Saturday, August 25, 2012

It's a Girl with CTMH Artiste

I've been playing with my new CMTH Artiste cart and was excited to use the sweet baby shoes on page 63.  Our nephew's wife is expecting and although we don't know the sex yet, I figured I had a 50/50 chance.  I cut them at 4" in the sweetest flocked DP from Me&My Big Ideas and then set out to find something to do with them.  I loved the cool box on page 74 and used DS to determine how large I wanted the top to fit the shoes with room to spare.  I was surprised to find out it was 2".  Must be measuring from the height of the box.  At this size, you need a 12x24" mat and you still can't fit the top, bottom and side cuts on one piece of 12x24" card stock but the box was then a substantial size, with the interior being approximately 5" square.  I chose to do the top and bottom cuts out of white, instead.  The assembly instructions tell you to glue the shoe upper flaps to the top of the soles, but I wanted a more finished look inside so I cut the soles again at 3 7/8" and glued the flaps under the smaller soles and then glued the 4" soles on the bottom.  This was a bit tricky and I ended up doing a teeny bit of trimming, but I preferred the clean look both inside and out.
I made a second layer for the top, again using DS so I could add another layer of DP.  The sweet bows on the toes are another cut from Artiste, (page 56) which I embossed (along with the shoe straps) with Swiss Dots.  They started at 1" but I shrunk them down to fit with DS.  "It's a Girl" is another fab cut (on page 64 at 2 1/2") and I cut it twice, embossed the top layer and offset them slightly and popped them for a little more dimension. 
I have to say my fave cut of all on this is actually the bow.  Couldn't help but use it again cut at 1", and embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder. This is cut in a single piece with holes cut with your Cricut for a brad for easy assembly.  Too cute!
For a finishing touch I lined the top and bottom sections of the box with DP.  I just cut a square at 5" and attached inside which not only added strength, but also hid the flaps used for assembly.  I'm really loving CTMH Artiste because it really has fabulous 3D projects  and cuts for all holidays and occasions as well as coordinating chipboard and stamps.  If you haven't already purchased it, please visit my fab friend, DT sister and CTMH consultant Susan HERE.  Also be sure to visit her personal blog HERE for many more inspirational projects from this versatile cartridge.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show No Rules Challenge, the Allsorts It's a Gift Challenge, and the Divas by Design Anything Goes challenge.


  1. Wow! How amazing is that? You are sooo talented and I love what you are doing with the Artiste cartridge!!


  2. Simply Beautiful!!!! Love those shoes and the box is just perfect :D. TFS!!!

  3. The shoes and box are how you put an insole in and I love the bows too!
    My cartridge came the day before i went on holiday and I can't wait to have a proper play!
    Jayne x

  4. Oh just too stinking cute for me at this time of night !!!! Pffft !
    Seriously though Donna - an awesome piece of work. xxx
    I looked at that site but I don't have a Cricut anyhow :-(

  5. There are no words.... Well, maybe I can find some.
    The most precious pair of shoes I've ever seen.

  6. My friend, this is just so adorable!

  7. I think this is the sweetest thing I've ever seen. What a beautiful project Donna.

  8. This is absolutely beautiful Donna, I can't begin to imagine just how excited a new mum will be to receive this.

    It's great to see you at Allsorts challenge this week, thank you so much for joining in my theme week.

    B x

  9. It is gorgious Donna!! Can't wait to get my Cricut! Am counting the days!!

  10. How adorable is this! Those baby shoes are so darn cute! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  11. my goodness you are on a roll with this cart, beautiful project, hugs

  12. Hello Donna! You are so talented. I wouldn't know where to start on something like this. Do you use something as inspiration for your projects or do you come up with the ideas? I have been stealing ideas from Pinterest but it would be nice if someone else was using MY ideas. LOL
    Everything on your blog is amazing. You have the coolest ideas.

  13. Oh, Donna, this is GORGEOUS! Ugh, I am trying so hard not to buy that cartridge, but this may just have pushed me over the edge. Absolutely beautiful!

  14. absolutely stunning Donna and the mambi papers are just perfect for this. i so hope they're having a girl!!
    oh i so need this cart!

  15. Ok you are an enabler I was set on not buying any carts for awhile, but I have a baby shower coming up and I may just need to get this cart-
    DIANA L.

  16. Beautiful box thaks for joining us at Divas by Design

  17. Such a gorgeous project Donna! Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week for our It's a Gift challenge x


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