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Close to My Heart “Live Beautifully” Part 2

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! This is Close To My Heart “Live Beautifully” (Part 2).

“Live Beautifully” is an exclusive paper pack, and is only available from Close to My Heart in May in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. Above is a pic of the paper, and I’m using this lovely paper to make more cards . . .

In addition to using the “Live Beautifully” paper pack, I embellished with them with CTMH Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, Black & White Dots, Gold Glitter Gems, and Black and Sea Glass Ink.
Card #1: This card uses some of the rose paper – the colors include rich reds, soft pinks, and luscious creams. Gold glitter gems add a touch of sparkle.
Card #2: Gold foil heart paper, gray stripes, gold foil polka dots, flags, and gold foil striped zip strip. Zip strips are thin strips of patterned paper along the end of the 12×12 sheets of paper – more coordinated paper choices for your projects. White enamel dots are an added embellishment – not necessary, but oh so pretty!!
Card #3: This card has a large stamped black flower – my MISTI is invaluable when stamping images like this, it allows me to restamp in exactly the same place over and over easily. It’s really difficult to get a “good” complete stamp the first time. As a matter of fact, I reinked and stamped four times before I got the coverage I was satisfied with.
Card #4: I love the art deco paper on this card. Again, there’s a large flower to stamp – Thank You MISTI!!!!
Card #5: The word “smile” is about 5 inches wide – doesn’t it look awesome? I really like how there’s only half a flower on the left edge. This is a really simple card that still looks lovely.
Card #6: The final card is all black and white. There’s something about the text on that layer that makes it look elegant, don’tcha think?

This is one of my favorite paper packs ever because: #1, the color combinations of black, white, sea glass, red, white, and pink; #2, the paper patterns/designs of art deco, polka dots, florals, stripes, gold foil, and text; #3, the embellishments – gold glitter gems, black & white polka dots, hearts, and gold & white twine; #4, the texture/dimension – embossing, stamped flowers and leaves, die cuts, and 3D foam dots that add depth.

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 2017 Graduation Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making an SVGCuts 2017 Graduation Card.

This is a free svg file on their website under the “Free Designs” tab, and it’s sized “just right to hold cash or a personal check.”

Uploading svg files into Cricut Design Space is really easy – you download the file onto your computer (this one is free), click the ‘Upload Images’ button on the left toolbar in CDS, and follow the instructions in each screen that comes up. It is soooo easy, and soooo worth the effort.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Peacock, Sea Glass and White Daisy. The font is Anna Griffin’s Soiree Lettering – Grace.
This is the front of the card – the Peacock ‘2017’ piece is layered over a Sea Glass piece to add dimension. I love the Sea Glass stripe across the top.

SVGCuts has a way of adding little details that make all the difference, such as the rounded corners and the cutout star – how cool is that?????
The file includes an awesome envelope.

In the left picture you see the outside of the envelope. I used my Cricut Explore to write my niece’s name and the word “Congrats” on the flap.

The center pic shows the inside of the envelope with a liner – another small detail that makes the finished envelope look really nice.

In the right pic you can see that I glued the bottom flap onto the side flaps. I love the curves, and how the inside liner will show when the card is opened.
Here’s the finished card. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Silver Lining’ to accent the stripe on the front of the card and the labels on the envelope.

This was an unbelievable easy card that came out beautiful!!!!

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 . . .

Margarita Shaker Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Margarita Shaker Birthday Card for my friend’s 60th birthday.

Above is a screenshot of the card in Cricut Design Space. I got the margarita glass in Google Images – it’s okay to use images from this source as long as it’s for private use – just a reminder.

“Cheers” is from Cricut’s JGoode Designs Holiday Sampler cartridge, “60” is Britannic Bold (a font on my computer), and the sentiment font is Anna Griffin’s Soiree Lettering-Grace.
I also made a t-shirt. The sentiment came from a sign my husband and I saw when we were shopping and thought it would be perfect for my friend.
This is the inspiration for the card – shaker cards are really popular right now.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Pear, White Daisy, and Black. I used some acetate from my stash.

A hint when cutting acetate: I set my Cricut on ‘transparency’ and cut it 4 times. If you hit cut without removing the mat, it cuts in EXACTLY the same place.
I glued one layer of the acetate to the back of the Pear layer.
Using CTMH thin 3-D foam tape (I had to cut it thinner so you wouldn’t see it), I lined the section where the sequins and glitter will be. I lined the entire image so it would lay evenly on the card.
Here I added glitter and sequins in the drink part and glitter in the lime section.
Then I added the second acetate piece. Voila, margarita shaker!!!!!
I used a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper for the background layer. Watercolor paper is a must when you’re painting because it’s thicker and doesn’t ‘pill’ when it gets wet.

Now, I’m not a painter, but I can handle a technique like the one above. I used CTMH watercolors, brushed on and splattered blue across the top section and did the same with green on the bottom section.
I used Stickles in Firefly (for the lime) and Diamond (as the salt around the rim) to embellish the glass.

