Monday, December 31, 2012

Paper Trail Blog Hop with La Belle Vie

Happy New Year to everyone! My wish for you is that you enjoy a healthy, rewarding year, chock full of paper crafting projects! If you have arrived here from Mary's blog, you are on the right track. Of course, as a circular hop, you can start anywhere. Jump right in and start the new year right with paper!

To welcome 2013, we have chosen the La Belle Vie paper packet. Pairing neutrals of Black and Bamboo with kit-exclusive colors of La Belle Vie Mauve and La Belle Vie Pink, and featuring classic prints, the papers stand ready for valentines, traditional gifts, and gorgeous vintage pieces.

La Belle Vie is one of the paper packets that is enjoying its last month of availability as we prepare to welcome new papers for the spring and summer. If you love it as much as I do, NOW would be the time to order a pack (or even more) to make sure that you have all that you want for upcoming projects!

My simple offering this month pairs the La Belle Vie papers with the January Stamp of the Month to make a valentine with a bit of classic flair.
The rose was embossed in black and shaded just a bit with our alcohol markers. Matted on a scalloped heart cut with the Cricut Artiste cartridge gives it more presence as the focal point of the card. Add a sentiment stamped and matted on shapes cut from the same cartridge and you have a piece with plenty of interest.
Add a bit of distressing by sponging with ink and include multiple layers and you have a card worthy of your very favorite valentine!

You can see that all of the papers in this collection feature the same gentle prints and classic color combinations!
 
Now hop on over to Amy's blog to see what she has to offer! Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cricut Artiste- "8" Key Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop featuring the "8 Key" from the Cricut Artiste Collection, available exclusively through Close to My Heart. If you have arrived here from Karen's blogyou're on the right track. It is, of course, a circular blog, so you can even start here and continue along the trail.  

With the New Year being right around the corner, I thought that I would focus on your holiday party by making up a couple of fun favors, both of which are pictured in the photo below. One is a simple box made using the 3-D object on this key. It is the cutest little cube box that could hold any number of goodies for your guests.
Scholastic Papers for the new year!
It is the second favor that conjures up terrific memories of my childhood. While having a babysitter was something that happened only once in awhile, it was something we looked forward to as we always were left with a special treat. Do you recognize the special treat that is now a New Year's favor? That's right. It's Jiffy Pop! We thought that this was such a fun way to make popcorn!

It is simple to make this treat into a colorful favor. You could even "pop" it in the mail to send a unique  new year message to an appreciative friend. I used a B&T paper from the Scholastic Paper Packet 
to cut a circle as the base for my project. Turning to the "8" key, I cut a clock (how appropriate!), added the hands (set at midnight of course) and then popped on a few Mocha Opaques for a little bling! Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon adds just the right amount of pizzazz to both projects.

Both of these projects are so easy to "pop" together and will assure that you have a successful celebration to ring in the new year!

Now, would you like to see why we call it the "8" key? Take a look at the picture below and you will see that the main image available on this key is the number 8. You will see that the other images I used are right at my fingertips including the clock base, clock face, the cute little cube box and even the Roman numeral border used to embellish the box! Enjoy!



Now hop on over to Tasha's blog to see what she has in store for you!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Paper Trail Meets Avonlea

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop which this month, features papers from the Avonlea paper collection. If you have arrived here from Mary's blog, you're on the right track but as hops go, it's a continuous circle, so you can start anywhere!

The colors in this collection are right up my alley and it is interesting to note that some of them are exclusive to this paper packet! The Avonlea Teal, Avonlea Green, and Avonlea Off-White can be found only in this paper collection so if you love them as much as I do, you may want to stock up on a few packs! With the addition of the neutrals, Chocolate and Slate, you have a versatile collection of colors that lend themselves to any number of projects!

While other examples of these gift cards have made an appearance on my blog in recent months, it seemed like the perfect time to share them again as we all prepare for the holidays. Besides,  I thought that they were the perfect project on which to share a super simple trick that my dear upline, Bren Yule, shared with me! Let's get started.

As simple as these are, they are just the ticket when you need to create packaging for gift cards. Cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge, the cards feature an inside pocket designed to hold a gift card of your choice. (Check below for yet another idea for that pocket.)

