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Monday, June 12, 2017

Fidget Spinner Card

With fidget spinners being all the rage, I just *had* to make a fidget penny spinner!

This is the card I created for my son's birthday last week. I used the long retired Confetti Wishes blue paper and the new Willow Cardstock to give a Seahawks vibe!  

Creating in birthday - stealth mode, I didn't create a video, but a slideshow from still shots I took so he wouldn't hear me talking.  If I say "fidget," his ears perk up.

I used Sway, a Microsoft Office product, for this slideshow.  It was pretty simple to create but it appears that you'll need to manually click through it.  It will take a few seconds to load.  I'd love to know how it plays.  I actually thought it would export to an MP4 so I could upload it to a video.  

This is the link to the Design Space file that contains the slot.  The Fidget Spinner piece is an SVG file.  I cannot share this file if it contains the spinner because it's an uploaded SVG.  Use Detach prior to resizing.  Then click Attach again.  I didn't use Slice because I wanted the ability to adjust the size of the spinner hole.

This is the link to the Fidget Spinner SVG.  I sized it at 2.4" tall.  I also duplicated it and used the Hide Contour feature to hide all the inner circles on the black layer.

In reality, you can also use your paper trimmer to cut a rectangular slot with your paper trimmer.  Just make it about 1/16" taller than your foam dot.

Other penny spinners I've created:  This was a Stamp of the Month from May 2013!

And a round spinner with last year's Penelope paper

This is the link to the round slot.

All of these cards were designed using 3/8" 3D foam dots.  I used these dots.  They're 3/8" and 1/8" thick.  Some dots are super thick and make for a very bulky card.

You'll need plenty of 3D foam for making the layers.  DO NOT use the thin foam or you penny won't spin freely.  It's wonderful for cards, just not these cards.

I will be hosting a class making 3 of these cards, 2 slots & 1 circle style at my house on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30.  I will also have kits and a video tutorial.  See my full list of classes here.  When you register, you can let me know if you have a preference on your spinner.  (Do they all need to be fidget spinners?)

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Foxy Hello

Happy June 1st!

Today I'm sharing with you a stationery folder I created using the new June Stamp of the month, Hello Foxy.

My kit is called A Foxy Hello because I don't want you to think that this is a romantic card kit.  
This stamp is just $5 with a $50 order this month.  Or $17.95 purchased on its own.  

I'm having a Crafter Afternoon on Sunday, June 25th at 3pm.  
Participants will create the folder and these 8 cards.  

I used my favorite colors, Cranberry and Lagoon to accent these cards.

This card folder and the cards were designed by Cassie Ingersoll using another stamp set this winter. She's a sister CTMH consultant in New South Wales, Australia!  If you are part of Naomi's Connected Hearts team, you'll find the instructions in the Connected Hearts Facebook Group in the files.  

To complete these cards I use our Shin Han Markers, Gold Sequins, Journaling Pen and Extra Thin 3D foam tape to complete the cards.   All images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink because this is the best ink for working with alcohol markers.  

When you attend my workshop, you'll get a Journaling Pen & a full pack of Extra Thin 3D Foam tape in your kit.  

When you attend this workshop, you'll be able to any of my sentiment stamps to customize this kit to your needs.  
This card used the Cherry Pink instead of Carmine.  Both will work! 

Foxy Hello Card Kit - $20 
All pre-cut kits include the following
Extra supplies needed to complete this project (if not attending workshop)
  • Shin Han Markers Carmine (red), Leaf Green, Vivid Green, Golden Yellow, Marigold, Turquoise Blue.  Tender Pink and Pastel Peach are optional as they're used minimally.
  • Hello Foxy Stamp Set S1706
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

I blended Marigold with Pastel Peach for the foxes.  I also used Pastel Peach on the fox face.

There's three ways to get this kit
  1. Attend my workshop on June 25th. Cost is $20, RSVP with Payment by June 18.
  2. Request a pre-stamped kit, local pick up or shipped $22, shipping $6.
  3. Place a $55 order on my website that includes S1706 Hello Foxy and Extra Thin 3D foam tape. You can receive the paper portion + sequins of this kit for $10 shipped.  (Journaling pen and 3D Foam Tape will not be included.  Kit will be unstamped) 

Message me to receive a PayPal invoice or my address to send a check.  Kits will be shipped the week of June 26 if your order is placed by June 18th.  Kits ordered in June after the 18th will be shipped by July 15th.

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Going Green

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Welcome!  I'm actually doing a mini blog hop today.  You may have arrived from Amie's blog.  If not, you can see her post on the way back around the circle.

This month's blog hop with the "Blog Hops with Heart theme is green!  I think everyone participating today is featuring a different green which is so fun.

My green is Juniper.  It's a medium, dusty green that goes with so many colors.

Today's card is created with the new Jack papers that debuted earlier this month.

I love having masculine and woodsy papers of this sort.  Living in the Pacific Northwest nearly all of our vacations and family times are spent outside are woodsy.  Even if they are at the beach.

The Bear is just adorable.  And he comes with thin cut dies so there's no fussy cutting required!  AND his paws are separate stamps so he can hold practically anything.

I'm featuring this card in my June Card Kit and Workshop because there's Father's Day sentiments with this stamp set too!  (The workshop is next Friday at my home if you're near Everett, WA.) More details here for kits and the workshop.

This Double Z fold card is really simple to create.  It looks much harder.  It's the same as the Donut Z fold I created earlier this year, I just put the strip at the bottom of the card.  I have a full tutorial and video here.

And there's a coffee mug.  Stay tuned for coffee themed cards... Soon, I promise.

You can hop on over to Shelly's blog.

Or visit each stop individually.

Lalia  (that's me!)

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poo Emoji Card "Oh C..."

Yesterday morning I saw a trailer for "The Emoji Movie" that's coming out this summer.  Of course Poo is one of the characters in it.

I've known that the Artistry Cricut Cartridge has a shape that looks an awful like Poo so I hopped on Cricut Design Space, pulled up the Hot Chocolate cup (with whipped cream that looks like Poo) and went to work.

Now I've been trying to not say C-R-A-P so much lately so that's NOT what the inside of the card says.  

The outside of the card is stamped with the Ink Blot stamp in Tangerine.  It's a little more "pretty" looking in real life than I'm seeing it on my monitor.  This stamp is disappearing after a fun 2 years with CTMH as of July 31.  Grab it now!  

The inside of the card uses our Retired Sugar Rush paper and stamp. But GUESS WHAT???
There's still more of the Sugar Rush Stamp & Thin Cuts left in stock.  104 of them left as a few minutes ago.  Go... now!

Oh Cupcake!  
Donut know how I forgot your birthday!  

All of this card was created using the CTMH Artistry Cricut Bundle except for the cupcake wrapper which is from Art Philosophy.  I welded and designed it in Cricut Design Space 3 (beta).  This new update is fantastic for working with fonts.  

So go!  
Grab your Sugar Rush Stamp Set & Thin Cuts now.  My son thinks these dies are the coolest ever because one is shaped like a Pokeball from Pokemon!

When you place an order , you can opt in to receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog.  There's tons of amazing goodness coming!  If I don't post here, you'll see it on my Instagram or Facebook Page.  

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I'm Hooked On You

Do yo have any fishermen in your life?  Here's two amazing cards for you tonight using the Hooked On You stamp set B1535.

This stamp set was introduced last fall in the Annual Inspirations catalog so it may not be around through this summer.

These beautful cards were created by sister consultants Jennifer Palmer (left card) and ???.  I don't have her name.  Hopefully I'll be able to update this post with her name soon!

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Triple Time Stamping with Live Beautifully

Hello and happy Saturday!
I'd love to introduce you to triple time stamping and give you a peek at the stamp and papers that will be featured next month!

This is a technique where you stamp on 3 layers of paper at one time.  Hence the name of Triple Time.

It looks more complicated than it really is which is my favorite part.

On this card, I used the Live Beautifully stamp set for the May 2017 National Scrapbooking Day (or Month) campaign from Close To My Heart.  When I first saw this stamp set I knew it would be great for this technique.  I like to use a large, fairly solid stamp for this technique because it does require me to push hard to stamp across the 3 layers of cardstock.  Usually I tell my friends, "don't perform CPR on your stamp (press down so hard on the stamp that it requires both hands).  You'll crush it and it and the image will be blurry."  In this technique, you want a sturdy stamp.

The stamp set used on this card will only be available May 1 thru 31 of 2017.  There's also a beautiful paper pack and scrapbook kit too.  Scroll to the bottom to see more.  In the meantime, here's a step by step tutorial.

There's 2 ways to cut your paper for this.  Many people start with a colored cardstock base and build up.

Not me.  I used a card base. I like my version because it uses less paper and there's more of the stamped image visible.  My upline & friend Michele Rowley showed me this trick of using less paper a few years back.  I've hung on to her card for years and recently put it in a safe place.  Of course that means I can't find it.  But I'm pretty sure the dimensions are the same.

White cardstock 
5.5 x 4.25 (or card base)
4.5 x 3.25
3.5 x 2.25

Notice how each one is 1" smaller?  That is key.  Knowing this, you can make a card of any dimension.  Square ones would be beautiful.

Now the colored cardstock/glitter paper.
The first one is .25" larger than the second layer of the white cardstock.
4.75 x 3.5
3.75 x 2.5. I used glitter paper on this layer.  It is also 1" smaller than the cardstock layer above it.

Now for the fun!

Set the colored cardstock side and grab some temporary adhesive.  Don't have any? Use a 1/4" of tape runner and rub your finger on it to lose most of its stickiness.

You'll be tacking the layers down temporarily.   Use just a tiny bit in the middle of each card.  I'm serious.  A half inch line of adhesive will be plenty.

Stack your 3 white cardstock layers.  Centering them as they'll be when finished.  Some people will tilt their pieces.  Let's stick to simple and centered today.

Let's start stamping.  I like to use fairly large and solid stamps for a project like this.  You'll be pressing hard.  Like doing CPR.  Baby stamps, like infants won't hold up under full chest commissions.

Stamp the flowers in a triangle configuration.  This looks random and natural.  I missed taking a pic of this until a step or two later. (see below)

I stamp on a solid surface with a piece if foam under the cardstock.  I use a scratch piece of paper to protect the foam from ink.  Foam doesn't soak up ink.  It will smear all over the next thing it touches.

Now check on the size of the gap between the layers.  It's ok to have a little. The cardstock will cover some of it.  If there's a large gap, press down again.  That's the beauty of clear blocks!  The area on the left had too much of a gap.  The light area is the ink still on the stamp that hasn't been transferred to the paper.  I pressed on the stamp again and it applied more ink to the card. (see next pic)

After stamping the 3 flowers, I needed to stamp the leaves.  I stamped a mask in a Post-it note and trimmed it out.  I was making a bunch of these cards so I made 3 masks and labeled them. I forgot to move the mask and stamped a stem across the flower accidentally.

Be sure to go across layers and off of the edge of the card.  White space is wonderful.  You don't need to fill every bit of the white paper.

The last thing I stamped was the sentiment.  I didn't stamp across layers for this.  I also didn't press hard because it would blur the image.

Next I pulled the 3 layers apart and rebuilt my card with the cardstock and glitter paper added back in.  I know that my papers are centered but I also paid attention to how the pattern lined up. I used glue dots to adhere the top layer to the glitter paper.  Glitter paper is rough and doesn't bond with a flat adhesive that well.

This is a fun and very flat card that mails beautifully.  Your friends will be impressed by your stamping prowess.  You don't have to tell them our secret.  You can let them think you're an amazing meticulous stamper who is an expert at lining things up.

Supplies used
White Daisy Cardstock
Sea Glass Cardstock, Glitter Paper, & Exclusive Ink (available now thru July 31, 2017)
Tangerine Exclusive Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Live Beautifully Stamp Set (Available May 1-31, 2017)

Here's what the full stamp set looks like.

It coordinated with the paper pack that is also only available in May.

In addition, there's a scrapbook kit!  There's pre-cut embellishments and preprinted designs that look like you spent hours cutting and designing.  It includes 10 pages to make 5 double page layouts!  Each page will actually take only a few minutes to assemble.  This kit is available 5/1/2017.

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello Lovely Teapot

Where there's teacups, there needs to be a teapot.

I have a fascination with making 3D papercrafts and it wasn't hard to find a 3D teapot to go along with the teacups found in the March Stamp of the Month--Tea-rrific!

I immediately thought of the Hello Lovely paper for a teapot with its beautiful floral print.  The flowers reminded me of an English garden.  

Want to make one of your own? 

Here's how:  
❤  Attend my March 30th workshop!
❤  Buy a pre-cut kit from me for $8 plus shipping.
❤  Place a $40 order on my website and I'll send you a pre-cut kit for free!
❤  Purchase the SVG file from www.Cre8iveCutz.com and cut your own.
 You'll need a Cricut Explore, Silhouette or another type of die-cutting machine that can cut SVG files to do this.

Select number of kits

Some notes about my teapot version.
I made it as bigger than what is shown on the Cre8iveCuts website.  It is 6.5" tall.  The bowl is 5.5" in diameter.  It spans over 10" from handle to spout.  The lid is removable so you can put items inside.  The opening at the top is approximately 2.5".  The spout is functioning.  You can pour Skittles or other small dry items from it. (or small Lego pieces according to my son).

I simplified the lid by using a Scalloped Circle from Art Philosophy.
The base of my teapot is green.  If you receive a kit, it will match the lid.
This teapot takes one sheet of patterned paper for the "skin" of the pot plus 3 sheets of cardstock.
It took me about just under two hours to assemble my first tea-pot while watching Netflix.
I used Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue.  I have found it at Michaels, Wal-Mart and JoAnn's.
Scotch also makes this fast grab glue that works. Use that link to see what it looks like.  ((It's currently overpriced on Amazon.))

Do not use double-sided tape for assembly.

If you use my Amazon link, I will receive a commission from their affiliate program.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tea-rrific Good Times

Tonight's post is a card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch along with the Stamp of the Month Tea-rrific.

I used the Dreamin' Big papers for the first time to create this fun card.  Thinking back, I'm more of a coffee drinker so next time I think I'll leave the tea tag off.

I used Golden Yellow, Carmine & a blend of Warm Grey 4 (the lighter grey) and Turquoise Blue Shin Han Markers to color the tea-cups.  I embellished my card with the Black & Gold Ribbon

Well, it's 15 minutes before the MOJO Monday deadline so I'll make this quick.  I used Sketch MOJO486.  And for once I actually followed it pretty carefully!  You can hop on over to the Mojo Monday blog to see more entries and inspiration as well as many other card sketches.

This card was made with the Tea-rrific stamp set that is only available this month.

When you place an order for $50, you can receive this stamp set for just $5.


To sweeten the deal, I'm sending a 5-card workshop to everyone who places a $55 order that includes this Stamp of the Month on my website this month.  This kit will feature this card + 4 more using the Tea-rrific stamp set.  You'll receive all the pre-cut pieces and embellishments to make these cards, including the card base & envelopes.  You'll need the Tea-rrific stamp set S1703 and inks & blocks to complete the kit.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Donut Z Fold Card

Who loves donuts on the weekends?  

Not me.  I like them every day. 😜

I created this Z Fold card for my January card workshop.  It's a pretty simple card to put together though there's extra folds.  

This card really is a cinch to put together.  The stamp set is from the Sugar Rush Cardmaking Bundle that includes thin cut dies that diecut the donut circle, frosting and the banner.  The grey "FUN SWEET YUM!" and the green hearts are the coordinating Sugar Rush Washi Tape!

And... this thin cut bundle is on SALE this month for just $17.96.  That makes the thin cuts just $4.01 more than buying the stamp set alone!  What a steal!

Below is an assembly video that gives all the details to create this card.
Below are the cardstock measurements
Cardstock:  5.5" wide and 11" long Score it at 2.75" and 5.5" from 1 end of the 11" wide piece.
Now cut a 1.25 x 11" wide strip from the scored cardstock.  The other piece will be 4.25 x 11 and the card base.
Front Panel 2.5" x 4"
Back Panel (donuts) 5.25" x 4"
White Daisy Cardstock for the Z-strip 5.25 x 1, 2.5 x 1, 2.5 x 1

NOTEs:  I like to score once when I'm making one or two of these cards.  If you like, you can score a 11x11 piece of cardstock and cut it into pieces to make 2 cards.  Either way, I will do all of my scoring before I cut the paper into strips for the card base and the Z-strip.
If you want to really conserve paper, make the base only 4x11 and you'll fit 3 card bases from 1 piece of cardstock and use a part of a second piece of cardstock to cut the 1.25x11 strips for the Z-strip.

This card folds flat for mailing.  It doesn't need any chunky embellishments and that makes my mail carrier so very happy!

For a little extra sparkle, I dotted the sprinkles with our CTMH Clear Shimmer Brush.  

So this month, get any of the CTMH Thin Cuts for 25% off!  

And don't forget, we have a Tea-rrific Stamp of the Month that is just $5 with a $50 purchase!  Sale and Clearance items count towards this purchase!  Isn't that wonderful?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Good Times with Tea (or Coffee!)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today's card features next month's Stamp of the Month Tea-riffic and a bit of the Hello Lovely paper pack.  

There's several reasons I'm posting this card before March 1 when the Stamp of the Month is available to purchase.

  • You can get it free this month when you sign up to be a consultant.  Details here.  

Supplies used

Happy Crafting!  Stay warm & well.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The most beautiful box

Have you ever wondered "who on earth becomes a consultant?"  

My answer would be regular people who love to craft like YOU and me who love a discount on supplies.  It also never hurts to make a little moolah along the way too!  

Here's how it happened for me.  

Six years ago, there was a sign up special.  It wasn't nearly as good as this one.  The paper and supplies in the kit weren't my thing.  The stamps were awful.  I still have them because nobody will buy them out of my for-sale bin.  But that didn't matter. 

I had fun.  I've made friends from all over the world.  I bought pretty things.  And get tons of beautiful stamps and papers for free every year with Select Product Credit.

This year's kit is amazing.  If you order the full sign up kit as a new consultant, you will get a beautiful starter kit valued over $200 and it comes in the most beautiful turquoise box as shown in the photo.  AND you have a $50 select product credit applied to your account to order your FAVORITE stamps and papers!  

It's $75 plus tax & shipping.  

That's the regular kit that's going to be available until this summer.  In February, you'll also receive the Stamp of the Month for February, March & April with your kit.  No strings attached!  

If you have already been a consultant, it's even better!  Log in with your previous consultant info and you're eligible for a returning consultant no-kit sign up.  
For $50, you'll get the $50 credit and the 3 stamp of the month for free!

The details are HERE.

I don't expect you to sign up today. Nope, I really don't.  This post is to put a spark in your heart.  Think about it and contact me.  Let's talk before the end of the month!

PS.  I'll tell you how I have paid almost nothing for my stamps for the last 4 years.  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Teacher Gifts: Redbox Movie Night & Popcorn

Last fall, I designed these fun gifts for the teachers in our co-op.  Our co-op is parent led and we couldn't do it without nearly everyone signing up to teach a class.  

I used our now-retired Sunset Orange which was perfect for a fall themed gift.  Other times of the year, I think Cranberry would be just the ticket because it's more of the movie/popcorn container color.  In my case, I had TONS of orange from a long-gone Halloween kit and very little red.  

The THANK YOU is from a new stamp set "All the Thanks" B1536 from Close To My Heart.

There's several important key factors in creating a gift.  Chocolate is at the top of the list.

We included a Redbox movie "Promo code" good for a 1 night rental.  You can buy codes in packs of 5, 10, 25, etc from Redbox.com.  Click "buy promo codes" to order these codes on the Redbox website.  When ordering them, if you list yourself as the recipient, you'll get the codes emailed to you and they can be divvied out individually.  I snagged the graphic from the email and threw it into a MS Publisher file so that I could print several per sheet of paper.  

We put it inside the bag with the popcorn so that it wouldn't get lost before getting home.  ]
The bags & ribbon are from Hobby Lobby.  Isn't the 2 sided ribbon adorable?  It was a bit fussy to tie as it is wired, but they looked great in the end.  

The star is on the same page of the Artistry Handbook as the popcorn box.  It has 2 slots in it already because it's intended to be a little sign.  We used extra thick BBQ skewers.  We cut off the tip and put the cut end down into the package so nobody would get poked.  

This file only uses the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge that has been retired.  😢

I used Design Space to slice the same star into the front of the box 3 times.In the future, I might add stars to all 4 sides of the box.  

I used the attach feature in Design Space to cut 6 stars or 2 boxes per 12x12 paper.  I used my 12x24" mat with 2 12x12 sheets of paper so I could cut 4 boxes per load of my Cricut.  I was cutting 30 boxes and needed as much efficiency as possible.  

Here's the Design Space file.  If you are using this file, it won't be too hard to modify it back to a standard 12x12 mat.  Click detach, delete or hide 2 boxes and their score lines.  Attach the remaining boxes and score lines.  

I have a wonderful team of ladies who join me to assemble these boxes.  We assembled and filled 30 boxes in less than 90 minutes.  They're awesome.   

If you use my file, I'd love to see a pic of what you create.  Please post it on my CraftyLalia Facebook Page