I'm Nuts 4 U!

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a great Monday!  Today's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge cut was selected by my sweet Design Team sister, Michelle (Michelle makes the most amazing layouts so I cannot wait to see what she does with her own challenge).  Michelle has challenged the DT to use a Cricut cut Squirrel or Nut on this week's project.  I decided to use both!

I used three cartridges to create my card:  Close To My Heart ARTFULLY SENT, CTMH Artbooking, and Winter Woodland.   I love the sweet animals on the Winter Woodland cartridge.  I thought they would look great with the white pines card (you can make any type of tree - I made mine Michigan white pines) available on the Artfully Sent cartridge.

Using Winter Woodlands I cut two adorable squirrels and an acorn for the front of my card.  I used the same color family, but four different colors of card stock to create my squirrels. The animals, acorn and sentiment were attached to the card using pop dots.

I cut a label shape for the top of the card and stamped it with the adorable alphabet stamp set that comes with the Artfully Sent cartridge set.  I wanted to say "I am NUTS about you", but I did not have enough space.  So I went with a text format and changed the sentiment to "I'm Nuts 4 U".

I finished the card with two natural color flowers, a bit of twine, and pen highlights.

We hope that you choose to join us in this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Create a NEW project using any Cricut cut Squirrel or Nut and link up with us at the BBTB2 blog.

Artfully Sent Butterfly Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!  Guess what arrived at my house last week?  My new Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge!!  I was so happy to receive this cartridge - it is the ultimate cartridge for the card maker in you!  There are 700+ cuts on this cartridge including swing cards, pop-up cards, icon images, inserts, etc.

Because today is Monday, that means it is time for the weekly Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge.  My amazingly talented Design Team sister, Melanie, challenged the DT to use a Cricut cut BUTTERFLY on this week's project.  No prob, Bob!  I had to look no further than the Artfully Sent flip card section!

I cut the basic flip card in chevron card stock at 5.5 inches tall.  I then cut the same card again in ice blue card stock and hand trimmed the butterfly out of the card. I traced the butterfly and created an orange insert, then I used glue to assemble the layers on the fold of my swing card.  

I cut two additional butterflies from the Artfully Sent cartridge and attached them to the front of the card, gluing the body only so that the wings might flutter.  I added two strips of CTMH washi tape, a longer strip across the entire bottom of the card, and a shorter length across just the inside top of the card.

I finished the card with a stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment on the right side of the flip card.  I placed the stamp so that the sentiment is visible when the card is completely flat or open.  My sentiment stamp came from the sent of sentiments pictured below, one of three sets of stamps that come with the Artfully Sent Bundle.  You also receive a package of smooth white card stock with the cartridge and stamps.

I know this is a simple card, but I wanted to show you how easy it is to make a quick and cute card using the Artfully Sent cartridge.

Be sure to go by Bitten By The Bug 2 and check out the fabulous BUTTERFLY projects the Design Team created.  Their projects are sure to make your heart flutter!!!

For more information on the Artfully Sent Cartridge Bundle and other 
Close To My Heart products, CLICK HERE!

Available Now....

Hello friends!  Yes, it is true, once again I do not have a project for the weekly Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.  For shame!  However, I do have additional details on the NEW Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Set.  My cartridge is on it's way and will arrive later this week.  But in the meantime I have some great images of the cartridge.

The photo at the top of the page is the cartridge cover.  Below is a photo of everything you will receive in the cartridge package:  the Cricut cartridge with 700 images and three amazing stamp set for you card needs!  I cannot wait for my cartridge to arrive!

The image below is a sample of what can be made with Artfully Sent.  There are so many amazing cards on this cartridge!  And yes, some of them are pop-up cards!  The cartridge is also loaded with phrases and embellishments.

Not only is September the release month for Artfully Sent, it is also National Stamping Month.  We are celebrating with our 30th anniversary stamp set.  For each $30 worth of stamps that you order, you will receive the 30th anniversary stamp set for free!!

But wait, there's more!!  The September Stamp of the Month is a darling scrapbooking and card making stamp set called Family is Forever!  With your $50 order you can purchase this darling stamp set for only $5.00.  This would be wonderful with your Artfully Sent cartridge!!

Even though I am missing the BBTB2 challenge, the team is hosting a wonderful challenge this week:  Celebrate Cricut Challenge!  Use ANY Cricut cut on a project and join us this week.  Check the fabulous projects the design team created.  Be sure to read sidebar rules @ BBTB2 before you link up!  I cannot wait to see how you Celebrate Cricut!!

Artfully Sent is Available to Order!

Hello everyone!  I am a bit late in making the announcement that the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge is available to order from my on-line CLOSE TO MY HEART store.  My trusty laptop died on me on Tuesday and delayed my announcement.  Sorry.

I will have more images of this great cartridge later today or early tomorrow, but for now I wanted to let you know that you can begin ordering.

This is a great time to purchase Artfully Sent.  Not only will you receive a wonderful Cricut cartridge, with three coordinating stamp sets and chipboard sets, but this month only, when you spend $30 on stamps, you will receive a free stamp set - 30 Years of Happy!!

And you will also be able to purchase the stamp of the month for only $5.00.

Now IS the time to order your copy of Artfully Sent!

Inside the Mini Album - Under Construction

Hello everyone.  Today's post is a follow up to yesterday's Envelope Mini Album.  Today I will share some of the inside pages and inserts, though I must confess that most of the pages are not finished.  Hence the "under construction" title.

I have matted and placed all of the photos, but I am still working on the embellishments.  I thought I would have more time to finish the details yesterday, but that did not happen.  A word about the photographs before we continue:  all of the photos in this album are from Thanksgiving Thursday - Saturday 2013.  Our older two children had Thanksgiving at their "in-laws" while Doug and I shared the day with our friends the Trivelas' and the Merrimans.  On Friday our children arrived at our home and Thanksgiving, our anniversary, and Ian's birthday were celebrated.  We did some outdoor photos as well.

This page has a little pocket in which a photo of the ever-beautiful Megan is matted on a peach print card stock.  Doug and I are on the front of the pocket, celebrating our 32nd anniversary!  Below is another shot of us at Bucca Di Beppo celebrating our anniversary and Ian's birthday.

Ian loved the candelabra they brought with his birthday dessert.  In fact he did quite a few poses with it!

John and Bethany were not yet engaged, but we knew it was coming....

Aaron was sporting a HUGE beard and an obnoxious handlebar mustache, which both Crissie and I hated!!

Doug and I at the Trivelas home on Thursday.

Nick and Peggy Trivelas on Thanksgiving Thursday.

One of the inserts from inside the envelope.  There are photos on both sides of the insert.

The Merrimans on Thanksgiving Thursday.  This is a card that is inserted into the envelope and holds four photos.

 So, as you can see, I am still working on embellishments for the photo pages.  I need to cut decorative corners, make flowers, add ribbons, etc to finish the book.

I am happy to report that the dentist visit was easier than I anticipated - it was a tiny filling!!!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back later in the week to share some addition vinyl projects.

Purse Shaped Mini Album

Hello everyone.  Today I am going to share a hybrid project I created for this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge.  Our talented Diana challenged us to use a Cricut Purse cut on this week's project.  I took that a step further, and created a purse shaped mini-album, my first attempted at a mini envelope album.

I had a series of just awful photos - truly, my normally photogenic family all just looked not nearly our best in the series of photos I needed to scrap.  The photographs were from Thanksgiving 2013 so it was past time to deal with them!  I thought given all of the hidden photo areas in a normal mini album, that perhaps that could be an answer to my dilemma with this group of photos.

Having never made a mini album before, and only having seen the AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL mini album that my friend Susan M. created, I was at a loss on how to begin.  So I spent 2 hours watching YouTube mini album videos!  I ended up attempted a modified envelope album (modified because I changed the format orientation and had to open the envelopes differently).  I also made my first attempt at the Kathy Orta pleated binding system.

Once I was ready to begin (after two hours of YouTube and a trip to Hobby Lobby for embellishments), I opened Cricut Craft Room and searched the term "purse."  I selected the Sandra cut purse from the Suburbia cartridge.  I liked the rectangular shape of this bag and that it was easy to stretch longer to accommodate my envelope size (6.5 inches long).

I cut several (and I do mean several!!) copies of this page in four different prints and then repeatedly in a very heavy card stock.   I used scissors and trimmed away the handle section from each of my purse cuts.  I used an oval cut and a square welded together to created the black and white print cut that wraps from the front of the album, over the spine, and onto the back,  I then hand trimmed two of the purse print cuts and fashioned a front closure flap for my "purse".

I found two sheet of white 8 x 8 inch chipboard on a shelf in my scrap room (if you could see my scrap room right now, you would wonder HOW I managed to get through the door, much less find the chipboard) and I cut the chipboard to fit the purse front and back cuts.  I then measured my binding and cut a piece for chipboard for the spine.  I am not even going to pretend that putting the album together was simple - it was a bit of a challenge, mostly because I was trying to recreate the wheel with my orientation change.

While at Hobby Lobby, I looked in the jewelry making department and found the velvet ribbon embellishment with the ticket, the stamp, the bow, and the poof.  I removed a large heart pin from the velvet ribbon and added the chain piece with the locket attached.

I added the rose sticker from the Kaiser Craft paper pack I was using.  I added an extra swirl of Heartfelt Creations die cut vine I found on my desk as well as the HFC tag.

I fashioned a paper (triple layer) handle and attached it to the binding with bronze brads.

I could only find brass hardware at HL, so I visited the model department and purchased bronze paint that I used on all of the hardware.

Tomorrow I will show you the overly simplified pages and inserts inside the album.

I hope that you will take a few minutes and visit the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog today and check out all of the darling purse projects the design team created for this week's Cricut challenge.  I invite you to create your own purse project and link up with us at BBTB2.  Be sure to tell us which Cricut cartridge you used.  Other challenge rules are on our side bar.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your Monday is better than mine - I am off to the dentist to replace an antique filling!!

Advent Calendar with Heartfelt Creations

Hello friends!  I mentioned previously that I had made three projects for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team call.  You have already viewed the Baby Girl card and Wedding layout page, and today I am going to share this Advent Calendar.

A word about the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Call - while I did not make the cut, 22 very talented women have moved on to the second phase of the DT call.  I visited the blogs of those who moved forward and I have to say, I was VERY, VERY impressed with their fabulous work.  WOW.  I need to spend the next year developing my design ability!!!   But truly I am happy that I tried out - I was able to make three projects that I like, which gave me three blog posts (!), and allowed me a cute means of announcing my future granddaughter!!

I had been hording a Kaisercraft Beyond The Page Advent Calendar Kit for a couple of years.  At one point these kits became difficult to find and I knew I would want to make one more Advent Calendar, so I purchased the kit and stashed it in the corner of my scrap room.

Supplies I used to create this calendar include these Heartfelt Creations (HFC) products:
Festive Christmas Paper Collection, O Little Town stamp set, Ornamental Add On Die, Vintage Floret Die, Mini Vintage Floret PreCut stamp set, and Regal Poinsettia 2 stamp set.

Other products used include: 
Spellbinders Blossoms 2 Nestabilities, Close to My Heart Red Card Stock, Mod Podge, Art Glitter Glue, Art Glitter Gala Glitz, Art Glitter 237 Lichen, 3D Stamp Paint – Carmine Red Metallic, Barn Red Ink, Red Ink, White Ink, Green Ink, Red Glitter, Gold Glitter, Stylus & Foam Mat, ¾ inch circle punch, and Pop dots.

Sort and divide the calendar kit pieces, smoothing edges with sandpaper if needed.  Cut paper from the Festive Christmas Paper Collection into 2 inch strips.  Apply mod podge to outside pieces from the frame kit.  Apply the paper, then cover again with mod podge.  Gently hammer pieces into the back of the calendar lining up the slots.  Cover the inside long pieces with mod podge and apply 2 inch strips of red card stock, apply another coat of mod podge.  Compete these same steps with the two shorter inside pieces; insert all pieces into the back board, lining up the pegs into the slots and gently hammer into place.  Paint or ink the short wood pieces from the kit which will serve at the draw dividers with red and hammer them into the back. 

Assemble all 24 pre-cut and pre-scored drawers using the art glitter glue.  Cut four 12 inch long strips of 1.75 inch wide strips of green Festive Christmas paper, cut each of the 12 inch strips in half.  Repeat this step with a red print and a neutral print.  Using the ¾ inch circle punch, punch out half a circle in the middle of each of the 24 strips of cut paper.  Use Art Glitter glue and apply the strips to the drawers, placing the cut out over the corresponding drawer cut out. 

Paint or ink the numbers and using art glitter glue, apply them to the front of the drawers.  After the numbers have dried apply more glue to the numbers only, and dip the numbers into matching glitter.

Cut a 9 inch square of Festive Christmas paper with the ornaments in the upper left corner.  Cut around the edges of the ornaments so that a 7 x 7 inch square of Festive Christmas paper (trimmed so that the candle lantern is in the lower right corner) will slide under the ornaments.  Using the text stamp from O Little Town, repeatedly stamp the text in a distressed fashion on the neutral background.

Using identical papers from your Festive Paper collection cut out the lantern and the two ornaments a second time.  Use pop dots to place the lantern and ornaments over their corresponding images. Cut a tag and two other embellishment tags from the Festive Paper collection and pop dot those under the edge of the popped ornaments.