Take a close look at the center vertical strip on each of the cards. Does the sparkle catch your eye? Look even closer. The center card features our Silver Shimmer Trim, an adhesive-backed glittery trim that adds just the right touch to your project. 

Believe it or not, the other two cards feature that same trim! If you think that they are a different color than silver, you are absolutely correct. That's right readers! The trim accepts color from our alcohol markers and in little time at all, you have a coordinating trim for your card! I just love this little trick!

Now, here's the other idea for the inside pocket:
Peeking out from the pocket is one of our new Monogram Stamps!!! These precious stamps are available as individual letters and at just $2.95 each, are a wonderful gift for that special stamper. They are perfect to create thank you notes, notecards, little tags, and so much more!

To package the stamp, I removed it from it's little stamp envelope so that it would sit nicely in the pocket. I include the envelope in with the card so that the recipient still has the proper storage for her gift. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Amy's blog to see what she has to offer. Check back often for more ideas! 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winter in Moonlight

We've been learning about the Noel Key on the Cricut Artiste Cartridge and have enjoyed all the fun that we can have with papers from the Avonlea collection. Now let's take some of what we've learned and play with a couple of patterns from the Moonlight collection! Ready, set.......
Believe it or not, we've taken patterns from a paper packet that might be considered simply for autumn, pulled the Smokey Plum color from the palette, scattered a few snowflakes from the Noel Key and we have a winter layout! We've added both a large mat for photos and a small mat for journaling by using another shape from the Noel Key cut at two different sizes!

Take a closer look and you will see that this layout utilizes the same pattern as another layout using the Moonlight collection along with the "Thanksgiving Key". Take a look here to compare the two!

The ideas just keep rolling on and on!





Friday, November 16, 2012

Noel Key Revisited

Did you take a moment to enjoy the creations along the trail of the Noel Key blog hop? Now is the perfect time for me to share one more layout using additional images from the key. This time, you can even see how I used the Noel word to title my page.
With solid ornaments and ornament overlays from page 53, I was able to showcase even more patterns from the Avonlea paper packet. Do you see the grey polka dot strips in the pattern? They are easy to spot as they have a bit of a shimmer. That's because I used our Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon in place of paper!

If you look closely, you can see how I used little curlicue embellishments from the Mini-Medley Antique Gold collection to make ornament hangers! Enjoy all that you can do with a little inspiration!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cricut Artiste-Noel Key Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop featuring the "Noel Key" from the Cricut Artiste Collection, available exclusively through Close to My Heart. If you have arrived here from Heather's blog, you're on the right track. It is, however, a circular blog, so you can even start here and continue along the trail.

Each year, my Rising Hearts team in Close to My Heart enjoys time together at our annual stamp camp. It is a day-long event during which everyone creates a number of projects that can be used as workshops and classes. I enjoy creating the projects and I am here to share one of them with you!
With designs from the Avonlea Paper Packet along with a bit of chocolate cardstock, my layout entitled "Snow Much Fun" was,  indeed, such fun to create. Check out the mittens. This is where the "Noel Key" comes into play! By cutting one large pair of mittens, I was able to create a focal point to match the smaller mittens that dance along the bottom of the layout.

Each of the keys associated with the Artiste collection includes a variety of images, many of which are related. In the upper right hand corner, you will find the solid mitten along with the mitten overlay. With the push of a button, I had my mittens ready to go in little time at all. It is amazing how this particular print, when cut as mittens, looks like a traditional Fair Isle knit! Such fun!

We had even more fun ahead of us as we chose another key to use with more patterns from the Avonlea collection! This time, we used the snowflakes, cut in a variety of patterns and sizes to make dazzling clusters in opposite corners of the layout. It was simple to place the largest snowflake off the edge of the paper and trim it to create a whole new look and plenty of interest.
When you're ready for more fun with the Noel Key, hop on over to Lucy's blog to see what she has to share! Make sure that you stop back in tomorrow for one additional layout that uses even more of the Avonlea patterns and images from the Noel Key!



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Paper Trail meets Pear and Partridge

Welcome to November's edition of the Paper Trail Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from Vicki's blog, Wizard's Hangout, then you are on the right path. Being a circular hop, however, you can start here and continue around the blogs just as easily.

