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Monday, February 7, 2011
This week's blog candy is the Paisley cartridge!! Be sure you're a follower, and then leave a comment on today's post, and every post this week for more chances. Good luck!

Alrighty! Finally time to post this project that I designed about a month ago. A company called Amaco hired me to design 2 projects using their Art Emboss metals. It was a really interesting challenge as I have never worked with metal on paper crafts before. The Art Emboss metals come on a roll, and they're very thin and pliable - almost like a thicker version of tin foil. They're super fun to use in the Cuttlebug with embossing folders, and I even used some Cuttlebug dies to cut out a few things. The red metal even worked in the Cricut with light blade and pressure settings, though I had to be really careful with it.








Amaco displayed this project and my 1 page layout in their booth at CHA. I don't have the detailed instructions for the project yet, but eventually I'll get them ready and Amaco will put them on their website. I'm also thinking of doing a video to show you guys how to make this type of a purse with the layers on a 12x24 mat. There are no layers available on the cartridge, so I came up with a tricky little technique to make it work. Would you all be interested in seeing how I do that?

Keep checking back for more projects and NEW kits this week!

85 comments:

Georgia Ehrmann said...

such a wonderful post! Congrats on having your project showcased at CHA! I would love the chance to win the Paisley cartridge too!

Heather said...

Wow!! Such great projects. That metal looks like fun. TFS
bhoward at kci dot net

Deanne Gutierrez said...

Great job Monique! And what an honor for you - you go girl!

Deanne G
dgutierez1@msn.com

Chris Higdon said...

Would love to have detials on your layering.I love the metal look as well. Great job on the set beautiful as always.

LesleyfromWI said...

Wonderful projects. Everything looks amazing....great job!

kristyscraps said...

I am in awe of you! You are amazing! How do you do this stuff??

Aman said...

Your projects are wonderful! I love that metal with embossing. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I love the purse, cards and the paper is awesome! Can't wait to work with the metal, looks like fun.
Judie Lawrence

pennykitz said...

I would love to learn anything new!! Your projects are simply amazing, exspecially the metal embossing! Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to see your wonderful inspirations this week. pennykitz@charter.net
http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

Dhilly said...

The little purse is so adorable, love the cards too. Can't wait to see your new kits!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

Darcy M said...

I really like the looks of the embossed metal! thanks for sharing

Mrs.PeruStarsFan said...

Every time I go out to the blogs I find something new to learn. I would love to see what you did with the layers.

this metal looks like it would be fun to work with and see the many different things a person can do with it.

Kimberly
Kimberly.pate@gmail.com

suzyQ2 said...

Beautiful cards and purse! I look forward to your video on the technique for making layers with carts that don't have them.

SimpleScrappin said...

oh these are adorable projects, the metal looks awesome!! TFS!
Hugs
Nicole
simple.scrappin at yahoo dot com

Debby said...

Oh please don't tease on the video on how to make this purse. I for one would love to see how this one is done and what cartridge it is on. Hoping I have it.
angel hugs
Debby

Liliana W said...

I love it! TFS:)

Melanie said...

Beautiful job! you are very talented!hugs melanie melonknee1yahoo.cm

Lucy said...

Awesome projects! Thanks for the chance to win :) Lucy, iluvlu2003@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

WOW! Gorgeous as always!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Sonjan said...

Wonderful projects!! Turned out really cute!! Would love to learn the technique. You did a great job!!

Sondra
srader@fuse.net

Suz said...

Congrats on having your project displayed. Love the metal look and would definately like a tutorial on it. ~Suz
suz.p (at) comcast.net

Clare D. said...

Monique, I love purses, paper, fabric, leather, acrylic, etc.! I love the metallic touches on this! Thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

The Scrapping Seahorse said...

Love your work, what great projects. Thanks for sharing and so glad you are back and well.

Maquel said...

Oh, YES!! I would LOVE to see how you layer that purse!! What cute projects! Can't wait to see more this week!

Maquel
mderosby at gmail dot com

Connie said...

Congratulations Monique! YES! I'd love to see how you make layers for the purse.

Lori Apgar said...

