Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Use Your Stash - Plain and Simple Does It!

When I saw this month's theme of Plain and Simple Cards, I was thinking this is what I usually do anyway. But then I did some research and found that my plain and simple cards are really not that plain and simple. This turned out to be a bit of a challenge for me! This one is about as plain and simple as I can get!

I am the second hopper this month so if you got here from Rachel's blog, you are on the right track. If you get lost, just head back to her blog for the list of hoppers.

For this hop, I dug through my stash of stamps and decided to create some Christmas Cards. Yes, it is still 4 months away, but no time like the present to get started! Then I realized it is my niece's 17th birthday, so made a birthday card instead.

I used a piece of the Dream Pop paper and cut it to 4" X 5.25" and adhered it to a Dessert Sand 5.5" X 4.25" base. This colour reminds me of Orange Sherbet and Creamsicles! YUM!!

The cupcake and icing were cut using the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. I stamped the bottom of the cupcake with Hollyhock ink and the icing with Chocolate, then swirled some liquid glass over the icing and sprinkled it with Prisma Glitter. I added the Glitter Tape as an afterthought because it needed something else. The Happy Birthday was stamped in Chocolate Pigment Ink on the flip side of the Dream Pop used for the card front and then cut out by hand. It was then I realized it could have been cut with the Cricut Artiste cartridge and then stamped. <sigh> The icing and the Happy Birthday are popped up with 3-D Foam Tape. 

If you want more information about any of the wonderful Cricut cartridges that Close to my Heart carries, or anything else Close to my Heart, send me an email or leave a comment here. 

Now head on over to Wendy's blog for some more plain and simple inspiration!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Close to my Heart Kraft Album meets the Cricut Artbooking cartridge!

This month's theme is Kraft - that is, any of our super Kraft items! The 3-ring binder, Kraft tube, ring box - whichever! I have chosen the 3-Ring binder since it is going to be our vacation album for our trip to Florida! The pages aren't done yet, but for now that is fine. The pictures are still waiting for me to send them for printing!

If you came here from Ashley's blog, you are on the right track! But if you get lost along the way, go back to Michelle Stewart in Nova Scotia for the complete list of hoppers!

For my little album, I used a variety of papers as well as the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I LOVE that cartridge!!

The palm tree was cut from a sheet of the B&T from the old Roxie paper pack (the one with the zebra stripes on one side) and the green leaves are Olive. The sun is an overlay from Artbooking cut at the size specified in the handbook from the yellow in the Dream Pop paper pack. The sand at the bottom is actually half of a leaf that I found on Artbooking, stretched and skewed a touch, then cut in half. I also cut the ends off so it fit just right! I made it a bit too big on purpose so I could do that. "Our" and "Vacation" are cut from Colonial White cardstock with letters from Artbooking (what else!?) and welded together using the Cricut Craft Room and then sponged with Topiary Exclusive Ink. (Have I said how much I LOVE the Artbooking cartridge?) The "2013" and "Florida" are the Houndstooth Irresistibles that I also sponged with Topiary Ink.

I popped up the green leaves on the palm tree with some 3-D Foam Tape to give just a bit more dimension.

I hope you like my little album so far. I will post pictures of the pages as I get them done. First, I MUST get my pictures printed!! But with over 1400 to choose from, it is proving to be a difficult task. Oh well. It will get done. I look forward to your comments!

Now hop on over to Kathy's blog for some more artistic talent!!

If you would like information on the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, the Kraft 3-ring Binder or anything else, please leave a comment or go to my website at and send me an email! I would love to show how fantastic this new cartridge is!