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Friday, September 7, 2018

Magical Mouse Christmas Village!

I've been a little MIA lately between homeschool planning responsibilities and THIS project.  I'm so excited to say that it's 99% complete and I am ready to show it to you!


First came the re-release of the Magical papers and a new stamp set last month.  We're calling it More Magical as it's with updated colors.  New blues and a beautiful Candy Apple Red.  

And then we released a new Cricut Cartridge for Christmas called Season of Joy with a Christmas Village and more!  


So I decided that they would be amazing together.  Especially if there was a certain mouse infestation!

The clock tower is so much fun... and so easy.  Do you see the ears in the snow?

Yesterday, I started simplifying things.  The clock face doesn't have tiny fiddly hands on it.  I sliced them from the white glitter and backed the white with red glitter paper.  I didn't want it hard to assemble the clock and I certainly didn't want the hands to fall off of the clock.  This will be a project that I want to last for years to come.


I altered this house a LOT.  Who puts a big ugly garage door on the front of a Christmas village anyway?  Not me.  I also added a chimney that's not in the original design.  Because what village would every have homes without chimneys?  Maybe one in eco friendly Seattle.  LOL.  

Ooh! Another house with a chimney!  If you refer to the image from the cartridge, you'll see this was Vanilla house #1.  


I didn't change the chapel too much, other than giving the steeple a spire.  Because this is a Magical Village, don't all pointy roofs require flags and spires?  I think I saw this in the opening credits of a movie or two on Sunday evenings when I was a kid.  



All of the images are from the CTMH Season of Joy Digital Cricut "Cartridge."  It is compatible with any of the new Explore machines and Cricut Design Space.  When you order this cartridge, you will receive a card with a scratch off code to redeem your cartridge.  It won't be emailed.  

There's also many other images on this cartridge
 


So let's talk about the village some more

Supply list for the Magical Mouse Christmas Village
More Magical paper pack - 1 pack (only available while supplies last in September 2018)
More Magical Cardstock  1 pack (didn't use the Candy Apple)
White Glitter Paper - 1 sheet of 3
Red Glitter Paper - 1 sheet of 3
Vellum - all 3 sheets in this pack
Red Enamel Gems - nearly the whole pack
Willow Cardstock - 1 sheet
Bluebird cardstock - 3 sheets 

In lieu of the More Magical Cardstock pack you can pull these colors from your stash:  2 canary, 1 black, 1 Carolina.

I cut everything on my Cricut Explore 2. You'll need a scoring tool in the first slot.  I didn't use fast mode as my machine doesn't score the paper very well on fast mode. 

3 ways to get the Design Space Files & Assembly Guides
  1. Place a $30 order on my website (before shipping & tax)
  2. Join my team. 
  3. Order the efiles for $20 (below)
I normally don't charge this much for files like this but this one has taken me an incredible amount of time.  I have added extra elements and structure to the files.  I've simplified them so the same shape of  piece will be used on more than one building, thus saving you time sorting pieces.  I'm proofing my files this weekend by cutting them again, just to be sure.  My plan is to have the files released by end of the day Monday, September 10, 2018.

You'll have a Consultant Release to recreate this with YOUR customers.  (not to share the files)
Assembly guides and Design Space Files that are ready to cut.  You will only need the Season of Joy Cricut Cartridge and the basic shapes that are free with Design Space to cut this village.  




Monday, August 13, 2018

Customizing a Workshop Your Way: Fresh Air Cards

Our Workshop Your Way Card kits are wonderful for making a dozen cards quickly.  However, they have only 2 designs!  Let's fix this! 

Take the Fresh Air card kit called the In My Heart Cardmaking Kit. 
You receive a stamp set, bronze sequins, 12 card bases & envelopes and plenty of cardstock and patterned paper to make a dozen cards.  (I actually made a 3rd design with my scraps). 


But I wanted a little more variety than these two designs. 


I grabbed Birthday Sparkles (retiring at the end of the month) and use that sentiment as well!  Now I have tons of variety!  I hear making masculine cards is hard for you all.  Guess what?  It doesn't have to be!  


