Damask Divas Blog Hop: Projects with Clementine

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Of all the new paper packs this is the one I have used the most. I LOVE it! My favorite part is probably how it can be transitioned from summer to fall, and that is what I wanted to showcase here for you today! I also used the fabulous new burlap ribbon which works so well with this paper pack!

I made three different projects: a summer card with a beachy feel, a back-to-school tag and note that could be given to a teacher to say thanks or to a student feeling a bit nervous, and a treat bag for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration. 

For the little card, I stamped the crab and sentiment from Under the Sea in Saddle and then colored it in Sorbet with the blending pen. I slightly inked the edges of the circle and the D&P paper with some Champagne. (I also inked the edges with Champagne on the back-to-school tag and the pumpkin and tag on the treat bag.) I added little googly eyes for fun. Burlap ribbon and a couple of adhesive pearls add the finishing touch and some 3D tape adds dimension. 

The back-to-school tag is from the new CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge along with the treat bag. However, I did have to use a hole punch to make the hole bigger on the tag because of the small size I cut it at. The sentiment is from Kudos which comes with the Artiste collection and the little star is from Love Life. The sentiment is stamped in Saddle and the stars are stamped in Creme Brulee. I used left over scraps of the burlap ribbon and 3D foam tape to prop it up. The tiny sparkles on the stars are from the brown and tan assortment which is also new and works great for a more vintage/distressed piece. I tied the tag to the pencils with Creme Brulee baker's twine from the paradise assortment and VOILA! 

Last but not least the treat bag. I used liquid glass to assemble it, and I HIGHLY recommend doing this because it makes it so much more durable. The pumpkin is from So Grateful and the tag is from Perfect Fit - Halloween. Sentiments are again stamped in Saddle, the pumpkin and frame are stamped in Sorbet, and the stem and vines are stamped in Cashmere. I fussy cut the pumpkin and used natural hemp to tie on the tag. The bag stays closed with a bit of velcro. 

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CAS Birthday Card

I wanted to make a card that would easily reproducible but could still be customized for the person receiving it. I have been wanting to use the balloon that goes with Artiste, and I thought stamping it in different colors would be perfect for that customization. Plus, it would give the entire card a different feel. I used Smokey Plum, Juniper, and Slate for this card. Then I stamped some extra balloons in Hollyhock and Buttercup to play around with different color combinations. I stamped "It's your birthday..." on a small banner shape and "Celebrate" on the inside. I added a few sparkles and voila! It was easy peasy to put together. I think designing the layout took longer than actually putting the card together.


CAS-ual Fridays 66: Splish Splash

This is my first ever CFC entry and my first ever CAS card! I think this card took twice as long to make. Mostly because I spent forever contemplating where to place things. The sentiment really gave me troubles because it was too small to be on its own, but I was determined to find a place for it.

The fishes and sentiment are from Under the Sea. I stamped them in Black and colored them with the blending pen using Créme Brulee, Smoothie, Lagoon, and Sweet Leaf. I finished it off with some bling buttons and googly eyes.

If you would like to play along you can find everything here: http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/08/cfc66.html?m=1


Mojo Monday 255: A Fancy French Birthday with Avonlea

I love the new paper pack Avonlea, but I have been finding it so challenging. I think it's the mix of Slate and Chocolate. It's hard to balance and not go one way or the other.

For this card I used the sentiment from Bonjour. The dots that fill in between the pattern pieces are from the It's Your Day stamp set which is available now until the end of September for $5.00 with a $35.00 purchase. I stamped the chipboard heart with the polka dot background from Diverse Backgrounds.


Fall Wedding Mini Album

I made this for a friend who is getting married this fall. The pages are a chipboard base that coordinates with the new CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge! A sheet comes with 6 and each is a unique shape. I used four here. It was so easy! I just cut the shape at the recommended size then adhered it to the chipboard! I used a very thin bit of liquid glass since it makes it more sturdy, but be warned, it dries quickly and is hard to maneuver once placed. I used the retired paper pack Dreamin'. I filed the edges of the paper to make them flush. Plus, it makes the edges more distinct so each unique page shape is more noticeable when the album is closed. I used a ton of embellishments on this: Pearls (cream and mocha collections), sparkles (brown and tan collection), harvest charms, burlap ribbon, color-ready seam binding ribbon, natural hemp, buttons (bohemian assortment and colonial white and pacifica mini medley collections), color-ready garden wood cut shapes, durables studs, doily flowers (bohemian assortment), resin flowers (bouquet assortment), and 1/4 inch colonial white ribbon (mini medley collection). I also used a few stamps from Limited Edition, Family Love, and Crafted with Love. Plus, I used Artiste and Art Philosophy to cut out other embellishments such as the "H" and rolled flowers on the cover and the envelopes and pockets on the inside.

To wrap it I used a plastic treat bag that I bought in a pack at Target. I covered the twisty-tie with a bow and tied the tag on with some hemp. The tag is from Kudos which comes with Artiste. I scored some kraft paper and cut it into 1/4 inch strips to use as filler.

This was so much fun to make. It's my first ever mini album (or any album for that matter) and it was so easy with Artiste and CTMH's coordinating products.

If you have any questions about something in particular in this mini album feel free to ask!

Mojo Monday 254: Paper Lantern Party

This is my first ever Mojo Monday entry! I used the Paper Lantern stamp set because I liked how the string/line stamp worked for the ribbon element, and I thought a few lanterns would fill the rectangle shape nicely. I also wanted to use the new burlap ribbon. I thought it was perfect for this. I absolutely love this stuff! However... I highly recommend sealing the edges of the burlap with liquid glass or a similar type of glue. Otherwise, it gets really stringy and easily falls apart. (Unless that's the look you want.) It also helps to keep the shape of the edge so it looks crisp. I also do this on baker's twine and some ribbons. If you look closely at the edges you can see there's a bit of shine where I sealed it. Usually, if I use any ribbon or string I wrap it around whatever layer it's on. However, since I was already adding 3D foam tape to the rectangle piece and the lanterns, I didn't want another layer bulgy or popped up. Soooo, I just cut and sealed the edge. It turned out way better than I expected. The paper I used is from the Clementine paper pack. The colors of the lanterns are Créme Brulee, Sorbet, and Twilight. The string/line and sentiment are Saddle. I fussy cut the lanterns and was shocked when I realized I had not used my Cricut at all! I can't remember the last time I made a card or project without one Cricut cut! Probably not since I bought it!