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Digistamps4Joy November 2016 Progressive – Quiet Time

November 25, 2016 Comments off

Today’s card is for the November 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. The image for November is Quiet Time.

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In addition to Quiet Time from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card:  cardstock from my stash, Crayola Colored Pencils (50 color pack), Cricut® cuts Gift Border – #M3BDDA from Classroom – December & January and tree – #M30505 from Doodlecharms®, Believe was die cut from Crafter’s Companion Diamond Press Holiday Bundle and Merry Christmas is a piece of confetti. I cut an oval on my Cricut® to create a mask and used a makeup sponge to apply Close To My Heart Sky Ink (retired) on the card front.

If Facebook Progressive Challenges are new to you, you have until the end of the month to purchase the current image for $1 and post your creation in the Digistamps4Joy Stamping Facebook Group. The image for November 2016 is Quiet Time. I really enjoy seeing the different ways the images are used.

I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. References to and links to companies/brands are for your convenience only.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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Treat Mug – Tea Cup

July 11, 2016 Comments off

As I mentioned yesterday, I watched a video by Linda Parker on how to create an Envelope Punch Board Treat Mug. When that video ended YouTube queued her video for making something similar, this time a tea cup, Tea Anyone? After I created the coffee mug in Cricut® Design Space I tried the tea cup.

Tea Cup Treat Mug using CDS and the Envelope Punch Board

Instead of stamping and heat embossing as Linda did in her video, I found an image I could use with the writing tool, Floral Bud Decorative Element – #M28D1C6 from Anna’s Garden Cards and Embellishments, and used the Cricut® Gold Marker.

Again, except for a couple of snips, all of the cutting and scoring, including the tea cup handle and the circle to cover the cup base, was done on the Cricut® Explore using the free Insert Shapes. I did use the WRMK Envelope Punch Board so the bottom of the cup tapered (I could not think about about all of the slicing and testing of the cut and I need to use my Envelope Punch Board more).  Here’s what my cardstock looked like before I started to assemble.

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I think I should have also punched the last bit on the left, but I was afraid I was going to cut through and remove the bottom tab. I ended up snipping around there a bit after the cup was assembled.

The cardstock is from my stash. The doily is Doily – #M3B515 from the Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170) – retiring July 31, 2016.

If you would like to make your own tea cup, my CDS file (without the Floral Bud and Doily) is https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/42546822; please watch Linda’s video for assembly instructions. Here is a screen shot of my CDS screen with the score line measurements added.

tea cup with measurements

I like this idea for birthdays. The cut is not large enough to hold a gift card (unless you don’t mind it sitting in the center of the cup and poking out of the top), but it is a nice size for jewelry – unless it is a huge piece.

While I am not an affiliate for other shopping sites, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where I receive a commission when people make purchases.

Thank you for visiting by my blog today.

Categories: crafting, Cricut

Treat Mug – Coffee Mug

July 10, 2016 Comments off

On July 7 We R Memory Keepers shared Linda Parker’s Envelope Punch Board Treat Mug post on the WRMK Facebook Page. I watched Linda’s video during my lunch break, took some notes and when I got home that evening I created the base for the coffee mug in Cricut® Design Space.

Treat Mug using CDS and the Envelope Punch Board

Except for a couple of snips, all of the cutting and scoring, including the mug handle and the circle to cover the mug base, was done on the Cricut® Explore using the free Insert Shapes, but I did use the WRMK Envelope Punch Board so the bottom of the mug tapered. Honestly, I didn’t have the patience to repeatedly add a shape and use the slice feature to build the taper into the CDS file.

The green cardstock is from my stash; the printed paper is from the DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Girl stack.

If you would like to make your own mug, my CDS file is https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/42546245; please watch Linda’s video for assembly instructions. Here is a screen shot of my CDS screen with the score line measurements added.

coffee cup with measurements

I am not sure, but I may use this idea for those I need to give small gifts to around the December holidays. The mug is large enough to also hold a gift card. Sweets and a gift card is something I would love to receive.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this gives you gift ideas.

