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Monday, July 30, 2012

Footloose and Fun

Happy Monday!! I decided it would be fun to keep going with my Workshops on the Go projects to give you an idea of all of the fun projects you can make with these kits. They all include the Close to My Heart Duos papers, plain papers a stamp set AND some sort of embellishment. When you by the kit all together, it ends up saving you some money and ensures all of the components look BEAUTIFUL together!

For this post, I have created a beach inspired card using the CTMH Workshops On the Go Footloose Kit. All of the papers are beach themed and the stamp set includes a starfish, seahorse, sand dollar, shell and fish! If you love to scrapbook, this is a great kit for putting together stunning layouts for beach vacations or just awesome days at the shore. 

To create this card, I started with a white 4"x6" card. I cut my cardstock to 8" x 6" and scored it at 4" to create this base. On top of that, I added the pale green "Sweet Leaf" stock, cut to 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". For the next layer, I added three separate pieces of card stock on top of the green stock. The larger piece on the left is 2 1/2" x 3" and the two on the right are 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" each.  

After I finished the flat card components, I created the three layer scalloped circle embellishment. The bottom peach "Creme Brulee" scalloped layer was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I cut <circle2> on page 31 at 2 1/2".  On top of that, I glued <circle1> on page 21 cut at 2".  I cut another <circle1> to 1 1/2" and stamped it in Lagoon Exclusive Ink with the "Happy as a Clam" stamp (which is empty in the middle of the circle) and then added the "clam" stamp in the middle. I used 3D Foam tape to add it on top of the blue, "Lagoon" circle.  Finally, I used the Lagoon ink to stamp the sand dollar onto one of the Wooden Badge Button embellishments. The come with an adhesive strip on the back, so it was easy to add to the scalloped circle.

If you noticed that the layers stand out nicely against one another, that is because, before I started, I used the Round Sponge to sponge the edges of the card, and all of my other layers with Cocoa Exclusive Ink. This adds dimension to the card and looks awesome!  

I hope you enjoyed this card and will try it yourself. Have a great week!!
Glitter Panda

Friday, July 13, 2012

Inspired by the wait

I had to go to my undergraduate university today to get an application for a professional certification program. As I approached the office door shortly past 11:00, after being redirected to the appropriate one 3 times, I saw the sign that proclaimed they would be back at 1:00. I left the building and sat on a bench in the quad I spent so many moments in a hundred years ago.

The wait inspired me to create this lesson. I think I will use it for my Freshmen this coming school year. I hope it inspires you too.

A moment of inspiration - a lesson in imagery

Stop where you are. Sit down. Take a moment to view your surroundings from that perspective. Take a picture of the angle that catches your attention. Write one paragraph describing the sensory experience in that moment.

(Sight) The trees formed a canopy over the quad that reached from one end to the other. Shaded areas looked inviting, almost begging for a picnic lunch to be enjoyed on the soft carpet of lush green grass. The vibrant scarlet, black and white University flag stood out against the deep green background as a symbol of education tucked into the natural landscape. (Smell) The air was clean, untouched by the scents that would soon rise from the grease trucks to blend in a symphony of salt-pepper-ketchup as the students here for summer classes grabbed a quick bite on their way to, or from, their last, or next, class. (Taste) The air carried the tang of summer into my mouth as I inhaled and the taste of the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub left sweet remnants behind that made the experience even sweeter. (Touch) Slowly, the heat of the late morning sun pressed on my soft black yoga pants with intensity as though asking why I insisted on wearing black on such a sunny day. (Sound) For a brief moment, only silence intermingled with birds chirping, until the sounds of classes letting out brought passersby, hints of their diverse conversations lingering even after they'd walked past. (Memory/connection) My mind's eye saw the surroundings as they were when I was here. In my memory, some students rushed to classes, while others took in the sun on towels their parents had lovingly selected with them at Bed Bath and Beyond a few weeks before the semester started. The strong sensory experience, paired with the ghostly memories provided the perfect moment of reflection. In that moment, I was a student, an educator, and a student once again.

It would be great to have more examples, so I hope you will take your own moment and share your paragraph (or even sentences) with me!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pemberley On the Go Flower Card

Good Morning!! I'm so happy to be guest blogging for Cricut is Close to my Heart again today. I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!

Today, I have a card I created using the CTMH Workshops On the Go Pemberley Kit. This was something I had my eye on for awhile before I decided I HAD to have it. The cool blues and yellows in this pack complement each other beautifully, and I love the big flowers and the sweet embellishments it comes with.

The card base for this project is Outdoor Denim card stock and was cut at 6" x 12" and scored at 6" to create a 6" x 6" square card. The next square layer is Desert Sand card stock and was cut to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4". I attached this layer using dimensionals to give the card a little pop.

Then, I attached the scalloped rectangle. This was created using the <Rctngle2> button on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge cut at 4 1/4". You can find this cut on page 54. I attached the smaller 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" square on top of that. This was cut from one of the Pemberley duos papers. Both of these elements were added using the Bonding memories broad tip glue pen.

Cut the left side off the rectangle to keep it from showing from behind the square
Next, I added the vertical blue strip cut from Pacifica card stock at 2" x 6". Over this, I added a 4" <Circle1> cut from Art Philosophy. This image is on page 21of the booklet. The circle was added using dimensionals as well. I sponged the edges of the circle with the Olive Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad using the round sponge.

Finally, I used the dimensionals to add the big flower that I cut from the Pemberley duos paper using the fabulous micro-tip scissors. I also sponged the flower with the olive ink. I finished the card with bitty opaque pearl adhesive gems for a pretty touch.

You can see the added dimension from this angle...and the cute bitty pearls

The Pemberley Workshop on the Go Kit contains all of the paper and embellishments you will need to complete this project! I hope you like the card and that you'll try to make one on your own!!