Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sparkly Scottie Dog Christmas Card

I can't believe I never shared this Christmas card with you! I made it for my co-worker a couple of years ago and just found it in my blog post drafts!

I combined stamping, upcycled tag pieces, heat embossing, wood veneer, and lots of sparkle.

I'll start with the focal piece - that cute Scottie dog. My sweet co-worker at my last job had Scottie dogs and I always had fun making Scottie dog cards for her. (See the other cards I made her HERE.) This dog is a wood veneer piece that I found. I colored it with a black marker and then coated it in Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, then heat set it. That way it added a little shine but also set the black so that it wouldn't fade. I like how the embossing really makes the wood grain stand out which makes it like dog hair. :)

{click to view larger}

I made sure to color the sides of the Scottie as well so that the natural wood didn't show on the side. I used a piece of ribbon and tiny bell as his collar, which came from a Christmas tag from a prior year. (I always save the tags I receive with potentially reusable elements!)

Now let's move on to the background. I used a star background stamp that's now retired, but the current Snug Backgrounds or Repeatable Backgrounds would work perfectly, to add a starry sky behind this doggie. Pebble gray ink is a perfect subtle color for this. I added some red glittery Stickles to a few of the stars. Our Shimmer Brushes would also add some lovely shine.

The trees and red snowflake are also elements from previous years' tags that I disassembled. And the doggie is anchored on some shiny foil tape and shimmer trim.

{click to view larger}
I stamped the inside of the card and the envelope with a Christmas greeting. This particular greeting is retired, but the current Christmas Blessings stamp set would be an even better replacement! The bright Candy Apple ink would be a great color choice.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Below I've linked some of the products I used. Some are only available for a limited time.

Let me know if you have any questions!

If you like Scottie Dogs, be sure to check out the other Scottie dog cards I made HERE. You may also be interested in the Artfully Sent Cricut collection which has a few Scottie dog cuts and pre-designed cards on it!






Click an image for details.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fancy DIY Snowflake Gift Tags Upcycled Into Ornaments

Getting ahead on my personal Christmas crafting is not usually in my vocabulary. But lately my 5yo daughter has loved to craft with me, so I try to come up with things we can make together.

She helped me make these snowflake Christmas gift tags. We used all sorts of snowflakes from my stash and cut some out of cardstock with my Cricut as well. CTMH's new Winter Flurries dies would be perfect for this.
{click to view larger}

We put all of the snowflakes out in front of us and just layered away! Most of these have been in my stash forever...some are thin chipboard snowflakes from Hobby Lobby, there are some wooden veneer doily shapes (some were colored with Copic markers), plastic and paper glittery snowflakes, tinsel snowflakes from previous years' gift tags that I saved, chipboard stickers, and more. I wanted to start with a sturdy base layer so that these would last as ornaments after the gift is opened.

I added a dot of hot glue between each layer so they would stay nice and secure. Then we finished them off with some gems on top and ties made of baker's twine and skinny ribbon.

{click images to view larger}

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Another cool thing is that there's no waste - the tags will be saved as ornaments plus some of the pieces in the tags are upcycled from previous years' cards and tags. (I always save the cutest ones!)

My daughter had a blast (and so did I)! I can't wait to make more with her.

Find me in these places:


Friday, October 26, 2018

24-Hour CTMH Flash Sales Going On Now!

There are some awesome products and bundles available at up to 50% Off!

Some items have already sold out, so act fast to take advantage of this 24-hour Flash Sale. The sale runs now until 1:59 pm (Pacific Time) tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, 2018, while supplies last. Check it out >

Here's a selection of items currently available, plus there's lots more. Shop now >

Shop now >

Monday, October 15, 2018

Paste-fully Creative - CTMH Technique Blog Hop


Today I am participating in a fun blog hop showcasing one of CTMH's newest products: texture paste! I also played with our new shaker windows and shaker window thin cuts dies, which are equally as exciting!

You should have come from Vandra's blog, but if not, this hop goes in a circle and there are lots of Consultants participating with great ideas! So get comfy and ready to scroll, pin, and hop! :)

Halloween Cards Using a Cricut-Cut Stencil 3 Ways!

I had so much fun making these cards. I don't usually make Halloween cards but all the products are so cute and the shakers add such a fun element, so I thought it would be fun to make Halloween themed shaker cards for my kids' teachers.

This is the stencil I used for all 3 cards. I cut it just with plain cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. CTMH also now has stencil sheets that you can use to make stencils with your Cricut, but I had already cut this a while ago. It lasted well enough for these 3 cards but then I had to throw it away. A stencil sheet would last longer.

(This is a screenshot from my process video that I recorded, but didn't have a chance to edit it before the hop, so if you come back later I'll likely have it up!)

Card #1: Texture Paste Through a Stencil

This first card is probably my favorite and is the highlight for this hop! I followed this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire for the Double Z-fold card. I used the transparent gloss texture paste that comes in the texture paste trio. I love the shiny pattern it adds to the background.

To apply the texture paste, I put it on one side of the cardstock, then dried to the touch with my heat gun. Then I lined the stencil back up and applied the paste to the other side of the cardstock. Then I let it dry on its own for a couple of hours. It is white when applied, but dries to this fun glossy looks like clear embossing!

I decorated the inside of the shaker window with stickers from the Hello Pumpkin Complements, added some silver sequin mix, black sequins from my stash, and some nectarine stars that I cut with the Shaker Window and Confetti Thin Cuts (this is a MUST-HAVE!) I used the Simply Said alphabet stamps to spell "BOO!"

Card #2: Inking With a Sponge Dauber Through a Stencil

For this next card, I used a sponge dauber with Nectarine ink to apply ink through the stencil. This was super easy, especially since the dauber is the same circle shape as the stencil I was using :) I like the tone-on-tone look of ink on cardstock. 

I used more stickers from the Hello Pumpkin complements, the same sequin mix, some scraps from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet, and black shimmer trim for some extra sparkle!

Card #3: Paint or Re-inker Splatters Through a Stencil

For this next card, I wanted to try splattering color through the stencil. This technique didn't produce as pronounced a circle pattern as the last two, but it still looks cool! It is good for those who like the look of splatters but want some control over how it looks.

I used black re-inker mixed with some liquid that I squeezed out from a clear shimmer brush to create a shimmery dark gray splattered background. (There is actually a black shimmer brush now but I don't have it.) I again decorated with Hello Pumpkin complements and added "BOO!" from the Simply Said alphabet stamp set. I added more shimmer brush to the cat's eyes to make them glow.

Here's one more look at all of the cards together. Aren't the shaker cards fun? I hope you enjoyed...let me know if you have any questions.

{click to view larger}

This is the end of the hop but you can go back to the beginning by hopping to

Thanks for stopping by!

Find me in these places:


Here's a complete supply list if you would like to create these cards, too!

 ctmh hello pumpkin paper packet