Friday, October 24, 2014

Artfully Sent Chevron Birthday Card & Envelope With Matching Liner

How adorable is this chevron birthday card? I made it for my sister-in-law and I have to say it's one of my all-time favorite cards. (And hers, too!)

The card base was cut with the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. I still can't get enough of that cart! The word bubbles are one of my most-used cuts from the Artiste Cricut collection.

I played with a new CTMH stamp set called Lovely Birthday. And it is lovely to play with. It's only $9.95 and is a very versatile set--several images that work for anytime, not just birthdays!

Here it is opened up. I opted to cover the back panel of the card instead of putting the pattern on the front panel. This didn't give me much writing space, but that was okay with me. I knew my SIL would appreciate the cool effect. In order to give me some writing room I put the same word bubble on the inside front panel and the outside, but backwards. You could always write on the back of the card if you needed to.

These "have a happy day" and berries stamps are from new set called...wait for it... Have a Happy Day :) Another super versatile set!

Did you know that Artfully Sent also cuts envelopes and matching envelope liners?! I love the bracket-shaped flap on this envelpe, and the hot pink is a liner.

Look how cute the outside of the envelope is...I spruced it up with one of CTMH's adorable new stamp sets, Happy Mail. It's so fun for your envelopes to look cute even when they arrive in the mailbox!

Here's another envelope that CTMH made and decorated with this same stamp set.

Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

Supplies used...

Happy Mail stamp set

Lovely Birthday

Have a Happy Day stamp set

Friday, October 3, 2014

Artfully Sent Cards Video + Hello Sunshine Card

Hello and happy Friday!

I am back with another Artfully Sent card. Plus I made a video to show you and explain all the cards I have made with this cartridge...see below!

This is another one we created at Convention, and I actually finished it there! But I am just now sharing it with you. (Unless you are a fan of my Facebook page--I already posted it there. If you are not--go LIKE it!

I made a video showing most of the cards I've made so far with Artfully Sent. I explained some techniques and how-to's while showing close-ups, because I know it's hard to see and explain everything here.

So watch my video below or HERE

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kailyn & A Family Photo

Hi there!
I wanted to pop in and share a cute family photo we got over the weekend. My cousin and her husband came down from Seattle to visit and we strolled around downtown Eugene. We decided to try getting a group selfie to send to our family and we got a great one—the first shot! :)

And because she's so darn cute, here's another one of just Kailyn. She is such a happy girl...she loves going out and about in her stroller.

Be back soon with more crafting! I just edited tons of photos that I was behind on—so much to share!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chalk It Up & Wanderful "Happy Little Life" Baby Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Today I have another scrapbook layout to share with you. 

I'm finally getting more scrapbooking done of my little sweetie! She was only about 5 weeks old in this photo--this photo was taken almost exactly 1 year ago! My sister was here in Oregon visiting and we went to a park on the river and got some great shots with the changing of the leaves.
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This layout was one designed for us to create at Convention. I got mine started, but since I had Kailyn with me I did not finish it there. It features a wide variety of new products! Would you have thought about combining Chalk It Up and Wanderful papers? Well, look how great they go together!

I especially love that alphabet font. And the doodling around the title is super cute and trendy. It's so easy to do and makes a huge difference. We got new black journaling pens recently that are great for this technique.

TIP: Use Archival Black ink for a bolder, darker black for your stamped images. It will stain your stamps a bit, but worth the difference over regular black dye ink.

Thanks for visiting!

(Scroll all the way down to see the October Specials from CTMH!)

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Here is the supply list...
Handwritten Print Alphabet

Happy Birds
Wanderful Paper Packet
Gold Sequins (self-adhesive!)
Gold Shimmer Trim (self-adhesive!)
Black Journaling Pen

Archival Black Ink


When you spend $50 you will get either ruby red or navy (outdoor denim) chevron ribbon automatically added to your order for FREE!

If you qualify for the free ribbon, then you also qualify for a BONUS special! Check out October's Stamp of the Month. CUTE Christmas set--and it coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge! As a reminder, when you spend $50 you can get this set for only $5 (a $17.95 value). It's only available in October.

If you like to make tags for Christmas you'll especially want this set. Here are a couple of cute goodies that CTMH made with it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lollydoodle Scrapbook Layout Using New CTMH Stamps & Embellishments + Lots of Photo Tips!


I am taking a break from Artfully Sent posts to share this cute scrapbook layout with you today. I just adore these photos of Kailyn and our dog, Oslo. 

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She was between 7-8 months old here and on the verge of crawling. She can't get enough of her doggie! He loves her, too, but loved her more when she couldn't chase him and crawl on him. LOL! Her "thing" now is to lay on him and give him a big, sweet hug, but he still doesn't like it. He's a good sport, though. :)

The paper is from the retired Lollydoodle paper pack but I used several current stamps:  Hopscotch alphabet, Owls ("you & me"), Happy Birds ("Happy" on navy cardstock), and True to Life ("Way Cute").

Do you need an easy way to edit and order your photos?

I have become a self-proclaimed expert phone-photo-editor because I have more time to use my phone than my computer. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite photo apps with you.

Photo Editor: My favorite photo editor is PicTapGo. It's $2.99 and worth every penny. I have tried TONS of photo editors and this is the easiest and best I've found for straight editing. I think its best feature is "lights on," which does a great job of lightening photos that are too dark. It also has lots of filters, which you can use as intended or at a % of filter "strength." You can also use more than one filter for a very customized look, and you can save your "recipes" to use later. For example, if I have a dark photo, I can use "lights on" to lighten it, and I can even try "lights on" again to to even lighter, then bring it down 50% if the 2nd time was too light. Then I can warm it up and auto-color. Check it out.

Collage: I like to make photo collages to text to family and post on Facebook so that they can see a string of photos in one snapshot. Then I started ordering prints of those collages, like in the scrapbook layout above. It's a fun effect and a great way to include several smaller/similar photos from an event. My favorite app for collages Is called Photo Collage. There is a free version but I got the pro version for $1.99 because I got tired of the ads. You can make 4x6 or square collages.

Ordering Prints: I found an app called FreePrints, which is made by Through the app you get 85 free 4x6 prints per month and you can pay for additional prints and sizes, then just pay shipping. I like the quality of their prints and the app is SUPER easy to use!! They kind of make up for the "free" prints with shipping, but they don't charge a crazy amount. I think I paid more on Shutterfly and I like these better.

FreePrints is really easy to use. You can zoom/crop your photos by just pinching on your screen, you can choose various sizes really easily, and then order easily. You can do limited editing, like crop, rotate, and turn to black & white, but that's ok with me because I edit in PicTapGo first. I have ordered from them a couple of times now and the quality is great. I like matte finish because it looks more professional.

The thing I liked best about this app at first is that I could load my square photos into the app and order a 4x6, and it wouldn't automatically zoom/crop the photo to a 4x6, it left it as a 4x4 square with an inch of blank space on either side. This is a HUGE plus for me! You can even upgrade to 5x5 square prints for $.49. That's what I used on the scrapbook page above.

Use code jmalme1 if you get the app and I'll get more free photos per month--but I'm not sharing this with you just for the code! I truly love this app!

Print photos for Project Life & Picture My Life

Here's another tip: Use a collage to print photos for Project Life & Picture My Life!

When you make a 4x6 collage you can choose portrait or landscape orientation. Then add 2 (or more) photos to the 4x6 collage and once printed you have the right size for your 2x3 pockets.

I hope this helped. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

What photo apps do you love and recommend?

Supplies used:
Hopscotch alphabet
Happy Birds

True to Life

Silver Sequins Assortment
Silver Shimmer Trim