Friday, October 27, 2017

Holiday Village with CTMH...

taken from ctmh's blog

Holiday Village

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The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!
First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:
When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).
Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!

9″ Sparkle House
  1. Use Beary Christmas pocket scrapbooking cards for roof
  2. Trim holly from Beary Christmas zip strip to attach to front windows
  3. Front door is a sticker from Cats & Bats Complements
  4. Use a gold pearl as doorknob
  5. Dovetail “SPARKLE” sticker from Silver & Gold Complements and attach above door
  6. Fold chimney, cut to fit on rooftop, and attach with thin 3-D foam tape
  7. Attach cotton ball to roof inside chimney and pull up to create “smoke”

7″ Shine House
  1. Use scallop border Thin Cuts to create the shingled-roof look
  2. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from the Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  3. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  4. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape
  5. Side shutters are a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements

7″ Bright House
  1. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  2. Draw a line with journaling pen to create double doors
  3. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  4. Embellish green tree with red glitter stars from Beary Christmas Complements
  5. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape

4½” Village Lamp Post
Cricut® Shapes:
½” Shape (cut 4, p. 43)
1″ Shape (cut 2, p. 43)
  1. Attach two 1″ silver foil paper circles to dowel by wrapping dowel with thin 3-D foam tape
  2. Attach silver foil circles to each other at top with glue dots
  3. Wrap black shimmer trim to one end of dowel
  4. Glue together four ½” black cardstock circles to form base
  5. Attach dowel to base with glue gun

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Cricut® Shapes:
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 (cut 2, p. 48)
  1. Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
  2. Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
  3. Color edges with marker

There you have it—our secrets to creating a paper winter wonderland! Please ask questions or share any tips of your own in the comments below!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Blog Hops with Heart - Workin' Hard or Hardly Workin'...

Welcome to this month's Blog Hops with Heart featuring all kinds of WORK or lack thereof!!!

We're a small group so it won't take long to see all the FABULOUS takes on this month's challenge!

If you've come from Jayma's Blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping 'till you get back to where you started!

I decided to scrapbook some photos from last Spring...although the photos show some pretty hard work, there were more of us hardly! I used CTMH's Artistry Cricut Collection along with various cardstocks and embellishments! I decided to use the NEW Colorblock Alphabet which I love because it brings some color to the layout!

One thing I still LOVE about CTMH Cardstock is the white core...I used our sanding blocks (3 different grits for varying looks) to distress the wood overlay so it would look more like wood! I also stitched through my title to adhere and here and there on the wood overlay.
I broke out the BRADS from my stash to add some yellow in the bottom left to create that visual triangle...

Thanks for stopping by...head on over to Kelly's Blog (the beginning) and see what she's created...I know you'll LOVE IT!!!

If you're curious how I design my layouts, here's a look:

  • I open up Cricut Design Space and insert a shape (square) and size to 12x12.
  • I insert my shapes and size accordingly.
  • I change the colors of my images to see if they're all going to look good together.
  • Sometimes I'll add my photos by uploading the image and inserting...this way I can make sure the color of my elements match the colors in the photos (in this layout I wanted the color of her shirt to match the subtitle piece at the top left of the layout.
Here's a look at my layout WITHOUT inserting the photos and WITH inserting the photos so you can see what I'm talking about...

Now scroll back up to continue hopping!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christmas is coming - here's some inspiration from CTMH....

Christmas Album Inspiration

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is just around the corner, with Christmas only a little over two months away! To help you get your holiday cheer going (if it isn’t already!), we are sharing a Christmas album with you made entirely from patterns featured in our new how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3.
 Use the images below as inspiration to make your own layouts. If you’d like to replicate them exactly, look to our supply list at the end of this post. You’ll see that you only need a handful of products, including one of each of the items in our Beary Christmas suite: one paper packet, one set of coordinating cardstock, one set of Complements, one set of dots, and one silver shimmer trim.
Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 17 (p. 38)

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Add stamped accents like this one to your pages with the October Stamp of the Month, Christmas Tunes

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart ™, Vol. 3: Pattern 1 (p. 6)

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 4 (p. 12)

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 5 (p. 14)

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 8 (p. 20)

Prepare now to preserve all of the wonderful memories the holidays have to offer.
If you plan on making this album, but maybe not until after the craziness of the season, make sure you grab your supplies while they are available! The October Stamp of the Month, featured in several of these pages, is available this month only, while the Beary Christmas suite is only available through December 31, while supplies last.
Keep up with us on the blog all season long to see all the fun things we have in store for you! We are going to do our darndest to make sure you are ready for the holidays this year!
Supply List: