Saturday, September 29, 2012

My September Haul

Good Morning! I was out of town again this week but I did get this wonderful package in the mail so I thought I would share it with you. I shopped on line for all my Christmas paper and just can't wait now to get started on making my cards. I sure hope you like the goodies I chose!
First I want you to know I went shopping at Close To My Heart. I scheduled an on-line party for my self as I knew I was going to spend over $200 and that enables me to get some free goodies. And I don't know about you but I am always there for free and discounted crafting goodies. The video will show you exactly what I got and I hope you enjoy the papers I pick out as much as I do. I figure if you like it so will the people that recieve my cards.

Now don't you just love all the goodies I got? If you want more information just hit the contact button and I will get back to you.
Thanks for joining me today.

Friday, September 28, 2012


Hello everyone! This is Nicole from Scraptastic Memories. I hope you are having a great week.  Are you ready for the weekend??  Maybe a little crafting? Today I want to share a card I made using the Clementine Paper Pack and the Cricut Artiste Cartridge.
For the sentiment I used the Card Chatter- Birthday Stamp Set and curved it to fit this canvas shape  from the Clementine Compliments Canvas Shapes.  This is why I love the Close to my Heart stamps so much because they are so versatile and you are able to see exactly were they will be placed.  I inked all the edges of the paper using Sorbet.
 I really like this paper pack and the colors are great for Fall projects!

 The Rosette and flowers are cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge and then layered with a brad in the center.
I also used the Card Chatter-Birthday Stamp for the inside sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed the card I shared with you today
 and would love for you to stop over and visit my blog here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Hi folks!

Ian, here, from A Newbie Crafter.  Today I have a cute little Happy Birthday card I will be sending to my Aunt.  When I saw the new cupcake on the Artiste cartridge, along with the banner, I knew I had to use them together.

I cut the cupcake and banner at the appropriate size as mentioned on the stamp set sheet on white cardstock.  I then inked the stamps and was able to position them just right.

I used a base of white cardstock cut at 4.25"x11", scored and folded at 5.5".  I took some extra Dotty For You paper I had laying around and used a Martha Stewart punch to punch the bottom.  After that, I took ribbon and did the cheater method of taping it on the back, just to add a splash of color.  I adhered the cupcake to the paper and then added Stickles to the sprinkles on top to give it some dimension.

For the banner, I used some pop dots to give it some more dimension.  Once I adhered that, I had a finished card!

A couple things that went wrong with this card, as I think it's important to point out what didn't go right.  Check your Stickles.  I had not used the True Blue Stickles yet.  I store them upside down as you should so that the air bubbles are limited.  When I turned the bottle over, clear liquid leaked out?  This caused the ink to bleed on the cupcake.  I tried to cover it with Stickles, but I know it's there...I just hope my Aunt doesn't notice it.

From there, I was in struggle city, something hit the Stickles dots I had already placed so they smeared a bit.  UGH!  Breathe, Ian, breathe!

When I went to apply the ATG to the back it wasn't on a solid surface, so the cardstock bent.  At one point I almsot started over.

But...I was actually pleased with how the final product turned out.  I'll get that out in the mail tomorrow.  Good stuff!

Thanks for taking a look!

Craft on,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Card Workshops on the Go...

Hey Ya'll
Well, I have something very simple to share with you today. Below are pictures of two card workshops on the go available from CTMH. These workshops come with everything you need to make 5 each of the cards in the kit. The instructions are very simple and they are great to add to the stash if you need something at the last minute, which is how my life has been lately. Hee! Hee!
I don't have a ton of details to share today. Just thought I would share with you how they turned out.
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Votive Candle Box

