Friday, December 28, 2012

Hello everyone this is Nicole from Scraptastic Memories.  You can find my blog here.  I recently made this journal using the new My Creations Canvas Journal.  This hardbound, stampable canvas cover journal has 80 lined pages to write in and measures 5" x 7".  This is a great journal and is very versatile to personalize in many different ways.   
I chose to use the Love Blooms Stamp Set with a variety of different colors of ink from Close to my Heart.  
 I used Burlap Ribbon to wrap around the front binder of the book and cut the flowers from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  The paper leaves were also stamped from the Love Blooms Stamp set. 
Here is the back view of the journal.  This was very easy to make and I am so glad I gave it a try.  I will definetely be making more of these to give as gifts!
Thank you for stoping by and if you have any questions please feel free to email me at

Nicole Robinson 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa and You LO

 Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful day:)  Leah from Paperblossoms here posting on this merry day with a LO of my daughter sitting on Santa's lap. Back in late Novemeber while shopping at Walmart they had Santa there and were taking pictures for free! I used lots of Cricut cuts and CTMH stamps on this one. The trees were cut with the Art Philosphy cartridge and stamped with the coordinating stamp set. The fun snowflake border was also cut off the AP cartridge. I recommend cutting it at 1 3/4" or larger. The flourish stamps are from the Love Life set and the title mat was cut with the AP cartridge and stamped with it's matching stamp and then I added the word "Santa" with A Typeface alpha and the "and you" came from A Card Word Puzzle. Be sure to stop by the shopping page and do a little post holiday therapy:)  Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, December 24, 2012

I'm so embarrassed!

Hi folks,

Ian here, from A Newbie Crafter.   I recently traveled home for the holidays and tried to get as much accomplished before I left.  I swore I made something for today's post, but can't find the picture on my phone.  I am so embarrassed!  So, there is unfortunately no posting today.  I'm so sorry!

I hope that you are all enjoying spending time with friends and family.  It's the most wonderful time of the year.  I will owe you TWO projects the next time I post again.  Again, I'm so sorry.  However - the new catalogs are out and I've heard some GREAT things about the products in this book!  Get ready!

Craft on,

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Goodie Gable Box

Hello fellow crafters! Looks like we all survived 12/12/12! :-) I actually participated in an online class by Big Picture Scrapbooking and Stacy Julian called 12/12/12! We had a blast!  You can also view this project on Sheila's blog: SHE'S A SASSY LADY and over at my blog:  JAVA JEN CREATIONS.

Today I chose to make a cute gable box from the Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge. If you don't already have a CTMH consultant, feel free to visit my website:!

Here are the details:
This box is located on pg. 37 of the cartridge handbook and on pg. 7 in the instruction book.
I sized the box on my Gypsy at 4.41"H.
The tag is also on pg. 37 and is sized at 4"H.
Paper is from the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday Collection (which I LOVE!)
Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Lightz
"Merry & Bright" are cut from a clear overlay in the Simple Stories collection.

This collection might just be my favorite Holiday set!

Some views of the box in progress:

Ready to decorate

Love these Sparkle Lightz! They can be purchased at Above Rubies Studio.

All put together! I think this box would be a great way to gift some homemade candies!

Thanks for stopping by today! Take the time this season to enjoy your families and friends!

Have a blessed holiday season!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Post it Note Holders

 Hello!!  This is Evelyn from My Little Craft Blog showing you some Post it Note Holders I recently made for Christmas gifts for my co-workers.  I used the My Mind's Eye Beautiful Winter paper pack from a year or two ago, along with the card from page 30 of the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Using my Gypsy, I chose the card and sized it to 3.25 high x 6.93 wide.  The card has rounded edges, and since I wanted to make a post it note holder, I didn't want that round corner in the middle (it looks like a triangle in the picture below) so I also choose a rectangle from that same cartridge, and sized it to 3.25 high.  I used the rectangle to cover the round edge in the middle of the card:

Then I selected both, grouped and welded them.  Here is the preview:

You can see the red line shows that it will now cut in a straight line.

I cut the shift decorative layer (medallion/frame) at 2.25 inches.  I placed that layer over the cut out on the front of the card.  It looked like this:

I had to use tiny scissors to cut all the little parts that you could see.  I did this on two of the post it note holders (the ones in the very top photo) then I tried something easier!!

I cut the snowflake off the base card file --

-- and covered it with a square that I rounded the edges: 

This is what the front looks like:

Instead of seeing the color of the post it notes inside, you see the back of the patterned paper, which in this case is white.  I think it looks just as good!

