Saturday, July 21, 2012

Christmas In July

Welcome to the “Use Your Stash Blog Hop ~ Christmas in July." You should be coming from Tabbi's Blog. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

 Some of the papers are from Christmas packs, the others I used to give traditional looks a twist.  I’m trying very hard to use up my stash, so I made several items this month. I did a Christmas in July card swap and had to make 3 cards and 3 tags.  So, I’m showing you what I did for the swap

The first card was done blue background paper (I have no idea what the name of it is, but it is CTMH).  I cut out the word Joy on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and then wrapped the O with the fuzzy/sparkly yarn from a local craft store to make a wreath.  I used liquid glass to adhere the red sparkles and the red/white ribbon to the wreath. 

My 2nd card I cut out a ton of leaves, using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and stamped them with the large and small leaves from A Holiday stamp set.  I then outlined them in Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel and layered them to look like a poinsettia.  For the center, I used round Sparkles. I put the whole flower onto Olive cardstock and stamped, in Olive, a portion of the flourish from the stamp set Adorn-able.

The 3rd card was super fun, but took a lot of work.  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut out the background and layer shape of a Christmas ornament.  For the background, I used Smoothie cardstock.  The decorative layer on top was cut out of the animal print from the Roxie paper pack.  The branch is from the Adorn-able stamp set.  I added bling with a Designer Brad, but the real work comes from the black embossing I did around the edges of the dark portion of the animal print.  You can see the detail of the embossing in the up close photo.  I used the embossing pen and black embossing powder and then heat set it.

To me, it was harder come up with designs for the tags than the cards!  But, I still had fun and used up some stash.  The first tag I cut out a snowflake from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge in White Daisy cardstock.  Then, I distressed the edges in (I believe) Dutch Blue ink.  Using the 2” circle punch, I punched out a circle and used as the center of the snowflake.  The sparkle comes from the Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel and a tiny Sparkle at the edges.

Tag #2 was also cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge in Olive cardstock.  The background portion was cut out of the Elemental cardstock featuring the Olive side.  The Santa Claus stamp came from the St. Nick stamp set.  Santa was stamped in Black StazOn and colored with the Watercolor Pencils and then brushed with the Waterbrush.   A little bit of Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel and some red Sparkles and he was finished.

Tag #3 was created out of a rectangle piece of paper from the Believe paper pack.  I stamped the tree from A Tree onto Olive cardstock in Olive ink and adorned it with red Sparkles.  White ribbon and the Bitty Brad Metal Assortment round out the finishing touches.

Below is a shopping list for the items I used that are still available.  Please go to my website to order and it will be shipped directly to you!  Now hop on over to Shirley's blog to see what she came up with for Christmas in July.

Shopping List for these cards & tags
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge – Z1686
Olive Cardstock – 1245
White Daisy Cardstock – 1385
Watercolor Pencils – 3505
Waterbrush – 1771
Hemp in Natural – Z280
Red Sparkles – Z1326
Olive Ink – Z2137
Black StazOn Ink Z888
Black Ink – Z2105
Micro-Tip Scissors – Z534
Bitty Brad Metal Assortment in Black – Z1368
Sparkles in Round – Z1104
Glitz Glitter Gel in Stardust – Z1313
Elemental paper pack – Retired
Believe paper pack – Retired
Roxie paper pack - Retired
Cranberry Ink – Z2116
Embossing Pen – Z724
VersaMark – Z891
Craft Heater – Z555
Round Sponge – Z697
Craft Tray – 1764
Black embossing powder – Z670
Designer Brads – Z1360
Fuzzy Yarn – got at local craft store

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cricut Envy

Your friend bought a new Cricut cartridge at the local craft store.  She's pretty excited and thinks she has the best and newest toy.  Wait until you see what I have available to YOU on August 1st!  Your friend will have a severe case of Cricut Envy!

The Artiste Collection
ONLY from
Close To My Heart

Artiste Cartridge Collection includes:

•3 adorable stamp sets that perfectly coordinate

•3 Dimensional Elements Chipboard Pieces that coordinate including word bubbles, pennants, and a mini album.

•700 Unique Shapes including:

•18 cupcake liners

•50+ Card with Matching Envelops

•50+ 3-D Boxes

•14 Welded Sentiments

•7 pre-scored rosettes

•4 spiral rolled flowers
  • and 100s of other images including: ferris wheels, owls, coffins, skeletons, bows, silhouettes, robots, dress forms, banners, medals, tags, brackets, frames, playing cards, pinwheels, road signs, ornaments, pumpkins, birds, butterflies, aliens, hearts, hot-air balloons
This cartridge has a little bit of everything and is super trendy!  You can start buying the complete collection from my website here on August 1 for $99 (plus S/H and Tax)