Friday, January 31, 2014

The Best Moms... Bracket Frame Using Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Hello my crafty friends,

Today I am sharing a super fun bracket frame project I made for my mom. I found this quote when I was pregnant and knew I wanted to use it on gifts for my mom and mother-in-law.

These bracket frames from CTMH are really fun to decorate. They're a 1" shadowbox so you can do all sorts of fun dimensional stuff with them. I made a similar one as a wedding gift HERE (that post includes a tutorial on how I secured the back and put it all together).

The flowers are from the Artiste Cricut cartridge in a couple shades of hot pink/magenta. My mom has some magenta accents in her house. (Can you tell my family loves color?!)

I used the awesome burlap ribbon around the inside of the frame. Since the ribbon is 1.5" wide, I cut it in half lengthwise. I used the finished side for the part showing and hot glued the cut side to the inside of the frame, ruffling as I went. (Careful of the hot glue through the holes!)

The sentiment is printed onto Colonial White cardstock from my printer. I played around with fonts in my design program and then got the color, size, and spacing just right before printing. I mounted it onto a 6"x6" DCWV Cork sheet. The paper around the frame is from Basic Grey.

I ended up adding a magenta ribbon hanger after photographing. She has it hanging on a hook in her craft room. :)

This item is now available in my Etsy shop!

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day!

CTMH products used:
Bracket Frame
Cricut Artiste Collection
Burlap Ribbon
Sparkles Flourishes
Sparkles Flourishes (small)
Colonial White Cardstock
Topiary Cardstock

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last Chance for Cloud Nine Card Kit & $5 January Stamp of the Month

Last chance for 2 January specials!

Here are the cards you'll make with the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit...

Isn't this stamp set to die for? It's so fun and trendy! And every shape is a cut on the Cricut Artiste cartridge!
This kit is a great value at just $15 ($46 value). All you need to do is make a $35 purchase and you'll qualify. Here's all you get in the kit...

Cloud Nine Card Kit Contents

1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
1 – 9" x  9½" White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape
1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim
1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs
10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
1 – Instructional Brochure Featured colors: Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, White Daisy

BONUS! When you qualify for and purchase the Cloud Nine card kit, your order total will automatically qualify you for the discounted Stamp of the Month...

January 31 is also your last chance to get the Cross-Stitch Wishes stamp set. Place an order of $50 and get this set for just $5! This great offer is available during January only, so be sure to order yours quickly and get started stamping your scrapbook pages and cards. Shop CTMH products > 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Proplayer Valentine's Day Card


I feel so relieved that I finally shared Kailyn's nursery with I can share what else I've been up to!

I got some fun new goodies from Close to my Heart, which will be available to you in just a few days, on Feb. 1! The first item I played with was a new background stamp set called Flight of the Arrows. One of the stamps reminded me of those arrows that go through hearts, so I thought I'd use it for a Valentine's Day card. I stamped the arrows pointing up toward the heart :)

I paired it with a couple of current products. The Ruby red paper is from the Proplayer paper pack, which will still be available in the new catalog. And I also used the heart stamp from the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit, which is only available for a few more days! (More details on it below—it's an awesome deal!) The heart die-cuts come in the kit, but you can also cut them on your Cricut (all of the stamp shapes in the Cloud Nine set are on the Artiste cartridge). The Slate Washi Tape and red glitter gems (retired) were the perfect simple embellishments.

I inked around the edges of the hearts direct-to-paper with my stamp pad in Ruby ink. Then I stamped in Slate ink and added 3D foam tape (I love CTMH's foam tape, it's the perfect thickness). I used my new Wink of Stella Giltter Marker (Clear) that I got for Christmas. It's such a subtle fine glitter, it's quite lovely in person and not too girly :) The perfect touch for this (semi-)masculine card. I tried to catch the glitter on camera, but it was tricky.

If you've been inspired by what I create I hope you'll order through me! The Close to my Heart items are available on my CTMH website (some not 'til Feb. 1) and the other links are my Amazon affiliate links. :) Rest assured I only link to items that I use and truly love.

Here is the whole stamp set that comes in the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit. Cute, right?! Plus all of them coordinate with cuts on the Artiste Cricut cartridge!

