A Banner Welcome


Hi Folks! Happy All Saints Day! The younger set in our house is still in a sugar coma from last night. I hope your family is faring better! Welcome to a new Die Cut Challenge from Stuck on U Sketches. This time, we’re creating banners. Now I like banners, but I’m never sure where to put them. So for this challenge I decided to incorporate a little banner into a new autumn-flavored welcome wreath for the front door. Let’s take a look:


To make this wreath, I covered a styrofoam form in 2-inch wide burlap ribbon (from my local craft store) and then fashioned a large bow at the top from the same ribbon and copious amounts of hot glue. I accented the bow with Slate Polka Dot ribbon from Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper used in the flowers and banner are from Close To My Heart’s new Huntington Collection, which is perfect for celebrating autumn. The flowers, leaves and banners are all cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The banner is cut at 1 1/4 inches with a 1-inch layer of Kraft Cardstock. “Welcome” is stamped in Barn Red Exclusive ink using the “You Are My Happy” alphabet stamp set, which is retired. Here’s a close up:


The flowers and leaves are cut in a variety of sizes. I inked around the edges of the flowers with Barn Red Exclusive ink and the edges of the leaves with Olive Exclusive ink to give them both extra definition. I then added Slate-colored pearls to the center of the flowers for a little extra bling. Here are a couple of close-ups:



Finally, I added some sparkle flourishes for a little extra…well…sparkle. I really like the juxtaposition of the burlap and gems.



I hope you enjoyed my little welcome banner! For more inspiration be sure to visit my amazingly talented co-designers at Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!




Midweek Mojo

Okay, so I finished my Mojo Monday card Monday night. However, because it was really late by the time I got to the computer, and since yesterday was the fantastic MW Blog Hop, I decided to wait until today to post the project. Just think of it as a little midweek mojo! 😉

So here’s the inspiration:

And here’s the card I came up with:

The patterned paper is from the Be You collection by Fancy Pants Designs. (What a fun collection! You can see some other projects I made with it here.) The card was cut using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy Cartridge by Close to My Heart. The scallop was cut at 6-inches and the lime green circle card was cut at 5 1/4-inches. The scalloped square was cut at 2 3/4-inches and each square was cut a 1/4-inch smaller. The flower is from the Be You rub-ons. I doodled a little on the card, and blinged-up the doodle flowers with diamond stickles by Ranger. The sentiment is from a stamp set for which I lost the manufacturing info, and the cardstocks are from my stash.

Here are a few close-ups:

And, of course, with its envelope:


Hope you enjoyed a little midweek mojo!

Hello Out There…..

Have you given up on me? It’s been far too long since my last post, but I have managed to make some progress on the PhD proposal so that’s my excuse.

I just wanted to share a little card I made for my husband’s 41st birthday last week.


The card and envelope are cut from one sheet of 12×12 craft cardstock. The patterned paper is from the Year-o-graphy collection by Simple Stories. The sentiment is actually a digital embellishment from Creative Memories that I layered over the “41” (from a digital alpha set by CM). The large brad is part of the Vintage Vogue Collection by Pink Paislee and the small brads are by Recollections. The tape measure ribbon is some from my stash. I inked it with Ranger Ink‘s distress stain in Broken China. The scallop and circle combo in the background is from Close to My Heart‘s Art Philosophy cartridge and cut on the Cricut at 3.25 inches.

Hope you enjoy! I have a few more projects that I’ll upload in the next couple of days.


Art Philosophy Give Away

Hey folks!

Mandy Leahy over at My Passion For Scrapbooking is giving away the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge by Close To My Heart and Provo Craft. To enter, click here. This is an incredibly versatile cartridge. I would LOVE to have it myself. However, I just can’t keep the goodness for myself, so thought I’d pass it along.

Good Luck!

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