Monday, March 30, 2015

Week of Mini Devotionals to focus on Easter

Hello! Hello!  It has been a VERY long time since I posted anything other than crafts; however, my thoughts have turned to this upcoming Sunday.  As I was studying my scriptures this morning, I had the impression that it would be spiritually beneficial for my family to focus on the Savior's Atonement and Resurrection in our family scripture studies this week.  All at once everything came together.  I began writing it down and hope that it can help you make this coming holiday more meaningful.

My family covers a broad range.  I have a teenager, an older child and a young one.  Due to this, all of our scripture studies and spiritual learning try to incorporate something for each level.  Please feel free to modify these mini devotionals/scripture study sessions to accomodate your needs.

The whole idea of this project came about from an Ensign (LDS magazine) article I read.  It is titled, Because He Lives, by Elder Russell M. Nelson. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes are from him.

DAY 1:
"This Easter season gives each of us a personal opportunity to discover His sacrifice, embrace His teachings, and share His joy.

DISCOVER HIS SACRIFICE: "During that first Easter season two millenia ago, the Lord suffered unspeakable agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross as He took upon Himself the sins and pains of all humankind."

* Video of His suffering in Gethsemane.  (  Click on the arrow that says, "View All."  Choose the video titled, "Jesus Suffers in Gethsemane."

*"The Savior Himself has tuaght that this great sacrifice was for a purpose."
*Read D&C 19:16-19 (can access this online at >scriptures> Doctrine & Covenants).

DAY 2:

* Two options: Watch New Testament scripture stories of the last week of His life at (for younger children)  OR watch Bible Videos about events during the last week of His life at  (Older family members)

*Read Alma 7:11-12 (found in the Book of Mormon.  You can also find this online at>scriptures>Book of Mormon).

DAY 3:

EMBRACE HIS TEACHINGS: "With the understanding that comes from discovering the power of His Atonement, we ask ourselves, 'What shall we do?' First, we need to be baptized. 'Likewise, we also need to embrace the Savior's teachings'."

*"Christ came not only into the world to make an Atonement for the sins of mankind but to set an example before the world of the standard of perfection of God's law and of obedience to the Father.  In His Sermon on the Mount, the Master has given us somewhat of a revelation of His own character, which was perfect...and in so doing has given us a blueprint for our own lives" (Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, quoted in March 2015 Ensign article, 'Put On The Armour of Light').

*Watch either the scripture story version or the bible video version of The Sermon on the Mount (see above for online sources).

DAY 4:

*Matt 5:1-6

*"Indeed, embracing His teachings- and helping others do so- is the great work of these latter days.  That is why we have temples- to bring the fullest blessings of the Atonement to faithful children of God.  That is why we respond to our own calls from the Lord.  When we comprehend His voluntary Atonement, any sense of sacrifice on our part becomes completely  overshadowed by a profound sense of gratitude for the privilege of serving Him" (El. Nelson).

DAY 5:

SHARING HIS JOY- "As we follow this pattern on discovering the power of the Savior's Atonement and embracing His teachings, we experience the joy that comes from striving to be more like Him.  As we do so, we naturally want to share our joy with those we love, inviting them to discover His sacrifice, embrace His teachings and share in His joy."

*Watch the movie "He Lives".

DAY 6:

*Watch the scripture movie of the Resurrection (two options shown above).

*Read John 20:11-16

*Read D&C 76:22-24.

It is my hope that we might all be able to focus more on our Savior this week and reflect upon the supernal gift of His Atonement and Resurrection.  I know He lives.  Because of this, I know each of us will live again, too. 

Thanks for stopping by- Dari

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CTMH Be Your Own Kind of Wonderful Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Hello!  I actually scrapbooked a page featuring myself!!  We will be creating this layout tomorrow for my monthly scrapbooking group.  I used two of my all-time favorite CTMH stamp sets- Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627) and A Happy Hello (S1502).  

Here's a list of all the fun ingredients I used:

CTMH Hopscotch paper packet
CTMH White Daisy cardstock
CTMH quatrefoil embossing folder
CTMH dye inks: glacier, lagoon, pear, sorbet, flaxen, hollyhock, sunflower, bubblegum, juniper.
CTMH 3D foam tape
CTMH bonding glue pen
CTMH mini flourishes
CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting! -Dari

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dari's Pocket Explosion Box

Hello! Hello!  I promised you all I would have a YouTube tutorial and a cutting/scoring diagram.  I began this endeavor several days ago.  I didn't realize how much time it would take :).

I finally have the diagrams done and you can access them on my website here.  Just scroll down the page until you see the photo.  Underneath there is a link so you can open up the file.

I am in the process of uploading the video.  I had to break it up into three sections because it is so detailed.  As I am typing this, the first part is ready to view.  The second and third parts are uploading so they should be available in the next couple of hours :).

I hope you enjoy it.  I love the box!  It is so versatile.  You could make it for a newborn baby, for Valentine's Day, for a fun way to highlight yearly family moments, for a special trip, for a birthday, for Mother's Day or Father's Day, for anything you want!!

I would love to hear from you what you create and would love for you to send me a link so I can see for myself :).

Thanks for stopping by! -Dari

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Heart Box Cricut cut file

Hello! Hello!  This is my first attempt at exporting and sharing a cricut cut file.  So, heads up, this is a test run!  I hope it works :).  The most recent file I have in my Cricut Craft Room is the heart box I posted about yesterday.  Therefore, it is the one I chose- most convenient (lol).

Here is the link to my heart box cricut cut file.  If you prefer, you can go to  At the top of my home screen, there are page links.  Click on the one that says, "More."  Then, you will want to click on the Cricut Cut Files option.  You can find my box there :).

Once you click on the file, choose the save file option.  Then, you can go to Cricut Craft Room.  Click on FILE.  From the options, choose OPEN. Go down to the buttons at the bottom and click on IMPORT. It should pop right up, but if not, you will want to look under DOWNLOADS. Once you have clicked on it, the file will show up in your Cricut Craft Room Projects window where you open your files.  Click on the file and then go down to the button that says open.  Wah lah! 

Please let me know if it works for you :)!  It worked for me.  Thanks for stopping by! -Dari

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cricut CTMH Just Because Box

Hello! Hello!  I am so excited about this box :).  I have had lots of fun playing around with Cricut Craft Room and figuring out how to meld basic shapes like rectangles together to create my own boxes!  This is one of them. 

We will be making this fun box at my Mommy and Me group this Saturday at 11 a.m.  There is still room if you'd like to join us. 

The dimensions for this box are 2 1/4" wide x 3 1/4" tall (box part).  The tag sticks up 2 1/2" more :). 

The recipe for this box is:

CTMH white daisy, lagoon, and glacier cardstocks
CTMH February 2015 SOTM set (Happy Hello S1502)
CTMH Happy Birds Stamp set (C1600)
CTMH Happy to Be Friends Set (C1605)
CTMH dye inks: flaxen, lagoon, glacier and juniper
CTMH quatrefoil embossing folder
CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge
CTMH sanding block
CTMH Bonding glue pen

sheer ribbon (Michaels)
3D foam circles
Hole punch

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope I have inspired you to create your own amazing creation :). -Dari

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CTMH Can't Buy Happiness Birthday Card

Hello! Hello!  I just got the CTMH June 2015 Stamp of the Month set. That is one of the many perks of being a consultant (we have the privilege of getting new products before others can).  Anyway, I love this set and had to use it.  I created this card for my father-in-law's birthday on Saturday.  I know it is "fun" and not at all grown up, but I thought it was perfect, and I decided that if I was going to go with "fun", I might as well take it to the extreme so it fit the bill.  Not sure if that made sense (lol).  I didn't want to give him a "You're getting older and wiser and ...." you get the picture.  I wanted something that made you happy just looking at it :).

For this card, I used lots of paper that were not CTMH's.  Why?  Because they were in my scrap container :) and fit the "fun" theme I was going for.  The glitter paper is CTMH's though.

The CTMH recipe for this card:
Lagoon Glitter paper
June 2015 SOTM set
July 2014 SOTM set (alphabet "Birthday!")
Dye inks: slate, pear, sunflower (current- canary), glacier, autumn terracotta, cranberry, flaxen, hollyhock (hope I haven't forgotten any!).
3D foam tape
Bonding glue pen
Liquid glass

I colored the images with my Crayola colored pencils. 

Questions?  Leave me a message :).  I'd love your feedback! You can pick up the supplies for this card by shopping with me at   Happy Crafting! -Dari