Sunday, February 15, 2015

Music To The Eyes Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close To My Heart Technique Blog Hop.  If you are coming from Denise Elliot's page at Inspired by D, you are on the right track.  There are 15 participants in the hop today and we are all showcasing the "Music To The Eyes" technique found on page 34 of the CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  
I choose to implement the technique on a Pumpkin Carving layout featuring the Scaredy Cat Paper Packet.
Banners are such a fun addition to fill the empty space in a layout, and CTMH offers a stamp set full of banners!!!!  The little flags from Bodacious Banners were stamped using Thistle, Sunset and Pear ink.  This stamp set coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, so the shapes were easy to cut out.  Each stamped area was outlined in black journaling pen to make it pop off of the paper!
The same technique was implemented for the Jack O Lantern from the Halloween Greetings Stamp Set.  So you can get a feel for the impact of outlining, here is the Jack O Lantern half completed.
The flags were randomly arranged to make 3 banners on the right edge of the layout.  Black enamel stars separate each individual flag.  The Frightfully cute saying is also from the Halloween Greetings set.
The picture of my daughter holding up the pumpkin "guts" was such a fun picture that I wanted to make sure it was highlighted.  Using the "love it" stamp (All the Details Stamp Set) was the perfect way to draw attention to the "guts."  The arrow was outlined in black to give it more POP!
While the actual journaling hasn't been completed yet, the journaling box is all decked out and ready to tell the story behind the pictures.  A dash/dot pattern outlines the edge of the box giving it some definition.  Black enamel stars were used to adorn each corner.  The date stamp is from January's National Papercrafting Month Stamp Set, Year >>Noted. 
To embellish the upper left corner, a trio of notched papers was added.  The green polka-dot piece is actually one of the flags from Bodacious Banners.  Instead of using the cricut shape, the stamp was trimmed flush with the edge.

Close To My Heart Supplies used for this layout:
X7185B - Scaredy Cat Paper Packet
Z3011 - Scaredy Cat Assortment
D1555 - All the Details Stamp Set
D1607 - Bodacious Banners Stamp Set
D1605 - Halloween Greetings Stamp Set
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
CTMH Exclusive Inks in Pear, Thistle, Sunset and Black
CTMH Cardstock in Pear, Sunset, Thistle, Black and Colonial White
Above items can be purchased through my CTMH website.

CTMH Supplies no longer available:
National Papercrafting Month Year>>Noted Stamp Set
Creme Brulee Cardstock

Thank you for checking out my "Music to The Eyes" creation.  You have reached the end of today's hop.  To start over at the beginning, please visit Sheila Bennett!


  1. Amazing details! It makes such a difference... I REALLY Love it!

  2. Fabulous layout!!! I love all the details and where you added the doodles!

  3. Super cute LO!! The journaling pen really finished it off!

  4. What a difference doodling can make! You did a great job!

  5. You are the bomb-diggity at doodling! My favorite is your doodling on the banner pieces!

  6. I love how you have the before & after pics --- proof that this technique real does add to our projects -- and the banners are awesome!!!!!

    1. Thanks, Tonya! As I was outlining, I realized what a big difference it made. So, I stopped and took a couple pictures so everyone else could see the change!

  7. Outlining your pennants make them really POP! I can't believe the difference that makes. Fab LO too!

  8. CUTE layout and amazing what you did with the journaling pen that totally makes the items stand out! I didn't realize how much of a difference it made!

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I am so happy I participated in the challenge because I never would have tried this on my own. Now I have a new technique in my repertoire!

  9. What a fabulous idea to do the before and after pics! Never would have thought to do that. Also, the layout is precious. Your doodling really does make everything pop out.

  10. Outlining made such a big difference and it's such a simply thing.