Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Every Picture Tells A Story

Today I wanted to share a layout that I created over the weekend for my son Gabriel.  This layout documents an adventure we had in Hawaii where he opted to jump off a waterfall cliff along the Road to Hana.  

The paper, Good Vibes, was a part of the National Scrapbooking Month special back in May, and this sheet, along with the sticker sheet was all I had left of the pack.  I absolutely loved the paper and have been waiting for the perfect way to use it.  Luckily, CTMH brought the paper back last weekend for a flash sale and I was able to secure additional packs which absolutely makes my heart happy so I am sure you will see a few more layouts in the future featuring this fun paper.

I also discovered in creating the layout, that our new Orange and Yellow Dots compliment the paper perfectly.  Although the yellow is our new color Honey Butter and not the Shortbread that is in the paper pack they compliment each other perfectly!  


For this layout, I designed it with the photos on the left page to be horizontal 4" x 6" photos.  I however, opted to use two 3" x 4" vertical photos in the place of the two top layered 4" x 6"'s.  This allowed me to include some action shots in the same space.  As I cropped these photos down to show the jumping action, I cropped out most of the background scenery.  I then opted to allow the other photos to share more of the scenery as it was an absolutely beautiful view.


Here, you can see that I used an extra piece of the patterned paper, along with a secondary title sticker to add additional journaling.

Here are a few closer up photos.





This sticker was adhered on top of the flip flap with Thin Foam Tape for extra pizazz.  


I love how the title turned out using those Orange and Yellow Dots!  The perfect way to jazz up with stickers and show off that UV coating.

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This pre-cut layout kit is available in my shop and can be ordered by clicking here.  

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Supplies used: (Z4632) Orange & Yellow Dots, (retired) Good Vibes Paper & Sticker Sheet, (Z3230) 3” x 4” Flip Flaps, (Z3231) 4” x 6” Flip Flaps, (X5951) Espresso cs, (X6045) Sage cs, (X5978) Glacier cs, (X6043) Nectarine cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (4110) Top Loading Page Protector, (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z5014) Red Line Tape, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen. All of the current items may be purchased on my Close To My Heart website at: www.tonyasheridan.ctmh.com.

Sassyfully yours,
Tonya

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Celebrating You "Celebrate" Layout

 This layout was originally designed by Close To My Heart, however I had to add a few of my personal tweaks.  The layout is created with the Celebrating You paper collection which is a new addition to our 2022-2023 Core Idea Book. I love how the squares are patterns that all coordinate and the solid divided squares that are created with the new Square Patterns Thin Cuts.  Such flair right?


To see a larger photo, click on the photo above and it will open in a new window.

This is the new (Z4619) Square Patterns Thin cuts which was used for the solid divided squares.  Oh the possibilities right?  
And here are a few more detail photos:

On the left page, there are two stacked 4" x 4" Flip Flaps.  The lower one allows for additional photos and the top one is adhered shut to create a shaker Flip Flap!  It adds a little pizazz to the layout.


The title is Cricut Cut and included in my kit version, but of course you could use your own title if this one doesn't suit your needs, or your photos.


And here is a close up of one of the divided squares.

This pre-cut kit is available in my shop by clicking here.

Supplies used:  (X8032B) Celebrating You Paper Pack, (X5978) Glacier cs, (X6066) Honey Butter cs, (X6046) French Vanilla cs, (X5957) Sapphire cs, (X5968) Lagoon cs, (Z2900) Silver Star Confetti, (Z3235) 4" Flip Flaps, (Z4619) Square Patterns Thin Cuts, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (X5024) Red Line Tape.

Sassfully yours,
Tonya


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Strategies of Design Space cutting

Design Space in Cricut can be tricky but the more that you work with it, the easier tasks become and for me much of my learnings come from trial and error.

I am a huge fan of wood grain paper - especially the patterns in the 2021-2022 Paper Packet that is retiring at the end of the month (or when supplies are depleted).  With this particular set of patterns, I have especially found joy creating layouts for pets. Why wood grain you might ask?  Well, first because the patterns are neutral and lend their way for many color combinations in the photographs and second- the colors of the wood grains themselves work so well with the many shades of pet's fur.

