Saturday, October 29, 2011

Art Philosophy cheat sheet.

One of my fellow CTMH consultants, Lucy Kelleher, created a cheat sheet of sorts for the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. The stamp sets that coordinate with the cartridge convienently come with the size that you need to cut the shape, right on the carrier sheet of the stamp set, but you still have to hunt through the booklet to find the correct shape to cut. With over 700 images on this cartridge, it can be a little challenging. So if you are interested in her cheat sheet, please visit her blog by clicking here and she has the link to the Google doc for you to download. Thanks so much Lucy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Grade 8 Grad layout.

Here's a layout I did using the new Typeset papers from CTMH. I needed to pull in some of the brighter blue of the Grad gown, so I made use of the Milepost shapes and inked them up! I think it worked beautifully. I want to include the tassel from his cap on this layout, but he isn't ready to give it up yet!!!! But it's only a matter of time before I probably find it tossed aside on the desk in his room and I can add it to the page, and he'll be none the wiser until he goes through his album!!!

I've also chosen to submit this layout into the Heart 2 Heart challenge using #'s. The # is there in the first line of journaling. (click on the picture and you will get a larger version) I didn't want to make a big title on this layout as it's actually the 2nd layout in the set for my sons Graduation, I just can't post the 1st layout as it has his full class picture on it and I don't have permission from the whole class to post. So you'll just have to trust me when I tell you that in his album, they look great all together!

In this close up you can see how I inked the Milepost shapes. With their Kraft colour as a base they are so versatile! 

Here you can see the great canvas stars that are just a few of the shapes included in the Typeset Canvas Shapes. Again, so versatile to whatever theme you are scraping. 

Now, I can show you these next 2 close ups from the 1st layout in the series. I used the Canvas buttons to coordinate with the Canvas shapes and stamped directly onto the button in Moonstruck ink, also used some more of the Milepost shapes! Then pulled out he Cork alphabet, inked up the edges and put those on.

 Thanks for stopping by and having a look. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Paintball Layout--H2H challenge

Well after a trying week of technical difficulties--(again) I think we are back up and running! In my time away from the computer I was able to accomplish some more layouts and choose to use the layout sketch over at Heart 2 Heart.

I again dove into that "pile" of pictures that has been just waiting for me to be inspired and pulled these paintball pics out. The Lucky paper was the right feel for the outdoor pics and I played a bit with my liquid glass trying to figure out a way to make a paint splatter, wasn't too successful with that, so instead choose to make the title look like it was wet paint running.
Here's an up close picture of the letters, which I stamped with sunset ink on sunset cardstock using the Rustic Alphabet stamp set, then filled it in with liquid glass and really made it thick at the bottom of the letters, held the piece of cardstock up so that it ran down. When I got the effect I was looking for I set it aside to dry (overnight as it was sooo thick). Then I was able to cut around the letters and drips and glued them on the layout.
Just noticed as I was typing up this post that this shot I took to show the liquid glass up close spells PAIN, which is a little ironic as there is definitely some pain involved in this sport--and had I thought of that when I was doing the layout I might have set up the title a little differently to highlight this!!! I see another layout in the future!

Supplies used
Lucky paper pack
sunset ink
Liquid glass
Lucky level 2 assortment (chipboard)
Kraft boarders
Rustic Alphabet stamp set.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

a GRAND thing

I was inspired by another challenge over at Frosted Designs. It was actually a very simple challenge, to use fancy trim on your project. So I opened my bin of ribbons and trims and dug some out. I knew as soon as I read the challenge that I wanted to use this amazing pink rose ribbon from Close to My Heart, but I couldn't very well just put that on a page. So I dove into the "pile" (if you are unsure what the pile is, please refer to the post from Thurs Oct 13th), boy that pile hasn't seen this much attention in a long time!!! And I love that I am getting some more older photos scrapped, along with using up some of my stash! This pic was from a photo shoot that my Mom wanted done with all the grandkids. What an experience! considering there was 10 of them and at the time of the picture they ranged in age from 1 to 11yrs old, it got accomplished is a very short time. My 2 are the little girl on Papa's lap and the boy standing between Grandma and Papa.

The paper is the new Roxie paper pack. I used my beloved Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the tag and it's envelope, which is actually a card on the cartridge that I cut bigger than the tag so that I could seal up the bottom and side--you can't really tell in these photos but the card front is the square that you see but the back flap actually has a top the same as the tag. I love this cartridge!!!!

 Added in some hidden journaling....and with that penmanship it should be hidden--I may have to remake this tag on the computer!
Also used some of the new Designer brads and the frame, ribbon slide and photo corners are from the Pewter mini medley collection.

Here's the ribbon that started it all, isn't it gorgeous! I added one of the bling buttons to the center, who doesn't love a little bling? unfortunately I think the bling was throwing off my camera and this picture isn't totally in focus. 

Thanks for stopping by to have a look.

Supply list
Roxie paper pack
Pink ribbon collection
Designer brads
Bling buttons
Pewter mini medley
bamboo ink
A Typeface alphabet stamp set

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Challenge entry. CR84FN and Scrap it with a Song.

