Pi Day & Mojo Monday 488

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Let’s Celebrate with a Card and Pie!

Okay, I’m not really going to eat pie tomorrow, but I am going to give this card to the math teacher at school who awarded me the Steed of Courage at our last staff meeting.  The math department is providing pie in celebration of Pi Day, so it’s the least I can do.  I would love to give this card to all my math teacher and geeky friends, so know that this virtual card is my way of wishing you a very Happy Pi Day!

I had two inspirations for this card.  The first was by a fellow consultant, Michele Rowley, who posted a fantastic Pi Day card on our team page.  Once I saw her card, I knew I had to make my own.  I used today’s Mojo Monday sketch 488 to complete my card.  I love how it turned out!  I used lots of foam tape on this one.

Would you like to make your own Happy Pi Day card?  Here’s a FREE Cricut Design Space file you can use.  Happy scrapping!

Happy Pi Day Card by Amy Ulen

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Dreamin’ Big Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Dreamin’ Big Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Dreamin' Big Blog Hop!

I’m excited to be participating in my first blog hop in years!  We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  If you are visiting from Julie’s blog, then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, feel free to start at the beginning with our hostess Carol

Dreamin’ Big Meets Thin Cuts

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Card 1If you have been following my blog at all, you know that I’m in love with the adorable critters from the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking set.  If you are new to my blog, welcome!  I’ll admit that my use of these critters has become a bit of an obsession.  😉  With that being said, how awesome is it that you can get the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle at a 25% discount this month!

On this card, I created the Dream Big banner by cutting it out of a 3×4 card on the PML sheet that comes in the Dreamin’ Big kit.  I also added enamel dots to the eyes of the fox!

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Card 2Here is an example of the fox without the enamel dots.  On both cards, I colored the fox with Watercolor Pencils and went over it with the Blending Pen.

Next, check out Darlene’s blog or scroll down to see a Dreamin’ Big layout created with Flip Flaps!

Dreamin’ Big Meets Flip Flaps

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 1One of the great perks of being a CTMH consultant is attending workshops where we get to make art with sneak peeks of new product a month or more before it goes live to customers.  If you want to take advantage of this perk, I would love for you to join my team!  This layout is from our last Seasonal Expressions launch event in December.  I loved the layout that the CTMH art department created, so I didn’t modify it other than adding Flip Flaps.  Be sure to click on the images to see the full size versions.

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 2Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 3Dreamin' Big Blog Hop Layout 5

 

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Cricut Design Space + CTMH Thin Cuts!

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Free Cricut Design Space Files +
25% Savings on CTMH Thin Cuts

I have to admit that I designed these cards in Cricut Design Space at the end of January.  I cut out all the pieces on my Cricut and did manage to put a couple of the cards together.  Check out this post and this post for details and the free Cricut Design Space files.  The final three designs have been sitting on my craft table just waiting to be assembled.  Luckily, my crafting buddies came over last night, so it finally gave me an opportunity to finish these cards!

The good news is that the Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle I’ve been using on these cards is on sale for 25% off while supplies last!  This set is adorable, so I would order right away.  I also used the ladybug from the Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle and the Silly Sayings set which coordinates with the Artistry Cricut collection.

You're Weird card with Cricut Design Space fileAll of the cards use the following:

Happy Birthday Card with Cricut Design Space FileHere are the links to all of the free Cricut Design Space files for these cards:

You’re Weird Card

Happy Birthday Card

That Didn’t Just Happen Card

Critter Card with Free Cricut Design Space FileOn a final note, just want to mention that I used the Lawn Fawn stitched border die to create the borders on my cards, but each of the linked Design Space files includes a border that you could cut with your Cricut. 

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Speedy Card Creation

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Speedy Card Creation using MOJO480

Speedy Card CreationSo, I had no intention of making a card today.  I have a bunch of work I need to do for school and National Boards, plus I spent yesterday crafting.  Yet, somehow I found myself on the Mojo Monday blog this morning, and…yeah…here I am with another card and blog post.  LOL!

Speedy Card CreationI do have to say that I’m super proud of myself.  This is by far the fastest card I have ever made.  I knew I didn’t have time to mess around, so I grabbed my supplies and made this card in around an hour…that is lightening fast for me!  I’m actually really happy with the way it turned out, as well, so perhaps this is a lesson I should take to heart for future card creations.

Speedy Card CreationI used the retired Treats of Friendship (C1616) set along with the Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle.  I like it when new product can breathe life into an old favorite.  Here is a list of the other products I used:

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Card Inspiration from Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou Video Inspiration

When I got up this morning, I checked my email and in it was a link to this video.  I’m always inspired by Maya Angelou’s words, but this time I was inspired into action.  When she said that we should aspire to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” a card design immediately popped into my head!

The Card with a Free Cricut Design Space File

Card Inspired by Maya AngelouI actually used the same Mojo Monday 485 sketch from my last post.  I really like this sketch and have a feeling I will use it often.  Now, I’m not remotely happy with the way the coloring turned out.  When I make this card again, I will use my ShinHan Markers instead of the Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen.  The purple paper comes from the Adventure Fundamentals, and it is so bright and vibrant that the watercolor gets lost against it.  The markers would make the images pop.  I’ll also stamp the flowers with Black Memento ink like I did with the rainbow and bunny.  I had originally thought about paper piecing the rainbow, so I’ll try that next time, as well.

Card Inspired by Maya AngelouWhat I love about this card is that I learned something new on my Cricut today!  I’ve used the Cricut Markers that came with my Explore, but none of them have a fine tip, so wouldn’t work with my card design.  Since the sentiment was directly inspired from the Maya Angelou video, I had to find a way to make it work.  I pulled out my purple Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine pen and tried it in my Cricut…it fit! 

Cricut Design Space Tutorial

Click on the image above for the free Cricut Design Space file for this card!  If you haven’t used markers with your Explore, you should give it a try, because the possibilities are endless when you can create your own sentiments.  I selected “Has a Writing Style” from the first list, the font that I wanted to use from the second list, and “Writing” from the third.  Be sure to play with the letter spacing when you are using a sans serif font as the letters tend to blend together making them more difficult to read.

#chooselove

I hope you enjoyed the video and this card.  Go out and “be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud” today!

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Mojo Monday 485 with February SOTM

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Mojo Monday 485

Mojo Monday 485 Sketch

Mojo Monday Sketch 485I’ve been determined to become a card maker, and I think it is finally starting to happen.  Typically, when I see the Mojo Monday email come through, I admire the sketch and occasionally go check out the cards being submitted.  I don’t ever feel the desire to participate, because I don’t feel like I’m good enough.  What I’m coming to realize is that “being good enough” isn’t the issue.  I simply lack confidence in my ability to make cards.  Well, that is changing.  It doesn’t matter that I’m not an award winning card maker, what matters is that I’m having fun.  Now, just imagine how awesome I would feel if I started sending the cards that I make!  I’m going to keep saying that to myself until I actually start doing it.

It probably also helped that I didn’t have school today, so I had more time to get creative.  I was also motivated by the Connected Hearts team challenge to create something using the February Stamp of the Month.  So, you are getting a sneak peek at next month’s special!

February 2017 SOTM = Tea-rrific

Mojo Monday 485 using Tea-rrificI really like the versatility of this stamp set.  Between the sketch and cute stamp set, I was inspired to make two cards!  I also have ideas for using the Mother’s Day cup and the bunny from this month’s SOTM, so stay tuned.  🙂

It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but I fussy cut the images on the “You are tea-ffific” card from patterned paper from the Hello Lovely collection.  On the “Your Love” card, I used the Blending Pen and ink pads to color the stack of mugs.  I finished them off with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  I also used the Gold Shimmer Brush on the heart.

Mojo Monday 485 ChallengeMojo Monday 485 Challenge

Sign Me Up Special is Almost Over

Join My Team Today!The February “Sign Me Up!” special is almost over.  If you have ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, this is the month to do it. You will get three FREE Stamps of the Month…including Tea-rrific!  Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Free Cricut Design Space Files for Valentine’s Day

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Are You Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Heart Doily Valentine

Use the weld tool in Cricut Design Space to create your own doily design!

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’m guessing that some of you may be frantically coming up with ideas for your sweetheart.  I want to help you out by sharing a couple ideas and offering FREE Cricut Design Space files to help you make some valentines.  

I made this “Life is Sweeter with You” card a few years ago after seeing Pinterest fill up with cards using a really cute heart doily die.  I didn’t have the die, but I did have a Cricut, so I figured I would make my own heart doily!   Getting the sizing right was a pain, and I don’t want you to have to go through that, so I’m including the FREE Cricut Design Space file below so that you can spend your time creating Valentines!

Heart Doily Cricut Design Space File

Is The Heart Doily a Little Too Girly for Your Valentine?

Grilled Cheese Valentines

Let your sweetie know that you love him/her more than grilled cheese!

My husband and I have more of an “I love you more than grilled cheese” relationship than heart doilies and cupcake.  Of course, he would not be disappointed if I made him cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.  LOL!  I will not be doing that, by the way…just had to clarify in case he reads this.

This is the second of five card designs I’ve made in Cricut Design Space using the Silly Sayings (C1672) stamp set.  I absolutely adore this set!  The thing is…I REALLY love grilled cheese, so I knew I had to get this stamp set as soon as I saw it.  My husband shows me how much he loves me by making me perfect grilled cheese sandwiches.  Yet, I would give up grilled cheese forever if it meant I could keep my hubby safe, healthy and happy!

Okay, enough of that sappy stuff.  Here’s the link to the file:

Love You More Than Grilled Cheese Design Space File

Click here to see card!Click here to see card!Click here to see card!

Join My Team in February and
Get 3 FREE Stamps of the Month!

Join My Team Today!I wasn’t super crazy about the January stamp of the month, but this month’s and the next two are fabulous…you are really going to want these!  As a bonus for signing up this month, you get all three sets for FREE!  Woo hoo! 

Click on the image to get more info on my CTMH website.  Also, take a look at my last blog post which describes why I love being a consultant.

If you have ever been a consultant in the past, you may sign up for a no kit option at a discount.  You still receive the free Stamps of the Month and $50 in Select Product Credit.  It’s a great deal and we look forward to welcoming you back to the CTMH family!

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There’s Nobunny Like You

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February 2017 Stamp of the Month

Feb. 2017 SOTMI’m having such a fun time creating cards using little critter stamp sets lately.  As soon as I saw the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book at the launch event for consultants back in December, I knew that I had to get this stamp of the month.  I feel equally excited about the April SOTM, as well!  Okay, I admit to already purchasing the March SOTM, too…it isn’t critters, but it is adorable!

I designed this card in Cricut Design Space.  Yes, I seriously miss Studio J, but Design Space has quickly become my go to design tool for both cards and scrapbook pages.  I like the opportunity it provides for creativity and outside-the-box thinking.  For instance, I knew I wanted my little bunny to be standing in grass.  The stamp set comes with a cute stamp for grass, but I decided to use the grass from the Artbooking Cricut Collection.  Since it only comes in a small strip, I welded it to a square and then sliced the whole thing so that it would fit on the background cardstock.

Click here to shop for SOTM!The Whimsy Fundamentals paper collection is so perfect for this card.  Here is a list of all the products I used on this card.  As of the writing of this blog post, some of the inks are listed as out of stock, but they should be available mid-February.

 

February Tool Tip–Blending Pen

Click to view a larger image.Have you ever used the Blending Pen?  If not, I highly recommend it.  On this card, I stamped the bunny onto White Daisy cardstock in Memento Black and colored the image with the Watercolor Pencils.  The Blending Pen blends the colors together to allow for shading and smooth colors.  It makes the coloring process really easy, because I don’t have to worry about covering the entire surface with the pencils or try to hide pencil lines.  The Blending Pen will smooth it all out!

Painting with Ink

Shop for ToolsIt gets even better…you can use the blending pen with your inks, as well.  Regardless if you have the new or old pads, you can simply squeeze the lid to transfer ink onto the inside cover.  Then use a variety of tools to paint with the ink.  The Blending Pen and Shimmer Brush don’t need water, but the Waterbrush and Paintbrush Set may depending on the look you are going for.  You can also add drops of Re-inker into the lid!

