Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wishes and Hope for a Cure

This is a very special necklace which I am proud to offer for sale. Truly a family affair, the glass vial held the insulin which helps to keep my wonderful son-in-law and beautiful 3 year old grandson alive everyday since they both have type 1 diabetes and need this insulin to live. The fluff inside was lovingly collected by my older grandsons from dandelions in the yard, which they still love to blow into the wind with a wish. The leather stopper is cut from my hubby's stash of leather that he uses to make his beautiful native american wares. I added the charms, WISH and an awareness ribbon charm that says HOPE with a blue bead for the blue circle which is a symbol for type 1. Just let me know you want it and I'll send you an invoice. $30

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Triple Stamping Christmas Card

 This was everyone's favorite card last night and I have to admit I rather love it myself. The secret to this card is stacking all the neutral cardstock sheets on top of each other ( in my case it was white) and temporarily adhering them together. Stamped the background in the new CTMH Whisper ink ( oh I love it, it is soft and perfect for this card) using the Universal Backgrounds music stamp. Then the words from the B1403 To You and Yours and the holly leaves in black and colored the holly and berry using the Olive and Ruby alcohol inks. I even stamped the inside cover.
I left the right side open to stamp another sentiment or leave it to write a note for a more personal card. After all the stamping and coloring is done, undo your stack and mat each layer with ruby cardstock ,line up your matted pieces into a new stack adding a ribbon from stash around the top two layers, and mounting that onto my white card base,  around the 2nd two layers completed the card. If you need sizes just let me know and I'll be happy to help.
To order this B 1403 To You and Yours and D1477 Universal Backgrounds so you too can make this easy and uniquely beautiful card, go to and please join my gathering for Joshua's RockStars on my home page down toward the lower right corner until the 20th. To read more about Joshua's Rock Stars check out older posts right here on this blog.

Fall cards we made last night

Oh I love, love, love Fall. I am so ready for the heat to end and crisp fall evenings to brighten my spirits. Here are two fall cards we made last night. The first is an interlocking gate fold card. Simply random stamp or use double sided paper, fold both ends to the middle and crease well. Add a frame cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge ( I used the Circle 4 frame found on page 51>layer cut @3". You can cut 2 identical ones from 2 different papers ie. white and autumn terracotta and then save the white frame and the autumn terracotta center for something else, or you can just cut one out of white or colonial ivory and brayer on the color you want your frame to be ( that's what I do, I love brayering my color on the white) Used the new Fall Harvest  CTMH stamp set and autumn terracotta, olive, saddle, chocolate inks and the autumn terracotta alcohol marker set. Here is a view of the back of the card opened out.
I love the depths that was created by stamping off the ink from my stamp each time on the actual card instead of on my scratch papers and then sponging on autumn terracotta to cover the white after all the leaves and words were stamped. Hope you like it as much as I do.

This next card was just so much fun. I stamped out all of the scarecrows for my ladies to color, since no one else had the September Stamp of the Month Fall Favorites yet. All of their cards were terrific and very different. It's really fun to see what grown women can do with a stamped image and some markers for coloring. Here is my example for them:
I used some background paper from the Believe paper pack, chocolate cardstock that I ran thru my cuttlebug, and stamped the word fall in autumn terracotta and cut out. The words Hello was stamped with the D1220 Typewriter Keys, overlapping the letters similar to the word fall and also cutting around them. A couple of strip of burlap sticking under the cardstock completes the card. A combination of the new CTMH alcohol markers and the new retired markers colored the image. Click on the cards to see closeup. This is a great stamp set and is only available during the month of September. Place a $50 retail order and order the September Stamp of the Month Fall Favorites for only $5.00. Please go to my website to place your order. Until the 20th of September I am doing a special fundraiser for my 3 year old grandsons Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk, you just need to click on JOIN Joshua's Rock Stars to place you order and all of my commission will go to JDRF

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hostess Card from August

Oh I just realized I never posted the cards we did in August. Both cards use the new Artiste cartridge. Don't you just love the little owl and the bottom card uses the new A1130 Quick Cards- Bountiful season and the Bow, oh the Bow, My new found love. Cut from the new Artiste cartridge and stamped the chevons from the CC1020 It's Your Day double stamp set, the special this month for only $5 with qualifying purchase. If you need sizes or more information just leave me a comment or email me. Now off to work on the cards for this month, better get busy we meet in 2 days. yikes!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Multi company sale-a-thon for Joshua's Rock Stars

This is a family affair, with our wonderful friends running simultaneous fundraisers with their home based businesses to all benefit research for Juvenile Diabetes.

Shop-a-ton for Joshua’s Rock Stars

Please consider shopping from one of these great vendors who have agreed to donate their profits during September 1-20th to Joshua’s Rock Stars for the 2012 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Most of these companies have BRAND NEW PRODUCTS that have just been released September 1, 2012! Pick something up for yourself or consider purchasing a gift (birthday, Christmas, anniversary, or just because) each one of the amazing vendors are excited to make a difference in our fundraiser but they need your help. We will only raise money with some of these vendors if you make sure to click on Joshua’s Rock Stars where noted.

1. Creative Memories:
(No party name required all sales will count)
Creative Memories helps people remember, celebrate and connect by sharing your stories. We offer our famous albums and much more: digital scrapbooking software, beautiful digital designs and printed photo books, album kits, paper, innovative tools, adhesives, pens and organizational help. Basically, everything you need to make the most of the moments that make up your life.
Consultant- Shannon Davis (757)615-1493 email is:

2. Thirty One Gifts:
From totes or purses you can wear while you’re out and about, thermals to help you transport food and drinks to a party, or organizational items to help you keep your house neat and tidy Thirty-One has a solution!
Consultant - Ryall Dobrota (757) 477-4250 email is:

3. Close to My Heart:
Join Joshua’s Rock Stars at the bottom of page
We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most. Close To My Heart’s product line is designed to accommodate the needs of novice and expert crafters alike. Our premium quality, clear “My Acrylix” stamps are easy to use, simple to store, and most importantly, offer creative control and artistic precision. Our Exclusive stamp pads perfectly complement our “My Acrylix” stamps or our large Scrapbooking line.
Consultant - Jane O’Leary (757) 646-8302 email is:

4. Miche:
Click “Shop” next to Joshua’s Rock Stars
Being a Miche fan means never having to switch purses again— it's a beautiful thing! You put all of your essentials in just one bag and never have to bother with moving it all to a different purse each time you change your outfit. Imagine—you will always know where your favorite lipstick is!
Consultant - Crystal Hillard (757) 604-5445 email is:

5. Scentsy Fragrance:
Click “Buy from Party” for Joshua’s Rock Stars
Scentsy began with a simple idea — a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles. This wickless concept is simply decorative ceramic warmers designed to melt scented wax with the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame. Our fragrances are the perfect blend of art and science, memory and mood.
Consultant - Star Hedrick (757) 373-6953 email is:

6. Pampered Chef:
The Pampered Chef product line includes more than 450 offerings, including serving and entertaining pieces, stoneware, cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools, pantry products and cookbooks.
Consultant - Cheryl Luyo (757) 484-3156 email is:

7. Velata:
Click Joshua’s Rock Stars under “Buy”
People said it couldn’t be done. How could you take something as complicated as fondue and make it simple? What if we served scrumptious chocolate fondue in a plug-and-play, fun-to-use warmer worthy of such fine chocolate? We use the best, blow-your-mind chocolate from where else Belgium. Whether you are a foodie, a trendsetter, or just someone who thinks of chocolate as its own food group, Velata fondue products are for you.
Consultant - Star Hedrick (757) 373-6953 email is:

8. Bcharmed:
(no party name required all online sales will count)
Bcharmed allows people to express their personal style through their products. Offering a collection of gorgeous jewelry that can be customized to suit the tastes and preferences of their individual customers, there is a lot that one can expect from the company in terms of variety. From good luck charms and personalized jewelry charms to birthstones necklaces, all of the pieces offered by Bcharmed are one-of-a-kind and highly superior in terms of quality.
Consultant - Beth Gauthier email is:

9. AdvoCare-
(No party name required all sales will count)
AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products along with a rewarding business opportunity.
Consultant - Sarah Holloway (804) 396-0985 email is:

10. Rose Ridge Farms-
(No Party name required all sales will count)
Roses Ridge Farm's handcrafted goat milk soaps and skin care products are made on a small family owned farm, in Chesapeake. Everything is made with natural ingredients, organic oils, local botanicals, and packaged in recyclable material. We never use petroleum, lab dye, sulfates, parabens
Contact- Kylene Alvich or 757-618-4727 for orders

Would you like to get involved? We would love for you to join our walk team on October 20th 2012 in Virginia Beach. Join our team: Want to walk with us in Richmond?? We will be walking at Byrd Park on 9/16? Contact Shannon for more details!

Donations can also be made directly to the Joshua’s Rock Stars by going to this site:

Online gathering for Joshua's Rockstars...come join me

I am doing an online gathering to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to raise money to find a cure for Type I diabetes. Joshua's Rock Stars is the name of my little 3 years old grandson's Walk Group for JDRF. He was only 11 months old when we almost lost him to this awful autoimmune disease, before the doctors at the Children's Hospital could even diagnose what the problem was. He was one of the youngest they had ever seen, and so many of the symptoms of high blood sugar fit so many other things that they weren't even looking for it .
Please visit my website to place your order for any of the great CTMH products and be sure to click on the Join Joshua's Rock Stars before placing the order. Your items will be shipped straight to your door, it couldn't be easier. Make sure you check out the 2 exclusive terrific CTMH Cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy which never leaves my machine, and our newest Artiste which I featured in another post. You won't be sorry, they are both so versatile. Each comes with 3 full stamp sets and chipboard sheets that coordinate with the cuts on the cartridges.
I will be donating my entire commission from this online gathering to JDRF thru Joshua's Rock Stars. The gathering will close on Sept 20, 2012 so check out the online catalog.

I would love you to meet my little hero. This is the video that his Mom and Dad did last year before our Walk and help raise awareness of how Type 1 Diabetes effects every aspect of not only Joshua's young life but the whole family as well.  Take just a few minutes to view it, he is one cute little guy. We need to find a cure, we need to find a way to reverse it's effects, millions of people will benefit and you can help.
 If you don't need any CTMH products, I am also making my Monogrammed Key Chains, with a snap pocket, check them out here. 50% of the sales also go to Joshua's Rock Stars. Just want to make a donation, you can do that too, just email me at and I'll send you the link to make a donation on our team. Not able to order or make a donation, we still need prayers to find a cure. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stamp Sets that coordinate with CTMH Cricut Cartridges

One of the things that I love about the CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridges is the fact that you have a variety of Stamp Sets that match the shapes on the cricut cartridges. This means that you can easily cut shapes with the cricut and then stamp on that image to create a variety of interesting images, banners, focal points, badges etc. In the catalog you will see stamp sets that have a red line around the images. Those are the ones that have a matching shape on one of the cartridges. CTMH even gives you the size on the stamp set carrier sheet to cut the image. One thing that I like to do, is highlight the stamp sets with matching cricut images in the back of my idea book in the index of stamp sets. Here is a list of the new stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter 2012 catalog and the list from the Spring/Summer 2012 catalog (remember that catalog is still viable, you now have 2 current catalogs).
Here is the list that coordinates with the Artiste Cartridge!
Like I posted before, I highlighted mine in the index.

All Hallows Eve pg 71
Approved pg 45
Backdrop Charmed pg 72
Beautiful Friendship pg 90
Buttons, Bits and Bobs pg 28
Casual Expressions pg 27
Christmas Cheer pg 77
Countdown pg 78
December 25th pg 78
Family Tree pg 20
Frame it Up pg 46
Harvest Happiness pg 85
Love pg 96
Magic Potions pg 57
Monograms A-Z pg 116
Ornamental Cheer pg 75
Outta This World pg 105
Perfect Fit- Frames pg 91
Perfect Fit- Halloween pg 71
Perfect Fit- Holidays pg 74
Pirouette pg 19
Snowflakes pg 88
Sweet Moments pg 93




Advent Calendar Kit Pg 67
Avolea Scrapbooking Kit pg 21
Dakota Scrapbooking Kit pg 35
Flirty Scrapbooking Kit pg 53
La Bella Scrapbooking Kit pg 41

I highlighted the index in the back of my book to make it easy. AP cartridge spring/summer book

A Blossom pg 67
Affection Pg 65
American Celebration pg 79
Beautiful Friendship pg101
Blue Ribbon pg 92
Crafted with Love pg 108
Enjoy pg 54
Family Love pg 53
Hooray Bouquet pg 69
Just For You pg 18
Key Moments pg 95
Look Who's pg 81
Love Clusters pg 24
Love Life pg 100
New Arrival pg 87
Princess Wings pg 30
Pure Adventure pg 35
The Best Things pg 98
Vintage Type pg118
Zoology pg 85


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Autumn/Winter 2012 catalog is Here

I am so excited to bring you this new catalog, it is fabulous. I love Fall and the new papers and stamp sets are very exciting. We have new colors, new alcohol markers, chalkboard vinyl and a chalk marker (oh the possibilities) and another super terrific exclusive Cricut cartridge. I didn't think it was possible to have another cartridge as versatile and indispensable as our Art Philosophy Cartridge, but ARTISTE is proving to be this and more.   
Check out some of these great Workshops On The Go artwork using the new Artiste cartridge. They are so inspiring, I can't wait to start creating.
Create a Halloween party, including treat bags, cupcake picks and liners, soda or water wraps and a banner.
Wow, how about a Scroll Album for that extra special touch.
My personal favorite, an Advent calendar. The little boxes are easily cut with the new Artiste cartridge and the cubby is sturdy and just the right size for hiding a special treat.
I'm really excited that with this catalog, we also have two Workshop kits that are just for cardmakers too. I just love the new Christmas papers, don't you?
Remember each of these Workshops on the Go, comes with the paper packs, some accessories and an exclusive stamp set used to create the projects. Check out the new catalog online, you can scroll though page by page and then place your orders with me, so you can get started on all of your favorite projects.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Star Card

Click on any picture to see close up.

This is such a fun fold card and really catches the eye. I used some retired cocoa cafe paper as my base. I usually use cardstock as a base, but this card has so many layers that I found I like the effect of using the patterned paper as the base and the card stock as the accent pieces. With the cocoa cafe paper it is patterned on one side and the other side is a plain color. I realized that I had not taken enough pictures to do this tutorial after I had sent this card so you will see a couple of different papers in the pictures.  This is a good size card, 6 inches across
I used my Martha Stewart scorboard and marked the center of a 12x12 paper and then using a stylus scored a line straight down the 6 inch mark about 2 inches.
then using a 12 inch ruler you want to measure exactly 12 inches on an angle from the bottom left corner to the center mark. Remember you will only be going up to that center mark (about 2 inches below the top of the paper). Now you want to do the exact same thing from the right bottom corner up to that center mark. You will be cutting out your triangle as shown.
Yours won't have the score lines yet for folding, but it is the next step. Put one of the straight 12 inch sides along the board and score at 5 1/4 line and on the 7 inch line. You will turn the triangle and do all three sides the same way. You will end up with a center triangle and 3 side wing triangles.
You will be making a mountain fold at the 5 1/4 fold and a valley fold at the 7 inch score lines.

Then just fold it up, fitting the flaps together to hold, kind of like closing the flaps on the top of a box.

To decorate let your imagination have fun. These were fairly simple but you can get as detailed as you choose. I used the extra paper from where I cut my large triangle and cut 3 strips 1.5x6 inches between the folds. I cut a 6 inch square of cardstock and 3 smaller 3.5x3.5 square to form the contrasting triangles using the exact same method as I did for the 12 inch one above. For the outer focal point, make sure when you adhere it to the outside that you only glue it to one triangle so that you can open your card.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Best Gift Ever - Key Chain with 2.5x4 pouch

I love my embroidery machine and I love the "In The Hoop" designs from Five Star Fonts . I have decided that this is probably one of my favorite projects that I have done in a long time. These quilted key chains with a pocket in the back make the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list.
The back pocket is just right for your driver's license, a credit card, some cash or an ID. The pouch is held securely with a snap closure. Of course all letters are available and a wide variety of patterns and colors of fabrics , I just have a ton of people in my family with names that start with an S.
 Now who can use these: anyone who doesn't want to drag a purse around that just needs some ID and cash/credit card, and keys to car ie. trip to pool/beach, gym, beauty salon, spa, grocery store, zoo, site seeing, Mom's with baby/children in tow, bike riding, hiking, amusement park, movies, and best of all  use it as a gift card holder to give something that your friends/family will continue to use for years to come. Use as a luggage tag with contact info in pocket or a tag on your camera bag. Clip it onto your belt loop on your jeans and you would sure make it hard for a thief to target you. I'd love to have other ideas of where you think you would use this, if you were own one.
I will be taking orders for these, just email me with Key Chain in the title, The price is $7 (shipping included for US) and a portion of each sale will go to Juvenile Diabetes Reasearch Foundation to help fund a cure for T1 diabetes.

Baby Closet Dividers

I am going to be a Grandma/Nana again and I am thrilled. My baby is going to have a baby in January, their first and I have already started on projects that I've had in my mind for awhile. Here is one of the first ones, closet dividers. I remember how you get all these cute outfits and then they get all mixed up in the closet and before you know it, your baby has outgrown an outfit you never got to use. These make terrific shower gifts, and something that any Mom or Dad will appreciate for years to come. Even more perfect for those Moms and Dads that are having their 2nd or 3rd child cause they can organize the closet by size for more than one child at a time. When I showed these to my oldest daughter her comment was, "those are great, but I never bought any because they only went up to like 18 months". This full set of 10 dividers goes all the way up to 6x. They can be made in a variety of colors to coordinate with nursery or as these are, not gender specific.
I backed these with a bright and cheery fabric on the reverse side. I will take special orders for these, $15 a full set, your choice of colors and fabrics as available. This includes shipping to you. Just send me an email to and put baby dividers in the title.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pictures of retiring products

wonderful pictures done by  Tamytha Jenkins of all the retiring products available while supplies last until July 30, 2012.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cricut Artiste Coming Soon

This wonderful new Cricut cartridge is one you will want for Hundreds of terrific designs including tons of boxes, 3D designs, cupcake wrappers, flowers, phrases and seasonal shapes. Available August 1st, this will include an exclusive stamp set and chipboard elements that will coordinate perfectly. Check out all the designs you will be able to cut with this new exclusive cartridge.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Retiring List

Just a heads up, lots of new stuff and lots of stuff retiring this year. Big changes in colors, with special colors for a limited time coming up. I just copied this list from another consultant and wanted to give you all a heads up so if you really want or need anything you can order NOW as supplies will be limited and things will sell out especially INK COLORS, REINKERS usually go first, and CARDSTOCK so if you have a color you just love you may not want to wait to order at hostess night, since we don't send in orders until the last of the month, by then they will most likely sell out and I won't be able to get them for you..New Markers, similar to copics are coming with 2 markers per shade in a set either a lighter or darker hue than the named cricut mini stamp storage cases....
I can't stress enough that if you have a color that you love you need to order the reinker to refresh you pad now, usually these go really really fast.

