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I love my Cricut Expression machine and when I use it in a project, you’ll find the blog posts here.

Instax Photo Greeting Cards

Instax Photo Greeting Cards
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Do you remember how fun it was to watch Polaroid photos develop when they were popular in the 1980s? Well, there’s a fun, modern throwback to Polaroids: Fujifilm Instax cameras and Instax printers! I received one of these printers as a gift a few months ago, and I love to use it.

Last month, I made these greeting cards for some of the fabulous friends – old and new – I visited with at a popular real estate conference. I have a Fujifilm Instax printer that works with an app that allows me to pull a photo from my camera roll and print it at a later time. I love printing tiny pictures that develop like those old Polaroid pictures. I think everyone has received their cards by now, so I wanted to show them to you. Aren’t they colorful and fun? I cut the “hello” words with my Cricut Explore and used wash tape, ribbon, sequins and different, colorful patterned papers.

Mini Instax printed pictures

Karen and Billy Ekofo with the Chumbleys

Katie Lance and the Chumbleys

Dane Briggs and the Chumbleys

Debra Trappen and the Chumbleys

Front of the card for Stacie

Stacie Wells and Stephanie

Bob Watson with Kathy Klingaman and the Chumbleys

 

Anne Jones and the Chumbleys

Kristi Kennelly and Stephanie

The Boom Real Estate Podcast team and the Chumbleys

Krista Clark and the Chumbleys

Steve Murnin and the Chumbleys

Suzanne Roy and Stephanie

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Father’s Day Tool Kit Card

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Circuit Design Space Tool Kit Card for Fathers Day

Hey, papercrafters! Are any of you thinking of making the really cute tool kit card featured in Cricut Design Space? Well, I’ve got some tips for you because I call the card instructions “a real head-scratcher.” It makes me wonder if anyone from Cricut actually made the card that a clever papercrafter submitted to them, or if they just uploaded the design and called it good. I tell ya, unless I’m really incoherent, the project doesn’t exactly match the beautiful finished product you see in Design Space!

This is going to get kind of technical, so if you’re just here to look at the card, you may want to skip reading this post and just look at the photos. 😉

For my fellow Cricuteers using the Cricut Explore One or Cricut Explore Air, let’s dig in!

The instructions say to determine the size of your card and that the card in the cute project measures 4″ x 6″. This may be where I got lost because I thought it was saying that unless you make adjustments, your card will also be 4″ x 6″. My finished card – and this is no big deal – is 4 3/8″ x 6 1/2.” That’s the size it was without making size adjustments. The big deal was that the materials it called for were wrong.

If you’re going to make this card using the supplies recommended, you’ll need to size down the whole project, but I don’t have the actual sizes for you because I am only making this card once!

First of all, the materials needed call for a 12″ x 12″ standard cutting mat. NOPE. Also, only 12″ x 12″ cardstock is called for. DOUBLE NOPE.

When looking at the project in “Design” view, I couldn’t tell if the black cardstock inside the toolbox was supposed to be one long piece, or several little pieces because they were grouped together totaling 6.5″ x 13.1.” This means I needed to use my 12″ x 24″ mat and I don’t have any colorful or black cardstock larger than standard 12″ x 12″, so I had to buy white poster paper and COLOR IT.

You can’t just click “MAKE IT NOW” and have it work out unless you have the 12″ x 24″ mat and goldenrod and black cardstock that are at least 11″ x 13.5″. You have to make adjustments.

If you don’t resize this card before cutting it, then ungroup it so you can adjust the pieces. Duplicate the black rectangular pieces that line the toolbox card so you have 5 of them and use the “Hide Contour” button to hide the extra panels so that you have just 5 free-floating pieces. That way, they won’t require that you use extra-long black cardstock!

The goldenrod toolbox is 10.8″ x 13.1″ unless you resize the whole project. I couldn’t find goldenrod paper that was larger than 12″ x 12″, so I cut it on white poster paper and colored it until my Copic markers ran dry. I wasn’t prepared for the volume of ink this would use, or I would have bought wide nib Copic markers.

In order to get some of the parts to cut on actual black or goldenrod cardstock, I adjust the color of the goldenrod box and the black panels in the settings. I made them slightly different shades of those colors so I could trick the program into suggesting the black pieces go on two mats and the goldenrods also go on two mats.

Here are some screen shots of my different mats and how I adjusted things. I didn’t bother to cut an envelope. I have so many envelopes in various sizes that I rarely make my own envelopes. This card fit in a 5.25″ x 7.25″ envelope from my stash.

Cricut Design Space Fathers Day Tool Kit Card

Here are the pictures of my card.

Opening the Fathers Day Toolkit Card

Was I supposed to tape the measuring tape to itself? What do I do with the three paper tool pieces – throw them inside the card?

Inside of Fathers Day Toolbox Card

What are these flaps all about? Do they go inside or outside? If I glued them in place, like I originally thought, I’d see them through the black panels on the inside or outside. Are they really necessary? I didn’t glue them down, but when the car opens, they hug the outside of the card and cover the striped panels.

Side of the Toolbox Card

 

Tool Box Fathers Day Card front and back

I colored some of the extra paper pieces (tools) and glued them to the envelope. I used a silver marker to add some dots that turned tow of the tools into letter “D” shapes. It may be hard to see the silver “nails” in the picture, but it spells DAD.

Tool Kit Card and Tool Socks

Dad loved his other gifts, and especially his tool socks and tool kit card!

Tool Kit Card and Tool Socks

I wrote this post to help other paper crafters, and before I assembled my card, I searched online for a post like this. Now it’s here for anyone else who was in the same pickle as me! If you have any suggestions for what to do with those side flaps, please let me know!

Thanks for reading my blog, and Happy Father’s Day!

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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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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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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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CYBER MONDAY SALE!

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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.

THE “20% OFF ALL CRICUT COLLECTIONS” SALE IS ONLY GOOD FOR A LIMITED TIME:

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!

Nice Mustache

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Last month, I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite Aussie, Peter Brewer, when he flew to San Francisco to speak at a real estate conference we both attended!

Peter Brewer - photo by Nate Ellis

Peter Brewer – photo by Nate Ellis

If I had time, I would create a special card for every friend of mine, but that’s just not feasible. So, when I knew I was going to see him and his famous mustache, I wanted to make him a card.Hey, man... nice 'stache.The pictures look dark to me, but I any filter I put on the photo changed the colors drastically, so I left all the photos untouched without a filter.

Mustache cardI am often inspired by popular songs and pop culture, so I probably got the phrase, “Hey man, nice ‘stache” from the Filter song “Hey Man, Nice Shot.” It was easy to pull this card together because I’d designed it in my head first. Using paper from DCWV “The Guy Stack” cardstock and my Cricut Explore, I cut the mustache and had the machine write my phrase with a pen.

Hey, man... nice 'stache!When my husband and I got into town, we discovered Peter and Tara were having dinner near our hotel, so we stopped in and surprised them. It was nice to hand The Mustached One his card before the fast-paced conference week began.

Peter loved his card!Hurray for friends!

Photo Aug 20, 12 51 22 PM Peter approved of this mustache card.

Nice 'stache!Thanks for reading my blog!

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The Cat’s Out of the Bag

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A few months ago, a friend text me to tell me some very exciting news: she and her husband were expecting their first child!! My husband and I were in the car on our way to a child’s first birthday party when we got the news and we sent this in reply, to convey our excitement. Stephanie and DaleWe were sworn to secrecy and once she announced her wonderful news on Facebook, it was time to make her a card I’d designed in my head. I have a big orange, fluffy kitty and my friend and her husband have a cat named Curry and a kitten named Cheddar and both are golden-orange. What can I say? We love orange cats!

I sketch out card ideas in the Penultimate iPad app sometimes. I would rather sketch on paper, but I don’t carry the same notebook with me, so it’s hard to find illustrations, designs and ideas again later if I don’t put them all in one place – and if I misplace the notebook. Penultimate syncs with Evernote, so I have my sketches everywhere I go. The problem is, my hand drags across the screen when I draw, and that marks up my drawing – even when I have the wrist protection feature (in the app) on. As a result, I have to hold the stylus at a very awkward angle so my hand doesn’t touch the screen and that’s why all my card sketches look like a child drew them.

Here’s where the card idea started to become a reality.

The making of my "cat's out of the bag" card

The making of my “cat’s out of the bag” card

I knew I could hand cut everything, but I thought I would see if Cricut Design Space had any shapes that would work. If I could use my Cricut Explore machine, it would save me hours of work. Sure enough, I found a good shape for a bag and a really cute cat shape that would work. I used those images, plus a fun background patterned and letters to design, cut and create this custom card.

Here’s the paper bag-esque card I mailed in a kraft cardstock envelope.So...When she looked into the bag, she saw this little fella peeking at her!Cat peeking from the bagAs she pulled the cat out of the bag, she revealed the message on his tummy!The cat's out of the bag!Isn’t he sweeeet?Orange kittyThe back of the kitty revealed this message:Message on the back of the catThis is the back of the card sleeve:The bagFinally, here’s the side of the card sleeve:Folded grocery bag card

I was so excited to see she loved the card!

She loved her cat card!Thanks for reading my blog! 😀

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Crafting for the Kitchen

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Happy Independence Day!!

My husband and I have some dear friends who are love cooking almost as much as they love one another. They both spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking delicious pizza and other tasty food, as well as making their own spice rub and a line of BBQ sauces. Last year, the husband started hand-making knives to sell and to use in his kitchen. He’s a chef by day, and I believe he cooks or co-cooks some of the family meals at home during the week. When we visited them last year, I thought it would be fun to bring them a house-warming gift for the room they spend lots of time in.

When I came across a digital image that said, “SLICE TRIM CUT DICE CHOP OUCH” and had a knife shape below the stacked words, I instantly thought of my friend! I bought the Loveday “Slice” digital image and went to work. I used black and red vinyl with my Cricut Expression machine and applied the cut shapes to an 8″ x 10″ canvas. I hand-cut a little blood drop to drip off the knife and adhered that tiny piece of vinyl to the canvas before applying a few layers of Mode Podge sealant.

Slime Trim Cut Dice Chop OuchI am happy with how it turned out, and I was pleased that it went with my friends’ red, black and white kitchen. Using the Cricut Expression or Cricut Explore machines saves so much time on the fun, custom projects I create.

Don't get sliced!Thanks for reading my blog!

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