Kettlebell Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I am making a Kettlebell Birthday Card for my son-in-law’s birthday.

Above is a screenshot of the card I designed in Cricut Design Space. I found the kettlebell by searching in Google images – it was surprisingly easy to find an .svg of a kettlebell. Who knew?
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in White Daisy, Whisper and Black. I uploaded the kettlebell from Google Images into Cricut Design Space, the weights are from the Cricut ’Team Spirit’ cartridge, and the font is Cricut Alphabet.

“Happy Bell-Day”, lol.
The weights are cut out of CTMH Whisper cardstock. In the past, it was tricky cutting designs with such intricate cuts, but since I got the Cricut Maker, I have no problem. On the Maker, you choose your specific type of material – it is as specific as the weight of your cardstock. In the past the designs would often either tear or not cut all the way through. No. Longer. An. Issue.
I popped up the kettlebell with Thin 3D Foam Squares – available on amazon – so there would be some shadow under the numbers. He’s 34 this year – isn’t it cool that you can customize projects like this?
I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Generator app to create a customized envelope with my WRMK 1-2-3 Punch Board. You enter the card width and card height and it calculates what size paper you need and the Punch Guide Measurement (when, oh when are they going to fix the spelling of measurement????).
Here’s the finished card. I used the CTMH Gold Shimmer Brush to add a little sparkle to the kettlebell. Hey, even guys need a little bling . . .

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We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making flowers with the We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board.

I know, I know, the Flower Punch Board has been out for a few years. But . . . it’s winter . . . and it’s cold . . . and dark . . . and dreary . . . I need some flowers to brighten up my kitchen. You know, a little spring in winter . . . So, I thought I’d dust off this punch board and bring in a little color . . .
The Flower Punch Board comes with two tools – a scoring tool and a petal curler – that fit inside the board.
One of the best things about WRMK punch boards is that the instructions are printed ON THE boards – they are also color coded – which helps distinguish one step from another.
Step 1 & 2: Choose the size of flower you want and cut the paper to the size needed. This one is an XXS flower, so I cut the paper to 1 3/4” x 6”.
Step 3 & 4: Line the paper up along the Vertical line and Punch – then score along the Diagonal line.
Step 5: Move the paper to the left and line up with the flower size (this one is XXS) and score along the Vertical and Diagonal lines. Continue until you get to the right edge.Check this out . . . The size line peeks out of the top of the punch cut – it helps line the petals up so they’re straight.
Fold along all the score lines, gather them together, and glue the tab on the far left to the petal on the far right.
I made a flower in each size – above are 3” XXS, 4” XS, and 5” S. Notice how the petals change as the flowers get bigger.
Above is 6” M, 7” L, and 8” XL.
This is the 9” XXL.
I curled all the petals down – you get a totally different look if you curl the petals up.
As I said earlier, I’m making flowers – I used a XXS, S, L, and XXL to make my flowers. I also used the WRMK Flower Stem Kit – this is so, so easy to use. I saw somewhere that someone thought the stem kit was pricey – but you get a lot in a kit (10) and you can reuse them.
There are four pieces for each stem shown above.
It is so easy to assemble – Insert the screw through all the layers – Thread it through the smaller piece on the back – Screw on the long shaft – Push the stem into the shaft. Voila! You have a stem!!
Here are my pretty flowers – yeah, it was night when I took the picture, but they sure brighten up the room! You can make a flower and put it on top of a gift, too. Wouldn’t that be pretty???

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

January 2018 scribbleprintsco Mystery Ultimate Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! Here’s the January 2018 scribbleprintsco Mystery Ultimate Kit. 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 pink, gold, glitter (of course), ribbon, hmm, she’s holding a string, a balloon??? Let’s see . . .
Here’s a pic of what’s inside – the kit comes in a clear envelope. Yep, balloons . . . for a celebration?? The post it notes are a subscriber exclusive – which means you only get them if you’re a subscriber of the Ultimate Kit.
There is always a full sheet of glitter stickers that includes washi, flags and quarter boxes – it is available ala carte in her shop. The fashion girls come in various skin tones and is available ala carte in her shop.

