Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Back to cardmaking

I'm starting to settle in in my new place.  Boxes of craft supplies are still unpacked.  I barely got my table set up so I could make Christmas cards in time for the season!

I'll continue to share them as I make them.  Unfortunately some of them will be similar.  As long as the recipients do not know about the similarities, it should be fine, right?

This is probably the one that I like the most.  I'm mixing and matching Lawn Fawn products from different seasons!  How fun!  I use the Christmas plaid patterned paper and the 12x12 blue plaid paper for background.  Two snowbanks made the ground for the snowmen and I just added simple accessories for the snowmen.

I love the sentiment "friends warm the heart".  It's perfect for my good friend who has been supportive and understanding.

This card is entering the following challenges:
Cards und more - Oooh so cold
A Snowflakes Promise - Winter theme
Retarte - Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving (and Black Friday sales details)

For those in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for the opportunity to have this platform to share my creations.  I'm thankful for others who share their wonderful cards, layouts and the like.  I'm thankful for all the great supplies available to us.  I know that I am so used to having all these but I can't take these for granted.

I've moved to my new place and craft supplies are still sitting in boxes.  Can't wait to open them up but this is the time I want to spend with friends and family.  Blog posts will resume after that.

Have to heard that Close to My Heart is having a Black Friday Special?

This year, the Black Friday Special features mystery boxes of retired products available at deep discounts.  There are different priced boxes, starting at $35 all the way up to $150.  Such a great opportunity to save big!  If you have not tried Close to My Heart products, it is the perfect opportunity to get the products at a discount and try them out!

The sale starts at 12:00 am (MST) on Friday, and will only last for 24 hours, while supplies last.  Love this amazing deal?  Grab as many boxes as you like!  There's no limit!  Further, the price you pay for the mystery box counts toward earning the discounted Stamp of the Month.  Hooray!

Click here to start shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A quick update

My blog has been oh so quiet.  Well, it all started when my Cricut Explore broke down several weeks ago.  I somehow fixed it but it showed its attitude from time to time.  When it worked it's fine but if it didn't it is extremely frustrating.  Perhaps it's sign that I should upgrade my machine!

But the major reason is that I'm making an unplanned move.  It wasn't well-planned at least.  I had very little time to move.  Serious I just threw everything in my suitcases and boxes and thought I would organize in my new place.

Now most of my craft supplies have been shipped to my new place.  It is almost impossible to craft, but you know I am just itching to play!  So I played along Shimelle's challenge - go big with red:

This is the second to last thing I made before my actual move.  Will share the card I made later this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oh deer!

It has been a while since I shared any layouts.  It was partly because I was waiting for prompts and challenges on Shimelle's blog.  Her blog was silent for a while because her phone was crashed.  But she got to immerse herself in the vacation without looking at the phone.  Nice!

She has returned and posted several challenges.  I'm excited to play along!

One of the challenges is to scrapbook the outdoors.  This is a challenge I *need*!  I still have a ton of pictures from my trip to Banff to document.

I decided to make a simple page to "warm up":

This page documents the story where we saw three deer going from the big to the small island inside the lake.   My family and I quietly watched them as they walk.  All hikers were amazed and speechless!

I was happy to play with a variety of products, including Crate paper patterned paper, Amy Tangerine stickers from Oh Happy Life, Kelly Purkey's project life cards from July Stay Cool Kit.

Now that I have the supplies out, I'm going to play more with them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas cards

This past weekend, I took a class with Kelly Marie Alvarez, one of the owners of Lawn Fawn.  We made four Christmas cards.  It was so much fun!

Kelly Marie was one of the nicest and sweetest teachers I have had.  She had everything organized. including time!  We had enough time to work on each of our cards at our own pace but at the end of the class we could finish them all without any rush.

The cards are all interactive.  Oh so cute!

This was the first card we made and it is the inside of the card, where the star of the show is at.  The snowy hills form a three dimensional platform for the fairies, the branches and the house.  Imagine you see these elements when you open a card.  It's going to bring everyone a smile!

Kelly Marie shared a trick with us while using this die - down and in.  After adding the bottom of the mechanism to the card, push everything down, then in, fold up the card to let the glue stick, then when you open it, magic happens because the interactive portion is stuck on the card! :)

I've got this die and now that I've learned this trick, I'll make cards using it with confidence!

We made this slider card using Jump for Joy.  The hedgehog jumps onto the pile of leaves which scattered around.  I learned that if you use a circular foam dot, the hedgehog will spin.  And if you use a square one it will go straight along the track.  :)

This is a very cute card!  Love the mermaid color!  If you open the oven, you'll see the message that is currently covered by the oven handle.  Isn't that fun?  I love the cross stitched border dies.  Time to check my budget......

This last one is rather small and simple but still cute and fun!  It is also a pop up card where the reindeer is sitting on a pop-up element.  It is a great idea for mass production.

So happy to have taken this class and I truly enjoyed it.

Now I'm off to making more interactive Christmas cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Z fold card/Swing open card

I'm continuing to make Halloween cards for my friend's kids.  Even though Wild card at Online Card Classes is over, the urge to make a fun/interactive card stays with me.

I realized that I'm quite behind on making all the Halloween cards so I summoned the help of my trusty helper - Cricut! :)

I flipped through the images and decided to create something simple.  This card came together at no time at all:

When the card is closed:

That's easy peasy.  I used the Artiste cartridge to create the card base, and also the two circles for the stamped images to go on the flip part.  The circle covers up the sentiment "Happy Halloween and the bat, but the web and spider are peeking out.

Love that it's fun and easy to make! :)

The card is entering to
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Halloween
Get Creative - Black and Orange
Crafty Boots - Halloween
Stamps & Fun - Halloween
The Paper Girls - Halloween

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pop up card

It's time to make Halloween cards for my lovely niece and nephew!

Although I make far fewer cards than before, I continue to purchase a lot of cute products in anticipation of making cards for them.

What's more fun than making an interactive Halloween card?

The card front is very simple but once you open it up:

The twist and pop mechanism makes it a surprise!  I had fun coloring the critters in various costumes and putting it together.  I have certainly had opened the card for 100+ times to see the fun but I never cease to smile once I see it. :)

I'm entering my card to:
Animal Friends - Autumn/Halloween
Crafty Awesomeness - coloring
Stampotique - Halloween
Unicorn - Halloween

Thanks for stopping by!