Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mother's Day Projects

Hi Everyone!

Mother's Day is less than 3 weeks away... have you thought of what you're making or getting your mom? I've seen some pretty nice paper gifts done by other Close To My Heart Consultants... so I figured I'd try my hand at some :)

This lovely box is a My Creations Box, decorated with the Sonoma Paper Pack and the Card Word Puzzle stampset. It's also embellished with 3D paper rose and leaves cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.

 And inside:
6 note cards, 6 envelopes and a place to keep a pen! Now, I can't take credit for this because I got this idea from Lisa Stenz... her artwork is amazing and she was kind enough to share her instructions with me.

I also made a matching Mother's Day card by using one of the clear cards available through CTMH. I've been wanting to play with these since I first saw them in the catalogue and here is my first project:

Again, I used the Sonoma paper pack and the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Anyways, that's what I was up to last weekend... and this weekend I hope to finish this project I started:

I'm super excited to see how well it turns out and will reveal what it is by next week, so stay tuned! Any guesses? Leave me a comment!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Smokey Plum, Petal & Card Word Puzzle Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

I was 'comissioned' to make a birthday card for a co-worker... and this is what I came up with:

Something sweet and simple :)

Now normally, I wouldn't make birthday cards for my coworkers because I'd probably end up making every birthday card and we're a pretty big department... but this card is for a special someone and I think she will love it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Have a day filled with... Joy!

Hi Everyone,

This is what I created this morning:

Recipe (all products CTMH, unless otherwise noted):
Lagoon Paper
Cocoa Paper
Cocoa Ink
Just For You stamp set
Art Philosophy stamp set
Turquoise Rhinestones (from my local bead store).

And this afternoon:

Recipe (all products are CTMH, unless otherwise noted):
Lagoon paper
Card Word Puzzle stampset
Lagoon ink
"Best Wishes" (My Pink Stamper)
Turquoise Rhinestones (local bead store)

I just placed a big order with CTMH so I will be working on some fun projects in the coming weeks! Stay tuned :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter and some more fun :)

Here's the Easter card I made my family :) I used the same 'cut out' method to cut eggs out of the purple layer but this time I placed it over a polka dot mat. I also embossed the top of the purple card and addited a pink checkered ribbon & bow. I felt that it was still missing something so I cut out some eggs, inked them and voila! 

Some news! I've been semi-comissioned to make some wedding thank you postcards. But all the info I was given was "rustic cottage wedding", "cobalt blue & deep purple" and I got 2 photos of cards the bride likes..... BUT, I had to use supplies I already have on hand. Considering this is going to be a postcard, I'm kind of limited to what I can do... which means I can't use layers and embellishments as they may come off in transit... so stamping it is!

So, this is what I came up with (and they're kinda far fetched from the photos I was given)... as some samples.

Please excuse the brown smudging on this one :) it is only a sample!

And if the Bride likes the flower ones but would like different flowers.... I stamped some others on some scraps:

And just for fun.... I made 2 more cards... well, 1 1/2. This fushia card was half done, just sitting in my container looking lonely. So I added some layers to and used the colour inspiration I found on the week's RAQ challenge on the message boards, Yellow, Black and Fushia.

I've had the idea of making a grey & yellow card for a while now and especially wanted to used the Birds & Swirls embossing folder and this is what I came up with :) All cuts are made with the CTMH Art Philosophy catridge.

And... just for fun, I added a picture of the Carrot cake I made for Easter dinner which will be devoured in about 3 hours!!!! 

And now, you can get back to whatever you were doing before reading my blog!

(Thanks for stopping by!!!!)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Anniversary Card - another cut out card

Hi Peeps,

This is actually my 2nd cut out card as this was made before the Butterfly card... but I couldn't show it before my anniversary in case my boyfriend stopped by my blog lol (chances are he didn't.... but you never know).

Without further ado,

I had a rough idea of how I wanted to make this card but it turned out so much better than I imagined! My boyfriend and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this week and 5 years is pretty special... so obviously my card had to reflect this. Initially I wanted to be inspired by the theme "I love you to the moon" (which is very personal to us and I thought.... what better way to make a moon than to cut it out! LOL Actually, no... I wasn't thinking that but I knew I wanted a nice white moon with a nice dark sky and silhouettes of us in the distance. (That fox is supposed to be him and the bear is supposed to be me!)

For the moon I decided to cut out the circle and enhance it by rubbing some chalk around it... to give the illusion that light is actually coming from it. I cut out the tag for LOVE with the Art Philosophy Cricut catridge and the word LOVE fit pretty well! The alphabet stamp I used for that, I don't remember what it's called but it's from the new Consultant kit (if you're interested, I'll dig up the info!!) Then I used the Card Word Puzzle stamp to finish the phrase with "to the" right next to the moon cut out.

Since the card is pretty dark as it's made with navy and black paper... I wanted to add some sparkle with some rhinestone 'stars' (5.... 1 for every year we've been together).... and that's my card!

So excited to finally share it :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Butterflies! :)

Lately I've been feeling in a butterfly-mood in terms of card-making and I wanted to play around with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (which I LOVE!!!!) and came up with this card:

This Cricut cartridge is sooooooo versatile! In addition to the hundreds of images, there are some really cute card cut outs, including this butterfly one. As soon as I saw it in the handbook I knew I wanted to make something with it. In addition to cutting out the card (in aqua paper) I cut out the same butterfly cluster on white cardstock. Originally, My plan was to lay this over the blue card to have a white layer but I decided against it. Instead, I used the white cardstock cut out as a stencil :) I used CTMH's Lagoon Ink to sponge inside the butterflies, and made a few clusters of inked butterflies around the cut outs on the card. This technique is great when you don't have a particular stamp you want and it's also a great idea to add some dimension, using the same image you cut with your Cricut.
 I finished the card off with a Happy Birthday sentiment (from the Art Philosophy bundle).

Stay tuned :) I will be posting my anniversary card soon (finally!!!!) and I'll be working on some Spring/Easter cards.