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!




Happy Autumn!

Hello All! Happy Autumn!

It’s time for another die cut challenge with Stuck On U Sketches. This go ’round it’s all about autumn goodness. I have to say, I’m so ready for fall. The weather here in DC is still a little balmy though. Oh well by February we’ll be wishing for balmy, so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Here’s my autumn project:


I decided my door needed a new wreath so I dug through my stash of alterables (it’s a rather large stash, I have to say) and found this wreath form made from heavy chipboard. I wrapped it in jute ribbon by Close To My Heart, and went to work on making it autumn-esque.  The flower and all the leaves were cut using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge. The flower is sized at 2 inches and the leaves range from 1 3/4  to 3 inches. Once they were cut, I drew veins on the leaves with my embossing tool and then inked around the edges and lightly inked in the centers.  I used Ruby, Barn Red, Olive and Honey cardstock from Close To My Heart. All of the leaves are inked with Chocolate Exclusive ink, and the Honey and  Olive leaves are additionally inked in Goldrush and Olive respectively. The flower is also inked in Goldrush.  The sentiments are from the CTMH Happy Autumn stamp set. I stamped them onto kraft cardstock using Barn Red Exclusive ink and mounted them on patterned paper from the Huntington Collection. I decided, in the end, that it needed a little extra pizzaz, so I spritzed the whole thing with Antique Gold shimmer mist.

Here are a few close-ups:





I wanted to hang it on my front door, but sadly, it covers up my “peep-hole.” So I had to come up with an alternate spot OR lengthen the jute hanger.


Here’s the alternate spot, for now–my kitchen window:


I hope this brings you a little autumn crafty inspiration! For more inspiration, hop on over to the Stuck On U Sketches site and see with my  talented co-designers have in store for you.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to take time to create something beautiful!



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?) 🙂

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!



It’s a Sign…

Hey Folks! So a couple of years ago, I was trying my hand at tile mosaics and I made a sign for our family. It was a welcome home gift for my husband who had been gone for a couple of weeks. The sign turned out pretty well and I proudly showed it to the DH. Here it is:


He looked at it for a minute and said, “That’s really cool, Honey, but we were married in 1992….” (Of course we were, I was just seeing if you remembered….) ARGH! I STILL can’t believe I put the wrong date on it!  And so this sign still sits in our kitchen waiting for me to chisel off the numbers and re-do it. (And I suspect the wait will continue for a good long while.)

Thus, when the brilliant minds at SOUS decided to do a Borders challenge, I knew this could be my opportunity to create another family sign and finally live down my numerical faux pas. 😉 I also had a few other things in mind when designing my sign: First, I wanted to see how close I could come to creating a stained glass look with paper. Second, I love the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and since we happened to be looking at a couple of Arts & Crafts bungalows that are for sale in our neck of the woods, I had those art periods stuck in my mind.  And finally, I wanted something that didn’t look anything like my mosaic. Here is what I came up with:


The base of the sign is an 11 x 17-inch canvas board, which I painted cream and spritzed with Antique Gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I masked off 1/2 inch around the edges and used Gold Leaf Rub & Buff to create a border for the sign. The paper border was created using the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I cut it from Black, Smokey Plum, and Olive cardstocks. I adhered the Black to Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut around it. I then paper pieced the Olive and Smokey Plum into the Black and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas board. The letters and numbers are cut in various sizes using the Art Nouveau Cricut cartridge. I layered  “HILL” with Olive cardstock and then painted the middle with Gold Leaf Rub & Buff. I adhered the letters with Mod Podge. Once everything was dry, I used Glossy Accents on the Olive and Smokey Plum paper pieces to create a stained glass effect.

Here are some close-ups:




I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. It has the right date and everything. Now, just to figure out where to hang it….

Thanks for stopping by. For more inspiring die cut creations involving borders, hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches and check it out. Then go make something beautiful today!



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,”  the 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 voilà: 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!






Taking up the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge

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Hi folks! The ladies over at the Rose Blossom Garden have another challenge for the month of April. The key of choice this time is the Mother’s Day key from the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I was privileged to design a project for this challenge, which you can see on the Rose Blossom Garden blog here.

I had a lot of fun thinking outside the box for this month’s challenge, so I thought I would use the key to make a shaped card. Here’s what I came up with:


The supplies on this card, unless otherwise noted, are from Close To My Heart. The base of the card is cut at 4 inches using the “real dial size” setting. I cut 2 bases from White Daisy cardstock, and scored one at 3/4 inches. I adhered the two together above the score line, and covered the card front with patterned papers from the Chantilly paper pack. The pink patterned layer is cut at 3 3/4 inches, and the doily is cut at 3 inches from White Daisy cardstock. The tulip is made from 3 tulip shapes cut at 1 inch from Chantilly patterned paper. (For a brief tutorial on making the tulips, see this post at Violets & Sunshine. I used diamond stickles around the edges for a little sparkle. The leaves are cut at 2 inches and I hand cut a little stem, all of which were cut from the green patterned paper in the Chantilly paper pack. I added Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon and tied a bow. I then added a bling button (retired) with a Lagoon sparkle in the middle. The pins are also Close To My Heart but have been retired (much to my dismay). I added a little tag to the card for the Hello sentiment, which is from the “A Garden” stamps set. The tag cut is also found on the Mother’s Day key! I used a little crochet thread to add a different texture to the project.

Here are some close-ups:




And here it is again in full:


I hope you enjoyed my little hello. And to all those who are still dealing with frigid weather, I hope this brings you a little taste of spring! Don’t forget to drop by the Rose Blossom Garden and play along!



30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 18

Hi All! Welcome to Day 18 of the Memory Works card challenge. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Hop on over to the Memory Works blog to see today’s Page Map challenge brought to us by my hugely talented co-designer Sharon Hill. Be sure to visit Sharon at A Day in the Life of a Scrapbooker for more inspiration.

Here is my take on Sharon’s challenge:

For this card I returned to Teresa CollinsChristmas Cottage collection. The double-sided pages in the 6×6 paper pad give no end to creative inspiration. The first two pattern papers are cut at 1 3/4 and 2 x 5 1/4 inches. The 2-inch piece was edged with the deco scalloped edger punch by ek success. It is layered atop a 1 x 5 1/4-inch piece of green paper that was edged with the same punch. I tied the paper together using a 5/8-inch piece of Colonial White cardstock that I scalloped and then ran though my Cuttlebug using in the D’vine Swirls embossing folder. The Colonial White piece in the embellishment was cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart and embossed to match the scalloped strip, and popped up using dimensional adhesive. I then added a layered flower made using the Blossom triple layer punch [retired] by Stampin’ Up to which I added a brad from the Christmas Cottage collection. I popped this piece up with dimensional adhesive as well. The sentiment is from the Pear & Partridge Card Workshop by Close To My Heart and is stamped in Cocoa Exclusive ink.

Here are a couple of close-ups:


Have a wonderfully peaceful Sunday!


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