Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Cards with Link to DS file


Every year my daughter asks me to make the Valentine cards for her class. This year we used my Cricut Explore machine to make these classic heart-shaped cards. We used the heart and scallop heart shapes from page 71 of the Close to my Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge booklet. With a little slicing, attaching, and resizing, we made all of the layers from the two images.


We cut two white hearts (one with the smaller heart cutout in the center) and then attached them at the top so that the card would open. Then we stamped the “happy” banner from the new My Anchor stamp set in Pixie ink. The best part is that I didn’t have to hand cut each of the banners. I used the new My Anchor Thin Cuts to cut them out. It was much quicker and much easier.


We used the Simple Celebrations font in Design Space to add the “Valentine’s Day” on the outside and my daughter’s name on the inside.  Her red Crayola thin marker worked perfectly in the Explore machine.


After we cut and assembled all of the cards, we attached a heart-shaped Dove chocolate inside each one so that it would peek through the die cut heart on the front. (A large Craft Glue Dot  held the chocolate in place perfectly.


Here is a link to the Design Space file if you’d like to make some too. I left off the writing so that you could personalize it any way you like. If you add text in Design Space, make sure that you attach the text to the heart so that it will cut and write at the same time. You will also want to detach the score line on the top heart so that it won’t draw a line instead of scoring it. You can always score the line by hand if you need to.

Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
xoxo

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Creative Club - Charlotte Layouts and Cards


I am excited about this month’s project kit. As you may know, Close to my Heart has revamped their Workshops on the Go kits. They are now called Workshops Your Way. I have been thinking about starting another monthly Club using the Workshops Your Way kits. Before I do, I wanted to test one out to see what you all think. I had so much fun playing with the new Charlotte Workshop Your Way projects that I thought it would be a perfect one to start with and share with you. So, this month we will be using the Charlotte Workshop Your Way kit to make (3) 12" x 12" double-page scrapbooking layouts and (1) double-page Picture My Life layout.  You will also have the option to add on some extra products to make (9) cards! I would love your feedback after you make the projects. If you like this type of kit, I will start an additional monthly Club with the Workshop Your Way kits while continuing my regular monthly Creative club as well.

This month’s local class will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 7pm. (If you’d like to order a kit to be mailed to you instead, see shipping option below.)

Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit - $26.95
This kit is includes everything below to make three double-page 12" x 12" layouts and one 12" x 12" double-page PML layout:
(1)  Charlotte Paper Packet
(1)  Charlotte Complements (X7205C)
(3) 12" x 12" Cardstock Sheets (1 Black, 2 Whisper)
(1)  Black & Gold Ribbon
(1)  Treasured Puffies
Downloadable instruction guide
Link to video showing how to cut the paper

Add-ons to make cards
(1)  White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack - $14.95 for 50
(1) Springtime Wishes Stamp Set - $13.95
(1) Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts Dies (to be used with your favorite die cutting machine) - $13.95

Additional supplies needed to complete the projects:
12" x 12" Page Protectors
Ink Pads (If making the cards): Sorbet, Memento Black

Layout #1


Layout #2


Layout #3


Picture My Life Layout


Optional Card #1
(There will be enough paper left over to make 3 cards with this design. You will need to add on the stamp set, card bases, and watercolors to make the cards. The Thin Cuts Dies are also an optional add-on to make cutting easier.)


Optional Card #2
(There will be enough paper left over to make 3 cards with this design. You will need to add on the stamp set, card bases, and watercolors to make the cards. The Thin Cuts Dies are also an optional add-on to make cutting easier.)


Optional Card #3
(There will be enough paper left over to make 3 cards with this design. You will need to add on the stamp set, card bases, and watercolors to make the cards. The Thin Cuts Dies are also an optional add-on to make cutting easier.)


Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than February 8th if you would like to join us for the class.

Kits ordered by February 8th will be mailed by February 19th.
Kits ordered after February 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance. Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Main Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit - $26.95
(choose the local pick up or shipped option below)

Add-Ons:

Add-Ons if making the cards:
(1) Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts Dies (to be used with your favorite die cutting machine) - $13.95
Sorbet Ink Pad - $6.95
Memento Black Ink Pad - $7.95

Charlotte Base Workshop (layouts only)
local pick up - $26.95


Charlotte Base Workshop (layouts only)
shipped - $26.95 + $6 shipping

Add-Ons
Choose your add-ons from the drop down menu below.


To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here.
You do not need to be local to participate. *Ü*

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Promotions

Share the Love
Share some love and help change the life of a child!


Share the love this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). Filled with adorable icons and loveable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye! Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!* Check out our social media channels all month long to see this stamp set in action, and remember to post your own artwork using the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to help bring attention to a wonderful and worthy cause.


Click here to order your Share the Love stamp set today. 

