Monday, October 29, 2012

Moonlight Mini Album

Hello everyone this is Nicole from Scraptastic Memories.  This month I have been sharing several projects that I have made using the Moonlight Paper Pack from Close to my Heart if you would like to see my other projects you can click here.   Today I want to share a mini album that  I made using the Cricut Artiste Cartridge.

To start with I used the Dimensional Elements Album Pages which you can find here for the base.  Then using the Moonlight Paper and the Cricut Artiste Cartridge I cut the coordinating pages for each section of the book.  I inked all the edges of my paper with matching inks and then glued the paper to the Album Pages.
For these pages I used the Perfect Fit - Halloween Stamp Set and the Harvest Bakers Twine to make the owl look like he's holding balloons.
This little ghost and sentiment is from the Creepy Creatures Stamp set.
The embellishments for these pages are from the coordinating Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements set.
More Dimensional Elements.  Love these things!!
 For this page I used the Backdrop-Charmed Stamp Set and the Goldrush Ink Pad.

This was such a fun and easy little album to make and what a great way to hold those memories of someone special!!

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Baker's Dozen

Hey Ya'll,
It's Sassy Dude Day here from Cricut Couple. I am calling this the "Baker's Dozen". All of these cards were made simply with one basic pattern and one paper stack. Sometimes, you get so bogged down with decisions on where to find this and where do I have that and get lost during the process and then when you get to the end of the day, you didn't accomplish anything, right? Well, hopefully, this will help a little bit with that.
The paper stack that I used for this was from Michaels by Recollections called "Today, Tomorrow and Forever". It's not really my taste, but I thought it would be a fun challenge and I know these are all very popular colors, so I just had to try. Besides that, I needed a bunch of cards in a hurry. I got all 13 of these done in one afternoon! YES! One afternoon!
So... I started with cutting for the cards. I used 13 pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" kraft card stock and folded it in the middle. I then pulled decorative papers from the stack, two coordinating patterns at a time. I cut two mats 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" inch from one patterned paper and then two mats 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" from the other patterned paper. I then cut white mats for sentiments from white card stock 3" x 6". Everything was inked with Chocolate Ink. There is a page in this stack with fun little tags, so I fussy cut all of them out and then there is another sheet that is stripes of lace borders that I cut with a craft knife. Those were also inked. I then pulled from the stamp stash... some from Anna Griffin, some from CTMH and some from My Craft Spot and did some sentiments. I then got out the Gypsy and came up with some images that wouldn't take very long to cut and started laying them out.
On layer one, you can see a birdhouse layer that I cut from scraps remaining from cutting my mats.
I then used other scraps to cut the roof layer and some birds.
I used a dark gray card stock to cut the background layer for the birdhouses.
I then used some colonial white cardstock from CTMH to stamp on and pulled some random images from the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.
Once I had matted cards and piles of fun accessories, I then just started assembling them. For this card, I used a bird, bird house and left the sentiment as it was on the decorative paper. I added a bitty gem for the eye of the bird. You can see how the chocolate ink goes perfectly with everything and really adds a great finish to the shabby chic look.
For this one, I used a CTMH stamp on the provided lable shape and punched a couple of flowers from scraps with a martha punch. I also used a piece of the lace across the center.
For this one, I used a My Craft Spot stamp and an Anna Griffin stamp, some lace flowers and some cute buttons from CTMH.
This one was just a bit different. I used scrap strips and cut them 8 1/4" long to mat the card. The Cherish is also a provided label shape from the paper set. The butterfly strip is from a full card stock sheet.
I used a CTMH thanks stamp on a label shape for this one, three birds, a border strip and a lace strip.
I added a simple bow and a strip of scrap for the center of this card. I really like this one.
This one had a great graffiti look with the wood grain paper. The lable shape on the right is stamped with a CTMH stamp, but is one of the provided shapes. The Happy Birthday to you is a straight clear stamp sentiment from My Craft Spot. I cut the banner shape from Artiste and then put my clear stamp block over the shape... then I curved the clear stamp on the block to fit in the swirled shape of the banner.
This one is more of the same, just different papers. The stamps used are Anna Griffin sentiments.
This one is super easy. The label was from the provided shapes and I just added a lace strip and a bird.
This one is like the others. I added a lace strip and then another scrap piece from leftovers.
I love this woodgrain paper. It's so fun and goes great with the coordinates!
This one also used a label shape provided, but I stamped it with a CTMH stamp.
I think this one is probably my favorite. I love how the birds stand out against the wooded wall. This paper was printed with lace and painted flowers already, so it didn't need much. The banner shape also came from the paper set and was stamped with a CTMH stamp set. I also added some glitter here and there to finish it off.
So... this turned out to be a really fun experiment and I will be doing this again since I am SOOOOO far behind on my cards. This was a paper stack with a cost of $11.99. So far, 13 cards and I haven't even used half of the stack yet. I really tried this to see how far I could get with one stack. With having a simple group of goodies to work with, I was able to complete these 13 cards, start to finish, in about 4 hours. I have never knocked out cards that fast, even with a kit. Hee! Hee!
Well, I hope you like today's project! I will be sharing pictures of these individually over the next week, so I would love to hear your comments. Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A LO and a Pumpkin

 Here is a LO about my son playing soccer this past summer. The title and little bird clip accent is from the CTMH Artiste cartridge.
 I also made this little pumpkin also cut from the Artiste cartridge. It went together fairly easily with Scor Tape and I also cut some of the rolled flowers  for the top. It's a cute little decoration for the season right now. That's it for me:) Be sure to visit this page to go shopping. Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Be Inspired...

