Valentine Cards

It’s been awhile since I posted here due to some technical difficulties with WordPress. I hope you’re all warm, safe, and at home with your loved ones on this very cold winter night in NE Geirgia. We are having a terrible snow storm here that has many many people stranded on the highways and all the motels are full. It’s bad, so please say a prayer for folks caught in this mess and no place to sleep but their cold cars.

I started out with this die cut from Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. It’s a scrap that I had in my stash so I decided to use it for a small Valentines card. You can see it measures at approximately 2.75″X 5.5″.

I folded it in half and used a bone folder to crease it.

You can see that I used some scraps from various 6×6 paper stacks and two punches. One is the owl punch from Stampin Up and the other is a large heart border punch from EK Success. Punches make for easy and quick cards. This is the perfect size for a Valentine or a gift card.

I assembled my cute little owl and mounted him close to the inside, bottom left edge of the card. I did this so that I could use my We Are Memory Keepers hole punch to punch out the areas for his google eyes to show up. I have also inked up my sponge with some coordinating Rose ink and inked the front and inside of my card.

I put my hearts of various sizes and pattern papers on the front right of my card. So once I had the owl inside my card I place tiny glue spots on Tombow glue on his eyes and gently shut the card. This put the glue on the inside of the front and I quickly used my hole punch to punch places for his eyes to show through. Once I had the holes I added my google eyes. Super easy and cut.

For another touch I made a easy slide to hold my card shut. I used a heart border punch from Stampin Up and a .50″X6″ scrap of more of this card stock.


Here is one last look at the insides of the card.



Snowman Christmas Tag

Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas Tag I made that was inspired by one of the Christmas Tags I received in a swap earlier this month. You can see the video of those tags here.

My inspiration tag is from Sheila at She’s A Sassy Lady.

This is a shaker tag and I adore it!

Today’s tutorial is going to be a picture tutorial as both videos I tried to make did not turn out as I am having camera issues. ;/

I started out with a tag from Art Philosophy cut at 5.5″.


I cut the circles for the snowman from Art Philosophy at 3.5″, 3″, and 2.5″. The two larger circles had adhesive added around the edges using the largest 2 Way Glue Pen and adding some Martha Stewart Glitter Tinsel.


I was generous with the glitter tinsel and allowed it time to dry before layering it.


I used some foam tape squares to pop up each layer of my snowman.


This adorable hat is cut from black glitter paper from The Paper Studio that I get at Hobby Lobby. When it goes on sale for 50% off I stock up! I used A Child’s Year cartridge for the hat. It’s cut at 1.75″. I used the hide contour feature.


I used a 1/2 inch circle punch with scraps of the black glitter paper to get the background for his eyes. His nose is cut from Gypsy Wanderings at 1.22″. His hands are cut from the same cartridge at 4.5″.


His scarf is cut from the Winter Woodland cartridge at 1.5″. His mouth is a 1/4″ punch with the glitter paper.


Each of the tags is just a little different. I love using what I have to make these adorable tags for the kids in my family. This is a great ornament too!





Thanks for coming by today!

Update: I did get a video uploaded. I apologize that it cuts off prematurely at the end, but you can see the finished product above! Click to see the short video.

November 2013 Specials

Stamp Of The Month November




Donna Lee

Sunburst Card – A Burst Of Creativity

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am still not feeling up to par and have not made it back into my Stampin N Scrapin Studio. I saw this video from Close To My Heart and wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to see how to make a simple sunburst card using your scraps, a punch, and the starburst cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

Click HERE to see the short video.

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Artiste Cricut Collection – Thanks Card With Bow


Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing a video tutorial I taped yesterday while making these adorable Thank You cards from the Artiste Cricut Collection available HERE! This card is on page 65 using the Card feature. They are cut 3.75 height using Close To My Hearts For Always double sided card stock.

Here is Part 1 of the video.


These cards are so easy and you can jazz them up quite easily!

Cut at 3.75 in height three will fit on a 12X12 mat.

Decorating the inside mat (3 1/8X3.5) is easy using the stamp off technique and your favorite stamp set. I used the Flirty Scrapbooking Workshop C1515 from Close To My Heart.


Lets watch the rest of the tutorial in Part 2.


What I appreciate about the cards on the Artiste Cricut Collection is that you can leave them as simple as they are, or you can dress them up using what supplies you have.

I made two more that I used the Two Way bird punch from Stsmpin Up and some scraps of metallic papers. I added some turquoise card stock for the backing and now I have two more thank you cards for my stash!



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Swing Card ~ Artiste Cricut Cartridge


Hello and thank you for coming by my blog today! Today’s project is from Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge. I am going to share one of the Swing Cards on page 52 of the Artiste manual. I cut it at 5.5 inches.


