Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two Ways to Make Shaker Cards - Traditional and Tulle

Hi Everyone! Hope you're making it through Hump Day! If you feel like you could use some words of encouragement then you're in the right place. Today's project is a set of clean and simple cards featuring some of the 35 available dies in May's Expressions Plus word release. 

When I saw these dies, I immediately knew I would use the negative space of the words as windows for shaker boxes. In the video I show the traditional shaker box created by making a well for the shaker confetti with foam tape and covering it with an acetate window. The second method uses tulle to create both the window and the pocket to hold the shaker confetti. I'm a big fan of using tulle! It's much quicker, doesn't add additional bulk to your card and doesn't allow the shaker bits to gather at the bottom of the window. The size of the new Expressions Plus dies worked perfectly for either shaker method.

Check out the card set featuring the new Expressions Plus Dies by clicking below:

If you'd like to see more of the Expressions Plus die release, click on the YouTube video link below. See how these new dies compare to the older Expressions dies, ideas on using the two styles together and other thoughts to jump start your crafting imagination.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

- Janet

Dies used in this project:

Card Recipe:
CottageCutz Expressions Plus Dies Used:
friends, happy, thanks, family, wish, grateful

Card base: A2 (4.25" x 5.5" when folded)
Front card panel: 3.75" x 5.5"
Various party table confetti from Walmart:
balloons, stars, discs
Sequins from my stash
white tulle, glitter patterned tulle
3M foam tape
Scotch ATG adhesive
Tear It adhesive tape
Scotch Quick Dry liquid adhesive
Cuttlebug embossing folders (bee hive and flower patterns)
Office Depot Color Inkjet Transparencies

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Colorful Collage Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day! It's my day to post for CottageCutz dies. In honor of Mother's Day I present a colorful card featuring one of the CottageCutz Baby release dies called, Elephants on Parade. I also used the Oval Doily & Frame, Stitched Oval Set, and the Double-Stitched Rectangle Set to make this card. Find all the new baby release dies here.

Card Front
Inside of Card

 I had a ball playing on the idea that in the Indian culture, elephants are honored and revered, just like our Moms are. Although this card focuses on Mother's Day, it could easily be changed into a birthday card too. I've included all the dimensions and supplies needed for this card in the video description.

I hope you have a most wonderful Sunday and for all the Mom's out there, have a happy Mother's Day. It's your day. Enjoy it!

- Janet

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Happy Saturday everyone! Earlier this week, I was challenged with mass producing six cards for my son's teachers. In our district it was Teacher Appreciation week. I'm not sure if that's a national week or if each district chooses their own week but in any case, I want to share with you a teacher thank you card set that worked well for the occasion.

These were relatively easy to put together and it took me about an hour once I figured out what to do. These are 4-Bar sized cards (3.5" x 4 7/8") so they are a little smaller than A2. Part of the reason I chose that size was so that it was a little less work to prepare the card front backgrounds but it was still big enough to fit a Target gift card inside.

For the card front, I cut six pieces of white card stock at 3 1/4" x 4 5/8". Next, I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in four colors by applying Salty Ocean first, then Mustard Seed, then Spiced Marmalade and finally Worn Lipstick. When I applied the Mustard Seed over the Salty Ocean, it created the greenish range you see between the blue and yellow. Once I finished blending the colors over each other, I stamped the school house on each one. Once everything was dry, I sprinkled water droplets over the top. Water and distress ink interact with each other and it lightens all the areas where water touched the ink for a cool effect.

The "Thanks" sentiment is from CottageCutz and I cut six of them out of black card stock and adhered one above each school house image. The final step was spritzing Pewter Shimmer Mist from Tsukineko over each card. I love this mist and it gave the whole background a pretty shimmer.

I completed the cards by stamping, "A+ Well Done" on the inside of the card. All the stamps come from a Close To My Heart set called, School Rocks. This is a retired set but is still available from online sellers per my check as I was writing this. I've used this set a lot as it has some super cute school images in it.

Well, that does it for me today. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment. Don't forget that I now have a YouTube channel you can visit for more ideas. You can find me there at SugarShine's YouTube Channel. I'll be back soon!

- Janet

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Twist Pop-Up Card for Baby

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted but our family have been busy little beavers and I'm sure you're in the same boat!

Today it's my turn to post for CottageCutz and I'm featuring a card that will really wow your recipients! It's called the Twist Pop-Up card and it's an eye catcher.

This card features six dies highlighting all things baby. I've geared it for a girl but of course, you can always change the colors to be gender neutral or boyish.

