Friday, February 28, 2014

Timberline Layout

This layout was created using Timberline Paper and  Kraft Cardstock.

I cut an overlay from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to create a mask and spritzed with Chocolate reinker mixed with water.  I used the arrow and shoe prints from the Timberline WOTG stamp set. The bottom border I used a zip strip, Woodgrain washi tape and a small piece of Ponderosa Pine cardstock that was embossed and sanded. The bear is a wood piece from Timberline Assortment and lastly a White Marquee Enamel arrow. 

I spritzed the B&T paper with water and used my finger nails to distress the edges to make the paper look worn. I saved the overlay used as the mask, sanded the edge and placed it behind the mat.  The wood pins are from Timberline Assortment

I cut several shapes from the Artbooking cartridge including this arrow photo frame and the strip of tickets.
The titles and torn notebook page were cut using Artbooking but NO LIMITS was stamped on an arrow shape from Art Philosophy.
I hope this inspires you to create!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Camper Crazy and Art Philosophy

I love all the great cards that can be cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. This card cuts out the tree. I used B&T paper from Timberline Paper pack to cover the opening from the inside and added another tree to the front to create depth.  I spritzed with Chocolate reinker and water onto the Kraft cardstock base. The banner was cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I colored the Camper Crazy camper using the blender pen. Lastly I added a great wood piece with the camp fire image from the Timberline Assortment pack.

Another little camper card. The rounded corner B&T paper shapes were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I love the new White Marquee Enamel Shapes. They are self adhesive. I attached this arrow to a piece of cardstock and then cut around it leaving a border.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Picture My Life Scrap Booking Program from CTMH

New to CTMH is the Picture My Life scrapbooking program. I was skeptical at first but I am really liking it.  Here's why.  I joined CTMH as a consultant 11 years ago because of the stamps and creative ways to use inks. I was not a scraper. I have a ton of photos to go back and scrap, so I take the attitude of scraping the photos that 'call' to me or the event that is current or I have pictures that would go great with that paper. So, to go back and scrap every photo I have is too monumental and down right daunting to me.  I do like keeping my photos (the ones I have printed) in the photo page protectors from CTMH and the work in progress 3 ring binder. Sometimes I just go through my photos and I might see something in a few photos that 'call' to me and I will pull them out and scrap them.  For all the other photos that get left, I can still display them nicely by using these beautifully printed Picture My Life cards. As I have been filling up my pocket pages with my first PML (Picture My Life) Skylark cards, I realize that I took a lot of horizontal pictures.  Now that I scrapbook, I take more vertical photos but try to mix it up. I had to be a little creative when it came to fitting my photos to the pages. I'm not quite finished with adhering the photos and don't have my journaling done yet but I am on my way.

Love the title page is one 12x12 paper!

This is the back side of the title page and it follows the card format.

It balances well using a 50/50 mix of cards to photos.

See! All horizontal photos. I will have to mix some journaling and other embellishments onto the cards.

I cut the middle photo of my wonderful mother to 4x4 and will adhere the photo across the middle of the 4x6 card. I was able to cut down the other photos smaller and rounded the corners. I love these photos of my mom painting these rocks with my children to make them look like little houses.

This photo was cut down to about 2x2.5 to fit onto one of the smaller cards (4x3)

I have 2 more page protectors, almost 50 small cards and 30 large cards left to work with.
Organize your cards not only by size but also by horizontal and vertical orientation. Remember, the cards are double sided, so if you don't like or can't use one side, turn it over. You can even double up on cards in one pocket to get the look you want to show through.
CTMH posted a video on YouTube to show you a few more tips: .

Friday, February 7, 2014

Close to my Heart Spring/Summer 2014 New Product Blog Hop!

Close to my Heart Spring/Summer 2014 New Product Blog Hop!
This card was made using Ivy Lane Paper Pack and the adorable February SOTM (stamp of the month). I used a card sketch from
Follow all the blog hop participants by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below.

Score Big with Embossing

Close to my Heart has a great new video about embossing folders and our white core cardstock. It only takes a few minutes to watch. 

Did you know that Close to my Heart has their own YouTube channel?  They have over 200 creatively inspirational videos to watch! Sign up to follow their channel on YouTube so you don't miss any!

Laurie in Louisiana

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring/Summer New CTMH Idea Book/Catolog 2014 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product blog hop! The New Close to my Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book/Catalog is available to order from now! You can take a look at all of the fabulous artwork in the new idea book here and click on the thumbnail pictures below to visit all the blogs participating in the new product hop.

This card is a from a class I recently taught at a local crop. I used 2 new stamp sets: C1581 Inspiration Flourishes and C1574 Believe in Yourself. The paper is CTMH's wonderful Kraft Paper and the beautiful Skylark Paper Pack. I always try to teach some kind of technique. I used 3 different colors of brown ink to stamp the background. I tested several colors of ink on CTMH's Kraft Card Stock before choosing Bamboo, Desert Sand, and Cocoa. By stamping in 3 different hues of brown, you get the appearance of depth. The lightest color looks farthest away and the darkest color looks nearest. I decided to use this same technique on the next card.

This cute shirt card can be cut using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

I cut the shirt card from page 75 using gorgeous new paper from Timberline Paper Pack at 3.5 inches. As you can, it cuts the shirt shape to form a card but I wanted to use the shirt shape on the front of my card, so I cut it in half and was able to make 2 cards. 

I really did not like the patterned paper on the back when I folded the collar down, so, I cut the collar off and glued it down so that the collar matches the rest of the shirt.

I cut the tie (3.5")and pocket (4")out of Goldrush cardstock still using page 75 of the Artiste Cartridge.

I stamped the background using 2 ink colors Desert Sand and Chocolate. The stamp set is one of my favorites C1571 Your the Best.

The saw diagram image really looks like it is in front of the hand screw image.

I use CTMH foam tape to pop up the shirt, tie, pocket, and banner sentiment. To make the banner look more wavy, I used 2 layers of foam on the ends and one layer in the middle. This also lifts the sentiment up over the shirt to make it the same height as the tie and pocket for balance.

I finished the card off with a Triangle Stud and Woodgrain Washi Tape.
Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop posters by clicking on the picture thumbnails below or go straight to my website to see the new catalog to purchase the new products.