Saturday, May 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy weekend!

I mentioned I'm creating some new features on my blog, and one is a weekend recap of my posts for the week in case you missed any!

So here is a quick summary of my crafty posts from last week. Click the links to see the full articles...

Harlin's Coral, Gold & Seafoam Green {What's in a Frame} 

Artbooking Made Easy: Happy Springtime

Flashback Friday: Typeset and Cricut Art Philosophy Card

Don't forget this month's specials!

This gorgeous Free To Be Me paper pack is only $5 with a $50+ purchase on my website! You can buy a pack for every $50 spend $150 and you can get 3 paper packs for only $15, PLUS if you contact me I can enter your order as a party and you'll get $25 in Hostess freebies!!!
Here are all the papers in the pack. The cardstock is UV-coated so it looks like it's clear embossed...GORGEOUS! And that gold polka-dot and feather vellum is to die for.

Bonus! When you qualify for the Free to Be Me paper pack, you also qualify for the May Stamp of the month for $5. These special items will automatically be shown during checkout when you qualify--just add them to your cart! Shop now >

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Flashback Friday: Typeset & Cricut Art Philosophy Card

I'm starting a new feature here on my blog: Flashback Friday. After more than 5 years of blogging I have some great projects buried, so I thought I'd re-surface some of my favorites for you!

This card is one of my most-pinned on Pinterest, and the original post is from September 2011.

I had just gotten the Art Philosophy Cricut collection and played with this beautiful flourish cut and the bracket shapes from the cart. I used a stamp set that I got for attending the CTMH Convention at Disneyland, and made this awesome sentiment the focus of my card.

I started with a 4x4 kraft card base and used the Typeset paper (retired). I love that this card sketch shows off how well the patterns in CTMH paper packs go together.

It's kind of hard to see it in the picture, but I second-generation stamped a swirly image behind the sentiment in Creme Brulee ink to add a little more depth (you can see better in the photo above). Some glitter gel on the swirl and around the edges of the bracket add the perfect amount of bling!

The bracket shapes are cut at 2" and 2.5", and the swirls at 4" using the Art Philosophy cartridge. The swirls were actually the corner swirl on page 58 of the booklet. I tore it at the corner and used it as 2 pieces.

Art Philosophy is the first Cricut cartridge that CTMH came out with, and it is still my favorite and most-used. Although they are all great! There are a total of 3 to date, but if history is any indication, there will be a new one released at Convention this summer! Be sure to check out Artiste and Artbooking as well. They are all must-haves, with 700 cuts on each cart!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy Video: Happy Springtime

Close to my Heart just finished up its Artbooking Made Easy series, so I have lots of fantastic videos to share with you. The Artbooking Cricut cartridge is jam-packed with content, so each video breaks it down and shows you one theme or aspect of what it can do. Learn more about Artbooking >

Today I'm sharing a video featuring beautiful spring-themed artwork. And it just so happens that my friend Mandy's daughter is featured in the Birthday layout shown! Londyn is so cute, and this layout is super cute as well! I hope this video will inspire you to get your Easter and spring photos into your scrapbook!

Happy Springtime
Add new life to all your layouts, cards, and crafts with the springtime keys on Close To My Heart's Cricut® Artbooking cartridge! The cutouts are perfect for spring-themed projects but versatile enough to accent almost anything.

If you missed the previous videos I've posted, be sure to check them out...

You can also subscribe to CTMH's Youtube channel for all of their great videos! Subscribe to my Youtube channel while you're at it.

I've been working on getting my blog back on a schedule so that I'm posting for you more regularly. I'll be sharing these videos with you on a weekly basis, along with more tutorials, projects I've been working on, flashback Friday projects, scrapbook layouts, product features, and more. Stay tuned for lots of great content!

Product list:
Want to make the projects shown? Here are the recipes.
All projects use the Cricut® Artbooking Collection
Happy Birthday Layout:
Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Colors used: Colonial White, Buttercup, Honey, Chocolate, Hollyhock
Happy Day Card:
Colors used: Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo, White Daisy
Happy Easter Layout:
Z679 Liquid Glass
Colors used: Whisper, Sunset, Cotton Candy, Honey, Hollyhock, Juniper

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Harlin's Coral, Gold & Seafoam Green {What's in a Frame}

Today I have another {What's in a Frame} to share with you. This is for my friend's beautiful baby girl. Her nursery is in these gorgeous colors of coral, seafoam green, gold, and white.
I simply adore the gold glitter! The letters were cut on double-sided sticky paper at 1" with my most-used Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I then stuck the back of each letter onto a white square and sprinkled with glitter. I pushed the glitter into the sticky paper with my finger to give it a strong hold, then tapped off the excess. As you know, glitter likes to leave I used a small paintbrush to wipe away anything that was left.

The glitter banners were cut from glitter tape, so there was no mess! I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the flowers.
How do you make your own glitter paper? With glitter tape! I didn't have gold glitter paper so I lined a small piece of cardstock with gold glitter tape then loaded it into my Cricut. I set the blade to cut a little deeper and it did the trick! Since I used the flower on the bottom layer, you can't see the lines of tape.
The small wooden butterflies and heart are from CTMH's Trinkets wooden shapes...I love this collection. It has fun arrows, birds, and flowers too. I'm using them in my Picture My Life (Project Life) pages and they are great fillers! They take to inking very well, too, so you can change the colors.
Trinkets Wooden Shapes

Thanks for visiting, let me know if you have any questions!

