful You stamp set includes "Mother" as a sentiment. I was planning to use a folding banner thin cut (which is also on sale), but in the end, I couldn't bring myself to cover up any of the flowers.

Until next time,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Card with CTMH Flower Market

I've been having fun with my Cricut and the Flower Market cartridge. My upline, Shannon Baker, runs a color challenge weekly, and this time it was Almond, Tangerine, and Poppy. I loved the boot card I  made for winning the Spur Award (link HERE) and the tulip one I made where I highlighted with white gel pen (link HERE), so I combined them for this card:

For the rubber boots, I used a combination of the Basic Fundamental Paper and Basics Cardstock Combo. Both of these were on sale a couple months ago, so I stocked up. I love that subtle pattern on the boots. I filled in a few of the cuts just because I liked the solid look better. I could have used the Hide Contour feature while I was in Design Space to fill them in, but I actually like the bit of outline you get with the cut.

After cutting the flowers in cardstock, I sponged the edges with their coordinating Tangerine and Poppy ink colors with Sponge Daubers. I also sponged Poppy ink along the edges of the Almond cardstock used as a matte. Both the Almond matte and the White Daisy matte were cut using rectangular stitched dies from My Favorite Things. The banner, which was stamped using a coordinating stamp set in the Flower Market Cricut Bundle, is also a stitched die from My Favorite Things.

Once the flowers were sponged and glued together using alternate sides of the two-tone Tangerine and Poppy cardstock (which doesn't show up well in this photo but adds subtle interest), I highlighted them with a combination of white gel pen and some black dots from a micro-tip pen. The flower image in Flower Market comes with a center, but I decided I wanted the pen dots instead.

What a fun card to brighten someone's day.

Before I go, don't forget the Die-namite special CTMH is running. It took me a while to get on the die cutting band wagon, but - OH! - I'm loving it now. For some more examples of projects I've made using these die cuts, please link to the following:
Block Letters
Thankful for You

Until next time,

Monday, March 12, 2018

Anniversary Card with Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

I saw a picture recently with a charcoal gray background and colorful flowers over the top. The flowers were highlighted with white strokes. I wanted to see if I could recreate the look and am mostly happy with the result.

To begin, I cut five tulips using CTMH Flower Market cartridge. I used Willow, Bashful, Blossom, and Raspberry paper. (All of these colors except Bashful come in the Flower Market bundle but can be ordered individually here.)  Once the images were cut, I started adding streaks of white with a gel pen. It's times like these that I wish I was more artistic. They seem very rough and haphazard, but overall they are the effect I was going for.

Once the flowers and leaves were highlighted, I glued them together using the chisel-tipped Glue Pen, alternating which side of the cardstock I used to get some more shading and to change up the look of the tulips. Note in the close up picture that the far left tulip has the broader petals of the top two layers on the left where they broader petals on the tulip one place over has the broader top two petals on the right.  You'll also see the subtle color difference between these two top layers. I'm LOVING the dual tones of our cardstock now that I've started to really play with it. (See this post for another example.) I didn't use all five of the flowers, and some of them were only two or three layers instead of all four. I only used three of the stems, the center one in the lighter tone of Willow dual tone cardstock.

Once the petals were glued together, I glued the entire bouquet to a piece of Charcoal cardstock cut to 2.75 x 5.5. I then added more dots and strokes of white with the gel pen.

To embellish, I added Basic Ribbon in the grey on white. I was fortunate in that the word in the end of my roll was "amazing." I wrapped it around the base of the flowers, securing the ends behind the Charcoal panel with tape. I then glued the entire panel to a card base. I was going to search for stamps to create a full sentiment and then decided it would be quicker to just hand write it. Again, I wish I could do fancy, swooshy-swirly writing like a calligrapher, but my scrawl matched the rustic feel of the flowers. That's what I'm telling myself, so please don't correct my delusion.

Off to my writing cave. Wish me luck because I've come down with a sore throat and cough. I'm drinking copious amounts of tea and orange juice thanks to my beloved husband who went grocery shopping not once, but twice this weekend. Chivalry at its finest!

Until next time,