Use Your Cricut Cutting Machine to Make a Unique Photo Thank-You Card

I needed to make a thank you card for the wonderful Linda Marshall who has a lovely skincare line called ELYSEE. She sent me flowers for my birthday. So I decided to make a photo card of the flowers so she could see how pretty they were. So I turned to the Cricut Cutting machine to help me out! Here’s the video of the project!

If you like it please share it on your Facebook page and pin it on Pinterest!

An interview with Your Questions for Sara Davies from Crafters Companion!

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How much do we all love the amazing Sara Davies from Crafters Companion. Not only is she super talented and makes awesome crafting goodies but she’s a delight to know!

In fact, she’s become so successful in her home country of England she was awarded one of the highest awards by the Queen and lucky her (I’m soooo jealous) she was given the award by Prince William.  She told me she just wanted to give him a little peck since he was so very close to her face!! Gotta love it!

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Anyway, many of you had some great questions for Sara so I did a little interview with her last night to get some answers!!

Enjoy and please like, subscribe and share my video on your Facebook page and Pinterest!

Anna Griffin Halloween Kit is Here!! (and her new Xryon Sticker Maker)

Halloween Anna Griffin KitIt’s always fun when uber talented Anna Griffin releases her Halloween paper kits!  If you love to decorate for Halloween or want to make cards, even candy bag tags, this is a fun kit to have.

Anna rarely does a Halloween kit and she wanted to get it out early so you’d have plenty of time!  What I love about this kit is the cardstock is fantastic and the dies are really fun.

Ultimately, it’s the ease and SPEED that I love. We are all time starved and you can create something  great in minutes with this kit!

Below is my video that gives you an sneak peak of what’s inside and also I’ll show you two finished cards to make!

If you love this video please share it on Facebook and Pinterest!

Best always,

Suzanne

How to use the new Crafters Companion Illustrator Markers!

CC Ill you tube 2So, the amazing folks over at Crafters Companion have done it again!! They added another type of art marker to their already very successful Spectrum Noir line.  The Illustrator markers have two new tips and are still alcohol based plus they work by the same number system as the other markers in the line!

Below I’ll give you a peek and also have included a technique blending colors to create a unique background and card!

Hope you enjoy it!

If you love to please share it on Facebook and Pinterest! 

Make a Deeper Envelope for Anna Griffin Cards!

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I love making cards with all my Anna Griffin goodies but they end up being really thick sometimes….so I did a video showing you how to create a deeper envelope for those lovely Anna cards we like to make!  I used the Stampin’ Up Envelope Punch Board designed by We R Memory Keepers.  We have a Customer Pick configuration on HSN.com if you don’t have one already.

Please share this video idea if you like it! I’ve included the how to video below!

Best always,

Suzanne

Huge Card stock Sale TODAY!

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Hey Everyone,  I just wanted to post a picture of the huge cardstock and card/envelope deal going on today at Michaels!  The cardstock is 12″ x 12″ 48 pieces and gorgeous, textured slightly and normally $19 but it’s only $5 today (May 24th…thus the giant amount in my picture…lol). I also snatched up 3 sets of card/envelope bases which are also $5 each.  WOO HOO!!! No weird coupons needed!

P.S. in the same area the printed paper is on sale too for the same price and is adorable!

Cheap Dollar Store Paper Lantern into WOW!

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I love getting bases for projects from the dollar store!  In the video below I take a cheap paper lantern and turn it into a gorgeous hanging decor piece.  And the best part is that it’s super inexpensive and the ideas are unlimited to make it match any occasion!

If you like this video, please take a second and share it on Facebook or Pinterest!  Also if you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

Best always,

Suzanne

How to Age Anna Griffin Cards

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I’ve been a huge fan of Anna Griffin for a very long time…. way before she’s become a dear friend!  She is just as wonderful in person as she is on the air with me on HSN.

I’m excited once again to work with her so I decided to share a fun and simple technique to take her, already beautiful cards, and give them an aged or vintage look!  Enjoy and share!

Give Flowers with a “Paper” Twist using the Cricut

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So we had dinner with some friends the other night.  We try to get together once every three months.  This month, my friend Denise and her partner Steve were hosting.  We always take a little something for the host but I really wanted to do something unexpected.  So I decided to give flowers but with a twist…all made by paper!

Here’s my You Tube Video but I’ve included the steps below!

Supplies: Crucit Machine , Tim Holtz Paper and button embellishments, chop sticks, Spectrum Nior Marker, Stampin Up Ink Pad,  floral foam, empty plastic spice bottle, glue gun.

Step 1: On my Cricut I used Creative Bug – flowers at 10.4″ W x  11″ H.  Cut out the exact same flowers using 4 different pieces of card stock.  Then cut out the tri fold Vase Banner at 10″ W x 7.5″ H.

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Step 2: Go outside and scrape the heck out of each flower section (instantly gives it an aged look and helps soften the stiff card stock.)

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Step 3: Ink all the edges of the flowers and ink the edges of the vase using Stampin’ Up Bravo Burgundy.  I’ve included a before and after to show you how much richer it looks using this method. It makes a huge difference. Roll up the edges of the petals using your finger nails.

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Step 4: Color the chop sticks using Spectrum Nior markers

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Step 5: Hot glue the flower layers together and glue on the chop sticks.

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Step 6: Insert the floral foam into the plastic spice bottle (cut to fit) and then position the plastic vase inside the paper vase and glue it together.

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Step 7: Place the flowers into the floral foam at two different heights!

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Step 8: Hot glue ribbon around the skinniest part of the vase. I added a button in the center too.

Step 9: Take a picture and send it to me to post so we can all enjoy your creation!

Be sure to see the Cricut and all our accessories on HSN.com!  Also please pin and share this if you can!

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