Organizing my Homemade Cards

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m finally Organizing my Homemade Cards. I was looking for a specific card the other day, and had to dig through a Bunch. Of. Cards.

This is ridiculous, time to organize them . . .

The first thing I did was get some Greeting Card Organizers at Michaels for $15.97 each, regular price. They go on sale All The Time (often, they’re half off) – you can also use a coupon.
The second thing I did was get some bags to put the cards in so they don’t get dirty and the embellishments don’t get ruined. I got the ones on the left from Joanns (online they’re 50 for $3.49) and the ones on the right from amazon (100 for $6.25). I also got some 4×4 bags from amazon (100 for $7.49) for small cards and gift card holders.
Here are a few cards in their bags. Another advantage to using these bags is that you can put a coordinating envelope in them too. No more looking for an envelope when you’re ready to use a card.
The Greeting Card Organizers come with dividers – if you notice, there are tabs on the sides of the dividers that fit into slots in the organizer to keep them in place. I used my brother P-touch labelmaker to make labels. This is an old labelmaker – but it still does a great job!
Here’s what the organizers look like all filled up. Hmm, I think I need one more box . . .

Another advantage to organizing the cards is seeing which types of cards I need some of – in my case, I need more Get Well cards . . .

I got my homemade card organization idea from Jennifer McGuire, even though she puts hers in a drawer, it’s the same concept. She has LOTS of organization videos, you should watch them – she’s one organized lady . . .

Hey, if you’d like to see some of my other projects, check out my Instagram and Pinterest board, and I would LOVE it if you would follow me.

As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

March 2018 Cocoa Daisy Dori Standard Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! The March 2018 Cocoa Daisy Dori Standard Kit “Peacocks” is here!!!

Above is the distinctive yellow polka-dotted box “making your daily schedule a little brighter.” For the first time since I’ve subscribed to CD, I had some issues. The first issue was that I got an extra box . . . It had Memory Keeping Pocket subscription A Day In The Life, and the Classified Memory Keeping edition, which I do not subscribe to – I sent the extra box back. The other issue was not discovered until I opened it and started using it. Read on . . .
Here’s a view inside the box . . .
This card is a newish feature in the kit.
I get the Planner Add On Kit – these items are NOT in the Planner Kit.

Isn’t this peacock pencil pouch just beautiful?
I love washi and Cocoa Daisy delivers with their feather/branches version.
It comes with some die cuts designed by Just Jaimee.
These adhesive pen loops are new and awesome!!
Adhesive pockets are another newish item I’m seeing in planner kits.

This glacene bag contains notecards and sticker sheets. There’s one 4×6 peacock notecard and two 3×4 notecards.

The sticker sheets from bottom left are the sticker elements sheet, alpha/numbers sticker sheet, and the general planner sticker sheet, all designed by Just Jaimee.
I also get the Classified: Planner Edition kit – there are no sneak peeks – the items are top secret!!
There’s a sheet of plaid acetate from Pretty Little Studio, a sheet of feathers/branches stickers, a Simon notecard, a planner charm, a peacock paperclip, and a roll of diamond washi with gold foil accents.
Now for the Planner Kit. It always comes in a muslin drawstring bag.
Above is a notepad and feather sticky notes designed by arleigh. A large pen with a printed barrel and a felt peacock clip.
Lots of planner die cuts and 6 tab die cuts designed by arleigh.
A little roll of happy chevron washi tape by arleigh.
In the left pic is a feather die cut bookmark, a 5×7 planner sticker sheet and a date sticker sheet by arleigh, and tab label stickers by Just Jaimee. On the right are the six 6×8 papers designed by arleigh.
How pretty is this blue bauble charm?
Yeah, so here’s the 2nd issue . . . As stated above, I got an extra box and I sent it back. Well . . . MY box had A5 inserts instead of the Standard Dori . . .