Let me know when you have used this tool tip!  I would love to see whatever you create.      

Join My Team in February!

Become a Consultant Today!So, here I’ve been going on and on about the wonderful Stamps of the Month, so I figured I better let you in on how you can get your own sets for FREE!  Join my team in February and you will earn all three sets for FREE (that’s $53.85 in retail value)!  Did you know that you now can host a party (in person or online) and use your hostess rewards to pay for your new consultant kit?  Ask me for more information.  

Join My Team Today!Also, former consultants can sign up for only $50 this month with a no kit option.  You will still receive the $50 in SPC and the FREE Stamps of the Month!  Talk about a great deal.  I can’t wait to have you on my team!

   

 

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2017 National Papercrafting Day

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2017 National Papercrafting Month KitIn celebration of National Papercrafting Month, I think it is high time that I update my blog!  Nothing like a two year hiatus to make one think I’m not papercrafting anymore.  Thankfully, that is not true.  I’ve simply ignored this blog because it doesn’t get a lot of traffic and I spend my social media time posting to Facebook and Instagram.  Yet, I do think about the blog a lot.  I want to simplify the design so that I can get back to posting on a regular basis.  I’m super busy with school right now–teaching AP Computer Science for the first time and working on my National Boards–so I know I won’t have time to work on it until after I take my final exam for National Boards.  Even so, I’m going to make more of an effort to document my crafty endeavors here as I find Facebook depressing right now, and people tend to scroll through the images and ignore the description on Instagram.  What I love most about being a Close To My Heart Consultant is the teaching aspect of what I do.  My blog will allow me to share more details than those other mediums.

So, let’s get started by talking about the awesome National Papercrafting Month project CTMH released this year!  I’m not really much of a home decor gal.  We moved into a modern house and I’m going for a clean look and don’t want a lot of dust gatherers…LOL!  Yet, I simply had to make the adorable Welcome Home Wreath.  The kit was so easy and fun to put together.  I figure it will make a great gift!  Click on the wreath image to the left to watch a video tutorial I posted on my YouTube channel.  Great news if you missed the special as it is only good through this Tuesday, all the flowers come from the Flower Market Cricut Collection, so you can recreate your own wreath in any colors you desire.

National Papercrafting Day

Yesterday was National Papercrafting Day, and I had a crop at my house with five incredible women.  It’s so fun to get together and craft with friends!  I created a make-n-take using the sweet Sugar Rush collection.  Since the card featured donuts, my fantastic hubby bought the gals some donuts.  Although they loved the idea of the donuts, they didn’t eat very many.  Hmm…now my husband has to eat the rest…funny how that worked out.  LOL!  

Because I loved the design on the reverse side of the paper, I also created a card with the Sugar Rush Scrapbooking stamp set.  I’m actually really excited about both of these stamp sets, because I have photos of my niece and nephew eating snow cones when they were kids and of my husband eating donuts from my trip to VooDoo Doughnut in Portland.  I’m looking forward to sharing those memories on scrapbook pages using this paper!

Here are a few close ups.  Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image:

Silly Sayings Cards

Click to view Design Space file.While my friends worked on their projects I made some cards using the Silly Sayings and Some Kinda Wonderful–Cardmaking stamps.  I had previously designed the cards using Cricut Design Space and will share those files as I complete each of the cards.  There are five designs in all and this is the first of them. 

After I took these photos, I realized that the cards need a little bling, so I’ll add bitty sparkles or sequins later.  I made the plain card first and decided that I didn’t really like it, so I stamped the background using stamps from the Flower Market Cricut Collection.  Since I’m doing 3 each of the 5 designs, I decided that I didn’t want to devote that much time to stamping backgrounds.  Instead, I decided to use embossing folders on most of the cards.  On one set, I’m going to sand the background to let a little of the white core pop out.

The frame is from Lawn Fawn but everything else is CTMH.  I’m using the retired Fundamentals paper that had an embossed design on the front.  I also used the ShinHan markers to color the fox and turtle.  They are popped up using fun foam which I simply ran through my Cuttlebug.

I hope you will use the FREE Cricut Design Space file and share what you create with it!  https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/52826610

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