Sunday, March 15, 2020

Distressed Much? CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop for March! You may have arrived from Lauren's CTMH Craftings. To continue the Hop, just follow the links from blog to blog until you get back to where you started. If you get lost, you can find a list of participants on Melissa's page

This month's theme is ironically appropriate. We have over a dozen participants this month and I hope sharing our projects will distract and de-stress you! 

I used our new Cricut Collection, Everyday Moments, to create this card. It originally had a number of various colors, but I am getting ready for St. Patrick's Day. This design was perfect-once I changed the colors to greens and gold. 

How many shades of green do you see? Four?? Right, but I only used TWO colors of cardstock! With our two-toned solids, you get both a light and dark side for twice as many options!! The two darkest greens are the light and dark Clover. The lighter greens are light and dark Green Apple. Throwing in the Gold Glitter paper was a no brainer!

I added a little scrap of glitter paper behind the heart cut out and added a touch more bling with the Gold Glitter Gems. (These are expected to be back in stock soon! A good substitute is Golden Rod Stickles.) 

Our paper also has a white core which gives you several fun options for distressing. I sanded the outside edges of the cardstock pieces. Sometimes sanding or inking the edge of paper gets a little tricky because the paper is relatively flimsy. TIP:  Place the paper on the edge of a table to keep it stable. If your table isn't "craft friendly" (or it's curved), use the edge of the Versamat. It can be extended past the edge of the table for extra protection without losing its functionality. This is especially useful for full sheets like scrapbook pages.

You can use regular sand paper or even an emery board! The smaller shape makes those scallop edges easy!

If you don't have a CTMH consultant and want some shopping therapy, head over to my website.

The next stop on the Hop is the fabulous Miss Carrie!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Color Your World - Technique Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us in our monthly Technique Blog Hop. For February, we're going to "Color Your World." Go from blog to blog by following the links to see all the coloring ideas we have to share. 

If you've arrived from visiting Darlys Recker, you're in the right place. If you get lost, you can find a list on Melissa's blog. 

I think when we talk about "coloring" most people have images of pencils and markers (or crayons), but there are many other ways to use color in your art that don't require "staying in between the lines." First is a technique we call paper piecing. Instead of coloring part of an image, you stamp the image twice, once on plain paper, and a second time on a print or coordinating color. Here I used the crazy lady from "You're Not Old" and cut her skirt from the plaid paper in Celebrate Today paper pack.  (Don't forget, this month during Stampaganza you can save up to 50% on stamps or stamp/thin cut bundles!)

I love that our paper packets sometime include sheets that are a piece of artwork in themselves. Here is one from the Nov/Dec Mix In pack that looks like a watercolored sky.
Mix-in Paper Packet

There are several watercolor patterns in the Celebrate Today paper pack too: one is an all-over monotone look and the other is a background sheet with several rainbow colors.

Another way to faux watercolor is with the "Strokes of an Artist" stamp set. Using a regular ink pad, you can stamp texture that looks like it was painted.
Strokes of an Artist

The Cardmaking Workshop Kit for Celebrate Today teaches a number of methods to add color without actually "coloring" in traditional ways. These include: using watercolor paints, stamp rolling, tone on tone stamping, and stamping on colored cardstock.

If your stamp is relatively symmetrical, you can use the wrong (flat) side to "color" then add the detail with the regular (bumpy) side. 

I hope this post gave you some "out of the box" ideas for coloring! Please leave a comment before hopping on to see what Lauren has to share.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Terrific Treats - Technique Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us in our monthly Technique Blog Hop. For January, we're spotlighting "Terrific Treats." Go from blog to blog by following the links to see all the fun ideas we have to share. Valentine's Day is only a month away!

If you've arrived from visiting Miss Carrie, you're in the right place. If you get lost, you can find a list on Melissa's blog.

Did you know...we carry products that aren't found in either of the current catalogs?!  There are two specific areas to find these on my website: Clearance and Online Only. There are so many "extra" products that the latter category is subdivided! 