Hi folks,

It's Ian here from A Newbie Crafter!  Today I did a sign for my craft room.  My craft room is very bare and needs some sprucing up.  So I went to my Art Philosophy cartridge and cut out the following image.  Because I wanted something else on it, I decided to cut out "Be Inspired" and weld the letters by myself.  I lined them up and glued them all together.  Not that difficult and almost relaxing in a way!

I cut the base image out at 7".  That is as high as it would go for a 12x12 sheet.  I also cut the letters out at 2" which fit perfectly inside the frame.  For the paper I used the Victory Paper Pack.  I really like it and feel like it gives it a "manly" feel to it.  :)  I have already placed it on my craft room door and love it!  I feel like we all need a sign on our craft space to inspire us or just something to note that the space is YOURS!  :)

I hope you are all well, and I'm sorry for such a short post.  I had 3 different projects to work on today and my brain is gone!  :)

Craft on,

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Christmas Tags Made The Old Fashioned Way

Good morning.... Sorry but I am away fro home this week... I went on a wonderful trip to Portland, Maine with my handsome hubby and we had the greatest time! But that didn't leave me any time to spend with my Cricut as I had to get back to work when I returned. Sooooooo... this week we are going to have a project that you can do with just paper, a 2 inch scallop punch, some stamps, ink and Zip Dry glue (or whatever your favorite is). You will also need a hole punch of some sort and string or twine for the cute little tags we will make.
Now I made 11 cute little tags on my lunch hour so just think how many you could do in a whole morning or afternoon.... probably enough for all your gifts this year! Oh don't forget to send me your tags so that I can feature them on the first Saturday in November..... Time is running out so get a tag in the mail to me today! (Sheila McShea, 3005 Stonecreek Trace, Helena, AL 35080)

First I used my Close To My Heart Scallop Punch (use what ever kind you have). I folded the paper so that I would have a card like look to the tag.

I turned the punch over so I could see what I was doing so that the tag would be strong at the top.... see the photo above.

After I had cut out the tags and a flat sheet to glue on the top so that the tag would be a circle I proceeded to stamp the parts.

I used my new Flakey Friends Stamp set from Close to my heart and stamped the little images on the plain scallop circle.
Then I used the Perfect Fit - Holidays stamp set and stamped the little HoHoHo on the inside of the folded scallop circle.

This is how that looked. Notice it still leaves plenty of room to place your to and sign your name on the tag.

I then used my colored pencils and colored all the little snowmen.... note I had fun with this as I don't get to color very often and I felt a great sense of accomplishment as it went so fast.... the good news was I didn't have to shade anything just color!

After I had all my little guys colored all I did was glue them to the base of the tag and waited a minute for them to dry.

Then I signed the back of each tag and dated them and punched a little hole to ready them for the twine or ribbon I was going to use....
I forgot that at home so I will have to finish this little project tonight! But I thought I better get this blog post ready as it is Friday and this is running in the morning.... See what happens when you are running behind!
I do have to tell you it was great just being able to create something.... It has been 3 weeks since I walked in my craft room to get supplies. The last time I was in there was to make the video to show you my Christmas papers and I still havent' put them away! I can't believe it is the end of October!
Oh well I will add the photos of the finished tags and I sure hope you like my little project. I know I am thrilled that I will have tags for the children's gifts and I was thrilled to be able to spend a little time with you!
Have a blessed day and thank you for joining me today. Thank you also for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. You comments brighten my day!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's Movie Night!

Happy Thursday, everyone! It's my turn to share with everyone here and over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY ! I enjoy the chance to share with so many people! Today I decided to use my new Artiste cartridge for my project! If you thought that Art Philosophy was amazing - just wait until you see Artiste! There is so much packed into this cartridge - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! If you don't already have a CTMH consultant, feel free to click HERE to go to my website to order either or both of the CTMH cartridges or any of the other awesome products that we have! Ok, commercial over, here is my completed project:

Here are the Artiste Cricut cuts and dimensions:
from pg. 67 - MOVIE NIGHT - 1.94"H
from pg. 67 - ticket with stub 1" H
from pg. 67 - film strip - stretched and rotated with my Gypsy to 8.82"W x 3.12"H
from pg. 77 - card front (yellow paper) 6.41"H

Now for some close-ups and more detail:
I started with a shelf from a paper cart that I had that broke. I have about 12 of these that I can use for various projects! I covered the shelf with paper from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop collection.

Partially completed. I think I picked a kind of busy background paper but it really looks better in person! The two cream-colored tickets and the pointing hand are stickers from the Thrift Shop collection, as well.

close-up of the film strip and the tickets

close-up of the titles

Just tied some twine around the corners for some added dimension

I attached this journal box with a temporary adhesive because I plan on laminating it before I permanently attach it. (I was out of laminating pouches when I went to put this together.) :-) That will allow us to write in and erase whenever we have a movie night!
I think it looks pretty cool hanging on my wall! I'm all ready for our next movie night!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a creatively wonderful day!

Java Jen