Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to make 3D snowflake with the Explore

Welcome to my blog.  I am going to show you how to make 3D snowflakes using the Explore.  Now you can do this with any machine or even without the machine.  I will add notes throughout to explain how to do this without a machine.

Lets get started.

Open up Design Space.  Now you can do this with any snowflake, but I used a dingbat font from

If you are using a font, open the text box, type the letter, I used the G snowflake.  Change the font to snowflake.  To make this easier, you can type in the font name and it will pull up.  Change the font size to 5 inches. If you choose to use a cricut image, you would choose insert image and select which image you choose to use.  Recommendation: the snowflake I used is very delicate, I would recommend using a snowflake with a solid outline.  (If you are using another machine you would choose the image and cut, or cut out a snowflake on your own.)

Next you will need to add score lines.  Search for score line in images and it will pull up what you need. (Doesn't apply to anything outside of Design Space)

Add you score lines.  The black lines is where you will add the score lines, plus the vertical line shown.  There will be four total gong across the snowflake. (If you are not using Design Space, you will add the score lines by yourself.  Use a score board to make this easier.  Skip the next 3 images)

Make sure to select all and hit attach. Hit the GO button.

Make sure everything is on one mat.  If it is not, go back and attach. Here you can have it do two snowflakes.  I tried to do 4, but it crashed on me.  But you can try.

Change your dial to custom and choose Cardstock, Intricate Cuts.

The rest id directions for all the snowflakes.

These are the cuts after they are cut.

Now fold on the score lines.  The easiest way to do this is fold all the mountain folds, then fold it over and do all the valley folds.

Now lay flat and fold all the mountain folds and valley folds so it looks like the picture

Place the two snowflakes on top of each other.  Glue just the tips of the valley fold. This is where it becomes difficult when its lacy like this.  You have such a small area to glue.  Do not glue the whole valley fold, it will not pop up if you do this
 This is the completed snowflake.  Below is the side view to show the dimension.

This is the first snowflake I made.  Again very delicate and difficult to glue. But very pretty.

I used Frosted paper packet from Close to My Heart.  This paper is retired but our current paper pack Yuletide Carol - X7187B or Snowhaven X7188B would work perfectly.  I also used Liquid Glass Z697 to glue the snowflake together.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October stamp of the month blog hop

Welcome to this months blog hop featuring the stamp Home for the Holidays.

 This blog hop is a circle, so keep hopping until you come back to were you have started.  If you have not started here, you should be coming from {Heather Schmuckal} blog.  Next in this hop is {Michele Rowley}.  

I wanted to show how this christmas stamp set can be used in other ways than christmas.  I am moving in November.  My hubby is army and is getting sent to Fort Hood, Texas.  So when I saw the house, I knew I wanted to do some sort of moving card.  I paper pieced the house to make it different colors.  At first I wanted to use the Home part of the stamp, but it just didn't feel right so I went to We Moved.

  I used this sketch for the card.

If you would like to get the materials to make your own projects, go to {}

Thank you for stopping by.  Next in the hop is {Michele Rowley}.  


We Moved Card.
Colonial White Card Value Pack X1410
Crystal Blue Cardstock 1292
Wanderful Paper Packet X7191B
Wanderful Assortment Z3010
My Crush Besties Assortment Z1886
White Enamel Stars Z2010
Gypsy Ink Pad Z2190
Flaxen Ink Pad Z2642
Smoothie Ink Pad Z2196
Crystal Blue Ink Pad Z2117
Corner Rounder Z1912

Friday, September 12, 2014

Artfully sent is now available

I am giving away a Artfully Sent cartridge and it could be you who wins it.

To qualify for this drawing, you must place an $100 (or cartridge) order.  For every $100 you spend, you get one entry.  You can earn extra entries by doing the following:
Like my Facebook page = one entry
Refer a friend who places qualifying order  = one entry (friend must email the referral)
Post this on your blog = one post (must email blog address to verify)
Sign up for workshop = one entry. (Details coming soon)

There will also be a free gift for everyone who orders, just to say thank you.

And to sweeten the deal, for every $500 in sales, I will add another cartridge.
 If you can't wait to get your Artfully Sent cartridge, you can pick the cartridge of you choice: Art Philosophy,  Artiste, or Artbooking.

Place your order under the Artfully Sent gathering at  Any orders not placed in this gathering will not qualify for the giveaway.  You must place your order by October 10 to be eligible.  Email your blog post of referral at
Drawing will take place on October 11 and will be shipped shortly after that.  Any questions, please feel free to email me.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#30yearsofhappy blog hop

Welcome to this special blog hop, featuring #30daysofhappy stamp set.  It includes 30 mini images and can be yours for free when you purchase $30 worth of stamps.

