Monday, February 27, 2012

Art Nouveau Button Flower Card with CTMH Footloose, Art Philosophy

This card shows a completely different side of the Footloose paper pack.  My last two projects focused on the ocean feel of this paper but while I was playing with it I kept thinking that some of the papers had an almost Art Nouveau feel.  I started by cutting the flower shapes and vase from the Art Philosophy Cartridge and then added some stacked buttons to bling it up.

Here's a close up of the button stack using the fabulous Blue Button Assortment and a new Bling button from the Bohemian Collection.

If you'd like to make this card, get these supplies:
Paper:  Footloose
Ink:  Olive
Stamps:  Card Word Puzzle (for Happy Birthday)

Friday, February 24, 2012

6x6 Accordian Album with Footloose and Compliments

This is the first project I made with Footloose and the coordinating Compliments Dimensional Elements.  Its taken almost directly from the CTMH corporate site where they post bonus projects you can make with leftovers from your Workshop on the Go kits.  Click here to get the cutting directions.

This is the view of the front cover, back cover and two interior pages of the folding accordian album (the front has Fun in the Sun and the Seahorse).

Here are the interior pages of the album:
I had enough printed chipboard to make yesterday's card plus a couple of leftover pieces for future projects - gotta love that!

To make this project, get these supplies:
Paper:  Footloose
Stamps:  Rustic Alphabet (for the word FUN)
Other: Footloose Compliments Dimensional Elements, 6x6 Accordian Chipboard AlbumSanding Kit

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wishing you Sunshine with CTMH Footloose and Compliments Dimensional Elements

I have a kiddo who loves all water creatures - from frogs and salamanders to starfish and whales - if it spends most of its time in water he is interested in it.  When I saw the fun Footloose paper and coordinating printed chipboard Compliments I knew I had to make some Ocean themed stuff for my guy.

I made a fun mini-album with the dimensional elements and these were a few of the pieces left over from that project.  I needed something else to help anchor my banner so I made some starfish using the AP cartridge's chubby star shape.  I simply scored down the middle of the star points, inked up the ridges with Chocolate ink and puffed up the middle with some pop dots.  Super cute and super easy!

If you'd like to make this card, get these supplies:
Paper:  Footloose
Ink:  Chocolate

Monday, February 20, 2012

Look Who's Turning 11 Birthday Card with CTMH Superhero and Look Who's

If you've visited me before, you know I'm a sucker for CTMH stamps.  I have a huge collection that grows with every Idea Book.  When I saw the new stamp set called "Look Who's" in the new Idea Book I fell in love with the banner image that says party AND the awesome scalloped frame with "look who's turning" and "birthday wishes for someone special".  Its just such an adorable emblem to add to a card or scrapbook page.

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges is a sketch challenge - one of my favorite kinds!  I'll show you the sketch at the bottom of the post and you'll see how perfectly it fits this stamp set!

Close up of the fun Glitz covered cupcakes and emblem:

If you'd like to make this project, get these supplies:
Paper:  Superhero
Stamps:  Look Who's

And here's the sketch:

I hope you'll join in the fun at Heart2Heart Challenges this week and link a project inspired by this sketch!  Its so much fun and the only limit on what you do is that it must contain some CTMH product!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Coolsville - Population 1 with CTMH Cruisin' and Cocktail

If you've ever seen the animated movie Iron Giant, in it the kid is playing around in the scrapyard and says "Welcome to Coolsville, population 1".  I absolutely love that phrase and the retro 1950's feel of the Cruisin' paper pack reminded me of that movie setting.  I think it makes for a cute guy card!

Here's the inside top flap:

If you'd like to make this card, get these supplies:
Other:  Red Glitz Glitter Gel, Durables (metal adhesive shapes)

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Over the Hill (on a bike) card with CTMH Cruisin', Just a Number, Enjoy Life

I literally squealed when I saw the new "Just a Number" slightly snarky birthday stamp set in the new Idea Book.  My family tends to be a wee bit snarky amongst ourselves (not mean - just jokey) and I knew this stamp set would be perfect for cards for us.  This sentiment paired perfectly with the bike from "Enjoy Life" and the map paper from Cruisin'.

I'm loving our new Baker's Twine!

