Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Thanksgiving will soon be here, can you believe it?  And it is time for the November SOTM blog hop!  This month the featured stamp of the month is S1211 Capture the Date, a set of 72 calendaring images!  Below are the images in this stamp set that is available only thru November 30th.  Click to see details.

If you have come here from Jean McNulty's blog, you are on the right path!  I am the first stop for this month's hop! You can find a list of all the participants (in case you get lost) here:  This month we have almost 70 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this set. The hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided in the post to move to the next blog!
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My item is a Round 4-1/2" size card made with the new Pear and Partridge Workshop on the Go (WOTG) Papers.  Below is my card:

And here is a closer look so you can see some of the glitz:

Papers: G1052 Pear and Partridge WOTG papers, Colonial White, Cranberry, New England Ivy cardstocks
StampsS1211 Capture the Date; Pear and Partridge WOTG Stamp Set
Ink:   Cranberry, New England Ivy, Olive Exclusive Inks; StazOn Black Ink
Embellishments:  Green Glitz Glitter Gel, Red Glitz Glitter Gel, z1764 Just Blooms Florette Paper Shapes; z1780 Wrangler Assortment; z1751 Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment; Clear Embossing Powder

Time to hop on over to Helen Onulak's Blog to see her beautiful eye candy! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available thru November 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5!

Happy hopping!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dimensional Element Christmas Ornaments

Is it that time of the year already?  Well, most years it's almost Thanksgiving before I get some of the Christmas crafts underway, but I promised myself that at least every other post should be something to do with the holidays!  The Partridge & Pear Workshop on the Go has a bonus project--Dimensional Elements Christmas Ornaments.  I like to change these projects into workshops, so I try to find a way to use the bulk papers and embellishments to make it a workshop.  So, my projects are a bit different than the ones in the bonus project.  Sometimes, it's just because I didn't read the directions and turned up with something a bit different but looked at how I could make it work.  So, below are the ornaments that we will make in my upcoming workshop this weekend.

I think making ornaments is fun!  Look for more Christmas projects soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

More Workshop Fun

Recently in my last workshop we made adorable Mini Albums with LaBelle Vie Papers.  The real purpose behind the workshop was to teach using the Cricut die cutting machine.  Several years ago, I bought a Pazzles Inspiration die cutting machine (which I LOVE).  That was before Close To My Heart came out with their own Cricut cartridges.  It took me over a year to actually not be afraid to use it (since I had never seen one used).  After CTMH came out with the new cartridge, I bought a little Cricut Create (for $74 which was being discontinued at our local Wal-mart).  Now I use both die cutting machines because I no longer have to hand cut out anything!

As a matter of fact, the super nice thing about the Close To My Heart Stamp sets is that I can scan in the printed acetate sheet the stamps are attached to and create a .pdf file.  Then I turn that into a cutting file for my Pazzles Inspirations die cutting machine.  Wow, I really never have to cut out anything again!

Now, onto the Mini Album.  I started out with these chip board (Dimensional Elements) mini  album pages Z1791 (click to see on my shopping site):

In the mini album I used the LaBelle Vie Exclusive stamp set from the Workshop on the Go:

Here is the Outside Front Cover:

Inside Front Cover and Page 1:

Page 2 & 3:

Page 4 & 5:

Page 6 & Inside Back Cover:

Back Cover:

You can find the Instructions and Cutting Guide here.  In your Cricut Artiste cartridge, all of the mini album pages are on page 60 of your book.

My Mini Album is not quite the same as the Workshop on the Go kit.  I used some old retired papers.  The great thing about the instructions is that you always have room to add your own touches.  So have fun with these instructions.

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