The Stamping Tree

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #220: Wet-n-Wild!

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #220 Wet and Wild

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Winner will receive 3 Digis
~This Weeks Challenge~
Wet and Wild
Create a project related to water

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.


Morning all!  Today I have a vinyl project to share with you.  It's SUPER easy--my favorite kind of project!


I bought a soap dispenser at Wal-mart and cut out this cute little purple vinyl octopus using the Splish Splash Lite cartridge.  I set the width at 3.5", which made the height 2.81".  I used transfer tape to apply the vinyl, and then I then filled the container with purple liquid soap.  

I love how this turned out!  I eventually want to do my bathroom using this cartridge.  Maybe some cute vinyl sea creatures on a shower curtain!

Please play along with us this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  Just make a project having anything to do with water and use at least ONE Cricut cut.  It can be a card, scrapbook layout, gift, home decor item--whatever floats your boat LOL!  Thanks for dropping by--have a wonderfully crafty week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

More Camping Pages

These are some traditional pages I made using the CTMH Timberline Scrapbooking paper and stickers, plus the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  I thought I'd posted these previously, but I can't find the post--maybe I deleted it by accident.





This page uses 4 x 6 Flip-Flaps from CTMH.  I thought I'd taken a pic of them flipped out, but I guess I didn't.  They're good for if you have a whole series of similar pix that you want to display.  The titles use the font from Artiste and are the negative cuts.

Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More Pages From Our Missouri Trip

Here are some more pages from our Missouri trip using the Picture My Life cards from Close to My Heart.  This set is called Surf's Up.  The first 6 pages are from our trip to Bridal Cave, and I thought the colors went really well with the cave pix.

The first pic is the one that the cave operators take of every group to sell you at the end.  This is the cover page designed to go with the set.


This is the back of the cover page.  Haven't decided what I'm going to do with it yet...


Here are some pix of the inside of the cave and the formations.  I love caves!


I'm not sure why it's called Bridal Cave, but people actually do get married down here, in front of a lovely curtain-type formation.


It's right on the lake, and you can go down to the docks.  When you turn around, you see the big sign.


Here are some pix of us by the lake, and the last of the cave formation pix.  The one in the lower left is my favorite.  Those formations are called "soda straws", and they are so pretty and delicate.


These are some pix I got of a great blue heron at our campground.  He really showed off for us.


Random pix of our trip--just filling in slots!


The one in the lower left here is from a scenic overlook near Bridal Cave.  That gorgeous tree was right near our campsite.


Some of my favorite pix from our nature trail walk.  I'm probably going to do more with these, but for now they're in here.

I have to say, I like the Picture My Life system a lot more than I thought I would.  It's very fast, and kind of fun--like putting together a puzzle!  And I intersperse the PML pages with my traditional pages, which adds interest, in my opinion.  Most importantly, it gets the pix out there to be looked at, instead of hiding on the computer!

Thanks for dropping by today!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CTMH Picture My Life--Camping at Lake of the Ozarks

 Good morning all!  I took a lot of great photos on our camping trip to Lake of the Ozarks in June, and I've been working on scrapbooking them.  I've never really been too interested in the photopocket scrapbooking trend, but CTMH has a system called Picture My Life, and I thought I'd give it a try.  I ordered a set, and my friend ordered a set, and then we swapped out duplicates.  These two pages are made with the L8ter Sk8ter set.  I just love the bright blues and greens!


The cave we wanted to go to was flooded, so it was closed.  Luckily there was a really cool one-mile nature trail right there.  We got lots of great shots of wildflowers and cool fungi.  





I have lots more pages that I'll save for later posts.   Thanks for dropping by today!  And if you like this set, you can order it from me--just click on the button in the upper right corner of this blog.

Happy crafting!

Monday, July 7, 2014

FCCB Challenge #218--Summer Treats

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #218  Summer Treats

This Weeks Sponsor

Winner will receive Silly Shells Stamp Set
~This Weeks Challenge~
Summer Treats
Create a project that represents the tastes of summer

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

Good morning all!  Today I have a project for you that represents a summer treat for me--strawberries!  I used the strawberry box on Spring Cottage and cut the two pieces at 4".  It makes a box big enough to hold a 2-3 pieces of candy.  You could make it fairly good-sized though--at 4" it only took up about a quarter of my mat.


The red polka dot paper is from PTI, and the green is Wild Wasabi from SU.  I embossed the leaves with a folder from QuickKutz.  The ribbon is from my stash.


The tag is die cut from the PTI Tiny Tags die, and the sentiment is stamped in SU's Pure Poppy with a stamp from My Time Made Easy by Lauren Meader.

