Friday, January 29, 2016

Making Custom Embellishments with Stamps that Coordinate with Cricut Images

Yesterday, I posted directions for making this wintery layout. Since a picture is worth a thousand words and a moving picture is even better, I made a quick instructional video.

Watch this video to learn how to use the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges and coordinating stamp sets to make custom embellishments like the snowflakes on this layout.

If you'd like to see more videos like this, please subscribe to my Youtube channel and like this video. Any questions or comments are also welcome.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Zoe Paper: Not just for Spring (plus free directions for this Winter Wonderland layout)

This past weekend, I had the privilege to hang out with the fun people at the Creative Rendezvous. I was looking for a project to go along with the theme for the weekend,  "Baby, It's Cold Outside". 

Right away, I thought of the "Snowflakes" stamp set with all the beautiful lacy snowflakes that coordinate with images on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I usually think of our Zoe collection for spring projects, but the Glacier houndstooth was perfect for snowy project. Even with a little splattering of Sorbet, it works for winter too!

A few pieces of White Shimmer Trim give the layout a touch of snowy glitter.

Ready to make this layout? Click here for complete directions>>

Products used:

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Big Clearence Deals Happening NOW!

Close To My Heart is cleaning house and that means big savings for you! There are lots of newly reduced prices on paper, embellishments, books, cards and more!

Here's a screen shot to give you an idea of how low the prices are:

Zoe Hinged Tray Workshop --- Registration is OPEN!

Get ready to shake the winter blues by coming to a crafty project night out! In February, join me to make your own decorated hinged tray

Using your pictures and your choices for paper and embellishments, you will create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.

You will start by choosing which of the Zoe paper designs to use on your tray.

Next you will select from stickers, chipboard and vellum pieces in the Zoe Complements pack.

I'll also have coordinating Shimmer Trim, washi tape and gems will also be available for you to use to finish off your piece. What will you choose?

I am hosting this fun evening at my house in Arnold, MO on February 25. Ready to come?  Sign up here>>

Can's make it but want to make a Zoe Hinged Tray? Here's a shopping list of items I used:

Happy Creating,

Monday, January 18, 2016

This is La Vie En Rose

Just in time for Valentine's Day:

Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast
This is la vie en rose
When you kiss me, heaven sighs
And though I close my eyes
I see la vie en rose
When you press me to your heart
I'm in a world apart
A world where roses bloom
*And when you speak, angels, sing from above
Everyday words seem
To turn into love songs
Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
La vie en rose

Love this sweet love song! I listened to several versions of the song before landing on this beautiful version by Daniela Andrade.

In It is fitting that the gorgeous paper pack with bold black and white designs accented by shades of red is called "La Vie En Rose".

The simplicity of the patterns makes the beautiful florals jump off the page. Because the reds are only on one patterned paper and zip strips, you are free to add your own accent color. For example teal or yellow would equally look great paired with a black and white design.

The La Vie En Rose collection also includes an Accessory pack of floral (self-adhesive) buttons and Complements mix-material set.

Aren't they beautiful? See the complete line by clicking HERE.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Your Special Day Card with a touch of "Adult Coloring"

Do you love doing "adult coloring" but want to actually finish a project? Here's a quick card I made with just enough coloring to be fun, but fast enough to feel ok about giving it away :)

To prevent the ink from smearing, I stamped with Black pigment ink and used the craft gun to heat set it before coloring. 

The happy giraffe on this stamp set, Safari Ballet (A1180), was so much fun to color.  I used Turquoise Blue, Golden Yellow & Barely Beige. 
Safari Ballet (A1180)

Everything you need to make this card, including the cute Georgie papers is available on my website, 

While you are shopping, check out the January Stamp of the Month, Beloved Bouquet which is just $5 with a $50 order!


Let me know if you have questions about this project or any Close To My Heart products. I'd love to help you get creative!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Christmas Clearance Items!

Yeah!!! Christmas items were just added to the clearance section of my website!

Check out these deals:
White Pines Picture My Life Cards - $5.37!

Jolly Holiday Base & Bling Stickers -- $2.37!

Deck the Halls Cut Above kits - $7.17!

Base & Bling Charms  - $1.77!

Remember all of these items are available While Supplies Last only. So if you see something you want, be sure to place your order right away.

Before you check out, take a look at the January Stamp of the Month, Beloved Bouquet. You can add it to your order for just $5 when you have $50 in your cart.