Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ProPlayer-Layout #3

I'm back! Are you ready for the third layout in the ProPlayer series? We're going to take some of the same embellishments and stickease to complete another layout for our collection. I think that you will see how once these layouts have been completed with photos and journaling, you may forget that they are created using the same paper collection and pattern!

Do you recognize the pattern? This time the layouts have been turned to give a completely different look. You will find that I again used some stickease, cork shapes and bits from the ProPlayer assortment and before you know it, you have yet another fabulous layout. Let's take a closer look at the embellishment clusters on these pages.

In the upper left hand corner on the left page, I used a method of creating a title that utilizes one of the zip strips from the patterned paper. It is amazing what you can come up with when you take a closer look at the papers you are using! I have used this same idea on a number of pages and each one has had a different look. I simply cut the banner shapes using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and added words that I chose from the zip strip. It was so simple!

In the bottom right hand corner on the right page, I added the cell phone stickease layered with the shaped stickease and added the cork conversation cloud. (This cloud actually has letters that can be punched out or you can add a journaling piece on top of it as I will do.) When you look closely, you can see a bit of the baker's twine that is actually wound around the entire page and secured on the back with tape. Then just to the left of the cellphone, you can see where I tied a knot around the twine. Enjoy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

ProPlayer-Layout #2

I'm back as promised with the second of three layouts using the ProPlayer paper collection! As mentioned before, this paper packet, featuring deep colors of Black, Pacifica, Ruby and Slate, could easily be used to make the more masculine layouts needed. However, I like to look at the colors rather than the name of the paper packet or the coordinating complements, and make it work for whatever suits my fancy!

You may remember that I mentioned that all three of these layouts are made from the same pattern though they may be configured differently. If you compare this one with the first one  you will see that the left hand and right hand layouts were simply switched. Built on a base of Ruby cardstock, this layout has a completely different feel to it.

Again, I used more of the Midtown Cork Shapes and those fun little twist ties, this time letting them march down the side of the left layout on top of a zip strip from one of the patterned papers! They are accented by metal badge buttons from the ProPlayer assortment.  In addition, you can spot the twist ties lining the edges of the banner-shaped cork shape.

The cluster in the bottom right hand corner of the right layout showcases the same embellishments. It is simple to take the same collection of products and utilize them on all of the layouts completed using this paper packet. Try your hand at choosing a sampling of embellishments and creating your own clusters to give a polished look to your layouts!

Stop in again on Tuesday to check out the third ProPlayer layout and you'll be all set to create your own collection of pages! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Be a ProPlayer on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail blog hop! If you have arrived here from Tracey's blog, you're on the right track. As always, the hop goes round and round in a continuous circle, so you can start anywhere!

ProPlayer Paper Packet
This month we are featuring the ProPlayer paper packet with colors that include Black, Pacifica, Ruby, and Slate. While the paper hints of an electronic game theme, the colors and patterns can easily be translated to other uses. That being said, if you do have video game photos to be showcased on your layouts, consider using the coordinating ProPlayer Stickease  which very much follow that theme. You will, however, see that I have used those same stickease in my projects and simply chosen those that are a bit more generic.

Let's take a look at a layout created with papers from this collection. I created this layout to teach to my team at our annual stamp camp training day and I think that you will see how versatile these papers can be. Today, I will show you the first of three layouts. Come back Monday and Tuesday to see the companion layouts that we made. Once you've seen all three projects, note how each layout was made using the same pattern used in a variety of configurations. All are fast and simple and give you fun options to use in your scrapbooking creations!

This first layout is built on a base of slate cardstock and is titled using one of the stickease that announces "Game On". Sure, it could refer to an electronic game. However, if you think out of the box to any number of sporting events, challenges, and even graduation, you will find that you have many more choices!

Check out the embellishments along the bottom of the left hand page. The shapes were cut using our cricut cartridges and the Pacifica banner shapes were further embellished with small stickease. It is simple to string images together like this if you first glue dot all of the shapes to your layout taking care to keep the glue dots away from the holes you need to use for the twine. Once they are in place, you can thread the twine right thru the holes and secure the ends onto the back of the page with a bit of tape.

