A Special Little Treat~

I don’t know about you, but I love gift cards.

And I mean I really LOVE them!

I love getting them and giving them.

It takes the stress out of having to get that most perfect gift that they either already own or isn’t all that perfect.

You know what I mean?

A gift card also means FREE shopping.

And what’s better than that?

But, I do like to dress up my gift cards.

I chose a patterned paper from Santa’s Village and printed directly onto Kraft and White Whisker Graphic treat bags.

My bags after coming out of my Cricut Imagine~


To print directly on the bags I placed them on the mat and chose a square shape sized at 10″ and the fill pattern.

One tip I have is to place the bags lower on the mat to avoid any blank spots or strips.

My decorated bags~


To embellish the bags I cut several of the cute labels off the cart at a size of 2.75″.

I also printed additional patterned papers to make my stars.

I added a few buttons, twine and Washi and they are ready to be filled.

I love how quick and easy it is to make a fabulous looking bag to hold my most perfect gift.

Also, they can be quickly ripped open to make the spending easy.

I used~
Santa’s Village for the printing and the labels all cut at 2.75″
CTMH Art Philosophy for the stars cut at 2″, 1.5″ and 1.25″
DCWV White Cardstock, Whisker Graphics Treat Bags, Papertrey Ink Twine, October Afternoon Holiday Style Buttons, Vellum, My Mind’s Eye All Is Bright Washi Tape

Something to pass the time~

So, I should be planning and packing for an upcoming weekend Circle Mania event.

Or even working on an upcoming blog hop or post over at the Cricut FANatic blog.

Instead I pulled out a project that I’ve been wanting to work on for quite some time.

When the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge came out we saw so many beautiful wreathes and projects made from the fabulous flower cuts on it.

I knew I wanted to make a flower ball, but I just couldn’t commit to starting it.

The idea of cutting, rolling and gluing so many flowers was daunting.

Anyway, today I did it!

My flower ball~

It really didn’t take as much time as I thought it would.

I did skip the gluing task by simply using the stick pins to hold the flowers in place.

I like that it allows some of the flowers to release a bit more than the others giving it more dimension.

I love that the paper already has a simmer to it, so I did not have to add any extra.

A close up~

Isn’t it pretty?

I’m already thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day and making red ones.

I used~

DCWV The Shimmer Stack and The Coral Couture Cardstock Stack
CTMH Art Philosophy for the flowers cut at varying sizes starting at 4″
Vellum, Ribbon, Long Pearlized Pins, Styrofoam Ball

A Little Purse Filled With Goodness~

As soon as I saw Lori Whitlock’s purse card in the Silhouette Store I knew I had to have it.

After all what’s better to put a gift card in than a pretty little purse?

My purse cards~

I used the new DCWV The Forever and Always Stack.

I love the patterns and feel of this paper.

It’s filled with black and whites, so it is instantly one of my favorites.

Another great feature is the weight of this paper.

It’s heavy enough to support my embellishments without me having to add extra layers. Love that!

And it cut cleanly and smoothly in both my Cricut and my Silhouette.

A close up~

Since the paper is one sided I decided to roll my flowers so some are showing the pattern on the outside and others on the inside.

You know what else I love about these purses?

The fact that there’s only room for a gift card and a sentiment.

There will be no lost car keys, lipstick or miscellaneous toys in there.

I used~
DCWV The Forever and Always Stack
Recollections Brads and Pearls
Silhouette Purse Card from Lori Whitlock cut at 4.64″ wide
CTMH Art Philosophy for the flowers cut at 1.75″, 2″ and 2.25″

I Love You More Today~ Part 3

I’m making progress and Getting Messy.

And loving every minute of it as I’m tryng new things!

To mimic my confetti page I took the scrap with the negative of the punches and used it as a mask. I simply used my Martha Stewart ink pads and inked the page with a multiple of colors.

I painted a Studio Calico wood veneer arrow with Mister Huey’s Water Cooler and added Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint to it.

Hmmm…I think I might have made edges a little, extra crispy. Oh well, it adds character.

I used my Bella Blvd Washi tape to adhere my picture.

I cut the dual hearts from CTMH Art Philosphy and stitched them into place.

I started with a Chevron background stamp on my page. Then I just added little bits and pieces and even more Washi Tape. Gosh, I love that stuff!

I hand dyed a doily with Mister Huey’s and water.

Using Washi Tape and staples I made a pocket to hold tags.

The letters are from Cuttin’ Up. I used CCR to help me place them just right.

I just love thes Studio Calico stamps that came with this kit. They will be seeing a lot of use.

For my “oh boy!” phrase I used the Somebody That I Used to Know font and my Silhouette. The font was a bit thin, but with the offset feature I was able to make it just right.

My hope for today is to tackle the Modeling Paste tag I’ve got waiting for me. Eeek!

I used~
Studio Calico Get Messy kit, Washi tape from Bella Blvd, Amy Tangerine, Smash, Echo Park This & That collection

Butterflies Fluttering By

Lately I’ve been seeing adorable Easter and Spring garlands on all sorts of projects. They’ve been on everything from cards to layouts to home decor. Since the house is clean, the kids fed and I have a few minutes before bathtime I sat down to see what I could come up with.

Okay, I didn’t actually get to sit down except during the sewing portion.

I have been contemplating making this for several days, so I was estatic when I saw a Pebbles in my Pocket butterfly garland Silhouette cut file on sale.

