Sunday, May 17, 2015

Taste of Summer for Freshly Squeezed Sketches

It has been a loooooong while since I had a chance to link up to a challenge, so I am super-excited to get this one in tonight!  A quirky little blog post title always seems to get my sparkle back up, know what I mean?  :)

Freshly Made Sketches has a wonderfully simple challenge this week, and I had a few minutes (or forty) tonight to play along.  Check it out...

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?  LOL!  I saw the circle in this week's sketch in my email and KNEW that this juicy slice from the Taste of Summer My Acrylix would end up on my card.  Now, I like simple, who doesn't, and goodness do I ever have time for just simple right now.  But it looked terribly plain and simple all by itself if you can imagine...


SOOOOO, I remembered that time looooong ago when my daughter rolled up my glitter paper scraps...and went for my tweezers and Green Glitter Paper!  It was JUST the thing to brighten it up!


These oranges on the Taste of Summer Paper Packet were the perfect backdrop for the white panels...


I finished the card off with the sweet little sentiment.  Just in time to link up to Freshly Squeezed (Made, lol) Sketches and give it away tomorrow!  :)

Don't wait to get your hands on the Taste of Summer specials this month--they are only here in May, and I can send you lots of FREE cutting guides for great cards and layouts to use them for!  :)

Only available THIS month for National Scrapbook Month!  Get the STAMP SET or the PAPER PACKET, or BOTH!



Friday, May 15, 2015

FREE Taste of Summer Scrapbook Layout and Greeting Card Files

It doesn't get much better than FREE, right?  Well, this month, when you purchase the Taste of Summer Paper Packet and My Acrylix stamp set from my website, you can get FREE Scrapbook Layout and Cardmaking guides complete with instructions!

Here is one of the layouts designed by consultant Lisa Stenz that I made on National Scrapbook Day...

There are two pages to this one, and I'll post more when I finish them up!

Don't wait to get your hands on this juicy paper!  It is only available in May while supplies last.  I just LOVE the bright colors!  I cannot get enough of those orange slices either!  :)

You get 12 sheets of double-sided pattern papers for just $8.95!

Get the coordinating size D stamp for just $17.95!
I cut the letters out from the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge on my Expression--all the sizes and directions are included with the FREE file!  :)  Just purchase the paper and/or stamp set, and I will email you the files!  :)

Just make sure you don't loose a letter like I did for a while...it makes a BIG difference!  Lol!!!


Here are some of the other layouts and cards you will be able to make...







Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday Flip Flap Layout

Hey everyone!  Crazy busy week here for the fam, so I am just popping in to share a quick little tip with one of my FAVORITE products that Close to My Heart carries...and I believe they are pretty exclusive to us as well!

FLIP FLAPS!!!

If you follow my blog, you have seen these used in several different sizes...except this one--12 inch!

Well, on National Scrapbook Day, my awesomely amazing friend, Beth, asked me just the right question at just the right time...

                    "do you have any flip flaps that would fit this 8 x 10 picture?"

I gave her a definite "I don't think so, but maybe" as an answer and went to grab my 12 inch assortment...which happened to have JUST the right size to accommodate the pic...12 x 8!

The cuteness factor is practically unbearable!
Flip Flaps adhere to the outside of your page protector to create interactive pages that hold more pics...

Do you recognize these retired patterned papers from Close to My Heart?
And come in a variety of sizes!

Underneath the flap is another 8 x 10!  Don't know which one to use?  Use BOTH!
Aren't they fantastically versatile?  You can check them all out HERE on my website.  The 12 inch assortment is unbelieveably only $4.95 and comes with 8 sturdy self-adhesive protectors in three different sizes.

"Easily add extra photos to your scrapbook page with Flip Flaps™. Slide your photo or journaling into the pocket, attach with the adhesive strip, and you're done! It's a fun interactive element for your pages. (8 protectors: 4 – 6" x 12", 2 – 4" x 12", and 2 – 8" x 12", each with strong adhesive attachment strip.)"

P.S.  Did you figure out the name of the retired CTMH paper packet she was using?  :)  Let me know in the comments! 





Monday, May 11, 2015

The Monday After Mother's Day

So here we are again on the day after...and with so many expectations, so many gifts we COULD have received (and I am not talking about "stuff"), how do we ever reconcile the fact that Mother's Day is just not the same experience to everyone.  I'm going to say it:  most Mother's Days I cry.  I did again this year.  My two kiddos at home made me eggs for breakfast...and life went on.  Forced chores, squabbling as usual.  No cards, no handmade presents.  A phone call sometime in the late afternoon from the one at college (which I am positive was prompted by the father who was out of town so brought me yummy treats earlier in the week.)  Somewhere along the line I have dropped the ball and failed to instill a sense of what this day could be to the little people I am mothering.  Then I reluctantly turn to the fact that I still have a mom to call and give wishes to on this day.  And to the fact that I do indeed have little mini-me's under my wing that I would be lost without.  And to the fact that I KNOW there are millions of other moms in this EXACT place with me right now...it might not make it all better, but it leads back to the way I leave the day--who cares?  It's just a made-up holiday to sell cards anyway.  But it would be great to be told just how great my kiddos might someday think I am.  Sigh.

