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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?

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 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.

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 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?

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 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.

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 Cupcake Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Purple Cupcake Birthday Card for my sister-in-law.

Above is a screen shot of the design in Cricut Design Space 3. This is where all the magic happens . . .

Seriously, CDS is really easy software to use – whatever I don’t know how to do, I turn to YouTube videos or FaceBook groups. Luckily, I was using a Cricut before CDS and even before Cricut Craft Room, so I started on the ground floor with everyone else.

If you are new, watch videos, videos, videos, and join FaceBook groups. You will get all the support you need.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Eggplant and White Daisy, and a Cricut magenta pen was used for the design and the text.

The design is from Google Images, but I forgot to document where it’s from, sorry . . . The font is Typewriter – a free Cricut Access font. You don’t have to have Cricut Access – you’ll just have to pay extra for it.
I inked the edges with CTMH Eggplant ink – this makes the edges stand out and adds dimension.
Sometimes . . . things just don’t work out the way I expect. I thought I would use Stickles Star Dust glitter glue on the design, but, guess what? It made the ink run . . . Dang . . . So, I redid it on my awesome Cricut. Only took a few extra minutes . . .
Here is the finished card after I attached it to the base and added nuvo drops on the corners, and a tiny fork bow (I watched a video – bows come out perfectly 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 . . .

Lego Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Lego Birthday Card for my grandson.

Above is a screen shot of the design in Cricut Design Space 3. I love customizing my birthday cards and CD3 makes it sooooo easy!!
This is the inspiration for my card. I searched “lego birthday cards” on Pinterest – it’s amazing how many come up! Don’t do this if you’re going to sell your cards – it would be plagiarism. This card is for my personal use. Also, always, always, always give credit to where your inspiration came from.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Lemon, White Daisy and Black. The green and red are from the ‘textured Cardstock brights’ paper pad from the Paper Studio. The font is Cricut Sans and the “Happy Birthday” is from the Cricut Space Party cartridge.
I used pop dots under the circles to create the Lego blocks.
The knobs (?) were highlighted on the top right edges with a white uni-ball Signo pen, creating realistic reflections.
The white layer was embossed using the Cricut cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder.
I inked the edges with CTMH lemon ink.
The inspiration card has a six on it, but I needed a 5. It was pretty easy to create a 5 instead. Even so, I had to work on the spacing a little so it would be centered and leave room below for the label.

The left pic has the Lego blocks added, the center pic has the “Happy Birthday” centered at the bottom, and the right pic shows this layer added to the black layer.
Here is the finished card. The layers from above were attached to the lemon base, with the sentiment written on the inside by my Cricut Maker. I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make the matching 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 . . .

Book Birthday Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Book Birthday Card for my granddaughter’s tenth birthday.

Above is a screenshot of the card I designed in Cricut Design Space 3. This is one of the reasons I make my own cards – I can customize them however I want – check out the titles on the books, lol.

I found this card on Pinterest and thought I could definitely recreate it  . . .

Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Black, Indian Corn Blue (retired), Colonial White, Fern, Tangerine, and Thistle.
My granddaughter is currently reading the Harry Potter books again, so I printed a two-page spread from one of the books to fit the card dimensions. Then I inked the edges with CTMH Cocoa ink. I had the library book pocket in my stash and used it to hold the Barnes & Noble gift card we got her.

I used the mini Score-Buddy to put ridges on the book “spines”.
Here are the books aged by inking them up . . .
The books are adhered to the outside of the card base – “Happy Birthday” is from the Cricut ‘Paper Lace’ cartridge. The fonts on the book titles are Cricut Sans, Bookmark, and Soiree Lettering Grace Script.
I had to crease the two books on the right because they are on the fold – I love how realistic this made them look.
Here’s the outside of the card with the envelope.
Here’s the inside of the card. I attached the library pocket on the left side – as I said earlier, it’s perfect for holding the Barnes & Noble gift card.

Turns out one of her favorite activities is going to Barnes & Noble and reading while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. She truly is my granddaughter . . .

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 Falling Leaves Waterfall Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making the SVGCuts Falling Leaves Waterfall Card from their Acorn Autumn SVG Kit.

Above is a screen shot of the svg files in Cricut Design Space. One of the great things about making your own cards is that you can personalize them and make them look professional.

