Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother's Day Card

Good morning everyone!  Gina here from CreationsbyGina. I am so excited to be sharing a Mother’s Day card with you today that I have created using the Lucy paper pack from Close To My Heart.

All the cuts are from the Art Philosophy Cartridge that is available here. Come check this bundle out. It is a  great value and has so many beautiful cuts!  For this card, I created a window in the card base using my Gypsy so the sentiment could pop thru and be seen on the front. The banner pieces are stamped with letters from the Urban Alphabet stamp set. The flower is hand cut from one of the beautiful patterned papers in the pack, and popped up on foam tape. All edges are inked with Grey Wool from CTMH. My finishing touches on the front are dew drops on the flower using Liquid Glass, some twine, lace and bling from Michael’s.

On the inside, I created a base for writing my message with CTMH paper, and there is the popped up sentiment! I look forward to sharing more projects with you over at my blog, creationsbyGina.  Please come by to say hi,  and leave me your comments! Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You are the Light of my life...

Hey Ya'll,
Bobby here from Cricut Couple. If you have already received the starter kit from CTMH, you will have every single thing needed to complete these cards.  If you aren't interested in signing up, but still want to make these, you will need the Stella Workshop on the Go.
 For the first card, I used Colonial White Card Stock.  I took the round stamp from the stamp set and stamped all over the paper with Bamboo Ink.  I just love the way the paper turned out.
 I used all other colors from the Stella kit to finish them off.

I hope you enjoyed the projects today.  I would love to hear your comments!  Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Papa Love LO and Sweet Baby card

 Hello! Leah here from Paperblossoms and I am so happy to be here sharing the fabulous Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH. Bobby has graciously let me come play here even though I am not a consultant anymore, but I still love the line of CTMH products. Be sure to shop with the fabulous ladies here:)

For my LO I used many cuts off the Art Philosophy cartridge and one coordinating stamp set (for the heart) you get when you purchase the bundle. I love the font on this cartridge as well and it cuts very cleanly even at small measurements. Here is a list of cuts I used.
*Border:page 62 (cutting a border set on the 1" will give you a 6" long border)
*Banner1:page 69
*Banner2: page 29
*Regular Font
*Heart1: page 26
This is a picture of my dad with my littlest son right after he came home from Ethiopia. I have an almost identical picture of my oldest son, so sweet.
I also wanted to make a card and chose to use one of the many shaped card options. I chose the one on page 43 and cut it at 4 1/2" to be able to fit into a regular invitation envelope. The flowers and stems were cut from page 57, the rolled flower from page 68 and the butterflies from page 41. I love this shape of card, so pretty and makes it just a bit more special.

I hope you enjoyed my projects! If I could only have one Cricut cartridge it really would be the Art Philosophy one...I reach for it more than any of my others! Thanks so much for letting me share:)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pretty Pemberley Papers

Hello everyone Donna here from Nana Donna's Card Dreams.  I have a card to share with you that I made using the Pemberley Workshop on the Go kit that I got when I signed up.  The papers in this pack are so pretty and can be used in so many ways male or female.  This card I think is more towards the female.

The card base is a cut from Art Philosophy but using Cricut Craft Room I extended the right side and folded it off center so that just half of it opens.
The front yellow area I stamped with the flowers from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set. I stamped it off an a piece of paper then stamped onto the card so it would be just a faint image.  The happy birthday is one of the stamps that came in the Art Philosophy kit.   I added some crinkled ribbon across the front and then place a crumbled flower I made using a cut from Art Philosophy and added a pearl to the center.   I love making these flowers they are so easy, you just cut out the flower spray them with water or I used Glimmer Mist, crumble them up then open them up and glue them together, you can do as many layers are you would like.
 I sprayed the wood leave part with gold glimmer mist and then placed some pearls on the leaves.  I did not notice it when I glued it down but once I looked at the picture the branch lines up perfectly with the flower, it was totally by accident. 

