Thursday, September 15, 2011

All You Need Is Love

I'm back with another card today.  I'm not yet sure what occasion this card will be for, but I'm thinking maybe an upcoming anniversary.  I didn't put a "true" sentiment on the inside yet just in case I change my mind about who's receiving this card.
This card is cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart.  While the butterflies look like they are on the card in the picture, they are actually cut-outs and the green is coming through from the inside of the card.
I just cut a rectangular mat and then rounded the corners.  The tag the sentiment is on was cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge as well.  In this photo, you can tell that the butterflies are cut-outs.  The sentiment is from the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set from Close to My Heart.
Finally, on the inside, I just added a mat with rounded corners and recycled the cut-outs from the front of the card.  I "blinged them up" a bit with some stickles.  I will eventually add a stamped sentiment on the inside as well.

Okay, the details for this card:
- Cocoa cardstock from Close to My Heart
- Veranda Level 2 paper from Close to My Heart (retired)
- Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close to My Heart p. 55
          Card cut at 5-1/2"
          Rctngl7 cut at 2"
          Layer cut at 2"
          Shift Decorative Layer cut at 2"
- Pair-a-Phrase stamp set from Close to My Heart (details below)
- Garden Green inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Cocoa inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Versamark inkpad
- Clear Detail Embossing Powder from Close to My Heart
- Corner Rounder
- Organza Ribbon - The Ribbon Boutique from Hobby Lobby
- Star Dust Stickles (on inside of card)
- Scattered Straw Distress Stickles (on front of card)

Thanks for checking out my card today!  I hope you stop back soon to see what else I've been up to.  I am linking this card up to:

Craft Junkie Too Friend

The September promotions from Close to My Heart are:

With a $75 dollar purchase, you can receive the Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set for FREE.

You can receive the September stamp of the month for $5 with a $50 purchase.

If you haven't yet purchased your copy of the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, you can take advantage of both of these great offers.  For $99, you receive the Art Philosophy cartridge, three stamp sets, and three Dimensional Element chipboard sets.  Total retail value of the collection is $128.69; what a great deal!

You can check out these great deals HERE:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blog Candy from A Mermaid's Crafts

Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts is celebrating blogging for 6 months.  To celebrate, she's giving us a chance to win some great goodies, including a Cricut cartridge!  If she happens to reach 700 followers before October 12, she will throw in some extra goodies.
Good luck!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cricut Expression Giveaway

Close To My Heart is giving away a Cricut Expression on their Facebook page!!  Check out the details HERE.

Good luck everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Birthday Card

My mother-in-law's birthday is this week, so I whipped up a "little something" for her.  With fall right around the corner, I was feeling like fall colors.
This is an A2-sized card.  I used my Cricut and Art Philosophy cartridge for the cupcake.  I cut the cupcake twice and then cut the liner apart from the cupcake so that my liner was a different color.  The cupcake was cut at 2-1/2".  I kept the inside very simple; it is a stamp that came in the Art Philosophy Collection.
I used foam tape to make the cupcake "pop" from the page.
The supplies I used for this card were:
- Smoothie cardstock from Close to My Heart
- Olivia B&T Duos paper from Close to My Heart (retired)
- Off-White cardstock from DCWV
- Art Philosophy Collection Cricut cartridge and stamps from Close to My Heart
- Organza Ribbon from The Ribbon Boutique found at Hobby Lobby
Shimmer Designer Brads from Close to My Heart
- Smoothie Exclusive Inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Black Exclusive Inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Jet Black StazOn Inkpad
- Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel from Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a great week.

I am linking this card up to:

Pink Paper Paradise

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pet Sympathy Card

Hello everyone.  Today I have a sympathy card for my son's girlfriend who lost her cat this morning to share with you.  I struggled with what was appropriate and then took to the internet to see what I could find for inspiration.  I saw a card with some really cute paw prints where the main pad was made with a heart. 

I decided that I must have stamps or Cricut carts to help me recreate this.  No Cricut cart with paw prints.  I did have several different heart stamps to create the large pad, but was still struggling with the toes.  An oval - is that too much to ask?  Hmmm...kinda like an Easter egg; that I did have.  Then the question became how to stamp it so that it didn't look like an Easter egg; somehow that didn't sound very sympathetic to me.  I used my black marker to ink only the outside edge of the egg; perfect!  Of course I had to practice a few times.
I decided the easiest way to make several of these so that I had paw prints walking down my card would be to make a stencil so they were all identical.  I used a scrap of vellum and traced my favorite paw, cut it out, and then I had a stencil to use.
In trying to save as much of my scrap as possible, I put the paw print as close to the edges of the vellum as possible.  Seemed like a good idea until I stamped the first paw on the card and inked off the edge of my stencil.  Whoops!  Then you need creative sentiments.  You wouldn't even know I had red ink on the top of my card from the finished project. :-)
The sentiments were typed and printed using my computer and word processing program.  I found the sentiment on an internet site for sentiments.
Items I used on this card were:
- Juniper Cardstock from Close To My Heart
- Veranda Paper Pack from Close To My Heart (retired)
- Juniper Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Hollyhock Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Sorbet Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Creme Brulee Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Black Exclusive Inks Marker from Close To My Heart
- Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Copper Collection from Close To My Heart
- Sensational Season stamp set from Close To My Heart (retired)
- Follow Your Heart stamp set from Close To My Heart (retired)

I'm linking this card to the following challenges:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Rhinestone Tee

Today was my daughter's first cross country meet.  I definitely needed some "school spirit wear" for the occasion and as I looked through my closet last night, the only spirit wear I found said wrestling.  When I was at the high school football game last week, there were some moms wearing rhinestone tee's that caught my eye.

OK, what's a mom to do the night before?  I had leftover rhinestone's from THIS PROJECT and a plain black t-shirt in my closet.  Put that together with a graphic from the internet and word processor, and here's what I came up with.

Perfect, if only it hadn't been 95-degrees!  Whew ~ it was hot out there today!  What was I thinking with a black shirt??? 

If you read my blog regularly, you know my daughter dances.  Cross country is the complete opposite spectrum from dancing, but she has seemed to enjoy it so far.  Even so, I knew today would be tough; they just found a coach for the team 2 weeks ago (and he's a bit "green" in the running department), so they were going into their very first 2-mile race with less than 2 weeks of practice.  And, did I mention, IT WAS HOT!!!

Hot AND dusty.
My daughter's goals for the day were to finish the race and not come in last.  She accomplished both.  Next up, finish without walking. LOL!  We're so proud of her, she accomplished what she set out to do today.  Now it's just about making little improvements each time. 

Hope you have a great holiday weekend & find some time to do some crafting of your own!

I'm linking this up to:

Thursday, September 1, 2011


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