Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:30:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Back to School Note Holder Teacher Gift with Epiphany Crafts http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-note-holder-teacher-gift-with-epiphany-crafts/ http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-note-holder-teacher-gift-with-epiphany-crafts/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:24:12 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36749 [...] ]]> Back to School Note Holder Teacher Gift with Epiphany Crafts #EpiphanyCrafts #SvgCuts #BackToSchool #TeacherGifts #SilhouetteCameo

How great would it be to get a gift for your desk that already had note cards in it?  I think that would be awesome!  This Back to the Books SVG Kit by SVGCuts has 4 cards PLUS envelopes AND this whole box in one file.  Nice!  I cut everything out with my trusty Silhouette Cameo.

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I’m using the Xyron Mega Runner to adhere all of my pieces today.  Can we just take a moment to be amazed that these few pieces make the entire note holder?  Astounding!  It’s just a simple matter of bending on the perforated lines and gluing.  I decided to change out the star paper you see to a piece that looked like graph paper.  I thought that looked better.

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The tool on the left is the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Chevron 25 tool.  I’m using it with the matching bubble caps to make a chevron piece that I’m sticking to the “School Day’s” card.  I’m so in love with the paper and stickers from the Simple Stories Smarty Pants collection that I’m using them again!  I also used them to make this backpack and this pencil holder.  Check them out!

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Besides the Epiphany Crafts Chevron 25 tool, I also used their Round 14 and Oval 25 tools and matching bubble caps.  Look how cute those “read” and “learning” ovals are on the shoe…and that A+ in the apple in “School Days” =so awesome!

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I made all of the cards using paper and stickers from the Smarty Pants paper pack and creating embellishments using the Epiphany Crafts tools.  I had a blast making these simple cards!  (The blue cardstock came from my stash.)

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I love the chevron tool.  Really, I love them all.  I really want to get the pennant tool and the hearts next!

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I used a liquid adhesive to attach the chevrons and foam dots to pop up the round star shapes.

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Yes!  The Round 14 tool helped me make that cool number area.  I thought it looked like a keypad or hopscotch.

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I created this project and received Epiphany products while Guest Designing for Epiphany Crafts.  My opinions of their product’s awesomeness are 100% my own.

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California Turkey Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise Recipe and Hillshire Farm Naturals http://joyslife.com/california-turkey-sandwich-with-herb-mayonnaise/ http://joyslife.com/california-turkey-sandwich-with-herb-mayonnaise/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:58:06 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36907 [...] ]]> This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm. All opinions are 100% my own. #HillshireNaturals

California Turkey Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise Recipe and Hillshire Farm Naturals #HillshireNaturals #ad #recipe

Every year I look forward to the end of the school year so the kids and I can relax and enjoy our summer.  Then summer starts and it’s full of football practices, cross country training plus all of the other summer things.  After a while I start thinking, I’ll be glad when school starts and we can relax.  LOL!  Well, the school year is just like the summer but without as many breaks, so here we go again.  It’s a cycle, isn’t it?  Now I find that my youngest son has grown out of all of the clothes that he needs for dressing up on Thursdays so he can look sharp prior to playing that evening’s football game.  Back-to-school season is challenging!  The most challenging thing of all can be creating a great-tasting and wholesome lunch that kids will actually eat and enjoy.  Right?  Go ahead and check that off the list.

California Turkey Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise Recipe and Hillshire Farm Naturals #HillshireNaturals #ad #recipe

Hillshire Farms is a brand that is known for making lunchtime offerings with farm-inspired craftsmanship and is now taking natural goodness to a new level with the launch of Hillshire Farm Naturals™ just in time for back-to-school.  What can I tell you about it?  It’s delicious.  My kids love it and we kept eating slices of it while I was taking this photo.  It’s a wonder I had any left to show.  (That’s why I bought two packages.  Genius.)  I appreciate that Hillshire Farm Naturals contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, colors or added nitrites/nitrates Except those occurring naturally in celery juice.

Here’s How to Make the Sandwich

Want to make an awesome sandwich like the one I just ate?  I mean…like the one I showed in the photo at the top of this post?  I followed this recipe that I found on the Hillshire Farm website.  I changed a few things.  I used Colby Jack cheese and because I didn’t have any herb mayonnaise, I made my own.  Here’s the recipe for herb mayonnaise using mostly dried ingredients that I had on hand!

