National Scrapbooking Month: One Final Taste

This month has been a rainbow explosion of Taste of Summer artwork! We’ve highlighted creations on the blog, our Facebook page, our Instagram account, and on this special Pinterest board. Sticky Boy even got in on the fun! It’s been a blast.

There are still a few days left to order the sensational Taste of Summer paper packet and stamp set before these fruits retire for good. But before we say goodbye to this beautiful duo, we want to leave you with one last burst of fruity cuteness.Unknown-8
Our favorite thing about this page is how seamlessly all of the colors are interwoven throughout its various elements. The pops of yellow in the girl’s shirt also appear in the citrus slices and the papers. Purple appears anywhere from the light splatters on the white cardstock to the glitter gems and the Shimmer Trim.

So cute! This page is further proof that these papers and stamps are always delicious together, no matter what kind of fruit salad creation you whip up.

And with that, we are officially signing off from Taste of Summer. We hope you relish these last two days. Thank you for your social media participation! We’ve loved seeing all of the beautiful things you can do with these products. It’s been berry sweet. 🙂

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Love This Girl Page
CC1039 My Acrylix® Taste of Summer Stamp Set, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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From Our Garden to Yours

When you see them on the cover of Seasonal Expressions 2 you will immediately fall in love. They have yet to sprout in your garden, but they can be popping up all over your craft room. Oh, the sweet, sweet flavor of STRAWBERRIES!

Seasonal Expressions 2 Strawberries

If you’ve got a green thumb and want the secrets of our papercrafted berry bliss, read on to satisfy your craving with these simple instructions:

1. Cut out the pieces.
Our adorable Paper Fundamentals make a great start for this project. The UV-coated patterns add a lifelike glossy sheen to the finished berries, making them look like they’ve just been picked from your strawberry patch.

The shapes are simple to cut and assemble using our Cricut® cartridges. For all the specifics, see the handy recipe below. We started with the strawberry box and topper from the Artiste cartridge, and then added a little extra greenery from the Art Philosophy cartridge to complete our fresh-off-the-vine look.

2. Ink the edges.
Our white-core cardstock is just the look we want . . . most of the time. In this case, we want nothing but bright, red juiciness. Ink up those edges with a color that matches your paper of choice. Here we’ve capitalized on Cranberry with a sponge dauber. We’ve also taken our Topiary leaves to the next level with some inking on the edges—it’s more magical than Miracle-Gro®!

Strawberry

3. Fold the panels.
You’ll find in your Cricut® Artiste carrying case some handy assembly instructions to guide you as you put together many of our Artiste projects. Our strawberries are found on page 53.

Fold along the helpful tic marks to make individual panels. There’s no need to score beforehand—in fact, doing so would take away from the curvaceous shape of the fruit. Steer clear of sharp creases.

Strawberry

4. Assemble the strawberries.
To construct that succulent strawberry shape, first secure the side tab with Glue Dots™ to create the “point” of the berry. Once that’s in place, pull up all other panels one by one, rounding rather than folding over, and secure on top with Glue Dots™.

Strawberry

5. Ink the remaining white space.
There’s that white core again, peeking through your tic marks! Take an inky sponge dauber to those remaining white spaces to make this berry extra convincing.

6. Assemble leafy top and attach.
Shape some of your inked leaves by hand to give them dimension, then layer them on top of each other to your liking, attaching with Glue Dots™. Attach your blossom (a beautiful touch, don’t you think?) to your leaf cluster, then attach the entire topper to your little red beauty with (yep, you got it) Glue Dots™.

Strawberry with topper

Ta-da! There you have a summertime favorite so realistic it’ll make mouths water. If these aren’t a sweet idea, we don’t know what is.

Enjoy your harvest!

Recipe
Basket of Cricut® Strawberries
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
½”and ¾” Shift+Accent 2 ‹R› (cut several, p. 44)
1½”, 2″, and 2½” 3D Object ‹VlntnDay› (cut several, p. 72)
1¼”, 1½”, and 2″ Shift+3D Object ‹Valentne› (cut several, p. 72)
¾” and 1″ Shift+Accent 3 ‹F› (cut several, p. 54)

Art Philosophy
1″, 1¼”, and 1½” Shift+‹Leaf4› (cut several, p. 56)

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