Stocking Christmas Card

Hello! Brenda from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker here with my 2013 Christmas Card. This card is really out of the box for me. I have a hard time combining patterned papers, but I did it for this project. Here is the result.


This is an A2 size card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). The base is ivory cardstock. The red layer (on the front and inside) is 4″ x 5 1/4″, the green snowflake cardstock (front and inside) is 3 3/4″ x 5″. The ivory layer on the inside of the card is 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″. All solid cardstock is Recollections and the patterned cardstock is The Paper Studio from the Ornamental Christmas paper pack.

I used the Close To My Heart Art Philosopy cartridge to cut the tag an stocking. The tag was cut at 4″ and I used the hide/contour feature on my Gypsy to hide the stocking cutout. The stocking was cut at 3″. Both the tag and stocking can be found on page 67 of the handbook. I then added a button to the tag.

Here is a picture of my Gypsy screen, as well as a picture of my mat with the paper on it.


Thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2 AE and Gypsy

Cricut Cartridge Used: CTMH Art Philosophy

Other Supplies Used: Recollections cardstock, The Paper Studio Ornamental Christmas paper pack, button

Birthday Card

Hello! Brenda from Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker here with a birthday card to share. Sorry I’m late with my post, but it was a long night with a sick grandson.

Here is a card I made for a friend’s birthday.



The base is Recollections cardstock and is cut at 4 1/2″ using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The orange layer is Recollections cardstock and is cut at 4″ using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and is embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The patterned paper layer is from the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack and is cut at 3 1/2″ using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The cardstock used for the flower is Recollections and is cut at 2 1/4″ using the Sophie Cricut cartridge.  The bling used for the center of the flower is Queen and Co. Twinkle Goosebumps.  For the banner, I stamped on a 3/4″ piece of white Recollections cardstock, then notched the ends to make a banner.  The stamps used on the front and inside are CTMH Card Chatter – Birthday.  I used the CTMH Archival Black Exclusive Ink Pad.

Designed by: Brenda Halstead

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression 2 AE and Gypsy

Cricut Cartridges Used: Art Philosophy and Sophie

Other Supplies Used: Recollections cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack, Queen and Co. Twinkle Goosebumps, CTMH stamps, CTMH ink


Boo Banner

Hello Divas!  Lori here with a Halloween Banner.
I know it is a little early, but Halloween is my very favorite holiday and I start early every year with my decorations!!!
Today I made a BOO Banner to share with you.  I used my Gypsy and Cricut Expression to decorate my it.
I used BOO! from CTMH Artiste sized to 2 inches.  I used Hide Contour to hide the inside cuts and the “!”.  I cut this out of glitter cardstock.  When I use glitter cardstock, I reverse the image (I am showing the original image here) and place my cardstock glitter side down.  I use multi-cut 2.  When I am done, I wash my mat with dish soap and a scrubbie to get the glitter off.
I cut these 3D flower shapes from CTMH Art Philosophy sized to 5 inches.  I rolled them up with my McGill tweezers and used liquid glue on the center to hold them together.
I needed something to mount the letters on.  I cut this image from Teresa Collin’s Chic and Scary sized to 3 inches.  I used Hide Contour to hide the inside cuts (oval and witch hat).
I used papers from my Halloween stash for all of my cuts.
I cut the triangles out of chipboard.  I traced and cut the paper to fit.  It was later (after I cut the paper) that I thought to cut everything out on the cricut…. at least I only had 3 banner flags!!
After I adhered the green paper to the banner flags, I used black acrylic paint to paint the edges.
Here is a close up of the 3D flower that I rolled up.  You can also see that I pop-dotted the letters onto the orange paper.
I finished the banner off with some orange ribbon.
I hope you have as much fun decorating for Halloween (or fall) as I do!!!
You can see more of my work HERE.

Sentimental Saturday

Good Morning!

It’s “Sentimental Saturday” here at CricutDIVA!  For my project I altered a black composition notebook for you – LOVE doing these!

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So this is what the Composition looks BEFORE I alter it.  Now some people don’t do the inside of the composition books but I just don’t like the way it looks so I always alter the insides as well.

