Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Versatility of Stamp Set Example

Sneak Peak!!

Sheila is having a gathering - a Girls' Night Out - coming up.  This is the card her guests will be making.

Do you like it?  I do.  : )

The flower and "congratulations" are from the Workshop Your Way Happy Congratulations Cardmaking Kit (G1125).  The paper is Sugar Rush (X7215B).  And the Bling is Sugar Rush Dots (Z3310).

The flower was stamped with Memento Ink (Z899) and then colored in with the watercolor pencils (3505).  The Memento ink was used because after coloring in the flower, the guests will use the Medium Brush (Z3225) to blend the pencils.  The ink won't bleed like the regular Black water-based ink (Z3271) would.  That ink was used for "congratulations".

What this card illustrates is that even when you buy a stamp set for one project (or in this case, the stamp set is part of the cardmaking kit), you can use the stamps again with other projects.  This makes the stamps more valuable.  So, if there is a stamp set you see in a kit that you like, go ahead and buy the kit.  You'll get some bonus cards and a great stamp set!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Welcome Home Succulent Wreath

Alright you guys...

I liked the picture of this month's Papercrafting Month wreath - Welcome Home.

I LOVE the actual put together wreath!!
The banner is blank because you can put whatever you'd like there!!  I haven't decided yet what I'm going to add.  The kit comes with Gold stickers with lots of letters (you can see corporate made "welcome" below!

You can purchase this wreath by itself for $18.95 plus tax and shipping.  You can also earn it free with a $60 purchase.

Recommended items to go with this kit:
Z1795  Quilling Tool
Z679    Liquid Glass
1772     Glue Dots (3/8" dots)
Z553    Bonding Memories Glue Pen - 0.34 fl oz/10 ml

In this short video you'll see the gal using the Bone Folder (Z1204) for the leaves.  I used (and prefer) the quilling tool instead.  If you add the Bone Folder to the above list, you'd be half way to earning your free kit.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

The good and the bad of taking time off, is that now I feel like I'm really behind!!

January is National Papercrafting Month, so we are celebrating with a FANTASTICALLY simple Succulent Wreath.  This kit comes with pre-cut pieces that you simply pop out, glue together, and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base.

There are 4 ways to get this kit, 3 of which is to earn it for FREE*!
  • You can purchase the kit for $18.95.
  • You can get it FREE* with a qualifying $60 order (pretax)
  • If you host a GATHERING in JANUARY that reaches level 2 or higher of Hostess Rewards, you'll get it FREE*, or
  • Become a CONSULTANT in January, and the wreath will be part of your New Consultant Kit!

We also have our Seasonal Expressions 1 book now available to order from (through April)!  The papers are fabulous as are the stamp sets.

And our January Stamp of the Month - Adore You - can be ordered now.

* Shipping and taxes are, unfortunately, collected for the free products.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Close to My Heart Winter Shadow Box

This week Close to my Heart shared this video on the Flower Market Collection and they key found on page 49.  They labeled it as a Christmas Shadow Box, but I don't see Christmas in it.  I see Winter!

Unfortunately they don't give the sizes of the cuts.  I would say the picture is 8" x 8".  Enjoy!

The background paper is from the Rustic Home Fundamentals - I'm in love with that paper!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday December 15, 2016

I thought this was a great thought for today.  : )

I didn't write this, but it is oh so true for me and imagine it is for many of my friends who are mothers! Enjoy!
My children each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I'd give them my real answer:
What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around,(when you have some! lol) I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever.
Tell me about your job, your worries, your spouses,( or girlfriends lol) your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don't care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how, and I'm not bragging, but i did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I'm pretty proud of it.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don't mind. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say "nothing" because you've already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.
Love, Mom

Monday, December 12, 2016

Flower Market 3D Poinsettia Wreath

Flower Market Cricut Collection (Z3285) also has the 3D poinsettia.  The 2D wreath I made was similar to the Artiste wreath from 2015.  Now it was time to go for gold with the 3D poinsettia.

Again on Design Space, I pulled in the poinsettia.  When it comes in, each layer is separate but GROUPed.  I, again, tried making this the same size as the 2D wreath and thought a total width of 5.41" would be the correct size for the bottom leafed layer (I would be mistaken.  This turned out much bigger - the circle it's mounted on is 5" -  than the other one - no worries though!).

The other "improvement" I wanted to make was to have a saying going across the opening of the wreath.  That eventually led me to make a ring without a backing.  It took 9 flowers to complete this wreath.

Because I put a bow on top of the wreath, I didn't want to add a loop like I did with the previous wreaths.  You might be wondering how I will hang this up without a loop.  To achieve it, I cut a piece of extra thick twine and adhered it to the back of the ring with Liquid Glass (Z679) (I love that stuff!).

Because I turned the leaves downwards, I mounted each flower with 3D foam (Z1151).

Colors I used were New England Ivy (1282) for the leaves, Ruby (X5927) for the back layer, two layers of Cranberry (1272), Poppy (X5779) for just behind the yellow centers, Lemon (X5785) for the larger yellow center, and Canary (X5772) for the smallest center.  The Canary helped "calm" down the Lemon.  Once I glued the flowers together, I took my Quilling Tool (Z1795) and turned the ends of each petal up (as I mentioned earlier, the leaves I turned down).

"Noel" is cut from our White Glitter Paper (Z3237) using the Flower Market cartridge.   I adhered "Noel" with Liquid Glass.   Finally, the bow is cut from Pomegranate cardstock (X5780), again from the Flower Market cartridge.  The edges of the bow were sponged with Pomegranate ink ((Z2854), glued together, and then got a coating of Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293).  Once that dried, the bowed was adhered to the wreath with, none other, Liquid Glass!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Large Paper Flower Tutorial

Close to my Heart posted this video on how the large paper flowers - found on page 14 of the 2016 Holiday Expressions and pictured after the video - are easily made.

As Gina explained, the petal is found on the Artistry cartridge and on page 27 of the booklet.  You'll need 6 petals at the following sizes: 3", 4", 5", and 6".

Changing the paper changes the look.  The picture to the right was made from Swan Lake papers.

Why not make some for a birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, or just because?!