Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fox and Cat Halloween Masks with free Explore File

The other day I got a call from my darling daughter who is off at college asking about Halloween costumes.  Her dorm is putting together a fun party for the kids and she wanted a little something cute to wear.  I pulled up a couple of the cartridges from my new Cricut Subscription that my husband bought me for my birthday this year (thanks Mark!) and asked her which cuts she liked the best. Here is what she picked and what I created.

These came out so cute!  I used some metallic paper I had on hand for the reflective silver (just in case they are doing outdoor stuff for the party) and lots of dots of Glitz Glitter Gel to accent.  The orange fox paper is from our Scaredy Cat Paper Pack. The noses are both glitzed and then I added a layer of Liquid Glass on top to keep the glitter on.  The cat's eyelashes are outlined on the tops only with Liquid Glass too - tres chic! 

Since I had to figure out the sizing for these cuts for an adult face I figured I'd share the file here so people don't have to go through the sizing process like I did - LOL!  To make them into a wearable mask I also added 18 inches of grosgrain ribbon to each side and cut a second black base layer to sandwich the ribbon between two black layers making the masks pretty sturdy.  I did use liquid glue for all the layers to ensure a really good bond and a strip of Score Tape under the ribbon tab on each side.

Now I need to make one of these cuties for me!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Signup today - Next Card Buffet Friday, 24th October from 7-9PM!

Our next Card Buffet is this Friday, 24th October from 7-9PM!  Don't miss out on 2 full hours of all you can "eat" cardmaking fun for just $15!  RSVP your spot at the table by sending me a note to or give me a call at 425-260-6965!  

Just check out this TOWER of projects waiting to be put together by YOU!  Each box has everything to create one project.  The double stack is almost as tall as I am!

One of the good things about doing Card Buffets is that I always have tons of artwork to share on my blog!  This sweet card was insipred by a fellow CTMH consultant Amy Moore - you can see her original here

Inside detail showing a fun washi banner to decorate the interior.  

I hope to see you Friday night!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Card Buffet - Thursday, 23 October from 10AM-12PM and Friday, 24th October from 7-9PM

Who:  Anyone 12 and up!  All pieces are pre-cut and ready to stamp/assemble so new to advanced crafters are welcome!

  Card Buffet - all you can "eat" in 2 hours

Cost:  $15 Flat fee for a fun and productive girl's night out!

Option 1:  Thursday, 23rd October from 10AM-12PM 
Option 2Friday, 24th October from 7-9PM  at my home in Snoqualmie (arrive 15 minutes before the start time to view and be ready to go!)

What to bring:  Adhesives like a glue pen, tape runner and pop dots.  Basic tools like bone folder, scissors (shared tools will be available).

What is it:  I have 18-20 different cards in a variety of styles and sentiments with everything cut and ready for stamping and assembly.  You choose the box that contains the card you want to make and then take the box to your seat and put together as many of those cards as you'd like.  When you are done, return that box to the table and pick your next project.  You work at your own pace on whatever projects you choose and can do as few as one or as many as you like of the same card within the 2 hour time limit.  The only rule is that you have to finish each project before you move to the next one (no bringing supplies home to finish).

RSVP:  call/text (425)260-6965 or e-mail

Discounts:  Place a $30 CTMH order and get $5 off your Card Buffet!  
The cards shown here are just 2 of the 19 projects available including some from our new Artfully Sent cartridge!  We'll have thank you, birthday, thinking of you, condolence, feel better soon and more themes - something for everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Artfully Sent Explore Design Space Sizing Cheat Sheet - download a FREE copy!

Artfully Sent was designed around the E2 machine and older so for people with those machines - use the sizing as indicated in the handbook.  Cards can be adjusted in size but some of the details in the cuts may lose their sharpness at smaller sizes.  If it looks pretty intricate, cut it at the sizes shown.

For those of us with the new Explore machine, the sizing has to be adjusted to create the size cards we want.  The Explore has such detailed cuts that really you can make your cards at any size so a 5x7" card can easily be changed to a 4.25x5.5".  I've spent several hours putting together a document with the guiding principles for adjusting the sizes of cuts to get any size card as well as specifics for using vertical and horizontal fold cards, envelopes and liners, Pocket Cards and the Sleeve cards.  I love getting feedback on my documents to make them as useful as possible so feel free to drop me a note. 

