Monday, August 20, 2018

Cuteness Overload!

I can hardly wait to see the projects that are submitted for this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, Cuteness Overload.  For my project, I decided on making this slider card. The cuteness of this card is the design itself and the sliding mechanism that exposes more of the sentiment.




The technique for this slider card was taught to me by my friend and upline, Pam.  She, in turn, was inspired by this YouTube tutorial from Dawn Griffith:  Slider Birthday Card

All the supplies for my card are from Close to My Heart.  This patterned paper is from the retired Stargazer packet.  The last I looked, there was still some bulk paper (12 sheets of the same double-sided paper) left in the Clearance section on my website.

Do any of you use a Cricut and its Design Space?  Well, after I studied the card that I completed at Pam's, I decided that it was all done with basic shapes and that I could probably design a cutting file. Yay...it worked!  I do want to share the file with you, but keep in mind that I have never done that before, so here's hoping it works!  Here goes...Slider Card cutting file.  Remember, you do need to be logged in to Design Space for this file to work.

The assembly instructions will be the same as on the tutorial, except, of course, you will skip punching and cutting the opening on the front.  For questions, feel free to contact me.

I hope you enjoy this fun project and that you will visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges Cuteness Overboard for more "cute" ideas.

Happy Crafting,
Sue


Monday, August 13, 2018

Heavy Metal!

Being the literal person that I am, I decided to interpret this week's theme for just what it is...metal.  I used gold and silver foil papers from CTMH as the foundation of this masculine card.

Sketch inspiration from Mojo Monday (how I miss that challenge)

Also used were Peacock, Black and White Daisy cardstock and patterned paper from my stash.  I cut the gears from files on the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. The embossing was done with a folder borrowed from a friend.  The sentiment was from the Holiday Tags stamp set--long retired.

Planning this card took the most time.  Because it is hard to come up with masculine ideas and because I tend to be last minute, I went ahead and cut extra gears and embossed extra backgrounds.  Now it will be fast and easy to duplicate this card when I am faced with a "I need a card right now" moment!

I hope you are inspired to create your "metal" card.  Maybe you will do as I did or maybe you are a child of the 80's-90's and will be inspired to create with guitars and music notes. For even more inspiration, be sure to visit Heart 2 heart Challenges Heavy Metal. The beauty of all this is there is no wrong or right...just create and enjoy what you have done.

Talk with you soon--
Sue

Monday, July 30, 2018

Duly Noted!

What so you think of when you see the phrase "Duly Noted"?  The design team at Heart 2 Heart was a little stumped over this week's theme also, but then came up with some great suggestions.  One was to use the Documented paper line in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog while other ideas were to use Cricut cuts of notebook paper, create mini books or maybe journal covers.  Perhaps the most original idea was to use musical notes in a creation.

Along about that time Close to My Heart published an article titled "Telling Your Story in Lists".  You can read this article here.  It was suggested by a team member that this journaling idea may be appropriate for our theme, so that is what I went with.

Design credit to CTMH--Make it from Your Heart, Vol 3
I carried out my Noted theme in a couple ways.  First, I did my journaling by creating a list of some of my granddaughter's activites during her second year in FFA.  Secondly, I used several of the words from the Documented--Scrapbooking stamp set to create the gold patterned paper in the middle of the page.  This was done by positioning all the selected stamps on a block and stamping repeatedly on a retired patterned paper from CTMH.



Documented--Scrapbooking D1772
Other supplies used were:

  • Toffee cardstock (note both the light and dark sides were used)
  • Sapphire cardstock
  • Retired Honey Fundamental papers
  • FFA specialty paper from my stash
  • Retired Stargazer enamel dots
I hope you are inspired to create a "Noteworthy" project and then share it with us at Heart 2 Heart!

Till later,
Sue

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Color Dare #302

It has been awhile since I submitted a project to Color Dare.  I recently purchased some new dies and being anxious to try them, decided to give it another go. The colors for this challenge are Mink, Bashful and Glacier.




I used both sides of the Mink and Bashful to create some contrast.  The dies I used are from Papertrey Ink and My Favorite Things.  I considered adding a banner for a sentiment, but decided I liked the card just like this.  I did add a Happy Birthday sentiment in the middle. There are also a few Bitty Sparkles scattered around the flower.

