Friday, February 27, 2015

Mr & Mrs card with Anna Griffith Lovely Impressions

Here is the second card from my Wedding designs.  The Mr & Mrs card.  

Supplies used:

White daisy card stock (CTMH)
Tsukineko Brilliant Dew Drops ink pads
Lovely Impressions Embossing set by Anna Griffith
White ribbon 1/4
Silver glitter card stock

This card measures 5x6.5".

I created the open scallop layer in Design space using the Scallop Rectangle Design Label #M466B0  image from Elegant Edges cartridge.  I tried to size the image to 4.75x6.25, but it was distorting some of the scallops.  I had to re-make the image by using the slice and weld feature to get a more proportioned image in the correct size.  To avoid this,  cut the card out at a size that will work with the original image.

I originally cut the scallop layer from white card stock, but after looking at the card I decided I wanted the scallop layer silver, so I inked up the exposed area with the Brilliance ink in Silver.  

The heart was cut and embossed using the die and embossing folder from Lovely Impressions.  I lightly rubbed the raised area with Platinum brilliance ink, and then the edges in silver.  

The Mr&Mrs image #M3AE1D from  Close to my Heart - Artiste cartridge, is cut at 2.25" in silver glitter paper.

The heart is applied to the card with foam tape for dimension.  A little ribbon, a little bling and your done.

Here is the file I created for this card.  If you don't own the Artiste cartridge you will not be able to use it.  These images are only available for purchase through Close to My Heart.   I added an alternative heart image from the Artiste cartridge if you don't have the Lovely Impressions set, just emboss it with your favorite embossing folder.

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The White Daisy card stock is absolutely my favorite card stock for making cards.  It cuts great with all Cricut machines.  It's $9.50 for 24 sheets, that's only $.40 per sheet.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wedding cards with your Cricut Explore

I have a wedding coming up in April, so I decided to make a few wedding cards.  I found so many ideas, I got carried away.  I plan on sharing them with family and stock piling for emergencies.

All three are easy to make, and my inspiration as always comes from Pinterest. They have some beautiful cards to get inspiration from.

Let's look at the first card.  Bride & Groom Hearts.

Here are the supplies I used.

White daisy card stock from Close to My Heart (CTMH)
Black card stock
Black ink pad
Stripes embossing folder (CTMH)
Swiss dots embossing folder Cuttlebug
Swirls embossing folder Papercrafting
Clear embossing powder
Versamark stamp pad
Black 1/4" ribbon (Walmart)
Black sparkles (CTMH)
Black bow tie puffy (CTMH)
Black heart gem
"Happy Couple" stamp set (CTMH)

Card base cut at 8.5.x5.5", scored at 4.25".

Card layer at 4x5.25", emboss with your Swiss Dots.

I used a layered scallop heart image from my subscription in Design Space, cut at about 2" wide.  I resized the plain heart layer a little larger to have less scallop showing.  Cut two scalloped hearts in black.  Cut 1 black and two white plain hearts.

For the oval, I used an SVG file oval layers, I got from Myscrapchick".  I cut the scallop oval at about 2.5" wide, and the the plain oval about .2" smaller.  The sentiment is stamped with black ink.

Emboss the black heart with the stripe embossing folder, and the two white hearts with the swirls embossing folder.

On the black heart, I lightly went over the stripes to darken them, this gives an impression of pinstripes.  Then I ran the heart back through the Cuttlebug with a piece of card stock sandwiched in the plates to flatten the heart and remove the ridges.

On the white hearts, after embossing with the folder, lightly go over the raised area and then heat emboss with the clear embossing powder.  After it is dry, flatten both hearts out, like you did the black.  Use a pencil and mark the back of one heart to cut the tuxedo shirt layer out.

Layer all your pieces together as you see in the picture, place your pearls, bow tie and black sparkles for buttons.

I used foam tape on the sentiment and bride  heart for dimension.  That's it, super simple and a very impressive card.

Here is the file, feel free to use and please share your version with me.

I don't ask for payment or support for any work I share.  All I ask is that you take a few minutes to look at the Close to My Heart products.  I would truly appreciate if you see anything that you like, that you please purchase from my website.  Your purchases will help support my crafting blog.

The White Daisy card stock is absolutely my favorite card stock for making cards.  It cuts great with all Cricut machines.  It's $9.50 for 24 sheets, that's only $.40 per sheet.  

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I will post more instructions for the other cards, as I write them up.

Happy Craftin!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Perfect Medium Pen in Cricut Explore

Here is a very simple card to make for birthdays or anniversaries.  

I used my Perfect Medium by Ranger to write the sentiment.  I then embossed it with gold embossing powder.  It seems thick because it is a sentiment that would have cut out from the Calligraphy cartridge.  I find cutting these tiny letters tedious.  If you didn't want to emboss you could use gold vinyl, it cuts small lettering much better.

I embossed the oval with a Cuttlebug folder I picked up off the clearance rack somewhere.    Of course you could use an oval you cut out if you don't have this embossing folder.  I was just looking for a way to use this folder.  Added a few little flowers and bling.  

My inspiration was the image below, Image #MA3F4A Dahlia Wall Art,  3D Floral Decor.  

The flowers with this image were too hard to put together at this size, so I just used a simple daisy image from the Flower Shoppe cartridge,

Each flower is 3 layers, and each petal is reduced by about a tenth for dimension.  One flower is a little larger than the other two.  I used the leaf pattern to attach my flowers.  Each flower I rolled a little to fluff it, so it didn't look so flat.

I used Smokey Plum cardstock for the flowers and Olive for the leaves, available from Close to My Heart .  I used a marker to darken the stems for depth.

Super simple and elegant.  I may be using this leaf element for more cards, I thought it came together nicely.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Copy text into Desgn Space 2.0

I may be late to the gate on this one, or it may be I just never tried it.  That certainly isn't like me, I always try copy ad paste before I type anything, but whatever the issue, I haven't tried in quite some time. 

I was getting frustrated about typing my sentiments in  my cards.  I found Design Space had an issue with typing too fast.  It dropped letters, even words.  It may be my internet connection, it certainly isn't my computer.   As you know Design Space doesn't have spell check,  so I have ruined many a card by hurrying.

Well recently I was working on a project with Samantha font, and you copy and paste to get some of the special characters in.  So, I thought, let me try these sentiments again.  Low and behold, it worked. No more typing those sentiments or paragraphs I find on the internet.  Of course, it still will only use fonts you have on your system, so you need to change it to a writing font.

On a Mac its Command "C" to copy and Command "V" to paste , of course other PC's it's a right click "Copy" the "Paste".  Very easy, and no more typo's.

Here I show you a sentiment I copied and pasted in Design Space.  Open your text box, by clicking on text in left hand column  and paste your text in it.  You will have to edit text, by adding returns, it copies in one long sentence.  

Just edit your text, and your are done.  It's that simple.  I just wanted to share this in case others did not realize they could do this.

Check out the Close to My Heart February specials.  

We only have through March 31st to order from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book,  So if you wanted anything from that Idea book, you need to get it while you can, all the special items in that book will be retiring permanently.  The Heartstrings and Hopscotch paper and coordinating embellishments will not be available after March 31st.

OOPs!  Correction available through March 31, 2015, seems I was still in 2014 when I made this image.  So Sorry.

Please shop with me, I have one motnth to reach my sales goals to stay on as a consultant.

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mardi Gras Fleur Di Lis SVG files

Looking for that purple, green and gold Fleur di lis?  Look no further, here are two files you may use to create your Mardi Gras tshirts.  I created these files to be uploaded in Design Space, but if your machine can cut svg files created in Inkscape, then you should be able to use them too.

Mardi Gras Split Fleur Di Lis
Hope you enjoy these files.  I uploaded to my dropbox, if you have trouble downloading please send me an email and I will send them to you.

Check out our February specials at Close to My Heart.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Close to My Heart - Heartstrings

Hi everybody!

It's almost Valentine's Day and I am sure you have been working furiously to get those cards done.  Here are a few box cards I made with the new Heartstrings paper pack.  The card cut files are available at,  and they are free right now with a qualifying purchase.

Here are the new specials for February. If you are interested in purchasing an album, this month you can purchase a second one for 50% off.  That's a savings of $17.  The offer is only valid while supplies last.  So be sure to act quick to get that album you have had your eye on.  Check out what's available here.

And of course our new Stamp of the Month, for $5 with a $50 purchase.  

Check back often for new specials and offers.

Happy Craftin!