I decided to use one of these "bonus" products, Gift Card Box Thin Cut, this month for my project. Surprisingly, there aren't many ideas online using this die. Let's change that! If you have ideas, share them!  My project was so simple, I thought this post might be short. But, once I started taking pictures, I thought of all sorts of things to share!

The box die comes with two other shapes: an oval and a rectangle. These can be used to make a window in the box or to cut an additional layer for embellishing your box. But, for Valentine's, I had to use a heart! 

This is one of four sizes in the Basic Hearts Thin Cuts set. If you're making a window, the heart (or oval or rectangle or ??) can be run through your die cut machine at the same time you cut the box. If you want your window to be "closed," add a piece of acetate or vellum inside the box. You can also cut the shape from a different paper, or turn the shape over, for contrast.

For my first box, I used one of the new papers from the January/February catalog.  Celebrate Today is full of bright, cheery colors. One of the paper patterns is this fun watercolor. I used a Zip Strip around my box; it is the perfect size! What fits in these boxes? I found a few things in my treat basket that fit well including a package of Pop  Rocks (folded).

These boxes are the perfect size to pair with the cards in the Oh My Happy workshop! The envelopes included are Pixie, one of the colors in Celebrate Today. I didn't like the pink box on pink envelope, but I love the floral on pink! A little box of Red Hot candies is inside this one. Many sizes of packaged chewing gum will also fit. I suggest you take a box with you when shopping as packaging varies immensely from location to location.

I wanted to try a box with plain White Daisy cardstock. This would be an easy way to involve the kids...they could stamp or color, or color stamped images, etc. Since there are no little ones at my house, I found another way to dress up the white. I used an embossing folder and then colored the raised images with ink. (If you are looking for coloring ideas, come back next month when our theme will be "Color Your World.")

Here are the steps:

  1. Cut cardstock into 5x7 pieces.
  2. Emboss the paper.
  3. Using the Direct to Paper technique, color the raised side. (Rub the ink pad over the paper.)
  4. Use the Gift Card Box Thin Cut to cut out the shape (and window if desired).
  5. Assemble the box.
  6. Embellish.
  7. Fill.
  8. Share!!

Also note: you can get four 5x7 rectangles out of one piece of 12x12 cardstock. 

It looks like the die won't fit, but it will! Just make sure the 5" are between the outside cut edges. I cut my boxes upside down (paper on top of die) to make sure the paper was placed correctly. Also, when you make large, straight cuts, remember to angle your die so that there is a gradual leading edge going into the die cut machine. (I have a Cuttlebug.)

For this box, I used the oval AND rectangle shapes layered on top. The "to" and "from" are from the Oh My Heart stamp set CC12013. There are 37 stamps in this set!! Around this box is a piece of Candy Apple Striped Ribbon. Remember my ribbon trick from last month's blog hop? Well, if you thought it was hard to tie ribbon around a piece of paper, you won't want to try it around a paper box!  Remarkably, this box is almost the same size as the 2" x 3.5" Block. It fits inside perfectly!! If you are giving crafty gifts, this would be a fun way to wrap a block!!

Here's another tip:  To keep your ribbon from unwinding between uses, simply put a rubber band around the spool! I used to use pins, but they tended to get in the way, or misplaced. 

My favorite treat for these boxes is the Dove Promises candy! This time of year you can find the heart shapes. The regular shapes fit too, however, they are not quite square. They fit with the longer edge across the long side of the box. The specially wrapped Valentine's theme look weird to me since the letters are going in the wrong direction.  

If you don't need to make bunches of these, we found the small Dove bags at Dollar Tree.

Speaking of directions, if you use directional paper (words or lined up hearts) pay attention to which way your are cutting your box. One of the reason's I didn't use the Word Search embossing folder  (which is on Clearance!) is because I placed the die going the wrong way.

Please leave a comment before hopping over to see what aMAZing project Maz Wood is sharing this month.