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I want share with you my top 5’s  for my svg cuts, paper,and adhesives.

Top 5 SVG Sites

1. Miss Kates Cuttables ( she gives a free cut everyday)

2. Ppbn Designs ( this a subscription only, lots of Disney look-a-like files great for those trips)

3. Kadoodle Bug Designs (Freebie once a week)

4. Kerri Bradford Studios ( she has awesome modern clean designs)

5. Treasure Box Designs ( have a freebie once a week, love there files they are so fun)

Note some of these site also have pngs for digital scrapbooking. I am strictly a traditional scrapbooker, i love playing with the paper and embellishments.

Top 5 Paper Brands:

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1. Close to my Heart has great quality paper and I love how the paper packs include some coordinating solid cardstock as well. Check Out Kelley Buchholz she is my personal consultant if you are interested in the CTMH products http://kelleybucholz.ctmh.com/Retail/Category.aspx

2.Doodlebug papers are so fun and great quality

3.American Crafts (Peebles, Pink Paislee, We R, Crate Paper and Heidi Swapp) I purchase mine mostly from AC Moore but you can also order them from scrapbook.com

4. Authentique paper very nice quality ( I got mine from The Scrapbook Expo when it was in Virginia, I don’t have a recommendation of where to order this, sorry. Please message me if you have a link to a trusted site for this paper)

5. My Minds Eye is also a fun paper company ( watch out for the bigger paper packs the paper is much thinner) i bought mine from A.C. Moore  and Scrapbook Expo

Top 5 Adhesives

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1. E-Z Runner Scrapbook Adhesive

2. Zig 2 Way Fine Tip ( awesome for small pieces )

3. Glue dots

4. Foam squares or tape ( it gives great depth )

5. 3M Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue ( great for large embellishments )

Top 5 Favorite Scrapbooking Tools

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1. Silhouette Cameo

2. Close to my Heart Tweezers

3. Uniball White Gel Pen

4. Black Journaling Pen

5. Close to my Heart Versamat

Thank you for reading about my favorites and please feel to share your favorites. Remember to keep the memories alive.

Unleash the Creativity!

Hello

Hello everyone, it is great to be back. I know it has been a while, so here is why I have been missing. I had stopped working on the blog in June 2013 because of extreme dizziness and nausea due to the pregnancy of my second child. So taking care of a 1-year-old, being pregnant with my second and tending to the my house duties (luckily my husband was great help) was all I could handle. As that subsided the pain and heart palpitations set in and so my focus was my family and my health. I also ended up with Braxton Hicks the last month or so, not fun, but worth it. In February I delivered a 9lb baby boy, no wonder I was in pain there was not much room for him since I am 5′.

My husband and I holding our newborn son.

I Didn’t really scrapbook for about a year, maybe a page or two here or there.  2-3 months after my son was born, I was ready to scrapbook again. I had missed it, not to mention fell way behind on my daughters book. I have scrapbooked whenever I could squeeze it in since. So it has been a year and a half since his arrival and life has finally calmed down enough for me to start-up the blog again. Thank you for those who hung around waiting and for any new people who are just finding me. I can’t wait to share my family adventures, fun pages, and techniques.

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Our happy family. I am very blessed to have so much to scrap about.

On a creative note please leave a comment about some types of pages you would like to see or techniques. I have grown greatly since I started to scrapbook 9 years ago. I am excited to show you all what I have been working on. So keep an eye out for some new posts.

Thank you for visiting my blog and remember to keep the memories alive. Unleash the Creativity!

I am back, almost

Blog Under-construction!!

I will back in the beginning of September with a little bit about where I have been, some of my favorite supplies and of course some awesome layouts to share.

I hope to see you next month!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

~creativemindedmomma~

Life’s Little Blessings

I had this picture that I absolutely loved and wanted a way to show case it. So I made a frame for my mantel.

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I used Recollections for the grey polka dot, My Minds Eye Stella and Rose collection for the floral paper. The rest of the paper was plain cardstock.

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I love this layout and titled it Life’s Little Blessings. The colors when fabulous in our  living room.

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I used the Flower Shoppe Cartridge to create the flowers. I also used CCR make the grey flowers to mimic the flowers in the paper. I also inked the larger cream rose with black ink. I used brads in the middle of the grey flowers.

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I love how it turned out and how I was able to showcase a family photo in a creative way. Also to make the lettering stand out i used a grey pen to go around the letters.

TIP: If you want to do a 3-D page but it doesn’t need to be as deep as shadow box, try using a t-shirt frame. It is about 1/2 the depth of a shadow box and it this idea perfectly. The frame says 13×13 but 12×12 fits fine with out showing any gaps.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedFlower Shoppe
Other Supplies Used: Silhouette Cameo, brads, grey pen

Graduation Card

Hello all here is some fun inspiration for the GRAD in your life. It is the season for Graduations and what better way to show someone you care then a card.

Graduation Card
Graduation Card

For this card I used a pr-made card base from Michael’s , it was the glitter set. The girl was cut from Paper Dolls Teen Scene it was one of our freebie cartridges last week. I used just your basic cardstock and embossed the back ground with D’vine swirls. I also add ribbon, embroidery floss and stickers.

Tassel Detail

The tassel I created using embroidery floss in the Graduates school colors. I folded it several times and then tied it in a knot and cut the loops to make tassel part. Then I trimmed the extra pieces that went to the hat so there were only two. I attached it with tape.

Ribbon Detail

And to add a  little extra detail I added a ribbon. On the inside it  says Congratulations. I also used foam squares to make the graduate pop off the card a little.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedPaper Dolls Teen Scene
Other Supplies UsedCuttlebug embossing folder “D’vine”, Recollections Papers, Foam squares, ribbon and stickers

I hope I inspired you and Happy Creating.

