CTMH Artiste Baby mobile

Welcome

I have been trying to win a new Cricut Explore machine and decided to do something completely different with what I have done before.  I had just got my new Whimsy cardstock  pack and there was the new Glacier colour in it and it is such a beautiful and soft green/blue colour.  I had seen another consultant make a three dimensional balloon with an image cut out of the Artiste cartridge and decided to take the concept further and make a baby mobile.  I am sorry but I cannot remember the name of the consultant and can’t credit her.

10464193_736848793047531_1637306791840735543_nThe small balloons have been cut out at 4″ and the large balloon at 6″.  I have cut out 4 of each layer with White Daisy, Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstocks.  I then glued the layers together using 4 different colourways.  The completed image was then scored down the centre and then glued together to create a three dimensional object.  Unfortunately, I was in a rush and didn’t take any photos of work in progress, but you can see the process in this post that I did with Christmas decorations here.  The centre balloon has a basket made out of a square created by cutting a strip of Crystal Blue Cardstock at 3/4″ and another strip of Glacier at 1/4″ and glued the lighter colour over the darker colour.  I scored at 3/4″ lengths and created a square.  (I will try and take some close up photos and post them here later).

The white clouds have been cut at sizes, 2.25, 2.00 and 1.75 inches.  I cut two clouds from the Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstocks at 2.5″.  I then layered the white clouds onto the coloured cardstock.

To complete the mobile I got a piece of dowel from Spotlight and cut it in half.  I then covered the dowel with the silver washi tape which is no longer available and then used hemp tape to tie the rods together and also created a loop to hang it up.

I have thread a needle with cotton and pierced the different shapes and tied them together.  I wasn’t too fussed about having them all at the same length as it made it more interesting.  Sewing the basket onto the middle balloon was tricky and took some time to get it looking straight.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier, White Daisy, Crystal Blue

Washi tape – silver (NLA)

Hemp twine (NLA)

Needle and thread

Adhesive – Bonding Memories glue, Liquid Glss

Artiste Cricut cartridge.

I hope these instructions have made sense and please feel free to comment if you would like some clarification.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

CTMH Embossing fun

Hello again

This week I have been busy  playing with the embossing folders that Close to My Heart started carrying at the beginning of the year.  If you look through my archives you will notice that a lot of my cards have embossing on them.  Embossing adds the finishing touch to cards and can lift the card from a plain and boring card to something quite different again.  I have a number of different folders which are all good, but the CTMH embossing folders are great as they already have a slot at the end to pass cardstock through, opening up all sorts of different possibilities.  It makes it much easier to use different folders on different areas on your cardstock, which is what I have done with the following cards.

I am running low on baby cards so have been using up the last of my Lollydoodle stash as these colours are perfect for baby cards and you can pick up a number of different colours with them.  CTMH Lollydoodle baby cardFor this card I have used the stripe folder at the bottom and the dot folder for the top on a piece of 4  x 5 1/4″ White Daisy cardstock .  I used the stripe folder first and  you get a lovely embossed edge when only partially embossing the cardstock.  I  then turned the cardstock around and used the spot folder for the top.  I have used my ruler to measure `2 1/4 from the edge for the first lot of embossing and then 1 1/2 ” from the edge for the dot embossing folder.  There is 3/4″ gap which I have used the dotted Lollydoodle paper as a trim matted with Cotton Candy cardstock.  I have used the images available with the Cricut machine for the title.  The pram has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and cutting out wedge to create the shape.  The purchased this ribbon a couple of months ago with the special packs and  I love the colour of this ribbon even though it takes dye very well.  I used Liquid Glass for adhering the ribbon, pleating as I went along.  I then cut a thin strip of Cotton Candy cardstock  to put over the top and then put the Bitty Sparkles on it.  The wheels have been cut with an image from the Cricut machine and topped with

CTMH Lollydoodle baby card using stripe and chevron embossing folders.

For this card I have used the same technique with the stripe and chevron folders.  The pin has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and next time I will do it a little smaller.  The rattle has been coloured using the new Touch markers that will be coming out next month.  More about them later.

CTMH card using stripe and dot embossing folders

This card is elegant in it’s simplicity.  I am not sure what sentiment I want to put on the card and I think sometimes it is nice to have a card without anything, so people can put their own thoughts on it.  The butterfly has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and finished off with clear sparkles.

