Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CTMH Mother's Day & Father's Day Pop Up Cards

Hello! Hello! These are my pop up cards this year for the Mirror Lake Diner boutique tomorrow night in Kamas, UT.  I am taking orders for the Mother's Day cards until May 1st (not much time) and until June 5th for the Father's Day cards.  The cost is $8/ea (shipping is extra).

As you can see, I used CTMH's Blossom Paper pack.  This is my hands down favorite packet I have worked with this year.  It just speaks to me and inspires me :).

The Father's Day card is made with the Jackson paper pack.  I am pleasantly surprised at how well I have been able to use this pack.  It was not my favorite one when I saw it in the catalog (shh.. don't tell).  Just kidding- we all have products that we like and ones we don't like. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a beautiful day :) -Dari

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Father's Day Explosion Box

Hello! Hello! I have really had fun with these boxes :).  This is my newest addition, and I am offering this for sale until June 5th.  The cost is $20/box ($25 with shipping).  Like my other explosion boxes, this has 8 pockets and pull out tags for extra bonuses :).  

There is plenty of room to add photos and memories/journaling and folds back up into a nice box!!

If you'd like to make your own, you can view my YouTube tutorial to learn how :).  My channel is Dari's Creative Corner.

The ingredients for this box are (all CTMH unless noted):

*Jackson paper pack
*Glacier thick twine
*White daisy cardstock
*Triangle Stud
*Stamp Sets: Happy to Be Friends (C1605), Believe in Yourself Everyday Life (C1574), My Hero Hostess Rewards (B1448), Give a Lift (D1581), Honeycomb (C1537), Finding the Words (D1646).
*Dye inks: Barn Red, Glacier, Slate, Lagoon, Juniper, Cocoa
*Bonding Glue Pen
*3D foam tape
*Liquid Glass
*Ribbon (Offray brand)

If you'd like any of these CTMH ingredients, you can shop through me at

Thanks for stopping by!   Happy Crafting!  -Dari

Friday, April 24, 2015

CTMH Easter layout

Hello! Hello!  I can't seem to get enough of this Blossom Paper Pack :).  I really love it.  Normally, after I use a paper pack for a month, I am done with it.  However, I still love this paper!

We made this fun Easter layout yesterday at my monthly scrapbooking group.  I love how simple it is and yet how classy it looks.

Here are the ingredients I used:
*CTMH White daisy cardstock
*Craft cardstock
*CTMH Blossom paper pack
*CTMH February 2015 Stamp of  the Month Set
*CTMH dye inks: sorbet, smoothie, glacier, flaxen and sweet leaf
*CTMH bonding glue pen
*CTMH glacier thick twine
*CTMH Coral sequins
*CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (title)
*3D foam tape
*CTMH liquid glass (to adhere twine)
*CTMH New Year Stamp Set 2015 (the one that was in Dec-January).  Don't have the set in front of me at the moment.
*CTMH quatrefoil embossing folder
*CTMH Blossom Card Kit Stamp Set

We have a lot of fun at this group.  It always brings me smiles to create and visit with friends at the same time.  If you'd like to join our monthly group, I'd love to have you join us :).

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend- Dari

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CTMH FAMILY wall art

Hello! Hello!  It has been a few days since I posted.  I took a much needed vacation for two days, and we all know how life goes when we return- frantically running around trying to catch up on everything we didn't do while we were gone :).

This morning I finished my "Family" wall hanging.  This is the biggest project I will be offering at our Craft 'N Mingle on Saturday, June 20th.  The cost to make this project will be $27.  That includes the frame and everything! 

Ingredients I used for this are (all CTMH):

*Cardstocks- Smoothie, White Daisy and Lagoon
*Dots embossing folder
*Dye inks- smoothie, glacier, sorbet, sweet leaf, flaxen lagoon, pear
*Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (font)
*Blossom Paper Pack
*Coral Reef Sequins
*3D Foam Tape
*Bonding Glue Pen
*Stamp Sets:  Blossom Card Kit Workshop on the Go (D1649), Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627), Happy To Be Friends (C1605), Flowers for Mom (B1473). Believe in Yourself (C1574).

Non CTMH products:
*Glitter tape (Michaels)
*Liquid Pearls- pink and yellow

I'd love to have you join me at our Craft 'N Mingle.  For more info, just leave a comment.  You can shop for the products listed above at

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cricut Butterfly Shadow Box

Hello! Hello!  Awhile ago I fell in love with a butterfly wall hanging that Gayle Wheeler created.  My friend and I are starting a Craft 'N Mingle Activity twice a year.  This is one of my five projects I will be offering at the Mingle.

I LOVE this project.  I can't wait until my craft room is done, because this one is definitely going in it :).  My little princess loves it, too.  She wants one in her room as well.  I guess it's a winner :).

The ingredients for this project are:

6"x14" (inside dimensions) white shadow box (I got it at Michaels)
CTMH Heart Strings Paper Pack (print paper, smoothie cardstock)
CTMH White Daisy and Glacier card stocks
CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
Cricut Paisley Cartridge
CTMH Quatrefoil, Stripes and Dots embossing folders
Cuttlebug floral embossing folder
CTMH Liquid Glass
CTMH smoothie and glacier inks
CTMH sponge
White Liquid Pearls

If you would like to join us for our Craft 'N Mingle, we'd love to have you join us!  The cost for this project is $20. It will be on Saturday June 20th from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The cost is $10 (building and food).  Then, you can sign up for any of the 10 projects we offer or just bring your own to work on :).

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Faux Watercolor technique!

We created these beautiful cards yesterday during my monthly Technique class.  We had a lot of fun!  Here's how we created the beautiful watercolor backgrounds:

1) Choose 3 ink colors (dye inks).  I used CTMH's lagoon, sweet leaf and juniper for these.

2) Spritz your regular white cardstock with water.  You want it fairly wet.  Your paper will start to bend.  Don't freak out!  That's normal.

3) With your darkest color, start to tap a sponge onto your ink pad and then lightly pouncing on your paper in sections.  You actually want the colors to be concentrated in specific sections.  Leave plenty of space for your other colors.

4) Repeat this with the next darkest color making sure to cover only the white areas of your paper (other sections than the other inked areas).  You may choose to blend into the other color a little, but your third color will be used for this.  Fill in most of the white space with this one.

5) With your final color (and lightest), sponge any white space and also rub the color into the others to blend.

LET DRY!! When it is:

1) Using a stamp with lots of open space (an outline stamp), ink it up with Versamark ink and stamp several times on paper.  Make sure to go off the paper so it looks like a print paper :).

2) Pour CLEAR embossing powder on, shake off excess and melt it using a heat gun.

3) Stamp with another stamp in Versamark ink.  I overlapped some of my stamped images.  Beautiful results :).

4) Pour WHITE embossing powder on, shake off excess and melt it using a heat gun.

After we did this, we decided to do it in reverse!!

1) Stamp with Versamark ink onto paper strip.

2) Pour CLEAR embossing powder on and melt with heat gun as mentioned above.

3) Spritz with water and sponge as described above.

This created totally different results!  The Horizontal card's embossing actually looks like it is debossed even though you can feel the texture popping up. Because we used clear embossing powder on the white paper, the color you see is white.

The Vertical card's clear embossing adds to the watercolor effect, because the paper was not white.  It was the inked background.  The white embossed images really popped out. 

We discovered that the images on the Horizontal card are more defined than the Vertical card.

Have fun playing with this technique!  I'd love to hear/see what you do with it :).

Thanks for joining me :).  Happy Crafting! -Dari

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dari's Build-A-Stash Blossom Card Kit #1

 Hello! Hello!  I am absolutely ecstatic about this kit!  I have been brainstorming and working on it for awhile.  How many of you purchase a stamp set or an ink color, set it on your shelf, and then forget you have it?  Or, maybe you look at it and think, "I loved it in the catalog, but how do I use it in real life?"  Or, "That's cute, but I don't have everything to create that project."

Well, if you have, this kit is for you.  The idea for these kits is that you create several projects included in the kit while building your Stash of supplies at the same time.  That way you actually turn your purchase into an investment!!  Isn't that awesome :)?

In this first kit, you will get everything you need to create 10 cards (2 each of 5 layouts featured above).  EVERYTHING!

10 Cards and envelopes
1 1"x3.5" acrylic block
2 dye inks (glacier and sorbet)
paper needed for the cards
D-Sized Stamp set (D1646 Finding the Words)

This is the first kit of 3 in this series.  In the next kit, you won't need to get the stamp set, acrylic block or the two inks listed.  It will include 2 additional inks and everything you need to create 10 more cards at a much cheaper price, because you will already have some of your stash! :).

The cost for this kit is $50.  That does not include shipping. Total charges will be $57.50.

I have 2 additional options for you as well:

1) If you already have some of the stash that comes in this kit ie: inks, acrylic block, or this stamp set, simply send me an e-mail at and let me know which products you do not need.  I will deduct the price of those off the kit price :).

2) You love the cards, but $50 is a little steep for you, you can order the kit pre-stamped for $20.  In this option you will receive: 10 cards and envelopes, paper, and prestamped images.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Happy Crafting :) -Dari

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CTMH Mother's Day Explosion Box

Hello! Hello!  I have had a lot of people on facebook ask about this project.  I thought I had the ingredients listed for it; however, as I was browsing my past posts, I realized that I didn't post this box!  I posted a similar one, but it doesn't have the ingredients either :)!

So, if you have been searching for the ingredients for this box and been unsuccessful in your quest, it isn't because you are technically challenged.  It's because my brain goes way faster than the rest of my being :).

Here is the list of ingredients I used for this (CTMH= Close To My Heart product):

*CTMH Blossom paper packet
*CTMH flaxen and white daisy cardstocks
CTMH Blossom Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (D1649)
*CTMH Flowers for Mom Stamp Set (B1473)
*CTMH Happy to Be Friends Stamp Set (C1605)
CTMH Delicate Wings Petite Perks Stamp Set-little butterfly on inside (W2028)
CTMH Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set (D1627)
CTMH Believe in Yourself Stamp Set (C1574)
CTMH dots embossing folder and quatrefoil embossing folder
CTMH dye inks: sorbet, smoothie, sweet leaf, glacier, lagoon, flaxen, black
CTMH Bonding Glue Pen
CTMH Lagoon stripe washi tape
CTMH Liquid glass 
*3D foam tape
Ribbon- glacier color and pear color (not CTMH but equivalent)

Whew!  That was a lot.  The * stands for products you see/I used on the outside of the box.

To download and print your own copy of my cutting/scoring diagram, click here.  This link will take you to my website :).  Just scroll down the page until you see the box and click on the file under the picture.

You can watch my YouTube tutorial for this project on my channel: Dari's Creative Corner.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting! -Dari

P.S.:  I would love for you to comment below if you make your own.  I would love to see your creation :).  Also, if you are interested in purchasing any of the CTMH products I used for this project, you can shop with me at
stapler with regular gray staples :)
Cricut- Craft Room Basics- the tag on the front and circle on the top

Monday, April 13, 2015

Graduation gift

Hello! Hello!  I found this cute little graduation gift on Pinterest. Brenda at has a fabulous tutorial on how to create your own!

It is so fun and quick to make :).  I used two of my favorite sentiments found on the CTMH Dreamer stamp set. One says, "dream."  The other says, " all things are possible to those that believe." On the underside, there are six Hershey Kisses.

If you'd like to order some for special grads in your life, let me know :).  I will be taking orders for these from now until May 15th.

Ingredients for this are:

Black cardstock
Green cardstock
5" twine (can sponge it with dye ink to create any color you want)
CTMH liquid glass
CTMH Dreamer Stamp Set
Scorer & Trimmer
Versamark ink
Black embossing powder
Heat gun

Thanks for stopping!  Happy Crafting :) -Dari

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CTMH Just Because Floral Card

Hello! Hello!  What a beautiful day it is :).  I finally got my cards done for my monthly Card Swap group.  We meet the second Thursday of the month. I was browsing through my CTMH Originals  book the other day and fell in love with this card sketch.  I knew it would be perfect for my card!

Here are the ingredients I used:

CTMH White daisy card
CTMH cardstocks: white daisy, flaxen, glacier and lagoon
CTMH Quatrefoil embossing folder
CTMH distressing tool
CTMH sponge
CTMH Workshops on the Go: Blossoms Cardmaking kit (printed paper, washy tape paper, sequins)
CTMH Happy to Be Friends Stamp Set
CTMH Flowers for Mom Stamp Set
CTMH dye inks: sorbet, smoothie, black, lagoon, glacier and flaxen
CTMH 3D foam tape

Other: Cricut Cindy Loo Cartridge (flourish die cut)
Sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by! As always, if you have a question, just leave a message :).  Happy Crafting! -Dari

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Egg Sight Word Game

Hello! Hello!  I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend as much as I did.  It was wonderful to be with my family, to celebrate, and to be filled spiritually.

On Friday I had the opportunity to help do one of the stations in my daughter's Kindergarten Easter party.  I chose to do this fun little craft/game.  Inside the box are little squares of paper with a sight word on it.  There are also 5 images of cracked eggs.  To play the game, you take turns drawing out a piece of paper and reading the sight word.  If you know it, you get to keep it.  Pretty simple, huh?  The catch is that if you draw out a cracked egg, you lose all of your squares!  

I created the box using Cricut Craft Room by welding basic shapes together.  I had all of the boxes cut out and scored to make it easier for the kids.  The rabbit on the front of the box was also cut out on my Cricut.  It comes from the Create a Critter cartridge. The paper is CTMH's Chalk it Up.

That's it!  I hope I have inspired you today.  Happy Crafting! -Dari

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dari's CTMH Cricut "Egg Throne" kits now available for purchase!

Hello! Hello!  These little babies turned out so cute and were a huge hit at our Girls' Night Out at the Library last night.  I have decided to create a ready to assemble kit you can purchase.  Wouldn't they make the perfect little "thinking of you" gift visiting teaching gift, or for friend's birthdays, or for a hostess gift, or.....? 

The kit comes with everything you need (except glue and scissors) to put together 6 of these adorable little thrones.  All images and sentiments are prestamped, pieces are all cut out (except the little birdie) and score lines are already made for you!  It really is a super quick gift!

The cost for the kit is $14.50.  This includes shipping and tax.  To purchase your own kit, visit my website's storefront at

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting :) -Dari

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CTMH Cricut Cadbury Egg Throne

Wow!, How's that for a title, huh? Oh well.  This is the project I came up with for my monthly Girls' Night Out at the Library held at the Kamas Library.  We discuss a book that we have read and create a fun project. 

The outer wrapping is made from a sheet of paper measuring 2.25"w x 9" l.  You could simply cut a piece of paper to these dimensions and then score slightly more than 3.75" from each end; however, I created a template using my Cricut that includes the fun little tag top and window cut out :).  You can look for this YouTube tutorial soon!

The throne is made from a rectangle measuring 2.25" w  x 2" l.  You could simply score 1/2" on all sides and cut a slit on the end squares for your tabs.  You would also have to punch a 3/4" circle in the center of your rectangle so your egg has a place to sit.  Of course, I did this on my Cricut as well.

I also created the window frame using my Cricut and then ran it through my Cuttlebug embossing machine.

CTMH ingredients I used in this project are:
Blossoms Paper Pack (absolutely love this pack)
White Daisy Cardstock
Dots Embossing Folder
Dye inks: Glacier, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf and Black
3D foam tape (window frame)
"Hello Blooms" stamp set (C1540)-birdie.  Not sure if this set is still available.  It is from the previous catalog
"Finding the Words" stamp set (D1646)- Amazing sentiment set.  It has something for almost everything :).

If you'd like to order any of the items I used, you can shop with me at

Happy Crafting!  Thanks for dropping by- Dari

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIY Ink pad tower

Hello! Hello! I am really excited about this project.  I ran across the idea while folding laundry and watching YouTube craft videos (my only movie obsession).  My husband doesn't think it's funny.  I don't watch movies very often.  He, and my children, can count the number of movies I watch each year on one hand.  However, the only way I can stay on top of folded laundry is to watch YouTube craft shows.  I love gleaning inspiration from other crafters :)!

Anyway, while I was pinning one of the videos I really enjoyed, up popped the "You might also enjoy" icon.  On this board, there were a couple of ink pad towers.  I fell in love with the idea right away, of course.  Anything DIY is right up my alley, right? 

On Friday, one of my dear friends came over and we put the bare bones of these together.  It took us way too long (4 hours).  On Sunday I finished decorating mine.  I love how it turned out.  There are two drawbacks I have with this.  First, I already have more inkpads than this will hold :).  It holds 28.  I currently have 30! My friend lovingly offered to store some of mine in hers (lol).  Second, I want to put a turntable on the bottom of this.  I am going to drill a hole in the center of a block of wood and insert a small dowel.  Then, I am just going to pop a hole in the bottom center of my organizer and set it on top of the dowel block.

The blog tutorial that I used for my inspiration is  My box is made completely from cardboard.  Hers is mixed with wood and cardboard. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting! -Dari