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...

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$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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get More Out of Your Stamps: Brushed Workshop on the Go With a Twist

Hello, and TGIF! Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you. This layout is featured in the Brushed Workshop on the Go and would be perfect for your Easter photos. I wanted to show you how I put some twists on it to better suit my photos and my style.
This is the layout that is shown in the kit:

And this is my layout:
I used the same general layout and embellishing, which took out most of the guesswork. Using the cutting diagram and general instructions is a huge time-saver!

I love doing CTMH's Workshops on the Go (WOTG). They always feature several great techniques, I always learn new things! For example, take a look at the diamond background. It's created by cutting an overlay from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and using it as a mask. Then I took sponge daubers and sponged over the mask with my inks.

The kit also includes a tip to make your stamps stretch farther. If you notice there are 2 sizes of butterflies on the layout. But in the stamp set (see below), there is only 1 butterfly stamp. I used my Cricut to cut out the butterfly in the same size as the stamp, and one size smaller (these sizes are given in the guide). You can still use the stamp on a smaller butterfly! I probably wouldn't have thought of that! (There are also alternative instructions if you are not using a Cricut.)

I love these beautiful metal flowers that come in the kit. They are available separately as well (as are all embellishments in the kit), but you save some money by buying the kit. But the WOTG kit is the only way to get the exclusive stamp set! (This stamp set was a must-have for me!)

TIP: Do you notice in the stamp set below that the sentiment I used is actually all one stamp? I didn't want "My heart is filled with sunshine" all in one line so I just snipped it into 2 stamps! Easy peasy and you can always mount them on your acrylic block together again. This is just another way to get more out of your stamps!

Here's all that comes in the Brushed WOTG kit. The guide is full color with cutting diagrams and instructions to put the layout together. You also get the full Brushed paper pack, washi tape, Brushed Assortment, and this adorable exclusive stamp set. All for only $29.95.
Brushed Workshop on the Go Kit

There are lots more WOTG kits, as well! Check them all out >

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend!

P.S. Check out my Stamp Sale over on my Facebook page! Great deals!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Masculine Papercrafted 3D Beer Stein and Beer Card


Last week I mentioned that I was making something special with my Cricut for my hubby's St. Patrick's Day birthday. I am excited to share this with you--it's the most complicated I've ever gotten with the Cricut!

My friend Stephanie told me about some beer stein shapes at I cannot believe I had never checked out this website!!! There is some super cool stuff and all the files are ready to import and are pretty straightforward, even though they look complicated. There are videos on how to put all the projects together which were really helpful.
This 3D beer stein is part of a whole St. Paddy's "Feeling Lucky" SVG Kit for only $6.99! I got it when it was the free gift with a $9.98 purchase--score! (Darn, I had to buy more SVGs to get it free!) ;) You get A LOT for your money!
This would also make a great Father's day gift or non-St. Paddy's Day birthday gift...just change the colors and the embellishment on the front of the stein.
I'm usually a 1- or 2-layer Cricut kind of gal. But this was actually easier to make than I expected with the Explore! I left out a few parts to simplify it and it still looks good. My only complaint is that the score lines did not translate into Design Space. I don't know if I did something wrong or if it's the software/file. This was the first time I've worked with an SVG file and not a Cricut cartridge cut. But it turned out okay! The hardest part is deciding which paper to use, but I love how you can change the colors of the layers in Design Space to see how certain colors will look together.

Here's the card I made for him, his favorite type of beer is IPA. This is also a file from from the Father's Day Mega Pack SVG kit. It's shown as a tiny mug on a gift tag--so I designed it in Cricut Design Space to be bigger and turned it into a card by duplicating each layer and welding it so it's attached and can fold. 
It folds on the handle. But it's kind of floppy so if I make another I'll have it fold on the "glass" part and have the handle as just one layer on the opposite side. Live and learn! But he didn't care, he thought it was cool! He thought both paper gifts (and the real craft beers I gave him) were super cool!

Here's the special card that Kailyn made for Daddy :)

And here's my hubby enjoying his corned beef and cabbage and his beer(s). :)

Thanks for visiting! Have a crafty day!