Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowhaven Making Spirits Bright

I found directions for the Smackdown Technique on a YouTube video from Serenestamperchannel
Items used: 
Snowhaven paper
Snowhaven Card WOTG stamp set
Bright Spirits Holiday stamp set
Inks: Black, New England Ivy, Lagoon, Crystal Blue, Glacier
Shinhan Markers:  Barely Beige, Clay, Golden Yellow, Carmine, Colorless Blender
Silver Shimmer Tape
Sparkles Assortment
Artfully Sent Cricut (R) cartridge

Friday, October 17, 2014

There is still time to order your Stamp of the Month!

I love making Christmas tags!  They are quick and easy, and you can personalize the tags to go with the gift or the person receiving the gift.  If you want to get started on making some adorable Christmas tags, don't miss out on the October Stamp of the Month from CTMH,  go to and order it today!    With a $50 order, you can even get the set for $5! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Artfully Sent...More Like Heaven Sent!

The new CTMH cartridge, Artfully Sent, is so easy that you will either declare "This must be Heaven sent!" or "This feels like cheating, it's so easy!"  This anniversary card was so easy to make, I might have to add a level of classes that comes before beginners!  And Piage Dolecki has created a wonderful cheat sheet if you want to resize the cards.  Go to her website at and download a free copy!  If you want to order the Artfully Sent cartridge, go to or contact me ( about hosting a CTMH show that can qualify you to order the cartridge at half-price!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trick or Treat....Hmmm, I Would Pick Treat!

And chocolate is always my favorite treat!  Playing with these new treat bags from Close To My Heart was so much fun, there are Rolos and a variety of Hershey's Kisses in each bag, and they all have coordinating stickers on the bottom of each treat that came with the kit!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


And this was my other September swap card. I love the ghost inside that's on the spring. When you open the card, it jumps out some and the sentiment says BOO!  My other favorite thing about this card is the paper pack name, Scaredy Cat. That is the name of one of my cats!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Masking Tape Technique on a Halloween Card

Well, I showed you my August and October swap cards, so I should probably show you my September cards! My one swap group challenged us with the Masking Tape technique. Can you see the differenc between the first and second generation? I like both, but I think the second generation makes a better background on this particular card.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Confetti Wishes Z-fold Birthday Cards

I made several birthday cards for this fall with the new Confetti Wishes paper pack. The Z-fold has to be the easiest fold to use, and it adds a little something over the traditional folded card.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pathfinding Thanksgiving Card

Here is my October swap card.  I used it for two different swap groups.  The one group assigns a technique, and we were given Criss Cross cards for this month. The tutorial is used for instructions was
Here's the CTMH items I used: 
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive, Autumn Terracita, Chocolate
Inks: Autumn Terracota, Olive, Ponderosa Pine, Saddle
Stamp Sets: Always Grateful, Pathfinding WOTG
Pathfinding paper pack
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (pp. 72, 73)
Woodgrain Embossing folder
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Sparkles Assortment (Brown and Tan)
Or  Epoxy Bubbles

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friend card with Bargello Technique

This is a card I made for my Scrapping Buckeye Babes card swap for August.  We were challenged with the Bargello Technique and a link to Splitcoaststampers for a tutorial.  I found this technique challenging, but I liked the card once I was finished!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Good Luck

Here's a couple of good luck cards I made for some kids who had a big Cross Country race this fall.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Call me the Post-It(c) Queen

I love Post-It(c) notes!  Here are a couple of easle cards I made that hold the Post-It(c) notes.  The card with the koala is made with the papers from the Brushed paper pack.  The school-themed card uses the Chalk It Up paper pack.  They are fast and fun to make! 😀 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Seaside cards, scrapbook layout, and mini album...what a fun swap!

Chevron Folded Card
Smoothie cardstock 11”x4 ¼” folded in half
Kraft cardstock 5”x3 ¾” embossed with woodgrain embossing folder
Lagoon cardstock 1”x1”
Sorbet cardstock 1 ¼”x1 ¼”
Pear cardstock 1 ¼”x1 ¼”
Kraft cardstock 1 ¼”x2 ½”
Colonial White ¾” x ¾”, 1”x1”, 1”x1”, 1”x2 ¼”
2 each: 3 Seaside B&T papers cut 1”x2 ½”
·         One of each B&T needs folded from the top right corner down and folded from the bottom left corner up.
·         One of each B&T needs folded from the top left corner down and folded from the bottom right corner up.
Zipstrip from Polka Dot B&T from Seaside

Stamp sentiment in Crystal Blue ink and embellish with clear sparkle.
Stamp sun in Sorbet ink on ¾”x3/4” and embellish with Smoothie dot from Flamingo Dots
Stamp camera in Pear ink on 1”x1” and embellish with clear sparkle
Stamp sunglasses in Desert Sand ink on 1”x1”
Stamp net on Desert Sand cardstock in Desert Sand ink
Layer each on corresponding square cardstock
Use foam tape behind the sentiment layers

Products used:
Seaside WOTG (G1089):  including stamp set
Smoothie cardstock (X5763)
Pear cardstock (X5764)
Kraft cardstock (Z1375)
Colonial White cardstock (1388)
Clear Assortment Sparkles (Z1752)
Flamingo Dots (Z1934)
Sorbet ink (Z2164)
Crystal Blue ink (Z2117)
Pear ink (Z2197)
Desert Sand ink (Z2118)
Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Z1996)
Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
3D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Hello Summer Card
I went to for cutting and folding instructions on Center Step card 
 Use Lagoon cardstock 8 ½”x5 ½” for card
Sponge PML card with Desert Sand ink
Embellish with Seaside Assortment
Stamp “Hello Summer” on Smoothie cardstock
(1 14/4” x 5 ½” and edged with scallop punch
Place 3 ¼” glitter tape on each side of center step card
Pop up with PML card

Products used:
Hello Summer  (C1595)
Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)
Desert Sand ink (Z2118)
Seaside Picture My Life (Z2020)
Bronze Glitter Tape (Z1849)
Lagoon cardstock (X5762)
Smoothie cardstock (X5763)
Seaside Assortment (Z3014)
3D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Seaside Mini Album 
All Cricut Artbooking cuts were set to 5”:
·         Front and back covers
o   Seaside Bulk B&T
o   Photo Mat 1 – Shift – 1 key (p. 38)
·         Inside Front cover
o   Colonial White cardstock
o   Photo mat 2 – Shift – Y key (p. 53)
o   Trim off top holes
·         Pages 1 and 2
o   Kraft cardstock
o   Photo Mat 1 – 2 key (p. 39)
·         Sun Overlay on page 2
o   Smoothie cardstock
o   Overlay – t (p. 52)
·         Mini pages 3 and 4
o   Lagoon cardstock
o   Photo Mat 2 – Shift – 2 key (p. 39)
·         Pages 5 and 6
o   Pear cardstock
o   Photo Mat 1 – Shift – 8 key (p. 45)
·         Mini pages 7 and 8
o   Glacier cardstock
o   Photo Mat 2 – Shift – 8 key (p. 45)
·         Pages 9 and 10
o   Sorbet cardstock
o   Photo Mat 1 – Shift – 2 key (p. 39)
·         Diagonal Stripe Overly on page 10
o   Lagoon cardstock
o   Overlay – Y key (p. 53)

Inside cover: Sailboat and cloud stamped in Glacier ink
Page 1: PML card, Zipstrip from Seaside Bulk B&T
Page 5: Fence stamped in Desert Sand ink
Page 6: Shell stamped with Puddle Stamping Technique*
Page 8: Lighthouse stamped in Desert Sand ink
Page 10: Pear strip at the bottom was from scraps when cutting pages 5 and 6
Embellish as desired

*To Puddle stamp, simply put down 4 layers of paper towels on a Styrofoam plate (not a paper plate!), and put about 4-6 drops of each reinker side by side (not on top of other color though).  Stamp image and clean off your stamp before stamping another image or else the images will start to look muddy.
Products used:
Artbooking cartridge (Z1906)
Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon (Z1929)
3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Seaside Paper Pack (X7192B)
Colonial White cardstock (1388)
Seaside Picture My Life (Z2020)
Kraft cardstock (Z1375)
Smoothie cardstock (X5763)
Lagoon cardstock (X5762)
Pear cardstock (X5764)
Bronze Glitter Tape (Z1849)
·         Desert Sand (Z2218)
·         Sorbet (Z2264)
·         Crystal Blue (Z2217)
·         Lagoon (Z2295)
Desert Sand ink (Z2118)
Glacier ink (Z2641)
Treasured Friendship (C1594)
Seaside Greetings (D1609)

Seaside “Treasured Memories” Scrapbook Layout
This layout is based on the CTMH Customer Guide:  Brushed Scrapbooking Workshop

