H2H Challenge| Say it with Flowers

It's time for a challenge! 

Each Monday, the design team from Heart 2 Heart Challenges shows off ideas and inspiration for you to link up your own artwork to their challenge page. This week your challenge is to say it with flowers. 

So the only rule to link up to challenges, is your artwork must have a CTMH item on it. I used the February stamp of the month, cherish her for my inspiration. Also think about using thin cuts or even your cricut to create a flower project. 

Link up up here, and good luck!



How mix-in papers can be your secret weapon.

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new mini layout!

If you're new to my page, each week my crafty friend Michelle and I create a mini layout from the same sketch or inspiration page we've seen or like. 
This weeks layout comes from this Instagram post. Be sure to hop over to Michelle's blog to see her interpretation of this layout. 

I have used the beautiful mix in paper collection from the January/February expressions book to recreate a simple, elegant, and easy layout. It's seriously my secret weapon to extending my paper packets and creating my quick and beautiful weekly projects!
I even have a quick video for you to see my process.


March Scrapbooking Kit | Spruced Up

Pull out those winter vacation pictures, because I have a cute pre-cut just for you!
My March Spruced Up Kit is three 12x12 double layouts and one interactive 6x8 mini layout! This kit is perfect for scrapbooking at home or on the go at a crop! 
Each layout is individually packaged with colored pictures and detailed step by step instructions. 

  • The full kit includes:
  •  (6) 12x12 & (1) 6x8 white daisy base pages 
  • Full set of PML cards 
  • Full package of Julep Glitter Gems 
  • Full spool of silver embellishing thread, 
  • One packet of Spruced Up pattern paper pre-cut and sorted
  • One Spruced Coordinating Cardstock, precut and sorted
  • One precut and scored interactive picture folio mechanism
  • 24 inches of retired Fern extra thick twine for a closure. 
  • Pre-stamped & fussy cut images
  • Three custom cricut titles. 
Kits will ship March 10th 

Additional Supplies you'll need to use from your stash:

  • Scissors to dove tail
  • Adhesive
  • Pop up dots 
  • Glue dots


You Make My Heart Smile!

Sunday is here and the week is about to start a new. We are nine days into February and with that come the new Stamp of The Month
To be honest, I wasn't sure how to use this stamp set. I must say, once I took a quick look through instagram from inspiration, I was off and running! Be sure to stop by my friend Michelle's Blog to see her beautiful card. 
This card came together so beautifully! The new Tri-blend markers color and blend so easily. I added a touch of Gold Shimmer to just the flowers, and three julep glitter gems. 

This side snap shot, shows off the coloring and glimmer really well! 

So what do you think? How will you use the February stamp of the month? Let me know below! 

Make sure you hope on over to Michelle's' blog to see her Sunday Card!


Unicorn Magic

Happy FriYAY! 

Time for a new 3D project, and I am very excited to show you my creation this week. If you are visiting for the first time, welcome! If you are returning HEY Crafty Peep glad to have you  back! For those that are new, my crafty friend Michelle (her project is adorable) and I have challenged ourselves to create three times a week and blog about it. You can find ALL of our challenges here: 'Two Girls and Blog Challenge' . Don't forget you will also want to hop on over to Michelle's blog and check out her 3D creation this week. 

Almost a month ago, Close to My Heart posted on their blog a beautiful wall decor using images manipulated from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. It was this beautiful unicorn design, you can read the full post here. What was special about this project, is Close To my Heart provided the unique design space link, where the images were already done for you. Listen - you can still do this without a cricut - because CTMH is amazing click here to download a PDF you can use to hand cut your own petals etc. 

Now, this link has the images sized to create a HUGE wall decor, the largest flower is 20 inches...We have textured walls and they are not friendly to have wall decor adhere to them. I decided to resize the images to fit a 10 x 13 space. While at a big box store, I found this wood sign, however it was weathered barn siding color (dark greys and browns), well unicorns are typically white, right! So to create a white wash look, I mixed an off white and white acrylic paint together, and sponged it to the board. Once dry, I sanded the board down and it was ready for my decor. 

My flowers, ears and foliage are cut from CTMH cardstock, the horn and centers to the flowers are cut from CTMH gold foil paper, the beautiful eyelashes and settiment are cut from CTMH Black glitter paper. 

Here is a side few, so you can see the shimmer from the Gold Foil paper and Black Glitter Paper.

Are you ready to make yours? If you have the Flower Market Cricut collection, all you have to do is click the cricut link at the top of this post, or the PDF to hand cut your own. Need the Flower Market Cricut collection? No worries, you can snag it from my official cricut affiliate link here

Don't be intimated by the flowers, here is a creat video tutorial by CTMH at Studio 5 

Links to Supplies Used: 

Specialty Paper


Sketch it Out Wednesday

New  6x8 Layout! 

Wednesday has come and gone and I am a day late with my creation this week. I think you can forgive me, I was enjoying a much deserved, much needed Mom night out! Today's sketch doesn't come from pinterest, instagram or a book, I actually crafted this weeks sketch. I love adding these little card folio to my 12x12 pages, and thought how perfect it would be to have one on an 6x8 page. As always my friend Michelle has also used the same sketch to create a 6x8 layout, make sure you hop on over to her blog to see her creation. 

What I love about this is it holds 12 3x3 pictures, if you want you can replace the cover with a picture, giving you one additional photo. For my cover I cut a spruced up PML card down to 3x3 and used the sentiment from that card as my title. Using retired fern thick twine I tied up my card folio, really any of the CTMH ribbons will work for this. 

To create this cute folio, you will need two 3x12 pieces of cardstock scored at 3, 6, and 9. Adhere the two end pieces together, and crease the score lines both ways. Accordion fold the pieces closed. Adhere a ribbon to the back and then either 12 pictures or, as I have done, cut 12 pieces of pattern paper and a cover to 3x3 squares (actually I cut mine a sliver shorter than that on side to avoid the creases)

Here is my sketch I created - feel free to create your own and join along each week as Michelle and I create, play and blog! 

Supplies used: 

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Sunday Funday| Watercolor Card

Watercoloring on regular cardstock!

If you have tried this, you know it can be a very tricky process, as the too much water and your paper warps, tears or your color washes out. If you don't add enough water it's like painting with mud, at least in my experience.  Join me and my crafty friend Michelle as we share our watercolor cards for this Sunday Funday post. 

I decided to use my water-based dye inks and waterbrush to create my watercolor background. How this works is by simply smooshing the ink from the pad into a non-absorbing surface. I used my All-purpose mat, which is a non-stick mat that easily wipes clean for use with most of my messy projects! [The all purpose mat allows for plenty of work area as it measures 20" × 15". A few perks are its non-slip underside and that it is heat resistant up to 240° F (115° C)] 

There are a few waterbrush styles to choose from, small, medium, in a round tip, or a flat medium tip, I prefer to use the medium round tip waterbrush.  Once the brush is filled with water, I squeeze the brush to push the water through the tip of the brush and drop into my ink. 

For this card I used Lagoon ink, and black ink, which Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads are made with pH-neutral dye-based ink with an in-lid pad that ensures ink is always close to the surface. This pad also features a convenient magnetic closure so you can open your stamp pad with ease. Bonus you can refresh your stamp pad using Exclusive Inks™ re-inkers for continual vibrant stamping!!!! 

Now it is time to add the paint to the cardstock, the cardstock I used is White daisy and is NOT made to handle water well. That being said, there is a wide variety of high-quality 12" x 12" papers for all your crafting needs available. The colored cardstock has a white-core, is two-toned comes in 42 exclusive colors, kicker there are a variety of specialty papers, including glitter paper, kraft paper, and watercolor paper! What works for me when using regular cardstock to watercolor on is to work quickly , do not wet the paper first, and add watercolor in small batches and with my heat tool quickly move and dry it at the same time. 

For this card, I splattered darker shades of the Lagoon ink and Black ink once the watercoloring was dry. Once completely dry, the white daisy was cut to 4" by 5 1/2", and added foam tape to the back before adhering to my card base. 

Let's talk about the the stamping...The sentiments "it's your day" and " happy for you" come from the celebrate today cardmaking workshop kit. This kit includes all the materials and easy-to-follow instructions to create 16 standard size cards, 4 each of 4 designs. One of the best features of this kit is the Stamp + thincut set that is included. 
So this sentiment is embossed using - wait for it - Lagoon water-based dye ink on velum specialty paper.  Super easy first step is to ink your stamp in VersaMark™ Ink Pad, then into your water-based dye ink color, for me it was VersaMark ink then Lagoon water-based dye ink. Coat this in a CLEAR embossing powder and you have a beautifully embossed image in any color you want. 
How is this even possible? Because  the versamark is an archival watermark ink pad for heat embossing, it clings to your stamp and does not transfer to water-based dye ink pad...instead it picks up the ink from the pad, and when stamped on your project it lays on top of the colored ink, allowing the embossing powder to cling and be heat embossed! Make sure you are grabbing the VersaMark watermark inkpad and clear embossing powder, otherwise this will not work. 

Finishing touches, adhere some glue dots behind the sentiment on the velum paper, there I attached the silver embellishing thread.  This is a Metallic thread that come in 10 yards increments, its very fine to work with and while doable isn't the friendliest when it comes to creating bows, as it slips through its self, hence the mini glue dots!
A thin strip of patterned paper cut at 5 1/2" by 1/4" from the celebrate today packet, is found next to my watercolor piece. This paper collection is fun and comes with 6 sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs; 12" × 12" plus ½" zip strip!!! 

At the bottom of the vellum circle, you can see a strip of Soft Pink Shimmer Trim, which is a favorite of my because it is adhesive-backed glitter trim; and comes in 5 yards, ⅜" wide. No card is complete without some Silver Glitter Gems.  

Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to head on over to Michelle's blog and see her watercolor card creation! 


3D Project Friday|Mini pizza box

It's finally Friday!

The weekend is here and in our house we do pizza, and somehow this has trickled into my craft room...well in the form of inspiration. 

Check out this adorable 3D project using a mini pizza box theme. I have taken my box to a different level and created a peek-a-boo shaker window. I am back with my crafty friend michelle and as we nail it on another 3D project, so make sure you hop over to her blog to see her pizza box. 
This week my project includes a video! 

Supplies used: 

Thank you for stopping by! 


Sketch it Out Wednesday

Its Wednesday and if you've been following along, you know that it's another sketch challenge for a 6x8 mini layout page.

If you are new to my page, WeLcOme! My crafty buddy Michelle and I have been challenging ourselves to create a new mini layout page in a 6x8 inch size every Wednesday. This week Michelle thought it would be neat to sketch out a pocket page idea. Welp, I dont have any pocket pages for the 6x8 size, so it will be pretty interesting to see what I come up with, and what she does! We try not to share our works with each other until our posts go live, so be sure to hop over to Michelle's blog after you leave here, if you have not already been there. 

Check out the previous weeks sketch challenges here.... January 8th, January 15th, January 22nd

I started with a 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock base cut down to 6" wide by 8' tall. I imagined the top portion of my page was a 4"x 6" pocket with the bottom half as two 3" x 4" pockets.
My stash included a set of the picture my life pocket cards (PERFECT size for this challenge) that has 24 double-sided pocket cards featuring unique designs, sentiments, and icons. This collection has a winter outdoor theme. The colors in this collection are Sangria, Fern, New England Ivy, Julep, Espresso, Mink, Linen, French Vanilla and pair so well together.

I thought the winter woods scene was great, however I wanted a more muted tone to it. Now I could have taken white daisy pigment ink and gave it a white wash, instead I used a vellum sheet cut down to 4" x 6" I adhered a photo placement in the 3" x 4" size to the right of the page, and under this is where the adhesive is hidden that holds the vellum down. 

My new favorite stamp is Quotable Words from the Story by Stacy collection. To enhance the photo, I stamped "The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of family" in sangria ink. This stamp set absolutely nails it as staple set for any ones collection. It has 13 images, and will work for all sizes of pages and even is adaptable to cards. 

This turned out to be such an adorable layout, simple, fresh and clean! Now hop on over to Michelles' blog to see here pocket sketch creation! How do you comes up with fresh ideas for your mini album pocket pages? 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Mini Album|Sketch Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! 

So if you have been following me these last couple of weeks, you know that on Wednesday's my crafty friend Mischelle and I show off a mini layout from a sketch. So, this weeks layout isn't from a sketch really, it's from the Artbooking Close to My Heart cricut cartridge. Once you're done checking out my project, head on over to Michelle's blog to see her version of this layout. 

I used the 6X8 Snapshots Mini Album Page #MA910A, sized to 6 inches wide. I was left with 3 base base pages, two 3x3 photo mattes, one medallion, one heart cut out, one film strip, 2 honeycomb style backdrops, and two titles.  

For this page, I stilted the background (bluebird cardstock) off the edge, I added white daisy to the back of the sentient " Oh Snap' (Sorbet cardstock) and the photo mattes (willow cardstock). I found this more pleasing to the eye since I didn't have pictures to add at the moment. 

Obviously two of the base pages were white daisy, the third (cut in raspberry) you can see peaking through the notebook style edge (so cute, right?!) I forgot to take a picture, I adhered it to the back of my white daisy base, as it had the cutest pocket for storing extra trinkets. 
Following through with the off set background, I added the half size honeycomb (bluebird cardstock), adhered the filmstrip photo matte(willow cardstock), heart medallion (goldrush cardstock) and sentiment 'Be Yourself" (sorbet cardstock) I have space to add a LOT of journaling, or a photo. 

This turned out so cute! 


3D Friday Project| Treat Holder

Are you ready for Valentines Day?

Yeah me neither, but here we are looking for teacher, scout leader and coach treat gifts for this super fun holiday.

Today Michelle and I are teaming up for our 3D Friday Project, and we are bringing you this very cute treat basket. Super simple, this was created from one 12 x 12 cardstock and a few 6 x 12 scraps.

I just love the flowers added from the stamp + thincut set included in the Celebrate Today Cardmaking workshop. Each flower was paired with some gold embellishing thread behind it, popped up with some 3D foam tape, and a small julep glitter gem to the center. 

This adorable treat holder holds loads of candies and could even hold non-candy goodies also. Thanks for stopping by, now head on over to Michelle's Blog to see her basket treat holder! 

A list of supplies and a link to do all of your shopping in one spot is noted below!!!

See ya Sunday for a new card! 



New Product Blog Hop | CTMH

So the new catalog is live, and with that comes NEW product. 

Welcome to this FUN Blog Hop where we are featuring NEW Close To My Heart product that was released on January 1st! You will fall in love with everything in this new catalog, so get your wish list ready!!! 
There is no better way to ring in a new year, and a new catalog, then with a beautiful new paper crafting project as pictured above. So many new products and artwork are pictured through out the new catalog and you will not want to wait to open it up and look inside. 

Don't have an Idea Book? You can view it online or place an order of any size on my website (or on the website of your Consultant.) When you place an order, you'll receive one FREE! (Be sure not to check out as a guest or it won't automatically be added to your cart.)

If you're coming from Haley Dyer's Blog, you're on the right track. To see a complete list of participants, click here.

I am sharing with you the new "I Chews You" set, that includes the My Acrylix® I Chews You stamp set and 7 metal dies to cut the shapes shown here.

When you pair the "I Chews You" set with the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts set, you can create a unique gumball spinner card.

Watch my blog for creations using both sets! However, for today's post, I am focusing on just the  "I Chews You" set, and created a cute shaker style valentines machine.

I used raspberry, pixie, and sorbet inks for my stamping. I finished off the gumball machine with a clear shimmer brushed over the base and topper of the gumball machine, and black shimmer brushed on the dial.

Now head on over to Judy Faye Garner's Blog to see her new product showcase.

Thanks for hopping along.

Time to sketch it out.

Using Sketches to creat projects.

Welcome, welcome! 
My post today is all about turning that layout sketch pin from Pinterest into a beautiful piece of artwork. 

First grab a sketch, my good friend Michelle and I have decided to use this Sketch found on Pinterest HERE and challenged ourselves to create individual layouts without discussing supplies that would be used. Then come Wednesday (our challenge due date) we would show off our creation here and create a video on our YouTube channels. 

I started off by grabbing my "For the Love of Color" book to create a palette that would be pleasing to look at. I chose Eggplant, Fern, and New England Ivy. I also choose to use two different stamp sets and a Thincut set (what #CTMH calls metal dies). The January Stamp of the month, called Everyday magic, and celebrate today stamp and Thincut set from the card workshop set. You can only get the celebrate today set by ordering the workshop, but honestly it's a true bargain. You get all the supplies you need to create 16 cards and...well that's another post right!
I choose White Daisy, Eggplant, Fern, and New England Ivy cardstock to work with. Based on the stamp sets, I decided I'd create my own background vs use pattern paper. 

The January stamp of the month set comes with a super cute dainty if you will heart stamp. This caught my eye as the perfect stamp to create a very subtle background with, paired with a  little white daisy pigment ink, I achieved exactly what I had in mind. 
I then sponged white daisy ink to create a stamping area for my title. Again coming in with the January Stamp of the month, I chose seek every day magic for my title in black ink. 

Next that sweet stamp set from Celebrate Today, comes in for the flowers and foliage. You can see tone on tone stamping with the flowers of eggplant on eggplant, and sponged the edges in white daisy ink. With the foliage, I used the light side of the new england ivy cardstock, and stamped the image in white daisy pigment ink! 
The entire page comes together with some gold embellishing thread and 3 little julep glitter gems. 

Make sure you hop on over to Michelle's blog to see her layout and video. Scroll down for a list of supplies used, where you can snag them and to watch my tutorial!




Additional Supplies 
Thanks for stopping by!


H2H Challenge | Cutting it Close

Happy Monday!

Welcome back to another H2H challenge, this week it's cutting it close. So grab your thin cuts and lets get to creating.  Is it ever too early to create a valentines treat? I think not.

The new "I chews you" stamp and thin cut set paired with the the Spinner Thin cut set, allows you to create an adorable gumball machine card.

Now that you are inspired to get crafty, get ready to submit your project to the H2H Design page. Remember your project should have at least one thing CTMH. 
Click here to link up. 



Let's put a new spin on things.

Happy Sunday funday!

Michelle and I are back at it! Today we are putting a spin on things, well cards are the things. We have decided to create a spinner card using the January Stamp of the Month. We are also posting a video tutorial EACH of how we created our cards! The link for Michelles blog is HERE and the video tutorial to my card is here:

Thanks for stopping by!


Creative Friday: let's make a box!

TGIF - Thank goodness it is Friday! 

Today I am back with my good crafty friend Michelle, bringing you a cute treat box (scroll to the end for an link to the original tutorial). I took some pictures along the way, and will do my best to recapture the steps...honestly as I was crafting along, I forgot to stop and take photos.

I am pairing this box with the January Stamp of the Month: Everyday Magic!

The box is 4x4, however it sits inside a 6x6 platform. 

You'll need the following cut pieces. 
All measurements are in Inches

  • (2) 6 x 9 
  • (1) 10 x 10
  • (2) 6 x 3
  • (4) 6 x 6
  • (1) 4 x 4 
  • (8) 4 x 3 - I found I had to trim these by 1/8 of an inch on two sides to get a nice fit. 

You will want to score each 9 x 6 on the long end at 3 inches. Then adhere the two together marrying the ends of the 3 inch score lines. This should give one 6 x 15 piece. 
Next add your (4) 6x6 pieces and your two 3 x 6 pieces to the front and back. 

You will want to score your 10 x 10 piece at 3 and 7 on two sides. Leaving you with (4) 3 x 3 corners, a 4 x 4 center, and (4) 4 x 3 sides. Cut at scoreline of each side at a 3x3 corner. Then cut a diagonal piece out, as shown in the picture. When you're done it will resemble an odd flat pinwheel (if you will). Add your center 4 x 4 piece now, and embellish if you wish. I added 2  additional layers, a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 lagoon cardstock and a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 saffron card stock. My stamped image is on a 3 x 3 piece. 

Flip your 10 x 10 over, decorate 4 of your 3 x 4 pieces and adhere. These peices will be visible, so you could save yourself some time and use pattern paper. 

Fold your angled pieces inside the 3 x 4 to create a box, add adhesive. Use the remaining 4 pieces of 3 x 4 card stock to the inside.  Adhere your box to the base of 6x6 section, of the 6 x 15 piece. 

For my top and bottom I added ribbon to the middle so the box would close. This would be better suited to do before you add your 6x6 base pieces, as you can see I forgot... however it worked out just fine. 
To hide the ribbon invaded a 5 x 5 piece of cardstock to the bottom and top. 

Additional layers are 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 bluebird cardstock,  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 lagoon, and a 4 x 4 white daisy, stamped with "you are all kinds of amazing" from the January stamp of the Month set. Add a little bling with the Juelp glitter gems.

I will fill this with candy for an easy gift this February to my scout leaders! 

Hop on over to Michelle's blog to see her twist on this box. 

A full list of supplies and links to order them, are below along with the original tutorial. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies Used: Click on and item for a link to shop

This box followed this tutorial found on split coast stampers. 


Bash Your Stash Wednesday

Welcome to the Bash Your Stash Wednesday post.

For the next few weeks on Wednesday we will be bashing our stuff by creating a mini album, one layout at a time.

This little project will be in collaboration with my crafty friend Michelle and fellow Close to My Heart Consultant sister. We have picked a sketch, and without any promoting, we've created our own versions of this sketch. Once your done checking out my layout, you'll want to hop over to her blog and see what she did the same sketch!

Our chosen sketch for this week, click the picture to be directed to the source of this sketch.

For starters, I dug out some old sampler papers I have. (Remember this is a bash your stash project anything goes) 

Knowing that this is a mini album and the pages will be 6x8, this sample pack of 6x6 papers will be perfect for this project. Each piece is double sided, and thats make for great versatility in a mini album. 

Next I cut my pieces based off what I thought the measurements [might] be. Because it is a sketch, the measurements are an interpretation of what you feel. As you can see this sketch holds a spot for a 3x4 photo, and this was my guide to cut the rest of my pieces.
Base page is 6x8 in white daisy
Two 3 x 6 patterned paper pieces
One 5.5 x 4.5 cardstock piece in glacier
One 4.25x5.25 white daisy journaling/photo area. 

Next I die cut a cluster of flowers from the new spruced up cardmaking kit stamp and thin cut set for an embellishment. I colored it using the new spectrum noir tri-blend markers. 

I decided my layout could use more pictures so, I incorporated a flip flap. 

Finished off the page with some gold embossing thread under the cluster of flowers and three sequins off to the right. 

Here is my final page!

Scroll down to check out the list of supplies used, and then head on over to Michelle's blog to see her creation!