Month: May 2016

SVGCuts Fairy Cottage Part 1


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I am making the SVGCuts Fairy Cottage and it’s going to be awesome!!!! 3D projects are definitely my favorite thing to make and SVGCuts has the design and assembly down because everything I have made from them has come out great!

They may look difficult and complicated but if you take it one step at a time, they really aren’t. No really, let me show you . . .


The first thing you do is purchase and download an svg file from SVGCuts (they also have A LOT of free files if you want to try it first). Above is a screenshot of the file I am using in this project.
assemblytutorialThey have assembly tutorials for every one of their files (at least every file I’ve ever used). Mary stars in all of the videos and she assembles the projects from start to finish on camera – you can pause and rewind as many times as you want.

I’m going to be honest, I watch the video before I choose my paper, before I embellish the pieces, and over and over again while I’m assembling.

Above is a screenshot of the Cricut Design Space upload page. You click on “Browse,” find your file, open it, I usually leave the image name the same as it comes in, but you can rename it if you want, and then I tag the file with the name I gave it on my computer.


An important step to remember is to go through each file piece (???) and look for score lines and labels. The above pic shows “roof1” and it has three parts that all have scissors next to them, which means they will all cut. I want the score lines to score and the labels to write. You can let them cut if you want, but if you have a Cricut Explore, why not let it score and label for you?

In the above pic, I am changing the score lines from cut to score. I selected it on the top line on the right (gray section), and clicked on the “Score” icon on the left.


In the above pic, I am changing the labels from cut to write. I selected it on the second line on the right (gray section), and clicked on the “Write” icon on the left.


**SUPER IMPORTANT: Next you have to attach the score lines and the labels to the pieces – otherwise, they will appear on a separate mat.

If you click on the words “roof1”, it grays the entire section, and then you click on the “Attach” icon above.


Now this, I’m not crazy about, but this section is renamed “Attached Set.” I don’t like this because every one of the sets that you attach are called “Attached Set.” Why??? Just leave the name that was there before . . .


Above is a screenshot of the cutting screen – look at the number of mats . . . 27 Mats! 27 Mats! 27 Mats! It took about two hours to cut out all the pieces – there were a lot of score lines, lol!

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Here are all the cut out pieces – Whoa!! That’s A LOT OF PIECES!!!!! Remember, one step at a time!

Here’s the paper I used:
Graphic45 Enchanted Forest Collection
Close To My Heart:
Colonial White
Desert Sand

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog when I embellish some of the pieces, and Friday’s blog when I assemble the SVGCuts Fairy Cottage!!

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 Waterfall Baby Card

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I’m making an SVGCuts Waterfall Baby Card for our friend’s grandchild – due in about two weeks. Above you can see the pieces in Cricut Design Space. You purchase the svg files, download them to your computer, and upload them into Cricut Design Space.

When you purchase svg files from SVGCuts you have to remember to attach the score lines, otherwise they are separate and won’t be where they’re supposed to be. I MAY have forgotten to do this before . . .

svgcutsAbove is a screenshot of the instructions that are included in the downloaded files – I still like to print hard copies (old school).
2016-05-27 18.42.10I used my AWESOME Cricut Explore and cut out the pieces from Close To My Heart cardstock. I used White Daisy, Whisper, Sweet Leaf, Canary, Glacier, and the several sheets from Close To My Heart’s Fundamental paper packs.

CTMH Fundamental paper packs coordinate with the solid colors but have patterns – easy to add patterns and interest to your projects and takes the guesswork out of coordinating paper. Love it!!!!

2016-05-27 18.42.43Above is the base in CTMH Whisper and I’m using my Scor-Buddy to score a fold line down the middle of the card.

2016-05-27 18.43.23I used my eBosser and the Cricut Cuddlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss raised dots on the blocks.
2016-05-27 18.45.15In the top picture you see my Xyron Create-a-Sticker to put adhesive on the back of the smaller pieces – the best way to get adhesive edge to edge.

In the bottom picture you see the completed blocks. Really . . . those googly eyes are freaking me out a little . . .

2016-05-27 18.46.29Here’s the waterfall part. In the top picture, I attached the waterfall section to the base with green flower brads.

In the middle photo, I folded the long section under and through to the right – then when you pull the end with the punched circle, it feeds through and flips the blocks one after the other.