Please note, that I will not guarantee it is 100% accurate. I based it off what we've been told about stamps being available for one year, accessories being available current book only, etc. Basically, if it's not shown in the new book or the Spring/Summer book, I listed it here.

The products listed below are NOT listed in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, so it is a good guess that they will be retired as of July 31, 2012. As we’ve already found out with some of them, I would also venture to guess they are going to be while supplies last.

Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Note: Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Note: Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill

We have been told that our My Acrylix Stamp Sets are available for a period of one year - the current Idea Book and the one previous. Based on that, I have gone through the new AW 2012 book, SS 2012 book and AW 2011 book and believe these ones are going to be retired as they are NOT in the new AW 2012 book or the SS 2012 book.

A1095 Always Remember
A1099 Angel Sent
A1107 A Twinkle
A1108 A Flitter
A1109 A Sip
A1110 A Timber
A1113 A Game
A1115 A Holiday
B1356 St. Nick
B1359 Fright Night
B1361 Tannenbaum
B1362 Tag The Occasion
B1381 Holiday Cheer
B1393 Joyful Jar
B1394 John 3:16
C1379 Holiday Commentary
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 Live Inspired
C1419 Harvest Home
C1420 Snow Days
C1423 Captured Moments
C1424 Nature's Gift
C1425 Month By Month
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1427 I Believe
C1429 Party Pennants
C1465 Unscripted
C1468 Winter Joy
C1470 Gnome Garden
C1471 Happy Clusters
C1472 Bundled Buddies
D1136 Giggle Caps
D1137 Giggle Lowercase
D1267 Rustic Numbers
D1306 Treasure Life
D1308 All Decked Out
D1373 Childhood Portrait
D1384 Snow Flurries
D1386 Save The Date
D1387 Made With Love
D1397 Save The Date - French
D1398 Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 Authentic
D1436 The Present
D1437 Party Animal
D1446 Adorn-able
D1449 Father Christmas
D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 Live Your Style
E1002 Rustic Alphabet
E1006 Baroque Alphabet
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

The following colors are NOT listed in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.
The items numbers listed are for the 24 packs of cardstock where available.

Of course, with the color change, this also means that the Combo Packs will be retiring, as well as the Shade Packs. This will also mean the stamp pads, markers and re-inkers will be gone as well. If you need these, you had better hurry! They do have a tendency to sell out FAST!

My best guess (after being a consultant for almost 9 years) is these will be available through July 31, 2012, while supplies last.

Grey Wool (5571)
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream (X5646)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday Red
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple

Monday, April 16, 2012

Flower Pot Cards

Working outside today on the deck to get the flowers planted for the the summer and wanted to share some Flower Pot Cards that I created this weekend. Perfect for Mother's Day, something to make you smile, these cards will hold a special sentiment or a gift card for that sweet "MOM". All the flower cuts were done with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, I swear it never leaves my cricut.
The daisies were made using Flower1 on page 21 @ 1 3/4 inch need 2 per flower, with a circle center on page 21 cut at 1/2 inch. I pop dotted the 2 flower sections apart as well as the center dot, to give more dimension and inked just the tips in honey ink. The leaves were Branch1 pg. 43 cut at 1 1/2 inches from New England ivy cardstock and I used 4 or 5 sprays. The pullout section on the daisy card measures 6 x 3 1/4. I measured up 3 1/2 inches from bottom on both sides and then trimmed from that mark down in an angle to match my pot. I wanted a wider base for the daisies and leaves to sit on.