Here’s the finished card – one of my favorites so far.

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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Charcoal Barbecue Grill Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Charcoal Barbecue Grill Birthday Card for my son’s 30th birthday.

Above is a screenshot of Cricut Design Space. I made extra circles and smoke just in case I mess up (oh yeah, it happens, lol).
Here is the inspiration for my card – the above card is for “Dad,” but obviously, since I’m making this card for my son, I’m going to customize it.
These are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Ruby, Black, White Daisy, Pacifica, Whisper, and Black Glitter.

The font for the numbers is Brittanic Bold (one of my system fonts) and the sentiment font is Cricut Alphabet.

The steam is from the Cricut ‘Wall Decor and More’ cartridge. The grill legs are stretched rectangles welded to circles.
I used the CTMH watercolors and swirled a little and splattered a little – so, so, so much fun!!!!
I decided I needed some grass, so I used a piece of CTMH Willow cardstock, cut a curve, and inked the edge.
This is the grill piece. I cut the glitter circle in half and hinged it with a silver brad, cut the smoke pieces apart and glued them inside.
I put a brad in the left grill leg, attached the legs to the grill body, added the handle to the top, and attached the completed grill to the top layer.
Next I attached the grill piece to the card base. If I were to do this card again, I would make the base white – I did not like the red with this card. I was trying to do a Chicago Cubs color combination . . . yeah . . . would’ve looked better in white.
Here’s the finished card. I love all of it except the red. Hey, they don’t always come out the way I expect.

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

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a First Communion Card for my nephew’s daughter.

Above is a screenshot of the design in Cricut Design Space. This card is for a girl and can be pink, frilly, and pretty. It’s one of those cards that comes out better than I expected.
Here is the inspiration for the card – I went on Pinterest and searched “1st Communion Cards.” My card is for a girl, so I’ll add pink and I love sheer ribbon, so I’ll replace the satin ribbon. Otherwise, the front will look very similar.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used some shimmery pink cardstock from my stash and Close To My Heart White Daisy. I used a fine tip black pen for the text.

The first frame I made had an intricate design that I tore (twice!!), so I changed to a ring of flowers – they came out perfect. When I cut the cross, I cut it twice on the regular cardstock setting – because it was also tearing – however, this time it worked!!
I ran the top through my eBosser with the Dotted Swiss embossing folder, then wrapped sheer ribbon between the embossing and the flat areas, and tied a piece in a knot off to the left.
I love, love, love these thin 3D foam squares – they raise the layer just enough to add a little dimension.
Here is where I added the ring of flowers, embellishing the centers with small pearl bubbles, and popping it up with foam dots.
This pic shows the cross in the center of the ring of flowers.

Yeah . . . I am really loving this card!!!
I’ve been using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Generator app on my phone to calculate the dimensions for my card envelopes. It’s free (woohoo), and it’s harder to read the numbers wrong (this may have happened to me – maybe more than once, lol).
Here’s the finished card. Isn’t it beautiful???? I love it when cards come out even better than I expect!!!!

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 . . .

Purple Wedding Card


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

Above is a screenshot of Cricut Design Space. Their colors are purple and navy – I got the inside sentiment by searching “wedding sentiments” in Google Images.
I found the inspiration for my card on Pinterest – this is one of my top places to find card ideas. It’s always amazing how different my cards turn out from their inspirations.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in White Daisy, Black, Pansy, and Fundamentals.
These are the hearts. I created the shirt on the left by slicing the heart with a triangle – seriously easy. The bow is from the Cricut “Party Photo Props” cartridge, and the hearts are free images.
I layered the hearts on top of each other, angling them slightly. The pearls and black gems are from my stash – essentials I reach for frequently.
I tied some white sheer ribbon around the bottom of the card and knotted a piece off to the left. I also layered the Fundamental piece onto a piece of White Daisy.
Then I layered onto a piece of Pansy paper. “Congratulations” is written in a font from the Cricut “Wrap It Up” cartridge – I changed it from cut to write and attached it – then I went over it with a black metallic marker.
Here is the inside sentiment – it is written in Soiree Lettering – Grace Script – this is my favorite font – it’s easy to read and looks like cursive.
Here is the finished card. I made the envelope out of White Daisy cardstock using my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board.

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 . . .

Close To My Heart “Live Beautifully”

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m using the Close To My Heart “Live Beautifully” Paper pack to make some bee-you-ti-ful cards.

“Live Beautifully” is an exclusive paper pack, and is only available in May in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. Above is a pic of the paper . . . isn’t it beautiful?????

However, it may be National Scrapbooking Month, but I’m using this lovely paper to make cards . . .
Above are the supplies I’m using – glitter gems, black & white dots, Black, Whisper, Desert Sand, and Sea Glass ink, gold and white twine from my stash, the “Live Beautifully” stamp set, “Happy Thoughts” and “Chevron” embossing folders, and “Happy Birthday” dies.
CTMH paper has “zip strips” along one edge that you can cut off and use to embellish projects – a little extra something pretty.
Here are the paper pieces for the first card.
I layered the paper pieces and used CTMH Thin Cuts “Happy Birthday” Z3304 to cut out the words.

