Cricut / CTMH

Artbooking in August #2

Artbooking Blog HopWelcome to Week 2 of the Artbooking in August Blog Hop!

If you are joining me from the super talented Scrappin’ Katy, you are in the right spot.  This week, 36 Close To My Heart Consultants are taking on the challenge to create a scrapbook layout, card, mini-album, or gift item using the new Artbooking Cricut Collection.  I gave myself the added challenge to “shop my stash.”  I put away all my new products and dug deep to come up with papers I haven’t used for years.  They are so old, I can’t remember the name of the kit!  That really is one of the things I love best about Artbooking, it is breathing life into papers I was getting ready to donate to my school.

Sunburst Overlays 1Artbooking Overlays

Of the 700 images on the Artbooking Cricut Collection, nearly 90 are full or half page overlays!  The overlays range from themed for holidays/seasons to geometric shapes used for everyday projects.  The Cricut book suggests that you cut the overlays at 11″ for a full page layout, but don’t forget that you can use the Real Dial Size to cut your overlays to fit your projects.  That’s exactly what I did for this Hello card.  I designed my card in Cricut Craft Room, but you don’t need it to modify the size of your overlays.  Simply hit the Real Dial Size button and set your dial to 3″.  This will give you a 3″x6″ sunburst overlay to fit the front of your card.

Sunburst Overlays 2My final card measures 3.5″x6.5″.  I placed the sunburst overlay onto a rectangle of blue patterned paper and mounted them both onto 3.25″x6.25″ White Daisy cardstock.  I used foam tape to adhere it all to my card base.

Sunburst Overlays 3Since I used our older, lighter weight paper, I cut the sentiment several times to make the title stand out more.  This experience reminds me that I really love the weight of our patterned paper!

Giving Overlays Character with Stamping & Stitching

Sunburst Overlays 4Whenever I cut overlays out of cardstock, I feel like they are a little flat.  I want to add some dimension to the overlays through stamping or inking.  In the case of the sunburst overlay (page 81), I added stamping using the Patterned Pennants (D1534) stamp set.  I masked the center of the sun and the border of the overlay so that only the rays of the sun were stamped.  I love the contrast that this provides even though I stamped tone-on-tone with Buttercup ink

sunshineCard05This stamp set also had the perfect sentiment to use with the overlay!  On my next card, I’m going to move the “You’re a ray of” to the left a bit so it doesn’t overlap the “sunshine.”  But, frankly, I spent way too much time on this card to change it now!

Sunburst Overlays 5So, you may be asking, what took so much time?  Hand stitching!  Our new Stitch Guide (Z1852) made it really quick work of punching holes, and the new 15″ Foam Mat (Z1859) is amazing!  Even so, stitching by hand takes time.  It was totally worth it though, because I love the look of this card!

Sunburst Overlays 6Thank you so much for visiting my blog; please feel free to leave a comment and say “Hello”!  Then click on over to the start of our blog hop at Rebecca’s Stamp & Scrap Studio!  If you get lost along the way, be sure to visit this link to see the entire list.

4 Stitching Techniques Tutorial

Watch the following tutorial to learn 3 more techniques to add stitching to your projects in addition to hand stitching!

About Author

My adventures as a CTMH consultant began in April of 2007. My goal was simply to meet my minimums so that I could enjoy the consultant discount. Little did I know that my passion for the products and teaching scrapbooking and stamping techniques would lead me to so many new friendships. I've had the good fortune to travel to a variety of CTMH events and was even asked to teach at the Studio J Boot Camp in 2011, Convention Extravaganza in 2012, and on the main stage at Convention 2015.


  • Jetti
    August 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Amazing! I can’t wait to get that ruler to use with my Artbooking Cartridge

    • Amy
      August 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Jetti, you are going to love the stitching guide. It makes me want to stitch on everything!

  • Adeline Brill
    August 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Get outta town!! You are stitchin’ and I am impressed!! Let me just say that I am blown away with your design!

    • Amy
      August 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks, Adeline! I’m working on a video tutorial right now about the different stitching options. I’ll add it to this blog entry as soon as I finish it.

  • Linda Pekrul
    August 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Fabulous card! The stitching takes it over the top!!

  • Maureen
    August 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, the stitching is awesome! I have to get this tool next. TFS

  • Jen
    August 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Beautiful card, such attention to detail!

  • Jean McNulty
    August 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Amazing the stitching!!!

  • Michelle
    August 12, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Your card is fantastic!! Love everything about it!

  • Betty Locco
    August 12, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Your card is beautiful. I love the stitching – it adds so much dimension! I like the way you finished the inside of the card too!

  • Deb
    August 12, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Love everything about this card! The overlay, the colors and the stitching. I have the regular ruler and use it all the time and the new stitch guide is on my current order!

  • Krista Hershberger
    August 12, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Beautiful card Amy…and you used one of my favorite paper packs of all times – Emporium! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the details on the stitching guide…LOVE this tool and can’t wait to see your tutorial! 🙂

    • Amy
      August 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Emporium…that’s it! Thanks for the reminder. The video is up now; I hope you like it.

  • Rebecca
    August 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    This is so beautiful, cant wait to try stitching.

  • Shalana Glass
    August 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Love the stitching!!

  • Casandra Bennett
    August 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Emporium is still one of my favorites.

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