Here is the card that I made to take to convention.  I am thrilled that I was able to make 72 cards!  I will post some of my favorites!  So something kind of funny….I had this post all ready to go except for the picture.  Now I sit down to finish up and I have everything packed, including all these cards…deep in the back of the van…in a box…in the bottom of the cooler…  So… I happened to keep this one.  The cards for convention are the same with the exception of the embellishments.  I used the Black/Grey sparkles instead of the bubbles that you see here.

Convention Swap Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Pirouette stamp set, Hello Blooms stamp set, Slate Ink, Art Philosophy Cricut CollectionWhisper CardstockBlack & Grey Assortment Sparkles, and Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon.

For some of the cards I used up the rest of my Grey Flannel Cardstock.  It is a similar light grey to the new Whisper.

I didn’t realize until half way through that I could have saved some paper with this project.  I cut the 12×12 sheets of grey to use as card bases.  What I later discovered is that even though the Pirouette shape didn’t quite fit on the scrap I had leftover, it was enough since I was cutting part of it off the edge of the card anyway.  I finished the rest of the cards this way and was able to make a few more than I would have otherwise.  When I attached the stamped Pirouette image, I let it fall off the edge of the card, then I used my Cutterpede trimmer to cut off the excess.  This worked perfectly because I could butt the edge of the card right up to the blade and cut it straight, much faster than trimming with scissors.

Welcome to our May Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, both the Artiste and the Art Philosophy 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, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

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

 

Our challenge this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but we also have a Wedding  theme.  There are so many weddings this time of year!  Do you have any weddings coming up?

Bride & Groom Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: For Always Paper Packet, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Artiste Cricut cartridge, For Always My Stickease Assortment, Sparkles Clear Assortment, and Bitty Sparkles.

Your next stop on our “Happily Ever After” hop is Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy.

 

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

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  3. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  4. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  5. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  6.  Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle
  7. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101

Thanks for hopping along with us – we hope we were able to inspire you in creating your own wedding themed projects!

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are focusing on FABRIC.  If you are starting here just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Stephanie Chumbley.

Picture Perfect Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Sophia Paper Packet (retired), Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, Chantilly Textiles, Harvest Baker’s Twine, Felt Alphabet – Keepsake (retired), Sparkle Flourishes, and Bitty Sparkles.

I have to admit when Close to My Heart came out with these fabrics I really wasn’t sure what to do with them.  It’s great that they coordinate with different papers but I have a feeling they will last me a very long time.  For my layout I used the fabric to create the butterflies and flowers.  The butterflies are roughly 2″ squares of fabric cut with pinking shears on the sides.  To create the flowers I first cut a long strip (about 1/2″) of fabric.  Then I twisted it so the pattern was mostly on the outside and from there I twisted it further into a circle.  As I did the final twisting, I used 1″ glue dots to adhere it to my paper flower.  The inside of the small flower is a strip of fabric tied in a loose knot with the ends cut off.  At first, I planned to use knots with the ends but I didn’t like it so I used those (they look like little bows) in the upper corner of my layout.  I used this sketch from Scrappy Sketches.

And here are some closeup pics:


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Fabric butterflies by Wendy Kessler

Fabrlic Flowers by Wendy Kessler

 

Your next stop is: Judy Faye !

Participants:
Debi
Tabbi
Stephanie Chumbley
Wendy K.
Judy Faye
Shirley
Joy

Thanks for joining us this month!  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Stephanie Chumbley’s Blog.

Giggle Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Sophia Paper Packet (retired), Sophia My Stickease (retired), Clear Sparkle Flourishes, Sweet Leaf Ribbon (retired), Green Glitter Glitz, and Stardust Glitter Glitz.

The Sophia Paper Pack was one of my favorites.  I still had some left along with the coordinating Stickease so I decided to use them for this challenge.  These are both retired but I also added in some current product.  The most common things I do with My Stickease is add 3D Foam Tape to add dimension, and add more embellishing to them in some way.  You could use brads, ribbon, sparkles, or my recent favorite – Glitter Glitz.  On my layout, I used Sweet Leaf Ribbon (retired), Sparkle Flourishes, and Stardust Glitter Glitz.  I also used Green Glitter Glitz to add some color and sparkle to the scalloped paper at the top of the page.  One more secret was the placement of the Stickease “buttons”… the scallop was a scrap that I had with my papers and it was a tad bit shorter than what I need for the page.  I used these button stickers to fill the gap!

Here’s a closeup:

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Your next stop is Shirley’s Blog!

List of Participants:

1. Stephanie Chumbley

2. Wendy K.

3. Shirley

4. Tabbi Fritz

5. Melinda Everitt

6. Judy Faye Garner

7. Joy McHargue 

This hop makes a circle so you can start and end where you like.  If you have already started,  you should be coming from Janet McCormick’s Blog.

There has been a lot going on at our house lately and I haven’t had much time to scrap.  This is a project that has been sitting on my desk for a long time and I am happy to have it done.

Photo Box by Wendy Kessler

 

Photo Box by Wendy Kessler

Old: Parlor Velvet Rubons, My Creations Recipe/Photo Box, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and Grey Wool cardstock.
New: Avonlea Paper PacketMy Creations Recipe/Photo Box, Cricut Craft Room, and Black/Grey Sparkles.

These My Creations Recipe/Photo Boxes now hold our 2012 vacation photos.  We took a lot of pictures that I wanted to print but I didn’t want an entire album of pages.
I consider the My Creations Recipe/Photo Box both old and new because I have had one for a very long time. They are still available and I ordered a second one when I got my pictures and realized there were more than I thought.  The Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge is also still available but I have used it so much I consider it and oldie.  I used Cricut Craft Room to create the tabbed index cards.  These separate the different places we went and I plan to journal on the front of each card.

Here’s what the tabbed cards on the inside look like:
Photo Box by Wendy Kessler

Joy McHargue’s Blog is your next stop!

List of participants:

  1. Shirley Ross
  2. Judy Faye Garner
  3. Cherri Hardcastle
  4. Janet McCormick
  5. Wendy Kessler
  6. Joy McHargue
  7. Rachel Ventura