So, so easy . . .
For the second card, I used the CTMH “Happy Thoughts” embossing folder (Z3249), the “Live Beautifully” Stamp set (CC1212C), and Whisper and Sea Glass ink.
Again, I layered the pieces – adding foam dots under the flower to make it stand out more – another easy card . . .
For the third card, I used the CTMH “Chevron” embossing folder (Z3247) and Whisper ink.
Here’s the finished card, plus some Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312) and the gold and glitter twine.
These are the pieces for the final card.
And, here is the final card – don’t you just love that vintage rose paper?

Wow, these cards came out incredible and will help my friends live a beautiful life . . .

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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Pirate Birthday Easel Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Pirate Birthday Easel Card for my grandson’s 6th birthday.

Above is a screenshot of the card in Cricut Design Space. I love that I can lay out a card here and make changes before actually constructing it.
Above is the inspiration for my pirate card – I found this on Pinterest by searching “pirate birthday cards.”

The designer used 4 SVGCuts kits . . . Challenge Accepted . . .

Above are the dimensions for the pieces . . . Oh Boy . . . Honestly, I only had to change a few of them.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Black, White Daisy, Cocoa, Pacifica, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Ruby, Whisper and Flaxen. I also used Tim Holtz cardstock from his Kraft Nostalgic and French Industrial paper packs.

The svg files are from SVGCuts Caramel Apple Pie, Pirate Birthday Party, Lil Peeps, and Trick or Treat Lil Peeps Kits.
I crumpled up the Desert Sand piece and inked it with CTMH Desert Sand ink.
This is the map – layered over black and the skull accent piece – I inked the edges with the Desert Sand ink. Don’t they look so freakin’ cool????
Here’s the front of the card – it was just a matter of following the design and placing the pieces.
This is the base folded along the scorelines.
I attached the assembled piece to the top folded section of the base.
Here’s a side view.
This is the ruffle with a nameplate. I inked the edges of all the pieces and attached the nameplate with brads from my stash.

“Liam Sparrow,” lol.
Here is a flat view of the card opened up.
And, this is the finished card. One of my best yet!?!?!?! Seriously, how awesome is this?????

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 . . .

Pirate Birthday Party Decorations

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making Pirate Birthday Party decorations using the SVGCuts Pirate Birthday Party Kit.

Above is a screenshot of the projects – cupcake wrapper and sail, eyepatch, skull tag, pirate pennant, flag, and a pirate ship wall decoration.

I have a really good feeling about this . . .
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Black, White Daisy and Chocolate.
The skull tag is only two pieces – just glue them together. My grandson LOVES pompoms, so I made one, using the We R Memory Keepers pompom maker, to go through the tag and attach to the gift.
This is the pirate ship wall decoration – I used the picture from their website to assemble it.
Here’s the flag wall decoration.
I made 8 pirate pennants and strung them together with some black twine.
This is what the pennants looked like hung up.
Here are the eyepatches. I got some black elastic and used my mini attacher to staple it to the eyepatches.
These are the cupcake wrappers and sail pieces.
This is one of the sails – pieces, assembled sail, and with a toothpick.
These are the cupcake wrappers.
Here are the finished cupcakes – seriously – aren’t these soooooo cute? They’re individual pirate ships!!!!!

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 . . .

1-2-3 Punch Board Layered Bow

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I am making a 1-2-3 Punch Board Layered Bow. I’ve made single bows on this punch board before, but I wanted to make a bigger bow for a gift. Hmmm, how can I do this?!?!?
You can use the 123 Punch Board to make 3 different projects – envelopes (has a score extender for larger envelopes), bows, and boxes. Each projects’ instructions are in different colors. Above you can see that the Bow instructions are white (envelopes are in blue, and boxes are in red).

Just follow the instructions step-by-step . . . Easy Peasy. Notice that for each bow, there are 3 paper lengths – A, B, and C. A is the bow length, B is the bottom notched piece, and C is the single looped piece.

Now, I want to make a layered bow, so I will need multiple A’s in different lengths, and only 1 B and 1 C.
These are the pieces I cut out.
This was a practice bow. Yep, this is what I want it to look like.
Above are the 2 XXL A’s, glued on the left and then crossed on the right.
Here are the 2 XL A’s.
Above on the left are the crossed XXL’s and XL’s on the left and then layered on the right – making sure I staggered the layers.
These are the 2 L pieces.
On the left, you see the XXL and XL layers and the L layer off to the right and then in the right pic you can see the L layer attached.
Above on the left is my layered bow and the B piece that goes on the bottom. The B piece is attached on the right.
Finally, on the left you see the C piece. On the right you see it looped and glued next to the layered bow.
Here’s the finished bow – I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls mist to make it shimmer. This was so easy . . .  I made 20 of them, lol.

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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