But, why use just one butterfly when you have SO many to chose from? So, I also had my Cricut Expression cutting butterflies from CTMH Art Philosoply at 3.25″ wide.

I used Teresa Collins new Fabrications Canvas paper. It’s SO pretty! And the double sided 12×12 sheets were the perfect weight for this project, nice and heavy.

Here are my butterflies cut~

Here is your warning~ I am a novice at the sewing machine, so my stitches are loose, crooked and most likely will not stay put. I’m sure there are a 100 better ways to accomplish this task. But, I tried and that’s what counts. If only someone in my family could teach me how to sew. He he!

I started by feeding a generous amount of thread through my machine. I then began sewing the two butterfly pieces together and feeding more thread through to space out the butterflies. Once I had them all attached I seperated the wings. Easy Peasy!

A close up~

Wouldn’t this be pretty if you used ribbon or maybe even beads? Let me know if you have any tips to share, especially with the sewing!

But for now it’s bathtime.

Today is brought to you by the letter A, R and H

Can you tell what show we watch A LOT of in our house?

All of my projects today involve LETTERS! All shapes and sizes. Elmo would be proud.

My first project is the letter a for Ashlyn~

I used CTMH Art Philosophy to cut the lowercase a at 11.5″.

I guess I should finally admit that my very first letter H from earlier in the week didn’t turn out like I wanted, so it got recycled here. I couldn’t waste ALL those pop dots. The cut pieces worked great to make my layers sturdier.

I also got over my need for the strings going the same direction. That just wasn’t an option with this lower case letter a.

Ashlyn didn’t want a butterfly, flower or any decorations on her a, but she wasn’t totally happy that I couldn’t save the opening in the center of the a. So, we decided to add the rest of the letters of her name and some bling.

I cut the letters at 2.25″ and welded them together using purple cardstock from the DCWV Bright stack.

Here it is displayed in her room~

And really does it mater which way the strings are going?

Okay, only to me!

My second letter project was to dress up a plain kraft gift bag for a party we’re going to today. Nothing like waiting til the last minute!

I used Blast Off to make the letter R in honor of the Birthday boy.

The R and all it’s layers were printed on kraft paper and were cut at 3″. I also cut a tag at 3″.

My final letter project is H for Holden~

I used Plantin Schoolbook to cut the H at 6.72″.

And as you can see it’s not finished. I’ve learned to delegate and Holden is wrapping his own.
I love that boy! Because as silly and simple as it seems, these string letters sure were stressful to me. But, they also reminded me of my childhood making God’s eyes. Remember those? I might never of made a Cootie Catcher, but I certainly made God’s eyes!

H is for Hartly

You know how you see a picture of something and decide you MUST try it yourself? And the next thing you know you’re in Wal-mart carrying a 35 pound child around because there are NO carts to be found just to pick up yarn. But, I guess that’s a story for another day!

Last Fall Stephanie from Bella Blvd took paper mache letters and wrapped them with yarn to make a fabulous Thanksgiving decoration. So, I thought to myself ~Why can’t I do that with my Cricut?

I decided I would use chipboard. I used an H from Mickey Fonts and cut out 3 of them each at 11″.

Chipboard can be tempermental at best, so I used a fairly sticky mat and taped the chipboard on each side. My settings were pressure high, multi-cut 3, speed medium and my regular blade at 6. It is important to blow off the chipboard debris from the blade after each cut.

To add depth to my cuts I used two layers of foam tape in between each cut.

And then the wrapping began! I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in a soft pink color.
I will admit that I’m a little funny, so I wanted my yarn wrapped vertically on all segments. Weird, I know!

You can see I used pearl stick pins to help hold the yarn in place on the ends.

To add a little decoration to my now pink H I made a cute little butterfly.
I used~ DCWV the Blossom Song Stack

I used CTMH Art Philosophy to cut two of the butterfies at 2″. I pop dotted the top layer and decorated with Recollection pearls. I placed my butterfly on a vellum circle embossed with the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder.

Miss Hartly’s new wall decor~

And now it looks like my weekend will be spent making an A for Ashlyn and a H for Holden. Yikes!!

Backyard Fun

I just love this picture of my children with their cousins at the last year’s Easter Egg Hunt. I know they are not posed and smiling for the camera, but there is so much fun in seeing them interact with each other. Plus, the colors of the grass and trees remind me Spring will be here soon.

Bella Blvd’s challenge for Wednesday was to use patterned paper as an embellishment. Recently I picked up a Butterfly cut and emboss folder for the Cuttlebug which I thought would be perfect for this challenge. The only problem is I have NEVER had any success using my Cuttlebug with cutting dies. The only thing I could ever cut is my B plate! But, this weekend at the retreat Laura, Circle member and seated next to me, taught me how to use it! Yippee!

Look how beautiful they turned out~

I even challenged myself to use cream thread to hand stitch the butterfly trail.

I used~
Bella Blvd’s Plastino Trellis paper, Trellis Label Additions, Plastino Forget Me Nots paper, Sweet Celebration Stardust paper, Cream Cardstock, Cream floss, Perfect Pearl Mist
Letter Envy Font for the crest cut at 6.5″ I embossed this cut with the Script embossing folder.
CTMH Art Philosophy for the flowers cut at 2.25″

I have to say that I just love these flowers and can’t get enough of them. They are so easy to make!

Now that I’ve worked on these Spring pictures all I can think about is warm weather, sunny days and Easter candy. Hurry Spring!