In the bottom photo, I added adhesive to the biggest section.
2016-05-27 18.46.50Adding the blocks. Top left photo is the first block – it has adhesive over the entire back.

The rest of the photos show each block attached along the left edge.
2016-05-27 18.49.12This photo shows the blocks “waterfalling” (cascading???) as the ribbon is pulled to the right.

2016-05-27 18.49.56I used the We R Memory Keepers app to calculate the envelope’s paper size and then scored the paper to create an envelope with the Envelope Punch Board.

2016-05-27 18.50.47And here is the finished card and envelope – isn’t it so cute??? I love the paper. Wow . . . just . . . wow!!!

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 . . .

8th Grade Graduation Cards 2016

2016-05-24 09.20.37Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today!

I am making the 8th Grade Graduation Cards 2016 version. I’m a middle school Computer Applications teacher and have an 8th grade homeroom. They are the absolutely best students I have ever had in my homeroom and deserve something extra special (they love Target gift cards!). I made similar graduation cards last year, but I switched the colors a bit – they are really easy and impressive!

2016-05-24 09.21.23Here are the Close To My Heart White Daisy card bases with red glitter cardstock attached to them – check out all that glitter! I Love It!!!!

2016-05-24 09.22.00I glued the gift cardholder to the inside of the card and wrote a quote from LeeAnn Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” song – lyrics that are always appropriate for someone beginning a new journey. I like to handwrite the inside rather than print it – makes it more personal, don’t you think?

2016-05-24 09.22.40I punched a 2 1/2” circle out of CTMH White Daisy cardstock and stamped a sentiment from a Studio Calico stamp set using Color Box dye ink in Moody Blue. Then I used Stickles on “sparkle” to make it stand out.
2016-05-24 09.23.18I used pop dots to attach the circle to the red glitter cardstock – mmmmmm, all that glittery goodness . . .

And that’s it! A really easy, simple card that goes together quickly and looks incredible!!!!!!!

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 . . .

Make-It-Now Dimensional Heart Card

Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.47.32 AM copyHi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today!

Quick! Make a last minute card for a friend’s birthday . . . Okay . . . Cricut’s Make-It-Now Dimensional Heart Card to the rescue!!!!

The Make-It-Now projects come with complete instructions (above) from difficulty level to assembly. I would consider my skill level to be between beginner and expert and this project took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. It came out remarkably similar to the example – well, you be the judge.
Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.15.09 AM copy 2Here’s a screen shot of the project in Cricut Design Space. This project comes with an accompanying envelope – interesting little flaps, huh?

2016-05-21 13.41.01Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Topiary, Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, and Colonial White.

2016-05-21 13.41.32I spritzed the Colonial White heart with Perfect Pearls, the Smoothie base with heidi swapp’s Raspberry, and the Sweet Leaf heart with heidi swapp’s Patina.

Note to self: Rinse the spray nozzle after use – otherwise it sprays more than mists . . . ugh!!!!

2016-05-21 13.42.19This is a top view of the hearts layered together with foam dots – these make it look three-dimensional.

2016-05-21 14.57.37This is a front view of the finished card – yeah, yeah, yeah, there’s a little too much splatter. Sometimes being a perfectionist stinks!!

2016-05-21 14.58.23I used Close To My Heart Topiary ink and the Build-A-Cake stamp set and stamped “Happy Birthday!” on the inside of the card.

2016-05-21 14.58.59Check out this envelope! While it was going through the Cricut, I was wondering what the double score lines were all about, but it turns out that this is a special envelope with plenty of room for the layered heart. Oh my!!!!!

2016-05-21 14.59.37And . . . here’s the finished card and envelope. An awesome card in record time – how can you beat that? Seriously, it took me half an hour from start to finish – cards really can be created in a short amount of time!

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 . . .

April/May ScribblePrintsCo Mystery Collection

2016-05-17 20.23.47Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today!

Here are the April/May ScribblePrintsCo Monthly Mystery Collections. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the April collection before I used it – oops!!! So . . . I took a closeup of the sticky notes that came in the kit.

The April kit includes the above sticky notes, an olive green Staedtler triplus fineliner pen, and sticker sheets – a sampler, 2 functional sheets, checklists, full boxes, headers, little things, and washi strips.

2016-05-17 19.41.04I love this color combination – olive green, gold and pink – it really goes together well, who knew?

I used my Close To My Heart planner, which is horizontal and has a similar layout to the Heidi Swapp planner, for the April kit.

