Thursday, August 30, 2012

Halloween State of Mind

Hi Everyone!

It's Ian here from A Newbie Crafter.  Today I have a post that is Halloween themed.  For those that know me this may come as a surprise but I have finally been thinking in advance for once.  So far in advance that my brain is already in October!  :)

I wanted to share my simple and easy project today that could easily be done in a flash.  It took me about 20 minutes from start to finish (even though I will probably add a few things here and there to it.  I used my Cricut Artiste cartridge and found the "coffin" on page 76.  I knew that this would be a perfect project because I could see myself filling these with candy for my RAs when we do a Halloween party.  I used non-Close To My Heart paper (shhh don't tell!) and it came from The Bewitched Stack.  I purchased this stack from my local Joann's.  I cut the coffin (bottom and lid) at 7.5" and this fit nicely on 12x12 cardstock.

I was surprised at how deep the coffin was - which made me even more pleased because then I knew I could definitely use it for Halloween candy.  The measurements are 7.5" long and a little under 2" deep.  2 inches?!  You can fit a lot of candy in there.  :)  All this talk of candy is making my sweet tooth sing.

Anyway, here is the finished product.  I think when I make these for my RAs, I will add the skeleton to the bottom so as they eat the candy it's a little surprise waiting for them at the end.  :)  The skeleton was cut at 6.5" as I wanted him to be smaller than the coffin.  I realized I could have cut him just a tad bigger but will remember that in a couple weeks when I start mass producing them (13 in total.  Eeek!)

Craft on,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Gift Boxes and Ladybug LO

 Hello! Leah here from Paperblossoms. I have a couple of projects to share today. The first is this pair of gift boxes I made using the Art Philosophy cartridge. I don't have the Artiste cart...yet. It should be coming to live with me this week! I cut the boxes as big as they'd go using "fit to paper" and embellished them with some other cuts and stamping. One went to my mom and the other to a friend for their birthdays.
Next up a LO of my kiddos enjoying time at a near by creek and holding a ladybug they found. It was Makaio's (the baby) first time to hold a bug and he thought it was just great :)  My oldest isn't a bug guy, but he has warmed up to ladybug's as he's gotten older. When he was very little he use to say with great emotion, " I hate them!"  Had us in stitches every time.  The title, tag for my journalling spot and all the flowers were cut with the AP cartridge. I hope you enjoyed these! Thanks so much for visiting and don't forget to go shopping here :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

So Thankful For...

Hello everyone!  This is Nicole with Scraptastic Memories and I hope you are having a great week!  Today I want to share a card I made using the Flirty Paper Packet from Close to my Heart.
 For this card I used a card pattern from the new how to publication called  "Make It From Your Heart".  This booklet is amazing and has 16  two-page layout patterns,  2  single-page patterns, and 12 different card pattern all for only $7.95!!
 I used the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge to cut all the layers on this Rosette and inked  the edged with my new favorite ink called New England Ivy and Hollyhock.  Have I said how much I love this new cartridge!!
This tag is also from the Artiste Cartridge and I stamped the sentiment  from "A Friend Like You" Stamp Set.

I also used the "A Friend Like You" stamp set for the inside.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this card.  You can check out all the great specials Close to my Heart is offering this month here.  I would also love for you to stop over and check out my blog here.

Flirty Paper Packet:

A Friend Like You Stamp Set:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

This post will leave you in Stitches!!!

Hey Ya'll,
Bobby here from Cricut Couple.  Well, today's post has absolutely nothing to do with CTMH.  Sorry about that.  Today is my design team day...  So... I hope ya'll don't mind, but I am going to share an organization project with you today.  As some of you know, I got a dream machine recently and then found a deal on e-bay that I just couldn't pass up.  So... here is the story.
 So... with getting the new embroidery machine, I thought I should get a couple more colors of thread to add to the stash.  I already had quite a bit of Sulky, so I really probably only needed a couple more colors.  Well... after doing a little bit of shopping, I thought I would check e-bay.  So... I am shopping around on e-bay and I come across this auction for 260 spools of thread.  It was at about $60.00.  I put in a max bid for $90.00.  Why I picked that amount, I have no idea.  Well, guess what?  The next morning, I find that I won the auction for $88.00!  Holy Cow!  Really?  Only $88.00.  Then it hits me... What in the WORLD am I going to do with 260 spools of thread???  I did a little bit of searching online and I come across this really great idea!  Peg board!  I am sorry to the person who inspired this because I don't remember your blog, but I am SO Grateful!
 So... this is the haul in all it's glory!  Packaged glory that is.  Hee! Hee!  I even got an extra box of bobbin thread too which made it 280 spools of thread!  I called my dad and we met up at Lowes.  I picked up 22 - 1/4" dowels at 48" long and a 24" x 48" piece of 1/4" peg board.  I ran to Dad's house and borrowed the chop saw and about 3 minutes later, had hundreds of 3" dowel piece.  That was well worth the drive over.  Hee! Hee!  I then cut some foam board and added it to the back of the peg board with some wood glue.  This way, I could glue in the dowels and not get glue or any uneven dowels sticking through the back.  Then I laid out all of the dowels and glued them in one by one with that 20 year old giant bottle of elmers that was sitting in a cabinet.  You know the one... you have to take the lid off and pick at it for about a half an hour until the glue will go through again, but for some reason, it's still good.  Go ahead and laugh... you know you have one.  Hee! Hee!  This is what it looks like with all the pegs in place.  (mounted to the wall of course.  Hee! Hee!)
 This is how the thread arrived.  Each one is individually shrink wrapped and has the number of the thread stuck to the top.  The dowel comes through the end of the spool where this sticker is, so I had to figure out how to know what the color number is so that I can reorder when I need it.  So... I removed the shrink wrap on each one and removed the sticker.  Then I replaced the sticker on the inside of the spool.
 Then I made HUNDREDS of these tiny labels and stuck them to the peg board at the end of each dowel.  This way, all of them are in order and I know what I need when I run out.  Did I mention that there were HUNDREDS of these?!?
 Now, looking at the picture below, can you hear the angels start to sing?  It's all loaded up and ready to go!!!  I thought that I should have painted the rack for a while, but once I had it all loaded up with all of these pretty colors, I think I am going to leave it the way it is.  I really like it!
 And... here is the finished rack in the craft room with the lovely new machine right under it and all setup!  YAY!  Something I learned about this experience.  Do you have one of those old laptops that is so slow that you never use it so you just put it back in a closet for the last couple of years?  Well, if you get a Singer Embroidery machine, drag that sucker out!  The software for the machines is a really old format.  It works beautifully with new computers, but it works fine and without slowing down in the older ones too!  So... I already had a computer in the closet to keep right next to it at all times.  Hee! Hee!  Who knew?
So... now that it's all setup, I had to take it for a test drive.  I found this stitch file in a collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy files.  Jill has a think for Raggedy Ann.  Believe it or not, this was one of 36 images that I found online that they e-mailed to me for just $4.75!  Can you believe that?!?  My old embroidery machine was $90.00 per card and each card only had 20 images... most of which I hated.  Hee! Hee!  So... here is Cricut Couple Embroidery Project #1!
This is the first design that will be stitched on recycled denim.  These will all be put together for a very special gift for Jill that I hope to have done by Christmas.  Just don't tell her, ok?  Hee! Hee!  It will probably take me until then to finish it, so you will just have to check back to see the progress.

So... in summary, it's not paper, It's not from the Artiste cartridge (WHICH I LOVE), but it was something that really helped me organize my craft space and thought there may just be someone else who got that fancy machine for embroidery or sewing... or has 300 spools of baker's twine and needed to know a cheap way to organize it.  I thought I would take a shot.  Hee! Hee!  So... thank you so much for letting me share today.  I hope you enjoyed it anyway.  By the way... This entire rack costs less than $20.00 to make.

I hope you like what you see today and thanks so much letting me play today!  I would love to hear your comments!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Window Card, Circle Shape

Now doesn't this look like a fun card? I really love the circle shape of this card and I can't believe but I have never made one before, but this is the first time!  I love it and it was so easy you are going to want to make one too. So grab a cup of coffee, turn on your Gypsy and let's get to work. I used the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cart but, remember if you don't have the carts I used just substitute them for another that you have in your library. Just be sure when you choose a circle that it is a frame as you can not build your own and make it work.