Then finally for the inside I cut out a shape from the same yellow paper that I used on the front.
I am very happy with how this card turned out, but using the papers and things that come in the Pemberley Workshop made it easy to put together.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

4 my friend birthday card

Hello everyone! This is Brandy from My Paper Doll World! I wanted to share a very quick and easy birthday card with all of you that I made using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge and coordinating stamp sets!  I just love how easy CTMH has made it for us!

To create this card, I cut a 4" scalloped circle in chocolate and layered a 3.5" white circle on top which I sponged the edges of using hollyhock ink. I stamped the saying '4 my friend' on an 4" olive colored banner which I also sponged the edges of.  The cupcake is cut at 2.5" inches and stamped on chocolate cardstock and then restamped on blush cardstock.  I cut the icing off of the blush cardstock and used dimensionals to layer it on top of the chocolate!  Finally I finished it off with glitter glue and added three pink brads to the scalloped strip to give it some personality :) 


CTMH stamp sets used: 4 My Friend and Celebration
cardstock colors: olive, white, chocolate, and blush
inks: hollyhock and chocolate

I know this card is very simple, but I wanted to share something that everyone can make fairly quickly because for those of you who are like me, time is of the essence! LOL  I would like to apologize for the quality of my pictures however.  I am fairly new to the world of blogging and posting pictures, but I promise you as time goes on I will get better!  A special thanks to Bobby from Cricut Couple for getting me this far! ;)

Have a GREAT day!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Four Frame Shadowbox Mother's Day Card

Hi there everyone! This is Jamie, more affectionately known as Glitter Panda.  I have a beautiful card to share with you today AND an awesome giveaway at the end of this post. Mother's day is right around the corner and I am fortunate enough to have MANY fabulous mommies who I love dearly. So, I realized I am going to have to start nice and early with my Mother's Day cards to make sure I have enough. I am sharing my very FIRST Mother's Day card with you today. Today's card is what I call the Four-Frame Shadowbox Card. I LOVE shadowbox cards and when I found this four-framed square on the Art Philosophy cartridge I knew I had to try it out!!  To make today's card, I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for every cut!  I also used the new Stella 12 x 12 paper packet.

To create the card, I started with a 5" rounded edge square card (SQUARE1 cut on the card button) on page 23 of the Art Philosophy booklet. I sponged the edges of the card using the CTMH Olive Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad and Round Sponge.

Next, I added the 5" four square frame on top of the card base (SQUARE1 on p. 23 on the decorative layer button). I used dimensionals to do this. This creates a 3D effect and raises the "shadowbox" a little bit higher. I used the same ink to sponge the edges of this layer as well.

I like to put something different in each frame. On the top left, I used a 2" butterfly (BTTRFLY2 p. 55 cut on the regular button on shift for the bright blue base and the Layer button on shift for the pretty, decorative overlay. I edged only the base with the olive ink because the overlay is too delicate. I attached the overlay to the base using liquid glass only on the body of the butterfly. This allows the overlay to pop up as long as you gently roll the edges up. I added 3 tiny pearls to the body of the butterfly and then I added this to the card using two layers of dimensionals so it looks like it is about to fly off the card!

On the top right, I used the Stella Canvas Complements Canvas Shape Stickers for the two ladybugs and the button is attached using liquid glass and is from the Bohemian Assortment.

The bottom left square is where I added the sentiment. I used a 1 1/2" square shape with the corners cut out (SQUARE5 on p.63 for the base cut and then the same cut on the decorative layer button for the frame). I mounted the bright blue paper to one of the Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes that matched. These are chipboard shapes and this set specifically coordinates with the cuts on the Art Philosophy cartridge if you cut them on the suggested size. I stamped the square with the Love sentiment using the CTMH Olive Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad.   

Finally, the bottom right square is a 3D Rosette. I LOVE these!! If you need help with them, I created a tutorial to help you use the Art Philosophy cuts to create the Rosettes and embellish them. For this particular Rosette, I used a double layered approach by cutting two rosette shapes at 3" on the Cricut (p.68 on font layer in red and orange).  First I inked the edges in Olive, then I put them one on top of the other and staggered one slightly higher than the other. Finally, I rolled them up together and secured them with liquid glass. I added a clear jewel in the middle for a little bling! I put one of the canvas shape stickers down first to become a leaf for the rosette and to add a little more dimension.

