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SVGCuts Pumpkin Cottage

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making the SVGCuts Pumpkin Cottage.

Above is a screen shot of the files in Cricut Design Space 3. Lots and lots of pieces – when making large projects like this, keep in mind that you’ll go one step at a time, and before you know it, you’re done.

SVGCuts has assembly videos on their website, where Mary completes the ENTIRE project on the video. I always watch the video all the way through, and then watch, pause, watch, pause, watch, pause, a second time through.
SVGCuts files are my favorite – however, there are three things to remember when using their files: #1 – change the scorelines from cut to score; #2 – change the number labels from cut to write; #3 – attach the scorelines and number labels (otherwise they show up on a mat by themselves . . . you don’t want that).

Here are all the pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Chocolate, Cocoa, Fern, Colonial White, CTMH Enchantment and Basics Fundamentals cardstock, Vellum from my stash, and the orange hashtag cardstock is from the DCWV Eek-A-Boo paper pad.

Yep, lots of pieces – one step at a time . . .
I edged most of pieces with CTMH Chocolate ink.
For step-by-step assembly instructions, watch the videos – above left are the pieces for the front door section and on the right you see the the completed section.
This is a window section.
I glued the numbered cottage sections together. Here is a front view of the completed cottage.
You can see the labeled sections on the bottom. I took a pic of the inside to show the attention to detail in these projects – there’s an octagonal piece that covers the bottom – ha!! – now you can’t see my gluey mess!!!!
Roof pieces were embossed with the WRMK Scales embossing folder, and the base trim was embossed with the CTMH Woodgrain embossing folder.
Here are the base pieces.
On the left is the bottom of the base, the center pic shows how a box is assembled and put in the center of the base to provide support, and the right pic shows the base top, grass, and fence attached.
These are some closeups of the base trim.
Here is the finished cottage. Next is the roof . . .
The top pic shows the numbered chimney pieces, and the bottom shows the completed chimney.
On the left are the roof pieces, the center pic shows the assembled roof, and the right pic shows the roof with the embossed panels attached.
Here’s the finished SVGCuts Pumpkin Cottage. This is by far the best completed SVGCuts building I’ve made. I. 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 . . .

SVGCuts Halloween Cards Version 2017

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! Surprise, surprise, I’m making SVGCuts Halloween Cards Version 2017 for my grandchildren.

Above is a screenshot of the first card in Cricut Design Space 3. It’s the Witch Leg Card from the SVGCuts “Spooky Soiree” Kit.
Here are the cutout pieces using Close To My Heart cardstock in Whisper, the retired Nevermore paper pack, and purple glitter from the Recollections Glitter Pad.
Ach, here’s the purple glitter shoe piece . . . You can NEVER have too much glitter . . .
These are the card base pieces – there are extra layers to make it sturdy so it will stand.
The glittery shoe is attached to the front piece and then the stripes are added.
The card front and back are attached to each other.
Here’s the finished card and envelope – I stamped the envelope with a Hero Arts stamp set. The black ribbon and purple gem came from my stash (no idea where I got them . . .).
Card #2:
This card is the Catacomb Card from the SVGCuts “Catacomb Manor” Kit. Above a screenshot of the pieces in CDS3.
Here are the pieces. I used CTMH Nevermore cardstock (retired), black glitter from the Recollections Glitter Pad, and a distressed cream from the DCWV Eek-A-Boo paper pack.
This is the front card base.
On the left is the back base and on the right are the front and back attached together.
This is the finished card – I used the CTMH “Little Monsters” stamp set to stamp a cute skeleton on the envelope. I also used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black to make the dots.
Card #3:

This is the Jack O’Lantern Card from the SVGCuts “Fright Night” Kit. The CDS3 screenshot of the uploaded files is shown above.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used CTMH Whisper, CTMH Nevermore cardstock (retired), and orange glitter from the Recollections Glitter Pad.
This is a box-card type of card. Above is the front layer.
The top pic shows the inside of the card – the left side makes a shadow behind the pumpkin and the spider wet. The bottom pic shows the front and back of the card.
It was a really easy card – the last assembly step was to glue the front to the back on the side.

Wow, as I said, super easy card . . .
Here’s the finished card. I used the CTMH “Little Monsters” stamp pad on the envelope, and a stamp set I got from Michaels (a million years ago, I think . . .) for the “Hey, Pumpkin!”

Whatcha think? Will they like them????

I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ripened Pumpkin on the pumpkin face and buckle, Stickles Black Diamond to outline the hat, and Stickles Icicle on the spiderweb.

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 Candy Gang Treat Bags

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making SVGCuts Candy Gang Treat Bags.

Above is a pic from the SVGCuts website of the bags they made. They are so, so cute!!!! I can’t wait to make these!
Starting with the “Candy” treat bag, I used Close To My Heart cardstock in White Daisy, Black, Lemon, Tangerine, and Sea Glass. The dark orange in the middle second was from my stash.
Next is the “Frank” treat bag, which is made from CTMH Black, Pear and Willow cardstock.
The “Jack” treat bag is made from CTMH Chocolate and Lemon, and orange from my stash. I forgot to take a picture before I started assembling him . . . Sigh . . .
This is the “Tut” treat bag, and he is made from CTMH Black, Willow, Colonial White, and Whisper cardstock. He was realllllly fun to make – those wrappings are ingenious . . .
Finally, this is the “Vince” treat bag and he is made out of CTMH Black, Willow, Lemon and Gypsy cardstock.
The pipe cleaners came from this “Ultimate Animal Fuzzy Kit” I got a few years ago for my grandchildren from Walmart. We made some pretty cute animals out of these . . .

I also used nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White for the eyes – these are awesome – they dry flat and round, like enamel dots, and they come in A LOT of colors.
Here’s a pic of my bags – they’re just the right size for a few treats – 3.7” x 4.2” x 1.8.”

I think Tut’s my favorite. Or maybe Vince. Hmm, I love Jack. No, Candy’s my favorite. Wait . . . I changed my mind, Frank’s my favorite. Definitely, Frank . . .

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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Rainbow Trout Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I am making a Rainbow Trout Birthday Card for my husband.

I went on Pinterest and used the above card as my inspiration. I liked the woodgrain layer topped with a torn piece of cardstock, the trout jumping out of the water, and the sequin embellishments.
Here are the pieces for the card. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Colonial White and Chocolate.

The card base and envelope are Colonial White and came in a set available from CTMH – card making at its simplest, lol. The rest of the pieces were sized to fit on the base.
I ran the Chocolate piece through my eBosser using the CTMH Woodgrain embossing folder and then sanded it with a Stampin’ Up sander. Doesn’t it look awesome? Too bad most of it gets covered up . . .
Stamp set CTMH B1535 “Hooked on You” was used to stamp the trout and Happy Birthday sentiment on to a piece of CTMH Colonial White cardstock using CTMH Black ink.
I inked the edges of the cardstock and attached them to CTMH Chocolate background cardstock. Then I used my Spectrum Noir colored pencils to color the trout and the splashing water.

I won’t lie, I’m NOT an artist – I went to google images and found a picture of a rainbow trout to see how to color it . . . it came out pretty good, if I say so myself . . .
I added some of the CTMH Sparkles Assortment in various sizes to embellish the card, rather than sequins.
Here is the finished card. I left the inside blank and added my own personal sentiment.

It was a really simple card, but came out soooo good!!!

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 . . .

 

CrossFit Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a CrossFit Birthday Card for my son’s 26th birthday.

Above is a screen shot of Cricut Design Space where I designed the card. This is where I can play around with the placement of the pieces and customize the inside sentiment.
I used 2 cards for my inspiration this time. The above card has the equipment a CrossFit athlete uses, but I didn’t like the sentiment on the front. Sooo . . . .
I found this card . . .

I realllllly wanted to put a zombie on the front, and if I would’ve had more time, I would’ve figured out how to do it. But, I didn’t . . .

However, I did use the “Happy Bar-Day” from the front, ‘cause it was just a fun way to say it . . .
Here are the pieces for the card. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Black, White Daisy, Slate and Ruby.

The font for the top layer is “Cricut Sans,” and the font for the inside is “All Mixed Up.”
Yeah, so I have the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink that I’ve been dying to play with. I used black soot and frayed burlap for my card.

The process goes something like this: spread ink on the mat, smear some on the cardstock (watercolor paper would probably work better because it doesn’t pill if you overdo it, just sayin’), mist with water, and dry with a heat gun.

It came out great, but not what I was planning, I wanted a splattered, water splotched look . . . gonna have to practice . . .
A problem with cutting words out is that they’re missing the little pieces – I used transfer tape so I wouldn’t lose any (this may have happened before and then I had to recut . . . booooo), and glued them back into place.
On the left is the finished top layer – I took the cutout 26 from the kettelbell and glued it on the inside – talk about using every piece . . .
Here’s the finished card – with a few exceptions (which I have already pointed out) I am very happy with how it came out

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 . . .

 

 

Turquoise Anniversary Shaker Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I am making a Turquoise Anniversary Shaker Card for my son and daughter-in-law’s first anniversary.

Above is a screen shot of the card design in Cricut Design Space – this is where all the magic happens – the card layout, the color choices, and the sentiment are laid out and can easily be changed.
This is the inspiration for the card – I found it on Pinterest, how pretty is this????
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Sea Glass, Lagoon, and White Daisy.

The “Happy Birthday” font on the front is Lucida Sans and the inside sentiment font is Soiree Lettering – Grace Script.

The hearts are free shapes in the DS program.
The Lagoon cardstock layer was run through my eBosser, using the cuttlebug “Swiss Dots” embossing folder, and then it was attached it to the card base.

Oh man . . . I forgot to add the ribbon . . . it should’ve been wrapped around the blue layer BEFORE attaching it to the card base . . . Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!!!
In the left photo, I glued a piece of acetate to the back side of the card base heart opening.

Then I added foam tape, in the right pic, around the outside edges of the heart (to contain the shaker contents), and also the rest of the back so it will lay flat.
The confetti was cut out of CTMH Lagoon cardstock using the We R Memory Keepers Confetti cutting die – you could cut these shapes out of any kind of paper, making your own confetti – glitter paper, foil, acetate, Tim Holtz ink splattered paper, your own design, wrapping paper that matches a gift, etc.
Besides the confetti, I also added Recollections silver iridescent chunky glitter and blue Wow! glitter.
After removing the paper from the foam tape, I attached the Sea Glass layer, enclosing the back of the shaker. The right pic shows what it looks like assembled.
The hearts got a little Wink of Stella to make them shimmer and then a dot of nuvo Crystal Drops in Blue Lagoon on one heart.
And, here’s the finished card – didn’t it come out great?????

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 Popcorn Party Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a CTMH Popcorn Party Birthday Card for my brother’s birthday.

Above is a pic of the Close To My Heart Basics Fundamental Paper Pack – they’re in shades of navy, gray, and brown – perfect for masculine cards.
This is the inspiration for the card. I went on Pinterest and searched “popcorn birthday cards” because my brother LOVES popcorn.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used CTMH cardstock from their Basics Fundamental Paper Pack, as well as CTMH Linen (a new color this year).
I used the banner and “Birthday Wishes” stamps from the ‘Little Dreamer’ stamp set, and the popcorn and pretzel are from the ‘Carnival Fun’ stamp set.
The edges were inked with CTMH Whisper ink.
I used my mini MISTI to stamp the designs – this tool has made all the difference in the quality of my stamped images.

I can stamp over and over again in the same spot to get an even layer of ink on the images.

It was a game changer for me.
The popcorn box was stamped with CTMH Ruby, the popcorn and pretzel were stamped with CTMH Honey, and the banner was stamped with CTMH Whisper.
The card base is CTMH Whisper cardstock. I added a layer of paper from the Basics Fundamental Paper Pack (and inked the edges), and then another layer of navy (hmm, it looks black in this photo) and white polka dots.

The banners are also from the Basics Fundamental Paper Pack – which are overlapped on the right side. Finally, I added the banner across the middle.
The sentiment is stamped from the ‘Happy, Happy Birthday’ set.
I popped up the popcorn box and pretzel and added some yellow enamel dots from my stash. A simple design that came out awesome!!!