O M Gorgeous!!!

What an awesome project and congrats on your CHA showcase!!!!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE instructions on how to make the layers for this!!!

(((HUGS))) from Nebraska!!

www.scrappinmystressawa.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to see a closeup of that layout from the Amaco booth. I am yearning for spring. We are not accustomed to so much snow down here in the South.

Heather said...

These are fabulous!! I love the metal embossing!!

Crafting Katie said...

Yes, I would love to see a tutorial on that! I would love to play with this metal - what a gorgeous effect!

AShu93 said...

These look really great! I like the look of the embossed metal, but I've only done it on the metal duct tape.

Kristen said...

I love the purse

sunnyday1k said...

Great Projects! Congratulations on being showcased at CHA.

Kwilt said...

AWESOME Monique!!! You are such a creative expert!! I love all your ideas...just wish they flowed so easily for me...lol!
Huggs...Kathy

Kim M said...

Beautiful work Monique! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

TeresaK said...

Ohhhh such a great opportunity for you and you created great projects so that it showcased their products! Love the cards and the purse! Thanks for sharing!

Dee said...

How wonderful that your creative ideas were showcased at CHA. The Paisley cartridge has been on my wish list for some time now. May be I can get it crossed off???? : )

Jen said...

WOW....your work is just incredible... I love your style. Great cards and I would love to see how you made them. Thanks so much for sharing.
hugs,jen
jennyscards.blogspot.com

Mic said...

A-dor-a-ble! just too stinkin' cute for words! Thanks for the chance to win!

scrapncathy said...

Yes! I would love to lean how to cut out this purse! Thank you for sharing your creations for CHA! They are darling.

K-E Kreations said...

Wonderful projects! Congrats on being showcased at CHA. Would love to see how you made the purse. TFS!

Donna said...

Hi Monique! Glad you're feeling so good - wonderful!
WOW - the metal is great! Looking forward to seeing how to use yet another product for our crafting. This project is beautiful!
Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Lezlye said...

Cool Project and product Monique! It is so good to see you creating again!

Mary said...

Hi. Love your projects! Please do a video on the purses, I've been trying to do this and it turns out a mess! :) Have a blessed day!

Paula said...

You are so creative....I check your blog everyday to see whats new!

janice said...

These are just beautiful. Love what you did w/ that metal.

debbie susee said...

So cute! Love the color combo you used.

flscraplady said...

What a beautiful purse! I would love to learn how to make one if it is not too difficult. Thank you for sharing.
diane at weismanfamily dot net

Scrappy Chic said...

Heck yes I want to know how you made that cute little purse! The cards are wonderful to by the way.

Bobbi said...

What a cute project. I would love to see how you made it.

DoriG said...

Monique! What a wonderful purse & cards. LOVE them. I'm so glad you worked with the metal; now I have a real live person to talk to about it when I get brave enough to try!
And, finally, again and again and again: WELCOME BACK! Hugs, Dori

BikerGranny said...

This was such an incredible opportunity for you to play with a whole new world of crafting - good for you! And, you did a great job of exploring your options, creating some really beautiful projects (LOVE the embossed metal). Thanks so much for sharing these ideas - when will we be able to purchase these metals?

And, yes, I'd love to see that video - please do make one and share it with us.

Mary
info@happypaws-pet.com

Cindy said...

I would love the instructions for your purse and any tricks you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Your projects are beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing with us. Cindy

CathyinMN said...

The purse and cards are beautiful! I've wondered if the thin crafting metal could be used with Cuttlebug folders (I was afraid it might damage the folders) so I didn't try it. I would love to see a video on how you did the purse. TFS! Thanks for the chance to win the cart, too.
tcsobotka at charter dot net

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this purse and would love to see a video on this. I love the look of this metal, so cool!!

Kimberly
bsketmom at tampabay dot rr dot com

Virginia said...

WOWZA!! You have been super crafty!! Love all the items that you have shared today! You've inspired me to create some more wonderful Valentine's day cards. I would love a chance to win the Paisley cartridge, too! Thank you soo much!!

grammy deed said...