This card has a surprise when you open it. Describing it isn't adequate so please go to the link below for the video showing how I decorated this fun card base. You'll find the mat measurements in the video's description. 

I've posted another video that shows in detail how to make the card base itself. For those of you who don't have a lot of supplies, I hope you'll check out the card base construction because all you need are scissors, ruler, card stock, glue and some stickers to decorate it. I'm confident you will be able to make this card after you watch it but I will answer any questions you leave for me there to help you if you get stuck. 

Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Sunday morning. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Baby Monkey Congratulations Card

Happy Hump Day everyone! It's my turn to post a project using CottageCutz dies. Today I'm celebrating baby using one of the new dies from the CottageCutz baby release! This little fella is such a cutie and is a perfect way to congratulate someone special who has welcomed a new little monkey of their own.

I invite you to visit the video which shows you how I made this card in detail. Also included in the video description are the dimensions for all the pieces I used in this project and links to the products (Disclaimer - I don't earn commissions on CottageCutz die sales).

I used several techniques on this monkey to maximize his cuteness. First I shaded him using brown and black chalks before putting him together. I raised up his paws with foam tape and rounded his tummy before placing a strip of foam tape down his middle to help retain the baby tummy roundness. He demanded some googly eyes and I happily complied! Then his mouth was traced with a black fine-lined marker so his personality could really shine. I also rounded the balloons and attached them with foam tape to the strings. The balloons are part of this monkey set and I know I'll use them for many other projects. It's always nice when a die can be versatile.

Hope you enjoyed this little guy. I'll be posting again for CottageCutz on April 30th but I'm going to try to post a project this weekend. It all depends on how much spring yard work I get done! Take care and see you soon!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Birthday Cupcake - Sizzix Happy Birthday Set

Happy Saturday Crafty Friends! Today I'm posting a project I had a lot of fun with. It features the Sizzix Happy Birthday Cupcake die and stamp set. I really enjoy having stamps to go with dies because they add so much detail. I am not much of an artist when it comes to drawing so the stamps are a welcome help for me.

To see how this card was made and view more close-up photos of this card, please watch the video by clicking below:

As a head's up, I won't be posting next Saturday as I am enjoying spring break with my family. I will be posting next on Wednesday, April 19th and I'll be showing you some more adorable CottageCutz dies. A baby release is coming soon and I can't wait to show you what I've been making with them!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! Until next time, have a great week and keep crafting!

Card Dimensions:
5 x 7 Card Base
Yellow Mat - 4.5" x 6.5"
Blue Mat - 3.75" x 5" 
Purple Mat - 3.5" x 4.75"
Small Blue Vertical Mat - 5" x 1.5"
Pink Mat - 4.75" x 1.25"

Find me here:

Link to purchase the Sizzix set I used in the video
Link to purchase Sizzix Set

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Envelope Punch Scenic Jar with CottageCutz Trailer

Hi everyone! It’s my day to post for CottageCutz Dies and I’m excited to share my video card creation today featuring the Teardrop Camper, Spring Grass, Stitched Circles and Double-Stitched rectangle dies! 

Be sure to take advantage of the BIG Anniversary Sale. All the dies I used for this card are on sale through Friday. All dies used are 50% off except for the grass which is 25% off. Now is the time to load up on wish list items that are on sale and share your list with family members as a hint for Mother's Day! (Disclosure: I do not earn commissions on sales)

You can click on my video below to see how I made this cute mason jar shaped card but first let me tell you a little more about it. 

The adorable Teardrop Camper is the true star of the show! The details in this die cut are incredible, down to the tiny curtains and awning which for me is my favorite part. To create a little more texture to the die cut, I used an embossing folder to set off the bottom piece of the trailer and I also dry embossed the clouds in the background. I accented them with some white and tinsel mixed embossing powder which gives both a milky white and glittery appearance.

The base card is a 4-bar sized card and it’s created using an envelope punch board. I got the idea from many videos out there showing how to make a jar shape but I made it my own by turning it into a card with the hinge at the top. I further experimented a little and found that I could dry emboss a zig-zag pattern with my embossing board to give the jar lid the illusion that it is screwed on instead of being flat. The round tags were stamped and cut out using the stitched circles dies and the interior piece was cut out with the double-stitched rectangle die. It’s these little touches that makes the card so fun.