*Product purchases in US states Alabama and Massachusetts excluded from donation. Offer valid February 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST)–February 29, 2016 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the promotional stamp set.
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Stamp of the Month - Balloon Animals

Get this great stamp set for just $5!


With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!



Set of 13
Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Artistry collection (Z3167)

Click here or on the image below to order your Stamp of the Month. 


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New Clearance Items Added

Shop discounted Clearance Items while supplies last!


If you like a great deal and love CTMH products, be sure to stop by my website to shop the clearance section today! But hurry! Clearance items are only available while supplies last!

Choose from lots of retired paper packets, mini ink pads, accessories, embellishments, Picture My Life Kits, Cut Above Kits, 3-D Gifts and Décor, and more!

Click here to start shopping.


Offers valid while supplies last.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 - Simply Inspired Blog Hop


Welcome to the latest Simply Inspired Blog Hop. This month we are featuring projects made using brand new products from Close to my Heart’s new Seasonal Expressions 1 Mini Catalog. If you arrived here from Debbi Fournier’s blog, then you are in the right place.


One of my favorite new products is the Springtime Wishes stamp set along with the coordinating Thin Cuts Metal Dies. (Our new Thin Cuts Dies are so much fun!!!!) I used them both along with our watercolor paints to create this card.


The photo below shows the front of the card when it is completely closed. (The photo above shows the card when it is slightly open.) To create the flowers, I watercolored a piece of CTMH’s watercolor paper. After it was completely dry, I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Springtime Wishes stamp set with Black Memento Ink. Then I cut them out using the coordinating Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts Dies. You can either cut your shapes first and then stamp them or you can stamp and then cut. I prefer to stamp first. I use a small piece of Washi Tape to hold the dies in place over my stamped images before running the paper through my Cuttlebug machine.   


I cut 1" off the right side of the front flap of the card base. Then I adhered the die cut flowers and leaves over the right edge of the card with various layers of 3-D Foam Tape. I added a few Clear Sparkles to the center of some of the flowers. Then I stamped the “Thank You” sentiment (also from the Springtime Wishes stamp set) to the left of the flowers. 


I like to embellish the inside of my cards lately as well. I used a small piece of White Glitter Paper on the inside of the card that peeks through on the right side of the card when it is closed. Then I cut a thin strip of the watercolored paper and adhered it to the edge of the Glitter Paper. I stamped the “for your kindness” up the side of the strip.


Finally I added another flower and some leaves to the bottom of the inside of the card to finish it off. 


Thanks so much for stopping by. Now hop on over to Brenda Rose’s blog to see her fabulous creation. If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all of the participants here.

Friday, January 1, 2016

January Project Kit - La Vie En Rose Layouts


I am so excited to kick off the new year with January’s project kit. This month we will be using the La Vie En Rose Collection to make (3) 12" x 12" double-page scrapbooking layouts. 

This month’s local class will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 7pm. (If you’d like to order a kit to be mailed to you instead, see shipping option below.)

La Vie En Rose Basic Scrapbooking Kit - $25
The project kit is just $25 and includes everything below:
(1) La Vie En Rose Paper Packet
(1) La Vie En Rose Compliments
(1) La Vie En Rose Assortments
(1) 12" x 12" Kraft Cardstock
(1) 12" x 12" Pixie Cardstock
(5) 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock
Precut “Hugs & Kisses” and “Love” titles
Step-by-step instruction guide

La Vie En Rose Deluxe Scrapbooking Kit - $75
The Deluxe project kit is $75 and includes everything in the Basic Kit along with:
Typography Double Alphabet Stamp Set (regularly $29.95 + tax and shipping)
Documenting Moments Stamp Set (regularly $17.95 + tax and shipping)



La Vie En Rose Deluxe Scrapbooking Kit with Stamp of the Month - $80
The Deluxe project kit with SOTM is $80 and includes everything in the Deluxe Kit along with:
Beloved Bouquet Stamp of the Month


Additional supplies needed to complete the project:
Base & Bling Adhesive Dots
3-D Foam Tape
Journaling Pen
Ink Pads: Black, Whisper, Pixie, Pomegranate
Artiste (you will only need these if you plan to make more in the future. All Cricut pieces will be pre-cut for you in your kit(s).)

Layout #1





Layout #2








Layout #3









Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than January 7th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered by January 8th will be mailed by January 23rd.
Kits ordered after January 8th, will be mailed within two weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance. Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $6 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Use the drop down menus to choose your kit options.

La Vie En Rose Basic Scrapbooking Kit - $25
La Vie En Rose Deluxe Scrapbooking Kit - $75
La Vie En Rose Deluxe Scrapbooking Kit with Stamp of the Month - $80


La Vie En Rose Scrapbooking Kit - Local


La Vie En Rose Scrapbooking Kit - Shipped
$6 will be added for shipping

To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here
You do not need to be local to participate. *Ü*