Saturday, October 24, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #130

The sketch from Atlantic Hearts was a little challenging this week...
But I need to get started on my papercrafting for Thanksgiving so I got out the Sangria papers and my shimmer trims. And here is what I made...
The leaf border piece was cut on my Cricut Explore and I have a new tip for you! If you have the Explore you can cut a perfect background piece to fit behind your cut outs. Just use the contour button and click on on the little cutouts to make them disappear!
Now click here and see all the other great creations made with this week's sketch.

Handmade Giftwrap

I've wrapped this gift in plain kraft paper, tied a ribbon, added a tag and did a little stamping! Simple!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Just the other day my friend Ann asked me when I was going to make a quilt again. Well that I'm not sure about... but this card is pieced sort of like a quilt! I started at the top with the scrap of embossed cardstock, then added the orange strip, next I cut the gray B&T to fit in the top right corner. I liked the checkered zip strip from the paper so I started the bottom row with that. The white square on the bottom right part of the card is plain white cardstock that I stamped with a background stamp. The crisscross strip next to it is also plain white cardstock that is stamped with the bottom part of a stamp that was 2 flower stems!
The black arrow piece on the card was punched. Then because the sizing of my borders was a little off I used the same punch to "fringe" the bottom of the black layer!
Making a one of a kind card is always fun, giving it away to someone is even better. Today is my nephew Phillip's birthday & this card was for him! Happy Birthday Phillip!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Treat Boxes!

These were a lot of fun to make! And cutting the boxes on my Cricut made them really easy!
If you have a Cricut Explore the image number is #M3EC3C, from the CTMH Artiste cartridge.The boxes you see here were cut 8" tall so I got just one box from each sheet of cardstock. If you'd like to get 2 boxes per 12 x 12 piece of cardstock cut the boxes 6.75 inches tall. Your machine will tell you that 1 box fits on a sheet. BUT! load your mat, cut the 1st box, unload the mat, turn it around and put it in the machine the other direction and the 2nd box will cut just fine! It's that easy!
My boxes are decorated with stamps and Cricut cuts. The Artiste cartridge has lots of fun Halloween shapes, jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, coffins, black cats, grave markers, spiders & spider webs too! So you can get as fancy as you'd like!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Roses - more Halloween fun!

seems that black roses are a little hard to photograph! But I took this wreath to work as part of my office decoration and so many people seem to be enjoying it!
Here is what inspired me...
This is the artwork on page 6 of the Holiday Expressions.

And the roses really are really easy to craft!

To start I cut a 10" ring for the wreath base. Then I cut a dozen 8" flowers using the image on the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge. You can find this image on page 54 of the Artiste handbook or if you have a Cricut Explore the cutting code is #M441CA.I rolled the flowers and varied the shape and size of each flower as I glued them. There are 3 CTMH tools that will make this task very easy, the Quilling tool, the All Purpose silicone mat, and Liquid Glass. When you finish rolling each flower, use the Liquid Glass to secure it and hold the shape in place in your hand for a few seconds. Then place the rose on the mat to dry, it won't stick & any excess glue just wipes right off the mat!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Have you seen the Nevermore Halloween paper collection?

Here is the first layout I've created...
 There is a bit of glare in this photo because I've actually inserted the layout into the album page protector. I've done that to show you I created the layout so the banner will hang outside the page protector just to make it a little more fun.
The base page is a sheet for Whisper CS, then I added the zip strip from one of the B&T papers. I did some stamping, added some banner shaped pieces for color and shimmer trim for sparkle! The black photo mount is sized for a 4x6 photo.
My journaling block will be shaped like the banner pieces and placed under the photo.

The font on the banner is cut with the new CTMH Artistry cartridge.

Here's the Nevermore paper pack...
and the Assortment and the Compliments