Herb Mayonnaise Recipe
Author: 
Cuisine: Condiment
 
Adapted from Southern Living Recipe May 2005
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (your favorite)
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • ¼ tablespoon dried basil
  • ¼ tablespoon dried dill
  • ¼ tablespoon dried oregano
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together and let flavors mix for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

California Turkey Sandwich with Herb Mayonnaise Recipe and Hillshire Farm Naturals #HillshireNaturals #ad #recipe

My husband did a great job assembling this sandwich.  Kids can easily make it too!  You can find the Hillshire Farm Naturals in the packaged deli meats section of grocery stores nationwide.  I found mine at Wal-mart.  You can see some of my shopping trip here.  They have four varieties including:  Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast, Honey Roasted Ham, and Black Forest Ham.  I’m use the Slow Roasted Turkey Breast.  Hillshire Farm Naturals™ products are packaged in double-sealed, re-sealable tubs that lock in freshness and great taste.  I say, they taste great!

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Check out the Hillshire Farm Website for more recipes and information!

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Cork Acorn Fall Decor with Faber Castell http://joyslife.com/cork-acorn-fall-decor-with-faber-castell/ http://joyslife.com/cork-acorn-fall-decor-with-faber-castell/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:00:48 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36857 [...] ]]> You may remember this fun fall design from last year when I was on the Faber Castell Design Team. I’m posting it on my blog today in it’s entirety.

Cork Acorn Fall Decor with Faber Castell #fabercastell #designmemorycraft #timholtz #fall

 I had the best time creating this and I’m going to tell you just how I did it but first I have to point out the orange/yellow highlights on the main part of the acorn.  I LOVE that!  It’s as simple as pie!  Simply highlight parts of your project using Paper Crafter Crayons before painting.  Yep.  That’s awesome.  It withstood paint AND Gesso and it still shines on.  YAY!

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I stamped that cool acorn image by Tim Holtz with ink and then embossed it using a fine black embossing powder.  I used a few different techniques to paint my acorn.  I used that water brush and applied it directly to the Nougat Pitt® Artist Big Brush Pen and then painted onto the cap of the acorn.  I also drew the Nougat Pen onto my craft mat, added a few spritzs of water and used it like watercolor.  I blended in other colors using the Pitt® Artist Big Brush Pens in Orange Glaze and Cold Grey too.

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See that beautiful yellow Paper Crafter Crayon?  I love it.  That’s what made those awesome highlights that I pointed out earlier.  Again, so impressed that it held up through paint and gesso and kept on shining.  Impressive!  I used water with the Permanent Green Olive Pitt® Artist Pen to accentuate the wording of the stamp.  I next went along the edges using Pitt® Artist Pen in Light Green and Orange Glaze.  Later I toned the whole thing down by covering it with Gesso and quickly dabbing it off after it subdued the colors.  I also added (my favorite) Squid Ink Gelato® everywhere except the acorn and that’s what made it look a little more aged.

Cork Acorn Fall Decor with Faber Castell #fabercastell #designmemorycraft #timholtz #fall

 

Gesso is perfect for toning down a too lively paper.  I love this paper but it just needed to take more of a backseat in this project.  I covered it with Gesso and then blotted it off leaving just enough to achieve the look I wanted.

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I love cork!  Now that that’s out of the way, you can see I used two kinds of cork for this project.  One is a very thick cork square.  The other is a thin sheet cork that I applied to the houndstooth paper using Glaze.  The Glaze gives the paper a bit of a shine and is also working as an adhesive for those two mediums.  I outlined the paper using a black Pitt® Artist Pen.  I used an EK Success Postage Stamp punch to create a notebook like style to the top of the page.  Next, I punched two holes in the top of the page and in the thick cork using my Crop a Dile Big Bite.

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My whole project took on a natural elements tone, so I’m using jute to tie it together.

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Ahhh, yellow Paper Crafter Crayon you’re still beautiful!  See it shining through?  So pretty!  I added some raffia and created some tree bark looking tape by tearing, smashing and coloring corregated paper.  I used White, Black and Nougat Pitt® Artist Pens to help me create the tree bark tape.  Check out the bottom left hand corner.  I even reused the cork that I punched out earlier.  I stuck it on using mini Glue Dots.

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I hope you enjoyed this project!  I have it sitting on an easle on my desk.  I’ll eventually take it to the mantel but I like looking at it on my desk right now.  I love fall!

You can also find me on FacebookPinterestInstagramTwitter and YouTube!

 Supplies:

  • Paper Crafter Crayons: Yellow
  • Big Brush Pens: Orange Glaze, Cold Grey, Black, White, Permanent Green Olive, Light Green, Nougat
  • Gelato®: Squid Ink
  • Corregated Paper
  • Fine Black Embossing Powder
  • Cork Thin Sheets and Thick Squares
  • Tim Holtz Acorn Blueprint Stamp
  • EK Success Postage Stamp punch
  • Crop a Dile Big Bite
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Peanut Butter Apple Spice Oatmeal Recipe + $25 Walmart GC Giveaway http://joyslife.com/peanut-butter-apple-spice-oatmeal-recipe-giveaway/ http://joyslife.com/peanut-butter-apple-spice-oatmeal-recipe-giveaway/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:00:09 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36860 [...] ]]> This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Peanut Board for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Peanut Butter Apple Spice Oatmeal Recipe + Giveaway #peanutbutter #recipe #breakfast

Did you know that September is “Better Breakfast Month”?  Me neither but it’s got my full support.  I love breakfast.  Seriously…LOVE IT.  I love it enough that I created two breakfast events that have become tradition in our family.  One is the day after Thanksgiving breakfast, which has all the attendees from Thanksgiving and nearly as many different breakfast dishes.  The other is our “Scrooge” morning.  That’s where my husband and I create a huge breakfast buffet and serve it on the dresser in our bedroom.  Our three kids pile into our room and we shut the doors and pretend we’re in a fancy hotel suite while we watch “A Christmas Carol”.  That is one of my very favorite family traditions.  I require anyone who has to leave to get anything from the kitchen to pick up the phone and “call room service” before they can leave.  Yep.  Me = Crazy.  Me also = Loves Breakfast.  It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to make me appreciate breakfast.  Mornings can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on flavor or nutrition. Four words: Peanut Butter for Breakfast!  It’s not only nutritious but it’s very versatile—spread it on a bagel, stir it in a smoothie or top off your waffles for a quick and easy serving of protein.

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I started working out back in January.  One thing I learned was that not all breakfast foods are created equal.  Meaning, if I don’t get some protein in the morning I can’t work out.  I can show up at the gym but I just don’t have the energy to do my best when lifting weights or getting in this squat machine. Peanut butter is a great addition to mornings because it is a natural, plant-based source of eight grams of protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.  That gives me and my family the energy we need to accomplish our goals.

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Making time for breakfast and choosing to incorporate ingredients like peanut butter which is high in fiber, protein and good fats can play a role in maintaining your diet.  Plus, 90 percent of American pantries contain one or more jars of peanut butter, which makes it an easy go-to ingredient to help make breakfast quick and convenient.  For more peanut information check out the National Peanut Board.

Make it the Night Before

Here’s a great breakfast idea for hectic mornings…make it the night before!  This Peanut Butter Apple Spice Oatmeal Recipe can be made plenty of time in advance!

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I made this yummy breakfast when I had some time the day before.  After I was finished making it, I put it in bowls and covered them with plastic wrap.  The next day I added just a touch of water and heated it in the microwave.  Ta da!  Breakfast is ready!  I used this recipe but substituted a super chunky peanut butter for smooth.  I liked the added texture the small peanuts gave the oatmeal.  Adding peanut butter to this recipe was a simple way of adding some extra protein to the dish.  Think of all the yummy ways that you can incorporated peanut butter into your breakfast!

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Core’dinations Design Team Back to School Sneak Peak http://joyslife.com/coredinations-design-team-back-to-school-sneak-peak/ http://joyslife.com/coredinations-design-team-back-to-school-sneak-peak/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:20:08 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36879 [...] ]]> I’m in love.  With a paper.  True story.  I was recently asked to be a part of the Core’dinations team as one of their new bloggers.  Exciting!  Even better?  They sent me a bunch of their paper products and…I’m seriously in love with it.  What rock have I been hiding under that I haven’t been using it?  Clearly, I was under a big, big, BIG rock.