Leah from Paperblossoms here to share a super simple project with you. I've been busy as well as seeming to have lost my mojo off and on, so I don't have a lot to share this month, but I must say I am pretty smitten with this cute little box from the brand new Artiste CTMH Cricut cartridge. I did a test cut to figure out what size the cupcake box would need to be to hold a votive candle and discovered that 2" works perfectly. One thing I love is that it's still a great size to work with as far as assembling and it's just a perfect little gift, which is what is going to be for one of my neighbors for Christmas. If you haven't ordered your Artiste bundle yet I think you should! It's a fabulous cartridge with so many great 3D items on it and I must say they are the best thought out, clean designs too! Be sure to shop with a CTMH consultant here and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Christmas Tags - Making Multiples The Easy Way

Missed you the past couple of weeks while I was taking care of a few family issues. The issues are still there, as they are not going to change for a while. So we are just going to keep moving along, maybe a little bit slower than normal but we're going to keep Gypsy made simple going.

Well it is that time of year again where we are making multiples galore for our Christmas Cards and tags. And our little Gypsy is the perfect little tool to make your life easier. So go grab a cup of coffee and turn your Gypsy on so we can get some work done.

I am partaking in a Christmas Tag swap with designers from The Bug Bytes and She's A Sassy Lady and I have 15 tags to make. Only the first 15 to join became a part of the swap. Well I am still undecided and not sure if I am using this tag for the swap or for my gifts here at home, but either way they are great little tags and cute as can be.

I used my new CTMH Artiste cartridge for the tag and had to make it to the correct dimension, 6 1/4 x 3 1/8. That was the easy part. I then just made duplicates and cut my papers. I also used the little penguin on the Create A Critter cart and set up pages according to the size. Please watch the video so you will understand how it works.

Now wasn't that easy? You can do it too and I can't wait to see what you do do with your multiples!

I Challenge you to make a tag for Christmas and mail it to me. Be sure to sign your name on the back and list your blog if you have one. I will share these tags the first Saturday in November so all tags must be received by the 15 of October to make this date. Send to:
Sheila McShea
3005 Stonecreek Trace
Helena, AL 35080
Note tags will not be returned unless you send a self addressed stamped envelope to send it back in.
Thank you for joining us today.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sending Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone, it is Nana Donna her from Nana Donna's Card Dreams.
Boy it has been long time since I have posted here, sorry.
I have a simple birthday card to share with you today using the papers from the Florentine Paper pack, love the papers in this pack and the color palette. 
The borders and the flowers are from the Florentine coordinating sticker pack 
My Stickease Florentine. CTMH stickease stickers make it very easy to embellish your project.  The flowers I added a plastic round sticker called rain drops that I got off a clearance rack a long time ago.
The swirl I cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge, from one of the papers in the Florentine Pack, then covered it with Liquid Glass.
I stamped the sentiment using one of the stamps in the Card Chatter - Birthday set, this is a great set to have if you make birthday cards.
The inside I finished off very simply by using some more of the stickers and the stamp that goes with the one from the front of the card.  The Card Chatter - Birthday set gives you sentiments for both the outside and inside of your card.
I hope you like my card and am inspired by it, CTMH paper packs and stickease make it so easy to put a card together.

Don't forget you still have time to get in one the great deal for National Stamping Month, with any $35 or more order you get this double stamp set for just $5.  Also if your order is $50 or more you can get this cute Stamp of the month set.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Making Multiples

Shhhhh, don't tell my friends or Charlotte over at A Little Bit Of Detail, but this is my card for my Friday the 13th Card Party! Isn't he just too cute? Well is was so easy to do, thanks to my Gypsy Woman and I thought I would just take a few minutes and share with you because so many times we need multiples. This card will make 9! Yes I did say 9. I needed 7 for the party and I made 2 extra for my stash. I had to chuckle because after I put my card together on my Gypsy I saw Edna at Create With Expression and the Cricut Magazine had featured this card also... see great minds!
Let's get to work and make this card...

Now wasn't that easy? If you need a refresher on shape cards just go to the Gypsy tab at the top of my blog and you will find it under one of the Gypsy Made Simple tutorials. I thought it would be best if I shared this as we really need to take full advantage of the Gypsy and start designing more that 1 object at a time. Personally I think it is easier to make in multiples as you only have to choose the paper one time! It takes me longer to choose paper that to make the silly card!
Now let's get this card put together...