I am so happy with the way this card came out, and all of the cuts were made on ONE cartridge. I love the way the papers in the Stella paper pack complement each other. it made it VERY easy to come up with a great color combo!! I hope you enjoy recreating this card as much as I enjoyed creating it in the first place.

Last, but not least, I have a CONTEST for you!! As a SPECIAL treat, Vicky from Good wil* Creations has generously donated a one-of-a-kind twirl skirt of your choice to one lucky person. You can even choose whether you want the child or adult skirt child! These adorable skirts are made using recycled t-shirts, so they are even good for the environment!!  To be eligible to win, just sign up for our new Close to My Heart monthly newsletter! Click here for the link to register, and please feel free to shop at my Close to My Heart store today! I will announce the winner of the skirt on my blog next Sunday, April 22. Good Luck!

Panda Hugs!

Glitter Panda

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Reflections

Good morning Sheila here from She's A Sassy Lady  Today I have a simple and fun project for you that can be made with a few steps on your Gypsy... I used the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge for the base of the card and the girl is from Forever Young. I really had a hard time taking a photo of this as you are looking through acetate and the light is reflecting on it.

Just follow along and you will see that in just a matter of a couple of minutes you will have 2 great cards.

The papers are from KandCompany for the base, a glitter paper from Joann's, and the solid mat is from the Summer Paper Package from CTMH. I also used the acetate/plastic page protectors of a notebook for the window in this card.(These pages are not stiff or gray looking they are clear and firm).

Don't you just love how fast that card came together. The stamp is from the Fasionista Stamp Set from CTMH, if you don't have Forever Young cartridge you can stamp one of the ladies from that set too or from any cart that will give you a solid person image. I wanted to use the stamp set but I want to make sure that everyone can participate and not just those with the stamp.

Don't you just love how delicate this card is? And the glittery paper just shimmers while the acetate give you the impression that you are looking at a mirror. I love it!

Look at this awesome sentiment.... sure to make anybody feel special no matter what their circumstances are. I love it! The pink paper matches the pink on the front of the card...

One more close up of this awesome card. Click HERE if you would like a copy of this Gypsy file. Now this week I want to see what you do! The holiday is over so there is no excuse, so let's see your project this week! I challenge you to make a card or page that uses a silhouette of some sort and acetate in it somewhere. Then link it up!!! One lucky person will will a stamp set thanks to (I can't possible choose from the talent that is out there). Link your project by 4:00 pm on Friday April 27th to qualify, winner will be announced Saturday morning.
I hope you enjoyed today's project, I know I sure love this card and can't wait to get it in the mail! Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments inspire me to continue sharing with you. Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Art Philosophy Birthday Cards

This is Evelyn from My Little Craft Blog.   I want to show you some easy birthday cards where your Cricut does all the work.   (Well, most of the work, anyway!)

I never have enough birthday cards on hand, so when I wanted to explore my new Art Philosophy cartridge a little more, I decided to make a couple.  I chose to use the card on page 63 of the manual and its Decorative Layer, each cut at 5 inches.   The number mesh can be found on the Shift Font Layer on page 61.  I cut that at 4.75 inches. (The Decorative Layer cuts left some useful leftovers, which I saved for another project.)
 When I’m gluing something small or very intricate like the number mesh, I like to glue on top of an old magazine.  That way, I keep my desk clean.

I glued the number mesh onto the card and cut off the parts that hung over the corners:   

With the decorative layers in place, they’re almost complete — just need a little something.

That “something” had to be pretty plain because the background is so busy.  There are three stars on this cartridge; I chose the most traditional one on page 40.  I cut it at 2 3/4 inches in blue and again at 3 inches in brown.

I didn’t think that left enough of a border, so I cut the second one at 3 1/4 inches.  I like this one best.

Here they are side by side:

I used a little sentiment from the Wonderful You collection, inked in Cocoa.  All the papers are from the Stella paper packet.