So with that being said, one struggle that I have is that there are often lines across the wood grain patterns that I might not want to go through whatever I am cutting.  And, now I have a solution to be able to cut around those lines!

Let me explain. 

Here is the wood grain pattern that I chose to work with.  You will note that there are indeed lines in the paper.  When you place the paper on the Cricut Mat, you can then use the measurements on the left side of the mat to guide you in Design Space.


When strategizing my cuts in Design Space, I can manipulate the images around those lines.  So for i.e., in this sheet, I see that my image is larger than 1" so it will not fit above that first line.  I can then move the image down below the 1 1/2" mark, and still above the 4" mark and the image will cut without having the line move through the image.  

For this cut, I know that Cricut will not cut larger than an 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" space so I created a box, measured it to 11 1/2" x 11 1/2".  I ensured that all of my images were aligned within that box, deleted the box and attached my images all together that way they stayed in the position that I placed them in and would align with the lines of my wood grain.  This is how my screen looks in Design Space.


And here is what my cuts look like after being removed from the Cricut mat - you can see how the wood grain line is in between all of the cuts.


Fun right??  So, now that I have explained how to create these cuts, here is the layout that I created using this design element.  To see a larger picture, click on the image and it will open up with a larger view in a new window.


And here are a few pictures of the details:




This layout kit is now available in my shop.  You can find out more details by clicking here.

Supplies used:  (X8028) Wood Grain Paper Pack, (X6047) Black cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (Z5022) Adhesive Paper, (Z6018) Wood Arrows, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini-Glue Dots.  Supplies that are current can be ordered here on my CTMH website.

Sassfully yours, 
Tonya




Saturday, June 4, 2022

Stamptacular with Artistic Flair #2

Today, I want to share another favorite that was introduced in May - the Palm Fronds.  This stamp is quite versatile and I just can't stop creating with it!  As in the previous day's featured item, this set also comes as a stand alone or with Thin Cuts.  I have used it both ways but truly love how the palms layer directly on the paper.  The stamp set (D2094) and the Stamp set with Thin Cuts (Z4447) can both be ordered by clicking here.


There are two pieces of art that I have created with this set that I want to share.  The first is a Slimline card.  For this card, I stamped directly on the paper and then also stamped on palms cut out from the Thin Cuts then build the card up in layers.  This card is available to order in the Stamptacular with Artistic Flair section of my website.  It is available in sets of 2. Click here to add this to your creative collection.


The second piece of art that I created is a layout where I stamped, and layered, the palms directly onto the paper itself.  The layout is apart of my "How Did They Do That Series" as it was inspired by a layout that the art department created for our current Idea Book.  Additionally, I was inspired by a layout that a sister-maker Erin Jacobson created and shared.  I am so in love with how this layout turned out!  This layout is apart of my Joys of the Summer virtual event.  Details can be found by clicking here.


And here is my layout with my pictures and journaling added.  To see a larger photo of the layout, click on the picture and it will open in a new window.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As we enter the month of June, Close to My Heart also begins the month-long event of Stamptacular!!  What does this mean?  A month of deep savings on our signature acrylic stamps and even some stamps and thin cut paired sets!  There are even FIVE exclusive stamps that are just available during this sale.  You can see all that there is offer by clicking here.  

In addition to the awesome sales that the company is offering, I will also be sharing artwork all month featuring some of the stamps that are on sale!  I have created a special section in my shop (www.inallsassiness.com) where the featured artwork from the Stamptacular with an Artistic Flair can be ordered.  Many of these will be limited in quantity, so if you love them, and want to order them, don't delay.  I have set this option up so that you can order the art that speaks to you all month long, and then I will ship them out (or have available for pick up) the first week in July - with only one shipping fee.  Bonus right??  Because of such, the shipment option has been set to "pick up".  For those needing shipping, I will invoice you the shipping charges when I mail out your boxes.

Sassfully yours,

Tonya



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Stamptacular with an Artistic Flair!


