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I Just Called

I Just Called
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DAY TEN: Here’s the tenth blog post in a row this month! Now if only I could keep this up – then in a few years, you’d have seen all the projects I’ve made!

Recently, my husband was about to fly out of town for three back-to-back business trips, and I wanted to do something to surprise him and show I was thinking of him. On the eve of his trip, he had to leave the house after dinner and attach a perma-board (permanent, weatherproof flyer) to the “For Sale” sign on one of his listings. When he left, I was doing dishes, but as soon as the front door was closed, I raced to my craft studio and made a card for him. Since I’d just come up with the idea while rinsing off dinner plates, the card I made wasn’t very elaborate.

Telephone CardAs I flipped through some of my Cricut cartridge booklets, I came across a phone-shaped cut-out from the Wild Card cartridge and thought it would be fun to make a phone-shaped card.

As a child of the 1980s, I couldn’t escape that overplayed Stevie Wonder song, so I thought I’d use the line from the famous chorus for the inside of my card.

Inside the Phone Card

As soon as I finished the card and took these pictures, I tucked it into an envelope with a thank you card for the friends he was staying with and sealed it. Then, I hid the envelope and raced back to the kitchen to finish cleaning up. When he got home, he asked if I had been there the whole time. I let him know I took a little break. 😉

"Wild Card" Cricut Phone Card

I took it to the post office the next morning, and it’s a good thing I acted quickly because it took 6 days to arrive, and he was leaving on the 7th day to go to another state on his whirlwind tour! Thankfully, it arrived in the NICK of time. Whew! Needless to say, he was happily surprised and my mission was accomplished. Phone Card

 Thanks for stopping by to read my blog!

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You Make Me Melt

You Make Me Melt
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DAY NINE: This marks day nine of blogging this month. I’ve got photos of hundreds of cards I’ve never blogged about and by blogging daily, I will share with you some cards from my archive.

Back in 2012, my goal was to make my husband a card every week. He didn’t know that was one of my personal goals for the year, but he did notice he was receiving a lot of cards. I didn’t end up succeeding my goal, but I did make him more cards that year than any year. When you’re in love and loved back, it’s easy to find inspiration to create art and make cards for him.

He does make me melt and go weak in the knees, so when I saw the “You Make Me Melt” sentiment in the booklet for my Cricut® “Just Because” Cards Cartridge, I knew I’d be making a card for him with this theme.

You Make Me Melt - Cricut cardI used this cheerful, colorful, summertime paper that I think is from Basic Grey. I cut it to size and inked the edges before attaching it to my complimentary green card base. Then, I cut the shapes from the Cricut cartridge and lined the Popsicle, drip, and “MAKE” with an orange Copic marker. I broke a Popsicle stick and glued it to the card and then used double-sided tape to attach the cold treat to the card.

You Make me Melt - frozen treat card

Using Glossy Accents, I added layer after layer onto the frozen treat and the drip. I wanted it to look shiny and cold. When using a clear adhesive as an accent, it’s a good idea to use a push-pin needle (or something with a sharp point) to pop the tiny bubbles that appear. It may take a few tries per bubble, but your needle has to be very clean and not gluey, and you need to insert the needle straight down into the bubble while it’s wet. As you can see, I didn’t get all the bubbles out, but my husband didn’t seem to mind.

blog - Make Me MeltWell, that’s it for today’s blog post! Please check back tomorrow or subscribe to my blog so you can see my next post. Thank you for stopping by.

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I’m All Yours

I’m All Yours
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Today’s post is about a card I made for someone else to give. My step-son lives with us full-time and has been in a relationship with his girlfriend for almost two years. Last year, he asked me to make a card he could give to her for one of their monthly “anniversaries.” They are so sweet – they celebrate every month together with ether dinner, gifts, cards, time spent together or all of those things. This is the card I came up with, based on what my step-son described. They have a phrase they say to each other: “I’m all yours if you’re all mine” and I think it’s based on a song.

I'm All Yours

I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and used blue painter’s tape to create a crisp (ish) edge. Then I used some really cool old watercolors I found in my Grandma’s garage in 2005. I think they belonged to my aunt when she was a teenager in the 1960s.

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Messy, Vintage Water Colors

Maybe this looks like a messy tray that belongs in the trash, but to me, it’s beautiful, vintage, and I enjoy using something so old to create something new.

After painting the background onto water-color paper, I used a couple of Sharpie markers to draw the silhouette of the dock, couple and the phrase in the sky. Then, I adhered it to a plain card and added some moon dust to the bottom to create the look of a sandy beach. I laid down some white glue and then dropped the flakes onto it and pressed gently and let it rest to dry. I don’t know what the stuff is made of. I got it in a kit of stencils I bought years ago at a craft expo in Puyallup.

Moon DustThanks for reading my blog!

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Last week a friend of mine gave me some nail polish and two lip glosses she didn’t want from her Birchbox. I was so tickled to receive some fun makeup, so I made her a fun card! I have a lip stamp so I can add a SWAK / Seal With a Kiss to card envelopes, and I thought it would be cute to make her a card with these lips on it. It felt a little funny making a card like this for a friend and not my husband, so I’ll have to make him one. 🙂

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I cut a piece of white cardstock to 8.5″ x 4.25″ so that it would be a square 4.25″ x 4.25″ card. The next layer was a piece of red cardstock cut to a 3.75″ square. Then, the white patterned paper is 3.25″ square of cardstock I stamped on. To get the lighter colored lips, I stamped the first time onto scrap paper and stamped the “second generation” stamp onto the cardstock.

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I stamped the lips again on scrap cardstock and cut around them with my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors.Then, I took some medium weight crafting wire and wrapped it around my glue pen. In the past, I’ve poked a hole in the top layer of paper and thread part of the wire through, then taped it in place in back. However, I had already attached the top layer to my card so I put a glue dot onto the paper and rested the bottom of the wire coil onto it and put some scrap cardstock over it to conceal the wire ending and hold it in place. Then, I taped the coil onto the back of the cut out smooch.

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I played around with the filters in a camera app in my phone when I was wearing one of the lip glosses from my friend. Don’t my lips kind of resemble the stamp? 🙂


Thanks for reading my blog post… *smooches!*

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Make a Mini Album with the New CTMH Artbooking Cartridge

Make a Mini Album with the New CTMH Artbooking Cartridge
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Have you had a chance to use the new cartridge from the Close to My Heart Cricut® Artbooking Collection? I finally played around with it over the weekend and recorded most of the steps I took to make this SUPER EASY and adorable 8″ tall mini album. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can pull together an album!

UPDATE: this mini album was featured in Cricut Mini Albums Magazine! Click the link to read all about it.

Mini Album made with the Artbooking CTMH Cricut Cartridge

All I did was adjust my dial size to 8″ and did not change it to Real Dial Size. The cartridge knew that when I selected 8″, everything I cut for the album should be cut to the correct proportion. Please watch my video to see how I made this easy mini book – thanks for watching!

I also made a coordinating card with the mini albumThanks for reading my blog! Here’s a peek at all the pages in the mini album:

My Close to My Heart CTMH Cricut "Artbooking" Mini Album

My Close to My Heart CTMH Cricut “Artbooking” Mini Album

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The Ease of Stickease

The Ease of Stickease
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Hello everyone, and welcome to our Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop! This month there are eight of us blogging about CTMH’s My Stickease Assortment stickers and how we used them. Think of this blog hop as a great big circle, so you may start wherever you are; then buckle up and follow the link to the next blog post to see all of the colorful artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Joy’s blog post, you are on the right track!

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‘Tis almost the season for weddings, so I made a wedding card! I used the following Close to My Heart products: For Always Paper Packet, four heavy-duty stickers from the For Always My Stickease® Assortment, the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Sparkles Clear Assortment and a sparkly button from the Buttons – Black Assortment.

Here’s another view of the card to show the layers. The ruby-red heart, red and black polka dot trim, grey flower and the wedding couple are all stickers from the Stickease assortment. This is why CTMH calls their heavy-duty color-coordinating sticker StickEASE – they make your projects come together with ease! As you can see, I used some double-sided foam adhesive to make the bridal couple pop off the page. Did you ever think of using dimensional foam with stickers? It can be done! 🙂

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I used some ribbon from the craft store to separate the two bits of trim and then tied a bow by making an M and then tying the M loops into a knot. Then, I used a big Glue Dot to stick it where I needed it, and added another large Glue Dot to secure the button onto the black bow. blog-Black and Red Bows

Just for fun, I used the tiniest crystal gem to give the bride some bling on her ring finger.

blog-Bling on the Ring Finger At first, I cut the “Mr. & Mrs.” shape too large for the card so I used it for the envelope. After taking this picture, I wrote the newlyweds’ last name below and drew hearts around the words. I don’t like to waste anything, so I was happy to find a use for that extra cut I made from the 12″ X 12″ Ruby Cardstock.

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Thanks for stopping by to read my blog post! Please continue on to Wendy’s blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the use of My Stickease Assortment stickers. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and “happy hopping!”

Here is the list of all the blog-hoppers participating today:

1. Stephanie Chumbley (you are here):

2. Wendy Kessler –

3. Shirley Ross –

4. Tabbi Fritz –

5. Melinda Everitt –

6. Judy Faye Garner –

7. Cherri Hardcastle –

8. Joy McHargue –

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So in Love

So in Love
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One year ago today, my boyfriend (now my husband) completely took me by surprise and proposed to me on stage at Real Estate BarCamp in Nashville, TN! We were part of a panel of REALTORS® answering questions from our dear friend Brian Copeland about how we use technology in our real estate business and at the end of 90 minutes or so, Dale got the last question. He took a long time answering it and transitioned it into my marriage proposal! He even had the song “Somebody” by Depeche Mode play on the speakers overhead. Depeche Mode is our favorite band and that song is essentially about longing for one’s “Somebody” or soul-mate. My husband and I were truly meant to be together! Here is the video below, and then I’ll get on to the card I made for him today!

This is the card I made for him today. We love the song “So in Love” by OMD, but that song doesn’t have anything to do with the card. 🙂

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These are the products I used to make this card, which was inspired by a gorgeous card I saw on Pinterest! What’s coincidental is the woman who created the card that inspired mine is from Tennessee, where we were engaged.

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These are the clear stamp sets I used: C1480 (retired) from the Roxy “Workshop on the Go” by Close to My Heart, Pink Paislee’s Butterfly Garden Collection – Expressions No. 14 and Glitz’s “Laced with Grace.”blog-Stamps Used in So in Love Card

I stamped the heart and added some shading with my colored pencil, then cut it out and inked the edges. I also stamped the rose frame and colored the roses with colored pencils. I would have done a better coloring job if I wasn’t trying to make this card while my husband was out. I was on a tight time crunch to get this done!

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I stamped kraft paper with the background stamp and then stamped over it with another ink color. I used my sponge dauber to distress the edges with brown ink, and added bitty brads to the corners after cutting and layering the pieces.

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I made the lacy piece by punching one side of craft paper and then turned it over to punch the other side. I distressed both sides with ink and then adhered my ribbon to Paper Here is another view of the card. I hope it’s not too feminine for him with the hearts and roses, but I think he’ll like the aged look of the card.

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Thanks for reading my blog and be sure to hug your sweetie tightly tonight – once you find the right one, each moment is a precious blessing.

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I Will Always Love You

I Will Always Love You
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I have more Valentines to share, but I’ve been so busy making “thank you” cards that I haven’t finished blogging about February’s Valentine-themed cards. If I had more time, I’d blog about all the cards from 2010-2012 you’ve never seen. I take a picture of every card I make, and only blog about 10% of them because sometimes it takes longer to blog than to make a card. It would be a weird (and wonderful) feeling to be caught up sharing all the cards and projects here on my blog. Someday, right?

This is the Valentine card I made for my awesome husband. It’s amazing how creative and inspired one feels when they’re loved and cherished enough. I’ve definitely made a lot more cards because of his encouragement over the years.
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I started with a sheet of “Sweetheart” paper from DCWV and cut it to size for my 4″ x 6″ card.  I attached it to a folded 4″ x 12″ piece of black textured cardstock that I sanded with an old Revlon nail file.  I think I found these heart gems in the $1 section at Michael’s – I love them because they’re already in the right shape, so all I have to do is life the heart off the backing and it sticks right onto my card.

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I used stickers from the “Yours Truly” collection by Echo Park: the sentiment below and the hearts at the base of the card.  Behind the sticker sentiment that I popped up with double-sided foam tape, I used half of a doily shape I cut from pink paper with my Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart and ribbon from CTMH’s Designer Ribbon Red Collection (ON SUPER CLEARANCE RIGHT NOW!!).  Below that, I used a coordinating lacy strip of paper I cut with the same Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I love using the “Fit to Length” button on my Cricut Expression machine to make this the correct width for my cards.  I’ve had a Cricut for 4 or 5 years and only learned what this button 10 months ago!  It would have saved me a lot of wrong guesses and scraps I didn’t use if only I had learned that earlier.

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I used some heart stickers and red adhesive gems for the bottom part of the card.

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 Here’s a final picture of the card.  Thank you for reading my blog!

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You’ve Been Heart Attacked!

You’ve Been Heart Attacked!
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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Today I gave my husband a heart attack and I did it in the most sincere and loving way: WITH CHOCOLATE!!  Recently, I’d seen this pin and blog post on Pinterest about a “Heart Attack” made up of a jar full of chocolates and loved the idea for Valentine’s AttackedI started the project by using my Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut about 50 heart shapes in red, pink and white cardstock in a few different sizes.  I stamped some of them with Tulip [retired], Cotton Candy and White Daisy CTMH ink and images from my Whooo’s Your Valentine stamp set.  Then I grabbed a white Uniball pen and some Copic Spica AtYou glitter pens and wrote on the hearts with ideas from my head and inspired ideas from the free printables from Skip to My Lou (see link at the beginning of my post).

I attached the hearts to chocolate heart candies using Glue Dots, which held them on there very Attack CandyNext, I took a clean Mason jar and jazzed it up with the free “You’ve Been Heart Attacked” printable, some ribbon from American Crafts, my pink and white polka dot washi tape, pink and white baker’s twine, pink cardstock, and a gorgeous sequin Attack JarI adore these little disco sequin hearts from Heidi Swapp‘s line. I popped one on the top of the jar with some double-sided foam Attack LidThen, I took some photos in the lightbox my Valentine made for me, and filled the jar!blog-Heart Attack Jar and Treats Here is a peek inside the jar, from the Attack Jar

 Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures of the Valentine cards I made for him.  Have a great day!

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I Love You a Latte!

I Love You a Latte!
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After a friend learned I’d been commissioned to make a Valentine, he private messaged me and asked if I’d consider making and selling one for him!  He agreed to my price and as I learned more about his Valentine and hear favorite color, this card came together with the sentiment he chose.  I’d had this DCWV coffee bean paper for ages and had been itching to use it. Finally, I had a reason!

blog-I Love You a LatteI started by attaching purple cardstock and the coffee bean paper together and wrapped some trendy chevron-printed American Crafts ribbon around them to cover the seam.  Then, I used the “I Love You a Latte” stamp from Close to My Heart and hand-cut around it.  I stamped the coffee cup image (from the same set) and colored it with Copic markers and hand-cut it out.  Next, a heart was stamped and hand-cut.  That was a lot of hand-cutting!  I attached them to the card using adhesive and double-sided sticky foam tape and tucked a sweet little bow to complete the cluster.

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I knew I wanted to create steam with another stamp set, so I stamped the curls a few times and added sparkly purple rhinestones for some added Hearts

I drew some faux hand-stitching around the card edges and stamped hearts down the side from the Close to My Heart “Whooo’s Your Valentine” stamp You a Latte

I’m writing this post rather late at night and I’m too sleepy to insert hyperlinks or name the stamp sets I used. Sorry! I plan to return to this blog post to make those edits in the daylight. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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