Christmas in February?


For those who may not know, I’m on the Board of The Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary. In an effort to use my craftiness to help these amazing farm animals, I make Christmas cards for those who donate throughout the year showing gratitude for their generosity and hoping to inspire them to give one last time before the end of the year. The first year I sent out about 75 cards. Last year I send about 140 cards. Based on that trend I’m starting early and knocking them out so I’m not slammed at the busiest time of year. My goal is to have around 200 cards done by November. During a recent scrapbook weekend in Myrtle Beach I spent an afternoon with 2 card kits and created a total of 56 cards…a few more weekends like that and I’ll be all set!

Today I’m showing off some holiday cards I made from one of the kits. The kit was purchased from HSN and features some crazy adorable gnomes. From this kitI made 24 cards with a ton of leftover stuff to give to a friends to make her own cute cards. These cards are not fancy but whimsical and fun. I hope the future recipients enjoy them.

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Merry Christmas in February my crafty friends!

Merry Christmas in February my crafty friends!

Starting off the new year by making some changes!

Hello Friends!

2019 is going to be a year for change. I’m making some changes in my crafting life. I’ve stopped being a consultant for Close to My Heart. They are a wonderful company but I just started feeling overwhelmed by all the products and collecting. I am tired of products “expiring” before I had a chance to promote them. I was paying at least $300 per quarter to maintain the relationship and finding I was way to busy with life to use all the things I was buying. I also have so many stamp sets that I can’t possibly add more. I am moving in a different direction. I’m getting back to the basics…what got me into this crafting journey in the first place…scrapbooking. I will be selling off or donating a ridiculous amount of tools, paper, stamps, etc. to lighten my load in 2019. I encourage all of you to watch the YouTube video below. Lindsay, also known as the Frugal Crafter, is a mainstay in the crafting world for me and she totally captured how I was feeling.

I have many new goals in the new year and one is capturing more of my life in photos (with me in the photos!) and turning them into fun scrapbook pages. I’ll still make the homemade birthday and holiday cards but my focus is going to shift back to my original crafting heart. I hope you will enjoy my new journey here at Tradefish Designs. To all of you out there, have a wonderful new year and make it full of whatever brings you joy!

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Hello Everyone,

We hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year and I wanted to share a crafty project I made for the table. I used scraps of this and that plus my Cricut Maker to create some fun place cards for the table.


I pulled up my Cricut Design Space and searched for a place card I liked for a Fall look. I found a design that I liked but it was a napkin holder. I decided to convert the design and just use the toppers…with some modifications.


For a place card I need names of my guests. I don’t like my handwriting enough to personally write the names so I used my Cut & Write function on my Cricut Maker to make pennants/flags. I popped in my Cricut black pen and the machine used the pen and wrote out the names and then cut the shapes out. Love this feature!


Now I have compiled my pieces. I have the base and a leaf variety plus some color coordinated buttons. The base is two layers. I forgot to capture it on camera. I just glued them together and cut out three different leaves with different colors.


I grabbed some buttons from my stash and started arranging everything the way I liked and started gluing.


Here is what the place setting looks like with the place card (mine).


Here’s a close up of my place card. I like it and I think my guests will too!

Stay calm & Craft on.

Stay calm & Craft on.

Grateful Heart Layout


I’m back with another 2-page layout highlighting the Grateful Heart paper pack from Close to My Heart and the coordinating Complements. In this layout I show off pictures of our recent visit with our son on Parent’s Weekend at the Coast Guard Academy. We took our son and some of his friends golfing and we had a wonderful time. My husband, Rob, came within inches of a hole in one on a par 3 course. For someone who hasn’t seriously played in a decade or two it was pretty impressive. I hope you enjoy the clean and simple style of this layout.

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Happy crafting!

Happy crafting!

Advent Calendar

If you are looking for a new Advent Calendar for this holiday season I would like to suggest the one designed by Close to My Heart. If you would like to purchase the kit go HERE.

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Close to My Heart and Cricut have teamed up again for the holiday season. You can get the digital cartridge, Season of Joy*, with over 45 images and projects including several seasonal icons, titles, and sentiments, as well as a collection of 3-D projects that you can create after a few simple cuts on your Cricut® machine.

*Only available for use with Cricut Explore™, Cricut Explore Air™, Cricut Explore Air™ 2, and Cricut Maker™

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The base Advent Calendar kit provides the basic materials you’ll need, but you’ll need a few additional items to complete the project. If you don’t have these items already, make sure to also add them to your order:

  • Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection (Z3296)

  • My Acrylix® Snug Background Stamp Set (B1634)

  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)

  • New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon (Z4170)

Paper of the Month Highlight: Grateful Heart

This month I wanted to highlight the Grateful Heart Paper Pack from Close to My Heart. This speaks to fall cards and layouts but also has some wonderful neutrals that can be used year round. Many of the designs would be ideal for masculine projects…and I know we are always looking for masculine-friendly paper.

Grateful Heart Paper Collection

Grateful Heart Paper Collection

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Great neutrals!

Great neutrals!

More neutrals…

More neutrals…

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Definitely neutral.

Definitely neutral.

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Close up showing off the cute ribbon and cork leaves!

Close up showing off the cute ribbon and cork leaves!

You can never have enough thank you cards!

You can never have enough thank you cards!

And I have to add a 2 page layout!

And I have to add a 2 page layout!

Happy Crafting!

Happy Crafting!

Beautiful Moments - Boutique (Plus "Sweet" Bonus)

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to highlight the Boutique Paper Pack this month. In doing so I am sharing a couple of layouts featuring the Boutique and Seasons Mix-in Paper Pack. In addition, I used the Boutique Complements and Silver Glitter Gems to add the finishing touches to the layouts.

