Thursday, March 29, 2012

Embossing Techniques at Heart 2 Heart

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is embossing techniques.
My favorite embossing technique is dry embossing to make faux stitching.
This week I wanted to try something different. I'm not to good with the embossing powders so I decided to use the clear embossing powder to make some "cracked glass" images.
Wishes Card Confidence Program is the only place to get 41/2 X 41/2 square card designs. There are ten different designs. This one is called Curtain Call. The card base is cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 33 in the booklet.

Wishes also has ten circle card designs. This one is called Side Note.
This card base is cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 31.
These card designs are very helpful when using the clear circle cards
from the CTMH Idea Book.

Wishes also has six 3 X 6 card designs. This one is called Name Plate.

This card base is cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 54.
These three card sizes are only found in Wishes which is available at this time
while supplies last. You can get yours Here.

Now it's your turn to share some embossing creations.
Be sure to post at Heart 2 Heart for all to see.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Florentine
Cardstock: Desert Sand, Colonial White, Cocoa
Ink: Cocoa, Brown Bag, Olive
Stamps: Rosy Regards, Live Inspired, Sweet Moments
Embellishments: Filigree Charms, Opaques. Colonial White Ribbon
Technique: Cracked Glass: Stamp your image on the piece of the card you want cracked. Cover the piece with adhesive. I used my Xyron. Pour the clear detail embossing powder on the adhesive. Heat to melt powder. Apply powder again while the image is wet. Do this 8-10 times so a thick layer of powder is melted on your piece. Be sure to add more powder before it dries. Let your piece completely dry. Bend the image to crack the glass.  I added some cocoa ink in the cracks to emphasize the cracks.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dotty by the Piece

Challenge #4 at Use It or Lose It: Paper Piecing
The paper piecing technique using scraps was used to make this card from Wishes.  This technique uses scraps of BTP or Cardstock to fill an image with color. On this card the petals of the flower from the Just For You stamp set were stamped on different scrap papers, cut out and put back on the stamped flower  image. This technique is used when you don't want to color in an open stamped image. The areas of the image are "colored" in with the pieces of  the paper.
Give this technique a try and share with us at Use it or Lose It.

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Dotty for You (Coming soon in April)
Cardstock: Smoothie, Colonial White
Stamps: Just for You
Ink: Black
Embellishments: Bakers Twine, Green Buttons
How to Book: Wishes: available while supplies last. Get Yours today.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's All in the Magic


If you like interactive pages in your scrapbook this Magic How to Book is for you.
The interactive techniques have patterns and complete
details to put them together with ease.

 Enchantment on page 78 has your memories neatly tucked away in the file flap.
 Left page has the title cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
 Right page uses the Irresistible Journaling Spots with a Paradise Flower.
 Mystify on page 36 adds more photos with pull outs.
 Left side hold a large 5.5 X 9.5 special photo
 Right side holds 3 photos with pull out photos behind.
Magic is only available while supplies last. You can get yours here.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Crusin, Superhero
Cardstock: Cranberry, Moonstruck, Sky, Black
Stamps: Card Chatter- Birthday, Checklist
Ink: Cranberry, Moonstruck, Black
Embellishments: Irresistible Journaling spots, Paradise flowers, Glitter buttons, Sparkles

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Inspiration Photo at Heart 2 Heart

I've been wanting to make some hot air balloons using buttons so when this
 photo came up at Heart 2 Heart I grabbed my buttons and went to work.

Also, added a little sneak peak of the Dotty for You paper pack
celebrating National Scrapbooking Month.

Picked up the colors Smoothie from the curtain and Lagoon from the trunk
and of course the hot air balloons for my card.
Now what inspires you in this photo. Let us see at Heart 2 Heart.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Dotty for You
Cardstock: Smoothie
Stamps: A Garden
Ink: Black
Embellishments: Paradise Flowers, Baker's Twine
How to Book: Wishes: Matchbook
At this time Wishes is available while supplies last. Get yours today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bunny Treats

I had these treat boxes left over from Valentines so I removed the heart candy
 and added chocolate eggs and redecorated with the My Peeps stamps set.

These little treats will be part of the Easter Egg Hunt so they won't be left over.

