Archive for August, 2012

My Creations Bracket Frame

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: My Creations Bracket Frame, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Love Blooms Stamp Set, Sky ink, Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Black Tulle Ribbon, and Pixie Glitter Alphabet.

I have 3 girls and I have frames for the older girls and needed one for Miranda.  When CTMH came out with this new Bracket Frame it was the perfect solution and a reason for me to get it done.  The opening in the back is 9×9 and the front opening is 7×7.  I printed my photo as an 8×8 and matted it onto black cardstock.  This added more support and you don’t even see the cardstock but it would be okay if you did.

I was unable to find paper that I really liked with this so I decided to try stamping directly onto the frame.  Turns out that I LOVE the new Love Blooms stamp set.  I wasn’t sure about it at first and even after I had it in my hands I had second thoughts.  Even when I was using it I was wondering “how the heck do you line this up?” but then I realized it is very forgiving and you really don’t need to line it up at all.  After finishing all my stamping, I never did figure it out and I love the random look (better than looking like a repeat of the same flower).  I would suggest doing a lot of “stamping off the edge” like I did for the best look.  You also have to sometimes hold the stamp in one hand and press up on the frame (around the inside/middle) with the other because there is not the support from underneath here when stamping and you may miss part of your image.  But even if you do, the great thing about acrylic stamps is that you can just line it up and try again!

I attached my matted photo to the frame with heavy glue dots.

Thought I’d show you this too because it’s a neat look but not what I needed for my project:

The black frame on this one is from the Art Philosophy cartridge page 43 layer set at fit to page.  I don’t know why the Cricut will cut at 11″ for this setting yet when I tell it to cut 11″ it tells me it won’t fit…not the smartest of machines.

Now this next part is because I was curious and I learned some things….  The decorative square on page 53 of the Art Philosophy cartridge sure looks like it matches this frame….so you  should be able to cut your paper to match, right?  Here’s how I did it:
1. Cut the outside using the <Square4> on page 53 with the Fit to Page setting.
2. Unload mat and center the cut image on your mat.  This is easy to do by just lining up the points with the 6″ lines on the mat.

3. Now here’s where I learned that my Cricut is even less smart than I originally thought.  If you go over 6″ it is not the center of your mat…the cricut thinks you only have 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches to cut.  So,  you have to be smarter and move your blade over 5 3/4″ and down 5 3/4″ and this will get you to the center.
4. Cut <Square1> on page 23 at 6 3/4″ using the Center Point setting and Real Dial Size on.

And there you go!  A (close to perfect) cut for your frame to add any paper from your stash.  The square I used for the center has rounded corners but I wanted to stick with the same cartridge.  If you want the pointed square, you can use the same directions and just change the image.

Last, here are the instructions to cut a border (like the black I used on my frame):
1. Cut the outside using the <Square4> on page 53 with the Fit to Page setting.
2. Unload mat and center the cut image on your mat.  This is easy to do by just lining up the points with the 6″ lines on the mat.
3. Move your blade over 5 3/4″ and down 5 3/4″ and this will get you to the center.
4. Cut <Square4> on page 53 using the Center Point setting and Real Dial Size on at 10″.  Or cut smaller for a thicker border.

Love Your Layout: August 2012

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Baby Diaper Cakes for Baby Shower

So I decided to tackle making a diaper cake (2 in this case for twins) and it was definitely not as easy as you would think.  Of course, I didn’t pick a simple round one….  I combined different ideas on Pinterest to come up with my own.  It was a learning process.  I would suggest a simple round cake or at least using a nightgown (without legs).  To make mine, I just rolled the diapers and bound with rubber bands.  Then I stuffed the outfits and tried to form as best I could.  The butts were the hardest part!  For the bottom and the head I opened a diaper, filled to form, and used the tabs to hold it together.  The pacifiers are tucked under this top diaper and then fastened with pins.  I also used hidden safety pins to attached the outfit to the blanket to help hold some of the form.  In the end they turned out okay but I won’t do this again!  It should make a round cake super easy though.  Here are some more pics:

August 2012 Technique Blog Hop – using negative images

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the Technique as shown on page 92 in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book where you use negative images.  How often do have scraps from using our punches or cricut that can be turned into artwork with this techinque?!

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  So if you are starting here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Joy’s Blog.

Supplies used: Paper and stamp set from the Workshop on the Go Spellbound Kit, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Black Sparkle Flourishes, Black ink, Sparkle Assortment – black & grey, and Black Tulle Ribbon.

For this blog hop I have used my favorite version of the negative images technique: Whenever I cut a large image with my Cricut I will use the Center Point Function to cut the image in the center of my paper, then I have the original image plus the outer edge which is centered on my paper and ready for another page layout.  In this case, the orange cardstock is my negative image.  I love the quick detail that it adds to my layout.  As a finishing touch I added grey sparkles to my tulle to give it a new look (because you can never have too much sparkle!).

I want to note that used paper and a stamp set that are exclusive to the WOTG Spellbound Kit and are not available for separate purchase.  I will be using my kit in a whole different way than it was designed.  I just loved this Halloween stamp set and I wanted to use the papers for Halloween layouts instead of the party favors.  I will have a future post showing you what I do with the rest of the kit.  After this layout I am SO GLAD I bought this kit.  I don’t have a lot of Halloween pages but I am going to make sure to take lots of pictures this year so I  will be ready to create the pages!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Ann-Marie Trammel;s Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Here is a list of participants with direct links to their posts:
1. Wendy Kessler
2. Ann-Marie Trammel
3. Michelle Battitiori
4. Judy Faye Garner
5. Tabbi Fritz
6. Cherri
7. Rachel Ventura
8. Shirley Ross
9. Michelle West
10. Joy

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