The small sheet with the envelopes are also available in her shop ala carte – I’m going to use them to remind myself to send out my cards. The small deco sheet is a freebie in the kit.
The middle full sheet has habit trackers, appointment labels, quarter and half boxes, and four large sequin half boxes.

The left sheet has eight full boxes that can be used separately or together – some of them have banners along the top edge that fit together.

The right sheet has bottom washi, date strips and an extra full box.
On the left is the functional sheet with habit trackers, icons, flags, appointment labels, heart checklists, heart flags, and a sequin weekend banner.

On the right is a full page of deco, icons, dinosaurs, and other labels.
Little things and washi stickers are on the left in pink, bronze, gray and gold. On the right is a full sheet of ombre heart checklists. And, in the center is a full sheet of patterned washi and little things headers.
The above card is a new addition to the kit this month – it feels like a reminder that there’s always something to celebrate – not necessarily a birthday, anniversary or holiday. Just every day celebrations . . . Nice concept . . .
Here’s a shot of the entire kit – I love when the guesswork of coordinating elements is taken care of for me. I mean, really . . . look at those beautiful colors!!
Here’s the kit in my February planner – how pretty is this????? Look at all that glitter!!! Ugh, my pretty planning space!

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

Close To My Heart Share A Smile Card Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making cards using the Close To My Heart Share A Smile Card Kit.

The CTMH card kits include the basics needed to make a set of cards. Above is a pic of what came in this kit – eight sheets of two-toned colored cardstock (Bashful, Smoothie, Lagoon, Eggplant, Glacier, Thistle, Sweet Leaf and New England Ivy), gold glitter cardstock, instructions, a stamp set, coordinating dies, card bases and envelopes.
Here are all the cutout pieces. The colored rectangles are 3/4” x3” – one of each color per card; the triangles are cut from 2 3/4” squares – one of each color per card; the White Daisy rectangles are 3/8” x 1 3/4” – one per card; the gold glitter rectangles are 1/2” x 2” – one per card.
I cut the animals out of White Daisy cardstock with the dies from the kit and my eBosser.
Then I used my MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) and archival black ink to stamp the die cuts.
I painted the animal cutouts with the CTMH watercolor set. If you’re using watercolors, make sure you use a permanent ink – otherwise the black may run and make a mess.
There are two styles of cards in this kit. This one has ombre stripes. The stamp set is called ‘Punny Pals’ and has the cutest sentiments.
The other style of card uses the triangles. Isn’t that bunny so so cute????
I made four of each of the above cards – there were several other animals as well – the frog and the koala are adorable. These cards took me about two hours from start to finish. Wouldn’t these make great valentines?

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

SVGCuts Nativity Box Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making the SVGCuts Nativity Box Card from their Yuletide Box Cards Kit.

Above is a screen shot of the uploaded images in Cricut Design Space. Two things to remember when using SVGCuts files: #1 Change the scorelines to score (not cut) and #2, attach them to the appropriate pieces. Also, SVGCuts has assembly videos that demonstrate how to assemble most projects from start to finish – pretty awesome!!
These are the cutout pieces – I stored them in this container from Gina K Designs – I have cats and when I have a project with lots of pieces, it’s safer to keep them in a container. Just sayin’ . . .

I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Linen.
I ran some of the pieces through my eBosser using an Anna Griffin embossing folder called ‘Amelie Lace’.
Above are the three card inserts. Pretty simple so far, right?
This is the back section of the card. I added the angel to the left photo. On the right, I added the nativity panel – this makes the card stiffer and more stable.
Above is a closeup of the star – there are three additional layers on the left and a silver foil star was added on the right.
Next, the middle insert of some sheep and one of the wisemen was added to the back section.
Here the front panel with the other two wisemen, a shepherd and a sheep was added.
I embellished the halos and star layers with the CTMH gold shimmer brush.
Here’s the finished card and its envelope – simple and yet so beautiful.
One of the best features of box cards is that they fold flat and can be placed in an envelope and mailed. I always put extra postage on them – they are bulkier than your typical cards and this particular one is square, which means it has to be manually posted.

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

Close To My Heart Lil Dreamer Cards

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making Close To My Heart Lil Dreamer Cards.

The workshop came with the above instruction packet (downloaded and printed from the CTMH website) that tells what paper to use, the sizes needed for each card piece, and how to assemble each card. These cards are adorable!! The colors and designs are just so happy!

Unfortunately, this stamp set is no longer available, but you could definitely use a different unicorn and rainbow stamp set to make cards that are similar to these.
The MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) is the best stamping tool I own!! The magnets hold my paper in place and the cover holds the stamp in place, so I can stamp over and over again until it’s the darkness I want.
I made these unicorns for some of the cards. First I embossed the unicorn with white embossing powder, used watercolors on the horn, nose, mane, and tale, fussy cut around the unicorn, and put CTMH Liquid Glass on the horn, nose, mane and tail.
Card #1:
Here are the pieces for the first card. The long blue pieces are ‘zip strips’ – they are along the edge of the 12×12 sheets. They add more color and design options for projects. Here’s the finished card – I love, love, love the colors.
Card #2:
On the left are the pieces for the 2nd card – and the finished card is on the right. This card was soooooo easy!!

Card #3:
This card has a watercolor wash, star stamps, and a rainbow on the background. This card also has one of the unicorns on it – didn’t it come out great????
Card #4:
Isn’t this sentiment awesome?? One of my favorites. Um, I forgot to take a picture of the pieces before I made this one . . . Sorry . . .
Card #5:
The card pieces are on the left – not many . . . I speckled the background as I painted the rainbow gradients. The clouds on either side of the sentiment are fussy cut from the cloud paper.
Card #6:
The pieces are on the left – the star piece is a zip strip from the edge of one of the paper pack’s papers. Isn’t it funny how adding a simple outline on some of the pieces makes them stand out so much more?

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

2017 December Daily Final Week

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m working on my 2017 December Daily Final Week.

I got a kit from Layle Koncar that includes instructions, a binder, inserts, a roller stamp, plaid washi, numbers, jingle bells, paper, stickers, cardstock die cuts and patterned paper. I did all the foundation pages beforehand – now all I have to do is add my pictures and journal the stories.

This is the final installment of my 2017 December Daily – I made it to the end, Yayyyyyyy!!!
The 24th is our Christmas card. We take group pictures in the summer and use it for ourChristmas card. On the back is a pic of us with our grandchildren from last Christmas.

Christmas Day has changed drastically in the last few years – no more children. However, our youngest son does come over Christmas morning – he’s not married yet – and spends the day.
The day after Christmas we took a road trip to Madison, Wisconsin and Shorewood, Illinois to see our grandchildren – they loved showing us what they got.
The 27th shows my favorite daily beverage – hot tea. How cute is that tea postcard on the right?
Flat Top Grill is still our favorite restaurant. We also have a favorite waitress named Maggie – she’s adorable. She knows what we want – she gets our drinks while we’re loading up our bowls.
I love to read and showing what I read this year is a fun overview of the variety of books. My granddaughter is a big reader and all she asked for this year were books.
My family’s Christmas party is always the weekend after Christmas. This year it was at my sister’s and the day began with a bunch of snow – our dog is playing in it in the right pic.
We finished the year with a cocktail out with our friends at Mad Anthony’s (of course).

Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018.

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

2017 December Daily Fourth Week

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m working on my 2017 December Daily Fourth Week.