I am really trying to love this sticker kit.

However . . . I have definitely decided, once and for all, I Do Not Like No White Space Planning – I WANT some open space. Period. This is just too busy for me.

Love the colors. Love the sticky notes. Love the pen. Love the stickers. DON’T love the crowded look.

2016-05-10 15.44.20Here is a picture of the May kit – it has an adorable carnival theme with a red, pink, gold, and blue color scheme.

This kit includes a set of sticky notes, a pink Sharpie marker, and sticker sheets – a sampler, 2 functional sheets, checklists, full boxes, headers, little things, and washi strips.

2016-05-17 19.41.42So . . . with my thoughts about the April kit in mind, I decided to use my vertical Plum Paper Planner (this is my blog planner) and spread the May collection out over two weeks.

Week One: Much better – I think I’m getting there. I like the left column – This Week and Next Week will keep me focused on what I want to get done now and where I’m headed in the next two weeks.

Hmm, there are too many “To Do’s” for each day – I guess I could break down what I do into smaller steps . . .

Now sure what to do with the full boxes that have designs in them . . . should I write over the design??? Are they just decorative?? Ughhhhh! They’re too pretty to write on . . .

Not a fan of the “Weekend” banner – I usually run a piece of washi vertically to the left of Saturday to separate it from the week.

What the heck are “Little Things”???????? I. Don’t. Know.

2016-05-17 19.42.19Week Two: This week was even better – more white space . . . I’m thinking that I’m going to cut down the checklists so they’re shorter. Still . . . those patterned full boxes – I don’t want to write over the designs . . . Man, I am way overthinking these stickers, lol.

I totally wasted the half boxes in the left column . . .

Here’s what I’m going to do different with next month’s collection:

1. Cut the checklists in half (actually 3/5’s, since there are 5, lol).

2. Add washi.

3. Cut some of the full boxes in half, or maybe even quarters – spread out the prettiness.

4. What can I do with the half boxes? Hmm, something to ponder, lol.

I’m giving this kit one more try – my subscription ends with the June collection. If I’m not completely in love with the ENTIRE kit, I’m going to have to cancel it. That would make me so sad . . . I really want to love it . . .

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 . . .

June Cocoa Daisy Day Planner Kit in Action

2016-05-16 21.25.55Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today!

Here’s the June Cocoa Daisy Day Planner Kit in action!!! Look at all those bright colors – this is going to be so much fun!!!!!

2016-05-17 20.02.36I cut down the Pretty Little Studio 8×8 transparency and made an overlay for the month tab. The blue V’s and upside down V’s are on the transparency. Pretty addition to the diamond pattern.

2016-05-16 21.26.28This is the month-on-two-pages. The first thing I do is go through and write all my activities for the month in. Then I add washi – I learned the hard way not to wait too long to put the washi on – if I do, it doesn’t fit anywhere.

The word washi came from Michaels and the colors fit perfectly with this months’ kit.’

How about that bird carrying a cup? Huh?

2016-05-16 21.27.05Week 1: Here’s my first week’s spread. June starts on Wednesday, so I get to do a little extra decorating, yay!

Seriously, look at the colors! Aaaaaaggggghhhhh, it is just beautiful! I try to leave as much room as possible for writing – I keep trying the “no white space” planner deco, but I’m leaning more and more toward this type of decorating.

2016-05-16 21.27.39Week 2: I like to put matching washi designs on each weeks’ spread for consistency throughout the month. I put the floral washi above Monday and the lime/mojito washi under Saturday and Sunday. I also ran some skinny washi from my stash along the inside edge of the left page – it matches the month’s red/orange perfectly.

I stamped the bird with its cup at the top of each set of pages, as well – I Love It.

2016-05-16 21.28.14Week 3: I put the number banners next to the weekdays – I think I said this last month, but they are ever so slightly too wide to fit between the edge of the page and the weekday. My OCD wants them all to be along the edge of the page, lol.

Road trip to see the American Pickers again this summer in Leclair, Iowa with my dad – we didn’t actually see THEM, but the Buffalo Bob Museum certainly was a highlight, lol. It actually was a fun trip – we also went to the Amana Colonies and the John Deere headquarters . . . good Americana stuff . . .

2016-05-16 21.29.14Week 4: Yep, turning 58 this year, how is that even possible??? The numbers are from the C’est La Vie Acetate Alphabet set by Pink Paislee.

Yes, I remembered to peel the plastic off the letters before putting them in the planner, lol.

2016-05-16 21.29.47Week 5: June ends on a Thursday, so, extra decorating room at the end of the month as well. Woohoo!!

Check out how well that watercolor pen goes with my planner. Nice, huh?

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 . . .

June Cocoa Daisy Day Planner Kit

2016-05-11 21.08.58Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today!

The June Cocoa Daisy Day Planner Kit is here! It’s here! It’s here! It’s the little things I look forward to, lol.

2016-05-11 21.09.34Here’s the inside. Ugh, I just LOVE black and white polkadots! I got a couple of add-on things as well this month – because I loved them too, lol.
2016-05-11 21.10.08Here’s the cloth bag holding the kit . . . “Enjoy Every Day”

2016-05-11 21.10.42Here’s what was inside the bag . . . feeling the suspense??

2016-05-11 21.11.09I LOVE the washi this month – “a little roll of happy” – so darned cute! It’s “midnight mojito” with dark blue and lime green sections, and an overall floral pattern. I CAN NOT wait to see it on the planner inserts!
2016-05-11 21.11.46Watercolor design pen with black ink – 0.38mm – pretty summery colors.
Orange flower sticky note pad – bright, bright orange – I have no idea what it says – “All of the world’s . . . . all because of love” I cannot figure out what the last word in the first line is, can you? If you can, let me know . . . it’s making me crazy . . .
3×5 Exclusive notepad – “Don’t be NORMAL” – I’m not, so it’s perfect . . .

2016-05-11 21.12.23Exclusive fabric top ribbon clip *assorted – this is really soft cotton
Exclusive flair button boho planner charm – it’s a nice coral, one of my favorite colors.
Metal Daisy paper clip – I don’t know how they attached the daisy to the paper clip, but it’s on there really well – it is NOT coming off!!

2016-05-11 21.13.055×7 Exclusive planner sticker sheet – this comes in the kit every month and complements the kit’s theme and colors.
Exclusive Day and Date sticker sheet – this sticker set is new. It has date banners, bubbles, teardrops, flags, checklist banners, headers – also in the kit’s colors.

The month tab page has a diamond pattern with “marrakesh” designs in them. Really colorful – navy blue, turquoise, watercolor blue, peach, coral, orange – great summer colors and patterns.

2016-05-11 21.13.42The kit comes with planner inserts:

Month on 2 pages
Monthly checklist and goal pages
5 double sided week in review pages

2016-05-11 21.14.145 sets double sided weekly overview pages (2 per set)
The back sides have space for making notes/lists and have inspirational quotes on them
32 double sided daily to do pages
One of the first things I do when looking through these pages is look at what they did with the hydrate section – this month has a curly straw coming out of one of the glasses – how cute is that?
The first thing on the To-Do List is “Embrace Change” – this is so hard to do . . .
2016-05-11 21.14.45Here’s the Add On kit:
Yellow Geometric pouch by Freckled Fawn – great for keeping things together in one place – not that I have this problem . . .
Cocoa Daisy exclusive Sticky Note pad – it’s pink with light orange diagonals – super cute!
2 Cocoa Daisy exclusive sticker sheets by Just Jaimee – because you can NEVER have too many stickers
Shimelle Starshine Epoxy Clips 6/kit *assorted – you also can NEVER have too many clips – these are adorable!
Cocoa Daisy exclusive Bird in Flight stamp – I have the bird stamp set from a past kit and love them!! – It’s carrying a coffee cup!! Aaaaaaaggggghhhhh!

2016-05-11 21.15.22The add-on also came with this Pretty Little Studio 8×8 transparency – perfect for dashboards or layering over other paper.
2016-05-11 21.15.54I also got some other pretty things:

C’est La Vie Acetate Alphabet by Pink Paislee – don’t forget to peel the layer of plastic off these when you use them – they look a lot better without it, lol.
Illustrated Faith She Blooms Washi Tape – 30 feet of 5/8 inch wide washi tape – the flowers were so pretty – pretty much a sucker for floral washi . . .
The Daisy Dori Includes:
• Kraft embossed cover (“Start Here”)
• Pages include:
◦ Monthly Calendar
◦ 3 lined journaling pages
◦ 11 blank (with design) pages
◦ 10 graph paper with 7 sections
◦ 10 unlined paper with 3 sections
◦ Last page with design

I can’t wait to plan for the month of June (my birthday month) with all of these beautiful “Marrakesh” themed planner products!!!!!

