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My Convention Card

Here is the card that I made to take to convention.  I am thrilled that I was able to make 72 cards!  I will post some of my favorites!  So something kind of funny….I had this post all ready to go except for the picture.  Now I sit down to finish up and I have everything packed, including all these cards…deep in the back of the van…in a box…in the bottom of the cooler…  So… I happened to keep this one.  The cards for convention are the same with the exception of the embellishments.  I used the Black/Grey sparkles instead of the bubbles that you see here.

Convention Swap Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Pirouette stamp set, Hello Blooms stamp set, Slate Ink, Art Philosophy Cricut CollectionWhisper CardstockBlack & Grey Assortment Sparkles, and Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon.

For some of the cards I used up the rest of my Grey Flannel Cardstock.  It is a similar light grey to the new Whisper.

I didn’t realize until half way through that I could have saved some paper with this project.  I cut the 12×12 sheets of grey to use as card bases.  What I later discovered is that even though the Pirouette shape didn’t quite fit on the scrap I had leftover, it was enough since I was cutting part of it off the edge of the card anyway.  I finished the rest of the cards this way and was able to make a few more than I would have otherwise.  When I attached the stamped Pirouette image, I let it fall off the edge of the card, then I used my Cutterpede trimmer to cut off the excess.  This worked perfectly because I could butt the edge of the card right up to the blade and cut it straight, much faster than trimming with scissors.

CTMH Video: A Different Spin

Add a different spin to your layouts and card by incorporating a spinner into your artwork.  The chipboard spinner can be stamped, covered with paper, and makes a cute embellishment or extra journaling.  The Wheel of Life stamp set coordinates nicely with the spinner for easier stamping and decorating.  Learn tips and tricks for using the spinner by watching this video.

Happy Mother’s Day

Welcome to our April Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, both the Artiste and the Art Philosophy cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don’t already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

If you have just began hopping, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts then you are in the right place!

Our hop this month features not only these amazing cartridges but we also have a Mother’s Day theme since Mother’s Day is less than a month away.  Have you started your Mother’s Day projects yet?  This was the push I needed to get my cards made!

Mother's Day Card by Wendy Kessler

Mother's Day Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Avonlea Paper Packet, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, Artiste Cricut Collection, Black & Grey Glitter PaperOpaque Pearls, and Bitty Sparkles.

I thought I would challenge myself this time around to use only Cricut cuts and no stamping!  I used both Art Philosophy and the Artiste cartridges to cut the card, butterfly, sentiment, and flourish.  By designing the card in Cricut Craft Room I was able to re-size and align all the images so they fit perfectly.  Instead of using more of the glitter paper than necessary, I used scraps and finished with a piece of Slate Cardstock for neatness.  Honestly, I really don’t care for the card I made and I’m not sure why.  I am thinking the butterfly would look better on a solid color than on the patterned paper.  And I was stuck on wanting to use the Avonlea paper. (sigh)  My dd came in and loved it so I think it’s still acceptable to use.  I think she likes all the bling!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Your next stop on our “Mother’s Day” hop is Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  3. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  4. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  5. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  6. Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper


Thanks for hopping along with us – we hope we were able to inspire you in creating your own Mother’s Day projects!

Product Highlight – My Originals Matchbook Card Kit

CTMH Matchbox Cards by Wendy Kessler

CTMH Matchbox Cards by Wendy Kessler

With the My Originals Matchbook Card Kit you will complete 12 matchbook cards with surprise pockets and pull-out cards for special messages and gift cards.

Kit includes:
12 – 4″ × 3½” Matchbook Cards with pockets (3 each of 4 patterns)
12 – Journaling Cards
1 – 12″ × 6″ Sheet of Adhesive-backed Dimensional Elements
1 – 12″ × 6″ Sheet of My Stickease®
12 – White Daisy Envelopes

The cards is quick and easy to assemble.  I recommend additional adhesive for the chipboard pieces.  The cards are small so if you plan to mail them you will need to put them in a larger envelope.  My kids think they are really neat so I plan to let them use the cards for birthday gifts.  For those of you who like a pattern, I took extra pictures so you could see how I completed the cards.

CTMH Video: Day for Dad

Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate the dads, grandpas, and father figures that make your life meaningful.  Make your special guy a personalized card, gift, or party decoration for Father’s Day using the images on the Perfect Fit – Dad stamp set.  You can learn more about how to make a card or gift for Father’s Day by watching this video.