Quick and Easy “Artichoke” Ornament

Hi All! Happy Holidays! Welcome to another Stuck On U Sketches Die Cut Challenge. It’s almost Christmas, so the Design Team thought you might want to make some ornaments! There are so many awesome ornament dies, cut files and cartridges out there, I just couldn’t choose which one to make. So I decided to go a totally different direction and make an “artichoke”-style ornament that I’ve seen all over Pinterest this year. (My daughter thinks they look more like pine cones….)


To make these ornaments, I started with a couple of clear plastic ball ornaments from my local craft store and patterned paper from Close To My Heart’s Sparkle & Shine paper pack. It required around 92 1-inch circles to cover each ornament. Did I break out the circle punch? Are you kidding?! This is where my Cricut came in. I found a circle cut on my Artiste Cartridge (I think just about all the cartridges have this most basic of shapes). Set my dial to 1 inch and hit “auto fill.” My little Cricut dutifully calculated how many circles it could cut from the 12×12 sheet of patterned paper that was on the mat, and began cutting. In about 2 minutes I had 100 perfectly cut circles ready to go. I then layered the circles on the ornament using mini glue dots. I added some velvet yarn from my stash, and voila, a stinkin’ cute ornament in about 15 minutes. LOVE THAT!!! Here are some close ups:



And here are the two together:


I think I’ll go back to the craft store and grab some more ornaments. Wouldn’t these look great in a silver bowl? For more ornament design inspiration, be sure to stop by the Stuck On U Sketches blog and see what my über-talented team mates are up to.

Have a wonderful and happy holiday! And don’t forget to create something beautiful today!




File Under: Merry (& Bright)

Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday, and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my niece Molly who turns 18 today! WOO HOO!

I thought I’d share a little detail about the mini album I posted yesterday on the Memory Works Blog for the 15 Days of the Holidays blog series. (The 15 Days are still going on, so when you’re done here you’ll want to hop on over and check out the Memory Works blog for more inspiration.)

Here’s the my project:


The mini is made out of a regular office folder (there are all kinds of tutorials on YouTube that will explain how to do it), and then covered in Kraft cardstock by Close To My Heart and patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye’s All is Bright collection. The front is decorated with snowflake that I cut from patterned paper with a retired punch from Creative Memories and layered. The bling in the center is from my stash. The pennant banner was made using the Petite Pennants Builder punch by Stampin’ Up and strung on crochet thread from my stash. “File Under:” was stamped in Fired Brick distress ink using Close To My Heart’s Trinity Alphabet stamp set. “Merry” was stamped with the CTMH Vintage Type stamp set, and “& Bright” is from their Merry & Bright stamp set. Again it was all stamped in Fired Brick distress ink. “December” is from CTMH’s Capture the Date stamp set and “2012” is from a retired set.

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




Now for the inside. The first pocket houses a little Kraft tag that I plan to use for a little journaling that will introduce the album. The pennants are from the same Stampin’ Up punch, the letters are from my stash, and the mini paper clips are by Tim Holtz. The next pocket is home to our first mini album, which is made of four 4×6 sheets of Kraft cardstock and covered with patterned paper. There’s a page for each family member to tell about their favorite Christmas memory from 2012, and to attach a photo (if possible) of that memory. The pages are bound with eyelets and Maraschino Bakers Twine from The Twinery.


The next two pockets house similar minis for Favorite Gifts Given and Favorite Gifts Received. I left the pockets fairly sparse in case we wanted to add more photos. If we don’t add photos, I’ll probably add the titles of the minis to the pockets.



Here’s the set all together:



I hope you enjoyed my little mini. Don’t forget to stop by the Violets & Sunshine blog and leave me a comment to be entered to win the Capture the Date stamp set and a Chocolate Exclusive ink pad.

Have a fabulous Wednesday and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!






A Sweet Little Blog Share

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Just wanted to give you a heads up about a blog share that I’ll be participating in over at Violets & Sunshine. There will be candy involved, so stop on by starting tomorrow, 1 December.

Have a fantastically creative weekend!



30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 30!




Can you believe it?! Today is the FINAL day of the 30 Days, 30 Cards challenge. That means it’s also the last day of November. Where has this month gone??

Our final challenge is brought by the fantastically talented Jenn Bidwell-Edwardson, using a sketch from Skipping Stones Designs. I love these sketches because they are so simple. You can see a copy of the sketch on the Memory Works Blog, and you’ll definitely want to visit Jenn at (from my) Paper Craft Studio for more inspiration.

So here’s my last and final card (at least for this month!):


For this last card, I turned, once again, to the 6×6 pad from Bo Bunny’s Rejoice collection. The dark green cardstock I used for the base is from my stash. The sentiment is stamped on Colonial White cardstock in Cranberry, Bamboo, and Olive Exclusive inks from Close To My Heart. The ornaments and sentiment are from the stamp set from the CTMH Pear & Partridge Card Kit workshop. I drew in the strings and added a tiny rhinestone for a little sparkle, and popped it up using dimensional adhesive. For a final bit of bling I added some Silver Shimmer Trim as a little banner.

Here are a couple of close-ups:




Hope you enjoyed this month full of cards. Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!



30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 29

Hello All! It’s Day 29 of the Memory Works 30 Days, 30 Cards challenge. Today’s sketch is the creation of our awesomely talented design team leader, Lacey Igo. You can see the sketch and Lacey’s lovely design on the Memory Works Blog, and you’ll certainly want to stop by Lacey Bug Creations for more inspiration.

Here’s my take on the sketch:



This one took me a bit outside my comfort zone, but I like the way it turned out. We’ll call it the “Black Tie Invited” look. 😉 The pattern paper is from the 6×6 pad in the Bo Bunny Rejoice collection. The sentiment is from the Pear & Partridge Card Kit stamp set by Close To My Heart and is stamped in black Stāz-On ink on Colonial White cardstock. The decorative element is made from the triple-layer Doily Punch [retired] by Stampin’ Up. I punched the base layer from Colonial White cardstock and the decorative layer from black cardstock from my stash. The red gem is from the Christmas Cottage brads by Teresa Collins. I added some silver stickle accents and used a flag cut from Silver Shimmer Trim (I love this stuff!) to add some sparkle.

Here are some close-ups:


Love that extra sparkle!

I can’t believe there’s only one more day left! Wow, has this month flown by!

I hope you enjoy the card and are inspired to create something beautiful today.


30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 28


Happy Wednesday Everyone! Can you believe November is almost over? (Me either!) Even harder for me to believe is that my youngest niece turned 16 on Monday! Happy Birthday, Anna! Hope your card arrived safe and sound!

Okay, so today is Day 28 of the Memory Works 30 Days, 30 Cards challenge. If you haven’t been to the Memory Works Blog yet, be sure to check it out. There’s a ton of inspiration to be had from a fantastically talented group of designers! Today’s challenge is brought to us by the wonderful and incredibly talented Cathie Hollins.  Be sure to visit Cathie over at That’s No Scrap (that name always makes me smile) for more fabulous inspiration! Cathie’s challenge sketch is from one of my favorite challenge blogs, Mojo Monday (2010). (As always, you can see the actual sketch on the Memory Works Blog.)

So on with the Mojo:

For this card I’ve used a variety of papers. The music paper in the back is from Teresa Collins’ Christmas Cottage collection, and the Olive cardstock is by Close To My Heart. The bottom panel (with all the ornaments) is from the 6×6 pad in Bo Bunny’s Rejoice collection. I added a little Silver Shimmer Trim to tie it all together. The 3-inch ornament was cut from Colonial White cardstock using the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. The stamp is from the CTMH October Stamp Of The Month set, and is stamped in Cranberry Exclusive ink. The brad and “joy” tag are from the Christmas Cottage brad set. Finally, I added some silver and Christmas red stickles for a little extra sparkle.

Here’s a close-up:


Love that shine!

Hope this gives you a mid-week boost of inspiration. Have a beautifully creative day!


30 in 30 Memory Works Card Challenge: Day 27

Hello All! Hope it’s lovely wherever you are. It’s a cold and drizzly Tuesday here in the District of Columbia. (PERFECT crafting weather!)

We’re in the home stretch of Memory Works‘ 30 in 30 Challenge. Our Day 27 challenge sketch is by Card Patterns and is given to us by the fabulously talented Kelly Holbrook. You can see more of Kelly’s creations on the Memory Works blog or visit here at Creating Chaos for daily inspiration. (The girl’s got talent, folks, no two ways about it!) 😀

Here’s my take on Kelly’s sketch:

This card is really simple. LOVE that (especially when I had 29 other cards to make). Both shades of the green cardstock is from my stash. I’ve had it for so long I can’t remember where I got it. The pattern papers are from the Bo Bunny Rejoice collection (6×6 pad, of course). The gold ribbon is also from my stash. The sentiment is on Colonial White cardstock layered atop dark green. I flagged the ends by hand (sometimes it’s just easier that way). The sentiment is stamped in Cranberry Exclusive ink using the Close To My Heart October Stamp Of The Month. I layered that on the middle element and then popped the whole thing up using dimensional adhesive. I then added some gold stickles for a little extra bling.

Here’s a close-up:

Hope you enjoy your Tuesday! Remember: today is the perfect day to go out and create something beautiful!


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