Monday, June 10, 2013

Tool Time at H2H

This week we're having a "tool" challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart.  It may sound like a straight forward challenge, but it's not really.  The first time I read the challenge title, I thought that we were to create something using our favorite CTMH tool, but I learned that it was also okay to make tools the focus of the project (like a stamped image or die cut, for example).  Finally, since "tools" usually bring masculinity to mind, it's even cool to interpret the theme in that way, too.  So in essence, this challenge is a pretty broad one, so it should be fun to see what everyone else creates. ;)

After some consideration as to how I would choose to interpret it, I remembered some photos of my kids that I've never scrapped...from nearly 10 years ago. (Stop laughing! If you had any idea how long I spend on a layout, you'd understand. I wasn't lying when I said in a previous post that I was the slowest scrapper ever!)  At any rate, after deciding that I would make a layout, I used the sketch on page 80 my "Sketches for Scrapbooking" e-book as a jump start.  This was the easy part, as deciding on how to "embellish" the layout was a struggle, as I really didn't have any stamp sets that worked with the construction theme and I also came up short on my Cricut collection.  I printed some clip art and tried some old school paper piecing, but when you've had a Cricut as long as I have, hand cutting everything out...well, I just couldn't do it and quit less than half way through. 

So what did I do? Well, I guess this is the time to share a small confession with you first.  A few weeks ago...maybe a month or so...I was watching HSN during a scrapbooking show.  Dangerous, I know.  Well, they demonstrated a Silhouette and I gave in to temptation (darn flexpay).  I just managed to pull it out of it's box about a week ago, but had not played with it at all...until I needed construction "stuff" for my layout.  My purchase came with $35 gift card, so I downloaded a cute construction dude, a few signs, tools, and various arrows.  I didn't end up using a lot of it, but here's what I came up with...
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Cardstock:  White DaisyOutdoor Denim, Cranberry, Honey, Black, Pacifica, Sunset, Desert Sand, Cashmere, Chocolate, Whisper
Pattern Paper: Tommy, Dakota
Stamp Used: In Gear, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet (retired)
Inks: Outdoor DenimCranberry, Honey, Black, Desert Sand, Whisper, Sunset, Cashmere, Chocolate, Baby Pink (retired)
Other: Artiste Cricut Cartridge, Sponge, Chalk Marker, Water brush, Bonding MemoriesMicro-tip ScissorsPaper Trimmer3D Foam Tape, ATG Adhesive (Scotch), 05 & 08 Zig Millennium Pens (EK Success), Signo White Pen (Uniball), Die Cutting Machine (Silhouette & Cricut)

So here's what you need to know to play along with the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week...and every week.
  1. Use mostly CTMH products.
  2. Incorporate the current challenge...tool time (see above for details).
  3. Link your project back to Heart 2 Heart Challenges from your blog post or online gallery.  If you are linking from a blog, you must link directly to the actual post, not your entire blog.
  4. You also need to mention Heart 2 Heart in your blog post. (Please don't make us guess.)
  5. Finally, please, please, please, we ask that you consider turning off word verification, as it does make it easier (and less time consuming) for the design team to leave comments, as well as other visitors to your blog. ;)
Don't have any CTMH products?  That's an easy fix!  Simply contact your local Close To My Heart consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.  If you'd like an Idea Book of your own, you can either email me (if you're local) or simply use the Paypal button in the side bar.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Until next time...


  1. Tamytha, I love this adorable layout. You did such an amazing job with it. That little guy is just too stinkin' cute!

  2. This is so darling! Love the use of the Dakota wood grain paper with the Tommy stripes. I love that Dakota paper! Have a pack (free from YOU I think! and also bought the bulk and may need another one! I am like you.... I can't watch HSN or QVC very much when the scrapbooking shows are on, because I fall prey to flexpay! eeeeekkkkk... but I love watching their SB programs. I need to use my newish Cricut more for some darling little people!

  3. this layout! It's so adorable and a treasured memory...better late than never....right?


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