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Here’s a close up of the left side of the layout highlighting the title and journaling items taken from the Boutique Complements.

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Here’s a closer look at the right page in the double layout. You can see I added a bit of bling with the Silver Glitter Gems.

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I created a second double page layout with some of the scraps. This one is a bit more clean and simple…just my style.

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I hope you enjoyed these scrapbook layouts. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at If you’re interested in purchasing any of the items featured about please use the links below.

Boutique Paper Pack

Seasons Mix-in Paper Pack

Boutique Complements

Silver Glitter Gems

I hope you can all take some time to get crafty today!

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More Magical Layout (Even More)

Here are the last two layouts in the More Magical Workshop. I took photos of the process of putting them together. This workshop is only available through the end of the month so you better get it before it’s too late!

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Love the black dots…looks like Mickey ears!

Love the black dots…looks like Mickey ears!

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And here’s the third 2-page layout in the workshop.

And here’s the third 2-page layout in the workshop.

Here the bits and pieces for the fourth 2-page layout.

Here the bits and pieces for the fourth 2-page layout.

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Here’s the cheater method to attach ribbon on a layout. I just wrap it around the back and use of little clear tape to secure it.

Here’s the cheater method to attach ribbon on a layout. I just wrap it around the back and use of little clear tape to secure it.

Love the crispness of the sentiments from the stamp set.

Love the crispness of the sentiments from the stamp set.

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The completed 2 page layout.

The completed 2 page layout.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s series on the More Magical Workshop kit from Close to My Heart. If you’re interested in purchasing the kit click the link below. Remember, it’s only available until the end of September.

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Happy crafting everyone!

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More Magical Layouts

There is a Close to My Heart promotion this month called More Magical. This promotion gives you all the supplies to make 4 - 2 page layouts and 8 cards. I’ve created a couple of the layouts and wanted to share them with you. Check out the photos below and tell me these layouts wouldn’t be perfect for a Disney trip!

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These layouts are adorable. If you want to find out about making them for yourself let me know. Here’s the link to pick up your More Magical Workshop!

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Memories in the Making (Part 2)

Hello Everyone,

I'm back with the rest of the pages from the Memories in the Making Kit from Close to My Heart. I have completed all the layout pages and I wanted to show off the completed album. I hope you enjoy it!

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That's the whole album for 2019. It's quite a deal for a whole year's worth of memories. Here are the links to purchase one of the Memories in the Making Kits!

Memories in the Making - Complete Kit (Calendar)

Memories in the Making - Layout Kit

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Memories in the Making

Today's post showcases a CTMH promotion for September called Memories in the Making. It is a kit that helps you create a calendar or a scrapbook with layouts in preparation for 2019! I'm going to make a scrapbook as I'm more a personal planner kind of person so I'm skipping the calendar. If you scroll down you will find a link to my YouTube video where I show off the products and show you how to make a few pages.

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If you are interested in purchasing either the FULL KIT (calendar with stamps) click HERE. If you are just interested in the LAYOUT KIT click HERE.

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New Holiday Expressions Catalog!


September 1st brings exciting news about a new catalog release from Close to My Heart. The Holiday Expressions Catalog is here and will be available for ordering from September 1 through December 31st. It contains all the holiday crafting fun you are looking for this fall/winter. Check out my walk-thru video below!

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Gift Card Holder


Today's post is a card that holds a gift card I made recently for our son. The goal was to create a card that would open up to display a gift card as a surprise. No real reason other than to send him a small treat. I used the paper and complements called Fresh Air from Close to My Heart (now retired). I just wanted to share a fun idea I found in a video tutorial I received from Crafter's Companion when I purchased a score board. Here's the front of the card.

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Here's the inside of the card without the gift card. Our son loves being outdoors so I thought this paper and stamp set was perfect.

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I've added a few angled views to show you the dimension I achieved and to give you a different perspective.

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Here's a photo showing you where the gift card will sit. As soon as you open up the card the gift card pops up. 

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I hope you enjoyed my project today. Here is a link to another (simpler) gift card holder style that I found on Crafter's Companion's UK website.

If you want to make sure and see future posts, please make sure you subscribe on the home page. Have a wonderful day paper crafters! 

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Happy Birthday to You ("Made from the Heart" with scraps!)

Here's a card I made one afternoon using up some fun scraps I had from a retired paper pack. I'm sure you all know what it's like to hoard those fun bits of paper from a group of papers you will miss. Well, I needed a birthday card and wanted to use those bright and cheerful bits of paper.

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Here's where I got my inspiration for my card. I often turn to sketches to help when I'm in a funk. I use Pinterest, YouTube or other resources like Close To My Heart's Make It From the Heart (Vol. 4). This volume is filled with card sketches and samples. Below you will see what caught my eye for this card.

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One I had a plan of attack I needed to gather my supplies. In this case, I grabbed some scrap paper and my CTMH Basic Banners Thin Cuts and started cutting away.

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Once I had my banners and bits I started playing around with the layout and chose my "zip strip" for the border.

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Now that I knew what I wanted to do with my banners I needed to form the top base to my card and lined it up with the banners.

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Next, I pulled out my Pixie ink pad and a fun birthday stamp from CTMH's Birthday Sparkles and worked on my card's sentiment.

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Now for more layering and I'm on my way to being finished.

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I always try to decorate the inside of my card. I use something from the main card and, in this case, I had some left over banners. I layered them in the top right hand corner and voila!

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Here are the highlights of the card with some of the supplies. Hopefully this project inspired you to look around for inspiration in sketches to make your next card or scrapbook layout.

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Other than my paper scraps and adhesive, here's the basic supplies I used from Close To My Heart:

Make It From the Heart Volume 4

Thin Cuts - Basic Banners

Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set

Pixie Ink Pad

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