This month, we are featuring the colors of Cashmere, Cranberry, Desert Sand, New England Ivy, Olive and Smoothie as they appear in the Pear and Partridge Paper Packet. While the name and the colors may suggest a traditional holiday palette, the prints included in the collection are just as comfortable with everyday and even vintage projects.
With the help of the Cricut Artiste Collection, I went to work creating a collection of gift cards and boxes as shown above. Let's take a closer look at each of the projects!
The cube-shaped box, above, has a sweet little handle that has been dressed up with a bit of baker's twine and a tag. Distress the edges to add interest and it is all ready to hold a special gift or treat. 
Both cards, shown above, feature a special pocket inside into which you can slide a gift card! It is the perfect way to dress up those plastic cards that are so popular to give!
The box above is a slider box. It is a cousin to the boxes in which you can buy wooden matches and, depending on the size, is a fun way to present any number of fun little goodies!
While this last little box features an evergreen tree as its closure, there are other similar boxes in the Cricut Artiste Collection that feature a flower, a bunny and more. Embellished with some torn paper, a bit of sponging with ink and a few Mocha Opaques, the box is ready for any precious treasure.

Ready for more Pear and Partridge? Hop on over to Lynne's blog, Field's Finery to see what she has to offer!








  

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cricut Artiste-Thanksgiving Key Blog Hop!

Welcome to our blog hop featuring the "Thanksgiving Key" from the Cricut Artiste Collection available exclusively through Close to My Heart. If you have arrived here from Heather's blog, you're in the right place. If you get lost along the way, just check on Bren's blog for the complete list of participants. Check below to see just why we call it the Thanksgiving Key!

For my project, I chose papers from the Moonlight collection to create an autumn layout that is all ready to showcase a collection of my best pictures of the season.
The shades of gray in the papers are brought out by building the layout on a base of slate cardstock. Using our Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon adds bit of texture. The autumn leaves are layered to create a lighter shadow effect and a variety of sparkles add a playful sophistication to the project. I love the way that the use of grays gives an unexpected freshness to the autumn palette!

Check out the leaves dancing around the circular mat on the left-hand side of the layout. They were created by cutting four cupcake wrappers at 1.5". I put them together utilizing the tabs and slots that are part of the design. Once assembled, the finished shape is adhered to the base and the addition of large sparkle badge buttons camouflages the intersections of the wrappers!

Let's take a quick look and you'll see just why we call it the Thanksgiving Key. This cricut collection is unique in that it is so very organized. You can find just the image you want and the images are grouped so that you can find thematic cousins on the same key!

To the left, you can see just how this works with the Thanksgiving Key! From a fun turkey to autumn leaves and even cupcake wrappers sporting and edge of leaves, you can create fabulous fall projects!


Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a little note to say hello! Watch throughout this week as I show you additional layouts featuring the Moonlight papers along with different Cricut Artiste keys. You will even see an example of a winter layout using these papers!

Stay tuned and enjoy!

Now hop on over to Dawn's blog to see what she has created with the Thanksgiving Key!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Being Flirty in October

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail Blog Hop. Sit down and enjoy a few creative minutes as you browse through projects featuring papers from the Flirty collection. If you have arrived here from Connie's blog Scraps and Stories, you're on the right track. Being a circular blog hop, however, you can start anywhere and still find all of the projects for the month!

The Flirty Paper Packet features a number of colors from our regular collection including Bamboo, Goldrush, New England Ivy and Ponderosa Pine. In addition, you will find 2 fabulous colors, Flirty Raspberry and Flirty Yellow, that are exclusive to this paper collection!  If you love these colors, this is the only place that you will find them!
These papers, patterns and colors are just as comfortable showcasing your autumn photos as they are featured in papercrafting thru the year. At my team's annual training event, we all created a cute little mini-album and while we used a different paper packet, I was eager to try it out with another design. Flirty fit the bill, so out came my Cricut Artiste Collection to cut the cover and all of the pages and as quick as a wink, I had my Flirty mini-album! With the addition of a few sparkles and a bit of our newest Glitz Glitter Gel colors (green, pink, and almond) the album was ready for whatever it may hold!
The pages are waiting to see what I might add; they are perfect for photos, quotes, or perhaps even recipes. These little albums might be right at home as favors at your Thanksgiving table with each guest adding a line or two about the things for which they are thankful. Use your imagination and soon you will have a collection of mini-albums!

