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Monday, October 17, 2016

Thank You - New York

I'm leaving for New York City in a few hours.  Back in July, I won a trip for two that includes airfare, tickets to The Met, and a two-night stay.  Hubby and I decided to extend by a couple more nights and purchased tickets to see Phantom of the Opera.  I'll also be meeting with my editor who will be giving me a tour of Kensington Publishing and taking us to lunch. (I feel so swanky!)  I wanted to take her a set of note cards as a thank you. 

This card uses mostly retired CTMH products with the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  The paper colors are New England Ivy, Petal, Twilight, and Heavenly Blue over Timberline woodgrain; the twine is Glacier; ink is Pacifica and White Daisy; and the sentiment is from the Artistry Cricut cartridge coordinating stamps. The banner was cut using MFT's stitched die cuts. The flower centers are from Altenew's Vintage Flowers.

I'm entering this in Heart2Heart's Woodgrain challenge.

Time to finish packing...and the laundry.  Which I already did this afternoon before hubs came home and informed me he needed his jeans washed.  Yeah...they were on the floor in his office instead of three feet out the door in the laundry room or in our bedroom inside the hamper. It's a good thing I'm in such a good mood about this trip or I might just leave him behind.

Until next time,

Friday, October 14, 2016


I am waiting for edits to come back on my last story of the year.  Yes, folks, after four straight months with deadlines, I'm down to edits on the last one!!  I also just received my author copies of my latest release called The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection. To celebrate, I spent some time in my craft room with  my Cricut and CTMH Flower Market and Artistry cartridges to make invitations for Thanksgiving dinner.

This used a boatload of supplies, all current CTMH.
  • Paper: Goldrush, Tangerine, White, Poppy, Ruby, Fern, New England Ivy, Chocolate, Desert Sand, Champagne (Since that's 10 paper colors, I'm linking this up to Heart2Heart's "Perfect 10" challenge)
  • Ink: Cocoa, Saffron, Ruby, Glacier
  • Stamps: Coordinating sets from Flower Market (pattern on the acorns), Thinking of You Workshop Your Way (flower centers), With You (sentiment)
  • Supplies: Sponge Daubers, Microtip scissors, Liquid Glass, Glue Pen
  • Embellishments: Poppy Thick Twine
 Here are a few process pictures:


I hand-drew a mask on a sticky note, cut it out, and covered the center of the pumpkin. I used Cocoa ink to LIGHTLY sponge around all the edges.  I switched out the masking to sponge the center with Saffron ink, then went over the Cocoa sponging with Saffron to blend.

I added centers to many of the flower cuts using the Thinking of You Workshop Your Way stamp set.  I purchased the Workshop kit almost exclusively because I wanted to use the small flowers included in it as centers for the new Flower Market cartridge.  (Sorry for the blur on the hydrangea photo.)

Because the trillium cuts were so small, I left them on the mat so they didn't fly away on me while I stamped.  Note: The trillium flowers are not all the same size, so be sure to select the correct size of the Tangerine cuts that back this and fill in the center.

The sentiment is part of the With You stamp set. I used my Micro-tip scissors to cut the "Count your Blessings" stamp in two so I just had "Blessings", and then bent the stamp to follow the curve of the banner.  Below shows how I trimmed off part of the banner and also shows you another sentiment option from the Flower Market trio of stamp sets that come with the cartridge.

I finished it off with a bow in Poppy Thick Twine using Liquid Glass (magic in a bottle) to shape the tails.  Here's the finished product again, this time with the above sentiment (and without the bow so you can see a bit of the layering better):

If you have Cricut Design Space and own the Flower Market and Artistry cartridges, here's the cutting file.  I strongly recommend using a German Carbide, I take that back...don't even bother cutting this unless you have a German Carbide blade.  I also recommend you don't go much smaller than this size. It will fit into a 5x7 envelope if you are careful about positioning the center wheat stalk so it doesn't stand too tall.

To make this into a card, I simply cut the background pumpkin shape a second time, scored it, and glued it to the back only at the top portion.

If you are going to stamp the inside with a sentiment or invitation, might I recommend that you do your stamping BEFORE gluing it to the front. Yeah...ask me how I know that one. I didn't bother to hide the bits of wheat stalk and hydrangea flowers that showed through. I figure, if someone is going to get upset about a little crafty goodness showing through, they don't deserve something this great.