Here are some photos of the paper I used a a close up of the three layers on my Gypsy. If you click on the photo you will enlarge it and then just click escape to come back to the post.

See how easy it is to position your colors. I used scraps for all the contrasting colors.

This little video will take you step by step in designing your window card. I love how I addressed the top in this one and that I used acetate for the actual window. I gives it such a finished look.

In this video you will see just how fast it is to complete this card with just a few simple steps. It really moves fast after you glue down the top layer.... I didn't bore you with doing that on this video as I figured you knew how to that portion.

Here is a close up of the card after it is completed. Don't you just love the shiny papers I used? And with these colors it is just perfect for a little boy. I love it.


Here is the front and inside of the card. The only portion that was inked was the sentiment area of the inside of the card and I used Close To My Heart ink for that. The color was Moonstruck.

Look how nicely this card stands. The acetate really adds stability to a window card and it has such an awesome finished look to it that I think I will do this more often... I just love the look and hope that you can see it, I think it shows up nicer in the second video than on these photos.
I challenge you to make a window card this week in the shape of a circle, and then link it up. School is just around the corner and you know you go through a lot more cards then. So be sure to make something you will use.
I am so happy you joined us today and hope that you learned something new or that I inspired you in some way. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments inspire me to continue sharing with you. Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Double Stamps for just $5.00!!!

Hey Ya'll,
We just wanted to let you all know that there is a new special that starts today with CTMH!  This is a really great special.  If you place an order of $35.00 or more between now and the end of September, you will get this double stamp set (a $35.90) value for just $5.00!  Can you believe that?  It's really a great deal!!!
Check out the Shopping Page to get yours!  When you place your order, you will have the opportunity to add this to your cart at the end of the sale.  It will ask you if you want to add it to your order.  This is a while supplies last thing and will only be available for National Stamp Month.  If you are considering the Artiste Collection,  
Now is a really great time to order, because this qualifies you for two different specials!  You can get the above double set for $5.00 and the Stamp of the Month for $5.00!
So... you can get $53.85 worth of bonus stamps for just $10.00 with an order of $50.00 or more!  Pretty cool!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Life Is A Journey

Good Morning fellow crafters, Gina with creationsbyGina back with another post to share with you today. I was able to attend a scrapbook expo here in Colorado Springs a few weeks ago and got a chance to see great new products and play around with some new things I had never seen before. I came away with a lot of inspiration and met a lot of people. What a great community of folks our passion for paper crafting brings together! So, now on to today's card!

The card is an A2 size card, top fold that I had fun creating at a Make & Take. For today I used the Victory paper pack from CTMH. I chose a few papers from the pack so they would coordinate together. To begin, I selected a 2.5x2.5 square of one of the papers to make a cute windmill.
Here is a shot showing where to mark the paper for clipping the corners towards the center, and the next photo simply shows how to fold the corner in towards the center.
Next, I chose a cute stamp set called Life Is A Journey. I stamped this on the layer underneath where I am going to place the windmill. The ink is Olive. All the elements for the card are simple and it was very easy to put together.
Since the cardstock for the base was light enough to see a written message on the inside, I decided to leave off  the piece I would put on for writing the message, and instead, I stamped a line of trees across the bottom. It might be hard to see, but I also stamped it a few times in second generation to add some depth. Just a little something you can do with your stamps to add interest to the inside.
I inked the edges of the pieces, and attached a stash button to the center of the windmill. Here is the finished card! I chose to make this a more masculine card that can be used for encouragement, or just to celebrate changes in someones life. I hope you like it and stop by my blog to say hi or leave a comment! I can't wait to come back next month with a new post featuring the new Cricut cartiridge for CTMH called Artiste. I just received my package this morning and can't wait to play. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Window Cards

Don't you just love window cards? They are so different from anything you can buy in the store and you can make them to fit any occasion. Sprinkle a little glitter on it and you can't take your eyes off it. Well today we are going to do a window card from design to finish and you will just love how easy it is to design your own cards. so go get a cup of coffee, turn on your Gypsy and let's get to work.

