You've Got Mail - Artiste in August Blog Hop

Welcome to the 30th day of the Artiste in August Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop and  Pamela O'Connor is the blog in front of mine.  We are a group of Close to My Heart Consultants who are making a different project each day using our brand new Close to My Heart Exclusive Cricut Artiste Collection.  Each day we will be focusing on a different shape or box that you can cut out with the Cricut Artiste cartridge.

Today's project is the mailbox which is found on pg 51 in the Artiste Handbook and pg 26 in the Artiste Assembly Book. I needed to work on something happy so I picked up the Clementine paper pack.  The mailbox is cut at 3".

I paired the patterned paper with Saddle and Sorbet cardstock.  All of the edges are inked with Saddle ink. I REALLY wanted to attach the Blue Bird of Happiness to my mailbox flag.  So I cut the bird out at 1.25" twice, once in Sorbet cardstock and once in the blue patterned paper from Clementine.

Then I decided that I needed a sentiment but my patterned paper was too busy to place it on the actual mailbox.  I had just ordered the chalkboard sheet that is brand new to our book and remembered that we could cut it with the Cricut.  It was too flimsy to sit there by itself and needed a back up so I chose the dimensional element from the Cricut Artiste collection that goes with this shape to make my sentiment more durable.  The chalkboard sheet was not hard to cut on and the only difference was that I set it to cut twice.  The chalkboard sheet is self-adhesive, so that was a bonus.

I tried to stamp on the chalkboard piece by inking my stamp with our new chalkboard marker, but it dried too fast.  So I pulled out my CTMH White Daisy pigment ink and stamped my sentiment.  I then went over the sentiment with the chalkboard marker to make it more "vibrant".

Look at my cute little bird.  The blue patterned paper is popped up with foam tape and the wing was cut  from Sorbet cardstock, double popped up and then Platinum Glitz Glitter Gel was applied to it.  I finished off the bird with a bitty black opaque.

I wanted the arm of my mailbox to be able to go up and down so I used a large brad from the Antique Gold Mini Medley to attach the flag.  Also, I have so much on the flag with the bird and the greeting that I cut out a total of 5 flags and glued them all together, one on top of the other.  Then I inked the edges with Saddle Ink and attached my bird with Liquid Glass.  The brad goes through the side of the mailbox but inside of the mailbox is a 3/4" Sorbet circle and the brad goes through that as well.  I am hoping that it will add a little bit of strength so that moving the flag will not destroy my mailbox.

Featuring the Cricut Artiste Collection in the Artiste in August Blog Hop

  • The Cartridge has 700 images - Themed Projects, Cards, Font, and 3-D Items
  • Has 3 My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets that coordinates perfectly with the shapes cut out by the Artiste
  • Has 3 Coordination 12" x 9" Dimensional Elements Sheets including a Mini Album
Contact me today to get the entire collection  for just $99 (retail value of nearly $125) or you can place your order on my website.

Now please continue hopping.  Your next stop will be to Glora Roger's Blog.  

And then please come back tomorrow!  This Blog Hop goes all August long.  See you tomorrow!


  1. Beautiful job Melinda! I love your little bird....so cute!

  2. Oh my gosh, that little bird is too stinkin cute!!

  3. This is darling! I've had so much fun participating in this hop with you. Love everything you do!


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