For the tulips I used the Oval1 on page 22 cut at 3/4 inch and I cut 3 per tulip. I used some retired patterned paper and inked the edges all the way around the ovals before gluing them together. I cut the stems from from scrap New England Ivy as well as the leaves (just elongated leaf with point at end).
For the pull out section of the card, the insert base 6 7/8 x 2 3/8. The colonial ivy portion which sits inside the pot and is large enough for a gift card is 2 1/4 x 3 1/4. I glued down my tulips, the stems and leaves, then trimmed around the bouquet, removing any olive cardstock that surrounded the flowers and leaves.
Here is a great tutorial for how to make a Flower Pot card with pictures to show you how the pot is cut.Thank you Stephanie Luman for posting this terrific tutorial.  I changed the dimensions a bit. My Autumn Terracotta cardstock was cut 3 1/2 x 8 " , I scored @ 1" and 3 1/2". I also embossed the bottom of the pot with a cuttlebug folder for character.

These cards are longer than a standard size invitation card, the height is about 7 inches, and the width 4 1/4.
As always if you have any questions, I will be happy to try and answer them.
I'd love to know what you think, so please leave me a comment. Thanks and have a wonderful Day!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My little bit of Spring

I love yellow tulips and wanted to make some to brighten up my computer area, so that I can enjoy them year round if I want. I used the Art Philosophy cartridge and cut the oval 3 at 3 inches. Double up two ovals on top of each other and then cut a zigzag pattern across the middle of the stacked ovals, thereby cutting them in half. Now you have 4 flower top pieces. Double up the matching pieces, you will use 2 top pieces for each tulip. I dry embossed the top pieces using a cuttlebug embossing folder to add some texture.Take a long meat skewer (got mine at $tree) and wrapped floral tape down it to cover.Tied a pink gingham bow to each wrapped skewer. Free hand cut out some long pointed leaves, once I had a good design, I just traced it onto cardstock for the rest of the flowers. I scored down the center of the leaves and folded on score line to give dimension. Glued the leaf ends to the skewer with liquid glass by wrapping the bottom of the leaf around the skewer and clamped with clothes pins until dry (doesn't take long). Then I added the tulip by sandwiching the skewer between two tulip tops securing with liquid glass. Clamped the tulip base to skewer with clothes pin until dry as well.
The base is an open tray made from a piece of 12x8 inch cardstock. Score 2 inches from all 4 edges and fold on score lines. I mitered the corners bringing the fold to the inside and glued securely with liquid glass and clamped with clothes pins to dry. Then I cut a 1 inch by 6 x 4 piece of Styrofoam of the inside of the tray to stick the tulips into. Cover Styrofoam with Easter grass and my planter box of tulips is done to make me smile.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bunny Pillow Boxes

Tracey Sanders over at has once again created something I couldn't wait to try for my two littlest grandsons. I made these little guys to go into their Easter baskets and the great thing about them is that they are large enough for a toy, or pretzels, or apple snacks individually wrapped. In our family it's not all about the candy. Thank you Tracey for your ideas. I changed mine up a bit, used Heavenly Blue instead of blush, increased the size of the head to 3 3/4 instead of 3 1/2, added some pink buttons for the noses, and used some plain wide brown grosgrain ribbon. Check out Tracey's terrific design and leave her a comment letting her know how much you like her cute ideas. Everyone love to find a comment showing that you like what they do.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Shamrocks blowing in the wind. A new 3D art canvas for my daughter's guest room that she has decided to do in a Celtic theme. I will be seeing her tomorrow for St. Patrick's day and with a last name of O'Leary we tend to celebrate it as a major holiday. We will be going to DC area for a welcome home party for my nephew after his safe return from Afghanistan so I know we will be spending it with family and friends, good food and good times. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Irish or not?
AP cricut cartridge used to cut various sizes of hearts, 6 of each size per shamrock. Fold hearts in half and glue on flap of each folded heart to the other to form a petal, 3 petals to a shamrock and I just hand cut the stems of various sizes. Art canvas is 12 x16 and framed with a 12 x16 frame with glass removed. Hope you enjoy and I can't wait to give it to Shannon when I see her tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Easter is right around the corner

Here are a couple of cute cards to make for Easter/Spring.