Now wasn't that easy. I used a card from the Art Philosophy cartridge, making the overall design as easy as can be. Just follow the step by step instructions and you to will have 2 cards designed in just minutes. Be sure to pick your phrase before you start to make it easier to follow along.

So easy to put together too, don't you love it. Be sure to use an adhesive that give you enough time to maneuver your phrases and art into the right position on the card.

This is what our finished card looks like. Isn't it pretty? I used a two sided card stack from K and Company and the glitter paper is from Joann's. I used some old brads I had in my stash  and I love that with 1 and 1/2 sheet of paper I have two beautiful cards.

Here is a closeup of the inside of the card, the little matching flower on the inside of the cards was the perfect touch to bring the inside a little life.

Notice how well the card stands too. It has just the right strength to it with the addition of the flower in the top corner. Be sure to think of that when you are creating. You want your cards sturdy and ready to be passed around!

And of course I make my cards two up so that I can used one and have a spare for future use. This time I am using both of them the same weekend! Guess I should make another set for future use! LOL
This week I challenge you to make a window card and link it up. Any kind of window card that your Cricut machine can cut. Let's see what your cards look like.
Thank you for joining us today. I hope you like today's project. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments inspire me to continue sharing with you.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Have a s'more!

Hi there!

It's Ian here from A Newbie Crafter.  For those of you who don't know, I am an Area Coordinator at a small college.  An Area Coordinator is a Residence Hall Director - just a different name to it.  So I work in Residence Life.  Through this, I oversee Resident Assistants throughout the year.

This semester I have chosen to do a camping theme which includes doortags for their residence hall room door, the semesterly programming board banner and a small gift that they will receive when they move in for training.

For the gift, I decided to give them a snack to keep their energy up as the days can get quite long during training.  What screams camping more than s'mores?  I saw this idea somewhere a couple months ago and thought - YEP!  I'm going to do this for my RAs!  So here I sat, in my craft room, with the NEW Artiste cartridge.  I cut the box on page 37 of the handbook.  I used 12"x12" paper from The Green Stack by Die Cuts With a View.  I cut the box at 5.5" (which is as high as it will go with 12"x12" cardstock).

I then used wood grain paper from the same stack and grabbed my Tiny Typewriter Alphabet (D1222) and Giggle Lowercase (D1137) and stamped "s'more kit".  To take it even further, I grabbed the Happy Camper stamp set (C1457).  I stamped the camp fire and raccoon on white cardstock, and colored them with Close To My Heart's Watercolor Pencils (3505 - currently out of stock until late September) to color them in.  I cut the images out and adhered them to the s'more kit layer.  I then used pop dots to adhere it to the front of the box.  Due to the way the box folds, some of the images or words were upside down so I adhered that layer on the side that was upside down.

Inside the boxes I am putting a mixture of Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, and marshmallows, hence...the kit.  :)  I will also give them a Kool Aid bottle to wash it all down "campin' style".  :)

Check out my blog for more projects and inspiration!

Craft Camp on,

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stacked Boxes

Happy Thursday, my crafty friends! So excited that it's my turn to be a guest here on Cricut is Close to my Heart!! (By the way, I just LOVE the name of this blog!) :-)  I'm also a guest over on Sheila's blog - SHE'S A SASSY LADY today too so be sure to stop over there and check out the many awesome projects there!!
Today, I decided to make one of the boxes on the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge that I have been eyeing ever since I saw the project idea in the previous catalog!  Here is my completed set:

Now for the details! :-)

First I cut the box out on page 21 of the cartridge booklet at  11.12", 8.18" and 6.41".(Font Layer - shift) Then I folded on the score lines, burnished the folds and inked the edges.

I'm thinking I can use these boxes to hold some mini cards or gift cards. Here are the boxes stacked and unembellished:

I then added some lace ribbon and some tags cut from Art Philosophy and stamped with CTMH stamps. The tickets are also from Art Philosophy and I printed them on my Cricut Imagine. Of course, I had to add some stitching and then I was done! After making these, I can see them as a centerpiece on a table for a party!

Link to my CTMH site HERE!
Link to my blog HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go pop in your Art Philosophy cartridge and make some boxes of your own! :-)