May 19, 2015


Hello fellow crafters! Grace Baxter here, and I am happy to share my latest card design. I call this one my Cupcake Shoppe birthday card.

Cupcakes and birthdays naturally go together. But how about an entire Cupcake SHOPPE!

Cupcake Shoppe Birthday Card, collage by Grace Baxter

Rather than make a flat card front, I decided to add a sweet awning to the shoppe window.

I had in mind a particular striped paper for the awning. This one reminds me of the striped canvas sling lawn chairs my Dad used to enjoy. And this striped paper looks exactly like that style.

I might just have to make a few of these to have on hand. Once I figured out the best way to make the awning, the rest was easy!


For the inside verse, I used one of my own poems. This one is a general verse that works for either male or female recipients. (Click the top picture collage for details.)

Cupcake Shoppe Birthday Card front, by Grace Baxter

Cartridges Used

Gypsy Wanderings - awning and bakery window ledge
Straight from the Nest - cupcakes

Cupcake Shoppe Birthday Card, 3D awning, by Grace Baxter

I hope you enjoy this card project.

Be sure to drop by my blog for more
inspiration on other themes!

May 18, 2015

Slicing Images in Design Space - My First Vinyl Project!

Hi, everyone, it's Charlotte C.  I finally decided to work with vinyl, starting small, and wanted to share some quick info with you about splitting not just letters with your Explore, but actual images. 
This is a bit photo heavy, but please bear with me. A few things to keep in mind at the start:
1.     You need to have a single layer image.  So if the image you choose has a layer or layers, just delete them before you start.
2.     The latest update of DS has an “insert shape” button on the left panel where you can grab a square and then just unlock the lower left corner and create your rectangle.
3.     Use your arrow keys when moving the bottom of your split image so you keep everything aligned.  This becomes obvious later on.
4.     Turn on your grid.

First bring your single layer image and a rectangle on your canvas.
 Size and place the rectangle where you want to split your image, highlight it and your image and click Weld.
Create another narrow rectangle and bring it centered on top of the rectangle you just welded, highlight everything and click Slice.  Slide the cut pieces away and delete the little pieces, but hang on to the rectangle.
Now bring that sliced rectangle on top of the bottom half of your image. line it up right to left, and pull it down to cover the entire bottom half.
Highlight everything and click Slice. Your image should look like this.  Then slide the rectangle away and delete it

Use your arrow keys to move the bottom half to make a space for the word or name you want to insert in there (about an inch apart).  Now highlight the whole image and click Attach.  You’ll see top and bottom move together as one. 
Now create your text, highlight it and click Attach. Slide your text in the space you created; stretch it out to fit but don’t have it touching the top or bottom of the split. (I did notice my “h” was touching the top line and I did adjust that before cutting.)

It's time now to decide whether you want to cut the name the same color as the image or not.  If you want two different colors, you’re set, because when you hit Go, two mats will come up:  one color for the image, one color for the name. 
If you want to cut everything the same color, highlight everything (or Select All) and click attach.  You can see the difference here.

I am so excited I was able to personalize my laptop with my first vinyl project.  Not a great picture (silver on silver), but here it is.

Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing you all next month.

May 15, 2015

Mother's Day Card and Box

Hello Everyone, Lisa from Lisa's Craft Room here posting my project for the month. I made a box and a card for my mom for mother's day. I put a little candle in the box. On the card, I used white card stock for the base of the card. I took another piece as a layer and used the butterfly thinlits from Stampin' Up and cut out the butterfly. I adhered that to the card. I used a glue stick on the cut out and added dazzling diamonds to give it shimmer. I then cut out two more butterflies, one with a piece of white card stock and one with patterned paper. I used glue dots on the white butterfly and adhered that down, then I used dimensionals on the patterned butterfly and attached that to the white one.
I cut out two labels with a punch, one white and one patterned, and layered them. I used dimensionals to pop it up. The sentiment is from Mom You Rock from Creative Time For Me. Finally, I added some rhinestones.

 Isn't the dimension of the butterfly awesome? So pretty.

On the box, I used the same patterned paper. On the lid I used white card stock, the scallop punch from Stampin' Up was used to make a border. I adhered each section to the inside.

On the top, I stamped an image from Butterfly Basics, I cut out one butterfly in white and stamped the other butterfly, then cut it out and adhered it to the first one. I added some twine and rhinestones. The image is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, that was punched out with the word window punch. I just love how this set came out. That's my project for you. Thanks for stopping by and thanks again Sheila for having me.

May 14, 2015

Ladies Tea Party

Hello everyone!! Java Jen here from JAVA JEN CREATIONS to share my Ladies Tea Party decor! Thank you, Sheila, for another opportunity to share!!  Our church has a Ladies Tea every year and all the hostesses decorate their own tables however they choose. Of course, my Cricut Explore made this quite easy!! Here is a pic of my table all ready to go! 

I made various flowers, including some 3-D ones to scatter around the table.

I thought the Kraft paper paired with the different colors of glitter paper would make a colorful statement that could easily be seen through my clear glass plates! 

Each hostess also made the food for her guests so I made chicken salad sandwiches and orange tea cookies. The placemat under my tiered display is just a flower doily enlarged to fit nicely inside a 12x12 square of kraft paper. 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop back often to see so much daily inspiration!! 

                                                 Java Jen

May 13, 2015

Easy Peasy Scrapbooking LO with Design Space

Hi!  It's Christine from I am Cocoa's Mom sharing a layout with you today.  I have been inspired by Sheila (AKA Sassy Lady) to work on my scrapbooking again.  It is, as Sheila demonstrates, all about preserving those memories and that's what counts rather than fabulous pictures showcased by fabulous pages.  (Not that she doesn't do those too - check this page out!)

So, I started working on last year's Spring Break trip to the Oregon coast and 3 pages later, I discovered the joy and ease of scrapbooking with the ready made pages in Design Space.  Bingo!

As you can see, I started with a double page LO as my canvas and added the Happy Trails image from "Family Album" resized to fit the canvas.  Then I duplicated and mirrored the image and added it to the second page of the canvas.

The fun part was the adding and deleting images and making the basic LO work for the pictures that I wanted to add. 

After syncing the colors, cutting and removing the pieces from the mats, it was soooo easy peasy to follow the Design Space screen and assemble my LO.  And yes, I did change things around a bit more before gluing!

Here's the first page

and the second.


When DH saw my pages he said,  "That was a great cache, wasn't it?  Took forever to find!"   And THAT'S the reaction I want for my pages.    I will be using "Family Album" for more LOs for inspiration and as the starting point for this scrapbooking novice.

If you've never tried geocaching, google it!   It's a great family activity, free, and fun!  Watch out for Muggles!

Thank you Sheila for inviting me to share on your blog today and for all the inspiring you do.   : ) Christine

May 12, 2015

Mother's Day Cards

Mother's Day is special.  This card brought together a couple of designs I've been wanting to use, as well as another opportunity to show off the beautiful CTMH Blossom Paper (X7196B), which I just love.

Other Close To My Heart supplies used include:

"Fabulous You" Stamp (Seasons and Nature - C1533) 
"Mother's Day" Stamp (retired - suggest B1474) 
Shimmer Trim (Z1918) 
Inks - Crystal Blue (Z2117), Olive (Z2137), Sunset (Z2191) 
White Cards, Value Pak (X254) 
Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) 
Bouquet Assortment (retired - suggest Z1857) 
Shin Han Markers - Turquoise Blue (Z2465), Clay (Z2451), Golden Yellow (Z2452), Marigold (Z2457), Pastel Peach (Z2460)
In addition, I used my trusty Creative Memories circle templates - 3" and 3 1/4".  Sometimes hauling out the Cricut machine for a few piddly circles just seems like more trouble than it's worth!
Inside, a simple sentiment with plenty of room for personal touches.  I hope you enjoyed this project.  May you all experience a day you enjoy on Mother's Day.  Blessings,
Proverbs 31:10-30