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Saturday, 31 October 2015

White Pines Hearts of the West Blog Hop

White Pines Christmas Cards

Welcome to the Hearts of the West blog hop for November! This month, we are focusing on the White Pines paper and how we can use it for our projects. Halloween is over and everyone is starting to gear up for Christmas, and this paper is perfect for the cards you send to family and friends!

If you got here from Kerry's blog, you are in the right place, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Nancy's blog for the complete list of hoppers!

As you hop through our blogs, please leave your comments as we love to hear your thoughts on our work, whether it is something you would like information about or a technique you would love to try, or something else.

My project this month is a series of Christmas cards from the White Pines Card Making Workshop on the Go, and two that are my version of a birthday card I found on Pinterest. 




The two cards below are my version of the birthday card I saw on Pinterest (sorry. I don't have the name of the original pinner...) and I converted to a Christmas card. The Cranberry banners are cut at 3" X 1" and the White Pines overlays are 2.75" X .75". The first set I cut by hand, but then I had the brainstorm to see if I could cut them with my Cricut! They are on the Art Philosophy cartridge! Yay!! So much easier getting them the correct size. The ornament mat is cut at 2" and the White Daisy overlay is cut just slightly smaller. The sparkles are from a WOTG last Fall and are no longer available. 




Not sure I like this one - still thinking about it. The circles were cut with the Close to my Heart 2" scalloped circle punch. The Peace and Joy stamp is from the Frosted card making workshop of last Christmas so is no longer available.



That's it for this month! I am the last stop on this hop so you can return to Nancy's blog and start over if you like! Please join us next month when we will be focusing on the beautiful Kaleidoscope paper pack. 



Thursday, 15 October 2015

Try Your Hand at Artistry

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring the new Cricut Artistry bundle. We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers, whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do. By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you. Now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle in Nova Scotia. If you came from Brandy's blog then you are in the right place!

I really love our Cricut cartridges, and this newest one will certainly add new dimension to your paper crafting! Each of our cartridges has 700 images (imagine! 700!!) from basic shapes to fonts to overlays and everything in between! Each image can be cut larger for a scrapbook layout or smaller for a card by using Real Dial Size. Also, by using Contour in Design Space or Hide Contour in Cricut Craft Room, you can delete any spaces inside the image to make a solid image to place behind the original image as shown in this card.



I selected the image (Background, <q>) in Design Space and then copied it. I selected the copied image and clicked Contour so that I could delete all of the spaces inside the image. Then I cut them both out and adhered the top one onto the solid one to give an interesting background. The sentiment is from Wavy Blooms (D1651) stamped in Cocoa, and I added the three clear gems just because! 

I also cut out a few other images I am going to use in a mini-album for my pooches! They are all found on the Artistry cartridge as well (Icon 1, <9>; Icon 1, <shift>, <9>; Icon 2, <9>; Icon 2, <Shift>, <Brace>). I still have to make the mini and will post photos once it is done, and I need to cut out some more images...


For more information on the fantastic Cricut Artistry cartridge, here's Karly from Close to my Heart to tell you more!


That's it for this month! Thanks for hopping along with us! I hope you leave your comments as you go through our hop as we love to hear what you think, whether it is a technique you like or something you would like more information about. Your next stop is Heather's blog for some more beautiful artwork! See you next month when our theme will be Preparing for Christmas.