2 Colonial White cardstock for base pages
2 Seaside Polka Dot B&T 12”x3 ½”
2 Seaside Reverse Side of Polka Dot B&T 5”x8”
2 Sorbet cardstock 1 ½” x 8”
2 Sorbet cardstock ½” x 8”
2 Seaside Striped B&T 12”x ½”
2 Kraft cardstock net cut on Cricut with Artbooking cartridge
·         Cut at 12” Border – L key (page 66)
·         Tuck excess under striped B&T
2 Seaside Polka Dot B&T 1 ½” x 4” (cut end to make pennant)
2: Colonial White cardstock 1”x3 ¼” (cut end to make pennant
Pear cardstock 4”x6”
Sorbet cardstock 3 ¾” x 5 ¾”
Sorbet cardstock 4”x4”
Colonial White cardstock 3 ¾”x3 ¾”
Lagoon cardstock 3 ½”x2 ½” (cut end to make pennant)
Colonial White cardstock 3 ¼”x2 ¼” (cut end to make pennant)
Pear cardstock 3 ¼”x4 ¼”
Picture My Life card
Embellish with Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, Aqua Dots, and small sentiment from Striped B&T Zipstrip

Puddle stamp* 2nd generation of 2 different shells on bottom of base sheets (one on each sheet)
Puddle stamp* (1st generation) of a shell on a scrap piece of Colonial White cardstock
Cut out this shell and pop-up with 3D Foam Tape
Stamp sentiment on Colonial cardstock 1” x 3 ¼” pieces with Sorbet ink

*To Puddle stamp, simply put down 4 layers of paper towels on a Styrofoam plate (not a paper plate!), and put about 4-6 drops of each reinker side by side (not on top of other color though).  Stamp image and clean off your stamp before stamping another image or else the images will start to look muddy.

Products used:
Seaside Paper Pack (X7192B)
Kraft cardstock (Z1375)
Pear cardstock (X5764)
Lagoon cardstock (X5762)
Seaside Picture My Life (Z2020)
Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
Aqua Dots (Z1853)
Foam 3D Tape (Z1151)
·         Desert Sand (Z2218)
·         Sorbet (Z2264)
·         Crystal Blue (Z2217)
·         Lagoon (Z2295)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tilted Easel card can lift your spirits!

This fun card is sure to lift the spirits of your friends and loved ones!  The little umbrella pops up when the card is opened!

Here's my notes so you can try to make the card too: 
Hot Air Balloon Tilted Easel Card
Created by Kati Weaks
Cut card 4 1/4" x 11". Fold in half. 
Fold the front inside at an angle.
This creates the tilt for the easel.
Cut Lagoon cardstock at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". 
Cut sunburst from Honey cardstock.
(Page 52, Artbooking Cricut cartridge, 
Real Dial Size, 5 1/4 ")
Cut sunburst from Sorbet cardstock.
(Page 52, Artbooking Cricut cartridge,
Real Dial Size, 5 1/2")
Take everyother sunray from Sorbet sunburst,
emboss with striped embossing folder.
Assemble front of card with sunrays and sunburst.
Stamp cloud from Lifting Spirits stampset in 
Crystal Blue ink.  Cut out cloud.
Stamp hot air balloon from Lifting Spirits stampset 
in Saddle.  Cut out hot air balloon.  
Color with the following markers:
Barely beige, Bronze, Golden yellow, Marigold, 
Leaf Green, Tourquoise Blue, Peacock Green
Mount cloud and hot air balloon on the front panel 
with foam tape.
Cut umbrella from Pear cardstock 
(Page 52, Artbooking Cricut cartridge,
Real Dial Size, 1 3/4")
Cut umbrella overlay from Sorbet cardstock 
(Page 52, Artbooking Cricut cartridge,
Real Dial Size, 3/4")
Cut frame from Honey cardstock
(Page 77, Artbooking Cricut cartridge,
Real Dial Size, 1 1/2")
Cut frame from Sorbet cardstock
(Page 77, Artbooking Cricut cartridge,
Real Dial Size, 1 3/4")
Stamp sentiment on Honey-colored frame in
Lagoon ink.
Assemble frame and umbrella.  Add foam tape
To the back of the frame.  Cut a long strip from a 
rounded corner of some blister packaging.  
Put one part of this under the frame and add thr
Umbrella to the top.  This will make the umbrella 
pop up when the card is opened.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reason for the Season card

This shows the inside and outside of a card I made using the Reason for the Season stamp set and the new Touch markers.  It was my first attempt playing with the markers, but I'm liking them!

Fourth of July card

This is a birthday card a made using the Kaboom stamp set for my husband's birthday on the 4th of July.  It is a bendy card that I used sponge daubers to ink the circle and starburst shapes.  I cut the shapes from the Art Philsophy cartridge.