Monday, February 1, 2016

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Balloon Animals!

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring the new and adorable Balloon Animals stamp set!  If you've come here from Nancy's Blog then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way you can see the full listing of all participating CTMH Consultant Bloggers by clicking here.

I created a "party in a box card" using our Kaleidoscope papers, matching inks and strips of various colored Shimmer Trim.  I love how the shimmer trim looks like exploding streamers coming out of the box!

To purchase the items used to make this card, including the adorable Balloon Animals Stamp of the Month (just $5 with $50 order OR pay full price of $17.95) you can visit my online store at:

Additional products used to create this card:

Now hop on over to Krista's Blog and see what she has created to share with us!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - Two/Second Challenge

This card was created for the Heart2Heart Challenges "Two" Challenge this week.  My interpretation of this challenge is two objects, in this case two foxes plus two initials.  This one is my first Valentine for this year and obviously created for my husband Mark!
This kind of scene card where you take pieces from several patterned papers and bring them all together is one of my very favorite kinds of cards to create.  The orange fur comes from our Sangria collection, the tree bark overlay is from Urban, the blue herringbone sky is from Zoe and the leaves on the tree come from Kaleidoscope!  Plus I used Topiary, Kraft, White and Creme Brulee (retired) cardstock!  I always feel like I'm painting with the different colors and patterns of papers when I create on like this.

Thanks for stopping by today!  All the products used on this card are linked below so you can click out and see them on my shopping site!


Products used in this project (click link to see):
Creme Brulee Cardstock (retired)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pop Up Box Card with Hopscotch Papers

This is the first box card I made with the new All Occassion Box Cards cartridge from Cricut so I pulled out some retired Hopscotch papers for a test run of how these cards go together.  This cutie is set for a standard sized card (5.5x4.25") but was a very tight squeeze into a regular envelope.
I made two of these cards - one for my daughter at college where I left the tiny envelopes unsealed and added a very small paper inside each envelope with special messages of encouragement for her.  The other card I sent to my Mom today to brighten up her living space at her new memory care nursing home.  She is in an advanced stage of dementia but likes to fiddle with things. I'm hoping she enjoys opening and closing the box part up but at the very least it will brighten up her living space.

I don't buy very many non-CTMH cartridges but the new All Occasion Box Card cartridge looked too cute AND I got it for a great price plus free shipping. So...I just couldn't resist!

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - By the Numbers

Heart2Heart Challenges has a "By the Number" challenge this week so I made a fun birthday card to send to my daughter who is celebrating entering into her 20s this month!
Our bright and cheery Kaleidosope paper made the perfect banner background for this chocolate deluxe and sparkly cake!  Most of the cuts for this one came from our awesome Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  I even welded a candle cut to the top of my numbers to make them look like the number candles you buy in the store.
I decorated the inside with a sentiment and some fun presents plus a cute little party hat!
I hope you'll hop on over to Heart2Heart Challenges and have some fun with numbers this week!  Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty my friends!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Heart2Heart Challenges - First Challenge of 2016!

After taking a few weeks off from blogging and crafting it felt really good to get back into my craft room today and actually create. Kicking off 2016 with a brand new challenge from Heart2Heart Challenges was the perfect start!  This week we are featuring a "One" challenge - think January, the number, fresh start, New Year, etc.

I created a card for my husband to thank him for all the love and care he has been giving me while I've been dealing with my Dad's passing.  I want to let my husband know how very much I appreciate him and how blessed I feel to have him as my partner in life. 

This card has a mixture of papers - Urban for the blue, Nevermore and Zoe for the globe and Sangria for the little heart.  I used my Explore to draw the falling stars background from our Artistry Cartridge and then I colored them in with our watercolor paints.  The banner frame has my husband's name cut out in the Artistry font and backed with tin foil to give it lots of shine.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll join us ringing in the New Year with our brand new Heart2Heart Challenge!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Taking time to grieve...

