School Year SOTM Blog Hop

2017AugustSOTMWelcome to the School Year Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring the August School Year stamp set, which is perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, or gifts for teachers and friends.  If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’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 School Year stamp set.

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 August, I will be creating weekly projects using the  School Year stamp set. This week, I have created a sweet back-to-school gift and I wanted to share with you how you can create a this box using Cricut® Design Space.  I love teaching people how to use their Cricut® machines, so I encourage you to dust off your machine and take the time to follow this quick tutorial. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Creating this Box Using Design Space:
1. Insert a Square shape using INSERT SHAPE. Unlock the size to change the SIZE of the box to 4¼” x 5½”. Set the POSITION to X=0″ and Y=0″. (This will help when positioning score lines.)
2. Insert a Score Line using INSERT SHAPE. Set the SIZE of the Score Line at 5½” and the POSITION at X=1″ and Y=0″.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and set the POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=0″.
4. Insert a third Score Line, and ROTATE 90°. Change the  SIZE at 4¼” and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″.
5. DUPLICATE the third Score Line a POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
6. Insert a Score Line, Rotate 90°, then change the Size to 1″ and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″. In the LAYERS PANEL click the Score Circle, then change the Score Line to a Cut Line.
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7. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set the POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
8. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=2.25″
9. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=3.25″
10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH.  This will attach all the Score Lines and Cut Lines to the Rectangle.
11. MAKE IT and you are ready to go.  I was able to make four boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock.  (NOTE: You will need a Cricut® Scoring Tool to create score lines.)

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s School Year stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 School Year Acrylic stamp set is available until August 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Hello Foxy Baby Layout

The June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy,  has three cute little foxes and I found them to be perfect for creating a page for my son’s baby album.  I have been using our Whimsy Fundamentals papers for his album and this page will be a wonderful addition.  I designed this entire layout using  Cricut® Design Space, so, to make your lives easier, I am sharing the file with you!    Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a link to the file.  You will need to own the Close to My Heart Cartridges I used in order to cut out the file. As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12” x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier Diagonal Stripe), 1″ x 8″ B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe),  11¼” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark), 11½” x ½” Canary Cardstock, 11¼” x ¼” Sea Glass Glitter Paper, 11¼” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe), 6½” x 4½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark)

Techniques Used:

  • The background was created by spattering Light Blue Watercolor Paint onto the 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock.
  • This layout was created using Cricut® Design Space.  You can find the file here.  You must own the Artistry Cricut® Cartridge and Art Philosophy Cricut® Cartridge in order to be able to cut out the images.
  • The “Fox” image is from the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set. The image was stamped using Black Ink then shaded with Watercolor Pencils.

Remember, the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th !  Contact me or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

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12″ x 12″ Canary Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Black Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Cricut® Artistry Collection

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Watercolor Pencils

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

Happy Together Layout

Last week, I used the the Flock Together Stamp of the Month to create part of this layout that will feature my family playing in the river.  On this week’s project, I used the stamps to create parts of the title and add a fun embellishment to the page.  You can use this simple, rustic layout for any type of outdoor photos.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Colonial White Cardstock, 12″ x 6″  B&T Paper (I used Enchantment Fundamentals),  12″ x ¾″ B&T Paper (I used Rustic Home Fundamentals), (4) 3″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Chocolate)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The ‘Wood’ border was created by using a scallop border punch on a 12″ x ¾″ piece of Rustic Home Fundamentals B&T paper.
  • The ribbon around the border is a piece of jute ribbon from the Rustic Fundamentals Ribbon pack.  I cut the piece of ribbon in half to make it thinner, wrapped it around to the back the page, then created a knot.
  • The title was created by combining fonts from the Artbooking and Artiste Cricut cartridges, then cutting them out from the Enchantment Fundamentals B&T paper.
  • The hearts in the title were stamped using Fern ink and the Flock Together Stamp Set.
  • The tabs on to the upper right side of the page were cut from 2″ x 1″ pieces of Enchantment Fundamentals and Rustic Fundamentals B&T paper.  I rounded the corners using a corner rounder to create the look of a tabs which will be perfect to label the photo’s date or location.
  • The “Love This” embellishment was created using the Flock Together stamp set and Desert Sand Ink.  I used a 1″ circle punch to cut the image from Colonial White Cardstock. To make the saying stand out, I used a Clay ShinHan Marker to trace the letters.

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Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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ShinHan Twin Touch Clay Marker

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Memory Book Mini Glue Dots
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Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive
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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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

product imageThin 3D Foam Tape

product imageNon-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Easter Bunny Treat Bag

I love giving out little treats at Easter, and this bag was simple and fun to create using the Close to My Heart Easter Bunny stamp set.  You can alter this bag and make it your own creation by simply changing the colors, the stamps used, or by adding a name to the front flap.  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 a piece of cardstock to 8½” x 11″  (I used Glacier for the bag).
2. Score the cardstock on the long side at 1″, 4″, 6″ and 9″.
3. Score the shorter side at 2″ and 7″.
4. Fold up on each of the score marks, using a bone folder to burnish each of the folds.
5. Cut the cardstock in the places indicated in the picture below. NOTE: I cut my bottom flaps at a slight angle so that they fold neatly when creating the bag. 
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6. If desired, use a corner rounder on the corners of the top flap.
7. Create the bag by adhering the 1″ flap to the inside of the bag using a strong adhesive, then fold the bottom flaps in and adhere them together.  For a neater look, make sure the bottom front flap is adhered very last.
8. Slightly pinch the sides of the bag so that the top edges of the opening meet together, then fold the top flap down over the front of the bag and seal using a hook & loop dot.
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9. Cut a piece of cardstock at 1¼” x 3″ to create the decorative strip for the top flap. (I used Canary cardstock.)  If desired, use a corner rounder on the bottom two corners, then stamp your desired sentiment.
10. Attach the cardstock strip to the top flap, then wrap twine around the flap and tie in a decorative knot or bow.
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11. Using the Easter Bunny stamp set, stamp the desired images onto White Daisy cardstock, then shade the images using ShinHan markers. Cut out the images and adhere them to the front of the bag using Foam Tape.
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ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS: On the Thistle bag, I used the Flock Together stamp set to create the heart background with Pansy ink.  I cut out a 2¼” scallop circle from Pansy cardstock, then a 2″ circle from White Daisy cardstock to create the tag on the front of the box.  Both of these shapes came from the Art Philosophy Cricut® cartridge.  The sentiment was created using the writing feature in Cricut® Design Space.

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock
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Whimsy Ribbon Pack
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ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
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Hook & Loop Dots

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Bone Folder
 product imageNon-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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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

product imageWatercolor Pencils

product imageThin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
product image EZ Dots Adhesive

 

Tea-rriffic Party Layout

The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month can be used to create some sweet scrapbook layouts.  On this week’s project, I used  the stamps to create a border and title, then used watercolors on the images.  The layout is bright and cheerful just like my daughter when she had her weekly tea parties. (Now I need to get those photos printed.)    At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Pixie Cardstock, 12″ x 10″ White Daisy Cardstock ,  12″ x 6″ Watercolor Paper, 12″ x 6″ Black Cardstock, 12″ x 3″ Crystal Blue Cardstock

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Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The Pixie Cardstock background was splattered with White Watercolor Paint. I used a medium watercolor brush, lots of water, and tapped the brush to create splatters.
  • The Teacup Border was created by randomly stamping the “Teacup” and “Flower” images with Black Pigment Ink onto Watercolor Paper, then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I used Watercolor Paints on each of the images, then splattered Black Watercolor Paint onto the border with a medium watercolor brush. The image was hand-cut, placed onto Black Cardstock and hand-cut again to create the matting.
  • The photo mat was created by welding an Art Philosophy border onto the top and bottom of a 12″ x 4½” rectangle. TeaPartyLayoutTitle.jpg
  • The “Tea Party” title was created on Cricut Design Space using the layering and
    flattening techniques. I used a system font called Curls MT, so the file can’t be shared. I will be teaching this techniques to make titles like this at my summer Cricut classes.

Stamps

Tea-rriffic Acrylic Stamp Set

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Pixie Cardstock

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Crystal Blue Cardstock

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Black Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Watercolor Paper

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Basics Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads Set

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Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Craft Heater

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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