Monday, September 15, 2014

Fabulous Together - Favorite Technique H2H...

This week at H2H, we're asking you to show us your favorite technique!

I used Seaside Paper packet, Cricut Artbooking Cartridge and #30YearsOfHappy Stamp Set.


If you're a follower of my blog, you know that I have several techniques that I use over and over again.  This card actually uses several...

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I {{{love}}} sewing on my projects...and using scraps from my Cricut cuts!  Remember {{{this layout}}}...these are scraps from cutting all those hexagons...and what better way to attach it to my card front than sewing...especially when you have such tiny spaces to glue!
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We've got layering using Thin 3D-Foam Tape...LOVE the dimension of layering heights...a technique I use quite often!  
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And my FAVORITE technique is ink distressing!!!  Can you see the subtle Desert Sand color around every little piece of this card!  My tool of the trade is Sponge Daubers but I also occasionally use a Round Sponge which I quarter to make it last longer.
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And finally...groupings of three - I think the technique is actually called the rule of odds and my odd number is usually 3...you can see it everywhere in this card.  Sometimes my rule is 3 on the entire project and sometimes, as in this card, it's tiny groupings of 3 here and there.  Even thought the tiny Silver Sequin actually is a 4th element, it plays second seat to the two stamped arrows and the "sweet" so my mind doesn't even see it...lol...crazy, I know!
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And I guess decorating the inside of my cards can be a technique...I ALWAYS do it!!!  This one is as simple as using the zip-strip from one of the Seaside B&T pieces and a stamped image from #30YearsOfHappy
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Don't forget to stop by H2H and check out what the other Design Team Members created using their favorite technique.  

If you have a favorite technique and would like to link up to our Challenge, you have 'till the end of the month.  We would LOVE to see what you create!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

#tbt CTMH Style - American Celebration...

It's Thursday and that means another #tbt CTMH Style (if you want to see my personal #tbt, you can always follow me on Instagram - katylintaylor).

I'm choosing a Patriotic card today in honor of this day 13 years ago...




You can see the original post {{{{here}}}}

Decorate to Celebrate DT...

I'm excited to announce that I am a NEW member of the the Decorate to Celebrate Design Team!!!

DTC has wonderful challenges geared toward decorating and celebrations AND there's always a prize up for grabs!!!!

Head on over to their Blog to see the other DT Members I will be joining and don't forget to stop by and play along with our challenges!!! 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Relax and Stay Awhile - #30YearsOfHappy...

I just LOVE this picture of my husband and my baby girl!!!

He was on his iPad and she came up to him, put her arm around his neck and her head on his shoulder then proceeded to watch TV...I was able to capture the moment with my cell phone. 

I used the #30YearsOfHappy stamp set to fill in some of the hexagons...good thing about this stamp set is that there were plenty of sentiments and icons to choose from.

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I used a couple of paper packets...but the only current one is Seaside and I love the calming colors of this paper...and added some Gold Shimmer Trim and Sequins

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this sentiment is from the Seaside Complements - I pop-dotted with Thin 3D-Foam Tape...
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And here's a close-up of the photo that I love so much...pardon the glare off my flash...
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Don't forget to get your hands on this stamp set...you only have 'till the end of September!  You can get it FREE with a qualifying $30 stamp purchase!


Check out MORE ARTWORK with this versatile stamp set...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Camping in Style with Skylark...

****UPDATED to include instructions at the very end****

I've had this vision for quite some time about making a 3D Camper (after seeing several on Pinterest) using the 'conversation bubble' from Artiste Cricut Collection.  I pinned a bunch of campers then went to work in Cricut Design Space.

Here's what I came up with...

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Can you see the camper?  Can you see the conversation bubble?
Here are some other views...
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The door opens and if you want to put something fun inside and shut the door, you simply poke the top left corner of the door behind that little pennant...
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I made the curtains by cutting 1-1/2" strips of one of the zip strips...LOVE those things!
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I'm working on a tutorial so check back soon!

****UPDATE****
So sorry it's taken me this long to get a tutorial of types added to this blog post...but here you go!!!

Materials Needed:
Circut Explore or Cricut Expressions 1 or 2 (there are instructions for both)
12x12 White Daisy Cardstock (base of camper)
(2) 12x12 B&T (each a different pattern)
(2) 3x12 pieces of Kraft Cardstock (or coordinating cardstock)
2-1/2x4-1/2 piece of Kraft Cardstock (for wheels)
2x3 piece of Silver Glitter Paper (for rims of wheels)
Embellishments (these cutting instructions do not include door/curtain cuts nor the strung pennants)

USING CRICUT DESIGN SPACE - Cricut Explore

STEP 1:
First you will need the Artiste Cricut Collection from CTMH and Cricut Design Space (if you don't have Cricut Design Space or the NEW Cricut Explore, skip down to the NOT USING CRICUT DESIGN SPACE below)

STEP 2:
Go to {{{here}}} where you will find the cut file.

STEP 3:
Cut the files - NOTE there are a total of 6 word bubbles you will be cutting.  The White Daisy is the base (you won't see it) and the other 4 are the outside of the camper. By cutting 4, you can create the look of the top half being one pattern and the bottom half being the other.  ******IMPORTANT****** When cutting the 2 word bubbles of the same B&T pattern, you will have to cut a word bubble then take your paper off and flip upside down (so you see the back side of the paper) and put back in the cutter so you can get 2 bubbles from one piece of 12x12 AND so your back will be the same pattern as the front.

STEP 4:
Take your (2) pieces of 3x12 Kraft Cardstock and score the long sides of the cardstock at 1/2" each so you'll have 1/2" then 2" then 1/2".  You will also score the short side every 1/2" to create the curve.  Then cut the 1/2" tabs so it will curve easily.  Like this below...

STEP 5:
Adhere all together and embellish - I used red tacky tape or CTMH's Base & Bling Adhesive strips...it's the strongest adhesive and works really well at holding it together for a long time...especially since it's curved.

STEP 6:
I cut the pointy ends of the word bubble off so it would stand better...I hope you can tell that by the pictures.

NOT USING CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

STEP 1:
Load your Cricut Artiste into your machine or select in in the CCR.

STEP 2:
Find the Word Bubble and insert the image

STEP 3:
Size to 7.82" WIDTH by 5.84" HEIGHT (if you have the lock aspect ration chosen, if you'll select the Width, the Height will automatically adjust).

STEP 4:
Cut two each of White Daisy Cardstock (the base) and 2 different B&T's for a total of 6 word bubbles.

STEP 5:
Find a circle and insert the image - you will cut a total of 6 circle in the following sizes and suggested colors:


STEP 6:
Finish up by following Steps 4, 5 and 6 under USING CRICUT DESIGN SPACE - Cricut Explore above

Let me know if you have any questions!!!  I'd also love to see your finished projects.  If you're on IG, tag me (katylintaylor) and label your project #ctmh3Dcamper