A Happy 19th!

My niece, Molly, turns 19 in December this year. However, we decided that we would celebrate her birthday while she and her family were visiting for Thanksgiving. The current Stuck On U Die Cut Challenge to incorporate numbers in your project was the perfect inspiration for my niece’s card:


I decided to do something a little different from the standard A2 design and chose the side-step pattern for my card base, which is cut from Lagoon Cardstock. I used the hip and happenin’ Laughing Lola paper pack by Close To My Heart for the pattern paper. The sentiment, from the Just A Number stamp set, is stamped in Lagoon Exclusive Ink on White Daisy cardstock. I cut the sentiment out using a punch from my collection and layered it onto Black cardstock and Laughing Lola patterned paper and then popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I used two tiny black sequins from the Mini Medley Black Accent collection and added two bitty sparkles in the middle for some bling.


The 19 and Polaroid-style frames were cut using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge. I cut the 19 twice and used the White Daisy numbers as shadows for the plaid. The white makes the numbers pop off the raspberry background. The heart and polka dot background are both stamped in Lagoon Exclusive ink on White Daisy cardstock. I fussy cut around the heart and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. The polka dot background is layered on Black cardstock and Laughing Lola paper. I added a larger sequin and sparkle combo for pizzazz. The bow is made from Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon, to which I added a black sparkly button from the Mini Medley with a medium rhinestone from the Laughing Lola assortment attached to the center.


I cut the Polaroid frames twice–once in Laughing Lola and once in Lagoon cardstock and layered them together. This gives them a little extra stability so that I can attach them to the card off-center. I added some more Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon with a large button and bling combo to finish everything off.


Here’s a view from the side. The card is too thick at the base for a standard envelope (especially when you slide in a gift card!), so I created a little envelope box to pack it in.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For more number inspiration, stop by Stuck On U sketches and see the beautiful creations the rest of the design team has made for you. Have a fantastically creative weekend!



You’re A Star!

Hi All! Welcome to another Stuck On U Sketches die cut challenge! This challenge is all about stars.

Let’s take a look:


The card base for is a standard A2 using Colonial White cardstock. I layered the base with Hollyhock and Outdoor Denim cardstocks, and then added pattern papers from Close To My Heart’s Claire paper pack (which has sadly been retired). The stars are cut at 3 1/2 inches from Outdoor Denim cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I added silver Stickles to the stars for extra bling (really, whoever heard of a dull star?). The sentiment is from the Artbooking collection and is stamped in Outdoor Denim Exclusive ink on a fun cork shape from my stash. I added a little Color Ready Seam Binding to the card and the cork for extra flair, and then popped up the sentiment using dimensional adhesive.

Here are a couple of close-ups:





I added some stars from the die cut to the inside of the card for a little extra interest. (And why wast these perfectly beautiful cuts?) ­čÖé

Here is the outside of the card, once again:



Hope you enjoyed my little starry card. For more starstruck inspiration, don’t forget to hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a wonderful, creative day!



Entering the Gates with Thanksgiving

Hi all! HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s time to take up another die cut challenge by Stuck On U Sketches. The current challenge is: Gates.

I have to say, this was not one of my easiest challenges. I have no actual gate images in my Cricut collection and couldn’t really think of a theme for a project. Then yesterday, (as a design team member, we do get these challenges ahead of time) I thought, why not try a gate fold card and see where it takes me. Here’s the result:


The base of the card is cut from Olive cardstock at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8 to make the gate-fold. The gate itself is actually a fence I cut from White Daisy cardstock at 4 3/4 inches using the Closet To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I use the light marker from Close To My Heart’s Whisper marker set to give some shadow and dimension to the fence and cut it in half to fit the gate fold card. [Instant gate!] The pattern paper is from a retired collection called Flirty. The paper flowers and their 3 dimensional floral centers by Close To My Heart are from my stash and have also been retired. I punched out the butterflies with a retired Creative Memories punch and adhered the top layer in the center only in order to give it dimension. The the small rhinestones are from my stash. The sentiment is from the Happy Autumn stamp set and is stamped in Olive Exclusive ink. I inked around the edges of the card base and base layer with Saddle Exclusive ink for extra pop.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the card:




Here it is with the gates “opened”:


And here it is once again:


I hope you enjoyed my answer to the Stuck On U Die Cut challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the blog for more inspiration. And don’t forget to give yourself time to create something beautiful this weekend!



A little Mojo


Hi All! It’s been ages since I played along with Mojo Monday so I thought I’d rectify the situation. Here’s my take on this week’s sketch:


The card base is a standard A2 in Colonial White cardstock. The patterned paper is all from Maggie Holmes’ Signature line by Crate Paper. The sentiment is from the new Close To My Heart Hostess Reward stamp set called “You Only Live Once,” and is stamped in Slate ink. I added a white doily and a strip of Hollyhock cardstock behind the sentiment for a little pop. Some buttons and twine from my stash finish it off nicely. Here are a couple of close-ups:



Hope you enjoyed my little mojo. Don’t forget to create something beautiful today, even if it’s just a memory!



For the Mr & Mrs

It’s time for the July 12th Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut Challenge!!!

Hi All! Are you ready to play? This week’s challenge is all about the Flourish. Let’s face it, life is just plain more fun when you add a little flourish. So that’s your challenge…(and not a bad metaphor either…)

Here’s my take on the challenge:


I decided to use the Flourish theme to create an easel wedding card for a friend. The card base is a 4 x 8-inch strip of White Daisy cardstock, which I scored at 2 and 4 inches, and folded in half. I covered a 4-inch square of White Daisy with a 4-inch square of For Always paper by Close To My Heart to use as the back ground for the front layer. I then used a 3 1/2-inch square of White Daisy for the sentiment and design. The Twilight and Sorbet cardstock flourishes were cut at 3 inches using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (see page 58 of the cartridge manual). The Hollyhock cardstock roses are cut at 1 1/2, 1 3/4, and 2 inches using Art Philosophy (page 68). I layered the flourishes and offset them so that they would have a little bit of a shadow effect. (To do this, you really need to make sure to cut them at the same size.) I then added the roses. I stamped “Mr” and “Mrs” in Twilight Exclusive Ink (which I also used to ink around the edges of the patterned paper base layer) using the retired Classmate Alphabet stamp set. The ampersand (&) is stamped in Sunset Exclusive Ink (Sorbet wasn’t quite bright enough) using the Trinity Alphabet stamp set by Close To My Heart. (This set is retiring, so you should pick it up soon if you don’t have it yet.) And, of course, it’s not flourished enough without some bling, so I added sparkles to the cardstock flourishes and roses, and Sparkle Flourishes to the card. I popped the whole thing up on the front with some dimensional adhesive. I then attached the bottom half of the panel to the bottom 2-inch section of the front of the base and mountain folded it on the 2-inch score line like an easel.


For the “stopper,” I glued a 1 x 4-inch strip of For Always patterned paper to the inside card base. I inked around the edges of the patterned paper and the White Daisy cardstock (cut at 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches) using Twilight Exclusive Ink. I added Twilight and Sorbet cardstock flourishes to the White Daisy piece. These flourishes were cut at 1 inch using the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 59). I then stamped the sentiment (from the retired Avonea Cardmaking Workshop On The Go) on White Daisy cardstock in Twilight and Sunset Exclusive Inks. I cropped the Twilight phrase as close to the “so…together” letters as I could and fussy cut “happy” from the Sunset phrase. I layered the “happy,” ┬áthe whole phrase, and the white, flourished base onto patterned paper using dimensional adhesive between each layer. I added a little bling to the flourishes and voil├á: A card and a little home decor all wrapped up together!

Here are a couple of close-ups:




And here’s the front once again:


Hope you’ve been inspired to add a little flourish to your summer! Don’t forget to hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches and play along with our challenge!






Hello!…’50s Style

Hi All! It’s time for another die cut challenge from Stuck On U Sketches. This time it’s all about the Nifty Fifties! That’s right dust off those poodle skirts and saddle shoes and get creative!

Cricut has a cartridge all about the Fifties, but I don’t have it. So I decided to use an image from the From My Kitchen cartridge, which is chock full of retro images (mostly kitchen appliances for obvious reasons). So here’s what I came up with:



The base card is made from White Daisy cardstock and layered with Black cardstock. I used a scrap of teal polka dot print from Echo Park’s This & That Graceful collection┬áto layer on the Black cardstock. (I decided to go with the 1950’s Miami Beach color scheme.) The telephone is cut at 3 inches from Blush, Lagoon, and White Daisy cardstocks using the From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridge. I did a little tone-on-tone inking with Close To My Heart’s Blush pigment ink. Then I used bitty black sparkles on the phone dial and some Silver Shimmer Trim for some extra bling. “Hello!” is stamped in Black Exclusive Ink using a retired retro alphabet stamp set by Close To My Heart.

Here are some close-ups:





And here’s the card, once again:



Hope you enjoyed my simple little retro hello! Don’t forget to go by Stuck On U Sketches to play along with our Nifty Fifties challenge and to be just generally inspired by our fantastic design team to go and create beautiful things!



A Little Bit o’ Sunshine

Hi All! I’m proud to announce that I’m officially part of the design team for the Stuck On U Sketches challenge blog! Woo HOO!!! I’m designing for the die cut challenges and today is my first official design!

Today’s challenge (appropriate to kicking off the summer) is “Here Comes The Sun!” You can create anything having to do with the sun and summer. Here’s my creation:


(Unless otherwise noted, all cardstocks are from Close To My Heart.) For the card base, I used Kraft Cardstock layered with White Daisy. I layered a little paper from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection on the cardstock. The sun and watermelon are cut using the Cheerful Seasons Cricut cartridge. The sun is cut at 3 inches from Creme Brulee, Honey and Sunset cardstocks. The watermelon is cut at 1.5 inches from Topiary, Pear, Cranberry and White Daisy Cardstock. The greeting is stamped in CTMH Outdoor Denim Exclusive Ink using the Patterned Pennants stamp set.

Here’s a look at the inside:


Very simple.

Here are a couple of close-ups:



And here’s the front, one more time:


Hope you enjoyed my little bit o’ sunshine. Don’t forget to visit Stuck On U Sketches to see the awesome projects my fellow team members designed. They are sure to inspire you to get out those die cut machine and start creating beautiful thing!

Have a wonderfully creative weekend!



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