First, let me show you MY notebook – the front and back:

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Close up of Front Cover sentiment

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Back Cover

I used a paper pack called Laughing Lola for my notebook – I just love the colors in this paper pack ESP the purple one which is called Gypsy.  For the sentiment on the front cover I cut the mat using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can find the image on page 65, E5, < Rctngle8 > and was cut at 2″ x 3 1/4″, 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″, and 2 1/2″ x 4″.  I always use a solid dark colored cardstock for the back of my notebooks instead of a patterned piece of paper because it is less likely to rip AND it will help cover any spots or dirt picked up.

The sentiment comes from the stamp set “Scrapbook Statements – Poets. Here is the sentiment in case you can’ read it from the picture:

“People will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never

forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Now for the inside of my notebook:

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So for the inside of my notebook, I always create a pocket so that I can put in any additional notes or papers.  Though it’s probably difficult to tell from these pics, there IS a pocket that opens up.  I stamped the words “love it!” and “noteworthy” using stamps from the All the Details stamp set in Black and Gypsy inks. The mini banners were also cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  It can be found on page 68, E8, < Banner1 > cut at 2″.  These words came from the “All the Details” stamp set.  Finally, I stamped the word “TEAM” on the bottom right using the Framework Alphabet.

I will be using this notebook for notes I take during meetings with my networking group.

Designed by:  Lucy Kelleher

Cricut Machines and Tools:  Expression

Cricut Cartridges UsedArt Philosophy

Other Supplies UsedLaughing Lola paper pack, All the Details stamp set, Scrapbook Sentiments – Poets stamp set, Framework Alphabet stamp set, Black cardstock, Gypsy ink, Black Ink

Our Love Story

Our Love Story

Hello Everyone, I can’t believe that it’s the end of July. My Daughter starts her senior year in just a few weeks…Yikes! I made this wall art for my Godson’s bride to be shower gifts. I got the Idea from one of my pins from Pinterest.  I’m loving the vinyl! Here I used white vinyl on a 12″x14″ canvas. I painted it with Martha Stewart’s Lake fog acrylic paint. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz,  vintage photo distress ink.  Below is the screen shot of the set up in the craft room. Originally I thought of cutting it out in two colors, hence the two colors and two mats. I used the gypsy font and art philosophy font. I also used the 12×24 mat.

screen shot of craftroom

I cut it out, weeded out all the little bits. It takes a bit of time and then added it to the canvas.


I made another one for my niece and she loved it.


I hope you are enjoying the end of your summer (really the middle but it fills the the end with school being only a few weeks away). I invite you to visit my blog over at ScrapiliciousLife

Designed by:  Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools:  Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Craftroom

Cricut Cartridges:  Gypsy Font and Close to My Heart Art Philosophy

Other Supplies: 12×14″ canvas, vinyl, martha stewart acrylic paint, and distress ink

Sentimental Saturday~ Hello

Hello, it’s Liz here on this Sentimental Saturday. Today I have a simple Hello card made from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

ss~Hello Card

The base is 6″x12″ Bazzill card stock folded in half . The card image is on page 43. I cut the <square3> at 5.5″ out of kraft cardstock and the decorative layer (shift) I cut out of this pretty paper from the Simple Stories 6×6 pad called Vintage Bliss. The sheet I used is called Smile Big. I used the corner chomper to round the corners.

ss~Hello Card

I wrapped some seam binding around the whole piece and I stamped the Hello and cut it out by hand and I used a glitter pen to color in the hello and I used foam dots to give it a pop. I stitched around with my favorite white pen, the Uni-Ball Signo white pen.

I invite you to visit  my personal blog ScrapiliciousLife

Thanks for stopping by today, wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Creating and Sharing~ Liz

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machine and Tools: expression2,

Cricut Cartridges: Art philosophy

Other Supplies: seam binding, foam dots, signo white pen, Simple Stories 6×6 paper pad, corner chomper

Happy Birthday!

Good Morning Everyone!

Well it’s “Sentimental Saturday” here at CricutDiva and I decided to make a birthday gift “check” holder!  Yes, you heard me correctly, it’s not a gift “card” holder, it’s for checks!  Believe it or not, there are still people out there who still send checks to their family and friends instead of gift cards to celebrate birthdays, graduations, etc.  Soooo, I give to you my very first Birthday Check Gift Holder!

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This card measures 4″ x 9″.  Now I know that’s not a standard card size BUT I wanted to make one big enough that you could insert your check (or money order or whatever) in it without folding it up. Also, I found a set of 25 envelopes at that measure 4 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ for only $2!!  That means the envelopes were only 8 cents each! They were in the Clearance section where I just LOVE to shop in – I am always finding great deals like this.

For the front of the card, I cut my designer paper (Later Sk8r from Close to My Heart) at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ so that I would have a nice margin around the outside.  I then took the zip strip at the top of the paper and cut it to size.  It measures 1/2″ and then I cut it down from 12″ to 9″ to fit across the length of my card.

I cut the sentiment mattes using my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can find this image on page 65, E5, < Rctngle8 >. I cute 3 sets – one each at 2 1/4″, 2 1/2″, and 2 3/4″. I used White Daisy, Pear, and Lagoon cardstock for my papers.  The frame that I stamped in Lagoon ink came from a stamp set called “Frame It Up“.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” comes from the “Perfect Fit – Birthday” stamp set. The sentiment was originally one long line but I cut the sentiment into 2 words and that way I could stack the two words on top of each other.  I love that about acrylic stamp sets! What I love about both of these stamp sets is that they both coordinate with the Art Philosophy cartridge which means NO … MORE … FUSSY … CUTTING for this crafter!

For the inside of the card, I cut another piece of Lagoon cardstock at 2″ x 9″ so that the background would not be just a plain white surface.  For the bottom pocket, I cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock at 2 1/2″ x 9″ and adhered it using Scor-Pal tape. I only put the tape on the bottom and sides so that the top would be open. I then a cut a piece of the designer paper at 2″ x 8 1/2″.

The three sentiments come from the Perfect Fit – Birthday stamp set referenced above.  I cut the circles using the Art Philosophy:  page 21, A1, < Circle > cut at 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ using White Daisy and Lagoon cardstock.

Well, I guess that’s all I have for you — this was really easy to make once I figured out the measurements!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  You can also visit me at my personal blog – Love 2 Create – by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!


Designed by: Lucy Kelleher

Cricut Machine and Tools: Expression

Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy

Other Supplies: Later Sk8r paper pack, Frame It Up stamp set, Perfect Fit – Birthday stamp set, Lagoon/White Daisy/Pear cardstock, Lagoon and Pear ink

Miss You

Good Morning Everyone!

This is my first post as a DT member for CricutDIVA and I’m very excited to be a part of the team!

My project for you today is actually an over-sized card that I created for one of my Aikido students. She broke her leg while riding her scooter and will not be able to train for at least 6 weeks. She comes every week to watch while her sister trains with the rest of the class. We are definitely missing her on the mat and so I created this card for her that all of the students will sign to let her know.

Let me show you a couple of pictures:



This card measures 9 1/2″ x 12″. I wanted to make it big enough so that the other students had room to write in it for her. I used two Cricut cartridges to make this card: Everyday Paper Dolls and Art Philosophy. To make a card this large, I cut 2 pieces of 12 x 12 White Daisy cardstock:  one at 9 1/2 x 12 and the second one at 10 x 12. I then scored the larger piece at 1/2″ and folded it over and adhered it to the first piece on the inside of the card using Scor-Pal double-sided tape. That adhesive really sticks well so I know the card will definitely hold up to 20 children signing it!

The first layer of the card is Lagoon cardstock cut at 9 1/4 x 11 3/4. The second layer came from a paper pack called Claire from Close to My Heart and was cut at 7 x 11 1/2 using the Fit to Length key on the Cricut Expression. The image was on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  It can be found on page 54, D4, < Rctngle2 >.

The girl figure and the martial arts uniform were cut using the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge. The “gi” or uniform is actually the bathrobe and belt on page 39 and the pants on page 40. The girl’s hair was on page 35. All were cut at 10 1/2″.

For the letters on the side of the card I used Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet. This is a chipboard alphabet set that has a houndstooth resist pattern that shows through when you ink it. The letters were inked using Lagoon and Sunset ink.

On the inside of the card, I used lettering from the Keyboard Kraft Alphabet which are adhesive-backed letters. The sentiment reads “WE MISS YOU ON THE MAT”.

I had a lot of fun making this card and hope that it cheers Tate up!!  Please stop by my blog at Love 2 Create to see this and other projects I have made, just click here.

If you would like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart products that I used, please click here.

Designed by:  Lucy Kelleher

Cricut Machines & Tools Used:  Cricut Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Art Philosophy, Everyday Paper Dolls

Other Supplies Used:  Claire paper pack – Lagoon/Champagne/Buttercup/White Daisy/Saddle and Lagoon cardstock – Keyboard Kraft Alphabet – Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet – Lagoon and Sunset Inks (All from Close to My Heart)

CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge Review – part 2

I intended to post Part 2 of my AP cartridge review a very long time ago, but work and life have a way of taking up so much time!!!

For this review, I decided that I would focus on the AP cartridge for the next layout I started. Today was the day that I started a new layout. I have many projects on the go and I try to finish what I have started before I start on new stuff, but sometimes you just need to get into something new.

I used a sketch that I printed from the Scrapbook Steals web site and decided that I would try to find all the elements of the sketch on this cartridge. I knew the cartridge was very versatile, but I was surprised that I was able to find all the elements I needed on the cartridge.

Since I had two pictures I wanted to use, I just flipped the sketch for the facing page.

I used the BoBunny Hello Sunshine collection for this layout. I love the beautiful, bright colours!!

The large orange background piece is from page 43 <Square3> of the handbook. I cut the piece in half so I could use them on the two pages.

The small piece of diamond border is shown on page 61 and was cut using the Font and Shift options.

Page 68 shows the banner I used for the two fishtail cut pieces on the sides of the photos. I used <Banner1> at 4.5 and 5.5 inches.

The frame I used around the photo is shown on page 23 (Layer option). I used the Font option for the cut on page 64 for the border below the frame. It was just a bit too wide so I cut one loop off with my scissors.

The tab shapes above the photos are from page 58 <Tab2>.

The flourishes on the sides are from page 60 (Font Layer option) and I cut four (4) of these pieces. One piece on each page is underneath the background piece and the 2nd piece is on foam dots over the background piece. I cut them from yellow card stock, but then I wasn’t very happy with the look so I misted them with Dylusions spray inks.

The flower border pieces at the tops of the pages are a sticker from the collection. The yellow letters spelling out “music lover” are also stickers from the collection. The circular turquoise letters spelling out “little” are from my stash as is the rickrack ribbon.

If you haven’t already purchased the Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart, you should definitely consider doing so. Contact either Darla (in Canada) or Lucy (in the U.S.) to purchase this cartridge today!!! You won’t be disappointed.

CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge Review – part 1

CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge Review – Part 1

I was very lucky to receive the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close to My Heart from Darla Haverstock and Lucy Kelleher, two CTMH consultants in Canada and the U.S. respectively.
Their button is in my sidebar, but I am copying it below as well so that you can order from them. The picture shows you everything included in the Art Philosophy bundle.



They are very active on their blogs and in their Facebook groups constantly showing wonderful projects you can make with these gorgeous products.
Their Facebook groups are:

Be sure to check out their blogs because they will each be giving away a copy of my Gypsy screens. You can see more about the screens in my Zibbet store.
I keep saying that I wish I could sell CTMH products in Québec, but they are not available here. I hope they will be here one day because I absolutely love their products. If you live anywhere else in Canada, you are in luck!!!!
Darla and Lucy didn’t only send me the cartridge package (which includes 3 beautiful stamp sets and packages of chipboard pieces as shown above), but also some beautiful papers, inks and embellishments. The paper collection I received was the Pemberley collection and I just LOVED it!! The colours are a beautiful combination of yellow, blue, cream and kraft.
I created a 2-page layout with pictures from my brother’s wedding with these papers and the AP cartridge.
The banner, flowers and letters were cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge.
Just look at the papers … they are just gorgeous!!!
This is a fabulous cartridge in so many ways. You can use it for special occasions, to make cards, Christmas decorations, banners, embellishments, frames, ribbon pulls, mini albums, flowers, flourishes, Borders, lace or doilies, page backgrounds, three-dimensional flowers, and so much more.
There is a basic font and a more elegant font.
Since stamps are also part of the bundle, I also wanted to tell you a bit about the stamps. They are very high-quality acrylic stamps and are designed to fit the Cricut cuts. The size for the Cricut cuts are printed right beside the stamp in the packaging. My favorite of the three stamp sets include journaling blocks. I am not crazy about making cards — I much prefer making layouts (traditional, Project Life and SMASH albums). This is why I prefer the journaling stamps.
The second set contains Christmas images and sentiments and a third set contains stamps that can be used for a birthday or other parties.
CTMH always has some sort of a special going on so you can usually get additional stamp sets at special prices.
One of the things I really appreciate about CTMH is that the prices are very reasonable. I have purchased other products from other companies and found the prices very high in comparison.

I still have some of the beautiful papers left over so I will be making more projects with those and definitely more projects with this cartridge.