Saturday, June 2, 2018

Birthday Card with MFT

I'm gearing up for a summer full of birthdays. This card uses My Favorite Things products. I might make about five more with different colors.

I love that circular sentiment! I have the Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas ones, but they also have Thank You and Congratulations.  The balloons come from the Happy Hippo stamp set. I colored them with Copic markers and used a white gel pen to create the highlights. Quick and easy!

Until next time,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Birthday Card Die Cut

It's time to gear up for summer birthdays. I have a bunch of them, so I sat down with the new It's Your Day coverplate die cut and some Whimsy Fundamentals paper and went to town.

I cut the image three times in White Daisy Cardstock, once each in Canary, Pixie, and Crystal Blue, then pieced everything together. The chisel tip of our Bonding Memories Glue Pen really came in handy on this. When I was done, I had the leftovers to make three more cards.

I think it probably took me an hour to get all six cards done. I don't know about you, but that's lightning quick for me.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More Fun with Classic Summer Bash

I've been having such fun with the May Stamp of the Month: Classic Summer Bash. What hasn't been fun is my spotty internet service. Repair man is on the way so, naturally, my internet is working fine right now. As soon as he leaves because he can't find the problem, it will go out again. Just my prediction...based off years of experience! LOL!'s my third card with this set.

I began by stamping the jar twice, once on White Daisy Cardstock using Charcoal ink and once on Vellum paper using Mink pigment ink and embossed with Clear Powder. I also stamped the lemons in Lemon ink and rolled the edges in Tangerine with a couple stamped in Tangerine alone. The ice cubes, which are barely visible here but show up quite well in real life, were also stamped with Mink pigment ink on Vellum and embossed with Clear powder. I colored the back side of the Vellum with a yellow marker, cut a slit above the front side of the jar top, and inserted the straw which I stamped in Poppy ink.

I also used a stamp from the new Documented - Scrapbooking set. I'm determined to do more scrapbooking, and I loved all the images in this set. I stamped the scallop border in Poppy then added a 5.5 x 2.75 piece of Basic Fundamentals Paper. I stamped the sentiment in Pebble ink and added a dot of gray with a marker between each word. I scribbled a border with a black micron pen then added the jar over top.

I'm not sure who's getting this card yet...someone who needs to make lemonade from life's lemons. So basically I need to make about five dozen more of these.

Until next time,

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Classic Summer Bash with Build-A-Picnic

I was inspired by the color challenge over at Color My Heart this week. The colors are Bashful, Canary, and Linen. I substituted Pebble for Linen to make this card...

This was really quick and easy. I simply stamped the dual string and banners from May Stamp of the Month, Classic Summer Bash then added the sentiment from Build-A-Picnic. The sentiment can be changed for birthdays, ets. I can easily see this as a congratulations card for graduates using school colors or a baby card using pastels. So many possibilities!

Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day!

Until next time,

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Classic Summer Bash Stamp of the Month Card

I had fun playing around with the May Stamp of the Month, Classic Summer Bash (and Heart2Heart's "Get Creative with Vellum" Challenge). It's such a fun, fresh set with endless possibilities. I'll have a couple more for you in the next few days, but lets start with this one...

I stamped the canning jar twice in Mink Pigment ink on Vellum paper and embossed with Clear powder. I stamped the straw in Smoothie ink and the lemons in Lemon ink with the edges rolled in Tangerine and one in Tangerine ink with the edge rolled in Sorbet ink. I used alcohol markers to color the vellum on the back side with yellow (top layer) and gray shading (bottom layer). After cutting out the lemons and straw, I glued them to the bottom jar, trimmed off the top edge of top jar, then glued the two jars together with Liquid Glass. I cut a slit in the lemon wedge and tucked part under the jar top.

I cut a piece of Beautiful Friendship paper to 5 x 4.25. This is two-sided paper, one with the tiny floral print and the other side with the yellow triangles. I then trimmed off the bottom at 1.5", turned it over (to the yellow triangle side), and glued half of a paper doily on it, folding over the top edge to give a more stable and finished edge. I glued the floral print above it leaving the top 1/2 inch of the card base plain. The borders are a small piece of Smoothie cardstock and blue ric-rac that's been retired for a long time. (I used this same ric-rac product recently on this card.) If you wanted to recreated this look, you could easily die white ric-rac with Sapphire ink or re-inker (though you will need to let it dry overnight before adhering it. See this post for instructions.). I used Liquid Glass to adhere the jars together to the card. I used very little and just along the edges.