If you'd like to make this card, get these supplies:
Paper:  Cruisin'
Stamps:  Just a Number (sentiment), Enjoy Life (bike)

This card is actually based on one I did last summer - I just changed up the colors and made space for the sentiment.  Don't you just love it when you get inspired by older projects?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with sweetness, fun and love!  Here is a little treat holder tag I made for my kids using the Art Philosophy cartridge and an older Martha Stewart border punch.  They're each getting a small box of chocolates too.  Daddy got the BIG box of chocolates because his has to share with me - LOL.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 



Monday, February 13, 2012

A Tweet Card with CTMH Stella

I love the way this little bird turned out! I started off by rolling the edges of the bird stamp in Cocoa ink and then used a waterbrush to add the Lagoon and Olive inks to the main body.
Don't you just love the new color-ready Seam Binding?  10 yards of ribbon with beautiful hand that you can color in ANY of our 60 colors to match your project - LOVE IT!
This card also qualifies for this week's Heart2Heart Challenge - use 1 stamp, 2 pattern papers and 3 accessories!  If you'd like to play along with Heart2Heart Challenges, here is the link for this week's challenge:
If you'd like to make this project, get these supplies:
Stamps:  A Tweet

Friday, February 10, 2012

Round Birthday Card with CTMH Stella plus tip for rolled Roses

With our Art Philosophy cartridge I'm finally starting to get into making round cards because its SOOO much easier to make big circles and other shapes.  Here is another card with our beautiful new Stella pack, sigh... I adore this romantic bohemian paper!

Here's a trick I just figured out for making your 3-D flowers smoosh and loosen up with a natural look:
1. Roll your flower, glue it down (I use a fast drying glue by Aileens for these) and let the glue set up. It doesn't have to be 100% dry but it needs to be holding the shape.
2. Spritz with a light mist of water (I use an empty stamp cleaning spray bottle) and use an acrylic block to smoosh your flower down a bit.
3. Let dry (about 5 minutes) and adhere to your project.

It makes the petals spread out a bit without tearing and flattens the whole flower for a more natural look. I love how it curls the very edges of the petals too!

If you'd like to make this project, get these supplies:
Paper:  Stella
Ink:  Cocoa

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Boy and Girl Layouts with the same stamp set

This is a great video from CTMH corporate showing how versatile stamps are - make the exact same layout but change up colors for a boy or girl look. That's why I *lurve* stamping - its so cost effective when you can use one set over and over again with new colors and new techniques!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CTMH Stella and Just for You

I've been a busy girl getting artwork ready for an upcoming Open House celebration and over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing the art I created for each of the 8 new paper packs!  Its always so exciting to get a new book - the new stamps, the new color combinations, the papers and accessories...  There is definitely a reason why I'm a consultant!

The first kit I'm showcasing is called Stella - a wonderful bohemian mix with a sewing motif.  Here I've paired it with a fabulous Cricut coordinating stamp called "Just for You" and some of our new color-ready seam binding that I've colored with Olive ink.
Loving those big bling buttons we carry!

If you'd like to make this card, get these supplies:
Paper:  Stella, Black CS
Stamps:  Just for You
Ink:  Garden Green, Olive, Lagoon, Black
Other:  Bling Assortment, Sparkles

Monday, February 6, 2012

Champagne and Chocolate for Valentine's Day

Champagne, chocolate and Valentine's Day - they just seem to go together!  This year I probably won't be indulging in the champagne because I've been on Ibuprophen for the aches and pains of training for my black belt but I still wanted to give my husband a treat in celebration of the love we share (not to mention thanking him for all the massages he gives to my sore muscles).  I whipped up a door hanger from the Art Philosophy cartridge which is perfect to hang from a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider and fill with some chocolates.

I also made a couple of cute 4x4" heart cutout cards from the AP cartridge with Black cardstock and filled the openings with our cute Roxie paper.  I'm thinking I'll slip one inside of his computer bag telling him to hurry home on Valentine's night!

After 23 years of having him as my Valentine, I'm still over the moon in love with my husband Mark!  Here's to you babe!

I hope you've been inspired to create something for your special Valentine! 

If you'd like to make this project, get these supplies:
Stamp:  Mad About You (December SOTM)
Ink:  Black, Tulip
Other:  Art Philosophy Cartridge, Signo Uni-ball White Gel Pen, Ribbon (retired Organdy but our new Seam Binding would be perfect), Red Baker's Twine (Paper Source)

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