Do you see those funky little v-shaped bits dancing along the twine? Those are pieces cut from our Slate Striped Twist Ties!  Who would have guessed that we would some day be using the equivalent of bread ties to decorate our layouts? It is easy to cut a piece, twist it around the twine, and just bend it into shape. They are, after all, wired and simple to shape.

Top Left Hand Corner
Bottom Right Hand Corner
You will also see Mid-town Cork Shapes used on this layout both in the top left hand corner and the bottom right hand corner. These are easy to use as you can peel off the backing to find that they already have adhesive on them. They are also considered to be part of the color-ready collection of products so while I chose to leave them as is, you could add some color to them by sponging the edges. 

Remember to come back on Monday to see the next ProPlayer layout!  Enjoy!

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

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Paper Trail Has Been Frosted!

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail blog hop on which we will feature artwork created using the Frosted paper collection. The hop is a continuous circle, so if you have arrived here from Amy's blog, welcome! If, instead, you are starting here, do take the time to visit the other participants' blogs to see what they have to offer.

This month, I am featuring a set of notecards, the pattern for which has become one of my favorites since I developed it for my annual team training event. With just 1 sheet of patterned paper, I can cut all of the pieces for 6 cards. The only additional cardstock is just a bit used for the stamping the image. By adding them to our card bases which are available in a value pack of 50 (which includes envelopes) sprinkling them with a few embellishments, and adding the stamped focal point, my cards are done in little time at all! 

For embellishments, I first chose our Hexagonal Irresistibles, chipboard elements that, when sponged with ink (I used Twilight), show off the resist pattern. I think it's a brilliant idea! Two of the cards showcase our Silver Shimmer Trim and all of them sport a few clear sparkles.

The focal point is the Simple Snowflake. It is so simple, in fact, that it is one of our new M-sized stamps. Each one of these stamps comes as a single image and is only $2.95!!!

Two of these cards made an appearance in an earlier blog post. Check them out here to see how the same pattern looks using the Huntington Paper Packet.

The Frosted Paper Packet is unique in that while it features several colors from our regular line, it also includes colors that are known as "kit exclusive" colors. These exclusive colors are only available in a particular paper packet but can be easily coordinated with the regular colors in the collection. 
Frosted Paper Packet

In this paper packet, the exclusive colors include both Frosted Grey and Frosted Turquoise. They are supported with Champagne and Colonial White and can easily supported inks such as Whisper and Slate. In addition, the muted tone of the papers lends itself to adding a bold splash of color. Try Twilight if you want a color in the same general color family, or for something bolder, add Ruby to the mix! 

Now it's time to continue so hop on over to Karen's blog to see what she has to offer!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Babycakes on The Paper Trail

Welcome to the October edition of The Paper Trail blog hop! This month, we are featuring papers from the Babycakes Paper Packet. While you may have arrived here from Betsy's blog, it is a circular blog so you can start anywhere to enjoy the artwork that each blogger has to offer.

Has the name of a paper collection ever kept you from purchasing it or kept you from using it for other than the theme suggested by the title? It's easy to put a paper aside thinking that it is only meant for that particular theme. Babycakes could be just such a paper collection, but I'm here to change your mind about what can be done with it!

That's right blog fans! This page was done with Babycakes, a collection that you might think is all about infants and all things cute!

First, I cut the overlay from the polka dot patterned paper. The tree is all included so once I popped it onto a piece of chocolate cardstock, it was ready for a few extra pieces to make it come to life. For the leaves, I chose two cardstock colors (Buttercup and Sunset) that are featured in the paper packet and tossed in some New England Ivy to achieve a true autumn feel for the page.

It was simple to add details to the leaves. First, I creased them down the middle and sanded both the edges and the crease. Sponging with chocolate ink added interest to the leaves and a bit of layering finished the look. The large photo mat was also sponged to soften the edges.

