Monday, December 29, 2014

CTMH Candy Dispensers

Wow!  I can't believe that it has been over a month since I posted last.  So much has happened.  I participated in the Oakley Christmas Boutique (fun), and I even made a little bit of money :).  Of course, I was working on Christmas presents like a crazy woman.  I almost finished them all before Christmas.  I didn't quite get my mother-in-law's finished.  Hers is a scrapbook featuring a picture of every direct ancestor I could get and their vital info.  The day before Christmas Eve my sister, whose family has been living with us for the past 6 months, told me that she found a place to live.  They moved the next day.  We helped her move on Friday and then helped another family in our area move Saturday morning.  I wanted to post the tutorial for this box today, but I am going to be helping my sister finish moving all of their paraphernalia out.  So, look for the tutorial soon!  Thanks for stopping :) -Dari

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CTMH Halloween 2014

Hello! Hello!  OK, so I know I'm crazy, but I am totally excited.  When I went to my blog dashboard, I noticed that my blog has been viewed over 300 times in the last month.  That is a huge milestone for me!  Like I said, I'm crazy!  However, that brightened my day.  Thanks to all those who visit my blog.  I hope you find inspiration and enjoy your stop.

Tonight is my monthly scrapbook club.  Normally it is on the fourth Thursday, but seeing as Thanksgiving falls on that day, we had to move it. This is the layout we will be creating.  Not sure if I like the photo of it or not (lol). I am very pleased with the actual layout- I just think this photo does it injustice. 

The recipe for my layout is:

CTMH Scaredy Cat paper pack
CTMH White Daisy card stock
CTMH Thistle and Sweet Pea card stocks
Black card stock
CTMH frightfully fun stamp set
CTMH Hopscotch alphabet stamp set
CTMH black, thistle, pear and autumn terracotta dye inks
CTMH stripes embossing folder
CTMH sanding block
CTMH Skylark Workshop on the Go stamp set (white corner flourish)
CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge
Black journaling pen
White pigment ink pad

If you have any questions, just drop me a line.  Hope you have a great day! -Dari

Friday, November 14, 2014

Magnetic book marks

Hello! Hello!  For my Technique workshop this month, we did a wax paper technique.  It was SO FUN!!  You simply cut a piece of wax paper the size of your embossing folder and run it through your machine.  Then, you sandwich this piece between two pieces of white cardstock and iron the sandwich on the highest setting.  Pull apart.  Using a sponge and inks, you simply rub over the cardstock until the paper is saturated with the amount of color you desire.  You can wipe it off with a paper towel if you'd like.  This will remove any residue on the waxed areas. 

We used these pieces to create bookmarks.  We folded a label in half, glued the back between our back layer (red)  and the middle layer (brown).  Then, we simply glued two magnets on so your bookmark doesn't come out of your book :). 

I was thrilled to discover that you can stamp on top of the waxed background.  I didn't know if it would work or not, but it did!

Hope you found some inspiration.Thanks for stopping by. -Dari

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Reason for the Season CTMH card

Here is the latest installment to my boutique collection!  I'm super excited with how it turned out. :)  As I was thinking what kind of card I wanted to make using this Nativity stamp set, a diorama came to my mind.  Then, almost immediately my thoughts turned to the stair step card- the perfect solution to bring my diorama into reality. 

The size of my card is 4.25"x5.5." I cut a slit 1.25" from the left side starting at 1.5" and ending at the 9" mark. Then, I turned my paper and scored the 3" wide side at the following measurements: 1.5", 3", 5", 7" and 9".  On the 1.25" edge, I scored at the 5.5" mark.  Then it was a simple folding game.

Here are the CTMH products I used for this project:
White Daisy Cardstock
Yuletide Paper pack
The Reason for the Season stamp set
Black dye ink
Bamboo dye ink
Bonding Glue stick
Liquid Glue

Other products:
red and black ribbon
black dot embellishments
snowflake embossing folder

Hope you enjoy!  Let me know what you think :).  -Dari

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CTMH First Day layout

Wow!  I turned the flash off, and the reflection from the sheet protectors still came through (lol).  Oh well.  I'm not taking this out of the sheet protectors.  Most of the layouts I have done the last couple of months are sitting in a stack inside a wicker basket.  So, glare or no glare, at least I can say this is ready for the books!

This is the layout we are doing for my monthly scrapbooking club.  When I first looked through the new catalog, I must admit that the Chalk It Up paper line was not on my list of things to order.  I reluctantly ordered it, because the last few clubs have been on a white base, and I thought it was time to change things up a bit.  I am really pleased with the end product and think I might even be able to conjure up some more creations with this paper :). 

Besides the Chalk It Up paper line, I used:

CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (notebook die, embellishment cutouts, and title)
CTMH Sorbet cardstock
CTMH White Daisy
CTMH Free To Be paper (promotional in May or June)
CTMH Glacier, flaxen and sorbet dye inks
CTMH 3D foam tape
CTMH dots embossing folder
CTMH Take Note Cricut Bundle Stamp Set (all stamped images)

My Reflections cardstock (blue)
My Reflections glitter glue (blue- used on title)

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy- Dari

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CTMH Balloon Ride layout

I created this layout last month at my scrapbooking retreat.  I have really fallen in love with CTMH's Balloon Ride paper pack and stamp sets.  If you check my blog often, you already know that :). 

I print my photos directly from my computer, and therefore, I can change the sizes of the photos very easily.  Usually, I either find a layout I would like to use or design it on paper first so I know what sizes I need my pictures to be.  Other times I will create my layout and then print my pictures afterwards to fit the page. 

In this particular spread, I found this page sketch via Pinterest, and printed my photos based on it.  The layout is designed as a 12x12 spread; however, I really like the 8.5x11 scrapbooking.  So, I use an old algebraic equation to resize all my dimensions. 

How to:
The easiest way to demonstrate how to do this is to give you a "story problem."  The page sketch I found gave the following photo sizes: 4x6 and 3x4.  This sketch is designed for a 12x12 layout.  What are the photo sizes for an 8.5x11 layout?

The first step to figuring this out is to decide on ONE dimension- width or height. We are going to start with the 4x6 photo.  The direction that my photo is in the above layout means that 4 is the height, and 6 is the width.  Let's begin with the height.  The formula is: h*/H*=h/H.  The star is just there to differentiate between the layouts. h* will equal 4 (our photo is 4 in.). H* will equal 12 (the paper height is 12 in.). h is our variable or unknown, because we don't know the height of the resized photo.  H is 11 (the smaller paper is 11 in. in height).  OK.  Now that we know the info we need, let's plug it into the formula.  4 (h*)/ 12 (H*) = h/ 11 (H). 

Here is where that algebra comes in that you learned eons ago.  You can take the denominators (the bottom number from each side of the equation) and multiply them with their diagonal counterpart numerators (the top number).  Let me show you:
12 and 11 are the denominators in this equation.  You multiply 11 with 4 (opposite numerator).  The answer 44 stays on the side of the numerator (4 or the left).  You multiply 12 with h and get 12h.  This stays on the side of the h (right side of equal sign).  So, you have 44=12h.  Can you see what you need to do now?  You have to get h by itself. To do so, divide BOTH sides of the equation by 12.  44/12=12h/12.  3.67=h because 44/12= 3.67 and 12h/12=h because the twelves cancel each other out.  The height for the resized photo is 3.67 in.

To figure out the width, plug in the measurements for the width of the photo and papers and repeat.  w*/W*= w/W.  

6/12=w/8.5    (6- the photo is 6 inches wide; 12- the paper is 12 inches wide; w= new photo width;
                       8.5- width of the smaller paper)

Multiply denominators with opposite numerators.



Now get w by itself by dividing both sides of the equation by 12.
51/12= 12w/12


Your new width for the photo is 4.25.

My printer doesn't print 3.67x4.25 so I choose the option closest to these depending on the layout space available.  If there is plenty of space in that area, I will choose the 3.5x5 inch option.  If not, I will choose the 3x4 inch option.  Or, I can choose the 3.5x5 inch option and crop it down to 4.25. 

This also works if you want to cut background paper, frames, embellishments, etc. at the resized sizes.  I do this every month for my CTMH scrapbooking club.  I have 2 members who like to scrap the 8.5x12 inch size and 4 who like the 12x12 size.

Hope this helps.  If you have any questions, just ask!   -Dari

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Snowflakes from Heaven CTMH card

OK, so I should be in bed.  It has been a VERY busy day.  I even had to lay down and take a nap this afternoon, but after I got my kids in bed, I just wasn't tired.  I contemplated reading a book, but an idea popped into my head for a card to use CTMH's new stamp set "Flakey Friends."  I decided I would sit down and start on it and then finish it tomorrow when I got too tired.  Unfortunately (fortunately?), I couldn't stop! 

Here's my mad scientist-crafter creation.  I love it! 

CTMH Ingredients:
Flakey Friends stamp set
Snowhaven paper packet
White Daisy card and envelope
Dots embossing folder
3D foam tape

Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by. -Dari

Monday, October 13, 2014

CTMH Joy card

Hello! Hello!  Here's my latest creation- another Christmas card.  I actually have 10 of these made to sell at our local Craft Boutique that happens the first Friday and Saturday in December.  I love how simple and elegant this card looks. 

I used several different stamp sets for this card.  They are listed below.  The paper packet is Close To My Heart's Yuletide packet in the current catalog.

Stamp Sets I used for this card are:

Joy (Discontinued)
Sing Glory (Hostess Rewards)
Reason for the Season

Let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by! -Dari

Friday, October 10, 2014

CTMH Happy Holidays card

Hello! Hello!  I woke up this morning and was having a slump- no motivation to do anything.  After I finished making breakfast and reading my scriptures (and getting kids out the door), I got on to Pinterest.  There was a lovely card I had pinned to my Dari's Papercraft Ramblings board.
  It is from  That jump started my creative juices, and suddenly I had energy and drive to do something- create a card!  

So, now, it is 10 a.m. and I am still in my pj's; the dishes still not done; BUT I finished my creation.  What's more is I have energy and drive to tackle everything I need to now.  

I used the following CTMH products:
White Daisy Cardstock
CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
Glacier dye ink
Made By Me Stamp Set (discontinued)
Flakey Friends Stamp Set 
Joy Stamp Set (discontinued)
3D Foam Tape
Bonding Glue Pen

I used some fun techniques for this card.  They were- partial embossing on my Cuttlebug; glitter glue on the snowflakes; and last but not least "hiding/contour" on my Cricut.  This last technique I learned from Joy from Obsessed with Scrapbooking (You Tube Channel).  

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope I inspired you to go create your own work of art. :) -Dari

Friday, September 26, 2014

Stair Step Card Tutorial

Hello! Hello!  I have had a couple of people ask me how to make this card, so I decided to create a tutorial to teach you :).  My finished card is 6 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches tall. I used an 8.5x11 inch sheet of cardstock.  You can play with it and resize if you'd like.  That's the beauty of creating, right?

From my 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock, I cut off 2 1/2 inches from the width leaving a piece 6x11 inches.  You can use the piece you cut off for another project. 

Place your paper in your trimmer and measure (left side) at 5 inches.  This will give you 1 inch on the right side.  I have marked mine with black ink so you can see where I am cutting it.  Do not start cutting on the edge!  Come in 1 1/2 inches and cut until there is 1 1/2 inches left on the bottom.  Your cut should be 8 inches long.

Move your paper farther in until the left side of your paper measures 2 1/2 inches.  Cut starting 1 1/2 inches from the edge and cut until there is 1 1/2 inches left on the bottom.  Once again your cut should be 8 inches long.  I have given the measurements in the photo.  

Now you are going to score between those two cuts you made 1 1/2 inches from the bottom (at the bottom of the cut)  and 1 1/2 inches from that score mark.  In the photo, I have marked these with a dotted line.

The next score mark is at 5 1/2 inches from the edge. Do NOT score between your cut lines.  This score goes outside those cuts.

For your last score line, you will mark 4 inches from the top edge or 7 inches from the bottom.  This score line goes BETWEEN your two cuts as shown in the photo.

Now it is a simple fold process.  Fold and crease the bottom score line down behind the card.  This is the one that is 1 1/2 inches from the edge.  

The second fold goes up towards the front of the card. 

The third fold goes backwards and will give the card its shape.

The final fold also goes behind the card.

Tah dah!  Now you're ready to decorate your card however you desire.  Hope you enjoy this tutorial.  Let me know if you can understand it.  If you have questions, just leave a comment.  Wishing you an amazing day! -Dari

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friend you lift me up card

I had a wonderful time at our retreat this weekend- some much needed me time.  I will be posting several things I created over the next little while.  Friday night I created this wonderful card.  I have never created a stair step card before.  I must admit, it was a little tricky, but after I figured the cutting and scoring portions out, it was FUN!

Here are the ingredients to my card :) :
Craft cardstock (Michaels bulk paper packs)
CTMH White daisy cardstock
CTMH slate dye ink
CTMH lagoon washi tape
CTMH Give a Lift stamp set
CTMH Happy Birds stamp set
CTMH foam tape
CTMH bonding glue stick
CTMH microtip scissors
Fiskars paper trimmer/scorer
Crayola colored pencils

Hope you find some inspiration!!  Thanks for stopping by. -Dari

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scrapbooking Retreat goody bag tags!

