An Archery Layout | April Love Your Stash

The Creative Design Team had so many people joining us in February, that we have decided to continue our Love Your Stash series throughout the rest of the year. Not only are we going to be using a few items in our craft spaces, but we are encouraging you to do the same. This month, Katy, Erin, Jayma, and I will be posting some BONUS Love Your Stash videos for you to enjoy. Make sure you check out each of our channels or head on over to the playlist for some inspiration to use up some of your crafting collection.


In March, I had the opportunity to go to a weekend retreat for fun – no hosting, selling, or teaching – just three days of crafting in a beautiful mountain cabin. During my stay, I created several scrapbook pages using elements in my craft stash. One of my favorites is this two-page spread of my son on the archery range.

Rarely do I capture photos of our big ol’ bear. This red-bearded sasquatch of a man tries to avoid the camera whenever he can, but I was able to sneak a few photos during our last outing.

My son was not the only one shooting that day. I also own a bow which he had custom-designed for me to match my Muddy Girl gear. It was my son who introduced me to this sport and I have genuinely come to enjoy it. We visit a local archery range near a lake as often as we can. This is a great way for me to get out of the craft room once in a while.

On this layout, I used quite a few items from my crafting stash. The background was created using some of our Wood Grain papers. To create a three-dimensional background, I cut apart the slats, roughed and inked up the edges, then layered them onto the cardstock to mimic the targets on the archery range.

To add to the distressed roughed-up design, I also tore some edges on the photo frame and added some splatters on a few corners of the layout. I created the splatters with Toffee Ink using a retired stamp. There are a few stamps on my website with some splatter on sale right now or you could use waterbrush with some ink or paint to create the same effect.

The die cuts on the page are a combination of Cricut cut images and embellishments from my crafting space. I wanted to add some arrows onto the page, match the circular shape of his bow, and create movement. While I was at the retreat, I was struggling to find a few other embellishments, and a friend asked if I had any feather stickers. I am so grateful that she suggested these because they were the perfect addition to the layout.

I had brought my little Joy to the retreat, so I was able to cut a few of the images I wanted from the You Are Here and Artistry collections. When my husband gifted me with the Joy, I wasn’t sure if I would use it because of how small it is, but it’s the size of the machine that I have come to like most. It takes up hardly any space in your work area and is so much easier to pack than a larger machine. You are limited in size when you are creating, but most of the images I made that weekend fit within the 5″ x 11.5″ parameters.

The other elements on the pages are from a variety of collections that I have been hoarding. I am a collector of all things outdoorsy and manly, and it felt great to be able to use a few of them on this layout. The final addition was a tag tucked behind a photo for journaling. I have no clue where I got this tag or what collection it comes from, but I have a stack of them that need using. The color and designs on this tag pocket were an ideal choice for the page.


If you wish to see how this layout came together, you can view my process video. It is going to look a little different than my past videos. This is the first time I have set up my camera somewhere outside of my craft space. The background looks a little different and there are a few little bumps that happened when I reached for a snack or when someone at the table moved, but I loved this layout so much and I wanted to be able to share it with you.


I hope that this layout inspired you to use up a few items from your crafting stash. I have sincerely enjoyed being able to use up the pieces in my collection these past few months and I can’t wait to share the other layouts I made at this retreat with you.

Don’t forget to visit Katy, Jayma, and Erin’s channels this week and check out what they have made using items from their crafting collection. Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when the Creative Design Team adds more Love Your Stash videos throughout the rest of the year.

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An Easter Egg Cloche | Easter Video Collab

Last month, our Creative Design Team was showing you multiple ways to love your stash. This month, we took a little break from the everyday posts to bring you some projects you can create for Easter. If you haven’t heard about our Creative Design Team, you learn more about us here.


The women on our team did an amazing job this past week! We had shaker egg cards, and a pop-up card, scrapbook layouts, and easy-to-make last-minute cards. Today, I am ending the collab with a home décor project that you can make with your Cricut.

Please don’t feel overwhelmed by this creation – it is not as difficult as it looks. In my video, I share a few ways you can add pizzazz to your Cricut cuts, but you are more than welcome to skip those parts of the project.

As you may know, I love adding lots of detail to my designs. The flowers I cut from the Daisy Meadows collection are designed to assemble flat or with a little dimension using foam tape.

I chose to go a few steps further. Not only did I cut the images from pattern paper and glitter cardstock, but I also added some beads in the center and cut a stamen using a flower thin cut die. As I said, feel free to skip this step. I am a very detail-oriented person. When I create flowers for home décor pieces, I like to make them bold, whimsical, and full of dimension.

