Friday, August 24, 2012

Artiste Blog Hop

Welcome to our August ARTISTE Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing ARTISTE Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects!!!

This month we will be showcasing a different page from the Artiste cartridge! Did you know there were 700 images on this cartridge?? That's right -- 700!!!

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

My projects are a 4x4 mini-album, 3D Box trees and a couple Christmas Ornaments.

There were so many FUN pages to choose from in the new Artiste Handbook (comes with the cartridge), that I had a hard time picking just one to showcase.  However, PAGE 53 jumped out at me as the one that I had to play with first.

Here is a look at the images that I had to choose from on page 53
You can find my recipes for each project item at the bottom of my post.

The first thing that I thought of when I saw the star in the lower right hand corner was an ornament.  However, I wanted to do something a little different with the star image.  So, I took a few pictures of my honey and I, and made this 4"x4" Smitten Star album.

But, I couldn't stop there.  I absolutely LOVE the paper box trees that are found in the new Close to My Heart Fall/Winter Ideabook.

Soooo....  I had to do a version of them in the new Avonlea paperpack.
The large one to the left is done at 5.5", the middle is 4 1/4" and the small one is 3.5".
Also, you will notice that the page glistens and shines...  I brushed Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint on the Avonlea Paper before I glued the paper box trees together.  I added a few fabulous Close to My Heart embellishments in order to keep them classy, but simple.  Finally, I want to point out that the large star on the left is done with a piece of Colonial White cardstock, and I used Juniper reinker in my spray mister to give it a little color.  It is hard to see in the picture, but it gave the trio a lighter complimenting color.

I guess I have the "Christmas in August" bug, because I also put together a few Christmas Tree ornaments.  I kept with the theme of Avonlea and the Create-a-shade pearl paint...

I absolutely LOVE how the Artiste cartridge does all of the work for me.  I used a piece of Colonial White cardstock and a piece of patterned paper from the Avonlea level 2 paper pack, turned my dial to 2 1/4" punched in accent 1 (& then 2) and let the cricut do all of the work.  I brushed on a little create-a-shade pearl paint and added a seam binding ribbon bow and VOILA...  They are done!! 

Each year we put up a family ornament Christmas tree.  So, I am already guessing that we will have a lot of these on our tree this year.  I think this will be a fun project for my kiddos.  It will be super simple to let them cut the images and glue them together. 

I really hope you enjoyed my projects for this hop!  I appreciate you stopping by!
The next stop on your blog hop fun is Judith Ashmore ~  Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:

11.Maria Woodworth ~ ~ You are here
12.Judith Ashmore ~ ~ This is your next stop on the hop
15.Jennifer Kramer ~  

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping with us - we hope you LOVE all the projects we created!

Recipe of Supplies Used - All
(All items are Close to My Heart)
Cricut Artiste Cartridge
Avonlea Level 2 paper pack
Colonial White Cardstock
Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon

Smitten 4x4 Album - Additional product used
January Stamp of the Month: Happy Valentine's
Bitty Opaque Pearls
Silver Shimmer Trim
Black Stamp Pad

Paper Box Trees - Additional product used
Pear & Partridge Card WOTG Stamp Set
Designer Brads - Rhinestone
Silver Shimmer Trim
Black Stamp Pad
Bitty Opaque Pearls
Bling Assortment Pin


Josie (Joanne Barnes) said...

what a great idea to use the stars for a mini album!

Amy McVey said...

Maria, your projects are so beautiful! I love the star mini album and the pearl paint on Avonlea is absolute perfection for your trees! Tfs

Eva Friesen said...

Love your projects!! great job!

Stephanie said...


Kards by Kathi said...

I love your ideas and plan to do some of them myself. I think this hop is great. Thanks.

grammiej said...

WOW! I love all your projects especially the star album for your "honey"! What a sweet thing to do.

BevB said...

great projects everyone! this cartridge surely has something for everyone!

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, such gorgeous Christmas projects!! Artiste has some really amazing images. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm a new follower. ~ Blessings, Tracey

Theodora Stacey said...

great projects! Would you mind if I borrowed a couple? :0)

Nuts 4 Scrappin' said...

Love your holiday goodies - especially the boxes! And I love how you took them to a whole new level with the shiny going on!!

Lucy Kelleher said...

Maria -- just love, love, love all of your projects! What a great idea to make a mini album like that too :) I have been wanting to make the trees as well. TFS


Pam said...

Your Christmas projects are just beautiful! Love the silver!

Newbie2crafting said...

Lovely projects!

marg0006 said...

I love all your Christmas projects. They make beautiful decor.

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