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!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's a Wonderland on the Paper Trail Blog Hop!

Card featuring Happy Clusters stamp set
Happy New Year and welcome to the January Paper Trail Blog Hop. This month, we are featuring the crisp colors of the Wonderland paper packet. If you have arrived here from Pam's blog, P-Inks, you're on the right track.

The colors and patterns in Wonderland are so very versatile. As the name implies, winter photos can be showcased using the icy snowflake patterns and yet with stripes, polka dots, and plaids, the options are wide open for any number of projects.

My first project introduces the fun concept of the Happy Clusters stamp set. I will admit that when I first saw this stamp set, the large images designed to provide a base for buttons, blings, and smaller stamped designs looked like, well, blobs. My daughter immediately thought of the Rorschach inkblot tests!

Wonderland Papers
It was only a short time before I realized that I simply loved working with these images! Stamping the star with second generation Twilight ink started me on my way and with a buffet of buttons, sparkles, and additional images from which to choose, it was so simply to create my masterpiece! Fun, fun, fun!



  • To be inspired even more, check out the brief video below from the Close to My Heart art department.
  • To see another simple project featuring the Wonderland papers, continue to the end of this post.


In closing, enjoy this super simple celebration layout using the Wonderland papers. The patterned pieces on this layout were all cut from just one sheet of B&T Duos. I added in some additional chocolate cardstock for the photo mats and used a bit more patterned paper and the Cricut Art Philosophy set to cut a few fun packages and a decorative mini-banner. The same cricut cartridge provided the pattern for the scalloped photo mat. A bit of bling from the Bling Assortment and some glitz glitter gel finished the piece. Enjoy!