Friday, September 30, 2011

Paper Trail - Believe

Welcome to the October Paper Trail blog hop. If you arrived from Connie's blog, Scraps & Stories, you are right on path. If you are just getting started with me let me tell you, you have some great art in store! 

This month our featured Close to my Heart paper packet is "Believe." I know, I know, it seems a bit soon to be bringing out the Christmas papers already. However, as an experienced paper crafter, you know that when it comes to Christmas, it's never too early to start! 

I'd like to share the Christmas Activity Box we are making in one of my October workshops. The My Creations Memory Game is a box filled with 24 chip board "coasters." I made a pocket on each coaster to put a little tag in. The tags have an activity for every day from December 1st to Christmas eve. What a great way to build excitement through the season and make the focus on whatever you wish by the activities you include. 

My numbers, shapes and tags on each coaster, as well as the "ho, ho, ho" on the lid are all cut with our cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. Can I just tell you my cricut has had such a work out since I got this cartridge?  I am loving it! 

Finally, here is a broad view of the papers included in the Believe Level 2 paper pack. I love the fun & brightness of this holiday paper! 

Now follow the trail on over to Pam's blog, P-Inks, for some more holiday inspiration!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sonoma, September's Paper Trail Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Trail blog hop featuring Close to my Heart beautiful papers!  If you came from Field's Finery you are on the right track.  If you are just getting started let me just say you have some amazing artwork ahead!

Our Sonoma paper pack is full of  deep rich colors.  I have been having so much fun playing with them and mixing and matching the patterns.  Every combination is so pretty.

 My contribution to the Paper Trail blog hop is the My Creations Card Box and cards to fill it.  My box was inspired by the sample on page 120 of our Fall/Winter Idea Book. My intention was to copy it.  But as usual it wasn't long before I was off on my own direction. 
Top/front view

With the release of our new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge there was no question that I would be using it in some manner with my Sonoma creations.  I had to keep myself from getting carried away.  I cut a beautiful swirl and embellished it with Mocha Opaques and two flowers also cut from Art Philosophy.
Front of box
The pretty gem dangling from the front closure and the third smallest purple flower on the top of the box are from our Heirloom Assortment.  I love the elegance the gem drop adds.  The metal corners on the front are from the Pewter Mini Medley Accents.  Sweet, right?
Flower detail
How gorgeous are those flowers showcasing the complementing front and back of the background/texture paper? 
Flower detail
I can't get enough of them....
Open box with cards
This card box can easily hold 10-12 cards and would make a sweet gift for a friend or just a darling box of cards for your own use. 
Card inside
And inside my card is a bit more Art Philosophy.  Note the swirlies in the corners.  I am love Love LOVING my Cricut more than ever with this new cartridge!!

Thank you so much for dropping in. Now, please hop on over to My Frame of Mind and see what Terri has created for you.  See you again, soon, I hope!