Okay, I'd better go back to work on my edits.  Story is due on Monday and then the hubs and I are off for our big trip to NYC.

Until next time,

Monday, September 26, 2016

So Sorry

My last two deadlines of the summer are squeezing hard, but I simply had to play along with Mojo Monday today because Lori Techler's card was perfect to CASE (copy and steal everything) for friends who just lost their precious dog, Lucy.

The dog was cut from the Animal Kingdom Cricut Cartridge and colored with Copics. The paper, shimmer trim, and twine are from CTMH, as are the dog paw and sentiment though long retired. The stitched circle, tag, and square border are all dies from My Favorite Things.

Really gotta buckle down now, so...

Until next time,

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Floral Hello

I'm taking a short break today because my latest CTMH order came a few weeks ago, and I simply couldn't wait any longer to play with the new Flower Market Cartridge.

I used Fern, Saffron, and Poppy, the colors from this weeks Color My Heart, and the "Stitched" challenge from Addicted to CAS

I cut everything from the Flower Market cartridge in white, except for the small leaves which were cut in Fern. I used sponge daubers to add the different colors to all the cuts then used the "Thinking of You" Workshop Your  Way to add Poppy centers to the smaller flowers. If you own the cartridge, here's the cutting file.

The center panel was cut with MFT Stitched Rectangular dies. I sponged Saffron and Fern over top then flicked watered-down Fern with a paintbrush then stamped the sentiment in Fern. After accenting various bits with a white gel pen, I glued down the flowers layers and leaves.

If I were doing this over again, I would use a darker color as the center of the Poppy sponged flowers.

Since it's always important to play nice in blog land, here's a link to the original blog post. The picture of the card is gone now, but I wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Until next time,

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hey There, Pumpkin

I'm watching the Seahawk game. (A girl has to have her priorities even under writing deadlines!) It's 10-12 Hawks with 31 seconds left.  Because I tend to get...shall we say excited over these games, it's always good for me to have something to do while I watch.  I decided to play along with Color My Heart again this week.

I cut the pumpkin (Artbooking cartridge) four times and stamped it in Peacock, Fern, Desert Sand, and Eggplant. I cut out the individual sections and layered them over top of the Peacock pumpkin. I cut the coffee cup (Artistry cartridge) from white and Desert Sand at 2.8" tall.  I then used the "Slice" feature to cut the bellyband image out of the center of the coffee cup, deleted it, and cut the leftover in white again. I stamped heart in Eggplant using one section of the pumpkin, then glued both the heart and the cup top onto the first one and added a bow of white twine.

The background panel was run through the embossing folder before stamping the sentiment.  This only works if you have a MISTI so you can stamp three times to get the impression all the way into the crevices.

Hey...HAWKS WIN!!!

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Friend Tree Thanks

Hubby and I were invited out to dinner last week.  It was a great time of food and fellowship, and a wonderful break from my writing deadlines.  I wanted to send a special thank you to our hosts, so I pulled out a recently retired set from CTMH called "Friend Tree" and combined it with this week's Color My Heart challenge.

I had to fudge a little on the colors since I sold my Pear stamp pad.  This used Fern instead.  I stamped the trees in Black Momento ink on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper cut to 2.75x4, let it dry, then wet my paper with clear water in the shape of the tree and dotted reinker in Fern, Sorbet, and Pomegranate, letting them swirl and bleed into each other.  I then stamped the sentiment, a hostess gift set also from CTMH, in the corner. I cut a black panel 1/8 inch larger than the watercolor paper, glued them together, mounted it with foam tape, and accented with gold sequins.

Back to the grindstone for me.  Two writing deadlines by October 3, and my parents arrive tomorrow for a week of vacation. 


Until next time,

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Love Wreath

Quick post tonight as I'm on deadline three of four in as many months, but I missed my best friend's anniversary. Color My Heart to the rescue as well as a couple of retired stamp sets and...

I used the Florence paper pack colors of Flaxen, Peacock, Whisper, Saffron, Ruby, and Poppy.

I started with the Remarkable Wreath set as my base (in Flaxen and Whisper), then added flowers and berries from the White Pines set. For the flower centers, I used metallic gold thread. Love how they add so much glitter and texture.

Okay, that's all for now.  I probably won't be back for another few weeks as I hunker down to finish these last two stories.

Until next time (whenever that may be),