Today I’ve got another entry in the New Product Blog Hop.  I’m on a roll!

Life is Sweet Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment, Ariana Paper Packet (zip strips), Ivy Lane Paper Packet (zip strips), Glitter Shimmer Trim and Sequin Dot Assortment (from the Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop Kit), Ivy Lane Assortment, Ivy Lane Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set, Inspiration Flourishes Stamp Set, Cashmere Cardstock, Inks (Smokey Plum and Olive), Scallop Border Punch, and Cricut Artiste Collection.

I was inspired by this sketch which is great for using zip strips!  And the Ariana and Ivy Lane strips go well together.  (Zip Strips are the added part of 12×12 B&T sheets, usually with product info on one side and CTMH utilizes these by making the opposite side decorative.)  The Paper Fundamentals was the perfect foundation.  Again, I used leftovers from the Workshop on the Go Kits.

Santa-tizer bottle by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH Scalloped Border Punch, CTMH Cardstock (Cranberry, White Daisy, Black), Silver Glitter Paper, Black Buttons, and CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

TicTac Snowman Container by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH White Daisy Cardstock, unknown light blue cardstock (from my 8 1/2 x 11 stash!), unknown ribbon from stash, Zig markers, CTMH Black ink, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, and CTMH Snow Friends stamp set (retired).

The Santatizer at the top is just a small bottle of hand sanitizer covered with cardstock (idea from here).  The tic tac container was made from this example.  Once you get started, these are easy to make and work great as stocking stuffers and small gifts.but

Band Layout by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Frosted Paper Packet, Ruby Cardstock, Black Mini-Medley Accents Collection, Ruby Mini-Medley Accents Collection, Black Glitter Paper, Red Shimmer Trim, Scallop Border Punch, Swirls Around stamp set, and Black ink.
I used a sketch from Sketch Savvy.
Challenge: Kaboodle Doodles – Music and/or the Arts

I used the Scallop Border Punch to punch the Red Shimmer Trim.  I wasn’t sure but it worked and I love the look!


Welcome to another Art Philosophy Blog Hop.  This month we will be showcasing the “Card” feature of the cartridge.  Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge?  You heard me correctly — 100!!!  Now we won’t be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.  The blog makes a circle so you can start anywhere and continue until you are back to where you started.  If you are coming from Connie’s Blog, you are on the right path.

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set!!  She is giving away the April 2012 Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called “You are…”  (Retail Value $17.95)  You can see a picture of the stamp set on Lucy’s blog.  To enter to win you must comment on Lucy’s blog and all the blogs in this blog hop.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Dotty For You Paper Packet, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment, SparklesParty Pennants stamp set and Black ink.

I chose the card feature on page 65 of the Art Philosophy booklet with the shift key.  I used my 1 1/4 circle punch for circles which show through the front of the card to color the flowers.  It is so easy to create amazing simple cards like this one with Art Philosophy.

Your next stop is Joanne’s Blog.


List of participants:

  1. Lucy ~ card:   page 63 – no shift
  2. Darla ~ card: page 47 – no shift
  3. Gloria Shirr – card: page 33 – no shift
  4. Laura Wolff ~ card: page 60 – no  shift
  5. Eva ~ card; page 58 – no shift
  6. Danielle ~ card:  page 25 – no shift
  7. Connie ~ card:   page 37 – no shift
  8. Wendy ~ card: page 65 <shift>
  9. Joanne ~ card: page 35 -shift
  10. Laura Charko ~ card: page 34 – no shift
  11. Carolyn Heniges ~ card:  page 51 – no shift
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) ~ card: page 55 – shift
  13. Stephanie Feist ~ card: page 50-no shift
  14. Julia Hammond ~ card: page 43, no shift


I am posting this early due to tomorrow’s Spotlight Blog Hop (come back tomorrow to see some distressing).

C1429 Party Pennants (*this stamp set will be retiring so if you like it order now)

This is a fun set that has been around for a little while, great to use for an party card or layout.

Supplies used: We R Memory Keepers White Out Frenzy – Mania paper, CTMH Dotty For You paper, CTMH Party Pennant stamp set, CTMH Inks (Sunny Yellow, Sweet Leaf, Sunset, Lagoon, and Smoothie), CTMH circle and  scallop circle punches, CTMH rhinestone frames (retired), and Studio 18 Rhinestones.

I used inspiration from a Scrapbook Generation layout I found on Pinterest.  I am amazed at how many other papers and embellishments that I have in my stash are working so well with the Dotty for You papers.  I am so glad I overbought on this one.  My secret for easily cutting pennants like the ones are this page: I cut straight up the middle of the strip as deep as I want, then cut from the corner to the center (where I stopped my first cut) on both sides and that’s it.  You could certainly measure and draw the lines but I just cut.  I used this stamp set in a very traditional way but you can do so much more with it…use the dotted line to create a border on your page or use the banners to create a unique pattern!