I pretty much only use SVGCuts files because . . . I love them. However, two things to remember when using their files: #1 – change the score lines from cut to score; #2 – attach the score lines to the appropriate pieces.
These are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Espresso and Linen (new colors this year), and their Fundamentals paper from the Basics and Enchantment paper packs.
As mentioned earlier, this is a waterfall card, which means when you pull the tab, the pieces slide over each other and create a waterfall effect.

FYI, I have to watch a video when assembling this card . . . just sayin’ . . .

In the left pic, I folded the slider (striped piece) along the score lines and attached it to the bottom panel with small brads. The middle pic shows the bottom panel glued to the card base. The right pic shows the decorative handle attached.
These photos show the addition of each of the panels that the falling leaves will be attached to. I glued each one on a score lined section, pulled it up, and continued adding until all three were attached. If that’s confusing, watch the video, lol.

How pretty is this paper???
Finally, I added the leaves to the panels. As simple as that . . .
And, here’s the finished card. I also added a piece of rickrack to the hole for pulling the sections through the loop. I love making my own cards . . .

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 Heirloom Christmas Tree

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making the SVGCuts Heirloom Christmas Tree.

Above is a screen shot of the svg files in Cricut Design Space. Cricut makes uploading svg files So Easy – you just have to remember to attach the scorelines to the appropriate pieces – otherwise, they go on a different mat – You. Need. The. Scorelines. ON. The. Pieces.
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in Ruby, Lemon, and Ponderosa Pine (retired). The patterned paper is from a CTMH Fundamental Paper Pack.
There are eight each of two different shapes. Above are the smaller shapes assembled (I forgot to take an unfolded/assembled pic . . . yeah, sorry . . . ).
This is the larger piece – unfolded, folded, and assembled.
Using one piece of each size, I glued them together to make one larger piece.
I took two of the larger pieces and glued them together to start forming the tree.
The top pic shows all 8 pieces glued together, and the bottom shows the bulbs in the holes.
These two pieces go on the bottom of the tree to close it up.
The piece with the larger opening goes on first, and then the piece with the smaller opening. The opening will fit over the candle lamp.
Here’s the finished tree top. Next is the base assembly . . .
I glued the patterned panels on the bottom base sections.
This part is actually pretty ingenious. The four pieces on the left are stacked on top of each other and glued together, and then placed over the matching opening – this reinforces this section where the cord will go through. How does the plug fit through this opening??? Just wait and see . . .
Glue the base sections together to form a ring on the left, and glue the octagonal piece to the bottom.
Here’s the ingenious part, cut the section with the opening from the top and the cord fits through it. Hah, cool . . . Then glue another octagonal piece on top to support the bottom of the base.
Next is the top of the base. I glued the patterned panels on the larger base sections, glued the ends together to form a ring, and glued another octagonal piece on the top and bottom.
Put glue on the bottom of the top base section, feed it over the candle lamp, line it up and press it down until it is adhered.
Here’s the finished tree with my Jim Shore snowmen – it’s a perfect addition to my snowman vignette. Oh, and it 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 . . .

Butterfly Anniversary Card

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! I’m making a Butterfly Anniversary Card for my daughter and son-in-law’s 9th wedding anniversary.

Above is a screen shot of the card in Cricut Design Space 3 – designing cards is so easy using this program. I learned a little at a time by watching videos, reading blogs, and practice, practice, practice. All my cards so far, go to family and friends. In the future, I want to find ways to share them with others . . .
Here is the inspiration for my card – I found it on Pinterest, which is where I almost always look for ideas. Funny how it starts one way and many times ends up so different . . . changing the paper, the ink color, the embellishments . . .
Here are the cutout pieces. I used Close To My Heart cardstock in White Daisy and Sea Glass. The “Happy Anniversary” font is Cricut Sans, and the inside sentiment font is Soiree Lettering, Grace Script. The butterfly is from the Cricut “Home for the Holidays – Spring & Summer” cartridge.
Decorating the card front layer was so much fun!!! Using CTMH ink in Saffron, Bashful, and Sea Glass, and the CTMH #D1660 Ink Blot set and Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set, I stamped glass rings and splatters.
One of my favorite embellishment techniques is spraying pieces with shimmer – look at that sparkly butterfly!!! The pearls are from Recollections and I got them at Michaels.
Here’s the finished card. You can’t see the pink very well, it’s subtly lurking in the background. I made the envelope out of CTMH Sea Glass cardstock using my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 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 . . .

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