Fun and Glittery Easter Project Life Cards

crafting gone wrongAll I can say at this point is COMING SOON. I had several failed attempts this weekend to create something wonderful for you all to see and every single one of them failed. My poor little creative heart is so very sad. I am sure that you all can relate to what it feels like to have a project look so wonderful in your head and then you create it and it looks horrible.

I started off with a glitter pocket card that I was going to share with you. It was going to be stunning and then it wasn’t. I grabbed my adhesive sheet cut it down to the perfect size and stuck it on to cardstock. I then stamped my beautiful Easter Lilly and waited impatiently for it to dry, after what felt like an eternity I decided to heat set it with my heat gun and grabbed my beautiful copics. I didn’t even have that much to color.

I started coloring and the glitter started moving and the lines started disappearing and I thought to myself this can’t be good or right. I followed through with it though and stamped my little sentiment and looked at the final card and was completely unhappy with the final result.

glitter pocket card

Failed attempt #1

 

Next I decided to go with the same flower and same sized card and the same sentiment only without the glitter because obviously the glitter is what ruined everything. I got to stamping and everything was looking alright but then I had to go and ruin it with my copics because I thought the card looked to plain. Let’s just say that I should have left well enough because it ended up looking horrible.

copic colored pocket card

Failed attempt #2

 

Then I figured maybe it was sentiment that was making the card look horrible so what did I do? I stamped the same flower all over again and stamped a different sentiment. I probably would have been ok with this card if my sentiment hadn’t been crooked but of course it was. At this point I probably should have given up completely but I didn’t and I kept on going.

pocket card stamped

Failed attempt #3

Now I am thinking that maybe it was the stamps that I have chosen so let me try  a whole new approach even though I had originally planned on some glitter and jazz maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. I got out my pigment inks and this adorable stamp set and got to stamping and embossing. I have to say that this card is probably the best out of all of them but I still think that it needs something else added to it. I used the whimsy pigment inks and Ranger clear embossing powder, plus I just ordered these awesome pens which I think are going to make me very happy when I get a chance to journal on all the layouts that I want to create and I drew some lines with them. The end result was a cute enough pocket card but one that I still believe is missing something.

embossed pocket card

Failed attempt #4

 

I wasn’t done their though, nope I had to continue to torture myself. I saw this awesome video by Jennifer McGuire that was all about adding foil to a printable and I thought I could do that. Well after five pass through’s on my brand new laminating machine (which I purchased today, just so I could make something presentable) the foil was not sticking to my printable. All I can say is that at this point I would like to beat my head against the wall and never see my craft area again, at least for tonight that is.

foiled pocket card

Failed attempt #5

 

When I realized that all of these techniques were not going to work I decided to go straight to my Cricut as you all know how much I love my Cricut. Can you guess what happened to me after I made the decision to use my Cricut? Cricut was down and out, I couldn’t get into design space and I couldn’t get into the craft room and all this meant that I couldn’t use my Cricut. At this point I have given up hope of having something all cute and glittery for you all to see.

Let me not forget to mention that I am typing all this up at midnight because the baby decided that he didn’t need to go to sleep this evening. Due to the lateness of this post, the pictures of all these horrible pocket cards will have to appear on your computer screen a little later in the day tomorrow because it is to dark for me to take photos at this time. And the last thing I want to do at this point is torture you with horrible photos, so on that note go and check out the other crafty chicks on the blog hop and be sure to check back with me later in the day to see if I have recovered from this ordeal.

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Melissa shares an Easter layout, made simple with artsy digi papers

Alice has a creative way to add Easter eggs to a layout!

Easter cards? It’s time! Connie shares an egg-cellent shaker Easter card!

 

 


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Easy Teacher Appreciation Week

This coming week is teacher appreciation week at my daughters school. Lucky for me my new Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge (Artfully Sent) came in and it has just things I need to make quick and easy cards for all of my daughters teachers. Did you also know that you can grab this cartridge for half off by hosting your own CTMH party. For more information on how to grab this cartridge all you have to do is click here.  When you are a teacher yourself that has been working 6 days a week, quick and easy is exactly what I needed.

All I had to do was search through the cartridge and pick a design for each teacher. I picked some cute cards that were really simple to put together for each of my daughters teachers. Monday she is supposed to bring a homemade card and the Artfully Sent cartridge was perfect for this. I made the cards larger then I normally do so that my daughter had plenty of space to write in them. You can grab the cut file for these cards here.

thank you cards ctmh artfully sentThese are the cards that I chose to make and I cut them all out with Close To My Heart’s White Daisy cardstock. I know I have mentioned it before but I am going to mention it again, CTMH cardstock cuts like a dream in my Cricut Explore. I also have to say if you have the Cricut Explore, the bluetooth device is a must because it makes life so much easier. I love being able to create on my iPad and then open the same project on my computer at home or cut directly from the iPad. I have manged to create more then I have in the past by dragging my iPad back and forth to work with me.

After I cut out all the cards I got to work on this adorable make it now project because Tuesday is the day that my daughter is supposed to bring a snack for her teacher. I thought that it was only fitting that I make something St. Patricks Day related.

Have you tried any of the make it now projects in Design Space? I think they are great and some of them are really easy to make. Any who I fell in love with this little cauldron with the pinwheels and I thought that it would be perfect for snack day. I did have some issues with putting the pinwheels together and gluing this thing together.

I am starting to think that a low temperature hot glue gun is the way to go when putting 3D projects together. I started out with Scotch quick dry adhesive but it was taking me forever to get the pieces to stick together. Towards the end of putting the cauldron together I knew that I was going to have to switch to the hot glue gun so that I could put it all together quickly and properly without cussing my paper out in the process!

cricut explore make it now

I used 8.5×11 black cardstock for the cauldron and then I used some 12×12 green paper for the pinwheels and for the little belt that is wrapped around the cauldron. I had a very old piece of yellow scrap cardstock that I used for the buckle of the belt. As usual these projects take a lot longer to put together then they do to cut out.

I had some wood pieces that I wrapped some green washi tape around and then I hot glued the pinwheels to them. I used some old brads that I have had forever as well for the pinwheels. After I glued the pinwheels to the wood I then put hot glue on the bottom of the wood sticks and stuck them inside the cauldron so that they would stand up straight and they wouldn’t move.

My only regret is that I should have cut the middle one down a little more before I stuck it in the cauldron. I meant to spray some color shine on to the pinwheels but completely forgot before I glued them intocricut explore make it now

the cauldron. I still might attempt to spray them with some color shine before Tuesday morning, which is when I have to give this adorable little cauldron up.

All in all I am quite happy with this little cauldron and I know that the more I practice with putting these 3D projects together the better I will be. Which is why I grabbed some new files from SVG cuts as well over the weekend that I can’t wait to get my crafty little hands on. I will be sharing these projects with you soon as I get the chance. I have a whole week off next week for Spring Break and I am looking forward to some much needed crafty time.

Do you have a Cricut Explore machine? Let us know in the comments.

Now it’s time to check out the other ladies projects for the Make it Monday blog circle.

I mustache you…are you wearing a tiara?! Check out Connie’s fun cupcake toppers!

About to delete those toddler selfies? See how Melissa told the story of a day through Emily’s photos

Check out this FUN Instagram Waterfall Style Free Template from Jen Wright Design

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be all about the good stuff.

Something’s “sketchy” in this week’s Monday Mojo with Lisa @kwitekreative.


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Close To My Heart Artfully Sent & a Free Cut File

I am super excited that in a few more days the Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge is going to be at my door and in my crafty little hands. I think this cartridge is not only going to make my card making life easier but also my pocket card making. I love to make my own pocket cards as much as I love to buy project life kits!

You can see a few things that you can do with this awesome cartridge by watching this short video below.

thank you cardsNow that you have seen how amazing this cartridge is, you can grab it in my shop by clicking HERE. I can’t wait to share with you all my creations that I make with this cartridge but for now here is a free cut file for these adorable little cards that I just made last night. Click HERE to grab the design space cut file. If you need the Cricut craft room file just let me know and I will create it for you.

What do you use your Cricut machine for?


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