The Challenges of Documented

It’s depressing really, that such a beautiful paper pack has been set aside for the last four months crying to be turned into a card, or layout, or even a simple tag. Oh, dear Documented. How sorry I am that my summer got away from me and I haven’t taken the time to use the intriguing parchment full of doors, nor have I layered with your bricks. I have lacked the time to use up all of your glorious complements. Oh, dear Documented. Today is the day we finally play.

Documented was one you may have found intriguing and, maybe like me, you set it aside hoping for inspiration.  I made a goal to use up these papers before the season ended so  I decided to seek inspiration in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. By “forcing” myself to use up these papers, I was able to come up with a glorious layout full of texture and shine.


This layout involved layering various paper patterns from the Documented pack onto that glorious brick background. I added some stitching, Flower Market Flowers, a few stickers, some Silver Glitter paper and ended up with what you see here.  I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out the way that it did, but all the patterns and colors of the Documented paper pack really play well together.

I will suggest that when using Documented that you keep your color palette simple or you will feel a bit overwhelmed.  Since the Color My Heart Dare required the use of only Peacock, Linen, Eggplant, and Silver, I was able to keep my color choices to a minimum and really make those paper patterns shine.

I hope you take a little time to play with Documented before it retires. You should also join in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. I always love seeing what you create!




Here’s To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here’s To You Blog Hop where we will be featuring various products from the Here’s to You collection.  37748551_10155804471867686_1511386334193778688_nThe products in this collection are designed to help you celebrate the everyday moments in your life.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the the Here’s To You products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As a member of the “live in the middle of nowhere” club, I often do not get my packages in a timely fashion. Even though I had ordered my “Here’s To You” Workshop kit weeks ago for this blog hop, it has still not arrived. Since I choose to “celebrate joy in all things”, I decided to create a layout using components I had on hand that come in the workshop kit to create this layout.

The Here’s to You Workshop kit comes with four Stamp sets, a variety of Cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, White Pearls, and the Rose Embossing Folder.  As I searched for ideas for this blog hop, I read one of the quotes hanging in my craft room – “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” So that is what I did.  I didn’t have the stamps, but I used what I had to create this layout. It is perfect for celebrating any joyous occasion in your life.

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

Once my Here’s to You kit arrives, I plan on replacing the 3″x 4″ photo with the “I wish you all the joy” stamped image from the kit. Many of the products I used on this layout will be retiring at the end of August, so make sure you snag them along with the Here’s to You workshop kit before they are gone.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Here’s to You collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Here’s to You Workshop Kit and stamp sets are only available until August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


You Are My Sunshine Shadowbox

If you have ever spent time with me in my craft-room, you will learn quickly how much I enjoy using my Cricut® machine. I not only use it for scrapbook pages and cards, but I often use it to create some home decor items for family and friends.  You may recognize this week’s project from a Cricut® class that I taught last fall.  This You Are My Sunshine shadowbox was designed specifically for my daughter, at her request, after she saw the class sample I made.


This home decor piece began with a simple 10-inch shadowbox I purchased from a craft store.  My daughter had already chosen the sentiment. I uploaded the quote into Design Space™, resized it, mirrored it, cut it from vinyl, and applied it directly to the inside of the glass.  She had requested that the flowers be made from Saffron, White, and Black cardstock so I chose to create the background using a beautiful leaf paper from our Fresh Air pack.  I love the contrast of the Juniper and Glacier against the Saffron flowers.  The Wreath image was cut from our Flower Market collection at 8.5″, inked, and added to the background paper using Foam Dots, then the completed flowers were applied to the wreath. (You can find a tutorial of the flowers here.)


I was delighted with the way it turned out and elated to find out that my daughter immediately hung this onto her wall.  You can easily replicate this design using any sentiment or vinyl color of your choice.  You could even choose to use another type of flower from our Flower Market collection. There are so many to choose from. If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this Cricut® collection, you can view the entire shape index HERE on my website.  There are some beautiful floral images and wreaths that you could use on this project. I can’t wait to see what you create!


**The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.


Life is a Beautiful Adventure Layout

Have you seen all of the Central Park paper creations that are appearing on social media lately? I will admit, when I first saw this paper packet, I wasn’t too keen on the color combinations.  The Poppy, Lemon, Pacifica, Bashful, Mink, Glacier, and Willow color palette made me feel like I was walking down the midway at the state fair. Yet, as I created this Life is a Beautiful Adventure Layout Kit, I began to fall in love with all of the possibilities.


One of the color combinations I have enjoyed is the Poppy, Pacifica, Glacier and Mink combo (with a little bit of Lemon). I created this layout kit specifically for some photos I had.  You are welcome to purchase this layout kit or the guide in my online store, but before you do, I want to show you a few ways that you can alter this layout to fit your needs.