I, on the other hand, LOVE to send out the love on Mother's Day.  This year I made some special little "business" cards to send the moms in my life that I have left to send love to...


Would you believe I didn't take a picture of the BACK of this one???  UGH!  It says, "What's YOUR Superpower?"  It also has one of the pocket card cuts from Artfully Sent on it.  It has the word, WOW, cut out of it, which I flipped around to say, MOM.  ;)  The corners on the two sides didn't quite line up, so I used the handy dandy corner rounder to even them up.

Just surviving all the EMOTIONS of being a mother is a superpower.  Which is how each year, I just pull through and push on.  I suspect there are lots of you out there that do as well, so this card's for YOU, too!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week

As the mom of a kid with a learning disability who happens to hold a degree in Early Childhood Education, let me tell you, I APPRECIATE my kiddos' teachers!  I sure don't have as much time to create as I would like to these days, but I was feeling like showing them the love this week...and then the inspiration struck.  :)

I hopped on Cricut Design Space in the comfort of my own family room (watching a playoff game, no doubt since both the Bulls and the Blackhawks are making us loose sleep these days,) and was able to quickly design a little gift.


Did you know you can upload almost any kind of image into Design Space?  You obviously need to adhere to copyright laws, but I was not selling this image, so I found the superman logo to use on a fun little business card style gift that says..."I'm a teacher...what's your superpower?"


I also used the pocket card cut found on the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cartridge to design the back layer of the card.

I didn't have any suitable thank you cards on hand...and I have the super-cute Teacher Appreciation My Acrylix, so I made up some quick cards as well using the retired Typeset Paper Packet.


Who says the sentiment needs to be centered inside the card?


This gift cost me nothing other than time and supplies I had on hand, and I already know that it put a huge smile on at least one face.  :)  Just one of the MANY reasons I love to paper craft! 


Only in May!


Stamp of the Month



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Throwback Scrabble Card for Moms

You just never can tell when inspiration will strike...and last night it hit me hard!

I was cranking out projects for not only Mother's Day, but also for Teacher Appreciation Week.  First, let me show you this super-easy, super-cute card I made with the retired Typeset Paper Packet from CTMH.  It has long been a fave of mine for school themed paper crafts--this one just happens to be for Mother's Day.


I have been telling my kiddos for YEARS that MOM, spelled upside down and backwards is WOW.  If you don't get the connection, try it again until your mom is synonymous with all the wow feelings you can muster, lol.  ;)  This is actually called an Asymmetrical Ambigram in our crazy English language--now you REALLY learned something today! 

All the adorable puffy stickers not only make me nostalgic for my 80's style sticker album, but they are also a perfectly simple addition to the scrabble letters that were found in the now retired Footloose Paper Packet.



A strip of teal shimmer trim was REQUIRED as per my design manual.  ;)

I'll be back to share the rest of my inspiration tomorrow!  Don't forget to make the MOM in your life say WOW this weekend!  :)

Taste of Summer is only available in May! 

Stamp of the Month for May only!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Little Mermaid Birthday Card

I always LOVE when a customer returns for another one of my card creations.  You know what is even BETTER though?  When the card you are asked to make is for one of your BFFs!

Yesterday was my friend, Beth's birthday, and I am finally able to share the special shaker card I was able to create.  :)

There just isn't an easy way to capture a card with so much bling going on, lol.  The light bounces every which way.  I used my Close to My Heart Teal Glitter Paper, Lagoon, Glacier, Sweet Leaf, and Champagne CS, and Kraft paper for this one, as well as some clear acetate packaging and misc. loose sequins.

The little mermaid is found on the Cricut Life's a Beach Cartridge.  Let me tell you I haven't touched a cartridge other than my CTMH carts in FOREVER!  I used the coordinating card cut feature as well (seriously, who knew THAT was on there?) to create an adorable shaker feature.

The happy birthday sentiment is found on the Joyful Birthday My Acrylix.

Here is a peek at some of the details of the cut...


It was relatively easy to line everything up size-wise on the free Cricut Explore Design Space software, but I was reeeeeeeally missing my Relative Size button.  I still have a lot of learning to do on my machine!  :)

I hope this card inspires you to try out some of YOUR Cricut cartridges collecting dust!