Sunday, 22 July 2012

H2H Challenges: Water fun!

Welcome to this week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges! The theme this time is to create a project with a water fun or beach feel.  

All Close To My Heart consultants have been drooling over the new Autumn/Winter 2012 catalogue for the last week (contact me if you're in Canada and would like one).  A new focus is creating home decor with your paper-crafting supplies. So I decided to frame a photo.  I created a 12"x12" layout (essentially just embellishing a single photo) and mounted it in a shadow box frame which I purchased (50% off!) at Michael's.  It is one of my favorite photos from last year's summer vacation. I can switch up the layout and leave the frame hanging all year 'round. One warning when using a shadow box: you will lose about 1/4" all around the edges when you place the lay-out in the frame; it is taken up by the spacers which allow for the depth, so plan your design accordingly.

A lot of layering, tearing and inking was used to mimic the terrain in the photo. Because the shadow box allows for some depth, I used some bulkier materials like the pleated blue organdy ribbon, and the corrugated paper (a re-used coffee cup sleeve!) in the lower left corner.
For the title, letters were cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and popped up with foam tape; natural hemp (Z280) was glued down with Liquid Glass (Z679). I used more hemp to stitch around the upper edge of the lay-out. Now I wish I had continued the stitching down the right side...oh well.
This embellishment cluster includes a corrugated chipboard shape, matted to form a starfish, a "Seaside Wooden Shapes" scallop shell, and a sand dollar made from five circles cut with the CTMH 1 1/4" circle punch. (I will include a tutorial on how to do that in August). I gathered some green tulle ribbon (not CTMH, but black tulle ribbon is a NEW item available in the catalogue) to reflect the seaweed in the photo.  I used more of the green tulle to hang the shadow box.

Now YOU have until the end of July to create a "Water FUN" project and upload it to the Heart2Heart Challenge blog. Remember to use SOME Close to My Heart products (doesn't have to be 100%). Post your creation on your blog or upload to an online gallery and use the keyword H2H.Waterfun. We look forward to seeing your work, and celebrating your summer fun!  
Happy crafting!

Close to My Heart Products used: and not already mentioned

Cardstock and inks:  Olive, brown bag, chocolate, and kraft 
Patterned paper: Elemental (X7141B) available through the end of July


  1. WOW! The color and the details are unbelievable!! Beautiful work!

  2. What a great way to enjoy that vacation memory year round! I love your color choices and all the details. Absolutely stunning!

  3. Gorgeous Caroline! Cannot wait to see it live.

  4. This is gorgeous. I love the sand dollar embellishment and how you ripped the paper for the background. Super page!


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