This photo also shows a 3rd design!  Using Make It From Your Heart Vol 4, I found another card design that was simple and used up my scraps.  I did have to dig in my stash for 6 more card bases but I'm a cardmaker.  I always have card bases on hand.  

If you love extending your supplies and getting 50% more from your card kit, let me know!  When you purchase your WYW cardmaking kit from me, I'll send you the instructions to cut the materials for the 6 extra cards.  

Enjoy your cardmaking!  Have a great day!


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Welcome to Craft With Heart™


Introducing Craft With Heart™ a new subscription making your scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier!  (That's Close to My Heart's slogan, not mine.)

Imagine getting the supplies for two double page layouts and 3 page protectors delivered to your door each month. 

Here's the ones that are available for September. 

They feature standard photo sizes 3x4 and 4x6 photos.  AND everything is pre-cut.  Put your big paper trimmer away. 

September 2018 Craft with Heart Layout 1

September 2018 Craft with Heart Layout 2
Starting in September you can order the kits to be delivered monthly.  
But RIGHT NOW, you can subscribe for a whole year.  

You'll get a big box with 4 months sent to your door at one time.  And they ship for free and are 20% off!  

I have all 4 months:  September, October, November, & December already.  Check out my unboxing video below or click here. It gives you a preview of all 4 months and the supplies included.  

  

Want more info?  Go here to see all 16 12x12 pages. 

Two more things! 

  1.  Free photos!  You'll receive a voucher in each box for 30 4x6 prints from Persnicketyprints.com when you get the Annual Subscription.
  2. Free gifts from me!  Every subscriber will receive a free gift from me to help you create amazing layouts  But the 1st two subscribers will receive additional Cut Above kits (pre-cut, no paper trimmer needed) from me!  
Please read the FAQ and ask me questions!  I'd love to complete a year of memories with you!  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Why I have a shimmer brush addiction

Who thinks all water should sparkle?  

(Me!)

Back in May (I'm still catching up) I created this fun card with a turtle in the shimmering blue sea.  


I used a Clear Shimmer Brush that I personally tinted with Peacock & Pacifica Reinkers!  


It got used here for the blue Mason jar and the butterflies.  


 And here!  See the blue plaid teacup?  Shimmer brush! 

Notice the sparkly pink ribbon?  Do we sell pink ribbon?  Nope.  

But we do sell a Bashful pink shimmer brush & white ribbon!

These brushes aren't just for finishing touches.  Use them in place of markers to color your stamped images and your ribbons!  

Grab your favorite darker reinkers. 
I used a mix of Peacock and and Pacifica for my blue shimmer brush and Clover Meadow (similar to Willow but much much older) for a pretty green one.  

I added reinker to clear shimmer brushes that I've used for a year.  They were still half full!  These were my workshop shimmer brushes so they had been used heavily and were still going strong.  Be sure to shake your brushes so the mixing beads rattle before using and enjoy!




Monday, July 30, 2018

There's always time for tea

Happy Monday Friends!  

Here's some beautiful cards to perk you right up today!  

But hold the coffee, they're all about tea.  

The Beautiful Friendship paper pack was very tea themed, it even had a whole sheet of paper with beautiful teacups.  But today, I'm taking that coordinating stamp set Beautiful Friendship - Cardmaking C1720 and using it with other papers featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  


This first card features the lovely Documented paper suite.  Documented does not explain how beautiful this paper is with the purples, pinks and golds mixed with greys.  If you looked at the scrapbooking kit and coordinating stamp set you'd see why it's called Documented.  

I stamped the teacup and sentiment on one of our new stitched Thin Cut Circles.  Don't forget about our rose embossing folder that I introduced nearly a year ago.  It's still available!  


This second card is from the Central Park paper suite.  It's so whimsical with houses, watercolored dots and bright colors.  I stamped the tea cups and then colored them in with our Shin Han markers and various stamps.  It was a lot of fun to make each one unique.  

And I believe this is the LAST of my posts that were destined for the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters blog hop back in May!  Whew, I finally got them posted.  :)  

With joy in my heart and coffee (not tea) in my cup, have a great day!