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. 

Save 25% on Thin Cuts Today!

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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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Picture My Life Dreamin’ Big Mini-Album

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PML Challenge

A couple weeks ago, Naomi Smith challenged her Connected Hearts team to create a project using the Picture My Life cards from one of the new paper collections.  She is giving away an extra mini-album kit that CTMH created for the Pinners Conference.  As I REALLY want to win, I decided to send good vibes out into the universe by creating my own mini-album using the Dreamin’ Big PML cards.  Here’s hoping I’ll get lucky and she’ll draw my name!

3×4 Mini-Album Directions

Dreamin' Big PML Mini-AlbumI created a 3×4 mini-album using a hidden binding system.  If you would like to create your own mini-album, you will need the following:

  • 3×5 piece of cardstock
  • scoring board
  • bone folder
  • strong adhesive
  • 10 3×4 PML cards

Dreamin' Big PML Mini-AlbumScore the 3×5 cardstock at .5, .75, 1.25, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.25, 3.75, 4.25, and 4.5.  I would use a scoring board and the narrow end of a bone folder to score your hinge as opposed to a stylus.  I found the groves made by the stylus were too big which didn’t allow my hinges to line up properly.  You will now glue the adjacent .5 inch pieces together leaving .25 inches between each hinge.

Dreamin' Big PML Mini-AlbumFigure out the order and orientation of your cards, and start gluing them to the hinges.  The top card will be glued to the front side of the hinge only.  You will then glue both pages together when adding the next card to the back of the hinge.  I used Liquid Glass…you don’t need much.  Just make sure you get all the way up to the edge of the cards so they will stick together well.  After all the cards are adhered to the hinge, you can use another piece of cardstock to cover the binding.

I hope you have fun making this project!  Please post a link to your finished mini-album in the comment below or on my Facebook page.  Here are the rest of my mini-album pages.  Oh, yeah…be sure to stamp BEFORE adhering your PML cards to the hinge.  Umm…yeah…perfection is overrated, right?!

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CTMH Flash Sale

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Join CTMH’s Sweet Flash Sale to Save 30%!

Click to start shopping!Close To My Heart just announced that they will be hosting a flash sale for Valentine’s Day starting at 2pm PST and running through 2pm PST on February 15!  You will be able to save 30% on select product from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.  Talk about exciting!

You can join in the fun by visiting my CTMH Website.  If you don’t want to miss out on these sorts of updates from Close To My Heart, be sure to update your profile to accept the CTMH newsletter. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you enjoy this SWEET SALE!

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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

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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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Join My Team in February

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Become a Consultant Today!          Join My Team Today!

Why I Love Being a CTMH Consultant

I won a set of Stamps of the Month at the 2016 Convention playing the Left-Right Game!

When you join my team during February, you will get three free Stamps of the Month.  That’s a great deal, but there are so many better reasons to become a CTMH Consultant.  Here’s an incomplete list of what I love about being a part of the CTMH family:

  • The Discount: I was a customer for years, when I finally realized that I was placing orders each month anyway, so why not get a discount as a Consultant. 
  • The Rewards: There are so many outstanding rewards you can earn as a Consultant.  One of my favorites is free product by meeting monthly sales goals.  As a new Consultant, when you reach Straight to the Top, you will earn select product credit, cash, stamps, a bag, a shirt, and a large organizer filled with product!  Some Consultants even earn incentive trips…how would you like to go to Thailand in 2018?!
  • Four “generations” of my CTMH family at Album Retreat!

    The Friendships: It didn’t take long for my priorities to change about being a Consultant.  I still love the product, but I stay for the people!  I have developed so many important friendships over the years with my customers and fellow consultants.  They truly are close to my heart!

  • The Travel: The BEST event of the year is Convention!  That’s where I get to see all my friends and learn about new products and programs from CTMH.  We also get to take home a lot of FREE product!  If you plan on becoming a Consultant, my advice to you is to attend as many CTMH events as possible.  You will learn so much and be inspired to make your business grow.
  • The Home Office Team at the 2016 Convention!

    The Freedom: Yet, sometimes we don’t want our business to grow.  We have enough on our plates and are satisfied meeting our quarterly minimums.  You know what?  That’s okay!  This is YOUR business and you get to run it as you see fit.  I love that there is no pressure other than what I put on myself.

  • The Education: I’m a life-long learner, and I get so excited every time Home Office releases a new training on the Consultant website.  It is filled with training courses, videos, and a listening library.  They will teach you everything you need to know about being a Consultant.
  • We found Sticky Boy at the 2016 Seasonal Launch Event in Portland, OR!

    The Opportunity to Teach: I’m a teacher.  I love to share what I know with others and watch them grow and succeed.  CTMH has provided me with the opportunity to share my passion for memory keeping and paper crafting in a variety of ways, from home workshops to crops to online classes to presentations at Home Office events. 

  • The Hunt for Sticky Boy (and Girl)! CTMH has forever ruined every other conference that I attend because of Sticky Boy!  Sticky Boy was the prototype for CTMH’s My Acrylix® clear stamps.  During events, Consultants with a keen eye can spot Sticky Boy and take him home.  Finding Sticky Boy is one of the highlights of Convention for me!  Over the years, I have found 15 Sticky Boys and one Sticky Girl.  I even won a giant Sticky Boy in a dance contest…that’s how much I love Sticky Boy!

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.  I hope you will join my team and meet me in SLC for Convention this year!

I’ll leave you with this little video about Sticky Boy!

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