Thursday, September 29, 2011

CTMH Typeset & Cricut Art Philosophy Card

I'm so proud to have combined THREE challenges for this card...and it actually came together so easily!

I used the color inspiration from Play Date Cafe...

Along with the Mojo Monday sketch for this week...
And Heart 2 Heart's challenge is to make the sentiment the focus of your project. I started with a 4x4 kraft card base and used the new Typeset paper from CTMH. I thought this paper was perfect for the color challenge, plus it matches the typeset patterns in the inspiration photo.

It's kind of hard to see it in the picture, but I second-generation stamped a swirly image behind the sentiment in Creme Brulee ink to add a little more depth (you can see better in the photo above).

I cut out the bracket square shapes (2" and 2.5") and swirls (4")  using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. The swirls were actually the corner swirl on page 58 of the booklet. I tore the piece at the corner and used it as 2 pieces, then covered in glitter gel! I also added a thin border of glitter around the small bracket, as well as inked the edge in Creme Brulee ink.

I used this adorable exclusive stamp set that I got from CTMH this past July for attending Convention. It's fun because Convention was at Disneyland, but it's also proved to be a very versatile set.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Feathery Fun Santa Bags

My talented friend and CTMH downline, Mandy, has whipped up something I just HAD to share with you! (With her permission, of course!) She made this little bag with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and embellished it to look like Santa! The buckle was also cut with the AP cartridge. Isn't the feather boa a fun touch?!

It's the perfect size to stash a gift card or a handful of candy. I bet your co-workers would be stoked to find this on their desk at Christmas time!

Well if you like these little bags as much as I do, you're in luck! She's had so much feedback that she decided to sell them in sets of can buy them PRE-MADE or as a KIT! And they're priced very reasonably. Check out her boutique to snag a set for yourself. While you're there, check out her blog too...she's so stinkin' talented and has been going to town on projects using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

If you'd like to make these bags yourself, you can order the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection from me, and I promise you will not be disappointed! It's definitely a must-have cartridge, plus you'll also receive stamps and chipboard pieces that coordinate with the Cricut shapes! How cool is that?!

Read lots more about the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection in my post HERE. To see a fun Christmas card I've made with the cartridge, go HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pre-Printed Thank You Notecard

My good friend Melissa recently visited Seattle and brought me a sweet surprise! She knows I love this paper from Paper Source and when she was there she noticed it was discountinued. So, she bought me these notecards in the same print! Isn't she thoughtful?

So naturally I had to send her a thank you card :) I jazzed up one of the notecards with some sparkles, a "thanks" stamp, and cardstock.

Thanks, Meli! And thank YOU all for reading my blog :) Happy creating!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Believe Poinsettia Card With Cricut Art Philosophy

I liked my layered poinsettia from the other day so much that I made another one! I feel like a one-trick pony with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge right now, but don't worry, I have more tricks up my sleeve :)

I also really like the Moxy Fab vertical sketch from Aug 25 so I used it as inspiration for this card. If you haven't checked out Moxy Fab should. They have some fun sketches. This is my first time participating.

Again, I used the Flower7 to create the poinsettia, cut at 3" down to 1.5", in 1/2" increments. I used Holiday Red cardstock and inked the edges in Holiday Red ink. The pennants are Banner4 and Banner5 cut at 1.5".

Thanks for visiting!

Hawaiian {What's in a Frame}

This {What's in a Frame} has gone Hawaiian style! My friend ordered this "love" decor frame to give to her mom at her (surprise) engagement party. Her mom and soon-to-be step-dad went to Hawaii and loved it, so she chose this adorable picture of the two of them for their frame.

Her mom loves blues and bright colors, and the colors in the photo were great, so this Moondoggie paper (reitred from CTMH) was perfect for the color scheme.
Doesn't it just brighten your day to look at it? I hope it brightens her mom and step-dad's days to look at it on their nightstand every day :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Christmas Poinsettia Card With Cricut Art Philosophy

I got my Cricut Art Philosophy Collection from CTMH this weekend and I'm already hooked! I have the first generation baby Cricut and I already know I'm going to need to upgrade soon. You can help me save up by buying some of the stamp sets and paper packs I have for sale :)

I got my cartridge just in time to participate in Heart 2 Heart's challenge this week, which is to use die-cuts. I could have used other die-cuts, but what's the fun when you know you have your Art Philosophy cartridge coming soon? ;) I have already started making cards for Christmas, because I know it's going to creep up soon.
I used the flower7 image from Art Philosophy cut at 3" and every 1/2" down to 1.5", and finished it off with some sparkles. I inked the edges of each flower with Riding Hood Red ink from Stampin' Up and then rolled the petals up on a pen to give it some dimension. (I could have used one of the cool 3D flowers on the cartridge but I need to be able to mail this!)