Categories: crafting, Cricut

Gatefold Birthday Card

July 4, 2016 Comments off

A former neighbor and librarian I had in elementary school, who joined the staff of our district when my mother was in middle school, is celebrating her 91st birthday this week so I created a card for her. This is what the card will look like when she pulls it from the envelope.

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This gatefold card was created using Anna Griffin’s Amelie Brocade Card Embossing Folder from the 12” Lace Gatefold Embossing Folders collection. There is a coordinating Anna’s Embossing Companion Lace Gatefold Cards Cut File in Cricut® Design Space. I first cut my cardstock from the Bazzill Basics 180-piece “Olivia” Premium Cardstock Kit (purchased at HSN; when it comes back it sells out quickly) then I ran it through the Cuttlebug. The belly band is a 1″ strip of printed cardstock from The Dear Jane Stack (DCWV). The green center “button” is from the Anna Griffin Embossing Folder and the peach cardstock is from the “Olivia” collection and cut with Torn Edge Circle Die by Tattered Lace. The button covers where the belly band is joined and helps to hide the sentiment inside the card until the band is remove. The card inside looks like this:

Lapp 2016 Florence Birthday Card - open - watermarked

I used the same printed and peach cardstock inside the card. The printed cardstock was cut using my paper trimmer and the peach cardstock was cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels (S4-168) and stamped with Black Memento™ Ink Pad (CTMH item #Z899) using a stamp from the Anna Griffin® Birthday Clear Stamp Set. I used Thin 3D Foam Tape (CTMH item #Z2060) to add the sentiment.

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While I am not an affiliate for any shopping sites, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience so you do not have to search and search to find something you might like. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products I used you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

I hope you and Florence, the recipient, find beauty in the card I created. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

 

Balloon Birthday Card

July 2, 2016 Comments off

I am still very fond of the style of birthday card we sent to my niece Mollie (see Mollie’s Birthday Card) and the Father’s Day card for my brother, so I created this similar style card.

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Instead of stamping all over the card front, I used a cut from the Cricut® and stamped the word happy. Also, rather than a flame coming from the top of the card, a balloon is the surprise.

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I used the following products to create this card: Craftwork Cards Celebrations Stamps with Candle Cards, Birthday! (word) – #M3E80D from the Simply Sweet Cricut® cartridge, Jet Black Ranger Archival Dye Ink Pad and from Close To My Heart: Confetti Wishes Paper Pack – retired, Canary Cardstock (X5772), Paper Fundamentals – Adventure (Pacifica – balloon and pull tab back) – retired, My Acrylix™ Joyful Birthday stamp set (B1419) – retiring July 31, 2016, Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979) and Balloon – #M45A50 from the Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170) – retiring July 31, 2016. I used a 2″ scallop circle punch to create a notch. I also added a small piece of clear plastic packaging near the base of the balloon to make that narrow piece of cardstock a bit sturdier.

I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

What do you think of this card in my series of “what can I think of next to slide out of the top of a card?” I hope you think it is pleasing to the eye. I do have other ideas that I will try as time allows. If you have a moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today.

“For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . .another completed project for the hop

As I mentioned on my June 30 post Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate.com) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.

As soon as I read the challenges and learned that we could combine three on one project I knew I would make a layout celebrating the Independence Day Holiday. The challenges I combined were from

  • Engineering Memories: “My challenge for you today, since it is also almost July 4th, is to create a project using the American Flag as your inspiration.  For example, use the colors (red, white and blue), use the 50 stars, use the 13 stripes, use a repeating patterned paper (or create your own with stamps), or any combination of these.  The project can be a card, a layout, home decor, altered art, anything you want.”
  • Nina’s Time Out: “I want to see you use a Pinwheel on your project! In order to win a prize FROM ME you need to leave me a link to your project (posted on your blog or online gallery or CropChocolate.com profile gallery) in the comments section by 9am (central time) July 5th! And you must also become a follower of my blog! I will draw a winner from those comments on July 6th, so please make sure you leave an email address to!”
  • Thrifty Sisters: “Create a card,layout or project of your choice celebrating either Canada Day or Independence Day. For those outside either of these countries, do a project celebrating your own countries colours and your own special celebrations.”

