Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flavored Water & Snack Gift Idea

Need a quick and easy gift idea? I love making a drink mix and snack holder by cutting "door hanger with box" on the Cricut. Just assemble the box, loop it over the lid of a favorite drink and fill with yummies.

The door hanger is from the Art Philosophy Cartridge. It's on page 25 of the handbook using the shift key and layer function (bottom right hand corner of page).

The hanger is cut with a notch on one side. When I added the treats to the box, it didn't want to stay on the bottle. So covered it with some washi tape and the hole was still large enough to slip over the water bottle lid. You can see this better in this side-view picture.

This "door hanger" can be used on other beverage bottles like soda or wine. In fact it would work on anything that is in a bottle -- I just heard yesterday that Olive Oil collections are the new rage. How about buying a bottle of fancy oil for a friend. Put some seasonings, a special recipe or a gift card in the box. 

Until next time, keep creating!

New Chalk It Up MIni-card Kit - FINALLY Available to Order

I had hoped to have this kit ready earlier this month, but with all the fall school busy-ness it didn't happen. I'm so excited to finally share this project with you!

This new card kit is perfect for dropping little notes of encouragement to be found later. You can slip them in lunch boxes, brief cases and back packs or maybe leave them on a desk or a pillow. We all have special people in our lives and these cards will help you let them know that you are thinking of them even when you are apart.

Each kit includes everything you need to make 10 cards. 
  • 1 sheet Chalk It Up B&T Duos
  • 3 sheets Cardstock
  • 10 3" x 3" envelopes
  • 5 Black Enamel Stars
  • 1 pack Chalk It Up Accessories
  • Instructional Brochure
Note, you will need the following additional items to complete your cards.
  • My Acrylics Blue Ribbon Stamp set (C1464)
  • My Acrylix blocks of various sizes
  • Lagoon, Black, Sorbet and Thistle ink pads
  • Paper Trimmer & Scissors
  • Adhesives 

Remember the August Collection of the Month is Chalk It Up. You have until September 30 to post your Chalk It Up projects on Social Media to win a prize from me. See this post for more information about how to enter.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chalk It Up Picture My Life Mini-Album

Today, I realized that I never shared on my blog this adorable mini-album that we made at the Close To My Heart convention this summer. As you will see it is really easy to make following just a few simple steps.

1. Select a Picture My Life Program
Pick a Picture My Life Program that goes along with the event or theme of your mini-album. This is probably the hardest step because there are so many great Picture My Life kits! The cards for my mini-album are from the Chalk it Up program.

2. Choose Specific Cards.
You can make your album as thick or thin as you like. Mine includes10 cards. You will probably want all of your cards to have the same orientation -- landscape or portrait. But hey, you can do whatever you want. The album will be small so turning it sideways for some pages isn't a big deal.

Choose one of the cards to be your cover. Close To My Heart provided convention attendees with the exclusive cover shown above. Isn't that awesome? But don't worry, there are still hundreds of title cards to pick from!

3. Personalize!
This is the fun part. Make the album uniquely your own by adding pictures, journaling, stamping and embellishments. I've added a few photo mats on the pages shown below. (Sorry, have not printed my convention photos yet.) In addition, I added some stamping, stickers from the Chalk It Up Assortment set and mini-sparkles.

You will find that some pages don't need any embellishment or maybe just a sticker or two. 

4. Finish.
Punch holes along the left side of each card. Line up holes and thread a piece of ribbon through and tie in a knot. Make sure you leaves some slack in your ribbon. My first attempt was too tight and the album would not lay flat.

That's all there is to making a Picture My Life mini-album. Close To My Heart has done most of the work for you by creating beautiful quality cards!

So, which Picture My Life set do you pick?

Just a reminder that you get the best deal when you order Picture My Life in August. For each program ordered, you can add a set of 10 page protectors for just $3!

Got a mini to share? I'd love to see pictures. Post a link in the comments below.

Happy creating!

Two layouts using Chalk It Up Complements

Today, I wanted to share these two layouts using the Chalk It Up papers and Complements. Although these layouts were made by the fabulous Close To My Heart artists, they are not featured in the Annual Inspirations book and I knew you'd want to see them.

I love how quickly layouts come together using the Complements that coordinate perfectly with each paper pack. The Chalk It Up Complements are sturdy chipboard and add colorful dimension to your projects. 

Don't forget that my August Collection of the Month is Chalk It Up. Now is the time to order supplies for your projects so you can complete them at my house in September. In addition, you can post your projects on Social Media to enter my Collection of the Month contest. 

Have a wonderfully creative weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Expanded Line of Base & Bling Handmade Jewelry

In the new Annual Expressions Idea Book, Close To My Heart has added some new Base & Bling designs.In addition to the existing square and circle pendants, you can now choose oval and rectangle for more versatility. There are also fresh new charms and stickers!

Watch this video to learn more about our Base & Bling jewelry kits. You will also see some cool ideas for using these elements for cards, scrapbooking and other projects!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Base & Bling products or any of the projects shown.

Keep creating,


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