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Craft with Heart Cards Modified with No Limits

The Craft with Heart (CWH) card kit is great. If you assemble them following the directions that come in the kit, you will have 24 cards that cost less than $1.85 per card (yearly subscription). How great is that?

If you fall in love with the patterns on the card bases, you can do what I did and cut them apart and make many more cards adding your own supplies. For one set of the cards (the kit makes two of 12 different cards), I limited the supplies when making the first half to items I think most crafters will have on hand. See the first set of slightly modified cards here.

For the second set of 12 cards, I decided I was not going to limit myself and just create. Sometimes the mojo works with me, other times it doesn’t. This time, I truly enjoyed the process of creating these cards.

I got all these from the first card base! I added some cricut cuts, (pink flower, leaf & greenery) Silver and outdoor denim Cardstock. I did pull out my scrap envelops and pulled some of the matting colors from that.

Cards 2-5 didn’t call to me like some of the others, so I just added some more embellishments (cricut cuts, hearts, sprays of leaves. . . ) and silver cardstock for a wow factor.

The card on the left is very close to the original card #6 in the kit instructions, but by cutting back of the base off, I was able to create two more cards.

I absolutely loved the leaves on card base 7 and I had to cut the back off of the card base and stretch it to make multiple cards. (I also went back and cut it off the back from the original slightly modified set too!) As you can see I really had some fun playing with Cricut cuts, die cuts, embossing folders, silver cardstock matting, punches and more. The blue plaid paper was a scrap from another base (10?).

Here are the last few No-Limits CWH cards. (Cards 8-12) I truly enjoyed playing with my tools, using up scraps, and just going for it.

Hope you find some time to add some crafting joy to your day!

Craft with Heart Cards – Slightly Modified

Did you know the yearly subscription for the Craft with Heart Cards (CWH) breaks down to about $1.85 per card? If you add a few basic supplies, you can stretch those supplies and make more than 24 cards

For the CWH cards, I like to make them more my own style without adding too many products that other crafters may not have on hand. To help customize them I use the CTMH cricut image sets and cut out a variety of shapes or images that I think will enhance the basic cards*. I might add a couple of ink colors and only use a few basic tools from my box of tricks.

The Cricut file I used is available here

*If you order your CWH subscription through my website,
I will send you a set of the cuts I make for you to use on your own cards.

I make half the cards this way and half the cards with No-Limits.

You can see the No-Limit Cards here.

Supplies I added in addition to the CWH kit.

  • Blue Belle Ink Pad
  • Dry Embossing Stylus Tool
  • Bone Folder
  • Shimmer Brushes (clear & sapphire)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

Craft with Heart Cards

My box of cards from the Craft with Heart Subscription arrived and I truly enjoyed “Amanda-izing” them.

Cricut Design Space File

Added a few cricut cuts from the Serenity Collection as well as Flower Market & Art Philosophy

Serenity Collection

I also used some shimmer brushes (black & Clear) and added some of the left over silver star confetti from the last craft with heart kit.

There is a video showing how I used the extra cricut cuts and embellished the cards.

You can also see the cards here.

Card 1
Card 2
Card 3
Card 4
Card 4 Close-up of flower Sprague & shimmer splatters
Card 5
Card 6
Card 7
Card 8
Card 9
Card 10
Card 11
Card 12

Jan Club Card – new fold

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Twisted Gate fold

I found this cute, new to me, folding card and thought this would be perfect for our group! It can power through scraps and yet deliver a big greeting! It fits in a standard A2 envelope. (5 3/4 x 4 1/2)

It’s really a simple card. You can print the instructions and follow those, or I walk you through the steps in this video.

Happy Crafting

Photo Organization Started

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any real amount of scrapbooking. I did 2 double-page layouts in the spring from photos that were in my edit photo folder. (I wanted to print some photos of the new house in the “before” state.)

When we were going through items in totes, boxes, and closets in preparation for a cross country move, we found LOTS of photos, memorabilia, and old albums with photos on adhesive pages. I knew I had a large 18-gallon tote of finished albums and more Artbins of pages in various levels of completion.

You can also see the boxes of memorabilia that were uncovered. As we were able to gather all the albums, pages, photos and memorabilia into one area, it was shocking the size of the stacks.

This summer as we lived in a construction zone and had lots of time on our hands, but few projects we could do. That meant I could do lots of research, aka watch YouTube videos and try to develop a system that would work for me.

Photo folders

I found a CM consultant on youTube (craftsomejoy.com) that has a whole photo organizational system. I also found references to Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories system. I like the non chronological Library of Memories format, but Lauren’s method of organization seemed to work with how I scrap. So I started with making some photo folders (40) and dug out some boxes of photos.

Some of the photos I had tagged with dates & information, most were just random photos. I started with some of the easy ones, photos from Christmas, our youngest’s baby shower, high school events. These all got their own photo folder and then placed behind a category or theme divider. I kept a list of the themes I was using and before I got too far into the photo sorting, I adjusted some of them. Vacations became “trips” as I could then include some day outings. Some of the Trips became themes to themselves as we had so many photos of different times we visited some places.

After the first batch of photo sorting, I had already used all 40 photo folders and had stacks of more photos ready to go in one. So, made another batch of 40 folders and began to sort again.

I also found several CDs & negatives that will be digitized in the future. For now they are gathered into one box and will be kept safe.

This is the results of my first efforts. As I was sorting photos I made a to-do list of information I need to look up for different photo folders or known photos that I want to print to add to events. I am currently keeping this list with the box of photo folders.

I also made a list of “themes” that already have folders and I keep this in front of me as I sort. It has helped to look over the list of themes when I needed to decide where some of the photos belonged.

This is just the start of this journey. I plan to sort the finished pages I have into similar themes and create albums based on these designations.

Happy Crafting!