Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Stamp Of The Month: Baroque Borders

Welcome to the August Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop.

You should be joining me from Michelle Jones' Blog: Scrappy Hour

This months stamp set is called Baroque Borders.

You have 2 ways to get a hold of it.
(1)You can buy it at full retail cost of $17.95.
(2) Spend $50 on CTMH products, and you can get it for only $5.00

Here is what I created:

This card was created with our NEW pigment inks.

* I inked the border stamp with Slate Pigment Ink and stamped it onto Colonial White card stock cut at 4.25inches <square 1> found on page 23 of the Art Philosophy Handbook.

*After applying clear embossing powder, I used my heat gun to set the embossing powder.  With a sponge, I ink inked the entire square with Twilight ink.

*My card base is cut from Slate card stock with the Card Feature ( no shift) also on page 23.

* The ribbon is also new this catalog:  Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon ... just BEAUTIFUL!

* The sentiment is from a CTMH EXCLUSIVE convention gift.

Thank you for stopping by,  off to the next hop spot: Laurie Newton, Scraps From The Beach

You Can Create!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Album Contest Recap

I can not explain the emotions I felt as I stood back, watched and listened to 1200 fellow consultants react to my artwork.  Seeing people take pictures, hearing them comment was a rush.  Honestly, I cried, I giggled I stood in awe.  What an awesome experience!

My goal this year was to make the top 10... of course NEXT year I want to win :)

Here is a recap of my 5 Layouts:

More Detailed pictures of "Why I Scrap"
More detailed pictures of "Memories"
More detailed pictures "His Light Shines"
More Detailed Photos of "All You"

You can Create!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Top 10 Layout #5

This is one of my favorite layout ever... EVER!!!

This layout showcases the first pictures of me and my children with my dad and sadly, the last pictures we took with him before he died of Alzheimer's.

Close up of left page:

Close up of right page:

It is hard to see unless you look at the close up, but I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the star background.  100 stars cut at 1 inch each... fill the page.
 This detail shot shows the ribbon and chipboard embellishment on the left page.
I miss my dad every day.

You Can Create!

Friday, July 27, 2012

July Art Philosophy Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects AND some blog candy!!!

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry . 

This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

My project is card that can be found on page 43

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top 10 Layout # 4

Here is layout number four of five submitted to the Close To My Heart Album Contest at convention.  I was pleased as punch to find out I had made the top 10!  Memories are stars that Brighten Our Dreams.  For this layout I used 2 of my ALL time favorite pictures of my children.  The journalling explains more.

To create the star burst background I created a mask and sprayed Honey and Hollyhock re-inkers mixed at a 1part re-inker to 1 part rubbing alcohol.

The title was cut using the font found Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

 Here are some close ups of the detail  The other pattern papers were either stamped in Hollyhock or cut from Decor Journaling  Spots.
 I used the uppercase letters from the Classmates set to create the "brighten" Banner...
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Top Ten Layout : #3

I love this LO for the journalling that you should be able to read on the close up view
Close up page 1:

 Close up page 2:

 Close up of poem and details:
LOVE this detail!  I cut it out of the Victory L2 paper and mounted it with foam tape and added foundry clips:
 You Can Create!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Top 10 at convention. Layout 2

This is one of my up cycled LO.  When I first shared it with you, it was for a Color My Heart Dare and it looked like this:

I kept the basic structure but fancied it up a bit. For the convention LO, it looked like this:

As you can see, I changed the shape of my stars, and added some Dotty For You Paper.  The stars were then strung the stars on hemp for the border detail. Here is a close up of that detail:

I also change the title just a bit and added the stamped star border on the edge of my Topiary Paper.

More art to come...

You Can Create!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Ten at Convention!

I am so excited to share with you my art that I created for the Album Contest at Convention.  This years convention theme was "Stars Shine Bright" and we were asked to create art inspired by stars.

I was jumping up and down like a kid at Christmas when I found out my album made top 10!  Words can not explain how happy I was! Some of the LO will look familiar to you as I "up-cycled" some previous artwork for this contest.  The first LO I want to share with you is a Studio J Layout.  We were not required to include a Studio J LO for this contest, but I knew I could do EXACTLY what I wanted best if I Studio J.

Over the next few days I will share the other 4 layouts with you!

You Can Create!

Theatre Is My Sport ( Love Sports Blog Hop)

Thank you for joining us for   The LOVE SPORTS BLOG HOP This is a blog hop featuring projects based on sports o...