Friday, November 30, 2012

Artiste Ornament Star

Happy Friday! Where did the month of November go? Is it just me, or do these holiday months seem to fly by in the blink of an eye?! Today I have an awesome project from our Cricut with Heart guest designer, Elvia Murray. She is my very creative friend and fellow CTMH consultant, and she made this awesome star ornament!

It is so pretty and very dimensional, I love it! She made this using the ornament shape on page 53 of the Artiste booklet, Accent 2/shift and base.

She cut 10 ornaments out of white cardstock at 3" and 10 more at 1 3/4", using the shift key which is the lacy overlay shape, and then she cut 15 ornaments out of blue cardstock at 2 1/2" with just the base solid shape. She scored them all down the middle, and glued two of the white ones together to form a point of the star. For the blue points, she glued 3 of them together. There is a circle on the bottom that she glued the points onto.  Here are more views to get an idea of how to put it together.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

White Poinsettia Card

Good morning! Today I was playing with the Artiste cartridge and saw this fun shaped card with a "belly band" and I decided to give it a try. All of the cuts are on the same page and the cut sizes are listed below. I ran one layer of the card through my cuttlebug to give it the swirls, added some punched sprigs and finished it off with some pearl gems. I think I am going to have fun with this card pattern. What do you think?

When you slide the "belly band" off you find your Christmas sentiment. I used one of my favorite Christmas greetings sets- D1492 Christmas Love.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Artiste Shape Card - Mitten

Today I'm sharing an easy to make shape card using your Cricut and the awesome Artiste cartridge!

My Gypsy is broken, and I can't get Craft Room to work on my laptop, so here is how I make a shaped card like this one on my Cricut. First locate the cut line on your cutting mat. It will be easy to see the edge of where the blade will cut when you have a used mat like this one.

Once you have located the cut line on your mat, position a folded piece of cardstock on the mat, with the folded edge just below the cut line.

I cut the mitten shape from page 79, Accent 2, at 5 1/4". You'll need to use the Multi Cut feature since you're cutting through 2 sheets of paper.

Once it's cut, you'll have a section at the top that still has the fold in it since it was below the cut line. So now you have a shaped card! Easy, huh?

I took the bottom of the front of my card and ran it through my Cuttlebug using Devine Swirls.

Then I cut the Accent 2/Shift feature of this mitten to get the overlay shape. This is cut at the same size, 5 1/4".  But you'll see that I made a mistake here! I cut out the shape as it normally cuts, only to realize that I had made the front of my base card with the thumb going the opposite way, oops! This is where the Flip feature button comes in handy. I just flipped it, and cut it out so it would fit the front of my card.

I then added some Shimmer Trim, Sparkles, and a stamped image from Christmas Love.  It turned out to be so "blingy" that I'm entering it the Glitter it Up! H2H Challenge this week :)

Please leave a comment and let me know if you're going to make any shaped cards like this :) I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Treat Holder

Today I am sharing a project created by my friend Carla. She made this awesome treat holder for everyone at our fall retreat. Don't you love how she used two of the mailbox cuts on Artiste to make this-so clever right?! You can find the mailbox cut on page 51(size 3.25). The frame is on page 36, Barn red cardstock is cut at 3 inches and Black cardstock is cut at 3.25 inches. "Hello" is on page 65 size 1.75. Fill it with some treats and you have an awesome gift!

Dakota Paper Pack
Wrangler Assortment(pearl badge button)
Slate Polka-Dot Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Artiste Birthday Card

Today's project is a birthday card to complete the set for an upcoming 90th birthday. In previous posts, I showed you the Tealight Cake, and the Cake Box, and here is the card to go with them!

The card was cut from Artiste on page 34 at 5 1/2". I love the decorative edge on this one!

I found the matching circle (accent 3) on page 31, and cut it out at 2 1/2" and 2 3/4", and layered them with 3-D Foam Tape.

Here is the whole set all together!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Artiste Cake Box

Happy Sunday! I hope you have all had a great holiday weekend :)

My project for today goes along with the little tea light cake that I made on THIS post. I said before that I was inspired by the cake made by Bren Yule, and she had made a box for her cake. So I decided that I really needed a box for mine, too! I wasn't sure how she made hers, so here is what I came up with.

I found this cute little box on page 60 of the booklet, and think it's just perfect for the little cake! I cut it out at 2 1/4" from Clementine paper, and inked it with Sorbet. I used the zip strip border as an accent around the box.

To dress up the top, I cut out the flower (Accent 2/Shift) from page 54 at 2". I also cut out the leaves (3D object/shift) at 3/4". I used the CTMH Quilling tool to make it super easy to roll the flower up! I glued the flower and added a pearl to the center with Liquid Glass. I really think it's the best adhesive for these flowers.