I created my own gems by punching circles in Smoothie cardstock, gluing them down, then topping them with Liquid Glass. This is my "go-to" trick for custom-colored gems. I also used Liquid Glass to adhere the ric-rac. I'm tellin' ya, Liquid Glass is my best friend.

There was this small Die Cut Banner sitting on my craft area cut from Whimsy Fundamentals that didn't get used on a previous project. I tucked it under the ric-rac just for giggles and grins and ended up loving it.

The sentiment comes from Short & Sweet and was stamped in Sapphire ink.

I'll admit, this took me about an hour from start to finish, but I really love how it turned out. I'm going to send it to my daughter just to tell her I love her. She uses canning jars for everything from storage to drinking glasses. I think she'll get a smile out of it...and that's worth more than an hour of time to me.

Until next time,

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Baby Card for Grandparents

I'm getting to the age where lots of my friends are becoming grandparents. The new CTMH catalog includes the perfect stamp set in the Hostess Rewards.

I liked the idea of graduating colors, so I inked with Glacier pigment on the top then Juniper on the bottom with a bit of overlap. (NOTE: these colors are part of the Whimsy pigment pad set which is out of stock.) To minimize the color contamination, I started with the lighter color first. I stamped in on the light side of Linen cardstock then embossed with Clear powder. I cut the paper to about 3.25 square, tied ribbon from the Basics Ribbon Pack around it, then backed it with one of the browns from the Basic Fundamentals Patterned Paper. I'm not sure if it's Espresso or Nutmeg. I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of Fresh Air paper and glued it to a cardbase then added my sentiment square with foam tape over top.

I've got one minute before it's officially office hours time. I've figured out that I need to write 1400 words a day, five days a week if I'm going to meet my next deadline. Off to work I go...

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bad Influence

With the release of a new Seasonal Expressions catalog from CTMH, I'm finding lots of inspiration. One of them is through combinations of stamp sets. This simple card combines three sets.

I stamped the wine bottle and glass from Build-A-Picnic in Pewter ink, colored the images with markers, then stamped the sentiment from Documented-Cardmaking in Black over the top. To ground the image, I stamped one of the images from Splash of Color also in Pewter ink. And...done!

This is going out to a dear friend. It might not be the traditional Mother's day card, but we're those kinds of friends.

Until next time,

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Customized Wedding Card

The daughter of some dear friends is getting married today. Using the invitation, I created a customized wedding card with the new Beautiful Friendship paper that I featured yesterday with this post.

I used some retired products, which is why you need to get what you love when they're available because - though you can't purchase them anymore - they still work! (And someone please tell me I'm not the only one who still has that ric-rac.)

"love" was die cut from Canary paper. I made my own accent gems by punching circles from Bashful Glitter Paper, then adhering them and topping them with Liquid Glass. I also used Liquid Glass to adhere the ric-rac and seal the edges so they don't fray. People...if you don't already own Liquid Glass, what are you waiting for. That stuff is MAGIC in a bottle.

To cut out the picture, I used retired oval die cuts. However, the new Seasonal Expressions product line includes stitched oval frames. While that would have been really cute, I thought I was pushing the cuteness factor on this already. Poor men. They get married and everything is hearts, flowers, and glitter. However, you have to admit...their photo is perfectly color coordinated with this paper. Or maybe the other way around. Whatever.

Back to the craft room. It's National Scrapbooking Day, and I'm determined to get at least one layout done.

Until next time,

Friday, May 4, 2018

Making a Mess

It's amazing what you can do if you aren't afraid to make a mess. For example...

After a writing deadline, I always go into crafty mode. I've been surfing the web and watching videos for days now. I saw something that sparked a memory about making homemade texture paste. I did a bit more web surfing and basically figured out that making your own involves a thickener and a hardener. After that it's a matter of personal preference. I made mine by squirting white acrylic paint into a small plastic container and adding baking soda until it developed a paste consistency.

