Friday, June 15, 2012


June is Florentine - please bring the following to class:
Florentine wotg kit
Fiskars Euro paper trimmer
3-D foam
sponge (for cocoa ink)
sponge daubers (for goldrush, cocoa, twilight)
White Daisy die cut cards (if you are making cards)
Extra Colonial White cardstock if you are building layouts like mine
glue dots
Trinity Alphabet - or you can opt to die cut letters - I did both!


1 x 1
1 x 3 1/2
2 x 2

studio j layout : 4 - 4 x 4 & 1 - 4 x 6 LANDSCAPE
brochure layout: 1 - 5 x 7 PORTRAIT, 2 - 3 x 4 PORTRIAT (or you can opt for 1 - 4x6 landscape in that area), 1- 4 x 5 1/4 (you'll cut down a 4x6) LANDSCAPE, 1 - 4 x 6 PORTRAIT

**they used the Trinity alphabet on their layouts - I used the cricut and cut my letters
**they built the main layout on olive cardstock - I chose to build mine on colonial white to match the studio J layout I made

Ok - so the Studio J layout is actually a layout from Cherish on page 110 -
You will need the following if you want to cut pieces that match mine:
4 1/2 x 12 - small floral B&T w/ hearts & vines
4 1/2 x 4 1/2 (x2) - small floral B&T w/hearts & vines
6 x 3 - small floral B&T w/hearts & vines
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 - small floral B&T w/hearts & vines
6 x 9 - Twilight B&T paper
6 x 7 1/2 - Twilight B&T paper
2 x 2 (x5) - Twilight B&T paper
2 x 2(x4) - Goldrush B&T paper w/hearts
2 x 2 (x4) - stripe B&T paper
I also used 4 of the zip strips (the ones w/o words)
Sponge all the pieces w/cocoa ink - including your photo edges
I used coco ribbon on these BUT we got ribbon in this kit that you could use - color it as desired.
*I've not totally finished this layout - I would like to add some embellishments - but haven't gotten that done - so bring things you'd like to add to this layout - you could use mocha opaques or pewter badge buttons, brads etc.
Cricut cut::
decorative layer pg 45 (I believe I cut mine 2 " - which you will be cutting off part of this or tucking it behind the photo frame)
You will need to cut the decorative layer in coco cardstock, then cut the again in colonial white - and twilight (this is the solid piece) - I cut the top off the twilight and put it behind the pattern so it would peek through the wholes of the cocoa piece - then matted it again to the colonial white piece so I could write on it.

Brochure Layout -
I changed this layout slightly by building it on Colonial White cardstock - I wanted it to match the first layout more - I also swapped out the B&T paper to match as well - which - your kit may have had a note in it stating that if you wanted to build your layout as shown in the brochure that you would need to log onto the close to my heart site - BUT if you follow the cutting directions in the brochure - and then TURN over that paper they have you cut - that back is the small floral B&T w/hearts & vines that I've used on the studio j layout.
I cut everything as stated in the brochure - just swapped out the cricut letters for the stamped ones.
Everything again is sponged with cocoa ink - the ribbon you will color w/the sponge daubers - it does dry fairly quickly though - I think I left mine maybe 10-15 minutes and it was ready to use.  You will need glue dots to attach the ribbon to the page.
I found that you can opt to use the cricut to cut your hearts - the layout calls for 6 - hearts to be stamped and cut - if you cut 3/4" (cut 6 or you can cut a few extras just in case) - cut on colonial white cardstock

**I used one of the stamps in the set to add some texture / distressing to the page - I can show you how to achieve that look at class.

Landscape card:
I cut the following per card:
1 x 5 1/2 Goldrush heart B&T
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 Floral lace B&T (it's the lightest of the B&T paper - has some of the colors around the edges showing off the lace pattern)
1 1/2 x 2 1/4 Cocoa B&T paper that has the heart boarder on it
3/4 x 5 1/2 Twilight B&T paper
ribbon - you will colorize w/sponge daubers
2 x 2 1/2 colonial white piece for words (or cut a piece to match YOUR word size)
scrap colonial white for stamping the flower
**flower stamping - I inked my image in goldrush and then rolled it in twilight and then stamped it off on scrap paper - THEN i stamped my project piece - that gave me a water color look - after I cut it out I then sponged the edge of it and used the background stamp from that set to add some color w/twilight ink - I will show you the technique in class
I used some embellishments I had on hand to finish the card.

Portrait card:
1 x 5 goldrush heart B&T
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 floral lace B&T  (like used for other card)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2 twilight B&T
2 x 3 colonial white cardstock
1 1/4 x 1 1/4 floral lace B&T (I used a piece that looks like lace)
scrap colonial white cardstock to stamp the large flower 3 times - twice in cocoa ink - and once in goldrush - cut & sponge all the pieces and then layer - I used a piece of the zip strip for wording.

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