Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 5: Artiste Trouble brewing!

Hi all!  I am trying to post this from my phone because my computer decided to try to crash this weekend!  I am hoping I was able to restore it, but I am not using it until I can have some smarter people than I look at it at the Apple Genius Bar!  Thank Goodness I have my photos backed up, although even that was a scare!  Anyway, I hope you are all well and that I can publish some photos of my creations from Artiste soon!  Keep checking back, I will return shortly!!!

I got a card to upload!  This is one I made for my Mom's birthday!  This card uses CTMH
kraft die cut cards and envelopes(z1474) and Stella paper pack (retired).  The Artiste cuts are the circle (accent 3, 1 key), dressform (accent 1,<shift 1> letter q button), and pennant with coordinating stamp set for Artiste ((accent 1, halloween button).
Have a great day!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 4 Artiste: Card Holder

Better late than never, right?  Today ended up being a little busier than I planned, but I still wanted to post my cute little project using our awesome Artiste Cartridge.  This project features a "magazine holder" that hold 5-6 cards and envelopes.  I made the card from the beautiful CTMH Avonlea Card Workshop on the Go.  The kit makes 15 cards so you can actually gift either 2 sets of 6 cards (and keep one of each for yourself) or 3 sets of 5.  I love giving set of cards, especially monogrammed, to teachers as little gifts throughout the year.  I don't know about you, but the teachers my kids have love to write little notes to their kids.  If I can give them something personal and special that I made, it makes me feel great about what I am giving.  My sister who was a teacher always told me the best thing to give teachers is something consumable.  Cards are a perfect gift in so many ways, and this card holder it the perfect way to give it! 
The card holder is actually 2 pieces  the outside wraps around a half box sort of shape.  I then wrapped some of the left over paper from the Avonlea card WOTG around the base for some added decor.  The doily shape was also cut from the scaps of paper at 3.25".  I fed the ribbon through the center hole and made 3 flowers from the Artiste cartridge, Avonlea Off-white @ 2.75" (a paper pack specific color only available in the paper pack), and 2 Smokey plum flowers at 1.75".  The flowers are so easy to make after they are cut, just grab the small end with some tweezers and start wrapping the flower around until you get to the end.  

One of the 3 different type cards you can make from the kit.  I'm sorry the pictures are a little grainy, taking them at night is probably not the best idea. Hopefully I can get tomorrows posted earlier!  

Have a great night!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 3 Artiste: Vintage Birthday

As I said yesterday, it was my Dad's birthday.  So I decided to make a special card for him using the "S" key on the Artiste Cartridge.  This is a fun key because it features 9 different "swing" cards, an envelope and a box to contain cards (like monogrammed cards you give as a gift! You will see another version in the next few days!)  When you open the card, the panel swings to complete the front of the card. 
 To make a standard A2 card (4.25"x5.5") you will cut this at 5.5".  Again the beautiful feature of our cartridges is that they coordinate with each other!  The shape the car is stamped on comes from our Art Philosophy cartridge (bottom row, 6th key (with stocking on it) cut at 2.75" and 2.5" and fits perfectly into that swing part.  The stars (2nd row, last key <shift> at 1", 1.5" 1.75") were also cut from the AP cartridge!

The materials used (all CTMH products unless otherwise stated):
Paper:  Crusin' paper pack (retired), grey flannel cs (retired); Ink: Cranberry, twilight, black; Stamps: WOTG Cruisin' stamp set (retired), Card Chatter-Birthday
Accessories: Sparkles: Black and Grey assortment, Sparkles: Red, Pink and Purple assortment;
 Cricut: Artiste, Art Philosophy

I submitted this for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week: stamp rolling (the signs)! 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day 2 of Artiste: Pumpkins!

This next project I can not completely take credit for.  I saw another consultant make something similar and I absolutely LOVED it, so I made two of my own!  My oldest daughter, Bethany, plays volleyball at her high school.  They assign "sisters" for the members of each division of the volleyball team, so every girl has 2 sisters freshman, JV and varsity.  For home games, they give each other a little treat and a note of encouragement.  It has been a wonderful way to united the different ages and levels of the teams and the girls have really gotten close as a result.  
Well, I love our cricut cartridges because it makes gift giving so easy and cute!  Today's pumpkins are what my daughter is giving to her sisters for the game tonight!  Go Cavs!

