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!