Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hooray! It's National Cat Day - and a Blog Hop!

Welcome to the National Cat Day Blog Hop! If you came from Sarah's Blog you are in right spot. But you want to start the fun at Haidee's Blog if you happened to start out here.

I am excited to have you hop with us! Each blogger participating in this hop is featuring a crafty project having to do with "Cat". You'll find unique ideas that have to do with Cat. We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way.

Be sure to leave a comment at each hop to show some Bloggie Love and to qualify to win a Prize.

Now on to my project...

Need a gift idea for that cat lover in your life? (Or want something a little special for yourself?) These mugs are SO easy, and sure to be unique.  Here's what you need to make these:

  • plain mug(s) in your choice of color - I bought these at Dollar Tree
  • Contact paper for a stencil
  • Non-toxic paint pen (or Sharpie marker, especially if you use white mugs)
  • Cricut cartridge with your favorite cat image - I used CTMH Artistry
There are just a few steps to make these, and they are super quick! First, choose your Cricut image and decide on size. I cut my cat at 2.5".  Cut from Contact paper using the settings you use for vinyl, but with less pressure so you don't cut through the backing paper.  Peel off your cat and position it on your mug as desired. Next, use your paint pen or marker around your image as desired to create the negative image.  Because my paint pen had a brush nib type tip, I chose to show these two options - the left uses a flicking motion out from the center and the right uses a splotchy dot effect. I colored the heart cutout solidly on both.

When you're done with your image, carefully peel off the contact paper. I used the pointed hook Cricut tool to carefully peel it up while my paint was still wet.  After drying, follow the curing directions for your paint/marker to make it permanent. (Mine baked at 325 degrees for 30 minute.) Remember that these should now be hand washed, even if the original mugs are dishwasher safe!

Your next blog stop is Nana's Scrap Spot.

Here is a list of the line up, just in case you get lost:

Kim -

Come back to Haidee's ( Blog Friday October 30th to see IF you are the WINNER.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Christmas Love - October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to October's stamp of the month blog hop! I know it's not even Halloween, but we all know that it's never too early to start crafting for Christmas. If you've arrived here from Angela White's blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. Just hop along to all the blogs until you make your way back to where you started.

This month's stamp set, Twinkle, has 15 stamps ready to help you create Christmas projects - and even some non-Christmas projects. I chose to focus on Christmas, and paired it up with White Pines paper for a 2-page layout.

I used a sketch from Make It From Your Heart volume 1 for this layout.  I'm determined to get some family pictures taken this year, so I'm planning ahead with this simple, cozy looking layout.

I added some layered Cricut cuts to my stamped title for a little extra impact. I added 3-D Foam tape between the red & blue layers for added dimension, and some Red Enamel Hearts to reinforce the theme.

In the opposite corner, I added some ornaments using the stamp image, popping one up with 3-D Foam Tape, more Red Enamel Hearts, and a stamped circle I will use for some brief journaling. I used tone-on-tone stamping here to keep the color light enough that I can write over it if I need to.

Here you can see the strips of pattern paper up close - I inked the edges of everything for a more finished look. I also added another small cluster of hearts to complete a visual triangle of design elements.

If you're ready to shop, I have a clickable list below. Links open in a new window so you can remain right here in the hop and not lose your place. When you're ready to move on, be sure to leave me a comment then let's head over to Tammy Lubick's blog and see what she made for us this month.

Supplies used in this project:

October Stamp of the Month
White Pines Paper Packet
Red Enamel Hearts
3-D Foam Tape
Sponge Daubers
Stamp Pads in Cranberry, Fern, Glacier, Chocolate, and Champagne
Cricut Artiste collection

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Hello, Life - National Stamping Month

Happy National Stamping Month! We're here today with a special blog hop to share three different stamp sets available for this month only. If you've arrived here from Nikka Geers'  blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place, so let's get started.

I really wanted to show the versatility of these stamp sets. So, even though the three Hello, Life stamp sets are each labeled for cardmaking, pocket scrapbooking, and scrapbooking, they can be used together on all of those items.

Using a single sheet of white cardstock (plus some scraps for Cricut Artistry cuts) and stamp pads from the Adventure family and Black, I made some seasonal pocket scrapbooking cards. You could also use these on traditional scrapbook pages, or change the words on some and they would be great additions to card fronts.

6 x 4

3 x 4
These were my Spring cards. The first could really be anytime, but the rainbow of colors reminds me of Spring.  I used second generation stamping on all of the colored parts of all of my cards, for an even greater contrast with the crisp black stamping. I used Hollyhock, Sunset, Honey, Pear, Lagoon, Pacifica, and Gypsy.

4 x 6

4 x 3
My Summer cards are inspired by Independence Day. The stamp sets only had the word "friend", but since there was also "thanks", I separated the s because I am likely to combine "thank" and "you".  I used Cranberry, Honey, and Pacifica inks.

6 x 4

3 x 4
For my Autumn cards, I was inspired by the Autumn leaves. I used Cranberry, Sunset, Honey, and Topiary for my favorite season.

4 x 6

4 x 3
For my Winter cards, I thought of crisp snowy days, and New Year's Eve. I love the color combo of Pear, Lagoon, and Gypsy for Winter.

Here is what is included in each $13.95 stamp set:

Pocket Scrapbooking
Card Making

Now, if the photos of the stamp sets alone don't convince you that you need all three (of course at a reduced rate of $34.95), here is a list of all the words included, as well as some of the phrases you can make with them!

& autumn birthday day family friend good happy hello hey life(x2) love(x2) memories oh, our(x2) spring story summer sunshine thank(s) this(x2) times today us welcome winter you

  • happy birthday
  • good times
  • our family
  • our story
  • welcome friends
  • welcome (season)
  • hello (season)
  • hello friend
  • oh, happy day
  • hello sunshine
  • sunshine day
  • love you
  • love you friend
  • happy memories
  • thank you
  • thanks
  • oh, hey
  • love life
  • love today
  • life story
  • this day
  • (season) day
  • love this
  • family & friends
  • love & life
  • AND MORE...
See the potential now? What a fabulous group of stamps for $34.95! I am looking forward to pairing them with even more of my stamp sets to come up with more phrases for all of my projects. Be sure to leave me a comment - especially if you have a clever phrase I missed - then let's move along to Chris Robertson's blog and see what she has up her sleeve this time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Paper Garden - September Stamp Of The Month

Hello and welcome to this month's stamp of the month blog hop! I am super excited to share my project with you this month, and practically all you need to make it is cardstock and ink.

First, a little housekeeping: if you've arrived here from Michelle's Handmade World  blog, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. Just keep hopping along until you end up back where you started!  This month's stamp set has 10 floral images, perfect for everything from sympathy to celebrations. You can get yours for only $5 with any $50 purchase this month.

I decided to make a two-page layout for this month's project, and I must say that I am in love with the results:

I used colors perfect for a country Fall, and I'm really looking forward to getting some pictures taken for this layout.  I designed this from scratch, so I thought I'd share my process with you. I started by choosing colors, which can be a challenge when you don't have specific pictures in mind. Since the first thing I thought of with these stamps was a country evening, I decided to use Sapphire for the night sky and Ruby for a red barn. I added Fern for the darkening evening's grass, and Safflower for a harvest moon.

One of my favorite things is a big circle crossing both pages of a layout, and strips across the pages to ground everything. I embossed the Ruby strips with the Woodgrain embossing folder, and I stamped the flower silhouette stamps on the Fern strips.  I added a few well-placed stems on the Sapphire base pages, and I random stamped the Safflower circle with individual images from the set.  I added a Peacock banner strip and a thin banner strip of the lightest Brown & Tan Glitter Paper.

Next I cut out several photo mats, and played around with the arrangement until I found what I liked. I ended up covering more of the circle than I planned, but I liked this layout the best.

I cut several flowers and leaves using the coordinating Artiste Cricut cartridge, and also decided to cut some of the leaves from more of the Glitter Paper.

