☺☺Hello everyone.

I know that it's been a while since I made any post.  Life was happening all around me but I'm ready to get back in the game. 


This afternoon, I decided to spend some much needed quality time with my Silhouette Cameo machine so that I can make a card for the Chemo Angel program.  Since it is the fall time of the year, I suppose it is only fitting to use a fall theme for my project.  Subsequently it was time to find some fall items in my collections of silhouette files.  Boy was I surprised at the number of files I have collected with the fall theme.  Low and behold, this cute bear sitting at the fence with a pumpkin caught my eye.

This cutie pie of a bear image consisted of several small pieces to cut; therefore, the good old scrap bin was the perfect place to get the orange, brown, and green cardstock.  Once I assembled the image, I could not resist using Creatology 8MM wiggle eyes on the bear.  Those eyes makes him even cuter don’t you think? Then I added “Happy Fall” to a print and cut shape file for my sentiment.   I nearly forgot to mention the card with the leaf overlay is also a Silhouette cut file which includes an envelope and liner.  How awesome is that?  I just love using my Cameo.

The card still seemed a little plain to me so I added some washi tape and some retired SU buttons with twine placed in the button holes.  Then I popped the sentiment and one of the acorns with foam tape.  You all know how I love adding dimension to my projects.

Well, the project didn’t stop there because I ran across an unfinished tea bag/Ghirardelli candy square holder while digging through my scraps.  Don’t ask why it was there as I haven’t a clue but that holder was at my mercy from the moment I found it until I finished embellishing it.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I hope you enjoy seeing this project just as much as I enjoyed making it.  Thank you for stopping by my blog and have a HAPPY FALL YA’LL!




Project Lifers -- A Must Have From CTMH

          For all of you who are working on project life projects, go check out the new Cricut cartridge Artbooking that is available exclusively through CTMH. Click here for Artbooking Cartridge information.

A Copic Thank You

          Today I decided to break out the Copic markers and do some coloring.  I wanted to make something quick and simple so here is what I came up with.  A nice cling rubber stamp by Hero Arts was used to start the project.  The image was stamped on express it card stock with memento black tuxedo ink and colored with Copic markers in the red, yellow, green and yellow green family.  Afterwards, the image was fussy cut and foam tape mounted on a 3.25” x 3.50” plan white card stock.  I finalized the image by putting Inkssentials glossy accents was on the center of the flowers and black dots to give the image a little texture.  TFL

Make Your Own Envelopes

Let’s Talk Envelopes -- ENABLER ALERT!

A few weeks ago while attending a scrapbooking retreat, one of my wonderful crafting friends, Lynne Buford, showed this wonderful tool made by We R Memory Keepers™.  The name of the tool is Envelope Punch Board.

I made the following 4.5” x 3.5” card for a baby shower and made the perfect fit envelope for the card using the envelope punch board.    I am very much into embellishing envelopes that do not have to go postal.  J

You can literally make any size envelope for any size card using the board.  Here are two video1 / video2 to check out the board.  I chose these videos because I felt Crafttestdummies thoroughly tested the tool and provided great tips and tricks for an accurate use of the envelope punch board.  The second video is updated information on the board.

If you think you may want to purchase one, just Google envelope punch board and go with a vendor of your choice.

Thanks for stopping by to check me out.

Have a creatively crafty day.






V.I.P. (Very Inspired Papercrafter's) Team Blog Hop

          Today we are featuring a blog hop that will be sure to get you excited about Close   To My Heart Products. You will have the pleasure of hoping through the talented VIP’’s blogs. You will find a project created either using the CTMH Art Philosophy or Artiste Cricut cartridge or both.

          I am giving away the Chantilly Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit as Blog Candy.  In order for you to be eligible to win you must do the following:
1. Become a follower of each blog
2. Leave a comment on each blog
3. Share this blog hop with your friends.
A winner will be chosen on Monday, June 3rd and posted here so be sure to check back.

          This hop will begin at Shalana’s ~ Scrappin with Shalana’s blog  so you can always start here if you lose your way.

          Are you ready for my creation?? ….

          This card was made with paper and elements in the Chantilly Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit because I just love the papers in this kit.   The other items used to make this card include CTMH’s Casual Expressions Stamp set, Artiste Kudos Collection Stamp set, Twilight Dye Ink, Twilight Pigment Ink, Artiste Cricut Cartridge. 

        Your next stop on this hop is Shaunta ~ Oh So Prettyful.  But before you go, be sure to follow me if you are not a follower, leave a comment for this post, and share this blog hop with you facebook friends. 

