Santa-tizer bottle by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH Scalloped Border Punch, CTMH Cardstock (Cranberry, White Daisy, Black), Silver Glitter Paper, Black Buttons, and CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

TicTac Snowman Container by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH White Daisy Cardstock, unknown light blue cardstock (from my 8 1/2 x 11 stash!), unknown ribbon from stash, Zig markers, CTMH Black ink, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, and CTMH Snow Friends stamp set (retired).

The Santatizer at the top is just a small bottle of hand sanitizer covered with cardstock (idea from here).  The tic tac container was made from this example.  Once you get started, these are easy to make and work great as stocking stuffers and small gifts.but

There is new ownership over at Scrap Our Stash.  Come see the changes and check out the new challenges!  Our first one is Kraft It Up.  Create a layout using 50% kraft (paper, embellishments, etc.)  The stash buster is metal.  Use at least 3 pieces of metal embellishments (eyelets, brads, gears, hinges, etc.) on your layout.

Here’s my layout:

Imagine Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Close to My Heart Kraft Paper, unknown pattern paper from my stash (it’s from a stack), Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, mulberry paper from stash, Making Memories Charmed Photo Corners, Making Memories Metal Flowers, Making Memories Metal Word, and Close to My Heart Milepost Shapes (retired).

First of all I have to say that I recently bought some Kraft paper because I see it everywhere and honestly…I hate it.  So this was a true challenge for me!  In an attempt to use up some of my kraft paper, I used it as the background of my layout.  The decorative circle is cut from the Artiste cartridge (p.60 – Accent 4 – Shift – Fit to Page).  I took the scraps from the inside of this circle image and flipped them around (double-sided paper) and used them to create the flower.  I added another circle of mulberry paper that was buried deep in my stash.  Do you remember this stuff?  I even used my Creative Memories circle cutter.  The shapes in the corners of the layout are layered metal pieces, 2 photo corners topped with the flower.

Now head over to Scrap Our Stash and submit your own layout.  You have until March 29th.

(C1486 Lucy ) This set is sold exclusively as part of the Lucy Workshop on the Go.  I really love these workshops.  They come with all coordinating products (a paper packet, a C-size stamp set, and embellishments as well as an instruction booklet.  After you have used the workshop to is max, you will still have the stamp set forever to use on many more projects.

I just love the girly pink colors of this paper but I wanted to show you another look with the same stamp set.  I really liked this card from Jeanette Lynton’s blog and changed it up to make it my own.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless noted: Lucy Workshop on the Go stamp set, Baker’s Twine, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, Lagoon ink, Sunset ink, Liquid Glass, Dotty For You paper packet (June special), DCWV Baby Boy Jumbo Brads, and Creative Memories cutting system.

I had to get my Creative Memories cutting system out for this one.  It’s been forever since I’ve used it but it sure made it easy to create this window card.  I also forgot just how much Baker’s Twine comes on one card.  I’m going to have to use this more often.  I was going to add some sparkles to this card and was looking through my box of rhinestones and found a package of brads (not where they were supposed to be) that I liked better than my original plan.  I used Liquid Glass to attach the stamped butterfly to the twine so that it won’t come off but will still have movement.  I think this card will make a nice non-traditional baby card or a birthday card for a little one.


This is a constant at my desk.  The CM Photo Trimmer is a small cutter designed specifically for trimming photos.  It is small and lightweight so it can fit easily on your desk and go anywhere with you.  It cuts up to 4 3/4″ x 7″.  There is a drawer on the side which can be used to store small items.  The trick to straight cuts is to make sure the arm is lifted all the way up and your photo is flush along the top.  Because of the top guard you would not be able to cut 1/2″ or smaller strips but I use this only for photos so it is not an issue.