Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Did It!

What did I do?  I took the leap and became a Close to My Heart Consultant!  I am so excited to share this news.  I will be easing my way into the business so that I can learn everything I can about stamping and using their products first.  My welcome package came on Thursday, and by last night I had created my very first layout based on the one that graces the cover of our Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book.  Here it is:
 This is my favorite stamp set in the new book...Just For You.
 Added some buttons and gems, as well as a wooden shape.
I had so much fun getting to know the new products!  More to come as I learn some other tricks and tips.  Next for this layout I need to come up with a sentiment.  Thinking about using the Urban Alphabet stamps, we will see!  :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge Entry--Wall Decor

Seems I just don't get back here to post anything after I am finished anymore.  I have a backlog of projects and cards to post, but no worries, I will get them here eventually.  I have a double-entry project to share first.  I made it for the new Circle Monthly challenge, and I used the supplies that came in my mystery box from Megan Elizabeth at Above Rubies Studio so I can enter it in her contest as well.  Whew!  I needed to use at least three colors to design some type of wall art and knew just what to do!  I have had some old pictures of me my sisters and myself as kids that I wanted to display. 
  Here we go!

First off, this is a picture of all the great supplies from the mystery box that I had to work with.  I already had an oval shadowbox frame to use as well.

Here is the finished product!  I love the colors almost as much as the subjects of the photo!  ;)  Forgive my  photo skills--the frame is black with a bronzed distress.
 These flowers from the art philosophy cartridge are just the perfect accent for shadowbox frames.  I added a heart shaped brad to the center of the burgundy colored one.  I also curled the edges of it to give it another look.
 This slider is from the art philosophy cart as well.   Gave it a bit of black ink around the edges for contrast.
 Guess which cricut cart this beautiful butterfly is from???  Yep--art philosophy!  So is the oval boarder which I inked up around the edges.  I used my glitter pen to add some sparkle to her well as inked her up a teenie bit.
 I decided to use these little clothespins to hold the ribbon in place to add another dimension...
 Corner cuts...all from the same cartridge!
I absolutely do adore how this frame came out.  Here is the list of supplies that I used:

~Cricut E2
~CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, Licorice Adhesive gem, Crochet Flower in white daisy, and Liquid Glass
~American Crafts Premium Ribbon
~Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen
~Making Memories puffy alpha letters in brown, 12 x 12 pink brocade flutter paper, 12 x 12 map findings paper
~Paper Layerz by Megan Elizabeth in Freshly Flourished
~brown textured cardstock
~Kaisercraft tiny alpha stickers in cream
~K & Company Cut and Paste Tag Pad
~Recollections brads and clothespins
~Therm-o-web Zots
~Creative Memories tape runner and corner rounder
~Pink Stampin' Up ink pad
~Black ink pad
~Basic Grey chipboard sticker heart
~Marvy flower shape punch