Other options include talcom powder, cake flour, baking powder, or cornstarch as you thickener with various combinations of glue and/or acrylic paint as your hardener. Some recipes use water, some don't. It doesn't have to be exact. I went with baking soda because it was handy and I didn't care whether it went on completely smooth. I like the gritty look.

I then smeared it over a stencil I made myself using plastic notebook dividers and my Cricut. This cut is the same as for this card. (Link includes the cutting file for Design Space if you have the USA cartridge from CTMH.) This new Beautiful Friendship paper from Close To My Heart is going to be a hot seller because it's just so stinkin' pretty. So why did I cover it with texture paste? 'Cause my upline is sponsoring a color challenge and this was the paper we were supposed to use along with Canary and Smoothie. (NOTE: I used Sorbet by mistake, but it still worked okay.)

The stencil was too flimsy, so paste smeared underneath. Again...I didn't really care. I wasn't going for pristine and neat. I mean, it's a Mother's Day card. If my mom couldn't find beauty in imperfection and joy in messes, she'd have sent me to live with an aunt before I turned twelve.

My next mess was to custom color White Burlap Ribbon using Sorbet ink. This is easy to do, but take it from me, you'll want to wear gloves. Yeah...

I swiped ink directly onto the ribbon, spritzed it with water, then smushed the ink into the ribbon to even out the color. It didn't give me even coverage, but I didn't care. (For more even coverage, swipe ink directly onto your craft mat, spritz with water, and then run your ribbon through the watered down ink. At least that's my theory on how to get even coverage.)

I blotted up the excess water and then had to wait. And wait. And wait some more. Fortunately, I got a phone call from a friend at this stage of construction. We hadn't talked in a long time so it took a long time to catch up. My ribbon was dry by the time our conversation was over.

The final step was to stamp my sentiment from Short and Sweet (one of my all-time favorite stamp sets) in Sapphire ink and die cut it with the new stitched circles. I adhered the circle directly over the texture paste. Then it was time to glue my layers together, wrap the ribbon around the card front, and adhere everything to the card base.

It was fun to get messy, and I have quite a bit of texture paste left over so you might see this technique again soon.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Speed Limit Birthday Card

My husband recently turned 55. I'd had my idea for his card for a long time, and it turned out exactly like I planned...

To create the Speed Limit part, I used my Cricut. I used the new centering feature with text. I forget which font I used, but I'm pretty sure it's one that comes with Cricut Design Space. For the numbers, I used Block Number Thin Cuts, which will retire in five days so get them quick. After cutting the top panel, I cut the corners using scallop edge scissors. It was a little painstaking to line up the scallop so only a small bit got rounded, but it really made the card look exactly like a speed limit sign. I did the same on the black cardstock. I glued the white top layer to the black, then glued both onto my card base.

On the inside I wrote, "Congratulations! You're finally up to speed." My husband roared with laughter. Score!!

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Love You Rain or Shine

My writing partner and I have recently gone through a creative disagreement. I wanted to let her know that our friendship will survive. I used the new "Rain or Shine" set from My Favorite Things and loosely interpreted their Sketch Challenge for this card...

I'm crazy in love with this stamp set.  It's the first one I've bought as soon as it released. I combined it with a couple MFT die cuts to create the background. You can't see it well, but I added some Liquid Glass (aka Glossy Accents) to the puddle so it's shiny.

I can't stop smiling at this card. I hope it has the same affect on Gina.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Monogram Crest Card with CTMH Hostess Rewards

CTMH brought back Hostess Rewards with this Seasonal Expressions 1 catalogue. The catalogue expires at the end of the month, so talk to me about hosting a party or being your own hostess so we can get you some of these fabulous sets.

This card uses the versatile Monogram Crest. I stamped it and the letter "S" in Charcoal ink. (NOTE: I used a retired alphabet set, but it's similar in scale and design to the Farmhouse Alphabet which is also a Hostess Reward stamp set. You could get both using your $25 hostess dollars by reaching the first level of rewards.) I used colored pencils on the flowers and leaves, but markers would also work.

The pink gingham paper at the bottom is a Zip Strip from the Gimme Some Sugar paper packet.

