Saturday, May 16, 2015

DIY Personalized Water Bottles for Teacher Gifts Using Cricut Vinyl

Looking for an QUICK & EASY teacher gift? I whipped up these cute little water bottles for Kailyn's teachers at daycare in under an hour. 

This was my first Cricut vinyl project and it was seriously easy (and fun!). I was surprised at how fast it was, actually. I used Cricut Design Space to add my text in the default free Cricut font. This font worked perfectly for this project, but you can use any font that's on your computer or that you've purchased. If you are using an older machine you can still do this!

Here's a video from Cricut on how to cut and apply vinyl.

This video from Cricut shows how to add and edit text in a project.

Be sure you let the vinyl "cure" for at least 24 hours before washing the bottle. 

The bottles are from Joann's...I thought they were fun and unique. The teachers love them!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Free Workshop Guides: Taste of Summer Paper Pack

It's May, yay! My favorite month of the year. I love the warmer weather, flowers blooming all around, and my garden is starting to sprout! My strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are gonna be ripe before I know it.

Speaking of yummy fruit, CTMH's National Scrapbooking special is especially sweet! This Taste of Summer paper packet is available for only $8.95! Check out these bright colors...

This adorable coordinating stamp set is also available for this month only.

Free Workshop Guides
As an extra bonus, there are card and scrapbook workshop guides created especially for this paper packet.

Card Guide
Here are the cards you will make with the card workshop. Download the card guide >

Materials needed for cards:
Finding the Words Stamp Set
Taste of Summer Paper Packet
White Cards & Envelopes
Stamp Pads in Black, Canary, Sunset
Silver Shimmer Trim
Bitty Sparkles
3-D Foam Tape
Acrylic Blocks (recommended 1" x 1" - 1" x 3½" - 2" x 6½")

Scrapbook Guide
And here are the scrapbook workshop layouts. Download the scrapbook guide >

Materials needed for scrapbook layouts:
Documenting Moments
Taste of Summer Paper Packet
White Daisy Cardstock
Black  Stamp Pad
White Shimmer Trim
Sequins Silver Assortment
3-D Foam Tape
Journaling Pen
Acrylic Blocks (recommended 1" x 1" - 1" x 3½" - 2" x 2" - 3" x 3")

This paper packet is only available during May while supplies last, so get your order in early. 

Order Taste Of Summer >

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P.S. I don't want to forget to show you the new May stamp of the month. How perfect for scrapbooking and pocket pages! You can get this cute set for only $5 with any $50+ purchase on my website. That means if you order what you need for the Taste of Summer workshops, you can add it to your order!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

$99 for $355 in Cardmaking or Scrapbooking Supplies!

One of my friends at work recently joined CTMH as a Consultant on my "Playing with Paper" team. She let me hijack borrow her kit so that I could create a video to show you what comes in the kit. You get SO much for only $99! It includes most "basics" you would need if you're just starting out plus lots more. It also has lots of NEW product so that you are showing the latest and greatest from CTMH.

She ordered the Cardmaking kit, but there's also a Scrapbooking kit. Each is a little different so you have a choice based on your interests!

Here's the video I created of the current New Consultant Kit...

Did you know that as a Consultant you automatically get 22% off all of your purchases? And if you sell CTMH products to others, you make 22% commission! Plus, based on sales and team size, there's even more earning potential. Ready to join?

Cardmaker's New Consultant Kit

Scrapbooker's New Consultant Kit

I'd love to have you join my team, too. Check out these resources here on my blog...

FAQs about Joining CTMH >

Why Join CTMH? >

Ready to join my team? Join here >

Let me know if you have any questions!

$5 Stamp Set
As a reminder, here's the adorable April Stamp of the Month. It's only $5 with a $50 purchase on my website. Score!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Mother's Day Flower Pot Card

Mother's Day will be here before we know it, so I dug into my "best of" archives to share this fun flower pot card with you today. This doesn't have to be just for Mother's Day, though, it is perfect for any time!

I made this special card for my mom 3 years ago, using THIS tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. I adapted it to work with more flowers and added more layers.

The flowers lift out of the pot to reveal your message.

I chose some fancy embellishments which made it pretty top-heavy, so be sure you're working with heavy cardstock-weight paper like CTMH's, and you may want some extra layers for reinforcement.

I used 3 different flower cuts from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in various sizes. I just love that has everything!

The paper I used is from CTMH's retired Stella Paper pack. One of the things I love most about CTMH is how everything coordinates perfectly. Our paper packs each have 6 different coordinating patterns and you can get matching embellishments as well!

Here are some of CTMH's current paper and accessory options that would be beautiful for this type of card.
Blossom Paper Pack
Brushed Paper Pack
Seaside Paper Pack
My Crush In the Pink
(My Crush is a spiral-bound book but has beautiful pages
that can be torn out and used as regular paper!)
See all paper options
Brushed Assortment
Coral Reef Sequins
Oceanside Sequins
Bling Gems
See all embellishments

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

April's Stamp of the Month is A-DOR-ABLE!!! I absolutely love this has a message for anything you could need on top of being super cute and trendy. You can get it for just $5 with a $50 purchase on my website.

Here's a card made with this set.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent Sweet Baby Card

Today I have a simple and elegant baby card to share with you, made with CTMH's Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. I still can't get enough of this cart--it really makes it oh-so-easy to make cards, while at the same time elevating them the next level!

I wanted to add some sparkle in just a few spots. So first I cut the pink base at 7" height. (It's designed to be 5"x7"). Then I cut a white piece slightly smaller than 5x7, this will be what shows through the front of the card.

Next I set the white insert inside and close the card. I used the cuts on the front as a guide to make pencil marks on the white insert--this would tell me where to add the glitter pieces.

I used 1/2" glitter tape from American Crafts (I wanted it a little wider than CTMH's 1/4" shimmer trim). This stuff is great because it's self-adhesive. I just stuck it down right over my pencil guides.

Once the glitter tape was adhered where I wanted it, I added adhesive to the inside of the card base. This way I could get really close to the cut-outs so they stay down well. Be sure you don't get too close to the edge of the card since the insert is slightly smaller.

Tada! An elegant card for a sweet little baby :) I added a bitty sparkle in each corner as well. Because, well, I can never have too much bling!

If you are a cardmaker, the Artfully Sent Cricut collection is seriously your best friend. It has been a huge time-saver for me. As a momma to a toddler and having a full-time job, my crafty time has been significantly reduced. But this cartridge allows me to still get my craft on! (Which helps keep me sane.)

See all of my Artfully Sent posts