Whatever . . . I’m just rolling with it . . . See below how I adapted it to my Erin Condren Planner.

The A5 Planner inserts include:
32 double sided daily to do pages
1 double sided month tab page
Month on 2 pages
5 double sided week in review pages
5 sets double sided weekly overview pages (2 per set)
Here’s a pic of the entire kit. Look at all that beautiful color!!!
Here’s the monthly spread. Lots Of Color.
I made a dashboard out of the acetate and added an adhesive pocket to hold the extras.
I use this kit in my Erin Condren . . . Sooooo, I had to adapt the inserts. I covered the back of the monthly page with a sheet of the kit’s paper (the peacock), trimmed the side with the holes off and, using the WRMK planner punch, repunched the pages so they would fit.
Here’s a week spread. There were A Lot of stickers and die cuts this month. Therefore, Lots of decor!! It came out awesome, if I do say so myself, lol.

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As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

Wisconsin Bucky Badger Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Wisconsin Bucky Badger Birthday Card for my son-in-law.

Above is a screenshot of Cricut Design Space. I got the ‘Bucky Badger’ and ‘Keep Calm crown’ images by searching in Google Images – and then uploaded them into CDS. I got the font from dafont.com and it’s called, of all things, ‘Keep Calm’.
I uploaded the Bucky Badger image three times – 1st just the black features, 2nd the red collar, and 3rd the white outline. It comes up as three layers in CDS (see above). I love that I can customize my cards so easily!!
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Ruby, Black, and White Daisy. CTMH cardstock cuts perfectly on my Cricut Maker, btw. The inside sentiment was written on the Maker and the ‘Happy Birthday’ was cut out.
Arranging the cut out pieces is a little tricky, so I kept the scrap piece and used it as a template. Ha! Worked like a charm!!! The template is on the left and the assembled Bucky is on the right.
I glimmered Bucky’s face with the CTMH Gold Shimmer Brush.
I used the same technique with the cut out letters on the front of the card as I did with Bucky. This was a little more difficult because the letters are so thin and small. So . . . I taped the word scraps onto the center of the card front and lined the letters underneath, gluing each one as I went.
Here’s the front of the card – the letters are straight and evenly spaced (Yay!!) and an inside view is on the right.
Here’s the finished card with an envelope created thanks to the We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board. Making my own cards for the people I love is one of the joys of crafting!!

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As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board to make my own gift bags.

Above is a shot of the board and the paper I tried to use. Unfortunately, you can’t see the score lines in my pics, so I used a solid color for my demo shots. I love how they make the board in contrasting colors, making it pretty as well as functional.
An awesome feature of the WRMK punch boards is that the instructions are On The Board. Just in case, you know, you punch through the written instructions (which may have happened to the instructions for this board, lol).

Step 1: Trim paper to the bag size width – 10” for Small; 11” for Medium; 12” for Large.

Step 2: Trim the paper to the length you want – between 4” & 12”.
Note: Before you start punching and scoring, think logically . . . you want a flat front and back panel, and side panels that fold . . .

Step 3: Line the left edge of the paper along the Start Line and punch (left pic)

Step 4: Score horizontal and vertically along the Bag Size (middle pic)

Step 5: Line your Bag Size score line to the Start Line and punch (right pic)
Step 6: Score horizontally across top, around the triangle, and along both Side lines
Step 7: Align the 2nd score line along the Start Line, punch

Step 8: Repeat Steps 4-7

Above is the finished punched and scored piece.
The Punch Board also has a “Reverse Punch” on the top side of the board – turn the punch b board around, line the edge/score lines with the arrow and punch. These holes are where the ribbon will run through for the handles or to tie the bag closed – a few options . . .
To assemble, fold along all the score lines (top), put adhesive along the entire length of the tab and attach, forming the box.
Put adhesive on the top of 3 of the bottom flaps and on the bottom of the 4th flap and press together – I used a ruler from the inside – it’s a nice finished bottom.
From the left are the completed bags showing the finished side dimensions.

Small 2 5/8” – Medium 3 1/8” – Large 3 5/8”.
I threaded twine and ribbon through the holes and tied them into bows. Maymay has a video on variations for the bags.
I found another video on how to make a pocket with the Gift Bag Punch Board.

First, cut I cut a piece of paper to 6” x 4” and scored it at 1 5/8” and 4 3/8” (forgot to take a pic, but you can figure it out . . . Sorry . . .).

Then, I lined the 1st scoreline with the Start Line, punched, and scored from the triangle’s side line (top 2 photos). I repeated for the 2nd scoreline – bottom right pic.
Fold the bottom flaps along their scorelines (left pic), trim the outside flaps on either side – you want it to lay flat (middle pic), glue the sides together, and glue the bottom flap and fold it up (back view in the right pic).
Here’s what it looked like mounted with some doilies and a die cut from the January 2018 scarlet lime Planner Society Kit. It’s holding my leftover stickers. How cute is that???

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As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

February 2018 scribbleprintsco Mystery Ultimate Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! Here’s the February 2018 scribbleprintsco Mystery Ultimate Kits. This is a monthly planner sticker subscription kit.

The sticker on the back of the mailer gives a hint of the kits’ theme. Looks like . . . cleaning????

I Love The Colors . . .
The Ultimate Kit comes in a clear plastic bag and includes a pad of sticky notes that you can only get in the kit, which means they are NOT available in her shop.
The journaling card is a subscriber extra and was a new item in January. The laundry diecut is an extra that is also only available when subscribing.
The top sheet is four fashion girls in different skin tones, and is an extra for subscribing. The coral glitter headers, flags, and quarter boxes are also an extra for subscribing.
The front page has coral glitter, deco stickers, icons, scribblers, and labels. The final sheet above is the freebie with has icons, work labels and munchkins.
The left sheet has habit trackers, appointment labels, litter boxes, quarter boxes and half boxes. The right sheet is the full boxes – there are usually two or more full boxes that go together. On this sheet are a two-box sticker spread of a house – pretty . . .
On the left is the functional sheet with habit trackers, a weekend banner, icons, short heart checklists, and heart flags. The other sheet has ombre heart checklists.
The left sticker sheet has solid washi and Little Things labels. The right sheet has patterned washi and headers. The sheet in the middle has and extra full box, bottom washi, day covers with a marble background.
Here’s a pic of the entire kit . . . I’m going to be honest here . . . Not my favorite theme . . . I love the color scheme though – the combinations of the green, coral and blue are awesome!!

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As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

Emoji Valentines

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I”m making Emoji Valentines for my grandchildren.

Above is a screenshot of the cards in Cricut Design Space. The files are just the emojis, so I had to turn them into cards. For the round pirate and girl kissing, I duplicated the black base and added a score line along the left edge. The poop emoji was a little more involved. I duplicated the black base, did a horizontal flip on the new shape, lined the black pieces up and overlapped them slightly along the bottom, welded them, and added a scoreline. NOT as difficult as it sounds, lol.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Lemon, Black, Ruby, Chocolate and White Daisy. The designs are 4.25” and are Girl Kisses Emoji, Pirate Emoji, and Poop Emoji from Rob & Bob.
Turning a circular shape into a card is a little tricky. If you overlap the circles and weld them, it changes the shape – it’s no longer a circle. So I glued the yellow layer to the black layer and added a scoreline along the left edge. On the left is the front on the Scor-Buddy – you can see the scoreline. Then I glued the top base piece to the bottom base piece and folded along the scoreline (on the right). Voila, a card . . .
Here are the assembled Kissing Girl Emoji and Pirate Emoji cards. Aren’t they adorable????
And . . . the Poop Emoji card, lol. My grandson is obsessed with the poop emoji, haha.
I added some Shimmer Mist to the heart on the Pirate Emoji. The envelope was created with my We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board and the WRMK Envelope Generator app on my phone.
The bow and heart on the Kissing Girl Emoji card was shimmered up as well.
Finally, here’s the Poop Emoji Card. These cards came out so cute, didn’t they?? I love making my own cards – I can personalize them for the recipient based on their interests. Oh, and they’re fun to make, too . . .

