Friday, February 15, 2013

1 - 2 - 3 Craft! A Little Blog Hop

Last summer Close To My Heart introduced a new publication called Make it from Your Heart.  It's filled with sketches and samples of layouts and cards, a wonderful resource for crafters like us!

For this little hop Tracey, Mary and I used pattern #30 from Make it from Your Heart as our inspiration. I hope you enjoy what I've done.  Be sure to read all the way to the end to see how you can win some of my cards.
Pattern #30, Make it from Your Heart

Pattern rotated one quarter turn clockwise

Pattern rotated 180 degrees

Rotated a quarter turn counter clockwise

Original orientation

Quarter turn counter clockwise
Now check out what Mary at The Road to Peace of Mind or Escape and Tracey at the Paper Crafting Princess have done with this card pattern.  I'm sure you will be inspired!

Win 2 Cards from this post!
If you like what you see here you can become eligible to win two of these cards simply by leaving me a comment. I'll use a random number generator to select the winner and announce that person on the 15th of March with the next installment of this hop.

My process.  When Tracey selected the pattern for this hop I immediately wanted to create a card for each orientation, upright, a turn to the right, a turn to the left and completely flipped.  When I chose my paper, the Chantilly pack, and began cutting the three pieces for each card, I decided to cut each piece out of each of the six patterns provided in the packet, which eventually dictated making six cards.  Somewhere I got my papers mixed up and it didn't work out exactly as I planned, but it's close.  My happiest accident was the bird on the last card.  I loved how it fell on the paper and decided I must accent it for the card.  In real life the frame around the bird isn't as dark as it appears in the photo and I love how it turned out.  Close To My Heart papers rock!

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to follow my blog and come back for the Paper Trail blog hop on the 1st of the month.

Links to the Close To My Heart products used in this blog:
9035 "Make It From Your Heart" Volume 1
X7163B "Chantilly" Paper Pack
X254 Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
A1123 "Adore"
D1546 "Frame Flair"
B1410 "A Friend Like You"

B1372 "Circle Together"

D1527 "Perfect Fit-Frames"
B1417 "Perfect Fit-Birthday"
B1422 "Easter Wishes"
B1420 "Hello Tweety"
Z1752 "Sparkles" Clear Assortment
Z1326 "Sparkles" Red, Pink, Purple Assortment
Z1335 "Opaques" Licorice Adhesive Gems

Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads
Exclusive Inks Markers
Z1686 "Art Philosophy" Cricut Collection

Friday, February 1, 2013

For Always - A Paper Trail Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop.  If you arrived from Tracey's blog the Paper Crafting Princess you are on the right path.  If not this is a circular hop so not to worry, you won't miss a thing!

This month we are showcasing the beautiful black & white patterned papers of the 'For Always' paper pack from our newly released 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book. The package includes colorful cardstock (Ruby, Honey, Lagoon & Slate) but I chose my own complemetary colors based on what I designed.

I love to add embellishments to give my cards some "pop" and dimension.

Buttons: Black Assortment
Sparkles: Black & Grey Assortment

Pink Glitter Gems - they look like a dab of Glitz Glitter Gel without the drying time!
Now hop on over to Connie's blog to see what she's created for you over at Scraps & Stories.

Close to My Heart Products used:

For Always X7165B $9.95
Glitter Paper: Black & Grey Z1829 $5.95
Fabulous You  C1533 $13.95
Adore A1123 $6.95
Buttons, Black Assortment Z1821 $5.95
Sparkles, Black & Grey Assortment Z1754 $2.95