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 Items I Used Today

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.  

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 Supplies Used on my Project

Show Some Valentine’s Day Love with Oh My Heart

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and, this month, you can show some love by creating some beautiful handmade cards and scrapbook layouts! With the fun patterns, colors, and stamps included in the Oh My Heart special, it’s sure to capture your heart. 

Save 25% When You Purchase the Workshop Kit

Along with the Oh My Heart paper suite itself, you can have an amazing  workshop kit with the all the materials you need to create 40 cards, a two-page scrapbook layout, and a single scrapbook page.  The best part is that the full workshop kit, which includes the My Acrylix® Oh My Heart stamp set, is available at a 25%-discount!

Here is What is Included in Your Workshop Kit

Can be purchased without the Oh My Heart Stamp Set

Download the Workshop Guide for Free


This week, I shared this special with my VIP Group and showed each one of them how easy it is to create two of these cards.  I didn’t want you to miss out on the fun, so I have created an edited version of the video and uploaded it to my YouTube channel

No matter who you share the Oh My Heart special with, there’s sure to be something everyone will love!  This brand new paper packet, coordinating sticker sheet, complementary cardstock, and exclusive stamp set is sure to capture your heart this Valentine’s Day.  These items are only available while supplies last so make sure to stop by my website for everything you’ll need to create before February 29th. 

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.