Just because you purchased the guide or kit from me, does not mean you need to copy this layout exactly like I made it. Adding a little texture is a great way to make it “your own”.  When I added the photos, I chose to use a Sponge Dauber and apply White Daisy Ink to the clouds.  You could also use Glacier or Mink to create the same type of look or add even more texture with an Embossing Folder.
I truly enjoy how this title turned out, and it’s perfect for the kits I create, but it didn’t quite fit the photos I chose. Mine had quite a bit of Poppy coloring to them, so I chose to use the Central Park Alphabet Stickers to match my photos.
Who doesn’t like a little more bling? When I completed the layout, I wanted a little more coloring to the Hot Air Balloon so I choose to add some of the negative pieces from the Cricut® cuts and a few Lemon colored Central Park Sequins. Not only did I change up the balloon, I just had to add that little heart from the Central Park Alphabet Stickers.


There are so many other ways that you can change up this layout to make it your own.  You could change the 4″ x 6″ photos to (2) 3″ x 4″ photos or replace the PML cards with photos. Here is what my layout looks like completed.  Can you spot any other differences?


If you would like to recreate this layout, you can purchase the Life is a Beautiful Adventure Kit or Guide in my online store.  Each Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, Design Space™ file, full-color photos, and assembly instructions. I will be posting a few more projects throughout the next few weeks using the Central Park products. After all, it’s really beginning to grow on me.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Craft Room Labels

Cricut Design Space™ has an amazing feature called “Print Then Cut” which it is wonderful to use when making labels.  As I move into my new crafty space, my OCD brain is finding the need to make sure everything has a label. I am also one who wanted all of this stuff moved and organized yesterday, so my labels need to be quick, easy, and of course, cute. Today, I am going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature in Design Space™ to create some labels.


DESIGN SPACE INSTRUCTIONS: (Before you begin, Calibrate your Cricut® machine.)
1. Insert the label image you wish to use for your background. I chose Floral Label – #M4165FC from our Artistry Collection.
2. Design and Resize the Label as desired.
3. INSERT TEXT and type your description into the text box. Choose the FONT & RESIZE as needed onto the label.


4. If desired, insert any images you wish to use to decorate your label. I used a Dandelion Image from our Flower Market Collection. (The black lines around the image will disappear when turned into a print image.)
5. SELECT ALL and choose FLATTEN. If you look at the layers panel, your images have turned into a Print Image.
6. Choose MAKE IT. You will see a preview of the image with a rectangle outline added (cut sensor marking). Click CONTINUE.
7. Choose CONTINUE and choose SEND TO PRINTER.  Choose your Printer then choose Print. (The image bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. It is recommended to leave this on for best cut results, but you can turn the bleed off. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process.)

8. After printing, place the paper onto the upper left corner of your mat making sure there are no wrinkles in the paper, then send through your Cricut® machine.

It’s this just AWESOME! I love that I could quickly make all the labels I needed for my embellishments and save the file for later use. (Make sure to save one image that is not Flattened to edit later.) If you have not used the Print Then Cut feature, I hope that you give it a try today. While you are at it, Shop and Save at this week’s Cricut Sale! Machines, Materials, Tools & More.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.


Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.


I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Tuesday Tutorial Crocus Flower

Our Flower Market Collection has some beautiful two dimensional and three-dimensional flowers, yet I could not find a Crocus to create for spring.  After playing with some of the images on the cartridge, I discovered a way to create one for this week’s tutorial. You can find a list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.


Cricut Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Lilac Flower (#MD38897) image into your canvas.
2. DUPLICATE two times, then resize two images to 3″h and one image to 2″h.
3. Insert the Holly (#MFAE002) image into your canvas.
4. DELETE the Berries. Using CONTOUR, remove all images except the “Pine Needles”.
5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 2.5″w x .66″h.
6. Change all images to desired colors and cut out the images.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a sponge and ink of choice, ink the edges of each of the “Petals”.
2. Use a Bone Folder to curl the tips of each of the “Petals” up, then layer the “Flowers” from largest to smallest, rotating each slightly.  If desired used 3D Foam Tape between each layer to add dimension. (DO NOT block the hole in the flowers.)
3. To create the “Stamen” use a Quilling Tool to roll the “Pine Needles” from largest to smallest into a tube shape and glue in place.
4. Use the Quilling Tool to curl each of the “Pine Needles” down.

5. Insert the completed “Stamen” into the center of the completed Crocus Flower and glue into place.
6. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to each of the petals.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial and that you take the time to create with your Cricut® this week.  If you enjoy the Flower Market Collection as much as I do, you can purchase it on my website, OR host an online Facebook party or in-home gathering to purchase the collection at 50% off the retail price*.  Contact me today and start earning free Close to My Heart Products and 50% off our Cricut Collections. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!


