Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Avonlea with Stella?!

Here's the latest two-page layout I created for my son's scrapbook.  I'm only a little behind, considering he turned two last month... ha!  I really love the Avonlea paper pack from the current catalog.  Much to my (very pleasant) surprise, I discovered that my Stella embellishments work beautifully with it!

I particularly love the element in the center of that second page.  With my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut out the rear shape at 3-1/2" and then the shape to be stamped at 3".  With a sponge dauber, I applied some Chocolate ink around the edges to give it a nifty look.  I stamped it with my favorite stamp from the Family Love set, and voila!  Love it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Something for Baby Brynn

This idea was born in my head long before baby Brynn was born, but because I tend to procrastinate on things like this, she's just receiving it today at the ripe old age of five months!

I'd never done a sign made of letters like this before.  I've seen tons of them online, so I finally decided to give it a try.  For this sign, I used only paper from my (now retired, boo!) CTMH Sophia paper pack.  But of course, any current or former paper pack would work beautifully!  Little Brynn's doting mommy had told me that her nursery was pink and green, so I just couldn't pass this up.

First I used my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the letters out of patterned paper, and I cut a twin for each letter out of plain cardstock as well.  I glued the patterned letters to their plain counterparts, then began on embellishments.

On the "B," I used two flowers from the Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes.  I applied Pear ink to them using a sponge dauber, then for the center of each flower I used a pearl gem.

On the "R" you'll find a two-layer butterfly that, like the letters, I also created with my CTMH Cricut AP cartridge.

The "Y" has a piece of Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon tied in a bow.  I used Hollyhock ink on a sponge dauber to color the ribbon.

On the first "N," I simply adhered three buttons from my crafting stash using Glue Dots.

The second "N" has another creation from my CTMH Cricut AP cartridge!  If you haven't tried the cartridges out yet, you really need to.  They make this so easy!

Next, I cut out thin craft foam from my local craft store to match the shapes of the letters and glued those to the backs of each letter to add some rigidity.  And finally, I used Cocoa ribbon to make the hangers.  I left them long, and looped, thinking that her mama could snip them as long or short as she sees fit, if she wants to, and tie them in bows for that extra-cute look.

I hope that Brynn and her mom love it!

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Monday, October 1, 2012

October 2012 SotM: Christmas Time!

If you know me or have been reading this blog for long, you certainly know that I'm crazy about Christmas time.  (No, I'm not one of those people that starts decorating in September.  Not that crazy.)  So when October rolls around and CTMH offers the Stamp of the Month, I get so excited about making Christmas crafts!  This year's is extra special because it works so well with our Cricut Artiste collection to quickly make cards, scrapbook layouts, gift tags and so much more.  Easy peasy!

Here it is, yours for $5 with a $50 purchase!