Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bloom & Grow with ZOE...

HAPPY SATURDAY, Everyone!!! I have a quick layout and process video to share with you guys featuring the BRING BACK MY PACK special from CTMH featuring the ZOE Paper Packet from a few years ago!

But...this isn't the same line you saw back's new and IMPROVED! Check it out for yourself!

I gained major inspiration for my one-page layout from one of my go-to gals when it comes to one-page layouts...Missy Whidden!

Here's a look at my layout...

Here are some closeups...

I have a process video on YouTube if you're interested in my thought process while making this layout!

Don't forget to get your ZOE Paper Packet before it's gone forever, head on over to my website and get yours before May 31st BUT it's only while supplies last so do it quick!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Highlight the Details - CTMH Technique Blog Hop...

Welcome to this month's CTMH Technique Blog Hop featuring HIGHLIGHT THE DETAILS!

There are only 12 CTMH Consultants participating this month so you only need a small window of time to hop with us and gain tons of inspiration from some very talented ladies!

If you're visiting me from Terry's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping around until you get back to where you started! If you're starting here, WELCOME!!!

Here's a look at my card...using the April SOTM - Love So Sweet (if you're a follower of mine on IG, you KNOW how much I've been using and LOVING this stamp set) and at only $5 with a qualifying order, it's such a great deal!

So...not only did I use the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts to highlight the random stamped center of the card but I also used a trick of mine to highlight the sentiment...
If you turn the stamp backwards, you can stamp the solid backing over the stamped sentiment. ***note*** this doesn't work for every sentiment and it's not a perfect match but it adds that extra highlight to the sentiment...I hope you can see what I'm talking about in the photo below.
I also highlighted the inside sentiment using the backside of the circle "so sweet" sentiment...

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you leave INSPIRED to create and to add the April SOTM to your wish list for this month!

Hop on over to Michelle's Blog and see what she has to share!

Weather or Not with H2H...

HAPPY MONDAY before Easter!!! In my parts, it's been HOT but Easter is known for bringing nasty weather and that usually means COLD that we aren't used to.

H2H is challenging us with WEATHER or NOT and here's my take on it...

I grouped the Something Fierce and I Heart Us products lines from CTMH and I LOVE the fun and funkiness of the layout! If you're wondering where my "weather" comes in, check out this grouping of sunshine, stars and rainbows...
--------------------------------------- about this cute little palm tree from Something Fierce!

Thanks for stopping by...head on over to the H2H Blog and see what the other DT Members have to share and don't forget to play along with us before the end of the month!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Easter Treat Bags from CTMH & Design Space...

shared from ctmh's blog...

Easter Treat Bags

Egg-stra Special Treats #ctmh #closetomyheart #eggstraspecial #treatbag #Easter #Eastertreat #diyEaster #EastercandyWith Easter just around the corner, we came up with a couple of really cute treat bags for you to make and share with all of those people you love to celebrate with!
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Take a look at how easy this egg-stra special treat comes together:
This project uses a simple base shape that folds up into the treat bag shown above. To help you easily replicate this shape, we created a Cricut Design Space™ file, If you do not have access to Design Space, these little eggs are still doable with a little bit of ingenuity and scissors! 😉 The oval shapes forming the eggs are 3½” tall and 3¼” wide and are connected by a 1″ x 1¼” rectangle. We also recommend cutting out a few small strips of paper to add sentiments and decoration to your finished treat. The strips we cut are ¾” x 3¾” and ¾” x 3½”.
With a Bone Folder, score the short sides of the connecting rectangle to create the base for your egg to stand on. Then, flip the cardstock over and stamp on the top oval. Using a tone-on-tone stamping technique will create a subtle and delicate pattern.
Attach a treat to the inside of the wrapper. Fold your egg and attach the top of the two ovals where they meet with adhesive. Lastly, embellish the front as much or as little as you wish. We added the two small strips of paper that we had you cut in step 1, after stamping one with a sentiment, and attached a small ribbon bow with a glue dot.
Pretty simple, quick, and adorable!
Want to try your hands on one that’s got a little more technique to it? Show some BUNNY just how much you love them with one of these:
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STEP 1. PAPER PIECESFor this second treat bag, you will start out with a 3″ x 10½” piece of paper for your base. (We made each one of our bases a little differently, some with patterned papers and some with cardstock.) You will also need a White Daisy 2½” x 3¾” rectangle, a 2½” x ¾” strip cut from patterned paper, and a 2″ light colored cardstock circle. (If you’d like that extra bit of detail that you see around the edges of our White Daisy rectangle piece, cut your shape with a Stitched Rectangle Frames die.)
STEP 2. CUTTING THE BASE.In order to achieve that fancy top that you see at the top of our bags, we used one of our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts and partially cut into our paper.
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You do not want to cut out the entire shape of the tag. (Otherwise all you’ll have is a tag.) Line up your die as close to the top of the base paper, parallel to the edges. Place the top plate of your die-cutting machine only over the portion of the die that you wish to cut. In this case, place the plate over as much of the tag as you like, without including the bottom. Once you run it through your machine, you should have a cut piece of paper like the one you see here.
Use a paper trimmer (or scissors) to continue the side cuts all the way down to the bottom of the base paper.
Using the pattern above as a guide, score the three dashed lines.
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On your White Daisy cardstock piece, start by stamping the grass along the bottom. Once your grass is set, move on to stamping the Easter eggs.
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Attach all of the pieces to the base, as shown, and embellish with a ribbon bow. Lastly, add a treat to the inside and then fold the base around it at the score lines. Close it off with adhesive where the top of the front and back meet, and you’re done!
Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bring Back my Pack - Zoe...

Zoe Is Back and Better Than Ever!

We did it again, friends! One of our favorite retired paper collections, Zoe, has received a modest makeover, getting updated colors, a new 12″ × 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop. The updated Zoe collection is available through the end of May. With its sunny disposition, this collection is sure to brighten anyone’s day and any scrapbook album!

1.  My Acrylix® Zoe Stamp Set

As if this stamp set isn’t perfect enough for all those sunny moments you wish to hold onto, the shapes outlined in red coordinate with our Cricut® Artistry collection—making it that much easier to create unique, custom cards and layouts! You’ll find sizing instructions for cutting the coordinating shapes on the packaging of the stamp set.

2. Zoe Paper Packet

Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Heather, Mint, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy, this paper packet comes with 6 refreshed patterned paper sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs, and 1 new coordinating sticker sheet! The zip strips are also new! Click on the image to take a closer look!

3. Zoe Coordinating Cardstock

These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Zoe Paper Packet. Each Zoe Coordinating Cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, 2 each of Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Mint, Canary, Heather, and White Daisy; all 12″ × 12″.

4. Zoe Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found below to create four coordinating layouts and six cards!

(Click on the individual image for a closer look at any of these projects.)
Download workshop instructions, here!
Zoe is only back for a limited time and only while supplies last! Act fast, and get your favorites from this collection before they run out and it goes away for good!