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!