Saturday, December 31, 2011

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is “Little Reminder” a set of 25 stamps.
jan stamp images
If you have come here from Jean's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.
This month we have 54 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
I created a gift card holder using this month’s stamp of the month set. (directions below)
I used the long “zipper” stamp to create a grid on the Heavenly Blue paper with Sweet Leaf.
P1030203  P1030212
I glued together two of the label shapes to hide the Designer Sparkle Brad and give a strong base for a bit of velcro to hold the purse closed.  I used liquid glass and my clamps after noticing the gap in the top picture.
Notice the green sparkle brad?  My up-line taught me a trick that I just love.  Color your clear sparkles with a permanent marker!  Keep on scrolling for the cutting & scoring information on this gift card holder.
Products Used
  • Wonderland Level 2
  • Bright Blue Shade Pack (Heavenly Blue)
  • Sweet Leaf Paper
  • Chocolate & Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
  • Sweet Leave Ribbon
  • Designer Sparkle Brads
  • Sponge
Now "Hop" on over to Kathleen's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the January SOTM is only available until the 31st!  Are you inspired?  You can purchase this stamp set directly from me on my website or email me
Direction for the gift card holder.
I received these directions from a Paper Zone store. Here’s their blog post with their directions: But as they are in the process of closing their stores, I’m not sure how much longer this blog will be active.  I also modified this for 12” paper
cut 4.25 x 12” piece of Heavenly Blue cardstock Score at 3.25, 6, 8.75 Do a mountain fold. Flatten and stamp the front and back cover in Sweet Leaf ink. Glue the inside of the mountain fold together to make the gift card pocket. cut a slot for the gift card based on the size and shape of the gift card.  I just used scissors.  The Wonderland spotted paper accent is cut from Row 3 Button 7 on the Art Philosophy Cricut at about 3.5” tall and cut in half.  The front is adhered first.  Then the ribbon is adhered to the back of the purse, in line with the front accent.  Then the accent for the back of the purse is adhered, covering the ribbon. 
Cut 3 labels Row 1, Button 6 from Sweet Leaf Cardstock at 1.”  One is stamped with the sentiment, the other two are for the purse latch.  Add the designer brad to one and then glue the second label on the back to hide the brad.  Use strong adhesive like Liquid Glass to keep it from pulling apart after it’s folded.  Fold in half and adhere to the back to of the card.  Add velcro to the front of the tab, below the brad.  Put the other side of the Velcro to the front of the card.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Perfect 10 for Studio J members!

Preserve your Christmas memories now! 

If you’re a Studio J member, you can take advantage of this great opportunity to fill up your scrapbook—get your holiday photos in albums right away! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join! Contact me for more information.

Studio J memberships are available as 3 month and 12 month subscriptions.  You can purchase yours in just 5 minutes!


Don’t forget, you can start creating now!  Create all month or even now in December and order your layouts at the end of the month as you get free shipping once a month as a Studio J member. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock the (Home School) Block Blog Hop

Starting December 19th thru January we will be celebrating National Paper Craft Month! SO JOIN THE CRAZE! When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get TWO new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set. 
rock the block  RockTheBlock STAMP IMAGE CTMH
That’s a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the Collage Cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, 3-D fun. Click Here to Start Shopping
Watch this Close To My Heart video to see more inspiration.
Welcome to this Rock-The-Block Blog Hop where you can see a variety of projects using this stamp set and block kit by different CTMH consultants. If you have come here from Rachel’s Blog,  you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.  There’s more than 30 of us Rockin’ the Block so keep on hopping!
My blocks were designed for my 5 year old.  We’re home schooling him and while we have manipulatives for math, we didn’t have any hands on items for phonics. 
He’s learning his phonics, starting to read and now building some words on his own. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Holly: A Take Out Box

I just love this little stamp set "A Holiday" A1115 from Close to My Heart.  It's Cricut Compatible with the Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart and it's so versatile!

I made this takeout box a while back using the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I used my Gypsy to weld the holly leaves that coordinate from “A Holiday” stamp set.  You could also cut the leaves separately and adhere them to the round closure on the box with a very strong adhesive like CTMH’s Liquid Glass.  Cricut Craft Room is also available to all users now and that allows you to weld as well. 
I stamped everything and then assembled the box.  It’s so simple to put together because it interlocks and doesn’t require much adhesive.  The holly berries are just round circles of Cranberry Cardstock.  They are about a half inch, and aren’t to scale of the holly stamp berries.  I love them big.  It adds more red! 
P1020768   P1020770
P1020769  P1020771

I have entered this page in  the Art Philosophy Linky Party, to show how you can use this cartridge to spice up your cards.  Since I have gotten this cartridge it has not been removed from my Cricut.  It is my go to cartridge for everything, and I totally love everything about it.  Please feel free to explore the rest of my blog as just about every Crafty post on has something that was created using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Feel free to explore the rest of the blogs in this linky blog hop.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Featuring: Wordless Wednesday

I know several bloggers including Jessica who feature a weekly Wordless Wednesday.  So here’s my first post.  Hope you enjoy it.  Since I’m already using words to introduce this series, I might as well note that I took this picture yesterday morning on my very frosty and beautiful patio table. 



Monday, December 5, 2011

New While Supplies Last!

Click to view online.  If you’re local, email me.  I want to put in an order by the end of the week.   You can save on shipping.