I have included the dimensions and supplies in the description of the video so go there to get all the details to make your own scenic jar card with the Teardrop Camper or other CottageCutz dies. There are so many possibilities! Thanks for spending some time today with me. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Happy Cards-Featuring Resist Coloring and Cricut Explore

Happy Saturday everyone! This week's video shows you how to create the Happy die cut shown on a set of six cards I made as a gift. It's easy to manipulate stock images in Cricut Design space into something entirely different. The image I started with actually looked like this.

These cards are A2 size, 4.25" x 5.5". The background was created by stamping a background with Versamark ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. Momento ink was then applied heavier at one end, gradually lightening to white at the top. The embossing resists the ink and reveals the background stamp while showing off an ombre effect. Easy! Just apply the ink with a sponge and lighten the amount used as you go from the bottom to the top.

The next step is to cut the Happy phrase in Design space (after manipulating the Happy Birthday phrase to the shape shown in the project). I used various words in the rectangle part of the die cut so that they read, Happy Birthday, Happy Thoughts, So Happy Together, Happy Dance, Happy for You and Happy Thoughts.

To finish each card, I applied the die cut, added a cork heart and a red embroidery thread bow. I actually made two of each card and made two sets of 6 cards to give as gifts. 

Thanks for joining me today. I'll see you again on Wednesday when it's my turn to post for CottageCutz. I've got a super cute card with a camping theme for you!

Supplies used for this project:
Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Set called Happy Stamp & Cut
Various Memento ink pads
White card stock to form the card base and card mat
Background Stamps: 
Rubbernecker Stamps - Victorian Diamond Panel
Stampabilities Wood Stamp - Typewriter Background

Sunday, March 19, 2017

100% Country Scrapbook Page

Happy Sunday and sorry to be a day later than normal with my weekly project. Today is my turn to share with you my very first post as a video designer for CottageCutz and since I was assigned Sunday, I waited an extra day to post. I'm so happy to be given the opportunity to use and share projects using their dies. They are really high quality dies at a reasonable prices. I hope you'll check them out and try some of their products. 

Today's project is a scrapbook page featuring the adorable stamp and die set, Farm Animals. This set is so cute! I couldn't help but use them in a page about my family's visit to a ranch in Arizona a few years ago. This set has so many applications that I'm sure you'll see these animals show up in some of my future projects.

For the photo mats, I used three stitched die cut shape sets including the circle, oval and square sets. I also used the double-stitched rectangle set. The double stitching on this set is really different and I like it a lot. The Spring Grass die is used in the page's title. 

Click the video link below to see how the page was made using all these great dies. Detailed instructions and supplies are included. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Link to CottageCutz Order Site:

Link to CottageCutz Blog

I'm participating in the following challenges: Jo's Scrapshack #180-Always Anything GoesCardz TV Anything GoesCrafty Creations Challenges-Anything Goes #337Crafting When We Can Challenge #140 Add Circles

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rainbow Drip Birthday Cupcake Card

Hi there! Just a quick posting of something I've been working on lately. I have been practicing with Distress Ink and I think I've finally got it! This is what I put together this afternoon. The rainbow background blended just beautifully and I finished it off by splattering some water on it. It's amazing what simple water does to distress ink. It is pretty magical.

So here's how I did this card. First I blended four Distress Inks starting on the bottom and working from corner to corner. I used Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn. These colors blended together to add purple and orange to the mix. Such vibrant pretty colors! I've had trouble blending these in the past but I finally ditched the wood handled mini blender and tried angled cosmetic sponges. What a difference! When I could really feel how much pressure I was using and didn't have 2" of wooden stick between me and the paper, it worked so much better. The sponges apply a nice finish. If I dare say so, I think it's better than the Tim Holtz sponges! It certainly worked way better for me.

The stamps are from Close To My Heart and the set came with the Cricut Artiste bundle. I stamped the sentiment first, masked it and stamped the cupcake on top. The mask makes it appear that the cupcake is behind the sentiment. Then I drew two perpendicular angled lines and cut the middle section out making sure the stamped image overlapped on the two remaining corner sections that were still intact. I colored the cupcake and wrapper with pink and blue Spectrum Noir markers.

To put it together, I placed the blended rainbow piece on top of a dark blue A2 sized cardstock. Then I put foam tape underneath the piece with the stamped image and two remaining corners and placed it on top. A few sequins with white Perlen Pen dots and some glitter to resemble sugar on the cupcake, and the card was done. This is very simple but oh, so satisfying.

