Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Creative Friends Blog Tour

In the last couple of weeks, I was asked by Marilyn McCleod, of Pink Paper Cottage, if I wanted to participate in a blog tour.  Check out Marilyn’s blog here and her Etsy shop.  She makes some beautiful projects with paper and fabric.  Since meeting her, she’s moved from Washington State to LaPine, Oregon, which is a favorite vacation spot for my family.  It’s her birthday this week and I love this pic that she posted on her blog. 

In this Close to My Heart and blogging world that I've become a part of during the last three years, I've developed friendships with people I absolutely love and admire, and who are creative way beyond my wildest dreams!
I will feature three crafty friends who inspire me.  In the meantime I’m going to answer the four questions.

1.  What am I working on?

I’m currently working on a challenge to “Create Every Day.”  This is my own challenge, not one that I found on the internet.  I used to turn my Cricut on nearly every day.  Lately, the main reason it’s been on is for workshop preparations and I want to change that. 
Over the weekend, I worked on a lot of UFOs, or UnFinished Projects, cards mainly.  They were leftovers from card workshops or half designed cards that didn’t make the cut.  I’m going to have a garage sale next month.  I want to put as many finished cards into the sale as possible.  I also want to get back to working on my Picture My Life album that I started this winter.  I’ve been organizing my pictures from BC.  Or Before Caleb.  I didn’t scrap before we had our son so there’s 8 years of pictures that are printed but need to be put in albums. 
This is a REALLY fun & loooooong post.  You’ll want to keep reading!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Create Every Day – Day 3

I’m continuing my challenge of creating something everyday.  This was another use-up-my-stash card.  Everything was already cut except for the card-base which was great because I made a little improvement!

Day-3  Guy's birthday card using ProPlayer by CTMH by Lalia Harris

This is a great card with the ProPlayer papers that are being retired at the end of the month.  I also used the June Stamp of the Month

I’ve created this card before, but this time I changed the base a bit.  The card is actually 4x5.5” That allows me to get 6 of the blue background pieces from a single 12x12 sheet of paper. 

It also allows me to cut 3 card bases from a 12x12 piece of cardstock.  Generally I’d start with a 4x11 piece but this time I didn’t trim it down, I scored at the 11” mark and made a pocket for a gift card.  I adhered the flap with some Scor-Tape.  You want this flap to be well adhered down and tight so the card doesn’t fall out.  Out of 3 of these cards, 1 of them is really tight. 

card ProPlay Birthday card with built-in Gift Card Holder

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Create Every Day–Day 2

I’m continuing my challenge of creating something everyday.   I created a TON of things this Independence Day holiday weekend. Most the cards I created were UFOs or Unfinished Objects left over from workshops.  I’m preparing my stash for a big sale in August. 
Here’s the one for today’s challenge. It’s a brand new card that I created from scratch.
This is a block card or baby block card.  It has various names and all of them usually point you to another card design.  I used this blogger’s instructions for my first card.  Her video’s great.  Really clear and you really only need to watch it halfway through to get the measurements. 
All of the diecuts are from my stash, including the daisies that I had assembled a couple years ago. They’re from button 1 on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.
This card folds flat!  I forgot to take a pic of that!  Maybe I’ll take more pix of the next card. 
I’m off to my craft room!  Can’t wait to show you what’s next!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Create Every Day Challenge Day 1

I’ve created this little challenge for myself, to get back to creating every day. 
Here’s day 1. 
I used the Lollydoodle Paper Pack with the retired A Bow Wow.  Notice how I didn’t color in the whole dog?  Just a little bit of ink does wonders!  My workshop gals loved this card—especially the fact they didn’t have to color too much!
Lollydoodle is retiring at the end of the month!  Be sure to order and get yours before it runs out!

Don’t forget, that with a $35+ purchase, you can receive some exclusive Hostess Only goodies between now & 7/14/14.  Find out how by reading all about it HERE.
Be sure to follow my Facebook Page for ALL of the daily challenge posts. 
Want to join me?  You don’t need any fancy pictures but I’d love to see what you’ve been creating.  Feel free to post a pic on the Crafty Lalia Facebook page

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Artfully Sent CTMH’s Newest Cricut Bundle

Yes!  A new cartridge!

It’s a cardmaker’s dream!  Create custom cards at the touch of a button or use any of the 700 images to create your own unique card! 


Here’s a little video about it.  I’ll be sharing some artwork created by Close to My Heart all month! 

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This bundle will be release “sometime” in August.  Would you like to be the first to get it and receive a free gift from me?  Join my mailing list to be notified!