 As we enter the month of June, Close to My Heart also begins the month-long event of Stamptacular!!  What does this mean?  A month of deep savings on our signature acrylic stamps and even some stamps and thin cut paired sets!  There are even FIVE exclusive stamps that are just available during this sale.  You can see all that there is offer by clicking here.  

In addition to the awesome sales that the company is offering, I will also be sharing artwork all month featuring some of the stamps that are on sale!  I have created a special section in my shop (www.inallsassiness.com) where the featured artwork from the Stamptacular with an Artistic Flair can be ordered.  Many of these will be limited in quantity, so if you love them, and want to order them, don't delay.  I have set this option up so that you can order the art that speaks to you all month long, and then I will ship them out (or have available for pick up) the first week in July - with only one shipping fee.  Bonus right??  Because of such, the shipment option has been set to "pick up".  For those needing shipping, I will invoice you the shipping charges when I mail out your boxes.

So, let's start off the month with one of my favorites!  Ok, well actually two:  "You're Pawsome" (B1752 for the stamp set and Z3974 for the stamp and thin cuts) and "I Woof You" (B1753 for the stamp set and Z3975 for the stamp and thin cuts).  I absolutely adore these two sets!  I have used them over and over again all year long and just can't get enough of their cuteness!  In my book, they are a must have!  You can order both of these here.  


Here is some of the artwork that I have created with these two cuties!  




These projects can be found in my shop by clicking here.

Have an artful day!!

Sassfully yours,
Tonya

Monday, May 16, 2022

Black & White Flower Elegance


This layout was created for the Chantilly expo and features the Layered Flowers Thin Cut sets and lots of helpful hands to cut out all of those flowers x 400 sets!  The work, and woman-power aside, the layout turned out absolutely stunning!  I love it!!!  And this Thin Cut set made the layout absolutely beautiful.  The set has so many possibilities to mix and match the flowers and centers.





It is also noteworthy to point out the numerous shaker elements on the layout which add that extra special touch.


This class kit is available in my shop with all of the pieces pre-cut for you!  You can check it out, by clicking here.

 Supplies used:  (X9036) Mix-In Paper Pack, (Z4324) Layered Flowered Thin Cuts, X6047) Black cs, (1385) White Daisy cs, (Z4304) Silver Loose Sequins, (Z4310) Circle Shaker Windows Foam & Windows,  (Z4309) Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, (Z3293) Clear Shimmer Brush, (Z3563) Diamond Clear Stickles, (Z3234) 3” Flip Flaps, (Z4220) Anti-Static Pouch, (Z4325) Pick-Up Tool, (Z2060) Thin 3-d Foam tape, (Z3341) Thin 3-d Foam Dots, ((Z3372) Adhesive Runner, (Z341) Mini Glue Dots, (Z3340) Dual Tip Permanent Glue Pen, Current supplies may be ordered on my website at: www.tonyasheridan.ctmh.com.  

Sassfully yours,
Tonya

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Layout

Inspired by Close To My Heart's Art Department, this layout certainly creates a bright and cheerful rainbow as perfect for scrapbooking your favorite wishes and dreams!  The rainbow stripes are created with Close To My Hearts UV Coated Cardstock which adds such vibrant color strength!







Close To My Heart designed the right page, and I added the title to coordinate with my theme.  I then continued the pattern on the left page and added the fun heart with the words of one of my very favorite songs "Somewhere over the rainbow" printed from the Cricut.  

The little flowers are stamped on the back side of the cardstock which is a light variation of the true color on the UV side.  They were then stamped with Black ink and the flower from the As You Grow Stamp and Thin Cuts.  For a final detail, I added a the Platinum Stickles for the bodies of the butterflies and in the center of each of the flowers.

This kit is now available in my shop at: www.inallsassiness.com.  

Supplies used:  (Z3787) Platinum Stickles, (X6042) Mint cs, (CC32217) UV Coated Cardstock Carnival Exclusive Pack, (1385) White Daisy cs, (Z4318) As You Grow Stamp and Thin Cuts, (Z2060) Thin Foam Tape, (Z3372) Adhesive Runner.  Current supplies may be ordered at: www.tonyasheridan.ctmh.com.