You can download this word document from my google drive here:

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Thanks for stopping by today and stay crafty my friends!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Tri-Shutter Guy Card with Hats Off

I love making cards with a surprise element to them like this fun tri-shutter style card.  It fits into a regular envelope but when you pull it out it becomes a stand-up display! 
This vintage themed stamp set is one of our fabulous Hostess Rewards sets called Hats Off.  To get it (at a discount no less!) host a party of $150 online!  

Love the dimension on this fun style of card!

This card was featured at my September Card Buffet and I'm already hard at work designing for October's class.  I know guy cards are always the most difficult to design so come to class and get some great ideas and create samples to take home!

October's Card Buffet
Date:  Friday, 24th October 7-9PM
Cost:  $15 for 2 hours all you can create
RSVP your spot today by sending me a note at!

Stay crafty my friends!


Card base Explore cut file created by Narelle at the Non-Crafty Crafter.  See her file here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thank You Card with Gift a Lift and Balloon Ride

Sign up today for the October Card Buffet!  
When:  Friday, 24th October from 7-9PM
Where:  Snoqualmie, WA
Cost:  $15 for 2 hours of all you can "eat" cardmaking!

All the hard design work and cutting is done ahead of time.  You show up, stamp a bit, assemble your cards and have fun!  All you need to bring are your adhesives!  Come this month and make cards as cute as the one below!

Here is another sweet card we made at last month's Card Buffet. This one uses the adorable Give a Lift stamp set.  There are multiple sentiments that fit inside the banner piece on the balloon - love that flexibility!  Check out that gorgeous Bronze Shimmer Trim giving this card some extra special sparkle! 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Embossed Alcohol Marker Colored Foil Scene Card

I had so much fun making the embossed alcohol marker colored foil background for yesterday's post that I decided to try it with a scene embossing folder.  Our new Shinhan Touch Twin Alcohol Markers are perfect for this technique!

Click HERE to see my quick tutorial on how to create a tin foil dry embossed piece for your projects.

These cards are SO shiny and pretty in real life!

 I love techniques that are super easy but full of visual pop!  I hope you'll give this one a try! 

Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Shinhan Touch Twin Marker Blog Hop - How to Emboss and Color FoilBackgrounds

Welcome to the Shinhan Marker Blog Hop!  Today our group of CTMH Consultants will be showcasing our new Shinhan Touch Twin alcohol markersIf you are coming from Wendy's Blog then you are on the right track!  This blog hop is a big circle so keep going and you'll head back here.  If you happen to get lost along the way you can find the complete list of hoppers here on Melinda's Blog.

I wanted to try something new for this hop so I made a card with a dry embossed marker colored foil background.  I had this technique kicking around in my head and couldn't wait to try it with our fun Chevron Embossing Folder.  I have a brief How-To for this technique at the end of this post so be sure to scroll to the end.

I colored my Cricut cut words with my Shinhan markers to match the background exactly. Then I added a splash of our retired Pink Glitz Glitter gel to give the heart a little umph.  You could also use our Pink Glitter paper to give it some sparkle!

This one is going off to my college girl for her weekly happy mail.  I miss her so much and I know she gets a boost each time she gets a bit of love from home in her mail box.

Now hop on over to Haley's wonderful blog to see what she has created for you!

Edited to add colors of markers I used:
Cherry Pink then Tender Pink 

Marigold then Leaf Green

Green Stripes: 
Vivid Green then Sap Green 

Peacock Green then Turquoise Blue 

Lavender then Peony Purple

How To Create Tin Foil Embossed Papers:

1.  Cut a sheet of Heavy Duty Tin Foil the size of the piece you want to create.  I used Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Foil and made a full 12x12" sheet so I could have extra to play around. 

2.  Using a sheet of plain CS, apply a thin layer of Bonding Memories Glue all over the CS.  Be sure to get the edges and corners.