You should be arriving from {Casandra Bennett} blog.  Next in this hop is {Gina Brandstetter}.  This is a circle hop so keep visiting blogs until you come back to where you started.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of blogs {here}.

This stamp set works perfectly for 3 x 3 cards and tags, but i wanted to show you that you can use it for regular size cards as well.  
This card features our newest color Glacier,  with Lagoon heart and silver sequins.  It is a small image but this design is so simple, it draws you attention straight to that image.  Without that small strip of white, the image would be lost.

I didn't want to do a 3 x 3 image, but this design did not work well on a standard size card.
I made a mask of the stamps so the images would not overlap.  This features two more of our newest ink colors, Pixie and Thistle.

I hope you enjoyed this artwork.  Now hop along to see what {Gina Brandstetter} has in store for you.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family is forever stamp of the month blog hop

Welcome to this months blog hop.  You should be arriving from {Dawn Haight}.  Next in this hop is {Melissa Robinson}.  

Please hop on to the next in line,{Melissa Robinson}

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Welcome to our brand new idea book from Close To My Heart.  We, over 50 consultants, are showing you all the new goodies featured in this 193 page idea book featuring over 250 new items.  This is a circle hop, so you can start anywhere and just keep hopping until you come back to where you started.  The blog ahead of me is {Casandra Bennett}.  Next in the lineup is {Pam Ellison}.
If you get lost along the way, you can see the full lineup of blogs {here}.

I have a few goodies to show, so lets get started.

I wasn't able to join the sotm blog hop, so here is my version of the sotm.
Now, the sotm features owls for a halloween set.  But every time I saw the image, I saw a monster with a giant eyeball instead of owl.  So that is what I made.  Doesn't that make a great monster.  Color him green, Draw in an eyeball where the beak is and there you go.  Yes, I am weird and the only person who saw a monster, but hey, thats how my brain works.  

Now onto a simple bag.  This uses one of our brand new m sized stamps, a new ribbon and these button badges made for our my crush books. So simple to make and would look so cute on a plate filled with goodies for christmas.

I challenged myself to use scraps for the next set of projects.  Everything has been made using a 6 x 6 piece of pattern paper.  And yes, including the scrapbook page.

This page is using the new pathfinding paper pack.  The squares are 2 x 2, which were easily cut from the 6 x 6 paper.  But how did i make those strips that go across the page just using a 6 x 6 sheet?  Easy, they are two piece of 6 in strips.  on the top, the thankful is covering the seam and on the bottom, the picture is covering the seam.  Just look for patterns that use smaller pieces from all your leftover projects.

Now this is a 3 x 3 card set using every paper pack featured in the new idea book.  We have Scaredy Cat, Pathfinding, Chalk It Up, Seaside
Yuletide Carol, Confetti Wishes, Wanderful, Snowhaven and Brushed.
They feature the stamp sets Holiday Tags and Banner Wishes.

The next card is also a 3 x 3 featuring one of our hostess only stamp sets called Cuddly Salutations.  It's the perfect image to color in with our brand new ShinHan alcohol markers.  I use one color, Golden Yellow, with the colorless blender to get the shading.  The saying is not from the set, but from LOL, which has internet sayings.  The tweet is for twitter, but worked perfectly for this.  The papers come from two different paper packs, the blue from Wanderful and the leaf from Brushed.  The yellow is just the marker again with the colorless blender.

And for the last project  I made a very quick card from the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment, though you can do this with our Picture My Life kits too.  The christmas My Crush is a cool combo of pocket scrapbooking like Picture My Life mixed with the smash style books of My Crush.  Because of this, the assortment has some 4 x 6 cards and 3 x 4 cards with the other items in the assortment.  This is one of the 4 x 6 cards.  Just slap some Yuletide Carol paper and cardstock underneath, add a metal embellishment from the Yuletide Carol Assortment and there you go.

That's all I have for you today, but come back soon.  I have a lot more goodies to show.  Next in the lineup is {Pam Ellison}.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free To Be Me Blog Hop

Welcome to this special blog hop featuring Free To Be Me paper packet.

You should be coming from {Michelle Stewart}.   Next in the hop is {Jen Patrick}.  

I just got my paper and I haven't had time to create with it yet.  But I will post as soon as I can.

Next in the hop is {Jen Patrick}.