Welcome to the September SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using our Stamp of the Month entitled Here for the Memories.118602165_10157782161227686_898844977529488597_n This stamp set is perfect for celebrating National Stamping Month!  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my Fall Crop Gift Bag, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


This weekend, I am hosing a Labor Day retreat in the Rocky Mountains and, when I saw the September stamp set, I knew that it would be ideal for creating some gift bags to treat the ladies who are attending. After all, who wouldn’t want a beautiful monogram stamp with some coveted hand-sanitizer at their weekend crop??

The bag was a Hobby Lobby purchase that I stamped using Sapphire and Espresso Ink then splattered with a Toffee Shimmer Brush.  It was a bit difficult to stamp onto this bag and a few of the images appear uneven and faded, so the addition of some random arrows and splatter added to the worn look of the design. 

Since this is a fall retreat, I chose to add a few leaves that were cut using our Leaves Thin Cuts dies. These new dies are so much bigger that I thought they would be and they are essential for your upcoming fall projects. I can’t wait to create with them again. 

I cut out each one of the leaves from White Daisy cardstock then shaded the each one by blending some red, yellow, green, and orange Distress Oxide inks. These inks are a new product I have never used before and I am HOOKED.  Unfortunately, we are out of stock on the website and hope to have a few in the warehouse soon. 

After creating the leaves, I designed a tag with a heat embossed sentiment on a Sapphire cardstock circle. The phrase was stamped onto the circle using VersaMark Ink, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder, then heat set with a heat tool. 

To embellish the gift bag, I added some burlap ribbon from my stash, a little jute twine and a wooden button.  I think that this bag is simply adorable and I hope that the ladies at my retreat do also. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to create a few gifts for your friends during National Stamping Month. Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’s Blog to see her work! 

Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Here for the Memories Stamp Set set is only available until September 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00♥.

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Happy Stitched Together Gift

For the Color Dare Challenge

Don’t you just love receiving little unexpected gifts in the mail? Personally, I prefer giving them. This week, I was working on a few “happy mail” projects using the Stitched Together collection and realized that they would be perfect to share on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog.  Before I show you my Happy Stitched Together Gift, let me show you which colors you get to use for this week’s challenge. 

All of these colors on this Tic-Tac-Toe board come from our delightful Stitched Together collection and for my project I chose to use …. ALL of them.   I couldn’t help it.  The color palette in this collection is so bright and cheerful making this a fun little gift anyone would love to receive in the mail. 


I started out by creating a 4″ x 3″ pocket that I made using some textured Candy Apple cardstock left over from a project I made using the Blue Skies collection.  The pocket was decorated with a few pieces of Stitched Together paper and stickers.  Aren’t those flowers just too stinkin’ cute?

To create the sentiment, I used the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts dies.  When I first saw this stamp set, I honestly thought that I would never use it, but, I must admit, I love the look of that layered “happy” image. 

The “happy” sentiment was stamped in Lagoon Ink then topped with a “happy” die cut cut from Sapphire cardstock.  I then layered another sentiment on top using some foam tape for dimension. 

To finish off the project, I added some White Twine, Bitty Sparkles, and a White Ribbon bow dyed with Peach ink. The little gift was tucked inside and the whole package will fit right into an envelope to send off to someone special. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and that you will consider joining us for this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. You don’t have to use the Stitched Together papers or CTMH inks, but we do ask that you stick to the color palette shown and link your project to the blog before June 25th. 

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Another Reimagined Project: A Magical Beauty Bag

Over the past month, I have been playing with the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments collection to create two layouts – A Magical Birthday and A Magical Christmas.  Each one of these included a simple video tutorial for you to follow. Today, I have another project for you using that Magical Unicorn Key and HTV Iron-On Vinyl with another easy-to-follow tutorial showing you how to create a Magical Beauty Bag. 

My video tutorial will walk you through the design process in Cricut Design Space showing you how to create this project using the templates and attach features and show you how to apply HTV to your projects using an EasyPress Mini.  Before we go to the video, I want to tell you more about this project and let you know that a supply list can be found at the very bottom of this post. 


All of the images for this Magical Beauty Bag were taken from the Everyday Moments Cricut collection.  I took apart two of the image design (keys) and used the images to create the front of this bag. 

This make-up bag was a free give-away from Ulta, but I am sure you probably have one in your stash that needs decorating.  This design was cut from regular Heat Transfer Vinyl, Everyday Iron-On, and Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.  In my video I show you how to cut each one of these using your Cricut Machine. 

Here are a few Tips & Tricks for using Heat Transfer Vinyl 

  1. Mirror your design in Design Space before cutting. 
  2. Place the vinyl shiny-side down on a standard grip mat.
  3. Choose “Custom Materials” on the Air2 Dial & select the material.
  4. Make sure your blade doesn’t have any nicks and it sharp before cutting. 
  5. Use weeding tools to remove the excess vinyl from the backing sheet. 
  6. Refer to the Cricut Heat Guide for temperature and application. 

My video tutorial explains each one of these tips in a little more detail.  On this design I chose to add a little glitter HTV.  If you chose to use a glitter iron-on, you will need to make sure that the glitter pieces are your top layers.  You cannot layer other iron-on designs onto glitter easily, so it’s best to make sure that the glitter vinyl is always your final layer. 

After all the vinyl had been attached to the front of the bag, I decided to add a little more bling with a handmade tassel and flower charm.  The tassel contains a few bits of our Gold Embellishing thread to match the gold on the design and bag.  I just love that little bit of bling

This project was so simple to make and perfect for a summer project with friends or to make and give away as a gift.  


For those who enjoy my Cricut Tutorials, here is a video for you to view It walks you through all the steps to create this Magical Beauty Bag – from design to completion – with plenty of tips along the way. 

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at the Everyday Moments Cricut collection and create a Magical Beauty Bag project of your own.  Remember, this Cricut collection is only available through the affiliate link below – it is not available in Access or through the Cricut website. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today