Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cricut Project of the Week & FREE CCR Cutting File

As I shared with you last week, the newest addition to the Close To My Heart Cricut family won't be available until sometime in August.  Once I get that sucker in my hand, I'll get some projects completed and then share them, but for now I'm going to share with you a project that I created for the attendees that stayed the entire weekend at my Scrapper's Rx Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat that took place this past June. (By the way, there's another one in September from the 18th through the 21st. It only takes a $75 deposit to hold your spot. See link at top of page.)

There are multiple cuts for this project, but they all are created using just one cartridge...Artbooking.  I have included a cutting file below for the shapes that I cut using the cartridge. None of my square cuts, though, were cut with the Cricut.  I've also included the page #, size and cardstock for each shape below each corresponding photo, along with special notes. Also, keep in mind that some of the items are retiring soon and are indictated in red type within the supply list below. 

Cut two of the overlays. The one that goes on the cover has had two horizontal rows cut off.  The other will go on the back page.
I just used scrap pieces of Sweet Leaf cardstock to back the triangular banner pennants, but you could cut an additional banner in Sweet Leaf, if you desired.
I wanted a thin frame of cardstock around the photo that had pointed corners rather than rounded, so I decided to use on this frame and trimmed off the chevron band that goes across.  Of course, depending on your photos, this frame would be a perfect complement to the album just as it is.
In order to keep the band part of the border closer to the width of the teal shimmer trim, I cut it at 3/4" Real Dial Size.  However, this causes it not to go all the way across the page, so I cut it in half and covered the gap with the photo mat.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Would you like a copy of my Cricut Cutting File, so you can use them in your mini album?  If so, you can download it here for FREE.
Note: You must own the Artbooking cartridge in order to cut this file.  If you don't have it and would like to purchase it, you can find it on my website, or contact me to find out how to get it for 1/2 off.  Also, I'm providing this cutting file for your personal use. Please be respectful and give credit when appropriate. Muchas gracias!

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Until next time...

Friday, July 25, 2014

August's Scrapbooking Workshop Projects

Close To My Heart's latest idea book, Annual Inspirations, will go live on August 1st! So exciting! So much crafty goodness inside.  Our first paper line from the new book that we will be working with at next month's scrapbooking workshop is called "Seaside".

I know a lot of CTMH consultants that are waiting until next summer to feature this paper pack, but I just couldn't wait a year and I knew that some of my customers would feel the same way. Besides, living in Florida, August is just as good a month as any to work with beachy themed products.  Heck, any month is a good month, especially when you live 15 minutes from the beach. At any rate, this is definitely one of my favorites in the idea book and I'm sure it's bound to be favorited by many.

Next month, I'll be holding the workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9th rather than our typical Friday night.  I don't live far from the mall, so it would be a perfect time to come scrap for a few hours, then head over to the mall to do any back-to-school shopping that you may have. ;) If you would like to join us next month, just let me know before Friday, August 1st, as that's the day that I will be ordering supplies for this workshop.  You can check out the supply list HERE.
Layout #1 - Good Times Here
Layout #2 - Oh What a Feeling
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday...Creative Lettering

If you are fairly new to the world of scrapbooking, it may be hard to imagine that there was a time that when you needed a title there was no such thing as a Cricut, or Silhouette, or Slice and not everyone had a computer in their home, much less a printer.

Sticker letters were limited...lots of colors, but little style.  Of course, you could go to the scrapbook store and purchase individual letter die cuts, but there always seemed to be that one letter they didn't have, or they had it, but it was in the wrong color. Sure some stores allowed you to cut the die, if they had the die and if you purchased the whole sheet of paper and very often if you purchased their die cut club membership.  

There were punches you could buy. When EK Success came out with the large letter punches, I so wanted to buy them all, but I think they were something like $10 each.  By the way, let me clarify the word "large". I measured one of the two that I have (yes...two...sad, I know...not even enough to spell my daughter's name...HANNAH...LOL) and they...uppercase...measure 13/16"!  "Large" is relative for sure.  Of course, I could have purchased the set by Family Treasures...but they were well over $100 and if I remember correctly closer to $150.  Those were even smaller and the most basic font possible.  

I remember when companies like EK Success, Cock-a-Doodle Designs, and My Mind's Eye came out with printed titles. Can you hear the angels singing? :) At the time, they were heaven sent.  I think I purchased all of them. Didn't use all of them...let's make that clear, but I don't think I have ever used ALL of any scrapbook-related products that I've purchase. ;) 

It's no surprise though that many scrapbooker's turned to creative lettering.  I remember purchasing every creative lettering book that Lindsay Ostrom authored.  I even have a pen tote that I paid to have her decorate at an Expo...when Expos used to be massive...those were the days. I don't use the pens anymore, but my pen tote is still displayed in my craft room.  :)

Every now and then, when I look through some of my first albums and see all the creative lettering, I miss it.  I have on occasion pulled out my pens and doodled on my pages, like the ones I shared on this July 2011 post, but I haven't really done titles in years and years. After looking for the picture that was the subject of last week's Throwback Thursday, I was reminded about all of those hand-drawn titles and thought it would be fun to share some little peaks of them with you this week.

