Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Hop: 4 Artfully Sent + Artiste Cricut Cards

Hello, and welcome to the Blog Hops with Heart blog hop featuring die cuts! We have a VERY talented group of ladies participating, I am honored to be among them. You should have come from Amy's blog, but this is hop goes in a circle so you can just keep moving forward :) Sit back and enjoy!

Today I am sharing FOUR cards that I made using my favorite Cricut cartridge: Artfully Sent, with some sentiments from the Artiste cartridge

I have been MIA from my blog lately...wanna see what I've been up to? Ok...
Tyler was born on 3/28, 2 weeks early. Proud mommy just had to share a couple of pics :) Big sis is in LOVE too!

Now back to our regularly scheduled cards...

I LOVE how easy it is to make cards with the Artfully Sent cartridge. Each card base is just ONE cut! Add some paper behind the cutouts, a few embellishments, and ba-da-boom, a fancy yet easy-to-make card that is sure to impress!

These first 3 cards couldn't be easier. I simply added one patterned paper behind the card base. (Paper for all cards was from a special last year, Year>>Noted.) I then added black sentiments that were cut from the Artiste cartridge, then embellished. I love how the black really pops on this paper even though there's no black in the color scheme.

Card #1:
TIP: Save time and paper by cutting out a bunch of sentiments at once to keep on hand! I added different sentiments in Cricut Design Space from "happy birthday" to "thanks" to "congrats" and made sure they all fit and made the best use of one piece of 12x12 paper. I cut them on black cardstock since it will go with almost any card. Now I have a sentiment whenever I need one!

Card #2:
Another simple one - just backed with one patterned paper and a few embellishments. 

TIP: Save the stars that are cut out from the base!

Card #3:
This card re-uses some of the stars that were cut out of the previous card base! I have a little 3-drawer Sterilite organizer within reach on my craft desk where I keep Cricut cuts like these.

The "enjoy" sentiment was cut out of the Picture my Life (Project Life) card that is also on the Artfully Sent cartridge. A few sparkles and this card is finished.

Card #4:
This last card is still just 1 Cricut cut for the base, but I backed the cutouts with 3 different papers. I thought this design would work well with some glitter paper. I'm all about the sparkle!

Here is a look at 3 of the cards again. (Not sure why the 4th didn't make it in the pic!) I hope you enjoyed!

I am wrapping up this hop but it's a if you missed the beginning head over to Amie Kiger's blog!

Thanks for hopping with us today! Happy crafting!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Critters "Thanks a Bunch" Frog Card

Hello! I am back with a fun card I made last weekend to play along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge. Only problem is I waited too long to post it...they're on to a different color combo now. Oh well, I can still post my card here :)

The color combo is: Cotton Candy, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Glacier and White Daisy. 

My starting point was to random stamp a piece of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" white daisy paper with the One of a Kind stamp set (retired) in the challenge colors. I love this technique! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at that point, so I turned to a card sketch at Mojo Monday. Of course I didn't get this card posted to play along on their blog, either! But it still gave me the inspiration I needed. Challenges are a great way to get your mojo going, aren't they?

I colored this cute little froggie from the Spring Critter stamp set with watercolor pencils. To the left is what the frog looks like after coloring but before blending. The beauty of watercolor pencils is that it can be messy and imperfect... I'm totally addicted to this technique now! Add little or more color depending on how dark you want the final result. On his belly I mixed yellow and green.

Then to blend I used CTMH's blending pen. It leaves such a wonderful, smooth result...seen below! I stamped the frog in Memento black ink to be sure it didn't bleed when going over it with the pen.

TIP: To make sure your sentiment stamp fits the space on the frog perfectly, set your block over the space. Then mount your sentiment on the block as you look through to make sure it's lined up just right! I love that you can curve acrylic stamps.

The Spring Critters stamp set also has matching Thin Cuts dies. They both retire on April 30, so if you love them as much as I do you better snag them quick!

Spring Critters Stamp Set

Spring Critters Thin Cuts

Watercolor Pencils(currently out of stock)

Blending Pen

Thursday, March 24, 2016

FREE 20-page PARADISE Scrapbook Album Instructions & Photos

To go along with Stampaganza (buy 2 stamps get 1 free), CTMH has decided to offer this exclusive Hello Paradise stamp set, which is used to create the 20 scrapbook pages below! 

You are not going to believe this amazing scrapbook album! CTMH has also graciously provided photos and instructions for you to complete this album, which was originally provided only to incentive cruise earners! There are ten 2-page layouts, all using this fun, exclusive stamp set, which is only available through the end of March. 

I've compiled CTMH's 3 PDFs together into 1 PDF. It contains all of the photos, instructions, and supply lists to complete the entire album! All supplies used can be purchased on my website.

Here are photos of each of the 2-page layouts...

Amazing, right? If you'd like to complete these pages yourself, use the link below to download the supply lists, photos, and instructions, all compiled together on 1 handy PDF.


Buy 2 Stamps Get 1 Free
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$5 Stamp of the Month
PLUS, get the March Stamp of the Month, Sunshine Birdies, for only $5 with a $50 order on my website!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Buy 2 Stamps, Get 1 FREE! + $5 March Stamp of the Month & CLEARANCE Items

Stampaganza is here, and it's one of CTMH's best sales ever! Buy 2 stamps and get a 3rd free.  

During March, when you buy any 2 MyAcrylix stamp sets at retail price, you get a third of equal or lesser value for FREE! That's a savings of up to $29.95! Plus you can purchase multiple stamp sets...if you buy 4 stamp sets you'll get 2 free! (The 2 lowest priced on the order would be free.) Shop all stamps >

Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets:
Spring Critters Stamp Set
Matching ThinCuts Dies
Patch of Sky

Charming Cascades

Woodland Romance


March's stamp of the month, Sunshine Birdies, is a cute one! I love the whimsical images and sentiments.

Here is a little artwork inspiration for you.


Reminder that there are still tons of awesome CLEARANCE items, lots at 75% off!! Check them out >

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mixing Pocket Scrapbook Cards: Backyard Picture My Life (Project Life) Layout

Today I have another scrapbook page to show you. This time it's a Picture my Life (Project Life) pocket page. I mostly used the new Love Your Selfie PML cards on this layout. But our cards are so versatile - the bottom right sunburst card is from an older Surf's Up PML card kit. It is a 4x6 card, but I used it as a background for my 4x4 photo.

I usually add my embellishments to the outside of the page protectors when I use pocket pages. I like to see everything in its place before embellishing, plus then I have more freedom: I can overlap pockets instead of keeping it confined to just what's in one pocket.

The "Sweet" sentiment is a cut from the CTMH's latest Cricut cartridge, Artistry. I used DCWV silver glitter paper. The sequins are self-stick - and the Coral Reef sequins that I used just so happen to be on CLEARANCE!

I like to mix regular 12x12 pages with pocket pages...they can go side-by-side and look great together! The pocket pages are just a tad bit larger because of the extra stitching, but it's hardly noticeable.

I'll be sharing a photo of a 2-page layout soon where one side is classic 12x12 and one page is pocket pages :)

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions.

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NEW Love Your Selfie Picture My Lifepocket scrapbooking cards