The leaves are leaf3 cut at 1.5" and 2", which matches up with the new A Holiday stamp set! How cool that the Cricut shapes coordinate with stamps! One of the problems with the baby bug, however, is that it only cuts in 1/2" increments, so I can't cut at the exact sizes of the stamps, which are 2-1/4" and 1-3/4". But that's ok, that just means there's not as much of an outline around the stamped image.

The paper is from a paper stack I got at Joann's ages ago. The eyelet lace is from Hobby Lobby. The green cardstock is CTMH New England Ivy and the red is cheapo cardstock I got at Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rolled Felt Flower Ring How-To

Isn't this flower ring fun?! And it's pretty simple to make with a little know-how!

Supplies needed:
  • Small piece of felt
  • Sharp scissors
  • Hot Glue gun & glue
  • E6000 glue
  • Ring blank
  1. Cut out a circle. The size will determine the size of your flower. My circle was about 2" in diameter. You can use a die-cut if you want a perfect circle, but cutting by hand also works (that's what I did).
  2. Cut your circle into a spiral, as shown below. The width of the spiral determines the depth of the flower (how far it will stick up off your finger). I cut mine about between 1/8 and 1/4" all the way around. 

3. Start rolling. Put a dot of glue every so often to keep it in place.
(I rolled starting from the center, but you can also roll starting from the outside and use the center of the spiral as a base for your flower. Find the way that works best for you.)

4. When you are finished rolling, hot glue the end in place.
5. Add a rhinestone center to your flower (or anything else your heart desires!).

6. To secure the flower to the ring, use E6000 glue. This works best on metal. If you are using the flower for another craft project (that doesn't include metal), E6000 is not necessary.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

1st Birthday Layout: Use your Halloween Stamp set in a non-Halloween way!

Here I go using this fun color scheme again! This is the other page to my nephew's first birthday layout I promised! You can see the original layout here. I can't take credit for the cute idea to form the pictures in the shape of a cake...I saw it on Pinterest. However, my layout is much different :) I created this for a "layouts with hexagons" feature at Practical Scrappers.

I used some new goodies from CTMH, including the Milepost shapes...super fun! Like the mini cards I posted the other day, I lightly brushed the shapes with white acrylic paint to add some texture. I like how it looks a little like frosting..I wanted to carry the theme throughout the entire page!

For those of you wondering how to use your August stamp of the month, Wicked, here's a non-Halloween idea! Don't those honeycombs make such a difference? The "Hats off to you" stamp is also from that set.

The blue polka dot paper is from Magic Moments (retired), and I added White, Lagoon, and Sunset cardstock.

Isn't my nephew a cutie patootie?! These pictures were from February...he's already so much bigger! And now that I live even farther away I am not going to get to see him as much. But at least I'm still an easy flight away! (Seattle - San Diego)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Stamp Sets & Paper Kits for Sale

As you may know, I recently moved. This means I went through a lot of my craft stash before moving. It also means I went through it AGAIN as I settled into my new craft room.

What this means for YOU

This means GREAT deals for you! I have lots of stamp sets, paper kits, and accessories for sale at discounted prices!

Stamp Sets
I have a picture of EVERY stamp set for sale on a special blog page HERE. (I didn't want to clog your Google Reader with a ton of pictures.) I have stamp sets ranging from A size to E size, prices $5 to $20. There's something for everyone! I will just charge actual shipping costs. Here are a few examples...

Paper Kits
I also have lots of paper for sale for just $5! I've divided the paper kits 2 ways:
  • Two-Page Scrapbook Kit: Comes with 3 sheets of cardstock, 2 coordinating pieces of 2-sided CTMH patterned paper, and coordinating embellishments. This is enough to make a complete 2-page layout and even have some left over for a couple of cards! Not a scrapbooker? No can easily use this kit for all cards!
  • CTMH Level 2 (almost) Half-Packs: These kits include (6) 2-sided patterned papers + 3 sheets of coordinating cardstock.
Here are a few examples of paper kits for sale...

So head on over to check out the stamp sets and paper kits I have for sale! I also have accessories for sale, such as glitter rub-ons, MyCreations alterable items, card kits, and more HERE.

Send me an email if you're interested. Want lots? Make me an offer. jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com