What's your favorite summer treat?  There are so many good ones--I almost went with watermelon.  But there's ice cream, popsicles, blueberries, s'mores, cotton candy...the list goes on and on, and I'm getting hungry!  Please play along with us at FCCB--all you have to do is create a project focusing on your favorite summer treat and using at least one Cricut cut--that's all there is to it!  Then link it up to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for your chance to win a fabulous stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers.  Thanks for dropping by today--have a great week!


Monday, June 23, 2014

FCCB # 216--Color Challenge


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #216 Color Challenge

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FCCB DT Member and CTMH Consultant


AMY HODGSON-SMITH
is giving away a $20.00 CTMH Gift Certificate

Be sure to visit her
CTMH Website
~This Weeks Challenge~

That's right, folks--I am the sponsor for this week's challenge at FCCB--so excited!  You may be wondering why, as a CTMH consultant, I have chosen to use SU supplies for this card.  Great question LOL!  The answer is a very simple one.  Up until I discovered CTMH, I used SU products almost exclusively.  And do I have a lot of them?  You bet I do!  I prefer to use my CTMH supplies in my scrapbooking workshops with my customers, and I am trying to use up my SU, so I usually use SU supplies for cards and the like.  But CTMH cardstock cuts beautifully in the Cricut, and I highly recommend it for that.

This week we're doing a color challenge--use yellow, purple and gray.  I had this lovely patterned paper from SU's spring mini catalog that I wanted to use, plus I had the big yellow scalloped circle (Spellbinders) that I had cut for something else and not used.  So I built my card around those two things.


Card is 5.5" square.  Base is PTI white.  Other CS is SU Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, and Wild Wasabi.  I sued 2 embossing folders:  Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug and a Darice folder for the butterflies.  The sentiment is from the Lyrical Letters cartridge.


The roses are from Close to My Heart's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and the leaves are from CTMH Artiste.  CTMH makes another cartridge--Artbooking--that is GREAT for scrapbooking.  AND--drumroll please!  CTMH is coming out with another awesome Cricut Collection in August!  Details are top-secret--consultants don't even know them yet, but you can bet it will be top notch.  CTMH Cricut Collections include the cartridge itself, which has over 700 images on it, 3 coordinating stamp sets, and 3 sheets of chipboard accents, which are white and suitable to ink or stamp on.  Each stamp set and chipboard sheet also tells you which cartridge and what size to make your cut--so convenient!  Plus there are many stamp sets throughout the CTMH catalog which have coordinating images.  They are outlined in red.  Below you can see photos of each of our current Cricut Collections and some of the awesome projects you can make using theml



CTMH Artbooking 





CTMH Artiste




CTMH Art Philosophy


I really hope you'll play along with our color challenge this week!  All you have to do is make a project using the colors yellow, purple, and gray, and at least one Cricut cut!  Nothing to it, and you could win a $20 gift certificate from my CTMH website!  Thanks for dropping by today--have a great day!







Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Someone to Look Up To

 So I've been playing with my Silhouette Cameo more lately.  I've fallen in love with SVG Cuts.  They just have the most awesome files, and the assembly videos make them super easy to put together.  These files can be used with most electronic cutters, including the new Cricut Explore.

I was browsing through the Autumn section of their store the other day.  They have several adorable fall collections.  I saw this tree card, from the Fall Harvest SVG Kit.  I loved it, but my problem was--it's not fall!  No problem--I just made the leaves green instead of fall colors.


It's a Z-fold card, and it's very 3-D.  




I made it even more 3-D by using embossing folders.  The woodgrain is actually a plate from PTI.  The leaves on the front tree are a Sizzix EF.  I also used my Martha Stewart grass border punch.  I sponged everything!


The sign I altered a little in Silhouette Studio.  I knew I wanted to use the stamp from Father Knows Best by PTI for the sentiment.  It says "You're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown"--one of my faves.  It would have fit on the original sized sign, but I thought it would look more proportional if I made the sign a little less wide and a little taller--very easy to do in the software.  I stamped the sentiment in black and embossed the sign with the woodgrain plate.


I loved the card, but thought it needed a little something.  I used PTI's Itty Bitty Bird and IBB Additions to stamp the daddy bird watching over the nest.  I haven't used my PTI stamps much lately, but they really seemed to fit this project.

This card is for my dad.  I know he'll like it because he thinks everything I do is wonderful, but I also hope he likes it because it's pretty cool.  Well, thanks for dropping by!  Please visit SVG Cuts if you have an electronic cutter--you'll be so glad you did!