Look closely at the "Autumn" title and you will see that it is made up of 2 words cut exactly the same size and layered to create a shadow effect. If you look even closer, you will see just a few Brown and Tan Sparkles sprinkled among the leaves.

When you look at the entire paper collection, you will find that the only print that is particularly juvenile is the giraffe print, so it is easy to use nearly all of the papers for any number of projects. In fact, I used leaves cut from the alphabet print that is the reverse of the polka dots to layer with the leaves in the top right and bottom left corners of the page! Once they were inked and layered, the alphabet became only a bit of texture!

Can you guess where I got those alphabet leaves? That's right! They are just a couple of the bits cut from the tree overlay. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Connie's blog to see what she has on display this month!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Huntington is on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from Connie's blog, you are on the right track. As always, however, the blog hop is circular, so you can start and end anywhere!

This month, let me introduce you to the warm, autumn colors of the Huntington paper collection. Interestingly enough, while we often consider such colors as Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red, Desert Sand, and Olive to be typical fall colors, this paper collection is beautifully woven with two grays, Slate and Whisper. These grays bring a certain distinction and depth to the color combination. I just love it!

Made with the September Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings, this card showcases one of those grays. You can see the difference it makes when used in combination with the more traditional autumn colors. Another interesting fact to note is that the small wooden embellishments on the card are actually part of the Sarita Assortment.  While the assortment is designed to coordinate with the Sarita papers, it is a perfect example of how easily you can mix and match all of the fun little goodies we use in our creations!

The next set of cards is an example of how quick and easy it can be to make a selection of thank you cards with the Huntington paper. Notice how the placement of the paper pieces is reversed in each card, making each one of the pair look quite different.  The cards are simply embellished with Durable Square Studs and Irresistible Hexagons. In addition, all of the paper pieces have been sponged with Desert Sand ink.

I will share the remaining cards in the set later in the month so that some of them will still be a surprise to my team members. (Shhh... if you are one of my CTMH team members, "mum's the word" as this is part of one of the sets of cards that you will be creating at our team training "stamp camps"!!! I think you will love them!)

Thanks for visiting and do come back soon. Now head on over to Amy's blog to see what she has to offer. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Paper Trail meets Laughing Lola

Welcome to this month's edition of the Paper Trail blog hop. If you have arrived here from Lynne's blog, you're in the right place, but as always, it is a circular blog and you can start and end anywhere. Take time to enjoy artwork from several talented consultants as we introduce the first of our selections from the brand new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book.

That's right, folks. The new Idea Book goes live today and we are featuring papers from the Laughing Lola collection. This paper packet is rich with standard colors such as Black, Gypsy, and White Daisy along with the kit exclusive colors of Laughing Lola Blue, Laughing Lola Gold, and Laughing Lola Purple. These colors work together to make papers that are terrifically festive and fun!

Speaking of fun and festivity, what could be more fun than little banners and bling! I just loved taking the time to create this card full of touches to take it to the next level! The papers were paired with the new stamp set, D1555-All the Details, to create a card sure to brighten anyone's day.

Multiple layers of color and pattern set the stage for a cheery greeting accented by a sparkle flourish and one of the new Aqua Dots embellishments. The greeting could easily be the sentiment for a birthday card or congratulatory message.

Check out the string of banners that were cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, stamped in colors of Gypsy, Black and Lagoon, and laced with black and white Baker's Twine. To make this job as simple as can be, I first used glue dots to position the banners in a pleasing curve. A tapestry needle then made the job of adding the twine very simple. Lastly, I used snippets of a zip strip from one of the papers to make the two narrower banners on the twine. They were simply folded over the twine and adhered with more glue dots. It was quick and simple!

Look closely and you will see additional Aqua Dots dancing around the line of banners along with clear sparkles to finish the celebratory feel of the card. Enjly!

