So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Welcome to the So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop!  This week, we will be featuring products  from the Annual Expressions Idea book that are retiring on July 31st.  Many of our stamps, paper packets, tools, inks, and embellishments will no longer be available for purchase, so make sure you fill your wishlist before these products disappear.  JulyOptBadge

This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas. If you have come here from Priscilla Gotham’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.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

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Since we have quite a few products retiring, I have decided to feature just a few of my favorites from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

  • Sea Glass Cardstock – Sea Glass was our Color of the Year and I fell in love with it. This is such a wonderful color that can be used for almost any occasion.  I have mixed it with warm and cool colors and each time it makes the perfect accent.
  • Sea Glass Glitter Paper– Who doesn’t love a little glitter? On this card I used a cut from our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge to make some “Sea Weed”.
  • Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad – Can you tell I just adore Sea Glass? I am excited that we have a NEW Color of the Year arriving and I can’t wait to use it.
  • Blending Pen – I must admit that I was a bit disappointed to see this tool go.  I use my Blending Pen more than I use my markers.  I love that I can use this pen with any of our ink colors to shade images and match my papers exactly.
  • Whimsy Fundamentals – If you search my blog, I used these papers quite a bit this year.  I enjoyed them so much that I used these papers throughout my sons baby album. Close to My Heart does not disappoint. I have seen the new ones and LOVE the patterns.
  • Swirly Sea Shells – This set is such an enjoyable stamp set to useSwirlySeashellsWhimsyCard_Detail for cards and on layouts with vacation, summer, and museum photos. Did you know that you can get this set FREE when you purchase two other stamp sets during our July Stampaganza?
  • Wood Slats Embossing Folder – This embossing folder leaves a nice wood grain impression on your cardstock.
  • Say it All Stamp Set – This set was in retirement and Close to My Heart brought it back for our Stampaganza event. If you missed out the first time, make sure to go to my website and purchase it before it’s gone for good.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

Now “Hop” on over to Sheila Bennett’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, many of the products in our Annual Expressions Idea book retire on July 31st!

Comment below or contact your CTMH Consultant for a full list of retiring products. 

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Swirly Sea Shells Stamp + Thin Cut

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Glitter Paper

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Blending Pen

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Wood Slats Embossing Folder

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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3D Foam Tape

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Sure Cut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Easter Lily Card

This modest card proclaims “He Lives”.  Simple, yet so important to remember.  Easter is about proclaiming  that Jesus conquered death, and because of this, so can we through God’s grace and salvation.  “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Cor 15:3-4).  We celebrate Easter with bunnies, candy, gifts, and eggs, yet we often forgot the real reason to celebrate.

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This card was created using the Slice feature in Cricut® Design Space along with a Lily from our Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge. Today’s tutorial will walk you through using the slice feature to create the frame for this card. As always, the list of supplies I used to create this card can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Creating the Frame using the Slice Feature:
1. Open a new project in Cricut® Design Space.
2. ‘INSERT IMAGE’ and in the search box type Label #M362D4.  (This is a free image).
3. Open the ‘EDIT’ panel and resize the Label to 4.75″ height.
4. With the Label selected, choose the ‘SLICE’ option in the ‘LAYERS’ panel.
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5. You will have three images layered on top of each other that can been seen as individual images in the ‘LAYERS’ panel. Separate them by moving them around onto the canvas. You will be using the Frame image only. Select the two Scalloped Oval images and Delete them.
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6. ‘INSERT SHAPE’ to insert a circle. Place the circle image over the Frame image. Unlock the aspect ratio (lock image), and drag the shape to create an oval that is slightly larger than the frame opening.  This will be the oval shape that goes behind the frame.
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The remaining Cricut® shapes are listed below. You can design this entire card in Cricut® Design Space, then assemble it onto a White card base. I used a Lily from our wonderful Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge along with the Cricut® Design Space writing feature to create the sentiment.  Once the card was assembled, I used our Clear Shimmer Brush on the frame and flowers to add a little sparkle. Please feel free to comment with any questions about this project.
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Cricut® Shapes: 

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3” 
Lily Of The Valley Cluster #MD7161E (cut 1, p35)

Insert Shape
4″ w x 5.25h ” Square ( cut 1)
3″w x 4.47″h Circle (cut 1)

Cricut Font and Basic Shapes
4.75″ Scalloped Oval <Label #M362D4>  (cut 1)

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
product imageTombow Permanent Adhesive

 

Sweet Spring Basket

Do you need a quick, last minute treat for your Easter table? Do you enjoy giving little gifts to your co-workers and friends? This little Spring Basket using our Some Kinda’ Wonderful paper, is the perfect project for you.  I was able to create this project in under 20 minutes, fill it will candy, and send it on its way.  You can personalize this project by adding a cute name tag or gift card.  I will be posting ideas for Easter treats all week so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this project.
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Assembly Instructions:
1. Cut the Cupcake Wrapper and Circle from the B&T paper using the Cricut® shape cuts listed below. NOTE: I was able to cut out three per 12″ x 12″ sheet.
2. Assemble the Cupcake Wrapper, then apply liquid glass (or hot glue) around the bottom edge.  Immediately, place the glue side down onto the Circle shape to create the base of the basket.
3. Cut a ½” x 8″ strip from B&T paper.  Adhere the strip to the  inside of the wrapper as shown to create the handle.  Staple the ends in place. (Our mini stapler is perfect for this!)
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4. Tie two  2″ pieces of ribbon into a decorative knot, then adhere to the sides of the basket to hide the staples.  Trim the ends if needed.
5. Using the measurements below, cut out the Daisy shape from Raspberry cardstock.
6. Assemble the Daisy by layering the flowers largest to smallest. To curl the petals, use a bone folder or a quilling tool on the tips of the petals.  You can also add dimension to the flower by placing small strips of Thin 3D Foam tape between the layers.
7. Add a Black Dot to the center of the flower.
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8. Using the measurements below, cut out the Leaf shape from Willow cardstock. Adhere the Leaf to the back of the Daisy, then attach the flower to the side of the basket.
9. Fill with candy, trail mix, or gifts. Add a personalized name tag, if desired, and give to someone you care about.

Cricut® Shapes: 

Artiste
4” Accent 3 <Cupcake Wrapper #M3FEB3> (cut 1, p. 73)
2″ Card <Insert Circle Shape> (cut 1, p. 48)

Flower Market
3” Daisy <Daisy #MFADCF2> (cut 1, p. 46)
.75″ Shift+Rose <Rose #MFAD8CB> (cut 1, p42)

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Mini Stapler 

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Bone Folder
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Liquid Glass

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Carrot Treat Box

A few years back, I created a bunch of these cute carrot boxes to give as gifts to friends and family at Easter. They are simple to make and fun to fill.  I received a request to re-create these little gems and re-post how to make them.  I will be posting ideas for Easter treats all week so be sure to visit often.

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At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this project.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Cut the ‘Carrot’ box from Tangerine cardstock. Fold on each of the score lines using the bone folder to press the folds down. Adhere the side of the box closed using a strong adhesive on the flap.

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The box was cut from the retired Artist Cricut cartridge, but if you don’t have this cartridge, you can find many templates available online and cut them out by hand. 

2. Assemble the tag by layering the White Daisy tag shape onto the center of the Crystal Blue tag shape. Assemble the ‘Tulip’ and adhere to the center of the tag, then assemble the ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment and adhere to the base of the tag.  Add ribbon and twine to the tag.

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3.  Using a bone folder, curl the tips of the ‘Holly’ shapes.  AFTER you have filled the box with treats, staple the ‘Holly’ shapes in-between the two top flaps.  Add a Jute Ribbon bow to cover the staple.

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4. If desired, wrap some jute twine around the top of the box three times.  Attach the tag to the box using the jute twine.

Cricut® Shapes: 

Artiste
11” 3D Object <Box #M3C2F4> (cut 1, p. 61)

Flower Market
3″ Shift+Background <Special Delivery Tag #MD402A2> (cut 1, p. 10)
2¾” Shift+Background <Special Delivery Tag #MD402A2> (cut 1, p. 10)
6″ Holly <
Holly #MFAE002> (cut 2, p48)
2½” Shift+Icon <
Tulip Flower #MD6FE71> (cut 1, p31)
1″ Shift+Flower-1 <Tulip Flower #MD6FE71> (cut 1, p31)
1″ Flower-1 <Tulip Flower #MD6FE71> (cut 1, p31)
1½” Title <Happy Easter #MD72936> (cut 1, p44)
1½” Shift+Title <Happy Easter #MD72936> (cut 1, p44) 

 

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Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock
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Whimsy Ribbon Pack
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Rustic Home Ribbon Pack

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Bone Folder

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Mini Stapler 

 

Flock Together Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s Stamp of theSOTM+April+2017 Month, Flock Together, which is full of cute sayings, adorable birds, and a fun wavy border.  If you have come here from Vickie ODell’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.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

 

During the month of April, I will be featuring  projects using the Flock Together stamp set. This week, the sweet “We are Blessed” sentiment  inspired me to create an adorable Baby Announcement card. At the very bottom of this post,  I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), 4¾” x 3½” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), 4½” x 3¼” White Daisy Cardstock

Techniques Used on this Card:

  • The ‘Mother Bird” was stamped using Peacock ink, then color was added using our Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen. AprilSOTM_BabyAnnouncementINSIDE
  • The ‘Baby Bird’ was stamped using Crystal Blue ink, then color was added using our Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen.
  • The inside of the card was created using the writing fonts from our Artistry and Flower Market Cricut cartridges. I used the writing feature in Design Space with Black and Blueberry pens. The ‘Heart” image was stamped using Peacock ink.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from approximately twenty Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Marie Flayer’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Flock Together stamp of the month is only available until April 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

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Flock Together Acrylic Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Artistry Cricut Collection

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Flower Market Collection

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Whimsy Ribbon Pack

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Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie  Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Blending Pen

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Simple Get Well Card

This week’s Color My Heart Dare  challenge requires the use of Pacifica, White Daisy, Black and Emerald. What an exciting combination of colors!  I took advantage of the Some Kinda’ Wonderful paper pack and the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge to create this amusing Get Well card.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 3″ x 4″ B&T Paper (I used the Some Kinda Wonderful PML), 2¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (I used Some Kinda’ Wonderful),  2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock (Jar), 1″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock (Bugs), 3″ x ½” B&T Paper (I used Some Kinda’ Wonderful)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 3″ x 4″ B&T paper horizontally to the center of the card base 1/8″ from the top. NOTE: I cut out a Picture My Life card from the Some Kinda’ Wonderful paper pack, then used the writing feature on my Cricut with the Flower Market Cartridge to create the sentiment.  You could use the Pen Pal or Jennifer’s Hand stamp sets to create the same look.
2. Adhere the 2¼” x 4″ B&T paper below the 3″ x 4″ B&T paper.
3. Cut a 4″ piece of ribbon and attach it to the card between the two pieces of paper.
4. Using the Flower Market Cartridge and a Cricut, create the Mason Jar by creating the “cut” image at 2.75″ on White Daisy Cardstock. NOTE: To create the outline, I created a duplicate image that was slightly smaller and changed the layer to a “write”. You could create the same effect with the Vivid Green ShinHan Marker.
5. Using Black Ink, stamp three “Bug” images inside the mason jar.
6. Using Emerald Ink, stamp three “Bug” images onto the 1″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock.  Using the Thin Cuts, cut out the three bug images. To create the dual toned effect, cut out the center and antennae from the Emerald Bugs before layering them onto the Black Bugs.
7. Cut the 3″ x ½” B&T paper in half, then cut chevrons onto the smaller ends.  Layer the paper strips and Mason Jar onto the card, as shown.

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Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Bundle

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Our family has a tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every year with food, family, and friends.  I am sending you a little bit of Irish blessings today.  May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true, and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.

Today, I created a simple Irish blessings card.  You can make one of these using your own stamp set, or like I did, use the Cricut machine to write for you. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Flaxen Cardstock,  5¼” x 4″ B&T Hello Lovely Paper, 5″ x 3″ New England Ivy Cardstock, 4¾” x 2¾” Fern Cardstock, 4½”” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock

Techniques used while creating this project:

  • The border on the White Daisy cardstock was created by welding the Artbooking Wave Border onto a rectangle in Cricut Design Space.  You could create the same effect using a border punch.
  • The Irish saying was created by combining writing fonts from the Close to My Hear Cricut Artistry and Flower Market Cricut cartridges. I created the text in Design Space, changed it to a writing style, then attached it to the White Daisy cardstock to create the quote.

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Hello Lovely Paper Packet
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12″ x 12″ Fern Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ New England Ivy 

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12″ x 12″ Flaxen Cardstock

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Black Shimmer Ribbon
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

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Bonding Memories Glue


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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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3D Foam Tape

3L EZ Dots Adhesive
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4¼ x 5½White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack 

Irish Blessings Treat Box

Having a small bit of Irish blood (from my grandmother) is something I am proud of and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is almost as fun as celebrating Christmas.  I made this little treat box for this week’s Color My Heart Dare and plan to make more to give to family and friends this week.   At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this project.

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Paper Needed: (2)2¾”  x 2¾” B&T Paper (I used Hello Lovely), (2)2¾” x 1″ B&T (I used Hello Lovely), 3″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used New England Ivy), 3″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Fern), 2¾”  x 2¾” Cardstock (I used Fern), 2¾”  x 2¾” Gold Glitter Paper, 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock

Techniques used while creating this project: 

  • Our retired Art Philosophy cartridge has this box you can cut out to make this project. I found a package of these five-inch boxes at my local dollar store, so I choose to buy them to save a little time. My measurements are based on the box I purchased.
  • The Clover was cut from our Flower Market Cricut cartridge at 2¾” high. I cut the background out of New England Ivy Cardstock, and the leaves out of Fern Cardstock. The leaves were bent in half then adhered to the background using Liquid Glass. NOTE: The gem I used in the center of the Clovers has been retired.
  • The Scalloped Circle is cut at 2¾” from Fern cardstock, then backed with a 2¾” Gold Glitter background layer to give the appearance of gold gems around the circle.
  • The Circle was cut at 1¾” from White Daisy cardstock.  I used the writing feature on my Cricut machine with Kunstler Script to create the sentiment.  You could also use a stamped images.

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Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

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Hello Lovely Paper Packet
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock
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12″ x 12″ Fern Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ New England Ivy 

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Gold Glitter Paper

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Uptown Ribbon Pack
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Liquid Glass

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

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Bonding Memories Glue


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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3D Foam Tape

3L EZ Dots Adhesive