Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pop-Up Card/ Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge/ Bird Cage Pop-up Card

I love making pop-up cards and now with CTMH's Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge, it is so fast and easy to make them. I cut all of the main images using the 'E' key except the mat for the Thinking of You came from page 40 (Icon, shift) and the butterfly is from Art Philosophy. I also used the contour feature to cut out a solid bird cage in Lagoon.
Using Blossom paper for the outside of the card, not much else is need to make to decorate the front of the card. A piece of Pear card stock was run through the Cuttle Bug. The Smile sentiment was cut from key '4', Icon and Icon shift. More butterflies from Art Philosophy.
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart today.
Laurie Varner

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bird Cage Card / Artfully Sent / CTMH / 'E' Key

I will be posting cards this week cut from the 'e' key on the Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut cartridge. The theme of the cards on this key are birdcage related. The card design was inspired by Lalia Harris. I used Blossom paper to high light the cage and cut the liner out of lagoon, backing the bird with smoothie. I cut the liner a little bit bigger so that it would be easier to adhere it to the cut outs of the cage. The flower and leaves were cut from CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I cut the liner out twice and sandwiched a piece of Smoothie between them to high light the bird. 

Detail picture of the flower, shaping the leaves and petals to give dimension.
I hope this inspires you to create something today!
Laurie Varner

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

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.
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.

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.