Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wedding Projects #4

Continuing the wedding projects!

The cake boxes were used as containers for the Candy Bar at the wedding reception. 
Lots of scoring! Fortunately, the cake boxes were made 
after our Score Board came out.  Very helpful!!

The boxes and the flower are both made with Cricut Art Philosophy Collection

The boxes were cut at 3, 4 and 5 inches.
The rose maybe have been cut Fit To Page, I can't remember. 
So much easier than the little ones!
I also ended up edging the petals in Sorbet.
Cakes are trimmed with Colonial White Rosette Ribbon (retired).

                                     Here are the cake boxes on the Candy Bar at the reception.
                       One cake had four layers, the other had three. Each layer has nine boxes.
                                      I also cut tags on the Cricut to label the candy containers.

Do you, or someone you know, have a wedding in the future? I'd love to help! Contact me for help with design, assembly, decorations and most importantly, the scrapbook! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wedding Projects #3

I made several paper projects for our son's wedding. 

And when I wasn't able to get into the craft room, I was knitting this shawl for the bride.

I gave it to her at the shower.

The flower is stamped using the Rock and Roll technique.
Stamp Set:  Girls Rock
Texture made with Cuttlebug using:  Damask Embossing Folder
Stamp Set:  Card Word Puzzle (retired)

Stamp set:  It's Your Day (retired)
The cute little bird is from Cuddly Salutations B1458, one of our exclusive Hostess stamp sets.

Coming Next:  3-D Cake Boxes


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wedding Project #2

Continuing with projects from our son's wedding...


This time I edged the Claire paper in Outdoor Denim ink. 
Stamp Set:  My Sunshine (retired)
Compatible with:  Cricut Artiste Collection
Stamp Set:  Little Reminder (retired)
Colors are:  SorbetOutdoor Denim and Colonial White

For this invitation I used regular printer paper.  Print first, stamp second.
Stamp Sets:  Solo "2" (retired) and

Coming Next:  Shower Invitation and gift

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wedding Projects #1

Our oldest son married his high school sweetheart last month. My next several posts will be the items I made for the wedding.

The monogram for the belly band was cut, then printed and finally stamped. That was probably not the easiest way to do it, but I was conserving paper! ;-)
You may not be able to tell, but the printing is in Outdoor Denim! 
Yes, you can tell your printer to match CTMH colors!! (Ask me how.)

Colors are:  SorbetOutdoor Denim and Colonial White
The invitations were mailed in our 5x7 Colonial White envelopes.

The paper pack is Claire. It is retired but I had quite a bit left. Turns out it wasn't enough though. Much thanks to all of my fellow consultants who were willing to give up packs from their stash!!  (One of the many reasons I love this company!) For the scrapbook, I'll be using Studio J. Did you know there are YEARS of retired paper on Studio J?  Currently there are 125 kit options. And, next month (November 2014) the Constant Campaign is a Studio J special!!

Here's the inside. I printed the invitation and enclosures at home on Colonial White
then stamped the images in Outdoor Denim ink. I also edged the top enclosure in Sorbet.
Stamp Set:  Hello Tweety (retired)
The film strip on the left was cut using the Cricut Artbooking Collection.
Now, does anyone have any ideas for all of these leftover pieces?

Quite the production!

Next:  Rehearsal Dinner Invitation...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Correcting Common Stamping Problems

If you've only used wood mounted stamps before, or aren't familiar with Close To My Heart's My Acrylix stamp line, check out this YouTube video.

Basic stamping is, and should be, simple and straight forward:  Take your block mounted image and twist, twist, stamp, stamp it on your ink pad. Then stamp the image onto the project paper. You don't need to press hard, just firm, even pressure. Wait a second to allow the ink to transfer to the paper.

Here are some solutions to correct common stamping problems:

  • Image is not centered.  Try standing up so you can look straight down through the block and stamp onto the paper. This will eliminate angles and distortion from looking sideways.  Make sure you're holding your block level too. If placement is especially crucial, you may need to "hover" over the paper. I hold the block with my thumbs and index fingers above my paper and "balance" on my other fingers. This allows me to get the image lined up just right before pressing straight down onto the paper.   

  • Solid image isn't solid. Use the "squishy thing." This is a
    piece of foam material included in every Close To My Heart My Acrylix stamp set. It's not just packaging! This will give you a cushion when stamping. Place the foam under your project paper.You can also use a pad of scratch paper or our the Versamat. The Versamat also gives you a nice contrast when stamping on light colored paper.
  • Not enough ink. Another great thing about My Acrylix, you can see where the ink is, or isn't. Look at your stamp after inking it. Is there even coverage on the image? Did you pick up a pet hair? If your stamped image has an area that's missing ink, check to make sure there isn't a fold or crumb under your stamping surface.  The area should be smooth. This is also the reason to stamp your image before assembling your project.