 I added some natural looking dimension to the flowers and stamped leaves by rolling an embossing stylus around the center, then each petal.

I embossed a couple of the leaves from the back side so they curled the other way. I added some 3-D Foam Tape under those, to keep their shape in the protectors.

For the flower centers, I used Durables Artisan Studs for the large flowers, and the Bling Gems Gold Assortment for the smaller flowers.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to make your own layout now?  If you need to shop, a clickable photo list is below. Links open in a new tab so you can continue the hop from here without getting lost.  When you're done here, let's head over to Jacquelin Green's Paper Goodness blog to check out her project this month. I can't wait to see it!

Products used in this project:

September SOTM
Enchantment CS Combo (or individual colors)
Stamp Pads in coordinating colors
Stamping Blocks
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Artiste Cricut cartridge
Brown & Tan Glitter Paper
Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit
Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Durables Artisan Studs
3-D Foam Tape

Monday, August 31, 2015

16 Page Daytrip Scrapbook with Seaside - The Final Installment

I'm so sorry for the late post! I plum forgot to post this yesterday when I had planned.  Just want to share the last four pages of this fun themed album with you.

Just a simple design here with a large panel on the left and a solid "base" across both pages.  Easy to add 4x6 photos, as well as a few 2x2 closeups.

This fun title was cut to match using the Life Is A Beach Cricut cartridge and cardstock.

Another simple design using strips of paper. The outer corners are rounded, making it feel more like a single mat.

 I curved part of the title around the corner of a picture, mimicking the rounded corners of paper.

I hope you enjoyed this little series! What theme album would you make like this?

Most of these products I used are discontinued as of September 1, but if you are interested in ordering just contact me directly. I do have a few days grace period to get things as long as they are still available.  You can see everything I used in my previous posts.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

16 Page Daytrip Scrapbook with Seaside - Part 4

I'm back today with part 4 of my daytrip album.  Before I get on with the pictures and info, I want to make sure that you know that some of these items get discontinued  in just a few days. The Seaside Workshop on the Go will be leaving, and the Paper Fundamentals are changing from the current geometric patterns to a more doodle-like look.  Be sure to order ASAP if you want either of these items!

Here is today's first layout:

Seriously, is there anything cuter than penguins? I found a fun way to add more pattern to this layout using just cardstock. I cut a full size overlay using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge, and turned it upside down from the way it's shown in the handbook so it looks like waves. I also added some ink distressing in Desert Sand, to tone down the Lagoon a bit and tie it in with the papers from the kit some more.

I made the fun title with the Keyboard Alphabet stamps and patterned paper letters cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

The paper strips make a nice  base for the photos to "sit" on. I cut the border embellishments from the same pattern paper as the title letters, using the Artistry Cricut cartridge.  I added a few sequins for interest.

Here's a great way to use large photos and keep your layout balanced. This sketch from Scrapbook Generation uses a large panel and connected strips across the bottom to add weight to the single picture and really place the focus there. It nicely balances the simple grouping of photos on the opposite corner of the layout.

I used the Paper Fundamentals for a subtle pattern on the large panel - it pairs nicely with the multi-color pattern on the strips. The title uses only a portion of a stamp image from the kit, as well as the Keyboard Alphabet again. A grouping of sequins again adds some interest.

More stickers from the Complements, plus a few embellishments, make a fun little scene below the focal point photo.

Only 4 more pages left to share - be sure to come back and check it out! Here's a handy list of the products I used for the whole album:

Seaside Workshop on the Go
August 2015 SOTM
Paper Fundamentals - Adventure (Pear)
Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy (Sorbet, Glacier)
CS in Glacier, Colonial White, Sorbet, Pear, Hollyhock, Lagoon, and Desert Sand

Ink Pads in coordinating colors
Sponge Daubers
Assorted Adhesive Sequins
Aqua Dots
Durables Artisan Studs
Coral Shimmer Trim - backorder until 8/21
Keyboard Uppercase stamp set
Cricut Collections
Flip Flaps

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