Such a simple card design! I've created sets of notecards as a thank you gift for people in lieu of flowers or a bottle of wine. A hostess reward for a hostess gift...perfect!

If you've ever been interested in becoming a consultant, April is the month to do it. CTMH will add all four Stamp of the Month sets featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 releasing next month to your kit (see below for sample of what comes in the kit).

What an amazing deal...and it includes the upcoming SE catalogue and sample papers. Don't they just look yummy? Hope you'll join me as either a hostess or new consultant in April!

Until next time,

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Banner Thin Cuts - Last Chance for Die-namite Sale

Today is the last day for CTMH's awesome Die-namite Sale. I wanted to show you a couple projects I made using the Banner Thin Cuts. Now, I'm going to be honest here. Were it not for the sale, I wouldn't have bought these. I can cut fishtails into paper with the best of them. However, now that I've purchased them, I'm really liking how quick and easy it is to make perfect banners.

Yes, I'm nine yeas behind on my scrapbooking, but when CTMH comes out with gray paper the exact color of your son's uniform and then does the Basic Fundamental Paper that looks like cloth, it's validates your procrastination. LOL!

It was so easy to create all of these banners, and I love how I can create the outline banners by nesting two dies together. I used the Block Numbers Thin Cuts (also on sale) inside the largest banner for the 2009.

For this card, I created my own patterned paper with the candles from Growin' Old. I cut the stamp in two so I could have just the row of candles, put it in my MISTI, and stamped it multiple times in Pewter Ink. The small banner was cut out of Whimsy Fundamental Paper. The longest banner was cut from Charcoal paper. I used the candle banner as a template to cut my own fishtail. to choir practice for Easter Sunrise Service tomorrow and then out to Jewish friends to celebrate Passover dinner.

May this weekend be filled with the wonder of Christ's love and the sacrifice that bridged the gap between us and God.

Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone!

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cross-Stitch Love Card with Coordinating Thin Cuts

CTMH's Die-namite Sale is almost over. I have a few more cards to show you featuring products which will be returning to full price soon. Today I'm featuring the beautiful Cross-Stitch Love set. I was inspired by CASology's "Cross" challenge and used colors from my upline's weekly challenge to create this card:

The colors are Thistle, Fern, and Heather.

I began by stamping the background in Heather ink, using my MISTI to keep the lines evenly spaced. These kinds of backgrounds are where the MISTI shines. I also used the MISTI to stamp my flowers and leaves, then cut them out with coordinating Thin Cuts. The stamps include all that great shading, and the leaves and flower images are separate so you can stamp the two colors easily. I also used Oval Thin Cuts for my sentiment.

Once everything was glued and foam taped in place, I added dots of Liquid Glass to look like dew drops.

Here are a few more cards using this set that I've already featured in previous blog posts. Links are provided under the pictures if you'd like to read more about the products or process.

Now it's off to the day job. Gina and I got final edits back on Book Two of our Montana Brides series. Time to get those done so we can work on Book Three.
Until next time,

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rose Bouquet with CTMH Hello USA Cricut Cartridge

Can we talk a minute about the wonders of White Daisy Ink? It's probably the most versatile and under-utilized ink pad in my stash. And can we also talk about the wonders of Cricut Design Space which allowed me to ungroup, resize, and mess until I created this beautiful floral bouquet from the flowers included in CTMH's Hello USA Cricut Cartridge?

Yep...the ungroup feature! These flowers are from New York, Oklahoma, USA, New Mexico, and Alaska. I cut them in Cranberry, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Mink, and White Daisy then sponged the White Daisy and Mink flowers with Blush ink and the leaves with Willow ink. Before gluing the roses together, I stamped layers from the Beautiful You stamp set in White Daisy ink on both the flowers and leaves.

The white lilac-ish flowers (New Mexico) cut with a long stem before you get to the frond leaves. I simply cut the stem holding the flower, re-glued it to the frond leaves, and then tucked the whole flower under the edge of the roses to hide the cut. The only extra thing I did was to use a round hole punch to create the centers of the Mink flowers. I don't know if I deleted the layer that would have given me a back or if they come open, but it saves paper and doesn't take much time to punch the holes and glue them on the back side.