I got a kit from Layle Koncar that includes instructions, a binder, inserts, a roller stamp, plaid washi, numbers, jingle bells, paper, stickers, cardstock die cuts and patterned paper. I did all the foundation pages beforehand – now all I have to do is add my pictures and journal the stories.
Day 17 is about traditions – we have many . . . There are things we do every year during this season that are important to us. I think we started a new one on the 19th . . .
The 18th is about my oldest daughter’s family – the kids talking to Santa – pics of them – their Christmas wish tag. It’s amazing how much people change through the years . . .
On the 19th we went to the Nite Lites in Brooklyn, Michigan for the first time – it was so awesome, we’ll be doing this again . . . There were so many pics, I did a waterfall of them (center) picture.
This year I added pics of our family’s pets – this is Lulu the Basset Hound . . .
The 21st was our family Christmas at my daughter’s. I printed pictures and put them in a pocket I made out of a postcard from the kit. I also added the red and white paper clip for decoration.
The 22nd is for my son Ed’s family – he’s married, but no children, except for their sweet puppy (on the next page). The “J” tag is from the gift they gave me.
This is Khalisee, Ed & Leah’s puppy. She’s a boxer mix and this is one of the few pictures of her where you can actually see her ears, lol.

Stay tuned for the final week in my 2017 December Daily.

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

SVGCuts Gingerbread House Box Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making the SVGCuts Gingerbread House Box Card from their Yuletide Box Cards Kit for my daughter’s birthday.

Above is a screen shot of the images in Cricut Design Space. With SVGCuts files, always remember to change the scorelines to score (not cut) and attach them to the appropriate pieces. Also, SVGCuts has assembly videos that demonstrate how to assemble the project from start to finish – pretty awesome!!
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Nutmeg and Linen – both new colors this (last) year. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it looks like a lot of pieces, but the assembly video walks you through step-by-step. Really, she makes it sooooooo easy!!
I used a CTMH stamp set from one of their card making workshops and used CTMH Chocolate ink.
Above is the front panel with the trim attached on the left and with enamel dots from my stash added on the right.
This is the middle insert piece – looks simple so far, right?
The top pic is the inside of the back piece and the bottom pic is the back side. Don’t the windows look cool???
Here is a side view where the insert is attached to the back panel.
Finally, the front panel is attached to the rest of the card, creating a 3-dimensional gingerbread house card. That folds flat . . . so it fits in an envelope . . .
I added Nuvo pearl drops as berries and Crystal Stickles to glitter up the chimney on the back panel. The middle panel has pearls from my stash. And, the front panel has the enamel dots, I mentioned earlier, some red gems and more Nuvo pearl drops.

This card came out amazing! Did I mention that it folds flat to fit in an envelope?!?! Yep, it does.

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

Christmas 2017 Koozies

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I am making Christmas 2017 Koozies for my family’s gift exchange.

Actually, the koozies were already made – they are from my nephew’s wedding in November. While we were there, my sister and I had a brainy idea (not sure if it was our best idea . . .) to put numbers on them and use them for our Christmas gift exchange.

Above is a screen shot of the numbers in Cricut Design Space. The font is Cricut Sans and the numbers are 1″ tall.
Using Cricut White Glitter Iron On, I mirrored the numbers and cut them out with my Cricut Maker.

In the left picture is the glitter iron on on my Cricut Bright Pad and the weeding tool. The cuts were really easy to see on this vinyl – black is more difficult – just a tip, roll the vinyl after it’s cut. This will separate the cut pieces from the rest of the vinyl just enough to let light through.

I’m peeling away the vinyl in the center pic – always peel slowly at an angle.

The right pic shows the extra vinyl gone and now I have to weed the centers of the numbers.
Okay, so, I had a little problem here, there was nowhere to put the numbers – not enough space above or below the design that was already there and there are seams on either side. Of course, it would’ve made my life so much easier if I had measured the space before I cut the numbers out . . . Hmmmm . . .
Plan B – I turned them inside out. You’ll see another problem I had later . . .
I set my Heat Press to 330 degrees temperature and 90 seconds time.
In case you’re wondering, this is where I got my heat press.
Here are the finished koozies. They came out great!!

The problem I had when pressing them is that since the koozies were inside out and already had a design on them, the front and back designs stuck together. Only one of them reallllllly stuck and transferred onto the other design (top right in the photo), otherwise the rest of them were a-okay.

Why didn’t I put something inside them to keep them from sticking? Good question. I let them cool before I peeled the vinyl liner off and didn’t realize they were sticking until I started turning them inside out. Duuuuhhhh! Live and learn . . .

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

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