22 August 2016

Celebrate Fresh Inspiration (A Little Late)

Hi All! I just wanted to share a card that I made for my niece. The inspiration came from this Freshly Made Sketches challenge:

This was actually last week's sketch, but I didn't get my card mailed until late, and I didn't want to post it until I was sure my niece received her card. Soooooo...... (It was fresh inspiration when I made it!) ;-)

Here's my take on the sketch:

I had so much fun making this card! I began by layering Thistle cardstock on a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base, and then set it aside to work on the front panel.

For said panel, I ran a 4 x 5 1/4-inch piece of White Daisy cardstock through my Big Shot Plus machine using the new Happy Thoughts embossing folder by Close To My Heart. I then cut a strip of Sea Glass glitter paper and added it to the embossed layer with regular adhesive. 

I cut the striped panel from paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack and added two strips of gold foiled dotted vellum from the Uptown Fundamental paper pack to the back of it, and popped the whole thing over the Sea Glass glitter paper with foam tape.

I cut Celebrate from Sea Glass glitter paper using the new Celebrate Thin Cuts Die by Close To My Heart and added it to a third strip of the dotted vellum with foam tape. I then popped that strip up over the striped paper using strategically placed foam tape.

I cut "You" from the gold striped paper in the Uptown Fundamentals paper pack using My Favorite Things Little Letters Die-namics Dies. I tucked them under the vellum and adhered them with Liquid Glass.  I then finished things off with a liberal sprinkling of purple and clear sequins from 28 Lilac Lane. I added the front panel to the base with regular adhesive. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

So better late than never! Hopefully we'll be back on schedule with some sketch challenges this week. In the meantime, have a wonderfully creative day!

18 August 2016

Home Sweet Home

Hi All! We're back to take a look at the smallest of the frames in this home decor grouping. It was also the simplest to put together.

The sentiment inside this frame is a sticker from the All Together complements pack by Close To My Heart. Initially, I thought I would layer the sticker directly onto pattern paper and the pop it up in the center of the frame, but it just didn't look right. So I cut the sticker out of the pattern paper (rather than trying to remove it) and popped it up on a frame of Sea Glass glitter paper with foam tape. I then used three or four layers of foam tape to pop the Sea Glass paper off the back of the frame. 

The embellishment is made with a collection of things from the All Together compliments pack, along with Sea Glass glitter paper and jute from the Rustic Home Ribbon pack. The "Making Memories" sentiment is copper foil on vellum. (Love that!)

Here's a couple of close-ups:

The house is a sticker that I backed with paper and then popped up with foam tape.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed these frames. Here's a look at the grouping once again:

Have a fantastically creative day!

17 August 2016

Heart & Home

Hi All! Today we're looking at the medium size frame I created for this home decor grouping. But before we get into it, I wanted to clarify that the "frames" I'm using are actually wooden "word art" decor pieces. They were on sale and I didn't particularly fancy the sayings on them, but I thought they would make fabulous little shadow boxes if you turned them around. So that's what I did.

Let's take a look at the medium frame.

For this frame, I used the new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge by Close To My Heart. The background papers are from the Memo Fundamentals collection. I cut the house out of the dotted Kraft Cardstock from the Rustic Home collection, and the frame and roof from White Daisy and Cocoa cardstock respectively. I added velum to the the windows and used Sea Glass Glitter paper for the window sill and door. The cut has a rectangular window above the door, but I used the Sea Glass heart from my sentiment cutout instead. (I also added some Liquid Glass to the heart to give it extra shine.

I created the banner using elements from the All Together complements pack and jute from the Rustic Home Ribbon pack. I added the elements to the jute using my mini stapler.

Here's a close up of the house and banner:

I wanted the sentiment to stand by itself, so I cut the top piece from Sea Glass glitter paper and then layered that on six layers of Cocoa Cardstock. It was fairly time consuming, but the effect was perfect. I also alter the sentiment by changing the size of the heart layer (I made it slightly smaller) and then slicing it from the base so that it created a heart-shaped hole. I added a heart cut from a bit of copper foiled vellum to the center of the heart frame and then proceeded with the rest of the layers. I then added to sentiment to the frame using Liquid Glass. I decided it need a little something more, so I added a copper and vellum heart from the All Together complements to the back of the H with glue dots.

Here's a close up:

Here's a look at the whole frame one more time:

Hope you like this little homey shadow box. Tune in tomorrow for the smallest of the frames.

Until then, have a wonderfully creative day!