I'll be taking some time off from blogging for the next few weeks as I grieve for the loss of my father.  I spent last week caring for him in the last few days of his life and helped him through his last few hours.  It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done and my heart and head are still trying to process and deal with the emotions.  

One of the things that has always helped me is working on art so I will be back in my craft room soon and posting again.  I'm just not ready yet to move to that stage of healing.  Thank you for understanding my friends. May you find peace and joy in this holiday season and hold those you love close to your heart.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Stamp of the Month Hop - Candlelight Garden

Welcome to the December SOTM Blog Hop where we are featuring the beautiful limited edition Candlelight Garden stamp set!  If you have come here from Dana's Blog you are on the right track.  For a complete listing of all participating CTMH consultants, click HERE.

I decided to use my Shinhan Touchtwin Markers for this card and colored in my flowers on our Watercolor Paper stamped with Memento ink using colors from the Sangria paper collection. I used our Confetti embossing folder on the kraft background piece and then went over each dot with our Gold Metallic Marker - love the effect it achieved! A few paper pieced hearts and a sprinkling of Gold Sequins along with a tiny piece of White Glitter Paper (did NOT photograph well) and I was done!

Candlelight Garden is one of my favorite SOTM sets this year! The mason jar stamp is adorable and I love that you can use either the flower bouquet with it or the candle image.  Too adorable and so on-trend with all the mason jar crafts this year. If you are ready to grab your own December SOTM Candlelight Garden set then visit my shopping site!  Remember - it's okay to get your own Christmas presents so grab this set to stuff your stocking!

Now hop on over to Jean's Blog and see what she has created to share with us today!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Heart2Heart Challenges - Watercolors!

Welcome to our Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week as we explore the trendy watercolor medium! 

Today I created a therapy piece for myself.  After reading about the tragedy in Paris this weekend my heart felt sore for our world.  The image of the Eiffel Tower as a peace sign that has been going around on the internet caught my eye so I painted a love rainbow with my watercolors and created a similar Eiffel Tower peace sign with my Cricut Explore.
Art is healing and this weekend my heart needed a good dose.  I hope you'll pick up your brushes and paint along with our watercolor challenge this week at Heart2Heart

May we all be ripples of peace on the turbulent waters of the world this week.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Paper Fundamentals Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Paper Fundamentals Blog Hop!  Today we are spotlighting our fab and fun Paper Fundamentals which are part of November's Simply Fundamental Campaign.  If you have come here from Jessica's Blog then you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way you can find the complete list of participating CTMH Consultants by clicking here.
I created a custom cascading heart card front for this card and backed it with the chevron Sangria pattern.  I really love the way the pattern peeks through! 
The sentiment is from our Sending Love stamp set and the stamped flower is from So Many Smiles.  The pop up portion is from our Artiste Cricut Cartridge.
See the two hearts on the side?  I sponged ink on the revers side of two hearts that were cut from the front.  One side of the Paper Fundamentals has a pattern (the Champagne colored paper you see) and one side has a resist pattern so when you ink it leaves the pattern on the paper in the original color of paper.  You can create some VERY cool effects with this product!

When you are ready to shop, visit my site and you can pick up the following supplies to copy this card:

Now hop on over to Krista's blog and see the beautiful project she has created to share with us today!  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

First Christmas Card of the Season - Standing Box Card

My friend Terri (I would link to her fabulous artwork but the silly girl still doesn't have a blog) walked me through creating this fun box card the other day.  Love it!  This was my "test case" card so I used our retired Believe Christmas paper from a couple of years back and combined it with our recent October SOTM Twinkle.
Check it out from a side view - love that dimension!  It all folds flat inside a standard envelope for mailing and stands on its own when you pop it out.
Here is the flat back of the card where you write your sentiment.
I always love any kind of pop up or stand up card for the WOW factor when people get them in the mail.  Thanks Terri for showing me how to create a new kind of fun fold card! I'll be making a few more of these this week with newer papers!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!  Stay crafty my friends!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Heart2Heart Challenges - Through a Window