Now hop on over to Mary's blog to see what she has created with the Laughing Lola collection!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Surf's Up on The Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's version of the Paper Trail blog hop! This month we are kickin' back and celebrating with the Surf's Up paper collection. If you have arrived here from Tracey's blog, then you are on the right trail. Of course, being a circular hop, you can start and stop anywhere you see fit!

I have chosen to keep my selection short and sweet this month and concentrate on the fact that while the Surf's Up title might conjure up images of sand and beaches, this paper collection has choices that can be as versatile as ever! Let's take a look at my card project.

This card is as simple as can be and yet with just a bit of texture and bling, it will be a welcome sight in someone's mailbox. Once covered, the white card base provides the narrow border on the card and the first layer features a showcase of texture on Lagoon cardstock. This cardstock layer was run thru my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder whose pattern mimics the swirls of the patterned paper on the card.

That patterned paper sports a variety of blues and greens and I chose the deep Ponderosa Pine to mat my patterned paper rectangle along with both the stamped focal point and the banner-shaped sentiment. Look how rich it looks against the Lagoon background! The Lagoon color is seen again in all of the stamping-both the dragonfly and the sentiment.

Once the stamping was complete, the pieces were sponged with Lagoon ink. It is just amazing to me to see what a bit of sponging can do to a completed piece!

There you have it! A card completed in the blink of an eye and papers that provide just enough interest to make a balanced project. A smidgen of Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel dresses up the dragonfly just perfectly. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Karen's blog to see what she has to offer!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fun with Ribbon and Trims

If you are like me, you like all of the fun embellishments that we, as papercrafters, can use in our stamping and scrapbooking projects. This video, from CTMH, shares some wonderful ideas to step your project up to the next level!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tommy's on the Paper Trail Blog Hop!

This month, the Paper Trail bloggers are showing artwork featuring the bold colors and nautical feel of the Tommy paper collection. Wait until you see what this paper has inspired! If you have arrived here from Connie's blog, you're on the right track, but then, as  a always, it's circular hop so you can start anywhere!

I must admit that once I started working with this paper collection, it was tough to stop. The crisp clean colors are right up my alley and the theme calls my name being a Navy wife! First of all, let's take a look at my hinged display tray. This was my first time making one of these and I could do them over and over. It amazed me to see how quickly it came together with just a sprinkling of photos, a bit of paper and a few embellishments! It's like a little story in a frame!

Let's move on to some quick cards to say thank you to a favorite someone! On this card, you will find a bit of paper along with some of the coordinating embellishments.


If you look closely, you will see that each pair of cards is the same pattern with the same paper but each card sports slightly different embellishments. It was so simple!

But wait! What if you are all ready to make up some layouts now that you've fallen in love with these papers? I've got that covered too! Let's take a peek... 

Notice that all three layouts feature the same pattern. Rotated in different directions and switched from side to side you can have a new look each time. This layout sports a collection of pennants that is so quick to do with a combination of Cricut cuts and Complements Canvas Shapes!

Moving on, our next layout uses a bit of hemp knotted down the left-hand side of the page and embellished with more of the canvas shapes, this time popped up for a bit of dimension. Can you see that it is the same pattern as the first layout?
Lastly, we have an especially quick layout, simply embellished and done in the blink of any eye. Do you see the descriptive words displayed on the banner shape in the upper left-hand corner of the left page? Can you guess where I got those? If you guessed from the zip strip on the edge of the patterned paper, you're right! You may also that when placing the spinner canvas shape in the lower right-hand corner of the right page, I placed the arrow piece beyond the larger empty space. Why? That space is the perfect place to add a tiny bit of journaling. It may only be a date or name, but it may be just the thing you need to finish your page.

Now it's time to hop on over to Tracey's blog to see what she has to offer! Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cricut Artiste-The Father's Day Key on the Paper Cupcake Blog Hop

Welcome to our Paper Cupcake Blog Hop on which this month we are featuring the Father's Day key from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. If you have arrived here from Heather's blog, you are on the right track although it is, of course, a circular blog so you can go round and round to enjoy each of the featured ideas!