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Lucy
Cardstock: Sky, Sunny Yellow, Key Lime, Amethyst, Taffy, Pear
Ink: Sky, Sunny Yellow, Key Lime, Amethyst, Taffy, Pear, Cotton Candy
Stamps: My Peeps, Say It In Style
Embellishments: Assorted Ribbon from stash, brads
Other: Chocolate Candy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is Here

Spring has arrived and it's time to celebrate. 
This week's inspiration photo at Inspired By does just that.

 Using the wooden bird from Wooden Garden Shapes and the rustic look of the Florentine B&T Duos was inspired by the photo below. What inspires you?
Use this photo and share some spring with us at Inspired By
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Florentine
Cardstock: 4 1/2 Colonial White Circle Cards
Stamps: Card Chatter-Sympathy
Ink: Cocoa, Desert Sand
Stamps: Card Chatter-Sympathy
Embellishments: Wooden Garden Shapes. Opaques, Just blooms

Imagine the Possibilities

Step up to Imagine with its 7 helpful steps, transforming techniques, and dramatic effects with tearing.
This How to Book for scrapbookers is a recipe for perfect creative freedom.
 I decided not to do the tearing on this Fiesta two page layout on page 60
 With the use of the Glittery Rub-ons I wanted a cleaner look.
 Seam Binding Ribbon accents the look just perfectly.
 I added some faux stitching on the cocoa cardstock
with Turn Up The Tempo on page 64
 Titles came easy with the words on the zip strip from the Florentine B&T Duos.
Adding the Wooden Garden shapes, paradise flowers and the lace flowers
made the embellishments a perfect accent for this layout.
You can purchase Imagine only while supplies last. Don't miss this opportunity.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Lucy, Florentine
Cardstock: Grey Wool, Creme Brulee, Garden Green, Vanilla Cream
Stamps: Enjoy
Ink: Cocoa, Grey Wool
Embellishments: Lucy Glittery Rub-ons, Wooden Garden Shapes, Paradise Flowers, Bohemian Assortment, Seam binding Ribbon, Opaques
How to book: Imagine

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cherish: Beautifully Simple

Scrapbooking made easy with Cherish. With infinite possibilities each two page layout is designed with easy to read blueprints and easy to assemble directions. The layouts in this book are designed for three photos up to eleven photos and every amount in between. Most will use 4 X 6 photos with an occasional larger
6 X 8 and smaller photos to accommodate your needs. This is a must have tool for all scrapbookers.

 Elegant Showcase combines three photos, journaling, and embellishments
to accommodate those times when only a few photos are available.
 Left page of Elegant showcase
 Right page of Elegant Showcase
 Beauty in Repetition is a collection a smaller photos for those times
when there are too many photos for one two-page layout.
 Left page hold six photos with the title
Right page holds four-five photos and journaling.
Cherish is currently available while supplies last. Get yours today.
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Pemberley, Victory
Cardstock: Desert Sand, Colonial White, Bamboo, Outdoor Denim
Stamps: Thoughtful Things
Ink: Outdoor Denim, Barn Red
Embellishments: Garden Wooden Shapes, Durables Studs, Cork Alphabets, Opaques, Seam binding ribbon
How to Book: Cherish

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Garden by the Inchies

Challenge #3 at Use It or Lose It is to use inchies. For those who do not know what inchies are, they are just 1 inch squares. But this small canvas can hold a lot of art.  And.... is a great use of your scraps.
If you haven't played along with Use It or Lose It this is a fun challenge. Give it a try.


 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 Sentiment Pocket
 4 3/4 X 3 Little Squares
4 1/2 X 5 1/2 Winning Combination
These cards are made using the How to Book Originals, my Stella scraps, Kraft cardstock for the base and A Garden stamp set. Sorry to let you know Originals has been sold out but the
How to Book for cards Wishes is still available only while supplies last.

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Stella
Cardstock: Kraft
Stamps: A Garden
Ink: Cocoa, Tulip, Lagoon, Olive
Embellishments: Sparkles, Glitter Buttons. Paradise Flowers, Bakers Twine

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Golden Nuggets in a Green Basket

Happy St. Patrick's Day
It's no blarney, this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is to make and share a project
for someone that shows them how lucky you are to have them in your life.
Plus, here is a step up challenge: use the color green!

May your blessing outnumber the shamrocks that grow
And may troubles avoid you wherever you go.
Blessings to you today and always.

CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock: Topiary, White Daisy, Sweet Leaf
Ink: Topiary
Stamps: Jubilation, For Every Occasion
Embellishments: Grossgrain ribbon, sparkles
Other: Nuggets, Bakers twine

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Window Card and Envelope

Making envelopes to coordinate with your cards is easy with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

 4 1/4" X 5 1/2 window card page 47 in cricut booklet
5 3/4" envelope page 30 in cricut booklet

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Florentine
Cardstock: Bamboo, Colonial white
Stamps: Pemberley WOTG, Enjoy
Ink: Twilight, Brown Bag, Goldrush, Olive
Embellishments: Sparkles

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Resizing the Envelope

It's always nice to make a coordinating envelope to go with those special handmade cards. However, sometimes the envelope needs to be resized to fit the card. 
 31/4 X 51/2 Tag Card made with cricut Art Philosophy cartridge page 60 in cricut booklet.
 Resized 5 3/4 X 3 1/2 coordinating envelope

Resizing Tutorial



 Cut the envelop on page 30 in the Art Philosophy Cricut booklet 1/4 inch larger than the length of the
 card. This envelope is cut at 5 3/4 inches.  Score at 3 1/2 inched down from the top fold.
Re cut the bottom flap to 2 1/4 inches. Reshape the side flaps.

Fold side flaps in and secure the bottom flap to the side flaps to make the envelope.
Cover the notch lines with 1/2 inch strip of coordinating paper. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Scrapbook with Reflections

Reflections Scrapbook Program is one of the first How to Books published for scrapbooking.  As of now it is available only while supplies last. This book is a collection of single page layouts with a companion page feature that makes 2 page layouts a breeze.

 Two page layout with 2 single layouts from Reflections
Left page is  Front & Center - Space page 69 in Reflections
 Right page is Triple Play-Columns page 100 in Reflections
 Two page layout with 2 single page layouts from Reflections
 Left page is Title Topper-Center Focus page 19 in Reflections
Right page is Sidebar-Photo Focus from Reflections
The combinations in this amazing How to Book is endless when you considered all the rotations available for each page and combination of pages. Don't be without this amazing tool for all your scrapbook needs. I love blueprints and inspiration to copy. Makes scrapbooking fast and easy.
This book is available while supplies last so get yours today. Order #9031
CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Stella, Footloose
Cardstock: Cocoa, Olive, Lagoon
Stickies: Stella Canvass shapes
Embellishments: Baker's Twine, Seaside Wooden shapes, Garden Wooden Shapes

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

It's A Spring Color Challenge

With Spring right around the corner Heart 2 Heart has a color challenge for us.  We get to play with the amazing Spring colors:  Sunkiss Yellow, Sky, and Sweet Leaf for a pretty pastel creation. My 5 X 7 card is cut from cricut Art Philosophy cartridge on page 54 of the booklet.

 In keeping with the spring theme I used bunnies from My Peeps stamps set and flowers cut from the cricut cartridge page 50.
Color Palette
Now it's your turn to get in the spring mood with your special creation. Be sure to share with us at Heart 2 Heart.

CTMH Supplies:
B&T Duos: Lucy
Cardstock: Sunkiss Yellow, Sky, Sweet Leaf
Ink: Sunkiss Yellow, Sky, Sweet Leaf
Stamps: My Peeps, Pemberley WOTG, Say It In Style
Other: Bakers Twine, Polka Dot Ribbon, Safety Pin

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tag Trio Inspired by a Challenge

If you enjoy a challenge then you need to check out the Inspired by.. challenge Blog. Each week a new inspiration photo is our challenge. This week's photo inspired me to make some little boy pocket tags to use as needed. Each pocket holds something different.

This pocket holds a love note with a little bunny in the pocket. I didn't have a baby bear stamp so I used my bunny from My Peeps stamps set.

This pocket hold a gift of Studio J for that new arrival. That way mom can get those first photos scrapped with ease.

And Congratulations on the new arrival can always use money. I know that $1.00 is not near enough but this dollar was folded for me along time ago to fit in a pocket and I have been using it as a sample ever since.

Now, this is the inspiration photo for this week.
 If you like a challenge then be sure to visit the inspiration challenge blog for your weekly challenge.
CTMH Supplies:
BT&P: (all retired) Cherry-O, Lucky, Denim Days
Cardstock:Colonial White, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue
Stamps: New Arrival, My Peeps
Ink: Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue
Embellishments: Durables Studs, retied buttons