The scallop edge background is Basic Fundamentals Charcoal paper cut with a die from My Favorite Things.

If you have the USA Cricut Cartridge from CTMH, here's the Design Space file you can use to recreate this. If you don't have it, click on the colored link above to order.

Here's the supply list with embedded links for your shopping convenience:
This is going out to my mother for her birthday, but I can easily see it as a mother's day card. The Beautiful You stamp set includes "Mother" as a sentiment. I was planning to use a folding banner thin cut (which is also on sale), but in the end, I couldn't bring myself to cover up any of the flowers.

Until next time,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Card with CTMH Flower Market

I've been having fun with my Cricut and the Flower Market cartridge. My upline, Shannon Baker, runs a color challenge weekly, and this time it was Almond, Tangerine, and Poppy. I loved the boot card I  made for winning the Spur Award (link HERE) and the tulip one I made where I highlighted with white gel pen (link HERE), so I combined them for this card:

For the rubber boots, I used a combination of the Basic Fundamental Paper and Basics Cardstock Combo. Both of these were on sale a couple months ago, so I stocked up. I love that subtle pattern on the boots. I filled in a few of the cuts just because I liked the solid look better. I could have used the Hide Contour feature while I was in Design Space to fill them in, but I actually like the bit of outline you get with the cut.

After cutting the flowers in cardstock, I sponged the edges with their coordinating Tangerine and Poppy ink colors with Sponge Daubers. I also sponged Poppy ink along the edges of the Almond cardstock used as a matte. Both the Almond matte and the White Daisy matte were cut using rectangular stitched dies from My Favorite Things. The banner, which was stamped using a coordinating stamp set in the Flower Market Cricut Bundle, is also a stitched die from My Favorite Things.

Once the flowers were sponged and glued together using alternate sides of the two-tone Tangerine and Poppy cardstock (which doesn't show up well in this photo but adds subtle interest), I highlighted them with a combination of white gel pen and some black dots from a micro-tip pen. The flower image in Flower Market comes with a center, but I decided I wanted the pen dots instead.

What a fun card to brighten someone's day.

Before I go, don't forget the Die-namite special CTMH is running. It took me a while to get on the die cutting band wagon, but - OH! - I'm loving it now. For some more examples of projects I've made using these die cuts, please link to the following:
Block Letters
Thankful for You

Until next time,

Monday, March 12, 2018

Anniversary Card with Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

I saw a picture recently with a charcoal gray background and colorful flowers over the top. The flowers were highlighted with white strokes. I wanted to see if I could recreate the look and am mostly happy with the result.

To begin, I cut five tulips using CTMH Flower Market cartridge. I used Willow, Bashful, Blossom, and Raspberry paper. (All of these colors except Bashful come in the Flower Market bundle but can be ordered individually here.)  Once the images were cut, I started adding streaks of white with a gel pen. It's times like these that I wish I was more artistic. They seem very rough and haphazard, but overall they are the effect I was going for.

Once the flowers and leaves were highlighted, I glued them together using the chisel-tipped Glue Pen, alternating which side of the cardstock I used to get some more shading and to change up the look of the tulips. Note in the close up picture that the far left tulip has the broader petals of the top two layers on the left where they broader petals on the tulip one place over has the broader top two petals on the right.  You'll also see the subtle color difference between these two top layers. I'm LOVING the dual tones of our cardstock now that I've started to really play with it. (See this post for another example.) I didn't use all five of the flowers, and some of them were only two or three layers instead of all four. I only used three of the stems, the center one in the lighter tone of Willow dual tone cardstock.

Once the petals were glued together, I glued the entire bouquet to a piece of Charcoal cardstock cut to 2.75 x 5.5. I then added more dots and strokes of white with the gel pen.

To embellish, I added Basic Ribbon in the grey on white. I was fortunate in that the word in the end of my roll was "amazing." I wrapped it around the base of the flowers, securing the ends behind the Charcoal panel with tape. I then glued the entire panel to a card base. I was going to search for stamps to create a full sentiment and then decided it would be quicker to just hand write it. Again, I wish I could do fancy, swooshy-swirly writing like a calligrapher, but my scrawl matched the rustic feel of the flowers. That's what I'm telling myself, so please don't correct my delusion.

