Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Days of FUN!

If you really know me, then you know that Halloween is my FAV - orite holiday!  It started when my kids were little - a simple holiday,.... two costumes to make and some candy to buy for the kids!  EZPZ!

Well it has morphed into so much more since then.   I look forward to October so I can decorate my house and consume as much pumpkin 'anything' until I am sick of the flavor!

So come join me for "10 days of FRIGHTFULLY Creative Halloween FUN" October 21-October 31st...


Monday, October 13, 2014

H2H Challenge Blog Color Inspiration

This weeks challenge is a color challenge using Goldrush, Lagoon, Cranberry and Desert Sand.

Sometimes these color challenges are very difficult for me to do because I can not visualize the color combo.  But this one had tons of possibilities and I selected a card design from the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge to work with.  I used the color palette from Design Space ( I wish they had RGB codes ) to what I thought would be the closest color match.

If you would like the Design Space file it can be found here.

The front was rather naked so I added some stamping to a colonial white mat. I stamped the "hello" from the included stamp set and the flower is from D1550 Happy Autumn.  I also used one of my favorite techniques of tissue inking to combine the Goldrush and Cranberry inks in the flower. The leaves are using another technique called Rock and Roll

Here is a video from CTMH featuring the Rock and Roll technique.

Card Front -  cut at 3.5 x 5.0"

This card is sized 3 .75 x 5.25.  I am still trying to find the correct sizing in DS.
 I hope you will participate this month and add your design to the linky found here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The SOTM ShinHan Marker Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Shinhan Marker Blog Hop!  Our group is so excited to share with a number you a number of 'extra' hops throughout the year featuring the wonderful products offered through Close to My Heart.

This hop we are featuring the brand new Shinhan markers by Close to My Heart and if you get lost along the way, please check out the blog list in Melinda's post here.

if you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Melinda's blog here . 

This month I was inspired by a technique post by the Splitcoast Stampers here.  The technique uses alcohol markers and so I decided to play around a bit with it using our Shinhan markers.  if you would like to try it out yourself, you can check the video that is included in the post.

The first step was to decide what paper pack and markers I was going to use.
I started playing with the Seaside paper pack and I scribbled a few colors to see if they would work.

Then I followed the directions to start my first marbling...

I spritzed the inks using our spray pen and rubbing alcohol.

Did you notice how the inks bubble up?

Then I dragged the glossy card stock against the inks following the original directions and the finished card bases turned out beautifully!

I stamped them using our black dye ink and the image was perfect on the glossy card stock.

I must admit being a hoarder and using retired CTMH product is a 'plus' in doing this technique. (I used X123 Glossy White Papers - in 8 1/2 " x 11" size)

Here are the finished cards...but wait - there's more!!

5 x 7  Birthday card

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 "  Congrats Window card

X7192 Seaside paper pack
D1609 Seaside Greetings
Black stamp pad
Hemp - retired

Shinhan markers:
Z2456 Mahogany
Z2451 Clay
Z2462 Peony Purple
Z2453 Lavender
Z2460 Pastel Peach
Z2449 Cerulean Blue Light
Z2458 Marine Blue

Here is the Explore file for the window card that I created when I designed this card.

I am unable to share the Explore file even though I designed it.  I do have the SVG file I designed in my Pazzles software.  If you are not familiar with the Pazzles company, they have FREE SVGs here- give them a try!

If you want the SVG file, it is here.

Steps to complete when you open it up in Cricut Design space:

Insert the image as a VECTOR UPLOAD into Design Space:

Change the Size to W= 5.5 and H= 12.0 (Unlock the proportion tool)

Change the RED lines to the scoring tool.

Select the entire design and the ATTACH everything. (This important step puts all of the included shapes into one score/cut file) Be sure to load your scoring tool to score the card and then cut the card shape.

This card was a 'reject'!

I decided after I added the cross stitch to the card that it didn't work... I had an absolutely wonderful time playing with my markers and this technique.  I am 'not so good' at coloring but this technique fits my style!

I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial post and try out this technique.

Now it is off to Michelle's blog here...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

H2H "Selfie" Challenge

Sometimes life gets in the way... and this was one of those weeks!  You all know what I am talking about and so I missed the posting for the "Selfie" scrapbook challenge on the H2h Challenge blog here...  

But here it is Saturday night and I am trying to play catch-up... so I hope you enjoy my Studio J post!

My husband and I are 'too old' for the "selfie" thing,.... but I did take a picture of us on our recent cruise and we stopped at Victoria, British Columbia. 

What a beautiful city!  I thoroughly enjoyed the day and here is our layout!

I used the Wanderful paper pack from Studio J - that is the ONLY way I am getting some of my pages completed!

Please join us and add your linky here...  I am working on the other side of the page now and it will be completed before you know it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

I have started my posts several times this year with - "where did this year go?" and today is no exception!

If you have been hopping with us, then you have arrived from Casandra's blog here and you have checked out her stinkin' cute layout!  If you get lost along the way, you can always return to Melinda's list here for a complete list.

This month's stamp of the month is all about Christmas..  WHAT?  Christmas already?!  My husband has not started complaining but he will be soon.  

This stamp is a collection of tags and I was trying to think outside the box, but that project is in the works.  Hopefully I will get it done later in the week.  

I decided to create a tag box using the CTMH Artiste cartridge.  I created the design found on page 49 here.

In the Cricut Explore, the design comes in grouped and I enlarged it to fit the 12" x 12" sheet of paper.  It looked like this.  You will find the CRICUT EXPLORE FILE HERE.

I added a strip of New England Ivy cardstock .75 x 4.75  and scored each end at .75.  I changed the top and created a decorated flap instead of a slide-on top.

I am not real happy with the photo as my tablet does not take as nice pictures as my Nikon.  It is going to be a long 2 months until Christmas....  I cut a sheet of tags in both White Daisy and Colonial white.  You can find the CRICUT EXPLORE FILE HERE.


X7187 Yuletide Paper Pack

Z2170 Ruby Stamp pad

Z2135 New England Ivy Stamp pad

Z2118 Desert Sand Stamp pad

Z2174 Champagne Stamp pad

Now it is off to Melinda's blog here to check out here absolutely darling card using this stamp set.

Monday, September 22, 2014

H2H challenge - My FAV -orite tool

Well I must admit that this is tough one!   But the battle lines have been drawn and the tool is....

The sponge dauber!

Yep!  All of you are scratching your head BUT think of all of the times you have reached for this small little tool, the not too expensive one and used it!  So for me, that entitles it to my FAV-orite tool!

But alas, I must admit I have a close second, not CTMH either..  "Oh, no" , one exclaims!

Yes- I love my Pazzles!!  The digital paper cutter that I can design and cut any type of design that I desire!  But that's Ok because here is a fall card that I created using my TWO FAV-orite tools and life is good...

I used the"Print and Cut" feature of the machine to create the canning jar. Then I stamped the images, cut them up and sponged them a bit and glued them to the card.  This card is perfect for any fall occasion- right?!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a bit of fall in your hometown- ME?  not so much...

Please join us here and share a design with your favorite tool!