Please come visit me at My Little Craft Blog!   If you'd like to place your order for Close to My Heart products through me, click here


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arth Philosophy Gift Box

Hello my crafty friends!  This is Kimberly from My Craft Spot and I have a  gift box to share with you from the Art  Philosophy cartridge.  This is such a great cartridge.  I love the flowers and boxes!! 

I cut this beautiful box from the Art Philosophy cartridge (p. 22 - shift/ font layer) at 11 inches.  This box is super easy to fold as there are little marks and the only folds are along the bottom of the box.  All of the pretty papers I used for this project are included in the 12 x 12 Stella Paper Packet. 

Here is a side view of this box.  I used dimensionals to lift the scalloped frame off the box.  I threaded a piece of ribbon from my stash through the top, used a paper piercer to poke a hole, and then I added a large brad to hold it all together.

The pretty flower is from the Art Philosophy cartridge (p. 68) and was cut at 2 1/2 inches.  Click HERE for  a video showing how to roll these types of flowers with a petal roller.

The stamped sentiment is from a stamp set that I designed called Butterfly Kisses. (available at My Craft Spot)

I used some twine (American Crafts) to tie a bow behind my flower.  I also added some leaves from the Just for You stamp set.   After stamping them on green card stock, I cut them out and used my petal roller to give them some dimension. 

I inked all of the edges with Cocoa and Olive inks from Close to My Heart.

The green scalloped background (p. 52 of the Art Philosophy Cartridge) was cut at 2 1/2 inches and the patterned scalloped oval was cut at 2 1/4 inches.  The decorative layer (cream colored) was also cut at 2 1/4 inches.

Come join the fun at My Craft Spot!  Click HERE to shop Close To My Heart.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Note for you

Hello everyone, Donna here from Nana Donna's Card Dreams so glad you stopped by to take a look at what I have crested for you today using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and papers for the Pemberley Kit.  The papers in this kit are beautiful and I just love creating with them.  So here is my card I made.

Isn't it just pretty!  I am so pleased with the way it came out and using the papers from Pemberley Kit made it so so easy.  The Art Philosophy cartridge has the entire cut for the base of the card even with the window cut out from the center.  The paper is double sided so with plain beige color on the inside it make it easy to have a unprinted inside.  I cut the flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge as well and stamped them with a flower from one of the stamp sets that came in the Workshop with my Desert Sand and Cornflower blue ink pads, then sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and crumpled them up and added pearl to the center.  The butterfly was also cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge, I am telling you there are some awesome cuts on this cartridge.  It was cut in two layers and I added some pearls to the center/body. The only cut not from the Art Philosophy cartridge are the swirls they were cut from Straight From the Nest.
Here is a closer look.
I stamped the "A note for you" a stamp from the Just A Note stamp set so it would show through the window.
Hee is a look at the inside.
I added a few extra butterflies and branches to decorate the inside.  The here is how the inside of the front panel looks.
So there it is this is the first card I made when I received my Art Philosophy cartridge, this cartridge made it so easy to create this card.
Thanks for taking a peak and remember the new April Stamps of the Month is available for just $5 with any $50 purchase.  Plus starting April 17th you can also get the Dotty For You paper pack for just $5 with any $35 purchase.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Love Who You Are...

Hey Ya'll,
Bobby here from Cricut Couple.  I have a card to share today that is made using up some scraps.  You know how it goes.  Hee! Hee!
 I had a couple of small pieces of paper from the stella set and a heart that was already cut out.  I took a scrap piece of neutral paper and stamped the girl and then stamped the heart with the love sentiment.  I also stamped the buildings on the bottom.
 I used 3D adhesive to pop everything.  I also used glitter glue behind the girl, but I didn't like the way it turned out.  The tube that I was using kept clogging up, so it didn't come close to what I wanted, but I thought it was still ok.
On the inside, I used the shopping sentiment that comes with the stamp set.  Overall, I think it was a fun card and plan to try again.  Hee! Hee!

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I would love to hear your comments!