Off to my writing cave. Wish me luck because I've come down with a sore throat and cough. I'm drinking copious amounts of tea and orange juice thanks to my beloved husband who went grocery shopping not once, but twice this weekend. Chivalry at its finest!

Until next time,

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 Spur Award - Best Western Romance Novel

Friday evening, I got an email from the publisher of The Promise Bride congratulating Gina and me on winning the 2018 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for "Best Western Romance Novel."

Uh...I didn't even know we entered.

I'll spare you the details (although if you want to read about them, you can visit my author blog post here) and say only that these past few months I've contemplated giving up writing pretty much every day. I can't express how much I needed some good news.

To celebrate, I made two identical cards - one for my writing partner and one for our editor - using a free Cricut cut, some CTMH paper and stamp (both current and retired), and an MFT die cut.

I searched "My Images" in Cricut Design Space for a boot, and this one came up as free. Sweet!! It didn't have the spur, so I created that by altering a square, circle, and star from the shapes button. The spur itself is a star that I copied, pasted, and then rotated one 45 degrees before welding both together. I cut everything with CTMH cardstock in Peacock, Linen (both current), Saddle, and Barn Red (both retired).

The scallop and stitched frame is from My Favorite Things. I tried it in plain white, but I liked the card much better with the added oomph of the Peacock cardstock frame.

The sentiment is from a retired CTMH Cricut bundle called Artiste. Technically, the sentiment should be "Brava" since the recipients of the cards are both women, but I didn't have that stamp. I had this one. Close enough. I stamped it in Peacock ink.

Part of what makes this win so remarkable is that The Promise Bride is an Inspirational story, meaning it comes from a Christian worldview and doesn't include any descriptions that would make my mother blush. That's atypical for a "Romance Novel." The coolest thing, though, is that I can now call myself an award-winning author. You might see some of my social media accounts begin to reflect that. **Big cheesy grin**

Until next time,

Friday, March 9, 2018

Die-namite Block Letters

As part of the month long Die-namite special, I'm featuring a new card and several older ones using the Block Letters. I purchased a second set of both the letters and numbers in the bundle on sale this month know...sometimes you need two. Like with this card:

My colors are Linen, Lagoon, and Peacock. I cut a 1/4 inch x  12 inch strip from both Lagoon and Peacock cardstock. I trimmed them down to six pieces of 1/4 inch x 4 inch. I glued them onto a 4 x 5.25 inch rectangle of Linen cardstock, but I alternated the Lagoon and Peacock strips to take advantage of their dual tones. Using a ruler, I drew a faint pencil line so I could line up my die cuts. I secured them with Washi tape then ran the entire panel through my Cuttlebug to cut out the letters.

After gluing the Linen panel to a white card base, I glued the centers of the A and P's, using the cut out letters as guides for placement. This works much better if you have Tweezers. I waited a long time - too long - to invest in tweezers. I'm tellin' you, they make life so much easier!!

Finally, I stamped Free Cake! on the front in Peacock ink. I used tape to mask off the bottom line of the stamp, reserving it for the inside sentiment. I literally used a piece of Scotch tape over the top of my stamp, inked it, peeled off the tape (don't forget this step. I know...obvious...but you be surprised how many times I ruin a card because I forget), and stamped.

I'm always in need of masculine cards, and I think this one fits the bill.

Here are few of the other cards I've made using this stamp set. I've included links to the original blog posts for further instructions and shopping links.

(NOTE: The stamp set and coordinating die cuts retired but have been
brought back for this month's special. To purchase, click HERE.)

Now it's time for me to get back to work up in the writing cave. These deadlines won't meet themselves!
Until next time,

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Die-namite Special

CTMH's Die-namite Special is bringing a number of great products out of retirement for a limited time. One of my favorites is "Thankful for You." Each word is a separate die which makes it incredibly versatile. You can use all three, just two, or only one. Here are some of the cards I've created using this set. I've provided the link to the original blog post for a full explanation of how it was created (including shopping links, although some of the products might be discontinued now):

This one never made it into a blog post, but it's a folded paper lunch bag turned into a placecard holder for Thanksgiving. The front pocket behind the leaves holds a note card where each person around the table can write what they are thankful for to be read as part of the Thanksgiving celebration. The leaves have also been brought out of retirement for the Die-namite special. They are part of the Falling for You-Cardmaking set.

 also from Beautiful You and Country Collections
(which includes a Cricut cutting file for the floral overlay)

Do you see why I love this die set so much??? And it's on sale for only $7.46!

