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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.

Digistamps4Joy October 2016 Progressive – Fuschia

October 31, 2016 Comments off

Today’s card is for the October 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. The image for October is Fuschia.

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In addition to Fuschia from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, Tattered Lace Sentiments 2014 Die, Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles and card stock from my stash.

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. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only.

I wanted to create a clean and simple card to highlight the image. If you have a moment, please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thank you for stopping by today.

Digistamps4Joy July 2016 Progressive Challenge – Daylily Corner

July 9, 2016 Comments off

I am back with a card for the July 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. My card uses Daylily Corner.

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In addition to Daylily Corner from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, Tattered Lace Sentiments 2014, Tattered Lace Torn Edge Rectangles, Embellishment Attic Pearl Droplets, card stock and a card base from my stash. “Birthday Wishes” was cut from Create and Craft Pack of Single Sided 50 A4 Mirror Board.

I used these pencil colors: 06 – Light Chrome, 08 – Canary Yellow, 28 – Rose Madder Lake, 27 – Light Carmine, 70 – Apple Green and 73 – Olive Green.

If Facebook Progressive Challenges are new to you, I hope you will purchase this month’s design and join us over at the Digistamps4Joy Stamping Facebook Group. It is fun to see the different ways folks use the same image.

FYI, the links above are not affiliate links, but for your convenience in case you like a product enough to learn more about it.

I love to learn what folks think of my creations, so if you have a minute please leave a comment. Thanks for visiting today.

Categories: cardmaking, die cutting

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.

Lapp 2016 Florence Birthday Card - watermarked

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.

Butterfly Cards from Tattered Lace Dies

June 20, 2016 Comments off

In April I purchased the Baby Blue Accessories Collection (item 141921) when it was offered at a reduced price. If you like the cards I created from this kit, the Baby Blue 17 Piece Accessories Collection with FREE Tattered Lace Baby Blue (item 146584) is a better value right now. The following items were included in the collection I purchased: Rainbow Cardstock, Card Blanks, Envelopes, Foam Pads, three Butterflies dies, With Love and Best Wishes Die and a third die set not listed in the product description (I received a teddy bear holding a heart and a pacifier). Another item that was not listed in the description were four sheets with instructions for creating cards. Here are the cards from the instruction sheets. I followed the directions fairly close when creating the cards.

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I did add my own green and yellow cardstock to create the “Best Wishes” sentiment on the card above left. It was the last card I created and when I looked at the scraps of rainbow card I had left I did not think I could find large enough piece where the color was fairly solid so the words would stand out. The words on the card above right are the letters that remained after creating the card below right.

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Except for the shape (square cards need additional postage in the USA), I really liked the card bases in this kit. I needed to run my bone folder along the fold to make it more crisp, but the cardstock is so smooth and silky. There was a more than adequate supply of thin Foam Pads in the kit; I still have about 80% of the Foam Pads remaining. I called them thin because they are thinner than most of the foam pads and tape I find in big box stores. If you are familiar with Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060) from Close To My Heart, the thickness is about the same.

A note about the Baby Blue – I have it, but did not purchase it as part of one of the collections it is available in now. I find that I am able to cut simpler dies in it easily, but more intricate dies, like the butterflies in this kit, need to be run through the machine more than one time and/or need to be shimmed. If you have more questions about the Baby Blue, Tattered Lace has a Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine page where you will find the Instruction Manual and a Step-by-Step Guide (both are PDF files), Create and Craft posted a Baby Blue Machine FAQ Guide and Ken Hess wrote a review on his blog and posted a video review.

I hate to keep repeating myself, but I do not want anyone to feel mislead. I am not an affiliate for any shopping site, but I am a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. 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.

Thank you for visiting today. Even though I did not design the cards I created, I hope that you like how they turned out.

Categories: cardmaking, die cutting

Small Metal Die Organization

June 4, 2016 Comments off

I am working toward getting my crafty supplies organized so I can find things quicker and so I can use less space. One of the things I am doing is taking my metal dies that came in envelopes and putting them in organizers.

I am taking very small metal dies and putting them on magnetic sheets in an ArtBin Magnetic Die Storage Case. To help me quickly find the dies I want, I am cutting them out and adding them to a piece of cardstock and keeping the cardstock “pages” on top in the case.

ArtBin Magnetic Die Storage Case insert

So the cardstock fits inside the case, I turned to Cricut® Design Space. I used the free shapes to cut the cardstock the same size and shape as the magnetic sheets (mostly and close enough for me). Then I added text to my cardstock using Simple Celebrations, one of the Cricut® fonts available with the subscription, and a Pilot Precise V7 Premium Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Fine Point, Black (it fits in the pen holder without an adapter) to write what collection the mini dies are from.

This will also help me put the dies back on the correct magnetic sheet and since the die cuts are applied to the cardstock in a similar location as the dies on the magnetic sheet, this should also alert me fairly quickly if a die is not where it belongs.

I hope you like this idea for organization. Please leave a comment if you like it or have ideas for improving it. For me, organization seems like it is always a work in progress. If you would like to use my Design Space “file” in your ArtBin Case, you will find the file here. If you want to share this storage idea with your friends, please send them to this blog post rather than share the Design Space link. Thank you.

Categories: die cutting, organization