Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fun with Fundamentals

Playing with our new Fundamentals paper packs has been so much FUN!  The creative possibilities are really endless.  Here's a layout and cards that I created with the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.  If you'd like to order any of the products I used to make these projects, visit my website at

If you order any of these products off of my website and would like some more specific measurements for these projects, let me know.  I didn't do a detailed cutting guide for these projects (partly because they are fairly simple), but I do have a handout that has measurements of the layout pieces and Cricut images sizes, etc., and I'd be happy to e-mail it to you!

Here's a fun, yet simple layout created with our Adventure Fundamentals B&T Paper and coordinating cardstock.  This will be the layout for my workshop clubs in September.   I also made use of our new Thin Cuts (Z3260 Hearts and Z3257 Love).  If you're wondering, "this life" came from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  Adding touches of black along with these bright colors kind of anchors the whole layout.  You may not be able to see it in the photo, but I also embossed the green cardstock strip on the layout with the new Simple Chevron Embossing Folder (Z3247, $8.95).  One awesome thing about Close to My Heart embossing folders is that they have a slit at the top of the folder so that you can emboss a long strip of paper, then slide it up and do the second half of it.  You don't have to limit your embossing to papers that are as small as your embossing folder.  If you like to play with watercolor or other inking techniques, consider adding "splatter" to the white areas of this layout.  

This card REALLY appeals to the side of me that likes NEAT, crisp cards!  I just used scraps of Adventure Fundamentals paper along with the Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts (Z3259) and the Heart Thin Cuts (Z3260).  

For this card, I used flowers from the new Flower Market Cricut Collections, along with the Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts.  Did I mention that I'm addicted to these new Thin Cuts??

Here's another simple card featuring the new Stars Thin Cuts (Z3261) and one the new Birthday Sparkles stamp set (B1537, $9.95)--a MUST HAVE if you like to make birthday cards.

This card features more flowers from the Flower Market cartridge.  I used some of the fun word paper that's in the Adventure Fundamentals pack as the background.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Some Favorites. . .

I've really enjoyed the paper packs, stamps and accessories featured in our Seasonal Expressions catalog this summer, but alas, it is time to say "goodbye."  If you haven't taken the opportunity to order any of these fantastic products, I'd encourage you to take a look at them before they are gone.  Hop on over to my website at, click on "shop" and then on "Going Soon!" to see the products that will be retiring on August 31st.  Some of these items will probably run out of stock before August is over, so get your order in before they are gone.  Here are the three paper packs that are featured in this catalog.  The Complements that go with these paper packs are excellent, so be sure you snag those along with the paper.

FLORENCE (this paper is gorgeous, and the Complements that go with it are just stunning!)

CALYPSO--such a fun summer pack. . .can't get enough of these soft summer colors and flamingos!!

MAGICAL--my customers are always hunting for paper packs that work with Disney photos, and this is the ONE.  Even if you haven't made that family trip to Disney yet, I'd suggest picking up a pack or two of this to add to your stash!  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Basically the Best August Campaign

The new Annual Inspirations catalog is now live!  You can view it on my website at  To kick things off, we have a wonderful special featuring our new Fundamentals paper packs.  These paper packs are so versatile--the creative possibilities are ENDLESS!  In August, if you purchase the Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment paper packs ($19.95 each--must buy all three), you can choose either the Rustic Home papers or the Uptown papers FREE!!  And, don't forget that you'll also qualify to get the Stamp of the Month for only $5

Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack -- $19.95

Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack -- $19.95

Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack -- $19.95
Rustic Home Fundamentals --$13.95 (or FREE with special)

Uptown Fundamentals -- $14.95 (or FREE with special)

August Stamp of the Month

Maybe it's because I'm a cat lover, but I think this set is so stinkin' cute!  And, though it's geared toward Halloween, you can use several of the images (the cat, the banner, etc.) throughout the year.  You can only purchase this stamp set in the month of August.  You can get it for only $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase OR you can purchase at full retail value of $17.95.  If you happen to be taking advantage of the wonderful Basically the Best August special featuring our new Fundamentals papers (see separate post), you'll qualify to get this stamp for $5.