3.  Place the foil down on the CS and gently press down to avoid major wrinkles.  A brayer might be helpful at this step. Minor wrinkles will disappear with the dry embossing.

4.  Trim your pieces to fit your embossing folder and dry emboss.  Check your corners and edges and apply a little glue under anything that lifts.

5.  Using your Shinhan Touch Twin marker, color your designs in.  I found the high relief sections were easier to color than the lower debossed sections.

6.  Sit back and admire your fun handiwork and then add it to a project to WOW someone!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Big Top Birthday Celebration Card

This is one of 17 different cards I had available to make at my Card Buffet last week.  

Now that you've seen this adorable cuteness, I know you want to sign up for my next Card Buffet on October 24th from 7-9PM!  Its just $15 for 2 full hours of all you can "eat" cardmaking!  To RSVP your spot at the table, contact me at:

Check out the Gold Polka Dotted Washi tape - isn't it awesome?!?

I fell in love with this adorable circus stamp when it debuted in the last Idea Book.  All my crafty friends know I'm a sucker for critter stamps!

Hope to see you on Friday, 24th October for my next Buffet!

Stay crafty my friends,


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Organizing Picture My Life cards using a Medium Organizer and this FREE Explore Tabbed Divider File

Today I was busy getting ready for my Picture My Life Buffet that is happening this Friday, 3 October from 7-9PM.  This is an open style class where people can drop in and make a few pocket style memory keeping pages using our Picture My Life kits at an a-la-carte price.  I have 10 of the PML kits so far and I wanted to make it easy for people to find the theme or color to match their pictures so this is what I created!

I've used a Medium Organizer #Z4139 and created a tabbed divider for both the 4x6" card sections and the 3x4" card sections using my Cricut Explore and Artbooking.   Each card has the name of the kit, the basic themes of the kit and the colors to make it easy to match by theme or color.  YAY!  

I love the way this came out and I'm sure the people who are coming to the class will appreciate having all the information at the ready!

Want to get a copy of the cut file?  I'm posting it for free but would love a follow in return!  You can follow me here on my blog or Like my page on Facebook at
(Yes, I'm shamelessly trying to get more likes, but hey - Free File!)

If you do download this one, leave me a comment or show me a picture to let me know how you like my file!



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Home for the Holidays Pop Up Card

Welcome to our October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  
We will be featuring October's SOTM, Home for the Holidays.  If you have come here from  Carol's Post, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost, click HERE to find the complete blog hop list!

Since I've been playing with my new Artfully Sent cartridge  for the past week, I decided to show how easy it is to create a custom Pop Up card using a liner piece from Artfully Sent.  I found a pop up liner that had a fairly narrow section to match the width of the image I wanted inside the card.  I cut the liner along with all the cuts from Art Philosophy that match the October SOTM stamp set and created a custom Pop Up using our Snowhaven papers.  A little bit of paper piecing and some Silver Metallic Washi Tape and this card is ready for Christmas!

Here you can see what I meant about a narrow pop up section - as you page through the Artfully Sent manual and look at the different pop up liners, some of them are wider and some are narrower to match the specific card image.

I stamped the bear image three times (Cranberry, Black and Glacier) to be able to paper piece the multi colored image together.  I added just a touch of Liquid Glass to his eyes and nose and then touched his cheeks with our Carmine Shinhan Touch Twin marker.

Here is the Explore File which has the sizing for all the Art Philosophy cuts used for the October SOTM as well as the liner piece from Artfully Sent:

To purchase any of the items needed to make this card, visit my shopping site!

Now hop on over to April's Blog here and see what she has created!

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW Picture My Life Buffet - Friday, 3 October 7-9PM

Pocket style memory keeping can help you preserve your memories in the fastest and easiest way possible.  Now with my new Picture My Life Buffet, you can do it at the lowest price too!
Picture My  Life™ 

I've created an a-la cart Buffet where you can mix and match and sample from our Picture My Life kits in various themes to preserve your memories easily - all you have to do is slip your photos in, pick your pre-printed themed cards and do a bit of journaling to preserve the memories! You can purchase cards and page protectors at and individual prices and also get "Value Meals" that have enough materials for two full front/back 12x12 PML pages for low cost of just $6 per set!  To see the CTMH kits, visit my online shopping site by clicking HERE.

