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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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April 2017 scarlet lime Planner Society Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! Here is the April 2017 scarlet lime Planner Society kit.

This is by far my favorite monthly planner kit – vintage floral designs just speak to me. Also, you definitely get your money’s worth.
I get the “Washi Tape Society” kit as well – it includes three rolls of washi that match the papers and other items in the kit – and y’know . . . you can NEVER have too much washi. How ‘bout the paper bag it came in? Aren’t those the sweetest flowers ever??? Oh yeah, you’re going to see those again . . .
The kit comes with 6 sheets of two-sided paper – aren’t they beautiful? I use them to cover up dates before and after the current month, make dashboards, shakers, and bookmarks.
This kit came with two rolls of washi – black floral and horses, as well as a bottle of sequins and cutouts for making shakers.
Here are three sticky note pads – dragonfly “need,” hummingbird “want,” and unicorn “must have.” There’s a binder in the black floral pattern for stamp sets and stickers.

And . . . these are my favorite pens, like ever!!! This one has the same floral pattern as the washi kit paper bag and the crown on the end is just to die for . . . I love, love, love this pen!!!!!
There’s a “my lists” booklet in a black floral pattern, three wire clips in flower, dragonfly and horse designs, and a stamp set – so darned cute!!
Above are the seven journaling cards – they match the florals, colors and designs in the kit.
Here are the diecuts – unicorns, dragonflies, butterflies, bees, planners, cameras, record players, flowers, hassles, and travelers notebooks. So pretty!!
Each kit comes with 12 tabs that also match the kit (I use them to mark each week), and 4 sheets of tab labels.
This paper bag has 3 sheets of stickers – mostly decor, but also some hand drawn circles with a horizontal line through the center.
Here’s a pic of the entire kit – you get A LOT of stuff in these kits – they are well, well worth the $$$$.
Above is a view of the entire month spread – I use this planner to organize my blogs. The sticky notes are useful because sometimes I change my mind about what I’m going to blog, and sometimes I rearrange the order of the blogs.

I used the stencil from the April Paper Panduh kit to put “GAGE GIRL” across the page – I LOVE this!!

I left the sticky notes on the card they came with, hole-punched it and put it on the rings – I know exactly where they are and they actually get used.
This is the Week 1 spread – here is where I organize my daily activities – keeps me on schedule most of the time.
I made a shaker divider. I used a small page protector, cut a sheet of the paper to size, poured the sequin mixture in both sides, sealed the top with my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool. Seriously, that’s it . . . it’s sooooooo 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 . . .

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 . . .

April 2017 Paper Panduh “Make Your Dreams Happen” Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! It’s the April 2017 Paper Panduh “Make Your Dreams Happen” kit.

Above is a pic of the inside of the box – I love, love, love the tissue paper – and that soft pink satin ribbon is so pretty! I. Love. Pretty.

Each kit is personalized in some way – this month is the GIANT round sticker with my initial on it – ugh, so, so, so pretty!!!!
The Panduh Box is multi-layered – adds to the suspense . . . here are a few items atop a piece of pink tissue paper. Wait, there’s more . . . Oh yes, there’s more . . .
And . . . this is under the pink tissue . . .
Here’s a simple, yet lovely, pink, glittery paper clip from HelloSimplePaper.
How about this hand-drawn days of the week washi?

I’ve been playing around with lettering . . . I think I’ll try this . . . Looks easy, right?
This months’ kit is “focused on functional planning.” . . . “we not only wanted this month’s planner goodies to be pretty” . . . well, I. Love. Pretty.

Did I already say that? Well . . . it bears repeating . . . I. Love. Pretty. Why not have a pretty, as well as functional, place to work????
Here’s a bag with GIANT gold polka dots on it with a few goodies inside . . . There’s a gold metal alphabet/number stencil by dear lizzy and a pink metallic pen with a really fine point (my absolute favorite size tip).
And, of course, there are stickers. The functional stickers on the left are from Paper House.

