Monday, August 15, 2016

Hello Crafters

Hello my crafty friends.  I would like to apologize for not posting much lately.  I am afraid I am experiencing some issues with my back and it is just impossible to spend time crafting right now.  Please check back though as I have some new meds and hope to be back crafting soon.  Thanks for understanding and Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How about a wreath for every occassion

So this card was inspired by this cute wreath stamp that is new.  I decided I was going to find a way to use it today and here it is.

I really like this wreath and I just stamped it and cut it out by hand (it was really easy just don't cut a straight line, LOL).  I added a sentiment that is from the Sending Smiles stamp set that is one of the three new stamp sets that come free with the new Flower Market Cricut Collection shown here...

As you can see there is one whole set of stamps that are nothing but sentiments, actually there are 28 in total on that one sheet.  Everything from hugs and kisses, sending smiles, lets celebrate, happy wishes on your day, hi there, way to go, and lots more.  

Cut Thistle cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and score and fold to create an A-2 card that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2", cut a piece to 1/4 x 5 1/4" and a piece to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4", Cut two pieces (your choice) of the Whimsey Fundamentals to 2 x 5 1/2".  Cut White Daisy to 3 x 3" to stamp wreath and sentiment on to.

So once everything was cut I stamped the wreath using Black Memento (my choice of ink when I am going to color with markers), stamped the sentiment into the center using Thistle ink and then colored the leaves in using the Leaf Green ShinHan marker.  I cut it out using my Micro Tip scissors because they are the sharpest scissors I own plus they are small and make it easy to make these kind of cuts.  Then I punched out three flowers using a small punch I have in my stash (there are flowers in the Flower Market cartridge that could be sized to work great for this as well) out of a piece of scrap Thistle cardstock.  I did ink the edges of the flowers and then shaped them using a flower shaping tool.  I added bling to the center of the flowers and added them to the wreath using glue dots (remember uneven numbers look best)  Then assembled the whole card.  This one was pretty easy.  

I have listed all the supplies I used below and as always they and other products you see here can be purchased at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!


Cardstock:  Thistle (X5789) and White Daisy (1385)
Whimsey Fundamentals (Z3255)
Stamps:  Wreath (A1193) and Sentiment was from Sending Smiles stamp set from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge (Z3285 physical cartridge or Z3290 for the Digital cartridge / both come with three stamp sets and a package of cardstock) or you can use the Thinking of You stamp from the So Many Smiles set (C1619)
Ink: Thistle (Z2640) and Black Memento (Z899)
Misc: ShinHan Leaf Green marker (Z2454), Bitty Sparkles (Z1263), Glue Dots (1772) and Micro Tip Scissors (Z534)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Whimsey Fundamentals meet Flower Market

A few days ago I showed everyone some of the beautiful flowers I had made using the new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection from Close to My Heart.  I was especially pleased with how this daisy turned out and wanted to make sure I found the perfect project to use it on.

I think you can catch that I used the new Shimmer brush on it to add some beautiful sparkle to the flower.  It almost reminds me of the morning dew.  Well I decided I wanted to make a card and use this daisy as my focal point, so here is how that worked out.  

Cut: Glacier Cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5" and score and fold to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 A-2 size card, cut second piece at 1 x 5 1/2".  Cut Whimsey Fundamentals (you chose the two you want to use) to 2 x 5 1/2" each.  Cut White Daisy 2 1/2 x 3/4" for sentiment and the remainder of the sheet can be used to cut out the Daisy from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  The center of the flower can be cut from a scrap of Canary Cardstock or you could cut it using the White Daisy and ink it or you could use bling (your choice).  The leaf was cut from the cartridge as well from Fern cardstock.  

I used a shaping tool (I found mine at Walmart) and shaped my flower petals and leaf to give them a more realistic look.  I also inked my leaf a little using fern ink just to add some depth.  I then layered the flower using the glue pen.  I did brush the daisy with the Shimmer Brush after I assembled it but before I added it to the card using several glue dots.  Finally I stamped my sentiment and added it.

I have listed all the supplies I used below and as always they and other products you see here can be purchased at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supplies Used:  
Cardstock:  Glacier (X5770), White Daisy (1385), Scrap of Canary (X5772), Fern (X5777 but two sheets of this color does come with the Flower Market Cartridge)
Whimsey Fundamentals (Z3255)
Flower Market Cricut Cartridge and coordinating Sending Smiles stamp set that comes with the cartridge (Z3285 for physical cartridge and Z3290 for the digital cartridge / both include 3 stamp sets and a package of cardstock)
Misc.:  Glacier Ink (Z2641), Fern ink ( Z2850), Glue Pen (Z553), Glue Dots (1772) and Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Well Hello Enchantment

Still playing with the new Enchantment Fundamental papers.  I love the vibrant colors of this particular pack and I just seem drawn to it every time I sit down at my craft table.  Love how these colors all work together...

I think I am going to have to make a whole set of these little note cards, some hello, some thinking of you, some happy birthday, some get well, some sympathy, you get the idea, it is a pretty flexible design.  

