Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Twice a month I teach a class at my house.  On the second Saturday of the month I usually try to create 8 to 10 cards from a paper pack of Close To My Heart.  In February, I made a few cards using the Ivy Lane paper pack.  Everyone loved the cards.

I think is is one of my favorite ones.  I forgot to stamp a sentiment on this, but I will put one on when I send it out.  I used the Cricut Expression to cut out all the parts.

The next card we made was this one.   I used some cocoa cardstock as the base, then I cut a 4" x 3" piece of Ivy Lane and centered it.  On the edges of the cardstock, I used some of the glitter tape we have.  It dressed the card up a little.  Using a couple of the stamps that come with the Workshop On the Go kit, I stamped the background stamp with cranberry ink on a die cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.   The greeting is another stamp, and I used Cocoa ink for that.  If you notice the "o" is a flower shape, and that too was on the stamp set in the kit.  

This card was cut entirely with the Cricut machine.  It had a teapot that is attached to the frame of the card.  I cut a second card with white cardstock and used the teapot as my central figure.  I stamped on it with a flower stamp, which really seemed to decorate the teapot.  And if you have a teapot, you should have a cup of tea to go with it!  I used a different piece of cardstock from the Ivy Lane pack to make the teacup, with its steam coming off the top of that hot tea.

I was having fun making these cards, as did the girls who made them with me.  This card below was a quick and easy card.  I used some Ivy Lane paper and stamped a small tag that I cut with the Cricut.  These stamps on the tag were also from the stamp set that came with the Workshop to Go Card kit.  I used three different stamps.  One was a chevron stamp and the other one that says  is actually a tag stamp that I turned sideways.  On the bottom is the third stamp I used.  It says "is better with friends".  I cut a border with the Cricut and placed that at the bottom of the cardstock.  A quick card.  

My last card using the Ivy Lane paper pack is this one, with the butterfly.  Again a used a different sheet of the cardstock to make the center shape.  I used the back of the Ivy Lane paper, which has a green pattern on it.  I added a scalloped shape of pear cardstock with holes in each scallop, used a litte circle of the Ivy Lane green side, and cut out my butterfly.  The butterfly is a solid shape on the bottom (which is the same paper as the bottom floral shape and the top of the butterfly was a solid hollyhock sheet of card stock. ) Using the cricut makes these cards so easy to make.  

There is one more card we made, a boxed card.  This was much more complicated to make, but I LOVE how it came out.  I will post that later on today.  I hope you enjoy what you have seen, and if you are interested, maybe you can join us some time.  If you are interested in the CCR cuts, let me know
 and I can send them to you.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's SOTM,.  If you have come here from Michelle Loncar's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here <make here a link to Helen’s or Kathleen’s blog – whoever is 1st in the list>.

This month we have 50 +  Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I used Chantilly paper for my background.  On white cardstock, I stamped the images of the two small figures with cocoa ink.  I then colored the figures using blush and hollyhock inks.  I colored the center heart and flower with cranberry ink.  I then used some shimmer ink over the top of the figures, to add a little "aging" effect to them.  The sentiment was stamped in cocoa ink.  

Now "Hop" on over to Maria Myers'sBlog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the March SOTM is only available until March 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!