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!