Another easy make. I was going to flip the video like Stacy from Love That Bug said but then I realized I kept turning the papers for you to see and they would have been upside down so I left it. I still like this angle though as you can see much better what I am doing. Be sure to tell me what you think as I do this for you and not me. Click for the IGLOO FILE or PENGUIN FILE.
This week I challenge you to make multiple cards all of the same design and link them up! I can't wait to see what you created. Be sure to tell me in the heading of your link how many you made.
Well I hope you liked today's post. I sure had fun making these cute little cards and I hope the ladies will like them too. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thankful Cards

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2nd Thursday of September! It's Java Jen from JAVA JEN CREATIONS here taking my monthly turn to share with everyone here and over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY!  Thank you again, Sheila, for this opportunity!

Today I chose to make a great pocket and tags combo that is on the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. If you don't already have a CTMH consultant that you purchase from, you are welcome to click HERE to visit my site and place an order for this amazing cartridge and so many other goodies!

Here is my finished project:

You can find this pocket and tags on page 25 of the cartridge booklet.

To make this project the size that will work with the coordinating stamp sets, you need to size the pocket at 7.5"H.  Adhere a wide strip of ribbon around the pocket after it is assembled, leaving the seam in the front. It gets covered up with a label.

Cut the tags at 3.5"H and if you have the coordinating stamp set - stamp the borders on them. This stamp set is S1109 which was the September 2011 SOTM called Limited Edition.

The sentiment stamps are from ABOVE RUBIES STUDIO.  I added some ribbon to make the tags pop! :-)

Next, make the label for the front. The label and layer is found on page 55 of the cartridge booklet. it is cut at 1.25"H.  I stamped it with a stamp from the Limited Edition set.

Adhere the label with pop dots on top of the ribbon on the front.

Time to put it all together!

 I'm thinking this will make a great gift for someone who needs an encouraging word or two or three!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Science Stars

This is Evelyn from My Little Craft Blog.  My project today is a sign for a bulletin board at school.  I teach science to middle schoolers, and one of my most valuable tools is a digital camera. I take pictures of lab equipment, experiment results, and students involved in experiments and using lab equipment.  I use the camera every day, and wind up with lots of great pictures of my kids.  They love to see themselves in photos, so after I have a good number of each of them, I make a bulletin board featuring them.

This year, I turned to the Art Philosophy cartridge to see if there were any cuts I could use for this bulletin board, and I came across the star "license plate" on page 45.  I cut it at 11" high, which was 20.24" wide.  The 24" paper from Cricut really comes in handy for this sort of thing.  The base layer is cut from white, the decorative (star) layer is cut from black, and I used shift layer to make blue and red stars.

The word science is cut at 1.7 inches.  I originally had it set at one inch, then centered it over the top arch and kept increasing the size until it looked right.  STARS is cut at 2 1/4 inches using just the font layer.  I have leftover red and blue stars to sprinkle between photos of my students.

I think of the Art Philosophy as a very sophisticated, grown-up cartridge, so I was surprised but pleased to find something that would be appealing to younger people on it!  I hope this post shows you a different side to Art Philosophy!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Halloween Treat Box

Good Morning fellow crafters! This is Gina with CreationsbyGina here with a post for you today of a treat box for Halloween using Close To My Heart products that can be found in the new Fall/Winter catalogue. I love Halloween, so I am getting a good  start on all my cards and projects early!

