Monday, March 18, 2019

Shaker Cards!

Following a month health hiatus, I am happy to be creating again.  My new found embellishing love is shaker cards!  They are so easy, yet so much fun to create.  Everyone at my Shamrock Crop was given one acetate circle and shaker ring to create with and it was exciting to see how creative everyone was with their cards.  I took so much inspiration away!

This weekend I created 2 shaker cards for my March Card Class.  I used the Stargazer paper and compliments that are now retired.  I had been holding on to these two rocket ships for boy birthday cards and the shaker elements just made them perfect!

A few very cool things to note about Close To My Heart's shaker cards tools/materials:

1.  The foam and acetate circles!  These are so easy to use!  The outer rim of the foam disk is adhered to the card.  The remaining 3-d foam tape is a bonus and can be used on this project as well as others!  Because it is the same height as the rim, I used the extra foam tape to level my rocket ships with the rims.  The acetate circle, which goes on top of the foam circle to seal the shaker pieces inside, has a cloudy film on it to protect the acetate from becoming scratched before you use it.  Genius right?

2.  Our exclusively designed Thin Cuts allows you to cut the circle the same size as the shaker element, as well as a stitched rim to go on top of the acetate - this is a creative way to cover up the 3-d foam tape so that it doesn't show through on your card and the stitched design is trending so "in" right now!  In addition, there are two dies - one to cut star confetti and one to cut heart confetti - that can enhance the shaker card even more!  Just cut away with a color of your choice, or one that matches your project and you have custom confetti!

3.  LOOSE Sequins!  So much fun!  You can fill your window with the sequins but you can also add a Mini-Glue dot to the back and embellish other areas of your card with the sequins - I so love when a product is multi-purpose and a little of the Loose Sequins goes a long way!

Ready to make your own shaker cards?  You can find all of the needed supplies on my website at: or join us at March's Monthly card club on Thursday, March 28th at 9:30am.  Kits will be available for purchase in my In All Sassiness Shop after the card class.  For details on attending class, or to register, e-mail me at:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Game changer...shimmer watercolor splatter painting!

Thanks to the fabulous Jennifer Smith, a sister Canadian consultant, I have discovered a new, equalling as fabulous technique- splatter painting with a Shimmer Brush and watercolors!  What? right?  Jennifer designed a beautiful album for Operation Smile which I am currently creating and will be teaching as well as offering as kits and in her album she taught me this new technique!  LOVE IT!

So what is this technique?  Using a Clear Shimmer Brush,  pick up a color in the watercolors (for my layout I used a dark grey) with the brush tip.  Gentle tap the shimmer brush in the designated area with your finger and walah! You have a shimmery splattered texture.  In the process of creating my background, I also learned that I could mix a little in a bowl for a lighter, less dramatic look.  I mixed the two on my layout so you will note that some of the splatter is darker and more vibrant than others.

My tip...if you decide you want to try your splattering BEFORE you create the layout!  lol.  I did not.  I wasn't sure I would like it.  Then once I decided to try it I had to worry about splattering where I didn't want to.  My solution was to cover the layout with wax paper then splatter.

So, I have shown you the technique, I want to share the layout.  This is one of my favorites that I have created in a very long time.  I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my photos are so precious to me!

Here is my version of the layout.  To see it in a larger view, simply click on the photo and it will open in a larger window.  If you note the 4" x 4" photo - this is the top of a flip flap.  

Here you can see the 4" x 4" flip flap open. 

You can create this layout with me at Scrap Pink in two weeks or at my Fall Harvest Crop the first weekend on October.  It is also available to purchase in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Grateful (heart) butterfly layout

There is just something about Monarch butterflies.  They are breathtaking to me.  And sentimental.  When my little Gabriel was in preschool, his teacher taught them about the butterflies. They raised them and then had a butterfly release.  I have one picture of Gabriel with a butterfly on his finger which is still one of my very favorite photos of him when he was little.

When Close to My Heart introduced their Grateful Heart paper suite with the beautiful Monarch butterflies my heart skipped a beat I do believe!  I am in love with the rich, jewel tones and of course the butterflies!  A sister consultant, Andrea Sherman, created a very similar layout that inspired me to create this one.  I made a few changes (because really, when do I not tweak), powered up my Cricut and cut out flower upon flower.  I also decided to add some shimmer -- so if you look very closely, you will see that I used the Clear Shimmer Brush on the wings of the butterflies, and then used the Gold Shimmer Brush on the inside of the flowers in the zip strip (yes, every single one of them) and to add reflections to the centers of the Cricut cut flowers.  But, that wasn't quite enough bling...I then added a cluster of our new Loose Gold Sequins around the flowers and butterflies.  My end result...I absolutely adore!

I actually adored it so much that this was one of the Create and Take projects that I shared at my Holiday Expression Reveal and Bingo event last weekend.  I cannot wait to see how the participants create their version and what photos they decide to add to the layouts!

To see a larger version of the layout, simply click on the photo and it will open in a larger window.

Here are a few details photos of the artwork.

Included in the kit is a set of the Grateful Heart compliments.  They are so true to life and vibrant in color!  LOVE them!
Supplies used:  
X6021 Sapphire cardstock; X6027 White Daisy cardstock; X6011 New England Ivy yardstick (or X6003 Fern cardstock) Z4235 Loose Gold Sequins; X7237C Grateful Heart Compliments; X7237B Grateful Heart Paper Pack; Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush; Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush; Z2060 Thin 3-d Foam Tape; Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen; Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridges.

This layout kit is now available in my In All Sassiness Designs shop only while supplies last - I only made 15 sets, so if you love it, you will want to grab yours quickly!  The cost is $20.00.  Here is the link to purchase the kit:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"You've Got This" card making kit plus bonus!

Today I wanted to share with you 4 cards that I created using the "You've Got This" Card Workshop Your Way Kit.  These were the cards that I taught in my monthly card club.

This card is my very favorite!  I used both our new Fancy Tags and Decorative Tags Thin Cuts to add additional flair to the card.  If you look closely, the scalloped circle was cut with the Fancy tag and then to make the full circle a circle rim, I cut the Basic circle from the inside of the scalloped circle.  For the Thank You tag, I cut the tag out in both White Daisy and Pomegranate.  I then hand cut the White Daisy along the inside of the stitching so that it would "nest" inside the Pomegranate without covering the dainty stitching.  Once adhered together, the combined pieces were popped up with Thin 3-d foam tape.  The Sapphire strip is embossed with the "x" Decorative Border.  The little Fern polka dot pennant is the tag from the Fancy Cut set with the hole covered up.  Fun right?

For this card, I used the design in the Card WYW kit, but tweaked to use different patterns in the Grateful Heart paper pack.  Instead of the Fern Stitched ribbon, I cut the vine border from the Decorative Border set.  

For this card, I created it similar to the original card but added a Sapphire base to add a little more pop of color.  I love the addition.  

This last card was a great way to use every little scrap left!  The design is certainly a keeper for that reason.  It is very simple, and the pennants can be changed and altered to match the scraps you have left over.  I love how the colors are very uni-sex and can be used for a make or female. For myself, if sending to a male I would most likely just take off the flower and still have an awesome card.

Supplies used in my cards:  
Z4305 Thin Cuts - Fancy Tags, Z4241 Thin Cuts - Decorative Borders, Z3318 Thin Cuts - Basic Circles, G1166 You've Got This Card Workshop Your Way, X7237 Grateful Hearts Paper Pack,  Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z4215 Fern Stitched Ribbon, Z2060 Thin Foam Tape, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Ink Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Ink Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Ink Pad, Z2854 Pomegranate Exclusive Ink Pad, X6020 Saffron Cardstock, X6003 Fern Cardstock, X6021 Sapphire Cardstock, X6017 Pomegranate Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock and Card and X254 Envelope Value Pack.

The stamp set used in these cards is an exclusive stamp to the "You've Got This" Card Workshop.  When designing my cards, I created additional designs to help my customers think outside of the box and new creative ways to use this stamp set.  You may purchase my card kit for $10 and you will receive 2 each of the 4 pre-cut, pre-stamped cards.  Or, when you purchase this WYW card kit  in my In All Sassiness Designs shop (, you can purchase my card kit for just $5.  

Here are the details on the You've Got this Card Workshop Your Way.

Create 12 cards using the materials in this kit and easy-to-follow instructions (also found below). Complete your cards using the exclusive stamp images designed to give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way.

Disney Fills My Heart with happy!

Disney most certainly fills my heart with happy!  In oh so many ways!  I loved this title, and thought it would be fun to create a layout around it!  What fun to include the hearts as a "word" in the title right?  And because I did so, if you look closely, you will notice that I also incorporated hearts throughout the layout -- all through the banners and accents.

Note: to view the layout in a larger size, simply click on the photo and it will open larger in a new window.

This layout was designed, and created, using the Cricut Air.  As in my last post, I have been playing with, and experimenting with, the "attach" feature and am delighted finding out the lengths that I can stretch it's abilities!  Building on what I posted over the weekend in the "attach Cricut function" post (click here to see this post), for this layout I learned how to incorporate the title and the larger image of the heart.  I am telling you if you have not tried this function, and have an air, it opens a world of possibilities!

To achieve this result, I created my title and the heart on a Cricut spreadsheet.  I then captured both images and the 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" base and clicked the attach button.  This changed the sheet from black to white but essentially merged the three together.  

When cutting the image out, you have to "trick" the Cricut a little because of the larger canvas.  When I first tried the 12"x 12" scale for the base, as well as the 11 3/4" and the  11 1/2" I kept receiving an error message that the canvas was too large and to alter the size.  I am sure there are other ways to work around this obstacle, but for me, I finally learned that if you change the "base" to "draw" instead of "cut" and then do not insert a pen into the pen barrel, it works as an override.  The Cricut does still go thru the drawing movements but there is no pen inserted so it doesn't mess up your base.  It will then proceed to cut the heart and the title as desired.  I cannot begin how to tell you how much easier this is than cutting the title "old school"and then gluing down each and every letter!  WOW!!!

So a quick lesson:
1.  When you select the image to cut (see the blue "square", there is a small pair of scissors in a circle.

 2.  Click on the scissors icon and this screen will pop up.

 3.  Click on the fountain pen image which will then trigger a screen giving pen options.  Select a pen option.  Again, this will not matter as you are not putting a pen in the barrel but it will program the Cricut to think that it is there.

So now that you know how to do this yourself, back to my layout.  Here are a few close ups where you can see the details of the layout.  I love the little banners!  I manipulated then, fliped them, merged and welded them and enlarged and shrunk to create the sizes and combinations that I wanted for my layout.

details up close:

If you are in love with this specific layout, this layout can be purchased as a kit.  It is a part of my Sassy and Magical Disney Layout Series.  The physical layout kit may be purchased for $15, and the digital files can be purchased for $5.  For you digital files, you will need to have access to a Cricut Air.  Both options are available in my In All Sassiness Designs shop.

If you love the products featured in this layout, they can be found on my Close To My Heart website - the CC8181More Magical paper (the polka dots) is only available during the month of September.  The cardstock used is:  X5992 Candy Apple, X6008 Lemon, X6027 White Daisy and X6028 Black.  The embellishments were from the Z3314 White and Black Dots.  My website address is:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The "attach" Cricut function...

Have you experimented with the "attach" feature on your Cricut in Design Space?  I have used it quite often, but CTMH just shared a very cool technique last week on their blog that takes this feature to new levels!  They show you how to attach a design to your workspace and the design stays in the same space.  Very awesome!  Here is the link to this technique:

So, having studied this technique, and with a lot of trial and error (but that is the way that I learn best), I learned to create a flourishing cluster of circles down my layout.  I am delighted with how it turned out!

This is the next layout in my Sassy and Magical Disney Layout series, and the final of four layouts that I am teaching in my "An Afternoon with Mickey" tomorrow.  I have to say it is my favorite of the four...but then again, maybe that is because it took me almost 11 hours to design and perfect.  A true labor of love!  And really who doesn't love Red, yellows and blacks with Mickey??  

The photo isn't as clear as I had hoped...I will try to take a new one tomorrow but I was just too excited to wait!  You can click on the photo to see it larger in a new window.  The flourish of circles is cut from the black and the colors are adhered to the back of the layout.  Each of the flowers is doubled showcasing the two tones of our Candy Apple Red and Lemon colors.  There are so many little details in this layout...part of what makes it so magical I guess!

Here are a few of the detail pics:

All of the cuts were collectively from Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges.

You are welcome to join us tomorrow at the Gathering Place in Harrisonburg, VA from 12:30-4:30PM.  This will be the 4th class at 3:30PM.  You may also purchase the layout kit in my In All Sassiness Designs shop, or I have the Digital file available as well.  

Giggles and Grins...and lots of stars!

Bright, vivid colors ( a combination of new and retiring), partnered with your favorite Disney characters and how could you go wrong?  I adore the fun, playfulness of this layout that was designed by Ginni Candelaria.  I made a few tweaks but she certainly receives all of the creative credit.  

This is the next installment in my Sassy and Magical Disney Layout Series featuring Pluto and Goofy.  The layout was created with the retiring (as of last night) Central Park paper collection and features the colors: Nectarine (new), Pacifica (retired), Willow (current) and Lemon (current).  Ginni did a wonderful job shading her stars, but shading is a talent that I lack, so I cut a second of each star, a little bit smaller, and flipped the star so both tones of the color were visible and then inked the edges --proving that there are always two ways to create a task.  For those taking this class tomorrow at my Afternoon with Mickey, or purchasing the kit, no worries...all of the stars have been pre-cut for you!

The kit is available in my In All Sassiness Designs Shop for $15.00 and includes all of the pre-cut stars, character pieces, most of the regular pieces are also pre-cut with the exception of the photo mats in case you want to alter your sizes), measured Black Shimmer Trim, a full pack of Black and White Dots, a color photo and detailed instructions to help you in the creating process.  You can select to pick up at my next event or have it shipped directly to you.

Putting this layout together, I am certain a few "GOSH"es will pop out of your mouth because it is just so much fun to create!

You can purchase the kit by clicking here.

When creating on your own, you might want to have these supplies on hand:  Black Journaling Pen, 3-d Thin Foam Tape, sponge/dauber and these inks (optional):  Nectarine, Willow, Pacifica and Lemon.