         Happy Hopping.
        Now here’s the entire blog hop list! Enjoy
1. Shalana ~ Scrappin with Shalana
2. Kisa ~ Hanging In the Woman Cave
{you are here}
3. Shaunta ~ Oh So Prettyful
4. Del ~ Designs by Del Marie
5. Helena ~
Crafting with Helena Today 

Altered Composition Book

                                            ALTERED COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK

            The following is a list of supplies I used; however, you should use whatever supplies you have on hand or ones you are comfortable using.

Paper: White and black cardstock of your choice.

Ink: Ranger Dylusions ink spray, Perfect Peals mist spray, Krylon gold leafing pen, Viva pearl pens, Stazon ink pad, Memento ink pad, Sharpie brush marker, Smooch pearlized accent Ink, Stampin Up all-purpose Ink;

Adhesives:  YES Glue (Can be found at Michaels), Redline Tape adhesive, foam tape, ATC;

Punches:  1” circle punch, large hole punch, corner rounder, Stampin Up slant punch, Flower Soft glue;

Miscellaneous:  Paper towels, cardboard box top large enough to catch extra spray mist, water in small mister bottle, Flower Soft,  bling, glitter, 1” paint brush to apply YES paste, white prima flowers, Ranger white crinkle ribbon, embossing folders, embossing machine, sticky-back canvas, assorted rubber stamps, and heat gun.

 STEP 1:

            Cut white cardstock to cover book at 6 2/3” x 9 2/3”.  Lightly mist one side of cardstock with water and turn paper over.  Use dylusions ink sprays of your choice to color the facing side of card stock.  Use paper towels to blot off excess color as needed and when you are satisfied with your color combinations.  Lightly mist with Perfect Pearls mist.  Blot dry with paper towel and lay it to the side. 

            Let’s talk about the sticky-back canvas.  I am not sure how many different types of sticky-back canvas are available, but most people use the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas for their projects.  Cut the canvas to the size of your choice and cut a piece of black card stock ¼” longer on all four sides.  Spray the canvas side with the colors of your choice.  Make sure you blot off excess inks when necessary and when you have the canvas colored to your satisfaction.

            Use a heat gun to completely dry the colored cardstock and canvas.  Be careful not to burn the paper or canvas while drying them.



            Use an embossing folder and machine of your choice to emboss your canvas.  Use an accent ink of your choice to lightly rub across the canvas to high light the raised image.

            Use a paint brush to apply YES paste to inked cardstock.  This glue is used by book binding companies.  Make sure to apply enough glue to all the edges of your cardstock.  HINT:  I use an old telephone book to place my paper and/or cardstock on and apply the glue.  Turn the page in the book as needed to brush on adhesive to additional paper and/or cardstock.  Apply inked cardstock to book. 

            I like this glue because it allows plenty of time to move the paper and/or cardstock in the right spot on the book.  Also, this glue easily washes off hands and the paint brush with soap and warm water. 

            The down side of using YES paste is you have to mix it in a container with water.  You should put a small amount of glue in a bowl with a lid that is deeper enough to mix it the water and glue.  You should start with about two tablespoons of glue with about 2 ounces of hot water. It’s easier to add more hot water than starting out with too much water.  The glue should be about the same consistency as regular Elmer’s glue.

            Now it’s time to embellish the front of the book using any and every thing you like.  I used the same inking technique as the cardstock and canvas to color the prima flowers and crinkle ribbon.  Once the book is finished, place under a heavy stack of books for 24 – 48 hours because this will decrease the amount the cover curls. 

More of my completed books.


Getting Ready for 2013

This is my last blog post until after the holidays.  These little cuties were made for a New Year die swap.  I used CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut the banner and numbers.  The sparkling cider element was made from a rubber stamp that I purchased at Rubber Stamp Fantasy store in Marietta, GA this past Friday.  The store owners, Debbie and Gary, are great people.  They showed our group several techniques that I have started using when I craft. 
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

2012 Christmas Tags

          These tags are for a Christmas tag swap that I am getting in the mail tomorrow.  Thank you Meka from ModgePodge for hosting this wonderful swap.  The poinsettias are made from a Verve stamp set and colored with SU's real red pen and gold embossing powder..  Then I cut them out and added a few leaves cut with a McGill punch.  The red tag base was embossed using the Cuttlebug swirl folder.  I used the SU corner rounder and slant punch to make the shape of my tag.
       Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful crafty week.

Wreath Ornaments 2012

               These wreath ornaments were made using Paper Studio gold pearlized cardstock and the wreath on page 43 of the Potpourri Basket Cricut Cartridge.  I cut the wreath at 2.5” and used CTMH Almond Glitz Glitter Gel, hotfix topaz bling, and HL Christmas 2012 ribbon to embellish them.