Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To BLING or not to BLING... is that even a question???

This project was prepared for our challenge on Between The Folds, which is a new Close To My Heart Weekly Challenge Blog!  Every Tuesday we will be offering themed challenges that will challenge your creativity!  We hope you play along!

This week our challenge was to add Bling, Sparkle or Shine to a project!  This one was easy as I absolutely love bling!


I was inspired by the stamp set, Balloon Wishes (D1667), which was part of the August Marker Roll-up Combo Promotion.  I was further inspired by the artwork on page 81 of the new Idea Book (photo below).  I really loved the new Kaleidoscope paper pattern so I just changed up the colors to concentrate on the purple and pink.  I added a little more bling and a few extra layers here and there and voila!  That's what I love most about our "catalogs"... they really are Idea Books!!!


Here is a close look:


Here you can see the White Shimmer Trim, White Enamel Gems from the Grey Enamel Gems collection and the small clear sparkles from the Sparkles Clear Collection.  I colored the sparkles with the Lavender Shin Han Marker.


Here you can see more of the clear sparkles, colored pink and purple, with the Cherry Pink and Lavender Shin Han Markers. I also used Liquid Glass on the row of pink dots and the little stripes. Sometimes all you need is a little Liquid Glass to give parts of your pattern an enamel look.

Products used in this project are as follows:

CTMH Exclusive Cardstock 
Colors: Pixie, Gypsy and White Daisy

Shin Han Markers: Colors: Cherry Pink, Lavender, Tender Pink and Peony Purple

Kaleidoscope Paper Pack
Balloon Wishes Stamp Set
Artiste Cricut Collection
Sparkles Clear Assortment
White Shimmer Trim
Grey Enamel Gems
Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the other designers over at Between The Folds Weekly Challenge... we hope you will play along!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Creating with Cricut... Introducing Artistry Cricut Collection


This project was inspired by our "CTMH Cricut Cut" challenge on Between The Folds, which is a new Close To My Heart Weekly Challenge Blog!  Every Tuesday we will be offering themed challenges that will challenge your creativity!  We hope you play along!

This week our challenge was CTMH Cricut Cut!  I absolutely love all of our CTMH Cricut Collections, and the brand new Artistry is no different!  I am quickly falling in love with this collection too!


I chose to create a fun layout to showcase different categories this collection has to offer.  From titles, to flowers, to adorable icons and banners... Artistry is sure to meet the needs of any paper crafter.

I love ladybugs and butterflies and have always loved this little quote, so that is what I decided to base my layout on.  I used the layered banner style title and added the text using the "write" feature in Cricut Design Space.  Then I just added my adorable little ladybug, the beautiful butterfly and finally some beautiful cricut flowers, leaves and flourishes.  I chose to multi mat my photo as I wanted it to share an equal amount of space as the title to balance the page out.  The base for this page is Pixie Paper Fundamentals.

Here is a close look:



TIP: The bling on this page started out clear and I used our Shin Han Alcohol Marker to color the gems to make them the color I needed to match my page.  The color used for all the flowers was R5, Cherry Pink and G46, Vivid Green was used for the ladybugs eyes.

When it came time to add the photo (believe it or not, I designed this layout without one), I realized none of the photos of my now 19 year old daughter went well with the layout, so I contacted a friend and asked if I could showcase her beautiful daughter in this layout.  She had the perfect photo and gave me permission to use it!  Photo credit goes to her amazing photographer, Moments by Megan, in Concord, NC.  I just love how this all came together!

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the other designers over at Between The Folds Weekly Challenge... we hope you will play along!


Products used in this project are as follows:

Artistry Cricut Collection

Whimsy Paper Fundamentals


NOTE: the current Paper Fundamentals are retiring on August 31, 2015.  As of September 1, 2015, you will be able to get the Paper Fundamentals, however the Pixie base page used above with the little hearts will not be available.  The color will be the same, however the pattern will be different.  If you want the hearts, grab them now while you still can!  You get 2 pieces of each color in the Whimsy Collection.





CTMH Exclusive Cardstock Colors: Pixie, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf and Black (all will be available past August as they are NOT retiring.

Sparkles Clear Assortment
ShinHan Touch Twin Cherry Pink Marker

ShinHan Touch Twin Vivid Green Marker



Thursday, August 20, 2015

September Workshop - Zoe

Zoe means "life" or "alive" and these pages are just that!  They are interactive and alive!!! I just love the versatility of this paper collection because of the smaller repetitive pattern! Using the same cut pieces, you can decide how you want your layout to look! 


Finally, a scrapbook layout to celebrate scrapbooking! I have a ton of photos of my time spent with my crafty friends... it's time to get them in the scrapbook!! You can mix and match the pattern pieces on this layout or choose all of one or all of the other! So versatile!


Let's take a closer look: 



Speaking of versatile, how fun is this next layout... If you want a more classy and versatile look, choose Option 1...



If you want a more masculine layout, choose Option 2...



If you want it more girly, choose Option 3...



But wait, there's more... even the cards can me made using the options you decide on... even the sentiments!



Don't miss out on this one!!! It is already filling up!

What is included:
For only $20, you will get to complete 2 two-page layouts and a greeting card! **If you would like the $5 BONUS Add-On Zoe Assortment or the Zoe Complements (or both), please plan on adding $5 for each item and let me know when you RSVP what you would like. Only 1 of each per person! 

All pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble. All you need is your basic tool kit, including scissors, adhesive, glue dots, pop or foam dots.

ALL DATES this will be offered are:
Tuesday, 9/15/15 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, 9/17/15 @ 5:30 pm
Monday, 9/21/15 @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, 9/29/15 @ 5:30 pm

If you are intersted in attending one of my workshops, or if you would like to order a kit, please contact me at paperhugz@gmail.com.

Here is a list of products used on this project:
X7197B - Zoe Paper Pack
Z3123Enamel and Glitter Duos Green Triangles
Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
Z3167 Cricut Artistry Collection 
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment