Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Joyful Stars August Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Joyful Stars August Blog Hop.  If you have come from Krista's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.  August is an exciting month - it is the debut of the brand new Annual Inspirations!  You can view it HERE.  It is full of hundreds of fabulous new products.  One of my favorites is the new Cricut Collection, You Are Here.  Take a look at all the awesome images HERE.  The Just Married Car image is on page 17 of the booklet.  The car outline (Icon 5 Shift) was cut in the new silver foil paper.  This paper cuts so cleanly on the Cricut machine!  And I used the Shin Han Markers to add some color to the silver. 

The white background is embossed with the new Rose Embossing Folder.

Products used:
Z3389 You Are Here
Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
Z3343 Rose Embossing Folder
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
Z2454 Sap Green Shin Han Marker
Z2464 Tender Pink Shin Han Marker
Z2455 Light Orange Shin Han Marker

Now it is time to hop to Andrea's blog to see her fabulous creation.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Joyful Stars July Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the July Joyful Stars Blog Hop. I hope you are enjoying your summer!  The hop is circular, so you can start anywhere.  You will know you are finished when you arrive back at the first blog.  If you are following in order, you should have arrived from Krista's Blog. You can find a complete list of participants on  Joyce's Blog HERE. Today I have a simple treat holder to show you that is from our retired Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Each month, I make some kind of treat for the croppers who attend my monthly all day crop.  It is a simple project that can hold many different treats.  The box is made from Kraft Cardstock and the No Worries Paper Pack. 

 You can find the box on page 23 of the Art Philosophy booklet.  It is font layer/shift cut at 5 3/4".  I also used CTMH retired burlap ribbon.  It works perfectly with the No Worries Striped B & T paper.  I also cut Circle 2 ( on page 31 of the booklet) in White CS at 1 1/2" and at 1 3/4"in Sapphire CS.  If you want to add a little tag, I used Tag 2 (on page 40)  cut at  3/4" in White CS. 

Now it is time to hop over to Andrea's Blog.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Joyful Stars June BLog Hop

  Welcome to the Joyful Stars June Blog Hop.  I am so glad that you decided to join us today. If you came from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find the complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.  Today, I am using some beautiful new paper from the new Seasonal Expressions Book called No Worries.  I also added Cranberry Cardstock since there was so much red in my photos.  I apologize for the poor quality photo - I am working on taking another one.  The papers in the packet are perfect for summer and beach photos. 

Here is a close up of each page.  The wood grain paper is perfect for a page about the boardwalk!  The letters were cut using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge and then put though the embosser using Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder.  The page is embellished with the No Worries sequins.

Here is a link to the No Worries Paper Packet so you can see all the beautiful colors and patterns.

Now it is time to hop on over to Marie's Blog to see her beautiful creation.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Joyful Stars May Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars May Blog Hop.  I'm glad you could join us this month.  If you came from Michelle's Blog then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, you will find a complete list of participants HERE on Joyce's Blog.  Today, I have a home decor project to share with you. We needed some artwork for our newly remodeled bathroom. I could not find the right color combination and size so I decided to try my hand at making them.  The designs are overlays from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  The arrow design is found on page 82 of the booklet.  The overlay was cut in a dark gray and then cut again using the coordinating colors. 
 The circle design was another Artbooking overlay found on page 45 of the booklet.  I used Cricut Craft Room to "stretch" the design.  I wanted it to look a bit mid-century modern.  The frames are molded dark gray from AC Moore.  Once I found the right color combination, they went together quite quickly.
The colors used are Pear, Lagoon, Whisper and Pacifica.  The dark gray and printed background are from a paper pack in my stash.  They look great in the bathroom and I am working on a valance for the window.  The valance will be similar to the Pear color with some grey trim.
Time to hop on over to Marie's Blog to see her creation this month.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Joyful Stars April Blog Hop

Happy Spring and welcome to the Joyful Stars April Blog Hop.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of hoppers HERE on Joyce's Blog. Today, I have a card made using the Hello Lovely paper pack.  It is called "Upright Diamond Fold card.  You can find a tutorial on how to make the card at Splitcoast Stampers HERE.    The large flower, leaves and greenery were made using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge and the smaller rolled roses were made using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Since this card has a lot of dimension, it would be best as a "hand delivered" card.  It requires a bubble wrap envelope if you want to actually mail it. 
The Picture My Life Card included in the Hello Lovely Paper Packet is used on the inside of the card.

Now it is time to hop on over to Marie's Blog.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

April All Day Crop

April All Day Crop
April 1, 2017
Due to a conflict at the Church, the crop originally scheduled for March 18 has been postponed until Saturday April 1.  April 1 is the only crop in April due to the Easter holidays.
10AM to 5PM
Mark your calendar and RSVP to secure a spot.  Come take time to scrapbook your photos or work on any project.  Imagine 7 hours of uninterrupted crafting!  You can bring along any type of project - cards to make, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, beading or whatever you are working on right now.  I will bring my Cricut machine and all six of the CTMH cartridges.  Please bring your own mats (if you have them)  if you would like to cut anything.  There will be plenty of samples for inspiration including the CTMH Idea Books.

Space is limited, so be sure to contact me at to reserve your spot.

Bethel Hill United Methodist Church
2000 Bethel Road
Lansdale, PA 19446.  
10AM to 5PM
Cost is only $10
Drinks and snacks will be provided
Bring a bag lunch and a snack if you like
Hope to see you there!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Joyful Stars March Blog Hop - Sugar Rush Card

Hello and welcome to the March Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  Thanks for stopping by to see the creations of our talented Close To My Heart Consultants.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right path.  Since it is a circular hop, you can start anywhere, however if you get lost along the way, you can find a list of participants HERE on Joyce's Blog.  Today I have a card made using the new Sugar Rush card making stamps and thin cuts set (Z3300).  It it a great set, perfect for all kinds of celebrations, especially birthdays.  I am using the "belated birthday" saying from the set. The technique is called "triple stamping."

While the card looks complicated, it is actually quite easy to do.

Cut three pieces of white/light cardstock:
2 X 31/4"
3 X 41/4"
4 X 51/4"
Cut three pieces of a dark/contrasting cardstock.
21/4" X 31/2"
31/4" X 41/2"
41/4" X 51/2"

Layer the three white pieces keeping borders even all the way around.Use a little adhesive to make sure they don't move when stamping.

Stamp the sentiment on the smallest piece then random stamp images making sure the pieces don't move.  HINT: Use the rule of "three" when random stamping.  Start with the largest image first and continue stamping the images in the form of a visual triangle.  The triangle shape is very pleasing to the eye.  Be sure to stamp "off" the edges too.  Try to use an uneven amount - 3, 5 or 7 images depending on what will fit on the paper.  This technique works best with solid type stamps (as opposed to outline stamps that you have to color in the image.) You will get more color very quickly on your cardstock.

Then come back and "fill" in some of the space with the smaller stamps.  Try to resist filling in every little space.  You need some white areas to allow your eye to rest.  
Next, separate the three panels and back each with the darker contrast cardstock.
Put the panels back together and your card is complete. 
However, don't stop there.  Go ahead and make a coordinating envelope too!
Wouldn't you just love to get mail like this in your mailbox?  Did you notice the "matching" postage stamp?  Looks like the Post Office has designed stamps to go with the CTMH Sugar Rush Paper!

Here is another card I made a few years ago using a different stamp set.

That is all for today.  Now it is time to hop on over to Marie's Blog to see her creation.
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