Now it's time to continue along the Paper Trail and hop on over to Amy's blog Pineapple Paper Artist to find out what she has in store for you. Enjoy!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Moonlight on the Paper Trail

Welcome to the September edition of the Paper Trail Blog Hop! If you have found your way here from Tracey's blog, Papercrafting Princess, you're on the right track. Even if you're starting here, you'll still have the opportunity to hop from blog to blog and see each and every bit of artwork featured this month.

It seemed only right that we should herald the first month of autumn with the rich fall colors as found in the Moonlight paper collection.

You'll find Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, Slate, Smokey Plum, and even a bit of Sweet Leaf, all grounded with Black and Colonial White. Depending on the colors you choose, you may find your self using the papers for autumn celebrations, wintry nights, or even vintage pieces.

Below, you'll see what I did with these pictures that had been waiting for just the right papers. In the Moonlight collection, I found the perfect selection! 



It was such fun to add a bit of our new black-striped grosgrain ribbon and I love the look of the "BOO" letters as featured in the Cricut Artiste Collection. What playful layout would be complete without a little sparkle? Can we say FUN? Enjoy...

Now hop on over to Betsy's blog, Stamp Scrap Fever to see what she has to offer!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Celebrate with the Paper Cupcakes!


Welcome to the Paper Cupcake's First Team Blog Hop!

If you are starting with me, hop on in and enjoy our artwork! If you have come here via Dana's blog (a fellow Paper Cupcake) then you are on the right track. 


We have chosen to treat you to artwork featuring the special double stamp set "It's Your Day" with which we are celebrating National Stamping Month at Close to My Heart. You can purchase this fabulous exclusive set for just $5 when you place a qualifying order of $35 or more from August 15th to September 30th. The set itself has a retail value of $35.90!





With so many image choices in this stamp set it was such fun to play with inks and papers! Let me share just one of my creations.

With Clementine papers, a selection of inks, and a few fun stamping goodies, this card is ready to make anyone's day extra special. I even used the new Cricut Artiste Collection to create the medallion and LOVE the fact that we can now get the entire palette of CTMH colors in pigment inks. It gave me the opportunity to emboss those sweet little butterflies! Look closely and you'll see that I did a bit of sanding and added a variety of brown and tan sparkles to complete the celebratory feeling of the card!

Now hop on over to Karen’s blog to see what she has created!

Thanks for stopping by and do leave a little note for me! Enjoy!

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cricut Meets Clementine

I will be the first to admit that there was a time when I didn't think that I needed a Cricut. How often would I really use it? Did I really want to take it on the road to crops and the like? Could I just use my scissors?

My how all that changed when a Cricut came to live at my house!!! I loved knowing that at any time of the day or night, I could cut shapes to my heart's content and create, create, create! It is no wonder then, that when Close to My Heart revealed the new Cricut Artiste Collection, my heart skipped a beat!

Let me show you why!

  • It has nearly 700 brand new images.
  • You get 3 stamp sets with images whose shapes can be cut with the cartridge. The pg. number and size to cut are right on the carrier sheet!
  • Included are 3 sheets of chipboard with shapes from the cartridge.
  • You get an extra booklet detailing all of the assembly instructions for the many 3-D projects on the cartridge!




My first little project paired shapes from the new cartridge with papers from the new Clementine collection! The tag, cupcake, frosting, cupcake liner, and banner are all shapes on the Cricut Artiste cartridge. Once they were cut, I simply stamped up the frosting, liner and banner using the stamps included in the collection. I added a torn paper border and some sponging to the tag and all of the bits. All that was left to do was to assemble the cupcake and pop it onto the tag along with the banner. A knotted ribbon finishes the project and it's ready to roll. The tag would be at home on a layout for a photo or journaling piece or could even be used on the front of a card. As a tag, it can always label a package for a special someone!


Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Paper Trail Blog Hop- Oh My Darling Clementine!

It's time for a bit of the old and a bit of the new! This month, the theme for the Paper Trail Blog Hop is Anything Goes! Why? With convention having just been held in mid-July and a new Idea Book going "live" August 1st, some of us have new goodies and some are waiting patiently!

If you have arrived here from Lynne's blog, Field's Finery, you're on the right track. Even if you found this on your own, you can continue on this circular hop!