I was stalking some challenge blogs yesterday and came across this colour challenge and immediately thought of some pictures that have been sitting in THAT pile for years. You know the pile I'm talking about! All the pictures that you have printed in the past with the intention of scrappin them, and just never gotten around to it, or been inspired to do them. My pile is quite large. I've only been scrappin for about 6 years, and at that time my kids were already 3 and 8, and I always thought I needed to go back and scrap everything I've ever taken a picture of. I've since learned that I will never get anywhere if I have that mind set. So now I will dive into the PILE when inspired to do so, but usually I just want to document the now. All this to say that the CR84FN40 Color Challenge this week certainly inspired me to dive right in. As you'll see by the date on my layout, these photos are from quite a few years ago!

Here's the colours that inspired me.....

When it came time to put a title on my layout, the Scrap it with a Song challenge came to mind. The Song was Heaven by Bryan Adams.

So without dragging this out any further here's my layout.

My journaling helps explain the title. (I hope anyways) And have I told you how much I love the buttons from CTMH! I've been using allot of these, in the whole rainbow of colours.

 This is not a usual layout for me--kinda simple, didn't take much to put together, but I love the feel that the Kraft boarders give the layout. These are now retired, luckily I have a pretty good stash of them, it almost hurt to use this many on the layout--but it was good therapy for the hoarder in me.
Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the layout.

Supplies used
Kraft cardstock
Chocolate cardstock
Cranberry cardstock
Colonial white cardstock
Red assorted buttons
Kraft boarders (retired)
Desert sand ink pad
Cocktail Alphabet stamp set
A Typeface Alphabet stamp set

Monday, October 10, 2011

I was awarded a Blog Award!!!!!!

Well what a lovely surprise last Thursday morning to check my messages and get a note from a fellow CTMH consultant Karen Day that she had awarded me a Liebster Blog Award! Thank you Karen, I'm so honoured! Please visit her blog by clicking HERE.

It's taken me longer than it should have to fulfill my end of of the rules to accept this award, between technical issues with my Internet connection and Thanksgiving, but I think I'm ready to go now!

The award is to recognize blogs that have fewer than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word for "beloved" or "favorite".

Here are the rules to accept this award:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

So here's my top 5 pick--in no particular order. These girls have all inspired me in one way or another and I have noted some of the things that I love about their blogs but those little snippets are just part of the picture, and I hope you take the time to check out their blogs and leave them a little love!

Twyla -she has some terrific altered art ideas on her blog! Be sure to check it out.  
Karen  -she posts themed quotes regularly and I love the inspiration.
Rosalynd  -she has a great mix of layouts and cards. Lots to look at.
Paige  -she has some terrific tutorials on her blog.
Joanne -she won 2nd place at a regional competition for her mini album, and there so much more to see.

Thank you ladies for all the inspiration and be sure to pass on the Liebster!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge 76

This weeks challenge over at Heart 2 Heart is a sketch.

So when I checked it out this morning I thought to myself--well, I really should get some housework done!!!! Sooo, here's my entry! ( it really was a no brainer, but I gave myself a little pat on the back for even considering the housework first hehe)

Considering we are heading into our Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, as well as the annual Fall Fair in our little village, I went for a fall theme. The other thing that influenced my design was that I've been feeling a little "distressed" lately, so there was some abuse given to this card along the way. OK well maybe not intentional at first, but I'm a firm believer that there are no "mistakes" when scrapping, only "opportunities". This card proved to be one big opportunity after another, but I think it works in the end. Notice the pin holding the leaf--I have a love/hate relationship with these little guys. I love that they have a nice sharp end so that you can get them into that knot of ribbon, to hold them firmly in place. AND I hate that they have a nice sharp end so that you can get them through that knot of ribbon and firmly into your thumb!!! So be careful with these little suckers! Always have adult supervision while using them--or in my case, keep your thumb out of the way!
Thanks for popping by for a look.

Supply list;
-bamboo cardstock
-colonial white cardstock
-Dreamin paper pack
-twill ribbon
-foundry pins
-milepost shapes
-So Grateful stamp set
-edge distresser
-chocolate ink pad
-Goldrush ink pad
-sanding block
-Bone folder

Monday, October 3, 2011


The wonderful and talented Tresa Black, a sister CTMH consultant is hosting BlogtoberFest over at her wonderful blog at Fabulously Artsy. If you've never checked out her blog, you MUST go see it. BUT fair warning, don't go until you have a few hours to spend there! There is sooooo much to see, of note is my personal favorite her Make a Wish pop up interactive scrapbook. She made this to enter into the 2011 CTMH convention scrapbook contest--and of course took first place! Take a minute and watch the video below--it will blow you away!

Wasn't that amazing!!!!

OK now back to BlogtoberFest? What is it you ask, well it's a callenge of sorts for bloggers, to set a goal for thier blog and step it up! My goal is to post more often, as well as get a little more inventive in my blog (actually take the time to learn how to do some more things with it!) So Blogtoberfest will help me becuase Tresa will be posting tips and tricks to share with us over the month. I've started the month off right just by figuring out how to post her video on my blog!! Yay me! So stay tuned to watch as I learn and grow in the bogging world!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Love this Blog!!!

Have you checked out Jeanette Lynton's blog? She is the Founder & CEO of Close To My Heart, and is quite a remarkable woman. For the month of October she is posting a project a day highlighting the exclusive CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Day one's project is pictured below and is just stunning. To visit her site simple click her name up above that is underlined. 

Oh, and have a GREAT weekend!