I have had a really hard time posting lately.  It's not that I haven't wanted to.  I am adjusting- to my sister being here, to kids in school, to the new rhythm of when to do my own crafting, to fitting everything in.  There are some times in my life that I feel very in control.  There are other times when I feel like I am holding on to the seat of my pants and hope I will not suffocate as I attempt to breathe :). 

Anyway, I wanted to do a scrapbooking retreat a few months ago.  I have been so excited, and it is getting REALLY close (tomorrow)!!  Anyway, I just finished creating the goody bag tags for it.  I LOVE them.  I came across this technique via youtube (my new favorite way to fold laundry).  That may sound a little funny, but I don't watch tv, and I don't like to fold laundry.  I let it pile up and pile up before I get to it.  

Recently, however, I discovered youtube craft tutorials.  I'm hooked!  My laundry is folded and put away.  Yea!  And, I have learned some fun new techniques as well.  I really enjoy Jennifer Mcguire's youtube channel.  Sometime this week she posted a video featuring the technique I used for these tags.  So fun.  I think I modified mine a little, but that is the beauty of creating, right?

Ingredients for my creation:
CTMH white daisy cardstock
Cricut Artbooking cartridge (tag)
Versamark ink
a la mode white embossing powder
water in spray bottle
Black pigment ink
CTMH Happy Birds stamp set C1600
CTMH For a Friend stamp set D1542
CTMH thistle, glacier and saddle dye inks
heat gun

Hope I inspired you today!  Have a fantabulous afternoon! -Dari

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halloween Color Challenge

Hello! Hello!  It has been forever since I posted (at least it feels that way).  I have organized a monthly card swap group.  I love these groups, because I get to know people and actually do something at the same time.  Anyway, this month I am hosting it.  I chose Halloween Colors.  That was it.  Each member can do whatever she wants to with traditional Halloween colors.  As I have been talking with each of them, I realized that the majority are going to do something Halloween related.  I thought I would think outside the box, and the card you see is the product of my efforts.  I LOVE how it turned out!  There are so many "firsts" for me in this card I don't know where to begin (lol).

I have never used the same color card base as the card background.
I have never used Pearl Ex on a card project before (a new found love thanks to Two Peas In A Bucket: Thinking Inking Perfect Pearls Part 1 youtube video).
I have never used an epoxy enamel embellishment on a card before let alone a homemade one.  I am going to learn how to do youtube videos, because the method I used is AWESOME, and I want to share it so others can make some, too :).
I have never used these colors together in a non Halloween theme.
Oh! And, I know my insert isn't all fancy, BUT I actually decorated the inside of my card.

Yea me!  If I have inspired you, leave me a comment and link so I can see your creatiion. :)

Hope you enjoy.  Thanks for stopping by, Dari

Ingredients :) for this card:
Black Card stock
CTMH White Daisy Cardstock
Lime green cardstock
Orange cardstock
Versamark ink
CTMH Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamps (butterfly and sentiment)
CTMH Skylark Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set (flourish on ribbon and inside insert)
CTMH black dye ink
CTMH 3D foam tape
CTMH Liquid glass (epoxy embellishment)
CTMH Bonding Glue Stick
CTMH Artbooking cartridge (sentiment embellishment shape)
Unknown origin background stamp (flourish background)
White organza ribbon
Orange ribbon
scrap plastic from a package
Pearl Ex powder pigments Series 2

I hope I haven't left anything out :).
Paint brush 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Your Own Kind of Wonderful card

Hello! Hello! Tomorrow I am hosting a Close To My Heart open house featuring the new catalog! We will be making this fun card at it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have challenged myself to use the same stamp sets for all my events this month. It is helping me come to love them more :). 
You are invited to join me for my open house. It will be tomorrow, Saturday August 9th from 10-3. 

For this card, I used:
CTMH white daisy, Thistle, and this Crystal blue cardstocks
CTMH You're Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set
CTMH Honeycomb stamp set
CTMH black, lagoon, pear, thistle and sunflower (discontinued) dye inks
CTMH quatrefoil embossing folder
CTMH liquid glass and bonding glue stick
CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge

As always, thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic day! -Dari

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fun & Sun CTMH scrapbook layout

Hello! Hello!  Thanks for stopping by.  I am so excited about this layout.  I have to be honest, though.  I had to walk away from it for a few days because I couldn't quite get my vision of it to come together.  I have several pieces of paper that got set aside (lol).  I will use them for something else :).

We will be creating this at my monthly Scrapbook Club this month.  I am challenging myself to do ALL my gatherings, open houses, clubs, events with the same stamp sets. It has been really fun and also challenging; however, it is getting easier now that I have created several projects with the same stamps.  If you have been visiting my blog on a regular basis, can you tell what stamp sets and colors we're using this month? 

I am using CTMH's new "Your Own Kind of Wonderful", "Happy Hexagons", and "Honeycomb" sets. The color pallette is CTMH's Whimsy line.  This includes two of their new colors: thistle (purple) and glacier (pale blue).

I have fallen in love with the quaterfoil embossing folder.  I can't seem to get enough of it.  So, I am using it alot in this month's projects.  It is featured in this layout.

To create the 3D butterflies, I simply folded each butterfly in half and then spread CTMH's liquid glass on the crease on the back side.  Wah lah! Simply lay it where you want it and wait for it to dry.

Since I haven't put the photos on this layout yet, you don't see the Flip Flaps, but they will be a part of this layout as well.  I have been dying to try them out ever since I watched a training video about them.  I have several customers who wanted to see them in action :).

If you have any questions, just leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you.  What did you like about my layout?  If you'd like to join me for this event, let me know. Hope you have a wonderful day! -Dari

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hexagon cards

Hello! Hello! 

I am so excited for the new CTMH products.  The catalog becomes official in 3 days!!  For my monthly club projects in August, we will be using three of the new stamp sets.  They are the Happy Hexagons, Honeycomb and Your Own Kind of Wonderful sets.  I have decided to use the new Whimsy color palette as well- nice and bright and summery! :). These stamp sets work well with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I didn't cut any of the hexagons out using scissors.  I simply selected the size listed on the stamp set and pressed "Cut."

The first card above will be one that I do for my card clubs.  The second one is an experiment with autumn colors.

I am entering them into the Heart2Heart "Some Like It Hot" challenge, because I love these new HOT products :).

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you got some crafty inspiration! -Dari

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Believe in yourself card

Hello! Hello!  I am participating in the Freshly Made Sketches 146 challenge this week.  The minute I saw this sketch I had ideas flowing into my brain.  We love that, don't we?! I opted to turn the sketch to the right.

Here are the supplies I used for this card:
CTMH (Close To My Heart) paper scraps from the Ariana packet, Balloon Ride packet, and Free To Be Me packet.
CTMH Desert Sand Dye Ink
CTMH Lagoon Dye Ink
CTMH Grey Flannel Dye Ink (discontinued- close is Whisper)
CTMH Believe in Yourself Stamp set
CTMH mini flourishes
Cricut cartridge- Cindy Loo
White card base
CTMH 3D foam tape

I am so thrilled with the end results of this card.  It makes me smile :). Thanks for stopping.-Dari

Monday, July 14, 2014

2 Fun Cards

Hello! Hello! Happy Monday.  I really wanted to post these on Saturday, but Saturday was an especially busy day in my world :). On Friday, my sister and dear friend, Alayna, got together for some girl time.  I thought it would be fun to present them the challenge and have us all create something at the same time.  I wish I had taken photos of their creations.  Somehow, that part slipped my mind (lol).  It was really fun.  Pictured above are my two creations based on this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge 144.

For the Wishing you Happiness and Sunshine card I used:
CTMH White Daisy cardstock
CTMH Ariana damas print
CTMH Ariana outdoor denim cardstock
CTMH Outdoor Denim dye ink
CTMH Dreamer stamp set
CTMH You Lift Me Up stamp set
CTMH 3D Foam tape
Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge

Non CTMH products:
2 baby blue brad eyelets
Light Blue cardstock
White Pigment Ink
Embossing Gun
Copper embossing powder

For the Best Wishes card I used:

CTMH White Daisy Cardstock (Cut lengthwise at 4.25 inches.  This creates a standing vertical card that opens from the bottom).
CTMH You Lift Me Up stamp set
CTMH Balloon Ride Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set
CTMH Copper Stud
CTMH Pansy Purple dye ink (retired) (Current- Smoky Plum)
CTMH Olive dye ink
CTMH Slate dye ink

Light purple cardstock scrap
Green cardstock scrap

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by :)- Dari

Friday, July 11, 2014

CTMH Patriotic Layout

This layout is serving double duty.  We will be creating this next week at my monthly Scrapbooking Club, and I am entering it into the Heart2Heart Challenge: Red & White Daisy.  
I am so happy with the way this layout turned out.  I created a background using CTMH's June 2014 Stamp of the Month in Desert Sand, Saddle and Sunflower yellow (retired).  I used CTMH's Artbooking Cricut Cartridge for the "4th", two frames, and the stars die cuts.  The rest is pretty self explanatory (I think).  If you have any questions, just ask! :).

CTMH products I used for this are:
White Daisy Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Dots embossing folder
June 2014 Stamp of the Month Set (Kaboom)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge
Dye Inks: Outdoor Denim, Saddle, Desert Sand, Cranberry, Sunflower (current match is Honey)

I am completely out of CTMH red and blue cardstocks.  Those paper colors came from cardstock packs I got at Michaels a year or so ago (don't know which brand/company).  

Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by. -Dari

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello Blooms cards

I know I have mentioned this before, but I love CTMH's pattern books.  It only took me a minute to find these two layouts and have inspiration come pouring down on me.  These are the cards we are making at my two Card Clubs this month.  They feature CTMH's Hello Bloom stamp set and sanding block. 

Here are the CTMH products I used:
Thank You Card-
Ariana green 4.25x2.5
Dots embossing folder
Hello Blooms Stamp Set
Sunflower dye ink (Current close match is Honey)
Hollyhock dye ink
Blush pigment (will be retiring in August)
Pear dye ink
Bamboo dye ink
Sanding block
3D foam tape
Bonding Glue Stick
Nonstick micro tip scissors
White Daisy card base or paper cut to size

Hello Card-
Hello Blooms Stamp Set
Cranberry dye ink
Outdoor Denim dye ink
Pear dye ink
Smoothie pigment ink 
Blush pigment ink (will be retiring in August)
sanding block
Free To Be paper packet (blue cardstock) 3.75x5 in.
Sweet leaf cardstock (Ariana paper packet)1.5x2.5
Ariana print (Ariana Paper packet) 2.5x3.5
3D foam tape
nonstick microtip scissors
Bonding Glue Stick

Happy Crafting!  If you'd like any of these products, you can purchase them at my shop: :)   -Dari

Monday, July 7, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches challenge 143

Happy Monday!  I love the fourth of July. There are LOTS of traditions in my little town.  And yet, I must say that I am glad it is over :).  

The Freshly Made Sketch challenge for this week truly was a bit of a challenge for me.  It is not a sketch I would choose/design on my own.  However, I really like the results I came up with.  I will be using this card for two events I have this month- an open house on Saturday and a Card Club later on in the month.

Close To My Heart products I used:
*White Daisy Cardstock cut into a 4.25x5.5 card base
*Dots embossing folder
*Skylark paper packet (print, sweet leaf green, lagoon)
*Desert Sand dye ink
*Saddle dye ink
*For a Friend stamp set D1542
*Hello Blooms stamp set C1540
*Bonding Glue Stick
*Non-stick micro-tip scissors
*3D foam tape
*Scrap of white daisy for stamped image

I also used a scrap of chocolate brown cardstock- origin unknown and George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge.

Happy Crafting! -Dari

Thursday, July 3, 2014

CTMH Patriotic Banner

I love the way this turned out.  I wish you could see the whole banner better, but alas, the glare from the window didn't do it justice (lol). I finished it this afternoon.  Not a moment too soon, huh?  To make your own banner like mine you will need:
2  8.5x11 inch Dark blue cardstock papers
3 8.5x11 inch dark red cardstock papers
3  3.5 inch white circles
2 3 inch white circles
5 neutral 5 inch sunbursts-Artbooking cartridge (embossed and distressed)
CTMH June 2014 "Kaboom" Stamp of the Month Set.
CTMH Desert Sand dye ink
CTMH Outdoor denim dye ink
CTMH Cranberry dye ink
CTMH Barn Red dye ink
CTMH Sunflower or another yellow dye ink
CTMH Sky pigment ink
CTMH Dots embossing folder
CTMH foam tape
CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

I created a stamped background on the cardstocks, distressed the embossed sunbursts, stamped images on the circles, and adhered with 3-D foam tape.  I used a basic hole punch for the holes and ran jute through the entire banner.  Wah Lah!  Hope you enjoy. 

Happy Fourth! -Dari