Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dotty for You Art Tips

Do you have your Dotty for You Paper Pack yet??  If you do and need some inspiration, check out the following provided by Close to my Heart's wonderful art team.  Don't have yours yet, well what are you waiting on? ;o)  Contact me to get yours today or go here.

Sisterly Love Page

Polaroid Snapshot Technique

Create a Polaroid snapshot look by first cutting out a rounded-corner rectangle the size of your focal point. Then, cut a larger rectangle around the negative space, creating the look of a Polaroid. For example, if your subject is 3" × 2", cut a rounded 3" rectangle using the Cricut® machine then discard the rectangle and keep the negative space, cutting that piece at 4" × 2½". Add journaling to the empty white space at the bottom and attach it to the layout at an angle using 3-D foam tape. You’ll now be able to create the Polaroid look for any kind of picture without needing a Polaroid camera!

Kiss Page

Pin Flags Technique

Make a darling accent from your paper scraps by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin from the Bling assortment (Z1466) to form a small pin flag.

Surf Page

Stitch a Frame

Use dark thread and stitch around your layout’s focal elements to ground your page.

Sweet Life Page

Making Embellishments Stand Out

Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos® papers, like this chevron pattern.

R Card

Helping Adjacent Patterns Pop

To help two adjacent patterns stand out individually, separate them with a solid color in between.

Simple Pleasures Card

Creating a Bohemian Look

Combine several paper patterns and colors to create a trendy bohemian chic look.

Jen Box

Creating Visual Transitions

Carry the neutral foundation color, in this case Grey Wool, onto the other elements of your art piece to help the eye easily transition between elements, like the colorful chevron box top and the sides of the box.


Good Luck Card

Neutral Inks for a Clean Look

To create a card with a clean, crisp look, use the dominant neutral color to stamp your sentiment.
Yo-yo Accent

Create a trendy yo-yo element by accordion-folding a long strip of cardstock every 1/4", adhering the two ends together to make a circle, stitching the center with thread all the way around, and pulling the ends of the thread taut to create a yo-yo. Secure the center with a button to keep your yo-yo flat.

Kylie Banner

Paper Ribbons

Create your own ribbon from your favorite B&T paper. Cut a strip of paper a little less than three times the length you want your ribbon to be. Mark or score your strip in segments as follows: 1/2", 1", 1/2", 1", 1/2", etc. Starting at a 1/2" scored end, make two folds going away from you, then two folds coming toward you, then repeat until your ribbon is complete.
Ribbon Accents

Thread a long ribbon through the banner holes and then add some flair by tying small bows or knots to the ribbon in between each pennant using baker’s twine or Waxy Flax.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hidden Journaling

Hidden journaling is a great way to get all of your important journaling on your pages with out it getting to busy for the eyes.  I do this quite a bit on my layouts.  And it is exciting to see that Kristine Widfeldt, Close to my Heart's Vice President of Sales and Marketing is featured in Creating Keepsakes blog about this very topic!  Go check out the article and leave a comment for your chance to win a Lucy paper packet!  Good luck!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Class Layout - Lucy & My Peeps

Here is the class layout that we made a couple of weeks ago using Lucy papers.  Yes, there really are Lucy papers on there under the pictures.  The papers are very pretty, but with 2 boys, it makes it kind of hard to use all of those pretty pinks!  I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to make the Easter eggs & basket using the cupcake cut at 8" with the top of the cupcake trimmed off & the Layer for Oval2 for the handle, also cut the flower shape for behind our plate of eggs.  I did use a retired Easter stamp set for the basket weave.

Supplies used, all CTMH unless noted
Lucy Papers
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
My Peeps, Trinity Alphabet & Eastertime (retired) stamp sets
Sweet Leaf, Cotton Candy, Buttercup, Creme Brulee and Moonstruck cardstock
Sweet Leaf ribbon

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dotty for You!!

Did you happen to notice the background on my blog changed?  And wondering, what is that beautiful paper shown on there??  Well it is the National Scrapbooking Month special through Close to my Heart called Dotty for You.  Isn't it so pretty?!!!  Here is a video from Corporate about the special starting April 17th and running through the end of May.  Contact me to get yours!