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Friday, April 17, 2015

Sunburst Technique

The Sunburst technique is colorful and fun. It uses up scraps and looks much more difficult than it is. I learned this technique from Technique Junkies.
For this example, I used a white card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) and a 3 x 5 1/4" Crème Brule (yellow) piece of card stock. I then measured from the center of the yellow rectangle to the corner so that I would know how long to cut my patterned paper. I then cut rectangles of different patterned papers 1 1/2 x 6" and cut them on the diagonal to create the wedges. I started placing the wedges form the center outward leaving a space between them. It will look like a mess at point because of the over hanging different pieces. Once all of your wedges and glued down to the yellow piece, flip it over and trim off all of the excess patterned paper even with the yellow piece. Adhere to your card base. cover the center where all the points come together with an embellishment or sentiment.
 
I hope this technique inspires you to create something from your heart.
Laurie Varner
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge/ Pop-Up Card Samples/ Sneak Peek at Blossom and Jackson paper packs

Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut cartridge has so many options for card making. Below are samples of each of the different cards that can be cut from one key, the W on the key pad, and using each of the function keys.
Here is the inside of the pop-up function key for the W on the key pad. The animals and sentiment are cut using the icon function key with the W on the key pad. The branch, leaves and bird are cut out along with the box fold of the pop-up. I have backed the openings of the branch, leaves and bird with colored cardstock.
Here is a sneak peek of the soon to be released new Blossom paper pack.  I used shapes found on other pages of Artfully Sent to decorated the outside of the card using stamps that come in the Artfully Sent bundle. 

Sorry about the fuzzy photo. This is a card cut using the scene function key and the W on the key pad. Papers used are Brushed and a sneak peek at Blossom and Jackson papers.

 I just love how this scene card opens up.
The next card was cut using the sentiment function key and the W on the key pad. I just backed the words using different papers from the new Blossom paper pack and then lined the entire card with cream card stock.
The next card was cut using the shift sentiment function key and the W on the key pad. I layered the front of the card with Blossom paper and used our scallop border punch. 
 I added some green Blossom paper inside so that it would show through when the card is closed.
 Add some new Glacier thick twine and your done.
Another fuzzy photo but this is one of the cards that is cut using the sleeve function key and the W on the key pad. I have used Jackson paper and backed the wood grain cut out, before folding and gluing the tabs, to make it easier to slide things in and out.
 This is one of the pocket cards (pocket card function key, W on the key pad) cut at 4x6. It has the cute arrow cut out of it so I backed the card with Cocoa card stock. The words are from the zip strip of one of the new papers from Jackson.

 Here is the last card I cut using the sleeve function key, shift and the W on the key pad.  It cuts out a card that has the wood grain cut out of the front. I always look at the wood grain and see peacock. I just can't help myself, I love peacocks and their colorful feathers. My Grandmother had several on her farm in central Illinois. The base of the card is cut using Juniper card stock and the inside is Glacier. I used Lagoon and Outdoor Denim inks with a sponge to add the extra colors needed. 
I hope I have inspired you to create something fun today.
Laurie
LVarner.CTMH.com
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Here are some pics of the peacocks on my Grandmothers farm. The first picture shows the long run with 5 peacocks fanning all at the same time.
 
My Grandmother always had one peacock that was trained to stay around the farm, he would roost on the swing set over night and eat pieces of bread out of our hand. So many good memories as a kid from Michigan spending a few weeks of summer time at her farm in Illinois.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Artfully Sent Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge Display Board


Close to my Heart keeps coming out with Cricut cartridge after cartridge, one more fabulous than the next. I collected nearly 100 Cricut cartridges before CTMH started collaborating with Cricut. I have recently bought 1 cartridge (Fontastic) only because you can never have enough fonts. Once you have the CTMH cartridges, all those stamp sets that come in the bundle and chipboard or cardstock, you will never need another cartridge.
I love creating display boards to show off our different cartridges. Here is the Artfully Sent display board.
The title on the board shows off the font that is included on the cartridge.
This photo shows the cuts that can be made using just one key and all the different function keys.
Here are just a few of the icons that can be cut using the icon function key.
 The sleeve function key cuts cards with or without tabs. The cards with tabs can be glued together to create a pocket. Great for gift cards or as a journaling pocket on your scrapbook page.
 The scene function key cuts an image into the card. Some of these cards are swing cards.
 The sentiment function key cuts words and images out of the front of the card. Hit the shift key and the card that is cut out will have a bottom border cut out.
 The pocket card function key cuts rounded cornered cards for your pocket scrapbooking pages.
Cut at either 4x6 or 3x4 sizes.
The Artfully Sent cartridge cuts 700 images, for 400 projects, with 25 different themes.
To buy your own Artfully Sent cartridge, click here

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Close to my Heart Flip Flaps LO / Hopscotch Paper / Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Life Is Good Interactive Flip Flap LO

  Do you have too many pictures to fit on one LO? Create this fabulous Flip Flap 6 page LO using CTMH's super playful Hopscotch paper. You will master the placement and alignment of Flip Flaps to your page protectors. With 23 photo mats included, there are plenty of spots for photos.
Supplies: tape runner, glue pen, scissors, foam tape (pop dots).
Cost: $25.00 plus shipping.
 
 
Left-hand page 12x6 inch Flip Flaps open.
 
 
Right-hand page with 4x12 and 8x12 Flip Flaps open.
 
 
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Artbooking Cricut Cartridge / Close to my Heart / Seaside Paper

Seaside Good Times Here LO 

 Create a masterful 2 page LO using Close to my Hearts Seaside Workshop on the Go.
This LO is perfect for pool, beach, or party fun photos.
You will learn how to stamp using large images and ink distress to match the paper.
Supplies: tape runner or glue pen, scissors, foam tape (pop dots)
Cost: $15.00 plus shipping
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Close to my Heart / Brushed LO / Oh So Happy

Oh So Happy LO

It's all about the details in this beautiful 2 page LO. Using Close to my Heart's colorful Brushed paper Workshop on the Go (WOTG). This LO is perfect for outdoors, wedding, party, baby or wedding shower, or girly photos. You will learn to create backgrounds using a stencil, sponge and ink. Secondly, you will learn how to stamp using 2 ink colors, a technique called stamp rolling. Thirdly, you will use CTMH's new ShinHan alcohol markers to create shadows and low tones on the leaf embellishments. Supplies: tape runner, scissors, foam tape (pop dots), glue dots.
Cost: $15.00 plus shipping.

 
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie
LVarner.CTMH.com
FaceBook.com/ilove2stampandscrapbook
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Artfully Sent Pop-Up Cards / Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge

Artfully Sent Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridge
 
Here is a set of 5 pop-up cards cut using Close to my Heart's Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. These are a class I am offering at a local crop but would be able to mail out as a kit as well. I would pre-stamp the sentiments, include direction and add shipping costs.
 
Artfully Sent Pop-up Greeting Card Class
Create 5 gorgeous pop-up cards cut using CTMH's Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.
With 25 themes and 400 projects, it was hard to choose just 5 cards.
You will learn how to artfully assemble a baby, manly birthday,
feminine birthday, thank you, and an I'm thinking of you card.
These ...are not your ordinary greeting cards.
Supplies: tape runner, glue pen, scissors, paper trimmer, bone folder,
score board (if you have one), stylus.
Cost: $20.00
Add $2.50 for matching envelopes.





 





 
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie
LVarner.CTMH.com
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