Monday, September 30, 2013

Bright Fabric Flower Statement Necklace & Beaded Bracelet

Here's another jewelry project that I haven't shared with you yet. It's from over a year ago...oops! Glad I'm going through my old photos!

I made this necklace and bracelet for my mom last Mother's Day. She wanted a rolled flower statement necklace and picked out the colors. (Video on how to made these flowers and necklace is below.)

I also made this matching bracelet for her because she really liked this similar necklace I made for my sister.

If you'd like to learn how to make these fabric flower rosettes, and/or assemble the necklace itself, here's my video...

Happy creating!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Last Chance for TWO September Specials


This is your friendly reminder that the National Stamping Month special for September AND the September Stamp of the Month deals will be GONE in just a couple of days. You can get 4 stamp sets for just $15 with your $50+ CTMH purchase!

First, this Stamp Set Trio is only $10 this month when you spend $50. (Almost a $50 value itself!)

Here's a video from CTMH showing some artwork you can make with these stamps...

Next, the trendy Poster Tidings Sept Stamp of the Month is just $5 with a $50 purchase.
Here's some beautiful artwork created with these stamps...

What should you buy so that you can get these deals, you ask?

How about the new Artbooking Cricut Collection...

Or perhaps some new stamp sets. Here are a few of my favorites...
One-Way Arrows

All The Details

Framework Alphabet
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Favorite Stamps Blog Hop


Today a few of my Playing With Paper team members wanted to do a blog hop...we'll be sharing with you our favorite CTMH stamp sets. I am also playing along with Heart 2 Heart's challenge from last week: A few of my favorite things!

Washi tape is so trendy right now, and this Washi Wonder stamp set gives you tons of patterns and widths to work with. The best part is you can make your washi tape any color :)

I decided to use the colors from the new CTMH Sarita paper pack (lagoon, goldrush, gypsy, outdoor denim, and cotton candy). But I didn't use any patterned paper...only lagoon cardstock for the background.

I used some of our awesome pink glitter gems to tie in the cotton candy in the "Thank You" sentiment...which is popped up on 3D foam.

This stamp set is only available as a Hostess Reward. That means if you host a CTMH party, either online or in-person, you can get this stamp set as part of your Hostess Rewards.'s only $10 in rewards but is a $17.95 value! If you'd like to host a party, let me know and I'll hook you up with some catalogs and all the details! You can also place a $150+ order yourself and qualify for Hostess Rewards.

My card was inspired by this one which I found on Pinterest and is originally by Andrea Borries and pinned from Splitcoast stampers. I love that it's clean and simple and you can use any color combo you want!

Thanks for hopping along in our little blog hop!  

Next up is Norhalma >

Friday, September 27, 2013

Create With Cricut Collections Video


Here's a great video from CTMH corporate on all three of our exclusive Cricut collections. If you're trying to decide which collection to get first (because of course you want all three), this video gives a good overview of each cartridge and what it specializes in.

To order your own Close to my Heart Art Philosophy, Artiste, and/or Artbooking Cricut collections, shop my website!

Happy Cricuting!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sparkly Big-Bead Jewelry

I have been digging through my photos and finding quite a few projects I never shared. So since I haven't been able to create as much lately with my sweet little newborn who constantly wants to be held (I'm not complaining), I'll be sharing some oldies but goodies.

First up is this necklace that I made for my sister for Christmas. I used jewelry posts (not sure what they're actually called) to attach these fun chunky beads to a chain. I love all the sparkle in the beads! (Even more sparkly in person.) Then I attached the chain to velvet ribbon for this trendy look.

Bad lighting, but here's the necklace on my sister.

The big beads came in a pack at Joann Fabric & Crafts and I added a few more beads to supplement (you need quite a few beads to make it look full enough). They have a lot of different-colored coordinating packs with really fun beads.

Happy creating!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Babycakes Happy Mail

I love receiving Happy Mail! It seems that I'm always the one to make cards but don't often receive them, so I LOVE it when I get one in the mail!

My super-talented friend Amie sent me this gorgeous card after I had Baby Kailyn. I absolutely love it, and have it displayed in my craft room.

See Amie's original blog post with details >

Saturday, September 21, 2013

DIY Master Bedroom and Bathroom: Wall Paint & Spray Paint

Ok we're back to sharing another DIY project. It's probably no surprise that I LOVE color. I wanted the master bedroom in our new house to be full of bright colors, because living in the Pacific NW, it's gray and dreary about 9 months of the year. I found this fun comforter set that makes me happy just looking at it, so it was the inspiration for our master bedroom.

