Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Art Philosophy and Pemberley Paper Inspired Creations!

 Today's cards came from showing how versatile our stamp sets are to a potential customer last week. The first card was my sample of how to use an image as background paper. I love the Pemberley Paper but sometimes you want a very different color scheme. So I picked the colors Lagoon and Olive for my ink and modeled how to position the Card Word Puzzle large flower stamp around the page by turning it and stamping off the sides a bit. Well this small demo of flower-filled paper has been taunting me all week! So last night I grabbed some lagoon card stock, my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and the Card Word Puzzle stamp set and got to work.

Very pretty Friendship Card
Inside sentiment from Beautiful Friendship stamp set.

Here's how that little sample turned into a beautiful friendship card: I stamped 2 more flower images on colonial white card stock while my Cricut was cutting the scallop edged frame and the tag for the sentiment. (I actually filled the page with several different words, shapes, cards some of which I used later for card #2)
I cut one flower out and topped it with just the center of the 2nd image. The center was colored in with a blending pen and creme brûlée ink. Then I added some glitter to the center of the flower where the stamens are. I took the background and glued it to the scallop frame, flied the large flower to the corner and popped up the center of the flower with sponge tape. The sentiment was made from the Word Puzzle stamp set and of course I added a cream brûlée butterfly with Liquid Glass over the top to make it stand out. The sentiment tag has 2 medium sized Sparkles added to each side. Most edges were sponged in Cocoa Ink.

The inside was that same great large flower stamp, glitter and 2 creme brûlée butterflies. The sentiment comes from Close To My Hearts fabulous Beautiful Friendship(B1400) stamp. Love that set and I'm finding lots of uses for it!

Cricut Cut sizes in the Art Philosophy Cart:
Scallop frame cut at 5.25 x 3.75 in Lagoon CS
Word Tag(shape2) cut at 2.181 x 1 in Lagoon CS

A companion card to say Hello!
Here is the second card made from 2 of the extra cuts on my Cricut from card 1. The Hello comes from the Cindy Loo cartridge and the Flourish is from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.

I started with folding and rounding the edges of cocoa card stock and embossing it with a Cuttlebug folder. Then I cut out 3 stamped images of the medium flower from Card Word Puzzle stamped in Lagoon Ink and edged in Cocoa. The leaves were stamped in Olive Ink with no edging. I also stamped 3 of the same flowers in Cocoa ink cutting out and using only the centers which I adhered with a glue dot. It added just the right touch and a bit of dimension. Finally, I glued the Hello and flourish down with Bonding Memories so I had some wiggle time if I needed it as I placed it on the card.
Clean and simple inside for a personal note!
By this time, the night had turned into morning so I kept the inside quick and clean! It was 3:00 AM and I needed to get to bed! So I sponged the edges of the liner ( also cut with the AP cartridge!) and a quick stamp of one of the smaller flowers from Card Word Puzzle. It was a good choice for a simple note card leaving lots of space for a quick note!

I still have several cuts from my 12 x 12 Lagoon cs I cut out on the Cricut so I'm planning to use most of them and make a 4 card set on this theme and place in a handmade folder. I think these will make a great gift!

As soon as the other are done, I'll be posting! Thanks for coming to my paper party! See you again soon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pemberley Paper Matchbox Treat Holders

Made these stinkin' cute matchbook treat holders and changed them up a bit! I used them for some earrings I made instead of a treat-size bag of candy. I got the info on how to make the matchbooks from Score Pal! They have such great information and tutorials. If you haven't checked them out-you should!
Inside my handmade earrings!

Here is the inside. I used the medium sized flower from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set from CTMH to add interest on the inside. The earrings I also made and were blue/yellow which matched this Pemberley Paper perfectly. The card stock is Colonial White.

These are fast and easy!
I cut 3, 8 1/2 " x  3" pieces of Colonial White card stock. Then I scored the sheets at 1" and 5". Then simply made crisp folds with a bone folder.

Pemberley Matchbook Treats
Then I cut my Background & Texture paper about 1/8 of an inch smaller than each of the pieces. I used Outdoor Denim Ink for sponging all the edges on the matchbox, earring card, and the medium flowers on the inside.

I thought I was done once I stapled the inside sheet for the earrings. But I didn't like how the staple looked so I stamped 3 more medium flowers, cut them out with my paper snips and adhered them on top of the staple with sponge tape. Now I felt like they were 'done'.

I think they turned out great!

I'd love to hear from you if you like this project or if you would like more information!

Check out Close To My Heart! Right now there are some great products on While Supplies Last! Go to my site at for those items and the paper and stamps used in this project!

Hope today you had a chance to celebrate with paper like I did! We have only one life-might as well fill it with fun, friends and as many paper fiestas as you can!
Until next time! Blessings to you:)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Art Philosophy Gift Bag w/Flowers

I've been busy making some projects! I love it when I have time in my craft room! I had 2 goals for the weekend: Make a gift bag for a relative she ordered AND make some sample cards using STELLA paper and the Note for You stamp which go so well together! Close to My Heart makes it so easy!
Here are my finished projects:
So pretty and feminine looking!
The same bag from farther away. I just love the flowers, leaves, and decorative elements on the Art Philosophy cartridge.
I cut the bag a bit taller so it would hold the lotion and other gifts my relative was giving her friend. I did the design on CCR with the width at 11.042 and the height at 8.583. On a 12x12 sheet of card stock you can only get 1 bag but you do have some salvage at the bottom to use for a matching card if you like.
The flowers are TAG5 on the overlay under font. I cut these at 2.514 x 2.5 and 2.25x2.25. The leaves came out BIG but in the end I liked them! These were cut at width of 1.528 x 1.5. The flourish underneath was cut at 1.875 x 3.667. I did the the bag, flower, and leaves/flourish on different documents in the CCR, NOT as layers. The bag paper and leaves were some given to me. The pink flower card stock was from CTMH. I also used some shimmer that I had over the leaves and flower edges in white. I love how this turned out and so did my cousin! Email me if you would like the CCR doc for this.

My second project was to get ready for a small gathering I'm having on Thursday with some friends to show them scrapbooking ideas. But I told them to also come and I'd teach them a card and I could practice my card teaching techniques and they would get 2 free cards! I'm excited to have them come and see the wonderful fun they can have with these projects and products! Here is the card they will be making on Thursday:

The first one is a small card but so precious! I used the acrylic stamp set A Note for You which is so cool. You can change the look and feel of the card so easily by changing the colors inside the flower. There is an outline stamp for the flower and then 3 different designs that can go inside the petals. This flower and the petals can be cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge but I just took my paper snips and cut them out. The paper is STELLA but I've seen some great cards and wall hangings using this flower in all sorts of colors! It is fabulous! Take care and if you are going to celebrate, make it a paper fiesta!