January CTMH Specials

$5 January Stamp of the Month 
This cute stamp set, Cross-Stitch Wishes, is only available in January, so make sure you snag yours for only while you can! It's only $5 with a $50+ order of current CTMH products.

Cloud Nine Card Kit

The Cloud Nine cardmaking kit is only $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping) during January. Make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs). You can add one cardmaking kit for every $35 in your order (you'll be prompted to add during checkout). (The $15 for the kit does not count toward the $35 in sales, b.) Shop CTMH >

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kailyn's Garden-Theme Nursery

Finally! The big reveal. Gosh I'm sorry this took so long. Turns out babies take up a lot of time. ;)

I'm really proud of how Kailyn's nursery turned out and I'm excited to share it with you. We moved into our new house in Eugene in July and Kailyn arrived in August. I had less than 2 months to move and plan/execute her nursery. My mom helped A LOT. She came up from California for 9 days after we moved to help unpack and paint. Thank goodness for awesome moms! My hubby was already working and I couldn't have done it on my own being so pregnant and exhausted.

I didn't finish all of the decor items until after Kailyn was born. I've shared each of them individually previously on my blog (I'll link throughout the post).

The nursery theme is "Garden." I wanted really bright, vibrant colors and lots of flowers and bugs. Here's what it looks like as you walk in the room. Complete with dog. This is Oslo's favorite place in the entire house. :)
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This is the view to the right as you walk in. This dresser used to be my grandma's and I kept it knowing I'd want it in my child's room someday. :) I made the "K" on the dresser. You can find details HERE. (Note: the "K" is being published in Provo Craft's Cricut Idea Book {yay!} so I will need to temporarily take that blog post down which features it. It will return in July.) I spruced up a plain green lampshade by hot-gluing ribbon around the bottom.
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This is the other side of the room. That door goes to her bathroom. I found those awesome chevron baskets on clearance at Michael's. Score! This changing table is very special to me. It was MY changing table as a baby and my dad made it! And not only did he make it, he had a terrible accident as he was making it and sliced off the tips of 2 fingers on the table saw. Blood, sweat, and tears literally went into it!
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That super comfy glider came from my sister. She used it for her daughter, who is now 5, and shipped it to me on a pallet from California. She had it shipped to my local UPS store so that I wouldn't have to pay the $50 residential fee. My hubby was out of town with his Tahoe when it arrived, and I was impatient. So this is how you fit a glider into a Mustang! I had to make 2 trips to get the ottoman too! The nice employee helped me get them into the car since I was 8 months pregnant, but I got them out on my own...they actually slid out quite easily. :)
When I was planning the nursery I couldn't find any crib bedding that I loved. I was very specific about the color scheme. My mom has made a quilt for each of her other 2 grandkids, so I asked if she would make the quilt as part of the bedding. I had seen and loved quilts that were stripes going all the way across instead of the traditional squares, so I requested that and sent some photo inspiration to her. Then I asked her how hard it would be to make a dust ruffle. So began my quest to create this very custom crib/nursery ensemble!

My mom also ended up making the dust ruffle, valance, a pillow, and an adorable hanging organizer! I was so touched when I opened everything at my baby shower...I know she put such thought and time into everything and I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out. She's like me when it comes to details. Every fabric was carefully chosen, the order of each color/pattern was tactfully thought out, and it was all sewn with love :)

Here's a close-up of the quilt and dust ruffle. I don't know why the dark magenta has an orange tinge in the photos. I tried editing it but it's still not right. It's a very true magenta!

Here is the valance. Love those flowers! (Again, don't know why the magenta looks orange.)

Here's a closer look at the hanging organizer and pillow. I couldn't find a curtain rod short enough for the organizer so I bought a wooden dowel and round wooden knobs at Jo-Ann Crafts. I cut the dowel to size with my hubby's circle saw (yes, I did it myself), then I simply glued the knobs with hot glue and painted it all white. It's resting on 2 nails.

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This "K" frame is the very first thing I made for her nursery. You can find details HERE. The shelf is showcasing my favorite baby shoes. I have a thing for shoes (don't all women?), and baby shoes are just the cutest!