In my video, I also share a few tips and tricks in Design Space. You will learn how I like to use templates and color sync. I also walk you through this entire project from start to finish. You will create it in Design Space with me, assemble all the pieces, and put the cloche together.

All of the Cricut cut items are placed on the base of a cloche around a flower foam square. I chose a cloche with a metal base. It matches the décor in my home and the patterns in the Daisy Meadows collection. I found the bell-shaped cloche stands at Michaels craft store, but I have also seen a few on Amazon you can purchase. I put links below in my supply list to both of these.

So.. here is a little tidbit of history for you. Do you know where the term cloche came from or what they are designed for?

Cloche /klōSH/

Bell shaped jar or bottomless glass jug used in France since the 1600’s. The name for a popular bell shaped hat of the 1920s

Knowing where something comes from or where it originated always fascinates me. As a gardener, I have seen a cloche used, but they are usually made of plastic. I didn’t realize that the glass bells we use in home décor are popular mini-greenhouses.

Alright, so now that you have gotten your history lesson for the week, let’s take a look at the crafting tutorial.

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How much fun was that?! Home Décor is one of my favorite paper crafts to make – it is where I started as a Maker and where my heart will always be.

I especially love teaching others how to make creations for their home. I hope this project inspired you to try a few new things in Cricut Design Space and make something for your home this Easter.

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Week Four: Wild Card Wood Tags with HTV

Have you been enjoying this month’s Love Your Stash challenge? Our Creative Design Team has been using up items in our craft room stash and there have been some amazing ideas so far. So far we have tackled paper, pocket cards, embellishments, & kits. We even added a few Guest Designers to the challenges. This week, our theme is Wild Card which meant that there were no rules to follow (like I would have followed them anyway).


A Wild Card challenge meant that I could dig into every area of my craft space. My first visit was the drawer full of unfinished holiday home décor where I found some little wooden Christmas tags. I know I am not the only one who does this – I have grand plans to make holiday pieces in November, then the holidays come (or a virus hits), and you end up shoving the project in a black hole of UFOs.

Well, this girl decided that she wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to use up those little tags. I snatched them out of the drawer, warmed up my Cricut, dug out the old paint and beads, and ended up with a fun little spring décor project.

As I said, this project began with some wooden tags I purchased last year with grand plans to make some holiday gifts. I wish we carried these all year long so that I could make a few more, but I am betting that quite a few of you also grabbed some last year and have some in your UnFinished Objects bin. 

I was inspired by the tags and tag garlands I have seen featured in home décor this past year. Wooden Tiered Trays have been so popular and you often see these tags draping from those trays or hanging from hooks or curtains.  Before I share more of the little details on these tags with you, take a few minutes to watch the video tutorial I created showing you how to use your wooden tags, a Cricut machine, and some items from your stash to make yourself some spring decorations.

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In the tutorial, I share how I decorated each one of these tags using paint, reinkers, paper, HTV iron-on, and embellishments from my stash. The video also shows you how to Upload SVGs into Cricut Design Space so that you can cut out the images of those tags from paper.

On this little Peeps Tag, I also used an SVG images from our Bunny Banner that was available last spring. Those bunny images were the perfect “peep” shape. My original plan was to cut them from pastels, but my home is not conducive to pale colors, so I chose to cut them from a grey patterned iron-on instead.

The rest of the tag was decorated very simply. I added some polka-dot cork shapes to the faces, an iron-on sentiment, some white wooden beads, and a tassel. (Make sure you watch the video to see my tip for painting beads.)

The second bunny tag is just too cute with its wood grain background, pink plaid bunny, and little tag collar. I used the Tag SVG to cut out the perfect tag shape from our white wood grain paper, then added an iron-on sentiment and a three-dimensional bunny cut from our valentine paper.

To make the bunny three-dimensional, I cut the image from cardstock multiple times and adhered all the layers together. When you are creating home décor pieces, this method looks much better than using foam tape and it holds up to being moved around each season.

This third tag is my favorite and matches my home décor perfectly. The embellishments are a bit unconventional – like a photo tab for a collar – but they are the perfect additions to that adorable iron-on bunny image. I am guessing you probably have a few of those metal tabs in your stash, too, and now you are looking at them in a whole new way.

The fourth and final tag in the video is a surprise addition, and to be honest, it was not a favorite of mine. I didn’t even take the time to snap a photo of it because I just keep trying to “fix it”. I know that sounds silly, but sometimes the project doesn’t feel finished, and that little blue flower tag needs a few finishing touches.


I hope that this inspired you to Love Your Stash and dig through your bin of unfinished home décor items to create something for spring. Make sure to visit all of the Creative Design Team’s channels so that you can get some more ideas for using up your craft stash during the month of February.

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