Here are a couple of cute cards to make for Easter/Spring.
Both of these cards uses the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and cuttlebug folders, two of my favorite things for creating. The Bunnies were created cutting Petal2 shape, p59 @ 1 1/2 inches for ears in white, you need 4, and 4 @ 1 inch in pink( mine were watermelon CTMH). Heads were circle shape on p 21 cut @ 1 1/4 need 2, and butt @ 1 1/4 need 1 in white. Muzzle was same circle cut 1/2 inch need 4, for the white eyes I changed my expression to cut in 10ths and use .40 as the cutting size, need 4. Pink nose was cut @ 1/4 inch need 2. Feet were cut from the egg shape 9 p 57 @ 1 inch and so were the Easter eggs hidden in the grass.  Black eyes were punched with a 1/4 hole punch. The frame for the sentiment was cut from Shape3 p 46, Decorative layer @ 1 inch.  I cut a strip of New England Ivy patterned paper from my stash and used scissors to fringe the grass. The top cardstock was embossed with the Swiss Dot cuttlebug embossing template and sanded to make the dots pop. I popped the face off the ears, the muzzle off the face and the nose off the muzzle. I glitter glued pink  the nose and inside the ears to give some sparkle and because who doesn't love glitter. A simple bow and some tiny pearls finishes the card.
Chick Card
Buttercup and Honey are the CTMH colors used on this card. AP cricut cuts are:
1 Circle2 card p 31 @ 4 inches, 2 Tab2 font layer p58 @ 1 3/4 for wings, 1 Oval2 accent p. 32 @ 2 inches for top of head, 2 Oval 2 accents p 32 @ 2 1/2 inches for feet, 1 Banner4 p49 @ 1 1/4 for beak, 2 Circle p21 @ 1 inch for white eyes, @ 3/4 for black eyes, @ 1/4 for eyes centers. Inside I cut another circle 2 card in a coordinating patterned paper p31 @ 3 3/4.
Assembly: Emboss card front with Swiss Dots folder, emboss wings with swirls folder. Ink edges in honey. Measure where you want wings and slit front of card to tuck in back of wings. Adhere to inside of card, dimensional tape under wings on front to pop off card at wing base. Assemble eyes with circles Attach beak and eyes, pop dot eyes. Trim 2" oval accent piece by cutting in center and use top half for feathers at top ( there is a small slit in the top of the card base which the cricut makes when you cut out the card, the base of the feathers will fit into that slit) adhere to inside of card. Cut both of the 2 1/2 inch oval accent pieces in half and use bottom half for the feet, removing the curly pieces on the side of the 3 center feet section. Adhere to inside of card. Adhere the patterned card to the inside of the card which will cover up almost all of the pieces where you adhered your pieces inside the card to give a finished look.
I hope you like these little guys, if you have any questions just let me know.
Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mini Bunny Basket

Adorable little mini Bunny Basket for your enjoyment. Let this little girl brighten your Easter with room for a small gift in the Easter Basket or alone for cute decorations on your Easter table.

 Cut with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge, finished basket is a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch container . Use page 23 Basket set on Fit to Page.The feet were cut from Oval 2 on page 32 at 1 1/2" (cut 2), the ears are on page 59 Petal 2, cut 2 in white 3 31/4" and 2 pink at 3". Nose  uses Heart pg 26 cut at 1" in white and 3/4" in pink. Eyes are circle cut 1/2" in black, Foot pads pg. 21 circle in pink 2 at 1" and 6 at 1/4" Whiskers were just 1/4" strips cut various lengths.  Only takes minutes to put together. I did take the cut out from the handles on the basket and reinsert behind the ears with the back of the ears holding it in place so you don't see a hole between the ears. A double pink bow also helps to hide the seams.  It's got a white cotton ball on the back for her cottontail.