Of course since we are all friends from CropChocolate.com we committed to using at least 50% of products purchased from them.

Despite having a vast paper library I did not have any cardstock that screamed “use me” so I decided to make my own. I started with some white cardstock from a grab bag and used CTMH Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads in Moonstruck (Z2134) and Holiday Red (Z2127) and My Acrylix® Stamp Set Stitched Together (C1459) to decorate my paper. I used the right and “wrong” side of the stamp and stamped in first and second generation to create some variety on my white cardstock. This is how my cardstock ended up:

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I was going to combine stuff by belle‘s challenge (“And now my challenge to you… …create a project of your choice; card, layout, home decor or altered item that has a handmade NON paper embellishment.  This embellishment can be metal, fabric, ribbon, twine, wood, plastic, etc…just not paper.”) on this layout (actually I did, but I did not think on this project it has a big enough bang (maybe if I made more or make this one thicker) and I have another idea for that challenge) so I incorporated a pinwheel. Unfortunately the only double-sided cardstock I could put my hands on with coordinating colors was fairly plain. I decided to dress it up with the same inks and stamp set used to decorate the white cardstock. Here is a close up of my pinwheel (and the non-paper element):

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And here is how my entire layout came together:

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Items used on this project: Echo Park Paper Co. Little Boy Strawberry/Sky (LB8108; used for the die cuts and pinwheel) and Denim/Lizard (LB8017; used for the die cuts) cardstock. Viper adhesive from SnakeTape. Cricut Expression and Stand and Salute cartridge (God Bless America cut at 2 3/4 inches; 4th of July cut at 2 1/4 inches; speed low, pressure high, blade depth 4 used for all cuts). Hot Off The Press star brad and twine rescued from a bakery box.

I hope you like the layout I created for these challenges on the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop.

By the way, in case you were wondering, this is how I created the star using twine and Glossy Accents:

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I used a scrap of cardboard, plastic wrap and push pins. I drew a star on the cardboard, laid down the plastic wrap and pushed in the pins (do not push into the cardboard all of the way). Wrap the twine around the pins using the pattern on the cardboard and use Glossy Accents to stiffen and hold the twine in the star shape.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

“For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . .my first completed project for the hop

Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. If you would like to participate, there still is time, the projects are not due until 9am MDT on Thursday, July 5. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.

I have not fully decided which challenges (one project can be submitted to three challenges – a lifesaver for those without a lot of extra time around the Canada Day and Independence Day holidays) I will submit my card to, but I am certain it will be submitted on Scrappy Canuck Studios because I knew it would be a challenge for me to complete a card in 30 minutes. I thought I would take a break from creating to share my first completed project for this hop.

I was recently asked how I like the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (only available from Close To My Heart Independent Consultants; item Z1686). Until this challenge I had only used my cartridge to cut some pillow boxes, goodie bags and butterflies for a Home Gathering. I thought this challenge and that question made it the perfect time to pull out that cartridge and try some other features and this is what I came up with:

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I cut the card at 6 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Yellow/Purple (Item #SD14018). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Card + Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Pressure and speed were set to medium and the blade at 4.

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I cut the butterfly base at 2 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Red/Green (Item #SD14019). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Pressure and speed were set to medium and the blade at 4.

I cut the butterfly layer at 2 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Scallops (Item #SD14010). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Layer + Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Speed was set to medium and the blade at 4. I increased the pressure to high.

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The purple butterflies are those that remained when the card was cut.

A scoring board was used to score on either side the each butterfly’s body. The wings were then folded up. I used a dual action glue to attach the layer to the largest butterfly and the purple butterflies to the card. I used foam tape to attach the largest butterfly. Perfect Pearls – White Opal was added to some butterfly bodies.

Like on Craft Wars once the time is up you have to stop so I did not get an opportunity to stamp a sentiment on this card. I will have to do that before sending it to someone. I also think I will add some “trails” behind the dimensional butterflies.

I hope you like my card. Until next time…