I started with a pre-made card base that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I then added the strip of sapphire with white swiss dots (cut to 1/2" x 5 1/2") and then the piece of the saffron with white swiss dots (cut to 3 x 5 1/2").

I used scrap pieces of White Daisy cardstock and stamped various flowers and leaves from the Shower Flowers stamp set using Eggplant, Fern, Saffron, Poppy and Pomegranate inks (or you can purchase the Enchantment Exclusive Inks mini pigment pad set which has all 10 of the enchantment colors to use).  I cut them out with scissors and laid them out on the card.  I used 3-D foam tape behind some to add interest, I added gold sequins to others to add interest.  I did add three (you always want an odd number) of gold sequins in the upper right corner to help balance the card.  Finally, I stamped the hello sentiment from the A Penned Hello stamp (retiring at the end of this month) using Memento Black ink.

So pretty simple as you can see but it makes a great impact I think.  I will list the supplies used below and you can purchase the products used here and on many of my projects from my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog. Happy Crafting!!!

Paper - Enchantment Fundamentals (Z3254) and White Daisy (1385)
Stamp Sets - Shower Flowers (C1612) and A Penned Hello (M1130)
Inks - Eggplant (Z2487), Fern (Z2850), Saffron (Z2851), Poppy (Z2852) and Pomegranate (Z2852) or you can purchase the Enchantment Exclusive Inks mini pigment pad set which has all 10 of the enchantment colors) and don't forget the Black Memento (Z899)
Misc.: 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060) and Gold Assortment Sequins (Z2012)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Up Up and Away with Enchantment

Today's project used the Enchantment Fundamentals and the Happy For You and Bitty Birthday stamp sets (Bitty Birthday is retiring at the end of the month).  I like the simple look of this card and the fact it is a card that could be given to anyone regardless of age.  I really feel in love with the Happy For You stamp set as it has tons of sentiments which is always great for a cardmaker like myself.

I started with a basic pre-made card base (or you can make your own, cut White Daisy cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" and score at 4 1/4" on the 8 1/2" side and fold into an A-2 card base).  I cut the following: a piece of Sapphire cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4", a piece of Pomegranate cardstock to 1 x 2 3/4", a piece of White Daisy cardstock to 7/8 x 2".  I chose two different pieces of the Enchantment Fundamental papers (you could use any two you wanted to and change up the color scheme) I cut one at 3 1/8 x 4 3/4" and the second at 1/2 x 4 3/4".

I stamped the Sentiment from Bitty Birthday (retiring at the end of this month) with Sapphire Ink onto the White Daisy Cardstock.  I then used scrap pieces of White Daisy cardstock and stamped the balloons using Pomegranate and Sapphire inks, when I was done I just cut them out with scissors.  I decided where I wanted them placed and stamped the strings using Memento Black ink.  I adhered some balloons directly to the face of the card and others I added 3-D Foam Tape to lift them up.

Below is a list of all the supplies I used on this project.  As always you can purchase these items and other items used on previous projects from my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Stamp Sets:  Happy For You (C1660) and Bitty Birthday (M1144)
Inks:  Memento Black (Z899), Pomegranate (Z2653) and Sapphire (Z2648)
Paper:  Enchantment Fundamentals (Z3254), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Sapphire Cardstock (X5775) and Pomegranate cardstock (5780)
Misc.: 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060) and White Value Pack Cards and Envelopes (X254)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

All About Gold

So I decided to play around with the new All About Gold Fundamentals.  Here is what I made...

It was a bit hard to get a picture of this card since the light/flash wanted to reflect off all of the gold and the acetate.  It took me several tries but here it is.  I am really impressed with it, I struggled trying to figure out how to incorporate the acetate with gold dots and then I faced the dilemma of how to adhere it (since it is see through) without seeing the adhesive.  

So here is what I did.  I started with a card base from the White Value Pack (you can make one out of the White Daisy cardstock but I find these easy to use and very affordable plus they have an envelope as well) that is an A-2 card size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2").  I cut a piece of Pacifica cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4" and a second piece ot 1 3/4 x 1 3/4".  I then cut a piece of the All About Gold Fundamentals (I picked the one with the little swiss dots but you could use any of them) to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Finally, I cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock to 2 x 2".

I used the Victorian Gratitude Stamp (remember it retires at the end of the month) and stamped the 1 3/4" square piece of Pacifica using VersaMark Ink.  I then embossed it using the Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder and my trusty craft heater.  I adhered that piece to the 2" square of White Daisy and added some 3-D Foam tape to the back of it.  Now I put my card together.

I placed the All About Gold fundamental sheet on my Pacifica (a little right of the left side for interest) and then I used Gold Shimmer trim to cover the adhesive so you would not see it through the acetate.  The best part, it not only served that purpose I think it made the card.  Finally, I just added the sentiment and the card was ready to go.  I can see many more of these in my future.

