Swinging Easter

I love sending Easter cards and this year with a little help from my Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge my cards are simple yet whimsical.

I used Pansy & Canary for my card bases and a scrap of the Kaleidoscope papers from my scrap bin.  All the little colors have always reminded me of jelly beans and it’s just such happy colors.

I decided to link up with the Heart to Heart Challenge – Whims-ical, because afterall I’ve never really seen any bunny hopping around the yard wearing a jelly bean fur coat and hiding eggs.

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me today, I’d love it if you’d take a minute and leave me a comment.




Tweet Thank You

My son called me from work on Thursday and told me he needed a birthday card for a one year old and a thank you card.  I created both today, but you’re going to have to wait for the birthday card.  He likes to barter, so I’m trading him my car being vacuumed and the windows being washed for the two cards.

I wanted to play with the Color My Heart Color Dare again this week I love the colors, Lagoon, Smoothie, Hollyhock and White Daisy.

I have seen a lot of these bird cage cards on Pinterest so I pulled out my Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and started cutting.  I used Smoothie cardstock for my birdcage and lined it with a Lagoon B&T from the Blossom Collection.  I then backed the bird cutout with a piece of Lagoon cardstock.  The flower on the front is cut from Hollyhock and a pink enamel gem makes up the center.  The bow on top is cut from a piece of Lagoon B&T from the Heartstrings Collection, it has tiny little Hollyhock hearts.


I really had fun piecing all the paper together.  The Artfully Sent cartridge takes card making to the next level.

Have you stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge?  It’s a really fun place to gain some inspiration.

Thank you for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite card from the Artfully Sent Cartridge is.


Color My Heart #143 – Wedding Bling

Oh how I love Black and White with a touch of bling…in the case of the Color My Heart Dare #143 that bling is Gold.

I needed a wedding card, but also had a little girl watching over my shoulder impatiently telling me what I should do differently, I sent her gardening with her granddad but that didn’t last long so I knew my time was limited.  I turned to the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge and found this cute wedding cake.  I don’t care much for the 5 X 7 cards so I sized it down to 5.5″, then I decided I didn’t want an all black card so I cut it apart and it became the front panel of a white card.  I then cut the ribbons from a piece of Gold Glitter Paper and glued them on with my glue pen.  Super simple.

The inside was stamped with Congratulations and then the wedding ring icon from the same cartridge was cut at 4.25 and mounted underneath.

I cherish my wedding cards and just recently went back and read all the kind wishes.  I hope you have been inspired to take a look at black, white and gold and see what you can make today.

Nifty 60 Gift Card Holder

We have a special family birthday to celebrate this week and I wanted to put together a special card.  I’m also trying to use my stash of B&T papers that I’ve accumulated!

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I started by cutting components from the Artfully Sent cartridge for the Over the Hill Banner and “60”.  I then cut the gift card holder from Kraft Cardstock from the Artiste cartridge (I love the gift card holder cards).  I mounted it to a standard 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card base and tied it all closed with a piece of Juniper ribbon.

For the inside I stamped the Happy Day stamp in Juniper and mounted it with Thin 3D Foam Tape to a piece of Glitter Gold and Black Circle cut just 1/4 inch bigger than the circle below it.

I love it when things come together this easy.  I hope you’ll find some inspiration to use up some of your stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Happy Hello turned Thank You

I had so much fun playing with the February Stamp of the Month “A Happy Hello” that I decided I’d see what other uses I could come up with.

I found a cute card while visiting a Stampin’ Up Demonstrators blog.  Julie is uber talented and shares lots of free video and PDF tutorials and my thoughts are anything can look better when made with Close to My Heart products it doesn’t matter where the inspiration came from!


I stamped the card in Sweet Leaf and Thistle ink then cut the panel down the middle – flipped the cut pieces in opposite directions and cut them again.  Once I had all the pieces mounted on a piece of Sweet Leaf Paper Fundamentals I layered it to a piece of Kraft Cardstock.  I finished it off with some left over purple sparkles to give it a dash of glitz!  The Thank You sentiment comes from the Cricut Artfully Sent bundle – LOVE all the choices!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Time For Memories

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on scrapbooks and I realized that I’m not going to catch up unless I dedicate some time to them so today I dedicated time for memories.

I’ve needed a cover page for Miss B’s album for ages…while she was missing her album sat in the closet untouched.  It was painful not knowing where she was and I certainly didn’t want to remember all the fun we had when we were together because it only made me miss her more.  I love each of my grandkids, but  Brooke and I have a special bond especially now that she lives with us full-time.

Her school picture matched the Hopscotch papers pretty well, so I decided that was the paper pack I’d start with.  I grabbed Volume 2 of the Make It From Your Heart how-to publication, chose my layout and went to work.


Next I cut an overlay from the Artbooking collection from Glacier and backed it with a B&T from Hopscotch, then I sat back and looked…I didn’t like the one inch strip of circle B&T paper so I increased its size and although Miss B is pretty simple I gave it a bit of glitz with the gold shimmer trim (it doesn’t go all the way across the page – it ends just under the picture to conserve), added a few gold glitter gems and a badge button that matched the paper.

Now for a title…I thought about all the things I love about our girl…she’s sweet, sassy, creative, but most importantly LOVABLE and then I thought about the album – it’s Simply Brooke!  I thought the “You’re the Bomb” stamp set would work so I discussed the title with my DH and he reminded me that she is anything but simple.  I decided that I better start with just her name – which I cut from Artfully Sent (it’s not just for card making) I then looked at the other words in the stamp set and decided that they suited her just fine and then I was done.

If you’d like to catch up on your memory keeping join me for Time for Memories – 2 hours dedicated to scrapbooking one Saturday morning a month.

Thanks for stopping by!

December’s Card Magic



I am super excited for my December Card Classes…I have these three fun cards featuring products from the Seasonal Expression 1 which went live on December 1st.  I love bright spring colors and of course anything to do with LOVE!

If you’d like to learn more about my card classes, please post a comment and include how to contact you.

Happy Crafting!


A Card Lovers Dream


So, I finally found time to play with the newest Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart, Artfully Sent is definitely a card lovers dream.  Don’t let the name fool you though, it’s so much more than cards!

I’ve played with several of the keys – my favorite by far is the key dedicated to Halloween that has a card which resembles a haunted house.  Today however I decided to share a card I made with several of the cuts from Key #1.



I love the simplicity of this card but it has just enough eye candy to brighten a mailbox with a cheery hello!

If you’d like to make this card and the other fabulous fall cards that I’ve featured on my blog recently make sure you register for my card class on October 2.

Happy Stamping,