I'd love it if you came and visited me at my blog, My Little Craft Blog!  Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Little Gift For Someone You Care For

 Every year I have a heard time coming up with a little special something to make for all the people that I care for but don't really exchange with.... You know the list; teachers, co-workers, Sunday School leaders, neighbors just to name a few. You can't spend a lot of money but you want to make sure these people know you care and are thinking of them for Christmas. This year I purchased these great little tins at the Paper Mart and put together this great little gift.

Now wasn't that easy. And there is an unlimited number to papers and designs you could use as sell as goodies to place in the inside of each little tin. All you need to do is get some candy and paper a little adhesive and you are good to go.

Here is the tin that I had a hard time with there was just so much glitter on the paper that the little papers did not want to stick to the candy wrappers.... I used regular tape and that seemed to hold.
Here is the patterned paper with the Ho Ho Ho stamp, it turned out so cute. I jsut love the papers don't you?

The red looked so dramatic and looked very cute with the glittery sleighs on the paper, and don't you love the contrast with the white snowflake heat embossed on that tag?
This is a photo is of the three colors that I made. They all looked so nice. Now all I have to do is wrap them.
Thanks for joining us today, I hope you enjoyed my little gift idea. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. You comments inspire me to continue sharing with you.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Personalized Note Cards Make Great Christmas Gifts

Good morning. I am so excited to share with you today and I have a great little project that I am making for little Christmas gifts... personalized note cards! This was so much fun that when I finished I actually made a couple of cards for myself too! It was great to spend time in my craft room!

Now wasn't that easy and I got to try heat embossing for the first time! I loved it and I know I will be using that technique alot in the future as I love how finished it looked. Oh I have to tell you as I noticed I never said in the video... Mother is fine, terrible cold and sore throat the Dr. prescribed antibiotics and told her to follow up at her own doctor in a couple of days as precautionary to make sure it didn't go to pneumonia. Boy the calls kept going long into the evening too.

This is how the card looked straight on. Unfortunately the pictures don't show how shimmery it actually is. The cards turned out awesome and I used the same papers for my own... I just couldn't help it! LOL The litttle monogram is from Close To My Heart and is only $2.95.

Another close up. See how the base of the card had little holes cut in it. The papers were from My Mind's Eye Christmas stack and they were so shimmery.
And this is how it looked all wrapped up. I used satin ribbon to wrap it up knowing she could use the ribbon with her own crafting.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you like today's project. Thanks for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments inspire me to continue sharing with you.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snowflake Gift Bag and a LO~ a little late;)

 Hello! Leah from Paperblossoms here posting a bit late! Sorry about that...just slipped my mind;)  I have a couple of projects to share with you today using the CTMH Artise cartridge and some coordinating stamps. First up is the little gift bag. I cut the bag at the fit to page size which sized it a 1/4" bigger than what it says to cut it at in the handbook. I then cut some snowflakes and a tag.
Next up is a LO using the Artiste cartridge again but with some matching stamps. I love die cuts with matching stamps! The little row of pennants and the circle flower embellies are from the cart as is the title and the border cut. Well, I hope you enjoy my little projects and hope you are having a great day! Be sure to hop on over and shop with one of these fabulous consultants!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Artiste Christmas Card

Hi folks!

Ian here from A Newbie Crafter, and I am here with a cute and simple Christmas card that you can do in 10 minutes.

I used Believe, an old Workshop on the Go from Close To My Heart for everything, except the card base which was white cardstock from Michael's.  The card size was a simple A2 sized card.  I cut the base layer at 4"x5.25".  I then cut the mitten from the Cricut Artiste cartridge at 4.5".

I then took a button from the WOTG and used a dark blue and white twine to tie a bow.  I used a pop dot to give it some dimension.  The next thing I did was put an Action Wobble so that the glove was waving at you.  See the action shot below.

On the inside of the card, I used Holiday Red from Close To My Heart and stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from Christmas Cheer (D1494) stamp set.  I also used Light Blue to put the snowflakes at the bottom of the card as well.

Here's a close up of the button.  I love how this turned out!  :)

Here's a side-view of the action wobble and you can see the button is pop dotted as well.

Well that is my project for today!  I hope you enjoyed it and it has inspired you to get in the craft room and start making Christmas or other Holiday cards.  The next holidays are right around the corner!

