Thursday, December 29, 2011

Design Team Happy New Year

It is hard to believe that there is only 3 more days left in 2011.  So with the coming New Year,  Antoinette over at Inspired Stamps has asked the Design Team to create some New Year artwork.  The above card is my contribution for this week.  I have used the 1" Circle Sentiments, and Label Maker Alphabet to create this simple New Years card.

Materials Used: Inspired Stamps 1" Circle Sentiments, Label Maker Alphabet
Ctmh products used: Giggles & Grins B&T, White Daisy, Cranberry, and Black Cardstock, Black Ink, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Bitty Sparkles, and Sparkles
Martha Stewart - Lace

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I am Dreamin of a White Christmas

Okay so it was almost 60 degrees today in dear sweet Ohio, so I don't think we will get our white Christmas this year.  So I am improvising by creating white on white Christmas cards. 

Today my Inspired Stamps Design Team artwork is this White on White Easel card using Vintage Christmas and Blessed Little Christmas Stamp sets.

Here is a close up of the front, for the "Merry Christmas" I took the Wisemen stamp from the Vintage Christmas set, and Masked out the wisemen leaving only the Merry Christmas.  The white background was run through my cuttlebug using the Swiss dots embossing folder, and the edges were inked using Lilac Mist ink.

 The inside, base sentiment is from the Blessed Little Christmas set.

Materials used:  Inspired Stamps Vintage Christmas & Blessed Little Christmas
CTMH Materials: White Daisy & Lilac Mist Cardstock, Black & Lilac Mist Ink. Gold Ribbon, CTMH Exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Stickles Stardust, and B&T colorbok.
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Thanks for looking at my artwork, please visit the rest of the Design Teams Artwork, by following the links to their blogs on the left hand side.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Better Late than Never, Inspired Stamps Design Team Post

Boy things have been crazy around here, it seems like I have been meeting myself coming and going.  It has been so crazy with the boys wrestling, starting a new part-time job (my 3rd), along with my normal everyday stuff, I have lost track of what day it is.  I was on my way to work this morning when I realized that it was Thursday and I had totally forgotten to schedule my Inspired Stamps Design Team Post.  Good thing I had completed a months worth of projects 2 weeks ago, so my pictures are ready,

So without further ado, here is this weeks Inspired Stamps Christmas card.

For this card I used the Snowman from the Let It Snow Stamp Set, and the scripture is from the Vintage Christmas Inspired Stamps Set.

Materials Used: Inspired Stamps Let it Snow, & Vintage Christmas
CTMH Products Used: Lilac Mist & White Daisy Cardstock, Black Ink, Prisma Glitter, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Dutch Blue, Orange and Lilac Mist Markers
B&T Paper Colorbok, Black Fine tip Pen

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspired Stamps Christmas Card

Christmas is fast approaching and I haven't come up with my Christmas card design for this year.  I have made several sample cards but have yet come up with on I feel will be easy to make and I want to make more of.  This weeks Inspired Stamps Design Team work is one of my samples.  I have used both the Blessed Little Christmas and Vintage Christmas stamp sets. 

With this card I was going for quick and simple. I achieved that with the solid B&T background, lace and sentiment, but when  it came to the Poinsettia, I failed. It might be fairly easy to make (thanks to the Cricut) but it is not quick as the scoring of all those petals takes time. The inside was fairly simple until I decided it needed a little bit more and Masked the Merry Christmas from the wisemen from the Vintage Christmas set.  I masked out the Merry Christmas by putting tape over the part I wanted removed from the image, then inked up my image, once it was all inked I removed the tape and stamped the image.  The tape prevented the ink from covering the unwanted parts and therefore it didn't appear when i stamped it. 


At the rate I am going I will not have a batch of matching Christmas cards done in time to give out for Christmas, but with as many samples as I have made I should have enough ready to give everyone their own unique card, which might be the way I go anyhow.  Check back next week to see another sample for my Christmas cards.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for you this week.  Links to their blogs are in the sidebar of my blog.

Materials used: Inspired stamps - Blessed Little Christmas, Vintage Christmas
CTMH Products used - Aspen B&T, White Daisy Cardstock
Crystal Blue & Outdoor Denim Ink
Glitz Glitter Gel-Silver
Clear Sparkles (colored with Yellow Permanent Marker)
CTMH Exclussive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Martha Stewart Lace
DCWV Glitter Stack green cardstock

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Recent Layouts for Jimmy's Sr Scrapbook

It has been awhile since I have posted any artwork other than my Inspired Stamps Design Team work.  So I thought I would post several of the layouts I got done for Jimmy's Sr. scrapbook at our November Crop.  He graduates in 6 very short months and I am so far behind on his layouts I doubt I will get them all done in time. I only have 17 years of his life to get done in a very short period of time. Here is the start of his album.