Today our challenge at Heart2Heart is "through the window" so I grabbed my CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge and our Sangria paper pack and made this fun word bubble window card.  It's bright, wacky, borderline tacky but kind of fun!
I applied a second card front with temporary adhesive to the front of the card so I could sponge through the cuts and get this look on the white liner. Confession - I had a second card front because my Cricut chewed the first paper I put through because my mat wasn't sticky enough and the paper shifted and rolled.  My quick fix was grabbing some Washi tape to hold down the corners of the next sheet of paper until I get a chance to wash my mats.
I hadn't used this set Mini Messages Hostess Rewards set yet so I had fun stamping all the cute little sayings inside the windows!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll take the challege at Heart2Heart and create a "through the window" project to share!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Cheers, 2016!

Welcome to the November SOTM Blog Hop featuring our limited edition set called Cheers, 2016! If you've come from Haley's blog then you are on the right track.  This hop is one big circle so if you keep going you'll eventually come back here but if you happen to get lost along the way, the complete list of participating CTMH consultants can be found by clicking here.

I made a champagne and roses anniversary card using the Cheers sentiment and our lovely La Vie En Rose paper pack.
This paper pack is drop dead gorgeous featuring 5 black and white patterns and an amazing print of romantic flowers. I love how well it pairs with glitter paper and our foil tape - fancy to look at but easy to create with!
I used silver and gold glitter paper to make the layered champagne glasses from our Artistry cartridge and then used the cut out dots to give my sentiment some extra bling. Such a pretty card to add to my stash!

The November Cheers, 2016! stamp set has a New Years feel but so many of the images can be used for other occasions.  You can pick up your set for just $5 with a $50 order on my shopping site at:

While you are there you can grab some of the other fun goodies I used:

Now hop on over to Gina's blog and see what wonderful thing she has created to share with  us today!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cricut Glitter Vinyl Shirt

My fabulous girl was home last weekend on a quick visit from college.  She works at the Apple store on her college campus and one of the running jokes from her boss is saying #teamEliza whenever she does something awesome at work. She has a team meeting coming up this week so we made this joke shirt for her to wear - too funny and too cute! She told me I need to make one that says #EpicMom.  Awww!
Cricut Glitter Vinyl is the bomb - seriously can't wait to make a shirt for myself with some of this stuff!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Zombie Apocolypse Response Team T-Shirts

I couldn't resist making a couple of fun shirts for my older kids for Halloween this week.I saw a similar shirt on pinterest and knew I had to make one using the Artistry font as the letters are easy to weed with their solid insides. 

I used Cricut Flex Iron On for these - it is a very stretchy kind of vinyl so that once it put it on an item, it should flex with it and hopefully stay on nicely.  Seriously a pain in the butt to weed though because it doesn't cut quite as cleanly as the other vinyl and you have to pull it off where it sticks and stretches.  It took two sets of hands to weed the yellow shirt and I had to do the green one on my own.
I'll let you know once I start washing and drying the items how things stay on.  I'm planning on washing inside out and probably air drying first and then try drying in the dryer. They really were a blast to make so I hope they stay on!  I have lots of ideas for Christmas presents this year if they do!


Monday, October 26, 2015

My Very First Cricut Iron On T-Shirt!

I *finally* took the plunge and made my very first Cricut iron on t-shirt!  I was a bit intimidated by the whole vinyl thing which was silly as it was so easy to cut on my Explore and used just a regular iron to transfer.
If you don't already know, a couple of days ago (October 21, 2015) was Back to the Future day - the day in the movie that Doc takes Marty into the future.  My youngest kiddo really likes the trio of movies and even has the Marty McFly holographic hat so when I saw someone post with an SVG of a DeLorean car that was free I knew I had to make a shirt for my kiddo with it on it.  Then I saw the video that Doc (Christopher Lloyd) put out on that day with this quote on it, found a free Back to the Future font and ba-da-bing ba-da-boom I had the finished shirt.
Epic Mom points from the kiddo - doesn't get any better than that! I had so much fun I made a couple of more shirts that I'll be sharing in the next few days so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by today and stay crafty my friends!


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