For me, new product abounds at my house and I'm a happy papercrafter! During the month of August, I am featuring the papers from Clementine, a paper packet that even includes such new colors as Saddle, Cashmere, and Champagne. These subtle yet powerful new neutrals are just gorgeous! Let's take a look:

This simple layout was created using both sides of just one of the Clementine designs. The base paper is one of those yummy new colors-Saddle. You can also spot familiar colors such as Creme Brulee, Sorbet, and Twilight. Together, they represent a palette that could just as easily be at home with end of the summer photos or autumn pictures!


Now let's zoom in to the details of the cluster that provides interest and texture to the layout. Can I say that I LOVE the new Cricut Artiste Collection? All of these shapes were cut with this NEW cartridge from CTMH and the stamped images were created using one of the three stamp sets included with the collection. Pop on a few sparkles from the new brown and tan collection and you have all you need to ready your layout for photos and journaling!



Leave a little message for me so I know that you've stopped by and then it's time to continue your journey through our hop. Next in line is Mary's blog, The Road to Peace of Mind or Escape. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cruisin' Through July!

If you have arrived here from Amy's blog, Pineapple Paper Artist, you're on the right track! This month, we are featuring the bold, fun designs in the Cruisin' paper pack. 

These papers lend themselves to everything from vacation to back to school photos! Check out the three layouts below. While all made from the same papers and even the same pattern, they can be used for oh so many different themes! Enjoy!







Now it's time to move on to Connie's blog, Scraps & Stories and enjoy what she has to offer.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

We're Footloose with June's Paper Trail Blog Hop

Welcome to June's edition of the Paper Trail Blog Hop! If you have come here from Betsy's Blog Stamp Scrap Fever you're in the right place! Check at the close of this post to find out where to go next!

This month, we are featuring the cool blues and greens of the Footloose paper packet and I have to say that it is one of my favorites. It helps that I love nearly everything that includes those colors!


While the name of the paper pack may suggest the footloose and fancy free days of summer, days at the beach, and days in the sun, the papers are so very versatile. The layouts below include one with a beach theme, yet also include a very floral version along with a generic party layout.





Look closely and you will see pieces of each layout that have been textured with a bit of Create-a-Shade paint. It adds just the right amount of glimmer and shine to these fun project.

Now take a trip on to Tracey's blog Papercrafting Princess and see what she has to share!

Enjoy!




Monday, April 30, 2012

A SUPER Paper Trail Blog Hop

This month, the Paper Trail Blog Hop is featuring the bold colors and fun patterns found in the Superhero Paper Packet. Whether you have started here or come from Mary's blog, The Road to Peace of Mind or Escape, you'll be able to enjoy all of the artwork by following the trail. With the addition of twin sons, our neighbors now have four cute little boys for whom I made name banners, one of which is shown here.

I used the My Creations Mini Banner, a little collection of chipboard shapes that is such fun to use for any number of projects and with the capability to cut the shapes with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, the banners were done in the blink of an eye!  I used the coordinating Superhero Rub-Ons along with badge buttons to embellish my creation. The chipboard letters (also covered with paper cut with the same cartridge), along with the chipboard stars, are covered with liquid glass for extra dimension and protection from little fingers!

I know that you are eager to see even more "super" projects, so hop on over to Lynne's blog, Field's Finery to continue on the Paper Trail. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's a Victory for the Paper Trail Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop for the month of April. If you've come here from Lynne's blog, Field's Finery, you are right on the trail.  This month's featured paper is from the new Victory collection. With the rich hues of Bamboo, Barn Red, Chocolate, Outdoor Denim, Olive, and more and prints ranging from a diagonal plaid to camouflage, the collection has a variety of uses.


My Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge was calling me to make some fun containers with these papers. Whatever you need for clever packaging ideas, you can find it here and with the capability to make so very many sizes, the possibilities are endless!

The first project is a small french fry box filled with a little treat along with a collection of gift cards. It makes such a special thank you gift! Embellished with a cluster of buttons, a tag from the Tough Tags collection, and a stamped image, it is ready for presentation.



My next project says "Congratulations" with class! Using a doorhanger box, I simply filled it with a couple of tasty treats along with another gift card. I again added a stamped image and this time, added a chipboard star and classic pewter badge button. If you look closely, you may see that the star has been covered with liquid glass and adds another texture to the collage of embellishments. Anyone would love to receive such a special recognition gift!