Again, these dies and stamp sets with coordinating dies are available only this month and only while supplies last. As you shop, look for ways you can mix and match the sentiments from the various dies. For example, I (Heart) Christmas could easily combine with Thankful for You to say, "I (Heart) You." With Be Merry you can say, "Be You". With Happy, you can say, "Happy for You." And don't forget about the infinite possibilities afforded by adding the Block Letters and Numbers Bundle to your stash. Mixing fonts is very on trend, so your cards and scrapbook pages will look amazing.

Until next time,

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Two More Easter Cards

I was recently inspired by Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on creating cards from cover dies. As I was watching it, I thought about ways to recreate the lacey look of a cut card front and back using my Cricut. I opened up my Artbooking cartridge and went to work.

Both of these cards use a cut out front panel, but the cutting file I created has an option for a front with a solid panel. They are a solid cut, so you won't need to do anything but score them down the center and fold. I will say that they are pretty "soft" after cutting so many holes in the paper.

For the top card, I used Easter Basket. This mini stamp is so beautiful colored up. I used Copic markers, but you could easily use any markers you have or even colored pencils. The stamp is so detailed, you don't have to do much coloring to make it lovely. The second card uses Chelsea Gardens-Cardmaking (the coordinating die cuts are now sold out.). I used Copic markers on these, too, then cut out the images, mounting some to the back solid panel and some to the front for added dimension. The Happy Easter sentiment comes from one of the coordinating stamp sets in the Artbooking collection.

There isn't a lot of room to write on these, a problem only because I chose to have an open panel on the front of the card. Again, the cutting file has the option of both an open center as shown or a closed one. The Artbooking cartridge is no longer featured in the catalogs, but it is still available while supplies last.

Time to get ready for church!

Until next time,

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Specials from CTMH

Lots of fun new specials from Close to My Heart in March.

My favorite of the bunch is the Die-namite special. All thin cuts are on sale, including some that they brought out of retirement just for this. I'll be featuring a number of them over the month as well as linking to some of the cards and projects I've created in the past so you can see multiple examples of how to use the various thin cuts.

In addition, if you sign up as a consultant this month, CTMH will add special thin cuts into your new consultant kit as a bonus.

March is National Scrapbooking month, so there's a special paper pack and stamp release. This paradise themed set is perfect for vacations. It features a lovely color palate including this year's color of the year, Bashful, and a mint color which is very similar to last year's color of the year, Sea Glass.

The stamp of the month is a birthday-themed set called Birthday Time. So many fun ways to use this set. I love that it includes all the numbers plus the st, nd, rd, and th. That's usually missing. I have a bunch of birthday sets, but I really want this one just for those.

This set coordinates perfectly with the Super Girl and Super Boy sets, both of which are on sale when you purchase the stamp sets with the coordinating thin cuts.

Enjoy this month,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Happy Birthday Earthling

My brother-in-law is celebrating a birthday soon. His name is Marvin and he loves Marvin the Martian, so every few years I send him a card featuring that cartoon character. This year, I combined Marvin the Martian with some MFT products for this fun shaker card.

I love how MFT products make me look like a genius in under ten minutes!

I used the shaker circle pouches which fit perfectly inside the Happy Birthday circle die which I cut from white paper and colored with the same Copic markers I used for Marvin. I colored with the green first then came back and highlighted the ends with yellow. The black check paper is long retired from CTMH and the small stripe of green is from a trimming that I colored with the green Copic and glued very carefully against the edge of the black paper.

He is so stinkin' CUTE!! I can't wait for the real Marvin to get his card.

Now it's off to my day job. Final edits came back for To Catch a Bride which is available for pre-order now. Once they are done, it's time to write the final two stories in this series. Wow! Can't believe Gina and I are almost done writing these stories.

Until next time,