Just for fun, here is another card showing a few of the other die cuts in the kit.  I also added a Sorbet flower.


Hope you are inspired by these color combinations.  For more inspiration, be sure to visit Color Dare #302.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Christmas in July!

This week Heart 2 Heart is celebrating Christmas in July.  To add to the festivities, we are joining the  group, Double Trouble in a joint challenge. So here are the details...

For the Heart 2 Heart challenge, the instructions are simple...create a project with a Christmas theme.  For this challenge, you may use any products available to you.  There is no need to use Close to my Heart products.

For the Double Trouble challenge, the instructions are a little more detailed, but also more fun:

WELCOME to Challenge #5 - And Let Our Trouble Begin THING 1 Trouble Maker is making her list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice. Won't you play along as Christmas comes early and join us for our challenge "Christmas Only" with a sentiment or journaling.

THING 3 Twisted Sister
says don't get your tinsel in a tangle, add the twist of a fun and fancy fold. Look to Pinterest, You Tube and even Google for lots of ideas. This is optional. 
If you link up to Heart2Heart you get an additional chance for the Double Trouble Random draw

THING 2 Double Dare 
dares you to link up your creation to Heart2Heart for "Christmas in July" theme. This theme is open from Monday, July 16th through Sunday, July 31st. 
Heart2Heart (for this theme only) has allowed you to enter this challenge and if you don't have a CTMH product don't worry about it... You are welcome to use any products.


So here is what I created for you:



I was able to meet Twisted Sister's challenge of creating a card with folds..I hope these pictures show this well enough.



Here is another example:




I want to give credit where credit is due, so here is the link to the tutorial for making this card:  Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  I did use Close to My Heart Products for my cards, but remember...for this challenge, it is not necessary.  Of interest, is the sentiment on the first card.  A couple friends and I traveled to a shop in Iowa last week and took a class in foiling.  This is an example of that process...so much fun!

So with all this being said, I  invite you to create a Christmas project using folds and link it to one or both of these challenges:Heart 2 Heart Christmas in July and Double Trouble Christmas Only  You have until July 31st to do so.  By entering both, you will be eligible for Double Trouble's random drawing!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas...in July!
Sue

Monday, July 2, 2018

Super Heros!

So who is your Super Hero?  This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are giving you a chance to celebrate that person with a card, layout, or other project.  I have a grandson with a birthday coming up, so I created a card for him.


Design credit to Close to My Heart

The supplies for this card are from Close to My Heart. The patterned papers are from the Stargazer packet.  I also used Cranberry and retired Honey cardstock.  The very cute "Super Hero" is a print and cut from Cricut Design Space and the title was a cut from the Artiste cartridge. The stars are retired CTMH.

It is time for a little self criticism. Now that the card is all done, I wish I had used one of our abstract paint splatter type stamps with some Mink or second generations Heather to add some interest to the background...it just looks too white!  However, the card is cute and will show our grandson just how special he is.

I hope you be inspired by this and the other projects at Heart 2 Heart to create a salute to your own Super Hero!

Happy Crafting,
Sue

Monday, June 18, 2018

Copycat!

Remember a couple weeks ago I confessed to almost copying a card project from CTMH and then saying it was OK?  Well, this week at Heart 2 Heart, we are doing just that!  The challenge is to copy something from the Seasonal Expressions 2 book, only doing so with a personal twist.  After studying the book for a special project, I decided on a layout kind of hidden on page 5.




I followed the basic layout even using the Sapphire polka dot from the Beautiful Friendship packet.  From there, it was all twist!  The FFA paper and the background paper (retired Basics Fundamentals) are from my stash.  The scalloped border was cut with the Scalloped Border die (CTMH) and retired Honey cardstock.  The "notebook" paper was punched with a tool from my arsenal.  The title was cut on the Cricut from a Flower Market file (CTMH) and Cranberry cardstock.  As I have done in the past, I used a screenshot of a Facebook post for my photo/journaling block.  These screenshots often tell the entire story of the layout and eliminate the need for journaling. Embellishments are from the Stargazer Enamel Dots set.

This was a fun layout and it actually went together in about a half hour. 

When your creativity has gone south or you just need some fresh ideas, I invite you to find a project that pleases you, take a look at your supplies and tools, and copy away...giving it your own twist!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! For more "copycat" fun, please visit Heart 2 Heart Challenges.
Sue