Friday, September 19, 2014

Glitter, Sequins, Chevron & Arrows - Artfully Sent Card

I am learning that you really can't go wrong with any of the cards on the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. I pretty much knew that already because all of CTMH's Cricut cartridges ROCK my socks off, but I just had to say it out loud. Or in writing.

I love arrows. And chevron. And sequins. And glitter. This card has it all. And it's quick to create. Major plus!
Our CTMH glitter paper comes with 3 sheets per package...same color in different hues. So it makes it easy to get a cool ombre effect for this card! 

I used the Black and Gray glitter paper pack and cut skinny strips. Then I adhered them with glue dots and adhesive tape to the inside of the card. (Glue dots stick well to the glitter.) By the way, our glitter paper is's really thick and cuts like butter on the Cricut!
I used our new Paper Fundamentals cardstock, which has a solid color on one side with a UV coating pattern in it. And the other side has the same pattern in the color + white. 

Makes for a cool look on the inside. I could have kept the pattern showing on the inside but I wanted to cover up the back of the glitter paper strips. So I cut slightly smaller panels for the inside of the card, showing some of the pattern around the edges.
Here's the card in the handbook, it's on page 36. Notice that it tells you what size to cut it handy :) I love that I don't have to think about what size to set my Expression at. You can always cut it bigger if you want, but the proportions of the design were made for it to be a standard A2 size - 4.25" x 5.5".
Thanks for visiting...happy Cricuting!

I hope I've shown you how awesome ARTFULLY SENT is! If you have decided to purchase it for yourself, you can do so here...


When you order, I'll send you a free full-size stamp set AND an accessory pack, plus a new catalog, PLUS a handmade card! 

I am so very appreciative of each and every one of you and your business and this is my way of saying thank you for your order and thank you for reading my blog! 

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(Including a video and PDFs of the Handbook!)


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Supplies used...
Black & Gray Glitter Paper
(See all glitter paper colors)
Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy

Sequins Silver Assortment
(also available in gold)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Halloween Haunted House Artfully Sent Card

Guess what? I have another Artfully Sent card to share!

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I decided to try out this haunted house scene card to send to my niece and nephew. CTMH made a similar card that I was inspired by...I just changed the colors and added my own touch.

This is what it looks like completely closed. I put little googly eyes peeking out of the windows. My niece and nephew are gonna love that :)

Here it is opened just a little bit. Cool shadow :) I don't know why the moon above looks so bright yellow...below is more real-life.

And here's what it looks like completely open. Both of the stamps COME in the Artfully Sent collection.  I used Archival Black ink to's a richer black than the regular black ink. (But it also stains your stamps more...wash them right away!) I have always had a thing for stars and I love the new white enamel stars. They come in 2 sizes and you get tons in the package.

Here's a close-up of the moon. I used a piece of honey cardstock and then inked a Tim Holtz inking tool with Sunset ink and gently rubbed it over the moon to give it a sunset look. Then I adhered the yellow piece to the back of the Gypsy (purple) cardstock.

I wasn't sure how the details would cut on my Expression but I think it turned out quite well!

This card is on page 44 of the handbook. The finished size is 5"x7" and (unless you have the Explore), you just need to set your Cricut dial size to 7" and each piece will cut to the right size...even though the inside (purple) piece is a little smaller...keep the dial at 7" and it will cut the relative size for a 5x7 card. So cool!

Would you like the Artfully Sent collection for yourself?
You can order it HERE >

When you order, I'll send you a free full-size stamp set AND an accessory pack, plus a new catalog, PLUS a handmade card! 

I am so very appreciative of each and every one of you and your business and this is my way of saying thank you for your order and thank you for reading my blog!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Super Hero Pop-Up Card From Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge

Here is the next card I got to make with my new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge over the weekend. I am going to a little boy's birthday party soon so this is the perfect card for him!
I kept it simple on the front because the inside is what makes a statement!

Tadaaaa! Isn't it cute? 

It will look even better if you have the new Cricut Explore. My Expression isn't so good at the small, detailed words. (Hoping for an Explore for my birthday over here!)

Here's a video I made showing how to put it together...

I didn't even use any patterned paper, stamps, or ink. It's all cardstock cut with the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge!

Are you ready to purchase Artfully Sent?!

I'll send you a free stamp set AND a free accessory as a thank-you gift, along with a handmade card!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Artfully Sent Handbook & Index

Update! The handbook is online!


I know a lot of you are anxious to see the Artfully Sent handbook! It is not online yet, but you can watch my video walkthrough of the handbook. See my first 2 Artfully Sent cards HERE.

I do have photos of the index pages that are at the beginning of the handbook. They are below, and you can see them bigger in the PDF HERE.

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And here is the page that shows some finished card fronts. See it bigger HERE.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

2 Artfully Sent Cards from 1 Cut + Video of Handbook!

I had so much fun playing with my new Artfully Sent Cricut collection this weekend!!! I  feel so lucky to live only 2 shipping days from corporate...and a huge thank you for their quick shipping time right now. I made a total of 6 cards plus a matching envelope with envelope liner (yes--this cart had those, too!) The best part is that I only spent a couple of hours on Sat. and Sun. creating. I locked myself in my craft room while hubby played with Kailyn...we all had fun :)

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Today I first want to share the video I made for you. I'll show you what comes in the collection and walk you through the handbook (before I even looked through it!). Here it is...

Now here are the first 2 cards I made with this cartridge! I love that the "negative" cuts can easily be used in another card.
This is the first one I made, as the card is shown in the handbook. I used a piece of Thistle cardstock from our new Paper Fundamentals whimsy assortment. Can you see the lovely UV embossed pattern? I forgot to take a picture of the's the same pattern but purple/white instead of UV coated. It's so lovely in person...nice subtle eye candy! 

TIP: Use your scraps! To add the different colors I cut scraps of carstock and adhered them to the inside, then I covered the whole inside panel with a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the 5"x7" card.

This second card uses the negative cuts and has a whole different look. I cut a 5"x7" base, and then embossed a piece of 4.5"x6.5" cardstock with CTMH's dot embossing folder. (I love the deep pattern of our embossing folders.)

To ink it up, I took a Tim Holtz ink blending tool with Thistle ink. I laid the cardstock on copy paper and inked up the blending tool, then started off the page and rubbed the ink onto the page in a circular motion. I started off the page so I wouldn't have any "super inky" spots and it all blended nicely. I put most of the ink around the edges of the panel, then, without re-inking, rubbed the leftover ink in the center for subtle color just to make the dots pop.

Here's a good shot of the embossing--dots and the UV coating on the cardstock. I adhered the dots panel to the card with 3D foam tape.

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CTMH supplies used:

Dot Embossing Folder

Paper Fundamentals Whimsy

Thistle Ink Pad

Adventure Cardstock
Purple Glitter Gems
(I used reg purple sparkles which are retired)