Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scaredy Cat, Day 3

Here is the last of the cards I made with the Scaredy Cat paper pack scraps:

I recently found out about "Inchie" cards and then saw this template in the MIFYH book. I added some Thistle ribbon and Sunset Mini Medley brads and buttons (retired). The stamp set is Trick or Treat Sweets.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop: October Edition

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for October! If you're coming from Krista's blog then you're on the right track. It's a circular hop so if you do get lost, visit Joyce's blog for the complete list.

I've been working on a self-imposed challenge to post a project a day from the Artfully Sent cartridge, but due to my lack of foresight I'm sharing a card I made from some scraps of my Scaredy Cat paper pack:

I used the new purple glimmer trim, blue twill ribbon and a scrap of the black striped ribbon (retired) with embellies I colored in with the alcohol markers (yes, even the sequins!). The sentiment is from Trick or Treat Sweets stamp set and cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge .

Now you're off to Crystal's blog. Have a sweet October!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ooops! My Bad.

So I didn't think this challenge through - or at least, I didn't consult my calendar. This week is our town's Farm Show and it's a pretty big deal. One, because it's my family's tradition to be involved behind the scenes and two, I live only two blocks from the farm show grounds. This is a week that I don't buy groceries (or do dishes!) because we eat lunch and dinner there every night. All food stands are from churches and civic groups in town so this is a big fundraiser for everyone. And there is so much good food!

Anyway, I digress ... (sorry, dreaming of those whoopie pies.... mmm!)

Here is a card I made using the Scaredy Cat paper pack, not using the cartridge, this is left over from last month's challenge. I'll post a few more cards using this paper pack (because it's what I have to share) and then I'll return next week with some more projects from the Artfully Sent cartridge.

This 3" x 3" card is made with scraps of the Scaredy Cat paper pack and would be perfect as a gift tag for a teacher's gift or if you're into "Boo"ing your neighbors. I used alcohol markers to color the white enamel stars to match the Thistle ribbon.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Artfully Sent Monthly Challenge, Day Five

Today's project is a card that took me less than five minutes - it's so simple!

This card was actually a mistake cut - I meant to hit "Shift" before "Cut" and this is what I got... but add some washi tape, twine and a liner and I've got a great gift! So simple!

Hope you have a great weekend and I'll be back tomorrow with another project from the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Artfully Sent Monthly Challenge, Day Four

Here we are at Day Four! Are you enjoying the few projects I've shared with you? If not that's okay - there's a lot more to share so I hope you stick with me! There is so much on this cartridge that I'm finding a month may not be enough time ... but I've committed to a month (and only a month!) and I'm going to do my best to share the range of projects from this cartridge.

Today's project isn't a card - it's an envelope. Back when I married my husband, my mother-in-law and her sisters were making cards together and they made their own envelopes out of wallpaper sample books. It was a time consuming process because wallpaper can be thick and difficult to cut. But they had their templates and they did it - but they also had to cut out liners for the inside because of the ugliness and destruction of the glue on the backside of the wallpaper. Eek! It wasn't for me - I was quite happy buying my envelopes in bulk from Staples. But, I will admit, receiving a beautiful envelope in the mail was an event - it always meant love because I knew it could only come from one of three people. I can now hope to carry on that tradition because this cartridge makes a lot of different envelopes - all with their own liners! It's so easy! 

I selected a plain Jane envelope and liner to start with but there are scalloped edges, sleeve envelopes and more. But I lined it with some of my favorite B&T paper from the "For Always" paper pack (retired but there is a new PML pack that will match it!). This will surely bring a smile to whomever opens it!

Tomorrow's project is another card but you'll love how quick and stunning this one is!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Artfully Sent Monthly Challenge, Day Three

Yesterday I shared the first of two baby cards I made using the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart. Today, I'm going to share the second one.

This cartridge makes it so simple to make a beautiful card quickly. But it also features envelopes, PML cards and much more. I used a PML card to decorate the front of this card, added a few embellishments and voila!

This card is preset to cut at 4" x 6" so I changed the dial size to 5" so it would better fit a 5" x 7" card. As you can see, it's not exactly 5" x 7" but it does fit the 7" height of the card base.

I added a bow of the new Thistle ribbon and some silver Glitz (retired) to highlight the heart shape.

The drying time of the Glitz was the longest part of making the card, but tying that bow was a close second! :)

The inside sentiment was from the stamp set that came with the cartridge. There are lots of phrases to choose from and it's easy to mix and match. There are sentiments for every card occasion I could think of - all on one stamp set!

Yes, this cartridge is an investment BUT there is so much in this purchase to make it a wise investment. There are three D sized stamp sets that come with it plus a bundle of White Daisy cardstock. I'll be using another of the stamp sets on tomorrow's project.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Artfully Sent Monthly Challenge, Day Two

Welcome back to the second day of my self-imposed monthly challenge with the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge!

Browsing through the booklet that came with the cartridge, I noticed this 5x7 card and thought it would make a beautiful baby card.

I cut the first two "drafts" out of cardstock (doesn't work well with a dull blade) so I used Desert Sand cardstock and it went much smoother. I backed the inside cover with White Daisy cardstock  and colored in the negative space with the Shin Han alcohol makers to make the card pop. I then lined the whole inside of the card with another layer of White Daisy cardstock to hide the bleed-through of the makers. Because the alcohol markers layer so well, I colored the tree in then let it dry and colored it in again with the same color (Clay, I think) to give it a little dimension, skipping parts of the branches where there would be some highlights.

Since this is going to a friend who just had a little boy, I used blue on the bunting.

Come back again tomorrow when I;ll share a card I made for a friend who just had a baby girl.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Artfully Sent Monthly Challenge, Day One

Today is the first day of my month-long, self-imposed challenge to share with you one project a day that I made using the new CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.

Yesterday, I shared with you a beautiful swing card I made using the Scaredy Cat paper pack but today I'm going to share with you a super simple card made with cardstock that came together in less than 10 minutes.

I made this card using Sweet Leaf, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock, and the ShinHan alcohol markers. Each of the three cuts were made from the same key on the cartridge and they coordinate so beautifully, it's super simple to load up three mats with a cardstock sheet, and feed it through the machine without changing any of the settings (and no, I don't have the new Cricut Explore). It's all programed into the cartridge!

Once I assembled everything, I laid it out flat so that the front card was over some scrap paper and I colored in the tree branch and bird using the ShinHan alcohol markers (the scrap paper was to protect from any bleed through from the markers). I outlined the animals with a marker to provide a little definition.

Using the fun alphabet stamp set included in the cartridge kit, I stamped "Miss you Dear" in black archival ink since I will be tucking this into my hubby's go bag for deer camp in the fall.

Come back again tomorrow when I'll share another card I made for my hubby using this fun new cartridge!