Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Even Easier

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the Even Easier” Technique as shown on page 91 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 
We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog at where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!
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This month, I chose to do 2 projects using this super easy technique.  The first project I did was a "You Rock Valentine Bag."  I made several small gift bags using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for Valentine's Day for some students.  Then, I chose the 2" heart (<heart3>) stamp that came with the Art Philosophy bundle.  Since I had to make 9 bags, I cut out 9 hearts and then stamped the hearts in Amethyst, Crystal Blue, and Cotton Candy ink. 

Here are pictures of the bags I cut out.  Using the "You Rock" Stamp and the "Star Power" Stamp {both of which are retired now - sad!}, I stamped in Grey Flannel (Z2124) and Black (Z2105) ink.

Here are the bags all put together with the goodies.  The heart that was cut out with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and then stamped, was placed on a pop dot to give dimension and then over the wings on the back.

Add a little bit of leopard print ribbon and you've got a rockin' cute Valentine gift!

Here are the items in the goodie bags: 
2 Valentine pencils
2 packages of pop rocks candy
bookmark made from a paint sample at a hardware store

I also used this technique to create a couple of hearts for Valentine's Day for my niece and nephew.  I began by cutting a 5 1/2" heart  <heart3> on the Art Philosophy cartridge - one in blue and one in pink.  Next, I took the negative space from the 9 hearts I did for the bags, and used them as stencils.

After inking the stencils in Grey Flannel (Z2124), I then used the stamp itself to stamp the image over the stenciled portion.  I added a Valentine message with their names.  These hearts were just added to their Valentine bag I made for them.

To make these projects, here is your shopping list:  
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - Z1686
2” Heart stamp from the Exclusive Stamp Sets that come with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
You Rock Stamp Set – D1346
Star Power Stamp Set – D1403
Amethyst – Z2100
Grey Flannel - Z2124
Crystal Blue – Z2117
Cotton Candy – Z2193
Black Ink – Z2105
Micro-Tip Scissors – Z534

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Kimberly's  Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation.  And don't forget to follow me, I love my followers!

Happy hopping!


  1. Nice valentines, I really like the You Rock one.
    Wendy K.

  2. Like the stenciling as a nice touch- pop rocks rock!