Use Up Scraps & Create a Matchbook Coffee Card

Do you collect paper scraps in your craft space? Near my desk, I have a plastic bin full of bits of paper that cry out to be used on a project, so this weekend, while the boys installed my sprinkler system out front, I dug into the bin and used a few paper bits on a Happy Morning matchbook coffee card.

This card was created using the parameters from last Friday’s Craft Roulette challenge. If you have not had a chance to enjoy the show, I suggest you head on over to their YouTube channel and set yourself a reminder. Each week is full of inspiration and crafty comradery.

This week challenged me a little. The base of the card needed to be a matchbook design which is something that I had never tried before. I have been challenged twice this month by Craft Roulette with some new fun folds and it stretched me and expanded my crafting potential. Here are the parameters from Episode #66.


To create this card design, I started with a 4.25″ x 11″ base cut from Kraft paper onto which I created a decorative edge of the flap using a heart-shaped fancy border die. The bottom flap was scored at 1.5″ then folded up to create the start of the matchbook fold.

The top portion of the card was folded over and tucked under the lower flap to give it the appearance of a matchbook. In my video tutorial, I share with you how to create each of the folds.

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After the base of the card was complete, I rummaged through some paper scraps that I had been storing. I added some red pattern paper behind a piece of splattered coffee ringed cardstock on the top flap of the card. This was leftover from a Latte Card project I created a while back. (This was one of my first video tutorials. Boy, have I learned a lot! ).

The bottom flap was decorated with some floral paper and more of the red pattern paper. I also added a little stitching to the design in scarlet red.

With one of the parameters being “morning”, I knew that I needed to use my A Whole Latte Love stamp set. I had this sitting on my desk after creating my live fun fold video last Friday and coffee is the only thing that I know represents morning to me.

The cup and lid were shaded with SpectrumNoir TriBlends then adorned with a red plaid coffee sleeve. I attached the cup to a saffron circle splattered with Toffee shimmer, then attached it to the card with some haphazardly placed strips of paper, some floral stickers, and a happy die-cut sentiment.

To keep the matchbook closed, I added a little circular paperclip from my embellishment collection. In this video, you get another peek at my embellishment organization. After many requests, I can officially say that a series of craft space videos will be appearing this summer showing you how I organize my space.

After figuring out how to close up the card, I decided that it needed a coffee-loving sentiment inside. Under the flaps is an adorable little quote that has been spattered and inked like the rest of the card.

How easy was that? I felt such a sense of accomplishment using up some scraps and embellishments from my craft stash and getting it all put together before the deadline. I also enjoyed learning how to create a new fun fold design and having the opportunity to create something I love.

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new. Many of the supplies I used on this project are listed below. They are available for a limited time, so make sure you snag a few to make a Happy Morning coffee card of your own.

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Use Cricut Contour to Create a Sunburst Layout

This past week, I shared my Fourth of July sunburst layout with you for the Here Comes the Sun blog bop. This red, white, and blue layout looked like a firework exploding on the Fourth of July. Did you happen to wonder how I created that background? Well, today you are being blessed, because I am going to show you how to make a sunburst background of your own in Cricut Design Space.

To make this background, I used an image from the Artbooking collection and altered it with the Cricut Contour Tool. The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image by removing any unwanted cut lines or contours. In Windows or Mac, the Contour Tool is located on the right side of the Canvas below the Layers Panel. In the Android and iOS app, you can find Contour under Actions.

Before you start to Contour an image, you will need to select it. For my project, I duplicated the image twice. One image will create the Kraft background and the other two images are going to be used to create the red and blue sunburst rays.

To create the first set of sunburst rays, I selected one of the images and clicked on the Contour Tool. When the tool is selected, a Hide Contour window opens with a close-up view of the contours, or cuts, on the image. You will see the contours in the image photo and as a list on the right side of the window.

When you click on the cut line you wish to hide or select the contour to be hidden from the menu at the right of the window, the hidden contour will change to a lighter shade. This indicates that the portion of the image chosen will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut.

