Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Huntington mini cards

I chose to do mini cards in a swap using the lovely Huntington paper pack.  For some reason, I was feeling especially creative and my ideas turned very nicely into some really cute projects.

It is a little difficult to see but I used the hexagonal stitch pattern from our new Stitch Guide Z1852 to make a double row of holes around a Cricut-cut hexagon on this first 3x3 card.  Another consultant had said that this size card works well as a little lunchbox 'love' so I kept this in mind for this project.

This next one uses what is called a Joy-Luck pattern but in a miniature size.  The Sparkle in the corner keeps the first flap from opening until you want to see the rest of the card.

I wanted to try the Stair Step style card for my 3rd mini and was pleased to have this adorable little card evolve.  It uses Cricut cuts from the Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridge.  I think it would make a beautiful place card for any Thanksgiving dinner.

My next swap is with the Sparkle & Shine papers.  I hope the Creative juices are still flowing freely as I work on those.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

After the Crop

By the time this posts, the crop which I am attending as a vendor will be done.  One of the centerpieces for my display will be this wonderful Advent Calendar.  If is made using our Designed Decor Black Frame which has five wires strung across the opening of a lovely black wooden frame.  A similar Advent Calendar is in the artwork in CTMH's Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide, a limited time mini catalog featuring a new paper pack, Sparkle & Shine and new Christmas stamps sets as well as other new products.  I knew that I wanted to recreate one for myself and to show others.  I still want to upscale the embellishment on the title banner but for now it is done.  I plan on letting each customer at the crop select one of the little fry boxes, and awarding a prize based on the number as well as the Hershey Miniature candy bar that will be in each box. This project made quite a hit at our GottaStamp unit meeting with several people trying to claim it as their own.  It came back home with ME, though.

Supplies used:
Z1880 Designed Decor Black Frame
Z1815 Mini Clothes Pins
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection
X7176B Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet
D1552 Magical Days Stamp Set

Friday, October 11, 2013

As I promised a few days ago, here are the October projects for my Assisted Living group.  Well, sort of.  I did not use CTMH patterned paper for my ladies but I did recreate the cards in retired CTMH paper to share at my CTMH GottaStamp Crew unit meeting.  These are the CTMH versions.
This first one uses paper from the Wonderland kit.  The cute deer is from the retired Santa's List D1383, but the fancy swirl is available now - Swirls Around D1551.

This Autumn card uses our cardstock in Barn Red, Honey, and Goldrush, along with a bit of the retired paper packet, Dreaming, to really make that scalloped border show.  And of course, the scallop was done with our new scallop punch Z1851.

The highlight of the class was this adorable Witch's Hat mobile.  My ladies made it with a white ghost, but the ghost is from a non-CTMH Cricut cartridge so I changed it up to a black cat and changed the spider to purple to keep it all to CTMH cartridges.  I used Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking - all three of our cartridges.  Every one of my ladies really liked how it turned out and I helped a couple of them pick a nice spot to display it near their doors.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I teach a monthly papercraft class at a nearby Assisted Living facility.  The usual attendance is anywhere from 5 to 10 ladies of varying ages and capabilities.  Mostly we make cards, but sometimes I will do a different project with them.  I usually don't use patterned CTMH paper but rely heavily on our stamps and cardstock.  In September we made a 'friend' card and two Christmas cards.  Here are pictures of our September cards.

The ladies liked the bright green color.  It matched CTMH Pear so it was easy to be matchy-matchy.  The flower and flowing banner are from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.

This card uses one of CTMH's new M size stamps.  The belt buckle is an Art Philosophy cut.

I CASE's this card from one that used Washi tape for the branches, but I substituted a thinner strip of patterned paper.  It was non-CTMH and was very thin and easy for my ladies to tear.  The gold starburst for the top of the tree is yet another CTMH Art Philosophy cut.

I am so pleased with my ladies.  Even though I do all the more difficult parts of whatever project I pick, they can still manage to make it their own.  In a few days I will post October's projects so stay tuned.