Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

I can't believe it's already April...and I know I say that every month (not the April part, the new month part). I guess that's how all of a sudden you have an 18 year old son, when it seems like he was just born.  I just don't know how that happened!

Well, it's time for the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  Have you seen the stamp set?  It's called MY SUNSHINE and is only available this month.

If you've arrived here from Kami's Blog, Welcome!

My son's birthday was this weekend.  I made some banners with the Circut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I really love that font that they have in there.

It was really fun making the letters and flags.  I even got a chance to use the "Real Dial" setting on the numbers (because the number "1" is annoyingly small).  The papers on the flags are not CTMH, but everything else is.

I used the 'sun' outline to call attention to my son's face.  Then I put a bunch of Sparkle Gems around it.  I also used the Baker's Twine on the banners.  

I also made some of the hot air balloons for the page.  They're pretty fun. I can't wait to see what everyone else has done with this stamp set!

Supplies Used:
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge  (Z1686, $99)
April Stamp of the Month - My Sunshine.  (S1304, $17.95 or $5 with your $50 order)
Card Stock:  Buttercup and Citrus Stack card stock from the local craft store
Baker's Twine - Paradise Assortment (Z1702, $4.95)
Foam mounting tape (for under the letters)
Inks:  Pear (for hot air balloon)
Marker:  Holiday Red (retired)
Pigment Ink:  Honey (in Adventure Mini-Pigment Ink Pad Set)(Z2501, $19.95 for a set of 10 colors)
Sparkles - Brown Assortment (Z1753, $2.95)

Now it's time to hop along to Erin's Blog to see what beautiful work she has to show you!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Floral Happiness without the floral...

Here's a card we made this month with the March Stamp of the Month.  I wasn't so crazy about the flowers in the stamp set, so I used the words.

I love the Just Blooms Paper Shapes - Floret (Z1764, $5.95).  You get 68 different of different sizes, shapes and patterns in Autumn Terracotta, Cranberry and Sorbet, and leaves in Olive (also different patterns).

Here's the Stamp of the Month, in case you missed it.  You can only get it through the end of this month, so don't wait!  If you want to check out the March Stamp of the Month Bloghop (my 2/28 blog post), CLICK HERE to see what other consultants have done with the set.  It's pretty fun!  btw, we do the Bloghop at the beginning of every month, so check back to see what's up with April's Stamp of the Month.

For the little patterned rectangles I used the very cute In The Background stamp set.  I can't wait to create something with the other stamps in the set.

Also, my latest favorite thing to do with the Baker's Twine is that "X" on the front of the card.  I just think it adds a lot.  :)

Supplies Used:
March Stamp of the Month - Floral Happiness (S1303, $17.95 or just $5 with your $50 purchase, available during March 2013 only)
In the Background (D1540, $17.95)
Card Stock:  Smoothie, Champagne, White Daisy
Ink Colors:  Honey, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Champagne (for edge sponging)
Just Blooms - Paper Shapes - Floret (Z1764, $5.95)
Baker's Twine - Paradise Assortment (Z1702, $4.95)
Glue Dots
Foam Mounting Tape
Bigger Brads (Colonial White - Retired)

I also did a variation with a Color-Ready Accent - Garden Wooden Shapes, instead of the flowers.  It looked really cute, too.  (Be careful when mailing the wooden shapes, though.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Just Ducky Cricut Easter Card

I love Spring ... flowers ... sunshine ... more flowers...
The only thing I hate about it is the pollen.  Achoo!

This fun Spring duck was made with Close To My Heart's Cricut Cartridges - Art Philosophy and Artiste, and was inspired by Christine David.

I love how silly the duck looks...or do you think it looks more like a (chicken) chick?  Anyway - we're making this card at class this month.   (next classes, March 21 at 10am and March 22 at 6:30pm)

You could also make the duck and stick it on a little basket or Cricut bag.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Buttercup, White Daisy, Pear, Desert Sand, Sunset
Cricut Cartridges:  Artiste, Art Philosophy
Other:  Foam Mounting Tape, Black Button Brads (retired)
Piercing Tool


Cut Shape Size Cartridge
1 Body (Heart) 3" Artiste
1 Crown (Corner Element) 1" Art Philosophy
2 Wings (Tulip) 1.5" Artiste
2 Feet (Corner Element) 1.25" Art Philosophy
2 Eyes (Ovals) 0.75" Art Philosophy
1 Head (Circle) 1.75" Art Philosophy

There's lots of Foam Mounting Tape on that duck, but that's what makes him so much fun!

Hope you have a wonderful first day of Spring and Easter!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sail Away...

I love when I get my cards from the New Stamp Set Swap that I participate in.  I get lots of great ideas and inspiration.

This simple card by my friend, Linda, is great because you don't need a lot of patterned paper to make a fabulous looking card. 

Designed by Linda Black

The strip of paper is from the new TOMMY paper pack.  I don't even think of it as being 'boy paper'...just nautical.  I also love the knots made from hemp on the card, too.

Supplies Used:
Sail Away (C1530, $13.95)
Tommy Paper Pack (X7169B, $9.95)
Outdoor Denim Pigment and Dye inks
Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686, $99)
Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon Z1808
Natural Hemp (Z280)

3D Foam Tape

I hope you can come play with us this week/next week. (Check out the Monthly Classes and Workshops tab up above.)

See you!