Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop featuring pink and gold products from Close To My Heart. This month there are about 15 bloggers sharing projects they created with Pretty In Pink campaign items. If blog hopping is new to you, we try to keep it easy: just keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Our blog hop is circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.

You should have arrived here from ***Michelle Loncar's Show and Tell with Michelle***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

As I watched the assembly video for the Butterfly Mobile Papercrafting Project provided by the CTMH Office I noticed a comment from someone who wished there were options for those who do not use the Cricut® machine. I am guessing that there are others who did not comment, but have the same concern. Because of this I made it a goal to create a project using only Thin Cuts.

Due to the length from top to bottom this was a hard project to photograph. Inside everywhere was too dark, but outside there were no solid backgrounds. I hope you can still get a good impression of my mobile.

I knew somewhere I saw flowers created using circles so I did a quick search of the Internet. I found this page Make Easy Paper Flowers: 5 Fast & Fun Tutorials with the flower I had in mind.

After crinkling the flower layers I did not flatten them too much. I layered pieces from largest to smallest until I had ten flowers that I liked. Then I used the Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit to start a hole in the center for the prongs of the brad (I used the smallest, flattest brad "head" I could find so I could add the larger Gold Glitter Gems to the top on the brad).

To cut circles, I started with strips of cardstock ⅛" larger than each circle die. I was able to cut two pieces of cardstock on each pass thought my Cuttlebug.
  • from a 2⅝" x 12" strip I was able to cut four 2½" circles
  • from a 2⅛" x 12" strip I was able to cut five 2" circles
  • from a 1⅝" x 12" strip I was able to cut seven 1½" circles
  • from a 1⅛" x 12" strip I was able to cut ten 1" circles
For the hearts I only used the 2" and 1½" hearts.When I cut the hearts, I also use strips of cardstock; I placed the hearts on the cardstock strip at an angle so the tip of the heart was in the corner and alternated the angle with each cut:
  • from a 2⅛" x 12" strip I was able to cut six 2" hearts
  • from a 1⅝" x 12" strip I was able to cut eight 1½" hearts
I used the color and stamping suggestions that were in Butterfly Mobile Papercrafting Project Guide. Since the heart Thin Cuts are not decorative, by that I mean no cutouts in the middle, I did not cut any gold hearts. On each side of the thread I only have two layers of cardstock.

I used the cover of my Stamp Scrubber to crease my hearts down the center. I placed the edge along the center and lifted one side. I then turned the heart over and applied one Glue Dots® Mini Dot near the top and one near the bottom of each heart. I added the thread and then layered the other side encasing the thread. Then I added the second layer of cardstock on each side.

When I added the four "outside" heart stands, I threaded a needle and "sewed" the strand to the embroidery hoop. I just weaved the top end of the thread through the wrapped hoop a few times—sort of like ending the floss when cross-stitching. I tied the middle strand to the cross in the center of the hoop.

After adding my heart stands, I added the flowers using two Glue Dots® Craft Dots. I used two because of the width of the flowers—I added one on each side of the brad "legs".

Before you head to ***Scrap Stamp Share by Tammy Lubick***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

If you have a few moments, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my mobile. I hope you are enjoying the items created with the Pretty In Pink items CTMH has to offer. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Scrap Stamp Share by Tammy Lubick***.


  1. Great Butterfly Mobile! Love what you've done to provide an alternative to create it without the Cricut. I'm attending a crop this weekend and plan to make my mobile - will be sure to include "cricitless" flowers! TFS

  2. Wow Brenda, you went all out for this project. What a nice spin on the mobile project!

  3. Great mobile and good directions on making it without a Cricut.

  4. Beautiful and super fun! Love how you took inspiration and made it your own; CREATIVE!

  5. Love the hearts!! What a great spin on mobile!!


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