Sunday, December 1, 2013

Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit

Hey!  Evelyn again from My Little Craft Blog.  I recently made the cards from the Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit.   Purple is not really a color that I like, but I really liked the paisley print that was included with this set so I took a gamble and challenged myself.  (Besides, I was planning to take a trip and I like to have something to do in the hotel room!)

This is how they turned out:

I really liked the bright colors on this one!

I also like this one very much.  Love that little "splatter!"

This one was my least favorite.
I followed the directions exactly on this set.  Before I left home, I cut the papers to the correct size according to the included diagram and made the cuts from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  At the hotel, I did the distressing, stamping and assembling. 

After I was finished, I looked at all the cards to evaluate my work.  I really liked those first two, but I didn't like that third one.  It looked gaudy to me.  I didn't like the "thinking of you" stamp, the distressing, or the placement of the purple gems.  So except for one, I took them all apart to re-do.  Since I was out of town, I checked out the local Michaels and had bought some paper on clearance.  :)  This is how the re-worked cards turned out:

They're a combination of the Laughing Lola papers and the papers I picked up at Michaels.

But, I was still not finished with this cardmaking kit!  One really cool thing about the CTMH cardmaking kits is that they come with diagrams that show you exactly how to cut the papers so you get the most for your money.  And when you finish making the cards that came in the kit, you still have the directions and can make more using any paper you have!  When I got home, I decided to make some Christmas cards using the same layouts.  

For these cards, I used the Sparkle and Shine paper packet, along with Peppermint Stick Trendy Twine, a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and some CTMH Sparkles (that I think are retired.)  Here are my Christmas cards:

The cardinal is from Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge. The stamps are from Unity Stamp Company.

The HoHoHo and bird is from CTMH Perfect Fit Holidays set, and the other two are from the Laughing Lola cardmaking workshop.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out!  

Here's a hint about stamping on those Cricut cuts.  I really had a hard time centering them on the cuts, so for the Christmas set, I stamped before removing them from the mat:

Much better!!  

So, bottom line(s) -- the workshops are worth the price!  You get materials to make 15 cards, you get the envelopes, you get the directions to keep and you get all the stamps to add to your collection (!)  

After making this kit, I have plenty of purple gems left over plus a little bit of that scrumptious black and gray twine!  And if you're not in love with the result, you can re-work them and make them your own.  

If you don't already have a Close to My Heart consultant and you'd like to order any of these items, I'd be happy to be your consultant!  Here is a link to my online site.  If you have any questions, my email is evelynholmberg @ mindspring dot com or you can leave a comment on My Little Craft Blog.

Thanks for reading this long post!


Friday, July 12, 2013

4th of July Banner

Hi! Evelyn here from My Little Craft Blog!  Long time, no see.  How have you been?
I wanted to show you the banner I made from the recent freebie from Close to My Heart: the mini-banner.

All the cuts are from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I guess they made the mini banner to coordinate with the cartridge.  It went together pretty easily once I figured out the size I needed to cut everything.  The patterned paper for the banner pieces are cut at 4 inches and the letters and stars at 2 inches.  The paper is also CTMH, called Fanfare.  And that yummy twine is from Trendy Twine.  The ribbons and buttons are from Michaels.

I think it turned out great!  And there’s a surprise on the back.  You could really only hang a Fourth of July banner for about two weeks out of the year, so . . .

I made something a little more generic for the back of the banner.  I couldn't let it go to waste!  The primary colors look good together, and now I have a banner I can use for any occasion as well as something for Independence Day!

I hope you come visit me at My Little Craft Blog!  and if you don't already have Art Philosophy, or Artiste, or need any other scrapbooking supplies, I would be glad to help you.  You can view the online CTMH catalog here.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Mother's Day Card

Hi folks,

Ian here, from A Newbie Crafter.  Today, I have a Mother's Day card for you all.  It may or may not be sitting in my craft room still.  Full disclosure - I have already told my mom it was late so she knows and understands.  :)  I used Dream Pop papers to make this and LOVE it.  I also used a pop-dot on the "Mom" stamp.  I made it into a ribbon.  I thought it was cute.  

Here are some photos to show you what I did.

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!  Next year I will hopefully be able to spend it with my mom after 5 years of not being able to.

Craft on,

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Birthday Party Decorations

Happy Thursday, everyone! Java Jen here from JAVA JEN CREATIONS and it's my turn to share here and over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY! As you know, if you read my post from last week, our Sethy turned 2 so I just had to make a few decorations to add to his party!  I used the Art Philosophy, Boys Will Be Boys and Birthday Bash Cricut cartridges.

These are from Birthday Bash and are cut at 10.5".

The pennant shape is from Art Philosophy. The train and truck are from Boys Will Be Boys. I made the rosettes by hand using my scoreboard. 

Some close-ups.

I made mini flags to put on the cake.

Our daughter-in-law made an adorable race track cake that was a big hit!

Here is the birthday boy eating one of his favorite treats: Watermelon! :-)

Love him so much!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Many Thanks!

Hi folks,

Ian, here from A Newbie Crafter, with a simple card for you featuring the Close to My Heart April Stamp of the Month.  This card was another quick one that can be for anyone that's looking forward to the summer (it's right around the corner).

For this card, I took a A2 size and cut a piece of card stock at 4 1/8" by 5 1/4" from the Dotty for You pack.  The next thing I did was cut a piece of Dotty for You card stock at 4"x 5 1/8".  I added some Liquid Pearls to the front.  The sun was stamped in Honey and Goldrush.  The sentiment was stamped in Holiday Red.  I think it turned out nice.

I think it turned out well!  I hope you all enjoy it!

Craft on,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Magnetic Learning Boards

Hello everyone! This is Java Jen from JAVA JEN CREATIONS and I'm excited to share here today and over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY! It is a privilege, as always, Sheila! Thank you!

I made these magnetic learning boards for our two oldest grandsons for Christmas but have not had the chance to share them yet, so here they are:

I was so busy making these before Christmas that I didn't even take pictures as I was doing each step! Sorry! :-(  At any rate, here is my "recipe":

 Cricut Imagine Blast Off cartridge
Fabric fat quarters
Provo Craft Your Story laminating machine
button magnets
Mod Podge
Metal cookie sheet

I started by covering my cookie sheets with two different fat quarter pieces that I picked up at Joann's. Next, I printed and cut 2 of each letter, number and shape. I took one of each and glued them to my fabric-covered cookie sheet with Mod Podge, being sure to completely cover them. I took the next set and laminated them using my Your Story. After trimming them, I put a button magnet on the back of each and my magnet board is now complete! These are really quite easy to make! I'm hoping to do a more detailed post on my blog, at some point, to show all the fantastic details close-up. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Gypsy Made Simple - Word And Art Shape Cards

 Don't you just love this card? This is a little gift for a beautiful lady named Lisa. I really think Lisa will receive her gift the day that this post hits as I already dropped it in the mail! I was one of those that ran a little thing on face book saying that if you are one of the first five people to comment I will send you a crafty item in the next year! Well this is what I made Lisa and I also sent her a wonderful Close To My Heart stamp set. I just love the papers on this and all the glitter. The paper is from K and Company.
 All you need to do is revamp the card that we made last week and crank it up a notch or two!.... Now go grab a cup of coffee and turn you Gypsy on and let's get to work. The video below will take you from design to completion and I just love it! I think I will have to make a set that says Sassy!

Now wasn't that easy? Remember the base of the card is only 4 inches high but with the addition of the letters it goes to 5.5 inches so it will fit perfectly in an A2 envelope.

This is all four of the cards together. I love the whole look of this card and all I did was pick a font that I like and a piece of art that I thought would compliment Lisa and it came together in no time at all.
These colors are just so yummy together and I just love the glitter paper, don't you? I get the paper at Joann's and it cuts like butter on my Expression.
Here is the inside of the card. I used a dauber and my Close To My Heart Lagoon Ink pad and inked around the edges and it really made the card look a lot nicer.... you know a finished look.
See how moving the I close to the L allowed for the dot to remain on the name. I love it!
The Forever Young cart is wonderful for girly cards and it is also easy to cut as they are silhouettes.
Well I hope you liked today's post.... I sure enjoyed making this card and spending time with you creating. It gets lonely in my craft room with out you! Thank you for your sweet sweet word of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me to share with you.
Have a blessed week!