The project that I designed for you this month can be made in the blink of an eye and provides you with a fun gift just for Dad! It features one of our clever little My Creations Kraft Containers along with papers from the Later Sk8r collection. At 3" wide and 5-3/4" tall, there is plenty of room to fill it with any number of Dad's favorite things.  It is simple to cut pieces to wrap around the cylindrical container and its lid. Do you see the fun little strip of words? That is just the "zip strip" from the top of one of the sheets of patterned paper!

Now you're ready for the fun! Using images featured on the Father's Day key, I cut the classic plaid shirt along with tie, pocket, and #1 Dad. The shirt is intended to be a card, so I folded it as usual and then adhered the back and front together before adding it to the front of the container. Check out the pattern on the tie! The tie is cut from Outdoor Denim cardstock that I ran thru my Cuttlebug using the Little Bubbles embossing folder. Just a bit of sanding resulted in a fun design just right for a stylish Dad!

I layered the #1 Dad sentiment on White Daisy and Pear cardstock and then popped it onto a Foundry Pin Clip that has been attached with glue dots to the inside of the pocket.  Just a bit of 3-D foam tape keeps the sentiment in place.

Here's a peek at all of the images available on this key.

What if you have a Dad who loves to stand out in the crowd? Check out the same project made with the  Dream Pop paper collection, available only during the month of May for National Scrapbooking Month! Get this fabulous 24-sheet collection for just $10 when you spend $35. You'll get retro prints in a variety of cheery colors and cardstock that is plain on one side and embossed with shiny designs on the other!

All that's left for you to do is to decide what you will put inside your container! A traditional tie or pair of socks would fit nicely but so would favorite candy, small tools, a gift card or two, fishing lures, a special coffee, or even desk accessories. You could even fill it with coupons for things to do for Dad such as washing his car or taking him to a movie. Use your imagination!

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

See You Later Sk8r on the Paper Trail

Welcome to this month's Paper Trail Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from Vicki's blog, you're on the right track though with it being a simple circular blog, you can start anywhere! 

This month, we invite you to enjoy the cool blues and greens of the Later Sk8r paper collection. I'll admit that I have a soft spot for the color blue and with so many variations of the color in this paper, it was inevitable that it would be one of my favorites in the current Idea Book.

I kept it simple by featuring the fun images in the May Stamp of the Month-Pinwheel and had such a good time pulling out a bit of this and that to make the card sing! It probably helped that at the time I was creating, I was nestled in the mountains of Virginia with a group of friends and had all the time in the world to play with paper and ink!

Outdoor Denim, Pear and Lagoon inks bring the pinwheels to life as they are grounded on a background of Pear cardstock along with a classic plaid. Even the hints of Slate in the paper are reinforced with a sliver of matting and some bits of trimmed polka-dot washi tape. Add a bit of sparkle with a few lines of Green Glitz Glitter Gel and the card is ready to brighten a special friend's day!

Ready for more? Hop on over to Tracey's blog to see what she has to offer. Enjoy!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cricut Artiste- The Mother's Day Key on the Paper Cupcake Blog Hop

Welcome to our little blog hop featuring the "Mother's Day" key from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. This versatile cartridge is one of two currently available exclusively through Close to My Heart. If you have arrived here from Patty's blog, you're on the right track. It is, however, a circular blog, so you can continue on around as many times as you like as you enjoy all of the ideas.

One of my strengths in teaching scrapbooking classes is to show you how to create a number of different looks with papers from one paper collection. Let's dig a little deeper.

First of all, let's take a closer look at the Chantilly paper packet.  At first glance, our eye is drawn to the pastels featured in the papers. Upon closer inspection, however, we find Buttercup, Champagne, Cotton Candy, Outdoor Denim, Pear, Ruby, Sunset, Twilight. (Did you know that all of the colors featured in a paper packet are listed on the "zip strip" of the patterned paper? Brilliant!) Outdoor Denim? Ruby? Twilight? Those colors are definitely other than pastels! In examining the papers, however, we find that, sure enough, there are bits of each of those colors woven into the designs!