Would love to see how you can do layers for the purse. Can't wait. Bring it on.

hiphop2002 said...

OMG the cards are adorable.... You always bring so much inspiration to all of us. Thanks so much for all you do.

Yesenia Croft said...

Beautiful!! One of my favorite cartridges! Would love to learn your new tricks.

Yesenia Croft
yalcantar518@hotmail.com

Angela said...

This purse project is rockin'! The one we did with the as a class was definitely a favorite. They were a hit when I gave them for Mother's Day. Thanks for a chance to win Paisley too---I soooo want it! Angela Willmon

Kristie Maynard said...

Great projects! I haven't worked with this particular kind of metal, but I have worked with some metal tape that I got at the hardware store. I think it is used on air ducts or something. All you need to do is stick the tape to some cardstock and run it through the cuttlebug. Or you can just run the tape through and then stick it to the project. I haven't tried that so I don't know if it would hold the shape if it isn't on the cardstock or paper. Fun to play with though.

Kristie Maynard said...

OOPS! forgot to say that it would be great to see how you adjusted things to make this with the cricut.

Meshell said...

Oooohhhhh! So pretty, and looks like fun to work with. Gonna have to give it a try!

Angela said...

Great, Wonderful Projects!! I love to see different materials used in the Cricut and Cuttlebug. I would love to have detailed instructions on how you made and "tweaked" the purse you show. Thanks for the inspiration!
Angela Person

RAP said...

These are beautiful! You are so talented.

Jen Muller said...

Love them! Would love to see how you layer without the function, Thanks!
Jenmuller

**Treefrog** said...

Wow I love that little purse! You bet cha I would love to know how you did it! I bought 12 x 24 mat and haven't used it yet, this would be a good time to break it out, lol! Loved you layout too. Very pretty.
((Hugs)) Theresa

Irene said...

That purse looks lovely and the cards, well all of it! Beautiful project!

Brenda in AZ said...

LOVE this project! Hope you do a video:)-disneygirl0001@yahoo.com

JANLYNN said...

The metal adds a whole new dimension to these projects. They are beautiful. What an honor to have them on display at CHA.

scrappingjoy said...

I simply love that embossed 'metal' look. what that looks like an awesome product. where do you get it and what is it actually called? thanks for the Piasley cart. giveaway. I really really want that cart.

khd said...

Just beautiful!! Great job, I always love your posts!

Keisha
keisha_hartt@hotmail.com

cjtatman said...

I ADORE your purse and cards and from what I can see your layout is to die for!!!! Please give us instructions!!!!

Wende said...

Lovin' that purse. Glad you are BACK!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

sleigh said...

Wonderful project and what a delight to have your projects displayed in their booth at CHA...pretty exciting if you ask me! Really like the metal look, especially the red, since red is kinda my fav color. TFS with us and would love to see you do the "layering" :)

PattiB said...

Beautiful cards Monique. I especially like the one with the bird cages. Thank you.

gr8mom52 said...

Dear Monique:
Thank you for sharing the Valentine projects. Great ideas!
Love you,
Maritza
gr8 mom 52 @ aol . com

Jeanette said...

I would love to win the Paisley cartridge and I would love to know how you did your projects. You are so talented. Such a beautiful job.

Kim. said...

These are all lovely projects and the metal sure leaves a beautiful effect.
Kim xXx

moknowsall said...

yes - want to know how to make layers for the purse. i just made a FY purse for my daughter to hold her birthday money. she loved it and thought of an idea for purses for a wedding shower favor for an upocoming wedding.

maureen

Lydia said...

very nice

Lydia said...

very nice

Beary Crafty said...

I luv the metal!! Beautiful!

Bearycrafty007@yahoo.com

Karen Rosas

Nora said...

I love your work!!! It would be great to see how you create this beautiful project.

Anonymous said...

Such cute projects...TFS! Congrats on having them displayed at CHA! I've not worked w metal before and would love to see a video for that and for your tricks for the purses...I'll be watching for them.

Carol
aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

jennifer said...

this is beautiful! i would love to see a video and get the meausrements!!!

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Monique Griffith
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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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