Tuesday Tutorial

A few people have asked me recently how I was able to create the “Lucky” sentiment on my Saint Patrick’s Day cardLuckyCloverCardWhen I created the card, I knew that I wanted a “Lucky” sentiment, so I took this image from an Artfully Sent card and manipulated it in Design Space. Today, I am going to show you how I used the “Slice” feature in Cricut® Design Space to create my sentiment.  You can use the same techniques to create other titles and sentiments for your projects.

Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert image Lucky Pocket Card – #MCB9E5 into your canvas.
2.  This image comes with a background card.  If your image does not have a background card image, you will need to create one using a SQUARE shape that is the exact same size as your image.

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3. Layer the images so that the Sentiment is on top of the Square image.

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4. SELECT ALL and choose SLICE.  Additional images will appear in the Layers Panel.  You will see your original image, the background the image was sliced from, and the sliced image.  NOTE: You cannot slice images that are Grouped or Attached.  Make sure that you always Detach the images or Ungroup the images before attempting to Slice. 

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5. DELETE all of the images except the “Lucky” sentiment.  Resize it to the desired size and Make It.

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By using the Slice feature, you have opened up your world to an entirely new set of images. There are so many more sentiments and images that you can “Slice” in our Artfully Sent Cricut® Collection.  To view all of the images available, simply visit “Cricut® Collections” in the Products tab to see each of the Shape Indexes for all of our amazing Cricut® Collections.

Remember, the Slice feature is only available in Cricut® Design Space.  If you have been considering upgrading your machine so that you can start creating all of my Tuesday Tutorials, then right now is the perfect time to do so.  Cricut has some incredible deals on Cricut Explore™ machine bundles starting as low as $149.99!  I can’t wait to see what you create with your Cricut® machine and the SLICE feature in Cricut® Design Space.

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Hearts & Clovers

In case you were not aware, St. Patrick’s Day is coming. 🙂  This week for my Die-Namite Blog Hop project, I created a charming card using our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts to create a four-leave clover.  I had so much fun making the card for the blog hop, that I decided to create a few more cards for St. Patrick’s Day using our Thin Cuts and patterned papers.  You can find a complete list of the supplies I used on these cards at that very bottom of this post.

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On each of these cards, I used our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts to make the clovers.  These Heart dies come in four sizes – 2½”, 2″, 1½”, and 1″.  During our Die-namite sale, you can purchase just the Basic Heart Thin Cuts set for only $9.71 or  purchase the Basic Shapes Thin Cut Bundle which includes not only the Basic Hearts, but the Basic Ovals, Basic Stars, and Basic Circles sets at an AMAZING SAVINGS.

Both of these cards were super-simple to make.  The Lucky Clover card was created using papers from the Chelsea Gardens collection withthe 1½” and 1″ Basic Heart Thin Cuts, then the “Lucky” Artbooking sentiment was cut from Gold Foil Paper and added to the card along with Gold Shimmer, Gold Ribbon, and Gold Gems.  To create the second card, I used a sentiment from the Gimme Some Sugar complements which looked like something an Irish grandma might say to her grandchildren.  The 1½” and 1″ Basic Hearts were cut from matching patterned papers and formed into the clover shape.

Don’t forget that during the month of March, our Basic Hearts Thin cuts are available at a considerable discount.  Our Die-Namite sale is defiantly one that you will want to take advantage of to stock up on our Thin Cuts dies, bundles, and stamp + thin cut sets.   Unfortunately, they will only be on sale through March 31st, while supplies lastso make sure you visit my website and order your Thin Cuts before they are gone for good.

I can’t wait to see what you create with our Thin Cuts!

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Die – Namite Blog Hop

Welcome to the Die-Namite Blog Hop where we will be featuring current Thin Cuts 28685404_10155452570217686_1287349694486623614_nproducts in honor of our Die-Namite sale where, during the month of March, you can save 25% on all available Thin Cuts, and 30% on select bundles of Thin Cuts dies. This blog hop is the perfect way to get to know more about our Thin Cuts and how to use them.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’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 some of our Thin Cuts products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

As some of you know, I am working towards my goal of using up all of my paper scraps this year.  I found that I still have a few sheets of Make Waves papers leftover, so for this blog hop I chose to use our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts to create a four-leaf clover with these papers and make a simple St. Patrick’s day card.

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I created the background by inking an embossing folder with Emerald Ink, then placed a piece of White Daisy cardstock into the folder, and ran it through my machine.  I really like how it adds texture to the card.  My four-leaf clover was cut from Emerald Cardstock and Make Waves paper using two sizes of the Basic Heart Thin Cuts, then layered with Thin 3D Foam tape. The stem was cut out by hand, and a bow created from White and Gold Ribbon, then added to the clover.  After cutting out the banner, I stamped the sentiment in black ink, attached it to the card, and added some Gold Pearls for embellishment.

This card was super-simple to make and will be fun to send out on St. Patrick’s Day.  You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Thin Cuts as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Kirsten Desorcy’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, our Die-namite sale lasts until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

I am one of those people who decorates their home for every holiday and I especially love St. Patrick’s Day.  This week, I am showing you how to create a Snowdrop flower that you can use to make this Irish Woman Shadow box decoration.

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Even though our Flower Market cartridge has a Snowdrop flower, it is not a three-dimensional one and I truly wanted one that would work for this shadow box.  I decided to search online and find a way to recreate one and have decided to share it with you for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial.

Design Space Instructions:
1. To create the stamen, insert image Holly – #MFAE002, then use CONTOUR to remove everything but the “fringe” cut-out.  Resize to .75″h. (These will be cut from Canary Cardstock.)
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2. To create the inner petals, insert image Scalloped Border – #M418D1D, the resize to 1.5″w x .75″h. (You will need to unlock to resize.) Use CONTOUR to remove the scallop cutouts.
3. DUPLICATE the image and align the images so that the first “petal” overlaps the last “petal” of the previous border. WELD the  images together. (This will be cut from White Cardstock.)


4. To create the outer petals, insert image Rose – #MFAD8CB. DELETE all images except the two individual petals, then UNGROUP the remaining images.
5. DUPLICATE one of the petals so that you have three images. Resize each image to 1″w x 1.75″h. (This will be cut from White Cardstock.)
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6. To create the stem and leaves, insert image Tulip Flower – #MD6FE40. DELETE all images except for the stem. Resize to desired height and width.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a Quilling Tool, roll the “Stamen” and adhere the end. If desired, paint with a Gold Shimmer Brush.
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2. Using a sponge, ink the bottom edge with Willow Ink.  Roll the “Inner Petals” around the “Stamen”, adhering the ends.  Use a Quilling Tool to turn down the tips.
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3. Using your finger, a Quilling Tool, or the rounded end of a Bone Folder, round the edges of the “Outer Petals”.  Adhere the base of each around the “Inner Petals”.
4. If desired, paint the petals with a Clear Shimmer Brush.
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This is what the piece looked like before I placed it into the shadowbox frame. I added a few more leafs and some clover, printed the poem on vellum and the project was complete.  (Of course, after posting this, I realized that I forgot an “s” in one of the words.  I will be post another picture once I correct it. I even read over it THREE TIMES.)


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I hope that you take the time to try to create a Snowdrop Flower for one of your projects.  Please feel free to post what you make using this tutorial on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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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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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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