Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Avonlea Display Tray

This display tray of my late mother-in-love uses Avonlea.  Avonlea is such a beautiful paper line for anything heritage.  One of the papers even has a family tree on it and I love that.  I used a bit of that particular paper in the first box of the second row to help us remember some of the history of Mom's life.  Pictures of various phases of her life also are included in the display. 

       One thing that I love about this display box is the depth of the cubbies.  You can add dimensional elements to each compartmet and it will look beautiful. That is what I did with some of the roses and leaves  that you can cut with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  I also used some of the resin roses and the brads  that come in the Slate Mini Medleys.  A few pearls from the licorice opaques finish this setting off.  A small picture may be added to this box later, but I haven't found the one that is just right yet.

 The other thing that I did that I thought was great to add extra dimension and surprise was to add a flip-flap to the second one on the bottom right side and it will flip up to display some of my mother in law's favourite pieces of jewellry.  I don't want it in full view all the time, so the flip flap was my solution to that.  I have not put the jewelry in there yet so I will not show you a close-up of that yet.
     Other items that were used to make this display were the
Avonlea Complements Canvas ShapesBrocade Assortment, and the Parlour Velvet Rub-Ons, and to finish off this project I made a bow from Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon.
   This tray is going to have a special place in our home.  I love how it turned out.  I hope you like it too.

Have a wonderful day, Lucy :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Clearly the Best Video: Alcohol Marker Madness

Close to my Heart has come out with new markers that are alcohol -based and they are wonderful.  They are sure to be markers that you will go to over and over again to brighten images, pages, and projects.   Watch this video to find out what I mean.
To get the supplies that are used in this video go to my website:  .
Have a wonderful day,  Lucy :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Creations Star

The moment that I saw this star in the new Idea Book, I knew I wanted to make one.  Initially I thought that I would do one with the Dakota paper (my favourite paper) but as the ideas started to percolate in my head, I leaned more and more to the La Belle Vie paper.  So instead of the countryish theme that I first thought, it became more and more a feminine, glitter gel and prisma glitter to give it that special femininity.  I used smokey plum ink to color all the edges of the star (somehow it looks a little brighter in the pictures than it is in actuality) and then the desert sand patterned paper as the base of the star.  Flowers (from the black/pink patterned paper) cut from our new Artiste cartridge grace the one point of the star, while on another point the word "welcome" from the Black Glamour Alphabet stickers is the focal point.  I was very pleased with the outcome of this project and very soon it will be hanging on the wall in the front entrance of our home.
The star.
Closeup of the flowers, leaves and butterfly.
Closeup of  "Welcome"
Well that is it for today.  I hope you enjoy your day!
Lucy :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Oshawa's Scrapfest and a Card

  I have been rather busy for the few weeks planning for Scrapfest in Oshawa.  Many plans were set in motion and executed and the event went off very well.  I think that this weekend was so much fun and other than the rain that hit as we were packing up it was a great two days.  I met many people there, so many of you introduced yourselves to me as CTMH consultants and that I loved.  I enjoyed meeting my fellow creative sisters there.  I met so many creative scrappers there and had a wonderful time chatting with you all.  Business was good too.  A shoutout goes to my friend Lynne,  who as usual is my partner in crime and did a wonderful job with the Create and Take - a little Timmy's box with a chocolate in it for anyone who wanted to make one.  That brought a lot of positive exposure to our Artiste Cartridge.  Yay!  Also a  big thanks to Alyson for helping in the booth...your help was appreciated.  Thanks to all who stopped by at the booth... you made this event well worth its while!

Here is one of the cards that I made to be able to display  at Scrapfest.  I used the Pirouette stamp set, white daisy pigment ink, clear embossing powder, images from our new Artiste cartridge, hemp, Ruby, Saddle, Cashmere and Champagne cardstock, Saddle and Cashmere ink and some sparkles to create this card.  I hope you enjoy it!  I love how it turned out.
That is all for today.  Enjoy your day!  Lucy :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bracket Frame

I had so much fun with this frame...creating a beautiful piece of home decor.  Using some techniques that I gleaned from Tamra Pope's blog I created this bracket frame.
I used the Pear and Partridge paper pack from Close to my Heart and also used a lot of cardstock.  I also used the Cricut Artiste cartridge (available through me) to cut the floral pieces. I cut the flowers various sizes, ranging in size from 1/2" to 2 3/4" and then let the magic begin.  Use a mouse pad and the rounded end of your paper piercer or dry embosser and press the flower using circular action.  The flower will begin to change and become a 3-D flower.  Do this with all of the pieces and then glue them together in the centres only, making sure that you alternate the petals.  You will end up with a very pretty flower that almost resembles a cabbage flower.    Cut the leaves with the cartridge and shape them with the embossing tool.  
For the pine cones, I cut a rose from the Art Philosophy cartridge (also available through me) and then rolled it up, but instead of forming it into a rose I left it up higher and glued it with Liquid Glass.  I spread some Liquid Applique on the cones, making a snow effect.  
The final touch came in adding some brown sparkles to the flowers.
I am also adding some close up photos of the flower work.

I hope you enjoy this.  Make sure that you try this for yourself.  It is a lot of fun to see paper become more 3 dimensional.

P.S. if you want more detailed info as to how to do this tecnique go to Tamra Pope's blog:

She explains it so well - why re-invent the wheel?

Have a great day! Lucy :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rosette Wreath

Pear and Partridge is one of my favourite paper packs in this idea book.  I can imagine ever so many projects to do with this paper.  But to have the time...that is the issue.  I spent a fair bit of time in the last couple days to create this wreath.  I combined paper from two other paper packs...the green from Moonlight and the red one from Stella.  They bring a beautiful mix to the wreath and I like the end result.  To make this wreath I made a whole lot of rosettes made from strips of paper ranging in width from 3/4" to 2".   I also used a lot of clear sparkles to bring some bling and shine to the wreath.  A burlap bow finished the wreath off.   I am pretty pleased how this project turned out.
The full wreath.
Close up of one of the rosettes (the Colonial white one) that I cut with the Artiste Cartridge at 2"
Yet another closeup. This one is cut at 1 1/2".
I went through about 6 glue sticks to put this project all together.  You may see a few threads of glue in the picture.  Sorry I did not notice them until I saw it in the pictures. 
I hope you enjoy this wreath. 
Have a wonderful day!  Lucy :)