Want to see what I made for the for my first project?  There’s an idea of it below but you can see the finished project on the Core’dinations blog right here!

Design Team Post on  Coredinations #Coredinations #joyslife #backtoschool

You can also keep up with what I’m making for them on my new Core’dinations Pinterest board!

Core'dinations Design Team #Coredinations #designteam

Happy Crafting!

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Cricut Art Philosophy Halloween Boo Door Hanger http://joyslife.com/cricut-art-philosophy-halloween-boo-door-hanger/ http://joyslife.com/cricut-art-philosophy-halloween-boo-door-hanger/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:48:28 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36818 [...] ]]> Cricut Art Philosophy Halloween Boo Door Hanger #CTMH #Cricut #doorhanger #halloween

The Close to My Heart (CTMH) Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge has this super useful door hanger project that is very easy to make.  I added a few other things to mine and themed it as a candy filled “BOO” gift for Halloween but the box itself is just one cut.  YAY to that!

Cricut Art Philosophy Halloween Boo Door Hanger #CTMH #Cricut #doorhanger #halloween

Everything seen here is cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  See, there’s that one piece door hanger!

Door Hanger – pg. 25 – Cut Size = fit to cut (12×12 sheet)

BOO letters = Cut Size 1.2″

Decorative Shapes – p.61 – Cut Size 3″

Spiky Flower – p.69 – Cut Size 3.5″

That flower is easy to make and I don’t like making flowers, so believe me.  LOL!  It’s just one long cut.  (See the Cricut screen above.)  The hardest part is rolling it up and adhering it with a Glue Dot…and that’s really not hard…usually.  LOL!

Cricut Art Philosophy Halloween Boo Door Hanger #CTMH #Cricut #doorhanger #halloween

I covered the BOO letters and the decorative shapes with Versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder to give those pieces a shiny look.  It also made them more sturdy.  Then I used a ton of Pop Up Glue Dots to stick the shapes to the box.

Cricut Art Philosophy Halloween Boo Door Hanger #CTMH #Cricut #doorhanger #halloween

After looking at the door hanger I decided it could use a little something else.  Besides the mini candy bars, I added a straw to hold a Halloween cat from the CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I cut the cat from pg. 70 at 2-3/4″ and stamped the cat using the Eek & Shriek Holiday stamp set from CTMH.  I also cut the circle from pg. 83 at 1-1/4″ and stamped it with the moon from the same CTMH set.

Cricut Art Philosophy Halloween Boo Door Hanger #CTMH #Cricut #doorhanger #halloween

If you’re going to hang this on someone’s door, consider cutting at least the back of the door hanger from chipboard or cereal box.  It needs some reinforcement if you’re going to put candy in it and have it hang on the doorknob.  If you’re just putting something light in it, like an invitation, flier or business card it’s okay without added reinforcements. ;)

Here are some other things I’ve made using the Cricut Art Philosophy and Cricut Artbooking cartridges.  You can find all of my Cricut posts here.

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If you need Close to My Heart (CTMH) Cricut items or any CTMH items, you’ll find a great seller in my friend, Melanie!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Trifle in Mason Jars Recipe http://joyslife.com/chocolate-hazelnut-strawberry-trifle-in-mason-jars/ http://joyslife.com/chocolate-hazelnut-strawberry-trifle-in-mason-jars/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:24:24 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36779 [...] ]]> This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #AddCoolWhip #CollectiveBias

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I love how beautiful “in the jar” recipes look, don’t you?  They’re quick and easy snacks but I think they’re pretty enough for special occasions that have a rustic flair.  Don’t you? This yummy recipe is perfect for kids desserts and adult desserts, though you might want to race to the fridge if you want to get your hands on one.  They’re going pretty fast in our house, so make a bunch!
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I bought all my ingredients for this delicious chocolate hazelnut strawberry trifle at Walmart.  I love it when I go there because I always remember something I need and they usually have it.  This week it was Tilex and a piece of hardware for the  bathroom.  Yay!  More projects getting completed over here!

The Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Trifle in Mason Jars Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Trifle in Mason Jars
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 6
 
These delicious chocolate hazelnut strawberry trifles are perfect in mason jars! (Recipe altered from Kraft Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Pie.)
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 1 Devils Food Cake (box or favorite recipe), fully baked
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O French Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
Instructions
  1. Bake a Devil's Food or chocolate cake from a box or your favorite recipe. Cut into small pieces, place into the bottom of mason jars.
  2. Beat dry pudding mix, milk and chocolate-hazelnut spread and whisk 2 min. Stir in 1 cup of COOL WHIP; spoon or pipe over the cake pieces.
  3. Whisk chocolate and ½ cup COOL WHIP until well blended. Pipe the mixture over the strawberries or use as a garnish for the top of the dessert.
  4. I layered the trifle as follows: cake, chocolate-hazelnut/Cool Whip mix, strawberries, cake chocolate-hazelnut/Cool Whip mix, Cool Whip and chocolate/CoolWhip mix drizzle.
  5. REFRIGERATE.

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I was amazed by the awesome flavor of the chocolate-hazelnut spread mixed with Jell-O French Vanilla pudding and Cool Whip.  Put that on your “must taste” list.  You will LOVE IT!

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Cool Whip mixed with 2 oz. of melted BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate made a richly chocolate flavor that was strong enough to taste even amid the other ingredients.  Delicious!

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Ok, so you saw the gorgeous shot of the finished trifles at the beginning of the post.  The three above are what we made when we were finished with the beauty shots.  If you’re making these for your family, you might be in a hurry.  These are perfect for a quick assembly because they taste great no matter how they look!  Given the choice of any of these from the fridge my youngest son took a messy one…and he loved it.  True story.  See photo below.

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My son gave this two thumbs up!  YAY!

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I’m sooo eating the one in the middle tonight.  LOL!  What are your favorite Cool Whip and Jell-O recipes?

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Cricut Artiste It’s Party Time Gift Card Holder http://joyslife.com/cricut-artiste-its-party-time-gift-card-holder/ http://joyslife.com/cricut-artiste-its-party-time-gift-card-holder/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:24:01 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36720 [...] ]]> Cricut Artiste It's Party Time Gift Card Holder #Cricut #CricutArtiste #CTMH #GiftCardHolder

I made something that I’ve never made before!  A gift card holder…card.  I’ve always wanted to make one of these so today I’m using my Cricut Expression 2 along with the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge to do just that!  Make sure you scroll down to see the inside!

Cricut Artiste It's Party Time Gift Card Holder #Cricut #CricutArtiste #CTMH #GiftCardHolder

One of the most important things I can tell you about creating this card is that you should cut it out at 5″ so the gift card will fit.  Trust me.  I cut it out without adjusting the size and it was the size of a business card.  Ack!  You can find the card I’m cutting on page 55 in the Cricut Artiste book.

Cricut Artiste It's Party Time Gift Card Holder #Cricut #CricutArtiste #CTMH #GiftCardHolder

I’m using the CTMH Big Top Occasions stamp set on the front and inside of the card.

Cricut Artiste It's Party Time Gift Card Holder #Cricut #CricutArtiste #CTMH #GiftCardHolder

Sometimes I don’t stamp the image right the first time.  To keep from having to go back and cut out an extra piece later, I cut out extras when I begin.  Here I’m cutting out 4 of the frames that match the Big Top stamp set.  Yeah, I thought I could definitely screw it up at least 3 times.  LOL!  You can find this frame shape on page 77 in the Cricut Artiste handbook.  I cut it at 2″.

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I stamped the frame stamp onto paper using Versamark.  Next, I added some Zing embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun.  To add the twine, I cut little slits at the fold on my card and used a needle to pull the twine through the holes.  Lastly, I used some double sided tape to close my card.  When you do that, make sure that your card fits before gluing everything in place.

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I love the look that heat embossing gives! I used a small circle punch to create the center and a pop dot to give it dimension.

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Isn’t it cool inside?  It’s such a fun way to give a gift card.  I like the masculine look of it too.  It’s so hard to create boy/man cards!

Cricut Artiste It's Party Time Gift Card Holder #Cricut #CricutArtiste #CTMH #GiftCardHolder

Here are some other things I’ve made using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  You can find all of my Cricut posts here.

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If you need Close to My Heart (CTMH) Cricut items or any CTMH items, you’ll find a great seller in my friend, Melanie!

Happy Crafting!

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