Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Christmas Tags & a FREE Cut File from CTMH...

SHARED FROM CTMH'S BLOG...

Free Cricut Design Space™ File for Holiday Gift Tags

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There are only 15 days between now and Christmas day…EEK! Is anyone else bursting with anticipation? By now (crossing our fingers), all if not most of the gift shopping is done and taken care of, and it’s time to start thinking of gift wrapping and accessorizing these sought after treasures into the decorative masterpieces that we’ll place under our trees or personally hand deliver.
With our love for paper, ribbon, and celebrating anything that allows us to apply both in a meaningful way, we could not help but create some beautiful gift tags using shapes from our newest Cricut® collection, Complete Creativity.
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If you’re not familiar with the Complete Creativity Cricut® collection, this collection is divided up by whole card and scrapbook projects, providing all the shapes you need to create complete cards and scrapbook pages for a variety of themes and occasions. Each project is made up of components that can also be used independent of the layout or card they were designed for.
To illustrate the flexibility of this collection, we pulled individual icons, shapes, and sentiments from several of the projects, manipulated their orientation and size, and then grouped them to create the 15 delightful tags you see here!
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All of the shapes, including the tag bases, come from separate projects in the Complete Creativity collection. As a special Christmas treat from us to you, we’re giving you our design space file so you, too, can create these little beauties and can use them in your holiday gift decorating!
To give you an idea of their size, the “Merry Christmas” tags are approximately 5¼” x 3⅛” and the “tis the season” tags are 4½” x 1¾”. If you look closely at each of the pictures above, you will see that there is a total of five tag designs created with three different sets of patterned papers and cardstock. The Design Space file provided will recreate all 15 tags, so you will see 19 different paper requests from your machine as you go through the “Make It” process. (Take a look at our “recipe” below for a complete list of the papers we used in our tags.)
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In the provided file, you may also notice a green stand-alone T-shape only in the middle set of tags. This shape is the background ribbon for the small present in the tag next to it. Both, the “Merry Christmas” tag and the T-shape are cut from the same patterned paper in all three sets of tags. Since the patterned paper used for these two shapes in the middle set of tags is a plaid pattern, we wanted to cut it straight in the tag base but not in the ribbon, because we liked the effect of cutting the pattern at an angle better. Therefore, we straightened the tag shape out on the Design Space Canvas Grid and removed the T-shape from the present at the angle shown. This way, the ribbon will be cut with the pattern at the preferred angle as well.
We hope you enjoy putting this fun Christmas project together and sharing it with friends. As always, make sure you let us know if you have any questions in the comment section below! Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Anything Goes with H2H...

HAPPY MONDAY (after this, there are only TWO left before Christmas...can't believe it!)

It's Monday which means that we are over at the H2H Challenge Blog with an ANYTHING GOES CHRISTMAS challenge!

So...here's my contribution!

These are made with the Craft With Heart Scrabpooking Subscription layouts for December and photos from LAST YEAR! That's the beauty of documenting your memories...there's no rule that you can't go back YEARS and scrapbook those memories!

These two beauties are my son and his girlfriend...I cannot believe how well the colors in these photos went with the Craft With Heart layouts! Another reason waiting paid off...lol




Don't forget to go play along with us...you have until December 31st to link up your project!

Check out my project video and don't forget to Subscribe :0)

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Reindeer Crossing SOTM Blog Hop...

Am I the only one you cannot believe it's already December...and secretly JUMPING UP FOR JOY because it's already December!

Before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season gets underway, several CTMH Consultants are joining in this month to show you this month's SOTM, Reindeer Crossing! It's a PERFECT stamp set for all thing Christmas...whether it be for your annual Christmas cards or a Christmas layout!


If you've come from Gina's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping around until you get back to where you started! If you get lost along the way, you can always head on over to Melinda's Blog to get back on track. And...if you're starting here, WELCOME!

I wanted to make a snowy Christmas card using this stamp set because, although the deer appear to be eating grass, they look all "wintery" to me...lol.

