Monday, April 29, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #1!

Way over on the other coast fellow Canadian Close To My Heart Consultants Darla & Michelle have started a new sketch challenge blog! 

As you can see Michelle created a super fun sketch that gets you started yet leaves lots of room for you to make it your own.
I decided to make a card using some of the wonderful Chantilly Paper along with Chocolate and Sunny Yellow card stock

The flowers and sentiment tag are cut out with the Cricut Art Philosophy and I used chocolate ink to edge the flowers and stamp the "Thank You".  This stamp is from the Casual Expressions stamp set and I added a bit of sparkle to my flowers and bow using  Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel. 

The super cute metal bow was from the Boutique Assortment that was on the While Supplies Last a few weeks ago and the yellow ribbon was from my stash.

I think this turned into a very cute card that was quick and easy.  Congratulations to Darla & Michelle on their new blog and follow this link to see some of the other artwork created using this sketch!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cross Canada Blog Hop... April!

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring a Home Decor project of our choosing.  I have decided to show you a few quick projects that I have made over the past several weeks.  For these projects I used the For Always Paper Packet (pg. 32 $9.95) and the Cricut Artiste Collection (pg. 15 $99). 

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at My Creations with Michelle. If you came from Karen of Clearly Precious  then you are in the right place!

The first project is what I call a "Luminary".  Using my Cricut Artiste I cut out 3 boxes found on page 56 (the box is on the 3D object key) and the sizes are 2 1/2, 2 1/4 and 2".  I then fold and glue the boxes together, make sure you don't glue the lid flap!  I like to put flameless tealights in each of the boxes and then stack them.  They create a lovely glow and are perfect for a space where you want a pop of colour but don't want to use a real candle.

Folded and ready for glue!

My next project was made for a wedding fair and was created using the Cricut Artiste.  Found on page 65 it is the 3D object key and cut out at 4".  I inked the edges of the flower in Ruby Ink and I love that this is a gift box that does not require any glue!  You fold the edges as per the score marks and it is held together with the flower.  Very easy and dramatic.


My final home decor project is a dressed up dollar store candle!  I wanted to use up some of the scraps from my many projects with the For Always Paper Packet, so I put a few strips of the different papers around the candle then added a strip of the new black shimmer trim to the bottom and few bitty sparkles around the top for balance (and because a little extra bling is never a bad thing).

I finished dressing my candle up by using 3 Badge Buttons that were available on While Supplies Last a few weeks ago.  I toyed with extra trim, more layers of paper, flowers, etc. and came to the conculsion that sometimes less is more.  I think it looks great on my bedside table!

I am the very last "stop" on this hop across Canada but if you are still completing the circle your next stop is back at the beginning in Nova Scotia with Michelle of  My Creations with Michelle.

 Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in May when we will be featuring some Canvas projects.