Saturday, May 31, 2014

Damask Divas Blog Hop: Timberline

It's another month and another Damask Divas Blog Hop! I've been feeling a bit out of the loop these days, so I'm so excited to be back joining another Hop! Let me officially welcome you! If you came from the Fabulous Amie's Blog, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas Blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

This month we are showcasing Timberline paper pack and I don't know about you, but I love this set, because it is so masculine and great for all those projects that need that bit of outdoors to it. I don't know about all of you but I have found it really hard to locate paper that is truly fitting for cards for men or scrapbook pages. Maybe its just where I live, but anyway, when I saw that we had a set that was outdoorsy, I couldn't help but think that this was perfect! It was fitting for those hard to create projects for the men in our lives!

That being said I was delighted to get to showcase this paper right before Father's Day. I made a set of four cards that are nearly identical in set up and almost in the papers I used, but I wanted to show that with the particular paper you can get a variety of looks just based on the cuts of paper you use. I used only one sheet of paper, it had the wood board look on the one side and the variety of sayings and outdoor images on the back. I also used a Daisy White CS base and stamped the image in Cocoa ink on a piece of Cashmere CS, which I then used my sponge with more Cocoa ink to distress the edges of that small piece.

 I cut a 3"x5 1/2" strip of the wood grained side, then a 2"x4" strip of the otherside. I dovetailed it and layered it on top. I added my Saying and gave it a bit of pop by using 3D tape. So simple and yet so cute. I love trying to make more complex cards, but I still love being to whip out multiple cards that I know will look great. This is just one sheet in the set and you could use this same layout with any of the other sheets or even any other sheet, but this set is absolutely fantastic!


I also managed to use the thin strip at the top of the page to decorate the inside of two of the cards. I loved how simply I was able to tie the inside with the outside! If you want to add this paper pack to your collection, go to my website and order yours today!

I hope you've enjoyed our Blog Hop thus far, your next stop is Lilian's Blog! Don't forget to Get Crafty!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Crush on Artbooking

Good Morning! I am on a roll this week! I've had tons of down time, so no real excuse to not post every day! This video had such great ideas to combine Artbooking & Crush books! Who would have thought how great the two would work together! So many ideas and so little time! What a great gift idea! My sister put together her first year together with her boyfriend for Christmas out of one of our crush books, I bet she would have loved using the cute cutouts from Artbooking! I hope you have gained even more fun ideas! Don't forget to check out my FB page for a sneak peak tonight for tomorrow's post and Get Crafty!

Friday, May 9, 2014


Good Evening Everyone! Here is another super cute and super easy card to do for any occasion. I started with a simple 5 1/2" x 4 1/4 card base made with Daisy White Cardstock and then I cut strips about 1" in width and about 3" long from Ivy Lane paper pack as well as Gypsy Cardstock. This was a great opportunity to use up scraps of paper I had laying around (of which I have tons!) and then I wove them together making sure to try & give them varying start & end points. I think it turned out super cute and could easily be done with any complimenting patterns & colors. Super easy! I also used the Big Hug stamp set to add the sentiment 'Just Because' on the outside and in the inside I used 'Always in our hearts.' I added 'You Are' with my journaling pen just before the inside sentiment. I planned this to be for Mother's Day. I love how it turned out and I think that you all should give it a try! Don't forget to Get Crafty!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

DIY: Easy 3-D Effects

Good Morning Ladies! I hope you find this video helpful for adding some 3-D pop on your projects. I loved the cute little Film Strip book! I definitely need to try a few of these. You may find that this adds some fun 3-D decor to your Mother's Day weekend! If you haven't bought your own Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges yet, then head on over and buy them today! Don't forget to Get Crafty!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Buttons, Button & More Buttons

22 Buttons to be precise! I hope all of you are having a great day. Mine has been a little crazy and stressful, but we have finally gotten things sorted out for my MRI and should be getting in for that in the next couple of days. (Thank heavens!) It also means I'll be having more down time over the weekend and possibly longer if they find a fracture & decide on hip surgery. Not sure how I feel about that, but I'd like to be out of pain. For now I'll enjoy my down time and try to take full advantage of it!

