Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wear Your Creativity

This week I hosted two Base & Bling necklace workshops. We had a lot of fun and the overall consensus was that they are much easier to make than they look. I scheduled the workshop for an hour and a half, but everyone completed their project in about an hour. So we had some time to try them on and show them off our creativity to each other :)

My friend Lindsey took these pictures of the lovely necklaces made by the three generations of ladies in her family. Don't you love how each one is unique and tells you a little about the creator?

I am so excited about this new line of products from Close To My Heart! I am considering offering this workshop again before Christmas. Would you like to come?

This video shows you more about how to decorate CTMH's unique "base" lightweight fashion accessories with the "bling" accessories and fabrics. There are thousands of ways to add your personal touch to these easy-to-use pieces for wearable crafts that are sure to impress.

All of the supplies shown in the video can be purchased on my website. Contact me if you have any questions about these products or would like help selecting just the right combination for your Base & Bling project.

Keep Creating!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Free Spin Card CCR File

Yesterday, I showed you a Spin Card I made with the current stamp of the month, A Chocolate Affair.

I mentioned that I cut the front of the card out on the Cricut using a file I created in Cricut Craft Room. Today, I'd like to share that file with you.

If you have not tried Cricut Craft Room yet, you need to go to and download this free program. Once you have it installed on your computer, you can use it to create new cuts using any cartridges you own. If you need help getting started, there are lots of great videos on YouTube.

I'm still a beginner but I'm already finding lots of ways to use it to add creative touches to my projects or to speed up the process of making duplicate items.

To create the Spin Card, you will need to download this file and save it on your computer (remember where you save it!)

Spin Card with Border CCR File

Then open Craft Room and go to File>Open. A window will open that shows all of your current projects (if you are new to Craft Room, it will be empty). Click on the Import button and find the Spin Card file on your computer. Click Open.

Your screen should now look something like this:

You will notice there are three tabs representing three mats. On one mat is the paper to cover the front of the card, another has a 5" border and the final mat has two circles - one for each side of the spin circle. To cut out these pieces click the Cut button on the top right and follow the wizard steps to load and cut each of the three sheets of paper.

Note that you must own the Art Philosophy cartridge and have it synced with your Craft Room account to make these cuts.

I hope you enjoy making your Spin Card! If you post pictures of your project, please add a link to the comments of this post. I'd love to see them!

Keep creating!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chocolate Affair Spin Card

Tonight I got inspired to make another card with the A Chocolate Affair stamp set, the August Stamp of the Month. I was talking with a friend about the new Spin Cards and it occurred to me how cute it would be to put the sentiment on one side of the spinner and the chocolate image on the other.

Here's what I came up with...

Inside of Card

To cover the card with Desert Sand, I turned to Cricut Craft Room. I combined a couple banner images and a square to create a template to cut the paper exactly the size needed for the card! This was a great improvement over the prior spin cards I made that had rough edges around the cut out. 

I added just a touch of Huntington paper to dress up the front of the card.

You may also notice that I stamped a CHOCOLATE border above and below the window. The stamp set does not include the word chocolate alone, but I created it by cutting (GASP!) the "Chocolate Understands" stamp. Allowing yourself to cut the images on your stamps apart will open a whole new world of creative possibilities. After you are done, just reassemble on the carrier sheet. In future projects you can use all or just some of the pieces.

I also cut apart the the three chocolate candies stamp. You can see the original cluster on the inside of the card. I cut them apart and lined them up to create the border across the top of the card.

Cut stamp on the block

Chocolate Candy Border using Cut Stamps

Don't forget the "A Chocolate Affair" stamp set is only available through August 31. Get yours today for $17.95 or FREE with a $50 order. Visit my Close To My Heart website to start shopping now (

I hope this post has inspired you to create something today!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Chocolate Affair

Welcome to our August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp from Close to My Heart is "A Chocolate Affair" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from August 1 - 30, 2013.  This month, you can receive this stamp set for FREE with a qualifying purchase of $50.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog– Love 2 Create.   If you came from Darla's blog, Caution: Crafting is Contagious, then you are in the right place!

You can count on a company who created paper and ink colors of Cocoa and Chocolate to come up with a stamp set as sweet as this. Way to go Close To My Heart!

So on to my project...

I know some of you received free My Creations Milk Cartons during the June special. Although these are no longer available for purchase, I bet there are several of you out there looking for a cute crafty way to decorate them. I thought putting "Who Needs Milk?" on a milk carton filled with chocolate candy would be a fun play on words. 

If you do not have any of the pre-made cartons, you can cut your own using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (p. 46 of the handbook).

For this project, I first cut a piece of 3" x 12" Cocoa cardstock and scalloped the bottom edge with a corner rounder. It would have been quicker (and neater) if I had the new Scallop Border Punch, but I made due with what I have. Next, I scored the paper ever 3" so that it would wrap around the carton neatly. I adhered the band of paper to the carton with Tombow tape.

Next I tied Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around the carton. I stamped a few pieces of chocolate on white paper with Chocolate ink and cut them out. To make them shiny and dimensional, I covered them with a layer of Liquid Glass. Then I arranged them with some foam tape on the carton.

I cut a label from Cocoa ink on the Cricut and stamped the sentiment with White Daisy pigment ink. 

The finishing touch is the "sweet" clothes pin from the Mini-Medley Accent Wooden Collection. This stamp set is so much fun and full of possibilities! The picture below shows some additional projects you can make. Click here for a supply list and helpful hints.

