Just Like Heaven

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Yesterday, I attended a bridal shower for a co-worker friend and a wedding reception for another friend. It was a very busy, but rewarding day. My co-worker friend and I have some overlapping music tastes, including a love for The Cure and Depeche Mode. She impressed me by mentioning that she’d love to incorporate some Cure songs in her wedding music, so I made a mental note of that. So last month, I designed this card in the Penultimate app with my stylus and iPad. My cards never turn out exactly like my sketches, but they’re always very similar to what I was thinking. It’s fun to create art from a sketch of an idea.

May Your Wedding Be Just Like Heaven
I cut the silhouette of the wedding couple with my Cricut Explore machine and snipped the ponytail off the bride’s head because my friend has super short, adorable blonde hair and I wanted the couple to resemble them. While I didn’t add glasses and a beard to the grom, my friend appreciated the card all the same. At first I tried to make a tiny hair barrette like she wears, but it didn’t look right so a sparkly headband became the answer!

rosette ribbon dress
With some magic Scor-Tape, I used some of my beloved retired Close to My Heart rosette ribbon to add length and bridal flair to the paper dress. The background paper came from the retired CTMH paper packet “Skylark.” It’s double-sided, so I used the stripes for the background and the more solid side for the pennant. I used a black journaling pen to draw stitches around the rectangle, then I wrote the sentiment on the pennant and attached it to the card with adhesive and sparkly silver washi tape. Of course, the bride needed a sparkly ring, so I attached a sticky gem to her dainty hand!

Alpaca / Just Like Heaven
The bride and groom have an inside joke and a fondness for alpacas, so I wanted to play into that by adding in a cut-out alpaca. I cut him with the Cricut Explore, smudged the edges with CTMH Desert Sand ink, and festooned his neck with a CTMH bow tie sticker from the new La Rose en Vie (coming soon!) collection.

The inside of the card was hand-written, and if you’re not familiar with The Cure, one of their all-time biggest hits is the 1987 song “Just Like Heaven,” which piqued at #40 on the Billboard charts in 1988. It was written by Robert Smith about his fiancee, Mary Poole, who appears toward the end of the video in a white bridal gown. I think this is why I’ve seen a handful of women dressed in bridal gowns whenever I attend a Cure concert.

My wish for my friends is for her and her future husband to have a perfect, beautiful and lovely wedding next month, and as Pink Martini sings… to never stop falling in love! <3

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Dark Fleur-de-Lis Card

Dark Fleur-de-Lis Card
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Today’s card is a special fleur-de-lis card I made about three years ago, but forgot to blog it. This was made with my Cricut Expression machine by cutting two of the same swoopy square shape; scoring the top of the back/inside of the card; and attaching them with adhesive. I used a few sheets of cardstock from the “Lemon Flower Stack” by DCWV and used Crackle Accents to achieve the glossy, crackled effect on the fleur-de-lis.

Fleur-de-Lys card


As you can see, there are a few layers to the card, including the fleur-de-lis that pops off the page with double-sided foam adhesive. I wrapped it with some thin silver wire because I’d seen that look before on other cards, and wanted to try it.

fleur de lis card close-upHere is another shot of the card I made for Stacy. I think this one, below, really shows the embossed paper, sparkles, and the crackle effect.

fleur de lis cardThank you for taking the time to read my blog post! Enjoy your day!

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Evernote Art, Cards and Tips

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Welcome! You may have found my website because you clicked on my popular Pinterest pin about how to save pins to Evernote. Or perhaps you saw my previous blog post, and read that I was interviewed on Agent Caffeine to speak about Evernote. Whatever brings you here, I’m thankful to have you as a reader! Today I’ll be sharing some Evernote wall art I’ve made; some Evernote-inspired greeting cards; and my notes from the “Secrets of Success with Evernote” interview.

Two years ago, I ordered a small collection of Evernote stickers from their website. This one is my favorite, and I think it’s meant to go on the back of a laptop lid, phone or tablet.

Evernote stickerThis sticker inspired me to make some wall art for my new office, so I cut the elephant shape from black cardstock, using my Cricut Explore and had the machine write the phrase “I’m not being rude… I’m taking notes in Evernote” with a white chalk-style marker.

Evernote Not Being RudeAfter gluing the elephant in place, I placed the 12″ X 12″ Topiary Cardstock in a frame with black wooden trim and shared it on Instagram and Facebook.

Evernote ArtIt was a hit with my friends and I took orders and mailed two of them across the country. Here’s one of them. I changed things up a bit and had the Cricut Explore cut the letters out of the green cardstock. This photo was taken before I glued the letter holes in their proper spots. I think it looks kind of cool and trendy like this:

Evernote Art without letter holesIt only seemed natural to include little Evernote-inspired cards with these framed pieces of art, so I cut a few of these 4″ square cards out and assembled them:

Evernote elephant cards

I am crave organization and order in all facets of my life. When everything is in its right place, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and calmness. Sometimes people ask me if I am the most organized person I know. I don’t know – I don’t measure other people’s organizing skills! When asked if I have everything organized in my life, I tell them no. I don’t know that there is anyone who feels they have perfected organization and there is no need for improvement. Who looks around their house and exclaims, “Ahh, I have mastered the art of organization!” We can always excel, challenge ourselves and grow. I’m always looking for a better way to stay organized and that’s what I love about Evernote: it organizes my thoughts.

Recently, my Dad made some pegboards for my craft studio and my husband installed them on the wall behind my desk. I love how I can hang things from it and rearrange them when I find a better workflow. Evernote is like that, too. I use Evernote to capture things I want to remember later, and I can organize my notes and move them around until I get them in the right place. Tags also help make it easy for me to sort one note in multiple categories.

As I was preparing for my interview, I came up with these main points as I thought about my audience of real estate agents and brokers.

1. Use it in your personal life before you try to make it work for your business.

* In this industry, we are notorious for being on call 24/7, and since we are always working, we try to make every new app or system work for our business. Jumping into Evernote, expecting it to be the end-all solution to organizing your real estate business can make you frustrated and cause you to blame Evernote.
* Evernote works better when you understand how to use it in your everyday life FIRST. Step back and don’t get so focused on it as a real estate solution. Learn to use it well, and then apply it to your business!

2. Use Evernote to organize your brain.

* Store anything in Evernote and access it anywhere. The more you put into Evernote, the better it gets!
* Here are just a few examples of things you can save in Evernote:
* A “brain dump” of things you need to get out of your mind and on “paper” so you can remember them later
* Photos of your favorite outfits so packing for trips or mornings will be easier
* Notes to your future self: don’t ever order this dish at that restaurant again, or order this because it’s amazing
* Peanut butter or mascara you love or tried & hate
* Your family health history
* Your life’s timeline (historical events you want to remember)
* Count your many blessings
* Updates you’ve done to your home, including paint ID numbers, appliance manuals, appliance receipts and model numbers
* Your goals, wishes and dreams
* Recipes & recipe notes

3. The only wrong way to use Evernote is to not use it at all!

* There is no “one size fits all” way of organizing Evernote. Make it YOURS. You can sort notes into notebooks and notebook stacks, and/or use tags. It is perfectly normal to reorganize your Evernote notes a few times until you get what works best for you.
* Search the text in your notes across all notebooks, text within photos or Premium users can also search text inside of PDFs, Word docs, Excel files, presentations and more!

I could go on and on, but I will bid you farewell and thank you for reading my blog!

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My Interview on Agent Caffeine

My Interview on Agent Caffeine
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Today, April 6th, 2015 at 3 PM, I’ll be interviewed by my friend Kelly Mitchell, founder of Agent Caffeine. No, Agent Caffeine is not the name of a detective who frequents coffee shops. In the words of Kelly, Agent Caffeine is the real estate industry’s #1 webcast and podcast for innovation, best practices and strategy.

Secrets of Success with Evernote

Kelly and I have known each other through Twitter for a long time before we became real life friends. We probably started following each other when we were both selling real estate and I was new to Twitter in 2008. What really solidified our friendship was when Dale and I visited Hawaii in 2011. Kelly was there for us in a very difficult time and without hesitation, she stepped up to help us when our rental car was burglarized the day before we were going to fly home. That’s not what this post is about, but I just want to illustrate that if you’re fortunate to know Kelly & her husband Vince, you know that they are very giving, gracious, loving, helpful, wonderful, genuine people and I’m so thankful to know them!

I was so flattered when Kelly approached me a few months ago and said she’s love to have me on her show! The thought of it made me nervous, but also really honored and excited. I gave her a few different topic ideas and she went with Evernote. I love Evernote – it helps keep me and my thoughts organized! I love it so much, I’ve written a few classes about it and I’ve taught my Evernote classes close to 100 times. In my interview with Kelly, I barely scratch the surface with Evernote because there’s so much to say about it.

Please tune in today by going to Agent Caffeine Live at 3 PM Pacific. UPDATE: if you missed the interview, you may watch it here: Secrets of Success with Evernote or by clicking the image below.

Stephanie Chumbley Talks About Evernote - Agent Caffeine Episode 221


Secrets of Success with Evernote and Stephanie Chumbley


Around the time she asked me to be on her podcast / show, I made Kelly a housewarming gift I’ve had in the works (in my mind) for years, and I finally sent it to her. I plan to blog about it soon, but today’s post is about the card I made to accompany the gift:

Agent Caffeine Card

I found the JPEG image of her logo and converted it to a cut file for my Cricut Explore machine. Then, I designed the card and attached part of the image to the card so that it cut the mic out of the little card I’d made.

blog-Agent Caffeine mic

Then, I cut the silhouette of Kelly and her hat from sparkly black cardstock and carefully adhered it to the front of the card, and added a small panel of sparkly red cardstock behind the mic.

blog-Agent CaffeineI just adore my Cricut Explore machine. It allows me to imagine anything and then create it!! Well, I want to thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you’ll tune in today! 😀



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Faith Shines Bright

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Happy Easter! I’m taking this year off, as far as Easter cards go. I made two gift card holders for my step-teens’ Easter gifts, but other than that, I just couldn’t find the time to finish making cards. Sorry, family and close friends who usually get holiday cards from me!

Today I attended a memorial service for a dear, special friend. Other than my wonderful dad, I strongly believe he’s the greatest man I had the privilege to know and care about. There were a few pressing reasons I needed to craft cards for: a sympathy card, a few birthday cards and this card I’m featuring today. Last Sunday, one of our Deacons stepped up to the position of Elder in our church and I wanted to make him a special card to show my appreciation!

Faith Shines Bright

I’m still on an airbrush kick! I love to make cards with my Copic marker airbrush system. For this card, I used a retired Stamp of the Month stamp set from Close to My Heart, called S1311 Illuminate, and stamped it onto Colonial White Cardstock. Next, I used 4 Copic markers and airbrushed the background, making the lantern the brightest part of my card.


I attached it to folded yellow cardstock and snugly fit some black ribbon beside it. I added a few finishing touches, like Bitty Sparkles to represent twinkling stars in the sky and a yellow gem to represent the lantern bulb.
LampOn the inside, I stamped this sentiment from the stamp set. Here’s a tip: when using Scripture, it’s a good idea to double-check the Bible and make sure the sentiment you’re stamping is from the correct passage. I was glad to see Psalm 119:105 was the right passage quoted.

Psalm 119:105

I enjoyed making this card, and our newest Elder appreciated it, too.

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Easter Cards with the Cricut Explore

Easter Cards with the Cricut Explore
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Time flies when you’re papercrafting!! I was going through the thousands of photos I took of my art for blog posts and came across the pictures of last year’s Easter cards and thought it was time to blog about them! With Easter approaching, a lot of us will be working on cards this weekend and I wanted to share this simple card with you.

Easter Bunny Cards 2014

I used my favorite (retired) paper packet of all time: Close to My Heart “Chantilly” because it embodies cheerful Spring colors so well. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I made 12 cards and most of them looked the same. The Cricut Explore made designing, cutting and assemblies these cards a breeze! Here is a sampling of what I made using washi tape, card stock, scrapbook paper, ribbon, epoxy dots, a Copic marker, and liquid pearl drops. I hope this post inspires you as you make your cards this weekend! Some Bunny Loves You Easter Card 2014

Easter Bunny Card 2014

Simple Easter Cards 2014

Happy Easter 2014

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My First Two Airbrushed Cards

My First Two Airbrushed Cards
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I’m so happy to announce I’m now Certified by Copic! I hold the Standard and the Intermediate Copic Papercrafting Certifications, the only two offered by Copic. Last week I completed all my training and was certified to demonstrate, teach or just use the techniques for my papercrafts. Taking these classes were “bucket list” items I’ve dreamed of doing for seven years, so it feels really good to have done something special like this.
My Copic Papercrafting Certifications
    It was so much fun spending two full days coloring and shading with Copic markers. If you’re not familiar with the brand Copic or how to pronounce it, it sounds like “Ko – Pick” and not “Cop – ick.” Back in 2008, I invested in a set of Copic Ciao markers and I got the other set as a gift a year ago, but I didn’t use them as often as I intended. The reason for taking these two classes was to become better at using my investment of colorful markers. Sure, I used alcohol markers in high school AP art and college, but I had forgotten a lot of techniques I’d learned. It all came back to me when I was re-learning how to use alcohol markers in my Copic classes.
    In Junior High, my art teacher was a talented and well-known airbrush artist and I was fortunate enough to get to learn how to airbrush… but then I forgot most of it because I don’t think I airbrushed again after the 9th grade. Last week, I got to try the Copic airbrush with a compressor and I was hooked! No, I’m not going to turn into an airbrushing graffiti artist – I just enjoy airbrushing backgrounds and quickly changing the color of white embellishments and ribbon. It was pretty special marrying two art mediums I learned to use in public schools: an airbrush and alcohol markers!
    After class, they sold the Copic airbrush system at a ridiculously low, below-wholesale price and I was thankful to be one of the lucky 4 to buy one.
    So, here are the first two cards I’ve made with my new airbrush system. I used three colors on both cards.
Airbrushed Depeche Mode Violator Rose Card
    In this card, I cut the cardstock down to size; airbrushed the background; stamped up the iconic Depeche Mode rose from the 1990 “Violator” album; loosely doodled a frame around the edge with a black Copic Multiliner pen; then mounted it onto dark red cardstock.
    For this guy card below, I wanted to closely match the Seattle Mariners team colors, so after laying down a chevron stencil on the cardstock and airbrushing the 3 colors, I lined the bottom of the chevrons with a silver marker. Then, I stamped the Close to My Heart sentiment; attached the ribbon and buckle; mounted it on silver paper; adhered it to the blue card; then added the Close to My Heart sticker embellishment and gemstones.
What do you think? Do you like the airbrushed backgrounds?
Up Close Thank You
Details of Chevron Card
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Sneak Peek: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cards

Sneak Peek: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cards
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More and more, it seems like ugly Christmas sweaters are becoming widely acceptable and encouraged to be worn! In fact, I’m wearing my hideous DIY Christmas sweater as I type this blog post.

I came across another blogger’s post about ugly Christmas sweater cards & gift tags and thought they were adorable! When I found myself at the craft store last weekend and saw the “50% off Christmas stickers” sale, I was inspired to make my own ugly sweater cards.

Here are the little cards I made for my husband to give to a special group of volunteers, along with their appreciation gifts. If you’d like to see a close-up of each card, I’ll add another post with more photos.Ugly Christmas Sweater Cards

Merry Christmas!

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Hello there! I’m excited to present to you my very first Cyber Monday deal! For a limited time only, you can purchase any one of our four Close to my Heart Cricut Collections at a very special 20% off price – that’s just $79.20 each for this unprecedented sale!!!

Cyber Monday 2014 CTMH Cricut SaleIf you or someone you’re shopping for needs a good all-around, every day cartridge that includes 700 useful shapes, a great font, 3-dimensional flowers and more, then Art Philosophy was meant for you! This is still the cartridge I reach for the most. It comes with three coordinating, exclusive stamp sets and matching Dimensional Elements (color-ready chipboard).

If your crafty wish list includes a desire to cut 700 wonderful 3-D projects, party favors, interactive cards, awards, robots, spooky characters, wedding and Valentine shapes, cupcake wrappers, invitations, and party essentials, the Artiste Collection is just what you need! Included is a step-by-step assembly booklet for the 3-D projects, three coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements (coordinating color-ready chipboard).

Are you new to scrapbooking; looking for a way to simplify your layouts without sacrificing style; or do you want to make creative cards for all occasions? Artbooking is the answer! With oodles of images in each of 15 layout themes, you can create several coordinating pages for each theme using just two keys and one dial size. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats in standard photo sizes, and more. The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12″ × 12″ pages in a FLASH. You’ll also love creating 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size. When you’re finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz!

Do you already have all three cartridges, but you’re looking for an easy way to make handmade masterpieces in no time at all? Check out our all-new Artfully Sent Cricut collection. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because”! Card styles include pop-ups, swing cards, scenes, sentiments, sleeves and pocket cards.


Sunday, 11/30/2014 from 11 PM until Cyber Monday, 12/1/2014 at 10:59 PM Pacific time.

If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, Starting December 1st, our supplemental Seasonal Expressions catalog debuts! You may start ordering from it on my website December 1st through the end of March 2015. There’s a beautiful assortment of Valentines-themed papers and exclusive stamp sets, as well as fresh new crafting supplies for Spring and for any occasion.

December 2014 also is the time for our Deal of the Decade promotion!

CTMH Deal of the DecadeWith a qualifying purchase of $50, you’ll automatically become eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp set from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book for just $10!! How does THAT sound? Don’t forget, you can also take advantage of the December Stamp of the Month!

In December 204, with any $50 qualifying order, you’ll get the opportunity to purchase this limited edition “Cutie Pie” stamp set for only $5! Here are some adorable samples made with the stamp set:

Cutie Pie - CTMH Stamp of the Month December 2014

Hey There Cupcake - December 2014 CTMH SOTMIf you have any questions about these special deals, please leave a comment below and I’ll be glad to help you! Have a wonderful day!

It’s a Bust

It’s a Bust
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Any kind of surgery is a big deal and I believe it’s normal to feel apprehensive before going under the knife. So, when a friend of mine was days away from a breast-reduction surgery, I made her this card to… show her our support. 😉 Long ago, a friend held an all-you-can-create card buffet where we could use her supplies to make replicas of the cards she designed and pay one low price. I was too uptight to make the bra card and I didn’t know how or when I would ever use it. As I’ve gotten older, some of my friends have dealt with delicate female issues such as breast cancer, reconstructive surgery and breast reductions. Now I know where I could use a bust shaped card.

So, when the time came to make a card for this situation, I tried to remember the shape of the card my friend designed and came up with this. No Cricut machine was involved in this. This card was hand-drawn from my imagination and hand-cut.

Bust Card with Pearl NecklaceI used some retired Close to My Heart rosette ribbon and nestled some faux pearls between some of the roses with Glue Dots. With my Cuttlebug, I used an embossing folder to add a feminine pattern to the top.

Bra CardHere’s another picture of the card with better lighting:

It's a Bust





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