But the bright comforter just wasn't enough for me. Our room was in desperate need of paint. By looking at my blog, you can tell I am quite fond of green, so I matched the wall to our comforter. Much better :)

Since we didn't have a lot of time (or energy) before Baby Kailyn arrived, most of our painting projects were focal walls instead of doing all the walls in a room. I love how just one green wall gives our room the pop that it needed!

It's come a long way since our first night in the house. It sure was great to have a Sleep Number bed while moving. It breaks up into small pieces instead of a huge mattress and box spring, so we were able to bring our king-size bed with us instead of putting it in the moving truck.

Of course, once our bedroom looked bright and cheery, I couldn't have a plain white bathroom. I'm also a big fan of aqua, so that's what we did for our master bath. Although, I must say, even after painting samples on the walls, I'm not entirely happy with the has more green in it than I wanted. But at least it's better than white...and I can always change it down the road.

Here's the BORING before shot.

Tada! It livens everything up!

I love this pastel aunt made it for us.

I also wanted to update the bathroom fixtures like the towel bar and ring, light fixture, etc. The previous owner loved shiny gold. At least these have mostly silver, but I don't like shiny. So I just spray painted them! Some went into Kailyn's bathroom and some in ours.

I used the Rustoleum 2X coverage paint in metallic aluminum and really liked it. I can definitely tell a difference in the number of coats it needed. There are several metallic finishes to choose from. Now, this isn't a perfect fix...the paint can still scratch off if you're not careful. But for towels and a light fixture that you'll never touch, it works well and saved us lots of money!

I hate this light fixture, but at least it's not shiny silver/gold anymore!

That's it for my master bedroom and bathroom update. I'll still be sharing Baby Kailyn's nursery and bathroom with you just as soon as I can put the finishing touches on it. I have limited time now that she's here :)

Happy DIY-ing!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy (Episodes 1-3)

A few weeks ago CTMH started a video series called "Artbooking Made Easy," designed to show you lots of tips, techniques and projects using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

They've done a great job so far with the first 3 videos...they're very informative and will give you a great introduction to Artbooking and what sorts of projects you can create.

Here's "Artbooking Made Easy" episode 1:

"Artbooking Made Easy" episode 2:

"Artboking Made Easy" episode 3:

I'll post here whenever CTMH posts a new episode, but you may also want to subscribe to CTMH's YouTube channel!

FREE SHIPPING on Artbooking!
If you don't have the Artbooking Cricut collection yet, snag yours for just $99 with FREE shipping!* Plus, through the end of September, you can also snag the September stamp of the month for $5 and the National Stamping month special triple stamp set for only $10 more! That's over a $190 value for just $114!

More info about Artbooking >

Order Artbooking >

*Free shippig on all orders over $99 through me! (US 48, I'll cover half the cost of shipping to AK and HI.) To receive free shipping, either email me your order to jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com or place your order on my website and I'll Paypal the SmartPost shipping cost back to you. (Be sure to join my online party and I'll also send you a free Idea Book!)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Flowering Bunch Thank You Card

Here's a card I ran across that I never shared. This was designed by Lalia Harris for a team meeting where everyone designed a card and prepped enough for the other attendees.

I really like the technique that this card showcases. The flowers (from a past Stamp of the Month) were stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed in white. Then we used sponge daubers to ink Sunset and Creme Brulee ink over the image, which resisted the ink. The edges of the strip of paper were distressed with an Edge Distresser to add more texture. And it was finished off with a few Bitty Sparkles.

The end result is a clean and simple card with lots of visual interest!

Thanks, Lalia!

For Sale
I have 2 brand new "A Flowering Bunch" stamp sets for sale: $10 each, including shipping w/in the US. It coordinates with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. Email me if interested! jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com

Happy creating!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Masculine Surfer Birthday Card

Masculine cards are always hard, but it's a little easier when you have a theme. My brother-in-law loves surfing, so I made him a surfer card for his birthday.

I used the new mini stamp called Heartfelt Birthday Wish. There are several new mini stamps...I love that you can buy just a single stamp at only $2.95! I colored it in with CTMH alcohol markers in Lagoon, Sunset, and Pear.

The surfboards are cut on my cricut with the George & Basic Shapes cartridge. The paper, unfortunately is retired from Later Sk8er but you can use any paper, or even stamp onto cardstock with a background stamp. That Washi Tape is a great find at Target in the office section!

This card was super simple to put together and the clean look is perfect for a guy.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Baby's Initial Framed Nursery Decor

As promised, here's another item I made for Kailyn's nursery. This is a 12" x 12" frame designed for a  scrapbook page, but I took the glass out and made a unique decoration. You may recognize the's the same paper I used in her paper mache K. I used the focal floral paper in a few projects throughout the room to tie everything together since it has all the nursery colors in it.