Your next stop on our "Chocolate Affair" hop is Jennifer at 4 Hearts Scrapbooking.
  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
  3. Rebecca ~ Show Me Scrapping (you are here!)
  4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  5. Janna ~ The Creative Princess
  6. Pam ~ Pam's Crafty Creations
  7. Connie ~ Connie Creates 2 
  8. Mary ~ Cr8ive M.E. 
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Festive Friday Blog Hop: August Edition

I'm excited to be part of the Festive Friday blog hop! On one Friday each month through December, you can hop through our blogs to holiday cards, layouts or home decor items using the amazing new products in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. I hope you enjoy this paper "eye candy"! Just one more reason to love Fridays!

If you came here from Diane's blog, The Happy Scrapbooker, then you are on the right track. Your hopping path is circular and you will visit each of us by following the links.

For this August Edition of the hop, I've made a simple Christmas card using the new Frosted papers and a sentiment from the Frosted scrapbooking Workshop On The Go.

I used the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge to cut out the snowflake overlay from page 76 of the handbook (<snow>, shift, overlay). Although this cartridge is known for it's complete mini-albums and layouts, it is simple to scale down these images to make some lovely cuts for cards. To add some extra dimension, I took some of the snowflakes that were cut out making the overlay and layered them on top. 

I finished the card off with some sparkles and baker's twine.

Be sure to check back on September 20th for our next installment of the Festive Friday Blog Hop. But for now hop on over to Michelle's Wandering Scissors blog, your next stop in today's hop.

Keep Creating!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Base & Bling workshops are almost here!

In the Autumn/Winter Idea Book, Close To My Heart introduced a new line of products called Base & Bling which allows you to make lightweight fashion accessories decorated with fabric and adhesive backed jewels and accents. I love the necklace I made a convention! 

I am adding a workshop to my fall schedule to show you how to make a necklace for yourself. The cost is $15 for the first person in a family, and just $13 for each additional member. You will get to choose from several choices of color and accents for your necklace.

I believe this will be a popular workshop, so I'm offering several dates and times. 

Tuesday, August 27 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 27 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, August 28 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, August 28 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

To sign up, just send me an email letting me know what color of Bling each person would like: teal, black, red, pink or purple. I'll have several fabrics available for you to choose from at the workshop. 

Please let me know by this Sunday (8/18) at 5:30 pm if you are coming so that I can order the materials for the project.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Treasured Friend Card

I wanted to play around some more with my alcohol markers and looked through my stamp sets for a some good images for coloring. These cheery flowers come from discontinued stamp set called Treasured Friend.


For the flowers, I blended both shades of Goldrush with the lighter Autumn Terracotta. The centers are the darker Autumn Terracotta marker. The leaves are Olive.

Once I finished coloring, I just cut out the flowers and leaves and layered them on a strip of Dreamin' paper and burlap ribbon to complete the card.

Keep creating,

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Reason to Host a Gathering!

Do you need one more reason to host a Close To My Heart Gathering? I've got it: the new exclusive hostess stamp sets!

The only way to get these sets is to host a party --- live or virtual. Have a girls' night out where everyone gets to make a fun project to take home. Or invite your friends to party online. Either way, you just invite your friends and I'll do the rest.

Rewards start with just $150 in orders! Then you get to "shop" with your hostess rewards dollars! Fun!

My fall calendar is filling up fast, so email me today to set a date!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Have A Chocolate Affair - Free!

If you are familiar with Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month club, you know that when you place an order of $50 or more, you can add the current month's exclusive stamp set for just $5. These stamp sets are full size D and are only available through this program.

In August, this deal got sweeter! This month's exclusive stamp set, A Chocolate Affair is Free (zero! zip! nada!) when you place an order of $50. SWEET!

I love chocolate and I love this set. By the way, all of the sentiments are 100% researched and fact-checked. LOL.

Just remember this stamp set is only available in August 2013, so get yours today!

Start shopping>>


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fresh Cricut Mat!

Amazing what a little Spritz spray and a paper towel will do to liven up a Cricut mat. I periodically refresh my mats by cleaning them, but as you can see this mat was very well used and I was pretty sure it was time to let this mat go. I think I tend to set the pressure too high so it was really grooved.

I decided to give it a try anyway. 

It worked! I just cut some really intricate layout overlays with Artbooking and it held tight. Amazing! 


Friday, August 2, 2013

Are you ready to Ombré?

You've probably seen the Ombré look in magazines, on TV and at the market --- it's everywhere! If you've heard of this trend, most likely you are picturing hair that gradually lightens (or darkens) from the roots to ends. The latest wave of this trend also includes gradually changes in color.

This style trend has extended well beyond the doors of a salon and can now be seen in clothing, nail color and even food.

Blue Ombre Petal Cake
Ombré Cake by The Hungry Housewife
You can also use the Ombré technique in your crafting. Here's a video showing you one way to add this current trend to your paper projects.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Live! Sunday's Project

Even though the Autumn/Winter Idea Book was released today, I'm just not ready to say good-bye to Summer. So, for your create & take on Sunday's Idea Book Reveal party, I've chosen this Fun in the Sun mini-layout.

This 6" x 6" layout uses the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge to cut out the sun shine overlay and the ocean waves. Stamping uses the brand spanking new stamp set, You Only Live Once.

Bring a 2" x 2" picture to complete the layout. Email me or read my July 30 post for more information about Sunday's Idea Book Reveal Party.

Recognize the papers? They are from the Surf's Up pack that we are using for our August workshops. I'm placing orders for the workshop this weekend, so let me know if you'd like me to order materials for you. See my July 18 post for pictures of the card kit and other information about the Surf's Up workshops.