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 Artfully Sent Thank You Card


Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a CTMH Artfully Sent Thank You Card.

Above is a screen shot of the card in Cricut Design Space 3. There are several changes in the new Design Space that I Just Love!!
#1 It no longer uses Flash so there are no more shockwave errors – Yay!!
#2 I can see images of my projects rather than just a list.
#3 There’s a Much Better view of the fonts – you can see ALL the letters and numbers for each font – including your system fonts
#4 Selecting a group of images is a Million Times Easier – you don’t have to make a box around all of it – which was difficult at best

Another huge improvement, imo, in DS3 is what you can see above. When you click on your project image, a box like the one above comes up.

It tells you what cartridges your images are from, what shapes you used, and what font you used. Pretty useful when you’re explaining how you made a project . . . you know, like when you’re writing a blog . . .
Here are the cutout pieces – there are only two pieces – how easy is that???? I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Colonial White and Whisper.

The card is from the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge – I love the chalkboard font and the swirl design – very elegant, don’tcha think?
I made two versions of this card – seen in the above pic – one with CTMH Whisper cardstock on top and Colonial White underneath and the other with Colonial White on top and Whisper underneath. It took about ten minutes to make each card from start to finish – Quick & Easy!!

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 . . .

Confetti Embossed Wedding Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Confetti Embossed Wedding Card for my nephew and his new wife.

Above is a screenshot of my design in Cricut Design Space 3. It’s a simple design with two layers, a base, 2 welded hearts, and a short sentiment.
This is the inspiration for my card. I found it on Pinterest when I searched wedding cards – I frequently go through Pinterest posts and pin cards onto boards so I can use them later.
Here are the cutout pieces – I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Glacier and Linen (a brand new color). I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the pieces – the hearts are from the Calligraphy Collection, and the font is Soiree Lettering – Grace Script – this is my go-to for script fonts.
The top layer was embossed using the CTMH Confetti Embossing Folder through my eBosser. How cool does that look????
Here are the front layers – I turned the embossed layer around so most of the confetti was at the top and less toward the bottom.
The entwined hearts were run through my Xyron – this puts adhesive over the entire surface of the piece.
Here are the hearts adhered to the top layer of the card.
I don’t know if you’ve ever made a fork bow, but they are so easy and all you need is some ribbon and a fork . . . Yep, a fork!

I used a meat fork for this bow because I wanted a large one. You can make teeny tiny bows as well with a small fork . . . absolutely amazing!!!!! And they come out perfect Every Time.

Here’s the finished card – simple and elegant – exactly what I wanted for a wedding card.

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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Black-Eyed Susans Anniversary Card

 

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Black-Eyed Susans Anniversary Card for my daughter and son-in-law.

Above is a screenshot of the card in Cricut Design Space – this is where all the magic happens, lol . . .
My process for designing cards is to go on Pinterest and search my ideas – this is the inspiration for my card.
Here are the cutout pieces – I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Black, Cocoa, Cashmere, Honey and New England Ivy.

The stems are from the Cricut Close To My Heart ‘Philosophy’ cartridge, the tag is from ‘Ashlynn’s Alphabet’, the flowers are from the Close To My Heart ‘Flower Market’ cartridge, and the font is Soiree Lettering Grace Script.
I used Staedtler markers on the stems, leaves and flowers – hmm, can’t really see the yellow marker on the petals . . .
I glued two layers of the flowers together, curled the ends up, and added the centers. Then I embellished the petals (with a Black Staedtler marker this time) and added glitter to the centers.
Arranging the stems was a little challenging – but I’m thinking the tag will cover a lot of it, so I just made sure they all crossed in about the same place.
Here’s the finished card. I tied a piece of twine to the tag and glued it on. I used a Uni-ball Signo white roller pen in my Cricut (Chomas pen adaptor) to write ‘Happy Anniversary’ in the Cricut Sans font.

I added stitch lines around the outside of the card as well as around the edges of the envelope because it looked too plain on solid paper. It makes all the difference . . .

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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