Best Friends FURever Blog Hop

Welcome to the Best Friends FURever Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our Best Friends FURever collection. 75435849_10156934575312686_5940485385833414656_n.jpgIf you have come here from Darlys Recker’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 blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first saw  the Best Friends FURever papers, I couldn’t wait to make a layout of our little furball. Now that the kids are grown, I have just as many, if not more photos of her than I do of my kids.  She is our little lap dog who brings us so much joy, and I can’t image life without her. MissCarriesCreations-FurBabyLayout

Let me walk you through how I created this layout. I started by adding some Opaque Texture Paste to a striped Kraft paper. I designed a heart overlay in Design Space™, cut it from Vellum, and attached it to the page over the Texture Paste.

I have created a FREE CUT FILE for you to use in Design Space. You will need to own the images from the Artbooking collection to cut out this image. 

Most of the paper strips came from the Best Friends FURever paper packet. I was in need of one additional pattern and discovered that the Dots paper from the Mix-Ins pack matched these papers perfectly. A chevron was cut into the bottom of each strip, the strips placed onto the background, then stitched with a sewing machine.

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I added the photo with a Kraft paper mat, and some of the stickers from the Best Friends FURever paper pack.  When adding embellishments to your projects, always make sure you have designed a Visual Triangle. This creates flow and balance to any layout.♥ 

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I have created a short process video to teach you about creating a Visual Triangle and show you  how I created the elements on this layout.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melinda Everitt’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. These Best Friends FURever products are only available through December 31stwhile supplies last, so be sure to contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to order the supplies to make this layout.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here is the list of supplies I used on my project

Best Friends Furever Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet (CC11191)
Best Friends FURever Paper Pack + Stickers

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Mix-Ins Paper Packet

1385
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Z3367
12 x 12 Vellum Paper

Z1375
12 x 12 Kraft Paper

Z4245
Opaque Texture Paste

Z4247
Palette Knives

Z2045
All Purpose Mat

Z3440
Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen

Z1836
Micro-Tip Scissors

Cricut® collection image
CTMH Artbooking Collection

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Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

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Cricut™ Air Two

B00C90WM0K
EK Success Ruler

Portable Trimmer, 12"
Cricut Portable Trimmer

Z1151
Foam Tape

B01B8CL3VI
EZ Runner Grand Tape Runner

Z3341
Foam Dots

Are You Ready to Learn Something New?

This week, while I am at the Close to My Heart Convention, I have decided to do a recap of some of my favorite tutorials from the past year. Quite a few of you have joined me recently, so I figured that this was the best time to, not only share some great projects with you, but show you a few that you might have missed.  If you have already viewed these tutorials, I hope that this little refresher will inspire you to create something new.


♥ Basic Watercolor Techniques

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If you are just starting out with watercolor pencils, or you are wanting to pick them up again, my Using Watercolor Pencils tutorial is a great read. I walk you through a few techniques for using our amazing pencils and inspire you with a beautiful card I made using our Feels Like Home papers.


♥ Playing with Paper Pom-Poms

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Although this was a St Patrick’s Day decoration, I have considered CASEing myself and recreating it for fall. These adorable little pom-poms are so simple to make and fun to use on your paper crafts.


♥ Watercolor Embossed Backgrounds

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The card I created with this technique was one of my favorite creations. The vivid watercolor background paired with vellum made it simple and elegant. I would love for you to give this Watercolor Background technique a try, and share it in our VIP Group.


♥ Using a Visual Triangle

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Have you heard of using a visual triangle to create balance on your layouts? If not, this tutorial will walk you through how I used this technique to create a balanced layout of our anniversary trip to the Botanical garden.


Did you learn something new? Were you inspired to give one of these techniques a try? As a Close to My Heart consultant, I truly enjoy showing you how to create something you love and want to share with the ones you care about.  Please feel free to share what you created in the comments below or in my VIP Facebook Group.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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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