May Luck Be Yours

May Luck Be Yours

It’s not St. Patrick’s Day for this wish that “luck be yours”!  Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking is a super cute stamp set with matching thin cut dies if you want them.  My featured artist is Barb Baldwin, one of my 50 Card New Stamp Set Swappers.   One of my favorite cards from the swap as it’s Halloween and a shaker card!

Hello Pumpkin Collection is super fun:

Check out this homemade shaker and see the inside of it:

That’s the haunted house from the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  It’s only available digitally now.  It’s so worth the investment of $69.00 as it has over 700 images and 3 D-size stamp sets (worth $18.95 each)  Take your scrapbooking to new heights with the Cricut® Artbooking collection! With its various layout motifs and coordinating images, you can easily create several themed, cohesive pages. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes—and more! The Cricut®keys are optimized for creating 12″ × 12″ pages in a jiffy. You’ll also love creating themed mini books to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and more.

Outstanding October Specials To Remember!

  • Holiday Sparkle.  Who doesn’t love a shaker card? Use this Cut-Above Card Kit to create your holidays cards.  Add the stamp set buy getting the bundle for 20% off and your creativity is unlimited!  Be sure to order soon to be sure to get the supplies you need.
  • The Important Things – Check out the different workshop guides that I have for this pack here.
  • Advent Calendar – Get this wonderful Advent Calendar guide here.
  • Free Project Kit when you purchase the October S1809 Just Treats for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  I have an album of art up in the FB group. – Check it out
  • Join My Team.  Join CTMH Community in October and receive the Holiday Sparkle Kit FREE!($29.95 value)   Check it out. 
  • Featured Paper Pack (s)Hello Pumpkin and Grateful Heart .  Check out my FB group to see art made by myself and other talented artists.
  • Holiday Expressions is live!!  
  • Exciting news – Everyone ordering will get it free Holiday Expressions to add to your order!  This is exciting news that they will be GIVING everyone the Idea Book FREE.  =)  That’s a $6.00 value! Thank you CTMH for doing this!! 

Thank you for visiting my corner of the internet.   I know that you have lots to do and appreciate your time.  May the luck be yours today and every day!

First Day

Using Cricut Artbooking and Chalk It Up paper this layout celebrates SG’s first day of school.  It’s such a special moment and it only happens once in a child’s life!

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It’s great when you can cut most of it out from the Cricut – it’s fast and simple yet the layout looks fantastic.  Paper piecing is not too difficult with the right tools.

CIU LS First Day LO WM

The title and ruler are cut from the Cricut Artbooking.  The embellishments are from the Chalk It Up Compliments (chipboard) and Assortment (foam stickers *love*).

CIU RS First Day LO WM

I love this page – lots of room for lots of pictures or embellishing or in my case both.  Here I could put several pictures from her first day, including one of her new teacher.  I was able to capture’s SG’s unsureness of going to school in the top left corner and work my way down to the bottom where you can see her smiling and having her a great time!  Creating a “Tic-Tac-Toe”, I cut out the pieces from the Cricut (bless the Cricut)!   Chalk It Up papers and embellishments are a must have for anyone with kids – all the way through college!  This layout is from the “Reflections” How To Book, a must-have fundamental scrapbooking idea book.  It’s a mix and match page book to create layouts and the foundation of CTMH’s scrapbooking How To Books.

First Day Collage WM

Check out Chalk It Up as we wrap up Teacher Appreciation week!!

Hugs and Happy Creating!

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Chalk It Up

When SG started school this past year, I saved Chalk It Up for May because I just knew that I’d be using Chalk It Up for her school pictures and teacher appreciation gifts.   I used the Chalk It Up WOTG kit to create this layout – CTMH’s kit:

14-ai-wotg-chalk-it-up-scrapbook-layoutMy take on the page


I used Cricut Artbooking (the directions are awesome in the WOTG). The Chalk It Up Compliments are chipboard and who doesn’t love chipboard?   The Chalk It Up Assortment of puffy stickers are great.  I think they are my new favorite and am so glad CTMH has a couple of different options for us this year.  I could not have asked for a better paper kit and coordinating embellishments to record SG’s First Day!


Hugs and Happy Creating,

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Happy Birthday Card for my neighbor

I loved making this Happy Birthday card for my neighbor’s girlfriend!  It’s a challenge to create something someone else has in mind and hope what I come up, works!  Since I love the beach, I keep all of my stamp sets that have anything to do with the beach/islands.  So this card uses my stash of retired sets as well as some current sets.  I was excited to create a card which reflects something I love to and reflects the sentiments that he wants to express as well!

(C) Linda Creates - Linda Caler

(C) Linda Creates – Linda Caler

I used Seaside Paper Pack – X7192B because the colors matched the described personality of the receiver.  I pulled out C1595 Hello Summer and D1531  Tropical Paradise . as well as several others.     My neighbor loves the beach and so does his girlfriend.  She’s a surfer.  They have a lot of summer plans.  He went through and picked out the images he liked the best for me to use in creating the card.  Here are two of the sets I used:

C1595 Hello Summer

C1595 Hello Summer

C1531 Tropical Paradise

C1531 Tropical Paradise











I used the Z3017 Cricut Artfully Sent to create the base for the popup card (I’ve actually created and saved the blank popup card base in both a standard (4.25″x 5.5″) and 5″x 7″ card for easy recall!  Love Design Space and my Cricut Air) and Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Alphabet used on the front on the card to say “Happy Birthday”.

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I used paper tearing to create dimension and the illusion of surf.  By alternating X5762 Lagoon cardstock and Seaside background and texture paper to create waves coming in for the ocean.  I cut a piece of 1273 Desert Sand for the sand then used our Z1294 Sanding Kit to give it texture to look like sand.  I took a punch and created footprints in the sand walking towards the surfboards and beach chair/umbrella.  I sponged the top of the footsteps to give them some shading so it would look like what footsteps look like when you walk through the sand.   I used a system font for doing the handwriting on the inside of the card through Design Space (have I told you how much I LOVE Design Space???).  Anyway a few trials and errors with that due to having to cut the base of the card as well as write on it but we got it done!

Todd Front 2 WM

Front of Beach Card

Todd Card 1 WM

Inside of Beach Card









I really liked the way it all came together.  The inside saying stamped on the sky is D1653 Happy Everything, to be released on April 1, 2014 (Seasonal Expressions 2).  It’s not blinged out or fancy as this is not her style.  It does reflect their love of the beach, surfing, being together and being outside while celebrating her birthday.  It did what I love to do – help people celebrate relationships.  My neighbor was thrilled and I hope it will.

Happy Creating!

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Cyber Monday Madness with 20% off all CTMH Cricut Collections!!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. 
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GUESS WHAT ELSE?  Cyber Monday falls on December 1, 2014 which is the start of the December Special – “Deal of the Decade”, that will let you  purchase C size (value $13.95) and D- size (value $17.95) stamp sets for only $10 with a qualifying purchase of $50. This is our way of celebrating the ten-year anniversary of our My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps, which have truly been industry-changing! Purchasing a discounted Cricut Cartridge makes you eligible for purchasing as many ‘C’ and ‘D’ sized stamp sets as you’d like for only $10 each! How fun is that??!!
CaptureDo you have loved ones who’d enjoy a Cricut Cartridge under the Christmas Tree? When you Order (2) Discounted Cartridges you will also qualify for $25 in Free Product! (must email me first) so I can enter it in as show!  Going to by 2? Get a special from me for FREE SHIPPING.  =)  Do not place this order through the website – call or email me.  This is good only for tomorrow, Cyber Monday, and until 7:00pm EST.
In addition to “Deal of the Decade” with C and D stamps for $10, our Seasonal Expressions goes live.  There is so much awesomeness in this!  2 new papers packs, new stamps, and new embellishments. Be watching for new cards, layouts, and more to be posted on this.  None of the stamps in the Seasonal Expressions are included in the Deal of the Decade as they are new.  =)
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