Craft on,

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Frame

Hello everyone this is Nicole from Scraptastic Memories and I hope you had an wonderful Thanksgiving!!  Today I want to share a My Creation Bracket Frame I made recently using the Pear & Partridge Paper. 
This bracket frame is a pre-assembled white chipboard frame that measure 11" on the  outside and 7 " on the inside opening.  It is also 1" deep so you can add dimensional objects on the inside.  I cut the bracket image from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge on page 53 and cut it at 11" to fit the mat.

This layered chipboard is from the Dimensional Elements - Holiday and there are several pieces you can chooses from.  Some have rhinestone accents and they all have adhesive backing.

I cut this bow from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge using the Cranberry cardstock.   

For the flowers I also used the Art Philosophy Cartridge and the leaves were made using the McGill's paper punch and then inked the edges with Topiary Ink.   I used the Sparkles Flourishes to add accent to the flowers. 

If you haven't tried making one of these My Creation Bracket Frames yet then I challenge you to give it a try.  They are really very simple and can be decorated in many ways.  This would make a great Christmas present to give this holiday season filled with a family photo or a picture with Santa!

I hope you have a great weekend and would love for you to stop by and visit my blog at


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas ornament card

Hi! This is Evelyn from My Little Craft Blog.   I'm finishing up my last few Christmas cards.  This one is from the Art Philosophy cartridge on page 33.  I used the card feature and the regular and shift decorative layers, all cut at 5 inches.  The gold layer (ornament) is the layer-shift button on the same page.  Using the Gypsy, it's easy to see exactly how big to make it so that it covers the layer behind, in this case 2.12 inches.  Just a few pieces to glue together and it makes a really pretty card.  I love the soft blue contrasted with the black and red.

This second card is also from Art Philosophy, on page 47.  I used the decorative layer - shift at 3.6 inches in red, layer shift at 2.2 for the gold ornament, and the basic shape in black was cut at 3.9 inches.

This cartridge has so many pretty cards.  I hope you have fun exploring them!  Please stop by my blog anytime -- I love the company!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Making Oversized Shape Cards

Good morning. I am so excited to be with you this morning. I stayed up late Thursday evening and got this cute little shape ready for you to make with me.... Now go grab a cup of coffee, or tea, turn your Gypsy on and let's get to work. You can work from any cart you want. I chose Create A Critter as it is just one of my favorite go to carts.

Now wasn't that easy... just a few little steps and you are ready to cut your card in no time at all. As this card is so large I will only be making one. Be sure to see yesterday's post for directions on making envelopes of any size. I have to go back and make on for this card.

Now let's get this card put together. It is so easy with just a few little steps you have a great card ready to send out.

See how I stickled the little feather area. It just offers that little extra something this card need to draw your attention to it. Granted the papers are just awesome they are from the Pemberly collection at Close To My Heart. I just love the colors and they cut so well on my Cricut.

Here is a close up of the card. I love how it came together and the size is wonderful... I will definitely be making a lot more of the larger cards. I hope you enjoyed today's post and come back and visit again real soon. Thanks for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. You comments inspire me to continue sharing with you. Have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello everyone! This is Java Jen from JAVA JEN CREATIONS. I hope you're having a fantastic week! Mine is full of packing and cleaning out! Can you guess what I'm doing........? That's right! A cross country move from Texas to Ohio! We are relocating back around our family including our 3 precious grand boys! This is exciting, but as some of you may know, moving really stinks!! I'll be so glad when we're finally settled again!  With that said, and because of the fact that ALL of my craft supplies and machines are completely packed, I decided to post some pics of some past gifts I have made for friends and family. I had so much fun making these and they really are quite easy! It is definitely a privilege to be able to share here!   I am also posting this over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY so be sure to visit her site - always so much inspiration there!

                                        This is a FIRST CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT made 
                                         with one sheet of Paper Layerz paper! I will have some 
                                         links at the end of this post to some products and/or 
                                         techniques used.

Here is an ALTERED FRAME ready for a fishing pic!

Here is a FIRST CHRISTMAS MINI ALBUM made using the
back-to-back book binding technique that Heidi Swapp 
uses in a tutorial on My Craft Channel. I used my Creative Memories Cricut cartridge,
Cheerful Seasons.

Now, my favorite projects were my COOKIE SHEET MENU BOARDS!
I used several Cricut cartridges: Country Life, From My Kitchen and Art Philosophy.

I used the Cricut Lite cartridge Chore Chart to make my nephew a 

Another cookie sheet project was for my Mother-in-law - a MINI ALBUM on a
cookie sheet! I used the Cricut Imagine cartridge, Kate's Kitchen.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me! :-) Now for the promised links:
PAPER LAYERZ paper from Above Rubies Studio: HERE

Thanks for stopping by!