Thursday, October 30, 2014

Surgery Excuse

I had scheduled surgery on my wrist last week.  The doctor and I thought it was time to go looking for the reason why my right wrist wasn't feeling 100%.  It had been a year and a half since my bike incident (my chain came off before I fell to the ground - shoe clips ).

The doctor "repaired" my torn ligaments on the outside of my wrist, and filed down a bone spur that was right below my tendon of my wrist "face".  Whereas I am thrilled I finally had the procedure done, and that I will get better, I'm not so happy (right now, of course) that I am in a cast pass my elbow.  Yes, I'm typing this all in with my left hand.  And so far, I can't do much else either.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share some older work until I have use of my hand to play again.  That's not to say it will be all old stuff.  I got together with some CTMH sisters right before surgery to explore the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.  If you're a card maker, and want simple quick cards, you'll enjoy this collection.

Thanks for understanding.  : )

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bat Halloween Card

Although this is a quick Halloween card, it requires the Cricut Craft Room from ProvoCraft to create.  That and the Artbooking Cricut Collection.

The image you see as a card is a photo mat found on page 71 of the Artbooking cartridge.  The <v><shift> key to be more exact (Column 4 Row 4 key).

What I did was I welded the photo mat to a square of the same size, placing the mat under the square.  Then the whole length is cut, and I only have to fold the paper.  : )

The last thing I did was add Buttercup cardstock (now retired) to the inside of the card.  Today's choices would be Canary for a bright moon.

That's it!  Super easy, and super cute!

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 2014 Shadow Box Club Layout

This month I was inspired by fall colors, Pathfinding paper packet in particular, and the Pathingfinding Workshop on the Go Cardmaking kit.

This layout is from the Imagine book. It is pattern “Monologue” which can be found on page 52-53.

I stamped the Olive cardstock using the bamboo stamp from Season of Thanks (D1604) with Olive ink. I stamped all of the leaves in Chocolate ink on Goldrush, Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, and Glacier cardstock.

After adhering my base papers, I added some dimension with the burlap, acorns, title, and accessories.
Final of Left page of Monologue

Cutting out the leaves and acorns will allow layering.  The sequin and printed cork also add to the effect.

The title was influenced by the Pathfinding card kit with the same saying.  I thought it appropriate for the time of year without shouting out "Thanksgiving".

The burlap (discontinued) adds to the fall feel of the page.

The white represents the 4" x 6" picture that would be placed there.

Final of Right page of Monologue
If you wanted to flip the papers over, they look good together as well.  I would recommend using lighter paper as the base though.  In fact, this kit almost came out with Champagne as the base.  I felt the leaves stand out more on this background, thus my completed project as shown. : )

Additional modifications you may consider... edge distress all of the paper with the edge distressor. That will add to the fall feel of the layout. You could sand under the title too.

The two large white papers represent 4" x 6" pictures, and the two small white papers are for the 3" x 3" pictures.

Some close ups.

Products used:
X7186B Pathfinding paper packet
X5770    Glacier Cardstock
X5637    Barn Red Cardstock
1243       Goldrush Cardstock
Z3012    Pathfinding Assortment
Z2012    Gold Assortment Sequins
D1604    Season of Thanks stamp set
C1504    Fall Harvest stamp set
Z2111    Chocolate Ink Pad
Z2137    Olive Ink Pad
Z2460    Pastel Pink ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker (acorn base)
Z2445    Barely Beige ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker (acorn base shading)
Z2456    Mahogany ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker (acorn top)
Z2451    Clay ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marker (acorn top lines)
Z679       Liquid Glass
Z1836    Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors
Z1151    3-D Foam Tape
Burlap Ribbon (retired) – check the while supplies last supplies

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Did you know...

I now have a Facebook Page?  Come "like" me at to follow what I'm doing.  I'll still be putting more detailed instructions here of those projects I think need more explanation.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOO is Ideal for October

Here is a timely picture for October.  Thank you to Dawn Heuft who shared this Cricut file with me.  She used a purple glitter paper for the background whereas I used the green glitter paper (Z1847).  This banner features the Artiste Cricut Cartidge (Z1790)

I think I'll hang these outside on our door.  I'm not feeling very spooky this year.

The base is Whisper cardstock (X5929) that was run through my machine with the Dot embossing folder (Z1924). I ran all three pages through at once to save time.  The papers were then sanded (Z1294) so the dot pattern could really stand out.

The cobweb border can be found on page 76 of the Artiste booklet.  This key is in the 6th column and 5th row of the pad and is under the Accent 4, Shift key.

The word "BOO" is on page 77 just under the Shift key.  This is the 7th column, 5th row key of the pad.

The glitter paper and black accent paper can be cut using the Accent 3, Shift key (found on page 67 of the book), which is the 6th column, 4th row.

Finally, the white mat under the letters are from page 80, under the Accent 3, Shift key corresponding to the 10 column and 5th row key.

I raised the letter of the word with mounting tape.  You can't see it very well in the picture, but it does add some additional dimension.

If you want, you can add some spiders or skeleton to your scene.

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Getting Ready for Winter in October

I know it's a little early for the holidays.  In fact, I don't like to hear Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.  I don't want to cheat our other holidays of their lime-light.

However, sometimes I just have to break out the goodies early.  This month at Close to my Heart, the Stamp of the Month is a good one. 
Do you see all that red?  The red means there is a Cricut cartridge that goes with the stamp images!  In this case it's Art Philosophy (Z1686).  This stamp set is only available until the end of the month -- October 31, 2014.

Here's one example of using the stamp set with the pillow box (also found on Art Philosophy).
I used a background texture paper from the Snowhaven paper packet (X7188B), Glacier cardstock that comes in the paper packet, and Cranberry ink (Z2116) to create this pillow box.  I added some Silver Sequin Assortment (Z2013) as a finishing touch.  The bear is mounted with foam tape.

Want yours?  Go shop my website now.  You only have until the end of the month, so don't wait.  : )