I don't know how many of you saw my Sneak Peak last night on FB, but I used 22 Buttons in total for this super cute card. I honestly had no idea where I was going with this card when I started. I picked some colors I liked that were cute and girly. I used Sky Blue Cardstock from CTMH and I used some cute designed paper that I bought for $5 at Walmart (as cute as the paper is I have realized that quality is NOT reflected in those cute patterns!) I had trouble keeping the top paper smooth when gluing it to the very sturdy CTMH cardstock. Obviously I managed without too much damage.

Once I had the columns glued on, I was kind of stuck on what to do next. I had to think about it and actually this card sat in my stuff for about a week while I thought about it. Its really ok to do that. Take the time you need, unless of course you have a deadline! I saw some super cute cards on Pinterest that buttons grouped together in hearts and decided that's what I wanted to try my hand at it. Now it was a lot more complicated then I had thought and I had to play musical buttons. Trying to figure out where I had to place buttons in what spot and it took me a good 20 mins, but it looked super cute and I quickly attached each button with Liquid Glass (I seriously cannot live without that stuff!)

I made this card with Mother's Day in mind, but really it could be for Valentine's Day or birthdays. You know based on colors and set up, as well as sentiments it could be used for so many different themes and projects, not just cards! I hope this has given you more ideas to work with and once again I'd love to see what projects this inspires you to make! I hope you all continue to have a great day and don't forget to Get Crafty!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Love, Love, Love

Good Evening Friends, I hope you enjoyed my post from yesterday and got cute ideas for making your own fun Dress Cards for Mother's Day or for whatever event or occasion you think they will be perfect for. I'll be sharing a sneak peak later tonight on FB and will post my latest project tomorrow sometime. For now I hope you'll enjoy this video from CTMH and perhaps find a way to work this super cute idea for Mother's Day or even for Father's Day! The ideas certainly can carry over to whatever project you are currently working on and you should take the time to experiment and learn the new techniques, cause even if you mess up, you'll have learned something new! Don't forget to Get Crafty!

Monday, May 5, 2014

'Dress' Up Your Card

Alright Friends, I have returned. Its been a rough month for me. Waiting for my sister to have her baby last month was crazy and I found myself out of town waiting for the big day. Which my new niece shares a birthday with my youngest, I thought that was pretty cool and so did he! During one of my stays prior to her being born, I managed to fall off the guest bed at my parents and hit my hip on the way down. I've spent the last two & a half weeks on bed rest while I've been waiting to get an MRI done, since they are pretty sure I fractured my hip. It sucks! And surprisingly for all the time I spend in bed, I haven't had much time or honestly desire to craft! *Gasp* I know shocking, huh?

I've been a little more crafty this last week and so here is the first of my  Mother's Day cards that I put together. I shared a sneak peak yesterday and now here is the project in full! I was actually inspired by a pin on Pinterest, which was a Dress Card, but was done as a Thank You for a wedding. I liked the unique shape and thought how great would it be to turn it into a Mother's Day card. I think it has soooo much potential. I kept it simple, especially since I was trying to figure it out. I love learning new things, but I often find myself go simple first and then playing with fancier ideas. I hope I'm not the only one who is kind of self conscience of their crafting ability! :)

I used CTMH Gypsy Cardstock for the card base, which I cut freehand into the dress shape and lined the inside with Daisy White Cardstock. I also used the Big Hug stamp set in Smokey Plum ink. I also used a black ribbon for the front of the card and used a cute Mother's Day stamp as well.

I had fun making this card and as I said has so much possibility! I would love to see other ideas and variations of this fun card! Don't forget to Get Crafty!