Saturday, April 28, 2012

Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

Hello fellow bloggers!  I hope you are having a fantastic day!!  Welcome to the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop.  We are a group of Close To My Heart Consultants (well most of us) and will be showcasing the very versatile CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (AP Cart).  This is my first blog and I am very excited to be a part of it.  I hope you enjoy it too.
If you are visiting from Michelle's blog then you are in the right place. If not, please start from the beginning with Courtney's blog.  See the complete list of blogs after the pictures of the card  - further down the page.  Please leave a comment on these blogs if you have time as everyone loves compliments on their blogs.  Enjoy our blog hop!!

Here are the two Thank You cards I created with CTMH Florentine Paper Packet using CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and the CTMH Card Puzzle Stamp set.  To order these products; click on any product name in blue and you will see the product on my website and can order from there.

Thank You card #1 is from the Florentine background page you see below.  I created the flowers for both cards from the same paper pattern.  Each one is a little different than the other; but appear very close to the same on both cards.

Close up view of the flowers used on both cards.
See below for size and page number from handbook.

Thank You card #2 is using the decorative layer on the AP cart; which adds a different touch to the same style.  The layers for the cards are both cut from the same Florentine Pattern page; but they look so different from each other.  I find it interesting how you can get two different cards from the same piece of patterned paper.

Close up View of flourish and flower on Card #2

 Go to Chrissy's blog for your next hop.

If you get lost along the way; here is the complete line up:

  1. Courtney -
  2. Brandy -
  3. Audrey -
  4. Amanda -
  5. Darla -
  6. Connie -
  7. Stephanie-
  8. Erin -
  9. Lucy -
  10. Vanessa -
  11. Carol -
  12. Eva -
  13. Wendy K.-
  14. Michelle -
  15. Gloria Shirr -
  16. Chrissy -
  17. Ann Marie Lessner -
  18. Michelle Degnan Powell -

Dimensions of layers for this card:
Outside: Card cut at 6 1/2 - pg 62 of AP cartridge handbook
4 1/4 - first layer- pg 62
4 - 2nd layer- pg 62
Flowers: 1 in, 3/4 and 1/2 from pg 48 of AP cartridge handbook; curling the edges up and using foam tabs/tape between them to create a 3D effect. 

Supplies used to create these cards:

Cardstock - CTMH Vanilla Cream  - 12 x 12 - can be purchased separately - pg 8 of S/S Idea Book
Paper - Florentine Paper Packet - 12 x 12 sheets - found on pg 52 of S/S 2012 Idea Book
Sentiment - CTMH Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set - found on pg 23 of S/S 2012 Idea Book.
Ink - CTMH Indian Corn Blue-12 x 12 sheets can also be purchased separately - pg 9 of S/S Idea Bk
Bling Pearls - - Le Creme Pearls
Foam mounting tape - CTMH 3-D Foam tape

I am entering these cards in the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin Challenge - Anything but square
Make It Monday - Challenge 86 - Always anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #160 - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Whoopsie Daisy Challenge - Use a flourish
Use It Tuesday - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Casual Friday's -  CFC50
Crafty Friends Challenge - Challenge #2
Hand Stamped Sentiments - #115 Spring
Paper Lovin Girls - PLG #29 - Tip Toe Through the Tulips

Thanks so much for joining us on our CTMH Art Philosophy Blog Hop today.  I hope you have enjoyed yourself and will join us again in the future for additional blog hops.  Check out my other creations and please leave a comment on my blog.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mojo Monday - Home Sweet Home Card Using Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Hi creative bloggers!  I finally finished my card for the Mojo Monday 238 Challenge.  It was very challenging for me.  I have no depth perception and cutting a straight line or lining things up is a big challenge even with all the gizmo's I own to help me.  I was born blind in my right eye and I think that is why I have such a challenge with straight lines; but it could be just me - not the eye!  HA!!

Here is my card for the Mojo Monday 238 Challenge using the sketch they provided this week.  I had to remove the scallop and circles on my first card as the colors didn't quite look right and start over again.  So here is my second attempt to create this card.  I hope you enjoy this. 