So here is what I have made for you today using the brand new Cricut Artiste cartridge from CTMH! This cartridge is amazing!! I thought AP was great, but this one is a must have for sure! Using this fantastic cart, I cut the milk carton on page 46 at 4 inches. The rosette is on page 77 cut at 1.25. The tag is from page 33 @ 2 inches. All the papers are from the Halloween collection by CTMH called Moonlight.
Here are all the elements cut before folding and asembling. I used a 1.25 scallop circle punch for the shape to go in the center of the rosette. the Artiste cart comes with an instruction guide to help with putting the 3D items together. So easy to follow, and not much adheasive required. Nice!
Next came stamping. I purchased the stamp set Perfect Fit-Halloween with this project in mind. The images are smaller and perfect for rosette centers and tags. I used CTMH black ink and did some heat embossing of the image on the tag.
Last thing to do is finish assembly and decorations! I used the black ink again to ink up some edges, added a Martha Stewart adheasive border around the carton, and this super cute clothes pin with Frankenstein on it to close the box. A little CTMH twine, and a Jolees Boutique sticker on the tag, and there you have it! All the finishing decorative items can be found at Michaels.
I sure hope you have enjoyed looking at my project and have a look at my blog to check out the new Artiste cartridge and see for yourself what you can create! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Housewarming!

Hi folks!

It's Ian here from A Newbie Crafter!  Today, I made a super easy Housewarming card for my friends that moved into a new March.  :(  Yes, I am a little behind!  Whoops!

For this card, I used an A2 sized card from white cardstock.  I cut oval from Art Philosophy cartridge at  2.5" and the house at 2".  I used the Stella paper pack for this card as well.  The 2nd layer of the card was 4"x5.25".  Add a splash of ribbon, and you've got yourself a card within 5 minutes!  I know you may be thinking, if this card only took you 5 minutes to make, why didn't you make it earlier?  Well, that's a great question.  I wish I had an answer.  Haha.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the Oh Happy Day! sentiment from the coordinating Artiste Cartridge stamp sets in Topiary.

Although this card is extremely delayed, I know my friends will understand.  Thank goodness for forgiving friends.  :)

Craft on,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Altering A Tri-Fold Card

Tweet, just too Tweet. I just love making cheerful cards don't you? And this is easy all I had to do is use the template from last week, (click HERE for link) pick out some fresh art and a few clicks and this card was ready to cut. So grab your coffee turn on your Gypsy and let's get to work. We will revisit last weeks card and alter it for a fresh new look. Easy Peasy!

In this video we work with the template, add the artwork and names the various pages and make our layers for each component to the card.

This is what the file looks like two up. Notice after making the card I changed the direction of the bird as I think it will look better facing the opposite direction. So if you download my file this is what you will get; a  Tweet Tri-Fold Card 2 up.

See how I named the different pages, all that is left is for me to add Tweet on the last pages. Easy, just touch the page and hold it down a screen will pop up for you to tap rename and just add what you want.

In this video we will put the card together from scoring to adhering each piece on. Very simple to follow along.

Aren't these cards just too TWEET?
Now I challenge you to make a card of your own Thanks for joining me today and I sure hope you learned something new that you can use on your Gypsy. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement, your comments continue to inspire me.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Making Pages With Many Photos Can Be Challenging

Recently I made a quick trip to Chicago. Hubby and I only had the weekend to spend and we used our time wisely. The first day was spent with friends for their 50th wedding anniversary. But the photos you are seeing is with family! And I had to use all the photos because that was what was important to me. We had such a lovely day together. After church we had lunch and then a leisurely afternoon just playing around and visiting... it was wonderful and I cherish this day. But how to scrap them was a challenge as we did everything and nothing all in one beautiful day.
Fortunately with Close To My Heart's Studio J digital scrapbooking program it made it easy. All I had to do was upload the photos I wanted, choose the paper and then pick a layout. From there all I did was drag the photo into the little photo box and type my journal entry. In less than an hour this page was complete! I love it.

Look at these precious faces I love each and every photo I took and I didn't have to leave any out, isn't that wonderful? Studio J made it easy and it is so afforable to print. A 5 Pak is 5 double pages and it is only $39.95! You can't beat that and the quality is wonderful, I just love how each and every picture turns out beautiful! And it is great for times like this in my life where I have no time to stop and scrap the traditional way yet I don't want to get behind in my pages! Yup, I just love this option for my current lifestyle.

Here is how the pages look side by side.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. I enjoyed sharing my family photos with you too. Have a blessed day.