Then I cut out a banner from page 58 at 3/4". I inked this colonial white banner with Champagne and Sorbet inks, then stamped Happy Birthday on it in Sorbet.

I attached the banner with 3-D Foam tape, and added some bitty pearls for interest. The front flap is shut by a small magnet, and I added a pearl badge button to the outside of the flap.

Here is the box with the little cake in it!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Layout

Today I am sharing the bonus layout we will be doing at my December scrapbooking classes. The layout idea is from Close to my Heart's new How-to-book "Make it from your Heart."(page 32) With 16 different layout designs plus 12 card patterns this is one tool every paper crafter should have. Pick up your copy here.

Artiste Cartridge
Pear and Partridge paper
Pear and Partridge Glittery Rub-ons
Desert Sand Ink
Cranberry Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Jingle all the way Christmas decoration

I got together with a couple of my friends the other day and we made these fabulous Christmas decorations. I LOVE how it turned out and it is unbelievable easy! We used the Art Philosophy Font and welded the title together in Cricut Craft Room to cut out our vinyl. I have only used cricut vinyl on a couple of projects and I forgot how much fun it is to use. Think of the great gifts you can make!

Cricut vinyl in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Place vinyl sheet on your cutting mat, select your image and cut with the following settings-blade 3, speed 3, pressure 3. You only want to cut through the vinyl and not the backing liner underneath.

Step 2: Remove vinyl sheet from mat and "weed" your image by removing everything you do not want on your project and throwing it away. Lay the transfer tape on top of your design and burnish using the stick included with your vinyl.

Step 3: Peel away the vinyl backing layer leaving your vinyl design only on the transfer tape, then place on your project. Burnish onto your project and carefully remove your transfer tape.

Give it a try, it's so much FUN!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Artiste Give Thanks Card - Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you will all spend a wonderful day with family and friends today, eating lots of yummy turkey and pies :)

Here is a quick card that I wanted to share to remind myself that today is the day to Give Thanks!

The elements on this card are from page 78 of the Artiste booklet. This is the Thanksgiving themed page! I cut the Give Thanks phrase at 2 1/4" in two different shades in order to offset it for a shadow effect, and the leaves are cut at 1 1/2" out of Flirty paper and then inked with Autumn Terracotta.

I added score marks across the card for interest, and I also added vein marks to the leaves with an Autumn Terracotta marker.  The final touch was to add some Sparkles!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Poinsettia Card

Today I am sharing one more Triple Time card idea. This time I used the same technique but with a twist. I changed the layers I used by cutting the 2nd layer into two squares and using a cricut shape for the 3rd layer. (Artiste page 74, real dial size 3.25 & 3.5) The possibilities are endless! I used the Snowflakes stamp set with Ruby and Olive inks to create poinsettias. I love how they turned out. Then I cut a poinsettia flower from Artiste. I ran it through my cuttlebug to give it some texture and lightly sponged the edges with Champagne ink. A couple of sparkly brads finish of my flower perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tea Light Birthday Cake

I'm taking a break from the holiday cards in order to make this little Tea Light Birthday Cake for a family friend who is turning 90!

This project was inspired by Bren Yule, a fellow CTMH consultant who gave one of these cute little cakes to Mary at a recent retreat. When I saw hers, I couldn't wait to try this out for myself! I "googled" it to find directions, and there are all kinds of tutorials out there on the web! I picked different elements from several of them, so here is how I ended up making mine.

From page 41 of Art Philosophy, I cut 2 of the Circle3 scallop circles at 2" for the base of the cake. I used the CTMH 1 1/4 circle punch to cut out a hole to access the light switch and battery compartment under the light. I then hand cut the same size hole from the scallop circle from Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes.

I then cut another 2" scallop circle (circle3) for the top of the cake. To make a hole for the flame, I folded it in half and then in half again, and then cut off the tip of the triangle shape that was made. I also cut small slits at each scallop to make it easier for the edges to fold over the sides of the top.

I inked the edges of all the pieces, then used Liquid Glass to glue the 2 circles to the chipboard piece on top and bottom, and then glued it to the bottom of the tea light. I glued a piece to fit around the edge of the light, and then glued the top piece on it.

Then I cut 3 flowers from Page 68 (font, base) at 1 3/4". I inked the edges, and folded over the petals before rolling them up with the Quilling Tool.

I glued these flowers to the top of the cake, around the flame. I added Bitty Pearls to the center of each flower, and around the top on each scallop. For a final touch, I cut out "90" at 3/4" and covered it with Green Glitz Glitter Gel, then glued it to the front.

Happy Crafting!

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