I used a layered chipboard letter from Hobby Lobby for her initial. I painted the sides with acrylic paint and covered it with scrapbook paper.

TIP: To cover a letter like this, trace the letter upside-down onto the back of the paper you want to use. This way your pencil marks from tracing the letter will not show on the front of your project. Then after you adhere the paper, sand the edges to made sure it's flush with your chipboard.
Here's a close-up of those fabulous Cricut-cut flowers! For this project I used a mixture of my favorite rose from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and a flower on Artiste. (Both of these cartridges are must-haves!)

Oooh...did you notice that glitter paper?! I am in love with it! It's just the perfect amount of shine, the glitter won't rub off, AND it cuts like butter on your Cricut. I also used those fabulous Sparkles Flourishes again. And some Rhinestone brads on the K (but those are now could use the Base & Bling Floral Accents instead). 

I hope you enjoyed. Still more nursery decor to share in upcoming posts :)

Happy crafting!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Baby Kailyn is Here! + "K" Nursery Decor

Hello all!
I wanted to let you know that Baby Kailyn arrived on August 27, a week early :) She was a tiny 5 lbs 10 oz! If you are not a fan of my Facebook page, head over and "like" it...I've been posting some updates mixed in with my crafty posts :)

Here are a few pictures of my sweet little squirt, and because this post is about Kailyn, I thought I'd share one of the paper crafted items I made for her nursery.


Here's one of the items I made for her nursery. I used a paper mache letter K from Joann Fabrics & Crafts and covered it with paper, flowers cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and Sparkles Flourishes (I seriously LOVE these!).
I didn't want to use Mod Podge, and found that the Scotch tape runner for the ATG works best for adhering the paper to the letter. I ran out of it and none of my other adhesives were holding the paper onto the paper mache I had to make a Michael's run and get more! Once it was all adhered, I inked all the edges with Cocoa ink and a sponge dauber so it would really pop.

I put some sparkles in the center of most of the roses. I LOVE this rose from the Art Philosophy Cricut's my go-to flower, and what I used for making Zoey's Z and all the paper flower wedding bouquets I have made (to name a couple projects). I like to hot glue them onto my dries quickly and securely.

This floral paper from Echo Park is the most perfect paper I've found with all of her exact nursery colors...I love it! It's from the Sweet Girl line (perfect). After using the floral paper the first time I wanted more and the store I originally got it at was out. My sweet friend Nichole tracked some down and gave me several more sheets with my baby shower gift. She's so thoughtful!
I couldn't tell you where all the paper for the roses is from...I collected tons of paper from my stash and various stores when I found patterns that I liked in the right colors :)

You'll be seeing this K again, as I plan to use it as a photo prop for some photo shoots.

I have a couple other nursery projects finished that I will share, have 2 more to still make (and now need to find the time to do them with an infant...although she's a GREAT sleeper!!), then I will share her whole nursery! I know I keep saying that, but it will be worth the wait. It's so adorable :)

Want one for yourself? Customize your own in my Etsy Shop >

Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Side-Loading Page Protectors Are Coming!

Wow...if you are a Creative Memories album fan and have been frustrated by the recent CM news, CTMH is coming to the rescue! I know a lot of you CM fans love their albums and page protectors, and it's a bummer not to be able to order them anymore. 

Well, Close To My Heart is developing two different side-loading Memory Protectors® products for 12" x 12" scrapbook pages. These products will be formulated with our same quality PVC-free materials and are anticipated to be available with the release of the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book (which releases Feb. 1, 2014). The first product is intended to be compatible with Creative Memories-style strap albums without requiring modification to the album or protector. The protectors have seams on the top, bottom, and exterior side, with an open side for sliding in pages near the gutter seam. “Refill pages” are not required to use this product.

The second product is intended for use in post-bound or three-ring albums. Protectors are very similar to Close To My Heart’s existing Memory Protectors style, but instead of having an opening at the top for top loading, these will have the opening at the interior side near the gutter. These two additional formats of Memory Protectors will give you additional options in organizing your pages in albums. These protectors are not intended to replace our current style of Memory Protectors, but rather to offer more options and diversity in our top quality Memory Protectors.

I LOVE Close to my Heart's albums and page protectors. You are going to love using our new page protectors with your existing CM albums. And if you are in need of a new album, you'll also love CTMH's faux leather albums, which are super high quality and priced perfectly at just $24.95.

If you want to get your hands on the page protectors before Feb. 1, you can join my team as a CTMH Consultant and be able to order a month early, on Jan. 1, 2014. Here's more info about joining CTMH >