A list of supplies used for this project will be posted below.  As always if you are interested in the products used to make this project and many of my others stop by my OBA at or click on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Supplies Used:  
Papers:  All About Gold Fundamentals (Z3246), Pacifica (X5759) and White Daisy (1385)
Ink: VersaMark (Z891)
Stamp: Victorian Gratitude (M1131) 
Misc.: 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060), Value Packe White Cards and Envelopes (X254), Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985), Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066) and Craft Heater (555)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Introducing the new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

There are so many new and exciting things in the new Close to My Heart Annual Inspirations I just don't know where to start.  I did receive my new Flower Market Cricut Bundle and I have been playing with it (just touching the potential of this baby).  Here are some of the flowers I made using it...

This brand new Cricut collection features blooms and blossoms for every season of life.  All the designs feature botanical details of some kind from flowers and leaves to branches and wreaths.  Designed to span an entire year's worth of themes and occasions, this collection features shapes for holidays, cardmaking, and everyday scrapbooking.  We know this collection will really grow on you. It includes the cartridge with 700 images that include shapes, layers, banners, boarders, titles and fonts (or the digital version if you choose) three D-Size stamp sets (valued at $17.95 each) and the Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack which includes seven beautiful new colors just introduced in this book (valued at $14.50).  

**NOTE - The digital collection is only available for use with the Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air.  The cartridge may be used on the Expressions and older machines (Thank you for sharing this information in the comments Debbi Foley. 

Available with cartridge (Z3285) or as a Digital Collection (Z3290)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hooked on You meets Rustic Home Fundamentals

I am loving the new product line from Close to My Heart.  As a wife, the mother of two sons, and a sister to a brother and brother-in-law, not to mention my Dad and Father-in-law, I make a bunch of masculine cards and that is sometimes a challenge.  They need to be fresh, classy and exciting but not frilly and sometimes it is difficult to find that balance.  But when I saw the new Hooked on You stamp set I knew I had a winner.  Check this one out...

I am loving the finished product and it was simple as could be.  

Cuts:  Kraft cardstock cut to 8 x 5 1/2" scored at 4" and folded to make card base of 4 x 5 1/2".  Pacifica cardstock cut to 3 3/4 x 5 1/4", Rustic Home Fundamental paper (with a board print) cut to 3 1/2 x 5".  Finally cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock to 3 x 3 3/4" and stamp with the trout and sentiment using the memento ink so it doesn't bleed into the ink or markers.  

After stamping the trout I began to color the areas around it, I used a sponge (I cut ours into quarters because it is easier to work with), I start with the lightest color (here that was the Crystal Blue) and starting off the cardstock (put scrap paper under it) start swirling the color onto the card a little at a time from the outside edges to the inside.  I did this with all three colors (not going in all the way with the second color which was Peacock and then going in less with the final color which was Sapphire) until I got the look I wanted.  

I then colored in the trout using the ShinHan markers and all though you can't see it in the picture I used a shimmer brush to add some shimmer to the trout (makes him look like he is wet and reflecting the light).  All in all I am very pleased with how it turned out.

As always the supplies I used are listed below.  You can purchase them through my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Supplies Used:  
Papers:  Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262), Craft cardstock (Z1375), Pacifica cardstock (X5759) and Colonial White cardstock (1388)
Hooked on You stamp set (B1535)
Inks: Black Memento Ink (Z899), Crystal Blue (Z2117), Peacock (Z2649) and Sapphire (Z2648)
ShinHan Markers:  Turquoise Blue (Z2465), Marine Blue (Z2458), Tender Pink (Z2464), Golden Yellow (Z2452), Vivid Green (Z2466), Cerulean Blue (Z2449) and the Colorless Bender (Z2469)
Misc.:  Shimmer Brush (Z3293), Sponge (Z697), button and string were from my stash

Monday, August 1, 2016

Introducing the New Annual Inspirations Paper Packets

Let me say that Close to My Heart has done something new and bold with this new Annual Inspirations catalog.   First of all they have found some great neutral paper patterns that can be used year around which they are featuring in the new book.  Check it out...

And for those male themed cards and scrapbook pages check these out!!!  I can't wait to play with them.

At first I was a little concerned because I was not seeing the same kind of paper packets I was use to but then I discovered, never fear they are here.  That is right Close to My Heart will also be publishing several smaller "Expressions" catalogs throughout the year.  For example the "Holiday Expressions" will be released on September 1st.  Now I have seen the 4 amazing new paper packets being made available in that and WOW!!!  So the super exciting news is that we are going to get 4 brand new in trend paper packets once every four months rather than waiting all year for something new, isn't that great.  Don't forget the Seasonal Expressions 2 is still active until August 31st and it has the Florence, the Calypso and the Magical paper packets, all three of which are beautiful.  Oh and they are not all neutral - check out this uptown fundamentals, all that gold bling is amazing!!!  Even the Rustic Home Fundamentals have gold foil on some of them (they are perfect for those male projects so many of us struggle with).
Don't forget to check out this months special, it is on the top left of the blog and it is a great deal!!!  Happy Crafting