Hey, if you’d like to see some of my other projects, check out my Instagram and Pinterest board, and I would LOVE it if you would follow me.

As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

Anna Griffin Make Something You Love

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I have my first Anna Griffin Make Something You Love Autoship kit.

When I bought my Cricut Maker on HSN in October 2017, it came with an Anna Griffin auto ship – where you get periodic product shipments. This is not like any auto shipments I’ve seen on HSN. Read on to find out why . . .
This is the autoship schedule and the included kits. So, here’s what’s different: Each kit is for a different medium to create something with the Maker. Anna Griffin created projects and assembly videos for each kit, and are meant to help the new owner learn how to use the Maker. The media are paper, felt, vinyl, iron-on, printable, faux leather, and fabric. OMG, I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!
This is the 1st kit. It came in a white cardboard storage box with a drawer – above is a view of what’s inside.
The kit came with an image set – not sure if all the kits do or not – called ‘Make Something You Love’.
This is a set of the new Cricut Extra Fine Point Pen Set, Basics.
An instruction sheet was included for each project – there are three.
These are special instructions for the Deluxe Paper and Glitter Cardstock – glitter cardstock is thicker than regular cardstock, thus it needs a different paper setting.
This is the Glitter Cardstock Classic set – one sheet of each color.
There are two sheets of this special paper – it’s two-sided – pink/gold foil pattern on one side and solid pink on the other.
Here is the Anna Griffin Deluxe Paper pack – it is also two-sided – pattern on one side and solid on the other.
A link is provided in the videos to the Design Space project – it’s all ready to be cut. Awesome!!!!
Project #1: Scrapbook Page. The pieces are in the top left pic, the green floral layer is added at the top right, the photo and other pieces are added in the bottom left, and I framed mine on the right.
Project #2: Candy Bag Toppers. The pieces are in the top left pic, on the toplight are the folded toppers layered over the black glitter piece, bottom left shows the assembled bow, and the bottom right shows the bow attached to the topper.
I got clear bags from Michaels, filled them with Reese’s Pieces and attached the toppers to the bags.
Project #3: Flip Card. The pieces are in the left pic, the card is folded along the score lines in the center, and a view of the front is on the right.
A gold circle is attached to the back side of the flip section on the left (this will show on the front of the card), the pink cutout circle is attached on top of the glitter circle in the center pic, and the front sentiment circle is attached to the other side of the flip circle in the right pic.
On the left, I attached a gold glitter ring to the outside of the card, and added the rest of the embellishments on the right.

Here’s the finished card – Anna Griffin designs are just beautiful, aren’t they?

Hey, if you’d like to see some of my other projects, check out my Instagram and Pinterest board, and I would LOVE it if you would follow me.

As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

SVGCuts Conversation Heart Garland

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making an SVGCuts Conversation Heart Garland from their Valentines SVG Collection.

Above is a screen shot of Cricut Design Space. The hearts with the text on them came in an svg file that I uploaded into CDS. However, I wanted a layer underneath to make it more readable (personal preference). So . . . I duplicated (top right tool bar) one of the hearts, used the contour button (bottom right tool bar) and took out the text, leaving just the shape. Then I duplicated the outline shape to make one for each heart – these are on the right side of the work space.

Hmmm, using the contour button on a project like this, I could put my own sayings on the hearts, as well. Oooooo, the possibilities . . .
Here are the cut out conversation heart pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Lemon, Cotton Candy, White Daisy, Glacier, Sweet Leaf, Tangerine, and Thistle.
This is a close up of one of the assembled hearts. Isn’t it funny how just a little thing, like the curved line, gives a two-dimensional layer of paper a three-dimensional look?

