Friday, July 8, 2016

Color My Heart Color Dare #200

The Color Dare blog is celebrating their 200th challenge.  I have participated in a few and this one begged me to join in. The colors I had to use were: Ruby, Sapphire, and Colonial White.   My daughter and I used these colors while making the bridal shower invites for her friend so I had plenty of scraps to incorporate.  

I knew I wanted to use last months CTMH's Stamp of the Month "The Long Way Home" and line up the cars, so I took out my MISTI

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My base is Sapphire cut at 5.5 x 4.25.  The Colonial White is cut at 5.25 x 4.  I placed the white card-stock on the bottom center edge of my MISTI.  After placing the stamp so the image would be centered on the bottom  third of the card I inked it.

The magnets included with the MISTI kept the card stable while I used the my overlays and the background grid to line up the car again. 

I used Sapphire to ink the center car and Ruby for the car in front of and behind the center car.  

The MISTI and grid made it easy to figure out where to to place the stamps on my top half of the card.  I cut the retired Regatta paper 2 inches x 5.25.  and placed it on the top half of my card. I found Tim Holtz Air Mail Paper String in my stash and glued it down with my Art Glitter Glue.

I hope you enjoy it, I had lots of fun creating it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #167

Just a quick post to show off my Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for this week.  

I am slowly relocating my craft room and have been bringing up old paper stashes and stamp sets I haven't used in years.    I bought Modern Homemaker, an October Afternoon  8 x 8 stack to make a recipe book.  The paper remnants of project have been sitting around in a pile, and I thought they would be perfect with this old Unity stamp.  

Nothing special, but a great chance to use paper & a stamp that I love (hence why they are still in my collection). 

Pinterest inspired me!

I am sure you have been down this rabbit hole.  "I am just going to look around Pinterest for a few minutes, pass a little time... " BAM, its 3 am.  Oh I was inspired all right! Follow me will you...

Bronwyn Eastley  of AddINKtive Designs wrote a post titled Morning Cup in October of 2010.  She was looking for inspiration to promote her Stampin Up stamp set titled Morning Cup.  She found Erica B. Cerwin's (Pink Buckaroo Designs ) blog post: Tutorial: Gift Pocket Wallet.  Erica's blog  gave detailed measurements and used punches and dies.  This may be where I became inspired. I thought..."I can use her measurements, and the Cricut to design a file that can be used over and over again."

Here we go!!

I used Erica's measurements exactly for my first creation.  I replaced her tab punch circle with a Design Space circle and found the best replicas of the pocket ( Envelope #M38270 from the Creative Holiday Cards cartridge which is included in the Access subscription) and notebook paper (Notebook Page #M3BA3B from the CTMH exclusive  Artiste cartridge).

I used the slice feature to make alternate fronts for the pockets and to a create the slit for the ribbon. The front panel is decorated with 1 piece of the Square Flourish Card # M37392 from the Creative Holiday Cards cartridge.

I used the Close To My Heart stamp sets C1616 Treats of Friendship and B1404 Cup of Cheer Everyday Life to decorate my prototype.  Mission accomplished! I now had a file that followed her design precisely.

The envelope felt a little too wide for me, if I was only putting a few tea bags in, why did I need and inch?  I decided to alter the wallet a little.  I narrowed the score lines to be 1/2 an inch. So now the score lines are at 3 3/4 and 4 1/4 (across the 8 inch side).  I also made the circles a little bigger (1 3/4 & 2")  to fit my stamp sets, the  notebook paper a little smaller (2 3/4 x 6), and lessened the pockets to 2 so I could stamp between them.

I used my newly purchased Unity Stamp Company stamp sets titled Indie Girl & Dream of Being.  After trying to use alcohol markers to color the ladies, I gave up and sprayed them with Tattered Angels (peach & copper).  The revised file can be found here. With the exception of the notebook file, every image used in the Cricut file can be found in access, so if you have a subscription you will be all set.  If you love the notebook image, it can be found on the CTMH exclusive  Artiste cartridge, which will not be in the new 2016-2017 catalog.  Orders will be taken until they run out, but if you are interested shop here:  

Thank you for visiting, and please share any pictures if you decide to make this.