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Let's look a little closer at the details. I used some Linen Cardstock with the White Daisy to set it apart and add the slightest color variation...the B&T in the shaker window is from the Mix-In paper packet a catalog or so ago (you can still find it in the ONLINE ONLY section of my website). Then of course, I used the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts (even used the little stars that pop out of the die cut) with the Silver Loose Sequins to create my little window into the winter wonderland behind the deer. The ribbon is some of my FAVORITE ribbon from CTMH. Although I used it "as-is" here, you can color with your ink pads or markers.
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And here is the inside...kept it simple to match the front...


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to head on over to Haley's Blog and see what she has to share!

And...REMEMBER...you can only get this stamp set during the month of December AND you can get as low as FIVE DOLLARS with a qualifying order! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Adding Color to Vellum with CTMH...

shared from ctmh's blog...

Adding Color to Vellum

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Vellum paper is a great addition to any project, but it can sometimes get a bit tricky figuring out how to incorporate it in fun and different ways. Somewhere between transparent and opaque, using vellum paper in your projects is an easy way add a touch of sophistication. From markers and ink pads to re-inkers and shimmer brushes, today we’re walking through a few ideas for adding a dash of color to vellum paper.
In this first example, we sponged the edges with the Mint and Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads using a round sponge. By gently dabbing the ink onto the page with the sponge, you can create the perfect blend of gentle color on the vellum for a fantastic colored overlay! While it may not look like much on its own, this technique is a great way to finish off the vellum work in your projects for a subtle flair.
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This sponging technique is also great for larger surface areas, as you can see in this next card. Here, we used a sponge dauber to spread the ink over the entirety of each present overlay piece. We still concentrated more color at the edges, but we also spread the ink over the rest of the overlay to put more pigment in the finished piece.
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In our next example, we’ve used TriBlend™ markers to add a few pops of color to this cheery birthday card. First, we created the fun candles on the front side of the vellum paper with silver embossing powder. Then, we flipped the vellum paper over and colored in the gaps with the CitrusBright PinkBlue Turquoise, and Hydrangea markers on the back side of the vellum piece. This way, you get the illusion of soft candlelight on varicolored birthday candles that look so good, you almost want to blow them out!
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Tip: To prevent warping or curling in your vellum paper, move your heat tool in small circles as you set the embossing powder and avoid focusing the stream of the heat tool in one spot for too long.
For this next card, you’ll want to make sure you have your re-inker stash handy. To create this adorable sentiment and wreath on our vellum circle, we used gold embossing powder for the center and Black StazOn™ Ink for the wreath. Once the ink was dry, we flipped the vellum circle over and colored in the leaves on the wreath with re-inkers, again on the back side, using a regular paintbrush as an application tool. This technique gives you a rich saturation level on your color for consistency and vibrancy.
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Our last example today features the Julep Shimmer Brush. To start, we cut our vellum piece out with a bone folder and a paper trimmer to create the rough edges you see. (Instead of running the blade down the paper, run the bone folder in the crease of the trimmer to cut the paper.) Once we cut this large vellum piece, we heat-embossed oak leaves on it with gold embossing powder and colored them in with a Julep Shimmer Brush.
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Tip: When using a shimmer brush to add color to vellum, be sure to keep the coloration consistent throughout. Otherwise, you may end up with some blotchy patches.
With the subtle shine of the shimmer brush, these leaves are the perfect finishing touch for this card!
Impress your friends and loved ones this season with beautiful handmade cards that include some color treated vellum. The subtle sophistication that a little dash of color adds goes a long way!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Best Friends Furever Blog Hop...

Welcome to this month's product-focus Blog Hop featuring artwork from 10 CTMH Consultants using the Best Friends Furever Special!



If you've come from Gina's Blog, you're on the right track...if you get lost along the way, head on over to Melinda's Blog for a complete list. If you're starting here, WELCOME!

We are new pet-owners but I am LOVING this line because it's so FUN and whimsical AND it is for dogs AND cats alike!

I decided to document a recent hair cut that our little man got. He is a poodle but we wanted him to be long-haired. Well....the pet groomer didn't quite understand that...lol.

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Here are some closeups...
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Aren't those saying from the Eat, Play, Love stamp set PERFECT for this 'mistake'...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll head on over to Haley's Blog and see what she has to share! Then come back and check out my YouTube process video on this layout!