Using the Vagabond, cut the flower elements using the five point flower found in the HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die.  Cut additional flowers using Spellbinders Blossoms 2 Nestabilities.  Stamp the petal images using barn red ink and corresponding stamps.  Using the stylus and mat, shape all of the flowers and assemble with the glitter art.  Apply 3D stamp paint to the petal and a dusting of red glitter.  Apply art glitter glue to the flower centers and add gold glitter.

Cut the leaves using HCD 738 Ornamental Add-On die.  Shape the leaves with the stylus and foam mat.  Apply art glitter glue to the circles on the leaf swirls and apply Art Glitter Gala Glitz glitter to the berries.

Use Art Glitter glue to apply the flowers and leaves to the advent calendar images and top right exterior.  Layer the flowers out from the back wall of the Advent Calendar to create more dimension. 

Now that I have finished this Advent Calendar, I am getting in the mood to begin making Christmas cards.  I have a real dilemma this year - handmade cards vs. photo cards with wedding photos.  Oh decisions, decisions....

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wedding Layout with Heartfelt Creations

Hello friends.  Yesterday I mentioned that I am auditioning for a Design Team.  I am not quite sure that I am talented enough to be part of the fabulous Heartfelt Creations Design Team, but I thought it could not hurt to try out.  I had to create three projects using HFC products and turn them in by last Friday.  You have already seen my first project, the sweet Baby Girl card I shared over the weekend.  Today I will share my second audition project - this peach and teal layout featuring Bethany and John at their wedding.

I enlarged the photo to 5 x 7 inches for this layout.  I used the following HFC products:  HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die, HCPC 3500 Open Vintage Floret PreCut Set, HCD 738 Ornamental Add On Die, Once Upon a Time Paper Collection, HCPC 3571 Key and Roses PreCut Set, and HCD 741 Burnish Key die.  I also used a number of products from my stash, including:  Art Glitter Glue,
Stylus and Mat set, Peach ink, Chinese Firecracker glitter. Art Glitter 237 Lichen, Glitter – gold, Copic markers: E00, YR61, YG63, YG67, and a Silhouette cut title - LOVE.

I purchased the Once Upon a Time card stock collection at the Creating Keepsakes Convention specifically for scrapping Bethany's wedding.  I liked the vintage look and feel of the collection.  I trimmed the 5 x 7 inch photo just a touch so that all of the pretty "matting" on this pre-made layout page would be visible.

I cut a tag from the tag sheet in the paper collection and glued the tag below the photo opening.  Using the Key and Roses precut set, I stamped on the background page outside the lower right corner of the photo area.  I used Copic markers to color in the stamped image.  Use the Grand Calibur and the Burnish Key die to cut the keys, then glued them over the stamped keys and add gold glitter.  I also added two additional keys to the left side of the tag. 

Using the Vintage Florets die set and the Ornamental add-ons, I cut four sets of flower petals, two large leaf sets, and two small leaf sets. I stamped the flower petals with the Open Vintage Floret PreCut set. I used a spray mister with water and the Stylus and Mat set shape the leaves and flower petals.  After the pieces dried, I applied glitter art glue and assemble the roses. I applied glue to the edges of the petals and sprinkle with Chinese Firecracker glitter.  I also applied glue to the leaves and vines and applied Art Glitter Lichen glitter.

Using the Art Glitter glue, I attached the photo to the page and glued the flowers and leaves to the page.  I cut the work LOVE using my Silhouette Cameo machine and glued the word love inside the tag. 

I like the way the flowers match the settee on which Bethany and John are sitting.  I also like that even with the flowers, leaves, text, and stamping, the photo is still the focal point of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my HFC layout.  I do love HFC products and I will keep you posted on the audition results.


Happy Labor Day!

Hello everyone, happy Labor Day!  It is Monday so that means today is my weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 post.  Our challenge this week was selected by our wonderful Brenda.  Brenda challenged us to honor the 9/11 anniversary, or the respondents, our military.  I chose to make a Thank You card for our men and women serving in the military!

I started with a patriotic red, white, and blue color palette, and Cricut's Stand and Salute cartridge.  I cut the word HONOR twice, the flag and the phrase Thank You.  I then went back and cut my three military personnel and additional white starts to embellish the blue block on the card (I could not cut 50 stars small enough to represent all of the states).  I found the patriotic striped paper in my stash and cut a strip to use beside the flag.

I realize that a simple card can never offer enough thanks to those who have served our country.  We owe so much to our military.

I hope that you get time this week to join the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Please check the rules on the sidebar at the BBTB2 blog and link your Cricut created project. 

I will be back tomorrow to share a new project I created last for a design team tryout.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day!