Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Balloon Ride

Balloon Ride Damask Divas Blog Hop


If you came from  Danielle's blog, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check out the Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

Hello everyone!  Welcome to my blog!  This month our blog hop is featuring the Balloon Ride paper pack.   I wanted to share some new ways I've been playing on my Cricut Explore~using Design Space and the score tool!  As soon as I read about the Explore, and the score function, I was drooling...This is exactly how I planned on using it!  I also played with the writing function.  I managed to find the *perfect* font for me!  I couldn't believe how easy it was to use in Design Space.  The font is Lavanderia and I used it to write on the banner using my Explore.  Love it!  

All the balloons, clouds, and sun cuts I used were from CTMH Artiste.  I cut the gold sun from Brown & Tan Glitter Paper.  The Love sentiment was cut from Artbooking.  Then, I used my Explore, and the score tool to emboss hearts on the clouds, from an Overlay from CTMH Artbooking.  I turned the paper setting to poster board, to get a deeper score.  If I had a intricate cut, I would have switched it back quickly to cardstock, or it would tear.  But, for the cloud it cut fine on poster board setting.  I love it, and I'm calling it faux-embossing, lol. ;)  The "you & me" stamp is from another must have~ from Skylark WOTG.   I  used Juniper and Smoothie CS from Whimsy Combo pack.
Love the gold sequins I stole from my Ivy Lane WOTG. 

  Here is an up-close pic of what you can do with the score tool.  
 Here is a pic of the clouds {with faux-embossed hearts}


Thanks for joining me!  Next on the hop is Lisa's Blog

I hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Balloon Ride. If you just jumped in, just hop on over to Damask Divas Blog for the full list.

Any image can be scored {faux-embossed} but, I LOVE it with our CTMH Artbooking Overlays!!!  Here are some more ways to use the score tool.  This is my new favorite way to have a subtle background for my cards and scrapbook pages! 

Thanks for joining me! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring card

Hi everyone!  I'm so glad Spring is here, and I have been able to get back in my not-quite-as-cold craft room!  I've been playing with some new paper, it's a sneak peek of good things to come.  I used the Free to be Me paper pack which will only be available in May.  I have learned I LOVE my Explore!  I also love my ScanNcut.  I can't decide which I love more.  The Explore is definitely a higher quality machine, in my humble opinion.  The ScanNcut has frustrated me more, mostly with mat not loading correctly.  If I wasn't too lazy busy to I could use the Explore to cut out my stamped images.  Since I loathe fussy cutting, I'm keeping both machines.  So for my card, I cut the flowers, leaves and thank you sentiment using the ScanNcut.  All other cuts are from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge, using the Explore.  Cuts I chose were Pennant Frame, Scalloped Square, Square Frame, and Square.  The stamp set I used is Happy Autumn.  I used Lagoon pigment ink, with a touch of juniper to stamp the flower and then did some coloring with Lagoon alcohol marker, and Juniper marker to shade in a bit.  I love that CTMH alcohol markers and pigment inks play nice together!

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's a few more sneak peeks:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wild Wonders Baby Album/Card

Hello everyone!  I started working again this year, for the first time in 15 years.  I work with special needs children for our school, and I love it!  Working with the kiddos is very rewarding, and so is getting out of the house everyday.  Recently a coworker had a baby, and I was asked to make the card.  None of my coworkers know I am love to make cards, or how hard I would try to figure out  the "perfect" way to incorporate the kids "helping" me...I'm sure any other staff member would have just slapped some construction paper together and had the kids sign it.  But, that's not really my style, lol.  I did get each child to stamp their hand print, though a few had to be talked into it.  Especially one, she has autism and does not like to get messy.  Lucky for me she loves babies, so I talked her into it for the baby!   I decided to turn the card into an album, so each of the kids hand print and signature could shine.  The hardest part was actually NOT using anything glittery, since it was for a new dad!  Well, I tried anyway!  I had to use my Copic Spica glitter pens~just a tad.  I made something that might last a week before it gets thrown in the trash.  But, the smiles the kids gave when they saw their hand prints as part of the card, was priceless!

I just love this little stamp Wild Wonders!  So cute, especially since it coordinates with the Cricut  Artbooking Cartridge.  I used Sky cardstock to cut out the album, and banner from Artbooking, and added RubyHoney, and Gold Polka-dot  washi tapes to add a few pops of color.  I had stamped all the images and assembled the banner, but was trying to figure out the best way to assemble it when I pulled up the Mojo Monday...Perfect sketches for inspiration whenever I get too many ideas flowing and can't quite commit to one!