Now hop on over to Amy's blog, Pineapple Paper Artist to check out her work and make sure you welcome her as the newest member of our blog hop!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Free Cricut Art Philosophy Collection

In my sixteen years as a consultant with Close to My Heart, I have yet to see an opportunity like the one that has presented itself during the month of March. Indeed, if you have considered becoming a CTMH consultant, take a moment to watch the brief video below and get ready to pursue your dreams. With a choice of a free Cricut Art Philosophy collection or $100 in select product credit, you will have lots of great new creative tools.

Feel free to click on the "Join my Team" at the top of this page to have your questions answered and find out why I joined the company by choosing the "My Why" tab.  I invite you to become a member of the Rising Hearts team!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Paper Trail Blog Hop Marches on with Stella

This month, the talented artists on the Paper Trail Blog Hop have teamed up to showcase projects created using the Stella paper collection from the new Spring/Summer 2012 Close to My Heart Idea Book. If you have arrived here from Pam's blog, P-Inks then you're on the right trail.

From neutrals of cocoa and colonial white to rich hues of lagoon, olive,sunset, and tulip, this collection is the favorite of many paper collectors. The Stella Complements are some of my favorite as they are adhesive-backed canvas images that add such texture to a project.





I gathered together a paper pack and a package of complements along with some wide chocolate-striped grosgrain ribbon, some mocha opaques, and a bottle of stardust glitz glitter gel. Let the fun begin!
Included in the Wishes how-to book, are a number of card workshop patterns and the cards pictured here are examples from one of those patterns. In the bold 6" x 6" size, these cards make such a statement for a special someone.

Stamped with a variety of sentiments, this collection of all-occasion cards can be completed in little time. Some of the canvas complements were slightly frayed using the edge of my scissors and others were sponged with a bit of cocoa ink.

Now hop on over to Vicki's blog, Wizard's Hangout and enjoy her Stella-inspired projects!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Simple Springtime Hugs

At times, the simplest of cards can make your day. I have been eyeing all of the cards that I could cut out with my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and finally decided it was time to put them to work! Where I live, we have had a very, very mild winter. In fact, today, Feb. 23rd, the prediction is that our temperature will rise to near 70 degrees. I'm sure that was part of the reason that I was drawn to the springtime freshness of the new Lucy papers.

In very little time, I had cut out this sweet card that features a little ticket-shaped window. I pulled out my February Stamp of the Month and one of my favorite sentiments, "Consider Yourself Hugged". A quick stamping of the sentiment in the window resulted in my basic card. All I added was a paper flower sponged with a bit of ink, a cute pink scalloped circle cut from the Cricut as my flower center, and a few opaques and tiny sparkles for a bit of bling.

I must admit that I usually "need" to do much more to a card to make it my own, yet the simplicity of this one made me smile. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Anything Goes with the February Paper Trail Blog Hop.....

That being said, I just had to share one of the brand new papers as featured in the new 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book that goes live Feb. 1st! I will be the first to admit that I love all of the new paper packets. Sure, there are some that are favorites, but I love them all and hope to share artwork created with all of them.

This month, if you have reached my blog thru Tamytha's blog, Paper HeARTIST, then you're on the right track. My featured artwork is made from papers in the new Florentine collection. With richly textured designs in colors such as brown bag, garden green, twilight, and vanilla cream, there are so many possibilities for this collection.

I will be the first to admit that when I saw our first "cluster" stamp, Happy Clusters,  in the 2011 Autumn/Winter Idea Book, my mind took a bit of time to visualize the possibilities. Let's face it, pictured in black and white, the images take on the feeling of a gestalt psychological test! Once I played with that first set of clusters (see below right), I was sold. In fact, when the new book contained a new cluster set, Love Clusters, it was all I could do to wait until my order of new product arrived.

With stamping and buttons and bling, oh my!... the creations are such fun! This butterfly image sports a bit of each and could be turned into a completely different look with alternate colors and papers.

For those of you who are avid stampers, these images provide such a fun palette for your own creativity!  To the right, you will see the very first card that I made using these clusters-same pattern, different papers-and you will see what I mean!

Once you're ready for a bit more inspiration, head on over to Lynne's blog, Field's Finery, to see what she has in store for you. Enjoy!