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Finally, I  love this card.  I have kept to a very simple colour scheme using the now retiring Twilight cardstock and the Twilight and white spotted Lollydoodle paper.  The chevron embossed white cardstock makes a perfect background to the images cut from the Artiste cartridge.  This pattern from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 is so wonderful and versatile and is perfect for this design.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Twilight, Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, White Daisy, Slate

Paper – Lollydoodle

Stamps – B is For Baby

Embossing Folders – Stripe, Chevron, Dot

Cricut cartridges – Artiste and Art Philosophy

Sparkles – Bitty and Clear Sparkles

Ribbon – dye ready (NLA)

Aqua Dots

Ariana Assortment

ShinHan Twin Touch markers – Marigold, Cheery Pink Peacock Green, Tender Pink, Leaf Green

Durables – round antiqued gold

Liquid Glass

This Lollydoodle paper and Twilight cardstock is only available until the end of the month and if you would like to purchase some you only have 4 days left to order some here.

Just a quick note about embossing CTMH cardstock.  There is a grain with the card and it is best to go with the grain for embossing.  For further information about this please visit the YouTube channel here.

I have another project that I have been working on and hope I can finish it in the next day or so and share it on here.  I just have some logistics to sort out first and need daylight to finish it.

I will not be doing the Australasian SOTM blog hop this month, but I am hoping that I can join another blog hop showcasing the wonderful new products coming in the new Annual Inspirations book starting on the 1st August.

I hope you have a good week.

Happy crafting.

Patricia

 

CTMH Cricut Cartridges

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Cricut cartridges

Since I have started with Close to My Heart I have relished the chance to do lots of different papercrafts.  I have purchased all three Cricut cartridges and I am constantly looking at the booklets that come with the cartridges to do different things.  The Artiste cartridge is great for doing 3 dimensional items such as rolled flowers and lots of different boxes along with an impressive range of embellishments, the Art Philosophy is great for tags and labels while the Artbooking is a very versatile cartridge that does lots of overlays as well as lots of different embellishments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I have used metal dies in the past but rarely use them now as while you can get a clean and crisp image with them you are limited to the size of the die.  With the Cricut machine I can cut each image at whatever size I want plus each cartridge comes with about 700 images, three stamp sets to coordinate with them and dimensional elements to add that little something special to a card or layout.   With all these images on the three cartridges I have not even thought about buying other cartridges.

From the Artiste cartridge I have  made these note boxes from page 65 of the booklet.  They have been cut from Cotton Candy and Buttercup cardstock at 4 1/4″.  (If you love the Buttercup cardstock it is on the retiring list so be in quick to order it).  It is a beautiful colour.  The flowers are cut from the Artiste cartridge as well and the leaves from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

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Here is a close up of using the piercing tool to create a pattern on the edge.

DSCF1465Here is some small cards made out of the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I have cut them all out at 3″ to fit the 3″ envelopes available from CTMH as a bulk order.  You can see with these cards how it it so easy to cut different sizes for the tags to layer on top of the cards.  I have used 4 different shapes for the cards.

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I love how the stamp sets coordinate with cartridges.  I have used the stamp sets that come with the cartridges.

Finally here are a couple of examples from the Artbooking cartridge.  I have cut the overlay at 2 1/2″ and it made a nice background to layer the tags from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

DSCF1451This is a sneak peak of my next post for the Paper Trail Blog Hop featuring the Balloon Ride papers.  I have cut an overlay as well as the titles from the ArtBooking cartridge.  This is such an amazing cartridge and I use it all the time.  I have placed small strips of different coloured cardstock behind the overlay to make this colourful addition to the overlay.

DSCF1309Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Pear, Sherbet, Sky Blue, Creme Brulee, Saddle, Cashmere, Cotton Candy, Buttercup, Hollyhock

Papers – Lollydoodle, Balloon Ride

Inks – Cotton Candy, Pear, Desert Sand, Topiary

Stamps – Distressed Backgrounds,

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Flamingo dots

Topiary ribbon

Brad from the Embellishment

Bakers Twine

Liquid Glass

Pink polka dot washi tape

Brads from the Extraordinary Embellishments pack for $30 when you spend $75

If you would like to order any of these products please visit my shop here.

Have a great week and I will be back next week with another creation.

Happy Crafting

Patricia