Thin Cuts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thin Cuts Blog Hop where we will be featuring some delightful projects created using our Thin Cuts metal dies. MissCarriesCreations-ThinCutsBlogHopIf you have come here from Michelle Loncar’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next site. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas from some very talented Close to My Heart consultants. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Close to My Heart has created quite a few collections of metal dies, called Thin Cuts, that can be used for a variety of paper crafting projects. For this week’s blog hop, I am going to show you how I used some of our current Thin Cuts dies to create this adorable ” I am Blessed” card from the I Heart Us paper collection.

misscarriescreations-thincutsbh-blessedcard.jpgMany of you have expressed your fear of using this multicolored rainbow pattern from the I Heart Us paper packet.  It can feel a bit overwhelming, so, as I explain my use of Thin Cuts today, I am also going to show you how I “tamed” this list of colors.  I began with the base and quieted the pattern by adding a layer of Opaque Texture Paste then attached White Daisy Stitched Rectangle Frame with Thin Foam Tape. By doing this, I have muted the colors and kept the focus on the sentiment.

 

The “I am Blessed” statement was cut from the I Heart Us Cut-Apart paper using a stitched Oval, then layered it atop a Bluebird Oval Thin Cut. Why an oval, you ask? My stripes are going horizontally and that horizontal oval not compete with the stripes.

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I have narrowed down my color choices from the rainbow pattern by choosing to match the Bluebird and Pink from the sentiment.  This prevents me from competing with the multiple colors available in the pattern. After adding some complementing images from the I Heart Us Cut-Apart paper, I decided to add a sweet blue Butterfly Friendship image that was cut from matching Thin Cuts. (love these)

 

By choosing to mute the colors, complement the stripes in the pattern, and choosing only a few colors from the palette, you can also quiet this brilliant paper pattern and use it to make some delightful projects.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Katy Taylor’s blog to see her fabulous artwork! She never disappoints. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, all our Thin Cuts metal dies are only available while supplies last.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see all of the dies we have available for you to use.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.

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As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

Observations:
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.

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My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.

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I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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