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday 238 Challenge for this week.  I used a 6 1/2 x 5 white base card from Recollections, cut the scrap page to 6 x 4 1/2, then cut 9 rectangles sized 2 x 1 1/2. 

I just purchased a retired CTMH stamp set called "Chair To You".  I love CTMH stamp sets as they are very clear and the sentiments/words are easy to read when using them.  They also clean up very nicely, especially if you use the "Double Scrubber" with "My Acrylic Spritz Cleaner".  You will enjoy your stamps for years if you use this cleaning method for all your stamps.  I used a tag on CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge with a little house already cut out on it.  Here is the close up of the chair and the sentiment. I just love this stamp set.  Isn't that tag so cute with the little house cut out of it?

Dimensions of layers for this card:
Used CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

I cut the scrap page to 6 x 4 1/2, then cut 9 rectangles sized 2 x 1 1/2. 
White card base 6 1/2 x 5 from Recollections
Brown scallop layer -  pg 31 AP cart handbook
Orange circle - 2 1/2 inches - pg 21 AP cart handbook
Peach circle - 2 1/4 inches - pg 21 AP cart handbook
Orange tag with house cut out - 2 1/4 inches - pg 42 AP cart handbook
Peach tag with house cut out - 2 inches - pg 42 AP cart handbook

Supplies used for this card:
Card base - White - 6 1/2 x 5 Recollections
Paper - Scraps from g.c.d. studios - Daydream Ensemble
Orange cardstock for scallop and tag - DCWV textured cardstock
Ink for chair & sentiment - CTMH cocoa exclusive ink
Ribbon - Offray 1/8 inch
Stamp for sentiment and chair - CTMH Chairs To You (retired)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday - Challenge 38 - Sketch
Art With No Boundaries - Challenge #6 - Anything goes
Craft Us Crazy - Challenge #26 -  Favorite stamp company and/or found inspiration!
Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog - On the street where you live
S J Crafts Shop Blog - Challenge #4 - Favorites
Just Keep On Creating -  Challenge #1 - Anything goes
Wishcraft - Waste not Wednesday's - Week 16
Creative Card Crew - Challenge #9 - Ribbon
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Use Punches/Dies
Flourishes - Timeless Tuesday #166 - Bingo - Ribbon, Pink and Diecut
The Ribbon Carousel Challenge - RCC50 Anything goes with Where she goes
365 Cards - Day 57 - Try a technique (Making a pattern with lots of pieces of paper)
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment.  Everyone appreciates comments on their blog.  I hope my card inspires someone else to at least try doing something you are not comfortable with creating and do the best you can do despite how it turns out.  There is usually someone who likes it and if not - you tried something that was challenging for you.  It doesn't really matter if anyone else likes it or not.  Have a fantastic day and remember - Keep on creating!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Anniversary Card using Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Hello all you wonderful bloggers!  I have been working on a couple cards for the Art Philosophy Blog Hop that is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m.  I hope you stop by and check out all the wonderful creations we will be sharing to give you more ideas of things to create with your CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (AP cart).  I love getting ideas from other people and it is so much fun to see the wonderful things that can be created with this fantastic cartridge.  I am always amazed at the creations other bloggers design with this cartridge.

This AP cart is the reason I am now a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  I fell in love with the stamps and the company and decided to join to spread the word about this great cartridge; with 700 images to create so many wonderful items. 

If you don't have a Cricut; then you will want to purchase one sometime in the future.   Several people suggested I buy one when I was out shopping for my stash. They stated it would change my scrapbooking and card making for the better.  I wasn't convinced until I googled Cricut and saw all the You Tube videos available.  I began watching the tutorials on how to use the Cricut.  I fell in love with what it could do.  I got my Cricut Expression after Christmas and it was the best investment I have made towards my scrapbooking and card making.  CTMH was the next best investment I made with all the free high quality products, the free training and discounts from becoming a CTMH Independent Consultant.   

I created an Anniversary card using my AP cart.  I didn't realize there were so many cards on this cartridge.  I love the different shaped cards you can create with this cartridge.

I was excited to use my new products from  I have always used their "Mono adhesive permanent" because it works the best and easiest for me and it has refills.  I was happy to see Tombow has a small handheld "Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive" which actually stamps in one spot or can be used as a tape runner.  I love this product.  It is so easy to use and so convenient having both in one handheld device.

I also used their "Mono Glue pen" which looks like an ink pen.  I can't believe there is no stickiness, no mess and can be used for gluing the little tiny layers like I used on this card.  I used their "3D Foam Tabs" for my flowers and the top two layers with the sentiment.  They are really great!! It was my first time to try them as well.  I was impressed and will continue using all of these great products.

 Closer view of the flowers and the flourish. 
 Double click on the picture for a better view.

Dimensions of layers for this card:
Outside: Card cut at 6 1/2 - pg 62 of AP cartridge handbook
4 1/4 - first layer- pg 62
4 - 2nd layer- pg 62
2 1/4 - 3rd layer- pg 62
2 - 4th layer for the sentiment
Flowers: Size 3/4 - pg 50 of same cartridge
Inside: 3 3/4, 3 1/2 ad 3 1/4 for the sentiment
Inside of card: 

The inside quotes came from CD 1000 card quotes from Hot Off The Press: which I love.  It includes a large variety of quotes for all occasions.  I wish I could change the color of the font instead of having everything in black. 

Closer views of inside:

I tried to do a closer view so you could see the quotes inside.  They are decorative and nicely done - just all in a faded black color.  I didn't add bling on the inside flowers because they don't stay well and the card is already thick for mailing.

Supplies I used for this card:
Die-Cuts: Cricut using CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for card base and all the pieces on outside and inside of card.
Cardstock: Recollections (purchased at Michael's)
Stamp for sentiment: CTMH Card Word Puzzle - C1494 - pg 23 Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
Ink: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: Recollections - hot pink (purchased at Michael's)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

365 Cards - Loud - Some would consider this card loud because of all the bright colors
Art With No Boundaries - Challenge #6 - Anything goes
Die Cuttin Diva's - Challenge #62 - Pearls, Pins/ and or Punches
Flourishes - Timeless Tuesday #166 - Bingo - My entry is (Bling, Die Cut and Emboss)
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge - Challenge #116 - Emboss it
Love To Create Challenge - Challenge #12 - Anything goes
Make It Monday - #86 - Always Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Challenge #103 - Bold and Bright
Simon Says Stamp Challenge -  Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Challenge #160 - Loaded with layers
Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #95 - Use some sparkle
Use It Tuesday - Challenge #30 - April Showers
Make It Monday - Challenge #86 - Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Please come back on Saturday, April 28 for the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Blog hop to see all the creations using this wonderful Cricut cartridge.  Have a super fantastic day and keep the inspiration going by creating!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mother's Day Card using CTMH Dotty For You Paper Packet and Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Welcome to all the creative bloggers and readers out there.  It has been another wonderful day in Sunny CA.  I am happy to be here to share my latest creation with you. 

I am so excited to be entering this card in the BBTB2 Design Team Call.  It is the Cricut Challenge Blog.  I would love to be part of their team.  I absolutely love my Cricut Expression and use it almost everyday.  I can't wait to see who they choose for these positions.

I am also excited because I was able to create 3D flowers from my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for the first time.  I am sure I will improve even more with time.  I thought it would be hard; but it was easy.  I watched a really great video from Mandy Leahy on You Tube.  She made it so easy to follow her directions. 

I used the CTMH "Dotty For You" paper packet and stamp set was from CTMH Pemberley Workshop.  All my shapes were made with the CHMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartrige.  I find this is my most used Cricut cartridge right now and I am loving all the wonderful things you can do with the 700 images; which includes these cute flowers.  You can cut the flowers any size you want; but I used 3 1/2 in. so they wouldn't cover too many of the flowers on the paper I was using.

Double click on the pictures for a closer view.

I love the New CTMH Dotty For You Paper. There are 2 each of 12 different patterns on one side and polka dots of different colors on the opposite side; which is the same weight as CTMH cardstock. They are only available from April 17 - May 31st; so you need to buy them now if you want them.  Order CTMH products here.

I am using two sketches plus the challenges listed below.  The first one is from 365 Cards - Day 46 - Super Sketchy Sunday shown below.

The second sketch is Fetch a Sketch - Challenge 22.  I used this; but moved the circles.  Not sure if that is acceptable.  I am new to following sketches; so I apologize if that isn't allowed.

Supplies I used for this 6 1/2 x 5 card:

  • Cardstock: CTMH Colonial White
  • Shapes and 3D flowers: CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
  • Paper: CTMH Dotty For You paper packet
  • Stamp Set: CTMH Pemberley Workshop
  • Ink: CTMH Lagoon
  • Ribbon: Celebrate 360
  • Bling: Recollections and K & Company
  • Foam Mounting Tape
  • I am entering this card in the following challenges:

    Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge 23 - Ribbon or Twine
    Craft Your Passion - Challenge 106 - Die Cuts and Punches
    365 Cards - Day 46 - Super Sketchy Sunday
    365 Cards - Day 49 - Getting Inky
    Fetch A Sketch - Challenge 22 (Used this sketch; but moved the 3 circles - hope that is acceptable)
    Lollypop Cratfts - Spring Fling
    Made Especially For You - Three Flowers
    Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
    My Craft Spot - Make it Pop
    Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
    Stamp With Fun - Challenge 157 - Favorite Colors
    Tammy's Scrappin Corner - Anything with a touch of green
    The Pink Elephant - TPE 144 - Color Inspiration Photo
    The Shabby Tea Room - Beautiful Roses
    Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - Handmade flowers
    Sweet Stampin - Girly but no pink  (Mine is actually sorbet - not pink)
    Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Things with wing
    2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge 87 - Flowers
    Catch The Bug Blog - Photo Inspiration
    Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 127 - Bling
    Marks Finest Paper - Rainbows  - I hope mine is OK.  I had several colors so hope it qualifies.  If not, I apologize and will try again next time.
    Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #33 - Butterflies and add some flowers
    Inspire Me Fridays (Joyful Stamper) - Anything Goes

    I can't wait to give this to my Mother when I visit her in May.  I am sure she will love it.  I think I am getting better with my card making.  I love visiting fellow bloggers.  There are some awesome cards out there; so don't forget to check them out.

    Please don't forget to comment when you come to mine or anyone else's blog that you visit.  It means so much to us to hear from you.  I try to comment on at least 3 different cards when I enter a challenge.  I think we all need to support each other.  Isn't that why we are posting our own work?  We want to help motivate someone else to create and to support the people who share their own creations.  

    Please take the time to comment on other people's creations!!  It will make their day and yours!! 
    Happy Creating!!  I love everyone who makes the effort to create and those who share their creations!

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Dotty For You Paper Packet - Order Yours Now

    Dotty For You Paper Packet

    It is time to order your Dotty For You Paper Packet.  I love these papers!! There are 12 duo patterns, 2 of each - 24 in packet.  See picture below for close up view.  They are the same weight as the cardstock.  Great for cutting with your Cricut.  They are so bright and cheerful!  I have already ordered two and plan to get two more.  You can do so many things with them from scrapbooking, cardmaking, boxes, gift bags and so much more.  

    You pay only $5 with each purchase of $35 in products from Spring/Summer 2012 catalog.  With $50 purchase, you can add the April Stamp of the Month for only $5. What a deal!!  Order yours here.  Free Dotty For You Paper Packet if you join my team April 17 - May 31st.  Click here to join my team.
    • Place your order
    • Click "my shopping cart" at the top of page
    • Scroll down and you will see the Dotty For You Paper Packet and/or the stamp of the month with purchase qualification as noted above. 
    • Click "Add to cart" next to the ones you want and continue your check out.
    Order your CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection and you will be eligible for 2 packets of Dotty For You and the stamp of the month for only $5 each.  Order your Art Philosophy collection here.


    Please contact me if you have any questions or need help in placing your order.  I would love to help you in planning for your next project.  Free consultations whenever you need assistance. 

    Contact me: Gloria Shirr
    Phone: 818-347-8416

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I appreciate your business.

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    Fun Card with CTMH April "You Are" Stamp Set, Dotty For You and Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

    Hi you fantastic creative bloggers out there.  I created another card to give to my 14 yr. old grandson who just visited from MO for a week.  We had so much fun with him and miss his bubbly personality.  I just received my new April stamp of the month set, "You Are" (pg 141 actual Ideas book, pg 143 online Ideas book) and thought of him when I opened it.  I find it a little challenging to create male cards and scrapbook pages.  I have no problem creating for the girls; but have to be careful being too feminine with the boys.  Ha! 

    I am actually going to create the inside with CTMH "Things" stamp set (page 105 actual book, pg 107 online book) - I am using the 10 Things I Love About You idea; but haven't completed that part yet. 

    I am still learning how to use my stamps; so please ignore any mistakes you might see.  I have to keep practicing to make them look like they do in our Idea Book.  I don't have the experience yet; but I will in time. 

    I used my new "Dotty For You Paper Packet" which is available April 17 - May 31st.  You only pay $5 (savings of $14.95) when you purchase $35 in products from our Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book.  Such gorgeous paper!!  I created all the images from my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge; which I absolutely love! 

    The polka dot paper color is good above; but it isn't quite the true Lagoon color in the close up picture below.  I wanted you to see the wording on the card.  The stamps for "You are positively Fun" and the line which says "Inspiring, Wonderful, Awesome, Super Phenomenal" are both from the April Stamp of the Month titled, "You Are".   The star shaped "Wow" stamp is from "Blue Ribbon" stamp set.  I purchased it to make cards for my grandkids when their grade cards arrive.  (pg 92 of actual Idea Book and Pg 95 online Idea Book)

    I didn't do as well on stamping this one and couldn't get a good picture.  Double click for close up view.  I used CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for all of these cuts.  The stamp is "Things" from Spring/Summer Idea Book, pg 105 actual book.  I love these stamps.  There are many choices to go with the 10 things title.  
    Inside of card (See below)

    Supplies used for this card:

    Card measures 6 1/2 X 5
    Cardstock for shapes: CTMH Colonial White and Lagoon
    Paper: CTMH Dotty For You stripes and polka dots
    Ink: CTMH Lagoon
    Stamp Sets Outside: CTMH "You Are" and "Blue Ribbon"
    Stamp Sets inside: "Things" and "Blue Ribbon"
    Shapes: CTMH Art Philosphy Cricut Cartridge
    Foam Mounting Tape for all the shapes

    I am entering this in the following challenges:

    Die Cuttin Divas -  Pastel Colors
    Cupcake Craft Challenges - Cupcake 187 - Spring is in the Air
    Anything Challenge -  Challenge 64 - Anything Goes
    Belli Challenge -  #141 - Children - (For my 14 yr. old grandson)
    Make It Monday - Any paper craft projects
    365 Cards - Just a Touch
    365 Cards - Let's Chat
    365 Cards - A Certain Sentiment
    Shopping Our Stash -  #47 - Masculine theme - For my 14 yr old grandson
    Trimmies Craft Challenge - Inspiration
    CES Challenges - #81 - Paper Piece It
    Little Claires Designs -  Doin the Rounds - (Circle and dots)
    Our Daily Bread Designs -  Spring Word Challenge (S=stamping; I=ink; G=green)
    The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - #181 - A Man's card
    ABC Challenges -  Neutrals
    Craft Your Passion Challenges: Use diecut or punch
    Crafty Friends Challenges - Use two die cuts

    I hope you have enjoyed my card creation today.  I don't normally use so many items with the same color scheme; but I love this paper and wanted to create my grandson a card showing him how much fun he is and how much we enjoyed his visit. 

    We started this tradition 2 yrs ago.  When one of the grandkids turns 14 yrs old, (The airline they fly on requires this age.); we fly them to CA for a week with me (grandmother) and their step-grandfather.  He was only the second one to come so far.  It has turned out to be such a blessing to us when they come.  My 14 yr old granddaughter came last time and her & I spent 3 days at Disney riding all the rides.  Boy was that interesting for someone my age.  Ha!!  Her step-grandfather only went one of the three days.  He didn't get to have all the fun I had.  :)

    Make sure you take time for yourself and spend time with your loved ones.  Family is the most important part of our lives.  Keep on creating those wonderful creations we love so much. 

    Please leave me a comment below.  I love reading them and I answer all of them. 

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Organize your scrapbooking/cardmaking on a Budget

    There are many organizers for different things.  Everyone's needs are a little different depending on the space available for your projects.  I wish I would have had this information when I first started my scrapbooking and cardmaking.  Hope it helps someone to get organized.

    I discovered you could invest a lot of money in keeping yourself organized; so I decided to challenge myself to discover inexpensive organizers for my products.  I would love to hear from all of you on what you use for keeping yourself organized.
    I have a spare bedroom I use; which serves as our guest bedroom. It has to be organized and ready for guests when they visit; which is several times a year.  Half the closet is used daily and the other half for our guests.

    I have included pictures of the items, where to purchase and estimated cost based on memory. 
    • 4 foot folding table ($32.99) and chair ($19.99) from Costco
    • 4 - small 3 drawer organizers from Big Lots, approx. $5.50.  Wal-Mart also sells them; but they are more expensive.
    • 1 rectangular plastic container with lid for Copic and other markers - Joann Fabrics - $2 on sale.
    • Several rectangular open plastic containers which hold pens, color markers, etc.  Wal-Mart for approx. $1.  The 99 cent stores or dollar stores might sell them.
    • Small square boxes on left from Big Lots  - larger slots for punch out items - cost $3 and Joann Fabrics has smaller slots for $1.99.

    Container from Big Lots with larger compartments - $3

    Container from Joann Fabrics with smaller compartmens - $1.99.

    Smaller Container from Tuesday Mornings with medium compartments - $1.99.

    The cabinet for my Cricut Expression was previously used for a TV; purchased at Best Buy - don't recall price.  I love all the space it provides.  Look around your house and see what you can use and rearrange things if needed.  Two lamps found on sale.  One faces my desk and one faces the Cricut cutting area.  It gets dark in this room at night.  No overhead lights.

    I have two of these bags.  They zip and have 12 slots inside to hold smaller paper items, stickers, etc.  Big Lots for $5.  I used these in the beginning before I started to accumulate so many products.

    • 3 drawer plastic drawer container for my 12 X 12 paper packs -$20 at Big Lots amd Wal-Mart.
    • I use the top to hold my paper cutter (Fiscars from Michaels) and my
    • 2 in one trimmer by Purple Cows that I purchased at Costco $20 - $25.  It actually has two parts.  The other one is in the closet.  I use both of these all the time.  This one has seven blades for different paper edges. 

    • 2 - 8 1/2 X 11 drawer containers to keep my inks, embossing powders, acrylic blocks, smaller stamps, etc.  Wal-Mart - $9.   These are on my bedside table with my lamp for easy access. 
    •  A smaller container for brads on the table - Tuesday Morning - $1.99.

    • 2 ClosetMaid 31- inch white horizontal stackable organizers from Target - $14 - $15
    • 1 - 2 shelf ClosetMaid 31 - inch white vertical stackable organizer at Target - $14 - $15
    • Plastic containers that hold my 8 1/2 X 11 paper packs were purchased at Big Lots - $5. 
    • The tall piece with the 12 X 12 containers was purchased at Michaels with clear plastic containers- 50% sale so it was $20.  You have to pull the containers out to get inside; but it works well so far.  I use for loose paper,  paper packs and stamps sets.
    • Scrapbooking 12 X 12 colored containers purchased at Michaels and Joann Fabrics - $2 - $5 depending on sale.  (Reg price $9 when not on sale)  
    • The photo boxes on the horizontal shelves purchased at Michaels for $2 - $3 depending on sale. (Reg price $4 when not on sale.)  I use them for punches, ribbons, Bling, etc and label them so I know what is in each box. 
    • 2 in 1 trimmer on the floor - This is the other half mentioned above that basically cuts paper (from Costco - Purple Cows brand)

    • A close up view of the containers from Michaels and the shelving unit on the right.  
    • 1 plastic container on the shelves to the right for my embossing folders and Cuttlebug items - purchased at Big Lots or Wal-Mart for $5 - $6. 
    • Many plastic envelopes (leaning on wall in front of shelves) for keeping pictures when I am working on a scrapbook, left over paper, dimensionals, etc.  $1 at Big Lots.  $2 at Michaels.

    • Photo boxes - Michaels - $2 - $3 - contain my photos that I may use for scrapbooks
    • 8 1/2 X 11 drawer container for my business supplies - $9 at Wal-Mart
    • Craft notebooks - labeled on the front, haven't done the sides yet.

    I have two larger containers for supplies.  They are on the opposite side of the closet; which is full of clothing.  I keep extra supplies so I don't run out in the middle of a project.  I purchase supplies when I can with coupons or good sales. 

    I hope this was helpful information.  Please leave a comment letting us know what you find useful to organize your scrapbook and cardmaking stash.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Mojo Monday 236 - Card made with scraps - Cricut Art Philosopohy Cartridge

    Hi you lovely bloggers!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!! I am so grateful for all of your love and support.  I appreciate your lovely compliments on my blog.  Your cards and projects are such an inspiration to me.  I couldn't do this without all of you.  Knowing there are others who see my creations and who may be inspired by what I have created is what makes this so much fun.  I appreciate each and every one of you and your creations. 

    I decided to try Mojo Monday challenge today as well as several others.  Using scraps of paper was a little more challenging than I thought.  I also decided to include the color scheme for PPA Color Challenge.  This is probably the most unusual card I have ever made  with the color scheme and the unusual combinations.  I love combining several challenges into one.  I think it involves a little more creativity and makes it so much more fun.  I only did one view of my card today since there isn't really any specific details that need to be shown.  Click on the card to see a closer view.

    The sketch used to make this card is really a great sketch.  I am sure I will use it again.  I can think of several ways to make a card using this sketch.  Enjoy!!

    I used my CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to create the flower.  I love this cartridge.  There are so many things on this cartridge that it is incredible.  I use it every time I create something.  It has such a wide variety.  I feel it is an absolute necessity to have this cartridge if you own a Cricut.  I own a lot of punches; but they are only one size.  I can try several sizes before I get the size I am looking for and this cartridge allows me to do that easily and effortlessly.  Click here to order your Art Philosophy Collection.

    I just purchased my Cricut Expression in December and it was the best investment I have ever made for my scrapbooking and cardmaking.  The second best investment I made is to join CTMH as a consultant.  The $300 in free products you receive for just $99 is a fantastic investment.  The products are high quality and unique, the friendships, the team I belong to, the free training and the discounts are all just part of this great company.  There is so much more that I can't explain it all here.  Click here to see the great free products you receive when you join my team.  Scroll down on that page to see the products and the discounted add on products you can purchase as well. 

    Supplies used for this card:

    Patterned paper: Scraps left over from other projects cut to 1 in strips.
    Hot pink cardstock: Recollections
    Embossing folder: Cuttlebug machine with "The Paper Studio" flourish
    Flower and layer: CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - cut at 2 1/2 inches
    Ribbon: Lt Pink 3 - Offray ribbon - purchased at Joann Fabrics
    Bling: K & Company (hot pink)
    Foam Mounting tape for the flower

    I am entering this card in the following challenges: - Mojo Monday 236 - Bingo - Flowers, Diecut and blue (1st row down) - Challenge 64 - Anything goes - Challenge 211 - I want candy!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I hope you enjoyed my latest creation.  It is a little unusual; but I don't think it turned out too bad for just using scraps of paper.  Have a fantastic week and keep creating those wonderful cards and other projects.