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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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SVGCuts Mens Shirt Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making an SVGCuts Mens Shirt Card from their ’Summer Holiday’ Kit for my brother’s birthday.

Above is a screenshot of the files in Cricut Design Space – this is where I work on the color combinations of the pieces. Also, when using SVGCuts files, you have to remember to attach the scorelines. You can also change the scorelines from cut to score if you want.
Here is a pic of the card from the SVGCuts website. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any hawaiian-type paper, but I think any type of masculine paper would look good. Hey, I have some Tim Holtz cardstock . . .
These are the cutout pieces. And, yes, I used Tim Holtz cardstock from his ‘Crowded Attic’ paper pack, and also Close To My Heart cardstock in White Daisy for the envelope, and Slate for the shirt accents.
SVGCuts includes assembly videos for almost every kit on their website – which I watch all the way through before I start a project, and then again while I am assembling – stopping frequently as I go.

I used Thin 3D Foam Squares from amazon under the collar and shirt cuffs to add dimension.
Next I attached the front shirt layers along the outside edges.
Most kits come with a piece that you can personalize – this particular kit came with an interior piece that I wrote the sentiment on in the Soiree Lettering Grace Script.
The buttons are CTMH Epoxy Bubbles in a dark gray.
Here’s the finished card. The envelope was part of the kit and not one of my favorites. There was some overhang on the sides – weird – and I’m thinking an envelope liner in different cardstock would’ve looked better. I tried to improve it by inking the edges, creating a more grungey look – it just looked messy . . .

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 Adirondack Chair Box Card

 

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making an SVGCuts Adirondack Chair Box Card from their ‘Garden Party Box Cards’ Kit.

Above is a screen shot of the card in Cricut Design Space – hmm, doesn’t look too bad, right?
Here’s a screen shot of the finished card from the SVGCuts website.
Above are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Hollyhock, Topiary, White Daisy, Whisper.
The hibiscus flowers are from the SVGCuts ‘Tiki Party’ Kit.

I used a Zebra Print embossing folder from provo craft to emboss the flower petals and then inked the centers with CTMH Hollyhock ink.
Assembly of the flowers was pretty straight forward – glue them in a circle and glue the stem to the center.

I added black glitter to the flower centers and CTMH glimmer to the leaves.
The edges of the chair pieces were inked with CTMH Cashmere ink.
SVGCuts has an assembly video that demonstrates how to assemble the card from start to finish – definitely worth the time it takes to watch it. I usually watch all the way through and then watch again while I’m assembling.

The white piece sticking up is for a pillow, but I wanted to put hibiscus flowers on it instead. See? You can customize your cards . . .
Here’s a front view of the finished card. The envelope is also from SVGCuts – part of the card svg files – I love the curved flap.
And a back view – the piece on the back is a towel where you can put a sentiment.
The awesome thing about box cards is that you can fold them flat and put them in an envelope . . .

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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Double Heart Anniversary Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Double Heart Anniversary Card for my brother and sister-in-law’s 41st anniversary.

Above is a screenshot of Cricut Design Space 3 – I found a card I liked on Pinterest and thought, hmmm, how can I make that? Read on and see what I came up with . . .
Here is the inspiration for the card – looks pretty simple doesn’t it??? I can do that . . .
Here are the cutout pieces – I used Cashmere, Chocolate and White Daisy cardstock from Close To My Heart. The heart is from the Cricut Calligraphy Collection, ‘love’ is from the Cricut Sampler, and the font is Soiree Lettering – Grace Script.

The hardest part was trying to imitate the multi-heart shapes – I tried to layer hearts, but I did NOT like how it looked. Instead, I chose a heart from ‘my purchases’ in Cricut Design Space, duplicated it, flipped one of the hearts horizontally, overlapped them, and then welded.

I was very happy with how my version of hearts came out.

I used Perfect Pearls Mists and heavily misted the hearts and love’s shadow layer.
Then I ran my 3/4” White Daisy strips through my eBosser, using the above embossing folders. I have all of my embossing folders organized into folders like the ones in the pic. They’re easy to store and it’s very easy to look through the designs.
Here are the strips glued to the card base.
Finally, I tied some paper string in a double bow, glued it onto the hearts, glued the hearts to the card base, and finished the front by adding the ‘love’ sentiment.

That’s the completed card. I Love 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 . . .

Floral Heart Bridal Shower Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Floral Heart Bridal Shower Card for my niece-to-be.

Above is a screenshot of Cricut Design Space 3 – still in Beta – I love designing cards in Design Space because I can see what it’s going to look like. I can move elements around, resize them, play with color combinations, and add text.
Here is the inspiration for my card. What I usually do first when designing a card is go on Pinterest and search a topic. Even though I use these cards for inspiration, they rarely look like the original – you’ll see what I’m talking about when you see the finished card . . .
Here are the cut out pieces – I used my awesome Cricut Explore to cut them out. The cardstock is from Close To My Heart and is from the White Daisy and Lagoon paper.
I misted the word and the floral heart with Perfect Pearls Mists – one of my favorite ways to embellish card pieces.
I used the PC Swiss Dots embossing folder on the White Daisy layer.

I have a photo box from Michaels for storing the embossing folders, and folders with labels and a sample of the embossed design. I put a large sample of the embossed design on the folder so I can see the overall design.
I glued the White Daisy embossed layer onto the Lagoon card base.
Then I added the floral heart inside the cutout heart.
Next came the “Congratulations” on the White Daisy layer.
Here is the finished card. The envelope was made from the CTMH Lagoon cardstock using my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board.

I find myself using the 1-2-3 Punch Board all the time now because I can make longer score lines with the extension arm, and the corner rounder is easier to use.

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Puppy 1st Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Puppy 1st Birthday Card for my friend’s granddaughter.

Above is a screenshot of the design in Cricut Design Space 3. I didn’t have an inspiration for this particular card – I had like an hour to design, cut out and create it.

Challenge accepted!! Here we go . . .
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in White Daisy, Colonial White, Chocolate, Cashmere, Blossom and Raspberry.

Raspberry is definitely one of my favorite colors. Just sayin’ . . .

The font is Soiree Lettering – Grace Script. ‘birthday’ is from my images – which means I uploaded it from somewhere . . . sorry, not sure where, but probably svgcuts.
The Terrier is from the Cricut Create A Critter cartridge. Cricut images are designed to layer on top of each other so the underneath shows through – the eyes, nose, mouth and ears are all the base layer in Chocolate.

The Colonial White piece on the front has cutouts for the nose and mouth so, again, you can see the Chocolate from underneath.

Seriously, how cute is that puppy?????
The 1st medallion image is from the Cricut Creative Memories – Stork’s Delivery cartridge.

Guess I should’ve let the glue dry before taking the picture, but as I said, I was in a hurry – it dries clear.

Blossom cardstock, layered over Raspberry, layered over White Daisy – such vibrant colors!!
This is the Celebrate Card image from the Cricut ‘Simple Celebrations’ cartridge. How pretty is this design? I love how the dots are more concentrated at the top and then less and less – perfect for adding an image at the bottom.
I put pop dots all over the back of the terrier to make it stand up – I also put them on the back of the medallion.
Here’s the finished card – isn’t it just adorable? It was a really cute design that went together super fast! The Cricut ‘Create A Critter’ images are perfect for children’s cards – they have other dogs, bears, frogs, flowers, snakes, mice, chicks, trees . . . there are 201 images on this cartridge – well worth the purchase.

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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Time to Celebrate Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Time to Celebrate Birthday Card for my dad.

Ya know, sometimes you just need to make a simple card. This is one of those times – but it comes out awesome!!!!
Here is the inspiration for my card. The embossed background looks like a Tim Holtz design – which I don’t have – so I used one with gears instead.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used kraft paper for the card base and clock face, and Close To My Heart cardstock in Colonial White and Cashmere.

The clock image is from the Cricut ‘Designer’s Calendar’ cartridge. I drew the numbers on the clock face, rather than cut them, because they’re so small.

The font is Cricut Sans, and the embossing folder is Tim Holtz Gears (not sure if this is the official name).
Here is the embossed layer on CTMH Colonial White. I’ve found that my eBosser does a better job than my Cuddlebug. The Cuddlebug would tear the paper sometimes – maybe because it doesn’t have consistent even pressure like the eBosser?????
Here’s the assembled front decorative piece. I drew the clock design rather than cut it out because the numbers were so small – yeah, so then it also did not cut out the circle – had to cut it out by hand.

Aren’t the clock hands adorable? Weird, but I had a hard time putting the hands in position???? Nothing looked right . . . This would be really cool if you knew the recipient’s exact birth time, wouldn’t it??
I attached the embossed layer to the card base.
Then I attached the decorative clock and sentiment piece, and voila . . . Done . . .

I made the envelope using my WRMK Envelope Generator app on my phone for the dimensions, and then the WRMK Envelope Punch Board – perfect envelopes every 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 . . .

Under the Sea Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making an Under the Sea Birthday Card for my sister. She recently got into cardmaking with me, so of course I had to make an extra special card for her.

Above is a screenshot of the card in Cricut Design Space.
This is the inspiration for my card. I got it from We R Memory Keepers and will use the WRMK Fuse Tool to create the waves.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Honey (retired), Lemon, Sea Glass, White Daisy and Black.
Cricut Design Space 3 (still in beta) has a really useful design source description box (shown above).

The sun and banner are from the CTMH Artiste cartridge, ‘Birthday Wishes’ is from Anna’s Gracious Giftables Bonus Content, the fish are from the Paper Dolls for Everyday cartridge, the goldfish are from the Disney Pixar cartridge, ‘live it up’ is from heidi swapp font, phrases, and icons, and the sentiment font is Soiree Lettering – Grace Script.
I decided the background was too plain, so I had my awesome Cricut draw the designs – a really easy way to add a background when you don’t have patterned paper. Just sayin’ . . .

The left pic shows the decorated cardstock and the right pic shows it attached to the card base.
Here are the assembled decorative pieces for the front of the card.
I used the WRMK Fuse tool and decorative ruler to create the waves. The plastic is a page protector that I cut down to size, then I sealed the left, right and bottom with the Fuse Tool.

Finally, I put some sequins and beads in the bottom and using the decorative ruler, I created waves, and repeated until I got to the top.

Finally, I glued it onto the decorative fish paper.
These are the beads I used – I got them from Michaels.
And, these are the sequins – they were in my July Cocoa Daisy Kit – they’re perfect for this project.
Here’s the finished card. One of my best, 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 . . .

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