The accent piece is on page 48 using the Card feature with the Shift key on. Super card with a lot of pop and so very quick to make.


My paper choices came from my stack of scraps left over from the Artiste Mini Album that I made recently. You can see that HERE. Here is a look at my scrap pile on just of a little corner of my Scrapin Island that is a huge mess.


You can see that I am taking She’s A Sassy Lady advice and cutting two of these Swing cards at the same time. One that you need now and one for your stash of cards when there is no time to stop and make one.


I cut my accent piece at 2.25 inches but you could cut it at 2.5 to fill in the entire space. I prefer a layered look. I cut one at 2.5 and will show use it on the inside of one of my cards so you can see the difference.



Inside the first opening I have layered the 2.5 in square with a 2.25 square of coordinating card stock. The Chantilly card stock pieces are cut at 1 7/8 in by 1 1/4 inch. all of them are inked and you can pop up the colored card stock or keep it flat. I love layers and dimension myself. One does have to consider mailing this card, so keep that in mind too. 😉


I added one more piece that is 5/8 in by 2.5 and ran it through my PC Cuttlebug (one of my Fav tools) with a Stampin Up Textured Impressions Adorning Accents folder that has these tiny adorable hearts on it.


These dimensions will work for the front of your card too. Lets get to the inside! You need a printed piece of paper that can be double sided or plain on the opposite side so that that you have room to write a good size note. Mine is from Prima Collections Madeline stack and is cut at 4X5.25 in. Score it at 2 inches. Ink it up and fold in half print side up with fold on the right under your first fold.


One more piece for the inside needs to be cut at 2×5.25. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Honeycomb embossing folder by Cuttblebug.


Now for a few embellishments and a sentiment. I have two Stampin Up punches that make the most adorable embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, and mini albums. I am going to use both of them today. They are the Two Way Bird Punch and the older butterfly.


It’s so easy to use up some great scraps using punches. I love my Cricut and all my cartridges, however I still use my go to punches. For the sentiment I used the Harvest Happiness stamp set and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart. The scalloped oval was cut at 1.25 inches using scraps on my Scrapin Island and then stamped using Melon Mambo ink.


Remember I cut this Swing Card twice at the same time, so I was able to make two fun and cheerful cards from the same cutting with my Gypsy and Expression. Here’s the 2nd card!



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All Occasion Card ~ Using Flirty Scraps


A while ago I was Scrapbooking using the Flirty Scrapbooking Kit from Close To My Heart and had some scraps left over and made this quick card. I challenged myself to use only what was left on my scrap island. The more scraps I used, the less I had to clean up!


I created the piece for the inside of my card using a few pieces of scraps trimmed to be the size I needed for the inside of my card.


I used a border punch on one piece and a scrap of bling ribbon from Michael’s for some extra texture. I had this very small piece of floral paper and fussy cut the flower from it.

I added some extra bling that was on my Scrapin island and stamped the sentiment in black stazon and a floral pattern using Versa Mark ink.

The stamps are Close To My Heart and came with the Flirty Scrapbooking Kit. A great stamp set for making cards and scrapbook layouts for many occasions.


The outside of my card was so easy! I pulled scraps and some chipboard elements that came with the kit. I used the 2nd half of my doily from a scrapbook layout and some chalk ink that was on my Scrspin island. The flower and border punch is Stampin Up! I used the same border punch to mimicking what is on the inside.


Scrapin With My Scraps – Two Layouts & A Card

Today I was inspired to create a two page scrapbook layout and a card using the scrap paper that are out on my desk. My desk is absolute mess because it was covered up with scraps and tools from previous projects.

20130511-202051.jpg I decided to use scraps from a pack of Basic Grey Gypsy.

I did not have enough paper to make 12×12 layouts so I went 8.5X11 as I had some white card stock on my desk. I’ve had these two pictures of my grand daughter on my desk for a long time and decided to scrap about her bout with RSV.


These flowers were made a few months ago using some Nestabilities dies and Heartfelt Creations stamp set. They are labor intensive, but I like how they turned out and definitely wanted to use them. I used a few border punches and scraps from the Gypsy paper pack.


I used Creating Keepsakes software to print my journaling after I laid out all of my elements on the page. I love being able to journal like this as it allows me to tell more of the story than I am able to when I use my own handwriting.

I don’t always buy these paper packs, but I really liked this one so I bought the entire pack & I have every intention of using it all. While my desk was cluttered with all this stuff I used a card base that I had made a few weeks ago and never completed along with a few more scraps from the Gypsy paper pack to make a cute card. I did get my box of ribbon scraps and a few stamps from my closet to use on this card.




I love dressing up the inside of the card and I literally was able to do this with a cute stamp in my stash stamped with Stazon Ink (black) on a small piece of Gypsy printed card stock and then fussy cut it and adhered to the inside card base.