Saturday, April 19, 2014

The perfect time is now!

Have you been eyeing one of the wonderful Cricut Bundles from Close to My Heart?  This month you can get one for free when you sign up as a consultant!  It’s an amazing deal!  For the price of the cartridge plus a little extra shipping, you’ll get the whole consultant kit too! 

The kit has over $300 in goodies to get you started!  Blocks, inks, the Skylark Workshop on the Go, 2 how-two books, one for scrapbooking another for cardmaking, embellishments, stamps and samples of all of our papers! 

But what if I don’t want to sell?  That’s perfectly okay!  There’s no obligation to sell.  The CTMH police will not come take away your goodies or invoice you if you don’t make another purchase.  This kit and Cricut cartridge is 100% yours from day 1.

However, if you do want to sell or buy some more goodies for yourself, you’ll have a 22%  discount on everything you order now through at least 9/30/14.  If you sell (or buy) a whole bunch in your first 90 days, you’ll earn at least $99 in free product from CTMH as a bonus! 

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Can you help me out?  My upline has a contest and I’d REALLY like to win!  I need to give away 7 more free Cricut cartridges!  Can you tell your friends about this promo?  When they sign up we’ll both win!  I’ll send YOU get a free paper pack or B-sized stamp set ($9.95 value) of your choice! 

Click here to sign up and get your free Cricut Cartridge!

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

No fooling!  It’s the last day of March and time to introduce the April Stamp of the Month
It’s a FUN stamp set that has so many possibilities! 
But before we get started, I want to thank everyone who’s hopping through the monthly blog hop.  If you’re a hopper, welcome from { Maria’s blog },
I’ve been using a lot of the spring floral papers but it’s time to move on to the summer Jubilee paper pack.  I wanted a quick card that would showcase all 6 papers and showcase the fairly new scallop punch.
Here’s my quick card that I came up with.  I love simple cards because I can use them in my monthly card classes too!  I love being able to create one piece of artwork and reuse it throughout the month for workshops and quick notes to customers.


Look at all the fabulous words and shapes you can choose from!  I can’t wait to play and hook a few of the words together for some fun sentiments! 
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Now hop over to { Krista’s blog } to see her creation! 
Stop back here and checkout my  Facebook Page for current events and even more artwork! 

P.S.  Come back and see how I get perfectly cut word bubbles on my Cricut!  That will be in the next post!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Floating Your Fancy

Get the most out of your Cricut® Artbooking cartridge with these fun home d├ęcor ideas. You and your customers will love these unique ideas to use Artbooking cutouts to create decorative floating frames and functional message boards for your home. These quick and easy projects are pretty and practical—the best kind of craft!

Click here to watch it on YouTube

This is an amazing cartridge!  It’s not just for scrapbookers!  Click here to see more and to order the Artbooking bundle from my website. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Love you a LATTE!

Check out this adorable card I whipped up last night. 
I created this card using the free cut file of the week at MyScrapChick.com.  Usually you can only get these files when you sign up for their weekly newsletter.  They had a little glitch in the newsletter so the link is posted on their Facebook Page.  Run, don’t walk over there and grab the file!  If you don’t grab it before 3/27, you’ll find it on their dollar download page. 
This file is for any cutting machine except the regular Cricut machines unless you have SCAL 2.  It’s Cricut Explore compatible! 
While you’re there, sign up for their newsletter and like their Facebook page while you’re at it.  I don’t think I’ve ever posted on of their projects on my blog before but they have a special place in my heart.  They’re right up the road from me! 



I used my Close to My Heart papers for this cup.  I LOVE the lagoon stripes in our Skylark Collection!  I also used Desert Sand, Cotton Candy, and Sweet Leaf Cardstock and matching inks when I inked the edges of the paper.  The flowers and leaves don’t come with their file.  You’ll find them on the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
What better than to use our Cup of Cheer Stamp set?
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It was also used on the inside of the card.
CTMH Love you a latte card B1404 Cup of Cheer
I had fun adding some giant flowers to the card. This would have fit into a standard A2 card if I hadn’t went crazy, BTW…
I used our Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon and Teal Base & Bling collection.  Cloudy PNW skies really don’t capture how fun these jewels are. 
Close to My Heart Skylark Skylark card using Cup of Cheer by Lalia Harris
You can find all the supplies you need on my website.  Have a great day!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Emboss It Blog Hop

Today’s post is part of a blog hop!  I love being part of blog hops because they feature some of the newest product Close to My Heart has to offer.  For this hop, we’ll be featuring the brand new 5x7 embossing folders that debuted in February! 
To follow this hop, you can start here and click the link to the next blog at the bottom of my post.  If you’re already on the hop, welcome!  You should have arrived here from { Michelle Jones’ blog. } If you’re ever lost along the way, you’ll find a list of all the blog posts here.  (this will pop open in a new window and then you can come back here and keep hopping too!)
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My card features the Ariana paper collection.  I started by pleated the beautiful floral paper by scoring it at 1” and 1/2” intervals and folding it.  I followed this tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers nearly exactly.
Here’s a couple of my tips: 
  • If you’re going to make several of these cards, score the whole paper from top to bottom before cutting the strips.  You might even want to fold them a bit too.  Folding a large sheet is ultimately easier than folding 6 individual 2” strips! 
  • Ink the bottom edge of my paper before folding (& attaching it to the card)!  I used Garden Green, a retired color since Olive was a bit too dark.
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Next is the embossed band that holds the pleats in place and gives them a finished look. I cut my 1 x 4.25” strip and embossed it with our damask embossing folder.  I distressed it using our sanding block from the distressing kit to take the color off the raised edges.  Here’s the fun part:  I then inked the white exposed areas with Blush and Sorbet ink.  The coral color is exclusive to the Ariana paper pack so we don’t have an ink that matches.  This worked!  Use a light when inking.  Don’t saturate the paper or it will be very intense and bright. 
For the label, I cut the shape from Art Philosophy in White Daisy at 2.25” as indicated on the Frame Flair stamp set.  The sentiment is from Greatest Love
For the Ariana Coral label that shadows the white, I used my Gypsy (It can also be done with Cricut Craft Room or Cricut Design Studio) to make it .25” wider AND taller.  It was also handy to layout the shape on my Gypsy since I only have 1 sheet of this beautiful Ariana Coral to work with. 
If you just bump up your Cricut dial to 2.5” your label be a little disproportionate because it won’t be just .25” longer.  On this label, it’s not that much trouble.  (Just call me Obsessive Compulsive Cricut Perfectionist)The less square the shape is, the more noticeable it is.  You might thank me later when you do a skinny object. 
Here’s where you’d see the distortion, on a long, skinny shape.  The less square shape. 
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So much for a simple looking card that had a pleated paper tutorial, embossing & distressing in one and a Cricut Craft Room tricks.  But guess what, we’re done! 
Feel free to hop on over to { Katy Taylor’s blog } to see the next project!
Have a great day!