Thursday, April 11, 2013

I’m so EXCITED!!!!!

What am I excited about??? 

The news that I received on Monday from the Close To My Heart office!!!

I have been accepted as a teacher at this year’s Convention!! J
Viva - Convention 2013 info

While this isn’t the first time I was accepted to teach (what a PRIVILEGE & BLESSING !) - I knew when I submitted my application that I was not guaranteed to be chosen as a teacher again.  

AND it’s even a BIGGER deal that I was chosen this year… they only chose 18 teachers instead of 32 teachers this year!!! I have all sorts of emotions going through me at the moment (excited, anxious, humbled, nervous, etc)…but the one that is shining through the most is EXCITEMENT!!! 

Over the next couple of days, I thought I’d share with you the items I submitted for the application of teaching at Convention.

We had to submit 1 layout, 1 3D item and 3 other items of our choice….

Today I will share with you the 3D item I created J
Bracket Frame_Claire_mom dad
I LOVE the bracket frame that we carry at CTMH.  It’s SO EASY to use, AND it makes a BEAUTIFUL gift!! (Don't tell my Dad & Mom...their anniversary is coming up soon! J

It was even EASIER to create, because the frame shape can be cut out with our CRICUT Cartridge - Art Philosophy!

I cut the frame at 10.8” (change size to 10ths instead of inches on your settings key) and cut Square 4 on page 53 of Art Philosophy booklet

The designer paper that I chose to use on this frame is another favorite of mine, the Claire Paper Pack.
Girls Rock stamp set C1538   Claire paper X7166B
Next, I took out my FAVORITE stamp set - Girls Rock- and started cutting flower shapes from my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I LOVE the flower images in this stamp set (see above) BUT another reason I like this stamp set SO MUCH - is because it is a CRICUT Compatible stamp set!  

I cut out the flower shapes with my Cricut machine, and stamp the flower design directly on top of the pre-cut shape - TA-DA!!! 

By sponging the edges of the flowers, and adding a bit of "curl" to make the flowers life like, I've created some EASY - yet BEAUTIFUL flowers! 
Bracket Frame_Claire_mom dad_cu-butterfly frame
For the stamped flowers I stamped them with our inks (sunset, hollyhock, outdoor denim).  The yellow flower that is on top of the stamped flower is from our Paradise paper flowers collection…then I added some stardust glitz glitter gel to some of the flower middles, butterfly body, etc.   

If you look closely you will see I stamped the Claire diamond-like paper that covers the entire frame with script wording!  I also used that same stamp set to stamp my butterfly with script.  

The stamp set that I used - Universal Backgrounds - a MUST HAVE in your collection of stamps! J
Bracket Frame_Claire_mom dad_love cluster of flowers

I thought I needed a bit more of Outdoor Denim color…and I LOVE how the Chevron ribbon ties so well with this paper pack.

Bracket Frame_Claire_side view

Here is a look at the bracket on it’s side…I did cover the edges to “finish off” the bracket.

Bracket Frame_Claire_mom dad_cu-girls rock-flower w-glitter
Here are a few more flowers.  I was thrilled to realize how neat it was to stamp a flower image on a Cricut cut flower from “Girls Rock” and THEN add a 3D rose on top of the stamped flower! These 3D flowers can be found on BOTH of Close To My Heart's Cricut Cartridges...the Art Philosophy & Artiste cartridges! 

 Our new Pink Glitter Gems added just the right touch to many of the flower centers.

Bracket Frame_Claire_mom dad_cu-love
One last tip...I also used this glitz glitter gel to trace the edge of my picture…I LOVE our glitz glitter gels - they had so much sparkle and shimmer to WHATEVER you are creating...and they now come in SEVEN different colors!!!

I hope you are inspired, and ready to create your OWN 3-D creation!!! J

If you would like to create a similar project, feel free to CLICK HERE to head over to my website to purchase those items you will need!

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Blessings to you for a BEAUTIFUL day!!
Krista J

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  1. Congratulations, Krista!!

    1. Thank you Dawn! :) I feel like a child at Christmas - waiting for the goodies to arrive...and I have over 1 month to wait! LOL! :)

  2. Congratulations! I know why your were chosen! Your art never ceases to amaze me. This bracket frame is beautiful!

    1. Thank you dear!! I can't WAIT to see you at Convention again this year!! :) Our group of Spa gals need to get together sometime. :) Hugs sent your way! :)

  3. Congrats! Beautiful work, my dear. :)

    1. Thanks Vicki! This is a HUGE complement coming from YOU :)- You are famous in my book ;) Your own work is AMAZING and I LOVE to see what your latest creations are- they are so inspiring! :) Will I see you at Convention this year?

  4. Oh, Krista- I am so thrilled for you!!! But, I can certainly see why they would choose you to teach- that frame is just gorgeous!! Your folks will LOVE it! Congratulations and many hugs, dear friend!! :)

    1. Thank you Lori! :) I am still in amazement, and just praying for those creative ideas to flood me when those 2 weeks arrive when I need to create! :) GREAT to hear from you!!! Hugs back to you too! :)

  5. Congratulations! What an honor! Your project is adorable - I may need to add that frame to my next order :)

    1. Thank you Mary - it is an honor...and I am still AMAZED! Hope you are doing well!! I have thought about you lately, and praying you are doing well - it's great to hear from you!!!

  6. Congratulations Krista! Your Art work is very creative! Love it!!!


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