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Friend You Lift Me Up" Center Step Card

Today's card is one that I made for the last Cards, Etc. workshop. I wanted to challenge my ladies with some watercoloring, but truth be told, I was a little nervous that I was pushing it and that they may revolt. :) So I offered them some other coloring alternatives, like colored pencils and blender pens, but I have to say everyone was up for the challenge and did phenomenally.  I can't wait to get my hands on the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers! They would be great for this stamp image. Soon. Very soon. :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Balloon Ride B&T, Champagne CS, Juniper CS, Colonial White CS, Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Stamps Used: Give a Lift
Inks: Archival Black, Saddle, Crystal Blue, Juniper, Sorbet, Creme Brulee
Emellishments: Wrangler Assortment (pearls), Mini-medley Accents Wooden Collection (twine)
Other: Cricut Artbooking, Watercolor Brush, Sponge, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Product Notes: The Balloon Ride Paper Collection and Mini-medley Accents Wooden Collection will be retiring after July 31st.
The pearl badge buttons come from the Wrangler Assortment, which are currently in the While Supplies Last section of my website for only $1.45!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial

I'm realizing just how noisy it is around here ALL. THE. TIME.  It's really starting to get to me, I think.   One of the things I loved about being off in the summer was all the quiet time in the house. Even with the kids being home, they often would play outside, hang in their room or go to grandma's, so I could do whatever I wanted (or needed) to do, like craft, clean, decorate, or just hear myself think.  I don't consider myself a loner, but I do like alone time. I also don't like people up under me when I'm trying to work.  For example, if I'm cleaning the kitchen...I mean really cleaning..."get out of the kitchen".  Well, my hubby has been out of work for a few years, so now he's home 24/7 and although I love him, I never seem to get alone time anymore unless I leave the house.

Like I said, it's probably always noisy around here, but the last few days I've just really been hyperfocused on it, because I wanted to create a video and made numerous attempts. I first made numerous attempts to record the video as I demonstrated and explained the project/technique. I finally gave up and decided that I would just record it, mute out the background noise and then dub the narration over the video.  Well, between my noisy clan and Movie Maker changing the location of the narration, not keeping up, etc., I finally just gave up.

Today was the day I had planned on sharing a video tutorial.  Hence, Tutorial TUESDAY.  As I shared with you a week or so ago, my goal is to be a better blogger and my calendar says that today is a tutorial and darn it! I'm going to post a tutorial.  It may not be posted as early on Tuesday as I had originally planned, but it's still technically Tuesday.  So earlier today, I recruited my son to help me take some photos and rather than show the making of the card from beginning to end, I'm just focusing on the technique that I used for a couple of the butterflies on the card I shared the other day on THIS post.  

The technique is called Kissing and no, not that kind of kissing. ;) (Trust me. You wouldn't want me teaching that...LOL)  Anywho...this is one of those techniques that no doubtly came out of someone just playing with their stamps.  It's so much fun and such a great way to add a little texture to an otherwise solid plain stamp.  

"Kiss" the solid, inked stamp to an uninked stamp.  In this case, I inked the solid butterfly stamp from the "Your Own Kind of Wonderful" stamp set (available 8/1/14) in Sorbet ink and kissed it to the scroll butterfly from the same set.  Some of the ink gets removed and leaves a pattern on the inked stamp.

This is essentially the same technique as the previous one, but just reversed.  I inked the scroll buttefly and kissed it with the solid butterfly.  The ink transfers the pattern on to the uninked stamp. This is where you can really switch it up with different patterns as shown next.

As you can see here, I kissed the uninked, solid butterfly to a floral background stamp and a chevron background stamp, both from the "In the Background" stamp set. The third example was created using the linen background from the "Distressed Backgrounds" stamp set. 

In this example, I inked the solid butterfly with Sorbet and then kissed it with the scroll butterfly that was inked with Desert Sand. A great way to incorporate a couple of colors on a stamp without getting ink from one ink pad onto another.

Here's another way to get two colors onto an image.  I inked the solid butterfly in Sorbet and then stamped the solid image onto my cardstock.  Next, I cleaned off the stamp and then kissed it to the floral background stamp that I inked in Desert Sand.  Because Desert Sand isn't very dark, the effect is very subtle.  However, you certainly could get a more noticable effect by using a darker ink on the patterned stamp.

This is really the same as the technique above, except this time, I used second generation stamp on the solid butterfly (ink, stamp and stamp again).  Then I kissed the clean, solid butterfly stamp onto the inked floral background stamp and then stamped that over the first image.
Here is a close up of the butterfly on my card in which I used the "Kissing" technique.

Hope you enjoyed my throw-together tutorial. I may have to consider getting up at 3 a.m. to create a the next tutorial. Heehee.

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