3D Princess Castles

I braved 3D Castles for my daughter 1st Birthday. This is my very first 3D object made using my Cricut. The 3D castles turned out awesome, but very time consuming. I will say it was worth it all when I saw them on all the tables at my daughters first Birthday.

Castles
Castles

As you can see I made 7 of these 3D Castles. The one I will be using for the details is Lily’s personal castle. This one I added embellishments and made it out of glitter and shimmer paper with a princess.

Close Up On Castle
Close Up On Castle

I wanted these castles to be as big as I could get them on a 12×12 mat. The largest I could go was 10.75 in. I had to use Design Studio so I could hang off the pieces I could not get on the mat at that time. This lady’s blog post was super helpful in figuring out what each piece was for http://craftygator.blogspot.com/2012/02/once-upon-princess-3d-castle-tutorial.html. I labeled my booklet just like she did and it was so helpful.

Detail
Detail

Here is close up of the Princess was made from Once Upon A Princess  and the hair is from the Baby Steps. I used glitter paper from Target and the shimmer paper were from Bazzill. Give yourself plenty of time and some patience when assembling these castles. Instead of gluing the edges I used double sided tape on the inside edge of each cut, to cut down on dry time. Take a bone  folder or butter knife and put it inside the tower to apply pressure to the seems, this helps the tapes stick better.When creating the towers score the seems. If you don’t have a scoring board, just use a sturdy ruler and bone folder. There is one in the Cricut tool kit. I also used Peachy Keen stamps for the Princesses face.

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Detail 2

This is a butterfly from my sticker collection to add a little bit of embellishing.

Extra Piece
Extra Piece
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Tip: This is very important in my opinion to add sturdiness to the center towers, otherwise they wobble a lot when you move them. I recut the image in light pink labeled inner tower. Take the tabs and tape them to the inside. This will help stabilize these towers otherwise you will be fixing them all the time.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Design Studio, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedOnce Upon A Time, Baby Steps
Other Supplies UsedPeachy Keen Stamps, Butterfly 3D stickers, Darcie embossing folder “Butterflies”, Bazzill, Recollections, and ColorBloc Papers, Scotch Double Sided Tape, Foam squares, Rhinestones

Happy Creating!

 

Sassy Card

I know Mother’s Day just passed, but I have a fun card I created for my mom that I want to share with you all.

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Mother’s Day Card

This is a super fun card, it would also work for a birthday card. I love how I feel like I could make this into a Barbie card. My mom is a fashionista and I wanted a card that reflected her personality. The card base was from the Mothers Day Silhouette freebie last week. This is tri-fold card, I love that it gave me plenty of room to write in. The woman is from Forever Young, I really like this cartridge it is so fun. The mom circles are from Lemonade by Sizzix it is a cut and embossing folder.

Detail 1
Detail 1

I embossed the card itself with D’Vine Swirl embossing cuttlebug folder and I used the Cheetah print embossing strip from Darice for the skirt. I embellished the dress with rhinestones.

Detail 2
Detail 2

Once I cut and embossed the word MOM I used the my gel pens to color over letters so they were more visible.

Envelope
Envelope

This is the envelope I created for the card, it also came from Mother’s Day Silhouette on CCR. I embossed the flap and added a zebra liner for pizzaz.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room, Cricut Tool Kit, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders
Cricut Cartridges UsedMother’s Day Silhouette Card, Forever Young
Other Supplies UsedZebra paper, Raspberry (Pink) and Cactus (Green), Aqua Bazzill, D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Cheetah Print embossing strip from Darice, and Sizzix Lemonade cut and embossing folder.

Have fun creating!

Note Card Set

Here is my first attempt at making a note card set. I made these as a gift to Mother In-Law. I took all the pictures myself and they are of actual flowers in her yard. She loves Iris’s so they were my focul point.

Note Card Set
Note Card Set

I made 2 of each card. I found the pre-made envelopes in my stash. I printed the images 2 on a 4×6 to make them small enough to fit the cards and it saved some money.

Iris 1
Iris 1
Iris 2
Iris 2

The first card I cut out lavender paper and embossed it with D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder and placed the pictures on the card.

Gerber Daisy
Gerber Daisy
Azalea and Butterfly
Azalea and Butterfly

These two I picked out a light pink so it would not compete with the images. I embossed this with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder, this is one of my favorite folders.

Envelopes
Envelopes

I also embossed the envelopes to match the cards and used the same paper I covered the box with to hold the envelopes together. I love added special details to my projects. Oh and my Mother-In-Law loved them.

Tip: Start simple you, can alway add detail.

Designed by: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room, Cricut Tool Kit, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Just Because Cards

Other Supplies Used: Light Pink and Lavender paper buy recollections, D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Embossing folder.

Have fun creating!

Simple Sympathy Cards

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible time with sympathy cards. I find them very hard and a touchy subject. Unfortunately I had to make 2 cards. So I hope they help you if you need to create some and don’t know what to do.

Sympathy Card 1
Sympathy Card 1
Detail 1
Detail 1

Here is the first card I made. I sent it to male for the loss of his father. I used the Cuttlebug embossing folders Textile and Swiss Dot. Then I used glitter tape for the band.  The cat tails from Everyday Paper Dolls, With Sympathy (Wild Card), and the dragon fly is a CM hand punch.

Sympathy Card 1
Sympathy Card 2
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Detail 2

This one was for the mother of the man I sent the other card to. I used the D’Vine Swirl and Swiss Dots Embossing folders. I used some left over ribbon, a paper flower, and a rhinestone. I cut the bird out of the Ultimate Creative Series Cartridge. These I had to do these quickly. I though they turned out very nice and simple.

Also I challenged myself to only use scraps since I created these on Earth Day.

Happy Creating Everyone.