Dimensionality is one of the things I love about paper crafting . . .
I attached the hearts to a long piece of twine with my mini stapler. I staple my pieces on because tape just doesn’t hold them.
Here’s the finished Conversation Heart Garland. I LOVE how cute this is!!

99.9% of my svg files come from SVGCuts – they ARE my favorite. They ALWAYS work, their details are amazing, they have assembly videos, and they are reasonably priced. Try them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Hey, if you’d like to see some of my other projects, check out my Instagram and Pinterest board, and I would LOVE it if you would follow me.

As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

Alice in Wonderland Valentine

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making an Alice in Wonderland Valentine for my granddaughter.

Above is a screen shot of the design in Cricut Design Space. This is where I lay out my card and arrange it how I want – it’s so easy to make changes – different images or fonts, print and cut or pieced images, and colors.
This is the inspiration for my card. I searched “Alice in Wonderland” in Pinterest and found many, many choices. Pinterest has LOTS of ideas for cardmakers!!
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Ruby, Bashful, Black, and White Daisy for the Mad Hatter printout.
I cut out the “I” and “mad” separately to add dimension to the card, using the Cricut Calligraphy Collection font. The Mad Hatter is from the ‘Disney – Alice Through the Looking Glass’ cartridge and the font is Cricut Sans. Isn’t there something a little creepy about the Mad Hatter’s eyes????
I also cut out the “Be My Valentine” words – they are from the Cricut Calligraphy Collection – and glued them to the inside.
I attached the front pink layer to the red card base.
So . . . This is where things went a little wrong . . . I put some hearts on the corner with Nuvo Crystal Drops and . . . Yep . . . they smeared . . . No problem, I’ll just cover it up with something.

In this instance, I found a heart from the Cricut Lovestruck cartridge, flattened it, and printed it out. Voile, problem solved!! AND, it filled in a big blank spot. Win. Win.
Here’s the finished card. How cute is this? And, the heart looks awesome on the front as well, don’tcha think???

Hey, if you’d like to see some of my other projects, check out my Instagram and Pinterest board, and I would LOVE it if you would follow me.

As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

2018 Super Bowl Football Decorations

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making 2018 Super Bowl Football Decorations for our neighborhood get-together. I saw the popcorn box and football flag on the Facebook Cricut – The Official Page!

Above are two screenshots – one of the popcorn box and football flags – one for the ‘concession stand’ banner. If you have Cricut Design Space, the popcorn box and football flag file link is https://design.cricut.com/#/design/82132882. The concession stand banner is a Cricut Access project called ‘Concession Stand’.
Here are the banner pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Chocolate and White Daisy. I changed the file to cut the letters through the Chocolate layer rather than cut them them out of white and then put them on the Chocolate – way easier assembly, imo. This also eliminated a layer – making the individual banner flags less thick.
This was such a simple project – I attached the Chocolate pieces on to the White Daisy layers – it was a little tedious inserting the letters. I used tweezers, dotted glue on the back of each letter and placed them in the openings.

In the bottom photo, I stapled the banner to pieces of twine with my mini stapler – I’ve found that tape just doesn’t hold the pieces on the twine.
Next are the popcorn boxes. There are only two pieces (on the left) that are folded on their scorelines, and the stitches are added.
Finally, I glued the sides together, forming the box, and then glued the bottom together so it doesn’t fall apart. Here’s a finished box – isn’t it adorable???
Here’s my football party setup. I didn’t explain the football flag assembly – all you do is put some glue on the football, wrap each one around a straw or drink stir stick, fold them over and voile!!

Hey, if you’d like to see some of my other projects, check out my Instagram and Pinterest board, and I would LOVE it if you would follow me.

As always, I’m Livin’ the Moments . . .

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