With a couple of pieces of patterned paper, some Ruby cardstock, and a bit of Black Glitter Paper I set out to create a look that was much different from pastel. Here is what I designed:

It was simple to go from pastel to powerful just by using one of the deeper colors from the collection. Now let's see where the Cricut shapes came into play. 

First, check out the designs that can be created all from this one key (right). In the top right hand corner, you can see the shapes that I used for this layout. Using the tuiip key, I cut 3 different colors for each tulip to give it a stronger presence on the page.
Each tulip includes ruby, cotton candy, and blush cardstocks. Swirls cut from the black glitter paper serve to ground the tulips in the design. Sanding the edges of the tulip shapes and adhering them in a fan shape balances the entire featured element. Complete the look with a few of the Chantilly Assortment embellishments along with some sparkles and your page comes to life! (see detail on left). Once my photos and journaling are added, I will have a rich layout chock full of personality. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Rosie's blog to see what she has created.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Paper Trail- Flipping for Claire

Welcome to the April edition of the Paper Trail blog hop! This month, we are featuring the crisp spring colors from the Claire paper packet. If you have come here from Karen's blog, you're on the right track. Of course, with it being a circular trail, you can start anywhere you like! Once you've perused my projects, check for a link to the next stop on the Paper Trail.

My projects begin with a layout simply created and simply embellished. Notice how easily the Hollyhock (pink) and Sunset (orange) stand beautifully together, enhanced with a splash of Outdoor Denim (dark blue).

Top Left-hand Cluster
The chosen embellishments include the Claire canvas complements clustered with Irresistible Chipboard frames, some inked paper butterflies, a couple of fun little acrylic flowers and a few sparkles.

The chipboard frames are just a terrific accessory to have on hand as they can be sponged
Bottom Right-hand Cluster
 with any ink color. They include a variety of designs that appear as the resist works its magic!

Now let's take a look at another project using a different selection of papers from the Claire collection. You're just going to flip over this layout!
Layout with Flip Flaps Closed
Take note of the fact that while this features different papers, the pattern is the same! Can you believe how different it looks? The best part is yet to come! This layout uses Flip Flaps, differently-sized page protectors that can be adhered to the outside of your regular 12"x12" protector to allow for plenty of extra space for more photos or special journaling. Watch closely as we check out the pages with the flip flaps open.....
Layout with Flip Flaps Open
Look at all of the additional space that awaits your photos and stories! It is truly remarkable!

Are you ready for even more Claire creations? Hop on over to Tracey's blog to see what she has to offer!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Look What's Buzzin' on the Paper Trail

Check out what's buzzin' on the Paper Trail this month! If you have arrived here from Amy's Blog, then you are on the right track. Of course, it is a circular hop, so can simply start and stop anywhere along the way! 

This month, we have chosen the playful designs and colors of the Buzz and Bumble paper collection. Featuring bumblebees, stripes, and a variety of textures and patterns, there are wonderful choices for your creative projects. Check below for a glimpse at all of the papers included in this collection.

I have been having such fun playing with our new My Creations Kraft Cylinder that I decided to feature one made with these fun papers! The cylinder is a generous 3" wide and nearly 6" tall which gives you plenty of room to fill it with gifts or goodies galore.

Look closely and you will see the houndstooth strip at the top of the lid. It started life as a zip strip on the top of the sheet of patterned paper. The glittery strip just below the lid is none other than our Silver Shimmer Trim colored with one of our alcohol markers! The fun burlap knot and flower cut from our Cricut Artiste cartridge combine to give it a bit of a shabby, chic look and it's ready to go.

With bees on the outside, the inside might hold a selection of teas and a honey dipper or a little first aid kit to "bee" prepared. Choose another paper for a quick change of themes be it juvenile, formal, or playful. Think about birthdays, Mother's Day, and even teacher gifts. It is affordable and fun to fill. Enjoy!

Now hop on over to Karen's blog to see what's buzzin' there!
Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet