Mother’s Day Album and How-to Video

Why not make something special for Mom this year?  Like one of the fun and chic Hic Pic Albums!


Supplies needed for this project:

C1577 My Acrylix™ Mother’s Day
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
X7178B Ivy Lane Paper Packet
X7179B Ariana Paper Packet
X5759 Pacifica Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
Z1939 Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1956 My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper
Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles
Z1934 Flamingo Dots
Z1923 Smoothie Striped Washi Tape
Z1932 Silver Geometric Washi Tape
Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Z1294 Sanding Kit

How-to Video to create a fabulous My Creations Hip Pics album that includes pocket photo pages designed specifically for 16 – 4×6 photos.  Make a gift album using the Mother’s Day or You’re the Best stamp set, or preserve any memorable event in its pages.  Watch the video to learn how to trim your photos just right, attach them, and adorn this adorable album.

Artbooking Made Easy: Fab Frames

Decorate picture-perfect pennant frames using Close To My Heart’s Cricut® Artbooking cartridge. From flowers to snowflakes to titles, you will love the versatility, ease, and look of these artistic embellishments


Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Collection
Z1941 My Creations Pennant Frame

Big Ideas Album


Supplies needed for this project:

C1575 My Acrylix™ True to Life
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
X5752 Juniper Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
1271 Buttercup Cardstock
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album
Z1929 Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon
Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles
Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
Cricut Craft Room®
2 1/2″ RDS Title <5> (p. 42)
Cricut Craft Room® H-2.694″ Shift+Overlay <!>
(use Hide Contour button to hide inside line of the chevron, p. 38)

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Pattern Switch

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  For this hop we have each chosen a layout design from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book and swapped it so if it’s a card we made a layout, and if it was a layout we used it to create a card.  This is lots of fun, give it a try!  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Joy McHargue.

Framed Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used: Black Cardstock, Fundamentals Basic Assortment, Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, Gold Shimmer Trim (exclusively available in the Ivy Lane Workshop on the Go Kit), Black Tulle (retired), Embroidery Floss (retired), Square Durables (retired, but Triange Studs are available), and Sparkles Black Flourishes – Small.

I found inspiration on page 32 of the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  I used this 3D item as the basic idea (sketch) for my layout!  I started by cutting the frame shape (You can find detailed instructions on how to do that here).  I used both the front and backside of the Fundamentals Paper after I cut so I didn’t have any waste.  I mounted these pieces on Black Cardstock and used 3D Foam Tape to ad some dimension to the “frame”.  For the “ribbon” across the bottom of the page, I twisted the tulle, wrapped it around the page, attaching on the back nwith tape, and then adding a couple glue dots on the front.  For the “bow”, I folded the tulle in half hotdog style, then folded it back and forth the other way to create the bow.  Holding it together, I then cut the loops and tied the center with embroidery floss.
This was a very different layout for me.  I work much better with girly layouts!  I’m please with it but it’s funny because I knew what I wanted to do and that I wanted to use the Fundamentals Paper but when I went to choose my paper this was the one that I liked best (when I was originally unsure if I would use that paper at all when I flipped through them!).

Now hop on over to Michelle Loncar!

List of participants:

1.  Debi
2.  Shirley Ross
3.  Sheila Bennett
4.  Joy McHargue
5. Wendy Kessler
6. Michelle Loncar
7. Judy Faye Garner
8. Michelle Battitori
9. Terry Morrow
10. Melissa Robinson

Easter Ideas


Supplies needed for this project:

Easter Egg Holders
B1423 My Acrylix™ Hoppy Easter
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X5763 Smoothie Cardstock
X5751 Sorbet Cardstock
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2160 Twilight Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z3002 Ariana Assortment
Z3000 Skylark Assortment
Z3001 Ivy Lane Assortment
Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles
Z1929 Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Cricut Craft Room®
Cricut® Shapes:
2 1/4″ Accent 4 <x> (p. 62)
2 1/4″ Accent 4 <BdayGirl> (p. 69)
2 1/4″ Accent 3 <Spring> (p. 73)
3 3/4″ 3D Object <Spring> (p. 73)
Cricut Craft Room® H-0.60″ x W-5.042″
Shift+3D Object <Easter> (p. 73)

Cake Garland
B1432 My Acrylix™ Love This
B1423 My Acrylix™ Hoppy Easter
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
X5763 Smoothie Cardstock
X5754 Crème Brulee Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
1 1/4″ <Banner5> (p. 59)

Muslin Easter Bag
B1423 My Acrylix™ Hoppy Easter
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
1271 Buttercup Cardstock
X5754 Crème Brulee Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2167 Crème Brulee Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1822 My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags
Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Cricut® Shape:
1 1/2″ Accent 3 <2 > (p. 32)