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 . . .

First Communion Card

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I am making a First Communion Card for my granddaughter – I CAN NOT BELIEVE she’s eight years old already!!

Above is the inspiration for the card – I found this version on Pinterest by Cardsmiles.

What I usually do is look for ideas on Pinterest, sometimes on Google Images, think about how I can create something similar, open Cricut Design Space, and start creating. Sometimes it looks very similar (like the Chicago Cubs card), and sometimes it barely resembles the inspiration at all. I just make it my own.

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 11.24.55 AM copyAbove is a screenshot of Cricut Design Space.

The cross came from the Car Decals cartridge – isn’t this a weird thing to be on this cartridge????

The tag came from the Creative Memories Stork’s Delivery cartridge.

The scallop edge square came from the Edge to Edge cartridge.

The other shapes were free basic shapes.

2016-05-08 13.14.55Here are all the pieces cut out of Close To My Heart White Daisy cardstock.

I used a black glitter Gelly Roll pen to write the text.

Problem: this pen doesn’t fit into the Cricut Explore pen holder.

Solution: Use a Chomas Creations Cricut Explore adjustable marker holder. Yes, it is $22, BUT I can use ANY marker I want, no matter what size it is!!!

2016-05-11 21.03.00I glittered up every other layer with some Stickles Diamond glitter glue. I squirted the glitter glue on and spread it around with my finger – messy but FUN!

2016-05-11 21.03.31I was worried about getting full adhesive coverage on the back of my pieces (there is some glitter involved), so I ran them through my Xyron Create a Sticker Max machine (sooooo easy) and they are super sticky.

2016-05-11 21.04.04Here are some of the pieces put together.

2016-05-11 21.04.36I popped up some of the top layers to add dimension – here is a shot at an angle so you can see how they are raised up.

Oh my, look at all that glittery goodness, lol.

2016-05-11 21.05.09Here’s the finished front of the card.

2016-05-11 21.05.50And . . . here’s the inside of the card. Hmm, I always tend to make the font too large on the inside of the card . . .

2016-05-11 21.06.25This card is not a standard size, so I had to make my own envelope.

I used my We R memory keepers Envelope Generator app, entered my dimensions 4 1/4” wide and 4 3/8” high.

The app said to cut the paper to 7 3/8” square (top right).

Use the punch guide measurement of 3 3/4” (bottom left).

The bottom right pic shows my phone app, the envelope punch board, and the envelope cut, scored and corners rounded.
2016-05-11 21.07.00Here’s the finished card and envelope all ready for a childhood milestone. Time to celebrate!!!

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 . . .

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card


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I’m making a Chicago Cubs birthday card. Above is my inspiration that I found on Pinterest – I love Pinterest – what did I ever do without it?

Because it’s a professional sports logo, I can’t sell this card – it’s for my son – just be aware that you can’t sell items with copyrighted material on it like this, without the creator’s permission.

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Here’s a screenshot of the project on Cricut Design Space.

I inserted a bowling shirt from the Suburbia cartridge, removed and deleted the top layers, duplicated the base layer, sliced a scoop for the neck with a circle on one of the shirt pieces, used a rectangle to slice a straight edge on the other shirt piece, flipped one of the layers, lined it up with the other layer, and welded the two shirt pieces together. Phew, sounds complicated, but it wasn’t – one step at a time.

Next, I added a score line for folding. Finally, I uploaded a Cubs logo and made stickers for the front of the shirt.


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Above are the pieces. I used Close To My Heart White Daisy cardstock for the card.

I made some stickers on clear sticker paper and some on white sticker paper (Avery). I made extras, because, ya know . . . I tend to need extras . . . sometimes . . . maybe.

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I used a small ruler to draw lines on the shirt front – I didn’t measure or anything – I started on the outside edges of the shirt body and drew a line for the shoulder seam, then I went to the center and worked my way out in both directions. Not exact, but I think it came out pretty good.

I chose a clear sticker because I liked seeing the line through it – definitely personal preference.

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I used this Close To My Heart stamp set to stamp the sentiment inside the card. I like how they mixed fonts.

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I used these Staedtler triplus fineliners to color in some of the letters – that was pretty fun!!

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Unfortunately, the card was slightly larger than an A5 envelope – okay, poor planning on my part – so I had to make a custom envelope. Easy peasy with my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Generator app. Just enter the card’s width and height and it calculates your paper size and punch guide measurement (pretty sure they spelled measurement wrong??).

A square card takes extra postage – just so ya know . . .

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Above is my awesome We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board (one of my favorite and most useful tools), app, and the punched/scored cardstock before assembly.

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Here’s the finished card, I added some clear sparkles for buttons. Didn’t it come out great????? One of my best cards, if I do say so myself!

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 . . .

CTMH Happy Times Card Workshop Part 2

HP2-1Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today!

May is National Scrapbook Month and Close To My Heart has a special going on where you can get a free Happy Times paper pack for every $60 you spend. Well, I’m not a scrapbooker, but I do like to make cards.

So, continuing National Scrapbook Month, here is CTMH Happy Times Card Workshop Part 2. This workshop was designed by Michelle Snyder, and has the instructions for 12 different cards.

Above are the supplies I used – Happy Times paper pack, Happy Times stamp set, ink in Pomegranate, Smoothie, Canary and Fern, Pink Enamel Gems, gold sequins, and white & gold ribbon. The instructions include the dimensions of each paper piece – I cut all the pieces at the same time, labeled and sorted them.
HP2-3Card 7: This card has a large banner that was created out of a rectangle – I cut about half an inch up at the center of the bottom, and cut from each corner toward the top of the cut – the tricky part is making the first cut in the center, you can mark it because it will be cut off.

The instructions said to draw a square around the outside edge of the top white piece – not really liking that look – so instead I used the inkpad and rubbed ink on the edges. This still makes it stand out from the other layers, and looks way better than my horribly crooked lines . . .

HP2-2Yeah, so my stamping skills need a little improvement – okay, a LOT of improvement. Above were my attempts at stamping.

The stamp I wanted to use was two words in a horizontal arrangement and I wanted them vertical. So, I masked off the second word with a sticky note and stamped the first word – masked off the first word and stamped the second word. Well, above left is what happens when you don’t clean the stamp off first (see the shadow of the “y” to the left of “times”? – duuuuuh!!

The middle picture is what happens when you drop the inkpad (upside down, of course) on the finished piece – UUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH!!

Third times a charm, right? In this instance, it was – it came out great!

HP2-4Card 8: This card has a flower embellishment – these were the easiest, awesome-looking flowers I’ve ever put on a card. Aren’t the little tabs sticking out on the left side adorable?

HP2-5Card 9: I could’ve done a better job cutting the white/gold striped paper – there’s not enough gold on the bottom section . . . There are two pieces of white & gold ribbon on this card tied together in the middle – I love the way this looks!

This card has the darker flower embellishment. One thing I love about using all CTMH products is that it takes the guesswork out of coordinating colors. The flower matches the pink layer, and some of the flowers in the floral layer, perfectly.
HP2-6Card 10: I wasn’t going to use the sentiment on this card at first because I couldn’t think of an occasion where I might use it. Then, after some thought, I actually came up with a few. Condolences, of course, but then also a thank you where you’re reminiscing about something, or maybe sending a photo of something you were thinking about and wanted to share it with someone. Huh, three different occasions, okay, I can use this . . .
HP2-7Card 11: Isn’t this card pretty? The Happy is stamped in two different inks – Pomegranate on the bottom, and then Smoothie in the middle (freshly inked), and also on the top (second generation – this is where you stamp a second time so it’s a paler shade).

I love the various shapes and textures on this card – banners, circles, rectangles, stripes, floral, metallic, sequins.

You could use this card for birthdays, anniversaries, congratulations, baby, promotion . . .


The stamping monster struck again – the top one was done and then someone had ink on their hand and got it on the card (it may have been me . . . ), the second and third there was mysterious ink on the stamp . . . Okay . . . I completely cleaned the stamp, tried it again, and the bottom one came out perfect!
Card 12: The last card! I really like the three vertical ribbon stripes – they really balance the horizontal design of the card, don’t you think? I think this is my favorite card in this set. It can be used for any occasion – the front sentiment takes on different meanings depending on what you write on the inside.


Here are the last six finished cards. It took me about an hour to cut out all the pieces, and about 15 minutes for each card. These are super quick and easy cards, they’re blank on the inside so you can stamp or write whatever your own sentiment.

Don’t you just love the paper? The colors are bright and happy – perfect for spring or summer cards.

If you missed the first six cards, check out my previous blog.

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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