Card Recipe:
White A2 sized card base
White card stock for the rainbow distress ink - 4.75 x 3.5
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn
CTMH Birthday set from the Cricut Artiste Bundle
Tim Holtz distress glitter - Clear Rock Candy
Momento black ink
Yellow and iridescent sequins
Perlen Pen - Ice White

I'm proud to enter this card in the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp-Monday Challenge, Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes ChallengeCardz TV-Anything GoesJo's Scrapshack-#179 Anything Goes with Kenny K Stamps

Saturday, March 11, 2017

You Make Me So Happy Card

Happy weekend! I hope you had a great week. The weather has been super nice here in the middle 60's to low 70's most days. The bad news is that the pollen is crazy and most people are sneezing, blowing their noses and dealing with sore throats, me included! Crazily, it might actually snow on Sunday morning but if it does, it's not going to last the day. It'll be pretty though. We'll see what happens. I need to figure out a way to cover my flower boxes because the pansies are beyond gorgeous right now and I don't want freezing temps to set them back.

Today's project is a cheerful card that could be given for several different occasions. It could easily be a thank you card, a love note to a spouse or child or even as a note of encouragement. I found myself calling this my raspberry sorbet card. It's so bright and cheerful, I dare you not to smile!

This is an A2 sized card and I used the Avery Elle steel die set called Custom Panels. The happy sentiment is from the Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts set. Both sets are versatile and in the video I walk you through the many pieces and what they could be used for. You'll also find an easy hint on how to get your paper to come out of detailed dies easily instead of sticking like they naturally tend to do.

The typewriter resist background was heat embossed and then I applied ink heavy at the bottom of the card and worked it up lighter and lighter to the top. This created an ombre effect that makes the card really work. I applied the angled vellum panel to the bottom corner and used the sentiment tag to secure it so it stays in place but doesn't show glue anywhere. Finally the glitter confetti pieces balance the whole card out and gives it a little pop.

To learn how to make this card, click on the video below:

A2 White cardstock card base
Card first layer - 4.25" x 5.5" from Colorbok Brights Photo Mats stack
Happy sentiment from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts Set - Colorbok Brights Photo Mats stack
Pink and white resist stamped background - 4" x 5.25"
Light pink vellum scrap cut with the angled Avery Elle Custom Panels die - approx. 3.5" x 4"
Circles and geometric confetti cut with DCWV Glitter Card stack in pink, yellow and blue/green
Blue enamel dots from my stash
Background stamp - Typewriter Background from Stamabilities
Momento Ink - Love Letter
Clear embossing powder for the typewriter background - StampnStuff from Stampendous
Black embossing powder for the sentiment - Zing in black opaque

I'm pleased to enter my card in these challenges. Visit them for more inspiration: Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge-Make Your Own Background...Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Challenge March...Cardztv-Anything Goes...Jo's Scrapshack #179 - Anything Goes With Kenny K Stamps...Hiding In My Craftroom #292 - Super Scraps Saturday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Design Team Announcement!

Happy Friday!

Just a quick announcement to let you all know that toward the end of the month you will start seeing me demo some pretty amazing steel dies and stamps from CottageCutz. I have been picked up as a Design Team member and will be posting at least two videos a month using their products. I'm really honored to be chosen to represent them. Please note however, that I am not earning any commissions on sales related to my postings. As a Design Team member, I am provided with a generous supply of their dies to create with and I will be able to reach more like minded crafty people who will see what I'm about. My first post will be on March 19th.

In the meantime, please feel free to look at their site. They have hundreds of dies and many coordinating stamp sets that include super detailed shapes all the way to basic shapes that any card maker and scrapbooker need to have in their arsenal. I can't wait to give you some ideas for your own projects!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Scrapbooking Weekend Fun!

I'm here at Camp Dogwood near Sherrill's Ford, NC this weekend with a great group of ladies and my good friend Suzanne Campbell who comes all the way from Lynchburg VA to join us. 

Time goes fast and we'll be heading home tomorrow afternoon. I want to thank all of you at the crop who have signed up for my YouTube Channel and blog. You are all so kind and supportive!

Waterfall Card - St. Patrick's Day

Happy Saturday Everyone! We are in March now and St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th this year. I'm not Irish but we still usually make ham hocks and cabbage to celebrate. In fact, I picked up the ham hocks a few weeks ago at Costco and they're waiting in my freezer. Yum! Can't wait.