See all {What's in a Frame} on my blog >
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Specials: $5 Exclusive Paper Collection & $5 Stamp of the Month Set

Friends don’t let friends miss out on awesome deals!

As you may know, May is National Scrapbooking Month, and CTMH has a beautiful paper collection just for the occasion. You can get it for just $5 with a $50 order on my CTMH website! But hurry, it's only available in May and it's going fast!

The collection includes 6 B&T Duos™ papers designed exclusively for this promotion, 6 UV-coated, designed cardstock sheets, and 2 sheets of printed vellum. The vellum designs, in gold polka-dot and feather patterns are especially beautiful in person, as is the rest of the paper!

Check out the beautiful scrapbook layout that CTMH made as inspiration with this paper:

And when you qualify for the Free to Be Me paper pack, you'll also qualify for the Stamp of the Month! During this month only, you can get the You’ve Got a Friend stamp set for just $5 when you place a qualifying order of $50. So cute, right?!

Here's some inspiration...

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Best Moms... Hanging Canvas

Happy Mother's Day to all of you awesome moms out there! Today is my first Mother's Day as a mom, and I feel like the luckiest, most blessed mom in the world to have my little squirt! I have always admired and appreciated my mom, but it's not until about 8 months ago, when I myself became a mom, that I could truly understand just how awesome she really is! And she's been doing it for over 30 years! This job ain't easy, but it's the best, most rewarding, and fulfilling one. :) I'm sure all you mamas can relate. I love you, Mom!!!

I thought today would be appropriate to share this little canvas that I made for my Mother-in-Law, who is an equally awesome mom to her 3 kids, super mother-in-law, and amazing new grandma! You can see the Bracket Frame I already shared with this same sentiment for my mom HERE.

I love this sentiment, I saw it on Pinterest when I was pregnant and knew instantly that I'd use it for my mom and mother-in-law. I gave these to them last year before the little bambino was born. The font I used is fun: Boring Showers from Kevin and Amanda. (They have lots of fun scrapbooking fonts, you should check them out!) I printed it onto White Daisy cardstock and then cut to a size I liked.

I began with a flat canvas...the kind that's wrapped around a board instead of wood so it's flatter. Then I painted the perimeter with acrylic paint.

I used simple embellishments because I really love this background paper and wanted it to make the statement without overwhelming the sentiment. The paper is from the DCWV Blue Citrus stack, and you can't tell but there's some glitter in the design. (I must say, I am falling in love with so many of DCWV's stacks lately!) The flowers are Recollections and I used one of my all-time favorite CTMH embellishments, a rhinestone brad, for the center. I adhered it with hot glue for a good stick.

I used a DCWV sticky-back cork sheet and a coordinating pattern from the Blue Citrus stack to back the sentiment. The blue paper is adhered on 3D foam tape for added dimension. For the burlap tie, I pulled apart some CTMH burlap ribbon into individual strands so I'd get the rustic look, but didn't want it too heavy. Then I simply knotted it.

I added a burlap hanger as well so she can hang this little canvas. I didn't get a good picture of the hanger, but I used lots of hot glue on the back to get it to stay.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Mother's Day! You moms are all rock stars, I hope your day is awesome!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Download: Father's Day BBQ Apron Tutorial Available Again!

Hello, my crafty friends!

I am still astounded at how well this card guide/kit has done. Thank you so much for your support! Due to Pinterest and other blogs linking to my kits for sale last year and original post {from 3 years ago!} I have updated my tutorial again.

In the past, I have offered pre-cut kits, but I am not able to offer this option anymore since having a little one has restricted my crafty time! But my download option has by FAR been the most popular, and I am happy to let you know that I have updated it and will continue to offer it.

  • Downloadable Workshop Guide: Receive the instructions, cutting dimensions, and templates for you to use/cut your own paper. This option is only $5! You have permission to use my instructions and templates for yourself and/or your own workshops, once purchased.

You will receive (in a PDF):
  • A supply list.
  • A step-by-step written tutorial with photo on how to put the card together.
  • Templates for the Apron card base, apron patterned paper, spatula, and mitt.
  • Cutting dimensions for cutting your own paper.

Here's some inspiration...
I like to sponge the edges of all my pieces to make the card pop more, but the nautical card below was not inked. I wanted to show you what it looks like if you choose not to ink. (You can choose to skip this step in my instructions if you do not wish to take the time or do not have a sponge dauber.)

Close-up of woodgrain background
You will need:

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors (I recommend micro-tip scissors)
  • Adhesive
  • Black Sharpie (or other black marker)
  • 4 Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Piercing tool (recommended) or push pin
  • Sponge dauber (recommended) or other sponge for inking (optional)
  • Stamp pad for inking around edges of paper (optional)
  • Stamp pads for "Happy Father's Day"
  • Acrylic Block(s)
  • Woodgrain stamp (or other of your choice)
  • Happy Father's Day stamp(s)

**You will be able to download the files instantly via Etsy**

Thank you!!!