Creating a Simply Beautiful Card

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog

It’s time for another Tic-Tac-Toe Color My Heart challenge and, this week, we are playing with the color palette in the Spruced Up collection. To join our challenge, simply link your creation before January 30th. Make sure that you do not add any additional colors other than what is shown below.

Rarely do I squirm over a Color Dare color challenge, but this week I was a bit perplexed.  I haven’t decided if it is because I am struggling with the colors chosen or the current Spruced Up paper palette. It’s a mix of old world colors that I have used before, and, even though I truly enjoy the vintage feel, I am wrestling with the designs.  That is one of the reasons I chose to keep my project Simply Beautiful. 

My colors of choice – French Vanilla, Julep, Sangria, & Mink. If you would like to re-create this card, I have created a clear set of instructions for you as well as a list of the supplies I used on this project.

ENJOY Creating Today!

Paper Needed:  5½” x 4¼” Spruced Up Sangria paper, 5¼” x 4″ French Vanilla cardstock, 5¼” x 2″ Sangria cardstock, 5″ x 1¾” French Vanilla cardstock, 3″ x 3″ Sangria cardstock, 2¼” x 2¼” Julep cardstock, 2″ x 2″ French Vanilla cardstock

Assembly Instructions

  1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ French Vanilla cardstock onto the Spruced Up Sangria paper and adhere both to the front of a card base.
  2. Using Julep Ink, stamp the Floral image randomly onto the 5″ x 1¾” French Vanilla cardstock . Using Mink Ink, stamp the Ink Blot image randomly onto the same piece of French Vanilla cardstock.
  3. Layer the stamped cardstock onto the 5¼” x 2″ Sangria cardstock and adhere to the front of the card approximately ½” from the left side.
  4. Using the 2 ¾ ” Stitched Bracket Thin Cut, cut out a shape from the 3″ x 3″ Sangria cardstock.
  5. Round the corners of the 2¼” x 2¼” Julep cardstock and layer onto the Sangria bracket die-cut using Foam Tape for dimension.
  6. Stamp a large Ink Blot onto the center of the 2″ x 2″ French Vanilla cardstock with Mink Ink, then use Sangria Ink to stamp the sentiment onto the center. Round the corners and use a Grey Pen to add faux stitching. Adhere to the Julep cardstock.
  7. Embellish with Julep Ribbon, Julep Glitter Gems, Wood Shapes, and Bitty Sparkles.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and that you take a chance, like I did, to give the new color palette a try. If you do, please share your creation with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.

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Let’s Talk About Using ATTACH in Cricut® Design Space

For those of you who received a Cricut® for Christmas, or have one collecting dust from last Christmas, the Attach feature in Design Space can be a little confusing. If you are not quite sure where or what it is, let me give you a little help as I walk you through how to use Attach while you learn to create the sweet, simple three dimensional snowflake from my Beautiful Blue Snowflake card.

Let’s first start with What is ATTACH?

When you are first starting out in Design Space, ATTACH can seem like an unneeded feature and is often ignored, but there is a reason I teach people how to use it in my Cricut® Classes.  Other than being a cute little paper clip on your screen, the ATTACH feature has two functions. 

    • Attach holds your cuts (images) in the exact position you have placed them on the design screen (canvas) onto the cutting mat.
    • Attach fastens your Cut, Score, & Write lines onto the image where you want the machine to cut, score, or write.  

Let me show you Where to Find ATTACH?

You can find the ATTACH feature in two places in the Design Space web/desktop application.  The first is at the bottom of the Design Space Layers Panel.  After you have selected the items you wish to Attach you just need to click the little “paperclip”.  For those who prefer shortcuts in a Context Menu, you can select the images then right-click the mouse and choose Attach.  If you are using an iOS or Android device, you can locate Attach under Actions. 


Let me show you How to Use ATTACH?

The Attach feature is something I teach in quite a few of my classes in a multitude of ways, so today, I am just going to show you how I used this feature to create the three-dimensional snowflake for my Beautiful Blue Snowflake card.  Since most of you are visual learners, I have created a short process video for you to watch as you learn more about how to used the Attach feature in Design Space. 

  

I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and were able to learn a little more about the Attach feature in Design Space.  In each of my local and online classes, you will learn more about this and other features while you create a project.   I hope that you will join me as we continue to learn and create with our Cricut® machines. 

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A Beautiful Blue Snowflake Card

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog

If you enjoy simple, monochromatic colors and sharing your creations with others, then you will enjoy this Color Dare challenge. Our Design Team has created some inspirational pieces this week on the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog using ONLY shades of blue.

To join the challenge, simply link your photo before January 16th. You don’t even need to have a blog to play – just link your photo through any online gallery.  This week, I am sharing a Beautiful Blue Snowflake card that I creating using some snowflake images from the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection. 

To create the three-dimensional effect on this card, I attached some score lines onto the snowflakes, then folded them both up and down (mountain & valley), and attached them together with some foam tape. Here is a link to the tutorial  showing you how I made these using Cricut Design Space™.

I chose two pattern papers in a Glacier color along with some embossed White Daisy cardstock for my background, then layered it all atop a piece of Glacier cardstock. To embellish, I painted a Wooden Snowflake with a Black Shimmer Brush, added some loops of white thread, and placed a few Bitty Sparkles in the background. 

Once I had added all of the elements, I was struggling with finding a sentiment until I remembered our Everyday Magic stamp set had a saying about being “your own kind of beautiful” – like a snowflake. Each one of you is a special individual, created  uniquely, unlike anyone else, and you are your own kind of beautiful

I hope that today’s card has inspired you to try something new and that you will share your creation with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog. Remember, you have until January 16th to create something BLUE-ti-ful and link it to the challenge. 

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 the list of supplies I used on my project