Friday, July 27, 2012

July "Art Philosophy" Blog Hop


Welcome to my first BLOG HOP!  I'm pretty excited . . . can you tell?

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy 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 AND some blog candy!!!

Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and on every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry .

This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

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

My project is ... Butterfly Layers

This card is made ENTIRELY from cuts on page 55 of the Close To My Heart "Art Philosophy" Cricut Cartridge.  I love this cartridge and use it ten times more than any other.  There is SOOOO much you can use.  Look at all the cuts from just one page.

I used Cricut Craft Room to lay out and size all the cuts.  It couldn't have been easier or faster (about one minute of cutting and I doubled everything to make sure I had a good cut for each part).  The card base featured the butterfly cut outs.  The filigree butterfly called to me and as the butterflies all match on the page, I got LAYERED!  All of the paper is Close To My Heart (the blue is retired but still awesome - don't you love how the "love" word centered itself front and center?).

Since I used B&T (Background & Texture) for the base, I had to add some cardstock to stiffen the card.  The cardstock (Hollyhock) had the corners rounded and served as a highlight to the cut outs on the cover of the card.  I played with both sides of the B&T paper to make extra texture.

Inside, I used a few of the duplicate cuts for the right side and a sentiment from the "God Bless You" (D1023 Retired) set in Moonstruck CTMH ink and then the butterfly cutouts from the front (reverse side showing) to mimic the cover on the left side of the card. 

I really like the end product and it was more fun because of the challenge.  A quick shout out to my friend Joanne who let me borrow her Cricut for this month (mine is out of commission at this point! O.o).

The next stop on your blog hop fun is Stephanie Feist.

Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:

  1. Lucy ~
  2. Darla ~
  3. Gloria Shirr -
  4. Laura Wolff-
  5. Eva-
  6. Danielle ~
  7. Connie ~
  8. Wendy ~
  9. Joanne -
  10. Laura Charko -
  11. Carolyn Heniges -
  12. Kindred Hearts (Penny) - <<<YOU ARE HERE 
  13. Stephanie Feist-
  14. Julia Hammond

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


  1. Fantastic job on this!!
    Look forward to having you join in more hops in the future. :)

  2. Your card is so gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! Thanks for shaing with us!

  3. Beautiful card Penny! I love all the butterflies and your wonderful sentiment inside. Great job!! I just became your newest follower and would love to have you follow me too. Have a wonderful weekend Penny!! Hugs, Gloria

    Visit my blog. I would love more followers.

  4. Beautiful card. I love butterflies. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Kathy:)

  5. very beautiful card!


  6. Your butterflies are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.


  7. Well done! I like how you did your post with multiple views.

  8. oh my! love love love this card! butterflies are my favorite! awesome job!

  9. super job, very pretty

  10. Great job! I love how everything you cut was on the same page! TFS!

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    GFC Arielle

  11. Fabulous card Penny! The butterfly is one of my favs of AP.

  12. Wonderful card! I love the 1/2 butterfly on the inside!

  13. Striking colors on this beautiful card.

  14. THANK YOU ALL! So much support that I think I'll try this again! :)