Here is a closer look at the wooden letters I decorated to spell her name. More detailed post HERE.

Last but not least, my favorite item I made...her butterfly crib mobile (and her at just over 2 months)! This is very different from anything I've made before and I had a great time making it. More detailed post HERE. (The colors of the quilt in this photo look much closer to the real thing!)

I wish you could see everything in person...the photos really don't do the room justice. It's so bright, fun, and makes you happy. Kailyn loves being in her room. She loves staring at her valance while she's on the changing table, happily plays with her toys on the floor, and as you can see enjoys watching the mobile from her crib. It's the perfect nursery for us :)

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our home.

Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY Butterfly Baby Crib Mobile Using Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge + Video Tutorial

Hi there!
Oh I know I've made you wait for more nursery posts for far too long. Kailyn is almost 5 months old already...where does the time go?

But I've saved my favorite nursery decor item for last. Kailyn's butterfly mobile was SO much fun to make. It was a lot of trial and error, but I got the basic idea from Mandy's mobile for Baby Londyn HERE.
I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from CTMH to cut out all of the butterflies at 1-3/4". Then I hot glued them onto clear jewelry monofilament (like fishing wire) on each side so they sandwiched the monofilament and stayed in place. At the end of each strand, I tied an iridescent glass bead for some extra sparkle.

(Edited to add: Art Philosophy cartridge is retired, but you can find some butterfly cuts on the Artbooking & Artistry cartridges as well.)

Here is my how-to video, you can watch below or over on YouTube. If you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my channel. Be sure to scroll down to see more still shots and details!

I used an 8" gold hoop from Joann Crafts. I tied monofilament in an X across the inside of the hoop, which divided it into 4 equal parts. (I secured all the knots with a dab of hot glue). I added 8 butterfly strands around the hoop itself, each with 5 butterflies hanging down. I wanted a chandelier look, so I then added 4 strands of 6 butterflies (slightly longer) from each "arm" of the X inside the hoop. Then there is one more strand of 7 butterflies hanging from the very center. So the center hangs down longer than the outside, and it also has a bigger bead at the bottom.
I made it more girly and frilly by tying tulle around the hoop. I cut hundreds of pieces of tulle to 1/2" x 2" and tied tied tied for what seemed like forever! But I think it's totally worth it :) The tulle is very thin so I added 3 of each color in a row for a more color-blocked look. If I were to do it over I may even do 5 in a row. You could also spray paint the hoop to a color of your choosing and leave it showing, but I wanted the frilly look.

TIP: The green tulle I used has glitter on it. Do NOT use glittery tulle for your baby's falls off everywhere! I had to shake it off really well so it wouldn't fall as much and I may even spray it with some sealer. I try not to touch it at all! To make it move while she's in her crib I blow on it. LOL!

Most importantly, Kailyn loves to look at her mobile. (Photo taken almost 2 months ago! She's so much bigger now!)

Next time I'll share her WHOLE nursery! My mom made her quilt (among other matching items)...isn't it adorable? More pics to come!

Want to make your own mobile? Maybe butterflies aren't you thing? CTMH's Cricut cartridges have thousands of images to choose from. See them all >

You can find my post about Kailyn's paper-covered name letters HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New CTMH Consultant Kit Now Available at 66% off!

I'm back to blog-land after quite a long break. To kick things off, I am excited to share Close to my Heart's new Consultant Kit with you, along with some changes for new Consultants who sign up.

If you sign up now you will receive the brand new Consultant Kit featuring the beautiful Skylark collection—not yet available to the public, but you can get it early! You'll get $309 in goodies for only $99, plus you can order other new products early. We all love a good value, and this is're getting all of this beautiful new product for just 1/3 the price. That's over 66% off!

Get Your Kit for Free
There has also been an exciting change to the Straight to the Top (STTT) program. Now you can earn back the $99 you spent on your kit! With the new program, if you have $1,200 in sales within your first 3 months, which includes all orders you place for yourself, you will receive your $99 back! Plus when you reach your STTT you'll get a special gift from me!

For more information about becoming a CTMH Consultant, visit my Join My Team and FAQs pages.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. And if/when you're ready, you can sign up here >

I'll be back soon with fun projects to share!