PS - You will notice I am not a chronological scrapbooker.  Instead I scrap whatever pictures I am in the mood for, so you will see Jimmy at various stages in life.

This was the Warren Township Community Center
Scrapbooking class layout for November

This first layout is from last Christmas, we were making cookies when Robbie and Jimmy took over and kicked me out of the kitchen.  So being the great mom I am I grabbed my camera and took pictures of them making the cookies.  The blank red area above the big tree is where I plan on eventually putting my journaling.  (I hate journaling so it is usually the last thing I do on a layout)

Left Side - Roughly based on Title Topper-Heading from the Reflections How to Program
the circles and Christmas Trees were cut using the
CTMH exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Right Side - My own design
Materials used: all CTMH unless otherwise noted
Believe Paper Pack, White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Holiday Red cardstock
Holiday Red & Sweet Leaf Inks
Token Alpha & Holiday Wishes Stamp Sets
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

This layout is of Jimmy in 2009, showing his 4-H market hog in showmanship.  He placed first in his showmanship class, giving him the honor of being the Top Showman for his age group.  The layout design is Role Play from the Imagine How To Program.

Left Side

Right Side
Materials used all CTMH unless otherwise specified

Colonial White, White Daisy, Desert Sand, Cocoa & Bamboo Cardstock
Desert Sand & Pacifica Ink
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

This layout is one of my favorites because it is totally Jimmy. We were out taking his Sr. Pictures, he had climbed a tree so I could get several pictures of him in the tree. He is taking Natural Resources at the local Career Center and part of his class work deals with trees. Not to mention he has always been a climber and a clown. After our photo shoot, Jimmy was goofing off and decided to stage a "I'm falling" look to scare his mom. He didn't scare me but I did manage to capture the whole scene on film and thought a story layout was perfect.  This layout isn't quite finished as I plan on adding one of the Art Philosophy Trees to the Below page and of course I plan on eventually adding some journaling. 

Left Side - Very loosely based on
Front & Center-Basic from the Reflections How To Program

Right Side - Very loosely based on
Front & Center-Basic from the Reflections How To Program

Materials used all CTMH
Colonial White, and Desert Sand Cardstock
Back Country B&T
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

This layout should probably have been the first one I posted, as it is his first pictures.  I chose not to include his official hospital photo as he looks stoned in it.  This is the only layout I have completely finished as I have even done the journaling.   You can't tell it from the photo but the stars are totally coated in Glitter Glue, and the Marque with his name has glitter glue dots completely around the outside.  Of course this one also has items cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The Stars, Ticket, and Marque are all from the AP cartridge, the alphabet is from the Doodletype cartridge.  This layout is from the CTMH how to programs

Left side - Front & Center - Accent Band From Reflections
all these pictures are the originals, as Jimmy's hospital pictures
were the only ones not in the house when it burnt down
so I didn't have to scan them in.

Right Side - Based on Sidebar-Main Frame from the Reflections
Materials Used all CTMH unless otherwise stated
Caboodle B&T, White Daisy, Heavenly Blue, Crystal Blue, Key Lime,
Buttercup and Sunkiss Yellow cardstock
( the 2 yellows are because I accidently grabbed the wrong one for a couple of the mats.)
Glitz Glitter Gel Stardust
Art Philosophy & Doodletype Cricut Cartridges

This layout was a hard one to come up with as the underwater pictures are very blue, and I had a hard time finding paper to go with it.  I had to call in my upline for her opinion as I couldn't find anything I liked.  We ended up going with the "You Rock" papers as the Orange & green added to the playfulness of the layout.  I also used the Ducks from the "Makin Waves" Stamp Set.  It might have been the hardest layout to come up with but it was the funnest to complete.  I have fallen in love with the fun little ducks and have added this stamp set to my ever growing wish list.  This layout also happened to be my only one of the day that didn't have any cuts from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

 Layout Design: Title Topper - Photos from Reflections How to Program
Materials Used: all CTMH unless otherwise stated
You Rock B&T's, White Daisy Cardstock
Giggle Lowercase & Uppercase alphas, and  Makin Waves Stamp Sets
Sky, Pacifica and Black inks
Colored pencils 

I have entered this page in  the Art Philosophy Linky Party, to show how you can use this cartridge to spice up your scrapbook layouts.  Since I have gotten this cartridge it has not been removed from my Cricut.  It is my goto cartridge for everything, and I totally love everything about it.  Please feel free to explore the rest of my blog as just about every post from October on has something that was created using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Feel free to explore the rest of the blogs in this linky blog hop.