Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cricut Craft room

I have recently noticed (don't judge me!) that circuit craft room is the most amazing thing ever! How did I use the circuit without it? Oh thats right, my circuit was collecting dust because it was so difficult for me to be creative! 

Anyway in an effort to make items for every season, I focused on Halloween today and made a pillow box and some cards!  All are using regular card stock that I had laying around and the circuit craft room.  
This pillow box was made with the stamp of the month "What a hoot" stamp set from Close to my Heart and the art booking circuit cartridge.  The pillow box itself I think was from Life's a party cartridge but you can get it from a lot of them.  

This card was made solely from the Artbooking cartridge.  The web is an overlay that i just used as the background!

This card was attempted by using the negative space from the previous card  but on the card it looks more like a skeleton which is halloweeney too! The blue square was just Outdoor Denim ink rubbed on white card stock.  I am really loving this technique!
Who gives out halloween cards? I am curious!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Place cards for Fall

The other day, I was playing around with my cricut craft room and noticed that I can make my own place cards! I started by just cutting a rectangle and folding it over and using my new "What a hoot" stamp set from Close to my heart! It is only $5 this month with any qualifying purchase!
Anyway some cards, I tried colouring them in while some others I left stamped in chocolate ink.  
While simple, they will work well for Thanksgiving I think! They are on my etsy store which is linked on the side if you like them.

Then because I wanted to do something with the owl, I made a Halloween card which I don't mind but I think I can tweak it to make it look cuter.  I used outdoor denim ink from ctmh and mustard distress ink for the background, then coloured in the owl and added some navy card stock for the tree branch.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tim Holtz distress inks and stains

This morning I was playing around with a bunch of the new inks, stains and paints that I purchased off of eBay.  I thought I would have been so overwhelmed with all these new techniques that I have been trying but its been ok.  The only overwhelming aspect is the big fat mess that my craft room is in because of my ADD nature. I always start one thing and get distracted and do something else.  After having just realized all the time that I have missed from not having tried Cricut Craft Room to using new CTMH stamps to now the Tim Holtz materials I can't seem to do one thing!

Anyway, the cards below were done with the stains and some stamps I had laying around. I backed them on white card stock and antiqued the edges with fired brick ink (Tim Holtz ink pad). I kinda like them better than the other Canadian cards but there are great parts with both.

Attempting the banner once again!

So officially today it is my dear friend Monique's birthday.  I wanted to surprise her with a couple homemade goodies as first of all, we share the passion for crafting and secondly, we don't get paid over the summer and so my bank account hates me at the moment.  Gotta make use of what you have!
Anyway, I won't get into detail just in case she reads this blog (but i doubt she will before I see her anyway).  I decided to make her a banner.  In my family, birthdays are the best day of the year!  My mom has a placemat, banner, balloons... you name it.  Needless to say, we go big or go home!  Im realizing that many people are not like this.... I can't stand to see people not want to celebrate their day onto this planet! I am bringing my birthday cheer with me when I see her along with this banner I made for her!

The patterned paper is from a 8.5x11 paper pack by COLORBOK called "Rhapsody! I love how the colours all come together!

Monique with her two little rug-rats who are the cutest things since sliced bread!