Design Team Birthday Blog Hop - "Hello Kitty Birthday" 12x12 Double Layout

Thanks for visiting my blog today! Today's post is the project that I've provided to my design team for the Design Team Birthday Blog Hop 7/30-7-31. I'm sure you're all familiar with a standard blog hop - a long list of blogs, and you hop from one to the other leaving comments.Well, this one has a twist. This should be a super efficient hop for you, the hopper. We're linking up design team blogs instead of the individual blogger's blogs...So, you only have to make eleven hops and you'll get to see fifty-seven cards! If you're interested, go directly to the start at Vintage Heart Felt Designs. There is some great blog candy to be had! I hope you'll hop along with us!

For my project, I created a standard 12"x12" double layout featuring two 4"x6" photo mats and three 2.5"x3.5" photo mats. The large scalloped circle was cut from the Lacy Labels Cricut cartridge and all other cuts were cut from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge.

I used the Fiskars Threading Water border punch to create a scalloped edge around my accent border. 

All of the cuts were inked and popped up on foam for added dimension...

...and, of course, Hello Kitty was embellished with a sparkly gemstone.

The star of the show!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you'll check some of my other projects while you're here. Have fun hopping!

Products used:
Cricut cartridges: Hello Kitty Greetings and Lacy Labels
Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
Paper: DCWV Baby Girl and Recolletions cardstock


Momenta Design Team Tutorial - Paper Rosette Wreath

Hi, everyone! I'm here with my very first Momenta Design Team tutorial! For today's project, I decided to make this adorable paper rosette wreath! 

I love rosettes! They're fun and easy to create and they are incredibly versatile. They can be embellished in so many different ways and used on a large variety of projects. For my wreath, I chose four different patterned papers from the Momenta All Through the Year Super Paper Pad. The colors and patterns are so bright and cheerful! Perfect for summer. 

First, cut your patterned paper into strips. I used three different sized rosettes for my project: the largest rosette was created using a 1.5"x12" strip, the middle-sized rosette was created using a 1.25"x10" strip and the smallest rosette was created using a 1"x8" strip. Next, score your strips at each .25" and fold the paper into a "mountain/valley" or accordion style fold. 

Next, trim off the very last fold so that one end of your strip has a "mountain" fold and the opposite end has a "valley" fold. Adhere these two ends together to create a continuous ring. At this point, your rosette will resemble a bottom-less cupcake wrapper. 

Now, it's time to break out the trusty ole hot glue gun. This is my Mom's hot glue gun but she's allowed me to borrow it for an extended period of time. I'm pretty sure it's been living at my house since Christmas. Thanks, Mom!!

Next, create a whole bunch of cardstock circles. You can use a die-cutting machine, a punch or cut them by hand. I used a 1.5" circle punch and it worked well for all three sizes.

Apply a liberal amount of hot glue to your cardstock circle and then place your rosette on top. Hold in place until the glue dries. And if you're like me, go ahead and burn your finger multiple times. It's all part of the experience. I tried many different adhesives during this step...double sided tape, quick dry glue, firm hold glue, etc...and nothing was strong enough to hold the rosette in place except for the hot glue. 

You can apply your rosette directly to the cardstock or turn your rosette over and apply the cardstock on top. Whichever makes the most sense to you. 

Ooh, look at all those pretty rosettes! I think I made thirty-six in total but the amount you need will depend on how big your wreath is and how full you want it to be. 

After the rosettes were glued to their cardstock bases, I inked the edges and adhered colored gemstones in different colors and sizes. 

I started with a basic foam wreath, wrapped it in ribbon and began placing my rosettes. You could adhere your rosettes to the wreath with hot glue but I chose to use straight pens. In theory, I wanted to be able to re-position the rosettes as I worked but mostly I was trying to preserve what little skin was left on my pointer finger by avoiding the hot glue when at all possible. 

Ta-da!! All finished and so pretty!

Products used: 
Paper: Momenta - All Through the Year 12"x12" Super Paper Pad


Whimsical Wednesday Design Team Post - Challenge #15 - Use Your Scraps

This week at Whimsical Wednesdays we were challenged to use our scraps. This is something I definitely need to work on! I have a huge box of cardstock scraps right next to my desk but I almost always forget to reach for them. Well, this weekend was my dad's birthday and I knew that I wanted to make one of the tri-fold cards from the Cricut Just a Note cartridge; I had never made a staggered tri-fold card before but I knew the smaller cuts would be the perfect opportunity to use up some of my scraps. 

First I chose my color scheme and rustled through my scraps to find a few pieces of cardstock I thought would work. 

The cuts that come on this cartridge are pretty basic so I tinkered with the sizing and layering so that I could cut as many layers as I wanted and build up a good bit of dimension. 

I also created a inside layer for my note and used a very aggressive inking technique for this project. 

I couldn't resist a little bling...

To see how the rest of the team is using up their scraps, please join us at Whimsical Wednesdays and don't forget to show off your own projects!

Products used:
Cricut cartridge: Just a Note
Paper: The Paper Studio - Birthday Extravaganza and Recollections cardstock


Patches of Pink Design Team Post - Red, White and Blue

Today is my first day participating on the Patches of Pink Design Team! The theme for this week's Link-Up Party is Red, White and Blue. I created this fun layout for a few of my niece's 4th of July photos. This is a standard sized 12"x12" Single Layout featuring one 4"x6" photo mat and two 2.5"x3.5" photo mats. 

I cut this sweet little boy from the "A Child's Year" Cricut cartridge. I've been wanting to use this cut for months and I think it turned out adorably. 

The title was cut from the "Kate's ABCs" cartridge; this is a great, classic font. 

I created this sweet little pinwheel by hand (with a good bit of help from my sister) and added a star-shaped brad to the center. 

I hope ya'll will join us for the Patches of Pink Link-Up Party! Can't wait to see your projects.

Products used:
Cricut cartridges: A Child's Year and Kate's ABCs
American Girl Crafts Star Border Punch
Paper: DCWV - Nantucket and Recollections cardstock 

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Hi, my name is Faith Abigail and I enjoy all forms of paper crafting. This blog features the cards, scrapbook layouts, mini-albums and 3D projects that I have created.