In anticipation of the holiday, this week I've designed a waterfall card using cardstock and stickers. If you don't know what a waterfall card is, you need to click on my video link below to see how it works and how to create your own mechanism using Cricut Design Space to make a pattern. Additionally, I've included all the dimensions below. Before you leave the video, please subscribe to my channel while you're there. You can also sign up as a subscriber right here on my page by clicking on the subscribe button on the right side of this page. I greatly appreciate your support.

This fun card has a lot of movement and is entertaining. My son is fascinated with it and most people are surprised to see one work for the first time. There's a reward at the bottom of the waterfall that is revealed when you pull the mechanism. Good stuff!

I hope you enjoy this little treasure! If you haven't done so already, please follow me by clicking on one of the options to the right of this post. You can get notifications of new postings through my Facebook page, Google+, Blogger, Feedburner or Bloglovin'.

Also, I need to mention that I was inspired by a similar card pattern that I purchased from Susan Mehlbaum at CraftsUPrint. You can look at and purchase her card here: CraftsUPrint Page

White A2 Card Base (4.25" x 5.5" folded)
Large Yellow Mat-
Small Square Yellow Mats (4)-Cricut Cartridge#
Green Patterned Mats (4)
White Square Mats (4)-Cricut Cartridge #
Green Waterfall Mechanism-
Green Circle for Waterfall Mechanism Tab-
St. Patrick's Day Stickers-Dollar Tree
Green Button
Green and Gold Thin Ribbon
Mini Brads, White (2)

I've entered this card in the following challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack #178 Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craftroom #291 spring colors
Craft Creations Challenge #336 Anything Goes
Cardz TV.-Anything Goes

Monday, February 27, 2017

Thank You Friend!

Hi there crafty friends! Have you ever had a friend who saved you from an embarrassing situation? Maybe they covered for you or gave you the signal to stop talking before you get caught saying something you shouldn't? Recently a friend of mine did just this for me. I was so grateful, I made her this card to say thanks. I feel like the expression on this bird perfectly mimics how I must have looked when I almost made a fool of myself! I get a kick out of him. He looks like the bird that swallowed the canary instead of the cat!  

I was able to quickly put this card together in a few minutes thanks to a great Sizzix die cut and stamp set by Tim Holtz. It's called Bird Talk and it has three outrageous little bird die cuts with matching bird stamps. It also came with many different words that you can combine into a message like I did here. The words are Hello, Love, Friend, Thank, Miss and You. If all that wasn't enough, an embossing folder is also included. The hardest part of this project was picking the colors and coloring the bird!

This set is readily available at Michael's but you can also get it from Amazon. Below you'll find a link to get your own set as well as the measurement and supplies used.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to check out my YouTube Channel. You'll find many projects with detailed instructions and tips. 

Click to go to my How To Instructional Video Channel

Card Recipe:
1) A2 Sized Card Base (4.25" x 5.5" folded) Craft Card     Stock
2) Cream Card Stock Embossed with Included Folder 4 1/2" x 5 5/8"
3) Cork Sentiment Mat (1 3/4" x 2 3/8"
4) Cream Card Stock Sentiment (1 1/2" x 2 2/8"
5) Black Embossing Powder (Used on Sentiment)
6) Brown Embossing Powder (Used on Bird Stamp)
7) Spectrum Noir Markers (blue and orange)
8) Ribbon for bow 3/8" wide
9) Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bird Talk Set

I'm please to participate in the following card challenges:
Creative Fingers Challenge #125
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #174-Animals
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges #111
Jo's Scrapshack #177-Always Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Blog-Wednesday Challenge

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Flocked Bunny - And a Fork Bow

Hello Crafty Friends! I know it's early for Easter but it's spring in a big way here in Charlotte and I can't help myself. This week's project is a cute bunny with flocking. I love using flock as a fun way to add some "fur" to animals in projects. I have great luck using double sided adhesive to get a nice finish with flock. Until I figured that out, I had given up on it because I was never satisfied with the end result. To finish it, the inside of the card is stamped with another cute little bunny and an Easter message. Although the focus of my cards are always the outside, I do try to make the inside nice too.

I suspect you'll see another flocked card for Easter sometime soon as I have a jar of the prettiest sunny yellow flock with glitter mix that I'm anxious to use. I see a cute Easter Chick in my future! I also have some tropical pink flock in my stash. I am betting it would be adorable on a pair of pink flamingos. What do you think? Should I??? Of course I should!

Another feature of this project is that I made the bow that is around the bunny's neck with a fork. Yes, I said a fork! Now maybe this was a rage that most crafters saw when it was a thing a few years ago (most videos on this are are 2-3 years old) but I just discovered it. It's really works to make a pretty double bow. I am going to try it next on a large meat fork so that I can get a larger bow. It makes the double bow super fast and easy. Check it out! Oh, and while you're there, please subscribe to my channel!

