Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Blog Hop - Zoe

Hi there! Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring the NEW Zoe paper kit. If you are coming from Marianne's you are on the right track.   What's that you say?  You don't see Zoe in the current Idea Book?  You're right!  It's not!  It's coming up in the NEW Idea Book that goes live September 1st!!!  And get this....YOU CAN GET ZOE NOW!!!!

For the FIRST TIME EVER, CTMH is "leaking" select products that you can order early:
But I digress...Let's get back to what you came here for...My Zoe Project.  This month, I wanted to offer an extra workshop opportunity to my customers that would be attending my Card Buffet. It makes sense that they need a box to hold all of their cards in. So I went out to my stash of "items to be altered" (yes, I'm a bit of a hoarder) and found 9 of these lunch tins I bought years ago.  Perfect! It was super easy to cover this in paper and coral shimmer tape...and instantly make it beautiful.  I also dove into my stash of embellishments and broke out my Cricut Art Philosophy to fancy it up a bit.  What do you think?  I'm pretty excited about how it turned out.

For the letters, I used some old dimensional elements that I covered in Glacier cardstock. (You could also just Cricut cut letters or stamp them, cut them, and 3D them onto the front of the box.) I did a black doodle line with our journaling pen to outline them and then covered them in liquid glass.  In creating this project, I discovered a new favorite product...the All-Purpose Mat. I originally tried to Mod Podge the paper onto the tin.  I discovered I'm Mod Podge challenged but the All-Purpose mat was awesome!  I made quite the mess and it just wiped right off the mat.  I also used it when I did the liquid glass on the letters and any drips I had came right off the mat!  Normally, I get liquid glass on my table and unless I clean it immediately, it's there to stay.  Not anymore.  This mat is definitely something I will be recommending to all messy crafters like me.

Oh...and you want another tip that has changed my world? Use a silicone baby bottle nipple on your bottles of liquid glass.  AHHH-MAAAZING! No, this is not my idea. (wish I could claim's genius) ...I heard about it and then searched for a video on You Tube to find out more about it. 

I love our 3D flowers on our Art Philosophy cartridge but I wanted something with a little less bulk.  So I chose a flat flower and with a bit of manipulating bends in the petals and layering several sizes, I got this beauty.  Here's another tip: When you are cutting with your Cricut, do several extra flowers in white to have a stash on hand that you can grab whenever you need a quick flower.  Sponge the flower with any color ink pad you want and you have an instant embellishment perfect for your project.  I have a bunch of precut white flowers that I keep in our Craft Boxes.  I also have a bunch of precut leaves.  That's where I grabbed these from.  I just folded them in half and ran them through a crimper to get the vein texture.  I added a bit of prisma glitter with or glue pen on the petals...cause who doesn't need more sparkle? The center of the flower is an old resin flower embellishment that I also put glitter on.  Be creative with the items you have on hand.  Isn't that why we collect so much?  For those moments when we "might need that someday"?  I know I'm not the only one who does was my day to use some of these treasures. 

Well, that's about it folks.  Thanks for joining me in my happy place.  Please consider leaving a comment and then head on over to Sheila's Blog.