If you are new to this style of memory keeping, this is a great way to check it out and see if its right for you at a low, low cost!  This class is an open house format so come any time between 7-9PM and get as many pages done as you'd like or simply pick out your items for later assembly.!

When:  Friday, 3 October from 7-9PM
Bring:  4x6 Photos, Journaling Pen, Paper Trimmer (if you have one)
RSVP:  Reply to this or cell/text at (425)260-6965

Picture My Life Buffet

* Sheet Protectors - $1.50
* 4x6” Cards – 50 cents
* 3x4” Cards – 35 cents
* 12x12” Cover Page - $2.50

$6 Value Meal
2 - sheet protectors
4 - 4x6” cards
8 - 3x4” cards

Hope to see you on Friday!  Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in this class!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Artfully Sent Page 1 RECAP - See ALL the styles of cards in one spot HERE!

Just to recap, all these cards can be made from JUST ONE PAGE of Artfully Sent!  There are 50 pages of cuts on this one cartridge plus you get 3 D size stamps and a full package of 12x12 white CS!   That is a total of 412 ready to go projects (400 cards, 12 envelopes plus liners) plus a full font and lots of icons/pieces you can use as stand alone pieces! 

From every single page you can cut: 

1 Pop Up Card (takes 4 cuts to create a full Pop Up card)

1 Scene Card (Build a Scene or Flip Fold - takes 2 cuts) 

2 Sentiment Cards - generally one 5x7" and one 4.25x5.5"

2 Sleeve Cards - One folded pocket and one full Overlay card

2 Pocket Cards for Pocket Scrapping (can use as traditional layout embellishment or card front)

All these projects are pre-loaded, linked and ready to cut and go!

I hope you have enjoyed exploring what is in the Artfully Sent cartridge and bundle with me!  Now hop on over to my online shopping site and pick up your cartridge today so you can join the fun!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Artfully Sent Page 1 - Pocket Cards!

Here is the fifth and final cut key in Artfully Sent - the Pocket Card!  Anyone out there who is into Picture My Life or pocket style scrapping is going to LOVE these cards!  

You get 50 4x6" cards and 50 3x4" cards some with horizontal and some with vertical designs.  You can size them at ANY size you want so you can switch up the 4x6" and the 3x4" cards.  If you don't do PML yet, you can also use these as embellishments on traditional scrapbook pages OR even as card fronts!  I see so many cards these days created by cutting up pocket cards - because you can cut these at any size you need you won't waste paper!

These are so easy to jazz up!  I used the negative pink words on the green card and then added some chalk marker and shimmer trim. Best part?  Because you are putting a backer on to these you can make them double sided with exactly what you want on each side AND they are perfect for using up our old thinner B&T papers!  What could be better than using up old stuff but making something totally new?!?  These papers are from an old Christmas set!

To get your hands on this beauty of a cart, visit my online shopping site today!  If you'd like to make it a party and get rewarded for your purchase, send me a note at and I'll set you up!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Artfully Sent Page 1 - Sleeve Cards!

The Sleeve Card key on Artfully sent cuts two different types of cards - a sleeve card and an overlay card.  The sleeve card folds up into a pocket that you can then slip a card or photo inside.  The overlay card is sized at 5x7 and features a full front overlay pattern you can use as is or put contrasting paper behind. 
For this card, I borrowed the telephone image from the page 2 pop up as I thought the hello sleeve would be perfect with this image.  The green hello is the negative cut from the speech bubble, I simple backed that one with matching red CS and added the phone to the card.  Super easy and a fun bright card.  You can size these sleeves to 4x6 to hold a photo or down to 3.5" to hold a gift card.

For my overlay card I added rainbow strips of CS about 1" wide to the back of the overlay.  I'm a sucker for rainbows so this card just plain makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you have any questions about the new Artfully Sent cartridge, just send me a note!  If you are ready to buy this densely packed bucket of fun, let me help you as your personal Consultant when you shop at:

Stay crafty my friends!
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