Lego Time Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Echo Park paper and stickers, Prima flowers, Got Flowers flowers, and Baby Blue Stickles by Ranger.  Sketch from Sketch Savvy.

Welcome to our February Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, these cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don’t already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, you can search for one in your area or contact me (visit my website).

Our theme this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but also a brand NEW paper pack from Close to My Heart – “For Always”.   In this hop, you will see projects featuring one (or both!) of our versatile Cricut cartridges with this paper pack from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy our blog hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Priscilla’s Paperie then you are in the right place!

Mr. & Mrs. Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH For Always Paper PacketCTMH For Always TextilesCTMH Artiste Cricut cartridgeCTMH Sunset cardstock, Ranger Black Diamond Stickles, and CTMH Black and Grey Glitter Paper.  Challenges: – Cricut, – Sketch.

I started with this sketch by Julie Bonner:

I used Cricut Craft room to create the flourishes and other diecuts from the Artiste cartridge.  I found it was easier to visualize this way.  I flipped the sketch and turned it into a 2-page layout.

Your next stop on our “For Always” hop is Stephanie at The Quilted Scrapper.


Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  4. Michelle ~ My Creations With Michelle
  5. Priscilla~  Priscilla’s Paperie
  6. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  7. Stephanie-The Quilted Scrapper
  8. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  9. Ellen ~ CardMonkey’s Paper Jungle
  10. Melissa Lind~ MyWatermelonMoon
  11. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking

Thanks for hopping along with us – we hope we were able to inspire you.

Supplies used: DCWV paper, American Crafts Thickers Chipboard Alphabet Stickers, Baby Blue Stickles by Ranger, unknown brads.

This layout is for the September Challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  It’s Back To School but not the theme as it implies.  Instead, you choose your own B, T, and S.  For example, my challenge was B =Brads, T = Thickers, and S = Stickles.  I just love the colors of this layout!  And this DCWV paper is so easy to create a quick layout.  I use the Stickles to add some sparkle to the paper in the flower centers.  The brads are added to the flower centers on the middle right of the page, and I had to add a bit more Stickles to this area as well.  Last, the Thickers are used for the title.  I have such a hard time coming up with titles.  I found this one at The Perfect Title, my favorite place for ideas!  Here’s a closeup of the Stickles:

I just love these quick layouts!  The paper is K & Company and the only thing I added was a bit of sparkle with Ranger’s Cotton Candy Stickles.

Welcome to the June 2012 Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop!  This month we will be showing you examples of how you can use your stamps to crate your very own personalized and unique patterend papers.  This is such a great use for your stamps and a great way to customize your layouts.

This blog hop is a circle so if you are just starting, continue until you make your way back here.  If you are coming from Haley D.’s Blog, you are on the right track!

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: American Celebration Stamp Set, Wings Stamp Set (retired), Black ink, Lagoon ink, Cotton Candy ink, Lagoon CardstockCotton Candy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, White Daisy CardstockVineyard Berry Reinker, Create-a-Shade Paint, Spray Pen, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection stamp set, Ranger Liquid Pearls, and DCWV vellum quote.

Tip: To create my background I chose 1 large, 1 medium, and 1 small stamp.  I random stamped with Lagoon (second generation), Cotton Candy, and Black (second generation).  Second generation stamping is when you ink your image, stamp first on scrap paper, and then without reinking stamp on your project.  It gives you a shade lighter than the original color.  To soften the bright white, I sprayed with a mixture of Vineyard Berry reinker, Create-a-Shade Paint, and water in a Spray Pen.  Last I added some stamped words.  A few more tips: when creating backgrounds like this is to stamp off the edge of the page and start by first stamping the largest image and then fill in from there with the smaller images.

Closeup of stamping:

With the June Buy 2 Get 1 FREE special now is the best time to purchase those stamp sets on your wishlist !  Check it out on my website!

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop is Carol Horton’s Blog!

For a list of all the blog hop participants, go to the previous post.