Five Minute Find: Wood Shapes & Sentiments

If you are a member of my private facebook group, you get to enjoy a few live tutorials each month. This past week, I shared one of my favorite finds – Wood Shapes and Sentiments. Since many of you are not members of the group, I have decided to scale down the hour-long video to a quick five-minute recap and show you EIGHT ways you can add color to your wood shapes.

The two cards you see here are projects I created with my facebook group. I not only shared the cardmaking process, but I also showed how to add color to our wood shapes and sentiments.

In the Core Catalog and on my website, you will find a wide variety of wood shapes available. Don’t be deceived by the size in the catalog – they are much larger and much more detailed in person.


On my instagram and facebook page, I posted a little video of some of the projects I have made using our wood shapes and sentiments. I use these little gems on cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor pieces. They are so versatile and can be shaded to match your projects. After posting that video, I decided that would share with you a few ways that you can use them on your creations.

In my group, I shared the full card making process showing ways to shade the images. On the shutter card, I used two heard shapes and an arrow.

To add some color to the wood shapes on the first card, I used our Metallic Markers, Stickles, and ReInkers. The larger heart was first shaded with the Metallic Marker to give it a deep vibrant color then it was painted with Stickles to add some shimmer and shine.

On the smaller heart, I used our Carolina Blue ReInkers. I used the ink in full strength to give it deep staining. If you want a lighter tone, you can add water to the ink before applying it to the wood. I have also added reinkers to paint to create a chalk paint stain. You can view that technique here on my Spring Tags project.

The other elements used on this card are our In This Together papers and stickers, our Stitched Hexagon Thin Cuts dies, some little dots, and thread.

On the second card, I used Liquid Pearls and Gloss Spray to shade the wood flower shapes. When you are using the Gloss Spray, make sure that you are using an all-purpose mat or a surface that you can clean easily. These sprays can cause a bit of a mess if you aren’t careful.

After using the Gloss Spray, make sure to clean the nozzle. If the paint dries on the tip, it will be difficult to clean the next time you use it on a project.

The pink glossy flowers on this card are covered with two coats of Liquid Pearls that I painted onto the wood. I love how shimmery and soft these shapes look.

I also added a wood button to this card which I chose to keep plain bare wood. To embellish the button, I added some thread to match the quilt-like theme of the card.

In the video, I also share how to use Liquid Glass with paper to add more color and patterns to your wood shapes. As I said, this video has been scaled down to a quick Five Minute Find for you to be inspired by. To see the full hour-long process video, you will need to request to join my private facebook group (this group is not for consultants).


I hope that today’s Five Minute Find video inspired you to try something new and gave you a few ideas for using wood shapes on your paper crafting projects.

I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’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 for using stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)

A Valentine Coffee Treat Holder for the Video Collab Hop

Welcome to the February Creative Design Team Video Colab Hop! 80755930_10158118631278169_8967992594239848448_oThis month, our team has created a variety of Treat Holder projects you can make using your Close to My Heart products. When you have finished watching my video tutorial, you can click on the link in the comments to “hop” to the next video on the list.  If you get lost along the way, a complete list of the Creative Design Team & their creations can be found here, on my blog

Coffee is one of my favorite treats, second to chocolate, so, for this month’s Creative Design Team hop, I designed a Treat Holder for both of these indulgences to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  This adorable Valentine Coffee Treat Holder can be filled with any of your favorite sweets & treats to give for any occasion. 

This entire creation was inspired by a photo I found in an old craft book. I redesigned the project in Cricut® Design Space using images from our Art Philosophy Collection, then used the images to decorate a reusable coffee mug that I purchased from Michaels.  I have included links to all the products I used at the very bottom of this post. 

In my process video, I will show you how I put together my design for this Valentine Coffee Treat Holder using features like Contour and Print-then-Cut in Design Space®. You will also have an opportunity to see how I use the Oh My Heart papers to make this a truly whimsical Valentine craft you can create and give. 

This little Valentine Coffee Treat Holder was fun to create and will be even more enjoyable to give away on Valentine’s Day.  Since this one is a bit on the “girly” side, I am working on a few more treat holders for my boys using the Spruced Up collection. I can’t wait to show them to you.  If you wish to make a few treats of your own, you can view the video tutorial I createdand see how easy these Valentine Coffee Treat Holders are to make. 

Make sure to stop by my YouTube channel to view all of the other Creative Design Team creations.  Katy Donaldson Taylor, from Scrapin Katy, is next on the list with an adorable Treat Holder designed just for you.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on my Project