On my project, I removed the background image and selected every other sunburst to create the red striped rays. I repeated this process with the second image to create the blue star pattern rays.

Once all the contours had been hidden, I could cut out my project from the pattern papers in the Stars & Sparklers collection. The rays fit perfectly into the background design and could easily be added to my project.

After assembling the Sunburst background, I added my photo, some stickers and Cricut cut stars, and a few star-shaped wooden images.

If you would like to learn more about using the Contour Tool and watch this layout come together, I have created a simple tutorial and process video for you.

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For those who missed out on my original post showing the layout, here are a few photos of the embellishment clusters. You can learn more about how it all came together, here on my blog, and check out some other artwork showing you how to use sunbursts.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and taught you a few new tricks in Cricut Design Space. If you are wanting to learn how to use your Cricut machine and would like to create some projects in Cricut Design Space, I invite you to join my Cricut Classroom.

Each week, I teach an hour-long Live class which is recorded and uploaded to a classroom website. You are also provided with free project links and downloadable notes for your Cricut Classroom Notebook.

Make sure to check out a few of my other Cricut tutorials, here on my blog and my YouTube channel. My hope is that you dust off that Cricut machine and create something new.

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Start with a Sketch & Create Some Bird-Day Cards

Each month, our Creative Design Team shares simple project ideas with you that show you ways to use some of the crafty items in your stash. This week, we are focusing on Sketches! Each one of us has chosen a sketch from a Make It From Your Heart how-to book and showing you new ways to use them.

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For my project, I chose to use a card sketch from the new Make it From Your Heart book. This new how-to guide is full of card and layout sketches with cutting guides and project samples. Each of our how-to books are designed to give you a “jumping off point” in the creative process and help you to create beautiful projects of your own.

The bird-day cards I created were inspired by Sketch #30 which is a simple design with three paper strips in the background. As you can see, I was able to take this uncomplicated design and use it to create three adorable birthday cards.

Each of these cards is a little different from the rest. In the MIFYH book, there is an A2 horizontal sample and an A2 vertical sample with playful papers, icons, and sentiments. In my video tutorial, I share how I was inspired by each sample in the book and how it altered it for my designs.

I chose the bright, whimsical Party Time paper and sticker pack for my card collection and paired them with the So Tweet bird images. Aren’t those little birds simply adorable?!

In our idea book, all of the bird images are shaded a lovely yellow color. I chose to mimic this on two of my cards using SpectrumNoir Triblend markers. I used my swatch sheet to match my marker colors to the paper pack, then went right to work shading those little bird images.

On the first card, I chose pink patterns and images to create a card for a little girl. I added some stitching on the side, a few layered tags, and a sticker sentiment.

Her balloon was shaded a lovely pale pink and coral mixture with a splash of shimmer from a shimmer brush. I am still practicing my coloring and shading techniques so I kept my blends simple.

The Party Time paper pack has both pink and blue designs so, naturally, the second card was created with a boy theme in mind. That little chick with the glasses is just too cute dressed up in his little party hat sticker.

This card is a bit more elaborate with a pattern paper background, glitter gel polka-dots, and stitched strips of paper.

After creating the two standard-size cards, I decided to use the sketch to create a slimline design. Instead of using a little yellow chick, I went rogue with a beautiful little bluebird.

That adorable bird was placed onto a scallop tag adorned with Liquid Pearls, then added to a simple card background of pink images and sentiments.

If you would like to see how all three of these cards came together and learn a few tips & tricks, I have a video for you to enjoy. I walk you through how I shaded each of the images with TriBlend markers and share how I altered each of the sketches in the Make It From Your Heart book.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at some sketches from the Make It From Your Heart how-to books. Each of the Creative Design Team members will be sharing a sketch with you this week, so make sure that you have subscribed to each of their channels so that you can learn a new way to Start with a Sketch.

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