The pumpkins were cut from page 32 the number 2 button and the 3D Object button.  I cut these at 4.5" (per the instructions in the booklet).  The beautiful thing about the Artiste Cartridge and booklet is that there is a companion booklet that give illustrated instructions on how to put together the 3D objects!  How great is that!  
The leaf was also cut from the cartridge page 78 Thanksgiving key, <shift> 3D object at 4.75".  I used  the swirls cuttlebug embossing folder (not CTMH) to enhance the bags and leaves and inked over top of them.  Then I finished them off with our burlap ribbon and hemp. So easy!

The side of the bag shows how it contains items and the best part, no adhesives involved!  

The back.  

Materials used (all CTMH unless otherwise specified):
CS: autumn terra-cotta, sweet leaf; Inks Goldrush, Olive; Burlap ribbon, Hemp; Other: Artiste cartridge,  swirls EF (Provo craft), candy!

I also just want to mention that today is my Dad's 75th birthday! WOW, what a life he's led!  I wish I was able to celebrate with him, but instead I will feature his card tomorrow!  Happy Birthday Dad!  We love you SO SO  much!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

My 31 Days of Artiste Begins!

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to show you all the amazing things our Close to my Heart Cricut Artiste Cartridge has to offer.  This first project is a little more involved that I will usually be showing just because it is a home decor item.  It features our Moonlight Paper collection with lots of fun little extras!  To get you in the mood this month, I've made a banner with the "My Creations banner".  With 8 chipboard pieces and rings to attach them together, this was so easy to decorate.  That hardest part was deciding which word to use on it.  
Now, those of you familiar with our paper packs will know that there is this fun little strip of paper at the top that tells the name of the My Reflections collection and the colors used.  On the other side is a printed design that you can use in your paper crafting.  That is where the words strip if from on the first piece.  I used the Artiste Cartridge (Accent 2 of the Halloween/Boo button.  Cut 2 @1.5") to cut out the round accent.  The cricut cuts little score marks so you know exactly where to accordian fold it! Glue together and sponge with black along the outer edge.  I also use the Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements as an accent.  To enhance that just a little, I used the Stardust Glitz Gel and Bronze Glitz Gel.  The "S" banner features a tombstone from the cartridge (Eek/Spooky button, accent 1 @2.5").  I also stamped the mummy from the Workshop on the Go stamp set.  Buying the WOTG gives you the paper, some embellishments and a cute stamp set that all coordinate to make it easier to put together pages and projects.  It also includes a brochure to tell you exactly how to make the featured pages from the kit! Finally I stamped the "happy hauntings" with Versamark and heat embossed it with Black.

The next 2 letters include the "Boo" from the Cartridge @ 2.25"(I just cut the bottom part of the B off to make it a P).  The P is stamped with a retired stamp set (because I love the bats) and the bat was cute from Artiste (Eek/Spooky button Card @1.5"). I needed something to make the P stand out so I also cut that shape from the Halloween/Boo button, Accent 2 (shift) at 2.75").  The "O" I cut from grey and gold rush with the same accent behind.  The Cat is from the Eek/Spooky button at 2.5").  Cute little zip strip at the top, and black embossing powder at the bottom (retired stamp set, sorry) finish it off.
The next "O" is still from Boo, with the tombstone and front from the same accent button as above.  I added a zip strip through the middle with some paper behind.  The skeleton is from Creepy Creatures.  I accented him with some ink and my water brush.  "Who's afraid" is from the WOTG stamp set again and heat embossed.

The "K" is from Eek, the web from Eek/Spooky button on Artiste (accent 4 @ 3").  The spider is embossed from the WOTG stamp set and you can't tell from the picture, but there is glitter glitz get on the web.  I stapled the top strip with some Black Tulle behind.

Finally, the last 2.  The Y uses stamps from the WOTG (fence with owl and "bugs and hisses".  Embossing powder and the owl is stamped again on another sheet of paper with gypsy ink and colored with watercolor pencils.  Again I used the zip strip and stamped the web underneath.  The final banner piece is similar to the first just using a different Dimensional element.  

Whew!  That's it for today, lots of work on that one, but lots of fun shapes and accents from the Artiste Cartridge!  I hope you enjoyed todays take...

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Have a great day,


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