Thanks for spending some time with me and until next time, keep crafting!

A2 White Card Base-4.25" x 5.5"
Gray Mat-3.75" x 5"
Pink Mat-3.5" x 4.75"
Cricut Gray Rabbit-Easter 2010 Cartridge-Bunny-#M470E4-3.46" H
Cricut Easter Blessings Sentiment #M3CF00-1.49" H
Pink Ribbon
Pink Paper Flower
White Glitter Ribbon
Pearl Accent
White Iridescent Sequins
Pink Glitter Paper-DCWV Glitter Brights Stack-#
Gray Flocking Powder
Pebbles Pink Chalk
Easter Stamps - Brand Unknown
Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive Sheet
Silhouette Flocking Powder

I'm excited to share this project in these challenge blogs:
Fantabulous Cricut Blogspot Challenge #295-Sequins
Crafty Creations Challenges #335 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog.blogspot Challenge #125
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #305 Animals
Hiding In My Craftroom #290 Any Holiday
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Animals Sentiment
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges #111 Anything Goes
Jo's Scrapshack #177 Always Anything Goes

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Creating with Cricut - Congratulations New Citizen Card!

Here's my shameless plug to follow me on whatever media works best for you. In addition to facebook, email, Bloglovin or Google, you can now go to my YouTube Channel and subscribe there as well. I post every Saturday so don't miss a thing!

This Saturday is a quick card I made for someone I work with who is becoming a new US Citizen. You can easily change the colors and the USA tag to make this into a thank you or birthday card.

Click on the video to see how to make this fun and easy card using paper, glue and your Cricut machine! There are no stamps used for this project.
The sizes and supplies can be found in the video's description on YouTube.

I'm excited to participate in these card challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges #110 Use Your Favorite Things
Jo's Scrap Shack #176-AG

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Love Bird Valentine

Good Saturday Crafty People! It's Janet and this is my last Valentine project for the season. It features two love birds and a glossy thick heart made from lots of clear embossing powder layers. Go to the video to follow along and see how it's done! Don't forget to subscribe to my channel. I've got lot's of great projects coming up!

Click on this link to see the video and get all the details on the sizes and supplies used for this great card!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Faux Doily & Lace

Happy Saturday! Today's project is made with beautiful lace and a traditional doily. Ok, that's not exactly true. This week's card uses stamps and heat embossing to create faux fabrics but it does it in a pretty convincing way. Click on the video link below to see what you can do with lace stamps on your cards and projects.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Color Layer Stamping Without Tears - Valentine's Day Card

I'm continuing with the Valentine's Day theme this week with a rose inspired Valentine's Day card. This project demonstrates how to use the uber popular color layering stamps. They create stunning images but are tricky to get right. That's why I call this project, Color Layer Stamping Without Tears. You'll find some good tips on getting great results every time. 

Watch the full tutorial and get the supplies list on the video link below:

I've entered this card into the following card challenges:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps January Challenge
DL Art January Linky Party-Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room - Any Holiday
Little Scrap Pieces-Show It Off Saturday Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mass Producing Hand-Stamped and Colored Valentines For Kids

Hello and happy Sunday! It’s going to be a rainy day here in the Charlotte area. Here’s hoping you have mild and sunny weather where ever you are!

So it’s been a super long time since I last posted. Although I have always kept crafting, I gave up blogging a couple of times. I let myself fall into a pity trap after putting in the work to share and getting little response back. After some contemplation, I’ve decided to rededicate myself to it and not worry if anyone subscribes or “likes” my projects. I have to be honest that this is for me. It’s a kind of a online journal and as long as the work helps me relax, let go of stress and release creativity to use in other parts of my life, it’s worth it.

With that in mind, I have taken it a step further and opened a YouTube Channel under SugarShine Designs. This provides another way to share my projects and I’m excited about it! I always felt limited by using a few photographs. My first post is linked below. Yes, it’s WAY too long at 18 minutes. My goal is to stay under 15 and find a balance between enough and too much information. Practice makes perfect.

I’ll be posting projects for the seasons and attempting to provide as much practical how to information I can so if someone watching is inspired to try something similar, they’ll be able to follow along. There’s a part of me that enjoys teaching others and it's my second motivation for doing this.

So without further ado, I officially kick off my channel today! Here goes nothing!  

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