The ones in the center are from heidi swapp and are clear – I am a huge heidi swapp fan – her products as well as her.

There are 3 sheets of stickers from Color Pop Studio – your traditional planner stickers – numbers, full and half boxes, days of the week, flags, etc. – in a black and soft pink color scheme.
This is a really useful notepad to help keep me organized for the week – seeing my plans on one sheet of paper makes them seem less daunting – and honestly, I get more done.
Here’s a pic of the entire kit – mmmmmmmmm, so beautiful!!!!
Yeah, so, I was at Hobby Lobby right after I got this kit and . . . seriously . . .  isn’t this washi perfect for the kit????? Yeah, I thought so too.
How fun is this? I cut a section out of the paper bag, laminated it, slit along the opening with a craft knife, attached a piece of the pink satin ribbon with my mini attacher, and put the extra stickers in the pocket. I put my giant “J” sticker on the back.

Again . . . pretty AND functional.
Here is my monthly spread. This is by far my favorite spread I’ve ever, ever done.

The “May” on the top left is a monthly die from Peachy Cheap – I cut it out and attached it to a piece of cardstock, inking the edges.

I used the stencil to letter “gagegirl” across the center – this may become a standard addition.

The washi is from my stash, the sticker on the bottom right is from the outside of the tissue – I used Undo to get it off without tearing it – a neat little trick.
This is the first week spread.

The weekday washi was too wide for my Erin Condren . . . so . . . I alternated the days top and bottom . . . hmm, I like it.

You can see my sticker pocket on the right, attached with the pink paper clip.

So. Much. Pretty. Stuff.

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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May 2017 Cocoa Daisy Dori Standard Kit

Hi Guys! Come on in and see what I’m doing today! The May 2017 Cocoa Daisy Dori Standard kit is here!!! WooHoo!!!!

“You’ve Got Happy Mail” – this is what I call any packages I get, and I even have my husband calling it that now, lol. How about that yellow tissue paper, huh?

According to their website, the May “collection is all about sprouts and shoots and butterflies.”

Hello Spring!! Let’s see what’s inside. . .
The kit comes in a muslin bag with “Enjoy Every Day” on it.
The view when the tissue paper is folded away – mmmmmmm, greeeeeeen!!!
3×5 notepad by arleigh – I LOVE that the lines look hand-drawn
Leaf sticky notes by arleigh – they always have the cutest sticky notes
An exclusive custom-color Pengem – eek, my first Pengem – I. Love. It.
Clip topper puffy stickers with clips – these are really awesome – I LOVE that they are two-sided.
“a little roll of happy” washi tape by arleigh with a blue and yellow Moroccan tile design.
I get the standard-size Dori with a Kraft cover.
The pages included are:
• A monthly calendar
• 3 lined journaling pages
• 11 blank (with design) pages
• 10 graph paper pages with 3 sections
• 10 unlined pages with 3 sections
• Last page with design
Planner die cuts by Just Jaimee – garden items – plants and insects
Tab label stickers by Just Jaimee – put these on the tabs
6 Tab die cuts by Just Jaimee – all are different and have such pretty designs
Four sheets of 6×8 papers by Leah Riordan – I use these to decorate my pages – my planner has a spiral coil – waiting to order a We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch
5×7 planner sticker sheet by arleigh – I use these to decorate my planner
Date sticker sheet by arleigh – I use the date stickers on my monthly spread
Oops, somehow I forgot to take a picture of the moth planner charm (to the left of the washi) – it’s pretty awesome!!

Here’s a shot of the entire kit – lots of organic green – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that PenGem!
Above is my month-on-two-pages spread in my Erin Condren planner. The “May” on the upper left is one of the month dies from Peachy Cheap.
And, here is the first week spread in May – I am blown away by how well all the pieces in this kit go together. I love working in a pretty space . . . Don’t you?

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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