Friday, April 23, 2010

It's a Miracle!

I can't believe I finally used all but the smallest scraps from my Miracle kit. Who would have ever thought that just two pieces of patterned paper would go so far? I did add some cardstock/card bases and embellishments to the mix, but in the end I wound up with the two layouts (4 pages) shown in the kit guide as well as eight cards in various sizes and designs. Not bad for my $5, plus stuff from my enormous stash! I have shown a couple of the cards in previous posts, but I've decided to show everything again here so you can see it all at once, as well as a list of the extra supplies I added. (I haven't journalled my layouts yet, as I really need to have more brain power for that than I have had this week, lol.) I apologize in advance for the long post today!

Here's layout #1 from the kit, and below the same layout with the Flip-Flaps open.

Next is layout #2 from the kit, and below the a closeup of the same layout with the Flip-Flaps open.

What I like most about these layouts is the Irresistible chipboard accents. You can color them any color you desire to match your photos. I used Bubblegum pink in the first layout, and Tulip in the second layout. I wouldn't have thought about using flowers & butterflies for a Thanksgiving layout before, but I think it looks just great!

Now for the cards I made to use up the rest of the paper.

First I made this note card for Mojo Monday. My additions for this were some twill tape and a sentiment stamp, plus I used a border punch.

Next I made this 5"x7" Mom card for the H2H challenge sketch. I added some paper flowers, a corduroy brad, some "gems", alphabet stamps, and foam adhesive. I cut the circles using my Cricut.

Since I made the Mom card, I made a masculine card next, using CTMH's new Clear Cards (available May 1st). I pulled out a discontinued set of farm stamps with a tractor image I just love. I chose to use Barn Red to add in, since my dad is a "crops are green, tractors are red" kind of farmer!
The second picture really shows how these clear cards can give some awesome dimension simply by knowing how to layer. I adhered the Barn Red CS to the back of the card, the green PP to the inside right of the card, the striped PP to the inside left of the card, and the image to the front of the card. Before adhering the image, I used brown Staz-On ink to stamp my barbed wire image once on the inside right (I was covering a seam!), and twice on the outside over the stripes. I cut out my image using an out-of-the-box technique, sponged the edges to imply earth and sky, and adhered it to the front.

I loved making that Clear Card so much, I tried my hand with the other shape in the package, a scalloped circle, and went back to a more feminine look. I again used my Cricut to cut my circles, adding a scrap of Sweet Leaf CS, and some Colonial White CS for both the inside left and right, perfect for note writing. The Sweet Leaf was cut 1/4" larger so it appears as a border around the floral PP when the card is closed. For this card, I added paper flowers & leaves, some "gem" flowers & circles, a piece of light green ribbon, and a sentiment stamp.

Next I made a fun little gift card holder, by elongating a card template in the Wishes book. The button serves as a "handle" to pull the enclosure card out of the pocket. There is plenty of room to write a note on the front, with the gift card attached to the back using just a mini glue dot so it's easy to remove. I added just a couple of cardstock scraps to this, and cut out the baby buggy using my Cricut and the Mother's Day limited edition cartridge.

For my final three note cards, I pulled out some card bases in solid blue and green, and also added some scraps of CS and more light green ribbon. The first two use the same sketch pattern, just different colors.

I first made a monochromatic green card using the back side of the floral PP. I sponged the edges of the PP with Topiary ink, and the Colonial White CS with Bamboo ink. I added some of the remaining brads to my tree for dimension, then assembled everything.

The second card using this sketch also uses May's stamp of the month set, Cherish the Moment.

Finally, I made a patchwork-type card using the last scraps of PP and the last 2 brads from the kit. The stamps are from the July stamp of the month set, Happy Forever. (That little hedgehog looks just as great simply stamped in a neutral color as he would colored!) I also added a piece of light green ribbon.

If you read this far, you deserve a reward! I'm going to give one lucky person their very own Miracle kit! In order to win, you need to 1)be a Follower of my blog and 2)leave a comment by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010. I'll select a random winner on Friday morning (4/30).

Good luck!


  1. eveything you made with the kit looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win

  2. Very creative and they all look fantastic

  3. I love this kit! I have a couple of cut files that go with the True Friends stamp set at my blog:
    I live in Northern IL too!

  4. Wow! You really made that kit go far!
    I have been a follower and like your blog.

  5. You really did get maximum use out of that kit. I love your LO's and your cards are wonderful.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win that kit.

  6. Well done and you can feel good that you got your money's worth out of the paper etc.
    the clear cards look interesting for sure. Thanks for showing the ideas

  7. I love what you did with all the extra scraps!!! I am now a follower, you have a great blog!!

  8. Wow, I can't believe you made all those cards with your scraps... awesome! Very nice, too!

  9. Wow, your reallystrectched this kit beautifully, Love your blog!

  10. Mandy - natelovesmandy@free-spy.netApril 24, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    I really like the mom cards, I only got my cricut last week and then had some family stuff come up and have not gotten to use it once.

    It is making me crazy, so I would love to win something to use to try it out.

    I hope my first project will be cards and gifts for my mom and mother in law on mothers day.

    Thanks for showing me some of the things I can do.


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