Friday, August 26, 2016

A Fundamentally Purrr-fect Birthday Card

Fundamental Friday has quickly become one of my favorite posts so I hope it is one of your favorites too!  This card is just too stinking cute for words if you ask me...that cat! 

I used the current Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart...Purr-fect Halloween and the cute little size M Bitty Birthday sentiment along with a GREAT little wagon cut from the latest Cricut Cartridge...Flower Market!

The cat is stamped on the Adventure Fundamentals paper in Tangerine.  If you aren't into coloring images, patterned paper is definitely the way to go!  ;)

These products are BOTH on special this month from Close to My Heart, so don't wait to check it out!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer's End Blog Hop

I wish it weren't so...but summer's end is just around the corner.  Here is a little tribute to summer's graceful departure that the ladies in Blog Hops with Heart put together to bid a fond farewell...

A big part of my summer involved moving a couple of towns over to a new house with a LOT more landscape than we were used to...including flowers GALORE!!!

I used the new Memo Fundamentals paper from Close to My Heart as the perfect neutral background to present these gorgeous blooms and the You and Me Complements to embellish the layout quickly and easily...

If you love flowers, look no further than the new CTMH Flower Market cartridge from Cricut...

Finally, a little bit of stamping with images from This and That...

Next up to send summer off in her own wonderful style is Stephanie!  Enjoy the hop!

Here's the whole line-up so you can't get lost...

Amie (that's ME!)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Freshly Made Present

My dad's birthday is tomorrow...and his card is just going in the mailbox tomorrow too, ooops.  I sure am glad it's the thought that counts!  I'm also thankful for my phone, lol.  I went back to work this week, but I was finally able to squeeze in some time to make his card this weekend using the super-fun sketch this week over at Freshly Made Sketches.

His favorite color is orange!  :)

I used the new Adventure Paper Fundamentals from Close to My Heart for this one...the new colors Tangerine, Emerald, and Lemon really pop!  The bow is cut from the new Cricut Flower Market Collection and the sentiment set in white embossing powder is included in the same set.  I hardly EVER stamp a sentiment in inks other than black, so this was a fun change of pace!  I added a bit of twine to the gift for another fun detail.

I love how the present works perfectly with this week's sketch!  Thanks for popping in to see!  :)

Try all three Fundamentals collections and get the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals FREE!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Bunch MORE Love for Florence

Earlier this week I showed you three vertical cards I created using the Florence Paper Collection from Close to My I am showing you the three horizontal versions!

I had a few odds and ends different sized papers cut and ready to go from this collection, so I just needed to play around with the layouts and add some CS and sequins.

 I adore this ombre striped Zip Strip...

Which pattern paper do you like the most?  I am a huge fan of the wide striped pattern and the typeset paper used in the vertical cards!  :)

Only in August!  Plan ahead for your Halloween projects!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Bunch of Love for Florence

The Florence Paper Packet is only here for a short time longer, so I wanted to be sure and show you the beautiful thank you cards I made with it using the Bunch of Love My Acrylix Stamp set and matching Thin Cuts.

I love the Rose Gold Foil Tape with these papers...

This typeset print is one of my two faves...

There are even matching Florence sequins!
The flower images are so easy to color with the ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Ink markers.  You can easily match them to your papers.

The August Stamp of the month, Purr-fect Halloween, is pretty fun to color too, so don't miss it!

I will be back with three more cards featuring these products soon!  :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!

Time for a quick update on my move-in!  This one involves some glitter...just sayin'!  ;)

Before we actually KNEW we were definitely moving, a friend of mine gave me a wonderfully thoughtful gift of wall art featuring my FAVORITE saying:  Never Let ANYONE Dull Your Sparkle!
Now, I knew it was going to have to wait until we found our new home to actually install it, and I am NOT good at waiting.  I just barely held out, so as soon as I figured out where my crafty supplies were going to be located in the new place, I applied it to my Craft Cave door! 

Isn't it AMAZING?!?!?!  Absolutely the perfect sentiment for my door...but it totally needed a LITTLE something...hmmmmmm...perhaps a little more BLING!  ;)

I used my retired Oceanside Sequins,Thin Cuts--Hearts, and Sea Glass Glitter Paper to jazz things up.

Now it's definitely home to me!  Thank you SO MUCH, Heidi!!!!  :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fundamental Friday is BACK!

You had to know it was coming, so here you go! 

The Rustic Home Fundamentals are quite frankly one of my favorite new products in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  You can even get it for free this month!!!  I used the sweet wood grain paper and the new Sea Glass Glitter Paper on this super-easy thank you card...

I used the brand NEW Thin Cuts--Thanks and Hello to create an entirely new sentiment for my card.  Thin Cuts are made to be used in several different embossing machines like the Sizzix Big Shot and the Cricut Cuttlebug.  This is what the two dies in this super fun set look like...

So how in the world did I do that??? 

It was SO easy, let me show you how I did it with the "hello" die and my handy dandy Micro-tip Scissors!
I even show you another idea to replace the "o" with the heart frame!
 I TOLD you it was easy!  There are so many ways to use these dies!!!  How will YOU use them?

Right now, if you take the plunge and buy one of each of the three new Fundamentals Paper Packets, you can choose one of these for FREE!!!

Just click HERE to go to my website where you can add all three packs to your cart, plus chose your FREE paper all in one click. It doesn't get much easier than that!  ;)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I'm Ba-aaaaaaack!

OH my goodness, does it feel good to sit down and pull up my blogger!  How are you?  I MISSED you like you would NOT believe.  I literally just today finished bringing my crafty toys home to our new house...and I have missed this part of me terribly.  I'm feeling a little bit more whole right now and reaching out while I have the feeling.  Check out my new space before I started to unpack...

The FIRST things I unpacked were some of my favorite NEW Close to My Heart products!  Did you realize that while we were moving, a brand NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book was released???  I know, it's just too much to handle!

I was finally able to get creative, and I have a real TREAT to share with you!

Close to My Heart is introducing a new feature in this Idea Book...the Color of the Year...Sea Glass!  It will be available in Cardstock, Glitter Paper, and Inks for the entire year!  :)



I used this color to create a simple thank you card along with the NEW Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper, Hearts Thin Cuts, and Thanks Thin Cuts.

How DELICIOUS does that Fundamentals woodgrain paper look!?!  An instant favorite for me.  And with these Thin Cuts slicing right through the glitter paper like buttah, you bet I am a HUGE fan!

A few layers of CS underneath adds some dimension to the cut.

I will be back next time with a great trick for maximizing your thin cuts!  See you then!  :)