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The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.


May Kit of the Month

Usually, I have this posted and ready for you to view by the 15th of each month, but my order for the new supplies took a little longer than expected and, when it did arrive, I had to sadly watch it sit unopened until I could escape life to play.  It was well worth the wait, because the May Kit of the month has turned out lovelier than expected.  This kit features our New Beautiful Friendship papers and is titled “Happy Place”.


Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our beautiful designer papers.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout.

My Happy Place kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Beautiful Friendship papers, White Ribbon, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.


I also have workshop cutting guides available for each of my Kit of the Month layouts.  These guides are available in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.  I can’t wait to see what you create!!


*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

Cricut Workshop Reminders

Each month, I have the privilege of teaching people how to use their Cricut® Machines along with Design Space™ to create some sensational projects. Many people, like you, have invested in a new machine, tried to learn how to use their Cricut®, but have ended frustrated and confused. In May, I will be teaching two Workshop for people, just like you, who want to learn how to use these incredible machines for their crafting projects.

You will need to reserve your kit before April 20th. Space is limited. 

My Cricut® Basics Class will walk you through creating an adorable Spring Floral Gift Box as you learn some simple techniques in Cricut Design Space™. We will focus on the basic technique of finding images, some of the features specific to Design Space™, how to use the accessories as well as how to use the machine itself.  All of the images used in this class are free and do not require you to purchase any images online.

The Intermediate Inspirational Shadowbox Class will teach you a some more advanced techniques such as how to create a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using by manipulating images from our Flower Market Collection, how to upload an image into Design Space™ and turn it into a cut image, how to cut and apply Vinyl, and how to add depth to shadow box images. You will need to own the Flower Market Cartridge to participate in this class. 

Contact me before Friday, April 20th
at to reserve your kit(s).

These classes are taught at my local library, but you are more than welcome to purchase the workshop guide in my online store if you cannot attend.  The guide will walk you through creating the project in Design Space™ and give you tips and tricks for completing the project.

♥ SPECIAL OFFER for the HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team ♥
As a member of my team, you can receive the guide with a supply list at a 20% discount from me, purchase your own products, and attend the class at no additional cost. Contact me to learn more about this offer or how you can join our team.

Remember, you need to RSVP before April 20th to reserve your spot for these workshops.  Space is limited. I hope you can attend and I can’t wait to see what you create with your Cricut®!

PS: If you have been considering upgrading your Cricut®, this month is the perfect time to save on Explore Air 2 Machines which are on sale for $229. (All three colors!) 


* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.


Tuesday Tutorial

Spring has FINALLY arrived at my house, the Tulips are opening, and I am truly enjoying the stunning color popping up in my yard. Along with the seasonal change outdoors, the decorations in my home also change, and I begin scouring the internet for projects I can create. This week, I came across a Tulip Tutorial and realized that it was something I could make using images from our Flower Market Collection. Not only was I able to create this beautiful Tulip, but I was also able to make a simple, matching card to give for Mother’s Day. As always, you can find the list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.


Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert Tulip Flower – #MD6FE71 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE all images except the egg-shaped center.
2. Resize the image to 1.25″w x 2″h. Change Color to White, then DUPLICATE five(5) times so that you have six petals total. (You will need to Unlock to resize.)


3. Insert Holly – #MFAE002 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE the Berries.
4. Select the remaining image, choose CONTOUR and hide all of the images except the “Pine Needles”. Select the “x” to return to the Canvas.


5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 1.75″w x 1.75″h. Change Color to Mango. (You will need to Unlock to resize.)


6. Insert Surf Board – #MD6F2D0 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE the top layer and resize to 1.5″w x 5.5″h. Change Color to Sage and DUPLICATE.


7. Insert a Circle Shape, resize to 1″ and change Color to White.
8. Cut out the images from White Daisy, Sorbet, and Sweet Leaf Cardstock.

To create the bright, multi-colored petals, I mixed Alcohol and Re-inkers in a Spray Pen, then sprayed it onto the Petals and Circle. This can be a bit messy, so I recommend you use our All-Purpose Mat for this step. It cleans up so well afterwards and has plenty of room for spaying. (NOTE: I used the leftover mix to create a base for the card.)

The “Stamen” was rolled up using a Quilling Tool, attached it to the wrapped wooden skewer, then I attached the flower petals onto the circle bottom of the circle.

I folded my Leaves in the center, then inked the edges and the fold using a sponge. They were then attached to the “Stem”. (Glue Dots or Liquid Glass would work well for this.)

This Tulips can be made into any color using our Re-inkers and Spray Pens. Your imagination is your only limit. I can’t wait to see what you create for spring!


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